Man, I didnt think I was that far and gone.

I didnt realize it had been this long since I had posted. Life around here has been crazy busy. I have been busting my ass at my new office. In a good way though. It's all one big giant learning experience. Along with my new office I took on a seperate project which I am pretty excited about. So now I am working weekends on top of my regular job but it's actually not that bad. I get to pad around in fluffy slippers on this second job. Also helps that I really like the person I am working for.


Artificial Intelligence

I should have attached a picture for this.... I have been dying my hair little by little for less than a year to make it blonde until yesterday. I had finally hit my blonde summit then guess what? Surprise, surprise.... I went back to black! Once you go black... eventually you do go back. It is kinda weird being back to my natural color, I will get used to it.

Next week should be fun... I have my final for my tax class.... It's my first time cooking thanksgiving dinner.... It's Aaron and my's 2 year anniversary (who wouldathunkit huh?) and the girl who I am replacing is leaving (me in the land mines). Oh joy.

No pressure:),


It's a good day today...

The house is controlled by the Democrats theoretically they will take over congress (with the help of the independants) and Bush will have no power! Woo hoo!

Even better than Politics...... K-Fed got his walking papers from Britney! She didnt even tell him, her people told his people on the Crackberry!

And on the personal front... work is great!


It's Funny...

How the things you would expect to know about those you are close with are the things you don't know. Yet people who are mere acquaintances will tell you more than you ever expected.

Life in the fast lane

Sorry to those who actually read my blog I've been gone for a while. Life has been turned upside down but in a good way. Work has been ruling my life for the past 3 years. As everyone is aware my compnay got bought out. It was either go down with the ship or climbing on with the new mothership. I decided to climb onto the mothership. It's been a rollercoaster for the last couple of weeks with interviewing and negotiating. Since I stayed on with the new company I didn't even get to give an official 2 week notice.

All in all its a good move for me. Sometimes I feel like I am joinin a cult. The even have their own "cuture." I liked working for a small company but I know in the long run in what I want to acheive career-wise this is better for me. I got a great position working with top people in this industry to theoretically train to be one one of them.

I've already met my new team. They remind me a lot of the office I started in when I started with the company. They are perky perfect people. With the perfect hair and make up and 300 jeans. The person I am taking over she said "We dress casual here!" that kind of attire is me on a good day of going out. I guess I have gotten really used to being super casual in jeans and t-shirts and sneakers. I feel very "Ugly Betty."

Wish me luck.... my first day is tomorrow.


Self Absorbed

Funny how some events can make you totally obsessive and and self absorbed. I am waiting for said event to clear up and settle so I can focus on other things.


I don't love you too!

Since I am a displaced citizen of the KZLA nation I have been trying to find a morning show. Ryan seacrest hosts a local LA radio station as the morning dJ. I tune hin in (mostly out) and I've noticed rhat his call ending catchphrase is '' I love you'' which prompts his callers to reciprocate. I dunno about you but that makes me wonder about his personal life. I say I love people all the time but only those who I am close to not just random strangers much less people I haven't seen eye to eye. Ryan are you that short on love personally that you have to ask for it publicly? That's kinda creepy.


Reader Poll Monday: Past, Present Future.

1. Comparing your life as it currently is to the way it was a year or two or five ago, are you more content? If so, why? If not, why?

I hate to say this but 5 years ago I was a mere child. I was 18 going on 28. I did way too many stupid things that I could get away at that age with, but in retrospect I would have probably slapped my former self and said "What are you thinking?" 2 years ago I was in happy but lost place. I was content with my being and everything was trucking along. Currently, I am more content. I am not lost anymore, I have set down semi-permanent roots. I have matured *well as mature as 23 can be*. I have more of an idea of what I want and now working towards getting it.

2. What do you hope the next year will bring? Do you expect things to more or less stay the same? Or do you see big changes? How do you feel about that?

The next year is going to be a whirlwind of changes. I should be getting engaged/married within the next year. Which is exciting and scary all at once. It means permanent roots vs. semi. I will no longer be fully employed anymore. I am starting up a new business which could either really go well or blow up in my face. I will no longer be relying on my intelligence but on my artistic ability. I know if all else fails I can always go back to corporate America and hope not to get laid off again. I will finally get the opportunity to finish my degree once and for all. I am ecstatic about that. Even with the starting of a new business and fully knowing that I may never have a use/need for a degree I still want to finish that up b/c I am the only person in my family who finished high school let alone have a college degree. That is important to me. Wishful thinking is buying another house and getting rid of the one we have now. Wishful b/c we live in LA and it's easier said than done.

3. What would your ideal life situation be? Do you feel that it's within your grasp, or merely a pipe dream?
Ideal, hmmm…. Both husband-to-be and I being able to work from home or independently away from corporate America. Have another child. Big house in the suburbs. Does it sound like I am ready to settle down now?

4. Ask me something.
Did you expect yourself to be where you are now at this point in your life or did you expect to be farther ahead in love/career/ect. ?


Las Vegas Baby!

We went to Las Vegas last weekend for my GF's wedding. We had a pretty good weekend of galavanting through town. My friends wedding was nice and intimate and met some pretty cool people. Saturday night we were out till 4 something in the morning. I even got my first body art done. I will post a picture once its healed a little better.


FW: Nose Picker

One of my co-workers sent me this in response to my freeway driving nose picker rant. I guess there is a radio commercial out there saying this. 

Mr. In the Car Nose Picker

Bud Light Presents Real Men of Genius
(Real Men of Genius)

Today, we salute you, Mr. In the Car Nose Picker
(Mr. In the Car Nose Picker)
For you, the daily commute isn't simply a drive to the office
It's a hands on exploration deep into your shnoz.
(I'm going in now)
With pinpoint accuracy and sheer determination,
you dig for boogers like miners dig for gold.
(hit the jackpot)
And why do you do it? Because the windows are up
and, you think that we can't see you. We can.
(how ya doin'?)

So, crack open an ice cold budlight, oh nabber of the nose nugget,
we'd like to shake your hand but, you will have to wash it first.

(Mr. In the Car Nose Picker)




Holding on to a dream....

Working corporate has it perks like seeing how many people you can sucker into going into the Mega Millions pool with you. I being the friendliest (not necessarily the most organized one) organize the lotto pools when they get to a decent size around here. The Mega was at 114 Million last week so we decided to go in on it. 105 tickets later… Monday morning I still hadn't checked the numbers b/c I dunno I am lazy and I don't feel like wasting my weekend on it. By 9 am people were already vulturing my desk asking if I had checked the numbers, b/c they had. Turns out... Hey we won 175 bucks! Split among 21 people that’s not a whole bunch of much. One person said lets throw a party… @ that amount of money it makes for a crappy lunch unless its liquid and made by one of us ;). 

Before I started organizing the work pool I had never played the lotto before. I figured I had much better luck leaving a twenty in my jeans and surprising myself or Aaron when doing laundry when we found it. I have only played the scratchers a few times. The funny thing is that I only win when I am super pee'd off. For example I had a somewhat ugly break up with a then bf and we didn't exactly know how to part ways and he suggested we go into a liquor store and get some scratchers. I didn't understand why but I agreed. I ended up winning and losing all of it at that liquor store.

People are just about religious playing these games. I don't understand that. Think about it say you drop about 5 bucks a draw twice a week for 1 year that is 520 bucks down the hole! Plus interest! Some people do it for like 20 years, plus compound interest! Retirement money!

So why after saying all this am I still playing with the group? Because considering that we are all going to be unemployed in a couple of months what do I have to lose? All of us sit here and imagine the headline that will be in the newspaper if we win….

"With Looming Lay Offs ABC Company Employees have won the Mega Million!"


Labor Day Happenings

I can't say Labor Day weekend was very exciting this year, the one perk was instead of a 3 day weekend we made it into a 4. The original plan was to take off to the river but b/c of financial constraints we figured it was not in our best interest to go. My parents invited us to Mexico for the weekend which would have been virtually a free trip *minus the boozing and gallivanting* but somehow we missed out on that too.

