Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Wedding Aniversary

Today is me and Kenneth's 3 year anniversary. I was having a bad year streak until I met him and the past 5 years have been the best of my life. I can't believe we've been married 3 years but I truly believe in soul mates and he is mine because he is not only my husband but my best friend. We do everything together, and there is no "hey I wanna go hang out with the guys tonight" because we hang out with friends together. There's so much more I can say but I don't want to get too mushy. I love you Kenneth!

I'm going to change up my blog a little. I'm going to have a topic I'll stick to talking about instead of just randomly writing what I did or want to do. Unless of course I did something out of the ordinary. Like last Saturday me, Ken and Zach went to the Scream It Like You Mean It Tour and had a lot of fun. Breathe Carolina played some of their brand new songs and Kyle reached into the audience and held my hand. =D I didn't like it as much as the Fearless Friends Tour, and I'm not quite sure why, but it was still an awesome night.

So I have just a mini topic today. Opening bands. Advice for the people on tour, sometimes we don't really want to see like 25 bands in one night, (unless it's Warped Tour or a festival) we usually just come out for the headliners and possibly one other band so maybe having about 2 or possibly 3 openers at the most is enough.
So one thing I really appreciated about this show was that they changed sets between bands quickly and efficiently. I've been to shows where the bands just kinda slowly poke around on stage forever and then do a really long sound check and it's like, we've been standing here for hours, our feet hurt and we are squished up against people we don't know and frankly, they smell bad. Get on with the show!
The last thing I want to say is that even though I didn't know who most of the opening bands were and some weren't really my thing, I still danced and cheered and jumped around at least some for them all. They are up there playing their little hearts out and it just seems rude to not show at least a little appreciation. Talk to you guys later!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Bracelets and Writer's Block

Hey guys. I'm super bored so I went to the craft store and got some embroidery thread to make bracelets! Hopefully they turn out okay. I actually got the idea from Kyle from Breathe Carolina, he was showing me and another girl his bracelets that people made for him and they actually looked pretty cool. Then I found this http://honestlywtf.com/diy/diy-friendship-bracelet/ and decided to give it a try.

So I told Kenneth that I've been having writer's block when it comes to my stories and he said to just pick one, the one that I'm farthest along in and go through, from beginning to end and fix everything in it and finish it. He said I have to finish it by the end of the month and I was like "uhh that's not going to happen, how about the end of the summer?" And he said nope, you have to get used to deadlines. So I just sat down and only let myself work on that one story and forced myself to do it and what do you know, I'm getting a lot done! I don't write in chronological order, I'll get the main scenes and backbone of the story all worked out and then go through and add in details and fix things that don't make sense. For example, I would have someone live in a one-story apartment and then have her be walking up and down the stairs! So I go through and fix things like that. Also, the girl didn't have parents at first so I gave her some. I'm glad to be working on things again.
Sooo that's about it, just a little random thought for today!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Gluten Free and New Girl

