Saturday, September 27, 2014

I wish, I wish, I wish

Only three days left in September ahhh, the year is closely approaching its end and we will be in 2015, my High School reunion will be then. Scary!!!

Today is the 27th day of Blog-tember and I am posting late because I barely have free time, nonetheless today's prompt is, "What's on your wish list? Be sure to include links so we can shop, too ;)"
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There are a lot of things on my wish list but I was able to narrow it down to the things that I would like to have at this very moment but I don't.

Poncho Coat 
Black Crepe Blazer
The poncho and the Blazer are two items I have had my eyes (notice how I said eyes and not eye.  I have two eyes, lol) for sometime now.  The poncho from Zara is way too expensive for me but it's cute and I like it.  I would like one much cheaper put to look similar.  The Blazer is something I want in many colors because you can dress up or dress down a blazer and still look presentable and casual or laid back.  If I could afford both of them I would have already ordered them but unfortunately that is not in my budget at the moment but maybe soon
Over the Toilet Cabinet

"Fulton" Tufted Sofa 
I have very little storage in my bathroom so an over the toilet cabinet would be perfect to put some towels in and other bathroom goodies.  Definitely at top of wish list.  The sofa that we have is old and outdated and really just not appealing to the eye.  It's green with ugly floral pillows.  I would like a 

tufted sofa, not white, I don't know what color yet but I'm thinking about a light gray.  I'm not sure which color would work best.  Gray is such a versatile color that I think it would be good to pair it would any color.  This is my wish list, not much on it.  Hope you had a good Saturday!

Thank you for stopping by, have a lovely day.

Till next time,

Friday, September 26, 2014

Change is ok...

Day 26 of the Blog-tember challenge already and this will be my 30th blogpost.  If I would have started the challenge when I was supposed to it would be my 47th. (I think, I could have done the math wrong) The prompt for today is, “How have you changed in the past year?”

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I sit here in front of my laptop digging through the files in my brain through the past year and I have come to a conclusion.  Change for me has not been drastic so far this year but subtle changes have happened.  I wish I had this extensive list of how in the past 9 months I have changed an all these wonderful life lessons but the truth is that being a person of little words; it is hard for me to compile such a list.  Or, maybe I would have such a list if I stopped and paid attention every now and then.  I don’t know.  I just know that I have made some steps towards change and I like it.  What kind of changes have I gone through so far this year you ask? 

·      Starting with the most noticeable change, I got a haircut earlier this month.  I said goodbye to 14 inches of hair that I had been growing for over a year.  I was so ready to cut my hair because it was really hot and my hair was really long and heavy and I kept getting headaches every time I would put it in a bun or ponytail.  I had been letting it grow to donate to Locks of Love, which I already sent in the hair and I pray that it helps a little girl.  Even though I wanted to get my haircut and donate it I was still apprehensive.  I have had medium to long hair for the past 16 years and it was kind of serve the purpose of being my security blanket.  Whenever I felt like hiding I could just bring my hair in front of me and get a sense of false security.  I knew I would do this and I knew it had to stop.  So my sister divided may hair in half and braided both halves.  She then asked me, “Are you ready?” I inhaled and exhaled then said, “Yes, do it” once she cut both braids off I felt fear.  Oh no!  What have I done? But then I realized that its just hair and it’s ok, it will grow back.  Fast-forward to present time and I like my haircut.  It amazes me how I no longer feel the need to hide behind my hair.  Why would I need my hair to be my security when I have the Lord in my life?

·      That last sentence brings me to my next change, which is more internal then external.  Something I struggle with is being bold and trusting that God’s in control.  It’s a slow change but steadily happening.  I am being to completely trust, 100%.  It is a process though, sometimes we say “give it all to Jesus” and it is easy to say but when it comes down to actually doing it?  It is hard in some situations.  I’m slowly trying to be bold in my faithfulness to him.  I have had so many opportunities to share his word but I would shy away.  I once again had FEAR that I would say the wrong thing, offend someone or just be out of line but I’m learning that I have to rely on God and trust that the Holy Spirit is with me and that I am allowing them to guide me through these opportunities.  If I rely on me, many of the times things go south but when I rely on him, it seems to work out.  Weird right?

Not much change but significant change I think.  I pray that you have a wonderful Friday and a blessed weekend full of adventure and fun with the family and friends.

Thank you so much for stopping by, I really appreciate you taking time from your day and reading my not so interesting thoughts or my not so interesting life Lol.

Till next time,

Thursday, September 25, 2014

No guest today :(

We are on day 25 of the Blog-tember challenge.  Being new to the blog-world I haven't made any lasting connections yet (but I am hopeful), therefore, I had no idea who to reach out to and ask if they were willing to do a guest blog post for me.  I even considered tweeting a request for someone to guest post for today but I chickened out.

