Saturday, September 20, 2014

What a Grand Saturday!

It is one of those days when you wake up from a good nights sleep, and you think, "Wow, I have an incredible life." I am always amazed how much goes on on a weekly basis. Some planned, some not so much. I can get tired from work, could kill a cat or two, stub my toe, but all in all it is pretty good stuff. It is a gorgeous day, sunshine and cool. Lots of fall color and I didn't have anything really planned except watching the Griz play on TV. Afraid they are going to get whomped in Fargo, but that is okay, I still love them. Started the day going to my girls house. You see they are on another adventure. This time to Cambodia. Yep, gorgeous beaches, birds called Hornbills, and I am sure lots of cocktails....LOL They love to see the world and then I get to see my Grand-kitties. And tho alot of folks would hate this part, I get to spruce up their home. Call me crazy but I am like a wild woman with my cleaners and brushes and my eye for decorating and I go a bit bonkers. It is such fun! Like the old days when they were little and they let me help clean their rooms. There are some rules I keep, I do not touch their bedrooms and I keep to the main living spaces and I can't throw anything out. (that slip of paper with the stain on it, just may be something special...LOL) So today I was finishing up the kitchen. Everything shines, all science experiments are gone from the frig, and dishes are organized in the cupboards. I feel so accomplished. I even took some creative license and re-arranged the small appliances. What a rogue! This coming week I move on to the living room. Yay! Always, Kit

PS: Since no one wants to see pics of me scrubbing the frig. Here is the adventure!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Journey Home

So far you have heard all about the fun and adventure my daughter and I had while visiting California. As we packed our suitcases, turned in our rental, and headed to our Gate we had no idea that a new adventure was waiting for us that day.

We took off for Seattle at 12:30, sad to have to leave Cali, but I had a little surprise for my girl in Seattle and that would help with our mood. I always like to sit behind the wing and Em had the window seat, we had just flown over Lake Tahoe and we were eating snacks and feeling fine. I had noticed that the stewardesses kept looking out the left side of the plane and seemed concerned. It seems a passenger had noticed fluid leaking out of the left wing. Hmmm. The pilot came on the speaker and assured us that all was fine but that we were diverting to Portland. We were losing fuel from our left wing and it was unbalancing the wings. That didn't sound too good. Em and I were just getting back into our seats (potty break) when the pilot informed us that we all needed to buckle up and that we could not make it to Portland but were landing in Klamath Falls, Oregon. I must say, we all locked eyes with each other and everyone looked nervous. I have never dropped from the sky so fast as we did that day. We kept circling and dropping and we were all pressed up against the seat in front of us. Em and I held hands and I kissed her and we told each other nice things and decided that if this was it, we were glad to be together. The brother and sister in front of us grabbed hands, the family across the aisle were in a group hug. We came in so fast to the ground that when we landed I didn't think the brakes would hold. This is not an airport that usually has jumbo jets flying in. When we came to a stop, there was a huge collective sigh and we all started clapping.  Captain Mike came on the PA and told us that he had had to shut down the left engine completely but that he had done most of his flying in the Navy like this so it was easy peasey. He didn't give himself enough credit. He did an incredible job of flying. We disembarked, to this tiny little airport which is home to the Air National Guard, and when I went outside, I said, "Look at all the fire engines!" and a man next to me said, "Didn't you see them racing down the runway after us?" I am glad I didn't, easy peasey indeed.
Huge credit to the flight staff and the lead stewardess, Toni. They kept us informed, fed, and comfortable. Another plane could not be flown in until 6pm, so we had about 5 hours to wait. Air Alaska handled all our connections via cell phone. Klamath Falls donated reading material and pizzas were ordered. We made 170 new friends. At one point, Em who is a trained EMT had to assist a woman who was feeling faint until a fireman could be located and I was so proud of her. Everyone pitched in and it was wonderful. 

