Happiness Fills My Heart

This week I am excited to be seeing my love for Thanksgiving!! I know I had sad in a post awhile back that I would not be heading up to Kansas but luckily for me I was able to sell my wheels and a few other parts. This will be our first Thanksgiving together and I wouldn’t miss it for the world.

I will be leaving work around 1pm on Wednesday and hope to get as far as Oklahoma City before 10pm. Then I plan on sleeping for awhile and making the rest of the 4.5 hour drive to Kansas. This will be my first Thanksgiving in a state other than Texas or California. I’m totally ready for new beginnings with my man.

I’m also excited because we might partake in Black Friday. I for one, have never been able to go out for Black Friday and score any good deals because I’m always working. Now I can actually go out and get some goodies! I want to feel the rush! haha! Even if we decide not to go, it’s fine because I’m still going to be happy just being with my man all week. Nothing could make me happier than seeing his handsome face and being in his arms.

I don’t plan on posting again until I return from Kansas. My plan is to actually get pictures on base of everything and not chicken out like I did last time. Haha! Plus I want to get some more pictures of Steven and me. What would be awesome is if it snows while I’m there. Then again, I’ll be back for Christmas if they don’t let him out early and it will hopefully be snowing by then.

Here’s to new adventures with my man! I ❤ you!

Kansas or Bust! Part 2

We continue my journey with me waking up bright and early Monday morning. I did my normal routine of talking to my future husband and then straightening my hair. I got all of my laundry done and made a trip to Save Mart to get some ice and some mountain dew for the road. I made sure the volvo had a full tank of gas and got all of my stuff packed up and ready to go. I didn’t leave the house until 3:30pm because I was waiting to see if I would get to say bye to my dad but he told me to just leave because he wasn’t going to be home for another hour or so.

I headed on up to Sparks, Nevada to visit my best friend Kim and her family. The drive up there was nice. I’ve been on that drive before but have never actually driven by myself up there. It was an easy drive with minimal traffic.

I arrived in Sparks around 6:30pm or so. I was able to capture the beautiful sunset while I stopped to put gas in the car. I didn’t feel like having to put gas in it in the morning. It was great getting to see Kim and her family. I haven’t been able to spend time with them since 2009! I even got to meet my niece Leah who is now 1 year old! She’s such a cutie. The last time I saw Audrey, she wasn’t talking and now she just talks up a storm. We ended up chatting for a bit and then headed out to Safeway to get some ice cream. I did not have any but that was fine by me. I ended up falling asleep on the couch around 10pm, waking up at midnight, turning the tv down and then going back to sleep. My alarm clock was set for 2am. I had planned on waking up and making sure I was awake enough by 3am to start my drive. Well, I guess I shut my alarm off and didn’t get up till 2:45! So I jumped up, got ready, gave Kim a hug goodbye and started my journey to Kansas.

The drive was long and boring. I made one quick stop in Lovelock, Nevada to use the restroom and stretch, then was back on the road. I made it till about 6am before I couldn’t drive anymore. I ended up pulling into a rest area and sleeping for about an hour and half till Steven texted me and then my dad called. Managed to get a decent shot of the sunrise coming up over the mountains.
The rest of the drive was the same as before, boring. I did however, have to fight the 35+ mph winds that kept trying to blow me off the road. My only stops along the journey were to get gas and use the restroom. I only had my beef jerky and fruit snacks to eat and that was fine with me. I kept trucking until I finally hit Laramie, Wyoming. By this point, I was very exhausted and had not had much to eat all day. It was hard for me to concentrate on the drive, so I made sure to stay behind this truck and trailer. My goal that day had been to at least get to Denver, Colorado and spend the night but that wasn’t going to happen.

