Thursday, November 8, 2018

Dancing on the edge of the Hollywood sign

Okay so we didn't make it all the way to the edge of the Hollywood sign, but we tried. But let me start at the beginning. 

A few weeks ago, Missy, Ryan, Natalie and I headed to California for our long-awaited vacay. Here is what we did:

Day 1 - Friday: We flew in and got there at about 1pm, but then getting our rental car and actually getting to our AirBnB took awhile. We went to In-and-Out for dinner and sat outside because it was AMAZINGGGGGG weather. After that we went to the grocery store and Ryan shopped like he as a 12 year old whose parents left him alone for the weekend. We headed home after that to hang out by our pool - which was too cold to get into - and bond. 

Day 2 - Saturday: We headed to the Ronald Reagan Museum and Library. This was one of my favorite parts of the trip. I love presidential history, and if you do too this place is a must visit. 


After that we went to a bar to watch the Iowa game (stupid), and then we went to find a beach so I could put my feet in the ocean. Ocean fronts are my absolutely most favorite places in the entire world. I could spend hours there. 


Day 3 - Sunday: We separated in the morning - Missy and I went hiking in the Hollywood Hills and Natalie and Ryan went to visit some Hollywood cemeteries. When we got done hiking, Missy and I walked around the Griffith Observatory and then the other two picked us up and we went to brunch. After that, we went into Hollywood and spend some time on the Walk of Fame and the Chinese Theater. From there, we decided to do one of those cheesy Hollywood bus tours, which was awesome - we drove by where several celebrities live - Katy Perry, Gwen and Blake, TAYLOR SWIFT - we saw where Michael Jackson died - it was pretty fun!

After that, we went home and those three went to the Phil Collins concert, and I stayed home and relaxed. 

Day 4 - Monday: DISNEY day! We got up early and got to Disneyland pretty close to opening time. The park was pretty empty in the morning, so we were able to get right into rides for the first four hours or so. It got busy in the early afternoon, as they had a Halloween party that night that was sold out.  The park closed at 6pm for the party, so between like 4p-6p was pretty crazy. 

Day 5 - Tuesday: ELLEN! I will write up a whole entry on Ellen, because when I found out we got tickets I looked all over the internet trying to find information on what being an audience member entailed, and I couldn't find anything. So I will write it. But here is what we looked like. We were on the Halloween episode, so we were in costume. 


Day 6 - Wednesday: We flew out this day, but we had some time to kill in the morning so we did a Paramount Studios tour. This was very cool, and the cast of This Is Us was there filming! We got to see a few cast members. I love anything to do with old Hollywood, so this tour was very cool. 

Vacation is fun, but there is no place like Homaha. I was very happy to touch ground in Nebraska that evening! I think I am just now finally caught up on sleep and feeling like a normal person. 


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