Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 reflections... "GET"




 When I look back at this year and the One Little Word I chose for this year at the end of last, I am grateful. Grateful for lots of things, actually. My word for 2013 was GET.

 What did I GET this year?

-I chose to GET volunteerism by volunteering with a rescue where I learned grant writing.  I highly recommend anyone going through career transition to volunteer to find opportunities to learn new skills and hone other skills. And of course I fostered Biscuit, Rosco and Lucy for a few weeks. Even though Basset Hounds are very sweet dogs, they howl. LOUDLY. My neighbors are happy that I won't be fostering them anymore.

-I chose to ramp up my dating life to GET more dates. An acquaintance of mine found his girlfriend on OkCupid.com and suggested I try it out, even though I'm not exactly thin. I certainly ramped things up. If you want to date more, I highly suggest that site since it's free. Granted, some of the men were not exactly quality, but it got me out more to live life.

-I learned that some of my career choices have helped GET open doors after all. I really have to get a full-time job in 2014. It's heartening to see that my choice to freelance for the papers I have and also garner public relations skills has given me the opportunity to interview for some great paying jobs. Here's to getting one in 2014!

-I learned that I don't GET my family sometimes, and that's okay. I've had some run-ins with members of my family this year. Sad but true. Even though looking back I should have ignored these folks, their time had come to be confronted. It's sad to say, but family isn't always family. I can see though that I'm going to have to work on forgiving one family member in 2014.

So here's to 2014. Whatever challenges may come my way, whatever happiness, I embrace it.



Friday, December 27, 2013

Christmas fun!

 I've decided I'm not going to post negative here on this blog anymore unless absolutely necessary. Which means, I'll only tell you about Christmas Eve because it was positive.

 My family went to my parents church on Christmas Eve. My sister was in town, so we all went to Christmas Eve services. Then, we had Chinese food for dinner.


 Egg rolls are awesome! Especially from this one Chinese restaurant by my parents house!


The dog was not part of Christmas Eve dinner. Please note....


And that was the positive part of Christmas.... 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Holiday merriment

 After all the negative, I wanted to post something positive. Yaaay!

 I love Christmas lights. I love creative Christmas scenery the best. This is one of the reasons why I like the city I live in. They have a wonderful display called Sparkle Balls that hangs from eucalyptus trees each year on a neighborhood street. The neighbors literally make them each year from Christmas lights out of a box and form them into balls to hang from their front yard trees. It's truly a pretty sight-which I can never get a decent picture of!






  I love seeing this street (and now the surrounding blocks) every year since being told about this street. It's a great thing to see neighbors come together to create something so beautiful.

And then, there's a tacky development that puts ginormous Santas on their front lawns and zillions of cars inhabit it each December, telling the impatient to turn their cars around each year and come at an earlier time.


 Yeah, it's festive, but it's bigger than the damn house... I call that scary Santa. What if scary Santa blows away? Would people be scared of scary, ginormous Santa?

And the grand finale is a tree of lights that sits atop a medical building in the city I was born in. My grandparents used to live fairly close to it, which meant we always had to go past it at Christmas with my mom saying to my sister and I, "Look, girls! It's a Christmas tree! Isn't it pretty?"


 Yes it is, Mom. Yes, it is. 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Downtown Disney

 So my friend David and his family came to Southern California for Thanksgiving, which meant that I got to see my dear friend who now lives in Memphis! I tried to think where we could go for a day out and decided on Downtown Disney. Parking is free for up to 3 hours and you otherwise don't pay to enter it. Score!




 David offered to buy lunch when it came that time, so he wanted to check out the prices of some of the restaurants at Downtown Disney. After he stopped having a heart attack after looking at one menu, I told him that prices would drop in half if we went outside of Downtown Disney for lunch. We tried The Block of Orange Outlet Mall, which was packed. At that point, I told him we needed to drive a little ways down the road to Old Town Orange to Watson's Drug Store and Soda Fountain. This 114-year-old establishment is cute. We also had no issue finding parking and the prices were indeed much less than at Downtown Disney! 


 It was nice seeing my dear friend and hope I can see him again soon. 

Rough around the edges

 I'll admit that this Thanksgiving was rough in some ways. I spent the day just with my parents, as is common now and made the corn bread stuffing recipe I first made last year, which was enjoyed. 




