Enduring All Things: March 2016

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Thankful Thursday: The Right to Vote {Link Up}

Well guys, this election has been an interesting one, hasn't it? That much is for sure. I have paid more attention to what is going on in this election more than any other in the past. Admittedly, that could be because I'm older and more mature than I ever have been during a past election (funny how time works like that). But I also think that is just the nature of this election. We have some interesting choices in candidates and I'm on the edge of my seat with how this thing is going to turn out.
So today for Thankful Thursday, I want to talk about our right to vote. A lot of us had the opportunity to vote in our state's primary elections this month. Some states did it in February and some will do it in April. But the point is, all American citizens 18 and older had or will have the opportunity to vote. And I really hope you took advantage of that!

Y'all, the right to vote is such a wonderful freedom we have. I've taken that right for granted in the past and I'm so ashamed of that now. This country isn't perfect. I'll give you that. But at least the people have a voice! At least we have a say.

You know what really grinds my gears? When someone worries and complains about the future of our country and then doesn't vote. They say their vote doesn't really matter. But you have that right! You have some say. Even if it is a small say. And my goodness you can not complain about the outcome if you didn't do anything about it! Besides if everybody that has this attitude actually voted, the results could be so different! So just do it!

Anyway, I didn't mean to get that ranty. Oops. The point of this post is, today for Thankful Thursday, I'm thankful for my right to vote.
Did you vote in your primaries? I sure hope so.
What are you thankful for this month? Link up below!
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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

#MaugerisDoCali Recap: LA Day 2

This is part 3 of my #MaugerisDoCali recap series. Check out part 1 here and part 2 here.

Well guys, if you didn't notice, this post didn't go live yesterday like I promised. And it almost didn't go live today. It takes a lot of time and patience to edit and compress all these pictures, and I've been really lazy lately. 

Anyway, we knew we wanted to go to Pasadena on Sunday and we knew we had to drive past Griffith Park and the Hollywood sign to get there. So we got up Sunday morning and bought some groceries to take to Griffith Park for a picnic and planned to hike some. But then we realized we would have to drive passed the Hollywood Walk of Fame to get there so we stopped and spent a little time with the stars.
That last one says Walt Disney if you can't read it.
Fuller House Billboard!
While we were walking around looking at all the stars on the ground and the other "stars" in person, we came across the Dolby Theatre!!! (Where the Oscars are held). We couldn't go into the actual theatre without paying for a tour but we walked around the lobby/mall area.
Finally we got back in the car to drive to Griffith Park. When we got there, we ate our picnic lunch before embarking on our hike. The park was beautiful! I could not stop taking pictures. And we eventually saw the Hollywood sign in the distance.
Once we'd had our fill and our legs and feet were sufficiently screaming at us, we decided to head back downhill to the car and head on the thirty minute drive to Pasadena.

Our first stop was, of course, Caltech. It was spring break so we gave ourselves a little tour with the help of google. All we saw was the outside of buildings and fun monuments and fountains. My thought was that the campus was beautiful. Pearson's thought was the the whole experience was very intimidating.
For our second stop in Pasadena, we went to the Rose Bowl, of course! We couldn't get in but it was still really cool to see. The bricks in front of the main entrance make a rose and you can buy a brick to have your name put on it.
After we left Rose Bowl Stadium we drove back toward West Hollywood and stopped in at The Grove. Now, this was one of the places I waned to see while we were there because I had heard about it a lot. Mainly the season finally of Dancing with the Stars partially happened at the grove last season. They danced in front of the gorgeous Christmas tree and I wanted to see where that was. And honestly, I really had no clue what The Grove really was.
It turns out, The Grove is an outdoor shopping mall. It's kind of like Easton here in Columbus but it's more enclosed in one area and seems grander to me (but maybe that's because I'm so used to Easton). There is a trolley that goes up and down the strip kinda like Branson Landing if you've ever been there. If you know me, you know I LOVE outdoor malls. The weather was fantastic and we could have stayed there forever.
There was also a "farmers market" section to The Grove which was a lot like the North Market here in Columbus except it was completely outside. They had some booths that sold produce and uncooked meet. There were also booths that sold meals. We had authentic Mexican food from one of those. And they had souvenir shops. I was too mesmerized to take any pictures in this part.

After walking around for a while and stopping for a coffee break, we decided we should leave so we would have time to drive down Sunset Boulevard one more time before we had to head to the airport. Since it was dark, I didn't get good pictures of the celebrity houses, but they were pretty impressive. We drove all the way to the Pacific Coast Highway and took it back toward the airport.

Then we took a red eye flight home. It wasn't my favorite. But I was off on Monday so I got to sleep all day. Pearson had to go straight to work from the airport though. And yet, I'm the one who slept on the plane while he watched movies. We got into Columbus around 6 AM. My feet were super swollen and in a lot of pain. It was a long flight.

