Kids say the funniest things…

4-5’s class last night: We were all sitting at the table and they were trying to decide on songs they wanted to sing.

I was sitting between Jeremiah and Maria.

Jeremiah: How old are you?

Me: 21

Jeremiah: You’re too old. You’re supposed to be 4 or 5.

Me: Oh? I have to be 4 or 5 to teach the class?

Jeremiah: Nods his head, “Yes”

Me: Well how old are you?

Jeremiah: 4

Me: Ok, I’ll let you teach the class k?

Jeremiah: Laughingly agrees, wholeheartedly.

Well, I never got Jeremiah to teach my class. Maybe next time.

just another random episode of my life…

I have a problem with Phil Liberatore

Something has been on my mind the past few weeks.

If you listen to the Christian radio stations you’ve probably heard the advertisements.

I owed X amount to the IRS and Phil helped me get out of it.

I owed X amount to the IRS and Phil helped me get money back.

Now I’m able to spend time with my family and a huge burden has been lifted. I’m now able to enjoy life as I want.

I’m wondering how this all works. So Phil, a CPA helps those who owe taxes. He helps them evade their responsibility as a citizen-paying  dues/taxes, etc. Not only does he remove the debt they owe but also gives them money back?!

In reality, whose money is that?!

The government doesn’t have money. The “revenue” government receives is from you and I, also known as: taxes (yes, i understand, beautiful word-sarcasm implied) If there were no taxes the government would have no way to fund anything…

So, if you still can’t figure out whose money they are receiving, let me help you!

IT’S THE PEOPLE’S MONEY! It’s MY money, it’s YOUR money!

If you really think about it doesn’t it make you upset? Others are slugging it out, doing their duties, paying their taxes, barely making it out with 2 or 3 jobs. This John Doe next to you is crying to Phil about owing $30,000 in back taxes and has a lien on his home. Phil takes care of it. He negotiates-removes the debt and the lien. BUT WAIT! That’s not all! You  may get money back!!! What is this?! Positive reinforcement wrongly applied!

Albeit, the government has spending and budgetary issues needing to be addressed but that does not excuse us from our citizen duties. If you don’t like how the government runs things VOTE and do something about it: write the letters, make the phone calls, advocate your cause! If you choose not to become active then don’t complain about it-suck it up ’cause obviously it doesn’t upset you enough to change how things are!

I have a few questions:

1. Does John Doe pay taxes now?

2. If John Doe does get money back and files taxes, did he include the money received from the IRS as other income and paid taxes on that?

3. Does Phil contract with these tax evaders to pay taxes now?

4. Does Phil pay taxes-is he honest with his tax filings?

5. Does Phil negotiate with the IRS to be in a lower tax bracket?

In conclusion, based on what I know of Phil from the radio, I don’t know if I would vote for Phil: 42nd District in Congress.

Parasailing let down, Catalina Dock, Formal Tuesday

Tuesday

I was so excited about Parasailing! Unfortunately, it was canceled. Sad sad story, I know.

The clouds

It was windy, raining, and cold.

We were able to take lots of pictures. We found a dock and we set up the tripod and thought of really creative poses. (TBU: To be uploaded)

We walked around, did some shopping, got a change colors in the sun ring,  made a Vons run for some Mountain Dew, called my daddy, and encountered a baby seal on the dock.

I bought several postcards to send off to some special people. Mostly just those who gave me their address in time, haha. Luckily for the BJ friends I still remember the school address!

So, Formal Night. Fun taking pictures everywhere! Literally everywhere. . .

Beautiful Ladies at the Staircase

All dressed up: Conference Room

With Becka...

With Renae-You can tell I'm cold.

Of course, have to take a cute pose picture

Monday and Tuesday were the most relaxing days. Wednesday & Friday were insanely busy days! More pictures will be uploaded-been a non-stop busy week since I’ve been back.

Monday: The Exciting Week Begins Today!

Dar & Olivia had class errands to run and I still had to finish a few tasks at work (esp giving my subordinate things to work on). We set foot on the boat around 1pm. We ran into a few ladies around the Atrium (Info desk/wi-fi area) they were playing a game.

