26 April 2011

30 days into 1

Alright Kimberly, I know I haven't been on top of this blog like I said I would be. You did the 30 days in pictures, but I am too impatient, so I am going to do it all right now for your viewing pleasure :-)

30 Day Challenge:
Day 01 - A picture of yourself with fifteen facts.

1. I love Dr. Pepper (obvi)
2. I have 2 tattoos
3. I was recently in Europe
4. I will return to Europe soon(ish)
5. I have yet to start my wingback chair reupholstery project, but I am really excited about it
6. I share a birthday with Madonna
7. I am exactly 3 years and 1 day older than my brother
8. I was born at 2:42am
9. I finally upgraded from a twin sized bed to a queen after 24 years
10. I own almost as many shoes as pairs of underwear
11. I live a block away from the coolest park in San Franciso
12. If I could marry any celebrity it would be Will Smith
13. My favorite city that I have ever lived is Granada, Spain
14. I am majoring in Spanish (wasn't a fact until recently, but I am stoked about the progress)
15. I love soft things, including the fleece throw Kim got me that I cuddle with sometimes :-)

Day 02 - A picture of you and the person you have been close with for the longest.

It must be 11 years at least now!

Day 03 - A picture of your favorite animal.

Giraffes are so awkward. Just like me!

Day 04 - A picture of your night.

I spent the night cooking chicken and mashed potatoes and then gave the kitchen a nice little scrub down.

Day 05 - A picture of your favorite memory.

F pump it up, pump it up H A keep it going, keep it going, we are, what else, what else, the BEST! Region 6!

Day 06 - A picture of a person you'd love to trade places with for a day.

The one in the pink dress is Christine. She is a customer of mine and she is the nicest most amazing woman I have met in SF. She has a line of designer handbags (christinebhandbags.com) and 2 websites (shoesforwomen.com and womenshandbag.com) that she runs, but she is always in the best of moods. I would love to see what a day in her life would be like!

Day 07 - A picture of your most treasured item.

Sad but true...

Day 08 - A picture that makes you laugh.


Day 09 - A picture of the person who has gotten you through the most.


Day 10 - A picture of the person you do the most messed up things with.

When I was 3, she convinced me that we should call the cops and tell them our mom died...that didn't end well.

Day 11 - A picture of something you hate.

Discrimination (I adore ducks though)

Day 12 - A picture of something you love.

Traveling. 

Day 13 - A picture of your favorite band or artist.

Mutemath. So dreamy ;-)

Day 14 - A picture of someone you could never imagine your life without.

Look at that cute little face. I can't wait to see what she becomes. 

Day 15 - A picture of something you want to do before you die.


I want to get to all 50 states (and all 7 continents)

Day 16 - A picture of someone who you look up to.

That's my bro-in-law. Good man.

Day 17 - A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently.

Just living in San Francisco is a challenge, trying to finish school and have a social life is hard. I have learned a lot about myself in the past 2 years though.

Day 18 - A picture of where you hope to be in the future.
Teaching ESL, hopefully in South America

Day 19 - A picture of you when you were little.


Day 20 - A picture of somewhere you'd love to travel.

There's no way I could choose just one place.

Day 21 - A picture of something you wish you could forget.


It's a bit complicated, but boy there are some decisions that I would like to forget...

Day 22 - A picture of something you wish you were better at.

I always wanted to be a ballerina

Day 23 - A picture of your favorite book.

Don't judge

Day 24 - A picture of something you wish you could change.

Truly heartbreaking. I wish I could help all the children of the world.

Day 25 - A picture of your day.

 I had a meeting today.

Day 26 - A picture of something that means a lot to you.


The fact that I can explore and experience anything that my heart desires, is truly amazing to me.
Day 27 - A picture of yourself and a family member.

Hermanos

Day 28 - A picture of something you're afraid of.

Ok, so since I was about 3 and I watched Beetlejuice and had a horrible nightmare about him stealing my shoes, I have been afraid of closets at night time, the door has to be shut or I will have all kinds of nightmares and won't be able to go to the bathroom until sunrise.

Day 29 - A picture that can always make you smile.

That kid...does it every time!

Day 30 - A picture of someone you miss.

19 March 2011

Sick of being sick

I have spent a lot of time in bed this week, more than I would like to admit. Luckily I have the excuse of being sick, but I think had I had that time for any other reason, I might have spent it the same way...at least for the first 2 days. I started feeling better yesterday, so I decided it would be a good idea to hang out with some friends and see McLovin's band perform in North Beach. (Chris Mintz-Plasse is the drummer in The Young Rapscallions, he also played in Super Bad and Role Models and his brother went to Fresno State, so we have mutual friends) Well, I can't talk now. I lost my voice and I sound ridiculous. Maybe not such a good idea, especially since I am leaving in about 36 hours for London!! I hope I have my voice back by the time I get there so I don't have to explain it to anyone. People tend to look at me as though I am a bag of germs once they hear me talk, not the funnest experience.

