Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Foiled!

Not once, but twice on Tuesday!

Ugh.

Foil 1 - MCB and I planned to go see The Tree of Life.  It's probably one of those films that should be seen in theaters to fully appreciate it, and it's been out since May so it's almost gone.  We talked about seeing it at the Arclight Hollywood, yet it disappeared.  It was only left in about 4 theaters in the whole LA area this week, one of them near my house.  Tuesday it was!  Except on Tuesday night and Tuesday night only, the 7pm show wasn't happening.  Which I discovered at noon that day.  Bummer.

We'll try again tonight and see if we get in.

Foil 2 -  Kiersten's second book, Supernaturally, dropped yesterday, and of course I had pre-ordered it on Amazon.  It's exciting stuff!  It was supposed to ship on Tuesday, so I figured I'd get it sometime this week.  Curious though, I logged into my account to track my order.  It left the warehouse in time to be delivered Tuesday, except stupidly I  didn't check the shipping address and it's at my old place in Phoenix.

It shipped via the Post Office, who does indeed have my forwarding address, but I'm afraid they delivered it to the front apartment office where it will sit in a closet, or even worse, they put it in another large PO box for packages and left the key to that in the current resident's mailbox, in which case I'd probably never see it.

I guess this just means I'll have to by another copy to boost Kiersten's sales, which I am happy to do.  I'll do my part to get her back on the New York Times Bestseller list.

In happier news I did get my new comforter for my bed (after ordering the comforter instead of the duvet, but whatever).  It looks nice, but it's SO white.  I'm afraid my oily hair will stain it.  Time to stock up on bleach.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Pinterest?

Are you on Pinterest?
Can I follow you and your design/style tastes?


















Instead of tearing things out of magazines and stuffing them into folders that I never see again, it's a great way to remember things that I like and keep them all organized.  And then I can see what other people like and get inspired. It's kind of my new obsession. No more wasting time on Facebook; this is where I'm at.

If I ever live in one place for more than a couple years and I feel like settling in for the long haul, I'll have some great decorating ideas!

If you want an invite, I'm happy to send you one.




Monday, July 25, 2011

Musical Monday

In case you didn't know, Bombay Bicycle Club (not to be confused with a bicycling group in India) is about to release their third album.  The first single sounds vastly different from their first two albums (which are quite different from each other), but you should check out Shuffle below.  It makes me think of an old timey carnival, in a good way.

Lucky for me, they're playing with Two Door Cinema Club this fall and I already have my tickets.


Friday, July 22, 2011

Called Out in the Dark

New Snow Patrol is out, and it gets better with each listen.

On repeat.


This week I finally saw the ending of our beloved friend, Harry Potter. MCB and I drove down to Long Beach to meet up with Becca, and we made it just in time for the 3D showing that we thought we were going to miss.
I had really wanted to read the last book again before I saw the movie, but oh well.  The film was fantastic and probably a little scarier in 3D since that big, gross snake has the potential to bite your face off.  I closed my eyes more than a few times.  But whoa, Neville Longbottom.  You grew up to be hot.  Four stars for the flick, and what an end to an era.  I'm sure someday I'll purchase complete sets of books and DVDs.

Tonight I'll be eating a Dodger Dog and watching some baseball; tomorrow I'll go see Simon and Paula tape the X Factor.  Wahoo!




Thursday, July 21, 2011

Expectations and Reality

Ran across this post today - it's hilarious. And sad.

Here are some of my favorites.



I hate when the sweet stuff doesn't look cool, even if it tastes just as good.  
All the more reason to hate winter.

My summer tan isn't coming along so well.  Still terrible uneven with a splotchy part on my left arm.
I live 4 miles from the beach.  Do you think I'm there all the time?  Wrong.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

ILoveM83

Have a listen if you like. Don't get freaked out by the photo.

Then grab your free download. And dance.

Midnight City by M83

Friday, July 15, 2011

Do You Hear the People Sing?

I will tonight.

Going to Les Mis!


The first time I saw Les Mis, I really didn't know anything about it and after growing up on music from Phantom of the Opera, that's all I really wanted to see when I got to New York for the first time.  But alas, I went to visit Scott, we went to the TKTS booth at the World Trade Center and ended up with 3rd row seats to Les Mis for that evening.

It blows everything else out of the water.  It's just incredible.  I would even dare to take musical haters to see it.  It would soften your heart at least a little.

The second time I was in London, and friends and I had ventured to the West End one morning to see what shows had cheap tickets.  We ended up buying tickets to Jerry Springer, the Opera, since that was about all that wouldn't break out budgets.  A few hours later I was having dinner with a friend who had seen 'the opera' and mentioned that he probably should've walked out.  I knew that if he didn't like, I'd probably hate it.  What was plan B?  Even though I couldn't get rid of my Springer ticket, I found a lone balcony seat for Les Mis that wasn't too terribly pricey and decided to see it alone.  My friends ended up laughing through Springer, but I clearly made the better choice.

Third time's the charm tonight - I'm sure it will be fantastic.


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Bastille Day - Macaron Time

I love sweets, it's no lie. One of my first tours after moving to LA was a little cupcake tasting at Vanilla Bake Shop, close by in Santa Monica. They're opening a store even closer to my house in Century City, so that's gonna rock. Even better, they post a little phrase frequently on Twitter that gets you a free baby cupcake.

