Thursday, December 12, 2013

A Winter Education (with some help from the trusty Dr. Scholl's)


Every year when the weather cools down, and the leaves start falling from the trees, I pack up my summer staples to shove in the back of my closet. It's time for hats, and pea coats! Those awesome boots I never get to wear, and cozy scarves! Maybe you know the feeling. You know, when your expectations are something like



but then when it actually gets REALLY cold outside, and you're more like



That second one was me this week. The Yeti and I spent the week on the other side of the country, where it actually SNOWS and your daily routine can be thrown off kilter because it isn't safe enough to take your car out.

Me, being the genius I am, went without a proper coat, or footwear. I know, I KNOW. But I live in California, I don't have those things! And I decided to tough it out for a week rather than buy new things that I wouldn't need as soon as I came home.

WRONG. First off, snow is no joke. I've been in snow plenty of times (when I was young, and with a coat), but it didn't click in my head that a week is a REALLY LONG TIME to be cold. The lovely people we were staying with loaned me a coat, which was a godsend.

But anyway, what I really wanted to talk about was footwear. Tootsies need to be warm, too. Another item of warmness I acquired while gone was a pair of boots. You know the kind. Ugg-type things, that do no favors for the shape of your legs, but they are SO COZY and you're damn right I'm gonna wear them all winter. But wait, there's more!

Always attractive.

Last month, Influenster sent me a new box of goodies, one of which being these Dr. Scholl's Cozy Cusions! (Yes, I'm writing about shoe insoles again. What can I say? I have sensitive feet. No, I don't write about everything Influenster sends me, only the things I love and feel like sharing!)

These won't work for all of your shoes, but they are AMAZING for boots. I'm thinking of getting another pair for my non-Ugg-type boots, too. They're so soft, and they still provide support for all day Winter Wonderland adventures (that is what you're doing, right?) All while keeping you warm and dry! It's like running around in slippers, but, you know....better. Yay!

So that was my week in cold weather education, and it's a good thing, because I came home to California and it was JUST AS COLD...minus the snow. This never happens here, but perfect timing, I guess?

I was given this Dr. Scholl's product complimentary from Influenster and Dr. Scholl's for writing and reviewing purposes. I did not receive money and the above link is NOT an affiliate link, so please, check it out!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

annnd I'm still sick


At the beginning of the month, I was really motivated to start blogging more. I thought it'd be good for me. Then I got a stupid everlasting ear infection (I still have it, but it's slowly getting better), and the holiday season work jumbo, and...yeah. Sigh.

I hope we all had a great Thanksgiving. Mine was cut a little short, but I spent it with loved ones and great food, which is all I could ask for. As always, this year has been pretty rough; but it's so important to remember the things you're thankful for!

Anyway, at work we started (and ended, it only showed for one weekend) Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. It's pretty popular and well-known, but if you haven't seen it yet I strongly urge you to watch the movie with Donny Osmond (that is, assuming it isn't playing live in a theatre near you). The music is catchy, it's silly and Donny Osmond has great hair. It's one of my favorite shows! So, I was excited when they hooked me up with a free show tee ; )



Blurry selfies in the bathroom! Yeah!

So how about Black Friday? When I'm not living the life of a theatre techie (though I am most of the time), I work part-time at Target. That's where I was on Black Friday. I would say it's the third worst place to work on that day; the first being Wal-Mart and second being Best Buy. I went in at 7:45pm Thanksgiving night and stayed until 4:15am on Friday morning. Ugh. TV's and gaming consoles aren't in my budget right now, so I didn't take advantage of any of the "door buster" (I hate that term) deals. Throughout my shift I did a little sneak-and-stash shopping in the clothes, because everything was 40% off. My preferred daily uniform always includes a v-neck tee, and Target happens to carry my favorite kind - meaning I can get ones that fit around my boobs without the rest of the shirt fitting like a bed sheet. Later on Friday (after I went home and slept until noon) my mom called and wanted to check out these nook HD tablets on sale at both Target and Barnes and Noble. Not surprising, Target didn't have any left, but Barnes and Noble had plenty! She bought us both tablets because she's wonderful and loves me. This is my first tablet. Not gonna lie, I did get pretty frustrated trying to set it up, but we're all ok so everything's cool. I'm still learning new things but so far I already love it! I also got a nifty The New Yorker case for it, which I love. Because cats.

The New Yorker cat nook case

Anyway, I'd like to say that starting in December is when I'll really start blogging more, but that isn't true. On December 5th The Yeti and I leave for Maryland, which will also include a day in NEW YORK where I have never been! At least I know I'm sure to write about THAT.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Sick

Shortly after my last post, illness befell me. It sucks.

So, for most of the year I've had these on and off ear pains. They were annoying, but I'd take some Ibruprofin and in a few days it'd go away. I kept meaning to go to the doctor, but life got in the way and honestly I didn't want to spend the money. Then, I woke up with a TERRIBLE pain in my left ear. I took Ibruprofin, didn't help. I finally caved in and made a doctors appointment for the next day. By the time I got there, the pain had spread through my face and into my right ear, as my left ear progressively got worse - I wanted to tear my head off! Not surprisingly, the doctor said I had an ear infection...in BOTH ears. I'd never had an ear infection before, but now I totally get why everyone hates them.

Anyway, she gave me these weird ear drop things, and said to use them twice a day and I should feel better by tomorrow. Easy peasy. The next day rolls around, and I can't say I'm any better. Unfortunately it's Friday, the first day of our closing weekend of Gypsy. When you work in theatre, you can't really call out of work. Everyone has their own job to do, and the only person that really knows how to do your tasks is yourself...so I sucked it up and went. Oh, this is the day I also came down with a cold. I read they commonly come with ear infections, which SUCKS because it just adds sinus pressure to all the head/ear pressure you're already feeling. Ugh, life.

