Guest Blogger:ย 100thย Post

Hey Mel’s blog lovers! =]

I’m Marlize from Every Girl’s Corner and today I get the honor of hi-jacking this blog for a super guest blog post. I am the 100th blog post! Sweet hey?!

The reason I got awarded this greatness was probably because of sympathy…Every 50 comments I have a guest post and Mel was the lucky winner of one of those spots. A few hours later I stupidly noticed I missed my own blogs’ 100th party!! Sad, sad, sad.

After I miserably posted a blog post about my lack of attention, Mel promised me the honor of getting this 100th post. She really is that amazing!

So in honor of the celebrations I will list a few things I love about Mel and her blog!

  • She is blatantly honest!
  • She does the coolest randomness posts EVER!
  • Even after she was told she can’t eat most food, she was still positive!
  • Her awesome ‘bad parking’ photos!
  • She thinks I am a good writer =]
  • Her ‘no-nonsense’ attitude!
  • She knows what she wants, even if others’ don’t understand it!

Basically, it comes down to this…Mel is a great person. A wonderful blogger. And an amazing friend!!! I am so glad to be part of her 100th post celebration and to know I was on the road with her to here. Even if I jumped onto the road a little after the starting line =]

Let’s all raise a virtual glass to her and hope we are all together again for the next 100! Or even 1000 =]

Have a party cupcake! Mel, hope you can eat cupcakes…. If not….

May I have it please?? ๐Ÿ˜€


All pictures are from We heart it.

Operation: Life Clean-Up

Facebook

This past weekend I re-activated my de-activated Facebook to retrieve pictures of my dad. I decided to post a Facebook status with my number and blog url. I also decided to RE-de-activate on Monday, which I have done.

I had 10 friend requests and 30 notifications from different friends within 48 hours. Most from friends I already keep in contact with.

Someone please help me understand why I must keep my Facebook? I’m told it’s more convenient to keep in contact with friends. If friendships were all about convenience, we’d have so many friends. I’m sorry, I’m not your friend out of convenience for you.

I don’t keep in contact with friends because its convenient for me. I keep in contact with friends because I care. I think of certain friends every now and then and I send them a text, an email, or I leave a voicemail.

Friendship does not consist of likes, comments and wall posts. We build friendships on conversations, struggles, and laughter.

I realize distance hinders a lot of those things we build our friendships on but I, as an idealist would rather not ruin friendship for convenience. I am perfectly happy to wait for an email, text, or phone call rather than receive a wall post consisting of 8 words to sum up the past 6 months of your life.

What have I discovered through my Facebook ordeal? I have realized through my inability to disappear completely from Facebook, I am incapable of letting go those who need to be let go. What does that mean? I am the type of friend who cannot let you go until something drastic has been done to our relationship-lying, deceit, etc. If it is merely a lack of communication, I believe we are still friends. That belief is untrue.

For example my friend Christina. I had de-activated my Facebook in February. Unbeknownst to me, she had changed her number sometime after that. She found me by messaging my ex-bf for my number to let me know she was getting married and wanted to send me a wedding invitation.

There are ways of finding those you really want to get in contact with.

On the other-hand, I had texted a college friend โ€œI will be de-activating my Facebook.โ€ She then proceeded to ask, โ€œWhy?!โ€ I told her, โ€œAndre broke up with me and I need to get away from itโ€ I never heard from her until I had sent a mass e-mail about my blog. Mind you, it was two months after I had text her about my breakup. I do not know how difficult it would have been for her to send me a text saying something like โ€œSorry, I donโ€™t know how you feel, etcโ€ This particular friend, a term I am using very loosely in this instance, was a friend in name but not in action. She would not care if I had Facebook or not. She would be categorized as one of those โ€œfriendsโ€ I need to let go of.

What am I doing? I will be going through Operation: Life Clean-Up.

I’m starting over but allowing people to find me, either through email, blog, or my no-picture Facebook.

I know you are thinking “FACEBOOK?! You just ranted about Facebook.” I make allowances for those friends who have made it a point to send message me on Facebook and I understand they never check their emails, have limited texting plans, and phone calls are out of the question because we’re on different time zones or a different continent altogether!

