Monday, June 27, 2011

A Quick Update & I'm All Smiles Today

There are many things to update my readers on. I'm not even sure where to begin, but I guess I'll start with the most recent good thing that's happened to me. Today I had a job interview at a nearby restaurant, and I got the job! I start my training tomorrow at 2:30 pm to be a hostess! I'm really excited, mostly because it's finally going to be a job! Money coming in is one of the most important things to me right now due to all the expenses that are coming up, namely shopping for school!!

Secondly, yesterday my grandparents let me take the bus to Boston to see a friend. If being able to go to Boston in and of itself wasn't enough, seeing the person I saw made my life 100 times better than it has been lately. It was something I really needed to do. And I was worried that things weren't going to be the same as before I left the city, but honestly, it was like I never even left and it was perfect. We had a wonderful day, and I basked in the glory that was Boston. It was so wonderful! :)

In other news, I have continued to pass my time with watching Whale Wars, Basketball Wives, The Real Housewives of NJ & NY, Mob Wives, and Single Ladies. I also gave myself a killer mani/pedi that I've been loving with a nail polish I bought at CVS before I left Cali. It's Confetti Long Wearing Nail Color in #023 Fruit Smoothie. It's so cool because in some lights it looks like a pink color, in other lighting it looks like a coral color, but mostly looks like a watermelony color. I'm in love with it. Big time. I'm inserting a picture from Google Images below.

So that's about it for what I've been up to. I'll be sure to check back in with you all when I have more to say!

Peace, ♥, and happiness! :)

Friday, June 24, 2011

In Case You Didn't Know, I Have An Obsession

In case any of you were unaware, I have an obsession with Owl City. I have now for about a year and a half since Fireflies became big. Owl City is a "one man band" so to speak. It consists of Adam Young, who writes, and performs all the songs by himself and goes by the name Owl City.

What I like most about Owl City is probably the lyrics and beats. The songs are always super catchy, always have the most clever puns in them (a la "Dental Care" off the album "Ocean Eyes."), and always have great lyrics with some kind of deeper meaning to them (a la "Meteor Shower" off of "Ocean Eyes" as well.) I just can't help but love it.

Owl City's 3rd major album came out a couple weeks ago, and iTunes offered a free single called "Deer In the Headlights." This is off the album "All Things Bright and Beautiful." I wish I had already bought and listened to the whole album, but truth be told I haven't had the money nor the time. So this song will have to do for now. Here's a screen shot of my iTunes library so you can see the gorgeous album artwork! And enjoy the video embedded below.

I hope you can love them too!

Peace, ♥, and happiness! :)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Nothing yet...

I've been in MA for 3 days now. I applied to a job nearby at a grocery store. I unpacked. I tried Zumba (which is so fun!)

I'm still looking for other jobs to get some employment and $$ for the upcoming semester. I haven't seen the girls yet, but we're planning something so that we can get together as soon as possible. I tried to organize a day in Boston for myself on Saturday, but that plan backfired due to transportation difficulties...

But have no fear. A trip to the city will come soon enough. I hope. Cuz I have more than a few reasons to get back there ASAP. A big one being that I need to go out dancing. Soon. Or I'll go insane. A girl cannot go from nearly every week heading out to the salsa club to quitting cold turkey (involuntarily too.) And that's where Zumba came in... but that's completely different because it's more structured and high impacty-aerobicsy. And visiting people in the city is another huge reason I need to go back. It's been almost 2 months since I've seen these people and I need to get on that ASAP.

In other unrelated news [other than the fact that it's about seeing someone] I'm going to Maine next weekend for the fourth of July with my grandparents. And there I will hopefully be seeing my crazy hippie! Kaiya! So long as everything works out! :D And I haven't seen her since before spring break... so this is important!!! :)

So things are definitely better right now. I'm sleeping in a super comfy bed, no longer on a couch. I have my own bathroom. I'm eating better than I have in months. [albeit I do miss In n Out, Sonic, Crab Hut, and Baskin Robbins but I'll get over it.] And I'm going to see my friends before the end of next month. I would say things are looking up. :)

With a Boston trip in sight and a possible ACK excursion with Gram, I would say this summer is shaping up to not be so bad after all. It's just taking it's time getting there... and while the boredom is bad now, I will miss it come September, I think.

Now, is it September yet? I wanna go to class and see some people whenever I want! hehehe

Peace, ♥, and happiness! :)

Monday, June 20, 2011

Airport Blogging: Phoenix Edition

Welcome to Phoenix ladies and gentlemen, local times is 12:54 pm. The local weather is mostly sunny with a slight fog and temperature is a cool 93 degrees Fahrenheit. We've got another 3 hours until take off to New England and are suffering severe boredom. As you may have noticed, our laptop battery is currently almost drained with no hope of recharging due to the "geezers" just hanging out at the electronics hot spot having what looks to be an extremely intriguing conversation with no electronics in sight. Due to this, our original flight plan of a Skype call with a friend looks to be cancelled for the time being. So for now, just sit back, relax, soak in that boredom, and try not to go insane until we're clear for takeoff.

