Friday, December 28, 2012

Goodbye 2012!

As quickly as it came, so the year leaves so that 2013 may come to take its place. Whenever something concludes, it is natural to reminisce about what was and no longer is: the people you knew, the places you went, the adventures that will live on in your memory through your old age. This was a year of blessings, changes, struggles, and fun. Here are a few highlights, in no particular order:

October found me moving out on my own for the first time in my life. Oh, I'd left my parents' before, but lived with roommates. This is the first time that I have my own place and answer only to myself. While the commute increased from 5 minutes to 40, I feel so free!

This summer, between the days lounging in the sun and working in the office, I was told that my father had had both a stroke and heart attack. While not especially close to my dad, such news is troubling. Fortunately, he lived and my mom fought the doctors about putting him on coumadin, which had caused the death of my grandfather.

After discussing how much we wanted to go to an amusement park, then talking about Magic Mountain, my co-workers and I took a trip to Knott's Berry Farm and Disneyland! While it was a crowded weekend, we managed to hit up all the rides we wanted and enjoyed ourselves immensely.

Working at the same place for 4 years may not seem like much of an accomplishment, but that's pretty huge to me. Even better is the fact that I was promoted to the head of my department! Yep, I'm in charge of all the little people! Ok, we're all friends so I don't really push them around much, but it's nice to be recognized.

All in all, 2012 hasn't been too bad. I'll try to highlight some other things when I get the chance, but those are the biggies.

Looking forward to 2013,


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Giving thanks in November

It is currently a Facebook trend to post daily statuses on what you are thankful for through the month of November. Aww, how creative! Yeah, not so much. I've seen some about how thankful they are for such great friends from all backgrounds, thankful for a husband, etc.


Ok, people, I'm gonna put a list together of some of the things we're all (or most of us) thankful for, but won't end up on Facebook.

1. I'm thankful for the ability to block calls/texts from certain numbers on my phone. I don't really want to continue talking to jerks, or guys I felt guilt-tripped into giving my real number.

2. I'm thankful for the microwave. Seriously, you can't make diddly squat without one anymore! Leftovers? Oh, yeah, just stick them in the toaster.

3. I'm thankful for not having to live with a roommate anymore. FREEDOM RULES!!

4. I'm thankful for Forever 21 having cute cheap clothes. Those of us who want to look good on a budget depend on them!

5. I'm thankful for Beringer White Zinfandel. It goes with pretty much anything, and it's crisp and just slightly sweet.

6. I'm thankful for Avril Lavigne for inspiring my Halloween costume. Too bad no one remembers her old school look. Come on, who else wears a tie like that??

7. I'm thankful for 409. Without my beloved all-purpose cleaner, I would still have black stains on my microfiber couch.

8. I'm thankful for sleeping in for the past week. Much needed rest!

9. I'm thankful for having so many different shades of red lipstick to choose from.

10. I'm thankful for Facebook. Without it, how else would I know if someone liked something I said?

There you go. 10 things I'm thankful for, that you are most likely thankful for as well.

Gratefully yours,


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Stories of a CSR: Public education at its finest

As most of my loyal readers know, I work in customer service. From time to time, I see emails that make me laugh, make me angry (remember that I have your home address and phone number, people!), and make me just shake me head in despair. The following is an example of the latter:

"Are school department would like to order a xxxx case. The web price is 24.95 is that the price I can do a purchase order for? If so what would be the shipping and handling be?

ABC School"

Sigh. This is why my parents chose to homeschool me.

Saddened by society,


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Conversation about dating

me: I may have just discovered a million-dollar idea
There aren't any dating sites for Scandinavia boys who want american women

friend: Lol

me: Whatever. I want a Scandinavian hubby
who looks like a viking

friend: Haha I say go for it

me: How????

friend: Lol find a techy guy

me: They're indian
Been there done that

Ok, gotta find an Alexander Skarsgard lookalike!

Single in Seattle,


Monday, October 29, 2012

Onward to 30

I suppose aging is inevitable. It is something that begins the moment we exit our mother's womb, and we unknowingly march on toward our own deaths. Lovely, right?

I'm told often that I do not look my age. However, I am being carded less often than a few years ago. Do I dress older? I don't really have wrinkles. Perhaps I should stop calling those younger than me "whippersnappers", since it does sound like something an old person would say.

