Saturday, May 28, 2016

Figuring Out My Place In Time And Space: #Adulting & Adoring LA

This might be a long one nerds so settle in with your cup of coffee!

There is some good and bad news in this post. I'll get the bad over with first. Ugh.

I'm going to be missing my very first San Diego Comic Con in 8 years. The short answer is #adulting.

When I lived in San Diego and LA it was too easy to attend. I've been thinking about SDCC 2016 extensively since moving to Denver this past January and it really is going to be too much for me. Money wise and vacation time wise. I just started an amazing new job and I don't want to ask for too much time off. I have my brother's wedding only two weeks later and trumps SDCC.

Plus the money. Taking care of myself alone is costly. #surprisednotsurprised. The adult in me says save that money. SDCC will always be there! You nerds have always been there too and I thank you! I'm going to miss you so much this year!

BUT please still check out my SDCC Guide! It is full of so much info that I've learned over the past 7 years at San Diego Comic Con!
Now the good news!

Ocean Eyes and I's first LA vacation was a wonderful success! He fell in love with my LA, I saw him get as excited about experiences as I was and I realized he is my true Number One.

I cried before we left, when we landed and the moment I walked away from my LA Music Squad. I cried when I got my pie, and when I saw The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Let's just say it was an emotional trip. It was hard to leave again. But now that I'm settled back in my very own apartment, I feel much better. I feel happy. I know this year will finish big and I can't wait to live this amazing life!

Here's what I miss most about LA....besides the warmth!

The Friends.
I missed my friends! The moment I saw them it was like not a single day had passed. Though it has been four months! I cannot believe it! These people stayed with me through some dark and difficult times and I can't thank, love or buy them enough pie to thank them!

The Pie.

I MISS MY LA PIE!!!! Here are my top four places to get pie in LA. And no I didn't eat enough!
#4 Sunset Junction Coffee Shop in Silverlake. Favorite: Apple Pie. I adore this diner and this neighborhood. It is the perfect place to write distraction free. They have NO wifi!
#3 The Pie Hole in Pasadena. Favorite: Apple or Pumpkin Pie. Sharing the space with a beautiful flower shop and equally as yummy ice cream shop! It is located on a wonderful shopping street as well!
#2 Brite Spot in Echo Park. Favorite: Apple or Banana Cream Pie. A VERY close second to my number one pick. But my number one pick lives in top in my heart for many reasons! But seriously go to Brite Spot and get their pie! #PIEfection
#1 Republic of Pie in North Hollywood. #duh Favorite: Apple, Strawberry Rhubarb or Banana Cream. I even got a RoP MUG!!!!! And a sticker for my laptop collection!! I am a happy pie girl! #LAPieTour complete!

The Music.

In less than a week I was able to attend FOUR shows. When I knew I was headed to LA, I hit up my two best musical friends singer/songwriter/adorkable nerd Kira and The Filthy Souls. Both were able to have shows while I was in town!
Kira, who I met last summer through Geek Girl Brunch played an acoustic set at my FAVORITE place in LA, Republic of Pie. Her original songs are amazing and she even sang some beautiful covers! Listen to the one above. SWOON!
Right after Kira, The Filthy Souls were playing down the street at my favorite LA pub The Fox and Hounds. Their set was magical because my LA Music Squad + Ocean Eyes were in attendance. I was so excited to be with my girls again and with my favorite guy seeing one of my favorite bands. The Filthy Souls never disappoints me. They cannot write a bad song! I swoon or rock out over every single one of them and we even ended on a fun sing-a-long! The above song is SWOON central!

When I arrived in LA my Pisces Souls Sister sent me a link for a free show in Hollywood that Monday. Her favorite band and now Ocean Eyes' new favorite band Irontom. I've seen them plenty of times and EVERY single time these guys put on an amazing and energetic performance. They are a band you must see live. They are a blast! And the sweetest guys ever!
Last but not least was the band our LA trip surrounded, Walking On Cars. My entire LA Music Squad surrounded me that night and Ocean Eyes as well. The moment Walking On Cars stepped on stage I began to cry. The moment they sang my favorite song I couldn't help but grab my Pieces Souls Sister's hand, just like old times. It was the best night of hugs, sing-a-longs, dancing and just being in my favorite environment! It was defiantly worth the trip. #allthefeelz

Didn't Ocean Eyes do a great job filming my favorite song Catch Me If You Can?! I was too emotional to do anything but stare :)
AND we did visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios but that MUST be a post on its own! Spoiler alert...it was amazing! You can see a preview of our fun over on Instagram!

Ocean Eyes and made it through our very first vacation together. Almost an entire week together 24/7. And guess what I still want more. I loved "living" with him for the week, taking him to all of my favorite places and having him meet some very important people in my life and of course eating all the pie and hearing all the music. One of my favorite things was us learning that we both super adore Blink 182! We listened, sang and rocked out with the windows down the entire trip!
I love learning new things about him. About us.

In less than two weeks we will have been seeing each other for six months. It has been the most crazy six months of my life. The best six months of my life. I've found my lobster.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Figuring Out My Place In Time & Space: When It's Time To Take A Break

It has been a little over three months since I moved to Denver, Colorado from LA.

