Trader Joe’s

Ah, Trader Joe’s.

Trader Joe’s is named after its founderJoe Coulombe. The chain began in 1958 as a Greater Los Angeles area chain of “Pronto Market” convenience stores. Trader Joe’s describes itself as “your neighborhood grocery store” or “your unique grocery store”. Products sold include gourmet foods, organic foodsvegetarian food, unusual frozen foods, imported foods, domestic and imported wine and beer, “alternative” food items, and staples like bread, cereal, eggs, dairy, coffee and produce. (Source: Wikipedia)

Great quality, good prices, nice crews. Photos posted are of some of our favorites. High quality, affordable, and unique.

Our favorite store location: Long Beach – PCH

Our favorite crew member: Brandon

Trader Joe’s website



Girls is a new HBO series. In the pilot episode the main character Hannah declares to her parents (who cut her off financially), “I think I may be the voice of my generation. Or at least, a voice, of a generation.” Lena Dunham stars, creates, writes, directs and produces the new series. And she is 24.

Girls is clearly not for everyone due to the provocative themes and graphic depictions of sex. The series is frank in it’s approach. And audiences are divided.  However, coincidentally, it does offer a fresh, new voice. Bold, stark, and vibrant.

Lena Dunham is facing the camera with her chin on her hand in the photo above.

Check out the trailer:

The film she wrote and starred in, Tiny Furniture, put her on the map. Tiny Furniture Website

The Island of the Blue Dolphins

The Island of the Blue Dolphins is based on the true story of Juana Maria, better known to history as “The Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island”, a Nicoleño Indian left alone for 18 years on San Nicolas Island, one of the Channel Islands off the California coast, before being discovered in 1853. The novel Island of the Blue Dolphins won the Newbery Medal in 1961. (Source: Wikipedia)

Michael had wanted me to read the novel for years. I finally did! As I was reading the book I thought of many things, including Katniss from The Hunger Games . Turns out so did the Washington Post: Washington Post Article. The story has compelling moments, is moving and delivers a satisfying ending. I wondered why a film had never been made. Turns out one was in 1964.

A tale of adventure, endurance, and animal appreciation.

So You Think You Can Dance

Having watched every episode of the first 8 seasons of this show, it’s fair to say, I am fascinated. Fantastic, standard setting, and incredibly entertaining.

The 9th season begins on May 24th.

Promo Video Season 9

SYTYCD Website

Here are some of the best routines of the past 8 seasons:


Bleeding Love: 

Ramalama Bang Bang: 

Every Little Thing She Does is Magic: 


Sweet Dreams Are Made of This: 


Viva La Vida: 

Do you have a favorite routine?