Happy New Year/One Second Everyday.

Happy New Year, everyone. I can’t believe that it’s already 2017!
(Um, Lexi, it’s been 2017 for the past two weeks…)
Yeah, but I suck at updating, so here we are.
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Kyle has kept talking about traveling to see his Grandmother and finally we planned it all out as our vacation for the year with Zach and Alley tagging along as well. We just got back a week ago and a lot has happened. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the story of our vacation.
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When Juan and Katy got married last year, one of their gifts from Juan’s parents was a trip anywhere they wanted. Considering that they had kids on the way, they chose a trip to Reno and invited Kyle and I to join. After months of carefully planning, March 14th became the day we left California… for a few days.

March 13th.
Of course we all had work, but luckily Juan and Katy were able to pick me up from work at 10. We got to the house and wait for Kyle to get off himself, and we all started planning our mini vacation.

March 14th.
The morning didn’t go according to plan. Katy and Juan forgot their confirmation packet back in Stockton and had to drive back to get it which left me and Kyle getting a late start as well. We quickly showered, got dressed, and packed last minute things we needed. Honestly, it was hard for me to say goodbye to the dogs, but my coworker watched them, so I wasn’t too stressed out about it. After getting gas for the car, money to spend, and snacks to munch on since we all didn’t eat all day, it was estimated that we’d be at the hotel by 5 pm. Wayy too late for a start of our vacation, but we made it work anyway… aside from the fact that the guys forgot the list of things to do on the fridge.

Of course, we drove past Tahoe. The snow gave me such nostalgic feelings from Maine that I was considering planning another trip there next year. I original plan was to visit during the winter, but knowing how bad the weather can get, flights may also be backed up as well. Time to rethink this plan..

We finally got to the hotel around 5 (like we estimated) and went to check in. Funny thing was that it was the same hotel my family and I were at when we took a trip there a long time ago. More nostalgia. Everything was simple for me to find now that I’ve been there before.

We checked into the room and got settled and started the vacation with some champagne and Jager shots.

After establishing that we were hungry, we got ready for the night and said goodbye to reality.

We decided on a buffet to get our fill in, but it was definitely more than we could take. I can never eat my money’s worth at a buffet and figured this wouldn’t change either… which it didn’t. Two plates and some ice cream and I’m done for the night. Plus it’s hard to eat at a buffet when you’re a veg. After dinner, Katy and I went back to the room to take a nap for a couple of hours while Juan and Kyle gambled for a bit.

After our nap, the guys came back and we planned the remainder of the night. It was 11:30 by the time we left the room. Before heading to a bar, we scoped out the area for a little bit.

… which this sucked on my part since I was still sick with mono that my body couldn’t handle the outdoors well that we walked back inside to get me some hot water.

Never get mono guys. It fucking sucks…

We ended up at a bar so I can calm down from coughing so much. It was a new experience for me now that I’m back at Reno legally – just the fact we could smoke indoors and the freaken bar is 24 hours is so weird! Eventually I got over it and enjoyed it while I could. We were there for a while until the guys started getting drunk and wanted to talk about politics and gamble. Katy and I went back to the room and talked until the guys came back some hours later. Then we ordered room service breakfast and it was bomb.

We didn’t go to bed until 7 am…

March 15th.

We all woke up at 2:30 and got ready for the day. What’s on our agenda today? It was honestly up in the air. We left the room by 5 to go eat.

What was already on our “to do list” was to eat fancy, so we ate at Sterling’s. The ambiance was nice, but it was really too dim in there that we could barely see each other. It also made us tired again.

Kyle and I shared a crab cake and it was the most moist and well seasoned crab cake I’ve ever had. It’s flavors were really brought out.

I had a side salad as my starter. Of course they had fancier dressings rather than just ranch. I chose their creamy basil and it was excellent. I loved that the bowl was a large crouton. I great idea to save on dishes.

Katy had their clam chowder of all things, but she was right, it was SO MUCH better than what we serve at work.

