Monday, July 14, 2008

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

Set in 1832, this sea story begins with a warning to the reader: "Not every 13-year-old girl is accused of murder, brought to trial, and found guilty." Charlotte Doyle is a spunky, intelligent American girl whose English education has shaped her to be a lady. No wonder that, from the moment she boards a merchant ship headed for home, she feels out of place. She's the only passenger, her cabin's a dark hole, and the captain's name terrifies burly dock workers.

This was my favorite book when I was 11 years old. I came across my battered copy of it just a couple weeks ago while reorganizing my book shelves. It brought back memories of reading and rereading it until 3 or 4 o'clock in the morning. I can still remember my dad coming in and turning off my light without warning and saying, "Let the hero suffer." It would make me furious! But now, it's a little funny.

As a child, I was an avid reader. I read for hours each night. On top of that, I wrote in my journal every single day for years upon end. What happened to me? Now I play Sudoku until my eyes cross and I force myself to turn the lights out, but then I just end up dreaming about where that stupid #5 belongs. And when was the last time I wrote in my journal? Good question. I don't actually remember.

Maybe it's time for a hobby reevaluation. I've heard the Twilight series of books are great, but I don't want to be cliché in my reading. Is that lame? Probably.

Monday, July 7, 2008

4th of July

I spent the 4th of July down in Orange County again this year. But this time we were lucky enough to see the fireworks and not just colored fog! What's better than a little BBQ, volleyball, and poolside fun? The sunset was breathtaking and it was super fun to meet new people... uh... I mean... boys. ;)

Check out these views. Can life get any better?! I don't think so.

Not so complicated...

The new Denise Richards reality show on E! launched a few weeks ago. The tag line is "It's Complicated". I've watched a couple episodes and I just don't understand what's so complicated. Joel McHale on The Soup agrees, he makes fun of the tag line every chance he can get. It's comical, that's for sure.

Anyway, I helped work on the image campaign for this show and Living Lohan. I'll be honest, it's pretty fun to drive around Los Angeles and see something you've worked on plastered on a billboard or a building--over 70 feet tall!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Happy Birthday!!!

June was full of birthday celebrations. Oh how I love birthdays.
I'll let the photos do the talking this month. :)

Kami's Birthday @ Pinkberry... swirly goodness.

Julia-Goolia's Brownie & Ice Cream Spectacular

Heidi's Italian Masterpiece of a Birthday

Jeff's celebration before the celebration

Opening Night @ the Hollywood Bowl

At the last minute, I found out that Sir James Galloway was playing at the Hollywood Bowl. He's basically considered a the best flutist in the world, so seeing him perform again was something I didn't want to miss. The LA Phil is always fantastic, but coupled with BB King, Liza Minelli, and Sir James Galloway... it was fabulous. If you know me well, you also know I LOVE fireworks... it was the perfect night.