Wednesday, December 28, 2011


I know that this is a little late since Christmas is over, but I still had to share...I finally saw the Nutcracker for the very first time ever!

Once upon a time, when I was 5 or 6 years old, I was invited by my best friend and her mother to see the ballet. I was so excited to go, but then I became ill and my dreams of going to the ballet were dashed!  Had I seen the ballet back then, it's entirely possible that I would have become a prima ballerina the very next day. Unfortunately it would take me until now to see the performance by the San Francisco Ballet, but I am still so grateful to have been able to attend (and free of charge no less!).

My seester and I had a blast and I loved Act II when I heard more familiar songs and saw more dancing. Since cameras weren't allowed to be used during the show, I couldn't take any photos, but I did manage to find this one here...

My favorite dancing couple

I also couldn't resist taking a ridiculous amount of photos of the chandelier in various Hipstamatic films and lenses. 

After the show, my seester and I posed by some of the decorations in the hall....

Dress and Faux Fur Coat by Laundry by Shelli Segal
Wire-wrapped Amethyst Pendant Necklace by Kristin Elle Gems

Since I was in such a rush to get ready (I only had a 20 minute advance warning), I wore the same dress I wore to my cousin's wedding earlier this year, but I added stockings and wore booties instead of peep-toe high heels. I also wore the same coat, which is how I found my "missing" camera!

After experiencing the Nutcracker in all of its glory, I can finally cross that item off of my bucket list! Now I can move onto other items on the diving with sharks!


Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!

This Christmas has been pretty amazing. I never have any complaints and this is yet another year that I have truly treasured being able to spend the time with my family.

So what did I get???

Here are just a few of my new treasures...

The "big" gift from my parents was...

The Michael Kors watch I asked for!
Michael Kors Golden Rose Watch 
Unfortunately I was unable to wear it today because I need to have a few links taken out (my wrists are super tiny!), but I'm looking forward to making it a staple in my day-to-day look.

My seester seemed to get have an endless array of goodies for me, but here were two of my favorites...

A Christmas pie bird!!!
Such a cute lil guy!
My seester was extremely thoughtful and found this Christmas pie bird. I have one pie bird already, but now I officially have a collection started with this new addition.

Two more Passaro mugs!
Two more mugs! 
My set of dishes are the Passaro pattern from World Market. I have the entire collection thus far, but when I finally purchased the mugs, I only bought two. Now, thanks to my seester, I have a set of four!

After opening presents and having breakfast, my family and I continued to lounge around and enjoy our day and each other's company. Dinner was delicious and now we're gathered in the family room just doing our own thing. The important thing is that we're together and it's just like old times when we all lived here at home.

Well, I hope you all were able to spend the day with people you love and you enjoyed your Christmas day to the fullest!


Saturday, December 24, 2011

Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad. Have you seen it? If not, you should. Seriously. Someone told me about it one day and I stuck it in my Netflix queue and eventually got around to watching it. Once I started watching it, I was hooked. I was a little disturbed when the premiere episode began with a middle-aged man driving an old RV in his tighty-whities, but that intro essentially made me watch the first episode. Because why on earth was this man in his underwear?! How did he get to that place? Why did he have a gas mask?! So many questions and many answers to follow. I pretty much watched seasons one and two back-to-back. After a while, I needed a break from the meth happenings of the main characters, Mr. White and Jesse Pinkman, but I picked it back up again after a short break. Now I'm done with the third season and I'm dying to watch Season 4.

So, what's stopping me? Well, I would prefer to watch it on onDemand, but I don't have cable and would have to resort to watching it elsewhere. Namely, my parents' house, if in fact it's available. Otherwise I'm going to be renting it through Regardless, I need to watch it. Hulu doesn't have it, so I'll be paying for it unless it suddenly becomes available on Netflix or Hulu. When I was looking it up, however, I stumbled across an interesting promotion. Win a walk-on roll on Season 5 of Breaking Bad. 

EXCUSE ME???? For realz??? 

Ah-mazing Show

I signed up for it instantly. I didn't even hesitate to hand over my cell phone number, address, and date of birth. Send me as many promotional emails as you want AMC, but PLEASE pick me for the walk-on role! I have acting experience, friends in ABQ that I would LOVE to see, but most importantly, I would OWN that walk-on role. 

It's likely a long shot, but I'm holding out hope. If they by chance happen to run my name through IMDb, they'll be met with a smiling picture of my face and several acting credits. That should be enough to seal the deal, right? Well, even if it's not, I can hope and pray for a miracle that gets me a walk-on role, another IMDb credit, and hopefully a foot in the right door. I'll charm the socks off of their casting director and maybe he'll write me in a role for part of the season. Wishful thinking? Sure. But a girl can always dream. 


Friday, December 23, 2011

All I Want for Christmas is...

My two front teeth! 

Okay, so I haven't been able to truthfully sing that song since I was 6 or 7, but I distinctly remember how cool I thought it was to be able to do so.

This year I didn't really know what to ask for. My parents always set a limit for me and my seester, so there were a few things that I knew couldn't be on my list because they were a bit too expensive.

So what were some of the things I asked for? 

Michael Kors Shiny Rose Golden Watch

Michael Kors

I know that Rose Gold has been all the rage this season, but that's honestly not the reason I chose it. I really didn't have much of a choice. Michael Kors originally sold this watch in gold, but it has since become unavailable except for eBay, of course. Fortunately, Rose Gold looks really good on my skin tone. And besides, it would be a nice change from the golden, round, faux Michael Kors watch that I wear nearly every day.

