Lately I Can’t Get Enough…

REST.

The past week and a half have been spent = finishing all of my finals, graduating, packing, driving 6.5 hours, unpacking, chatting with old friends, more unpacking, organizing, and working (for an entire week already)… This weekend is already booked solid with an appointment, two Angels baseball games, and attending a friend’s graduation.  And then next weekend I hope to drive to Disneyland after work on Friday to participate in the 24-hour Disneyland event that weekend, followed by another appointment and a family Memorial Day Party.

And I have two shows at the beginning of June (You should all watch Guys Choice Awards & Critics’ Choice Television Awards!!), followed by a family vacation/reunion to New Orleans (for my parents 25th wedding anniversary) and Pensacola, Florida.  [It’ll be the first time in almost 10 years that I’ve been to Pensacola, plus my entire mom’s side of the family will be there, so I am super psyched! And I haven’t been to New Orleans in years!] I also want to participate in the LA Color Run in late June.

Even with all that in mind, and my brain partially asleep right now, I still have a lot I want to do in the upcoming months.  But thankfully I don’t have to rush to get it all done within the normal 3 month summer break – perks of being a college graduate!

To Do List:

1.  Hike to the Hollywood sign

2.  Go to Disneyland & California Adventure

3.  Meet a celebrity

4.  Go to a concert

5.  Go camping (Even if it’s in my backyard or my living room)

6.  Make home-made ice cream

7.  Have a BBQ

8.  Go on a bike ride

9.  Have a photo shoot

10.  Explore somewhere new

11.  Go to an Angels game

12.  Eat beignets!

13.  Try something new

14.  Don’t spend money for an entire day

15.  Be surprised

16.  Have a movie night with my best friends

17.  Travel

18.  Impress my boss

19.  Cook dinner for my parents (maybe on their anniversary)

20.  Eat s’mores

21.  Learn to French braid & fishtail braid my own hair

22.  Explore parts of Southern California that I’ve never been to before

 

Hi, Nice To Meet You…

My favorite way to meet people is to get out.  I don’t necessarily mean this as getting out of my house (although that is obviously a key part), but I mainly mean it as getting out of my own way.  I am a quiet person until I get to know someone well enough to have a conversation with them.  In my last years of high school I began to go out of my way to start up a conversation with someone I didn’t know.  I admit, I am still pretty shy when I am in a lecture class of 400 people and I don’t know anyone else, but for the most part I try to get to know at least one other person in the class.  Getting out of my own way has helped me gain friends that I have had since my freshman year of college, and meet celebrities and professional baseball players that I wouldn’t have if I had kept quiet.

Freshman year in the dorms, the closest dining hall to my dorm was Hassyampa.  (And for all you non-ASU folks you’re probably thinking – who would name a dorm that?!  Don’t worry, I think half of us ASU students are thinking it too)  Although I didn’t eat every meal at Hassy, I tried to go there often for dinner before I went back to my own room.  One night, a girl asked if she could sit across from me at the table and eat her dinner.  We started talking and exchanged phone numbers, which lead to us grabbing dinner together almost every night and hanging out when we weren’t in class and on weekends.  After freshman year, I was moving into a house that my parents bought and I was in need of a roommate.  I asked her because we had become really good friends during that first year.  Now, four years after I met her and three years after I asked her to be my roommate, we are still living together (with my brother) and both about to graduate in May.

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My roommate, Amanda, and I during Freshman year

One of my other friends that I’ve had since freshman year I actually met in Long Beach, at an ASU Orientation for students who didn’t live in Arizona.  We were sitting across from each other during the lunch break (with my mom, another ASU freshman and her mother) and began talking.  She and I were actually both in the Herberger Institute so we were registering for classes together, which led to us both taking the same Color class freshman year.  We’ve had classes together throughout the past four years, but we’ve also gone out to dinner for each other’s birthdays and gone to football games together.   Although she isn’t graduating this year, I have a feeling we’ll keep in touch and hopefully even see each other over summer or if she moves back to California after she graduates.

