Friday, November 30, 2012

My Christmas list!

Well its about that time! I just had a skype conversation with my mom about Christmas and i've been doing some online this week(my bank account is begging me to quit) so I thought I would make up my very own Christmas list. If you are feeling generous feel free to ask for my address in China! 

Side note: Some of these are completely ridiculous but one can wish! 

I'll be home for Christmas...lalala...
a flight home would be #1 just for Xmas eve & the Xmas day! 

Samsung Galaxy SIII
I am so frustrated with my iphone not working here since its locked to an American carrier. I might just have to get a new phone in protest! 

Boots, boots, boots! 

A watch! 
I never really wore watches but since I got the one for my bday I have been coveting lots of them!! 

Smell good stuff!!! I didn't bring any with me to China and I am desperate for my lotions & bodywashes! 

A camera!
I actually bought myself one before I left but now I realize I need a much better quality of camera to catch good photos of the places I venturing into! 

Some Chicago art! 

new tattoo! 

Etsy gift card! 
Sooo much stuff seriously, I'm obsessed!! 

Concert tickets!! 
OF course the summer I leave every single one of my favorite country artists played in Chicago. Son of a monkeys ass! So I have already looked into who is playing next year and you know what I am determined to make it to a few even if I have to travel!

Is it possible to ask Santa for slimmer hips so I can wear some cute stuff in China??!!? 

If not...then please let him know I would like one of these with a strategically placed bow delivered by express mail! 

What's on your Christmas list this year?? 

Thursday, November 29, 2012


Well here is the post I said I was trying to write. I've been trying to word it correctly for a few days and realize there is no perfect way. The Boy and I broke up. I have no idea how people handle long distance relationships, not to say that we handled it incorrectly just the way that worked for us. I wasn't sure if I should tell everyone but this blog is supposed to be about me and what is happening in my life and so I  should be able to share that. 

Break-ups suck. They do. We dated for 6 1/2 years so its not like either one of us is just ready to walk away and not think about the other again, not going to miss being part of each others family. I am not sure for him and to be honest I wasn't a fan of his mother AT ALL but I did love some of his family. It was not a mutual thing really. It was definitely more me than him. But I don't even know anymore. I felt this way back last year in October when we broke up for the first real breakup we had ever had. It lasted 6 months and somehow we both just kind of fell back into things and ended up back together. He knew what had been going on during our breakup, we remained friends, talking all the time and occasionally hanging out. G and I were talking about relationships all the time then and he kept saying we would end up back together. Most couples have that "last chance" and I think us getting back together was a last ditch effort by the two of us to make it work. 

I'm definitely not getting any younger and I think I convinced myself that he was the right guy. BUT all those things about him that led to the break up last year didn't really change. Moving across the world, putting the expectation that we would most likely be thinking marriage when I got back was too much. How in the world did I think we could do that? I am a different person than I was when we met, he is not so much. We want different things and I am not sure I am done figuring out who I am. Neither of us would even be able to fix things with me where I am anyway. 

It isn't one of those breakups where I am crying myself to sleep every night but still my heart is broken and I am sad because I somehow had my feelings change with a good guy over the past year or so. Because I am losing the one guy I've ever dated that has never done something to deliberately hurt me. Because all those dreams of marrying him are gone and have been for awhile. Because I don't have my friends and family here to hug me and keep me occupied telling me it will be ok. 

So there is my breakup story. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Oh, How Pinteresting

Somehow I have actually had time to be on Pinterest this week, I think its mostly because my VPN only works on my Ipad which is easy to play on while I watch Sons of Anarchy on my laptop. Busy nights right? I do have something serious I want to post about but I am working through typing it out, one of those I keep starting and can't finish type things. 

so for now.....

What I would give for a piece of bread that isn't sweet so I can make one of these! 

I need these. I really do. 

and all of this...

I've been trying to remember this! 

I love love this idea...though its hard to find a decent place to get a tattoo sometimes! 

Sounds delicious!! 

...just for a smile! 

and I can't forget a pretty face...or two! 

apparently he plays Rugby(I need to start watching ASAP!) 


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Random Tuesday Bits...

Its been a while since I updated people on where you can find me. I've gotten some new followers recently which is always super exciting to me! I'm working on a new name which means I might also be moving to my own domain soon but for now this is the place! 

So here are some ways you can find me : 

Twitter: MoniLove99
Pinterest: here! 
Instagram: Monipins
Myfitnesspal: Monipins
Tumblr: Finding Me (this is mostly snippets of whats going on in China and my travels) 

I don't have a Facebook page for the blog just yet but will probably be making one to go along with the new name. 

