Tuesday, December 31, 2013

senior ditch day.

guys, i looovvveeeddd high school.
with the kind of real life love that seems to only exist on episodes of the oc and gossip girl.
i was the girl who cried on her graduation day and left all my friends to go off to college kicking and screaming.

so when your 9 year reunion comes up, 
{because 10 years is so last season?}
it would only seem natural that someone with my affinity toward those years in my life would attend.
except when you are handed floor seats to the ducks game 5 minutes before puck drop.
that is when you leave the pretty little dress you feel even carrie bradshaw would steal off your back hanging in the closet, slap on that hockey jersey and go.

because ditching class was always the best part of it all anyway.

Friday, December 27, 2013

hey! i don't know about you.

...it's miserable and magical,
ooohhhh yah!

welcome to the weekend loves.
mine is shaping up to be quite grand,
{minus the company email i sent out today with a typo in the title...c'est la vie!}
hope yours is too.

{photo via pinterest!}

Thursday, December 26, 2013

may your days be merry & bright.

did you have yourself a merry little christmas?
we kicked off the fun with our annual tradition of christmas eve at south coast plaza.

we lunched at the nordies cafe and finished up some last minute shopping for dear friends.
after shopping, i hallmark channeled my life away while doing my christmas cards.

i think i could watch a hallmark movie a day and never grow tired of people falling in love in elevators and christmas tree lots and such.
you too, right? right.
then we headed out for our annual christmas eve dinner.
every year we eat at this one mexican restaurant in town and i tend to get way too giddy over christmas colored chips and salsa.
because i can.

after dinner we drove out to our favorite christmas house to see the lights...

this is the last year this house will be in the neighborhood so we paid homage where homage was due.
i'm purheetttyy sure the astronauts were doing the same, as i don't doubt you can see this house from all aspects of outer space.
and yes, even the grass is covered.

christmas morning did not disappoint.
santa brought me the jersey i have been wanting my whole hockey fan-dom life.

patrick sharp is my absolute favorite player and has been since day 1.
the start of my hockey lovin' life a few years back was a titch unconventional, and by unconventional i mean i picked teams and players at random.
and if i am one thing in life it is loyal.
so once i picked i never strayed.
{even when chicago went down 3-1 against detroit last playoffs}
but the team i picked to love just so happened to go on to win 2 stanley cups in the past 4 years. and the player i picked to adore just so happened to actually be really good at hockey.
with odds like that i'm surprised y'all aren't cramming to take me to vegas!

we took the concept of "christmas jammies" to an entirely new level with these onesies courtesy of my bro & sissy-in-law.

and not to be left out for his fabulous taste in gift giving, my little brother got me a blackhawks pom-pom hat to watch the winter classic in!

probably because he has grown tired of the fact that every time we watch a hockey game i scream, i need a pom-pom hat!
either way, i have one now.

i hope your christmas season continues to bring days that are merry & bright.
soooo excited for new year's eve!
hoping for a big ducks win & a night of sparkle.

Monday, December 23, 2013

sleeping beauty.

with california traffic being well...california traffic,
i am out the door every weekday by 6:45am.
saturdays i teach piano lessons at 8:00am.
and church on sundays doesn't start much later than that.
sooo you have absolutely no idea how excited i am to sleep in for the next 2 days.
sleep. and sleep. and sleeeeep.
and drink lots of diet coke.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

have a holly jolly christmas.

a few instances as of late,
helping to ring in all that holiday cheer:
my favorite restaurant in the area to eat at during the holidays is ricardo's.  the food is not only the yummiest in town, BUT they decorate like it's the last holiday on earth.  and BONUS, it is, in fact, the only spot in town with a cyclops snowman.

my favorite shopping event of the year is finding my dress for new year's eve.  considering i will be spending the first 1/2 of my evening at a hockey stadium surrounded by boys, i wanted my dress for the later part of the eve to be extra girly.  and as you can see, we have sparkly polka dots on ruffles on tulle here folks.
mission accomplished.

speaking of hockey, we are watching games non-stop these days.
they kind of go into this mad dash to get as much in as possible prior to christmas break and me & my hawks high heels are eating it all up.
we don't mind the winning, either.

speaking even more of hockey, this holiday season i discovered jay baruchel is actually my life's soulmate.

the tree.
if the trans-siberian orchestra were personified in a tree it would be the one at our address.
and i mean that in the best way possible guys.

i opened up a mini-target at work for all the people who didn't have time to go out and buy gifts.  
even better: all these toys and about 100 more went to fulfilling santa wishes at a local shelter.

i might have got swept up in the christmas cheer a little tooooo much and purchased this inflatable hello kitty for the house.  
because i'm 12.

i've been having such a blast with my little piano students every saturday morning.  i love their stories and the smiles they get on their faces when i tell them they passed off a song.  i also thoroughly enjoyed the plate of treats they gave me...all 5000 calories of it.

hope this update finds you and yours oh so merry & bright!

