Wednesday, December 29, 2010

some questions

The lovely Charlotte at you were in a dream i had tagged me in a fifteen questions post here.  I love her blog: the quotes, her thoughts, and how much she believes in writing letters and keeping in touch with people from all around the world.

Here goes!!  P.S. I got rid of the questions that I had no idea at all how to answer.

One.  What is your dream job?
This is probably the hardest question.  And it's asked ALL the time.  I know I want to be in LA.  I know that I want to make enough money to be able to travel.  I just don't know exactly what I want to do to get there.  This summer will be eye-opening.  I'm working on getting an internship in the entertainment industry so we'll see if I like it!!

Two.  How do you take your tea or coffee?
At Starbucks, I love the gingerbread latte or java chip frappucino.  At Dutch Bros., I love the Kokomo (coconut/coffee blended ice drink).  On vacation, I like tea or coffee with sugars and milk.

Three. What is your most important beauty secret?
I'm not sure I have one!!  I do believe in washing your face at night and in the morning.  I know it can be hard sometimes at night when you just want to pass out in bed, but otherwise your face is feasting on that makeup all night.

Four.  If you had an all-expense paid vacation to anywhere, where would you go?
Since the option is anywhere, I would go everywhere.  Take a month, or two, or three off, and go around the world.  Start in the Caribbean, take a plane to Paris, hit all the favorites in Italy, do some extreme sports in Interlaken, Switzerland, jet to Barcelona, head south to Morocco, then a little bit east to Egypt to see the pyramids, visit the best places in Asia, Indonesia, and then make my way through Brazil, Peru, Chile, and Argentina before landing safe, sound, and happy in Arizona.  <3

Five.  If a genie popped up right now, what would your three wishes be?
One: to be 100% sure of an amazing internship in LA this summer.
Two: for Kelcy to be able to visit me at least once a month in Italy this Fall.
Three: to have a job offer senior year, and live a meaningful life.

Six. If you could only have one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Mexican food...hands down.

Seven. What one talent do you wish you had?
I wish I had a talent at all.  My whole life I've tried so many different hobbies and sports. I never really found my passion, and I always wish I had something like that to help define who I am.

Eight. Who is your biggest celebrity crush?
There are so many!! James Dean.  James Franco.  Adam Brody.  Ed Westwick.
Nine. If you could look into the future, would you?
I think I would.  Yeah, a little bit of the mystery would be gone.  But hey, even if you see it everything's going to turn out like that anyway.  I could look into the future, and know what I need to do in my present life to get there.  I could see who my husband is, and not have to waste my time with someone who would have just broken my heart.  But then again, I'd see some of the bad things too.  That's probably the hardest question.  I'd want to see my future in doses...when it will help with an important life decision.

Ten. What made you start a blog?
I started this blog last April with my two best friends.  One of our friends from work had one, and we thought it was really cool to have a place to write your thoughts, quotes that mean something to you, and anything else.  I'm so glad I started it.  Not only is it a journal for me, to see where I've been and write about where I want to go.  It's also been amazing to form little relationships with other bloggers.  It's like a community.

And I'd like to tag some of my newest followers, so that I can learn more about who they are :)

Carrie at this free bird

Sunday, December 26, 2010

letters from the sky

I am absolutely obsessed with this song right now.  I have to listen to it at least 5 times a day for it to be complete.

Listen and enjoy :)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

bucket list

"Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today." --James Dean

I have a mac and clicked on my "stickies" that I haven't looked at in awhile.  I came across a bucket list that I had written way back when myspace was still popular and facebook was just beginning.  I've been lucky to be able to click a few things off my bucket list in the past four or so years.

