Monthly Archives: June 2013

Radom thought

This is pretty random but I wanted to share. It’s too long for twitter and I don’t really like to post on FB. So this is my last social media option.

On my new drive to work I pass a few schools and I noticed some different things.

1. I have yet to see a school bus. I’m starting to think they don’t have them out here.
2. A large amount of the little kids ride their bike or scooter to school.
3. Almost everyone seems like they walk to school. (I guess they don’t have much choice without a bus!)
4. I watched about 50 high schoolers at a cross walk and not one was overweight.

It’s times like these that I realize how different California is in some aspects. I wish Baltimore was more like this!!

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Lazy Days

 

 

 

Hello everyone! I think the best way to describe my life recently is lazy. So I really don’t have any exciting updates for you this week when it comes to California adventures. Alex and I depleted our bank accounts on all the activities from last week so this is welcomed for both of us. A few more things have been adding to the laziness, the weather and the upcoming celebrations in my life. It’s been in the 60’s and quite gloomy this past week. I really don’t have much motivation to get out of the house when the weather is not nice. (flashback to Baltimore winter days when NOTHING could tear me out of bed.) I’m much better about that here, though! I at least get out of bed to do some cooking, cleaning and to play a little pool with the roomies. In addition, I have Alex, my mom, my brother and my brother-in-law’s bdays coming up and fathers day! I have been doing a lot of online shopping for presents so I am pinching the pennies when it comes to going out drinking and doing crazy things. I have really been enjoying this lazy time though, I feel like I have been nothing but go go go since I got to California.

 

Anyway, on to what I DID do on these past few days off. I was able to bring some pinterest/blog recipes to life. (Yay for training to be a better housewife! haha) I told you I was going to attempt fish tacos.. they were a flop in my book. Alex and Tom said that they liked them, although I was never convinced. Alex is ALWAYS honest about what I cook so I guess I should believe that he liked them. The best thing about the tacos was the discovery of baja cream sauce, which I found over at bakinandeggs.com. She insists that you must have this sauce with any fish or shrimp tacos, I concur. The second good thing was making a radish, onion and mango “slaw” to put on top the fish tacos. I used the previously listed ingredients and added lime juice, salt and pepper. Basically the toppings were awesome and I ended up just making a taco of toppings.

 

I had bad feelings about the fish from the start. Initially we wanted mahi but Whole Foods didn’t have it so I settled for rock fish. (bad choice) The fish really didn’t look that good and when I got it home I discovered bones in it!! Thankfully I discovered that before cooking them. Between the bones and my hands smelling like fish all day I was already turned off by the fish tacos before even cooking them, they really didn’t stand a chance with me. As it turns out, they tasted very fishy after they were cooked and I had one bite and couldn’t eat any more. Alex always tells me that cooking is a learning experience and he is right, I will definitely be using my toppings again and I will reattempt the fish for tacos.. one day. I’m quite turned off by fish for the moment.

 

My second culinary endeavor for the week was cauliflower crust pizza! I didn’t believe anyone who said this stuff was good but, they were right! I have been trying to make a conscious effort to eat better recently, so finding healthy alternatives to foods that I’m not willing to give up, is always a good thing! Alex isn’t so welcoming to the addition of new and healthy foods to his diet so when he said “this is awesome” and “there is no bread in this?!” I knew it was really good. I used a combination of recipes but here is paula deen’s recipe. It turned out that the way we prepared them really wasn’t that healthy, but I think still better than dough crust. The crust has a lot of cheese in it and we topped it with 2 kinds of cheese. Next time I will attempt a different crust recipe I found that doesn’t have cheese in it to keep it a little more healthy! The crust was pretty simple to make and it’s fun to add all your favorite toppings. Alex and I wanted to have buffalo chicken pizza so we used chicken marinated in tessemaes hot sauce, spinach, bell peppers, onions and blue cheese. YUMMY!
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In other news, I am going to extend my contract at my hospital for 1 whole week! The manager said she will let me know closer to my return date if the unit needs me for another 3 months (or more.) So I am keeping my fingers crossed in the mean time. I feel comfortable at this hospital and actually really like it now so I’m hoping to be able to come back. And yanno, job security is always a good feeling.

