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~Vlogmas: Week 1~

Here’s my first attempt at daily vlogging for Vlogmas. I’ve never attempted it before but I’ve been really into making videos lately. I have videos scheduled and ideas for videos I hope to film. I love it!

I’m doing a different take on Vlogmas though, instead of there being a video up every day it will be a combination of a few days into one video. This first video is the product of 4 days. The 3rd, 4th, 5th and the 8th. I wasn’t able to film during those days in between, but I figured it might get a bit boring too. I might keep it to 4 or 5 days each video. Or perhaps 3? Not sure. This video was quite long, and I know not everyone wants to sit and watch a 10 minute video. Kudos to you if you watch/read most of  my ramblings.

I’ll figure out what I want to do the rest of the weeks but I think it will take a bit for me to get comfortable with daily vlogging/daily videos. Anyway, I hope you’re having a wonderful day. If you’re taking part in Vlogmas, let me know, I’d love to watch your videos.

Thanks for reading/watching.

~Travel: Florida Trip~

For Thanksgiving Matt and I made a trip to Florida to visit his parents. Plus, it was my very first plane ride. That’s right, first! I was sick the previous week so I had some antibiotics that I had to take and I think it made me extra sensitive to movement and light.

I got terrible motion sickness so the plane ride to Florida was a little blah. It was only 2 hours so thankfully it didn’t get worse. We arrived in Tampa really late and still had to make a 3 hour drive to his parent’s house. Since I didn’t think about timing, I didn’t get a chance to visit The Paper Seahorse. I was a bummed but this definitely won’t be my last trip to  Florida. Once we finally made it to his parent’s place, we chatted for a bit and then went to bed as soon as our heads hit the pillows.

Matt is an early bird, so he was up and ready to go at like 7 a.m., I on the other hand required more sleep. We woke up to a great breakfast, waffles galore. After that we got ready and went to Sun Harvest, a citrus haven. Strawberry orange juice is to die for! I also had a yummy orange creamsicicle soft serve. This entire trip was filled with yummy treats. After that we went to an outside mall where we walked around a bit and got some pizza and then went to watch Murder on the Orient Express. After which, we went back to his parent’s house and I needed to lay down. The rest of the week would begin with a headache and then require me to return back to the house and sleep it off. It was annoying and I felt incredibly rude. Thankfully, on Thanksgiving it was cloudy and raining so my headache wasn’t bad. I then got to meet Matt’s grandmother.  She was so classy and funny. She got into the car and told Matt, “So I hear you’re engaged.” I couldn’t see my face but I’m sure I was bright red. He politely told her, not quite there yet. Love the dude. This was my first Thanksgiving away from my family so I was missing them. But Matt and his family made me feel so welcomed. And the dinner was delicious so it didn’t feel too foreign.

I did manage to go to another mall and find THE perfect Christmas gift for Mija so I’m excited to give it to her. But immediately after purchasing said perfect gift I started feeling icky and couldn’t even finish eating my lunch and we had to go back to the house.  Luckily, the evenings were much better. Even though I didn’t get to explore Florida as much as I wanted to, I did still have a lot fun with Matt and his family. We watched a lot of movies together and ate yummy foods, I couldn’t have asked for a better holiday.

Next time I hope I’m not sick and I also hope I can visit The Paper Seahorse on our next trip. I’ve never been there but I know I will love it. I can’t wait! Well, I hope you had a great holiday, or week. Christmas is coming up, and I can’t wait to give everyone the gifts I picked out for them. I love giving gifts!!! Until next time!

Thanks for reading!

Day Off!

I had last Friday off and decided to go on an adventure. I was on a quest to find a green skirt for my costume as well as making a visit to my public library so I can get a library card and start checking out books instead of buying books I have no intention of reading/keeping.

At the moment I’ve decided to check out audio and ebooks vs hardcopy books. I’m actually worried I’ll destroy a library book by accident. I’m not the kindest to my personal books whilst I’m out and about. Things spill on/tear/get folded while being lugged around in my bags so it’s not a safe place for books. I don’t mean to, but it happens.  But lately I’ve noticed that I purchase the book and then either finish it and don’t really like it enough to keep it, or don’t even like it enough to finish reading it. -.- Sad.

To make some attempt at keeping this cycle under control I knew I would have to combat it with getting a library card and start checking out books instead. We shall see how well this goes, but I plan on doing my best. While waiting for stores to open I shot some great photos of the area. I love my new camera! It makes me want to make more videos and take more photos. I take it with me everywhere on the off chance I will take a photo or vlog or something. It’s exciting and I love it.

The library finally opened and I was able to get that card. I recently found my first library card from when I was a kid. I remember when Mom took me to the library to get it too, I remember her signing the back for me in her beautiful writing. Sadly, I lost that first card and had to go in and get a new one. This one I have kept since then, it has my terrible scratch handwriting. Anyway, so now I have a Houston Library card and now I can check out books for free!

