got some money…?

…is it burning a hole in your pocket??

i know i don’t/mine isn’t… but maybe you do/yours is!!

well these are two friendly people are looking for some funding for their love projects.


the first is my uncle luis. that’s him above walking down the aisle about to marry michael and me (photo by agnes lopez). he is working with a community theater to put together a show of three one act plays. one of them being a piece written by a local (to seattle) high school senior! they are doing it without a lot of time (the show will be preformed the week of august 17!) and with very, very little money (ok, like no money). they would love, love, love some help! and you’ll get your name in the program like a real live sponsor, since that’s what you’ll be! if you have any money you’d like to give to a community arts project, email luis at


the second fundraising project i’m pitching is for my friend emily (above. no idea what this is from… i snatched it off of facebook). or rather, she’s my best friend in LA’s best friend in LA (… wait … where does that leave me? humm). which means she’s forced to interact with me on various occasions/events/milestones. her name is emily and she’s going to spend 24 months circumnavigating the world in a sailboat. yeah. crazy, i know. so, do you want to live vicariously through emily and pretend your life is ½ as daring/thrilling/windy/wet? well then you could donate toward her project! this is her website: bobbie rounds the world (bobbie being the name of the boat). it’s newly launched and there’s a nice little video you can watch where she’ll tell you all about the fun stuff you’ll get if you’ll give $1, $5, $15, $30…. stuff like origami sailboats, sailor hats, a polaroid picture from somewhere far and exotic, and your name on her boat! it will be like you’re there!! but you’ll be home and warm and dry and hangin’ with your tivo. at least that is where i’ll be. so check out her website, even if you have no money to give it’s still fun, and if you do have some money, go here to kickstarter to donate!

okay. sales pitch over!

i’m just using you all to mitigate my guilt that I can’t support these two myself!!

happy 24th kayla!

so a few weeks ago i got this email from my friend kayla regarding her (then) upcoming birthday:
“i don’t really want presents, but i was wondering if you
could send me a really beautiful picture i can blow up on canvas
as my present. i need something that feels alive.”

as soon as i read “alive” i thought of these photos i had just fallen in love with a few weeks prior. i had been thinking about them for days and as soon as i read kayla’s email i knew i wanted to play with that idea.

my next thought was of blair. blair is kayla’s best friend, and really, that is a huge understatement. if anyone should be hanging in kay’s apartment, it shoud be blair. plus blair is really beautiful, and beautiful was one of kayla’s specific requests.

so kayla, here they are. i hope you find them beautiful and alive, and that they will make you happy. happy birthday (a day late) and i will see you so soon when we meet at blair’s house on the water with netta there too and you teach me how to tye dye and we swim in the big, big pool and pretend we all still live in the same state all the time.




whitney comes to visit

best friend whitney paid a visit to LA this past weekend!


she has a conference going on right now (monday – wednesday) in las vegas so she came out early and spent friday through sunday with us before heading to the strip (and the 108 degree heat)!

we had a hodge podge weekend which included finding bridesmaids dresses (whitney gets married in march!), a girls movie night out, trolling around venice beach, and lots of good meals.

after eating out all weekend we cooked in for her parting meal with us last night.
we decided on homemade pizzas and salad.

here i am happily starting to make michael’s pizza.
(i show this because this is SO typical of cooking at our place! i start doing something, michael peers over my shoulder and within a minute he has taken over.)

so, here is michael taking over the construction of his pizza


meeka supervised michael

and mckinley supervised meeka

his finished product – peperoni and sauteed onion pizza:

whitney starting on the girls’ pizza (eggplant, sauteed onion, and goat cheese)

and all finished:

dinner was rounded out with a yummy simple salad:

after dinner we played a couple games of bananagrams.

score… marissa = 1 , whitney = 1 , michael = 0
wondering why michael didn’t take a round?
well he puts together stuff like this board:
when we asked him what “J-I” spells, he said, “jiu-jitsu!”
huh??? i dunno…

anyways, after the games we were ready for dessert so we cracked the whip and made our guest get to work in the kitchen. and we are glad we did because she came out with this:

roasted peaches with vanilla ice cream and an pecan/brownsugar/caramel topping!
yes, please!




some play time with the dogs and the day was done 🙂



hope you had a good trip whit!
see you in OCTOBER!

(another) day at the park

is everyone completely sick of seeing us same people and our same dogs at this same park in the same spot?
too bad.

it has become our standard back up plan.
when we are sitting around at home and start to feel guilty about being unproductive, we pack up and go to the park and instead sit around on a blanket in the grasss and all the sudden feel like we are doing something with our day.
…despite the fact that we are doing the same thing (sitting around, being unproductive) just in a different location.


here we are in our usual spot. what isn’t normal are all those people in the background. on this day we happened to stumble upon an outfest event, meaning we got to listen to live music while busily doing nothing. (p.s. michael is going to hate this pictute. muahaha)

and while we are on the subject of photos michael will hate, here’s another!
i know michael definitely sees himself in his mind’s eye as way cooler than this portrays. but you know, the camera never lies.

in other news, kinley decided to try out a new hair do and would like to know what you think.

personally, i like classic kinley:
but you are welcome to your own thoughts/opinions. just make all your criticism constructive. thanks.

and here’s the proof i was in attendance:


and thats all for now…

… until the next gripping edition of
‘marissa and michael and meeka and mckinley in the park’…

stay tuned.
summer has just begun, i’m sure there are more to come.