I will not add you if I already have your phone number, email, and blog url-it just doesn’t make sense to me. Albeit, my blog views jumped to 100+ each day I was on Facebook Iโ€™m not too crazy about trafficking to my blog if no one comments or communicates with me.

Again, I’m a difficult person to understand and I sympathize with you; I really do. I know you are probably thinking I want to boost my ego so I can find out how many people are searching for me, who want to keep in contact with me, who miss me, etc. I’m sorry to let you know that is untrue. I am perfectly happy to become a hermit and have my blog as my best friend. Ask Renae or Danny, they will agree with me.

LA County Fair

Friday, I went to the LA County Fair.

I must interject, the weather has been absolutely horrendous last week 2/7 days were cold/gloomy days. The rest of the days were 80-100 degree weather!Today I feel like a piece of bacon cooking in a frying pan.

I involuntarily parked in the VIP area. I got lost in the parking lot and couldn’t find the general parking. It was already 10pm were they really going to do something about it? Just to let you know the parking lot is confusing.

We saw the animals.

Clydesdale Horse

My friend Sarah paid to ride the mechanical bull. She stayed on for about 3 minutes.

Sorry it's blurry.


I like being random and taking pictures with cardboard cut-outs to place my face in:

Chuckwagon Cut-outs

We didn’t eat the Chuckwagon BBQ but Bubba’s BBQ instead. This is about $13 we got 2 plates of these and shared it with 6 people- 2/6 were guys; 1/6 was my brother. We were full.

I went to the food counter to grab knives, forks, and napkins for everyone. The guy at the counter told me I could take the whole thing. I told him, “Sure I’d sell these utensils for $0.25 each.”

I’m assuming a girl trying to get a guy would ask if one could take him.. sorry buddy, you’re trying with the wrong girl.

Just smile and walk away…

Yummy...

We also walked around the shops…I sent this picture to my sister, she said I should buy it for my dad’s birthday. I decided not to.

My brother thinks I'm weird. Now you do too ๐Ÿ™‚

My friend bought a fried Klondike bar. I had some but I couldn’t taste the chocolate or the ice cream. I just tasted the fried mixture stuff. I do love fried ice cream though so I’m pretty sure a fried Klondike bar would be amazing.

Fried Klondike Bar

There were more fried stuff you could buy…


I’m not quite sure how you can deep-fry cheesecake…

We also stumbled upon this…

Bacon fetish...


Yes, chocolate covered bacon. I had to interrogate someone about this. Upon further investigation, they are already packaged. They are refrigerated. Can I just say GROSS! Cold bacon?! Oh and the picture looked like regular potato chips just imagine them as chocolate chips. (Sorry, no picture it was dark and the sign background of the bacon chocolate picture was yellow.) I didn’t ask about the bacon wrapped Oreos. I would have probably thrown up…

We ended the night with funnel cake. I didn’t think I needed to take a picture since those were one of the normal things people eat. ๐Ÿ™‚

Welcome to my Randomness XV

I got an email from him… and now I feel like not replying forever.

Well, maybe not forever but at least a month or month and a half.

Is that bad?

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I’ve not spent any money so far, unless you count gas but that’s doesn’t count, I think. At least, I’m saying it doesn’t.

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Going to the LA County fair today after 5pm because it’s only $5. My friend works there so we’ll do the whole employee parking deal woowoo!

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Oh got my first AWARD from Marliz3e!

I’ve yet to tag 10 people, it’s coming! ๐Ÿ™‚

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I’ve still not fully adjusted to being home. Sometimes I wonder if I’m supposed to be living in California if I have no friends in California. When I mean friends I mean the type of friends you can sporadically count on to meet you after work for an hour at Starbucks or grab dinner with when you get off work late.

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Believe me I know somethings you plan for but somethings planning just doesn’t happen. Just saying…

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This SoCal weather is weird one day this week I had my boots, leggings, and long sweater-type blouse. The next day I wore a polka-dot skirt, blouse, and peep-toe wedges. Is that supposed to happen that way?!

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Volleyball games: so far still undefeated. The second game set we won the first and the second game we were down 10-20. We ended the game somewhere around 22-24 in our favor. It was intense!

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Please take me away…

Preferably where this will be the sunset...

Thank you,

Melanie

Please, for my sanity…

There are just some things I would ask you not to do or to do, for my sake.

