I had a really fun time with my family from Las Vegas this weekend. Even though we didn’t hang out much on the actual day of Thanksgiving, we did spend the remaining days of the weekend together. We did a lot of shopping and eating out but we also played a lot of games together. The boys mostly played xbox but we payed some board games and lots of card games together too. That might sound boring and I admit that if someone were to ask me to spend a night playing board games with my family then I would probably decline the offer but it was actually really fun. We played Harry Potter Clue, Apples to Apples, Taboo, and tons of card games. We were laughing so much and it was really nice to spend time with my cousins and my brother doing things that brought us all together, even if it was just for that one night. I really think that nowadays, it’s really common for people, myself included, to get so wrapped up in their own lives and what’s going on that it’s easy to forget or to appreciate our families. Thanks guys, for that fun little vacation!
I watched the Blind Side today with Jenna and Annie, and it was a really good movie. It is based on the true story of Michael Oher who plays for the Baltimore Ravens, they focus on his adoption into a wealthy white family in Tennessee and how they really grew to love him and helped him out in every way they could. Parts of the movie were a bit cheesy and some parts of the acting were just okay but I really loved the story line. It was the kind of story that makes you believe that there actually are some genuinely good people out there. I really wish there were more real-life stories/movies like this, it makes it just a little bit easier to believe that there is hope for humanity, that we’re not all just self-absorbed, greedy people who are only looking out for ourselves or our own people.
Someday, I hope I’ll be able to effect someone else’s life in such a great way. I want to do something that will make a difference in another person’s life. I feel like I don’t do enough for other people, my thoughts are mostly about myself and my wants and needs, but I want to change that, I want to know what it’s like to be selfless. I want to do something nice for someone who really needs it but I just don’t know what that is or how to find out. It doesn’t have to be some big, grand gesture, it can be small and even easy too, just as long as I do something. If anyone reads this and has an idea, let me know.
After the movie, I hung out with the other Chavez sister at their house. We played with Rocko and planned our Christmas bake-off, so expect some pictures documenting this event to be posted!
All in all, it was a great holiday! It really is too bad that there’s school tomorrow, it’s back to the daily grind for me.
I know I posted about how Thanksgiving wasn’t all that great and that’s still true. THAT day wasn’t anything special but things are shaping up and it’s starting to look like a good weekend. I’ve been hanging out with family all day, eating, shopping, and just having a good time.
We just got back from eating pho (which I am now a fan of), shopping around, and eating Bobbie sandwiches from Capriotti’s. I bought another pair of shoes, wedges that were on clearance sale for $5!
I really miss when everyone from my mom’s side of the family would gather at Auntie Rose’s house for the holidays. I remember it being so fun because all the cousins would hang out and watch movies in the big living room while the adults would be talking and laughing in the small living room. But the best thing was that we were all together and we were happy.
As I’m writing this, it is still technically Thanksgiving but I want to say that this year’s holiday has been kind of a disappointment. My family didn’t get together at all this year. All the family in San Diego stayed in San Diego, Long Beach family did not get together, and the Las Vegas families had their own plans. I spent 4 hours driving to Las Vegas only to find that my cousins already had their own plans and ran into one of them leaving to go to a Black Friday sale with his friends and I couldn’t join because I really am SO BROKE!
To be honest, I would rather have stayed in Long Beach and relaxed all weekend but my dad had a long vacation so he wanted to come here and I would feel bad about not spending Thanksgiving with my parents. All I really want to do is lay in my bed, read a book or some magazines, and drink hot coffee all day long.
I know the rest of the weekend is still ahead of me but really, what do you do in Las Vegas when you’re broke and are under 21?
I’ll be in Vegas until Sunday when I will probably have to drive back home in major traffic. I miss home already.
I don’t watch Gossip Girl but I feel like I want to start just so I could see more of Taylor Momsen. From what I’ve read about her, she seems to be one of those people you either love or hate, and it looks like I’m on Team Taylor! I love her style, everything she wears is feminine but with a grunge/rocker edge to it and she seems to like wearing heels, so combine heels with her 5’8” frame and you get a killer pair of legs. Did I mention that she’s only 16? You know you’re thinking it, say it with me, “WHAT THE ____!”
*Also, I love people named Jenna and Jessa, Happy Birthday! :)
I had an exam for my RxTech class today. I don’t know how I did but I’m hoping that I at least passed it. I feel like I finished it too early and so I probably did lots of things wrong or made a bunch of small arithmetic mistakes. Whatever, this is how I feel after every test.
