CHRISTMAS: Got to mix things up a bit… Part 1 of 3

Christmas eve day.
Arrive in Bakersfield at 1:30pm.

Eat. (The most important part) (Of course, after I hugged everyone and their mother)

My cousin Toby showing us his madd piano skills.

Paused for a picture.


Sing and goof around. (My auntie provided the entertainment of goof around-she fell back against the chair she was sitting and was conveniently caught by the plant and the wall.) Needless to say, only 2 precious souls tried to help her get up while the rest of us were stuck cackling in our seats.

After setting her straight. I mean the chair straight.

Ugly sweater contest. (New tradition)

Supportive Audience

 

 

Ugly Sweater Contestants

White Elephant Gift Exchange.

 

Prepping for gift exchange

Hard at thought. Which should I choose?!

 

 



My bro J gets the gag gift! Girl's hott pink swim shorts!

We hit a lull. It felt like it was 10 pm. It was barely 6:30 pm.

 

I mean THEY hit a lull 🙂

 

We were soon revived with Pinta time. (New tradition)

Here comes Benjamin Franklin.

Getting into candy ready positions.

The first batter up... CHARGE!

CHARGE!

CHARGE some MORE!

Happy with our prizes!

**Notice some knee stains?

Gift Opening.

 

Gathering around...

Showing off our AERO shirts.

Excited about our mugs!

 

 

Happy Happy

 

To be continued…

The life of a single…

I’m having a conversation with my married cousin living in Hawaii about our cousin’s wedding. We’re both in the bridal party. I’m telling her about my idea I found online.

She interjects, “I know this is really random but are you open to meeting guys….?”

Me: Uh, yeah…?

Her: He’s Filipino but he’s tall. He’s really nice. But he has braces…

Me: Filipino is ok as long as he’s tall LOL.

Her: Yes…hesitation…. but he’s in the navy…

Me: Oh… ok. so how often did you guys hang out?

Her: Him and your Manong Rag hung out a few times when he was stationed in San Diego. He stopped by the house when he was deployed in Hawaii for a few months. He’s really nice.. you guys can meet next year when we move to San Diego…

Me: How tall is he?

Her: like 5’10” … right hun? (she’s talking to her husband) .. background noise. He has braces though.

Me: Oh braces are ok.. because he’ll have nice teeth..!!!

Her: Yeah yeah. haha. Go on your sister’s Facebook and see manong rag’s friends. His name is… [wait for it…]

Lloyd… [inside my head-he would have a name like Lloyd… ]

Me: Ok, but how are we supposed to meet?

Her: When we move to San Diego!

Me: When is this?

Her: Next year around April or May

Me: Oh ok…

Her: Get a Facebook then you guys can talk with each other!

Me: Ugh, no. I can wait til next year when you guys get here!

Her: Look at his pictures!

Me: Uh, no.. don’t tempt me to anonymously get a Facebook. . .

Her: Mel, I’m glad you’re open to all this…

Me: Yeah manang… I’m not a bitter single woman..

Her: Good, I’m glad. So I expect you to visit me often in San Diego…

 

Welcome to my Randomness XIII

Tomorrow my volleyball games are at 5 and 7pm.

I’m EXCITED!

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I have a friend from college coming for the LA Country fair. Hopefully I get to hang out with her. Albeit she only lives in SD so I could always visit.

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My lesson for the past week has been contentment and it’s a battle.

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From now on, I’m going to try and respond to all comments. I always appreciated people replying to my comment. So, now I’m going to try to do the same.

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Bear with me, sometimes I don’t have a reply. I suppose a staple should be “Thanks for stopping by, come back soon :)”

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Sounds like it should be one of those state leaving signs… States have signs welcoming you….then they have signs thanking you for coming…Random, I know.

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The reason I know? For graduation we drove from GA to SC all the way to ME. We saw a lot of state welcoming signs and thank-you come again signs.

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My cousins were supposed to spend the night tonight and we were going to go to Roscoe’s. Alas, my cousin got hired for a job. Sad no Roscoe-cousin bonding time but I’m glad she got a job.

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Hm, I don’t know if I’m going to the Fair this year. Anything good?

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Considering I can’t eat anything… lol, probably not. Ugh, I never got to have my fried Twinkies.

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The Kashi brand has become my new best friend. If I can’t find anything to buy at the store I just look for the Kashi brand. I’m bound to find something I can actually eat!

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I wonder what people think as they see me pick up box after box looking at the side-I wonder if they think I’m looking at the sugar and calorie information or the ingredients.

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Oh and vacation was wonderful! I’ll have to bug my sister about pictures. BUT! Vacation couldn’t have ended sooner than my 2 coach purses, ugh. Shopping fast here I come.

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Of course, not after I go to LOFT tomorrow because I have a 30% off coupon and 25% off coupons on purchases. I’m in need of tops-blouses, shirts, etc.

