Summer Recap! (Holy Molies, Save This For When You Have a Wiiiiide Open Schedule)

I'm a lazy blogger and I've decided to make this entry an all-out photo fest recap. I know... Nothing of real value will be typed from here on out (as opposed to all my other entries, which are always chock full o' hilarious, wild, informative anecdotes about absolutely nothing).

Ughhhh, I HateHateHate that summer has come and gone already. I'm not even close to accepting the idea that I have to pack up my Hawaiian Tropic canceroil, close the tab on my Sangria boozefest, and wake up from my big dreams of roadtrips up and down the California coast. Don't get me wrong. Fall is a cool season too, but I've just had so many noteable things going on this summer that I'm not really looking forward to letting it go. These last few months have been busier than ever and hopefully these pictures will keep you up to date on what's been going in the wonderful world of TILTE. Some of the pix you may or may not have already seen. Just go with it and pretend like they're just as earth-shattering now as they were the first time around.

Let's get this party sharted.

Biscuit LOVES the pool. She will dive right in at the drop of a hat and took full advantage of having a pool in the roasting hot San Fernando Valley.

Kosmo, on the other hand, has seen better days. I still haven't found the backyard lawn hooligan who did this, but Kosmo's feeling back to normal and doesn't even care that he has 12 staples in his side. He hears they're all the rage in Milan this season.

My rad little house with the rad little pool? Gone. That's what happens when you get a divorce. Apologies for never planning a Bloggers Gone Wild Pool Party. Maybe my mom will let me invite some friends over for root beer floats instead. But probably not, so don't hold your breath.

College roommates. :::Cue Peaches & Herb's Reunited::: These kinds of things need to happen more often.

Big time family reunion. I'm talking family members from near and far, united around one blessed tri tip and enjoying each others company. That's how it works with family- when you only get together once every 15 years, it's totally acceptable to have a good time. It's only the mofos you see every other weekend that you want to strangle.

The county fair. Guaranteed fun as long as you're cool with spending arms and legs for a corndog and some funnel cake. Also, watch out for the animals in the petting zoo- they're starving and will eat your face off. They don't even care how many times you tell them that silk shirts should not be chewed on, they will chew them anyway.

Another roommate reunion. This time it was with Orla, my flatmate from good old Londontown. She, her sister Tanya, and their boyfriends came out for two weeks and partied it up, Brits-on-holiday style. I met up with them on their last night here in LA and we had dinner at Bubbles Gump. I'd never been there before and didn't think I would be too dazzled because 1. I'm not really into the shrimps and 2. I don't think Forest Gump is a particularly appealing interior decor style. Alas, Bubbles proved me wrong. I ended up ordering the Pear and Berry Salad, Original Sweet Tea Cooler, and Mama's Best Strawberry Shortcake. THEY.WERE.ALL.DEELISHUS. Swearsies. The salad was good because it didn't have all that boring salad shit, like lettuce, in it- there were lots of fruits, feta cheese, and candied nuts. Mmm... just the way I like my salads. The Original Sweet Tea Cooler was a FAB drink that's super easy to make at home (Sweet Tea infused vodka and lemonade) and tastes JUST like an Arnold Palmer. And the strawberry shortcake was off the chizzain and I've been dreaming of it ever since. B. Gump, you get 4 chins.

Living near the beach again has its perks.

Tea Time with the Bunacers. Since we all lived in London, we got majorly spoiled on teas and scones and now we make it a point to enjoy these finer things in life as often as possible. We always stick with the Chado Tea Rooms, but this time we tried a new location, the Japanese American National Museum. The Afternoon Tea is a MUST have for anyone who's even thinking of being in the LA area- four finger sandwiches, scone with cream and strawberries, dessert, and your choice of tea from the huge 200 tea selection. There are pros and cons for each Chado location, which I will have to save for a later date, but all Chados are goooood Chados.

The summer was rounded out with an amazing wedding celebration at Shutters in Santa Monica. The couple's handwritten vows were so beautiful, even I (with my stone cold dead-behind-the-eyes heart) got a case of the watery eyeballs. The venue was perfect AND, as if they hadn't spoiled their guests enough, they had every wedding-goers dream come true: An Open Bar. To that, I say- Cheers Mr. and Mrs. Duke.

That pretty much sums up my crazy hectic summer. I know, this whole blog thing has propelled me into super stardom and my days will forever be filled with special appearances and I need to get used to it already. So, when I take a brief hiatus here and there, you guys all know why. It's because I'm totally making cameos with my celebuds, Paris and Lilo. Either that, or I'm taking a nap.


Biscuit said...

woah woah woah woah...did i miss something somewhere somehow?

i's confussed.

ANywhoooo, looks like a rad summer! Mayhaps I shall email you later.

Ally said...

Hello, I want your life! I want to live near the beach, have a house with a pool, dine at fabulous places and attend amazing weddings. I'm so jealous, I may have to boycott you blog for a bit.

erin said...

What a wonderful summer!

