I”M HOME! And while I may not see this as a good thing, you all should. Why? Because that means you’re finally going to get a blog post out of me. I’ve been getting messages about this one for over a week now… you guys are impatient! (I say this with love.)
Most of you already know that I was in Los Angeles last week. If you know that, you also probably know at least a little bit about what I was up to. And if you don’t, no worries, you’re about to know!
I flew out to LA last Sunday, (August 6) which happened to be the day of the TCAs (Television Critics Association). This event is held in Beverly Hills every winter and summer, and there’s usually someone from Grey’s Anatomy there. You know what that means. YEP. I literally got off the plane, went to the friend’s house I was staying at, changed out of my gross plane clothes, and jumped into an Uber.
After the Uber dropped us off at the wrong hotel, we walked to the correct one, hoping to get there before the cast started to arrive. We did. Barely.
*I guess I should tell you who was with me: it was Carrie. I’ve talked about her on here before, so you should know who she is.
Anyways. While we were waiting on people to arrive, Carrie and I were waiting for another friend (thanks Twitter!) to meet us there, too. This was the first time I’d met Romy, but she’s great. And hilarious. All of a sudden, Carrie and I see her walking up to the entrance and she’s on the phone. She wasn’t really on the phone, though. One of the Grey’s actors, Camilla Luddington, had just driven past her so this was her subtle escape from humiliation or something… I don’t know. But she got there just in time.
And now I’ll show you some pictures from the star-studded night I guess.
*Other Shondaland members attended but are not pictured, including: Viola Davis, James Pickens Jr., and Katie Lowes.
I think I’m still in a little bit of shock over this night, not going to lie. I’ve got most of the cast under my belt now… I’m still waiting for Kate Burton or THE ELLIS GREY! You all know how much I love her.
BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!
One of my favorite LA activities is hiking in Griffith Park, and a lot of people don’t know that there’s a famous Grey’s landmark tucked away back there. Well, I went to it (finally) and it wasn’t all that exciting, but still cool to see. Also, it’s as close to Ellis Grey as I’ve gotten so far, so that’s good.
“The carousel never stops turning. You can’t get off.” -Ellis Grey
And now what I think is the most exciting part about the whole trip… SEATTLE GRACE HOSPITAL. I don’t know if this was better than meeting the casts, but it certainly was special. And before I show the pictures, let me tell you why it was so special.
Since I was a little kid, I wanted to be a doctor. I got my first doctor’s kit at age 2, and according to my grandma, I was attached to it. By the time I was 8, I was convinced I would be Dr. Rowland one day. And then I walked into the living room where my mom was watching a tiny little medical drama on TV. I’ve been watching Grey’s since it aired. I was not quite 9 years old. And it stuck.
I’m almost 20 now, and I finally got to live out one of my dreams.
*Although, I definitely don’t want to be a doctor anymore.
I have more pictures I could include, but I don’t want this post to go on forever.
This day was one of the best days of my life. I’m not being dramatic either. When you grow up watching something on TV, growing attached to characters, seeing them as family, getting to see where it happened is such a magical moment. It’s something I will cherish for the rest of my life. And I’m so glad I got to experience it with one of my best friends by my side. (She also helped with the whole picture thing…)
I hope this post holds you over until the season starts and my reviews come back, (yes, I will write them again this season!) and I’m so happy I get to share some of my trip with you all. If you want to know anything else I did or things to do in LA if you decide to make the visit, leave me a comment and I’ll answer any questions you have!