Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Free Nail Polish Until Midnight

Zoya is giving away 3 bottles of nail polish per customer. All you have to do is pay $6.95 for S&H. Offer is only available to the continental US. Use code TW5000.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Being Single Again

Being single again sucks. For the most part I'm okay with it, but I do have my moments. The Boy was a big part of my life for the past 10 years. We've been through so much together. If you would have asked me 3 or 5 years ago where I thought I would be in my life 10 years from now, my answer would have definitely included being married to The Boy or at least still being with him. I do miss him and I still love him, which is part of what makes this so hard. We just aren't the same people anymore and we've grown apart. Who knows - maybe someday we'll be able to get back to the place where we love each other again...

As I said previously, I've never been much of a dater. The Boy and I had been together since I was 18 so the dating world is all new to me. I had mentioned before about starting a potential new relationship, but I that may be over for now. The Potential New Boy (TPNB) and I were friends before The Boy and I broke up. We were friends in high school, but just reconnected last summer. Now here's the part that is kinda scandolous...I knew TPNB was starting to have feelings for me and I was developing feelings for him too. The Boy and I were "on a break" before we officially broke up and were free to go out with other people. At that time TPNB wanted to start a relationship with me. I told him I wasn't ready to just jump into another relationship right away. TPNB was dating somebody at that time so I told him to just keep dating her while I figure things out. I wanted to just take things slowly and not be serious. TPNB and I continued to hang out or whatever while he continued to date the other girl. Eventually TPNB decided that he just couldn't do casual with me. It had to be all or nothing. That with me he couldn't not be serious about our relationship - should be flattering right? It was just too much for me. I can't do that right now. TPNB also thinks that I need time to get over The Boy. I guess he's had similar experiences in the past and that makes him a bit wary of starting things with me. So we have decided to wait and see what happens and he is still dating the other girl. If it's meant to be, it's meant to be I guess. It does make me sad and hurts a little bit. And is it wrong that it kills me that he is dating someone else? I just wish that he would give me some time and not date other girls. That's selfish, I know. I just know that we could be so great together. We get a long SO well and really really match. We always have a good time when we're together and we have really great chemistry. He's so sweet and I can tell how much he really does like me and appreciates me for who I am, which is part of what makes this so hard for me.

Other than that, I have been asked out a few times. I've declined all the offers. After The Boy and TPNB I'm just not ready. It does get lonely, but it's also exciting. My friends are all determined to help me find someone new. There's been talk of speed dating and girls night out and online sites. It all sounds fun. Not to knock those who do it, but I don't know if i'm ready to join any dating sites yet. It's a very strange and scary time for me, but I know it's good for me and should be fun. Sometimes it's hard to remember that though.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Whew! I haven't blogged AT ALL this year. I just lacked the desire to. I'm going to try to start blogging again. We'll see how that goes.

Since my last post back in 2008 there has been one major change. The Boy and I are no longer together. It was pretty much a mutual thing, although it was The Boy that brought it up. I had been contemplating our relationship for awhile before we broke up. There are a lot of things that were wrong with our relationship and a lot of things that led to our break up, but I will only highlight a few of the main reasons. Things just weren't the same. We had grown apart. We want different things, at least at this point in our lives we do. The distance didn't help either. I think we felt disconnected from each other. I have my friends here and he has friends in LA, many of which I have never even met. I felt like there was a part of his life that I had nothing to do with. Don' t get me wrong, I think it's okay to have our own separate friends - healthy even. I felt very negelcted. We didn't talk everyday and we only saw each other on weekends. The Boy isn't in school right now and doesn't work, so I felt that he could have spent more time down here with me. He preferred to stay in LA and go out with the guys. Finances and money was also a big concern. The Boy spends money like it is going out of style. I don't even want to think about how high his credit card bill is. I'm sure it's very very high. I like to spend money too, but I'm a little more frugal with my spending. So that's that in a nutshell.

Being single is a whole new world to me. I haven't been single since I was 14! It's always been boyfriend after boyfriend so this is all new to me. It's both exciting and scary. I look forward to having the chance to date. Although, I'm not excited about people constantly trying to fix me up! I am horrible at turning people down for dates. I've been asked out a few times by guys that I'm not interested in at all. I knew one guy was planning on asking me out and I tried so hard to avoid it, but it happened anyways. I was so lame. Ugh - it makes me cringe just to think of it. The worst part is that he's a customer at my work and I see him all the time. I've known that he has been interested in me, but he never had the chance to ask me out because I was with The Boy. My co-worker, Roni, told him we had broken up. I was like, WHY?! Why did she have to tell him? She knows I don't like him. She just thought it was funny. She even encouraged him to ask me out, knowing that I would say no. How mean is that?

