The Unemployed Life

Technically my last day of work February 16th but since my aunt was so sick and then passed, the first 6 weeks of unemployment were busy, sad, and filled with doctors, wine, and funerals. 

I am so, so, soooo beyond thankful that I was able to spend that time with my Aunt Peggy and my family. Life works out in funny ways, and I feel like I was granted such a gift during her last few weeks of life.

Now that I'm in California, I'm less helpful....and quite frankly bored! Since I'm not bringing in any money, I feel pretty bad about spending it, so I'm not shopping (for clothes) at all.

The only time I'll let myself spend money is when I'm going out and meeting new people - because...let's face it, a girl needs friends!

A lot of my new friends live in Santa Monica, which is only 10 minutes away, so I've been spending a lot of time in this cute city. 

On Tuesday, my new (and 1st) friend Dawn and I took an aggressively intense workout class at Equinox. Dawn says she spots celebs on the regular, but to my avail we didn't see anyone.

Our reward for such a class was dinner and drinks at The Misfit....after catching the sunset on the ocean.

Then, on Thursday, I went back into Santa Monica and walked around the promenade. It's a really quaint 4 block pedestrian walkway with tons of shopping, restaurants, and bars. Plus, they have performers every block that are super talented. It's really touristy, but it made me feel like I was on Spring Break.

After a few hours of window shopping, I met an old family friend at The Shutters hotel on Pico.

It's an absolutely beautiful hotel, right on the ocean. It's my favorite restaurant that I've been to since moving to LA and it's an absolute MUST if you find yourself traveling here in the future.

We sat at the bar in their hotel Coast, and enjoyed a few glasses of wine and really yummy small plates.

Plus, since I've been home, I've been trying to tackle small projects around the house, like hanging pictures! We're still waiting to order a head board, but for now, we're liking the vibe!

And since everyday is Friday for me, I've been enjoying a lot of cooking and drinking.

Tomorrow, Joel and I are heading down to Santa Barbara to enjoy our 5 year anniversary - more wine, good food, and a cozy B&B.

So, while I may be a wee bit bored.....life isn't too bad!


  1. It sounds like you are adjusting to Southern California quite nicely! Santa Monica is my favorite as well as Abbott Kinney in Venice. Have a wonderful time on your trip. SB is BEAUTIFUL! You might want to move there when you are finished with LA.

  2. oh the life! sounds fun!! yes, i have drank coffee before...maybe ill go for a big glass tomorrow so i have extra energy! thanks for the advice ;)

  3. Your bedroom looks so relaxing. Well done! Glad to hear you are enjoying yourself. :)