Thursday, January 27, 2011

DZP Update

I have decided to copy my sister and show how I've been doing with my Day Zero Project with my Completed List, In Progress List, and New & Improved List..
Lets begin...

I'll start with my in progress goals..
5.  Read 10 "Motion Picture" Novels (4/10)
6.  Read all of Chelsea Handler's boos (1/3)
8.  Watch 26 movies I've never seen starting with each letter of the alphabet. (12/26)
10.  Put $10 away for every goal completed.
11.  Get my teaching credential
28.  Create a budget and stick to it.
31.  Go wine tasting! - I have the passes to go, just have to set the date!
37.  Participate in a mud run 6/6/2011!
44.  Go to the Fitness Grill with Lauren (7/10)
54.  Collect a shot glass from each hotel on the LV strip (8/31)
59.  Snorkel - asked to go for my birthday! 3/21/2011!
86.  Make a custom recipe book
87.  Collect 101 postcards
95.  Go to LV for a holiday or HUGE event.  - 2/6/2011 Super Bowl!
97.  Try making a new recipe each month
98.  Go to Glen Ivy with Erin. - Planned for her birthday!
99.  Have a picnic in the park/beach (Blanket and basket included) - Valentines Day!

Goals I haven't started...
2.  Go for a run on the beach with David.
3.  Bungee Jump
4.  Go to Disneyland with Erin, Smelly, and David
7.  Go out of state (Not Vegas) with David on vacation
12.  Get a passport
15.  Be in two places at once.
16.  Have a girls trip to LV
17.  Visit a lighthouse with my mommy and sissy
18.  Visit my Grandmother's grave with Erin
20.  Donate $5 to charity for each task I don't complete
21.  FINALLY go to Orange Hill Restaurant
24.  Assemble a first aid kit to keep in my car
26.  Go to Millions of Milkshakes.
30.  Take a romantic weekend trip
32.  Go to a Laker game
35.  Play an entire round of golf with David.
36.  Go to a drive-in movie
38.  Learn how to surf.
41.  Ride in a helium balloon at the Irvine Great Park
46.  Go to the OC Fair with David.
47.  Put my CSUF Alumni license plate frame on my car.
48.  Get my face painted at Disneyland.
49.  Plant a vegetable.
55.  Shoot a gun.
56.  Go on a gondola ride.
57.  Go paddle boarding.
58.  Go to Hawaii with David.
60.  Get a fish and keep it alive.
61.  Try a new drink at Starbucks.
62.  Get a bikini wax.
63.  Kiss in the rain.
67.  Buy a lottery ticket
69.  Give up alcohol for a month
73.  Learn to change a tire
74.  Drink only water for a week
76.  Volunteer at a beach clean up
78.  Watch a 3D move
80.  Visit a museum
81.  Go horseback riding
82.  Swim in the ocean
83.  Get a new tattoo
84.  Kick ALL fast food and restaurant food for a week
85.  See a movie solo
88.  Go back to CSULB and explore
90.  Creat a handmade shot glass display
92.  Watch a play
93.  Sit down in a park and enjoy a book
94.  Have a sleepover on the beach
96.  Have a one-on-one game of basketball with David
100.  Gamble in LV
101.  Get engaged

1.  Track down a Moleskin and actually start using it.
9.  Buy something from Etsy.
13.  Start a holiday tradition.
14.  Go to the OC Mining Co with David
19.  Take hot yoga.
22.  Make handmade Guacamole.
23.  Have a bonfire at the beach.
25.  Buy Sprinkles cupcakes for MYSELF!
27.  Go on a hike in the Azusa Pacific Area
29.  Complete a 5K race.
33.  Buy a pair of TOMs shoes.
34.  Go to a concert
39.  Find out my blood type.
40.  Go Rock climbing
42.  Take a train somehwere and make David like it
43.  Get a new phone when my contract expires
45.  Take pictures in a photo booth
50.  Give tomatoes another try
51.  Paricipate in a garage/yard sale.
52.  Take out my nose ring
53.  Bake a dessert from scratch
64.  Run a mile straight without stopping
65.  Jump into a body of water fully clothed.
66.  Attend 10 yoga classes
68.  Give flowers to someone
70.  Do not purchase anything from Forever21 for a month
71.  Go to a comedy show.
72.  Watch the sunrise and sunset in the same day.
75.  Go on a road trip
77.  Have a slumber party at Madalyn's apartment and cook for her and Erin
89.  Get rid of all the moving boxes in my bedroom

