our best pals from nyc came to visit.
b/c of them, we ended up unpacking ASAP and tried to set up our apt, as if we’d been livin’ in it for a while. we took them around town, to our favorite restaurants, bars & other fun places. since melody, a fellow cat lover, is also vegan too, it was the easiest thing in the world to impress her with the city’s vegan friendly restaurants. we’re working on getting them to move here…and i think it’s working: )
so here are photos from our trip, most were taken by our talented friend greg (aka slavic humour).
we went to ojai, for the first time, and camped at lake casitas. we had cocktails at Azu and i made a sort of un-camping camping dinner. kale & lentils curry over quinoa. it was after dark when we sat down to eat, so no photos. and no recipe, bc it was a magic of the night that made it “the best food ever.” we ate dinner, roasted (vegan) marshmallows, and listened to nate read (absurd) russian “fairy tales” (read sample of one such story below) and greg read polish jokes. funniest jokes anyone had ever heard, that night.
russian style fairy tale
“the stubborn wife”
Once a peasant shaved his beard and said to his wife: “Look how well i have shaved.” ” But you haven’t shaved, you have only clipped your beard!” “You’re lying, you wretch, I have shaved.”"No, it’s clipped.”The husband thrashed his wife and insisted: “Say it’s shaved, or I’ll drown you!”"Do what you will, it’s still clipped.” He took her to the river to drown her. “Say it’s shaved!”"No, it’s clipped.” He led her into the water up to her neck and shoved her head in. “Say it’s shaved!” The wife could no longer speak, but she raised her hand from the water and showed by moving two fingers like a pair of scissors that his beard was clipped.
so anyway! here are some more photos!
i’ll close with this great little video greg made, my favorite!
we sold our dream house in fresno, and moved into our dream apt in highland park, Los Angeles. we’ve unpacked, and loving everything about los angeles. first couple weeks felt like we were on a honeymoon, again. we went out to all the restaurants and bars near us, went to shows, the beach, flea markets and already took a road trip to ojai and big sur. we’re almost giddy about being here again. fresno was great for us, when it happened. but now, LA is great for us. we’re finally updating our etsy shop! yay! we have some cool stuff coming. & before you know it, we’ll be recording music and playing shows again.
so that’s what’s been going on here.
i post a lot on instagram, so see ya there, until my next update. here are some recent phone pics, just b/c.
see ya later!
we moved to fresno in the summer of 2012 and for antoshka’s birthday we went to a water park.
we’ve gone each summer since then and it’s a tradition i always look forward to. as grimy as they are, water parks feel nostalgic, like a lingering piece of old americana.
last year i bought a disposable camera to document the day.
this year i got a waterproof one. lisa and i took turns snapping shots and we loved how they turned out in all their original glory (no editing involved!).
here are our fav’s:
snapped this photo during our recent trip to salvation mountain.
sacco – think you’re pretty … this is our friend andy’s band. they currently live in nyc but andy’s moving back to cali soon. the whole record sounds really good.
the strokes – one way trigger … wasn’t a huge fan of the strokes last record but this song is like candy. so catchy, and i love the strong falsetto chorus. we’re anxious for the new julian casablancas solo record, so we’ve been listening to lots of the strokes. we even made a lyric t-shirt featuring the title of their first album.
the seeds – can’t seem to make you mine … i like how trashy and raw it sounds, while incorporating the pretty piano part.
sia – chandelier … we too were captivated by the music video for this song with the monster chorus.
majical cloudz – mister … our friend, james, played this band while we were in palm springs and it was easy to get into. check out james’ 8tracks mixes over here.
delta spirit – from now on … his vocals on the chorus sound thrashed in the best way.
bob marley – mellow mood … wish i would’ve discovered this one before our little vacation. this is a perfect track for lounging around by the pool (with funny cigarettes).
jenny lewis – the voyager … jenny is one of our all time fav’s. excited for her new album. this song is very pretty and i like how she’s exploring her own voice a little.
so, we’re always listening to johnny cash and it just so happens that my grandpa wrote a song that he recorded. i never knew a live performance video existed until recently searching the song on youtube. so i’ll leave you with this (notice how he starts the guitar off on the wrong chord, what an idiot! jkjk):