Weekend Update (and Holy S–What a Weekend!)

Wow, guys. I can’t believe how much fun I had this weekend and am thisclose to pinching myself to verify I’m not dreaming.

I still cannot believe this happened:

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More on that later, though; let’s start from the beginning.

This is yet another installment of Weekend Update, which is the link-up hosted by my friend Tara at Running ‘n’ Reading.  Please remember to check out her blog and, if you’re a blogger, consider joining the link-up!

Fitting, right?

Fitting, right?

Oh–and you may want to find a comfy chair, because this could take a while.

A couple of weeks ago, I decided to attend a wedding in Santa Monica. It was a last-minute decision and my sweet husband just told me to go and he would stay home with the kids. I snagged cheap airfare and a steal of a hotel deal on Hotwire and then spent the next two weeks fretting over what to wear to the weekend’s events.

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One of the outfits that made the cut.

I stayed at the modern and quiet (oh-so quiet!) Shore Hotel, situated right on Ocean Avenue and looking out onto the beach and the Santa Monica Pier.

IMG_0374My flight had been delayed and the wait at the car-rental place was like my worst DMV-nightmare, so I was fairly frazzled when I arrived at the Shore. The front desk clerk who checked me was incredibly sweet and offered me a glass of champagne to help me ease into a relaxing stay. Not one to turn down free bubbles, I accepted.

IMG_0354What a great way to start the weekend!

After settling into my room, I met an old friend, Lisa, for drinks at Copa d’Oro, a nearby bar with a killer happy hour ($5 bubbles! Keep it coming!).

IMG_0357It was so much fun watching up with her and hearing about her work as a Beachbody coach. My husband is a huge fan of Beachbody’s P90X and Insanity, and Lisa told me about the 21 Day Fix. I’m very intrigued and am going to check it out.

After parting ways, I headed to the bride and groom’s welcome reception at The Victorian, a charming restaurant in Santa Monica. The bride was gorgeous and so gracious. Her groom is a comedian and actor and gave the first of the weekend’s many hilarious toasts. One of his friends is Paul Scheer, who along with another guy gave a very funny and sweet toast to the couple that involved trust falls. True story.

I was too busy gabbing to eat much, so when it was time to leave I conned my ride to drive me 15 minutes out of the way home to go to In-n-Out.

IMG_0359I’m not a fan of In-n-Out and sometimes wonder if there’s something wrong with me because I just don’t get it. I’ve tried their burgers many ways, including several of the secret-menu iterations, but I just don’t enjoy them like I do other places’ burgers (see Shake Shack, Dick’s, and Shake Shake Shake). I thought having one after a night of partying would endear me to In-n-Out, but–nope.

IMG_0360I tried!

The following morning I felt surprisingly energetic, which was fortunate because I had plans to meet fellow Oiselle-teammate Laura for a run. As I prepped for the run, I began to frantically throw things out of my suitcase, looking desperately for my running bra. Result? No bra. I’d forgotten to pack one! Even worse, it was too early in the morning to buy one. I called Laura and she offered to let me use one of hers. Talk about a sisterhood of sport! I’ve never met her and she’s letting me use her undergarments.

We ran for about 4 miles along the beach from Santa Monica to Venice and back.IMG_0353The weather was gorgeous. It was so much fun getting to chat with and get to know Laura, and I really look forward to going back to the LA-area so we can meet up again.

After my run, I visited the Santa Monica Farmers Market and marveled at the local produce available for purchase. The farmers markets at home don’t sell strawberries in January, and they never sell oranges!

IMG_0365After shopping the market, I walked over to the Bay Cities Italian Deli to pick up the Godmother sandwich Lisa had told me about the night before. The Godmother is apparently legendary in sandwich-circles, and for good reason. I love a messy sandwich, and this one did not disappoint.

IMG_0375Everything about it was delicious, and the crispy/chewy house-baked bread was incredible.

Before getting ready for the evening’s wedding, I met up with Lily from Lily Runs the World. Lily’s blog was one of the first I started following when I started blogging, and I have always enjoyed the warm persona and wanderlust she shares with her readers. Lily-the-blog is great, but Lily-in-real-life is even better. We had a really good talk over the world’s largest pretzel.

IMG_0369I really hope she makes good on her promise and comes to visit the Northwest sometime soon. I look forward to seeing her again and picking up our conversation where it left off.

