August Stuff!

Adventures

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August marks my sixth year anniversary as a Los Angeles resident. I have a lot of mixed emotions about my Los Angeles-nniversary. When I landed here, I was a bright-eyed film school grad. Not that it’s a bad thing, but some things don’t turn out the way you expect them to. Things change. You change. Paths change.

Since I’ve been in Los Angeles, I’ve lived in four apartments, went through one terrible breakup, was totally depressed and lonely for a solid year, had two shitty couches, bought my first “adult couch,” have been totally broke and poor on more than one occasion, felt financially stable, quit my “safe” job, became a freelancer, started this blog (!), wrote one cookbook (!!), met Josh (!!!!), fell in love, and fulfilled a lifelong dream by becoming the mama to a (ferocious and mischievous) corgi named Amelia.

Produce

There’s been a lot of struggle, confusion and growth in the last six years. While I’m the first one to dread getting older, I have to say that it’s definitely getting easier. Things are beginning to click and work. I’m more confident, more easy on myself, more easy on others and more grateful for the little things.

I wish I could say that August was pleasant. It was not. A lot of my loved ones and friends have been going through some hard times. Maybe you have too. Or maybe someone you know has had a rough month. These hard times for them have affected me tremendously. I find myself worrying, stressing and just generally hurting for them.

Despite the general cloud that was floating over my entire month of August, I tried to find happiness in the small in-between moments. Like a lot of bloggers and internet people, I too, am guilty of only showing the “pretty” moments. There’s so much mundane, not-so-attractive stuff that does exist. So just know that things aren’t perfect over here. They’re far from perfect.

Though, the following moments were pretty great. They’re simple memories.

Amelia got a backpack. She has more energy than she knows what to do with so to make her walks more taxing, a dog trainer recommended she have a “job,” a purpose in life. She now carries around mason jars filled with canchas (Peruvian dried corn) from the pantry and fancy raisins.

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Look at her! HAHAHAH!

When I walk her people point and stare. I feel like I put a head brace on my child. Pretty cute. But also a little sad!

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I ate these crazy cheese fries from Chego. Who do I think I am? Roy Choi makes stoner food.

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Look at this shark costume! I’m already thinking of Halloween costumes for Amelia. A shark? Yes. Just yes.

Shark

I went back to Palm Springs for a weekend. Of course Amelia was all up in the pool. Marcia was nice enough to send Amelia a pool toy in the mail!!

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I ate this bibimbap (along with epic short ribs). It’s a good late-night spot.

Bibimbap

My dresser currently looks like this. Pommes Frites candles smell delicious. And so do a bunch of pretty lisianthuses.

Also, new pair of Warby Parkers make me happy.

Flower-On-Dresser

I’ve been working on crafting projects. This lemon in bright pink paint makes me happy. Unfortunately, it didn’t really make a lemon shape the way I wanted.

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Pretty epic croque monsieur and glass of rosé at Bar Covell. I love their little bar snacks. Done very well.

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One of my favorite things to do is get “just cuz gifts.”

Mainly because I love making homemade wrapping paper.

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These colors make me super excited for fall.

AutumnFlowers

If you live in LA, you MUST go to Korean BBQ at Kang Hodong Baekjeong. The food was epic. And the scene is fun and vibrant and crowded and loud. So fun.

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I went bowling. I LOVE BOWLING. I dunno if it’s because I’ve seen Big Lebowski too many times or I just loved it as a kid, but bowling is near and dear to my heart.

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The month ended with taking AMELIA SHEEP HERDING! It was actually one of you who told me about urban herding. THANK YOU! I found this farm in Malibu that teaches sheep herding. First is an instinct test to see if the dog has it in them to herd sheep. Some actually get near the sheep and hunt them instead of trying to herd them! Scary!

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She was a little shy at first. But she got the hang of it VERY quickly. Her bossiness totally came in handy. Look at this b.

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The trainer said Amelia is one of the best corgis at sheep herding she’s ever seen. Amelia is one talented, bossy little corgi. Who knew!

She totally loved it.