Then it got worse.

It makes sense when I think about it now. I did all my pre-show duties, I was in pain but I managed to get everything done just fine. Then the music started playing (the theatre I work at does primarily musicals). All of a sudden, the pain in my ears and head was magnified to a whole new level. I had no idea it could get that bad! I started crying, 1) because I cry alot and 2) because it REALLY HURT OK. I talked to the stage manager; if my job wasn't going to be up to par tonight he should know about it. Instead, he sent me home. I felt just awful about it, like I let everyone down. Doing theatre really is something you do as a team, and if you don't, sometimes it doesn't work out. But at the same time my head felt like it was going to explode through the audience, so I wouldn't have been much help anyway.

The next day I had a phone appointment with another doctor. He prescribed me some pain medication and told me not to go back to the theatre or anywhere else loud until I was better.

That was a few days ago. Now, I'm doing better, but I'm not better. I don't have to take the pain medication anymore, but I can't hear really well, my right ear I can't hear anything from, and it won't stop ringing. I think once this is done I'm going to really appreciate silence.

/rant-over

Monday, November 4, 2013

Life Lately (a rambling post with pictures)

Heeeyo

Things have been busy around here, so I've been pretty tired/stressed/overworked/drinking all the coffee. Fun times! I'm gonna ramble about a couple things, which I will group into a few categories.

Work

I don't know if I mentioned it or not, but I work as a technician in a performance art theatre. Whenever we're in the middle of a show run things are ALWAYS stressful. Each time I try to convince myself I'm going to be smarter about it and try to make it easier on myself somehow, but I never do. I just drink alot of coffee and eat shit food. Anyway, next weekend is our closing weekend of the musical "Gypsy." It's not my favorite, but it's a pretty fun show.

My favorite number in it is the very last one, called "Rose's Turn." You spend most of the show hating this mother, Rose, and even though her actions were wrong, by the end of the song you can't help but feel for her, as shes been left all alone, thinking about her own dreams she never fulfilled. Check it out (at least for the quick look at Hugh Jackman's hair) - you can skip to 1:50 to get straight to the song, but the first two minutes give a little background on the show if you're curious.



Or, if this is more your thing, I found out they did a rendition of the song on Glee! I don't watch Glee, but I like the idea behind it.

Halloween

I hope everyone had a great Halloween! Mine was pretty low-key, but it was fun. The night before we had some friends over to pre-game...so we watched a bunch of episodes of "Are you Afraid of the Dark?" while drinking dranks and eating chips. I had no idea that show was on for SEVEN seasons? I guess you don't pay attention to those type of things when you're a kid. On the actual eve of Halloween, The Yeti and I went to my families house to play games and pass out candy (we never get any trick-or-treaters at our apartment). So after dinner I threw on my favorite panda onesie and gave out chocolates to little super heroes and Disney princesses.



You can tell The Yeti didn't get into it as much, but it's ok because I took care of it....*side eye*

Semi on-topic, we watched V/H/S/2 yesterday. I liked it much better than the first one, but I'm not ready to go tell everyone to watch it. But I will say I thought the videos were alot more creative this time around! I particularly liked "A Ride in the Park" and "Safe Haven."

Other Stuff
I got another really fun box in the mail from Influenster, so I'll be writing about that soon! Here's a little peek! So far I've only tried out the Gradation nail polishes, and I loooooooooooooveeee them.

Influenster Rose Voxbox

Sooo that's me lately :)

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Review: Dr. Scholl's Active Series!

Heeey! 

Last week I was sent another awesome thing to try out, courtesy of Influenster! Aaaaaaggghhhh I love them :)

So here's picture of my new Dr. Scholl's Active Series shoe insoles! They even match my shoes! Cute, huh?


They're great! At work I spent a LOT of time on my feet, so complaining about sore feet is a pretty normal thing for me. I wasn't too convinced that changing the soles in my shoes would make much of a difference, but they have! The cushioning in the balls of the feet are really nice, and I like that the arches aren't too high, since I'm kinda flat footed. They also fit perfectly inside my size 8 shoes, I didn't even need to cut them down!

Since getting mail is way too exciting for me, I accidentally ripped these open before I remembered to take a picture of the packaging, sooo...here's a photo, thanks to Google:



Thanks, Google.

and THANK YOU Influenster and Dr. Scholl's for asking me to try these out!

Monday, October 14, 2013

I want to talk about Saints Row!

Even if you don't play video games, you've probably figured out that Grand Theft Auto V recently came out. The fans...they're everywhere. It's kind of hard to avoid. I don't play Grand Theft Auto, but I am pretty obsessed with its far underrated rival, Saints Row. I love Saints Row, and with GTA being blown up everywhere, I've just been thinking about it even more. This isn't going to be quite a review, or anything particularly helpful or insightful...I just feel like talking about Saints Row!

Like GTA, Saints Row is an action adventure, open world game where a lot of terribly inappropriate things happen. Unlike GTA, Saints Row doesn't take itself seriously (and neither should you), making it the most ridiculous and entertaining game I've ever played. You are the leader of the Third Street Saints, as you work your way through missions and mini games to take back your territory from three different rival gangs who are all up in yo shit. And get money. You spend a lot of time getting money.

Saints Row the Third group picture
Your motley crew

The city of Steelport has Saint's members all over the place, but these guys are your main homies (no really, they're called your "homies" in the game). As far as fun and interesting goes, Zimos, that guy in the great suit and purple hat, is my favorite. He is Steelwater's oldest pimp, and before he joins your crew you have to save him from Morningstar's (a rival gang) human trafficking center (a BDSM club). It's disgusting but totally worth it. He talks through an auto tuned voice box.

