For what used to be a food blog is now just an ordinary rambling. Stay fed, friends.
Las Vegas. Where you eat Mastro’s on Friday night and McDonalds on Saturday night. Where the men you can’t wait to see can be found at the theater. Where a book at the family pool sounds much more appealing than the dress codes at the Day Club. Where you choose comfort over Spanx. Where you meet “doctors.” Where you lose friends and find them again. Where you realize you don’t know how to gamble.
At least this time around.
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After a Friday night that closely resembled Interlake Prom 2007 but with more alcohol and less hype, and a full Six Flags Saturday of “tasting the mountain” (aka a platter consisting of onion rings, french fries, mozzarella sticks, and chicken tenders at Mooseburger Lodge - oh and a root beer float, please!) and roller coaster riding, Sunday seemed to be the most relaxing. My friend Chris came over and helped me build a bike rack made from a stained wood plank, two plumbing pipes called nipples, apparently, two caps, and two flanches. The process would have been easier if my wall wasn’t made out of concrete but after several enjoyable hours of listening to laughable Christian rock we got my bike up on the wall and I couldn’t be happier.
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In case you missed it, here’s the Young Thugs: Joshua Tree video Jocelyn made. Warning: It will make you want to skeep out on work and go climb some rocks and hang out with fun people.
If you want to see any of the other Young Thugs videos, they can be found here. I was a little hesitant to share this playlist since it documents our finest and more embarrassing moments of college but I think the world deserves to see Mallory “over it” repeatedly.
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**All these photos were taken by Jocelyn with her fancy camera (except the fuzzy black and white one - that one I took)**
Last weekend, Mallory, Kate, Jocelyn, Derek, Paul, Marc and I ventured out to Joshua Tree for an impromptu camping and boulder-climbing trip. We were unprepared, sloppy and sun-kissed - probably the best way to go about it. There’s no good way to really explain how great Joshua Tree is. There are huge rock formations that beg to be explored. You tell yourself you’re going to die and then blindly make the leap from one cliff to another, hoping that you won’t in fact die, or worse, scratch your camera. But it’s better if you just try it yourself. Oh, and you can actually see stars at night.
Best two days spent.
Life outside of work:
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How I know it’s spring:
John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces (via markwez)
The cupcake feelings are gone. Some pretty bummy things happened this week and it’s only Tuesday.
On another note, I’m doing something kind of aesthetically drastic on Thursday so we’ll see where this week ends up.
In a month filled with highs and lows, waking up on the right side of my bed can really make or break my day. Luckily I woke up in a giant starfish position (my favorite side of the bed is all sides) without an alarm and without waking up at 4 a.m. prior (first time in weeks!). My hair looked awesome, so that was good.
With all these surprising cupcake feelings I was compelled to put Sonny and Cher on the record player (you can’t be in a bad mood listening to I Got You Babe), which led me to make an egg scramble. You read that correctly. I cooked AND ate breakfast. Two feats that should not go unnoticed. Molly was right. Going grocery shopping and having a stocked fridge does make a more pleasant home.
And now it’s time to put on a bra and possibly some pants, hop on my bike and scoot on down to work where I get to hang out with people that I enjoy working with. I say this because RPA is following my Tumblr. And I actually like my coworkers.
All of this because I starfished. Who knew.
I am a big believer in making people feel appreciated. We don’t do it nearly as much as we should, often taking people’s time and energy for granted. It’s easy to say, hey thanks. I don’t know why we don’t do it more.
Some of the girls in my department (+ one other) and I thought it would be nice to make little gifts for a handful of people who might have been under appreciated over the past couple of months at work. Since I like crafting, I put myself in charge of making the cards. I finally dusted off my craft box (haven’t opened it all year!) and using the wood/rubber blocks, a carver and black ink, these babies were made.
Nathalie’s Day Off:
Succulents. Edison Bulbs. Farmer’s Market Fruit. Biking. Reading. Planting. Wendy’s. Haircut.
Also a bird shat two feet away from me. Today’s the best!
I don’t know how the sun does it but it always puts me in a good mood. I dusted off my bike, attempted to pump up its tires, and gave Astronaut Mike Dexter (my lil Civic) a day off. Though everyone is moaning about moving the clocks forward I love being able to leave work while the sun is still out, like I have a whole day left to fill. And tonight I’m finally busting out the craft box.
I AM NOT MY JOB. And I love it.
Home. I love everything about it.
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So this happened. Josh took me to my first Lakers game yesterday night. Somewhere deep down I feel terrible for cheering on the Lakers but I have to admit that I had a really good time and found myself standing up and cheering as the game came down to a one-point difference. I miss Seattle sports even though our teams were never that great, but I think last night I may or may not have converted a bit of my heart to Los Angeles.
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There’s so much I want to do once this crazy phase of work is over. Depending on how things pan out I might be out of a job and will have plenty of time to accomplish it all. There are many things I have to do - fill out my tax forms, buy a new projector bulb, and install my pendant light - but there are plenty of things I’d like to do - learn how to cook vegetables, dye my hair, and go on a long weekend trip to a cabin near a lake/with tons of hikes/with a hot tub. But I can only get delivery and dream for now.
In other news, I deactivated my Facebook.