Cheap Date

August 31, 2009

Hanna has been one of my bestest and closest friends since 6th grade. We went to elementary school and high school together, played soccer and fell in loveee. Tonight we had a great cheap date. We saw THE PROPOSAL for$2. Yep, that's right, two bucks! Accidentally (but fortunately) found the cheapest theater near my job in Old Town Pasadena. The movie was so cute and funny. I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. Then we split a salad and appetizer for less than $15 each and topped it off with some yummy 21 Choices (conveniently next to Forever 21 but unfortunatley closed). Then while talking about the scary current events (fires, kidnapping, and deaths) we were hit up for money and then "love and comfort." Yeah the weirdest things happen. But I love this girl.
last summer in Vegas (bc this summer's pic isn't as good)
Winter 2006 (because the 6th grade pic isn't as good!)

Ready or Not

August 28, 2009

Can you believe summer is practically over? Seriously where did these past few months go? Unfortunately not much is going on for me this weekend. Possible some shopping, maybe some baking, definitely some studying. The fires in San Gabriel Valley have been awful. I can see the flames from work and the air quality is just horrible. Thank god for the firefighters! Hopefully it will be better soon.

Happy weekend everyone! Hope your plans are more exciting than mine!

missing 2409

August 26, 2009

Today is Wednesday, but not just any Wednesday. It's the first day of school at Berkeley. But I'm not there. It feels so strange to not be going back and I miss all my girls up there. It seems like so long ago since I was there, running around Berkeley with them, and being little sillies.
headbangers ball..finally
one of the last nights with our babies
and now we're grads

mal & me, beginning of Fall '08

When am I going to get used to the idea of growing up? I'm ready to be a big kid but I still miss college. Pathetic? No. Understandable.

those stupid butterflies

August 25, 2009

I hate how sometimes my nerves get the best of me. I had a job interview today for an internship that I really really want (I don't want to jinx it with the details). I'm just hoping that I came across the right way. Sometimes when I get nervous I talk too much..or too fast. It's hard though and I just hope it will get easier with time and more interviewing experiences. I was seriously sitting in the office, literally feeling my heart beat like crazy, and telling myself to take deep breaths and count to three. I just need to not overthink it, and be confident in myself. So, we'll see. Matthew was trying to calm me down and give me an extra confidence boost beforehand. It was a sweet effort and I'll admit it did help a little bit (which says a lot). It reminded me of how nervous I was on my first date with Matthew. And now I don't get nervous at all (just excited). But I was so nervous on our coffee date. I couldn't sit still, I kept re-evaluating my outfit. It was hectic but worth it. And it all worked out. So hopefully this interview will also!

making it worth it

August 23, 2009

Some of my least favorite things:
Sitting in traffic when you're the anxious person I am
Having a song or word in my mind that I can't remember the name of
Getting a cold that lasts a little too long (yes, the sinusitis is still causing trouble)
Feeling sad about growing up and the uncertainty of what I'm going to do with my life
Saying goodbye to you.

Matthew, thank you for another amazing weekend. I wish you didn't have to go. But I love you so much for driving down to be with me and my crazy family. Thanks for bringing me cupcakes to work (even though they were from the competitor of my favorite shop). Thank you for going to the Dodger game with me (even though you hate baseball). Thank you for interview drivebys, shoe shopping advice, too much Mexican food, Oreo cheesecake, dealing with the red lipstick and for kissing me anyways. You're my favorite for so many reasons and you make all the small things worth it.

cupcake+coffee+lunch date+matthew=happy

August 21, 2009

What a great day! And it's only 2:30! Matthew drove down yesterday. Unfortunately his little car blew out a tire which caused significant delays. We think Rolfe is acting up because he's aware of Matthew's current search for a cheaper replacement. Nevertheless, he made it! Today we went to Father Nature near work for lunch and had a vegetarian falafal wrap. It was pretty good, not as good as the one in Paris though! ((sigh) I want to go back there) Matthew also surprised me with an iced coffee and cupcakes from the nearby bakery. sweet and delicious!

