Thankfulness Thursday: Family, Disney, Travel

Happy Thursday everyone!

So today is my Friday because I am OFF tomorrow! Woo hoo! I’m feeling so lucky lately that it felt like a good time to link up with Ashley for Thankfulness Thursdays.

The thing I’m most thankful for is the health of my family and friends. We can get so wrapped up in the long term picture (getting through school, paying off student loans, saving for a house, etc) that we forget what a blessing every day is. I found the Rockstar Ronan blog yesterday and I won’t lie, I cried. Bawled like a baby. If you have a some spare time and a few tissues, click away.

I’m thankful for the closeness of my family. My sister begged me for sister time so we went to get mani-pedis yesterday. Then my brother crawled into bed to watch TV with me before bed. They’re such a blessing to me.

My sister is a gangsta. And yes my dog is wearing a sweater.

I’m so thankful for the sweet comments on yesterday’s blog. I’ve got big dreams of starting up a party planning business someday and everyone’s comments meant a lot to me. Thank you. And yes, I’ll plan ALL your parties. Holler at me when I get going 😉

I’m thankful for my parents allowing me to live at home so that I can save for all the expenses of life. And it gives me the capabilities to take a few vacations (more on this later today…)

I love them!

Now a few “for fun” thank you’s:

I’m thankful that The Office at least gets a “farewell” season. Even if it makes me cry a little.

I miss you everyday Michael Scott. Source

I’m thankful for Starbucks having free wi-fi?!? When I worked at Starbucks 5 years ago, you totally had to pay. Also thankful for a Salted Caramel Mocha. YUM.

I’m thankful that the Backstreet Boys are back together and making a new CD!

Hallelujah! Source

I’m thankful for new fall TV like Go On and Guys with Kids. Hiiiiilarious.

I’m thankful that the Denver Broncos have my favorite quarterback ever. Peyton Manning and Denver was my NFL dream.


I’m thankful that Rob and I have annual passes to Disneyland so we can go as often as my little Prius can take us.

Luuuuucy, you’ve got some ‘splainin to do…

Okay so I have to address the fact that Rob and I are always “going somewhere”. We are not loaded, nor are we big travelers (yet) and I don’t want everyone to think I’m a vacationing tool fool. So here are the facts:

1. I have a wonderful, well paying job working in the field with the major I graduated with. But at the end of the day, this position just isn’t what I want to do with my life. When you work a job that isn’t necessarily your passion, sometimes a weekend away isn’t just wanted, it’s needed. For my sanity. So more often then not, I’m begging Rob to venture into a different city for a day or two.

2. Along with the blessing that is my job, I’m given an extraordinary amount of vacation time that I’m forced to take. I know, pity me.

3. With my very first big girl paycheck, I bought a Prius for a steal. 2 years later, I swear that car has MADE me money, best car for travel ever! It was worth every penny (We can get to LA and back for roughly $70 in gas). I highly recommend the Prius, feel free to ask me any questions about it.

4. As AMAZING as my family is, I’m almost 24. Living at home. With a boyfriend of (almost) 7 years. Somedays, I just gotta get away for a day or two (and frankly, I’m sure they’re glad to have one less mouth to feed!).

5. For all you non-Californian readers, California is an AWESOME state (arguably the best one, duh). California is loaded with all different climates, cities, communities and frankly a ridiculous amount of beautiful places. One of the BEST parts of living in Sacramento is that nearly everything is only 2-3 hours away. 2 hours away from San Francisco, 2 hours away from Tahoe, 2.5 hours from Santa Cruz and only 1 hour away from Napa (wine country). City, snow, nature, beach, wine all in arms reach! Trust me, it’s a blessing and a curse. And LA is only a mere 6-7 hours away (an easy car ride for a Prius 😉 ). That gives us a LOT of places to go on the weekend.


6. Lastly, check out the prices for a Disneyland Annual Pass. We got the Premiums. We need our money’s worth right? You freakin bet we do.

So I mean, all these trips I take, they’re my little sanity-savers. And it’s easy, cheap(ish) and do-able since we are still without children. Still hate me and all my travels? Move to California, get a Prius and be my best friend so we can take trips together (seriously though, do it)!

Okay, now that I’ve explained myself (and our incessant travels), can we be friends again?

((Sidenote, all my sarcasm is out of love, if I were you guys, I TOO would wonder how in the world I get to “vacation” so often. No hard feelings, I LOVE YOU!)

