Monday, January 4, 2010

Winter break in LA.

I got home from LA last night.

It's weird to think that I was standing on a beach in a short sleeved cardigan exactly twelve hours ago; now I am huddled in bed under my blanket dreading my walk to school in the rain. The good news is, however, that my Monday classes don't start until 1:30 PM.

We only had Internet for my stay in LA for the first three days before it got shut off for one reason or another, so I had a very Internet-free week. Which was actuality kind of nice, nevermind the massive amount of emails I now have in my inbox waiting to be replied to.

I got to Long Beach on the 26th, Luke picked me up, we ate some food and went back to his place. We got to hang with Alex for a few hours before we took him to the airport. Our trips only overlapped for those few hours, which was incredibly bogus, but at least I got to see him at all.

The next day was my birthday, and I don't know what it is about the number 22, but it feels incredibly weird. I had fun reading facebook and twitter messages all day, but for the most part it was a pretty low-key birthday. We checked out HD cameras at Best Buy (because I am thinking about getting one) and worked on a song and later we got some pizza. Not quite the Las Vegas trips I had for my birthday the last two years, but it was nice to be with Luke. I guess I'm like an adult now and stuff anyway. No more party hats.

The next day Sarah Snitch came over with the most epic birthday cake ever (she'd covered it in a million different types of candy and the inside was dyed different colors) and that saved my birthday for me. It was incredibly sweet of her. :)

I'm losing track of what we did each day now, but I'm pretty sure the next day was also the day we saw Avatar at the Arclight with Michael Aranda and his friends. Not only is the Arclight an amazing theatre, but Luke, Jason and I were completely blown away by Avatar. It was so much better than I was expecting. I mean, I didn't even really know what it was about going in, but we all walked out in complete awe.

The next day these two girls (Anna and Krystal) arrived that Jason had invited. They were really nice and fun and we spent pretty much the rest of the week hanging out with them. We played a lot of Rock Band (I can play drums on hard now!) so that was fun (and they played a lot of Mario Kart Wii, much to my chagrin) and I cant even remember now what we did on Wednesday. Oh, we saw Sherlock Holmes. I fell asleep in the theatre. Oops. xD

Thursday was New Year's Eve, and also the day I woke up feeling really sick. I was so disappointed, because we'd kind of saved the really fun stuff for the end of the week, and now that we were about to DO that fun stuff, I had gotten some sort of stomach virus. :( We tried to go to Disneyland for New Year's but the park was sold out, so we walked around Downtown Disney and I got increasingly worse-feeling. We made it back home in time for midnight, and I rung in the new year wrapped in a blanket after throwing up. Fun stuff.

The next day we went to Disneyland for real, getting there at about 10:30 in the morning to make sure we got in, in case it sold out again. It was Luke and Anna's first time at Disneyland so it was fun to show them our favorite rides and I liked being able to share Disney fun facts with people that I had learned in my Disney class last quarter.

I had a fun day, but my stomach ache relapsed about halfway through the day, and the Disney fried food and rides were not really helping. I'm impressed with myself; I made it about 12-13 hours before I literally just couldn't take it anymore. We stayed at the park for 14-15 hours, which is a pretty long day for anyone, even if you're not sick. But I would say the accomplishments of the day included playing Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters FIVE times, and getting a high score of 246,000. We wont talk about Jason getting somewhere in the 900,000's on one turn. xD

We also rode Space Mountain twice, and I hate to admit this, but I think the one in Disneyland Paris is actually better. The Haunted Mansion was all Nightmare Before Christmas themed which was fun, and we made sure to hit all the important rides as well as getting our faces put on the bodies of Star Wars characters (but then not buying them because they're overpriced, haha).

We saw the fireworks which is always fun and eventually started making our way home around midnight.

The next day we hung out on the Santa Monica Pier and randomly ran into Sarah down there, and I thought that was one of the most fun things we did. We walked all the way down to the end of the Pier and stared off into the ocean, feeling the breeze and seeing the twinkling lights from the beach miles and miles down the coast. It was nice. I love the ocean.

That night we watched Cube (a pretty cool low budget suspense movie from Canada) and the Italian Job (which I didn't think I was going to like and then ended up loving). Then I spent my last night in LA.