I finally got my laundry done and now I have a pile of clothes and miscellaneous items that I need to pack into a suitcase. I always worry that I will forget something. It's especially bothersome when I think about the fact that everything is almost twice as expensive in England. I'd rather not have to buy deodorant there when I already have a stick here! I bought a voltage converter yesterday on a whim. I realized that I will need decent looking hair to feel confident in public, so the Chi straightener is coming with :-) I will have internet access nearly the whole time I am away, so I'll do my best to post random tidbits and photos while I am away! But now, I must sleep, because 6:30am comes quickly!

Good night!

28 February 2011

Some thoughts

Tonight at the end of my shift, a woman who is known to be homeless and a little crazy came into the store. She had a lot of things piled up on a wheeled cart and began asking about our food items and if we had any oatmeal left. We didn't. She continued to talk to me and then asked if she could use the bathroom. I told her the bathroom is for customers only. She then informed me that "they all" let her use it. Since I didn't want to start an argument, I went ahead and gave her the key. I didn't want her to use the bathroom because I knew she would be in there for a while and it was close to closing time, but also because of the principle of the matter. It is a customer only bathroom, and we can't let everybody that walks by use it. But, what if she had to go on the street or in the bushes because I didn't let her use it...how nice is too nice, and when should you just let things slide?

27 February 2011

Laundry time...

I have to keep laundry on the brain or I'll forget to go get it before the laundromat closes!

This weekend has been pretty low-key, but eventful in it's own way. A few months ago I bought a ticket to London for a 2 week vacation. (I still can't believe that I was able to do that. I have traveled quite a bit, but not by myself for so long.) But, being in Europe, I had to try to hang out with one of my best friends who happens to live in France, so Phill and I began to try to figure out a way to work that into my trip. At first I was thinking we could meet in Paris like the last time I was abroad. We were going to go with that plan until he suggested that I take the train to Strasbourg where he lives. I was pretty excited about the idea since it was a new place; and after Wikipedia-ing it, it looks to be quite a beautiful and diverse city, so how could I say no? I still wanted at least a day in Paris though, so I then began looking around at flight days and times and really just playing around on Kayak to see where I could go for really cheap. Well, Dublin happened to be pretty inexpensive and I figured I could spend a couple days there and then hop back to London. So, in my head, it was set. London, 3 days-Strasbourg, 3.5 days-Paris1.5, days-Dublin, 2 days-London, 4 days. Quite the whirlwind when you really think about it. Friday I had the day off, so I decided that rather than get out of bed at a decent hour I would knuckle down and finalize my travel plans, including purchasing plane tickets. After looking at many sites and realizing the extra cost of checked baggage on these tiny but cheap flights, I started to realize that I might have to settle on the destinations. So, in the spur of the moment, I decided that rather than going back to Paris just to fly out the next day, I would just stay for a couple extra days. Phill has classes and other responsibilities, so I will stop bugging him on Sunday and have some Parisian adventures until Wednesday, then back to London for another 5 days. I'm pretty happy with this decision, even though it means that I'll only be adding one country to my list, I will be adding another city and some great experiences. Phill and I have traveled together in many different settings and locations, but neither of us has visited where the other lives, it should be interesting. And it will be nice to actually have a sense of my surroundings since he knows the city so well. So, now I'm staring at my printed boarding pass from London to Paris and trying to remember where I have stashed all of my important things like my passport and emergency credit card and thinking about how excited/nervous/in shock I am that I will be on a plane by myself for I'm not sure how long in just 3 short weeks. It's a bit surreal really. My plan is to meet a very attractive European man who will fall madly in love with me so we can get married and travel the world together and eventually make the cutest babies ever when we settle down in some beautiful country surrounded by beaches and parks and dogs running around...haha, or not. But either way, it will be a trip to remember. I can not wait!

And now, my laundry awaits!

26 October 2010

What is healthy?

There are many things in life that I find myself pondering, like who started the rumor that moon is made of cheese? And where do all of those missing socks end up? But one particular type of pondering involves ideas that seem to be understood, but actually have a wide variety of interpretations. Like what is spirituality? What does it mean to be artistic? But the one I have been pondering over the past few days is: What does it mean to be healthy?

I'll start off by saying that I am referring to a physical state of health, although I regularly wonder about mental health as well. People come into Jamba Juice all the time and ask me what our healthiest drink is. Now, I surely can tell you what the least healthy drink is (Peanut Butter Moo'd if your wondering. Highest amount of calories, fat and sugars). But we have such a wide variety of drinks, it's hard to really answer without knowing what their idea of healthy is. Working in the Marina is quite the experience, because trying to get this information out of the typical customer is, for some reason, insulting. Apparently I should know exactly what they're thinking. Are you looking for the least amount of calories, the highest amount of protein or antioxidants, the most amount of fruit, the least amount of sugar? Do you see where I'm going here? So, after having countless amounts of run ins of this nature, I began to ponder what I believe to be healthy and how can I become more healthy?