I made it into Laramie and pulled off into a Pilot gas station to sleep. Well, the winds were probably about 40mph and were shaking the volvo so bad that my motion sickness acted up and made me lightheaded. I couldn’t take it so I headed across the freeway to the Holiday Inn Express and got a room. One of the nicest hotels I’ve been in. It was definitely a new experience for me; being on a road trip across country by myself and staying in a hotel room by myself. It was really good that I got a hotel room because I was able to eat something, take a nice hot shower and sleep on a comfy king sized bed all to myself. I ended up getting about 9 hours of sleep that night. I had planned on getting up at 5 or 6am and getting on the road but I wanted to wait till it was lighter outside. I left the hotel around 7:30 am and made my way toward Kansas.

The drive to Kansas was the same as the drive to Wyoming, long and boring. I did have my phone and music to keep my entertained. I ended up entering Kansas around noon. Of course, had to stop off and get lunch which I hardly touched. I can’t tell you how many state troopers I saw entering Kansas! There were tons! I did not see many highway patrol along the entire trip except for when I got into Kansas. I got into Junction City, Kansas around 5:30-6pm sometime and called my honey and had him meet me at Handy’s. You don’t understand how excited I was when I saw him pull up. I was pretty much screaming on the phone to my grandma and she knew just how excited I was because she went through the same thing with my grandpa.

The drive onto base was fun. “Duty First”. My whole perception of the army base was totally off. I didn’t know that it was like a small town. You have gas stations, a grocery store, movie theater, bowling alley and fast food. I guess I should have realized it would be this way but what can I say, I’m a n00b when it comes to military stuff. To this day, I am still asking Steven what certain abbreviations mean. I was in total shock the entire drive up to his barracks. I had never seen so many hummers and tanks in my life! It was flipping awesome! We got up to his barracks and went inside and it was yet again, different than I had imagined. You have to use a card to open the door like the ones you use at hotels. Also when he said he shares a bathroom with his neighbor, I didn’t realize you have your own door that you can lock. Duh! Why wouldn’t you? The room was a little small, with a twin sized bed probably about 3 feet off the ground with a desk, full sized fridge and two storage/clothes lockers. I thought it was awesome being there in the barracks and living out a few days as a future Army wife.

My first night there, my honey and I packed up in the subie and headed over to Manhattan to go to Chili’s. We had a nice dinner that neither one of us finished. Probably because we were both tired, me from driving so far and him from work. We ended up calling it a night when we got back to the room. Let me tell you something…sleeping on a twin sized bed with two tall people, is not pleasant. Not to mention, having tiny blankets. Haha. I was cold part of the night but my hip hurting was the main reason I didn’t like sleeping on the bed. I did however, love cuddling with my man. So, the pain and cold was totally worth it.

Every day I kind of got into a routine. My honey would leave for PT around 5:40am and I would get up and get dressed, brush my teeth and do my hair while watching a movie. He’d come home around 8am and hang out with me till almost 9am. From that time on I usually just watched movies or got on facebook to pass the time. He’d finally get off work around 3-5pm, depending on how the day went and then we would just hangout in the room for a bit before driving off base to get dinner. My heart could not have been any happier than being with him on base. One night we drove to Manhattan and got bdubs (Buffalo Wild Wings) and had some yummy pretzels. At least, I thought they were yummy anyway. I believe it was Friday that I finally got to meet his crazy friend Jamal. He’s just as crazy in person as he is over video chat. Haha! We ended up spending a couple of days working on the volvo and making it run better. Sadly, we went through a set of spark plug wires before finally getting a do-it-yourself kit and my honey made his own. It was fun hanging out with my love and watching him work on the cars. I also got to see him spray paint Jamal’s hood on the accord. He’s done more detailing to it since I left and it looks great. My honey is really artistic and does amazing work.

The Volvo

Graffiti Hood

Loki and Princess

I ended up taking this one of his dog Loki and Loki’s mom Princess. They are super cute and I was actually surprised at how well this picture came out. Besides the fact that Loki’s ear is flipped back.

Subie and Volvo
Sunset on Fort Riley

I was able to capture the beautiful sunset on Fort Riley one night while I was there. It was simply beautiful! Plus I caught a little bit of it starting behind the cars.

