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new developments…

Hi! I’m now blogging over at

Check it out! Hope to see you there 🙂


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It’s Nice to be Nice!

Hey friends,

Lately I’ve been lucky enough to come across a slew of websites encouraging people to be kinder to themselves, their earth, and their fellow humans. Sometimes brightening another person’s day can be so easy, and I’m grateful to be reminded of the many ways we can accomplish just that. Hope you enjoy perusing these sites as much as I have!


Toronto Subway

I took this photo in Toronto when I was over there this summer. I was heartened to see such a public show of kindness in the middle of a busy city! Then again, it is Canada, so I shouldn’t really be surprised. Go Canada!

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“The sun is shining, the grass is green…”

“…the orange and palm trees sway!”

A Very Merry Christmas to everyone from sunny L.A.! I know I’m a couple of a days late, but technically I haven’t really celebrated Christmas yet, so I reserve the right to be a little behind. My Christmas won’t really take place until after New Year’s, when my whole family will once again be together. However, this doesn’t mean I haven’t been in the appropriate holiday spirit!

Every Christmas, there is a line-up of films that I must watch. Two of those are White Christmas and It’s a Wonderful Life. This year, I discovered that digitally remastered versions of both movies were playing in movie theatres! First, I saw White Christmas at the Arclight in Pasadena, then a week later I caught It’s a Wonderful Life at the Egyptian in Hollywood. I find that when I’m used to watching movies on my t.v. or even my computer, seeing them on a big screen changes the experience entirely. It’s like watching a completely new and different film! But what was really amazing about both experiences was sharing them with an audience. I’m so glad I left my personal Christmas cocoon to share a little of the spirit of the season with others.

one of my favorite scenes from one of my favorite movies:

So a very happy holiday to you and yours! George Bailey rules.

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whiskers on kittens… and other favorite things!


Ok first things first, I decided to have a movie on in the background while I “worked” today, and The Lost World: Jurassic Park was the best option on offer. At this moment, there’s a Tyrannosaurus Rex drinking out of a swimming pool as he prepares to terrorize a residential neighborhood… so basically, it’s decidedly an entertaining movie.  But seriously, this is a pretty interesting cast: Julianne Moore? Richard Schiff? Vince Vaughn? (and, duh, Jeff Goldblum, who was actually on my flight from L.A. to Toronto once. true story– I’m basically a celebrity) Ok right now Julianne Moore is carrying a baby Tyrannosaurus…

ANYWAY, ok that was a bit of a ramble through ridiculousness, but then again I didn’t make the movie…


I wanted to share some delightful developments in my life!

As some of you know, I applied to take part in a Rotary-sponsored trip to Chile next Spring, and yesterday I found out that I GOT IT! I will be going from March 17- April 22, and traveling mainly in Northern Chile with 3 other young professionals and a group leader. I haven’t traveled in a group since the days of LACC, and I’m excited! I’m pretty much excited about everything in this situation, actually! It’s basically a cultural exchange trip, so we’ll be visiting sites that relate to our vocations, as well as meeting and staying with Chilean Rotarians and generally exploring the country. My hope is to extend my trip at the end and visit Patagonia (not the store, though I could use a nice new coat…), so keep your fingers crossed for me!

Copahue Provincial Park, in Patagonia


(btw, Julianne and Jeff are now trying to reunite mama and baby at a gas station…)

So that was my big news, but I also wanted to share a couple of little things that have made me smile the past couple of days. Strangely, they both have to do with cats…



this is Amy. She’s a 3-legged kitty who likes to come visit sometimes.

the first time she came by, I was terrified of sending her back out there, as I thought she would be vulnerable with only 3 legs. Then I realized that Amy is a total hardass, and can totally take care of herself. awesome.


Also, I saw this sign when I was out walking yesterday

How great is that??

Isn’t it supersad when you see a sign for a lost animal, pleading for its safe return? It’s so nice to see that sometimes there IS a reunion! I’m glad Jackson is home and happily lazing on his back.

and p.s. Is he or is he not an awesome cat? I might go steal Jackson…

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I. Am. Job.

Alert! I have been hired! Thank goodness.

As of the beginning of November, I am a Sales Associate at Anthropologie in Pasadena… I swore that I would never work retail again, but I’m actually quite excited about this! I like the place, it’s close enough to walk to, and the people seem really nice. So yay!

On another note, my new employer sent an email out this morning (to the entire subscribed list, not just to me) that heralded the start of what I like to call “sweater weather”, along with this image:

I’m not really sure why her head got cut off…

While this may seem like a timely and appropriate email to receive on October 12, I would like to point out that the temperature today is a crisp, chilly… 98 DEGREES!


Ugh. I hope Fall comes to visit soon.


p.s. If anyone actually got the reference made by the title of this post, you deserve a big early-90s- themed gift basket! Or at least a British Nanny who is actually your Father in drag… (whose name is not Mrs. Featherbottom…)



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It’s a bit daunting, writing the first post in your first blog. The screen is clear and glaringly white, and I’ve been avoiding this post for about a week… even today, when I decided to finally start, I found myself checking my email several times and reading random blogs and newspapers online while I mustered the strength to start writing! It’s scary, I think, when you decide to put yourself out there. I’m a pretty private person, but I believe in challenging myself, so here goes!

I started this blog for several reasons, but mainly because I wanted to focus more on the positive things in my life, and truly appreciate what I have. After completing a graduate degree last year, I was unable to find a job (like so many others these days) and started to feel a bit despondent and overall pretty sorry for myself. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be 27 and living with my parents again! However, in the past couple of months, I’ve noticed that when I meet new people, I introduce myself as if I’m worthless and not someone they should bother getting to know. I don’t want to be that person! So I decided to turn my many negative thoughts into positive action. In my own estimation, my life right now is not ideal. However, it is not bad overall, and this blog is my way of giving myself a swift kick in the pants. 🙂 I know I’m not alone in being unemployed and feeling (a bit) like a loser, so I am hoping to reach out to others. There are many things I need to be grateful for (believe me, I’ve made lists!) and I’d like to share them in the hope that you’ll begin to realize how many positive things there are in your own lives. It’s a funny feeling, talking to “you” as if I’m sure of your existence, but I guess that’s the impersonal and anonymous nature of blogging.


So, for better or for worse, here goes!


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