We flew out of Klamath at 7pm, with everyone cheering. 9 people decided not to risk fate and drove home. It did occur to me at one time. But I love to fly and I couldn't be frightened of it. As we headed over Washington state, I gave Em a card with her surprise in it. I had originally planned when we got to the Seattle airport, to take her for a nice dinner and to visit the Pan Am kiosk and get her the hand bag she had wanted for a long time. We didn't have time for dinner, we had to catch the last flight to Montana, but we did get the purse before we hurriedly boarded our flight. Another couple from our "doomed" flight sat across from us, and when the steward heard the story he happily re-filled our wine glasses all the way home. Nice touch. We flew into Missoula without incident, a little tipsy and very happy to be home. Not the perfect way to end a trip, but we made it home un-hurt and learned a lot about ourselves. We didn't panic, we comforted each other and tried to make others around us more comfortable. And for the most part, so did everyone else on Flight 513. 170 people and one dog, made it home safely. That is all that matters. Always, Kit 

Friday, August 1, 2014

And last, but certainly not least!

We were off to the Beach! Huntington Beach to be exact. We found this place 4 years ago and just loved it. Long stretches of sand, plenty of room and the water is heaven on a hot day. But first we had to make a stop at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. Em was in need of some new high heels. And she found a wonderful pair, and on sale and I got a free bottle of water! Thank you Neiman Marcus. Okay, back to the beach. We spread out our fancy beach towels, (mine was Finding Nemo and Em's was the Little Mermaid) revealed our black suits and off to the water we went. We spent two hours just soaking in the atmosphere. It felt sooooo good. 

But the fun doesn't stop there! Guess who was in town for a Major League Baseball Game? The Angels and the Detroit Tigers. My girl has never been to a big game so this was a given. I grew up watching the Philadelphia Phillies and wanted her to experience what I had loved. Our seats were amazing and came with our very own waitress and the Angels won! And when they win, they light up the Halo. Em had read about that and I so wanted her to see see them light it up, and they did! Fantastic night, fantastic game, fantastic day. :) Always, Kit

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Okay, so it's not Stars Hollow....

But it is the closest Em and I were going to get to an actual place from our beloved show the Gilmore Girls. Did you know that Chilton Academy (where Rory went to private school) was actually filmed at the Greystone Mansion in LA? It was! And we got to visit it. I was super stoked and even with it being a gazillion degrees outside, we wandered the lovely grounds and took in the lovely gardens and the views of downtown LA. We could just imagine Lorelai pulling up in her Jeep ready to whisk Rory off to the next adventure. 

 Then it was back home to Anaheim, we wished Beverly Hills good-bye with a visit to Koreatown for a burger and fries. Pointed our "7Chix" into the mass of crawling cars and settled in for the 2 hour drive back. Seriously, how do the locals do it? How do they handle grid lock like that on a daily basis? But we had our tunes, our funky beaded jewelry (my side joke about expensive sparklies) and air conditioning. And of course each other to keep our mood high and our smiles big. Always, Kit

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

"So they loaded up the car and they drove to Beverly. Hills that is...."

Swimming pools, movie stars. Well, we didn't see any stars, but we had a wonderful time. The last time we went to Cally, we got to Rodeo Drive a little too late to shop, but we had fun window shopping. This time, I had a surprise up my sleeve. More later. But first, I have to admit something. I would like to say that when I watch TV, I only watch PBS and only use my cable for the music channels but....I have a guilty pleasure. I watch The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Yes, it is true. I must say I get a kick out of all the parties they go to and "how they live" with money and status and botox. I would never want to live like that, but I like to peek over the fence now and again. Sooo, when we needed a place to eat lunch, Em searched out the restaurant of Lisa Vanderpump, Villa Blanca and found it! And we got in and it was lovely.  I felt like such a celebrity sitting there amongst the pearls and suits. And I had the crab and lobster salad and it was great. On the way to the restaurant we passed another housewives business, Kyle. A lovely dress shop. :)

On to Rodeo Drive. First stop, the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Such a lovely place and they let you come in and wander around snapping pics. So friendly. And of course you can't help thinking of the movie, Pretty Woman. Our first store was Tiffany and Co. Em and I started browsing but little did she know, I was looking for a particular item. I had done my homework and knew they sold a lovely heart shaped charm necklace that said, "please return to Tiffanys". She knew something was up when I motioned to a clerk that I needed to see something in the case. Oh my, did Em get excited. She couldn't believe it! We both got matching necklaces and they wrapped them up in the iconic baby blue box with white ribbon and the matching little blue bag. As I told my girl, everyone should get a little blue bag at least once in their life. And everyone should be able to see that look of surprise and delight on a daughter's face. 

