MY WEEK IN PHOTOS: NOVEMBER 13–19, 2017!
A week of being a lazy slug during the week and literally struggling along at the hardest puzzle I’ve ever attempted. A three day weekend full of walking around downtown, Korean fried chicken, takoyaki, queso, crashing the LA pug meet up (with my dog in a tote bag), and cosmic encounters.
This technically is from Sunday evening, but I thought starting the week with a beautiful sunset wasn’t a bad idea.
Decided to set out on the journey of solving this tricky wood puzzle. I didn’t get very far.
Tuesday morning, woke up with Sufi staring at my face.
Spent a little time with the puzzle over my morning coffee. Seriously, this is hard.
Somebody on our floor had a catered breakfast so we snuck in to steal bagels before the clean up.
Tagged along on a research assistant’s tour of Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas.
This is made of shell. In the ancient Americas, metal (including gold) was used to make objects for ritual and regalia (not for tools, weapons or currency) but the most valuable materials were often hard to find and get like feathers from rare birds and shells from the bottom of the sea.
In the background you can see a huge tapestry made of blue and yellow feathers.
Many of these objects survived because they were discovered in a burial context. Spanish colonizers often took gold back with them to Spain to pay tax to the king.
Jadeite masks made by the Olmecs.
Fancy shells and jadite pearls inside
Really recommend checking out the exhibition if you’re in Los Angeles! It’s up till January 28, 2018 and then will travel to the Met Museum in New York.
Left my desk in the middle of the day, what a delight.
My apartment is chaos. Zach has found the one area where there isn’t shit. I still haven’t unpacked and my apartment is overflowing with crap. Wahhh, the colder nights and early sunsets have made me tired so early.
Zach said we had to get out of the house. Fine, but only to the grocery store to cook something for dinner…
Ralphs carries jackfruit now?!
And the cutest baby pineapples
Making some fajitas and Zach is in charge of queso.
Made way too much! But it was really delicious.
Tristan and I watching Season 2, Episodes 4 and 5 of Game of Thrones.
I started watching Bones as my accompanying puzzle show and WOW it’s pretty gross but I’m into it. Perfect puzzle show.
Friday morning. I am not exaggerating when I say I’ll sit at the puzzle for 10 minutes and get one or two pieces in place.
I didn’t realize how much harder it would be with irregularly shaped pieces. It’s hard when you can’t look at an area and estimate how many pieces will fill that space.
Green smoothie sponsored by Zach
Decided on an afternoon bike ride
The last time I wore these weird athetlic pants I got on clearance I was in a cave trekking in the dark in Vietnam. Waaah.
A few more pics on the bike, being a hazard to myself photographing while biking.
Back from biking, showered fresh, a few more minutes to puzzle.
First view from the parking garage elevator. Promising.
Walked over to the Curry House for the Gudetama x Curry House promotion.
The Gudetama meal promotion from Sanrio is $29 and includes a drink, a pudding, a corn chowder, and a big generous helping of beef japanese curry with an egg. You also get a beanie with Gudetama on it.
Zach’s katsu curry mmmm really good katsu.
Just Waldo-ing around in Little Tokyo
Transpacific Borderlands at the Japanese American National Museum
The exhibition focuses on artists of Japanese ancestry born, raised, or living in either Latin America or predominately Latin American neighborhoods in Southern California.
Heart Mountain internment bunker moved into the museum
Mural was painted for the museum as well
If you ever are in Little Tokyo, behind the Japanese American National Museum and MOCA Geffen there’s a little monument dedicated to the Japanese American soldiers of World War II that fought in the US military. Both my great uncle and grandpa have their names on the monument.
We walked from Little Tokyo to Last Bookstore deeper into downtown
Up to the horror vault. Got a few goodies…
Walked past Clifton’s—my mom and dad used to take me here early in the morning to have really cheap breakfast. They loved it. It was cafeteria style and was decorated like a forest with taxidermy animals and trees and stuff. It closed for a while and reopened kind of recently (well, maybe like 2 or 3 years ago) and I was curious to pop inside…
It’s still a cafeteria but just more spruced up with fancier food.
Still have a giant tree! Very pleased. This place opened in the 1930s so even though a nightclub developer bought it from the original family, it still has the charm.
Continued walking to Cole’s for my favorite spicy garlic fries with Kiki, Ders, and Jake.
Finally back to the car. Fun day out!
Home to start my new book The Butchering Art (medical history is wild).
Seriously look at him. He’s been having back troubles and he’s not supposed to run around for a long time so I figured I’d put his blanket in there and carry him around.
Kiki with a fresh haircut came over
Sufi having way too good of a time
Tender Greens salmon and arugula salad
Lit a candle for the first time in a while. Mmmm. Got ready to head out for dinner.
Smol wait at OB Bear in Korea town.
Kimchi, tofu, spicy rice cakes, spicy fried chicken, beer. MORE SPICIES. Been craving this.
Going through these photos makes me want to eat that again mmm.
Picking up beer on the way to a house party
Sunday morning, bundled and my eczema is upset still.
