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Fact.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

mistresses - emails don't paginate gif
mistresses - emails don't paginate gif

…or me when I get an email asking how I’m doing.

I either respond with 27 pages or I don’t respond at all. There is no in-between.

Also, my mom got me hooked on Mistresses, and Joss is my spirit animal, obviously.

From Gold.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Morning Wood.
Monday, June 29, 2015

morning wood text

…or one of the few things I wake up early on a Saturday for! ;)

Sprinkles.
Monday, June 29, 2015

california donuts letters birthday

Happy birthday with sprinkles on top! (@ California Donuts)

These donuts were almost as cute as my favorite 4-year-old ♥

Scars and Stripes.
Monday, June 29, 2015

you're dead to me - scars and stripes - d*face

Key to My Heart.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

google bbq platter

I don’t know what’s sadder—is it that part of my job as a web designer at Skechers involves creating e-blasts for the cafe inside our office building (how else would you know that tomorrow’s special is chicken tikka masala?!), or that while googling BBQ photos to use for their 4th of July special, I immediately recognized this spread from Smoke City Market???

If you’re looking for the key to my heart, a platter of smoked BBQ beef ribs will unlock all the mysteries.

High & Low.
Thursday, June 11, 2015

Highlight of my day: After lunch with my coworkers @ Pitfire, the cute cashier slipped me a free jumbo chocolate chip cookie on my way out.

dancing cookie gif

I met up with my coworkers outside afterwards, thrust my cookie in the air and was all like, “FREE COOKIE, BITCHES!” Our excitement was short-lived, though. When we got back to my car, I had two parking tickets—one for an expired meter (my friend paid the wrong one) and another for not having a front license plate (I mean, if my car was meant to have one, it would have come with holes drilled in it).

I owe the City of Manhattan Beach $96 for that free cookie!

adventure time princess cookie

Conference Season.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015

overtime

…or my least favorite time of year.

Pretty sure there’s a direct correlation between the duration of my cold and the amount of overtime I’ve been working these past few weeks. 14-hour work days is not the cure.

Los Doyers.
Monday, June 8, 2015

dodger stadium

We’re only here for the doyer dogs tbh (@ Dodger Stadium)

Trainspotting.
Monday, June 8, 2015

union station los angeles glass ceiling

Glass ceilings (@ Union Station)

Brunch & Chisme.
Sunday, June 7, 2015

the tasting kitchen chicken and waffles

Chicken and waffles with my woes (@ The Tasting Kitchen)

Love when the girls visit me in LA, if only for brunch and chisme!

Tacolandia.
Saturday, June 6, 2015

tacolandia 2015 papel picado

Stuffed with tacos and wrapped in a mexican blanket (@ Tacolandia)

Today was a good day.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Friday, June 5, 2015

chat shrug

June Bloom.
Thursday, June 4, 2015

trader joe's peonies

Peonies are my favorite (@ Trader Joe’s)
You should write this down.

Fight or Flight.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015

verve coffee roasters dtla juice flight

Juice flight-ing this cold (@ Verve Coffee Roasters)

FOMO.
Sunday, May 31, 2015

fomo chat

Ramen Champ.
Saturday, May 30, 2015

ramen champ tonkotsu chashu ramen

Spicy Pork Belly Ramen (@ Ramen Champ)

I only eat ramen when I’m sick or when Shi is in town. Today it was both!

Love when she visits ♥

Namast’ay in Bed.
Friday, May 29, 2015

namast'ay in bed - california donuts - breakfast in bed

Much needed sick day after working overtime every day this week with a cold! Somebody please bring me more donuts and be the big spoon.

Sunday Morning.
Sunday, May 17, 2015

santa monica farmer's market berries - acai bowl

Farmer’s Market Finds.
Saturday, May 16, 2015

santa monica farmer's market berries

(@ Santa Monica Farmer’s Market)

Ugly Cry Face.
Thursday, May 14, 2015

fyf fest 2014 kim kardashian ugly cry face

#TBT to Kim Kardashian’s ugly cry face (@ FYF Fest 2014)

This is also the face I’ll be making when Morrissey headlines this year’s festival.


Danger Zone.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

empty gas tank

Livin’ on the edge (@ Arco)

Paws in the Park.
Monday, May 11, 2015

san diego humane society - walk for animals - paws in the park - beckham superman dog

Darien, his dog Bluey, and Beckham the Super Dog sitting for treats (@ San Diego Humane Society’s Walk for Animals)

We scored a ton of free swag for Rocky and my aunt’s sweet dog who we brought along, but I’m paying for it with a serious auto detail. There’s dog fur in places I didn’t know there could be dog fur!

