Lot 48: September 2017

September 15, 2017

it's just prom for adults

ITS THE EMMYS ON SUNDAY!! the night i look forward to the most all year long!! i am especially excited this year. why? i'm going to keep you in suspense. but here is a teaser.


before this magical weekend began, i had to tell you something.

i have said many times that i will get an emmy even if it kills me. i've talked so many times about how much i love the emmys. i hold shows that have won emmys in high esteem.

but the truth is, the emmys mean nothing.

it's all a popularity contest. do the shows and people honored on sunday mean that the shows and people not honored didn't work as hard as those who were honored? who are not as talented? not necessarily. worked as hard? heck no. it takes SO MUCH WORK to make a tv show. everyone is equal in that. talent? not everyone is equal in that.

BUT.

there are always going to be shows that are not recognized that should be. shows and people who are recognized that people, including myself think shouldn't be. (cough, alexis bledel, cough.)

it's a popularity contest. people in the academy vote for the friends. they vote for reasons i don't understand. it's prom. kings and queens (outstanding lead actor and actress in comedy and drama series') are chosen. it's popularity. it's politics. what studio has the most nominations. what studio has the most wins. what show has the most noms. what show has the most wins.

it doesn't matter. none of it does. but it is still so freaking fun. i can't wait to see everyone's dresses and see who wins. and this year is going to be the most entertaining because game of thrones didn't qualify and this is us is the first network show to be nominated in over a decade. so the drama category is going to be really really interesting to watch.

i can't wait!!

but years later when i actually get to go, and when i am nominated years later, i have to remember.

it doesn't matter.

September 11, 2017

never forget


This day always makes me sad as I imagine it does for others. I always feel a bit helpless, because I want so desperately to do something to remember the souls who died that day, fought that day, stood up for our freedom that day. But I don't know what to do. This, writing a blog post and maybe wearing red white and blue is all I can think to do.

Isn't that sad? That's all I can think to do? I could text my brother in law who is a Captain (? I think that is his ranking? I always forget) in the Army and thank him for his service and his many deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan? I don't really know what else to do. It makes me sad that nobody really does anything for this important holiday. Nobody talks about it, nobody mentions it, nothing. That doesnt seem right to me.


Taran and I went to NYC for thanksgiving last year and went to the 911 Memorial and Museum and you can read about our visit here. It was very heavy. I cried a lot. Afterwards we felt like we had just attended a funeral and really, we had. I'm so glad I was able to go.

So on this Patriot Day, I will never forget and I will keep the families of those who lost loved ones that day in my prayers.

September 6, 2017

50 questions

toady i wanted to answer these 50 questions that i stole from kelly's blog because they are too fun!  i love answering fun questions like these!

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1. what’s your favorite candle scent? any fall or Christmas scent.  i love frosted cranberry and pumpkin candles.  fall scents are at the top of my list.

2. what female celebrity do you wish you were related to? amy schumer.  she is so hilarious and does the kind of self disrespectful humor that i do.  her comedy albums are sooo inappropriate i can only listen to a few tracks before i feel like i need to repent but i still love her.  having her as like, an older sister would be awesome.  i feel like she would give me the best advice and totally have my back.

3. what male celebrity do you wish was your brother?  chace crawford.  have you seen his instagram?  he is so funny!  and he seems like a really good guy.  he would be fun to hang out with and seems like he would be a good protective older brother.  and i've never had a brother before so he seems like a good choice!

4. what’s your favorite thing about marriage? that you always have someone to hang out with.  and that i get to live with taran and be with him every free second that i have.  i love him so much, its kind of embarassing because i often cry when i try to explain to him how much i love him and how happy i am that i have him as my partner in life and i have him for eternity and that i get to live with him and build a life with him and have him by side always and get to have children with him someday.   i get really emotional when i really think about how lucky i am that we found each other and how lucky i am that a man of such a caliber wants me.  it truly blows my mind.

5. what’s one thing you own that you should probably get rid of, but just can’t?  little papers that have ideas for shows or characters of ideas to make my scripts better that i will probably never use.  i don't know what to do with them.  they are just sitting there on my desk making a mess.  i need a folder or a drawer or a box or something.

6. can you do a split? yes!  i was a dancer for 12 years so yes!  i can't do one as extreme as i used to, but i can still do one!

7. how old were you when you learned how to ride a bike? oh my, i am not sure.  probably like 5 or 6?  i just remember being scared.

8. how many oceans have you swam in? pacific and mediterranean.

9. how many countries have you been to?   mexico, canada for literally 10 minutes (my uncle lives near the border) bahamas, united kingdom, paris, and italy.

10. is anyone in your family in the army? my brother in law is.  he is near retirement and has been deployed twice.  my grandpa was in WWII and my uncle was in vietnam and was in the middle of some really serious situations.

11. what was your favorite TV show when you were a child?  lizzie miguire! that was when i was in middle school.  when i was a kid kid, it was that animated show on nickelodeon with the girl with red hair and her parents took her all around on safaris and she could talk to animals.  also, that animated show where the kids were on skateboards all the time and they lived in new zealand or australia.

12. what did you dress up as on Halloween when you were eight? when i was eight?  that's very specific.  i don't know.  i do remember dressing up as an angel.  i think i did that when i was nearing the end my trick or treating days, i think i was in middle school.

13. have you read any of the Harry Potter, Hunger Games or Twilight series? all of harry potter obviously! and yes, the hunger games.  so depressing.  and no, not twilight.  never twilight.

14. would you rather have an American accent or a British accent? british!

15. have you ever taken karate lessons? no.

16. do you know who Kermit the frog is? yes.  man does he have the most annoying voice!

17. what’s the first amusement park you’ve been to? probably disneyland?

