I Drink Wine Because...



It's that time again! If you missed it last month, I started a wine review link-up. This is just a place to gush about your favorite wines and to trash tell us the ones you don't like. I'm no wine guru, but I sure do love to drink the stuff. So don't think you can't join in if you don't know fancy wine lingo.. cuz I don't! The link up will be open for 2 weeks so join in from now until Oct 13th. Then we'll start up at the end of the month again.




Since this link up is still a brand new baby, I'm gonna post about just 2 this time. My two current absolute favorites. Legit, I cannot stop buying this duo. 


Hedgeline Riesling: I've only tried a few rieslings so far, and this one is my favorite. It's like adult apple juice! Seriously. It looks, tastes, smells and feels like apple juice with a little pear kick. Smooth and delicious! 

typical cat, needs to be a part of everything...

Bella Sera Pinot Grigio: I'm not joking, I buy this like 3 times a week. It's my "after work" wine. It's crisp, light and fresh with light fruit flavors.  And it's cheap! It's been on sale for at my local grocery store for $5.99 for awhile! For the price, I just cannot give this baby up. 




Happy Monday! Just kidding. Sorry. Now you're gonna need a glass of wine (or two) at the end of the day. 

Link up below!

Please Don't Let Me See This Alone

I wasn't gonna post today because I really have nothing completed. I have a bunch of drafts that are near, half or barely complete and too much at work and home this week to sit down and complete any of them. BUT THEN I SAW THIS ON FACEBOOK  and now I a little bit wanna die and I have to share this here because I refuse to deal with this alone and I need to drag someone else down with me into this pit of things that can never be unseen! 

Before I ruin your day, let's look at something that makes us happy! Kittens!




Ok, get ready to barf and probably never stop washing your face until your skin falls off so that this will no longer exist on you. 



And if you want that read more link (but WHY would you?!?) here it is... BARF


OK now I have to end with silly cats.
 





Pros and Cons of Adulthood

"You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have.. the facts of life"
Yesterday Anna posted about what does and doesn't suck about adulthood. I'm pretty far into adulthood at this point so I felt the need to chime in.  


PROS: 
1. A job! (hopefully). The job I'm at now is in finance, and I've been here longer than any other job I've ever had and I love it here. My co-workers are amazing and we're like a little family in our department. I feel comfortable and content. And I'd be willing to set up shop here til I die. Unless I win the powerball, then BYE.

2. Not having plans every weekend. Seriously, I remember the days of NEVER being home. From Thurs-Sun, I was out and about all day and all night. You almost couldn't pay me to live like that anymore. I thoroughly enjoy laying low on the couch watching anything and everything. And I also like to not waste my money on going out. Or wasting it on shopping for a new outfit for each night.


3. (stealing this title directly from Anna) Realizing The Value of Family & Friends. AKA - who really matters! Letting go of people in your life that do not motivate, inspire, or bring anything to your life anymore, is one of life's biggest changes. And most difficult. It's so easy to stay friends with, or in a relationship with people just because "you already have for so long". If it's not healthy and it's not bringing anything positive to you, let it go. I have a huge family, huge. Wanna know how many I allow to be close to me? Two. My brother and sister. I had a ton of friends who I never thought I could live without, wanna know where they are now? In the past. People grow and change and we all take different paths. Forcing yourself onto someone else's is never gonna work for you. Get on your own path and let them go. People grow apart and there is nothing wrong with that. As your life evolves, your choices in friends will too. I've gained so much peace in my life after finally realizing this and taking action on it. 




CONS:
1. A job! Ok, I know I put this in the pros, but come on; waking up in the 5 o'clock hour to be at work by 6am SUCKS ASS. And when you've got a full time job, there's a lot less time to just live


2. BILLS. That job you love (but have to wake up so early for) and all that great money you're making goes to responsibilities. And that also sucks ass. "Yay pay day! Well I paid this bill, this bill, and this bill, YAY FOR FEELING GROWN UP. Oh wait, but now I have no money left." Hashtag deflated. 

3. Another money guzzler... groceries! And never mind if you're trying to eat healthy, you might as well get a few extra side jobs. Thanks America for making everything so.damn.expensive. Remember living at home and food just appeared because some adult came home with groceries? That was pretty awesome. (thanks mom.)

4. Oh look, another money complaint on the cons list. Realizing how expensive things really are. When you're a kid, everything is FREE! And when you're a grown up, everything is... #2 and #3 on this cons list.
 


