Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Happy Hump Day Blog Helpers!

Happy Hump Day! If you don't know, hump day is for confessions.

Making Melissa

I confess.. 

Today we are having a Cereal Bar at work so I am more than likely going to be running around all day. Which means sadly part of my email will be neglected until I get everything set up. But Cereal!
It was not originally my event, but when the sister you wish you always wanted asks you to help out, you rise to the occasion. (Watch out for a post about my cereal bar!) 

I still have not written my humor paper for my creative writing class because I have not felt very creative lately. But now I have to write and another paper that I have to check the syllabus for. 
Can I also just say that I do not like my Creative Writing teachers form of grading because I don't know if she has been receiving any of my emails, nor do I know what my actual grade is because she does not use the schools system. It is very frustrating! 

I keep checking out Elevate Everyday's blog and Facebook for more Elevated updates. I still have to book a hotel and get my car ready for the drive to Cali, but none of that matters yet. I still have to find a cute outfit and request the day off of work. 

I am so far behind on Life After 5's comments and emails. I promise you guys I will get caught up on them this week! Thank you for your patience, and thanks to all of you new followers! You guys are helping my grade out a ton!! 

I put 6 books in my amazon wish list today. I thought about buying them all too, but convinced myself not to until I finished reading one. I think I am lying to myself about the amount of will power I truly have. 

All of my plants at the office are dead. They were doing so well and then BAM! They all died. Except for Fern, the not an actual fern but I still call her that, in my bosses office that I am surprisingly keep her alive. 

I need to go to happy hour after the first part of this week happened. And by happy hour I secretly mean all of the margaritas with chips and salsa! 

It took me 3 different times to edit this post because blogger hates me and converted everything to not the way I wanted it. 

Lastly, if you didn't catch it in the title of the post, I need your help! I have to do my very first Vlog and I have no clue what to do it on! Should I do a Q&A? A review on a product or show? Make a recipe? There are so many options that I just have no clue! Are their any experienced vloggers that can help a girl out?
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Monday, March 23, 2015

12 Things I Learned From This Weekend

1.) Having 2 weeks to do homework is not helpful because I still wait until the last possible second to do anything. 

2.) If I don't go through my bloglovin feed for four days, I end up with 789 unread posts. 

3.) Google is will be doing away with Google+ and splitting it into a few different aspects. I've just now gotten a little further into Google+ now, so it will be interesting to see how it turns out. 

4.) I really hate talking on the phone. I knew that it wasn't my favorite form of communication, but I feel like I am too impatient for it.

5.) I cannot grow plants. I just can't! My seedlings that were sprouting died and I think that my Chia seeds grew mold and are killing my succulents. I am hopeless in the way of green thumbs.

6.) One must have ninja like focus when trying to write while drunk. Or else they will end up like me who gets distracted when buzzed. Which did not help with the production of number one. 

7.) Although it is 85 degrees, walking around a parking lot for an hour trying to find your car will make it feel like 98 degrees. It was a big parking lot. 

8.) My friends now understand my need to be punctual and early to things, but only 1/4 of them actually make the effort to do so. 

9.) You can use an inhaler on a dog. I have yet to experience how this whole process works, but I get to learn how to use it tonight. 

10.) Sitting on a sued couch while one is suffering a sunburn is unbearable. It's like your body does not cool down. 

11.) The Turkey legs that are consumed at the Renaissance Festival not only smell like ham/bacon but they are the size of your head! Really only one should be consumed between 3 people. 

12.) When given a chance to actually be a productive human or watch all of the Disney Princess movies on ABC Family, I choose the Princesses. And I may or may not have watched The Little Mermaid twice, because I am an adult and do what I want.

I hope everyone else had a great weekend! If I am scarce on the blog this week I apologize in advance! I am helping to photograph a wedding this weekend. I have no idea what I am doing so that should be fun. But I am also helping with the set up for the reception, I helped with pinching dozens of decals in the invitations, and directed the bride where to get her cakes/cupcakes. Should I start a new career path here? Also I am off to another house sitting job and my mom is in town for said wedding!

I may just post because of the craziness! 

And to end it a song I am in love with this week to start yours off right! Enjoy!
Someone New by Hozier on Grooveshark

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Around My City: Gadzooks Enchiladas & Soups

This week, despite my spending freeze, I decided that I really needed to get out of the office and take a lunch. It took me a minute or two of playing back and forth on what I wanted because despite the amazing (and pricey) restaurants around my office, I normally get fast food because it is quick and easy. 

Well I am glad I stayed away from it! Because I found the best place ever. Dare I say, that it is even better than Chipotle. Welcome to Gadzooks, where they serve happiness in enchilada and taco form! 

You start off a lot like you do at Chipotle, picking your main course. I picked the two enchilada which were more than enough! The best part was the fresh tortillas! Lord knows I love tortillas but please take a moment to understand the fact that they were cooking them from dough! Lord have meerrccyyy! 

Back to the process, you pick your meet or vegan/vegetarian options, I chose the Roasted Tomatillo Chicken and the Green Chile Pork. Then you choose your sauce! Red, Green, or Christmas tree style (both). Again I picked both because one can never have enough options when it comes to enchiladas. They add your cheeses and then put it int the fiery oven to let it all melt together. 

