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Selena Taylor

It’s very hard to believe that my baby girl is almost three weeks old! I feel like I just gave birth to her. The nine months went by so quickly. Well, except the last month. It seemed to last forever. At the beginning of my pregnancy I weighed 114 pounds, by the end of it, I weighed 128 pounds. I gained a total of 24 pounds. The first seven months I gained 11 pounds, I gained 13 pounds in the last two months. The last month was definitely the hardest. I had trouble sleeping, couldn’t work out anymore, not even walk, was always low on energy, and would have massive back pain just driving to and from work.

My doctor scheduled me for an induction. On January 18, I got to the hospital a little bit after midnight. The nurse decided to check how far along I was. When I got there, I was only 1 cm dilated. However, I was having contractions that were less than 5 minutes apart. I didn’t realize since at that time, they were not painful. Not going to lie, I was definitely nervous. I had heard that being induced might lead to longer labor or even an emergency c section.

My mom and I were debating whether I should stay at the hospital and be induced or go home and wait for my baby to come naturally. Since I was already having contractions, we decided to stay. At 3 am, the nurse finally induced me. I had originally wanted to have an all-natural birth, but 3 hours into my labor, the contractions were becoming too painful for me and I decided I wanted the pain reliever and the epidural. Besides my mom, two of my sisters were also there with me. I took my tablet and was watching Netflix to pass the time.

My boyfriend and his mom went to visit me. They were unable to stay when I gave birth because the hospital only allowed two people to be present. Of course I chose my mom to be there and I also chose my sister. I wanted my boyfriend to be there, but he said he didn’t like the sight of blood.

My doctor got there a few hours after I did. He broke my water, but I didn’t realize that’s what he had done. I remember telling my mom that I thought I had peed on myself. The nurse was like no, he broke your water. When I moved into the second part of labor, aka the delivering baby part, I had no idea what to do. I should’ve taken classes, but I didn’t. Luckily, my mom was there to help and motivate me. There were a few moments when I felt like I couldn’t keep going, but my mom pushed me to keep going. The doctor ended up making a small tear (episiotomy) and having to use a vacuum in order for the baby to come out. Even though I couldn’t feel it because of the epidural, it kind of freaked me out seeing so much blood and seeing the doctor stitch me up.

When Selena Taylor was born, she was 18.5 inches and weigh 7 lbs., 5oz. I started crying as soon as she was born. I am not a very emotional person and I rarely cry, but that day I was so overwhelmed with emotion. Even my sister was shocked to see me crying. It was one of the happiest days of my life, seeing my little baby girl being born. My mom was the one who cut my baby’s cord. Since she is her first grandbaby, I thought she should have the honors.

After having the baby, I remember I was shaking so much. It kind of freaked me out, but apparently, that was normal. I also ended up throwing up a while after delivering the baby. I think my body was trying to get rid of the medicine in my body. One of the most embarrassing things that happened was when I went to the bathroom for the first time, one of the nurses went with me and showed me how to use the bottle to clean myself. I felt so awkward.

My sister spent the night with me at the hospital. I was really grateful. If she had not been there, I wouldn’t have been able to get any sleep at all. I think I went 30 hours without sleeping. At one point, I was a little dizzy. I only had to stay one day because there were no complications. I’m so glad because the hospital food was awful! The only meal that tasted good was my first meal after having the baby and that was only because I was starving by that point. Even though the room was super cold, I kept waking up in the middle of the night sweating. It kind of freaked me out, but apparently, that’s normal. My family went to visit me both days. One of the funniest moments was when my sister Ayanna, who is 4 years old and at that point was the baby of the family, took a look at the baby and started crying. Later on, she was looking at the baby and saying that the baby took her spot from her. I would take my sister everywhere with me, it’s almost as if she was my actual daughter and I guess she got used to that.

This might sound vain, but I am really happy that I managed to get through the pregnancy without getting stretch marks or without my hands and feet getting swollen. However, in the first week of recovery, my calves did get swollen but they eventually went back to normal. During the first week, I was taking ibuprofen every day, so I didn’t really feel the pain of having to get stitches. My sister and mom helped me a lot with the baby. Feeding her, watching her while I took naps.

The second week somehow felt even harder than the first week. I felt pretty sick most of the week, but luckily my mom and sister were able to help me take care of my baby. On Thursday, I had decided that I needed to take care of myself because otherwise, I couldn’t be there for my baby girl. I went to urgent care, but it was closed. So I went to another one and though they were still open for two more hours, they were no longer accepting patients, so I had to go home.