The cornbread stuffing

 It wasn't rough because my parents are aging. That's a part of life. I think it was rougher than usual because my family just doesn't seem to care about each other. I sent an email to my aunt wishing her and my uncle up North a Happy Thanksgiving and was ignored. She hasn't switched email addresses as far as I know and the email went through. I think I was ignored because of an opinion I told my mom, which she shared with my aunt. Oh well, it happens. I just thought it was sad. I certainly didn't mean to start anything and am sad my own aunt chose to ignore me. 




 Sometimes though, you have to remember that family isn't blood always. It's who you choose to have in your life. 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Doing what I never thought I'd do

 This whole Obamacare thing has gotten me thinking about my own health insurance and how I can save money with it.

 I've had PPO insurance for a long time. It has been good in many, many ways. However, the cost right now is unbelievably high. Because of that, I'm debating switching to an HMO plan-Kaiser.

 Everyone I know who has Kaiser (or has had it in the past) absolutely likes it. No one I know has any major complaints about it-and they actually impressed me when a friend's son had a heart problem discovered at birth. They were promptly on it and had that kid at a pediatric cardiologist's in no time. My cousin's son, who was born 2 weeks later, had the same problem. His was discovered when he was 6 months old. Even though my cousin and her husband took him to a top notch hospital by them for a diagnosis, the doctor saw him infrequently. Kaiser saw my friend's son every 3 months until the hole closed.

 So, I may laugh once I speak with someone at Kaiser about saving money, but I'm going to try.

 Here goes something... 

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Halloween party fun

 I'm a little late here posting about my neighbors Halloween party, but thought I'd put it up late anyway.

 My neighbors Jerry and Danny held a Halloween party a few weeks ago, which was awesome! They decorated so well and it was just a really fun time.









 I really hem-hawed on my costume, so I did something incredibly cheesy at the last minute. I found spider webbing that people decorate their homes with and wrapped it all over myself and called myself a spider web. :) I took no pictures of myself because I thought I looked so damn ridiculous. I need to get over that. If my neighbor can wear that thing on his head, I can take a picture of myself wearing fake webbing. ;)

It was a fun Halloween! 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Nothing to really discuss

 So, I have nothing to really talk about from last week. Life went along as usual.

 I took a neighbor to LAX. Ooh, thrilling. That's an airport that I normally avoid, but if you hit it during the week in the morning, it's not too bad.

 I'm also babysitting a cute Basset Hound named Lucy.



Lucy is a rescue doggy too. Her foster parents are on vacation until next week, so she and I have been hanging out this week. She's 11 years old, so she's not a fast walker-and unfortunately has peed in here a few times during the night. :( Thank goodness I have tile is all I'll say about it....

 I felt like picking Lucy up from her foster home :) in San Diego and enjoyed the drive there and back immensely. I didn't realize how nice the rest stop on the way back was! 



 The rest stops have views where you can look out at the ocean. I guess the state found money to redo these rest stops? 

 As for the job front, I'm in the top 3 for a position at a mortgage company where I'd be a communications coordinator. I also have an interview with Kaiser Permanente for a position that pays well. I'm kind of hoping I get the position with Kaiser. We'll see what happens though. 

 And so, that's my update. I have a Halloween party this evening that I'm trying to figure out my costume for! Will post after the party! 

Saturday, October 12, 2013

A real, moving God....

 For those of you who don't know, I've been in dream mode for the last 2-5 years. Lol.

 I got laid off from my escrow job 5 years ago and used the opportunity to turn things around in my life. My escrow job paid decently and had great insurance. I was able to do a lot financially during my time there. Without going into great detail though, I really feel that God moved in my life when I got laid off from there.

 Which, in between temp jobs, began my freelancing career.

 God has really moved in my life during these past 5 years. I feel that he restored some lost time in my life and moved me forward in many areas of my life.

 And now that it looks like I may have a real, full-time job, I look back and am grateful to these past 5 years. I'm grateful to the people I've met. I'm grateful for the leaps of faith I've taken. Hell, I'm even grateful for the stupid mistakes I've made.

 Thank you, Father God, for these past 5 years. May the next 5 be even better!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Chalk art, interview, life

 I figure that a weekly update is the best way for me to keep this thing current. That is, until I get sick of weekly updates again. :)

 Let's see, to start back at the beginning of the week....

Sunday... I went to church the night before, so I slept in, which was nice. I can't really think of much else I did that day that's worth noting. Lol.

 Monday... I went to my Monday job, which involved helping my boss out since she cracked her ribs when falling. I took her to the dermatologist's for her melanoma surgery consultation. Then, we went to Costco and ate lunch there. Yay for cheap hot dogs and sodas!

 Tuesday... The government shut down, and almost everyone panicked. I also walked Gulliver, the rescue's dog in boarding.


