Hello from the weekend!

Look at this peanut buttery, chocolatey waffle from Friday morning!

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Friday after work, I ended up going out with some of my new co-workers before calling it a night and getting some late night sushi. I don’t know if it’s an LA thing or a where-Caitlin-goes-in-LA-thing but I’ve met some terrible customer service as of late. I ended up waiting a long time for my takeout and none of the waiters or waitresses seemed interested in making my experience a positive one. I’ve actually come up agains this quite a bit in my time here and not just directed at me. Hmm.

I ended up falling into a deep sleep on Friday night and slept in nice and late on Saturday. For breakfast, I made some pancakes, which I thought I photographed, but alas did not. They were yummy. It was a sad breakfast, however, thanks to the lack of half n half preventing me from having a cup of coffee to go along with it. Thus, I was goaded into grocery shopping.

Stocked up, it was time to make it official at my new gym and get in my daily dose of exercise. Shoulders, legs, and core were on the menu and I am feeling the effects of it still. It was a good workout, ending with some time on the bike.

After I ran some errands, a friend came over and we ended up talking about conspiracy theories and scaring ourselves. Casual Saturday evening. At least I baked cookies.

Sunday morning breakfast included eggs, an english muffin, and fruit.

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After some pitter-pattering around, it was time for a run. No judgement zone, but I ran to the donut shop and back, which is no small trek, but still, I ate a yummy donut at the end of it so…

Post-run and donut excursion, it was time for the beach! I ended up taking the train over, which was super easy and fast. Yay!

During all my trips to Santa Monica, I’ve never actually been in the water (other than my toes) so it was time for a dip.

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I took some time to dry off and write a bit in my notebook before I headed over to my friend’s house to watch the debate. Frightening. That’s all I can say about it. I said my peace in yesterday’s post, so hopefully, come November, we won’t have to worry about it anymore.

The rest of my Sunday included meal prep for the week, a quick dinner, and some quality writing and Netflix time. Hope all was well for you this weekend.

Happiest of Mondays!

All Hail the Chief!

My only complaint about Veep is that the seasons simply are not long enough. It took me far too long to start watching because I didn’t have access to HBO, but now it’s taking me no time at all to fly through the show thus far.

From the start, the characters have defined characteristics and dynamics with one another, without getting overly sentimental with providing too much backstory. A quality show builds backstory as it continuously moves forward, careful to establish moments that an audience will find endearing.

We want to grow with characters, not be caught up in things that were supposed to happen before we “met” them.

The show reminds me of a cross between Parks and Rec and The Office, with the quirky characters, underdog storyline plots, and quick, smart humor. It almost seems that a camera crew is following them, which is not the set up of the show, but in some ways might be considered because of how it’s a political show. The media could be perceived as that camera crew because it’s always around and shows different perspectives.

I’m obsessed with the dialogue of this show and how real it seems. It flows and moves quickly, incorporating enough political jargon without being over pretentious. If I could write for a show, I would want it to be this one.

Also, something has to be said about the talent of Julia Louis Dreyfuss. People always talk about Amy and Tina-rightfully so- but look at how much Julia has done for women in comedy. She was the single female in one of the funniest, greatest shows of all time, Seinfeld. Elaine is incredibly defined in pop culture, and yet, I have no trouble in believing Julia as Selina. She is hilarious and genius as a woman in power struggling through politics and the dynamics of Washington. Sometimes she bumble and is silly, sometimes she’s mean and ruthless, but mostly she has a good heart that is prevented from doing much of anything because she’s only Veep.

I also really like all of the other characters who I can just imagine being in these positions. It almost makes me wish I could get into this line of work, which is a mark of a great show because I would be horrid in politics. I am far too dramatic, sassy, and sensitive.

Even though it took me awhile to finally get to watch it, I’m already dreading finishing this up. I’m going to need to check when it comes back because a few half hour showings of this creative genius is not enough.

All hail the Veep, or Pissface, which is one of her nicknames. Watch the show!