Catching Up on Life

I haven’t  blogged in awhile.  A lot has been going on.  Let’s see, a quick run down of things…

June 30 – Backstreet Boys Concert – SO AWESOME! I’ll make a whole blog about it soon enough.

July 1 – I got to see Twilight Eclipse! I’ll probably do a blog about this later.

July 2  – Five year anniversary with Bobby.  We had a lovely time.  There was an excellent dinner at PF Changs.  They had a great deal for two that included soup, an appetizer, two entree, and cute little mini deserts served in shot  glasses, for only $49.  That is a great price for that amount of food at PF Changs.   We of course had the chicken lettuce wraps which were excellent.  When they brought our entrees (a delicious chicken dish & Mongolian beef) they also brought a Spicy Shrimp dish because someone had ordered it and changed their mind.  The waiter said they were just going to toss it out so he brought it to us.  I love shrimp and I have to say that it was one of the most impressive shrimp dishes I’ve had in a long time.  The shrimp was tender and fresh, not chewy at all.  There was fantastic flavor and the breading was perfect.  Desert was good.  The perfect serving and a little double shot glass.  They had I think 6 or 8 different kinds to choose from so I think we got a hell of a deal.

July 4 – Nothing exciting for Independence Day but I did go to Grass Valley, CA to stay with my grandpa.  My grandpa had been in the hospital the week before for exhaustion and dehydration.  He had had a blood transfusion and his chemo and was doing nothing but sleeping so when he finally got up he could barely walk so we had to get him to the hospital.  He was in for a few days and wasn’t released until Saturday the 3rd.  Originally the doctor told him he could not go home because he lived alone so he was going to have to go into a rehab center.  Thankfully we were able to arrange it so that I could stay with him for a week, which is what I did.  It was a long week.  Not even a full week actually.  Sunday to Thursday.  I did a lot of cleaning for him and cooking.  The first few days he spent a lot of time in bed and I was very worried.  But on Tuesday he had a chemo treatment and I thought for sure he would be knocked out but instead, he was doing much better!  I think it also has something to do with the fact that he finally turned the damn AC on in his house.  Only setting the AC to click on at 80 was a huge help for both of us.  I got a lot more done around the house for him and he just looked so much better.  We had a nice time.  We talked a lot. Every night at 7pm he watches NCIS if he can so a few night we watched it together and it was really great.  He actually laughed at the funny parts, it was good to see him smile.

So anyway, I left Thursday morning when my mom arrived.  She quit the horrible job she had to go stay with him for a few weeks before a new (and better) job begins in August.  It works out really well.  I’ll be going back this Thursday to stay until Saturday because my mom has to come back to Reno to get the finally arrangements out of the way for the new job.  In August my grandpa has decided to go spend a week or two in a rehabilitation facility which will be really good for him I think.

July 9 – I went and saw Despicable Me with Brandy, Chey, and Sarah.  It was super cute and I’ll for sure do a whole blog about my opinions on it another time.

July 10 – Bobby really wanted to go to the Daniel Tosh show at the Silver Legacy and we were having a lot of trouble getting tickets but finally Bobby was able to get them so we got to go to the show!  Before the show we went up and had lunch at Red Robin with my sister, then we went and was Despicable Me because I really thought Bobby would enjoy it, and he did.  The movie finished just in time for us to make it to the Daniel Tosh show early and get our seats.  The place was packed!   The opening act was a super funny guy named Jasper Redd and then Daniel Tosh was on for about an hour.  It was a full day of fun and smiles for us!

Since Saturday nothing exciting has really happened.  Bobby and I have been spending a lot of time together.  We had a big fight right before our anniversary but we worked it out and I think things are going to be great.  I feel like we’ve been more honest, open, and happier with each other lately.  I love him so much and I am so thankful to have him in my life.  He’s been so great to be over the years and especially lately with me being an emotional wreck about my grandpa.

As far as my 25 before 25 goes…

Well it really hasn’t gone anywhere.  Everything kind of got put on hold when I left for my grandpas.  I’ve managed to accomplish the week without TV.  That was pretty tough.  I’m working on two new books.  The cleaning part has not happened much, I’m working on it.  Other than that, I haven’t done anything on my list.  I need to get going!  I have barely over a month to do it!!  I’m hoping this blog starts me back on the blog wagon again!

Amber’s Log – Day 1 – No Television

I didn’t wake up this morning intending to begin my week of no television but I realized that, by noon, I still hadn’t turned the TV on so today was as good a day as any to begin my trial.

I made a post of Facebook asking what I should do tonight instead of watch television and one friend actually asked me, “You want to quit TV for a week?”.  That got me thinking about how important TV is to people, myself included.  Television is able to distract you from the real problems (in your life, in the world) by either presenting you with irrelevant and superficial problems that will divert your focus, or by providing enough instant gratification to make you forget about your drab and wretched life. (Not that my life is drab or wretched, but I’m talking in general terms here.)  Someone on television tells you that two guys in San Francisco want to get married, and you are so distracted by this attack on your ideals (again, just in general, I’m all for gay marriage) that you conveniently forget that there is a war, in which many innocent people are dying. Or you spend your evenings watching attractive people doing exciting things, and this escapism prevents you from facing reality and making positive changes in your own life. (By the way, there is nothing wrong with seeking entertainment, but television creates a routine of dependency that inadvertently results in a state of false complacency).

It’s ridiculous to think about how obsessed our society has become with television.  I myself had a ton of shows on DVR that I need to watch weekly or I get antsy.  I complain regularly about not having a life and not doing anything fun and entertaining but instead of getting off my ass and doing something about it, I sit in front of the TV and lose myself in the 70’s or Bon Temps, LA.

This is only my first day without television.  I’m sure I’ll be changing my tune as the week goes on.  Or, just maybe, I’ll have weaned myself off the boob tube completely by next Friday.

25 Things I Want to do Before I Turn 25

I turn 25 on August 29.

This gives me 65 days to complete everything on this list.  Once I turn 25 I’m going to do a 26 before 26 with bigger and better things so I can do them throughout the year.

Here they are in no particular order…

1.  Lose 20lbs
2. Stop drinking soda completely
3. Grow a herb garden
4. Go out to a club and dance (believe it or not, I’ve never been to a club)
5. Have a solid $200 in savings (it’s not a lot but I suck at saving)
6. Wear makeup every day (I very rarely wear makeup)
7. Get a promotion (or at least be in a better position to get one)
8. Dine at 3 restaurants I’ve never been to
9. Deep clean my house and keep it that way while creating a cleaning routine for each day.

  • Monday – Mirrors – I have a ton of mirrors around my house that need cleaning
  • Tuesday – Tidy Up – just cleaning up the random stuff around the house.
  • Wednesday – Laundry
  • Thursday – Bathrooms – Counters and toilets
  • Friday – Floors – Mopping, sweeping, vacuum, all that stuff.

10.  Blog at least 3 times a week
11.  Make it trough an entire weekend day with NO technology!
12.  Hang real curtains in my bedroom
13. Read 5 new books
14. Make 10 new recipes
15. Take pictures every day
16. Make a few digital scrapbook pages each week then have them printed.
17. Go on a road trip on some random weekend and stay overnight
18.  Get a manicure & pedicure
19.  Learn to play one song on my guitar
20. Craft something for each room of my house
21. Go camping
22. Shop at the Farmers Market and make something tasty with my goods!
23. Give up TV for a week
24. Pay off my Credit Card
25. Exercise for 25 consecutive days