Monday, July 27, 2015

A Little Bit of Life

We just had one of those weekends that is going to make the next few weekends feel extra boring, but in a good way. I feel like we squeezed half a summer into one weekend, and Mr. Flynn was so well behaved! Even without his usual morning 3 hour nap, bless us! 

On Thursday I was able to drive up to Santa Monica and have lunch with a very pregnant friend who I don't get to see as much as I would like, and she's always such an inspiration. A real take life by the horns type of gal. Well she is rocking her pregnancy, ofc. She also filled me in on her sister-in-law who was recently diagnosed with thyroid cancer, which I guess is one of the better cancers to get if you're going to get cancer, but apparently they are linking thyroid cancer to infections connected with having a root canal done. Her doctor told her that just getting the tooth pulled is better than having a full on root canal. So just something to think about there. She had surgery to remove her thyroid on one side, and will now have to take medicine for the rest of her life, but doesn't need to have chemo or radiation so that's a major plus.

That night we were invited to go help out w/ some sailing races that my good friend's pops is a part of, even Flynn got to come! I got to raise the flags and keep track of who crossed the finish line. It was seriously so much fun, Flynn loved being out on the boat and loved all the yelling and whistle blowing. We then got to have dinner right on the water at the yacht club, and it was such a treat. These people involved are just so cool. There were even a few current national champions present!

Friday C and I had our first real night away from Flynn with a real live babysitter! We got to take in an Angel's game with folks from my firm and it was tons of fun being away from babe for an evening, not gonna lie, although we both mentioned that we missed him a few times. We all had to pick a player and then based on their hits or strike outs had to cough up some dollar bills. I picked Pujols, who has a really good batting average, but he struck out all night! So I was the big payer outer :| Thanks Pujols, for nothin! Man I could never be a gambler, I HATE giving away even $10!

Saturday we rode our bikes with bestie to a beach party and even got to paddle board, I'm so buying one, I love it. Flynn had the best time exploring all the kayaks and surf boards and eating sand :| You'd think he would try it once and be over it, but no, he keeps eating it. Crazy boy. I feel like a horrible mom sometimes, I just give up and let him put his face in the sand, and I stop trying to wipe it off since he's just going to do it again 5 seconds later, so I have a dirty face little boy and im just like meh.

While we were out paddle boarding we noticed another paddle board ahead with the tiniest little person on it. She was practically falling off and as we got closer we  could hear her crying and screaming for help. I guess the current got ahold of her and was just pulling her right out. We helped her out and some other folks who had heard her also came out to help her back to shore poor thing. It was the strangest thing, her parent was the last one out there, I know kids can away from you sometimes, but c'mon, you're at the beach, you need to keep an eye on your kids at ALL times. This little girl was terrified, but phew, good thing we were all there to help her out. 

Sunday we decided to go to the beach AGAIN, because it's right there and it's the easiest thing in the world to burn all your toddlers energy. We set up an umbrella and a little tent and dug a big hole and all just chilled pretty much. I found some forgotten beach toys to add to Flynn's collection, and also a bunch of trash that I just had to clean up, ofc. I got a garbage bag from this sweet old lady who was doing the same thing! I swear, I don't understand how people cannot clean up the beach around them, we all clearly LOVE the ocean and know how bad plastic waste is for our marine friends. But so that's totally a thing I feel great about doing, my heart breaks when I read those awful stories about animals dying and being found with bellies full of plastic waste, poor things. I even had a nightmare about dying baby animals later during mine and Flynn's afternoon nap, I was rushing around trying to get them all milk and they were dying and there was so many and my heart was breaking and it was not a nice dream to have AT ALL.

We rounded out the weekend by biking to pick up some Stella's, making a Trader Joe's frozen pizza, and watching the first four episodes of True Detective. It's really cool, alot of the show is filmed here in LA so I'm recognizing TONS of places. I love that. Although it is super gritty and grimy.

So back to work for the week, I can't wait to do it all again next weekend! Or probably just one or two of the things ;)

Monday, July 13, 2015


Do you listen to podcasts? They were always sort of intimidating to me, or really they just seemed super boring. Like one of those activities nerds insist they love, but c'mon, we all know they are just trying to seem smarter than the rest of us non NPR listeners (another thing I used to not do but now LOVE). I grew up with my parents listening to talk radio while smoking in the car and I recall always feeling sick. Which, makes total sense, obvs. But, so, I would NEVER listen to talking in the car, (it's ALL I listen to in the car now).

I am now a podcaster. My co-worker Cindy got me hooked by suggesting this amazing podcast, Living Room. You'll relate, you'll cry, you'll ponder. So I in turn recommended it to my bestie, another never podcaster, who in turn recommended it to her co-worker, and the rest is history. 

So bestie texts me last night, "Have you heard of Serial??" Um YES! I just finished it last Thursday! Turns out me her and the other have all been listening to Serial concurrently and never mentioned it to each other! I hadn't had the chance to bring it up to her because she was on vacation for a week, and basically the same thing with her co-worker. I feel like this was such a missed opportunity! I have been talking about it non-stop to my co-worker who listened to it way back when it first came out and was just trying not to spoil anything for me. To think, we could have been discussing it THE WHOLE TIME. Ugh, I could scream.

