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Close Enough To ‘Normal’

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Last night David and I made our way to the Ahmanson Theatre in downtown LA to see a performance of the touring version of the Tony and Pulitzer prize winning musical Next to Normal. Altho I first saw the show on Broadway back in August of 2009, I was really excited to be able to see the show again here in LA:


David is a huge fan of the show so he was really excited to see it again. Alice Ripley, the actress who originated the lead role on Broadway (and won a Tony award for her work), is featured in this touring cast and she is joined by a fantastic group of actors. I was really impressed with all of them, especially Emma Hunton who plays Natalie the daughter. For those of you who don’t know, Next to Normal tells the tale of a family that has to deal with a mother’s frantic bi-polar disorder. I know it doesn’t sound like the kind of fare you’d get from a stage musical but the story is not only compelling, it’s riveting and truly heartfelt. The show is here in LA until January 2, it’s a deffo must see for all Broadway musical fans.

Tonight, I’m hoping to meet up with Darion for dinner/movie/hanging out … other than that, things are gonna be pretty quite around here. I hope your Wednesday is going well!! Happy Hump Day!!

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Getting Back To ‘Normal’

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I have safely and happily made my way back home from my frigid and snowy home state of Michigan to the warmer climes of California … and it feels good to be home. Even tho I had a lot of fun in Detroit, I really really REALLY hate the cold and the snow so … yeah, I was itching a bit to get back home. I did manage to bring a bit of my home with me to LA … my mom scrounged up my class rings, yearbooks and other school memorabilia so that I could bring them home with me:


I think I’m finally ready to ask David to go steady with me so … he’ll get to wear my high school class ring if he says yes. I know that many folks have asked for high school photos of me but I just can’t find the strength to embarrass myself like that just yet … maybe some day but, nope, not yet.

So yeah … I’m home again … and for a while ;) Tonight, David and I have tickets to see the Broadway musical Next to Normal which is in production here in LA for a few weeks:


We both saw it on Broadway in NYC last year but not together. He loved the show so much he wanted to see it again so … that’s what we’re doing! Happy Tuesday, y’all … it’s great to be home!!

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Snow Place Like Home

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Boy, when it snows here in Detroit … it really snows! Overnight Saturday and all day yesterday the snow just fell and fell and fell dumping MOUNDS of the white stuff all over the place. Thankfully my blizzard conditions driving skills kicked in because I needed to make my way to Ann Arbor, MI to see Tracey and my GROWING goddaughter Zakiya:


Yes, folks … little Princess Zakiya is practically a grown QUEEN now. She’s so big, it’s crazy. Because of the bad weather, it took me a long time to get out to see them and I wasn’t able to stay for very long … be we did have a nice time together. After the jump, check out video of Zakiya singing her school’s fight song (adorable) and see a few more photos that I snapped on my last night in Detroit last night … More »

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The Royal Treatment

Yesterday was another fun day here in Detroit … Mark and I went out for one of our regular sushi dates at Little Tree in Royal Oak, MI after we did a bit of shopping on Main St. I’m telling you, I’ve seen my fair share of fantastic shopping in my day but Incognito on Main St. in Royal Oak is still one of my fave shops anywhere. I always find something great there. Mark and I got a pair of great Made In Detroit t-shirts and other fun stuff:


Then we ate our faces off. So much fun. After dinner, Mark went out to hang out with one of his friends and Sarah and I hung out for the rest of the night. Of course, we ended up just being lazy and chillin’ in her room for the rest of the night. We ended up watching White Christmas ’til 2 in the morning. Yeah, we party hardcore.

A dreaded snowstorm has rolled into town today … it’s snowing like crazy right now … big, fat, snowflakes. I’ve decided to stay one more night to avoid all the craziness at the airport and will, instead, fly back to LA tomorrow. Today, I’m planning to hang out with Tracey and Zakiya and then tonight I’m meeting up with Sergio for a party. Happy Sunday! I hope it’s warm and sunny were YOU are today ;)

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Red Wingin’ It

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Despite the fact that It’s So Cold in the D, I managed to get out of the house yesterday to have a bit of fun around town. Sarah, Mark and I made our way downtown to Joe Louis Arena to watch the Detroit Red Wings take on the Montreal Canadiens. But, before we got to Joe Louis Arena, we took a quick tour around Detroit on the famed People Mover … and I got to use my new Michigan Mittens:


Then it was time for the hockey game! After the jump, check out some of the fun photos that I snapped last night … More »

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Michigan Fits Like A Glove Mitten

