Sunday, June 30, 2013

what we did//may 2013 - part III

MAY27MON For Memorial Day we went to Peter's friend's house and had mexican food for lunch. We grilled meat and had rice, guac, chips and salsa. We sat outside and talked about random things for a while. The guys went outside to shoot a basketball around and play horse (and I played a few rounds). The loser of the guys had to go get bubble tea for us (I got yogurt bubble tea) but we didn't have straws so we ate it with spoons. After bubble tea we played scattergories which got really intense. Me and Peter were on one team and we had lots of fun. Me and Peter won! A bunch of other people came over so we ended up playing a huge game with probably around 20 people which got pretty crazy. After a few more rounds we left for home.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

exciting blog news!

I am so thrilled to share that I will be a guest project life artist for Paislee Press (one of my favorite bloggers!). I'll be writing a post for her blog in October! 

Seriously one of my favorites and so unbelievably excited and honored. My first big (to me) break.

Friday, June 28, 2013

what we did//may 2013 - part II





























MAY26SUN Anthony and Shani get married! Peter left early to get ready with the groomsmen, take wedding photos and take care of last minute details. I slept in and then got ready for the ceremony. Peter's friends picked me up and we drove to Pasadena where the wedding was. We got to the church a little early and I saw Peter in his suit (yay real clothes!) and took some pictures with his family. We signed the guestbooks and then got seated. The church was really pretty and the ceremony itself was the perfect length (no hour-long sermons). I think we all really enjoyed the message and their vows were really sweet (they wrote their own). After the ceremony, the reception started pretty much right away with dinner which was nice because we didn't have to wait (at some weddings you wait hours!). Guests walked over from the church to the Pasadena Masonic Temple for the reception but me and Peter drove since he had to take his car. Peter was super nervous all week but he was like really freaking out the day of and especially as the reception was starting. His friends and I all teased him but reassured him that he would be fine (which he was). Peter left to meet the rest of the wedding party for the entrance and the guests were allowed to eat from the buffet right away (awesome). Maybe I'll have a buffet at mine. With korean food + chipotle + ice cream. Peter asked me to get a plate with a lot of food so I did and people were totally judging me not only because it was my second plate, but it was literally overflowing. Of course, Peter didn't touch any of it since he was too preoccupied with the wedding and speech. After the wedding party and A + S walked in, there were toasts and speeches. Peter's was really really good and I think the newlywed couple really enjoyed it. There was lots of laughing (totally reminded me of Sisters' Night). He got lots of comments and compliments after about how it was great it was. The scary part was over and we enjoyed the rest of the night watching the slideshow and taking photos in the photobooth. At the end of the night, we helped break down the stage and load everything into the cars. Me and Peter stopped by the hotel to get/drop of stuff and met A + S to walk over to the afterparty. We walked to Vertical Wine Bistro in Old Pas and had drinks, margherita pizza, garlic fries and wedding cake (or at least I think it was the wedding cake). I ate a lot of fries. And a lot of cake. We stayed for a little bit and then wished them a safe and wonderful honeymoon (they were leaving the next day!) and then left. We stopped by the hotel to get Peter's clothes and things and then drove home. Peter was tired and falling asleep while we were driving so we played our usual game (that helps keep us awake since the freeway to and from Pasadena is twisty and kind of dangerous), taking turns naming words from A-Z from a chosen category (almost always biology/medical terms). We made it home in one piece. Peter's relatives were over so I sat with them for a little bit and then went to the cave where I sleep (...that sounds really odd...). I showed Peter the recording of his speech and other pictures from the night. Then I passed out (from exhaustion, not alcohol just to be clear).

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

what we did//may 2013 - part I
















MAY23THU On Thursday morning, I flew from San Jose to LA where Peter picked me up (with flowers!). We stopped by home for a bit, dropped off my stuff and I met Peter's brother Anthony and his fiance Shani for the first time. We went to go get Thai for lunch and then Peter had to work for part of the day so I waited for him at Robeks which will now be my go-to smoothie place in California. I made a custom smoothie with grapefruit juice base + raspberry sherbet + peach (I think the third fruit was peach...?). I wandered around to kill some time and then picked up a drink for Peter when he was done with work. After work, we went to dinner with Peter's parents + Anthony + Shani to celebrate and toast to their marriage. After dinner, we met up with some of Peter's friends for drinks.

MAY24FRI On Friday, I think we ate breakfast at home and then went to go run errands with Peter's brother for the wedding. We stopped by Zipcar where they had an awesome book about dogs and then we drove to Pasadena to go get the rental AV equipment for the reception. Not everything fit in the car so me and Peter wandered around Pasadena while Anthony took the stuff back home. We went to Bittersweet Treats where I got a raspberry lavender panna cotta and an oatmeal raisin cookie and then went back for blondie. Peter got a cherry coke. We stopped by a few other stores (a scary thrift store, a dollar store, a phone store and a strange gaming place) and then hung out at Starbucks until Peter's brother got back. We all went to Top's for a late lunch and then drove home. We hung out at home for a little and Peter's dad made steak for dinner. Me and Peter went to Pinkberry at night and then probably CVS since we go there almost every day.

MAY25SAT I think we ate something at home in the morning and then headed to Pasadena for the bachelor party where Peter was meeting with the other groomsmen for the afternoon. I hung out in Old Pasadena (went to Lush, had lunch, got coffee, went to Paper Source and read books at Barnes). I met Peter at the rehearsal dinner here with all of his family and rest of the wedding party. After dinner, we worked on last minute edits for his speech and then went to sleep.

Friday, June 21, 2013

summer solstice

Today is summer solstice. It marks the longest day of the entire year. It also marks the first day of summer (finally). But it also means that every day, starting tomorrow, the days get shorter and shorter by a few minutes. I'm really not sure how I feel about this... how can the first day of summer mark the shortening of our sunlit days and (secretly) the onset of winter?! The weather has been crazy and I feel like I've been waiting and waiting for summer to arrive here in Chicago. It's been cold and rainy with some days so hot that the air literally feels heavy and I get three shades darker from standing outside in the sun for 20 minutes (true story). Summer, to me, always means long long days where the sun doesn't leave us until very late in the evening and the nighttime breeze stays hot (unlike LA). But while I was waiting for summer to arrive, I didn't realize that the days were going to get shorter and the sun wouldn't stay out as long. I don't know why but it makes me so sad, maybe because winter was so long here this year. Where has the time gone? I think I might be crazy (along with sad and confused).

How did you spend your summer solstice? 

ps. be sure to catch the biggest full moon of the year this weekend (Saturday)