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LA Trip in Review

Spent a fabulous 5 days in the city of sun, stars, and fake boobs.

Where We Stayed:
The Grafton on Sunset.
Deserves its 3 1/2 stars – no more, no less. Great location, lovely pool area, very cool rooms and lobby. The free drop-off service was nice. We had 2 different rooms, and they both were extremely noisy. Even D had to use earplugs. The place is cool, but rough around the edges. When we first arrived, the elevator reeked of fish. D called it the fishevator for the rest of our stay.

What We Did:

  • Shopped for snacks at Trader Joe’s. Sure wish we had TJ’s here!!!
  • Dredge at the Troubadour. Great show, awesome club. We started out in the upper lounge, and had it to ourselves for about a half hour. We should have stayed up there instead of moving down to the floor – the view was much better from above.
  • Warner Bros studio tour. Very cool, but nothing was being filmed, so it was pretty dead. We got our picture taken on the set of Central Perk from Friends. Saw a bunch of sound stages and fake neighborhoods and buildings, including the old set for outside shots on ER. Planned on taking the bus to Burbank, but waited too late and had to take a $25 cab ride. Caught the bus back to West Hollywood, though.
  • Santa Monica Pier. Rode the express line to the beach on Saturday and hung out for a couple of hours. Nice day, but not hot.
  • Guitar Center (D). He spent a couple of hours in the gigantic Hollywood Guitar Center.
  • Shopping in Sunset Plaza (me). Went to H&M (jacket, sunglasses, headband, necklace), Armani Exchange (skinny jeans, sweater), and BCBG (browsed).
  • Walked up into the Hollywood Hills. We put on our “walker’s shoes” and hoofed it up the hill across Sunset from our hotel. Awesome homes with amazing views. Totally felt like I was trespassing!

Where We Ate:

  • Sushi on Sunset
  • Yogo Delight
  • In-N-Out. Had to take the bus to get there!
  • Pinche’s Tacos. YUM.
  • Mediterranean place in or near the Sunset Plaza. Nearly empty, but awesome food and very affordable. We both had Turkish coffee so we could stay awake to go out later.
  • Pizza Rustica. Terrible. D calls it Pizza Craptastica.
  • Urth Caffe. We’ve been wanting to go here since we got into Entourage (they’re always brunching at Urth Caffe). Awesome food, very hip. Saw famous-looking people, but no one we recognized.
  • Compadres. D smelled the Mexican food across from Guitar Center, so we had to go here.
  • Mel’s Drive-In. Just a block away from our hotel. Loved it!

Where We Drank:

  • Ketchup Bar. So cool, great atmosphere.
  • Saddle Ranch. Too much like bars here at home. D kinda liked it, but I hated it. Really loud, crowded, and full of college-student-type crowd. Don’t need to fly to LA for that – plenty of it here right downtown.  D calls it “Saddle Bags.”
  • Skybar. Jaw-droppingly awesome. Drinks are very expensive, but the place kicked the ass of every club I’ve ever been in, maybe except Rain in LV. Very cool, mellow vibe, and great music. Also very dark – makes for a lot of privacy, and makes you feel like you can really relax. We got there early, about 9:45, and grabbed the bed near the restrooms. Hard to make out the faces, but we thought we saw Jason Mraz.

Next time:

  • Check out the clubs on Hollywood Blvd.
  • Go back to Skybar.
  • Do a star homes tour. We really just want to gawk at the homes – we don’t so much care if they belong to famous people.
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Incubus in Vegas

It hasn’t quite sunk in that we’re going to see Incubus at The Joint in July. Incubus has been on my short list of “shows I’d travel to see” for years, now. (What’d I do with that list, anyway…?)

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Home Sweet Home

Got back to the house late last night. Ah, how fleeting is a week on a tropical Mexico beach! On one level, I was ready to come home. D and I are making big plans to give our yard a facelift and create a beautiful, inviting oasis in the back, (which is currently a wasteland of concrete, not enough shade, and a sad-looking evergreen tree) and I am super-stoked to get my green-thumb on! But the last couple of hours before we had to head to the airport, I felt strangely melancholy. I almost cried when my sister left to catch her plane, and I am so NOT the weepy, huggy, emotional type. I had plenty to look forward to here at home, but dang it was hard to leave. I don’t know, I think I’m just getting more and more sentimental. I’m old enough to know that nothing lasts forever, and I and the people I love, well, we’re all mortal. And every time we get together or celebrate a milestone, I can’t help but have that in the back of my mind.

… And gee, didn’t that back-from-vacation post take an unexpected turn. Huh.

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Nails painted candy-coated magenta? check
Bikini and sunhat packed? check
Passport ready? check

Leaving for a week in Mexico in less than 48 hours. It was 65 and sunny here on Monday. And today? 30 and SNOW. It’s like the weather is physically pushing me onto the plane.

Just one obstacle in between me and an intense relationship with a pitcher of pina colada: mid-term exam at 9 am tomorrow. Yeah.

Totally unrelated, but D just bought a fancy new Apple computer today (woot, tax refund!). I’m glad he has a new toy to keep him busy the week I’m gone. 🙂

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