Reading: The Circle by Dave Eggers. It’s pretty addicting, if not a little too long.
Watching: The new season of Veep! I went to a Q&A panel with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale, and writer/producer/director David Mandel last weekend, and it was just great. Watch it here, if you’d like.
Listening To: Gilmore Guys podcast. When I’m in the car alone, this is on. No questions asked. I know I’m a bit behind, but I really enjoy listening to smart people talk in depth about things that I like. Who doesn’t right!?
Loving: My reading nook at work. Almost every lunchtime, I walk over to the Warner Bros. lot, go behind the Central Perk Starbucks to this little quiet courtyard, find a little bench, and sit to read my book. It is so relaxing, and honestly, I look forward to it all morning. I’M NOT A BORING PERSON, I PROMISE.
Inspired by: Bonnie Lui. She’s an illustrator/designer I met last weekend at the Downtown Burbank Art Festival, and her illustrations are adorable. I bought a poppy print from her that I just can’t wait to frame and hang.
Looking Forward To: In 3 weeks, I leave for Pismo Beach for 5 days of camping bliss. HELLO SALMON TACOS!
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Here’s what I’ve got going on right now, just in case you’re curious.
Reading: The Girl in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. I’ve been doing pretty well with my reading this year so far. I read After You and Be Our Guest in January, and First Comes Love in February, so I’m on a better role than last year, woo hoo!
Watching: The Bachelor. I’m really not even ashamed, because the amount of entertainment that it provided was worth it. Honestly though, Nick was a boring man so I’m excited for Rachel’s season, ya’ll.
Listening To: Vista Kicks. I saw them open for Save Ferris a few weeks ago, and they are quite good! Also their bassist had food poisoning and took breaks to go be sick in a bucket throughout their set, so that deserves some respect. They’re kinda channeling a Ramones style with their matching turtlenecks, aren’t they?
Loving: Bears. I think they are rapidly becoming my favorite animal. I just watched a documentary on Netflix called Beary Tales that I would highly recommend to anyone who likes to watch animals being cute and running around and having nothing bad happen to them. It’s about a man who finds two orphaned baby bears and cares for them into adulthood. Ugh it’s so great.
Inspired by: Ana Marta. She’s a graphic designer and motion graphics artist from Portugal I found on Youtube, and she’s inspiring me to learn After Effects. Her videos and graphics are so cute and, well, inspiring!
Looking Forward To: My upcoming trip to Portland with my sister. Can’t wait to drink lots of fancy coffee and buy a book at the feminist book store. Also apparently there’s a haunted pizza place there too, so that’s weird.
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Jodi Benson liked my instagram post.
Robert Schwartzman shook my hand and touched my arm.
My heart was broken over a boy.
I turned 28.
I got my first job as an official graphic designer.
The Getty hired me to intern in the design studio.
Liana Hee sketched a mermaid for me.
I had my first mammogram.
I visited 3 new states.
I went to Disney 10 times.
Happy New Year!
My my my, what a whirlwind of a year this has been. Around the first of the year, I like to make some goals, as many do, and check in with my goals from the previous year to see if I reached any of them. So here we go.
- Get a new job in design.
- I did this! I got a job as a graphic designer, as you might know if you follow along with this little bloggy. I also was able to intern with the Getty Museum in their design studio as well, so maybe I can count that as a bonus point, because I already have a feeling *spoiler* this list is going to go downhill from here.
- Read at least 15 books.
- Would you like to guess how many books I read this year? I’ll tell you. Five. Five books. I suppose that is better than none, though, so I’m really not all that disappointed. Reading just wasn’t as big a priority this year as I thought it would be, and that’s okay.
- Update photo albums.
- I started this project, but it is still in progress. I do really want to finish this though, so I’m gonna carry this over to next year.
- Keep soda and Starbucks on the weekends only by 2017.
- I think I’ve really accomplished the soda-half of this goal. I’ve seriously cut it out, and I only have it occasionally at this point, so woo hoo! The Starbucks though… I really love that Starbucks, and I did NOT succeed in cutting down. My drink of choice however has less sugar than my former selection earlier in 2016, so I don’t feel quite as terrible about my failure as I would if I hadn’t switched. This isn’t an excuse though, I know.
- Keep up to date in my Q&A journal.