Since The Boy, I have kinda started a new relationship. I wouldn't call it a relationship really.....more of a potential new relationship. The Potential New Boy is an old boyfriend from middle school. We reconnected recently and started hanging out. There is an attraction there and we did kinda start something, but for now we're holding off on things. I don't want to rush into a new relationship right away. I'm just not ready for a relationship.

I probably won't blog again for awhile. I'm leaving this Saturday for my first real vacation in over 2 years. I'm going to Bali and I am uberexcited! :)

Wednesday, December 31, 2008


This list has been making the rounds on many of the blogs I read so I figured I'd post it on mine too.  This is a list of what every omnivore should try.  The bold ones are the ones I've had which is 55 out of the 100.  Not too bad, but not overly adventurous I guess.  

The Omnivore’s Hundred

1. Venison

2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare

5. Crocodile

6. Black pudding

7. Cheese fondue

8. Carp

9. Borscht

10. Baba ghanoush

11. Calamari

12. Pho

13. PB&J sandwich

14. Aloo gobi

15. Hot dog from a street cart

16. Epoisses

17. Black truffle

18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes

19. Steamed pork buns

20. Pistachio ice cream

21. Heirloom tomatoes

22. Fresh wild berries

23. Foie gras

24. Rice and beans

25. Brawn, or head cheese

26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper

27. Dulce de leche

28. Oysters

29. Baklava

30. Bagna cauda

31. Wasabi peas

32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl

33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float

36. Cognac with a fat cigar

37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O

39. Gumbo

40. Oxtail

41. Curried goat

42. Whole insects

43. Phaal

44. Goat’s milk

45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more

46. Fugu

47. Chicken tikka masala

48. Eel

49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut

50. Sea urchin

51. Prickly pear

52. Umeboshi

53. Abalone

54. Paneer

55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal

56. Spaetzle

57. Dirty gin martini

58. Beer above 8% ABV

59. Poutine

60. Carob chips

61. S’mores

62. Sweetbreads

63. Kaolin

64. Currywurst

65. Durian

66. Frogs’ legs

67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake

68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain

70. Chitterlings, or andouillette

71. Gazpacho

72. Caviar and blini

73. Louche absinthe

74. Gjetost, or brunost

75. Roadkill

76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie

78. Snail

79. Lapsang souchong

80. Bellini

81. Tom yum

82. Eggs Benedict

83. Pocky

84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.

85. Kobe beef

86. Hare
87. Goulash

88. Flowers

89. Horse

90. Criollo chocolate

91. Spam

92. Soft shell crab

93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish

95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox

97. Lobster Thermidor

98. Polenta

99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee

100. Snake

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Happy Holidays!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season! My Christmas was great. I was a bit exhausted the days leading up to Christmas Eve and Christmas. It was baking nonstop for me. I wanted to take pictures and post them on here, but I forgot to with all the craziness going on. I made Magic Bars, cranberry bliss bars, red velvet cupcakes, peppermint truffles, and persimmon bread - loaves and loaves of persimmon bread). Everyone in my extended family loves loves loves persimmons. They all have trees growing in their yards and even go persimmon picking somewhere in Escondido I think. My mom had asked me to make persimmon bread for her one day so I made one. My aunts had some and they all enjoyed it so they all gave me their bags and bags of persimmons they had which were starting to get over-ripe and there was no way they'd eat them all before they went rotten. I probably ended up baking about 30 loaves of persimmon bread. I was wiped out after that and now I don't want to bake for awhile.

I got some pretty great gifts this year. I got lots of make-up, some perfume, a couple of jackets, lots of gift cards and some money. I love that my aunts still think of me as a "kid" and still give me Christmas money. Makes me feel young! I hope everyone else got some good stuff. I spent Christmas Eve at my parents house with all of our extended family and The Boy. I love my family. Now that we are all getting older, we see each other less and less so it's great to see everyone together on the holidays. It's a night filled with lots of food, laughter, and love. We carried on the festivities the next day at my aunt's house. The Boy left Christmas morning to be with him family and I went up there Christmas Day night after the Laker game. I kinda didn't want to go though. It was raining and I didn't want to leave my family. :(

Tomorrow we are going out in LA! I'm very excited. I haven't been out dancing with the girls for awhile now. Happy New Year's everyone! Have fun and stay safe!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Stila Sale Online

Check it out! I have heard that some people had trouble last year with shipping or cancel orders. I'm going to give it a try. Hurry - it ends Monday!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

It's that time of year again

Are you ready for the holidays? I'm not. I totally thought I had all this time to prepare. I've been thinking about presents and cards and baking for weeks now. I just haven't made any concrete plans. I kept telling myself that I have tons of time and that I can do it all later. I don't know why. For some reason I just didn't want to be eager beaver about Christmas this year. Now I'm rushing to get things done. I just really didn't realize that Christmas is next week already. I think part of me just doesn't want to deal with the holidays this year. I was already pretty disappointed about the holidays this year since a lot of my extended family won't be around this year and then Max passed away which makes it even worse. Anyways, I'm almost done making my cards and I'm doing most of my baking next week. I had wanted to bake lots of stuff this year, but now I'm scaling back on my baking plans. Partly because I don't have time and partly to save money. :(

I am done with my present buying! It helped that I'm not giving out as many presents this year. A lot of my friends and I have decided to just do Secret Santa or White Elephant gift exchanges this year. We are all feeling the crunch of the economy this year. I did get some great deals on the presents I did buy. December is a great time for sample sales. This weekend I went to a bunch of them and scored big time. The best sale of them all was the Stila Warehouse sale.

