Home sweet home…

June 23, 2010

Sorry I’ve been so absent lately. My boyfriend and I have moved into our condo, 2 weeks early. This is both incredibly exciting and completely horrifying at the same time. We had decided to wait on buying a few essential items until we moved in because he gets paid at the end of the month and we weren’t moving in until the 1st of July. Great plan, but when we moved in 2 weeks early and halfway through his pay cycle, we still didn’t have those few essential items. For example, we have 1 pan at the moment, actually is a Wok. Our first dinner at home was well planned, spaghetti and garlic bread… until we got home from the store at nearly 12:30 am (thank you Wal-Mart for always being open, without your flexible hours I would have starved) only to realize we have a Wok, not pans. We made our sauce first, then our noodles, and honestly that was so easy I  may only use a Wok for spaghetti dinners from here out hahaha.

This is my 2nd time moving out of my parents’ house and for some reason I’ve been more nervous this time around. I feel like I’ve reverted domestically. My first day alone all day was Monday and I simply couldn’t do anything right. I broke one of our brand new bowls (now our lovely set of 8 is down to 7) got some kind of junk on our sheets opening boxes and had to wash them. After that kind of morning I was basically done. My dad picked me up on his way home from work and took me to their house to get some more boxes. My mom had triple chocolate treat ready when I got there. How do mom’s always know?!? Anyway, packed stuff up at their house (remember, I thought I had 2 more weeks to pack so everything has just kinda been thrown in boxes) and mom brought me home. My adorable boyfriend was bummed because both of my parents saw our house all messy and full of boxes. I thought it was pretty cute.

I was really nervous about our little place before I moved in because I never saw it before we got keys. My Guy did such a good job picking this place. I love it here. The minute I walked in I felt like this was our home. It’s absolutely perfect for us. I’ll post picks as soon as we have everything put away.

I love him so much and I am so excited about our new little life in our new little condo. 🙂

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I’ve been thinking for the last 2 days about what I would write in response to being tagged in Chelsea’s blog featuring her first ever meme. There are so many little things that make me happy, it would be hard to completely narrow them down, so I guess some of my items will be listed as a group. I was also going to try to do a top ten countdown and I’m not sure that’s going to work out well for me either ha!
• The way my toes feel when I’m standing ankle deep in sand at the beach. The waves rolling over my feet and around my ankles feels like I could simply float away.
• While I’m at the beach mentally, I should add how much I love the way the sound of the waves can drown out my busy thoughts. Nothing can quiet my busy mind like the sound of the ocean. (I should really look into getting one of those alarm clocks that make ocean sounds, or maybe download something onto my ipod.)
• I love when my boyfriend and I are driving and he reaches over to hold my hand.
• The way a little kid smiles at you from across the grocery store aisle. They don’t know me, but if I smile at them, they’ll smile back… instinctively! When I took a child development class in high school we learned something about when a baby first meets you, they form an opinion of you in under 5 seconds. If you smile, they smile, if you frown, they frown. Amazing!
• I love all things shiny! Always have, always will. End of story.
• I’ve found a new love for frog figurines. As I mentioned in my last blog, my boyfriend and I have a little tradition when we go on trips, we always bring home a little frog. This started at the LA County Fair last year with 1 little frog that ‘croaks’ when you rub the stick across his back. The 2nd one was found in a gift shop at Balboa Park, and since then it’s been something we look for every time we go somewhere.
• Anything that makes me feel girly and feminine, which I think I’ve always liked but it means something different to me now. I think my idea of what being feminine and beautiful has changed.
• Music makes my world go ‘round. I have no idea what I would do without music in my heart. With that being said, anything played on an acoustic guitar can make me melt.
• I think the #1 thing that makes me happy is when my boyfriend kisses me on the forehead and says “mine”. It’s only 1 word but it means so very much to me.
• Spending time with my family makes me happy. The older I get the more I realize how important family really is. I may not make every function, but my family means more to me than anything. Not just my immediate family, but my extended family as well.
I wanna challenge you to tell me what your favorite things are. I’ve limited my list to 10, but feel free to add as many as you like. My personal blog goal for this month is to engage my readers and get you involved in expressing yourselves a little along the way. After all, I learn as much from you guys as I do from myself.