The next day, I had to take Selena Taylor to the drs for her two week checkup. The doctor said she was very healthy. I was so glad to hear that because I was nervous that since I am not breastfeeding, I thought she would be too thin or not in good health. After her dr apt, I took her home, dropped her off with my sister, and went to another urgent car. They were unable to help me, so they sent me to Huntington Hospital in Pasadena instead. I went to the emergency room. I waited about two hours to be seen. There were so many people there. Once I got admitted, I was there another four hours. It was so tiring and I missed my baby girl. While I was there, I watched a documentary on Ted Bundy. I am glad I went because they were able to help me feel much better and gave me medicine. I had spent all week being miserable and now I was finally better. I only wish I had gone sooner instead of waiting so long.

I always said I wouldn’t become the mom who is constantly posting pictures of her kids. However, that is exactly what I have become. I can’t help myself, I just want to share my little bundle of joy with the world. My camera roll on my phone is basically 80% pictures of Selena Taylor.

I never really thought of myself as one day being a mom. When I first found out I was pregnant, I was in shock and nervous/scared etc. The day I gave birth to my baby girl was one of the happiest days of my life. It’s such a cliché, but it’s so true. Now I can’t imagine my life without her. Don’t get me wrong, it is hard sometimes waking up constantly to feed her and change her diapers in the middle of the night. Changing her diapers when she poops is the worst! But she brings so much joy to me and my family.

Some of the things that I missed most while being pregnant were eating food like hot dogs, deli meat, and esquite (corn in a cup with mayo, butter, cotija cheese, and sometimes hot Cheetos crumbs). I also missed going on roller coasters at Knott’s Berry Farm and working out and especially running. Some people continued running and working out while pregnant, but running became difficult for me in the 7th month and I stopped working out in the 8th month. I just did not have the energy for it.

In case anyone was wondering, I picked the name Selena after the most famous Selena in history. Selena the Mexican American singer who died at a young age in the early 1990’s. I grew up listening to her music and to this day, she is one of my favorite singers. I also liked that the name Selena is derived from the Greek goddess Selena and I have always had an interest in studying Greek mythology. I’ve always like the name Taylor as well, though I did have some concerns choosing that as her middle name because of Taylor Swift. But I like how the two names sounded together. My two other choices were Samantha and Anastasia but my boyfriend didn’t like either name. Oh, well, maybe baby number two can have one of those names.

That’s my birth story and the first three weeks of recovery. I only have about nine weeks left of maternity leave and I plan to enjoy all this time I have with my baby girl.

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Hello 2019

Although 2018 was a good year for me, I am definitely looking forward to 2019. Of course the biggest things I am looking forward to is the birth of my baby girl. She will be here in less than 2 weeks! Still in shock that I am going to be someone’s mom. Never saw that coming. Some other things I am looking forward to is becoming a better and faster runner, finally starting my business, and paying off most, if not all of my credit cards this year. Every year I like to make a bucket list. This year is no different. Some things on my bucket list are small things like learn to make cheesecake from scratch, while others will take more time and dedication in completing them, like running a half marathon (13.1 miles) in under 2 hours. Here is my bucket list for 2019.

Personal
Have a healthy baby girl
Take part in Meatless March
Write two blog posts a week
Read 50 books
Take Ayanna to Disneyland for her 5th birthday
LA County or OC Fair with my family
Go to Universal Studios during Grinchmas

Fitness/Running
Do 25 pushups nonstop
Run a half marathon (13.1 miles) in under 2 hours
Run a 5k race (3.1 miles) in under 25 minutes
Run 1 mile in 8 minutes

Financial
No Spend Challenge
Pay off at least 5 credit cards
Start a business

Cooking
Learn to make cheesecake from scratch

Movies to Watch:
Glass
Captain Marvel
Avengers 4
Toy Story 4

Will be adding more to the bucket list as the year goes on!

Posted in Events, Life, Year Review

Looking Back at 2018

Another year has come and gone. 2018 was a good year for me. So many things took place this year. One of the most exciting things that happened was I found I was pregnant with my first baby. I also got to travel and take part in fun races. Here are my highlights of 2018.

Pregnancy
My boyfriend and I always talked about having a baby, but we didn’t know it would happen so soon. My boyfriend wanted a boy and I wanted a girl. I was thrilled when I found out I was having a girl. This is a blessing and I can’t believe our little one is almost here. I spent the majority of 2018 being pregnant and while I did miss out on a few things, I will cherish all the little moments with my baby. For example, the first time I heard her heartbeat and saw her on the ultrasound, the first time she kicked, and when my belly bump started to get bigger.

