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A Hell of a Weekend

We partied like we were 25, and damn, it was fun, but utterly exhausting.  I highly recommend doing this maybe once or twice a year.  Then go back to normal regular weekends.  🙂

Up first, we were invited to longtime friend Ken Basin’s wedding up at Saddlerock Ranch in the Malibu mountains.  Many of my good friends were also attending as obviously Mila is going to be at her brother’s wedding, as well as many others that I love.  We knew it would be a boozy affair, so we Uber’d there (and let’s just say, Uber drivers can be very good or very bad….), got promptly lost (Uber driver not so great today) as we got dropped off at the wrong location within the complex, and started walking around based on vague directions from staff who have no idea where weddings are held on the premises.  The pictures here are of that random walk, which happily ended when a car driven by some other guests had the unlucky happenstance of going where we were – but lucky for us.  We all found our way to the right place and we managed to get to seats just shortly before the ceremony began.  D’oh!

The wedding itself was absolutely beautiful.  The weather couldn’t have been better, what with it being mid-October.  But it’s of course been a ridiculously hot week for us with temps in the 100s this week, so our trend of having very late LA summers continues on.  Anyway, that wasn’t quite the case on Saturday, so it was great.

Highly recommend, if you can afford to, a wedding here.  Beautiful vistas, gorgeous lighting in the trees, good food, and just a spectacular venue.  It being a Jewish wedding, there was of course the hora to dance to, and of course, I did.  I also managed to roll my ankle at the very end of the dance as it was a packed dance floor with 300 guests, a hardwood dance floor that I managed to find the end of with my right foot and landed poorly.  Happily, it’s just rolled/sprained and not worse, because as of today, it’s mostly back to normal.

Lots to drink, lots of dancing with close friends and loved ones, some good food (not enough to keep me from getting hammered), and a great party all led to us not getting home until 1 in the morning.  LOOK OUT YOUNG FOLK!

Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 – Ken & Lisa’s Wedding @ Saddlerock Ranch

We were primed to be hurting on Sunday, and while it certainly wasn’t as bad as it could have been (I’ve been WAY HUNGOVER before, believe me – this past Sunday was nothing like that), it was certainly one of those days that could have been spent sleeping in a lot more and then do something lazy.  But we had more plans today, as we were going to celebrate Mom’s birthday with a lunch and then follow that up with a birthday celebration for Nicki & Carey in Silver Lake.

We got ourselves ready to go and off we went to Arcadia’s Westfield shopping center, which looks so freakin’ different than the Santa Anita Fashion Show mall I grew up with and had my first B Dalton Booksellers job at. Unrecognizable.  Anyway, there’s a Cheesecake Factory there now so we met up with Mom, Stacie, and Trent for a good lunch.  As much as I can sometimes look down on Cheesecake Factory for being ‘just a’ chain restaurant, they are always packed for a reason:  the food is pretty damn good and it’s not a bad price.  It was a nice lunch though catching up with everyone and slowly but surely feeling like a human again.  Happy Birthday, Mom!

Sunday, Oct 22, 2017 – Birthday Lunch w/ Mom

Larry & I then had to figure out just what we were up for in terms of the Silver Lake birthday fun.  We were both exhausted and the idea of wine at the time didn’t sound appealing, nor did the follow-up oysters restaurant.  But there wasn’t an option of not going, so we stopped at home first to take a sanity break, and then it was time to call an Uber to take us to Silver Lake.  God bless Uber – it makes going places where the parking is horrible not so awful.  The flip side is that the hesitancy to drink evaporates as there’s no reason to be cautious.  So while we didn’t just decide to get blitzed, we certainly did have rose while having a freakin’ blast at Silver Lake Wines.  It’s a fun place as while it is a wine store, you can also have them open the wines and serve it to you while hanging out.  And so yeah, we did that.  A few hours later, we all then went over to L&E Oyster Bar for some follow-up food.  I passed on oysters as ew, gross, but they did have cheese plates and bread and that was delicious.  It wasn’t enough for dinner though, and by around 7pm, I was starting to need more.  So with Nicki, Rekha, and Megan, we left the group and headed just a bit further south to Silver Lake Ramen, which OMG is so good.  We had to wait for about an hour though, and happily a bar is next door, The Thirsty Crow, so yeah, more alcohol.  Dude, we were rockstars this weekend.  No idea how we made it through it, although Monday admittedly was a rough day to wake up to!

Birthday Wine with Nicki & Carey in Silver Lake

And that was our weekend.  I’ve been remiss in showing the many pictures from our exciting other weekends…so I will endeavor to do that as well.  Let’s see if I’m more successful this time than every other time I say that!

It’s Happening

Today’s our last full day at our Franklin Hills home!  We’ve reduced a whole lot of our possessions, we’ve moved a good percentage of things there on our own, we’ve even added some new furniture to aid in getting rid of other stuff.  And now, it’s time to get ready for tomorrow and all that entails.  Movers, stress, and relief when it’s all over.  I can’t wait!

Here’s some pics of our handiwork from last night – those shelves were a bitch and a half to actually complete.  Ugh.  But they’ll be worth it.

26-Mar-2015 18:42, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 32
26-Mar-2015 19:50, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 250
26-Mar-2015 20:15, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 400
26-Mar-2015 20:42, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500
26-Mar-2015 21:16, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500

Silver Lake and a brief Med Cruise II mention

I’m not even about to tackle those topics all at once right now, as hell, that’s a lot of typing and work and lots of pictures that haven’t been posted, but I wanted to chime in and let you know that I’m still alive and that lots of stuff has happened!

First, in May, Larry & I moved from Santa Monica to Silver Lake.  Our landlord ended up wanting to sell his place as the LA Real Estate Market is hothothot right now and he saw a way out from that albatross.  So we did some searching and ended up finding a pretty awesome place in Silver Lake – completely brand new and in a fantastic new location.  Here are a few of the albums from Picasa that contain the timeline of pics.  Enjoy, but that’s the extent of the pictures for now in this post, as while we also just went on our second Mediterranean cruise and got back a few days ago, those pics haven’t been scrubbed and uploaded yet, and will probably have to be phased in day by day.  But long story short, it was awesome, we met some fun new people, and had a mostly fantastic journey in the western Med, including explorations into Barcelona, Monaco/Monte Carlo, Florence, Tuscany, Sorrento/Amalfi Coast, Venice (LOVED Venice), Dubrovnik (Croatia) and Kotor (Montenegro).   Amazing time – but we’re still trying to overcome our jet lag.  Ugh.

Here are the photos from when we took Michancy out into town to see Griffith Park Observatory, while also going to see potential new places to live.  First up, seeing Griffith Park Observatory:

March 30, 2013 – Griffith Park Observatory with Michancy

& Seeing the Silver Lake Place for the First Time

April 27, 2013 – Soft Move #1

For the move, we had a bit of wiggle room to do it as we had two weeks of overlap before having to leave the Santa Monica place.  We used that time to drive back and forth between the two places schlepping a lot of our stuff that we could fit in the car.   It made sure that Larry knew how to get there, that’s for sure.  Also, it ensured I appreciated not having to drive the 10 that much in the future.  Mom came out and helped us one day, so here’s pics from that.

April 28, 2013 – Soft Move #2

Another set of photos in which we went to the new place.   We did this a lot.  In that last set of photos you saw I focused on the yellow in the kitchen.  That was because I wanted to figure out what colors would go good with that as I did NOT want to keep the colors that were present in the living room, as it was far too drab for our fabulous lifestyle.  I am slightly kidding about that.  Not kidding that the colors had to go.

May 4, 2013 – The Painting Begins

I wasn’t kidding about painting the living room, so before our move was to take place on Wednesday, May 8, we spent the weekend prior getting the painting done as if you wait until all your crap is in there, it becomes exponentially harder to do.  I think Larry was a bit nervous about the process but I’m a veteran of interior painting and while my taste level is possibly in question at times, I think in this regard, we came up with a fantastic color scheme that captured that mid-century modern look we both like.  During this weekend, we got to interact with our neighbors a bit and it looks like we are in good shape with them as they are cool and very nice.

May 5, 2013 – Finishing the Painting

It had been briefly discussed the night before that we should start the orange then, but I knew it was going to be a day’s worth of work.  That proved accurate.  Larry & I love the finished result, and even the landlord, who visited a lot while we were there as he still had to set some stuff up, liked it.

Alright, that’s all the pics I’ve got uploaded at this point regarding the apartment.  We’ve obviously moved in since the painting pics so there’s plenty to see with what it looks like now with the furniture in place, but believe me, there is tons left to do still.  None of our pictures are hung up, there’s lots of clutter around, especially upstairs in the office and spare bedroom and even still down in the main bedroom.  But this weekend we DID buy some shelving and install it in that lower area of the built-in unit so we could store the blurays and DVDs.  It looks awesome.  We’re getting there.