Those are Southwest Airline drink tickets. Hey, who cares that it was 9 in the morning. It was girl trip time!!!!
I am super lucky to have a cousin that lives in Los Angeles. She is a costume designer. She has worked on several movies and is currently working on the Fox tv series Bones. Besides all of that she has to be my absolute coolest cousin ever. I'm sorry to say it, I love all of the rest of you too, but the Minyard clan has to agree, it doesn't get any cooler than Jeannie, right? Anyway, I was super super excited to see her. I am like the baby, of the baby, of the family. I think my next closest cousin is 17 years older than me. So, I don't really get a lot of cousin hang out time because, I have always been closer to my 2nd cousins age than my actual cousins. In fact , I probably have second cousins older than I am, who knows. Anyway I am rambling like a crazy girl.
Jeannie and her super nice, super sweet, super fun, producer boyfriend, Sam, came to pick us up from the airport and took us to lunch, thank you, thank you!
I am a little dumbfounded by a couple of California things now. First, dogs. Seriously, those people were crazy in love with their dogs. People took their dogs everywhere! I mean everywhere, grocery stores, restaurants, everywhere. We walked into Cheesecake Factory and this lady had her dog sitting at the table with her.
The other thing I found on the strange side was how Californians' maintain such a healthy life style. I realize my five days don't come close to allowing me any knowledge of an actual California life style, but those people don't walk anywhere and they have huge delicious food options everywhere.
We did walk several places, regardless of it being a crazy thing to do. The weather was so nice, it was kind of a treat to get to walk, be outside and enjoy the sunshine and perfect breeze. The first place we walked was to Hollywood Boulevard to see the stars, the Chinese Theater, the famous handprints, and all of the interesting people. We also enjoyed dinner at the Hollywood Street Grill and dessert at Ghirardelli.
Random people signup to be drivers for Uber and or Lyft. When you need a ride, said random person can agree to come pick you up and take you wherever you want to go. So it's kind of like a taxi only it's just everyday people, in their personal vehicles, on their free time. There are tons of safely features involved too (mom before you freak completely out while reading this). The thing that made me love it so much was, we got to meet some neat, super friendly people, that live in L.A. and they all had fabulous tips on what we should see and do while we were in town.
Like how to drive super close to the Hollywood sign.
The Farmer's market was just that, a huge permanent farmer's market, but there was also a huge outdoor mall that was so extremely nice. I loved it and could have rich people watched for hours. E News was there video taping some celebs shopping and I know there were several there doing just that. Sadly, I am the absolute most clueless person when it comes to famous people. They would literally have to be wearing a large name tag for me to recognize them and even then I would probably have to google them. I live in an Andrea bubble.
Me acting stupid asking Marshal which "outfit" he wanted me to bring home.
Obviously this is such a couple of the contestants. They only had one hour of free time and only a few choose to come up to the pool. They were all really sweet and it was kind of fun listening to their busy reality tv schedule.
Girls trip 2014 in the books! Yay!