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MY WEEK IN PHOTOS: JUNE 18–24, 2018! (MADE IN LA, RACLETTE, AND THE INCREDICOASTER)

A productive week at the office punctuated by a solo visit to see the Hammer Museum’s Made in LA biennial. Catching up with friends over puzzles and sushi, and spending a windy afternoon by the ocean. Plus! A visit to Pixar Pier.

Enjoy!

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My dad brought over his copy of Rick Steves’ Switzerland because Zach and I are traveling to spend time with Zach’s family in Basel this summer. Turns out, Basel isn’t even in this guidebook.

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Zach is on a crockpot journey and his Monday meal of choice was some chicken with oyster sauce, onions, garlic, soy sauce, etc.

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Working with a darker clay, and actually okay with the slightly less lopsided pieces. Nearly symmetrical this time (especially my bowl).

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Studio doggo

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Tweedy lifestyle shot

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A few coworkers wanted to do a running club (one is training for a marathon) and I made it out of bed to meet them at work by 6:00 am.

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So weird to be done with working out and to my desk by 7:00 am.

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Zach was not feeling well, so I picked up some warm soup. Comfort food.

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My newest pottery creations. These are the first pieces I made 100% on my own, from start to finish. They are lumpy, lopsided and bumpy but…I love them.

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I realized that the sides of my hands were stained from the clay.

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Wednesday. I really need to tidy up my desk. I sit in a corner where nobody sees my space ever and that means I can let mess pile and pile and pile…

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Bathroom on our floor but in a different building has a nice floor length mirror, what the heck.

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Had a fun week at work working on some usability testing with Tristan. Two brains better than one.

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Went to the theater to get tickets using my temporary Moviepass trial. We’re going to see Oceans 8 later, but first…dinner…

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Tucked away in the back corner of the restaurant.

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Spicy mango margarita and garlic peel shrimp!

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Zach got a giant burrito.

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After Oceans 8 we stopped by the nearby Wholefoods. I thought this was a bad with a ball of yarn on it, and was excited to get it for my mom…BUT IT IS BBQS. UGH.

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On Thursday was the summer solstice. This time of year the oculus skylight in the research library has a shadow designed to align perfectly with the center of the glass panel.

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We get excited over the small things…

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Love the noise alert sign. This is typically the quietest space in the whole place, so they have to warn potential patrons.

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Couldn’t get the lights to work but the conference room had a nice green glow

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Walking down the hill and we wanted to play a little Pokemon Go, Tristan had his long ass cable, and laptop slightly open in his backpack to charge. Innovation.

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Drove over to the Hammer to see Made in LA.

“The exhibition’s 32 artists range in age from 29 to 97 and have contributed works that are deeply engaged with vital aspects of our contemporary culture. While there is no overarching theme, many of the artists share common interests. Several grapple with issues of representation, marginalization, and pressures placed on the body.

Some artists offer interpretations of cultural practices, proposing how ancient forms of knowledge may be reimagined in the present, or reflect on the current political climate. Others consider the landscape, climate change and its repercussions, and the relationship between the land, capitalist expansion, and violence. Through drawings, paintings, sculpture, textiles, performance, video, photography, and installations—many newly commissioned expressly for Made in L.A. 2018—these artists exemplify the diverse and creative landscape of Los Angeles today.”

There was a lot to see, so I took a few photos of pieces that jumped out at me.

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Candice Lin

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Eamon Ore-Giron

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MPA

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Charles Long

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John Houck

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Rosha Yaghmai

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Linda Stark

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Lauren Halsey

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Aaron Fowler

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Diedrick Brackens

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Mercedes Dorame

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Jade Gordon & Megan Whitmarsh

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Carolina Caycedo

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After I finished up at the museum, I drove to meet Marie as sun was setting in this icky gray weather.

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Locating sushi

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Catching up with Marie over eggplant and soft shell crab and spicy tuna rolls.

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Friday morning, started the day with a doctor’s appointment.

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Stopped by my parent’s to have lunch before going back to the office. My mom has been practicing her Japanese.

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Snow blissed out

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On Friday, Tristan and I decided that we wanted to eat cheese. And we wanted to eat a lot of it. We looked up places that did cheeseboards/charcuterie to find a new place. We found this place that does a special raclette on Fridays.

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We picked out some wine to share based on the raclette man’s expert advice (he said go for something apple-y and crisp). Kiki joined us and we waited for our melty cheese to arrive.

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OH baby.

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But we were also monsters who wanted more. So we shared another board, this one with meat, olives, jams, jellies, and nuts.

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Saturday—bundled and cozy but heading to the beach.

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We originally wanted to do a beach day, relaxing at the beach. But the weather was going to be gray and slightly chilly, so we opted for breakfast and a stroll down the Strand.

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It was breezy to say the least.

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Edge of the world (edge of the pier)

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Does that dog own all these fishing poles?

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Making our way from the oceanfront to Smog City BrewingSmog City Brewing

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A few little pours and then home to relax.

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Gabby came by to snuggle Tweedy and help me with my puzzle.

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Zach sat by and helped zero amount.

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Good morning from Disneyland! Family was in town from out of state, so they wanted to do a full day at the parks. I tagged along.

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Ants on a log churro

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I was excited to see the new Pixar Pier and Incredicoaster.

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Appreciating all the new little line details

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Jack Jack in his many forms

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Loved all the murals. The ride was basically the story of Jack Jack turning into a bunch of different forms as the family chases him. I heard it is best to go on at night because there are lights in the tunnels and stuff now.

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I want to try the lemon icecream next time.

