Saturday, May 17, 2008

Living the Los Angeles Life

Hi everyone. I hope all is well with you. Life is GREAT here in Los Angeles.

Kristin has been very busy working, so this is the first time I've been able to have some computer time since we arrived on Tuesday night.

When we arrived, we got our rental car and checked into the hotel. We are staying at the same hotel we normally stay at when Kristin is here in Los Angeles...or LA as they say here....for one of these long trips. The hotel is nice. It has a separate living room, small refrigerator, microwave, and TWO televisions!

As soon as Kristin finished unpacking, we went to the grocery store. And just like she promised, I got to pick out a box of treats for my furry friend Willa.

I could hardly sleep Tuesday night because I couldn't wait to see Willa and give her my gift. Willa must have known I was coming, because she barked right away as soon as Kristin got to the door. Willa is 10 years old now...but she still acts like an excited puppy. She was jumping and barking to greet me. It was so awesome. And she LOVES my treats. Willa is a bit shy when it comes to taking photos, but here's a great shot Kristin took of me and Willa this week.

This is my third trip to LA with Kristin so she can "mix" the radio program. So I know this means she will be working TONS. I know she always worries I will get bored, but I told her not to worry. I have my own TV in the hotel room at night. And, I get to play with Willa all day when we are at Rima's house.

As you know, Kristin always rents a car when we are in Los Angeles. That's because you can't get anywhere without one here. And yes, the traffic is as bad as ever! But this year, Kristin surprised me when she picked up the rental car. This is the car she got.

How cool is that?! I've never been in a convertible before. I have noticed that there are a lot of convertibles here in LA. Kristin told me she's never driven a convertible but decided she wanted to live the "full LA experience" on this trip. I'm not sure I know what that means, but she does look like she fits in with the other drivers here who have convertibles. (Note to Kristin's co-workers....she is personally paying the extra cost for the convertible).

Riding in the convertible is SO MUCH fun. It has a really tiny back seat. Kristin says she's not sure why there is even a backseat because she thinks someone basically has to be "flat" to fit into the back seat. Well that makes it PERFECT for me!

Can you see me in the photo above? Kristin has even fixed the seat belt so I can ride in the back seat all by myself. How awesome is that?!

I really like riding around in the convertible. I like having the sun on my face. And I really get to see a lot more than I normally see when I am riding in the car. But I have learned that I have to take my hat off or it will blow right off my head!

Yesterday (Saturday), Kristin and I went to a nearby mall and a Walgreen's store so she could get some medicine (more on that in a minute). Kristin was shocked when she pulled out of the hotel parking lot. Traffic was a mess! She was surprised because it was Saturday and normally the traffic isn't so bad.

While we were waiting in traffic, Kristin told me part of Interstate 105 was closed and that's why cars were moving so slowly. As we got closer to the highway, I noticed that there were lots of satellite TV trucks, big semi trucks, and lots of people walking around on the closed freeway. I also saw people eating. I thought this was strange so I asked Kristin if there was some type of festival happening on the highway. Kristin said she didn't think so. I pointed out the food truck and then she told me that she thought the interstate might be closed so it can be used in a movie. A movie?! Kristin reminded me that we are near Hollywood and many TV shows and movies are made here in California. How cool is that!?

Kristin told me not to get too excited. She promised me she would check her computer as soon as we got back to the hotel just to make sure she was right. Guess what?! Kristin did look it up on her computer and the interstate WAS closed for a movie shoot. Kristin can't find which movie...but I don't care. I got to see a real live movie shoot. That's WAY awesome!

Kristin had to go to the drug store because she is really sick. She thinks her ears got infected on the plane ride here and now her sinuses are icky (and she lost her voice). She sounds just like my Aunt Lynn when she gets sick. :( Kristin told me she was sorry she didn't feel like taking me anywhere special this weekend. I told her not to worry. I will go anywhere she wants to go....just as long as I can ride in the convertible with the top down. In fact, I don't care if she just drives around the block. I LOVE riding in the convertible.

That's all for now. Kristin is still working really hard (despite feeling bad) so she needs her computer back.

Bye for now

Monday, May 12, 2008

Back from Austin...Headed to Los Angeles

Hi everyone! I've been so busy traveling (and trying to keep up with Kristin) that I haven't had time to tell you about my most recent adventure.

Last Tuesday, Kristin called to ask me if I wanted to go to Texas with her for a few days. Of course I said yes! Honestly, I don't even know why she still asks me whether or not I want to travel with her. I always have great adventures with her!

We flew to Austin on Wednesday morning. And King Tut decided to make himself known again. Both of our flights were delayed. Oh no! Somehow Kristin was still able to get us to Austin, Texas before dark. Whew!

Austin is the capital of Texas. See if you can find it on the map.

We were in Austin so we could visit my friend David Brown. You may know he is hosting the newest radio program Kristin is working on. David has a really cool office/studio in the basement of a building on the University of Texas campus. His office is part of the radio station he works for, KUT. Here I am with David as he works on cutting the script.

Normally Kristin and I travel to New York for the radio program host to voice the script....but I'm glad my friend David is in Austin. I didn't get to spend too much time there, but it seems like a pretty neat place.

Just before we left, Kristin bought me a stuffed armadillo with the word "Texas" on it. Thanks Kristin! I will add it to the rest of my travel collections.

And guess what?! I am super excited to tell you that I am leaving with Kristin tomorrow for Los Angeles. Why? Because that's where Kristin does that thing she calls "mixing" the final radio program. If you've read my blog before, you know this means I get to see my friend Rima and her dog Willa! How cool is that!?

I know Kristin is going to be super busy working on her radio program, but she promises to take me to the store so I can buy Willa some special dog treats before I see her on Wednesday.

Well I had better get packing. I won't be home until May 30th.

Bye for now....