Family Weekend

Much needed, relaxing weekend. I did nothing but hang out with family which sometimes is needed. We went shopping at the outlet where I only bought a top from The Loft for only $7! And we watched Pitch Perfect and Safe Haven. For me the billionth time but they’re both such good movies. *sigh*

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I’ve been busy going through the big stack of magazines that’s been sitting on the corner of my desk for months. Whenever I want to save a recipe or article, I try to see if I can find it online, else I’ll take a picture of it and whatnot to keep … forever … until the internet dies. Or something. Thank you, Evernote.

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Sissy got into a car accident yesterday and totaled her car. From the story she told me, it’s a miracle she walked away without a scratch. She pretty much got t-boned and she flipped and slid upside down all the way down the street. M-I-R-A-C-L-E. Glad she’s okay. That’s all that matters.

If she was in Houston right now, she would love eating the few dark chocolate covered graham crackers I made. YUM. Wish I had better brand of graham crackers and dark chocolate though. They definitely make a big difference.

Back to my relaxing rest of the weekend. Then I’ll have 3 days of work and a 4 day weekend to follow. Cannot wait! Yippee!

Not Just Any Other Workday

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My work had a crawfish boil today. They blocked out 12-4pm for us so we could enjoy crawfish, burgers, and whatnot. We drove to a park where they hired people to cook for us. Look at that giant pot hitched to the back of a truck. That’s how we do it in Texas …

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Pile of critters. It was great getting to mingle with people outside of my team and talk to those that we work with but rarely see. When 1:30pm hit, everyone was practically done. Bossman told us to get the eff out and don’t return to the office. Um … ksweet.

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Zuco and I had plans to go shopping but being able to go earlier and get done earlier … score! Look at all her bags of goodies!!

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This was one of the only things I bought. (The other was eyeliner.)

Original price: $69.99.
Clearance: $50.
Birthday Month: $10 off.

Wayyyy cheaper than it should be. Great to wear to workkkkkkkkk!

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Got my free birthday gift from Sephora! I thought it was funny they made a video but it’s cute and so thoughtful. I looooooooove Benefit a lot so it was a perfect match!!

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When I saw this on my feed after shopping, I about had a heart attack. Someone actually reads my blog … and remembers something from it! Shout out to the amazing Rachael from Happy Healthy Runner. Love her! She has found my spot!

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Plus on top of all that, I got a call from the lovely Samantha who I haven’t seen in a while. She wanted to tell me she found an apartment with an extra room aka the study. Pretty much saying I have a place to stay if I ever want to just get away from home or sleepover. Great friend who thinks about me. Love her to death.

Sorry for the jumbled mess of a blog post. I have to get ready for my Skype date with the lovely Patricia and hopefully Gary and Shayna.

Shopping, Wine, & Movies

Sissy is such a bad influence. She sent me another link to a shopping site. Eeps. Money is just draining out of me. I want to buy EVERYTHING!

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Speaking of buying things, I bought these cute booties for the wedding that’s this Sunday at DSW. You like? I figure i can wear them out AND to the office. Win-Win. I want them in grey now. Or any color they have. Bows, Bows, Bows. Love, Love, Love.

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Mallory, Lauren, Samantha, and I bought a Groupon for Wine Tasting at The Cellar Door in Katy.

Sorry for my huge face … I was really close to the camera. Or maybe this is a wake up call to loose weight!

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We tasted 13 wines. Red and White. I only had a few I liked. If you know me, I’m a beer person. But now I know which wines I like. So I guess I learned something.

If you ask my friends, they’ll tell you that I thought some wines smelled like fish … or moldy squid. How? I don’t know.

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Later that night, Samantha and I went and ate Rudy’s then watched Silver Lining Playbook and Pitch Perfect. It was a pretty chill night.

Sunday, I even got to see Tammy, Jenny, their friends Mary and Jennifer (her boyfriend too) at lunch. It’s been a long, eventful weekend.

Can’t wait for this weekend. Friends and weddings. Exciting!!

P.S. I got on it and did my workout today! Holla!

Talking To Myself

Holy Guac! I woke up late for work today. But my definition of late is still early so I’m safe there.

I blame Sissy. She came home yesterday for a few hours and once I got home we shopped online. She’s a bad influence. 😉 Online shopping is the devil. 4-5 hours later we ended up buying nothing so our wallets are safe there.

That’s what happens when companies put a $100 minimum to get free shipping. As much as we want that free shipping, we don’t want to buy something we don’t really want/need. So I said au revoir to that beautiful wrap dress that I could of worn for the end of the month wedding. Yep … still searching high and low for it and no luck.

