Friday, November 30, 2012

Simple Pleasures

I'm so thankful for my friends. I can't believe how much time has passed since I've seen them all and I'm even more thankful that every time I see them or talk to them it's like no time has passed at all. 

San Diego Here I Come

Today is the day I leave for San Diego to see Jenn! I really couldn't be more excited to see her. 

An Evening with Friends

Not from yesterday evening, but Ankur was the one who invited everyone into his home
Last night in between packing and finishing up Jenn's birthday card, I made a trip across town to see some of my acting friends. It was nice to see them since I haven't been able to afford my acting classes lately and it was so nice to see some familiar faces. 

A Friendly Phone Call

The other night I got a phone call from Rachel. We hadn't talked to in ages and it was exactly what I needed. She must have known I needed to talk! We had made plans to get together, but since I couldn't make it that day I promised her we'd get together soon. Hopefully once I'm back from my weekender in SD we'll be able to make that happen. 


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Private Relations

Arguments are bound to happen, but storming out and slamming doors are no-nos. It shows you are impulsive, selfish, and incapable of self-control. Slamming a door also screams out to your significant other that you have anger issues. We all have lapses in judgment, but when it's a recurring event during an argument (or when ending one), it sends up warning flags. Fleeing the scene of an argument also sends the message that you have the capability of leaving for good when things get tough. That certainly doesn't give anyone on the receiving end a feeling of security. Incessant arguing should be a sign in itself that something isn't working in your relationship. If you can get down to the root of the problem, you may be able to work through it. Otherwise, it may be best to move on because it clearly isn't a healthy relationship.


Monday, November 26, 2012


I took all of last week off...from blogging. Even though I only had a three day work week (I took off Friday), I was still super busy with Thanksgiving preparations. I don't put on Thanksgiving dinner, but I always help out. This means going grocery shopping to help pick out the turkey and get necessities, helping my mom tear up bread for our homemade stuffing a few days prior, peeling the potatoes the morning of, washing the china, and this year, making my Nana's baked beans. Not to mention that I pretty much insist upon doing the dishes or at least help out by drying them. 

All in all, it was a great time with family. I couldn't really ask for anything more than that. I'm just thankful that everyone is healthy and happy. 


Cyber Monday

Happy Cyber Monday!

Once upon a time I did a photo shoot in San Francisco and ended up being the face of for Cyber Monday. Needless to say, I was more than a little excited. Because it was only up for that one special day, I've decided to post it here since it's Cyber Monday once more...and I might still be pretty proud of it.


Friday, November 16, 2012

Simple Pleasures

Some Fridays I just don't feel like going to work. Actually, it's not only limited to Fridays, but today was one of those mornings I just didn't feel like getting out of my warm, cozy bed. I did, and I'm still sleepy, but it's a new day and I'm going to try and make the most of it.

A Baby Shower

Little Maven Pearl Bib

I love baby clothes. I just wish I had a baby of my own to put in them! Even though I don't have a little bundle of joy, I can still be happy for the one's who have them and are expecting. I'm going to a baby shower for a friend of mine tomorrow and I'm looking forward to giving her some adorable clothes for her little girl.

A Planned Trip

I haven't been back to San Diego since I moved back home after living there with one of my best friends. I can't believe how much time has passed since I was there last and I am so excited to be going down there to celebrate her 25th birthday with her! Even though I'm going down for her, I know I'll get to see a few of our other friends and that makes me happy, too. I cannot wait!