That was my attempt at airport humor. I hope it made you laugh a little bit if nothing else. I'm here in Phoenix after a crazy morning! I awoke at 8 am to find Ben home, sleeping. We were supposed to leave the house at 8:15, but obviously, I didn't get up on time. Thankfully just about everything was already packed minus my blanket, deodorant, toothbrush, and pajamas. We made it out of the house at 8:45 and in my haste, I didn't get to pet my puppies Tyson and Kea (Kay-ah) goodbye. Also, because it was Monday morning and the commuters were out in full force I didn't get to say goodbye to Aom, who was at work. Grrrrrr traffic. On top of that the parking lot was PACKED, the check in desk had a line a mile long, and security had a huge line as well. By some miracle I still managed to make it to my gate 20 minutes early. I think someone was looking out for me this morning. The flight to Phoenix was rather uneventful.

So now aside from the geezers hogging the tech island, being bored, and drinking my weight in root beer (I am so thirsty, it's ridiculous.) I'm good. I'll check back in with you all via Twitter periodically. (Because if you know me, you know I'm borderline obsessed with tweeting.)

Peace, ♥, and happiness! :)

Friday, June 17, 2011

Facts About My Weekend (So Far)...

Here are some little known facts about my weekend:

1. I booked my plane tickets. I leave Monday morning and arrive in New England late Monday night.

2. I wish I could pack, but I don't really need to, seeing as everything is still pretty much in the suitcases they came in.

3. I'm currently having a movie marathon of all the Fast and Furious movies on my computer.

4. I'm already making plans to see my friends (at least the ones who live in New England anyway) when I get back. We've got some epic ideas in place.

5. I'm excited for Monday to be here, but I'm sad to leave my brother. I'm gonna miss him.

6. There are 78 days between me and being back in Boston full time. And I'm counting down starting DAYS AGO. I'm thinking a lot about taking little weekends to the city this summer, given the proximity to Boston from my grandparents' house.

7. I'm so ready to be done here. A feeling I never thought I'd have to deal with. But now I do. And so this weekend I'm dealing with it. :)

That's all for now.

Peace, ♥, and happiness! :)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

A Time For Tough Decisions... Part 2

Well as of right now I still have not received a call from work. I did receive a text. I do have hours according to my friend, but the minute I got that text, I was disappointed. Which is when I figured it out.

My friend Keri gave me some advice once. When you have to make a hard decision, flip a coin. And if you're disappointed with the result, then do the other one. It shows what you truly wanted. And that has never been more true than last night when I got the text message.

So there you have it. I had a tough call to make, but I made it. I will be MA bound in the next 5-7 days. I know I made the right choice this time.

Monday, June 13, 2011

More updates, and I'm a Lobster...

Hey all! Hope your weekend went well and that you're getting ready to enjoy the coming week and work hard! I'm in for another week of hanging out here on the couch, but I'm okay with it for now.

I did get to talk to my manager at work tonight and he said that I "should" be on the schedule which he said comes out Friday. The only doubt I have with this is that the schedule actually comes out Wednesday. Also, he didn't mention having gotten an email from corporate, or anything that he had mentioned in the previous conversation we had, so I have a feeling I'm flying back to MA this weekend/next week sometime. I'm strangely okay with it though.

I'm also a lobster. My mom told me that it would be okay for me to lay out today for 30 minutes on each side and I shouldn't get a burn because it was "later in the day" (2 pm) and I should be okay. Well obviously that was a fail because I am now red all over my back. I'm also pretty sure that my stomach will be pretty red come morning... and don't even get me started on my chest/neck/face. My entire left cheek is bright red minus where my sunglasses were. It looks just marvelous. And it doesn't hurt at all. (Note the sarcasm.) On the plus side, I did get to wear my new bikini for the first time :D [It's adorable, it's blue with red, light blue, and green floral print...]

Well that's all for now! Hopefully I'll have something interesting soon!

Peace, ♥, and happiness! :)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Updates! :)

Over the past two days I've done a lot of thinking, a lot of talking to people, and a lot of watching Whale Wars. (So intriguing and exciting!) So now it's time for a few updates as to where my future lies.

