Thursday, March 28, 2013

Throwback Thursdays!



Ive come to love this post although since I lost my FB account finding old pictures is actually harder than it used to be! I've come across so many photos of myself doing ridiculous things...its a wonder that I am not considered an alcoholic!




This was on one of my many trips to Orlando to visit my family down there. My sister and I actually managed to go together that trip(rarely happens) and we all went out that night. We got a limo and went out to this Greek restaurant where we (my stepmother, her friend, my sister & I) ended up dancing on the tables with the belly dancers. It was a great night and I just love looking at this picture and seeing how happy I was in that moment. 



Another picture from that night, my sis and I in the limo on the way to a bar after dinner :) 

This song is completely unrelated but a throwback for sure. I am a Bush fan and remember being obsessed!!! 




Link up over at When in Doubt Just Add Glitter

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Lets be real for a second...

Source: Tiffany on Pinterest

I have done my best to keep my political and religious opinions to a minimum on my blog so as not to offend anyone but really its kind of ridiculous since its my blog and I want you all to know how I feel about things.

Since its easy to post about the most obvious issue going on I will...not to mention I just wrote a 15 page paper on same sex marriage two weeks ago. Remember that mental block I was suffering?! Yep. Well I got it done!

Anyway. I know many of you might be religious or you might have a religion that does not support gay marriage and that is fine because its an amazing freedom we have as Americans to practice any religion we choose. BUT gay marriage does not have a damn thing to do with you if you are not gay. No one is asking you to like it, no one is asking you to get married to a person of the same sex. So I say let them get married, we have a ridiculous divorce rate as it is so we can't pretend same sex marriage is going to be the cause of a high divorce rate.

and just becuase he is so pretty....

Source: Tiffany on Pinterest


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Facebook & a pep talk

Well...we are in the 3rd week and I have still not been given access to my Facebook account since they deactivated it with no warning or explanation, in case you missed that read this! Seeing as how I am in China and being without social media is like sticking needles in my eyes daily just for fun I opened a new account and re-added everyone I really wanted to remain FB friends with. Then I decided its time this blog has a page of its own. Yay me for being all grown up like and joining the rest of the world!!

So you can like my page here. Do it. You know you want to.

Unfortunately I lost a lot of photos that were on my old FB account but then I realized it was time for a lot of them to come down anyway, I was already to the point where when I add a new person I make sure they can't see all my really old albums...NOT to say I won't post more photos holding a drink and making a duck face. Lets face it, I can't control my lips but yea some of those photos were better off being taken down.

On that note...I am working on a post related to weight loss and body image that I hope to share with you all sometime soon. Its been hard writing it and I feel like I am putting a lot of things I don't talk to most people about into it.

I also figured I'd share some workout inspirational stuff I use to pep myself up when I am not in the mood....

First I must play this song: 
I don't know why but this song has always gotten me pumped up and feeling fierce...so if I am doubting working out or even while I warming up I play it.



I have these all saved on my photo and printed out in my apartment to help me keep me from quitting....




**This is one I have to look at every single day because I have to remind myself its a work in progress not an overnight success! 





**Another one I look at everyday. I deal with people everyday giving me shit when I say no thanks to eating out for lunch or I pass on the last few Saturday nights. I have a goal, when I get there they won't be giving me so much shit anymore :) 

Source: google.com viaMonica on Pinterest

love this one! 

So there you have it some of my workout inspiration, what do you use to inspire you?? 






Monday, March 25, 2013

30 before 30: Update!

Its Monday again...ooye! I didn't do anything exciting this weekend, being  very strict with clean eating and working part time on the weekends I am pretty much dead to the world by Friday and can't be assed to do a damn thing.

Its starting to get HOT here and I am not sure I like it. Its like a very humid, disgusting soup bowl hot. Haha hopefully that explains it well.

