Monday, May 30, 2011

Music Mondays

Stream the World Alive's new song, Lights & Stones on AltPress

Sparks the Rescue, Go Radio, This Century, and Select Start have announced dates for the District Lines tour, check them out here

Ocean Is Theory released their Future Fears EP, buy it on iTunes. Check out their tour dates here

At Spin! check out Cobra Starship's Sexy Chromeo Remix here

Download Don Trip's SickX2 for free here and Finale here


Friday, May 27, 2011

Fawk You Friday

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Joining in on Fawk You Friday with J at Boobies, Babies, and a Blog and Christy at My Mad Mind

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  • cramps. enough said. ouch.
  • tornados...sheesh, enough already...and floods too...stop ravaging and calm down please
  • the 2 other cars making the wrong turn this week that I got stuck behind

Shoegasm!



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I need..NEED a pair of basic tall cowboy boots...the ones I have are little kid's riding boots..yep I have tiny feet, and I wanted to be cheap and "cool" with my tiny feet...so I bought that pair in high school..but now I am ready for a legit pair of boots, and I crave a pair of Lucchesse's.



Okay, this pair of booties...from ModCloth...are crazy...super trendy and really awesome..and after some love/hate thoughts...I decided that I love them and I want to rock them.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tide Loads of Hope


I love when companies make it so easy for the average consumer to help great causes. Tide has been doing this for a while and I just wanted to keep the word up about it.

Tide Loads of Hope will donate $1 for every cap code from participating Tide product that is registered on their website, Tide Loads of Hope. This money goes to the facilitation of a mobile laundromat that visits disaster areas, helping the people have atleast clean clothes while they deal with the devastations of their communities, homes, and belongings. Their team stays for a predetermined amount of days, doing 300 loads of laundry a day to help these families have clean and dry clothes.

Learn more here and be sure to look for participating products when you're ready to purchase your next bottle of laundry detergent..

Monday, May 23, 2011

Music Monday



At Spin! hear a preview of Bon Iver's new album here and check out the Foo Fighters upcoming tour announcement here, grab a free 15 song download of songs in their June issue here, and listen to an unreleased song from New Order here

The top 10 tracks for free download on Tweet for a Track are

Check out the dates for the Friday is Forever Tour with Hot Chelle Rae, We the Kings, The Summer Set, Downtown Fiction, and Action Item here


Check out Darren Flower's video for Get Closer to Me here, and get a free download of his album, Right Now, here

Sunday, May 22, 2011

It's the End of the World as We Know It

And I feel fine...

Honestly, I think this rapture idea, though rooted in religious belief is now used as a huge scare tactic. Although I am religious and I do believe in G-d, I also believe in the scientific explanations and intertwine them with what I was taught about creation, etc. So my question is, the dinosaurs also had an end of their world, but it was through the extinction process...so if their world ended like that, why does "our" world HAVE to end at ONE time...plus, 6 pm doesn't even make sense because there are 37? 39? timezones in the world, and in biblical times, they did not have timezones. They world "endings" back then were floods and earthquakes because those phenomena (as we still see today) are devastating to towns, cities, cultures, countries..whatever. They did not have the technology, medical sophistication, or methods to truly be able to rebuild and revive their cities. It was easier for them to lose their populations and structures because they were not as advanced-medically, they did not have the treatments, and although they were able to build impressive buildings, homes, bazaars, agoras, etc, they took a long time to build and a lot of man power. It was very difficult for them to get back on their feet, so with most knowledge coming from a biblical, prophetic, or religious place, it was easier to explain these phenomena on G-d's anger and a rapture.

Now, we know about geology, tectonic plates, weather patterns, and other things that can lead to these occurrences. Yes, all of these things have been very active lately, but I believe that all of this is cyclical. The earth is doing what it always does and this is not a rapture.

I don't mean to harp on anyone's religion or put someone down, but all of the hubub and hype on "doomsday" just made no sense to me.

I am just wondering how these people will go back into their previous places of work and try to get their jobs back-will their employers take them seriously; will they be thought of as stable enough to hold a job there?

