Posted in Life

Friendship Breakups

Breakups with boyfriends and girlfriends can be hard, but so are friendship breakups. Sometimes there is a big argument that breaks up the friendship. Other times you just drift apart. That’s what happened to most of my friendships from middle school and high school. Do I wish I still talked to some of my old friends? Yes, I do. But that’s not possible. 

One of my longest friendships was five years. We met at work and from there we became friends. She was one of my closest friends, I told her everything. Then one day, I noticed things were off between us. We didn’t talk as much and we started drifting apart. When she left the job, I stopped hearing from her. I saw her again a few months later at a co-workers baby shower, but it was a bit awkward. Friendships work when both people put in an effort. In this case, I would try to talk to her but she was distant. I thought it was best to let go of that friendship.

Sometimes you can become friends with someone very quickly, in only a few months. You talk to them every day and hang out and tell each other everything. Then one day they stop talking to you just because they have a new person in their life. One of my friends stopped talking to me because the girl he was saying didn’t like me and told him he had to pick her or me. He picked her and I haven’t heard from him since.

One of the downsides of growing up is that it gets harder to make friends. Cherish the friendships you have. They might not last forever.

Here are some songs for friendship breakups (they might be written for bf and gfs but can’t be for friendship breakups too!)

1. Someone I Used to Know – Gotye

2. Someone Like You- Adele

3. Bad Blood – Taylor Swift

4. We Used to Be Friends – Dandy Warhols 

5. Don’t Speak – No Doubt

Posted in Football/Soccer

LA Galaxy v New York City FC Preseason

I have been an LA Galaxy fan since mid 2010/early 2011. A few years ago, I even had the season tickets. But once I started working, I could no longer go to games because I was always working weekends. Last year, in 2017, I only went to two or three games. Now that I left my supermarket job, my weekends are free! So I plan to go to a lot more games this year. My friend Gio gave me a ticket to LA Galaxy’s preaseason game against New York City FC (NYCFC) over the weekend. She said it was my birthday present.

Earlier in the day, I went for a 17 mile run. I was exhausted when I got home and wanted to stay in bed all day. I was almost going to miss this game, but I forced myself to go. I am so glad I did. It was a good game! LA Galaxy won 3-0. However, since this was their first game together, with so many new players, they were rusty. But they defended well and had a few shots on goal. They had a lot of things they ned to work on, but I am hopeful that they have a better season than last year!

Posted in Wrestling

Royal Rumble 2018

Besides WrestleMania, Royal Rumble is one of my favorite WWE pay per view (PPV) events of the year. This year was even more exciting because they had the first ever Women’s Royal Rumble match! Shinsuke Nakamura won the Men’s Royal Rumble, while Asuka won the Women’s Royal Rumble.

I had been rooting for Finn Balor to win the Men’s Royal Rumble, but I was okay with Nakamura winning. However, I was pretty disappointed to see Asuka win the Women’s Royal Rumble. I was really hoping Naomi or Nia Jax would win. I would have also been happy if Becky Lynch or Sasha Banks had won.

During the Women’s Royal Rumble match, so many old school wrestlers came out. Some of those were Hall of Fame wrestlers like Beth Phoenix, Lita, Trish Stratus, etc. A lot of NXT wrestlers showed up as well including one of my favorites, Ember Moon. I was really happy to see Brie Bella! She retired in 2016 to start a family. I am hoping she comes back to WWE soon. I know a lot of WWE fans really don’t like her or her sister Nikki Bella but I do. My sister is a huge Nikki Bella fan.

One of my least favorite matches in Royal Rumble was the triple threat match that took place between Brock Lesnar, the defending Universal Champion, Braun Strowman, and Kane. Unfortunately, Brock Lesnar won. I hate the fact that he has been champion for so long. He rarely shows up on Monday Night Raw and only defends his title in PPV events. I would rather see someone like Finn Balor hold that title or even Braun Strowman. I just want to see somehow who regularly has to defend his title and shows up to Monday Night Raw, the way The Miz is constantly defending his Intercontinental title.

Sheamus and Cesaro defended their Tag Team titles against Seth Rollins and Jason Jordan. During the match, Jordan was hurt and Rollins had to compete alone. He lost and Sheamus and Cesaro retained their Tag Team titles.

There were many other matches that took place, but these are the main ones that caught my attention. The next WWE PPV will be Elimination Chamber, which will only be for Monday Night Raw wrestlers. This PPV will take place on February 25, 2018.

