First of all, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my brother, who turns 51 today! He’s as awesome a big brother as I ever could’ve asked for (even when he annoys me).

My bro and me. 2013.

My bro and me. 2013.

Secondly, I’m starting a feature here called “Sunday Brunch,” wherein I’ll post a photo encapsulating my weekend, then catch you up on the previous week’s posts! Because you might have missed something really good, and what better time to catch up on your reading than over Sunday Brunch? 🙂

Me at the pool celebrating my pal Jason's bday yesterday!

Me at the pool celebrating my pal Jason’s bday yesterday!

Yesterday was jam-packed with birthday frivolity. First, there was my friend Jason’s birthday BBQ/pool party in the afternoon, which was a lot of fun! Jason and his wife, Mairghread, are two of my favorite people ever, and I was so glad to spend quality time with them (this after we’d played our monthly Pathfinder game the night before!), as well as catch up with some other awesome people I hadn’t seen in a while. The evening was all about Lindsay’s birthday, and we went to The SmokeHouse in Burbank for her birthday dinner. I have the most awesome “Sister-in-Not-Law-Yet-But-Close-Enough” ever, and it was a lovely evening spent with her, The Boy, The Boy’s brother, Josh, and their friends.

Today, I’m off to film a promo video for my friend Cindy Jenkins and her awesome new venture, The Lemon Lounge, a web show that hopes to help folks in L.A. find quality live theater that they’ll love. I’m taking part in a promo today, then I’ll be co-hosting an episode spotlighting theater and pop culture in June! 🙂 Stay tuned here for more about that, and go follow them on all of the social medias.

Miss out on some of my posts this week? Well, you’re in luck! Because here they are all arranged in chronological order for your reading pleasure! I have to say, I’m very proud of my posts this week, and consider it some of my best work yet:

OMG, I HAVE A WHITE TOILET! (posted 5/12): wherein I review a fabulous company called Handybook that I employed to clean the dirtiest rooms in my apartment!

STARING PROBLEMS (THEN KICKING THEM) IN THE FACE! (posted 5/13): wherein I discuss finally beginning to tackle my long-standing financial problems, and perhaps how you might consider starting to do the same.

LADIES: THE SECRET THE MEN IN YOUR LIFE AREN’T TELLING YOU! (posted 5/14): wherein I sing the praises of Dollar Shave Club, and let the ladies know that quality razors at affordable prices don’t have to be a Guy Thing.

“BODY POSITIVITY” VS. “RESIGNED TO BE FAT” (posted 5/15): wherein I discuss the difference between feeling good about yourself and being resigned to being overweight. My most popular post of the week.

STRONG IS VULNERABLE AND AFRAID (posted 5/16): wherein I discuss my Writer Voice and the fact that writing what scares me has always been the best decision.

Well, that’s it for the first Sunday Brunch! Enjoy catching up on some reading today, and I look forward to seeing all of you in the coming week!