See a shooting star
Go skydiving  (twice!!)
Go bungy jumping  (also twice!!)
Go zorbing
Study abroad in Italy
Fall in love
Learn to snowboard
Learn to surf
Eurotrip with friends
Be fluent in Italian, French, and Spanish
Crowd surf at an epic concert
Have a song written about/for me
Compete in the Amazing Race with Kelcy
Own a convertible
Go dancing in South America
Jet ski in Cabo
my friend gabi and her cousin
photographed by moi haha
Swim in the Mediterranean
Go to a concert in Europe
Horseback ride in a green meadow
Get flowers delivered to me
Tequila shots in Mexico with Kelcy (we've never been to Mexico together!)
Go clubbing in Barcelona and Paris
Party on a yacht
Cannonball from a houseboat

What's on your bucket list?!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


This post is dedicated to my best friend, Olivia.

sooo pretty <3
I seriously love talking to this girl.  She listens to my stories, tells me hers, gives great advice, has a level head on her shoulders, is wise beyond her years, and is SO motivated.
Whether we're calming each other down and promising each other that the world will not end in 2012, or when she tells me stories that light up my day, I love it.  I know that she will always be there to listen to me, and I want her to know that I will always be there to listen to her.

I love you Livvies <3 Let's get through this next semester, have an amazing summer, one last year of college as roommates, and an amazing life in the city of angels!

latin heat

It's been kind of weird without the roomies here for the last couple of days! But I'm definitely keeping busy...I wish I had this much to do even while they are in town.

P.S. I wish I had actual pictures...but my phone camera is horrible and I forgot a real one.  So here's pictures via the internet haha

Yesterday, I went bowling with a handful of people from work and that was a lot of fun.  It was cool to see everyone out of their uniform and acting themselves.  I went to late night Buffalo Wild Wings with my friend Drew, and we got the appetizer sampler.  The mozzarella sticks were pretty good, and the nachos were awesome too.  Funny story...I saw this brownish/red stuff on the nachos and totally assumed that it was salsa...and half way through Drew reminded me that I was a vegetarian and said that I had been eating ground beef.  Once he said it, I tasted it, and then I stuck to the chips, cheese, and jalepenos.

I spent all day with my dad and mom today.  Dad and I went Christmas shopping for mom and made a quick little trip into the luxurious Saks Fifth Avenue to pretend we were interested in buying 1,500 Jimmy Choo boots.  Then my mom and I saw that new Reese Witherspoon-Paul Rudd movie and went out for dinner.  Then at eight, I met up with my friend Albert from work to go to Latin Heat at LA Fitness!!  It was soooo much fun.  But I must admit I'm out of shape.  I went allll out the first half of class, but by the second, I was half-assing (excuse my language) it.
i'm obsessed with my walmart sweats
right now :)
Being alone almost forces you to have more fun.  But I'm also having fun reading, watching The O.C. from the beginning, and making attempts at cleaning my room.

What do you like to do when you're alone?!

Monday, December 20, 2010


"There are only two ways to live your life.
One is though nothing is a miracle.
 The other is as if everything is."

Sunday, December 19, 2010


Okay, so I never watched The O.C.  But yesterday, my mom, Kel, and I watched In The Land of Women.  The movie, in my opinion, was sub-par, but I did not mind looking at Adam Brody for two hours.  I always thought he was cute, and maybe it was just his character in the movie, but he seems like a sweetheart on top of that.

Which led me to make Adam Brody yet another celebrity crush of mine.  Enjoy <3
he can pick me up anytime :)

With that said, I think I'm developing a type.  Tall, not necessarily totally muscular (but fit), dark hair, funny, and sweet.  I've never really had a type before, but I think I see one brewing haha.

Friday, December 17, 2010

catch the wind

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do.  So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore.  Dream.  Discover" --Mark Twain

   <3              <3              <3               <3               <3            

"We cannot direct the winds, but we can adjust our sails."

Thursday, December 16, 2010

basketball + food

Yesterday was the last day of finals!!!  And it actually went fairly well, I think :)
Yesterday was also the Suns v. Timberwolves game!  Olivia had gotten a call from the people at U.S. Airways Center a couple weeks ago and they said that she could bring some friends to the game for free tickets!  
Kelcy, her bf, and some work friends went to the game too...and they sat in the lounge.  
Paige, me, and Olivia, on the other hand, had AMAZING seats.  It's not that we were courtside, or even first row.  But, we sat where corporate people usually bring their clients.  We had chairs with back rests, arm rests, and comfy seats that rotated: basically super nice office chairs.  We had mini tvs that projected what was on the jumbotron.  And best of all....FREE AMAZING FOOD.  My plate was filled: gorgonzola and vegetable mashed potatoes, chips and unique salsa, broccolini with a sweet sauce, fresh green beans, sweet potatoes, and countless more.  Oh, and an ice cream bar for dessert.  For free.  And the cherry on top, the Suns won with exciting three pointers throughout the fourth quarter!

