Sunday, October 28, 2007


The air is pretty foggy and smoky here, but it’s hard to tell how much is related to the still-burning wildfires. Life here in Los Angeles is largely unaffected. It’s simply taken for granted that everyone has a slight sore throat (me included) and checking for cinders on your clothing after spending any times outdoors has become routine.

I spent Thursday working on The Mystery Project (TMP). Jackie (who works with A) made a detour on her way to work to pick me up at my Long Beach hotel.

We spent the next half hour getting to know each other while stuck on the freeway on our way to Santa Monica.

Jackie is originally from Pittsburgh, has awesome parents, and knows how to have a really good time no matter where she lives. Since moving to LA, she’s worked for a French businessman who took her to lunch with movie stars and had a job where she could take off on great beach days.

It was great meeting A in person. And much easier finalizing the photo log (PL) sitting in the same room. We debated thousands of photos, cut, paste, arranged, rearranged, re-pasted and debated layouts and photo order from 10 AM to 7 PM.
Hannah (who also works with A) manned the master computer and put up with the two of us constantly requesting to see photos and asking for new print outs. What a trouper!

S. joined us for dinner in Brentwood, a posh neighborhood where OJ Simpson lives. Divino, a Tuscan-style trattoria, is one of A & S’s regular haunts and we were treated like family.

After toasting to our new venture with Prosecco, a bubbly white Italian wine, (S toasted with sparkling water because minutes earlier she announced that she was expecting her second child), we put business behind us and enjoyed girls’ night out.

If you are ever in LA, Divino is a great choice for a special occasion dinner. Everything we ordered and passed around to taste --homemade pasta, risotto, fish, and grilled veggies – was indeed divino!


Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Hi Barbara,
Sounds like things are coming together for The Mystery Project! That restaurant sounds devine.

Angela (Cottage Magpie) said...

Your project sounds so exciting! What fun! And the photo of California is lovely. You can almost imagine that the smoke is a lovely morning mist. Almost. ~A :-)

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage said...

Fun fun !!! When do we get to hear what the mystery project is ??? Isn't it weird how you get a sore throat in Southern California ~ it doesn't happen when you live there and are used to it ~

Teresa said...

Whatever you are doing looks like a whole lotta fun!! Can't wait to find out your mystery. I love hearing people's stories, don't you?


PAT said...

I'm enjoying the lead up to the mystery project. Sounds like you had a wonderful time, in CA!


restyled home said...

Hi Barbara!
I haven't been here in a while, but I am very intrigued by your "mystery project". It sounds like you live a very exciting and creative life...the best kind of life to live!!!

All the best,

Joy said...

I love a good mystery, I'm intrigued... :)

Susie Q said...

It sounds like a wonderful time. We are all intrigued about the TMP as you can imagine.
California is always a great idea isn't it? I need to go back again. IT has been too long!


Anonymous said...

Barbara, I enjoy your blog but was a bit disappointed that when you mentioned going to Brentwood, you said that's where O.J. Simpson lives. I think I speak for a huge number of people who think that that is NOT a positive thing to say about any town.