Wednesday, October 13, 2010


To all of you readers, I am moving URLs ...
I know this may come as an inconvenience to you {especially if you use google reader or rss} but it is the only life changing event that I can afford right now in my life.
Please join me at my new blog

Mind of a gus

You will have a special treat if you do go there, you will find out why I am a Gus.

Thank you for all of the times you've read my piddly blog and supported me through the last two years. I look forward to posting more frequent and gaining your trust back!

See you soon!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


I just had the perfect moment of euphoria.
This moment came as I got in my car to come to class tonight.
It had rained all day and finally got down to 69 degrees so I decided to sport a sweatshirt for the first time this season. That alone could have evoked my moment of euphoria but it wasn't.
Bath and Body works just came out with their fall line of scents which means that I could get a refill for my car air-freshener and I got "Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin".... mmm

Can you imagine that?
Cold and rainy,
Sweater attired,
and Christmas sent filled nostrils!

It was perfect... until I looked down and saw an all too familiar sight

Check Engine
No Oil Pressure stop car now
No Gas

Need I say that the distance between euphoria and dysphoria is small! ! !

Saturday, October 2, 2010

New York, New York!!!

Two months ago, I was in New York City with my dear friend Camille.
We went for the BlogHer conference that was held in Manhattan.
As you know from reading my blog, I am no devout blogger and really had no place with an entire hotel full of die-hard, devout, multi-weekly bloggers.
I did learn a lot and walked away wishing I had the motivation to blog more.
Our days were jam packed with blog related workshops, panels, food, and parties. You might ask why I went... well, my heart has a firm devotion and love to Broadway. As busy as we were, we found time to sneak out, stand in line, and buy tickets to at least one show.

After a very confusing confrontation with the ticket booth lady, Camille and I walked a block back to the hotel with our tickets in hand.

Our sneaking, waiting, and confrontationing, was well worth it because we got student rush tickets to Promises, Promises. This is a very new show and only few have seen it. We were privileged to not only see it, but see it in New York with it's original cast.

Bazinga! That is not the real steal we walked away with... After the show, Camille and I waited along with hundreds of others to see Kristin Chenoweth and Sean Hayes in person.

There, in the blue shirt is Sean Hayes himself.
yes, this is her in the flesh!
She signed my Playbill and said "you're welcome" in response to my feeble "thank you".

This in an experience of a life time and it only cost me 30 bucks!!!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

1/4 of 100 years old

This morning I was thinking what to write in a Birthday card to my dear friend Camille. And it reminded me that after high School, we went to Disneyland together. It was the best time I ever had at Disneyland. No lines, eating pp&j while under the protective roof of Pirates of the Caribbean, eating Rosa's tomatillo salsa in the car, pulling over for imagined flat tires, finding random dentures, eating free oranges, and splurging to eat at the Blue Bayou.

We said that we wanted to make a tradition of coming when we were 25 and then every 5 years after.

I am turning 25 this year.

That sudden reminder brought a waft of melancholy over me today.

I remember the imagined 25 self and to see the actual 25 year old self is a little...

Friday, September 17, 2010

It's a love hate relationship...

I remember the day my life changed, like it was yesterday. (Now envision that the remainder of this post is in a hazy dull colored memory cloud)

My best friend was down from good ol' Alberta for the summer (ironic, I know) and we were doing a little shopping. We were at Ross looking for some steals and my phone rang. It was my brother, Adam. He said he was getting an iphone and wanted me to go in on a family plan with him.

Just the thought of having my very own iphone made me forget that I am up to my eyeballs in debt, have a job that pays me way less than I had hoped, have never paid my own cell phone bill, am no longer receiving student loans and will need to start paying those back come January. So I said yes without hesitation (actually, there was a little hesitation but not quite enough).

Now, I am a proud owner of an iphone 4.
I made this purchase on a whim, knowing that my house is a black whole for cell phone coverage. We had to cancel many contracts because we couldn't handle all the missed calls.
I just prayed that we would get coverage with At&t. . . that was to no avail, because I have lost just about every call I have ever taken inside my house. This is no fault of the cell phone (I know it has a bad rep on the consumer report) and all to do with At&t. I haven't lost calls anywhere else but inside my house. Let me tell you, this is FRUSTRATING.

Frustrating enough to give back my iphone?
Frustrating enough to collect my FREE case knowing it won't help my situation?

To make up a little for their bad rep, my pal Steve announced that he'd give everyone a free case:

Get an iPhone 4 Bumper or case at no charge.

If you purchased an iPhone 4 before September 30, 2010, follow these steps to receive an iPhone 4 Bumper or a select third-party case from Apple at no charge.

  1. Download the iPhone 4 Case Program app from the App Store.
  2. Launch the app on your iPhone 4 and sign in using your iTunes Store account or Apple ID.
  3. Select your Bumper or case.

For iPhone 4 purchases made before July 23, 2010, you must apply no later than August 22, 2010; otherwise, you must apply within 30 days of your iPhone 4 purchase. To qualify for this program, you must purchase your iPhone 4 by September 30, 2010.

I followed these instructions.

This was the easiest free thing that I have ever acquired! No driving all around town with coupons, no early morning garage saleing, no "with a little paint...", just one itsy bitsy tap of the finger and POOF! A free case.

The hardest part was deciding which to get. You see, I believe it is a tragedy to cover any part of the iphone 4. It is beautiful! Have you seen it? It is sleek, smooth, shiny... WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD COVER IT UP???

I wanted a clear bumper case. But there wasn't one, so I decided to go with the clear wrap around case. How could I go wrong, it's free?!

