Thursday, August 30, 2012

August Rush

Wow, its hard to believe that the summer is almost over. I realize that the calendar states that we have until September 22nd, but as I'm seeing everyone's "Back to School" photos showing up in my facebook news feed and with the three day holiday (Labor Day for my non-US readers) coming up this weekend it feels like its reached it's unofficial end. We had a great affair this summer, you'll be in my heart and on my mind, I've always been a summer girl and this year has been no exception. Now its time for the monthly wrap up.

Sawdust Festival
  • Vacation Home: At the beginning of the month I made a weekend trip to Orange County to visit The Elitist and her daughter. July had ended with a lot of craziness and I needed some downtime, there was no partying that would have been inappropriate for a 2 year old, but lots of laughs, shark hot chocolate, pool time, tater tots (sonic is kind of bad ass, I'd never eaten there before), Laguna Beach Volleyball (duh), brunch with the girls, and my first visit to the Sawdust Festival.
  • Summer Lovin': Had me a blast. So I've been seeing someone all summer and we had some pretty awesome dates from movie nights at home, going to the movies, farmer's markets, dinner with friends, Cook Your Own Night at the Elks Lodge, and getting kicked out of the pool area (we were just there too late, calm down, we weren't burning the place down). Obviously there were more details, but lets just leave it at we really enjoy each other's company, and I hope to continue to do so in the future.
Check out that "fringe"
  • New Hair: The Fabulous Ms. Amy Maggipinto at the Arani Salon and Day Spa took my hair journey to new levels of greatness this month. She is a hair wizard of the best kind, I've never walked away from her chair disappointed. Book now! Her calendar fills up fast, I promise you won't regret it.
  • Legally Blonde: My mom and I like to go see live theatre whenever we can, and we are lucky enough to live in a community that has amazing productions throughout the year. This year we saw Legally Blonde: The Musical at an outdoor theatre in Solvang, CA.  The show was so great, I had just watched the movie as a refresher course a couple of nights before, and I am pleased to say they were able to stick to the heart of the film that I've loved for so long.

Mr. and Mrs.

  • The Wedding Event of the Summer: Okay, so it wasn't technically a wedding, as my friends had eloped a couple months ago, but it was their wedding reception. It was casual, beautiful, and perfect. The only thing I would have changed was I would haven included a dance floor. It was great to see one of my really good friends find his soul mate and see the obvious affection between him and his wife. All the guests were relaxed and had a great time, as far as I could tell there was no drama or stress that can usually accompany a fancy wedding affair. This convinced me that THIS IS HOW A WEDDING SHOULD BE, it was a fun party, but it was about the marriage and not a big splashy uber expensive day filled with awkwardness, uncomfortable shoes, and speeches that go on forever. They had a BBQ at her family's property in the hills of the Central Coast, everyone wore cowboy boots and jeans, kids could run wild and play in the dirt, and it really made me think that it could be my ideal wedding. Give me blue jeans and cowboy boots and I'm a happy girl.
  • You're Crashing But You're no Wave: So tragedy befell this blogger early August. The fan went out on my computer and I sent it in to get it fixed up by a friend of mine who works for Onsite Computers and Design, the repair didn't go quite as planned, but they stood by their service and made it good. They even helped me purchase a new computer since they were unable to fix the one I had sent it AND transferred all my information from the hard drive of the dead computer to the new one. Needless to say they've earned a customer for life (even though I hope I don't have a need for computer support, its nice to know who to call when disaster strikes). I guess it wasn't much of a tragedy though, I'm now the proud owner of a brand new sparkly black HP G7 laptop and its wonderful. Sometimes bad beginnings have great endings.

Wanna be Impulsive, Reckless
  • Wilson Phillips at the Chumash: I totes saw them in concert at the Chumash Resort in Santa Ynez, no big deal. No really, it wasn't that big of a deal. It was delightfully terrible to say the least. The show was so lacking in professionalism that I couldn't help but be enchanted and feel like I was hanging out with some old girlfriends, incredibly bitchy-unfiltered girlfriends (just the way I like them. If you follow me on twitter ( @SL8Rgirl ) you'd see that I live tweeted most of the show. I think the highlight of the show was when Carnie invited me and my buddy (and all the other women in the audience) to come dance on the stage with her while they performed ABBA's Dancing Queen.

