I did it. And I did it beautifully. I went on a trip all by myself. It was a slice of heaven on earth. I just returned from a 5 day trip to Los Angeles. Although it was a bit cool, and even rained one day, it was so lush and green and relaxing! I cried when I said goodbye to V and L at the airport, but then off I went, and didn't look back. I surprised myself. There were only brief moments of loneliness, and not very many moments of missing my darling little family. (Which kind of scared me. It was as if I was a totally different person...young, single, carefree. I didn't even worry about Lucy. Am I a bad mom?)
After settling into my own little guest house Sunday night, I took care of business first thing Monday morning and headed to "The Edge" for a sweat inducing, blood pumping, butt kicking dance class. I loved every minute of it. I could barely walk the next day, but I loved it.
Other activities included, but were not limited to:
Eating out! A lot. (Emma humbly declines flaunting her beauty).
Time on the beach. (This is where Vic proposed to me and I told him to "SHUT UP!")
Walking the Venice Canals with Elizabeth Rohm's dog, and hanging out with her while she got ready for the Oscars (Costume Designer Awards). She looked stunning when all was said and done. It was quite the process picking out just the right shoes, fixing the hair "just so" and getting out the door on time. This was the final product. Yes, she's having a baby girl next month. If anyone out there watches Law & Order, you'll recognize her.
L.A. Traffic (we only got slammed in the middle of it on two brief occasions. Luckily, I avoided it most of the time. Which made for a much more pleasant vacation).
Seeing the movie "Jumper" at the gorgeous Century City theatres. Overall, it was an entertaining movie. But I'll say it again: Hayden Christensen is not a good actor!
Seeing "Wicked" again. The first time I saw it was in Chicago, and I have to say:
The Los Angeles cast was WEAK. I was so disappointed. Especially with Glinda. They redeemed themselves in the second half, (mostly thanks to a good storyline), but all in all, Emma and I both felt like we were just watching people on stage acting. The word that kept coming to mind was STALE. I got the feeling that they just showed up to work to do their job and no one was enjoying it. Which I totally understand...I have been there. But this is Broadway, people! Step it up a little. OF COURSE I enjoyed myself. I even cried at one point, got goose bumps, and laughed out loud. But with all of that being said-- I give it a poo poo. Very sad indeed. If you're going to see Wicked, see it in NYC or Chicago.
Pedicures! (This is only the third one I've ever gotten and the little Korean lady kept saying, "Iss been long time since you have pedicure?) I couldn't stop laughing. Yes, indeed it has been a long time. I tried to explain the mountains of snow that live in my yard, the constant need for layers of socks and boots, and the overall hibernation of my toes all winter long. She was amazed.
And last but not least:
Going on a walk or run every morning around Beverly Hills and the Temple
Reading in bed while eating chocolates
And basking in the beauty of Cathy's house:
Also, I did enjoy an evening back at the Westwood building (FHE) catching up with a few old friends. My very favorite Tim Butler,(who claims he's too conservative for the modern woman, and thus will likely never marry---not so, I say! Any self proclaimed "old fashioned" women out there want to get set up??) and the lovable and talented Hubble Palmer; writer and star of the film American Fork. I enjoyed hearing about his co-star, (I know her only as Chloe from 24), and discussing theatre and film in general. A fantastic guy who I wish only the best.
I came home completely rejuvenated and relaxed and ready to take on the remaining winter. Already, I feel like I am a better mother and wife because I went away for a while and refocused my perspective. I feel as if the slate has been wiped clean and I'm getting a fresh start at home. It's such a peaceful feeling. I was so spoiled on my trip and feel so much gratitude to have people in my life who love me and want me to be happy. A HUGE thanks is in order to my parents and Vic's parents for helping out with the Lucy Girl. I owe you big time.
If all of these wonderful events weren't enough...we are going back to L.A. in less than two weeks! We CANNOT WAIT to take Lucy on the Peter Pan ride at Disneyland. I am truly worried that she might die of excitement.
What a trip!