Obviously, I am not very good at updating this blog... I do apologize. Over the past six months I've been very busy. I have worked lots, celebrated Ryan and my 4 year anniversary, we both got A's in our Political Science class (YAY!), took a vacation to LA to visit the fams over Thanksgiving, went to Disneyland (duh), celebrated Ryan's 26th birthday, had a wonderful white Christmas and a super fun New Years.
Spent our 4year anniversary in Sacramento.
Picture of the Sacramento bridge.
Ryan enjoying his QN4U BBQ in Clovis, CA.
We went down to Fresno for a friends wedding that I sang at.
Ryan has been smoking a lot of meats. He's gotten really, really, really good!
And then winter came... and there was snow everywhere.
Christmas came... We chopped this 10ft tree right outside of our house!!!
....really?!?!?! I don't feel twenty two at all... can't time go backwards, and I can be seventeen again? That was a good age. Twenty two just feels.... old?? I know it's not old, but I don't really have much to look forward to in the upcoming years besides turning 25, when I can rent a car without any extra fees for being young! Either way, I am still enjoying getting older and wiser, HA.
I had a wonderful birthday. I could barely sleep the night before because I knew I was getting a camera for my birthday, and I had dropped some hints to Ryan about what kind I wanted, but I didn't know exactly what kind I was getting. I woke up at least ten times during the night, I swear it felt like Christmas!!! Ryan woke me up to say goodbye as he was going to work, and the first thing I said was, "CAN I OPEN MY PRESENT NOW??!?!?!" He laughed, and grabbed the bag out of the hallway closet. I first opened up a memory stick for the camera... that was exciting. And then came the camera. I was in shock. It is incredible. He bought me a Sony A230 SLR. A FREAKING SLR!!!!!!! (For those who don't know a SLR camera is a Single Lense Reflex, meaning that rather than having auto focus with a point and shoot camera, you focus the lense.) In other words, it makes you feel like a paparazzi! Haha.
Since I had the day off so I spent it cleaning the house in preparation for a party... no I didn't clean... I was too busy playing with my new schnazzy camera! DUH! I took lots of pictures of Kiefy. He started posing after a little while, it was too funny. I also picked up some cupcakes from the bakery. They were lemon cupcakes, with lemon curd and lemon buttercream. They were a smashing hit!
The meadow across from our house.
Kiefy posing... silly boy.
Playing with Kiefy.
Otherwise we spent the night with good friends, great food and lots of music!!! Ryan BBQ'd a bunch of burgers and hot dogs, and my friend Alesha brought zucchini boats filled with cous cous. It was delicious!!! I have quite a few friends that play guitar and bass and bongos... even an electric drum kit, so they all came over and set up shop. It was great!! When it started getting late and people started leaving, Ry, Mark and I all went into the hot tub, til very, very late... Couldn't have asked for anything more. I am one lucky girl!
Ryan and I finished up our History class last night. Ryan and I each had to write three essays. One on the Constitution and how it solved the problems of the Articles of Confederation, a second one on the formation of political parties in the 1790's, and the last one was about Federalism.
Oh, sorry, you fell asleep reading that?? I know... trust me. It's was boring! :)
Unfortunately there are NO good classes being offered during the summer quarter!! I would love to take a night class, but there aren't any, only online and during the day. Ryan and I decided that we will take a PoliSci class in the fall with the same teacher we had this quarter for history. He is so smart, he makes you feel dumb just being in his presence. He knows SO much it's crazy. He will take something relevant to what we are studying and then contrast it with three other times in history where something similar has happened and explain it all. He's CRAZY! Can't wait to learn more from him!
I'm staying really busy with the hotel and bakery. But it's been lots of fun. So many new things to learn at the bakery, and I swear we get busier by the minute!
No exciting summer plans besides hanging out at the lake, going out on friends boats and going to as much live music as possible. Elton John and Stevie Nicks both have concerts at the Harvey's Outdoor Amphitheater, so I will definitely be hanging out in the open field across from the venue listening to them for FREE!!!
Four years ago, during my senior year of high school, I was fortunate enough to sing in Carnegie Hall with my school choir, under the direction of Christine Enns. A month ago, Caitlin was just as fortunate and sang in Carnegie Hall with the same choir and same director, except this time her name is Christine Tavares. It felt so good to be back in the big city. Especially since last time I went I was still grieving the loss of my mom. It was so wonderful to spend a lot of time with Cait, and we had so much fun together.
The first day I got in, I took a death ride taxi to the hotel and found the choir. Our hotel was right in the middle of everything (on 55th & 7th) so we walked everywhere, like real New Yorkers.
I spent the night roaming Times Square with some of the choir kids, and Christine and Becca (Christine's ex-sister-in-law... long story, but they're still best friends).
(Some non-english speaking man wanted to take a picture with her since she was 'famous' - her picture was on the side of Carnegie Hall)
Later that night the choir was practicing for their big day, so I stopped at the famous Carnegie Deli - across the street from the hotel - for a BLT. It was the size of my head... so I had to eat it with a fork.