Anyway. I went there and sampled. It's delicious stuff. And in honor of Bastille Day today, I think I may have to go get more macarons this afternoon in honor of the French. Célébrons!

The hazelnut and pistachio are easily my favorites.
Chocolate raspberry and vanilla bean, yes, please!
I'm now a frequent customer, despite trying to lower my sugar intake.  If you come visit me, I will take you there!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

National Dance Day 2011

Um, who's doing this?

Because maybe I want to learn a routine and perform it and pretend like I'm still 15 and have moves....

Maybe it'd be better than the last flash mob I tried to do, where it was a little more mob than flash and I sorta forgot the moves.




Monday, July 11, 2011

More Won Ton, Please

So - new favorite thing of the week - mini foods in Won Ton Wrappers.
I bought a bunch and have three recipes to try.

Here's the low down:

Mini Lasagnas (from Can You Stay for Dinner?) were awesome!  See, don't they look amazing?  They're really easy and really tasty and I would recommend that you put some in your belly.  Even after my leftovers sat in the fridge for four days and were reheated in the oven for the third time, they were still good (so said my dinner guests).  Alas, this photo isn't mine, but mine really did look just as delicious.
I had a few friends over for Sunday dinner and I decided to try recipe number two - Chicken Parm wraps, also from the same blog.  These didn't turn out so well.  They were much prettier in the original picture.
I think I stuffed mine too full, and then they didn't really close.  I also didn't have spinach, so I used chopped asparagus instead.  The wrapper ends got baked and hard, and it just wasn't amazing.  I tried it again today and added some mozzarella cheese on top before baking, some oregano, and more dipping sauce.  Better, but I'm still iffy about this one.

Next up, Taco Cupcakes.  I think these might turn out well.  You can never go wrong with dumping a ton of salsa on anything.  






Sunday, July 10, 2011

Is it wrong to love this?

Lauren Conrad has new hair.

I'm kind of in love with it. If only my hair wasn't so dark, I'd seriously consider it!  I think it's rad.


Saturday, July 09, 2011

Best Music Ever

Okay, whoa, Blogger is radically different today.  Whoa.

Easy enough to get used to, I suppose, but whoa.  Oh, and it's not going to be called Blogger anymore.

Anyway.

Another post to gush about Bon Iver.

One of the greatest songs ever written, sung by a haunting voice.  Thank you, JV.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Happy Birthday America, and other things

Last week I decided I'd had enough of 70 degree weather and working from my lovely home office (pictured below) so I made the trek back to Phoenix for a week in extreme heat and long commute into work.  This actually turned out to be a pretty good decision.
As much as I love living in California, there was just something really nice being around friends and family again.  I think I've done pretty well balancing time with the boyfriend, LA friends and meeting new people, but it was kind of nice to be back in the comfort zone for a few days.  Kinda felt like I never left, though the roasting oven outside reminded me why leaving was a good decision.   Last night's haboob was another validation. 

I've been a little better organized with working from home, though going back into the office for a week, I treated it like a business trip.  I felt fairly productive every day and even managed to get into the office before 9am.  That's a feat for me!

The fun part though, after work.  Monday I visited my favorite Damian for a fabulous haircut.  It's worth going back to Phoenix for that alone.  I'd pay double out here for something as good.  Next up, dinner at The Windsor with Shannon and Megs.  Have I told you how good the brown bag chicken sandwich is?  Because it's just as good or better than I remembered.  

The rest of the week was filled with Bahama Bucks, dinner at Kari's, skipping trivia to hang with Chantal, Apples to Apples, Dairy Queen, free laundry at Gram's, a baseball game with work, successful shopping for home decoration stuff, and a dentist appointment where I finally got my oh-so-sexy nightguard to prevent me from stressing out my jaw.

I left the AZ Thursday evening to rush back to LA, since my brother and his wife decided to come down from Utah for the weekend.  They totally left at 6am that day and had to kill a lot of time until I got home around 11pm.

We had Friday lunch with MCB at The Misfit (yes, again, I love that place), hit food trucks in Venice for First Friday, had beach time, shopping, a field trip to Home Depot in Hollywood where we ran into Pollo Campero (loooong wait for our food, but so good!), and drilled holes into my wall to hang curtains (my bro had to work for his stay).
Courtney didn't want a full body shot in her swimsuit.  I obliged.  



Tay and Court headed back to Utah early Monday morning, so I decided to make the trek to Huntington Beach's awesome Fourth of July parade since I had about six groups of friends visiting HB for the weekend.  I saw gymnasts and skaters and clowns and soldiers and dancers.  I kind of love and miss the small town celebrations on the Fourth.  It's what makes America great.


After parade watching and lunch with friends, we hit the "CTR section" of the beach for some sun soaking.  I am definitely red.  But finally I saw Celisse!  I've missed her since she moved to DC, though I highly encouraged the move. 
After running around all afternoon with my gaggles of girlfriends, I headed back up towards home to meet up with MCB.  Cause who doesn't like kissing under fireworks?  Cheers to America!

Last November, with a Little Trip to Austin

Stuff from last November! At work we made little bandanas for pets in shelters. I guess when they have a colorful thing around their neck ...