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2 September 2008

this girl is currently recovering from a wonderful weekend.  :)  sarah came to visit me, so we got to spend the weekend with each other, hanging out, shopping, and eating.  it was wonderful and sort of busier than planned and just fun.

friday night, i picked up sarah in long beach (got to love flying jet blue!), and then we headed down to costa mesa for a dinner we love so much: ravioli at maggiano’s.  mmm… delicious!  that place really is one of our favorites, and we always order very, very similar meals there.  anyway, this visit was definitely not a disappointment.  we headed home afterward very, very full. :)

saturday, we decided to cruise all around the o.c.  we had a great breakfast at the pacific whey cafe at crystal cove in newport, and from there we went over to balboa island.  sarah’d never been there before, and i hadn’t even spent much time there, so it was fun to sort of explore the island.  we walked all around and picked out the houses we wish we could afford.  and we even wandered around the little shops, though we didn’t have frozen bananas or balboa bars.  it was really just quiet and nice.  and next up was fashion island, where we did more wandering and a little shopping.  i found new jeans at martin + osa, so that’s rad.  and then we went over to sprinkles for cupcakes!  yay!  this was one thing sarah said she definitely wanted to do while visiting me.  it was delicious! :)  after resting for a few minutes back at my apartment, we decided on dinner at carbonara in san clemente (pretty good italian, but not the best ever), and then we went up to aliso to see “vicky cristina barcelona.”  what a funny, delightful movie! :)  i really enjoyed it, even if i am not so sure about the last 10 minutes or so.  still, i really did like it.

sunday was another busy day for sarah and me.  we decided to drive all the way out to the desert to cabazon to the big outlet mall there.  neither of us had been there, and it was kind of an adventure.  it didn’t take us too long (90 minutes) to get there, but it was packed when we arrived and we even had problems valet parking my car (after trying and failing miserably to just park it myself).  but anyway, we got that worked out eventually and then got to shopping.  there were tons of great outlets there, including my absolute, hands-down favorite, j.crew.  i love that store!  it’s the same as the regular j.crew stores but cheaper.  so great!  anyway, we both did just a little damage and had a fun time wandering all around and trying on zillions of things. :)  on our way back home, we took a wrong turn somewhere and ended up deciding to take the ortega highway all the way from the 215 out to the coast, which is like 30 miles on a crazy mountain road.  i’d never done that drive before, so i didn’t even know what i was getting us into.  but we took our time and made it safely back to san clemente.  i think it was actually kind of a fun bit of our adventure.  and then had a good mexican dinner on del mar in san clemente before crashing early like the old ladies that we are.

yesterday (monday), we slept in a little later than usual.  then we had a really good lunch at z pizza before doing a little more shopping at loehmann’s, the nordstrom rack, and dsw.  i didn’t find anything, but sarah found awesome shoes that i totally wish i could have.  also, we stopped by this new grocery store called fresh and easy to check it out (sarah’s into grocery stores because she works for one).  and then it was, sadly, time to take her back to the airport so she could get back to woodland.  i’m so glad she came to visit, and i had a great time hanging out with her.

after leaving sarah in long beach, i picked up some snacks and headed to lindsay’s house for a “gossip girl” night with her and her friend liz.  we hung around there eating junk food and enjoying 4 great episodes from the first season.  and then it was time for the season 2 premiere!  it was really fun to watch it all together!  :)  love that show!

and then today it was time to get back to reality and back to work.  and wow.  it turned out to be a bit of a crazy day, but i think i got enough done.

and i got to catch up with katherine tonight, though not under great circumstances.  still, it is good to hear her voice.

i think it’s time for me to get to bed already.  more soon…

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