Last week I turned the big 2-7. No, it isn't really a milestone birthday, but it is just another reminder of how close I am to the big 3-0.

When I was younger, I couldn't imagine being this old. In fact, I was sure I would have died by 16. No real reason, I wasn't into a bad scene or anything. I just thought I would die young.

Well, I've managed to stay alive, and here I am. So what do I have to show for it? Well, I am the head of my department at work, I have my own apartment with a gorgeous view, and I do in fact still have my looks. Besides that, I have friends who truly care about me, a family who loves me, and the rest of the years ahead for many more adventures. Life is good.

But I got anti-wrinkle cream just in case.

Young at heart,


Sunday, September 2, 2012

Things I'm Not Doing Today

The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and here I sit blogging away. While I did spend quite a bit of the day out and about with my mom running errands, apartment shopping, and other random things, this day has not been very eventful. Since I am unable to relate fabulous adventures I experienced today, here's a list of fabulous adventures I did NOT have today:

1. Feel the cool spray of the glistening waters while boating on Lake Washington

2. See one of my favorite artists, LIGHTS, perform at the Bumbershoot festival

3. Kiss a handsome stranger

4. Visit the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) and see people dressed up in costumes from all sorts of games from across numerous platforms

5. Go on an out-of-control shopping spree at Bellevue Square, Alderwood Mall, and South Center

6. Fly off to a small island nation with only my passport, $50, and bikini

7. Give out autographed pictures of myself, unsolicited

So many things I could have done that I didn't do. Oh well, there's always tomorrow.

Your lazy day girl,


Saturday, September 1, 2012

Never thought I'd see the day

Text conversation I had with a friend:

me: So...X is married. In other news, pigs have grown wings and hell is getting a bit chilly

friend: Wow. What is his wife like? He is such a creepy guy...see, there is someone for everyone...truth revealed

me: She looked pretty enough, but probably weird.

friend: Wow so she is pretty?!

me: Not super pretty
Just kinda pretty

friend: Now even X is having sex is just not fair

me: No kidding
Oh well, she's stuck having sex with X. Poor girl!!
I wouldn't want to have sex with that creepy gorilla

Moral of the story: just because everyone around you seems to be coupling off doesn't mean that you should be jealous.

Sassy and single,


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Stories of a CSR: Dogs are too common

So a while ago I had a separate blog for stories from my experience in customer service. While I deleted the blog due to inconsistency (not enough interesting stories at any given time), I have saved a few up and will be posting them from time to time.

At my work, one of our popular products is a capacitive stylus for touchscreen devices. One of our customers sent us the following email regarding the styluses:

"Do you sell extra rubber tips for any of the iPad styli? My pet raccoon loves chewing off the tips. I hide them but she can smell a stylus anywhere in my house. I have a dozen different pens with no ends...all sizes!

Thanks for your help!"   Yes, ladies and gentlmen. Her pet raccoon ate the tips! Unfortunately, there wasn't really much we could do, given the circumstances. Perhaps she could buy raccoon snacks so the fuzzy thief doesn't go after her styluses? Just a thought.   Happy with a normal pet,   ~K

Friday, July 13, 2012

Newest Disney Princess is announced!

Yes, it is official, the newest Disney Princess is     :::drum roll:::    me!!

That's right, all of my beloved plebeians, I am now amongst a select few young women to ever hold this title. While some may enter a pageant only to have the title removed after a year, my title will remain for all my days.

To those unfortunate souls wondering why you are not a Disney Princess, I can only offer this as consolation:

I'm just better than you, and there's nothing you can ever do about it.

Sigh. Doesn't that feel better? Now you can get on with your life working at your grueling desk job getting sweaty, accumulating paper cuts, and not being admired as much as yours truly. It's alright, though. Some of us are princesses and others are peasants. We all have important roles to fill, my dears.

Your beloved princess,


P.S. Disney hasn't quite put out the memo yet, but they will. Eventually.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Disneyland is calling

My co-workers and I have decided that we are taking a trip to Disneyland come September. Do you know what this means? Spending way too much on crap like mouse ears and Tinker Bell wands that we will never need! As if my budget wasn't already in the tank...