Most of what I bought were presents. I only got a few items for myself. I regret that now though. Everything was such a good deal that I should have gotten more for myself. Oh well. There is always next time! Here is what I got:

Blanc Palette
Retail $32, Sale Price $10

Red Carpet Look
Retail $40, Sale $15

Retail $40, Sale $15

Retail Price $22, Sale Price $5

Retail $45, Sale $20

Retail $55, Sale $25

Retail $28, Sale $7

Total retail price of all items comes out to $284. Actual price paid was $102. Plus there was no tax so that's even more savings! Woo hoo! I wish all shopping was like this.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Life Goes On

I want to start this post by thanking you guys for your kind words about my last post. It means a lot to me.

Over the past few weeks I've been adjusting to life without my dog. It's a pretty big change. There is an absence of dog fur. Max was a big shedder. We tried all kinds of remedies to try and reduce the shedding, but to no avail. His fur was everywhere and would get all over our clothes and furniture. When we would go out, I would wait until we were about to leave to put my clothes on so that I wouldn't get fur all over them. I had to vacuum ALL THE TIME. I'm no longer worried about him all the time. When we would go out, I'd feel bad for leaving him alone. He hated being alone. Because of this I would try not leave him alone all day. If we were out all day, I'd want to be home at night. Or if I knew we would be out at night, I would try to stay home with him as much as possible during the day. Like this weekend, The Boy and I were out all day long on both Friday and Saturday. I never would've done that if Max were still here. And the biggest challenge for me is Max's company. It's a lot quieter without him. I miss his companionship and just having him there to pet and hug.

Everybody has been telling us to get another dog. It's always "get another dog already" or "when are you getting another one." Ugh, I'm so not ready for another dog yet. Someday, yes. Just not now.

Monday, December 1, 2008

And here is number three :(

I'm so sad to share with you all number three. I lost my sweet sweet dog, Max last week. He was 8 years and 2 months old. We came home from dinner and found him laying on the floor. We thought he was just sleeping, but he didn't get up. Normally he gets up right away to greet us. That night he didn't move. The Boy went over to try to wake him and Max obviously didn't move. That's when it hit us. From there everything was such a blur. The Boy was so upset, as was I. I won't go into any further detail as it's pretty hard to think about and it's probably not such a fun read.

I miss Max so so much. He was such a good and loving dog. (Although he wasn't so good when he was a puppy. Have you read Marley and Me? Marley and him could so be brothers. They even look like twins!) He totally thought he was human and not a dog. We couldn't get him to play with other dogs. At dog parks he would ignore the other dogs and run up to other people to play with instead. If we left him outside to play with our friend's dog, he would just sit outside the door and cry and wait for us to let him back in. He loved attention and always wanted to be pet or hugged or to sit in my lap (he's a big heavy dog so that wasn't always so comfortable.) He would lay down on me or sit on my chest in the morning (I think he was trying to wake me up). He loved loved loved to eat. Sometimes he would grab a can of his food and bring it to us and ask us to feed him. A few times I even found him laying down on the floor with a can of food in between his legs. I miss him so much my heart hurts. It's still so new and fresh that sometimes I forget he's not here anymore. For example, I'll be talking to The Boy on the phone and I'll start to ask him what Max is doing and I'll stop mid-sentence. When I wake up in the morning I look for him. I've been slowly getting a little better. I was pretty depressed the first few days. I pretty much just slepst all day long. Good thing it happened on a Friday and I had the weekend to get over it. I miss my Max. :(

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Killer Klown Halloween

I know, I know.  This post is over a month late.  I had intended on posting about it in a more timely fashion, but obviously I didn't.  So last month I went to the most amazingly extravagant Halloween party in Palos Verdes Estates.  This was my first time dressing up for halloween since I was a kid. I had a hard time picking a costume. I didn't want anything too silly or too sexy/slutty. I ended up being Padme and The Boy was Anakin. Have I mentioned before that The Boy is a huge Star Wars fan? HUGE. Anyways, costumes are expensive. I was shocked at how much they cost. Some costumes were $100 or more. It's not like these costumes are made of the best material or are very high quality.

