Big Updates :-)
I haven’t written anything in awhile, so this post might be a bit long and filled with quite a few pictures :-)
I was able to go to San Diego twice this month, the first time for a short but much needed vacation and the second to take my CBEST exam. On my vacation, I was able to see a few of my friends and some of my extended family.
This is one of my childhood best friends, Danny. I was just barely able to see him before he left for Coachella and his mom and dad haven’t seen me in quite awhile, so it was really nice being able to see them.
I literally woke up the next morning with a pain in my tailbone, an extremely high fever, and an unsettling stomach pain that literally came out of nowhere. I was able to spend some time with my sister for a bit before finally buying some medicine to help with the pain. I even went to my grandma’s house to use the hot tub to help with the pain. After that, I was able to play a little bit of basketball with my high school friend Robert. I decided for a change to play without my shirt. I felt a lot more comfortable with my body and didn’t care how I looked without my shirt. I also figured I could fix my farmer’s tan. I had other plans that evening, so I couldn’t stay for too long.
I got to hang out with my beautiful friend Kristen who I used to work with at my camp a few years ago. We got to watch the sunset at La Jolla Cove while I serenaded her for a little bit with my guitar and poor vocals. Afterwards, we enjoyed a pastry dish and some coffee at a nearby coffee shop.
The next day, I was able to catch up with my first grade teacher Fiona. I always knew she was tall, but she doesn’t look like she’s aged more than 5 years since I was in her classroom! We were able to exchange some stories from when I was little and everything between then and now. She mentioned about one time she asked me why I was sad and I told her that I was having trouble making friends (which I found weird since I remember hanging around two kids from my class). Another story was when she was “herding” us and her whistle accidentally hit me on the head. She apologized and I sincerely responded, “Nice whistle, Mrs. Kelly!” My favorite one, however, was when I got in trouble over a big confusion. My friend Luigi told Fiona that I had said a bad word. Fiona of course asked if I had said the word, and without any hesitation, I nodded and said that I had indeed said the word. I was then sent to the principals office and she asked if I had indeed said that word. I of course said yes and she asked me where I had heard that word. After my story, she told my teacher that I never said a bad word. Luigi had confused me saying “buster” as “bastard”! I’m sure you could imagine how surprised I was to find this out since I had absolutely no recollection of that event happening.
After hanging out with Fiona, my middle brother Antonio helped me with washing and cleaning my car. It was a rare opportunity for us to hang out and I had a lot of fun learning the different techniques of how to keep my car looking in its best shape.
I had the opportunity to hang out with my dad the next day for breakfast and some lunch with my cousins. I don’t normally get to see my father, but I really love and cherish those moment when I am able to. There were a few moments when my dad’s truck stalled and wouldn’t start up, to which I would get out and push the truck to “jump the clutch”. This never tired me out and if anything, it’s small moments like these that I really appreciate all the hard work my dad has done for my family and in everything he does.
After the lunch with my extended family, I went to dinner with my brother Moises and his girlfriend Brittany.
A very random and funny story about my cat Dominic: My sister text me the night before and asked me to bring the cat into the house when I got home, but I never saw the cat. Turns out the cat sneaked into my mom’s car when she was unloading the groceries and was locked in the car until the morning! He was alright and there was no harm to our little trouble maker.
8 months had finally passed and I was on my way with Amanda to pick Lisa up from the airport! Amanda gave me a hard time with my driving, but otherwise, we made it to LAX and had to wait for Lisa to go through customs. Once we picked Lisa up, we went to the beach nearby for a little bit. We had quite a bit of fun trying to bury our feet in the sand. After the beach, we went to Daphne’s Greek for a late lunch.
I literally got to hang out with Lisa every other day throughout the week she was here. What she didn’t know, however, was I had been planning our adventure day and our birthday dinner party. My friend Louie helped me out with the assembly of the decorations while I did the decorating and writing. I think we did a very good job with the whole decorating.
Our little adventure day consisted of a sunrise hike, breakfast at Denny’s, then a trip to the Regan Library for the Walt Disney archives, and lunch at Stacked. I woke up around 4 AM to make a Chai Tea Latte that I had practiced making the night before at my friend’s house for the sunrise hike. We snacked on some yogurt and a banana at the top of the mountain.
