Random Weekend Rants {MIMM #15}

Hello there!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend and are recharged for the week ahead! I’m happy to report that I got to catch up on some sleep this weekend, so let’s hope that my sleep continues to go swimmingly!

This week, I’m formatting my MIMM post as more of a bunch of random rants. I’m feeling like just going with the flow in my stream of consciousness. 😉

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Head over to Katie’s blog to check out more marvelousness!

My close friend, Jeannine, had her birthday celebration on Friday evening at a cute local restaurant that’s actually owned by our math teacher’s family. The only bad thing was that the weather was nasty and gross, and this restaurant is located on the darkest, curviest parkway ever. I was only slightly freaking out driving my friends there. I didn’t even care if I was going 5-10 MPH under the speed limit. Also, I had to hold my high beam on because I didn’t know you had to push the lever forward to make it stay. Oh well. It made turning it off for oncoming traffic a little more convenient. Thankfully, we made it there and back safe and sound. 😀

Back to Jeannine and her birthday festivities.

We had a super fun time as we usually do in each other’s company. The food was also delicious! I ordered the salmon burger with an upgrade side of sweet potato fries. That’s right. It was worth it.

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This was really good. I saved half of it for lunch the next day since my stomach was occupied by too many sweet potato fries. I also had a bite of my friend’s cheesecake for dessert, and it was AMAZING.

Then it was selfie time (please excuse the gross iPhone quality):

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Jeannine and Je’lyn

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Kristen and Daliza

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Jeannine, Lauren, and Brianna

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Jen

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I have to stop making that face.

Other things that happened this weekend include a small dance outreach performance with company at a nursing home. Despite our dance space being a tiny, carpeted parlor space with chandeliers nearly brushing the tops of our heads, it went well! The folks there seemed to really appreciate the performance, and we definitely loved sharing our talents with them.

I also found out that I can do at least ten chest to deck push ups in a row! Is chest to deck a Crossfit term? Well, in laymen’s terms, chest to floor. You can see them demonstrated in this video.

Lastly, I don’t understand my brother. He got maybe 16 hours of sleep on Friday night to Saturday afternoon, and then he slept yesterday from 11 AM – 6:30 PM. He says he’s attempting a “sleep reset.” He is now staying up for 24 hours so that he can be really tired tonight and go to sleep at a normal time again. Honestly, this isn’t unusual for Ben, but I still find his sleep patterns incredibly strange…What a guy.

And that’s really all I’ve got for now! I know this may not have been my most exciting MIMM— yesterday’s Spill It Sunday post about my travel adventures as a little kid is probably a lot more entertaining. I can’t believe I posted all those pictures for the world to see. Eh, guatever.

Have a marvelous Monday!

So tell me: What did you do this weekend? 

Spill It Sunday #2: The Most Embarrassing Travel Pictures Ever

Thank God for weekends. I slept well on Friday night, which did wonders for taking the anxiety off my back. I think it had something to do with a) not having to get up early the next morning; b) having ample time to just wind down. Although the tea didn’t do much for me (I swear it made me more energetic), I’m still grateful that I can get some Zzz’s without resorting to drugs. I did drink some more last night though, and my sleep was pretty solid. I also really like how that Sleepytime tea tastes, so it was still worth it. 🙂

Another reason to love the weekend? Spill it Sundays on Arman’s blog! Last week I talked about my Asian awesomeness and Mulan, which I thoroughly enjoyed. This week is all about travel fun facts— the good, the bad, the ugly, and the awesome. Basically, this is a collection of unflattering pictures of me in my nugget stage. With some cool landmarks in the background. Enjoy!

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I’ve been quite fortunate to have traveled to a ton of awesome places around the world, but these are definitely some of the top destinations:

Hawaii 2003

I used to live in California (I was born in Los Angeles), so we went to Hawaii more often than the average person I think. I lived in Kansas during this particular vacation though, and this was also our very first cruise! We went with my grandparents and our close family friends.

Highlights: Diamond Head, the beaches, the weather, the pineapples, the luaus, fun on the cruise.

Lowlights: sea. sick. ness. Ugh.

Fun facts: 

  • I was a stubborn child who didn’t have an open mind, so I was skeptical of the whole cruise situation, but when it was time to leave, I think I cried.
  • Also, my brother, my friends, and I decided to film the most ridiculous show in our cruise cabin about a Fart Museum while our parents were out for dinner or something. Yes, we still have the video. Yes, it’s as weird, embarrassing, and hilarious as you would think.

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Celebrity smiles right there.

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I’m such a tourist.

Europe (Rome, Paris, London) 2003

This was a huge trip. The main reason we went was for my uncle’s ordination to become a priest in Rome, but we just decided to make a big European adventure out of it!

Highlights: The Coliseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, seeing Pope John Paul II, Trevi Fountain, The Eiffel Tower, Versailles, The Louvre (and seeing the Mona Lisa!), Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, The London Eye, eating Nutella on baguette with warm milk for breakfast in Rome

Lowlights: I got a terrible eye infection towards the end of our trip, and since I didn’t know how to swallow whole pills back then, it was quite a struggle. My dad would have to crush the pills into little crumbs, and the inside of those things were NASTY.

Fun facts:

  • We climbed to the top of the Eiffel Tower! I think my little cheeks almost froze off, but it was still amazing.
  • Also, don’t ever take a picture with a man dressed up as a gladiator if you’re not willing to pay for it. We learned the hard way.
  • As I previously mentioned, my uncle was ordained in Rome, and he said his first Mass in St. Peter’s! We also went to the midnight Christmas Mass there, where we saw Pope John Paul II! My mom got her paparazzo on and stood on a chair to get the awesome picture below. I think I was actually sleeping when he came out…..of course.
  • Oh, and we stayed at a convent in Rome where we happened to meet a family who lived in same town in KANSAS as us. They even attended the same church! What are the odds?! Small world, people.

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Top of the Eiffel Tower

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Garden of Versailles

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Ben at Big Ben.

Puerto Rico 2010

When we moved to New York, we were craving some tropical weather. Since Hawaii was no longer our neighbor, we took a getaway trip to Puerto Rico for winter break!

Highlights: El Yunque Rainforest, MOFONGO (our eyes were permanently opened to a new world of flavor), the weather

Lowlights: None, really!

Fun facts:

  • Our tour guide was a super fun and kind guy named Jorge, I believe.
  • Lizards were everywhere.
  • Mofongo rocks.

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Montreal 2010

We took a road trip to the very French part of Canada that we never visit, and I totally loved it! The quaint vibe, the food, and the jazz festival were right up my alley. I actually want to go there again next summer!

Highlights: Poutine, Jazz Festival, Underground Mall, street performers

Lowlights: It was HOT (see fun facts).

Fun facts: 

  • It was the hottest summer ever in Montreal (like, 102 F!), and since that was like a whole new world for the Quebec citizens, they were all walking outside while my mom and I took weird pictures in the Underground.
  • We had lots of poutine.
  • We passed by a guy named Marc Lavigne playing piano beautifully on the side of the cobblestone streets, and we told him that Ben is also a piano player. He let Ben show his talents, and he actually got a decent audience!

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Well that’s probably enough photo overload for you all. I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed embarrassing myself sharing my experiences!

So tell me: What were your favorite travel destinations? Highlights/Lowlights/Fun facts? Where do you want to travel in the future?