Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 Part II and Happy 2011!

First off, I can't believe the first decade of the 2000's is over.  I still remember Y2K mania like it was yesterday!  Time truly does fly.  It's not just the end of one year, it's the end of one decade.  When I look back on this decade, I think it was well-spent.  I graduated from college, grad school, became a professional, made money for the first time, made good friends, "immigrated" to California, and married my density. 

My wishes for 2011 are the same as my wishes for every new year (or at least every new year spent as an adult with mature wishes, LOL).  Resolutions are also basically the same.  I always have (1) physical; (2) mental; and (3) something concrete and specific.  I'm pretty good about resolutions.  I can think of two in particular that I follow through on, even years later.  This year's resolutions follow the same formula.  

I'm really excited about 2011.  I hope it'll be an awesome year!!  Happy New Year!!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

2010 Part I

Oh, what a year.  2010.  This was a banner year.  In recent memory, certain years stand out to me.  2005, 2008, 2009 (haha, that's a lot of years).  This year takes the cake, for obvious reasons.  I got to marry my "density," the smartest guy I know (besides my dad), the most sincere, and the most humble and kind.  He's everything I wanted in a partner and everything I didn't know I wanted but was lucky enough to get anyway.  Sometimes, things in life are a struggle.  Sometimes, they're very clear and make sense right away.  My relationship with H has always been the latter.  We're thankful for our marriage every day and we're so excited for new adventures in 2011!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010


H and I are slowly starting to bone up on "technology."  Ha.  We've suddenly found ourselves with a lot of high tech stuff and little know-how.  So, we're getting educated.  In the meantime, we've found new uses for one of those little gadgets.  Air hockey!

That score is not at all representative of my performance, which was much worse.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Hey New York, your weather sux

Now don't get me wrong, I love New York.  I love it in that way that you can only love it if you were born and raised there.  It's just part of the DNA.  But I never really knew that weather can be something to be enjoyed rather than tolerated until I moved to California.  Oh, and East Coast weather delays can bite me.

Holiday get-togethers

The past week has featured a few holiday get-togethers and they've really warmed my heart.  I love how the holidays prompt parties, and I think they need to happen more often during the rest of the year!

Last night we ventured down to Irvine and met up with some of H's junior high/HS friends.  It was a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to seeing them again.  A great night (though I missed out on seeing W--waaahh)!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Here comes the sun . . .

Almost a full week later, the sun came out over Southern California!  Strange coming from someone who laments how consistently sunny it is here, but I was genuinely happy to see the little orb.  Pretty sure I'll miss it again when I head back east next week...

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I like this

Source:  Jcrew

The Lulu Frost for Jcrew pieces are lovely.  Jcrew jewelry tends to be hit or miss, in my opinion.  I have a very cute/unique necklace from there that I like, but I've also seen pieces that look cheap and/or poorly made.  I'm going to scope out the Lulu Frost bracelets in person . . .

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Tree Lane

It started with this:

(p.s. I love Sunset.  Only for those west of the Mississippi though).

which said this:

which prompted us to go see this:

Not quite as spectacular as Sunset made it sound and rainy to boot, but old-fashioned holiday charm in a folksy kind of way.  Most people just drove through.  We, of course, had to stop, put the hazards on, photograph, document, all while dodging cars and a bus.  Still, I think it's safe to say we'd do it again!

Friday, December 17, 2010

To Dos

Things I've done:  sent Christmas cards.  Things I've left to do:  everything besides send Christmas cards. 

Source:  Currier & Ives

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Harry Potter (a review, sort of)

I started out as a bit of a HP hater when I first heard of the series back in 2001.  I never liked fantasy novels as a child and I wasn't about to start reading them as a 20-something.  Then, I went to watch a movie with my friend but it was sold out.  The ONLY thing available was HP 1.  We watched it.  I LOVED IT.  I caught up on all of the books my last year of grad school when I found myself with free time, a reading lamp beside my bed, and friends willing to lend me HP books indefinitely.

Back to the present.  We watched the latest movie.  I liked it.  Sort of.  I knew it'd be dark, and it was.  Honestly, it's been so long since I read the last book that I forgot a few things.  Like when Nagini jumped out of the old lady.  Or that Mad Eye Moody died.  Or the whole bad-feelings-coming-out-of-the-locket thing.

But the highlights for the movie for me were:  RON.  HERMIONE.  The cinematography.  When I said to H, "Man, I'd have been so mad if that happened at our wedding!"  And H responded, "Yeah, if Deatheaters had swooped in from the sky and attacked people?  That would've sucked."

The lowlights:  HARRY.  His acting is the worst of the lot.  So wooden.  And he is so tiny compared to the others.  Plus, he had no chemistry with Ginny or Hermione in those AWFUL kissing scenes.  Why, JK, why.  I cringed.