The Summer Set, Hey Monday, Yellowcard, and All Time Low : Dirty Work Tour in Dallas


Finally, four bands that I wanted to see, all on one tour, in one place! Definite excitement, definitely hating Dallas traffic for keeping L and I from seeing The Summer Set (seriously, we would have been there for most of their set, no doubt if not for that Friday's traffic jam of doom on my way home from work. I've seen The Summer Set a few times before, but not seeing them is not okay; they always put on a great show, and I'm still not happy that I missed them.

Check The Summer Set out on their official website, facebook, twitter, myspace, youtube, and iTunes.

L and I got there a little before Hey Monday's set. The four bands drew a huge crowd of very energetic fans, so ready for the sets to come. We were pretty far back, so it was a little hard to see the bands, but we could definitely hear them. ( I love that the Palladium has video screens; being that I'm short and not interested in getting up close and sacrificing the current togetherness of my face, I can stand towards the back and still see the show). As expected, Hey Monday put on a great show. Again, Cassadee showed her strength as a performer and vocally as she belted out their set for us. Hey Monday got everyone moving and played both older and newer hits. I love Homecoming and Wondergirl, as well as most of the other songs they played. They also played their faster version of Candles which has grown on me since their last Dallas show, though I still prefer the original version. I really liked their acoustic version of Hangover; it brings a new depth to the song and really sounded great.

For more Hey Monday, check them out on their official website, myspace, facebook, twitter, youtube, and iTunes.




I have been wanting to see Yellowcard live since high school. I was not such an avid concert goer back then, and was too concerned that I'd look like a poser going to a Yellowcard concert. Thank goodness I don't care about that anymore because their set blew me away. Their music and lyrics are so powerful when you listen to them at home, but they are so much more powerful and real when you hear them live and see the band playing. They played hits from all of their albums and EPs and I seriously do not think that their show could have been any better unless they were able to play all of their songs. Their songs had so much meaning for me in high school, and this show just completely cemented that. Their live rendition of Believe gave me goosebumps, and Way Away and Only One brought me back to high school and gave me a look at how far I've come. They closed with Ocean Avenue, which had everyone dancing and singing along. Their songs always manage to strike somewhere within me, and it's the same with their new songs from their newest album as well.

Check out Yellowcard on their official website, twitter, facebook, myspace, and iTunes.





All Time Low pretty much exploded on to the stage. These guys have insane amounts of energy and are not shy about anything. From the minute their set started to way after it ended, you could feel their vibe and their hype. They played old and new songs and even did an acoustic break with a cover of Katy Perry's Teenage Dream. Alex brought Cassadee out for Remembering Sunday, one of my favorite All Time Low songs. This song will make you emotional; it is so heavy, and hearing them on it together is just insane. The talent that these guys have is crazy, and they really put their all into their songs and performances. They have no issues getting their fans jumping around, dancing, and getting crazy; they love it-they feed off of it.

For more All Time Low, check out their official site, facebook, twitter, myspace, youtube, and tumblr.






This was one of the best concerts I have been to, in spite of the really annoying and obnoxious sweaty high schoolers there. I guess that's partly my fault for liking the same music they like, but whatever, it was worth it. If you are in to any of these bands, I definitely suggest you go see them life. They put on an explosive show and will keep you entertained and moving from the first to the last song and long afterwards.

For more videos from this concert and other concerts, check out my youtube channel.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Do You Date?

This seems to be a recurring thing in my life right now. So many people have asked me this, then I've got my grandfather telling me that I'm getting old, referring to my empty ring finger (I love ALL of my grandparents, but in my situation, 22 is too young to be engaged-FOR ME...since everyone is different)

Yes, I do date, when the situation arises...it's still been difficult for me to be social here, so my dating life is pretty dry and desolate. It sucks, and most of it is my fault, I know, but things take time. I've been here for almost a year, and well, I'm impatient, and so is everyone else.

I do date, and I will date, but honestly, and let's face it, I am not the girl that stops guys in their tracks. I rarely make them look twice, and I'm a complete nerd. I laugh too much, I make dumb jokes that I think are funny, and I look like I'm 15 years old. This isn't a self hating post-I love these things about myself, I just know that it will take a special guy to accept and love these things about me. It's taken me a long time to get to this point about myself, so I know that it's not going to be overnight for a guy to love these things about me. I've been told that I'm annoying, that I'm intimidating, and that sometimes I'm over the top.

