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I feel like I’m pretty adaptable when it comes to change. Change is good. Especially when it’s regarding technology, right? hmm, not sure about that one. I feel like over the past few days, I couldn’t turn on one of my electronic devices without one of those annoying little update icons popping up. And, I am not one of those people who will just let it go until later. So, I’ve gotten Facebook updates, Instagram updates, iOS updates, and so on, and so on. I obliged. I expected improvement. What I got was “known errors.”

Now, as a “person,” it didn’t seem to affect me so much. As an “entity” (livingthebs,) I felt like I lost a limb. I felt like there was so much I needed to share with my BS friends, and I was unable! No Facebook! No Instagram! It was especially tough yesterday, because I went out with Drinking Buddy. Maybe I wanted to show you where we went, what we did, what we ate and drank. A new food discovery. A new beer (and there were many)! Sadly, I could only imagine my posts, and the captions.

But I’m happy to see that the bugs have been worked out. I have dutifully updated my updates, and I am ready to keep you in the loop. I never would have guessed, though, that being without those resources would have flabbergasted me so much…

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Eggcellent!

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This is Easter weekend, and if you are looking for some family fun, you got it! On Saturday, The Spring Easter Festival will be taking place at Mother’s Beach from 11 am to 4 pm. It’s FREE and they’re going to have tons of activities including an Easter Egg Hunt, and a visit from the Easter Bunny! Then, on Sunday, head over to the Queen Mary for their decadent champagne brunch buffet. From 9 am to 3 pm, you can also enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt, Petting Zoo, and Face Painting. Plus, the Easter Bunny will be hopping on by there, as well. Easter activities are free to patrons visiting the Queen Mary for dining, tours, or as hotel guests.

However you spend you Easter weekend, I hope it is filled with sunshine and joy, and that you are surrounded by those you love…

 

Puppies!

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Happy National Puppy Day! This one must be official, they have a website and everything 😉    But, seriously, this is the 10th Anniversary of Puppy Day. This day not only celebrates the unconditional love that puppies bring into our lives, but it also is a wonderful opportunity to adopt a needy dog and give them a chance at a happy life they might not have had otherwise.

We actually never had a dog growing up. My mom was reportedly allergic, but I secretly think maybe she was just worried that my brother and I wouldn’t properly care for the puppy, and she’d be stuck with all of the work. But that’s just crazy talk! Who doesn’t love puppies?! They’re an instant mood lifter. I have a step-pup; she belongs to a good friend of mine who I was roommates with when I first moved out to California. She goes BERSERK any time she sees me. It’s amazing! She’s still my baby.

So celebrate Puppy Day and the happiness puppies bring into our lives. Give your pooch some extra belly rubs. Or, it’s not too late to get out to a shelter, and rescue one…

Made It!

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Did you go to Beach Streets on Saturday? Mr. and I did, and it was so much fun! I would love to see this event occur Downtown every year. Not only was it enjoyable, but I found a terrific new little store called MADE in Long Beach. It’s one of those stores that literally has everything. From books, to clothes, to food, jewelry, art, and more. The best part is that all of their merchandise is crafted by local Long Beach merchants.

Everything in the store was uniquely creative, and it’s one of those shops where you can go either to buy a gift for a friend, or something special for yourself (or both, if you’re like me!) It’s right in the heart of Pine Avenue, so you can visit some of the other stores, or stop in one of the nearby restaurants for a snack or an adult beverage. It can be good to get away from BS every now and again. You never know what you might find…

 

 

 

Run, Don’t Walk!

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Run, don’t walk to Beach Streets tomorrow! oh, wait. You can walk. Or ride your bike. Or your skateboard. Or your roller skates. Just not your car because Downtown streets will be closed to motor vehicles for a block party this Saturday. There will be concerts, festivals, kids’ zones, food tastings, and more. It goes from 10 am to 5 pm and encompasses a four mile area on Broadway between Pine Avenue to Euclid Avenue. There will be hubs and offshoots in areas like Bixby Park and Retro Row.

The day includes happenings such as Summer and Music’s 720 Pine series, and their Buskerfest series, Dogs of Downtown, at least two Kids’ Zones, Bike Fest, Taste of Downtown, and my personal favorite a Beer Garden. It’s also the official launch of Long Beach’s Bike Share that I mentioned last week. They plan to have 10 stations, with about 100 bicycles available to rent; or, you can start a membership with them for future use. Seriously, there is so much going on, there is sure to be something for everyone. Oh, yeah, when the fun ends at 5:00, the fun doesn’t end! Head over to Promenade Park for their Live after 5 music series (there’s a Beer Garden there, too!)

