Thursday, July 30, 2009

19 Years Ago...

Almost down to the hour, I was born! (My birthday is July 31st, but we are on Russian time when I'm talking about my birthday.)

Look at my photogenic family. Vova was quite a fox already, at age 2. This was taken June 1989. My mama, papa and V-rock welcomed me a year from then. I am told it was sunny, warm morning, much like this morning in Penza.

My grandma called me first. I wasn't quite ready to admit that I was turning 19, so I cried. (Well, also because I miss them.) Then I called my parents and asked them why they weren't calling me. It was fun.

I will leave you with these two pictures:

1.5 years old here. The one on the right was taken a few seconds ago. My 18th year was a bit of roller coaster (as it should be, I suppose). There were a lot of setbacks, but I think that my quality of life has improved overall. I am determined to make my 19th year continue the trend.

(I should really get back to working on my take-home exam now. Forrest is going to call me at midnight! Yaaaay!)

I Feel Duped

Ah. This was a veeeery good burger. Better than In-n-Out, but also more expensive. I got their cheapest burger and added egg for $0.70, no fries, no drink. It was $6.35. It would have been half that at In-n-Out. The reason I went here is because I don't like the bible references at In-n-Out. I was told that Fatburger had skeptic stuff all over. I decided to check it out because I would like to support a company with the right principles. First thing I see is "God Bless You" written on the tips jar. Arghhhh.

I don't know if it's just this franchise management. I'll have to write a comment on their website. Bottom line: good burger, a tad more expensive than what I would like to pay. I would be more inclined to come back if they got rid of that writing on the tips jar.

(I got my stats final and I'm working on it right now. The restaurant is pretty much empty and has fast internet, so I'm just going to stay here and get as much done as possible. I can't believe stats is almost over. Couldn't be happier.)

Ooooh! They're playing Us and Them by Pink Floyd right now. All is forgiven. I'm coming back!

Monday, July 27, 2009

"She was my favorite!"

Oh man, oh man. Barry was in the hospital Thursday, Friday and Saturday, so this weekend was my first weekend in Santa Monica without Barry, Sue and Grandpa around. I was really nervous. I also decided to try the 8 to 10 spot which meant I had to wait from 3:30 to 8 to perform.

I'm happy to report it went suuuuper well! So many people came up to compliment me. At the last show this one kid yelled to his parents, "She was my favorite!" That was by far the highlight of my street performing career. This pre-teen boy gave me a flower. (He and his family watched the show at least 3-4 times.)

I made just a little below my record ($140 and change). I think I got a record number of 5s and 10s though.

Not So Hot

Sorry, I've been super busy to post. A lot of exciting outings last weekend. I didn't have lecture on Friday so Beth and I went to the BEACH. We stopped at Italia Deli and got sandwiches for dinner and then drove down to Zuma. We ended up getting there at 5, so it was pretty much empty which was nice.
As evidenced by the picture above it was also pretty cold.

Gorgeous day!

Year One wasn't terrific. I think I may have been super tired after last week. I fell asleep during a couple of scenes. I found it to be reminiscent of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Somebody nice got me a (blurry) ice-cream cone that day.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

SSS (Summer School Sucks) Week 5

This is what I'm supposed to be doing:

This is what I'm actually doing:
All because of stupid fucking ass summer school. Shiiiiiiit. I was all set to leave to go backpacking in Yosemite this week but I realized that missing a whole week of school wouldn't be as easy as I had thought. I'm packing lunches in my dry-sacks and wearing my headlamp to simulate the trip. (I'm not going as far as shitting out in the backyard but maybe I ought to.)

Midterms are over but there is still a lot more work and writing ahead. (B on my stats midterm, but 100 on my ethics essay! Yaaaay!)

I want to be in Yosemite singing Tenacious D on the trail. I better make up for it in August.

Monday, July 20, 2009

I Got Commandos Out of This Deal

I had a good day today. Slept until 12. Santa Monica and Pinkberry with friends in the afternoon, followed by Bruno and Golden Spoon later in the evening. Frozen yogurt twice in one day. Not bad.

Bruno was OK. It was more shocking than funny. There were definitely some really funny bits, but some scenes were just outrageous. My favorite parts were Bruno interviewing the terrorist and joining the army.

I got a head start on the rough draft of the essay that is due on Tuesday. I am now clay mask-ing and blog-reading before bed.
Another week of school starting tomorrow. Eeeeeekk.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

I'm in LA, TRICK!

That is apparently my rapping face. Ah, the wonders of Photo Booth capturing my most awesome moments.

