I can’t believe that it has been a year since the world lost Chester Bennington. I first discovered Linkin Park when I was in middle school. I’ve been a fan of them for over 15 years. Celebrity deaths rarely affect me, but this one hit me hard because I grew up with their music. Whenever I was going through some tough times, Linkin Park was there for me. He might be gone, but we haven’t forgotten him. This is one of the bands that people will continue to listen to 10, 15 years from now. I decided to make a list of my favorite Linkin Park songs. This was a tough list to make because I love all their music. Here are my top 25.
1. One Step Closer
3. Breaking the Habit
5. Leave Out All the Rest
7. Somewhere I Belong
8. Little Things Give You Away
9. Given Up
10. Don’t Stay
12. In Pieces
13. Talking to Myself
14. In the End
15. Bleed it Out
16. No More Sorrow
17. Hands Held High
18. In Between
19. Lying From You
20. Easier to Run
21. From the Inside
22. A Place for My Head
24. Pushing Me Away
25. Shadow of the Day
In the last few years(2016-2018), a few of my favorite tv shows have gotten cancelled. As a result, I haven’t been watching tv as much and I havent really started watching any new shows. Here is my list of tv shows that were cancelled that were my favorites!
1. Vampire Diaries
2. The Originals
3. Once Upon a Time
4. New Girl
5. The Middle
6. Teen Wolf
8. Young and Hungry
Famous in Love (hasn’t been cancelled or renewed yet, future is uncertain)
Even Jane the Virgin announced that their next season will be their last season!
Last month I forgot to set goals for myself. This month I decided to set goals for myself in running, eating healthy, taking care of my debt, to name a few.
1. Run 20 miles
2. Read 10 books
3. Work out at least 3 times a week
4. Make $300 outside of my regular job
5. Write at least 100 pages for my novel
6. Walk 30 minutes every day
7. Pay off Target credit card $165
8. Eat clean 5 days a week
9. No more pork
10. Beef only once a week
11. Fast food only once a week
12. NO McDonald’s
I don’t know why it has taken me so long to post this trip recap. This trip took place almost three months ago!!! Oh well, better late than never!
February 23-26 2018
I have travelled to a few different places throughout the United States- Portland, Oregon, Washington DC, Las Vegas, to name a few. However, I usually travel with other people, either my travelling partner Giovanna, my sister Destiny, or my family. I had never travelled anywhere alone. That is, until February. That’s right, I went on my first solo trip at 27 years old.
I first travelled to Orlando, Florida last year in March 2017 for WrestleMania. I was there for almost a week and went with my travelling partner, Giovanna. This time I went to Orlando for four days and I went for the Disney Princess Weekend. I was there for about five days and had sucha blast!
I have to admit that the thought of it freaked me out so much!!! In fact, there were a few times that I even considered cancelling my trip rather than going alone. But after thinking about all the cons and pros of travelling alone, looking online, and speaking to someone who has gone on many solo trips, I decided to go for it. After all, what was the harm in travelling solo at least once?
Just getting to the airport was a mission! I walked to the bus stop from my house. Then I took the Metro Gold line to the Union Station, from there I got on a shuttle to LAX. I barely made it to the plane on time. I got to LAX ten mins before the gates closed. Lucky for me, there was no line for security checkpoint. As soon as they checked me and my things, I ran all the way to my gate. I got there four minutes before they closed my gates. I have never been that close. I am normally at the airport at least an hour before my flight is scheduled to leave, sometimes even two hours. I was so scared that I would miss my plane.
I got to Orlando airport around 430am/5am on Friday. I stayed there until about 830am/9am. I just listened to my ipod and used my tablet. I also ate chick fil a for breakfast. I think I even fell asleep for a while. I finally decided I had been there long enough and went to the expo to pick up what I needed for the two races.
The expo to pick up the bibs and shirts was huge. In fact, they had three different locations to pick everything up. The first building is where you pick up your bib. Then you have to go to another building for your shirt. In the second building, they also had non Disney vendors. I bought some running stickers and energy gels. Then I went to the last building to pick up some pins I had preoredered and in this building they had Disney vendors. I wanted to buy everything! They had such a huge selection of things, including cute leggings, pins, cute shirts, anything Disney Princess thing you can think of! It was way more than I had planned to spend. Since the lines were really long, I decided not to get anything after all.