    This isn't the best or most interesting topic but it's having a large impact on my life right now so I'm going to write about it a little.
    So I'm pretty sure I've mentioned that I'm having an allergic reaction to something, and I have been for about the past 3 months, I just don't know what it is that I'm allergic to. I've switched up my shampoo, conditioner, body wash, everything and my skin condition just won't go away. So a couple days ago Dr. Melissa told me that it is likely a reaction to food, which I wrote off at first because I haven't been eating anything different lately. She said that a food allergy could have just been building up in my body and it finally started to show itself. So geez, now I'm trying to figure out what food it is and I have started with wheat/gluten. I already don't eat any dairy whatsoever so that's ruled out. It's been a little difficult because so many things have gluten in them but I've been doing a good job. The plus side is that I have been eating sooo much healthier and not going out to eat at all. It's only been a few days but here is an example of what I ate today:
Breakfast: A scrambled egg (I'm trying to make sure I eat other possible allergy foods so I can rule out only one thing at a time and eggs are a possible allergy) and yogurt made from coconut milk with blueberries and raspberries on top.
Lunch: One piece of gluten-free bread (its very thick hence the one piece) with vegan mayo, a piece of turkey, and spicy mustard on top. Baby carrots with hummus and a few gluten free crackers.
Dinner: A turkey burger (just the patty, no bun or anything else), and steamed broccoli and for dessert a couple gluten free cookies.
Unfortunately I haven't been any less itchy but like I said it's only been a couple of days and I do feel more healthy. If this doesn't help, I'm going to try ruling out sugar, eggs, nuts, seafood and soy. Sigh.
    Other than that I haven't been doing a whole lot, but pretty much my summer has already been made, (by the whole video experience) so I'm happy even  if nothing else happens. I am going to a concert next week (Breathe Carolina, their new album came out 2 days ago and I love it!) and also I'm going to Warped Tour next month.
    So have you seen the previews for a new show coming out called New Girl or something like that? It has Zooey whatever her name is? I am so pissed off about this show. Why you might ask? Because I wrote it! Ok I didn't write the exact show but I was in the middle of writing a totally new type of story for me. It is for an older age group than my usual 12 to 18 year old target group and I was seriously thinking of putting it in tv show format. It was a comedy about a girl who moves to a new town to go to college and through a misunderstanding ends up rooming with four college guys. In the real tv show, a girl moves in with 3 guys. They seem to have the same look as my group of guys has, right down to one of them being black in both instances and some of the interactions seem similar to what I was going to do. The show looks like its going to be really good and funny which makes me hate it even more. I know they aren't exactly the same, I don't think the girl on tv is in college and of course the stories will end up being totally different but it seems like the same basic premise. So now, if I ever decide to do anything with that story it will seem like I'm copying the tv show. Meh C'est la vie I guess.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Ways To Spend the Rest of my Summer

I feel like I've been wasting a lot of my summer just doing...I don't know, not very much of anything really. So I decided to really focus and find what it is that I want to do.

I definitely want to write more, I didn't write all semester and then when I finally had free time I just felt like turning my brain off for awhile. But it's going back on. I think that what I'm going to do is not let school take over my entire life. I know that I want good grades and all but I still want to write. I think that the classes I'm taking next semester will still be challenging, but not so much reading which takes up a lot of time and really seems to be a waste sometimes. I'm taking 2 writing classes and a language class and only 1 class that is like last semester's.

I do want to try to go to the beach, despite last post. It's free and takes like what 10 minutes to get there? It's been really hot lately and it might feel good to cool off in the water.

Also, maybe try something like cooking healthy meals with Kenneth, I hate cooking but he is good at it so maybe if we do it together it won't be too bad. We had a couple of themed meal get-togethers with our friends like once in October we did an Oktoberfest thing where we made German food and drank German beer and then we did a Japanese one where we made, of course, sushi and drank Japanese drinks. So maybe we can do more of them. Any ideas? Or we can just do like a fake-cocktail party where we don't actually dress up and be boring but we make a couple different kinds of cocktails.

Maybe once every couple of weeks or when we can afford it me and Ken can have like a date night or something. Go to dinner or a movie or a walk on the beach or whatever.

Go clubbing! Like to an actual club downtown where you dress up and get overpriced drinks and guys try to dance with you without asking first and it gets awkward because your husband is sitting right there and you are trying to get away but not be mean about it.

I want to finish watching some tv shows like when I have nothing else to do. Its Always Sunny..., South Of Nowhere (shutup! I know it's ridiculous but it's one of those shows that suck you in like Degrassi and you can't stop even though you know it's not that great), Archer, Workaholics and whatever else. Also some anime that I've been watching with Ken. Even though I'm only a quarter Japanese I just can't help it if I love sushi, Hello Kitty and watching anime.

Read more of course. I don't have any books left to read on my Kindle but I have that 100 Classic books on my Nintendo DS. That should last a while haha.

Well I guess that's it for now!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Blowing Things Up-It's How We Roll

So for the fourth of July I sort of had two celebrations. On the third, Luke invited me and Ken, Zach, Troy and 3 of his neighbors over to his house and we played beer pong (me and Zach were one cup away from winning) and Halo Reach and everyone talked and sang and argued and invented beer pong olympics (beer pong basketball, water polo and lacrosse?). Yeah it was 7 guys and me. I know I'm sort of one of the guys anyway, but geez.

