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My week in an instant & my first NaBloPoMo

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  1. I dumped the news on IG last week because I couldn’t take not talking about it any longer.
  2. Midnight looking ultra cute. I love when cats cover their face with their paws.
  3. I spent my day Saturday curled up in bed with my feline friend and watching Private Practice on Netflix.
  4. I started a class on Coursera – Drugs & the Brain. Its proving to be quite the challenge.

I didn’t realize how little I posted to IG this week – I guess things were not that eventful.

December NaBloPoMo Topic:

What do you consider yourself a “pro” at?

All of the topics in this months NaBloPoMo topics are in relation to work. When I glanced over the prompts and saw this first question – I wracked my brain as to what I consider myself a “pro” at when it comes to work – or anything for that matter. Upon some self reflection on the way to work I decided that I consider myself a pro at time management, creating plans, implementing procedures, and including others in the decision making process (when I can). By having multiple jobs that required me to manage my time in the most effective way possible, I had to become a master at this task. I mostly find myself making lists and using my phone to keep track of what I have going on. I often find myself pondering ways of how I can work smarter, not harder, which has lead to various procedures and plans that I have put in place at various jobs to help facilitate the flow of work.

I have had a few trying leaders in my journey – and along the way I have told myself that I do not want to be like them, and what about them do I admire and what do I not care for as a subordinate. One of my biggest frustrations was in certain instances that I or we were told to do something because they said to, with no explanation. I think there is a line between questioning authority and honestly curious about why a task is being completed or how. Because of years of ‘because I said to’ I have found myself often asking my employees or peers why we are completing this task to gain understanding or how they would improve it if they were in my shoes. For the most part, my return has been pretty successful, and I find that it helps build an environment where employees/peers feel valued and included.

What do you consider yourself a pro at in the workplace?

Tonight Richard and I are going to grab some delicious food from Chipotle, play some Lego Lord of the Rings, and hit Walmart for the midnight release of The Dark Knight Rises.

3 December, 2012

My life in an instant


  1. Midnight hamming it up.
  2. Awesome operation Band-Aids that Richard got for me at Target. He also picked up Pac-Man ones as well!
  3. I kind of lost my mind in the 50 cent bin at A-1 comics and bought a bunch of things. I regret nothing.
  4. A really unfortunate shaped cookie from The Cookie Tree.
  5. Waiting for Wreck It Ralph to start – I honestly hate going to the movies solely based on how most people are inconsiderate of those around them. We had an entire row of teens in front of us that would not stop yelling and talking. Infuriating.
  6. People search for the most random things and some how make it to
  7. Hanging out at work – lookin fancy while battling a 4 day migraine.
  8. An amazing sunset while I was pumping gas. The sunsets in Northern California have been ridiculous lately.
  9. Flavored honey sticks from the auction. I initially tried these while in Seattle and was convinced that I would never find them again. I was complaining to Richard and he informed me that there is a vendor at the auction that sells all kinds of flavored honey. I only had a dollar cash on me so I had to pick 5 out of the 20 or so flavors, which was tough, but man these are SO good.
  10. I went to my Mom’s for Thanksgiving and got to spend time with my old lady, Kit Kat. She is a lovely 18 years young and I miss her so much.
  11. Kit Kat is such a natural in front of the camera.
  12. The amazing Thanksgiving feast my Mom prepared. Two things that were not pictured though were the delicious cinnamon rolls my Dad made and homemade sugar cookies he made as well.
  13. My cute baby boy Obi Wan – He always seems to make this face when you take pictures of him, it’s like he is perpetually surprised or something.
  14. Trying to get Obi to act more naturally yields even more hilarious results.
  15. I had zero room for pumpkin pie after dinner on Thanksgiving, so I opted to have it for breakfast on Friday.
  16. A rare moment of Kit Kat and I snuggling. She will let you pet her until the end of time but hates being held, so on the rare occasions where she forgets this, it’s always nice to take advantage.
  17. I found some old yearbooks in my Mom’s living room and man I was a looker.
  18. I never pack clothes when I visit my Mom’s because I have so many still at her place. I found this really old Threadless shirt hanging out in my room and decided to rock it for Black Friday.
  19. Dutch Brothers is slowly making its way South. Look out Starbucks – my favorite coffee establishment is coming to town.
  20. I also managed to dig out my old gaming systems and brought them home with me. This included my NES, Sega Genesis, PS1 & PS2.
  21. I found a huge bag of Tamagotchis tucked away in a box as well that I brought home with me.
  22. My hair was doing incredible things while I was at my Mom’s.
  23. Kit Kat looking contemplative.
  24. The two of us hanging out. Anytime she sees that I am taking her picture she always tends to go right for the camera and rub her face all over it.
26 November, 2012

