Friday, February 28, 2014

haiku friday

oscars this weekend,
will you be watching the show?
i do love ellen.

haven't seen many
best picture nominations.
only one or two.

still love to watch it.
see what people are wearing,
jennifer lawrence.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

It's a good thing I'm pretty

Had a nice lunch yesterday with a donor in downtown Culver City. I had sorta messed up with her sponsorship so this was a make up lunch. It went pretty well. My plan was to get back in my car, run an errand, and go work from home for the rest of the day. So, I get back to my car and can't find my keys. I check the usual spots in my purse then peek into the car and see the little flashing red light that indicates my keys are locked in my car. Sad Cod. 

I decide why not get my nails done while I wait for Babe to get back to this side of town. Yes, I could have called AAA but I figure Babe is going to come to Culver City anyways to get Buddy later, right? So I hop on that Culver City Bus and roll down to get my nails done. 

Unfortunately, Babe  didn't have Subaru keys with him today because he was driving a rental car, so he had to pop home before coming to get me. Nice guy, right? 

Anyways. I'm sitting there drying and I reach into my purse and what's that I feel? My keys? Wait what? But the light was on. The red one that flashes when you forget your keys in your car. But I guess it doesn't REALLY know the difference between being right next to the car and in the car because it's not made of magic. Sad, Cod. 

So, I call Babe. Sorry chach, I have my keys. But can you still come pick me up, because I have to go get my car out of the garage. 

Oh, and when you get here can I have cash so I can tip the nice ladies? Thanks!

Well then Babe is dropping me and Buddy off and we go get to the car, and then try to exit the parking garage. Except they are cash only and I just gave all of my money to Joycie for painting my toenails. A measly $3 and I have to drive out of the garage in gridlocked downtown CC, go to an ATM and come back to pay the guy in cash. All the while walking in those little paper shoes from the nail salon.
Bad story, bad writing. You're welcome. 

Monday, February 24, 2014

no wknd pics?

does that even seem possible?

it was sort of a randon weekend, got a hair cut which i will tell you about sometime, hung out with babe and buddy, folks came up to watch the buddy so we could buy a car.

stopped by the LBC folks. took a drive.

it was good. it went by too quick! i promise twice as many next weekend.

Friday, February 21, 2014

haiku friday

haircut tomorrow.
the worst thing about moving
was losing marco.

two and a half years.
still searching for a new one.
my standards are high.

i've tried so many.
a couple were just rotten.
one was just okay. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Three favorites, South bay edition

  1. Carne Asada from La Venadita in Carson
  2. Falcon Inn - my new favorite dive bar in Hawthorne.
  3. Favorite chain restaurant (let me tell you - you can't throw a rock and not hit a chain restaurant down here: PF Chang's. Man, those lettuce wraps! 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

wknd photos

These two! They are besties!! 

They both decided to hide by the side of the chair to eat their snacks.

little o sitting by the marine land exhibit 

Buddy in her super star gear!


Had a wee dinner party last night for some pals I haven't seen in years! 

Collage of cute, part 1

Collage of cute, part 2

Friday, February 14, 2014

haiku friday

where did the day go?
it's singles awareness day!
or, valentines day.

give me some candy.
or dont, i dont care at all.
conversation hearts.

this haiku is bad.
perhaps better than nothing?
i am so sorry.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Coche, 1991 - 2014

What a good girl she was. So rugged, yet comfortable. So easy to drive. 

She drove us all around the Bay Area after college.

She drove us to New York City.
She drove us all over southern California after we moved back here.

On Tuesday, Coche gave up her life protecting husband Babe in a bad traffic accident on the 405. He walked away unharmed because of her bravery, loyalty, and rugged exterior. 

We will miss her but will always cherish the memories. 

Coche, thank you for everything. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

wknd photos

super fun weekend, but i'm grouchy so i'll keep this brief. plus i don't have a whole lot of pics.

buddy doing circle time at the grocery store. i love her so many. 

We went to the roller derby on saturday and it was so much fun. i need to go back! and sign up. i will tell you more about it later in the week. yeah, right. 

visitor from brooklyn - peep! buddy loved him too many. this is near the farmer's market on saturday morning. 

Friday, February 07, 2014

haiku friday

what a freakin day!
i have been meeting all day.

talking and talking.
listening and explaining.
moderating, too.

taking a few notes,
shaking a couple of hands,
eating sandwiches. 

Thursday, February 06, 2014


has anyone seen january? i guess it left without saying good bye.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014


I found a new food blog that I really like. Mel's Kitchen Cafe is full of pretty pictures, reasonable recipes, and good ideas.

I made this and it was good.

Here's the recipe with my modifications in bold.

Mel's note: I know generally it's looked down on to rinse noodles but after making this dish over and over and over, I hated how the noodles were sticky and gummy and found that a quick rinse (not a soak, just a rinse) in cool water after draining gives them the perfect texture for the dish. 
12 ounces spaghetti or angel hair pasta
2 tablespoons butter (or EVOO)
4 cloves garlic, finely minced or pressed (if you know me, you know I don't finely mince anything. still works.)
6-9 cups coarsely chopped fresh baby spinach (you can use a lot of spinach. definitely a whole trader joe's bag.) 
1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
Zest of 1 lemon (about 1 teaspoon or so)
6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 2 lemons)
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil and cook the noodles until al dente, according to
package directions. Drain and rinse briefly with cool water and set aside.
2. While the noodles are boiling, in a large 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat the butter over medium heat
until melted. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1-2 minutes, careful not to let the garlic
3. Toss in the chopped spinach and pour in the chicken broth. Simmer the mixture 2-3 minutes until
the spinach is wilted. Toss in the cooked noodles, using tongs or two forks to lift the noodles up and
over to distribute the spinach mixture.
4. Add the lemon zest and juice. Toss the noodle mixture and heat through, 1-2 more minutes.
5. Serve immediately with a sprinkle of fresh Parmesan cheese.

Monday, February 03, 2014

weekend photos

What a fun weekend! We went to a very cool concert for Gabs's beeday. Mayer Hawthorne - listen to him! It was such a super fun night. 

Took this silly girl to dinner on Saturday. She makes me laugh out loud. 

She spent Sunday morning cleaning the backyward while I was cooking for the superbowl party! 

American Gothic? 

Here it is today. It's such a beautiful day.