Monday, December 16, 2013

final answer? yes.

i am often asked the same thing,
why do you love hockey?
i mean, it is a valid question.
on any given day i enter a room with firmly hairsprayed curls and a full face of makeup.
{and yes people, the eyelashes are fake}
a perfectly placed outfit and sky high heels anywhere between 5-6 inches tall.
my purse always matches that outfit and i could talk celebrity gossip or politics up the ying yang with you given enough diet coke to keep me going.
and it's not really a high maintenance thing, but more of an i loooooove being a girl thing.
even more, i looooove being girly.
pink and frillls and curls and bows and over the top romantic movies make me giggle with happiness.
i enjoy a well done pedicure as much as i don't enjoy camping.
and i own more shades of lipstick than christian has grey.
yet, there are few things that make me happier in life than a damn good hockey game.
and given the former, the later seems perfectly questionable.
a reasonable assumption that my personality and that game just don't go hand in hand

now i could sit here and try to explain that the adrenaline rush you get when your team scores the game winning goal with 17 seconds left is an addiction.
or that fighting is legal in this sport...which is pretty cool.
or that watching grown men go to a time-out box always makes me laugh.
or that hockey fans are the type you can hug after a huge goal having never said a word to them previously in your life.  and then suddenly you have bonded with a stranger over a game that in reality actually means nothing, but still means everything at the same time.
or that it's the only game that can make me so nervous sometimes it is best that i don't actually watch it.
{i might have spent more time in my bed with the covers over my head during last season's playoffs than WATCHING the games}
or that you would be hard pressed to find a professional sporting organization with players and employees that treats their fans better than those of the nhl.
yes, i could sit here and try to explain all that and still...
the question would most likely remain unanswered.

but last night i sat watching the first episode of 
24/7: road to the winter classic.
{a hbo reality show documenting the weeks leading up to the BIG winter classic game on jan 1st.  a HIGH recommendation to anyone wondering what the big deal about hockey is.}
and the introduction left me absolutely speechless minus the exact words i have always tried to find:
this...is why i love hockey.


{photo via pinterest}

Saturday, December 14, 2013

evil did not win.

 last night my internet went out with 8 minutes left in my so terrible it was fantastic netflix christmas movie.
yes, i am one of thoooooose people addicted to corny, ridiculous holiday fare.
so there you have that.
after trying and trying to get the internet up and running, i finally went into desperation mode {also called 3G} and watched the remaining minutes on my iPhone in my living room.
after all was over {they ended up together, phew!} i hopped on facebook for one last minute glance and saw a post from alissa parker.

the name might not be familiar to some, but others might recall that alissa's 6 year old daughter, emilie, was one of the sweet babies killed last year in sandy hook elementary.
and then i remembered that today is the one year anniversary of the shooting.
and i sat by my christmas tree watching the lights sparkle and started to cry.
not just for sweet little emilie, but for the other families who have been facing the unimaginable hardship of losing a child or a sister or a mother without notice in an act of nothing less than pure hatred & evil.
i cried thinking of how a year ago last night they all tucked their kids into bed with the holiday spirit in the air.
and i cried thinking of lives forever changed by something too horrific to fathom.

because i can't fathom it.
i try not to fathom it.
the hole is seemingly too great.
but then i read the latest post on alissa's blog by her husband, robbie.
 the title is the same as above, and the video carries with it the greatest message we could ever learn: 
that evil did not, in fact, win.

earlier this week at a press conference the families asked reporters not visit this weekend and the world to shut off the news.  instead of being glued to the tv, become glued to your own community.
serve and love and make the difference.
because THAT is the true way to honor those now gone.
so today i do just that...
my tv is shut off and i am on my way out to help santa create some christmas magic for 10 people from a local shelter that houses abused women & children.
reading through their lists this week has been nothing short of one of the most humbling experiences of my life.
one sweet girl asked for a cuticle trimmer.
a cuticle trimmer.
do you know how many of those i have laying around every drawer from my bathroom to my bedroom?
and yet, that is the prized possession she hopes for santa to drop off this christmas eve.

the world is a great and funny thing.
but i feel so blessed to live in a space where from the ashes of tragedy can rise hope and good and gratitude.
that i believe in a God who loves and comforts and heals.
and that evil did not win.
because it didn't.
but only we have the power to prove it.


