weekend recap
23 November 2009, 11:54 am
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On Friday after work, I had planned to run, but I had some stuff to finish at work and quickly lost my window of light [on a side note, my getting to work early and running while there is still light in the afternoon is working out pretty well- except for days like this]. After work, we were going to go to a beer tasting event at Blue Palms, but ended up just going for drinks at Lola’s instead. Then we decided it was finally time we tried Oki Dog, a hot dog stand on Fairfax near us. And it was exactly as expected, haha.

On Saturday morning, we hiked Solstice Canyon [6 miles or so]. We found ourselves reminiscing about Boston on the trail, and then we randomly ran into someone that G went to high school with- It’s a small world sometimes. Anyway, it is probably one of the most interesting hiking trails I’ve been on in LA. There are ruins of an abandoned house tucked into the canyon that was mostly consumed by fire in 1982, but you can still see many parts of it- the fireplaces, oven, some walls. It’s definitely fun to imagine what the floor plan was based on the ruins- it kind of felt like stepping into Pompeii again. The best part was the waterfall that ran through the site, and a perfectly-intact Virgin Mary statue. We probably spent about an hour there exploring before hiking back out. The rest of Saturday was pretty lazy- watched the thrilling Oregon game [go ducks!], worked on a gift, tried to do some online xmas/birthday shopping [unsuccessfully].

On Sunday, I went to the farmers market for some Thanksgiving shopping, then came home and planned the menu with Jackie. Note to self: do not plan a Thanksgiving menu while hungry. Ha! Our problem this year was that we didn’t want to give up on the dishes we loved from last year, but still wanted to make new dishes, too. Which means that we ended up with an even bigger menu than last year! [George and Nathan started to make some comments from the couch but then decided better of it.]

After that I went to Michael Levine, a huge fabric store in the fashion district downtown. Unfortunately I was really hoping to go to the Loft store above it [which sells fabric by the pound] but I found out they aren’t open on Sundays. So I ended up in the main store instead… so huge and amazing, I could spend hours in there. Since they close early, I ended up not having enough time to pick buttons and snaps AND fabric, but I got a few yards to start some projects and will definitely be going back. They have good yarn too, ah!

Came home and made a shopping list for the rest of Thanksgiving, then went to the store. Between the two of us dividing the list and tag teaming, we hammered it out in less than 30 minutes. Just need a few items from WF, but we’re mostly ready to go. After making some dinner/lunch, I sewed on the buttons/knitted button holes for my mom’s cowl. I was initially going to seam it together and just make the buttons decorative, but then I realized my mom would hate to put it over her head and decided to make them functional. I’m totally pleased with the result, especially for such an on-the-fly quick knit- I’ll show you photos soon! [Photo editing/posting is one thing I did not do this weekend… I at least wanted to get through the rest of my Seattle batch!]

Looking forward to two four-day weeks coming up… though I definitely wish they were shorter.



in my mailbox
18 November 2009, 5:16 pm
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(and George’s)

Dear Stacey,

Your birthday is getting closer!

Present this voucher, along with valid identification, including proof of birth date, to redeem free admission to one Disneyland® Resort Theme Park in California on your birthday.

We look forward to welcoming you on December 01, 2009. Best wishes for a very happy birthday!


110509: still shining
9 November 2009, 9:23 pm
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photo of the day

Even as the lights are hung, the sun shines on in supervision.

Its persistence can be contagious.

110209: taken aback
9 November 2009, 1:10 pm
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photo of the day

Occasionally, I see something, read something, or hear something that literally makes me stop, gasp, and say, “I live in…… Los Angeles?” Like, LA? George and I have these moments together, too, like when we recognize a place from a commercial or have a that-was-so-LA moment.

These random moments happened to me when I lived in Boston too. I guess it’s the small, small-town part of me that is occasionally (and pleasantly) surprised at where life has taken me.

thrilled the world 2009
27 October 2009, 10:44 am
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I’m pretty much right smack in the middle… I barely recognized my zombie self!

thrill the world 2009
23 October 2009, 12:22 pm
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image via thrilltheworld.com

Welcome to what has been consuming my free time this week.

Thrill the World is a worldwide, simultaneous dance of Thriller in an attempt to break a Guinness World record. I heard about LA’s event last year right before it happened, and got so excited about it that I vowed to do it this year. On Monday, all the Halloween buzz made me remember it, and I was swearing when I realized it was this weekend…

I didn’t think I’d be able to pull it off in time, but there is a whole series of youtube tutorials by Ines Markell, the founder of Thrill the World, to break it down into segments. I learned most of the basic moves in an evening, and the last bit at a practice session last night- still working on the sequence of all the sections. The whole thing is so incredibly fun to dance!

Last year 4,179 zombies danced to Thriller worldwide, and since this year’s event has obviously become a tribute to MJ as well, the numbers are expected to be much higher: 400+ teams, 10-50,000 dancers?! The LA team itself is bound to be huge- the west side practice had probably 100 people alone. The big event is this Saturday, 5:30pm PST.

So dorky and so fun! Rock on!

2008 Thrill the World Official International Video:

2008 Thrill the World LA:

365 | 093009
5 October 2009, 10:43 am
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photo of the day (via iPhone)

I must admit, seeing this lifesize+ Oscar (see scale figures, left) at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts was a little jolting. He’s pretty badass, and I kind of wanted to go pose next to him, maybe give him a hug (you know, like you do with the guards at Buckingham Palace), but since there was an attendant nearby I figured if I ever wanted to take advantage of free screenings again, I probably shouldn’t.