Wow, this is sounding like a personal ad. Enough with that. I'm in no hurry to be married; yes, a steady and loving relationship would be awesome, but it will happen in time and it will happen when I get myself out there and find the right guy. Early 20s can be a really shitty and awkward time as I am realizing. You're out of college, you're working, everyone thinks it should be glamorous, you should be going out, dating, socializing, but then again, you realize that you have bills to pay, you can't go hungover to work every day, and sometimes you want to take the weekends to sleep since you can't take a break from work to nap like you'd do between classes back in college.

I am trying to find myself, enjoy myself, and do things for myself. Dating will fall into place somewhere, when it's right. I'm not putting my love life on the back burner, but I will not let it be the driving force in my life. I'm putting my trust that it will find me when I am ready and when it is ready. In the mean time, I'm going to keep putting myself out there and see what happens.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Fawk You Friday

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  • Obama: you cannot use another country as a pawn..you are threatening the security and wellbeing of not only a country, but a culture. Do your research on Hamas...on the palestinians residing in Isreal...read a freakin history book, LOOK at what's going on...They've been given many changes and many negotiations-they will not stop until Israel is off the map, and if you think that's just going to fly, you've got another thing coming
  • you for making me feel unimportant and unnoticed

Shoegasm!

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This is the Reva pump by Sofft. This is a classy and beautiful shoe with a trendy edge. I love the sleek look of this shoe. It's pretty versatile and I could definitely wear these at work or for going out.

This is Clue by Jimmy Choo. It's a Nordstrom exclusive and I'm kind of obsessed with it. With its muted glitter, you can wear this with a louder or brighter shirt without being too loud or cluttered. This shoe would be a great going out or date shoe. I'm loving it, Mr. Choo!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

NOBAMA, I stand with Israel!

Let me just say that Obama just lost every single Jewish constituent that he may have had...even if Israel does not go to pre 1967 war borders, just the notion, the proposal, the vocalization of the thought of this turned all of us off...this coming from a huge Obama supporter-I was so proud to have voted for him in my first election ever...well now, I'm disgusted. I'm appalled, offended, and angry. I don't think that these political figureheads are realizing what these Palestinians actually are...okay, now i am NOT saying this about all Palestinians, so please do not misunderstand. The Palestinians living in Israel may be poor, but they are taught from childhood to hate Jews and Israelis. Their math lessons at school use killing Jews and Israelis to teach them how to add, subtract, etc. They are taught to throw rocks or anything else at the soldiers or citizens because the Palestinians know that Israeli soldiers will do their best not to hurt or harm any children. They are raised in hate and they are not about peace. Yes, I know that they say they are, but their "peace" talks are the "my way or the highway" type.

For Israel to go back to the pre 1967 borders is complete suicide. They give up all of their mountain land, putting them at a severe defense disadvantage. They were able to overcome it before, but since the US tries to control all of Israel's military moves, who knows how it will work out now. Another thing to note: the only reason these Palestinians are poor and in settlements is because their home countries: Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, etc, did NOT want them back because of how radical and violent they are. Giving them their own state would not only be condoning this, but would also kill a state that holds the history and culture of several peoples and religions.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Cake Balls



I wanted to make a cake for my youngest sister's birthday, but since I was driving down from Dallas, I didn't really want to transport a whole cake to work and then for that drive. I found the official cake balls recipe from Martha Stewart, but of course since I kind of suck at following directions, I Ashley-fied to the way to make these. They still came out awesome, but next time I am going to try to do it the right way. Regardless, this is how I did it.

You will need:

Cake mix of your choice
Icing of your choice
Melting chocolate (one brick should be sufficient for one cake mix batch)
Sprinkles

Here's what you do:

  1. Prepare cake mix as usual, let it cool, then destroy.
  2. Crush it up until it's mush or crumbs (depending on how long you let it cool-I was closer to the mush side).
  3. After crushing or mushing, Mix it together with icing and roll to create the balls.
  4. Place the balls on a paper plate or wax paper, or whatever you want to have it cool on.
  5. Put the cake and icing balls in the refrigerator overnight to cool and harden.
  6. When the balls are hardened (the next dayyy...) melt your melting chocolate and dip the balls into the chocolate
  7. Roll the chocolate covered balls in sprinkles
  8. Place on wax paper or paper plate or..whatever you want, and place in the refrigerator to cool and harden-I'd say a few hours
  9. ENJOY!!!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Music Monday