PLEASE


1. Do not step on your brakes every 5 seconds when the car in front of you is 15 feet away. It’s really annoying to find that out when I pass you.


2. Do not diddle-dawdle when you are waiting for the light to turn green. There are people behind you waiting for the light to turn green as well and want to see how many cars can go through before the light turns red.


3. When you tell a joke, please do not be the first person to laugh. It makes it awkward when the joke wasn’t that funny.


4.ย  Is it too much to ask for a definite yes or no answer when I’m texting you about plans? I don’t understand what K means.


5. While we’re on that subject.. KK doesn’t help either.


6. When driving and you are on your phone please stay in the slow lane. Somehow older people on their phone in the fast lane makes people agitated, me included.


7. When you cut me off and I honk at you, I honked at you because you cut me off. Don’t look at me like I’m some crazed woman.


8. I wouldn’t honk at you if you were going faster than me. Speed up!


9. I understand FACEBOOK is the new thing but if you really wanted to keep in contact with me you’d use your phone, you have my number. I don’t understand how me getting a FACEBOOK helps our relationship because you don’t even send me a text every now and then. I know your phone is always with you. Facebook is only with you when you log on, just saying, I don’t understand.


10. Instead of assuming I’m looking at the calorie intake, ask me. It saves you from looking like a doofus when I say I’m looking at the ingredients because I’m allergic to a lot of things…

Thank you in advance,


Melanie

Welcome to my Randomness XIV

My life has been quite uneventful this week.

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I’ve been sleeping on the couch this week.

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I found bangles that fit from H&M (finally) . I have tiny wrists so its difficult to find bracelets/bangles that stay without making my wrists look even smaller!

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Some reflexology lady is coming to my house tomorrow after lunch.

We’ll see how it goes!

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Paid off another student loan! One more to go ๐Ÿ™‚

I can also cross that off this list.

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Looking over that list… I’ve crossed a few things off ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Renewed Disneyland pass and added WOC viewing!
  • Bought a KBF pass went 3x in the summer.
  • I went to SD-Pastor Merritt’s church and Chicago
  • I went to the beach-Manhattan Beach/Huntington Beach
  • I went to Hollywood, Roscoe’s, Pink’s and OC.
  • Went on a 2 week spending fast vs. one week ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Still working on that knot.. hopefully reflex lady can help.

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I’m going through withdrawals. I need to get out of LA County again..


Yes, I know I just went on “vacation” but literally one day out of LA was totally not enough!

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I’ve been drinking more than a gallon of water this week. CRAZY! I’m just always so thirsty…

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I’m slowly getting used to not eating the untouchables. I still have to buy a journal to list everything I eat.

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My new snacks have been cereals. All of the actual snacks have soy and peanut contamination, lol. I’m thinking of making my own granola/trail mix, with cereal. ๐Ÿ™‚

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This past week I have- I had LIFE cereal, Kellogg mini wheats, and craisins. Yummy munchies

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Another volleyball game tomorrow! Oh, we won both sets, undefeated, no matches lost.

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My goal: get my overhand serve back. I haven’t been practicing unlike last year where I did it all the time for volleyball.

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I’m going on another spending fast. This time I’m leaving all my credit cards at home. Meaning, my gas tank can never be close to empty and I cannot forget my phone anymore.

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Have an awesome weekend everyone! I’ll be studying, yeah… [severe sarcasm]

Sorry, I JUST HAD TO!

So, I’m weird and quirky.

I have a certain way of doing things, a certain way I live my life, a certain way of dealing with people. That’s just me, MELANIE.

Where’s this going?

I had to. I’m sorry.

DELETE his number from my phone…

WHY?

Because. It was just weird for me. We still e-mail back and forth but, I felt like it.

Last night, I laid in bed flipping through my contacts which I do on occasion to send texts to friends I haven’t spoken to in a while and I came across his, on a whim, I deleted it.

I must say it took 2 tries. As I pushed the delete button I received a text message, FAIL. Try again.

Honestly, I don’t know what I’m doing. So, since I don’t know what I’m doing I don’t want to add anymore I don’t knows.

Yes, I’m interested but I’m not interested enough to go through the unknowns with him. I’m not interested enough to break down Melanie barriers and walls.

I’m not interested enough to go through the whole getting there stage… I don’t even know what that means.