And now picture time <3
downtown stadium <3
cheesing it for the ice cream <3

Paige, me, and Olivia :)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

little szechuan

So I haven't had chinese food in probably three years.  My favorite place growing up was called Sesame Inn, but it closed down about a year ago.  Which meant no more birthday dinners, having conversations about Burma with our favorite waitress Sondra, and most more mushu vegetable.

But, driving home the other day, I saw a crowd of people coming out of this chinese restaurant I'd never noticed before: Little Szechuan.  I thought it must be good, if there were crowds of people going in and out.  And they looked happy too.
So today, I called in and ordered myself a take-out version of mushu vegetable.  I was going to ride my bike, but Paige drove me there :)  If you don't know how to make mushu vegetable, check out the mini tutorial below.  It tasted just like Sesame Inn, and it was the same price as a Chipotle burrito!!  Now I have three favorite fast/could-be-take-out restaurants (Chipotle, Oregano's, Little Szechuan: Mexian, Italian, and Chinese).

Step One:
Put the little Chinese crepe on a plate.
Step Two:
Add the vegetable and egg medley.
Step Three:
Add the yummy smoked hoisin sauce.
Step Four:
Wrap it up!! :)
 There you have it! I'm so happy to have a neighborhood Chinese restaurant! <33

Sunday, December 12, 2010


Have you all ever done a video on before?!
It's so fun...I did a Christmas elf one a few Christmases ago, and I just did another one tonight.

It's a little self absorbed, because it's all pictures of me, but I think that makes it funnier.
Oh, and there is one imposter.  It's this guy that tried to get re-named "Boomer the Dog".  He has bangs like me, so I thought he'd fit in.

Enjoy :) It's a bit silly, but I hope you like it!!

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Has anyone else tried Peace Tea and fallen in love with it??
I tried it for the first time last semester when I was wandering the campus market looking for food.  I love that it's only 99 cents, and even if it's not healthy, I feel healthy drinking it.

Keep reading if you want to hear a semi-related story:

I was walking either to or away from a sporting event, concert, or something that calls for vendors selling drinks on the streets.  I wanted desperately to drink either Arizona Iced Tea (that also has a 99 cent marking on it) or Peace Tea.  The conversation:

me: Kel, how much do you think that tea is?
Kel: I dunno...probably like two or three dollars.
me: But it says on the can that it's 99 cents.
Kel: Well go ask the guy and find out.
me: Sir, how much is the tea? 99 cents right? Because that's what it says on the can?
Man: $2.00

It just made me think.  If I were a vendor, I would avoid selling items that offered a certain price on the package, when in reality you decide you want to sell it for more.

Friday, December 10, 2010


You know how people sign off emails and phone calls saying, "hugs and kisses!"  Well....I was thinking that in certain situations, it would be fun to say:
"snuggles, cuddles, and kissies!!"
or sck <3 for short.
does anyone know what movie this is from?
because i want to see it.

What do you think?! And it doesn't have to be for romantic partners, it can be for friends and family too.  Who doesn't like to snuggle, cuddle, or kiss? 

Thursday, December 9, 2010

four lovely things

First off, I'd like to send a lovely thank you to Heidi at Bonjour Lovey and Amanda at College Girl for tagging me in their list of fours blogs!!  I love each of their blogs, and I actually found Amanda's because she was tagged in Heidi's list of fours too!

So thank you girls :)  And to the rest of you, I hope you learn a little more about me <3

four shows i watch:
- Gossip Girl.  I am in love with this show. The drama, the relationships, the clothes.  Everything.  It makes Mondays amazing.

-Pretty Little Liars.  It's like Gossip Girl for miniatures.  But it's so entertaining.

-Entourage.  It's totally a guy show, but I love it.

