apparently it’s impossible for me to have a bad weekend. last weekend maria’s cousins and brother were in town (billy took clayton and i to the shooting range on thursday night) then saturday was arden’s birthday party plus pat had the home-brewed beer tasting slash st. patrick’s day party at his house. sunday asa and glen invited pat and i for “adorable couples’ brunch” which turned into “angry starving couples’ last stand” when we waited over an hour and a half for a table at doughboys before asa just grabbed a couple of recently-vacated tables and shoved them together. which sounds like a bad time, but was actually really entertaining.

anyway – this weekend! friday night i went to glen and kristina’s for some nerdery – d&d! andrew and i rolled our characters, pat studied his dungeon master’s guide, we drank wine and ate mini corn dogs. it was glorious.

saturday pat and i loaded up the rental car and drove to las vegas. his cousin jamie and her fiancĂ© nick moved to vegas on thursday and brought pat’s electric piano with them (which he needs to practice for their wedding). the drive is about four and a half hours, and we spent the whole drive listening to music (arrah & the ferns, the mix cds lindsay made for me, ryan adams, nickel creek) and looking at the scenery. i finished the invention of hugo cabret too, and it is so so good. also ryan adams? i love him.

we got into town around 5, dropped off our stuff at nick and jamie’s, changed and headed out for the night. nick and jamie? are awesome. they’re a great couple and really easy to get along with. sadly, nick and pat did not have the wrestling match that was threatening all night, but maybe next time. we had dinner at lindo michoacán, pat’s dad’s favorite mexican restaurant, ever, and it was really really good. pat ordered emergency guacamole (made table-side) and margaritas (really strong) and we stuffed ourselves in preparation for the long night ahead.


after dinner we drove to the hilton for drinks at quark’s bar in the star trek experience. pat and i split the borg sphere…which smokes from dry ice has something like 10 ounces of alcohol in it. we were there for awhile. jamie and nick had two beers with a long pause in between before we got close to finishing the sphere. while sipping our bright green drink, we noticed some people at the end of the bar dressed in starfleet uniforms, so pat and i got our photos taken with them. they were super nice, and turns out one of the couples (including the woman dressed as counselor troi who had a working original series communicator and really cute andorian action figures) met at a trek convention and just got engaged at one. they plan to get married at the star trek experience…which is where the other uniformed couple were married (on the bridge. saw the photo – klingons!).

with about an inch of green left in the drink we admitted defeat and left for the strip. on the way out pat bought a 6-pack of romulan ale (to drink while he and i watch ‘first contact’) and i got a starfleet academy tshirt. i think at this point i called pat’s dad and left him a long message (since he’s always drunk-dialing pat) in which i referred to myself as pat’s boyfriend. i swear i was barely buzzed. anyway, we parked at the venetian and walked to the wynn for drinks on the patio at parasol down. the patio overlooks a large reflecting pool with a two story flat waterfall. the whole area is surrounded by tall trees and it doesn’t feel like you’re on the strip. every half hour there is a media show to go along with the music – a head-shaped screen rises out of the water and video is projected on it, a giant frog appears at the top of the waterfall and sings, and the light show playing off the water and on and through the trees is pretty impressive. we didn’t know that the show happened though, so were caught off guard the first time it happened.

the singing frog

after the wynn we walked through caesar’s and the forum shops (saw the very end of the fountain show) on the way to the bellagio. we had drinks at the fontana bar, which faces the lake in front of the bellagio. we went out on the patio for the fountain show and it was so beautiful – definitely one of my favorite things to see in las vegas. we stayed at the fontana for quite awhile and did some dancing because the band there was AMAZING. they were INSANELY good. dian diaz and her band did incredible covers of awesome songs. every musician was fantastic and dian and the male vocalist have ridiculously good voices.

watering cans

on our way out of the bellagio we saw the chocolate fountain at jean-philippe patisserie just off of the chihuly glass and butterfly conservatory – i found the one thing in vegas i’d seen but pat hadn’t. we were going to finish the night at the rio, but it was 2am and we’d been out since 6.

this morning we loaded the piano up in the car and went to brunch, then i drove home while pat did some script coverage. he burned me some cds of science friday, the writer’s almanac and mark kermode’s film reviews. when we got back to burbank i took a nap while pat did some more reading, then at 5 meghan and josh arrived and we had easter dinner. maria made her amazing ham and everyone gorged themselves. we played a game of carcassonne, had dessert (strawberries and pound cake) then spent some time checking out various sightseeing things to do in LA for this week when my parents come to visit.

next weekend? warner bros. studio tour, the getty, hollywood sightseeing, and possibly the second round of beer brewing at josh’s if my parents are up for it.

photos from this weekend here