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you make me feel like dancing!

Today is Valentine’s Day! In my humble opinion, love in all its forms should always be celebrated, but it’s nice to have at least one day dedicated to this practice. I hope you all told at least one person you love them today, and that someone returned that affection. Whether it’s your boyfriend, girlfriend, mother, father, brother, sister, neighbor, dog… even a perfect stranger!

Here are some videos that make me smile. Whether you’re dancing alone, with a special friend, or even a household appliance; on a plane or in the kitchen doing the dishes; in shoes, bare feet, or roller skates, Happy Valentine’s Day to YOU!

xoxo Julia

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red lights

A few months ago, I visited the Getty Center by myself. When it came time to leave, the freeway was inexplicably backed up, so I decided to take surface streets back to Pasadena. Well, if any of you have ever tried this, you know that it takes a LONG time! Also, once you’ve made the decision, you pretty much have to stick with it, as there aren’t very many places to get onto the freeway once you’re in the midst of the West side. Well, I had made my decision, and despite the fact that the traffic was worse on surface streets than it had been on the freeway, I stuck with it. BUT I realized I had my camera with me, so resolved to entertain myself by playing a game. At every red light, I took a picture of something I could see out of the window. It was a beautiful, clear day (the kind we only really have in the winter when the smog is lying dormant) and I actually ended up really enjoying myself! So, I wanted to share some of the photos.

** this one was much better when the flag was waving, but I couldn’t tarry when the light turned green!

This is one of my favorites

and I LOVE this one

I never regret carrying my camera with me wherever I go. You just never know when you’re going to come across something you want to remember or share.

For bonus points, does anyone know what street I was driving on?

p.s. I absolutely love how invested LA people get when it comes to conversations about how to get somewhere. It inevitably leads to an argument, as someone swears by taking Wilshire, while another prefers 3rd street… And someone always takes to 134 to the 5 and someone else can’t imagine taking anything but the 110. Just one of the lovely quirks of Angelenos πŸ™‚

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power down

Hello friends,

I have been MAJORLY delinquent the past month or so, and for that I apologize. My life got a bit crazy in November, and I’m just now getting it under control. And wouldn’t you know it, I signed on to post a couple of days ago and right at that moment, my house lost its power! As those of you in the Pasadena area know, we had a super crazy windstorm a couple of nights ago, and the entire area looks like it’s been hit by a massive hurricane. I still have no power at home, so I’m typing this from a coffee shop that I’ve visited at least once a day for the past couple of days to keep in touch with the rest of the world.

I’m sure that many people can see the benefits of losing power: a forced disconnection from our overly-connected lives, a bit of peace and quiet in the midst of holiday craziness… I’d like to see the bright side of this, but I admit this power outage has affected me rather negatively. My house is absurdly cold. After the sun goes down at 5 pm it is completely dark, and there are very few options at that point… Can’t watch a movie, can’t go online, can’t read by candlelight (I tried, and I have the headache to prove it). Can play games by candlelight, but that gets old fast when no one will play with you. All in all, it’s terribly easy to feel sorry for myself in this situation. However, in the spirit of this blog, I feel compelled to see the bright side of things.

1) A tree didn’t collapse on my house (a house down the street was not so lucky) or my car

2) when my bedroom window imploded in the middle of the light, none of the glass flew into the room/ my face

3) I have an excuse to treat myself to coffee and tea while I answer emails at internet cafes

4) I have an excuse to not answer emails

5) In the midst of disasters, people are suddenly friendly. Yesterday morning, as I was dragging branches and scooping up glass from the front yard, my neighbors actually came up and spoke to me! I swear, it was the first time I’d even met some of them, and it made me want to have a block party or something.

6) probably the most important point: no one I know was hurt or had their property badly damages.

I went to see The Muppets with my mom last night, and was blown away by how much I loved it! I was absolutely sobbing by the end (though admittedly “Rainbow Connection” always makes me sob). I thought it was well-written, witty, charming, with great songs (by one of my favorite Conchords Bret McKenzie) and appropriate cameos (especially enjoyed Emily Blunt as Miss Piggy’s assistant at Paris Vogue)! It also greatly increased my existing love for Jason Segel… Anyway, GO SEE IT! You won’t regret it πŸ™‚

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weekending

Sunday. Started not-so-nicely, but certainly improved over the course of the day! (Apart from that rude young man at the Apple store who accused me of lying in order to get a new computer charger… why would I lie to get a new charger? A new computer, sure! But a charger? lame.) Anyway, I thought that instead of dwelling on some of the negative aspects of my day, I’d list some of the great ones!

1) Incredibly beautiful day in Pasadena. While I admit to being a bit peeved that the temperatures are rising again (I do love my crisp fall weather), I must admit that today was a picture-perfect sunshine-y day.

2) Felt a mite ill this morning, ergo I considered I was entitled to a lazy afternoon of reading in bed with endless cups of tea.

3) Made a couple of flower arrangements, which I find calms me and cheers me up

4) Arrested Development marathon with wonderful friends. ’nuff said.

5) Finishing the evening with my mom’s amazing homemade chicken soup and dairy-free pumpkin pie! YUM!

And yes, I am going to bed at 9 pm. Don’t judge.

Also, this videoΒ is incredible, and warms every inch of my heart πŸ™‚

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early morning

It’s raining. I live in the LA area, and we don’t get too much rain, but I absolutely love it! Especially when I wake up to the sound of it hitting the trees and pavement outside my window in the dawn light. Why am I up at dawn, you ask? Stupid garbage trucks that come by at 6 every Wednesday, that’s why. But today I don’t mind so much, because my bed is warm and cozy and the rain promises cooler weather to come. Fall is my favorite season, and in LA it can be agonizingly late and/or notoriously short. Tomorrow I could wake up to 113 F temperatures, as I did last October, but for now, I’m loving the gray skies.

I’ve made myself a hot chocolate, and am snuggling back into bed with a book to read while I listen…

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