Soo onto other things! I am starting to think about NYE. I may have mentioned before that I am going on a boat cruise around Hong Kong harbor with some foreigners and two of my coworkers. I was told that its a themed party and each person is supposed to dress like something/someone from their country. 
Ummm yea I am from the US. Do they know how many people come from the States??! haha I have no clue where to even begin. So I would love any ideas, especially if they are easily homemade! 

What is going on in your day?! 

Friday, November 23, 2012

Let the Shopping begin!

I survived! There were no tears. I won't lie I came so close so many times I can't even count them but I kept telling myself to be thankful and not to cry! 

I was so happy to Skype with my family while they hungout on Thanksgiving with each other. How effing lucky are we to have such amazing technology? Seriously! I got to see their faces and chat with everyone for a couple minutes, definitely made me smile!

My Thanksgiving was good, I invited all the foreign teachers in my school and the only 3 American teachers I know in the area and even though only 2 people showed I still got to have dinner with someone and that is all that matters! Booo on the rest of them because my chicken was damn good! 

So as the title suggests it is time to start Xmas shopping! I know a lot of you have already begun or are damn near finished but I had to figure out my finances first, you know I have a month long holiday coming up in Jan/Feb. Yes you should be jealous because I am traveling for 3 1/2 weeks straight to 4 different countries! Woo woo! oh Sorry I got sidetracked. 

Hope you all have a great weekend and enjoy those leftovers!!! 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Turkey Day!!!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
 I hope you all have a great day with your family, friends or whoever you are celebrating with! Be thankful for what you have. 

While I am still struggling through my homesickness because of being away for the holiday I am still so thankful for the amazing experiences I have had in the past 5 months. It took me years to finally work up the courage to move abroad to teach and I have definitely experienced things I NEVER thought I would. I've met some great people that I hope to remain friends with for years to come. I've also developed an even better appreciation for home and my family & friends! 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Holidays away

I've been kind of MIA this week. Two reasons one its been nuts at the school so busy and 2 I'm terribly down with the holiday coming. It's Wednesday night for me while I type this and I am sitting here fighting tears while I make Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies. I had to go through a lot just to get the ingredients to make it, and had to borrow two toaster ovens.

I asked the other teachers over for dinner Thursday so I wouldn't be sitting at home and unfortunately we couldn't get a turkey. The hotels usually make them but only for Christmas, there just aren't enough Americans here to get them for thanksgiving. So I am making chickens. It's been an interesting experience getting ready for the day when no one around cares or celebrates.

Anyway here are some pics!

-the chickens came with their head and feet! I couldn't do it so I called in back up!

-feet stuck in its butt!

-pumpkin chocolate chip cookies!

-toaster oven 1

-toaster oven 2

-days like today are why I have a countdown!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Friday Rambles

OOh I don't think I have ever been happier to see Friday. Seriously! Here are some random tidbits for you! 

My internet at home is fine unfortunately with China in congress my damn VPN seems to be on the fritz. Its driving me mad as it only works on my ipad and having to put things on my ipad just to upload them onto the internet is stupid. #firtworldproblems yes I know but still!! So that explains why I didn't blog Weds or Thurs. Actually just Thursday. I couldn't be bothered to look at my computer on Weds. 

My week is never complete unless a kid vomits or poops himself. Yep. Last week we had both. This week I was so very lucky to only have a kid poop himself yesterday. Gross, yes. 

After a 2 1/2 hour long Skype session with K our plans for my winter holiday are sealed. We will begin in Thailand, go to Cambodia, Vietnam back my way for Hong Kong & Beijing. We are going to be busy busy but I am so very excited to spend it with her! 3 1/2 weeks of just awesome! I booked my flight to Thailand and that makes my heart happy! I've been missing that place since I left! 

That will be me in 9 weeks!!! 

I've been considering breaking my contract here in China after my winter holiday and maybe going someplace else. I actually am having a good time here so its not that I don't like it but a big part of me wants to see another place before I head home. The huge downside is that China is the best place to make money & save it also if I break my contract I do not get my completion bonus or flight reimbursement. So that is something important to think about. I want to head to South America for a bit!! 

People magazines Sexiest Man Alive!!! Didn't think I was going to mention that did you?? haha I couldn't agree more!! I think they had to wait till he grew into his grown man status before he could make but I was happy! I will be getting a copy even if its all in Chinese! 

I hate when I see those posts that say "Don't reward yourself with food, you are not a dog". Hate them. You know why? Because i love food. Not in a fat girl kind of way either I appreciate the amazing creations, textures and flavors in a foodie way. Trying to lose weight forces me to stop appreciating food and start treating it like the devil so of course I want to look forward to having a meal that is not in the weight loss category. Should I go off the rails and eat everything in sight as a reward? NO. But that doesn't mean that I shouldn't give myself something that I want. Say a delicious warm chocolate chip cookie! 
Just saying. Stop spreading that crap, its dumb.