On Musiqtone, check out Alan's review of Il Volo's new self titled album, Rihanna's video for her single, Bed, a preview of Manchester Orchestra's new album, Simple Math, Chris Young's video for Tomorrow, Tasha's interview with Go Radio, Alan's interview with Yellowcard,

Andrew Belle has released a limited edition of his album, The Ladder on Amazon.com

We the Kings, The Summer Set, Hot Chelle Rae, The Downtown Fiction, and Action Item have announced their Friday is Forever Tour dates, check them out here

On Spin! check out the 30 Best Instrumental Songs here, a free download of All For Nothing by Face to Face here, a free 18 song download from their May issue here,

Check out Trent Dabbs' tour dates here and grab his song, Love You Good, with Amy Stroup on Amazon.

The Maine has a free download of Don't Stop Down on their facebook.

On Noisetrade, get free downloads from Paul Dempsey, Ivan & Alyosha, Elenowen, and Castle Lights.

The top 10 free downloads on Tweet for a Track are

Grab a free download of Bellevue's Finest's new song, Right Now at their Band Camp

Derek Jordan is offering a free download of his new song, Vampire Song here

The Ocean Is Theory has a free download of their song, Best Intensions here and check out their upcoming tour dates here

Grab a free download from Darren Flowers here

Download 3 free cover songs from The Last Royals here

Sparks the Rescue released their new album, Worst Thing I've Been Cursed With. Buy it on iTunes or stream it on AOL Music.

Matthew Perryman Jones is joining the Ten Out of Tenn Tour these year; check out dates here and check out the rest of his tour dates here


Download DJ Clinton Sparks' My Awesome Mixtape for free here

Download Kitten's single, Chinatown on iTunes

Download Sara Swenson's single, Time to Go on iTunes

The Cab and All Time Low announce their tour dates here



Mike Robins [Interview]

Mike Robins plays guitar for Hope, who I saw back in October on their tour with Days Difference and Ryan Star. Watching him play, I could really see how in to music he was; his passion was completely out there for all of us to see. After the show, I caught up with him and got to know him a little better.


Watch it here

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Five Spice Chicken and Orange Salad


I have really been trying to find more salad recipes that are more in tune with "salad as meals" with a decent protein/vegetable balance without piling on too many calories. My go to salad is merely lettuce, tomato, onion, some olives and banana peppers...not too exciting but a great precursor to a meal.

I made the Five Spice Chicken and Orange Salad and it was delicious! Since I cook for just myself, I had enough left over to last me for a few more dinners. I really loved how the spices, chicken, and orange slices came together to create a sweet, tangy, and savory salad definitely fitting for the main dish of a meal.

Five-Spice Chicken & Orange Salad


Five-spice powder is a Chinese seasoning shortcut combining multiple flavors in one convenient package. Tossed with orange juice and chicken, it makes a terrific salad with a complex, layered taste that belies the simple recipe.

4 servings

Active Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes


Ingredients

  • 6 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon five-spice powder, (see Note)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed
  • 3 oranges
  • 12 cups mixed Asian or salad greens
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1/2 cup slivered red onion
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Combine 1 teaspoon oil, five-spice powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl. Rub the mixture into both sides of the chicken breasts.
  2. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken breasts; cook until browned on one side, 3 to 5 minutes. Turn them over and transfer the pan to the oven. Roast until the chicken is just cooked through (an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 165°F), 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board; let rest for 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, peel and segment two of the oranges (see Tip), collecting segments and any juice in a large bowl. (Discard membranes, pith and skin.) Add the greens, bell pepper and onion to the bowl. Zest and juice the remaining orange. Place the zest and juice in a small bowl; whisk in vinegar, mustard, the remaining 4 teaspoons oil, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Pour the dressing over the salad; toss to combine. Slice the chicken and serve on the salad.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 2. Store the chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Slice and serve chilled.
  • Note: Often a blend of cinnamon, cloves, fennel seed, star anise and Szechuan peppercorns, five-spice powder was originally considered a cure-all miracle blend encompassing the five elements (sour, bitter, sweet, pungent, salty). Look for it in the supermarket spice section.

