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I hadn’t taken a photo all day. I was cleaning up some sewing stuff, preparing to head off to bed soon after. I was about to take another iPhone photo when I somehow convinced myself to dust off my dslr camera and external flash. Sweet Bailey was lounging in his chair and I couldn’t resist taking a photo of my darling sleeping cat.

Day 147/365 - Sleeping Bailey

Sleeping Bailey

I only took four shots (one with the incorrect light setting) and it took hardly any time.

Note to self: Use your real camera more often.

The iPhone is perfect for capturing in the moment happenings, like this one*

Day 117/365

Gimme my damn beer!

but it can’t beat a dslr camera in picture quality, especially indoors in crappy lighting.

*Before all the animal abuse groups start contacting me about being a terrible cat guardian, no alcohol was actually consumed by Bailey. He was just licking the top of the bottle.


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I can’t believe so many days have passed by between posts about my progress on the 365 photos project. Here is a mosaic of photos I took recently. Descriptions of each photo are on Flickr if you are so inclined to know what is going on in each photo.

Days 47-55 Mosaic

1. Day 47/365, 2. Day 48/365, 3. Day 49/365, 4. Day 50/365, 5. Day 51/365, 6. Day 52/365, 7. Day 53/365, 8. Day 54/365, 9. Day 55/365

I have given up on the “Purple Theme” for the month of February. Seriously, if I had kept up with it, you’d probably see 20 shitty photos of ugly purple flowers. Since I truly enjoy taking photos of my cat, I have reverted to taking a lot more photos of my sweet Bailey. In order to not bore my small readership, my goal from this point forward is to take photos of him in different positions and situations.

Only two of the photos in the above mosaic were taken with my dlsr and one of them actually didn’t come out that well despite using an external flash. My kitchen definitely has the worst lighting and I had a lot of difficulty figuring out how to best bounce the flash while still lighting the subject (my cat) with a dark background directly behind him. (wedding photography is so far out of my reach…..bleeerrrrggg.) Four of my iphone photos were edited using a filter and I actually like how all of them turned out, although I do admit that using a filter feels like cheating. Does anyone else feel this way? The remaining 3 photos were taken with my iphone and edited using Snapseed, which I discovered is free! I want to do a future post on some before/after comparison with using Snapseed. The floral photo from Day 50 is a good example that I will use.

Is it just me or has February FLOWN by? March arrives this Friday! This part of the year always bums me out because it feels like all I do is work. The next work holiday isn’t until Memorial Day…..waaaahhh! I have a lot of vacation time saved up (4 weeks!), but I’m just not quite ready to splurge on an awesome vacation. Recently I was talking to my coworkers about low cost vacations and they gave me a great idea. Actually, they pretty much planned my itinerary. I ran it by my husband and he seemed pretty excited as well since it would cover spots that neither of us have visited. Hopefully we can go on this vacation in late March or early April; I gotta plan it around some upcoming submittals. Ok, is “submittal” really not a word? Because we use it ALL THE TIME in my line of field.

Enjoy the last week of February, everyone!

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I finally failed my own monthly challenge of taking photos of purple in the month of February. Next time I do a color theme, I will make it a once-a-week challenge. I would rather take photos that are meaningful to me, than a photo of a particular thing just because I *have* to. Since all of the photos taken during the workweek were taken with my iPhone and posted to Flickr, here is another photo collage.


1. Day 42/365, 2. Day 43/365, 3. Day 44/365, 4. Day 46/365

I really like the photo from Day 44: Hot Air Balloon on Hollywood Blvd. I wish I had gotten a shot of the fire being blown into the balloon, but I was in too much of a hurry to time it correctly. 99% of the time I despise walking along Hollywood Blvd because of all the tourists and costume “performers”. Most of the time I feel like I’m *this* close to turning into Michael Douglas in Falling Down, except instead of breaking due to vehicular traffic, I’m breaking due to pedestrian traffic. I don’t know how people in NYC deal with all the foot traffic; navigating through all the hustle and bustle of real downtown city life would drive me up the freaking wall. Every now and then I do enjoy being on Hollywood Blvd when there is something cool, unique, and unexpected to look at and this was one of those times. But, if I never have to be on Hollywood Blvd ever again for the rest of my life….I would be fine with that.