Drew did my make up and hair for the 'Nade today. I almost never get to wear make up, so I'm a little extra happy today. It totally made up for the fact that I didn't get a good spot and only got to work for an hour. (It was a good hour though.) People were extra dance-y today, especially 3-year-olds. I actually had fun.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Ate My Lunch Last Night!

Ah. I got hungry last night so I ate the lunch that I planned on bringing to school today. Eating an everything bagel and writing my essay at the Kerckhoff lounge. Still haven't run. Maybe I'll run in Agoura tonight.

Monday, July 13, 2009

SSS (Summer School Sucks) Week 4

You may wonder why there was no Week 2 or Week 3 postings. Well, it's because summer school didn't suck that much. Now that we're just about in the middle of the quarter it is getting to that stage where it sucks a whole lot.

Not only do I have 2 papers due and have 2 midterms this week, I also have to use a scientific calculator for my stats midterm.
That's right. A fucking scientific calculator. I have not used one since I was in high school. Actually, I hated that one so much I think I threw it away. I've been really spoiled with my TI-89. I thought I would never have use the scientific POS in my life. Here I am again, though, trying to figure out the order to do operations on this thing. Ahhhh. Makes doing homework that much more unpleasant.

2 more weeks of one class and 4 more weeks of another. SSS!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Mens Crew and Mail Sacks

Kate came with us to the Promenade on Sunday! We had a blast. Everything went well today if you don't count an aaaaangry street performer dude yelling at me and then pointing his speakers over to my area and just blasting his music. He was hatin' all day.
That's me doing my thing. Check out my HUGE crowd. Impressive. (To be fair, it was just a warm-up.) There are no pictures of me dancing but there is most definitely dancing. I think there might be as much dancing in my street show as juggling.
Kate was super, super, super supportive and I wouldn't have cranked out 12 shows in 2 hours without her. ($141.21!)

Mr. Business Card from the night before finally showed up at 11 something and we hung out for an hour or so. Kate, Vova and Barry got to meet him.

By the time we came back home it was after 1. My feet and knees were tired from dancing around non-stop for 2 hours and then standing for another 2. It felt nice to sit down. I'm trying to make the face one would make when stepping into a warm pool. Eeeeeeeee.
Below is the reason I'm making that face.
I soaked and pomused my feet at 1:30 in the morning. My feet are really fucked up from running and jumping around on the street in not-so-comfortable-J.Crew-flats is not exactly helping them. (I spared you the picture of my 2nd toes. It's pretty disgusting.) My feet are look and feel better, for now at least.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Friday, 07/10/09

Sooooooo tired. $99.04. (The above is my attempt at a tired face.)

Somebody gave me a $20. Somebody (else) gave me his business card.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Metallic Spoons and Nails

I played hooky today. (That means I skipped class, Dad.) Woke up at 11:04. That was the best thing I've done for myself since summer school started. I didn't run today either. Lazy, lazy, lazy day, for sure.

I started the day off with raspberry and white chocolate chip pancakes and ended it with a tubful of Golden Spoon.
Pistachio, Peanut Butter and Espresso flavors covered in Butterscotch. (I actually asked for caramel, but somebody mixed up the container label. They look pretty much the same. It's OK because I loooooove butterscotch too.) That's what I call a nice, relaxing day. The only things I accomplished today was read a few articles on Smart Grid and take notes, do 2 stats problems and paint my nails again.
I just got the new Regina Spektor album today and it is awesome. I've loved her music before and this album exceeded all my expectations. My favorites are Two Birds and Folding Chair. Guaranteed to be on repeat in my head for the next month or so. I started playing the piano again. Learning a new Chopin nocturne. Yaaaay!

Bedtime. Night!

I've got a perfect booooooody
Because my eyelashes catch my sweat
Yes, they do. Yes, they dooooooo-ooooo-oooo.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Green Nails

These are from last night. I painted my nails this craaaazy color while watching Bachelorette with Sue and Drew. What a stupid show. It has got be the most awkward, fake and cringe inducing shows on TV. Sorry, Sue. I know you love it.

I almost took the nail polish off before going to school this morning but then I just said fuck it, nobody gives a shit about my nails. They kept freaking me out today. I'm not used to my nails being so bright. One of them already chipped so I'm taking it off tonight. Sleep super early tonight.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Trip to J.Crew

I hadn't been to a J.Crew store since February 7th. I remember that because I went with Carmen and De De. I'm not as enamored with J.Crew as I used to be. It's still my favorite clothing store (if you don't count specialty clothing stores like Patagonia and REI), but I'm not as crazy about it these days.