5. Aches, pains and grays. This is super shitty. I've been getting grays since I was 23 and I'm very mighty thankful to the inventor of hair dye. My back is always in pain, I'm pretty sure I have tendinitis, and I'm pretty sure this is what is feels like to be just under 78 yrs old. (I'm 31.) 


Why are there more cons than pros?! Oh right, because being a kid with little to no worries is way better. 



A powerball amount of thank you's to Anna @ A Dash Of Quirky for posting this yesterday and giving me some of the blog motivation I've lost this week due to #1 on both lists. 


Linking up with my girl Liz for her Hump Day Blog Hop!
The Hump Day Blog Hop

weekendness

It's still summer here in southern California, but since the seasons have changed at Starbucks, I had my first.... not pumpkin spice latte because, ew!.... CARAMEL APPLE CIDER of the year. It's not on the menu but you can ask for it and they know what you're talking about. It.is.delicious.and.I.love.it.so.much. I've been getting it since I was right out of high school... in 2000! Seriously, it's a must try. No, it's not a caffeine fix, but it's a scrumptious taste bud fix. And get a tiny bit of whip cream (or a lot, however you roll) cuz then they put more caramel on top!
 

But in weekend shenanigan news... I worked on Saturday because our system was down a lot during the week. And then spent Sunday balled up on the couch watching football. Just kidding, I wasn't watching. No matter how much I try, I just cannot get into football, it does nothing for me. 



But it of course means everything to the boyfriend so I suck it up and try to enjoy it with him. Earlier this year I said "I'm gonna try to get really excited about football this year!!!" As soon as the first game started I was like yea no. I can get excited sometimes when watching the Patriots, just because that's home and that's of course the boyfriends most favorite team ever. So the excitement gets really contagious.  I did enjoy some Hard Fireball Razzyade's, while "watching" football though.

Yes, I have Wizard of Oz  glasses, feel free to be jealous. 

That's pretty much all I got for you this Monday. So I'll leave you with a lion, a tiger and a bear. 


I Cook Stuff



I never really planned on doing recipes on here but this one is just so easy and so good, I had to share! I love it because it makes me feel like I'm cheating with a big bowl of comfort food. But it's really healthy!
Here's all the ingredients I used:




You can use anything you like. I chose brown rice pasta and an all natural clean sauce to keep it healthier. And I used red and green bell pepper, zucchini, onion and garlic. I seasoned the veggies with salt, pepper and garlic powder. I seasoned the turkey with salt, pepper, garlic powder, fresh garlic, dried parsley and italian seasonings, and a little paprika and crushed red pepper. I don't have measurements because I always just wing it because YOLO.




Saute the onions and peppers with olive oil, add zucchini after a few minutes and saute all together for a few minutes. Put aside, unless you have a big ass pan and can fit the turkey in there also. Brown the turkey with your choice of seasonings, and boil the pasta. When everything is done, mix together in a casserole dish with sauce and top with cheese of choice. I used mozzarella on this one but it was much better last week with the "italian 5 cheese blend". Bake for about 15-20 minutes. And stuff your face. 





Linking up with Whitney!




Dupes and Tix

I got a ticket. I'm not really a ticket-getting kind of person. Mostly because I really hate giving any more of my money to any kind of government, so I follow the rules. Our neighborhood has street cleaning on Mondays and Tuesdays from 2-4 so no one can park on one side of the street during that time. So when I get out of work before 4 on those days, I have to find a non-existent parking space. It's impossible and irritating. So yesterday I saw a space!! I was shocked no one had taken it. There was some weird contraption looking thing sticking out of the ground but it certainly wasn't a fire hydrant, because it was orange not red, and it was shaped oddly. Also, in LA they paint the curbs red where they don't want parking. That spot was not red! Joy!

A few hours later when the street cleaning time was up, I went to go move the car closer to my apt. I had a blue envelope on my windshield! I GOT A TICKET! Whaaaattt?!? RAWR!

I opened it and sure enough it was for parking too close to a fire hydrant. Look, I don't know about you, but I've only ever seen fire hydrants that look like this: 
RED ONES! With that rounded pointed top they ALL have.

and sometimes with a white top.

The one I parked at was orange and had a flat top. I was so mad. Thankfully it's a pretty cheap ticket of only $48. And now I know that anything can be a fire hydrant and that I should just park nowhere. 


