Monday, February 27, 2017

weekend pics

i was trying to capture the apple hat 

check out these chickens who live in my neighborhood 

courtesy is in town and she took babe and buddy rock climbing. look at my girl!!! 

course we hit up some breweries 

had a wonderful supper club where they made cookies on the floor


buddy played soccer in the rain 

we went to rock n brews. this picture of josie and kiss makes me laugh 

we went to the park 

skate or die bro

swinging 

playing video games 

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Friday, February 24, 2017

haiku friday

when writers block strikes
it is good to have routines 
to help fill the void. 

regular features
like haiku friday, the good,
the bad, the ugly.

numbers, weekend pics, 
sometimes a throwback thursday,
i could use one more. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

random story about a job i had in college

I spent at least one semester in college working as a waitress at an Indian Restaurant. It was across the street from our apartment, The Peach Pit. The proprietor's name was (is) Pradeep and he was a complete nut. What I remember specifically about Pradeep:

  1. He was a super smart guy.
  2. He and his wife just didn't get along.
  3. He was bad at owning a restaurant.
Pradeep didn't last too long in the business; his heart wasn't really into it. He was a good cook but spent most of the time in the kitchen talking (about his wife that he couldn't stand) or out in the restaurant talking to customers.

God forbid you didn't finish your food - he would think you didn't like it and send you another dish, and another dish until you were nearly ill from eating so much. 

I celebrated my 21st birthday at Pradeep's restaurant, all of my friends came and we all ate like kings and queens.

He had two little children; I still have their little baby pictures somewhere. We completely lost touch until recently when we became Facebook friends! I just saw his son has graduated from Berkeley. 

I wasn't a particularly good waitress, by the way. 

Morals of this story: 1) Time flies, I guess, because I can't believe his tiny kid has graduated college. 2) Here's another dope story of an immigrant in the United States making dreams come true. 3) I had a lot of random jobs in college. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

wonder woman!

my house is populated 

with tiny superheroes! 

so bad guys better beware. 

!!!!!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

three day weekend

we had a good three day weekend. 
Saw family 


went out as a little family just us 

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took beautiful pictures 

hung out with our besties 

joze got to play with a dog, her favorite 

i got to chill with my pops. 

sash did a great job at soccer 

we got to hang with grama 

and eat, eat, eat 



Thursday, February 16, 2017

a day without immigrants

I was getting my nails done the other day and chit chatting with the nail lady. She was Indian so we talked about that for a bit; I told her where my dad was from and she knew all about it. It's a pretty small place so I was surprised she knew it. She said I lived there for 46 years! I was surprised because she looked about my age (40ish). I asked her how long she had been living here and she said just a year!

How bout that?

I said did you do nails in India? She said she has a bunch of salons in New Delhi.

She had sent her two daughters (ages 24 and 22) out a few years earlier so the eldest could go to SCI-arc, this crazy architectural school here in DTLA. She also brought with her her smallest son, who is 12.

I was of course curious (read: nosy) about the dad, but didn't ask.

Anyways I asked her if she liked it (she's getting used to it) but she's here to support her daughters. She said they don't have a dad, so she has to do what she can. She said, "he used to beat me so bad. In the face, everywhere. He beat me all the time."

She was separated from him in the courts, she said. No small feat, I imagine in India. She left him when her youngest boy was 4 years old because she was afraid he would turn out like his dad.

She is still married to him, though. "He'll never divorce me, I'm still his property," she said.

Anyways, she just did my nails and said she knows its going to work out.

If you saw this woman, you'd have no idea what her story was. Just another immigrant in America doing what they can do to get by.

Anyways, today is "A Day Without Immigrants" and a lot of people aren't going to work. I told the nanny she didn't have to come but was glad she did.

I have a lot of favorite immigrants (here's looking at you DAD) but I can tell you that my life wouldn't function without them.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

valentimes day - this post was from yesterday but I never had a chance to publish it

happy valentine's day to you and yours!

Ten years ago, I wrote this on Valentines day:

Well, this was a new sensation this morning. Being pelted with little tiny ice cubes on my way to work. Makes the best sound on the trash bags as you walk by them, but certainly doesnt feel great on the back of your ears. Ears!


What are your plans for today? Mine are to make full indian dinner and then watch LOST. Maybe Babe and I will toast with a glass of wine, before he has to go play Volleyball.

Funny responses from the people who used to comment on my blog all the time! Have a look here
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For tonight, we have valentimes cards for the girls and I got babe fancy donuts from Birdies Downtown which makes I think the best donuts I've had in southern California? 

Monday, February 13, 2017

wknd photos

we went to a birthday party on saturday night and it was so fun! 
Cin, ally and me! 

i took joze to the library for craft making. 

she heard the garage door open so she went to sit and wait for her dada. 

Cin made these beautiful quiches for a little ladies lunch I hosted on sunday! 

we got new lights put in the ceiling and i can't get enough of them! 

Friday, February 10, 2017

haiku friday

sometimes my weeks are 
extremely productive. and
sometimes, they are not.

this week was a blur.
i moved some items along,
not my usual.

my least favorite 
month may be february.
kind of a let down.

Monday, February 06, 2017

wknd pics

my sister and i having a toast to a girls weekend! 

in front of the culver hotel 

selfie 

buddy's pics 

of everyone 

a blurry one of donnajean 

fruit kabobs for superbowl 

"take a picture of my hands to show dad"

little microwbrewery visitation 

joze loves dogs and this house 

she look so cute inside! 

muggin for the camera at the fridays 

Friday, February 03, 2017

haiku friday

geez, i'm late on this.
i will blame it on the rain.
what a week this was.

300 person 
event, plus the usual
meetings and phone calls.

glad for the weekend.
babe is out of town, but Ang
is coming to stay. 

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Yesterday

  • Taco tuesday didn't happen the way I thought it would on my drive home. The kids were super needy so we had hot dogs canned corn and mac n cheese. 
  • Both girls slept good and I did too. 
  • Work is work, man. I didn't have any appointments out of the office so theoretically just got it done.
  • Supreme court nominee anounced. Pretty bad, but could have been worse. 
Today
  • Big gala type event tonight. No one there will want to talk to a fundraiser. There will be good food. I won't be home til 10. 
  • I stopped at Drybar on my way to work so I am well coiffed.
  • Rex Tillerson confirmed. Just like all the other ones will be. 
Tomorrow
  • Teaching at night, working in the day. No more events for a while.
  • Who knows? Maybe some unique identifiers tattooed on our skin based on our religion?