Halloween Costume 2014

Before I talk about this years Halloween costume, I thought we should look back at past costumes. Remember when we were featured in last years BUZZFEED article about costumes. That was an awesome day. You’ll notice that I take Halloween seriously and I’m anti-sexy-halloween. I use this dress-up opportunity to represent strong female leads and role models for young women.

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Here are my RISD friends and I as the Golden Girls.

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Above I’m dressed as Nancy Drew (from the books not the movie).

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Here is my boss and I as Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop in 2012.

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Here I am on Halloween night as Shari Lewis.

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This is my costume from 2013, when I went as…

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Angela Lansbury! Specifically, I went as her as Jessica Fletcher in Murder She Wrote.

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Can you tell who I’m going as this year? It seemed like an obvious choice given my recent travels…. I’ll make the announcement when I add a picture of me in the costume after Halloween.

Have fun, be creative, and enjoy dressing up!

UPDATE: Here’s my official 2014 Halloween photo! We went to rainy West Hollywood for their parade of costumes. It was great people watching and a handful of people recognized this Jane Goodall.

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Big News!

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It’s time to officially announce my big news. I’ve hinted at it over the last year or so, but change is what keeps us moving forward, and I’ve got a big change coming. It brings me great sadness/excitement/nervousness to announce that at the end of November 2014 (aka in 5 weeks), I’m moving back to the East Coast. Don’t get me wrong, I love LA and my friends here, but this great work opportunity has come up in Connecticut and I’ve decided it’s time for a change. I’ve chronicled many of my LA journeys here on the blog, and I’ve lived my time here to the fullest, so I leave with no regrets or unfinished goals. It’s time for new goals, and new challenges.

I’ve worked in the television/film art department for many years now as a coordinator and I see that continuing on this path is no longer something I really want. A couple years ago I could feel myself hitting a wall in my career, and I figured out that even if I got a promotion it wouldn’t make me happy. This made me see that I needed to make a bigger change. After reading “find-yourself” type books, I decided to make a list of what I wanted my future life to have. For example, I want to be able to bike to work, and get a dog that I can bring  to work, and work normal 9-5 type hours. This list got longer and longer until I could almost visualize the changes I needed to make. After years of soul searching, it clicked!

As you know, I love wood-working, crafting and of course, blogging and I’ve found a way I can do all of these things as my job! Is that not living the dream?! My parents have been so supportive and have invited me to come work for Meyer Wire & Cable Co (their cable company) where we will be expanding to create different custom lighting fixtures as well as  broadening the scope of how these wires can be used. Not only will I be designing, but I’ll be working on the branding, blogging about the process, and I’ll even have my own wood working shop up and running, BMeyer Studio!

I’ll be moving to New Haven, Connecticut where I’ll be 15 minutes from Meyer Wire (shortest commute ever-score!). Meyer Wire is along a bike path that starts in New Haven, so I can bike to work. My parents bring their dog to work and have said I can bring one to work too. My hours would be 8:30-5p, which means I can even take woodworking classes at night locally. I’ve basically gained 4 hours of free time every day, and I could not be happier about it. Real estate in that area is also much more affordable, so in the not-too-distant future I could actually afford a cute fixer-upper. I’ll be closer in proximity to my family and I’m only a $15 train ticket from NYC, where many of my RISD friends live.

Of course with any big change there are many compromises that also have to be made. I’ve made a life here in Los Angeles with friends I love, and now I have to sadly say goodbye. Thanks to the internet, social media, and cell phones I’l be able to keep in touch with them as if I was still in LA, it’ll just be harder to see them in person. When I moved to LA I had to do the opposite, which was to leave my East Coast friends to start a life in LA, and I feel like all my friendships back east stayed strong as I made frequent visits. I plan to do the same this time too.

What does this mean for Life Absorbed? I’ll no longer be posting “Do This Today” with Los Angeles daily events, but instead I’ll be shifting the focus of my posts to be more about my future design work and lifestyle. For example, I’m currently in the process of figuring out how to cheaply ship an apartment worth of stuff to Connecticut and I’m excited to share with you my cheap-ish solution! I’ll be driving my car cross country to get there and look forward to sharing the journey. Once I’m in CT, step 1 at Meyer Wire is to renovate the offices and set-up my workshop, and I’ll share the whole process with you. New Haven is also a new city to me, which means I’ll be exploring not only the city but taking weekend trips to different New England towns and exploring Cape Cod. I also hope down the line to buy property and renovate it, which I will also share on the blog. One of my favorite blogs, Manhattan Nest, does this and to me he’s living the dream. I hope to follow a similar path.

But what about comedy? I talked above about making compromises and how leaving my friends in LA is going to be the biggest struggle. I would say my second biggest struggle is saying goodbye to cheap hilarious comedy. LA is a comedy mecca and it was one of the reasons I moved out here to begin with. To pay $5 and see Louis CK or Patton Oswalt, or Sarah Silverman has been unreal. I’ve seen 100’s of comedians perform on the stages around Los Angeles and I’ve loved every minute. By making this move I’ll have to work harder and pay a lot more to see comedy. I’m now allowing myself to invest more money into seeing comedians if this means taking the train into NYC or driving to Foxwoods where comedians often stop through. It’s a promise I made to myself when I decided to move. I won’t be able to see comedy quite as often but I’ll do whatever I need to to feed that passion of mine. For example, I’ve already purchased tickets to Patton Oswalt’s show at Carnegie Hall in January. It was an expensive ticket but it’s going to be such a memorable show.

