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2 Years and Still Going Strong

Technically, our anniversary is Monday, but who wants to go out and celebrate on a Monday night?  Not these two 40-ish queens.  So we celebrated last night by going out to a restaurant neither of us had gone to before called The Little Door.   I found it online when searching for cool anniversary places and this ended up being a HIT.  It’s a French restaurant on 3rd a little bit west of the Grove, and it’s amazing.   I wouldn’t call it cheap though, so certainly a place you go to when you want to have a nice dinner at a corresponding price.

Everyone was super friendly – our waiter was French and couldn’t have been more accommodating or helpful.  We got a bottle of Pinot Noir that was delicious as all get out, and then started with an appetizer of duck foie gras and creme brulee.  Possibly a strange combo but man, those two really do go together.   I ordered a filet mignon that was delectable while Larry got lamb chops that he loved.  For dessert, I had a chocolate pot du creme (pudding, I guess?) and Larry had coconut cheesecake – we were both very satisfied.

So if you need a great French restaurant while in LA, I highly recommend The Little Door.

And if you find yourself married, I hope you’re lucky like I am and are married to someone like Larry.   Next month will be the 10-year anniversary of when we first met.   Crazy how time flies but the life we’ve lived and adventures we’ve had just keep on coming.  This year is no different and by the end of it (fingers crossed), we’ll be in our new home!

Saturday, April 28, 2018 – The Little Door

ABBA, Perfect Day, Dirty Computer and More

Before we head out to see Avengers: Infinity War and return 4 hours later or however long the movie is, I thought I’d post about some random things because why not.

I am liking my slight redesign and tweaking of the website.  I crafted that new header and a new favicon and found a plugin or two to help me modify my site to a way that is more me – so that includes more red all around.

If you didn’t take note, this past week contained the Perfect Date…per Miss Rhode Island from Miss Congeniality.  Honestly, I have to agree with her as in Los Angeles this week, the weather was gorgeous.  Sunny, windy, a nice warmth during the day but not too hot, while just enough of a chill at night.  Perfect!

I fucking love that movie.  It still trips me out that the first movie was set in San Antonio and released while I too lived in San Antonio.   Then the sequel was set in Las Vegas and released while I too lived in Las Vegas!  Stop stalking me, Sandra Bullock!  🙂

In other crazy-ass news, ABBA tells us yesterday that they’re “reuniting” and going to perform together for a television special in December and TWO NEW SONGS will be released and I can just fall over in joy now.

ABBA Is Officially Reuniting—And Recording New Music!

They’re not exactly going to be touring together though, as while I think they were able to deal with each other and get along well enough to make some new music, that goodwill isn’t enough to deal with each other all the time.  Some Digital Avatar experience will be happening and just tell me how much money is necessary as that is just fine with me.

Janelle Monáe’s new album, Dirty Computer, came out yesterday as well, so apparently music bliss was on the menu.  I’ve had it on repeat throughout the day yesterday and gotta say…I fucking love it.  From the opening track, “Dirty Computer”, which has a Brian Wilson harmony on it, to the already released singles which I love, to the new track “Screwed” which is hilarious and inspiring…the entire album is just a feeling and vibe that makes me happy.  I liked a review I read that indicated this album may be the first time we see the real Janelle Monáe as she doesn’t have the Cindi Mayweather character in this like she did in her two previous (awesome) albums.

In addition to loving the album, I was able to get tickets to see her at the Greek Theater in June.  SO EXCITED.   Nicki and Rekha will be joining in on the fun too.   Took a bit of finagling random codes and such on the ticketmaster site as it’s still in “presale” mode.   My Citi Cardmember presale didn’t really help at all this time like it did with Madonna tickets, as there was nothing available, but the Artist Presale definitely did!   Finally was able to get front of  Section C tickets – we’re going to be in the back section, but the price was right ($60/each), and the Greek isn’t that big of a venue, so all seats will be good!

Okay, probably need to wrap this up for now.   Larry and I are celebrating our second anniversary tonight at a French restaurant I found online in West LA, so hoping it is as good as expected (reviews certainly indicate it will be) and a nice night is had by all.  I’ll check back in with thoughts on the movie (and other movies we’ve seen in the meantime since A Quiet Place) and also keep retrofitting my site’s existing content as the migration wiped out a lot of my recent galleries.  As I find them, I fix them, and I’m back to late 2016 in terms of fixing things.  It’s funny as I do that and see posts I’d long forgotten about.   I love that I have this record.

I’m a Re-Run!!!

I never wanted to dare to dream I’d be a re-run, but here we are.  The day has come!   My 2016 one-and-done is airing (has aired) tonight, and hells yeah, let’s see if we can change the past and not have me bet so much money on Final Jeopardy because my brain completely shut down?

I’ve finally been able to start watching the show more regularly than before – it’s tough to do so at times, but it can’t be denied how fun it is watching Jeopardy!.

Jeopardy

I was on Jeopardy, and I wrote all about my experience, from taking the online test, getting that audition (finally), nailing that audition, and then the craziness of getting the call and then being on the show.

Talking about the audition after luckily getting selected from the pool on online test takers:

Jeopardy! – The Second Round

Here’s my thoughts on the actual day of recording my episode:

Day-Of Jeopardy! Taping Thoughts & Reactions

A few days later, some more sober reflection – believe me, the reflection continues still, but can’t change the past:

Post-Game Analysis & Thoughts, a Few Days After

Here’s the reactions when the episode actually aired in November 2016:

Hey, it’s Jeopardy Week for me!

Kinda sick?

Breaking news alert – I’ve got a scratchy and slightly phlegmy throat and it’s the end of the world.  Alright, it’s not really and I hope I’m close to being better soon.  Larry has had a cough for like the last 4 weeks and I think it’s finally going away too.  NOW THAT YOU’RE ALL CAUGHT UP, what should I write about?

Black Mirror?

I’d say I’ve enjoyed the few episodes I’ve seen of this season.  I liked “USS McAllister” a lot, and we just watched “Crocodile” last night and that was some fucked-up shit.  The “Hang the DJ” episode was actually very enjoyable and had a surprising twist, although I read some takes online that indicated that the very end kind of is a bleak way to see things.

Ancient Wonders of the World?

I listened to a 2-part podcast yesterday that was about the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and it was pretty fascinating.  I’ve known about many of these especially because of the Civilization and Rise of Nations games, in which you get to build Wonders.  The Assassins Creed games have been sometimes useful to see these wonders – especially in Origins, which has not only the Great Pyramid of Giza but also the Lighthouse at Alexandria.  I hadn’t remembered this, but Larry & I had actually seen some of the remnants of The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus when we were there for our 2011 cruise:

I still can’t believe how unbearably hot it was in Turkey when we were there.   And look at how ridiculously crowded it was!!!!!  Still worth it to have visited these places.  Hearing about some of the other Wonders does make you think on what some of them actually looked like – as we only have some written accounts for some of them, like the Colossus of Rhodes and the Status of Zeus in Olympia.  Okay, I digress.

I’ve got not much else to say today and am ready to eat some delicious pot roast.