I hated all the food photos though, because I am hungry.

But I'm always hungry.

So don't hate yo.

(I don't make any sense because I'm hungry, ignore me)

You're Lucky I Don't Have a Gun... said...

biscuit- i think you're the only one who caught that.

ally- it only sounds truly amazing on the world wide web.

erin- i'm hungry too and i'm thinking about making a driveby bingeing at mcdonald's this morning. i'll let you know how it goes.

Sara Louise said...

I think you snuck something in there that I don't want to mention in case I'm completely off the mark and being intrusive, but I will say, sorry :-(

But bonus to living near the beach, delicious food, fab friends, and good drinks :-)

You're Lucky I Don't Have a Gun... said...

sara- you're right, i did sneak something in there. but it's not a sad thing, so turn that frown upside down.

and yeah... the beach, food, friends, and drinks really make a difference. :)

Nikosmommy said...

Great post! Your summer was action packed and full of greatness. I too of course caught your little spill on the dets... (my powers of perception and picking up on the obvious are astounding!)
Things have been changing in your life! Hope all is well and you're hanging in there....
bring on more posts and we'll get through fall together!

Chrystal said...

Your summer has been pretty darn fun all in all. Keep your chin up kid & I want to go to Bubba Gump!

Kim said...

No frown, just warm thoughts either way.

Sounds like a fantastic summer all in all.

What happened to your poor puppy!!!?!?!? Did he get attacked???? :-( Okay... frowns there.

LaceyRee said...

ohhh poor puppy! when my dog had to have that silly cone on his head my dad sprinkled dog food around the kitchen floor and then followed the dog around while holding onto his tail and yelling "it's the Dog Vac" Billy Mays style while the dog ate.
Anyway, I hope you're doing well... but by the pictures it seems you are! Living by the beach would be amazing! I'm jealous that you have your toes in the sand and are listening to the waves and stuck in the middle of the desert, no waves around.

You're Lucky I Don't Have a Gun... said...

Niko- that's why i like you, you pick up on my subtle hints. it's almost like we share one mind.

chrystal- it's at citywalk, just let me know when you want to go again. i could eat that strawberry shortcake every day.

kim- i have no idea what happened to kosmo. i noticed one day when i let him back into the house, he had a silver dollar sized hole ripped into his side. it was gross and you could see insides. i took him to the vet, he got a little one-on-one sleepy time with the vet, and came back with twelse staples and a giant funnel.

lacey- yeah..... i wouldn't trade in the beach for the desert. like, ever. trading the beach for DESSERT? that's a different story.

Sara said...

I caught that too. Glad to hear you're ok with everything. Lots of changes and lots of good things going on in your life - plus the food is amazing! Thinking of you!

asha lanae said...

I'll have to learn to drop subtleties in my blogs just as you TILTE. I do believe 2010 is the summer/year for change. Luckily, here in TX, summer doesn't end until November-ish, lol. No seasons here!!

P.s. Found this amazing app on my iPhone that actually unites foodies who like to take and post pictures of their dining adventures. Will definitely be using it tomorrow!

sheila said...

First off that second shot of your dog jumping in the pool is realllly awesome! And your poor stapled doggie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I was marveling at your food shots on this post. Some I drooled over twice, lol.

Ashley, The Accidental Olympian said...

I can't get past the deer.


Erin said...

Your food looks so yummy! I'm currently living abroad [in Australia] right now and I know I'm going to miss the food too when I get back to the states.

You're Lucky I Don't Have a Gun... said...

sara- thanks for the thoughts! btw, i'm still totally jealous about the tennis thing.

asha- it seems like a lot of changes are taking place this summer. how has everything been with your situation?

sheila- i knew that shot of biscuit was too good to pass up. she looks like a crazy jackalope.

ashley- the deer was even BETTER in real life. but she was a chewer. as soon as you averted your eyes, she was eating your clothes off. i think she had a deal going with one of the tshirt vendors...

erin- thanks for following! you will definitely miss some australian items when you get back. when does your visa end?

allison said...

i refuse to be sad unless you want me to.

as always, your food looks amazing times infinity.

come visit texas and we'll nosh on baby eels!

asha lanae said...

Well, I've been trying to make the transition easy, but it's hard when the other person isn't allowing that to happen. But hey, what can you do? In due time all things will happen as they're supposed to.

Wombat Central said...

Weeks late and a dollar short (or something like that)... Quite the summer, lady. I'm glad you're calling the big "D" a good thing. I think that means you landed on your feet and are better off? Hope so.

Sooo much good food in there!

drollgirl said...

dude! you've got a lot going on here! you could have made 40 posts out of this post!

hope all is well!!!

Marsy said...

Laughing lots at dog jumping into the pool pics, he seems so utterly keen it's hilarious. Lovely post x

RN Mama said...

Wait a minute. What the? Just when I was about to tell how jealous I was about the pool again, you slip in that little tid-bit? I'm somewhat speechless, and confused (but that goes without saying).

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