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Birthday BBQ.
Sunday, January 24, 2021

franklin barbecue goldbelly

franklin barbecue goldbelly

franklin barbecue goldbelly

Best birthday gift EVER.

Pammie surprised me with BBQ from my favorite spot in Texas, and I didn’t even have to wait in line for hours to get it!

The first time I ate Franklin Barbecue was years ago on a trip to Austin City Limits. It was day-old brisket reheated in a hotel microwave, but it was (and still is) the best BBQ I’ve ever had.

Lady Donutton.
Friday, January 22, 2021

bridgerton name meme

Lady Marion Donutton of Quiksilver

(I knew I’d come to regret postmating Randy’s Donuts today.)

Bridgerton.
Thursday, January 21, 2021
bridgerton - siena and anthony - art of the swoon gif
bridgerton - siena and anthony - art of the swoon gif
bridgerton - siena and anthony - art of the swoon gif

If you’re not binging Bridgerton, then I don’t know what you’re doing with your life. Make haste, y’all!

Straight Outta 1981.
Sunday, January 17, 2021

straight outta 1981

drive by birthday shots

Drive-by shots with the birthday girl, Christine! She sent everyone home with tall boys and 40s in paper bags. I was going to take my drinks back to LA, but my dad was like, “Leave the malt liquor… I used to drink that when I lived in Oakland.” My bad, gangsta!

So good seeing my favorite girls, if only for a short, socially distant while, with half of our faces covered in Christine’s driveway. I can’t believe it’s been a year since we’ve all been together!!!

Sparks.
Tuesday, January 12, 2021

kevin garrett coldplay sparks
kevin garrett coldplay sparks

KG covering one of my favorite songs on my birthday ❤️

39.
Tuesday, January 12, 2021

birthday balloons

birthday flowers

birthday treats

birthday cards

busy bee pastrami sandwich san pedro

dyson animal v11 vacuum

schitt's creek wigs

39 is staying in, binging Schitt’s Creek for the fourth time, eating your favorite pastrami sandwich, and finding joy in vacuuming all of your crumbs with the dream dyson you just got for your birthday (I’m clearly going hard this last year in my thirties).

Spared.
Wednesday, January 6, 2021

garage break in text

Luckily, my neighbors drive maseratis and porsches, so my mazda hatchback and glove compartment full of hi-chews went untouched.

Garbage.
Sunday, January 3, 2021

burrito on floor

I literally just got back to LA, stepped out of my car and dropped my cali burrito from SD on the floor. This pretty much sums up 2020 for me.

Makers Gonna Make.
Thursday, December 31, 2020

custom christmas gift tags

etched whiskey glasses

personalized acrylic christmas ornament

custom kids apron

san diego padres beer

cricut maker gif

That’s a wrap on 2020! Pammie upgraded me to the new Cricut Maker, so 90% of the gifts I gave were personalized (the other 10% was whatever I could amazon prime at the eleventh hour).

Canceled.
Friday, December 25, 2020

whatsapp christmas canceled

This is the first holiday I’ve spent without my crazy family, and I miss all their ugly faces. Hope everyone had a safe and merry christmas!

40 Years of Mischief Managed.
Sunday, December 20, 2020

hand sanitizer legos

Pammie’s quarantine birthday was magical as hell.

Epicenter.
Thursday, December 17, 2020

la covid emergency order

this is fine gif

Lego Party.
Sunday, November 22, 2020

hand sanitizer legos

Lego party, but make it covid friendly.

Curfew.
Saturday, November 21, 2020

covid curfew

I think the real tragedy here is that the curfew starts hours after I’ve already taken off my bra and called it a night.

40 Days.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020

grandma nena 40 day prayer

And on the 40th day of my grandma’s death, we wore masks and matching shirts.

mom bottle flip gif

My mom and her party tricks, ladies and gentlemen.

First World Problems.
Sunday, November 15, 2020

there are people dying kim kardashian gif

…or what I tell myself when I have to work on the weekend and they forget the organic goji berries on the $20 acai bowl I just postmated.