Anyways, the party was INSANE.  The theme was Killer Klowns from Outer Space.  The house itself is 15,000 square feet.  we got to go inside the house. Party goers weren't allowed to go inside, but we knew some of the vendors so we were given access to the house. It was such a beautiful house. They had 2 kitchens and a elevator. I think the house had at least 4 different levels. And the ceilings - the ceilings were painted with clouds and angels and things like that. The entrance to the party was a maze.  There were circus performers, magicians, even a monkey!  It was open bar with the good liqour too, not just the cheap stuff.  There were passed hor's d'oeuvres that were really really really yummy such as truffle french fries in little martini glasses, scoops of cotton candy ice cream on served on little spoons, mini corn dogs, sliders, and basil mushroom crostinis.  There were women "dressed" only in body paint dancing around.  The guest list for the party was 3,000. 3,000 people in one house. Not even the house, the backyard. My backyard probably couldn't fit more than 30 people.  It was said that the cost of the party was equivialent to the price of a house.  I'm sure this party was well over $200,000.  That's a huge amount of money - HUGE!  Can you imagine having that much disposible income that you could afford to throw such extravagant parties?   These people have some serious money. This is the third year they have thrown this party. I hope I get to go again next year!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

I haven't posted in awhile. I have no excuse really, other than my complete lameness. Nothing very new or exciting as far as updates. Work is work. School is school. I was really sick with the flu for awhile. The timing couldn't have been worse. I just started an 8 week accounting class when I got sick. I wasn't really able to read or study so I had to drop the class. With such a short class, I just couldn't see myself being able to catch up and still do well in the class. I'm already signed up to take the class next semester, but I really wanted to get it over with now.  

I have a few posts that are half written.  I'll try to finish those up and post those soon.  Until then, Happy Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  :)

Friday, October 3, 2008

And the word of the day is

Maverick! Maverick, Maverick, Maverick! Sarah Palin really loves that word. She did perform better in the debates than I thought she would. That doesn't say much though, considering expectations were pretty low. I wish John McCain had chosen a better running mate. It seems to me like Palin just memorizes things and spews out whatever comes to mind without paying attention to the question asked of her. She just smiles and winks and thinks that will do it for her. She comes off as being way too folksy. I couldn't stand it. Ugh. I wish they were having another debate.

Thursday, September 25, 2008


The Chargers won a game! The past 2 games have been heart breakers! 2 games lost in the last final seconds of the game. Seriously?! You're killing me Smalls! As I watched that game against the Bronocs, aw man, I actually wanted to kill someone. Freaking Hochuli! It does make me feel better that he owns up to his mistake and feels horrible about it. This next game against the Raiders should be fun, especially since The Boy is a Raiders fan (Boo!). I need to go out and by me a new Chargers jersey. Woo hoo!

Thursday, September 18, 2008


Remember before, when I said The Boy was taking his medical board exam and how I was excited that all the crazy studying was over and I'd have my fun boyfriend back? Turns out not so much. Unfortunately The Boy didn't pass. :(

It's not uncommon to not pass this test. Most people say that Step 1 is the hardest part of the boards and a lot of people take it twice or even three times before passing. I know it's hard for him right now. So much time and effort had gone in to studying. He was so ready to move forward and get on to the next part of his med school education. He was thisclose to passing too. He has to wait another month before he can take it again. This month will be hard on him I'm sure. He was SO tired of studying for this test. Now he has to do it all over again. My heart breaks for him. To add insult to injury, his mom wasn't too supportive when she found out he didn't pass. One of the first things she said to him was, "What are we going to tell people?" Since then she's also told him that she stays awake at night trying to come up with a story to tell people about his test results. She's decided that she's going to tell people that he missed it by one or two points. His response to that was "why do you have to think of something to tell people. I'm not ashamed of not passing." She said she knows, but she has to come up with something to tell people. This hurts The Boy a lot. He feels as if his mom is embarrassed or ashamed that he didn't pass. I tell him how proud I am of him for all his hard work. I'm sure that makes him feel better, but it doesn't make up for the way his mom feels about it. I can see how depressed and sad he is when he talks about it. Please send good thoughts his way. He's gonna need it.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Why don't you like me?

