Firsts: Everything from color to comedy and classical compositions.

To recapitulate the last four days: I experienced a lot of firsts.

Bowling on a Friday evening in Burbank: Pickwick Bowling (2/1/13)

First time: Cosmic bowling. Super fun and groovin’. The fact that my best friend’s bf was recovering from the flu and still managed to demolish all of us in both games was hilarious.

Lessons learned: I get worse at bowling with each new round. I went from getting a strike to rolling gutter balls toward the end of game 2, probably since I was totally losing it and out of sync by then.

Color Run 5K LA: Dodger Stadium; The Griddle Cafe; Ice House in Pasadena (2/2/13)

First time: Ever doing the Color Run. Probably the last, since once is enough, and I want to do every type of fun run (i.e. mud run, neon splash dash) rather than repeat the same runs. Also my first time eating at The Griddle Cafe (which had delicious brunch and post-5K food) and first time going to a comedy club. Day well spent!

Lessons learned: Some colored powder can get accidentally shot into your mouth (it’s only colored cornstarch, but still pretty odd); doing a 5K on an empty stomach and then having to wait a few hours after finishing to finally consume food can lead to a major headache and urge to nap; comedy clubs can be really crass and overpriced with the stupid two-drink minimum.

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LA Music Hall and Bottega Louie (2/3/13)

First time: Seeing a ballet, as well as eating at Bottega Louie! And sitting a table away from Milo Ventimiglia wasn’t too bad, either. He’s pretty damn hot, but I don’t think I need to even write that.

Lessons learned: As much as I detest LA, it’s such a vibrant city for arts and culture.  I just avoid it like the plague because of the parking and crazy people.

And who better to spend a Sunday with than my mentor, my inspiration– the one friend I have who also lived in NZ for a couple years?! Love her to death.The prismatic crystal chandeliers in the LA Music Hall were my favorite decor pieces, along with the wallside mirrors in the entirety of the venue. Also learned that I prefer classical ballets over modern and unique, different interpretations (the actual show we saw was “The Rite of Spring,” but my favorite was the classical ballet that was an act before it, which featured Thomas Newman and Phillip Glass’s compositions– my favorites). I recognized one of the pieces from the classical act immediately– a composition from The Hours, which is hauntingly beautiful.

ALSO: Bottega Louie is fantastic and such a cute little date place. The portobello fries were killer, as were the smoked salmon and our adorable gay waiter. 🙂

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First hockey game: Ducks vs. Sharks (2/4/13)

First time: Attending a hockey game! FINALLY. Loved it, although I was seriously bummed that the Sharks lost. Still sported the traditional teal and black colors.

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