Friday was just running errands and taking Aaron to the doctor. His arm is still not feeling well from the accident. There is this lady we call the witch doctor that I went to a couple of weeks ago b/c I had pinched a nerve in my neck that I have been trying Aaron to go to but he is scared. Hey if I can take the pain and then feel better why can't he. The regular doctor just gave him pain medication which he can only take at night and then told him to go see a massage therapist. We will have to go tonight.

During the evening we went to see John Williams @ the Hollywood Bowl. Before we had the tickets I had no idea who John Williams was. Turns out he is the guy who did all the music to some of the super nerdy movies like Star Wars *covering self from rotten tomatoes.* The night was beautiful and warm. The place was packed and they were selling wine at the concession stands by the bottle. White wine + hot summer night = Good Times!

Saturday we went to the Getty. I haven't been to the Getty in years. We decided to go this weekend b/c we had no chitlin in tow and wanted to enjoy the museum without any screaming, tickling or "poofers". We didn't have a proper camera and the battery on my cell phone was almost dead so we used Aaron's Treo. That thing is so retarded we had to set the exposure with our hand and finagle it to get some decent color in the pictures. We ran around like teenagers and the exhibits were pretty cool. Aaron is in love with one of the artist on display. I a sure those pictures will be posted on his site, so I won't even bother. There was a party to go to that night but the Getty is closing late during the summer so by the time we were coming back from LA we weren't dressed for it and it was just too late. Still Happy Birthday Scotty McHotty.* Getting old at 25.* ;)

Sunday/Monday we did a whole bunch of nothing mixed in with some cleaning. We now have a functional wet bar that is only slightly stocked but it will be built up after a while. Aaron ditched me for college football with his dad so I ended up going to go see "Invincible" starring Mark  Walberg. My friend Tim was so kind to take me out of my boredom and we had a good ol' time. I was surprised at how good Marky Mark was in this film. I still think of him in his Calvin Klein's trying to be "hard." Ha!

YLT: Wish you were here!

Before I miss the deadline and get more booze in my system... We are at the hollywood bowl hearing John williams. Good times :)

Can You Say?


That’s somebody's last name.


YLT: I give up

Trying to blog on command is too hard. I will return when I am not even boring myself.

On a side note I did try to blog when I was halfway lit at the hollywood bowl friday night. My phone just wasnt doing it.


YLT Day:? Head Count

I made it by the skin on my teeth.

YLT Day 10: Need to stop falling asleep on the couch

For the last couple of days Aaron and I have been so exhausted that we keep falling asleep on the couch afraid to move b/c if we do the dog wakes up and starts crying.


YLT Day: 9? Breathing

OKay, maybe tomorrow will be the day I really post.


YLT Day ?: Alive

I am too tired to write but I did post. Will write more tomorrow.


YLT-Day 7: Silver Lining

So the last couple of days have been a roller coaster with the electricty going out the water pressure being down to zero and having one car accident. Life as of today seems to have calmed down. We continued to look at cars today and have finally found the one we wanted. Well, that Aaron wanted. He got a 2004 Saturn Ion 2. Its not new, but its new to us. So at least now I won't be embarrased to be seen in his car.


YLT- Day 6: Shit Happens

Aaron had a car accident yesterday. He was driving on the freeway and the SUV in front of him stopped and he kept going. His car is basically totalled and is in safe keeping at an auto-body shop near the accident site. On ther perk side *at least the way I am choosing to look at it at this moment* Aaron will be getting a new car. We went to look at new cars today. Well not new cars... pre-loved as Aaron like to call them. Our two candidates are the Ion and the Matrix. Both are kinda cool. I love toyota but the Saturn was pretty sweet too with its extra 3rd door deal thing. So it has feeling of a coupe but with some of the functionality of a 4-door.

We still have a lot of things to go through regarding this whole car deal but hopefully it will turn out for the best. I just hate car accidents. My car has been in 4 of them and its just such a headache.


Sometimes I wonder.... Day 5

If I have too much time at work or is it just that I can't focus on what I am doing . My desk is a mess and I really have no idea of what's going on but all I know is that it has to be pretty by Monday b/c the cat is coming back while this mouse has been at play *really in space* this week. *Sob.*


Childhood Favorite - Day 4

I haven't seen these since I was a kid!


Day 3 - Electro baby found!

My bf is a dork. He lost his brand new electro baby cell phone that he blew $400 on 3 weeks ago. I wonder if he realizes that he lost it? He probably does realize that he lost it, but is freaking out that he lost it and doesn’t know where it is. Living/Working in a big city we normally don't expect the kindness of strangers. But out of some serendipity there is a human being out there that cares about someone else besides himself and decided to text message me to let me know that he found the Treo. Not surprisingly, foreigner (that doesn't know better about LA yet). Quebec Guy, you rock and we thank you!

Hopefully, now my bf will stop making Canadian jokes.


I almost missed it - Day 2

I was trying to think of something witty to say all day. Nothing came, so here I am showing that I exist


Reader Poll Monday - Day 1 YLT Blog Challenge

This is an easy day because I have something I do every week (or just about).

1. Where and when was the last wedding you attended?
Honestly, I don't remember. Most of my friends have had shot gun wedding that I am hearing about the week after the fact.

2. What's the furthest you've ever traveled for a wedding?
Family wedding in San Francisco.

3. What's your general opinion of weddings?
I like them… wish more people had them and actually stuck through with the vows. Sometimes people blow way too much money on them. There are so many more useful things the couple could be doing with that money. Its just one day (yes, I know that you will remember for the rest of your life).

4. What's your favorite wedding tradition?
The father daughter dance. I am pretty close with my dad. I am waiting for that moment. I already have the song picked out for it too. "I loved her first" - Heartland.

5. Least favorite?
They Money Dance. It's just embarrassing for so many reasons.
6. What do you usually give as a gift?
Kitchen crap. I don't have a usual gift yet. I have a usual baby shower gift. *my friends are backwards*
7. What's the best thing you ever eaten at a wedding?
I don't remember.
8. What's the most bizarre thing you've seen at a wedding?
Don't know, besides bad 80's hair when I was a kid.
9. Have you ever dated someone you met at a wedding?
10. Would you rather have a big wedding or just elope?
I am gonna have to say elope on this one. Even though I wanna do the big father daughter dance. What I am dreaming of so far is getting married on a beach in New Zealand or Australia with only the witnesses and the officiated a la Kenny Chesney and going straight into the honeymoon.


Sad Country Song *A Hissy Fit*

Yesterday morning on my drive to work I was doing my thing sitting in traffic praying I wasn’t going to be late. I listen to the Morning Show on KZLA because compared to other morning shows it's not raunchy/trashy and besides I love country music. I've been listening for about 3 years now and have gotten to know the radio personalities pretty well. Even when I got a 30 gb Ipod I still chose to listen to the morning show over my Ipod.

I got in my car yesterday to go home from work and I turn on the radio and its "The Move". I check my radio thinking maybe I hit a button even though I know it's preset as my #1 on my radio tuner. Once it hit me I was like "WTF?!?!." I am superbly annoyed. What am I going to listen to on my drive to work? I don't want to listen to the trash on other stations. I listened to "The Move" on my way home last night to at least give it a shot. It's f'ing annoying! Even their name ads are f'ing annoying.

The other thing that sucks is that they are going to stream the old country station on the internet but my company blocked any kind of streaming radio from coming in. Grrr.

KZLA's parent company thought that they didn't have enough listenership. Hello people LA/OC is not a country hick kinda place. It's a tough market. Even if it does have a low listenership relatively, comparatively it's still higher than other parts of the country. You have now displaced a bunch of country listeners. Not all of us want to go to 95.1 and the frog people.

Here is the official word: http://www.calendarlive.com/tv/cl-et-dees18aug18,0,1985117.story?coll=cl-tv-features

I am gonna go drown my sorrows in a sad country song, on my Ipod.