91.  Get a Kobe Bryant jersey

Friday, January 21, 2011

It's so fluffy!!!!

I could watch this over, and over, and over, and over, and over [...] and over, and over again!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Wednesday night...


Forever21 Shopping Bag...

i love forever21

i just though i would share some of my favorites right now...

diamond knit top
diamond knit patterns craft this relaxed sweater featuring a hoodie, dolman sleeves, and a kangaroo pocket at the front. ribbed trim.
*i love the pattern on this sweater - i think it is so fun and unique

speckle stripes dress
a speckled knit construction sets this 3/4 sleeve knit dress apart, featuring a striped design and two pocket front.
*this dress totally caught my attention, it's simple but very girly to me. AND it has pockets, how is that not a perfect pick for me?! pockets always seal the deal for me

cross stitch poncho
conquer the cold in this cozy poncho. features winter inspired cross stitch pattern
*i know this is a little different and maybe a skeptical statement, but i'm going to give it a try!

double breasted coat with detachable hood
be prepared for anything with this great versatile coat! features detachable sweater hood, collar, and two front pockets with flap. double breasted with mock and working four button plackets. hidden interior button.
*i love love love this jacket.  it's not super girly, but its comfortable. a lot of my coats right now are kind of uncomfortable to toss on when i go to Esperanza to teach.  i end up taking it off just because of comfort and not weather, i think this will fix that problem!

i originally bought, what i thought was, amazing dresses for my Vegas trip.  but they weren't so fabulous at all, and were kind of expensive.  i returned them and used that money and a few more Christmas gift cards towards my forever21 fabulous finds!
the gift cards are now officially gone :(

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

25. Buy Sprinkles Cupcakes for MYSELF!

Okay, so kind of selfish... BUT it was well worth it!
If you haven't tried these cupcakes, try them and you'll know what I mean

David and I took a day to ourselves to just be adventerous! Our day started out a little rough, I'm not going to lie.  David was sick and I spilt my hot tea on myself in the car.. but we weren't going to let that get us down!! We drove to Irvine to take a ride on the FREE hot air balloon and the Great Park ... and the park was closed :(
STILL! We were determined to have a great day.  We drove down to Corona Del Mar and had a great time sitting by the beach and walking around a little bit.  On our way to lunch in Balboa, we stopped at SPRINKLES CUPCAKES
in Newport Beach, just a mile or so from where we already were (it was meant to be).

I was so excited to get in on these very popular desserts!  I ordered a vanilla cupcake with sprinkles, a vanilla cake and chocolate frosting cupcake, and a gluten free red velvet cupcake.. :))
I got into the parking lot, and couldn't resist but to try one! 
It would have been a long drive before getting home to properly eat one
So I stopped outside in the parking lot, handed David my phone and told him to capture what was about to happen....
They're just the most adorable looking cupcakes ever!
 First bite...
DELICIOUS!!!! I would have put two thumbs up if I could!

And then.. I couldn't resist but go in for another..
Lets just say, I was one very HAPPY girl!
Goal Completed!!!

97. Try making a new recipe each month - December AND 53. Bake a dessert from scratch!

Who doesn't love a 2-in-1 special??

Erin threw a holiday "Cookie Swap" party this past Christmas and after searching around for a recipe, I looked to a new cookie cookbook I bought at Target (for $5!) and decided to bake
Strawberry Shortcake Cookies!

