Colly Parked in LA
I’ve been spending time away from my computer and with two college girlfriends, Ary and Christie, who arrived from Maryland Wednesday night and stayed in California through Memorial Day weekend. Manicures and pedicures (bright orange mani and hot pink pedi for me) opened their visit, followed by loads of reminiscing, pigging out at Geisha House, Pink Taco, and James Beach, swinging over the Santa Monica pier at the Trapeze School New York, screaming more than 8-year-olds do on the Universal Studios rides, spotting Billy Bush at the theme park, walking past a group of women in Hollywood only to have one yell down the street to my sister, Bec, and me to come back so she could admire our outfits (we obliged) and then finding out the woman was Linda Hogan, drooling over the fashions during Sex and the City 2, BBQ’ing, and laying out at Hermosa Beach- it was a pretty complete weekend and quality time well spent with quality friends.
Climbing the ladder was the worst part. We went up there five times and it never got easier.
I wish I had looked around more when I was up on the platform. I only focused on the instructor up there.
With my toes at the edge of the platform, leaning out to grab the bar was frightening- even with the instructor holding me back.
Initially I thought that I wouldn’t be able to hold on to the bar. It’s easier to do when you don’t want to fall.
After swinging out, we had to drape our legs over the bar. The first and fourth times I did it, I missed the bar and flipped over. The instructor said I had been putting too much power into it.
Legs are draped!
Next step was to let go of the bar when the instructor told us to and arch back, looking at the opposite swing with our “catch hands”. This was practice for when we would be caught by another swinging instructor- exactly how circus performers do it. I’ll be posting a link to the video when my friend sends me the file.
To dismount, we pumped our legs forward, backward, and forward again into a back flip.
Waving at Bec, whose fear of heights deemed her our photographer.
Displaying our “catch hands”.
Group shot with our super rad instructors. They were all so supportive and made us feel secure. I am stoked I got through the class and definitely recommend doing it!
Beautiful view at Univeral Studios.
Imitating the Simpsons. Yeah, I don’t know. I just stood where I was told.
We quoted I Love You, Man every day because We Love You, Paul Rudd and Jason Segal. Naturally, we had to go to James Beach where they ate fish tacos in the film.
Lounging poolside in Hermosa Beach with my friend, Renee, and company.
Gorgeous day in Hermosa Beach.