Halfway.
Thursday, May 7, 2015

donut chat

You bring a donut to one marathon and no one ever lets you forget it.

(But still bring those donuts though.)

Canceled.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015

mindy project canceled gif

You guys, The Mindy Project is over and so is my life.

Prepare for my gif collection to suffer.

Finish Line.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015

homemade diy beer bones - dog treats

Pammie and I have raised over $450 for San Diego Humane Society’s Walk for Animals with our homemade beer bones! Thanks to everyone who donated!!!

We’re bringing some bags of beer bones to the walk this Saturday if you’d like to meet us at the finish line… otherwise known as mile 2! Ha. Don’t judge us!

You Belong Here.
Sunday, May 3, 2015

you belong here - mosaic - billboard

If you don’t belong, don’t be long (@ Hollywood Blvd & La Brea Ave)

Smoke City Market.
Sunday, May 3, 2015

smoke city market - no pastrami

Day ruined (@ Smoke City Market)

I still had my beloved beef rib and brisket. Best BBQ I’ve had so far in LA (and in life!).

Contain Yourself.
Thursday, April 30, 2015

the container store - organized shower of your dreams - winner

I completely forgot about this pinterest contest I entered a year ago! They just selected one winner per month, and the board I made for the Organized Wedding Shower of my dreams won!

I may not be getting married anytime soon, but at least I can fill the hole in my heart with $1,000 worth of merchandise from The Container Store.

Whitewashed.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

bates motel whitewashed

Whitewashed (@ Bates Motel)

Things Will Be Fine.
Monday, April 27, 2015

dinosaur coffee things will be fine

I like my coffee with a side of reassurance (@ Dinosaur Coffee)

Sold Out.
Monday, April 27, 2015

churro borough los feliz sold out

Day ruined, part 2 (@ Churro Borough)

The last time Deane and I tried to eat Churro Borough, they sold out at the pop-up they were having at our beloved Ramekin (RIP!). Now that they’ve set up a brick and mortar at Ramekin’s old spot, they’re even more popular! Hopefully we’ll get to have churro ice cream sandwiches again before we’re on social security.

Support.
Sunday, April 26, 2015

la jolla half marathon donut

I’ll be the asshole eating donuts at the 12-mile mark (@ La Jolla Half Marathon)

So proud of my little marathon runner, Shi! Just one more till that triple crown…

Countdown to Cabo.
Monday, April 20, 2015
the mindy project - carry on - plane gif
the mindy project - carry on - plane gif
the mindy project - carry on - plane gif

I apologize to anyone who’s had the misfortune of traveling with me!

Countdown to Cabo:

  • Flight and hotel booked ✓
  • Passport renewed ✓
  • Summer bods (pending)
Day Ruined.
Friday, April 17, 2015

stuck vending machine

El Jefe.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

el jefe pop-up chef movie animal fairfax los angeles

Cubanos on the curb (@ Animal)

Jon Favreau and Roy Choi hosted an El Jefe pop-up from one of my favorite movies tonight! Chef was everything, and so was this sandwich (and so was this soundtrack!).


Gif Game on Fleek.
Monday, April 13, 2015

mechanical bull fail gif chat
mechanical bull fail gif chat
mechanical bull fail gif chat
mechanical bull fail gif chat
mechanical bull fail gif chat

Puppies & Parolees.
Sunday, April 12, 2015

San Diego zoo

Alicia’s birthday with these party animals (@ San Diego Zoo)

Feature: 33 Gorgeous DIY Projects To Decorate Your Grown Up Apartment.
Sunday, April 5, 2015

DIY buzzfeed feature

Buzzfeed featured my DIY mid-century modern side table as one of their 33 Gorgeous DIY Projects To Decorate Your Grown Up Apartment!

#9 out of 33 (but #1 in your hearts, right?).

Mmmpanadas.
Friday, April 3, 2015

strawberry rhubarb empanadas

Strawberry rhubarb empanadas in the making (or shall I say, mmmpanadas!).

Because when one of your friends has surgery after a career-ending fútbol injury, you bake them a little post-op pick-me-up!

These tasted like heaven… I still have to drive them down to San Diego this weekend, and I don’t know if they’re gonna make it, tbh.

Get the recipe HERE.

Happy Monday, Internet.
Monday, March 30, 2015

(via @acoustictrench)

Goal.
Sunday, March 29, 2015

homemade beer bones dog treats spent brewing grain progress brewing

Did you donate because of the animals or because of my cute packaging, be honest.

I’ve reached 70% of my fundraising goal! Help me get to 100% HERE and receive a bag of these homemade beer bones (they’re dog tested and Rocky approved, if that helps sway you at all).