Tonight we're going to the Dodger's game (vs. the Cubs). We're not huge baseball fans but my friend Mal got us tickets from her work. And I think the seats are good + there's free parking (it's ridiculously overpriced). So that should be fun! Oh and maybe sushi for dinner! I'm excited! (can you tell?)

Happy Friday!


August 18, 2009

LDR...as in long distance relationship. Is it worth it? Well I think it depends. People are always asking how Matthew and I do it and it's definitely hard but we're luckier than some other LDR couples. For one we have a two week rule. Either I go up or he comes down for a weekend every two weeks (preferably less). Sometimes we can work our schedules to our benefit. Like when he worked in the LA office for a week. It was so nice to see each other every day for 9 days. But it's definitely a sacrifice.

Sure, I wish we were in the same city. But I'm looking forward to the fact that it will happen sooner rather than later. Our LDR situation is only temporary, and so right now I can handle it. If you love a person enough then you deal with what you have to. I know a lot of people who have been in long distance relationships and it hasn't worked. And it really depends on a lot of factors: whether both people are willing to sacrifice the time and put in the effort. It's hard and it definitely sucks at times but if it's the only option for right now of course I'll deal with it. I try and make it easier. We talk a lot- gchat and text throughout the day and a longer conversation at night. So while we may not see each other on a daily basis we still feel like we are in each other's lives. But, yes, I am so ready to be in the same city as him. There's a puppy in it for me too (he promised!)
aw look at that face! (Matthew's too!)

If I was there with you I would...

August 17, 2009

give you a biiiiig hug and a hollywood kiss
say "snnk snnk" a couple times
make you watch thatembarrassingshowthati'mobsessesdwith
drag you to the dog park.. or the puppy breeders
give you thatembarrassingbookthati'mobsessedwith so you can start reading it ASAP!
make you tomato soup since you've been craving it
and tell you how much I love you

But I suppose I'll have to wait until Friday for most of that. Week, hurry up already!


August 16, 2009

Where did the time go?
It feels like just yesterday that I graduated and now my friends are heading back up to Berkeley to start a new year. I've gone to school for the past 16 years and now I'm done-at least for awhile. It feels weird. Getting older is a strange feeling but I'm definitely excited about all that's to come. Right now I can look forward to seeing Matthew in four days!

lights: high and low

August 15, 2009

While I may seem like a complete loser for staying in on a Saturday night I swear I'm not. I'm just thinking about the best interest of my health, honest! To prove it here are some +&- of my day (to prove I wasn't a totally unproductive girl).

+ bra shopping- a necessity that I've been avoiding...bc let's face it sometimes the necessary things aren't the ones you want to splurge on
+ bought a set of Calpahlon pots and pans. Originally $630(already a discount compared to buying each individually) for...drum roll please...$150!! Amazing deal seriously! My IKEA ones were crap and one alone cost $30. This is a 12 piece set my friends and you know Williams Sonoma only stocks the best.
+ convinced my younger brother to get a haircut. It looks amazing and he promised I can come with him every time he goes now! (pictures to come)
+ chocolate mousse for dessert ala Julia Child
- spilled chocolate on my dress (lesson: don't eat while watching TV AND surfing the Internet)
- my pants aren't fitting as well bc of the new french cooking obsession
- shampoo in eyes
- mint shampoo...
+ spending time with my family. Love them lots!!

See I'm not a total loser! Maybe a little but definitely not 100%


22nd Birthday

During my 22nd birthday extravaganza weekend (June 8, 2009) we went to Monterey, CA. Here are some of the cute pictures that ensued.

working the coin machine
touching the sting ray
wave zone

scared? unlikely!

