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Las Vegas Hangover

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I often tell people, I don’t watch television to learn anything new. You can find me watching couples fight over their first house purchase, obnoxious chef-celebrities eat foot high cheeseburgers and reality TV families travel the world to appear at various clubs. I’m sure it makes me sound dumb, but I stand by it and I feel secure enough intellectually to not let the reaction I get from people when I say that faze me. To me TV is a time to let other voices besides my own fill my head. My brain is constantly going 90 miles per hour. Thought after thought after overanalytical thought crowding itself in my head that makes me question everything, all the time. It’s exhausting. And it’s something I’m fighting to manage as I near 30.

Going to Vegas for me is like watching TV but it’s engaging all my senses. It gives me a colorful, noisy and obnoxious world to fill my sight, ears and brain with that is way louder than my thoughts. It’s not something that comes intuitively but it’s a healthy exercise in self-control to enjoy a place like Las Vegas.

It had been about seven years since I last went to Las Vegas and some of the things I remember from that first trip were: wearing heels that I couldn’t quite handle, being ogled by a nightclub nightman that was sizing girls up to see if they were attractive enough to pay for overpriced drinks, and the muggy weather. All that said, it was still fun. The novelty of being 22 in Vegas with my best friend made it all worth it. There’s a sort of freedom that Vegas gives you and thankfully I was with someone that was just as cautious as I was to fully partake in the Vegas experience.

So this time, I tried to mentally prepare myself.  There’s a pre-desensitisation that you have to go through before driving in or landing in Las Vegas for a person like me to fully enjoy it. A cloak of ignorance to everything around you. You have to make a pact with yourself to ignore the smoke, ignore the offensive and sexist comments that are hurled at you, ignore the prostitutes giving sad men a reason to smile and ignore the debauchery.

…and that’s what I did. I turned off the part of me that’s rightfully offended for and by many things. I felt like I was just floating past Vegas not a permanent resident that needed to correct all the wrong I saw. I was a passerby enjoying it for what it’s worth and then going back to my life where I can proudly say I voice my opinion readily and often to the things I don’t find just. It’s a technique that’s well-suited for a short weekend.

Here’s hoping I can continue to live in the present and postpone the over analyzation until a little later when the urge to write kicks in.

 

-Sandi

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Snake Plissken and The I Thought You Were Deads

There are moments when adult you needs to suck it up (stop being so lazy, in my case) and go do something for teenage you. This Saturday was one of those moments. Lately, I feel like I’ve been giving into the allure of quiet nights in way too often. So when I saw that there was going to be a live podcast show at the RIOT LA comedy festival featuring a cover band that included one of my favorites from high school, I knew I had to go.

Blink 182 was the band that got me into a lot of great music. I remember watching them on MTV, and trying to find out everything about them. That led me to find and fall in love with other bands that they would mention as influences. So when they chose “Silly Girl” by the Descendants as the first song to cover….I felt a (lame and cheesy) feeling like I was exactly where I was supposed to be. That’s one of my favorite songs, by a band I discovered through Blink. I felt like a teenager again, with no worries enjoying a show like that’s all in life that mattered.

I’m so glad I went, even if traffic was horrible, and even if parking was confusing. That hour and a half where I felt free of all the stresses that I carry with me all day….it was completely worth it.

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Here’s hoping this year is filled with more adventures.

 

-Sandi

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Weekend Warriors: Beach Bums

Weekend Recap: January 10-11th


 

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I’m planning on doing an update post soon since I’ve been MIA for a few weeks (blame the holidays and the presents/mall hangover daze that follows). However, for now I thought I’d share some pics from my fun weekend.

We took Friday off and spent the morning in Santa Barbara where we ate at a cute little diner right off the beach. Mid-afternoon we made our way up to the 101 to Cayucos, CA where a few of our close friends along with Frank and I, rented a beach house in the sleepy beach town along the Central Coast to celebrate my best friend’s birthday.

She wasn’t expecting a big group and was happily surprised (yay!). We spent the next two days lounging and celebrating. We walked to the beach and hung out in our pretty home for the weekend just eating s’mores, napping and drinking (it was pretty damn perfect).

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Not to sound cheesy, but it was definitely one of those weekends where I felt genuinely thankful and lucky to have friends that I love so much. This weekend was just full of lots of love and laughs (again, sorry this all sounds so cheesy). Can’t wait to plan another getaway soon!


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xoxo

Sandi

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Weekend Warriors: Traffic and Turkey

Weekend Recap: November 27-30, 2014


After four days off, I go back to work tomorrow (insert crying emoji here). Thanksgiving has come and gone and we’re that much closer to the end of the year (yeeks!). My turkey day was filled with lots of family time (including a wonderful visit by my future mother in law) and cousin time spent yelling at a TV playing Super Smash Brothers. I’m really straddling the line between adult and kid, but I’m OK with that.