That was my August. In these few photos doesn’t it look special and beautiful and unblemished? Definitely not the case. But there were a few moments that were rich, full and ones I’m super grateful for.

I’m excited for fall. I have some traveling planned. I’m excited about pies. I’m excited about pumpkin, man! I hope you are too. There’s gonna be a lot of coziness around these parts come October. Get ready.

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  • Reply Jessica September 11, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Thank you for sharing this post, and most of all, for your honesty. I often feel I have a catalog of lovely instagrams and photos of pretty meals I’ve cooked/eaten or of my adorable pup (Isabelle) and it tends to give this impression that everything is always roses. It’s so refreshing to see strong, intelligent, lovely women can own up to everything not always being “perfect” and in those days/weeks/hell, even months, we still make an effort to look for the small beautiful things that keep our heads and hearts above water. And, when even that fails, at least there’s always something delicious to be eaten!
    You have a new fan and an avid follower. You also may have convinced me to get my pup a backpack for our trips to the farmers market 🙂

  • Reply Robin G September 10, 2013 at 7:13 am

    I told you about the urban herding! I’m glad that you found something even better – real herding! She looks like she loved it.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme September 10, 2013 at 9:14 am

      OMG you were! Thank you for telling me! I’d never heard of it before. She loved it so much; we’re planning our return now. It almost feels like I have a kid in soccer now. :/

  • Reply aida mollenkamp September 7, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Happy 6th LA-versary! As a native, I feel the need to make sure you’re enjoying it thoroughly and it sounds like you are. By the way, how is it that we go to so many of the same spots and don’t run into each other more? We should remedy that!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme September 7, 2013 at 1:21 pm

      Oh yes, let’s do it! I’m so down, especially if Korean food is involved. 🙂

  • Reply Lori September 6, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    I love how real this post feels. Your style of writing makes me feel so warm and coozy like we know each other in real life. Btw. I also love all the Amelia pics! I have 2 babies of my own and now thinking of jobs for them now. Hmmm..

  • Reply Christine September 6, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Happy LA-versary! I’ve lived here for 30 years. Have visited other cities with the idea of moving but nothing compares. Sorry to hear about the bumps in the road lately, hope all improves and soon. Love Amelia. I used to use a backpack for my Huskies, really helped not to be dragged down the block when on a walk. I now have a Pembroke, Blue. Got a kick out of the pics of Amelia herding!

  • Reply jo_mi_co September 5, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    i think the changes you’re referencing are what your 20s are all about… or at least that’s what i tell myself!

    you have accomplished so much in so little time, adrianna… you should be so proud 🙂

  • Reply Kitty Quintana September 5, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Amelia is Awesome!!!!

  • Reply Adrienne September 5, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    AHH I love your blog. It always makes me feel like I know you personally, probably because my name is Adrienne and I love food and dogs and painting my nails between baking batches of cookies, but now finding out you graduated from film school just about killed me. We might be the same person.

  • Reply Karla September 5, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    After reading everyone else’s comments, I am so delighted that you have so many great followers! I’m not sure that I could add much else new, but I’ll give it a try. Several years ago, I got offered a job in Rhode Island. My transition was not an easy one. I figured I’d give it time. But I found myself at every chance I got, flying back home to family to get myself a decent margarita! Yessiree! You betcha! First thing off the plane to my favorite Mexican restaurant. Back in R.I., no end of grief from my new co-workers. I lasted two years. Then I came back home a prouder than proud Angeleno again. Amelia rocks it big time! She is indeed one little bad-ass!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme September 5, 2013 at 9:06 pm

      I feel you. I love Los Angeles. Now that I’ve been here six years I’d miss it soooooo much if I left. I consider it home. Glad you’re back!

  • Reply Stacey September 5, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Your blog was one of the first I ever read. Loved it ever since! I JUST read an article last night that was written by Cesar Milan about how dogs need jobs and we should get them to carry crap. Well, much more in depth and scientific than that, but essentially the same! She looks fantastic.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme September 5, 2013 at 4:10 pm

      HAHA! That’s so funny because that’s totally where I read it, too. When Amelia acts cray I usually go on Cesar Milan’s site and “search” her behavior. He knows stuff!

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