Sunday, April 12, 2009

Weekend Wrap-Up

It's been a busy and exhausting week. I have pics to share, but I'm too lazy to figure out how to work the camera my mom gave me. Yes, I'm 36 years old and I still take hand-me-downs from my mom.

I wrote about going to Riley's (my first) soccer game over at LA Moms. We have another two this week. Thankfully, my sister (a veteran sports mom) also brought me a chair to make it a tad more comfortable.

I had a really nice birthday, and thanks for all your good wishes! We went bra shopping at The Wizard of Bras. If you're in SoCal, we found it totally worth the drive to Monrovia for the experience. We each had our own personal fitter/shopper, and we found out that we were different sizes than we thought. (Sorry if this is TMI. Move on to the next paragraph if you're uncomfortable.) Anyway, I found out my band size was smaller, while my cup size was bigger. She also showed me how to wear them. 36 years old and didn't know how to wear a bra properly! It took a few hours, but then it felt great and so much better. And, ahem, looks a lot better, too.

After the shopping excursion, the girls and I had dinner with my parents and sister and bro-in-law at one of my favorite Mexican restaurants. We've been going to Caramba's since we moved to L.A. back in the early '80's. Pretty impressive that it's still around. And finally, the girls are appreciating Mexican food so they had a good time. I cannot believe that my sister got me an iPod Nano. I can finally stop borrowing Sylvia's, and I started loading it as soon as I got home on Fri. night. I'm so excited, I just may start going to gym again. Maybe. We'll see. My parents are getting me tickets to see Mandy Patinkon and Patti LuPone in concert this summer - I can't wait!

On Saturday, Sylvia had her first cheerleading competition and her team came in second! This was my first time ever seeing them cheer. I couldn't take my eyes off my own daughter, of course, and she did a really great job. She was so happy. I still hope, however, that she only does it this year. I think my ears are still ringing from all the high-pitched squealing I endured throughout the event.

Vendors had set up booths outside to feed us, and there was this one adorable little boy that took our order. I was completely charmed by his manner and thoroughness. Too cute for words!

I have to say, the kids I've run across that work with their parents are among the most endearing I've ever met. And certainly makes me feel better about the times the girls have gone to my work. They can't help me with the legal documents, of course, but at least they get an idea of what the "real world" is like.

Saturday night, we went to a reunion of sorts with friends from my alma mater, LA County High School for the Arts. As is the story these days, we've re-connected through Facebook, and so this wasn't an official event or anything - we just all got together at a restaurant where one of the alums runs karaoke. I embarrassed myself with the first song, but after a couple more drinks, I did much better with Light My Candle from Rent with my friend's husband. The girls came, and they also sang. I was really surprised Riley wanted to sing, as well. And happy that Sylvia (who people told me was exactly like me on stage) let other people take turns! It was a late night for all of us (especially after having to get up early for Sylvia's competition), but totally worth it. I think we all hope that we'll be having more get-togethers. It was so nice to see the ones who came, and the ones who didn't were missed. We also had some time to talk, and catch up, and everyone was so genuine and open about what's gone right for them and what hasn't. I'd forgotten that about my high school friends.

Today, we've decided not to participate in any Easter activities. Obviously, we haven't ever celebrated a religious Easter, but this year we skipped the secular one as well. We've had enough going on, thanks.

Today is not the day to delve into the X Chronicles, either. Everything's fairly okay, but I still have some business to attend to about it, and would rather not talk about it at the moment. I'll get there...

I do wish everyone who does celebrate a Happy Easter/Passover!


Laura said...

Happy Birthday! So we're both Aries.

This was a good week for me with my daughters, too. Not only was the LA triip with older daughter good in the sense that we got along and enjoyed each other's company most of the time, but younger daughter's BFF divulged that younger daughter told her that she missed me when I was gone.

Forget the X's, it's all about how we can appreciate our children as their own selves.

Regarding cheerleading, I used to be so anti- and is it's not for real women. But since I have been teaching I have come to find greater respect for the girls who cheer. Of course no one is screaming in my classroom.

Maybe Next Year in LA--and we can meet then.

Tara R. said...

Good to hear you had such a nice birthday. The summer concert sounds wonderful.

Congrats to the girls on their various sporting endeavors.

We passed on the Bunny baskets this year too. The kids are just over it. I miss the chocolate, but I'll survive.

Kori said...

I really don't have much to say, other than that I love you.

jenn said...

Sounds like a fun weekend. Happy birthday.

Jen said...

Sounds like a lovely birthday and happy weekend! You seem to have so much more fun than we do. ;-( I have to get off my duff and do some cool things.

I'm glad everything was such a delight (except the squealing).

Natalie said...

Sounds like a great birthday! I have an ipod Nano for workouts and I love it. It doesn't store as much as the bigger versions, but it stores enough for me and it is not cumbersome.

I really need a good bra fitting, perhaps I need to go by that place the next time I'm in So Cal. None of my bras are the right fit for me.

Shiona said...

I hate wearing bras! So maybe they can help me so that they are more comfortable.

I need to get with the times and get an Ipod! I'm not a big Easter fan myself. The egg hunts are not for me.

Glad you had a great weekend though!