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*rant*

I love that I still get calls needing help with FTK stuff … only sometimes I feel used. But I mean … I’m helping right? I brought up the idea of making a LinkedIn group for FTK to Jakob and it’s pretty awesome to see that in 20 minutes, he got someone to do it. The fact that my ideas can still come to life is pretty amazing. It hurts to see the pass classes put together things in FTK and see it go down the drain because the people that took the new positions don’t want to use it because they’re either LAZY or because they want to make their own mark. They should be building … not starting from scratch every time. They are wasting their energy on things that aren’t needed. I liked hearing that they are bringing some things back. Here’s to hoping.

*end rant*

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P.S. I was miss Chatty Kathy today at work. Ask me why and my answer would be that I don’t know. But it felt pretty cool to know that if I do become Chatty Kathy, others would talk back.

Happy Tuesday y’all! Tomorrow is humpity day!

Reunion with Joanne!

Two days ago, I spent more unnecessary money. How you ask?

It all began with me cleaning my room and finding a coupon to Sephora. Went to that site and browsed for the longest time. Picked my items. And when I went to check out I typed in the promotional code to realize it didn’t work. Why?

Because it has already expired. I am one smart cookie. Let me tell you. So I still went ahead and bought the items because I just really REALLY really wanted them. And now I am wanting to buy even more.

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Today I finally got to see one of my best friends from high school, Joanne. The last time I saw her was 2 years ago which was before this blog … yep time sure flies. She’s two years younger than me so she’s still in college but oh boy. Our conversations just went.

As I was driving to meet up at Starbucks, I realized she was in the car next to me. That’s how crazy it is.

I seem to have some pretty good friends I can just talk to like nothing’s ever changed and those are the most prized friendships. We talked about school and work – fine I won’t lie … it was mostly about boys.

We’ve both grown so much. She’s much more outgoing and I’m more shy. Funny how that worked out. We flipped flopped. I am so excited that we got to spend THREE hours just talking. If she was a man, I would say our date went really well and there will be another one. Who am I kidding she’s a girl and it still went well and there will be more. We talked till we were hungry and ended up at Panera Bread. We are crazy ducks and oh boy so many memories.

Now it’s time to get ready for bed!

Work in the A.M. and New Orleans in the weekend! Can hardly wait. Fly fly away!

Day 14: Prowling the Streets of Taiwan

Woke up at noon because seriously after that long night of finding the right hotel … it was the right thing to do.

Mum and I went into a mall and had breakfast in a Japanese restaurant.

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The salad that came with our meal … taste like poop.

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Machata Green Tea. YUM! With sweet syrup.

I don’t know what Mum drank though. Looks gross. Winking smile

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Breakfast … I should say brunch … is served.

Beef with veggies and fish!

So good!

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Then we walked around and shopped and Mum wanted to eat Taiwanese Ice Cream. It’s with three different beans. I’m not a fan but it was still good. It’s shaved ice that is flavored so it tastes like ice cream.

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Fish balls, Duck tongues, more fish balls.

YUM! The fish balls on the stick definitely tastes better than Hong Kong. That’s because Hong Kong doesn’t have as much street foods as they use to.

Afterward, Mum and I were carrying way too much stuff so we went back to the hotel to drop it off and to cool off before having to meet up with Wilson.

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Some of the stuff we bought. Most of it is for family back in Hong Kong and back in the States. (Hey sissy, don’t show anyone! And you can guess what’s yours. Winking smile )

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We left early to grab a little bit of dinner. Another dog on the street that stays in his spot!

We were unsure if Wilson was going to eat with us or not so better safe then sorry.

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Mum’s coffee like usual.

We shared the fish cutlet with veggies curry with rice.

And got dessert of green tea ice cream mochi filled with red bean. So GOOD. Mum was not a fan though.

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After much more shopping, we met up with Wilson and he took us to eat Street Food. So excited! So happy.

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Snails
Smelly Tofu
Sausage on a Stick
Grilled Squid
Fried Chicken Nuggets
Frog Eyes aka Tapioca ball Drink

Mmm … I love street food. Everything tasted SO good. It really felt like I was in the Asian part of the world. Not the whole sitting in a restaurant type thing. Street food is where it’s at!

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Then Wilson took us to eat more Taiwanese Ice Cream.

Green Tea Ice Cream with Red beans and Mango Ice Cream with well … Mango!

So goooooood. LOVED the green tea!

We parted ways and said our farewells. It’ll be a few more years until I see him again and it was nice while it lasted.

Got back to the hotel and I read my book for a good four hours! Finished another novel. By that time it was 5am. I woke up at 11:30am … but we’ll save that for tomorrow.

After all the hotel stuff getting fixed, I realized Taiwan is a lovely place. There are still a lot of people in the streets but not as much as Hong Kong. And the people are super nice. I guess where we stayed was a touristy place so that can explain it but whenever we asked for help, we got it and some even walked us to our destination! The food is amazing and I found a lot of things I liked when shopping .. which rarely happens.

