summer things

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love summer. Not just the months that technically make it up, or the lack of work and school–more the weather, the patterns of sunlight, and all the things you tend to do as a result. Lately, Jeremy and I have been very intentional about squeezing all we possibly can out of our last days of summer.

Friday we spent the afternoon at the J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. We had a picnic lunch on the lawn and then took advantage of their “Realism to Impressionism” tour. Here are my two favorite paintings we looked at on the tour:

The Farewell of Telemachus and Eucharis1. The Farewell of Telemachus and Eucharis, Jacques-Louis David, 1818 (this one’s my first favorite… also the first and earliest painting we looked at on the tour)

The Rue Mosnier with Flags2. The Rue Mosnier with Flags, Édouard Manet, 1878 (a close second… this one looks especially neat in person because the strokes are very thick and splotchy)

If you’ve never been to the Getty, you should go–even if you’re not into art. The architecture of the place is a sight in itself, the grounds are green and lush, the art is diverse and beautiful, and the views of Los Angeles are worth the trip. It’s free, too. Check it out.

After the Getty, we drove our bikes down to Santa Monica for some riding on the beach. Riding bikes is something you should try to do a lot of in the summertime. Last night we rode to LA’s best Gillato stop, and this week we plan to ride to both the Arclight and Griffith Park. Jeremy rides my mountain bike when we’re together, because it has a hard time keeping up with his slick vintage road bike (which he lets me ride). What a husband. This is kind of what his bike looks like:

Red Centurion

Yesterday we got up early to go on a neighborhood walk for District No. 13 (this is the district office Jeremy is working for this summer) and then had a delicious brunch at a new found gem in Silverlake called Madame Matisse. I had the best french toast of my life there, but we both decided the name was bad because we couldn’t remember it for the life of us.

All this fun and exploring on bikes has us thinking about ditching one of our cars. The Mazda has been in the shop for over a month now, and we’ve faired surprisingly well without it. I know it’s summer, but we’re seriously questioning the need for us to have two cars for the next couple years. Jeremy can bike to school when he needs to, and I always have the metro as a last resort. There are only a couple days a week max one of us absolutely needs a car. We’d really do best off with maybe 1.5 cars. So we’re toying with the idea of getting one of these babies:

Red Honda Bike

For fun, Saturday we did a little recon at a local vintage motorcycle shop in Silverlake. We found a little Honda 350 just like this one–teal instead of red–that I pretty much fell in love with. Now don’t panic. We would of course never take a bike like this (or any kind of motorcycle for that matter) on the freeway. If we did buy a bike like this, it would only be for tooling around on sidestreets.

I start work tomorrow, but summer isn’t really over until Jeremy’s school year begins. I hope you feel inspired to make the most of your summer. We’ll keep you posted on ours.

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4 comments

  1. thelittleredwriter · August 10, 2009

    I LOVE the blue in the first picture. It reminds me of the blue of the painting I saw in Vencie, the Ascension of Mary. It is so bright and deep.

  2. Josh · August 12, 2009

    i assume this goes without saying, but in case you forgot my overwhelming bias…

    GET IT!

  3. Jean Moore · August 12, 2009

    Thanks for clarifying that you’d ABSOLUTELY NEVER take a bike like that on the road. Yikes! Love you.

  4. Megan Wilmarth · August 16, 2009

    You guys have had a pretty incredible summer so far! Summers are the best! That’s a pretty sweet looking motorcycle too! I love the idea! Get some awesome loud motorcycle pipes so cars hear ya! 🙂

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