Monday, January 29, 2007

The Star

I was really worried about a food test I had to take for Flying Star, but I took it anyway, only studying for about a half hour before the test. The day after I took it, one of the managers came up to me and said she had some bad news about the test. Shoot! Then she said that I got one of the highest scores she's seen in months! I somehow managed to get a 98.5%... CRAZY, huh! If only I got grades like that when I was in college! Yet again, my theory of not studying has paid off.

The Star is good. So far, so good! The people I work with are all great so far, and really helpful - very nice for someone like me who is constantly asking about a million questions every minute. Wow. I like to exaggerate a lot (anyone seen the Dane Cook about the exaggerating girlfriend? Find it. Listen to it. FUNNY). Anyway. Tips from there are also a reason why I enjoy it. Two nights in a row I've come home making $10 an hour. Not too shabby. I'm told I could make more than that on the weekends...and less during the week. I'm content with that!

OH! I saw my first transvestite today! Well, that's kinda a lie. I saw one once in a shoe store in England. I was trying on shoes and saw a 'woman' walking around in reallly cute heels. Then I noticed that this 'woman' had not shaved. Then my eyes started slowly looking up at this 'woman' only to discover that 'she' was actually a 'he.' That was a long side note, sorry. So, anyway, this person walks in to the store and I notice that she's about as tall as my friend Jason is, maybe a little shorter. I also noticed that her hands were not the size of any girl I've ever seen. Longest story short, when I spoke to her it was clearly she was really a he.

To each his (or her) own!

Friday, January 26, 2007

Wine is good, and stuff.

Just got back from dinner at Trombino's, aka the best Italian food I've had this side of Italy. Damn it was good. I literally brought home enough leftovers for lunch for the next week. Combine that with the PF Changs leftovers and I won't have to buy food this coming week. Gotta love birthday and graduation celebrations. I've gotta say though, I'm a little tired of eating out. Since I've been in college, I haven't eaten out like this. Taco Bell and happy hour at "The Hat" doesn't count. I had a glass of Chianti with my spicey "Shrimp Fra Diavolo" and it paired perfectly. MMmm... By the time I was finished, about 10 bites in, I didn't even make a dent. Ok, enough about food!

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Birthdays and Roadrunners

The day before my birthday I had a little breakdown. I was missing my friends, second guessing my job choice and just plain frustrated with everything. I went to bed with too much on my mind and tried to convince myself to wake up on the "right" side of the bed in the morning. I must have had some sweet dreams because when my uncle called me at 5 in the morning to wish me a Happy Birthday I felt as excited as a 5 year old on her 23rd birthday. - That sentence makes sense in my head....

Anyway, the day was overall very good! Work flew by and I met my mom for lunch at PF Changs. Thanks to my cousin, who was VERY generous with a graduation gift card, my mom and I enjoyed our meal. On the way out, I walked my mom back to her car and we noticed a large bird sitting on the top of her car:
Upon further investigation, and with quick clicking action of the camera, we realized that this was not just any bird, but our state bird: The Roadrunner!

This is out of focus (I'm SORRY!!):

And another (in focus this time):

...and one more (my favorite!):

My mom then started singing some "roadrunner" song...I don't I think it might have been from the Looney Tunes or something. Anyway, she scared the little roadrunner off the car:

So, that was exciting!!! Obviously it doesn't take much to make me happy. I was very happy for the rest of the day (except for about 5 minutes after the roadrunner sighting when some woman decided she would like to FLIP ME OFF while I was driving home). Anyway, I now have a new iPod - it's all sexy back, I mean black! I finished out my day by having a fantastic dinner at Casa de Benavidas (BEST New Mexican food in Albuquerque), chatting online with a new friend and then going to see Pan's Labyrinth with my friends.

All in all, it was a great day. Thank you to everyone who helped make my 23rd birthday special!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Dions, eat your heart out.

Wow. You never know how bad things actually are until you go somewhere else. Flying Star and Dion's are pretty much as different as night and day. I wouldn't even know where to begin. How I stayed at Dion's for as long as I did (off and on, of course), I'll never understand. I guess it was just the fact that I knew how to do everything at Dion's and it was convenient...all too easy too.

I forgot what it's like to be on your feet for 8-9 hours a shift, to learn an entire new menu and everything that goes along with new jobs. I have this huge adrenaline rush from closing and I don't really know how to calm down from it... My feet still feel as though they should be moving and my arms and back wants to continue pushing and scrubbing with the mop.

