mayanrocks
Going Green.
Monday, June 14, 2021

Is it too late to start dieting for my Hawaii trip in 2 weeks???

Recipes: Baked chicken breast cobb salad with ranch dressing // Avocado sweet potato toast // Chicken salad lettuce cups with avocado oil mayo // Air fryer brussels sprouts

About Me.
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

phanny's redondo beach breakfast burrito

I enjoy long walks to any burrito (@ Redondo Beach)

Capri Sun Chasers.
Saturday, June 5, 2021

capri sun chaser

When your friends have kids but still like to party 🥳

Pacific coolers are the new pickleback!

UB40.
Friday, May 28, 2021

grand ole bbq

grand ole bbq

let's drink red red wine because ub40

Ditch day with my favorite 40-year-old at my favorite place (@ Grand Ole BBQ)

It took me four hours to drive from LA to SD today! The bestie is lucky I love BBQ her.

Redondo AF.
Friday, May 21, 2021

phanny's redondo beach

Rise & grind (@ Phanny’s)

Not pictured: Me trying to keep sand off my bomb ass breakfast burrito. I think I’ve finally found a breakfast burrito in LA that rivals El Azteca’s (I’ll have to eat my way through Eater’s 20 Essential Breakfast Burritos in Los Angeles list to confirm my findings).

Mother’s Daycation.
Monday, May 10, 2021

mimosa bar

mimosa cheers

Poolside mom-osas, anyone??? (@ Lakehouse Hotel and Golf Resort)

Hope everyone had a great mother’s day!

Salami Mami.
Sunday, May 9, 2021

charcuterie board - salami rose

Thanks to all the moms out there (and to tiktok for teaching me the art of salami roses!). If this graphic design thing doesn’t work out, I think I’ll just make charcuterie boards for a living.

Stronghold.
Sunday, May 2, 2021

stronghold mom self defense class

The girls and I got a lesson in self defense from Raquel at Stronghold this past weekend! Christine and Shi demo’d groin kicks while Pammie and I practiced our sticky glue – pancake – butterfly grips on the side! Ha.

Long Lost.
Friday, April 30, 2021

lord huron at hollywood forever cemetery

Lord Huron at the cemetery? Yes, please 🖤

Vaxxed.
Thursday, April 29, 2021

vaxxed

Vaxxed, waxed, and ready to relax!

Hawaii and NOLA trips officially booked. Is it summer yet???

Recharge.
Monday, April 26, 2021

crystal glass triangle shelf

BRB charging my crystals ✨

IDK if it’s my graphic design skillz or dat crystal energy helping me through this brutal conference season at work, but I’ll recharge these babies tonight under the full moon just in case!

Friar Friday.
Friday, April 23, 2021

Silently cheering so my neighbors don’t murder me.

Rise.
Friday, April 16, 2021

pepper spray keychain

My sister’s husband armed me with pepper spray when I first moved to LA. I used to keep it on my key ring, but it was confiscated years ago at some seedy show downtown. I honestly never thought to replace it until now…

Given the rise in anti-asian hate crimes, I’ve amazon primed myself some pepper spray plus a stun gun for good measure. COME AT ME, BRO.

Shortage.
Thursday, April 8, 2021
chat ray ketchup shortage
chat ray ketchup shortage
chat ray ketchup shortage

You ask for ketchup at a steakhouse once and nobody ever lets you forget it.

Tata.
Wednesday, April 7, 2021

tata towels

I ordered the bestie a tata towel as a gag for her 40th birthday. It was delivered earlier this week and has been sitting in my apartment lobby for days now. Had I known how indiscreet the packaging was, I would have picked it up sooner LOL!

Easter.
Sunday, April 4, 2021

broiled lobster tails

The only shells we cracked this Easter!

Birthday BBQ.
Wednesday, March 24, 2021

lapel twins birthday bbq

Happiest birthday to my favorite little pitmasters (who coincidentally also love BBQ and being in their birthday suits).

WFH: Day 365.
Tuesday, March 16, 2021

(via @ketnipz)

Pancakes & Parolees.
Sunday, March 7, 2021

cracker barrel

yuma prison

yuma prison dark cell

yuma prison dark cell

prison bunkbeds

yuma territorial prison cemetery

ocean to ocean highway bridge

scooter jump

My first road trip in a year, and all I got was a jar of fried apples and a sunburn from the prison yard.

WindowSwap.
Wednesday, March 3, 2021

balcony rain window swap

It’s been tough working from home this past year, but I don’t miss my windowless office. The view from my studio is pretty uninteresting (though today I captured some rare LA rain!). When I get bored of the view, I just visit WindowSwap and pretend I’m working from somewhere else in the world… I’ve been in Georgetown watching this dog fetch a frisbee for hours now!

Expectation vs Reality.
Friday, February 19, 2021

Me:

hot chocolate bomb cocoa gif

Shi:

hot chocolate bomb fail

I didn’t think I needed to include instructions with these hot chocolate bombs, but I’ve been wrong before ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Valentine’s Day.
Sunday, February 14, 2021

crumbl cookies goses are red the bruery beer

BRB eating my feelings.

Al Fresco.
Saturday, February 13, 2021

grande ole bbq beef rib

Hello, old friend (@ Grand Ole BBQ)

A year ago, I would have never thought that eating at a restaurant and spending time with friends would be such a rarity. This is the first time I’ve hung out with the bestie or been back at Grand Ole BBQ since my birthday weekend last year. It was nice to feel a sense of normalcy again, but when I saw that drunk girl dancing at the bar with no mask on, I took that as my cue to leave!

Hot Chocolate Bombs.
Friday, February 12, 2021

hot chocolate cocoa bomb

hot chocolate cocoa bomb

hot chocolate cocoa bomb

hot chocolate cocoa bomb

Sweets for my sweets ❤️

Gainz.
Sunday, February 7, 2021

super bowl squares

king crab legs

randy's donuts

Won $62.50 and gained 5 pounds this super bowl sunday hbu?

Puppy Bowl.
Sunday, February 7, 2021

Chunky Monkey is my spirit animal.

National Treasure.
Friday, January 29, 2021

cuevas girls

When your family asks you to photoshop trash out of their picture and you turn it into treasure.

bernie inauguration

Bon Appétit.
Tuesday, January 26, 2021

jon and vinny's spicy fusilli

Back in the day when we were allowed to dine inside restaurants, I had an amazing meal at Jon and Vinny’s. I loved everything we ordered, from the marinara braised meatballs to the LA woman pizza, but the real star of the show was their spicy fusilli alla vodka (what’s not to love about carbs and alcohol?). I’ve been dreaming about it ever since, so when I came across Jon and Vinny’s recipe on Bon Appétit, I knew I had to make it for dinner.

This dish was surprisingly simple to make. I mean, did I have to ask the guy at Trader Joe’s what a shallot was? Yes. And did I see my life flash before my eyes for a split second when I flambéd that vodka? Also yes. But it turned out just as delicious as I remembered it being. And what was already an amazing dish was made even better by the fact that I didn’t have to schlep over to Fairfax in LA traffic or make a reservation a month in advance to eat it!

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 cookies from NYC, 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.

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