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Thursday, December 17th, 2009
4:09 pm
The saving grace of the fact that it is only Thursday, and not, in fact, Friday, is that my bestest buddy o pal o friend o mine is arriving tonight, for an action packed adventure weekend!

And then 3½ days of work, before a loooong holiday break. wahoooo!

What's that you say? "Completely fitting for a birthday weekend?" Damn straight it is!

I wonder what we are gonna eat tonight... I bet it will be delicious though!
Tuesday, December 8th, 2009
5:20 pm
Friday, November 13th, 2009
3:31 am
Oh Chanties!
I will miss you so! Why must you forsake me? At least there should be hedgehogs soon.

And. Despite the rough start, I ended up having a productive night. Actually. Come to think of it, my night turned around after I had my dinner date with the chanties.... Coincidence? I think not! Lovely chanties!

Anyhow, I still don't have a single clue about what's going to happen in the first half of next week, but at least I'm fairly well prepared for most eventualities. And hopefully one of those eventualities will involve me laying in the middle of vast and fertile plains, staring up at an inky black sky shot through with silvery veins of light. Though Leo doesn't rise until well past the peak, it will easily still be better than any cityside meteor shower, yes?

Current Mood: world keeps turning
Thursday, October 29th, 2009
10:45 am
High winds, but still the lazy dark clouds of haze sprawl across the city... Yes, that is fall in Los Angeles!
Monday, October 19th, 2009
10:21 pm
The aforepromised more
Cold hard cash

Death from above

Printing press

Yes, it&apos;s real

Power plant

Fall

The inspiration for the bride&apos;s bachelorette &apos;do.  Yes, that is a barbie and a frog in her hair.

Makeout party, woooo!

Blueberry smile and Walth

Scraproach

Horsin&apos;round

If I were in your shoes....

$5 air train Sunset

Is it Friday yet? Better still, is it 3½ weeks from now yet?
Monday, October 12th, 2009
2:03 pm
Fall
I am feeling slow as molassas these days, but not nearly as delicious. I move, but only as gravity moves me. Illness, lack of sleep, grey skies: all likely reasons. The Los Angeles fall weather is actually beautiful, and a better temperature for my frail body than New England fall, but I haven't the energy to appreciate it all right now... Nor have I yet gained equilibrium, but then: what is this life if not a challenge?
Koyaanisqatsi or not, I have been enjoying myself, at any rate.

Yale symphony rehearsal

New tapas bar in NH, by the same guy that arguably cooks the best Spanish food in the States

it is my job to embarrass my friends.  also, the figurine in the hair is inspired by a dumbo hair artiste, photo later

boys, fire, you know how it goes

bocce: the perfect wedding sport.  ps, she will be a dancer

dirty feet, because i only had heels, and bare was the better option.  m was kind enough to save me from too much rockiness on my tender footses though.

There are likely to be more photos later, but I don't have them with me today.
Thursday, September 24th, 2009
4:43 pm
If I had a tornado for a body
Whirling around with so little time to catch my breath... I don't know if I ought to chalk it up to the madness of golden sunlight and summer, or the roads I find myself traversing these days. But perhaps my breathing has grown ragged on other accounts as well...

Not to say that life hasn't been mostly fantastic, but I could definitely use a break...


In the meanwhile, thanks to D for the title of this post and for the new tshirt!
Wednesday, September 16th, 2009
8:47 am
Absconding
First my pretty red-striped bees, and now Veru and Taisan. So much for 'only celebration.'
Wednesday, September 9th, 2009
8:50 am
I had a dream about ice cream, colleenabean and aeamek last night. weird.

also, is anyone else as disturbed by the even more massive amounts of advertising LJ is doing?
Thursday, September 3rd, 2009
9:51 am
ohboyohboy
So many things going on! It's been such a flippin fantastic summer so far, and I think fall and winter are bringing more of the same. After a ridiculously rough start of a year, things are calming down. No more funerals please, only weddings and celebrations!

In other news, I lost George. Or he ran away. Or maybe it was time to part ways anyway. Though I'm holding my breath on some news and I certainly wish I could stroke his nose and, even if not get some luck right now, at least have that comforting ritual...
Wednesday, August 12th, 2009
4:04 pm
Some modafinil would be pretty neat right now. But that is of course why I don't have any, and probably shouldn't ever have any.
Saturday, August 1st, 2009
7:25 pm
wahoo!
Went on a lovely summer bike ride today, and found tons of amazing fruit trees!
  • mulberries! not many ripe ones, but I think in about a week or two, there will be mulberry jam! and maaaaaybe mulberry wine?! I flippin' hope there will be enough!
  • grapes, similar to concord, but smaller and gummier tasting, AMAZING! especially great, because I just found out about how horribly bloody and slave driven market grapes are, so am now boycotting them.
  • lots of figs, as yet unripe, but soon to be bountiful!
  • apples
  • lots of citrus
  • a few stone fruit - peaches and apricots - though they look pitiful this year, hopefully next year the weather will be nicer and they will be better
  • walnuts
  • percimmon
  • avocados
We will probably go back next weekend when there will likely be riper mulberries

Also, found some yard sales and got
  • Real oak dresser (desperately needed, my clothes have been sitting folded on the floor of my closet and thrown on a chair for the past ¾ year) = $30
  • Fancy skirt = $5
  • Glass observation bee bowl = $1.50
  • Leather jacket = $15
Still need to find a nice picnicky table for the balcony.