Then yesterday, I kind of just chilled. For some reason I felt a little tired and didn't feel like fighting the crowds to go see fireworks or anything. I remember a couple years ago we went to the beach and got a good idea to stand on the pier because we wouldn't be caught in the crowd on the beach, plus we'd have like front row seats. About two minutes before they started, the fog just rushed in faster than I've ever seen it, they started the fireworks and no one got to see any of it. Lame. So anyway, me Ken and Beth went to Luke's last night.  Luke's dad just got back from Vegas and brought us a giant box of explody goodness! So we spent the night blowing things up. I did some videos, maybe I'll upload them to my youtube or something and give you the link. I have to completely re-do my youtube.

Man I can't believe it's July already!! Where are you going summer?? Actually I'm feeling pretty good. I had some good times lately and I've got a concert coming up week after next. I'm just going to really crack down on writing my stories.

You know what? I feel weird that I don't go to the beach every day like everyone else in So Cal. I mean I love the ocean and being able to be near the beach, but I just don't like putting on a bathing suit, getting sand stuck all over me, going into the freezing cold ocean, getting knocked over by waves, fighting people for a spot to put my towel down and getting baked by the sun. It's just a big pain to me. I don't know why...well with that I leave you.

Monday, July 4, 2011

What Its Like to Be in a Music Video

Ok I feel like I can talk about it now haha. First of all I want to say that I am not putting this up here to brag and I'm not putting it up because I feel like I'm supercool now. I am NOT saying I was an important part of the video and that I will be in tons of shots. I'm putting it here because this blog is really like a journal of my life and if other people wanna read it that is awesome. There is no way I can have a journal without talking about one of the best days ever! And if you aren't a Breathe Carolina fan, just imagine it being your favorite band and you'll understand how I felt.
One thing, when I say "director," I'm not really sure what I mean because it seemed like there were two directors. One guy seemed to be in charge of the cameras and only partly in charge of directing the band and us, and one guy seemed more in charge of directing us and working with the other guy. So I don't know if there were two, or one had another role like producer or if he was like a vice-director or whatever you call them, so I'm just putting that out there.

So I left for LA around 8:45am. I have driven for about 6 or 7 hours before but not alone in the car so it was a tiny bit scary at first but I got over it quickly and just listened to my ipod the whole time and was there before I knew it. I had a hard time finding the place but I eventually just got out of the car and found a guy out front who told me to go downstairs. This was pretty much right at 11am. I went downstairs into this really dark bar/club place. I could hear a director and the song Blackout playing over and over but it was on the other side of the club so I couldn't see. I signed a waiver and waited with about 30 other people, guys and girls all around 18-20somethings. The director came over and told us they were gonna be about another 30-40 minutes. An hour later he said another 20. Kyle came over and talked to some people and then David came over. He said hi and shook my hand and I don't know if he realized it or not but he didn't let go for an awkward amount of time haha. So then he asked how we were and complained about how freaking hot it was in there.

They brought in tons of pizza for the guys, their band and the crew and then brought us some but I can't eat pizza because of the cheese! It was the kind where you can't really pick it off either so I just had a water bottle woohoo. I didn't eat all day until I got home but I was too excited to notice anyway. FINALLY after almost THREE HOURS they ushered everyone over to this little stage. They guys were supposed to pretend to perform the song and the director told us to just go insane with energy, jumping around, dancing, hands in the air, singing along etc. So we did one take of the full song, rested for a couple minutes while they changed the lighting and moved the cameras and then did it again. And again. And again. I think we did it about 5 or 6 times and we were all panting, pouring sweat, hot as hell but doing just like the director told us. Kyle asked if we were all ok if we needed anything and we said water so he personally jumped off the stage, found some water bottles and passed them out. He handed me mine first and I wanted to keep it but then I passed it around cuz there weren't enough for everyone.