There's alot of different ways to keep yourself busy in Saints Row. Of course, it has an amazing story mode you'll want to play through, but even after you save Steelport and become the swaggiest gang in all the land, there's still plenty of things left to do. Or you can just start the story over again so you can play through a different way (that's what I'm in the middle of doing now). It's just as fun the second time around, I promise.

Anyway, because I think everything I do is interesting and hilarious, sometimes I like to take screenshots while I'm playing, like these (click to enlarge, full size doesn't fit in my layout!)

Saints Row the Third Crashing the Party
Just crashing a party.
Saints Row the Third toilet
...and then there was that one time my head was hooked to a computer, and my avatar was a fighting toilet.
Saints Row the Third
The man in the harness just happened to be walking by, I swear!
That's the character I made to play through the first time. There's a ridiculous amount of character customization options, so your guy (or girl) can look pretty much however you want. My character is pretty basic, but there really is so much you can do. As you can see, mine has sweet dreadlocks and shutter shades. I was aiming towards a look somewhere between Kanye West and 2 Chainz, because...well, why not. I told you we can't take ourselves seriously ;)

Thursday, September 19, 2013

I finally tried this gel nail thing...

...annnd it was pretty cool.

I love nail polish. For the most part, when it comes to makeup and beauty I'm pretty clueless. But nail polish? YES. When I can afford to I like to try the nail trends (except nail art, I will never be good at nail art, and those pen things DO NOT help), which is why it took me a little longer to jump on the gel nail bandwagon.

Sorry I have janky work hands.

Sort of hard to tell in the picture, but I picked a nude color with gold glitter on top. Since I wanted to see how long it would last I picked a color that wouldn't be so obvious when my nails started to grow out. Also I dunno if you can tell, but they were SO. SHINY. I mean wow.

So what did I think? The first thing I noticed was that they looked great. Once I was able to take my hands out of the hand cancer machine, the next thing I noticed was that the lady didn't lie; they really were dry already, and how strong and durable my nails felt.

They lasted about two and a half weeks. My line of work is pretty rough on my hands, but if I worked at a desk or something, I think they would have lasted longer. Even when I decided to take it off there was still a majority of it left, but the regrowth was getting a little out of control, and I hate having long nails. Now, getting it off? That was the hard part. The woman at the salon told me the best idea was to come back in and have them do it for me. Me being me, I obviously was not interested in paying more money just to have nail polish removed...but now I see why that's a thing. I ended up prying it off myself. On my first nail I was like, "dang, this is easy!" because the gel is so thick and easy to grab on to. Then I realized when I pulled it off, it PULLED THE FIRST LAYER OF MY NAIL OFF with it. Which wasn't painful, FYI, but still not cool.

So yeah...I don't have a good removal method to share with you. I'll figure it out next time. Soaking in acetone would probably be a good idea though...(oops).

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Lifeway Kefir!

Recently I was sent a voucher to try something from the Lifeway Kefir line, so I could try it out and tell people what I thought about it! To be honest, I didn't really know what to expect. When they sent me the e-mail, I hadn't heard of Lifeway before and wasn't sure if I wanted to accept the offer, but after taking a look at their website I knew it was something I wanted to try.

This year I've been trying to pay more attention to my diet and exercise. The exercising has been going ok, but my diet has been the really hard part. When it comes to health type foods with keywords like probiotic, gluten free, active cultures...I'm pretty clueless. What do I need, and why do I need it? And REALLY, what is up with the gluten free craze lately?! (Ok, gluten has nothing to do with this post, but I really am curious.)

Anyway, what I ended up using my voucher for was this Pomegranate Kefir Cultured Milk Smoothie.

Lifeway Kefir pomegranate
It was MUCH bigger than I thought it would be!

It's lowfat, filled with probiotic cultures, and pretty delicious! It's also a great source of calcium and protein. So, what are probiotic cultures, and why should I care? Probiotic cultures are bacteria's that are good for you! When ingested in adequate amounts it helps to inhibit digestive tracks, to help your body digest food and control the harmful bacteria's in your body.

Remember those drinkable Danimals yogurts that you drank as a kid (or still do, I won't judge)? That's what this reminded me of, but obviously much healthier. It didn't taste like some weird health drink, either! I tried the pomegranate, but there's also strawberry, blueberry and a few other flavors. It was sweet and a little tangy. I was drinking it for breakfast, and the bottle lasted me three days. Sometimes I have to get up for work at 3AM, and I know it's smarter to eat something before work, but at a stupid hour like that I just don't have the motivation to make breakfast. This drink was perfect for that! It filled me up, and all I had to do was open the bottle. Easy peasy. I was pretty pleased, and at less than $5.00 I can see myself purchasing it in the future.

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Under the Sea Necklace

Recently I went to Michaels and bought these and these sets of charms (I'm really into aquatic life). Originally I had planned on using them to make a charm bracelet. When I got home, The Yeti said, "Why don't you ever make necklaces? You have so many bracelets." He was right. Then I started thinking, what if I made a charm necklace instead? I'd been seeing them around on blogs and stuff, but never thought of making my own. I figured I'd try it out; if I didn't like it I'd take it apart and start over (I do that alot). I did some Google searching for inspirations, and I found this! The blue heart on the left side reminds me of the blue diamond from Titanic, heheh.


Which I thought was really neat (Betsey Johnson, btw!), but x100 too busy for me. I like things to be pretty simple, almost to the point of boring. Anyway, with a little inspiration from Betsey, I made this:


The octopus and sea dragon charms are my favorite :) 

The little fish beads I already had laying around, and decided to add them in. I had to make my own makeshift headpins for them, which I hadn't done before, but I think it turned out ok.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

What I've been up to (in games)

Earlier this month the run of the show I was working on finished (finally), giving me a little extra time to catch up on some games...and also right on time for the Steam Summer Getaway Sale!