So since I have no amazing weekend photos to show you I decided it was time to update my 30 before 30. Its time I get to work on some more of them but still I have made some progress! I also might be making some changes to the list soon, things have changed a bit since I wrote it :)

30 Before 30


1. Teach Abroad for at least 6 months In my 9th month! 
2. Take one trip to a foreign country alone **Technically did but will do a solo trip to be clear instead of just moving!  
3. Finish my Bachelors
4. Get Engaged(double points if married)  **CHANGING THIS
5. Learn a completely new language or two **trying to learn Mandarin 
6. Run a half marathon
7. Buy a completely new wardrobe(get rid of it all and start all over) 
8. Pay off all my debts
9. Go Skydiving
10. Meet some of the many bloggers I come across
11. Take strip dance/pole dance classes *got this done with Snifferella before I left! It was an awesome time! 
12. Cook a whole 3-4 course meal for friends/family *Made my first whole Thanksgiving dinner for friends here in China (I do hope to do this again at home) 
13. Buy myself something ridiculously expensive and not feel guilty about it 
14. Do a mission trip 
15. Take Salsa and/or ballroom dancing lessons
16. Live in my own place for at least 6 months(ALL ALONE) Been living alone for 7 months now! It has its sucky moments but I like no one witnessing my dance parties
17. Start and complete a scrapbook
18. Reunite with some old elementary/high school friends 
19. Take a road trip
20. Take my parents out and pay for it
21. Spend more time with my brother and nephew 
22. Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity 
23. Go to Seattle
24. Get fit, to a place where I am happy with my body(and keep it up) **a work in progress! 
25. Have a whole spa day  **Took a whole day in Thailand when I was living there to get a mani/pedi, a few massages and a lay on the beach. PERFECT! 
26. Learn how to sew/use a machine well enough to make a dress
27. Get a gun license and own my own gun
28. Learn how to play the piano
29. Read the bible everyday for a year 
30. Forgive and Forget **also a work in progress! 

Well...I've crossed out 5 of 30 and I still have 2 years to go. I think I might be on the right track. Although a part of me wants to change #4 since I realized I don't really care if that happens by 30. 

Might change it to: 
(*4) Visit more places in the US 

I have been traveling around Asia like crazy and after meeting lots of foreigners who would love to go to the US I realized there is a lot I have yet to see in my own country. 

Do you have anything you want to do by a certain age?? 




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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Throwback Thursday???

So I got the invitation to my 10 year reunion and I suddenly felt twice my age! I am actually looking forward to it since its a few weeks after I get home and I will not have seen any of my friends in such a long time anyway getting them all in one place should be really fun!

Anyway, I came across this link up over at Pretty Rambles and thought it would be perfect for my reminiscing. When I got that invite I realized I have been friends with my best friend G for 10 years this year...yikes!!! I think this year makes I am thinking 5 years that I became friends with Snifferella. Somewhere along the lines it became like the Three Musketeers.


So I thought I'd take a look back...as best I can since I lost my FB account w/all the awesome pictures from the beginning!!!(DAMN YOU FB!!!)

Halloween 2010

no clue of the date 

Halloween 2009
Miami 

Snifferellas bday 2012
Some random night 

Cheering G on! 

way back when 

My first Blackhawks game 

My bday 2011

I don't remember the date of this one but its one of my faves. This picture really is all of our personalities!!!



So yea...that is my post today. I have some amazing best friends ya'll!!! I can't wait to get home and make some more memories with them! 

Monday, March 18, 2013

Oh Mondays....

I wasn't planning to post but I just got back from the gym and I am feeling good so I thought I would share some rambles.

Update on my Facebook deactivation...there is no update. They have not responded to a single email or upload of my ID yet. It is now exactly one week with no response at all. Its super frustrating and I have no idea what to do!

Weight Loss: After my winter break holiday I gained quite some weight and realized I had under 6 months before I go home and it was time to shape up my life!!! So he we are a few days short of a month into better eating and exercise and I am down 10 pounds. I have 10 to go for my goal weight and then I have to learn maintenance. Its hard, and at times it really really sucks but I felt amazing hopping on the scale today and seeing I have lost weight without doing any crazy diets. I have a feeling the next 10 will be much harder to lose than the first but I am ready for it!



