Visiting Home 1: Getting There + Father’s Day

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After my last day at work, I hopped on a Burbank 9:45p Jetblue flight to JFK airport. It was a busy day, but thankfully it made me exhausted, so I slept nearly the entire flight.

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Once I arrived in NYC, I took the bus shuttle to Grand Central ($16? one way, no reservations required). It would have been cheaper taking the subway, but it involved transfers and would have taken extra time. Also, it was 6am and I was pooped.

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From Grand Central I took metro north to New Haven. Once on the train I closed my eyes, rested up and awoke to this view. How beautiful is that? It’s an excellent train ride along the coast.

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After a day of napping, seeing family and catching up with the three hour time change, it was Sunday! Father’s Day! We decided to spend midday visiting Grandma for lunch at her new facilities. Isn’t Grandma Trudie a cutie?

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They gave flowers out to all the dads on their special day. This dad was no exception.

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The next day I got to see my cousin Elena and meet her new baby Everett. He’s such a sweetie.

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I’m holding a baby!!

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Don’t these pictures just make you melt?

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I made it home before the clouds rolled in. About 5 minutes after I took this photo it started downpouring. It was such a treat for this LA girl. And such dramatic clouds!

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Rain, Rain, RAIN! We decided to use this indoor time tackling our object filled basement. This has been my parents project for a long time, so it was nice to come home and help them clear out a lot of my old belongings.

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Warning: Cleaning out the basement takes an emotional toll. Going through childhood treasures and having to decide what has value and what doesn’t, man it’s rough. There were certain boxes that were an automatic keep. My dad put these Mickey ears on my head and I was pretending this doll was my child. My lazy-eyed child. Sigh, what has it come to.

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In going through my old RISD boxes I found this homemade card from dear Ms. Sally Funn To (best middle name ever). This was in the “keep” pile of course 🙂

Do This Today: American Craft Beer Week

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(Photo by Erika Bolden)

I love craft beer. There, I said it. This week happens to be American Craft Beer Week (in my house I call it “Friday Night”). Tonight Ladyface Alehouse has Archived Ales on tap. Select Beer Store is being taken over by Stone Brewing. West 4th & Jane is having Sam Adams Brewery Night trying out 4 rare brews of theirs. The Surly Goat is having Firestone Night. Wades Wines is doing Stone Brewing Rare Vertical Tasting (through Sunday- and this place is awesome). City Tavern will be doing 9 selections of Drake’s Brewing. Little Bear will be taken over by Avery Brewing at 6pm. How cool is this? One of these places has to be in your neighborhood. Check it out!

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Do This Today: Weekend Edition

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A Current Affair has a Pop Up Vintage Market returning to LA on Saturday from 3-8pm. Check out their website for details as well as info on all the vendors. It’s gonna be pretty hip.

Event: A Current Affair Pop Up Market (event link)
Location: Cooper Design Space, 860 S. Los Angeles St, Los Angeles, CA
Time: Saturday March 23, 3-8pm
Cost: $10 admission (get tickets here)

Do This Today: Weekend Edition

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Kurt Braunohler’s dreams are becoming reality. He started his Cloud Project Kickstarter months ago and on Saturday it culminates with his skywriting performance. For the record, Kurt is not the pilot, but he did create this project and is seeing it through. If you’re on the East side, look up at 3:33pm to see the skywriting. If you can make it downtown to Perch, you should join Kurt’s rooftop viewing party!

Event: Cloud Project (event link)
Location: Perch 448 S. Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA
Time: Saturday March 23, 2-7pm
Cost: FREE Admission, but get there early

Do This Today: Don’t Stop Or We’ll Die

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It’s FRIDAY!!! Tonight go to Largo and see Don’t Stop Or We’ll Die perform with guests Nick Thornburn, the band Family, Jim Hanft and Sam Yonack. Rumor has it Aziz Ansari will be stopping by. It’s known that I have love for this band (read that here!).

Event: Don’t Stop OR We’ll Die @ Largo (event link)
Location: LArgo at the Coronet, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Time: Friday March 22, 9pm
Cost: $25 (Get tickets HERE)

“The Big-Ass Book of Bling” Book Launch Party!

On November first, my friend Lindsey and I hit up Mark Montano‘s book launch party for The Big-Ass Book of Bling at the Craft and Folk Art Museum. Party time! I highly recommend launch parties (as that usually means, free booze live music and a guaranteed awesome night) and I highley recommend a visit to the Craft and Folk Art Museum (along Wilshire’s museum row).

There was an awesome open bar with vodka provided by Alaska Distillery.

I bought the book, as I love crafts and it’s right up my ally.

You can see above there was a glittery craft table where guests were encourage to craft. It’s hard to tell from these photos, but most of the guests were wearing tons of bling and wild outfits. It was quite the scene. Plus they were giving out ring pops at the door (how clever is that?!) so everyone had dyed lips and giant candy rings on.

I didn’t realize this when I RSVP’d for the event, but the lovely Meiko was the musical guest. She played 3 or 4 beautiful songs for the crowd.

Check out her music HERE!

My friend Lindsey and I had to pose by the event wall. What a fun night.

It would be pathetic of us to visit the Craft and Folk Art Museum and not actually see the galleries, so we took a break from the event to explore. They had a glasswork exhibit (above) and a tattoo exhibit (below).

The tattoo exhibit was really fun. Even as a non-tattooed person, I still really enjoyed the graphics.

I really enjoyed this tattoo parlor set-up, where different tattoos are projected onto your body. So clever.

After exploring, I HAD to talk to Mark and have him sign my book. He was insanely nice and took time to talk to everyone. He’s so friendly, positive, and excited about crafts.

The goodie bag! I love event swag… and I especially love CRAFT event swag. Fiskars scissors- what a gift! All this for attending a free open-to-the-public party. This was my “Do This Today” for November 1st, and a great example of how there are free fun events happening all over Los Angeles every night. All you have to do is go!

Do This Today: How To Live With Chelsea Peretti (comedy!)

It’s technically sold out already, but if you put your name on the waiting list at the door, UCB always finds a way to squeeze everyone in. Today’s event is How To Live With Chelsea Peretti at the UCB theater on Franklin. Tickets are $5, and for that you get to hear the hilarious Chelsea and her special guests Joe Mande, John Mulaney, and Kumail Nanjiani. These are all big names in comedy, so you better get your name on that waiting list! Get there early, put your name on the list at the office and then wait to be let in (don’t wait in the regular line).

Event: How To Live With Chelsea Peretti (event website)
Location: The Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre, 5919 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles CA 90028
Time: 9:30p
Cost: $5