People Bingo

People Bingo Lido Deck

and then off we went for the FOOD-buffet style!

A few of the veggies displayed in front of the food.

It was different-the crew members are there to serve and pamper. They took care of our trays and brought an extra chair for Renae since she was standing there talking to us. . . Oh, the view was gorgeous as well. (Pictures To Be Uploaded-TBU). After lunch, we explored the ship a bit. There was also a mandatory fire drill before we left.

Elevator. Funny story to come, haha.

The other elevator...

Laying out on the Lido Deck

The pool & slide

Looking above from deck 7

With Renae, ah the memories...

We walked to Deck 12 (top deck) to wait for the ship to leave port.

Dinner-complicated table settings. Oh and my table waiter always pulled out my seat, pushed it in, and also laid my napkin on my lap for me. Pampered, I know…

Conference Highlight: Whine with Wanda…ah Rosario. She was good!

Whine With Wanda


Fun At Sea

THURSDAY

“Morning”

Considering the fact we went to sleep at 3am because of our non-operating dryer the evening before and that Jeff (Sanele) is unable to deliver our laundry to our room because of liability issues, we didn’t set our alarms for the morning meeting. We woke up at 11am.

“Afternoon”

We ate lunch at the Elation Restaurant. I ordered 2 starters-soup & California rolls. I also had spaghetti with mushrooms & amazing meatballs. The meatballs were so soft and juicy. Ah, to have more…

After lunch we went to the chocolate buffet-chocolate cheesecake with vanilla ice cream topped with sugared walnuts. I know you’re jealous..

The interesting game for the ladies meeting was to find Vera. Olivia and I walked up & down the floors looking for her. Too bad we weren’t looking for a him… yes, I know disturbing right? Well Wally (Vera) was found and came out of hiding at 5pm.

At that moment, the deck we were on was having a groove with St. Jude charity. Well, Wally decided to join in. Boy, did it give us some awesome laughs. Absolutely priceless to watch Vera do the YMCA. More pictures and video link to come!
Evening

Afterwards, we went to the sushi bar. Ah..I love fish.

Then off to dinner-the hightlight was: old-fashioned apple pie with vanilla. The women’s meeting had the last Whine With Wanda. Olivia and I didn’t have enough courage to whine about our wet clothes from horseback riding, the non-operating dryers, and the liability policy of Jeff’s! That would’ve been quite entertaining. Mrs. Darden’s whine was pretty hilarious about the overwhelming feeling of ordering food from the restaurant. So many choices but so few minutes to contemplate!

After the meeting, us girls once again took pictures. (TBA)

We then rendezvoused at the Lido Deck for the none other popular 24 hour pizza buffet.

Sharing is Caring...

This would be such a cute picture minus the tiredness!

Spending time together...

No comment necessary.

Of course, we ran into the ladies. Some of the ladies (Joyce, Maggie, & Brenda) were in their bathrobes–of course with their pajamas underneath! We stayed at the buffet area until midnight.

This is what happens at night.

Almost a heart-attack!

As of yesterday, I felt like I was still on the boat-swaying back and forth.

Apparently, that feeling makes me go CUCKOO because Olivia was laughing at me and my crazy self–i guess so was everybody else. Haha.

Ok, back on track ! Last night, I pulled into my street and was thinking about what to wear tomorrow and if my family was home yet.

All of a sudden these 3 little dogs are walking across the street and I don’t notice them ’til one was underneath my car. I stepped on the brakes as quickly as possible and 2 of the dogs walked out from under my car. I was still sitting in my car shocked to death! I was about to scream if the other dog didn’t walk out from under my car!. Thank goodness I didn’t run any of them over. I was definitely not in the most healthy state to have to deal with a dead dog while my head was swaying and my family not home.

So, I am thankful my brakes work, no dogs were killed, and I did not get a heart-attack!

just another random episode of my life…

MIA: No More!

I’m back from my cruise and am now at work. I am currently running on 2 hours of sleep. I hope I don’t fall asleep at my desk.

A daily synopsis with pictures should be expected by tomorrow or Monday. (oh, don’t worry it won’t be one long post of my whole week. Each post will be one day.) I am excited to be back home, I’ve missed my family and … haha.

