{at this moment: victories}


Something pretty amazing happened on Tuesday night, right?! First, while the whole world was watching the election unfold, my husband and I went out to dinner for our eighth wedding anniversary, listening to every second of coverage on our drive there and back via satellite radio. (Oh, and Twitter!) We ventured into Downtown Los Angeles to a restaurant I've been dying to try, Bottega Louie (here feast your eyes). The restaurant is all white with soaring ceilings and not a lick of artwork to distract from your experience. It's akin to eating in a museum, where the food is the art. The floors are covered in Carrara marble and the back wall - where the hand-thrown pizzas are created and baked - consists of floor-to-ceiling subway tiles. The kitchen is completely open to its patrons, and the patisserie - which greets you upon entering the restaurant - is also white and pristine. Again, perfect for making the sweets stand out like little jewels. 





Then, there was the election. Erin brought up an interesting point that I hadn't considered, and it inspired me to share a quick thought. She mentioned that I managed to stay pretty bi-partisan throughout the entire campaign season. It's true. I'm pretty much the same way in real life. Don't get me wrong, I can be a pretty emotionally charged person and I've been in my share of arguments, even fights. I also had the requisite Obama-vs-Romney debate with family members. (Trust me, it got heated, but no one walked away angry and everyone felt like their voice was heard.) I will and do stand up for what I believe in when called to action. However, I can't let highly charged emotions lead my life as it hasn't served me well in the past. Maybe I take the safe way out. Maybe I think no one is interested in hearing another opinion, especially mine. Whatever the reason, somehow I hope you know where my allegiance lies. I am a woman and a minority, it should be pretty clear. In the event it's not, if this woman is the future of America and this woman is the voice of my generation, then I stand tall and proud.

So, there it is. Another successful year of marriage and another four years. A night to remember, for certain. Happy weekend, my friends! How do you plan to spend it?


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  1. I adore you even more after reading this post, Theresa. Thank you for being so honest and thoughtful, and for sharing your feelings about the election. I debated whether or not to address the topic on my blog and in the end I didn't -- and I'm not sure I'm a better person for it. That said, like you, I feel like it's pretty clear where I stand too. At the last moment, we just couldn't watch the election coverage anymore. We went out to dinner that night too -- our favorite sushi restaurant. We were the only people sitting in the bar. When the bartender left, I sneaked over and turned off the TV. It was so intense that we couldn't taste our food!

    Also, Bottega Louie...oh my gah. Beautiful AND tasty WITH macarons? Heaven.

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  2. There is so much I want to comment on, I don't even know where to begin!! I'll get this out of the way first, then: MACARONS! SUBWAY TILE! That restaurant looks unbelievable, what a perfect spot to celebrate your amazing 8 years (8! you go guys!) of marriage. Much better than being glued to the tv all night, letting your blood pressure spike and dip as each state was called in.
    And now, the election. I in no way intended to guilt you into talking about your political allegiances, fyi. Haha, I hope you didn't feel bullied by my comment! I really was just noting that I found it very elegant that you managed to not let it seep in and interfere with your blogging. I promise! And then you have to go and call me the "future of America".....so of course i'm all weepy. Oh, Theresa! You magnificent soul, you. I can't bear that title, I'm not even close to being worthy. I am, however, so touched to be in the company of such strong women with loud and proud voices. This weekend? A friend's baby's christening on Saturday and brunch with a friend at a French-y cafe (with macarons!!) on Sunday. Enjoy your weekend. xoxo(xoxoxoxo)

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  3. The retaurant looks lovely ( I hate Macarons;) and I'm so pleased you had such a fantastic night, both in the 'victory' of your marriage as well as another 4 years with a good man as a president!!! Bravo, I say.

    It's fine not to be so outspoken, emotional and dramatic! Actually I prefer it. Please don't feel you have to justify yourself and in my books, you are the future of America because you sit quietly and just keep working on yourself, which in turn enlightens the rest of the people that surround you. Shouting the loudest is not always the wisest move!

    Oh, what to do in London over the weekend! The dilemma is that there's just too much to do;))
    Have a great weekend, T

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  4. congratulations on your anniversary! i LOVE bottega :) 

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  5. Sorry I didn't realize it was your anniversary this week! Happy Anniversary. How fab you got to have a date night. I love it there too! One of our great LA restaurants. I was very surprised how everyone in twitterverse  and blog world wore their political views on their sleeve. I'm keeping mine to myself but appreciate everyone's view. 
    xo have a great weekend!  Teri

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  6. I'm typing with tears in my eyes, I am so moved by your post. I debated long and hard about whether or not to write about the election. Last time I didn't really, and I felt the experience just as keenly. Ultimately, as most big decisions for me, it came down to Callum. He's so brave. He talks politics all the live long day, defending his position fiercely in his rather conservative school. I never would have done that when his age. I was and still am, worried about hurting feelings. ;) But this year, because Callum (and we) was so proud and engaged, we put signs in our yard and I took a chance to write a bit about how I felt. I didn't do it very elegantly, but if I'm not willing to stand behind what I feel and trust that others will love me despite our opposing views (just as I do them), how can I expect to raise him to do so?

