Sunday, December 4, 2011

Gas Station Saves Your Life/Eternal Soul? And other news

Whatuuup everyone!

I saw this at a gas station the other day and thought it was hilarious.
I just love the idea that anyone would see a sign at a gas station and be like, " OMG! You're right! I gotta go change my life!"

And look, this truck has a DRAGON coming out of it!!

I worked a lot (interned, actually, but I hate that word because it makes me think of internal medicine, which is obviously a good thing, but not accurate to what I do) over the Thanksgiving holiday because I didn't go out of town. One day I bought this at Gelsons:

It's a MOJO bar! MOJO! It was pretty good. The chocolate almond coconut or whatever flavor is the best. It tastes like seven layer bars, which I haven't eaten since eighth grade when I went to my aunt's house and ate seventeen of them in a day (or something like that) and officially disgusted all of my family members. But they are so tasty.

I made some killer smoothies.

A Clementine Julius -- a bunch of clementines, some almond milk, a little Sunwarrior vanilla protein powder, some stevia, and some frozen mango. I left it a little chunky, which sounds gross, but it was straight-up awesome.

Cranberries and bananas (?) and Sunwarrior and stevia? Lots of fresh cranberries. They are good for you and your urinary tract! I love a good, healthy urinary tract.

I made a bunch of salad, as is de rigeur in my party mansion. I made a weird dressing out of tofu and nutritional yeast and random stuff that I didn't love but oh well whatever. I also discovered that cucumbers are a little bit icky in large quantities.

This is what I ate for dinner tonight:

A few Trader Joe's meatless meatballs microwaved for a minute, covered in BBQ sauce, and mashed with raw spinach. The spinach gets a little wilty, but not too wilty. This might sound disgusting but it was GREAT. I like my food green and probably a little gross-looking.

Oh, I had a great dinner at Tender Greens last night -- the Happy Vegan Salad -- but I was not alone so I didn't take pictures of it. But it was beautiful and delicious.

I had a really good week with some career news I will share soon. And tomorrow I am getting photos taken of me RAPPING! I'm seriously excited about this. I have been practicing my rapping skills for days in anticipation and I am going to bring it.


Monday, November 21, 2011

Continental Drift: Cagematch Champions!

My job and general lifestyle doesn't have a consistent schedule, but I've fallen into a bit of a routine recently. Here's a little taste of my general schedule over the last three weeks.

Mondays: Go to Harold Night at UCB!
Tuesday: Internship at UCB
Wednesday: Improv 401 class, then practice with my team Badge Patrol

I have a couple hours between class and practice, so I've been walking to Whole Foods and getting some veggies from the salad bar as my special Wednesday treat. :) If you're careful with your purchases, you can get a good dinner for $3-$5.

Spicy cauliflower and peas!

Ratatouille put on top of salad. Who cares

Three weeks in a row. Mmmm that Indian-style cabbage and peas was delicious. I wish I could eat all my meals at Whole Foods.

Thursday: I've been going to the 11th Hour improv show pretty consistently, and they've been having some great shows. A couple weeks ago Donald Glover (from Community) showed up as a surprise guest and put on a great show with his team Derrick Comedy.

Last week I also went to a SAG Screening of The Descendants. George Clooney himself was there for the Q&A afterwards! The movie is getting a lot of great reviews but I felt somewhat mixed about it... I just felt it was inconsistent. I was also spoiled by recently seeing Beginners, which is a masterpiece.

Friday: Morning is practice with my improv team Pistol Whippersnappers. And then for the last three weeks in the evening I've had Cagematch with my team Continental Drift! More on that in a moment.

Saturday: This week and last week I interned for UCB, even though Saturday isn't my usual day. I also auditioned for a sketch team. I didn't make it, but it was a good motivator for me to work more on my sketches.

Sunday: Continental Drift practice and probably another improv show.

My daytime hours change, but that's when I run all my errands, apply for acting jobs, etc. I've been writing a lot in my free time. Last week in one night I wrote two sketches and an entire re-write of the movie I'm working on. I stayed up until 8:30 AM because I couldn't go to bed until I finished it!

Now, back to my exciting Continental Drift news. We are the current champions of the iO West Friday night Cagematch! We've won three weeks in a row. What happens is two improv teams do 20-minute sets, and then the audience votes who they thought won. The winning team gets to come back and compete again the next week! It's so fun and my friends have been amazing about coming out and supporting us. Continental Drift actually had three shows this week -- at iO on Monday night, Cagematch on Friday night, and at Dangerfield's II on Sunday night.