And now I am going to be a total homebody and NOT go barhopping or bowling, or any of the things to which I have been invited, because I'd rather eat some beet greens, read about BA and listen to Andrew Bird. YES!
Wednesday, July 29th, 2009
2:17 pm
Woah!
Sungolds = delicious! I have this all-encompassing urge to save every single last seed so I can plant a million vines and eat them forever!
Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
12:23 pm
Didjall miss me?
Been spending a lot of time out in the ol' HP, with some good friends. Two weekends ago, we went out to Angeles National Forest, and did a lovely, if very very dusty, hike.

water

view

woodpecker

mountains

topography

lightning

And then I got so excited, I threw my camera at my next subject. Which happened to be a fish. In water. My camera has since dried off, but the water left waterstains inside the middle of the lens... which means it takes photos (hoorays!), but there is a darker spot in the center of every single photo (unhoorays.). Buh. This camera is less than 4 months old!

I then proceeded to come down with the flu and spent all last week laid up in bed, causing me to miss Philip Glass at the Bowl! And! Not only did I have to figure out how to sell my tickets at the last minute, but some friends of mine ended up having an extra spot in a box, and invited me! But of course I couldn't go! *sad face* Of course they all came back saying they were unimpressed with PG, so maybe it's not all bad. At least it wasn't like I missed Ravi Shankar.

Then back out to the HP for my friend's going away party and yard sale. Almost didn't go, since I'm still sick, but seeing as it'd been an entire week already, and people with whom I had been in contact for the entire week hadn't contracted it, I downed some flu meds to keep the coughing to a minimum and tried to contain my contagion.

Went back to the doctor today, who said there was nothing for me to do, but wait out the rest of the sickness. Also told me about my eye twitch by reading about it from the internet, which is even less impressive than the last doctor who wanted to prescribe valium for it. Right. Thanks.
And now I'm back to work, and drinking hairy monkey butts cough syrup to keep from coughing. It only works for about 25 minutes, and I'm only allowed to use it every 4 hours. So I spend the other 3½ hours with ribs that hurt from coughing so much. woo.
Oh yeh. And, unless yet another thing goes wrong, fingers crossed, I am casting something Very Important tonight. YAY.
And then dropping off a vice for a friend, and then fixing my bike pedal. Busy busy.
Wednesday, July 15th, 2009
11:35 pm
Ra Ra Riot
when you smile at me, and I get nervous every time you speak

forgive us, oh life, the sin of death. you know that dying is fine but maybe I wouldn&apos;t like death if death were good. Not even if death were good.

Andrew Bird
*swoon*

sweetbreads, that&apos;s the taste of neurons blinking. do you wonder where the self resides?is it in your head or between your sides? and who&apos;s going to decide its true location?cause it&apos;s a question for the centuries, from communion to mad cow disease



Blitzen Trapper
kind of unimpressed

Jenny Lewis
Also unimpressed, but I&apos;ve seen her before, so I knew what to expect

quintessential Hollywood Bowl shot

Ray LaMontagne
there isn&apos;t a bad seat in the bowl... but there are certainly better ones, and we were not in them, being but 3 rows from the very back

so much inky night

thanks to the video screens

christ has a pretty good view


I think the universe decided I had much too good a weekend and decided to balance things out a bit during the week. Could be worse though, as the weekend still outweighs! (knock on wood) And I don't even have photos some of other the extra super awesomeness!
Saturday, July 11th, 2009
1:30 am
Boyoboy it's been a crazy week! There's always so many awesome things to do in the summer, that it's always a crazy whirlwind of activity, with very few breaks in between!


Huntington foraging tour:
Mammillaria compressa
Photo by V
We found the Mammillaria compressa cactus was fruiting and we decided to try some, as another patron watched on in slight horror at the fact that we were eating something we were not absolutely sure was not poisonous. It tasted jammy, with a slightly overripe sweetness to it, but it was really quite delicious.

Eating frenzy
Photo by V
Later, V fed some to the fish, who went crazy for it. So we figured it couldn't be that poisonous, right?

dragonfly
We also saw lots of dragonflies fluttering around.

There were lots of other interesting edibles, but I mostly just have vid with monologue, rather than pictures.

Fish Bridge
Last stop: fish bridge. We were lucky enough to find some stale bread by the side of the bridge, to feed to the fish.


Americana:
Poolside
This is how we spent our 4th of July. Does it get any better?!

