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MY WEEK IN PHOTOS: JANUARY 1–7, 2018!

Celebrating Japanese New Year, going back into work, celebrating James’ birthday with very fancy Italian meats, cheeses, and pastas, doodling for dollars, and spending the weekend with friends at a hidden arts district distillery and at Disneyland.

Enjoy!

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Good morning, happy Monday and most importantly—Happy New Year! Why not randomly make some scones to kick off New Year brunch.

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Tweedy feeling snuggly

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Sufi feeling festive

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New year brunch on the way

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Peanut very interested in raw bacon, almost as interested as she is in cooked bacon.

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Bacon, eggs, hashbrowns and last bits of Aryn in town before she drives back to the Bay

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A few hours later…Oshogatsu!!! Japanese New Year!

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I only made deviled eggs (so Japanese aha) and everything else was Lauren’s family

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Just a few beautiful shots of the beautiful food

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Happy Tuesday!

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Leftovers for sad desk lunch back at the office

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I wish the holidays weren’t over! Wah.

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My neighbor still the Christmas lights up, I appreciate that.

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Going out to celebrate James’ birthday, and why not wear my loudest red cape?

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Bestia in downtown LA

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Feeling fancy

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I was going through these and thinking—I’m so sorry if you are vegan, vegetarian or don’t like meat. This is a particularly meat-heavy week.

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Happy Birthday, James!!!!

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Wednesday foggy morning

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Bright as heck

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More leftovers, praise be!

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Okay, sunset!

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Splurged for some Indian delivery…was craving it!

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Decided my 2018 side hustle was to be using Fiverr.com to sell $10 custom illustrations of food. Why not? If you wanted a print quality digital file of your fav food and trust that I can paint it and you might like it, check out my “gig” here. No pressure.

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Met up with these goobers on Thursday evening.

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Friday! I worked from home. Tweedy did his best but he couldn’t quite reach the keyboard.

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Really wish my salt lamp worked.

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Zach saw this at the store and decided to try it out. It’s like those meal kit delivery boxes but you can pick it up at the grocery store.

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*Blood*

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Basically had to mix some seasonings and “marinate” the piece of steak for about 5 minutes, then cooked on each side.

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Well…not the best looking but tasted okay. Not with the money I think though. Was approximately $8 per plate…2 total.

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Wished that this pup would follow me around the whole game.

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Saturday before I changed shirts

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Wearing my new Totoro socks, working on a Fiverr illustration of a banana cream tart, and waiting for friends to arrive.

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Lost Spirits Distillery tour day

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Kiki heard of this place from a friend and it was described as a “Willy Wonka-esque tour of a Silicon Valley distillery.”

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We were guided through the process of making rum and whiskey that taste like 20 year old aged versions of the alcohol, but are only a week old. This new technology is protected by a patent.

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We also rode a little boat between the first tasting room (decorated as a pirate lounge) and where the distilling goes down.

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Distillery cat

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Got to hear from the brew master scientist about how they are researching early rum recipes from the booming rum distilleries in the original 13 colonies and are attempted to make those recipes today. This involves an American chesnut antique cabinet being used to flavor the rum.

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Carousel

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Into the last tasting room to try the smokiest whiskey I’ve ever tried. Not a huge fan of smokey flavors…my palette isn’t so elevated I suppose.

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Also please appreciate the giant animals they got from a Rainforest Cafe auction.

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And that’s Lost Spirits woo!

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Kiki standing like the ballerina that she is

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Taking advantage of that red wall

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SQUEEEZE

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Never seen this smile before but I’ll take it

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Sharing some french dip

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Then to Seven Grand for some cocktails and to play pool.

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Kiki was taken under the wing of some expert pool regulars so we started another game on the other table as she trained ahaha.

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Bathroom mirror shot WE’VE ALL been here.

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Halal Guys

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Peanut Queenut

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Sunday morning, crashed James and Dan’s Disneyland day. And saw Pocahontas in the wild just literally walking around the river bend aha.

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Everything was still holiday decorated, was a little surreal.

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Yikes, snakes.

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This is Dan’s second time at Disneyland, he’s just soaking it in.

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Recently saw Nightmare Before Christmas for the first time, so it was nice to recognize characters for once on this ride beyond just the classic ones I see around.

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Excellent mugs

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James and Dan packed snacks and sandwiches, I’m so grateful.

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EMBROIDERED MICKEY EARS GUH so cute.

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Zomg

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Smol shirt, warm hat. I wonder if his belly is cold.

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What an intricate braid

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Over to California Adventure now

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It’s also the last day for Festival of the Holidays food fair, so we tried out some treats. I got the spicy turkey and a tamale.

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Going on the ferris wheel for the first time!

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The cars swing and it was pretty overwhelming ahah.

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So many firsts

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Beer break

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Paradise Pier is changing into Pixar Pier, and it was one of our last chances to ride California Screamin’

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Pizza and dill pickle popcorn

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Back to Disneyland to experience the evening shows

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Lots of good lights

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Eeek so beautiful!

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Turkey leg

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Fantasmic

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Evening ending with fireworks

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And fake snow in front of It’s a Small World

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Goodnight!

I hope your first week of 2018 has been great!

Much love friends.

Posted by:sarahwaldo

By day I'm a content producer at an arts org in Los Angeles, by night I am the overly apologetic brain and face of sleepywaldo.blog

8 replies on “MY WEEK IN PHOTOS: JANUARY 1–7, 2018!

  1. As I was scrolling down this week’s post, I was thinking about how lucky your friends are to have so many great photos of you all hanging out and doing normal things. It’s making me realize I should do a better job taking pictures of the normal stuff, and not just the special events. As always, thanks for sharing!

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    1. That’s such a nice sentiment I’ve never really stopped to process. It’s nice to look back on posts from even a few months back. Photos take me right back to things, and I think that the more “mundane” things can be more celebrated, for sure. Thank you for your comment!

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  2. Aw this looks like a great way to start off 2018!

    That’s great that you’ve had commissions on Fiverr already – how are you finding it?

    I’m gonna recommend Lost Spirits to my friend when she next goes to LA to visit her bf. It looks bizarre! How long did the tour last?

    Happy New Year!

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    1. I dunno if I believe fiverr will go far but it’s fun to have the option I guess! It’s set up better for the buyer not the seller for sure.

      Lost Spirits tour lasted about 2 hours! And a quick 5 min Lyft or uber can take you to downtown or arts district too so lots to do in that area!

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  3. Such a fun first week of 2018 with lots of good food! Happy birthday James! I’m still not over the holidays. When is Japanese new year? All those sushi looks so so so good.
    Good luck on your new business venture!
    Also I love Nightmare before Christmas so so so much, how did you find it?

    Also not gonna lie I saw the preview photo of this from my phone and thought they were temples and I instantly thought it’s Bangkok Day 2!! Hehe

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    1. Japanese New Year is celebrated on January 1st!

      I looooved all the characters and animation in Nightmare Before Christmas, but *eep* I thought it was a little too long and too thin plot wise but I realize it’s a children’s movie.

      I’m editing photos from Bangkok Day 2 I swear! I’ve had a few freelance jobs so I’ve had to put my own photos on the side burner (NOT the back burner because I don’t want them that far away! hah).

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