I went today to return my white dress and found these headbands. I've always been a HUGE fan of J.Crew headbands. They have the coolest designs. Unfortunately they're far too expensive full price or even on sale sometimes. I pounced on these when I saw the price.
Clockwise from the top:
Metallic Flower Headband. Original price: $39.50. I paid: $4.99.
Skinny Metallic Bow Headband. Original price: $18.50. I paid: $2.99.
Super Skinny Stain Headband. Original price: $12.50. I paid: $2.99.
Satin Knotted Headband. Original price: $18.50. I paid: $2.99.

I also tried on matchstick jeans. They're really nice. The pair I had on were 27S and they fit perfectly. I checked to see how much those lovelies were and they were on sale at $98.50. No, thank you.

Today's realization: I really don't like driving North on 101 anymore.

Watermelon and Hamburgers CAKE

That's right. Kate and I totally rocked my annual 4th of July cake. Check it out.

THAT'S ALL CAKE! You better think it's the coolest thing you've seen today because we spent the entire day making this. (Jessica, I was definitely thinking about you when we were making this cake because I knew you would appreciate it the most.) I think it came our really well.

Close up:
The rinds on watermelon and tomato slices on the burgers are made out of our homemade fondant. The rest is cake and frosting.

It was a good day all around today. Kate called me at 8:30 to let me know she was going to be here in 30 minutes. I vaguely remember telling her to bring her swimsuit so we can go "hot-tubbin'". We started the day off with her awesome waffles. (Kate ate her plain. Mine were covered in bananas, syrup and whipping cream.) Then we made a whole bunch of cake and fondant and put the cake in the freezer. Fondant was a pain in the ass and I will never attempt to make it myself again.

Kate and I danced! That was the best part of the day. Kate helped me with most of the choreography for my street performance. I am so happy with it, I'm almost looking forward to street performing. I still need to work on it more because I keep forgetting steps but it looks goooood.

Then we arranged and frosted the cake on the platter. That was, by far, the most difficult/messy/annoying/satisfying part of the making of this cake. Kate kept hatin' and saying how we were just making a mess. We were, but we weren't JUST making a mess, we were creating a masterpiece.

At 7:30 we went to see fireworks in Thousand Oaks. They were awesome. On the way out of the parking lot this DUDE totally cut right in front of us and everybody else in line to turn left from the right (empty) lane. (6AYU398, you're an asshole.)

I hope everybody else had as much fun as I did this 4th of July! Happy Independence Day!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Ow and Yay!

It huuuuuurts. I ran today and my leg didn't hurt that much during the run. Now it hurts more than it did this morning. J and I diagnosed it as just sore. That means I get to keep running, stretch and hang out in the hot tub tomorrow. Sweet!

Kate is coming over tomorrow morning. We're going to make a cake for 4th of July. But first, Kate is going to make her MEAN waffles.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

7 Hours of Sleep, At Last!

I did 3 loads of laundry last night, 1 more to go. Ended up going to bed at 1:40. Woke up at 5 to get to the vanpool. As soon as we got to UCLA I shuffled over to the gym to run. I was barely able to run a mile. I've been limping since yesterday's run. I think I pulled some muscle behind my knee.

After the unsuccessful run I limped over to Kerkhoff to sleep. My class isn't until 10 and I slept like a baby until then. GUESS WHAT! I was awake through the entire lecture. Now, that is impressive because I don't remember the last time that happened.
Luchin' before the discussion. Brought another awesome prosciutto sandwich today. I am sort of kicking ass in this stats class.

Saw Jackie on campus today! YAAAAAY! My van driver is apparently the Superintendent of the Physical Plant at UCLA. Crazy. I thought all he did was drive the van.

Man, every other sentence I typed had an exclamation point. I must not have school tomorrow. THAT'S RIGHT! I DON'T! BECAUSE IT'S THE WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEKEND!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


Somehow I managed to neglect my laundry for over a month now. My laundry pile height = my torso + my head + another 2 feet. Good news: I like doing laundry. Bad news: I have no time. I better get on it right now.

Nectarine Upside-Down Cake

I love this book. It's a compilation of baking recipes from Cook's Illustrated magazine. I love the way they explain recipes and their testing techniques. I had never made an upside-down cake and decided to give it a try.

I'm always really anxious to get juicy nectarines at the beginning of the summer. They're FINALLY here and I've been eating a million a day. If you have 4 extra nectarines laying around you can make this delicious-delicious cake!Extra bit of good news: I juggled today and my 6 clubs were SUPER AWESOME. I'm better than I remember myself being when I stopped. I hope it's not a fluke.