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Tailor lady could you please hurry a little so I can rein in on my spending? I would greatly appreciate it.


Thank you 😀

Fwd: How to Stay Young

An email I received from my mom. Just had to post it 🙂

1. Try everything twice.

One woman’s epitaph read, ” Tried everything twice. Loved it both times!”

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

(Keep this in mind if you are one of the grouches!)

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, technology, etc. Never let the brain get idle.

An idle mind is a devil’s workshop. (The devil’s name is Alzheimer’s.)

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, laugh long, and laugh hard. Laugh until you grasp for breath.

If you have a friend that makes you laugh spend lots and lots of time with him/her.

6. The tears happen:

Endure, grieve, and move on….

The only person who is with us our entire life is ourselves.

LIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love:

Family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, etc.

Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health:

If it is good, preserve it.

If it is unstable, improve it.

If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don’t take guilt trips.

Take a shopping trip, even a trip to the next county, or to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.

10.Tell the people you love you love them, at every opportunity.

11. Forgive now those who made you cry. You make not get a second chance.


And if you don’t send this to four people, who cares? But do share this with someone 🙂

Remember: Lost time can never be found.

Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

Cousin Times…

This year has been filled with so much family/cousin time and we’re barely halfway through the year.

The more we hang out the more we find out how much we’re alike rather how much certain cousins are actually twins… It’s quite entertaining actually ( a different post about that topic to be written)

My family is the only family living in LA County the rest of the family lives in Kern County about 3 hours away-through the mountains and all. We decided July 17th-18th they were going to come down and we’d have cousin bonding time. In the evening after our excursions (ok, so it was after midnight when we got home)

As we sat around the table stuffed from In-N-Out and rice & soup we started to reminisce….

When we were younger we played around in my grandma’s backyard. Careful to not ruin her flowers. Ok so sometimes not so careful…. She loved those flowers.

Manang Jom confessed to cutting her flowers and placing them as decor for the dining room table. When our grandma (Enang) walked in, she was livid. No one was allowed to touch her flowers! 🙂 Of course, my cousin didn’t confess to her she was the culprit.

My cousin Jean confessed to eating her flowers. 🙂 If you ever meet her, you’ll understand why she would even do such a thing…

We also discussed Enang’s favorites-Ryan and Rachel. We still wonder to this day why they were the favorites.

My cousin’s baby, dances like Enang… with her hands as she sways…

We also talked about how Enang never talked… she always yelled or the fact that we never remember her smiling either.

My brother John said, “Yeah I think she hated me because she was always yelling at me.”

Haha, actually, she just always yelled-maybe it’s because of the dialect; it does sound like they’re constantly yelling.

My dad was telling us every time he took her to the bank she would give him money for us. “Oh, you give this to your kids…”

She was the one with all the money at Christmas time. She gave to each of her grand-kids, no matter the age.

She loved her family. She always called my family and informed us of any family gatherings. She expected us every Easter, her birthday, Thanksgiving,  grandpa’s birthday, Christmas, and anything else in-between that may happen.


Oh and it just so happened the evening we were reminiscing; it was her birthday.

Welcome to my Randomness V

I have not slept in my bed for a week now.

Why?

I went on vacation to Chicago for four nights.

I came home with foreign exchange students in my siblings’ room meaning my siblings had conquered my room. ( I have 2 full size beds in my room)

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I probably won’t be sleeping in my room for awhile though. My cousins are coming over this weekend. Then we get more foreign exchange students Sunday night. I don’t remember how many we are getting. We had 4 last time.

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Knott’s Berry Farm tomorrow with my cousins! Incidentally it ‘s Kababayan Fest, I don’t know what that means but one of my cousins asked if he should bring his cultural garb. Ugh, if you want to, I guess?

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I have about a week and a half left til my CPA exam. Ugh, my stress level is rising.

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I have been wearing skirts/dresses this whole week. It has been unbearably hott! I actually turned on the AC yesterday as I was driving home from work. The air was stagnant and heavy.

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Today, 9am in my car, driving to work with the windows down, I started sweating. This is insane! 9am?! SWEATING!

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Us cousins are supposed to have a picnic tomorrow, we’ll see how grumpy everyone gets because of the heat. Shows you how much I’m looking forward to it. No, I’m joking, I’m most definitely looking forward to spending some major quality time with my cousins for this weekend!!! 🙂

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Since I’ve been back from Chicago I have been horrible at communication. Well, communication involving my phone. Some text messages I haven’t replied to since the beginning of this week and some a couple weeks later. Horrible, I KNOW! I’m sorry! I promise after the 27th it WILL get better.

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Actually, now that I think about it. I like not being glued to my phone. For this past month I think I’ve forgotten my phone at home at least once each week. My phone has died more times this month than it has ever in the history of Melanie owning a cell-phone.

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My stress level? Yes, it is rising. I have noticed that when I sit down to study and do my questions I unconsciously begin to play with my hair and unknowingly I may pull hair strands. Weird and gross, I know but hey, just saying….