Here we are after winning our first Cagematch!

After our second victory!

Third victory.

We'll be back this Friday at 7:30! Wish us luck. =)

I hope that everyone has a good Thanksgiving, and I hope you won't be celebrating over a carcass. Tofurky is surprisingly good, guys! Check out last year's Thanksgiving post for some great vegan recipes. I'm thankful for improv, winning, LA, my family, my friends, the Whole Foods salad bar, my new apartment, the internet, sweatshirts, and everyone who reads this blog!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

New apartment!

Eek I haven't updated since I moved?? Bad me! I didn't have the internet for the first SIX days. I feel like there aren't many Americans who go six days without going on the internet anymore. You'd think I would have gotten more reading done, but I didn't.

So, I moved to a new apartment this month and I love it. I now live within walking distance of UCB, where I started an internship this month. Walking to work is awesome. I'm also within 3-4 miles of almost everything I need to go to, so I've been vaguely considering exploring other forms of transportation, like a bike. But I hate biking. I kind of want to learn how to skateboard -- I see people getting around town on boards all the time, and you don't have to lock them up outside, worry about them getting stolen, or ride in traffic, a few of my least favorite parts of biking.

Before I moved, I took all of my stuff and put it in the living room of my old apartment.

That's all the stuff I own, minus my bed, desk, and bookshelf. It just looks so funny to put all your shit in one place that I had to take a picture of it. As you can see, potential robbers, I have nothing worth stealing. Old clothes, plastic furniture, and a few sweet pairs of vegan shoes.

To avoid creepers, I won't post many pictures of my new place. It's a tiny studio, anyways. But here is one picture where you can see my bed/couch, my Elvis poster, and my Gaudi reproduction that I bought at the Gaudi museum in Clearwater, FL. Aren't my interior decorating skills killer?

My super awesome mom bought me a coffee maker! I love coffee.

That picture was taken in my old apartment -- my new apartment has a tiny match-lit oven.

Reusable filter! No buying paper filters! It's the best!

Last week I wanted pizza. That's pretty rare for me, as I've never really been a pizza person. I'm pretty proud of my pizza-like invention, though.

Half a tortilla covered with BBQ sauce, TVP, and arugula, microwaved for a minute. Sprinkled with Parm! vegan parmesan. Ta da! Yep, I'm lazy.

In completely different news, I'm also now on elance... trying to make more money. Has anyone else tried out internet freelancing on elance or another site?

Tomorrow -- and this is definitely going to happen, because I already wrote it -- I am going to write a little about my recent schedule and share some very exciting improv-related news!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Improv Party

I'm moving tomorrow! I've been packing and cleaning like crazy and I need to get back to it but first I wanted to share my (excellent) Halloween costume with you all. I went to an improv party on Friday night -- what that means is that people get together and party, and then split up into groups of 6-8 and do 10 minute sets for each other. It's very fun and very nerdy. That also should help explain why so many weird things are going on in my pictures.

Can you tell what I am ?? I had several guesses, including a character in Fargo and the bird lady from Home Alone 2, but my costume was actually just Midwesterner in Winter.

Not too many opportunities to wear snowboots in LA!

Love this picture. Keep in mind, it was a costume party.

Battle! You can see that I'm getting hot and unzipped my coat...

And I finally had to take it all off because I was sweating SO intensely. But I made it at least an hour and a couple of improv sets with all that stuff on, including my gloves! :)

Have a Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

First Continental Drift Improv Show!

Can you guess what I did this week? If you guessed improv, producing, working on set, and going to networking events, you would be right!

Monday? PA on set, Tweetup.

Tuesday and Wednesday, PA during the day, improv maniac by night.

Thursday I went to a couple of networking events and did various fascinating budget-related producing work.

On Friday I had my first show with my improv team, Continental Drift! If you're in LA, like us on Facebook and come to our next show. :)

We had a 30-minute slot, which is very long for an improv show, but it was fun and it never felt like it dragged. An amazing, supportive friend of mine came and took pictures. Thank you!

That pictures is of me being a very short person at a basketball tryout, BTW.