In other oh so joyful news (can you hear the sarcasm?) I made a big mistake by buying something online that was... get ready for it... not thru Amazon! Stupid. I was searching for a camera to buy and came across a site that was having a big Labor Day sale. The camera I wanted was $200 cheaper than it was on Amazon. YAY! So of course, I bought it. A Nikon D3100.
Now, I cannot tell you how many times Robert tells me to look at reviews before I ever give anyone my money. And I KNOW this and I often do it. Except the few times I haven't looked at reviews, are the times I've been screwed. Of course. 

When I ordered the camera on 9/3, they were "closed" until 9/8 (red flag #1). Whatever. So they called me on 9/8 and in a very salesman type of way, got me to pay an extra $120 for a battery (red flag #2). Only realizing after, that the description says it comes with a battery (red flag #3). Two days later I still hadn't received any shipping info, so I emailed them about it. They replied immediately and said I will get an email with a tracking number when it "reaches it's first desitination" (red flag #4). Huh? Ok. 

So a week passes, and I still have heard nothing and on their site my order still says "in-process", doesn't even say "shipped" yet (red flag #5). So Robert got online and checked their reviews and of course everyone had the same problem. Scammed into buying a battery, never shipped, etc. UGGHH. Final red flag. I emailed them (since they reply so fast) and told them that I do not want the camera anymore and I want a refund immediately. Do you think they quickly answered me this time? Nope. I gave them til the end of the day and then called my credit card company and put in a dispute and I'll have my $500 back by tomorrow. 

Lessons of today's post:
  • Only use Amazon for everything you buy online!
  • Always check reviews before handing over money.
  • Do not park anywhere in Los Angeles.
  • Fire hydrants comes in various colors. 

Linking up with my girl Liz for her Blog Hop today!

The Hump Day Blog Hop


Suspended From Elementary School 3 Times?!

Almost.
You didn't think they would actually suspend that sweet looking kid, did you? I had some pretty intense home issues so I think they really just felt bad for me. So I kinda got away with a lot. Let me share a few stories with you. 

Out on the playground at recess one cold day of 2nd grade, I was apparently feeling a little feisty. There was this one girl, let's call her "Lauren" (that may or may not be her real name), and she was a spoiled little bitch. Honestly, most of the kids I went to school with had wealthy familes, nice homes, all the new stuff; and I guess that got under my skin sometimes. This particular girl though, she was just a brat to everyone. She had this puffy denim jacket (it was the 1980s!) that had a fur collar. Yea, a 2nd grader with a fur collar. Well on this cold day, I was just fed up with her. I ripped her jacket off her and threw it in a pile of dog poop. Being the priss that she was, you can imagine the screech she let out. We ended up being friends sometime later, on and off all through middle school. No idea what she's up to now, and I never did ask her how she had to clean that coat. 

Another day at recess (man I loved to cause trouble outdoors), I did something way worse. This was 3rd grade now. Out past the baseball field and right by the street, 2 friends and I were hanging by the road (hey, where the hell were the teachers!?) and I decided to start throwing sticks and rocks at all the cars driving by. My friends held their stomachs in laughter as I kept missing each car. Until this little red car came along... whack! A stick right on her winshield. She started swerving and we noticed she was pulling over. We ran! We ran back down to the playground acting like nothing happened and we had been there all along. But she chased us. She ran after us screaming and crying and ran to the nearest adult, hysterical and pointing her fingers at us. And my "friends" pointing their fingers at me. Snitches. 

4th grade was the worst. "You could have killed him!"
It was April fools day and I brought some chili powder to school with me. (Don't even ask how I came up with these things, I have no idea. I was in a foster home at this point so I think I was just crazy!) We had a guest speaker that day for poetry. His name was Poet Bla Bla Bla, no idea and doesn't matter. He had a little table set up outside of the school office. Yep, right by the principals office. I was with two boys (bad idea because boys have cooties and they get you in trouble), and we were by the office for whatever reason and I spotted this poet's little set up. I noticed he had a cup of coffee sitting there. Perfect! Chili powder coffee, happy April Fools Day suckaaa! Well, much like 3rd grade, I got snitched on. No wonder I have trust issues! I remember getting reamed by the principal and my teacher. "What if he was allergic?!" I probably didn't even know what allergic meant. "You could have killed him!" He ain't dead though, is he? 

Another thing I did in elementary school; I stole random things from a bunch of cubbies. I stole someones library book "Where The Sidewalk Ends", a soccer ball (from a kid that actually played soccer and probably really needed that ball), someone's change (because change was a lot of money back then), and a few other things I can't remember. It was a pretty big deal that all these things were missing, big enough that they sent a letter home to everyone's parents (or in my case, foster mom). I was hiding all the stuff in my room. I didn't give a fuck. I felt pretty bad ass. Until it was all found in my room, dammit. Luckily, she was actually nice so she didn't beat me or lock me in a closet or anything. I just had to return all the stuff anonymously and she tried to teach me how bad it is to steal. Whatever lady. 