I’m still testing out my camera and trying to learn how it works and whatnot so bear with me while I learn. Do you have a library card? I read somewhere, someone had said they think libraries should be closed down. How sad! I hope that doesn’t happen.  Anyway, I’ll update again soon- but check out my you tube videos for more stuff. 🙂 If you want to.

Thanks for reading and commenting. <3

Life Update

Hurricane Harvey Day 5

Matt and I have been extremely lucky. There has only been a bit of flooding around us and it has already gone down. However, Houston has been hit hard.

I’ve dealt with hurricanes before but this is the first time I’m away from my family. My father works for the light company, he’s a lineman, so that means he climbs up the light poles and gives people back their lights. He’s been working through this storm, like every other one. Close to home or faraway he’s been through so much. He’s been keeping in touch and sending photos of what he sees. My father is a great man, and I hope he continues to be safe.

Before the Storm

Friday, I had to go into work so I stayed with Matt the night before. He did not have to work so he drove me to the museum and walked around until I was done, I left around 11:30 or so that morning. We got lunch, like it was any other day, and then headed back to his apartment. Saturday seemed normal that morning, so we walked to the nearest grocery store and got some last minute supplies. That night the first band hit and the road from the window started to flood. To our surprise there were a bunch of people still on the road. The next morning the water from the road was gone, but it was still raining. We both got the call that work was cancelled for Monday and that our coworkers were safe. Our friends and families were safe.

Safe yet dealing with the aftermath of Harvey’s beginning wrath. My sister hasn’t had power and has leaks in her home, one of my coworkers had to be evacuated from her complex, and my boss is afraid her roof is going to collapse due to water damage. I can’t imagine what they are going through. Most of the stores are still closed or are severely limited. Matt managed to go to Randall’s today for so more supplies. There was a line around the building and they were limiting the number of people in the store. It’s scary, but again, I am so lucky. I’m not too sure about the condition of my apartment, I believe that area is fine but I’m not certain. I’ll make a trip home after the storm has passed. It should hit more tonight but I think it won’t be as strong.

My prayers go out to my fellow Houstonians, my fellow Texans and neighbors who are helping us through this difficult time. And to my dad, and men and women like him, who are putting themselves in danger to help others. Please be safe.

That’s all for now. I’ll update again soon.

~Monthly Moments: July~

 

Here’s July’s montage video, it took me awhile to clip something together,  I’m happy with how this one came out, I had a lot of clips this month. Mostly of Marco and Eve…my boyfriend’s cats, so I had to x a lot of the tiny stuff to make room for the great memories. Making these videos has been a complete joy, it doesn’t take very much effort. I mean, remembering to film a moment might be troublesome at times but it’s nice to look back on. I’ve been documenting my life in some way or another and I love how it continues to evolve.

August is going to be busy….

  • Miller Outdoor Theater- 8.9.17 (Date night)
  • Mixers – 8.11.17 (Work Event)
  • 2nd Saturday – 8.12.17 (Work Event)
  • Bullet Journal Workshop – 8.14.17
  • Catalysts – 8.17.17 (Work Event)
  • Matt’s brother comes to visit- 8.18-21.17
  • Senior Social – 8.23.17 (Work Event)
  • Hand lettering Workshop- 8.26.17
  • Steering Committee Meeting – 8.31.17 (Work Event)

Even though this is another work crazy month, I’m still pretty happy with where I am in life. I hope your month is filled with good times. I’d love to hear about your July? Or is there anything your excited about happening this month?

Thanks for reading/watching.

~Monthly Moments: June~

I was late editing June’s video, but it was a slow month for me. I did go to Lockhart in the beginning of the month but unfortunately, I didn’t take ANY video clips! I thought I took at least one but it must have accidentally gotten erased. Oh well.

This lack of video pretty much sums up my month of June, lazy but still wonderful. I’ve been relaxing on the weekends and just spending time with family. Again, lovely. July should also be an easy month, which is fine by me, it gives me a chance to continue relaxing before the crazy month of August…can you believe how fast time is going by? I can’t. This

I’d love to hear about your June, even if it was as uneventful as mine. Now on to July….today is the 4th so Matt and I will probably try to find a place to watch fireworks…who knows.

Thanks for watching, see you next time!

~Smile My Way~

A glance, a look that whispers. You see my smile and one dances across your face in response.  Your hand seeks mine, such a simple act, a hand atop a hand. You bring mine to greet your lips which only adds to my smile. I hope to keep witnessing yours, and wish to add to it as well. 

