Saturday, August 10, 2013

Miscellaneous happenstances

The past few weeks have been filled with horrible, awesome, wonderful, and fun events and activities.

The horrible: my beautiful cat, Ginger, went missing on July 15, 2013.
This cat is one of the sweetest, smartest, friendliest creatures you are ever likely to meet.

While I haven't completely given up hope, I've come to accept that she's probably not coming home.

The awesome:  I had an opportunity to spend a week of my life as a camp counselor for a fantastic organization that reunites siblings separated in the foster system for a week of activities. 

Camp to Belong was both one of the best and loneliest weeks of my life.  The camp organized typical summer camp activities such as archery, bb guns, swimming, and zipline.  But it also organized special events that separated siblings don't often get to do with each other such as birthday shopping, a joint birthday party, a trip to the beach, and a carnival. The kids also got to make pillows for each other and scrapbooks for themselves to remember the week.

I can barely wait for camp to begin next year.

You can watch a segment produced by NBC news about it here.

The wonderful: I adopted two kitty cats from the animal shelter on Thursday!

I've tentatively named the black one "Sheytoon" for now, which means "mischevious" in Farsi.
 I've tentatively named the brown one "Hassood," which means "jealous," since he likes to do whatever his brother does.
They are both incredibly sweet and loving.  I have a feeling that Sheytoon is going to be a handful, though.

They both let me sleep throughout the night, which a welcome surprise.  But started running around and exploring the moment I opened my eyes. 

 Sadly, I'm not keeping both of them.  I'm most likely going to keep Hassood and give Sheytoon to my boss.  While the cats will live at our respective houses, we'll both bring them into work each day so they can see each other and play.

The fun: I bought a spinning wheel!  While it was a little challenging at first to remember how to spin (I took a class close to two years ago), it came back to me relatively quickly and easily.

I've got about three hanks(?) of yarn ready to be washed to set the twist.  I just haven't had the time/energy to do it yet with this crazy work week.

I can't wait to spin some more!

Friday, April 12, 2013


 I recently signed up for Goodreads, a social networking sites for bookworms.  Although I've seen it pop up occasionally over the years, I was never terribly interested since I've rarely obsessed about books for more than a few weeks at a time.

I finally joined up when I realized that I've gone about five months with voraciously reading everything in site, partly due to bookclub (which I'm terrible at attending even though I read 90% of the books) and the discovery of a few favorite bookstores in the LA and La Jolla areas.

Goodreads isn't for everyone but I'm enjoying it right now.  And since one of my goals for 2013 is to read 26 books this year (which I am way ahead of schedule for), it seems like a fun way to do so and get other book recommendations.

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Books Books and More Books

One of my goals for 2013 is to read at least 26 books this year.  Although I would love to read 52, some weeks, I would rather veg out to Babylon 5 and knitting or spending way too much time learning Spanish through Rosetta Stone.

I've made pretty good progress on this goal so far: Books read in January:
City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte       (thumbs down)
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn                       (thumbs up)
Bring Up the Bodies by Hillary Mantel * (thumbs down)
The Postmistress by Sarah Blake              (thumbs way up)

Also on my bookshelf:
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
Going Clear by Lawrence Wright *

Regeneration by Pat Barker
Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

I'll write reviews of these books later.

* denotes bookclub selection 

The rest of the books I read in 2012:
Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Red House by Mark Haddon *
The Portrait of the Young Man as an Artist by James Joyce
A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
Fated by S.G. Browne
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Faranheit 451 by Ray Brandbury
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Potzsch

Monday, August 27, 2012


My best friend, Bailey, is moving to Alaska today. She spent last summer working up there and fell in love with it. She found a house, bought furniture and a car, and shipped most of her possessions there a few weeks ago. After a two week trip visiting friends and loved ones across America, she's boarding a plane later today to begin the next chapter of her life.

I feel so incredibly happy and excited for her.

I don't know many people who can pick up and move to such a different part of the world. It's always been one of the things I admire most about those who can/do. So while I know you don't need it, good luck up there and I can't wait to hear about all of your adventures!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Endings and Beginnings

I've been terrible about writing lately. I've been even worse about knitting.

The past two years have been incredibly challenging for me.. graduating from law school, falling in love, studying for the bar exam, moving across the country and back with my family, getting my heart smashed, looking for jobs, accepting a job for my family, working my butt off in that job, getting over the past and falling in love again.

I've spent the past two and a half months working full time for my family and part time for an attorney up in Big Bear. Now that my one-year commitment is just about over, I'm beginning to transition into full time work up there and just a few days per month down here.

I've found a beautiful house that I love and can't wait to move into. I've already started moving some of my legal books up to the office. I'm setting up all the different services I need to fully move in after I get back from the east coast.

These changes are exciting. And scary.

Within the first month of working at my current job, I was unhappy and knew I was going to be throughout the rest of it. I was correct. And yet, despite knowing that, despite knowing that I needed to find something else, getting back into my own profession, I was paralyzed by fear and uncertainty. It felt easier to stay in an unhappy, and at times seemingly abusive, job than to go out and face the rejection that felt like was waiting for me.

I'm so incredibly lucky that my new position worked out the way it did because I never would have looked for this type of position in the location where it's at. I would have looked back in LA, or at least in the LA county area and would have missed out on the great opportunity I've been giving.

Instead, I get to live in an adorable house in an adorable town. I get to work with a partner who respects and values me, with secretaries who free up my time to work on substantive matters. I get to work directly with real people and I get to help them solve their problems. I get to go to court. I get to work on a variety of different matters. And at the end of the week, I get to spend the weekend with the most incredible man I have ever met.

I'm incredibly grateful for the lessons I've learned during this past year. I'm also excited and hopeful for the new challenges I am going to face in this new phase of my life.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Books Read and to Read in 2012

I love reading. I've been a bookworm since I moved to NJ at age 11. I spent countless hours at my elementary school's library, avoiding the jeers of other students who teased me relentlessly about being Luke Locursio's crush.

I thought about majoring in English Lit at college but knew there was no way my family would allow that. Sadly, I only took one lit course at NYU-- Eastern and Central European literature (during my Cold War kick sophomore year).

I took a rather long reading hiatus during law school-- too much legal reading to do on a daily basis. By the time my day was through, I would feel so exhausted that I would watch a little tv and then pass out each night.

I started reading literature again last year, though sporadically. I tried to document what I read but I've always been awful at consistently sticking to.. anything, really.

I love the idea of reading a book per week. But even then, I can't commit to a single book at a time.

A smattering of the books I've read in 2012:
Story of a Marriage (1/2012)
1Q84 (1/2012)
The Imperfectionists (1/2012)
The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson (3/2012) <-- April Bookclub
Yaclav and Lena by Haley Tanner (3/2012)
The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins (3/2012)
The Marriage Plot by Jeffery Eugenides (4/2012)
How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Wu (4/2012)
Room by Emma Donaghue (5/2012) <-- May Bookclub
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (5/2012) <-- Listened via mp3
The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi (5/2012)

Currently Reading:
Candide by Voltaire <-- listening via mp3
Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy <-- reading on nook and listening via mp3
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
Southern California: An Island on the Land by Carrie McWilliams

Still Left to Read:
On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Cloudy Wednesday morning

I really need to start getting out of bed earlier.
My favorite part of the day is quiet morning.
No one to talk to.
No one to listen to.
Just me.
And breakfast.
And cup after cup of tea.

I've been absent from this space for a while now. Busy with work. With love. With family.

I need to make some big changes soon-- move away from this sheltered (albeit demanding and stressed) circumstances and move back down to the big western city. To challenges. To stronger friendships. To more fun.