It just isn’t enough to let him see me from my castle tower surrounded by the Great Wall of China with a moat as deep and wide as the Grand Canyon.

What I do know?

We’ll continue e-mailing and maybe through that I’ll know.


Besides…we’re acquaintances getting to the friends stage, I think.

Ugh, SEE! No one knows?! I’d rather just not think about it. So, there with the deleting his number and posting of this post.

It’s done!

TAG-say what?!

I haven’t played tag in forever! Unless you count little nieces running after you trying to get you…then of course, I played that last week ๐Ÿ˜‰

Marliz3e tagged me and I’m told to tag 8 other people. I’d rather not pick 8 for fear of offending someone SO..I’m letting whomever join in! Actually, I’d just rather not think of 8 people to tag, lol.

So here goes nothing….

1. If you could have any superpower, what would you have? Why?


The ability to teleport. Traveling would be so much easier if I could just teleport and I wouldn’t have to spend money for hotels or restaurants. I’d just teleport myself back home whenever I need sleep or food if I lacked the funds.

2. Who is your style icon?

Honestly, I don’t have a style icon, you’re probably thinking-you need one!

I don’t. I have a different sense of style and a lot of my friends will attest to it. I can always find something from Ann Taylor, Forever 21, H&M, LOFT, Banana, etc. I suppose if I really had to pick one it’s Hilary Duff.

She always look so chique yet comfortable, in my opinion. I also love that she’s never in the gossip.

3. What is your favorite quote?

It isn’t exactly a quote…it’s more like a proverb….


He who knows not, and knows not that he knows not, is a fool. Shun him.
He who knows not, and knows that he knows not, is a child. Teach him.
He who knows, and knows not that he knows, is asleep. Wake him.
He who knows, and knows that he knows, is a leader. Follow him.

Attributed to: Omar Khayyam, 13th century philosopher

4. What is the best compliment you’ve ever received?

I’m horrible at receiving compliments, sometimes I brush them aside or say thank you and quickly move on. Mainly because many compliments seem empty and vain. The compliments I do remember are heartfelt compliments from people who know and “watch me” grow.

I digress.ย  Parents talking to their daughter, “I want you to go to Melanie’s college so you can turn out like her…” I made a joke about it but they elaborated further and it really encouraged me. I was struggling with being home and “fitting in”. I wanted to be a recluse because of the change I was going through; they saw through all that and knew I was changing for the good.

oh and Jay said I am a blessing…

5. What is on your playlist/cd is in your cd player/iPod right now?

I’m returning my Zune to the gifter (ex-bf) and it is currently in the back of Danny’s car. I do not have a cd player in my SUV, yet. I do have a YouTube playlist going on right now-it consists of Legacy 5, Avalon, and Selah.

6. Are you a night owl or a morning person?

vs.

Since my allergies have been wrecking havoc in my life I am neither, lol. I was a night owl in college though. I could be a morning person if you give me at least 6.5 hours of sleep straight. No 1 hr here and 2 hrs there.

7. Do you prefer dogs or cats?

What kind of question is this?! DOGS most def! I want to get a big “mean” dog like a rottweiler or st. bernard, the movie Beethoven got me. ๐Ÿ™‚


8. What is the meaning behind your blog name?

The past to the present/Ohsuchislife…

Melanie’s life- things from the past that shaped me and to the present things that are shaping and molding me…

Oh such is life: That’s just how life is…what are you going to do about it? Letย  it bring you down or make you better?!

Welcome to My Randomness XII

Today, I am at work BUT after work I am going on a FAMILY VACATION!

Woohoo! I’m excited. We’re driving up to Monterey.

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Food wise, it will be quite interesting since I can’t eat soy, potatoes, celery, carrots, or peanuts (among other things). Don’t worry, I brought Benadryl and loratadine, just in case.

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Today was my first day to drive in the carpool lane on my way to work. My parents rode with me so they can pick me up from work and we can head straight to our destination!

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My dad: Oh, it’s not too traffic going to work. That’s good.

Me: Uhm, dad, we were in the carpool lane. I can’t take the carpool lane to work.

Dad: Oh yeah. Oh well.

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Last Saturday, Danny and I drove down to eat out with Renae and her husband, James at Chili’s. The parking lot was full…

People in the OC think they can do whatever they want.