Homemade Beer Bones.
Sunday, March 22, 2015

Make a donation of $10 or more to sponsor my participation in San Diego Humane Society’s Walk for Animals and receive a bag of homemade beer bones made with repurposed spent grain locally sourced and generously donated by LA craft brewery, Progress Brewing!

You can donate HERE. Please put your address in the “Personal Note to Walk Participant” field if you want dog treats. If you’re in LA or SD, I can probably just meet up with you :)

brew bones

I battle my obvious love of dogs on a daily basis.

I can’t watch a cute puppy video on youtube without clicking on all the related videos. Next thing I know, I’ve lost three hours of my life watching 103 videos in a puppy surprise playlist and have been crying for at least two of those hours. Just kidding. (I cried for all three.)

When Pammie asked if I wanted to do a walk for animals, I immediately said yes without knowing any details other than dogs were somehow involved. Her office organizes this huge fundraiser that includes a bake sale where homemade dog treats are sold for donations, and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to combine my love for dogs with my love for baking and get involved.

I reached out to some local LA craft breweries, and Progress Brewing in El Monte was generous enough to donate some spent brewing grain towards my cause. I drove out to what the dude described as “east of east los” with nothing but a 5-gallon bucket and a friend to witness my death in case the dude chopped me up into little pieces and dumped my body in the mash tun (I did meet him on the internet, after all).

progress brewing mash tun

Kevin, the co-owner of Progress Brewing, was actually a really nice guy. He asked if I preferred “Black IPA” or “American Red” doggy biscuits! Ha. I went with American Red, obvi, since I’m not a fan of IPAs. Dogs are also allergic to hops, so if you’re going to repurpose spent grain, make sure the brewery didn’t mash hop the batch you’re getting.

It’s best to use the spent grains within the first few days after brewing, otherwise they’ll go bad. I used a FoodSaver and froze them in portion-sized bags for storing and later use, since they gave me around 40 pounds of grain.

Here’s a simple, all-natural recipe if you want to try making these at home:

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups spent grain
  • 2 cups organic barley flour
  • 1 cup natural peanut butter
  • 2 organic eggs

homemade dog treats using spent brewing grain

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all of the ingredients and mix with your hands until a thick dough forms. Roll out the dough on a generously floured surface and cut out shapes with cookie cutters like this cute dog bone.

homemade beer bones

Line the biscuits on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, then reduce temperature to 225 degrees and continue baking for 2 hours. Cooking them the additional time at the lower temperature will help ensure they dry completely, extending their shelf life.

homemade beer bones

The dried biscuits will keep for 2 weeks in an airtight container and even longer if you freeze them in zipper bags. You can give them to your dogs straight from the freezer as a cool summer treat, or, if you’re in LA, in the dead of winter when it’s 90 degrees out!

Happy New Home.
Sunday, March 15, 2015

succulent housewarming gift

Pretty plants for Pammie’s new digs ♥

Queue.
Sunday, March 15, 2015

I have a growing queue of things I know will make you laugh, and I don’t know where to put them.

A Working List of Things I Will Never Tell You
Late.
Sunday, March 15, 2015

late chat

You’re late to everything you’ve ever attended in life, and no one ever lets you forget it.

Grandma.
Sunday, March 15, 2015

grandma bingo

Grandma’s bingo and nail game strong (@ Reo Vista)

Truth.
Sunday, March 15, 2015

When the conversation is getting shorter with you, it’s getting longer with someone else.

Flaws.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Ready.
Monday, March 9, 2015

i'm at that stage in my life where i'm ready to get a dog but i'm not sure who will take care of it

Birthday Pie.
Monday, March 9, 2015

homemade strawberry rhubarb pie - smitten kitchen

Homemade strawberry rhubarb birthday pie for my favorite pie-lover, Jessie!

Recipe from Smitten Kitchen.

Cardio Barre.
Monday, March 9, 2015

cardio barre redondo beach

This isn’t the kind of bar I’m used to (@ Cardio Barre)

I almost cried at the end of class, partly because I was so exhausted, but mostly because they were playing Bon Iver during savasana.

Bon Iver – Re: Stacks

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For So Long.
Monday, March 9, 2015

kurt halsey - for so long i have harbored all of this

Beignets.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

cardio barre text

Even my phone is trying to tell me that I need cardio in my life.

When in LA.
Saturday, February 21, 2015

hollywood sign hike

kitchen mouse LA moros cakes

I woke up before the sun on a Saturday to go hiking and eat vegetarian food with Deane, Ledi and Isadora (@ Kitchen Mouse).

I don’t even know who I am right now.

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