Moving
Another thing that happened in 2018 was that my family and I moved out of Montebello. This was after living there for almost 10 years. We moved about 20 minutes from Montebello and while I do miss my old city, I am very happy and comfortable in my new city. Only bad things are that I live further from my boyfriend and my commute to work is a bit longer. When I was in Montebello, I was able to leave my house 5 minutes before starting work and get there on time. Now I need to leave at least 25-30 minutes before I start work. I give myself the extra 5-10 minutes just in case there is traffic of construction going on.

Travel
In February, I spent the weekend in Orlando by myself. I had gone to Orlando before back in 2017, but this was my first ever solo trip. The reason I went to Orlando was to take part in the Disney Princess Challenge. This is a series of races hosted by Run Disney. I ran a 10k on Saturday morning and then a half marathon on Sunday morning. I really enjoyed my solo trip and I’m so glad I got to experience it before becoming a mom.

In March, I ran a half marathon in San Diego. I normally travel with my family or friends, but this time I went with my boyfriend. This was our first weekend away together. It was long overdue. We have been together for 5 years and that was our first trip. Hoping we can take more weekend trips with our baby girl in the upcoming years.

I decided my last trip before the baby’s arrival should be a fun one. What could be more fun than almost a week in Las Vegas? In August, I went to Las Vegas with Giovanna for a few days. There were many things I couldn’t do like drink or ride on the New York New York roller coasters, but I still had fun. The best part of the Las Vegas trip was getting to see the Backstreet Boys in concert. I also got to try a lot of good food and we walked so much every day that I was always walking at least 10,000 steps, which was my goal.

Running
I ran almost 300 miles. I’m sure if I hadn’t been pregnant, I would’ve ran more. Regardless, I am still happy that I was able to run 300 miles. Not only that, but I was able to run one half marathon, one 10k, and two 5k races while pregnant. I wasn’t going to let my pregnancy slow me down!

At the beginning of 2018, I did my best half marathon 2 hours and 9 mins in Pasadena. This was so close to my goal of running in under 2 hours. I’m hoping that in 2019, I can reach the goal. I know this will require a lot of training runs from me, most of which will take place in the summer.

As I mentioned earlier, I did the Disney Princess Challenge in Orlando. I love to challenge myself. This was the first time I ran 19.3 miles in 2 days! What makes the Disney Princess Challenge runs even more fun is the fact that you get to run through the Disney parks and take pictures with the characters. I got to take pictures with Anna and Elsa from Frozen, Belle and Gaston from Beauty and the Beast, and even Buzz Lightyear to name a few. I won’t take part in the races this year, but I plan to be there in 2020!

In 2018, I ran the LA Marathon for the first time. I did not run in under 5 hours like I had planned, but I did improve by 6 minutes over my first marathon. Not going to lie, this was a tough marathon for me. It didn’t help that at the start of the run, I did some have pain in my left knee. I also didn’t follow my training plan as well as I should have. That’s okay, every time I run a marathon or any other race, I always learn ways I can improve my time and my training. The hills after mile 20 were the worst. Now that I know what to expect, I will definitely train for that in 2020.

Concerts
I went to see Brad Paisley in concert with my mom. My mom isn’t fan of country music, but she really likes Kane Brown, who was one of the openers for Brad Paisley. I had to choose between going to see Tim McGraw (my favorite country singer) and Brad Paisley. I decided to see Brad Paisley and it was worth it. He is such a great singer live and entertaining. I really like the song he sang with Carrie Underwood, who sang her parts via satellite/video.

Seeing the Backstreet Boys was the highlight of my Las Vegas trip. My only complaint is that I wish the concert had been longer. They played some of their newer music, along with their classics. It’s great to see them still together after all these years. They are touring this year. They are scheduled to play in Anaheim and Los Angeles. I’m hoping I can see them again. Fingers crossed that I make it to their concert.

Favorite Movies
Normally I am the kind of person who waits for movies to come out on DVD or Netflix instead of going to the movie theaters to watch. In fact, most of the time I only go to the movies once or maybe even twice a year. This year, I ended up going to 7 movies, which is a lot for me. Who knows if next year I will be able to watch as many movies since I will have my little one. Of course, I will make an exception to watch the new Avengers movies. Here are the movies I went to watch in 2018. The little kid movies are the ones I took my sisters to go watch.

