Tuesday, August 31, 2010

White chocolate chip goodness

I was so bummed about my strawberry pie massacre, I wasn't planning on baking anytime soon. However, this morning I had the craving of white chocolate *my favorite*. Now I know white chocolate chip cookies usually have macadamia nuts in them but I don't particularly like them. So I had to take matters into my own hands and I got baking. Totally expecting a kitchen disaster.



















































The receipe was super easy and I even measured correctly *my measuring cup starts at 1 cup so anything under that I have to guess* I baked it for about 12 minutes at 450 and here's the result;































I sent Antz a pic and he said they look so good he's coming home for lunch to taste them. I am going to pick up Anthony's Mom today at 4 so she can babysit Liv while we play volleyball tonight. *So excited to play*. I am hoping she will agree to spend the night Friday so she can babysit while we go to dinner and a movie and come with us to the Calabasas farmers market Saturday morning. Check out my sweetie pie!

Date Night with my Lovelies **Part 2**

So you would think after such a fun night and exhausting weekend we would head home and tuck ourselves into bed before 11pm. Such is not the case with us, I was driving through downtown LA *heading home* with food we picked up getting cold when I saw a swarm of network satellite vans and the street blocked off with police directing traffic. This is super common in LA so I didn't think anything of it until I saw flashes of cameras out of the corner of my eye. I circled the block and saw a line of limos going through the blocked street, of course this peaked my celeb curiosity, so I parked and we took the Nikon, put Liv in the BabyHawk and walked 2 blocks to check out the scene. I was sure they would tell us we couldn't walk by but I saw barricades set up across the street from this church-turned-club and the red carpet. After a little investigative work *overhearing the paparazzi mob* we found ourselves in the epicenter of the Entertainment Tonight red carpet Emmy afterparty at Vibiana.


I was seriously giddy and squealing with delight, my finger is still bruised from snapping so many shots. Our camera was very wishy-washy, it seemed to take the not so important celeb shots perfectly. When I was excited about a celeb *case in point, my darling Neil Patrick Harris* it would go blurry, dark or wouldn't take the shot at all.


Neil and his hot piece, David Burtka, can you see how my camera was sabotaging me?


I was soo excited, I yelled "Congrats on your twin babies!!" and he turned around and SMILED!! OMG!! I also saw Alan Cumming and I said to him "Hello Mr. Cumming, I love you, you are so fantastic!" and he said "Why thank you, love" and posed for a pic. I LOVED him in The Anniversary Party




Christina Hendricks *Joan from Mad Men* is stunning! I have no idea how she manages to walk with those enormous boobs.


We mostly saw cast of the Office, 30 Rock and Glee.





Nigel Lythgoe *judge on So You Think You Can Dance*


Jane Krakowski *Jenna from 30 Rock*


Alec Baldwin's assistant on 30 Rock


Jenna Ushkowitz *Tina from Glee*


Angela Kinsey *Angela from the Office*

Me and Judah

Judah Friedlander *Frank from 30 Rock* he was super cool and his hat said "Best Undressed"


Funniest quote of the night was this chick telling us "I'm not Crystal Bowersox, I know we are both white girls with dreads!!"

No idea who this guy is

Levi Johnston *Alaskan douchebag* He had this huge bodyguard, the least famous guy was the only person with a bodyguard and he kept walking past the crowd but tried to act too important to stop by.


Brandon Routh *Superman Returns*

Nigel was sweet enough to come over and sign autographs

Ali *the last Bachlorette*


Even celebs love taco trucks!

My red carpet moment
As you can see, I was pretty close to the action *soo much fun* The paps were pretty aggressive and sort of mean. They kept talking shit about all the celebs and shouting out random stuff to get a reaction out of them. I felt awkward because I was standing right in front of them. We stayed out there until midnight and the party dwindled out. They all came out with their swag bags *that looked pretty crappy, there was Doritos in there* I was super exhausted, our food was ice cold and Liv was completely unfazed by the fame whores *myself included* as she slept on Antz chest while he hung back away from the chaos.

The scene totally reminded me of when I was younger and went on tour with my Mom.


