5 RA’s + loads of coffee= ?

… it equals a lot of laughs, sometimes a few tears & struggles, and most importantly a strong & life long friendship.

Right now, I am headed to Seattle with some of the most important people in my life. JKJAB, as we call ourselves (Julie, Kailah, Jackie, Ashley, Brittany), is meeting up for our 6th annual trip. We all met working as resident assistances at the school we went to. Ever since a year after the last of us finished undergrad, JKJAB has gone on a trip together. We typically try to go to locations that the majority of us have never been before, however, sometimes budgets only allowed for more local trips but they’re just as fun.

Below are some pics from the past trips (and one while we were still in college). I plan on taking a ton of pictures this weekend and will share them when I get back. Gotta go get on my plane!

Have a great weekend,

Tootles! 🙂

Nomination News

Oh em aca gee!

My itty bitty blog has been nominated for “One Lovely Blog Award”.

Thank you so much to the awesome Life of an Independent Girl! I love her blog, she features her nail art adventures, book reviews, and so much more. Go check her page out!

Here are the rules:

  • Each nominee must thank the person who nominated them and link their blog in the post.
  • They must include the rules and add the blog award badge as an image.
  • Must add 7 facts about them.
  • Then nominate 15 people!

7 facts about me:

  1. I’m not very musically inclined… I can sing but I wouldn’t say I’m super great. I can carry a tune at least. I sang as a kid and did 4-5 years of choir in middle & high school, however, I don’t do very well learning instruments. I attempted piano lessons in elementary school and electric guitar in high school, but neither really stuck. I probably should have practiced more, but I was (and still am) interested in a lot of other things to just focus on one activity.
  2. I love bats and donkeys. I know, weird animals to have a liking for, but I just think they’re both so cute and awesome! I like goats too, but not as mush as donkeys and bats. I of course like the usual cat and dog, in fact I live with 3 cats at my parent’s house. I want a dog, but we don’t have a fenced yard and I’m not home enough to give it the proper attention it would need.
  3. I never had braces. I did have a procedure done to prevent a gap between my top front teeth and had all 4 wisdom teeth removed before they surfaced to prevent needing braces.
  4. I have a bachelors in business management, but have no idea what I want to be when I grow up (I’m pushing 30, probably should figure that out soon). I do know that I want to have my own business eventually, need to figure out the product/service for it though.
  5. I’m a serial re-watcher… I watch the same movies over and over again or TV shows (see my favorite show listed on #7 and see what I mean).
  6. I live in the USA and have traveled to Mexico, Canada, England and Ireland. I hope to travel to more European countries and definitely Japan since that’s where my grandma (on my dad’s side) was from. I’ve been to a handful of states here in the US, and would like to visit Montana, Wyoming, Maine, and Oregon in the next few years. 
  7. Some of my favorites:
    • Fruit: strawberries
    • Shape: hexagon
    • Ice cream: overall mint chocolate chip, but I really love Blue Bell’s Vanilla Bean (and add chocolate sprinkles with it)
    • Song: Pachuca Sunrise by Minus the Bear
    • Season: fall/autumn
    • Movie: Sabrina (the original Audrey Hepburn one)
    • Pizza toppings: black olives and sausage
    • Board game: Clue
    • TV show: Castle (about to start round 3 of watching seasons 1-8 on Amazon, which doesn’t include watching the series when it was on TV, so really this will be round 4 in total)
    • Sport: hockey
    • Cookie: snicker doodle or homemade chocolate chip with a hint of cinnamon and a little bit of pecans, yum!
    • X-Men: Nightcrawler & Mystique
    • Tea: earl grey & jasmine green tea

I nominate the following (in alphabetical order and I only have 11 because I’m relatively new to blogging and following bloggers so I don’t have very many right now):

  1. A New Life Wandering
  2. Arts of May
  3. EatLiveTravelDrink
  4. Glamournailart
  5. List of Living
  6. Midn1ghtbutterfly
  7. The View From My Window
  8. Travelling the World Solo
  9. Unexpected Occurrence
  10. U-Turn & Travel
  11. Vintage Reflection

Irish I were in Ireland Still (3 of 3x Thursday)

Ok, maybe I don’t wish I was still there, but it would have been pretty awesome if our trip was during Saint Patrick’s Day!