I was going to join the gym...but screw that! If I only eat the free salad we get while on shift and then close every night I work (which is what my schedule is like) then I have a built in gym for free.

There was a lot more on my mind, but right now i can only think about my feet hurting and how I still have to get up early and go to the mag. OH! But good news: I have my birthday off, Thursday night off (cause I asked for Thursday's off) and Friday off! YEA!!!

Ok. the adrenaline is slowly leaving my body which means I will now attempt to go to sleep. Thanks for reading. That is all.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Pet Peeve

I don't know if this can be considered a pet peeve, or just something I don't like: I can't stand morning shows on the radio. They drive me crazy! When I am up in the morning and driving somewhere I just want to listen to music that will keep me awake. I find myself pressing the preset buttons on my radio like a robot just to find a station that's actually playing music. I really wish my iPod wasn't broken so I could just listen to the music I want to hear...perhaps next week I'll have that chance!

Oh, in other news of the day: I should have become a meteorologist. Clearly you don't need any training*.

*I will retract this statement if we do end up getting snow sometime today.
**Ha. We got, maybe, 1/2 an inch. Lame.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

I won!!

This is what I won yesterday on Ebay, it was my first experience with the website (well the third, actually, because I lost the first two things I bid on).

I've been looking for a magazine rack that wasn't like one of those traditional ones that sit on the floor and is made out of wicker. This one hangs on the wall, and I'm planning on putting the magazines that I have bylines in in them. I'm excited for it to come in!!! The one I got only has three slots for magazines, whoever took that picture bought a bajillion of them. I should be able to fit about 18 magazines.

Also, there is CRAZY weather going on. Check out the weather for Las Cruces: Seriously? The year I'm not there it actually snows? NOT fair! I realize that up here in Albuquerque we are supposed to get 4"-8", but I'd rather spend snow days down there with my girls...and the boys... Have fun guys!

So, I went to the info meeting for Team in Training and I REALLY want to do it. The only thing holding me back is all the fundraising I'd have to do, and trying to fit everything into my schedule. I'm still debating, I have about a week to come to a decision. If I don't do it this time, I will do it the next time they start up.

I think I'm out of relatively non-rambling things to talk about...

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Gloves are handy when it's cold.

When I was in Amsteradm a few years ago I saw these fingerless gloves/mittens. They aren't the ones shown here - I just grabbed that pic. off the internet. Anyway, I saw those while I was there and I wish I bought them. The ones I wanted were stripped with crazy colors. I finally got a pair (two actually) for Christmas this year, but I'm still kicking myself for not getting the ones I saw while I was in Amsterdam. There are two things I wish I bought while I was in Europe that I didn't. The gloves were just a stupid mistake...there's not reason why I didn't buy them.

The other thing I wanted that I still think about was a T-Shirt from Urban Outfitters. On the shirt it said, "You say tomato, I say F*ck you!" Ok, granted I wouldn't wear it around very often, if ever, but it meant something to me while I was in the UK. I would have bought it if it wasn't 26 pounds...yeah...that would have come out to $42 American dollars and I couldn't see myself spending that much on a T-shirt.

Anyway, the point of this was that I think fingerless gloves are AWESOME...I love them and the next time I go to Amsterdam, or know someone who is there, I'm getting me a pair of their fingerless gloves/mittens!

Side note: I'm going to the Team in Training meeting tonight!!!

Monday, January 15, 2007

Oral fixations

Just a little blog to talk about my oral fixation with ice. Turns out I've always had this fixation. My mom was just telling me a story that when I was a little girl (little - I was still in a high chair) we were eating at Seagull Street and I started acting up and the waitress brought over some ice chips and I calmed right down! Apparently I was a very good child and my mom can only remember me acting up in a restaurant that one time. Anyway, I just think it's interesting that I still love to chew on ice cubes! Oh, I also like to chew on straws, pen caps and pencils...but I don't think any of those stem from my childhood...

Also, I'm watching the Golden Globes right now and Hugh Laurie from House, just won an award. He's currently blowing my mind right now - HE'S ENGLISH!!! His accent is so charming, I just can't believe it! I can't stand him in House, but boy do I now respect him as an actor. As someone who can't fake an accent to save my life (I have several friends who can vouch for that), I think it's remarkable when someone can can speak with an accent.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Guilty Pleasures

One of my many guilty pleasures is watching Extreme Makeover Home Edition Sunday nights on ABC. I'm not home that often on Sundays, so when I am it's almost guaranteed that I'll be watching Ty and his crew change lives.

