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Douchiness

1. Douchiness

n. – doo-schee-nehss – The quality of being a douche or douche bag; used when an act is flagrantly lame or reconfirms an already existing suspicion that an entity has douche-like attributes; typical of a person or thing that doesn’t command respect.

So I’m a type of person that doesn’t personally enjoy saying bad things about people, but this must be said. Have you ever been around someone that just brings the worst out in you? Well, sadly this person is my mother’s boyfriend. And I’m sure she likes him, but she really only keeps him around for convenience otherwise why else would she put up with the crap he says.

My mom is a divorced single mother that works two jobs to keep a roof over her head and my brother. Her boyfriend doesn’t even have a job and manages to stay afloat by taking odd maintenance and yard work jobs. Now he does keep up her house and makes dinner, but I don’t think it gives him the right to act like a jerk and act like he owns the place. He is basically a very negative person that is unhappy with his life and never has a positive thing to say and complains about everything. He is insecure and criticizes everything when there is nothing redeeming about him.

Let me break it down on the crap I had to listen about over my vacation:

1. He bitched about my mom going to a mandatory work meeting – he has no job so he has no right. Its at 8am so he thinks its stupid, when in reality he says this because he thinks my mom is out flirting with some guy. Really? At 8am?! I’m sorry I’m not getting up to go on any date that early.

2. He wants to throw away packages of hotdogs we just bought for the graduation party – he opens the fridge and wants to know who bought this “crap.” And we should just throw them away now because no one is gonna eat them. First, he didn’t buy them so its not his money and second, its a party, someone will eat them. And this comes from a person who eats processed lunch meat!

3. He comments on my bra – I left my bra in the bathroom on accident and he walks past my room and says “that’s a fancy bra you have in there.” Gross! He’s dating my mom! Yeah he may have said it jokingly but it’s extremely inappropriate. If someone feels uncomfortable, then its wrong. I’m sorry, that’s creepy.

There are more instances, but it just annoys me to go on about it. These are just a few highlights of my vacation. I really wish she would get rid of him. And he has the audacity to tell my mom he doesn’t like her family. Well, in case he hasn’t figured it out, we don’t like him either.

XO,

Anonymous Girl…the real one.

 
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Posted by on June 5, 2011 in Random Blogs

 

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Brain-cation

Brain-cation

[breyn key shuh n]

– noun

1. When part of your central nervous system goes on a period of suspension of work, study, or other activity before that period of time is supposed to begin.

This poor and unfortunate event tends to happen to me before I go on any vacation. I’m usually running around in preparation absolutely exhausting myself that I’m pretty much not interested in any real work. My brain is already daydreaming about the time it finally gets to relax that all work and responsibilities or at least the thought of them will have to be picked up when I get back.

My actual vacation will begin on the 31st starting with a trip to New York followed by Chicago then back to Los Angeles. They all revolve around family obligations but I intend on making it a time to site see and fit in some brainless activity like watching movies, sleeping and eating all the things I’ve attempted to restrict through diet. Don’t worry you will probably happen to read about all of my boring activities in the posts to come. I will even doubt I will attempt to post any pictures of said vacations since I’ve visited New York before and resided near Chicago that it’s really not a touristy thing for me to do. I need a vacation that consists of doing nothing but lounging around, sleeping and reading books for pleasure. Although I’ve been dying to take a European vacation where you run yourself ragged seeing the history of the country, trying new foods and drinking yourself silly. I just want to relax. And apparently my brain can’t possibly agree more!

 

XO,

Anonymous Girl….the real one.

 
 

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That Thing Called Yoga….and Other Exercises.

So I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, but I made it through my yoga marathon….ok, so maybe I’m over exaggerating, it was really about six sessions in two weeks that I had to finish before my package expired. But I did it! I dragged myself out of bed at 6:30 AM and went to morning yoga. I can’t say that I’ve been diligent in continuing but it motivated me enough to take a weekly cardio class and hit the gym more frequently.

I’m really not motivated until my goal deadline is within a week or two, which really doesn’t do me any good because once vacation starts it’s a smorgasbord of eating, drinking and dragging myself to the gym if I even make it at all. Just to keep you in the loop, next week I’m leaving for New York for my sister-in-law’s medical school graduation then off to Chicago for my brother’s high school graduation. Which means I had planned nearly 3 or 4 months ago that I’d be a few pounds lighter and in better shape because you never know who you’ll run into. And I hate to be that person that everyone talks about as “wow, they really put on some weight.”

So up until now I was supposed to be on this road to healthy eating and bikini ready! Well, I can tell you I’m far from it but I have managed to maintain my weight. Although yoga isn’t a cardio intensive hobby it is pretty challenging and helps you focus. Whenever I go to class I find myself wishing I could do a head stand or some of the fairly advanced moves. Or I even imagine myself becoming a yogi or going to some ashram or retreat for yoga. Then I remember that it was a struggle to get up early and I barely finished a ten session package.

In addition to the gym, I was also meeting my other “mommy” friends once a week to take a Cardiobarre class which is a low impact high intensity class that uses basic ballet moves to tone the body. It’s so low impact I actually took the class while I was pregnant. Take a look at the link and if you happen to live in the Valley, it’s a celebrity hot spot. I’ve actually spotted Kirsten Dunst, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Melissa Joan Hart working out there. I think it’s pretty good class for making svelte figures similar to the results of pilates.

Do you have any favorite exercises or classes?

XO,

Anonymous Girl….the real one.

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2011 in Dieting, Exercise

 

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Do You Smell That?!

