Snapshot Thursday v.2

Good morning.

I’m writing from a sunny but rainy LA, where I’m sure a rainbow is imminent. I’m told we’re experiencing “May gray”, which is something I’ve never heard of before. I know that obviously April showers bring May flowers, and that Mayflowers bring pilgrims, and I even know about “June gloom”, but May gray is a new one. Is that just me?


I thought I’d keep things light today, as it’s been a crazy week around here. I thought I’d revisit a post series called Snapshot Thursday, where I share some of the random photos I’ve taken recently but not posted on the blog along with the actual names I gave them when I saved them to my computer. As you’ll see, the names I choose do absolutely nothing in the way of helping me find what I’m looking for at a later date. But sometimes they’re funny. Here we go.


Snapshot Thursday v.2


51415 50415 freebs

Saved as50415 freebs

…As in freebies. The gym where I work was giving out free samples of these Meta “health bars”. I tried one and it wasn’t phenomenal (taste-wise or nutritionally), but people sure go crazy for free stuff.


51415 50515 beers

Saved as50515 beers

This was a drive-by picture, while my dad was taking me on a tour of the town (I hadn’t been home in a while). The Roundup is one of maybe three bars, total, in any sort of convenient vicinity to my parents’ house, and yet I still refuse to go. It’s a very post-high school hot spot, and I’ve always felt like I wanted to save those awkward encounters for my actual high school reunion.


51415 50615 equinot

Saved as50615 equinot

This is the treadmill in my parents’ garage that I use when I’m home. It’s not exactly the most inspiring location to get a workout in, but I’m just grateful for any sort of gym space. Equinox it is not.


51415 50715 ample parking

Saved as50715 ample parking

While I was home, my sister, Katie, and nephew, Cooper, came over to play. My mom, a retired preschool teacher, rolled out this play mat for Cooper to play with and it was a pretty big hit. I tried to explain to Cooper that while this city has plenty of parking for all the cars, that is not always the case. Life lessons.


51415 50815 proof

Saved as50815 proof

I took this picture mid-party while in San Francisco with my girlfriends. I was so proud of myself for remembering to drink water along side my moscow mules, that I took a picture for proof. I guess I’m that girl at parties.


51415 50915 streets for days

Saved as50915 streets for days

This picture was taken by me leaning out of the Uber like a tourist, but it actually came out pretty well. We were driving through the Castro, as you can see, with rainbow flags flying and streets that went on for days.


Ok, I better finish up and hit ‘publish’ on this post before the clock strikes noon and my initial Good Morning is no longer a valid statement anywhere in the country. Happy Thursday, everyone.



Question: How do you name your files? I’ll take any and all suggestions.


WIAW #41 Why Clear Plates Are The Worst

Good morning, friends.


Happy Earth Day! LA is expecting some April showers in the next few days, so I’m tempted to cancel all my plans and just stay inside with a good book and some hot cocoa. Ok so that’s not exactly realistic, but hopefully I can at least get everything done before the rain comes. What’s the weather like where you are?


What I Ate Wednesday 4/21/15


WIAW is a weekly post where I share everything that I ate for an entire day, from the time I woke up until the time I went to sleep. I keep these posts completely unedited, for better or for worse, because at least for me, the most interesting part of a person’s meal log is what they eat between the standard breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Ready for some pictures of food?


8:45am – Bulletproof Coffee (after drinking two full glasses of water).


coffee #WIAW


Bloomberg just put out a comprehensive article on Dave Asprey, the creator of bulletproof coffee. It’s a good read if you’re curious about the buttery coffee I drink every single morning.


As soon as I finished my coffee, I attempted this workout from Christine Salus’s YouTube page. I was barely able to finish it. Christine’s workouts are intense!


Mid-morning – I put together an overnight oats and smoothie bowl, which is exactly what it sounds like.  I combined a small jar of overnight oats with Andrew’s leftover smoothie, and threw some bananas, sunflower seed butter and granola on top.


oat bowl #WIAW


2:30pm – Leftovers from Monday night dinner for lunch: zucchini fettuccine with sweat peas and pesto.


zucchini + pea pesto pasta #WIAW


Afternoon snack – A kiwi from the carton we bought last weekend. Unfortunately, all of the kiwis have been super tart. I keep thinking maybe this one will be better and then it’s worse than the last.


kiwi #WIAW


8:45pm – For dinner, Andrew and I had BBQ chicken with roasted broccoli and potatoes.


chicken and veg #WIAW


Ugh, clear plates, you guys. They’re fine in person, great even!, but they’re hopeless in photos. For one thing, light reflects and warps like crazy on a clear plate, making the already difficult task of properly lighting a photo even more impossible.  And if you manage to get the lighting and angles just right, you still have to worry about what’s underneath the plate because it’s in plain view!


Exhibit A: “Warped lighting and reflections”

clear plates = warped lighting #WIAW


Exhibit B: “Issues with what’s below” – Is there even a plate there? Is that food sitting on a cutting board?

clear plates = no plates #WIAW


Otherwise, clear plates are great and I love them. Just don’t buy them if you plan to photograph your food. The end.


Have a great Wednesday, everyone. Question: What color are your plates?



Per usual, you can check out what others are eating over on Jenn’s blog or Meghan’s.