Do I still miss LA? Maybe a bit. Mostly my friends. And the pie.
But Denver is great! Minus the snow :-D

What has happened in the last three months and why do I need a blogging break? Let's find out.
1. I've worked five jobs. It only took me a week to find a job once I was unpacked in Denver. I began at a school photography company. It was rough from the get go. I had constant 4:30am wake up calls and sometimes ten hour days. The job was easy. The company was not. In the end I knew it wasn't the right environment for me and luckily I am moving on to bigger and better things.

Today I've been working for a new company Bloom Portraits for three weeks and I've loved every second of it. The owner is amazing. The office is amazing and I've learned more about photography in the last three weeks than I have in my entire life. It's been a huge learning curve. Everyday my head is stuffed with information, but now it is beginning to sink in.
My bad-ass BFF girl bossing it up for Mighteor.

The atmosphere is exactly what I was hoping for in a job. The people are fun, supportive and completely joyful! This week starts my real work week schedule. Tuesday through Saturday and I cannot wait to finally get into a groove. This and writing for Blastr will be my only two jobs. And I love them both! I get to do my two most favorite things as jobs and be happy doing them! It's a dream come true. And of course anytime Mighteor comes calling, I'm always up for that!
You can finally see his beautiful ocean eyes!

2. Ocean Eyes. I have a boyfriend. That sounds so weird to say, since I feel too old for that word, but I do and he is amazing, everything I've dreamed of. He's thoughtful, encouraging, positive, supportive, loving, affectionate and always there when I need him.
Everyone meet Piper, my step-puppy!

Things aren't perfect. We had our first fight. But we made it through! I struggle daily with wanting to see him all the time and knowing that he and I both need our space. Yesterday I found myself crying with joy because everyone around me can see that I am happier. Ocean Eyes is a huge contributor to that. Being an ESFJ {GO take the Meyer's Briggs test!} I am labeled "The Caregiver". I don't necessarily want a family, but I do love having someone to take care of, be that Ocean Eyes or my friends. I love love. But what I love most is having a partner who appreciates everything about me, the good and the bad.
Check out the brilliant and beautiful Eclectic Mind Blog!

3. Friends. I have a lovely bunch of gals here in Denver. Everyone has their own busy schedule, but I try my darnedest to see at least one of them once a week! And every time I do it is always eye opening, fun and soul filling.

I've never wanted to loose touch with the people who have helped me so much this past year. But I understand that we are all busy. That we are all in our own schedules, but that doesn't mean that we don't care about each other, love each other and are there for each other. I hope they all know that I am always just a text away!
4. Writing. One of the main reasons I'm writing this post is because I need to take one of those blogging breaks. I've been working on my memoir 100 Cups Of Coffee since the end of last year and it is time to get down to business.

My timeline for my break is until the beginning of June. Now that my work schedule has smoothed out, I can concentrate on my book. I want to take May to really focus on it. I'm counting on my hour lunch break to be a good time to do it and on my Monday's off.

Ocean Eyes and I are heading to LA for his first time at the end of the month {can you say Republic of Pie!!??}. I plan to blog about that and them come back in June with all the SDCC stuff!!! Get hyped! It's getting close! 3 months out and you should be doing this! Check out our guide for even MORE SDCC info!
5. My own place. It's come together. But if I'm being honest, it looks like me but it still doesn't feel like me. I thought I'd enjoy living alone. For the most part I do. My bed is nice and comfy, I have a good amount of light to work through the morning, there is a jacuzzi at my front door, and one of my best friends lives across the street.

But while I was here through the month of Denver I stayed with my BFF and then with Ocean Eyes a lot. Every time I set foot in either of their homes, it feels like home to me. And even still I'm at Ocean Eyes' house just as much as mine. I know its only been three months, I'll get there, but it can get lonely. But also I know all the time I do make myself stay alone in my place, the more I grow. And growth is good!

All these amazing things have happened in only three months! It has taken up until now, but I feel like this is the start of me living and settling in Denver. My work is less stressful and I'm growing as a photographer and writer, I can continue to make time for friends and I can keep building my relationship with Ocean Eyes.

I'm happy. So happy. But when people say that they see me happier that makes me realize how far I've come. Thank you nerds for sticking with me!
So that also means that 5 Fandom Friday is taking a break as well. Super Space Chick is getting married and I'm learning to love myself and my friends the right way.

SOOOOOOOO.....

See you in June nerds! And don't forget to check out my coloration tee with the fabulous Jordandene!!!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Everyday Cosplay: Iron Man

Thank you @Charlie_Faith for your suggestion! 

Last week we had Captain American. Now it's everyone's favorite Billionaire bad boy...Batman? NO. Iron Man! 
Everyday Iron Man

Everyday Iron Man by thenerdygirlie featuring open heart jewelry

Sunglasses are my favorite accessory ever! These are to die for! I might have the both glove compartments of my car completely filled with sunnies...problem? I think not! Especially coming from LA! I can't live without them. AND since it is May now...you can easily switch out the jeans and boots for shorts and sandals, depending on your place in the world!

Who wins this fashion battle?! Iron Man or Captain American? Leave your votes in the comments below!

Everyday deserves a lil cosplay!

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