There have been an exhausting amount of conversations and details discussed over the past two weeks. Keith is currently wrapping up a documentary he's been working on for the past (almost) year and two weeks ago was approached by another film project. After several phone conversations, Skype calls, and emails, we decided it was a great opportunity and Keith gladly accepted the new editing job. He wraps up the first film in October and then near the end of the month, we head west. That's right - the Fraases are moving to Los Angeles (for 4 months)!
We'll be near Santa Monica, hopefully in a house, and plan to drive our car filled with clothes, baby stuff, and our pup cross-country. We're subletting our apartment in New York and we definitely plan to be back by March, and though everyone will think I'm nuts for saying this, we're both a little sad to miss out on our second New York winter. I was kind of excited about watching snow fall outside while Adeline and I snuggled inside with hot chocolate and Christmas movies playing in the background. But, this is a really great opportunity and I can't wait to share on social media further details once the film has a release date. Now for an even more positive spin, here are some of the things we're most looking forward to during our four-month stay in LA.
#1. Catching up with friends. Thankfully Keith has lots of film connections in LA and most have become friends over the years, so I'm looking forward to spending more time with all of them. And I have several old friends that I am excited to have some ladies nights out with (and play dates now that some of them have kids too)! Which segways perfectly into #2. :-)
#2. Tacos. I miss good Mexican food! People keep claiming there are good tacos and margaritas here in New York, but I have yet to have one as good as anything we'd find in Austin. And while I don't miss Austin (except all my favorite people!), I do miss some of our favorite restaurants at times. I am hoping to find a place near our LA rental with great breakfast tacos, a family-friendly place to introduce Adeline to her first chips and guacamole, and refreshing, delicious margaritas for some of those aforementioned ladies nights!
#3. Beaches. I don't care that much about swimming, but sitting on a cool beach with a book in hand while Adeline plays in the sand sounds absolutely lovely. And just maybe, being able to hang out on the beach in November will make up for missing out on the Christmas lights in Dyker Heights.
#4. Parks. I love Prospect Park and am so glad we live so close to such an awesome park, but I also am looking forward to spending more time in Griffith Park, taking Adeline for hikes (once she can go in the carrier on our backs), and working out with the Stroller Strides group in the park near our new temporary home.
#5. San Francisco. Unfortunately all this timing messed up a family trip we had planned for early October to San Francisco, and I was looking forward to Keih getting to see it for the first time. But now that we'll be in LA for 4 months, we're both thinking we might take a drive up Highway 1 and visit San Francisco and Big Sur at the end of the job. I did this with friends a few years ago and I'd love to make the drive again with Keith and Adeline!
#6. Trader Joe's. There are Trader Joe's here as well, but we are currently members of the Park Slope Food Co-op, so that's where we do 99% of our shopping. I could share all sorts of derogatory, ridiculous stories about what it's like shopping and working there, but I'm honestly afraid they'd revoke our membership. So instead I'll just say I am totally looking forward to shopping in a larger grocery store, navigating wider aisles, and polite store employees that are actually happy to help you find something.
#7. Driving. Okay this is actually me attempting to put a positive spin on knowing that I'll have to drive more frequently in LA. I actually love that the most I drive here is when I double-park the car each week to avoid getting a ticket. I drove to the co-op on a rainy day this week to grocery shop and it was like a special treat. I really love not driving regularly, but the tough part is that we so rarely drive that Adeline hates being in her car seat. So that's what I'm actually looking forward to about having to drive more frequently. It would be nice for Adeline to get a little more used to being in the car, so when we want to take weekend trips here, she doesn't start freaking out after 30 minutes.
I can't wait to share more on our brief relocation over the next few months, prepping for the move, and making a short-term rental feel homey. In the meantime, please send all your LA tips my way - especially where to go for your favorite tacos!