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Lip Service

Dec 26th, 2016 Posted in Miscellaneous | no comment »

I have had a mole above my lip all my life. Ever since I was little, I remembered having it. It stared out quite small, looked like a small brown freckle. As I got older, it grew bigger and more pronounced. However, I never really thought anything of it until about 2 years ago when I realized it started to encroach upon my lip line. If it grew this big, would it grow even bigger and take over my mouth?! I went to the dermatologist and they shaved it off. I thought that was the best solution at the time. The healing process was tough because I had a 1/4″ scar above my lip and I tried so hard to hide it with make-up. When the scar finally healed, it was a spot above my lip, the same 1/4″ in size and it was very pale. It never tanned at the same level of the rest of my face, but I was OK with that.

Fast forward to October 2016 and this spot has yielded the mole and it has grown back bigger than before. However, it no longer had its original brown color, so again, I was OK with that. However, what if it got bigger?!

I was faced with the same dilemma and decided to seek out a plastic surgeon to have it surgically removed by a professional. I found a doctor I really liked, who had a great reputation and specialized in reconstructive plastic surgery. She had an impressive history with fixing cleft pallets so I knew my lips were in good hands to say the least!

Friday, December 23 was the day of my procedure and it was more painful than I imagined. The numbing process was quite unpleasant and then I had to lay still for an hour while she cut a chunk of flesh out of my lip (which according to Ryan was HUGE) and then stitch me back up, matching my lip line. I’m happy to say that 3 days after the procedure, it looks really good. There is no trace of the mole. When I get the stitches removed in 2 days, the scar will be minimal.

I’m so glad I decided to go through with it.

Video Messages for Gramps’ 90th BDay

Jul 17th, 2016 Posted in Aidan, Miscellaneous | no comment »

Fix It!

Jan 27th, 2016 Posted in Miscellaneous | no comment »

Home repairs suck! What also sucks is my dad living so far away he can’t just run over and fix it, whatever it is. Dryer won’t turn on, kitchen sink won’t drain. I can’t wait to see what breaks next!

The best part of being a homeowner is not wanting to call anyone because you don’t want to spend the money. So you try wicked hard to fix it. The dryer has so few moving parts that it didn’t take long before I just sucked it up and called someone to repair it.

But the sink not draining properly was different. With some drain-o, a plunger and the dispose-all running non-stop, we thought we had conquered the drain last night. Alas, we were wrong. This morning I was washing my hands in the sink and realized the water was not draining like it was supposed to (or like Ryan said it was last night after he ‘fixed’ it). I thought I’d give the plunger a go, after all, Ryan doesn’t really know how to properly use that piece of equipment. After two swift plunges and a nasty splash of sink water in my face I stepped away from the sink and picked up my phone.

Outlander – Season 2 Trailer

Jan 26th, 2016 Posted in Miscellaneous | no comment »

Birthday Dinner

Jan 23rd, 2016 Posted in Miscellaneous | no comment »

While Aidan has a sleepover at Grammy & Pop’s house, Ryan is taking me out for my birthday dinner to Ruth’s Chris. We are meeting up with JenJen and her boyfriend Rami. The older I get, the more I just want a night out with people I love. Some time off from being a mom. A good steak and a glass (or bottle) of wine. And dessert of course.

Gifts are nice, don’t get me wrong. Please do not return anything that you may have already bought for me! But I feel like I have everything in life that I really need. Now I just want to make some memories.

It’s the big 3-4 this year. When I turned 31, I had to start doing the math. I guess it stopped being important how old I was. When I was younger and my parents were in their 30’s, I thought that 35 was SO old. I still think my folks are 35. It just feels like the right age for them to be. I’m sure the appreciate it, but now that I’m in my mid-30’s I feel old and I wonder, how old are my parents?!

Pop’s Wish List

Nov 23rd, 2015 Posted in Miscellaneous | no comment »

Merry Christmas party people! It’s that time of year again!  Pop has delivered his wish list & I have included some much needed commentary as well as some links to make the shopping easier…

  • Amplifier (and 6 banana plugs)
    • Not sure wtf this is or does.
  • Oakleys
    • Something that will not make his pin head look smaller than it already is.

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USC Tailgate

Nov 7th, 2015 Posted in Aidan, Miscellaneous | no comment »

First USC tailgate! U-S-C! U-S-C! U-S-C!






Halloween 2015 – Darth Vader!

Oct 31st, 2015 Posted in Aidan, Miscellaneous | no comment »





Halloween Is Coming!

Oct 19th, 2015 Posted in Aidan, Miscellaneous | no comment »


Next Big Vacation with the Big A

May 30th, 2015 Posted in Miscellaneous | no comment »

Eleven days ago, we flew from Los Angeles to Sicily with a layover in Amsterdam and Rome. After 24 hours of nonstop travel, we finally arrived in Taormina, where we would stay for a week & a wedding before heading to Lucern, Switzerland. 

We have longed to return to this Swiss city after traveling to it seven years ago. We wanted to see if the fun we had back then could be replicated today. Yes, it can. So much so that we have started mentally planning to include Switzerland in our 2016 European vacation with the Big A. 
We did some hiking in Lauterbrunnen that is right up Aidan’s alley. It was all downhill at a low grade and was not hard by any means (I did it after all). To start this hike, you must first take a cable car and a train up the mountain–both Aidan would love! While I will admit that Switzerland is a fairly expensive country, hiking is one of those things you can do for free and you enjoy doing because he sights are just spectacular, the air is clean & crisp, and it’s free (wait, did I say that already?). 

When we travel to Europe next year with Aidan in tow, we would do it a little differently than we are doing it now without him here. Less meals out and more grocery shopping at the COOP. We would seek out the less expensive things to do and see. And we would cut back on the perusing of designer handbag & shoes, and amp up the chachki shopping. 

Traveling has become such a big part of our lives (since before Aidan was born) that we looking forward to sharing those abroad experiences with our son. 

Hey Booday

May 22nd, 2015 Posted in Miscellaneous | no comment »

This is A’s latest catch phrase, ‘Hey booday!’ I can only guess he picked it up from listening to the radio. It sounds sort of like Megan Trainer is saying ‘booday, booday’ in one of her song — at least that’s what Aidan thinks. 

It’s 5:09am in Sicily. Ryan & I have been awake for over an hour. Wifi has ceased to function so as I type this, I realize now it will need to be saved as a draft for posting at a later time when wifi is accessible. 

I doubt we get back to sleep. A nap is definitely on the agenda for this afternoon. As soon as the sun pokes its head, we plan to walk to the beach. 

Missing our Aidan. So when I say to Ryan, ‘hey booday!’ We both smile. 

Finally Friday!

Dec 19th, 2014 Posted in Miscellaneous | no comment »

It is finally the Friday after our biggest film of the year opened. It is always a bear working on one film, crossing all the t’s & dotting all the i’s. But now I can say it is finally over!

Now we have 3 easy days next week then we start a mini vacation off from work from Dec 25 through Jan 2. We don’t go back to the office until Jan 5! Crazy. Love it!