365, 6: day 306

Los Angeles

I painted all night and I never want to paint again but it’s done! (Or let’s hope it’s done when we see it totally dried in the daylight.) The color doesn’t really photograph well, but I love it IRL plus my kitty plus still loving the Presidential podcast.

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365, 6: day 305

Los Angeles

I’m loving this long-term Zumba sub so much and I hope he just stays permanently. After that, we went to see a great film that one of my husband’s friends from college directed, which was really crazy and fun, except for getting home way too late and being hungry and just wanting to go to sleep.

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365, 6: day 304

Los Angeles

My parents left this morning, which was sad, but at least I had leftover curry for lunch and a slow day at work. I went to the gym, bought paint, made a quick salad from leftovers, and primed our reading room (the most boring type of painting) while listening to my new favorite podcast Presidential, the James Monroe and JQA episodes. Can’t wait to actually paint!

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365, 6: day 303

Los Angeles

I had two plans for my mom’s time here: cleaning out my room of shame and making a Roman shade for one of our bedroom windows. What I didn’t really realize is what a project a Roman shade would be. First of all, the extra curtain I thought I had (for matching fabric) didn’t exist. Then, we couldn’t really find a great alternate pattern at the fabric store. And then I realized that, to buy all of the things needed to construct the curtain would cost over $100, which is definitely not what I wanted to spend on this. So we gave up. Instead, I powered through more room-cleaning and my mom made a huge batch of curry! So I’m realllly excited to eat that all week and hopefully even have leftovers to freeze. We ended up getting through about 90% of the room, and then my mom insisted we move everything to get it ready to paint. So I went one step further and taped the entire thing! So tomorrow night I can finally begin painting, which is so much further than I thought I would get (plus our fence is done and looks beautiful!. We went out to dinner (I finally found a perfect Italian place to take my parents) and played cards and went to bed too early and I’m really bummed the weekend is over already.

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365, 6: day 302

Los Angeles

My mom and I tackled our future reading room / current “room of shame” today. My mom is an expert organizer, and she directed me through moving everything, sorting through things, re-purposing what we already have, etc. We got through probably 70% of the room and then I got totally burnt out, so we went to Target and World Market and Trader Joes, to do some errands. And then we re-grouped with my dad and husband, who had been staining our fence all day, and went to a Dodgers’ game! Which was a great break, especially because it was a beautiful night and actually ended up being a good game. My dad and husband spent the rest of the night smoking cigars and drinking scotch, while my mom and I played Canasta.

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365, 6: day 301

Los Angeles

I went to a symposium at USC today, with great illustrations like this and a bunch of people I knew. I love being in this field. And then I went home to meet my parents! We caught up, grilled, played cards, and just had a delightful time. Getting ready for their visit was very stressful, but I’m so glad they’re here!

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365, 6: day 300

Los Angeles

My parents come tomorrow, so we did a lot of running around getting ready for that. For me, that was laundry (we got a new comforter for the guest room!), vacuuming, putting things away, etc. For my husband, it was power washing our fence, which he and my dad are going to seal and stain this weekend. Look at what a difference the power washing makes?! We had pizza for dinner, with rosé, which detoured the cleaning, and we ended up just staying up way too late talking, so I cancelled my hike plans (with myself) for the morning and now I need to wake up and do a bunch more cleaning, but oh well.

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