So I really love RadioLab, Mau Mau is incredibly eye opening and tragic, Fu Go, Hello, Galapagos, Haunted, Nazi Summer Camp and Brown Box are all worth a listen. I would LOVE other recommendations, I have started a great many just to not really like the PLEASE let me know your favorites!  

Saturday, April 11, 2015

A Movie: Whiplash

I suppose this isn't so much a review as a recommendation...but we watched Whiplash last night and oh my gosh. So. Good. Seriously the best movie I've seen in a long time.

I don't want to get into the details, I just want to tell you to watch it. I haven't seen a movie like this in years, I can't even think of anything to compare it to.

Whiplash is an intense ride with lots of highs and lows, it's one of those movies that really makes me regret I can't play an instrument, or read music for that matter. But ya, watch it. Now.

Monday, March 30, 2015

A Book: The Night Circus

I finally started this book on Friday, I am about half way through and I can't put it down. I'm reading the actual book (not on my phone) so I can only read it when my hands are baby free, or with the light on :/ This is one of those stories I can't stop thinking about. I really hope they make this into a movie, although I'm not sure who should play who yet...but if they do, I hope they do a really good job. Please.

I think the cast and setting from Penny Dreadful would maybe be kind of perfect. That show had so much potential, but it turned out pretty...well dreadful. Not by any fault of the actors, the story totally lacked any panache, going off on all these dumb tangents, never focusing on what you wanted more of...

So ya, I can't stop thinking about it, I'm at work right now, and I'm having a horrible time focusing. Maybe I'll just pull it out for a little bit...

Monday, January 26, 2015

Husband, Food, WTF

My husband is so frustrating sometimes with the way he says things! I made him breakfast in bed yesterday (scrambled eggs w/ chicken sausage, spinach and feta). "How is it?" I ask. His response, "It's pretty good." What does that even mean? I say pretty good if it's slightly better than okay, or if I expected something to be really bad, but it surprised me and is actually, "pretty good." But his 'pretty good' equates to my 'really good' most of the time, but sometimes he means it the same way I mean it. Ugh. "Well would you want me to make it for you again?" "Sure...I would eat this again."

Another thing he does, I ask, "are you hungry?" He responds, after a decent pause, with "uuum...ya I could eat." What? You're either hungry or you're not. You want to eat now, or you want to eat later. What is this, I could eat. As someone who is always in a state of, I could eat, this response makes me furious. I like us to eat at the same time so we can, well, eat at the same time. Have our meals together and what not. I would much rather have him respond with "yes, let's eat," or, "I'm not too hungry, let's wait." Or even just yes or no would be fine.

He also says he doesn't think about food that much. Who the f*&% did I marry? A cyborg? Who doesn't think about food? I am almost always thinking about food, planning my next meal, thinking of what's for dinner, am I cooking or picking up, what will the baby eat, and so on and so forth. I pay close mind to my cravings as I believe they are my body telling me what it needs. He says he never craves anything other than food, when he's hungry :|

And last but not least, the often asked, never properly answered question. "Where do you want to eat?" I'll even give him options, do you want tacos, or sushi, or pizza, or sandwiches, but his answer is always the same - "Whatever you want." No...I just gave you our choices, now you get to pick, that's how this game works. "What are you hungry for?" "I'll eat whatever." He says I shouldn't give him to many options, or any options, but sometimes I'm open to more than one thing, and I'd like him to choose. YOU KNOW?!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Butter, Broccolli, & Baby

I want to know who put butter in their coffee and realized that instead of helping them gain weight as they planned, they found they were LOSING weight. This is sort of like when my mom said that my baby was nursing non stop because there wasn't enough fat in my milks and I should be eating butter and drinking cream. Except when that happened I'm pretty sure I gained at least 5 additional pounds of post baby weight, every woman's dream. Well apparently it was some wack job named Gary Asprey. He has a blog, a book, a podcast and it's just another diet like Atkins or South Beach. But better obviously because he tells you to eat a ton of butter, grass fed butter. He must be talking about wacky tobacky, how else would he have discovered the miracle that is butter coffee. This sounds like BS, and maybe a little bit delicious. My co-worker just ordered the starter pack for her hubbie to try. Which means her. 
Coffee blended w/ coconut oil, taste just like creamer!
I've been having the strangest cravings lately, nothing crazy, just new. Like brussel sprouts, and broccoli. Last night I ate a giant bowl of steamed broccoli with parmesan cheese and pepper at like 9 p.m.! It was so good. And now I want more, but doused in butter like mom used to make.

Do you watch The Bachelor? I thought Juan Pablo's season was bad, and it was, but oh man. This one is just awful. The girls running around drunk the whole time, The Bachelor himself delivering his cheesy lines with more cheese than even he knows what to do with. And he's made out with like half of the girls already and it's only episode 3 tonight.