I also went to the city council meeting for a little while to write an article. Finishing it up now. 

Wednesday... This was a bad day. I just felt like I could barely function and get what I needed to done. 

Thursday... The morning was bad, but it got better as the day went along. I got my work done and even went to a Chalk Art Festival at Fullerton College. Some of it was awe inspiring. To be able to draw like these people is amazing! 





Friday... I went on an interview in a city almost 2 hours away from me. I'll hate that drive if I get the job! I had lunch with my dad at Arturo's Puffy Taco. It was a recommendation from a Facebook friend. Let me say it is good-and decently priced too.

 And so, that's my week. Hopefully next week is a bit more animated. :) 

Monday, September 30, 2013

I'm b-a-a-ck....



 Hello again! Its been awhile and so thought it was time to come back and actually update this thing!

 Where do I begin? Well, for starters I have no more foster doggies. Biscuit got adopted by a nice couple.


 See how much he liked them?! I hear he's doing well.

 Then I got Rosco-the deafening howler.

Don't let that angel cuddle fool you. He had lungs!




 Rosco was very active. I couldn't concentrate as I worked. Yes, he was a good boy, but he really needed to be in the middle of nowhere running free. He finally got loose one evening while I was out on a date (Yes, I've been known to do that on occasion! Don't fall over in shock!), which was my final straw. It pained me to do so, but I could no longer foster a dog that I couldn't guarantee I could keep inside while I was gone. I'm now volunteering to walk the dogs in boarding for the rescue so I can still keep the exercise up without having a howling dog annoying my neighbors. 

I had some major car trouble also-my transmission. :( The dealership couldn't get it right the first time, so I had 2 different rental cars. I had to laugh when I had a mini van for my second rental. For just me. A single person! 

Leather seats! 

 I also found out an old friend is having a baby, which is exciting to single, childless me. It's sort of like becoming an aunt, which I know will never happen to me unless I get married. 

And so, that's my month in a nutshell. Hope October's a bit more exciting.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Labor Days of yesteryear...



 Before I hit my pool, I wanted to wax poetic about Labor Days I've celebrated in the past. Labor Days were truly a celebration in past years, as one of my grandmother's and her sister both had birthdays Labor Day weekend. There were many family get-togethers in the past to celebrate, which were always happy times for me. 

 They were happy times because many of us would gather to celebrate. We'd go to each other's houses, eat KFC and chit chat. I also loved the fact that we'd bring our own drinks. Even when the family sprung for them my dad would still require the ice chest to come out and a stop at the store before we hit the freeway. I thought it was cute, even though it wasted some time. Everyone would also bring their dogs along. It's truly a family get-together when you can bring your dog along! 

 The picture above is the last birthday family get-together we had on Labor Day weekend. This one was for my great-aunt's 90th birthday. (She died the next year.) We celebrated in her church's auditorium. It was hotter than hell that day, and the church was also part of Edison's energy saving plan. We nearly died when they shut off the air during the hottest part of the day! 

 I miss those days. Even though I'm pretty much Facebook friends with everyone on my dad's side of the family, I miss the times we all got together and chatted. It built a strong foundation for us today. I remember when one of my second cousins moved out of state and how she welcomed me to come visit her any time. We also can ask each other for help if needed. That wouldn't have happened without the openness and spending time together for all those years. We came, we celebrated, we enjoyed spending time together. 

 I need to create those days again. 

 Happy Birthday, deceased relatives. 

 Happy Labor Day to all. 

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Hey!


 Hello again!

 It's been a little while! I wanted to take up this blog again and will hopefully be diligent in keeping it up from now on!

 Stay tuned for more! 

Friday, July 26, 2013

addiction

 So I planned on doing a post about how today is my dad's birthday and how nice it was that a certain family member came to visit also and dinner and a nice family time together. He's 78, after all.

 That won't be the post.

 Oh that family member came to visit, all right. Stoned. She was fidgety, bouncing all over the place, was loud and hummed throughout the dinner. (Yes, she hummed.) She tried to pick a fight with me and when I refused to argue back, she screamed and ran out of the restaurant.

 I wonder why I write about this. I may delete this once I realize it's too personal. I guess it's because keeping something like this hidden doesn't help anyone.

 I'm angry with her. Angry that she was so disrespectful to visit stoned. STONED.

 I'm sad that family hasn't been more direct with her. They've created the monster and now they're reaping what they've sown. I know that's harsh, but that's what you get when you don't tell a family member to STOP. We see what you're doing and STOP. Get help and STOP.