I Spend More Time with Her Mom & Grandma

So, since I moved in the with Aaron my social life has basically gone down the hole. I am normally so tired from work and from running around with the chitlin that I just don't have the energy to deal with my friends. Most of my friends go gallivanting out in the middle of the night and the bastards don't have to work on Friday *shaking fist*. I unfortunately, am not so lucky. I feel bad that I have to miss these expeditions, but in all honesty I know if I even try to make it for part of it even that a) I will still be dragging my ass the next day and b) I feel like the crappy nerdy friend that has to go home early when the party is in full swing.

With that said my Saturdays are normally my safe haven of rest, relaxation and actually being able to see my friends. Since July though I have been stuck in school or working on projects and my already dead social life got taken out back and shot in the head one more time for good measure. All I get to go out and do now are basic necessities like shopping and manicure/pedicures.  My best friends Mom and Grandma have now been tagging along. Well not exactly tagging along b/c I do invite them and I always like having company on these adventures.  Can you blame me for wanting to use the carpool lane? They are pretty funny though. My friend has always done imitations of her mom which I found pretty hilarious. Now I see where she get it from. Her mom does imitations of her Grandma. What I don't get is the fact that they argue like old ladies even though my friends mom isn't that old. Anyway they are a hoot, they love to shop *at least Grandma does*, they have been introduced to the magic of mani/pedi Saturdays and we normally go out to a nice lunch. They are happy to be out, I am happy for company - it's a nice symbiotic relationship.

Normally Susan would accompany me to all these things but she has too since moved in with her significant other. So we are 2 ships in the night that never meet. So here’s to you Susan…. We need to hang out and not exchange information through the family, capeesh?

P.S. Did you know I am your Grandma's new grandkid?


Different Time - Same Freeway

Sometimes I wonder why I keep doing the same insane drive I do everyday. Then I remember: for my industry the money is either in downtown LA or in S.Orange County. If I wanna make crappy money then I don't have to drive so far. Anyway, these are thoughts that come into my brain every morning and every afternoon when I get on the road. I have even gone as far as going to school at night to avoid the traffic.

The reason all this is brought up today is because I encountered a real piece of work on the road today. I was merging from an on ramp to a main lane. Not wanting to be a jacka** to the truck behind me and not wanting to crawl up the bum of the car in front of me I was taking my time and leaving space in front of me and signaling to get let in. When this broad with an old explorer *with obvious body damage* tries to go around me and cut in front of the space I had left. Just b/c I leave a space in front of me so I am not crawling up the other cars bum doesn’t give you the right to take it. So she tried doing that and I sped up not to let her in. She tried playing chicken with me. Then I turned my car into her so the next time she tried to move in she would have hit her car. She finally backed off and went behind me.

Stupid 405 people. If you don't know how to drive stay off the road.


Yo La Tenog Late Summer Weblog Challenge!

As of August 21st I will be in this contest. The rules are posted here. I can't promise you something super-entertaining everyday *or any other day for that matter*, but I will try! If you feel like it giving it a go. Why I am doing this? I have no idea.


Reader Poll Monday

Who thought these up this week?!?!
Would you rather:
1. Watch a porno with your parents OR starring your parents?
Ewww....parents naked bad. Watching naked people in front of my parents embarrassing but we can laugh at least.
2. Lick the handle on a public restroom toilet OR eat a wad of toilet paper from the stall floor?
I am gonna go with lick the handle. At least there won't be something in my belly besides the germs.

3. Be MC Hammer OR Vanilla Ice?
I am gonna have to go with MC Hammer b/c of the pants.
4. Be able to fly OR read people's minds?
Read peoples minds. That's what we have delta for.

5. Have whatever you want for one year then die OR be paralyzed for life?
Whatever I want for a year. At least I will be able to live the good life and come to terms with death on my own terms.

6. Have a permanent smile OR a permanent blank stare?
7. Be burned alive OR drown?

8. Be known worldwide as a racist OR a child molester?
Racist. Don't get me started on child molesters.

9. Eat three pounds of hair OR drink a gallon of shampoo?
We already eat hair in our sleep anyways and bugs for that matter.

10. Be god OR the devil?
Devil. *evil laugh*


FW: Here we go again....

Since I have an upcoming wedding coming up for a very dear friend of mine I am actually preparing ahead of time to make sure I don't miss out on this event. I have already booked my hotel room asked for days off and have even gone as far as buying a dress. I don't normally blog about the chitlin Patrick because I wouldn’t want to become a "Mommy Blogger" and go on the defense about doing it and come after Sherri *Like the whole Blogher Fiasco*.

Anyway, we went to Nordstrom which I don't get to shop at to often most of my clothes consist of what ever I found in the Macy's sale shoe rack, Ross and Old Navy (who else do you know that can rock a $5 skirt and make it look like a million bucks?*. I used to be a big Nordstrom/The Broadway/Robinson-May fan when it was coming from the Banco de Mom & Dad. So I picked him up early from school because we were going into The Grove of Los Angeles . He is my carpool buddy. Traffic was horrid and we made it horribly late. I had put a hold on this dress because I didn't want to drive 40 miles and waste 3 hours without it being there.

I get there, I try on the dress it needs some alterations. The salesgirl goes to get the tailor. In the dressing room Patrick says "Mel, you look like a princess." Oh sweet boy! In the meantime Patrick is sprawled out on the floor. No big deal. He lets out a little fart. Not cool. I tell him to stop it. The tailor comes and makes measurements and says she needs to go grab something. Again Patrick is sprawled out on the floor. The sales girl comes to check on me to make sure everything is okay. And this is how it goes….

Patrick turns around and looks at her.

Salesgirl: Oh he has such beautiful eyes! He's so cute.

Patrick lets out a huge stinky fart.

Me: But he is so disgusting.

Salesgirl: But at least he is cute when he is disgusting.

Patrick giggles.

Me: Do you have any air freshener?

Yeah, that was great. Patrick got the giggles from seeing how embarrassed I was. When we left the store I asked him "Why do you far so much?" He said, " I don't know. I just do." 4-year-old logic at its best kiddies.

Now Aaron and I have to go back and get the alterations redone. No chitlin in tow.


Taking me back to my horrid childhood... Reader Poll Monday!

1. What was the worst nickname you had as a child?
Melonhead - Play on my name and being the only girl in the Karate class @ 8 years old. At least I beat up the boys. My brothers nickname was Blind Bat.

2. What is the most embarrassing thing that happened to you at school?
Hmmm…. That is a tough one with so many embarrassing things happening. I went to school maybe half a mile from the beach so there was a lot of seagulls during lunch. Everybody had to watch out for the poop. One day it landed on me. *saw it land on a couple of teachers over the years too!*

3. What was your most memorable haircut?
I was the girl with the long hair. Like the extremely long hair down to my butt. So it would have to be between the half moon bangs and the day when I was 13 rebelled against my mom and cut my hair off to my neck.

4. Which fashion trend makes you cringe when you look at old pictures?
I was little kid in the 80's, need I say more? I had banana yellow Osh Kosh corduroy pants. I had a neon green shirt that said "wild thing".

5. Who was your first celebrity crush?
Hmmm… I don't remember anything till middle school and that was Leonardo Di Caprio
6. What was the first concert you attended?
Green Day.
7. Were you ever in a school play or recital? What was your role?
I did glee club in the 5th Grade there is a video of me wiping the sweat off my nose every 30 seconds b/c it was so hot under the spotlight

8. What was your favorite Halloween costume?
I dressed up as a witch a lot of years.
9. What did you want to be when you grew up?
I either wanted to be a teacher or a psychologist. I still wouldn’t mind being a teacher if I didn't have this crazy ambition of being ridiculously rich one day.

10. What was your favorite cartoon?
The Simpson's. Still is :)


I feel so dirty

I've been using this blogger blog now for a little over a year and recently have been trying to fenagle it so I can blog from my mobile phone. With blogger there is a function to be able to e-mail your posts from your phone. I've tried with my gmail, my sprint mail and even through the browser e-mail... such a pain in the ass. Anyway, I finally got MSN to work to be able to blog on blogger. Why do I feel so dirty? I just don't like the fact that I am relying on MSN to go on a google product. I love google. I even considered going on to spaces. Whats a girl to do?