Every time I watch this I feel the urge to volunteer and help change lives. I promised myself that once I graduated and moved back home I would make the time to help out around Albuquerque. There are several places I'm looking into volunteering, and at the top of my list is Team in Training with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Obviously that has a special connection to my life. Hopefully after I figure out my job situations/times I can schedule some free time to actually start doing what I talk about.

But, back to Extreme Home Makeover... On every show they send the family on vacation. Usually it's to Walt Disney World, but sometimes it's to other locations. Tonight it hit a nerve with me. Here are these families that have never been on vacation before. NEVER! How spoiled am I? And selfish even. I have been traveling on vacations since before I can even remember. There are only a handful of states I haven't been to in America, and I'm trying to plan my third trip back to Europe. Maybe I need to get my priorities back in line.

The other organization I've wanted to work with for some time is The Make-A-Wish Foundation. I'm only 22 and already I've had too many of my dreams come true. I think it would be awesome to actually help in seeing a child's dream come true.
The first time my dream came true (The side of a bus stop in Switzerland)

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Can't think of a witty title...sorry!

I figured my avid readers need an update on my life. I know you all are so deeply concerned and intrigued with what I'm doing with my life and what my feelings are about this whole thing called "growing up."

We'll start with my living situation: I'm pretty much all moved in to my parents house. I still have a gigantic box of books eagerly waiting to be shelved on a bookcase that I do not have yet. There is also a desk taking up the space where the aforementioned bookcase will go... So how is living with the 'rents and the brother, you ask? Well, it's different. My dad asks me where I'm going every time I leave the house - weird - and my parents sleep less than ten feet away from my bedroom...and they snore...loud...NOT FUN. It's nice being around Chris though, I like to think we get along very well for how close in age we are and how much we used to fight when we were younger. He even goes out with me when we go to the bars and surprisingly it's not weird! I'm glad he gets along with my friends. Then again, he's Chris and can get along with practically anyone..

The job situation: Albuquerque the Magazine is great so far. I really like the people who work there, and I already feel like I'm part of the team. There's a really young and cool vibe in the office, and I'm working on a few things right now for the March issue. Also, please make your way to the nearest Barnes and Noble and pick up the latest issue of travelgirl magazine. When you get it, flip towards the back until your eyes land upon the horoscopes and MY byline. VERY EXCITING!!! To bring a little money into my bank (and pocket) I applied at Flying Star yesterday and they hired me on the spot. Not too shabby. I'm going to work nights (...I may see if I can switch to mornings/afternoons later on) and I have orientation next Wednesday. The pay is around what I was looking for and it's close to home, so I won't waste too much gas. I'm hoping to squeeze a life into this schedule somewhere, along with a daily trip to the gym and knitting lessons I plan on taking. Yes, will happen!

The traveling situation: *Sigh* My passion in life has suddenly taken a pause. The next trip that is tentatively planned is a little road trip to Vegas with the girls in March. I hope it works out because I really want to go back there. Besides that, I'm still saving my pennies and checking airline prices to London more often than not. The crappy thing about having a job is that I won't have that three-month summer break off to go somewhere. I don't know how I feel about that.

The "whatever" situation: I just saw a commercial where a ten year old (i'm giving him the benefit of the doubt for being 10) wanted a cell phone. It sort of blew my mind. Why in the world would anyone need a cell phone if they can't even drive? I got my first cell phone when I started driving - something that seems completely reasonable to me. Who do middle schoolers have to call? They're in school and then they go home...where they can use their normal kids! WHAT IS THIS WORLD COMING TO?! Geez. Also, I'm going to be 23 soon. And by soon I mean in less than two weeks, January 24th to be exact. This is feeling like a really good year for me. This may sound a little corny (ok, a lot corny), but I looked in the mirror earlier tonight and I think I looked older. I'm doing what I said I wanted to do. I'm freelancing for a travel magazine, I'm writing for another magazine and I'm going to work at a coffee shop. Things are grood. I mean great. Good and Great.

So there you have it. If you know me at all then you know I could have poured a lot more into this blog and rambled way more than I did.

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