Showing posts with label YES. Show all posts
Showing posts with label YES. Show all posts


On Repeat: Rhye

Oh my, I can't seem to stop listening to Rhye - Woman

This band seems so secretive. Although the lead's voice sounds a lot like Sade - spoiler alert! - it's actually a man. I did a quick search for a photo since I wanted to have some sort of visual of the man behind the voice...but there doesn't seem to be any! In an age of over-the-top celebrity appearances, I can respect that they don't want their "look" to interfere with their music. Their recent feature on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic continues to peak my curiosity but I guess I will continue to wonder because I will be out of town when they return to LA's El Rey Theatre on May 10th. Somebody do me (and yourself!) a a ticket and snap a photo, ok?!

Hear the entire MBE/KCRW session here! // Another cool article on NPR if you care for more.


Guilty Pleasures

Don't call me on Monday night because I'm busy. Busy watching my new favorite TV show, The Biggest Loser!

Ok sure, it's quality entertainment to see overweight people get yelled at for an hour...but it's so much more than that! Trainers Bob, Jillian and Dolvette drill awesome little nuggets of truth into every work out and I have to admit, they stick with me and help me through my own. I'm lucky enough to have my own built-in Jillian (Jackie can be scarier in her own way!) but here are some mantras from the show that I have floating around in my head when I feel like giving up...

"Give yourself a goal everyday, and just get better"  (mine is 1500 burpees this month, what's yours?)

"This is when it matters the most... in these moments when you can choose whether or not to say "I can't" or "I can.

"At the end of the day, your health is your responsibility." 

"You have no idea of what you are capable of until you try."

AND if that's not enough...


#Vote for Equality

If you have a moment, please read this beautiful post on why YOUR vote to take a stand against inequality really really matters: No Freedom 'Til We're Equal

Photo Credits: Lisa Congdon


Jackie Wins

In addition to winning 2 tickets to the Divine Fits this upcoming Sunday, Jackie also recently won a 1-year lease on a highly-competitive community garden plot! We can begin planting in November and we can't wait to start growing some winter leafy greens, beans, beets, carrots, zucchini and herbs. I hope that I inherited my mom's green thumb because we're going to need it! If we lived anywhere else in the world, this may not be the right season to begin a garden, but everyone keeps telling us that we shouldn't have too many issues since the climate is so mild here (80 degrees at the end of October - what?!)

Before we moved, one of our neighbors down the street had planted a few rows of vegetables in her side-yard and I've been inspired to do the same ever since. She had the most perfect looking little herb and veggie seemed like she could have had kale salads for days! If we can come close to her success, I'd be happy. All I want is to be able to harvest one home-grown that too much to ask?

Brooklyn's Annie Novak is another huge inspiration. She's an "urban farmer" and grows everything on the rooftop of building in the middle of the city. You can check out more photos of her amazing set-up right here on the Selby.

*Nope, not about to get a chicken...let's leave that to the professionals. 

Photos are all from the Selby.


Freshly American


Nats and I became Americans with just under 4000 other people yesterday in the LA Convention Center. We took the oath, handed over our green cards, watched a video from President Obama, and endured listening to people sing along to this song. When my parents became citizens, it looked like their ceremony was in a classroom. I was expecting a courthouse, not a warehouse! It was overwhelming to think that all 4000 of us were just a small portion of people accepting citizenship that day. Goodbye resident alien status!

Many people often gripe & complain about America, especially around this crucial and politically polarizing time. But politics aside and at the risk of getting cheesy, I am so thankful that I live in a country where I don't have to worry about safety and comfort. We were also reminded yesterday that as an American citizen, we can choose our own paths and futures if we have the drive and motivation to make it happen. I'll admit that I take these concepts for granted...we think about these things on days like July 4th and September 11th, but they are freedoms and luxuries that should be acknowledged every day, or at least often!

On a less serious note, in the oath, I said that I would bear arms to protect my country if needed but let's just get it on the record that I don't think it's in anyone's best interest to give me a firearm.



