•06/05/2011 • Leave a Comment

I’ll give Kiefer a run for his money. Besides all the federal agent mumbo jumbo. I win in the unbelievable category. It all started yesterday when my mom asked me to come down to L.A and San Diego with her to have dinner with my sister that night and go see my brother in the afternoon, and then finally dinner at my aunt’s house. Just one big fam bam fest. I told her I would think about it and get back to her by 1.

I decided to go with her. I wanted to just swing by my work though before we left to check my schedule for next week. No joke son I looked at that dang schedule and my name was right next to the 5 o’clock time slot for yesterday and today, oh and I’m looking an hour before that shift yesterday. A sheer moment of panic flashed before me. What was I gonna do?? I really want to go have some free meals with my mom!! I ran out and told her what was up and started we thinking about my options. Of course I could just go home and come back for my shift, but that’s no fun. I went in and asked my manager what my options could be about not working since he scheduled me so last-minute. He said he could take care of yesterdays shift, but he really needed me to come in tomorrow. Fair enough, my mom said she’d take care of it. She said that she would send me back on the train this morning. We quickly ran over to the train station and got me a one way ticket to Santa Barbara. 

We made beautiful time down to L.A to have dinner with my sister. We even stopped to pick up cupcakes in Calabasas. I looked for the Kardashians, but they were probably sitting in front of a mirror telling themselves how famous they are. We were just a little late getting there to meet up with her, but not much. We were supposed to go pick her and her Columbian-Jewish boyfriend up at his house. She had left her phone at home but gave us his number to reach them. As we approached the L.A area we started to call to find out where his casa was. No answer. We tried calling her. No answer. We texted him. No response. Texted her. No response. We decided to pull off the freeway and just wait….for 45 minutes. Finally after several attempts we gave up and call my aunt and she tells us to just come over to her house about 30 minutes away. We drive and go pick up some Mexican take-out and just before we order, who calls…..my beloved sister. So, we tell her to come over and we’ll get her food. We get to my aunt’s house eat dinner and go. We spent the night at a friend’s house and my mom and I stay up until almost 1 talking with them. We decided we would go to Downtown Disney for breakfast in the morning aka we had to be gone by 7:30. That was brutal.

We get to Disneyland for breakfast, we only had about an hour until we had to get to the train station downtown. After eating we went into a store. I decided to buy something and use my annual passport for a discount and the clerk tells me that my pass expired. You must be working at the wrong park lady, there’s no looney toons here. She shows me that clearly on my pass it said it expired on April 1, 2011. HAHAHAHAHAHA that’s some April fools joke Disney. Don’t you know that’s when I activated my card. Oh jokes gonna be on you, but right now I gotta go catch a train.

We’re already running late, and the GPS is telling us its gonna take 27 minutes to the station. It finally directs off the freeway, and we’re pulling up to the destination. And this one track down the middle of the ghetto street doesn’t really look like a station. Hot damn. I don’t know what happened, how it happened, but it decided to redirect us in the opposite direction, but 12 minutes away. I had 17 minutes until my train left and time was running. We get to the station 5 minutes….I do a tuck and roll out of the car. Have I mentioned I’ve never taken a train before and this station is a lot bigger than the rinky dink SB station. I just start running. Lookin like fool asking every person I pass who looks like they might know what they’re talking about where to go. I figure out what track I need to get to. So, here I go again running through the station. Weaving through people like a jackhole. Jumping over luggage. After feeling like I ran a mile of the wackiest obstacle course, I made it to my track. 1 minute to spare. Get to my seat and off I go. Peaceful, relaxing, quiet. I like this train thing, no armed hold ups, not too many weird people. I just really wanted a wooden train whistle, some overalls, and a conductor hat. I get back to dreary, wet SB. Decide to take a nap before having to go to work. As I’m just lulling off to sleep, work calls. “Hello?” “Hi, is this Lauren?” “Yes.” “Hey this is Joe from Chuck’s. Hey sorry to bother you, but we actually don’t need you to come in tonight, it’s been raining too much.” “Uhhhhhhhh, ok thanks.” ……….F?*&%{$^#@!?*&%{$^#@!?*&%{$^#@!?*&%{$^#@!?*&%{$^#@!?*&%{$^#@!?*&%{$^#@!?*&%{$^#@!?*&%{$^#@!…………..Well I think I feel better.

