What’s new in 2018

Yellow roses

So, I haven’t posted anything in a year and a half. I fell off the grid. But I can never stay away forever. I wish I hadn’t left.

I miss blogging. It gives me a reason to write, take photos, and plan recipes, all things that I’ve loved doing since I was a kid. I want to continue and not let life get in the way.

What have I been up to? Well, I got busy with wedding planning, finishing a family cookbook, the wedding and honeymoon, followed by a new job, and, more recently, moving. I also took two classes at a nearby college during this time, one in person and one online. This past spring, my husband, Mom, and I went to visit relatives in Boise, one of my favorite places to be. That’s what’s been happening with me since I last blogged. I also got pregnant in April. As I write this, I’m about 5 months pregnant.

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What are you looking forward to this fall?

Sun through the trees
hello-fall
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I was inspired to write this post after reading this post on In Honor of Design. I’m happy it’s fall, my favorite season, so to celebrate I’m sharing a fall checklist of sorts. It should be fairly easy to get all these things accomplished, and fairly fun too. :)

The ten things I’m excited to do this fall: 

  1. Make apple crisp using my mom’s recipe.
  2. Reorganize my closet and donate clothes to our local Goodwill
  3. Road trip with my guy to Capitola
  4. Walk the family dog who lives at my mom’s house.
  5. Make devil’s food cake (annual tradition)
  6. Make something special for Thanksgiving
  7. Spend quality time with my sister’s kids. (new baby on the way)
  8. Go to a new-to-me restaurant.
  9. Go on a hike. Maybe walk the Santa Monica stairs
  10. Finish reading Walter Cronkite’s biography, Walter Cronkite: A Reporter’s Life

Is there anything you’re looking forward to this season?

Welcome to my closet (I’m on Poshmark!)

poshmark closet

Hey guys! After reshooting pretty much all the photos I had on Poshmark, I feel ready to share it on here.

I’m trying to downsize and make a little extra cash, so I figured putting clothes on Poshmark would be a good way to go. It turns out that’s it’s also a lot of fun! I like scrolling through my feed and seeing what other people are posting.

My closet is definitely feminine and a little flirty. Think Zoey Deschanel style, with a retail worker budget. You’ll find dresses, skirts, tops, bottoms, jewelry and accessories. I’ll be adding new items soon, so if it seems like your style, be sure to check back!

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Feels like home to me

Myself in May 2015

One time when I was about seven years old, I thought I would be silly and pretend I could read fortunes for my older sister and her friends. I don’t remember what I said to her friends, but I remember that I did my teenage sister’s fortune last and what I said made her upset.

I told her that when she grew up she would live in a trailer in a parking lot right on the beach and she would own a seashell shop. She felt hurt that I told her she would live in a trailer because that wouldn’t be successful. But I thought it sounded cool and fun. She would get to go to the beach every morning.

Now that I’m 24 years old and a grown up (I guess), I live in an apartment only a mile from the beach. It feels like a dream come true, even though I don’t actually go to the beach every morning and I still haven’t learned to surf.

My boyfriend and I have an ongoing joke that I’m a “beach babe” because I love the beach so much. I can’t say it without laughing because it’s just weird to call myself a babe. More than just living by the beach and living with my boyfriend, it feels so good to actually feel at home in my new home. It’s no longer just my boyfriend’s apartment that was only his for a year before I moved in, it’s mine now too.

Moving, transitions and change are a pain, at least for me. Moving involves not just moving stuff and where you live. As an adult, it includes changing your mailing address, your billing address and your address with the Department of Motor Vehicles. It involves some redecorating. It could involve starting a new job, or two in my case.

Santa Monica really feels like home now and it’s a good feeling. I recently had the chance to show my mom and older sister some of my favorite places around the city. I asked my sister what she wanted to see and she said something like “I don’t know, it’s your city.” It’s still funny to me that I’m living in a city that’s unfamiliar to them, although it’s still in Southern California. By the way, that’s a photo of Mom on the Santa Monica pier below.

Feels like home

The real moment I knew I felt at home was when I was talking to a close friend on the phone a few weeks ago and she asked me “When was the last time you went home.” I had to think about it for a few seconds because I was standing in the bedroom of my apartment at the time. I was home. But she meant when was the last time I was at my old (or other) home with my family. It had actually only been a few days. Just a few months before I had been thinking of my family’s home in Covina as my home and Santa Monica as my second home. It took some time after moving for the two to switch in my head.

I’m so excited to be a resident of the city of Santa Monica, explore what it has to offer and take part in it. I’ve been absent from this blog for too long, but i’ve got photos and videos coming just waiting to be uploaded. So, I’ll be back here again soon. Happy living.

An update on “24 before 24”

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Last year, when I was young and overly ambitious, I decided I would make a list of 24 things to accomplish before I turned 24. You can read my thought process on that here.