Matt and I painted this past weekend. Normally I prefer watercolor, but we had purchased some woodblock canvases and painted them white a couple months back so we finally decided to paint them. I got an idea and wanted to work on layering the paint. Here is what I painted and it just made me want to write another cheesy poem. I painted this with a particular gushy moment in mind, several in fact. Every time I walk, or drive with Matt he will hold my hand and kiss it. It never fails and I melt every time he does this.

Ok, I gushed enough in this entry, I just really liked how this painting came out.  Do you like to paint, what’s your choice of medium? I’ve been curious about gouache, is it similar to watercolor? I hope you had a great weekend and that this week is even better.

Thanks for reading.

~Traveling: Another Day of BBQ~

This weekend I went with Matt and his friends for another day trip to Lockhart, TX. We hit the exact same BBQ places we did last time, only a different order.

  1. Kreuz Market
  2. Black’s
  3. Smitty’s Market

We had ate the most at Kreuz, the photo above might looks like a mess,but that’s how they serve the BBQ. You request how much you want of each meat and they serve it on sheets of paper. Being the second time I’ve joined in, I now know the way to handle this  for the next time. Always eat at Smitty’s. It’s the best out of the three. We had brisket, turkey, and sausage at Kreuz then had sides at Black’s. Potato salad and banana pudding. When it finally came to Smitty’s, we only had a bite. Not a huge mistake because I was worried I would over do it but I under did it…next time always get Smitty’s.

I also forgot to take more photos of each place, and I did record a clip, but when I was checking my phone I noticed the clip wasn’t there. -.- Not sure, but I guess I either deleted it or forgot to record and only thought I did. I know I don’t have to document everything that happens in my life in order to recall it. These moments with Matt, are not easily forgotten. And I look back at my first post about Lockhart and how we had just started dating. It wasn’t so long ago, but yet it was? I’ll end this post by saying…

“-I’m looking forward to continue getting to know him and spending time with him as often as I can.”

Thanks for reading

~Monthly Moments: May~

Here’s another Monthly Moments video! I had a lot of editing this one…it sort of got choppy in the end, but for the most part, I really like it. These aren’t, by any means, fancy, but I enjoy filming/editing these tiny recaps of my months.

 

The two key things that happen in every video…1. Cats! Marco and Eve have appeared in every video so far and 2. A clip of my niece! XD I found that funny. I loved the clip of Matt and I laughing…I was trying to take a photo, but it ended up being a tiny clip instead, which was a fantastic moment to capture.  I wish I had recorded more of my time in Austin, but it was just easy to enjoy my time with my sisters and not really focus on pulling out my phone.  But I hope to do better at documenting my trips…hopefully.

Do you remember to take photos of everything you see during a trip, or do you just try to snap photos every now and then?

Thanks for reading and watching.

~Travel~ Sister’s Bday Weekend

Last weekend my sisters, mom, and I went on a trip to Austin for my younger sister’s 24th birthday. She works at a hotel and she get’s mega discounts so she got us a room in a beautiful hotel in downtown Austin.

Two queen sized beds with the most comfortable bedding ever! This 4 day weekend was the perfect time for our little trip. I got off early on Friday and then Kat and I headed to Mija’s place to pack up in her car. (GPS and whatnot) We got to Austin late, so we had a burger at IN-an-Out and then headed to the hotel room.

We woke up early  and started off our day by, of course, going to Modcloth! And this time I tried on more clothes and….even bought something! I bought my first Modcloth dress and I’m hooked. I sort of wish I bought dress #2 that I also liked, but Modcloth is pricey. Even with the discounts, due to Memorial Day weekend, 15% off everything…20% off of things over $100, plush FREE shipping due to ordering in the store.

I loved wearing these dresses, but it was hard to choose between the two of them. They were the same priced and they both had pockets. POCKETS! We all know that makes a dress better. The yellow one was a bit tight fitting, had I eaten a meal, it would have been too tight for comfort. But the larger size was too big on the top. I’m in between sizes…so if they could have something in between a medium and a large…that would be great. Oh well, it also depends on the dress. Because the one I did buy was a medium and it was a perfect fit. Not too tight, not too loose. They made me feel pretty. Another reason I didn’t buy the elephant dress, was even though the print was pretty, I don’t think it was very “me”. I’d probably pair it with a different color cardigan. I may purchase it in the future… hopefully when it’s on sale. Or perhaps they will have the same style of dress in a different print that is more me.

We stayed in downtown for the entire weekend, walking everywhere! We even made the walk to Book People, a cool book store located not too far away, but in the Texas heat it was a bit taxing. Plus, we had to make the walk back to our hotel so we were pretty tired after that. We made our way back to the hotel to cool down and just relax a bit.

It was a lot of fun spending time with my sisters and mother, our schedules are so different that we don’t always get to see each other. I hope Kat had a great bday weekend, I was happy we got to spend that weekend with her.  That’s all for now…until next time. 🙂

Thanks for reading

 

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