{image via 1millionhearts.sandyhookpromise.org}

Sunday, December 8, 2013

monday eve.

a few happy thoughts at weekend's end:
my dear hawks lost round one of the holy war. 
{that's not the happy part of these thoughts, i know people.}
thankfully, we go duck hunting again in january and i have a sneaky feeling the outcome might be a bit different that time around.

i don't care what any person says, i LOVED the sound of music live on NBC and i haven't stopped listening to the music since.  my girl carrie killed it.  it wasn't perfect...but theatre never is.  funny to think i almost forgot how magical that musical is.

 i have discovered the secret to life is getting 10 hours of sleep every night.  this is impossible to do with the schedule i keep.  but...there you have that.

hallmark christmas movies solve lives.  like tonight, i learned that all these years when i was wondering what i needed to do to find a good guy, what i should have been doing was jumping on my bed and kicking my shoes toward the door and spinning around 3 times every night.  that wisdom is brought to you courtesy of let it snow, the most recent movie off my dvr.

 and if you don't have cable, carbs ALSO solve problems.  you're welcome.

roar was nominated for song of the year at the grammy's.  i would like to think in some way the fact that i purchased it about 20x for various people in my life had something to do with that.

the ladies who run our local chinese take-out spot are some of my favorite people ever.  mainly because they give me extra noodles & fortune cookies.

my little munchkin brother comes home from college this week,
 {he lives in hawaii guys, don't feel sorry for him} 
and i could not be MORE excited to have my bff in crime back.

sometimes when i am out running i forget my music is in my ears only, which means the folks on the trail get a terribly tuned personal concert courtesy of moi.  yesterday is was a lot of "do-re-me'ing".

at the end of the day i think being a nice human is all that really matters.  that and the ounces of diet coke you have consumed.

so happy 2 weeks until christmas, y'all!

{photo courtesy of pinterest!}

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

not so {un}birthday.

now that the birthday celebrating is OFFICIALLY over,
i can't shout out my thank yous enough to everyone who made everything so incredibly fun and special.
i am consistently amazed at the good people i have who surround every angle of my life.

thee pre-birthday friday morning kicked off without an alarm,
{yes, i actually took a day off of work. shocker, i know!}
i got right into things baking my birthday cake of dreams and then it was off to lunch & shopping.
and okay, i DID swing by my office to pick something up, but it was a birthday present so please forgive. i'm just greedy like that.
after a late morning out and about i spent my afternoon decorating my cake,
{3 hours to be exact} 
and then got my pretty on for the big party.

i dragged the absolute loves of my life to see the game of my life as the ducks took on the lightening at the honda center.

 i can't tell you how warm & happy it made me to look down 2 rows and see nothing but my favorite people watching hockey with me.
one of the things i kept imagining leading up to the game was worst case scenarios:
1.) the ducks lose to tampa without scoring. 
{you HAVE GOT to hear that goal horn to know the fun hockey can offer}
2.) no one would score the entire game. 
{this has never happened to me, i was being dramatic}
so imagine my surprise when...
yep, apparently i wasn't being dramatic because we were in a 0-0 tie by the end of 3 fights and 60 minutes of play.
so we went into one of my favorite/most gut wrenching parts of hockey: sudden death overtime.
from a technical perspective, we needed to score in overtime because with the way the tampa bay goalie was playing - we wouldn't survive a shootout.
from a fun perspective - shootouts are pretty grand.
but to save a bad ending on my big day, the ducks scored with FIVE seconds left in overtime for the big birthday win.
you couldn't even hear the goal horn sound because the cheering was SO loud.
it was the perfect ending.
i couldn't have written it better myself.

after the game we headed over to my house for dinner and dessert and presents, all accompanied to a 100% katy perry soundtrack.

after the mountain of sparkly apparel and girly accessories and blackhawks gear had been unopened it was pretty apparent my people know me to the core of my soul!
{i mean, i'm now the proud owner of a sparkly calvin klein winter hat AND a blackhawks rug...yes, A RUG!}

thee actual birthday morning was kicked off with our family tradition of going out to the christmas tree farm in the hills.
i always love running through the trees trying to grab the perfect tree before someone else claims it as sold.
this year i wore the wrong shoes {story of my life}, so there was a little less running on my part, but we found the tree anyway.
then it was off to family breakfast at this brand new restaurant in town, the broken yoke.
best customer service i have received in a LONG time, so if you have one in your area GIVE IT A TRY.
i got home and was surprised by a delivery of thee MOST beautiful boquet of flowers from one of my best friends who couldn't celebrate with us on friday night.
suuuuheriously, i have the best people ever.
that afternoon i took a 3 1/2 hour, i-work-really-hard-in-my-life-and-totally-want-to-be-lazy-on-my-birthday, nap.
and then to my complete surprise, my brother & sister-in-law picked me up last minute for a night of fun and surprises.

they took me to the cheesecake factory for dinner and then 10,000 calories later we headed to see catching fire.
all the while being super kind and letting me check the hockey scores every 10 seconds  
{hawks AND ducks won...hip happy birthday to me!}

after the movie we walked back to the car from downtown disney rather than taking the tram.
the sky was perfectly clear from the rain earlier and from the top of the parking structure you could see the lights of downtown los angeles! {you know me and city lights}
and i thought to myself...life sure doesn't get any better than this.

so, once again, to everyone who contributed to celebrating with me...thank you, thank you, thank you.
i'm so glad you and i fit so perfectly like we do.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

winter wonderland.

ohhhhh hello december.
so glad we meet again.