It’s been a month since I turned 24, so I decided to go ahead and see how I did with this list, even though I was over it about 6 months in. Here goes:

1. Try sake. 
This was one of the first things I checked off.

2. Read 14 books.
Nope. Not even close.

3. Have a mentor.
Still working on that.

4. Redesign my blog. 
Yes, I did it! It’s time to update it again, actually.

5. Go on a double date. 
Yeah, and it was a pretty cool date.

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My new home

Santa Monica palm trees

Santa Monica pier

Santa Monica ferris wheel

Santa Monica pier 2

Hello, hello! It’s past midnight on a work night, but I just wanted to check in and share some photos from my new home.

I still find it hard to believe that I live within walking distance of the beach. This is seriously a childhood dream come true! Considering that, though, I should really go there more often. I should make it a goal to go to the pier, shore and/or walk along the sand at least once a week.

Santa Monica sure is pretty! It’s very inspiring.

P.S. Speaking of goals, I’m going to get a post up soon about how I did with my 24 before 24 list. As of Groundhogs Day, I’m 24 years old and getting older all the time. As Ferris Bueller said, “Life goes pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

2015 in review

sunset

I wasn’t going to write anything about this past year or the year ahead. For one, 2014 was not my best year. I hated it at times. I felt like I was in a rut. But that was then and this is now. Ha!

I don’t want to dwell on the past any more. So I haven’t had a job in a while. So it took me five years to finish college and I haven’t been offered a full-time job since graduating in June. So I still live at home.

Things haven’t been working out the way I dreamed they would. I wanted to get a dream job within three months of graduation, be engaged by this time and saving up money for things like furniture and a car. But that’s just life, I guess. Things don’t always work out the way you plan. You just have to keep moving forward.

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September adventures

California cloudsPaul's first omlettevarious moleBaby EricKaty Perry at Honda Center

September was a funny month and not in the haha sort of way. I had a renewed sense of energy after coming back from a 12 day trip to Boise in August. I did a lot of applications and interviews. But by the end of September, my motivation was waning. It still is, to tell the truth. That’s why it’s taken me this long to get to my monthly adventures post. I’ve been a college graduate since June, but I’m still searching for a job. It isn’t easy. Honestly guys, I could use some encouragement. I know I’m being a whiny baby, but I don’t care. Okay, I do. So I’ll start by being thankful for what I’ve got and what I experienced in September.

I’m thankful for the things that made September good. Things like:

  • Admiring the view from Paul’s apartment window
  • Eating home cooked food
  • Trying all the moles in the sampler platter
  • Seeing my baby nephew grow up before my eyes
  • Going to a Katy Perry concert with a cool girl
  • A few end of summer beach trips
  • Celebrating my sister and cousins’ birthdays
  •  Watching all of Orange is The New Black

This week I’m going back to my college as an alumna twice. That should be funny (also not in a haha way). Today is the Fall Career Fair and this weekend is the Pumpkin Festival.

What are you up to this week or month or whatever?

August Adventures

almost there

August was a super chill month for me. Honestly, I got too lazy. I kind of fell of the face off the planet in August. Really, I went to Boise for a week and a half, and while I was there I stopped updating this here blog.

It felt like I was gone for most of August. My aunt and I took a road trip from the LA area all the way to Boise, Idaho. We went up the middle of the state (don’t ask me freeway names, I didn’t drive), stopped in Berkeley for two days, headed east and stopped in Reno for about 24 hours, and then made it from there to Boise in a day. That’s a lot of being in the car. Can you tell? We made the most of it though! Road trip snacks and car games are actually a few of my favorite things, so I wasn’t too bad off.

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July adventures

Salvation Army my nephew
4th of July in Santa Monica // My newborn nephew and me

CPP Monrovia community center
Back at my alma matter :) // a community production of The Wizard of Oz

silly glasses babes friends at the fair
Seeing Guardians of the Galaxy at Disney Studios // A trip to the Orange County Fair

food pic- July ice cream time
Dinner in Little Tokyo // Ice cream with family

I love doing these monthly roundups! Can I say that even though this is only the second one? Yes, I’m going to say yes, I can. It makes me feel thankful for what a wonderful life I have and happy that I am able to share it with such amazing people. That’s part of why I like Instagram. It’s like a photo album for life.

Just like in June, I didn’t take enough photos of everyday life on my digital camera to make a roundup of my favorite adventures. So all these pictures are from my Instagram. There’s nothing wrong with that though!

Of course, there’s even more than what’s pictured.

I had a job interview that taught me to always do careful research beforehand. Last week, I learned that the MOCA has three locations, but only after being a bad navigator and getting my boyfriend and I lost. What else? I understand a little bit more about babies after being around one this month, but I’m sure there’s plenty more in store later.

I haven’t mentioned this on here yet, but my cat went missing this month. He was getting old and maybe it was his time to go. We checked around and since he hasn’t shown up, I’ve accepted that it was his time. It’s easier than wondering when or if he could come back.

Next week I’ll be saying goodbye to one of my close friends before she moves for college. Of course, I’ll see her after that because her family lives nearby mine, but it will be different.

I’ve also felt extra grateful for my friends and family lately, for whatever reason. No matter the reason, it’s a good thing. If I had to guess, I would say it has something to do with the bundle of joy that is my nephew.

So, what have you been up to lately? Any plans for August? I’m going on a trip to Boise, Idaho to visit family soon. That should be super adventurous!