10.20.2011

Hunter S. Thompson


This man fascinates me. 
His writing is amazing. 
His imagination & creativity is next level. 
I probably would have voted for him to sheriff of Pitkin County.
I think that the idea of "Fat City" is fantastic. 
I wonder if he was ever at the Tavern when my parents would bring me there when I was little? 

10.19.2011

Hot Glue Dress



Here are two of the professional photos of the hot glue dress I made (with my team's help in one of my last classes at FIDM). The dress was made out of a black cotton that we got for basically pennies at the student store and then covered in a "lace" that was made from creating circle of hot glue and then painting it black and fitting it to the appropriate form. It was A LOT of work -- but, I am very proud!

Sending Love from SoCal!

Keeping up with Miss Bud

Sunday Funday -- goes like this:
Wake up, drink coffee, go biking, come home, google random things, go tanning & read books, go running, do some sort of cleaning activity and/or baking, take a nap, repeat. 
What I woke up to on Sunday -- yep, as in breakfast in bed. He's a keeper. 

Best decal ever. Spant's got me the "giving tree" decal for my computer!  I am so excited! I love it!  Get it..the giving tree is giving the little boy an apple!
Well - I have been busy with work and trying to catch up on my normal life & sleep. Speaking of...it is WAY past my bedtime!

Sending Love from SoCal!

10.16.2011

I have been finishing books left and right since my wonderful boyfriend got me the new kindle. I LOVE it! So between my iPad & Kindle I am flooding myself with text -- and now of course I have a new piece of technology to occupy me when I don't feel like reading...Apple TV! So amazing! We don't have cable so we rely on our internet (which we ALWAYS have a bad connection, props to Time Warner for that). I have become a NetFlix queen, now I am excited to utilize iTunes for renting movies and TV shoes.

Anyways I was on DailyBeast (my go-to news source) and was looking through the new book suggestions -- I was immediately interested in a book called Failure by Philip Schultz. He also wrote a book called My Dyslexia which is on my reading docket now. Failure is a collection of poetry, that Schultz has complied over the years. Ironically, he originally hails from Rochester, NY (whenever I find a writer, or an artists, a teacher or an athlete that is from the Rochester/Fairport area I always get excited and become curious if they know my family)! Schultz's work encompasses an emotional technique of creative writing -- I was automatically interested in his play on words and how all of his sentences flowed together so beautifully. There is one poem in particular that I absolutely LOVED, it is titled What I Like and Don't Like. 


I like to say hello and goodbye. 
I like to hug but not shake hands. 
I prefer to wave or nod. I enjoy
the company of strangers pushed 
together in elevators or subways. 
I like talking to cabdrivers
but not receptionists. I like 
not knowing what to say. 
I like talking to people I know
but care nothing about. I like
inviting anymore anywhere. 
I like hearing my opinions
tumble out of my mouth
like toddlers tied together
while crossing the street, 
trusting they won't be squashed
by fate. I like greeting-cards cliches
but not dressing up or down. 
I like being appropriate
but not all the time. 
I could continue with more examples
but I'd rather give too few
than too many. The thought
of no one listening anymore -- 
I like that least of all. 


I really enjoyed reading this book or poetry. It is a quick read, and well wrote. I suggest if you are looking for something simple/ some what inspiring about change, grieve, love, life it is a good thing to pick up. 

Time to go running! 

Sending Love from SoCal 

10.12.2011

Face lift.

Forgive me -- I am trying to give my blog a face life. Things could get ugly for a little bit -- but we all know it turns out beautiful in the end ;)

Jams.



I love this song right now. 
Awolnation -- Sail


Ohhh This is good too! 

"Funny How life can go. First you ride high -- then you might lay low"
Love Song - K-Os


10.11.2011

Hitting the Nail on the head.


Catch Up, Not Ketchup.