Most people that know me know that I love Dr. Pepper and candy. I like to bake brownies and eat the batter and I eat children's cereal for breakfast. I also have low blood sugar, which could be a sign of diabetes. So as I eat my way through my 20s, but remain thin, I have a hard time focusing on maintaining my body for the years to come. But as I become more aware of healthy practices and the benefits of eating a well balanced diet, I realize that there is a reason that I am tired a lot and don't always have much energy. My diet sucks! So 2 days ago I hit google up with some searches on healthy eating. Boy oh boy did I get a ton of results! So now, I am left to sort through and decide what kind of healthy eating I want to partake in. Should I eat a protein rich diet to gain more muscle and become more lean? Should I become a vegetarian and skip the red meat to keep my heart healthy? Should I focus on carbs so I can become a long distance runner? So many questions and so many options. So, I am left with finding my motivation for eating healthy in the first place: be more active, stop consuming so much sugar, and feel better.

I am still in the beginning stages of planning my healthy eating venture, and I plan to supplement with my diet with pilates and cardio to stay fit! Some things that I have learned through my research: No matter what type of diet I choose, I should find a corresponding food pyramid (yes, there is more than one) and stick to it as best I can. There are many vitamins and nutrients that are essential to being any type of healthy, so I need to find a way to incorporate those into my diet. Variety is not only important for sticking to a diet, but also for getting all of those nutrients. Not eating should never be an option, no matter how busy I get. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day and eating sugary cereal is really just doing a disservice to my body. And drinking sufficient water is very important especially when including an exercise routine in my diet.

Now, I am certainly no expert, and my only training is through my own internet based research, but I am excited to learn more about healthy eating and how I can improve my habits so I can live a healthy life for a long time to come! As for those customers of mine, I wish they would be more specific about what they're looking for!

22 October 2010

Here goes nothing...

I have been spending a lot of time alone lately. Not in the "loner" sense, but in the "getting to know myself" sense. At first I did feel like a loner, and that had a lot to do with my circumstances. I moved to this city while I was dating someone that lived here. Most, if not all, of the people that I saw on a regular basis were people that were friends of his. After that relationship ended, I still had contact with a lot of the same people, and although I love them and enjoy their company, it didn't feel fulfilling enough. I need my own friends with whom I can build a relationship separate from a significant other. So, I started separating myself from that group. Not completely, I still go to concerts and BBQs with them, and of course there is Jake who hardly counts since I knew him first, but he tends to be amongst that group. So, now I don't have many friends around me, so I have been taking this opportunity to really get to know myself better. I have re-connected with some old friends who live far away, and that is a great thing. I still would like to see and hug and hang out with all of those people, but it's not always possible.

I didn't think I could live in this city anymore for a while. It's expensive and it's cold and it's hard to make friends. But I am becoming swayed. I don't know what did it, but I feel like I could stay here for a while. Of course I could change my mind again after the winter! I had big plans to move back to Modesto for the summer then go to Spain for a school year, but now I'm not as convinced. Maybe I will transfer to SF State or CSU East Bay. There are so many options and possibilities, it's a little overwhelming! I guess I'm beginning to realize that I can't always move to make things "better". I need to be able to find fulfillment wherever I am. That doesn't mean that I have to stay somewhere I hate, but I have learned to try instead of giving up.

I finally have a declared major and a hazy, yet promising path to follow. That has helped me find motivation to stick with school even though it's exhausting to work full time and take full time units! I am majoring in Spanish and I want to teach in a middle school. But I also want to become certified to teach ESL. I would love to be able to travel and do that, but I have been volunteering in an ESL class in the Mission District and it has been one of the coolest experiences. There are so many people right here that don't speak English and haven't had the proper education to give them that push and drive to learn. Thursday nights have become one of my favorite times of the week. The students are so much fun to be around and they are really warming up to me. I was talking with my roommate Lindsay last night about how I am happiest when I have students. That's how I know that I want to be a teacher.

That's all for now, maybe next time I'll write about something interesting instead of just my boring life ;-)

27 September 2010

Update coming soon...

I have a lot on my mind, so once I get it a bit more organized, I'll share.

For now I just have to say that I take great joy in having kept some amazing friends over the years. To a lot of people it seems natural, but for me, being on the move all the time, it is really a blessing to know that I can pick up right where I left off with some truly amazing people. I have so much love for you!

I feel a crazy amount of stress and exhaustion right now and I am diving deep into the inner workings of my mind. I don't know how great the timing was with me just starting back in school and all, but it's got to happen sooner or later. I like getting to know myself better, it makes things that much easier.

As soon as i don't have 3 papers, 2 oral presentations and an exam to prepare for, I will share all of my wonderful musings with the invisible readers. Promise :-)

Isa