I swear, moving sucks the life out of you! haha. My parents and sibs moved this weekend and you’d think it would have been really easy considering they only moved one street over, but noooooo. They were supposed to get the keys around 3 pm on Saturday (and be out of their house that night), but the people moving out of their new house weren’t done “cleaning” until after 7:30. I say “cleaning” with quotes because I’m not exactly sure what they cleaned. It was so dirty when we finally got in there. So for 4 hours, we sat around waiting and waiting and waiting to get access to the house. Full U-haul, full van, full car, full crew of dad’s friends, neighbors, and our family ready to go. The house is really cute; they gained a computer room, a second living room, and a game room. Mom is really frustrated with the kitchen, she lost a lot of cabinet and counter space so trying to fit her old kitchen’s worth of stuff isn’t going so well. The kids bedrooms are a little smaller, but 1/2 of the stuff they had in their rooms is going in the game room or computer room so really, they will basically just sleep in their rooms.

My sister is loving it, she lives catty-corner to her besties now. I made them a folder on a string yesterday so they can pass their secret messages over the fence without them blowing away. The girls came over and helped her unpack and arrange her furniture, which was a huge help for mom. It gave mom time to do other things, like wrestle with the kitchen haha. My brother took a little convincing that this was going to be cool. The first day he was pretty upset with how small his room was, understandably. He’s 16 and feels like he should be getting more freedom, not less space. But by the end of day 2 he was really liking the house and I had helped him unpack some of his stuff, so he was able to see his space. And he gets that the game room will probably be his hangout.

It was so cool to see the kids all playing video games together in the game room! My brother, sister and her 2 best friends all piled on our big denim couch battling it out. This is exactly what my mom and dad were hoping for. In the other house there was no space for computers, so everyone ended up putting their computer in their own room and the family was spread out all over the house. Now they have a computer room right off the living room and it has double doors so they can all be together AND on their computers.

My mom and brother and I were up so late the first night laughing and goofing around, it was so good to see my mom laugh. After last week, I wasn’t sure how long it would be before she was laughing again. I love their new house, I can’t wait to have a big family dinner over there! However, while I was at my family’s house, my house was getting soooo messy!!! Gotta go clean!

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Sunday night we had our very first dinner party in our little condo. It was SUCH a blast! My long time, long lost friend Nicole came over with her boyfriend Jay and my 2 favorite blondies came (Kes and Kaitlin). I was worried that the 6 of us would be walking over each other in the tiny space, but it was perfect! Everyone had a place to sit on the couch when we were inside, and they all found a spot to sit on the patio. I made spaghetti, my Guy made garlic bread and the night was amazing. I haven’t seen Nicole in close to 15 years (wow, that makes me feel old every time I think about it) and we picked up like there was no time lost. She filled me in on what’s been going on in her life and I filled her in on mine, and not even halfway through the evening we were talking about our next get together.

I felt bad because I forgot to tell my blondies that Nicole and Jay were coming, and I forgot to tell Nicole and Jay that my blondies were coming… I was afraid it would be weird, and it wasn’t. Everyone got along great, we all laughed and told stories. These are the nights that I feel “grown up”. A night where I am the hostess and I try to make sure that everyone else is having a good time. From the feedback I’ve gotten in the last few days, I’d say it was a total success. ๐Ÿ™‚ Us girls were out chit-chatting on the patio while the boys played guitar inside. “Top night!”

Can’t wait to have you all over again ๐Ÿ™‚

Amazing…

July 20, 2010

So I’ve been going through pictures for the last hour or so and I can’t believe all that’s happened in the last few years. My brother’s hair has gone from brown to black, from above his ears to below his shoulders, and he’s gone from 5′ to almost 6’1″! My little sister has gone from her “little kid” stage to being a preteen. I’ve moved out, moved back in, and moved back out again. I just am amazed at how quickly it’s all happened. What a crazy ride!

I am so grateful for everything in my life, and I am learning not to dwell on what (or who) is no longer there. People come in and out of your life for a reason, and you may not always understand why, but it’s always for the best. I have been blessed to meet so many new people in the last year and a half… my boyfriend and his wonderful family, Kes, Kaitlin, Tanya… and I’ve been able to reconnect with some old friends who I haven’t seen/talked to in YEARS!

