Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Rainbow Rowell

I recently read two books by Rainbow Rowell that I must recommend you purchase immediately, especially if you love any of the following things (preferably at least two of them):
  1. 80s movies
  2. Funny people
  3. First love 
  4. Pop culture
  5. Witty writing
Don't like those things? What on earth are you doing reading this  blog, then? (Haha, that was my attempt at number 5.)

Anywho, Eleanor and Park is a story about true love and punk rock music. It is set in the 80s and could have made a very good John Hughes movie. Right? He's the one who made Sixteen Candles? Just read it.

I just finished this little number. It's mostly email between two besties and reminds me a lot of me and BFF's im exchanges, meaning full of hilarious wit and snappy comebacks. It's 1.99 on kindle right now, so if you have one - download it. You'll thank me later! 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Dresden

Totally, Mr. Ly, the Dresden was the bar from Swingers!

The other day, I went to some book signing thing in Los Feliz (a neighborhood in Los Angeles) and my coworker and I were a little early. So, we went to grab a drink. And we saw the Dresden! Which I knew about from the movie Swingers. It is a huge, dark bark. Very old glamour. Not glamorous anymore.

I took these photos:

Check the schooly lights. And you can see the cartoon pictures on the wall. 

Check the white leather booths! 

And the wee Dresden tiles.

Well, then, Babe and I went there on a date and we got to see the famous Marty and Elayne perform. It was a great night. I recommend going there.

Here's one of the scenes from Swingers, but I can't tell which one because I try not to watch movies at work. Haha. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

scant weekend photos

we also stopped by our old stomping grounds, tanner's in culver city. while there we swung by the aquarium and i saw this cool jellyfish. 

crazy haired best friend. 

sky about an hour or two before freak storms. 

hahahahaha. so gross. auntie bought cheetos. buddy ate them. babe wanted to just die when he saw this. needless to say, cheetos are pretty rare in my house. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

haiku friday

i cant believe they
made a movie about the
fifty shades libro.

how embarrassing!!!
i cant imagine going.
i mean, i read it.

cover to cover.
and more than one time, it's true.
so ridiculous. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

the good, the bad, the ugly

the good

  • summertime: bbqs, beeday parties, picnics, beachytimez, day trips. 
the bad
  • summer colds, a lot of work, no real vacay
the ugly
  • seriously - the world. i cant get over this crazy conflict in gaza. i'm not going to say anything here, this is, after all, a place to relax on the web, but come on you guys. it's really, really bad. ugh. i feel like so many bad things are happening around the world all at the same time and there is just not one thing i can do about it. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Buy local

When I was reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, Babe kind of wanted to murder me. It's all about trying to minimize the amount of travel your food has to do to get to you by eating local.

Right? Because if your peach is flying from Ecuador, it's probably not very fresh anyways. Also think of the jet fuel and pollution.

Anyways, I live in California so a lot of this is somewhat moot because our food doesn't have to travel very far in most cases. Except for bananas, but I digress.

I laid off the local thing a bit (I was becoming a little psycho), but I do have a farmers market a five minute walk from my house every Saturday morning. With all the fruit we consume in my little family, it makes good sense to make the trip.

Like this past Saturday, when me and Buddy walked over and purchased our strawberries, peaches, zucchini, grapes and onions.

How self congratulatory was I, then, when peaches from Trader Joe's, Costco, Ralph's and Food 4 Less were all recalled this week because of possible Lysteria contamination. Gross dude. Peaches! UGH is nothing sacred?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Swim Lessons!

Dude, so the public pool by my house has swim lessons for "Tiny Tots" from 4 - 6 years old. A half hour, every day for two weeks. Only $40! So cheap! 

Buddy had her first one yesterday. 

Parents have to stay out of the way. I had to hold on to the bars of the fence (this picture is taken through the fence) so as not to FREAK OUT AND GO GET MY BABY OUT OF THE POOL. She was fine. She was having so much fun! She's the tiniest tot on the far right. 

After swim warm up hug.