Friday, December 12, 2008

Remember when I was 25...

Photo Credit: Jaimeson while at the Mark II Lounge

...And I was working my ass off in a job that lit me up like stained glass? And I lived in a tiny, quirky apartment where the bathroom was an afterthought but the ceilings were high and light poured in?

I remember that.

And I remember a night that started as a company holiday party, all rushed to finish projects in time, and ended with two of my favorite colleagues and I closing down a favorite restaurant (Hot Chocolate) and sitting with the chef who'd hand-picked every item we ate. Along with paired dessert wines and something rich and red that I was sipping on first.

I remember coming home and thinking this is good. Life is really busy and fast but good right now. And after 36 hours of torturing myself about it, I capped it off by getting online to reserve a plane ticket to Los Angeles with miles. For this weekend. To attend a Christmas brunch I just didn't want to miss.

I've been going back and forth for days about the practicality of this plan and the thing is: it's not practical. But I'm 25 and I'm not missing a single bit of work and if I want to totally abuse 36 hours with a romantic little jettison to the West Coast? This is the time to do it.

So I arrive in LA on Saturday morning and I leave LA on Sunday eve. It will not be the last time I'm in SoCal but it will be the first. I am breaking the seal so to speak. Now I need to decide what I can contribute to brunch/ maybe do some laundry.

7 comments:

Cheryl said...

Amen. That felt like the right thing to say what with that stained glass and all. Have fun and good for you!

Lex said...

nothing I can consider to eat sounds remotely interesting after last night's 2nd dinner at Hot Chocolate. I mean, those pork cheeks with the sweet potato gnocchi...seriously? seriously.

Joner said...

so - you are like basically my idol. hope you're having a great time in socal. :) perhaps will I see you when I swoop into Chicago for about 36 hours at the end of the month? Hopefully so.

Your Ill-fitting Overcoat said...

I admire you so much. You really inspire me all the time with your ability to live life so deeply and with such a humble appreciation, without being thoughtless and over-indulgent about it. It's a happiness that always feels shared and not hoarded. Thanks for that.

TKTC said...

Cheryl: Hallelujah!! Though you'd be hard-pressed to find a less holy place than the Mark II...

Lex: I'm working on a more comprehensive list of our treasures but that blood orange consume has been causing me to salivate at the strangest times since. When are you back?

Joner: I haven't been very spontaneous lately and I feel like this cured me. The timing, the sunshine, the Jaimeson... GLORIOUS. AND- I WILL see you in Chicago I think! Hopefully you'll finally meet J!

Overcoat:What an incredibly nice thing the say. Seriously...made my morning and I feel similarly about you in terms of having a wider perspective than just what happens today.

Lex said...

I'm back tomorrow, actually. Leaving at (ugh) 6am tomorrow morning, through Thursday evening.

nicoleantoinette said...

Next time you're in socal (for more than 24 hours) you better tell me!!