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So, today it will not be a new person but good ole me.  I know, I know, you're tired of me and were looking forward to someone else (I hope not).  This morning has been a very productive morning for me.  I woke up showered and got ready.  I was out of the door by 7:30 AM and headed of to my vehicle maintenance appointment.  I was at the dealership for about an hour.  I had planned vacuuming out the car and washing it after the car appointment but to my surprise they did that and I was free to do whatever else I wanted and so I did.  I headed to the mall and browsed around Macy's, JcPenny, Sephora, and the Michael Kors stores.  What did I buy?  Absolutely nothing!  LOL, I just walked around looking at things and thinking of stuff that I would add to my wish list.  These stores have some nice things but the prices are just a tad ridiculous in my opinion.  I saw this Michael Kors bag for $500 and I know compared to a Prada bag that's nothing but to me that's way, way more then nothing.  Michael Kors has some really nice things but it had become the new Coach.  What I mean is everyone seems to own a Coach bag and now Michael Kors seems to be in almost every woman's hands nowadays too and I don't know about you but I personally don't like having the same things the everyone else around me has.

Now I am sitting in Starbucks and there are these two girls sitting next to me and their conversation is very interesting.  They are talking about their exes and how much they hate them but yet want to get back with them because they will never find anyone like them.  That got me thinking.  Is that true?  Are these girls right?  They will never find anyone better then those two boys they are talking about? I would say they are wrong.  What do you think?  I think that in this vast world they would have the opportunity to find someone who would love, care for and provide for them.  Why do they feel this way?  What happened to them that they feel they won't find better?  These questions pop up in my head and not knowing their lives I can't come to my own conclusions about their pasts or assume they have daddy issues or mommy issues.  Or, maybe they experienced some traumatic stuff in life that have caused them to feel as though they don't deserve better then the Ex's and think that's the best they can get.  I strong part of me wants to twist a to my left and pray with them asking that God repair their hearts and the he guides them towards the right man.  I think I am thinking too much into this but this is just what popped into my head.

Oh, oh, oh... I almost forgot to mention my Target trip.  Ok so at around 10 AM I made my way into Target and there weren't a lot of people so I was excited to roam around and see if I saw anything worth purchasing.  Anyways, here I am walking around I make my way to the nail polishes (an obsession of mine) and this lady was sitting on the floor polishing her toe nails.  Yes, you read that correctly, she was polishing her toe nails.  At first I saw it to be a little weird but didn't think she wouldn't purchase the nail polish.  Well, I stood there looking at the colors and she finishes and then guess what?  Yup, you guessed it she put the polish back!  And kept looking at the polishes. (the whole time I am standing there in aww) She then grabs nail polish remover and a napkin from her purse and proceeds to take off the polish on her toes and grabs another polish.

At this time I was in more shock so I look over and see this associate and I let her know what's happening.  They told the lady that she had to purchase the polish she used on her toes and she couldn't just sit there using product without purchasing it.  I perhaps would have purchased the nail polish for her if she didn't have a massive wedding ring, nice necklace and a Louis Vuitton purse.  If she looked in need I would not have thought twice about helping her out even though I can barely afford to buy anything for myself, that's not the point I would have helped but this lady was just ... I don't even know the word to use.  I have seen people sample the colors on their hand nails or a piece of paper but never what she did and I am sure she could afford a lot of polishes considering the fact that the cart she had was full of expensive items and she sure did purchase all those items I know this because, well, I did kind of follow her to the check out.  Don't judge me!  Lol, I was curious!  Wouldn't you be?

Ok, I see that I have written a lot so I will just end it there.  Have you had any weird or odd experiences at a store or restaurant?  Please let me know if you have.

Thank you for stopping by and reading.  Hope you have a wonderfully blessed Thursday!

Till next time,

Today with Lily

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Fall Bucket List

Today is the 24th of September, the second day of Fall and do you know what that means? 2
4th Blog-tember challenge post and the prompt this time is a Fall bucket list.

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This fall I don't have a lot of plans just a few to make my days more interesting.  
I usually don't do bucket lists so coming up with this one was a bit of a challenge but I like 
this Blog-tember challenge. It is causing me think and that's always good.  I tend to bottle everything up and when it comes to expressing myself I usually limit myself to a few sentences 
so I figured that blogging with help me in expressing myself and so far my sentences are still just a few and not too lengthy which I think is good.

Fall 2014 Bucket List

// Bible study more

// Go on a hike to Madonna Mountain.

// Paint bookshelves

// Paint shelves for kitchen

// Buy a screen door

// Go spend an entire day at the beach

// Eat at a new restaurant

// Try Indian food

// Make tamales on my own

// Reach at least chapter 8 of my novel

That’s my list.  I have made tamales before but with my Mom’s help and this time I would 
really like to make them on my own and see if they are at least half as good as hers.  You probably noticed that I have “Eat at a new restaurant” and “Try Indian food”, you might be thinking 
that they both would fall in the same category but no, I have been to an Indian restaurant just never tried the food and this time I want to try the food.  My goal is to complete everything on this list before Winter is here greeting us.  Wish me luck!

Thank you for stopping by and till next time,

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Blog-tember day 23

Today is officially the first day of Fall and I really hope to see the weather change in parts of California.  I am also hoping that this fall will bring rain here since we are in a drought and in severe need of water.

