Monday, August 11, 2014

I can't stop reading!

A couple weeks ago I decided to try out the book app Oyster. Our library here is too far from the house to justify going on practically a weekly basis, and I definitely can't afford to purchase books all of the time, so I wanted to try to find a solution. I first tried out the app Scribd, but I wasn't very impressed with their selection. Oyster's selection is, obviously, not super new books but it does have a much better selection. At first I was worried. I haven't read anything at length online since my Harry Potter fan fiction reading days and I definitely have never read anything on my phone. Fortunately I recently got a new phone with a much bigger screen. I never would have read anything on my iPhone. If you want to try out Oyster there's a 30 free trial.

Since downloading the app, and re-igniting my love for reading, I've read 6 books through Oyster and 3 elsewhere. I can't seem to read anything but young adult books right now, but that's fine with me. The way I see it is that I read to be entertained and if those books entertain me, who cares? It's the same reason I watch Pretty Little Liars and Teen Wolf. Anyways, I'm going to try to start doing book reviews. I'll probably wait until I've read 3-4 books and then do short reviews for all of them in one post.

I've started using my Goodreads account. If you want to check out what I'm reading you can find me here. I would love to be friends with any fellow readers and I would definitely be interested in some recommendations. I set up a 2014 reading challenge over there and so far I'm 56% finished. I'm pretty proud of that. :)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

A weekend spent doing what I do best...

Last weekend Adrian's dad kindly drove us to Anaheim so we could see Adrian's mom. It's been quite a while since we had seen her and she was not happy about it. ha! It was such a nice relaxing weekend spent pretty much just.. eating. It was very weird not having a car to drive, though. We were basically stuck at her apartment while she was busy with some things Friday night and Saturday morning. Luckily Gabriel was around Friday night to take us to Cold Stone. Otherwise we would have been stuck with no dessert. The horror!

Saturday afternoon Adrian's mom took us to The Boiling Crab for lunch. I've been hearing about how good it is since I moved here, but this was the first chance for Adrian and I to try it out. It was amazingly good. Adrian has been craving crawfish for a while now so that's what he got. I stuck with my favorite seafood: shrimp. I was not thrilled when I saw that they still had their heads (I had a mildly traumatizing experience at a Chinese buffet as a kid), but once I was shown how to take them off it wasn't so bad. Aside from my dad's steamed shrimp, this was the best shrimp I've ever had. We each got a 1lb bag, but I could have easily had 2lb's to myself.

After lunch we went to our favorite mall where I got Game of Thrones and Attack on Titan decals. They were originally for our car but I ended up putting them on my laptop.

On Sunday we slept in and then Adrian's mom and boyfriend took us home. But before we got on the road she took us to her favorite food truck to try out tacos with goat meat. It was my first time trying goat. I was a little wary but it turned out to be pretty good. I don't really know why, but I loved that they served the tacos with radishes. After our meal we headed home and ended the night watching Big Brother.

ps. I decided I wasn't going to say anything up top about me not blogging for ages. I've just been lazy and too busy watching the Big Brother live feeds or reading to do much else. Also, you may or may not have noticed that my pictures look a bit different. I got a new phone a few weeks back. I now have a HTC One M8 and I'm so in love with it. No more iPhones for me!

I'm also very happy to say that in just under three weeks my little brother is coming to visit. It has been approximately a year and eight months since I've last seen him. Depressing to think about. I only wish he was staying more than a week, but unfortunately I have to share him with my other sisters. Who have both seen him more recently than I have...just saying. ;)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Two Anniversaries.

Yesterday was mine and Adrian's 5 year anniversary.and tomorrow is my 1 year blogging anniversary.

It's so hard for me to believe that it's already been 5 years since we met. So much has happened in our lives since then and I think we've both grown up a lot in those years. 5 years in each others lives and 2 years engaged. I couldn't wish for a better partner to be going through life with. I know you hate things like this, but happy anniversary Adrian. I love you more than you could ever know.

I know my blog anniversary had to be coming up pretty soon. I actually thought for a second that I might have missed it already. I've been slowing down a lot more in the last few months, but I still enjoy having this blog as much as I did when I first started it. I just don't have a very interesting life right now. I really want to try and update more this year. I'm hoping to become more motivated once this heat goes away. :)

Monday, July 7, 2014

Failed Fourth of July Weekend

This weekend we originally had plans to go to a bbq at my sister's house on the 4th and then spend the rest of the weekend with Adrian's mom. Unfortunately neither of those things happened. First, we didn't let Adrian's mom know early enough that we were coming and she already had plans to go to Las Vegas.