  • Tip: To segment citrus: With a sharp knife, remove the skin and white pith from the fruit. Working over a bowl, cut the segments from their surrounding membranes. Squeeze juice into the bowl before discarding the membranes.

Nutrition

Per serving: 278 calories; 10 g fat (2 g sat, 6 g mono); 63 mg cholesterol; 23 g carbohydrates; 26 g protein; 7 g fiber; 491 mg sodium; 450 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (170% daily value), Vitamin A (140% dv), Selenium (30% dv), Iron (15% dv).

1 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1 fruit, 1 1/2 vegetable, 3 lean meat, 1 1/2 fat

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Money Saving Fun!


So being that I don't make a top notch income (but really, who does?) I have been on the look out for websites and other ways that will help me save money while still enjoying things that I like to do..you know, eat, shop, pamper myself-the basics. Anyway, here are some websites that I have found to help me out along the way.


Offers discounts from many merchants, restaurants, spas, etc. local to your city, usually about 50%-90% off- check them out here


Gasbuddy is a website that will direct you to the cheapest gas prices in your city. Enter your zipcode into the search bar on the main website and it will take you to the page for your city and surrounding towns, suburbs, etc. If you sign up and register, you can get points for entering gas prices, reading news stories, and other things. You can use these points to get tickets towards a random drawing for a $250 gas card every week. If you're interested and there's somewhere on the sign up for a referral, you can always tell them that Kissmyash0600 sent you :)


I am working on saving money so that I'll have it for emergencies or other things that might come up in the future. I have found that it's a lot easier for me to save when I have a set amount of money comine out each time, and when it is not in my savings account on my bank account. I do use that, but Smarty Pig is more like a put away savings that I cannot easily transfer back into my checking account to use for "right now". It's part of BBVA Compass Bank, so it is secure, legit, safe, and smart. If you're interested in Smarty Pig, comment with your email here so I can send you a referral email :) or email me at kissmyash0600@hotmail.com


Mint is a smart way to keep track of all of your bank accounts, savings accounts, and property values in one place. It alerts you when your accounts reach low balances and when a charge that might not be authorized or looks suspicious hits your accounts.


Living Social is another site that offers local discounts of 60%-95% off at retailers, restaurants, spas, etc in your city. Check them out here.



Groupon offers 50%-90% off at local retailers, restaurants, etc. Check them out here


Urban Dealight offers 50%-90% off of local stores, food, restaurants, services, etc. Check them out here


This may or may not only be for Dallas, I may or may not be super dumb-I feel like you can get this for other cities who have Pegasus sites. Same thing, local discounts, save money, check it out here


If your city has a Village Voice, you have Voice Deals of the Day-also 50%-90% off local businesses, etc-check it out here


If you shop online and are into the idea of getting cash back from online retailers, Ebates is definitely something that you should check out. Sign up on Ebates, search your retailer. If they have listed with Ebates, their cash back and promotion options will come up on the page. Simply click the link of the promotion or cash back that you want and Ebates will take you to that retailer where you shop and check out. The total is transferred to your Ebates account which figures your cash back amount which is then put on your account. Your check is sent out every 3 months based on purchases that you've made in the previous 4 months (the schedule is posted under help topics/cash back payments). I highly HIGHLY recommend this one, so at least check it out here


Earn Swagbucks by doing web searches through the website as well as taking surveys, playing games, entering Swagcodes, watching videos, and doing other things that they list. The account also offers different promotions and coupons that you can use and earn Swagbucks from using them. You can redeem your Swagbucks in the Swagstore for other promotions and deals from popular retailers and Etailers.

Search & Win


If you like designer clothing but can't afford to feed your addiction without breaking the bank and taking the credit card out of the freezer, you should check out Shop It To Me. On this site, you sign up and create your own profile of sizes, designers, stores, and items that you like. When things on your profile in your sizes go on sale, you get an email of the prices and other promotion codes that you can use to get even deeper discounts. Check it out here


Discounts from various businesses local to your city, one deal a day (50%-90% off). If enough people buy, the deal activates, if not, the deal does not and no one pays. Check it out here

Sunday Paper

It's my best friend of inanimate objects. The front of the paper tells you if there's coupons in it or not (no, the plastic wrap is not the giveaway because some weekends, it's just comics and inserts). If the front page of the Sunday Paper says "$426 in savings!" BUY IT and cut the coupons. Seriously, it's about $3, you can get it at any gas station, grocery store, drug store, etc, and do yourself a favor by cutting the coupons and saving tremendously on your groceries and drug store purchases. Seriously, there literally is NO reason not to.