Today's Blog-tember challenge is "A guid to your city"  I have two cities which I call home the one that saw me grow and the one I currently reside in.

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I am from a small agriculture surrounded town with only about 6,000 residents and in certain crop seasons the populations almost doubles.  Here in this town they grow a variety of vegetation, to name a few lettuce, tomatoes, onions, garlic, oranges, cotton, melons and the list goes on.  The Central Valley of California is very fruitful and I'm sure that a lettuce or tomato you've had or seen was grown in my little town of Huron, CA located in Fresno County and about one hour south of Fresno.

There is one main street and no stop lights in this little town.  The main street which is Lassen Ave. lies on highway 269 which is highly trafficked but huron doesn't get much tourism.  It is in the middle of nowhere and if you look at the map above there is nothing really around it just fields.  Growing up in a small town was fun, everybody knew each other and we all looked out for each other.  We have one Elementary school and one Middle School.  No High School; the high school aged kids hop on a bus every morning and go to Coalinga, CA.  Coalinga is not my town but I am proud to say that I attended the high school and am a Horned Toad.  Yes, that was our mascot.  Why?  I'm not too certain but people I meet sure do get a kick out of it.  Getting back to Huron, it is small and used to be quaint with very little violence and the occasional law enforcement calls.  But now it is a whole new story, the gang violence has risen to an extreme for a very small town.  These stupid kids will go out in broad daylight and try to kill someone and because of the growing violence and lack of law enforcement from the Police, my siblings and i decided that moving my mom to a new city was a must.  Since she has moved two years ago violence is steadily getting worse and they are all gang related.  It is so sad to see my town end up like this but I pray that a change will happen God willing.  

Huron's Old Central Hotel
Left: 1898 pic Right:2000 pic
Unfortunately it burned down about 10 years ago.

Huron's the Ritz, a movie theatre that has not been open since
the late 1980's

There isn't much to this little town other then what huron used to be.  A thriving community on the rise and at one point it became stagnant.  If you're interested in learning more about my little town let me know and I can follow up this post.

Now my new locations is still in CA but much different the little town of Huron.  Still small but not nearly as small.  It is located in the Central Coast of CA about 1.45 hours from Huron.  The beach is located about 15 minutes away and I don't go as often as I could.  It is a college town which is how I ended up here. 

The downtown area is a big tourist spot and people from everywhere make their way here.  The weather is always awesome and the nights are always cold but nothing really bad.  San Luis Obispo was considered to be the happiest city in America and even Oprah sent Jenny Mccarthy to SLO to interview people and check out the happiest city.  Downtown you have little shops and brace yourselves by this picture.  Some of you will think it's cool and some of you will cringe and think it's gross.  I personally think "YUCK!"

This is Bubblegum Alley
How and why Bubblegum alley became what it is today I have no idea but I do know that it has been there for a very long time and people gawk over it.  As a child coming to visit SLO was fun and to visit the alley was just as amusing.  Why?  I do not know but I was intrigued. 

Barnes & Noble
When I am downtown I have to frequent one of my favorite places which is B&N.  The are lots of cute little boutiques as well as brand name stores such as Sephora, Pottery Barn, Banana Republic, Abercrombie and Fitch, Wet Seal, Urban Outfitter and many more.  It is also filled with good restaurants Woodstocks Pizza being my favorite.

What other amazing things does SLO have to offer you ask?  Hiking!  The mountains here are beautiful and I am banging my head on my table for not having any pictures but worry not because I am adding "take pictures of mountains in slo and maybe one picture from atop a mountain" to my To-Do list.

I'll end this post with a picture I took a couple years ago in Morro Bay which is about 10 minutes away.  I hope you enjoyed the snippet I have given you.  I could have added more stuff but I didn't want to overload you.

Thank you for stopping by.  Hope you have a wonderfully week.

Till next time,

Sunday, September 21, 2014

May the leaves turn

We are on day 21 for the Blog-tember challenge and the prompt is
"Fall favorite.  What do you love most about this season?"
I like all the seasons but fall is at the top of the list right under spring.  
Where do I begin? 

// Pumpkin pie is a favorite and during the fall it is everywhere.  Yum!

// My most number one favorite thing about fall is the change in the leaves.  
I think it is so beautiful and I just look at nature pictures of fall all day long.  
I like to see the leaves on the trees and ground.  It just makes me happy.

// Once fall starts making its arrival you can feel the change in the hair 
and sitting outside with a sweater and a warm cup of tea or coffee in hand is a 
favorite part of the season.

//Thanksgiving is also another favorite of the season.  
I like getting together with the entire family and sharing a delicious meal.

I grew up in the Central Valley of California in which we were able to experience 
the seasons but now I live in the Central Coast of California 
and the seasons are hardly noticeable here.  However, you still do get to see the 
leaves on the trees change during fall but winter doesn't not make it to 
the Central Coast of California.  

This is what I love the most about fall.  

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Thank you for stopping by.  
Hope you have an amazing and blessed day.

Till next time,