Life · Motivation

New Chapter of My Life

Now that the funeral, moving out of the apartment, and all of that is behind me, I’ve been focusing on this new chapter of my life.  Trying to be social and do things with friends and go do more independent things. It’s kind of scary because I’m kind of socially awkward and I’m used to having someone with me that I can attach myself to.  It’s hard but I started working on that when I started going to the Disney club and I know the more I go to things the easier it’ll be for me. At least I hope so. And I do enjoy spending time with friends and doing things but I’m worried that awkwardness won’t ever go away.

This weekend I’m going to San Francisco to the Generation Beauty convention that is hosted by IPSY that monthly makeup subscription.  There will be a lot of YouTube creators and makeup/beauty companies and I’ve been looking forward to this since we got tickets. I’m going with Gina’s sisters and their best friend so it’ll be my first ever girls weekend. I know… Sad that I didn’t have that until I turned 34 but as I said, social awkward, and I always wanted to spend time with my family. It’s just what we did.

Anyway, I also think I’m going to lean a different way with the blog too. I’m reading a book on PCOS and it’s giving me new motivation to actually take care of the symptoms associated with PCOS and I’ll talk about that later.  My computer’s not working at the moment so I’m not able to post at home so I have to wait until my breaks at work to get something out and that time is coming to an end. I’ll be sharing what I got at the event soon and thinking up other things to write about.

Celebrations · Day Trip Reports · Disney

31 Years Ago

July 18th was my 31st birthday.  I still can’t believe I’m supposed to be a responsible adult.  When did all of this happen? It’s weird.  Anyway, I took the day off to go to the Walt Disney Family Museum with my mom and two of my oldest and best friends in the whole world!  I haven’t seen them much over the years and I hope I can change that because we have a lot of history together.  Our mothers were best friends and I practically lived at their house during the Summer.  We took quite a few trips together too, especially to Lake Tahoe.  Lots and lots of history!


Anyway, I specifically wanted to go to the museum because at the moment they have a special exhibit on Mary Blair.  I am a big fan of her work and I was really excited that they let you take pictures there now too (except where it says not to) and I will go into that whole day trip on my Disney blog and link to it when I have it posted.

As I said, it was so great to catch up with my friends and at the moment anyway we are keeping in touch so I’m really hoping that we won’t let another 10+ years go by without communicating.  They were the sisters I never had and we’ve all been through quite a bit together.


Saturday, I continued my “birthday weekend” by attending the July meeting for my Disney group (another post on my Disney blog that will be up after the day trip to the museum) and I met up with my brother and soon to be sister-in-law (1 week away!) while the boys got haircuts then we went to our respective homes to rest for a minute, and met back up for dinner at Johnny Garlic’s which is owned by Guy Fieri.


The food was really good and Nick even braved ordering “Hunter’s Special” (Hunter is Guy’s son) at the moment which was Alligator Jambalaya.  I had a bite of it and taste wise it wasn’t bad.  Pretty mild but a little chewy.  I wouldn’t order it personally but I’m glad I can now say I’ve tried gator! I had shrimp scampi which was a little bland compared to everyone else’s food but I’d go back for special occasions.


The little guy is obsessed with taking selfless right now and he wanted to take one with me (after taking over 250 on his mother’s phone and I’m not even exaggerating!)


After that, we went to the mall nearby quickly so the Little Bug could go on the carousel a couple of times.


We had to go through Nordstrom to get back to our car and I needed red lipstick for my upcoming and since I kind of like the way it looks on me (even though I’m still kind of self-conscious with it on, but if I wear it to special occasions it will hopefully help me with that.) What do you think?


Then went over to Farrel’s for ice cream and I made the mistake of telling them it was my birthday!  They go ALL out there! I was mortified! Gina insisted on taking a video and they made me make bird noises.  That’s nothing compared to a friend of mine that had to hip-hop dance! At least I got a free sundae out of the deal!


The two lovebirds!


My mom got Little Nick a styrofoam hat that the waiters wear.


Sunday, I slept my butt in and got some errands done for the week, and went to the Crocker Art Museum for “Pay What You Wish Day” which is every 3rd Sunday.  They had a special quilt exhibit which was sort of cool to see how detailed they were.  Most were from the 1850s and all hand stitched so you can imagine how long they took to make.

