Saturday, March 1, 2014


Damn you, February! It always gets away from me and I didn't blog all month, not once! Well, I did in our movie blog This Cinematic Life, but not here. Sigh!

So, what have I been up to?

*Photos! I started a daily photo project...Craig did a photo-a-day project a few years ago. He took (and shared) one photograph a day for a year, and I thought I'd copy him. I've been having a good time of it so far.

*Valentine's Day! It was nice and cozy for us. Craig's work schedule didn't allow us to do anything crazy, but we shared burgers and played video games and cuddled, and that's all I really wanted.

*More cooking! Still having fun trying out new recipes, and deciding which are keepers and which ones to NEVER try again, haha!

*The Frida! Our friend Logan opened his art house cinema in Santa Ana last month. So far we've seen two films from the South East European film festival (Tango Abrazos and Koko and the Ghosts) and a series of short films from last year's Sundance Film Festival, and tonight we're seeing Pedro Almodovar's Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. It's awesome having an art theatre so close by! We're definitely going to be regulars in those seats!

Another month has come and gone. Time keeps passing. Here's to March, I guess!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Adventures in Cooking

One of my New Year's resolutions was to cook more, and so far this month I've made veggie burgers and oven-baked carrot fries, sweet potato black bean "boats" (above), grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato, basil, and mozzarella cheese (below), homemade pesto, and of course our old stand-by of pita pizzas! The results have been mixed (the sweet potato boats were delicious, the pesto not so much...) but I'm proud of myself for trying. I have some vegan jambalaya in the crock-pot for dinner tonight, so hopefully that comes out okay! Hoping to try black bean burgers and mashed chickpea salad sandwiches this week too, fingers crossed that they're tasty!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

I don't know about you, 2014...

Happy Wednesday! I have three new students since returning to work on the 2nd, all of whom aren't thrilled to be there. I haven't exercised once (unless you count lifting toddlers and speed walking through a mall to meet my husband exercising), and I just ate pizza, Skittles, and ice cream for dinner. Whoops! In my defense, the first full work week after short vacation-ish weeks is the worrrrrst and I have an insane headache, so I'm doing okay despite that.

I started the book Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple late last week and finished it while my pizza was cooking (at least I MADE my pizza) and I loved it. The book, not the pizza. Okay, the pizza too.  Some of it hit kinda close to home, and it was funny and heartbreaking and I couldn't put it down.

In other bonehead news, I managed to break my second Canon camera in two years. It's at the shop right now, hopefully getting fixed forever. I got the photography book by the gals at A Beautiful Mess for Christmas and was all excited to try out some of their projects when I realized my camera had a big ol' dent and wouldn't turn on. Wonderful. Fingers crossed that it doesn't cost me too much!

And I cut my hair off even shorter. Woo to 2014! I need to plan some fun stuff to look forward to this month...the ballet, perhaps? Clothes shopping? General silliness with my loved ones? Sounds good!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014 is Here!

Hellooo 2014!

Another year has come, and I have no idea what's in store for me. Last year I predicted less drama (which didn't happen, unfortunately) and I made some goals that I didn't completely achieve. So I'm going to try and let go of the things I can't control and take charge of the things I can.

Let's look at last year... I wanted to use my kitchen gadgets, and the only one I ended up using was my doughnut maker, so it wasn't a total fail! I wanted to learn the end credits to ET on the piano, and I know about half of it. I wanted to have more theme parties, which were a resounding SUCCESS! I wanted to knock off some house projects, and I did in fact buy patio furniture and curtains. Now to actually use that patio furniture! And I wanted to exercise and eat healthier. I did the latter more successfully than the former. I just really hate exercising. Sigh!

Let's take a stab at this year!

Stop reading comments and message boards. Not entirely, mind you...the comments on some of the lifestyle blogs I read and Tom and Lorenzo, for example, are wonderful and hilarious and add to the conversation. I'm talking about Buzzfeed, YouTube, news articles, stuff like that. Those comments are some of the most hateful and ignorant things I've ever read. Who needs that?

More parties! I love throwing parties. Even though I end up spending too much money on them, and stress out that nobody will come, I really do love planning them. I almost always have a good time, and I can't seem to go more than a couple months without getting an itch to throw another! This year I definitely want to have another 90s party, this time with karaoke! And Craig and I will be celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary so I want to celebrate that too. Basically, I am Party Cat.

Buy clothes and shoes that actually fit and are comfortable! I realized earlier this year that I tend to buy clothes with my high school self in mind. Now, I don't actually dress like that anymore (side note: my 10 year high school reunion is this year! Good lord!) and I'm less interested in being tortured to look cute (I'm looking at you, high heels!). So this year I'm all about versatile chic basics and beautiful FLAT shoes! Time for a shopping spree!

Cook! Yeah yeah I want to eat healthier, but a lot of that will come, I think, from cooking more of my own food. I just got a beautiful vegetarian cookbook (three years vegetarian in April!) and I'm excited to try out some of the recipes.

Do something different and physical. Get your mind out of the gutter! I'm not going to make any concrete exercise goals, because I always fail at those, but I want to try something different and exercise related at least once! In 2013 I went ice skating for about a half hour, ha! It's a start! I'm thinking trying tennis this year, or at least more badminton!

Ignore everybody. I get too neurotic about snobs and other people changing my opinion about things, or at least making me question my own thoughts about things. I want to own my opinions, and have the confidence to express them!

Disconnect and reconnect. By this, I mean stop compulsively looking at Facebook and reconnect face to face with friends I haven't seen in a while. I see them at parties, yes, but I mean shopping, lunch, whatever. And I need to PUT the phone down when I'm with other people. Conversations! Memories! Real life, dammit! 