If you ever visit Los Angeles and are wondering what sites to see, I would recommend avoiding this area unless you are an absolute diehard movie fan and have to see the Chinese Theater or for some reason you have to see people’s hand prints. Guess what, folks. They’re hand prints, just like yours and mine. Nothing spectacular to see. There are so many far better things to do in LA than walk along Hollywood Blvd among a sea of human misery.

Woah there, I sound so dour. Let’s end this post on a happier note. Here’s my photo from Day 45, obviously in violation of my February Photo challenge, but whatever. This is the front of the Valentine’s Day Card I gave my husband:

Day 45/365

And here is the inside:

I love you!

Funny enough, my husband gave me a very similar type of card. We tend to have this “argument” quite often.

omigod you guys, I am so happy I have off for President’s Day! I don’t have any concrete plans for the long weekend, but hopefully there is some good eating, possibly an outing to the movie theater, and maybe some catching up with old friends. I have a tenative goal to finish making a skirt, but since I always underestimate how long making a skirt will take (or rather I somehow always screw things up, which tacks on hours of extra work), I don’t have high hopes that a finished garment will be produced. My only real goal for the weekend is to buy some fabric at a nearby fabric store. They have tons of fabric, but I have yet to buy any because I’m always so overwhelmed when I walk in. I wish Tim Gunn was my BFF so he could accompany me on fabric shopping trips and make sure I don’t buy hideous fabric that is entirely unsuitable for its intended purpose. Tim Gunn and I are actually separated by 3 degrees (Me -> My Grandmother -> Tim’s Mother -> Tim) I think that’s 3….I can’t really figure out how to count degrees of separation…..anyhooo….that’s my humble brag for the month! 🙂 Not that it’s going to get Tim Gunn to go fabric shopping with me or anything. I’ll just have to pretend he’s there guiding me through my purchase(s).

Happy Long Weekend, everyone!

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It’s February! Which means keeping track of the “day” will be much more difficult since I can no longer easily reference the day of the month. Sheesh, life is rough.

Day 32: Feb 1, 2013

I was thinking during the day about what to photograph when it dawned on me that I should try a theme this month. First I thought about taking photos of something red. But then I realized that was way too easy. Hello, red in February? I might as well take photos of hearts everyday. Man, I am so lame sometimes! Then I decided since love is a theme in February I should take photos of the color I love the most: purple.

Day 32/365

That is a photo of some fabric I have had for months. I’ll post soon about what I did with it. It looks kinda nice in the photo, but don’t be fooled! It was a disaster to work with. And I still have a lot left…..ugh, what I am going to make with it? Suggestions are welcome!


Day 33: Feb 2, 2013

Had brunch with the fam at Terranea Resort. It was my first time there and holy moly it is niiiiiiiiiice. As we were leaving I saw this flower:

Day 33/365

I asked my dad, the nature lover, what kind of flower it is, but even he didn’t know. I actually didn’t really care, I just wanted to take a photo of it since it’s purple. I would have taken more creative shots of it, but while I was taking this photo my dad mentioned that it definitely attracts bees and I almost screamed since I am terrified of bees!!! TERRIFIED!!! Yep, there were plenty of bees buzzing around happily. I shudder just thinking about it.

Day 34: Feb 3, 2013

I finally got a new phone! After I polled my friends on Facebook I decided to get the iphone5. A couple friends pointed out that the Samsung Galaxy S III is oversized. After a quick trip to a local Sprint store I concluded the SIII is too large for my liking so I opted for the iphone, which I can control in one hand. Here is one of the first photos I took with my new fancy schmancy phone:

Day 34/365

I’m very impressed with the quality (although I realize it doesn’t compare to my dslr). The white balance looks decent in this photo and I didn’t touch it up at all. By the way, this is my mini sewing box that I keep near my sewing machine. It originally housed a variety of individually packed brownies from Fairytale Brownies, which were a Christmas gift from aunt to our family. The box was really nice and I didn’t want to throw it away so I decided to repurpose it as a mini sewing box. It’s the perfect size for some frequently used items and I love the flip top for easy access and stow away.

