April 04, 2005

a weekend at the office

Friday evening kicked off a stellar weekend. When the bell rang, I dashed up to the Saddleback Ranch at Citywalk to have a quick drink in celebration of a co-worker’s birthday before meeting up with Erik to take in an opening-night viewing of Sin City.

Sin City was, for me, just what the doctor ordered for a week-ending relaxer: fun, mindless entertainment. Lots of over-the-top violence, shot after shot of eye-candy, and a couple hours spent with Erik.

Saturday, I had a chance to further unwind by sleeping in. Ahhhh, sweeet sleeeep! I couldn’t sleep too long (read: all day), though, as I was required to pick up Erik at 1:30pm so that we could attend a soiree that evening with a couple of his co-workers and their families. Before attending, however, we needed to take a detour out to West L.A. to drop by the Palazzo Apartments (near The Grove) to drop off my brother’s tax refund check to my sister-in-law, Cindi.

The Palazzo Apartments are just, well, wrong. On so many levels. The location is fine, but everything else about them is just too, too much: too many buildings, too many people out by the pool, too many dollars per month required to live there. Fortunately for Cindi, her company is paying for her to stay there – but geez, it’s like $3000 a month for a small two-bedroom apartment. I mean, come on already!

Anyhow, time was winding on, so we left for La Crescenta, picking up some apple pie and double-vanilla (mmmmm….vanilla!) ice cream on the way there. We arrived at the beautiful home of Erik’s co-worker James and his wife Bernice surprisingly on-time. They were wonderful hosts. A little while later Brian (another co-worker of Erik’s) and his wife and daughter, Therese and Sarah, showed.

It was a wonderful time, full of really good food, great company, the obligatory men’s hacky sack tourney, cute kids and lots of laughs. It was a great time, and I thank everyone in attendance for being so warm and welcoming – because, oh, how I dread meeting new people!!

I spent all day Sunday with Erik. Simple pleasures. We began by Quik Detailing and waxing my MINI. Other than the fact that it RAINED this morning, it was time well spent. Then it was all about “The Office”. Non-stop “Office”-party, is what it was. Save for the pilot episode (which we viewed on a previous day), we watched the series in its entirety… including that Christmas special. We paused only long enough to pick up some Taco Bell, and then it was right back to it. Damn, that show was awesome. I never get sick of watching it. I can’t wait for “Extras”!

Erik went away after dinner, and I went to sleep in my crazy-comfortable bed. ‘Twas yet another fantastic weekend.


posted by julie at April 4, 2005 10:07 AM

things people have said

We also had a great time Sat. night! Sorry if I was high strung and a bit neurotic- I get nervous meeting new people too.
Thank you for being so good with Sarah. (Yes you spelled our names wrong and NO we're not insulted).
I'll email you a pic if you want to post it.
I feel a bit stalkerish reading your blog, but I love your writing- I hope that doesn't freak you out!

therese

so said: therese at April 4, 2005 05:07 PM

While I am surprised to have an audience of more than one (you know who you are), it doesn't freak me out at all!

I had a fun time playing with Sarah - it's sort of a fun challenge for me to get an occassionally-shy toddler to smile.

so said: julie (me) at April 5, 2005 10:22 AM

I'm still waiting for my Big Hug :)

so said: erik at April 6, 2005 07:44 PM

((((((((((((((erik))))))))))))))

so said: julie (me) at April 7, 2005 12:34 PM



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