The last day Luke and I did a hilarious and slightly awkward photo shoot for our next album cover. We tried using a self-timer right away but finally we just got Jason to come out and take pictures for us, and that's when the shoot got really fun. I would say of the probably 100 pictures we took, maybe 15 are usable. xD

We worked on music a little bit, we went out to eat, and then they took me to the airport. As usual, I was a sap and had a very teary goodbye, went inside, and found out my flight was delayed by three hours. I frantically called them back, feeling a little bit terrible for making them turn around, but we ended up having a really nice time on the beach in the dark filming some parts for an Oceanic 6 music video. Even though getting home was a mess and I wasn't in my own bed until 2:30 AM on a school night, I'm glad my flight got delayed. Those last few hours on the beach were among my favorite parts of the trip.


I'm home now. School starts. I work this weekend. It's a weird adjustment to make so quickly. Especially when I know everyone else is still in LA, probably playing Mario Kart Wii in peace now since they don't have me there to roll my eyes at them. Haha. I just can't find a game where I spend most of my time falling off the edge very much fun. I gave it an honest effort, I really did.

I'm seeing Luke again in a month. It feels far away from here.

But the good news is, this morning I found my $40 clicker for class that I thought I was going to have to replace. So yay school. Or something.
Actually, I'm pretty excited for class today, now that I am home and actually thinking about it. I only have one class on MWF and it's Human Sexuality (T and Thu are a bit more intense). I'm sure I am going to learn all sorts of interesting things this quarter, if my childbirth and Disney classes were anything to go by. :)

So here's to another quarter, here's to 2010, here's to having boyfriends who live far away. Here's to the Disney annual pass I may or may not have purchased.

33 comments:

emmaduke said...

you did a Rosi and got an annual pass!!! Hahaha ah proof of why my friends are wonderful.
It sounds like an amazing time :) I can't wait to speak to you soon <3

partyweetow said...

What's a $40 clicker? Some kind of remote control?

Glad you had a fun trip, even if you got sick. :)

Darc the Flipendo Girl said...

Sounds like you had an awesome time in LA and if 2009 is anything to go by, a month until you see Luke will just fly by =)
<3
Hope you feel better now, <3<3

Lindsey said...

I was in DT Disney while you were in Disneyland! It would have been so great if I'd run into you guys :) I'm glad your trip was so awesome, and congrats on the annual pass! Y'all come back now, y'hear! ...or something along those lines.

Melissa Kendra said...

I loved The Italian Job. it's a movie I need to watch again.
I know how you feel about the ocean, it's amazing <3
it sounds like an awesome time, and knowing what it's like to have a long distance boyfriend, I'm really glad you got to spend time with him.

BeatriceMoose said...

Ugh. I completely agree with you about Mario Kart Wii. My exboyfriend used to make me play that with him. Could be part of why we broke up... Heh, not really, but I don't like that game at all.

Kate Weber said...

That sounds like such a fabulous trip! (New to the blog, can't wait to read more.)

Jaime said...

Best part of this blog post? That you took a Disney class.

Elle Viane Sonnet said...

Glad you're home safe. Sorry about New Years! I was working allll night at a wedding.

Andrew said...

Sounds like a fun trip, Luke and Jason seem to enjoy Mario Kart alot, I wish I had people to play video games with xD

A. Lippert said...

My best friend lives in LA and I absolutely love visiting here. Though coming back home to Kansas is no fun when I know she's still in LA living an awesome life in a warm city.

Glad to hear your trip was fun aside from the sick part.

Laura said...

Sounds like the trip was overall good, although it's a bummer you weren't feeling well some of the time. Can't wait to see the All Caps album, knowing the story behind some of the pictures. Yay for not using your clicker. Also, your classes sound amazingly interesting. Like they put ALL the classes my university even OFFERS to SHAME! Happy 2010!

CRUNKRacoon said...

I got a blogger again! So now I can read your blog again! *cheers*
It sounds like you had a fantastic time in Cali. Maybe one day I'll have an exciting life like yours.

iisradxp said...

The month will fly by because of school and before you know it, you will see Luke again. =]

hope you are feeling better<3

Nicole said...

yay for annual passes :)

mine expires march :(

I can only imagine how crazy disneyland must have been.

swimmersgirl said...

Your break sounds awesome, Kristina! Aww I'm sorry about the teary goodbye... I cry a lot so no worries there <33. And I was sick over break too! Not on New Year's (you poor girl!) but on our first day in Colorado I got altititude sickness and was also throwing up.
Mmm I love Buzz Lightyear, I'm pretty sure I might have played it five times when I was in Disney too. Epic game!
<33, Katie

Christina said...

