Leah's dad came into town today, and he took us out to dinner at a fancy Italian place on the Promenade. Leah loved what she had; my food--tortellini for the first course and polenta with mushrooms for the second--was pretty good, but the desert was so wonderful it made up for any inadiquacies the dinner might have had. I had fruit and vanilla ice cream, and it was about the best ice cream I ever had. And, Leah had apple pie with cinnamon ice cream, and since she didn't want the later, she gave it to me. Good stuff. It was filled with real cinnamon, which certainly justifies its price: there must have been a couple tablespoons-worth in there! I don't know how the rest of the food managed to be so expensive (what's its excuse?!) but it was fun for all that. And we sure appreciate the treat, starving artists that we are!

Besides eating, we also took in the Santa Monica sights with our guest: Leah showed him the store, and then we walked down to the pier and around the Promenade for a little while. And that was all. I'm sorry there isn't anything clever and funny in this entry; I oughta try writing when it isn't so late at night!

daddy's girl

As dan stated, we went out to eat with my daddy, who is the awesomest person to hang out with in the whole world, because he's so funny and silly and pays for dinner. but mostly i love him because he's my daddy. we sure did have a fun time all three of us, and i had a fun time not working all day. i got my car back from the dealership, where they put in a new transmission, and now all is well and good again with Pretty Princess Parker. (When i got her out of the dealership, i started saying "i love you pretty car" while pretty car was actually the name of my first car, so i named this one princess, i think now perhaps that pretty is the name of any car i own at any given time in my life.)

this morning i went to pilates ballet class. it was very fun and good for me. but i also remembered why i stopped doing ballet when i was four. it's hard. you have to, like, work just to stand there. and look a bit silly.

speaking of looking silly, while we were out the three of us we saw a show of break dancers on the promenade, and for comedic effect the ring leader of the breakdancers grabbed me and taught me a breakdance move in front of everybody so that he could make fun and so everybody could laugh. But then again, i deserved the picking on, because i always walk by their show on crowdy days with a lululemon sign and leech off some of their publicity. Anyway, i felt very stupid all in all, and thought that i could have done a much better job if not for being put all on the spot like that. anyway, a good time was had by all, and about 30 seconds of that was at my expense.

foooooood reprised (plus art)

So this having a parent visiting is a good deal! Today for lunch we went to Swingers, a diner-esque place on Broadway that I've walked past lots of times and looked at with interest. It was quite good: a pretend diner, updated for the hip modern crowd. Leah had a vegan club, which is something you can't get at your average truck stop I'm sure. The place is within easy walking distance, so I'm sure they haven't seen the last of us (I plan on going for the early bird special: two pancakes, two eggs and sausage for only $3.75! Every weekday until 10:00!).

After that (and after we came home for a bit to recover) we went over to the Getty Museum, and it was as nice as ever. We only looked at two little exhibits, and then spent the rest of the visit looking at the gardens. I took about a million pictures and Leah took a few more, so I'm sure you'll see some of them online at some point. Coming down from the museum on the tram (cause you have to take a tram up to that crazy old place, city on a hill, from where you park) we saw that the 405 was about completely stopped up, so we whipped out the map and noticed that we could just take Sepulveda to Wilshire and bypass the freeways altogether, which we did. And it was good. Also it made us realize how close we live to that museum, so it too will no doubt be seeing more of our custom. Specially since it's free, which is always a plus in my book.

Now Leah and pre are taking in a movie, Miracle, but I'm weak and lazy so I stayed home. Also she needed some father time and I needed some tv/internet/relaxing time, so it all worked out. Hopefully they won't stay out too late though, cause both she and I have been dying from tiredness lately. Also it's my turn to read to her, and I want to get a big chunk of that book put away!

I'm working on some pictures for the site, and the page looks really nice as it is (if I do say so myself) but the set of pictures is kind of a downer, and maybe doesn't do justice to its subject matter (our fine town here). So Ima see if I can take a few more good shots tomorrow, like maybe one of the sunset over the water to finish things off. Then, finally, you will be able to see some pictures. It's about time!