And then, when it seemed the weekend couldn’t get any better, it was time for the main event: the wedding! The wedding was located at the sumptuous Hotel Casa del Mar on the Santa Monica beach. Upon arriving, I was greeted by Henry Winkler (yes! Fonzie!), who introduced himself and his wife. Henry officiated the wedding and his message to the bride and groom and guests was one of the most powerful I’ve ever heard.

The bride and groom were so happy and present. At one point in the middle of the ceremony, they paused for a minute or so to just look out over the room, at all of their friends and family, and take it all in. It was a wonderful idea, and I wish that I had thought of doing that when I got married oh-so-many years ago.

Towards the end of the wedding, Ed Helms (“The Office” and “The Hangover”) played guitar and sang a song. It was very beautiful and fit the wedding perfectly.

Once the ceremony was over, we filed outside to the large ocean-front veranda for cocktails. I couldn’t believe how many actor-comedians there were. I recognized many but know the names for only about half of them. I’m pretty sure that about 50% of the cast of the upcoming “Wet, Hot American Summer” Netflix series was in attendance.

Okay, I think it’s time for The Amy Poehler Story. During the cocktail hour, I just couldn’t resist walking up to Amy. Not only do I admire the hell out of her for her talent, intelligence, and work advancing females, but my daughter thinks she’s seriously cool. (Right or wrong, I have watched “Saturday Night Live” with my kids for years. Yes, there are some inappropriate skits on the show, and I fast-forward through those. But I started watching “SNL” when I was about 8 years old, and I think it’s important for kids to have well-developed senses of humor. So there.)

At any rate, my daughter, D, really wanted me to meet Amy Poehler and get my photo taken with her. Normally I would never (never ever ever–seriously) approach a celebrity to introduce myself and ask for a photo. But, because I was on a mission from D, I made a special exception just this one time.

I walked up to Amy and awkwardly began to explain, “I normally never do this, but, uh, ah, uh,” when she looked at me, smiled warmly, extended her hand, and asked, “Hi! What’s your name?” After that, with the ice broken, I told her about my daughter and her interest in comedy, and we talked about “Smart Girls,” and Yes Please, and how I’d looked like a lunatic when I was listening to her book on the gym treadmill, alternating between laughing out loud and crying.

Amy was amazingly kind and a true pleasure to meet. She introduced me to her boyfriend, Nick, who was also very nice and engaging.

And she told me we needed to take a selfie. I didn’t even have to ask.

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Another selfie taken by Amy.

As I tied up the conversation, I thanked her and she told me, “Send D my love.”

Gah!

The rest of the night was a blur.

IMG_0372There was dancing–a lot of dancing–and many, many funny people dancing like funny people (who knew improv people loved to dance?!). I danced so much that the soles of my feet felt like they were on fire. I danced up to the very end, finishing my dance-card with the bride’s self-proclaimed “gay,” T, who picked me up and swung me around to Michael Bublé. It was an exhilarating way to end the trip.

Sunday morning and it was time to go home.

IMG_0373Santa Monica gave me a sunny, blue-sky goodbye, and I was off to LAX, bound for home and the Super Bowl.

And we all know how that went. Womp womp. Fortunately, the rest of the weekend was amazing, and I cannot complain.

How was your weekend? Have you ever been to Santa Monica? Have you met anyone famous? Do you dance at weddings?

59 thoughts on “Weekend Update (and Holy S–What a Weekend!)

  1. WOW! I wish I could have been your date for this wedding! It sounds like quite the affair. I will be sure to look for you in the next People Magazine! 🙂

    I think burger preference must be a regional thing. I grew up in California and LOVE In-N-Out, but Dick’s is average-at-best for me.

    So glad you had such a great weekend!

    • Bahahaha! I don’t think I take good enough pictures to be in People Magazine. As you can see, Amy has the selfie thing DOWN, though.

      I think it’s a regional thing, too. Everyone I know who has lived in CA loves In-n-Out. Maybe it takes going multiple times to figure out how to order your burger exactly the way you like it? For the first time, I ordered a cheeseburger instead of a double-double, so I think that is part of why it was even less satisfying than usual.

  2. Wow! What a fun weekend, Molly – woo hoo! This is what I’m talking about! You may win the prize for best Weekend Update ever in the world. I’m so glad you have a selfie with Amy Poehler; was D completely shocked, or what? I’m also totally jealous that you got to hang out with Lily; I bet that was such a treat (not to mention that pretzel!). Kudos for taking a chance and heading out on an impromptu trip that turned out to be fantastic; your outfit selection was just fab, too, by the way. Thanks so much for linking up with the blog; now…back to work. 😉

    • I’ve never danced more at a wedding than last weekend’s. I’m going to make it a rule that, from now on, I will dance at every single wedding I attend. I think you’re right!

