Monday, May 23, 2005

What I Did On My Summer Vacation

I know, I know -- summer hasn't even (officially) started yet, so I can't report on what I did for my summer vacation, but I when I do get around to writing that report when I go back to school in September (if I were, which I'm not, because, duh) that Mrs. Westlake will ask me to do, it should look a lot like it will today, only it'll be in the past tense.

In other words, my summer vacation is gonna be awesome because of the many fabulous things that I have planned. Here's a sampling:

April 23: My niece gets married and I'm going to the wedding. Yes, I know, it's already happened. Yes, I went to the wedding. It was lovely and my niece is beautiful and I was honored to have been in attendance. It was fun not only for the wedding part, but also to be able to spend time with my family. Two of my other nieces and I took the bride-to-be to Walmart the night before her wedding to do some last night shopping. Had I known it was up to us to throw the bachelorette party I would've come up with something a little bit more glamorous than Walmart. Glamorous, yes. More fun? Hard to top a night at Walmart with three of the most fabulous nieces who ever existed.

April 29: "Private Lives" by Noel Coward at the Pasadena Playhouse.

April 30: World Tai Chi Day. Did your world feel better that day? More peaceful? Did you find it easier to get along with loved ones? That's because I was saving the world with my chi. You can thank me later.

May 7: Time Out For Women: Sponsored by Deseret Book, this is a day to be able to recharge spiritual batteries by listening to wonderfully amazing speakers and music. I got my latest Sheri Dew book signed by Sheri Dew and reaffirmed my desire to be her when I grow up.

May 13-14: Birthday celebrations for Cim including a murder/mystery dinner cruise in the Long Beach harbor, a behind-the-scenes tour at the Long Beach Aquarium, and a haunted tour of the Queen Mary. Topped off by a lovely dinner at Bubba Gump's on Saturday, it was a fun, exhausting weekend.

May 17: Taping of the Ellen DeGeneres show. Fun, fun, fun.

May 18-19: Midnight showing of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. It was more fun waiting for the movie in line and in the theater than the movie itself was, but at least there was no Jar-Jar Binks to contend with! Bottom line: it's the best of the prequels, but nothing can ever top the original three movies.

Okay, so that brings us up to date. Here're the coming attractions:

May 28: Angel's game in Anaheim. Don't get me started on how stupid it is that they're now called the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

June 3: Praire Home Companion at the


June 4: It seems like there's something besides the Boy Scout fundraising pancake breakfast, but I can't think of what it is off the top of my head and don't have it written in my planner.

June 9 - 25: Trip to Guatemala.

July 2, 6, 16 and 19: Wicked at the Pantages theater. I'm in love with this soundrack and cannot wait to see this. Obviously, since I've got tickets to see it four FOUR times.

Do you like how I just threw that bit in about Guatemala then didn't give any details? It's because I'm so dang excited I can hardly stand it!!!! I'm going with Earthwatch as a volunteer to participate in an ancient Mayan archaelogical expedition. I know!! Doesn't that sound like that coolest thing ever? I will write more about this in my next entry. Suffice it to say, I have been looking forward to this since January when I signed up, and though my summer would be happily complete on its own merits, this is definitely the icing on the cake. The whipped cream on the pie. The ice cream to the a la mode.

July 3: Musical salute for Disneyland's 50th anniversary and fireworks at the Hollywood Bowl.

July 16: The latest Harry Potter installment is released.

July 25-30: Girls' Camp in Running Springs.

And....that's it. For now. My August calendar only has one entry on it, which is probably just fine, since I need to really save some vacation time so I don't have to go in the hole for the cruise to Jamaica that Linda and I are going on in October.

Not too shabby, eh? I hope yours is as fun as I plan on mine being.

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