So there is one thing that I have been known to do on several occasions. I burn eggs. And I don’t mean that while frying up some eggs I leave it on the burner too long. I actually burn them down to the pan. This is why when I boil eggs I really have to pay attention.

I don’t know how you boil your eggs but I put them in the water right after I fill up the pot to prevent them from cracking. And I like really hard boiled eggs, there better not be a smidge of runny yoke or I won’t eat it. Well, I guess it doesn’t really matter since I throw the yolk away to save my cholesterol anyway.

So tonight I had decided I was going to boil about a half a dozen of eggs so that I could have the egg whites for breakfast (my husband likes to eat them too). Like usual, I fill up a pot of water, slide the eggs into the cold water and wait for them to boil. I like to do this while I have dishes to do or laundry because it takes away. Well, this particular night I managed to wander upstairs to check my email and surf the net. I don’t know if you’d ever had one of those gasping moments where you remember you left the iron on while you’re out or realized you locked your keys in the car, but this was exactly the same feeling. Where your heart jumps out of your chest and you bolt upright in a panic. I don’t know how long it had been but I turn to my husband and gasp, “The eggs!”

I run downstairs to a lovely burning scent and the crackle of my eggs in a dry pot. Yep I had boiled the water completely away. The eggs shells were cracked and brown where they were touching the pot and below their hard skin the beautiful whites were a tinge of caramel. And the sad part is that I’ve done this on more than one occasion, probably several. I know it sounds dangerous and I never leave the house when I’m boiling eggs, but I have ruined a few good pots. So I salvage what I can and hope that funny smell is gone in the morning.

 

XO,

Anonymous Girl…..the real one.

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2011 in Chaos, Food

 

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Simple Pleasures

Sometimes after a long day, indulging in the simple pleasures of life is really all you want and need. I had recently been listening to Ryan Seacrest on the radio and he had mentioned how obesessed he was with sweets, especially cookies and mentioned this great place in Beverly Hills that makes a cookie icecream sandwich that people stand in line for. I guess it’s like a pazookie that they serve at BJs. You have to look this up if you don’t know what I’m talking about. Amazing! But intensely fattening.

Anyway, that’s not what this about. Right now I don’t want anything else other than to curl up with a book and some chocolate. It’s so wonderful how these few precious things can make life so wonderful again. So here I am reading the second installment of Witch and Wizard by Patterson and eating a Hershey’s candy bar all snuggled up in bed.

And just let me tell you, life is good again, even just for a short time.

XO,

Anonymous Girl….the real one.

 

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Would You Want to Know Your Future?

While hanging out with a girlfriend of mine this topic came across our conversation: Would you want to know your future?

Yes and No. You have to take the good with the bad but honestly if something bad was going to happen I wouldn’t want to know. I would end up spending all the time up until that event trying to change my future or worrying about it. And I have this belief that there’s a little bit of Fate involved in our life, so could you really change it at all?

A part of me would like to know some things about the future, mainly career related. Like will I be success? Or should I move on to something else? Should I have another baby right away? My friend said wouldn’t it be awful if she found out that in 5 years she had moved to Alaska. I thought it was kind of ridiculous, but I guess it could be a concern.

But this could also be destructive, other than the fact that you’d change something that could result in a cataclysmic chain reaction that’d alter events that would otherwise never had happened. I think you would end up spending too much time not living the present. Like I’ve written recently, I have a hard time living the “now” and appreciating and treasuring every moment that I do have. Sometimes goals and wants are far in the future and revolve around the big picture rather than making small goals that lead to this and often the road traveled is glossed over. I guess things happen for a reason and you leave it that way.

Would you want to know?

XO,

Anonymous Girl….the real one.

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2011 in Random Blogs

 

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Caffeine Addiction: Back to the Daily Grind

Just when I thought I had it back under control, I’m suffering from caffeine over kill.

Several years ago I worked at Starbucks with very little knowledge of the coffee industry. By the time I retired from that source of income I was a coffee master with one of the fastest hot bar skills in the West. And when you work there 4-5 days a week you can’t help but drink the coffee, especially when its so easily accessible and free. I opened the store at 4am most mornings and there was no better way to start the day than to down a few shots of espresso with whip cream. By the end of the morning rush I would have another one to make it through the rest of my day. But my days off from the caffeine dealer were the worst. Without my morning fix I would have caffeine withdrawal headaches by 2pm and if I didn’t do anything about it by 5pm I was done for the day. So even on my days off I had to go in for even a cup just to ward off the headaches. Eventually, I weaned myself off the stuff or at least cut back.

A couple years down the line we decide to try to get pregnant and with my love for coffee I knew I’d have to make a huge cutback. Rather than going cold turkey, since we caffeine addicts all know what that’s like, I slowly decided to mix in decaf until there was no caffeinated coffee to be drunk. Over a period of 4 weeks I was completely on decaf coffee and without the fix I decided to nix coffee all together. And by the time I was pregnant the whole coffee thing was no problem. I actually made it almost a year and a half with only a sporadic cup of coffee or decaf (since I was breastfeeding) before the vicious cycle started all over again.

Fast forward to today, I hit my low this afternoon when I could barely keep my eyes open without my afternoon coffee. At least there are no headaches, but my day consists of half a cup of coffee daily which I also fix for my husband then a pick me up latte in the afternoon. Well with the addition of my new Keurig there is some tasty coffee to be made most afternoons when the trip to Starbucks can’t be made.

Truthfully, I don’t know if I’m ready to mix in the decaf once again. I quite enjoy the ritual and I feel like I’m cheating myself with the decaf. If I’m gonna pay $3 for a cup of coffee shouldn’t it have caffeine in it?!

XO,

Anonymous Girl…..the real one.

 
 

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