Day 2 in LA – Part one

I’m breaking day 2 into two parts. Gabby deserves her own entry. ūüôā

I woke up around 4 PST. I showered and watched the news until Starbucks opened at 5:30. Starbucks is located in the lobby of the hotel. I ordered a grande iced vanilla coffee and a blueberry muffin since they were out of coffee cake.

Then I watched PLL on Netflix for a while because it was still early. Long story, but the hotel tricked me with the internet. They said I wouldn’t have to pay for it. But I did end up paying $12.95 a day for Wi-fi. Whatever. If I stayed longer, I would have raised hell, but it was a short trip, so I didn’t mind paying.


At 9:50, I got a Lyft to downtown so I could go to the Grammy Museum. If it had been warmer, I would have gone to Manhatten Beach instead. But it was only 60 degrees. I felt like after day 1, I really needed a serene place to be.¬† Anyhow, I’m glad I went to the Grammy Museum. It is a must for music lovers. It focuses more on the history of music. My only complaint is that it is only 3 small floors. There is so much one can do with music and the Grammy’s. There isn’t enough there.

Barry White’s Grammy

I did some really awesome things like playing the drums for the first time! And I sang along to a song which escapes me right now. Don’t worry. No one else could hear. I was in a studio like room.¬† I think it was a song from the 80s. So fun. I stayed about 90 minutes. Then I walked over to the Staples Center. I had to. I’m a big Lakers fan so that was nice.

The Staples Center
The Staples Center

I wanted to stay out until 2PM so I could go straight to Gabby’s event without going back to the hotel. I thought about walking to Olvera Street. I really wanted to go there, but it was a 49-minute walk. It was VERY windy. So I decided to get something to eat to waste time. There were so many options. I googled almost of all the restaurants¬†and decided to go to¬†Ford Filling Station.¬†

The first thing a worker said to me was, “You came in here to get out of the cold?” Uh, YES! 60 degrees and windy is cold even for this east coast chick. I wanted lunch, but they were still serving breakfast. I had french¬†toast, sausages, and orange juice. The OJ was $8.00!! I don’t know what I was thinking. LOL. Those sausages were sooo good! I don’t eat pork when I’m at home. But when I’m out, I’ll occasionally treat myself to pork.

After that, I still had hours to waste. There are no stores in that part of downtown. (!!) It’s just restaurants, the Grammy Museum¬†and The Staples Center. A movie theater is nearby, and I thought about stopping in and wasting two hours. I wanted to see The Post, but I thought, what are the chances that the movie is starting right now? I should have checked.

Anyway, I caught a Lyft and went back to the hotel to wait for Gabby’s event. I watched the news and got into bed which ended up being a mistake…Part 3 coming soon.

Random pics:

Taylor swift
Taylor Swift’s lyrics to “22”
older design of the Grammy
Whitney Houston
Whitney exhibit

Day 1 in LA – Lyft for Life

I have so much to say. I will probably do two entries on Los Angeles, and both will be lengthy.

First, I’ll talk about the two flights to LA. I didn’t get to take any 3D books because my carry on purse was too heavy. So no A Course in Miracles¬†with my highlighters. I was so disappointed. I did buy the electronic version, and I read some of that on the plane. Podcasts didn’t work for me on the plane. I couldn’t hear anyway. My ears were popping and aching. And I didn’t want to play it loudly because what if my neighbors could hear? So from now on I probably won’t bother downloading podcasts for travel.

What did work? BOOKS. Kindle books, specifically. I read a lot. I did watch about an hour of The King’s Speech with closed caption, so I didn’t have to worry about sound. I slept on the plane!!! I never thought I would be able to do that. I’ve been on about 10 planes prior to LA and not once have I slept! That saved¬†me. Flying from home to Chicago was so quick. I read and slept. Wonderful!

All of my flights were on time. In fact, I think all of my flights were about 20 minutes early. No cancellations. O’Hare was the busiest airport. I thought LAX would be crazy. It was so chill. I was shocked.

Overall, day 1 wasn’t good. I don’t know whether it was LA, or jet lag or what. Day 2 was much, much better, but I still don’t like LA. ūüėČ I don’t see myself going back. LA made me realize how lucky I am to live where I live. I don’t like big cities (NYC is an exception).

The hotel was awesome! The shower was great, the bed was great. I loved it. If you go to LA, stay at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel. You’ll love it. Well, you will need a car to go everywhere. That can be a problem. I’m so glad I didn’t rent a car because people in LA drive like fucking maniacs. I wouldn’t have lasted a second with a rental car.

