Tuesday, July 27, 2010


T and I played tourist and went to Hollywood.  For those of you who don't know, Hollywood isn't the best part of town.  Going there reminded me how much I love the town we live in - it's much nicer.  I felt safe because I had T and it was daytime and there were lots of other tourists around, but it is not a place to be at night alone on a side street. We still had a good time, though!

It's hard to tell, but these two stars belong to Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick.
It's noticeable because this stretch of stars is all in a straight line except for Kyra's - so she could be next to Kevin's.
I think it's adorable.  Hence the heart hands and ridiculously ecstatic grin.
I call this the "Summer in Nantucket" look, by the way.

Mr. Bacon has some good advice on how to have a successful marriage:
"Keep your fights clean and your sex dirty."

I enjoyed recognizing the names on stars way too much while we were walking.  The only star I sought out was Audrey's.  You know why.  It's because she is one of the classiest ladies who ever lived. 

Also because I think that Audrey was ridiculously wise:
"I believe in pink.
I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner.
I believe in kissing, kissing a lot.
I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong.
 I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls.
I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles."

Really, who doesn't love Audrey?! 

P.S.  I'm pretty sure Audrey meant to say "and I believe in Christmas miracles."  :)

While we were walking to Audrey's star we ran into one of our friends K!  He was taking his son B to swimming lessons at the nearby YMCA.  It was great to have a little chat with him.  We love that family.

The building is supposed to look like a stack of records, but to me it always looks like a stack of stupid.
But to each their own, I suppose.

These guys got a star in the shape of a circle for just one event.

Harry Potter stars' hand and footprints outside Grauman's Chinese Theater.

Johnny Depp's square at Grauman's.  I wish they would have imprinted his beard from "Pirates" as well...

The front of Grauman's.  I went there with T and his friend different T freshman year.  We saw "The Medallion" with Jackie Chan.  It was horrible.  But when I bought the ticket for it I just about died.  It was almost $25!!!  But then I realized that the ticket girl charged me for two tickets because she thought T and I were together and I was buying his ticket.  So at that point T and I were still pretty clueless about each other romantically, but the ticket girl already knew...

William Shatner's star!

In green letters it says "The"  so the name of the theater is "The El Capitan Theater."  Yeah.

In the very distance you can make out the Hollywood sign...

T happened to take a picture of me at the Kodak Theater just as this piano fell in a perfectly straight manner from the sky.

I'm friends with a Samurai!  Somewhere there is a picture of me from freshman year from the same night as "The Medallion" doing this exact same thing.

We also went to Amoeba music since it was pretty close.  I was very underwhemed by it.  It's organized incredibly well, but everything was old and it kinda reminded me of Goodwill.  There are also tons of people there pretending to be super cool music snobs.

Anyway, we had a lovely time playing tourist and plan to do it again soon.
Except, you know, at a different tourist-y location.

Friday, July 23, 2010


It's been 14 months!  This is the last set of photos I'm going to share from the wonderful ETFizzle.

I love how epic my veil looks here.


Even closer.

I love these next three photos because the wind was doing all kinds of funky things with my veil.

Also, in this one my legs look like they are melting or something.  It looks awesome!

I LOVE that cousin M (who did the beautiful flowers for our wedding) left the stems long and natural on my bouquet.

This next photo isn't from this set, but I love it so much I wanted to include it again.

Seriously, I cannot say enough good things about how fabulous the talented Elizabeth Taylor Frandsen is and how amazing her work is.  She made us look SO good.  All of the photos I've shared by her throughout the months are straight out of the camera with no editing done on them.  And they look wonderful!

Monday, July 19, 2010

It's fixed!

The apartment complex people came today.  And they agreed that we need a new AC unit.  So 10 minutes later we got a new AC unit!  I really didn't think they would give us a new one, much less right away.  The new AC unit is SOOOOO wonderful.  I can't even tell you how excited 74 degrees inside the apartment makes me.  Yay!  Happy Monday!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Heat Wave

It's hot here.  Big shock.  It's hot everywhere. 

It's 102 degrees outside and 92 degrees inside the apartment.

Our AC unit is atrocious.
It's about four inches off the floor.
It cools the five feet straight ahead of it.  If you are not within those five feet you can't even tell that the AC is on.  When I say the AC unit only cools directly in front of it, I'm not kidding.  If you sit on the floor in front of the unit and raise your hand you can tell that the air by your hand is at least 15 degrees warmer. 

Even when we run the unit ALL DAY the only cool spot in the entire apartment is in front of the AC unit.
We pulled the mattress off the bed and put it in front of the AC unit to sleep because it is SO miserable at night.  But that doesn't do much either.  When I sleep with my back to the AC unit (on the mattress on the floor) my back is freezing and my chest is sweating.  There's no sleeping going on because it is so miserable at night. 

The last time we cooked anything was Monday.  It's just too hot to turn on the stove or oven.

I think I know why there is always fighting in the Middle East.  It's because it is so hot and it makes everyone cranky!

In theory, the complex owners should be coming to check out our AC unit on Monday, but I don't have high hopes for them repairing or replacing it.  Oh, how I long for my parent's cool Utah basement!

Sunday, July 11, 2010


Monday we visited Solvang, CA.  It's a Danish tourist town.  The drive there was so cold and foggy.  Seriously, we could only see about 12 feet in front of the car on this steep narrow mountain pass.  Then we turned a corner and it was sunny and clear.  Of course we had to stop and take a picture...

We stopped at a beautiful lavender farm.

There were bees everywhere.  But we walked through the field (very carefully) anyway!

The lavender farm also had a Statue of Liberty lawn ornament.

We stopped at a mini-horse ranch.

 Why, yes.  Those are mini-horses in the background.

 Okay, so it's hard to tell, but the horses really were tiny.
I don't know why many of them are lying down on their side.  Is that normal? I thought horses hardly ever did that.

We also stopped at a playground.  Ya know.  Because we are kids.

 I took this one while I was swinging.  I'm a champion like that.  Really, though, how cool is that Viking ship?!

I really liked this clock tower.
It was strange to still see palm trees, because we were in the mountains and it so didn't feel like Southern California.

Finally we hit Solvang!

We took a trolley ride through town.

The town had three big windmills.

We ate some good aebleskiver.  They tasted like pancakes with jam.

There were fake storks on many buildings for good luck (not for babies).

I look just like the mermaid.  Except I'm not made of metal.

We visited the Hans Christian Anderson museum.
 Old books look soooo cool.

I wonder how many little people you could fit in this shoe at one time...

We heard there was a ship in the nave of a church in Solvang.  T and I thought it would be a huge ship and maybe the pulpit would be in it or something equally awesome.  We were slightly disappointed when this is all it was.

This house had it's own windmill.  It made me laugh.

We took a little hike (seriously 10 minutes - we saw people with strollers do it).  This was the sign in front of the trail.  Notice that "mountain lions seem to be especially drawn" to children.  HaHa.

We spent a bit of time in Santa Barbara, too.  We visited this tiny beach:

That had this warning sign:

So we went down the steps.  There's only 150, not 1,000.  We went at high tide because that's when it fit in our schedule.  Here's what we saw at the bottom of the steps:
Why, yes - the ocean is literally at the very bottom of the steps. 

Next time we will go during low tide and actually see the beach part.  It's supposed to be beautiful and secluded.

So we visited the wharf and were freaked out by the fact that the Santa Barbara beach runs almost exactly east / west instead of north / south.  T was so freaked out he couldn't even open his eyes.

And they lived happily ever after.  Because how can you not live happily ever after when there is an option for pirate cruises? The end.