My brother and sister get out of school tomorrow, my cousin graduates high school tonight, and July 1st @JoeBravo84 and I move into our new condo. I am so excited. We weren’t sure we were going to be able to find a place of our own, we thought we’d have to rent a room somewhere, but @JoeBravo84 found a really sweet woman who owns a condo and was willing to rent to us. It’s a 1 bedroom 1 bath, but that’s fine for us! Can’t wait to move in!

Last weekend we went to #Vegas and met up with a couple of twitter friends @kesleighnoelle and @kaitlincasey. We had such a blast! We went to check out all the new stuff over by the Aria, I think it’s called City Walk… amazing! We were upgraded to the 21st floor of the Tropicana for our 2nd night and we had the most amazing view of the strip! It was amazing! Every time we go on a trip, whether it be a day trip or a mini-vaca, @JoeBravo84 and I always get a little frog as a souvenier… it’s surprising how many different types of frog figurines you can get without having any duplicates!! Well, this trip, I got a little frog ring! He is so cute!

ok guys, this is my first attempt to add photos, so if it’s weird let me know. Also, if you have any tips… I’m willing to take those too haha. Anyway, back to packing! Check out http://www.26promo.com!

Let’s see, it’s been HOW long since I blogged? Oh yeah, TOO long. I hate not blogging every day but I’ve been busy and away from my computer, or any computer for that matter. Saturday was my cousin’s graduation from University of Redlands. Such a beautiful campus. However, 3 hours in direct sun can lead to a very uncomfortable evening. I think I ended up with sun poisoning! No bueno, I do not love throwing up at all.

Sunday my bf and I spent the whole day meeting with people about places to live. It was a pretty interesting experience. If you’re going to rent out a room or a house, do the little things like vacuuming and making sure it doesn’t smell like urine! I can’t wrap my mind around the idea that showing a dirty space is ok! Especially if you’re going to ask someone for a significant amount of money to stay there! Do your dishes! Uck I was pretty disgusted. Except for the last house we went to. Love the people in the house, love the house, love the pup, love that we’d have 2 12×12 rooms AND a private bathroom so I would (in essence) have my own office! We have one more meeting this upcoming Monday after our VEGAS TRIP 🙂 🙂 🙂 then we’ll know which place.

Monday morning my aunt and uncle stopped by on their way home from El Centro. It was so good seeing them. I miss being close to that side of the family. Can’t wait for my cousin’s baby shower. 🙂 Then we went to Hemet to see my grandma and grandpa. Got to go swimming for the first time in a lonnnng time. Which of course had the down side of me being in a bathing suit… yuck!

Tonight it’s a girls’ night with @kesleighnoelle, @Kaitlincasey, and @somedayilllearn. Can’t wait! We’re going to @Ca_tea and then going to get our nails done 🙂 Tomorrow it’s babysitting from 8-4 and then packing for #Vegas! Friday we leave as soon and bf gets out of work. Sooo excited!! What’s new with the rest of you?

Strictly business…

May 27, 2010

Not much going on in my personal life except looking  for a new place, so today’s blog will be strictly business.

I guess I haven’t really explained what 26 Promo is all about… Our goal is to help you succeed with quality promotional products from A-Z (thus the 26… 26 letters in the alphabet…. I know the genius behind it is mind boggling). When my bf asked me what I wanted my logo to look like, I kinda laughed… I said ‘honey, you know me, it’s got to be all kinds of colory (which is DEFINITELY the technical term)’. So colors and circles are what I got. The other night at the #tweetup, we all tossed our business cards in the middle of the table and immediately the girls said Oh! I know who this one belongs to! This is exactly what I wanted! And I want to be able to help other people get that kind of recognition. My logo is everywhere; my business cards, my blog, my facebook page, my twitter background… And when people see it, they know it’s me.

I don’t know if you watch “Ace of Cakes” but I absolutely love it! In the intro, Duff says ” After pastry school, I decided to make cakes my way. So I set up shop and hired the most talented people I know… my friends”… when I think about how I want my company to be, that’s the mind-set I have. I want to work with everyone that the mainstream won’t! Give me your rock stars, your misfits, your tattoo artists. Not saying I don’t want to work with realtors and bankers either, I just don’t want to have anyone feeling excluded.

Honestly, if there is ANYTHING you want printed, I can do it!! If you don’t see it on my site, email me and I’ll find it.

