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Whew! After a few days of cold, dreary rain the sun has finally come out to say hello again! I’m not sure if the rain is gonna be gone for good but, for this week at least, the sun is here to stay:
A few Pink readers on Twitter have been sharing their snowy photos from back East … some are beautiful, some look miserable … in either case, I do not miss the snow. The sun is pouring into the window right now and I am loving it!! The forecast is for near 80-degree weather this weekend. I’m thinking shorts and flip flops, I cannot wait!!
No exciting news for today … I’m getting my hair cut and then a few mundane things around the house. I never did that laundry I mentioned before … blah.
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After a fun weekend with David’s siblings, he and I went out for a quiet movie date together to see Dear John last night. Considering it was the movie that knocked Avatar out of the #1 position at the box office, we were really expecting a great film. I’m happy to report that we were not disappointed:
Firstly, I had not previously read the novel Dear John by Nicholas Sparks but I am familiar with his style of tale telling. Basically he throws everything AND the kitchen sink at you to get you all emotionally riled up and then he really turns the screws to ensure that you bawl your eyes out. I have to say, the movie did not turn out the way I thought it would. I wouldn’t say there were surprise twists (well, OK, mebbe there was one surprise twist) but the story ended up going somewhere I was not prepared for. Channing Tatum was pretty good in his role as John Tyree … sure, he’s not the best actor but he did a good enough job, I thought. The boy plays a solider in 80% of his films, a dancer in the other 20%. He’s got both of those character roles down pretty well. Amanda Seyfried was really charming, very sweet and totally believable. I loved the film. The ending left me wanting more but, all-in-all, I was happy with the film. If you love Sparks‘s other stories, you’ll prolly like this one. I’m not sure how the film is different from the book but having only seen the movie, I was satisfied with the outcome.
No plans for tonight … I have a lot of stuff to get taken care of here at home … I’ll prolly be eyeball deep in laundry all day long. Not the best way to spend a Tuesday but at least it’ll be a nice, relaxing day.
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On Thursday David’s oldest sister Lara arrived for the weekend and then his brother Aram arrived on Friday … their sister Eden surprised us all by showing up on Saturday — and Aram’s birthday weekend was officially underway. Unfortch, the Hauslaib siblings have to fly back to their respective homes this afternoon … but, I gotta tell ya, it was very fun having them all here in our home for the weekend:
They are the closet group of siblings I’ve ever met and I count myself as very lucky to call them my new family :) I’m hoping we’ll all be able to convene again for Passover back East in Connecticut in a couple of months.
I’m hoping I can cajole David into going with me to see Dear John later on tonight … I think it will be very nice for us to enjoy a nice movie date together :)
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Yesterday was a very long, very fun day. We continued celebrating David’s brother Aram’s birthday with a hockey game in downtown LA before we returned home to the surprise that the last Hauslaib sibling flew into town for the weekend. We had to distract David’s siblings Aram and Lara while Eden was sneaking her way to LA … but the surprise went off without a hitch and all the Hauslaib sibs were reunited for the weekend:
It was a hard secret to keep but we managed to make it work. After everyone was done screaming, we went shopping on Melrose. We popped into the adidas store …
… where we all got new shoes. I managed to find the coveted Darth Vader shoes from the adidas Originals Star Wars Collection. ‘Twas a nice afternoon, indeed :)
Dinner last night was had at XIV. After the jump, check out some cute pics of David and his siblings lookin’ all cute and stuff … More »
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Last night David, his sister Lara and I welcomed the arrival of their brother Aram who flew into LA for the weekend to celebrate his birthday yesterday. Upon arrival, we took him out for dinner at Antonio’s on Melrose before returning home to bust out a phat red velvet birthday cake for him:
This afternoon, we are all going to the Staples Center to see the Detroit Red Wings play the LA Kings in their second match-up in 3 weeks. As you may recall, David, my friends and I saw the Wings play the Kings at Joe Louis Arena back home in Detroit a few weeks ago and today they will go head-to-head again. Here’s hoping the Wings can pull off a win this time :)
Tonight, David, his siblings and I will be enjoying a fabulous birthday dinner for Aram and then … who knows where the night will lead. It may be rainy and dreary here in SoCal this weekend but we are having a blast!!
