Archives for May 2014

May 31, 2014

Stacking The Shelves #2

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews that showcases the books you are adding to your shelves. These can include ebooks, physical books you have purchased or ones you have borrowed from friends or the library.

Can I just say, I love my local library. While my book buying has actually decreased to maybe one or two a month lately, I’ve put myself on a complete no-buy to save up some money for my California vacation in a few weeks. Instead, I’ve been requesting a bunch of books and reading like crazy. After my YA romance binge, I’ve gone back to dystopian thrillers and dramas. Here are the books that I picked up this week.

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I’ve already finished Pink Smog (as soon as I heard there was another Weetzie Bat book, I had to get it. Fell in love with Weetzie Bat when I was 14) and am halfway through In The After, which I am loving! So what books are on your shelves this week? Leave me a comment and share away!

May 21, 2014

First Dates and Love Locks

If the one I like can’t see the awesomeness that is me, find someone better.

This just happens to be my new motto and plan. Yes. I have feelings for someone and have for a little while. They’ve gone down in intensity but they are still there. But if this person can’t see how awesome I am and would be for them, then it’s time for me to move on and find someone who isn’t blind. This is the lesson that I’ve learned from my last couple relationships. One that I wish that I had learned earlier, but hey. At least it was learned, right? Which brings me to Saturday.

Saturday was a typical mid May day. Slightly overcast with blue skies and a chance of rain. It was gorgeous and a little warm, a perfect day for a first date with a guy that I’ll call C. C and I have been talking since March 30th. Lots of great conversations and getting to know one another. So when he suggested that we meet, I was definitely all for it. I woke up early, got all gussied up and headed on downtown to catch the ferry to Seattle. I love the ferry. It’s calming and I can sit there and daydream or read while I wait for my adventure to begin in Seattle. Or I can take pics of the gorgeous scenery.

Puget Sound

I won’t lie. Even though C and I had been talking for about six weeks, I was still really nervous to meet him. In fact, I was more nervous to meet him than I have been to meet a few of the other guys I have been on dates with. Probably because I actually like him and wanted to make a good impression on him. I even got all gussied up. I actually thought I looked rather pretty and yes, I took a selfie:

First Date Selfie

Turns out that I had no reason to be nervous. C was a complete gentleman and he was very easy to talk to. We spent the day walking around Seattle, starting with grapefruit granitas and gelato (lemon for me and strawberry for him) from Caffe Umbria, some skeeball and air hockey at GameWorks and a quick lunch at a little Vietnamese place, which was a first for me. I tried fresh spring rolls with prawns and absolutely loved them. While we were roaming around the city, I stumbled across the Seattle Love Locks! I didn’t even know that people were doing this in Seattle!

Seattle Love Locks

C and I actually have a LOT in common. We’re both fairly geeky with a love for Star Wars and loud music. We both enjoy answering questions and both list sense of humor as the #2 things we’re looking for in a significant other. We both love sushi and reading. We also both have issues opening up to others and have crazy exes. As we waited for my ferry to arrive, we wandered around a couple of the stores along the waterfront, including my absolute favorite one, Pirates Plunder which showcases pirates (of course), zombies and all the cheesy Seattle goodies you could ever hope to find. While there, I picked up some chocolate goodies for a friend and for my Uncle.

Finally it was time to catch my ferry and C walked me back to the terminal. We hugged goodbye and made plans to see each other again. We’ve talked a bit since then and I hope that we do see one another soon. He’s someone I could actually see myself with. And he thinks that I’m smart, funny and beautiful. Definitely blush worthy. While sitting on the ferry and waiting to head back to Bremerton, I snapped a quick pic of the waterfront. It’s probably my most favorite photo that I have taken of the city. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Not too shabby for a smartphone camera.

Seattle Waterfront

May 13, 2014

The Epic Summer Goals of 2014 + GIVEAWAY!