Since I have excellent taste in video games (this is a lie, but I love them so whatever), here's a little rundown on what I've been playing lately. Starting with the most important...

Dynasty Warriors 8 This is my favorite video game series ever and has been since...well, forever. I love a good hack-and-slash game, and I find the (albeit not entirely accurate) feudal China storyline really fun. My birthday is coming up, and as soon as I noticed this was available for pre-order and that the release date was exactly a week before my birthday, I lovingly informed The Yeti that this is what he would be getting me (<3). So when it came out four days ago we marched into GameStop the minute they opened and picked up my game. I would have insisted picking it up at midnight, but unfortunately there was no midnight release on this one. Ever since then I have spent most of my time rampaging through The Romance of the Three Kingdoms. The only thing I don't like is that Xiahou Dun doesn't have Evil Long Haired Asian hair anymore.

Dynasty Warriors 8 Xiahou Dun
But he doesn't need long hair to still be the ultimate badass


Monaco: What's Yours is Mine I was lead towards this game by my younger brother. Last year The Yeti and I introduced him to the world of PC gaming and now he's showing me all sorts of stuff. Monaco is a heist game, sort of like if Clue was an action game where everyone is the bad guy. What really draws you into Monaco is the cast of characters (taken from the website):

Your Crew

The Locksmith: Blue-collar infiltration expert
The Lookout: She can see and hear everything... a natural leader
The Pickpocket: A hobo with a monkey and a penchant for crime
The Cleaner: A silent psychopath... John Wayne Gacy in pink
The Mole: Big and dumb... likes to tunnel
The Gentleman: He doesn't always wear a disguise, but when he does, he looks fantastic
The Hacker: Armies of viruses shut down security... a modern day warlock
The Redhead: Manipulative and murderous... a lady always gets what she wants

Monaco: What's Yours is Mine
Sneaky sneak...
From what it looks like, for ultimate enjoyment you'll want to play this on co-op, which I haven't done yet but I'm pretty excited. The beforementioned brother is on a camping trip, but when he's back you know I'll be bugging him to play with me. I bought this on the Steam sale. It's normally $20.00 but they had it for $7.00. Monaco is an indie game, and even if you don't have a good gaming computer setup it'll still probably work on your computer just fine.


Saints Row: The Third Saints Row is for those people that kiiinda like Grand Theft Auto, but secretly find it all pretty overrated. This game takes place in the fictional city of Steelport, where you are the leader of The Third Street Saints. Your wear a lot of purple and get into crazy and bizarre shenanigans as you work your way through gang wars. I don't really know how to explain it as it is COMPLETELY ridiculous and I promise it is different from every other game you've played. So just check it out ok? I also got this during the Steam sale on an AMAZING 8 hour flash sale. This game has been out for over a year, but if you go to GameStop or wherever it's still about $50.00. The other day I woke up for work at 3am and saw that I had less than ONE HOUR to get it on Steam for just $5.00. I'd be a fool to say no to a deal like that. I'd been wanting this game for a really long time, so I bought it on the spot as it took priority from getting ready for work.

Saints Row the Third Genki
Genki!


So that's me. Has anyone else been keeping their eye on Steam sales? The flash sales are always the best, but you need to act quick since they only last a couple hours. Personally I find it very overwhelming, but it's worth it so I deal. Yesterday I convinced my older brother to buy Torchlight II, as it was also on sale for $5.00, so he could get in on the action. The Yeti, my younger brother and I have have been playing Torchlight II co-op for a long time now and have been trying to convince him to join us ever since ;)

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

When a Regular Watermelon Just Isn't Enough

So, I know I just posted about the wine tasting, and I swear I don't spend every day drinking, but 4th of July just happened so I'm going to talk about my rum melon.

Basically, it's a watermelon filled with rum, all soaked up inside and delicious. The perfect summertime snack! I'd like to say there's some fun and cool DIY for this that will impress your friends at your next BBQ, but really it's just like this for a million hours:

rum melon

Just cut a hole in your melon (a few inches deep), get your favorite rum (I've read that people also use vodka, which I have not tried but sounds A+), prop it up nice and cozy, and wait. You want the watermelon to soak up as much of the rum as it can. When you notice it isn't taking any more of the rum, take the bottle out of the melon and put the melon in the fridge overnight. That's it! When you're ready to eat, just slice it up and eat it like you normally would.

This year Andrew and I went to my families house for a low key 4th of July BBQ. Bringing a rum melon was his idea after seeing it on Food Network or something. so I can't steal the credit. I also feel like a loser because I didn't even think to take pictures while we made it :(

Our melon didn't turn out perfect, but it was our first try and now we have a good excuse to try it again. It didn't soak up the rum all the way, so you could only taste the rum in parts of it, and the rest just tasted like normal watermelon. I know this because we ate the whole thing. So, problems:

First of all, the melon we picked was HUGE, which was not a good idea, now that I'm thinking about it. We used strawberry rum (which smelled amazing), but only a third of the bottle would go inside. I'm thinking the melon had too much of its own juice inside to begin with, so I think our downfall was not knowing how to pick a good watermelon. Bleh.

Next time we try, I think instead of slicing it up, I want to get a melon baller and make it all fancy and shit. Like this:

Classy.

So that was my 4th of July weekend. Did you have any weird/new/different/delicious things during yours? Would you be interested in trying a rum melon? Do you even like melons? (I only like watermelon! Honeydew and cantaloupe are gross.)

P.S! As I mentioned, I was dumb and didn't take any pictures. So these photos are not mine, nor do I want anyone to think they're mine.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Castello di Amorosa (or, I Went to a Winery for the First Time & Forgot my ID)

This past weekend Andrew's family flew in for some family time and sightseeing (ooooh, alliteration!). In the middle of a heat wave. On their last day we went wine tasting in Napa at winery called Castle di Amorosa. It's an actual castle and is pretty badass.

