Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Wrap it up

Five places I went in 2013
1. Washington DC
2. San Francisco
3. San Jose
4. Wisconsin
5. Lake Tahoe

Four accomplishments of the past year
1. Held a brilliant conference at work
2. Potty trained Buddy. (Partly her accomplishment, of course!)
3. Bought a house.
4. Celebrated ten years of marriage.

Three things I learned in 2013
1. How to buy a house.
2. That even on no sleep, a road trip with my sisters is hilariously good fun.
3. How to camp with a toddler.

Two things I wanted to do but didnt in 2013
1. Get knocked up!
2. Go to NYC.

One thing I am really glad about with regard to 2013
1. That it is almost over.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

happy beeday dad

happy beeday to my dad. still one of the smartest people i know. and when he smiles, it lights up the whole room. see you in a couple hours pops.

Friday, December 27, 2013

haiku friday

my favorite thing
about the holiday is
catching up with peeps.

whether its a card
in the mail with a photo,
or a little note.

a phone call or a
visit from friends who live far
or time with the fam. 

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas collage

From left to right:
Christmas Eve Selfie at Hanger 24 Brewery
Owl gloves from GUS
Lining up the Justice League
Sitting on Babe's lap
Making breakfast
New turntable!
Justice League
Playing in the ocean
Beach selfie!

Monday, December 23, 2013

wknd pics

We went to Malibu on Saturday to see the Reindeer. I took this pic to illustrate what everyone looks like in Malibu, Babe included. 

I have laryngitis today - though it's better today than yesterday. Anyways I completely blame this game. 

I can't believe she did it! Isn't this pic so So Cal Christmas? Santa was passing out little oranges. 

Buddy's first hair cut. I didn't cry. I mean she didn't.  I didn't either. 

Friday, December 20, 2013

haiku friday

elf duties today.
christmas parties for my work.
dropping off a gift.

making some dip now.
should have made it last night, though.
instead of reading.

got a couple gifts, too.
jam packed morning, i tell you.
got to keep movin. 

Thursday, December 19, 2013


happy beeday to my little namesake niecey. i haven't seen her in too, too long.


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

to do list

  • still need to purchase some gifts for the husband.
  • i stopped at 60 on my christmas cards, those last 15 i have been carrying around with me for a week. need to go ahead and get those done.
  • i have a stack of work that i need to attend to. we're off on tuesday, the 24th and stay out until january 2nd. probably should take care of this stuff.
  • i am mostly not getting gifts for peeps this year, but i do have a couple more items to buy.
  • i need to do some menu planning. we're having our very first christmas just the three of us ever so i need to go ahead and figure out what we're gonna eat. 
  • we're celebrating as a fam down in san diego on my dad's birthday so i need to plan what i am going to make for that.
  • make toffee bars for the work peeps.
  • make my dip for the friday work party, get ingredients. 
  • we made one gingerbread house last night, but have another kit so could probably go ahead and do that. want to see some pictures? here:

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly 2013 Edition

The Good

  • We bought a house!
  • My job got really interesting.
  • Babe got a new job that is awesome.
  • Buddy is cuter literally every single day. I think she is warping the space time continuum on cuteness. 
  • Spent a lot of good quality time with my family and friends. Really got to hang out a lot with Sun and Ang in particular. Digging that. 
The Bad

  • Some traumatic shit happened this year. I'm not gonna lie. Buddy had to be hospitalized. I hated that.
  • We dealt with some loss in a pretty serious way. I don't want to make a list, but that was definitely in the "bad" category. 
  • Haven't saved much money since purchasing the house. Seems like all we do is spend it? 
  • The Yankees were downright awful this year. The California Golden Bears only won one game. 
The Ugly
  • Commuting in Los Angeles is a beast and a monster and I spend about $10 a day driving to work. 
  • My waistline has not fared so well this year, my friends. Not so well at all. There's always January, right?! 
  • I mean, worldwide? Things have gotten pretty ugly. The president is spying on us, people keep shooting each other and there's not  a whole lot of equality going on. But, that's not what this blog is about, right people? This is the place to relax on the web. Not get all angry. 

Monday, December 16, 2013

wknd pics

Auntie took care of Buddy on Sunday so Babe and I could fly up to San Jose for his work party. 

Airport selfie 

His work party was bowling! 