BOSU Balance Trainer
Available numerous places, including Target
I first tried one of these at the gym and it was pretty fun. Balancing on it while doing squats was certainly an adventure the first time, but I got the hang of it quickly and have been wanting to do more exercises with it. I just don't particularly like the thought of someone watching me while I try to balance on one, so I thought it would be nice to have one for home. Not sure if the parents bit on that one or not, but we'll see!

Lindsay Phillips Flats

Lindsay Phillips Liz Ballet Flat in Grey Flannel

Robin Gem Snap

I already have a pair of Lindsay Phillips leopard flats that I discovered at TJMaxx, but I love them so much I asked for another pair in gray flannel, too. Not to mention that I have the option to change the flower snap on top! So I asked for the Robin Gem Snap, too. Whether or not my mom broke down and bought them online remains to be seen, but if she didn't, I'll be getting them for myself the day after Christmas!

New Tires

Falken Tires

I desperately need a new set of tires. As much as I hate to admit that I've let them wear down so far without replacing them earlier, I have to tell you that they're nearly bald. I'm pretty good about the upkeep of my little Veronica, but tires are expensive! And I've also had a few other repairs to take of recently. So, I told my parents that they could contribute to getting me a new set of tires. I'm fairly certain this one didn't make their list of things to get me, but with the extra days I'm working this month, I'll be able to afford new ones just fine. 

A Polaroid Camera
The Impossible Project
I know it's difficult to find working Polaroid cameras, but The Impossible Project has made it easy to obtain a refurbished one and they even sell film! This particular model is one that falls into the price range for parent Christmas gifts and is a Polaroid Sun 660. I've bought film from Impossible in the past when I purchased an SX-70 camera on eBay back in early 2010, but then I had to return the camera because it wasn't working properly. I'm planning on getting another one in the future, but with Impossible's prices on those, I'll have to wait.

Even though it's possible I won't get any of these things, I'm just grateful to have a wonderful family to spend Christmas with. The only thing that would make Christmas even better is if my boyfriend were here to share the day with me...luckily he'll be here a few days after and we'll be able to have another little Christmas of our own.


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Gym Rat

I may or may not have been slacking on the gym front lately. I refuse to acknowledge my previous failed attempts to leave the warm, soft sheets on my king size bed in favor of a stationary bike at the gym. Not to mention that it was SO dark outside every morning during the month of October. Ever since we changed back to Standard time I've been feeling much better. I guess my body was ready for the change. It's still just as dark at 5AM as it was at 6AM prior to the change, but for one reason or another I'm functioning much better than I was a few months ago.

My gym experience began again at the beginning of November when I woke up on my own at three minutes to five the Monday after the time change. I was wide awake. I contemplated going back to sleep, but realized it would only make getting up even harder later on. So I got up out of bed and prepared for my first gym experience in a long time. Luckily the gym is less than 5 minutes from my front door to theirs, so it greatly increases my odds of going. Earbuds in, bike program selected, and I was on my way to riding miles and miles. I didn't push myself as hard as I wanted to, but let's be honest, if I over did it on Day One, the chances of me returning would be extremely low. This is a delicate time after all. So when I somehow managed to wake up again on Tuesday at one minute to five, I was shocked. Wide awake once more, I donned my workout duds and hopped into the car. In no time I was pedaling round and round...and this behavior continued for the rest of the week! And the week after that. And the week after that. Though I did change over to the elliptical machine for those last two weeks. Then, the inevitable happened...I got sick. I haven't been back to the gym since. It's taken weeks for me to feel even remotely better. The next time I wake up early, I'll be heading back to the gym. The treadmill is calling my name.

And I'd like my gym rat status back.

pedal pedal pedal

I am still very much determined to get my boo-tah-tah back into shape because unlike the bears, I'm certainly not going into hibernation this winter. I'm by no means fat, but there is always room for improvement! This summer I'll be nice and toned once again...well, that's the plan anyway!


Dream Realization

I usually have strange dreams, which I think is a fairly common occurrence with people, but a dream I had this past September really made me think. Sometimes I have moments in my dreams when I realize that I'm in a dream and I watch it like it's a television show. This was one of those moments. So much so, that it felt like I was watching myself on television screen and my television self was looking straight at me and speaking directly to me. I know, this is complicated, but what I realized as I was watching this version of myself, was that it was my childhood personality all grown up. The way I used to be - talkative, somewhat outgoing, more confident, like I could take on the world.  It really got me would my life be different if I had continued to talk to my friends in class instead of worrying about getting into trouble for being a Chatty Cathy. I wonder if I would have already accomplished some of the goals I have set for myself because I would be a more uninhibited person.

I used to love being the center of attention. I drank it up. I would perform in front of people without fear. Somewhere along the line, I became incredibly self-conscious and shy. I became more introverted. As a child, I had always been shy around strangers, but I certainly didn't mind being on stage in front of a bunch of them! Maybe my life wouldn't be any different, but the girl I saw on the screen in my dream was an alternate version of myself. Or maybe she's just a hidden version of myself that I'm waiting to uncover. Only time will tell, but in the meantime I'll be working hard to accomplish those goals I've set. Especially since success seems to lie just beyond the horizon.


Super Slacker Strikes Again!

I acknowledge that I've been neglecting my blog. I've started to write numerous posts without ever finishing them, so be prepared to be bombarded. I'm going on a posting spree!