We left the airport and went through a McDonald's drive through. Then I dropped Pearson off at work, picked Pip up from the vet where we board him, and went straight to bed. When Pearson got home from work around 6, he went to bed and slept till 10 AM the next day! We were pretty tied but it was so worth it. This is a trip I'll remember forever!

Have you ever been to LA? Did you go to any of the places we went? Have you ever taken a red eye flight?
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Friday, March 25, 2016

#MaugerisDoCali Recap: Los Angeles: Warner Brothers Studio Tour

If you missed yesterday's post, read about our adventures in San Diego here.

So after driving 4 hours in terrible traffic from San Diego to Los Angeles on Friday afternoon, we settled into our Air BnB in LA. This Air BnB apartment was much better than the one in San Diego. We got there Friday night, dropped off our stuff, and went out for dinner and a little exploring. During dinner we made a plan for the rest of our time there. It was like Pearson and I switched roles. I am usually the one who has to have a plan but I really had a whatever attitude about this trip and he insisted on making a schedule.

Well, I'm glad he did because after dinner we bought tickets for the Warner Brothers Studio Tour the next morning! They were around $60 per person but they were so worth it! I don't know why the tour isn't more popular. We got tickets the night before for an 11 am Saturday tour with no problem. We saw everything I wanted to see in Los Angeles in one tour! (Be aware, the following post will have a LOT of pictures. You've been warned)
This is just a metal picture of the iconic water tower
The Water Tower was decorated for Batman vs. Superman
Our tour guide got to know the people on the tour. She found out what shows and movies we liked and what we didn't care for so she would know what to focus on. Our group was awesome because we all cheered for Gilmore Girls, FRIENDS, and The Big Bang Theory while you could hear crickets when the guide mentioned Two and a Half Men, and Pretty Little Liars. It was great!
This was in the set design area. That is the bottom side of the floor of a set and it reads "BBT ER Waiting Room #2" (BBT means Big Bang Theory, btw). This will be in a future BBT Episode.
This is a street where they are currently filming the Netflix Gilmore Girls revival. Apparently Netflix is extra particular about spoilers and we couldn't get any closer than this.
This is a strip of "Apartments' where a lot of stuff has been filmed including Gilmore Girls.
This is the corner where Luke got arrested for kicking the dude's car who was sleeping with his girlfriend. Remember?
This is where all the WB employees get early screenings of movies. It's also used in filming though.
FRIENDS (along with just a couple other shows) got their own plaque outside the stage where all the magic happened.
We actually got to tour a couple sound stages. One for an upcoming show called Rush Hour and one for a pretty well know sitcom called The Big Bang Theory. (!!!) We couldn't take our phones or cameras out while we were inside though.
Everything that's been filmed on stage 25. Currently The Big Bang Theory
Everything that's been filmed on Stage 14 (we didn't tour this one) including the original Gilmore Girls.
We got to tour only part of the first floor of the prop house where anybody (including people from other studios) can come rent out props. So cool!
Multiple Agent Smiths
Creepy bunnies for something
Chandelier from Casablanca
A chair used in The Mindy Project
The Oval Office (minus the desk right now) used in a lot of things. Most recently: House of Cards
We also got to see all the Bat-mobiles from all the movies so far. (Not all of them are pictured)
Speaking of Bat-Mobiles, WB is celebrating 75 years of Batman. They've been making Batman movies for 75 years! So we got to see all the costumes from all the movies. That was really cool! Since this post is getting kinda picture heavy and I'm only half way done, I'll only include pics of costumes from the most recent movies. The ones I was excited about. P.S. We're going to see Batman vs. Superman tonight because our tour guide got us really excited for it.
Along with the Batman costumes, we also got to see all the Harry Potter costumes! Again, this is only a small portion of all the pictures I actually took.
That is the actual club that was used in the movies. It's huge!
I was sorted into Slytherin, in case you were wondering.
After the guided tour was over, we got to explore Stage 48 which has been changed into a "Script to Screen" experience for guests.
The FRIENDS set was moved here after the show ended and Pearson got to play Joey in our own reenactment of a scene.
Pearson is a Hobbit...
I got to ride a broomstick in front of a green screen. We didn't buy the video but it was pretty cool.
Pearson got to ride the Bat-Pod in front of a green screen.
I got to hold a real Oscar.
After we had our fill, we left the "Script to Screen" area and enjoyed coffee at Central Perk before browsing the gift shop and leaving with a couple souvenir coffee mugs.
We headed back to our apartment to change for our next (and last) adventure of the day: an AFV taping! We obviously weren't allowed to bring phones or cameras with us there either, so unfortunately I don't have any pictures. Sorry.

We really didn't plan very well for this adventure. We had eaten very little that day and didn't have enough time to get food before hand. We got there at the time our tickets told us (1.5 hours before show time) and there were already more than 150 people ahead of us in line. And we were apparently not dressed well enough even though the ticket said slacks and collared shirts were fine.

Therefore, we were put in the very back row of the studio. But we might still be on TV, so be sure to watch AFV on May 1st!

Have you ever been to LA? Ever done the WB Studio Tour? What was your favorite part?
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