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Things That Make Me Happy

My sister’s pregnant belly.

Hopping back into bed, work clothes and all, to have one last snuggle with my guy before leaving for work.

Cat/dog/bunny paws. Furry little paws.

When people say “please” “thank you” and “excuse me”.

Having a stiff drink with a warm dinner while watching Friends with J after work.

Peonies and ranunculus.

When we feel safe enough to say what we mean and mean what we say.

Going a full 24 hours without thinking of Donald Trump.

Fresh laundry.

Air conditioning.

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How to be basic all summer ’17

Photos of yourself at the Museum of Ice Cream. Extra basic if it’s a “candid” video of you throwing sprinkles in the air.

Fake eyelashes and a full face of makeup at the beach/pool.

Any vacation photo with “take me back” as a caption. Just go back, nobody stopping you b.

Going to EDC 

Yoga pose at the top of your hike with inspirational quote

G string/thong bathing suits, better known as how to get a yeast infection all summer 17 #monistatondeck

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Creeps Then and Now, The Keepers & Other Things No One Cares About

1. The modern day equivalent of the gross guy who always says “where’s my hug at?” is the gross guy who says “tfti “. And coming in with an honorable mention: the guy who tells women on the street to “smile”. 

2. My guy got me an oil change and I am swooning. #moderndayromance

3. I am convinced that cigarettes are poison. Of course we’re taught that they are cancer sticks, but to see what they do to me versus not smoking is first hand proof.

4. Haruki Murakami’s work makes me feel understood.

5. Why is Pizza Hut bread so good? It’s like crunchy/spongey, almost like bread that’s been fried in butter and garlic. 

6. I can’t wait until my lease is over. Living in an apartment complex that is bustling with airbnb customers all summer is turning into a headache. Broken glass in the halls, condom wrappers abandoned in the open, overcrowded parking lots.

7. Why is modesty no longer respected or valued? 

8. The Keepers is pretty interesting. Another win for Netflix.

9. The best advice my mom gave me: wherever you go, don’t be dead weight. Millennials are so entitled…but really, you have to earn your keep.

10. SZA album>

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My Crazy Family, Rating Systems & Other Things No One Cares About

1. Things that are exponentially scarier at night versus during the day: crows, white vans with no back windows, babies laughing, dolls, grandmothers roaming around wearing loose house dresses, and kids on playgrounds.

2. Springtime chaos is finally over and I am looking forward to sleeping more, reading more, and cooking more. Baby shower planning is difficult, man. If I ever have children, please be advised…I love celebrations for others, but hate parties in which I am the guest of honor. Hard pass.

3. What feels better than being appreciated? 

4. John Legend and Chrissy Teigen’s public displays of love and affection is so good to watch.

5. I’m convinced that everyone’s families are insane, but we’re not allowed to comment on anyone’s crazy families but our own. The workplace stories and drama I hear are intense.

6. Rule of thumb: unless expressly asked for an opinion, if you did not contribute, don’t critique. 

7. I want to be more succinct. I push myself to do this daily, because as women, we are conditioned to believe that being strong headed and sure of what you believe in and desire is too aggressive and not feminine. Fuck that noise.

8. Overheard in the cafeteria:

Lady: “He’s like a smalltown 8.” 

Friend: “…so…an LA 4?”


9. I miss so badly my apartment from a year ago. 5th and Broadway, perched on the windowsill in my underwear, slow smoking cigarette after cigarette, watching the people 5 stories down below, the occasional siren, the altercations between the homeless guys who hung out on the corner, the odd silence for an hour or two in the darkest part of the night. 

Or I could just really miss smoking. 

10. Make it easy.

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Comparing, Beach Body & Other Things No One Cares About

1. We’re such a comparison driven culture. We are accustomed to pitting things against each other, and assigning character judgements accordingly. Are you a dog or a cat person? In n Out or Shake Shack? Jay-Z or Nas? Biggie or Tupac? Nike or Adidas? Pledging your loyalty to specific things is cool, but it’s okay to like similar things equally. And get your life together if you try to fight people who don’t share your favorites list. This guy tried to physically fight my girl friend once because she didn’t like his favorite sport.

2. Four days on, four days off. That’s what I like.

3. Foods that have edible plating make me so insanely happy. Bread bowl clam chowder, tostadas, deviled eggs, etc.

4. Panic-about-beach-body-but-do-nothing-about-it season in full effect.

5. Aziz’s summer in Italy learning to make pasta is my dream situation.

6. Things that should have been left behind in the 90’s: blonde hair on Asians, 00’s: face piercings, early 10’s: drugs that fuck your whole mental and physical demeanor up.

7. I regret not buying anything at Patta.

8. Waking up next to my guy softly snoring and face peaceful is a happy feeling.

9. Also, falling asleep groping him is also a happy feeling.

10. We don’t want it if everyone can have it.

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True Crime Documentaries, Neighborhood Goals & Other Things No One Cares About

1. I’ve been having that maternal urge, that tug that you feel when it’s time to have a baby. But instead of a baby, I really, really want a cat and a dog.

2. This week’s theme: True Crime Docs n Chill.

3. New goal when house hunting: live within walking distance to a Target, Trader Joe’s, Chipotle, and decent coffee place.

4. Saying no is never comfortable, but it’s slightly easier if you think back on the times you said yes but were miserable for it.

5. Which is worse–being misinformed or uninformed? 

6. I never really had awful monthly lady symptoms (cramps, bloating, angry outbursts, back pain, or what have you) but like clockwork each time, I have zero energy the day before (too tired to even smile), hunt for salty and sweet food (fished out some old Valentine’s Day chocolates), and found something incredibly sad (cried watching a random kindness-of-strangers commercial).

7. If he conducts his own thorough research on your likes and favorites and makes plans accordingly, you’re winning.

8. I am grateful for boundaries and those who respect them.

9. Articles that are written by non-journalists should have a flag button so idiots on Facebook stop reposting fake news.

10. To my forever muse

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Pawn Shop Blues, Sweatpants Season & Other Things No One Cares About

1. This week has been emotionally taxing, yet comforting in knowing that kindness is abundant in unlikely places.

2. It’s sell your shit to pay rent month. In terms of the scale of struggling to rock bottom, the following seems true: eBay/Craigslist, pawnshop, asking parents for money.  

3. Low self esteem has many disguises.

4. Am I the only one who has zero interest in attending high school reunions? 

5. Goodbye for now, grey sweatpants season. I can’t wait until it gets cold again. God bless Nike tech fleece.

6. There’s always a buffet of pastries and burritos at work when I actually take time to pack a thoughtful lunch to work. Two breakfasts, two lunches, not complaining.

7. When your partner is your biggest fan in every extra way, take this W.

8. If she takes pictures of the food on a first date, take this L.

9. Looking for a new show to binge watch. Fargo? House of Cards? Scandal? 

10. This week’s theme: What the Fuck?