Thursday, November 21, 2013

carol gets married.

CAROLYN!!!! love this girl!. it's funny how life works right?? (..and i hope someday she will forgive me for that nickname. she told me she hated to be called carol...) never stops surprising me. of all the place to meet a dear friend, i met carol running a ragnar.. through a mutual friend, kera.**** (SEE BELOW!) she is funny, kind and BEAUTIFUL!!!!! the last ragnar we all ran together in WA, carol mentioned a man in her life and next thing we know, we are all getting wedding invites for a wedding 6 weeks later in newport beach, ca.

kera mentioned a girls weekend for carols wedding in early november..(...minus any running..whaat??!) ...sounded just up my ally and a great time to celebrate carolyn! kera found a cute little rental right in huntington beach. apparently we all love each other, because we made it work. personal highlights of this trips (...hope you enjoy my bullet points.. apparently blog editing software does!) :
  • seeing beautiful carolyn! all dolled up and glowing. her dress, for real, was one of my favorite ever... and i've seen plenty.
  • hanging out a block from beach.
  • loved meeting new friends and rekindling old friendships!!
  • we spent plenty of time riding  beach cruisers
  • eating
  • running ( ....thanks for the miles my sweet lisa!!!)
  • angie and i spent hours hunting down a saturday night bonfire and finally found one at 1030pm. ;)
  • eating, eating, eating and then eating rancid chips....sick ....and barfffffff!!! (..."angie, can i taste your chips just in case mine really taste this rotten and bad?")
  • shopping for dresses.. apples... kidlets souvenirs.?
  • checking out valcom surf competition on huntington beach.
  • karaoke singing with carol's cute sister and friends!!(...i'm still a terrible singer..),
  • beach combing tiny shells for lola joon,
  • balboa peninsula... and it's sailboats, beautiful's giant lemons! angie's family vaca stories.. the adorable restaurants..
  • sleeping!!!!
  • trying to get those 2 cars in and out of that parking situation! ...glad i wasn't in charge of that disaster.. but super glad i somehow ended up with the garage door opener home with me in spokane??
  • just recovering from previously mentioned LAX chaos in general.. 
  • ...aaand i'm sure angie and laurie both appreciated the tour of the deep and dirty ghetto LA and beverly hills, along with the hollywood hills sign (...pretty sure angie slept through this ALL.. .laurie humored me..)...and santa monica beach boardwalkkkk ....traffic... on a sunday afternoon. love you girls, and your stories so, sooo, much.
really though, i love these girls all dearly. i wish i had an exclusive weekend with each of them. i love to hear about their lives, trials, success, kids, homes, neighborhoods and goals!  friendships are SO important to maintain in the waves of life! i could certainly always use a good friend. i hope this is something i teach everyone i meet and especially my KIDS:
don't judge,
be kind,
love one another,
think of one another,
look out for one another
...and always, always, always try to choose the right!





(***back history here: i met kera way before i was into instagram or facebook or much of any social media! i was just keeping this lame little blog that i have really grown to love with my old-school-journal-loving heart..... i was just keeping an old fashioned blog! come to find out, i had similar connections to a cute girl named kera hudson- her husband.  i went to highschool with/worked at fairwood retirement community with/went to seminary/church with/ tons of same friends/ dated a close friend...blah,blah..blah.... i discovered kera through my cousin rocias blog of all things.. the husbands were in the same dental program in SF. her and i were both posting and commenting on same blogs... and me being nosy like i am... contacted this kera... next thing i know.. they are moving to spokane.. long story short.. we were both huge preggo and spent our largest months getting to know one another and eating ridiculous amounts of footlong subway sandwiches while watching lots of movies! i still tear up and think of kera while watching benjamin buttons. not to mention her husband giving up his golden seats to phantom of the opera so that his wife could take me! ...want to know if someone loves you? meet them 3 moths preggo and let them watch your 60+ lb weight gain in 6 months and still love you!!... later on love you through some of the lower points in life... anyway that was a way long story. she ended up moving to colorado a week or so after i had lola nearly 5 years ago... but has been a dear friend to me ever since! if you ever get the pleasure of meeting this lady, her heart is HUGE with room for millions of friends.)

