Like I said before, we never go crazy on Valentine’s Day, and this year was no exception. All I wanted was a low key day with my husband and Kipling, who also turned four (she was actually born on February 14!). We grabbed sandwiches from our favorite neighborhood sandwich shop and had a picnic at the park, and Kipling got a doggie cupcake to celebrate. I got to wear my new vintage dress (and purse and shoes) that I found on Poshmark, and I’m in love. We also stumbled upon an estate sale in the neighborhood, and I checked out the last few minutes of it. I came home with a necklace that I’m going to try to wear (I am not a jewelry person) and an itch to check out more estate sales.
It was a beautiful, sunshine filled day, and afterwards we came home to catch up on some Homeland before venturing back out for a short hike at dusk at Baldwin Hills (can I just say how much I love that time of day?). That evening we made homemade pizza, and Whitney baked me chocolate chip cookies; I helped a little, but it was sweet of him to have planned that. It was a wonderful love filled day with the two I love most.
*yes, that’s Dean…and me…and a friend.
In honor of Valentine’s Day (and because I just finished all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls and the perfect finale of Parenthood), I thought it’d be fun to steal my friend’s idea and rank Lorelai Gilmore’s/Sarah Braverman’s love interests. Because there are A LOT. If you haven’t watched either of these shows, 1) you are sorely missing out and 2) you will have no idea what I’m talking about, so you may as well stop reading right now. In the vein of me not wanting to spoil things too terribly (or go into too much depth on this subject), here are my short and sweet opinions. Drum roll please…
1. Luke Danes (GG) – DUH. Period. End of story.
2. Mark Cyr (P)- Because he was literally THE nicest guy and such a cutie (HIS SMILE). But he was too young for her.
3. Christopher Hayden (GG) – He never fully won me over, and as the seasons progressed I liked him less, but hey, he was Rory’s dad, and they had such a long history/excellent chemistry together. You couldn’t help but have a soft spot for him.
4. Max Medina (GG) – This relationship progressed too quickly, but he was a stand-up guy.
5. Hank Rizzoli (P) – Never bought the chemistry between these two, but he was a good guy who was good for her. Compelling arguments I’m making, right?
6. Alex Lesman (GG) – Who is Alex? Yeah, I thought the same thing. He seemed like a good match, but then she stopped dating him, and nothing about it is ever mentioned. Therefore I can’t mention much except WE’LL NEVER KNOW.
7. Jason Stiles (GG) – Just…no. He was okay, but really, why was she with him? We knew this would be a disaster from the get-go.
8. Seth Holt (P) – He was 50 shades of mess.
*GG for Gilmore Girls, P for Parenthood, obviously.
Did I miss any? I know Sarah dated Adam’s boss for a short period, but I can’t even remember what he looks like, much less his name. At least she controlled herself a little more in Parenthood and wasn’t engaged three times (only two!). How would YOU rank the men in her life? And when can I next watch Lauren Graham play a struggling and neurotic single mother with a tumultuous love life? I’m serious.
Bonus! Rory’s shorter and sweeter list:
1. I LOVE LOGAN.
2. Jess needs an attitude adjustment.
3. Dean is the literal worst.
P.S. Talk to me about this in person, and trust me, I can go IN DEPTH.
P.P.S. The real
Lorelai Sarah Lauren Graham is dating the actor who plays her brother, Adam, on Parenthood. Freaky.
Image/Art from Laura Berger
We don’t do a whole lot for Valentine’s Day; we usually just go out to dinner. It also happens to be Kipling’s birthday, so I’m often more focused on that (she’ll be FOUR this year!). But just for fun, and because I’m enjoying “virtual window shopping” too much these days, here are some things from Etsy I absolutely don’t need, but it would be fun to get for Valentine’s Day (and hey, why not use this day as an excuse to spread some love to small business owners?):
Amazing Vintage Parka (that is not my size/completely unnecessary in Southern California)
It has been a while since I used my film camera. In 2014, I shot almost exclusively with it, but when the holidays rolled around I picked my DSLR back up (since I would be taking so many more photos and having the digital files were much easier to share). It’s great to mix things up, and I’m glad I’m starting to love my DSLR again (I was in such a funk with it). But, I miss my film. My mom is visiting this week, and it’s the perfect excuse to use the rest of the roll I have sitting in my camera. It’s a different kind of film than I usually use, so I’m excited to see the results!
