Saturday, January 24, 2009

I've been sick the last couple of days, and bedridden. There were times that I managed to get up to hydrate, but those I kept to a minimum because it was just so hard. At first I thought it was from the drinks I had the night before on an emptier stomach than I'd realized, but when the sickness lasted longer, I started to suspect something else. It was awful, whatever it was. But, not as bad as some people have gotten. Luckily I have "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" that I've been listening to on CD. Yes, of course I've read the books, but audio is just such a great experience when it comes to the Harry Potter novels, as Jim Dale, the guy who reads them is just spectacular. I also realized how much I forgot. I'm so thankful to have had them, and this is my first time listening to HBP.

Now, I'm up early due to being woken by my neighbor and his date whom I stepped outside to look at once I realized it was 4:00 AM. I must have been a sight, and thankfully it was dark. I was mostly concerned, because the girl's voice had come into my dream and sounded like crying and I could still hear it upon waking. When I stepped outside, I saw it was one of the Ohio boys and his date. He's sharing an apartment with two other guys and I'm sure was out there for some privacy. They weren't being overly loud, it was just the fright of being woken up a couple times, a couple hours apart by the same voice. The last time I heard that, I ended up helping a neighbor in a hilarious scene right out of the movies. No, not Oliver's former owner. Unfortunately, I can't detail that here as everyone has moments in their life that they'd rather forget, much less have published on the internet. But, in that case, what I had heard was crying from her friend who had knocked back a few too many. Luckily, her husband picked her up so that part was taken care of. It was later that the hilarity with my neighbor ensued. Turns out in this case, that it wasn't crying, but a young couple giggling. After I looked at them and went back inside, I heard the girl leaving, I'm sure curious if not unnerved at what that "thing" was that came out and looked at her. Two days worth of being bedridden and sick does not a pretty picture make.

So, now I'm up before the sun is, having showered and washed my hair to begin my molting back into a human. I'll probably slip back into bed, but for now I'm enjoying listening to the rainfall as the only sound coming from outside. The cats are restless and curious, and my space heater is warm beside me. The entire time I've been sick, it's been rainy and dreary, very fitting and actually comforting. I think I'll be ready to venture out today. But, remain close to home just in case.

Monday, January 19, 2009

For those of you in freezing climates, I apologize for what I'm about to say. But, when you live in a warmer climate, you forget that it's cold in other parts of the nation at the exact time that you're driving in your car down a wide, empty street at night, windows letting in the still warm air , a smattering of city lights below and just have to satisfy your sudden urge to do this:

I actually did try this at home...twice.

And yeah, I did that. From the front seat, of course. But I hung out far and tall and let the 80 degree heated air whip over my face and through my hair. I'd done it once before. On the same street, that time an eerie fog hovering close to the ground and the air a bit cooler and damper that night. Again, I was afforded a deserted street all the way down the long stretch of Barham Blvd., as it was past midnight. I'd just seen The Dark Knight. Opportunity knocked, and I couldn't help myself but to open the door.

I think that what spawned my second urge to drive Joker style was that it hit me that it was January. And, I had forgotten it was cold in other parts of the country until the news came on and mentioned the frigid temperatures in the Midwest and East. It came on just as I was cresting the top of Barham Blvd., oddly enough which leads right past Warner Bros. Studios, which released The Dark Knight.

It's harder than it looks. Don't try it at home. Don't do what I did. Especially if you are in a cold climate. Oh, that frost burn would leave you looking like The Joker for real. I read that it's supposed to be 16 degrees outside for the inauguration on Tuesday. Maybe like the 7th inning stretch in baseball, an announcer should tell everyone to body huddle every half hour. I sure as hell hope those Porto potties have heating.