Moving on…Saturday night was the only night that we decided we had had enough of sleeping on the twin sized bed. We headed to the Hampton Inn in Junction City and got a room. It was definitely one of the nicest hotels I’ve been in! I fell in love with the duvet cover haha. The room was great and it was so nice being able to enjoy sleep while being on a super comfy queen sized bed. Bright and early Sunday morning we got up and headed down stairs to enjoy the complimentary breakfast. Steven would tell you it was nasty but I actually enjoyed the blueberry muffins. It wasn’t the worst breakfast I’ve ever had. Then we headed over to Jamal’s house and Steven changed out the spark plug wires on the Volvo. Later, we ended up taking the cars to the car wash and giving them a good bath because we had plans on taking pictures but that fell through because it was getting dark out fast.

Monday was my last official full day in Kansas. Steven had to go to PT bright and early and then go to work after that but I ended up keeping myself busy by cleaning and folding his laundry and putting it away neatly for him. It’s the little things that make me happy. hehe. Luckily he got off work a little early and we were able to hang out for a bit in the room. We ended up heading out to Manhattan early that night because we didn’t know if restaurants were going to be super crowded or not and we were both hungry. Steven ended up taking me out to Long Horn Steakhouse. It was nice! We enjoyed a porterhouse steak for two with a side of mac and cheese and sweet potato bites. The sweet potato bites were eh, alright but the mac and cheese was amazing! The steak was superb! It was definitely a great date night out with my honey on my last day. After dinner we headed over to the mall and went into Spencer’s to look at the domo things. Haha. I ended up finding a domo kitty key chain plush that I had to have. It was $10 but well worth the money because it was super cute. There were a lot of other things there that I wish we could have gotten. We then went into Hot Topic to look at shirts and see what domo things they had. My honey found two shirts he loved. One is a white storm troopers shirt that says “Support your troops” and then the other shirt is black and is from How I Met Your Mother and says “It’s going to be legend, wait for it dary”. Unfortunately they didn’t have his size in the storm trooper shirt so we just ended up getting some stickers at Hot Topic.

Then we went to look at engagement rings. The first store we went to was Harris Jewelry. They are a military based jewelry store that offers good deals to those who are still in the service. We looked at what seemed like twenty rings. I didn’t see anything that really caught my eye. Plus the quality of the diamonds was lacking majorly. I know Steven was sad that I didn’t find a ring there because we could have gotten the credit and gotten the ring that night but I wanted to be surprised and have him pick out the ring he wants to give me. I didn’t want to just be handed a ring and be like “Here, marry me?”. We ended up telling the lady that we had to think about it first. So we left and of course I was too embarrassed to say anything about the rings till we left the store because I didn’t want to upset the lady working there. We then went into Kays so I could show him the ring I really wanted. It’s a bit out of reach for us right now seeing as how it’s $3200+ but I wanted him to see the style and then he could go off of that. Plus I needed to get my ring finger sized because I couldn’t remember what size ring I wear. Found out I wear a 9 by the way. I showed him the ring I really like and then looked at some solitaires because they are cheaper. I think I just seem to like the Neil Lane collection the best because the settings sit lower than the regular solitaries and the sparkle is amazing! LoL. Well we attempted to get on Kays credit but that did not happen. We left the mall empty handed but that was fine because like I said, I want to be surprised and want something that he picked out without me being there.

From there we headed back to the barracks and took pictures of us and cuddled. Tuesday was not going to be a fun day for me seeing as how I had to leave that morning.

I love Steven so much. We are both dorks that definitely belong together!! haha.

Tuesday morning came and Steven headed out for PT. I decided I would leave after he got back and when he was getting ready to head to work. I figured that would get me home around 9pm.  Steven got back from PT, changed and we headed down to the cars so I could put my stuff in the back. I did NOT want to leave him.

My honey took this picture of me before I left, with my domo kitty plush.

