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I finished my last final at 10pm on Thursday, spent Friday running around ArtPadSF, and got to wine and dine with some of the wonderful people I work with at ArtSlant. I didn't get to decompress until Saturday, when the mister and I sat on the grass banks of Lake Merritt for the whole afternoon, reading and drinking and eating corn dogs. We are moving back to Los Angeles in July, and I could not be more happy to come home, but there are things I will sorely miss about the Bay Area—and Lake Merritt is not the least of them. Sterling said that being up here taught him how to just sit outside and enjoy himself. It's definitely done the same for me. When I first came up here in 2011, I visited and old friend in the city who invited me out for brunch and then to go to Dolores Park, and I thought it was the weirdest thing ever.
"What's going on at the park?" I asked.
"Nothing, you just go."
"What do you mean you just go? And do what?"
"You go and you sit and you hang out."
"For how long?"
"I don't know! Jesus, quit being an uptight LA person."
But she was right. I could not wrap my head around sitting in a park for no reason, without even a book. I haven't quite been able to fully embrace doing absolutely nothing in the park, but reading a good book in the shade still gently pulls me out of the academic mode.
*p.s. You'll notice that I've started to use Amazon Affiliate links. I've heard great things about it, and I love that it's not limited to fashion. I consider it rather generous that bloggers link to items that recreate their looks—this was before I became aware of the whole affiliate links revenue model. I naïvely thought everyone was altruistically spreading the secrets of their style. I shop Amazon all the time, for everything from film to shoes to cooking supplies, so it seems like a good time to jump on that bandwagon.