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Muriel in Los Angeles is doing 20 things including…

Enjoy this Summer by having at least one "new and fulfilling" experience in June, July, and August

6 cheers


Muriel has written 10 entries about this goal

Thank you!

This was a lovely goal. And, although August is not over, I definitely had my share of new and fulfilling experiences.

I went to my first bridal expo at the L.A. Convention Center – that was interesting. Now there is a lot of paperwork to go through!

My fiance and I attended William Shatner’s Roast, and that was entertaining. Rather vulgar and sometimes not funny, but an experience nonetheless.

On Monday, my classes start back up and I’ll be learning quite a few things I’m excited about – Flash, marketing, planetary astronomy… Although I’m sure the excitement will die down and I’ll wish it never started, I’m glad there is going to be a change in my day-to-day drudge.

Good luck everyone! I’m glad to have been a part of this. Achieving this goal made me do something this summer, and I’m content about it all.


Fiance and I attended the free Summer Concert at the Levitt Pavillion in Pasadena to watch Eileen Ivers do her thang. She’s very good on the fiddle.

We had a picnic and it was the first time in a long while that I laid on the ground, looking up at the sky. I think it was pretty interesting to see a palm tree upside-down, heh. Actually, it was the first time in a long while I’ve had a picnic too.

Anyway, towards the end, the audience really got into it and a conga line started! A conga line! With strangers! And we weren’t at a wedding!

We didn’t conga, or dance much because of my leg, but it was lovely. The weather was perfect. I hope we go and see another performer before the concert series is over.

The Beginning of July

On Sunday, my fiance and I attended the last day of L.A.’s Film Festival in Westwood. We saw three films: Conversations with Other Women, Last Rites, and a secret screening for a film coming out this Fall.

So that’s hush-hush, I can’t talk about that. But, I can say the movie was definitely not as interesting as its description.

Conversations was pretty good. Very different – shown entirely in split screen with Aaron Eckhart and Helena Bonham Carter.

I don’t even want to talk about the other film. It had rival gangs in Los Angeles and – wait for it – zombies.

Yeah. Horrible. And we actually thought it would have potential, but the acting was terrible and the volume was ridiculous. The director introduced it as, “loud, fast, and fucked.”

The Asian actress in the film was also there, and I hope she didn’t hear the audience when her role came on screen.

We stopped for dinner at a local pizza place and the day was fun. It wasn’t too hot, the walks weren’t too far, and there weren’t a lot of people. Fun and fulfilling, I must say.


Well, something has come up for July.
My fiance and I will be seeing the Lipizzaner Stallions (for free! woo!) on July 19th with our niece and her parents.

I’ve never seen them, although his sister and husband have while they were in Vienna.

I’m hoping they allow a camera or something…

Apparently three things?

I completely forgot about the L.A. Film Festival this month. I’ve never been and I got a great deal from Target thru the mail for all-day passes. I’m actually pretty excited, but I have no idea which films to see and what we’re supposed to do in the RedRoom.

I think three things in June makes up for nothing in July if I don’t end up with something new and fulfilling. Although that’s probably very difficult to do for an entire month; that would be pretty miserable.

Again and Again

The horseback riding was great. I wanted to go for another hour, but my fiance’s knees weren’t agreeing. He thinks the stirrups were messing things up as he’s done a lot more riding than I ever have.

We’re going to go again soon, very soon.

Figuring it out -

So in June, I’m doing two things…

Tomorrow is horseback riding! Yay! And I actually found a place that lets you go for as long as you want, as fast as you can go. Most places only allow a maximum of two hours and it’s a walking trail…I’ve done that already and really, it wasn’t that great. It was fairly boring for a girl who wants to ride a horse. Not tag along while it follows the guide.

Then, on the 24th, my fiance and I are taking our two-year-old niece (although you don’t have to bring children at all) to a French celebration in Beverly Hills at a mansion (ooh! ahh!). It’s for Fete de la Musique thru Alliance Francaise. Anyone can attend ($15 for non-members) and the children are free because of the Children’s Festival also going on. Food and drinks included!

If any locals want to attend, here’s the information:

When: Saturday, June 24 at 4:00PM
Where: Greystone Mansion
905 Loma Vista Drive
Beverly Hills CA 90210

Event Description:
The Alliance Francaise will be celebrating the annual “Fete de la Musique,” or Festival of Music at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. Spend the day at this spectacular venue with “all you can listen to,” as over a dozen groups of performers will showcase their music. The Alliance will also be celebrating the Children’s Festival the same evening. We’ll have food and drinks for the kids and the grown-ups!

RSVP essential
Info and reservations: (310) 652-0306;


You know what?

I won’t be able to do the motorcycle bit, but I have a cheaper and equal or better idea -

I’m going to read books for pleasure. Since school is out, I’d like to read what I choose. And since I recently got a card for the local library here, I’m going to put it to full use.

So far, I have The Lovely Bones and Fast Food Nation on my up and coming list. Anyone with other suggestions?


I’m thinking I should ride a motorcycle. Or take motorcycle classes, which may come in handy someday. But, I really don’t have access to a motorcycle to practice on…

Actually I just found out that if I have the money to take the Basic Rider course, they provide the practice on a motorcycle. All I have to do with the DMV is pass the written test. Woo!

I’m having some strange difficulty in setting a short-term goal.

I think horseback riding will happen before the end of this month, so that’s going to be my June experience. In August, I only have half the month before school begins, although I could use my Flash class as my new and fulfilling experience because that’s been a long time coming.

What to do...

I suppose I should figure out something I find fulfilling, and then one that is new.

I would like to say horseback riding, as I have been wanting to go for a very long time. But, I’ve been before (years ago) so that isn’t really new.

I wonder what everyone else will decide on.

Muriel has gotten 6 cheers on this goal.


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