Took a friend to Museum of Jurassic Technology
Showered and headed off on some Sunday morning errands
Love this white icecream cone sculpture thing
Stopped at Daiso so Zach and I could pick out items for the advent calendar we’re restocking again this year.
Stopped at the Japanese market and couldn’t resist the takoyaki stand
Home editing Bangkok photos still….*so many*
Made tacos and Zach made queso again for game night
Guess who joint-won!!!!!!! *Me*
I’ll end on that high note. YES, I am working on the Bangkok Day 1 post…it’ll be long and hopefully fun and interesting.
Hope you are well!
Much love friends.
8 replies on “MY WEEK IN PHOTOS: NOVEMBER 13–19, 2017!”
So lovely to be treated by a pink/purple sunset at the start of this post! I’m a sucker for those!
Haha, I’m exactly the same when I go on a trip…it takes so long for me to unpack! Has Zach unpacked yet? Is he pissed?
I think someone here requested for a cookbook from you? I think that would be great…those fajitas look great!
You and Tristan skipped Season 3? Whyyy?
And woah, that puzzle looks hard! Excited for you to finish it…
“The exhibition focuses on artists of Japanese ancestry born, raised, or living in either Latin America or predominately Latin American neighborhoods in Southern California.” — this interests me greatly, what are your thoughts?
Regarding Clifton’s, I feel like I’ve seen/vaguley remember it in your ADIMLs when you were in highschool! (I think…)
What’s the prognosis for Sufi’s back? 😦
Mmmmm, those Tacos look so good.
I love how your weeks and days are so full. Thank you so much for sharing your colorful and eventful life with us.
About the Bangkok post, don’t worry, we will wait!! 🙂 Love all your posts so much 🙂
The unpacking is the hardest because it truly means the trip is over…no more pulling fun souveniers out of the bag or getting to be excused because you just came back. *Siiiigh* Zach unpacked right away haha and just has been teasing me about the pile of shit that I’ve collected on every surface. I did end up finally unpacking and cleaning the apartment on Friday or Saturday so I’m feeling less guilty now!
I’m happy to share a few recipes that I found easy and good—I’m not a great cook or recipe follower or anything, I worry I’ll mislead some taste buds! But I can definitely share rosemary chicken cuz my mom would be happy I’m passing that around I’m sure.
Did we?!?! I must of mistyped. We are in Season 2! Only on Episodes 3 and 4. If you have twitter I’ve been posting his reactions and stuff under #TristyWatchesGoT.
Super interesting! The exhibition explains that Japan opened its borders again in 1853 and over the next 50-70 years, people left Japan to fulfill labor jobs around Latin America and mainly the west coast of the US. My family (great-great grandpa) arrived as farmers. It makes sense to me that the exhibition would focus on four major regions where Japanese laborers at the time ended up finding work—Peru, Mexico, Brazil, and Los Angeles.
I need to go back and look for the old posts at Clifton’s because YES we totally used to go at like 6am haha. I should take my parents back and see what they think.
Aw thanks for asking about Sufi. Sufi’s back is okay…FOR NOW. He’s finished off his steroids and he can now walk and jump normally, thought the vet advised that he don’t jump or climb or even run if possible. So I’ve been babying him. We got extra dog stairs for the couch and bed and carry him up and down the stairs to the apartment. He seems better for now! I just hope it doesn’t get worse…
Thank you for the long and thoughtful comment! ❤ Hope your week is going well!
I looked up #TristyWatchesGoT and I find it so endearing! I laughed at the character’s zodiac signs!
And awwww, I hope Sufi’s back doesn’t get worse either 😦
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Again. Your style. I’m loving it. LOVING IT.
Curry House always looks so yummmm. I have friends that live on the west coast that swear by it. Personally I’m also just really jealous that they and you are within driving proximity to a Gudetama pop up (or anything really. I am OBSESSED with him). How was the Gudetama pop up though? Was the food good?
I know that Ralph’s is owned or owns Kroger, but I’m on the east coast and always get tripped out when I see your pictures in there because I’m like. Yo. They have Kroger?
You are seriously making me want to do a puzzle. I’m heading to B&N on black friday, anyway. May have to pick up a good one.
How is little Sufi doing? Good? Better?
Don’t stress about your Bangkok pictures! Take your time (seriously)! Personally I am extremely excited to see them, but I can wait. I’ll still be here, haha.
I love Japanese curry, I wish the Gudetama dish was a tad spicier but I still enjoyed!
Did you end up getting puzzles at Black Friday? I’m still struggling with this wooden one.
Sufi is okay…it’s hard getting him to rest and relax because he’s always jumping around and being a spaz! But at least he can walk again 😭.
Bangkok photos are up! Well. Day 1! Ahah so much more to share 😇
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I actually didn’t! By the time we reached Barnes & Noble we were so tired that we pretty much just grabbed the free coffee they were handing out and slept. In hindsight it’s fine because I’ve been kind of busy, but This weekend I’ll probably grab one for sure. I’m itching for one.
I saw! I opened them up in my tabs to check out today. SO EXCITED!
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I love Cosmic Encounters. I’m always ruthless and I almost always win because I’m evil.
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Ahah it was our first time playing but I can see how it’ll only get more fun especially with the more complicated alien races.