Seriously, though, I love Disneyland and this will be the first time visiting as an adult. I look forward to going on Splash Mountain and the Matterhorn, getting pictures with the different characters, and eating mouse-shaped ice cream bars.

Let the planning, budgeting, and excitement begin!

Your cartoon hero,


Friday, June 29, 2012

Move over Fivel!

Well, it seems like there's a new singing mouse in the house! Chuck E. Cheese is launching their "Chuck E. Rocks" campaign in the coming days/weeks, and this sees the fun-loving rodent playing air guitar while singing about how amazing he and his play place is.

Love the video? Think the song is catchy? Wondering why the voice sounds so familiar? Well, it's probably because you grew up in the era of awesome punk rock. Chuck E. Cheese is voiced by none other than Jaret Reddick, lead singer of a very well known band:

That's right, the frontman of Bowling For Soup has been turned into a cartoon mouse! Mickey, you don't even come close.

On another note, if you're in the middle-of-nowhere-Washington-state in July, Bowling For Soup will be performing for - wait for it - FREE!! They're coming Ephrata for the Basin Summer Sounds Music Festival. MUST go!!

Girl all the bad guys want,


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Battle of the Budget

I guess if it were easy then I wouldn't have had a problem in the first place. But I did, and budgeting is HARD!

Last week I definitely went over, and I don't even want to thing about by how much. I was already over budget due to going out of town for a wedding, but when I got back I also went to a karaoke bar with a friend. A couple drinks and crab rangoons later, I got a bill that was nearly half the week's budget! Boo.

On a related note, I put together a video list of songs you should not be singing at karaoke. This is for everyone's well-being, trust me. If you consider singing any of these songs, put down the song book and just walk away. 

Just an ordinary citizen looking out for society while battling a budget,


Monday, June 25, 2012

Joining the 21st Century

I did it. I drank the Kool-aid. I got on the bandwagon. I've become a lemming. And before you ask, no, I didn't start wearing Crocs. Ew.

My darlings, my lovelies....I joined Twitter. Oh, the shame of it all! Woe to me! How will I live now with my thoughts out there for everyone on the internet to see??

Oh wait, I'm already doing that. Alright then, carry on.

And if you want to show how much you love and adore me, feel free to follow me. It'll fill me with warm fuzzies, tomorrow your secret crush will kiss you, and when you go outside you'll find a magical unicorn.

Yep, all that will happen if you follow me:


Love always,


Sunday, June 24, 2012

How to hit on a guy

In an effort to empower young women everywhere, I created a tutorial/self-help video on how to hit on a guy. I knew that there was a need, as there wasn't already a video with that exact name anywhere on youtube. You're welcome, world.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Budgeting: Review

To review last week. As of Wednesday I was at $37.44 out of $45. On Saturday I picked up tortilla chips, so add another $2.99 for a week's total of $40.43. That means I was $4.57 under!! Woot woot!

Sunday I'm going to skip over since we took the family out to dinner for Father's day and I took my little brother to the movies. Sometimes you just have to let things go.

So today, with grocery shopping yesterday and lunch from Costco today (yummy cheap pizza!), I am currently at $14.33 for this week. I will be spending a bit more at Uwajimaya tonight for dinner with my friend while we watch Downton Abbey, but my pennies are gonna keep getting pinched.

Saving in Seattle,


Friday, June 15, 2012

Lovely little memory

I don't remember why we suddenly had to go out of the main dance room, but my friend took my hand and headed out. I did my best to follow her, but I'm a klutz, it was packed, and I was wearing heels.

To top things off, someone right in front of my suddenly pushed backward into me. As I began falling, I silently cursed myself for wearing those strappy sandals.

It would have been enough to just fall against one of the many people surrounding me in the busy club. That's to be expected when you barely have room to breathe. Yet, I didn't just fall against someone.

I was caught. I looked up to thank whoever was holding me in their arms. The face looking back at me smiled, and I smiled too. I was looking at one of the most attractive men I had ever seen, and he seemed to be seeing me in the same light.

And then the same idiot pushed backward again. This time, however, I was encased in protective arms. Once again I thanked my savior and began to follow my impatient friend, though not without his requesting a dance at a later time. I agreed, and later than night I met him on the dance floor and everyone else seemed to disappear.

