Mission Accomplished

By Molly Bice-Jackson - 2:19 PM


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:
Shopping
Going on a walk or run every morning around Beverly Hills and the Temple
Reading in bed while eating chocolates
Sleeping in
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!

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  1. Ok you "name dropper", tell us again who you were visitng? Sounds like a great trip! We are glad you are home and safe and feel rejuvenated. We are glad you had a great time too and that you shared it with the rest of us.

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  2. It's so true, Joy! My mom always teases my dad that he is a namedropper. Oye Veh.

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  3. Molly,
    Sounds like you had an amazing adventure. I'm so glad you went and that you are so revived. Sorry I didn't have any words of encouragement when you were deciding to go! Thanks for all the stories and details. The rest of us can live vicariously through you.

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  4. I'm glad you did it!! And see...Lucy is still alive and has not sustained major trauma for life, right? :)

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  5. Looks like such a fun trip! And how fun that you get to go back so soon!

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  6. Gosh You always have so much fun when you go places! I'm sick of it! Thats it, next time you go anywhere I'm coming too! And I'm always so jealous that you know famous people! I wish I did too. How do you know this girl....the prego one? You live such a fun life I swear. Thats it, I'm going to L.A. for my internship! Or at least somewhere cool. I still have never seen wicked. And that's so fun that you and Vic are going to L.A. in two weeks. And disneyland again! We were just there in september. What are you guys going for? I'm going to Arizona in two weeks. I'm pretty excited about that.

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  7. It looks like you had a really great time. I am glad that you were able to take that little break. My sister is going to see Wicked tonight in Cleavland. Hopefully it will be a good cast for her. Oh, and can I come along in your suitcase when you go to disneyland? I need a break. :)

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  8. waaaaahhh! you made me miss my old stomping grounds sooo much. glad you had fun though! and where do you shop? you have the cutest clothes!

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  9. That sounds like heaven! I'd give anything for a day at the beach after our 9" of snow last Saturday. When will the madness end?

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  10. what a fun trip! I'm glad you went & shared the adventures with the rest of us...L.A. with you would be awesome!

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  11. Molly-you are so inspiring! It makes us better Moms when we get away and recoup! So anyone up for a road trip? jenny

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  12. What a bummer that Wicked was on a blah night. I've heard they're stellar, so what a disappointment that evening. But what a fun trip overall! It's always fun to see old friends, especially ones that you go through life changes with - getting engaged, trying a new city, a new life, etc. It always floods memories back into my mind of those same feelings I had at the time, and makes me want to live it all over again. Have fun at D-land. We would love to go, of course, but our odometer is telling us no more trips! Have a great time. That place nevere gets old.

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  13. Your trip sounds like a dream and I have to say that when I am all alone I love every moment of it. I don't think it's bad at all that you did not feel guilty...I think it's great!

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  14. So- I am just catching up on your blog! This trip looked so fun!!! I love LA! I really do! There are so many interesting people and great things to do! I agree with you about "Wicked"! The first time I saw it was in Chicago too and that cast was WAY better!!! Good times!!!

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  15. I had a friend once tell me that when she started putting her kids in daycare, that she eventually got used to it. Saying goodbye. So, I think it's natural to start to embrace that independence again. Just don't "get used to it." ;)

    Oh, and LA Wicked sux now because Eden Espinosa left, IMO. I saw it with her last Summer and she was..... a.maz.ing.

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