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Great news here in our humble home … David’s older siblings are visiting this weekend to celebrate his brother Aram’s birthday!! Lara arrives later this afternoon and Aram arrives tomorrow and then we officially get the party started!! It will be fantastic to have David and his siblings together here in our SoCal home:
Yes, I’m going to make them all sleep in the same bed just like this :) We’ve got a few fun things planned for the weekend, including a very fun sporting event. No, not the SuperBowl … we are going to see the Detroit Red Wings play the LA Kings at the Staples Center on Saturday afternoon … it shall be a blast :)
For the most part, the weekend’s activities will be up to the Hauslaibs, who will outnumber me, but I’m really looking forward to going along for the ride.
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Last night was the latest meeting of The Turtle Party: Book Club and it was, quite probably, the most exciting and fun meeting we’ve ever had. While some folks were not able to finish reading The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon, the folks who did read it loved it entirely. I believe it was the highest rated book that we’ve read thus far. The duty fell to Amelia to bring in 3 selections for the group to vote on to read as our next book and after much debate, the decision came down to a tie between two books. After we asked our followers on Twitter to help us pick our next book, it was determined that we will be reading the short story collection No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July:
I’m excited that our next book is a collection of short stories, I think it will make for a spirited discussion when we meet next. We decided to change up our meeting schedule a bit … instead of meeting every other Tuesday, we’ve decided to meet only once a month on the first Sunday of the month. Our next official meeting to discuss the book will be Sunday March 7 where we will discuss No One Belongs and then select our next book to read.
After our raucous meeting, we all stayed together to watch Lost … which was very fun, if a bit confusing and very lively for pretty much everyone … well, save for one of us. We had a great time last night, I love my fellow Turtle Partiers.
Today, we clean … we will be hosting David’s brother Aram this weekend to celebrate his birthday so we start cleaning our pit today. Wee, I can’t wait. /sarcasm
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Yesterday afternoon I got to spend a bit more time with my dear Aussie Kirsten before she had to pack up her bags and return home to Australia where she will be attending medical school. I seriously love that woman and I wanted to spend just a bit more time with her before I had to say goodbye … here is the last Polaroid we snapped before she jetted back home to Oz last night:
As sad as I am that she has to leave, I’m so excited for her new opportunity back home. Not only will she be embarking on a whole new career but she will be closer to her family and friends … who, I’m sure, miss her terribly. We’re hoping to get Kiki back in the States over the Summer and we are hoping to visit her in Australia for New Year’s Eve. I miss and love her but this is a great move for her.
After hanging with Kirsten, I grabbed a bite to eat at Sashi with my homie g-dawg Josh Z. in Manhattan Beach, CA before returning home to my neck of the woods. I’ve been spending a lot of time near the beach lately, I can deffo see the appeal of living there.
Oh, I also picked up a new book yesterday … if you are interested, find out what I’m reading now after the jump … More »
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Yesterday was such a beautiful day that I had to take a drive up the coast to spend some time on The Ventura Pier. I’ve always wanted to make the trek up there to check it out and yesterday was the day:
The beach was not crowded at all and I was able to just chill out on the rocks near the pier and take in all the natural beauty …
… which wasn’t easy because, unfortunately, something appears to be going wrong with my eyesight. I’ve enjoyed perfect vision for my whole life (even absent the fact that both of my parents were glasses) but starting last Thursday night, I’ve noticed a diminished capacity to focus and see things from far off. I’m not panicking yet but I am concerned. I notice the change especially when I’m driving and it happens both at night and during the day. I’m gonna hafta find me an eye doctor to figure out what is going on. It’s very disconcerting and upsetting, let me tell you. But, again, until I know for sure what is going on I’m not freaking out just yet.
My dear, darling Kristen will be flying to Australia for good tonight and I’m trying to wrap up work as quickly as I can so I can visit her one last time before she leaves. I don’t want to see her go but I really want to see her one more time before she does.
Happy Monday, I hope yours is going better than mine is ;)
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