The latest excitement of my life? Horse-back riding on the beach and I got caught in the rain, a crew member (Deon from Swaziland)  gave me his number, Olivia & I helped a poor drunk lady, and I saw the sunrise. It was such a beautiful sight!

Those are only a few of my excursions. As I said before, I will be updating with pictures soon. We took many pictures-don’t doubt it!

El Sereno: Major crash-officer involved

Today is Friday.  I was expecting a long drawn-out day since I’m anticipating the excitement of next week!

Sorry, back on point, Friday my boss came back from lunch, “Hey did you see the accident?!” Me: “What?! What accident?!”

I look out the window, there are lines of police cars across and down the street. Apparently, an officer was involved in an accident.

Sadly, the officer’s car slammed into a billboard and the front of the car was severely damaged. The officer was taken to a hospital.

Of course a story like this cannot go unnoticed…

New media persons getting their story.

A close up on the sign..

News Media On Assignment

The accident happened about 12:30 p.m. Valley Blvd from Boca Ave to Soto St. is blocked off. It is now 3:30 p.m. and the street is still blocked off.

Update from ch2 News:

A 35-year-old in the patrol car was injured and taken to a hospital in critical but stable condition. Three other people suffered minor injuries, according to Devin Gales of the Fire Department.

Breakfast casserole with dinner on the side.

Last night my mom wasn’t feeling well and wasn’t able to cook dinner. It benefits me since I ate at Pink’s yesterday for lunch and overdosed on calories!

I’ve been wanting to make a breakfast casserole for some time and finally found a basic recipe. My basic ingredients: potatoes, eggs, & cheese. There were sausages & bacon in the freezer last week. You know, last week was a long time ago–enough time for my giant of a brother to eat it all!

Mother to the rescue! Yesterday morning she slow cooked some meat! All is not lost, yet!

My casserole:

  • Cooked, peeled, & cubed the potatoes.
  • Added chopped onions & bell peppers to the mix.
  • And the shredded slow cooked meat..
  • CHEESE
  • Scrambled the eggs with parsley

Meanwhile my brother is pestering me, “Why, are you cooking for tomorrow? Can we just eat it tonight because it smells good!”

Mind you, what my brother was “cooking” for himself: toast with butter. Sad sad story…

So to get his hands off my dish, I cook something up on the spot-especially for him.

Red bell peppers, parsley, shredded meat.

Am I not so kind? Actually, it smelled so good I wanted to eat it. Then I remembered how much food I ate at lunch… No Thanks!

Oh, and my casserole? I popped it in the oven this morning for about 45minutes at 350. I love the taste of potatoes, eggs, & cheese-don’t forget the salsa!

It turned out really well. Yummy! Now to tweak it and make it AWESOME! Sorry no picture, I was running late..

Pink’s Hot Dogs

Today for lunch I went to Pink’s Hot Dogs with Olivia and Jeffrey.

The food smelled absolutely amazing and tasted way better than imagined.

What we ordered:

The Three Amigos

From left to right…

1. Martha Stewart:  10″ Stretch Dog, relish, onions, bacon, chopped tomatoes, sauerkraut & sour cream.

The white stuff is sour cream. It was amazing. I think that was the best part of the hot dog… YUMMY

2. Mullholland Drive Dog: 10″ STRETCH dog grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, nacho cheese & bacon

The mushrooms, bacon, and nacho cheese combo… ah ah yummy yummy yummy

3.  L.A. Philharmonic Conductor Gustavo Dudamel Dog: Stretch hot dog, guacamole, American & Swiss cheese, fajitasmix, jalapeno slice, topped with tortilla chips

This was probably the least liked hot dog. I don’t know, it was just way too cheesy and the guacamole was way too much.it didn’t blend well.

I officially topped my calorie count for today, tomorrow, and the next day. At least that’s what it seemed like when all the hots dogs were gone. We also had onion rings, which were so good..

If you ever visit bring cash. There’s a gas station across the street if you forget. Also, don’t come alone. You’ll need someone to talk to as you stand in line. We waited about 30ish minutes. In the evening, the wait time has been up to 2 hours.