As I've said before, I'm very close to my family. I have one cousin in particular that I'm very close to. Tony is like a brother to me. He is only 5 days older than me and we lived together for about 3 years in LA. After I moved back to San Diego from LA, Tony started dating this girl named Maria. Tony and Maria have been dating for abou 2 years now. I'm not a big fan of Maria, although I really wish I was. See, Maria doesn't really make the effort to get to know me, which bothers me since Tony and I are so close. If ever I was in LA, Tony and I would plan to get together to hang out for dinner or something like that. Maria would never come. One time I was even at their apartment and I thought she wasn't home. She was home. She just never came out of her room! I was there for 5 hours and she didn't come out once. At first, I was just like whatever. Now Tony and Maria live in Chicago. They fly out to LA a few times a year. When they do, my sister and I always make the effort to go and share a meal with Tony. Maria NEVER comes. I understand that she also wants to see her family, but she could at least get to know our family a little bit. One meal at least. She always come up with the lamest excuses too. The latest one she gave this past weekend was that she had to go shopping for a dress. We weren't meeting up for dinner until 9:30 PM. What kind of store is she shopping at that is open past 9?! When Tony first started dating Maria I was so excited for him. I was hoping that Maria and I would become close too. I hope some day this changes. People tell me that maybe she's intimidated by me, but I don't see why she would be. I don' think I've ever been rude or mean to her. I'm hesitant to bring this up with Tony. I'm afraid he'll get defensive and think I don't like her. Then he'll go tell her what I said and that will make things even worse. Plus, I suck at discussing uncomfortable topics. I'm the post non-confrontational person in the world.

Things in three's?

I've heard a theory that things happen in three's - weddings, births, deaths. I hope this isn't true. Why you ask? Because right now another one of my uncle's is on life support. My mom and many other family members are flying out to Seattle today to be there before they pull the plug. What is going on? Within 2 months there are 2 deaths on my mom's side of the family. My goodness. I hope this isn't a sign of things to come. Sadly, the odds are against us. See, my mom's side of the family is HUGE. She has 11 siblings, 5 half brothers and sisters and 5 full siblings. The half-siblings are all getting up in there in years. They're all over 75 and for some, their health isn't so good.
I wasn't even prepared for this one. With my last uncle, he was sick for months and we knew it was coming. This time not so much. Here's what happened. Monday my uncle had a mild stroke. He was doing fine after a few days and then he went home. There was a good prognosis and everyone said he'd be okay. I breathed a sigh of relief. I thought everything would be okay. I didn't think anything of it after that. On Thursday he wasn't feeling well again so they forced him to go back to the hospital. They determined he suffered another mild stroke so he had to stay in the hospital again. He went into the bathroom and didn't come out for a long time. They went into the bathroom to check on him and he was on the floor. He had a major heart attack. That's when he went on life support. My mom called me at work Friday morning to book her a flight to Seattle which shocked me. At this point I thought my uncle was fine. No one told me he was back in the hospital. I might not be able to make to Seattle in time. I have things going on at work that I just can't miss. I'm going to leave Monday night, but have to be back in San Diego by Saturday afternoon. I really hope things to happen in three's. :(

Friday, August 15, 2008

What are you looking at?

The Boy and I attended the Robin Thicke concert at the House of Blues the other night. It was a great show. Robin Thicke's new album is going to be sooooo good. I can't wait until it comes out next month. The show could've been a little bit more pleasurable though. I say this because it was super hot in there. It was as if there was no air conditioning up in there.  Part of me wanted to leave it was so hot.  Some people actually did leave.  Also, The Boy is kind of annoying at concerts.  He's always people watching and then he points out the funny people to me.  If I don't look he keeps bothering me.  When he does this, I'm thinking to myself "Dude, I didn't come here to look at these other people.  That's insert performer's name up there.  I'd rather look at him instead."  I've noticed he only does this at concerts where the performers are male.  Coincidence?  I think not.  

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

I'm baaaaack

It's been over a month since my last post. I started writing, but never finished a whole slew of posts. I decided to just delete them all. Nothing new or exciting going on in my life lately. The Boy has 2 weeks until he takes the first part of his medical boards. He is NOT fun to be around lately. I've spend pretty much the past few weekends in LA watching him study. Exciting, no? Can not wait until he is done with this test. Then I can have my fun boyfriend back. However this also means that he may potentially be leaving. See, once passes this test he'll start his clinical rotations. He may do these in New York, Bakersfield, Los Angeles, Detroit, or a number of other cities. My vote is for some where in Los Angeles, as close to home as possible. He doesn't get to choose were he does them though, so where he'll be is pretty much up in the air right now.

I start classes again soon. I'm so not looking forward to it. I'm taking a bunch of accounting classes next semester. I hate accounting it's so hard for me. Mainly because the classes I'm taking are online. Accounting is hard to learn on your own! My friend Lana was taking the same classes as me before and we would help each other out. She's in law school now so I'm on my own with these coming up classes. I have nobody to be miserable with. Gotta get back to work, but I'll try to post a little bit more frequently from now on. :)

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Viva Las Vegas take 2

Off to Vegas again. This time we're flying. I'm actually at the airport right now.

Unfortunatley, the premise of this trip isn't as happy as our last planned trip to Vegas. My uncle passed away over the weekend. The funeral is tomorrow. On a happier note, The Boy's birthday was Monday so we're staying in Vegas until Sunday to celebrate. We have some friends that were already planning on being in Vegas for the weekend and some of my cousins have decided to stay the weekend in Vegas as well.

