Isn’t it fascinating how music can transport you to a different time in your life or make you feel a different emotion? Julian and I were in the kitchen talking about this last night because a song came on that reminded us of the beginning of our relationship (I guess you could say it’s “our song” but that is somewhat cheesy so we won’t). Of course we didn’t really talk too much about it, mostly he just paced around saying “Wow, music is incredible!” as he usually does. I was reminded of this music nostalgia thing again today when The Strokes came on my Pandora in the car.
There is plenty of music that reminds me of different phases of my life, but for some strange reason I get more nostalgic with The Strokes than any other band. I used to play their albums out in my early 20s. Before the days when everyone had iPods, when we drove around with CD albums in our cars (how great was that, by the way), their CDs were always in the front of mine. Their earlier albums take me back to a more innocent time, when I hadn’t a clue about life or relationships, but definitely thought I had it all figured out. I remember cruising around town in my crappy car blasting their songs & pretending to sing to whoever was on my mind at that time. It’s nice to revisit that feeling now, as an adult who sometimes feels like she’s getting too boring & old. As carefree as I felt back then, I am definitely happier now, but it reminds me how important it is to be youthful, regardless of age.
How odd is this video, by the way? I’ve never even seen it before today. I used to think Julian Casablancas was such a stud, but it’s obvious Fabrizio Moretti is the real knockout here. Kristin Wiig has good taste!
Today is a very special day because it happens to be my beauuuuuutiful sister’s 25th birthday!! Happy birthday, Ana! You mean the world to me and I am so thankful to have such an incredible person as my sister. I love you and I hope your day is perfect!
the weather finally beginning to change • buying new boots • sleeping with the windows open (& finally being able to turn off the AC) • resisting the urge to cut my hair short again, even though it is at a really awkward length right now! • Scout sleeping ON me every night lately, and waking up to both of the cats in bed with me • getting new nailpolishes, since when did they start selling Essie at CVS by the way?? • candy corn, you slay me • taking walks with my dog • hole in the wall bars in Echo Park • brunching with my friend and her adorable baby (or perhaps he should be called a toddler… still a baby to me!) • looking forward to visits from good friends next week! • drinking green tea everyday • taking vitamins • making plans for home redecorations, soooo fun right now • sending boxes of goodies to my brother overseas • my sister’s birthday tomorrow! • finding those quiet moments in LA when you almost forget where you are • clear nights when you can see the stars • my Pilates instructors, they are the best! • having a clean car, and keeping it clean • seeing my husband happy • the way a $9 bouquet of flowers can brighten a room (I usually split them in half and put them in two rooms, though) • Pumpkin Butter WoodWick candles • healthy cats! even though they are getting up there in years, they are both very healthy which makes me one happy kitty mama • really hot showers, first thing in the morning • cooking dinner at home together and it being more fun than going out.
I love my dog far too much to dress him and/or paint/glue his body with various robot parts, but this is great. Poor dog looks miserable though!
This summer I made Julian’s dreams come true when I agreed to watch all the Star Wars movies with him. Yes, ALL OF THEM. To be fair they weren’t that bad, I actually kind of liked them though my eyes did glaze over more than a few times during battle scenes. It’s nice to “get” certain jokes in pop culture now, including this costume.
The jury is still out on whether or not we’ll put a costume on Frank this year. He is 80 lbs now, so it’s a little hard finding something that fits. This was his costume last year and it was a hit!
Sometimes I put it on him to wear around the house just for fun. He doesn’t seem to mind.
A little late… not to mention this is the first of these I’ve done in…. MONTHS. Happy Thursday!
