Ho Ho Ho!
Susie and I had a very enjoyable day today. First we went to the Skirball to see the Maira Kalman show, Susie for the first time and I for the second. On second viewing it was as delightful as the first. We looked over Kalman’s books too – they are so wonderful.
No cameras allowed in the exhibit so I just clicked one off with my PHONE. Hardly counts.
Then we had lunch at Tender Greens, a drive by of the Eric Owen Moss neighborhood in Culver City, a few minutes at Bergamot Station including a visit to Hiromi Paper, and Bye! until next time!
Click here for more of me, Roger, Sandy, and Nancy enjoying a quick trip out to Joshua Tree National Park! and at the same time scroll on down in there for a few other visits to Joshua Tree.
Cynthia managed to acquire for Darryl and Angela a treasured one-of-a-kind item created and crafted by the founder and one-of-a-kind guiding light of the regretsy website and once across-the-way neighbor, April Winchell. Here’s what April, pictured on the left modeling her creation, has to say about it. You may note what Lilly has to say about it by her expression.
“I may have missed my calling. Clearly I’m not meant to be a writer; I can barely read. No, I was meant to be … a milliner.
If by “milliner”, we mean someone who hot glues **** to hats. And we do mean that, because this is Etsy we’re talking about, where anyone with 20¢ and a glue gun can be the next Lilly Daché. If by “Lilly Dache” we mean no talent.
. . .here’s . .my latest ****box, which is perfect for your New Year’s Eve look. Yes, it’s a big silver holiday mess, piled with fake snow, silver and white glittered poinsettias, and a deranged googly-eyed dove right in the front.
. . .Everything is sewn on with fishing line, so you can get falling down drunk and still look like an idiot. And here’s the best part – IT LIGHTS UP. Yes, a handy battery pack is hidden inside the hat, powering a string of bright white LED lights buried under the fake snow. The whole thing glows with glamour!”
Marija and Brian’s Christmas Eve Extravaganza! Hundreds of guests showed up this year with plenty of food and drink and good cheer for all, and the sing-along was particularly lively this year.
Brian, son Andrew, Marija, son-in-law Steve. Daughter Melinda and grandson(!!) Alex where in another room. Son Christopher is with the Peace Corps in Morocco.
Kathleen across the street had a festive Holiday Dinner at her lovely home (just across the street and way bigger than mine, but whose isn’t).
What lively folk! I had a wonderful time. Let me say that of these guest three of us were not in the Real Estate biz. Interesting! And Real Estate people like to travel which is not obvious, but in this case true nonetheless.
sitting: Shameem, Larry. standing: Mimi, Jon, Kathleen, Peter, Nora, James, Marsha, Emily, J Tucker
I stole it from Life Magazine. But it could have been mine… Rain RAIN RAIN. We are all getting very dang tired of the rain. This is LA. It’s always nice in LA. When this happens we forget about it as soon as it stops and go right back to saying ‘it never rains in Southern California!’.
Today was Sister Day doing landlord chores for my big sister and taking my little sister to the doctor, then I did a little shopping at three different stores in three different neighborhoods. .In The Rain.
Yesterday I saw The Fighter, getting tuned up for the Acadamy Awards. It was good except for all that hitting. But I knew that. It’s called The Fighter and not for nothing.
What a good afternoon for a rainy day. Windy, Nancy, and I went to the all you can eat Indian Buffet and then walked across the street to see The King’s Speech. We all liked the movie. I cried at the end, of course no surprise there.
Nancy brought Windy and me both a Pumpkin Bread just like the loaf she sent to the President last year, of which I have already enjoyed a big honkin’ slab. YUM!
Oh those smart phones are So dang smart. Besides for all the everthing that we already know I have with me at all times, inside my phone (you can get at it even in airplane mode), several novels from Amazon/Kindle, 10,000 sudoku, and 5,000 crosswords, never having to find myself at a loss for distractions.
Brigitte and Rosie and I took advantage of the ’20th Anniversary 20 Free Days’ at the Hammer Museum. The Eva Hesse show was interesting but for me not something to run out for. There were several rooms of Mark Manders odd odd sculptural work, and some greatest hits from the permanent collection. My favorite pieces were in a collection of contemporary works from the permanent collection.
Then we ate!
The Monday Nighters, My Valley Girls! We had a particularly fantastic Christmas Party this year, full of great good cheer and good will all around. Many thanks go out to our Head Chef and gracious hostess Alicia.
We always draw names for a gift exchange and then everyone brings ‘a little something’ for everyone else. It’s a regular Niagara of gifts!
We got: holiday oven mitts and a toast tong, a whole bag of goodies, a cozy shawl, a Santa sock with a candy cane and two movie tickets, a donated cow(!) and homemade peanut brittle, fuzzy slippers, lottery tickets, handmade soap, a big jar of cashews, and protection amulets from the big three. What fun!
me, Alicia, Maxine, Marsha, Maryanne, Becky, Lourdes, Ljubica, Ann, Marija.
Annual parties are a blessing for the guests as they know that every year at least once they’ll get to touch base with the regular invitees. Annual parties can also turn into a burden for the hosts, since they have to do it, but we guests say, yes, that’s true and right, you have to.
Tai Nancy Brigitte Knut Jeff…Jacqueline Inga-Lill Ed Sharon
The two on the left did a gorgeous set from Madame Butterfly to close the first act.
The program didn’t credit any of the other performers or the orchestra or the chorus so I don’t know their names yet. Until I can get more details (the opera singer, a violin soloist, an r&b star) I’ll just say again, we loved it.
I should mention there were four encores and they made it through all the Andrea Bocelli’s Greatest Hits that I knew anyway. What a treat!
I went with Muriel today to the Skirball to see the Maira Kalman show. It was wonderful. If you’ve ever had any affection for Maira Kalman you won’t want to miss this opportunity to see such a fine collection in person.
If you go to the Skirball of course you have to take a swing through Noah’s Ark.
Then since we were right up the street we decided to stop at the Getty for a quick hello.
Goodie! At first I didn’t like this guy and complained about his odd presence in the garden. But then all in good time I became attached to him and then I liked him and then he was gone. Where did he go? Here! They moved him off into the academic area. It was fun to spot him in this photo.
Let’s hear it for the Bank of America. I forgot my entire wallet arriving downtown with not a red cent, not a credit card, no ID, nada, except a wrinkled up old copy of my passport folded away in a half-hidden pocket of my backpack.
I went into the BofA here and four minutes later walked out with a hundred bucks. Good one.