Inspired by others’ blogs, I’ve decided to spend some time each day writing about Our Life — that is, the daily life of myself, my second husband, J., my just-turned-19-year-old son, A, 16-year-old daughter, C., 24-year-old stepdaughter, B., and 26-year-old stepson, D.  And our two dogs — Fee, our female German Shepherd, and Mongo, our Yorkshire Terrier, along with Casper, the cat.  Enjoy the ride!

After a tough Friday the 13th — the Superior Court ruled against my client in a CEQA case (California Environmental Quality Act), then later that day the Court of Appeal denied a writ in another client’s case … although writs are only granted about 5% of the time, I felt we had a better-than-typical chance of prevailing, so getting the denial was a big disappointment.   I was very down by the end of the day, and bone- tired.  But my husband had wanted to take a weekend mini-vacation and had already arranged for someone to keep the dogs, so I hurried home and, with no time for a glass of wine I so wanted to enjoy, threw some clothes in a carry-on and headed with my 16 & 19-year old kids and my husband for a weekend in LA.  We spent Friday night at the Hilton across from Universal Studios then drove literally across the street the next morning for our VIP Experience at Universal Studios (the VIP experience includes valet parking).  I hadn’t been to Universal Studios since the early 1990s when I first moved to CA, and I’d heard how crowded it was, so we decided to splurge since we hadn’t really taken a vacation this summer and buy the VIP Experience.  It was well worth it if you can afford it.  The “experience” starts at 9:30 and ends around 4:15.  Our tour guide covered the Upper Lot with our group of 15 in the morning, going to the front of the Line with no wait for The Simpsons, Shrek 3D, and the Waterworld and Animal Actors shows, then the Jurassic Park ride (complete with poncho to keep us semi-dry) and the Mummy (the Guide held our oversized backpacks).  Next it was a great buffet lunch with at least 15 options, all of them tasty, and then an afternoon Studio  Tour.  Our small group could stop and walk the sets, including the set of Parenthood and Wisteria Lane, as well as the plane crash from War of the Worlds.  We toured the Prop Shop with literally thousands of every-day and out-of-the-ordinary items that set designers can shop in for ensuring their set is period-perfect.  One aisle consisted only of every type of telephone you can imagine, while others held weaponry from medieval times through machine guns that would be at home in Iraq.

Afterwards we headed to Citywalk for a Family IFly experience, which my kids thought was the highlight of the day.  More on that tomorrow!



  1. Please tell me more about ifly!

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