Heat Rage

First there was road rage…. Now there is heat rage! I don't think this is a specific LA kinda of thing but it is definitely a metro thing. For the last 19 days *and counting* the temperature has been in most of LA over 100 degrees. Coming from a beach city its like we are frying because we are not used to the ridiculous heat. So everyone has been turning on their air conditioner to compensate. Only one problem with that, living in a city with millions of people that doesn't have a power grid to support that much juice flowing causes black outs.

In our household we have only turned on the air twice(!) in the whole summer. Surviving off of fans and popsicles has been our main M.O. Then guess what happens? One of the rolling blackouts hits us. We woke up on Sunday at 5 in the morning when we realized the fan had gone out. We thought it was just us and we walked outside to find out that it was the whole neighborhood. Great! The black-out lasted until late in the afternoon. All of our food went bad, that was fun. Fortunately, we hadn't gone food shopping for the week yet. We stayed out of the house most of the day and went to dinner with Aaron's dad.

For us it was only one day. I've been hearing the news reports and some people have been without it for days. The heat within the office is just getting everyone a little crabbier, but it could be a lot worse.

*Waiting for the winter*



Today was a pretty uneventful day at the office. I got very little sleep last night. I went to the gym and worked out till like 10. I missed the strip tease class. Better luck next week. I did do 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of circuit training. I am gonna go buy new sneakers this week the ones I have are pretty beat. I figure if I can keep myself going at least 2 weeks-3x a week I will get myself a few new workout outfits. I have to give myself some kind of motivation right? One of my co-works was eating a Cliff Bar yesterday and I was talking about Luna Bars. Luna Bars aren’t the best tasting thing but if you are starving it is a good snack replacement. Anyway, so my co-worker offers me a Luna Bar in “Chocolate Peppermint Stick”. I took it and tried it today, OMG never again! That stuff was so gross. I mean seriously chalky chocolate and chemical mint is not a good combination. I only got half of it down and I decided to give up. I finished with an apple instead. Since I was out so late last night at the gym I woke up brain dead this morning *surprising right?*  I could not get my office mojo going. I could not focus. Pathetically I can say I at least wasted 65% of the day. The rest of was spent frazzled. I have no clue what was going on.

I did get one good phone call today. My friend Carol is getting married. She has been engaged since the winter. She has been with David since we were in high school. I can say that she is one of my few friends who didn’t just jump into marriage and is actually taking it seriously. They are getting married in Las Vegas in September. I will be one of the few friends/family that will be attending. Besides being there for a joyous occasion I am also going to party. Aaron and I haven’t been out to Vegas since April 2005. Yeah it’s been a while. I have already started looking at rooms at different hotels. I was aspiring for the Bellagio but alas I cannot justify the cost. Renaissance here we come! I already started looking at dresses at Nordstrom. This isn’t even my wedding but I already have the hotel the dress and the days off! I was talking to one of my co-workers at the other company that we acquired earlier this year. I mentioned to her that my friend was getting married and that it was in Vegas. She gushed about how it was the best thing ever to get married in Vegas. I disagreed with her and told her that “we” had talked about it and thought maybe Australia to get married and honeymoon. She was like “we?” Yeah, did you assume I was single? She was like “No, but maybe more than one.” She then went on to rambling about 20 something. That’s why she has 3 kids from 2 different baby daddies. I have never hidden the fact that I have a significant other. If anything I am sure I have made a couple of people nauseous with how cute we are together. I even heard one of co-workers who saw us over the weekend tell someone else how affectionate we are with each other and that we are genuinely happy. I just assumed with everyone knew, but I guess since they are in a different office they would not know. Strange.



Ugly Cars

Let me start off with... it was too damn hot this weekend!

I worked 12 days straight which I haven't done ever. This weekend was something I was looking forward to. I started off Friday with a Tequila lunch. It was kinda bad though going back to work with a full belly and tequila on it. It's 5 o'clock in margaritaville right?

After work on Friday I went and ran a few errands. I got Aaron a membership to 24 Hour so we could go work out at the same time. I got to the gym at South Coast which is full of typical OC broads. So I was walking to my car and I was walking behind this tall pretty brown haired girl. You could tell this girl went to the gym because I will have to admit she had a nice body. Anyway, she was parked closer than I was and I figured she would be walking to some kinda fancy-dancy nice car (again, typical OC) and then I saw her put her keys into an old beat 1980-something Nissan? I was like wtf? I was slightly confused by this... if your car is supposed to represent you do you want that kind of representation? I kind of understand. My first car was a beater too. When I firsted started out in my business I remember being all dressed up for work or going out but it sucked walking to my car. I am going to assume the same for this girl. Fortunately, I got a new car not too far after.

Even with having to go through my first couple of years with my license in an ugly car I still judge. I don't know why. I know I shouldn't. You know what I don't understand? Big guys in little mini trucks. I can understand (and laugh at) little guys in big truck b/c its a compensation thing. I just don't understand why a big guy would squeeze himself into a little truck? Are you trying to play down something? Somebody please explain that to me.

Speaking of ugly cars and things I can go in life without seeing.... I saw my ex. I don't think I have every spoken about him on my blog because well I just don't. The reason for the split - we will leave it at: he's an ex for a reason. Aaron and I went out to dinner at one of our local hang outs that we frequent late at night. We were sitting laughing doing our own thing when there strolls in my ex. Along with his ugly wife/girlfriend/stripper. I know that sounds bitter but this is strictly observational. Seeing him just reaffirmed why I was no longer with him and how miserable I would be had I still been with him. Over the years I have ran into his friends and even they don't have nice things to say about him. For the record, the car I saw him pull up in does represent him. It was old with primer gray spots and a DMV fix it permit. All he was missing was the mullet, b/c he was still wearing the same clothes I bought him 3 years ago.


Before I Forget....

I moved at the beginning of this month. The bf and I moved into his house. We have had our ups and downs but so far so good.

So on the actual moving day... I was sick as a dog I had pinched a nerve in my neck on the way to work earlier that week and had gotten a bad sinus infection and had lost my voice. I had an entourage of 5 people helping me move. Anyone who knew where I lived knows its a pain in the rump I lovingly called "The rat maze". I hadn't packed anything for my move and I didnt want to get out of bed on moving day. Everyone was really helpful and got it all out and going for me.

I left my brother and his friend to their own devices to pack up some of my furniture. My brother couldn't find tape and the found something that looked like tape. It felt like tape minus the sticky part. It could bind like tape. *Authors Note: It was bought as a joke and was brand new*. So yeah my bro and his friend tied up (no pun intended) my nightstand (with Gawd knows what in it) with binding plastic stuff.
Classy right?

This is what I get paid the big bucks for

Over the weekend my company went through an acquisition conversion. No, not the big one where I get the can. This one was for another company we acquired before our acquisition. Dog eat dog right? Anyway, I could have thought of better things to do with my weekend than spend it in the office.

Since we had a lot of down time waiting for stuff to load on systems and let our analysts run around like chickens with their head cut off we could do other things. As everyone knows I have a new love in my life - my smart phone. I have been tinkering with it for about a week now and have been finding new things to add to it. During the week I don't have much time to devote to this kind of thing so doing it over conversion weekend seemed ideal. SEEMED.

I was trying to get a widget for my smart phone so I could blog from my phone. That was one of the main reasons of getting this phone so I could blog, e-mail and text. My e-mail from my outlook is not working correctly, it can receive but it can't send. I can text alright but if I am not careful my phone goes into airplane mode which is retarded. And since my e-mail isn't working correctly I can't blog. And b/c somehow my phone with all the bells and whistles doesn't come with "java" I can't get the widget to work. I wanted to pull my hair out and scream by the end of the day Sunday.

I didn't think fun toys were supposed to be so hard.

And I am not spending another 15 bucks on a Soduko add-on.


I didn't drive 40 miles out of my way for 4 pieces of cheese!

Last night the BF and I went to the screening of one of his last projects. The thing wrapped in October and they had a pretty good wrap party. Open bar - the works. There was even the token Asian kid that couldn’t hold his liquor that called one of the chicks a "MILF."

