Friday, March 30, 2012
It’s mid-July to Labor Day that Del Mar blooms, but we’re here now, well before the meet, and just had to see the famed track for ourselves. Isn’t it beautiful? Maybe someday we’ll have the good fortune to be here during the summer.
“Where the Surf Meets the Turf”
Sang and co-written by Bing Crosby
Where the surf meets the turf
Down at old Del Mar
Take a plane
Take a train
Take a car.
There is a smile on every face
And a winner in each race
Where the turf meets the surf
At Del Mar.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
San Diego is unofficially called “America’s Finest City.” The United States of America has a lot of fine cities, but this is one that really stands out. We are so happy to be here.
Monday, March 26, 2012
Our last days in Hemet were so sweet. In fact (I can’t believe I’m about to say this as I couldn’t wait to get out of the town when I was a teenager), the time went too quickly. We came into Hemet with a list of nine people I very much wanted to spend time with and we literally ran out of time. We never had a chance to see two of those nine people at all, including a cousin. But, on the bright side, we really got quality and quantity time with the others. I’m so thankful for that.
I never dreamed our time in Hemet would be so delightful, truly. We are blessed.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
We checked in at Warner Bros. as instructed, several hours before filming. We were whisked around the massive studio on a stretch golf cart, detouring around an episode of The Mentalist being filmed. Our driver pointed out where nine out of 10 seasons of Friends were filmed, where ER was filmed (and even the parking lot that doubled as the rooftop helicopter pad – oh the magic of television!), and where so many other pieces of t.v. and movie history happened. We were brought to a special theatre, which was apparently used extensively in the filming of last year’s best picture The Artist, and shown the movie Mirror Mirror, which is being released next week.
After viewing Mirror Mirror, we were driven over to Stage 1 and shown to our seats in the audience with the well-known Ellen set right in front of us. We were in the 10th row, I believe, on the aisle. It was a party from the moment we got in there with constant music and dancing and fun. About 45 minutes later, the show began and it was exactly like you see on t.v. No second takes and actual breaks for commercials (although we didn’t see any commercials – we were played music and expected to dance instead!). Ellen had a short monologue and danced for a very brief time, as it was a day of big-name celebrities on the show.
The first guest of the day was mega-star Julia Roberts, who was way fun and clearly having a good time.
Next was Liam Hemsworth. My Mom, Kristi, and I had no idea who he was, but he’s in The Hunger Games, which came out yesterday (the day after our Ellen Show experience) and is supposed to be the biggest movie of the year.
Then there was a surprise guest…Justin Bieber. Every female in that place under 25 went absolutely nuts, but my Mom, Kristi, and I fell into fits of hysterical laughter. A few days prior, my Mom had emailed Kristi and me to say she thought it might be Julia Roberts on the show (they don’t tell you ahead of time who will be there, but she had seen the t.v. listings and guessed). I had responded saying something to the effect of, “Oh good! At least it’s not some teenybopper like Justin Bieber.” And there he was, right in front of us after I'd said that, which just struck our funny bone.
Justin Bieber was there with a new artist he’d “discovered,” a female singer named Carly Rae Jepson. She performed and, all too quickly, the show was over. Ellen talked to the audience for a moment off camera, which was nice. And then she and her significant other, Portia de Rossi, left.
I’ve always wanted to attend a t.v. taping, as the whole process just fascinates me. But as interesting as that was, I think what my Mom, sister, and I will always remember was the fun we had. I’m so glad we got the experience together. It was an absolute hoot. I’d do it again in a heartbeat.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
While Jill is off in Burbank attending a TV taping (more on that in another post, I'm sure), I have had the rare opportunity to have the kids all to myself for two days. While I'm not used to it, and it is a little taxing on my schedule, I was able to get in a good day of work and still keep the kids educated, entertained and happy. When Jill's not here, the teacher's not here, so I had to find a way to put a little education in this day off. After breakfast I set up the computer and they used a website called starfall.com to play games and sing songs, all aimed at teaching them something. It gave me a good 3 hours of time in front of my own machine.
Then after I made a lunch of pancakes (the girls favorite, and something I may just have been told I'm the best-in-the-world at making), we watched a little PBS (and learned about habitats and what to do if you get separated on the subway) and headed off to the pool for an hour or so. One thing that always strikes me about this park is how friendly everyone is. Granted, it helps that I have just about the only grandkid-aged kids in the place, and that most of the park is full of Seniors snowbirding from Canada, but it is still nice how everyone treats the girls.
They had a big time using the park provided floaties and swimming around in the 80-degree pool. We got a few off stares because there is still the occasional senior that wants it just their way - quiet and non-splashy - but the vast majority of folks were very accomodating. It was nice to see the girls try to practice the stuff they learned from Pendleton again.
After swimming they had some time for sidewalk chalk, another favorite pastime that they don't get to do nearly enough. Erika made a masterpiece-sized painting while the little two tried to cover as much area as possible with colored doodles. All in all, fun for them, and 2 more hours of uninterrupted work for me.
|Erika's 4 foot by 2 foot Masterpiece, a girl holding two horses, with the sun|
coming through the heart-shaped clouds
As were wrapping up the day it was heartwarming how much the girls missed their mom. Throughout the day they interjected the occasional "I wish Mommy was here." At the end of the day they told me they couldn't wait for her to come home. I told them she'd be home to see them before morning, and that seemed to ease their minds. I can't wait to have her home too, I'm not sure I could do this for a week. ;)
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
P.S. Drink milk!