This is a pic of the hotel after I put my mess all over the room:


After I explored the hotel, I tried to sleep. I couldn’t even though I was really tired so I took a shower and then took an Uber to the Griffith Observatory.¬† With a tip that was about a $38 drive. Ouch. I didn’t like the Observatory. I think I would have enjoyed it if I paid for a show or two, but at that point, I was just not feeling LA at all, and I wanted to go back to the hotel. The original plan was to enjoy the Observatory and¬†then hike the trails at Griffith Park, but it was freezing! It was so cold, I had to buy a $40 sweatshirt to put on immediately. I adore the sweatshirt, but I didn’t want to pay that much for it. The only thing I got out of going to the Observatory was taking a pic of the Hollywood sign:

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I stayed there for about 30 minutes and then left and TRIED to get an Uber. Okay, I eventually got one, but there was so much drama. I will never use Uber again. I’m using Lyft from now on. I downloaded the app as soon as I got back to the hotel. I used Lyft all of day 2. Back to the Uber driver: He claimed he canceled the ride 3 times because I wasn’t standing out there! Uh, hello? I was standing there. I looked at every car that passed because I was cold and so desperate for a ride.

Not only did he accuse me of lying about being there, prior to that when I came up to his door he tried to drive away!! Trust me, I didn’t want to ride with him, but he was my ONLY choice. Uber couldn’t find another driver willing to come out there. I was so desperate. After he accused me of not being there, he was nice the rest of the long way back to the hotel. I didn’t tip him.

After that, I gladly went back to my excellent hotel room. I ordered room service. Pricey. I ordered fries and a pepperoni pizza, but the pizza was spicy, so I didn’t eat much of it. Who makes a pepperoni pizza spicy? Bummer. I ate all the fries though. ūüėČ

Then I got into the bed around 7 PST. I stayed on east coast time the whole trip. I had¬† Showtime on all night. I tried watching Girl on the Train because I loved the book. The movie didn’t seem good at all, but I kept falling asleep during the movie. I’ll give it another chance later on.

I was just relieved I had the hotel to go back to. I was homesick. I have never missed my city like that before, and I’ve traveled a bit. I love to travel. I never get homesick. On Friday, I HATED LA. That’s why I retweeted Halsey’s tweet about the people of LA. But I may have just run into tourists. I don’t know who was from LA and who wasn’t but the people I ran into…ugh. An introvert’s nightmare on day 1. Day 2 was much better.

I even texted my mom on Friday about living in the best city in America (my hometown). LOL. She’s not happy that I’m not in love with LA because she wants to go back with me. Uh, I’m probably never going back to LA. I felt inadequate in every way on Friday.

Stay tuned for day 2. That entry will probably be much longer. Here are some more random pics from day 1:


My favorite spot (besides the bed and shower – lol) in the hotel:

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I don’t even know what to say

The store just emailed me about scheduling an interview! AHHH! Scary. I can’t even think about that right now. I haven’t had power since Thursday night. We had a bad storm.¬†Today is Sunday and I’m at my mom’s house because game 7 of the NBA finals are on. I couldn’t miss the game.

Even though I’ve been¬†napping a lot (and reading), I’m still tired. The tree in my front yard split. I’m very lucky that¬†it didn’t hit my car. It did hit the house, but the damage isn’t a big deal. It just tore the screen of the window.

Here is how the tree split:


My front yard:


The damage to the house:


I called the landlord and he was very nice, but he doesn’t seem interested in cleaning up the yard. So I’m not that interested. It’s not my house and if he doesn’t care. Whatevs.

I have to go. I will probably call the store tomorrow to set up an interview. I haven’t had an interview in about¬†2 years. I’m very rusty and I probably won’t do much to prepare. Just being honest. If it were a full-time job, I would be much more stressed. I just want electricity.


used to cry bout some crazy shit

I got my first week of Nutrisystem food. The first week is the hardest. NO SNACKS. None. I’m used to snacking. NS started me with the whole it’s okay to snack thing and now I can’t for seven days. Then after that, I get dessert (mostly ice cream for me) ¬†and other snacks (like crackers and almonds).

My official starting weight is 129.6. I’ll just say I’m starting at 130 pounds. I want to get down to 120. But will I maintain that? I know I can maintain 125 without NS because I’ve done it before, but 120??! I feel like I need to start thinking differently if I want to maintain 120. I have to be serious.