I had the Vegetarian Napoleon, which has spinach, asparagus, a portobella mushroom, carrots, yams, quinoa, and mozzarella layered. It was so good… until I remembered my hated for quinoa and was, sadly, turned off by the meal since quinoa is everywhere. I ate what I could and let the rest be. It was also filling for a veggie dish.

Kyle had the “Medallions of New Zealand Red Deer”. I honestly told him to get that since he could get a steak anywhere back at home. He was definitely happy with the choice and I was happy that he gave me his veggies that didn’t have quinoa all over. The perfect win.

After dinner, we split up again for an hour because Katy and I wanted to do a little shopping around before things closed up. We got what we liked and met the guys downstairs where we had tickets to a comedy show.

After the show, we headed to Circus Circus to check things out there… not before we get a freaken yard daiquiri.

We split up again as Katy found another store she wanted to check out. I won a couple of claw machine plushies for Kyle since I’m boss at those things and came across a Dance Dance Revolution game. My dumbass thought it was a great idea. Who cares about the fact I’m sick right now.

…. I almost had an asthma attack lol.

Did I ever mention that I have asthma? Well now you know.

We met up with Katy and Juan to the store they were at and headed back to the room to figure out the next plans and take more shots.

How was the yard long drink, you ask?

.. because Snapchat filter.

I started getting upset about the fact that everyone did everything they wanted to. All I ever want to do is just to take photos throughout the trip. They understood and we walked around the strip.

We split up again since Katy was getting tired (mom lyfe) and Kyle and I walked around the casinos where I gambled for the first time. Juan met up with us later on. I ended up losing the $70 I spent on slots, but that’s okay. I had set myself a $100 limit if I ever decided to play.

March 16th.
Last day of our mini vacation and next decision was what would be the last meal in Reno. We decided on some sushi place that looked super hip.

I love unique plate settings. It’s a weird obsession of mine.

The menu. I’ll spare the details. We all know what sushi is.

We did order some edamame and stuffed mushrooms. The mushrooms were great and had a nice kick of spice to it.

Miso soup, yum.

I couldn’t tell you what I ordered because it was off of some combination menu, but you all know that I got my rainbow roll because favorite.

And my drink of choice was their version of a Bloody Mary, but it was too spicy for my taste and it had a lot of ginger in it. I’m not a big fan of ginger. I just like ginger ale, that’s about it.

Had to face swap them lmfao.

Kyle and I shared a deep fried peach ice cream thing. Whatever it was called, it was great.

The ride home was a blur since I fell asleep in the car because mono hates me. We got home and said goodbye to Juan and Katy. We all agreed we need to make another trip out there sometime again… only when I’m not sick anymore haha.

Stephanie’s 21st.

A couple of weeks ago, Stephanie called me and asked what my plans were on the 26th – which was work. It also happened to be her 21st. We briefly discussed what she wanted to do and made plans to make it happen.

When the day came, I had a 9-5 shift that morning which worked out perfectly. I got home and quickly tidied up the house and waited for her to show up. Steph and her friend, Melissa, got to my place around 7:30 and the three of us started getting ready for the night.

The plan was for us to meet up with Steph’s coworker and her husband at a bar/club we were going to start with, but they changed their mind and asked if they could leave their car at my place and we all take an Uber there.

The first stop was at a place called Euro Lounge, which I really want their lights and lamps. I have a weird soft spot for lighting fixtures. We got there a little after 10 and they had a special of all well drinks being $5 until 10:30. We definitely stocked up on our booze then. It got close to 11 and a passage way to the upper floor opened up. We all went upstairs to a little club above. It was kind of cool how they fixed it in there.

Story time on this one. When we got there, immediately some girl starts chatting it up with the coworker’s husband, which he let her down easily. When we were on the second floor, the coworker was dancing and the chick from the beginning bumped into her. I don’t know what was said, but the next thing we knew was that they began a chick fight. Then the husband and the chick’s boyfriend jumped in and that’s when security came into play and kicked the four of them out. Obviously the rest of us had to catch up with them, so in a sense, we were kicked out too..