Since Andrew and I had work later that evening, we started our adventure early. The original plan was to hit up three wineries, but the first one on the list wasn't open by the time we got there. I mean, I guess it makes sense to assume people aren't going wine tasting at 9am on a weekday. Luckily, the next (and most anticipated) stop was open.

Me with Andrew and his momma

So we get out of the car, snapped a few pictures (because did you LOOK at that place?), when I realized I probably shouldn't have forgotten my purse in the car, because my ID was in it. The chances of not being carded when your 5 feet tall is usually pretty slim. So I walk back to the car to grab it, only to find that I forgot my wallet at home. Because of COURSE I would forget my ID when going to a winery.


After a minute of panic, Andrew's mom fishes out a different ID of hers, "they won't even notice as long as you throw the right number of cards on the counter!" We look nothing alike, but what other option did I have? Home was an hour away. Fortunately, she was right. She threw down 5 ID's and I looked the other way, you know, all nonchalant and chill.

The tour was mostly in their underground cellar (complete with torture chamber, obvi), where it was a natural 58 degrees. After our tour was when the drinking began, and, well, I'm not really a wine person. I'm more of a "this fruity thing filled with triple sec sounds good" person. We tried about ten different wines and I liked two of them, bringing one bottle home. I also understand the whole eating chocolate with your wine thing, now.

Castello di Amorosa is very huge and incredibly beautiful. It's too bad that it was 108 degrees outside, otherwise we would have explored a lot more of it. I guess there's always next time?


