100 Things to be Happy About: Part 6/Finale

81. Long hot bubble baths.

82. Wearing hats!

83. A strenuous yoga session followed by total relaxation.

84. Playing in the snow!

Snow, hats... all kinds of goodness. Do you feel like I'm leaning toward the right in EVERY photo?

85. Inside jokes and looking back at the ridiculous notes my friends and I wrote thinking we were brilliant in high school.

86. Take out for dinner. I don’t do it more than a few times a month but I really enjoy the novelty of it. Particularly the dinner meals at Thai Gulf!!

87. Spending time alone. My Meyers-Briggs says I’m on the border of introvert/extrovert so it does make sense that I seriously enjoy my alone time.

88. Old but good movies.

"His Girl Friday"

89. Country music. And having two country radio stations. (What doesn’t make me happy is when they are both playing commercials. That’s when I switch over to NPR or play a CD)

90. My church. Because the people there are super friendly and genuinely nice, and because they totallyĀ  make sense.

91. Holidays. All of them.

92. Enjoying a really good salad. Because salads should always be delicious, but they aren’t always.

93. Writing letters on Wonder Woman stationary like a 12-year-old.

94. Vodka tonic with lemon. And girls’ night out martinis.

95. Having a friend who knows exactly who to call when you’re tipsy on a street corner šŸ™‚ (We could also file this under ‘memories.’)

96.Ā  Getting dressed up but not because I have to.

97. Cleaning. I don’t always enjoy the cleaning part, but looking at the result sure makes me happy.

98. Flossing my teeth. I know this is weird. But we’re near the end and I’m running out of the cool things to say. I feel like I’m responsible when I floss, and I like feeling that there’s no food between my chompers.

99. Cheering on sports teams and joining the crowd in a chant or the wave.

100. Finishing this list!

If you want to go back and read the other installations, click these links:

100 Things to be Happy About: Part 1

100 Things to be Happy About: Part 2

100 Things to be Happy About: Part 3

100 Things to be Happy About: Part 4

100 Things to be Happy About: Part 5

100 Things to be happy about

Halloween: The Costume Edition

IĀ  realize it’s officially not Halloween any more, but I hadn’t yet shared with you the awesomeness that was my costume!

As you’ll realize from reading past posts (namely, this) or from talking to me, I’ve been watching Firefly. Eventually, the need to know what happens outweighed my need for the show not to end, so I also watched Serenity. If you are even a little bit nerdy and just a teeny bit enjoy Star Trek, or Legend of the Seeker, or anything like that, you should go to Hulu and watch Firefly Season 1 right now. If you’re on Netflix, you can watch it there, too. Go watch it, now.

Go on, I’ll wait.

Though the movie aired in 2005 and the show ended after just one season, we decided to go as Mal and Inara for Halloween.

Unbeknownst to me, there’s a whole cosplay thing goin’ on with this show. Most of them are terrible. In my own humble opinion our costumes were pretty great.

My costume is store bought and I fully expect that the majority of people in the world (and at Halloween parties in the good ol’ O.C.) have no idea who the heck I am supposed to be.

Mal and Inara

Guesses ranged from Jeannie from I Dream of Jeannie (clearly not, she wears pants), to Jasmine from Disney’s Aladdin movie (obvious no, since she wears blue and also, pants) to a geisha girl (um.. no).

No one guessed Bollywood dancer, which was what the costume was called when I bought it in fancy plastic packaging at the Costume Castle.

But it absolutely made my night that the few people who knew the show knew right away that I was supposed to be Inara. After seeing Mal, of course. You kinda need the reference to get the outfit.

My cousin even texted my mom to let her know her daughter was a prostitute. Good to know family’s watchin’ out. šŸ™‚

Halloween was a total success.Ā  And a good mix of boozin’ adult party time and PG rated fun, with a Sunday night pajama-time viewing of “The Rite“, and pumpkin buying and decorating last week with my little cousins!

There are also tiny pumpkins and gourds decorating my bedroom. I’m planning to keep them up through Thanksgiving. It’s freakin’ fall – time to get seasonal!

Does mayonnaise go bad?




After a morning of last minute Halloween costume shopping, I find myself generally appalled at the lengths costume shops go to in making ‘sexy’ (read: skanky) versions of Halloween costumes.

Today, I kid you not, I saw a sexy version of Nemo from “Finding Nemo”… essentially this is an orange and white striped mini dress, with orangeĀ  bow trim. Yikes.


My costume is a little less provocative. And much less disturbing. Anyone want to guess?

The cure for all this hectic Halloween-ing is a leisurely BLT sandwich afternoon with one of my favorite people šŸ™‚

Which brings me to an important question: does mayo ever go bad?

Halloween on my mind

This is no surprise, but I LOVE this time of year!