Travels: I'm all excited for the Philippines in 2 weeks! I wasn't sure I was going to do it anymore since I am trying to save as much money as I can to take home but I just can't be on the other side of the world and not take advantage. Plus its much cheaper to go from here than it is from home. Heading to this island Bohol that my coworker went to during winter break. 4 days of beautiful beach and sun and I will be a very happy girl!!!
I am staying on this beach somewhere!


new swimsuit!!! 
School: I am really glad this class just finished. Even though I do love Ethics the other people in my class were really pushing their religious agenda in the class and it was getting really hard to have any discussions without being bombarded by scripture and in a class with hot social and ethical topics it brings out the crazy in some. I am actually just really happy to be back in school working towards my goals!!






I think that is all I have right now! 


Ooh I am super excited for new episodes of my favorite shows! I hate when they take breaks, don't they know I am in China and need crap to watch!?!?! 





Friday, March 15, 2013

Super Star 5: Fun Facts Friday

I saw this over at and here's to you, Mrs. Robinson last week and loved the idea. So I thought I would link up this week and share some random facts about me! 


I like to make really awful faces when I take selfies :) 





1. I was a girl scout. No, not the kind pictured above but I really wish I was home so I could find and post a humiliating picture but I was. I loved it and it was great for the year that I was one. It didn't last long although my love of the cookies has definitely made it for the long haul


2. Bodily functions seriously gross me out. Burping, blowing your nose, pee, poop it seriously messes with my ability to not vomit...which also happens to fall under a bodily function. This illicits lots of laughs from my friends because I refuse to talk about them. It also makes working with children a daily struggle since they are walking around doing all the things listed all day long and sometimes all at the same time. The sound of someone blowing their nose(even me blowing my own) makes me gag. Oddly enough blood does not bother me at all.


3. Not me! I can eat the same thing pretty much everyday without getting tired of it. Back home I had a bowl of plain oatmeal for  breakfast for over a year and a turkey sandwich for lunch the same way for at least 6 months straight. Once I find something I like I can get a bit obsessive. The only exception is if I get sick at any point during or after eating it, then it will be a long long time before I can eat it...Avocados and mayo are two of those things.


4. I gave up coffee and pop...actually anything caffeinated 6 years ago. I read about the effects of caffeine on your body and all the crap they put in pop and the amount of Grande White Chocolate Mocha's I was drinking a day was unbelievable. It was a rough first year I promise you that. Oddly enough I can't even stand the taste of a sip of pop now but the smell of coffee still makes my mouth water. I would love to try a bit but I am convinced I will fall off the deep end if I do. When I do occasionally have a caffeinated tea I get the jitters, its pretty funny. and don't give me that crap about de-caff either...no one drinks that shit willingly.

I need this sign! 
5. I don't like Mexican food. I know no one ever says that. But really the only mexican food I like is super white washed like Chipotle or Uncle Julio's. The big crapper is that I don't really like tortillas so yea...I attribute this to growing up with a Mexican..beans, tortillas, jalapenos and avocados are staples in the house. So yea most of the time when my friends want to eat they want tacos and I definitely don't but what happens is at 4am I am eating the inside of a taco while they all go nuts.


There you go...now you know me a little bit better!!! 

I love reading facts about people so share, either link up or just comment below!!! 





Thursday, March 14, 2013

Confirm your identity!?!?!?

What in the HELL?!!! So I spent most of Monday doing my usual on/off Facebook from work and home like usual then I receive an email from my friend telling me she went to send me a message and couldn't find me that even our thread was gone, and if I was upset with her and deleted her for some reason. 1. This is not at all something I would do especially not without talking to the person about it. 2. I was seriously on Facebook not an hour before she emailed me. Of course, I respond that I did not delete her and I would check it out...here is what I saw: 


I have no clue why this would happen since I have had the same account since opening it and have NEVER ONCE changed my name or used a fake name.