Posted in Tennis

2018 Australian Open

I started watching tennis back in 2012 and every year I try to watch the four major tournaments, which are Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and the U.S.Open. 

One of my all time favorite tennis players is Roger Federer. He has such an amazing style of play. Off the court he is know for being very classy and spends time and money helping out different charities. 

Roger Federer, winner of the 2018 Australian Open, was my top pick for the men’s side. My other choices were Juan Martin del Potro and Grigor Dimitrov. As usual, many people doubted he could win,but he has been dealing with this for many years now. Even when people lose faith in him, he’s always my number one pick in any tournament he enters. 

This is Federer’s 6th Australian Open title and 20th major title overall. He had to beat Marin Cilic, from Croatia, in order to get this title.  This isn’t the first time these two met. They also met in the 2017 Wimbledon final, which Federer also won. Cilic played well, but was no match for Federer. 

I didn’t watch the final live because it was on at midnight, but I watched the next morning and Federer was just unbelievable. Crazy to think that while Federer is 36 years old and still winning championships, many other tennis players retired at a much younger age than him. He shows that you can still be good at what you do, no matter what your age is. 
(Picture taken from Roger Federer’s Instagram page)

Posted in Entertainment/TV

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Although I’m a huge Harry Potter fan and have been for over 10+ years, I barely watched this movie a few days ago. I know it came out a while back in 2016 but for many reasons, I wasn’t in a hurry to watch it. One of the reasons I was hesitant to watch the movie was because the original cast wouldn’t be in the movie. I thought it wouldn’t be good so I just never gave it a chance. 

I was so wrong. A few days ago I saw that it was on HBO, so I decided to finally give it a chance and I’m so glad I did. 

This movie takes place in New York in the 1920s, way before Harry Potter’s time. The main character is Newt Scamander, played by Eddie Redmayne. Although the movie is part of the Harry Potter/wizarding world, there are many differences between this movie and the Harry Potter series. In this movie, the wizards interact with muggles, or no majs as they are called, on a daily basis. In the Harry Potter movies, we didn’t see this too often. 

There are different magical creatures in this movie. One of the cutest ones, who is also a trouble maker, is the niffler. I really liked seeing all the new creatures, it was interesting.

Newt was by far my favorite character. He’s a bit awkward and eccentric, but he’s a true Hufflepuff, cares about his friends (which includes the magical creature), loyal, and dedicated. He reminds me of Luna Lovegood, although she is a Ravenclaw. 

I can’t wait for next Fantastic Beasts movie to come out. That will be coming out towards the end of the year, November 2018. 

Posted in Food

Whole Foods Mini Grocery Haul

Over the weekend I went to Whole Foods in Pasadena for the first time. I always heard people making jokes about how expensive it is and how you spend your whole paycheck there and things like that. I was curious to see what it was really like.

My first impression of it was wow!  Started off on the first floor and was overwhelmed by all the choices they had. I loved their bakery which had so many desserts for less than $5! They had cupcakes, mini cheesecakes, macarons, the list goes on and on! I wanted to try everything, but in the end I only got a salted caramel mini cheesecake which was really tasty.

I went upstairs and saw they had little sections where you could buy food. I didn’t get anything, but they had tacos, salads, fresh juices, and so many other choices. Next time I go, I will definitely try their tacos with jackfruit and pineapple. 

I am trying to eat less meat and more vegan/vegetarian food, so I was very happy to see the selection of vegan food they had at Whole Foods. Everything I bought that day was at least vegetarian, if not vegan. They had non dairy cheeses, milk, cream cheese, etc. They also had many different types of mock meat. 

It is definitely a bit pricey, but so worth it with all the healthy options they offer. I will definitely go back to this Whole Foods again, though it might be a while from now. 
Here are a few things I bought.  I also bought raspberries, a mini cheesecake, and veggie burgers (Beyond Meat brand), but I ate them before I took a picture of them lol

 

Posted in Events, Football/Soccer, Life, music, Running, School, Travel, Work, Year Review

Looking Back at 2017

A lot of people say 2017 was a bad year, but for me personally 2017 was a great year! Here are a few things that happened in 2017.

Graduated from Cal State LA with a bachelors degree in history
After so many years of going to school, both back in community college and Cal State LA, i could finally say I got my degree. It was tough at times, going to work part time and going to school full time. To make things harder, I didn’t have a car for most of my college years, which meant i was usually going to school and work on the bus. It took me a little longer than I had expected to get my degree, but better later than never right?