Skip down to the rest of your options, add your salsa, sauces, guac, and other miscellanous toppings. What ever you want they will add it, but always add the guac (only $1 extra). 

For mine I added the Slaw, guac, pico de gallo, and sour cream.

My coworker put green chile salsa, a jalapeno ranch dressing, sour cream, guac, and a fried egg on hers. I have never heard of getting fried eggs on enchiladas, but apparently I should. 

Overall I would give this place 2 really big thumbs up! There are a ton of choices for anyone, and there is the right amount of spice. Plus all of the food is really fresh, so rich and delicious. 

If you have a chance to go to Gadzooks Enchiladas & Soups I would definitely recommend it! 

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Blogging Elite Giveaway: $180 Amazon Gift Card

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Why I am an Feminist

It took me a whole 5 seconds to decide to write this post, it took me 5 hours to research it and 10 hours to actually compose a piece of writing that made sense. While I hope it is not offensive I am still going to be honest about my feelings of this topic. 

In truth, if you would have asked me two years ago what a feminist was I would have given you the basic assumed answer. A woman who stands up for women's rights and hates on men. I hadn't actually taken the time until now to look up what the word feminist means. So for all intensive purposes here is the U.S. Definition.  

Feminist: (fem-uh-nist) 
1. adj- Advocating in social, political, legal and economic rights for women equal to those of men.
2. noun- An advocate of such rights. 

Over the past year feminism has become more apparent in my life. There are more stories being shown in the news, more articles being published in papers, and more people coming out to the world saying that they believed in this huge concept of feminism. Then you have people who disagree with the term, or completely misunderstand the term. 

Take Shailene Woodley for example (because I am going to name drop like that), in her interview featured in Time Magazine, her interviewer asks simply, are you a feminist? 

She replies with "No because I love men, and I think the idea of ‘raise women to power, take the men away from the power’ is never going to work out because you need balance."

NEWS FLASH! Feminists do not want to take all of the power away from men, nor do we hate them. I mean there may be a few groups that do, but not all feminists are built the same.

I believe in equality. I believe that women and men should be paid fairly for the position that they are in. If two people are doing the same job and have the same qualifications, why should one be paid more than the other? I should not have to worry about a male being hired in at a higher salary for the same job that I have been doing 5+ years, because I am a female.

Love is equal too. I believe that all love should be treated equally, because in the end who cares about who is in love with whom. We should all have the right to marry and create lives with whomever we see fit. Whether a person loves men, women, or men and women should not matter. Love should not be defined by law.

I believe in choice. No one has the right to tell me what I can and can't do to my body, especially not a group of 50 year old senators (both male and female) or any one in a religious entity. Others beliefs are important, but so is the right to choose. Should a person not believe in abortion, or the use of contraceptives, and chooses abstinence until marriage, that is their choice to make. Only you can decide to do that, no one can tell you otherwise. But let's be real by saying I have no major religious barriers and am an adult who does not practice abstinence, so it is my choice to make sure I have options to make those decisions about my body. In the end we should be able to choose what we as individuals can do to our bodies. 

No always means no. In any situation, no always means no.  Not maybe, or you didn't stop it so you must have wanted something. It still means no if I didn't knowingly and in right mind say yes. Ladies don't think that it is only about you, because 1 out of 33 men has been a victim of a form of rape. And if you have a problem figuring if a person is giving you consent, maybe take some advise from here

I am not a piece of meat. I should be allowed to wear the clothes I want and not be told that it is inappropriate because someone may get the wrong thought. No one tells men that they can't wear muscle shirts, wife beater tank tops, or their pants that sag below their ass because it will cause woman to have "impure thoughts". So why is it that I have to make sure none of my clothes are too form fitting or show too much skin because it looks like I asking for it? I'm not saying that we should all walk around in bikini's and not expect some reaction, but I should not feel like a piece of steak in front of a lion should I choose to do so. No one person should have to feel scared to walk to their car at night or to be in a house by themselves. 

I can do anything you can do. And sometimes I can even do it better! It sucks being a girl to go and get the oil changed in your car. Why? Because girls are treated differently because of the stereotypes placed on women's knowledge of cars. Little does that mechanic know, I know the $200 they are trying to charge me to change my brakes is a rip off, because I can change them myself for $40, and I do. Women can work in warehouses; we can lift things, and build things just like the best of the boys. Just like men can sew, wash, and cook like the girls. Politics is still going to be politics no matter who is in charge. Guess what we all can do things equally; we may or may not want to, but we can. 

Women don't want to take away power; we just want a piece of the power too. I know that some of this may seem a little vague and more toward the egalitarian /humanism side of the spectrum, but really if you can't support feminism, how can you support the others?   
Are you a feminist or no? Why? 

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Wednesday "Pin"sperational Planners

I have an obsession for planners, I mean it is slightly boarder line crazy. At any given time I have atleast two different planners, not including my online calender. It makes keeping things a little hectic, but I can't help myself! 

One planner that has made it's way back into the arms of people everywhere is the Filofax. I remember when my parents used these for literally everything. The only difference now is that there are more appropriate ways to style all of the pages while making them look super adorable. 

Here are a few of the inspirations on Pinterest, that have me obsessed with the return of the Filofax. 
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Do you have a planner that you jazz up? 

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