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March 12, 2008

12 of 12 for March 2008 (all iPhone edition)

Well, well, welly well well.

So, Keith starts talking big on Monday night about how he's gonna whisk me away for a spa mini-vaycay and I say, "Yeah, yeah, yeah, blah, blah, blah," knowing how much work I have to do and how far away our favorite spa joints are and how far in advance one must reserve such a thing as spa services and hotel stays in peak season.


I wake up Tuesday morning after a delightful "First Looks" of our showcase and Keith has already made reservations for my massage, his aloe wrap, my rosemary scalp treatment and reflexology, and his other massage at Hacienda Hot Springs. (Keith learned about this place while lamenting to a German filmmaker friend he made at Samuel French one day about this horrific "spa" experience we had last year in Santa Barbara. Seriously, we've become so spoiled by Copperwynd and La Costa that we thought there was just no hope for a nearby, affordable spa getaway... until she raved about this place and Keith followed up. Honestly, staying at Hacienda Hot Springs is like staying over at some friend's house. Only her house is split into six rooms and there's a pool, a hottub, a sauna, a firepit, a well, and a cool other friend who comes over to do massages while the host friend makes homemade granola and serves it up fresh and hot.)

So, okay, we're going. I spend the morning frantically doing as much work as I can and then packing up what will have to travel with me in case (HA!!! IN CASE!!!) there is more work to do, learning how to dial in and check our answering machine from the road, and then hitting that road in Keith's rental car (his car is in the shop... again).

Proud girl that I am, as we drive down the 10, I snap photos with my great little digital camera. I've packed extra batteries, extra memory cards, heck--the camera itself! This is going to be a perfect 12 of 12, right? (Don't know what 12 of 12 is? Visit Chad Darnell for all the info.) I'm snapping photos along the way, knowing I won't use them for 12 of 12, but have fun sharing them at some point. And then it hits me... I've left the camera's damn cable at home.

So, I even-more-proudly bring you this all iPhone edition of the 12 of 12. No choice. :) And these photos didn't turn out so bad, now, did they?

9:20am: Sun is streaming through the curtains on the door to our room. "Room" is not the right word. We have a little kitchen and everything. Sita tells us this is the last room she rents, as it doesn't have a patio, but when you call last-minute to an inn that only has SIX rooms, well, you take the last room. Happily.

9:25am: Hitting the shower before I start my day. Yes, I actually had a GREAT night's sleep here, in this strange place. Desert air, maybe? All of the swimming and massages from Tuesday? Being away with only a handful of people even knowing about it? Not sure. But I SLEPT. It was great.

10:27am: I've taken my breakfast out to the huge, handmade-on-site table in front of the café, and this is my view. I am in heaven.

10:53am: Shanti and Grace (and Witty, a black cat the size of Archie) lord over the place, making sure that everyone is fed and happy... and mostly naked.

10:58am: When Sita learns we checked in without a proper tour yesterday (oops... I was too excited to get my first massage and Keith was eager to hop in the pool), she immediately took us on one. I have LOTS of photos of that, but this one was a must-share for the 12 of 12, with those flowers looking like Christmas tree ornaments!

11:16am: It's almost time for my rosemary scalp treatment, massage, and reflexology (we just decided to rename it "two and a half hours of BLISS") and Sita is gathering more rosemary to take to Esther, who is creating the mix for my hair's conditioning treatment.

4:02pm: Well, you knew I was going to have to work eventually. Got out of the massages and learned that an actor in one of the films I'm casting needed an adjustment in shoot dates (next month) and that an actor to whom we'd made an offer on another of the films I'm casting had been given the script "with high recommendation" from his team... but we needed to get some more money on the table. Calls, emails, and more calls, while Keith gets his aloe wrap.

4:58pm: And now a break for dinner. I'm a member of the clean plate club, don'tcha know? (You would be too, if everything were this yummy!)

6:13pm: After another hour of work before close of business, I meet Keith (and Shanti) at the hottub for another soak. Mmmmmmmmm... bubbles. (And hummingbirds divebombing like crazy. I love it!)

6:31pm: Now it's time for a dip in the pool, because the hottub has gotten too hot and it's just totally time for laps (did an hour last night). I know, I know, this isn't the pool, but it is the rock pond next to the well (160 degree water, y'all) and it's just gorgeous.

6:31pm: Pool. Sunset. Firepit in the back of the yard--where we're headed after I post my 12 of 12. Can we live here?

6:58pm: Only 25 minutes of laps this time. It's chilly and windy tonight, compared to last. But you know what's great during cold winds? Sauna!!

7:20pm: Back to the room with the intention of posting 12 of 12 and then heading back out to the hot tub and firepit to read scripts and make some plans for next months breakdowns (yes, plural), but Keith gets a call from his agent with TWO auditions tomorrow. Son of bitch, if it ain't always the way. Leave town, book a national. Well, not yet, but one of 'em is a Home Depot callback and we just really love it when our spa vacations are cut short by really good reasons like these.

Hope you enjoyed my all iPhone 12 of 12. I sure as shit did! Yay! More spa mini-vaycays! Yay! :) Off to the hottub and such. See y'all back in LA in 12 hours.

Posted by bonnie at March 12, 2008 9:28 PM


You win.

Posted by: Bill Lipp at March 13, 2008 12:15 AM

Well it sounds like you and Keith both got a well deserved rest and pampering, at least for a little while - yay! and good luck to Keith with the auditions, I'm sure he'll rock them!

Posted by: Helen (Dogeared) at March 15, 2008 7:34 AM

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