Although its still November, today felt like a Christmas Day. Michael and I had lunch at Sweet Tomatoes then drove over to Bass Pro Shop to get our free picture with Santa!! I like it much better than last year's, haha. We weren't planning on getting a Christmas tree this year, mainly because we will be gone for Christmas, plus it seemed like it would be a hassle with the move. But they had Douglas Firs for only $20 at Home Depot and since we met in 2009, Michael has gotten me to enjoy picking out our own tree each time instead of buying a fake one. So when Christopher got home, we picked out this one. I think it was a Fraser Fir for $30?
"Flight" so Christopher and I went with him.
Friday, November 23, 2012
Yesterday morning, I felt better than I had the previous two days. I believe it had to do with all the traveling, jet lag and not taking enough vitamins, etc? So I was Michael's "model" for this demonstration as a guest speaker at Joe Blasco's Make Up School. You can see his post about it here. He surprised me after by saying he was coming with me to Gainesvile for Thanksgiving. (Originally he planned to only be there for a few hours today.) We got there around 3:30pm and later had dinner at Schlotsky's with my brother -Zach- and cousins - Greg and Abby. It was a fun time. That night we stayed in a Best Western, which was very nice and I loved the free wi-fi and free continental breakfast included. However, I learned that Sasha does not do well in hotels. I'll have to figure something else out before we drive for 5 days across the country!
When we drove back to my parent's house, Michael helped with the turkey by lifting it in to the sink. We played Ping-Pong for a while then watched some TV. Michael took a nap, so my dad helped me tie Sasha to a tree with a rope so she could wander around the yard without running off. My mom and Aunt Sue Ann all of the cooking, although the rest of us helped dry the dishes after. We took family photos before the sun went down and discussed having next Thanksgiving in LA in March!
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Last week my friend, Sarah, texted me saying she would be in Gainesville for a few days before Thanksgiving and since I hadn't seen her since the wedding in May 2011, she suggested they drive an extra two hours to see Michael and I! So this afternoon we got some fun visitors: my cousin Abby, her mom, my mom and Sarah. We took them to Bob's Potatoes for lunch then I wanted Abby and Sarah to experience what it was like having Michael do an effect then take some pictures after.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
We are back in Orlando now (but only for the next month and a half!) and I have more time to show off photos from when we went to Universal Hollywood on Thursday. The weather was cool all day and very overcast, but the day was still a lot of fun. We met our actor friend, Jason DeWitt, for breakfast at The Coffee Bean at City Walk. Then zoomed off to the Behind the Scenes set tour. It was very cool, but because we were on the left side of the tram, it was hard to see/get pictures of anything on the right side.
(Set from Back to the Future, above)
Re-enacting a scene from Jaws. Can you see the blood in the water?! As well as this creepy Norman Bates man from Psycho. He actually chased after the tram. People in the back screamed, ha.
Michael suggested we go to the Water World show twice. It was the second and last thing we did in the park. The first time the plane didn't come out- we assumed because of the weather or just technical difficulties. I was glad we went the second time to see the plane stunt. Plus the cast members (at the beginning, before the show started) were very funny and made sure people sitting in the green "soak zones" got wet- by literally pouring water on them.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
I made an extra effort today to take photos of the views of mountains while driving along Interstate 101. It was easiest to see on a big hill. We went to Porto's again for breakfast trying new things. Michael got a yummy grilled chicken sandwich and we ate outside. I tried the fried ham and chicken croquettes as well as the potato ball, but it only had beef inside. It was "everyone's favorite!" but not mine.
They have lots of people dressed up as characters and selling their music demos outside of the Chinese Theater. I wanted to get my picture with the skinny Spiderman and handsome Captain America guy, but Michael didn't have enough tip cash. (He said the performers get really mad if you get pictures with them, but then don't pay them.) Plus, he really wanted his picture with the silly Don King impersonator. He was really friendly.
Before we left for the day, we walked up along the outside mall building. Michael got an Auntie Anne's pretzel and I saw a cart of paintings and wallets with a grungy edit effect. I think they were handmade on canvases in New York. I may splurge and get one of the $29 wallets later.
This is a teensy bit out of order, but I wanted to go ahead and tell you about all of our "celebrity sightings" today! As we were waiting in line for the Madam Tussaud's, I was so sure I saw Johnny Depp heading towards the Starbuck's next door.