Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Busy Weekend

We had a really busy weekend and I'm just now catching my breath from it! On Saturday, we woke up early and went to the mall- where I bought jeans in a size smaller (yea!) and Mr. Mustard got some shorts. I didn't think he'd be able to find shorts in November- but it is L.A., afterall- so he found some really nice ones. Clothes shopping for Mr. Mustard is such a rare thing that when he finds something he likes my immediate reaction is to say "get it now and in triplicate!"

We had lunch at the mall and discovered a really great "family area" in the food court. It's basically a private suite of rooms where you can change diapers, feed babies, and other neat things. It was a really really nice find- we were looking for a place to feed Paprika and change her diaper- and luckily happened upon the family area.

After that, we went to look at bigger places to rent. We saw three houses in Culver City- all of them were unfortunately disappointing on some level- either because they were on really busy streets, or the price was too high, or a combination of things. But, it was fun driving around together.

Then we went to the newly opened Griffith Park Observatory- it has been closed for the past four years and was one of our favorite places to go before it was shut down for the renovation. A famous scene from Rebel Without a Cause was filmed there- and the observatory has the most beautiful views of the city. We had to reserve tickets a few weeks ago- and then park and take a shuttle to the Observatory. It was worth it, though! Paprika had a good time and it was great to be able to introduce her to the Observatory at only 12 weeks old! I was a nervous wreck because there were SO many people at the Observatory and I didn't want people bumping into us with Paprika in tow. The observatory was packed- it was like being at a crowded rock concert. We managed to steer clear of the crowds mostly and stayed about an hour and a half before heading home.

On Sunday, we took a trip up the coast to Santa Barbara. We had lunch at The Habit- our favorite hamburger haunt. It was Paprika's first trip to the Habit and she did great! She sat in her car seat while we ate, and looked out at all of the people. Afterwards, we took Hauser up to the beach and went for a hike at Elwood Shores. He got really worn out and loved running through the grass. We took Paprika there when she was 2 weeks old- so this was not her first trip. She liked it and slept pretty much the whole time while Mr. Mustard carried her in the Baby Bjorn.

Sunday was also the sixth anniversary of Mr. Mustard and my first date. Mr. Mustard's mom watched Paprika so we could go to a nice dinner and see a movie- it was wonderful. It was the first time that Mr. Mustard and I got to go out to dinner by ourselves since my mom was in town (9 weeks ago)- and the first time I had seen a movie in the theaters since before Paprika was born. We saw Borat, which Mr. Mustard had been dying to see. It was a nice break to get out for a couple of hours.

Yesterday I did a lot of clean-up around the apartment. It's never-ending, of course, but somehow it seems to pile up really quickly after the weekend. I did about 6 loads of laundry, dishes, etc. and then did some rearranging. I have it almost to where we can turn the breakfast nook into Paprika's room. I know we'll be moving before long, but in case we're here a few more months, it would be nice for Mr. Mustard and I to have our own bedroom again.

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