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In line for Guardians of the Galaxy

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Big Thunder

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Eating mango with lime and tajin in line for Haunted Mansion

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Was tempted to get this sweatshirt, but they didn’t have my size.

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Then I wanted to get Zach this shirt, but they didn’t have his size! Bad luck with sizes today.

Oh well. Still a fun day! We stayed till about 9pm and then made the journey back to Los Angeles.

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Ready for some invasive, random questions? (Inspired by the nostalgia of Livejournal surveys, I borrowed these questions from blank-surveys on Livejournal from 2005). Answer if you’d like:

  1. When is the last time you’ve been camping?
  2. What is your most embarrassing Halloween costume?
  3. What was your first job?
  4. What is the worst sound in the world?

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  1. When is the last time you’ve been camping?
    I think it was back in college, maybe when I was 19. I’ve been wanting to camp more, my carpool to work camps almost every weekend and I love the idea of just hopping in your car with your gear and going. I just feel unprepared and like I might die if I don’t go with somebody experienced.
  2. What is your most embarrassing Halloween costume?
    In college I was the Cheshire Cat, where is the creativity there? I’m not really embarrassed of it—I had to throw something together without spending money and that’s where I ended up. It’s just…boring?
  3. What was your first job?
    I worked as a receptionist for my uncle’s optometrist office. I answered phones, filed papers and helped with a few small eye-related tests at the start of appointments.
  4. What is the worst sound in the world?
    Probably a bone breaking—but I can’t say I’ve heard that in person. I do get driven crazy by a drip-drip-drip-drip-drip sound that penetrates my office walls when it rains outside. Or a dripping sink. Drip-drip-drip. Ahh, hate it.

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Much love friends! Have a great weekend.

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

15 replies on “MADE IN LA, RACLETTE, AND THE INCREDICOASTER

  1. I’m really curious about what new product you’re working on! Is it something web based/app based? I work in museum collections and I’m just finishing up my MA in Museum Studies so I’m thinking about this stuff constantly. I really would love to get my museum to develop a collections based app but alas it probably will never come to fruition.

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    1. HI wow my comment back to you is super late. We’ve been working on an internal website for docents to use! Congrats on finishing up your MA! Would love to hear what you wrote about for your thesis (do you do a big thesis in MA, sorry I’m not 100% sure how it works). Did you see the new Hirshhorn app?

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  2. I have to admit that I am sometimes ‘challenged’ by contemporary art; I struggle to ‘get it’. I do like looking at it though, and trying to understand it.

    When is the last time you’ve been camping?
    – Years ago. I was maybe 12 or 13. I’m not a HUGE fan of camping, but I wouldn’t mind caravanning, especially in Iceland.

    What is your most embarrassing Halloween costume?
    – I’m not a huge fan of Hallowe’en, either, so none that I can think of. My mother is a very creative woman, so growing up, she dressed me in fantastic costumes, including one year a deck of cards (two white poster boards painted with cards and a headband made out of an old deck of cards).

    What was your first job?
    – I worked for the US Census Bureau.

    What is the worst sound in the world?
    – Screeching brakes on a car trying to avoid an accident.

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    1. I think a lot of artworks are like a conversation—you bring something to the conversation and the artist brings something too. It’s okay if you don’t quite communicate as you want, but the effort in understanding each other’s story is most important!

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  3. Ok seriously every time you post a beach picture lately (Hermosa, Malibu, Hermosa), I was there like the day before. haha. Is the Incredicoaster the same as CA Screamin but renamed? Or is it a brand new coaster altogether?

    I went camping just a few weeks ago… but we live right near a National Forest so it’s very easy to get to. Also I think the worst sound is chalk on anything. It literally makes my teeth hurt and I think that’s super weird. If classrooms still had chalkboards, I’d have to bring in whiteboards or like… not teach. Chalk is the worst. I don’t even like touching it. haha

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    1. Incredicoaster is the same rollercoaster but the decorations, theme, and ‘story’ are different and now Incredbiles themed. There are scenes inside the tunnels at the top of the drops!

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  4. So exciting that you’ll be going to Switzerland! 😀 Also I love Rick Steves so much.
    Did you like Ocean’s 8?
    Oh my, Charles Long’s exhibit is something else…
    I am so craving for cheese right now! 😀

    1. When I was 19….hahaha I’m 28 now.
    2. We don’t celebrate halloween here 😦
    3. Secretary 🙂
    4. Nails on a blackboard :(((

    Thanks for this post, Sarah!

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  5. Your photos of the Rosha Yaghmai works look like they could be part of the exhibit.

    How’d you take such a clear photo looking backward on Big Thunder? I love the feel of that image.

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  6. I have a friend in Basel! I met him during a photography course and he is the only reason I know that Basel exists haha. He always bangs on about what a lovely place it is!

    Also, on the bathroom you discovered at work with the floor-length mirror: I get it. I work in a huge building and regularly traverse to bathrooms all over the building, picking out the one that’s most suitable to my needs at the time. Floor length mirror to make sure i don’t look ridiculous today? There’s one of those near the mezzanine. Need to poop? I’ll go to the one that’s usually really quiet and has windows in the cubicle ahahahaha. Was that TMI? We all poop here, right?

    When is the last time you’ve been camping?
    I’m gonna say 17 years ahahah oh man. I haven’t gone since primary school.

    What is your most embarrassing Halloween costume?
    I’ve never, ever dressed up for Halloween. Kinda sad 😦

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    1. I’m so excited to visit Basel, I heard that there is a lot of fun river activity and museums of course. Can’t wait!

      I also have a favorite pooping bathroom location at work…muahahha.

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