Monday, August 20, 2012

Life :: Mini Family Reunion

About a week ago, my dear cousin Nikki came to visit. (I'd link to her Twitter account, but she rarely uses it. If you couldn't tell, most of the people in my life are not as involved with the interwebs as yours truly.) Anyway, I was super excited to see her for the first time since she met up with me in Michigan over a year ago. She's lived all over the world and currently resides in Washington, DC. We've never lived less than 700 miles away from each other, but someday I hope that changes. My sister Liz and I have dreams of living together in Santa Barbara, so Nikki, maybe you should join? ;)

Our time together here in LA was short but oh-so-sweet. She and her friend Carolyn (NOT Caroline) stayed at Loews (NOT Lowe's) in West Hollywood. We could see the Hollywood sign from their room's window, and even though I've lived here for just about three years, I still had to snap a photo. I love pretending to be a tourist in my own city. LA is still magical to me, and I hope it always is. ♥

After a quickie trip to Hermosa Beach, we got ready in the room and walked down to the Dolby Theatre (connected to the hotel) for Iris, a Cirque du Soleil show! I gotta admit, I was always scared to see one of those after that one scene in Knocked Up, but it was absolutely amazing. I highly recommend it if you ever get the chance! We then headed to Saddle Ranch for the best mac-n-cheese in the world, and caught a taxi back to the hotel where we immediately crashed out. It was probably my second time ever being in a taxi in LA, so that was one more 'touristy' moment to end the night. Fun!


  1. That looks like such a fun trip! Mini family reunions are the best; sometimes huge family reunions are too overwhelming. I never thought LA would be my kind of town, but lately I find myself wanting to visit :)

  2. fun! Awesome trip, and the food seems to be sooo yummy :P
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  3. I saw Cirque show last year and all I kept thinking about was that scene - it kind of made me wish I had mushrooms along for the ride...

    But actually, the show I saw was trippy enough. It was so weird that I had to check myself to make sure I wasn't getting super drunk without realizing it!

  4. It is so great to have family visit! I am excited to see my mom next weekend (she'll be our first visitor since moving to Chicago) and get another perspective of the city. It should be particularly exciting, since she used live here many many years ago.

    Glad you had fun with you cuz!

  5. It is so fun to pretend to be a tourist in your own city. Mr. A and I did that last year when we visited the Arch and walked on the Landing. Sometimes, it is nice to rediscover those places.
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  6. I really liked Hermosa Beach the one time I went! It seems more quiet and calm than other beaches. I always see the billboard for Iris on my way back from work, would love to see that one day! The only Cirque du Soleil show I've seen was Mystere in Vegas. And omg love Saddle Ranch! I wanna go there for my birthday this year and ride the mechanical bull lol.

  7. great shots, this looks like the best time!

  8. That really is a great shot of the Hollywood sign...glad to see it still has that sparkle. Cheers!

  9. Looks like fun! I just thought I'd say - I'm the same - most people in my life are not involved in interwebs and probably feel awkward if the word blog comes up. heheh.. :)

  10. Hi Stephanie,
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    I was looking for blogs about Hermosa Beach to share on our site and I came across your post...If you're open to it, shoot me an email at jane(at)dwellable(dot)com.
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