26promo.com
bands.26promo.com
sales@26promo.com

I’ve really been trying to learn more about myself over the last few weeks as I haven’t really spent much time focusing on me at all in my life. I look back at my journals and old online diaries and it always says “it’s time to take some time for myself, time to focus on me” and then 1-2 days later I’m back to being worried about everyone else. Well, I think I’ve finally made me a priority. I’ve had basically the same 5 friends for the last 8-13 years (oh wow, I’m old enough to have friends for over 10 years? OMG lol) and since I’ve moved to So. Cal. I’ve noticed a big change in who takes the time to talk with me and who has let it go. And I’ve started talking to a few friends who I would have never thought be people I counted on. The saddest thing for me is that I only live half-a-day’s drive away and only 1 person has made the trip down to see me. I’ve lived here 3 years, I’ve driven up there 3-4 times to see them. And even then, some of those who claim to be family couldn’t have been bothered to see me… this tangent is completely not where I was going… and I’m now resisting the urge to ctrl+a delete lol.

Basically, it’s time for me to take care of me and my bf, our families, and my business.

It was so great meeting everyone Saturday night! @kesleighnoelle, @RachelsRants, @somedayilllearn, @Sugar Jones, @CA_suntan, @amybowen, @SITSGirls…. hopefully I’m not forgetting anyone… @somedayilllearn’s fiance and my bf had a great little male bonding time lol. The music was fun, the crowd was great, and I must have been having a good time because I broke a nail and didn’t even know it lol. I’m really excited to be getting out and doing things. This was actually the first social even I’ve been to in a long LONG time that wasn’t with my bf’s friends or people from his work. This was all my own. He’s such a trooper for going along 🙂 Can’t wait for the next one 🙂

Now bloggy bootcamp… in Austin?!?! This could definitely be happening for me!

Is it summer yet?

May 21, 2010

Why is it not feeling like summer yet? I am such a summer baby, it’s ridiculous, so the fact that it feels like fall is making me pretty sad.

So excited to go to my first #tweetup tomorrow! I’ve been down here in So. Cal. for 3 years (in August) and I have not had the time or the resources to make my own set of friends. My boyfriend and I have friends (his friends that have accepted me) but I haven’t made friends of my own. I’ve never been the type to have a lot of girlfriends, but lately I’ve been realizing that I may need a few. I know it’s a long way off, but I was thinking about my wedding the other day and I realized it would be totally pointless for me to even have a bridal shower because I have 1 girlfriend and the rest is family… not saying I wouldn’t love to have my family at my bridal shower, but I’d like to have friends too! My best friend lives in Nor. Cal. and would probably not be able to make it down for those kinds of events and I have one other good friend down here (who I just adore!). It’s time I get some girls together to go to lunch with, or get my nails done with. Especially since I work for myself, make my own schedule, and don’t have coworkers to get together with.

Believe it or not, I think twitter is helping me do that! I have met some really awesome people in the last 2 weeks and tomorrow night I’ll meet them in person! So excited!

Now… what to wear. My Guy has his vote in, and I’m pretty sure that’s what I’ll end up wearing. We’ll see 🙂

Wow, Thursday snuck up on me pretty quick! You guys will probably notice that I make a lot of references to how quickly time is moving and how unable I am to keep up with it. It happens to me a lot.

I’ve got a lot on my mind right now; moving, growing up, family, money, business…. a little of everything I guess. I’m so excited about moving, I know it’s going to do amazing things for my relationship with my Guy (yes, that’s his name) and my relationship with my parents, especially my mom. I’ve always been very close with my parents and being back home has made a few things change in my relationship with them. Hopefully getting out and being on my own again will mend some of the things that have been damaged.

I feel like I’m growing up a 2nd time. I moved out when I was 19, lived with my then fiance for 11 months and then moved into a house with an older man who was recently divorced (strictly roommates). Well, I moved my stuff in and spent the night at the house twice. The house was being partially remodeled and so the living room was basically drywall and the carpet was cut off at the stairs. I just didn’t feel like it was my space or that I was able to come and go as I needed to because he worked at 6 am and if I came in too late I felt like I was going to wake him when his dogs heard me come in. So my stuff lived there from July to November and then it joined me at my mom and dad’s… what I didn’t sell or throw away. I guess to explain that I need to back up and tell you why I went from having a fiance, to living in a man’s house… After 11 months of living together, my fiance of 2 years (boyfriend of 8 years before that… I’ll do the math for you, I was 11 years old when we first started ‘dating’) decided that he wanted to go home to Tennessee to go back to school (oh yeah, did I mention that 6 years of our relationship was long distance?!?!) So, he left and I was determined not to move back home just yet. I felt I was really ready to be on my own. Well, I was…until I realized that I  didn’t make enough money to take care of myself. I’ve been back at home since November of 2008… it’s time to grow up again.

