Category Archives: Celebrations

AltSCV Bowling Prom

Posted by: Maggie

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending a very special event to celebrate the first edition of a new local publication AltSCV, Santa Clarita Valley’s first alternative weekly. I’ve been asked to write for the paper, although I haven’t written anything yet, I have ideas and will get around to it eventually. I swear!

Aleks, our editor extraordinaire, put together a little party to celebrate the first issue. She said that it was always a dream of hers to get dressed up in prom attire and go bowling. And because she has some amazing friends who seem to be up for anything, they made it happen!

We had a fantastic evening of drinks, donuts, and of course bowling!

me, taken with my iphone

You can read more about the fun over at the blog of my dear friend, Susan Fujiki (pictured directly above in the black & hot pink), The Tatami Mat 4.0: Part One, Part Two, Part Three.

My 29th Birthday!

Posted by: Maggie

Sorry for the posting delay! Last week was hectic finishing up my preparations for my How to Shoot Your Kids Workshop, and with Josh and Eleanor both getting sick. Not fun! Although, Josh is still not well and I’ve had a sinus headache for 3 days that doesn’t want to go away, I’m back to posting about my birthday celebrations!

The morning of my birthday we went out to breakfast at The Egg Plantation with my dad, step-mom, brothers William and Elliott, and Elliott’s girlfriend Lily.

photo taken with my iphone

Apparently, my choice of restaurant was perfect, because they give you a free breakfast on your birthday! And the coffee is good! Score!

After breakfast we said goodbye to the family and went on a little craft store shopping trip for some Valentines supplies. And then to pick up some birthday cupcakes, because according to Eleanor, birthdays=cupcakes, of course!

We tried out a new cupcake place in town, Bake You Happy. It’s very cute and the cupcakes are awesome, and I don’t even like cake!

We shared a banana cupcake there, soooo good! And brought three more home for my birthday night dessert!

Later in the day Josh and Eleanor gave me my birthday gifts!

Josh got me a book I’ve been wanting for a long, long time. It’s a collection from my favorite photographer, Cindy Sherman’s series, “Untitled Film Stills.” They are a series of amazing self-portraits. I’ll write a whole post about it soon!

Eleanor (with Josh’s help) got me some yummy butterscotch chews from See’s. Tasty!

We had our weekly family movie night and for dessert we had the cupcakes we had brought home!

A Chocolate Cherry Licorice (an amazing combination of chocolate cake filled with melted red licorice, topped with pretzels and marshmallow–incredible!), Snickerdoodle (like the cookie, a yummy cinnamon spiced cake the uneaten half was delicious with coffee the following morning!) and a Heavenly (a gourmet grown-up version of a Hostess Cupcake, delicious chocolate cake, with marshmallow filling topped with dark chocolate ganache–awesome!)

Happy Birthday to me!

My 29th Birthday: Part One

Posted by: Maggie

For my birthday, we dropped Eleanor at my dad & step-mom’s place and Josh took me out to a surprise dinner and movie in Hollywood. We went to an old favorite of mine, Guelaguetza! It’s Oaxacan-style Mexican food. Back in the day, when I was in college at UCLA, I used to go to their other location in Palms which was almost directly across the street from my very first apartment. It was my very favorite place to eat, but that location has since closed. I had no idea that the owners had other locations, until we arrived at this one for dinner!

I was thrilled! They have the best moles anywhere, and the red mole comes on the tortilla chips with crumbled cheese instead of salsa. So delicious!

And of course they have Mexican coke, made with real sugar! Awesome!

I had my favorite vegetarian Clayuda, which is a giant crispy tortilla covered with a black bean paste and a bunch of delicious veggies including cactus, tomato and avocado.

Josh had a cheese enchilada with red mole and covered with oaxacan string cheese. So good!

After a tasty dinner we went to see True Grit! Which was fantastic! And that was my first 29th birthday celebration! More up tomorrow!