Trip to LA

I have been wanting to visit LA for a while so when Kev said he had to go for a business trip I jumped on the opportunity to accompany him. Since I didn’t want to take any actual vacation days and I’ve been meaning to visit the ABC LA office where my counterpart sits, I made it into a little work-fun trip for myself as well.

We flew out on Wednesday night and we lucked out because we were one of the last flights out before the East coast was hit with a snow storm. I worked on Thursday and Friday and was able to do a few fun things after work and on the weekend. My highlights were going to The Getty Museum, The Broad Museum, and brunching at The Ivy. We stayed at the Viceroy in Beverly Hills which was really nice. Kev’s cousin works there so we got the hook-up.

On Friday night we went to The Getty after work and on Saturday morning we went to The Broad. They both were amazing museums and I’m glad we went to both of them because they served a different purpose for me. I enjoyed The Getty for its architecture and the view. It was also really cool seeing the fog roll into the city below at dusk.  I enjoyed The Broad for its contemporary art. There were SO many good pieces including Andy Warhol’s Single Elvis (I of course had to send my Grandma a pic of that one), Roy Lichtenstein’s Non-Objective I, Jeff Koons’ Rabbit, Balloon Dog (Blue), and Tulips, a few pieces by Takashi Murakami, and many others. Even though we got to The Broad a half hour before it opened, there was still a long wait for Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room so we weren’t able to see that, but I still had a great time and I absolutely loved all the different pieces. I felt so uplifted by the time I left both museums and I’m really happy that we went to both.

We ended our trip with a boozy brunch with friends at The Ivy in Beverly Hills, which walking distance from our hotel. It was definitely a scene.  The Ivy is one of the TMZ bus route stops to try to spot celebs which frequent the restaurant. The menu was amazing though and the ambiance was nice so I kind of get it. There were beautiful, fresh, colorful roses on every table, and the cocktails were fruity and delicious. We even splurged and got the dessert platter. We had a great time and it was a good way to end our trip. Overall we had a blast in LA and I will be back!

 

2017 Look Back

2017 was a pretty good year. Below is a quick recap of some of my favorite moments and trips.

  1. Getting Married!!! And our kick-ass honeymoon in Borneo, Bali/Indonesia, and Fiji
  2. Fall trip upstate including our stay at the Catskill Animal Sanctuary and Halloween activities
  3. Trying new things in the city like the Aire Ancient Baths and going to our first professional soccer game
  4. Visiting beautiful, fun and spooky Savannah for the first time during 4th of July weekend
  5. My bachelorette party-Having my closest friends and family with me in NYC for a fun weekend to celebrate was awesome
  6. Ski trip in Aspen – It was my first time to Aspen and it was absolutely beautiful and so much fun!

I of course made a few resolutions for 2018. I feel strongly about continuing to learn and trying to improve myself, so setting New Year resolutions is just a cliche time for me to set aside time to put all of the goals–both career and personal–floating around in my head down on paper though I would do it throughout the year regardless to make sure those goals are identified and to hold myself accountable. Cheers to hopefully another great year full of travel, fun, trying new things and accomplishing things, and memory-making!

I had a great time bringing in the New Year in Times Square at the ABC party!

Christmas 2017 in Honduras

Kev planned an amazing Christmas for us this year in Roatán, Honduras. He was specifically looking for dive resorts and came across Anthony’s Key Resort which had good reviews. At first we were nervous because there is political unrest in Honduras and we weren’t sure how safe it would be but then we figured we would stick near the resort which would be fine. We stayed in Roatán which is one of Honduras’s Caribbean Bay Islands and we definitely felt safe there.

The resort was really nice but the diving was even better. We did three dives a day, usually at 8am, 10:30am, and 2:30pm. One of the days we did a 7am shark dive instead and a 5:30pm night dive. We saw so many incredible things: tons of fish (including my favorite pufferfish and box fish), crabs, lobster, octopus (on the night dive),  sharks (on the morning shark dive), spinner dolphins, and many sea turtles. December is Honduras’s Winter so while it was in the 70’s the whole trip it rained almost every day with intermittent bouts of sunshine. It didn’t really matter that much though since we were on the boat and under water for a good portion of each day.

We were pretty exhausted each day after three dives even diving with Nitrox the entire trip but it was also fine because we were able to go to bed by like 8pm every night. I quickly established a routine and after our last dive of every day we would head poolside to read and drink cocktails during happy hour.

The resort was beautiful, the diving was great and the food was pretty good too (and vegetarian friendly!!). Overall we had a fantastic trip and Kev and I had a really nice time together. I would definitely recommend Anthony’s Key Resort to other fellow scuba divers. Below are some of my favorite video clips from the trip: