Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Los Angeles - Day One, Two and Three - you ready?

Day One -getting there
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The morning of the trip, I get a surpsise request by the hospital. We need to do a follow up ultra sound to see how everything is bla bla bla...can you come in?
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Of course, I chug all the water I can possibly handle, kiss the kids goodbye, drop them off at the daycare for grandma to pick up later and off we go. At the hospital, after being poked and prodded some more, they release us just in time for us to get to the airport in time.
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And we're off! Once on the plane we have the pleasure of sitting directly in front of the parent who doesn't believe in any discipline and they have the crazy 18month old toddler who kicks and screams and runs all around the aisles. Yes, that was a fun 3 hours!
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We got to LA in one piece, and headed for the MARRIOTT hotel. When we get there, they inform us - to our surprise - that we are going to have to press PH on the elevator. (THAT'S RIGHT, Penthouse!!!!)
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We immediatly want to go out and check out our surroundings so we take JP's mega camera out, and try not to look like tourists and blend in, hehe.
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We headed straight to Hollywood boulevard, and saw the usual celebrities hanging out, you know, Jack Sparrow, Minnie and oh yeah Tina Turner accepting some suspicious cash from Charlie Chaplin. It was great fun.
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Day Two - name dropping
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For anyone who knows me well, fairly well or almost well, they'll tell you I LOVE LOVE LOVE fashion and anything to do with names in fashion.
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Rodeo Drive is only 3 blocks long, but those 3 short blocks constitute the most famous shopping district in America and probably the most expensive three blocks of shops in the world.
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Oh yeah, I did drag him there. He had no idea about Rodeo Drive (he kept calling it Rodeo, like the rodeo as in cowboy! Puleeeze!!) He looked at it once we got there and I'm sure he thought we wouldn't be there very long.
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But I wanted to visit my friends: Tiffany, Cartier, Valentino, Gianni Versace, Christian Dior, Dolce & Cabbana, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Armani and Hermes.
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I was in heaven. I tried on a $3000 pair of Versace shoes on. I fell in love with a beautiful $7,000 Hermes bag. And then, because my husband is the most wonderful man in the world, he took me into Tiffany's and actually bought me jewelry!! How cool is that?
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It was only a small lock pendant with my initial in it, but it cost way more than I can reveal here. I had a permagrin on for the next few hours!!
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We spent our evening in Santa Monica, walking around and having dinner and I just couldn't have asked for a better evening. It was awesome!
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Oh oh, did I mention we stopped at "Sprinkles" Cupcakes (which is only THE most famous cupcake store in all of LA - people line up for hours to buy them) and waited in line for some delicious to die for cupcakes.
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(this is the line up that we waited in to just get into the store)
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And Rosie O'Donnell and Julia Roberts have talked about them, so I had to try them (yup, I'm THAT shallow) Yum yum yum.
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Day three - all over

At last, sunday came. We awoke to the news that the California fires started about 20 minutes from the very spot we had walked and dined the night before. We actually are following the fires closely, only because for us it hit so close since we were just there, taking pictures of things that are now burned. Very odd feeling.
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By the way, I wanted to show you the picture of the plane that we boarded on the way back from LA to Vancouver. It's smaller than my freakin' living room!! Only 42 people in it. Have you ever seen anything like it? It was awful. I walked into the plane and almost started hyperventelating. (i hate flying as it is, and feeling like I'm in a shoebox does not help)


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JP exclaimed "oh, it's cute!" FYI... when I think of adjectives that I'd like to use while describing the plane that I'm in , "strong" "big" "safe" or even " massive" comes to mind, but not "Cute". Maybe that's just me.
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Just as we are about to taxi away from the gate the one lone flight attendant announces that the plane is experiencing a ' weight imbalance' and that they'd be looking for 2 volunteers to get off the plane and board a bigger plane 2 hours later.
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I almost hurt JP I shoved him in the side so hard. He waves his hand in the air, I jump out of my seat and start speed walking to the cabin door. And we're out!
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For our trouble we received 2 vouchers for $200 off each of our next ticket with the same airline, and got to fly home in a big comfortable plane that looked much friendlier. Take a look:
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21 comments:

Sayre said...

I'm guessing (because the computer didn't like your picture) that the smaller plane was an Embraer. One seat on one side and two on the other? I actually like those quite a lot. I always choose the seat alone.

Sounds like you had a fabulous time in LALALand without too much smoke inhalation. How did it feel to walk in $3000 shoes?

Jazz said...

I love those small planes. We had one from Toronto to Dallas and back a couple of weeks ago.

My favourite is a Dash-8. 38 seats and propellers. You really feel it when you leave the ground.

Vancouver Voyeur said...

Yeah, great reporting and pix! I'm with you on the plane and flying. I had to get on one smaller than that to fly out of Wisconsin in the winter. All I could hear were Buddy Holly songs in my head as I desperately tried to keep breathing and not vomit. Glad you made it back safely!

Laura said...

Hey, welcome back and glad you escaped all the fires. Sounds like you had a fab trip! I hate flying too, though the size of the plane doesn't bother me so much as flying AT ALL. But the discount coupon is great, I'm sure that will come in handy again sometime :)

Queen of the Mayhem said...

Sounds like a great trip! Of course....any time away from the kids can be classified as relaxing!

What a sweet man to buy you something at Tiffany's! He's definitely a keeper! Does he have any cute friends? Mr. Mayhem is getting on my NERVES! :)

I.A.M.L. said...

Sayre - hmmm...i wonder why the picture didn't turn out. I can't believe you love to fly in those small things. (jp also likes the seat alone)

Jazz - Oh no...not another one who loves those planes, lol.
I am always so scared, I cannot imagine it in one of those small planes. Yikes.

Vancouver Voyeur - Finally a woman after my own heart! Keep breathing and squeeze whoever is around, that's the only way I make it through as well ;-)

Laura - Yeah, I gotta check out where else Delta flies and we can start planning our next vacation...we're hoping to get away in March next year again.

Queen - lol... All his friends are FRENCH!! I think Mr. Mayhem needs to pamper his queen, I can see the steam coming out of your ears even though i'm not in the same place as you. Hehe.

Eileen said...

Yah yah...the trip sounds great,
BUT...I couldn't get past the first sentence...you needed to 'do a follow up ultra sound? What the heck, are you pregnant??? Or is that a follow up from before? The way you said it, sounds like you might have a little one (or two) soon. Please share!!

I.A.M.L. said...

Eileen - I would love to have a little one or two, but no, the ultra sound was a follow up from the cyst (turns out they'll have to do surgery anyway, it got bigger)

There will be no pitter patter of small feet in this house anymore, we've got all that we can handle.

LOL..

Diesel said...

Damn. Now all I can think about is one of those cupcakes. Is that coconut? Mmmmmm.

Ann(ie) said...

OMG. What a FUN trip!!! Tiffany's and the best cupcakes in the world??? My idea of heaven!

I.A.M.L. said...

Diesel - They were worth remembering...

Annie - I know!! Can a girl ask for more?

jolie-jordan said...

When I was a child I rode in a helicopter a couple of times and in a two-seater a couple of times and thought they were great fun.

I've also been on many large planes but my scariest ride was once from Billings,Mt. to Helena, Mt. on a small 18 seater. One seat on each side. It was loud, bumpy and shaky and there was no door between the pilot and us. It rode so low that I thought we'd crash into the "Rockies" several times. I dammed near puked. My mom who was afraid of everything was very calm and seemed to enjoy the trip. Go figure!!! Luckily the trip was fairly quick. Never again. I'll catch a "Greyhound" instead and I hate those dammed things. Ever ride on a speeding "Amtrak" in the "Rockies"? Talk about horror-filled rides. No need for me to ever go on a roller coaster to get my jollies. (S)

Anyhow...I am so envious of your wonderful trip. What fun. Jewelery and cupcakes and sun and right after that beautiful cruise too. Lucky girl. Glad you shared. I hope all is well medically. Tests??

Take care Sweetie. XXXJolie

tweetey30 said...

Sounds like a great trip. Ok. Now we have to find a way for you to win a trip to WI to visit with me. LOL.. But looks like you had a great time. I am back up and running but nothing to blog about till Monday. Talk then.

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Heather in Beautiful BC said...

Hey where's the photo of the PH? Why did you get upgraded? How did you win the trip? Come on now, I need to know those details...

Lucky girl to walk out of Tiffany's with the box and the bag - and a gift too - I only 'looked and drooled' when I was there!

Mmmmm... the Sprinkles cupcake made me hungry!

tweetey30 said...

Have I told you how cute you two are?? Well if not I just did.

HamiHarri said...

Wow - looks like you had a great time! Thanks for sharing the pics - and I too would have begged the FH to wait in line for one of those cupcakes - YUM-O!

Queen of the Mayhem said...

Just checking on you....hope you are really busy doing fun newlywed stuff! :)

jolie-jordan said...

Where are you girl? You okay? I hope all is going well and you are simply too busy having a life to write right now. Take care.

XXXJolie

tweetey30 said...

I was just about the ask the same question. Where are you???? E-mail me if you need to talk please. Take care...

Vancouver Voyeur said...

Hey, where you at? You're blogging about as frequently as I am these days. Hope everything is alright and life just got busy is all.