Tuesday, October 31, 2017

A Beach Blanket Babylon Bachelorette Party

Try saying that title five times fast!

Hello internet! I am now a married woman :)

I know I made my hatred of wedding planning no secret - but it ended up being the best day ever. I guess I would say it was all worth it ;) I can't wait to tell and show you everything; but I'm still waiting to get the photos back so we'll have to save that story for another day! In the meantime I wanted to share some photos from my bachelorette party!


My three bridesmaids planned a night out for me in San Francisco! A few months before they asked if there was anything specific I wanted to do, and I had absolutely no idea. A lot of people kept telling me to look into Beach Blanket Babylon - "the world's longest-running musical revue." It looked like a lot of fun, so I told the girls we should go see it! Everything else they planned on their own.

In the afternoon I rode into the city with Maria and Alyssa, so we could meet Katie. Katie lives in Seattle, and was flying into San Francisco just to see us! The girls said they had planned one surprise, then we would get dinner, and finally we would see the show. I just followed behind the girls, until I realized we had walked into a psychic's studio!!?? I was both confused and amused, hahah. Disclaimer - psychics and that sort of stuff is not something I personally believe in. BUT I have to admit I was impressed. She went around the room talking to each of us, and a lot of what she had to say was pretty spot on (for some of us more than others). It was a really fun and crazy experience! I didn't take any pictures inside because I wasn't sure if that would be disrespectful D:

After our enlightening affair, we started walking towards our dinner destination. On the way was City Lights Bookstore, so obviously I had to step in there for a minute. One of the girls didn't know where we were right away, and this guy in the store peers down from his magazine to tell her, "You're ONLY in the most famous bookstore in the WORLD..." Thanks dude, hahah.

We ate dinner at a restaurant called Tacolicious. Because everyone loves tacos and margaritas! Our timing was perfect - happy hour was starting! I'd never seen so many tacos on one menu. I'm not normally very adventurous with my food, but the deal lets you pick 4 tacos so I decided to have fun with it. I loved all but one; and even then the flavor was good, but it was too spicy for me to handle! While we sipped our margaritas I gave the girls their bridesmaid gifts. I had picked out silver chrysanthemum pendent necklaces that I hoped they would love...and they did!! They even wore them to the wedding. Thank you, Etsy!

Katie is in the bottom corner of all the pictures because she took all of them!! Hahah.

After dinner we walked a block to Club Fugazi, the home of Beach Blanket Babylon! Beach Blanket Babylon is a constantly changing musical, but the main storyline stays the same. It follows Snow White, who lives in San Francisco and is looking for her Prince Charming. Glinda the Good Witch convinces her that her Prince Charming may not be in San Francisco, so Snow White goes on a journey all over the world. Along the way she encounters a large group of figures you'll probably recognize, who each have their own satirical song. Figures on the chopping block include politicians, film and TV stars, singers and athletes, and pretty much anyone you've seen on the news lately. I said "constantly changing" before because they often update the characters/references to coincide with current events. What really sets this show apart are their costumes. Their "thing" is for all their characters to have really, really huge and ridiculous hats. Some of them were so big that the actors can't even walk while they're wearing them!! Check out this pic to see what I mean. The woman in the middle with the huge SF cityscape hat stands on a moving panel that slides her forward, so she doesn't have to walk!

By the time the show got out, we had to head back to BART to get a ride home before the trains stopped running for the night. But before that we stepped inside the candy store across the street. I bought a package of Beanboozled that I planned on putting to good use later 😈

When we got back to town it was late and we were starving. So we went to the only place you go when it's late and you're starving - Denny's. I remember seeing one of those Tumblr meme things that said, "You don't go to Denny's, you end up at Denny's." It's true!! While we waited for our food and milkshakes I convinced the girls to play Beanboozled with me. I would probably categorize it in "things I'll never do again," yet we did it up until our food came so I guess it was that magical time of night where literally everything is fun and hilarious.

Finally, we ended our evening. I went home and had the best sleep I'd had in a long time. I'm so thankful to have amazing friends like these :)

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Robin Sloan at Copperfield's Books

I LOVE going to book and author events. After reading and loving a book, meeting the author is one of the coolest things you can do. In this case, I read a book I loved and met the author in the same month :)


Last month, my friend Meg asked me if I'd like to join her in going to see Robin Sloan at Copperfield's Books in Petaluma (my fav bookstore). She said he wrote Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, a book I had heard of but hadn't read yet. The author was on tour for his new book, Sourdough. Even though I hadn't read the book I told her I wanted to go; like I said, I love author events! I ordered the book from the library, hoping it'd arrive in time for me to read it before going (I'm a slow reader). I literally finished it an hour before leaving the house. Phew. But I loved it! It was a fun adventure story centered around one of my favorite things - books! It also takes place in San Francisco (that's near me!). I think reading books that take place in your location is fun. Like "hey, I've been there!"