This past month and a half has been ca-razy. I'm sure it was for a lot of people, but man. Time flying by and all that. We went to Minnesota because it has been ages since I've had a white Christmas. Well guess what? No snow. So dumb Minnesota. Thanks for NOTHING. Except for us all getting sick that is. I was puking. Baby and husband had major sniffles, which are just now clearing up. The next journey to MN will be a warm weather one. So the very worst thing also happened in MN. The very worst thing, that's not really the very worst, but kind of. We left our camera in the center console of the rental car. We still haven't gotten a call to say they found it. Sadly I don't think we will be seeing it again :(

I've been told that as a parent I am not allowed to complain about being tired. I knew what I was signing up for, apparently. And I did, I do not deny that. I am actually a very high functioning person when tired, which almost makes it worse. Like I forget I'm tired. I finish tasks with complete confidence, tucking the file happily away, and completely forgetting everything regarding the task. That is how tired effects me. Confidence? When sleep is plentiful I lack finality upon completion of a task. I like to let the file sit on the corner of my desk for a few days in case there is any follow up, or in case I forgot to do something. Which is oft the case in my line of work. Well anyways, he seems to be starting down the path to better sleep. Now if I could just let him out of our bed and into his crib :/

Flynn will be 9 months in 6 days, and he just cut his first tooth! It's a crooked lil number on the bottom and boy is it cute. I was pointing my finger at his nose and he lifted his lil chin up and gave my finger tip a few bites until I realized he was showing me his tooth! And when I noticed boy was he ever proud! His vocabulary is growing everyday, and the other morning at 6 a.m. Carlos rolled over in bed and Flynn totally whispered da-da. We both heard it, he was looking right at his papa when he said it, but that's been it. My heart just weeps with love for this baby boy who is mine. He has such sweet temperament and is already a little jokester.  We are so blessed.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Into the Gloss Weekend Workouts

I haven't even watched episode 1, but episode 2 has new moves I haven't really seen before. Variety is the spice of life, and I've found mixing up my simple moves makes them much more effective. These workouts are also perfectly my style, short

Episode 1: modelFIT Full Body Workout

Welcome to our latest feature, the Weekend Workout—a video series aimed at keeping everyone accountable to those pesky “stay fit” resolutions. The first installment comes courtesy of modelFIT. Vanessa Packer (co-founder of modelFIT and bonberi) demonstrated modelFIT's signature small movements for us (but for you, really), in her apartment, proving that you do not need to leave your apartment to stay active. Published on Jan 10, 2015.

Episode 2: Arms For Abs  

In this week's episode of the Weekend Workout, join Karen Lord, of Karen Lord Pilates Movement, in her Arms for Abs routine. Learn how to work your arms while also using your abs, which is basically like killing two birds with one set of light hand weights. It's five minutes and the only other equipment you need is a floor. It's almost too easy. Published on Jan 17, 2015.

Episode 3, Legs for Butt
Take a break from your hand weights with Karen Lord's Legs for Butt series—a floor Pilates routine aimed at working the legs, powered by the core and glutes. It'll take 15 minutes and if you've got some nice carpeting, you don't even need a mat for this one! Remember: the burn means it's working. Published on Jan 23, 2015.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Tomato Potato

I used to work at an Italian Deli in downtown Long Beach which was frequented regularly by cops. I sometimes asked them clever questions like, fight any crime today? So clever, right?! 

Police Officer: You know those guys that sell porn on the corner?
Me: No...
Police Officer: Really? You don't ever see those guys selling porn out of a cart?
Me: No, never...
Police Officer: of those guys got shot today.
Me: Good.
Police Officer: What?! He's just trying to make a buck, poor guy. Of all the people to rob...
Me: Well I think he deserved it, selling porn on the street?!
Police Officer: Porn.
Me: Yea, that's disgusting.
Police Officer: CORN. He was selling corn.
Me: Oh...that's messed up then.

Anyways, have you ever had that corn? It is seriously AMAZING. As are most things doused in mayo and cheese powder. And easy too. All you do is roast some corn on the cob, douse it in mayo (as previously mentioned) dump a ton of that Mexican powdered cheese on it (I think it's called cojita?) (the Mexican equivalent of powdered Parmesan cheese) and finish with hot sauce or chili powder of your choice. I prefer Tapatio. Let me tell, it is to die for, but not necessarily to get shot for...

p.s. Not my photo.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Where Should We Eat?

You know who I'm talking to. Were going to have dinner this week, but where should we go? We could do Lola's, or Michael's, or Beachwood, or anywhere. Right now I'm just wanting wine, with a summer wind, and some good bread and olive oil, but I'm trying to avoid bread, so maybe Michael's is out. I wish we had that fancy salad place near by...yesterday for lunch I had the most amazing salad, and it was so simple! Fresh organic spinach, tinned smoked trout from TJ's, and pomegranate seeds. Some almonds and sprouts wouldn't have hurt. So simple. So delicious. I should have taken a pic. Darn it.