18. what language, besides your native language, would you like to be fluent in?  i took 2 years of spanish in college and got "intermediate" i would say.  i waitressed my way through college and while in my final advanced spanish class, i was waitressing throughout the entire weekend.  at the restaurant, all the cooks spoke spanish so by sunday night i was dreaming in spanish and thinking in spanish and translating my thoughts into english.  it was really great.  but then college ended, i stopped speaking as much and i got really rusty.  sometimes though, i just start yelling in spanish and my husband is like "whaaat??" and i'm like "was that spanish?" and i didn't realize.

19. do you spell the color as grey or gray?  grey.

20. do you know triplets? i think when i was training as a dancer there were a pair of triplets in at my dance center.

21. do you prefer Titanic or The Notebook?  the notebook! the live together throughout their whole lives!

22. have you ever had Indian food? yes! i like it but i have to be in the right mood.  the best indian food i've had was this little restaurant on my study abroad when we were in stratford-upon-avon.  i still think about that meal sometimes.

23. what’s the name of your favorite restaurant? there is this famous bakery here in LA called portos that is incredible.  they have the best desserts and pastries and they have these things called "potato balls" which they put meat and peppers in that are absolutely amazing.  out of this world.  taran and i love little dessert places to go to late at night on the weekends.  if we haven't really done anything exciting yet on a weekend i'll get dressed up and we will go get dessert at a authentic bakery.  we had one back in utah and when we moved here we were like "we have to find one here!" this one totally does the trick.

24. have you ever been to Olive Garden? of course! bring on allll the breadsticks and salad!

25. what would your parents have named you if you were the opposite gender? stevie.  my older sister, my parents actually thought she was going to be a boy.  they had boy clothes bought and everything.  they were going to name her stevie.  but nope, she was a girl!

26. if you have a nickname, what is it?  lu.  my dad calls me lala.  taran calls me the usual petnames, but the one he calls me the most is sweetheart.

27. who’s your favorite person in the world?  my husband taran.

28. would you rather live in a rural area or in the suburbs? neither! but if i had to choose, suburbs! i'm a city girl!

29. can you whistle?  no! and i hate that! i wish i could!

30. do you sleep with a nightlight? no.

31. do you eat breakfast every morning? no.  i love breakfast foods, but i prefer to sleep than eat.  if i feel like eating, i have a box of oatmeal in my desk drawer at work.

32. how many times have you been to the hospital? oh geez, i don't know.  and i had a surgery that was embarrassing so lets skip this question..

33. have you ever seen Finding Nemo? just keep swimming, just keep swimming...

34. where do you buy your jeans? target! they have the best jeans.  jeans are the trickiest part of the wardrobe to buy i think.  they have to fit just right.  target or old navy does it right.

35. what’s the last compliment you got?  that i look beautiful without makeup.  a sweet woman went out of her way to say that to me at church and i was so shocked.  i think i look like a ghost.

36. do you usually remember your dreams in the morning? yes.  if they are patricianly impressionable, i remember them years later, sometimes.

37. favorite beverage that isn’t water?  sprite!

38. how many pairs of shoes do you currently own? 50?

39. how old were you when you found out that Santa wasn’t real? i don't remember...

40. what is one food that you used to hate but now you love? mangos! i loooove dried mangos.  they are my very very favorite snack.  and taran loooves having mangos around the house.  growing up i used to eat around them in fruit salads but since i love them dried and taran keeps them in the house, i have been eating them either way!

41. what is a weird lie you’ve told? not sure.  i did once tell a lie that my grandma died to get out of an audition that i forgot about to not look bad to my agent.

42. heels or flats? i looove heels and would wear them every day if i could! but they hurt! so i wear flats everyday.  i can only wear heels for a few hours.

43. do you have any weird phobias? okay, this is suuper weird.  but i can't look at something with tiny little circles reeeaaally close together.  i know its so weird!! i have to look away! also, i have a weird phobia of fish.  on my birthday when we were on catalina island, we did a half underwater boat ride and the fish were right up against the glass and they just freaked me out.  they are so slimy and gross and they are always looking at you in the eye and i don't like them in the ocean or on my plate! no fish for me!

44. what is a phrase or word you always say? "i do."  thats in response to a question.  my friend pointed it out when we were trying to pick out our friends' idiosyncrasies.  if someone was asked "do you like fruit loops?" i would answer "yes" i would say "i do! that is my go to cereal!"

45. what is a song that you blast or belt out when you are alone?  sing for me by christina aguilera.

46. what is one of your biggest pet peeves?  feet.  feet on pillows.  feet on tables.  put your feet where they belong and put them on the floor! and be put some socks on!

47. do you sleep with your closet door open or closed?  open because we don't have central ac so we need the ac unit in the living room to waft into our bedroom.

48. would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of bees? actually, a big bear.  getting a million little bee stings would be terrible and i feel confident that i could chill out the bear or get myself out of the situation.

49. do you have any weird things you do? when i am babysitting, i get really uncomfortable being alone with a child so i just start talking to them like they are an adult.  like whatever is on my mind, i just start talking.  my nicephews have heard me talk more about my moral dilmmas and what i think about global crises than my husband has.  i also talk to the baby like they are an adult and ask them "what do you think of the debt crises in greece?" just as a joke while they are playing with blocks.  its just a whole narration, i really can't get myself to shut up.  its really weird.  its not like the kid would be offended if i stopped talking.  they would probably be relieved.

50. what movie could you watch over and over again and still love? pretty much any melissa mccarthy movie.  the heat, spy, identity thief and boss..  those are some of my very favorite movies ever and i would never get sick of them!

this was fun! i hope you will all take this 50 questions challenge and do it too! leave your links in the comments section!