New chapter in my car dependent life

Say hello to Robin (Hood), my 2011 Hyundai Sonata. My first new car since 1996. My first car ever was a 1995 Acura Integra coupe. Dark green. Leather interior. 6 CD changer. All decked out.  My brother Onk who was living in Oklahoma at the time bought it for me per my dad’s order and had it shipped over to me, obviously ignoring my plea to buy something sensible since I was living in the dorm at USC at the time.  South Central is NOT a good place for flashy car.  Since Onk got to drive it around Norman for...
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Woodstock for your brain

Technology. Entertainment. Design.  = TED. Ideas worth spreading = Spirit of TED. TED conference is where the brightest minds came together to share their ideas.  I’ve heard of the event last year for the first time, and have been wanting to attend ever since. And I finally got to do it this past week at TEDxUSC, an independently organized event hosted by USC. In a small world, Amy G told me about her friend who were going to TED who turned out to know @FStop23.  As a matter of fact, dude was the one who told @Fstop23 about the conference,...
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You’ve gotta have friends

This Easter weekend brought out friends old and new. Saturday I spent the morning with my hubby cruising down to San Pedro for a feast that is breakfast at Gaffey Street Diner.  The rest of the day I spent baking, mostly. That night, the hubby set me loose to party with my Twitter crew. We threw an early birthday party for @always_blond at @fstop23’s place.  The ever gracious host didn’t call off the party when he heard that his daughter-in-law had gone into labor earlier in the day.  However, we had contingency plan as to where the key is and...
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Equal Opportunity Offender

I’m one of those fortunate enough to have and hang out with diverse groups of friends, both in real life and out here in the blogosphere and twitterverse.  All of them different shapes and sizes in colors of the rainbow with even larger variety of interests and points of view.  All have great sense of humor and never take anything too seriously. But those we pull no punches on the most are Brandon’s circle of friends.  The boys have known each other since high school and once we’re welcomed to the family, you’re also fair game for endless teasing and...
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Scoped, Spotted, and Splattered

So you’ve wondered where I”ve been? Around, actually. Quite a little bit. I suffered a bit of an eating injury on Sunday. Yes, you read that correctly. An. Eating. Injury. Tuesday, I spent the afternoon at the Walt Disney Concert Hall and had great bonding moments with my D40. Today, my little humble food blog, HmmFoodGood, got noticed by some OC folks and nominated for “You’ve Just Been Spotted” award for food/cooking blog at Just-Spotted.com. Hop on over to either place and vote for HmmFoodGood, won’t you?  We just don’t want to crawl in last, is all. 😉 And now,...
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More than meet the eyes

The conversation when I ordered the cake for Brandon’s birthday party on Saturday went a little bit like this. Me: Hi, I’d like to order a cake for 15 people, please. Great Dane Baking Company: That’ll be a nine-inch cake.  Now what would you like on it? Me: Transformers. GD: Which one? Me: Optimus Prime. GD: The red and blue one? Me: Yep. GD: Okay, what’s the name [to go on the cake]? Me: Brandon. GD: How old is he? Me: Thirty seven… GD: Did you say seven? Me: No. Thirty. Seven. GD: Oh. Hm. Well, I guess we won’t...
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