Thursday, May 30, 2013

100 Questions

  1. Are you young at heart, or an old soul? I'm definitely a mix! I'm not really interested in alot of things people my age are (the ones I meet, anyway; obviously they're not all the same), but my responsibility level isn't quite that of an "old soul."
  2. What makes someone a best friend? Someone that will never judge you.
  3. What Christmas (or Hanukkah) present do you remember the most? There was this one time my grandma made me this crazy red poncho with pom poms on it, and I had to call her (she lives out of state) and pretend I loved it.
  4. Tell me about a movie/song/tv show/play/book that has changed your life. The Bears Famous Invasion of Sicily
  5. Name one physical feature that you like about yourself, and one you dislike. I like my long eyelashes, I hate my thighs.
  6. Would you like to reconnect with any friends you’ve lost contact with? Not really. At one point I'd have said yes, but now I realize I'm better off without them.
  7. What’s more important in a relationship: physical attraction or emotional connection? Emotional connection! Awwwe.
  8. Name a movie that you knew would be terrible just from reading the title. The Human Centipede 2
  9. What holiday do you most look forward to? While I do enjoy holidays, I don't really "look forward" to most of the bigger holidays...I don't like all the stress, drama and planning (which leads to stress) that comes with them.
  10. How is the relationship between you and your parents? It's pretty good. I only moved out a little over a year ago. 
  11. You’ve got the TV on, but you’re not really watching. What channel is the TV on? I don't have cable, but lately I've had Kitchen Nightmares on in the background.
  12. Name a song that never fails to make you happy. On Top of the World, Imagine Dragons!
  13. You know at least one person named Michael. Tell me about him. I used to be pretty close friends with this guy named Michael. He lives 6 hours away though, so it kind of just fizzled out.
  14. Have you ever read the “missed connections” on Craigslist? Have you ever posted one, or wanted to? I've never seen those! Maybe I'll have to take a look.
  15. If you could pick anywhere to live the rest of your life, where would it be? I'll get back to you after a little more traveling.
  16. Can money buy happiness? Hell yes. Anyone who disagrees has never been poor, obviously. Not saying millionaire type of money, but a decent amount. Like enough to pay for basic needs without worrying.
  17. Do you drink? Do drugs? Why, or why not? I drink. 
  18. Is there anyone close to you that you know you can’t trust? You don’t have to give names. Yes.
  19. Where was your favorite place to go when you were a little kid? The aquarium!
  20. Have you ever spent a night in the hospital? Not the entire night.
  21. Do you enjoy being with only one or two friends, or with a large group of people? I like being with a few friends. 
  22. Do you like the type of music your parents listen to? Do your parents like the type of music you listen to? A little, but it's not really a "type."
  23. Have you ever been bullied? Have you ever bullied anyone else? Sure.
  24. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? Sammiches 
  25. If your partner wanted to wait until marriage before having sex, would you stay in that relationship? Sure.
  26. Do you believe in a god? Yes.
  27. Of all the social networks in the world, why use twitter? I don't know. I tried to start a twitter but I didn't really understand it.
  28. What’s your favorite hashtag to track? ^^^
  29. Would you call yourself/your family “middle class?” The Yeti and I are below middle class. So, no. My family, as in my parents and stuff, I'd say are middle class.
  30. Name a TV series you didn’t enjoy until after it ended. It hasn't ended, but I didn't start watching Breaking Bad until the last season ended, which was a long time ago ._.
  31. Have you ever bought a product from an infomercial? Nope.
  32. If you could give up your car and never have to drive again, would you? No.
  33. If you go back to one point in time to give advice to yourself, when would you go and what would you say? I'd go back to when I was 16 or so and tell myself that my boyfriend was a sociopath.
  34. What’s your “quirkiest” habit? I wasn't sure, so I asked The Yeti and he said, "You like to eat Goldfish alot." I don't think that's really a habit but w/e.
  35. What is “normal?” Are you normal? There is no normal! I am not normal, but neither are you.
  36. Someone close to you is dying. You have the choice to let this person live for 10 more years, but if you do, you cause the death of 10 strangers. You don’t have to see them die. Do you take the offer? Why would you ask me that? What is wrong with you?! 
  37. What is one thing you could never forgive? There's two sides to every story, so it really depends.
  38. Would you rather be in a relationship after the honeymoon period ends, or be single? Of course be in a relationship. Anyone who's been in a long relationship knows this is a stupid question. Hahah.
  39. Is it possible for guys and girls to be just friends? It's possible, but not possible for everyone.
  40. Where do you and your friends go to hang out? Our house. Food places. Shows and stuff. Sometimes shopping.
  41. Write the first sentence of your obituary. Natalie Patalie died peacefully as she was riding on the back of a Leatherback Sea Turtle, when she was stung by a jellyfish.
  42. What is the best TV theme song ever? Happy Days!
  43. When you were young, what would you dream you would be when you grew up? I changed my mind pretty frequently.
  44. When you’re alone in your own home, do you walk around naked? Hahah, no.
  45. What gets you out of bed in the morning? Work :(
  46. Do you want to have more friends than you have right now? I love having lots of friends! So, yes.
  47. What part of the past year sticks out in your mind? If that means this year, then nothing too big yet. I still have 7 months to go.
  48. You win a scratch-off lottery game that gives you $2000 a week (after taxes) for the rest of your life. Do you keep your job? No! Well, I would keep one of them, which I actually enjoy. The rest, no way. I could easily (and luxuriously) live off $2000 a week. 
  49. Could you be in a long-distance relationship? If you’re in one, what makes yours work? Eh, probably not. The biggest one I've had was when I moved an hour away for a semester, and even that sucked hahah. It worked out ok since we're still together, but an actual long distance, probably not.
  50. What’s the best route to your heart? Servitude! Hahah, no (well maybe). Play Dynasty Warriors with me.
  51. Have you ever met someone through the internet, then met them in real life? Yes! 
  52. What is your favorite sport? Like to watch? None. I watch MMA fights sometimes, but I don't follow them regularly or anything.
  53. What has been troubling you lately? Money :(
  54. Did you enjoy your high school prom? If you haven’t gotten there yet, do you look forward to it? If you didn’t go, why not? No. I was homeschooled, so we didn't have our own prom. I was going to go to my boyfriends prom, like I got my dress and everything, but then we broke up before going.
  55. What do you use more often: your intuition or logical reasoning? Meh.
  56. Do you know what makes you happy? Sure I do.
  57. Tell me about the last book you read. Cloud Atlas! So good.
  58. What is the nicest compliment you’ve ever been given? Hmmm...
  59. Who was your first crush? Not telling :x 
  60. Do you believe that there is life on other planets? Like aliens? Not really. Maybe wildlife, like insects and things. I don't have a solid opinion either way though.
  61. Predict what your life will look like a year from now. Similar, but hopefully a bit more stable.
  62. Often, people will ask how your last relationship ended. I want to know how it began. The Yeti and I met in a college class, and he was mesmerized by my grumpy demeanor. 
  63. Where is your favorite place to go out and eat? Anywhere with a good clam chowder.
  64. What is something you want to change about your current situation? MO MONEY MO MONEY.
  65. Early bird or night owl? I've been changed into an early bird :(
  66. Are there any childhood possessions you still hold on to? I am basically a hoarder. So, yes.
  67. Give me an unpopular opinion you have. Kanye is the greatest rapper OF ALL TIME. Also Halo is dumb.
  68. What was the last song that was stuck in your head? "Rainbow Connection," I recently watched The Muppets Movie :)
  69. Where do you live? Be as general or specific as you want. I live in an apartment in California.
  70. Do you believe in giving kids medals and trophies for participation? Eh, depends what they're doing.
  71. What was the longest car ride you’ve ever taken? I've rode with my family to Washington State a few times, that's like 10 hours. Anything longer we always took a plane.
  72. Have you ever taken part in a protest? Nope.
  73. Would you ever use an online dating service? No.
  74. What is your ethnic heritage? Filipino/Swedish.
  75. Describe a person that inspires you. Funny.
  76. If you earn minimum wage doing what you love, would you? Yeeep.
  77. Do you believe in luck? Not really.
  78. Describe the last time you were very angry at someone. Frustrated as helllllllllll.
  79. Do you want to live until you’re 100? If I'm healthy and pain free, then yes.
  80. Do people change? If so, how do you keep a relationship together when both of you start to change? Yes they do! You just have to be accepting and decide to still love that person...y'know, if you want to. Sometimes it's not worth it.
  81. Have you ever risked a friendship by telling someone you liked them? Nope.
  82. Would you rather be alone doing something you enjoy, or doing something you don’t like with your best friends? Alone. Half of the things I love doing I do alone! I don't mind.
  83. Do you practice what you preach? I try, but I'm a walking contradiction. 
  84. If you take precautions to stay safe, do you ultimately act more recklessly? No. What? Confused.
  85. What do you value more in a significant other: Attractiveness or intelligence? Intelligence.
  86. Are you hard-headed? NO. Maybe a little.
  87. Have you ever laughed uncontrollably when it was socially inappropriate? Yeah. Oops.
  88. When have you felt most alive? When I'm...alive. Sorry I'm boring.
  89. Would you prefer to live? A city? The suburbs? The countryside? The mountains? Suburbs. The city is too much, and the country is too boring.
  90. Do you often skip breakfast? When i have work in the morning I do.
  91. How do you know what true love is? Because it's great and stuff.
  92. Would you want to know the exact date and time you were going to die? No! 
  93. Where is “home” for you? Home!
  94. What song best describes your life right now? Um, I don't know.
  95. Do you want to be perfect? Actually, no.
  96. What have you never tried, but would really like to someday? What’s holding you back? Skydiving or Bungee Jumping. I guess money and the opportunity are holding me back...and my brain falling out or something.
  97. How do you express your creativity? Writing.
  98. Describe your neighborhood. I'd rather not.
  99. Name something you only liked because it was popular. By the time I figure out the trends they aren't even popular anymore.
  100. Give me the story of your life in six words. Busy, stressful, sleepy, weird, loving and hungry.

