I’ll Miss You, Los Angeles

Hey LA,

We’ve only been together for a year.

Seems like it wasn’t long enough to truly get to know each other but I’ll miss you – that’s for sure!

Steven & I got married here, in the Los Angeles LDS Temple, a day I’ll never ever forget. Who knew that after a year in Utah, we’d be living in sunny california. I remember leaving Utah and moving to Carlsbad with only suitcases of clothes, not really knowing what the next chapter of our lives would be. I remember steven saying “I’m a California boy, we have to end up here.”

So Steven did everything he could to reconnect with old internship friends to try and get a job in LA.  Well, who knew that he would get a job in LA , with a company that we didn’t know much about.  The same company that is sending us to Boston!

So this blog post goes out to our one year living in Los Angeles!

I’ll miss the sunny weather.

I’ll miss our apartment complex on the “other side” of Playa Vista.

I’ll miss Erick Yamagata – my best friend / best roommate I thought I’d NEVER have.

I’ll miss walking across Jefferson to eat at Sol, Whole Foods, Panini Cafe, ROC, Nice Cream and all of the other delicious restaurants across the street.

I’ll miss driving to Playa Del Ray Beach and getting my fruit cup with Tahine from the fruit man.

I’ll miss those dreadful Culver City Steps.

I’ll miss BBG workouts at 6AM with Stephanie.

I’ll miss street tacos.

I’ll miss driving to Carlsbad to visit family.

I’ll miss bonfires at Dockweiler Beach.

I’ll miss being a seatfiller for award shows.

I’ll miss LA food.

I’ll miss all of my cake photo shoots.

I’ll miss Korean BBQ at Galbi King.

I’ll miss the weekly farmer’s market.

I’ll miss going to LAX to pick up or drop off friends/family once a week !!

I’ll miss taking cake photos on my balcony because that’s where the best lighting was.

I’ll miss the Westchester 1st ward.

I’ll miss the Young Women of the Westchester 1st ward.

I’ll miss those west coast sunsets.

I’ll miss you, Los Angeles.

Thanks for one of my favorite years yet. I’m excited for the next chapter of our lives in Boston. I’m so grateful for Steven’s company for giving him this opportunity to learn and grow. We are truly blessed.

XOXO,

Liz

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We Love Visitors!!

Last week we had a couple of visitors come visit us here in good ol’ Provo, Utah!! Our first pair of visitors was my friend Lucy Ye & her boyfriend Jerry! I met Lucy while I was interning at Hill Holliday in Boston! Lucy is originally from Boston so while I was out there Summer 2014, she showed me around some of the sites like the best ramen restaurant in Cambridge & Six Flags New England!

Lucy accepted a new job at Square in San Francisco so she made the LONG drive from Boston to SF.  She texted me a pic of her google map showing the route & the line went through Salt Lake City! I immediately texted her and told her YOU HAVE TO COME STAY WITH ME IN PROVO.  I don’t know how they drove so fast but they got to Provo in 3 days… CRAZY. They got to provo really really late and luckily we had their room set up with our handy queen air mattress for them. We let them sleep in and Lucy asks “what’s that donut place you are always posting about?!” UH HI. PROVO BAKERY!!!!!  We obviously had to take them there. After some yummy donuts & driving around downtown Provo showing them Center St, the new Provo City Temple & BYU campus we headed back to our apartment to go night skiing!

We went night skiing up at Sundance Resort & it snowed the day before and it was raining in Provo so there was SO MUCH fresh powder.  I’ve never skied or snowboarded in any fresh powder before.  Granted this was my 2nd time skiing.. haha I’m not the best at skiing but Sundance was so much fun and Steven is a good teacher 😉 We skied mostly greens but our last run was a blue and we did it!! I only fell once! After skiing we were STARVED and Lucy & Jerry have never been to In&Out before so we took them there!!

They decided to stay another night in Provo and while Steven & I had school & work, they went to SLC and visited Temple Square! When we got back we drove to the Midway Ice castles! I’ve never driven through a blizzard and in Provo Canyon I could not see the road in front of me.  It was SO scary! I had my hazard lights on and I went like 15 mph.  It was my first time at the ice castles and it was a ton of fun! Cold, but fun!  Going back home was scary also… sooo much snow! I was driving slow but some other cars passed me super fast and 25 min later they drove in a snow bank… SAD. We are so grateful that we made it home safely.  We loved having Lucy & Jerry stay with us in Provo and we can’t wait to hang out them again soon!

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This past weekend we had my stepsister Dana and her boyfriend Cole come visit us! During Christmas, Dana was talking about how she really wanted to go to Sundance Film Festival end of January and when tickets went on sale, I texted her and asked her if she really wanted to come! Luckily, everything worked out and her & Cole came up Saturday night and met up with us at Tower Theatre in SLC and we watched one of the Shorts Program movies. You never know what you’re going to get at Sundance because nothing is rated hahaha Shorts Program is where they compile 5-6 different short movies into one program. The cool thing about the movie was that all of the directors were there to do a Q&A! It was super cool to be there!

After the movie, we made reservations to Market Street Grill because a ton of my friends RAVE about it. But, I wasn’t a big fan.  It was good food but WAY expensive. We ordered the clam chowder and Steven ordered a fish & chips meal.  Dinner was a good time to catch up with Dana & Cole. It was weird actually having her up here because usually she is up here with our parents for a special occasion or something! After dinner, we drove to Park City to walk on Main St. We literally drove through a blizzard to get there but made it there safely! There were a ton of people because it was a Saturday night.  I think I saw someone famous and I think we looked at each other because he was about to get in a black SUV and all of his body guards were like “you good, man?” But, I didn’t recognize his face hahaha

We had so much fun with Lucy/Jerry & Dana/Cole! I’m grateful for amazing friends and family.  It’s crazy how I interned with Lucy in Boston and a year and a half later she’s here with us in Provo! I try and make an effort to not lose contact with people that I meet because you never know if they need a place to stay on their long drives from the east coast to the west coast!! Sorry for the long post!! Thanks for reading!

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XOXO,

Lizzie Lin Johnson