Anyway, I thought I’d go back through the film photos I took in 2014 and share (some of) my favorites – both for fun and for inspiration. Really, I love them all, so it was difficult to narrow them down. There’s something so magical about film (even when out of focus or blurry) that digital doesn’t quite capture.
*As always, photos were shot manually and are unedited. And there are a lot of dogs. Because we love them around here.
Meal planning is sometimes a pain in the butt. It doesn’t matter that it will save you five trips to the grocery store, or money on grabbing take out, or your general sanity when THERE IS NOTHING IN THIS HOUSE TO EAT. But, as with almost everything adulthood requires of you, it’s both necessary and beneficial.
So, how do you do it? On Sunday/Monday I like to (try to) sit down with a pen and paper and cookbooks and/or Pinterest to jot down the ingredients I’ll need for my meals that week before making ONE grocery trip. Pinterest is the easy and fast road (you can search whatever you want and there will be a recipe for it), but I have a lot of cookbooks that need a little TLC (note to self, give them some). But because Pinterest is such a
black hole haven of knowledge and information, it can get overwhelming. I will admit I have had some huge misses in the flavor department of some of those Pinterest recipes. So, I thought I would share some of my go-to, EASY (and often quick) recipes to help you plan your meals for the week (you already failed this week, so let’s start next!). Hopefully I can make this a regular feature on my blog to introduce you to some good recipes as I procure them.
But first let me note some things.
1) Because we are a household of two (Kipling sadly is resigned to a life of dog food), I usually only cook 2 or 3 times a week because we always have leftovers for days. And it’s getting fun to use leftover ingredients in scrambled eggs for breakfasts or on top of a homemade pizza (always pizza <3) or thrown with pasta or whatever my little heart can imagine.
2) I also hate (READ: HATE) washing dishes, so often I’ll choose recipes by how many dishes it will dirty. Some recipes use many dishes but are too good to not make/eat, so after a battle with my conscious, the recipe wins out.
3) I never claimed these were the HEALTHIEST recipes in the world.
4) Make a list. It makes grocery shopping so much easier (did I mention I love easy?) -and-quicker-and-less-stressful-and-you-won’t-forget-anything-and-you-won’t-buy-unnecessary-items (darn you dark chocolate almonds!) -and-spend-tons-of-money-and-waste-food (did that weird run-on just stress you out?).
Now let’s get down to the FOOD (put in order of the weekdays just for fun because no, I don’t make/eat these things every day, and I don’t really advise this to be your actual meal plan for the next week – I’m just sharing recipes y’all).
Monday : Mac & Cheese (…the easiest and best macaroni & cheese you will ever eat. I use real cheese and butter, but follow the exact recipe to health it up! Also, hello, ONE POT.)
Tuesday : Taco Tuesday (…you’ll have leftover seasoning for a couple more taco nights! Why did it take me so long to realize how easy it is to make your own tacos at home? Throw some rice and beans in there while you’re at it. P.S. This uses ground turkey.)
Wednesday : Thai Chicken Soup (and the alliteration ends here. You’ll need a slow cooker for this one and some fancy Asian ingredients, but hey, that means you can make it even more often!)
Thursday : Sloppy, Sloppy Joes, y’all (I threw in an extra sloppy because they ARE. Also, if you have a bad feeling about Sloppy Joes, don’t. They’re delicious.)
Friday : THE BEST PIZZA DOUGH AND SAUCE (Guys, I make this all the time. Like, all the time. Like, once a week. The crust is SO GOOD and the sauce (more of a spread) is SO GOOD. You don’t even need a mixer/dough hook for this. Your human hands will do. Also, have fun putting WHATEVER TOPPINGS YOU WANT ON IT.)
And that’s it for this week. That’s a lot of food (eat some leftovers for goodness sake) or celebrate your week of meal planning by having a special weekend meal out.
Last week I chopped my hair off! It was a big decision, but I needed a change for a variety of reasons (my hair hasn’t been short for almost 10 years). And with a hair change comes new headshots (welcome to an actor’s life!). I’m waiting to hear back from my representatives which headshots they like before sending them off to the retoucher, but for now I thought I’d share my favorites (that I retouched a little myself).
I’m still getting used to the cut (I feel like a different person!), but it was a good decision, and I think it suits more of who I am.
Headshots by Stephanie Nelson Photography – my favorite yet!