Friday, May 3, 2013

DIY Fishtail Bracelets

In my primary line of work I do a lot of "hurry up and wait." So I'll be there for eight hours, but might end up spending half of it sitting around. During times like those I like to bring simple (requiring few items, minimal mess making) projects to keep me busy. Most recently I've been making fishtail bracelets, after finding this tutorial on I Spy DIY. Here's how mine turned out :)

DIY fishtail bracelets
I promise if people ever start to read my blog I'll invest in a better camera.

Instead of using cord like she does in the tutorial I decided to use embroidery floss. I like the look of stacked bracelets, but personally I think it looks nicer when they're more on the slim side, also I thought floss would give them a cleaner look. Annnd because each color of floss only costs 60 cents for 8 1/2 yards. You may notice I used different connectors too, because...well, because I already had them around. Here's the tutorial:

I Spy DIY Fishtail Bracelets


Saturday, April 27, 2013

Confessions of a Terrible Game Stop Employee

I used to work at Game Stop.

When I sent in the application I didn't really think they'd call me, but I really needed a job at the time, I shop there a lot and I was applying everywhere else, too, so why not? A week later I was called in for an interview and I started to panic. See, I LOVE video games. If it's something I play I can talk about it for days, however, I've never been into many of the mainstream/popular games. I hate first person shooters, I can't get into the whole Final Fantasy thing, and at this point I think Kingdom Hearts is really dumb. I didn't even know HALO was about aliens until I started "researching" some recent hits for the interview...because it's something I'd never play.

Anyway, I went to the interview and it turned out they didn't care if I knew about the aliens in HALO or the amazing weapon customization in Borderlands 2. He considered the fact that I play games "a bonus!" What? Yeah. The manager basically told me I had a good chance of getting the job because they wanted to hire one guy and one girl; over fifty guys had applied while I was the one and only girl. Womp womp.

I started working next week. The first thing I learned is that it's really important to bug the living hell out of every customer that walks in.

Dramatization:
Customer walks in, hardly inside for five seconds when-
Natalie: Hey! Can I help you find something?
Customer: No thanks, I'm just looking.
Natalie: Oh? What kind of games are you into? Maybe I can help you pick something out!
Customer: No, it's ok...I'll let you know if I need anything...
Customer escapes, until they pick a game and meet me at the register,and suddenly-
Natalie: Did you find everything you're looking for?
Customer: Yeah, just this is good.
Natalie: (while looking up price) Are there any upcoming games you're looking forward to?
Customer: Eh. The new Dead Island looks pretty cool, but--
Natalie: Yeah! Would you be interested in pre-ordering? You can pay as much or as little as you like and (proceed to talk about special pre-ordered bonus content)-
Customer: Nah I think I'll just wait.
Natalie: Alrighty. Did you want to purchase a warranty for this game? (they never do)
Customer: No thanks.
Natalie: Are you SURE? It only costs $_.__ and it's good for a whole year!
Customer: No, I'm really ok...
Natalie: Ok ok. That'll be $__.__. Do you have a Game Stop card? (pray that they say yes, which they normally do).
Customer: Yep, here ya go.
Natalie: (finishes transaction) Here you go, have a great day!
              - Fini -

How annoying was I? It's ok, I already know. Eight out of ten times I didn't really do all of that, you supposed to and they would hound me about it, and if I had they probably wouldn't have let me go once my seasonal term was up. But really, HOW annoying is that?

One of the more obvious things you're supposed to do is convince someone to buy this or that game. Not once did I ever convince someone to buy a game I had actually played, and my days went by somewhat like this: 
What do I think of Hitman? Yeah, I love that game! If you liked the prior ones you will LOVE this, trust me. Can't decide which Sims 3 expansion you want? Honestly, those are both really good ones, and they compliment each other really well. Why not get both? If you don't like one bring it back within 5 days and we'll refund you! Looking for a racing game? Here, try Forza, it's everything you love about racing games ALL ROLLED INTO ONE. If you're not sure go ahead and grab Need for Speed: Most Wanted as well, you can never go wrong with a classic! 

Disclaimer: I have never played any of those games. I even own two of them, but no. Fortunately when you're a girl in a button down working at a video game store, they'll buy whatever game you tell them to. I didn't want to be a liar, really. It's just that no one really cares that Dynasty Warriors 7 is the Greatest Game of All Time, Lego games are much more interesting than your average puzzle adventure game, or that Viva Pinata is a lot more fun and challenging than it may seem. 

Sigh. 




Monday, March 18, 2013

The Color Run!

The Color Run
Running buddy had to crouch down to my height so we could take selfies.

Earlier this month I was lucky enough to make it to The Color Run!

The Color Run is a 5k run, and basically you run/walk this 5k track while having a rainbow of color thrown at you. Think of it like the Holi Festival, except it's not about Hindus and you will get much more tired. I highly recommend watching some of The Color Runs promotional videos. They always seem to put me in a good mood, and you can see how much fun it is!

Clean and fresh~

Even though it's called a "run," it's not a race and no one will mean mug you if you're seen walking/crawling along. Probably more than half of us were. My friend there is ex-military and ran the whole damn thing and then looped back to finish it with me. I am not that badass and went through doing running/talking intervals. Throughout the track you'll encounter "color zones," each with their own color. So you'll go through a yellow color zone, get some fresh air for a bit and soon you'll make it to the blue zone, and by the time you've finished you'll look like a rainbow vomited all over you. What I DID NOT expect was that running through the color zones is more like running through a color cloud, so good luck getting through without bumping into someone. Also, not only does the color get all over your body, but it gets in your mouth (tastes like corn starch), and later on you'll blow your nose and see it in there too (yeah, ew), and the next day when you use a Q-tip the end of it will be purple. It even got on the soles of my socks, which confused me because my shoes were on the whole time? So yeah, it gets EVERYWHERE.

