Monday, May 23, 2016

Writing Challenge: Day 21

Chores

Sis and Squid are in town for the weekend, so it’s been nothing but chores, chores, and more chores for a few days now. They stay in the same room RJ and Lil’ SS stay in when they’re here, so it needs a once over. You know, after a 15 year old teenager stays in there for a few weeks, it’s not exactly pretty.

Now it’s your turn. Tell me what chores you do.

Writing Challenge: Day 20

Something You Miss

I miss my old car. I miss being able to fly in and out of traffic quickly. Being able to fit into smaller places. I just miss that little thing.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m still in love with the Escape. I just miss the little car.

 

Now it’s your turn. Tell me something you miss.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Writing Challenge: Day 19

Top 10 Songs

Since country music is just about the only genre of music I listed to, let’s do the Top 10 Country Songs on iTunes right now. Today.

  1. H.O.L.Y. by Florida Georgia Line
  2. Came Here to Forget by Blake Shelton
  3. I’m Sorry by Adam Wakefield (The Voice performance)
  4. Humble and Kind by Tim McGraw
  5. Go Ahead and Break My Heart by Blake Shelton feat. Gwen Stefani
  6. Somewhere on a Beach by Dierks Bentley
  7. T-Shirt by Thomas Rhett
  8. The Fighter by Keith Urban feat. Carrie Underwood
  9. Straight Outta Cold Beer by Blake Shelton
  10. Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day by Luke Bryan

 

 

Now it’s your turn. Tell me what the top 10 songs are in your favorite genre of music.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Writing Challenge: Day 18

What I Wore Today

I meant to take a picture of myself today, but TOTALLY FORGOT! Aaaahhh.

So, instead, here’s a photo of me from a few years ago, with the same outfit on. That makes it kind of the same, right? ;-)

Blue jeans and a t-shirt (usually a white one) are my typical outfit. This is a gray shirt, because sometimes it’s just a gray shirt kind of day.

Photo Jan 10, 1 23 25 PM

 

Now it’s your turn. Tell me what you wore today.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Writing Challenge: Day 17

@3pm

I set an alarm on my phone for 2:57p so that I’d remember to pay attention to what I was doing at 3pm. At 3pm today, I was in the middle of talking to my boss and one of the trainers, when the alarm went off. I set a different type of sound than my usual annoying alarm so that just in case I was on the phone with a production company, it didn’t start blaring some awful sound and interupt my call.

Thankfully, the guys just laughed at my silly triangle instrument sound and had to know why I had it going off at some weird time. Then, I explained this, and they looked at me like I had way too much time on my hands.

Boys. They just sometimes don’t understand.

 

Now it’s your turn. Tell me what you were doing at 3pm.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Writing Challenge: Day 16

Snack Food

One of my most favorite snack foods, is Flaming Hot Cheetos.
As much as I hate to admit this to the general public, I could eat an entire 9oz bag in one sitting. Unfortunately, I would be extremely miserable the next day, but I could do it.

 

 

Now it’s your turn. Tell me what your favorite snack food is.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Writing Challenge: Day 15

Favorite Color

Red, red, and more red.
My favorite color is…

 

 

Now it’s your turn. Tell me what your favorite color is.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Writing Challenge: Day 14

Who do you love?

I love all these people….

 

 

 

Now it’s your turn. Tell me who you love.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Writing Challenge: Day 13

Your hobby

Well this will be a boring post. I don’t have hobbies. I don’t have time for hobbies. Work and school keeps me very busy. If cooking can be considered a hobby, then I’ll go with that because I have to do that every single day.

Here’s a lasagna I once made…

 

 

Now it’s your turn. Tell me what your hobby is.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Writing Challenge: Day 12

Favorite Recipe

There are so many things that I cook every week, that narrowing it down to just one, would be really difficult. So here’s one…

Ingredients:
-1 pound jumbo shrimp, shelled and deveined
-Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
-2 tablespoons unsalted butter
-2 teaspoons minced garlic
-1/4 cup dry white vermouth
-1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest plus 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
-2 teaspoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves

Directions:
Put the shrimp on a large disposable pie pan or paper plate and pat them completely dry with a paper towel. Arrange the shrimp so they lay flat and are evenly spaced.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper. Add the butter to the skillet. When the foaming subsides, raise the heat to high and invert the plate of shrimp over the skillet so the shrimp fall into the pan all at once. Cook the shrimp, without moving them, for 1 minute. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Turn the shrimp over and cook for 2 minutes more. Transfer the shrimp to a bowl.
Return the skillet to the heat and pour in the vermouth and lemon juice. Boil the liquid until slightly thickened, about 30 seconds. Scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Stir the lemon zest and parsley into the sauce. Pour the sauce over the shrimp, season with salt and pepper to taste and toss to combine.