Some blog-worthy news: Nats and I both passed our Naturalization interviews yesterday! We began the application process together earlier this year and we are now only one step away from turning in our Green Cards and becoming official American citizens. Nats has been living in the US since she was 2 and I've been here since I was 4, so it only seemed natural to finally suck it up and take the test. Luckily, we both passed with flying colours colors...100%!

I'm eagerly waiting for our Oath Ceremony date...hopefully it'll happen this month so that I can exercise my right to vote!

**image credit: flickr


Sneak Peek: Reupholstered Dining Set

Totally slacking on posting photos of the new space. I have this unrealistic hope that it'll all come together at once (and quickly). So far it isn't happening that way!

Here's a little sneak peek of a close-to-finished nook. I love Jackie's growing collection of botanical illustrations mounted on newsprint. Also, take note of the crown molding! We're growing up!

The dining set was a labor of love. We polished the wood, saved the original labels, and recovered the retro orange seats. I'm not sure if the original seats got itchier with time or if these things were always itchy, but lets just say that they weren't the most comfortable. Not to mention the vintage smell and mysterious stains. It was a huge pain to remove all of the staples (apparently the Swedes love their staples!) and we had to work with a weird latex foam seat that was glued to the wood base. Once we got that out of the way, we covered the seats in a new fabric that was found in the Fashion District in downtown LA. I've been hoarding this amazing cut of Indonesian textile for almost a year and a half and I'm so pleased to see it go somewhere in plain view all the time! I love the vibrant colors and the tribal pattern. Best of all, it's super soft and durable.

On to the next project!


Table: Craigslisted off of a really sweet couple in Westchester. The husband found this beauty in a Goodwill and he restored it with Howard's Feed & Wax. We lucked out when it ended up being too large for their new apartment!

Chairs: Found at the legendary Pasadena Rosebowl Flea Market after scouring through dozens of over-priced mid-century dining sets! We got a deal when I noticed that some of the caning was damaged...doesn't bother us, but got us a nice fat discount. We can always restore the caning when we are feeling rich. Or not!


Personal Bests

Some very cool, yet exhausting, things happened last week!

In the personal realm: 
I got back on my bike after a very long hiatus. Excuses such as waiting for my bruises to heal, waiting for the weather to get better and flat tires all kept me from getting back into a hobby I used to love. Weeks turned into months. With the warmer weather rolling in, I knew I had one less excuse so I bought a tire pump, got my tires back in working order, and magic eraser'ed off all of the leftover scrape marks. Amazing how committing money (bike pump) and cleaning away an old memory (scrape marks) was enough to motivate me out of a rut. Biking around town is still scary and I'm slowly building my confidence again. But, it sure is great to get some fresh air before spending 8 hours in an office building!

In the fitness realm:
Through an innocent & friendly push-up competition, I discovered that I can do 232 push-ups all at once without putting my knees down. I'm not sure if it counts as a "personal best" if it's the first time I've ever tried to max out on push-ups, but I think my poor lat muscles would tell you (four days later) that it is a record that will not be beat anytime soon! Unfortunately, our trainer now thinks 100 push-ups is appropriate for a warm-up (when it used to be 30). What have I done?!

I also made it through my first ever double-workout. Scheduling changes put us in a spot where we could fit a session and a class in one night and Jackie challenged me to keep up. She was my ride home so I didn't really have an option :) but guess what? I live to tell you about it.

In the career realm:
A long string of events had me seriously considering my goals and aspirations. It's one thing to think that you have goals, but another to spend some time dedicated to determining quantifiable goals with deadlines. For me, the difference would look something like "Travel more" vs. "Save an extra $100 each paycheck so that I can go to Morocco by May 2013". This week, I focused on outlining a few long term and short term goals and this challenging process helped me work through some personal frustrations that had been creeping up on me at work. I found that thinking about the Future Me 10 years down the road made me consider the things in life that truly make me happy. Have you done this recently? It's tough but seriously give it a try!

image credit: goals // bike print