Santa Monica Pier

Anyone who knows me, knows that every time I come out to LA, after I stop at In-N-Out, I have to go see the ocean. And just about every time it has been at the Santa Monica Pier. I don’t quite know what it is about this place, but I absolutely love it. Even if it is basically a kitchy touristy trap these days. It’s just so much fun to be out near the ocean!

Pictures & a Vine after the break.

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Bay Cities Deli

Ok. I’m going to channel @DeRushaEats here for a second.

So acting on a tip from the friends whose couch I’m crashing on this week, I wandered over to 1517 Lincoln Blvd. in Santa Monica to have a sandwich at Bay Cities Deli.  I’d been there before, many years ago, or well 3 according to FourSquare so I didn’t exactly remember the fun of going there. A few big notes up front: 1) They’re closed on Mondays, 2) Parking is a nightmare (I found a meter 2 streets over), and 3) take a number and be prepared to wait (or order online, like I did, in which case you can walk in, go all the way over by the wine and pick up your sandwich.)

I ordered a Godmother sandwich. I’d love to tell you exactly what is on it, but uh, they don’t have it on their website and their online order is down right now. Basically what you need to know is that it is meat, cheese, and veggies squished deliciously between a baked in the deli bread roll. It’s tasty, wonderful and you’ll thank me when you try one.

I also opted to get a side size (or well side size for me) of their Salami Anti-pasto salad. It was good. Not exactly what I was expecting (I guess I was expecting more of something like Pizza Lucé’s ‘Lucky Luciano’) but defiantly good. Though one caution: the olives still have their pits.

Overall, this place is worth checking out if you ever find yourself in Santa Monica! I know I’ll be back. (And yes, it’s on the list of must-do just like the Pier and In-n-Out are now!)

K.L. Tremaine’s Independent Flight

Full Disclosure: I want to be up front here that the author of this book is essentially family.

Space. The final frontier. These are the voyages… Er wait. This isn’t Star Trek but if you’re a fan of Star Trek, you’re probably going to love this book. It’s a space adventure in the best sense of the genre. You have action, a sassy captain and a great story.

The center of the book is Veronica Gray, a young captain in training, who is being given her first real command. She has a wonderful crew who is surrounding her who add a lot to the story line and the adventures. You also, without giving away spoilers, have an awesome “bad guy” in the form of the drug runner that has an unfortunate run in with our leading lady.

This particular book is a quick read, but it is a good read.  I highly recommend it. And really, can’t wait to see more of what happens to Ms. Gray.

So uh. Go buy it already!

OH! One awesome bonus note with a itsy bitsy spoiler alert on it: Veronica is team #GirlsLikeUs.

Anxiety

I hate having anxiety issues sometimes. 

I go to LA next week but sometimes I feel like it’s a wasted effort. Everyone I’ve tried to get in contact with has either not gotten back to me or has started avoiding me. (Even if that’s not the case, to my mind that is what is happening.) Which makes me mad and worried and it makes me feel like I must have done something terrible and that I’m not worthy of anyone and shit. It. Just. Sucks. Hard. I did this mostly so I could see friends, but what’s the point if friends are avoiding me and I’m unable to get a hold of them???

Sigh. Sorry for going all wacky and everything. I just. Need to get it out somewhere. 

I just. Feel alone right now.