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Last Weekend in my Thirties

This year, 2016, has just been a shitshow.  Giant Asterisk, of course:  Getting married and going on our honeymoon in September was pretty sweet.  But other than that, it’s hard to look fondly at 2016.  And here I am having the last weekend of my thirties and while I’m not considering jumping out of a window it still is kind of like a big WTF.  How did we get from this:

When I turned 30
When I turned 30

to this?

My face when thinking about turning 40
My face when thinking about turning 40

The 10 years in between have gone by like crazy.  Is it really possible that I ended up living in NYC and New Jersey for a stretch, met the love of my life, and then ended up back in Los Angeles?  That all really happened, didn’t it?  I guess it did, and this here website kind of showed all those details too.  Still blows my mind though.  And maybe those 10 years didn’t exactly go by in the blink of an eye, but now that I’m at the precipice of 40?  Sometimes it feels like it.  40 is the new 30, though, so it’s all good. Continue reading Last Weekend in my Thirties

We Moved!

I had a good long run going for updates on the site….not a perfect run, but definitely a very active and responsible run.  But then, moving happened and now look at me.  Well, no time for excuses – it’s been hectic and exhausting moving to Glendale but it has been completely worth all of the stress and exertion.  Larry & I love our new place and I think we are about 70% of the way towards it being livable.  We’ve gone and installed tons of shelving and organization to make things fit, we’ve gotten rid of even more stuff, we even ended up getting a storage unit as it was just too hard to say “trash everything that won’t fit.”

Work has also been good, although I am still not officially on an “engagement” at this point, but I am poised to be involved in hopefully two different ones.  I’m probably in the boat of “be careful what you wish for” as I am enjoying not having to travel all that much.  But I’m sure it’s coming.  I’ve been loving the SHIT out of riding the Metrolink into Union Station and taking the Red Line to work.  I can’t tell you how little the commute stresses me out now that I don’t even have to deal with the 110 or the 101 at all.  Like, I’m not on the freeways.  My drive is up and down Central in Glendale, which can feel like a fucking demolition derby at times, but hey, that is STILL better than the stupid DTLA freeway jam.  Believe that.

Alright, so lots of pictures below.  Enjoy, or not.  And I pledge to be a little more frequent and active on this site.  I miss it too!

March 28, 2015 – Moving Day!

28-Mar-2015 07:55, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 40
28-Mar-2015 07:56, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 40
28-Mar-2015 07:56, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 2.65mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200
 
28-Mar-2015 09:08, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 125
28-Mar-2015 09:09, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 80
28-Mar-2015 09:09, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 32
 
28-Mar-2015 09:11, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 32
28-Mar-2015 09:11, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
28-Mar-2015 09:12, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 32
 
28-Mar-2015 09:14, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 32
28-Mar-2015 09:15, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 32
28-Mar-2015 09:15, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 32
 
28-Mar-2015 11:23, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 32
28-Mar-2015 11:23, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 32
28-Mar-2015 11:23, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 32
 

March 29, 2015 – Storage Unit Day!

29-Mar-2015 10:17, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 32
29-Mar-2015 11:23, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 2.65mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 40
29-Mar-2015 15:38, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 40
 
29-Mar-2015 15:39, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.042 sec, ISO 250
29-Mar-2015 15:39, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 250
29-Mar-2015 15:39, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 320
 
29-Mar-2015 15:39, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 320
29-Mar-2015 15:39, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.042 sec, ISO 250
29-Mar-2015 15:39, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 64
 
29-Mar-2015 16:49, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 64
 

March 30, 2015 – Reducing the Trash Day!

30-Mar-2015 12:59, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 50
30-Mar-2015 12:59, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.042 sec, ISO 250
30-Mar-2015 13:41, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 125
 
30-Mar-2015 13:41, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 250
30-Mar-2015 13:42, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 32
 

April 2, 2015 – DTLA and Metrolink Pics Day!

02-Apr-2015 12:48, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
02-Apr-2015 12:48, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, ISO 32
02-Apr-2015 17:50, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 32
 
02-Apr-2015 17:52, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 32
02-Apr-2015 17:52, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 32
02-Apr-2015 17:53, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 32
 
02-Apr-2015 17:53, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 32
02-Apr-2015 17:53, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 32
 

April 4, 2015 – IKEA and Home Improvement Day!

