accidental flares of love burst through the atmosphere

Los Angeles X2

Technically, half of this post is about Reedley, but since I already made the title image last month after we went to Los Angeles and then never posted anything, it's being recycled. You don't care, right? You know how I said "I'm sure we'll see each other again someday" to LA as I was getting ready to move in late February? Turns out, "someday" actually meant "twice in 2 months this summer" so now you can see why I wasn't that hung up on leaving, lol. In June, we did the silliest thing ever and flew in for 8 hours just to go to Rob and Betsy's wedding. We had just enough time to go to Chateau Marmont for lunch beforehand, make it to Pasadena right on time, and leave the reception after a couple hours to make our flight (and then I left my good camera in the rental car, hello I am Hanna The Ruiner of Otherwise Perfect Things — although we did get it back!)

Our second trip was more accidental than anything; my husband and his family were celebrating 25 years in the United States, so they threw a huge party. Our flight from BUF to LAX was delayed by 2 hours, causing us to miss our connection to Fresno. We decided to rent a car and drive the 3.5 hours north into central California instead of waiting for a new flight, which meant also skipping the first leg of the return flight in favor of a drive. So we left early, giving ourselves just enough time to take the scenic route via Mulholland, stopping at Mercado for dinner (!!!!). I know I've mentioned this restaurant like 10 times now on this blog, so it's getting pretty embarrassing, but god damnit tacos are so important, you guys. Especially the Dos Gringas from Mercado. And I'm sure you can make a pretty accurate guess about the quality of the Mexican food in Buffalo, NY...

The nice thing about missing places we've moved away from is that we can go back whenever we want. I may have only spent a combined 10 hours in Los Angeles with these 2 trips, but it made my heart happy and filled a hole that had started to develop. It's nice to feel joy about LA again, instead of dread. I can't ask for much more than that.