-Keeping Up With The Kardashians.  I only watch it when it's on someone else's t.v., but Scott is a total douchebag, yet totally addicting.

four things i'm passionate about:
-Friends who are family.  Kelcy (who's my actual twin sister), Paige, and Olivia.  Every time any of us hang out, it's always unstoppable laughs and the weirdest conversations ever.

-My actual family. My mom and I are best friends.  My dad's the sweetest man in the world.  And my brothers are all so different but they helped mold me into who I am.

-Traveling. I love being one place, and then an entirely different place hours later.  Whether by plane or by car, I love seeing the way people live in other cultures.

-Eating.  I kind of stole this one from Kelcy, but when I asked Paige things she thought I was passionate about, this was one of them.  I love Mexican food and Italian food the best.  And chinese is okay at Sesame Inn (but it closed down) and when I get the Mushu Vegetable.

four phrases i say a lot:
-"I know, right?" Basically my answer when I say something and someone's like "ewww" "gross" "cool" "awesome" "wow"...

-"Yeah..."  My response when people finish telling stories.  It's what I say when I'm thinking about what else to say.

-"Please...!" What I say when I don't believe someone or if I'm appalled by something haha.

-"That's true" When I start realizing that my friends advice is right, or basically anytime something's obviously true.

four things i've learned from the past:
-Don't have expectations. Expectations just lead to disappointment.  You will be a much happier person if you just go with the flow and get surprised when good things do happen than frustrated or sad when they don't.

-Be okay with being alone. Whether it be at dinner, at school, at home, or even at the mall.  It's important to have time to yourself, and now I'm to the point where I get excited about my alone time.

-Listen to people. It's easy to want to talk, talk, talk about your problems when you're with your friends, but that doesn't mean that you should shut down once they start telling you their problems.  If you want to be listened to, you should start off by being a good listener yourself.

-Don't take school to seriously.  Maybe this isn't on everyone's list, but I've learned for myself that studying all night for a test and studying for an hour or so and then having fun the rest of the night yields the same results.  Just try your best.  It's not worth it to get a 4.0 GPA but have no friends or fun memories from college.  

four places i'd like to go:
-Venice, Milan, Rome, Florence.  Basically back to Italy.  I fell in love with Rome, liked Florence, and I can't wait to study and shop in Milan, and ride the gondolas with a future bf in Venice.

-Barcelona.  When we went to Spain with the parents, we didn't make it up to Barcelona.  I'd like to go eat some tapas and dance the night away.

-Peru, Brazil, Chile, Argentina. I want to go dancing in South America.  I also would love to visit Machu Picchu and other amazing ancient sites.

-The South of France. Paris was awesome when I was ten.  But I feel like now, France would be incredible.  I could start off in Paris, meet some French friends, and then take a weekend trip to a fabulous house in the South of France.

four things i did yesterday:
- Lunch at Islands with mom.
-Errands with Kelcy.
-Studied for my management final.
-Tropic Thunder at Colton's

four things i'm looking forward to:
- Kauai.  I can't wait to have ten days strictly dedicated to Mom, Dad, Kelcy and Paige.  No distractions, minimal phone use, renting surf boards and conquering the ocean, and getting tan while everyone else is freezing.

-Winter break.  I'll still have to worry about work, but not having to go to school will give me so much needed free time.  Six more days.  I can't wait.

-Summer in LA.  It's a semester away.  But I can't wait til I know for sure that I have an internship and I'll be spending summer in LA with Olivia and her family!

-Fall 2011 in Milan. I talk about it all the time, but I can't wait to live in Italy.  And I haven't even thought about all the traveling I'll do throughout Europe while I'm there.  And is it weird that I'm excited to use Skype more?

And now to four more lovely bloggers <3
Lindsay at scenic glory

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

elaborate dreaming

Day Ten: Elaborate on a dream you had this past week.

Let me just start off by saying that I have the weirdest dreams.  The range goes from unbelievably scary to spending nights with Chuck Bass or Eminem.  It's really weird.

I did have a dream a couple of nights ago that is more along the scary spectrum, but it wasn't my scariest.  I'll keep that verrrrry creepy one away from you lovely people.