My week in an instant


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1. Decided to rock some plain black polish for the first time in a while.My pentacle ring is from The Bead Man and my aquamarine ring was given to me for my 16th birthday.

2. Starbucks sucks at spelling my name, and so does at least half of the population so I have found.

3. Panda Restaurant feast on election night.

4. Lunch at Cafe Olivette. Their special was pepperoni mushroom lasagna, with a choice of soup or salad. I didn’t feel like having either of those so I opted for french fries.

5. Midnight loves to drink water from the tap. So cute.

6. My drive home is 37 miles – which for the most part really sucks. But there are days where I get to view amazing sunsets like this one and it’s not so bad. I actually stopped in the middle of the road to take this picture (I was on a back road, no worries).

7. Gushers for breakfast y’all!

8. Me pretending to be some sort of model at work. I was rather pleased with my hair and outfit for the day. My top is from Torrid.

9. Added some polka dots to my nails for a little fun.

10. Watching videos on YouTube with the captions turned on can be quite hilarious, demonstrated by the video of Marvo from The Impulsive Buy.

11. Yet another amazing sunset on my drive home.

12. I finally found the Pumpkin Pie Spice Pringles after searching forever! See what I thought of them here.


14. My awesome Holiday Pie from McDonald’s.

11 November, 2012

My week in an instant


Working on a project that I hope to post tomorrow!

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Got both Xbox 360s back from the repair shop! Also treated myself to some new books.


My awesome new desktop at work from

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Just a random scrunchy face and playing with the Frank Said What app – currently free in the Apple app store.


An awesome new game that I have been playing that challenges you to build various items with legos, and snap pics for points. It’s really addicting.

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Another shot of my Halloween nails and playing The Unfinished Swan on the PS3 (which I finished in approximately 3 hours)

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22 October, 2012

My week in an instant

You know how I was really excited about playing Happy Wars on Friday? That all changed very quickly. Richard downloaded it on his 360 first, and when we went to start playing it, it froze. Richard turned off his Xbox and started it up again to find that be had got the dreaded Red Ring of Death. He said its happened to him before and didn’t seem that phased by it (though if I were him, I’d be freaking out). I told him to pop his hard drive into my 360 and we could play it on mine until we figure out what we were going to do. So, he popped his hard drive into my Xbox and powered it on, greeted by… Red Ring of Death?!


I figured it was just a fluke thing and maybe it was just his hard drive, swapped them out, but with no luck. Crapola. I frantically called Microsoft and they said it most likely was not caused by the hard drive swap, and that I just have bad luck. But, they would be more than happy to fix both of our out of warranty systems (his being an original 360 and mine being an elite) for the tune of $99 dollars a piece and 4 – 6 weeks. Uh, thanks but no thanks.

After searching the Internet high and low, I found a local place that specializes in electronics repair and would fix and upgrade our systems for $45 a piece and had a 1 day turn around time, definitely more my style. Sadly they are closed on Sunday – so we anticipate getting them back tomorrow. I can’t wait.

Eating my feelings at Burger King – when did this place start sucking so bad?

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A view from my rear view mirror on my drive to work and the awesome
text messages I have to decode from my boss.

Delicious tomato soup and bread from Boudin’s SF

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A lackluster turkey pesto panini I had from Cafe Olivetti in Yuba City, CA.
and a delicious pumpkin ooey gooey bar from The Cookie Tree in
Yuba City, CA.

My junk food stash

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Having a bad hair day and rocking my Finn Adventure Time hat
and bringing home donuts for the fam.

14 October, 2012