I wasn't sure how this would turn out because I have never used real fruit in a dessert recipe before, it's usually chocolate related or artificial, but these were legit!
I made these cookies from scratch, VERY easy, and it was also a new recipe for me for December!


12 ounces of fresh strawberries, diced
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 cups of all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
2 teaspoon of baking powder
6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
2/3 cup heavy cream
Sanding sugar, for sprinking (optional)

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper
2.  Combind strawberries, lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons of sugar.
3.  Whisk flour, salt, baking powder, and ramining 7 tablespoons of sugar in large bowl.
4.  Cut in the butter using a pastry cutter, or rub in using your fingers, until mixgture resembles coarse crumbs.

5.  Stir in cream until dough starts to come together, add strawberry mixture and stir gently.

6.  Using a 1 1/2 inch ice cream scoop or a tablespoon, drop dough onto lined baking sheets, leaving appropriate spacing.
*7.  Sprinkle sanding sugar if using.
8.  Bake 23-35 minutes or until golden brown and then transfer to a wire rack to cool
**Cookies are best served on the day they're baked! This is very true!! If you're going to eat them another day, warm them up!
P.S. This was a bit of a messy recipe, so I couldn't take a lot of pictures :(

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Zodiac signs have changed!

and I am pissed!!!! "hoooold up!
Before you consult your cosmo astrology for best mates
make sure you check this," - Erin

There has been a new sign added because the Earth's alignment has changed; therefore, creating new dates for the signs that we all know so well.  In result, a new date range has been added that is throwing the rest off!  Parke Kunkle says that as the Earth and Sun slowly move the signs gradually change, as expected.
The change didn't happen over night either. The 12 signs were designated to different periods of the year almost 3,000 years ago, when astrology began, and since then the Earth's position in relation to the sun has changed.  Below is a list of the new date ranges for the signs, better check yours because most of us have changed:

Capricorn: Jan. 20 - Feb. 16
Aquarius: Feb. 16 - March 11
Pisces: March 11- April 18
Aries: April 18 - May 13
Taurus: May 13 - June 21
Gemini: June 21 - July 20
Cancer: July 20 - Aug. 10
Leo: Aug. 10 - Sept. 16
Virgo: Sept. 16 - Oct. 30
Libra: Oct. 30 - Nov. 23
Scorpio: Nov. 23 - Nov. 29
Ophiuchus: Nov. 29 - Dec. 17 - New signSagittarius: Dec. 17 - Jan. 20

Although this list states that I am now a Pices, I am and will always be an Aries.  I was born an Aries and I will always to refer to myself as such!

Friday, January 7, 2011

ONE word...

Erin failed at this.. but lets see if I can give it a chance.
Your Cell Phone? Obsessed
Your Significant Other? David
Your Hair? Changing
Your Mother? FABULOUS
Your Father? Hilarious
Your Favorite? Teaching
Your Dream Last Night? Scary
Your Favorite Drink? Collins
Your Dream/Goal? Happiness
What Room Are You In? Office
Your Hobby? Attire
Your Fear? Lonliness
Where Do You See Yourself In Six Years? Bliss
Where Were You Last Night? Felon
Something That You Aren’t? Quiet
Muffins? Yum!
Wish List Item? Credential
Where Did You Grow Up? Cali
Last Thing You Did? ATE
What Are You Wearing? Boots
Your TV? Tiny
Your Pets? AMAZING
Your Computer? Running
Friends? Adored
Your Life? Crazy
Your Mood? Exhausted
Missing Someone? London
Your Car? Dirty!
Your Work? OLD
Something You Aren’t Wearing? Perfume
Your Favorite Store? Forevs
Your Favorite Color? Girly
When Was The Last Time You Laughed? AM
Last Time You Cried? December
One Place You Go To Over And Over Again? Erins
Favorite Place To Eat? Chipotle

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

75. Go on a roadtrip!

December 26-28th, 2010
Alex, David, Erin, and Danny depart from California travelling roughly 300+ miles to Arizona to visit family.
We left pretty stinking early considering the day before was Christmas and David and I had traveled to Temecula area to spend Christmas with his Dad's side of the family.  I was a late evening due to the weather and traffic, but we managed to get up early with a smile on our faces in order make this trip magical! And I must say, that it was exactly that!