From the moment I left the barracks, I cried till I hit Wichita, KS. I never knew how much I could miss someone till I had to see them disappear in my rear view mirror. The whole drive back to Houston was enjoyable. I didn’t have any issues until I got into Texas and that’s when all of the driver’s started driving ridiculously. I finally made it back home by 9pm. Sissy was beyond happy to see me and wouldn’t leave me alone till I gave her about 30 minutes of my love and attention.

and that was my trip to Kansas! Hope you all enjoyed.

To Kansas or Bust! Part 1

I’m finally getting around to writing about my trip out to Cali and the drive to Kansas to see my love.

I left Houston bright and early Friday morning (October 12th) at 6:30am. My friend Jose was gracious enough to take me but almost made me late for my flight. Luckily, I was able to get through security fast and jump on my plane. Before flying, I always have to take dramamine. I took 3 before I even left Jose’s house. Let’s just say, I was knocked out for the entire flight to Denver, CO. Once I arrived in Denver, I hustled over to my next gate thinking that the plane was about to leave since my flight was late getting in but I wasn’t. I took 2 more dramamine and waited to board the flight. Just so you know, you can take like 6-8 dramamine within a 24 hour period, don’t worry. Anyway, Denver felt amazing! I was pretty much the only person in the airport wearing flip flops and a t-shirt. Wimps! I had just enough time to talk to my honey before boarding the flight. Sadly, the flight was delayed about 30 minutes because the train broke down and we had to wait for about 20 passengers to get to the plane before we could leave. I touched down in Sacramento, CA at about 10:30am. My friend Jeremy was there to pick me up once I got off the plane.

Now begins my California adventure!

Jeremy and I had about 2 hours or so to kill before my friend Nate was off work. We ended up going back to his house and hanging out with his brother till it was time to go to lunch. I couldn’t stop laughing because Lee was telling me that I needed to help Jeremy get some better clothes so he could attract the ladies. *wink* Of course I told him I would try my best. HaHa. Around 12:30pm we headed over to In-N-Out to meet up with Nate – ItSuperPanda. Lunch was fantastic!! Jeremy paid for me (thanks!) and Nate decided to Vlog the entire time! Thank god he didn’t get video of me eating or anything. It was awesome finally being able to meet my friend in person. I think I’ve been friends with Nate for about a year and a half now? I’m not 100% sure but this was my first time meeting him in person and I’d have to say, he’s just as crazy in person as he is on skype. o.O Next we went over to Arden Fair Mall to go get Jeremy some new clothes (giggles) and just hang out since I didn’t plan on leaving Sacramento till about 3pm anyway. The mall trip was definitely interesting. Nate walked around being goofy the entire time and I ended up videoing him talking like Russell Brand and then super crazy Asian man. Here’s the Video he made if you’d like to view it. You’ll definitely get some good laughs!

http://youtu.be/S5ly-KQGZ98

To our surprise, Jeremy actually got two shirts! One I approved of and another eh. But he’s a guy, what can you do. We left the inside of the mall and went outside to hangout for a bit and take ridiculous photos. Here are the ones we took….brace yourself!


Sadly our time came to an end and Jeremy and I said goodbye to Nate. We got on the freeway and headed over to my parents house. We got to my parents house around 5:30 and we said goodbye. My parents were excited to see me and I was excited to be there. My dad was in the process of grilling some steak kabobs. Dinner was delicious and we relaxed the rest of the night. Almost forgot to mention that my hoodie arrived at my mom’s house the day before I got there. I am in love with it!!

Saturday morning I woke up at my normal time of 6am (4am Cali time) and chatted with my honey for a bit and then decided to curl my hair.

My dad woke up and we talked for a bit and he told me how no one ever wants to go with him to breakfast. We packed up in the volvo and drove to Perko’s Cafe for breakfast.

Once we got back to the house, I had about an hour and a half to kill before my nail appointment. My mom was sweet enough to make a nail appointment for me to get a mani and pedi. Thanks mom!! Here’s how my nails looked:

We had about 3 hours to kill before we had to go pick up 8 pizzas from Papa Murphy’s for the birthday gathering at my uncles house. So I snapped a few pictures to pass the time.

