Concerts!

June 23, 2009

Last Friday, at the Hollywood Bowl’s opening night… I heard him sing…

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Tonight, I get to hear him play…

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birthday

June 5, 2009

Wednesday, June 3rd, was my 31st birthday. Dave and I went to Disneyland. We had a BLAST!

First off, I got into the park for free because it was my birthday. I immediately felt special from the moment I collected my ticket. They had a special button just for me. The woman in the booth drew my name on it and even added little mickey mouse balloons on it in different colors. Later in the day, I noticed other people with birthday buttons and they just had their names on them, nothing special like mine.

Throughout the day, many of the Disneyland employees wished me happy birthday, as well as various park guests. I was made to truly feel special.

Disneyland itself, is an impressive theme park to visit. They have their shit together! Of course, growing up in OC, I am very familiar with the park. There was a time I was going on a weekly basis but that was YEARS ago. It had been about 10 years since I last visited. It’s good to see things are just the same if not better.

The parking is just as impressive. They know how to keep the traffic flowing and in an orderly way. The entire park is CLEAN and the employees are always friendly and helpful. The only disappoinment we had was our lunch. We got burgers at one of those serve you at a window places in Tomorrow Land. They were pretty bad. Just tasted like meat that had been sitting out under heat lamps. However, dinner was MUCH better. We went to an actual restaurant in the French Quarter. Dave had clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl and I had some really good chicken with amazing mashed potatos.

It was a fantastic experience to be able to bring Dave to Disneyland for his first time. It was a lot of fun to be able to share a big part of my childhood with him. We both had a wonderful time and thank you to Disneyland for giving me a Happy Birthday.

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On another note…. I am going back on my depression meds. I thought I wouldn’t need them any more considering I am unemployed and life is generally, less stressful. But I find that I am uninspired to do anything around the house and I hate that. The only thing I have been good at is getting the dog out during the day and working out. As far as getting the house cleaned and starting to organize the mess in our garage, I am failing. Don’t get me wrong, the house isn’t a disgusting mess or anything, it could just use a little wipe down in the kitchen or an extra bit of dusting. I’m just not motivated.

The garage has a lot of stuff in it…a lot of it being mine… a lot of it I am sure I can let go of now… I just need to get in there and sort it all out. *sigh* When I lost my job, I said that was the biggest thing I was going to work on. I still haven’t cracked the garage door open. *frowns*

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OK.. on a brighter note, Dave got me a couple of hats while we were at Disneyland and I think I look cute in em… Here is one of em. What do you think?

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happy day

June 2, 2009

Tomorrow is a special day for me. … It’s… my… Birthday! Happy Birthday to me. I am 31 as of June 3rd. Wheeee!

Dave and I are going to Disneyland to celebrate my big day. What better way to celebrate a Happy day than by celebrating it at the happiest place on Earth. It’s even better that I get in for free and Dave has never been. We are going to have so much fun.

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I’ve been a very good girl. I’ve been keeping up with my Wii Active. Today was a rest day and I went to the gym for 30 minutes. Tomorrow, however, is not a rest day. Hmmm… do I skip it and not worry about it cuz I’ll be at Disneyland all day.. or do I get up early and do it first thing in the morning? Hmmm….. I’ll decide when the alarm goes off.

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I heard back from my old college. The same one that was hiring for a special position. They have received my resume and are processing it. I will be hearing from them on the 9th if I am accepted for an interview on the 16th. I will be shocked if i don’t qualify for an interview.

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I wish I had a little bit of Lady Gaga waiting for me on the couch when I get home from Disneyland. I’ll blow real hard on the candles tomorrow!

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weekend

May 31, 2009

It’s been an “ok” weekend. Little bit of lazy mixed with some action.

Saturday was a dangerous day. We woke up and turned the tv on only to be smack in the middle of “House”. Oh my.. Dave and I sat on the couch for hours before realizing we really needed to get out and do something. But…. what?!?

We took Mattie up to the Griffith Observatory and took her on a long walk around the trails. We had a nice refreshing walk and we felt good that the dog could come along.

Afterward, we took Mattie to a dog park around the same neighborhood. This was not an official dog park so it wasn’t fenced in. There were both large and small dogs in the area, but it was all grass covered. Mattie was so different at this park as opposed to the one we frequent. It must have been the grass! She was happy and playful and even interacted with other dogs. She seemed less stressed. When a group of big dogs came running by, she ran after them and there was a little poodle mix that she went to say hi to often and was never nervous around. It made Dave and I happy to watch her so comfortable. I’ll be curious to see how she acts at our normal dog park on Monday.