04-Apr-2015 12:57, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
04-Apr-2015 12:57, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
04-Apr-2015 16:00, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 64
 
04-Apr-2015 16:01, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 40
04-Apr-2015 16:07, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200
04-Apr-2015 16:07, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 125
 
04-Apr-2015 16:17, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 250
04-Apr-2015 16:29, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.042 sec, ISO 250
04-Apr-2015 16:45, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 64
 
04-Apr-2015 17:20, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200
04-Apr-2015 17:20, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 40
04-Apr-2015 18:50, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200
 
04-Apr-2015 18:51, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 160
04-Apr-2015 19:48, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 160
04-Apr-2015 20:10, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 160
 

April 5, 2015 – More Improvements Day!

05-Apr-2015 09:47, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 160
05-Apr-2015 09:47, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 40
05-Apr-2015 10:37, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 80
 
05-Apr-2015 10:37, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100
05-Apr-2015 11:40, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 125
05-Apr-2015 18:09, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
 
05-Apr-2015 18:09, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
05-Apr-2015 18:30, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100
05-Apr-2015 19:00, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200
 
05-Apr-2015 19:48, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 32
 

Who Me, Stressed?

This week was my first one in which I’d spend the entire week at work without any bit of training, even a 1-day jaunt to Atlanta! So the beginning of the week was me first having a bit of a stress-out realizing that I have to start making things happen!  Guess what?  Things started happening and I’ve been fairly busy this week – it’s a great feeling.  I don’t feel totally useless.  I love it.

Also?  I was chatting with one of my fellow managers at work and she told me about taking the Metrolink into DTLA, and she pointed out that there’s a Glendale station I could be using.  You know what?  I knew that – but I totally didn’t associate it as an option for me to go to work.  But guess what?  It totally DOES work.  I started researching that option and I found out that a Metrolink pass is also a Metro Rail pass, so I can ride the LA subways, light rails and buses.  HELLS yeah!  Back to Riding the Rails for me!  Although what my route will be is driving to the Glendale Metrolink station, taking the Metrolink train nonstop into Union Station (Glendale is the next stop from Union Station), then transfer to the Red Line and go to 7th/Metro Center and then walk a block.  It may end up taking slightly longer in the morning BUT in the afternoons it will be completely worth avoiding the nightmarish 110 North traffic.  Also also!  PwC works with LA Rideshare and I’ll get reimbursed almost the entire cost of a monthly pass!  Tomorrow morning will be my first trial run to see how it all works out.  I plan on making it work regardless but I figured even before moving that it would be fun to use the rails and avoid Thursday insanity on the freeways.

In the map below, you can see the gold/green line that goes through Glendale on its way to DTLA.  Yay!

metrolinkoptionOh, and then of course, the other source of stress this week!  We’re moving!  This weekend!  I may need to take some mind-altering substances to remain calm – JUST KIDDING.  I can’t wait to be done.  We ended up deciding to get a storage unit anyway, even with the massive amount of junk disposal we’ve done.  It has to be done.  It’s nice to know we have that in our back pocket.

Larry went by the place this afternoon and they finished painting the two accent walls we wanted done.  This timeline is really working out well!  Here are some pics he took:

25-Mar-2015 11:10, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 32
25-Mar-2015 11:10, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 32
 

Completely random pic time – my walk in the mornings has included being able to see the Wilshire Grand building as it gets built.  I took a picture of it three weeks ago and then one on Monday.  It’s already grown 2 stories!  At least its inner superstructure.  This building will be the tallest building on the west coast when it’s done and it will look pretty stunning when complete in a few years:

wilshiregrandThe poor PwC building will look so small next to it!  Anyway, here’s what the Wilshire Grand looks like now, as well as three weeks ago.  You can see they’ve conveniently numbered the floors as they build them:

12-Mar-2015 08:59, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, ISO 32
24-Mar-2015 08:46, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
 

We’ve finally been able to start watching Netflix’ newer shows!  House of Cards is obviously good and we’re 2 episodes in, but the show I think both Larry & I are REALLY in love with is Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.  It’s amazing and sooo funny.  That’s not too surprising since it comes from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, the people directly responsible for 30 Rock.  Ellie Kemper is awesome and the return of Jane Krakowski to my television is most welcome.  Carol Kane is also in this and that just makes this show magic.  Plus the theme song is just hilarious and seems directly reminiscent of the following: