I returned monday night from a weekend down south for Kara's wedding. I drove down from work thursday night in time for the rehearsal dinner. It was at a lovely (huge) italian restaurant and they served (huge) portions.
I spent most of the nights at Lindsay's cute and tastefully decorated apartment and Friday morning we walked to Noah's bagel through a lovely pasadena neighborhood, and walked right by the house from "Father of the Bride". It looks just like it does in the movie. It was so neat! That was one of my favorite movies growing up so I was very excited and took lots of pictures, embarassing the other girls. :) Then it was the bachelorette extravaganza. It began in the early afternoon at Burke Williams Spa in Pasadena. I've never been to a real "spa" before so this was quite the luxurious experience. There were 6 of us, and we all had various appointments throughout the day. I had a pedicure. Then the rest of the time, we lounged and read or took a nap with cucumber slices over our eyes in the "quiet room", or went in the spa, sauna, or steam room, while traipsing around in our terrycloth robes the entire time. Then we got ready to go straight to dinner. They provide you with almost everything you need to get ready for a night on the town. All you have to bring are your clothes and makeup. They provide shampoo, showers, soap, razors, shaving cream, body wash, hair dryers, every hair product, brushes, curling irons, hair bands...you get the idea. I was amazed. We then walked to dinner at Gordon Biersch. Their pizzas were great. Then we walked to Kevin Costner's restaurant Twin Palms. It's really neat. It's outdoors, but covered, and has live music and dancing. We made Kara wear a veil all night, so she got lots of attention. There was a hilarious group of older women there and a couple of them were quite drunk and very entertaining. They were out celebrating a birthday, and most of them had been married for 25+ years and were offering Kara their advice.
Saturday I visited with Dorothy at Coffee Bean, catching up on what everyone is doing, and went with Liz to Pepperdine, Malibu Yo, Surfrider Beach, all my old favorites. She lives in Santa Monica and we rode the coolest bikes ever down to 3rd Street for dinner and a movie. They were old-fashioned bikes with wide handles, so you sit straight up instead of being hunched over, and no hand brakes, and bells. It was quite exhilarating. :) We saw "Just Like Heaven", and I hadn't seen a cheesy romance movie in ages, so while predictable, it was very enjoyable.
Sunday, I spent the day in Malibu again. I had a late breakfast at Diedrich's (another one of my old haunts), went to the Malibu Farmers Market (an oxymoron if there ever was one) for some fruit, and watched the surfing at Surfrider Beach again (my favorite beach). The waves were great that day. The wedding was that evening, and was a beautiful wedding and reception. The colors were chocolate and orange (very unique). Chocolate bridesmaid dresses and flowers in various shades of orange, Fall leaves for the centerpieces suspended in water-filled vases.
After getting back monday night, it was time to unpack and catch up on laundry, and back to normal life. All in all, the visit was a nice reminder that while my time down south was a great phase of my life, I have moved on and am very content where I am now (even if there is no longer an ocean view :)
For those concerned about the poor husband left at home alone, Aaron actually did pretty well over the weekend, and even had a buddy go grocery shopping with him and hang out sat. and sunday.