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2012 Year in Review

Pairs of shoes purchased: 5 (2 pairs of boots, purple suede flats, red driving shoes, and a pair for my Halloween costume)Visits to 800 Degrees: at least 15Voting propositions studied: 13Afterparties crasehd/comedians met: 1 (Demtri Martin)Most proud moment: March Madness Facebook ballot ranked #14 in the whole countryNetflix movies I liked: Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Monsieur Lazhar, First Position, Lemon Tree, Footnote, Katy Perry, The Queen of VersaillesTheater movies I liked: Moonrise Kingdom, Argo, Skyfall, The Dark Knight RisesConcerts: 36 (why does that seem so low?!)Races signed up for: 1Countries visited: 4 (Mexico, UK, France, Italy)Trips to Phoenix: 6Nights camping: 1 (my annual quota)Books: My list says 11 (that also seems low).Times I read the Book of Mormon: 1Magazines subscriptions: 6Friends added on Facebook: 67New things tried: Polo, abalone porridge, turning off all electronics at 1030pm Boys kissed: 2.5Boys I didn't kiss that I should've: 2 (maybe)Photos taken: 1…

Musical Monday

Caught Mercury Prize winners, Alt-J, a couple weeks ago and I definitely enjoyed their Dr Dre/Kylie Minogue cover.

Oh, and Merry Christmas!

LA Eats and Eats

A few weeks ago the lovely Ms Carol came to LA, and I'm so happy we had a chance to catch up on lots of things that have happened since our DC days, over several amazing meals at spots that have been on my must-eat list for awhile.

Thursday night we snagged reservations at Michael Voltaggio's Ink, which is one of the best new restaurants in LA. We skipped the prix fixe menu and ordered a variety of things from the menu.  I'm glad we did.

We started with the ham and manchego biscuits with almond butter.  Remember how I love Spain and Spanish food?

I'd read  several reviews that said to order the carrot dish, and it came out steaming cold with coconut ice and cardamom soil.

Lots of pork here - pig ears, brussels sprouts, apple.  I have to order brussels sprouts if they're on a menu.

I'd also read that the corn porridge was a must-order.  It comes topped with homemade ranch doritos.

There's the chef!  We had a good view from our table, and Carol managed to…

Musical Monday

I've liked Foals for a bit now.  New album out next year, and I'm already digging this track.

Musical Monday

I really enjoy the Blogotheque and of course, I love Local Natives.

The good stuff starts around 1:30 and the instruments slowly build in and it's lovely.

Off to the Common Inbox!

Remember how I have a common name and snagged that common name on Gmail and how I get a lot of email intended for other people with that same name?

Usually I write back and say - hey, you've got the wrong Lauren, hope you find the right one! and then sometimes I point them to my blog links that show that plenty of other people have done the same thing.

Well, one of those mistaken email senders told their intended recipient Lauren about my blog posts, and she wrote to me a few weeks ago, curious to read about it.  Funny!  We may actually meet up soon, since the intended recipient Lauren and the mistaken sender actually live near me.  When schedules allow, I wanna make that happen.

I realized that it's been over a year since I updated these types of posts, so let's dig through the inbox for some gems, shall we?  Here are previous posts, to refresh your memory:

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Part II - http://drpepperch…

Welcome, November.

Can you tell I'm out of original titles for blog posts?  Yeah...not so good with that.
November was a pretty stellar month with lots of good meals. Started off one night at Plan Check, which had been saved to my Foursquare bucket list.  After a service auction, a couple people rounded up for a late night meal.  
I think Nathan and I ordered a little bit of everything, and when more people joined the table, we sampled from their plates, too.  That smokey fried chicken was great.  Pickles, the burger special, waffles fries, etc, all well done.

Good friend Scott from high school left his NYC abode to work/act on a cruise ship for several months, and for his last week in town (actually more like 4 hours in Long Beach), I drove down for a quick brunch to catch up. I picked him up at this Seafarers' Center.

Then I rushed home to greet X10 who was staying at my house for the night, after being in town for a funeral that we had both attended the day before.  Sad reason to meet up, …

Links I Like

Some links I like lately:

Did you know that you can get text messages from NASA that tell you when you can see the International Space Station in your sky?  I just signed up!Next time you're in NYC, go visit an apartment building from one of these favorite TV shows. To this day, I have still never seen a full episode of Seinfeld....I had some good laughs looking at the past - things from the 90s that we thought were sooo cool.  Lamesauce.  I totally had that Aladdin game.  This guy tried following everything that's trendy, according to the NY Times.  We're talking British slang, numerous pillows, gap teeth and man buns and man waxing.  Ouch!  

Cars Land!

Cars Land opened at DCA this summer and I avoided the crowds for as long as I could.  Surely by November it wouldn't be so crazy?  Time to go!  As we speak, I'm there again...

The whole entrance to the park is great.

Carthay Circle - fantastic looking restaurant - I'll have to eat there next time.

To the main attractions, down Route 66!

We had to kill some time waiting for a couple people, so I finally toured the sourdough factory.  I love carbs.

To the big ride - Radiator Springs.  I'd heard the lines were horrific.  Sure enough, the main line was 90 minutes or so.  People - get in the single rider line!  Or please don't.  It was 20 minutes, max.  And we all ended up going at the same time.

Life-sized air hockey!

This ride is even prettier at night.  It really does transport you to another land.

This ride is so good, we tried to go back after dinner.  And lucky for us, the single rider line that had briefly closed, was opening up again right as we walked up.  …