I ran into some friends of mine that work at the Regan Library and gave us free entry tickets. Lisa had a lot of fun in the museum, but I think she had even more fun in the Disney section of it.
I decided to be a butt and tell Lisa that I had another surprise for her and she needed to close her eyes for it. I then proceeded to put some whipped cream from the milkshake we made on her nose. I don’t think she’ll trust me ever again. I did let her draw a smiley on my face, so I guess we’re even.
Afterwards, we went back to my house to chill out from being out all day. I taught Lisa how to play “Hey Soul Sister” and “Free Falling”, which she not only picked up very quickly, but she learned the chord names and was singing and playing at the same time, something that took me YEARS to do at a manageable level! Lisa then went to a talk the SSA was hosting while I did a little bit of studying before Amanda, Lisa, and I would go out to see “Olympus Has Fallen”. It was definitely a unique movie with maybe 25 minutes of dialogue and 70 minutes of explosions and gunfire.
COLOR DASH!!! My first color run and it definitely didn’t disappoint! Definitely ended up quite colorful in the end. I ran/walked it with Megan and Kim for a good solid portion of the race. If I’m still in the area, I think I’ll have another go at it and aim for a personal best for a 5k.
Saturday came around Lisa and I were able to celebrate her early and my late birthday with our CLU friends. We made a shredded chicken in marinara with veggie pasta, a mixed romaine salad, and pastel de tres leches (Three Milks Cake). The cake didn’t rise as much as Lisa had hoped for, but the cake was DELICIOUS none the less! Everyone loved the food we made that we literally didn’t have any leftovers! I have never made food for a party and not end up with all of it going gone! Halfway through the meal, I had my friend Caitlin bring the cake I made a few days ago from her dorm where we were storing it and I was able to sneak behind Lisa and put the cake in front of her without her seeing me with it.
Monday rolled around way too fast and it was time for me to take Lisa back to the airport. She was definitely excited to go back home and I know her family missed her very much. We made breakfast that morning and got to hang out for a little bit longer. We made turkey and egg quesadillas on wheat tortillas and ate that with yogurt and a banana. It was a very tasty breakfast! I surprised Lisa with one more birthday gift: a mixed CD of songs that we had been playing/singing throughout the week as well as songs that I think she would really like to listen to. We got to listen to it on the way to the airport and she was very impressed with the selection. Goodbyes are always the hardest for me, but I know that this goodbye would be a lot shorter compared to the last one. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing Lisa again for her last year at CLU.
After taking Lisa to the airport, I literally had to prepare myself for my CBEST exam that was slowly creeping up on me. I was prepared for the math and reading section, but the writing section was where I knew I would have the most difficulty in, so I spent a lot of time reading essays from the practice booklet to make sure I could follow a similar format. I actually just got my scores a few days ago and passed the writing section at the exact cutoff! I’m looking forward to starting school (hopefully) in the next two weeks.
Have a great day/week/month! Keep Calm! :-)
I have quite a bit to say in this update of life :-)
I hurt my foot recently on a hiking trip with my friend Louie the day after I attempted to run again after my Relay For Life mishap. The run wasn’t too bad, but I did have to walk the rest of the way since my knee wasn’t holding up well. Surprisingly, the hike helped my knee more than anything. I wasn’t able to do much physically for about a week, so I found myself doing more creative activities.
Yes, I have found that coloring has been an amazing stress relief for me. As geeky as it looks, I found much pleasure in coloring in these pictures from the Legend Of Zelda series. I’ve also been reading a few books here and there. One of which I was very content with was The Five Love Languages. I read a different version of this book years ago (this one was the “Singles Edition”) and it was a nice reminder as well as an eye opener for me in some of the aspects of love that I missed the first time through.