I hope our travel to Vegas isn't as eventful as our previous trip.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Breakfast of Champions

I've posted before about my love for breakfast. I think it's something that was instilled with me since I was young. I always had breakfast in the morning. My Dad would wake up early in the morning and make be breakfast EVERY morning before school. After which he would go straight back to bed. He would actually wake up at 6:30 am, cook me breakfast, then go right back to bed. He was retired so he didn't have to get up to go to work or anything.

My new favorite breakfast meal is greek yogurt. Greek-style honey yogurt from Trader Joe's to be exact. I sprinkle it with some granola and a little bit of honey for some extra sweetness (I have the world's biggest sweet tooth). I prefer Greek yogurt to regular yogurt because it's creamier and thicker. If you haven't tried it, you should.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

One good thing

that came out of the Vegas fiasco, is that I discovered a new shampoo and conditioner that I now love. We slept at Ed and Jen's house that night. Since we were supposed to be staying at a hotel in Vegas, I didn't bring any shampoo and conditioner to use. I was planning on just using whatever stuff the hotel had so I had to use the shampoo that Jen had in her spare bedroom. It's Herbal Essences Helio Hydration. It smells so good and makes my hair so soft. Last week I went to my favorite (Target!) and bought myself two bottles.

To sue or not to sue

After last weekend's road trip to Vegas fiasco, a lot of people have been telling us we should sue the rental car company and/or Jeep. I don't know though. I don't want to be one of those people who sue for no reason. As long as we aren't liable for the car and the company compensates us for what was lost in the fire, I'll be happy. I have to admit, the thought of suing is pretty appealing. We did miss out on a Vegas vacation. We could've potentially been hurt in the fire or ran over or hit on the freeway as we ran away from the burning car. And the thing that bothers me the most is that I didn't get to see my uncle one last time. My uncle has been very sick for the past few months and it's getting down to the end for him. He's been in the ICU for a week and a half now. That weekend we would've been in Vegas would've been the last time I would've seen him alive. That lost opportunity right there is priceless.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Happy birthday, Max!

Max turned 7 today, although he is a puppy at heart. He's the world's biggest baby and I just love him to death. Today The Boy and I are going to take Max to the park to let him play and by play I mean with other people. Max doesn't like to play with other dogs. He prefers people. I bought him some new toys and some special doggie treats for him to enjoy later.

The Boy says I spoil Max too much. It's true, I do. It's hard not to. I can't help myself. My poor guy has been through a lot the past few years. What can be so hard on a dog, you ask? Well, I'll tell you. A little over 2 years ago Max suffered from Fibrocartilaginous Embolism or FCE. Basically, it's like a stroke to the spine. He lost use of his back right leg for a week or so. It was horrible to watch him deal with it. Normally Max is a happy go lucky kinda dog, always wanting to play and run around and eat. When this happened, all he did was lay down for days. He didn't want to play fetch. He didn't want to eat. He just laid there. He was depressed. Not even food got him excited. His leg would drag behind him when he walked and so that started to get scratched up and bleed. We had to keep it taped up until he was able to raise it off the ground when he walked. It was a sad sight to see him walking around with his leg dragging on the floor after him. I just wanted to follow him around and hold his little leg up for him. Slowly but surely, he began to regain use of his leg. It's still a little bit weak. He falls down a lot and sometimes his leg shakes when he's standing, but my little guy is a trooper! Within a week of his injury he was back to wanting to play again. It broke my heart, because we weren't supposed to let him walk a lot, let alone play, for a month or so.

Flash forward to June of last year. We had taken Max to the dog park to play fetch. Keep in mind that this is one of the first times I'd taken Max to the dog park since the whole FCE thing. I'd been wary of bringing him to such a big open space to run around in. I didn't want him to over exert himself and hurt his leg. I finally thought his leg was getting to be strong enough to go to the park. We had been there, playing fetch all of 5 minutes, when Max jumped up for the ball. He starts to walk back to The Boy and I when I notice he isn't using his back right leg. Yes, the same leg that was injured due to the FCE - the same leg! He wouldn't put it on the ground. He just kept it raised and was limping around on his other 3 legs. I was so scared. I didn't know what to think. Was it the FCE again? The Boy picked him up (which is not easy as Max weighs about 100 pounds) and we took him to the vet right away. The vet examined him and knew right away that Max had torn his little doggie ACL and would need surgery. He had the surgery 3 days later.

As my little guy gets older, I worry about him more and more (Yes, I'm a big worry wort). His leg is weak sometimes and all of the injuries he has had makes him more susceptible to arthritis. He walks with a limp too. He moves like an old man sometimes. The Boy says I worry too much, but Max is my baby. I'm his mom. I'm supposed to worry.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Let it burn

We never made it to Vegas. 30 minutes outside of Ontario this happened:

We didn't get in an accident or anything. We were just driving along on our merry way when the car started to slow down. At first we thought it was a flat tire cause we heard a popping noise when the car started to slow down. We tried to pull over, but the car wouldn't move. Then the hood popped open and flames started coming out of the front passenger side of the hood. We all got out of the car and ran to the side of the freeway. Some truck drivers stopped and called 911 for us. The CHP and the local fire and police departments came out too. They were all super nice and very accomodating to us. They really did all that they could to help us out. They called rental car companies for us and gave us rides.

