Friday, December 28, 2012

Haiku friday

Happy birthday dad!!
I love you too much to say.
Thanks for being you.

Sixty eight this year?
Is my math correct right there?
Born in forty four.

Hope its a good one.
Birthday, birthday week and year!
We love you grampa!!

Friday, December 21, 2012

haiku friday

hey! let's do this thing.
christmas presents, cookies, trees,
santa, you name it.

let's just get her done.
and go back to mundane life.
with much less butter.

happy holidays!
may your christmas be merry
and your new year bright. 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Happy Birthday, Niecey!!

It's the sweet girl on the right's beeday today. I miss them both. 
(And the other one who was too little to be in the ballet this year.)

Wrap it up people

Five places I went in 2012

  1. San Francisco
  2. New York City
  3. Pheonix, Arizona
  4. Big Bear
  5. Solvang
Four jobs I had in 2012

  1. Working as a consultant for SCANPH
  2. Working in the admissions office at UCLA Law
  3. Doing consulting work for a research center at USC.
  4. This job.
Three really big accomplishments I had in 2012 (really big one - that's what Buddy always says)
  1. Lost 20 pounds
  2. Walked 30 miles for the Avon Boob Walk
  3. Got this awesome job.
Two of my favorite things about living in California in 2012
  1. My cute little blue house.
  2. Seeing my family all the time.
One thing I still need to accomplish in 2012
  1. Finish my gd xmas cards. 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Looking back

I love to do the year in review! Especially focused on stupid minutiae that no one would ever care about.

With that introduction, I give you my top three in the category of super random media.

Best vampire book I read in 2012

  • Out of the fifteen or so vampire books I read in 2012, I'd have to say the best one was probably "Lover Reborn" from the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series. Go ahead, folks. Judge away.
Best book not about vampires that I read in 2012

  • This had to be The Alchemist, by Paolo Coehlo. This is the book that inspired me to talk about my personal journey and to understand that as long as I'm on my personal journey, I will experience happiness.
Best KROQ song of 2012

  • If you listen to KROQ, and I do, then you know they only play about 15 songs on their rotation, and this changes about quarterly. So, all told you've got about 60 songs to choose from. I'd say my favorite this year was Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Thrift Shop. A very close second is the Mumford and Sons song I Will Wait. Let's not forget Gotye, but I won't link to it because we don't want to get that stuck in our heads, do we?
Best movie on Netflix streaming

  • I watched Super 8 on Netflix streaming and it was definitely one of the best movies I watched in 2012. Please remember that I probably only watched about a dozen movies in total this year. 
Stay tuned for another completely random list of bests of 2012. Enjoy! 

Monday, December 17, 2012

Wknd pics in a random order

Few things are more lovely than a drive down or up the PCH. Yesterday did not disappoint. The sky was stormy and the sea was grey. Get it socal winter! 

Oh Christmas Cookies. Just stop it already. 
These are from BFF's mom's ornament party,which I attended on Saturday night. 

Buddy and Queso running running running running running.

Queso opening his drill set. He loved it! 

Buddy opening her Dora Pillow pet. She LOVES it. 

My ornament! 
Here's the scene stealer. The show stopper. Buddy eating a toffee bar. I just love her. That is all. 

My thoughts

Sometimes, I have to get my thoughts out on current issues,  as you all know. And I don’t want to do it on Facebook, so you will bear the brunt of it here.

I've never been sadder by anything that has happened in our lifetime. Except maybe Katrina. But even that I could think about without crying uncontrollably after a short time. Not this.

On the issue of gun control – yes. Let’s ban more assault weapons and crazy machine guns. As someone on Facebook put it, there are already so many out there it won’t make that much of a difference. Well, I say it another way, there are already enough out there so let’s stop making and selling them. I don’t care about the 2nd amendment, to be honest, and even if you ban crazy machine guns all those “gun enthusiasts” will still have plenty of guns with which to shoot birds and people.

Another thing I read was: I wish access to mental health care was as easy to come by as access to ak47s. I agree. Let’s work on that as a nation.

But here’s the other thing I can’t get out of my head. When I thought of all of those sweet babies and their devastated parents and community my mind kept turning to the drone attacks our country routinely launches against the middle east and all of those children’s deaths for whom we are responsible. And how is there not more outrage against that? Look, I’m just saying it’s worth examining our foreign policy a little bit if we’re thinking through these domestic issues.

Another thing – people say they don’t want to politicize this event. It is political. Talking about and thinking through difficult issues about rights and freedoms and public health and safety especially at a time when our failings as a society are staring at us in the face and searing us through the heart is exactly the time to do so.

Good morning. Weekend pictures to follow.


Friday, December 14, 2012

haiku friday

here's a thought for you.
let's have some peace on this earth.
and goodwill to men.

lets round up the guns.
and throw them in the ocean.
and the crazies, too.

let's hug our babies.
and our friends and families.
and yeah, pray some too. 