And I can’t stop thinking about pumpkin patches, candy corn, sweet fresh apples and all the organizing, planning and fun of the holiday season. (What? You mean your idea of fun isn’t planning Christmas three months in advance? You poor thing.)

Cooler weather (just like warmer weather, spring, winter, etc…) also means pasta. Vincent didn’t know I had a bucketload of frozen tomatoes in my kitchen, so he brought by some garlic tomato sauce to go with tonight’s dinner.

We used my dad’s recipe for Parmesan chicken, and served it with pasta and tomato sauce. And wine. I made extra chicken and turned that into a sandwich for lunch at work today! Look at me, little miss productivity!


The ‘Tron’ soundtrack is playing as I type this. If only this post were so epic.


This last photo is cool only because I centered the reflection of the dining room light in the center of the glass, so it kind of looks like a teeny ping pong ball is floating in there.


As you can see, the Halloween decorations are on display. Since Halloween is like, tomorrow, and parties started last weekend, I’ve gotta ask. What is your Halloween costume??

Are you recycling old costumes? Do you trick or treat?

I’d tell you mine but I still have no idea what that will be…

Fall leaves, fall colors, fall weather…

California hasn’t yet given up summer sun, but it’s beginning to get cooler.

Still, there’s a feel to the air that screams fall. It seems like everyone blogging has something to say about this favorite time of year.

Here’s a roundup of my top fall blog posts so far. If I’ve missed any, please let me know so I can add!

I adored the decorations, especially the tree branches and the front step pumpkins in this post from Loonyville.

Loonyville blog post on fall.

My friend over at Two Betties shared her fall favorites back in September. Who isn’t a fan of pumpkin spice drinks?

If you’re not in a spot where all the leaves change, the Fall Color Blog has you covered, with tons of gorgeous pictures (and potential computer/phone backgrounds) of fall foliage at its best.

I also enjoyed Self Magazine’sĀ suggestions of how to use canned pumpkin. Though I’ve heard rumors of a potential pumpkin shortage, it’s always good to have ideas on hand for when you can’t use up the gigantic can of pumpkin puree in one recipe.

And if you’re a fan of sweaters and scarves, the InStyle fall fashion guide shows bright colors everywhere this season. I’ve already got my scarves accessible and ready for the crisp fall mornings.

Don’t let us forget this oldie (I crack up every time I read this. Warning: Contains multipleĀ obscenities): It’s Decorative Gourd Season…Ā 

My favorite line: “That shit is going to look so seasonal.”

Day 3: Harajuku take 1

It was dark when we arrived at the train station in Harajuku. Great shopping including a 100 yen shop on the main street, and seriously fancy shopping a street away.



We walked into the costume shop and ogled over some blingin’ suits and corset outfits which were not just for Halloween… I took a picture of the display and got yelled at but the street is so loud I didn’t hear.

Down a side street past some art galleries, one with a great painting of an octopus flower, we found the restaurant. It was okonomiyaki, really yummy with lots of egg and a little bacon.



I took another picture that does not feature my outstretched arm, but apparently failed to upload the right version.

Instead of getting back on the train at Harajuku, we walked through Shibuya, crossed the famous intersection, and took a train back. Every designer name was featured here, and they recently got Forever 21 and H&M too. We stopped in at a gigantic Ralph Lauren to check out the men’s bags (boys carry bags here, not just backpacks or laptop cases). They had some cool displays but I imagine they would frown on photography.

We also went into a mall designed by a famous architect but I dont have photos there either because I obeyed the ‘no photography’ sign. And because the French sweets store was too crowded. Vincent and I looked at the varied flavors of macaroons.

We did not see any of the crazily dressed Japanese people who hang out here but if we return at the right time we maybe can take some stealth photos of them. Dain says they freak out if you ask to take a picture…. But we are tourists so maybe they will oblige?

On the way, we popped into a conveni where Vincent bought an energy drink and I got an ice cream cone. I almost bought ice cream but it was something like Ā„350 for a single serving size of haagen-daz. The ice cream I did buy was not overly sweet and had a stiffer consistency than the ice cream in the states, and the chocolate topping was the perfect amount. Possibly they use whole milk in everything, or cream?



We are serious pros now and I could maybe get myself a few places alone by train, if it is a newer train that uses some English letters…the older trains are all in Japanese so we can’t tell if they are saying this exit Shibuya or next exit Shibuya. They announce the future stop so you can be ready.

Vincent tried train surfing earlier today, where you don’t hold the handles or the railing and you us balance so you don’t fall over into people when the train lurches. I bet you can get killer abs doing that.

We have reserved a room at an onsen? I’m not sure I spell things correctly here. So tomorrow night will be about an hour from here. We can spend the day relaxing and soaking in hot springs, and the night feasting and doing the same.

After all this walking around (my purse and my calves feel like a brick by the end of the day) we can all use a good soak in hot water.