When we were finished with that, they told us all to go wait for another scene. So we did and I noticed that the director was picking out a few pretty girls to do the next scene. And when I say pretty girls, I don't mean that the other girls weren't pretty, I mean girls who were in shape, and wearing nice dresses and looked around 21 and had a sort of girl-in-music-video look to them. There were quite a few pretty girls that didn't get picked. They had the guys sitting on the big couch thing and the girls all around them with drinks in their hands and stuff. The first take, everyone was really stiff and awkward and they rearranged a few things and then I heard the director say, "do we need a couple more girls?" As soon as he turned around I said, "me, I'll do it!" and raised my hand and jumped forward. He waved me over and I waited next to him while they arranged more stuff. He was talking about moving this one girl to the end because she looked so young and he said something about needing someone who looked a little older and I said, "I'm 28," and he was like, "really? Ok get in there," and sat me down. Then he moved me to a bench at an angle to the guys and told me to sit there and had another girl on another bench at the other side.. I was so nervous because I went from standing in the background in the dark to being in front of a lot of bright lights and cameras and people watching and knowing I was going to be filmed in a few minutes. Then they got the guy who plays the keytar in the band, his name is Josh, to sit next to me and told him that he was supposed to be my boyfriend in the scene.  So we started filming and they told us to have fun and get crazy, pretending to drink and dance around. They told the girl sitting next to David to kiss him! And then they told him to look more receptive and not pull away, and he kind of mumbled something about how his girlfriend wasn't gonna like this but they did anyway. They told Josh to put his arm around me and we were just kind of dancing around in our seats and singing and stuff. Then we filmed a few more times and girls were pouring a bottle of whiskey down Kyle's throat and it got all over him and them and Josh had me grab the bottle and give it to him and pour him shots. The director told us to get more crazy so the guys drank more and danced around and he had the girls touching them and Josh stuck his hands in my hair and started messing it up all weird and then poured the bottle down his throat upside down and there was alcohol everywhere and it really was crazy. I realized that my eyes were closed a lot of the time because the lights and the strobe were so bright so I made an effort to find the camera and give it a sexy look which probably ended up looking really stupid like most of my sexy looks. I was closer to Kyle so he sang a little in my direction which was cute. Over all this was my favorite scene because it was so fun and in between takes we got to talk to the guys. Josh told them I was 28 which he knew from us talking and Kyle, David and every girl sitting there all had the same wide-eyed disbelieving stare, it was actually really funny. I said, "yeah nobody believes me," and Kyle high fived me cuz I was older than him but only by 2 years. Yay for being old I guess.
I could FEEEEELLL the girls who didn't get picked just killing me with their eyeballs. Ah! I felt bad for them (the guys too) because they were all just standing around watching us have fun. Then the director had us girls (and Josh who now reeked like whiskey and was singing a song that consisted of my name and a nonsense word that rhymes with Jessica) all stand up and get in a circle. And since our circle wasn't very circly he made us hold hands. We pretended to play red rover and then Kyle came up behind us smmmmashed and was telling us stories and the director was like, "Kyle, I don't know if you realize this but YOU ARE IN THE BAND. Get over here in front." Then everyone else got in on this and made a big smoosh pit around them and basically smashed the hell out of each other while the song played and we jumped around and crashed into each other and sweated all over each other and it was gross. My foot got jumped on more than once and all I was wearing on my feet were the ballet flats I had stuffed in my boots in case I needed to change into them and I did cuz I couldn't jump in the high heeled boots I wore to begin with so yeah it hurt and it's all bruised and a little swollen now seeeee??
Battle wound.

Anyway, the next scene was the guys and the band all in front of the bar. The rest of us were supposed to be behind them talking to each other like we were really hanging out at a bar and that was the most awkward part, pretending to talk to each other. The drummer turned around and talked to me for a little bit. They had some funny scenes like the DJ passed out on the bar, the bartender pouring David a shot and him trying to grab the bottle away and they were fighting over it. Josh jumped on the bar and started dancing and then fell back into the crowd! Luckily we caught him and everyone was screaming and trying to hold him up and then the director was like, "ok cut, put him down." Ha.

After this the director picked out two girls and told them to stay and the rest of us could leave. He told the guys to be back in 10 minutes and David spent it all outside talking to us and taking pictures. I left after that and booked it home where the first thing I did was jump in the shower and wash off all the sweat and alcohol off me.

So overall I had the best time, it was interesting to learn what goes on in filming a music video, I got to hang out with my favorite band all day and talk to them and plus I get to see the finished product when the video comes out and actually see myself in it. I was in a lot of scenes, but to be realistic, they need to fit an entire two days of filming into about 3 minutes (Josh was telling me about what they filmed the day before and David said it was going to be really effing weird). So I know I'll be in there a bit, just not sure how much and I'm actually super excited to see it but also scared because what if I am in there and making a weird face or something? I'm sure any bad shots will be edited out but you never know what you'll catch in the background.
So if you want to see it, it's not out yet but the song is Blackout, the band is Breathe Carolina and I'm wearing purple feather earrings, a black top, pink and black skirt and a big black flower ring on my finger. I'm kind of nervous!
PS: I was worried that Kenneth might be upset about some of the stuff in the video and he was just like "well did you make out with anybody?" and I said no and he said then it's ok and he's not upset at all. He was actually more jealous that he didn't get to go and hang out with them too and is interested to see the video.

