We’ve had a busy week! Last weekend, we went to a screening in Hollywood of the documentary Free Solo – with a Question and Answer session after the movie with the filmmakers and the star of the documentary, Alex Honnold.
The movie is about Alex Honnold’s free solo ascent of El Capitan in June of 2017. He rock climbed all of El Capitan without a rope, in under four hours. I was in Indiana when Alex performed this feat – and I called Evan on the phone to tell him about it (he was in California working on Bachelor in Paradise at the time). I’d never heard of anything so outrageous, and I had to tell him!
Anyhoo – the three biggest girls and I went to the screening and met Alex Honnold. I took Paprika (12), Ginger (9), and Violet (6) to see the movie while Evan hung out in Hollywood with Ellie (3) and Dash (4 months).
Evan took the little ones to a park for a few hours while we were at the movie, and then to McDonald’s for a treat.
Ellie at a park in Hollywood:
Afterwards at McD’s:
The Q&A session was led by a moderator, who had Alex answer some questions – and then at the end they opened it up to audience questions. They only took about 6 or 7 questions from the audience, and the auditorium was packed (about 350 people) – and most everyone raised their hand to ask a question.
Do you know who got called on to ask a question? Paprika, aka Lady Luck, of course! Haha!
She asked: You said you’d been dreaming about free soloing El Capitan for eight years. When was the moment you decided you REALLY wanted to go for it and make your dream a reality?
He said: That’s a great question! (And then I don’t remember what he said after that – ha!)
Alex Honnold answering Paprika’s question:
We had talked quite a bit about Alex Honnold’s El Capitan climb when we were in Yosemite last month, and we also watched the regular rock climbers from the meadow below as they scaled the face of El Capitan’s sheer granite (with a rope!) It was a sight to behold!
The girls wanted to see the movie because it was shot almost exclusively in the Yosemite Valley – so it was all very familiar to them. Anyway, I highly recommend watching the documentary if you get a chance! I’m reading Alex’s book Alone on the Wall right now – (borrowed from the library) – and it’s pretty good…I mean, parts are putting me to sleep at night, but I still really like it, and he is amazing – no doubt about it. Haha!
I also wanted the girls to see the movie and attend the Q&A since it’s co-directed by a woman, and so I thought that was some inspirational role modeling for them.
This is us at the screening. I didn’t take many pictures because it was so crowded and I was managing the girls (they were the only kids there!) – so that took most of my focus. Us in the lobby of the ArcLight Hollywood in front of some movie props:
In other news, do you know what is also a REALLY great documentary, one that I highly recommend you watch that’s available on Netflix?!
It’s called Meru. MERU. You should go watch it if you have Netflix. I’ve watched it twice now – once with Evan and once with the girls. 🙂 It does have some language (F-bombs) so be aware of that – you might want to pre-screen before you show it to any children if that bothers you. Ginger covered her ears during every swear word.
It’s about climbing a mountain called Meru and it features Jimmy Chin, who is a National Geographic photographer and mountain climber, who also co-directed Free Solo.
Even though I’m not interested in mountain climbing at all (haha) – I had the girls watch it to show them what grit, perseverance, and not giving up looks like. It’s really good! 🙂
Okay, so enough about climbing documentaries…
Earlier this week, our friend Leslie (who is an author and film director) had a book signing in West Hollywood at Book Soup for her new book. Her book is called: Feuding Fan Dancers: Faith Bacon, Sally Rand, and the Golden Age of the Showgirl.
Evan went to the book signing and got a signed copy (of course!) – I can’t wait to read it!
Evan and Leslie at the book signing – I was home with the kids! 🙂
So, it’s been an exciting week in Hollywood this past week! We’ve also been up to lots of other things, as well. 🙂 We are gearing up for Halloween, and decorated the house in spookiness yesterday.
Ellie found the Halloween costume box and dug out this old gem. It’s a butterfly costume I got for Paprika a million years ago. Ellie fell in love with it, of course!
Good thing I never sold it on Ebay! 🙂
My favorite things are just staying home together and playing around the house. This is Ginger (9) a few hours ago right before we all left for piano lessons. I remember this is one of the first books she ever read on her own (at age 4). She was even wearing the same hat when she read it back then. Harold and the Purple Crayon. Now she’s reading to Huck…