Monday, October 15, 2007

I've lived here a year - and haven't been shanked!

What a week! I was once again crazy busy with work, and didn't make it out much, but did manage to have an awesome weekend.

Last Monday I made it out to wish homegirls Lara and Juli a very happy 29th birthday(s)!
How cute are they! They celebrated @ a Mexican restaurant followed by some drinks at The Other Room in Venice...

LK and I grabbed a drink and began to witness the crazyness ensue....
Which involved Lara challenging everyone to an arm wrestling match!
... Which she won. :D
Homegirl's strong!
Happy Birthday Lala!!!!

And Happy Birthday Juli!!

Once I survived the week (barely) I made it out to The Pantages in Hollywood where I had organized a huge Wicked trip and quickly Wicked-de-virginized 10 of my closest friends...
It's my 3rd (!!) time seeing Wicked and I have to say it was just as good as the last time. Edin Espinosa and Megan Hilty are freaking insanely talented actress/singers. It's SUCH a great show. I'll probably have to see it again next year. :)

So I wanted to get a group shot and was quickly challenged by everyone to do one of my famous EXTENDO-ARM self-pics... I was skeptical... but...

I took it and there was room for like 12 more people! WTF! I seriously need to hire myself out for this shizz. I'm ready for some Guiness record-breaking, people!
Stalker Eyes (TM) compatriot Angela, Oregon Homegirl Jules, Hercules Vince, me and LK!
My SD crew in the hizzy! Benja, JJ (who was rockin a Crazy Jeff (TM) new hairstyle), Lil Jenn (not a rapper), and Raphael!

Cameron came out to see it a 2nd time - you see, this Wicked stuff is addicting! It's like a legal and yet expensive drug!

The SD crew had a long drive home, but we braved the horrid LA traffic (it rained) and made it over to The Standard for their dee-lish 24 hour cafe...
Kiki brought her favorite Chihuahua photo album. Don't ask. It's an aussie thing.
This really rude scruffy white guy sat next to us. We asked him to leave and he flipped us off! :O
Luckily a nice blonde guy and cute Asian girl also sat down and didn't stop smiling... it was creepy.

What's a Wicked evening without chocolate fondue?
Or Nutella?
OK, I dunno WTF I'm doing here, let's just say the Nutella had it coming... wearing that dress... slutty Nutella!

Ben got a crazy blue drink that looked like bathtub cleaner. I was ready to call 911.

I could explain this, but really, you DON'T want to know. Jenn's a dirty girl. ;)"ZOMG! Jenn! We are eating here! SERIOUSLY!"
JJ, on the other hand, didn't let a drop of chocolate go to waste!
Dr. Evil actually stole his decorating scheme from The Standard. True story.
Raph is such a playah.
No, seriously, like 12 girls mobbed him after he sat down.

Hi LK! See, I can take nice photos! Really!
Hey Pretty Jenn! :)

So it was raining like mad, and we ran out to the valet to wait under a tiny umbrella. It was like being back home in Oregon, only surrounded by anorexic models and cars driving crazy since water on the road = drive batshit crazy.
"There's no place like home! There's no place like home!"

On Saturday was my 1-year anniversary of living in LA, so I decided to meet a bunch of friends for a party! We had dinner at Palermo Italian in Los Feliz which was soso food but great company.
They also have a girl holding a double barreled shotgun on their menu, which is really just so full of AWESOME.
I think Raphael looks sooo angry here. :) The fake flowers got to him. :)

My new BFF's Dan and Sarah came out to dinner and were great company, they are such a fun couple!
LK, Matt, and Raph held their own! After it was off to Akbar for drinks, dancing, and lots of crazyness (you are shocked, I'm sure!):
My short film BFF's Marc and Erin came out, it was great to see them as it had been awhile... Julie, Angela, and Vince broke their curfew and came out in full force to par-tay - after all, it had been like 16 hours since I had seen them last and I was starting to get teary! :D
"And here's where it all started!" my Oregon Homegirl Jules!

OK, that pic is too nice. How about something CRUISEAZY! ZOMG!
Don't say I didn't warn you.
I love that this pic looks like a freaky man giant took it - nope, just my arm. Heh.

So Angela and Matt stole my camera, and had their own impromptu photog spree... and the results are so damn funny.
Matt enjoys the fine art on the walls at Akbar.
Matt then tried to take me on for self-pics - dude, back off! That's my territory! :P
And they took photos of their shoes...

And Paul's head....

And they got random girls to kiss Matt... LOL!
And Angela recreated her user photo:HAWT! I'm logging in right now baby!
Matt then performed some dance moves with his imaginary dancing partner Esmerelda Of The Diamond Dancing Clan:
And I think they won some form of award.

OK, I got my camera back, and posed with Erin and Marc:
When's the next short film, guys? ;)
Jesse came out and I think may be flashing a gang sign here:
But it's cool, I was packing my .357 so we were covered.
Hi LK!
Matt forced his booty onto Ang and Kirst - and they liked it! I think he made like $30!
AND got some boob.
Matt: This drink ish ... ish ... soshsh... sooo not alcaholiccey.... (hic) serioushly guysh.....
Angela: One drunk down, 15 to go!
This photo is cute except for freaky red shirt stary guy in the background. RUN FOR YOUR LIFE ANG!

Paul and LK!

My supercool friend Dao also came over with two of her cool friends, and I neglected to get a photo with her - a few drinks and I forget my mad camera skillz, sad I know! :( Thanks for coming Dao! :)

Next we made it out to the dancefloor to boogie to some hot 80's tunes:Vince and Julie brought out their mad dancing skillz!

Julie seriously rocked the dancefloor, so much that she deserves a new nickname for this post:
Julie Miss Flava!
She rocked the hizzy!
And we totally grinded up on each other! Vince got angry but I gave him $20 and we were cool again. Money rocks!
Kirst and Paul boogied down and set the standard pretty high...
Ang and Matt did this waltz slow dance that was cute and sorta odd. But it worked somehow!
"Uh oh! Spaghetti-O!"

I ran into some bloodied up people who were looking for "braaainnsss...."
We hung out, they were my peeps!
I love how Spirit Fingers make every photo better. I should work for Kodak.

On Sunday LK needed new stuff for her house, so she called up her entourage and we went to Ikea - cuz we literally have to do everything as a group. All or nothing, kids!
Ikea, land of the free!
Are we $799? Bargain!
They had this weird ass machine that kept slamming this poor chair with it's wooden booty... over and over again...
See what I mean? Creepy. I named it Paris - I dunno, it just felt fitting. Work it out for yourself. :)

They had these cool bookshelves with a ladder, altho if you are really tall....
Ladders are pretty pointless.

Kirsten and I got sleepy so we decided to take a nap in the middle of the trip:
And much spooning ensued. LOL

Angela got sleepy too:
But wasn't too tired to pose!
Julie and Vince have all these strange rituals now that they are married:
And it often involves measuring each other's heads. I think they are having a brain off to see who's smarter - or who gets to wear the cooler hat.
I think Raphael was scared. ;)

We sat down at the table and waited for food for over 30 minutes, and the waiter never came - I'm never eating in Home Furnishings again!

So it was a pretty awesome weekend filled with lots of fun times and great friends - yay! It's gonna be a crazy busy week, so I'm looking forward to... well, not sleeping. ;)

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