Suzie’s Farm Fourth Annual Autumnal Equinox Dinner

09-20-14 Suzie's Farm Equinox Dinner (D800) 001dThis past Saturday we went to Suzie’s Farm Fourth Annual Autumnal Equinox Dinner. (now say that three more times) It was such a beautiful event, hosted by Suzie’s farm (see our past visit here) with catering from Whisknladle hospitality and drinks from a local brewery, Ballast Point. The evening started with cocktail hour which served oven roasted flat bread, zucchini fritter and a variety of drinks, all made with produce that were grown right on the farm. Even Ballast Point’s beer utilized their cucumbers and sancho buttons. On a side note, we were introduced to sancho buttons a few months ago; it’s the most bizzar plant and when you bite down into it, it numbs your whole mouth. We now keep a bag of it in our fridge just to terrorize, I mean entertain, our dinner guests.

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Running High

Photo Sep 01, 12 22 23 PMI’ve been running for about six years now – sure, from time to time life gets in the way of consistent running but for the most part running has been a part of my life. I love running for its simplicity – you don’t need anything but a pair of shoes to run. OtherMix is the first blog I’ve read that featured runners from time to time on her Running High series and today you can find me over there talking about my running experience. Click on over to check it out.

Flea Market and Farm Shop

While we were up in LA we did a few other things – we visited our friend’s new baby, went to the Rose Bowl flea market early Sunday morning, had brunch at Farm Shop Brentwood and found a new Korean shaved ice shop in Torrance – but really this post is to dump the rest of the pictures from this past weekend … let’s just be honest.

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Heatwave and Simpons

Photo Sep 10, 3 55 19 PMIt’s that time of year when my blog feeds are filled with pictures of leaves turning, boots and sweaters that it puts me in the mood for fall so I start pulling out my sweaters and scarfs …. then I walk out of the house and it’s 100 degrees. oh yeah, I live in California. In fact, this week we hit a heat wave and it left my parents house without power for two nights. The lowest it got to was 77 and that was at 2 in the morning. Come on! Let the fall begin already!

Despite the heat, we headed up to LA to catch the Simpons at the Bowl concert. (being the bowlaholic that I am) It’s the first year they are doing this and it was a lot more fun than I had anticipated. They brought out some of the cast, the creator, the music composer and some special guests including Conan. My favorite part was probably sitting among all these Simpsons fan that can sing each song word for word. I thought Aaron was the only one … he found his kind that night.

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Back to motherland

Last weekend we went back to SCI-Arc to see this year’s thesis project. If you remember my post from last year when I was working on my thesis – it was such an exciting-crazy-sleepless few months. SCI-Arc is one of the few architecture schools that open up their thesis weekend to the public. It’s a time to celebrate students’ achievement at the end of their academic career as well seeing new directions for the field. It’s basically an architect’s Christmas.

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As exciting as it was for me to go back to see this year’s projects, it left me feeling a little frustrated. It’s been a hard year since graduation – there’s been a few things that have happened in my family that require my time and support and while I’m blessed to be able to take care of my parents in time of need, it also leaves me with very little time to pursue my new architecture career. I understand that there are seasons in life and I’m fine in waiting for the right time to start my practice but sometimes, like this weekend, I find myself missing those late sleepless nights in front of the computer. sigh. one day I will lose sleep again!

Here are some pictures of some projects from this year’s graduate thesis.

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Hart and Hunter

10628025_10153138811223916_3957203580247465921_nWe were up in LA this past weekend and met up with some of our LA friends at Hart and Hunter for a quick dinner Saturday night. Everything was so good – make sure to get the biscuit if you go! They seated us outside and Aaron happen to have all his equipment on hand so managed to get some nice pictures of dinner.

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Week at home

Photo Sep 04, 11 55 59 AMWe spent all of last week at my parents house with our visiting family from Taiwan. My cousin, who’s only 2 (!!) also met Dug for the first time. At first she was scared and timid but by the end of the week, they were BFFs. Hope you all had a good week – here are some blurry pictures form this past week. I’m learning that it’s nearly impossible to take good pictures of babies and puppies at the same time with your phone!

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Photo Sep 04, 11 55 45 AMHow cute are they?! I think Dug will make a great older brother to a baby one day!

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BakingThis little chef helped me out with some baking

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