This is the old original part of the Crocker Art Museum.


And this is the new… Don’t ask me why it’s such an opposite style of architecture…







That about wraps up my birthday weekend.  I had a lot of fun and I hope this year will be a good one…  I also am going to make more of an effort than I have been lately with posting here.  I am making a plan for at least once or twice a week to get something out so keep checking back!


Quick Update and FMM- Short Answers

Hi guys… I’m here…  I spent all of last week (well, most of last week) in bed sick.  Yay for me! I’m still sick but I had to get back to work… Such is life..

Before I got sick, I was in the Bay Area visiting my mom and Nick.  My aunt came up from Fresno to go to Britex Fabric Store in Union Square and have a quick visit with my uncle so we tagged along with her on Saturday.  Keep in mind that The 49ers were playing their Division Championship against the Saints IN SF so we took a detour to avoid that area of the city since everybody and their mother was going to be on the road to get there!

We had a nice time walking around the city for a bit, then headed over to my uncle’s home to watch at bit of the game.  We left just before half time to get my aunt back to her car so she could head back home before it got too dark.

Then I half watched the rest of the game at home with my mom and Nick, and by half watch I mean I kept leaving the room because it was getting too stressful to watch!  It was a great game though and we won!!! Too bad we didn’t win yesterday’s game which I watched at home with my 49ers blanket…

It got close though!  I’m still bummed about it though.  I know I don’t talk about sports that often (actually never) but I’m a big Niners and SF Giants fan!  My dad raised me so!

So since I don’t have much else to report, I thought I’d do another of All The Weigh’s Friend Making Monday Posts.  If you have a blog and want to participate, remember to leave a link under her comments page for this week’s FMM! (I linked to that particular post if you want to leave your link!)

FMM: Short Answers

  1. Mac or PC? I’m a total Mac fan!
  2. Do you paint your own nails? I do on occasion.  I must say I don’t take very great care of my nails!
  3. Beach or mountains?  Both!  That’s why we love Lake Tahoe!
  4. What’s the title of the book you’re currently reading?  The Renegade Hunter… It’s a romance novel…  I’m in between more intellectual books at the moment!
  5. Do you dance?  No, but I used to love my dance classes. I took dance in High School as my PE class.
  6. CNN or Fox News?  ANYTHING but Fox News!!!  I actually don’t really listen to politics because it gets me too worked up.  If I do watch some sort of political show, it’s usually John Stewart or sometimes Stephen Colbert.
  7. Do you ride a bicycle?  I have a bicycle, but since the weather is crappy, I haven’t been.  It’s also stored at my aunt’s house since I have no room for it here…
  8. Do you get a yearly flu shot?  I do, but I haven’t gotten one this year.  I need to make an appointment for a regular checkup anyway so I’m going to check and see if it’s not too late…
  9. Best movie you’ve seen in 2012? In theaters, I’ve only seen We Bought a Zoo and The Iron Lady.  Between the two I liked We Bought a Zoo better because it’s more my style, but I LOVE Meryl Streep! She’s an amazing actress.
  10. Do you prefer to workout at home or at the gym?  In a gym, more specifically Curves. And, at lunch on breaks.
  11. Last airport you were in?  Sac International Airport, I go there on occasion to pick up friends/relatives but the last time I was there as a customer was coming home from France.
  12. Married or single?  Single…
  13. iPhone or Android? I don’t have one because I’m poor.
  14. Do you prefer to be in pictures or taking pictures?  I think this was aleady done, but I prefer taking, although I don’t mind being in them to prove I was actually alive at one point in time.  Even though I hate my pictures!
  15. Favorite brand of sneakers?  I guess Adidas.
  16. Do you like snow?  I don’t know, I’ve never been in it…
  17. Do you have/want to have kids?  I want!
  18. Summer or Winter? I prefer Fall.
  19. Do you know how to swim? I know how to “doggy paddle”
  20. Do you prefer to shop in store or online?  In the store, but on occasion I get things online. It’s cheaper most of the time!

Okay that’s it from me for tonight!  Time for Being Human!