So that's it for this really long post, Happy Fourth of July if you are American or happy regular day to everyone else!

Sunday, July 3, 2011


I know I said I'd tell you all about the video shoot but I still haven't completely calmed down from it yet! I'm still so amped from yesterday that I don't think I can tell the story without freaking out. The basics are: Yes I met the band and basically hung out with them all day. They are the nicest guys ever and so much fun. I was at the shoot from 11am to 6pm. There were about 30 other people there (not including band members, crew and directors etc). I feel like I got hit by a bus today and I didn't even drink. I got out of the shoot covered in rum, whiskey, and sweat, probably only about 50% of which was mine. I know super gross, I showered immediately. Rest of the story coming hopefully tomorrow!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Me in a Music Video?

I have pics from the Salton Sea trip but haven't uploaded them yet so they will be up next post.

   So this thing that I'm kind of excited about is, I'm going to be in a music video! Yep, I am heading up to LA tomorrow to be in Breathe Carolina's video for the song Blackout. I didn't actually really think I would get accepted, but I did and they gave me the information Wednesday morning. Now, I have NO idea what I am actually going to be doing. I just know that they told everyone to dress cool/hip/sexy and we'll be filming at a club. So I'm not sure if I'm just supposed to be bopping around in the background, if I'm supposed to be dancing as a clubgoer, or if they will be performing the song and I'm just supposed to fill out the crowd. I don't know if I'll get to meet the band or if they'll even be there which I'm assuming they will since it is their video. I don't know if there will be hundreds of other people in the video or just a few. I'm not even sure if I'll be able to see myself once the video is done, or if I'll just be part of the crowd. My assumption is that it will be a club scene and we are just supposed to dance around or that it will be a performance scene and we are the audience listening to the band, and there will be quite a few of us, enough to fill most of the club but not crowd the whole thing since they need to have the cameras and lighting equipment in there. I am also assuming that we will be filming for a good few hours, maybe even most of the day. This is just a guess.

   So I had some prep work to do. First I got my hair cut and fixed the color. Basically I have been needing to do this forever and have been putting it off and used this as an excuse to finally get it done. I really don't think being in the background of a video warrants a complete hair makeover. But I got my bangs cut back in, trimmed up the top layers and got some split ends cut off. Also, I have some peek-a-boo blonde strips and they had grown out like four inches so I got those fixed up.
   Next, I realized that I don't have any clubbing-type clothes! I completely re-did my wardrobe a few months ago and forgot to get anything for going out. So I went to the mall with the cool/hip/sexy requirements in mind. Also, I'm not allowed to wear anything with logos or stripes. So I saw this cute/sexy red dress and thought, well if I'm wearing red at least I'll be able to spot myself easily. Then I saw a black dress that I liked just as much. So I got both. But I decided to keep looking around a little and found a really awesome black corset-like top. It is shiny black material with little beaded designs and has those little eye-hook things all the way up the front. Which would go perfectly with this hot pink and black skirt I saw when I first got to the mall. When I saw it, I thought 'this is cute and if I can't find anything else I'll come back and get this skirt.' So I ended up going back and getting the skirt because the top went perfectly with it.
  After I came home and showed everyone the clothes, I decided (with some help) on the skirt and black top. Then I put on some black boots with it and liked the look, but those shoes are so uncomfortable and I might have to be wearing them for awhile and possibly dancing in them. So I went back to the mall the next day and found some awesome knee-high black boots for like 20 bucks. They still have a heel, but a little bit lower one and the boots are comfy. I added pink feather earrings, a black flower cocktail ring, and a black smokey eye with hot pink around the edge and pink glitter liner and voila. So here are some pics and later I will put some up of my outfit and makeup on my beauty blog and I'll do my hair the way I want it tomorrow. Wish me luck!
New hurrrr.
 Close-up of one of the streaks.
I tried to do a pic of my eye makeup but the lighting is weird in here, maybe I'll get it later.