I am so excited to see what life has in store for me and my Guy… he makes me dream the biggest dreams!

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!

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait for the next one ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Crisisย Averted

May 12, 2010

So I get an email yesterday from a potential client who tells me that he’s been trying to get to my bands.26promo.com site and couldn’t. From 2 different computers! Being that I am pretty computer stupid I begin to have a panic attack because my boyfriend (who has been helping me with all the computer tweeks) doesn’t get off work for another 4 hours and has just told me he’s swamped. Then, like my knight in shining armor, he gets off work and solves the whole issues. Apparently the html was missing a something like this… “:> or something like that. Who knows!! I just was so excited that it was really that easy! Oh the things I wish I could do on my own! I’ll learn, but for now I’m frustrated and feel stranded a lot.

I’m not sure if it was last night or this morning, but I had a dream that I was in my new apartment/house/whatever and some girl was trying to come in and take over my kitchen! No clue who she was, I just know that when she was outside she was blonde and when she came in she had red hair. Which made her more threatening?!?! I don’t know, I’m losin’ it haha.

I’m having such a blast with all this social networking stuff. I may have even stirred up some business in the last 3 days! My advice? Don’t get frustrated if you’re a little lost or you’re having problems getting started. Google and twitter have been the 2 resources where I have been getting the most responses and answers. And no, people don’t think you are a burden for asking questions, that’s 1/2 of why you’re on a social site!

Be bold, be you!!

-Just Shay

Well good morning!

I was reading something late last night about becoming a blogger and it simply said ‘and don’t be lame’… I sat back and thought, but what if I am lame?!?! What if lame is all I know and I don’t even know it? Well, I’ll do my best to be as interesting as possible and still be myself.

I’ve been posting blogs since probably middle school, but it has always been for myself, never to try to gather followers and generate an interest in something with a group of people I hardly know. I think I have finally decided how to write about things I know about and still be completely relevant to others… I’m such a sporadic person I know my blog is going to go all over the place, but it’s all going to be me!

I’m getting ready to move out of my parents’ home for the 2nd time and I couldn’t be more excited and more terrified. I moved back home a little over a year and a half ago and I have loved being home with my family, but I’m 22 and ready to be back out in the world! Of course, I couldn’t do anything the simple way, I want to start a business while I’m at it! I’m so excited to have a kitchen of my own where I can cook what I want and not be concerned that if I mess it up I’ve just ruined dinner for everyone in the house. I just got a new Martha Stewart cookbook and I can’t wait to crack it open.

I can’t wait to have my little computer desk set up with all my catalogs of promo products in my filing cabinet, and a cozy chair to do my blogging. Trust me, when it’s all together I will be posting pictures. I don’t care if I live in a tiny little apartment with 5 inch kitchen drawers (again!!) I am just ready to make a little home in this world. Like I said, I love being home with family but I am ready to have my own little place in the world that reflects me.

Soooo, my business!!! I am going to try to break down exactly HOW BIG what I am doing really is… I have access to over 300,000 products!!! All of which I can have a company name and logo printed on!! Also, I can usually have a lower price than the bigger companies because I don’t have the big overhead of a warehouse and employees. It’s just me, my computer, and my endless list of vendors.

If there is ever anything you need that you can’t find on my site, please don’t hesitate to ask! I probably have it and it’s just categorized funky! I also just talked to one of my vendors recently and she told me that if I see something I like that they don’t have already, I can bring them a sample and they will have it manufactured for me in China just the way I want. How cool is that?

Get a quote from anywhere, then come to be and I’ll see what I can do in comparison. Most of the time I’ll be able to do something better. I want to do this for everything; events, bands, corporations, small business… I want to be able to help anyone make their dreams come true by getting their name out there on the streets.

My sites: 26promo.com bands.26promo.com twitter.com/26promo myspace.com/26promo

I’m going everywhere I can to get our name out, I would love your help passing the word. Regardless of what city/state you’re in! shoot me an email shay@26promo.com if you’d like to get involved and I’ll send you some postcards or business cards to post around YOUR town ๐Ÿ™‚