We wandered the stores; Prada, Armani, Jimmy Choo, Michael Kors and marveled at the items. Wow! We saw expensive cars; a Bugati! Lots of flowers and many tourists. It was a treat to see how the other side lives, and we could pretend for a little bit with our little blue bag dangling from our fingertips. :) Always, Kit 

(Villa Blanca. Me pretending to be the elite...LOL. Santa Monica Blvd. and yes I sang the song and drove Em crazy. Kyle's dress shop. The road that leads to the Hollywood sign. Beverly Hills!)

(We are smiling cause we love Tiffany's. Ready to strut our stuff. The iconic steps. A Bugati!  Lots of flowers. Ta da, I am here.)

(Lovelier than any star. Beverly Wilshire. Prada shoes. Jewelry store in the hotel. What a great clothing line. Look! I am sitting in Prada!)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

California Dreamin' with my Youngest

Long about April, I had a thought. I knew my youngest girl's main squeeze would be leaving shortly for a job in China. Gone for 8 months. Knew that she needed something to keep her mind off the fact. It was also about time for a girl escape for me. Last year had been rough and I wanted to kick my heels up. Or in this case, put some Mickey Ears on. We left for a fun filled week in California on July 21st. It had 4 different aspects to it, so I will have to tell it in sections. Way too many pics to post in one fell swoop! This first post will be all things Disney. We both are Disney Geeks and proud to say it. I love Cinderella, she loves the Little Mermaid. The first ride has got to be Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, and the Teacups have to be ridden in the dark. At some point I need to have a Dole Whip, and lunch must be eaten at the Blue Bayou, where you can pretend it is not 100 degrees outside, but a lovely summer evening with twinkly fireflys. You can get your hair done at Studio 365 and sparkle with glitter all day long and then watch Tinkerbell fly through the air and you just know she is real. The place is magic and I will never tire of it. Nor will I tire of watching my daughter enjoy it just as much as I do. Kindred spirits. :) Always, Kit

(clockwise: At the airport eager to get going, on the plane we are wearing our ears and sipping our cocktails, Em surprised me with a Best Friends bracelet for the both of us. Mine came in a Cinderella jewelry box, outside Sleeping Beauty's castle, eating at the Rainforest Cafe, our lovely hotel room.)

(Em enjoying one of many beignets we bought, Em with her hairdo and stylist, Studio 365, my do and my stylist, we got some amazing looks that day which made it fun, Little Mermaid ride, our go to ride when it got too hot outside, the Jungle Cruise.)

(Cars Land Racers, California Screamin', I just love this roller coaster, riding the King Triton Carrousel, Em loving the "cow" tractor, my princess for the day waiting outside the show Aladdin, the Lagoon.)

(teacups in the dark, the Rainforest Cafe, Fantasmic show, my all time favorite, World of Color, water and light show, the castle at night, Blue Bayou for lunch)

(California Screamin', and I sure did. Main Street USA, a Mouse in a Gas House, Tiana meet and greet in New Orleans Square, Em's fav ride, the Grizzly Water Rafts, a happy selfie)

(Such lovely gardens everywhere, rockin' the crown, Cars Land, the Haunted Mansion, Oswalds!, my new hoodie! Yep, I bought this to wear come winter....LOL)

(Feeling happy, a parade, Pirates!, Mickey shaped beignets, the back of the castle as we wait to ride Peter Pan, you gotta love the Dumbo ride.)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

And to continue the themes, A Mickey Mouse Birthday!

My youngest turned 29 today and in keeping with our "birthday trip to Disneyland and places Cally" themes, I chose Mickey Mouse for her. She loved it and it was such fun to decorate and find things to surprise her with. Mickey pails, Mickey hats, Mickey toys and a Mickey cake. This girl loves a few presents and she was surprised with some pretty bangles from Oregon, a Little Mermaid beach towel (for when we hit Huntington Beach), a new lunch box and New Orleans mask from her sis, and a little bit of birthday cash. But the biggest surprise was a gift from her boyfriend (who is currently working in China) of a Barbie doll who is Chinese! She loved it and was so thrilled since he couldn't be here for the event. Lots of tears were shed, happy tears. :) We spent the evening with cake and playing games and chatting. A wonderful birthday for sure. Always, Kit

The birthday girl has arrived!

Silver bracelets from her fav store in Oregon; Bon Jour!