one of my dearest friends, ladan, came to visit for the week. although we did get to show her around our neighborhood, try out some of our favorite eateries, and go on a pseudo hike at griffith park, we spent most of our time together mattress shopping. you think i’m joking, but alas, i’m not. but you see, this is the difference between friends that just merge seamlessly into your life, and those that you have to entertain with an entire agenda of activities. ladan is definitely one of the former types of friends. she had no expectations of the trip besides hanging out with me and dev, which made her visit seem all too short. and now there is a lonely hole on our shower shelf where her shampoo used to be.
in other news, we are about to embark on the third batch of SoulPancake episodes for the Oprah Winfrey Network. pre-production has been particularly tricky this time around as many of our crew and contacts are traveling for the holidays/new year, and lots of businesses we work with have wonky holiday hours. but as always, we’ll figure out a way to pull it off, because we always do. and in the meantime, i’ve been building cardboard models of our set designs while i eat my weight’s worth in kumquats. (one thing california does really well is its citrus trees and i’m not ashamed to ask the locals if i can pillage their trees.)
i’m a bit sore today and i blame my pre-natal yoga class. even though it’s just an hour of really gentle stretching my poor little expanding body got a work out. it’s strange not to have the get-up-and-go that i used to have…and honestly, more than this giant orb-protrusion at my belly, it’s the fact that i can’t do anything speedily that is taking the most getting used to. gone are the days where i would spring out of bed, and scamper around. getting out of bed now comprises of a 4 step process. and step 4 is usually me giving up and collapsing on my side, and dev having to help me out.
i’m also trying to go for a walk once a day. luckily, our neighborhood is perfect for this. dev and i usually head to proof bakery where i’ll get a decaf and pretend it’s a real coffee and then we explore our neighborhood. and i’ll take photos of bits of nothing that are bits of everything to me: