Friday, December 4, 2009

Fiesta Weekend: Part 1

"Good morning Charlie
this is Claire from flight 815
we're gonna crash
but this island is not what it seems
It's a chance to change."
-the Oceanic 6, "Good Morning Charlie" (unreleased xD)

I just got home from one of the most exciting and exhilarating trips I have ever been on. So exciting and exhilarating, in fact, that I haven't been able to get myself to sit down and blog about it… UNTIL NOW.

I haven't written a blog in nearly a week because it has been "go go go!" since last Friday (I am aware this means it has been a week since I blogged. I'm sorry!). I picked Luke up at the airport at 6:30, and then we went back to my house in Seattle. We spent the evening playing Tetris and old Super Mario games with my housemates, and stopped for an interlude at our favorite bar down on the Ave, so I got to show Luke where Eia and I are usually hanging out during our Seattle vs. LA tweet battles.

Saturday morning we woke up and I took Luke over to my parents' house where they made us dinner and my brother got to show off his drum set and all of that general meeting-of-the-family fun stuff. I think that part of the trip was a success. :D

Then we hopped in the car and started our voyage down the west coast. We made it about as far as Portland where we stopped and met with one of Luke's old friends (since he lived in Portland last year). We hung out there for a few hours before getting back in the car and making it about two to three more hours south. We got a hotel somewhere in mid-Oregon, got to enjoy their complimentary breakfast the next morning (huevos rancheros!), and hit the road again.

Sunday was long. We drove pretty much most of the coast in that one day. We listened to music, talked theory, and before we knew it, we were pulling into his driveway in LA at about one in the morning (after the flat tire fiasco - we just shredded one of the Fiesta's tires on the way down, but luckily Luke is a big strong man and was able to change it for me. We drove the rest of the trip on a spare. Also, there were Fiesta agents from Oregon doing the same drive as us and were stuck in the same traffic a few hours back tweeting us well wishes during our tire problems. That was fun. This is a terribly long aside).

It was fun seeing the house that Luke/Jason/Alex live in!
Monday consisted of lots of music stuff. Alex made us all breakfast in the morning, and then Luke and I worked on a new ALL CAPS song for a good chunk of the day. This was the first time we have ever actually written a song together, in the same room, and it was so much fun! Then we recorded vocals for another ALL CAPS song, and then I did guest vocals on an Oceanic 6 song. Then we played tons of Rock Band with Jason and Sarah Snitch.

Tuesday started early. We had to be at the London Hotel in Hollywood by 11, and this part of the day was really sad. I just had to leave my Fiesta with Valet. No dramatic goodbye, no pictures, no awkward car hugging sad face stuff… just, "Here are my keys. Well, bye then. It's been fun, Sailor Moon/Sally Amber/World's Fastest JellyBean."

But then I walked into the hotel with Luke and immediately saw just tons of Ford stuff everywhere. I turned the corner and there were all our mission control contacts! I hugged everyone, got checked in, saw a huge Ford poster thing with all our faces on it, and got my name put on a ping pong ball to be entered into the drawing for the three free Fiestas.

Then we went in to eat lunch and I saw loads of people I knew from YouTube, from the Fiesta training weekend, and from seeing their faces on the fiestamovement website for the last seven months! It was so exciting and surreal, like most YouTube events. Ford and Action Marketing people said words, Luke and I loaded up our plates with food, and a bit later I had to go to a meeting with the currentTV people to make sure I was all prepared for my interview at the big Awards Ceremony that night. The girl I was talking to about everything for this looked like Jewel Staite. That made me happy.

Directly after lunch, the agents were loaded up on a bus to head over to the Staples Center (the big sports arena in downtown LA) to do a rehearsal for the Fiesta Reveal and press conference that was going to be happening the next day. We didn't do much aside from being placed in various positions around the Ford floor of the auto show and practicing whipping these fancy silks off the cars. I hung with my agent friends Bridget O'Neill and Brittani Taylor for most of this process, since we were assigned to the same car. The entire thing took a good 3-4 hours, which I felt a little badly about since all the agents had to leave their +1's at the hotel. But I don't think Luke minded. Our hotel was SWEET. Giant bed, wrap-around couch, flatscreen TV, bathtub, giant two-person shower, and a super awesome deck overlooking LA. Gosh, Ford spoiled us so much.

We got back to the hotel and I had about an hour and a half to just hang in my room with Luke which was nice, and then after channel surfing for awhile, I got to change into my pretty dress in preparation for the really fun parts of the night.

However, this blog entry is already rather long so I think I will stop here on this lovely little cliffhanger and continue on next time. Sorry!

28 comments:

[morgan.] said...

That sounds like you had a lot of fun! I was following a lot of the event via Derek Johnson's tweets. I can't wait to hear more about it in your next blog!

