First, I had such a great birthday. Thanks to everyone who called, wrote, posted, etc. I was sort of dreading turning 31 and you all made the day much happier!
Dan sent beautiful flowers to work, and afterwards, we had a great dinner at Lot 2 by our house. I was pretty surprised by my gift: Fleetwood Mac Reunion Tour tickets! I am out of my mind excited and our doctor has given me the OK to go as long as I’m not having any complications. Hopefully things are non-eventful between now and April.
We put in a couple more days of work and then sped off to sunny Los Angeles to see Spencer, Laura and Joey. When we arrived in LA, we took a cab to Spencer’s office at College Humor. “Hopefully you can take a nap when we get to his apartment,” Dan said.
Little did he know, we wouldn’t have much time for napping. Spencer arranged for us to attend a taping of Adam Corolla’s podcast. Dan’s been a fan for a long time (and as a result, I’ve fallen asleep to it countless evenings). It was hard to keep that a secret from him, but worth waiting to see his face when Spencer told him. Classic!
The studio was amazing; Corolla is a gear head and has older race cars and luxury cars in the studio that he works on restoring. This is Paul Newman’s old race car. Very cool.
Corolla himself was a nice guy, and it was icing on the cake that we got to meet him. Huge thanks to Spencer for hooking us up!
After that, we drove downtown where Laura and Joey met us at an LA Kings game. We were so happy to hang out with Laura and Joey — a visit made more exciting because they’re expecting their first baby in June, too!
The next morning, Spencer, Dan and I woke up and had one of the best breakfasts. (Not a great photo of our groggy selves, but oh well.)
Fun fact: Sitting to the left of us are Dax Shepherd and Kristen Bell. They were adorable.
Then we spent most of the day checking out shops and stores in Spencer’s neighborhood (Los Feliz). The weather was perfect and erased all memory of the snowstorm we had in Omaha just a couple days before.
That evening we met up with Laura and Joey, had some tacos and margaritas (well, some of us) and went to a show at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade. It was hilarious and fun to see Spencer’s comedy roots.
On Saturday it was cool and overcast, but that didn’t stop us from going to the beach. Laura and Joey brought Ladderball and we played while eating fish tacos and coming up with unlikely scenarios that would send the guys into the ocean.
Those unlikely scenarios occurred twice. The first time, Dan had to go in. Here he is, running in his skivvies.
The second time, all three of them went in.
After getting warmed up, we headed to Laura and Joey’s for dinner and so Spencer and Joey could serenade us with a few songs from Newsies. It was wonderful.
Then it was off to Borderline, a country western bar where Joey sometimes performs. Joey was the VIP for dressing in country gear (somehow Spencer left his boots and belt buckle at home — tsk, tsk). The guys line danced and eventually took the bar’s special shot: The Rocky Mountain Bearf*cker.
We had an early flight the next morning and I was wiped out. So unfortunately we had an early departure back to Spencer’s and were home the next evening in time for the Superbowl.
I should say that every vacation, Dan and I come up with a list of goals. Fair to say that this trip was the first trip where we accomplished all of them — with extra points.
Big thanks to Spencer, Laura and Joey for hosting and hanging with us. I can’t wait to come back. :)