Anyway, Aaron had worked on the movie for about a month. Crazy hours, so I was pretty anxious to see it. The movie actually didn’t turn out that bad. Well comparatively. I've seen some other shorts he's worked on that have looked like dog poo wiped on a rear-view mirror with bad storylines. This one the story line was actually decent and the photography was pretty good. The lead actress was kind of bad the secondary actress was actually a hell of a lot better. The lead actress should have been a porn star. Very pretty and too fake. That and I think the guys who wrote the story had way too much imagination with the sex scenes. The secondary actress looked like hell on the big screen, but I met her last night and now I blame the hair/make up department. She was actually really pretty in person. The hair/make up dept. made sure that every actress in that movie had at least one bad hair day. I also blame them for not being able to dress the guy correctly. It looked like he was wearing the same thing all the time or was just dressed inappropriately.

I also expected booze for this reception. It was dry as a bone. I was very disappointed. So disappointed that we had to stop and get some Coppola Wine and goat cheese on the way back. Not bad for a Monday night though.


You Are Not Invisible!

Dear Driver's On the 405,55,710 & 91,

As a fellow commuter on Southern California's freeways I
understand that being stuck here sucks more than having bamboo shoots
stuck under your fingernails while watching Golden Girls for 40 hours
straight. I know we get stuck on long drives coming
in and out of Orange County everyday. In my case I normally travel 30-40
miles one way and it takes me 40 to an hour and a half to make these
commutes, they suck.
Here's the thing... when you are driving you still need to have
some kind of etiquette and courtesy. I am not talking about signaling or not
being a bumper humper. I am talking about personal etiquette. I really
don't care what you do in your car. You can sing at the top of your
lungs, learn a new language by tape, talk on your cell phone (hopefully
safely). The only time I care is when it comes to you doing something
disgusting . It's distracting watching you crazy drivers pick your nose.
Seriously, do you think the rest of can't see you? It's really gross.
It's not that I go out of my way to see you but if I am checking my blind
spots and I happen to catch you going to town on your nose in my
rear-view its not cool. The funny thing is that it's not the guys in the
dirty beat up truck that look like they just left the Home Depot, it's
the guys with their slicked back hair and designer glasses in their
member compensating car doing it. I guess money doesn't buy you class.
Your Fellow Commuter


Love Letter to my Smart Phone

My bf laughed when I said I would really do this, but here goes…

Dear New Smart Phone,

I had been admiring you from afar for many months now. I was in lust with you since the first time I laid eyes on you. Trying to justify a reason to spend almost $400 on something as pretty as you when opportunity struck in a unfortunate way. My regular cell phone was lost/stolen at the Habitat for Humanity Store. By coincidence my plan was set to expire with my carrier so I was able to get a new phone without having to go through my insurance carrier.

I walked into the store zeroing in on you. When the sales associate asked me what I came in for… I just pointed at you. She set you up and told me to wait a couple of hours before I started using you. I couldn’t wait. Less than 5 minutes I was already pushing all your buttons.

I am glad to say you didn't disappoint me. You were everything I had hoped for and dreamed of. I have had some minor issues that I really can't blame you for, it's just your nature. You have been so great that even my bf who is a MAC geek loves you even though you are Windows based. We both love you!

So here's to you knew Smart Phone…. You rock!

The girl who is in love with her new Smart Phone XOXO


Reader Poll Monday on an actual Monday!

You know its gonna be a long day when I have already started blogging this early in the morning.

1. What is the first blog you remember reading?
I really don't remember. I remember reading random blogs all the time maybe starting like 2 years ago.
2. If you have a blog, how long have you been blogging? If you don't, how long have you been commenting on blogs?
I have been keeping a personal blog for a little over 3 years now. A public blog for about 2 years now.
3. What do you think are the best aspects of blogging?
Sometimes its just therapeutic to spill your guts online (on the personal one). And it's good to share your thoughts and rants with the rest of the world b/c we do need to be heard.

4. And the worst?
Spilling too much. Wondering if people actually do read.
5. Do you find yourself censoring what you write (either in your blog or in comments) based on who you think will see what you've written, or do you tend to throw caution to the wind and bare your soul?

Yeah, which is why I have 2. I live a pretty happy life, but I don't want everyone in my own world knowing all my deepest darkest secrets.

6. Have you ever written anything you wish you hadn't? Have you ever deleted your posts or your comments?
Yeah, with work going the way its going I have gone back edited/deleted post just for my own sanity.
7. About how many hours a week do you spend blogging or and/or reading blogs?
I would say like 2-3 at the most. I wish I could get myself to write more constantly, but sometimes I wonder if it's at all interesting.

8. If you blog, do you think there will come a time when you just stop doing it? If you don't blog, do you think you'll ever start?

Hmmm… good question. I don't really know. The thing about blogging is that it helps me reflect to my position in life. Where I have been, where I want to go and sometimes I stop and take a look just to make sure at where I am at now. I like chronicling events just b/c I have the memory of a fruit fly and some things I just don't want to forget.

9. Do you share things on your blog or in comments that you don't necessarily share in your "real" life?
Yes b/c I don't let this much of myself out to everyone I come in contact. In "real" life I am very sociable, but I like to keep an air of lightness to my conversations just because I am afraid if people get more in-depth I might scare them off.

10. Ask me something blog-related.
How do you come up with your blog topics?


Reader Poll Thursday

I haven't had access or time to a computer. I am such a horrible Blogger. I can't keep up which is pretty pathetic. Maybe when I get my new Smart Phone I will be better.

1. What's the last book you read that you didn't finish?
Little Earthquakes by Elizabeth Wiener. Same author as In Her Shoes. I loved In Her Shoes but this one was more in relation to motherhood and childbearing which is a stage in my life I haven't hit. I couldn’t relate. I will eventually finish reading it. Maybe when I get knocked up.

2. Would you rather own a trained monkey or a talking parrot?
Trained monkey. I wouldn’t want the parrot repeating everything I say. I don't want to incriminate myself.
3. What newspaper do you read most often?
LA Times on a good day. Grunion Gazette when I need something. Who really reads newspapers anymore. I read a lot of magazines.

4. Can you whistle?
Miserably. Not a specific tune. My parents have a bird that is almost as old as I am (less a year) that in his senility mixes up his tunes from la cucarachas to who knows.

5. How do you like your eggs prepared?
Over easy, sunny side up. In a big omlette. Hard boiled.
6. Which is bigger, the measurement around your waist, or around your bust?
My bust!
7. What is the most talented physical capability you have?
I can crack every bone in my body. Sounds cools until I get hurt. I pinched a nerve in my neck last week while driving to work on the freeway.

8. Do you have any Sunday rituals?
Sleep, get jumped on, have my ankle pulled, watch bad chick movies and goof off online as long as I can before I have to get out of bed.

9. What's the first department you go to in Wal-Mart? In the grocery store?
Ewwww… wal-mart? I am substituting it with Target. I love Target. I check out the clothes section first. Grocery store… the ready made refrigerated/deli section for lunch.

10. If you could go back in time to any year, what would it be?
The year I could have completely skipped out high school 2 years only instead of doing the college thing concurrently. I should have had better reasoning to get my parents to let me out. I could have been done by now!


I thought it was Monday?

Thank you schmims for today's questions!
1. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
I am gonna go with my tried and true Butter Pecan. If I can find it something coffee flavored with nuts.
2. What was the last thing you purchased on the internet and what site did you purchase it from?
The last thing I tried to purchase was this really cute Anne Klein skirt from Nordstrom. Turns out they were out of stock. (
3. What are the top five most common items on your grocery list?
Considering that this past weekend was the first time I went to the grocery store by myself willingly….
  1. Soy Milk

  2. Meat.

  3. Fruit.

  4. Cereal.

  5. Some kind of organic beauty thing.
4. What are you plans after work this evening?
Sitting answering these questions. Vegging out.5. Do you have any weird dating hang ups?
Ha yeah… I’ll name a few…
  1. Won’t date a scorpio.