After that scenario and running after Steph as she ran the street to find a bathroom, we ended the night at The Dive Bar. Kim told me about this one and has videos of it – this place has a giant aquarium above the bar with real life “mermaids”. Clever gimmick, but still pretty cool. We were here for a while until it started getting crowded. We ended going back to my place so the coworker and husband could drive home safely and we can catch some z’s too.

Hello 2016.

Two weeks into the new year and quite a few things have happened:

1. I’m capable of a lot more responsibilities at work as I’m being taught to do other things that benefit the store, rather than just run a shift and continue on to babysit.

My GM and I had my first 1v1 some while ago and he has really helped a lot with my position, speaking as I am still new to this whole thing. He gave me a lot of feedback and has been teaching me ever since. I can’t thank him enough for everything.

2.Speaking of babysitting, I’ve made quite the friendship with some of the staff as a good majority of us have been out drinking the past week. I even hosted a kickback at my place last Monday! It was uber fun.

3. Kyle opened up a new store that is all his own. Apparently his boss thinks that transferring to a brand new store out in Greenback would be a great idea and moved him over. He’s pretty much starting all over, but he can now train his employees his way.

4. Sidekick has a long lost cousin that we gladly took in under our wing. He tells me his name is Edwin and we’ve been getting acquainted with each other these past few days. So far, he’s instantly there when available. I like him a lot. I can see this friendship blossoming.

Aside from things that have been happening, my resolutions have been going well too:

5. My Passion Planner has been so helpful that I can’t go a day without it. I’ve become so much more planned out and organized, not to mention that it is a complete task saver. So now when I forget what I need to do or where to go, Passion Planner is my buddy.

6. My snack intake has been cut down by a lot. Even at work with all its deliciousness. I definitely do not need anymore bread and pastries for as long as I’m there. Every once in a while. That’s it. I’m fine with that.
My first initial plans for this diet is to detox the first week on the beginning of the month. I did a detox before and it really made me feel better. I tried it again a couple weeks ago, but the difference between this time and last time was actual food intake of what I could have. This time I didn’t have any food at my house, only ate at work, and nearly almost passed out three days later. I immediately stopped and ate a grilled cheese before it got worse. Three days isn’t too bad, I’m still proud of myself for trying. There’s always February too to try again.

7. There’s another resolution that I forgot to mention in the previous New Years post. I’m trying to save up financially, saving $100 out of every paycheck I get. I’m also planning on using my savings account again for the first time in years as my bank still does my transfers each month. I just need to resist the urge to transfer money back into my checking account. Mobile data just makes everything too tempting..

8. As for smoking, I still do it. But rarely now.
I went the first seven days without a cigarette and then depression took over for a couple of days and I caved. Other than that, piece of cake.

Well here’s how my January is going so far. A lot of big plans are in the making with Passion Planner to help guide me.

How is your new year going? Are you keeping those resolutions in check?

Oh, and almost forgot. I took some videos on the GoPro when we were out in Stockton on Christmas. Enjoy this late video post.

Day(s) in the Life.

Since Sunday evening, I have the house to myself and, of course, no one to hang out with. While looking for something to occupy my next couple days off, I ended up finding Kyle’s Go Pro that he never uses. Being me, I decided to take ownership of the thing and recorded some moments and familiarize myself with the camera. It’s a pretty niffy little thing that has pretty great quality. All these times of trying to find a video camera to consider, I’ve had one in this house the whole time.

I don’t care what he says, this Go Pro is now mine!

Stockton Visit.

Monday, Kyle and I had the day off, so we decided to take a day trip to visit my family and friends since he’s visited twice without me.

It’s also been a while since Sidekick has shot in video. Let her know that she did great because she won’t believe me..

April Nineteenth.

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The day before, Kyle tells me that Juan was going to come by and stay the night. I was alright with it until I realized that no one told me a time and I had work until 4. I was picked up by Juan and his brother after, so everything worked out. Kyle came home from work around six and that’s where the night began. Endless drinks and a pit stop for food.

Everyone was pretty much obliterated at the end.

Since my birthday, it’s been nonstop drinking for a total of ten days. After this one, I think it’s now time for a break.

Enjoy the video of some saved drunken snaps.