So Kiefer you may have cool guns and bombs going off, terrorist trying to get you, and get to talk to the president. But I have some guns on my arms, sometimes drop the F-bomb, I’m taking my complaints to the Disney president, Walt or something, and ummm terrorist. Anyways this 24 hours has gone full circle of crapness. I’m calling that a day…


The Freebie List

•05/26/2011 • Leave a Comment

This all came about when my sister and I were having a discussion about country music. I mentioned something about Tim McGraw knowing full well that she was in love with him. Though being happily married herself with 3 kids she said that they were supposed to be together. I blew it off the comment and then she asked if I ever saw the “Friends” episode where each of them make a freebie list. You choose 5 celebrities that even if you were currently in a relationship it was a freebie, since odds are that would NEVER happen. So, my sister said that no matter through the years Tim McGraw consistently stayed on her list. So, I started to think of mine. Who would be on my freebie list?? Unfortunately, I have 6 on my list so here are the nominees:

Johnny Depp

We've had our ups and downs, but Johnny is like my Tim McGraw we were supposed to be together but that Vanessa chick got in the way. I still have a chance he hasn't put a ring on her finger...yet.

Adam Levine

His bad boy rocker image is just the edge that makes him a candidate

Jude Law

Just like Johnny we've had a past.

Zac Efron

He's grown up a lot, I guess that's why I've brought him back on my list

Curtis Stone

Well, here's the chef in me. How can you not love him? He's got skills in the kitchen and he's gorgeous.

Robert Pattinson


So, now who to pick?? Someone needs the boot, but who to pick???? I feel just like Ross in the episode, the one person he gave the boot to he saw at the coffee shop soon after, this could potentially become a real life situation and you have to take this seriously! So, I need your help. If you have any idea, you gotta help me!!!!!

So Smoothie

•05/18/2011 • Leave a Comment

In the effort to lose some extra lbs, I have resorted to skipping meals. No, I’m just kidding sort of…..I have decided to skip actually eating meals and replace a meal a day with a smoothie. Also, I’m being completely neurotic about counting calories. Every little morsel of food that goes into my mouth is accounted for. Anyway, back to the smoothies. I’m putting my blender through a beating, but hopefully I’m getting what I’m putting in. I’ve started out with some delicious drinks. Little mixed berry smoothie with spinach and pomegranate juice. Today felt like I needed my protein kick so I made a peanut butter and banana smoothie with some extra protein powder. I’m trying to think of some more healthy smoothies, so if you have any ideas let me know. Because the same old thing gets a little boring.

Now you’re probably thinking what happened to the gluten-free and sugar-free. So I kind of ditched that, sort of. I super cut back on gluten foods, and I’m only in taking natural sugars in the fruit and what not. This might be a pain in the *ahem* but hopefully this will eliminate that extra cushion.

Maybe this all will be easier once school is over. Oh my gatos, finals are killing me softly. I feel like each day I have one they’re getting worse. Top it off I took on more hours at work. I need to learn how to relax. Is that too much to ask? Well, time to study now. Can’t get too excited about being done just yet.

Whale of a Tale

•05/11/2011 • 1 Comment

So, ever since practicums ended, well even before them I noticed I was becoming a little chunky. Really, ever since I started this stinkin’ program all I do is eat, and eat, and eat. This would be sort of ok if I exercised like I used to. Anyway, what I’m trying to get at is it’s time for another diet. Not one of my stupid diets in the past. Well, actually the only one I can think of that was stupid was my lemonade detox. Where I drank only a combo of lemon juice, maple syrup, water, and cayenne pepper for 10 days. Yea, really stupid now that I’m recollecting on it. BUT, the gluten-free and no sugar diet is back, started counting the calories, and I’m making a promise to work out at least 3 times a week. Sounds great now….oh my gatos I’m determined to make this happen though. I’m tired of the little kids I nanny for asking me if I’m going to have a baby, or my brother telling me I just out ate him. I’m going to get myself back in tip-top shape!!! Let me know if anyone wants to join me on this fun little adventure.

I'm not fat, I could afford to lose a couple lbs though....

Extra, Extra Read All About It!!!

•05/08/2011 • Leave a Comment

So, I may have some big news….I’m not preggo (Happy Mother’s Day!!), no new car (everyday I’m closer to my BMW dream though), and no I’m not a master chef (yet). What did happen though is I got two, count em’ TWO jobs this past thursday. I’m all sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows!! I was just going to drop one resume off for kicks and giggles, but then they asked for an interview and within two minutes they told me I had a job. The other place I kind of had connections, so that helped. This is gonna be one interesting of a summer. I plan on working both of these jobs as well as my jobs at the Y, and my babysitting jobs. Yea, may sound like a lot, but shoot I can sleep when I’m dead. May be premature, but at least I’ll be rich!!! I guess I just don’t know how to take things easy. No summer relaxing here. 

Story of My Life

•05/03/2011 • Leave a Comment

Pastry Practicum final: Pineapple upside down cupcake, coconut ice cream, with a rum sauce eat it all together you get a Pina Colada!!!!

Well my practicums are OVER!!!!! I’m quite bummed actually. I loved doing them, I learned so much, it gave me so much opportunity, I grew closer to my classmate, have personal relationships with my instructors, the list goes on. Hardest work I’ve done in quite a while probably since my culinary field trip but it’s given me a lot of discipline. Unfortunately gaining one thing you tend to lose something else and for that I apologize for neglecting this blog.

School is actually winding down for me now other then some final projects and final test I’m really just on cruise control until summer. Yea I know it’s never good to just cruise, but frankly I feel like I deserve a little down time. I’m focusing right now on finding some summer jobs that will benefit me and my future career. It’s looking pretty hopeful, but that’s why you have connections. I’m ready to kick summer’s butt, since this school year kicked mine. It’s time to run wild and free!! My new motto is gonna be, “Yea, that just happened….”

I’m gonna leave this pretty short and sweet I have a lot of photos to share of my work especially in my pastry practicum. I promise I’ll be around more often now.

My final for food service as you can see people wanted some of it

How To Get a Psychological Disorder on Sesame Street…..

•03/28/2011 • Leave a Comment

I blame Sesame Street for my problems. They caused me to have psychological disorders. My friend was telling me how the characters of Sesame street have certain psychological disorders and how they were portrayed on the show. I didn’t believe it, so she sent me this link. http://www.psychology.sbc.edu/bellan.htm Sure enough she was right. They were just all a bunch of loonies. I don’t know how they can air this stuff. To put it straight if you don’t want to read the article, though I suggest you do, here are some of their problems.

Big Bird: He’s a schizophrenic. Snuffaluphagus is just a figment of his imagination.

Snuffaluphagus: Besides being a hallucination he is severely depressed or more accurate definition, Dysthymic Disorder.

Oscar: he suffers from Oppositional Defiant Disorder, or in another terms, anger issues. he is also severely agoraphobic. he has not left his can for more than 29 years.

The Count: has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. that one is obvious, always needing to count.

Bert: just like The Count has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

Cookie Monster: suffers from binge eating, which may also lead to some other eating disorders, but they aren’t evident.


So, with your new knowledge I advise you to really find out what the kid’s are watching. Still, forget Mister Rodger’s Neighborhood, I wanna hang out with the loonies!!

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