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!

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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.

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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.

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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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HAPPY WEEKEND everyone!

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Welcome to: Things I’m Lovin’

Happy Monday readers!

I’m feeling so incredibly blessed for the progress my grandma has made in the hospital and I know it is the blessings and kind thoughts that were sent her way. So in honor of feeling thankful, I wanted to start a new series based on things I love. Hopefully you’ll find something you love too!

1. Family

Being part of my family is such a large part of who I am and it was even more strengthened by the recent events with my grandma. Knowing there is family to rush to the hospital when times get tough really makes my heart swell with pride. I’m so thankful for all the family that came to visit her, I know it made all the difference.

2. E! Network’s Mrs. Eastwood and Company

As if I needed another show to watch, I could not stop laughing when Dina Eastwood took her housekeeper Lisa to a tattoo shop to get her nose pierced. Lisa is one of those motherly characters you can’t help but love with her strong Korean accent and fierce honesty. While I wouldn’t endorse resorting to such lengths to prove a point, it made for a good laugh. And nothing can beat the teenagers’ reactions to seeing their piercings, it was sheer horror.

3. Color blocking

Photo via Billboard.com

I’ve always had a soft spot for bright pops of color contrasted with neutrals or darks but Jordin Sparks’ dress at the Billboard Music Awards sent me over the edge into LOVE. She looks fabulous and I love the sharp line between the blue and the black. Plus, she rocked that song!

4. Old friends

Because I’ve been burned by friends before, I deeply treasure the friends who have stuck it out for the long haul. Last Saturday, we spent the night celebrating one of my best friend Vicky’s birthday at R15. Vicky, Gabe and Rob have known each other since elementary school and I’ve know them for almost 9 years! Old friends are the best.

Sorry for the poor picture quality, I guess a bar w/ flash at night isn’t the best setup. Lol

P.S. Ladies in the Sacramento area, Gabe is single 🙂  (but that handsome man in back, he’s taken!)

5. Glee’s Whitney episode

Photo via HollywoodGossip.com

I feel a comeback of the huge hair bow comin’ on… Future DIY?

I know I’m like a few weeks late but for my fellow Gleeks out there, how AMAZING was the Whitney episode? They did every Whitney song I adored growing up and I think it was one of their best episodes in a long time. Performing How Will I Know as an acapella was remake GENIUS.

Are you lovin any of those things? I hope you all had a good weekend!

On a side note, I feel like an IDIOT because Disneyland raised prices for their annual Passport on Sunday and Rob and I were planning on a trip this Saturday to buy them! Of course I knew they were increasing but when I checked online Saturday, they were still showing up as $500 (which I thought was the increased price) so I wasn’t sweating it. Come Monday, they’re $649. FML. If we had bought them 2 days ago, we would have saved $300. There goes my dreams of owning an annual passport. :SIGH:

Simply Baking: Bird Nests

I couldn’t let Easter slide by without a project so if you’re looking for something easy and quick for next Easter, try these!

Easter Bird Nests:

2 cups of chow mein noodles

1 cup chocolate or butterscotch chips (I opted for chocolate)

1/2 cup peanut butter

10 whopper robin egg candies

1. Melt your choice of chips and peanut butter (I did mine in the microwave). Mix well.
2. Add melted mixture to bowl of noodles.
3.  Use a rubber spatula to gently toss the noodles with mixture and drop into clumps onto nonstick surface (*Cheap tip: I just use saran wrap!)
4. Hand form into “nests” (I just stuck my thumb down the center to give the eggs a place to sit).
5. Leave to dry until firm.
6. Add robin egg candies to heart’s content and enjoy!
(I added some pastel sprinkles to add more color)


Pretty simple right? Just about as easy as it gets!

Also, since today (April 10th) is National Sibling Day, here’s an homage to my very own munchkin and monster:

Aren’t they cute?!? I love them both so much!

Love,
Evani