Gini said...

sounds like you had an awesome time!! cant wait to hear the ALL CAPS stuff you and Luke recorded :D

shaylaluna said...

2nd comment! Sounds like sooo much fun.

Kkthenerdfighter said...

Yay a blog! It sounds like you had an amazing time in LA. Maybe enough to come back and do a show, yes? Can't wait for the next blog as always. :)

nicole said...

im glad u have fun and i cant wait to hear the next part. But i was really surprised tht they didnt let u keep the car after having it for so longg!!

Andrew said...

That seems like an uber fun trip, next stop Deck the Hall Ball?

Michael Midnight said...

Hey Kristina! This first half of your adventure sounds so awesome. Can't wait to read the second half. I was there at the Palladium Tuesday night but I wasn't able to say "hi" but man was that a fun shindig or what. It's sad about the break-ups with the Fiesta cars. I wish you and Bridgett could keep yours.

bdh08 said...

Sounds like you had a awesome time! Too bad you didnt have time to say goodbye to your Fiesta!xD LA is so much fun, glad you enjoyed yourself there! :D

Anna said...

Sounds amazing and like you had so much fun. I can't wait to hear more!!!

The Vagabond said...

Aww. I'm sorry you had to leave your Fiesta behind. It's weird how we get emotional attachments to our cars, but I can definitely relate. I have a Ford Explorer named Harrison the Ford and I even though he misbehaves sometimes (he's a bit old, you see) I feel bad if I get annoyed or angry at him. He gets me from A to B without much complaint. I love and will miss him when we reach the end of our car/owner ship.

I'm glad you had fun on your trip. That would have been amazing to take part in and if I couldn't do it, I'm glad I got to hear about it from you. : )

nicole. said...

one of my best friends stayed at the london when she came to visit me from pennsylvania. it was swaaaaaaank.

sounded like fun!

That other girl said...

i would've hugged the car anyway :D

lalalaamichelle said...

Two person shower, Kristina?

.. ;D

Ady said...

does this mean they take your car back... or that you keep it?

Mackenzie Paradzik said...

Wow, sounds like you had a wonderful time! :D I'm so happy about you and Luke, you two are sweet together :) Can't wait until your next blog!

PS. I so KNEW someone was going to comment about the whole two person shower thing! -_-'

jenny said...

I.Love.Tetris! So much fun!

Glad you had a great time, it sounded pretty awesome. Posh hotels are always nifty, especially when you don't have to pay for them. :)

eibbore said...

Your entire weekend sounds amazing and your not done yet.

The tweets concerning the Fiesta movement made me so jealous sounds like SO much fun.

Can't wait till next blog, how dare you leave us on cliffhanger. GAH! <3

Emily said...

That sounds so cool! It must have been amazing! I'm really sad they didn't let you just keep your fiesta, though. That would have been awesome.

gryffindork311 said...

that sounds so awesome. yay for you and luke n_n
ive been listening to the oceanic six lately, and its really catchy. can't wait for new releases from all of you and luke's bands. XD

Terry said...

Glad you had fun in LA :)). Can't wait till your next blog!

Darc the Flipendo Girl said...

That is SOO mean that you had to give back your AWESOME Fiesta! *Sad face*
Sounds like you had an amazing time in LA and I'm glad for you =)
Can't wait for the next blog!

Elayne said...

I'm excited for you and Luke and I am also going to keep asking you qustions on formspring. Kk.

Bridget said...

I felt like I finally got to hang out with you, and get to know you! Let's try it again soon, but in Seattle this time neighbor! LOL

Ariel said...

Sounds like fun!
I'm sorry you had to leave your car behind. =( I was so sure while watching your mission videos and reading about your road trips and such that, at the end, they would just say, "Oh, by the way, you all can just keep the cars."

And I can't wait to hear more ALL CAPS stuff!

Kirsty said...

Can't wait to hear the new Oceanic 6 song, Charlie was one of my favorite characters :)

mellybeann said...

Hey Kristina! I've been reading your blog for a few months now but haven't commented before... so hi! :D
I'm really glad that you guys had so much fun at the event. Although I think you might've forgotten to mention the part where Luke asked you out...? ;) You guys are adorable!
I love reading your entries and watching your videos. Your awesomeness makes me smile :D

badbob001 said...

I wonder if Kristina wrote the lyrics for the ALL CAPS song "I love (more than this)" that Luke sings. Because that songs mentions playing super mario brothers and tetris. The song also mentions grilled cheese, which Kristina says is one of the few things she knows how to cook.

Alice said...

This first half of your adventure sounds so awesome. Can't wait to read the second half. I was there at the Palladium Tuesday night but I wasn't able to say "hi" but man was that a fun shindig or what. It's sad about the break-ups with the Fiesta cars.
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