I know I haven’t talked much about my weight, but they say a picture says a thousand words, so I’ll let the picture speak for itself. This was when I went to Hot Topic to scout out their sale of shirts and I wasn’t disappointed haha I fit in medium sized shirts now, but the shirts aren’t pre-shrunk, so I still have to buy larges. Not a big deal since they fit nice and snug on me anyway :-)
Just a little something I found while surfing Facebook and thought it was interesting. To say briefly, Easter this year was a bit on the downside for me since I didn’t get to go home to San Diego to see my family and friends and a few things here and there that were happening elsewhere that just kinda put me in a bit of a slump. I still had fun, don’t get me wrong. I got to go to a sunrise service where I ran into one of my math students who mentioned he was going to visit USD during the week and I introduced him to one of my friends who is a current student there and happened to be there with us for the service. I made my new Chicken and Rice in Salsa Verde dish for the brunch with Calvin’s family at Oma’s new house. I then had another reading excursion with my friend Kelli before going to Ian’s album release dinner at Crown and Anchor (even though I didn’t eat… I literally was so full from the brunch that I couldn’t eat anything the rest of the day!) and later returned to see Les Mis with Kelli.
I leave you all with two quotes of the day:
Hope is the pillar that holds up the world. Hope is the dream of a waking man.
-Pliny the Elder
We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love.
Have a nice day!
Luck of the Irish
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I guess it is true what they all say about this holiday: Everyone’s Irish! I was no exception since the whole night I was with my friend, we were speaking in our accents and I happen to have picked up an Irish accent. I found that if I stuck around people with accents long enough, I start to pick them up and this happened to me a few years ago when I was working at a bake sale with a friend of mine’s mom who had a very thick accent. I guess it was dormant and it only likes to come out on those occasions :-P
Ian and I after having a few drinks and some dinner, we go to play darts. Ever since our little “discovery” of how numbers work with summing their digits, we’ve been making some crazy variations of dart games. This night was no exception. We played Black Jack, Mod 9. Long story short, I lost only one game and it was because the dart I threw didn’t land on any points after my first throw. Otherwise, I kept on making some crazy good throws on situations where I should have otherwise busted or tied. I’m very glad Ian is a good sport when it comes to games. I honestly think it was the luck of the Irish that let me win so many games that night.
Then there were these girls. They were very silly that night and the one on the left was able to play songs off the jukebox through her phone… CRAZY!!!
About a week ago, I got the new Tomb Raider game and all I have to say is WOW! The whole game play was smooth and the story was beyond phenomenal! If I could, I would marry Camilla Luddington! (She’s the voice and character actor for Lara Croft) She’s such a character from what I’ve seen in the interviews and gorgeous beyond belief! Such a striking resemblance to how the character came out as well.
My other celebrity crush is McKayla Maroney. She’s definitely quite the character with her not impressed look haha
Speaking of celebrities, at one of my shows, I got to meet Barry Weiss!
Talk about an exciting night :-)
Also for the records:
Been keeping around this zone of 190-194, so I think I’ll stay here for a bit :-)
Avengers Of Hope: Saving Birthdays!
This is a special blog for me in that Relay For Life this year was the same week as my birthday, so I decided I was going to give money to Relay as my own birthday gift so that we could potentially save other people’s birthdays.
To start off, my birthday was March 6th (yay! I’m old!!)
First thing I wake up to is a nice gift from my friend/landlord.
I was working all day, but my boss brought some mini cakes and let me choose one. I decided to go with the Marble flavor (it’s a mix of vanilla and chocolate?). The frosting was cheesecake flavored, so I had just a bit of heaven. Her daughter, who also happens to be one of my students, gave me some Mexican candy and a bracelet.
After tutoring her, I went to tutor another student of mine and the family gave me a small piece of chicken stuffed with bell peppers and some kind of cheese sauce with some green tea and two cookies. All I have to say was WOW! The chicken was delicious and the cookies were great! One of the cookies reminded me of the texture of Lucky Charms marshmallows. After tutoring him, I went to Denny’s for my free Grand Slam with my friend Ian. We became friends with the waitress who apparently was the only one who knew how to make a vanilla flavored creamer for the coffee. After that,we rushed to rehearsal with my Jazz combo. I brought the guys pizza for all their hard work and extra time we put into the songs.
The next day, I met up with Lily and Jason to go over the use of the sound system and the mixing station for our DJing shenanigans at Relay. My good friend Carla came over the next day and brought me this:
No words could describe how I felt not just from opening the box, but from reading the card. It gave me such a warm feeling of gratitude and humbleness.