Sheesh! I’m exhausted just thinking about it all. It’s going to be a treat to wander the streets of downtown (Mr. doesn’t have a bike – we’re hoofing it,) socializing with community neighbors, and enjoying the entertainment. It’s supposed to be a beautiful day. And, just think, with how active you’ll be, you don’t have to worry if you do hit up one of those Beer Gardens…

 

 

 

 

Sláinte!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Are you playing hooky from work today? Do you plan on hitting up some great Irish pubs for some Guinness and Irish fare? I remember one year a loooong time ago, when I was in my early 20’s, my friends and I decided to head out early to celebrate at our favorite Irish bar. We knew there would be a line to get in, and we wanted to get a good seat. I guess we were a bit over-zealous, as we were the first ones there before the bar even opened! Well, with their Irish hospitality, they brought out bar stools, and gave us free breakfast.

um, I’m not in my 20’s anymore. I could never hang like that now. But, if you’re heading out, there is a ton of stuff happening in and around BS today. Some places are opening early with traditional (and not so traditional) Irish breakfast. Some have live music. All will have alcohol. And probably most people there will be dressed in green. On 2nd Street, we have a regular stop of mine, Murphy’s, with their 2nd story balcony. Farther down the street is Shannon’s, which somehow always lands me in trouble. A little pub tucked just off of 2nd Street is Quinn’s. Shenanigan’s Pub in Shoreline Village is a fun place right on the water, with music and outdoor seating. Gallagher’s on Broadway is close enough to walk home to BS, and they have yummy food. And finally, for probably the most authentic Irish experience, you could head over to The Auld Dubliner.

These are just a few of the bars where we like to hang, whether it’s a special occasion, or just any other random day. So maybe check out one of these places, or maybe create your own Irish Pub Crawl and visit them all…

 

Cupcakery

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I know I have said on numerous occasions that I’m not a “sweets” person, or I don’t like sweets. I lied. Sometimes, I really enjoy a chocolatey treat. And a cupcake is just the size to do the trick. Frosted Cupcakery is right on 2nd Street, just a quick jaunt away. And trust me, they have AH.MAY.ZING cupcakes! I’m always a sucker for chocolate, but I’ve also sampled their carrot cake one (Mr.’s favorite,) lemon, something with toffee, and probably a few others. They always have a flavor of the month; Drinking Buddy would probably kill for their apple cinnamon one.

They bake the cupcakes right there in the store, so they are fresh every day. You can get a single cupcake, or 3-4, or a dozen. You can even call ahead if you need to order more than two dozen. They have birthday candles, sweet mini messages on a toothpick, and cute little boxes, if you want to give someone a special goodie. So next time you’re out and about and you need a little pick-me-up, check out this place. You won’t regret it…

 

 

Bike Share!

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I kinda’ dropped the ball, guys (it’s that almost-deadly illness that has had me laid up,) but I still feel the need to fill you in on something that happened yesterday ‘coz it’s a good one. Long Beach Bike Share has arrived! OK, maybe I don’t feel too badly, because the official launch isn’t until next weekend at Beach Streets (more about that later.) But yesterday, the program was unveiled with two bike stations downtown.

Wait, what? You don’t know what any of this means? Bike sharing is a network of bike “stations” where you may rent a bike for a short period of time. You can pay by the minute, or they have daily and monthly plans. You pick up the bike at a nearby station, and drop it off at your final destination at another station (or even at a public bike rack.) Use it on your commute in conjunction with the Blue Line. Rent one instead of driving or taking a taxi. Or, just go for a joyride, if you don’t have a bike.

Bicycling is a great way to get around in an urban area (we’re lucky it’s pretty flat around town.) It’s healthy and economical. Oh. And it’s FUN! I love my bike! Don’t worry. There will be a station or two coming to the BS area. By the time the program has been fully implemented, it plans to have at least 50 stations and 500 bikes. So, next time you’re out and about, keep your eyes open for these blue bikes and their stations. You have no idea how much you have been wanting this…

 

 

El Ni”no”

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You already know I’m not a fan of snow. Well, I feel pretty much the same way about rain, too. I’m a sunshiney kind of gal. So, when all of the weather forecasters were warning us about severe El Niño storms, I wasn’t all that thrilled. What ever happened to, “It Never Rains in Southern California?!” This is not what I signed up for.

Sure, we’ve had some precipitation lately, but I don’t think it has been anywhere near as bad as they were saying on the news. And, while I’m not jumping for joy at the weather, I was admiring these vibrant trees on Pine as I was driving home from work today. If this is what the rain brings, I may be able to handle just a bit of it…