Anyway, it sounds cold as hell and I hope you all are staying warm. By the way, if you want a great hi-res look at that picture, I suggest you click on it and view the original size. Yep. Pretty damn exhilarating.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Yes, yes yes. A post is coming soon. I haven't forgotten this dear blog, but also haven't had the energy. The good news is that I'm writing a lot on my projects. I think the lack of posts here is because I've really dedicated my time to finishing something off the grid, if you will...so I can have a finished piece of work. Anyone whose read this blog over the years...and I'm shocked at how many of you there are, know this pervasive theme in my life. That of finishing something. I have a lot of professional work...now it's time to finish something that's mine. Just mine. Sometimes, that means that I don't feel like looking at a computer screen for one minute longer or hear the typing of my fingers on the keyboard. I just want to let someone else do the thinking for a bit.

That, and work up to being physically able to do a back handspring again. A back flip would be icing on the cake...but baby steps.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Happy wonderful New Year to you all.

I had a great Christmas. My mom and Jack my stepdad came to visit me again this year. They stayed at the Marriott in Burbank just minutes from me.

First, I found a perfectly intact Christmas tree that someone had set out in our alley. This was a real Christmas tree, obviously bought, as it was still bound with string. All the easier to carry into my apartment. It was put there for the taking, maybe by someone whose plans had changed quickly and had them going out of town. I took it inside, and since it was so close to the holiday, I was able to get a stand and lights for 50% off. My whole tree set up cost me about $20. I was thrilled since I'm on a very limited budget right now. It was the right size and everything for my apartment. And, it was a soft needled tree. I had a few ornaments around the house already, as well as Christmas decorations. I also turned a few things into ornaments that weren't originally meant for it, but were perfect. Such as, the Hogwarts graduation tassel that I got at the Deathly Hallows midnight release party, a dream catcher, some festive Starbucks card covers in the shape of a mitten and stocking, that indeed were intended to be ornaments, bows that I attached to wire and hung, and a large gold one for the top. It was just perfect. Last year, last minute, I'd made a tree out of collage, which was a big hit with mom and Jack. This real tree was a big hit with the cats.

Christmas Kitty!

It was my first real Christmas tree and I got it for free. I felt good about giving it a home and dressing it up to look pretty. It deserved that. They have a recycling program here so it will go back to nature where it came from.

We had Christmas dinner at the Four Seasons Los Angeles Hotel. If you haven't...I must recommend. It doesn't come cheap, but it's not over the top expensive when you consider what you might pay for a like dinner in Los Angeles. They offered several rooms of a fantastic smorgasbord of every kind of delicious food you can imagine with a desert section that looks like it came straight out of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. Simply divine and delicious, without being stuffy. The staff was incredibly nice, prompt and courteous, and the decorations were festive and unique. The clientele was a great mix of people as well. Well done Four Seasons. You made it a memorable night for us, all down to the free hot apple cider with cinnamon sticks on the way out.

On the other days, we went to the beach in Venice and also to Malibu where we ate at Taverna Tony and shopped around the great shops. My step dad bought scarves for my mom and me, which I'm wearing now. It's a pretty deep rose color with a metallic accents. Just gorgeous and so soft. We then went to a park on a cliff over the ocean and watched a spectacular sunset over the ocean. Everywhere we went, people were very nice and we had lots of nice "people encounters." In Venice, I even met a tea cup chihuahua named inky who was so very tiny but a big love.

My mom changed her plans and decided to stay on her own with me for a few days which was fun. For that, she stayed in my apartment. We went to Robertson Blvd. and she bought a pair of jeans which looked great on her. It was fun to watch her shop and the two of us cracked the sales staff up with our back and forth banter. Not many people do it like we do. We also hit the sales in Saks and she bought me a great leopard print Tory Burch shirt that was on sale for a fraction of the cost. And, in my size.

We also just spent a lot of time hanging out, which included my mom sitting in on a couple sessions of me doing my show recaps for the network that I'm working for. That was fun because she got to see what that entailed and it was good to bounce words off her. She's an English teacher, after all. She treated me to getting my laundry done professionally, which if you have the means and don't have a washer dryer, I highly recommend. Even better if you can find a Chinese Laundry. I can't afford it on my own, so it was a fantastic treat. For New Year, we had Prosecco and a nice cheese and chocolate plate that we'd put together after shopping at The Grove and Farmer's Market. Perfect.

It was just a nice relaxing time and I was glad that they were able to come visit me. It's the way the holidays should be.