Saturday was a rest day for my Wii Active, but today was not. I was a good girl and did my 30 day challenge today while Dave watched played a game on his iPhone. It felt good to do good for my body.

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Since I brought up House, here are a few laughs originally found on this site

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The Weekend is Upon Us

May 29, 2009

Last night, Dave and I had another one of those emotionally heavy conversations. Since Dave’s job has gotten more demanding on his time, (for example last night our dinner together was interrupted by a phone call from his boss) little things between us has also been deteriorating. We spend less time talking and doing things we enjoy. Our intimacy has struggled as well. So last night we talked about things and hopefully there will be a gradual change to the positive between us.

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I am very sore and keep getting more sore as the day progresses. The Wii Active kicked my ass. I’m looking forward to using it again later today.

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I got some things accomplished today. I finally got 2 jackets and 3 pairs of pants to a seamstress to have them altered. Being short and not stick thin sucks. Pants are always too long and I had 2 jackets that the sleeves were too long. Well, that’s being fixed now and I will have some new outfits to wear.

I also stopped by GoodWill and dropped off all those clothes I cleaned out of my drawers and closet.

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I got my Lady Gaga fix! Went to the store today and they finally had the new Rolling Stone Magazine there. I haven’t read the article yet, I’m saving it for later after my work out.

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Take Me Away..

May 28, 2009

It’s been an “eh” week.  I’ve had the pleasure of hearing from MH not once but twice this week. First thing in the morning both times. First problem with the computer was a loss of half of his favorites in his Firefox browser which resulted in him wanting to restore his entire computer. I went to the gym during the restore and upon my arrival home, called him again. I then helped him learn how to use “bookmarks”.

This morning I was blessed with yet another phone call. Today was a problem with Word. He had all these documents that wouldn’t go away. What I learned about MH is that he does cause all his own problems. All these documents he wanted to get rid of were automatic recoveries of originals. Which means he isn’t saving properly. And then he would keep asking these files to reopen every time he would come back to Word.. so yeah.. DUH.. that’s why they won’t go away. After I help him get rid of all this, he then goes ahead and wipes out the original and I’m left wondering.. why did I go through all this problem of trying to save some of the info?

Last night Dave and I were not very smart when we went to bed. Instead of quietly winding down for the night and slipping into happy sleep, we started bitching about MH. He is convinced he and my mom can’t stay in CA because they can’t afford their own apartment. Um…. really? I have spent the last 7 years of my life making around 2000 something a month and could totally afford my own place and expenses PLUS a lot of debts that needed to be paid off. I’m not buying that they can’t afford a place here. He’s too snobbish. He’d rather move into a small house where he doesn’t have to pay anything because the relatives are letting them stay there for free. And he’s in a rush to get out of the current house. Um… why? Because they wanted to go ahead and short sell the house, they stopped making their payments… so what’s the rush to get out? He claims they are losing money. How is that possible when they are no longer paying their biggest expense? It’s a mess and I am trying not to think about it.

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On happier news, yesterday I got us the EA Active for the Wii. I tried it out for the first time today and I liked it a lot. I found it better than the Wii Fit in that the “trainer” wasn’t so repetitive. In fact, the whole program is not repetitive. There is a 30 day challenge that I have just started today. Every day will be a new workout that focuses on different body locations. Just like a personal trainer. I’m looking forward to seeing the results.

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And now for your Gaga fix: Guess who graces the cover of Rolling Stone magazine?

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what a weekend.

May 26, 2009

It’s been a roller coaster of a weekend.

I guess the biggest event happened on Saturday. Dave and I woke up pretty early and ran around town. We were supposed to go to my mom’s later that afternoon and cook her and her husband a birthday dinner.  We got her the perfect gift, picked up food and came home and started all the preparations. I knew the clock was ticking a bit, but we had told her we would be over for an early dinner. As I’m rushing to get ready, the phone rings and I figure it’s my mom asking where we are. Her husband can be impatient. However, it is her husband. “Great,” I’m thinking. “Here comes the bitch fest.”

Instead he tells me that my mom is very ill. That he thinks it’s her nerves. They are going to be losing the house with all these financial things that are going on. He claims she wants to see and talk to no one.