After the expo, I decided to go to my hotel to check in. The hotel I stayed at was in Kissimmee, Florida about 15 minutes away from Disney World. Unfortunately, it wasn’t ready when I got there. The people at the hotel told me I could go to the pool for a while, so I went in for an hour. It was really hot outside and the pool felt really good. I went to see if it was ready and they still needed more time to finish cleaning. So I decided to walk to Target, which was about 1.5 miles away, and window shop. Went to eat lunch at Burger King and then I walked back to the hotel, which was finally ready.
I spent three nights there. For the price I paid, I was expecting a small room. I was shocked when I walked into my hotel room. It was much larger than I expected. The first thing I saw when I walked in was the kitchen. It had a full size kitchen with a fridge, microwave, stove, dishes and utensils, and a sink. Next up was a dining room for four, the first bathroom, and even a living room with two small couches and a television. As if that wasn’t enough, there was a bedroom for me with a television, another bathroom, and get this, a Jacuzzi in my room!
It was awesome staying in this room, but I admit that I did get a bit scared at night, to the point where I slept with all the lights on and the door locked. The first and second nights I only slept about 3/4 hours each. The final night I slept maybe 5/6 hours, which still wasn’t enough.
Saturday morning I ran my 10k race. I did pretty well. I didn’t really go anywhere once I got back to my hotel because I didn’t want to be too tired for my half marathon and because I was a bit scared to go out by myself.
Sunday morning I was at the race by 330am! I went early to take pictures in the morning. After the race, I took some pictures with some of the Disney Princesses. Instead of going to the hotel, I decided to go to Downtown Disney. I knew if I went to the hotel, I would fall asleep and not want to leave the room for the rest of the day. I changed out of my race clothes and wore my three medals around.
Disney Springs/Downtown Disney
I went there last year. We went on the last day, so I didn’t have much money to spend. This time I was able to visit Hard Rock Café and got myself a mac and cheese burger. Kind of on the pricey side, but so worth it! I also got a creme brulee from one of the bakeries and a strawberry frozen margarita. I basically spent my whole time at Disney Springs eating lol One of my favorite things to eat was the poutine.
Universal City Walk
On Monday, my last day in Orlando, I decided to visit Universal City Walk after checking out. One of my favorite things about going to Universal City Walk last year was going to the Chocolate Emporium and getting a red velvet milkshake, which had a giant red velvet cupcake on top! So I couldn’t wait to go back. I also went to Fat Tuesday and got myself a blue raspberry icee. I went to the movies and watched Fifty Shades Freed. After my day trip at City Walk, I headed over to the airport to go back home.
Trip Back Home
After the scare I had getting to LAX really late, I made sure to get to MCO at least 2 hours early. I am so glad I did, because the security checkpoint line was huge! I had a stop in Colorado. Right when we got off the plane, we could feel the freezing cold air! I guess we were close to the mountains. I was only there for an hour and then I was back on the plane to LA. I got to LAX around midnight, I was exhausted when I got home.
Travelling solo was a lot more fun than I ever imagined! I would definitely recommend that everyone travels solo at least once in their lifetime. Yes, it can be scary, especially for someone like me who is an introvert and very shy.
My only complaint about travelling is having to use Uber or Lyft all the time. It can get pretty expesnive, especilly when going to Disney World or Downtown Orlando. I would rather use the public transportation or rent a car.
My next solo vacation will be a weekend trip to San Francisco during the summer. It will be another racecation, I will be running the San Francisco Half Marathon!
Last week, I moved from the city I lived in for almost 10 years into a new neighborhood. We have been at our new home for about a week now. For the most part, I do enjoy our new neighborhood. I love having so many healthy supermarkets close by, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods. This area seems really nice. I am close to Pasadena now. The downside is that my commute to work is much longer now. Before I could get to work in 5-10 minutes. Now it takes me at least 20 minutes to get to work. I also don’t like that our new house doesn’t have any ceiling fans and my room doesn’t even have a closet. I had to get rid of so many of my things because my room was too small for all my belongings.
The night before the 10k race, I told myself that I would try to be asleep by 9pm in order to wake up at 3am to be at Epcot parking lot on time. That did not happen. It was really difficult for me to sleep so early, especially given the time difference. By trying to go to sleep at 9pm, it was like trying to go to sleep at 6pm! Plus, I was a bit scared of spending the night in a different state by myself, so that didn’t help. I eventually fell asleep around 11pm or so. I woke up a little before 3 am. I had scheduled an uber to pick me up at 330am, so right at that time, I went outside. I got the message that they were on their way. However, after waiting outside for 15 minutes, the driver cancelled! I was so mad. Had to request another uber and waited an extra 15-20 minutes.