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Lately, this song’s lyrics has been my mindset: Not that you died By Legacy Five.

Not that You died for the whole world
that humbles my heart, brings me to my knees
Not that you died for the whole world
But Lord that you died for me

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I want to take classes again but I’m going to have to wait til I pass my CPA exams. I’m asking around about Counseling classes. I’m really wanting to continue with my Psychology/Counseling minor.

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My sister and I are planning to FINALLY take pictures-at the beach and hotel. Drive around and find other spots to take pics at, etc.

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She’s into photography and has 2-3 books on different techniques, coloring, lighting etc. We’ll see how well she does ๐Ÿ™‚

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My mom ran into someone from our neighborhood who tailors clothes. I dropped off 3 pairs of pants to get done-$15 for all three. How amazing is that?!

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I have a full bag of clothes-skirts, dresses, and blazers-needing to be tailored. I’m going to bring them in 3’s. I’m not in a hurry.

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On Wednesday I went to the mall with my sister. I found these jean capris that fit me perfectly! Perfect enough that I would wear it every day ๐Ÿ™‚ Well, I didn’t get them because it was Buy one get one half off and I didn’t have another pair. If I bought them alone it was $27. I don’t pay that much for jean capris.

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Yesterday I went back because I got off work at 5 and got to the mall at 6. Just to see and try them again. I really liked them and I figured if I tried them again maybe I wouldn’t like them and I can “let them go”. Haha. Guess what?! It was 50% off! WOOHOO! I bought them for $13.50-ah. YES!

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I also went to Forever 21 and bought some accessories-ring and necklace:

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I even went to Target-I had to return the gum and the cashews. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

The gum had soy lecithin; the cashews contained peanut oil.

It was a good thing I looked at the ingredients!

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Oh and as I was walking into Target with cashews, gum, and receipt in hand-some guy in his truck:

Random guy: Hey! Are those cashews?!

Me: Uh, yeah, haha

Random guy: Share those! Cashews are good!

Walking away laughing out loud….

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All that done and got to church at 7:05 !!!

I Am Blessed.

I had a difficult time thinking of what to call this post. It was between God’s been good or I am blessed. Well, obviously you know what I decided.

In all honesty, I am blessed because God is good and God is good so that’s why I am blessed. ๐Ÿ™‚

This past week with my eczema wreaking complete havoc in my life I’ve been crying out to God each night for some kind of relief, comfort, and strength. Everywhere I turned whether it was reading my Bible, listening to a sermon, or talking with someone the recurring theme was God’s goodness and how blessed we are no matter what struggle we’re going through. It has helped me refocus. I’m not better but God has really shown me a lot this past week.

I AM BLESSED…

1. Because of salvation and the assurance I will be going to Heaven one day.

2. I grew up in a Christian environment.

3. I am free from the scars and damage of the world because of God’s mercy.

4. I have no major regrets in life.

5.ย  I have attended a Christian school or been home-schooled since 3rd grade.

6. I have a relationship with my parents-not saying its perfect but we understand and respect one another.

7. My parents are still married to each other.

8. My brother and sister have a desire to serve the Lord.

9. I have never gone hungry or been without a place to sleep at night.

10. I have my own bedroom with a bed and a closet.

11. I am surrounded by people who love me and pray for me.

12. Godly friends-at home and spread across the continent and globe.

13. I have all 5 senses-touch, smell, hear, see, taste.

14. I am healthy compared to the rest of the world.

15. I have a full-time job with benefits.

16. I have a car that starts every morning-it has AC, heat, radio, power windows, and power doors.

17. I’ve had my gains than losses and I’ve known more joy than hurt.

18. My church uncompromisingly believes and stands firm upon the Bible.

19. My youth director & his wife changed my life-through their love, sacrifice, and time they invested in me.

20. My extended family is not at odds with one another. We enjoy and cherish each others company.

21. I live in a nice, clean neighborhood. Not saying it’s always safe but I don’t live in the hood.

22.ย  I discovered RU-a ministry I attend. I’m able to minister and be ministered to. It’s a blessing and encouragement to be surrounded by people heading in the same direction bearing each others’ burdens along the way.

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I decided to stop at 22 because that’s how old I am ๐Ÿ™‚