It may have been a few years ago, but I still remember looking up into the face of the handsome stranger. Butterflies and magic are still out there...

Nostalgically yours,


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Budgeting: Hump day

As of Monday I am on a $45/week budget. My recent forays into budgeting didn't really work out because I limited myself too much. $45 is completely doable, right?


So it's Wednesday. I've been on this budget since Monday. As of today, I have spent $37.44. I went through my receipts, and I have been good and mostly sticking to what I need. That "mostly" is what gets me, though. $2 for Costco frozen yogurt was a splurge today. $2.18 for McDonald's yesterday was not really necessary. Did I need that frozen pizza? No, but at $3.99 it's pretty good for Frescheta. Sigh. We'll see how this plays out.

Broke in the 'burbs,


Monday, June 11, 2012

Everyone come see how good I look! ...looked.

Yes, come one come all! I just found a picture from several Halloweens ago when I was a sexy stewardess back when I didn't have my little tummy pooch. lol

Aren't most costumes like that? Sexy [fill in the blank]. Yes, I play into that. It's ok, though. I have Jenna Marble's approval:

Let's see if I can get back into sexy shape by this Halloween!



Sunday, May 20, 2012

Budgeting: the story continues

It is now late May, and how close am I to my goal of $5000 saved by the end of the year? Not very close. I have just over $1000 in my savings account. So what happens if there's an emergency? What if my car craps out? I'm stuck.

At the suggestion of my friend, I signed up for Mint, which is a budgeting tool that connects to your bank account or credit card account to follow your spending habits. What have I learned? I spend too much on shopping and food. Yeah, big surprise. But one thing that my friend pointed out (after I tried to grab the check at lunch) is that I should stop paying for others all the time. Not that it's bad or that I can't treat others once in a while, but sometimes it becomes a habit. Sometimes it's ok to just pay my half.

As far as shopping goes, I don't know what to say. My wardrobe still doesn't fully please me. I wish that I could work with a stylist who could help me find the best pieces for me at decent prices to make me love everything in my closet. Unfortunately, Stacy London isn't my fairy godmother, so I just need to work on making do with what I have....which is not easy.

I have so many unknowns to save for, and now I have another thing to save for: Europe trip next year with my best friend. Wish me luck!

Broke in the 'burbs,


Thursday, May 17, 2012


Changes don't always happen immediately. Sometimes they're so subtle that we don't notice them until long after they've already taken place. One day you just realize with a start how different you are from what you used to be.

That's been happening with me. I don't know if I'm necessarily better or worse than I used to be, but I do see that I'm changed. In some ways I'm meeker than I ever was before, and yet in other ways I'm much more outgoing. There was a time when I told off a guy for asking me out via text (he immediately called me), but now it's the norm.

What things ought to be changed in my life, and which things should stay consistent? I really don't know.

Confused yet again,


Saturday, April 28, 2012

What makes me beautiful

For the past few days I've had a song stuck in my head. Not a bad one, so I'm not really complaining. It's "What Makes You Beautiful" by British boy band One Direction:

The song is sung to a girl who is obviously gorgeous but unable to see it in herself. Without sounding too smug regarding the first part, I can relate.

I was a late bloomer. Throughout middle school and highschool, I had it kinda rough in the looks department. My teeth were buck, so I had braces for 7 years. While the acne faded as I neared graduation, it still comes and goes for me. Not knowing how to put together a decent outfit didn't really help me, and being completely ignorant of how to deal with my thick, curly hair was the icing on the ugly cake. I was a mess. On top of all of this, I was so awkward. I didn't know how to talk to boys...or other girls for that matter. I managed to have some friends, but the majority of the time I felt like an outsider.

It was in college that I blossomed. I started playing around more with makeup. I bought a flat iron. I learned to work with my curls. I dressed myself in a modest yet cute fashion. And people noticed me! Suddenly boys wanted to talk to me. They wanted to sit at our dorm table and talk to ME! Some even asked me out.

It's amazing how things change. It's more amazing how they stay the same.

This past week my mom texted me to let me know that one of her friends who was the mom of one of my friends from middle school had commented on my looks. We had run into her very briefly while plant shopping, but she told my mom that she was stunned by my beauty. It was wonderful to hear, and others have said similar things to me.