The last week of my life has been awesomely hectic! I started my job -- I love going to work everyday and having a somewhat structured list of 'to - do's' I feel so friggin accomplished at the end of the day! The best is coming home and being about to go out on a nice long run or bike ride after a day in the office.
Spants's parents were here over the weekend and we had all sorts of adventures (mainly eating, but that is fine in my book!) We went to a place in Costa Mesa called La Cave on 17th & Irvine. It was amazing -- one of my favorite parts about going out is being able to order fish (Spencer doesn't like fish; well he does like my pet fish Jasper -- the energetic blue beta I have that lives under our living room TV). The atmosphere was like we stepped back into the 60/70s. The food was AWESOME -- the twice baked potatoes are to die for!! Can you say guilty pleasure? I can. We also went to the Chart House -- it was their 50 year anniversary. I had fish again -- we talked about how awesome the boats where that were docked next to us and shared chocolate lava cakes. The next day was the most exciting...we went whale watching!!
Okay, so I know what you are thinking...Whale Watching? YEP, you've got it! We headed down to Dana Point  early on a Saturday where Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Safari is based out of (PS, I have been wanting to go to Dana Point for over a year when my friend Jamie told me about it, and he tried to convince me to live there and commute to LA -- haha!). After debating about which snacks would be necessary for our two+ hour adventure on the water and a quick potty break we got on the catamaran with about 45 other people. Basically as soon as we were out of the harbor we started seeing whales -- it was SO neat! During the trip we saw both Blue Whales & Fin Whales -- there were bigger than the boat! We even got to see some of them dive and show off their tail -- it was amazing! There was a lady on the trip who was entirely tooooo passionate about whale watching, it was kind of funny -- by the end of the trip we realized she was a regular on the trip. I'm not sure if you are familiar with the SNL skit about the Target Lady -- but, she was that to a T! We didn't see any dolphins -- but that was okay with me, especially with all of the whales we saw. Seriously we saw in-between 30-50, it seemed like we saw 100. Spenc joked around that one of the things we were told at the start of the trip was "we are not going to chase around the whales when we see them in different locations", but oddly enough as soon as we would see one 25 yards away we would buzz over to that area. haha!
After our Whale Watching adventure we grabbed lunch in Laguna -- ohmygoodness! I love it there, I need to go and explore this area more -- so much smaller and nicer feeling than Newport! We had some tasty Mediterranean food at a place called GG's Cafe Bistro (which Yelp pointed me towards) they had GREAT outside seating.
On Sunday we woke up early again and hoped on our road bikes and road down to Huntington to meet up for one last meal at the Sugar Shack. A little breakfast nook on main street, it reminded me of SqueezeIn -- it was soooooo good, just basic breakfast -- nothing fancy. I told Spencer I wanted to start doing this on Sundays...we will see how that pans out (more or less if I can get out of bed). We road back to our place and passed A BUNCH of other roadies. I think it is funny, the riders down here are SO unfriendly!!!!! They don't smile or wave or anything -- they LOVE the idea of sucking onto your back tire. I purposely just want to slam on my breaks and make them go flying. Let that be a lesson/warning...never draft a person whose riding style you are unfamiliar with.
The rest of the day was pretty relaxing. I learned not to go to South Coast Plaza on Sundays, and that because the sun is setting earlier I need to change my "normal" side of the pool for tanning -- dratttts!
Life is treating me well.
Pretty Flower. 

WHALES!

We've been trying to master the Rubix. It isn't working -- Clearly. 

Bestboyfriendever.com

PETER! 6 O'CLOCK! 

Blow-hole. 

Me & Him. 

Sending Love from SoCal.

10.05.2011

Steve Jobs


"You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something -- your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life." -- 2005 

May you rest peaceful Steve Jobs. Thank you for impacting my life with your innovative products, ideas, designs, and inspiration. 




Sending Love from SoCal. 

10.03.2011

I love Lupita from Weeds. Jess (aka Yes)

10.02.2011

Tomorrow is the BIG day -- I guess you could say it is when I am making the transition from studentkid to a real workingwoman. Yikes. I have been racing around like crazy today trying to get everything in order so that tomorrow goes smoothly.

Funny enough, I was filing papers and I opened up my 'college' folder -- it was a cheesy purple plastic folder, on the front in had College Stuff: UNR, MSU, CU, CSU, Colby-Sawyer. Wow, that seems like forever ago -- there was a copy of all the recommendation letters people had written for me, as well as a copy of my essay. My goodness...WHAT ON EARTH WAS I THINKING?!?! The idea was good, but the way it was put on paper was far from good. It made me giggle a little bit. I can proudly say my writing has improved...a lot in the last 5.5 years.

Spencer has been studying his buns off for a test that he has tomorrow. I am totally glad that I am not in his shoes -- I can't even comprehend half of the words he says when I ask "how was your day?" -- the non-med school person would answer like 'oh well, I went to work and had some coffee, and blah blah blah, gossip gossip gossip' but his answer is 'oh today we studied blood and the jskhdsjkdh part of the aklsdjaklsdj does aksdjalksdj"...yah, that is how hard it is to understand. ha, I am so proud of him for all of the hard work he has put towards school, and especially the countless hours he spends studying.

Well, I am secretly preparing dinner...I have to go and check on the artichoke!

Sending Love from SoCal!