The Good Wife • drawing again • making new girlfriends and having girls nights • meeting the owner of El Compadre – you’d think I met Brad Pitt • making green smoothies everyday • chatting with my brother online almost daily – big deal because he is overseas right now and I miss him sooo badddd • putting together care packages for him • getting to the point where I actually look forward to Pilates instead of griping about how I have to go work out • cleaning up my office so I actually want to spend time in here again (my cats like it, too) • “sam, tun, turk, & chic” • ”Oooh man that salmon smells good! Makes me wanna go Episcopalian!” • “I would have flirted with you in a chatroom. I would have asked ya for a pic.” • cleaning the filters on my Dyson, and having it work 100x better (these are the things that excite me… wow) • also, de-cat hairing my bedroom and office so I can breathe in here again • taking after dinner walks • playing fetch with Frank • Intelligentsia coffee in the French press (I’ve started drinking my coffee black, by the way,and it’s great. I feel like my Dad) • buying fresh art supplies … and USING them • having an iPhone again • making friends with 80 yr old men • evenings spent by the outdoor fire eating s’mores, drinking wine and listening to music with my husbie • running errands in the middle of the day when everyone is at work • making cauliflower popcorn • reading our texts from the first year Julian & I knew each other…
I chose this because it sums up a lot of what I have been channeling since I turned 30. Less criticizing, less judging, more self improvement, more leading by example, more time spent becoming the person I’ve always wanted to be. I have a lot of respect for people that exhibit this behavior, and always find myself wanting to be around them more. Not to mention these are usually the people I look to for advice or guidance. What a brilliant quote!
Last week I sent Julian to the grocery store for chicken breasts and he came back with chicken thighs. Ok. No problem, there are plenty of great uses for chicken thighs. Last night I looked at our pantry and decided that despite the 90-something degree temperature outside, I was going to use those thighs and make chicken noodle soup. Instead of following a recipe like I usually do, I decided to wing it and try to make it myself. I have to say, it’s my favorite chicken noodle soup I’ve ever had! Like even better than the deli. So I thought I’d share the recipe like a good friend. Of course I didn’t take any photos because all my food photos look like gruel.
3-4 tbsp olive oil
3 chicken thighs
4 cups low sodium chicken broth
4 cups water
4 chicken boullion cubes
1 small onion, chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
salt & pepper to taste
good pinch of marjoram
good pinch of oregano
1 bay leaf
2 cups short pasta (I used bow tie, literally anything will work)
1. Heat olive oil in large dutch oven/pot (I used this). Add chicken thighs and cook 5-7 minutes on each side over med heat. When cooked through, remove chicken from pot, setting aside. Don’t dump the pan drippings!
3. Add onions and celery to pot and cook a few minutes until soft. Meanwhile, cut cooked chicken into bite sized pieces.
4. Add carrots, chicken, chicken broth, water + bouillon cubes*, marjoram, oregano, bay leaf, and salt & pepper to taste. Simmer for 30 minutes.
5. Add pasta and simmer for another 10 minutes.
Voila! I kind of didn’t measure the spices, so you’ll have to just give it your best shot. It doesn’t need too much salt, though.
* You could obvi just sub more boxed chicken broth instead of the water + bouillon cubes, but this is what I did, so this is what I’m putting!
I’ve been a bad blogger lately. According to whose standards, you ask? Yeah, I ask myself the same thing. I spent some time this weekend being a real nerd and reading my old blog posts and laughing at all the memories and things that were happening in my day to day. It really made me miss updating, which I didn’t think I would miss anytime soon.
Part of my slacking is due to the fact that I have been in school, which took significantly more of my time than a day job ever did. Part of this is also due to the fact that I simply lost a lot of interest in/become overwhelmed with blogging and just wanted to step away from it for a while.
It’s super easy to get overwhelmed by having a blog because you feel pressure to update, put your life on display (to some degree), be “one of those blogs,” and then you feel guilt for not keeping readers happy. I also get stage fright from time to time, realizing how many people that I don’t know are reading this. I don’t write (or draw) well when I know people are watching. But like I’ve said before, this blog isn’t about any one particular thing, I don’t have any goals for it, it’s just about me (how self absorbed does that sound), and I just needed a break from it. Especially coming off years of being a working writer. The last thing I wanted to do was write everyday.
All that to say, I think I will try to make this thing a ‘thing’ again. If I let go of my ideas of what it “should be” and just let myself do what I do, I generally like the way it turns out. I also really like looking back at my posts. I certainly have plenty of time right now, as I’m not working or going to school this semester (short story: I need to take Anatomy before I can take my upper level classes and I can’t take Anatomy this semester, so I’m just taking the semester off).
I probably could have done without writing this post and just jumped back into it but I wanted to let you all know what’s up. I’m thoughtful like that!