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Yesterday was my first full day here in Detroit Rock City and I managed to make the most out of it considering how little I really wanted to do. Sarah and I spent the whole day together and then Mark joined us for the rest of the night. Sarah and I made our way into downtown Detroit because I had to pick up a pair of Michigan Mittens from GOODS Detroit shop on Woodward & Kirby. I learned about the mittens in the new issue of Hour Detroit magazine and HAD to get a pair. As you may know, the State of Michigan looks like a mitten and growing up, that is what we would call it — The Mitten State. Can you believe that I have never seen or even heard of mittens that feature a map of Michigan on them? Anyways, yeah, I picked up a few fun Detroit souvenirs at GOODS Detroit (great little independently owned shop very near the Detroit Institute of Arts) which I highly recommend for fun Detroit/Michigan inspired gifts. Afterward, we popped into Good Girls go to Paris Crepes for some snacky snacks and ate our faces off:


This morning, we awoke to the first snow of the year. It was only a light dusting but I hear a big snow storm is on the way for the weekend. Eeep! I’m well acquainted with Detroit Snow Storms … it could be nothing or it could be severe. I guess we won’t know ’til it hits … right around the time my plane is scheduled to leave for LA. Who knows, I might get snowed in for an extra day.

Tonight, Sarah, Mark and I have decided to see the Detroit Red Wings take on the Montreal Canadiens at the Joe Louis Arena and then later on, I’m planning on a fun night of dancing with my good friend Sergio. It may be cold but I’m trying to make the most of it. I hope all y’all have a GREAT weekend! Happy Friday!!

PS: You can order the Michigan Mittens online HERE.

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Baby, It’s COLD Outside

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Greetings from America’s Mitten (aka Michigan) … I have successfully arrived in Detroit and have already started to become acclimated to the FREEZING temps here. Despite warnings from many of y’all here in the Midwest, I wasn’t quite prepared for how cold 16 degrees feels like … yes, it’s that cold here:


Still, I’m very happy to be home again. Last night I spent some time with my parents and already today I ran a few important errands with Sarah. This trip is going to be so low key, I can’t even make that more clear. I’m not lookin’ to do much at all … just chill with my peeps. Tonight, I’m hoping to do a sushi dinner with Sarah and Mark … and that’s about it. I’m gonna try and not think about the 70 degree weather I left back in SoCal … thankfully, I’ve got great friends and family to distract me :)

Happy Thursday, y’all!!

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Home For The Pre-Holidays

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This afternoon I will be making my way to LAX Airport so that I can jet back home to Detroit, MI for the rest of the week to pre-celebrate the holidays with my family and friends back home:


Despite the fact that I really, really did NOT want to fly again this year I thought it would be nice to go home for a quick trip in between all the crazy Thanksgiving and Xmas melee. I’ll get to spend time with my parents and friends and I’ll get to visit some of my favorite haunts without having to deal with all the holiday lunacy. I’ll be working as usual for the rest of the week but from tomorrow ’til Sunday, I’ll be comin’ atcha from Detroit Rock City!

I hear it’s cold in the Midwest … yeah.

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The ‘Savage’ Beast

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Last night David and I were invited to the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, CA for a screening event for Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series … which is about to introduce a new villain on the series. Darth Maul may have been killed in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace but his brother Savage Opress lives on in the animated series The Clone Wars:


Three new episodes, written by Katie Lucas (daughter of the master George Lucas himself), were screened last night on the big screen and it really felt like an entire Star Wars movie. After the jump, check out some promo stills from the eps and read more about the villainous Savage OpressMore »

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A Brush With Royal/T

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Yesterday afternoon, I met up with Darion and a bunch of his peeps at Royal/T Cafe, Shop, Artspace in Culver City, CA so that we could grab some dessert and check out the new Tron: Legacy pop-up shop that is there for the next few weeks. It was really great getting to see Darion and everyone … I hadn’t seen any of them for a long time. I got to meet little Miss Flynn for the first time, the beautiful daughter of Darion’s good friends Julie and Vince:


In all honesty, I wasn’t at all impressed with the Royal/T place overall. The service in the cafe was horrid, the art was … nonexistent … and the pop-up shop was full of outrageously overpriced items. The best part of the visit was getting to hang out with everyone, especially Flynn who is the cutest little nugget ever! OY! That baby is so cute … it was all I could do to keep from eating up her teeny-weeny toes!

After this hangout session, David and I met up with Jordan and a group of his friends for a belated birthday dinner at BLD. We had so much fun getting to celebrate Jordan and getting to know better his great group of friends. Despite the rain, Sunday was a pretty rad day. Today beings a whole new week! Tonight I’m heading out to a Star Wars: The Clone Wars screening in Hollywood … and on Wednesday, I fly back to Detroit for the rest of the week. We are just weeks away from the end of 2010 … can you believe it?!

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