Second, since she wasn't going to be home we decided that we would just go to Kendall's bbq and then go home that night, instead of staying in Anaheim. Until!! Our dumb car got a flat tire on the way home from work Friday morning. We had to get towed back home and then wait until today to get new tires. I felt really terrible about cancelling, especially because it had only been a week since I last cancelled plans with her. Anyone who knows me knows that cancelling plans gives me major anxiety. Even when I have a legitimate reason to. :/

Adrian's dad felt bad about us not having anything to do on the 4th so he invited us to go with him and Adrian's step mom to a casino here in town. They've been wanting to check it out since we moved here. We had a pretty nice time. We got dinner at the buffet inside the casino, which surprisingly had really good food, and then we played the slots for about an hour. I walked out of there $20 richer so I'd say it was a pretty good night.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Indoor Plant Progress

Since mentioning that I was going to post an update on my little garden my outdoor plants have taken a turn for the worse. They're not horrible, but a few of them seem to be drying out. The sunflowers are especially doing bad. I think it's just a little too hot here for them and I just need to keep a closer eye on the soil and make sure I water them as soon as it dries.

However!! My indoor plants are doing great. The basil plant is getting pretty huge and I'm really excited to start using the cilantro. I can't eat spicy salsa but I love, and have been craving, pica de gallo. That's probably why I like ceviche since it's basically pico de gallo with shrimp, at least how Adrian's dad makes it.

Inside I'm growing basil, cilantro, chives, and wild flowers. They came in a mixed box so I have no idea how they're going to look. I like that its going to be a surprise. Outside I'm growing basil, thyme (which is actually doing pretty amazing), mint, orange sweet bell peppers, and sunflowers. When I get the outdoor plants back to being healthy I'll share those too.

Monday, June 16, 2014

What I Did This Weekend

We didn't really have any plans for this weekend. We kind of just decided last minute to check out the Moreno Valley mall. We wanted somewhere to walk around and we were hoping they would have an Indian or kebab place in their food court. They did not, so we ended up having Hawaiian food, which was good too. After that we were going to walk around but lost any momentum once we realized neither of us could really afford to do much shopping.

 We didn't want the trip to be wasted (it's a 30 minute drive from home) so we went to Round 1 and rented a karaoke room for an hour. Adrian has been dying to do karaoke for sometime now, and it's very hard for him to convince anyone to do it with him. I gave in because he really loves it. I love singing along to the radio and stuff but I know I have a pretty bad voice. So singing in public is not my idea of fun, but it was just the two of us and I actually really enjoyed it. Unfortunately I didn't notice they had a huge musical selection until our last 15 minutes. I always have a rough time finding songs to sing for karaoke but once I found that section I wanted to sing everything!! I was especially excited when I saw they had Once More With Feeling songs (the Buffy the Vampire Musical). My sisters, cousins, and I filmed our own version of that episode when we were kids and I still know the songs pretty well. I had a ton of fun and I actually think we might go again next time we hang out with Gabriel.

Sunday was a pretty chill day. Early after noon we went and got a small lunch and smoothies. I spent most of the rest of the day re-installing a couple Sims 3 games and catching up on YouTube. Hopefully we go and stay at Adrian's moms apartment one of the new few weekends. I'm getting restless here at home and I really wanna check out a swap meet. We don't really have any of those near our house. Hope you guys had a fun Father's Day weekend!! How about that Game of Thrones finale?!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Dream Closet; Hot Hot Heat

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6

Lately it's been 90+ in my part of California and Adrian's family doesn't use air conditioning. Needless to say it's been miserable. Aside from when I'm at work I've been mostly living in cloth shorts (think soffe shorts), tank tops, and baggy t-shirts's for sleeping. On the rare times we go out (smoothies!) my outfits are a bit more put together, but just barely.

 A couple things I've been really wanting lately, to look nice while still keeping relatively cool, are:
  •  A maxi dress. I still feel like I'm too short for a maxi dress, but everyone always looks so comfy in them. I really envy that you can just throw one on with sandals and look really put together, even if it's a solid color.
  • A solid colored crop top that can go with my patterned pants.
  • Sandals. Apparently when I moved last year I thought it would be a good time to get rid of the few pairs of sandals I owned. I don't even know.
  • Shorts that properly fit and aren't super short which seems to be impossible for me. I have a pair of cut off jean shorts that I love, but my legs were thinner when I cut them and now they're too tight to be comfortable.
  •  A plain cotton dress that I can mix and match with stuff. I used to have a navy blue one but I don't know what happened to it. I liked to throw tank tops or t-shirts over it to change it up a bit.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Life lately

This is a bit of a photo dump from the past couple of weeks. If you follow me on Instagram you've probably seen most of these. Life has been pretty boring for the most part lately. We've mostly been working and trying to stay cool at home in this horrible heat. We've also started a pretty bad smoothie habit. To the point that we decided to set aside some money in our weekly budget for them. We make them at home sometimes too, but they're just not the same. An Orange Blitz (sans blueberries) from Juice It Up is everything. I know most Californians love Jamba Juice, but I tried it for the first time yesterday and I think JIU is better..sorry! I tweeted about that yesterday and JIU @replied me, which I thought was funny.