Anyway, today was my first day back on NS. I don’t think I’m supposed to exercise the first week since I’m eating so little, but I got on the treadmill for a little while and plan to do that for the remainder of the week. I’m feeling dizzy. I forgot how much the first week sucks. I WANT SNACKS. ūüôā I can see myself breaking before seven days like I did last time. I was feeling dizzy from lack of food today. That happened last time too. The first week sucks.

Edited to add: I broke and had a night time snack. I had biscotti. It is only about 130 calories so not a horrible snack option. I will probably have a snack for the remainder of the week.


Mom took some pics of me using her new camera. What do you think? I hate having my picture taken, but mom used the zoom, so it didn’t feel as intrusive. I hate that she posts these pics all over the internet. What about my privacy? But you have to admit; I look pretty handsome.


I went ahead and did it. I ordered my first Erin Condren Life Planner¬†on launch day! Well, I did buy one semi-used off of eBay a while ago. But that doesn’t count. It was used.

I got the fancy purple Luxe vegan cover. Yes, it cost quite a bit ($80), but Erin Condren ain’t cheap. I will have pics of it very soon. The planner starts in July. I have already gotten rid of my personal planner. I’m replacing my personal with Erin Condren. All I have in my personal sized planner is note paper. I will probably add some budget pages, but I’m over planning in it.

Guess what will be back? Weekly planner layouts in this blog. I know no one cares about this, but I will post it here every week. I stopped using Instagram months ago so I won’t post there. I hate how cliquey it is and how the people with DSLRs ruined it for normal Nancies like me.

I will be unboxing all that and more on Snapchat. (kat3x5) Had to get that in. In fact, I just unboxed the best. thing. ever. Move over Erin Condren. I used my Amazon points to buy this jewelry organizer:


I hate jewelry boxes, so I was looking for something else I could do with my jewelry. I found this jewelry organizer dress on Amazon for about $14. It is the. best. thing. EVER. I love it. They even send the dress with a cute velvet hanger. OMG. **dies**. I don’t know if the picture does it justice. It is very dark in the room, and I used the flash for the first time on my camera. Anyway, now I can finally see all my jewelry. Yay.

This week I…

Music of the week: Ariana Grande, Ellie Goulding, Fifth Harmony, Vanessa Carlton, Prince, Little Mix, Beyonce, Niykee Heaton

I love reading good reviews of Ellie Goulding in the US. Some crowds and critics do get her. I can’t wait to see her live on June 10!

TV of the week:  Bloodline, Pretty Little Liars, basketball

Movie of the week:¬†I’m hoping to catch the remake of Roots this weekend. They will repeat it, right? I know cable usually repeats things. I couldn’t watch it when it first aired because a LIVE basketball game is more important than a movie (to me).

Books of the week:¬† I finished¬†¬†Until I Say Good-Bye: A Book About Living by Susan Spencer-Wendel. It is a true story about a woman living with ALS. I didn’t like it. I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. I expected something different. I thought it was going to be more about teaching others how to live, and it wasn’t. It was more about how she traveled during her last years alive and found things out about her family.

Now reading  The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte (page 44) and Brilliant Madness: Living With Manic-Depressive Illness by Patty Duke (page 35).

Planner update:  Coming in July! hahaha. I crack myself up.

Plans for the weekend:¬†As of right now, I’m going to a hair salon for the first time in years. I’m just getting my hair washed and maybe trimmed. There is still a chance I may cancel, but I doubt it. Other than that I will be attempting to stay on Nutrisystem. I have to clean my living room. My life is so exciting!

May was pretty good. I took a lot of time away from work during May, and it felt great. During the summer, I don’t have as much time off. ¬†I’m taking a 3-day vacay in October. Yes, I have to wait until October. LOL. But this is normal for me. I don’t mind working during the summer when everyone else is at the beach, and everything is overcrowded. I like empty places during spring and fall. Not that I have plans for the fall. I’m 99% sure I’m not going anywhere, but anything could happen.

Have an awesome weekend!

I’ve been doing stupid things

I’m still mystified by so-called enlightened people calling people crazy for making different life choices. I guess I have to do an entry on it.

I would say I’m glad I checked my spam folder, but now I’m not so sure. The temp agency¬†I went to a long time ago, emailed me about a decent position. It is definitely a step up from what I’m doing now. But I don’t want to leave my job (at this moment) for an unsure temporary job. It could lead to being permanent and include a better title and probably more money. I just don’t want a temp job. Not right now.