Me n' my BLT
The next morning was spent walking around the city. I hung out with Cait. We bought cheap sunglasses, passed Radio City Music Hall and the famous LOVE sign. Then the choir went up to the top floor at Rockefeller center called Top Of The Rock. I decided to wait outside for them, and did some window shopping at a three story Anthropologie (THREE STORIES! It was incredible!)
I also hung out at the ice skating rink, saw where they film the TODAY show and waited for them to come down. After they were done with Rockefeller we went to the MOMA museum... The Museum of Modern Art. It was really cool. They had a Tim Burton exhibit that was sold out - big bummer.
Starry Starry Night at the MOMA
Radio City and us in our cool cheapy sunglasses
We spent a lot of time in there, they had all sorts of stuff, even live art. That was kind of weird, but since I had never seen live art it was pretty neat. Later that night we went to SoHo and Little Italy with Caitlin, her friend Bridget and Jordan, and Bridget's mom (as the chaperone). We went window shopping in SoHo, and then had some gelato at a cafe in Little Italy. It was wonderful.
Even later that night my friend Melanie and I went out for a drink. We ended up at a bar called Faces & Names.
John Malkovich & The Rolling Stones
Bubble Gum Martini (not so good)Me & Melly
It was a really cool spot with caricature paintings of celebrities on the wall. I stepped outside to make a phone call to Ryan, and on my way back in MacGrueber from Saturday Night Live also known as Will Forte opened the door for me! How polite! He is MUCH cuter in person, he really doesn't photograph all that well, but he was so cute when I saw him! We ended the night with Ray's Pizza and Mel's dad giving her a field sobriety test (he is a sheriff, it was too funny - she definitely didn't pass!!)
The next day was spent with the choir rehearsing (again... they did this a lot) and I traveled back to SoHo with the Jazz choirs and Christine and Becca. I bought two dresses, since it was so hot in the city (it got up to 90 degrees and humidity) and I was dying! Later that night it was Broadway night. All the students chose one show to go see.
I wanted to see Wicked again, since Christine's old friend from high school is Elpheba, and we were able to go backstage, but the show was sold out. I ended up getting a free ticket to see Avenue Q. Avenue Q is a raunchy, hilarious show with half the cast as hand puppets. It was a little awkward watching this show with two rows filled with teenagers... but what was even more awkward were the chaperone's faces. They were SO embarrassed. But wouldn't you Google what Broadway show you are seeing before you get into the theater, so you have some idea of what is going to happen? Guess not.
Later that night some of the adults went out for drinks. We tried to go to Al Pacino's bar, but they were closing, so we ended up at a bar that also had some sushi specials. We all had some good white wine and some delicious spicy tuna sushi. Becca and I decided to go a little wild with a shot of Patron, that surely got me buzzing.
The next day was the choir's performance at Carnegie Hall. They spent the day rehearsing... duh, and I spent it walking around Central Park with Melanie and hanging with cousin Renee!!
The Dakota -where John Lennon was shot
She was too sweet to take a four hour train ride from Boston into the city. Her friend Adam said she could crash at his place in Brooklyn, so she came and visited! She took the subway into the city, she saw Cait before she went off to rehearsals, and then we decided to go to Brooklyn, find Adam and go to her friend's whiskey bar. We took the subway out to Brooklyn and ended up at Sycamore Bar. We had a few beers and talked, when her friend Adam showed up.
Look at ALL that whiskey
At that time it was getting late, so I headed back into the city, and she went to Adam's to freshen up. We met up at Carnegie Hall later that night to see the show. It went really long. The choirs were wonderful, I cried.
Cait is not in this one but some of her choir is in the top two rows! You aren't supposed to take pictures inside of Carnegie Hall... so I might get in big trouble for this!!! Haha
Seeing Cait up there with my old choir and teacher brought back all of the memories of when I performed. It made me miss my mom a lot. There was an after party at a restaurant down the street, but Renee, Adam and I decided we wanted sushi. We took a death ride taxi to East Village where we ate some incredible sushi! After sushi we said our goodbyes and I headed back to the hotel, and they headed back out to Brooklyn. It was so wonderful to see Renee, since it had been WAY too long.
Once I got back to the hotel, I met up with Christine and the chaperone's for some more celebratory drinks. We had a GREAT time, to say the least. The night ended with me getting everyone down to the bus at 4am, to get to the airport for their 7am flight. I said goodbye to Christine and Becca, and gave Cait a HUGE hug and lots of kisses, and lots of tears. It was so hard saying goodbye to her. I wish I could just keep her with me forever. After calling my dad to tell him everything went well I went to bed at 5am and woke back up at 7. Grabbed some starbucks and got into the last death ride cab ride back to the airport.
It was one of the best trips of my life. I loved every minute I spent with Cait and her friends. We all had so much fun. I can't wait for next year, when Ryan and I go as chaperone's to Cancun!!!!! Wooohooo!!!!
I moved to South Lake Tahoe about a two years ago with my boyfriend Ryan. I am working at Embassy Suites as a Guest Service Agent, and I love my job! I also just started working at Katie Cakes/Sugar Pine Bakery... learning to make cakes and other goodies is so much fun. I mainly am just enjoying life. I'm taking classes at Lake Tahoe Community College. And recently changed my major to Hotel Management and minor to Music.