 I'm sad that she isn't getting help for this. I'm sad that our family keeps issues "hush hush," which I know has caused her more harm than good. I know she's a target of family gossip, which is sad. Vicious and sad.

 I've always felt blessed that drugs and alcohol have never been my issues. I've got plenty of 'em, (believe me) but not drugs and alcohol. I'll admit that I kind of feel for her though after taking ADHD meds. I had gotten that diagnosis at one time and tried stimulants, including Desoxyn. Desoxyn is the brand name for meth. I'm not kidding.

 The doctor prescribed too high of a dosage, which even had my insurance company doing a double take. I have never been more paranoid in my life after taking Desoxyn. My heart raced. Did I mention I was paranoid?

 I realized that I needed to get off Desoxyn when my insurance company refused to pay for a full prescription for me. I also quit seeing said doctor. I'm lucky.

 Said family member is on meth. Others have told me it's the worst drug to kick. She has to though, considering that it can cause you to have a heart attack or a stroke and is probably already frying her brain, considering that she's humming uncontrollably.

 I can only do so much though. I spoke to her about this a few years ago, which brought out an almost too vicious denial. You know the phrase, "You protest too much?"

 I can pray for her though. That is it. I feel what the outcome will be though.... 

Saturday, July 6, 2013

sadness and realizations


 To start things off, here's a cute picture of Biscuit. He's wearing a Thunder Shirt to see if he'll whine less when I leave the house. I'm happy to say that it helps, but not entirely. My next door neighbor was telling me that she hears him. She has uterine cancer, so I know that a whining dog doesn't help much when you're going through chemo. She's being nice now, but I know that his whining needs to stop soon or she won't be so nice much longer. Honestly, a sad realization came to me yesterday though when I took him to my parents house. He needs a yard to run around in. He was in heaven in their backyard and did not stop running. (He looks so cute when he runs!) I hate to say it, but I think the rescue may need to put him in a different foster home before much longer. It's not fair to the dog to be here. He's too big and enjoys open space. Granted, I do walk him 3 times a day, but he should enjoy being outdoors.  He has also snapped at me twice. No biting, but he has snapped. It's sad to say because he is a good boy, but I think the rescue may need to re-home him unless his whining gets better shortly.

 Other sadness is going on around me. Realizations about things in my life occurred last week after I got into an argument with someone. Friends are going through sadness also. It's just an odd time for my circle of life.

 So anyway, that's my update for the week. Sad but true....


Thursday, June 27, 2013

The dumb things a man can do....

 This isn't a post to be nasty about men. I like men. I'd like one also once I lose weight. Some men though aren't too, um, smart....

 I friended a local guy on Facebook. It was innocent. I had never met him but said yes only because he runs a local Web site. (Yes, big mistake. I will only friend people from now on whom I've met in person.) He tells me in a private message that he hoped to meet me sometime because he thought my profile picture was cute. I didn't know what to say. I didn't want to be rude, but I didn't really know the guy either. So, I responded with a smiley face.

 Yes, :). Bad idea, Kim!

 He updated his status one day later to say he had a girlfriend. (Ladies, let's say it now-DOG!)

 I went about my business, until I got a message from his account this weekend from his girlfriend, asking in not so nice words who I was. I knew the previous message looked bad, but I let her know I had never met him before and if I had known they were dating, I would have said something. She apologized. I deleted him. I went on my merry way.

 Same guy sends me a friend request Tuesday morning!!! He seriously did!!! I told him no. I didn't want to potentially be embroiled in any possible drama again. She's his problem, not mine. I told him to leave me be and to also tell his girlfriend to never contact me again.

 And he hasn't. The least he could do would be to apologize to me for his girlfriend's ghetto attitude, but he didn't. To me, that shows something. A person I don't care to want to know. I don't need that crap in my life.

 Ladies, what is some of the worst behavior you've seen from a man? 

Saturday, June 22, 2013

How many more cute doggy pics can I put up?

 I'll admit that I thought about adopting Biscuit this past week. And then, I had a scare with him on Wednesday that sent him to the emergency pet clinic by me. No thank you to paying an $800 vet bill! You read that right-eight hundred dollars. He's fine, by the way....

 Here are some more cute pet pics for the week!





 Any family will be lucky to have Biscuit... 

Friday, June 14, 2013

More cute doggy pics

 Even though I've had my foster dog, Biscuit, for less than a week, I love him. I wish I could afford to adopt him, but I can't right now.

 Enjoy these pictures of my big sweetie!