On that note, we miiiiiiight driving to LA tonight. Plans are tentative but there is a 90% chance Rob and I will be reunited with our home away from home! (Disneyland meet up anyone?! 😉 ). Do you hate me again? Darn it.

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Men Decoded: Fantasy Football

Happy Monday ya’ll!

I’m one of those girls who just LOVE football. And I’ll be honest, it hasn’t always been like that. Besides the fact I found myself in love with a football player (Starting O-line all throughout high school!), I became a diehard football fan by playing fantasy football. If your man friend loves football or you’re competitive by nature and just want to learn to play, I’ve decided to break it down today:

Fantasy Football is a game where you create your own team from players throughout the NFL.  You get to create a “fantasy” team by picking the best players from all the football teams for your own team.

There are tons of free fantasy leagues everywhere and I personally have experience with Yahoo Fantasy Football. It’s super simple to sign up and all you need is a gmail or yahoo account.

If you get an invite to a league, usually you just create a team and get ready for the draft. If you want to  be a commissioner (to run the league), there’s a little bit more work so I’d recommend not commissioning until you’ve participated in one league.

The draft is when you pick the players. The commissioner sets a day and time and one by one, all the teams (each person in the fantasy league) will pick football players in a predetermined order. Most drafts happen online where all you need to is is log into your league and do the draft there. In an online draft, there’s usually a draft center that opens a half hour to an hour before and you can set up a “queue” of the players you want. If possible, I recommend participating in the online live draft! It’s fun to watch the players disappear off the list and feel like you’re building a team (even if you’re just pulling the players from the ranking list. More on that below.)

Everyone has their own method of picking the best team. But if you’re thinking “I have no idea who anyone is in football!” don’t fear! There’s usually a list of draft pre-rankings that tell you in what order ALL the players are usually drafted (meaning they’re ranked based on how many points they’ll give you!). Overall, if you aren’t able to make the draft or you just want to see how it works for the first time, Autodraft is a safe bet. What autodraft will do is pick your players based on their ranking and based on your position in the draft. Usually that means you’ll end up with at least 3-4 awesome players without even having to do anything! The computer does all the hard work.

But if you do want to pick your own players, I recommend getting a few good Runningbacks first (RB) and a good Quarterback (QB). Those two positions will usually give you the most points. Defense and Kickers usually don’t give you much.

The nice thing is that after the draft, the website does most of the work for you. Your players will gain you points just based on doing what they do for a living! The main idea is that you rotate out players who aren’t going to make you points. With the starters in your line-up (your line-up is all the players on your team), you’ll also get a bench of players (players on your team but don’t score you points because you didn’t put them in the game). Rotate your bench players into your starting line up if one of your starters has a bye week (if the player’s team isn’t playing that week), if a player get injured or if they’re not getting you any points! Usually this just involves dragging and dropping players in your line-up.

The only caveat is that you can’t move players in the line-up once their team’s game has started. So I recommend you check your line-up every Wednesday (later in the season, Thursday games mark the beginning of games for the week). Check bye weeks, injuries, things like that.

The higher the points, the better you’re doing. Download the app on your phone and follow along with all the games weekly. Learn to cheer on your quarterback and soon you’ll find yourself invested in the games too! The nice thing about fantasy football is that you’ll end up cheering for a lot of players on different teams. You’ll know their names!

There’s probably much more to say about Fantasy Football but I didn’t want to overwhelm those of you who are new to fantasy. Are you still with me? I promise it’s so much easier than it seems! And it’s perfect for you other competitive spirits out there 😉

If you’re still lost on what in the world Football is, I’m happy to report that I’ll be starting a brief weekly feature called Men Decoded: Football, where I’m planning on sharing some of my football knowledge! I’ll be covering the basics of Football, how to watch a game and even how to recognize the penalties. I know there are plenty of women in the world who love football (me included) so don’t take offense if you know all of this, I just want other women to know football isn’t just for men! 🙂 (Also if there are ANY men reading my blog, feel free to chime in anytime!)

As if you need more reason to get excited for this season, here’s my Football eye candy for the week:

So you can still sign up for Fantasy Football until the regular season starts which is Sept 5, 2012 for the 2012-2013 season. I thought I’d offer to run a fantasy football league if any of you are interested in giving it a try! If we have at least 8 teams (8 people, 1 being me), we can give it our own go! I’m already in 2 leagues so I won’t be offended if there’s no one interested this year, I promise.  🙂 Just leave your e-mail in a comment if you’re interested.

How was your weekend?