There is always a sale on top of a sale on top of a sale, especially if you get the emails, and if you have a Kohls card, it's even better. I love Lauren Conrad's line, and the Elle line there, but there are fashions and designers for ever taste of fashion. The store is affordable, fun, and will take back returns if you get home and your clothes don't fit (even if it's been a month since you bought them..but please be classy, don't wear and return-gross!)


If this goes well, it will spread out. Right now, they are running a trial for Dallas, Austin, Atlanta, San Diego, and San Francisco. Same thing as the other deal sites, but these are through Facebook. From what I've seen, there are some pretty good deals so far. It is definitely looking good.




Monday, May 9, 2011

Music Monday




On Musiqtone, check out Spencer's hot seat with A Rocket to the Moon, Chris Young's video for Tomorrow here, Tasha's interview with Go Radio, Alan's hot seat with Yellowcard, Erica's review of Augustana's album, and Stephanie's review of Damato's Sacramento concert.

On Spin! check out pictures from Bamboozle here, get a free download of Modern Art by the Black Lips here, and a free download from Grieves here, get a free download of the 18 tracks from their May issue here

On Noisetrade, get a free download from Ivan and Alyosha, Darren Flowers, and Molly Parden.

The top tracks for free download on Tweet for a Track are

Check out Brooke Annibale's tour dates here

Check out Sara Swenson's tour dates here


Check out Kitten's tour dates here

Check out A Rocket to the Moon's tour dates here

Sunday, May 8, 2011

New Me Revolution

Lately I've been thinking-a lot...That gets dangerous, it spins me into anxiety and puts me at such unrest with myself, but honestly I think it's better to be at this huge point of unrest so I can actually convince myself to do something about it...I'm almost 23 and I'm not happy with the "place" I'm in right now...I don't know what I expected, but it wasn't this...but I am hoping that I'm about to embark on ways to fix it and make me feel better about things and about myself.

Here are some of my "new me" resolutions
  • no more speeding-I've been doing really well with this, and it's a keeper
  • be a little more frugal (without acting like a cheapskate)..decide which deals and sales are worth it and which can be left alone
  • get my apartment clean and organized...for REAL this time...this should take all of this week and maybe the weekend, but I have to focus on it...I'm thinking that part of my inner chaos is due to my disorganization at home
  • finish getting organized at work...ditto
  • clean my car, inside and out, once a month...I promise I'm really not a slob, though the past 3 things and more on here probably seem like it...I just get distracted really easily and don't like to clean, but who does (i DO clean, I just get lazy some times)
  • be better and more consistent about the dish washer and the clothes folding
  • go through my closet and just take out the older items that I only wear because I am waiting to find the newer replacement...I'll sell what I can at Plato's Closet or Buffalo Exchange and donate the rest, but at least when I do go shopping, I don't have to think that I already own something if it's old or too small, it'll be gone...and if i don't wear it anymore, it'll be gone too
  • treat myself to a manicure once a month...I work hard, I like to be pampered, so why not
  • Put more effort into looking more put together when I go places...I guess it's kind of one of those you never know who you're going to run into, or who someone will run into and may want to talk you up
  • keep up the healthy eating, weight watchers tracking, and working out (when I'm not sick) being healthy and eating well and feeling good is core to this
  • positive outcomes only-yes, I stole this from Hellcats (it's Savannah's motto) but I need to use it-I need to stop being so negative, I need to be positive with myself and things regarding myself..and not be so insecure...
  • be more social...unfortunately the two friends that I made here are moving away in a few months...so I've got to be social again and see what comes of it..obviously this will be awkward and eventually I'll like it, but I hate that my social scene is lacking and I'm sad that they're moving away...I've got to branch out again
  • work hard for what I want-I'm a little unsatisfied right now and I'm just going to have to work hard to find satisfaction
This all has to happen...yeah I look like a little insecure lame person...okay, I get it, but I'm going to fix it all, I'm going to surround myself with the right people and the right thoughts and I'm really going to be okay...POSITIVE OUTCOMES ONLY

