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Happy new year! Am I too late?

 

Yeah yeah a little late I suppose but hey; it’s only the beginning of February so not too bad. I don’t make “resolutions” really because I think you’re setting yourself up for failure; but I do want to make some changes this year to better myself. In reality; I think of these things every day but feel like I just don’t have enough time. Or I forget. Either way. I always say I’m going to write more often but yet my last post was long ago. Like my boyfriend says; everyone procrastinate’s in their own way. This blog is something I love to do and something I just need to make the time for. Even if two people read this I’m happy. So whatever you have a passion for…DO IT.

I know my life isn’t over at 40 or anything, but since this is my last year in my 30’s; I want to really make it count and just not let time pass me by. Sometimes I feel like I don’t do much except for work and watch tv, but when I look at all my photos I realize I do have a life! Haha. For this year though I want it to be healthier, happier and explore new and exciting places and do or see things I haven’t seen before. It doesn’t even have to be traveling for example. Though traveling around would be awesome, it’s not reality as I have bills. I work every other weekend and oh I don’t make enough money. Sound familiar? There are so many things my city and state have to offer that I want to begin to take advantage of. I have lived here most of my life and there are so many places I haven’t been to and so many things I have yet to see. The timeless phrase “stop and smell the roses” is what comes to mind. It’s so true. Sometimes we just need to take a breather and realize how privileged we are and to really enjoy this one crazy life we have and make the most of it. Life doesn’t always turn out like you thought it would and maybe you didn’t follow your dreams but it’s never too late. You never know how long you will be on this earth. The sixteenth anniversary of my mom’s passing was on January 30th. She passed away when she was 50 years old. I miss her so much every single day. She was young and full of life. Always happy. She was someone who always lived her life to the fullest. Everyone loved her. I want to be more like her. She was most amazing woman I have ever known.  She motivates and encourages me. Now and forever.

Starting this month I challenge you to do one thing each month for the rest of the year that you haven’t done before. Maybe a hobby like snowboarding or something new like going to an art show. Or take a little road trip to explore new places. Do something out of your comfort zone. Who knows; you may enjoy it and find a love for something new. I started this last month with a few new things and I’m very excited to make the rest of the year a great one!

January was a super busy month. I wanted to start the year off right. New years day we started off by bowling with friends and that’s where my fun new year began! Among other things; the two new things I did was going to Huntington Library and the Freak show in Venice Beach, CA. Yes I watch the reality show on AMC and I really wanted to go.  So I did. My boyfriend suggested it, actually both things. He makes me happy. Anyway; I knew who everyone was there by first name and about their lives. Ha!  So back to the garden…The Huntington Gardens and Library were beautiful although there’s not many flowers blooming in January so another time of the year may be a better time to go. The admission is pretty, pretty, pretty steep. $23. Ok not a ludicrous amount but still. To look at plants and such just seems a little high. I mean there’s no rides or anything not even a tram j.k, but overall it was a great, nice, mellow relaxing type of experience.  Well except for all the walking. I was pretty sore for the rest of the week. Gosh I’m getting old. Let’s add workouts in for this year reminder to self. Ok back to my weekend. We went to Venice Beach the next day to see the freaks and the freaks, and more freaks. Did I say freaks? It was much smaller inside then it looks on tv and they have much less stuff there to look at than I thought but I still loved it. Hey it’s only $5 bucks so that’s a great deal anyway for a little freak action.  I have been to Venice a couple of times in my life and didn’t care for it really but actually had on great time on this day. Watching the kids skate at the skate park and adults roller dance was an entertaining experience. Especially the roller dance dudes.

I generally go to shows often especially to see Skapeche Mode and Slippers. Yeah my boyfriend is in both of those bands so there’s that. They both played last month, twice for Skapeche Mode, which I got to check out at The Echo in L.A. which I have never been too before. They also played at House Of Blues in Anaheim. Seems like they play there every couple of months or so. It always a great time there. Check them out if you haven’t already. The Slippers played at Alex’s bar. We also checked out the Depeche Mode tribute band Strangelove at Slidebar in Fullerton on an early Sunday night. It was a busy month for music!

