Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Portlandia

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Something I've been trying to focus on lately just in terms of personal growth, is not just talking about doing things, but actually doing them. It's a lot more difficult than it seems (like blogging regularly). It's so much easier to talk than it is to actually set a plan in motion, but I'm really proud of all the things I've done this past year. One of the biggest things I'm proud of though is the trip Estrella and I took to Portland in August.

For the first time in my life I had vacation time at work and a little extra money, and I got this idea in my head that I should go on vacation. As soon as that idea sprouted I knew that it was totally possible and I really wanted prove to myself that I could make this happen. So I did! I called Estrella and asked her if she'd want to go somewhere with me, and after she said yes we kicked some ideas around and ultimately we decided on Portland.

It may seem like a little thing, but just the fact that we actually went still makes me so happy. This could have easily been something we talked about forever without ever doing, but we actually got up and went. And I fell completely in love with Portland.

We stayed at an AirBnb in the Hawthorne District, so it felt like we got a pretty good sense of what it would be like if we lived there. We were only there four days but we stuffed them to the brim; we went to Powell's and got lost in the sea of books, saw the Portland Art Museum, ate at food trucks, ate Voodoo Doughnuts, went to a movie theater that was also a restaurant, saw Rx Bandits, and walked around parks enjoying the Pacific Northwest. Portland reminded me of the Bay Area in all the best ways: strangers making conversation on public transportation, compost bins, heavy emphasis on local & handmade things. I was (and still am) smitten.

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Lemonade at LAX before take-off


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Door of our AirBnB
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The city composts! Insert heart-eye emoji here.
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When I move to Portland I'm buying this creepy house and painting it blue. 
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Lending library on the sidewalk!
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The best food truck title ever.
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Vacations call for mimosas and cold brew.
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Yolko Ono, the best egg sandwich I've ever had.
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POWELL'S! 
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A book store so big it requires a map. Basically heaven.
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Estrella playing Petrichor for me on the piano outside Portland Art Museum. 
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Line for Voodoo Doughnuts.
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The doughnut pay-off. Not pictured: the doughuts covered in Captain Crunch and Fruit Loops that I ate later.
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Salt & Straw composts.
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Sylvia Plath street art.
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Rx Bandits at the Hawthorne Theater
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I got the set list!
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Still dreaming about this breakfast skillet.
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Estrella and I decided that if we lived in Portland, this place would be our Sunday brunch spot.
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Saturday, November 15, 2014

What Happened to August, September, & October?

Dear blog,

I'm sorry I abandoned you for three months (again). I have no decent excuse but I'm back now and I can promise semi-regular content will commence once again. August was actually full of big things that will get their own posts so I can tell you all about them. September was pretty wonderful; you know when you're having such a great time that you don't even stop to take pictures because everything is so lovely that it doesn't even occur to you that you should document it? That was my September. Literally there is one photo in my phone from September and I didn't even take it, it's a scan of a picture of me and Isabel from her film camera that was taken back in May. Then October started, Mercury went into retrograde, and that's pretty much all I have to say about October. Needless to say, this photo round-up is going to be pretty light, but here it is:

A U G U S T

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Rx Bandits at the Constellation Room
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Isabel's dad grew the best grapes I've ever had
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Level-up cooking skills
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Only pool party of the summer

S E P T E M B E R
Like I said, no photographic proof, but I promise I was happy and it was awesome.

O C T O B E R
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Cheeky Lush writing in Santa Barbara
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High school dreams come true! Tom Vek live at the Echo

Now I'm off to write those August posts so we can really be all caught up!

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

What Happened to May, June, and July?

M A Y
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Had dim sum for the first time
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Watched the skater boys in Venice
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Walked around the Santa Monica Pier
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Found my twin in Echo Park
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Saw Superhumanoids

J U N E
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Went bowling!
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Isabel's art show
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Shakespeare in the park!
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Teaching myself to read tarot
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Minka basking in the sun

J U L Y
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Went to Palm Springs
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Dinosaurs at Cabazon
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The most beautiful sunset I've seen in quite a while
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Amoeba!
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Finding old professors in the experimental section
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Liquid nitrogen made ice cream
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Huntington selfies

Whew! Ok we're all caught up now!

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Whole World is a Garden

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Have you guys seen the movie The Secret Garden? There may be more than one version, but the one I'm thinking of is the one with Maggie Smith. I was so in love with that movie when I was a young lass. According to my mom, I would watch it and then talk in an English accent for the rest of the day. I don't remember that part, but I do remember watching it over and over again, as kids do. The weird thing is that it's kind of a strange movie for a small child to latch onto; quite a bit of the movie is just silent scenes where the main character explores the house/garden.

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Anyways, I loved it then and it still holds a special place in my heart now, so when I stumbled onto this particular section of the Huntington it felt like I was finally walking through the garden I had imagined in my youth. I'm not sure if there's actually any scene in the movie with a lily pond, but something about the lilies reminds me so much of it. It just feels magical, I could sit there all day.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

What happened to April?



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First Fridays at the Natural History Museum
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Birthday month perks!
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Can't stop rollerskating.
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We love the photo booth at Golden Road.
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Lazy mornings with Minka
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Mr. Little Jeans @ the Roxy


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