  2. Won’t date a shorter guy than me.

  3. Won’t date a himbo.

  4. Won’t date a guy who I know makes less money than me.

  5. Won’t date a guy who I know has cheated on his exes.
6. When was the last time you went to a park, which park was it, and what did you do there?
Um… probably within the last month…. Played @ the dog park and played with the chitlin.
7. What was your first job?
File clerk for an environmental company, who got audited 5 times. And I had to put their files back together.
8. Did you sleep in your own bed last night? Did anyone sleep with you? Just checking.
I slept in a bed I helped buy, but not at my own house yet. Yes, I slept with someone else.
9. What is your biggest traffic pet peeve? And you can only pick one.
The most Un-PC I can think of: Little old Asian ladies in big SUV’s that they can’t see over the steering wheel of.
10. Are you a recycler?
Nah, saving the world is for losers. I am to an extent. Not adamant.11. Oh yeah, ask Sherri something.
Sherri, do you know strangers like me read your blog?


As Long As I Don't Throw Up I will be Okay

So today is the first day of what I am calling "Hell Week." I have 2 finals, 2 papers, I still need to finish packing for my move, I need to actually move, plus work, plus now we are thinking of getting a new dog. On top of that I just started a new diet. I stayed up till midnight last night studying for one of my finals. I also need to help my mom refinance her house. I started drinking coffee again. I am like talking a mile a minute. *Breathe*

This is gonna be a rough week/month/year/life.


Reader Poll Whatever Day

Reader Poll is back!

Today's Poll brought to you by the one, the only, Ms. Writes and Snaps.
1. Would you rather eat ONLY Syrian food or ONLY Mexican food for the rest of your life?
I am gonna go with Mexican on this one. Only b/c I know what I am getting in it.
2. What's the meanest thing you've ever done?
Oh Gawd, this one still haunts me. In middle school one of my friends asked me if she was pretty and I said, "You see that wall over there? You are prettier than that wall." Then proceeded to laugh until she cried. I feel pretty crummy about that one.

3. Did you see a movie this weekend? If so, what?
I have been trying to go see "Cars" for a couple of weekends. Maybe this weekend. I did see Sisterhood of the traveling pants in the privacy of my own home.

4. What's the most recent CD you purchased?
I bought 8 at one time last my favorite one is the soundtrack to "Monster-in-Law."
5. If 12 hot Blogger girls put their heads together and made a calendar, would you buy it?
Sure, anything to support blogging chicks.
6. Where did you go on your last vacation?
Lake Havasu - The River. With one of my girlfriends just to relax. Living on my "part mix".
7. What defines summer in your world?
It used to be getting out of school and skinning up my knees. Now its when I get out of work and its still such a nice day out that I actually still want to go do some physical activity instead of crawl home and go to bed. That and weekday margaritas vs. waiting for the weekend.

8. What time did you get up this morning?
6:38 out the door by 6:58 and surprisingly made it to work 15 minutes early.
9. If you could be interviewed on any talk show, which one would you want to be on?
Hmmm… I don't know why I would be on there but John Stewart / Daily Show.
10. How many hours a day are you actually WORKING at work?
Hah, like I am willing to admit that. I am working more than not, pathetically.


I guess it really is summer

I have been going from my air conditioned house to my air conditioned car to my air conditioned car and back. I don't come home until the cool of the night. Today I got out of work early today and *bam* the heat hit me. It's freakin' hot!


Not today or tomorrow but maybe next year

My world has been in a slight chaotic state ever since the announcement of the acquisition of my company. Early on they had started throwing out dates that loomed closer to now than later. With that said I started battening down my hatches and other people just completely jumped off the ship. Its only been a couple of weeks since the announcement and regular folk and even managers are leaving. After the initial hurricane they left us in the dark with no further announcement till this past week.

Last week we put on a dog and pony show for the company that has acquired us down to cleaning off our desks and dressing in business casual. We have gotten so used to being dressed casual that the thought of wearing a 3 inch heel makes my ankle start aching. I think we did the show for nothing, b/c really at the end of the day we are all gonna be gone anyway. There was many meetings and finally one big meeting for us.

With everything they are trying to do my department is looking not to be let go till the end of the year or possibly the spring of next year.

Then why did they make this big deal? Better yet why did I make this such a big deal? I turned my life upside down for nothing! School is now again on the backburner (well as much as it can be) but I have no clue what to do with myself b/c I have to wait until the Titanic goes down so I can steal a life preserver so I can float to safety.

I can't schedule anything and my life cannot move on. It upsets me to say the least.

*Back to the cubicle staring*


Reader Poll Monday

1. What childhood vacation do you remember the most fondly?
We had so many childhood vacations, I don't know how to pick one. My parents had a 32 foot RV so we would go "camping" all the time or we would go to the bay area to visit family all the time. The nice thing was that they would let my brother and I bring friends.

2. How many colors has your hair been?
Hmmm….3? Black (natural), blonde/brown (highlights) and red (one of those days).
3. Would you rather be placed in a tub filled with water snakes or covered with ants?
I am gonna have to go with Ants. Snakes scare me.
4. Are you camp Jessica or camp Nick? (heh)
Do I have to pick? Neither.
5. Do you have a swimming pool? Can we come over?
I currently have a Jacuzzi, but in a month when I move I will have a pool. Sure why not?
6. Salty or sweet?
Sweet. Have you guys tried that candy bar called "Take 5"? Ultimate PMS Food!
7. When did you last get a kiss?
Yesterday morning.
8. Do you play a musical instrument?
Does popping my bones in a rhythm count? Other than that no.
9. What's your favorite kind of weather?
3 degrees above room temp with a breeze and sunny.
10. What are you wearing right now?
Black tunic shirt with flutter sleeves, khaki short pants and my "b*tch" stilettos. ( I am also having a good hair/make up day).


It's 2 a.m.

Almost. And I can't sleep. Tonight is my Friday night. I have been goofing off on the net and watching the Tivo that I have missed. I survived my first week of school. Yay! I am pretty confident about my real estate class, but I think I will have to do more reading for my poli sci class. I am also adding an additional 4 units. Go big or go home right? The one perk of me doing school is that I will be able to get back into the credit union I belonged to before. The little things that get me excited right?

I am ready to go to bed. I have a big day of errands planned for tomorrow.


Dawn this made me think too much

And made me take a hard look at some of the stuff going on.
I AM: A silly girl. Not fully yet a women. Or at least not willing to admit to it. Yet.
I WANT: to do it all. I want the house, the kids, the husband and the career. I want to take care of and be taken care of. I want to finish my degree I want to lose all the "accidental" pounds.

I HATE: Some of the family. Wal-Mart. Egomaniacs. Anyone who purposely hurts me. The time it takes me to drive to work. Really cute shoes that hurt like hell to keep on all day, the fact that I still do. Pieces of  myself from time to time.

I MISS: Things I’ve never had. My innocence.
I FEAR: That I am just not gonna make it. Some of my past will come back to haunt me (and/or hurt me). I will not accomplish everything I want to. That what I can't control will tear me up.

I HEAR: Voices. Around my cubicle. At least this time not in my head.
I WONDER: What is really up the road for me. You can plan all you want but that doesn’t necessarily mean that is how its gonna happen.

I REGRET: Letting people get the best of me and leaving me the scraps. Not following through on goals I have set for myself.

I AM NOT: going to be the bottom of the barrel anymore.
I DANCE: With 2 right feet on the dance floor. When no one is looking.
I SING: Like a cockroach dying scratching down the chalkboard on its final trip. I sing in my car a lot. I just have to be careful that I don't close my eyes and get lost in the music.

I CRY: When I am really angry or upset. Crying to me is like internal combustion of anger, b/c it's easier to keep it inside than to let someone really have it. It's a preventative measure to make sure my foot doesn’t end up in my mouth or in someone's a**.

I AM NOT ALWAYS: The best person to turn to for advice. If I can't take care of my own issues, what makes you think I can take care of yours?

