Friday, July 29, 2011

Fashion Friday: Seventies Swingin'

I love this vintage shirt I bought in Lawrence. Mom said she owned shirts just like it in the seventies. It's versatile, lightweight, and has a cute cut.




With my new, flare-leg jeans.

Shirt: Vintage
Jeans: TJ Maxx
Shoes: Nike
Watch: Target

It's no secret that I adore seventies fashion so I am a bit obsessed with this shirt right now!

I wore this outfit to an audition on Tuesday. It was on the USC campus, and I saw that they now have a "healthy" vending machine:


There's Clif bars, Odwalla bars, rice cakes, etc. Not as healthy as fresh fruits and veggies but definitely better than standard vending machine fare.

On Wednesday I went to Room 101, an indie improv show. I got to meet some people I've been seeing around, so that was good.

Thursday I spent all day running around getting props and costumes for An Apology -- our production designer quit this week and we're filming this weekend so we all had to pitch in and collaborate! I bought prop guns, went to a lumber store to get plywood that didn't fit in my car and had to be recut to fit my trunk, rifled through Goodwill... At 7 I went to see Hamlet at Griffith Park for free! It was really enjoyable. I'm going back on Saturday to see the Merry Wives of Windsor.


Our view

Creepy picture of my friends


The audience. It takes place in the Old Zoo -- you can see the zoo remnants in the distance. It's really a cool atmosphere.

Food-wise, I've been eating up my fruit and veggie salads and now they're both gone! I need to go back to the store and get my chop going.


Tomorrow I'm checking out LA Navy Week!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Salad Chop-a-ganza

I'm back in LA. I flew back on Saturday and luckily it was pretty uneventful. I did make an 11-year-old friend on my first flight. And I packed myself two identical salads, one for lunch and one for dinner:


Salad leftovers topped with torn-up Field Roast deli slices and Parm!

On Sunday I went to the farmers' market and Trader Joe's and got a huge amount of fresh fruits and veggies. Then Mom and I skyped for three hours while chopping! It does take some time to make big salads but now I should have enough salad to tide me over for a while.


Here's my loot -- red peppers, zucchini, grapes, an apple, cherry tomatoes, pluots (plum/apricots) broccoli, kale, a cantaloupe, almond milk, strawberries, mixed greens, fresh mint and basil, onions, corn, a pineapple, a grapefruit, TJ's chickenless strips, veggie ground beef, and wasabi peas (to spice up salads). I spent about $25 in each place.

My first fruit salad of the week - strawberries, cantaloupe, grapes, and pluots.


Yummm.

I made this salad for my dinner:


There's all the veggies I bought -- mixed greens, onions, kale, tomatoes, red pepper, mint, basil, and zucchini. On top I added a few TJ's Chickenless strips, some veggie ground "beef," edamame, and a few wasabi peas to add intrigue. Topped off with a little fat-free balsamic vinegar, this salad was delicious and fueled me for a night of birthday partying. It was my friend's birthday and I planned him a little party at his house. He finally got to try beer pong for the first time:


I wore my new skirt!


$6. Te amo, Plato's Closet. Target t-shirt and Vera Wang for Kohl's (vegan) sandals. And that lovely lady next to me in this picture is a vegan (and an actress), too!

And I will leave you with an adorable picture of my dad and baby brother, both of whom I will miss. One of baby brother's favorite things to say now is, "I love water!"

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Unbroken

On Thursday I woke up really early to eat breakfast with my mom before they left. I was sad saying goodbye so I already set up a Skype date with my mom for Sunday.

At 7:30 AM it wasn't oppressively hot yet, so my step-mom and I took baby brother to the park.


We stayed for about an hour until it got really hot. When baby brother decided he wanted to leave, he just started packing up his toys! So mature and responsible! :)

My lunch and dinner looked like this:


Salad leftovers! My sweet mom packed me enough portioned-out salads to get me through my last couple of days in Kansas and my flight home. I also had an Amy's burger at lunch and some Chinese broccoli at dinner.

On Friday I had salad again for lunch and then we (my dad, step-mom, and I) went back to Yard House for dinner! I got the exact same thing as Monday. We wasted a little time before our movie and stopped into Gap, where I made my dad take a picture of me with this shirt:


Cute!

We saw Captain America. I really liked it! Chris Evans was great -- I've been a fan of his since Not Another Teen Movie. I also love movies set in the 40's, and action movies in general.

But now I want to tell you about one of the most important parts of my week.


UNBROKEN. Yes, it's the large print version, whatever.

