Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Pretty eventful Wednesday.

  • I am going to do a consulting gig for USC!
  • And then I am going to work at UCLA for a temporary position while this woman goes on mat leave. This should keep me employed until August 2012.
  • After 48 applications, these two gigs are with the first two folks I met with when I moved here. So there you have it.
  • We had a little power outage here in Culver City. I was pretty super excited. We had our candles going and were just sitting around talking. I was thinking long haul for sure, as I've been living in NYC for nearly a decade and when the power goes out, it's not a power outage, but a black out, and that shit goes on for days.
  • But then the power came back on. 
  • I'm thinking of turning all the lights back off.
  • Hoping Buddy sleeps better tonight because last night? No bueno.
  • It's so windy here my gate outside keeps careening open, the lawn chairs in the backyard are somewhere down the street, and did I mention the power went out? Also, my allergies are kicking like Chuck Norris. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Numbers - one day late

  1. Sorry we're late! Buddy and I caught a wee tummy bug that set me back a day. She couldn't go to daycare yesterday, so you got no long blog post. I also had to reschedule two informational interviews. SIGH. We're better today though. Thank god that was a short bug, not a three day one.
  2. The four day holiday weekend was terrific. Thanksgiving day we had mine and babe's family over. That made eight adults, two kids and two babies. We had a terrific meal, the food was good and the company was awesome. It's been nine years or so since I was home for Thanksgiving so it was a great homecoming, too.
  3. The next day, we had over about twelve of our pals, plus about three or four babies. WOW! What a party. We all ate, drank, and had a beeday cake for babe.
  4. The rest of the weekend we took it super easy. We were supposed to go tree shopping on Sunday but I was wiped out, both from so much hosting and that nasty little bug. It was nice to chill though for a couple of days. 
  5. Tomorrow, I have a meeting with USC, to hopefully lock down a consulting gig. Another meeting on Friday at UCLA to hopefully lock down some temporary employment. Cross your fingers yo! This would hopefully have me employed through August 2012.
  6. Yesterday, Babe turned 34! Buddy turned seventeen months! Yay! 

Monday, November 28, 2011

Friday, November 25, 2011

Haiku Friday

Turkey and gravy,
mashed potatoes and sweet ones,
green bean casserole.

Apricot nut bread,
cornbread and sausage stuffing,
and cranberry sauce.

For dessert, two pies
one blueberry, one pumpkin.
And egg nog pound cake. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Most Thankful

Buddy is the person I am most thankful for. Here she is reading us a Dr. Seuss story.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Week of Thanks!

Today I'll express my thanks for having lived in New York City for the past nine years.

Because I lived in NYC:
  • I met some of the smartest, nicest and most fun people I've ever had the pleasure of knowing.
  • I had a great job where I was able to be a senior staff member to one of the top research organizations in the country and help grow it from tiny to much bigger.
Because I lived in NYC:
  • I have no sense of sticker shock. I can't find things that are "expensive" here, because they are 10% cheaper than everything I paid for for the last nine years.
  • I don't think the drivers are bad here. After the shit show (excuse me) that was the streets of NYC, the people here drive like they are going to church on a sunday. 
Because I lived in NYC:
  • I appreciate the weather here in Southern California.
  • I appreciate the quiet at night.
  • I appreciate my backyard and the spacious play space it provides for my buddy.
Because I lived in NYC:
  • Now I can miss it and think about it whenever I want.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Week of Thanks

I'd like to spend the week being thankful. 
So, for my first day of thanks, I'm thankful for my sisters.

 Here's my sister JOY, who lives in upstate NY. She is pictured here with her beautiful daughters and my baby, Buddy. Her third baby is not in this picture, but trust me. She's just as pretty as the other ones. I've been thinking of JOY a lot lately, but particularly today. I am very thankful to have her in my life. 
 Here's my middle Sister, Ang. She's cuddling with my Buddy. Ang and I have always been a duo, a team. She never thinks twice about giving up a weekend to take care of The Stinker. I am very thankful to have her in my life, and feel so grateful to live a mere 1 hour and thirty minutes away from her. What's that you say? San Diego is 2 hours away? Not the way my sister drives. 
And here's my sister Sunny with her beautiful children. We share books, recipes, and clothing. She has been a mentor and bestie to me for a long, long time. Which is funny because we're so very young. I am very thankful to have her close by and that we are both unemployed at present because we can spend literally hours on the phone together all the time. 