It’s probably not a good decision. But whatever.

Isn’t it funny how liars always think others are lying? I’m the opposite. I always expect people to be truthful because I am. I’m sick of dealing with other people’s crap. Sometimes I wish it was just my dog and me, but even he gets on my nerves sometimes.

I picked up my new camera from my mom’s yesterday. I’m not pleased with it. It looks like a professional camera. WTF! It’s huge! It looks like a DSLR. I thought the lens might go back in. Why would they make it like that? I hope I can get into the Ellie Goulding concert with this camera (and future concerts). I should send it back for something else, but I never send anything back. blah. Here are some of the first pics I took with it (without really knowing how to use the camera).

My Hello Kitty mini lunch box
My dog. He hates having his pic taken
my coloring book

I hope to get better once I actually know how to use the camera. These pictures are horrid! Btw, I know I can’t color. Someone else already pointed it out. (I KID YOU NOT! – PEOPLE SUCK. This is the same person who considers herself a¬†nice person. Yeah, a nice bitch). I color for relaxation. Recently I couldn’t sleep, and I got up before work and¬†colored to get my mind off the fact that I should be sleeping. Anyhow, hopefully, I can learn to use this camera before June 10th: the Ellie Goulding concert.

Hillary Clinton is in big trouble (not because of the latest email stuff). Things can change before November, but I’m going back to my first statement: Trump will be president. Oh, g-d. I don’t think Bernie would be a better choice either. I know what the polls say, but the Republicans haven’t even started on him. “Socialist, socialist, socialist.” That is all they have to say. That will scare half of the country. Plus he is too liberal. Unfortunately.

This week I…

Music of the week: Ariana Grande, Vanessa Carlton, Beyonce, Corinne Bailey Rae, Little Mix, Ellie Goulding, Jewel, Kanye West

Ariana’s latest is a B-. She finally found her sound (sort of). My favorites are Bad Decisions, Sometimes, I Don’t Care, and Everyday. That means none of those will be released as singles. haha. None of the songs on the album are #1 single material, but that’s okay. I care more about the music than the charts. But of course, I would like her¬†to be successful. Maybe succeeding for her is putting out an album she can be proud of and not a #1 single. If that’s the case, then she succeeded.

I used to let some people tell me how to live and what to be/But if I can’t be me, then fuck’s the point?

Sing it, Ari!

TV of the week:  Pretty Little Liars, basketball

I’m going to start the second season Bloodline this weekend. Exciting times.

Books of the week: Still reading  Until I Say Good-Bye: A Book About Living by Susan Spencer-Wendel (on page 187) and  A Cure for Madness by Jodi McIssac (page 68). I also started The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte (page 22). I just checked out Brilliant Madness: Living With Manic-Depressive Illness by Patty Duke.

Plans for the weekend:¬†I wanted to mow the lawn today but my (new) allergies are acting up, and I don’t have any more allergy medication at home. I’m going to the store for groceries on Saturday. Surely my grass can wait until then. Ugh. Or maybe I better suck it up and try mowing it tomorrow after work. This weekend I’m going to mow the lawn, go grocery shopping, get a ton of reading done, relax outside and clean up. Nothing too exciting.

Edited to add: I just watched a vlog about no excuses and I decided to mow my front lawn this evening! I was sneezing every minute, but I still finished. I will mow the back later this weekend (after I get some medicine). Who knew vlogs could be very helpful? ūüėČ

In honor of Memorial Day, I would like to thank all the veterans who serve our country. Have a great weekend! ūüôā

can’t pretend to be perfect


It was 82 degrees on Wednesday. On Sunday, it might snow. It will be light snow, probably mixed with rain, but it is still snow. Sob. What is going on? Why can’t winter just go away? We didn’t even have that bad of a winter. If it weren’t for that snowstorm, this winter would have been decent. I hate the cold, and I really hate snow.

Edit: Now it just looks like we are having a cold rainy day. I guess I can deal. ūüėČ

I am so close to getting a free Fitbit¬†Zip! It isn’t the fancy one, but I don’t care. I am getting it for free after all. I can’t wait to get it. I should have it in time for my Asheville/B-Day trip.

There it is! It is a glorified pedometer. ūüôā ¬† Click on the pic for more details. Oh, I’m getting it free through a wellness program at work.