Thanksgiving is coming!! I plan to have all my co-teachers over for dinner at my place  but figuring out how to make a turkey is very difficult here. 1. because they don't just sell turkeys, 2. I don't have an oven. yep. no oven. I may have found a place that sells pre-made turkeys though so keep your finger crossed it doesn't break the bank. I am looking forward to celebrating with people who have never had a real Thanksgiving and keeping myself busy so I don't cry all night because its my first family holiday away from home. 

Oh NO after typing #8 I realized I have to figure out how to watch the Macys Thanksgiving Day parade!!! Ahhhhhhhhh does anyone know if they stream it??? 

I think I figured out a new name for the blog now I just need recommendations on designers! I am not sure if I will use the same one as before. Any suggestions are appreciated!! 

Last one! I think it might be time to update my 30 before 30 list too! 

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!!! 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


I don't have much to say day today. I'm in a foul mood as I've realized since I hurt my foot and couldn't workout I gave myself the excuse to eat everything in sight and I am regretting it. I got on a scale today and boy was that a shit idea. So instead of bitching ill share something with you all!

One of the biggest fears I've had since I moved to China:
Getting in the elevator and having to ride 16 floors with a giant roach. Haha I know right!?! Ridiculous but seriously they terrify me and I see them outside all the time so of course ever since I moved into my place and get in the elevator I pause with my hand on the open door button just in case I see one.

Just imagine being stuck with that for 16 floors!

So there you have it. Something to think about :)

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Monday Monday

Well it's Monday quickly.
Remember how I said I wasn't going to do a damn thing this weekend? Well that was almost true. Even though I had a bum foot and awful cough I still managed to get talked into going to the bar on Friday night. I'd like to say they did a good job convincing me but I really just needed a drink. Unfortunately all the smoking in the bars here made my cough way worse and I regretted it along with the hangover the next day. Then I proceeded to lay about my apartment with my foot up for most of Saturday and Sunday. Sunday night I met up with a director from another school to talk about maybe working some part time tutoring in the side. Score for a free dinner!

So that brings us to Monday. I went back to the hospital today to discuss how the 4 medications I was given have had no effect and how it quite possibly is the pollution that is causing all these problems and not because I don't drink enough Chinese tea. I was given 4 more medications, told to avoid fried foods, drink more water and not to exercise outside. Yep. 4 more medications. Got to love Chinese hospitals.

So yea...that is my story. Here are some photos to back it all up.

With the teachers at the bar :)

Dr.pepper shot...tastes like it. Also what put me into the sick bin!

First set of medications

My poor foot

Dyed my hair back to black! Which apparently my co-teacher does not like it. Know how I know? She told me so today. Said Oh you dyed your hair? I don't like it. Have to love the Chinese. 

My 2nd set of medications :(

Excuse the mess, my VPN on my laptop is not cooperating so I have to use my iPad!
How was your weekend???

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Its Ok!

Its finally Thursday(night for me, morning for you) I made through most of the week in one beaten down piece but still its almost Friday! 

Its Ok Thursdays

Its Ok...

-To be sick of the bashing being done from the election. Enough is enough people, its done. Pray for the best and quit complaining already. (this goes for the gloating too, hush up already) 
- To be frustrated that I have been sick more times in the last 4 months since I left the US than in the past year. 
-To have 4 medications for bronchitis, muscle patches and a wrapped foot to show for myself. 
-That I plan to do absolutely nothing this weekend 
-To always complain about going to Chinese class but love learning new phrases! 
-That I love when I have time to read all my favorite blogs
-To keep having crazy dreams because I am reading Columbine before bed every night
-To opt to watch the Jungle Book on a Thursday night instead of catching up on shows 
-To miss my best friends Snifferella & G. Seriously I want to give them huge hugs right now. 
-To be soooo excited that I can finally start booking things for my Jan/Feb Holiday month! 
-To want a new tattoo desperately
-To be stumped on what kind of new look I want for my blog

And I think thats enough..I could go on and on! 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Oh, How Pinteresting!

I had a little bit of time this weekend to catch up on Pinterest! Gotta love it! 

Looks so delicious!! 

Making a list of places to visit in the US! 


Can't lie...some of my students make me think this! 

And of course...a Pretty Face! 

Source: via Monica on Pinterest

I mean lets be serious...he is still so sexy!!! 

What have you been Pinning??? 

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