Be your own person

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Hello! I’m coming at you from the Amtrack today as I’m in route to Santa Barbara with my best friend.

I just wanted to share some things I’ve been thinking about lately. This post has been in my drafts for a week now. Here goes!

A few weeks ago my boyfriend and I were at a concert together that he was really excited about. I wanted to go admittedly mostly because he wanted me to go. He said it would make him happy if I was there to enjoy one of his favorite musicians with him. Well, I ended up not having much fun, getting myself in a bad mood and being a grumpy munch. (Random Friends reference, anyone?)

Another day last month I was hanging out with my childhood best friend and let her pick the activities. Originally we had planned to go to a local chain restaurant with a bar, but then she suggested a new place and I said sure. It was a family style place and we ended up spending slightly more than I had planned. The food was okay, but not all that great. After lunch, we hung out at her house and watched some TV. She suggested we watch the show Mixology on Hulu. Within the first few minutes, I could tell it wasn’t my cup of tea, but I wanted to see the whole episode any way.

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It began over drinks

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[Photo credit: A Gentle Woman]

Today’s post is a response for the prompt What Does This Remind You Of #6 , which is a link up over on A Novel Quest.

Paul likes coffee and I like tea.

That’s what this photo reminds me of.

It reminds me of mornings when we would sit on an old wooden bench outside the music building before a class we had together. I would get to school early because my mom would drop me off on her way to work. He would meet me at “our bench” before our 9:15 a.m. class so we could hang out before our one shared college class. This was fall quarter of my fourth year in college and his last quarter as a student.

The bench itself and the people on it remind me of that time, but thinking back, I don’t think we ever had a coffee or tea together those mornings.

It does have me thinking about our first ever date together. We went to Starbucks. He ordered Chai Tea first and I got the same. I thought it was incredibly endearing.

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Happy birthday, grandma

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Today is my Grandma Donna’s 90th birthday. She’s one of my favorite people in the world, but unfortunately, I’m missing her birthday celebration because I’m at Coachella.

Just the same, I thought I’d share a quick thing I wrote for my grandma that someone else in my family will read to her tonight. At dinner tonight, my family will be sharing favorite memories and showering her with love.

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Like someone? Tell the person.

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If you appreciate someone’s work or just plain think the person is cool, go ahead and tell him or her.

I’ve always been the type to wear my heart on my sleeve and I firmly believe that if you like someone you should tell the person.

I’m not talking about romantic relationships here, although I have done that my fair share before too. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t. What I am saying is that if you appreciate a person for who he or she is or even if you have never met the person, but admire her work, go ahead and say it. People love compliments and love should be spread all around.

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A love story

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Today I thought I would share a little love story with you. Bear with me.

(If you feel like reading a romantic story, please read on. If not, perhaps you will enjoy this post written a few months ago in which I wrote about how I came to love my Jack Russell Terrier.)

Our love story

The first time I saw Paul was in our school’s newsroom in 2011. He was one of the last students in for our first staff meeting of the summer. It was just a few weeks before school, or maybe even less, and we had to plan out the first issue of the year. He was wearing a blue button up shirt with a fresh rip on the sleeve, jeans and Vans. Such a cutie! The newspaper staff sat down at a round table in the center of the room. I made sure to be one of the first to sit and was happy when he sat next to me.

At least, that’s the way I remember our meet-cute. He remembers seeing me two years before when I worked as a cashier at the Carl’s Jr. on campus and he was a frequent customer. Apparently, I took his order more than once. Sorry sweetie! I still can’t remember that. There were too many customers to keep track of.

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Throwback love songs

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Happy almost Valentine’s Day! Happy Galentine’s Day! I’m actually not doing anything for either day this year. Myself and everyone I know seem to be really busy lately. We hang out on other non-holidays, so it’s all good.

I’ve been thinking a lot about love lately. It’s everywhere, am I right? Particularly, I’ve been thinking about romantic love and how my ideas of what that means have changed over the years. Whether you’ve been in love or not, I’m sure you can say the same.

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Inexpensive Valentine’s Day gift guide

Inexpensive Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Have you ever heard of the Five Love Languages? Well, I think one of the ways I like to show love is by giving gifts. I actually like giving gifts more than I enjoy getting them. There’s something special about picking something out that will be just perfect for a loved one. It can be even better if the gift is homemade.

Since I enjoy gifting, I like looking at gift guides too, although I don’t think I have ever bought something from one. I often find the items are too expensive for my budget. For that reason, I decided to put together a Valentine’s Day gift guide for cheap folk like myself. These items could be great for a girl or a guy. They’re approved by my guy, who isn’t a super manly man and therefore wouldn’t like a lot of the things I’ve been seeing in gift guides.

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Childhood best friend

Best friends

On Wednesday I finally had the chance to hang out with my childhood best friend. I don’t think we had hung out since like October. We finally gave each other Christmas gifts. Ridiculousness.

This girl, Daniela, has been my friend since fourth grade. Now we’re five years out of high school. I won’t make you do the math because that’s annoying. It’s been 15 years. Wait. Is that even possible? I suck at math. Well, I’m 22, almost 23. We probably met when we were 8 then. I knew it had been more than half our lives but jeez!

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Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas Eve!

I hope you all are enjoying the holidays. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza or some other holiday, hopefully you are enjoying time off and resting up before the new year.

I’m excited to be back into blogging, but I’ll try to give myself a break and not post too much between now and the second week of January. I love Christmas and spending time with those I love. Ha! I just started and ended a sentence with love! How’s that for Christmas spirit?

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My dog Max

My dog Max

Have you ever been ungrateful for a special gift in your life, but then learned to love it more than you thought possible? That kind of happened to me.

When this adorable, crazy, hyper Jack Russell Terrier first wandered into my front yard I honestly couldn’t wait to get rid of him. Now I would hate to lose him and I think he’s pretty found of me too. He won’t go to our bedroom for bedtime without me. So, as I write this he’s looking at me with sleepy eyes, wagging his tail. He’s probably wondering if I’m almost wrapping things up. In fact, that’s a usual occurrence for him.

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