Did you notice the Laduree box peeking out from under the sewing box? Am I the only nerd that kept the box after devouring some seriously delicious and overpriced macarons? The box is so pretty I just couldn’t part with it! I have some other sewing stuff stashed in this box as well, but since it doesn’t have a flip top, it is a bit of a hassle to access stuff stored in here.


Oh boy, we’re full on in February! There are a couple things I’m looking forward to this month: (1) President’s Day Holiday and (2) Valentine’s Day. I’m not normally a romantic person, but this year Die Hard 5 opens on February 14th!!!! YESSS!!!

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Day 24: January 24, 2013

Most of my coworkers don’t drive to work because we have to pay for parking, the cheapest is $6/day (actually, people who drive everyday get the monthly deal, which is $80-90/month). We’re actually pretty lucky because if our office was on the other side of the freeway, and in the DTLA core, then parking can easily reach $200/month. Since most of us don’t drive to work our lunch options are limited to what we can reasonably walk to. In the off chance that someone does drive in, our lunch options expand mightily!

One of our favorite lunch spots is Papa Cristos, a fantastic Greek place (seriously, look at their Yelp Page) that has been around for decades (if you’re a fan of The Shield, then you’ll appreciate (or be terrified?) that it is located directly in Byz-Lat territory). I never fail to order the gyro sandwich, but am always tempted by the dessert counter. This time, however, temptation got the best of me and I added two “homemade” Baklavas to my order. My husband is always jealous when I tell him I had Papa Cristos for lunch so I brought the baklavas home so we could enjoy them after dinner (I’m such a good wife!):

Day 24/365

How I was able to keep working the rest of the afternoon without opening these tasty treats is a mystery, but they made it home unopened and they did not disappoint!

Day 25: January 25, 2013

I totally phoned this one in. The lighting was terrible and I was too lazy to get up and walk across the room to get my dslr, so instead I used my shitty digicam, which was within arms reach, but is absolutely terrible for taking quality photos in low lighting:

Day 25/365

Bailey likes to sleep under the coffee table when we’re watching TV. If we start paying attention to him, then he’ll stretch and roll around and basically look utterly adorable. This photo doesn’t do it justice. Believe him, he knows how cute he is.

Day 26: January 26, 2013

Bailey sure does enjoy laying on his back. I tried to frame him in a modest position so his kitty-bits weren’t fully exposed for the world to see.

Day 26/365

Day 27: January 27, 2013

I finally went on my first photo walk! It took me awhile to get over feeling so self-conscience for taking photos in public. I combined photography and exercise by taking photos along my favorite walk. It rained overnight, but cleared up mid-morning. It was still a bit overcast, but the sun was creeping through the clouds. You can check out Flickr to see  all of my photos during my walk to and from and all around Runyon Canyon. The photo I’m sharing for my 365 photos is of the Michael Jackson auditorium at the local elementary school.

Day 27/365

I felt it was appropriate for this photo to be in black and white. I remember walking by the day they put his name back on the building and thinking it was such a shame. Call me a Debby Downer and a music hater and yes, I realize he went to this school for a little bit, but I just don’t think we should be naming an elementary school auditorium after an alleged kiddy-diddler no matter what kind of contributions he made to the music industry. Just goes to show how much celebrity reigns supreme. *getting off my soap box now…*

Hope everyone had a good weekend. Can’t believe it’ll be February on Friday! I was just thinking earlier this week how long this month seemed, but now I’m beginning to think it flew by. Now I understand why earlier in the week my coworkers were sorta freaking out about some deadlines in early February….hmmm, it is just around the corner. Whoops! Maybe I should start being worried too about all the work I have…

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Day 21: January 21, 2013

Nothing spectacular for Day 21. Just Bailey playing with a shopping bag.

Day 21/365

Cats can be so smart, yet so simple.

Day 22: January 22, 2013

Last week I took a photo of Bailey’s mouse toy and Schnookie, of IPB Living, noted its fairly pristine condition. This time I took a photo of one of his most played-with cat toys.