Since there was that exam today, I didn’t have as much time as I would have hoped to finish my math study guide. I managed to get two more sections done in class but I still have three more to go and my exam is tomorrow at 9:30am. I’m pretty proud of myself for not procrastinating this semester and I’m really liking the results. Top ranked student in my PreCal class, so nerdy I know, but I can’t remember the last time I was top ranked in a math class. I wanted to finish my study guide tonight but then I had to go to the gym right after class and the library at LBCC is closing at 10, definitely not enough time for me to finish my study guide. So, I’ll be pulling one of my old tricks from high school, getting up at 5am to finish what I should have done the night before.
That being said, I am going to shower, read while my hair is drying and hopefully, be in bed by 11 tonight. Yeah, I’m an old lady.
And just so there’s something interesting about this post:
Adrian Grenier, sometimes he looks like a dream and other times, he looks like a legit dirty hippy. I prefer him clean cut but I understand that he is a lovechild from the ‘70’s and therefore, practically obligated to be a hippy.
Oh, Mrs. Draper, what I would give to be you right now...
I have exactly $7 in my wallet right now and unfortunately, I can only imagine that this meager sum will decrease to $0 long before my next financial aid disbursement. I wish I had more money but I know that the reason I don’t have any money right now is because I am really, really bad at budgeting.
When I see something I like, I get it into my head that I need it for whatever reason and then it stays there, in the back of my mind, nagging at me until I cave in and buy whatever it is. It doesn’t matter if the item is expensive or inexpensive as long as it catches my eye, it gets into my head. For example, today I was at Target hoping to find wrapping paper in the dollar section and searching for St. Ives Moisturizer. Apparently, Target doesn’t carry that moisturizer and the dollar wrapping papers weren’t put out yet, so I thought I should just leave before I bought any unnecessary things, but as I was leaving the beauty aisle, I caught sight of a cute little pink container out of the corner of my eye. What was it? It was Ponds Clarant B moisturizer which should help with dark spots. Upon reading this claim, I thought ‘Oh, I should just get this instead of the St. Ives since they don’t have it.’ And, right next to that moisturizer was a box of make-up removing wipes that I decided to buy because ‘I need to take my makeup off before I work out and these are really convenient.’ AND THEN, as I was standing in line waiting to pay, the new InStyle was on the shelf and Taylor Swift was on the cover, so of course, I bought it since I’m evidently obsessed. So there, I left Target with 3 things I didn’t plan on buying and neither of the 2 things I went there for.
After that little mishap, I went down to Marina Pacifica because I had some gifts to buy. Luckily, I was able to make it out of there with only the things I had planned to buy, although I have to admit, it wasn’t easy. I have very little self-control. I tell myself that I can’t buy clothes because I don’t need new ones but then I go and buy lots of small things that I think I need. This has got to stop. When I get my financial aid disbursement, I am going to budget the hell out of it. I mean diving it into amounts that I can spend monthly and then further dividing into categories of spending per week. Then, when I get a real job, I’ll restart my savings account from the sad, sad 99 cents that’s held in there. 2010, I am going to have money!
12764.) I can’t wait until i really start living my life and making real friends.When the day comes that i’m as sucessful as i want to be i’m going to shove every inch of my joy and happiness in your hurtful,selfish and bitchy ass face.
I watched Coco Before Chanel on Monday and I’ve come to the conclusion that to be truly great at your art, you have to be miserable (think of Van Gogh and Hemingway, among many others). Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel was as an orphan who grew up to be a pessimist towards love. She did, eventually, find someone to love but circumstances deemed it impossible to marry and then later, her beau was killed in a car accident just as her career as a designer was beginning to blossom. In the end, of course, she became the most esteemed name in fashion but she never married and the movie ended with a melancholy Coco. It reminded of me The September Issue where Anna Wintour, despite “having it all,” gave off a sense of profound sadness. Do you think it’s true? If, in order to be truly great, you had to me miserable, would you do it?
I don’t believe in destiny, I believe that our lives are the product of every action, thought, and decision we have ever made. Don’t get me wrong, I think that outside influence is definitely a huge factor for how we live our lives, but ultimately, it’s all up to ourselves. I believe that if you’re a good person who does good things then life will treat you well. That’s not to say that you won’t, occasionally, go through a rough time but I really believe that, for the most part, things will work out for the better. Think good thoughts and do nice things, everything will be alright.