Friday, June 28, 2013

Four Things Friday

knit, read, drink, and get married!
Temperatures are climbing in Los Angeles.  It's a sauna out there, guys.  Here are few things this week that have helped me survive the heat.  More importantly, they can also help get your mind off of your painful break up, dry spell, or even just the first (or tenth) rocky phase in your current relationship. 

The Little Knittery
Knitting: my new hobby
There's nothing to get your mind off the hot weather then...knitting a scarf.  Just kidding.  I know it's kind of a random hobby for the summer time, but if I start now, I'll have some scarves and hats finished by Christmas!  I used to be really into knitting back when I lived in New York and then I gave it up.  When I realized recently that I completely forgot how to cast-on, I got depressed and decided it was time to revisit my old hobby and take a knitting class.  Last Sunday, I went to a two hour course at The Little Knittery in Atwater Village.  For $40, I re-learned how to cast on, as well as how to do a garter and stockinette stitch!  I'm so hip now!  One other reason I decided to take up knitting again is that I'm totally addicted to my phone and I figured it would help me stay away from it. I also think it's really important to have your own hobbies when you're in a relationship.  And hobbies are just as important when you're single, because they can take your mind off of obsessing over a dating prospect.  Something about the monotony of knitting feels meditative and gets my mind off anything I'm feeling stressed out or anxious about.  Sadly, ladies: you will not meet a guy in knitting class.
What I'm Reading: The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
You know those super famous popular books that you're told time and time again you should read, but you avoid them like the plague becasue they are incredibly long and intimidating?  Well, The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen has been on my bookshelf for years and I've never gotten around to conquering it.  I know, I know, I'm freaking 10+ years late to the party, but better late than never right?  Anyway, I'm only 100 pages in, but I find it rare these days to read a book where my mind doesn't end up wandering for several pages at a time.  I know some people think Franzen is a dick and him and Oprah had a fight when she chose The Corrections as one of her book club picks and he called her other selections "shmaltzy" and she rescinded the invitation for him to appear on her show, but they totally made up after his novel Freedom came out, but I don't care.  The writing is really good.  And so far there are so many juicy BLOW OFFs that will make whatever you're going through seem way less tormented and fucked up.  I'll let you know once I'm done with all 575 pages if it ends up sucking.
The Roof on Wilshire
Rooftop Bars
My new summer resolution is to go to more rooftop bars for happy hour.  There aren't many (if any) in my neighborhood, but there are a several great spots when you go further west in LA or when you head to downtown.  The pictures are from a drinks date this week at The Roof On Wilshire (at Wilshire and Crescent Heights), which I think is one of the best kept secrets in LA.  The above cocktail was the bourbon smash which will cost you $7 during happy hour.  The clientele is a bit douchey, but there's also good people watching.  It makes me miss The Delancey rooftop on the lower east side in Manhattan, but this is a fine substitute (even if it's totally the type of place they would film a Bachelorette group date).  Also, if you believe in the whole stigma of meeting guys in bars, surely that doesn't pertain to meeting guys at a rooftop bar, right?
No more DOMA, no more Prop Hate! 
We were able to witness a huge day in history on Wednesday.  The Supreme Court ruled that DOMA was unconstitutional (no shit) and sided with the lower courts on prop 8.  Yay California!  I'm hoping this means that when my imaginary kids grow up, they'll be like "hold up, there was a time when gay people couldn't get married?  WTF was wrong with people back then!" Hopefully by then, it will also be legal in the 37 states that it's currently not allowed.  And hopefully by then, my children will not be speaking in acronyms.  Here's hoping a lot of people that couldn't get married before Wednesday put a ring on it this weekend and live happily ever after.  Love is love.  It's also a precursor to heartbreak, but we don't need to think about that right now. 

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