That Star Is Dead

Well I never expected to be nominated for anything when I started blogging. But here we are, I've got a Liebster award; thanks so much to Ashton!
If you haven't seen the Liebster floating around blogland, here's how it works:
1. Answer the 11 questions you were asked and then list 11 facts about yourself. 
2. Nominate small blogs who you feel deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog letting them know that they have been chosen. 
3. Display the Liebster logo and thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog. 

Here are my answers to the questions that Ashton asked. 

What kind and how many pets do you have? 
Currently I have a handsome little cat named DeNiro. 
Previously, I had 3 other cats named Tiger, Drew and Jodeci. I also had 2 awesome pups. A Boston Terrier named Bailey and a Pug named Becky. All 3 cats and both dogs have passed away over the last 3 years and I still cry about it a lot so I haven't talked about them in the blog yet. It just makes me way too sad. 
In addition to them, I had taken in my brother's MinPin named Diddy. He now lives with a new owner and horses! And for about a year or two I lived my brothers current dog Tango. Oh man do I love that guy. I just got to see him when they were here!


Favorite E-card of all time?
Ok it's really impossible to pick just one but I'm gonna go with this one. 




Most prized possession? 
The ashes of my pug Becky. I don't have the ashes of any of my other pets that passed away, just hers. 
I miss her. 


Do you want to have a traditional wedding or something different?
If you consider "traditional" to be like in a church and all that religious ceremony stuff... than no. I plan to be married outside (preferably by the ocean with palm trees),very simple and basic and there will be no religious talk tied into the ceremony because religious I am not. For my reception, also very simple and pretty; everything will be white and silver (see here) except the flowers will be blue and orange. Blue and orange are the colors of the pop warner team Robert and I were on when we dated as kids. 

Favorite color? 
For the longest time my favorite color was green. All shades of it. But also grey is my favorite, you can tell by looking in my closet. And I also find myself loving yellow things and orange things. 

MAC or PC?
I'm pretty much ok with both. I currently have a pretty dope Samsung i7 laptop. But I really want an all-in-one iMac. 

Are you an outdoorsy person, or would you rather stay inside? 
That all depends on the weather. When it's nice out, I would much rather be in the sunshine! But I do also love being a lazy bum on the couch. 

Who is your celebrity doppleganger/look-a-like? 
Oprah.

Favorite category on Pinterest to look through? 
ANIMALS!!!! You can see my animal board here RAWR! So great for when you're having a shitty day. 

College ruled or wide ruled paper? 
Ummm, keyboard? 

Why did you start blogging? 
I used to use LiveJournal back in the day and it was amazing. For the past few years I've been itching for it again but LJ is dead. So, I entered into blogland!


11 RANDOM FACTS: I'm going to save myself from being redundant, I have a "fun facts" page that you can view here! 


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I nominate:
Anna @ A Dash of Quirky
Jenn @ Bad Luck Jenn
Kelli @ She Crab Soup
Savannah @ Arizona Sunshine
Liz @ Fitness Blondie


And my 11 questions are:
1) If you could have a one hour conversation with one celebrity, who would it be and why? 
2) What is the biggest change you have made? 
3) What would you do if you won a $400million powerball? (come on, you knew there would be a lottery question!)
4) If you could have two super powers, what would they be and why? 
5) What was your last dream about? 
6) What is your favorite holiday and why? 
7) What kind of celebrity would you be? (ie: douchey, friendly, beat up papparazzi)
8) If you had one year off (with pay) what would you do?
9) What do you wish would come back into fashion? (ie: scrunchie socks, snap bracelets)
10) When you eat a taco, do you turn you head or turn the taco?
11) What is your favorite thing to do on the weekends? 


Where Were You? 9/11

I'm sure you remember every single thing about September 11th, 2001. We all have a different story about that day, even though it was really the same for all of us. 


