I’ve been using Spotify for a while now, and it’s a great way to discover new music. So I thought I should share my playlist with you guys. Enjoy!
Today is my 26th birthday. Ugh, I’m so old!
Since I’ll be working later today, we celebrated my birthday yesterday. We decided on P.F. Chang’s because my mom thought it was reasonably priced. I originally suggested Bonefish Grill or a French restaurant, but my mom thought they would be too expensive. My mom was planning on having my dinner at Tara Thai, but her Groupon deal only worked Sunday through Thursday. Plus, my dad didn’t want to go to Tara Thai because he doesn’t like Thai food. Sigh…
We had a reservation for 8:30 p.m. because I got off work at 7:30. I invited my cousin Garrick to join us, and he invited my aunt and uncle. So there were 7 of us total and a lot of food to go around. We ordered a couple of appetizers, a couple of meat dishes, shrimp and rice. The dinner costs about $118. My mom wasn’t too happy that I invited Garrick (and he invited his parents) because she ended up having to pay for it all.
Well, at least there was one thing she didn’t have to pay for. Because I was celebrating my birthday, P.F. Chang’s gave me a dessert for free.
I saw this quiz on Kaitlyn’s blog, so I thought it would be fun..
- 52 week challenge – I did the challenge last year, and I plan on doing it again. This time, I’m going to start at $52 and work my way down
- In addition to the 52 week challenge, I’ll still deposit $100 to my savings account every other week. Last year, I saved $3,778.
- Don’t have credit card bills more than $350 a month.
- Actually follow budgets I set on mint.com.
- Lose another 10 lbs.
- Train for the Monument Avenue 10k.
- Walk at least 10,000 steps a day.
- Run/walk at least a mile a day.
- Take a photography class.
- Project 365
- Find a boyfriend
- Worry less, love more
- Cherish moments with my family
- Find a full-time job
- Move out of my parents’ house
- Blog once a week.
1/3 – My mom, dad and Michelle took me out to P.F. Chang’s to celebrate my 25th birthday. My dad got me an iPad for my birthday.
1/4 – My actual birthday.
1/5 – Katherine’s baby shower at her in-law’s house in Smithfield.
1/10 to 1/12 – Family went to Boston to check out an optometry school. Michelle had an interview and later got in, but she decided to go to Philadelphia instead.
1/12 – Katherine’s second baby shower at Robyn’s house.
1/30 to 2/2 – Family went Philadelphia to check out another optometry school.
2/3 – The Baltimore Ravens win the Superbowl.
2/10 – Chinese New Year celebration at my Aunt Gloria’s house.
3/1 – One year anniversary at my job.
4/3 – Ran my 2nd 10k.
4/15 – Robyn and I went to visit Katherine and her baby boy, Christian, in Newport News. This also happened to be the day of the Boston Marathon bombing.
4/21 – Met Catherine Gidici, Sean Lowe’s fiancé from “The Bachelor,” at the Southern Women’s Show.
4/28 – Segway tour around Richmond.
6/1 – Lauren’s wedding.
6/12 – GRE test day. Blech….
6/13 – Garrick’s high school graduation.
6/21 – Garrick’s graduation party at Joy Garden.
6/28 to 7/2 – Cape Cod/Boston with Robyn.
7/24 to 7/29 – My family went to Miami.
8/3 – My mom’s surprise party. My dad spent a lot of money for it.
8/4 to 8/8 – We moved Michelle up to Philadelphia for optometry school.
8/6 – My mom’s birthday.
8/7 – Jersey Shore.
8/12 – Kesha concert with Teresa.
8/25 – My dad’s birthday. Also, *NSYNC reunited on the VMA’s.
9/18 – Tom’s last day at work. He directed the 6 pm and 11 pm shows. We went to Capital Ale House after work.
9/27 – Maegan and I went to go see fun. in Raleigh.
9/28 – The next day, we drove to Charlottesville to see fun. again.
9/29 – Maegan and I went to D.C.
10/10 – Finn Hudson tribute on Glee. Cory Monteith, the actor who played Finn, passed away back in July.
10/13 to 10/15 – We drove to Philadelphia for Michelle’s white coat ceremony. It’s part of the process of becoming a doctor.
10/16 – Michelle’s birthday.
11/5 – Election night.
11/28 – Thanksgiving at Aunt Gloria’s house.
11/29 – Black Friday.
12/14 – Wreaths Across America at the Arlington National Cemetery
12/16 – Got a second job with the local school system.
12/24 – Christmas Eve.
12/25 – Christmas.
12/30 – Was offered a weekend editing position.
12/31 – New Year’s Eve.
I gotta say that Christmas came extremely quickly this year. Am I the only one who felt that way?
Anyway, we had Christmas at my parents’ house again this year with my mom’s side of the family. This year, my cousin Eric, his wife Kara and their kids, Simon and Oliver, came by this year. It’s been a looooong time, since they’ve been in Chile for the past few years. I think it’s been about 3 years since I’ve seen them, and Oliver wasn’t even born yet.
The little ones were running around like crazy, especially the boys. They had a lot of energy. And of course, there was some crying and screaming, but still, these three made Christmas so much fun. Although, it kinda sucked that I had to leave for work in the middle of all the chaos.
WOW! Long time no update. Sorry about that, blog.
On Saturday, my mom and I volunteered for the Wreaths Across America event at the Arlington National Cemetery. My mom found out about it through her work. Basically, volunteers come together and put wreaths on every headstone, except the ones that have the Star of David on it, all over the cemetery.
There were several truck companies distributing thousands of wreaths, and I couldn’t believe how many volunteers there were either. THOUSANDS! It didn’t take too long to get it done–an hour at the most. My mom and I grabbed at least 30 wreaths.
At first, organizers made everyone wait in line and handed us only one wreath, but then they let us just crowd the truck and grab as many wreaths as we can after that.
This is the second year they’ve had the event. I’d love to do it again next year.
We left on Sunday to make it up to Philadelphia for Michelle’s white coat ceremony on Monday. The ceremony was held at a Jewish Reform Church across from her school, and it was only like an hour and a half long. The reason why the white coat ceremony is a big deal is because this is when she gets her white, fancy doctor’s coat that she now has to wear during clinic at the Eye Institute.
I’m so proud of her! She’s going to be a great optometrist.
I love fall and mostly everything about it, except it getting darker outside earlier. The leaves changing color is so beautiful and cooler weather is good too, even though it’s like 80 degrees in October right now.
The best thing about fall is that Starbucks comes out with their pumpkin spiced drinks. Yum! All things pumpkin are just delicious. I want a Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino right now. Maybe I’ll stop by tomorrow to pick one up.