Saturday, October 23, 2010

USC Parent's Weekend!

The first weekend in October, my husband and I traveled to Los Angeles to attend Parent's Weekend at the University of Southern California, where my youngest son goes to college.

My brother, his wife and daughter came down from Palmdale to see some Trojan football with us. Too bad USC lost to the Huskies in THE LAST THREE SECONDS.

It was a busy weekend, and I was so sorry not to have time to meet up with The Daily Connoisseur and see her new daughter. We did have two quick visits to Santa Monica, and I kept hoping to run into a beautiful girl pushing a stroller, but no luck!

On our final evening in SoCal, I had made reservations via OpenTable to a bistro in Santa Monica, Anisette. (It opened after I moved away from Santa Monica in 2007, and I wanted to try it next time I was in town.) Unfortunately, no one had apparently told OpenTable that Anisette had closed its doors on September 30. As luck would have it (but not my bank account), Boa was right down the street and had a beautiful table open. So we feasted on lobster (yes, I know it's a steak house, but...) and wine with a great waiter and thus celebrated my forty-fifth birthday!

But first, I convinced my son and husband to go on the Santa Monica Pier ferris wheel with me. Even having lived within walking distance to it, I had never gone!

Here we are, our excursion on the Pacific Wheel immortalized, below. My poor husband plays his usual role of straight man. I love the uncomfortable smile on his face!

A big thank you to Petunia in Paradise for her Twitter message letting me know she was still looking out for Chez La Vie! My only readers now seem to be spammers: "Kiev Girls" or Christian Audiger merchandise (yuck!) or I-don't-know-what 'cause it's in Chinese.


LPC said...

What an exceptionally handsome family.

M.Lane said...

I'm still here! What a wonderful trip.


mamacita said...

I STILL can't believe you have grown-up kiddos. You must be so proud of them.

The Mrs. said...

Love open table! Glad you had such a good time! What a cute family!

Bee said...

How good of your son to go to university in a place that's fun to visit!

The Daily Connoisseur said...

Oh no! I was wondering when you were coming and hoped I hadn't missed you! I'm glad you had a wonderful time. And isn't USC great? It is my alma mater after all :) Yes it was very sad that Anisette closed- I loved that restaurant. It was a casualty of the recession and probably not in the best location. Ah well- next time you visit your son let me know and we'll get together xx