Thursday, December 13, 2012


here's the thing about me, folks.

the busier i am the, happier i am.

there. i said it.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Ta-da! Weekend pics

My niece is the one in the middle in the red. She did so good!

My nephew is the blurry second kid from the right. He was SO CUTE on stage dude.

Lots of children.

Look at who was in my back seat!! I love driving him around.
While I was in San Diego, Buddy was sliding.

Sunday morning we strolled around the promenade. Rough living in socal this time of year, I tell you. No coats! It's December people. 
I stinkin love my house you guys. It just looks so old timey. I mean cuz it is. Old timey. I thought this was neat because of the juxtaposition of the christmas decorations and the palm tree. Juxtaposition. Yeah, I said it.
Here's a nice picture of Buddy dressed like a princess sort of scoping out the decorations in someone else's yard. 

She sure does clean up nice though, huh?

Stop it.I can't with the coat.
She got dressed up for Babe's Christmas party. 

Where we wore masks. 

And shared our toys. 

And jumped off the furniture.  

Buddy and Dada. 

Friday, December 07, 2012

Haiku Friday

Work christmas party.
It's during the daytime which 
is a little weird.

It's school wide though, not
just my little department.
Should be a good time.

Took me forty five 
minutes to get dressed for it.
Need a festive top! 

Thursday, December 06, 2012

The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: Holiday Edition

The Good

The Bad

  • We decided to do something different for Christmas Cards this year and I'm not sure how smart it was. So, every year for the past like 5 or 6 years Babe and I have handmade our cards. It's fun, we like it. Then, we had her Buddiness and started getting those picture cards made of her. Do a little photo shoot, order the cards, badabing! This year, apparently, I cannot stand my real camera as I have literally not taken any pictures with a real camera this entire year. True? Yeah, I didn't even take it to NYC for vacay. Anyways, so we decided to use her school picture and slip it into cards that we purchase from the store. I'm not gonna lie, that makes me very uncomfortable. Here's why:
    1. Do we have cards to put them in? No. 
    2. Do I know where to get good cards? No. You know, like nice cards on good paper that don't cost an arm and a leg. 
    3. Do I have enough Buddy pictures? Not really.
    4. Should I have just stuck with the old way? Yes. 
The Ugly

  • Butter consumption and usage is at all an all time high at the Bhallagrass compound. That's all I am going to say. Draw your own conclusions. 

Wednesday, December 05, 2012


My MIL gave me all these handmade incredible ornaments that I love very deeply. What I need is a separate tree to hang them on. What I want is an EverGleam tree from the 60s. They don't make them anymore and no matter where you look it costs between $200 and $300 to buy one

So, I made an arrangement in a large, white bowl and made that my centerpiece for my table. 

Isn't it neat?

Next year, I'm getting the tree though. 

Tis the season

  • For Christmas Cookies
  • Cards
  • Packages arriving in the mail
  • Lines at the post office
  • Being thankful
  • Being nice
  • Being naughty
  • Playing with ornaments
  • Listening to Christmas music
  • Using extra blankets on the bed
  • Wearing Santa pajamas
  • Looking at Christmas lights
  • Eating appetizers
  • Drinking egg nog (for some, never for me)
  • Spending time with family
  • Wrapping presents
  • Shopping! 
  • Looking forward to the next year
  • Looking backward at the last year
  • Doing good deeds for other people (to get off the naughty list, perhaps?)
  • Decorating
  • Watching Elf over and over again.
  • Taking pictures of Buddy in various state of holiday action
  • Wearing Santa Hats with lights on them.
  • Being with friends.
  • Drinking red wine (oh - is that only around the holidays?)
  • Catching up por telefono.
  • Visiting people.
  • Eating Christmas Cookies (I know that's on there twice but I wasn't explicit in the beginning.)
  • Celebration ale and other holiday beers! 

Monday, December 03, 2012

Weekend Pics

Good ole Husband Mike spent all Saturday making our house look super awesome and festive to passers by! Thanks Chach! 

He asked me if I took a good picture of the house for weekend pics. 
And I said no, but I took this super creepy one of Buddy who looks like an alien standing in front of our Frosty! 
Next time, guys! 

Guess who freaking loves Christmas? 
Every time we opened an ornament she said: Oh My Goodness!! 

This is pretty much how it is now. In my house.

Despite the rain, we also played in the park on Saturday. Here's Buddy with one of her friends. 

And here's Brave Buddy climbing a ladder.

I just think she's so neat. 

Here's how we ended the weekend. With Buddy wearing her grandparent's stockings on her feet, while pretending to drink beer out of a pretend beer mug ornament, wearing ornaments as bracelets. 

And here's the tree. 

Oh. So last week, I forgot to include pictures of Buddy and GUS. Here: 

Friday, November 30, 2012

Haiku Friday

Here's something funny,
something that doesn't happen 
with city living. 

This morning, Lila
was skunked. Who's Lila, you ask?
My sister's doggie.

And what does skunked mean?
The dog got sprayed by a skunk.
Everyone now stinks. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Happy Birthday, Babe!

