Has it really been a week since we have been home? Since our schedules have been so hectic recently, Q and my goal this break has been to just relax, have no agenda and spend time together. This trip was also Carl’s first visit to LA and he has been loving every minute of it.
One great week down, one great week to go!
Q and I were so fortunate to be able to go on a couple’s retreat in Stone Mountain, Georgia this past weekend. The retreat was open to all couples in the battalion and only cost $40 for us to go. Everything else was paid for (hotel, food, etc.).
Some of the sessions didn’t pertain to us (no kids and newly married couples are rare in the military), but we loved being with our friends for the whole weekend.
On Saturday, we had a free day so we headed into Atlanta and went shopping. This was Q’s “test” of the weekend- throw a man who hates shopping into a mall with thousands of people on a Saturday before the holidays and see how he does. He passed with flying colors. And then we went to a Belgian bar for dinner and drinks with friends (Q’s reward for the “day of hell” at the mall).
Overall, if you are a military family, I recommend the retreat 1000 times over. Oh, and the biggest perk of the weekend? Finding a fresh pressed juice shop in Atlanta- this girl was in heaven!
This weird thing happened when I started packing for this trip back to LA. I stopped calling LA home. Someone asked me where I was going and I said, “Oh to visit my parents in LA,” not that I was “going home.”
And yes I moved out 14 months ago, but I guess it never really hit me. I suddenly realized that LA isn’t where I live, instead it is where I am from.
And I love LA, but I’m not a California girl anymore. Instead I am more like a Southern belle as my mother likes to point out. I even think I’ve picked up a drawl!
On this trip back I had to go to all of my favorite stops and see all of my favorite girls. And it has been SO nice and SO busy.
So what did I do and where did I go?
Connie & Teds - best lobster roll EVER.
California avocados, there is no comparison.
Stashing up on Trader Joe’s goodies while I can!
Missed my girls. Oh and Hinoki & the Bird is delicious.
Whole Foods latte, favorite jeans, fall in LA.
La Scala salad and Coffee Bean, yes please.
Physique 57 with a girlfriend. So needed.
A wonderful, quick trip to my old stomping grounds. And back to Carl and Q tomorrow,
A wonderful trip home to unpack my grandma and visit with family. Short, but oh so sweet.
Flowers in the new place.
My favorite lucky fish.
Green juice and breakfast sammies.
Coffee and gardens.
Rice with every meal.
One last shaved ice.