As some of you know, right now I’m in LA – Marina del Ray to be precise! It’s lovely and sunny here but I have so many things to get done that I can’t go out and play until my work is complete : ) Thankfully it's still early here, whearas back at home in the UK it's approaching bed time... very surreal!
One of the things on my to do list is to blog! Long overdue being an understatement ...So here we are... and today I want to share with you my “yesterday” – my first full day in LA.
Thursday 29th January 2009: I woke at 5.15am, still adjusting to time zone changes a bit. It’s always weird when I come to the US as I’m usually speaking or skyping Katie in her final hour at work because of the 8 hour difference! It’s quite odd for me but I’m sure always a bit of a last minute dash for her as I suddenly launch on her 10 different things that need to be done or checked before she leaves for the day! God bless her that she’s the most wonderful PA a girl could wish for. Thankfully she knows just how much I mean that!
So, back to yesterday. I woke in a bit of a panic. I’d been dreaming that it was 8:40am and I hadn’t booked the taxi I needed to get me to my meeting for 9am – yikes! Thankfully realising it was still early and it was a dream after all alleviated the stress, but nonetheless moved me to book that cab immediately!
And it was.
He has his first two wobbly teeth!
I could have cried with motherly love and pride as he described to me where they were and how one of his friends in Kingfisher class had received a NOTE from the tooth fairy as well as some money.
“Goodness!” I said. “Do you think the tooth fairy will write you a note?”
“I don’t know,” said Luke hoping that she would, of course. Well you can bet that his fairy will and she’ll put lots of kisses on it too ; )
So with my most important priorities of the day taken care of it was time to get showered and dressed ready for the meeting.
At 8am my friendly Russian cabbie arrived, and though he was a few minutes early was happy to wait and then once on board did his best to communicate to me that he’d just picked up a film star and taken him to Malibu beach for filming. He just didn’t know who he was : )
“Oh yes,” thought I. “This is really California I’m in... like, for real!”
Driving in rush hour traffic was actually fine. Nothing like I even see heading towards Cambridge of a morning! Rush hour? Busy, yes, but not as bad as the A10 at 8:30am! Perhaps there is one thing us British do bigger after all : )
Arriving at my destination my driver asked if I wanted to be collected later, to which I replied “yes please” and then I was on my way into the elegant glass walled offices for my big meeting.
Three-and-a-half hours later and I was back in the yellow cab. I asked if we could please go via Whole Foods Market at Venice Beach, and, although he had no clue what it was, said yes (at least I had directions!).
Once we arrived and I had quivered with excitement at the tall produce-packed building that stood before me (!) I said I would be about 10 minutes but I think it was probably more like 15 or 20! WFM is very almost my idea of heaven... seeing all the fresh produce laid out looking lush and abundant, and then discovering an entire “raw food” row was something that once again made me wish England was as proactive with its health food evolution as it is with its organic policies. Having said that, as much as I’d love to see a range of stores like this in the UK, it’s not something I personally have the time to take on right now!
I did my supermarket sweep as fast as I could while trying not to miss anything important (challenging) and ended up with 3 large bags worth of produce. I was so excited by what I found that I took photos as soon as I got home!! [Once I’m back in the UK I’ll upload them as I know my fellow Europeans will be more than curious, especially when I share that I bought some pre-packaged raw food take-away style meals – yes indeedy! Very yum!!]
My trip was made complete by the fact that my VISA worked and a store assistant paid me a big compliment as I was scooting my way around the store! (When he did so I said “thank you” and he said “NO, thank YOU!” ha-ha)
So that was my WFM experience, and then, just as I was about to walk away from the checkout and head out to the car park (sorry, parking lot) who should appear but Mr Taxi himself! I felt like a total princess as he wheeled my trolley and loaded the boot (trunk) with my precious brown bagged cargo : )
Back home in Marina del Ray I couldn’t wait to tuck in to my new goodies. First up was a young coconut – one of my all time favourite foods (and all too rare for me back home). As I made my way into it I thought, “Whoever gains my hand in marriage will show up at my door with red roses, juicy strawberries and a young coconut!” ... and realised that I was actually serious! LOL.
Clearly the LA air has got to me.
After satiating my thirst it was time for the food and of course, in I dived to the pre-made raw meals and dips – yes for the novelty and “already made-ness” of them... BUT... realising that, as lovely as they are, I’m still (and always will be) a “simple foods are the best” kind of girl, I found a lot more pleasure in the huge strawberries and young coconut flesh than the more man-made stuff.
Then it was down to work and checking emails, of which there were a fair few as normal! I even posted on Facebook that I was so excited about my future plans that I couldn’t sit down to make them happen – and it was true. My meeting in LA had been all I hoped it would be and more besides. Now I just have some "homework" to do.
And this is where we are today.
Right now, there are so many truly BRILLIANT things about to pop from this corner of the internet that even I can’t believe it.
My best offerings to date are about to hatch and it looks like they’ll all be coming in quick succession!
Stay tuned, literally, for in the next 24 hours a whole long list of things you’ll want to know about will be going live on this page... and fuelled by strawberries, young coconuts and dreaming of roses, I can’t wait to share them with you!