H thought the whole thing was a let-down; too little action for too long a movie.  We agreed that it was really for "the true believers" because there is no way you could walk into that movie and know what the heck is going on unless you already know the details pretty well.  And the book is infinitely better, of course.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Thai & Tiffany

We found a restaurant in Pasadena, Daisy Mint, that we really like.  We got there thinking it was Vietnamese, but it turned out to be Thai.  Oh well.  Still delicious with great decor.  Antique-looking birdcages, exposed brick, crystal, orchids, empty frames.  Sort of the exact opposite of the Thai place I used to frequent during school--Tamarind House, which had 70s decor that reminded me of the Regal Beagle from Three's Company. 
We had a pre-anniversary dinner at Daisy Mint last week, and then walked around Colorado Blvd to see the holiday lovelies.  The Tiffany holiday displays with the papercut goodness made me swoon. 

Friday, December 10, 2010


We got a tree!  We named him Charlie (a la Charlie Brown Christmas tree).  He's a tiny little one.  Perfect for our first Christmas together as a little family. 

H assesses the little guy

Thursday, December 9, 2010


Yesterday also marked 30 years after Lennon's death.  Weird to think that our lives overlapped only 3 months.   I'm a HUGE Beatles fan.  It all started in high school when my AP Gov't friend made me a Beatles mix-tape.  Then, I randomly saw A Hard Day's Night and Help! in a back-to-back feature on PBS.  From then on, I was HOOKED.  I even walked up the aisle to Here, There and Everywhere.   

Lennon was the soul of the Beatles (sorry McCartney-loving lightweights).  I caught Imagine:  John Lennon on BBC America last night and it was fantastic.  A must-see for all Lennon/Beatles fans.  You come away thinking this was a person with a conscience, and yes, he actually really seemed to love Yoko. 

Taken on Wilshire.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to my dad, one of my most favorite people in the universe.  I hit the dad-jackpot with you.  I love you, dad!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

I like this.


Appeals to the little girl in me.  Love the whimsy.  So very Little Miss Dior.

Monday, December 6, 2010


The holiday dessert party/apt-warming that H and I threw on Friday night was a big success.  I ended up making too many desserts and too much food so we have leftovers.  Ugh.  Dessert leftovers.  Somehow perfectly timed with my attempt to get back into shape.  Why, universe, why. 

I made brownies, gingerbread, vanilla cake with light coffee whipped frosting/peanuts, and I bought sweet potato mini tartlets, cheese cake (which I doled out with whipped cream and berries), cheeses/crackers, and fruit.  Whew. 

Third/top tier not shown

The pennants were a big hit; made from Interweb tutorials; and I totally repurposed an empty plastic container to make a 1-time use cakestand.  Woot.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Happy 6 months

Somehow, even though H leaves for work before 5 a.m. (including TODAY, our anniversary!) and is currently exhausted from working for the past 7 days straight, I woke up to roses for our 6 month anniversary this morning.  Does my husband know me, or what?

I'm cooking him his favorite dinner tonight as celebration part deux of tres (uno was last night in Pasadena; tres is Tuesday).

What an amazingly wonderful journey the past 6 months have been -- getting to share daily life with your best friend rocks. 

Friday, December 3, 2010

Doctors can be fun

I went to a holiday party for H's department last night.  It was a hoot.  I wasn't sure what to expect seeing as it'd be all doctors and such.  But it was riotously funny and we had a GREAT time.  We had the good fortune of sitting with a group led by a tag-team duo that had us rolling around in our seats all night.  It reminded me of school, oddly enough.  Anyway, good times.  And tonight, holiday party #2 of 3!

And in the spirit of the season  . . . store name absurdities from the ROK:

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Holiday Party Prep

We're hosting a holiday dessert party and apt-warming on Friday night.  I've assembled all of the ingredients for various baked goods and will start prepping/making the actual stuff on Thursday night/Friday evening.

I figure that everyone will need to know what it is they're eating, so I made these little cards.  It took me no more than 20 minutes to make all of them.  Just card stock cut to size, scraps of paper (seriously, scraps -- the brown paper is from a Trader Joe's bag, the blue paper is from a Tiffany catalog, you get the picture), glue, and twine.  Deliberately not Christmas-y but still festive.  Pics on how I use them post-party.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Winter Food

It's getting colder here in CA.  Of course, that means temps in the 60s instead of the 80s.  Whatever it is, I like it.  Our duvet feels warm and cozy now instead of oppressively oven-like.  With cooler temps comes comfort food.  Here's pho from our go-to pho place, Blossom.  We eat this on nights when we both have work to do and are too tired to go through the dinner ritual of prep, cleaning, etc.  It's really good and doesn't feel like we're eating junk food just for convenience.  