  • Blast from the Past: This month I got had dinner with a friend from high school that I don't think I've seen in person in 15 years. I got to meet her 3 kids and husband  at the Olive Garden (because when you're here you're family). The kids were a little stand offish at first, which is completely understanding, I'm still a stranger to them, but by the end of dinner I had won over their youngest and got a big hug when we said goodbye. Its crazy how so much time can go by, but when you see each other you know you're still friends. I don't think I can credit it all to Facebook, although I'm sure it has played a big role in us being able to maintain our friendship, I just think when people really click it doesn't matter how much time goes by the friendship won't ever die, it just might take a nap for awhile. So just know that if you were ever someone who was important to me, and it was just time and geography that seperated us, chances are you always will be.
  • Vasodilated
  • Hot Tub Shenanigans: Okay so I like the word shenanigans more than I like participating in them, but my bestie and I had a hot tub girlie date last weekend. We ate pizza (prior to the dip) drank champagne, ate strawberries, worked on our tans, painted our nails (as we were drying off), shared stories, and caught up on each other's lives. All while watching the (unremarkable) window guy clean the windows at my parents' house. We're jerks like that. What?! I offered him a soda. Just a warning, there is a reason why all public hot tubs/Jacuzzis tell you not to drink alcoholic beverages while soaking. Your blood vessels dilate and the boozy booze goes straight to your head before you can even finish your glass. Not cool if you're in public, not so much a problem when you're hanging out with the dogs, geese, and friends at home.
Well friends, I hope you enjoyed your summer as much as I enjoyed mine. See ya in the fall.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Jubilant July

First I want to say Happy 800+!! We made it today, couldn't have done it without you faithful/new readers.
July was a crazy awesome month so here's the rundown. Slightly out of chronological order but still documented for your amusement.
  • Per tradition I spent the 4th of July with my bestie and her husband (she has great recipes and DIY projects on her blog, you should take a gander) at her parents house for an annual BBQ, this is the first year my "other parents" weren't in attendance (they were out of town on business) but we still had a wonderful time drinking margaritas, roasting marshmallows, telling stories around the fire pit, and just relaxing with good friends.
  • A weekly Girls' Night was started this summer, we've titled it Hot Tub Thursday, even though we might jot always meet on a Thursday or get in the jacuzzi, it's really just a reason for us girlies to get together and not lose track of each other as our lives get crazy. Always make time for your friends and they'll make time for you. Also if you ever need a karaoke buddy, I'm your girl. One of the girls' nights this month we went to a dive bar in Goleta (old town tavern, in case you were interested) and I brought the house down with the classic Bon Jovi song "Livin' on a Prayer" and before you ask, no I wasn't drunk. I just hit the stage and perform. I think it's all those years of dancing as a kid. Put me on a stage and I'll entertain you.
  • While my aunt and uncle took a vacation this summer they hired me to watch their house and dog, little did we know my 19 (almost 20) year old cousin would also be home from school for those 10 days. He obviously didn't need a baby sitter but I stayed any way and we had a great time spending one on one cousin time together and I actually was surprised by how much fun I had hanging out with his friends. We had some good talks and I think have a better appreciation of who the other one is. I'm so glad we had the opportunity to do it. I would do it again in a heartbeat without question.

  • It's finally happened after a months long dry spell I finally started dating again. Someone I've known for years called me out of the blue one evening, asked me out, and we've been spending a lot of time together since. I can't tell you how great it is to be dating someone who is excited to see you every time you get together, to be involved with someone who can make you laugh so hard that you can't breathe, who can quote all your favorite movies, and who makes you smile all the time instead of making you feel like a crazy person. I'm used to dating the person who makes me insane, I have to say this is such a welcome change.
  • While this next paragraph isn't exactly a happy bullet point, it isn't sorrowful either. This month my great grandmother passed away. She was 102 and died in her sleep. Grammy was a fabulous lady and the world is a better place because she was in it for so long. The funeral was the strangest I have ever been to, and in the best way possible. Yes there were moments of sadness, but it was truly a celebration of the long life she lived and loved. There was more laughter than tears. Even the priest was cracking jokes throughout the services. Even though it was under sad circumstances it was really nice to see everyone together on once place and what was even better was to see family members set aside their differences (even if it was just for a few hours) to honor someone we all loved.

  • I can't talk about July without mentioning that it is BIRTHDAY MONTH. This year I celebrated the 10th anniversary of my 21st birthday, yes people I am 31. Don't feel weird, it's hard for me to believe too. This year I celebrated by going to dinner in SLO with my parents (the June NOLA trip was also part of the celebration); going to a Brad Paisley concert with my sister, dad, and his girlfriend; going to dinner (sushi) and a movie (The Dark Knight Rises) with friends; wine tasting with friends; dinner with my grandma and aunt; going to a Kellie Pickler concert with my aunt; multiple trips to the California Mid-State Fair; and a mini office party at work. I think it's safe to say I'm loved and very lucky to have such fantastic people in my life.