Friday, November 9, 2012

Simple Pleasures

A New Outfit

These jeans are my new favorites in my closet. Photo found here
Sometimes a new outfit does wonders. It's even better when you don't have buyer's remorse from spending too much. The other day I found a pair of Denim & Supply by Ralph Lauren jeans at Marshalls. They were $70 (suggested retail was $125), so I could at least feel like I was sort of getting a deal. I didn't have enough money in my clothing fund to get them, but I could have dipped into my personal money to make it work. But was it worth it? No. Not even for the 34" inseam that I need. It didn't stop me from carrying them around the rest of my shopping trip though. I decided to put them back, but I did stop at the clearance rack before heading out. I found another pair of RL jeans that were boot cut instead of flared (a plus), the rinse I really wanted, they were still long enough, and they were $23. I tried them on, they fit like a glove, and I was at the register making a smarter purchase than I would have if I had splurged on the ones I thought I wanted. Best part is, I still have money left over in my clothing fund.

A Poodle Kitten

Photo Found here

I saw an article online about Poodle cats (officially called a Selkirk Rex) and I'm hooked. I want one! I also want an actual Poodle, but that's beside the point. How adorable is this cat?? I've never been much of a cat person, but I do think they're amazing animals. I also sort of want a Bengal cat. I think I need to buy a house, so I can have some pets.

A New Song

Photo found here
Yesterday I heard a song on the radio by Milo Greene called 1957. Something about their sound just made me want to listen to their album. Luckily, it's on Spotify, but I wasn't able to listen to the whole thing yesterday at work because of a little thing called work. Maybe today I can squeeze in the the second half of the album. So far I like what I hear...I do think it's great that 4 out of the 5 members rotate their vocals and contribute in different ways by switching up musical instruments for different songs. Might just keep things interesting!


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Main Squeeze

Earlier this week my boss purchased several bags of oranges from a guy who was selling them on the corner near the office. He passed them out to the employees and I took home a bag for myself. There were far too many oranges for me to eat before they went bad, so I decided to make orange juice. Fresh squeezed orange juice is well worth the extra time it takes to make versus pulling out a plastic jug of the store bought stuff. As long as you have an electric juice press, it makes the whole juicing process nearly effortless.

Within 15 minutes (tops!) I had fresh orange juice and it couldn't have tasted more delicious. I knew I couldn't keep it all for myself, so I shared it with my parents who were delightfully surprised at how wonderful a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice could taste without adding any sugar...or anything else for that matter. Now that I know how fast and easy it is to make my own orange juice, I think I'll be doing it a lot more often.

Next time I'll be adding a little champagne and enjoying a mimosa with a Saturday brunch!


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Private Relations

A man should always walk a woman to her car. Or to her front door. 

If you met up for dinner and you parked outside of the restaurant and she parked a block away or in a parking garage, escort her to her car. I don't care how you get there - if she trusts you, then you can drive her, but otherwise you should walk with her. Whatever you decide is fine, but make sure she's taken care of. If she came over to watch TV, but has to go home that evening, WALK HER TO HER CAR. I don't care if it's summer time and it's still light out, it's the gentlemanly thing to do. The fact of the matter is, it doesn't matter what day it is or even what time of day it is, a man should accompany a lady to her car. ALWAYS. It shows her that you care. Plain and simple. Those little things go a long way. She may tell you she's fine walking by herself, but even if she refuses your offer you should probably still walk with her. She may not be letting you off the hook so much as she may be testing you. Same rules apply when picking her up or dropping her off. Walk up to the door to let her know you're there and walk with her to the door when you leave. You may have that awkward "should I kiss her/does she want to kiss me" moment, but even if all you get is a peck on the cheek, you're still scoring points in the chivalry department. It's a common courtesy and it shows you have manners, which is something that seems to be rare these days.


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

My First Time

I voted on November 6, 2012. For the first time.

Yes, it was the first time I voted. On October 22, 2012 I actually registered, but it wasn't the first time I tried to register. I once filled out a voter's registration card and nearly became a Libertarian. I waited a day before sending it in because I was feeling unsure about my choice, and the card ultimately ended up in the shredder due to my uncertainty. This time wasn't much different except I registered online and waited until the last possible moment to make my final party decision. What was my political affiliation going to be? I'm pretty moderate, so choosing between the Democratic and Republican parties was difficult. I identify with each of them on some level so how was I supposed to choose? When it comes down to making decisions, I'm a TERRIBLE decision maker. Unless I feel confident about one thing (like Prop 37), my head is going to go around and around until I get so bogged down by the details and the pros and cons that I can't make a decision. So I left it up to fate. Some people may disagree or seriously hate the way I came to a decision on what political party to register with, but it's what I needed to do. 