I MAKE WITH MY HANDS: tickledons. And other tickling dinosaurs. :)
I WRITE: Here and some place else. It helps me deal. I wish I could articulate myself better in my writings.
I CONFUSE: Myself and others. Sometimes its just funny. Sometimes, hurtful. I need to stop.
I NEED: I wish I knew. If I did I would already have it or on my way to getting it. I kid myself and tell myself that I do need that extra pair of shoes.

I SHOULD: Do laundry, start packing, keep planning my move. Get a handle on my emotions instead of letting my emotions handle me.

I START: More things than I can really chew. It hasn't killed me yet, so I am assuming it is making me stronger.
I FINISH: Relationships. Till the bloody end. 


It's that time of year again!

Starting tomorrow for the next six weeks I will have no social life. I am starting summer session. I am actually excited about the classes I am taking this semester. Total of 9 units - 2 real estate classes and one poli sci. Wish me luck. 4 nights a week-yuck! What can you do. Along with that I also have to start packing up my house on the weekends. Oh and can't forget about work too! oh yeah! I guess I like the insanity of being busy today is my last day to goof off and do nothing. Wish me luck ya'll.


How Many Ways Can I Make An Ass Of Myself In One Week

This week has been pretty busy with extra cirricular activities outside the office. My company sponsors volunteer events with an organization that has foster home/ halfway houses. Part of the gig is that we go out with the boys every month to some kind of event like bowling, games or some other inane thing. Its normally a goood time.
Anyway, last night I went out with the group. There was this guy there who I thought was one of the "kids." So I was sitting by the go-karts and he told me he was graduating. So I said, "So what are you doing after graduation?" He said, " I am getting my teaching credential." Strike! Turns out he was one of the staff and he is my age. I thought he was an 18 year old boy. I feel like such an ass telling him about my "senior year."

Tonight was another function sponsored by the same organization. Adults only. Ryan went with me. We had a pretty good time. We were asked if we were dating, and I laughed and told everyone my boyfriend couldnt make it. We were invited to another function that we will probably be going to. We meaning hopefully Aaron, but Ryan said he would be back up. I love Ryan. He is someone you can always count on in your time of need.

After the function we went to my softball game. We lost the game - surprisingly not mercied. Ryan was a breakout hit. He couldn't bat to save his life but turned out to be a pretty decent pitcher. We had a lot of people that I didnt recognize. It was a good time. We have a double header next week and Ryan said he would come out again. Good times! Play Ball!

When we got to the field I saw the Chris the umpire. When I spoke to the last umpire he told me that Chris wasn't with them anymore. So when I saw him I ran up to him we exchanged hellos and we hugged. He gave me a funny look but I couldn't figure out why. Then he said "BTW I am not Chris, but I'll take the hug anyway." Strike. I hugged an almost stranger. I had met him previously but hadn't spoken to him really.

2 strikes one more left. I have one more meeting to go to. Lets see how that goes.


Back to the Future

Stolen From: http://www.lasadh.com/

10 years ago: I was in 7th grade. I lived a pretty boring life and I was known as "The girl with the really long hair."
5 years ago: I was graduating high school, somewhat popular. I was in denial about having a crush on one of my college classmates. I was the girl with the "Shaggin'-Wagon."

1 year ago: Almost the same thing I am doing now. Working, same bf, same house, same car. All have progressed, but not much different.

Yesterday: Went Kayaking, had black cherry vanilla shake and called my mother obsessively so I could wish her a HMD.
Today: Daydreaming of doing some more kayaking. Might go do the yoga class. I need the stretch.
Tomorrow: I dunno, besides whatever I plan it normally goes to a hand basket.


Stealing a meme!

I had too much time at work and started lurking on MSN Spaces and stumbled across Caffeinated Librarian's blog and I had to steal this. The only reason I like this one is because its a bit more adult than the ones I normally "Have you ever kissed a boy/girl?" Enjoy.

1. Who was your first prom date?
I went with my best male friend. I had split up with my high school sweetheart and he didn't have anyone to take since he had become sort of a laughing stock with my core group of friends. Not like he had much play with the ladies anyway. I wonder whatever happen to "Wacky McGee"? If you are still out there, I didn't believe the story then, but I do believe it now.

2. Who were your first roommate(s)?
A crazy guy named Tom and a mellow girl Christy. Lived in Belmont Shores. Oh those were the carefree days.

3. What alcoholic beverage did you drink the first time you got drunk?
I don't remember for sure but I have always had a like for vodka and a dislike for (cheap) beer.

4. What was your first job?
Momma Dearest hooked me up with this one. I worked as a file clerk for a small enviornmental company. It was sooooo boring. The one good thing I can say it helped me get my foot in the door to better places.

5. What was your first car?
1986 For Aerostar, Primer Gray. Man, that van had so many stories to tell. It was a hand-me-down from my parents. When I got it it was in pretty decent condititon by the time it died on my 19th birthday it was smoking and had blown out 2 cylinders.

6. When did you go to your first funeral?
Um not exactly sure. I remember I was in the 5th grade b/c I remember wearing my blue uniform to it. It was for somebody in relation to my uncle.

7. How old were you when you first moved away from your hometown?
With LA being the sprawling Metropolis it is. I moved to Orange County when I was 19. I had already moved a couple of times in my own city before that move.

8. Who was your first grade teacher?
I don't remember. I remember it was my last year at my 1st elementary school of 4. I remember my second grade teacher was Mrs. Johnson. I only had her half a semester she was jewish and her husband was the computer teacher at the 3rd elementary school I went to.

9. Where did you go on your first ride on an airplane?
I was only a couple of months old and I went to Mexico to visit family. My mom told me that I got "butt rot" (closest thing I could translate from Spanish) from the diapers down there.

10. When did you sneak out of your house for the first time, who was it with?
I actually never snuck out. I was a goody-two-shoes kid.

11. Who was your first Best Friend and are you still friends with them?
One of my longest standing friends is Colin. I have known him since I was 8 on and off. I saw him last week. Susan is my next longest standing friend and I have known her since I was 12 when she moved out here from Arizona. So 15 and 11 years is a good while.

12. Where did you live the first time you moved out of your parents' house?
See #2. Belmont Shores. It was the good life. Crazy as all hell, but the good life.

13. Who is the first person you call when you have a bad day?
Aaron. Then Susan. Then my mom.

14. Who's wedding were you in the first time you were a bridesmaid/groomsman?
Funny, I have never been. Most of my friends had shotgun weddings.

15. What is the first thing you do in the morning? Weekend or weekday? Weekday:Turn off my alarm twice. depending on showering schedules take a shower brush my teeth get my clothes on hope I don't trip down the stairs. Do mental check for keys, mobile phone, ipod, security pass and cash. Run out the door. Weekend: Sleep late, goof off on the internet.

16. What was the first concert you ever went to?
I want to say it was a Blink-182 concert. Most memorable around that same time period was 2000 KROQ Accoustic Christmas, 3rd row center. Everclear. I LOVE Everclear!

17. First tattoo or piercing?
I had my ears pierced as a baby but I don't think that counts. I had my tounge pierced for the first time when I was 18 b/c it was the cool thing to do.

18. First celebrity crush?
I actually remember this. Leonardo DiCaprio, first time I fell in love with him was when there was a full page black and white pic of him after "The Basketball Diaries" in Seventeen. Oh I was in love!
P.S. *Kudos to the photographer, great shot.*

19. Age of first kiss?
That I can remember? That would be Barry my 4th grade boyfriend. Well you know as far as bf can get in 4th grade someone to chase me around pull my hair and hold my hand at the end of recess.

20. First crush?
Funny this actually came up a week or so ago. His name was Chris Mandell. He was my 5th grade crush. I remember he was tall (b/c we were the tall kids in the class), had dark hair and light eyes. He moved during fifth grade to Alaska. That was the last I ever saw/heard of him.

21. First time you did drugs?
I plead the fifth. Come on it's Long Beach. What do you expect? Home of Sublime and Snoop Dogg.


Its not that I haven't had time to write

It's that I haven't had time to organize my thoughts. I have a couple of things to blog about. Mental list to myself (and others):

My dancing adventures that will end on Saturday.
Myspace picture wars and the insanity of myspace.
Havasu ( I have pictures people!)
Work and Life.