Lola.
Thursday, November 12, 2020

Oh, my filipino heart. Are you trying to kill me, Disney??? 😭

They got everything right about our culture, from the mano po to the parol to the sewing kit inside the danish butter cookie tin… Love, love, love this christmas ad and miss my lolas more than ever 💔

Party in the USA.
Saturday, November 7, 2020

new york times headline - biden beats trump

new york times headline - biden beats trump

Flipped.
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
trevor noah 2020 election pennsylvania tweet
trevor noah 2020 election pennsylvania tweet
trevor noah 2020 election pennsylvania tweet

So nice of Arizona, Michigan and Wisconsin to show up 💙💙💙

Election.
Tuesday, November 3, 2020

2020 election

2020 election

2020 election

When I was in high school, my friend Jocelyn was nominated for homecoming queen. She was ASB president and one of the most popular girls in school, so all my friends thought she was a shoo-in and none of us bothered to vote. She ended up tying with another girl and having to share the crown! If just one of us had voted, Jocelyn would still be friends with us today LOL. Your vote absolutely matters, whether it’s for something as trivial as homecoming court or the next POTUS!

Please exercise your right to vote and be safe out there. A few places in my neighborhood have already boarded up their storefronts ahead of tonight’s election results…

Monster Bash.
Sunday, November 1, 2020

halloween punch-a-bunch

deadly diner halloween sign

fill bakeshop mochi donuts halloween

halloween punch-a-bunch

kamayan seafood boil

Double, double, seafood boil and trouble 🖤

World Series.
Tuesday, October 27, 2020

dodgers world series fireworks

Not only did the dodgers beat my padres and go on to win the world series, they also had to disrupt my beauty sleep with all these fireworks outside my apartment.

Rest in Paradise, Queen.
Saturday, October 24, 2020

grandma nena cuevas

grandma nena

cheers cuevas girls

cheers cuevas girls

cuevas girls

funeral doves

Lots of drinks and tears these past couple of months.

My grandma was happiest when surrounded by our loud ass family, and I’m glad we were able to be there with her during her final months (with masks on, of course).

This is my most favorite video of her ever. I know she’s dancing in heaven with Grandpa Robert and finally at peace. Rest in paradise, queen 🖤

Cupcake Girl.
Saturday, September 12, 2020

chocolate peanut butter cupcakes

I made these cupcakes once when I was dating my bestie’s brother, and their grandpa couldn’t get enough of them. I haven’t seen him in years, but his family would always tell me he still asks about the ‘cupcake girl’ even though my ex is married to someone else now. Sorry, Quinn LOL.

Sadly, their grandpa passed away this week, so I made his favorite cupcakes for my best friend and her family in memory of him.

Here’s the recipe for the greatest chocolate cupcakes and peanut butter frosting ever (according to Grandpa Oscar).

No Bueno.
Friday, September 4, 2020

nooo friends gif

…or me when I found out that Taco Bell is getting rid of my beloved shredded chicken burrito (and more!) *cries in spanish*

Spooky Season.
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

beetlejuice - handbook for the recently deceased - skull snow globe

Kicking off spooky season with some light reading…

beetlejuice - handbook for the recently deceased

Unsolicited fact about me: Beetlejuice is one of my favorite movies. It was one of the only VHS tapes my grandma had when I was a kid, so I’d watch it over and over again. My boss calls me ‘Morbid Marion’ and I think Lydia Deetz would be proud 🖤

Couple Goals.
Sunday, August 23, 2020

woodstock couple
Welp, I def won’t be meeting the love of my life at a concert this year (or anywhere really if LA remains on this covid watch list), but I love this story ❤️

Outside Lands.
Sunday, August 16, 2020

osl 2011_memories

Outside Lands 2011 with Pammie, Chris and Jessie was def my most favorite festival ever. So much has changed since then, and at the same time, not much has changed at all…

Since my birthday trip to see Tame Impala in Portland was canceled due to covid, Pammie bought me tickets for Outside Lands 2021, and the girls are planning on coming with to celebrate 10 years since our first music festival together (pandemic pending).

I was supposed to be in Nashville this weekend, and I’ve died a little bit inside every time a show has been canceled this year. Is it 2021 yet???

where does it hurt meme

Bible.
Monday, August 10, 2020

coochielations 1:69

What religion is this and how do I convert???

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Bars.
Sunday, August 2, 2020

strawberry rhubarb crumble bars

strawberry rhubarb crumble bars

strawberry rhubarb crumble bars

strawberry rhubarb crumble bars

Name a better duo than strawberries and rhubarb. I’ll wait.

Recipe here.

Opening Day.
Friday, July 24, 2020

Hosmer, baby! 💛

Can someone postmate me garlic fries???

Send Noods.
Wednesday, July 22, 2020

fresh pasta dough ball

kitchenaid pasta attachment

fettuccine pasta drying rack

homemade fettuccine alfredo pasta

It looks like we’ll be quarantining well into summer, so I’ve officially stopped working on my bikini bod and started carbo-loading for winter.

