A Marilyn Kind of Day

It’s hot today. When Alan picked me up from work today, it was 110. My car is in the shop because, what else in this kind of weather, the air conditioner died. Alan had to go into Palm Springs to map out a race course for, drum roll here please, the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot, which is moving to Palm Springs this year!

We are very excited about this. The city of Palm Springs and the mayor (who is a runner), are very active in promoting physical activity and health. The Palm Springs name still carries a cachet with which the other desert cities simply can’t compare. The course will start and finish on Palm Canyon Drive, right in front of the new Marilyn Monroe statue. In fact, Alan told me that the awards ceremony will take place right under Marilyn’s skirt.

The statue has caused some controversy, with some folks saying that it is just huge, ugly and tacky. I kind of like it myself, kitschy as it is. It (she?) will be on display for a year, I believe, and whatever people are saying about the statue, they are coming out in droves to take photographs. We didn’t get out of the car (did I mention it was 110?), so I just snapped a quick shot through the window as we sat at a red light.

Palm Greens Cafe

After driving the potential course, we were both hungry. We decided to take advantage of being in Palm Springs and have lunch at the Palm Greens Cafe. It is an organic restaurant that has a lot of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free choices on the menu. They even have several raw dishes.  I ordered the Buddha Wrap, mixed greens with carrots, cucumbers, beets, mint, and their eggless egg salad, and Alan ordered the vegetarian ‘Chikun’ Cesar Wrap. We both ordered them with rice wrappers instead of the whole wheat tortilla.

Palm Greens Cafe

Vegan Buddha Wrap with a gingery sauce and potato salad

Chickun Wrap

Vegetarian Chikun Cesar Wrap with vegan coleslaw.

vegan cookie

We shared a vegan cookie for dessert, half peanut butter, half chocolate peanut. Yum.

After lunch, we walked over to Running Wild, a running store which is in the same complex as the Palm Greens Cafe. Don, the owner of the store is a big supporter and sponsor for the Turkey Trot, but he wasn’t in today. So we shopped a little (great sale, 40% off all clothing!), chatted with the staff, then finally left to head home.

Running Wild

So happy that the only running store in town is the best!

Running Wild

Running stores are so colorful!

Running Wild

This makes me smile.

After a couple stops, we finally got home. I hurried to take off my shoes (the first thing I need to do when I get home), then I lay down for a while, feeling a little tired and, I don’t know, just not good. For the first time in 30 days, I did not practice yoga, which kind of bothers me, but I know I will get back to it tomorrow. I’m just too tired, I had to make dinner (a big kale salad), and wanted to finish up this post.

Note: After writing the above paragraph, I felt so disappointed that I grabbed my yoga mat, went into a quiet room, did a few sun salutations and finished with a few minutes of savasana with my feet up the wall. I feel much better now.

What do you think of the Marilyn statue? Kitschy or just tacky?

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  1. says


    I’m a fan of Marilyn as well – she looks like she gives that road a little character! We could all use a little Marilyn in our lives.

    • says

      The cookie was pretty good. I’m always excited when I find a vegan cookie that I didn’t have to bake myself.

      I like the Marilyn a lot. Just looking at the picture makes me smile.
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    • says

      We’ve been putting on the race for 12 years! It’s actually a lot of work, which my husband does most of. I’m the race day worker and volunteer coordinator.
      Debbie recently posted…A Marilyn Kind of DayMy Profile

  2. says

    marilyn? tacky? as if! she is an icon and part of history!!

    Your food looks amazing!! And the cookie? fuhgetabout it!!

    I am also lucky to have the best running store be miles from my house. Finding gems like that is awesome, and yes, i love the support your girls poster!!
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    • says

      Yeah, I love that poster. Took my husband a few moments to get it. :-)

      I wish the running store was closer to my house, actually. It’s about a 45 minute drive (or more) from La Quinta to Palm Springs. Ah, well, it’s better than driving to San Diego, which is what we had to do before they opened.
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