I will get on it I swear!

And we're moving!

With all the moving and shaking going on in my work life it has given me a chance to reevaluate some of the current priorities in life.  With that said (all this is tentative based on the world not blowing up, no one dying and no other major catastrophes that can be named) we are taking the next step in our adult lives and moving in.

Somehow this decision came at a good time. Aaron had asked me 2 weeks previously to the announcement of the company acquisition. So it doesn't look like I am doing it to save up for "harder times." The one thing I was worried about was if I was going to leave my roommate out in the cold with nowhere to live. Funny thing is that within the last week or so she has stated she hates or job so much that she gave her 2 week notice. In her words, " I can't take the gay hand-holding seminars anymore!" I think its funny (the seminars - not the fact that she hates her job). "Come on Ashley share your feelings with us." LOL!  *I even make myself giggle* Good luck Ashley, I hope you don't have to go back to the sticks of Massachusetts.

Aaron is coming out of the film industry. Sorta. He is trying to find a more steady job that is more 9-5 in the same industry. Considering I won't have ties to Orange County anymore we may consider moving into LA. The thought is a little bit rough. I have lived in Long Beach about 95% of my life. I even have a hellish drive to work everyday to stay living in Long Beach. It's not a for sure yet but it’s a possibility that makes me slightly uneasy. If it does happen chances are I will still be driving into Long Beach every weekend.

So what am I gonna be doing while I am unemployed? Nothing, absolutely nothing. I wish! Yours truly will be signing up to the nearest JC and taking on a full course load. I am already planning out my summer session and I think I am gonna kill myself but I might max out and take advantage of the accelerated courses to get a couple of more credits under my belt.  The thought of being a full time student again is really scary. When I am working full time, I can blame the fact that I am stressed out about work for crappy grades. If I am not working such a stressful job, then what's my excuse?

Work wise… street performer? Mary Kay Consultant? I don't know which one I would have a better chance at. Actually I am going back to something tried and true (and maybe a little retail - not therapy). Aaron and I were talking about me doing pet photography again. It's something I truly enjoy and the money is actually decent. Hopefully that will work out.

So for now I am enjoying the ride at work and the quite time I get to spend at my house sans child b/c baby get ready life is gonna change like it or not!

Somebody hold me. I'm scared.


Why my boyfriend rocks!

For my birthday, my bad 90's - alternative rock - slightly pop - old school wannabe candy kid country hating boyfriend signed us up for country western lessons. I absolutely *~heart~* country. Along with that he bought me a cowboy hat. The hat wasn't very flattering and he was aware that I might not like it (along with the fact that I have a fat head and fat hair) so it just gave us a reason to go back to the Boot Barn. I ended up exchanging it for some really cute shirts.

Anyway, our first lesson was last night and we both had a lot of fun. Our instructor was a charming little fellow who screamed Irish from across the room. He said he had been teaching dance for 40 -something odd years and I actually believed it. When we were watching him while waiting for our lesson he actually floated across the room. He was very patient with us to say the least. He actually got Aaron to stand straight which is a feat of it's own. We did the electric slide and we learned a dance that they do in circle is big dancing places. Yee haw we are on our way to being country! Next lesson is on Monday. I doubt we will ever be featured as best dancers ever but at least we wont make complete asses of ourselves our first time out to Cowboy Country.

I love you Aaron!




For those of you who are unaware my company is part of a beer league. We get together Wednesday nights and swing the bat around. It's a pretty good time. This is my third season playing. I really suck but since we are in a beer league and not a competitive one it is excusable. Beside, I at least show up every game- how many other players can say that? Kidding.

Anyway, our first game was 2 weeks ago. We totally rocked. We won the game 16 to 6. Gave our team a severe confidence boost. Not that we are a crappy team but when you go up against another team that you have never played before, ya know. Unfortunately that was short lived b/c the following week we had our asses handed to us on a silver platter.

Wish us luck next week! We need it!


I've been in the shadows too long

I read a lot of blogs and normally never comment. I wonder if anybody reads my blog and doesn't leave comments. Anyway I've been on blogger for a couple of months now and when I first started on here I was bored and started reading "random blogs." I came accross this one and have for one reason or another been adddicted. Possibly because it feeds my slight OCD that I check on stuff constanstantly and this writer updates daily if not every once in a while a couple of times a day. Or the fact that in some ways we are similar but in different stages of our lives. Anyway, heres to you Dawn... You rock! In appreciation of your Music meme I am posting mine. I don't do WMP but I have a 30GB Ipod.

So the trick is to put your player on Shuffle and have it answer those burning questions for you. Kinda like those magic 8-balls we had in middle school (Yeah, you know what I am talking about). Mine might be a little skewed b/c I hope my life really isnt like 6000 sad country songs (of the 7800 in my ipod).

Here goes.....

How does the world see ou?
"I'm That Kinda Girl" -Patty Loveless

Will I have a happy life?
"Been There"- Clint Black

What do my friends really think of me?
"Treat Me Right (I'm Yours For Life)"- Joss Stone

Do people secretly lust after me?
"The Right Kinda Wrong" - LeAnn Rimes

How can I make myself happy?
"Everyday is a Monday"- Laura Pausini

What should I do with my life?
"Trying to Survive"- Montgomery Gentry

Will I ever have children?
"With Out You" - Vince Gill

Editors Note: That is slightly disturbing... b/c that is my current situation. So I guess the next question is....

Will I ever physically bear a child?
"Hold on to God" - Dwight Yoakam

I guess that answers that.

What is some good advice for me?
"The Wild Side of Life"- Pearl Jam

How will I be remembered?
"The Heartaches Are Free"- Dwight Yoakam

What is my signature song?
"To Make You Feel My Love"- Garth Brooks

What do I think my current theme song is?
"In a Different Light" - Doug Stone

What does everyone else thinks my current theme song is?
"Pump It" - Black Eyed Peas

What song will play at my funeral?
"How Long Gone" - Brooks & Dunn

Very Strange, b/c its somewhat appropriate:

I keep thinkin' any minute you'll be comin' home honey
I aint seen nothin' of you in a month of Sundays
Tell me how long gone are you gonna be
All you said was you had to get goin'
Oh but baby I wouldnt mind knowin' just
How long gone are you gonna be
How am I supposed to make any plans
When I still dont even understand
If you're ever gonna come back home to me
How long gone are you gonna be
Maybe I didnt pay enough
I do believe you forgot to mention
Just how long gone are you gonna be
The phone aint ringin', cause you still aint callin'
I aint been hearin' your footsteps fallin'
Tell me how long gone are you gonna be
How am I supposed to make any plans
When I still dont even understand
If you're ever gonna come back home to me
Tell me pleaseHow long gone are you gonna be

What kind of men/women do I like?
"Little Devil" - John Michael Montgomery

What is my day going to be like?
"When You Say Nothing at All" - Allison Krauss

Should I not mention it's my Birthday today?

Now I gotta go make this into a playlist!


Blowing Out The Candles!

So in 3 days it's the holy day when yours truly was born. The big 2-3. I know for a lot of people it's not that big of a deal and in the scheme of things it's not that big of a deal for me either. The only thing it made me realize (of non-importance) is that: you know when you take those surveys for random things like when you buy a CD or you fill out a Cosmo survey they ask your age. I am in the last year of the 18-23 box. Does that mean I really am getting older? I don't feel older. I still feel like a lost kid with a lot to accomplish before I leave this earth.  Hell before I leave the office today or for forever (in a couple of months). I don't think I have gotten as far in life as I thought I would have. I remember when I was younger (say 16 or so) I thought I would be done with school at this point and moving on to the big corporate world. I have been in the corporate world about 5 years now and I am still not done in school. When I was about 19 I thought by 23 I would be married. The closest I have to that is a committed relationship. I guess I should be grateful that I am in a committed relationship and not committed to the nuthouse.

Expectation for the next year are slightly skewed and distorted. Since my whole "corporate monkey" life has been thrown into jeopardy I have no idea what to expect. I guess all I can hope for is my health and everyone's happiness. No matter how old I am I will always be a kid at heart.