THEN it proceeds to tell me I can receive a text to the mobile number on my account...BUT as you may recall I am in CHINA!!!! So I can not get text messages to that number, nor does it give me the option of putting in another number where I can get messages. NO OTHER OPTIONS shown just the help button.




After going from page to page and trying to figure it out I found the submit your photo ID. I was freaked out about it but after searching the internet I realized I wasn't the only one having this problem. So I uploaded the only ID I had on my computer, my passport. Then I received this email.



To which I replied a polite(kind of) email asking what the hell happened and why there is no explanation or way to contact a live person. Then I sent another copy of my passport. 

That was on Monday. Its now Thursday evening(where I am) and I have not yet received another email or have access to my account. 

I know to most people who are "over" Facebook this is stupid BUT my laptop broke down last January and every single picture that was on FB dated before January is GONE unless they give me back access to my account. GONE!!! That is not ok. I can open a new account, its annoying but I can do it. I just want my damn photos so that they are not lost to me for good because of some stupid glitch in the Facebook system. 

After reading a lot of different posts about this I have taken to uploading my photo ID numerous times(going on 20 now) over the last 24 hours and will continue to do so until I get some kind of response either way. 


WISH ME LUCK! 
If this has happened to you please give me tips on how to fix it!! 




Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Oh, how Pinteresting...

I am exhausted!!! Also I worked most of the weekend and then cleaned my apartment and laid around so I have nothing exciting to share with you. Its finally Wednesday and I have spent a ridiculous amount of time on Pinterest daydreaming and wishing about my vaca thats coming next month so I figure its ok if I just share that with you! 





This is where I will be in 2 1/2 weeks!! 
Bohol, Phillippines 
Source: qiito.com via Monica on Pinterest

hope to see a bit of this....

wishing I was wearing this but no time to buy it and get it to China! 



hopefully sipping something like these....




and of course...can't forget a pretty face! 
*I may be wishing he was going with me! 

Source: imdb.com via Monica on Pinterest



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Thursday, March 7, 2013

I've got a crush on you link up!


So Erin over at Living in Yellow is hosting a link up for bloggers to show some love to their favorite blogs! I definitely wanted to join in and I promise its a normal kind of crush on all you gorgeous ladies...I only stalk your blogs obsessively daily!  






Obviously! Haha no really look at that face up there, she is adorable! I love her blog, she is a great mix of all the fun things you find in the bloggy world and I always love checking out her new posts!  She is also one of the few big blogs I follow that doesn't make me feel like her followers don't actually matter to her. 

My fave keep it real bloggers! 
These ladies are my breath of fresh air in the blog world! 


All In My Twenties

She is super adorable, I mean look at her! She is one of my fave blogs for a breath of fresh air since I know what I see is what I get and she is doesn't mind speaking her mind! 


As I was typing this I realized I have no clue if Raven is her real name but I love her anyway! She cracks me up with her honesty all the time! I love that I check out her blog I have no idea what I might get that day! 


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She is awesome and not just because we have the same name! She is another blogger I have to count on for her keep it real posts and they always make me laugh or tear up depending the situation. 


My fave Fabulous girls! 
I really wish I lived closer to these girls because I swear I would want to hang out with them all the time! Well I actually do live closer to one once I am back in Chicago...



She is one of my first go-to blogs when I log into my reader, I love keeping up with her and find myself wishing I was in FL too! 

Asha's aspects

I love reading her blog and I was excited to have found another blogger that I actually follow who has been to China, she was very encouraging back when I was still decision making too! 

You Are My Color

Everytime I see her blog I think happy little family haha not that its all she blogs about but her daughter is seriously so cute!!! But really I love her posts :) 

Aimless Translation

She could definitely also fall under the keeping it real section too since she cracks me up with some of her posts. OOOh and her son is SOOOO cute! 


There are so many more blogs that I follow and would love to nominate all of them, of course, but I can't go on forever! If you are not one of these girls go check them out ASAP! 

Check out the link-up too!! 



















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