I could say so much more about these sisters of mine, and these pithy comments can't do them justice. But today I just want to say how thankful I am to have sisters. My life is better for it. I am a better person because of it. 

I love you, girls! 


  1. What a wonderful weekend! We spent our first weekend at home, just the three of us.
  2. We played in the backyard, went to a couple of stores, watched a ton of football, hung out.
  3. Saturday, we had a spontaneous Big Game watching party with Cin, Omar and Santi. Cal lost, but the score was 28-31 so that was nearly a victory in my opinion!
  4. I narrowed down 900 pictures to 64 to send out to the Buddy Fan Club.
  5. I started planning for Thanksgiving Dinner where we'll have 8 adults, two kids and two babies over for dinner.
  6. It rained all day yesterday and that was the first good rain we've had since I moved here. It was lovely - we played inside and stayed dry. 

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Friday, November 18, 2011

Haiku Friday

I've said it before,
but this time it's really true:
It was a great week.

Overcast here, but
in the sixties, so not cold.
Fall weather is here.

Do I miss New York?
People always ask me that. 
Yeah, sometimes I do. 

Happy Friday!

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Thursday, November 17, 2011


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Good, Bad, Ugly

The Good

  • I made banana bread this week and it is good.
  • It's in the 60s here and sunny. You heard me.
  • Lots of kettles boiling, irons in the fire, buns in the oven (wait - not for me), in terms of the job situation.
  • Buddy has a little tiny ponytail now.
The Bad

  • When buddy doesn't like what is going on - say Mama is doing the dishes, or I want her to sit in her stroller, she becomes a noodle/snake like object and makes this big noise that sounds like EEEEEEHHHHHHHHHHHHH and it is no bueno. 
The Ugly

  • My heating bill is going to be ugly. I've had central heating for the past nine years and it has been paid for by someone else. I'm sure the costs were rolled into my rent, etc., but I still didn't get a bill. Despite it being relatively warm in So Cal, my house is made of a very fine paper and it gets down to about the 40s at night, so that means it cold in here. That bill aint gonna be pretty. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


At the 2011 mayoral housing, transportation and jobs summit at UCLA today.

Learning a lot, should be able to be more conversant in the LA business/politics scene.

Been saying yes to every opportunity that comes my way - dig.

Do you like my new look?
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Numbers part II - job update

  1. I have submitted forty-six job applications so far. I put Buddy in daycare on October 1st, so that's when I really started focusing on this search. Six weeks ago. 
  2. I've had three interviews with one non profit, and they are going to let me know if the coming week or so what the status is. I really hope I get that job so I can stop looking. Also because its a good job and the people seem really nice. 
  3. On average, I've had one informational interview or meeting every two weeks.
  4. I had an in person interview a few weeks ago with a place, but they said no. 
  5. A pal of mine, early on, said, listen, I bet you will send out about fifty job applications and get 2 or 3 interviews. She was 100% right. She didn't tell me any odds on getting hired, though.
  6. I may or may not start doing some consulting work for this one organization that called me. But, they are a bunch of hippies and I'm not sure how much they are willing to pay me.
  7. I had wanted a job before Thanksgiving because I was worried that once we got into the holidays people wouldn't be hiring as much. Today is November 15th. Here's hoping, you guys!