Saturday, November 16, 2013

LAX shooting.

this is maybe not something i would normally post/share here, but it has been on my mind and was for sure life changing mentally....for me at least....i have devoured the Internet for other perspectives of the same event.
a getaway weekend with some of my dear friends turned chaotic just as my plane was landing at LAX a bit early around 10:20am on november 1, 2013. my friends plane form colorado was on the tarmac because a shooting had just taken plane near their destination terminal. our captain taxied our plane for 1/2 our or so before finally telling us the airport was unsafe and letting us off... we were given the option to:
A. stay on plane(?),
B. hang out at airport(that was totally closed down), or
C. walk to our taxi/car rental/friends/family
(which were literally several miles away... because a 5 mile diameter around airport was blocked off for safety. no traffic in/out.)
 no way in hell i was staying. i grabbed my solo carry on and started walking in the 80+ degree heat. a surprise from the below freezing- defrost prep plane-temps we had just experienced in spokane. many people stayed at airport.. which didn't reopen for over 5 hours.. i still haven't figured that out?? why would anyone stay that was capable and given the option of walking away? (my friends from colorado ended up locked in a terminal for this entire time..) i walked , walked walked, walked, walked.. through industrial LA. there were dozens of helicopters and news stations circling overhead the entire time.... and hundreds of cop cars/ ambulances/firetrucks flying past us.  many of us with no clue where to go...people carrying infants & children/ sr citizens, luggage...etc..etc... the farther we walked.. the sparser the crowd became, phones and electronics dieing off... my phone died. pretty soon i realized i had no idea where i was or where i was going and no one around me..i had a slight moment of panic, thinking i may need to find a place to sleep for the night.  but thankfully i spotted a business man walking a ways ahead who looked safe enough to tag along with as we are passing unsafe locations/ sketchy characters ..  i'm sure i annoyed him, but i asked him to let me walk with him and asked if he'd look up my car rental location on his phone. he was kind enough to walk with me for about 45 minutes until it was safe again and an enterprise shuttle FINALLY showed up! Such a relief to see the rental car shuttle. enterprise was the only location driving around picking up customers. i was SO grateful that they swung by to get me!! even though i had already pretty much walked to location..felt so good to see a familiar name and get delivered a few blocks to location.
getting in the car, i loaded my stuff/changed clothes and locked the doors and just bawled!! then i sat in silence for a moment...prayed that my friends were safe, thanked God that my crappy luggage didnt fall apart while i was dragging it all over the universe (...i was SO thankful that i had decent shoes as well.. there were ladies in high heels/flip flops.. men in dress guessing it was 4 miles? I circled the same areas trying to figure out where to go and walked from 10:45am-12:30pm.) charged my phone and made contact with my husband who was a little paranoid at this point. i was a sweaty/gross/lonely mess. my friends phones were mostly/nearly dead so i was getting minimal contact from them. i just knew that they were still locked tight in airport as they searched for additional shooters and cleared the airport of safety. i was SOOO thankful i was the one who had made the rental reservations.  i was afraid to travel too far away from airport... but literally circled the airport no less than 5 times, which was a crazy mess with all of the highways/freeways/main roads closed off...traffic was SOOOO backed up with travelers trying to come and go but all flights shut down for 1/2 of the day at an airport that sees 1600 flights a day... it took around 45 minutes to make a 6ish' mile loop. it was difficult to go visit the beach...2 minutes away... while my friends where still in the airport.
 random iPhone/instagram shots of the chaos and the craziness of walking out of that scene. seriously felt like the walking dead/twilight zone. didn't help that my friends were still locked up inside the airport for 4 hours or more!.... much of the time i was wondering if they were safe! so thankful to look back with some piece of mind.

it was heaven to watch the sunset hours later in huntington beach- nasty, tired, sweaty and all!