To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, October 15, 2007

Road Trip!!! (Santa Barbara Style)

I love Orange County (for the most part... exceptions being: all the plastic parts, sporting accessory dogs in prada carrying cases, and of course TRAFFIC)! So, it's strange that I am always so excited to get out-of-town every chance I can get.

My parents went to Machu Pichu, Peru with their best friends, the Bodens, this week. Their best friends still live in Santa Barbara, where I grew up, so they suggested we use their house for the weekend. We took them up on the offer.


Sometimes I forget how beautiful that place is.

Surprisingly, the drive up only took two hours. Cori was a speedy one! The Bodens live in the mountains off San Marcos pass. Wendy and I are training for a 1/2 and full marathon, so we went running at the only point in the day when the sun came out - go figure. We had to run down the mountain to get to flat ground and then as soon as we got there, turn around and go back up! It was rough. When we came home Aaron was trying to help Cori alleviate her nausea due to turbulence (or get rid of her migraine)... But, to us, it looked like he was playing Kavorkian. I still don't buy that home remedy!



Then we went to play tennis. (I know - sporty gal aren't I??? - I use the term "play tennis" very loosely".) But, the only courts I know that aren't attached to a country club were the ones at my old high school. So we drove to SMHS and the gates were locked! My bright idea - scale 'em. Ok, I might be exaggerating, but I don't think so. The gates were 10' tall. Aaron, Wendy and I got over relatively uninjured, while Cori and Dan went in search of a more easily accessible court, which they found. On the way out of the tennis courts the most tragic thing happened! I got over the fence fine except for one minor detail! I had tied my sweatshirt around my waist so that I would have two free hands for scaling. Unfortunately, my sweatshirt got caught on the top on the fence in three places thereby hanging me! No joke, I was totally suspended in the air, dangling from a fence. Apparently, it WAS funny. But, not so much for me. I reached back to unhook myself and totally impaled myself in the fence. I currently have a hole in my arm and am being forced by Jonathan to go get a tetnis shot (which is what I will be having for lunch today)!. Sometimes I forget that I am neither young nor agile.


(Robin and Brett were on the phone getting directions to see us - just so you know Robin, you are in one picture - just not physically!)


We finished off the day by going down to Sterns Wharf and eating lunch at Longboards, strolling up and down State Street and heading over to La Super Rica for dinner.

For some reason, we felt like documenting all of this in a ridiculous fashion.
I love my friends! They are all super Rad! They make silly and stupid poses all for the sake of the blog!

We started the next day by taking my parents to breakfast at an IHOP in Inglewood! The surroundings were only slightly less desirable than where we had spent the previous day - but only slightly.

9 comments:

Robin said...

I'm glad I made a picture in spirit! I loved playing games with ya'll and having my baby dinner. More fun weekends to follow and I promise next time I'll be 100% present.

Brian said...

Most of these pictures look like you guys are a bunch of couples. I love it.

Cori said...

Brian is right! Ali and I totally look like a couple. The boys do look coupley with the pirates. Oh, wait the whale and I look totally enamored with each other.

Brett said...

Yo Ali!! I feel cool, my name made the blog. Some feel good they made the picture in spirit, I'm just happy I made the text for realz. What can I say, I'm cheap, I'm easy?

Seymour Glass said...

what, no mention of la superica? i wish you'd have called me. i'm guessing nobody ordered La Especial. best thing on the menu. or the tamal de verduras. also awesome. i love that place. i should've gone to UCSB when i had the chance...

The last Unicorn said...

Too fun... how did you get that outline on your pics???

robin said...

Rob...I mentioned La Superica by talking about my "baby dinner." Talk about little portions. Luckily they only charge close to nothing. It was good, don't get me wrong, but why no chips on the menu? I think no chips is no good.

Ali B. said...

Rob - The La Super Rica mention was ACTUALLY in Paragraph 6! I know I am verbose... but, it is my blog. I don't blame you for not reading through the whole thing. And, for the record, I got a #9 - whatever that was.

Brett - I heard you were actually cheap and sleezy - no??? cheap and easy will work too. So, good to have you down here! You are the perfect gentleman! Come back whenever you want... just don't stress out Robin.

Brian- we are all in love. We shared one bed all weekend - one twin bed. If you want in next time...

Lori - I have no idea how I got that line... just showed up... no joke. Sorry, I couldn't be more helpful. I can't even get the line spacing to appear the way I want it to!

Brett said...

Ali-
Robin was stressed before I ever showed up. I'm sure I had NOTHING to do with it ;) You have a great group of friends, thanks for letting me hang with the cool cats!