road safety

i didn’t really think about it until i had been on the road to LA but everything useful i’ve learned about driving i’ve learned from this guy.


that’s my dad (you’ve read about him in my home improvements post). he’s not like a “s– my dad says”  crazy old man dad. he’s a smart guy who knows what he’s talking about and wants to pass on his knowledge about everything from surfing to home improvements to laundry. or driving…

for example…

“ten and two”- well i don’t really drive 10 and 2  but when he says it i know he means keep two hands on the steering wheel and keep control of the vehicle. (i’m more of a 9 and 3 driver)

“you can only go as fast as the car in front of you”- totally true. (and i wish the people who have rear ended me knew this too) and i don’t try to go faster than the people in front of me. but if i want to i go around. its only right. (plus my little matrix can’t blow through people’s cars) (but that’d be awesome if it could haha)

“drive nicely”- i’m convinced my dad thinks i drive like a lunatic. i don’t. i just drive like i have somewhere to be and i have minor road rage. ok maybe not road rage so much as i like to tell other people to get out of my way and i’ll show them how to drive.

and every time i get in my car he always says “obey the law”, and no matter how much i assure him i will, i know he’s always going to worry about me being on the road. not because he thinks i can’t drive safely, but because he knows other people don’t know how to drive safely.

so thanks dad. i really appreciate it.


hello new years resolution

i took a weekend road trip to LA this past weekend for a friend’s wedding (wedding was beautiful and i only almost cried two times).

i miss LA. i’m not going to lie. i miss living in a big city. i’ve always wanted to live in San Francisco. it’s young and fun and exciting. it was my plan to do whatever i had to so i could live in San Francisco after college. coming home from LA made me miss that. i did all sorts of fun things, ate great food, and basked in the sun for a weekend.

i ate at umami burger my first night in town. the truffle burger is something like heaven. breakfast at square one was beautiful.

griffith observatory is a must see. such a beautiful view and the exhibits are interesting and a beautiful work of art.

i have more pictures than i know what to do with so i’ll throw in a few..

so here’s the breakdown of my weekend adventure…

what i like about LA:

  • so many things to do
  • so many places to eat
  • the warmth
  • i actually know people there (unlike here) and hung out with more people than i ever have here

what i dont like about LA:

  • it takes forever to get anywhere (im sooo impatient)
  • you have to park in a parking structure to go to the grocery store or target (parking structures are annoying)
  • i got rear ended (LA drivers hate me)
  • smog (it’s weird)


overall thoughts:

for my first weekend road trip (and for driving alone) i totally had fun. and i want to go back. i miss LA. and i never thought i’d say that. while i don’t think i could ever live there, i still think LA isn’t so bad of a place to be.

why have i never taken road trips before!?


i’m a wuss

yup. it’s true. i am a huge worry wort of a wuss.

the lovely Miss Cupcakes is getting married this weekend and i’ve been planning to trek down there to take part in the whole shindig for quite some time now. oh down where? southern california. no big deal, right?


don’t get my wrong, i’m uber excited. i can’t wait. my super awesome friend offered to house me for the weekend and take me on a tour of LA (and save me the big bucks). all my plans are in order, my laundry is done, i’ve made a mental list of what i’m packing…i am going to check my oil and everything.

there’s just one tiny thing standing in my way.


i’m super scared.

i’ve been to paris on my own. i’ve been on a week-long cabo vacation with adam and his family (just as nerve-wracking as traveling alone). i’ve even gone off to college on my own. but i am scared to drive to LA.

me on my way to work.. not so scared of driving..

i’ve been pretty nervous over it for about a week now and it’s coming down to it… i almost don’t want to leave. i don’t blame anyone for this trait except my overly cautious, careful, lame self.

see that new widget on the side there? yeah… that’s the blogger meet-up i registered for. it’s in vegas. it’s on my birthday weekend. of course i didn’t register without first giving it some very careful contemplation (about an hour). then i said ‘screw it. im going to be spontaneous, irresponsible, throw caution to the wind, i want to do 25 big, i want to do something totally not me for once’.

and i’ve felt bad ever since. i’ve been beating myself up over it. emotionally kicking myself in the pants.

why i do this to myself, i will never know. but instead of sleeping at 3:30 in the morning i am chicken scratching my way through what became this morning’s blog post.

all because i was worrying about my drive to LA (ok so i originally woke up from a truly awful nightmare).

i know all will be well with my trip. i’m staying with a friend i haven’t seen since graduation. i’m going to share in the  joyous occasion that is angie’s wedding day. i’m going to go on my first weekend adventure of 2011. and i’m going to do it all without thinking it through pro/con list style.  i’ve done everything i need to do to prepare for my trip and now all i need to do is have fun.

better late than never

i think i’ve decided on what my new years resolution(s) will be. i haven’t really thought long and hard about it but i guess a couple minutes is better than not thinking about it at all… even though i’m not quite sure i’ve ever made resolutions.

i go to the gym everyday so i never make my resolution to get fit/go to the gym/workout, etc. it really annoys me that people do that too. they take up all the parking in the small parking lot and they take all the gym equipment and then three weeks later i’ll never see them again.yes, i sound like a gym brat, i know… but the gym has become one of the great loves of my life. so i resolve to spend more time on my relationship with the gym and i will let it be if i can’t make it because i am deathly ill. i really need to build up my upper body strength so i can pick sierra up again. she’s getting so big. i can’t wait until she gets used to walking on a leash so we can go running.

\\\\\\\\ <— that’s sierra typing. she likes to blog too.

being sick these past few weeks  has made my life boring and lazy. i don’t like not doing anything. i missed my friend’s housewarming, i skipped a few days at the gym.. ive  been generally out of it due to my foggy head and ears. i’ve cooked less because i dont have an appetite, i’ve blogged more because i can’t do much else, and i’ve caught up on reading blogs. one of the blogs i enjoy reading daily is  Chris and Paige. her scrapbook pages are amazing and her adventures are fun to read about. she inspires me to blog regularly and she’s inspired a resolution: to go on more weekend adventures and take more pictures. i don’t like to waste my weekends sitting around the house; i do that every day of the week before work. adam got me such a beautiful camera and i need to use it more.

hy0-jkio<– guess who’s blogging again…

my other resolution is to ditch my jeans. i love jeans, don’t get me wrong.. but i wear them 7 out of 7 days of the week. i’m taking some advice from Kendi Everyday and reevaluating my wardrobe and, someday, 30 for 30 remixing. (aunt kelly is kinda doing something like that and wearing a new pair of shoes everyday. i aspire to have a shoe collection and a shoe closet as awesome as hers.)  i’d like to have more non-jean outfits in my life. i’m turning the big 2-5 this year (whoo hoo!!) and i’m sick of looking like i’m 14. which means i also have to resolve not to pick at my nail polish. it looks ugly and it makes a huge mess.

overall i think i’m resolving to take better care of myself. i want my big 2-5 year to be awesome! i want to look back this time next year and think ‘yeah that 2011 was a fun year’ even though i’m not so sure twenty eleven has the ring twenty ten had.

so resolvers, what are you resolving to do or not to do?


UPDATE: so as of posting this morning a)i’ve done the most spontaneous thing i’ve ever done in my life (it involves vegas and my birthday) and i’m coming to terms with it and b) kendi has a new 30 for 30 coming up. so i’m saying ‘screw it’ and ‘i only turn 25 once’ and ‘i’m such a wuss’ and ‘why not…’ and i’m sticking with my resolutions.