The Color Run finish line
Finish line!
Also, a portion of the money from each Color Run goes to a different charity for each city. It's a good time for a good cause, what's not to like?

Thursday, March 14, 2013

First impressions

The other day I got this new Domo shirt, and he's all rastafarian; red, green and yellow with dreadlocks and a mic in one hand. I showed The Yeti and asked him if he thought it was the coolest thing ever (because it is), and he says "everyone will think you smoke lots of pot."

Womp womp.

So lately I've been thinking about first impressions. Things people think about us based on how we look, or just because someone doesn't know us too well. By the way - I don't smoke lots of pot (heh), but I do think dreadlocks are really cool, and if I didn't have Asian people hair I'd try and get some of my own (shuddup).

Rastafarian Domo shirt


P.S. I've been meaning to write about my day at The Color Run, but I've been busy and lazy. So that will happen eventually (...she says to her 0% readership).

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

3 Good Things

I decided to play along with irocksowhat's "3 Good Things." Why not? So here are three good things from my week.

1. Three days off! As someone with 3 jobs this is a really big deal. So what have I been doing? The only logical thing to do when you have no other responsibilities to attend to. Nothing. Just kidding (sort of). I've been reading books (Cloud Atlas), playing some video games (Dynasty Warriors/Lego Batman 2) and eating Girl Scout cookies. Oh and a little bit of homework. Unfortunately The Yeti has not had the same luxury, so I have also been mostly alone. 

2. GIRL SCOUT COOKIES! Cookie season is back and I couldn't be happier about it. Yesterday I bought 4 boxes from a dancing Thin Mint and I plan to buy more. Since I will be eating ALL OF THEM I've also amped up my workout (wompwomp). Because cookies are important.

and finally...



Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Wishing I were asleep

Most nights I have trouble getting to sleep.

Tonight is one of those nights. During the day I can fall asleep within minutes if left idle too long, but once I'm in bed, no matter how tired I was when I got in, it just won't happen. I suddenly have the energy of twelve Red Bulls and an itch for Zumba (I don't really do Zumba).

When I'm in bed my mind tends to wander from one subject to the next (probably the reason I can't sleep). I think about things I don't normally think about during the day, or normally at all. For whatever reason they are usually not positive thoughts and unhappy questions without answers. On the plus side, I don't have an actual case of insomnia and I can't compare myself to Edward Norton in Fight Club:




Monday, February 11, 2013

A Tale of Two Feet

My shift began just like any other.

I'm standing there in the fitting room, four hours in of my six hour work shift. I don't particularly enjoy my job, but so far the evening hadn't been too bad, all things considered. It was a pretty busy night, which I like, otherwise standing around in there gets really boring, really fast. I like to see what people pick out and silently judge their choices. I try not to look doubtful when someone comes up with a pair of jeans I know won't fit them, and I always make sure to hide my look of "I told you so" when they're surprised to find out they didn't. I'm not always thinking negative thoughts, though. I also enjoy telling someone they look really nice when you can tell they need a little confidence boost. Sometimes I'll make idle chat with someone sitting outside, as they reluctantly wait on their friend/husband/wife/grandma who dragged them here against their will. On that night, I was doing all of those things, so it wasn't a really bad night.

Until the feet came in.

A woman whose name I never learned, let's call her Stacy, walks up, holding the clothes she's picked out in my face. I tap the t-stand I'm standing behind (that says, "Please hang up your items"), and ask her to hang them. She rolls her eyes and haphazardly puts them on the t-stand (we are off to a bad start). I count her items and wonder if her belly will fit into the size 5 dress. Stacy is rather plump, her t-shirt should be two sizes larger, and is wearing visible lip liner. I count the items and hand her a number placard and she goes in. Five minutes later two women come out, hang up their rejects, and are fanning their faces.
"That woman took her shoes off and the whole fitting room smells awful!"
The fitting room is a decent size and I can't smell anything, so I apologize to the women and tell them I'm sure the smell will go away once she's gone. Meanwhile three other women come out, complaining about the same thing. We have been out of air freshener for two weeks. Eventually, Stacy comes out.

And then, I too, can smell the feet that has chased everyone away.

Stacy hands me her rejected dress (where has the hanger gone?) and walks away. The smell is wretched. It is as if you took her stinky feet and left them to ferment with no air flow. It is seeping out from the fitting room and trails behind Stacy as she goes off into the store, spreading her smell to all she encounters. I continue my work while trying to covertly cover my nose. I'm sure the smell will clear out soon enough.

Ten minutes later, the smell is stronger than ever. More customers and coworkers complain as the smell spreads like a virus. I'm being told they can smell it at the front of the store. I use my walkie-talkie to contact the manager on duty, who is safe in her office. Let's call her Janet.

"Hey Janet, do you by chance have any of the air freshener in the office?"
"No, why?"
"The smell in here is really bad, like, customers are complaining about it."
"Well, I don't have any. I have some body spray I can bring you?"

Janet comes to the fitting room, Bath and Body Works body spray in hand. I can't even stand at my post anymore, the smell was too strong. She is still ten feet away from me when she stops in her tracks and covers her nose. She pulls herself together, and walks toward the bathroom, spraying as she goes. I tell her it's not the bathroom, and as she gives me a look of surprise as I point to the fitting room. Holding her breath, she goes in. Spray spray spray. Many sprays later she emerges; half the bottle is gone. Now it smells like Midnight Blossom and feet. There is nothing more we can do.

Two hours pass, and neither smell has faded. My nose wants to cry and my head is hurting. It's 10:45 and the night is coming to an end. As we gather our things we hope tomorrow will be a fresh start with fresh smells.