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Zoo Lights 2016 

Texture and colored lights 

I need to post this somewhere!?!?!?!

UPDATE: 2/2017 Accountability! Apparently, the counter updates are ongoing. Currently 15lbs down.

 

I LOST 20 pounds!

….(since 11/29/15) So, yes it’s been over a year but hey glad I got this out.

Winner Winner Hard Drive Dinner…

One of the supplier vendors I work with on many projects has a monthly-ish hard drive give away. All you have to do to enter is reply to the email and you are entered! So easy that it is silly not to enter. I can’t tell you how many times I have entered, probably 100.  Since they never post or email who wins each contest it starts to feel like a gimmick, but I can confirm that it is not a scam. For Valentine’s Day you could reply to the email and cc someone to win a drive along with you. I cc’d one of my co-workers and to my surprise the Monday after Valentine’s I got a call from the salesman I usually work with. We won!

Thanks IVB Media!

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How To Lose Weight In 4 Easy Steps!

This video is not only hilarious but also VERY true. Keep it up everybody! You will make it.

My Mantra

I have always heard people used this word… And I wanted to adopt one myself, but I always found it hard to stay focused on one for more than a few days. So I kind of ended up abandoning the thought. With my new diet plan and recent success I had been scribbling down words and thoughts of encouragement in my journal, but one that just kept coming up. It was so appropriate for so many different situations I kept finding myself. AND JUST LIKE THAT… I had a mantra.
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Roller Rinking

roller skating date – and I was NERVOUS since I haven’t skated in at least 15 years, probably longer. The night was great… It took me a few to get my bearings, but before I knew it I was keeping up with Jason and really surprising myself. Now skating is something I want to really keep up and make a healthy hobby. So I have plans this weekend to go with one of my girlfriends. I have been actively looking into purchasing a pair of skates so I can save on the entrance fee to the rink. Eventually, I would like to move to a park or something, but one step at a time for now.

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One year of date nights.

For one of my (many) New Years resolutions, aka goals,  is to make a vow to set aside time every week for my relationship. Last year was a year of challenges and I wanted to make sure this year Jason & I made the effort to enjoy each others company in other environments than our living room. I was skeptical when suggesting the idea to Jason that he wouldn’t go for it, but to my delight, he was very into the idea. There were only 3 rules I wanted to attach to this resolution and they are as follows:

  1. We would plan for Thursday every week, but re-schedule as needed.
  2. Jason & I would alternate on picking the evenings plans.
  3. The activity could be anything except sitting on the couch in our living room and watching TV.

Easy enough, right? We will see. Starting out slow and going out for a meal to focus on having a good conversation was the initial, but the eventual goal is to do more things we wouldn’t normally do. Be adventurous.

So far we have been on 3 dates and tonight is our 4th. I will do a brief run through on the first three dates on this post and then post weekly on further outings. This could be boring or it could be genius, who knows? What I do know is I have this blog and this will focus me on posting more regularly. Even if I assume people really don’t care what I’m doing enough to actually read a personal online diary.

Date 1: We had a late dinner at a restaurant we used to frequent because before we lived together this restaurant was the mid-way point between both our apartments.

Date 2: Steakhouse in our local area. We had both been craving steak so we decided to splurge. This place is Tiki themed and has a giant fish tank in the center of the dining room which ended up inspiring us.

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Date 3: We went to a chain restaurant that we had a gift card that was given to us during the holidays. Might as well be thrifty date night! We also incorporated a nice long walk around the neighborhood of the restaurant after dinner. This helped us spend some quiet time together while getting in some very needed steps.Date 4: Next post…

 

Excellent Halloween

Halloween this year was a smashing success!! Jason & I dressed as Wayne & Garth.Jason Kristy

My costume was pretty easy and inexpensive –
Items purchase…
wig $25 – Party City
t-shirt $10 – Amazon
flannel $5 – Thrift Store
Everything else I had (jeans, glasses, drumstick, small paper ‘spew’ cup)
All Jason needed was a ‘Wayne’s World’ hat, since he basically is Wayne in real life.

We met up with some friends for dinner in Hollywood and then went to see ‘Evil Dead 2’ at the Arclight. Much fun was had and we avoided the rain. I hope I can continue to come up with fun costume ideas.. That are easy to make happen. I have a few ideas already brewing. IMG_7639

The weekend prior to Halloween I attended the 1,000 Jack-O-Lanterns exhibit at Descano Gardens. These are some of my favorite Jack-o-Lanterns that I could get photos of… The place was packed. IMG_7608 IMG_7609

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I also managed to visit one of my favorite places ever… Color Me Rad (aka Color Me Mine) just in time to get a Halloween piece finished. IMG_7575

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All in all it was a great Halloween season!! Here’s to Turkey Day, mine & Jason’s birthdays, Christmas & New Years! Party Time… EXCELLENT!
-Klar

2014 Resolutions

So at the beginning of 2014 I made a list of things I would like to accomplish & work on for myself. Take a look…


 

2014 List 

– take car of my car (fix the things that need fixing & make a smart plan about upgrading.

-pay off all my credit

-repair my photo printer

-finish my PGA application

-start my USA trip plan (which is a plan to visit all the US cities on my wish list, which I will share later on)

-move to a new apartment with Jason (my boyfriend)

-read 5 books

-work on my DIY projects (coffee table) (2 dressers) (table & chairs for kitchen)

-get my credit up (over 700 was the first goal, but I wanted to also see if I could possibly get over 750) Started 2014 at 619.

-pay off all my student loans

-lose weight (ultimate goal is to lose 50lbs)

-complete the 5 week couch to 5k app running program.

-run a 5k.

-meditate

-send more postcards

-positivity project

-find a BFF in LA


 

I know it is an ambitious list, but you have to aim for something. Below I will re-list the list with an update. Crossed out means I have completed that item. I will also note updates in italics.


 

2014 List 

– take car of my car (fix the things that need fixing & make a smart plan about upgrading. This is something I haven’t done much more than think about. 

-pay off all my credit. Chipped away a small amount, but still have a road ahead of me. 

-repair my photo printer.

finish my PGA application applied on 1/20 was accepted on 3/21

start my USA trip plan (which is a plan to visit all the US cities on my wish list, which I will share later on) Started by visiting Joshua Tree & Palm Spring in May. 

Jason & I in Palm Springs

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T-Rex from PeeWee’s Big Adventure

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Joshua Tree

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move to a new apartment with Jason (my boyfriend).  Moved in March.

-read 5 books. (have read 3 full and currently on 3)

-work on my DIY projects (coffee table) (2 dressers) (table & chairs for kitchen) Looking for more projects to work on (bookshelf) (planter)

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get my credit up (over 700 was the first goal, but I wanted to also see if I could possibly get over 750) Started 2014 at 619. Currently over 700, still under 750 though.

pay off all my student loans (down to under $4000.00 owed) 

-lose weight (ultimate goal is to lose 50lbs) Need to work harder on this. 

-complete the 5 week couch to 5k app running program. Completed week 1 on to week 2. 

-run a 5k. (signed up for one in July)

-meditate (started, but need to work on it more regularly)

-send more postcards (I have sent a few, maybe 5 or so. Have sent a lot of cards though) 

-positivity project (working on it, but I struggle. I’m a true pessimist.) 

-find a BFF in LA (have a BF, but would love a best girl friend.. this mission is in the works currently) 


I feel like I have done ok. 6 out of 17 isn’t that great, but I’m happy I have updates for most of them. I suppose some of them aren’t cut and dry complete or not, some are things I just want to work on which I could potentially do so for the rest of my life. I will update again before the end of 2014.

That is all for now.

klar