Monday, June 13, 2011

Friend Makin' Monday, plus a weekend recap

We had a bit of a crazy weekend, full of interesting and unusual outings, so I thought I'd kick off the week by recapping our fun, in brief:

  • Tom and I went with Alexa from The Curvy Nerd to catch a Friday evening showing of X-Men First Class. I was surprised by just how much I enjoyed it.  I thought the history parallels were clever, and found the characters and their relationships compelling.  (I could've done without the actual members of the first class, but there was enough Charles/Erik to keep me involved.)
  • We kicked off Saturday morning with a trip to Slimmons, where we wore our swimsuits for Richard's "Life's a Beach" dance party.  You can see us dancing to "Beach Baby" early on in this video from class...

  • Saturday was also my mother-in-law Jean's birthday, so we spent the afternoon with her - introducing her to our new kitten Lon, seeing the very zen documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams at the Sunset 5, and enjoying a light dinner at the nearby Veggie Grill restaurant. 
  • Our friend Samantha, who is an excellent and fun artist, had a show at Space 2710, so we ended the evening checking out her adorable felt pug-in-hat portraits.
  • I'd been invited to check out a Curvy Closet Raid from the lovely local plus-sized fashion icons, Danielle, Reah and Monique - so we hit the road around 7, hoping our early-bird arrival would make for all kinds of wormy fashion.  Well, that metaphor's terrible, but you know what I mean!  I ended up scoring a lot of beautiful pieces from each of the women, all which will help fill out my closet as my wardrobe is starting to shrink (while I do.)  Thanks, ladies, for the excellent threads!
  • While on the road, we took the opportunity to check out some local estate sales.  We love the chance to peek at LA real estate (and find cool vintage scores!) and it's cheap entertainment, too.  We found one excellent treasure that I'll be using for a blog entry soon!
  • It was Gay Pride Day in Los Angeles - and Tom and I are big supporters of gay rights, so we went with some of our gay friends to watch and cheer for the pride parade and attend their party.  While there, one singers from of the marching choruses spotted me singing along to "We Dance" from Once On This Island.  He hopped out of line to come invite me to join!  I love singing and haven't done it with a group in quite a long time... so I'm actually giving the offer some consideration.  I need more showtunes in my life.
  • Exhausted, we headed home to play with kittens and listen to the soundtrack for Trey Parker and Matt Stone's new musical, The Book of Mormon, for the first time before watching it sweep the Tony awards.  If you're curious, it's on sale at Amazon today for $1.99 - that's how we purchased it.  Huzzah for sales! It is hilarious (and very irreverent and explicit, so listen at your own risk.)   It turns out that our satellite was knocked off alignment and won't be fixed until later this week, so thank goodness for streaming TV online.  

Man! That was a busy weekend.  No wonder I slept in today (and took so long to post my blog entry!)

It's still Monday, so of course I've got a Friend Makin' Monday question to include...

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FMM: If you lived in a movie, which one would it be?  And which character would you play?

Oh, the first one that comes to mind is Amelie, from Amelie.

At least, she's who I aspire to be, in ways.

I love the gentle, peaceful sort of whimsy of the film.


I love that Amelie creates adventures for herself.

And that she encourages others to embark on their own adventures.

She's shy, but she overcomes that shyness to do good deeds for other people.  And she sees things that no one else sees.

OK.  I've got a to-do list as long as the day, and half of the day to do it in, so I'm off to work on that.  I hope that your day is lovely and fun, and that you spend it taking good care of you.  Til tomorrow!


  1. I was so excited to hear who you would choose, and your answer did not disappoint! =) I MUST watch this movie!

  2. Wow, action-packed weekend. Thanks again for spending some of it with us at Big Gay, Inc.

  3. I posted my answer on my garden blog. It has nothing to do with my garden whatsoever!