...and yet, it's still difficult to think of myself like that. When I look in the mirror, I still see that metal-mouthed acne-faced girl with puffy, unruly hair in a bright yellow sweatshirt and wide-leg jeans. Yeah, there are moments when I see myself as pretty and even downright hot, but they are few and far between. Mostly I just see all the flaws and shortcomings.

If only I could see what they saw.

Blind to my reflection,


Friday, April 20, 2012

So Open Minded

A while back, I was dating The Persian (or TP for short). We had met through an online dating site, and while messaging back and forth, he had told me how one of the characteristics that he seeks out is open-mindedness to others.

I sensed that he had met with quite a few people who did not think particularly well of Persians and Iran in general, and therefore treated him poorly.

He seemed like a great guy. He held doors open, he always made sure to pay for drinks or meals even if I offered, and he preferred to pick me up and drive places. He was a bit traditional in gender roles, but growing up with a stay-at-home mom, I was used to that and his stance was not extreme.

What did bother me, however, was after going on and on about how people should be open-minded, he decided to start saying how horrible Asian drivers were. This turned into a rant against Asians in general. I was a bit miffed, but perhaps he'd had first-hand experience with a large enough sampling of Asians to make this a fair statement? I let it slide.

Then he brought up my faith. I had clearly stated on my profile that I was a Christian. So of course normal polite conversation took a turn toward religion and how in the world could an intelligent girl like me truly believe all the stuff in the Bible?? Seriously.

Well, this guy must have sensed he was on a roll, because he did not stop there. We began by discussing different places we would love to visit one day. Toward the top of my list was Israel. He asked me why I would want to go there, given the violence. I countered that there will always be issues in the Middle East, so anytime is as good as any other. This is where it gets really good. He asked, rhetorically, why are they even fighting? Why didn't the Israelis just leave? Yeah. That happened.

So, to recap, the open-minded Persian doesn't like Asians, thinks Christians are stupid, and has decided that an entire country has no right to their land.

In case you were wondering, I'm not pining away for this one.

Closed-minded to stupidity,


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Tricky tricky!

I have been hit on before, and I feel like over time I have become less oblivious. However, I was recently taken off guard and, I feel, tricked.

I recently attended a Yelp Elite event. For those who aren't familiar with the terminology, a Yelp Elite is one who posts a lot of reviews, is active on forums, etc.

I didn't know the majority of the people that were attending, but after discussing dressing up on the forums, I arrived in a super cute outfit ready for a fun-filled day.

We had all been given name tags, and were mingling in the lobby of a hotel after going on a tour. While standing around, I tried (for the zillionth time) to check in on Yelp. Stupid Verizon let everyone else check in, but not me! Grrr. After putting my phone away in defeat, I was approached by one of the young men in our group. He complimented me on my outfit (which, as previously stated, was super cute), and started chit chatting with me. The exchange was pleasant. He said blah blah blah, I said yada yada yada...until....

"So, is your boyfriend an Elite?"

"I don't have a boy-" Oh. Oh yes, he was clever indeed.



Friday, March 2, 2012

For Lent I've given up...

...well, it was going to be alcohol. Even though I'm a protestant rather than catholic, I like the idea of giving up one's vices in order to devote more time to working on a relationship with your creator and becoming the person that you were created to be.

So I gave up alcohol. I've never been a lush, but I do drink socially and last year it proved to be more difficult than I would have liked. So I figured that I would do it again.

According to Wikipedia (a truly credible source, I know) "The traditional purpose of Lent is the penitential preparation of the believer—through prayer, penance, repentance, almsgiving, and self-denial."

This goes to remind us of the 40 days that Jesus spent in the wilderness fasting, praying, and enduring temptation from Satan.

Giving up alcohol for me missed the mark. I was doing it more as a challenge to myself than for its true purpose. I've always enjoyed seeing if I'm capable of doing things, even if I am disappointed in the conclusion.

After recognizing my own agenda behind giving up alcohol, I've revoked the dry spell. I never want to say that I'm doing something for one reason but really doing it for another. To say, "look at what a good little Christian I am by giving up booze for God", I was in denial.