This book, written by the author of Seabiscuit, is the true story of Louie Zamperini, an Olympic sprinter who survived on a tiny raft in the ocean for 47 days and then through years as a POW in Japan. It's an intense book, but it isn't all negative. Louie is still alive at 94, and the book was written through intense research and years of interviews with him. He has an incredible memory and he remembers every tiny good thing someone did for him. The book is full of how terrible people can be, but also how brave and kind. I'm glad that their stories are being told.

I actually cried a little bit telling my step-mom about the book today. That would make this only the second time I've cried while discussing literature -- the first time was sophomore year of high school when I was telling my mom the story of The Iliad. I still remember that because I felt so lame but was also impressed that The Iliad still has such emotional power after thousands of years.

Has anyone read this book? What did you think?

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Family, Food, and Kansas City Nostalgia

On Tuesday I had a doctor's appointment, with a blood test I had to fast for. So I was hungry afterwards! I went to HuHot Mongolian Grill with my mom and step-dad. My stir-fry had tons of veggies, some tofu, and ginger broth with a little sweet and sour sauce. I went back for more spinach and bamboo shoots. I love bamboo!


In the evening we went to downtown Lawrence, even though it was HOT outside. We went to the Wild Man vintage store to peruse and my mom gasped audibly when she found a shirt from her old elementary school that was demolished in the eighties. Clearly we bought it, and I am going to wear it.

We met up with my dad, etc. at Chipotle. I got a burrito bowl. I always get the same thing -- I say, "Vegetarian burrito bowl with a tiny bit of rice, black beans, fajita veggies, pico de gallo, some corn salsa, a tiny bit of guacamole, and as much lettuce as you'll give me."

And I got to sit next to the cutest dining partner.


My brothers held hands outside. So cute.


On Wednesday we went for a little tour of my mom's old life growing up in Kansas City, which included taking pictures of ourselves in front of a few houses where she used to live. My step-dad was totally embarrassed!


For lunch we actually went back to Chipotle, and I ordered the exact same thing. It's an easy place to go because we all know we'll like it.

In the afternoon we met up with my cousins at the Oak Park Mall.


Family photo! My cousin, my mom, my brother, my other cousin, me, and my cousin's baby.

We came home and Mom and I made a huuuge salad. Fresh greens, parsley, basil, zucchini, cucumber, tomatoes, onions, and lightly steamed kale, broccoli, and asparagus. All topped with a Boca Chik Patty!



We finished up the evening with me forcing everyone to watch my short films! Mwahahaha.


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Yard House and Family Dinner

It's been a lovely week with my family! My mom, step-dad, and brother went home today and I'll be going home on Saturday.

On Monday we went shopping at an outlet mall and had lunch at a chain restaurant called Yard House. They have a gigantic beer selection and surprisingly, an entire vegetarian menu featuring Gardein products! I got the BBQ Chicken Salad with no cheese and vinaigrette on the side, instead of the dressing it came with. I didn't want to make too many changes so I just picked off the fried onions and tortilla strips.




It was really delicious and flavorful, and I didn't even really need the dressing. It had romaine, corn, black beans, tomatoes, avocado, red pepper, carrots, Gardein "chicken" strips, and the fried onions and tortilla strips I picked out.


Mixed together:


Great lunch! It's always nice to find a chain in the Midwest that has nice vegan options.

We did some awesome outlet shopping, so I'm going to have great Fashion Friday posts coming up! But not this week, because I haven't been taking any outfit photos.

We invited my step-grandma over for dinner to celebrate her birthday. She became my mom's step-mom when my mom was in her twenties but she is the closest thing I have to a grandma. She just happens to live in the same town as my dad so we get to see her most of the times that we visit my dad. I think it's cool that my mom's step-mom hangs out with my dad and my step-mom, and she really loves my baby brother. My family tree is wayyy too confusing to draw.

Here she is blowing out the candle on her birthday cake:


The only candle we had was from baby brother's last birthday - a 1!

Dinner was veggie burgers, fruit salad, and corn on the cob. We had Amy's Quarter Pounders and everything was delicious.




And vegan carrot cake from the Merc for dessert! The Merc is a co-op grocery store in Lawrence. They usually only sell slices of cake, but my mom went in and asked if she could buy a whole one, so they defrosted one for us. It's the same cake I had on my last birthday, and it is delicious.


My step-dad was making my baby brother totally crack up!



Isn't he adorable?