The Fremont Troll Beautiful Seattle - Hello Space Needle

As I’ve mentioned perhaps once or twice before (*wink*) I’m a California girl and grew up in the Mojave Desert. I’m used to heat. I love the sun and warm air. Now, the desert was too hot. 110+? No thanks. But give me 80-90 and a cold glass of water or lemonade and I’m a happy woman. And it’s because of that love of sun that I am looking forward to summer. Especially since this summer is already off to a great start, what with a trip to California and a very long time friend moving to the area!

But I want to make this summer even more amazing. I have a new group of friends, a job I (mostly) love and some pretty cool roommates. I also have a ridiculously long bucket list (more like a book – it fills more than half of a composition book) that needs some love. So I’m making a list of 14 summer goals that I hope to accomplish. Feel free to laugh at some of the more simple ones. I’ve been slightly deprived throughout my life ;)

01) Road trip to Oregon: Powells, VooDoo Doughnuts, the Columbia River Gorge, Portland, no sales tax, road trip. Heck yes, this needs to happen. I need some travel in my life and I’ve never been to Oregon. Which is a damn shame since it’s only a 3 or 4 hour train ride.

02) Music Festival / Summer Concert: There’s a possibility that I may be attending Warped Tour (which I have never done) OR NINE INCH NAILS (which happens to be my favorite band – since I was about 14) is going to be in Seattle again with SOUNDGARDEN! The 14 year old girl in me just fangirled so hard she passed out. One or the other must happen.

03) Summer O’ Baking: I have a huge wish list of things to make that I have never made and I believe that this summer will be the perfect time to make macarons and meringues. Oh yes. This shall happen. And possibly perfecting a whoopie pie recipe. Plus, pina colada cupcakes must happen.

04) Summer Holidays: With Memorial Day, 4th of July, Midsummer and Labor Day all around the corner, I’m hoping to spend at least one of these with my group of friends (and not working). Can you say summer cookout?!

05) Oodles of Pictures: I have several frames, awesome friends and no photos. You can bet that this is going to happen this summer. By the time September hits, I want to be able to fill a photo album with all my summer pictures.

06) Girls Night: It’s been over a year since the last time I had a girls night and I would kill for some time with my beautiful gals. Dinner, drinks, bitching and dancing? I think so.

07) Creative S’mores: Remember that whole thing I said about laughing at my lameness? Well here you go. I had my first s’more at 32. Yup. It was last year. And I totally see why they are so damn popular. Since I actually make marshmallows (some pretty awesome ones too) I want to make new s’mores combinations. I’m itching to try one with a homemade chocolate marshmallow and a cookies and cream Hershey’s bar.

08) California Dreaming: Technically this one is cheating as I’m already going. I have my tickets and my time off scheduled. But I can’t wait to go and I’ll count this one as completed when I’ve hugged my cousins and wished my Uncle a Happy 60th!

09) Fitness Plan: I was able to lose 10 lbs and keep it off and now I’d like to lose 25 lbs this summer. It’s not a huge number and I have more to lose. But that would be a great start and with all the walking I do daily, it should be easy to accomplish.

10) Artsy Fartsy: Continue to keep crafting and make lots of DIY decor for my room. I have plans for a bigger chalkboard frame, a necklace holder and some art. Just for starters.

11) Sports Fan: Finally see either a Mariners game or Sounders game as I’ve yet to do either.

12) Seattle Exploring: Spend a day in Fremont and actually visit several of the neighborhoods I’ve never gotten to spend time in. I’ve still not been to the University District. This needs to change.

13) Treat Myself: Whether it’s a new tattoo or a massage, I want to spoil myself and treat myself to something great. I work hard and deserve to spend my money on something that will make me feel good.

14) Summer Loving: Have a summer romance (preferably one that actually lasts longer than just the summer). I know there’s someone out there looking for an adorkable woman like me. And I can’t wait to meet him :)

And those are my summer plans! What are your epic summer plans? A new house? A new baby? Travel? I’d love to hear from you!

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