Congratulations to Not Just Cakes by Patty on their Grand Opening last Saturday! Tony and I dropped by their quaint little shop last week to say hello and thank them for the delicious birthday cupcakes in Dulce de Leche, Red Velvet, and Guava flavors with just-sweet-enough, cream cheese icing. Turns out, we were their first order. Some things are just meant to be… If you’re in the Sunset area, check them out in the same shopping center as the Sports Grill.
Today is my 31st birthday and I feel like the luckiest girl in the world. I’ve been surrounded by friends and family, all of whom have shared in making this day so very special. Today marks another year, another opportunity to make changes, mark progress, and set forth intentions for the year to come. Six years and two weeks ago today, I took a risk in leaving a secure job and set forth my intentions to seek more fulfilling employment in a more creative environment. Six years ago to the day, I received news that the job I sought was mine. Though that chapter is now over, it was one of the best risks I’ve ever taken, one of the most formative experiences of my professional adult life.
Today, yet again, I begin another chapter – I have finally taken a risk and made the decision to do what I love. Though I’m a little nervous (honestly, downright scared!) I guess I’ll take it as a sign that I tend to begin important life cycles on my birthday. I guess I’ll say a little prayer that I hope I can continue to consider this date not just a birthday but the mark of an anniversary to celebrate great things. And with that prayer, I send my praises and thanks for the amazing people who have surrounded me each and every year, day in and day out. I am ever grateful for so many fulfilled wishes.
It’s been a while since the last time I got a significant tattoo, which means I’d forgotten just how painful and exhausting they can be… But they’re also thrilling and beautiful if done by the right artist.
Maytee did a fantastic job with clean lines and beautiful shading (despite the shaking I was totally unaware of but that she politely pointed out at the end of our session). In this initial phase of what will most likely be a three session process, she added an ornate antique frame to my existing Mark Ryden piece. Following this piece, she will add two portraits from the work of Angelique Houtkamp.
Also, Tony was able to document a bit of my experience, so here’s a video of my decidedly goofy self getting a beautifully painful tattoo. Call me a masochist, but I can’t wait for the next!
Tony and I are headed to the beach tonight for a long overdue date night (with Romeo in tow, of course). The SoundScape Cinema Series is offering a selection of free family-friendly films on the lawn of the recently opened Frank Gehry-designed New World Symphony campus. Bring a blanket and some snacks to enjoy a cinematic evening under the stars at the ExoStage on the corner of 17th Street and Washington Ave.
SOUNDSCAPE CINEMA SERIES @ExoStage
April 13 – Moulin Rouge
April 20 – Big
April 27 – Casablanca
May 04 – North By Northwest
May 11 – Wall-E
May 18 – 2001 A Space Odyssey
May 25 – The Sound of Music
June 01 – Fantasia
June 08 – The Wizard of Oz
As we all know, the situation in Japan is heartbreakingly tragic. It’s been a month since the shocking series of events began to unfold and there is a dire need for relief in a country that is desperately trying to rebuild.
There are several different organizations that are currently accepting both tangible and monetary donations. If you’re trying to figure out how to help Japan, please read this list by the Huffington Post. You’ve heard the cliche, but it always rings true: Every little bit helps.