 

I will be home in exactly ONE WEEK! I am like a kid around Christmas time. I am so hyper and absolutely can not wait to get home. I have never been more excited to come to Baltimore. Also, last night at work I was looking up all kinds of stuff about our cruise ship and I am suddenly extremely ecstatic about that too! Up until now the excitement hasn’t really hit me. I got to thinking about memories from the past 2 cruises and now I am pumped! On that front, I desperately need a good vacation book to read! Please comment with any recommendations. I haven’t been really into a book in a long time and I miss it!

 

Finally, I got some reallly, REALLY exciting news 2 days ago that I can not share with you just yet. But if you stay tuned I will be making an announcement eventually!

 

Life is so good right now, and I am so happy!
Have a great Thursday!!

 

 

What’s new around here

So, I told you my life has been pretty crazy and now I will elaborate.. There was a small problem regarding money with my (old) roommates so they said I could stay and do what they wanted or I could move out. I chose the latter of the 2. (the discussion wasn’t that easy or that nice.) This all went down on a Thursday and I was out of there on Saturday. I packed up my entire room/Cali life in that house and headed over to Alex’s. I am currently staying with Alex and Tom. Thank God they just moved in to a huge room with their own huge bathroom. It’s a comfortable fit for the 3 of us.
It was a very stressful few days moving out. I had to sell furniture, move furniture, clean, pack and physically get everything from my old house to Alex’s; I had to work night shift Thursday and Friday too, so I barely got any sleep. It was pretty stressful and we were both on edge. But, Alex was such a huge help and I am so thankful for that! Once I was finally out and settled in to Alex’s a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders and I felt much happier.

At the end of the week Alex and I had some time off together and we were ready to have fun after the stressful start to the week. I surprised Alex with Mumford & Sons tickets as an early birthday present, he was pumped! The concert was about an hour away from LA so we got a hotel. We started at a Mexican restaurant with lunch and some drinks, then we had a few drinks in my car. Don’t worry, I didn’t drive. Our hotel room wasn’t ready so we had no other option. The concert was at an awesome outdoor venue. I have been dying to go to a concert so this was perfect!

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Outdoor concerts are soo much better, I don’t really care for indoor concerts. And nothing welcomes summer like day drinking and a concert under the stars. We found an awesome spot on the lawn and had to wait a few hours before they actually played. The venue had terrible reviews on yelp but It was actually really nice. The reviews could not have been more wrong. (I don’t trust those yelp reviewers. I feel like most times they have nothing better to do than to get online and complain about something.)

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Anyway, the second biggest highlight of the evening was getting zebra popcorn. It is caramel popcorn drizzled with chocolate and white chocolate. It was heaven in food form, seriously you must try it. I will definitely be ordering some from their website, I don’t care how expensive!

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Mumford and Sons were awesome. I really didn’t know too many of their songs but I loved it regardless. You know it’s a good band/concert when it’s your first time hearing their songs and you love them and still wanna jam out! The only disappointment was at the end of the concert. They came back for an encore and played two realllly slow (and depressing) songs. We were a little angry that they chose such terrible songs to end the concert with.

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We had our first official margarita Monday of summer the day after the concert. We started at Alex’s and then headed out in Hermosa for our friend Caleb’s birthday. It was a fun little day.

On Tuesday, Alex and I went to 6 Flags!!

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I’ve been wanting to go since I moved out here and was so glad to finally make it happen. There were soo many roller coasters that I have never experienced before! On X2 you’re laying down and the individual cars do 360’s throughout the roller coaster ride! Imagine a combination of the zipper and a roller coaster. Easily the scariest roller coaster I have ever been on in my life. Green Lantern reminds me of a vertical wild mouse. On this one, your car also flips but the track is pretty small and it’s a short ride, but fast and most definitely thrilling! The Riddlers revenge is a stand up coaster and tatsu is a lay down on your stomach coaster. Lastly, superman sent you flying backwards at 100 mph on a straight up and down track. Those were all the new types of coasters for me but they had about 10 in total and it was such a fun day! I love amusement parks so much and it was something Alex and I had never done together. We felt like kids again, we had such a happy day!