This homemade pasta and alfredo sauce combo was *chef’s kiss* 😘

Quarantainment.
Monday, July 20, 2020

squirrel picnic table

I got a tiny picnic table for the squirrels who visit my parents’ backyard, and my mom texting me pics of them eating and enjoying the view has been the highlight of my day.

This is where I’m at in quarantine, guys.

Quarantine: Day 123.
Tuesday, July 14, 2020

quarantine alone

I’ve been working from home for four months now with no distractions (besides my neighbor’s car alarm that goes off, without fail, at least twice a day every time a leaf falls on it). With news this week that California is rolling back reopenings and kids won’t be returning to classrooms in the fall, this quarantine seems far from over. Hang in there, mamas!

Vanity.
Monday, July 6, 2020

douchebag license plate

douchebag license plate

My neighbors are douchier than yours.

Independence Day.
Saturday, July 4, 2020

bbq backyard

Views and ‘cue on this 4th of July!

Level Up.
Saturday, July 4, 2020

(via @heatherland_iaintdoinit)

I need you to be on this level if you’re going to watch the annual hot dog eating contest with me (I’m talking to you, Pamela Jean. Look alive!).

WFH: Day 100.
Friday, June 19, 2020

crying email meme

Blackout Tuesday.
Tuesday, June 2, 2020

LA riots curfew

Stay safe, LA 🖤

Urgent Memo.
Saturday, May 23, 2020

std email

Stoked that I don’t have an STD don’t have to work this weekend!

Steez.
Wednesday, May 20, 2020

90 day fiance

Shi thinks I’m attracted to anyone with a beard, and she ain’t wrong. Also, why is this the second convo I’ve had about 90 Day Fiancé today???

Quarantine: Day 57.
Saturday, May 9, 2020

long beach sunset

This lockdown has only made my department busier than ever, and I’ve been losing my mind working 12-hour days and being cooped up in my studio for nearly two months now. I’ve been in such a mood lately, and yet, my sister postmated me coffee bean and breakfast to make my life easier, my dear friend sent me cookies from across the country, and on the drive home from grocery shopping in Long Beach today, I witnessed this pink ass sunset. I really needed these little reminders that I have a good life and this shit is just temporary. Sorry for everything I said while in quarantine! XOXO

DIY Cold Brew.
Monday, April 27, 2020

blue bottle

diy cold brew blue bottle

I had a lot of random jobs in my twenties, and for a brief window in 2004, I was a barista at Starbucks. It was a second job I picked up during the holidays for extra cash, and not one I stayed at very long. That was probably the last time I made my own coffee, and definitely the last time I woke up at four in the morning on purpose! Ha.

I mostly caffeinate with canned cold brew these days, but sometimes I’ll indulge in my most favorite iced coffee ever—Blue Bottle New Orleans. At $4 a pop, it’s not something I have on my everyday shopping list (a girl’s gotta pay her rent, after all). But they sell their cold brew kit online and are offering free shipping right now, so I thought why the hell not? What else do I have going on six weeks deep into this quarantine???

This homemade cold brew turned out way better than any coffee I ever made at Starbucks, and I didn’t even have to wake up before the sun to enjoy it. Win-win.

Quarantine Cooking.
Sunday, April 26, 2020

filipino food chat

You guys, this quarantine is really domesticating us.

Also, never have I ever texted / facetimed / zoomed so much in my goddamn life. I can’t promise that this blog won’t devolve into just screenshots of me talking to people. Fair warning.

Plan of Action.
Monday, April 20, 2020

work chat
the office dwight rage gif
work chat

I’m one revision away from breaking some muthafuckin’ knees! Just kidding (please don’t furlough me).

Barter System.
Sunday, April 19, 2020

tp

tacos tu madre

Legit traded two rolls of toilet paper for a breakfast burrito from Tacos Tu Madre.

If anyone wants to pick me up some short ribs from APL BBQ in Hollywood, I have some TP and other provisions I’m willing to barter!

Hoppy Easter.
Sunday, April 12, 2020

bunny filter

Is it even Easter if I don’t use the bunny filter when we facetime today???

Rise & Grind.
Wednesday, April 8, 2020

blood of my enemies coffee cup

Cheers.
Sunday, April 5, 2020

zoom drinks

I put on my brows for this happy hour, but I did not put on my pants.

DIY Face Mask.
Saturday, April 4, 2020

bra face mask

Yeah, me and the girls def have to sit this one out LOL!