We hang up and I am left confused. I never knew my mom to ever get so stressed out over something that she falls apart. Dave is immediately upset. He thinks my mom’s husband is lying to us. That he got impatient and has created this lie so that we can not come over after all. Dave is also upset because he just spent a lot of money on some pork that he has already brined. When you brine meat, it’s made with vinegar… so.. it is not something that can be saved for another day, which MH (mom’s husband) did request we come over on Monday instead.

Lucky for us, my friend, Keri, called and we went over to her place for a BBQ and pool party. The pork got cooked and it turned out DELICIOUS! Dave and I had way to much to drink but we needed it. We were with good company. The party was exactly what we needed. We didn’t get to bed till after 2 in the morning.

Sunday morning I reluctantly called to check on my mom. Sure enough, her husband answered. My mom was out, so he decided to tell us what was going on. He says they are losing the house. That they will be moving in with his granddaughter and her family in Colorado. I was a little confused as my mother never gave me any clue that things were that bad. He also goes on to insult me by asking me if I would make sure my mother was taken care of after he passes. Well, of course I will. Who does he think I am? Of course I will take care of my mom once he passes. I would never turn my back on her.

On Monday, Dave and I drive out to see them and make them a fabulous meal. After dinner, Dave goes upstairs with MH to help with his computer. My mom and I have a chance to talk about everything. Turns out, her husband was lying and it made her so upset to hear. My mom was too ill to see us on Saturday, but it was because she ate something bad. The house is going on short sale, but that can take months to process. However, she is fine with everything. Which is exactly how I always remember my mom being. She’s a free spirit like me. We are happy as long as we have a roof over our heads. We don’t need a big fancy house to be happy. In fact, she kind of wants something smaller. Owning a large house is a lot of work for her to keep clean. My mom also tells me that things really aren’t so bad. They are not picking up and moving away. They have other options but her husband is in such a HUGE panic mode it’s ridiculous.

So that’s been my weekend. Other than family chaos and trying to sort out the truth from the lies, I have also been feeling kind of off myself. I’m still trying to put all that together.

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And now for your Gaga fix… I picture of her makeup from her performance on American Idol.

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Lazy Thursday

May 21, 2009

Yup, another lazy day. I really need to stop having these.

Stayed up a little late, and so slept in later than I should have this morning. Skipped the gym all together. *sigh*

Good thing though, is that Dave is home again. We went out to eat at a quick little restaurant of his choice last night and came home and both played Little Big Planet together. We had fun working together collecting all the items in each level. Especially those parts of the level that require two people to play.

As far as productivity goes, I got some laundry done and watered the front yard. Oh well, I did take care of the 4 caged animals. Cleaned the cages of my parrot, my rats and my guinea pig. This then, always leads to a quick vacuum of the area.

I did make it to the mall today. Victoria’s Secret started a 10 panties for $25 and as far as I am concerned.. you can never have too many pairs of panties. While I was there I started looking around at their bras and noticed they had a bunch on clearance. I found a very cool looking bra that had a corset look to it. I then pondered if they had a matching panty. The sales woman there said they did and that there was a garter, but they may no longer have them since they are clearance items. Well, as soon as I walked over to the “bins” the matching thong was sitting right on top and in my size! Before walking away, I decided to go digging to see if they would have the matching garter…. well…. they DID! I was SO excited. I scored and was happy to save so much money! I came home with 15 items for a little over $100. Not bad for Victoria’s Secret!

Mattie and I went to the dog park and once more spent more time than intended there. She was more relaxed today. One of her “friends” showed up, so that is why we stayed longer. She almost played with him today. I saw the two of them bounce around for a few seconds. It makes me positive that she will one day run and play with all the little dogs.

Finally, it is time for the Lady Gaga fix… Here she is in her performance for Dancing With the Stars.

First, “Just Dance”

And now, “Love Game”



Just a Wednesday

May 20, 2009

Today was half lazy and half productive.

I stayed up too late last night. One of the perks of being unemployed, however, that means I slept in later than I should. It was 9 am when my lazy eyes opened. I never made it to the gym this morning. Used the start of my period as a personal excuse.

Did make it to the dog park today with Mattie. We stayed there for almost 2 hours. Just as we were getting ready to leave, many dogs arrived, so I decided to stay for an hour longer. Mattie made friends with a chihuahua and she almost, almost played with him.