Monday, July 18, 2011

Funeral and Flying

We had to wake up at 5:30 on Saturday (3:30 Pacific time!!) to fly in my dad's plane up to Aurora, Illinois for my great-aunt's funeral. She was a nun, so it was super Catholic.


Funerals are serious.

But honestly, I never met my great-aunt and knew almost nothing about her, so I mostly just felt bad for my grandpa losing his sister.

My brother flew us back -- he got his pilot's license last year (at age 19!). I'm so proud of him. My dad got his pilot's license when he was in the Army so my brother has always wanted to get his, too.





The flight was beautiful, and my brother did a great job!

Today we mostly just hung out on the porch or inside, escaping the over-100 degree temperatures. We watched baby brother play in his pool and watched Wall Street 2. And I got to work out. I haven't recorded my workouts in a few weeks because I got so busy. I've still been working out, just not quite as much. I've made sure to lift weights and at least squeeze in 20-30 minutes of cardio.

Food Diary:
Breakfast: 1/2 cup cereal with 1 cup almond milk and 1 cup fruit salad
Lunch: 1 cup black bean and raw corn salad, 4 radishes
Snack: Fresh cherries
Dinner: Salad with greens, kale, green beans, tomatoes, peppers, onions, chives, nooch, fat free Balsamic dressing, and Tofurky sausage
I added Tofurky brat slices after I took this picture.

Workout:
30 minutes elliptical
Weights/strength: biceps, triceps, deltoids, abs, obliques
10 minutes dance
stretching
25 minute walk

I hope you had a good weekend and that you aren't melting from the heat!

BTW, one really annoying thing that happened today is that my Twitter account got hacked. If any of you follow me on Twitter and got a DM from me, first of all, don't click on it. And secondly, I'm sorry! I hate hate hate spamming people and it really bothered me. I tried to write back to everyone that I DMed but Twitter wasn't showing me all of them. I changed my password so hopefully that won't happen again. What a bummer.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

I'm Going off to Kansas... to Kansas... to Kansas...

I'm in Kansas!

It's been a busy week. On Tuesday I did more work on re-editing my demo reel and I went to two improv shows. On Wednesday I went to the beach again -- I went a few weeks ago and went back to watch more surfing. I love the ocean.


Then I went to a few UCB shows that night. On Thursday I went to a couple events at The Actors' Network and then the CAPE summer mixer in the evening -- that's the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (I think). People kept asking me all night where I'm from, by which they really meant, "Are you Asian?" I did have some people tell me I look like I could be part Asian, and that I look exotic. Sounds good to me!

On Friday I had to wake up early (blah!) to fly to Kansas. I packed my leftovers for the plane, with a big bunch of steamed broccoli and my leftover "cheesy" rice.


I also ate a grapefruit on my flight, much to the chagrin of the dude sitting next to me. Sorry!

I'm here to visit my dad all week, and my mom, stepdad, and brother drove out from Indiana. We met up in Kansas City but first my dad, stepmom, and me had some time to kill so we walked around the Plaza. It is HOT here -- over 100 degrees, and in the nineties even after dark. Crazy. We stepped into the Barnes and Noble to cool down and saw these books:



As my dad said, "Math doesn't suck... but I do." These books just cracked me up because the covers look so cheap, like a cheesy porno. Of course pretty girls can be good at math but I still find these covers a tad strange and definitely funny.

After we tore our eyes away from sexy math books, we went to a free Gavin DeGraw concert! His voice is incredible, and he sounds exactly the same live as he does on his CDs.

I was going to write about what we did today, but this post is getting long. I'll share my pretty pictures tomorrow. :)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

ORANGE shirt!

I got a callback for that commercial audition last Thursday! I did it this morning, and it went fine. We pretty much did the same thing as the first audition, but for a bigger audience.

On Friday I ran callbacks but as I was parallel parking my tire grazed the curb and I heard this "SHHHHHHH" sound. I said DEAR GOD tell me that isn't what I thought it was. But it was.


I'm pointing at the large hole in my tire. =( Luckily a couple people helped me change my tire and then I had to get a new one the next day.

Other weekend activities -- we had a cookout at our house on Saturday night, I went to a UCB sketch show at midnight, and then two more shows last night. And three tonight...

In other news, I bought a new shirt! It was on clearance at Target for $4.90. YES. I love it and it is bright orange and I love it.



Jeggings. They sound ridiculous but they are so convenient!



This is my bronze goddess look. HAHA. I'm kidding, that's just the kind of thing you read in magazines.

I love orange. It's such a fun summery color!