My family has always meant the world to me. My parents have always been my closest friends… that doesn’t mean they were my best friends and I got away with everything… I just mean that I have always been able to tell them anything and they have always supported me in my decisions, even if they didn’t understand them. They’ve been the best parents anyone could ever ask for. My brother just turned 16 and I am so proud of the man he’s becoming. He is honest, he gets good grades, he treats his girlfriend with so much respect and he is incredibly loyal. My sister is 12 and she is also an amazing kid. She gets good grades, she tries to make things fair for everyone, she doesn’t partake in gossip, and she’s always doing some little project of her own. Like last night, he was on my laptop and when I looked at what she was doing she had been putting all these pics together in a collage in paint of things she wants in her new bedroom when I move out. Both are amazing kids. I am really just so proud of them.

Money and business kinda go together for me right now. I’m really excited about my business, and I think other people are getting excited about it too. I’ve heard from a few people that they’ve looked at the site not needing anything in particular and then deciding there was something they might just have to have! So that’s pretty cool. My computer genius boyfriend put an ad up on Craigslist for me last night and I need to create another one that’s not geared towards the band merch stuff. I’ve got some amazing friends that are helping me get my name out all over the place. If anyone has any ideas, please let me know I’m always up for a fresh idea. I’m only one person!

Life is good, you guys! I’m stressed and I have a lot on my mind but my life is really good. I have a few little things I’d like to improve upon, but in general I am loving my life!

I just want everyone to understand how important it is to love who you are…

Be bold, be you!

<3Shay

I simply cannot believe how fast the weekend went! I haven’t blogged since Thursday? Insanity! I felt really strange without blogging over the weekend especially since so many things happened… but I didn’t have time!!

Friday was my baby brother’s 16th birthday. We picked him up from school and took him to get his gf’s anniversary present at La Masters Jewelers in Temecula. I can’t believe I’ve never been in there before, they have some amazing things in there! I fell in love with this ring that has a raw uncut diamond in the center and has a ton of tiny cut diamond that criss-cross over the top of it. It would make such a unique engagement ring *hint-hint* lol.

We picked our apartment yesterday. I am so excited I can’t even stand it! It’s totally perfect for us, it even fits my love’s gigantic monster couch!! We got a 2 bed 2 bath for what we could have paid for a 1 bed. I think I even saw a studio for more. It’s great location, it’s literally 2-5 minutes from the freeway. Today we are turning in our apps, but we already put a hold on the apartment so it’s ours. July 1st is our move-in date! Such a huge relief knowing we have a place!!

Feeling Musical

May 13, 2010

I want voice lessons in the worst way! I started singing when I was 4, and I’ve had choir classes, but I’ve never really taken a voice class. I’d love to be confident enough to get on a stage or sing at a coffeehouse or something again. I don’t know, I’ll probably be over it again tomorrow haha.

I was in such a funk yesterday! Nothing I did felt right, nothing I tried to wear would fit (uh yeah, that’s a fun way to start your day), and I just felt all around weird! So my mom gets me out of the house and we go for a drive to see some apartment complexes and stuff and I am still just not feeling right. We pick up the kids from school and go to the mall and I feel like a kindergarten teacher! I have on a lime green tank top and a short “prairie” style skirt (which does in fact blow sky high in the wind). I feel squatty and wide and I just can’t even stand myself. So, I’m in Hot Topic and I’m posting my cards on their bulletin boards and it hits me… “I want clothes and hair that say. ‘I work with bands’.” I’m 22 and I wanna feel like it!

BREAKING NEWS! My cousin just called to tell us she’s having a baby… BOY! We’ve been waiting for weeks to find out and I am so excited!

So, now I’m trying to figure out how to get sponsored for a fashion make-over. The hair and make-up I can do. But I am too broke to go on a shopping spree. Also! It’s time to lose weight. SERIOUSLY! I don’t want to feel like this all summer.

Well, that turned into nothing but drama! haha… I’ll try to keep my rants to a minimum… unless I get more feedback for being a grump. Then you’re all in for it! haha, just kidding 🙂