    I thought you post was perfect, your night was perfect. May many wonderful years of marriage rise before you.

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  7. Happy Anniversary!  Your date night sounds divine and  I love that subway tile!  So beautiful.  Tuesday certainly was a night to remember.  FOUR MORE YEARS!  : )

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  8. You just made me feel better. I was feeling guilty that we weren't glued to the television on such a momentous night. But, now I'm thinking I might have been a nervous wreck watching the election play-by-play.
    Well, I revised and edited that very short paragraph many times to convey my precise feelings. I even considered deleting it altogether. In the end, I don't ever want to be murky, and so I said just enough.
    Have a wonderful weekend, and thank you, Joy!

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  9. Erin, not at all! You did not guilt me into anything. Quite the contrary, you actually made me realize that by saying nothing I may be letting my views become murky. And, if there's one thing I don't want to be it's murky, especially on important issues.
    Ha, the entire time I was eating at Bottega Louie I was thinking that you would love the restaurant. I mean, you would die. And so, when you plan your Southern California trip, that's our first stop. Only you can tell me if their macarons are as good as Laduree's.
    Have a wonderful weekend...It's sounds perfect!

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  10. Thank you on all of it, Tina. I really do appreciate it.
    While it's true that a person doesn't have to be the loudest to have the most impact, I do believe there is a  political party in our system that would actually benefit from being heard more because the other side is so loud, and the hate they possess is deafening. So, if there is someone brave enough to hold that baton and take the lead, I'm all for it.
    Ah, London. Why didn't I live there when I was in my twenties? Oh well. Enjoy and I hope that means more fun out-and-about in London posts. Have a wonderful weekend, T.

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  11. Thank you, Jennifer. I know, I'm already planning my next visit. The food and service were so good that I wrote on the receipt for the waitress, "Thank you for making our first experience at BL so great! We'll be back." :)

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  12. No problem, Teri. These events actually sneak up on us, as well! Bottega Louie was amazing, and I can't wait to go again.
    Social Media is definitely a strange beast, and there are plenty of opinions to weed through. Like you, I appreciate everyone's view, and try to say just enough. However, I also respect someone's privacy, yours included.
    Hope you had a wonderful time in the desert, and now enjoy the weekend!

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  13. Thank you, T! It was such a great night, in more ways than one. I know you understand.

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  14. Erin, not at all! You did not guilt me into anything. Quite the contrary, you actually made me realize that by saying nothing I may be letting my views become murky. And, if there's one thing I don't want to be it's murky, especially on important issues.
    Ha, the entire time I was eating at Bottega Louie I was thinking that you would love the restaurant. I mean, you would die. And so, when you plan your Southern California trip, that's our first stop. Only you can tell me if their macarons are as good as Laduree's.
    Have a wonderful weekend...It's sounds perfect!

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  15. Aw, well, I didn't mean for that to happen. Your post summed up my exact feelings, so I didn't want to mess with perfection. As I eluded to Joy below, my decision to write that short paragraph didn't come easy. Like you, I worry too much about hurt feelings (to my detriment, I think). In the end, saying just enough felt right to me. You (and Neel) are doing Callum a great service by exposing him to our governing system and getting him excited about our process. I will do the same with my kids and hope they're just as interested. ;)
    Have a wonderful weekend, Lauren!

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  16. a night to remember indeed! i am envious that you have such an amazing man (and his wife) running your country!!
    happiest anniversary my darling xx

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  17. You had me at floor-to-ceiling subway tiles with the restaurant. Happy Anniversary- to another 4 years as you said, in politics and to a happily ever after to you and your husband.

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  18. Aww, happy belated anniversary, T and congratulations on four more years of change and evolution!!!

    "She mentioned that I managed to stay
    pretty bi-partisan throughout the entire campaign season. It's true. I'm
    pretty much the same way in real life."Live and let live, diplomacy - call it what you will. I'm exactly the same and, all my life, I've found it a great way to hold steadfast to my own beliefs whilst allowing others to have theirs.I'm spending my weekend doing as little as possible - Hubster's orders. :) I started the day with a delicious breakfast in bed. Enjoy what's left of yours! xo

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  19. I'm totally with you - the times I've let my emotions run away with me are moments that I've regretted.  Happy anniversary to y'all!

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  20. Late to the party (per usual...) but happy belated anniversary! And that top photo is stunning! :)

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  21. love the decor at bottega louie!  ps. happy 8th anniversary and to many more :)

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  22. Congrats on your anniversary! And I'm so glad you enjoyed Bottega Louie. It's one of my favorite places in LA :)

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  23. Happy anniversary and that restaurant looks amazing.
     

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