I [finally] got to talk to the hiring manager at work, who has been in charge of my fate this whole time. He informed me that I was missing one reference check form and that they were waiting on an email in from the corporate office as to whether or not I was given the green light to be re-hired. I have to bring in that missing paperwork tomorrow, and from there will just have to wait to see when the email comes in. From there I will be put on the schedule according to my availability and when they see fit to put me on it.

I've made the executive decision that if I do not have definitive hours set up by June 17th, that I will make the heartbreaking journey to my grandparents house to work for my grandfather until I can find some real work there. It was definitely a hard decision to make, given that I've put so much into coming here in the first place, namely my time and quite a good deal of money that definitely could have been spent on other things. So I've decided that staying here with no guarantee of work past June 17th is too risky and can't be done.

So there you have it. Other than still just hanging around here being lazy and watching Whale Wars [which I recommend if you enjoy shows like Deadliest Catch and other exciting documentary type reality shows] I've just been doing a lot of thinking. I've now made my decision, and it's time to wait out the movie theater. Hopefully they have some good news for me soon.

Confessions of a College Student: It's hard to make decisions when you don't want to have to choose. It's been hard for me to imagine a summer that doesn't include my brother, sister in law, San Diego, and everything I was hoping for. But in order to be an adult, sometimes you have to accept that conditions will not always be ideal. As a 19-going-on-20 year old, I had to make a decision that meant that my conditions may not be ideal in the end outcome. I had to accept that things may not go my way, and that I needed to make plans for my future. I've made a decision, and I know, in the end, my grandparents will take good care of me and make sure that I have a good summer all the same. *Let's just hope and pray it doesn't have to come to that.*

Peace, ♥, and happiness! :)

Sunday, June 5, 2011

A Time For Tough Decisions...

Sometimes we have to make hard decisions about our lives. Lately I've been thinking that it's time for me to make one of those hard decisions. The more I think about it, the less I feel inclined to believe that I'm going to get hours at work any time soon since I'm going on week three here and no hours to speak of yet, my paperwork hasn't even been processed. I'm starting to get worried, and I'm not going to wait on them any longer than June 17.

I have to call back in tomorrow to see exactly what's going on with everything and see if I'll be getting hours any time soon. Because I don't know about anything yet, it's time for me to assess my options. I have a few.

1) Start looking for other jobs now. Obviously this is a no-brainer since I have really no other options and no cash to do anything right now. This can and probably will be done in conjunction with other things.

2) Start searching for jobs at home. This isn't really what I want to do, but I have to keep my options open, so it's on the table for the moment.

There's also a third option. Given that my brother's friend (the one who has been living here) recently had the home he was trying to purchase (and was supposed to close on and move into by June 10) was pulled out from underneath him, that means that he and his two dogs are not going anywhere any time soon. This means that I'll be sleeping on the couch for an undetermined amount of time. That's obviously no fun. On top of this, it means that I won't be able to unpack until he leaves. Which could be in September for all I or anyone else knows. That leaves me with the possibility of spending 2.5 more months on this couch with no job. Which would essentially turn me into my brother (from last summer who did not have a job and slept on the couch due to the fact that I had the bedroom) and I just can't be a bum. I won't allow for it to happen.

Which leaves me with my third option (I've already gotten approval from the required people.)

3) Fly to Boston, meet my grandparents there, and live with them for the remainder of the summer. Once there I could try to get a job somewhere near their home, or I could work for my grandfather. I would feel like much less of a burden on people if this is the option I decide on should I not find myself having hours by the end of next week. This would also would have the upside of seeing the girls who live in MA from school and other friends. I would also be able to get my license.

So those are my three options for the moment. Obviously my first choice is to stay here and work at the movie theater. If that doesn't happen I will just have to think long and hard about what needs to be done and what the right decision will end up being for me. I hope I made the right decision in the first place by coming here on the hopes that I had a job at the movie theater. I also hope that if that was the wrong decision, that I will make the right one the second time around.

That's all for now. I'll post updates as soon as I have them! :)

Peace, ♥, and happiness! :)

Friday, June 3, 2011

Reach For The Stars and If You Don't Grab 'Em At Least You'll Fall On Top Of The World.

Think about it.

Hello all! I hope your Friday was good and that you're all going to have a good weekend! Our original plan of Sea World was squashed, so we'll figure something else to do instead! Hopefully it's something fun!

Today I wanted to share some summer "jams" with you all that I've been enjoying lately. I love the summer for the music, if nothing else. The radio is always playing fun songs, with beautiful melodies, or songs that just make you want to dance on the beach. (Which I have yet to do in my life... this needs to be corrected.) So enjoy the following songs! :) I hope they make you think of summer fun as much as they make me think of it! :)

First up: "I'm Into You" by Jennifer Lopez featuring Lil' Wayne

I ranted on twitter about this second song... and how the melody sounds
like a direct rip off of "Big Girls Don't Cry" to me. But here it is:
"California King Bed" by Rihanna

Thirdly we have "Good Life" by One Republic!
I can't get enough of this one!

