Hollywood

After going to Gracias Madres, we spent some time in Hollywood.IMG_5795 IMG_5792 IMG_5803 IMG_5807We also stopped by Alfred Tea Room.

IMG_5780 IMG_5781I really love tea, and the place was adorable. They had a case of food (that had vegan options!), and the decor and design was perfect. Also, any place that has both soy AND almond as options is good in my book.IMG_5785 IMG_5786We spent the rest of the night at Griffith Observatory.IMG_5850We had a bit of a hike to get up the mountain from where the car was  parked, but once there it didn’t seem to matter. The views were incredible!IMG_5855 IMG_5831I’d really like to go back to the observatory and spend some more time. By the time we got up the mountain (which was admittedly a huge struggle for me), it was later in the evening. We did get to see some of the shows, but the line was long to actually look at the telescope. Next time, I want to go earlier in the day to really get the full experience.
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Suncafe: Studio City

Let’s talk about the first restaurant I went to when I got to California: Suncafe in Studio City.IMG_5596I was tired from the flight out, and had to be up really early the next morning to get to Anaheim for the first day of VidCon, so my friend Mercy (who I was staying with) suggested Suncafe as one of her favorite restaurants. It wasn’t too far from her place, so we didn’t have to travel far.

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Veggie Grill

I’m still trying to catch up on all the amazing food I had while in California (there’s a lot, and I didn’t even get most of it on camera). Although Veggie Grill is a chain, I had never been there and wanted to make sure I got the chance to go while on the West Coast. I ended up stopping by one after day two of VidCon, so that I wasn’t on the road at rush hour.

If you live in California, you’ve probably already gone to one. There were several in the area that I was in, but I ended up at the one in a shopping area in-between Anaheim and Hollywood, and thought it might be busy, but got lucky and got in just before a huge crowd came in.IMG_5688

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Life.

It’s been about a week since I last updated, and for that I’m sad. I had been doing so well in my resolutions, and was really enjoying regularly updating this blog. Life has been a struggle, and I’ve let my anxieties and depression about the current president and all the horrendously disgusting and hateful things he is doing to others (and that there are people who actually voted for him that I know) get the best of me. It’s been hard bouncing back.IMG_2062

I’ve been struggling with my want to do more, and the want to not do anything (hi, depression!), and then that just makes it an ongoing cycle. It doesn’t help that we’ve been semi-slow at work too. I have more time to think, and sometimes that isn’t a good thing. I’ve been escaping more in kdramas, which mentally is probably for the best, it just creates a problem since I have to read subtitles to know what’s going on, I can’t do much of anything else while I watch like I would a show in English. Screen Shot 2017-01-29 at 1.34.12 PM

I’m also trying to not let myself be upset that I am doing these things. Mental health days are extremely important even from things outside of the workplace and that it’s ok to take some time off when things get too stressful. The important thing is to get back up, and continue on.

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I’ve thrown in a bunch of random pics into this post that I find soothing and love looking at. When I see them, it makes me happy. I need happy right now.

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There will 100% be a new restaurant review this Friday (it’s already written) and I will try to post once more this week. 
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