Top Ten Lists

Friday Top Ten – Favorite Things to do in San Francisco

Happy Friday!  I don’t know if it’s my B 12 supplement or what but today’s feelin’ pretty good!  Especially considering it’s Friday the 13th! I don’t find it bad luck.  My dad was born on a Friday the 13th so it can’t be that bad!

Anyway, the top ten this week (which was inspired because I’m off to go there tomorrow with my mom and aunt) is my favorite places in beautiful San Francisco!  I grew up just south of the city but moved away six years ago.  We spent time there on special occasions, but it is one of my favorite places to visit.  It’s such a quirky and original city.

  1. Giant’s Baseball Game– When I was little, I hated any and all sports, but when I went to my first baseball game to see the SF Giants, back when they were still at Candlestick Park, I immediately became a fan. One of the perks of my dad’s job was getting tickets to go to Giants games, so we went several times a year, and they were good seats too.  I still remember how freezing it was at Candlestick!!! All of our family and friends KNEW my dad had something to do with them winning the World Series in 2010!  He was such a HUGE fan of them (and the Niners!) and they won about a year after he passed!  I think he was pulling some strings up there! We still joke that God finally said to him OKAY if you shut up I’ll let them win!
  2. Union Square – This is sort of our Christmas Tradition.  We don’t go there EVERY year, but we have a lot of memories of just walking around Union Square and going in the shops in that area, including Macy’s, and to Holiday Lane back when it was at the top of the building.
  3. The Walt Disney Family Museum – The Walt Disney Family Museum is only a couple of years old, but it’s filled with the life of Walt Disney.  It’s too much to see in one day.  It’s located in one of the old buildings in the presidio.  It’s way bigger than it looks from the outside too.  My favorite room (surprise, surprise) is the Disneyland room.  They have a 3-D map of Disneyland, with all of Walt’s’ best attractions.  So it’s not how Disneyland was at one point, but throughout his life while Disneyland was open.  You can see the carousel moving around and lights lighting up.  It’s very cool.  The one downside to this
  4. Fisherman’s Wharf – The Wharf area is the perfect place to go find fresh seafood in the city.  The wharf is also home to Ghirardelli Square and Pier 39 where there are plenty of shops and restaurants to choose from.  I highly recommend going to Pier 39 on a weekday though because it gets crazy busy on the weekends. I also wouldn’t miss up the chance of seeing the sea lions!
  5. Ride a Cable Car – I highly recommend riding a Cable Car somewhere in the city.  There are certain lines throughout the city that have Cable Cars but the only one I know of is the one that goes from Ghirardelli Square up Hyde Street.
  6. Academy of Sciences – We recently went to the Academy of Sciences last year around Christmas time.  We went several times when I was younger but they’ve remodeled it and it’s a very interesting place to visit.  They have several exhibits including the aquarium on the bottom floor, the rain forest which was a dome inside of the museum (it was very humid in there!) that has certain birds and butterflies and various other creatures. As well as the planetarium which is the other dome in the building where they play a video of something to do with space.  It’s a full circular screen and it’s pretty cool. There are plenty of other exhibits so click on the link to find out more.
  7. Visit the Golden Gate Bridge – C’mon, it’s one of the most famous bridges in the world!
  8. North Beach – C’mon, I’m 1/2 Italian!  There are some of the BEST restaurants in North Beach.  Aside from coming to my family’s house of course! You have to make a stop at Molinari’s also and get some salame!  My dad grew up going there for salame and other things when he was little EVERY WEEK!
  9. Visiting Various Hotels – At Christmas time especially, it’s a lot of fun to go look at the amazingly decorated lobbies of the major hotels in the city. My favorite is The Fairmont where they have a life sized Gingerbread house (yes, REAL gingerbread and candy and icing, and NOOOO I wouldn’t eat ANYTHING off of that! Do you know how many hands have touched it?!) and you can stop in for dinner or a drink at the Tonga Room. Other hotels to go to include the Mark Hopkins and St. Francis.
  10. Take a Ride – It’s always fun to just drive around and explore what a wonderful city San Francisco is.  You can even find one of the steepest streets in the world to drive down, Filbert Street, or of course go down Lombard Street, the windiest street in the world.

Well, I hope you learned something from this post!  If you plan on visiting San Francisco, please let me know if you went to any of these places! Have a great weekend!