Exploration: Le East Side

I went for a walk today, and you guys, it's summer out there. I know, Los Angeles = endless summer, blah blah blah, but there was something about the way the air smelled, and how bright the sun was, that made my brain do a little happy dance. And then I put some suntan lotion on, and...fuhgeddaboutit. 

A chain of events led me to this particular walk, starting with an interview on The Great Discontent, followed by visiting the web site for de LaB, sending an email out to friends, and getting a little lost on the way to Sycamore Grove Park, where there were a series of walking tours being led to explore Highland Park and the surrounding area. The walk that Kalen, Kelly and I chose was a tour of the path of the old Union Pacific Railroad. We didn't see much railroad, but we did see a whole chunk of Los Angeles that I never even knew existed. That's one of things I love so much about this city: it just goes on and on and on. I'll never be able to see it all, but I'd like to see as much of it as I can. 

I woke up this morning feeling incredibly crabby and out of sorts. I agreed to work all day Sunday, transcribing celebrity interviews for one of the companies I contract with, and the sunshine seemed to be a slap in the face, because I knew the weather was going to be the same all weekend, and that I'd be sitting in front of a computer in an office, missing out on hours of possible outside time. Instead of taking the time to enjoy the fact that I had an entire, beautiful Saturday to myself, I was already worrying about Sunday. I do that a lot, focusing so much on every other moment in time instead of the present one. Luckily, the adventures of today eventually distracted me, and with how bright the sun was today, I feel like I have enough Vitamin D to last me through the next week. But I'd like to be content without being distracted. Yet another thing to work on, I guess. Be Here Now. Someday I'm going to get that inked somewhere on my body, so that it's always with me whenever I need reminder. 

Oh, and BONUS: I finally got around to seeing a mural I've been meaning to check out for months now, which I first discovered over at DesignLoveFest and which my blog friend Hanna managed to visit a short while later. While we were on our way home, I mentioned it to Kalen, and about five minutes later she spotted it along the side of the highway, so we took the next exit and drove along side streets until we found it. Little victories. 

It was a very LA day. Happy, happy, happy.