Back on the scene.
But this morning I actually did something productive. Got my oil changed, went to Wal-mart, and laundry later in the day.
Watched a lot of this going on
The Volvo would drive half-way down the hill and stop. Then back up, and do it again. Billy's truck was doing something similar too. Over and over. Apparently it was the scene where Edward is at Bella's house and Billy shows up so Edward leaves in a hurry.
Not much to see so we ditched the set for the afternoon. I went home and read on TwilightMOMS.com that today was Kristen Stewart's 18th birthday. The idea ran through my head that it would be so fun to bring her something for her birthday. Paige agreed. So I whipped up a card, purchased a few black and red helium balloons and ran down there.
Can I just tell you that I felt . . . oh, a teeny tiny bit like a psycho fan walking up to the trailer camp with those balloons in hand. Just a little. I asked some crew guys if they could deliver it to her or leave it by her trailer. He took the balloons, but he had to check with the production assistant first. Then he returned to say, "they're delivered." Yay!
We took the fam to dinner at Subway & met Scott there on his way home from work. But I have to admit I had ulterior motives. As dinner was winding down I suggested that we go on a field trip. He protested and then finally gave in. I just had to show him where I'd been hanging out these last few days! It was 6:15pm and it looked like they were still shooting.
So I decided it might be my best bet if I returned again, after the kids went to bed, while it was still light so I could have a chance to see something. I made it back there shortly after 7pm and started chatting with a couple girls who were down from Seattle - spending the week in town to check out the movie making. We talked to a group of Native American guys walking by (I'd seen them several times already, and assumed they were Jacob's friends). Turns out one of the guys is Jacob's stand-in.
Then another guy crosses the street with very Edward-esque physical traits and we ask what he's doing on the movie -- he's Edward's stand-in. And he broke the news that Robert was long gone for the day. We asked if we could take his picture but he said he didn't really want to, his contacts were hurting him. Sidenote: Edward and all the other vampires are wearing contacts in the film to make their eyes appear the golden topaz color that is described in the books. How cool! But he lingered a bit as we chatted, and I think he warmed up to us a bit so I snapped one photo. Look, he's even posing. We asked him if they did anything to celebrate Kristen's birthday. He said they got a big cake, but that she's not really into the big birthday thing. Although she was excited to be turning 18 because that meant she would be able to work more. Being a minor, there are rules on how many hours she can work. I bet the director is happy she turned 18 too. :)
At some point Paige arrived. And at some point we started to realize that they were clearing out the set. One by one the cars are being driven down the hill, groups of people are walking down, shuttle vans are making their way up the hill. An SUV that is known to transport the actors makes it's way up the hill as well. So we're getting very anxious, knowing that at any moment a car is going to come down with Kristen Stewart in it. Sure enough, the SUV made it's way down and Kristen was in the passenger seat! We waved! and she waved back! And then we ran to the other side of the trailer camp where she was being dropped off to go to her trailer. But we weren't fast enough.
It's okay, though, because we knew that eventually she had to get back into that SUV to go to her hotel and we were just going to wait.
While we waited Catherine Hardwicke (the director) came out and started walking toward a van. We asked her for pictures and she kindly agreed. She came running over to us with a smile on her face. She seemed very nice. The picture is kinda blurry. Paige's shot is better -- but I look like funny, making eye contact with my camera.
Then at 8:01pm our wish was granted. Kristen came out and approached her ride. We very politely, and loudly asked if we could get a picture . . . . and she said yes!!!! She is sooo little - like skinny toothpick little. It was cool to get a picture with her because I haven't seen any fan photos of her on any of the Twilight websites. Everybody says that she seems pretty timid and shy and quiet. She even told us that she doesn't really like getting her picture taken. When she saw us approach her she pointed and said, "hey, you're the ones from the card." So she did get the card, and she looked at it, and now she thinks we're total stalkers! Score!
In the midst of the Kristen photo confusion, Billy Burke (Charlie) was also there donning a thick mustache. It made him very unrecognizable to me. Paige got a photo with him and then I think he quietly slipped away.
The evening was a success! I left feeling happy and very satisfied. Even if I don't see Robert again (which could be nice) I will be just fine. I think this was just the thing I needed to start putting the stalker phase behind me and to move on to real life. Now, that doesn't mean I won't be driving by the set from time to time . . . . :)