I briefly mentioned that I was a teeny bit Irish, the only way I know that for sure is because of AncestryDNA. I already knew that I was 25% Japanese (my dad’s mom was 100% Japanese) and that was my control to know if the results were accurate or not. My results did confirm that I am a fourth Japanese and they also stated that I am roughly 14% Irish. This seems to be pretty accurate because (on my dad’s, dad’s side of the family) we believe my great-grandmother was 100% Irish, which would break down for me to be an eighth. The extra couple percent might be from my mom’s side, but I not really sure what we are on that side of the family. I want to get my mom and dad to do the test themselves which would provide me with more accurate info about mine.

The test is really simple to do and only $99 (plus shipping & tax) which I think is pretty reasonable. Right now they’re doing a special for St. Patrick’s Day until March 19th for $89, so go get yours!

Alright, about my nails! Of course I had to do something green. Since Ireland is associated with green, clovers and rainbows, I thought a green holo (light shifting/diffused into rainbows) gradient with a golden clover would be perfect!

Colors used:

  • Cupcake Polish- Unbeleafable, dark part of the gradient & the base of the accent nail
  • Cupcake Polis- Leaf Me Alone, medium color for the gradient
  • Color Club- Kismet, lightest part of the gradient
  • Pure Ice- Studette, used for the clover
  • China Glaze- Fairy Dust, top coat on all nails
  • Decal/stencil- Luck Variety Vinyls

Phew, I made it through my three posts in one day. Thanks for hanging in there with me 🙂

Have a happy and SAFE St. Patty’s tomorrow,

Tootles!

 

**Post is not sponsored, all opinions are my own whether sponsored or not.**

London & Ireland (2 of 3x Thursday)

Hey there!

As mentioned in my previous post, I went on a trip with my mom recently to London and Ireland. I did a similar trip five years ago with my best friend (we flew to Ireland first then to London). Both times I spent almost a week in Ireland, spending three days going on individual day tours all over the island with Paddywagon Tours. They’re awesome, loved them each time! We spent the other days wandering around Dublin (our home base on both trips). In London, we mostly walked around as much as we could, but this time with my mom, we did a hop-on hop-off bus tour of London. I wish we had done the bus tour earlier in the trip, we would have been able to see more… Maybe next time!

I don’t want to ramble on forever about every single thing I did, but I’ll provide the tours we took in Ireland (each from Dublin). If you have any specific questions, drop a comment for me!

  • Cliffs of Moher – Did this on both trips, best to go when its not summer, summer heat brings fog and its harder to see the cliffs, if at all. I learned that the hard way in 2012. If/when you see the Cliffs, they’re amazing! The views are breathtaking (especially if the harsh winds are going, we nearly got blown away!).
  • Giant’s Causeway – This is one of my favorite places in the world! It has some of my favorite things: rocks, hexagons, and moss! (I’m a weirdo hehe) This tour is so great with the basalt columns and braving the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge.
  • Kilkenny & Wicklow – This was my first time taking this tour, our Giant’s Causeway guide recommended it. I’m so glad we did this, it was beautiful and it was pretty interesting exploring Kilkenny Castle.
  • Blarney – I did this one in 2012 but not this year. I wouldn’t put this in my top tours, but it’s still pretty cool to kiss the stone and see the different towns that you stop at on the tour. I believe this tour has changed in the last 5 years, because when I took this tour, we stopped in Cobh (aka Queenstown) which was the final stop for the Titanic before it headed for New York.
  • Belfast – I haven’t done this one, but I have every intention to do it the next time I go to Ireland (I’m pretty sure I’ll be visiting again).

