this week thus far

Let us break it down, shall we?

Monday morning: I get in my car, close my door and hear something fall in the back. It was my rear vent window, awesome! I have no idea what went down while we were down in CA...potential theft? Kids with a baseball bat? Someone with a vendetta who is out to get me? Shrug, they're all possible, but at least nothing was stolen. Bastards.

Tuesday morning: Rick's car won't start and a kind stranger helped him push it to safety at the gas station. Blech. So far: cars: 2, Rick + Dawn: 0.

So for just two days, a lot of terrible happened. But, despite the godawful heat Mon./Tues., we did head to the Sixth Ave. farmers market that night, picked up some derishous raspberries, bluerberries, Rainer cherries, cucumber and zucchini and got the rest of our grocery shopping on. So all is not lost.

Yesterday was movie night, and though I never really aome up with a theme for it, I'm happy with the two movies I picked: A Very Long Engagement and Wendy and Lucy. The only lame generic thing that ties them together that I can think of: "00s dramas with female leads." Hey, I tried. I cried during AVLE and Wendy and Lucy probably will get 3 stars on Netflix, if it's up to me. Dinner was homemade pizza, and it was glory.

Our short trip to LA was thankfully a success. It included: Heather's wedding on Laguna Beach (gorgeous) and LMU reunions, first experience renting a car (I highly recommend Alamo), Silver Lake dining and flea market, lots of vegan brunches, first trip to Swingers ever with good friends, finally tackled the Santa Monica Pier with Rick (!), minimal visiting home time, lots of CJ and Walker time, Amoeba and Meltdown attacks (natch) and one semi-celebrity sighting, aka Scott Speedman perusing used rock CDs at Amoeba. All in all, it was grand times.

Here's photographic evidence:

View from wedding

Santa Monica Pier before sunset

Brunch at Millie's Cafe in the amazing Silver Lake 'hood

And this has nothing to do with our trip, but is too awesome to not post. Early bday present from Rick, courtesy of Toothpaste for Dinner. Yay. :D



Happy 4th! I'm one of the least patriotic people I know, but I dig any holiday that encourages people to barbecue food, light illegal fireworks and stay outside to watch them blow up in the night sky. Plus it's in July, my favorite month of the year. It has some shit going for it.

Because I have nothing else to report at the moment, I give you a questionnaire:

8 things I am looking forward to:
1. Fireworks!
2. Josh n' Jenny's Viva La Revolucion! fiesta this eve
3. Seeing Miss Aly Brown tomorrow morning!! (reunion tymez!)
4. Wearing some new goodies I bought myself
5. The possibility of river adventures with Rick tomorrow
6. Visiting CA for Heather's wedding in a few weeks/hanging with pals
7. My 25th birfday/party/Sonic Youth
8. Seeing Sordid Sentinels play the New Frontier

8 things I did yesterday:

1. Worked out
2. Went to work
3. Left work early (hooray for half-day holidays!)
4. Shopped for the first time in what seemed like a long time
5. Ate Thai food + popcorn
6. Got my hair did
7. Saw Whatever Works (thumbs up)
8. Walked through Wright Park for some Satellite coffees

8 things I wish I could do:

1. Have my book published, (I haven't written a book yet, but am working on it).
2. Have fully-stocked savings accounts
3. Go on a longer vacation (I'm talking months-long)
4. Be fluent in Frances et Aleman
5. Letterpress print
6. Play guitar better
7. Start a Roth IRA (Okay, some of these are nerdy in the personal finance persuasion, I know)
8. Kill all fruit flies (Kind of not vegan of me, but they really suck right now)

8 Shows I watch:

1. The Office
2. Project Runway
3. 24
4. Lost
5. House
7. 30 Rock
8. The Hills (I'm ashamed to admit it, but I have guilty pleasures like everyone else).

8 favorite fruits:

1. Strawberries
2. Watermelon
3. Cherries
4. Pineapple
5. Blueberries
6. Peaches
7. Mango
8. Kiwi

8 Places I'd Like to Travel

1. France
2. Montreal
3. Japan
4. New York City
5. Chicago
6. India
7. Spain
8. Iceland

8. Places I've Lived

1. Ontario, CA
2. Rialto, CA
3. Moreno Valley, CA
4. Marina Del Rey, CA
5. Inglewood, CA
6. Seattle, WA
7. Tacoma, WA
8. Oxford, England

*Plus many more smaller towns in CA that I thought could be left out.

8 People I've Tagged
All of y'alls!

And a visual for all you duders that actually read that whole thing:

The sweet new kicks I ordered yesterday that I cannot wait to wear. They've got tassels! Swoon.