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My friend, April Mae, and I during Freshman year

I have been attending award shows since I was in Junior High, particularly Teen Choice Awards and Home For The Holidays.  Like I said, I was very quiet and didn’t spark up much of a conversation when I was meeting people.  Thankfully, one time at the TCA’s I asked Dwayne Johnson to take a picture with me.  I was incredibly nervous when I asked, but it was a great first experience because even after his publicist started moving him further down the red carpet, he came back and took a picture with me.  After that I was still nervous when I tried to ask for photographs, but his response made it worth trying every single time, and it’s given me the opportunity to take pictures with some really great people. [Below are a couple opportunities I’ve had]

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Dwayne Johnson

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Rupert Grint & Tom Felton

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Chace Crawford

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Chad Michael Murray

That first interaction with Dwayne Johnson has also encouraged meet to talk more when I am surrounded by professional baseball players.  The Angels have Spring Training practice at Tempe Diablo Stadium, which is close enough that I can go over on weekday mornings and watch them.  It’s also a great chance to ask for pictures and autographs because not as many fans show up as they do for the actual games.  I have met more than half of my favorite team throughout these past four years in Arizona and I am hoping to come back even after I graduate to continue watching them and talking with them.  [The pictures below are just some of the pictures I got from being out there on Saturday alone]

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CJ Wilson

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Tim Salmon, My all-time favorite player

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Garrett Richards

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Ernesto Frieri

 

Coffee, Baseball, and Waiting

Coffee.  What can I say about coffee?  It’s AMAZING.  I am addicted to it and can be caught drinking it any time of the day.  This time, I’m on my second cup of the day because I’ve been up since 7:30am — which is awful when I don’t have class until 4:30pm.

Baseball.  Let me give you a heads up, now that it’s baseball season, I will be talking about baseball and the Angels…  Consider yourself warned.  PITCHERS AND CATCHERS REPORT TO SPRING TRAINING TODAY!!  Spring Training is extra exciting for Angels fans that live in the Tempe/Mesa/Phoenix area because Tempe Diablo Stadium is closer to them than Angel Stadium in Anaheim.  I can’t wait to go see my boys playing again!  It’s the only time I’ll get to see them in person until after I move back to California in May.

Waiting… If you read my last post, you heard my fridge is broken.  The temperature is completely off – our freezer is the temperature the fridge is supposed to be.  Since last week my brother, my roommate, and I have been squeezing all our food and drinks into a small mini-fridge that my roommate used her freshman year in the dorms.  Trying to fit food in there when it’s just one person is one thing, but trying to squeeze in enough food for 3 people (who have all been using a regular sized fridge for the past 3 years) is insane.  Best Buy’s Geek Squad was supposed to come Friday to fix the fridge, but they ended up screwing up that appointment.  Now, about a week after our fridge broke, I have been up since 7:30am waiting for them to come fix it.  (Does anyone else HATE that FOUR HOUR time slot they give you?)  I hope they come fix it before I fall back asleep…

 

The mini-fridge we've been forced to using for the past week!

The mini-fridge we’ve been forced to use for the past week!

 

Can You Hear That?

So no one told you life was going to be this way.

Your job’s a joke, you’re broke, and you’re love life’s DOA.

It’s like you’re always stuck in second gear,

Well, it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month, or even your year.

But, I’ll be there for you, when the rain starts to pour.

I’ll be there for you, like I’ve been there before.

I’ll be there for you, cause you’re there for me too.

You’re still in bed at ten, the work began at eight.

You’ve burned your breakfast, so far, things are going great.

Your mother warned you there’d be days like these,

But she didn’t tell you when the world has brought you down to your knees.

That, I’ll be there for you, when the rain starts to pour.

I’ll be there for you, like I’ve been there before.

I’ll be there for you, cause you’re there for me too.

No one could ever know me, no one could ever see me.

Seems like you’re the only one who knows what it’s like to be me.

Someone to face the day with, make it through all the rest with,

Someone I’ll always laugh with, even at my worst, I’m best with you.

It’s like you’re always stuck in second gear,

Well, it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month, or even your year.

But, I’ll be there for you, when the rain starts to pour.

I’ll be there for you, like I’ve been there before.

I’ll be there for you, cause you’re there for me too.

I received the entire Friends series on DVD as a gift for Christmas… and I cannot stop watching.  Even though I have homework to get done and an exhibition to prep for, I continuously watch episode after episode.  And even as I watch my DVDs, I find myself searching for blooper clips on YouTube.

I hear The Vampire Diaries echoing up to my room as my brother watches his recording downstairs, VERY loudly I might add.  And then I hear him practically stomping up the stairs (which he swears is just the regular way he walks up stairs) to come into my room and remind me that pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training in 11 days.  I hear my printer going crazy as I print out the 50 pages (yes, I said 50!) of images I have to know for my Art History exam in two weeks… And that is with 4 images per page!  I hear the clicking of my laptop mouse as I scroll over the hundreds of posts on my Pinterest homepage, another one of my brilliant procrastination techniques that comes back to bite me in the ass.  I hear Becky continuously reminding me that our senior show is in less than 20 days… TIME TO FREAK OUT! 

Lately everything goes back to the show.  The last milestone I have to conquer before I can graduate in May.  Like I said, TIME TO FREAK OUT!  I am going to be so incredibly relieved after February 22 when I am completely done with this show.

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