And this is me mediating a speed date in a very intimidating way. Because people will fall in LOVE at my speed-dating sessions, damn it!

Performing is so fun. I do wonder how serious my mental problems are that I feel such a need for lots of people to look at and pay attention to me.

On Saturday had the great fortune to see a screening of TREE OF LIFE, Terrence Malick's latest film. I have to write a whole review, but I want to write a very spoilery review. So I'll probably make it its own post and put warnings all over it, but I'm going to wait for my mom to see it. Consider this my ringing endorsement -- if you get a chance to see The Tree of Life, do it. It's amazing. And if you haven't seen any Malick films, please do. Set aside some time and really pay attention and just lose yourself in it. My favorite is The New World. Go. Now. Gooooo

This week has mostly consisted of going to improv shows and practices and working on the budget for the film. I actually pulled an all-nighter last night because I was on a ROLL, just doing math for eight straight hours. If math-phobic little kid me knew how much math I do now, she would be amaaaazed and horrified.

Today I had my first UCB 401 class from 3-6! Yeah guys, I'm a senior! I had practice with my group Badge Patrol at 8:30 nearby, so I just walked to Whole Foods and ate salad bar and read my Complete Film Production Handbook to kill time in between. Yes, I'm fascinating.

Dinner -- half of the salad bar offerings plus ratatouille from the hot bar. Five bucks. I would rather eat dinner at Whole Foods than any restaurant.

In an addendum to last week's NEWS -- I got the apartment I applied for! I'm moving at the end of the month. It's a very small studio, but it will be MINE ALL MINE! Look at my cute kitchen!

And this flower-covered sidewalk outside!

I'd love to show y'alls more but... safety, y'know. I will tell you that it's a German-style Fachwerk house, and it's cute and old-fashioned. I was born in a German apartment and I'm excited to live in one again!


BTW I've been watching a lot of Breaking Bad and it is super good.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Some sharp words from a friend of mine at the Tweetup last night convinced me to finally update my blog! I'm sorry I've been away. I've missed you. I've been so incredibly busy. The biggest reason is that I got a new job! I'm producing a movie that's in pre-production. That's about all I can say right now but I will say that it's very exciting and also a lot of work. Yayayayy for work!

I mentioned in my last post that my sister was born, but I didn't have any pictures. Here she is in her newborn glory:

She's actually kinda cute, huh?

There's baby brother on his 2nd birthday, my stepmom, and new baby sister.

I'm still doing lots of improv. I graduated 301. Here's my class before our graduation show:

I'm on the top left. We were supposedly posing like a winning baseball team with our teacher posing as our giant trophy, but it looks more like we took him hostage.

I'm starting 401 in a week! Can't wait! I'm also on four indie teams, so I'm doing improv almost every day. That's called obsession, folks.

MORE big news... I'm moving. Not out of LA! Don't get crazy! But I am moving apartments and I'm going to live by myself. I found a studio in Franklin Village that I like and I applied for, but I haven't heard yet whether I got it or not. Yarr the suspense! If anyone follows me on Twitter, you've seen how boring my tweets have been for the last couple weeks, as they have mostly revolved around how cranky apartment hunting makes me.

And on the health front, I've been feeling a bit sluggish lately. I haven't had time for long workouts and I've missed them. The minute I get a free day I am going on a long, long walk. And stretching. I've been squeezing in some weight lifting and a little cardio almost every day, but not what I need. It's so tough to exercise enough when you are working constantly and out of the house!

I've attended a few nice functions lately so I have some pictures for Fashion Friday. I've been a bit overwhelmed lately but I still luv you. SEE YOU THEN.

Link of the Day (Month?): SUPER interesting post about how improv makes you a better conversationalist, and also makes you less tolerant of conversations with non-improvisers. Not just appealing to the improv obsessed, however, it's also just a great observation of some flaws in many people's communication styles. Want an example? The first point is called "PEOPLE TALK ABOUT WHAT THEY WANT AND DO NOT LISTEN." So true, right?

Friday, September 23, 2011

Birthday Birthday Birthday

I went to Bloomington for my brother's 21st birthday last week, and I'm really glad I went. There was a bad part, though. He got in a motorcycle accident on the morning of his birthday and hurt his ankle, so he had to spend some time at the doctor and then use crutches. He's OK, and more concerned about his motorcycle than his own health. Thank God he always wears a helmet.