Fourth is "Give Me Everything" by Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Nayer, and Afrojack

[Warning: I was not able to find music videos for the next one that did not involve profanity. It's not a lot, but cover your ears now if you so choose.]

"Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock

And lastly, this wouldn't be me if we didn't include a Latin song.
[Fair warning, the video is kind of risqué... given there are a lot of half-naked women in it. I apologize. Close your eyes now if you don't want to see, although I recommend
watching simply for Prince Royce's beautiful face :)...]
"Ven Conmigo" by Daddy Yankee featuring Prince Royce

Peace, ♥, and happy weekend! :)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Moment of Weakness Last Night/Yesterday, Separation is a Good Thing.

Obviously if you've read my post from last night (which was definitely a bit self-pity-ish) you'll see that I had a moment or two where I was really wishing I was back in Boston. And of course, a post just before that was dedicated to Boston. So, you can just see the weird connection there (just kidding obviously, because it's not weird and you should just know that I've had way too much sleep in the past 24 hours so I'm kinda loopy so this post will be jumpy.)

To be honest, I was a little bit pathetic. I hadn't thought about what I said, thought, or was writing at the time. But I'm not saying I regret the post. This is what my blog is for. It's here for me to express myself so that I and others can read about my life (if they so choose) and my thoughts on specific things (primarily, my life as a college student.) I wrote that post so that I could get all the negative thoughts about being here versus being in Boston out of my head and "onto paper" (even though this is the internet.) I wrote it so that I could remind myself of why I'm here in the first place, which is because I LOVE this place, no matter how much I miss Boston, I still love San Diego with all my heart and am pumped to be here, even for a short period of time. I wrote that post so that I could see how crazy I was about even thinking for a second that I wanted to leave.

Through writing that post, I realized something. I realized that maybe Boston is more for me than San Diego is, and maybe San Diego is just an utopian place for me. It's a place where it's always warm, the palm trees are out in full force, the beach is amazing, and the people all dress gorgeously. And I also realized that it's possible San Diego is more for me than Boston is. Maybe Boston is just a place I'm meant to go to college and enjoy while I'm there. Maybe it's not always Sox games and T rides. It's all up in the air, and I will never know until I make a move. Luckily for me, I still have time for that move to happen.

At heart I know I will always be a New England girl. That doesn't mean I have to stay there for the rest of my life, but it just means that I will always love it and I will always call that part of the country home. (Although let me be clear... the house I was raised in is my home, but the town that it is located in is not my home. I hate that place.) Before, I was so sure that I would spend the rest of my adult life here in San Diego after I finish school in Boston. But I'm doubting that thought now (and let's just praise God I have 3 more years to decide what I really do want.) I might end up here, LA, Boston, New York, South Carolina, or Pennsylvania. I don't know any of that for sure right now.

All I do know for sure is that I have 13 more weeks in a beautiful city and I am determined to appreciate every second of it. I'm going to start work (at the latest June 13 is what I was told) and have fun there and make some money to save and set aside for the coming school year so I can have fun back in Boston. I'm going to go to the beach, and spend as much time outside as possible starting tomorrow. I'm going to get a tan (which I haven't done in YEARS) outside in the sun. I'm going to soak in all the vitamin D I possibly can. That's going to remind myself why I came here in the first place. I'm going to make new friends, have good times, and see Kellz & Kiki in approximately 12 weeks when they come to visit. I'm going to practice my Spanish so I can impress them when they get here. I'm going to use the separation from them to focus on me... and improve myself. I'm going to enjoy the 13 weeks of summer before things get nuts again.

And I realized all this from thinking about what I wrote last night after I wrote it. I realized that separation is a good thing. That spending all day every day with people can burn you out and that absence makes the heart grow fonder. I miss my girls, my family, my city, and my grandparents. And I know that when I see them all again in August it will have been worth the separation. :)

Peace, ♥ , and happiness! :)

I Need Someone To Tell Me I'm Crazy...

I really do. I seriously need someone to tell me that I'm clinically insane. Or something like that. Today I had weird thoughts about being here versus being there. I had thoughts about asking my grandparents for a one way ticket back. I had thoughts about leaving here and going back there. I had serious thoughts. And I still do. But I know I won't do it. I just need someone to tell me I'm crazy. Only 13 more weeks and I'm back at it again. 13 weeks will be a cinch, especially since it's already Wednesday.

13 more weeks. 13 more weeks. 13 more weeks.

If 2 weeks can fly by, so can 6.5 times that right?