We packed up and went to my uncles house to celebrate his birthday along with my cousin JT’s birthday. It was nice being around the family again, minus the whole 100 questions that got thrown at me about my relationship with Steven. What can you do though? It’s family.

Hanging out with the family was fun. We left around 8pm and headed back to the house. My best friend Emily decided to head on over so she could at least spend a few hours with me before I had to leave to go to Kansas. I was super happy to get to see her since it had been a year since I was last back there.

Even though we only got to hang out for a couple of hours, it was still awesome. I love my best friend!

Sunday morning I got up bright and early and we headed out to Hollister, California to go to Casa de Fruta. I wanted to pick up a few bottles of wine to take back with me since it’s so yummy. We stayed at Casa de Fruta for a couple of hours and enjoyed a wine tasting. I had pomegranate, blackberry and plum. Mom had blackberry and apricot and dad had the same as me. My favorites are pomegranate and apricot.

One thing I made sure to grab before leaving Casa de Fruta was a pound (almost) of chocolate covered gummy bears! Can you say good memory or what?! When Steven and I first started talking he told me that his favorite candy was chocolate covered gummy bears. Since then I have been on a mission to find some. Luckily dad spotted the boxed ones while we were in the candy store and then I found the bulk ones. I couldn’t pass up on a pound even though they were $13/pound. He’s totally worth it. So all in all I brought back 3 bottles of wine (1 pomegranate and 2 apricot) and a pound of chocolate gummy bears.

After a quick stop at costco, we made it back to the house. We all had some lunch and just relaxed for awhile. Then mom and I packed up into the corolla and headed to granny’s house to pick her up and then over to my aunt Sabrina’s house to visit her. It was fun visiting. We taught granny how to use an ipad and enjoyed finding recipes on pinterest for yummy foods. Probably one of the best things that happened was Buster falling asleep in my arms. He’s so cute and cuddly.

Hanging out with my aunt and grandma was fun. We ended up having a small dinner consisting of pigs in a blanket aka hotdogs rolled up in croissant rolls. Then we dropped granny off at home and headed back to the house.

Sunday evening Tyler got back from his church trip he went on and was dropped off at mom and dad’s. I got to visit with him for awhile and even invited him to go with Jen and me to walmart so I could get some snacks and drinks for the trip to Kansas and home. It was awesome getting to see Jen. We have had our rough patches in the past but have still managed to be good friends. I had not seen her since probably 2007. Yes, it’s been that long. We hung out for a bit and got some things at walmart and then sadly had to drop her off and head to Tyler’s apartment to get his stuff. We headed back to mom’s house and hung out for a bit before I ended up going to bed.

Monday and the start of my road trip will be continued in another post. Stay tuned!!

No Sad Panda

I’m trying not to be a sad panda because I will not being going up to Kansas next week to see Steven. We talked about it the other night and decided that we need to get our finances in order and save money. As much as I want to see him, I know this is what we need to do.

I have pretty much already started preparing myself for when he moves here. I’ve been going on swagbucks (site you earn points on and turn it into gift cards) daily and redeeming walmart gift cards. My plan is to get as many gift cards as I can and use those for groceries when he moves down here. Right now I am fine eating sandwiches and pasta but I know once he’s down here we will be cooking steaks and having veggies and other yummy foods. I want to be as prepared as I can be and if that means I get my groceries for free then hell yes!

Swagbucks is a site that you earn points on by doing searches, surveys, watching videos and playing games. You turn the points into gift cards for things such as paypal, target, walmart, starbucks and many other great stores/restaurants. If you’re interested in joining up, click the link below:

http://www.swagbucks.com/refer/dumptdaily

Just a little more information on Swagbucks. I’ve been using it since March 2011 and have earned about $300+ in Amazon gift cards. I was actually able to use $180 from Amazon to pay for almost all of my Christmas gifts last year. It’s actually been really awesome to use. I got my friend Jen hooked on using swagbucks as well. She was skeptical at first and it does get a little frustrating at first because you want to get a ton of points right away but once you get the hang of it, points fly in quick. Just this past week I’ve redeemed 3 Walmart gift cards. So 1078 points to get two of those cards and then another 500 for the third one. If any of you want to join and have questions, feel free to ask away!