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Free Credit Score -dot- com

So I started an account with Mint.com to help keep track of my money all in one place, and it's been awesome so far. The only issue that I had with it was my choice for company to check my credit score. They had a few options and I chose Free Credit Score (dot com). So I had no issues with it at the beginning except that I forgot to cancel my account before the free trial ran out...So, issue number one, the site is NOT free for long term use. So I paid the fee (12.95 or 13.95 or something like that) once was fine-that was my mistake, whatever. I then called up to cancel my account because all I really needed at that point in time was my three credit scores and that was all. I spoke to their customer service agent who was AWFUL-every time I told her that I wanted to cancel, she tried to keep me with some discount or getting some months free and tried to make me think that I was making a bad decision. I firmly told her that I was not going to extend, did not want to keep my account and that I had to go back to work. She was still trying to get me to keep my account when I told her to cancel it and pretty much hung up. Thankfully, Bank of America was also able to refund me the second payment that surprise, they charged me RIGHT after that phone call.

Friday, May 6, 2011

At Spin! Check out their 20 artists to check out from Sasquatch Festival here, and get a free download from the festival here. Grab a free summer playlist with All Saints clothing here

Watch Ocean Is Theory's video for Best of Intentions (acoustic) here and checkout their upcoming tour dates here


Fawk You Friday

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Joining in on Fawk You Friday with J at Boobies, Babies, and a Blog and Christy at My Mad Mind

Fawk You's to

  • everyone who participated in Douche Bag Wednesday...no names will be named, but geeze COME ON!
  • whoever revved their car outside my apartment for 10 minutes the other day...IS THAT REALLY NECESSARY?!
  • sinus infection...i'm STILL sick...what IS this?!
  • this obsession over Obama's birth certificate..he produced it, it's legal..SIT DOWN

Shoegasm!

I love shoes, soo I am going to join Friday's Shoegasm with Peace, Love, Applesauce and Boobies, Babies, and a Blog


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This Sam Edelman platform pump is to DIE for! I love the detail on the platform, it's edgy and sexy. I would rock these with jeggings and a sexy top for sure.

These are from Gwen Stefani's L.A.M.B. line. I love platforms pumps like this as well; this is the shoe that I wear to work every day (literally...and I've had my Steve Maddens for a few years now, if they fall apart, I don't know what I'll do!) They're so much more comfortable for every day wear than heels with no platform and for my height lack...I am loving them.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Airlines and Airports and attitudes

I travel a pretty decent amount every year; since I was able to travel, my family would go and visit family in other parts of the country. It's hard for me to remember what security was like before 9/11-all i remember is put everything through the machines, take off your belts, put your keys and change in the bucket and go. I'm not complaining about the new security precautions...I do believe that most of them are necessary (the 360 body scan..I'm not TOO sure about but I'm not going to argue with them, it's not worth it for the 2 seconds it take for the machine to whir around me). My issue is with the attitudes of the people working at the airports; from check in to security to the flight attendants, I have come across the nastiest people. I guess they think that since people choose to travel, they can be nasty and have attitudes with everyone over the slightest things. Not in my opinion-clearly this is face to face customer service; why do they think that people choose one airline over another, or say that they hate certain airports? I know that because of the nasty attitudes at the people at Hancock airport in Syracuse, I dreaded going home from college because they were just so incredibly rude.

I understand that it's frustrating when people are not completely aware of the rules for security (shoes off, liquids in bags, etc), but does it really make a different whether my bag of liquids is in a bin or just on the belt? And if it does, do you have to be super nasty to me about it and talk to me like I'm your five year old? No, I don't think that's necessary at all. If airlines have rules about carry on items, but they let you through security with an extra item (a SHOPPING BAG), it's really not cool for the people at the gate to yell at you about it and again, speak to you like you're five. Most airlines will allow a small purse, a rolling suitcase, and a shopping bag, and on top of that, they let people on with bigger bags than I had. I feel like in touristy cities (this happened when I was in Vegas) it's kind of understood that that happens. I have never had an issues like that before until that airline and it's definitely made me think twice before booking with them again.

Pretty much, this is another customer service rant of mine. I can understand having a bad day, being flustered and frustrated, but travel is not stress free either. There's still no reason to talk to people like they're stupid. This is your job, you signed up for this.