I’m starting work again in two weeks. I’m very excited about it. In the meantime, what’s a recession mama gonna do when she’s not pulling in a regular paycheck? Well, I’ve discovered that I can work out for FREE and dine cheaply by going to all the happy hours I miss when I do work.
On Monday, I attended a free yoga class at Runyon Canyon…where the beautiful and famous people in L.A. go to work out…or find a date?!? It’s quite the meat market during the week. Guys usually hike the trails without a shirt on, and girls wear tiny bikini tops and short shorts. My hiking buddy tells me she’s gotten hit on many times while hiking alone.
Well, besides hiking trails high above Hollywood, yoga instructors teach 3 classes…for FREE…during the week! And two classes for FREE on the weekends. It was a hot day in Hollywood, but besides the little gophers popping their heads up from giant holes in the ground, it was a lovely class. The yoga instructor was a sweet girl with a soft voice who made it just challenging enough that I want to go back today. In the evening, I hit up a Recession Mondays happy hour in downtown Los Angeles. It’s $3 for well drinks, beers, wine, and appetizers! I tried all of the appetizers — cheese plate, butcher’s plate, hummus plate, and guac and chips, and I washed it all down with a yummy Cabernet Sauvignon. Final tab? $15.
On Tuesday, I found out about a free pilates class at The Grove — an outdoor shopping mall, for those of you who don’t live in Los Angeles. But unfortunately, they canceled last week’s class. Hopefully, they’ll be back this week! Tuesday night, a friend won a free room at the Westin Bonaventure hotel in downtown Los Angeles, so I met her and another friend for happy hour at the Brewery inside the hotel. A real burger and sweet potato fries for just $4!
On Wednesday, I hit up a free work out class in my own loft community. Mondays and Wednesdays, there are free workout classes downstairs. It’s a combo cardio kickboxing and strength training class, taught by a super nice and energetic guy. I only discovered these classes recently. And since I’ve been going to Recession Monday happy hours, I haven’t attended the Monday classes. But I have now gone to the Wednesday ones 3 weeks in a row. I get my butt kicked, and I like it! That night, I decided to have dinner at home.
Thursday, I went hiking at Runyon. Yes, the same one that has free yoga classes. In the evening, I went to my new favorite restaurant, Bottega Louie. They serve small plates at reasonable prices. On Friday, I rested from working out. Instead, I took the 12 year old girl I am mentoring to the aquarium. The tickets are a bit pricey, but I got discounts online through a work perks card. That night, the Fiance and I splurged at dinner. My neighbors and I went to Cole’s for French dipped sandwiches, and afterwards, a few people came over for poker. Too bad we weren’t playing for money because I cleaned up.
A cheap but nice week, wouldn’t you say?