Happy Birthday, Babe!
AKA Cheech.
AKA Chach. 
AKA Big guy.

Thanks for being the best husband and best friend a gal could ever ask for. I love you! 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Thanksgiving Weekend in Pictures - but only a few

Me and Buddy clowning around. 

On our way to San Diego! 

Buddy in the wild. 

Visitors!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Look at Tia Gabby and her little princess baby. 
They refused to look at the camera. 

Babe's birthday! 

Is that a little boy in Buddy's toybox?

Oh. I guess not. 

Crazy cuteness alert.

Auntie and the O-man. 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Haiku Monday

lovely and busy,
that was our past four days.
many friends stopped by.

had a wee party.
ate a delicious dinner.
took it easy, too.

i love this season.
the decorations, cookies,
and holiday cards. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


21. As we go into this holiday season, I realize how very thankful I am for butter. Delicious, full fat, full flavor butter.
22. I am equally thankful for hot coffee with half and half in it. More please!
23. I am thankful for the 8 minute commute today due to the fact that everyone is already on holiday. Holiday! I'm British.
24. I am thankful that I have 4 nieces, two nephews, three sisters, a mom and a dad, a MIL and a FIL, and no dog because Buddy fears them.
25. I am thankful for my new, burgundy, cardigan from Banana Republic and equally thankful for the 30% off coupon that made me feel okay about purchasing it. So warm!
26. Cease-fire? Thankful.
27. Obama as president? Thankful. Hillary as Secretary of State? Thankful.
28. My new Kindle Fire that I got for my beeday from my husband? Thanks!
29. I am thankful for my business card which is classy.
30. In general, I am thankful. My life is full of happiness and wonderful people. I have an adorable baby and a super nice husband. I have a safe, home with working heat, a fridge full of beer - I mean food, and a lot of friends and family. Plus a good job and terrific hair. Any complaints? Nope. I am often worried about losing five pounds - if that's my biggest problem then all I can be is thankful, thankful, thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving everybody.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


11. I am thankful for my cute but comfortable heels that I wear almost every day to work. Thanks Nordstrom Rack!
12. I am thankful to have been a part of this wedding. Look at this!
13. I am thankful for my giant SIGG that keeps me hydrated during the day.
14. I am thankful for my bluetooth so I can call people while I'm driving and feel like Ari Gold just a little bit sometimes.
15. I am thankful for this job I had in college as a transcriber because now I can type super fast.
16. I am thankful for my stupid iphone because the battery lasts a long time.
17. I am thankful for the makers of both craft beer (Ballast Point, I'm looking at you!) and delicious red wine because I like to drink them.
18. I am thankful that we get off super early tomorrow!
19. I am thankful that I am able to spend Thanksgiving with my family and that I don't have to set foot in an airport to do it.
20. I am thankful for you, dear blog readers. You guys are the best!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Giving Thanks

I took zero pics this weekend, so I thought I would take a page from the Book of BFF and give some thanks. We've got three days til Thanksgiving, so what say we do 10 a day?

Here we go:

  1. I am thankful for my little family. For my Husband Babe and my sweet little Buddy. 
  2. I am thankful for my peeps. We moved here to be closer to family and it worked. We are. 
  3. I am thankful for my job dude. It's a good one and even though I don't *really* get it, I know that eventually I will. Ha!
  4. I am thankful for my little blue rental house. Yes, yes, there's no insulation, and sure, the floors creak and squeak, and yeah sometimes I look at the cracks in the wall and wonder just how long it's going t be standing, but it cozy and cute and I like it.
  5. I am beyond thankful for Buddy's daycare. They take such good care of her and she absolutely loves it there. They teach her stuff and just love her up good. I never worry about her when she is there. 
  6. I am thankful for this oatmeal I am eating for breakfast because it is warm and delicious.
  7. I am thankful for my dear friends. 
  8. I am thankful for my ridiculous view out of my window here on the 15th floor. 
  9. I am thankful for my relatively short commute to work.
  10. I am thankful for living here, in the US of A, where it is safe and I have a ton of freedom to do just about whatever I want. 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Haiku Friday

Hohos and twinkies,
orange-y cupcakes.

Zingers and sno balls,
coffee crumble cake, donettes,
and of course ding dongs.

Gone for good, bankrupt.
I think they are gross. 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Hi Guys!

Hi Guys!

Sorry I missed you yesterday. I was laid up at home with a rotten cold. As such, I am back at work today and now trying to catch up.

We had our big event on Tuesday  night and it was pretty darn good, thanks for asking.

I'll check in later if I can.

Hope you're having a great day!


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Wknd Pics

This is the look my husband gets on his face

when forced to watch the USC Marching Band.

Cake for Grama's Beeday 
All cleaned up. 

Looking at the fish at the Stone Brewery, my favorite place. 

Handsome Babe. 

Sister holding more than one baby. 

Buddy found her old halloween costume and wanted to wear it so I said OKAY.