Despite the heat, I've been doing a lot of cooking and baking lately. Adrian loves Alton Brown so on one of our days off this week we made this french toast. It was incredible! Definitely the best I've ever had at home. For the first time, I think ever, we actually bought bread that's meant for french toast. It was so thick and hearty (is that the right word?) that I was actually only able to finish one full piece, along with my bacon and eggs. Adrian and I have also been experimenting with paleta (popsicle) flavors. This week we made raspberry with mint simple syrup and lime. They were really good, but a little too sour for me.

One major change is that I went ahead and dyed my hair back to blonde. The picture up there was taken before work at around 5:30 am which is why I look so miserable. Ha! I had the black for about 4 months, and while I loved it, I felt the need for a change. I've come to terms with the fact that I'm always going to want to change my hair. Though I think it's pretty telling that I keep going back to blonde, especially in the Summer. It's my favorite hair color to have. It's also my mom's favorite hair color for me to have, which she made painfully clear after she found out how dark I had dyed my hair last time. -_- Going from such a dark color to a light one was definitely difficult, and definitely took more than one day if bleaching/dyeing, but it was worth it and it seemed to do minimal damage to my hair. It feels great now and it helped using that coconut oil deep conditioner during and afterwards. It had a really strong coconut smell that I wasn't expecting, though.

Two of my favorite hobbies I have right now are gardening and painting. I randomly picked up a paint by numbers kit a couple of weeks ago and it reminded me how much I loved painting when I was younger. The kit inspired me to go pick up some watercolors so I've been experimenting with those. I'm not great but it's fun and it gets me off the computer for a few hours, which I love.

I'm planning to do a garden update post this week, but for now I just wanted to say that since the pictures above were taken the basil has nearly doubled in size, I've had to re-pot the cilantro, and at least 4-5 more sunflower buds have opened up. I can't wait for you to see everything!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

One Year as a Disneyland Passport holder.

This post is not sponsored by Disney/Disneyland. I just really love it. :)

Yesterday, May 23rd, our Disneyland Annual Passports expired. While I am sad that we aren't able to renew this year, I am very happy with the one year we did have at the parks.

In case you don't know, Disneyland offers Annual Passports to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. At first glance the cost looks outrageous, and really it is, but if you plan to actually use it to it's full potential it's worth it. Adrian and I chose to purchase the Premium Annual Passport which is the highest one you can get. The reason we did so is because that one comes with free parking, no blackout dates, and higher discounts; 15% for dining and 20% for merchandise. Like I said, at $699.00 (it was slightly cheaper when we purchased it last year, they raise prices yearly), it doesn't seem worth it. Until you look at the regular ticket prices.

For the cheapest ticket they offer to Southern California residents it costs $129.00, that is a 2-day 1-park ticket (so 64.50 per day), plus you have to add on the $15 parking price per day. Adrian and I managed to go 25 times over the last year. If you divide the $699 cost by 25 it only comes out to $27.96 per visit. Deduct parking and we only paid $12.96 per visit, had  we paid for parking 25 times we would have paid $375 for parking alone. Fortunately because we are SoCal residents we were able to make monthly payments, which for us was $50 each after a $96 down payment. Just fyi, they charge you $96 immediately when you buy the pass (this goes towards the total yearly amount) but they will also charge you the first $50 the following day.

In my opinion, though, if Adrian and I didn't live within an hour from the park and we didn't have his mom to stay with in the Anaheim area I don't think we would have bought our passes. To me they are worth it if you plan to visit around as many times as we did and you live fairly near to the parks.

For us it was a really fun thing for us to do and look forward to every other week and I'm so glad we were able to experience as many fun things as we did. We visited for the 24-hour Disney event, Halloween/Fall, Christmas/Winter, Villains day and so much more. My only regret is not being able to participate in Dapper Day or yesterdays Rock Your Disney Side 24-hour event.

Some of my other posts about Disneyland: 
one // two // three // four // five

Friday, May 23, 2014

Art Spotlight: Sibylline

Today I wanted to share with you an artist I've recently fallen in love with. Her name is Sibylline and she is an illustrator from France. I first stumbled upon her work on tumblr and I've been following her ever since.

You can check out more of her work, and purchase it, at these locations:

I absolutely love her use of color and retro style. Seriously, you guys should check her out blog. I love seeing all of the beautiful things she's working on. I can't wait to one day (hopefully soon) have one of her pieces hanging on my wall..most likely the Wednesday Addams one!