Day 22/365

Bailey has beat the crap out of this toy. We have bought several different feather teaser cat toys from Petco and the Feline Flyer is by far the best one available in-store. The feathers are really stiff and flutter through the air very nicely. I wonder if the cat thinks it looks like a bird… The major downside to all teaser toys is the feather part is attached to the string by a ball and chain type connection and it ALWAYS breaks. I have bought at least 5 teaser toys from Petco in the past 6 months and they have all broken in the same manner, except for one where the rod actually broke. When I feel like mustering up another $7 for a cat toy that WILL break, then I’ll buy my beloved Bailey another Feline Flyer. Until then I’ll just continue throwing the feather around the room in hopes he’ll want to play fetch.

Day 23: January 23, 2013

As soon as I stepped outside this morning I immediately regretted not taking my small digicam with me to work today. I left at about 6:30am and the sky was a beautiful blue/purple hue with streaks of magenta. Ohhhhhhhh smog, you do such wondrous things to the sky! Sure enough, when I got to work I had the perfect view of the disgusting yellow layer of smog that had descended upon the LA Basin and it only seemed to get thicker as the day went on. The weather has been weird lately; LA had record high temps of 80 degrees on Monday and dare I say I might have allergies! But later this week we might get some rain and the high temp will drop to a brisk 70 degrees!

Instead of an awesome sky photo, I present to you another cat photo:

Day 23/365

He even looks adorable when he’s scratching his head! ohmygawd, I can’t stop taking pictures of him!

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I’m getting used to this photo a day thing! Surprisingly it hasn’t felt like a chore, which is something I was very worried about. I enjoy seeking out things to photograph and I absolutely cannot wait till I get a new phone that has a decent camera so I can document all these wonderful things around me; I’m too much of a weenie to pull out my dslr in a big crowd. I also don’t want to lug it around in my purse every day. I also always feel like I’m in such a hurry to get somewhere that I don’t feel like I can just stop for a minute and compose a nice photo. Ok, I admit it: I’m just full of lame excuses…

Day 17: January 17, 2013

I did not know what to photograph this day and I really did not want to resort to taking another photograph of my super amazing cat. So instead I took a photo of his toy mouse.

Day017 - Playing with my Cat's Toy

A friend of mine told me about these mice and I found a local pet store selling them for $1 a pop. I bought one and, of course, the little bugger got lost after a day of intense cat play and then I decided I was too cheap to go back and pay $1/mouse, so I bought a whole box on Amazon because somehow that made way more financial sense to me….

Day 18: January 18, 2013

I took a photo during the day of the view from my office on Day 8. I decided to take a similar photo, but in the evening.


The night photo really emphasizes the hellish rush hour traffic that truly highlights life in LA. Thankfully, I don’t *have* to deal with rush hour traffic (as long as I’m not lazy) since I can take public transportation to and from work. (Note: my camera’s timestamp is all wrong so it says I took this photo on Jan 17th at 11:55pm, but I assure you that I did in fact take this photo on January 18th and I sure as hell was not in the office at 11:55 pm. I think this was taken at 5:55pm.)

Day 19: January 19, 2013

This was my second attempt at making a green juice/smoothie.


Although my husband was quick to correct me that this is neither a juice nor a smoothie, so I guess I’ll just call it a green goopy drink. Since I don’t have a juicer, I’ve been trying my best to create a green drink in my POS blender, but I can’t blend it for too long otherwise the liquid begins to leak out the bottom. Obviously I need a new blender. Oh, you want to know how it tasted? Hmmm…..there is a lot of room for improvement, but I did drink 1/3 cup of almonds, 2 celery stalks, 1 orange, half of a banana, and 2 stalks of kale leaves…..so, there’s that.

Day 20: January 20, 2013

Lunch at Father’s Office, THE BEST BURGER IN TOWN!


Perhaps it is a good thing a burger and fries costs $15.00 because otherwise I would want to go every single weekend. There are plenty of other items on the menu, but I don’t know what they taste like because I have never strayed from ordering the burger and fries. This meal is heavenly. We decided to treat ourselves to a nice lunch because we finally took the huge jump and met with a realtor! Ack, we’re going to be so broke later this year (if things go as planned)!! Why am I so excited about having a soul-crushing mortgage?!

Note:  I took this photo on my husband’s iphone (in case you care about those type of deets.)

To everyone who has off from work on MLK Day: I hate you. I’ll be slaving away at work on Monday, but enjoying the lovely 80 degree weather we have been blessed with recently. I know it won’t last, so I won’t complain about how I wish we could experience some winter weather instead.

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