Random Food Writings

August 14, 2009

Well, I think I'm finally kicking this cold. I still have a stuffy nose which is pretty embarrassing to blow in public but whatever. I saw Julie and Julia yesterday with my family. It was a cute movie and my dad loved it- being the amazing cook that he is. So tonight I helped him with dinner. We made poached sole with parissiene sauce (butter, wine, fish stock, milk..I can't remember what else). It was a complicated endeavour but it was really good. And we made potato and leek soup which is amazing. I think it's probably my favorite soup. It's so comforting and creamy (it's all blended together). Sooo good! I want to make it for Matthew one day.

That's a fun thing about Matthew is that he hasn't tried a lot of the foods that I have. So it's always really cute when he tries something for the first time. Like he never had mussels until 8 months ago! But at least he's open to trying new things. I don't think I would be too happy if he was a picky eater.

One last random fact: I doodle Matthew's name in LSAT class. I feel like a 13 year old girl, even though I never used to do that! Kinda cute, kind silly. Anyways, happy Friday!


August 13, 2009

This is my boyfriend. I love him a lot. Especially when he gets me the perfect drink from Peet's!

we love zushi

August 12, 2009

On top- Killer Josh. On bottom- Butter Face

Yes, we are definitely those people. You know those ones obsessed with a certain kind of food from a certain restaurant. We are huuge sushi people. But the funny thing is that nothing compares to Zushi Puzzle in the Marina. It's the best! We actually went there on our first real date- after the preliminary coffee date. It's crazy to think back on how much I've changed in regards to my love for sushi. I used to be anti-wasabi and anti-ginger... now I love both. And I used to shy away from the spicy rolls. I actually had to get used to it though because when Matthew ordered one (like the Spicy Tuna Roll at Yoshi's) I couldn't say no. It was too new. Now of course I would protest, if of course, I hadn't gotten used to it. We are regulars now at Zushi- hugs and free sake included. We have definitely acheived the primier status we were searching for oh so long.

march 8, 2008

March 8th 2008 (I have a habit of thinking it was 2007) was one of the greatest days ever. It was a Saturday. I was in Berkeley, much anticipating going out in SF that evening. The main reason: I was going to meet Matthew. My friend Alice had been trying to get us to meet for awhile and this was finally it. There were a couple bumps during the day: 1) I got a sunburn that made me look like a lobster and 2) It was a hassle getting my friends rallied for a city outing. Why? Who knows. It's not SF is that far away (20 min driving) but I guess we were used to walking around Berkeley and not needing to deal with the DD situation.

But it all worked out. We were at the Mighty and then I saw him. I don't like the term "love at first site" but it was pretty close. I was definitely struck. A couple awkward conversations ("What's your major?" etc) later, a rather obvious (at least to me) hair stroke, and a kiss on the cheek later I was smitten. Of course, I didn't really think he would call but of course 2 days later there was a voice mail on my phone. And that's how it began...pretty much.

One of the early pictures. I'll spare the ones from March 8th where I look like Sebastian's sister.

i miss my favorite

August 10, 2009

I had the most wonderful weekend with Matthew in SF...except for the cold I picked up along the way. So now I am in LA, lonely, missing my boyfriend and feeling crappy. I just have to remember what a great time we had. Friday night he picked me up from the airport with roses! It was so sweet and unexpected. Well, actually I don't know if the last part is true. I definitely had an inkling of a feeling something was going on when he told me he had to run some errands before he picked me up. But of course I didn't want to jump to any conclusions. Pictures to post tonight including zushi, the perfect drink and some randoms.

The Beginning

August 7, 2009

So as I'm counting down the hours (3 hours and 12 minutes to be exact) until I see Matthew I can't help but think how incredibly lucky I am. Lucky to be with someone as wonderful as he is. Our temporary long-distance is definitely getting to me but being with him is worth it. I decided I wanted to start a blog to highlight our relationship. It will be something special I can do while we are apart-between the visits. We'll see how long I can keep this up, but I thought this would be a fun thing to do for us. I'll post pictures and share stories from all our crazy adventures. And, don't worry, I'll explain his temporary cane later ;)

Love, Mara

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