Lovely Day

(Suggested listening: Donavon Frankenreiter - Lovely Day)

The weather this weekend was perfect. I'm talking 75-degrees-and-sunny, smogless, sun shining on everything perfect.

The way the light hits the hills of this area is stunning. The ridges cascading down each swell of land  create crisp, defining shadows that I can't stop staring at. They're all over the place, especially on clear days when you can see for miles. 

topanga canyon

santa monica

Today was the kind of day when sitting in my bedroom just wasn't enough. Don't get me wrong: I enjoy lounging. But today I woke up, and the ocean called out to me. I wanted to sit and try to get some writing done on my computer, but no thoughts were flowing, so instead I shook myself out of my Sunday morning stupor, got dressed, and grabbed a book. Because is there anything better for a brain lacking in inspiration than reading on a blanket on the sand in the sun?

santa monica

I think not.

It's really hard to leave technology behind. As I was packing my beach bag, I kept thinking to myself that someone should invent a way to bring a laptop to the beach without it getting sandy and in a way that one would be able to see the screen, even in the bright glare of the sun. But no, stop right there. Even if something has already been created, I don't want to hear about it. Because if there is one thing that gets in the way of my creativity, it's my laptop. Yes, I also use my computer as creative outlet - it's where I upload and edit my photos, get writing done, and search for ideas - but in almost every other way, it's an impediment to my productivity. I use it to rationalize not getting things done, be it crafty projects, chores, or any kind of work that would help me progress with all of the crazy stuff I want to do with my life.

And worst of all, my laptop almost kept me from going to the beach today! What a bitch.

beach toys


Anyway, that's about all I've got right now. I'm going to go watch some SNL and keep reading self-help books about creativity, writing, and happiness...because that's the kind of stuff a normal twenty-something does on a Sunday night, right?

Some things I'm diggin' right now:

:: This girl's blog always makes me happy

:: He's Elmo and he knows it

:: The Starbucks of Los Angeles are going to start selling alcohol. I knew I loved it here.

Happy end of the weekend! Ugh...that just doesn't sound right.

beach toys