If I choose to give something up or set forth a challenge, I want to do so with very clear reasons and never say I'm going to do something for God when I'm completely focused on myself.

Still learning,


Saturday, February 25, 2012

Shut up and pass the lard, please: part 2

Today is a day for running errands. While out, I headed over to Target to pick up a few things. I headed over to the movie section and picked out a few, planning to have a lovely night watching movies and eating popcorn.

Evidently, Target didn't much care for this idea and passive-aggressively suggested a different option by printing out a coupon for $1 off 4 Lean Cuisine frozen meals. Thanks, Target.

Eating my feelings,


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A conversation about dating

Koko: We need to plan dinner next week

me: Oooh, yes! And maybe you can give me dating advice since whatever I'm doing doesn't work

Koko: What? What happened with the Persian?

me: Good question. I'm assuming he got run over by a bus and therefore is physically unable to text or call me

Koko: Hahahahaha

me: Yeah, I prefer to assume the worst in that sort of situation

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Style of the Sirens: Angela Lansbury

Tale old as time, true as it can be...

Ah, yes. That classic song from the beloved Disney movie, "Beauty and the Beast". Before she immortalized those lyrics or figured out whodunnit as Jessica Fletcher in "Murder, She Wrote", Angela Lansbury was a siren comparable to the other beloved beauties.

It's amazing to think that this lovely lady got her start while World War II was raging on. But whether she was overshadowed by Elizabeth Taylor in "National Velvet", KGB mama Eleanor in "The Manchurian Candidate", or the Dowager Empress in "Anastasia", Angela Lansbury is a film legend to be reckoned with.

In awe of yet another leading lady,


Tuesday, January 31, 2012

No Steak Day

Have you had one of those days? Y'know, one of those days where no matter how hard or fast you work, you still feel like you didn't get anything done? Yep, had one of those today.

My email turnout was pretty slim due to working on some issues with our Amazon seller account, a photoshoot for one of our new products, and other random stuff. All in all, I got plenty done, but it's hard to show it.

But wait, it gets worse. I decided that I wanted steak for lunch.

Fortunately, there is an Outback Steakhouse just down the street. So after coercing my co-workers in joining my steakravaganza and writing down their orders, I check Yelp to find out what time they open and get their phone number. They open at 4pm. For dinner. What the heck, Outback? Why ya gotta play me like that, yo?

Seriously, though. What is the point of having a lunch menu if you don't serve lunch? Ugh.

Steakless in Seattle,


Friday, January 20, 2012

Style of the Sirens: Leslie Caron

When you think of screen legends, style icons, and sirens of the past, I'm sure you think of Marilyn, Audrey, Bette (either of them), etc. It seems that one of the most gorgeous and elegant ladies to ever show up on film is often forgotten amongst these others. Yes, I speak of the one and only Leslie Caron.

First appearing with Gene Kelly in "An American In Paris", this seductress played the wide-eyed innocent and melted the hearts of men with her sweet French accent. Her credits include hits such as "Gigi", "Daddy Long Legs", and the more recent "Le Divorce". I remember her for the title role in "Lili".

Her style changed over time, but in all her roles and throughout the decades, her bright eyes and fabulous style have remained.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The New Boy - Old Boy Phenomenon

Perhaps there's a different name for it, but I'll call it the "New Boy - Old Boy Phenomenon" or NBOBP for short.

I'm sure for most females who have dated around a bit, they are familiar with the concept: As soon as you start dating or talking to a new guy, suddenly a guy you had dated previously contacts you in some way.

Is he aware of this new guy? Maybe not. Somehow, there's a little tiny chip built into heterosexual males (sorry, these are the only specimens that have been examined) to alert them when a female is connecting with a new male. Once triggered, they feel the obligation to text, call, email, or Facebook said female so that she is still aware of their existence.

It amazes me that I just wrote a post about how my ex's best friend unfriended me on Facebook, and early this morning he randomly decides to comment on my Facebook status. Was it due to the blog? Was it that little chip alerting him to the fact that I've been talking with some other guys?

It will perhaps remain an unsolved mystery.

The next guy's pre-ex girlfriend,


Monday, January 16, 2012

Facebook Friend Etiquette: Friends of your ex

So a few moments ago, I was playing around on Facebook. I had noticed that my friend number had gone down by 1 or 2, but that happens on occasion. Then I went to type in my friend Liz's name to post something on her wall. That's when I realized...there was another Liz that was suddenly not showing up in the list of options.

