In order to mentally prepare myself for this trip, which there really is NO way to do, I started tweeting a list of things I hoped to accomplish...a bucket list, if you will.
So, to tell you all about my trip in the shortest way possible, I'm going to repeat part of the list here and let you know if I was able to scratch anything off of it. If you'd like to know more about the best trip I've ever taken (besides my honeymoon, of course), feel free to ask in the comments.
MY BD2LA BUCKET LIST:
1. To make it to Tent City! *CHECK*
It's an important item to list because you have to do TC to get to the Black Carpet! Summit/Lionsgate had us all jumping through hoops and waiting for weeks but we finally received our confirmation email. We, then, took that email with us to officially register and get our camping spot!
2. To see the Hollywood sign! *CHECK*
It was far away but we saw it!
3. To watch a talk show being filmed! *CHECK*
My group of friends and I were fortunate enough to be in the audience when Stephenie Meyer was on the Jimmy Kimmel Show! It was so much fun! During his opening monologue, Jimmy showed some footage that had been shot during the first day of TC and I was in it! I actually screamed out loud during the filming! LOL
4. To see The SHRINE, AKA, the hand and footprints of Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner! *CHECK* *CHECK* *CHECK*
For different reasons, we ended up seeing it THREE times! It is a must-see for any Twi-fan!
5. To hug as many of my Twitter friends as possible AND get pics to prove it! *CHECK*
I didn't get everyone but I got a lot! I'll have to get the rest of my Tweeps at the next Twi get-together! ;-) I won't post any pics here because I did not get permission beforehand.
6. Take pics of my bestie, JennyKate, planking! *NO CHECK*
I have a nice collection of pics with JK planking in various settings and was really looking forward to adding a "Planking in LA" pic but, unfortunately it did not happen. I did, though, get this gem!
7. Reunite with my TwiTarded/Forks peeps! *CHECK*
It makes me sad that I do not get to see these ladies every day so I was thrilled when I heard the group was meeting for dinner and drinks at our hotel!
8. Meet Stephenie Meyer! *CHECK*
I still cannot believe this happened! I was one of 700 campers who were chosen to get a personalized autograph from and take a picture with the woman who started it all! And, yes, I cried after it was all over.
9. Get on that black carpet! *CHECK*
My group was in the first 100 campers selected to be on the black carpet! It was so exciting to be there and I am now completely prepared to do more premieres!
10. Get as many autographs of the Twi cast as possible! *CHECK*
I didn't get everyone but I got enough to cover to photo mattes!
11. Get Kristen Stewart to sign a pair of pants that she wore as Bella in the first Twilight movie, that I just happen to own! *NO CHECK*
I was very sad that I was unable to achieve this goal. She, Robert, and Taylor were running very far behind because of all of the press they did on the black carpet. They all tried very hard to get to as many fans as possible but, unfortunately, my group was skipped by, both, Kristen and Taylor. Kristen did acknowledge the fans and was very apologetic.
12. Meet Robert Pattinson and offer to help him with his southern accent for his next role in the movie "The Rover!" *CHECK and NO CHECK*
This was a moment I had fantasized about for a long time but, let me tell you, there is NOTHING you can do to prepare for when this happens:
|Photo by JennyKate|
JK took this pic of Rob looking at me and I swear, I don't even remember it happening! I remember Rob giggling a lot and I remember asking him to sign two different things (which he did), and telling him "thank you so much" but that's it. It was all such a blur that I completely forgot to mention the southern accent-thing! Oh, well, I'm sure he'll do just fine without my help. ;-)
13. Watch Breaking Dawn Part 2! *CHECK*
OMGosh, y'all! As if being on the black carpet wasn't intense enough, all of the TC campers got to see the movie before it was officially released! I won't say anything to spoil the movie for those who haven't seen it yet (and, if you haven't seen it yet, what on earth are you waiting for??!) but I will say it is AH-MAZING!! I don't think I've cried so hard at a movie since "Steel Magnolias" but it was worth it. And, watching it with a theater full of hard-core TwiHards? Priceless.
My week in LA was truly an experience of a lifetime and I'm so thankful I was able to go! The movies may be over now but the story and characters will live on forever in my heart.