At the event Robin Sloan told stories about how he came up with some of the ideas for his books. It was so much fun! He seems like a really funny and chill person. It made me really excited to read Sourdough...even though I still haven't started it!! I promise I will soon. When I'm really stressed about something (right now - WEDDING) I find it hard to focus when I read. So I put the book on hold for a bit. I plan on bringing it with me on my honeymoon!

Not my most flattering photo - but hey! I got a picture with Robin Sloan!

At the end of the night he signed everyone's books. Those numbers at the bottom of the page are from a stamp he brings with him to all his events. They're the coordinates of the bookstore we were at that night! I thought it was a fun little touch :)

Since I haven't read it yet, I grabbed a bio to share with you on what Sourdough, is about:

Lois Clary, a software engineer at a San Francisco robotics company, codes all day and collapses at night. When her favourite sandwich shop closes up, the owners leave her with the starter for their mouthwatering sourdough bread.
Lois becomes the unlikely hero tasked to care for it, bake with it and keep this needy colony of microorganisms alive.  Soon she is baking loaves daily and taking them to the farmer's market, where an exclusive close-knit club runs the show. When Lois discovers another, more secret market, aiming to fuse food and technology, a whole other world opens up. But who are these people, exactly?

What was the last author event you went to?

P.S. - I really want to start blogging more regularly again. But it's hard. Between work and feeling stressed out literally every minute of the day (that's for another post) I find it hard to simply sit down and WRITE. I just took a look at my blog and saw I haven't since July. That really bums me out. This post is getting published a month after the actual event because I kept opening the draft and could only manage to write a few sentences, or I would just open the draft, stare at it for awhile, and then just close it again. Sigh. But, I'm working on it. In the meantime, if you're still reading this blog; know that I really appreciate you <3

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Bay Area Book Festival!

So I realized I titled this post basically the same as last years post. But like. What else am I supposed to call it? I'll have to think about it. Also I'm writing about this over a month late lol sorryyyyy.


Last month I took another trip to the Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley! It was a great day. My mom and brother came too, so it was a bit of a family outing :) The Bay Area Book Festival happens every June in Berkeley, CA. It has author panels and other bookish activities, along with vendor tents featuring both larger publishing companies and independent authors.

RIP Fitbit Alta

After picking up my wristband (you don't have to buy one, but you can't get into the panels if you don't) I went to go find my first panel that was starting soon - Feminist Activism through Popular Fiction. It was a great panel, and I met some really interesting female authors that I'll definitely be reading soon! I wanted to buy a copy of Dietland to have Sarai Walker (who was on the panel) sign, but they ran out. That's ok, that just means that other people were just as excited for her as I was, which is awesome! I'm still glad I got to see her :) I couldn't help but laugh at the fact that I was at a feminist panel and the venue was playing Alanis Morissette before and after. Like, seriously??? Hahah.


After the panel I met back up with my fam for lunch. We ate over in the grassy area where The Lacuna library was last year - I was sad it wasn't there this year! But I imagine it was something that took forever to set up, hahah. When we were done eating I had an hour to kill before the next panel on my schedule; Science Fiction and the Resistance. So we checked out some of the author/publisher booths. I was trying not to buy many books that day (instead I just wrote down titles/authors, in hope that I could order from the library) but I did end up buying Lights Camera Booze from the Ulysses Press booth! I think I'll have a lot of fun with it ;) And it was only $5! Yay.


Then it was time to head to the Science Fiction and the Resistance location. It was being held at a Freight & Salvage stage so I had a bit of walking to do. Naturally, I got lost. And naturally, by the time I found it there was a looong line to get in. Luckily my brother had gotten in line earlier and was going to save me a seat. Unfortunately the panel was like, 5% about science fiction, and 95% about politics. Most of which were things I agreed with, but I didn't go to that panel in hopes of talking about politics.

Me trying not to murder the people cutting in line. Only took this pic because my brother texted and was like "where are you???"
Back of the line, that's where I am.

Once that panel wrapped up, I used the rest of my time checking out the other booths and things I wasn't able to see earlier. Found some more books I needed to look for at the library. Like this middle grade book that I'm reading right now (don't judge me on my middle grade books and I won't judge you on your YA books). The only other thing I bought that day was this pin from PapaLlama!

My nails aren't even that long anymore [cries]

It's perfect for me :P I'm tempted to order the matching tote bag!! But for now just the pin will do. I don't really consider myself a "pin collector," but there are so many great ones out there and before you know it you have a bunch, which just turns it into a collection whether you mean for it to be one or not, doesn't it?! Yeeeesh. Anyway, the pin's on my denim jacket right now, and I've already received many compliments on it 😎

Overall I had a great time. There were some aspects from last years festival that I missed, but just the fact that I got to spend my day surrounded by books and other book loving people was good enough for me :)