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Weekend Warriors: San Diego Bound

Weekend Recap: November 15-16, 2014

It has been one of my missions as an adult to find a “place.” When I was in San Francisco, my friends and I thought we found a bar that would become our place. We’d become regulars and they’d cheer every time we came around. Well that never happened, but that dumb idea still lingers in the back of my dumb head. Here in the L.A. area, the closest I can say to having a “place” is Golden Road Brewery. It’s not terribly close, but it’s worth the drive to drink some good beer in a chill environment. Am I a regular? No. Does anyone there know my name? Nope, not even a little bit. But it’s usually among the first choices thrown out when my best friend is in town and wants to hang…so that’s as close to a “place” as I’m getting. I’ll take it!

On Saturday we made the little over half hour drive to Golden Road to sit, drink some beer and do lots of people watching (which are two of my favorite things…ever). We went into the photobooth and great (read: ugly) memories were made. Example below.



Sunday, Frank, my parents and I decided to make the 2.5 hour drive down to San Diego. Why? Well with the holidays quickly approaching (eeks!), my parents decided that it would be a good time to take a trip before my dad becomes totally consumed by work (my dad works and has worked in the restaurant industry my whole life and the holidays are super stressful and busy for my dad). It’s always fun and encouraging to spend time with my parents. Their relationship is constantly motivating and always leaves me hopeful for what my own marriage will be like after 30 years.


We spent a fun day at Old Town San Diego where we ate some bomb tacos and walked around taking in all the rustic charm that San Diego has to offer. By charm I mostly mean food. Example below!


We ended the night with an AMAZING dinner (yay! more food!) over looking the harbor. It was tiring and well worth it (the sign of any good weekend activity). Until next weekend!



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Weekend Warriors: Overindulgence

Weekend Recap: October 11-12

The motto of this weekend was #treatyoself. Do I regret it? No. Do I regret it? Yeah a little.


I shopped a little too much and ate a little too much. Candy, ice cream, pizza…I ate like an 11 year old kid who’s been left alone for the first time. On a brighter note, I got a cute shirt for less than $10 at the Gap (thanks 40% off sale!), ate some great ice cream and ate lots of candy at Lolli and Pops.



Weekend, you were great but I got stuff to do this week! On to another week.



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Weekend Warriors: Labor Day 2014

Weekend Recap: August 30-September 1, 2014

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This summer just won’t quit. The 100+ weather rolls on here in Southern California and won’t die down for a while. But even though the weather hasn’t let up much, the leaves are starting to fall and you’re starting to see small hints at the upcoming season change.

This Labor Day weekend was a good time to reflect on the summer and to look forward to the upcoming months. The next few months are going to be productive ones for me. I hope to secure a place/date for our wedding. I’ll be purchasing a “new” (or new to me) car. Then at the beginning of the year, Frank and I will be looking for our first place together in L.A.  All while I continue to make writing outside of work a priority. Many. Things. Are. Happening. But I’m feeling energized and hopeful. This Labor Day weekend was a great mix of reflection and goal-setting as well as relaxation.

On Saturday, my best friend and I went to Golden Road Brewery in Glendale and took full advantage of their photo booth. Evidence below.

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The night was spent people watching, drinking beers and eating my weight in fries. Basically – it was the best.

On Sunday, Frank and I checked out our first potential wedding venue. Yeeks! Excitement! It was a beautiful garden space in an inn in faraway Temecula, CA. It was beautiful and gorgeous. Talking to someone in person about the details of our wedding was fun and scary. But I guess that’s all part of being an adult?

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The weekend ended Monday night with margaritas and hot dogs in the backyard. As much as I hate on summer, I’ll miss the summer nights when they’re gone.

Here’s to another week!



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Weekend Warriors: How Far Would You Travel for Some Pupusas?

Weekend Recap: August 16-17, 2014

The weekend has come and gone. One more weekend gone in August (and for anyone keeping count 34 days until fall). I, for one, cannot be more excited for summer to be over. I’ve been driving around for the past few months with a car with no air conditioning. Let me say that again…NO AIR CONDITIONING. In the realm of privileged complaints, I think we can agree no AC in 100 degree weather is the worst.

Anywho, that’s all to say…summer, I’m done with you.

So on to more important things. How far would you travel for some pupusas? As it turns out for me, it’s about 40 miles. So in the car we went (the one where the AC works, thank god) to Paul George’s homeland… Palmdale, CA.

What brought us there? Well besides some delicious pupusas, my little cousin is going off to college next week and what better way to send her off than with a stomach full of dough and cheese. Honestly though, I am very unbelievably proud of her and let her know if she ever finds herself in a field in the middle of night and doesn’t know who to call and pick her up, I’m her girl.

So back to the pupusas. Coming from a family of Salvadoreños, I probably only eat pupusas (the cheese and meat delicacy that will probably be available at a food truck near you some day soon) two or three times a year. Clearly, not rough. In conclusion, pupusas are bomb and I don’t eat them enough. And I need to eat them more.

My mama's hands hard at work.

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Shout out to my tia and my mama for slaving away in the kitchen. The memory of delicious pupusas will be my fuel to get through this next work week.