Buddy and Auntie made christmas cookies. 

Look at all the sailboats! 

Dude, so now you can keep your phone on the whole time you are flying so I took these pics out the window. Yesterday was a gorgeous day. 

Friday, December 13, 2013

haiku friday

watch this video.
i promise you will laugh but
also be so sad.

because fox news sucks.
but, jon stewart is the bestie.
and makes it all right.

loving the theme here.
on this ye olde blog of mine. 
it's christmas, bitches.*

*sorry bout that, ma. 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Christmas Songs

I think we can all agree that All I Want for Christmas by Mariah Carey is the best Christmas song.

Here she is, singing it with the Roots and Jimmy Fallon:

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

my christmas list

because, why the heck not, am i right people?

  1. a beautiful, artsy, chunky necklace that i can wear with my boring work clothes:
  2. a tall pair of boots that are both comfortable and fashionable:
  3. a pair of gray suede booties: 
  4. anything from l'occitane:
  5. starbucks gift card: 
  6. a new pair of shades:
  7. a fancy new case for my iphone, like this one: 
  8. And these: 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

funny christmas items from the interwebs

  1. My kid's insane Christmas list, annotated ""New American Girl Doll of the Year 2014." The heartless corporate executives at American Girl roll out a new "doll of the year" doll every year, complete with its own book and shitty DVD movie (the last one starred Nia Vardalos and Ian Ziering) and a meticulously crafted backstory that reads like an account planner's wet dream ("She's a spirited girl who draws on her passions to inspire action!"). And the kicker is that these dolls are always sold for a limited time (the 2013 doll of the year, Saige, is also on my kid's wish list and costs $110 if you can find her), so that mothers around the world step on each other's gullets just to secure one for their brainwashed offspring. Anyway, American Girl has not named its stupid doll of the year for NEXT year yet, but my kid wants it anyway. I assume the doll's name will be Kayden. Here is my kid asking for a present from the future, and that represents one of the more reasonable items. I love you, but you cannot have this, sweetheart."
  2. Please see below to enjoy Jimmy Fallon and other's singing holiday lyrics to current jams: 

Monday, December 09, 2013

wknd pics

Very mellow weekend, as it rained and buddy was sick. We had zero plans and didn't do anything. On Saturday, we took a walk and found that the library has crafts every Saturday morning. So, Buddy made an ornmanent and hung it on the tree. I stinking love the library, dude, I think because my dad was a librarian. 

Walking home, jumping in puddles. 

I like Buddy's happy face. 

This is her last night. Up until 11pm, no nap. Hard weekend. Hopefully this week is better. 

Friday, December 06, 2013

haiku friday

fast week, and chilly.
buddy has a little cold.
babe is out of town.

work is not so bad,
but i am losing someone.
and now, i will drown.

happy friday, all!
be positive this weekend,
and enjoy your life. 

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Sick day

So, Buddy has had a cold this week and stayed home Monday. She's been fine the rest of the week. So she was really kinda congested this morning and coughing some so I thought we ought to stay home.

Suffice it to say, I think she's fine.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013


  • Dude! I loved hosting in my new house. Thanksgiving was great - me and my sisters cooked all day and there was room for all of us. The next day was Babe's birthday party/Friendsgiving and that was tremendous, too!
  • I wish with all of my heart that Southern California had better breakfast sandwiches. There are some days I would pay $50 for an egg and cheese on a roll. 
  • It's nice and chilly here today. Gorgeous out, sun is shining. Mid-sixties. Hey, Cali winter. You're the best!
  • Excited that my new house appears to have insulation. The old house, you may recall, was made of cardboard and you were practically warmer standing outside in the evening.
  • Babe took off today to San Jose. He is starting his new job! Go Babe! He'll be back though. Just in case that seemed weird.

Monday, December 02, 2013

wknd pics - long weekend, lots of activities

hope you and yours had a healthy and happy thanksgiving holiday! 

My niece and buddy enjoying presents from Granpa, from his recent trip to India: 

these two kids. seriously. why are they always just lounging around, talking to each other? i love them so much i can barely stand it. 

Had a walk in the rain. 

Had a walk on the beach.  Happy birthday, Babe. 

This was our Christmas tree some years ago, like late 80s? My dad planted it, and there he is, standing next to it.