I have yet to write the Cruise Ship Chronicles, but I think I am just about ready to. We've told our stories enough times now to be able to break a week at sea into a brief(er) telling, so hopefully it won't take me a week to write.
BUT. Since then, we've been keeping busy and I need to write those things down so that I don't forget. Here it goes:
On Sunday, Ryan and I met up with Kate at Forest Lawn Cemetery, which has a fabulous museum - who knew?! (Kate, apparently.) We got there a few minutes early (mark the date, folks. It won't happen again!) and so we strolled around the hillside and marveled in the fantastic view of Los Angeles. It was a really clear day and the city was remarkably visible from way up on the hill.
It was also cold as ice, so we ended up going inside the Hall of Crucifixion-Resurrection which was really lovely and had beautiful stained glass windows. Photography isn't allowed inside the Hall but I had to sneak one picture just to be able to read the center of the stained glass window (Honoris Causa).
Then we headed over to the museum to see the In Search of Tiki exhibit, which is FANTASTIC! Again, photographs are not allowed in the special exhibits, but I had to sneak one when I saw Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily's tiki mugs on display! Hooray!
Lots of other interesting pieces, including an original painting from Shag and his own personal collection of tiki mugs (Jericl has a few pics on Flickr). My favorite pieces, though, had to be some of Marc Davis's original art and the wooden tikis from his and wife Alice's collection. There were so many!! By the time we got to the permanent museum collection, time was running out, but (again), wow. When was the last time you saw stained glass from the 1300s? Or a gold covered door 15 feet tall? Hmm? If it's been a while and you're in the LA area, I highly suggest this as a day trip. It's free, it's beautiful, and the cemetery is so peaceful. Plus, the Last Supper in stained glass? Hello!
But we had to leave, alas, to meet up with Miss Bliss for lunch before the Moonlight Rollerway HOLIDAY Jubilee! Just before the show started, I spied Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily and ran over to say hello, like the stalker that I am. They are so kind, that they tolerated my presence AND said hello back! As I returned to my seat, I spied another celebrity, Mena Suvari (who sat right behind Kate). She's, of course, even tinier in person. The retro slide show took us through Christmases of yore, as well as some other holiday treats, which was hi-larious. And after the show, we took a short break to the snack bar, before the skating extravaganza began. We spied 4 seats together just before 2 surly teens snapped up 2 chairs next to us, forcing Bliss and Kate to sit apart from us *sigh* but it was still great. Ryan kept leaning in to ask me "is that my brain leaking out of my ear?" because the awesomeness was melting his mind. Understandable. I mean, hel-lo! When was the last time you saw a tiny rabbit skating on quad skates or skaters dressed as holiday gifts or pumpkin pie? It's been a while, I'll bet.
Of course, I had to get my picture taken once again with Mr. Phoenix, for my collection of Awesomeness.
Then, we donned some rental skates and hit the floor. I DID NOT FALL ONCE. Which is an accomplishment in itself. I left my camera safely in a locker, so I didn't get any pictures of us out there, rollering ourselves silly until the very end.
It was a glorious start to the holiday season!