Monday, November 14, 2011


  1. Back on track this week, girls. This past weekend, I did a nice turnaround trip to San Diego to celebrate my mom's 40th birthday. (Wait...what?) Me and the buddy drove down on Friday during her nap and came back after her bathy on Saturday night. It was a very relaxing day and a half with my familials. We had a nice dinner at my ma's, went out to a casual lunch on Saturday, and I basically just hung out with family. It rained a lot for San Diego, so that was sort of surreal.
  2. Yesterday, Babe drove to see his peeps out in Hemet, so me and the Buddy experimented with Culver City public transportation. You know - the bus. It costs $1.00, has no apparent schedule and took me right to the farmer's market. 
  3. My dear friend Gabby came over on Thursday and we stayed up til 1:30 talking outside in my backyard. She and I have been friends for close to thirty years - we met in kindergarten. You'd think we wouldn't have that much to talk about, but you'd be probably wrong about that. 
  4. I had a pretty good job interview that Thursday. I'm up to 44 jobs applied for. This morning, I am at the coffee shop and I'm looking to add 3-5 to that total. I'm also doing a ton of networking and just meeting with people, so something should come up pretty soon? Right? 

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Feliz Cumpleanos, Ma

We took this picture last night of Grama surrounded by many (but not all!) of her grandchildren. 

Grama! That's my ma. It's her birthday today. People always ask me what it's like to have a ma who's so young and youthful in appearance and do you know what I say? It's easy! 

Happy beeday, Ma!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Haiku Friday

I missed you this week.
I am sorry I failed you
cheerful blog readers.

Next week, there will be
numbers and updates - oh my!
And also pictures.

This week can be done.
I am truly over it.
So, see you later.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Job Interview

And with everything else that has been happening, and believe me dear blog readers, it is beyond belief the  number of things that have been happening, I still am on a quest for a job.

I have a third interview with a place today, it's a different position than the other two. Let's hope I nail this one, huh, so we can put this shit to bed already?

Love you

Wednesday, November 09, 2011


I owe you so much. I owe you a numbers, still. I owe you a recount of the wedding of the century. I will not have anything until later today, however.

BUT! You should probably look at this, because it is a DOPE recount of the wedding I attended: Seriously, click this link.

And, here's a pic from the wedding. Me and G came in to "California..knows how to party." Word.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Monday, November 07, 2011

Yah. Looks like the buddy had a great time while Mama & Dad were in Washington DC.

More to come on the wedding of the Century. 

I need to make some coffee. 

Friday, November 04, 2011

Haiku Friday

Washington DC
For a weekend, wedding trip.
So far, it's nice here.

My buddy's at home.
Well, she's at daycare right now.
Either way, not here.

what a total trip.
She's in very good hands, though.
So it will be fine.
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Thursday, November 03, 2011

Buddy day

  • Clean tub
  • Clean bano, sweep floor too
  • Nordstroms's 
  • P/U Babe's laundry
  • Pack
  • Finish writing sample
  • Send it in
  • Take short nap
  • Check in for flights
  • Take out trash & recycling
  • Laundry (?)
  • Put away clean dishes
  • Do dishes
  • Change sheets
  • Call for cab
  • $ for hair and make up
  • Deposit checks
  • Clean out fridge
  • Play with Buddy
  • Clean off table 
  • Print out buddy notes for fam

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Me at 2 years old

Thanks, Ma and Dad for sending! 
It's my birthday today. I am 34 years old. My 33rd year was pretty good, I have to say. Here's me and the buddy. My hair looks CRAZY but whatever. It's a cross I have to bear. 

Tuesday, November 01, 2011


  1. Yesterday was the first Halloween that I got to hand out candy and I can't wait to do it again! We took Buddy to just a house or two, but she helped me pass out candy to trick or treaters.
  2. I've said it before and I'll say it again: 2011 a year of transition. I'd like 2012 to be a year of happiness and good times. You with me?
  3. My beeday is tomorrow. I am going to be 34. How bout them apples?
  4. This past weekend was another friend explosion! We went to the Cal game which was horrible because Cal sucks, but we had a great time with our pals tailgating at the rose bowl! We ate dip and sandwiches and drank beer, with four Cal alumni and two other great pals.
  5. We also had over Cin, Omar and Santi on Sunday and took them to the farmers market where it had to be more than 80 degrees. HOT, but no complaints. Not from these lips.
  6. I bought a second dress for the wedding this weekend. I hope one of them is perfect.