Sunday, August 10

The time of my life!

I had the most amazing time! I'm not sure I can even begin to express how much fun I had in LA.

To start I have to explain how I came to know these women that I was with in LA. Last fall I started a series of books- you may have heard of them- the first one is called Twilight. After I read the first three I began searching the internet for more information to satiate my desire for more about these series as I waited for the fourth book to be published. A very simple google search will show you how many Twilight fan sites there are out there. I had spent time at a few but I didn't find any that were a good fit. Most of them were geared towards teenagers so I kept looking and then one day I stumbled upon and I knew I was home. I had found other women that were around my age that understood how consuming these books were to me. It was heaven! When I first discovered the site there were less than 100 members. I think that I was number 68, now the site has over 10,000 members! I have made some amazing friends on the site, some of which I have been able to meet in person.

When LA was announced as a concert stop a bunch of women from the site decided they were going to go. I flew out with Lisa and Amy but there were a bunch of other women from Utah at the signing as well. Women came from all over- California, Idaho, Arizona- Jess even came from England (ok she was here on vacation already but it was still really cool to meet her).

These women are amazing! We come from all walks of life and we have all been united by one thing but have discovered that we have so many things in common.

We met as a huge group before the signing/concert and then headed over to see the
Queen Mother and Justin Furstenfeld from Blue October. Steph answered questions about Breaking Dawn and was just as cool as she ever is. I adore her!!! She looked exhausted by the time we finally got to her to have her sign our books but she still smiled and thanked us for being there.

Justin sang a few of Steph's favorite songs. He was so good!!! He brought me to tears with several of the songs- My Never and Hate Me were the two that really got to me.

Here are pictures from the signing-

The signing was Thursday night, so Friday a small group of us hung out and were very, very, very silly. We went to the Santa Monica Pier and frolicked in the ocean, had the most amazing Italian food I've ever eaten and went to downtown Hollywood and were touristy. Here are some pictures of all the craziness-

We had the BEST Italian food I've ever had outside of Italy. I actually think that it was better than some of the food I've had in Italy. I can't remember the name of the restaurant. I'll have to find out and then edit this. It was so good that it deserves a slideshow of it's own-

I had the time of my life. I don't think I have ever laughed so much! I feel like I've done 1000 sit-ups because my abs are sore from the laughing. Little sleep was had but it was a small sacrifice for the memories that I will carry with me forever. I loved meeting all the Twilight Moms I met but I have to give a special shout out to Kirsten, Britten, Georgia, Amy, Lisa, Kendra, Sarah, Jenny, Mary and Mary Ann for being so wonderful!!! I love you gals! Oh and a very special shout out to Chad, Georgia's hubby, for putting up with us! You are amazing!!


~tracy~ said...

Yay! I'm so glad you had so much fun! It sounds awesome. Now tell me what you thought of downtown Hollywood? Had you been there before? Were you scared? Cause I went there like 12 years ago and it scared me. I liked it, because I wanted to see all the stuff like Mann's Chinese Theater and stuff, but seriously wow, what a freak show.


Love all your pictures, especially the food!! Glad you had fun.

Bonnie the Boss said...

So glad you had a good time! It was good to hear abou your trip. If Tracy thinks Hollywood is scary she ought to try the county fair here! Yikes!

Kimberly said...

I need to eat that food, now! Every thing about LA makes me so sad that I wasn't there. Maybe I should blog about what I was doing the same days at the same time so I'll feel a little better about missing it all. Nope, pretty sure all it will do is make me wish I could be two places at the same time.