Jul 11, 2011

A Date, Anniversary, Wedding Shower, and Clint

So this last weekend saw me traveling the couple hours home to Salinas to help throw and attend a couple of wedding showers for my dear friend, Lisa. She's been my buddy pal since my freshman year of high school. My youth group set of friends from church are still all good friends, and so a wedding is also a reunion. Here we all are. One drove from Sacramento, and the other three are relatively local still. Heather, who helped throw the shower is 39 weeks pregnant. Wow that was commitment to a friendship! She is ready to have that little guy! Ashley is about 7 months pregnant too. I love these girls and it was a super treat to spend an afternoon with them all. Though not the oldest in the bunch, I happen to be at the "latest" life stage with the most children and the longest married. It's amazing how we've been to each wedding for each other, every baby shower, and have been there through most major events, as each one reaches those milestones.
Ok, I could talk about our loyalty through the years and our deep friendships and go ultra mushy on you, but, nah. Though all that is true, I really just want to mention my dress (I'm a really shallow girl I guess). I'm in love with it and found it on a "shopping date" the night before with my mom and sister (correction: mom found it for me). I bought that rainbow flouncy thing at Forever 21 and it also has a huge ruffle on the bottom in the same material (think 70's style). With my boho earrings and Grecian sandals it's rather amazing. It's perfect for our 1000 degree Fresno heat waves. I didn't realize I could rock so many colors at one time. Oh, and my feather necklace is turned sideways. Ok, that's all on that.

One more motive for going into Salinas was that our wedding anniversary was this last week. Nine years. Truth.
So we used my parent's babysitting service and had a very nice dinner at a favorite restaurant of ours in Carmel, Forge in the Forest, and then went over to this hotel/restaurant owned by Clint Eastwood because we heard they had a fun piano bar. Ok, ok. I know. I guess people our age don't usually pick piano bars. So, we like piano bars. Please don't say we're old fogies. We think we're still pretty cool. So we went in this crowded little bar and restaurant and we were about the youngest ones in there. But the pianist was good and the singers were good (jazz, Elvis, Patsy Cline, etc.) and the place had good atmosphere. We were especially getting a kick out of one of the singers. The cutest little white haired man in a tweed coat who was trying to hit on the other pretty older women in the bar. Then he would come over and give us the local "who's who". A-DOR-ABLE!
So we were kickin' it at the Mission Ranch with older yuppies of Carmel Valley and having a good laugh people watching when Tone nudges me.
"Clint Eastwood is right behind you." He whispered.
And yes, yes he was. Like "1 foot away" behind me.
No big deal. Just kickin' it at a bar with Clint Eastwood. He didn't stay long though. People noticed, the cameras came out, people got annoyingly paparazzi-ish, and he left. Still, it made my day. Ha, ha, get it?
"Go on. Make my day." He did. He did indeed.

By the way, the home dates are still continuing. I bought an ice cream maker to make ice cream together one night, but the last two dates were creatively lame because we were pretty tired after fun days out on the lake. Tone got a new ipad, so home date night saw us snuggling under a blanket watching suspense movies on the ipad on our laps with some mixed drinks in hand.
Lest you think I should have tried harder, I'll have you know that the lake can be a long day in the sun and can wipe you out. We take the boat out about once a week. Hunter loves to tube with me which involves Tone driving donuts out in the middle of the lake so that we are flying over our own waves and getting whipped in circles. The last time out, I also wakeboarded, caught my front edge going out over the wake, completely belly flopped onto my face with a huge splat, which knocked the wind out of me and chipped my front tooth slightly (luckily it doesn't show). Uh, huh. Yeah, that was pure grace and poetry in motion for sure. Yeah, so don't judge the lame date nights after a day like that.

Totally off topic:
I think last week I posted a picture of my Gladiolas which were stealing the show out front. They have just about died down now, but my lilies are now stealing the show out back. There is almost always something going somewhere in my garden. I plan it that way, but can't ever bring myself to cut them and bring them in the house and ruin the affect. I like the showy yard.
I just had to share. Ok, so I did.


  1. Thanks for an amazing shower... so fun to celebrate Lisa like that! But don't let me stand on the end the next time I take a prego photo, okay? :) Loved seeing you, let's make it happen again soon.

  2. Pointing out your dress does not make you shallow! If that were the case I'd be the most shallow person on the planet because I'm always asking Addison and/or my mom how something looks on me. I love your dress, by the way.

    Happy anniversary! That's SO COOL that you all ran into Clint Eastwood.

    The flowers are gorgeous!