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Jimmy Kimmel portraying the voice of my vagina, answering questions from Miranda July! Photo Credit: @alishakathleen
I was there.
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important zine I picked up the other day
Oof. Me ages 15-26.
Woke up, took a shower, ate breakfast, watched some Mad Men episodes. He came home while I was putting on hair product and perfume and earrings and shit I never wear. With flowers.
We went to lunch at a pizza place I’ve always loved but haven’t been to in years.
We went to Santa Anita and had $2 beers and watched 8 races. I cleaned up. Left with a $100 bill.
We went to Highland Park and stopped into Sonny’s Hideaway. The food was ok, but the cocktails were spectacular.
We went to Verdugo Bar, where we had our 1st date. Sat in the back. An employee said he’d buy us a drink. We took a picture.
I was bummed when the day was over. It was so romantic.
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Pfft, You think that’s crazy?! Many of us even have husbands!
Sometimes I feel too old for tumblr. I might have bought into this when I was younger - in fact, I did - and that’s a damn shame. It might matter at age 16, but in the real world, you can be fat and have a boyfriend/girlfriend (if you want to).
Kids: don’t buy into this. It’s just not true. Companies exist to profit off your insecurity and reinforce messages that you need to look a certain way before anyone will love you. But real, kind, beautiful men and women will still love you, easily, in whatever capacity you’re looking for. Give up the struggle of attempting to lose weight or look perfect, because you don’t need it to experience love. Hot men will still want to kiss you. Good men will still want to date you. I wish I’d known that when I was younger. But it was very freeing to learn it for myself.
There was good in 2013. Here some of it is.
Our second annual Vegas birthday trip. We stayed at the Elara and won some ducats. Ate foie gras as always, saw another Cirque show (I’m probably good on those for a while) and went to the mob museum. I am going to keep going to Vegas as long as it’s fun for me, and since I tend to enjoy the finer things in life (gambling, drinking, fine dining), I’m guessing I’ll feel that way for a while.
Coachella. Stayed in a hotel in Palm Springs and had a hot breakfast and swam in the pool every morning. If I ever do another Coachella (that was my 8th one!) no way I’m camping again. Highlight bands: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Metric, Grizzly Bear, Postal Service, Vampire Weekend, the Faint.
San Diego for 4th of July weekend: breweries, fireworks, burgers, burritos, the beach.
Seattle for Rian’s 30th birthday. So great.
I went to Denver to visit my best friend in September, while those torrential floods were happening. Eating at Rioja was amazing, though at the time I didn’t know how great of a place it was and just thought it was some nondescript fancy restaurant. There was bread service! I also went to San Antonio and Dallas for work. In Dallas I had an amazing show, ate at a different food truck every day, and met up with my internet bro of TEN YEARS.
My sister’s wedding:
This happened in late June. There was a lot of hullabaloo leading up to it, including a bachelorette party at the shooting range, a bridal shower, and a whole bunch of rehearsal dinner/pre-wedding activities. It was all very fun, but I was incredibly glad when it was over.
Besides Coachella, there would have to be two highlights: Arcade Fire at Capitol and The National at the Greek.
Arcade Fire played a huge show outside Capitol on their record release day. But they also played a private show at the Capitol Studio, livestreamed for an NPR first listen, the day before the album was released, October 28. E and I went. Arcade Fire have been one of my 2 favorite bands for about 9 years and I was front row center at Capitol. I was also up in front seeing them at the Troubadour in January 2005, and years later I found out E was too, so this came nicely full circle to see them together. We touched Win Butler and had something resembling a conversation (well, the closest you can get to having a conversation while the show is being live broadcasted for millions of people).
The National was also a great show. Energizing in a way I hadn’t experienced in a while. I wrote about it here.
Iron and Wine at First Unitarian Church, Steve Martin at the Bowl with my mom, Vampire Weekend, Animal Collective, Yeezus.
For some reason the latter half of 2013 was marked by all these contest wins and free events. The best would have to be a charity event for Meals on Wheels held at the Grove. Actually, E and I both won a pair of tickets, so we went with my parents on a hot September Saturday and enjoyed gourmet food. We also got gift bags. We totally did not belong there and it was awesome.
