This is my friend Christine. Several weekends ago she came to visit us and her brother in Los Angeles. Christine is disgustingly creative. Think of any creative/artistic skill-set and I can promise you: she either has it or knows someone who does. She sings! She dances! She paints! She plays guitar! And you should see her fondant creations. I love it! She's also dazzlingly smart, and what with being an Earth Science major- she can tell you what all the pretty rocks and rock formations you see are called.
The first evening after we brought her home from the airport we enjoyed a relaxing 6-hour conversation and some delicious Izze cocktails. It was great! I really enjoyed catching up with her, rolling ideas around with her, and watching M and Christine finally get to meet each other. It's nice when your long distance boyfriend finally gets to meet your friends.
The next morning we took her to the Getty Center. This building is dazzlingly beautiful, it's only detraction in my mind is that it's stunning architecture detracts from the actual art it contains.
The day ended with cupcakes at one of the many gourmet cupcake locations that has sprung up recently. This was all happening on the night of the Oscars, so Malcolm got a "red carpet" cupcake (it was pretty much red velvet but with a gold star), Christine had a peanut butter and jelly cupcake, and I had a banana split cupcake. They were all excellent.
Finally, while I was in Houston, Christine did a lot of amazing showing me around. She took me to Middle-Eastern markets, Indian confectionary shops, and Greek cultural festivals just to name a few. I wanted to be able to show her some cool things in my cool new city as a way to pay her back and to recreate the fun experiences we had. To show her how much those drives around Houston meant to me, and how much I valued the friendship and the cultural enrichment AT THE SAME TIME. I hope I did alright!