It’s a recipe I got from FoodNetwork.com several years ago and finally decided to make last night.

 

Now it’s your turn. Tell me what your favorite recipe is.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Writing Challenge: Day 11

*free theme*

I don’t really know what to write about on a free theme day, so I guess I’ll show you the FM transmitter that I built last week. This school stuff is really hard, but it’s definitely not boring.

 

 

Now it’s your turn. Tell me what you would talk about today.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Writing Challenge: Day 10

This is what makes me happy

This guy. This guy right here makes me happy. He’s my almost 16-year-old baby boy. Holy cow. Crazy to think it’s been that long since I was fearing what delivery would be like.

 

Now it’s your turn. Tell me what makes you happy.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Writing Challenge: Day 9

Favorite Place Outdoors

There are several outdoor places that I would consider my favorite.

One would be the Santa Barbara Beach. It was my parents favorite place to go when we were growing up, so we spent a lot of time there. As I became an adult, I always found myself going back to that beach in search of some familiarity when everything was starting to change. Today, it’s an even deeper love that I have for it knowing that StepDad is floating around in those waters somewhere.

 

Now it’s your turn. Tell me about your favorite place outdoors.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Writing Challenge: Day 8

What You Had For Breakfast

Sunday is typically the morning that SS goes out and gets bagels for us for breakfast. It’s something his dad did when he was growing up, so it’s apparently something he wants to continue doing. And it’s definitely okay with me. No complaints.

However, today is MOTHER’S DAY! So today, we are meeting Steve’s family for lunch, and I happened to sleep in, so didn’t eat breakfast. But believe me, if I had eaten breakfast, it would have been bagels. ;-)

 

Now it’s your turn. Tell me what you had for breakfast today.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Writing Challenge: Day 7

Where You Like To Shop

I shop at so many different places, depending on how much money I’m looking to spend. From The 99 cent store to Target to JCPenny to online shopping at Etsy, it just depends what I’m looking for.

I don’t have one that I like more than the other, because shopping is not my favorite thing to do. If I could pay someone to shop for me, I’d do that instead. I just don’t like it.

 

Now it’s your turn. Tell me where your favorite place to shop is.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Writing Challenge: Day 6

Favorite Season

Winter, because there are so many days off work (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year).

Plus, I've grown to enjoy the Christmas spirit that blows through town when the cool breeze arrives in mid to late October.

 

Now it’s your turn. Tell me what your favorite season is.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Writing Challenge: Day 5

Family

Family. It’s a strange word to me. Most people look at family as being the ones they are related to by blood, but I don’t.

I could sit here and tell you stories about why I don’t have a relationship with my dad, but you could read all about it here. I could tell stories about Mom leaving StepDad for the gardner and feeling guilty about it after StepDad died, but you’ve already read that too. And of course, you already know how wonderful Sis and RJ are, so no need to keep going on and on about them either.

So, that brings me to my other family. They are not blood related, but they treat me as if I’m their daughter anyway. They invite me to family dinners and birthdays and always ask how school and work are going. And they don’t live in another state.

I’m grateful every day that I have a second family that I can count on when I need. And a few of them happen to be going to Hawaii with us next month.

 

Now it’s your turn. Tell me what your family.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Writing Challenge: Day 4

Favorite Drink

I’ve talked about my favorite drink (Iced Tea) several times on this blog, so how about we change it up a little bit and talk about my favorite alcoholic drink.

fireball whiskey

Fireball Whiskey has stolen my heart. When I first tried it years ago, I was hooked because it instantly made me feel like I was drinking one of my favorite candies (RED HOTS!), and that’s just the most awesome thing ever! I mean, an alcohol that doesn’t taste like alcohol? FINALLY!!

SS has an aunt that loves it too, so when we get together for family functions, her and I can be seen at the bar sipping shot after shot of this delicious yumminess. 

 

Now it’s your turn. Tell me what your favorite drink is.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Writing Challenge: Day 3

Where You Work

I work at one of the coolest ranches in Los Angeles.

  • A very playful bear that has been featured in so many commercials, movies, and most recently, Hell's Kitchen.
  • A male lion that hates heat, and would rather cuddle and roll around the ground with you.
  • A female tiger that knows she rules the property.
  • A black leopard that brings a smile to the faces of everyone that sees and works with him. Oh how I wish people would stop calling him a Panther. There’s no such thing as a Panther, people!
  • A couple of Capuchin Monkeys that constantly stare at me when they see me in the windows of my office.