Ranch Market
Random mexican market, with surprisingly good food court mexican food. And fun little fluttery things on the fans.


Impromptu expedition to some hot springs in the middle of the week. Lesson: do not wear silver jewelry when you are going into a sulpherous pool. No pix, because it was really much too dark for my camera to handle well, even with the nearly full moon.
As a somewhat related aside that I find hilarious: at an earlier date, i was relaying to someone the fact that my silver necklace has been polished a few times already due to a lot of tarnishing, whereas my silver ring has not tarnished at all. At that point, said someone may have suggested that I have a sulferous heart, causing all the tarnishing. Ha!


Joshua Bell at the Bowl:
Bruch
Joshua Bell and the LA Phil play Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1. I was sad because that is the only piece JB played with the LAP. I thought he'd be out for the other two pieces too! :( I guess it was called "Bell plays Bruch" and the other two pieces were not by Bruch, but still! POOP!

Joshua Bell on the big screen
My zoom isn't as good as the video screen zoom. Isn't he absolutely darling? Speaking of hearts, sulferous or otherwise, I think he might have stolen mine. Musical genius! It's alright though, because I have a few more hearts in the freezer at home.

Which is good, because Andrew Bird played tonight, and he might be in possession of a couple more of my hearts. Swoon Wicked whistler, heavenly voice, fantastic violinist, ridiculously good songwriter!

I bet I will say the same thing on Sunday when I go see Ray LaMontagne too. But before that, I have a fancy wine tasting, a dinner and star party, and possibly a craft fair and gem show to go to. I wonder if I can fit some ice cream in there too...!
Tuesday, June 30th, 2009
12:45 pm
Ugh, I don't think I've been this sick for a long long time. I was completely out for three days, and even though I'm much better than before, it's still been lingering long enough to keep me wary. But it's really only a matter of time before I kick this thing in the nuts!

Meanwhile I really think I should start a little miniblog of tiny awesomes to remind myself of the neat stuff, the little things that go unnoticed or unappreciated. Maybe I'll get myself a twitter after all, just for that. For example, yesterday while I was walking to work, I saw this guy in his mid-late 60s or early 70s practicing on his unicycle on the steps in front of a building that offices a bunch of consulates. I really wish I had taken a picture, but I thought I didn't have my camera. Turns out I did, but I didn't figure that out 'til this morning. daarn! Amazing, anyhow.
Today I noticed the magnolia blossoms. It looks like they've been in bloom for at least a little while, but I've been caved in, sick at home, for a while, and been lazy and driving for a little while before that.

And then my list of not-so-tiny awesomes. That is to say, much larger awesomes:
  • JV & crew yesterday! Saw them 2nd show in, as well as 2nd to last show out on this tour. Nice little bookends.
  • Botany field trip to the Huntington!
  • Quintisential 4th of July coming up!
  • Summer! That means tons of outdoor shows, both music and theatre, and I'm sure a bunch of other amazing adventures.
  • Summer also means summer fruit. Oh my!
  • My new old friend is coming to visit! wooo!
  • New York! and CT
Friday, June 19th, 2009
2:35 pm
Boletus rex-veris et Grifola frondosa
I've spent about $45 on mushrooms this week. oh boy! i should really just move to some rainy mushroomy place and learn how to pick them myself!
Wednesday, June 10th, 2009
1:14 pm
Fuck you, waves!
Grunioning yesterday, and I'm an idiot, because I let the waves top my boots again. But it was much warmer this time, so I just went barefoot and splashed around the waves, chasing grunion which was more fun than just standing around in my rubber boots. I kinda wish I had gotten a fishing license, actually, so I could have caught some, but considering we didn't even see any at all last time, I wasn't sure it'd be worth it.
Also the Santa meow Monica police came driving by with their big ol' search light (which, for the record, might adversely affect grunion spawning). I went over and talked to them on their way back down, and I guess one of the grunion greeters is friends with some police, and got them to drive him around in a comfy warm car, kind of like a sultan surveying his city. Riiiight, because that is how you want to observe nature. I'm sure he saw lots of fish. Whatevs! But they were nice at least.

In other news, I am also an idiot because I missed suuuuuper cheap fares to Malaga ($316RT!), and now tickets are almost double that. bah!

But I am eating a farmers' market avocado and some sushi, so I guess things really aren't that bad. (I tell myself to keep from kicking myself in the arse!)
Saturday, June 6th, 2009
8:23 pm
los: are you sure your fat ankle isn't because of all the butter and bacon you've been eating?
me: no, that all went to my arms. check out my flabby arms! they flap! *flapflapflap*
los: maybe you will come back in the next life as a flying squirrel! it would come in handy if you want to climb trees!

I just got called a flying squirrel! 'Los, you are unfriended! I am going to go cry in the bathroom and then throw up a bunch. I hope you can live with the guilt of making me anorexic, 'los!

actually it goes on, i wish i could record the entire conversation, but trust me, some much needed lafs in here.
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