Got a job at my local gym
In August I decided that I needed to get a second job because I wasn’t getting enough hours at the supermarket where I was cashier. So i decided to apply to a few local areas. Someone I knew from the gym where I have been going since 2016 told me they were hiring there. I decided to give it a shot even though I felt there was no way they would hire me. I was wrong. Within two weeks of Applying, I got hired! I was so happy. For three months, I worked both jobs. It was hard at times, but I decided to stick with it. At the end of 2017, I decided two jobs was two much and I needed to pick one job. My choice was easy. I picked the local gym.

Which brings me to this major thing i did in 2017. I finally left the job I had for 5 years.
This was pretty scary, not going to lie. I was not happy at this job, I spent all year being miserable, but I was too scared to quit. I had originally planned to quit in May after my graduation, then I decided summer I would get more hours so I Should stay a little longer. then decided I would quit in September, that didn’t happen either. I said I would quit around Thanksgiving, that didn’t happen either. I finally said that I would quit December 31, and i didn’t want to keep postponing it. I gave the manager my two weeks notice on December 15, 2017, the whole process was easier than I had expected. December 31, 2017 was my last day and it was a really long 8 hour shift. Before I quit, they gave me a certificate for being there five years. It was bittersweet. On one hand, I was happy to be getting away from retail life and rude, demanding, self entitle customers, but I will miss the friends that I made while working there.

I ran my first marathon
I never thought I would one day be able to run 26.2 miles, but on my 26th birthday, I decided I wanted to celebrate turning 26 years old in a big way, so that’s when I decided to run a marathon. My first ever marathon was in Long Beach, California and it took me about 5 hours and 17 minutes to finish. it took me four months to train for it. I thought this would be my only marathon ever, but I signed up for the LA Marathon, March 2018, and I am currently training for that.

Went to Orlando for the first time to attend Wrestlemania
I went with my friend Giovanna. We have gone to Portland, Oregon, Washington DC, and now Orlando together. We went to Universal City Walk, where I had the best tasting milkshake ever, red velvet with a red velvet cake. Yum! We also went to Universal Studios, where we went on so many rides and got to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I tried butterbeer for the first time. Besides Wrestlemania, we also went to Monday Night Raw, NXT Takeover, and the WWE Hallf of Fame. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I had so much fun. We got to meet a few wrestlers at one of the events, inclduing Baron Corbin and R Truth. Wrestlemania was amazing. Our seats were so close. We got to see Undertaker retire, Seth Rollins vs Triple H, Hardy Boyz make their return, John Cena propose to Nikki Bella, and many other things.

Went to Las Vegas
I had never been to Las Vegas, which is crazy because I am 26 years old and most people go there for their 21st birthday. I never had much interest. Until I decided to run the Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon and 5k. I went with my mom, grandpa, and three of my sisters. My mom drove us there and it took forever to get there. I had fun there, i didn’t gamble once, but i did have fun walking around and trying the all the different drinks. One of my favorite things that I did was getting on the roller coaster at the New York New York hotel.

Visited San Francisco twice
The first time was with my family, my mom, three sisters, and brother. We did all the touristy things, like visit the Golden Gate Bridge and the Full House/Fuller House house. We ate crepes and clam chowder, which was super good. The second time I went, it was only with my grandpa and my sister Destiny. I went to run the San Francisco Half Marathon. It was one of my best races. I can’t wait to go back to San Francisco this year. It is a much nicer place than i ever thought. It is one of my top favorite places to run.

Went to a Tim McGraw concert
Tim McGraw is by far one of my favorite country singers. I had the chance to see him and his wife Faith Hill in concert at the Staples during the summer. I loved it. It was so great seeing them. I was so happy when they announced they would be coming back in 2018, I have to see them again. I also discovered a new singer whose music I love. Her name is Rachel Platten and I feel like her song Fight Song is my theme song in life! Haha

Watched my two favorite soccer teams play each other
Went to the Coliseum in Downtown LA with my sister Angelina to watch Real Madrid vs Manchester City. Manchester City won, but it was fun just seeing them. While I was there, I ran into my friend from work and his friend, who is a manager at my old job.

These are the major things that happened in 2017. I was also blessed to meet people who I now consider my friends, I lost a couple friends, but made new ones. I spent time with my family, boyfriend, and friends. Hope 2018 is just as good or even better than 2017 was!