Thankfully everyone got out safe AND it was a rental car, so nothing was lost. We got all of our stuff out safely, too. Unfortunately our trip got ruined. We were stuck in Hesperia with no car and all the local rental companies were closed. We have a friend that lives in San Bernardino and we called him to pick us up. We spent the night at his house and he drove us home the next day. According to the CHP on site, Chrysler jeeps are prone to catching on fire. Keep that in mind if you ever plan on purchasing one or if you're renting a car and they try to give you one - don't take it! The car we had was a Patriot and we were told by the company that it was only 4 months old. So a brand new car caught on fire for no apparent reason. This was NOT good times.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Viva Las Vegas

I'm off to Vegas for the weekend for a birthday celebration. The Boy's friend, Choco, is turning the big 3-0! I'll try to post a recap as soon as possible. Wish me luck! :)

and as a a side note . . . Cheena still doesn't wear her engagement ring.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Lazy days

The last week I had off from work was nice. Made me want to never have to go back to work. Here's a quick run down of what we did:

  • Went to the gym every day - EVERY DAY! The Boy is a monster! He pushes me so hard at the gym. It's funny sometimes. I'll be doing weights and he'll want me to do heavier weights and I won't want to. One time there was this older lady working oujt next to us. She had a personal trainer and they were doing the same exercise we were doing, but the old lady ywas doing about 15 more pounds than I was doing. The Boy kept saying to me, "See that old lady? You want here to beat you. She's doing more than you. Don't be a wuss. She's beating you."

  • Did some shopping. Checked out the Nordstrom half yearly sale and bought a dress.

  • Ate at 3 Square Cafe in Venice and Jinky's Cafe in Sherman Oaks, two places I've been wanting to try

  • Ate at a bunch of restaurants in LA that I miss, such as California Roll Factory, Zankou, and Toast

  • Picked up some red velvet cupcakes from Crumbs AND Buttercake Bakery (I LOVE LOVE LOVE red velvet cake. I liked the Crumbs version better.)

  • Watched a whole lot of basketball. The Boy loves him some Lakers.

  • Went to a Midnight showing of the Sex and the City movie with Lana, who had won tickets that were only good for the Friday Midnight showing. Good thing I didn't have work the next day! Loved the movie!

  • Overall, it was a relaxing, very chill week. I'm just sad it's over.

    Tuesday, May 27, 2008

    Off for the week

    I have the week off from work. Originally, I had hoped to take a road trip with The Boy for a few days, but his parents are going out of town so we got stuck are housesitting instead. I was disappointed when The Boy told me we wouldn't be able to go a trip. His parents told him just a few days ago that they were going out of the country and need him to house sit. I'm thinking, "thanks for the heads up." Granted, The Boy and I didn't have concrete plans for our trip. We were just going to head up the coast to stop along the way. Play it by ear, you know. Since that's out of the question now, I figured we could make the most of it. We're going to use this week to visit places in LA that we've been wanting to go, but just haven't had the time to go to yet. Try some new restaurants. Visit with friends that I don't see regularly. Hit up restaurants that I used to frequent when I lived there and now miss. Things like that.

    In those jeans

    Last week, I went to another sample sale. It was a William Rast/People's Liberation warehouse sale. Samples sales are hit or miss. Sometimes there are good deals to be had and sometimes it just sucks ass. This was not an ass sucking sale. It wasn't crowded AT ALL. Usually, people line up an hour ahead of time and it is super crowded inside. I was so happy when I showed up 20 minutes before the sale started and saw somethingI've never seen before at a sale - ZERO people waiting! At first I thought I was in the wrong area. I double checked that I had the right address and did a little happy dance that there was no line. Then I started wondering why no one was there. Maybe the sale was canceled and I didn't know it. Maybe everyone knows the sale is going to suck ass. I was hoping neither was the case. I did see a few other girls driving around and looking at the building. At 9:00 I headed inside and found out that there was a huge selection. In my size, there were probably 4 or 5 big racks to look through. Granted, many of them were the same styles, but still. There was a huge selection and a good amount of each style so there was no fighting over a small selection. Not only that, but the prices were unbelievable. $50 for a pair of jeans. Can you believe that? $50 for jeans that normally retail around $189 to over $200. That price is just too good to pass up I say. I got myself two pairs, which I was happy with. That's 2 pairs for less than the price of one. It really doesn't get any better than that.

