Shark Cat

by analilia on August 9, 2013

In honor of Shark Week, I share this adorable cat dressed as a shark, riding a Roomba.

Happy Friday!


White Ladybug

by analilia on July 29, 2013

A rare site in nature, but I found one on the rooftop of my car.  What a pretty ladybug! Have you ever seen a white ladybug?

White Ladybug



by analilia on July 15, 2013

One of the things I love about summer is gardening. For the past three years I have been growing tomatoes in pots.  If you haven’t tasted a home grown tomato, you don’t know what a tomato truly is supposed to taste like. Even if you buy them at the farmers’ market they don’t taste this good. Home grown tomatoes are so flavorful and sweet; they are an explosion of flavor in your mouth. However, they are also very difficult to grow.  Last year I had a horrible problem with aphids.  This year I decided to only grow two tomato plants and keep them in my back yard where I have all the control of the watering (my landlord was over watering my plants).  My husband and I have been tediously looking behind each leaf to make sure no caterpillars are sucking the life out my plants. So far we have murdered about 70 caterpillars (where do they come from??????)  Luckily I haven’t had a problem with aphids this year, hallelujah! My Sungold cherry tomatoes are starting to turn their bright orange color.  My Cherokee plant has a lot of fruit, but the tomatoes are still very green.  I’m not a mother, but I feel like growing plants is like having a baby, except they let you sleep throughout the night.  You’re plants can’t communicate with you verbally, so you have to guess what they need.  You have to water them, feed them, protect them from pests, make sure they are comfortable and have enough sunlight.  It’s not easy having a healthy, beautiful organic garden.  But when I do get it right, I feel like I can conquer the world…until next year comes around and I have a whole new set of problems.


Do you have a garden?  What are you growing?



by analilia on July 12, 2013

I might be late to the game with this post, but I finally got the chance to see the short film called Inocente this week. It won an Oscar this year for best documentary short subject. The film is about Inocente, a 15 year old girl who has been homeless with her mom and two brothers since the age of 7.  As the synopsis says, “She never knows what her day will bring, but she knows at least it will always begin with paint.”  This film is inspiring, it’s sad (I cried so many times), yet it has a very powerful message.  I encourage all of you to rent it on iTunes. And if you’re a teacher, share it with your students!


This film also highlights the non-profit organization A Reason To Survive (ARTS), which gives kids facing difficulties in the San Diego area to have a place where they can express themselves creatively through art. Their mission statement is “A Reason To Survive is dedicated to providing, supporting, and advocating for arts programs that heal, inspire, and empower youth facing adversity.”  It’s a beautiful organization that really makes a difference in so many lives.  If you have some extra money,  please donate to ARTS.

Inocente Trailer from Jeff Consiglio on Vimeo.


She Let Go

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I’ve been taking a workshop that teaches performing artists how to manage their cash.  It’s been a fantastic workshop through the Actors Fund that has made me more aware of my spending (yikes), and it has also given me a lot of tips that can be applied to living a better life.  At the end […]

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Happy 4th of July

July 4, 2013

Flag dress by Catherine Malandrino.    

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Frances Ha

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As I walked home after watching Frances Ha I was smiling from ear to ear, texted my best friend she had to see it, and I felt so alive and inspired.  The movie is about Frances (Greta Gerwig), a quirky late twenty year old who is living in New York City, struggling financially while she […]

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If you’re not familiar with CicLAvia, it’s a day when a major street in Los Angeles is closed so that people can ride their bike, skateboard or walk for miles and miles without worrying about cars.  It’s a fantastic idea that started in Bogota, Colombia over 30 years ago as a response to the congestion. […]

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Friday Night Jazz at LACMA

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I’ve now been in LA for 9 years and just yesterday was the first time I finally made it to the friday night jazz event at LACMA. Every Friday evening from 6-8pm there is a free jazz concert at LACMA.  People come and picnic while listening to jazz. I was so surprised to see so […]

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Echo Park Lake

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After two years of renovation and $45 million dollars, Echo Park Lake re-opened this weekend to a great turn out.  They did a beautiful job cleaning the park and making it appealing to the whole community.  They added a much needed playground for the kids. There are gorgeous lotus flowers throughout the lake that are […]

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