Turns out, the pilot house is going to be the spot to be...
We had to rebuild it, it was so rotted. The highest 360 degree view on any vessel in the marina. Wow. I'll have a little bar up there, with windows that open outward. A bookcase that flips up and creates a ledge for drinks on the inside, a full bar on the EXT. Wraparound planters, with all sorts of vegetables on tap. The light will be insane, let me finally get something done there, I beg of you**
I love the winder stairs on each floor - small, compact and a huge upgrade from a ladder. A full bathroom on floor 2, where the bedroom is. We built out Floor 1 - just in the front and a fireplace will go there. I've picked all the int/ext colors. The pickled floor is on the make. All appliances are being delivered in a week and my cabinet/soapstone counter guy is jamming to get them done in time.
All oil rubbed bronze fixtures have been chosen and are being custom made - most stressful 4 hours of my life; and there is only 1 more lighting fixture to find - it's the one that goes over the stove (wouldn't be so hard if I didnt HATE canned lights). The rest of the lights (36 total, with 17 being different) are all on order and on their way to Marina del Rey.
All windows should be in next week, and I guess I'm just planning the first big meal I'm gonna make! Some sort of giant pot of stew sounds about right.
In a week or so, this place will look totally dif...slowly but surely, it's all happening. :)
For real, LA can drive me mad sometimes...
I feel like the whole world closes in and it's just time to beat it. But, then I land somewhere else and realize OMG, So Cal is the place to be. Right now, I'm land locked in Colorado working on a show (just a few weeks) and I already feel smothered. The cold, the snow, no crashing Pacific ocean inches from me in every direction.
I already can't wait to get back home and just start living again. These shows literally S.T.O.P. life as I know it. Right now, in LA - my fave place to go is The Old Place. Much as I hate to give away this little secret, their Sunday brunch is off the charts. It's like my Granny down in Georgia cooks, but with a tiny bit more exotic ingredients.
Their dinnertime menu is amazing, but there is something about hitting this place up on a Saturday morning and ordering the whole menu with bottle after bottle of wine and champagne. The wine boutique next door is the kind I would have if I were to open a wine joint. They focus on the super duper regional wines, mostly California. Who knew the Santa Monica mountains had almost 30 wineries!?
So, the whole menu: it's biscuits and gravy with chunks of sausage; fluffy cornmeal pancakes with barrels of butter and maple syrup; scrambled eggs in a cast iron with goat cheese, basil and sun dried tomatoes; throw in a BLT; steak and fried eggs with homemade A1. In fact, everything is homemade in house - all the butter, cheese, cream. They don't even have a freezer - which means homespun whipped cream with the berry cobbler, not ice cream*
Minka loves, loves, loves to visit her pal Jacques next door at his all French architectural salvage spread. She can run free, digging for bones, treasures and dirt. She goes so hard, she just passes out at our feet when she's done, while we polish off another bottle of perfect French rose.
I bought my new/old front door there - an incredibly cool dutch door from a 1920's farmhouse in the French countryside. I keep making up excuses to go back - I just have so much fun in Malibu Canyon country, it's like being home in TN, but...the Pacific is just down the hill.
A whole trip up north through Marin County exploring the backroads and chowing on seafood galore. Best biscuits and gravy ever...until it was topped by the goods at The Old Place in Agoura Hills. My fave Sunday chillax spot in Santa Monica - where the oatmeal is unrivaled. The growth spurt of little girl Minka + all her fave spots in the world. The progress of the remodel on FLO and moving her over to a work slip as we start to close it up and get into detail work (oddly seamless). Sausilito in all her glory.
And so much more...it will all come out this week on The Tooth.
Guess I love living on my sailboat.
It's super tiny (36') and compact, but I think it serves its purpose.
House me, keep my drinks cold, heat my food. Enjoy a moonlit night now and again (I mean, for real - how pretty) and just read, read, read as much as I can. NPR in the AM with some sort of folky tune in the PM. Dig through billions of magazines and books, watch Minka grow./sleep/play/amuse and that's round about it.
What a simple little life.