A few weekends ago, we took a whirlwind two-day trip to California for a friend’s wedding. I had been to CA twice before for work, so I was excited to go for fun. Our friends got married on a Friday, so we left for CA the Thursday before at 7 AM. We arrived at 9 AM CA time, ready to nap and find the closest In & Out burger. We take our priorities (food) very seriously. Our hotel was located on a hill and we quickly realized we’d be Ubering everywhere, so we tried to make the trips count.
I could hardly stand my excitement once we were dropped off in front of a beautiful, brick In & Out burger. The line was long, but it moved quickly. I am a purist, so I went with the single cheeseburger and Nick and I shared the fries (perfectly salted). Our biggest mistake was not getting it ‘Animal Style.’ As a disclaimer, I Google everything. If you don’t believe me, one of my nicknames as an intern was Google. I had researched the ‘secret menu’ and was aware of the possibilities, but I only wanted one burger patty and you must have two for them to smother the sauce and onions for Animal Style.
That said, I did not share my research aloud, so our first experience was a fail because some of us did not strategize beforehand. We never made it back to correct mis-orderings, but I hope to someday. The ingredients were fresh and it was exactly what I expected. I heard the milkshakes were not anything special, so if you go, keep it simple. You’ve been warned about the secret menu!
Next, we went to the Target across the street to replace my sunscreen that TSA had confiscated at the Indy Airport. Every time I travel, it’s a game as to what they’ll dispose from my carry-on. The man said I needed a doctor’s note and because I am cheap and do require sunscreen on my face for my scars, I went into the whole story about being in a car accident. He still threw it away. TSA: 1 Libby: 0
PS – Don’t buy the zinc oxide Neutrogena sunscreen just because it’s the cheapest. The zinc means you can’t rub it in. I looked like Casper for the remainder of the day. You can take the girl out of Indiana….
Now onto the wedding. The location (Brookview Ranch in Agoura Hills) was stunning and it’s one of the only weddings I’ve been to where all the events were held outdoors: reception, cocktail hour, and ceremony. The bride was gorgeous, the groom was fresh to death (blue tuxedo blazer and suede loafers), and their dog joined them down the aisle.
I think the time change (and the flight) got me: my sleep and eating schedule were off by at least three hours. By the time we got to the ceremony, I had only had a banana with peanut butter (five hours before) and a glass of wine in the hot sun. I decided I needed to lay down for a few minutes before the reception, which made me realize how lucky I am to have a sidekick that will sit with me when I give him the “I think I might pass out” look. Said sidekick was also quick to tell me that I probably had chiggers up my dress from laying in the grass. That visual put the color right back into my face. I was ready for food and dancing.
My dress was Jill Stuart and had pockets (of course). I have the same dress in black and white, so I already loved the style. I couldn’t afford it full price and I still can’t bring myself to try Rent the Runway for $80-100, so I found it on Ebay and I had my mom alter it. Wedding season can be expensive, so I always try to look for a discount when I can!
The bride’s family hosted a pool party the next day, but we headed back to Indy that morning. I had promised the bride an inflatable swan after telling her about my swan for the Fourth of July and I think she was genuinely surprised when it showed up! Somehow it was TSA approved (deflated). Every pool party needs a swan.
FIVE MOVIES FOR THE SUMMER
Now that we’re done with Arrested Development, we’ve been falling asleep to movies most nights this summer. Here are five of my favorites:
I love Bill Murray and recently stumbled across a Vanity Fair article about his first ever movie, Meatballs. I texted Nick immediately only to find out he already owned it. If you ever went to camp, you will be able to relate to Murray’s role as camp counselor, Tripper. It’s a feel-good movie and the choir singing camp anthem will be stuck in your head for days.
What About Bob?, 1991
This is probably my favorite movie ever and I could recite What About Bob? movie lines all day. “Baby stepping, I feel good, I feel great, I feel wonderful.” While you secretly wonder if Bob (Bill Murray) purposefully sabotages Dr. Marvin, you don’t really care because he’s such an arrogant, mean person. You can’t help but love Bob.
Cannonball Run, 1981
This is another recent movie find for me. If you like cars and have a sense of humor, you’ll like this movie. Dom DeLuise steals the show and the hamster scene at the very beginning of the movie gets me every time. “Hamsters are a big responsibility.” It’s star studded (for the 80’s) and hilarious.
Burn After Reading, 2008
This movie was required watching early on in our relationship. Nick’s family can re-enact the movie line by line. I think I passed the test because I love it as much as they do. “You think that’s a Schwinn.” If nothing else, watch it for Brad Pitt as a Hard Bodies employee.
Moonrise Kingdom, 2012
This is my favorite Wes Anderson film and summer appropriate. Another camp movie about young love. This one also features Bill Murray, so you could say I really like him.