Sherlock Gnomes
Black Panther
50 Shades
Hotel Transylvania
Avengers Infinity War
Goosebumps 2
Crimes of Grindewald

2018 was a memorable year for me. I can’t wait to see what 2019 will bring for us!

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9 Months Pregnant

Right now, I am 37 weeks pregnant. I have about three weeks left! My little one’s due date is a week before my 28th birthday. I don’t mind sharing my birthday month with her, but I’m hoping she is not born on my birthday lol. Time is going by so fast. I I am excited to meet Baby G, but also very nervous! Mostly about giving birth, but also the fact that I am going to have someone that will be completely dependent on me. I’m the oldest of six, but being an older sister is completely different than being a mom. The good thing is that I’m not alone. I have my mom, who is super excited about meeting her first grandbaby, my sisters, who want to watch my little one when she’s born, and my boyfriend of five years, who is happy to be having his first baby.

I feel like I have been pregnant forever! I first found out at the end of May. I’ve experienced a few of the symptoms. But since I hit 34/36 weeks, it’s starting to get worse. I can tell the baby is getting bigger because I have been dealing with back pain more often. Even just being in the car for 20 minutes, whether I’m driving or I’m a passenger, my back starts to hurt. I also have trouble sleeping because it is very hard for me to get comfortable. Heartburn is something that I also deal with on a daily basis. Supposedly this means my baby will be born will a lot of hair. I guess we will see if this is true in a few weeks!

I have only gained about 17/18 pounds since finding out I was pregnant. I was 114 pounds at the beginning, now I am about 131/132 pounds. I guess being active and eating somewhat healthy-ish helped me not gain too much weight. I officially stopped working out at 36 weeks. I had stopped running at the end of October. My last race was a local 5k on October 31st. For now, all I’m doing is walking for 30 minutes a few times a week. I normally love going to the gym, but this month (December), I’ve had no energy to go to the gym. The few times I’ve gone, I had to force myself to go. I admit I have been feeling a little unmotivated. I did take a month off after the stair climb that I did at the end of September, because at that time I was so worried that I wasn’t gaining enough weight. Even though I am no longer going to the gym, there are days when I feel guilty or like I’m lazy for not going.

I only have two weeks left at work. Then I will go on maternity leave for approximately 12 weeks. It will feel so weird not having to be somewhere at a certain time. After all, I’ve had a job since September 2012 and have never gone more than 2 weeks without working! I will miss my coworkers and even some of the members there, but it’s not like I will be on vacation. I will be busy at home taking care of my little baby girl.

I know having a baby will be difficult. I won’t sleep as much, my little one will need my constant attention, I won’t have as much me time anymore. But despite all this, I can’t wait for her arrival. It’s time for a new chapter in my life and I could not be happier.

We already picked out our baby girl’s name, but will not be sharing that until she is born. Here are the top 10 names we like and fyi, her name is in there. Many of the names were chosen because they have historical significance, are characters in books, or names in Greek/Roman mythology.
1. Samantha
2. Athena
3. Anastasia
4. Anabelle
5. Selena
6. Taylor
7. Charlotte
8. Isabelle
9. Minerva
10. Cassandra

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Christmas Season

It’s almost Christmas! I love this time of the year. Everything about Christmas season makes me happy. The music, the decorations, the movies, the food, I can go on and on. The only thing I can’t do this year is go ice skating because of the little one in my belly. Oh well, there’s always next year!

One of my favorite things to do is watch Christmas movies. Since I have so much free time, this year I decided to watch a few Christmas movies from Netflix. Here are my favorites. Most of them from 2017-2018, but I did add a few older movies.
1. The Holiday Calendar
2. Christmas Crush
3. A Christmas Prince
4. Christmas Inheritance
5. The Princess Switch
6. A Christmas Prince 2

Non Netflix Movies
1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
2. Santa Clause 1
3. Santa Clause 2
4. Santa Clause 3
5. It’s a Wonderful Life

Besides watching movies, I also like driving around the cities looking at all the decorations with my family. It’s fun to see how creative people get when it comes to decorating their houses. Some people really go all out. When I buy my own house, my house will definitely be decorated every Christmas season.

Another thing I love is Christmas music. In fact, this year I started listening to Christmas before Thanksgiving! That was only because there was a radio station that started playing music really early. I think they started playing music in the first week of November. Some people complain about the music being played too soon, but it’s very cheerful music and always lifts up my spirit when I hear that music being played. My favorite song is Let it Snow, but I also really like the song Little Drummer Boy.