No way! I went to Disneyland the day after you did! Weren't the decorations gorgeous?! I wanted to buy an annual pass, but isn't it almost 300 dollars? A little too overpriced for me :[

Katie said...

Is a clicker a remote control? For class? Estoy confusada.

Also I think...
Ferngully + Pocahontas + Tarzan + Wall-e + Narnia movies + Brother Bear + Once Upon a Forest
= Avatar.

And all that = awesome movie!

Emily said...

I'm glad you had such a nice trip! Sorry you were sick on New Years Eve! I was too. Not as bad as you were, but I spent most of the night on the couch.

Chrystie said...

Sounds like you had a blast! Even if you were a little sick :( I was sick on New Years too. No fun. I'm slightly jealous of your LA time. I would absolutely LOVE to go to LA this time of year. To get away from all the cold. I'm not a huge fan of winter. Oh! The long distance thing is hard. But it does give you lots of time to talk through lots of things... which makes you stronger.

easygreen said...

I was sick for NYE too! I almost missed the ball dropping because I was in the bathroom :-( Glad you're feeling better. It felt like a really long time since you last blogged, but I guess it wasn't.

shaylaluna said...

That sounds like a great trip. :) I have to admit that reading it I read "Long Beach" and giggled to myself..."I live there." I probably would've attempted to find you but I was in San Diego. Luke is wonderful and I'm so glad you're happy. :). Oh, and I would love to see some of the more ridiculous photos from the shoot.

appletrain said...

awww i was so hoping to run into you at disneyland this break! sad times but maybe next time! sounds like you had a really great time throughout it all, hope you're well over your illness. and while i totally get you on the mario kart wii front, i still find it absolutely hilarious sucking THAT badly at mario kart even though i'm the one sucking XDD

DoomAngelKitty said...

Kristina, try the disneyland in Japan. WAY BETTER than American Disneyland. Trust me, I've been there, it was amazing.

seurat2 said...

Cube is awesome, glad you liked it. A Disney annual pass? I'm not clear on what that gets you, but it sounds like a comforting thing to have in your possession, a promise of a better time to come if you're having a bad day. Thanks for continuing to blog Tina, I always enjoy reading it.

Kelly said...

I think the problem with 22 is up until then, you are always looking forward to getting older. When you're 17, you can't wait to be 18. When you're 20, you can't wait to be 21. I think once you hit 22, its like there is no big awesome milestone age left. Wow... I just made even myself depressed a little.

Goober said...

"I'm loosing track of what we did each day now"

you fail.

frenchhornlove said...

Wow, your break sounds like it was fantastic! I'm so jealous... I hope my adventures when I'm older will be as interesting as yours! :)

LadySidi said...

Sounds like an awesome time! I'm glad you had fun. :)

natafire3790 said...

i go to uw, too
human sexuality is a good class

Cate said...

The Space Mountain at Disneyland Paris is awesome. I don't know what the one at Disneyland is like, but the Disney World one just doesn't compare, as much as I like all the flashy lights.

tiffinniebites said...

ok so reading this almost made me cry. which is a ridiculous thought when you dont know why... so here it is.

I met my boyfriend in my Sophomore year in highschool. we dated for a month and he moved to Sequim WA. I flew up there and spent spring break with him... then didnt see him til mid summer, then again in spring for my jr prom. then i saw him in winter, and then not until summer... and that went on for two years... then he called me and said 'how do you feel about me moving in day after tomorrow' so of course I said PLEASE DO!! and he has been here in California for two years... the leaving after visits were the hardest parts... and no matter how hard it gets the best advice i could give you is make sure he is not only the guy you like, but that you can tell him ANYTHING and he is one of your very best friends. I mean, a guy that will sympathize with your menstrual cramps, take care of you when you're sick, share your hobbies, and tell you when somethings bothering them, and are able to discuss what it is knowing that you can make it better somehow... thats the kind of guy every girl needs.


Good news is I've been with him for 4 years exactly now, we're going to get married, and he is my absolute best friend. Even though World of Warcraft consumes a nice chunk of his time (and now mine too thanks to him...*insert face of shame*)

I'm really hoping that you found what you're looking for in Luke, even when things get really really tough, stick it out. Good luck!!


Holy crap this looks like a tiny novel...

Molly said...

Don't worry. I always fall off the edge in Mario Kart too.