But what about the weather? There’s no denying that Los Angeles weather is amazing and it’s sunny 100% of the time. New Haven gets snow and rain, and humidity in the summer. This is the 3rd compromise on the list: weather. I’m actually looking forward to the occasional rainy day, and playing in the snow. I’m sure I won’t be saying that in 6 months but I’m trying to be positive about the weather. I also walk outdoors in LA for at least an hour every day at all times of the year. I won’t be able to do this in Connecticut and I’ll have to adjust to it. I’ll need to invest in a gym membership and use it. I’m actually thinking of signing up at City Climb Gym, a New Haven rock climbing gym, but more on that when I’m back east :)

I really am sad to leave Los Angeles, but I’ve been treading water here for that last 2 years and I feel like this is a big step forward. I’m about to gain so much! I’m trying to stay focused on what I’ll be getting and not what I’m having to leave, as I really do love my LA family. Now on to a happier topic: what type of dog should I get!? :)

ONTOANEWADVENTURE New Haven, CT (Background photo by I Love New Haven)

My Birthday Week

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I don’t know if you’ve noticed but I’ve been pretty quiet this week. While I’m no longer in Africa, I’m still technically on vacation. This week (cough Tuesday) happened to be my 28th birthday. I know, I’m so old I fart dust. It’s been a fun week of celebration.

On my actual birthday my friend Jess and I drove down to Westport, CT to explore. We took the Merritt Parkway out there (so pretty), hit=up West Elm (well, because it’s West Elm), and then meandered back along the coast. We even stopped off and found Martha Stewart’s former property (Turkey Hill, Westport). We stopped at beaches to walk around, and I got a tuna sandwich at Oscar’s Deli.

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(Wandering around Westport, CT)

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(The PEZ Visitors Center)

See, such a pretty day! We also stopped into the PEZ Visitors Center in Orange. How cool is that?! That make and package PEZ in CT and they built a beautiful visitor’s center, with games, puzzles, and a find-the-7-dwarfs pez dispensers to win a free pez holder and candy. IT’s a game everyone plays and wins. The price is $5, but comes with a coupon to use in the gift shop as well as the free pez at the end of the visit… it felt like we got back the $5 we paid. I highly recommend stopping in there!

For a special birthday dinner my parents and I went to Geronimo in New Haven. It was a great meal and the restaurant atmosphere/decor is a lot of fun. My mom made me a special birthday cake and then I crashed. I’m still on Africa time!

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Yesterday I trekked into New York City on a Metro-North train. Met my friend Lily for lunch and then my friend Diana joined me for a walk along the river and High Line visit. I love that place, and they keep expanding it! It’s so fun at sunset to just walk above the city, free of cars.

Then Dot, Diana, Sally, Lily and I had a fabulous dinner at En Japanese Brasserie. Dot took the photo of me at the top of the post. These girls are the best :) I took a sleepy ride back to CT last night and have been working all day today.

I hope to have some Africa posts up soon, I’ve just got a packed schedule here as you can see above. I’ve also got some friends and family to see while I’m on the east coast.  I promise things will be back to normal soon enough.

2014 Resolution Update: A Look Back At June

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We are already halfway through 2014! How?! I feel like I still write “2012” all the time. Well this month I get a big fat “F” for blogging. I feel like I let you guys down as work, errands, and obligations have made blogging challenging in June. There’s just not enough time in the day! I’m just glad I was able to do my June writeup (especially since I skipped May). Get ready for a completely narcissistic list of my accomplishments this month- I really need it as a motiviation. Sometimes when you’re so consumed with work you need to make lists like this to remind yourself you’re human and that you did get something done this month. Make a list- it’s fun, I swear.

– I walked to my favorite watering hole to meet up with a good friend for a drink on the patio after working my butt off on a table I’m making (June 1)
– Morning + Evening exercise… and lots of not sleeping due to Africa panic (June 2)
– So much Africa panic- “It’s going to cost me HOW much?!” (June 3)
– Delivered a finished table I made to a friend (June 3)
– ALL tickets purchased!! Africa’s happening 100% booked! (June 4)
– 2 hour-long walks + Dodgeball. I’m in exercise mode (June 5)
– Griffith Hike with Eva (June 8)
– Went to a strangers house party where I didn’t know anyone. Ballsy (June 13)
– Hike to Inspiration Point + Girls Night + Daniel and Casey’s Birthday (June 14)
– Morning walk with Jamie + Hollywood Hills Hike with Eva (June 15)
– Awesome movie night with the girls- Obvious Child (June 16)
– Dinner in BH with my Uncle- got to see the Peoples Choice Awards red carpet while I waited (June 19)
– I got my travel shots! I’m officially covered! “Lets test it out” -my coworker (June 20)
– Brenda + Joe’s Wedding! (June 21)
– Walked with Amber- exploring Pasadena on foot (June 22)
– Paid off my credit card- aka the entire Africa trip. Painful but it’ll be worth it (June 23)
– Finished my Typhoid Fever meds- I’m now protected. Bring it on! (June 27)
– Made lots of headway on my tables + discovered an awesome park walking distance from my house (June 28)
– Hiked Mt. Wilson! Training hikes for Kili! (June 29)

June has been a month of Africa becoming official, freak outs about the cost of Africa, and my grand spending hiatus (Im living off crumbs). It was a fun month, but I’m glad to be out of retrograde and into July.

TGIF

Work

I’m sorry for the recent radio-silence. No Im not injured or ill, just swamped with the daily grind. It’s funny how getting a day off (Memorial Day) just means we stay extra late every night of the week to make up for it. Don’t get me wrong- it was still amazing having Monday off. Too much to do-so little time! I hope right now you are having a wild night out on the town. I am currently in my bed drinking wine, watching Anthony Bourdain eat his way across Europe and it’s amazing.

Tomorrow I’ve got a big building day ahead, so follow along on INSTAGRAM to see my most up to date progress shots! I’m really excited about it!