“All I want is for many gay men to dress up as me for Halloween.” -Mindy Kaling

Took an old blanket I borrowed indefinitely from an unnamed airline and sewed on a hood.

This blanket was previously used as a supervillain costume.

There wasn’t much fabric left so it looked kind of sad. If I had had more time I probably would have added more flair to the hood and made a corset too.

Lots of other creative DIY costumes at this party.

These heads were left behind at a Goodwill and rescued from garbage dump oblivion to get their 5 seconds of fame onstage.

Live band karaoke!

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” -William Butler Yeats

Been subbing for an adorable 2nd grade class for the last two weeks. The students get super excited when I let them use the colored pencils instead of their usual crayons.

We explored how to tell time, and other useful skills, during our morning math meetings.

Public school lunches are pretty hard to swallow, but I’ll eat a free meal anytime. On Friday we celebrated October birthdays with a cupcake party! I used to get my sugar highs in college by eating frosting straight from the can, so this was a nice afternoon delight.

“I would roll up pennies to take the subway to work in Times Square. I was broke, but I was happy.” – Jennifer Garner

Went to the Rail Volution reception. Got in with a press pass courtesy of my friend Laura.

Held at the historic Union Station, with a live band, servers wearing Prohibition era costumes, and of course, tasty eats.

Shrimp with passion fruit juicer

Cheese plate

Refreshments

Sweets

and a candy bar!

Filled two bags for myself

And talked to a nice lady who’s an advocate for reducing the amount of noise produced by BART.

“I like PBS, I love Big Bird, I actually like you too, but I’m going to stop borrowing money from China to pay for things we don’t need.” – Mitt Romney

Went to see a free Lost Moon Radio show at KPCC (Southern California Public Radio). In addition to the kickass show, 89.3 also provided drinks and dinner.

Tex-Mex salad, pesto pasta, cheesy breadsticks, and pork cubes.

Really good carrot cake.

And beer on tap.

On a side note, this event was funded largely by member contributions. Not the federal government.

megapost draft

Wow, it’s been a month since I’ve updated this blog, so to make up for it I’ve created a mega-post.

Made a trip to the Bay Area and wandered around the Marin Headlands to get this great view:

Then it was back to LA to work on a friend’s Karaoke web series.

Got this Goth dress at a thrift store. Quite pleased with the versatility of this purchase as over the past few years I’ve worn it to five different Halloween/costume parties.

Hiked around Point Dume with the boy. Parking is $6 at the trailhead but you can save money by leaving your car on the PCH and starting your hike from there.

Packed a picnic with fun snacks to eat while we enjoyed the view.

Attended a wedding in Long Beach and snagged another flower arrangement to brighten up my apartment.

Then it was back up to the Bay to visit with a dear friend from my college days. We split dessert at Tartine Bakery. This lemon cream tart was delicious, and so were all the sexy sailors walking around SF because of Fleet Week. Got to love free eye candy.

And free tickets for the Berkeley Rep! I enjoyed Chinglish, especially Michelle Krusiec’s performance, but at times the dialogue reminded me of a Theater Rice sketch.

Guess what else was free? The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival!

Thanks to Warren Hellman, I got to see Ben Kweller, and an amazing performance by Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins.

Driving back down to LA was murder. I was so tired I had to slap myself to stay awake. Luckily I had borrowed a couple of CDs from the library to get myself through stretches of radio hell. I was delighted to hear K-pop while driving through the Central Valley. Check out this Gangnam parody I worked on. We have over 2 million hits!

Also made a stop at Casa de Fruta to fill up. Gas prices made me wince. (And they got higher once I got back into LA.) Luckily this rest stop also had a mini-Renaissance fair going on, a whole house of fruit for sale, and vintage farm machines on display.

And finally, my friend got us free entry into the LA Art Platform. Postconsumer chic statement about all the unnecessary tools we hoard underneath the sink?