Tootles!

 

**Post is not sponsored, all opinions are my own whether sponsored or not.**

Thursday Times Three! (1 of 3x Thursday)

Happy Thursday!

I’m going to be ambitious and make THREE posts today, oh my!

Let’s start off with my usual Thursday, one of my favorite days of the week! I work a “normal” 40 hour week, however, I only work 4 days: Monday – Wednesday and Friday for 10 hours each day. I don’t work on Thursday because that’s when I volunteer (my boss is awesome and lets me have this flexible schedule).

I volunteer at a garden. It holds a special place in my heart because it is full of natural beauty (flowers, trees, plants and views of a lake), has a lot of great events (concerts, festivals, holiday related activities), and it makes me feel like Granna is still with me (she’s my grandma that would take me there when I was a lil nugget).

There are two parts of the garden, main and a children’s area. I mostly volunteer in the children’s part. It didn’t exist when I was a kid, but I wish it had, there’s so much to learn and explore there! It’s really great for all ages, not just kids. Since I’m a kid at heart, this place is perfect for me.

Here’s some pictures I took last week:

I also love Thursday’s because it’s a day my four college best friends (all five of us were RA’s in the dorms) would get together off campus and hang out at Starbucks. We all would bond over coffee, our crazy residents, and our general lives. We still do this (well minus the part about residents) but not on a weekly basis, we take an annual trip together. This year we are going to Seattle, birthplace of the coffee that kickstarted our friendship! We aren’t going until the end of April, but I’ll definitely post pictures once we go.

See you on the next post, tootles!

Commence Composition 101 Stressors

Hey there!

Welcome to my attempt to communicate the happenings of my life and any other ramblings I conjure up. I am by no means a great writer… well, not even a decent one at that, but hopefully you will keep your critiques at bay and take this journey with me as I brave the blogging world.

All my life I have loved books. Picture books, old books, leather bound books, all of them! However, let me clarify. I love the physical object of a book, not so much for the purpose of it… the task of reading. Reading and writing have never been my strong suits. My specialties were watching the movie version of a book, skimming Cliffs Notes, and throwing words together hoping they made some sense. These amateur skills wouldn’t really cut it in college, so I gave it my best try to get through. That hard “try” didn’t get me a 4.0, but at least I polished up my skill set enough to graduate.

Now that I’ve been out of school a few of years now, I haven’t done a whole lot of reading or writing. I’ve been so caught up in “all-the-things!” ranging from, all facets of social media, TV shows, and general laziness. This laziness and dependence on technology needs to change.

**Side note: I’ll be approaching 30 in the next year and its had me thinking about my life and the quality of it. I want to better myself, cut down the noise and clutter, and improve (in as many ways I can).**

A few of the changes I’ve made are purging (already have done and anticipate doing more) my closet, junk drawers, and surplus stuff that I have. Also, working on decreasing the amount of TV (series) that I watch. Sadly but thankfully a handful of my shows have ended and I plan on not starting any new series. Improvements: are a work in progress… Last year I set a goal for myself on Goodreads to complete 12 books in 2016 (it can take me a while to finish a book, so I figured an average of a book a month would be reasonable). Unfortunately I only got 10 books under my belt. Hey, that is a HUGE accomplishment for me especially since I love books, not reading. It’s starting to grow on me though and I’m OK with that. My goal for this year is 18. Yes, I know I didn’t even average one a month last year but I need to push myself! Other improvements… I’m working on them, I’ll get back to you on that. This blog could be one, although I’m not sure how this “improves” my life, I’m just writing about it. Let’s just say it counts. OK deal!

I’ll be updating sporadically (am I the only one that thinks about Clueless when you see/hear that word?!) about how I’m bettering myself, cutting out the clutter and noise, and how I’m improving my quality of life… well, I intend to, this is a free-for-all blog, who know what I’ll post.

Well, I hope you survived my first post, I appreciate you sticking it out if you made it to here.