Oh eljay, I love you, but what have I done? 2010 has been a pathetic year for my journal as I have neglected it so much I don’t even have ten posts and we are already in the tenth month! I even had grand (but vague) ideas for a photo and post on Sunday, to signify the 10/10/10 date. Sigh. So here is an photographic recap of what I’ve been up to so that I can stop feeling like a lame procrastinator that doesn’t get anything done. Also, I dedicate this post to who I don’t get to see anywhere but here (unlike the hordes of you on FB or Twitter ;)).
Little Corona [August 15, 2010]
The little beach is beautifully tucked away and requires a bit of a hike on a pretty steep incline (not bad going down but the way up was killer!). But here in Southern California, it was the year without a summer. We stayed pretty cool the entire season which meant that the water was unseasonably cold! We tried, even tried more than the rest of us, but in the end, we just couldn’t get in. Our very bones rejected the idea (really, they were in pain). Still, it was a day at a beautiful beach with my family and that will always be a win. [Photos]
Vegas [September 17-24, 2010]
We took our vacation in Vegas this year (again). What can we say?! We ran out of time to plan and our timeshare there is great, and we love Vegas. No airfare to deal with is also a plus. So we spent a week lounging about in the pool/hot tub, staying up late, waking up at embarrassingly late hours, eating at buffets (or after-midnight specials), watching/playing craps, seeing shows, and meeting with friends. The best part was just not having to work. We were both burnt out and definitely needed the break. We got to catch up with and Klaw at an awesome buffet off the strip. We also saw the Bodies Exhibition at the Luxor which was fascinating (wish I could have taken photos, but couldn’t). And we saw The Lion King. It was beautiful, but I don’t think it holds a candle to Cirque’s O or Ka. Oh! We also finally made the 45 minute drive to the Hoover Dam! Like I mentioned on Twitter, they sure do love their dam puns there. It was really cool, we took a tour and checked out the museum in between posing for photos, it seems. And after so many visits, we finally made it a priority to see the Fountains at Bellagio. Totally worth it. [Photos]
Turning 32 [September 27, 2010]
By now, you probably already know that it is always about spending quality time with my friends and family. We got back from Vegas the Friday before my birthday with absolutely no plans for parties because I wasn’t in a planning mood. I’m usually a social planner but I just didn’t feel like it this time around but things had a way of working out. Saturday, my family and I went out to George’s Greek and had a delicious dinner. It was followed by a gift exchange where we gave them their souvenirs and they gave me birthday presents!
Then on Sunday afternoon, I felt a tinge of wanting to do something on my birthday (Monday), so I texted my Chusma friends for a last minute get-together for Monday night. I was very surprised by the response! Almost everyone could make it for a dinner out. Funny thing is, my sister texted me the morning after inviting me over for a birthday dinner at my parents. So I replied that I already made plans with the Chusma but if we could all come, then that would be awesome. Got the reply and it was on! My parents hosted a very last minute party with my family and friends all in one place. It was fabulous and I had a great time.
Earlier in the day though, I also went out to lunch with my work buddies to KDB (which replaced the local Gameworks). They have a great deal where you can go for lunch and it is just $9.99 for anything off the lunch menu, drink, and a $5 game card or a game of bowling with shoes included. So we did that and had a blast!
Other than the fact that it was the hottest day on record in Los Angeles (it got to 113 in Long Beach), it was the most perfect birthday a girl can ask for. [Photos]
PS: I missed you guys!