Friday, September 28, 2012

South Korea....

is so proud of Psy, and so am I.  Look at how they embrace their now international pop star!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Links I Like

Another round of links I like lately.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Shannon, Breakfast, and Baseball

Continuing in updates from August...

Shannon came to Pasadena for the summer for a NASA internship.  She's kind of a genius.  We were rooommates back at Georgetown where she was studying international relations, but two years in, she left DC, went on a mission to Brazil, came back to BYU and started in engineering and now she's almost Dr. Shannon and she does cool stuff with NASA.  She's rad.

We had a goodbye dinner in Glendale, followed by some pancakes with Cookie Butter, because I'd never had it.  It's pretty genius, too.

Brooke modeled it for us.


Bye, Shannon (aka Shelbs!).

Aaron had a late night breakfast birthday at the Cube.  


I went for a little jog in the neighborhood and came across this tree.  Then I realized it's the place where that plane had crashed.  Sad.


I hit five years of working for my company.  Five years!  I got this nice little box in the mail.

Another thing to go on my desk.

And as part of my company loyalty, I got to pick out a gift and I chose this.  Let me tell you - life changing.  I've used it a ton already.  The other day I threw in some chicken with green salsa, corn and beans.  When it was done, I made some fresh pico with tomatoes, red onion, and garlic salt.  Throw that into a tortilla with a dab of sour cream, and it's pretty dang delicious.  Cooking is easy!

I went to a Dodgers game, cause it was Vin Scully bobblehead night.  There was some awesome rainbow action going on.  Get ready for lots of rainbow photos.












Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Back to Disneyland

Mid August meant one thing - my cheapo Disneyland pass blackout dates were over! Time to make a trip. I rounded up some of the Mormon Mouseketeers and we headed to the OC one Monday evening.

Dole Whip - check.


Favorite ride - check.

We asked for 'jackrabbit speed.'  Myth or real?  I don't know, but it sure felt faster.

Fast pass for Star Tours - check.

Delicious chicken dinner - check.


Legos!


Monday, September 24, 2012

Musical Monday

I made a smart move last week and upgraded to Spotify Premium, which means I now have any music I'd ever want, in my hands at all times.  It's nice to carry it around the house, pop it into my car, and catch up on all these tracks I've added to playlists but haven't had time to sink my ears into.

I'm kicking myself, absolutely kicking, for not getting into S. Carey's stuff earlier.  You know I'm obsessed with Bon Iver, you might not know that Sean is the drummer and that he did his own album in 2010 and an EP this year (called Hoyas!!).  I've had a few tracks downloaded, but never got around to hearing the whole album.

Late one night last week I had a listening party, and I'm kind of obsessed.  All We Grow is a gorgeous record.  This track just builds into amazingness.
If I ever meet a man who thinks this record is as splendid as I do, I just might have to marry him or something.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

More August Adventures

Briggie came to town. Chego is right down the street from me, but I'd never been. I have now! And I will definitely be back again, because look at those Ooey Gooey Fries.

I had a tough time choosing what to order, and I went with the Beefy T this time.  I'll try another delicious option next time.

My legs were still peeling from my San Diego sunburn, but I'm going to take those photos out.  You can thank me later.  Instead, here's a nice photo of downtown LA.

There was some cool stuff going on at MOCA that weekend, so even though I didn't get a ticket to the sold out event (they were free), I went down there anyway to watch from a distance.  The gunpowder art by Cai Guo-Qiang is still there, and I wanted to see it up close.



I was sitting outside those MOCA gates where Ariel Pink, Zola Jesus and Active Child were going to play, and some dude had extra tickets and just gave them to us.  Woo hoo!

I really love the Active Child record and was really bummed when I bought tickets to see them in May and decided to go to Europe instead, but I gotta be honest - their stuff doesn't really translate across a live stage. At least I tried.  And then I got shabu shabu.  That ponzu is so good.

It was one of those rare nights when I also ended up on public transport in LA.

The next morning I was up bright and early to help with the FAME Back to School event.  I went last year and had a great time, so I signed up to go again.  Yes, up early on a Saturday morning.  That never happens.   I was in charge of shoe duty this time.





Lots and lots of people and it was hot out there.  I was happy to be in the shade.

Later that day, roommate Haleigh's birthday!  We all grabbed some Hawaiian food and headed to the beach.


I just happened to pick up a 5lb bag of Sour Patch Kids to take.  Don't worry, I shared.



And have I mentioned I'm addicted to Scramble With Friends?  Play with me!  This was probably my best game ever.  Joy is a super tough opponent!

Back to the Balkans! And I'm Getting Married...

Let's try something revolutionary. Let's try writing about a trip immediately upon return! So back in November or something, there...