We didn't get any photos of us on our way up, I think we were all too tired for that, but I did snap a few at the beginning of our trip back...
 David and I love traveling together, although we have only really gone as far as Vegas and Arizona.. so we haven't done much.. yet!
 We're a silly bunch! But the boys didn't want to play for this shot.
 All smiles.. very tired smiles - but smiles none-the-less!
And then the boys come out of their shell!.. well David at least!

We had a blast in Arizona! Visiting our niece had to be the best ever!! She is the cutest little thing and makes us laugh, it was really hard to leave her and Danielle.  Only urges us to go back ASAP!
Overall - successful trip!

71. Go to a comedy show

When adding this goal to my list, I envisioned sitting at The Improv watching a stand up comedian.  But this opportunity could not be passed up! It was free, it involves an entertainer who happens to be one of my absolute favorites, and I was able to bring 4 other people.. for FREE!

Ridiculousness is the show.
Rob Dyrdek is the host.
Johnny Knoxville and Chanel are the guests.
My excitement was through the roof!

Basically this show is called Ridiculousness and it features video clips, from YouTube or other sites where people have submitted their captured stunts, and Rob categorizes them into different titles and presents them for laughs.  It was pretty funny, I must say.  Especially with Johnny Knoxville there! That was a surprise when we got there, we weren't sure who was going to be the guest and I was pleasantly surprised!
I whistled at him when he came out :) 
You'll have to check your local listings for when this will be presented in your area.  I hear it is supposed to begin late January.
This is actually a shot of the episode we went to and was the second to last showing! TiVo it to try and see us in the crowd!
The only person missing was Drama, that would have made my fantasy!

72. Watch the Sunrise & Sunset in the same day

December 26, 2010
Erin, Danny, David, and I were leaving Starbucks and I looked over and noticed, through the buildings, the sun was peeking up and decided this would be a great opportunity to caputre it!
The sky is so beautiful in the morning, I was so excited to see this!

December 26, 2010
After arriving in Arizona, we played around for a long while and afte returning from a trip to the store I saw the sun setting and was captivated by it.  Arizona's sunsets are amazing!

#72 done and done! Beautiful!

22. Learn how to make Guacamole

I was never really into guac until I tried it just a few years ago and now I'm hooked! AND Erin makes the best guac ever, so I figured I had to.. no NEEDED to learn how to make it myself!  One night while Shans was over at Erin's apartment, I had the bright idea of completing this goal, with an audience watching!

It was rough, to say the least, but now I'm a pro!

First! Get enough avocados to fulfill the tummys of your guests.  There was only 3 of us, so we used 4.  Cut the avocados in half and take out the seed.  Then spoon out the inside of the avocado into a bowl

Cut up about a half an onion, if you aren't fond of onions I'd say a quarter of an onion would probably be fine also.

Put the onions into the bowl with the avocados and then cut up and crush a piece of garlic and add in as well.

Take a 'bunch' of cilantro, about the size shown, and chop that to small pieces.  Erin taught me an easy way to do this! Roll the cilantro into a little taquito looking thing and then start chopping.

Use about a lime and a half, depending on your preference, and squeeze the juice into the bowl.  If you cut the lime in half and then take a fork and squeeze the half around the fork you'll get the most of your lime! Erin also taught me that!

Mix it alllll together!  Taste and see if you need anything else! Add serranos, cayenne powder, and salsa if you wish to make it spicy! Which we totally did!
*Also, somewhere in the mix you can add tomatoes too!  I didn't because I don't like tomatoes, but its a regular ingredient in most guacamole dishes.