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Oh my boss’ dog died yesterday of cancer. Isnt’ that sad?! 😦


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I have to think of something really random because I don’t want to end on a sad random. That’s just mean. OH! Today after RU there will be a potluck/BBQ. I AM EXCITED FOR FOOD! Haha, Oh and for Bfast/Lunch (post t0 come) I had a bfast burrito. It was huuuge! It encompassed more than half of the brown paper bag!


Chicago July 5th

*To be updated as pictures are received*

Toured Joann’s campus, University of Chicago

Ate Girodano’s Pizza for lunch (11ish)

Then roamed the city!!

Chicago River

Couldn't really support the NBC logo!

Found lego man at the mall...

Millenium Park

Reminded me of Disney Concert Hall

The Bean

Joann & I at the bean

We also went to a White Sox-Angels Game…unfortunately the angels lost.. Pics to be uploaded

Random Man I NEEDED to take a picture with!

Navy Base: July 4th

Sunday church-Ben fell asleep, as usual.

Sunday was basically travel day.

Again, Ben sleeping…

Saw a full rainbow while driving to pick up Joann

Traveled to Chicago from Indiana.

Picked up my cousin from her Mansion!

Traveled to Zion to pick up Kris.

Traveled to the Navy Base for the hour-long fire works show. Maybe it was an hour and a half. Either way, the fireworks show was long and AMAZING. The one thing I noticed was that after each segment the sky cleared unlike in California the smoke would remain and fill the sky with smog so that by the finale the background was white. It was awesome! I absolutely loved the fireworks show.

Well before the fireworks show ended we walked around-there was a carnival/fair type stuff set-up. Food, games, & rides. Very very cool stuff.

Its called an Elephant Ear. It had cinnamon and powdered sugar on fried dough-ish stuff. It was ok.

After the fireworks show, we left and drove back to Chi-Town.

Drove around the town and saw the town lit up getting excited for sight-seeing the next day!!!

Welcome to my Randomness

CONGRATULATIONS LAKERS Sweet 16!


No, I did not just jump on the bandwagon. My family (extended) are die-hard Laker fans. I remember visiting my grandparents and watching Nick Van Exel and Eddie Jones play.

The parade is scheduled for Monday. Could it not be scheduled for Wednesday? I need a little more advance notice. My cousin texted me not 5 minutes after the game was over telling me to pick her up because she’s totally down to going to the parade. My cousin-in-law from SD texted me saying they’re planning a trip up for the parade. Believe me yet? My family loves the Lakers.

It would definitely be something to put on my I have done before I die list… and I only work about 15minutes from downtown. Although, Monday would probably be a good day to go to Pink’s… hm. Just a thought.

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I watched Pride & Prejudice last night with the Godinez girls. Just saying, Pride & Prejudice is a book everyone should read. Honestly.

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My family went camping to Kachuma lake. I miss them. I wish I was with them. Apparently, they’re planning to stop by Delano to visit my Lolo. I miss him too. Actually, I miss both my grandparents. Sadly, Enang’s been gone for years now and I miss the excitement and amusement she brought to family gatherings. Everything centered around her…

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I’ve never seen chewed gum residue at Disneyland….

this is why.

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Today, I think I will actually buy pants that fit me. I’m not trying to lose weight anymore just maintaining and toning. Oh, and I’m pretty content with my volleyball team this summer. Although, a big change since I’m not on Mr. Archie’s team. I’ve been on his team every single year except the first year the summer games have started, summer games-LOL.

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I’ve been craving curry. I don’t know why. For the past week, I’ve been wanting to have some good yummy curry. Maybe Sunday lunch I’ll treat my dad (family included) to Maxim. Probably not though, my dad loves seafood buffets and it’s the least I could do. I figure it’s cheaper than buying my dad a la-z-boy, which is what he wants. (Relayed info from my mom) So maybe the buffet this Sunday will have curry, I’ll be hopeful.

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I’m hanging out with a friend tomorrow-at the Filipino town. LOL. Hopefully he enjoys it. I have a feeling he will. He’s kinda cooky like that.

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I see Ben & Ryan soon. According to Ben…”REAL soon”. Both can’t wait. Crazy how I haven’t seem them in a year. Kinda weird feeling. Then I see them again a month later because they’ll both be visiting CALI. I’m excited. I miss my twin!

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Still haven’t gone swimming. Poor paulie,

wanted to go Wednesday but I’ve been a real scrooge regarding gas. I put $30 on Sunday I’m hoping it lasts til Monday. We’ll see. That means, I may not be meeting my parents in Delano.

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Right now I have animal crackers in my car that I munch on while driving thru traffic. (Thanks alot Ben.)

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Cayleigh turned 3 last week. I absolutely love her. She’s so crazy. She most definitely has her own personality. Weird how I’m 19 years older than her. I’m going to miss it when she won’t let me pick her up anymore…