Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Whole World is a Garden

my secret garden
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.

my secret garden
my secret garden
my secret garden
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.


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

What happened to April?

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


Monday, June 2, 2014

Nobody Likes You When You're 23?

Finally sharing some snippets of my birthday (2 months ago). The last time I was in LA on my birthday I was turning 18, so it was nice to be here and just enjoy my birthday at home. I was thoroughly spoiled: macaroons, my favorite pancakes, a mocha the size of my head that made me feel like I was on Friends, a care package, and my first time having Korean BBQ! I'm a lucky girl surrounded by lots of love. 23, so far so good.


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

On the Passage of Time

Dear blog, I'm sorry that I abandoned you for almost two months, but that kind of fits into what I wanted to talk about today.

Time is such a weird thing. As of the 19th I've been back in LA one full year, and the weirdest thing about my transition out of being a student is that I have no internal calendar for marking the passage of time anymore. I used to measure things in semesters, and now that I'm not in school and I live in a place with no seasons I feel completely unmoored. I ran out of detergent the other day, and I thought,  'How is this possible I just got this a few weeks ago!" and then realized it had actually been like 5 months ago.

This past year has been a really strange mix of dragging on and passing by too quickly; which I guess to some extent happens every year, but this year even more so. November feels like a long time ago, but it feels like January just happened. We're already almost halfway through 2014! Impossible!

So yeah, bear with me while I try to get a grip on this, and I'll try not to go whole months without posting again.


Monday, April 7, 2014

What Happened To March?

Passed Pawnee City Hall one day.
Bacon waffles might be the best culinary idea Isabel and I have had.
Neighborhood wildflowers
The actual Grand Budapest Hotel!
Pumpkin and prosciutto pizza with Isabel
Kiwi is my new favorite agua fresca flavor.
I love my job.
My gallery is now complete! Finally hung up one of Elis' prints!

How was your March?


Monday, March 31, 2014

That time Estrella came to LA and I didn't take any pictures of her

Nowadays when I get to see Estrella we have so much to talk about and there are so many things we want to do with our short time together that I completely forget about taking pictures. Usually I at least get a couple but this time I took not one picture of her or us together! I realized later that we usually take our selfies while we're sitting on the pier, which didn't happen this time because she came to visit me so there was no pier.

Regardless, it was so nice to finally have her here in LA! We saw a Poem Store which was so special because we were together the first time we ever saw a Poem Store at a street fair in Oakland, and I've actually never seen one anywhere else. We also got some ramen at Daikokuya and explored Little Tokyo and Olvera Street for a bit before her train. It never seems like we have enough time! Hopefully the universe and our schedules will align again soon.


Monday, March 17, 2014

There's Always Money in the International Banana Museum

Banana museum
The day we went to Salvation Mountain was really an action packed day! On the way to Niland we passed a sign for a "World Famous International Banana Museum", so of course on the way back we kept an eye out and pulled over to investigate.

We didn't take any pictures inside because there was a sign asking that you make a purchase or a donation before taking any, but we did take some pictures with the stuffed banana outside, and the banana bug. The museum was actually pretty small but stuffed with boxes and cans from banana flavored foods, and other banana related items like a Bananas in Pajamas toy and a UCSC banana slugs sweater. There was also a counter where you could order milkshakes, presumably banana flavored as well.

Banana museum
Banana museum
Banana museum
Banana museum
Banana museum

Unexpected gems are really the best thing about road trips.

Bottom two photos taken by Isabel