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My long weekend off started hellish/in the most L.A. way possible. I encountered mind numbingly horrible traffic. The kind that makes you want to just park your car in the middle of the road and walk home. The kind where you find yourself looking at the clock then looking at the road then looking at the clock until you’re dizzy. It took me about 2 and half hours to go less than 25 miles. It was horrible, but thankfully that was the worst part of my weekend and the rest was a whole lot better.

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My days off were spent eating…eating…some drinking…lounging…chilling and shopping. It all felt very lazy and American. It was great!

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Also it finally rained on Sunday and I got to bust out my North Face jacket. It’s the little things, right?

To close off this weekend, let me just say a few cheesy things. First off, everyday I find myself more and more grateful for my parents and fiance. (I’d be lost without them). I’m thankful for my close friends (I consider them family) and for my health (can never take that for granted). But most of all, I’m just thankful for the opportunity to keep improving and growing into the kind of person that I want my loved ones to be proud of (sorry about ending on a preposition). I’m the worst right? Cheesy rant over!

Here’s to another week (the first of my birthday month!).

xoxo

Sandi

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Weekend Warriors: San Diego Bound

Weekend Recap: November 15-16, 2014


It has been one of my missions as an adult to find a “place.” When I was in San Francisco, my friends and I thought we found a bar that would become our place. We’d become regulars and they’d cheer every time we came around. Well that never happened, but that dumb idea still lingers in the back of my dumb head. Here in the L.A. area, the closest I can say to having a “place” is Golden Road Brewery. It’s not terribly close, but it’s worth the drive to drink some good beer in a chill environment. Am I a regular? No. Does anyone there know my name? Nope, not even a little bit. But it’s usually among the first choices thrown out when my best friend is in town and wants to hang…so that’s as close to a “place” as I’m getting. I’ll take it!

On Saturday we made the little over half hour drive to Golden Road to sit, drink some beer and do lots of people watching (which are two of my favorite things…ever). We went into the photobooth and great (read: ugly) memories were made. Example below.

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Sunday, Frank, my parents and I decided to make the 2.5 hour drive down to San Diego. Why? Well with the holidays quickly approaching (eeks!), my parents decided that it would be a good time to take a trip before my dad becomes totally consumed by work (my dad works and has worked in the restaurant industry my whole life and the holidays are super stressful and busy for my dad). It’s always fun and encouraging to spend time with my parents. Their relationship is constantly motivating and always leaves me hopeful for what my own marriage will be like after 30 years.

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We spent a fun day at Old Town San Diego where we ate some bomb tacos and walked around taking in all the rustic charm that San Diego has to offer. By charm I mostly mean food. Example below!

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We ended the night with an AMAZING dinner (yay! more food!) over looking the harbor. It was tiring and well worth it (the sign of any good weekend activity). Until next weekend!

xoxo

Sandi

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Weekend Warriors: Any Excuse to Go To Santa Barbara

Weekend Recap: November 8-9th, 2014


We need no excuse to make the drive to Santa Barbara. The city is beautiful, the weather is perfect and one of my best friends lives there. Every time we visit, Frank and I have a twenty minute discussion on why we should move there. Not sure if it will ever happen, but it’s nice to dream. This weekend we had an actual reason, we had a potential wedding venue to visit (eek! adult things!).

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After work on Friday, we made the drive to see my friend and her cute house. We chilled. We drank. We were (a little too) merry. On Saturday we recovered by walking around State street and taking it a little easier. Later on, we had dinner at this really cute place called, Benchmark Eatery. Service was awesome and the place was really cute. The picture below is of the world’s largest onion rings. MMM, friend food!

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On Sunday we said our goodbyes and drove up to Lompoc to look at a gorgeous venue. It was beautiful! Don’t want to jinx it. But we really like it…we shall see!

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On to another week!

xoxo

Sandi

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Weekend Warriors: Kat and Casper Forever <3

Weekend Recap: November 1-2, 2014


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There are some years where I’ve been pining for some Halloween fun. Looking for a party, thinking of a costume. But this year was definitely not that type of year. This year I put on my cat ears (thanks Target’s dollar section!), gave out an immense amount of candy, and watched two 90’s classics. First up was Scream. It’s one of those movies that’s just a tiny bit suspenseful and scary while still being funny. That’s what I look for in my Halloween movies. Tiny bit scary, but not so scary I can’t sleep. While Frank slept, I watched one of my favorite movies from when I was a kid: Casper.

 

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I remember when I was a kid thinking that young Devon Sawa as human Casper was the dreamiest. I remember my favorite part was when Casper sleeps next to Kat and whispers into her ear, “Can I keep you?”.  As I remember, teenage boys were never as romantic as that animated ghost. Le sigh.

The movie theme continued into Saturday when we saw Nightcrawler. I think one word to sum up that movie is…disturbing. Jake Gyllenhaal completely transformed himself. It was dark, twisted, and uncomfortable. Quite the departure from the movies I saw the night before!

Here’s to another (hopefully) productive week!

xoxo

Sandi

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