The official price tag at is $34.95. Or in other words 41 Diet Dr. Peppers from QT.

*** This post is in correlation with Camille over at Archive of Our Lives.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The end of an era...

Awesome Steal of the WEEK!!!

After reading I Heart Monster's steel of some books a or so ago, I was reminded that I needed to pre-order my Mocking Jay book!

Promptly I ordered it.
Got it on sale for $8.50
AND got free shipping just for pre-ordering!

As if that wasn't a good enough deal as it is, It was the best deal to come home on a bad day, having totally forgotten about ordering it and have it sitting there ready to cheer me up! .

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Have I Eaten? Have I Prayed? Have I Loved?

Has every step of my life really been taken blindly?

Sometimes as I go from step to step it seems like I'm getting on and off the bucket seat of the haunted mansion ride at Disneyland. It just flows one, even, steady, emotionless speed. The path has an array of aesthetic effects but the flow stays the same. You can start and never stop. The beginning is a running start and the end (if you recognize it) is a running jump. If there weren't an employee there to tell you to get off you would literally go on for ever in the same melancholy motions. on...see...hear...feel...repeat...

Every decision in my life, I haven't had to make, things just happen. High school comes and goes, friends are placed in my path, job opportunities come, applications to college are accepted, favors are asked, love is found, love is lost, money is given, money is taken, rules come and go... I always just took it as fate. They offered me the job? I have to take it, fate gave me this opportunity. I got into that school? Well, I have to go there, the fates want me there. So-and-so likes me? I have to like him back, the fates want it.... If fate didn't want these things to happen, they wouldn't have come up. RIGHT???

It's almost like I'm a horse that takes people on the same path every day all day, and today, I am boringly taking it again. Today though, I get done with one round and feel this overwhelming sense of excitement that today will be the day for my real adventure. Only to find out it's the same dang path masked in a tropical climate or a fancy outfit.

I read today that "it's better to live your destiny imperfectly than live an imitation of someone else's life perfectly."

I think that up to this point in my life I have lived an imitated life as perfect as possible and don't have any clue what MY destiny is.When I try and imagine a change in speed or a directional change that would enhance the ride, I don't know what I'd do or even if I should do anything different. I really don't know who I am. What do I love to do? What are my passions? What would make ME happy? What makes my life, MY LIFE?

Sunday, June 27, 2010

This post is part of saturday steals from my pal, camille's blog...

So, knowing my dad has been the best blessing of my life!
He has connections everywhere. At all the college job fairs they always say
But I have my dad and he covers it all.

Some people were moving into a smaller apartment from a house and wanted to get rid of some furniture. Instead of selling it on Craig's list to make at least a little gas money, they just gave it to my dad.

It has been sitting in my garage for a while. I Painted one book shelf a while ago and have loved the addition to my life. Now, I painted a little hutch thing and a second shorter book shelf and they have completed my life.

Deal of the century:

This is the first tall book case. The second I haven't put a clear coat on yet, so it is still in the garage... it is the same in style and make, just a little shorter and more narrow.

I haven't really decorated the top of this, I just threw some stuff on top so it didn't look so barren. {Also, the green lap and shade are a sneak peak for next week...}

All three good things were a nasty light wood color and they had a little musty smell to them. Now, they are beautiful and smell delightful.
{the finishing spray I got has a distinct candy like smell?}

So, the final cost was really only approximately $27 due to the paint that I had to but to paint it with. It would have probably been cheaper to buy a gallon of black paint however, I have yet to venture to liquid paint on furniture projects. Has anyone tried that? How does it bode?

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Photo Friday!!!

Here is the love of my life!!!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

I hit the proverbial jack pot today!

50% 0ff of $14.99!

(The photos aren't the best, they were taken on photo both in a room with very little lighting...)

But what a deal deal deal!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Photo Friday!!!

I do not believe in reincarnation. You could maybe talk me into believing in half reincarnation. You see, if all dogs go to heaven then all insects go to heaven and how could there be a heaven big enough for the billions and trillions of ants, worms, spiders, and roaches that have ever been on the earth? So, insects I could see the need to reincarnate them (especially since we kill them every chance we get) but humans, no way.

That is, until my neice was born. For her entire 19 months of existence, I have sworn that she is a spitting immage of my grandma:


My grandma had a suit just like the one Rachel is wearing in that photo. However, I couldn't find a photo with grandma in it. You might not see the resemblance here but truly they even have the same mannerisms. {Which is weird because they don't even share blood, my mom was adopted...} It is only fitting that the two people that I love most in the world are exactly alike!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

I love to travel.
I love to see things and be places that I have only ever seen on tv, in my imagination, or in a book.
{In fact, I took a job I disliked for 9 months just so that I could get flight benefits.}

I think I acquired my love for travel on my first trip somewhere far; Alaska. When I was in jr. high, my grandma took me on an Alaskan cruise with her. That wasn't the first time I had been on a plane but the first trip I had taken that wasn't to Disneyland. {don't get me wrong I would go to Disneyland every month [except July because it is dang hot] if i could}.

Since I love traveling so much, I took it upon myself to go everywhere and see everything. There are many places that I have yet to visit. However, there is a handful of places I have been.

{this post is juts to tell where I've been, not really why, when, or how...}

***18 STATES:









(We did stop and eat at an applebee's, so it counts.)




(Las Vegas)



(First time)

(Second Time)

(Ok, so this is the only photo not mine. I went when I was small and couldn't find a photo.)













(I know the Rock of Gibraltar is not property of Spain, however, it is located in Spain {plus I stayed 10 days in other places of Spain this was just the best picture on hand}).