So the dream was told in the point of view of Paige telling me what happened the day before.  But as she's telling me the story, I see it for myself like I'm watching a movie.  Here's her story:  She was hanging out at the house when she suddenly decided to go look out into our backyard through our back door (there's a little 8" x 8" window).  As she was approaching the door, she saw that there was a man standing on the opposite end of the door looking into our kitchen.  But she wasn't scared, exactly.  She looked at him and said, "What are you doing here? Get out!" and he said, "I'm just trying to watch you girls through this window."  She proceeded to tell him to go away and he acted like it wasn't weird at all.  

That's all I remember and I'm sorry if I scared anyone before bed time.  It scared me just typing it.  Kind of dark and creepy...but you should probably know that I have scary dreams quite often.  Especially when I was little, I wrote some of the worst one's down...and if I translated them into novels I'd be a millionaire horror writer.
maybe i should invest in one of these?

Do you all have scary dreams? Or just pleasant ones?
images via weheartit

Monday, December 6, 2010

wishlist #2

this shirt :)

a polaroid camera so i can have
my very own picture wall

him <3 

change your world

It's as simple as that.  You and your thoughts/actions are the creators of your future.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

not quite in the loop

So remember how excited I was for the first ugly christmas sweater party of the year?!  Well...I was seriously putting on my sweater when Olivia calls me and tells me that she heard from her friend, Nicole, that it's a Christmas themed party (meaning Santa hats and stuff) and no one is wearing an ugly sweater.  May I just say thank goodness I did not jingle jangle my way to that party.

So instead, Kelcy and I went to our friends house down the street to watch The Town and then we made our way over to the party.  I think it would have been way more fun if I gotten to wear my sweater.

Here's a picture of me in my homemade sweater.  Hopefully I'll get to wear it soon...if not, there's always Christmas with the family.

you likey??

Friday, December 3, 2010

sweater season

You know it's December when the people outside of grocery stores jingle their bells.  You know it's December when for some reason you have the biggest smile on your face and can't stop laughing over something that wasn't even funny.  But most of all, you know it's December when ugly sweater parties start popping up everywhere.

And tonight I will take part in my first Ugly Christmas Sweater Party of the season.  I'll post pics soon...I have a feeling my sweater is going to be the most ridiculous.  Because of the fact that it's homemade.  I made it last year for my work's party in hopes that I'd win the contest, but Kelcy and I got there late, and the contest had already been held.  Hopefully I jingle the whole night and make the party that much more merry.
too bad this party won't have
tables and tables of food

Happy holiday season everyone!! <3

Thursday, December 2, 2010


I just came across this video and it's impossible to not laugh.  I don't understand how those little boys sing without laughing...especially the blond one.

Needless to say, I'd be the proudest parent in the world if my future son could sing and meow that well.  Check it out for yourselves, and if you don't want to watch the whole thing.  At least watch what happens at 1:37ish. It's amazing :

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

shopping surprises

I wonder what these smell like?

So I'm reading Eat, Pray, Love right now, and I just came across this quote that I really liked:

"I can decide how I spend my time, whom I interact with, whom I share my body and life and money and energy with. I can select what I eat and read and study.  I can choose how I"m going to regard unfortunate circumstances in my life--whether I will see them as curses or opportunities...I can choose my words and the tone of voice in which I speak to others.  And most of all, I can choose my thoughts."

Also...Kelcy and I went shopping today.  She came out with these super cute True Religions and then another pair of jeans.  I couldn't find anything...but I did find these two books for $5!  And it's kind of weird because I just wrote down The Time Traveler's Wife on my "To Read" list this morning, and then I find it in a little second hand shop today!  
Look how ridiculously excited I am...

May I also say that I am very excited to read both of these books because I love both of the movies...and we all know that books are even better than movies.  A Walk to Remember is one of my all time favorites.  I remember the first time I watched it, I woke up the next morning and just felt different.  In a good way.  As far as The Time Traveler's Wife goes, I balled my eyes out.  And not just during the movie.  And not for a few minutes after the credits rolled.  I cried for the next couple of hours.  Even halfway through the funny movie we watched to take my mind off of it.  I have no idea why it affected me so much, so stay tuned to see how the book takes a toll on my emotions.