Snapshot Sunday (on a Wednesday!) // Goodbye 2014

363 //
we hit up Gold Room in Echo Park on Monday after a failed attempt to go ice skating at LA Live. 
for $4 dollars you get a shot, a PBR AND tacos. basically, unlimited tacos. 
whaaaaat a deal!!!!
best way to spend the last Monday of 2014
- mon // me // infamous karen! -
364 //
 took this babe out on a walk finally. 
she's my everything!!!!!!!
365 // 
aaaaand the last one of the year!!!!
(you can back track here)

2014 was AMAZING!
i will admit leaving 2013, i was scared. i was finally doing things and going out and making memories and i was scared 2014 wouldn't live up to the hype. wanna know what i learned? 

life is what YOU make it

2014 thought me SO many things. 
about myself, life, love, friends, family, work, EVERYTHING!
i love life. i love 2014 as much as a person can love 365 days. 
they weren't always the best but looking back, 2014 was AMAZEBALLS!!!!
i would change not a single thing. 
and you know what? im leaving this year behind with butterflies in my stomach!

i wont lie, i am a little bit scared of 2015 but its okay to feel like that. i cant wait to see what you have in store for me 2015. i welcome you with open arms. 
right now in California its about to be 1pm so we have 11 and so hours before the ball drops. let zee countdown begin (sorta)

thank YOU for reading my blog all the times that you did. for every comment and all the pen pals i made here. thank you so much! i hope i made you laugh from time to time. 
i hope you see the honesty of what i write when i get sentimental with you from time to time.
i cant wait to see you in 2015 as well. 
take care! and know that from the bottom of my heart, i love you!!!!

2014!, i will miss you dearly!!!!


Yes Please by Amy Poehler

read from 12/1-19/2014
isbn: 978-0-06-226834-1
published: 2014
nail polish: pink by the time i was done. not sure what i started with.

this book was SO good that after 30 pages, i HAD to go buy it. i wanted to highlight basically everything! (you can see some of my stickies sticking out.)

i didnt want to risk buying this book because i was not a HUGE fan of the Tina Fey book (gasps everywhere!!!) and i didn't want to experience the same thing with this one. 
luckily, i fell in love; Amy did not disappoint. 

she was so honest in this book. 
she talks about it all; beginning to now (til it was published anyways) her path to stardom, her kids births, some divorce stuff, how hard it is to write a book, her crazy growing up life. her drug use and her adventures. her ups and downs and everything in between. 

i love reading about comedians who talk about the struggle and what it took to get to where they are at. 
not that i have read very many but i mean look at the day and age we live in. all you need is a YouTube channel or an instagram or vine account and BOOM! put in the work (or lie about a lot of shit) and you have made it. 

there's not much that i can say other than pick this book up!!!!
i loved her before because of her goofiness but this book sold me and im now in love with Leslie Knope!!! haha. i just started Parks and Rec and i am hooked. how does Leslie get away with everything!? 

ill leave you with a few of my favorite things. 

-the reason for the tittle of her book. 
yes please!
"i love saying yes please. saying yes doesn't mean i dont know how to say no and saying please doesn't mean i am waiting for permission. Yes Please sounds powerful and concise. it's a response and a request; its not about being a good girl. its about being a real woman." 

- "i think we should stop asking people in their 20's what they "want to do" and ask them what they don't want to do. 
i agree. at (almost) 27 i DO NOT want kids. yet. i dont have a need to own a home and i do not have the need to be married because of my age (but i wont lie to you; 2 of those 3 i do want!)

i seriously do want that though! the feeling i mean! (page 18 so you can look up the meaning) 

-she talks about hormonal pregnant woman and John Hamm in the chapter laughing to crying to laughing. seriously could not stop laughing. 

-her birthing plan was highlarious!

-page 66. when she curses out the dude in first class; i can only hope to do that one day myself!!!

-the first paragraph in the chapter Talk to yourself like you're ninety. J O K E !!!

-"life is crunchy and complicated and all the more delicious." (page 101)

-all i know is that i will most likely NEVER in my life try drugs. like seriously. NEVER. i am a huge chicken shit when it comes to that. but should the day where i change my mind ever arrive, i hope its with Amy around! (page 126)

-her sex advise. its on point. funny, but on point!

- "pretending to not want something can work. really not caring if you get it takes a lifetime of practice." (page 222)

-the entire chapter of Time Travel. 
her views on it make you think. and its true. and i love her for opening my eyes to it. 
-"i realized that life is not fair or safe or even ours to own."
-"the more i time travel, the more i learn i am just where i need to be." (see what i mean!!! stuff like that gets me!!!) 

