Thursday, January 8, 2009

I'm Home!

Hello y'all. I got back from California last evening around 7:00 p.m. and I'm still adjusting to the time change. I had a fabulous time with my friend Sarah and her husband John (a delightful man). I also had a marvelous time with my blogami, Marc. It was a pleasure to meet him in person. He joined us for a small gathering on New Year's Eve at friends of Sarah and John. where he charmed everyone. (Photo features Marc, Sarah, Gloria, our hostess, Sally, and Patty).

However, the most fun day began with Sarah, Marc and I going to lunch at The Ivy, a very ritzy restaurant where stars are known to dine. (Photo of Marc looking cool at The Ivy.) The food was actually very good. I had fish and chips, Ivy style, which included shrimp, cod fish, scallops, and calamari, plus french fries and a delicious red cabbage coleslaw. My gal pal Sarah had a salad with a host of greens and chunks of turkey, and Marc had Carne Asada, a Mexican dish consisting of a marinated and grilled steak, sliced thin and served on tortillas. Portions were huge but we managed to find room to share a desert, a nice wedge of key lime pie.

(Photo of Sarah looking cool at The Ivy.)

As for the stars, well, the only one that I could identify was Suzanne Somers. She had a gray sweatshirt with a hood which she pulled up over her head. However, she kept adjusting the hood and I suspect that she may have wanted to be noticed. Can't say that I blame her, once you have tasted the thrill of paparazzi chasing you and documenting your every move, it must be hard to go back to being one of the regular folks. Of course I wouldn't know about that; however, if my friend Sarah would have allowed me to hang out at Isaiah Washington's house (former star on Grey's Anatomy who currently resides in Sarah's neighborhood) like I wanted, I could have made the news. The media always covers stalkers of the rich and famous.

After lunch we were off to CBS studios to watch the taping of the Craig Ferguson show. I highly recommend that if you plan to visit the LA area and want something fun and cost free to do, sign up for tickets to one of the many television shows that film in the area. Ferguson's show comes on late night but the taping was at 3:30 p.m. The warm up guy was hilarious, telling a number of blue jokes that were wickedly funny. Ferguson is a witty and charming host and the entire experience was loads of fun. We were not on camera but that's okay; I'll have to get my 15 minutes of fame some other time.

In case you are wondering, yes, Marc is as delightful a conversationalist as he is a writer. Witty, slightly naughty, and always authentic. He is also very thoughtful and surprised me with a gift of some of his Hy-Art images, matted and framed. He also provided our hostess for the New Year's Eve gathering with a lovely decoupaged vase which I neglected to get a photo of!

He also provided me with a sign for my yard or perhaps my office.
I have a few more photos and additional vacation adventures but I'm pooped and must sleep.
BTW, I've missed reading your blogs and plan to catch up on all that I've missed!


Cathy said...

Marc looks great here, younger actually lol. Sounds like all had a delightful eclectic time. Happy for ya!

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

So glad you had a great time on the other coast. A taping of Craig Ferguson would be awesome, we watch him when we can.

Welcome Home. It was nice of Marc to give you that special gift.

Leigh said...

Welcome home! It sounds like you had a wonderful time! I didn't see a photo of you there-or are there more to share?

:) Leigh

warrior scout said...

it's good to be home.. nice to exhale... marc is charming, isn't he? such a delight.

i'm loving the melissa etheridge boulevard i'm takin'....


Alan said...

Welcome Home!

Glad someone had fun over the holidays.

Yasmin said...

Welcome Back, looks like you had a fabulous New Year, and glad you enjoyed look forward to reading more about your trip and seeing the pics, i've yet to meet any blogger yet, so that alone must have been quite exciting.

Have a good rest



Yasmin said...

Welcome back, looks like You had a fabuloust Time in LA, I look forward to hearing more about your trip.

To date I've not met another Blogger, so that must have been exciting.

Have a good rest



Sybil said...

Dear Sheria, You sure seem to have had a brilliant time away...Looking forward to looking at more photographs when you have time and hearing even more about your exploits.
Much Love sybil xx

Gerry said...

Sounds like your trip lived up to all expectations. I just saw Craig Ferguson on my favorite gameshow Password, and he was good as well as funny, but I cna't stay up that late to watch him. Now if he is subject was UFOs (talk radio) I'd probably turn into a night owl. I think the Cardinals are going to be back there somewhere in your vicinity, I keep forgetting though whether you are in the north or south C. I will think of you. Gerry

Indigo said...

What a delightful way to bring in the New Year in the best of company. It sounds like a grand time was had by all. Somehow I knew Marc would be witty and endearing. (Hugs)Indigo

Beth said...

I'm so glad to hear you had such a great time! I saw your picture at The Ivy on Marc's blog...does going there make you automatically look cool? ;)

Bea said...

Fantastic that you got to meet your blogami in person... you're becoming quite the trend starter! Looks like you had a wonderful time, but I'm missing just one thing: a photo of you with your friends... perhaps after you've rested you'll come back and post one?? Havea great weekend, Sheria. bea

Linda S. Socha said...

Glad you trip was great! Hope that wonderful vacation spirit hangs on!

Saltydawg said...

Its good to see you home, I missed you, but you were having a great time, so you're forgiven ;-) I also tried leaving you comments on your blog too. Bloody thing wouldn't work!
I bet it was great to meet Marc in person after all this time.
Gaz xx

Marc said...

Well, I have to admit, I am all the things you said. But much thinner and younger in person, you forgot to mention, as are you.