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L.Aversary 2: My Second Year, and I'm Still Here


Happy Labor Day, everyone!

Of course, we all know that this weekend was about more than just some piddly “national holiday.” Yesterday was my 2nd L.Aversary! On 9/1/2011, I boarded a flight at LaGuardia Airport in New York City to fly 3,000 miles away from everyone I knew and cared about to try my hand at living in Los Angeles. In the two years since that fateful day, I’ve:

  • Lived in/crashed at 10 different apartments in 8 different neighborhoods
  • Lost several writing jobs
  • Gained several writing jobs
  • Went to my first SDCC (was fun, but realized it was no big deal)
  • Went to my first, and second Geek Girl Cons (realized it’s my favorite convention EVER)
  • Visited New York after living here for almost a year and realized that, as much as I miss it, there are reasons why I left New York and why moving to L.A. was a good decision
  • Finally made things official by getting a CA Identification Card (no, I still don’t drive here. Sue me.)
  • Gained several friends
  • Ended three friendships
  • Learned that communication happens very differently in L.A. than it does in NY. Trying to get better at navigating the differences.
  • Have been more successful at losing weight than I have ever been in my life (due in no small part to L.A. allowing me to be more “outdoorsy”)
  • Gained a boyfriend who makes me obscenely happy whenever I look at his obscenely adorable face


So, the past two years have been tumultuous, to be sure, but despite everything, I still have a positive balance in my Awesome Life account, and I’m earning interest on that shit!

I’ve decided to make my L.Aversary another annual excuse to have a party, so yesterday I invited a small group of friends out to North Hollywood Park to enjoy Box Wine, Board Games, and BBQ. The BBQ was more for alliteration’s sake – it was actually more of a picnic with sandwiches and snacks, but the rest totally happened. I was joined by some wonderful peeps, we shot the shit, we ate, we drank, and we played Loaded Questions, which allowed me to get to know my friends even better!

I also gave them worksheets. Because that’s the kind of nerd I am. 🙂


I gave them each a sheet of paper with 2 questions on it. The first: What do you remember about the first time you met Teresa? Here are some of the answers (anonymously) in no particular order…

I met Teresa at [mutual friends’] when they lived on [street where they lived]. I remember instantly liking her and knowing she was someone I could trust.

I remember a large crowd and two smiling faces coming out of the throng. It was you and [mutual friend], and then we stopped and had a quick introduction and chat. I was impressed with your integrity and how easy it was to connect with you.

It was at the first Single Geeks in L.A. at Villains’ Tavern. You told me your favorite Doctor was John Pertwee because he had a tattoo.

I don’t actually remember the first time we met. Teresa is one of those friends you feel like you’ve always been friends with. If I had to choose, though, it’s that she seemed very happy.

Awww… 🙂 I would highly recommend doing this kind of thing regularly with your friends. It’s so easy to feel like you’re not that important, or special, but when you look at yourself through your friends’ eyes, you see that maybe you’re being a bit hard on yourself. Maybe you’re more awesome than you think you are. In any case, I’m so grateful that I continually meet such kind, thoughtful, creative, amazing people, and that despite the drama that sometimes surfaces in this crazy city, that I am continually able to surround myself with people who are above the bullshit and know how to treat people. I want to thank each and every one of them for being so good to me since I’ve gotten here. I hope I’ve been returning the favor.


The second thing I asked them has to do with a goal I’m setting for myself this year. I want to make it a point to do as many cool things this city has to offer as possible! I don’t want to make the same mistake I did in New York where, because I lived there, I held off on doing certain things because “it’ll always be there” and then the thing closes, or I move before having a chance to do it. The following will be included in a bigger list of 50 L.A. Musts For The Next 365 Days that I hope to put up tomorrow. Here is the beginning of that list, as suggested by my friends (I’m only including the ones they suggested that I haven’t already done):

  1. Visit The Garden of Oz in the Hollywood Hills (sometimes it’s locked)
  2. Double Feature at the New Beverly Cinema
  3. Jump the fence at the Hollywood Sign before the cops come
  4. Canoe the appropriate section of the L.A. River
  5. A Hollywood Forever Cemetery screening
  6. Grauman’s Chinese Theater
  7. Visit the Main Branch of the L.A. Library
  8. Go to Zombie Joe’s Underground
  9. Zipline in Venice
  10. Point Dume State Beach in Malibu (private-ish public beach)
  11. Walk around and window shop at 10pm on Rodeo Drive
  12. Korean spa (Olympic spa or Wi spa)

Hopefully, by my 3-year L.Aversary, I will have done all of this and more!

Well L.A, it’s been two years, and I’m still here. Bring it on, bitch. 😉


SONG OF THE DAY: "Do the Bartman" – Bart Simpson (voiced by Nancy Cartwright)


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1 Comment

  1. novelfriend

    I first met Teresa in NYC at the PEN writers Neil Gaiman talk on my birthday, but despite my adoring adoration of Mr. Gaiman, the only thing I actually still remember from that night was chatting with Teresa about feminist topics in writing and comics and how much I enjoyed spending time with her because she immediately felt like “kin.” *Hugs* Happy 2nd L.Aversary!!

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