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Wednesday-Thursday, Grandma settles into town


The Mills family departs, and the changing of the guard (and the beds — thank goodness for housekeeping!) brings Grandma to LA for a week. Bex returns home from school to hugs and kisses. Auditions and call backs happened earlier in the week so things are quiet now.  Tonight is class with Adrian followed by after class socializing.

Their assignment was to do their monolog while engaging in some other activity. Bex decided to sit on the floor and play solitaire during the monolog. Her rehearsal at home was so moving.  The report from others was that it was a huge success in class. Adrian said he would put her up against anyone.

Thursday was tutoring until lunchtime followed by lunch at home, neuro feedback and a visit to Trader Joe’s for provisions. We cooked hamburgers on the very nice outdoor grills and met and visited with neighbors as karaoke night began. Grandma met Sierra’s mother and assured her that Sierra will be much safer with Bex driving than she will be with G’ma driving in LA!

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Sunday, the Grammys

Hearty breakfast followed by the Show Biz Expo at Oakwood, a regular “exhibition” offered for residents. Bex and Brooke went first, shmoozed and mingled. I found them chatting with show biz peop.  One woman thought I was Bex’s mom 🙂 and Brooke was her little sis… C U T E. Bex has so much personality and style!!
Then Bex hung with her show biz friends. They tried to go to the Grammy’s, but could not get in. To her credit, Bex skipped an opportunity to sneak in because she didn’t think the mother of the 7 year old girl with her would have appreciated it! She rehearsed some lines with a friend and made it back for dinner and to watch the Grammy’s.
Brooke wanted to see all of the “stars” on the street, so we spent the day in Hollywood. There are blocks and blocks of stars! Where do they start? Where do they end? I read that it costs about $30,000 per star?! Across from Trader Joe’s on Vine St we ate lunch at an awesome restaurant, Tender Greens. Great people watching!
Also, Trader Joe’s is pretty much the same as in Atlanta, but we couldn’t figure out why I could not push the shopping cart out of the store. It just stopped, jammed. Then a man in a wheel chair outside explained that it was security. We learned that they had so many carts missing — like 400 – 600 — and they cost $200 + per cart to replace, so they can’t leave the building.
Laundry was done today so the actress has a closet full of clean clothes now…and a fridge of healthy, colorful foods too… The start of a great week…despite the fact that the world does not have Whitney Houston in it any more… So sad…

Day 1 – Arrival


Monday, January 23rd

11:30 a.m. PST Bex and I arrived to an uncharacteristically cold and rainy LA day. In the airport, we see our first celebrity: the real life Target Dog, complete with red circles around the eye!  (A tweet-worthy event, this is when she decided to tweet her adventures). We were greeted at the airport by our new, dear friend Sarah Casalaro (who will be staying with Bex on the days when another guardian from Atlanta is not here — thanks, Cynthia!).

1:00 p.m. A quick Gluten-Free pizza in Burbank

2:00 p.m. We moved into our new apartment at the iconic Oakwood Toluca Hills. I went to rent a car, Bex arranged for a ride for herself into class, and it was like we never skipped a beat. Trader Joe’s was right where I’d left it. Bex was back in town.

5:00 p.m. Bex went to Pilot Camp (Mon, Wed, Thur evenings from 5-9 through mid-February). She was on cloud 9, happy to be back, embraced by all the kids at camp who knew her from the summer, and ready with a scene to perform. I don’t know how she did it.

9:00 p.m. By the time I picked her up, we were both Disney characters.