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The last thing we did was get on the drop of doom, which is supposedly the tallest drop ride in the world. It was a 400 ft drop at 85 miles an hour. I do NOT like drop rides but let Alex convince me to get on. The sun was setting and it was actually a nice view and the drop was really fun! We were too busy and having too much fun to take many pictures! You should check out youtube for some videos of the crazy coasters here! And of course, you must always end a day at an amusement park with ice cream!

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GUESS WHAT?! I’ll be home in 11 days!!! and Cruising the Caribbean in exactly 2 weeks!

 

Gotta go, it’s family dinner night and I’m making the boys fish tacos! (if they turn out, I’ll share the recipe.)

 

Hope everyone had an awesome weekend!

Memorial Day weekend

Ok.. so my life has been seriously crazy for the last week! You wouldn’t believe it, but those details to come. I think I left off before my weekend in San Diego. My sorority sister, Denise lives there and my other sorority sister, Christine drove from Tucson for the weekend. I was super pumped to have a girls weekend! The serious lack of girlfriends out here has me really bummed out sometimes. That weekend was beyond necessary. I worked on Friday night so I didn’t leave my house til about 4:00 in the afternoon and got to San Diego at about 6:30ish. There was a little bit of traffic so it took longer than expected.

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When I arrived in the city I fell in love pretty quick. I have been to SD once before but we visited all the beach towns. Denise and her BF live in the gaslamp district in the city. The gaslamp district is a young scene with a ton of bars and restaurants. The city is a pretty small city so it isn’t like LA. It is really clean and nice. It also seemed really safe. We stayed at Denise’s boyfriends house and he had such an awesome apartment/condo! You could see the baseball stadium right off his balcony.

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When I got there we had a few drinks and were highly entertained by the people staying in the hard rock hotel which is directly across the street from his condo. People were walking around naked, flashing people in the building we were in, and doing naughty adult things in their room. I couldn’t beieve how many people don’t close their curtains in a hotel room!! They were facing an entire building of people for God’s sake!!

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After we were done cracking up at the free entertainment, we decided to go to a sports bar and restaurant. I had one thing on my mind: STEAK. haha and it was awesome! I cleaned my plate. I then realized that it has been forever since I have had a good steak dinner. That is one thing that I really don’t cook for myself while I live alone. But, I think I should start doing it more often. I always think steak is too expensive, however I paid way more at this restaurant than I would at any grocery store. Anyway, back to dinner. I tried an awesome cocktail, whipped vodka with sprite and muddled cucumbers! YUMMY! We caught up and did some girly chit chatting. I felt bad for Justin, he was definitely the 4th wheel. He also said he probably would have hated us in college haha. That made me laugh. After dinner we headed to one of the clubs right by his place. We only had one drink cause we were pretty exhausted and knew we had a long day ahead of us on Sunday.

Sunday we had plans to go to a memorial day pool party at a place called intervention at the hard rock hotel. I have never been to Vegas, but this pool party was compared to a vegas pool party. (maybe a place called rehab?) Before we started drinking, we grabbed breakfast at a place right down the street from Justin’s place. I recreated the omelette I got before Disney, cause it was pretty much the best omelette toppings I’ve ever had. Mushrooms, onions, peppers, bacon and cheese! I also had to get a donut, and it was definitely the best donut I’ve ever had.

Intervention was conveniently located directly across the street. After our stomachs settled from breakfast, we started to pregame at about 12. Let’s just say Christine and I haven’t lost our ability to drink since our college days. haha. The pool party was definitely crazy. Lots of girls in bikinis and high heels, guido guys and some crazy loud house music, complete with drinks for $8/piece. It was a different experience but I’m really glad I got to do something like that. Keep in mind, the craziest pool party I’ve been to before this was prob Holiday Inn pool bar in OC haha and most of us know that scene is just a little bit different. Christine and I left a little bit earlier than Denise, cause let’s face it, one of the best things about day drinking is you get to go to sleep early!

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Our time together flew by but every minute was such a blast! We laughed so hard and I don’t think I could express enough how much I needed that girl time. Christine and I both headed home early on Monday and I was sad to say goodbye. But I can’t wait to get back down that way. I love SD! and more importantly, I love my sorority sisters! I am so glad I have some this close to me on the west coast, who would have ever thought?!

Happy Friday, everyone! Hope you have a great weekend. 🙂