-the chapter My Boys
the way she describes having children makes me wish for my own. but all within time. its just a beautiful chapter to me. and i don't have kids! so i can imagine how the mommas feel. 

she just talks about it all in this book and i love it! and just like Elise, i loved this book SO MUCH, i just couldn't rush through it. i was reading it while i was in my last few weeks of school and i had to study for my final and i felt bad that i couldn't fully give my all to it but i loved the pace that i read it in. 
I'm not one to re-read books even though i have a goldfish memory but this book, i know i will definitely be picking it up again in a few months and giving it another read. and maybe this time ill have the guts to highlight what i wanted to highlight and maybe some more! i loved it so much i couldn't even bring myself to highlight it and thats the main reason i bought it!!!!

have you read this book?
what did you think? 
let me know. 

thanks for reading. 

Snapshot Sunday {356-362}

i did not mess up on the count. 
Wednesday, ill post my last 3 of the year (so i better make em count!) 

im currently sitting in front of the tv watching Parks & Rec on a loop. 
how have i NEVER seen this show before? Leslie Knope is the best!
never have i wanted to go to Indiana so bad in my life. not even when i had the chance to go. 

in other news, i got sick Friday night and I'm still fighting it a little but i think ill be okay. i neeeed to be okay for Wednesday night!
Jaydeen and I are going to party at the Long Beach NYE countdown. i will wear 45 scarves if i have too! im not missing that pre-birthday concert!

k, lets get to it!

356 // 
cleaned up my desk a little bit. 
i decided to take all my washi tapes out the big jar i had them in and hang them on my wall. that way i can get more use out of em. 
i missed the xmas dead line for cards so ill send some happy new years one's out!
(thanks Carlee for my tina sticker!) 
357 // 
a lady that works with us, gave me this little plush toy. she asked me if i had any younger siblings and i do but the youngest is 16 so i took it and gave it to chonch. she fell in love with it!!!
358 // 
i finally hung up my Hooray!
i loooove it!
{crap on a spatula. -Leslie Knope. haha} 
359 //
OMG!!! this was THE most delicious red velvet cupcake i have EVER had in my life. 
where is it from you ask? freakin Porto's bakery. i was sooo shocked because the pastries I've had from  there suck!!!
funny story...xmas night, my sister and i went to Sprinkles to go get a cupcake from their Cupcake ATM machine. sob machine died on me and charged me twice.  their cupcakes are $4.25. EACH!!! whatt!!??? (they charged me $8.50. called the bank and got my $$$ back) the one above cost my sister $1.75. seriously, best cupcake ever. going to go buy more. if there was a way to send one out to you, i would! 
(longest paragraph I've ever written about a cupcake. lol)
360 // 
hahaha. at the bar me and monique basically live at. 
i am one of the many (gross now that i think about it) that steals cherries. 
361 // 
date night with Moni!!! i love how she gets mad that i pay for her.
i didn't even know that Tim Burton was coming out with a new movie. 
i liked it! (:  
362 // 
apparently this weeks theme was my room. 
Jonathan let me have Uno once we left Big Sur. 
then Jaydeen gave me one for my birthday! ahhh!!!! i love it!
wouldn't it be awesome if i got a crap load more? haha. 
im treasuring one of these for sure. 

back to P&R and maybe some donuts in a bit! 
hope you had a good weekend!

Q & A {12/13-12/26 2014}

i mean its been a while and the last one i did was 37 and included 2 weeks so this should be 39. but now that i think about it it should also be 40. 
starting next year, no numbers. yaaayyy!!!

yikes so much happens in two weeks!!!
i meant to post last Friday but with Big Sur on the horizon that weekend, all i wanted to do was leave! that and once i was ready to do this, it was time to go.  hehe. 

lets get started! 

#ALTimatexmas // The NBHD

i know i always say i over do it with pictures but this time i think i really did!

this does it for the #Altimatexmas rooftop party post. (part one here
i swear i did watch the show! i did!
i just happened to have taken a million and one pictures! and i don't regret it one bit!!!
these guys were EVERYTHING!!!

luckily when i got there there wasn't a lot of people by the stage so i was able to get to the front with the help of some chick who apparently knows them!!! woohoo!

so much fun that night!
i will definitely be catching them when they come to town again. 
and yes, i still have their cd on repeat!
cant get enough. 


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