One thing I really like to do is go to Knott’s Berry Farm. During this time, they call it Knott’s Merry Farm. I love how they decorate everything and all the Christmas themed desserts and food that they have. My family and I also enjoy watching the Christmas shows they have, especially Snoopy on Ice.

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January Baby 2019

I shared this news with friends and family a while back, but for those who don’t know, I’m pregnant with my first baby! I am almost 7 months pregnant. I am having a baby girl, she is due a week before my 28th birthday.

When I first found out I was pregnant, I cried. I was in shock. I texted my best friend immediately, but didn’t tell anyone else for about two or three weeks, not even my boyfriend. I was so stressed out that the first two weeks or so, I cried myself to sleep. Having a baby was not something that I had pictured myself doing. Finding out that I was pregnant was definitely scary. I heard about all the symptoms and the pain of giving birth. I didn’t think I could handle it. I also started thinking of everything that I was going to give up. Not just the things that I would give up during the 9 months of pregnancy, but also things I would have to give up in the long run and maybe even forever.

Then I started thinking of the new experiences that I will have with my baby and being a mom. These new experiences are so exciting that it makes me forget about the things I will miss out on. It makes those things seem less important. Once I have my baby, I will still be able to run, I can still travel, and I can even start a business if I want to. Having a baby won’t ruin my life or make me miss out on things. She will change my life for the better. I know it won’t always be easy, especially the first few months of her life.

It took me 3 pregnancy tests, an ultrasound, and hearing the heartbeat to finally accept that I was actually pregnant. As time went on and I started telling more people. My family and friends were happy about it. Funny thing is that I was so nervous and scared to tell my mom that I was pregnant because I had no idea how she would react. Lucky for me, she was happy about the idea of having her first grandbaby. I started feeling better about it. My mom and sisters are anxious to meet the baby. My mom and little brother wanted me to have a boy, but everyone else was hoping for a girl. Of course, I wanted a girl too. My sister Destiny went with me to the gender reveal. That same day, we had a little gender reveal party just for the family. Destiny decorated the dining room with streamers and balloons and I made cupcakes with pink and blue frosting. We had my mom cut into the cupcake which revealed pink filling on the inside.

Sometimes pregnancy sucks. Don’t get me wrong, I can’t wait to meet my little one, but I definitely won’t be missing the annoying pregnancy symptoms like heartburn, leg cramps, back pain, and insomnia. I don’t feel cute or like I have that pregnancy glow. Sometimes I feel gross, esp. when I’m working out and see this little basketball popping out from under my shirt. But feeling the baby kicking and hearing her heartbeat is just an incredible feeling. I never really ever pictured myself as a mom to be honest, but throughout these last few months of my pregnancy, it’s become something that I can’t wait to do. I’m so anxious to meet her. I dreamt about her and can’t wait to hold her in my arms. I can tell she will be so loved and spoiled, not just by me, but by the rest of my family. I just hope my sister Ayanna, who is 4 years old and the baby of the family, doesn’t get too jealous.

There are many symptoms that I have yet to experience and I’m worried that I will eventually experience them in the upcoming weeks, such as my hands and feet swelling, getting stretch marks, and having even less energy to continue with my workouts. One thing that has surprised me is the fact that I haven’t gained much weight. It’s suggested that pregnant women gain 25-35 pounds, but at 28 weeks, I have only gained 12 pounds. I’m a little bit worried that I’m not gaining enough, but my doctor says the baby and I are both healthy. Maybe once I stop running and doing so much cardio, I can finally gain weight.

Cravings and pregnancy go hand in hand. I’ve had a few cravings, but nothing too crazy. Some things I’ve craved in my pregnancy are red meat-pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, pancakes, and ice cream. Of course, I can’t actually eat hot dogs, but that hasn’t stopped me from craving them. There are so many things I can’t eat during my pregnancy that I will definitely indulge in once I have the baby.

I always thought that once you get pregnant, women would be forced to stay in bed and take it easy during their entire pregnancy. That’s not the case. It’s amazing what women can do when pregnant. In the last month or so, I’ve climbed up 75 flights of stairs in 24 mins and ran a half marathon in 3 hours. I’ve heard of women who continue working out until days before they give birth. There are even women who run marathons weeks before giving birth. I give them props because running a half marathon at 6 months pregnant was hard enough for me. I have made the decision to stop running at 28 weeks. While there might be women who run throughout their whole pregnancy, I feel this is the best decision for me and my baby. I will continue walking and doing light exercise, but as the due date gets closer, I do plan to cut back.

