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August 1, 2014


reading : The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick

listening : Sam Smith

smelling : This candle. I’m obsessed.

watching : Freaks and Geeks on Netflix. Busy Philipps’ character is crazy, and I love it.

feeling : A lot more anxiety lately…go away!

planning : My in-laws’ visit in a couple of weeks.

catching up :  On my steps and planning to be more diligent about it.

working on : My surfing.

cooking : New recipes…trying to tackle more of this cookbook.

going : To my acting class and loving it.

wishing : To always be present.

brainstorming : Ways to propel my career.

anticipating : My last performance of Cave tonight…after almost a year of being involved with this show.

receiving :  Whatever life has to throw at me.

buying : This print pack and supporting Elise’s Make29 project.

this list inspired by elise

-wonderland sam

california summer

July 30, 2014


This past weekend was a quintessential summer weekend, and I loved every minute of it. It has been hot here (I know, coming from a Texas girl), but we don’t have AC, so there’s no escaping it. After a busy couple of months of traveling and having visitors, we are so grateful for some weekend downtime to spend together – mostly outside. The sunshine makes me too happy, and I just want to spend all of my time in it.

Friday night was the opening of my play – outside – in a cave. It went wonderfully, and we have another sold out performance this Friday. It is such a cool experience to be a part of, and my grandparents sent me a beautiful flower arrangement in celebration of it.

P.S. These are all Instagram photos, so I apologize for the poor quality.


I bought a surfboard, and we took it out Saturday morning. It was overcast when we first arrived, but the sun came out soon after. I’m really excited to get into this new hobby and have another excuse to make it to the beach on the weekend. Sunshine and fun AND exercise? Count me in!


We caught the Angels game Saturday night with some friends, and it was the perfect evening for it. We had the necessary ball park food, cheered on the Angels as they won, and watched a pretty cool firework show at the end. There’s just something about catching a ball game on a summer evening.

Sunday we laid low a bit, but we did finally make it to the theater to see the new Planet of the Apes movie. I really enjoyed it; have I ever told you I used to want to live in the jungles of Africa and study chimpanzees a la Jane Goodall?

It has been a while, but I’ll be posting an easy craft here soon!

-wonderland sam

play in a cave

July 25, 2014


I think I’ve mentioned for a while now that I’ve been working on a play – a play that takes place in a Cave and for that very reason – is called Cave. The show had some minor setbacks because it is site specific, but we are finally going up tonight! Unfortunately/fortunately our performances are sold out, but if you’re interested in reading about it, we got an article in LA Weekly. Here are a few photos from the production taken by Lisa Francesca Gallo.



I’ve had the pleasure of working with some great people, including a friend from my college theatre days. It’s definitely a new experience being in the space (a really cool cave!), and I’m excited about finally performing our work.

P.S. If you ever want to check out my acting “stuff”, you can find everything in one place.

-wonderland sam

beachin’ it

July 24, 2014


Our time at home has calmed down. We don’t have any trips planned in the near future, and we won’t have visitors for a few weeks. Planning on spending a lot of time at the beach to soak up these last weeks of summer, to relax, and to hit the water surfing.

I had a weird allergic reaction this past week – broke out in hives – and am trying to figure out if I’m allergic to neoprene wetsuits or just a contaminated wetsuit rental. I’ve been doing some research online but haven’t found a clear answer. Any thoughts?





How is your summer going? I haven’t been able to get to everything on my list, but sometimes the funds just don’t support it. I’ve still been having a wonderful, sunny, California summer.

-wonderland sam

our big bear camping trip

July 23, 2014


Remember how I always have a few photos from an event on a roll of film that I have yet to finish or develop? Well, here are those few (or maybe a little more than a few) photos from our Big Bear camping trip with my brother and niece. Like I said, we just had to take a photo next to the Pacific Crest Trail head and at least walk along it a little bit.






This photo is grainy and out of focus, and I absolutely love it.


-wonderland sam


July 22, 2014


While my sister was in town, we made my annual trip to Disneyland and took our niece (see the past two years here and here). Again, we were at the park from the time it opened until after the Fantasmic show (always worth staying to watch, in my opinion). We were exhausted, but we rode all of the rides we wanted to and hardly waited in lines. Of course, churros and Dole Whip were had as well. I’m so grateful for these times I’m able to share with my niece and that my sister was able to make another trip out here.

(All photos taken on film. As it goes, I have a few more on another roll I have to finish.)








-wonderland sam

family reunion

July 21, 2014


This past weekend my whole family came into town to celebrate my grandfather’s 76th birthday. His sister, her kids, and her grandchildren made the trip out west too. It has probably been 20 years since we were all together (dang we’re old), so it was definitely time for a family reunion. Unfortunately one of my cousins couldn’t make it, but we did the best we could. We have a couple of spouses and little ones added to the mix now too. It was so great to have this time with the whole family, and I know my grandfather really appreciated it. Of course I brought along the camera and tripod to document this momentous occasion!



We brought our ladder ball game, and it was a huge hit. Like, the kids were obsessed. ;p


The cousins (minus Danielle)!



Grandparents, parents, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.


A couple of puppies made an appearance too.




My Grandparents and their four kids.



My family. :)


Shiner and Zero.


My grandpa and his sister.






-wonderland sam


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