Monday, September 17, 2012


Even though I had an amazing weekend, it was definitely light on the 'grammin, so I don't have a Weekend Snapshots post for you this Monday. I know you're all like super disappointed and whatnot, so I decided to try out a "Currently" post, as made popular by Danielle from Sometimes Sweet. I added some of my favorite recent snapshots from my actual camera. Fear not- Weekend Snapshots will be back next week, if I actually remember to 'gram this weekend!

Loving: Everything about LA. The transition from Ohio to LA has been nothing short of amazing. I'm still sort of in vacation mode because I don't have a job quite yet. {Although I'm almost 100% positive I'll be securing something this week. Keep your fingers crossed for me!} Not having to stress about work for these first couple of weeks has been really nice though. It has given me the chance to hang out with friends and unpack as slowly as possible. {Not like I still have boxes in my room or anything...} I'm especially loving drives down the PCH, palm trees lining the streets and random celebrity sightings. {GABE FROM THE OFFICE!!!!}

Reading: I just finished The Perks of Being A Wallflower, and I'm pretty sure anything I read in the next year is just going to pale in comparison. I love love loved it SO much. The one downside of reading such a spectacular book was that it made me question literally every single thing I've ever written. It made me want to write so much better. So I guess that isn't a downside- it's a positive in a way. We'll see. I'm starting The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides next. I'm usually a big non-fiction reader, so I'm working on pushing myself to read more fiction. Growth & shit. Right?

Watching: EVERYTHING. JK. Kind of. Favorites right now are The Newsroom and Long Island Medium. Never before have two shows been more different- and yet I love them both. The Newsroom is like all smart and complex and stuff, and Long Island Medium is about a tan Mom with bleach blonde hair who talks to dead people. I highly recommend them both. I mean, I couldn't possibly bring up LIM without discussing the existence of Mediums and if I believe in them. Answer: OBVIOUSLY I BELIEVE IN THEM!!!!! Watch this show and tell me this shit isn't for real. And even if they're 100% fake- she is the cutest, sweetest human and she gives all of these people such a gift. They're always like "omg that's exactly what I needed to hear to move on" or whatever. COME ON. Plus, I cry like 12 times an episode. And you all know how much I love to cry.

Listening to: For some reason, Fall always brings on a huge wave of music nostalgia for me. Lately, I've been listening to a lot of old school Tegan & Sara, Rilo Kiley, Eisley, Kevin Devine, etc. All mellow-ish music that screams Fall. That doesn't mean I haven't been blasting The Lumineers and Imagine Dragons on repeat for days though. Loving them both a lot right now. 

Thinking about: How much I want to start working! As much as time off is nice {and it really is!} it gets old after a while. If I get the job I'm counting on, a lot is going to change- but in a really good way!  It's srsly the perfect job for me. More than anything, I want a job that I can commit myself to 100%. I'm a freak in so many ways, but mostly because I love having things to obsess over. I don't just want a job that I go to and come home. I want a job that I'm obsessed with and that makes me want to come in early and stay late. I've also been thinking about how this blog and the shop will fit into my life once I start work. Honestly, I don't have it all figured out at all. It'll be an adjustment at first, but I'm excited! Also, I've been thinking about how much I want a dog. Like, really really really. Puppies make me so happy! Look at how cute Owen is- I want one!!!! Once my life is a little more settled here in LA, I'm definitely going to seriously consider getting my own pup pup. Adult status!

Anticipating: Not to sound like a broken record- but starting my job! I just want to fast forward a week or whatever and have my first day. As long as it all works out. Eeeek! I seriously can't wait. I'm also seeing Band of Skulls on Wednesday, so I'm giddy with excitement about that! If you haven't listened to them yet, get on it! I've seen them once before and all I kept on telling my friend the whole time was "They are so badass." Stoked to see them again and hear the new stuff live!

Wishing: That Ohio was a hell of a lot closer to California. Yes, that's right. I'm already missing my friends and family back home. I can't help it! They're highly miss-able people! I'm not going to lie- I'm also really wishing I could steal that blue coaster bike. I mean, I'd look pretty cool on it. No? Maybe I'll buy one eventually. Also, as I've been watching a lot of Project Runway lately, I'm also really wishing that Tim Gunn was my best friend. Really. Like, actually- that would probably be my #1 wish in life right now. I don't even use this word- but he is really fabulous. YES, I USED THE WORD FABULOUS. I just want him to be in the background of my life, whispering things like "Make it work!" "Oh, I am dubious about this look" and "Can we caucus?" in my ear. Pretty sure my life would improve dramatically.

Working On: Balancing all of my friendships here on the West Coast. It's really tough stuff! I have so many friends from so many different parts of my life out here- some from college, a couple from high school, a few from post college life in New York, etc. Blending groups of friends, seeing old friends, spending time with everyone, and still trying to do what I want to do part of the time... Oy. It's a lot. Truly, I just want everyone to always be in the same place. It's especially annoying that everyone lives all over LA- some in Silverlake, some in Beverly Hills, some in West Hollywood, the list goes on and on. Even though we're all in the same city, everyone is so spread out! I'm managing though, I think. I tend to feel guilty that I'm not spending enough time with certain people, or like I'm neglecting my friendships, or hurting people's feelings by not hanging out with them enough. But I'm doing the best that I can. That's what matters, right?

Happy Monday, friends! Hope you're all having tons of fun at work... While I'm at home, wishing I was working :)

xo! Carmen


  1. Congrats on your move!

    Oh, Perks is such a wonderful book, and I completely relate to worrying that subsequent books will pale in comparrison after reading something marvelous!

  2. Perks is just perfect. I can't get enough of that book. I have to re-read it again before seeing the movie. I can't wait, I think it's going to be great.

  3. You saw Gabe from The Office?! I kinda hate him but that's really cool. I bet you'll see so many celeb sightings. That's what I'd be the most excited about.

  4. I was thinking of buying the perks of being a wall flower a couple of days ago but I wansn't QUITE sure of it, mainly because it seemed a bit wrong to assume that it would be good based soley on the fact that Emma Watson is in the movie adaptation! But I'm definitely going to get it now. I've been reading a bit of Eugenides recently (Middleselx and Virgin Suicides) so i'll be interested to see what you think of The Marraige Plot!
    p.s LOVE the dog


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