So yes. My thoughts on Taiwan changed. I’m in love and I would love to come back soon!

Happy Hump Day!

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This weekend has been the most amazing one this whole semester.

I got to spend it with some amazing people.

I’ve already covered Friday night but I found a picture in my phone so you’ll just have to suck it up and hear it again!

Friday:

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After working hard on a partnership packet, a group of us went and ate at Cheddar’s. Gary, Ryan, Patricia, Katrina, Andy, Preston, and I all squeezed into a booth. Drinking was in order. Ryan and Patricia ordered margaritas while I chose the oh so wonderful Fat Tire. The others were underage.

Our waiter was DUMB. He didn’t know what a Fat Tire was and when we said separate checks, he said huh? Really now?

Saturday:

Jenny, Tammy, and I went to the mall. Tammy needed to buy a birthday present for my brother so we shopped around. Then afterward we shopped around for ourselves. Winking smile

I got cute little fingerless mittens that can change to where my fingers are covered at Forever21 for $6.

I even got a nice looking jacket at Macy’s for $25! What a deal!! It’s a nice jacket that I can wear with my nice clothes. Much needed since I own a lot of hoodies.

I had gotten a text from my high school friend, Nicole, that she and her boyfriend were going to be in town. So we planned to get dinner with Stephanie (another high school friend who has been interning here in San Antonio).

We went to Taqueria Data Point. Obviously I chose it and since we were in San Antonio, I can only take them to the best Mexican food in town!

We talked and chilled. It was great. That was the first time I’ve met her boyfriend, and he was amazing!! He could definitely hold a conversation.

The only thing missing was Michelle. She’s coming home from New York this upcoming Sunday!! Finally, we’ll be in the same state again!

Jenny and Tammy wanted to watch Breaking Dawn so we had agreed to meet back at the apartments at 9pm. Then we headed to:

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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
1255 SW Loop 410
San Antonio, TX
(210) 677-8500
www.drafthouse.com

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Our tickets. We are nerds. And we sat all the way at the top … that’s the view I saw. That’s not really the movie on the screen. Before they movie, they played all the spoofs. It’s hilarious!

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There was a lot of things on the menu. Definitely not your usual candies, sodas, popcorn, and nachos at the regular movie theaters.

After you figure out what you want, you write it down and stick it on the metal rail in front of you so it looks like a “flag”.

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Toasted Orzo [olive oil toasted Orzo pasta tossed in red vinegar, parsley, sun dried tomatoes, artichokes, and green onions] | $2.99

This was actually A LOT of food. The dude said it came In a small bowl. I beg to differ. I ate some and gave the rest to Jenny.

This was dang delicious and for such a low price. (It was a side.) The only thing I’m confused with is, it says it’s pasta … but I got rice. Unless Orzo means rice. Oh and the dish is cold. Like a salad!

I would order this again when I go because it’s cheap and delicious.

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Guinness Milkshake [Guinness and vanilla ice cream] | $5.00

OMG … I love it. I wished they would of told me that it had whipped cream because I would of told them NO THANKS! It was very delicious though. I would love to go and just order this. So delectable. So smooth.

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“Royale With Cheese” Burger [100% hormone and antibiotic free Angus patty with lettuce, tomato, onions, Cheddar cheese, bacon and chipotle mayo on a toasted sweet bun] | $9.99

The burger was very juicy. Cooked perfectly. The fries had a special type of seasoning so my ketchup as very unnecessary. The fries were a bit on the hard side. Not crunchy … hard. Yep.

I don’t think I would order the burger again though. It was good but not GREAT.

The theater itself … there are little lights underneath the long table where you sit. Luckily the ones under Jenny and I were out so it wasn’t super bright. The people came at the WORST times possible. But it was still a great experience.

The movie itself … was great! I’m not a die-hard Twilight fan but I love when people will do anything to protect those they love. Go watch it. It’s not terrible!

Sunday:

It was suppose to be study day but Jenny, Tammy, and I were lazy and were on Pinterest laughing away. When they went to H-E-B, I started my laundry, showered, and printed out all my slides. Productive?

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A bee flew into our humble abode. Sad smile They were scared. I wasn’t scared … as long as it wasn’t close to me. He was pretty dumb. He kept flying into the window and couldn’t get out. Took him about a good hour. I tried to help but you could hear he was getting angry.

After dinner, we watched Water For Elephants.

 

Such a good movie. Robert Pattinson isn’t as terrible as everyone thinks. I find him attractive. Winking smile

This weekend was filled with fun and I cannot wait for this upcoming Thanksgiving break. I get to see my whole family as well as Tammy and Jenny’s family. It’s going to be amazing!!