4.28.2011

Stoked about Stagecoach

Can't wait to leave tomorrow and be in country music heaven ALL WEEKEND long... now, just have to convince the boys to stay late on Sunday night so I don't miss out on Rascal!  Be jealous! 

4.21.2011

Disney Land Pictures (late) 4.3.11

So sorry that I didn't post these sooner.  I don't like the fact this this is out of order for when I order my blog book, but better later than never and I definitely wanted to add these in here.  Here are some cute pic's from when Jordyn, Ella, P, and I all went to Disneyland!!! 

April 3, 2011












  
 





Manhattan Beach - 4.16.11

I love spring time.  What I love even more is warm spring days which lead me to crave the summer.  We got a nice little taste this weekend here in sunny California and decided to take full advantage of it and go down to the beach. 

I am sooooo glad that I am so close to a beach again.  I love the beach.  It is probably on my top 10 things that I love the most.  We have one super close to Newhall, but decided to go down to Manhattan instead.  Roberts brother, Roy, lives on the beach, so it is convenient and easy.  So we packed up and headed down there.  Me. R. and B. 

The weather was perfect and we had so much fun.  Brayden loved playing with his sand toys and chasing Robert around with water only to dump it on his feet.  It is so much fun watching these two play.  I love them!!!  The water was freezing though!  I put my feet in three times to fill up Brayden's bucket and that was enough for me.

Here are a couple of pics from our beach day!!! Enjoy!
This is my favorite!!!



Love



Uncle Roy and Brayden

4.15.2011

week 2 of being a Cali girl

Happy Friday Everyone!!!  I made it through another week here in California, only to love it more and more every day.  Things are starting to settle and I am starting to get into a routine (THANK GOODNESS) and things are just starting to feel normal out here. 

Work is good.  Still trying to get up to speed with all the properties, but I have fun at work and really like the girls I work with.  We have a good working environment which I think is always important.  I like working in this office with all girls.  They keep me on point with eating good food (they are both whole foods regulars), and they are always working out and doing yoga which inspires me to get off my lazy A and work out. 

I think I have been using the "moving" excuse as  a reason not to work out.  I did for the first three days I was here, and haven't touched a weight, a street, a gym, since... until this morning.  FINALLY... I got my booty out of bed (which really Victoria... shouldn't be that hard when your boyfriend leaves for work every day before six.  Get up when he leaves, and work out.  You don't have to be at work until 9!!!!!!!!!)  The girls at work and I made a date to go to Bikram Yoga this morning in Encino. 

SIDE NOTE... I am learning the town now.  I love driving up and down Ventura (which I do quite often because its right by work), and knowing where I am going.  Most of the time.  Valenica/Newhall/Santa Clarita is almost at 100 %.  Go me!  It's always an accomplishment when you don't need to plug in "home" on your GPS every time you step in the car!  

Any who, back to Yoga.  2 out of the 3 of us made it there.  Michelle was a tad late (see California Traffic awesomeness later on), but Neda and I powered through.  It felt amazing on my stiff, sore, un-stretched, tight muscles and made me remember why I was so obsessed with it back in AZ.  It was different, and I do admit that I like Sumit's Yoga better in AZ, but this was still good.  I was sweaty, hurting, and stretching my body in ways that it hasn't stretched in a while.  It felt amazing.  I am so glad I went.  And, confession... I bought a package... only of 10 classes because it is so ding dang expensive, but I got a whopping 10 % off if I bought today, so I figured the ten class thing wouldn't be a bad idea... so GOAL: Go to Bikram 2-3 times a week, before work.  However, note to self... when going to Bikram in the morning before work, stock up on some yummy, healthy food to take, because I am starving today!!!  (snacking on some yummy carrots, celery, and cucumbers now). 

So other than that, I will admit to the utmost laziness that has been draining from my body the past week.  I am determined for that to change next week though.  OBV's (obviously) I will be reporting next week about my GOAL and so on like and such as...

Now, to the rambling, venting, only in California awesomeness that I have had the utmost gratitude to experience; and Cali, I will forever remember these wonderful awful things that I get to live with daily.  So thank you in advance for today's encounter!!!