  3. That sounds like an amazing weekend! My mouth is watering after looking at the food pics – that sandwich! that pretzel! And how cool to meet Amy Poehler in person! Sounds like a wonderful interaction and fun you were able to get a selfie 🙂

  4. so i love EVERYTHING about this. first you got to hang with laura (who i’ve also met on a work trip to LA – she’s the sweetest) and then in-n-out (i’m ignoring the fact that you don’t love it – you make up for that by mentioning shake shack by name :)) and then a wedding! i love weddings and this one sounds like it was fantastic. i love it when stars are even more awesome than you imagined – it really makes an impact 🙂 love it!!

  5. Oh my gosh Winkler, Helms and Poehler! What a weekend 🙂 I drooled over the sandwich and pretzel. Loved your outfit and so fun you were able to meet another Oiselle teammate.

  6. T says:

    Love. Though I think you were just humoring me now when you told me you shared my Go Pats! message with Amy. Pffft. Looking forward to further dissecting all the details over mimosas in a few weeks! xo, T

  7. Tricia Johnson says:

    Okay that sounds like the wedding of all weddings. I’m glad you were able to go and have a good time! I’ve been thinking about picking up “Yes Please” but haven’t pulled the trigger yet. I’m assuming by your post that it’s worth reading?

    • I downloaded the audiobook to listen to while running (which, as we all know, I haven’t been doing much of lately). I did the same thing with “Bossypants” and it really made the miles speed by. I am sure the printed version is awesome, but I love that Amy reads her own audiobook.

  8. Sue @ This Mama Runs For Cupcakes says:

    OH-MA-GA, how cool you met Amy. I totally would have done the same thing. Sounds like a wonderful trip. And it’s so awesome how wonderful the running community is. Meeting someone for the first time and she let’s you use her undergarments. True friends!

  9. Wow!! What a weekend. I got goose bumps when you said you met Henry Winkler!! How awesome. The weather was beautiful and then you put the icing on the cake by getting to meet Amy and get a selfie.

  10. I wish you lived down here so we could eat pretzels and drink white wine all the time! I had such a great time, can’t wait to do it again someday soon 🙂

    • Me too! LA isn’t far or difficult for me to visit, and I have a lot of family down there, so I’m going to try to make it down at least once per year. Next time I want to go to a November Project workout!

  11. Sounds like you had a busy, but amazing, weekend! Wowzers, that’s one huge pretzel! How cool that you got your pic with Amy. I enjoy her humor. I’ve never been to an In-n-Out. I don’t believe there’s one located anywhere near where I live.

    • I probably wouldn’t like burgers if I was vegetarian, too!

      Yeah, so regarding the sports-bra-borrowing. Laura was such a sweetheart for offering to loan me a bra. I was seriously freaking out because all the stores were closed and we had plans to run. I’m not well-endowed, but I cannot imagine running in a regular bra!

  12. Wow, this sounds like an amazing weekend! I love getting to travel to different places for weddings and getting to take part in a variety of the festivities. It’s also really cool that you were able to take the time to meet and catch up with a variety of different people. My weekend was not nearly as exciting; I did a lot of cleaning on Saturday and then I spend the whole day on Sunday lounging around the house with my husband who had just come home after being away for three weeks.

    • Your weekend sounds great–seriously! Part of the cost of going to CA for the weekend was coming back to a messy house. Womp womp. And I think Lazy Sundays are fantastic–especially after a busy Saturday.

  13. Sounds like a pretty fun weekend. I wish I was in Santa Monica right now, it looks warm and sunny and most importantly, snowless! I’m sure your daughter was pretty excited you got to meet Amy Poehler.

    • I wish I was in Santa Monica, too! Even though we don’t have snow (and sorry about that, by the way), it’s raining and it’s supposed to keep raining for at least the next 5 days thanks to the Pineapple Express.

  14. Such a fun post! I loved all your pictures, they really added to the story. I’d totally recommend checking out the 21 Day Fix! I’ve lost 65 pounds so far using it. The portion-controlled nutrition plan is awesome!

    • Wow! That’s awesome that you’ve experienced those results from the 21 Day Fix. Great job! I told my friend Lisa that I’m on-board; I just need to get my act together, go online, and buy it. 🙂

  15. Shayna says:

    Amy Pohler!!!! How cool! That sounds like a seriously fun wedding! I remember watching SNL as a kid too! Occasionally I’ll watch it with my kiddos too, if we can stay up that late!

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