I flipped a coin. A dime, to be exact.


Heads Democrat. Tails Republican. Best out of five.

Flip 1: Democrat
Flip 2: Democrat
Flip 3: Republican
Flip 4: Republican
Flip 5: -------------

Do you really need to know the answer? Just be thankful I registered!

I was clearly not one of those people who couldn't wait to Rock The Vote after turning 18. In fact, mums been the word for me when talking about anything remotely political for quite some time. I hate LISTENING to people debate political topics with each other. It actually makes me more than a little uncomfortable when I'm standing by in those situations. If people would just calmly discuss those topics and educate themselves with legitimate facts, then I think it would be fine, but everyone just "knows" that their opinion is the "right" one. 

I'm really no different than anyone else when it comes down to my opinion on matters that I'm passionate about. Like GMOs. Do NOT get me started on that. I will go on and on and I do get heated at times. On the same note, High Fructose Corn Syrup (which is not the same as sugar) is another thing that I will talk your ear off about. Let's not forget about slaughterhouses either...I may read too many books.

Anyway, I finally felt like I was ready to vote. The main reason I registered a few weeks ago was so I could vote YES on 37, which will require companies to disclose their use of GMOs and not allow them to market their product as "natural." Will it pass? We'll find out, but at least I know I did my part. I didn't vote on every issue because I wasn't confident that I was informed completely on certain ones. Part of the reason I never registered in the first place was because I didn't know enough about the issues and never put in the time to learn about them. I'm a terrible person. I know. Some people would say that I should have voted because the women who came before me paved the way so that I could. Am I grateful for what they did for me? Of course I am! However, just because you CAN doesn't always mean you SHOULD. An irresponsible voter is someone who votes because they can without knowing what they are voting for. In those cases it's simply better to not vote. I used to be ashamed that I had never voted before. I've been met with many looks of disbelief, so I generally avoided talking about it. Today, I am proud to say that I voted and that I voted responsibly. It is a right and a privilege that I did not abuse.


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Halloween to Christmas

I love autumn. It may just be my favorite season after all. The only problem I have with autumn, is that immediately after Halloween, I'm thrown into the Christmas season and don't get to fully enjoy it. It's not winter yet people. We still have Thanksgiving to deal with before bringing out the Christmas spirit!

This morning I was met with this...

Yes, Starbucks has officially rolled out their Christmas cups. I even saw an Advent calendar for sale. December 1st is a MONTH away! Bring out the calendar the day after Thanksgiving. Or two weeks before December 1st tops.

Photo found here

That said, I am still partaking in autumny things and looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner before I have to worry about decorating for Christmas. I've been indulging in the pumpkin seeds I roasted that I saved from pumpkin carving the other night. They actually turned out really well. I wasn't sure if I was going to soak them in water first, so I rinsed them off and laid them out to dry. I should've just soaked them. I ended up doing it after the fact and it turns out it wasn't too late to do so. I put them in a bowl of heavily salted water and left them to soak on the counter for 24 hours. Then I briefly rinsed them in a colander and returned them to the empty bowl. From there, I added some sea salt I ground up and decided to add a few splashes of olive oil after the fact. More dashes of salt followed and then I spread them out on a couple of cookie sheets. Thirty minutes later, I had my first batch of seeds and they were delish! I've been snacking on them all day at work! They certainly aren't the prettiest seeds (I think they would've been if I had just soaked them right off), but they sure are tasty.

I will be thoroughly indulging in all things autumn for the next few weeks before I seriously need to start thinking about Christmas presents. That's a whole different dilemma I'm avoiding!