*Stevie gave me that shawl I'm wearing, I wish I kept it*
Stevie Nicks: Live at Red Rocks Denver 1988



My Mommy performing *she's a legendary percussionist*

Me & Stevie *in her dressing room*
I had a blast but today I am paying the price, I am beyond sleepy and my brain is fuzzy trying to remember all the details. I am seriously considering taking a photography class because my Nikon is super awesome but it doesn't work for me at times. It sucks the most because I can't take pics of myself *it's too heavy and my lens won't take pics that close*. I had the setting on automatic so I thought it would be foolproof but so many shots came our blurry or too dark.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Date Night with my Lovelies **Part 1**

This is a pretty epic post so it will take 2 parts to tell the tale. Yesterday we were home from Apple Valley, pretty ready to just relax. We needed to give Maxwell a bath and water our backyard but around 5:30 I got a urge to take advantage of the lovely summer evening and take Olivia to the Santa Monica Pier for the first time. *Actually we tried to take her with Aimee and Holden back in July but it was ridiculously crowded, hot and we had the stroller and it was close to impossible to navigate through the crowd so we went to the 3rd Street Pomenade instead*. So as I was driving on PCH I missed the turn for the pier and went further down towards Malibu. I was going to make a U-turn when I noticed I was at the Annenberg Beach House turn.
















I first heard about the Annenberg Beach House when I read an article about it opening in Los Angeles magazine. I knew they had a community pool, yoga classes and a gym but you had to make a reservation. When I pulled into the parking lot I was sure they would turn us away because I didn't have a res but I told the guy I wanted to find out about yoga classes so he let us in. I saw people in the pool and to my delight it was a synchonized swimming rehearsal going on. So cool!! I would LOVE to be part of that one day *when I'm not mortified to be seen in a bathing suit*.




























I love their swimming caps *so 60's* so we strolled around taking pics and watching the gorgeous sunset. There was a bat mitzvah going on in one of the spaces. *I want Liv to have one when she turns 13*



































































































It was the best time of day to be there because it wasn't too hot or crowded *I detest large crowds* so we enjoyed having the leisure of the space. I am thinking about making a reservation for Thursday so Aimee could come with me and Liv. We then went to look for parking for the pier and found a great spot just steps from the pier but the signs posted said no parking from 8pm - 7am *mega lame* so we moved further down and had to walk quite a distance. The pier was busy but not as crowded as I expected. I was craving cotton candy so I bought a bag. Olivia was bewildered by all the lights and amusement rides. She really looked amazed.











































































































*I want to go to this Trapeze school sooo bad*
















*I'm hopped up on cotton candy* I was surprised that a tourist attraction would be a good time for us but we loved it. We have to take Olivia back when she's old enough to ride the ferris wheel.

We have sooo much planned for this weekend

Friday ~ Scott Pilgrim vs the World movie *Antz Mom will spend the night to babysit*
Saturday ~ Calabasas farmers market / Vinny's birthday party
Sunday ~ Mythical Creature party *at Leslie's*
Monday ~ Seal sanctuary / drive up PCH

It's a busy week but I am getting my Summer Bucket List finished *at least 50%*

1. Take Olivia to at least one summer outdoor concert *still want to go to the Hollywood Bowl*
2. Learn the lyrics to an entire April March song *Working on Mon Petit Ami, I really suck at French*
3. Buy an inflatable pool and play with Liv in it *Done*
4. Eat outdoors every Friday *3 Fridays down*
5. Become a regular at the Montrose Farmers Market *Sundays*
6. Buy fresh strawberries *Done* / Make a strawberry pie *Done*
7. Take Olivia to Keith & Tina's for her first swimming lesson *Done*
8. Take Olivia to my Mom's house in Apple Valley *Done*
9. Sleep in the hammock *will most likely happen this week*
10. Make s'mores over our firepit *Done*
11. Have a friend's dog party at our house *#10*
12. Take one road trip up the Pacific Coast Highway *seal santuary going this weekend*
13. Take 1,000 pictures of Olivia *getting close*
14. Take Olivia to a petting zoo *she needs her vaccinations first so this is on hold until Sept*

So, the conclusion of our evening will be posted later in part 2...pour ĂȘtre continuĂ©!