It was beautiful sister Tiffany’s birthday as well as many of my friends. Kirsten had a rad Goth birthday party. Seemed like every day one of my friends had a birthday. So happy birthday all you January babies! My cousin Drea got married; I couldn’t make it but Congrats Drea and Joe. Oh and I got a haircut for a fresh start! Happy new year everyone. I hope you’ve had a great year so far and continued happiness for the rest of the year.

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Weekend of the crop top.

Since Thursday was my day off; I figured I would start the weekend then, even though I did have to work Friday. I made a decision in the beginning of the week that it was going to be a good one and I was going to have a fun time no matter what, and it all started with a crop top. Crop top you ask. I made a conscious decision that I was going to have a good time and I felt like i wanted to wear what i want and not worry about it. Usually I think too much about how i look, if my tummy looks poochie, if I’m thin enough, too old, etc. Then it hit me. Know one cares. I worry too much. After all I visit Disneyland a lot so I see what a lot of the general public wears and it’s not pretty! Speaking of Disneyland; I was waiting for my good friend to pick me up and whisk me off to our Disney adventure! Both of us have season passes so why not. I usually visit the park at least once a week, sometimes twice. Yes I’m getting addicted. Anyway, so our plan was to get on a few rides, see a few things, eat and go to Downtown Disney to watch Maleficent. I have been wanting to see it for a week now. Seemed like I was the only one who hasn’t. So we did just that. The park wasn’t too crowded, especially since a lot of schools are already out. I thought it would be worse.

After a few rides and a quick meal in Downtown Disney, we sat down for Maleficent at the theatre there. I have to say I was little disappointed but it didn’t think it was terrible. Maybe I expected too much because I heard it was so good from many people. I just thought it was a little slow and they could have done a better job with the story line. I did like looking at Angeline Jolie though as I thought she looked amazing as always. Then I headed home to watch the San Antonio Spurs beat the Miami Heat! What a great day.

Friday after work it was right on to Orange is the New Black season 2. So excited. Fast forward to right this moment and I’m currently on episode 6. I would have been further along if it didn’t stop freezing. Netflix does NOT stream well through my blu-ray player ugh. It’s hard to watch anything! Anyway I got lunch at Mother’s Saturday afternoon with my roommate, then met up with friends for some appetizers and cherry coke’s! Followed by more Orange… I love it so far. It definitely doesn’t disappoint. Two more days and I will probably be finished. And then what?

Sunday funday was spent with my friend Kirsten at Oc Weekly Summer Fest at the Newport Dunes in Newport Beach, Ca. Great bands played like Allensworth, The Debonaires, and The Aggrolites. I ran into a great friends from high school that I haven’t seen in 20 years! Overall it was pretty chill there, not too many people, nice day, good music and some food trucks. I just feel like it could have had a little more. I’m not talking about a huge festival and tons of venders or anything like that. I like the small feel but there was about 5 food trucks which is pretty good for the amount of people there and a few little vendors with some swimsuits and clothing but nothing exciting. There could have been more stuff to do. Something to make it a little more fun. Maybe some type of contest or competition and more stuff to at least look at. Overall, it was a great day. Aside from my Spurs losing to the Heat; but enough about that.

Happy monday everyone and I hope you all have a great week!

 

No Doubt; Jimmy Kimmel was awesome!

IMG_4059 I was pretty bummed when I missed No Doubts seven night stint at Gipson amphitheatre ; so when my friend Katrina invited me to see them on Jimmy Kimmel Live, let’s just say I was ecstatic. This was my 21st No Doubt show and it never gets old. The first time I saw them was in 1992, 21 years ago. Wow how time flies. Anyway, this was the first night in 2013 Jimmy was back after winter break and now beginning at 11:35 to compete with Jay Leno. Jennifer Aniston was the guest and it was her first appearance as well. It was a huge premier and I got to be a part of it thanks to my friend Katrina Kinzler! You’re the best!

