Destination: Pasadena. To visit old friends, and pick up some chairs.
We had a nice little get away. Pasadena is a lovely place, even though it was hotter than hot.
We stayed at the most amazing house belonging to our dearest friends.
The main house is really cool. It is filled with books and art, and perfect paint colors. I try not to get too jealous when we visit. Seriously, the walls are covered with an impressive art collection. Every time I visit, I leave with a new sense of self. Looking at dozens of art and design books in their perfectly soft aqua sunlight room is mental yoga.
Their backyard is magical with a treehouse, white lights and a cool guesthouse - office - art room space. The kids had a great time visiting, too. They played and read, and played some more.
And I was able to visit intelligentsia coffee. It was as positive experience. I really like good coffee, and I was happy the experience met the hype.