For the 10k race, I was in corral B. Although I have done many 10k races before, I was still pretty nervous about this one. Mainly because I had heard so many bad things about the Disney Princess races. I did much better than expected though. I finished in 1:04 hours. However, I didn’t end up stopping for any character stops. After the race was over, i did take a few pictures. I took pictures with both Ariel and my favorite Disney princess, Belle.
For the half marathon, I was in corral C. This time, I made sure to try to stop for as many character stops as I could. I got to the Epcot parking lot around 330am. Since I was so early, I was able to take a picture with Anna from Frozen! I waited about an hour in line. After that was over, I went to the corrals. There were so many people! I think at least 15,000+ people ran/walked the Princess half marathon.
So I ended up running my second slowest time ever, 2:36 hours! But it didn’t matter because I had fun. I took pictures with at least 5-7 characters.
I went to Knott’s Berry Farm with my sister for the Boysenberry Festival. We went after I got out of work. I knew it would be crowded, but wasn’t expecting it to be as bad as it was. It was spring break for many schools, which explains why the parking lot was almost completely full when we got there a little after 2pm. I’m sure the fact that Disneyland keeps raising their prices also led more people to go to Knott’s Berry Farm. I wasn’t too bothered though, since we only went to Knott’s to try out the food. We happened to go on Boysenberry Day, April 3, 2018. They were giving out buttons to everyone who went. This might have been another reason that Knott’s was so crowded.
This year was my fourth year going to the Boysenberry Festival at Knott’s Berry Farm. It is my favorite time of the year to go to Knott’s. I bought the tasting card again this year. The tasting card is $30 and it allows you to try a variety of things. It is definitely worth it to buy. You get to try things that you wouldn’t have otherwise bought. Here are the things I tried.
Boysenberry Boba- 6/10
I love drinking boba. This was a little bit disappointing for me. It wasn’t bad, but the boba balls at the bottom weren’t very soft. Also, the boysenberry taste was too subtle and it ended up tasting bland.
Boysenberry Chicken Wings- 10/10
The boysenberry chicken wings are the best. They use Boysenberry bbq sauce on the winga, but they aren’t too sweet . These are a family favorite.
Boysenberry Ribs- 8/10
The ribs were good. A bit greasy, but good. These were made with beef rather than pork. The rice mixed with the ribs were good , esp because the ribs were very tender.
Boysenberry Pierogis- 8/10
First time ever trying pierogis. I thought they were good. The pierogis had cheddar cheese inside and came with a side of grilled onions and smoked bacon. I especially loved the boysenberry sour cream. I would love if these were offered at Knott’s year round.
Boysenberry Elote- 9/10
I love eating elote aka corn on the cob so I was very excited to try this. It was really good. I liked the boysenberry butter and boysenberry mayo. My only complaint is that they put too much of the cheese, which im not a fan of.
Sausage on a Bun-5/10
Disappointed by this. The sausage itself was ok, but I didn’t like the fact that they only had relish and mustard as condiments. There was no ketchup or mayo.
Forgot to take a pic of this
Boysenberry Coconut Macaroon-9/10
I love coconut and boysenberry and I have a sweet tooth. This was one of my favorite treats.
Boysenberry Icee Float- 10/10
This was my favorite thing I tried. The icee float came with boysenberry icee and they put boysenberry ice cream on top of that! It took me a while to finish but it was so good!
Boysenberry Hummus with Pita Bread-7/10
I am such a big fan of hummus, but this was disappointing. I also didn’t like the fact that they grilled the pita bread.
The quesadillas were good. I wish they would have given us boysenberry sour cream rather than just plain sour cream. The salsa was good, but too spicy for me. I like the fact that the quesadillas were purple. Didn’t like the cotija cheese that was used for the quesadillas.
Boysenberry Jelly Beans-10/10
Jelly beans are my favorites. These were really good. Perfect for anyone who has a sweet tooth like me.
Some other things I bought were boysenberry butter (which I haven’t tried yet), boysenberry lip balm (smells really good), and a boysenberry festival shirt that came with a collector’s pin (which is great because I collect pins). We didn’t go on any rides, but since we have the annual season pass, it wasn’t such a big deal. We really did only go for the food. Next year, I plan to go to Boysenberry Festival at least twice. It was fun for me to try new things and eat favorites.