I can’t keep eating ramen noodles. I tried to lower my grocery bill that way, but UGH! It makes me feel like crap and I gained a pound after only eating it for a week! This can’t continue. I’m done. Food costs too much. Living in this neighborhood costs too much (but I love the house). etc. etc.

I just got back from taking my dog to the park. The park is 2.8 miles from my house. (thanks, GPS). I had a good time. I know my dog had a better time. ūüôā We stayed there longer than I anticipated. I was supposed to do yard work today, but now college basketball is about to come on. Basketball is why I’m off today and tomorrow. I have to watch it. #Priorities

I snap chatted the whole “day at the park”. I was going to post a pic of me on Snapchat since the pic only lasts 24 hours, but I decided against it. One day I will snap a pic of myself. Anyhow, here are a few pics that didn’t make Snapchat:



This week I…

Music of the week: Andra Day, Jewel, Toby Lightman, Mariah Carey, The 1975, Troye Sivan, Hailee Steinfeld, Sia

I love Andra Day. Her music has been getting me through the week. Her voice can make anything sound good. Check her out if you are unfamiliar with her music. I chose a cover for this post, but her album is amazing.

 TV of the week:  Mad Men, basketball, political stuff

March Madness! yay. All basketball, all the time.

Movie of the week: none.

Books of the week: 

  • Americanah by¬†Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (page 334)

There was something wrong with her. She did not know what it was but there was something wrong with her. A hunger, a restlessness. An incomplete knowledge of herself.

I doubt I finish both books before they are due at the library, but I’m trying. This is what happens when you place a bunch of books on hold, and they all become available at the same time.


This weekend I will be doing yard work, tons of reading, my practicum, and watching basketball. The latter is what I’m looking forward to the most. I hope my teams win (UVA, Duke, and VCU). Happy weekend!

don’t lay down to die

I went ahead and ordered a purse. No, it isn’t Chanel or Michael Kors. ¬†But it will do until I can buy the Chanel bag in 10 years.

Isaac Mizrahi purse
Isaac Mizrahi purse

It is the medium¬†Isaac Mizrahi ¬†Bridgehampton Quilted Lamb Leather Bag. It retails for $196. I got it on sale for $178. Go ahead and shame me, animal rights activists. ¬†I wanted a black one because it looks identical to the black Chanel bag, but black is no longer in stock. As far as I know, they aren’t making the black any more so I settled for bone. ¬†(If the black ever comes back in stock…buddha help me). It goes with everything. My only concern is it getting dirty. It does come with a dust bag so yay!

How often should I use it? Well, I don’t go out a lot so I’m thinking once a week should be okay. If I’m just going to the bank or post office, this bag stays at home. This bag will be great for any future interviews. Here is a video of it:

I will try my best to not buy another bag until I can afford the Chanel bag, BUT talk to me in 3 years. I might decide to get a Michael Kors at that time. The one I want will be ‘vintage’ by then. lol.

I did my fall cleaning…sort of. My big trash can is full. I can’t throw anything else away until after my trash is picked up next week. I currently have 2 large trash bags of clothes (mostly suits and dresses) and purses to give to the Goodwill. But I’m not done. I will do a winter cleaning perhaps where I will donate more items. I will continue to throw things away every week until everything is gone.

I put my clothes¬†rack up (brought from The Container Store). I’m in love with it. It was so easy to put together. In fact, there was no putting it¬†together. No screws. The wheels were already securely attached. It is very nice. My mom wants a few after she saw mine. I could use at least one more, but I don’t know where I would put it. Unfortunately, my rack is currently full with designer clothes I don’t wear often (or ever? lol). I need a rack for my everyday, active wear. Here is a pic of how it looks now:

clothes rack
clothes rack

I had my cheat day on Wednesday instead of Thursday because I was very hungry after cleaning all morning. I went to spin class today to work off all those calories. I had a half of a tuna sub, a meatball sub (my fave), cheese fries and red velvet cake. Stuffed in the worse way. I won’t have another cheat day for 45 days. And then I might just go to McDonalds. I’m not a food snob. Obvs. Breakfast all day? About damn¬†time! Get rid of those old school¬†traditionalists who insist that breakfast is for a certain time.

Sorry for my mini-rant but places not serving breakfast all day really gets on my nerves. Breakfast is my favorite meal and I can eat it anytime.

I should get my Forever 21 clothes today. I don’t know where my order is. It was supposed to come yesterday. I would have gone to the store, but I can never find good stuff at the store. I might do a “Forever 21 Haul” where I post all my clothes. It depends on how much time I want to waste. ūüėČ