Quiz.
Thursday, April 2, 2020

tiger king quiz

I blame my love of questionable meat and going commando. Or maybe it’s just my fun, approachable vibe. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Which Tiger King personality are you???

Take Me Home.
Sunday, March 29, 2020

Sameer of Young the Giant played a solo acoustic show for Twitch Stream Aid and performed my most favorite song from when they were still called The Jakes. Also, I have that same case study planter, so it’s basically like he was singing to me in my apartment.

Il Postino.
Sunday, March 29, 2020

mailman chat
stepbrothers best friends gif
mailman chat

Add one of my ex’s becoming my parents’ mailman to the list of bizarre things to happen in 2020.

Tiger King.
Friday, March 27, 2020

tiger king netflix

This billboard looks like the first thing I created in photoshop circa 1996. Has anyone else reached the Tiger King segment of their quarantine yet???

Cry Stream.
Thursday, March 26, 2020

Kevin Garrett – Love You Less

There’s a place where we’re together
That’s what I’ll keep on telling myself

I love that artists are live streaming from their living rooms during this lockdown, partly because I’ve missed going out to shows, but mostly because I get to cry sing as loud as I want in the privacy of my own home.

Watch the full live stream here.

WFH.
Monday, March 23, 2020

home office - wfh - coronavirus

Finally an office with a window! I could get used to working from home…

Now if I only had a bidet, a lifetime subscription to Freshly, and a peloton bike, I’d never have to leave my apartment! Just kidding (like I would ever use a peloton bike).

See you clowns on Zoom!

Hoarders.
Saturday, March 21, 2020

la coronavirus

Literally me in the bread aisle at Ralphs today. All it took was a global pandemic for LA to start eating gluten again.

Lockdown.
Thursday, March 19, 2020

la times newsom lockdown coronavirus

Welp, I guess I’ll be cooped up at home indefinitely now. It’s only day 4, and I’ve already eaten all my quarantine snacks!

Contagion.
Monday, March 16, 2020

passport philippine airlines

Because I didn’t get enough coronavirus exposure during my recent visit to Seattle, I’ve spent the last few weeks traveling through the Philippines.

I’m back home now where I’ll be self-quarantining and working remotely for the next 14 days! If anyone needs me, I’ll just be in my apartment tending to my sunburn and wishing I was back on a yacht off the coast of El Nido instead of here in LA where it’s raining outside.

If you’re reading this, please send Jollibee.

Panic Buying.
Sunday, March 15, 2020

empty fridge

Yeah, I probably should’ve gone grocery shopping before I left for vacation in the middle of a pandemic.

panic buying

(@ Whole Foods, El Segundo)

panic buying

(@ Target, Manhattan Beach)

panic buying

(@ Ralphs, Manhattan Beach)

Seattle.
Wednesday, February 19, 2020

lax to sea

On my flight to Seattle, the flight attendant was walking down the aisle greeting everyone happy valentine’s day when he stopped in front of me and asked, “Are you traveling alone?” I said that I was, and he was like, “Can you switch seats so that this couple can sit together?” I meannn.

Morning view (@ Hyatt House)

Blown away (@ Chihuly Garden and Glass)

This museum was across the street from our hotel and so worth the visit! I’ve always admired Chihuli’s sculptures in Vegas, but his featured work here is incredible. The way he transforms glass is pure poetry.

Seattle is so fetch (@ Cobb’s Popcorn)

The stickiest of the icky (@ The Gum Wall)

We stood in a long ass line that wrapped around the building for this chowder… or shall I say Pammie stood in a long ass line while I was off buying crab claw pens at a souvenir shop (@ Pike Place Chowder)

I actually forgot that I had eaten here during my first trip to Seattle… We only tried the New England style chowder, and I didn’t think it was anything to write home about. If you’ve had the chowder from Boudin’s or Blue Bayou or even the cafe downstairs at my work on Fridays, you aren’t missing much.

Skip the chowder line and head across the street instead (@ Beecher’s Handmade Cheese)

Between the mac and cheese, grilled cheese, poutin and cheese samples, I was in heaven! Although no one should ever consume all that dairy in one sitting. Don’t ask me how I know.

Ooh baby, I like it rawww 🎶 (@ Elliot’s Oyster House)

One last stop under the bridge! Till next time, Seattle (@ Fremont Troll)

Breakfast.
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

takis and fruit punch

My coworker Luis came up to me this morning with his cup of grapes and was all like, “Is that your breakfast???”

In unrelated news, I had a salad for lunch today.

RIP Kobe.
Monday, January 27, 2020

rip kobe

BRB crying in my car.

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