    Here's a picture of what I brought home with me that day. Both jeans are William Rast. The one on the left is a pair of skinny jeans and the pair on the right have flared legs.

    Thursday, May 22, 2008


    I haven't posted in awhile. Sorry about that. I have a bunch of half finished posts that I've written and never got around to finishing. Until then, here's a few things I've been up to lately:

    • Went to the Alicia Keys at the Sports Arena in San Diego with The Boy, Lana and her boyfriend. The show was SOOOO good. Jordin Sparks and Ne-yo were the opening acts. I'm not too familiar with Jordin Sparks and I don't really follow American Idol so her stuff was all new to me. She has some pretty decent songs. I've been a big fan of Ne-yo since he came out. I love all his songs. Alicia Keys put on a great performance. She has an amazing voice and she looks so good right now! I know some people give her a hard time about her weight and say that she looks big, but whatever. She looked good. She put on an amazing show. Before the concert, we ate at Phil's BBQ. When we first got there the line was way out the door. Not to worry though, the line moves super fast. We were seated and got our food within 20 minutes. Even if it had taken longer, it would SO be worth it. The food is that good. And the onion rings! Ah-mazing! Here's a pic I snapped. Please excuse the craptacularness of it. It's from my camera phone.

    • Had the most wonderful dinner at Nobu inside of the Hard Rock Hotel in downtown. My friend's brother works there so we were given special treatment. We didn't even have to order. We just sat down and course after course was brought out to us. We seriously ate for 3 hours. 3 hours! A lot of the stuff we had wasn't even on the menu. All of it was super yummy. I don't even know what it was. The food just came out to us. Probably one of the best meals I've ever had. I do remember one dish we had was lobster salad. I'm not a real big fan of lobster. I like it just fine, but I don't love it as much as others do, but this lobster salad was definitely a winner. And the bill, oh $60 each. There was 5 of us at dinner so that's only a $300 dinner bill. Pretty good for Nobu if you ask me. I know most of our bill was comped and the rest of the meal's price was discounted. Nobu is a great restaurant, though a little pricey. The atmosphere is nice, very young and trendy. I wouldn't mind going back.

    Other than that, it's just been work and school, work and school. I'm sure there are other exciting things to share, but at the moment I just can't remember.

    Monday, April 28, 2008

    The new love of my life

    I brought this baby home with me as a birthday present to myself a few months ago. I've been wanting one for awhile, but had been putting it off because it's quite pricey. I haven't made good use of it yet. Mainly because I'm trying to lose some weight and I have very little self-control. If I had a house full of baked goods, I'd probably eat them all myself. Plus summer is right around the corner. I'd try to share my baked goods with my friends, but most of them are pretty lame and are so worried about their weight so I know they won't eat them.

    Wednesday, April 23, 2008

    Happy Administrative Professional's Assistant's Day

    Be sure to thanks your administrative assistants's today. Here are 2 cards I made for the girls in my office.

    Thursday, April 17, 2008

    Lunch time fun

    Target is right across the street from where I work. There are times when I'm in there practically every day, twice a day even. Lately though I haven't been frequenting it so much. I don't know why. Probably because I've been trying to curb my spending lately and its easier for me to do that if I'm not tempted. Not going to Target = no temptation. I did pop into Target the other day during my lunch break on the premise of getting some plastic storage bins. I did get the storage bins and a few other items.

    I got this for my bathroom:

    And this cozy hoodie:

    I'm totally bummed that I missed out on a totally cute dress. It's been so long since I've been to Target, I totally missed out on scooping up some of the super cute Jovovich-Hawk items that are only available for a limited time. I saw this cute little number, but they only had 3 left, none of which were my size.

    While I was walking past the clothes section, I saw my ex-boyfriend's older brother out of the corner of my eye. I quickly turned into the clothes to hide. I did NOT want to see him. I haven't seen him or my horrible ex in 10 years and I did not want to make small talk with this guy and have him go tell his brother he saw me. My relationship with his brother was the WORST relationship ever. I regret ever going out with the guy. Ugh - I cringe just thinking about it. What was I thinking?! Why in the hell did I ever date that guy? My friend, Natasha was with me at Target and she ran into the ex's brother. I saw them talking so I made sure to stay far away. They chatted for a few minutes and he did mention to her that he had seen me from far away. I did feel a little stupid hiding from him, but that feeling is better than having to talk to him. Ugh, I hate living in the same city as my ex again. This never happened when I was living in LA.

    Saturday, April 12, 2008

    How did you get here

    I have a site counter attached to this blog. I check the stats every now and then. One thing I find interesting is how people find my blog. Sometimes it's from other blogs and sometimes it's from google searches. What's interesting is the searches that people do that lead them here. One of the most recent searches was "why are my panties soaking wet by morning." This search lead the user to this post about how I sat down on a wet seat at church. I doubt my post had anything relevant to the user, but I sure hope that she eventually found the answer.