We went to an IU football game -- and IU won! Here's a picture of the tailgate:

I had a black bean burger and grilled onions. I ate grilled onions with a fork. Don't judge me.

Then we came home for dinner and presents. My mom made a vegan quiche!

I don't have the exact recipe, but she said she just searched for a quiche recipe using silken tofu, because that's all she had on hand. She used pre-made pie crust and sprinkled bread crumbs on top.

The bottom layer had TVP crumbles and vegan sausage, veggie layer had spinach and onions, and top layer had tofu mixture of silken tofu, Parm, sunflower seeds, and a little soy milk pureed in the blender. The recipe also called for some agave that we all agreed should be omitted next time. But it tasted great and I would definitely make this for company.

After dinner the birthday boy opened presents -- I got him the game Apples to Apples.

Mom made vegan chocolate cake! (Sorry this picture is messed up but I don't feel like figuring out how to fix it) Chocolate cake mix made with applesauce and Ener-G egg replacer and my mom made the frosting out of powdered sugar, Tofutti cream cheese, and Earth Balance. It was AMAZING.

And we went out drinking! I am holding a shot in this picture but I didn't actually drink it. I was the designated driver.

Lovely birthday that I'm glad I got to spend with my lovely brother.

Today I celebrated a whole NEW birthday -- my baby sister was born today! She doesn't have a name yet, but she's a baby and she's healthy. And my baby brother is turning two tomorrow. Happy birthday to all of my siblings!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Bye Bye, Bloomington :(

I'm home! I had a great trip to Bloomington and I'll write more about it tomorrow and include pictures. To break it up I figured I'd just post about my travel food today.

Before I left, Mom and I had lunch at Bloomingfoods. I got a big salad with spinach, mixed greens, mushrooms, carrots, onions, tofu, crazy delicious slaw (on the left) and sun-dried tomato hummus (on the right). Tasty.

Mom packed me a bunch of food for the trip. What a sweetie she is!

Fresh CSA watermelon.

Brussels sprouts from Bloomingfoods. I missed these! Bloomingfoods makes the best brussels sprouts.

Magic tofu!

A big delicious salad. Greens, carrots, celery, cucumbers, and a Boca spicy chik patty.

And a cookie!

I haven't had a cookie in a long time, and there definitely is a good thing about keeping cookies special treats, as God intended -- I was so freaking excited about eating this cookie. And it was delicious.

And just so that this entire post doesn't only feature pictures of food, here's a picture of me wearing my friend's glasses!

I think I look cute in glasses but I don't need them. Oh darn.

In other news, fall TV is back! I watched the pilot episode of The New Girl. It was cute, and I'll see where it goes. Are there any shows you're excited to watch?

Friday, September 16, 2011

Indiana and the Owlery

Lovely day in Bloomington today. But it was cold -- I had to wear three shirts! I walked to and around campus, went to my mom's class, and then a panel with the 9/11 Commission for the 10-year anniversary, where they talked about how America is different now and how many of their recommendations have been heeded. It was remarkable to see a bipartisan commission work together so well, and I only wish we had more of that type of bipartisanship in Washington.

Mom and I walked around downtown and Kirkwood and then to a new vegan restaurant in Bloomington called the Owlery. It was great! Can you believe that Bloomington has a vegan restaurant? They do offer the option of dairy cheese on some items, so they aren't 100% vegan, though all menu items are vegan by default.

I got the seitan skewers with a side of collard greens. It was delicious, with a great teriyaki flavor.

My step-dad enjoyed his "fried chicken," my mom really liked her dill tempeh, and my friend loved the pierogies. I tried a bite and I would definitely recommend them. We got plantains as an appetizer, and they were delicious. Prices are definitely cheaper than in LA, but the food was just as good. If you're in Bloomington, check out the Owlery! They make a great addition to Bloomington's other favorite vegan options, Roots on the square and the hot bar at Bloomingfoods.

After dinner we went and saw Rise of the Planet of the Apes! I haven't seen a movie in forever, so I was very excited. I really liked the movie, and it will definitely make you think twice about supporting animal testing. I would love to see video of Andy Serkis' performance pre-CGI transformation into Caesar the ape -- I find the idea of a human playing a primate character extremely fascinating.

I'm catching up on HBO (Entourage and Game of Thrones). It feels great to have cable!