I arrived at the show about 4:45 and waited less than ten minutes to get into the green room with no problems. Perfect. There were people who had been waiting outside for about 6-8 hours just to see No Doubt. Luckily I was not one of those people. I’ve done that before and it’s not fun. I waited for hours in 2009 to see Depeche Mode at Jimmy Kimmel Live as well. In heels. Not fun…but, worth it in the end. So back to the green room.. Since I was there alone at this point; hanging around a bunch of people I didn’t know was a little awkward and I felt out-of-place.  I basically just stood against the wall and people watched. None the less; it was cool being there. The green room is pretty small and was very crowded. There’s a few couches, TV’s, a bar, pool table and arcade games. They served finger foods as well which was good because I was starving at that point.

Not long after I was there my roommate arrived so I was no longer alone. Yay me! We hung out for a while, mingling, meeting new people and watching Jennifer Aniston on the TV’s until we were told to go outside to set up for No Doubt. Yay it’s time! As we were walking out Katrina had just arrived and was right there waiting. Perfect timing, let’s go to the show! We were able to watch the show from the stairs. We had a perfect view with no one blocking us as we can see over everyone’s heads. Anywhere you stand there did have a great view though since the area was very small. Everyone was pretty close to the stage no matter where you were. Here comes No Doubt!

Firstly they performed two songs to record for the show, which were Push and Shove, the title track to their new record, and Hella Good from 2002’s Rock Steady. Then they played six more songs for the fans! Sweet, a little mini concert.  They were amazing as always. Super fun! I didn’t want it to end. After the show we went back to the green room to hang out and chat with friends and make new one’s. I ended up getting a picture with one of my favorite people Adrian Young and of course Mrs. Gwen Stefani herself. I also would like to say that the staff at Jimmy Kimmel Live is great and everyone is very nice. Especially my friend Tad! Great night.

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Fishbone is Tuesday’s Featured Artist!

This weeks featured artist is the funky ska band FISHBONE! So last night my friend T-Bone Willy and I, who is in a ska band himself called Starpool, went to the Alamo Theatre in downtown Austin, TX to catch the documentary Everyday Sunshine: The story of Fishbone. It’s was very interesting and entertaining. You don’t have to be “into” the band to enjoy this film. I didn’t know what to expect and was pleasantly surprised. They have influenced so many great bands they are still going strong today such as No Doubt. I LOVE ska music and I have seen Fishbone a few times in the past but I myself am only familiar with a couple of songs. Probably the same one’s everyone else knows. They still have a strong following but never quite “made it” and partly due to the fact that they didn’t fit into a particular mainstream category. These guys have so much talent and are still struggling to make it happen. They have gone through many changes and hardships having 13 different band member line-ups with Angelo Moore and John Norwood Fisher being the only remaining original members. The band originated all the way back in junior high school with Norwood as the founding member. Fishbone definitely has the best stage presence of any band that I have ever seen. They still tour and are currently on tour at the moment so if you get a chance check them out! You won’t be disappointed!

Tuesday’s featured artist!

Every Tuesday I will feature a music artist that I like. This weeks and my very first featured artist in the Swedish band The Sounds. I happened to be flipping through my local free newsprint The Austin chronicle, and read they are playing at La Zona Rosa here in Austin this Friday! Glad I caught it in time and scored 2 tickets to the show! Woo-hoo girls night out! I came across The Sounds when they opened for No Doubt a few years back and it was love at first sight! Their sound is like 80’s pop, punk and new nave all rolled in to one. This combination equals AMAZING. The singer Maja Ivarsson is a super rad chick channeling a young Debbie Harry. I’ll let you know how the show was. Happy listening!

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