I was 19 years old working full time as a photo manager in CVS. (Yes, back then they had "photo managers" because there used to be hundreds of rolls of film to process every day.) While at work on that bright Tuesday morning, one of my buddy co-workers came over to me and said "did you hear what that customer just said?" I shook my head to let her know that I hadn't heard a thing. Her response was "a plane hit the world trade center in NYC, isn't that so crazy?" While I was shocked and in a "oh man that sucks" mind set, I didn't entirely think anything of it. In my head, I had imagined a little Sesna plane scraping the top of the building. And went on with my morning. Not long after, she came back over to me and said "oh my god Kelly, someone just told me another plane hit!" Now I was like "what the fuck?!" I remember saying to her "that's just too weird, somethings not right". News traveled around the store to other employees within seconds and there were no more customers coming in. This was a super busy non-stop moving CVS, and it was a ghost town. We had a little TV in the breakroom and we carried it over to the Pharmacy and all stood there surrounded by pill bottles and watched the towers fall. I remember that moment so vividly and I have chills right now as I'm writing about it. There is so much power behind the saying "NEVER FORGET". It is impossible to forget what we felt that day. 

And the hits kept coming. Hijacked planes everywhere.

I live in LA now, but Boston is my home and I was home back then. These airplanes came from our home. Our airport. These people were living in our city. They could have been my neighbors. Some of these assholes had been hiding out only a few streets from where I grew up and went to elementary and middle school. These pieces of shit had blended in with my life. Our life. And then took so much from us. 

As I stood there watching the towers fall, I didn't fully know what it all meant. I was 19 years old, never paid attention to politics or the news. I didn't fully grasp terrorism. Until the next day. I called out of work on Wednesday, there was no way I was going in when everyone else in the country was at home in front of their TVs. That's where I wanted to be. I wanted to understand what the fuck all this was for. I watched every channel, every news clip, I bought every newspaper and magazine. (Which are still in my room back home in MA). It was my first time really experiencing something tragic happening to our country. I thought these things only happened in my history books. I didn't know that after history class was over, the world is still so evil. I thought those days were over. And now my little sister's history books are filled with my experiences. 

NEVER FORGET.

Weekend BS Shenans...

I didn't do a damn thing this weekend except lay on the couch, drink wine and mimosas and occasionally eat some less than exciting food. It was awesome. We watched that new movie "Now You See Me".. umm, amazing! I highly recommend it. We caught up on some DVR crap and planned our next trip to Vegas. While bumming out in front of the tv I realized that the powerball jackpot is now at $245 million. If you win, you will officially have more money than these people:


Nick Cannon - $20 million (without adding Mariah's money, she's got $510mil)

Kim Kardashian - $40 million

Tom Brady - $120 million

Miley Cyrus - $150 million (you can now afford a stage full of dancing teddy bears also)

Rachel McAdams - $14 million

Will Smith - $200 million (ok after taxes, you will probably have the same-ish)

Justin Bieber - $130 million. (so you can tell him to pipe the fuck down.)

Bruce Willis - $150 million

Donald Trump's son - $150 million

Floyd Mayweather - $170 million

Jenna Jameson - $30 million

Rachel Zoe - $2.5 millon (I was super shocked by this. She seems to live way wealthier and given her jobs and brand I thought she'd have at least $10mil)

Nicole Richie - $5 million (another that I expected would be way higher.)

Claire Danes - $20 million

Robert De Niro - $185 million

Miranda Lambert - $18 million

Quentin Tarantino - $90 million

I don't know about you, but some of these people I really expected to have much more. What would you even do with that amount of money? Richard Branson is so rich, he made a spaceship. Legit, your childhood dreams of going to space are now a reality because of him and his money. It's genius. 

What would you really do if you won? The boyfriend and I discuss this all the time. 

1) First things first... get a lawyer! I don't care how much we love eachother, that is way too much money. Be smart!

2) Property. We would for sure buy a home out here by the beach (nothing crazy because I plan on traveling more than being home). And most definitely buy a place back home in MA. And we'd probably buy a condo either somewhere here in CA or in Vegas and rent it out. Our homes would have things like THIS.

3) Family. I would hook up my brother and sister, big time and I would buy my mom the simple home she's always wanted. The boyfriend has a few more people than me that he would help out (that would be outta his half! haha).

4) Investment. We've talked about opening a business. As well as an idea he and his cousin came up with that could easily turn into billions, but requires a good chunk up front. 

5) Vehicles. I'm not a car freak, I really don't care much. Like I would probably get a Jeep or a sport Ranger. Pretty sure he would waste his money on a Ferrari (that he would probably die in), a sick motorcycle (since he sold his to move here with me), and probably a hooked up Range Rover. 

6) Well duh, it would be time for new wardrobes. Come on. And personal trainers and a chef. 

7). Travel! To places like THIS!

What would you do if you won the powerball?

Linking up with Sami...