And so many other animals that just don't get enough television time.

There are different rules at this ranch about sharing pictures and info of stuff we are working on, so that’s the reason I don’t talk too much about it. If I’m allowed to share, I will. I promise.

 

Now it’s your turn. Tell me where you work.

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Writing Challenge: Day 2

Weather
Weather in Southern California is strange.
Take last week for example. Last Monday, it was a beautiful sunny day, when suddenly, it started to get a little darker in my office. I looked outside and there were clouds above. Just then, a bunch of rain came down. SS sent me a video of hail that came down fast and hard where he was, and although I didn’t see hail where I was, it’s pretty crazy that it appeared out of nowhere.
Today’s weather is much more in control. It’s a sunny 80 degree day, with a slight breeze. Could it be any more perfect for the beginning of May?

Now it’s your turn. Tell me about the weather where you are.
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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Writing Challenge: Day 1

Yourself

What can I say about myself that you don’t already know? What can I tell you about myself that my About Me page doesn’t already tell you? Well, how about this…

Great White Sharks

I am fascinated by Great White sharks. When I see them on television, I immediately stop in my tracks and watch. Shark Week is something we look forward to in my house every year.

I see television shows, internet videos, and pictures, of people diving with sharks, and I can’t help but think they’re just crazy insane. However, you put me in a metal cage, and I’d be down there with them. Something I’ve always wanted to do. But there MUST. BE. A. CAGE. Safety, people! Safety.

 

Now it’s your turn. Tell me something about yourself.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Writing Challenge

As if I don’t have enough to do every day, I’m going to challenge myself to do one more thing. A blog post every single day during the month of May. I don’t exactly know where this challenge came from, so I can’t give proper credit, but here are the daily topics…

Join along. We can learn so much about each other during the month.

 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Thought For Today

We used to be the life of the party.
We used to be the ones that they wished they were.
But now it's like they don't know how to act,
Maybe they're like me and they want us back.
It's like there's always an empty space.
Those memories that nobody can erase.
Of how bright we burned,
Well now it hurts, but it's true.
When they think of me, they think of you.


-Chris Young & Cassadee Pope

Monday, April 4, 2016

She was here for a minute.

My Sister. She was here. For a minute.

Her office was closed for a week during Spring Break, so she decided to drive down to LA and surprise all her friends.

Her 35th birthday was a few weeks ago, and what better way to spend it, than with all her friends for a pool party/bbq.

All the kids played in the pool. RJ and Lil’ SS were even there to help celebrate.

She stayed at my house for most of the time she was in town, which was a total of seven days. After visiting with everyone she had time to see, she headed back home to Oregon, where she’ll be patiently waiting until her next visit in May.

 

Until next time, Little Sis.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Poodle Visit

Guess who made a surprise visit to see me?

Yes, that’s the one and only #UdonThePoodle !!!

The trainer he lives with, made a trip up to our ranch to video a couple of dogs for an upcoming shoot, and she mentioned she could bring him along for a little one-on-one time.

I wasn’t about to turn that down, so a play date is what I got.

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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Saying hello to a Goodbye

A few weekends ago, we spent the afternoon in Santa Barbara. We said hello to StepDad, who if you remember, is floating around in the ocean after we spread his ashes. It was the anniversary of his death, so we hung out for a while. RJ played in the waves, while SS and I watched from dry land. Two years, and the pain is still very real. Missing him every day.

#MissYouStepDad

 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Snow Day

Work. School. Work. School. Work. School. Work. School. Work. School.

I’m exhausted. Burnt out. Ready for a vacation.
I decided the only type of getaway I was going to get, was one that was close to home and only lasted one day. So, SS and I hopped into the truck and off we went to the local mountains.

We threw snowballs at each other, slid down mountains on a sled, and built a snowman. It was the perfect kind of day-getaway that I needed. I wish we could have stayed longer, but it was so crowded, and that kind of made it less fun.

You can guarantee that the next El Nino storm that passes through here, will find me up in the mountains once again.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

NASCAR: The Complete History

I received this book for Christmas, and let me tell you, it’s awesome.

This book is 640 pages of jammed packed NASCAR information. A LOT of information. Going back before NASCAR was started…..

 

…to the 2014 Championship….

I’m only a couple of pages in, but I’ve already learned stuff I didn’t know, and can’t wait to get deep into these pages. Fun stuff!

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