Tuesday, December 6, 2016

the hub's a VIP

so remember a couple of weeks ago when the girls and i spent a rainy sunday at knott's berry farm for a makeup birthday celebration for one of the bean's friends?  yeah, so while we were sitting here:

the hub was out in los angeles, sitting here:

yup.  he was seated in, like, the third row at microsoft theater all comfy and cozy out of the rain amongst a ton of musicians and celebrities.  one of his cigar buddies had gotten VIP passes somehow, and when he invited the hub to join him he somehow mixed up his days and ended up double booking himself.  although i gotta admit, given the choice between knott's berry farm and VIP tickets to the american music awards...well, i'd be throwing up deuces too.

they started out hanging around the red carpet.

he got to meet miss america, but didn't get to take a picture with her.  because by the time he actually got to talk to her and ask for a selfie, his phone battery literally died the second he held it up.  WOMP WOMP.

totally thought this was lady gaga, but it turned out to be...well, not lady gaga.

tons of press present, of course.

mark cuban was in the row just behind him.

and donnie wahlberg totally mad dogged him for some unknown reason.

he saw bruno mars:

maroon 5:

chrissy teigen:

tim mcgraw and drake (not together, haha).

and the show's hosts, jay pharaoh and gigi hadid.

they even had passes to some VIP afterparty where they had lots of free food and alcohol, but alas...no more celebrity sightings.  no idea who the "VIPs" were there, but either way...it was a pretty fantastic evening that he texted and picture messaged me and the old lady the whole way through.  we lived vicariously through him and scoured the audience shots when we got home to watch the show, but never did spot him.

tickets for the people's choice awards are on sale right now.  the old lady and i went to that a few years ago...maybe we should see if we can go again.  man, i love going to crap like that.

Monday, December 5, 2016

celebrating 11 years

can you believe wan-niversary 11.0 has come and gone?  sheesh.

and while 11 isn't necessarily any sort of magic milestone, it's still something to celebrate.  duh.  i mean, even when we were in the throes of operation downsize we managed to find a way to do something special together.

this year, we kicked it off with family brunch at one of our local favorite spots (which is actually the only decent place in town for brunch).

from there, we hit up our favorite lot to pick out this year's christmas tree.

she was pretty excited when we finally settled on one...and her shirt says it all.

i'm pretty stoked too, because for the first time ever i got my way and we're having the tree lightly flocked with sparkly fake snow.  it's getting delivered later today and i can't wait.

anyway, after that we headed out west and did a little wandering around santa monica's third street promenade.

it was fun to browse through the shops and watch the street performers.  it'd been a really long time since we'd been there, so we grabbed some tea at coffee bean and strolled casually up and down the street.  sunday funday indeed.

a few hours later, we hopped back in the car and made our way towards malibu, catching a pretty fantastic sunset along the way.

here's where we had our anniversary dinner:

we ordered some drinks and appetizers in the bar as we waited for our table to be ready.  the rock shrimp tempura in creamy spicy sauce is TO DIE FOR.  so good.

the girls and i went outside to look around and watch the ocean for a few minutes.

the food just got better when we got to our table.  we started off with some yellowtail jalapeƱo sashimi:

some "new style sashimi" - lightly seared salmon in a soy-based sauce.

black cod with miso:

ribeye steak with truffle butter sauce.

crispy brussels sprouts.  these were amazing.

this is what 11 years looks like:

for dessert, the hub opted for the blueberry tart:

the old lady had dulce de leche tart:

and my bento box had a warm chocolate lava cake with green tea ice cream.  the bean opted for just a scoop of the ice cream in a bowl.

when we got home, i attempted to put my dress on and had a little difficulty trying to zip it up by myself.

luckily, my groom came to my rescue.

and yeah...i twirled.

come on now.  you didn't think i was gonna let the day go by without it, did you?

Friday, December 2, 2016

year five, week one

so that little imp pixie has been up to all sorts of shenanigans since she resurfaced again on thanksgiving.  in fact, as soon as she reappeared that night, she moved into her next spot without skipping a beat...just in time for the bean to find her the next morning.

she had to use the force the next day during an intense game of connect four with lord vader himself.

after that, she decided to blow off some steam and busted out some hawaiian rolls to feed the ducks.

"thank you, good night!"

the world's smallest rubik's cube is no match for this elfette.

this is what happens when awoken in a panic at 2am and realizing she hasn't moved anywhere yet.

and it sure looks like pixie is a big tsum tsum fan too, because she brought this for the bean to start the christmas countdown:

one week down, three to go.  god help me.
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