I am now in my third trimester and it feels like time is going by so fast. I still have so much to do before the baby gets here. One of those major decisions is coming up with a name for her. We have a few options, but most likely we will wait until she’s born to pick a name for her. We are 2.5 months away from meeting our little princess and that will be the happiest moments of my life. I haven’t met her yet, but I already love her so much.

Posted in Football/Soccer, Life, music, Travel

Summer 2018

Although summer doesn’t officially end until later this month, many people consider Labor Day the last day of summer. After all, by this point, most students are back in school. I graduated from Cal State LA last year, so this is my second year not going back to school and it still feels so weird! I actually liked school and miss it a lot. If it wasn’t for the fact that school is expensive, I would’ve kept going to school to get my masters. Oh well. I have my bachelor’s degree and I’m happy with that. That being said, this summer was really good for me.

One thing I look forward to every four years during summer is the World Cup. This summer was no different. Although the United States or Italy did not take part in the World Cup, there were still many good matches. France ended up winning the final against Croatia, but along the way, there were many upsets and surprises. One of the most shocking things that happened was Germany did not even make it out of the group stage and they had won the previous World Cup final. I guess the curse of World Cup winning teams is true. Also, Spain, who were one of the favorites to make it to the final, lost against Russia, one of the teams that no one expected much from. Argentina and Portugal disappointed and so did Brazil. Overall, it was a good World Cup. Can’t wait for 2022, I hope Italy and the United States make it next time.

For people who know me, they know that my favorite type of music is country music. When my mom mentioned that she was going to a Brad Paisley Concert, I just had to go. Technically she was going to see Kane Brown, but Brad Paisley was the headliner. He is my second favorite country male singer, after Tim McGraw. It was a really good concert. We had good seats and I enjoyed spending time with my mom, as corny as it sounds. That’s something that never happens because I have so many brothers and sisters. (I’m the oldest of six)

Every year since 2011, I have gone to see a team from Europe play a friendly match in Los Angeles. Usually it’s Real Madrid, but this year they didn’t come to Los Angeles, unfortunately. However, this year AC Milan came to Los Angeles. They are my boyfriend’s favorite team. I like watching them, although they aren’t my favorite Italian team. It was a good game even though they ended up losing to Manchester United.

My mini vacation to Las Vegas trip was a lot of fun. It was only few days, but still enjoyable. Next time I go, I will make sure not to go during the summer though because it was super hot. I think I will go back in November 2019 and this time, I will drink more since it is Las Vegas. The best part of the trip was the Backstreet Boys concert. I really hope I can see them again next year.

The city where I used to work had free concerts at the park every Friday in the summer. My family decided to go to the last concert of the summer. My mom loves listening to Brenton Woods. I grew up listening to his music. As luck would have it, Brenton Woods was the main even of the last concert. It was free so the whole family got to go. There was so many people there. It was still fun though. Three of my coworkers went and I met up with them.

I admit that sometimes I watch way too much TV, Netflix, Hulu etc. So I decided to see if I could stay away for a while. I decided to take part in the 30 day no TV challenge for the month of August. Overall, I was successful. I watched TV only once in the entire month. I missed watching TV at first, but eventually I found better things to do.

Two things I missed out on were my weekend getaway trips to San Francisco and San Diego. I had planned to go to San Diego at the beginning of June for the Rock and Roll 5k and Half marathon races. However, I had to cancel due to financial reasons. The following month, I had planned to go to San Francisco for the San Francisco Half Marathon. I cancelled that trip because it didn’t seem like it would be safe for me to be in the city alone, even if it was just for the weekend. I plan to run that race next year, fingers crossed.
I ended my summer by going to Knott’s Berry Farm with my family. Even though I couldn’t get on any of the rides, I still had fun. We didn’t know about it until we got there, but the day we went was one of the days that Knott’s Berry Farm was having their dollar days. There were 7 of us, so we saved a lot of money. Some of the things that were on special for only $1 that day were the ices, popcorn, hot dogs, pizza slices, and soda, to name a few. WE only stayed a few hours because it was very crowded. Luckily, we have the season pass, so we can always go another day, when there’s less people. My favorite time of the year to go to Knott’s Berry Farm is during the Boysenberry Festival and during the Christmas season.

I’m looking forward to fall, it’s my favorite season of the year! Will be making my fall bucket list really soon 