- I didn’t do well at this. I made it through about half of the year, but for about 2 months during the summer, I was on vacation and not at my house all that much, so I fell out of the habit and that’s all it took. Carryover!
- Master time-management.
- This will be an ongoing goal for me I think. I feel much better about how I have been allocating time this year – time is made for tasks and people who deserve it, and I don’t feel as horrible of a friend or student as I did last year. I am still late a lot though, so like I said, an ongoing goal for sure.
Now for this year’s new goals…
- Cut the sugar.
- Not completely, because I know I would fail immediately, but I want to eat healthy this year.
- Get in shape, stay in shape.
- I think I’m going to join the gym so I can be serious about this. Healthy habits haven’t been a priority for me, but this year I want to change that.
- Finish my graphic design program.
- This is sort of a freebie, but I don’t care. I’m excited to finish!
- Learn to play the violin.
- I got a violin as a Christmas gift, and I’ve always wanted to learn, so now’s the time!
- Join a church and bible study group.
- I think this will be the one I try first. I’m sort of hesitant because I don’t love meeting lots of new people, but I think it will be a really good thing in the long run.
- Prepare to buy a house.
Cheers to the New Year!
It’s rather funny how when my sister is away at school, I seem to find myself with ample free time which translates to, in this case anyway, a few extra blog posts. =) I thought I’d give a quick update on the job situation that I currently find myself in.
I am currently the graphic designer (that’s really cool for me to say, guys) for a clothing company called BarreSocks here in southern California where I conceptualize and design graphics for our clothing, socks, social media, and website. Besides the fact that I’m getting officially PAID to be CREATIVE, it’s just a really, really fun job. I work with some really nice people doing fun designs for a company with positive message. Some shifts are happening within the company too, which essentially just means that we are growing and it’s super exciting. Also, I sometimes get to model which is a fun little addition.
Since I’m still in school, BarreSocks is still only part time, which means that I have lots of time for homework, which is very important. You see, however, this quarter I only needed 2 courses, which left a good chunk of extra time in my schedule, which leads me to the other really exciting thing I’m getting to be a part of – I was chosen as the UCLAx Fall intern for the Getty Museum Design Studio. THE GETTY. I’m still having trouble grasping that I’m getting to do this, because in all honesty, I feel like a teeny tiny fish in an enormous, prestigious pond, so I’m just sticking to the ‘Dory’ strategy for now. It’s also accompanied by a crippling fear of failure, and anxiety that keeps me up for hours, but I just keep reminding myself that it’s worth it. It’s funny how you can be really excited about something and completely dread it at the same time. Oh, life.
Anyway, that’s where things are at right now, so it’s lookin’ pretty good. Only one more quarter to go until I’m done with my graphics program! Real adulthood, here I come! (in theory)
I realize it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted here, but you see, it has been a very busy time. Lots of things have been going on since August, all of which I hope to cover in the near future, but for now, here’s what going on right this second.
Reading: After You by JoJo Moyes. I loved Me Before You so I’m hoping this is just as good.
Watching: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. I’m on season 9 right now, and it just keeps getting better and better. My sister, our friend Christian, and I went to visit the exteriors of Paddy’s Pub earlier this month, and it was very exciting and only a little scary.
Listening To: Serial. I know I’m SO late to this party, but my commutes have gotten longer lately, so I needed something to keep my mind occupied in the car and this is just the ticket. I’m on season 1, episode 9 right now, and I’m addicted.
Loving: The Peace Lily I bought for my nightstand. Her name is “Lila” (she was a showgirl), and she is getting pretty giant.
Inspired by: Lizzie Darden. Her instagram is Pun-tastic and so pretty.
Looking Forward To: Halloween. Sam and I have a killer couples costume.
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You know that thing when so many good things happen all at once that your body literally can’t contain the emotions that have been concocted from the experience? That’s what happened to me this weekend while attending The Little Mermaid Live in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl.
Sara Bareilles playing Ariel +
John Stamos conducting the orchestra with a wooden spoon +
Titus Burgess belting Under the Sea +
Alan Menken performing a medley of all of his songs including Little Shop +
Darren Criss playing guitar +
Fireworks synced up with the movie +
Jodi Benson (the original voice of Ariel) singing Part of Your World =
a crying mess.