Say yes! No explanation necessary!

Let's see what a hot mess 2014 turns out to be! Cheers!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 In Review!

I wasn't really the best at blogging this year, whoops! While it wasn't necessarily my favorite year (lots of family drama and a two-month bout of pink eye!), it definitely had plenty of happy moments worth remembering. Let's look at the highlights! It seems it was a lot of movies and parties and movie parties, as usual! I continued teaching my little toddlers (including my new favorite Sarah!), cooked new things, and tried stepping out of my comfort zone more. All in all, not terrible!


*We rang in the new year at a party hosted by our good friends Chris and Nicole, and had lots of fun with their photobooth app, haha.
*Saw Les Miserables, The Sound of Music, and Silver Linings Playbook
*Hosted an Amadeus movie party
*Met my amazing friend and pen pal Jess, who lives in Arizona. 


*Went to Disneyland with my mom and sister and had a blast
*Saw a really good show of Richard Jackson's work at OCMA with our friends Brendan and Sapira
*OSCARS! And I got first in the Oscar bets, correctly guessing 21 out of 24 categories. Bam!


*My cat Wednesday returned after disappearing for a month. Ridiculous cat!
*Hosted a Godfather movie party. Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes!
*Went to the Getty museum with my roommates and their son
*Went to "The Golden Age of Illustration" art show with Craig and Dri



*Saw "Legally Blonde: The Musical"
*Celebrated the city of Orange's 125th birthdayy with a big party in Old Towne Orange
*Went to our friend Chris's art show in Santa Ana
*Went to California Adventure with Craig
*Hosted a Wes Anderson art show/costume party. Some of the best costumes I saw all year!
*Went to the TCM Film Festival in Hollywood, saw Gilda and Libeled Lady and met director Allison Anders!


*Saw the musical "Parade" which was amazing
*Saw the Duke Ellington Orchestra perform in Costa Mesa
*Saw Before Midnight and Frances Ha, both of which I absolutely loved.
*Celebrated my 27th birthday by not having a party, which reminded me to have a party next time, haha.


*Visited the Aquarium of the Pacific and took a million pictures of fish
*Celebrated my 4 year wedding anniversary!
*Saw ET on the big screen! Love that movie!
*Hosted a Disney pajama party and had a blast
*Celebrated the downfall of DOMA and attended a celebratory wedding at the courthouse!


*Celebrated 4th of July with fireworks and good food!
*My roommates' son Jamey turned one, aww!
*Went to the OC Fair
*Found ourselves at Comic Con at the last minute. Woo!
*Saw Shrek the Musical!


*Went to an outdoor screening of the silent Wizard of Oz with my friends Danelle and Scott. The movie was awful but we had a good time anyway.
*Saw Blue Jasmine and The Spectacular Now which I loved.
*Drove into the hills to watch the meteor shower!!!
*Took a week off work to spend with Craig during which we went to Disneyland, went to an Edgar Wright themed art show, went to a Star Trek screening at Meltdown Comics hosted by Kumail Nanjiani and Matt Mira, spent a few days in a cabin in Big Bear, and saw John Williams at the Hollywood Bowl! So awesome.


*My brother and his wife visited from Colorado and we celebrated his 30th birthday
*Hosted a Raiders of the Lost Ark themed pool party and it was possibly my favorite party ever.
*Saw "Funny Girl" in Fullerton
*Saw To Kill a Mockingbird on the big screen
*My niece Daniella turned one!


*This is the best month ever. I watched my October movies all month and that was fine with me.
*Speaking of October movies? Watching American Werewolf in London on the full moon. The best!
*Went to the pumpkin patch with Dri and my mom
*Went to my friend Teryn's wedding
*Saw Gravity and The Shining on the big screen...old and new, both amazing.
*Hosted a Halloween party. I was a flamingo, and I won 60 bucks in the costume contest at work. Not bad!


 *Celebrated Dia de los Muertos at the art walk in Santa Ana
*Enjoyed being nerdy at both Craig's 30th birthday which was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle themed, and at our friends' double-birthday which was, well, nerd themed.
*Went to LACMA and saw lots and lots of super cool things.
*12 Years a Slave. Amazing.
*Went to a jazz show at my old high school, which featured my super talented friend Teryn singing (she teaches there too, how did we get so old?)
*Thanksgiving! Food!


*Saw Elf, White Christmas, Christmas Vacation, and It's a Wonderful Life on the big screen, which made my cinema-lovin' heart sing!
*Saw Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano and it was INCREDIBLE.
*Went ice skating for the first time in probably 16 years, eep!
*Hosted a Home Alone Christmas party!
*Went on a boat ride to look at Christmas lights with our friend Mariah and company
*Went to Disneyland with my mom and watched lots of shows and enjoyed the lights. Have I mentioned I love Christmas lights?
*Christmas! Food! Presents! I really liked my loot this year, so excited!
*Celebrated Colin and Rachel's wedding, which was sweet and perfect!

And here are some books I read this year...!
Night Film by Marisha Pessl, The Last Nude by Ellis Avery, Kay Thompson: From Funny Face to Eloise by Sam Irvin, 100 Ideas that Changed Film by David Parkinson, Life Itself by Roger Ebert, A Little Princess and The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, and Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Party of the Century: The Fabulous Story of Truman Capote and his Black and White Ball by Deborah Davis and Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris!

Movies I saw? 
WAY too many to list!

We're ringing in the new year with the newlyweds Colin and Rachel and other friends! I'll be sharing some goals I have for the upcoming year tomorrow. Here's to 2014!