Tuesday, October 21, 2014


This picture comes to you with out cropping, filters, pre-meditation or anything else there is an app for. Just a moment captured as I drove down the street on the way to see Tom Petty. 
That is all. 

100% Natural, 

P.S. Tom Petty and crew. This one has been edited and cropped.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Weekend Update

Spent this past weekend up in San Francisco celebrating the engagement of a college friend. The weather was perfect and the weekend was full of laughter, stories and good food.  Couldn't have asked for anything more. Good friends are just good for the soul.  

highlights included...
1 - a friday wake up call from this stud.
2 - SF beauty.
3 - college gal pals.
4 - saturday night in the mission.






Thursday, October 16, 2014

LA Grand Central Market

A few weekends ago, Kiana and I made our way downtown to LA's Grand Central Market. 
The market consists of booths with authentic food from all over the world, just my kind of place.We arrived with empty stomachs and plenty of cash. After taking in the sights and sounds, we settled on Thai food (my all time favorite). We piled ourselves onto on of the little stools and enjoyed our curry while we discussed what was next on the menu.

The rest of our morning went something like this...
-coffee to go as we walked through downtown on our way to Bodega Louie's.
-a box each of the most beautiful macaroons ever from BL. 
-back to the market to buy a pizza to go.
-Cowgirl creamery cheese to go.
-staring at the ice cream place kicking ourselves that we didn't have room.

Fat and happy, 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Photo-Dump: Port Angeles

A few pictures from the Port Angeles wedding that took place back here. 
That town is one of the most photogenic I've ever visited, here are a few extra photos if you'd like to see. 


Thursday, September 11, 2014

LA Food Festival

The LA Food Festival is going on now through mid-December and is absolutely worth checking out. Each weekend there is a specific type of food featured and if one of them tickles your fancy, well then you must go!

A friend and I made it to Ramen week a few weeks back and despite the 90 degree heat and the fact that I unceremoniously dropped my sunglasses into my bowl, the ramen was phenomenal.

Coming up this weekend is an Asian themed night market. 
Get those chopsticks ready!

Click here for the LA Food Festival schedule.


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The mini chalkboards in my room.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Journey to School

As many students across the world are starting school again this fall, I have been thinking a lot about the reasons behind schooling. What we as parents, individuals, societies and cultures hope to accomplish by sending the youngest members of our society to get educated. It fascinates me that the better part of the world agrees on this concept of schooling. One of the few things we seem to have in common. While the daily routine will undoubtably differ between countries and cultures, we all seem to have this innate need for education, and simply put I think that is pretty neat. 

I came across this article the other day that shows kids in various countries and the treks they make to school. The photos just melted my heart. As someone who believes in education equality, seeing people working so hard to make it to their classrooms made me smile, while the flip side of that was a hearty reminder of just how easy some of us have it. 

The link is here if you'd like to see. 


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A successful wedding weekend. 


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Weekend Update

highlights included...
1-a gorgeous full moon as seen from our WA deck. 
2-a front view of our darling Port Angeles, WA weekend house with my two nifty roomies.
3-wedding snippets. 
including their donut "wedding cake". as a cake-hater myself, i was stoked.
4-the view out of the car window on the way to the airport. 
pacific northwest, you are oh-so-stunning. 





M & D, Congrats!


Friday, September 5, 2014

Wedding Weekend

No work on Friday. A plane ride. A wedding. A college reunion.
This weekend can't come soon enough.

Wedding Ready, 

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Swimming before work. 


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Monday, September 1, 2014

Weekend Update

highlights included...
1-a goodbye to our summer intern at work. 
2-both saturday and sunday were spent at Made in America. both days consisted of awesome live music, lots of beer and good friends. such a great way to bring the last long summer weekend to a close.
3-some of our super swank crew ended up on Time Out Los Angeles. 
4-monday consisted of a huge labor day bbq at my house with over 30 people, 2 dogs, a corn hole tournament, babies, and tons of food. and despite all that excitement, the only picture i took was of 12 week old Iggy. priorities.





hope you all had a weekend full of sunshine as well!


Thursday, August 28, 2014


At my current job, I am surrounded by students from over 40 different countries who have come to our language school to learn English. Most of the students are in their early 20s and our convos are absolutely a highlight of my job. Our daily interactions range from heart felt discussions about family and culture, to the latest thing going on in LA. With their jeans, t-shirts and American slang, sometimes I forget they are from a world away. Leaving other friends, families and jobs behind to come and learn English just for a bit.

When it is time for the students to return home, it is my job is to arrange their transfers to LAX. As I write their ticket I chat with the students to see if I can get them to sum up this cultural experience in just a sentence or two. Some are so poignant, while others, just plain funny.

What will you do when you go back to your home country?

          -18, Chilean girl, studied in LA for 6 months

"Work on making the Venezuelan professional futbol team." 
(He did.)
           -22, Venezuelan guy, studied in LA for 5 months

"Work for my father's company. I really don't want to but he's making me. I'm hoping to come back to LA soon. I can't stay in Japan, I just can't."
           -26, Japanese guy, studied in LA for 9 months

"Be a doctor. I finish in November, I will be an anesth...anaologist...how do you say?  
Ah, yes. Anesthesiologist. Let's take a selfie. Will you sign my lab coat?
          -26, French guy, studied in LA for 4 weeks

"Well, I am not going directly home. I am going to France first to visit some family, then home to the Congo then back to France to go to school."
           -19 & 21, Congalese brother/sister pair, studied in LA for 2 months

Stay tuned for more Chit-Chat!


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

First Day of School #tbt

With this week marking the first day of school for many students, I found myself looking through old photos from my student-era. I came across these winning pics taken the first day of my last year of undergrad. 

Which just so happens to be exactly six years ago today. 

I took these pictures with my then roommates, Jade and Jessica.
We emailed them to our parents who chuckled, then proceeded to ask us where the time had gone.
As if we knew.

I remember chatting with the girls the night before school as we assembled IKEA furniture, swapping summer stories while we cursed the IKEA "directions". 

And because I don't know where Jessica's picture is, here she is with Kendra assembling IKEA furniture.

Fast forward to now. 

 In just six short years, there have been so many milestones and things to celebrate since these photos were taken.

Jobs with salaries and benefits have been acquired.
Marathons and half-marathons have been run.
Undergrad and Graduate degrees finished.
Jessica and Jade have each gotten married. 
Countless countries visited and lived in. 
Career paths have been created.
Teaching credentials finalized.
Cars have been purchased.

Knowing all that we have accomplished while maintaing our friendship, makes me just so proud of us.

It gives me so much hope as I see the local kids walking to school.
I am so excited for the paths their friendships will take, and the milestones they will celebrate right alongside their current pint sized partners. 

Roomie 2008 Christmas Card

Then and Now, 

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Gardening in the dark with my Mom. 
Don't ask. 



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