Showing posts from September, 2011

Super September Saturday

How is September already over?  Best month of the year - best people born in this month, and it's dunzo.  One quarter left and we'll be staring 2012 right in the face.  Seriously - where does time go?
Solid month for me.  Let's look back.  My parents visited over Labor Day.  Good weekends continued. The next weekend I went to an improv show.  Becca came up from HB and stayed with me.  We went out to dinner at midnight.  And miraculously I woke up at 6am the next morning to volunteer with my ward, handing out shoes and backpacks to families who'd slept overnight to be first in line to get these items for their kids.  I had a blast and even managed to function while speaking Spanish.  
As soon as my volunteer shift was over, I raced downtown to hop on the Esotouric bus.  MCB and I had booked this tour into the secret heart of LA months ago, so I went.  Tour title: Hotel Horrors and Main Street Vice.  A fascinating view of historic hotels.  Downtown LA is kinda growing o…

Blast From the Past

Blogging is last on the list right now, so here, enjoy some photos from 1999 that I scanned over the summer.  Go Pirates!

Musical Monday

Good Tunes Ahead this Fall from:
Florence + the Machine
Sigur Ros
Ryan Adams
Kelly Clarkson
Deer Tick
She & Him

Recently Spotted in My 'Hood



For the second time, today I had to take my iPod into the Apple Store so they could remove a silica gel bead from one of those packets that got lodged into the headphone jack.

I was not going to make a 6 hour roadtrip without being able to plug in the auxiliary cord.

Second time!!  How have I not learned?

Apparently this is a common problem.  Ladies and gents, clean out those silica gel packs.

PS - I am now another year older.  Yay!

Tonight I Will Weep Tears of Musical Joy

Two words:

Bon Iver
Bon Iver - Beth/Rest (Solo Piano at World Cafe) by pmwtumblr

I snuck my crappy little camera into their show a couple years ago.  Been watching all week to get into the zone. 
Bon Iver - Lump Sum from L Dubbs on Vimeo.

Miss Universe

I taped the Miss Universe pageant (now that I have DVR!) so I can watch the full trainwreck when I get back to LA.

In the meantime, I'm having a good ole time in Phoenix now that the temperature is below 100.

From the pageant - guess the country that's supposed to be represented in these "costumes."

1. Tanzania
2. Curacao
3. Honduras
4. Ireland
5. Panama
6. Puerto Rico
See for their commentary. 

Tourist Week Continues

My parents came to town last week as part of their summer roadtrip - they flew to Phoenix, drove to Vegas, Bishop, CA (where my dad lived as a kid), Yosemite, Bakersfield (to visit high school friends) and finally to LA, to hang out with me.  They're only a few years away from getting a motor home, methinks.

First stop - a taping of the Tonight Show.  There was a little earthquake that afternoon and even though we were in Burbank around that time, we didn't notice.  I still really want to be in one!  But just a little one.

Heidi Klum (love her!), Kevin Smith (eh) and Fitz and the Tantrums were the guests.  We got there kinda late and didn't have great seats and couldn't take any photos, but my mom grabbed a water bottle that she gifted to me.
Aftwards we ended up in old town Pasadena (love that place), where we shopped and went on a wild goose chase for food trucks at a farmers market.  We ended up at La Grande Orange cafe instead.  Once again I opted for the short ri…

Tourist Week in El Lay

Almost every time I leave home and drive east on Santa Monica Blvd, I inevitably pass several of those tour vans - you know, the ones with the roof cut off, filled with tourists, scoping the sights of Beverly Hills, cameras out and hoping for a celeb sighting as they drive by their homes.  And I laugh and feel uncomfortable for those people, because I wouldn't be caught dead doing something so touristy and gawkerly.

Welp, I went on one of those tours last week.

Apparently a good majority of one tour company's staff is Mormon, so as a fun Monday night activity, they offered to take a big group of us on a free tour.  I wasn't going to say no - it's free!  And they picked us up right near my house.  We left as it was getting dark so I don't really have any good photos, nor was I going to stand up in this van and draw more attention to myself to take photos, so these two will have to do.

We started the tour pretty close to my place.  Both the Spelling mansion and the …