A fancy new apartment complex opened up semi-near us this year, and they had this free patio party/BBQ. It was a surprisingly fun time and I enjoyed the horrible PBR and multi-ethnic crowd.
E won tickets to a Sunset and Dine food festival/screening of Sunset Boulevard, tickets to a South African Wine and Food Festival (which wasn’t that amazing, but on the other hand, if it’s free), a free bar tab somewhere, a free meal at a place in our hood and a $50 gift card elsewhere. Most awesomely, he also won Disneyland tickets on a total fluke.
MP’s Soul Food
Oinkster (I’d been before, but not for a while)
Orange Is The New Black
Magic Castle for the first/probably only time ever
Santa Anita racetrack
Food/wine events: LA Weekly Plate, Bacon and Barrels, Craft Beer Crawl, The Taste
Casinos: Chumash twice (Thanksgiving weekend/after Bacon & Barrels) and Pechanga (post-San Diego)
Birthday shindig: I had a big kid 28th birthday party with an astro jump
Started a beer meetup group
Breweries: Great Divide (Denver), Ballast Point, Lost Abbey, Monkish, Golden Road, Smog City
Fun stuff: Dia de los Muertos, Union Station Tour, Echo Park Lake, NoHo walking tour, Citystock, Cousin’s art show, Universal Studios, The Magic Flute
Cinespia (The Party, Caddyshack, The Breakfast Club)
Neighborhood tours: Culver City, Highland Park, Echo Park, Little Tokyo
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Wolf Parade, I’ll Believe in Anything. 2006.
You know that thing where this has been your favorite song for 7 years?
Just logged into a travel site for the first time in ages and came across my profile description. I think at this point I’d only ever been to Dallas, Nashville, and San Francisco (other than choir tours, Boston, and family vacations) but hey, it was all true. And still is - I, now with my boyfriend, love to plan 3-night trips to big cities, pour over hotel reviews to find one closest to city center, and spend tons of money on food and drink. I’m in a different tax bracket now, but I still love a great travel bargain.
Still haven’t taken a tropical vacation! That needs to change soon. Unlike 22 y/o me (or however old I was), 28 y/o me would loooove to lounge on the beach drinking an umbrella drink.
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George Zimmerman was arrested today for “felony aggravated assault with a weapon, misdemeanor battery-domestic violence and criminal mischief.”
Let me be REALLY clear here: I am white, and I am a woman. I am not, in any way, shape, or form, saying that domestic violence isn’t a massive fucking problem. I am not saying that Samantha Scheibe wasn’t absolutely right to fear for her life, call the police, and press charges. I am 100% on Samantha Scheibe’s side—but the point I am making is not about her.
This is a man who, as I’m sure you can all *recite* by now, saw a black teenage boy named Trayvon Martin walking down the street, at which point Zimmerman followed Martin in his car, called the police, stopped his car and got out, taking his loaded gun with him, to follow Martin, and shot him to death. Martin was walking home from the store with Skittles and an iced tea.
Shot him to death. Police couldn’t give a shit. They let him go. You all know the rest of the disgusting story, racist story.
The guy points a gun at a white woman? He’s arrested, booked, and held without bail.
C’mon, FOX News, hold another fundraiser for the guy’s legal expenses!
I DARE YOU.
No one is going to call me an Iron Chef any time soon, but damn I love whipping up on-the-fly dishes with my man. At some point last week, whatever we were having for dinner seemed a little lacking so we made cornbread. Yes, I just have cornstarch laying around.
Dinner this week has been basically seeing what we can do with a Costco rotisserie chicken ($5!) and whatever we have at home. Tuesday it was BBQ chopped salad. Last night it was oven baked nachos with black beans and whatever other toppings we could rustle up. Tonight it was pulled chicken braised with sirracha and bbq sauce, and I pureed sweet potatoes and then threw in whatever ingredients sounded good - maple syrup, butter, and pepper. Then for dessert we had apple slices with cookie butter. It was all so damn delicious and fun to cook on the fly. Best $5 Costco chicken ever.
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