Today, I met a pug. Ah… the pug. One of man’s glorious examples of breeding. (note the sarcasm?) He was what you call the standard pug. You could hear he had trouble breathing. Don’t you just love breeding? Don’t you just love that what makes a pug special is it’s little pushed in nose and flattened face? It’s wonderful isn’t it? The top of the line pug comes with breathing restrictions.. but hey … they look great don’t they? *sigh*

I was productive at home in the afternoon. Did some laundry, cleaned and organized the shoes in the closet and cleaned and organized my sock and “under garment” drawers. Feels good to have some order around here. The kitchen counters were spot cleaned and the floors cleaned and mopped. I did a quick vacuum job in the living room as well. I do my best to do my part while Dave has to work a job.

As for Dave, work is getting to be a place he hates going to. He has developed an abusive relationship with his boss. Dave is the battered spouse. His boss seems to act like he’s bi polar a LOT. One minute things are great and the next, Dave’s getting jerked around. Dave’s boss is one of those people you just can’t please no matter what. Even if boss made the mistake, some how you screwed it up worse. Dave is fed up and has decided it’s time to get out. I support him 100%. I never liked his boss from the very beginning.

So now Dave is fixing up his resume and slowly looking for new work.

Today is mom’s birthday. She enjoyed the flowers she got. I am happy. Tonight friends are taking her out to eat. I hope she has a good time.

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Knowing how bad things have been for Dave at work has also brought me down. But the one thing that always makes me feel better is sharing Lady Gaga. Here’s her performance on Ellen.

And her very short interview afterward. She is so cute and sincere:



It’s Time

May 19, 2009

Time for me to finally post again. It’s been awhile once more and there is no way I can possibly catch up on all the details. So here is a run down.

Dave and I are still getting married. The date is set for October. I have bought the dress. I still need to get my butt in gear and make a guest list so we can make the arrangement for the reception! Won’t be good to have a wedding with no reception!

Mattie the pup has adjusted to life without the ranch. Of course she gets to spend just as much time with me as before. I think she misses the freedom of the ranch. It’s been hard for me to go back. I know the animals left behind aren’t being neglected but I know they are not getting the top care they would be getting if I was still there. Things get left unseen. Things are left uncared for due to laziness. It’s too much to think about.

Lucas.. my favorite little pig, went to his new home a few weeks ago. I made the trip with him to northern California. He has a good home. However, he is not fitting in very well. He is acting like the little child who is still waiting for “mom” to come pick him up from school. This breaks my heart. He hasn’t fit in with any of the pigs yet. I miss him and it breaks my heart that he misses me too.

I applied for a “doggy day care” job a few weeks ago. Even went to an “interview”.  I say “interview” because they never asked me any questions. Just showed me around and told me they’d make their decision by the end of the week. I haven’t heard back from them. Honestly, that’s fine. I am too good for them and over qualified. Besides that, I make double what they are paying on unemployment.

Speaking of unemployment. *sigh* they stopped paying me about a month ago because I messed up one of my forms. Got that straightened out and now I will be catching up on all this back pay.

My mom and her husband have run into some financial difficulties these days. They had invested a LARGE amount of money but then stopped seeing any at the beginning of the year. Too exhausted to get into details, but this is a work in progress. Mom is saying things are looking brighter for them.

Mom’s birthday is tomorrow. I’m having flowers sent to her and Dave and I will visit her during the weekend.

Mattie is getting used to going to our local dog park. She is so shy with all the other dogs. I hope she turns around and makes friends soon. I would love for her to run and play with them. I am having an interesting time observing dogs and owners while at the park and they will no doubt spur the occasional posting here.

I am giving myself more time to enjoy bad and lazy habits. We have a Wii and a PS3 gaming system. On the Wii I am enjoying Animal Crossing but I am also enjoying the Wii Fit. On the PS3, I have just gotten addicted to Little Big Planet. Both games can consume so much time and it’s not about running around and shooting stuff.

Today I was a little productive while at home. I grabbed a large storage container and packed all my “work” clothes and items away. I also went through my closet and set aside all my things that can be donated. It was a bitter sweet experience to pack all that stuff away.

OK.. that’s all for now… I am hoping to start writing here on a daily basis… but we shall see.

We recently had the pleasure of attending the Wango Tango 2009 concert. I bought us tickets because of Lady Gaga. She was AWESOME. It was my first time seeing her in person and she rocked my socks off. She only sang one set of 4 songs but she blew me away. I leave you with a video of her back stage interview with KiSS FM. I warn you ahead of time… adult language is used.