The Countdown Begins . . .

In a little over a week I will be back in Kansas with the love of my life! I cannot wait! I cannot wait to be in his arms, get kisses from him, see his handsome face when I wake up and just be with him again. It’s been about 2 weeks since I’ve been back in Houston and I can’t stand it. I can’t stand being away from him. I’ve probably cried every other night since I have been back. It sucks. I’ve never felt like this before, like loved someone so much that I’ve cried almost everyday because they’re not here.

So yes, 9 days and counting till I’m with my handsome man back in Kansas. Sadly, I love Kansas…minus the wind. It’s beautiful there and it actually looks like Fall during Fall!! The leaves change colors and it’s just so pretty. There are amazing, old buildings and I love Manhattan because of all of the little shops and restaurants that are right on the main streets. I know I’m crazy because everyone hates Kansas but there’s just something about it that I really like. I know Steven will be shaking his head at me for this but I actually like Fort Riley as well. Then again, I’m not in the Army and I don’t live on base so yeah know. To me, it’s awesome. I can’t wait to be back and this time I’m actually going to take pictures of Fort Riley and then take pictures of the cars and more pictures of my honey and me. hehe. I’m just hoping that I can get my finances in order and make sure what bills I have are paid before I leave. Just gotta make sure I can cover myself. Then when I get home I will be looking for a second job.

Eeeee I can’t wait to see him again 😀
*does happy dance*

I’ve had it with all of the drama!!!

I feel like I need to write because I’m just so pissed off at the moment. Maybe writing some will do me some good and get things off my chest (doubt it, but it’s worth a shot). I am so beyond tired of dealing with crap from my ex (Blake), yeah, I’ll say his name. I’m done dealing with this crap. I haven’t done anything to him. Told him he could take everything that is his out of the apartment and then later comes back and says that I didn’t give him his crap. WTF? Next thing you know I’m getting threats from his mom about calling the cops on me and blah blah blah. Seriously? You’re almost 32 years old and you have to have your mommy call and threaten me? Pssh. So much for being a good person and being an adult if this is how I’m going to get treated. The whole “mutual” break up thing obviously didn’t work out on one side.

I think the whole drama started cause he thinks I cheated on him with my new boyfriend. LOL. 1. I would never cheat. 2. I didn’t start talking to my new boyfriend till August 16th, 3 days after Blake and I broke up. Plus my feelings for him ended back in May when he was disrespectful to me and my family. I was hoping that by having a “mutual” breakup that we could just end everything peacefully, he could come get all of his stuff out of my apartment and be done. Obviously, I was wrong. “Mutual” on his part meant leaving half of his crap behind and then saying that I didn’t let him get his crap out. Also meant screwing me over on his half of the phone bill, having his mom call me and threaten me about some stupid ornaments and taking some of my belongings out of my apartment and telling me I can’t have them back. Plus owing me $200 for the car insurance that I paid. All in all, never date single children who have mommy and daddy hand them everything on a silver platter. It’s better to date someone who is willing to work hard for their stuff and not take hand outs from their parents. I’m so thankful my parents raised me better and taught me to be a good person.

All of this crap I’ve had to deal with lately is taking a toll on me. The worst thing about all of this is I’m praying it doesn’t affect me and Steven’s relationship. I hate having him be drawn into this crap because it’s my crap to have to deal with. I just want it all to be over with and done. I don’t want to see him, hear him, or deal with him anymore.

Hopefully after tonight I won’t have to deal with him anymore. We shall see. Going to have a friend come over to be with me when he gets there just in case he tries to pull any crap with me. Ugh!