Monday, November 29, 2010

Santa . . .

Barbara!  H and I had an "anniversary" this past weekend, so he surprised me with a trip to Santa Barbara!  It was a wonderful day.  He got me up, we hopped in the car, and . . . randomly spotted outlets directly off the highway half way there!  Excellent.  After about 2 hours of shopping, we scored a bunch of wares at really awesome, unexpected post-Thanksgiving deals.  I'm talking 50% off the entire store awesome.

We hopped back in the car and headed out to the coast.  So beautiful.  The drive to SB reminded us of Hawaii.  H planned for us to ride bikes along the beach.  We ended up renting a surrey because I kept squealing every time we saw one.  It was heavy but FUN!  H claimed he couldn't feel me peddling but I was, I so was!  We stopped for dinner at a restaurant looking out on the beach, toasted to our commemoration, and then headed back to the beach to see the waves.  It felt like a real holiday.

A perfect anniversary planned by my H. 

Us, moseying along the beach path.

Our little surrey: parked & waiting for us outside of the restaurant.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday

I always associated Black Friday with cold, rainy, wet, tired, cranky, determined people.  It's a little different in California, I guess.  It's sunny and bright, palm trees swaying in the breeze today.  Shopping on Black Friday doesn't seem so bad under these conditions.  Still, no thanks.  I'd rather pay full price than wake up at an ungodly hour like 3 am for a deal. 

And because I forgot to take pics of last night's Thanksgiving dinner (too busy proclaiming how loaded my plate was and then scarfing the whole thing down, still hungry), here's a pic of some pizza I made a few weeks ago.  It's yeast-free so I can make it any time without prep.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy (Early) Thanksgiving!

We're in the thick of my favorite time of year.  I love Thanksgiving and the holiday season.  All that food, all that coziness.  Though I'm sad not to get to spend it with my family back east tomorrow, I'm thankful for so many blessings this year and always (and most recently, today).  Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 

Source:  pve design

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Holiday Kitsch

I love some seasonal decorations.  I think it's been genetically passed down through my mom, who has loved ornament-collecting for decades.  I loved her hobby as a kid!  So cozy.  Now that I'm married, I'm hoping to poach some pieces for my own tree.

I'm also adding to my own collection through legitimate means.  Here's a 1.5' snowman purchased this past weekend.  When H saw it, he had an incredulous look on his face and asked me if it was a gift for someone else.  Nope, sorry dear, this one's coming home with us!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Om Nom Nom

So, I've always LOVED potato chips and fries.  I can make a meal out of just those.  I often favor the fries over the hamburger.  I try not to have chips at home because I can eat a whole bag in one sitting, and that's just not good for you.  Anyway, you get the picture.

I discovered that making my own steak fries is super easy, tasty, and healthier than buying them.  And it allows me to get my potato fix at home, any time.  All you need to do is toss sliced potatoes with olive oil, coarse salt, pepper, and sometimes, minced garlic.  I pop them on the rack sitting atop my bake sheet.  Sometimes I slice them more thickly and they're more wedges than fries.  Up to you.

Bake at 425 degrees until they look done.  Crispy, yummy, and not at all oily.  Serve with ketchup and sour cream/chives on the side (to simulate baked potato goodness).  So good that H thought I had bought them somewhere!

Friday, November 19, 2010


After dinner at The Farm last night, what do I see but a huge line of Potterheads, waiting patiently for the midnight showing of Deathly Hallows. They were an orderly bunch, jauntily clad, and very polite.  It felt almost like Halloween.  A very well-behaved and bespectacled Halloween, involving long robes and stuffed game.  My favorite was Mad-Eye Moody (not pictured), who looked as ornery as the real thing.  

The Grove, of course, was decked out in the usual holiday trimmings.  Very cute. Very incongruous with the light sweater weather.


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Green Christmas

No, I don't mean an environmentally-friendly Christmas, although that's good and important as well.  I mean, a warm, tropical, breezy, green Christmas.  Maybe it's because the radio station for my alarm suddenly switched to a 24-7 Christmas channel (even before Tgiving!), but the holiday is on my mind today.

My first choice will always be an East Coast (maybe New England) Christmas -- freshly fallen snow, twinkle lights, the smell of pine, shoppers bustling around.  But my second choice is a Hawaiian holiday ... H and I went for the first time earlier this year for our honeymoon and it was paradise.  We hope to go back in 2011, and I hope we can spend a few Christmases there (with family, of course) in the future . . .

Four Seasons at Maui -- our honeymoon hotel; highly recommend, no better place on Maui

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