Allowing myself a much-belated “looking back” post, I wanted to share just a few pictures from a quick side-trip to Hearst Castle that I took on New Year’s Eve. It’s a landmark that I’ve wanted to visit for years, though far enough from Los Angeles to deter thoughts of a day-trip. But during a super short getaway to Paso Robles, I was able to spend half a day at La Cuesta Encantada before heading home. I love Citizen Kane, Charlie Chaplin, Cary Grant, etc. — really, all matters of the Golden Age of Hollywood — and I was so excited to visit a place that was a go-to spot for so many cultural icons that I adore.
My photography “skills” are still very much on a steep uphill learning curve, but my first visit there was enchanting and so these pictures are quite special to me. Except for the first one; I make no excuses for the cellphone photo!
With it being over a week into 2014, and my new routines starting to take shape, it seemed time to finally reclaim this blogging hobby I once enjoyed so much. And the topic to get things started is, fittingly, resolutions.
Never having been a particularly “goal-oriented” person (that’s one phrase you won’t find in my cover letters), I want to challenge myself, but need to be realistic. As much as I’d like to lose weight or have more money, can I truly stick with losing X pounds, or saving Y dollars? Probably not. Instead, I’ve come up with the following list of concrete experiences and activities that I believe tie in broader goals I’d like to achieve.
A good effort to achieve these goals will hopefully have positive effects in the general areas I’d like to improve. I hope also any physical improvements will also positively affect my mental state as well. This is also the first year in which I am no longer a student, which means I must work harder than ever to reach results. However, in spite of the Great Unknown and many the changes that will inevitably come, both expected and unforeseen, I am more optimistic going into this year than I have been in a long, long time.
I used to be one of those people that never win anything — ever. This changed when I was one of the lucky fans invited to attend USA Network’s Modern Family Fan Appreciation Day a couple of days ago. A whole day with my BFF and all things Pritchett/Dunphy/Tucker-Pritchett? Yes please!
“Modern Family” has become a rather big part of my life in the last couple of years, because of the light-hearted escapism it provides. And my extremely addictive personality led me to become quickly obsessed. And this day was a nice escape from the “real world”. You can find more about the day with this overview and highlights from the Q&A, but here’s some of the fun we had, brought to you by my iPhone.
Like waiting in line for most of the afternoon. Hats were awarded for getting 3 of 5 trivia questions correct.
The event staff was amazing and kept things super fun. They had carts with swag (sunglasses, card decks, etc.) and cutouts to take pictures with the characters.
The Regency Village Theatre is quite beautiful. The ceiling was lovely.
The cast enters the theatre — look it’s the Dunphys!
Table reading and Q&A.
Ending with a presentation of the season 2 Halloween episode.
Event staff would pop up at the magic word (candy) and throw candy at us. I got beaned in the face with a fun size Milky Way.
The end of a fun day with the “family” and a fun little Halloween celebration.
“The most amazing things that can happen to a human being will happen to you, if you just lower your expectations.”
Last week, my best friend and I went to the LA County Fair when they had free admission with a donation of school supplies. I’d never been, but I loved both the Orange County and the San Diego County fairs (especially since Del Mar is beautiful, and I’d gone during the International Beer Festival), and wanted to see what it would be like around here. Even though the LA fair is so much bigger, I’d always avoided it because others always mentioned it being much more crowded. However, it was the last week during the weekday, so the crowd wasn’t at all bad, and I ended up having a blast.
I dream of being able to take great photos someday, so I’m always looking for opportunities to practice and what is more fun to photograph than a fair? I still got caught up in the festivities and excitement and ended up with only a few pictures, but I’m already looking forward to next year!
I don’t prefer any season over the others, but I do enjoy reading about how fall is everyone else’s favorite, what with those boots and scarves and all. But the truth is, I’m impressionable and spend too much time browsing Pinterest, so I’ve gotten pretty excited about the idea of autumn festivities. Here are some seasonal activities that seem like fun to do before December 21:
Oops. I really should’ve just waited and posted this as a “Halloween To Do” list, but it looks like November will be free and clear. Who wants to go Christmas shopping?