1.  Traffic - yes yes yes... I know, Victoria... you moved to California, you should obviously know that Cali has some of the WORST freeways in the U.S.  I do consider myself somewhat lucky though.  My commute to work is only about 30 minutes to an hour, and that just depends on the day, which changes weekly.  I never know what I am going to get myself into when I step into Robert's huge Chevy truck (which I cannot wait to stop driving in a week... hello AZ, give me my Jetta back) and head down on the 5 to the 405 to the 101, exit Tampa, and here we are!  Some days I cruise on through, others is backed up the moment I get on the freeway.  I guess my issue with California traffic isn't traffic itself, its the inconsistency of it.  I am a planner (surprise people who don't know me) and like to know what time I can wake up in the morning to be able to be ready, out the door, and to work by 9.  I can't do that here.  Some days I am twenty min early to work, some days 5 minutes late.  Its weird.  I just want it to be consistent. 

I am going to feed off that #1 for a bit.  There are a couple of things that happen to me DAILY when I am stuck in traffic that I just don't understand.  People are lame... people are rude. 

- First off, "Hi person that is driving next to me in the carpool lane.  I notice that you only have one person in your car.  So do I.  What makes YOU think that you need to get somewhere faster than me.  I hope you get pulled over".  If I was a cop, I would want to be a carpool cop... pull people over for shiz like that.  MAKES ME SO MAD.  Happens alllllllll the time here. 

-Secondly:  Tunnel Honking.  "Dear ALL California drivers, we do not need to honk our horns when driving under tunnels."  I do not understand this concept.  So... I googled it (naturally). A couple of yahoo answers...
1. Because it sounds cool and always fun to do
2.  People are sheep, one does it, the rest follow.
3. Because the echo is cool
OK yahoo... none of those even make sense except for the second one.  This is very true.  I can understand driving 70 mph through a 50 ft tunnel and honking real quick... but when you are stuck in traffic, and driving all of 5 mph please do not honk your horn.  I dont want to listen to it for five minutes!!! K thanks.
 
-Lastly, "To all drivers in California, when stuck in traffic, NO ONE IS CUTTING ANYONE OFF!!!!"  I mean, come on people, it is really necessary if we are going 5 mph hour and someone realizes they need to get over to get on the next necessary freeway (usually me... but I see it happen to others as well) I put my blinker on in time to notify you that I need to get over, so don't
a: speed up to 7 mph to assure I wont get over, and
b: honk when I do get over as if I just cut you off speeding down the freeway! 
Ugh, seriously, I wish I could explain this better, but I hope you get the jist of what I am saying. 
I know those things happen other places as well, but I like to blame it on California people.  Maybe they are just mad that they chose to live in a state with so many people, or MAYBE its cuz gas prices shot to a nice $4.25 this week.  Yes, $4.25... it cost me a whopping 92 bucks to fill up Berto's car. 


California is ALL in red, along with parts of the north west and NY :-)
 
I don't know what it is, but I wish people could just be nicer when they drove, and not selfish.  We all chose to be here, and drive on these freeways... so give people a break sometime, and don't honk your horn in tunnels!!! 

OK, now that my rant is over... can I just say I had an incredibly delicious sandwich from CPK (thanks for sharing Michelle) just barely and now my day is complete.  Thanks to Neda, we get to leave early today and I can't wait to be home.  My body is tired, my brain has reached its max for the week, and I want a weekend of relaxation and sunshine with R and B.  Maybe we can go to the beach tomorrow (it is going to be a nice 80 degrees).  Or maybe the park or something.  I just want to be outside. 

DATE NIGHT: Wednesday, April 13th!!!

Robert and I went out this Wednesday and it was lovely.  We saw this:
...and ate bad food at Johnny Rockets.  It was fun and let me just say that if you haven't seen The Lincoln Lawyer, GO GO GO!!!  It is sooo good and I want to see it again.  I was on the edge of my seat the entire time.  Also, not bad eye candy either!  I love date night.  I love my man. He/it makes me happy. 

Next Friday I am back to sunny AZ.  Time to pack up shop and drive back to CA.  That'll be a fun road trip (not at all....)  I am excited to see my Bro, Sis, and their sig. others, along with the lil ones.  I miss my Ella Bella, Miss P. and Dub.  I bet they have gotten soooo big (insert sad face here).  I can't wait to get back and see the family.  This is going to be a busy week for me.... lots o' meetings and YOGA and my CMCA test on Friday (yay)!  Till next time.... here is something to make your heart smile. 
Ella and Rapunzel at Disney


4.08.2011

Life in California

I feel like I have been neglecting my blog...

Which I have. 

However, things have been crazy with trying to get adjusted to this new life that I have started.  I have been in California now for 8 days and I love it (minus the traffic).  Everything seems to be fitting together perfectly and I couldn't be happier. 

So what is going on here in California:

Well, for starters... my job.  It's great.  I work in Tarzana in a very small office above a Elementary school, so I get to hear kids screaming all day long which is good and bad.  Good: It makes me happy to know that kids are getting a good education and playing and enjoying their life as a child.  Bad: It gets annoying when I am trying to concentrate and all I hear is lil kid screams, but I adjust.  I work only with two other girls in the office.  Michelle and Neda.  Michelle is the Administrative Assistant and Neda is the President of the company.  There are two other girls that work too, but mainly from home, or come in part time.  I haven't met them yet though. 

I find myself to be somewhat frustrated with work.  I am such an A-Type Personality that it is so hard for me to be patient and learn.  Even though I know pretty much everything there is to know about Community Management, its hard to start over and learn about a companies new policies, software, and most importantly, learn about the Communities.  I have only seen one of the buildings that I will be managing, still have about 5 left to visit.  That will probably happen next week.  Soooo.... what do I do all day? I read documents, answer phones, and just try to learn as much as I can.  I am anxious to dig down and get everything going so that I can actually feel useful, but I know that takes time. 

I do love being part of a small company.  Neda and I have very similar managing styles, and I feel like I can help her grow her company into something great.  So keep your fingers crossed for me :-)

Life with Robert has been amazing.  We don't get to see each other as much as I wish we could, but its still really nice coming home to him every day.  He also has been doing P90x with me which is a lot of fun and a great way to spend time with one another.  He makes me laugh and smile soooo much.  I am so lucky to be here and be with him.  I really do love him with all my heart. 

Last weekend was fun.  Jordyn was in town with the kiddies and Carl for a Volleyball tournament.  I got to meet up with them in Anaheim and we went to Disneyland which was a blast yet very exhausting.  I forgot how frustrating that place is, how long the lines are, and how many people are there.  It was sooooo crowded and definitely tiring walking around all day with two little ones.  Granted, we had a blast and Ella loved it.  Miss P. slept almost all day and was a great sport.  We had a lot of fun and I am glad that I got to go with her. 

Other than that, everything else has remained the same!  Just work and home, and trying to workout here and there.  I have unfortunately gotten a little bug this week which hasn't been fun, it could be allergies, or a sinus thing, or who knows but it is no fun. 

ON A SIDE NOTE...

Time to Vent.

Why is it that when things change, people change, move on, do new things, get married, have kids, etc. they seem to forget about people that have been a part of their lives for so long?  I have experienced this a lot seeing how I have moved around and been here and there for a good part of my life.  I have made a ton of friends, some of which I still keep in touch with and some that I just don't talk to anymore which makes me really sad.  I will admit this... my feelings are hurt that with this big step that I just took, I have only had a few people reach out to me and ask how it is going.  Why does this hurt my feelings??? Because I feel and think that I always try to do this with my friends.  I try to keep in touch as best as I can.  I know we are all busy and have our own lives, but is it that hard to make a phone call, text, e-mail and just say, hey, how is everything going out in California??? 

I guess it is.

I have realized this and it hurts my heart.  It hurts that the friendships I thought were so strong aren't.  Maybe I do too much and try to stay in touch with my friends, visit them when I can, and reach out to them.  Maybe I just shouldn't care as much as I do. 

I have cried many tears this week over this... and obviously am still utterly upset. 

So I want to say Thank You to those who have called, texted, e-mailed me and asked how I was doing, how my new job is, and I love you all very much.  I will always be there for you and will do anything for you and I will do my best to reach out to you when things change, or just to say hi.  I love you and miss all of you dearly.

That's all for now... Looking forward to a weekend of lounging with my boys!!!  :-)