There are times when I really love where I live (and times I don’t) but Sunday was one of those days I felt exceptionally blessed to live in such an amazing city.
The day started off with a family shoot at one of my favorite ranches in the San Fernando Valley. Regardless of the fact that it was 95 degrees at 10:30 in the morning we kept cool in the shade of the tree canopies surrounding the area.
Shortly after I met up with my mentee, a 14 year old girl from SM, to see a movie. I’m not normally a fan of animated films but our choices were limited… Magic Mike, Ted and the sold out Spider-Man. It just so happened there were a few seats left for the 2:30 showing of Madagascar 3. (I didn’t even know there was a 2 yet.)
We stocked up on popcorn, icees, and candy and enjoyed the show with a theater full of 5-year-olds.
But! the highlight of my day was taking the city bus home from the Century City Plaza. (I was dropped off at the theater because of time constraints caused by our slow-as-a-snail Trader Joes checker.) At first I was a little scared of the bus but quickly reminded myself that one of the reasons we moved to the city, was so I wouldn’t have to drive my car as often.
Aside from the less than friendly driver, screaming one year old and that funky smell, the ride was pretty pleasant. I met the cutest South African/British couple on who were here on holiday. We talked the entire ride down Santa Monica Blvd. and by the time I got off at my stop I felt like I had made two new friends! For a moment there I felt like I was the one in a different country and it made me smile. I love living in an area that is so attractive to travelers. Los Angeles is so rich with different cultures and I often forget to stop and take notice of that.
It was an unusual Sunday for me and I loved every second of it. Sometimes it can feel extremely rewarding to live outside of the comfort zone.
Since I didn’t take a pic of my new bus buddies, I will leave you with a sneak peek of one of my family sessions from last week. Such sweet brothers these two were.