The Sunday Salon: Father’s Day 2014

The Fam

It’s been a great weekend so far. Due to the fact that none of us enjoy crowds, we celebrated Father’s Day on Saturday by visiting the George C. Page Museum and the La Brea Tar pits. A few years ago, when they added the underground parking structure, they found not only fossils but a near complete mammoth skeleton. Can you believe it? Had they not developed that one section, they never would have known about it. Part of it was on display. I should say, parts of it were all over the museum. They haven’t had the chance to put him back together again.

After the tooling around the museum we hit The Grove for some window shopping and a nice lunch at Maggiano’s. UCLA graduated yesterday too but we managed to slip lunch in before the crowds hit. Our timing could not have been better because when we left, that place was packed.

Today, we relaxed with coffee and then hit church. The Hub was not feeling it but when he got there, he volunteered to sing a song (Take Me Out to the Ball Game) and won an all day retreat package from the church! Breakfast, music, teaching and then a VIP bus ride to Dodger stadium which includes the all-you-can-eat pavilion! He’s pretty happy right now.

Now, we are all back home and just doing our own thing.

The Girl still has two more days of school and summer school starts for The Teen tomorrow. Mid-week, summer day camp begins for The Girl. She’s excited.

Sunday Salon

What am I reading?

I am reading Mr. Mercedes and a little over half way done. I am really enjoying it and don’t want to rush through it too fast, but I am way behind on my book club book, The Goldfinch so I may have to pick up the pace.

What am I cooking?

Tonight? I am not sure. We just had a big lunch and I have stuff to make spaghetti tonight but I am not sure anyone is in the mood for it.

What am I watching?

It was a free HBO weekend for us so I recorded some movies, Moonrise Kingdom and Oblivion. I am thinking we will be in the mood to see Oblivion later. I am not a Cruise fan but he makes some pretty good action flicks.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there and to you single moms…happy day to you as well!

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20 Responses

  1. Sounds like you’re having a great weekend so far. My vote is for Moonrise Kingdom. It’s one of my favorites. ☺

  2. Sounds like a great weekend…I loved Oblivion!

  3. Good picture of your husband and kids! My husband hates having his picture taken – I am thinking it is sort of like Wilson from Home Improvement. People who read my blog will never see his entire face.

    Sounds like you had a good day….I bet The Girl is ready to be out of school! I just got out this past week and definitely needed the break!

  4. Sounds like the hubby is having a great Father’s Day weekend!

  5. I’ve always wanted to see the Le Brea Tar Pits! I’ve been interested in them since I was a kid. Isn’t it nice to have a family day? We get them so rarely around here. Someone is either gone or in their room having a snit. We had church, brunch (all you can drink mimosas!), and a round of golf. And Game of Thrones finale tonight! Man, you should have taped True Detective or some GOT on the free HBO weekend. Both of those are just so damned good.

    • I thought about recording some GOT but I am  not familiar with the series at all so I would have been lost. 

      Family days are nice and it was one day where there was no bickering! Absolutely none! Everyone took their pleasant pill. 

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  6. Gotta love those free HBO weekends! Sounds like an excellent Father’s Day weekend.

  7. Sounds like a fun weekend! Happy birthday to your husband!

  8. Congratulations to your husband on his winnings! That is awesome!

    I’m not a huge fan of Cruise myself, but you are right. He does make some pretty good action films!

  9. Well I must admit I never thought of Le Brea Tar Pits as a Father’s Day destination! LOL (But Jim would like that sort of thing too)

    • Both the hub and teen were happy with it. That is half the battle these days. It killed me though because LACMA is right next to it and no one wanted to see the art there. 

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  10. Sounds like a great weekend. My hubby spent much of Father’s day at work! UGH he got called in and spent a great deal of time on the couch resting. Though he did manage to mow the lawn with his new toy from my parents…lol I posted a fun video I made (though my voice sounds weird) on FB. :)

    Glad you had a great time. I haven’t had time to crack into Mr. Mercedes much yet, but I have started and like it so far.

    • I don’t know what you mean by your voice sounds funny but it doesn’t sound at all like what I imagined it to sound like ;)  I pictured you with a higher voice. 

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  11. It sounds like you had a nice weekend, Ti. I’ve never been to the Le Brea Tar Pits. Someday hopefully. It would make for a good day trip, I think.

    • The La Brea Tar Pits take all of five minutes to see but the George C. Page museum can take an hour or two depending on how much you want to read.  It’s a nice, doable trip. It’s right next to LACMA though so I usually toss that in as well. But the men in my family do not like art museums so next time, the girl and I will hit  LACMA and they will his the Peterson Automotive museum which is very close by. 

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  12. Oh I love the La Brea tar pits! What a great museum and day for you. I’m visiting my folks this week in Redlands, and am enjoying the heat here. I’ll be interested to hear what you think of The Painter and We Are Called to Rise (2 books on my radar). Thanks. http://www.thecuecard.com/

    • I am almost done with We Are Called to Rise. Very powerful read. I started The Painter and then got distracted. No fault of the book. Just me buzzing around. 

      The weather has been warm but nice. Breezy but not too breezy. 

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  13. The Grove is so nice, last week I managed to spend a couple hours in Glendale at the Galleria and Americans (like the Grove). A pleasant afternoon

    • The Americana was built but the same design team so it’s almost exactly the same in look and feel.  I like The Grove more only because it’s attached to Farmer’s Market. I  like the mix of old and new. 

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  14. That’s fascinating to know that they found those fossils. I would have imagined that there are really no fossils left to discover in highly urbanized places.

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