Fast forward to Relay, it was quite a busy Friday. I had a few errands work-wise that had to be taken care of before Relay and I was literally all over the place! Once at Relay, everything went according to plan as far as entertainment and our activities are concerned. Kirby wowed the crowd again and my Jazz combo, regardless of the weather conditions, were able to hold and the crowd loved us! I had Ian come up and sing “Come Together” to which the crowd LOVED! Unfortunately for me, it was only downhill after the performance. I had been so busy with getting everything ready and setup that I had forgotten to eat lunch and dinner, drink enough water, and didn’t dress warmly for the performance. The only thing keeping me awake and alert was my adrenaline. As soon as we finished though, I suddenly found myself on the floor in a state of shock from everything hitting me at once. I had a few people help me get bundled up and I was soon taken to the first aid station. I was able to recover from my shock, but it didn’t come without its consequences.
I had originally set a goal of running/walking 30 miles to raise money for my team, but because of that shock, I wasn’t able to run anymore and with how busy I got at the sound booth, I was only able to get 9 miles in. It was 6 laps for every mile, but I wasn’t able to record the last three miles since I couldn’t find my chain to keep track of it. I will have to make up those miles when I am fully recovered.
Just a few pictures of our performers as well as the result of the water balloon toss we had! I think Lily and I tied with some other team for first, but we will never know haha. I still remember saving the guy next to me from the water balloon Lily had thrown in his direction instead of towards me. I was definitely blest to have been a part of Relay For Life at CLU again and I look forward to being able to do this again!
All Over The Place
I have officially decided that I should set aside a day to write these things since I’m always busy, but this week will be my adult equivalent to finals week since I am literally trying to balance a few commitments.
First off, my Relay For Life 30 Mile Challenge is going to be part of how I am fundraising for the event, so I need to make sure I am physically able to do the 30 miles in 24 hours. The hard part isn’t the actual distance, but rather what I am doing simultaneously. My Jazz Combo is going to perform first for Relay and I am playing guitar for the group and we’ve been doing our best to squeeze in rehearsals to make sure we’re solid at the concert. The hard part isn’t the actual performing, but making sure my hands stay warm and not having weather affect the tuning of my guitar.
This weekend was Calvin and his Mom’s birthday, so we had a BBQ party at his house along with quite a few of our friends. Nathan and Dakota drove down from Santa Maria and Nick Lauer got a ride from Calvin from Upland. It was definitely a lot of fun. Calvin and Mrs. Wiley tried to include it as my party as well, which I appreciated and loved. I however let them be the center of attention by having everyone sing Happy Birthday to them :-P
I have been doing a lot of work for my other job. We’re looking to double our sales from last year and change some of how the shows will run setupwise. That means I’m going to be doing less shows but I will be doing more marketing and outlook to other possible venues to gain some repeat customers. I’m looking forward to getting our company out there and into a very busy season
I have been picking up on my math tutoring lately. I am tutoring 8 students, three of which I also tutor in their Spanish, so it’s a little different for me.
My goal of 190 is VERY CLOSE! I have two more days till my Birthday, but if I don’t get there, that’s totally fine. I’m very proud of how far I was able to get to and where I will be in the next three months. My goal is to go for a 6 pack, so once all the craziness settles down, I’m going to work even more at it.
For February, Not So Ordinary
It’s been two weeks since I’ve posted anything (I seriously need to fix that haha)
So I’ve come to the conclusion that I was starting to get a little too obsessed with the shedding weight because of how well I was doing it. I shed 5 lbs in less than a week after I had gotten below 200 lbs and it made me reconsider how I wanted to reach my goal of 190 lbs. I’m going to pace it and let myself get to the 190 without thinking too much about it. It was great for the 4 months it was going, but if I want to make sure I stay healthy, I need to know my limits before I find them in bad manner.
I’m doing Relay For Life again at CLU and this time, I decided to raise money for my team by running/walking 30 miles in the 24 hrs. I don’t know how I plan to do it quite yet, but I will be training for that night. If you’re interested in donating to my cause, feel free to follow this link:
I don’t have any pictures this time, but I’ll make sure to throw some up there next time! Enjoy!