I actually typed in her full name, and none of those smiling faces belonged to the girl I was looking for. To further check what happened, I went to my ex's profile (yes, we're still FB friends). There she was.

My ex's best friend un-friended me. Such drama! Such scorn! Such...well, I guess we don't really talk or anything, so I guess it doesn't matter.

So for those of you who have experienced this, what do you do with all of those "friends" that you've made through your now-ex after the breakup? Do you just leave them there? Do you remove them? Do you ::gasp:: block them? I've just kinda left them all there, not really thinking much of it.

Is it sad that you've lost one of your pseudo-friends?

I guess. But at least no real friends were compromised.

Your friend,


Friday, January 13, 2012

500 calories down the drain

In an effort to get into a shape that is not round, I have been doing a bit of Slim-Fast dieting. I drink two shakes a day, eat three snacks around 100 calories each, then have one regular meal up to 500 calories. With long hours at work, my big meal has been lunch since I'm in a rush in the mornings and I'm not usually that hungry at night.

Today I was excited to try out my Trader Joe's Garlic Noodle Bowl that has been sitting in my cupboard for what seems like an eternity (probably closer to a few weeks). I took out the packets, poured them in, added hot water, and sat down to eat.

Oh my word. So not worth my only decent meal of the day. Moral of the day: If you're on a diet that limits your "full meal" options, go with something you know is going to be yummy. Don't waste calories on crap.

Full but irritated,


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Dating in the Technological Age

Once again I found myself searching profiles, looking for keywords that indicated possibilities of that ever-evasive "connection". I signed up for two different sites, have spoken with a number of different men, and feel no closer to love.

Am I once again looking for love in the wrong places? I thought that this is where "young professionals" come to meet their match! Is mine out there? Or will I have to continued weeding through messages from 56-year-old men with creepy pick-up lines, prematurely balding players, occasional women (I don't roll that way, honey), and foreign men who think American women are easy? I sincerely hope not.

Yet that is what I often go through. I have gone out with a few different guys, and have corresponded with a few others. Sometimes they flake out before we ever meet, other times they flake out after.

Then there's a completely different issue: what if I don't find them physically attractive? I'm not saying I'm holding out for Hugh Jackman (unless of course, he's available!), but what happens if I see a picture and I just absolutely cannot imagine myself making out with him? To me, there has to be some level of physical attraction. It isn't everything, but it is something. If I don't find a guy attractive at all, he's getting deleted. I do this just as much for him as for myself. After all, what guy wants to be with a girl who doesn't want to make out with him, or feels like she's merely settling for him?

And there's that label...settling. I want to settle down meaning that I find someone, but I don't want to settle. And I don't want to really settle down. I want to find someone who will take on life with me. I want to have adventures together, even in the mundane. The phrase "settling down" has a trace of dullness to it. That isn't what I want.

What do I want, you ask? Everything: love, loyalty, adoration, etc. Truth be told, it seems like mission: impossible..without Tom Cruise.

Still single, still yours,


Sunday, January 8, 2012

A blur called life

Things go by so quickly, it seems. All year I strive to make sure that on that one special day, everyone is remembered and that they open boxes and bags filled with things that will make them smile.

That day came and went in the blink of an eye. Even faster was the entire weekend in Vegas. Sigh.

As I get older, it seems while minutes still turn into days, and days still turn into weeks, and weeks still turn into years, it all happens at warp speed. One of these days I will need to just hide away somewhere wonderful so that I may have a chance to catch my breath.

So, to catch you up on was amazing!

Liz and I had a blast, though one of the days was a bit sleepy and slow (we'd gotten up early the previous day, stayed out late, and hadn't really recovered). I definitely need to return and do all of the things that we weren't able to do.

And now it is 2012. In a blink of an eye, 2011 is no more and we are in a new year. Did you do everything that you wanted to in 2011? Are there more things left to accomplish?

My goals for 2012 are to save $5000, spend more time with my siblings (my brother is growing up way too fast!), and live life to the fullest. While the latter my conflict with the former, they both need t coincide.

Happy 2012!