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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.

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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 

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Las Vegas Trip

A few weeks ago, I went to Las Vegas for the week with Giovanna, my travelling partner since 2012. It was my second time going to Las Vegas. It was fun, but so hot! I think it was 105+ every day that we were there. Thank goodness it wasn’t humid.

The last time I went to Las Vegas was in November 2017. That time I went with my family, my mom, three of my sisters, and my grandpa. We stayed at the Circus, Circus hotel. We only went for the weekend and it was because I had the Rock and Roll 5k and Half Marathon. This time, we went to have fun.

We stayed at the Treasure Island hotel. Our room was nice, but we were on the 22nd floor. The view was great, but it felt scary being so high up! In our hotel, there was a gym and a pool. We went to the pool twice and I went to the gym once.

I loved going on the Eiffel Tower at the Paris hotel. It was so awesome being able to see all over Las Vegas, from the strip all the way to the mountains. It was a bit scary to be up so high, but the view was so worth it. I wanted to get on the High Roller, which is a ferris wheel near The Linq, but Giovanna didn’t want to go because of how tall it was.

The highlight of my Las Vegas trip was going to the Backstreet Boys concert. I grew up listening to them,but this was my first time seeing them in concert! I had so much fun, my only complain is that I wish the concert had been much longer!

Some other things that we did were go to the ice bar, see the dolphins, lions, and tigers at The Mirage, see the Marvel Station at Treasure Island where they had props from the movies, visit the Welcome to Las Vegas sign, and visit the garden at the Bellagio .

I pigged out so much! One of my favorite places to eat at was called Hash House a Go Go. They have huge pancakes there, big enough for two or three people to share. I got a cake milkshake from Black Tap on the Venetian, a huge slice of pizza from Pinup Pizza next to Planet Hollywood, cupcakes at Sprinkles, and creme bruise at the Venetian . Next time I would love to go to the buffet at the Bellagio.

We walked soo much! It ranged from 13,000 steps to 20,000 steps! That was my form of exercise. The first day was tough. We were mostly exploring and by the end of the night, my feet and back were killing me!

One thing I wish I could have done was go on the roller coaster at the New York New York hotel. I had so much fun when I went on it last time, but unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get on it. Oh well, maybe next time.

This Las Vegas trip will be my last trip for at least the next six months. I was originally supposed to go to Orlando again in November, but I had to cancel that trip due to unexpected circumstances.

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Brad Paisley Concert

A few weeks ago, I went to see Brad Paisley in concert. It was such a good concert! I went to his concert at the Honda Center in Anaheim on July 21st. I went with my mom. She is not a country fan at all, but she went to see Kane Brown, one of the opening acts.

Brad Paisley was the headliner in the concert. As I mentioned earlier, Kane Brown was one of the opening acts. The other opening act was Dan Tyminski. I had never heard of him, but he was pretty good. He sang “Hey, Brother” with Avicii, the dj who passed away earlier this year.

I heard Kane Brown a couple years ago when he came out with the song “What if”. I really liked that song. Recently, my mom heard his music and when she heard that he was going to come out in concert here in California, my mom made sure to get tickets as soon as they went on sale. She asked me months in advance if I wanted to go with her. I said yes, because unlike her, I really like country music. Only downside was that the Brad Paisley concert was the same day as the Tim McGraw concert, which was at the Staples Center. But since I had seen him last year, I thought it would be a good idea to see new people in concert.

We got to Anaheim really early for the concert. It started at 730pm and my mom got us there at 530pm. We went to eat before the concert, because I was starving! It was the first time in ages that my mom and I hung out together , just the two of us. That never happens because I am the oldest of six and now that she has her boyfriend, she spens so much time with him. We got to the Honda Center and couldn’t believe how close our seats were! They were only like $70/$75 and we were sitting floor side. We felt a little bit out of place because we didn’t see too many people like us at the concert, but I was determined to not let that ruin our good time.

Kane Brown sang all his hits, as well as some new songs I had never heard before. He is a pretty good singer live. He also sang a few covers of songs that he liked listening to while growing up. It was interesting to see him live and see how the fans reacted to him. He also talked to us about his life story, which was another way he connected with his fans.

Brad Paisley was the first male singer I listened to when I started listening to country music a few years ago. I think the first song I heard from him was “This is Country Music”. Needless to say, I was very excited to see him in concert. He did not disappoint! Seeing him live in concert was great! He is so talented and funny. One really cool thing was that he went to a smaller stage in the middle of the arena and he was so close to us! I tried to take pictures but my phone camera was sucky! OH well, I had a blast seeing him. I can’t wait for my next concert. I am hoping to see Carrie Underwood next year.

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The Move

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.

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Boysenberry Festival 2018

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.

Boysenberry Quesadilla-7/10
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.

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Meatless March Results

I decided to take part in Meatless March once again. I went 31 days without eating any red meat (pork or beef), poultry, and seafood. This was my second time doing this. I took part in Meatless March for the first time in 2017. For the most part, it was not too difficult, though I did cheat twice. I ate chicken once and red meat once.

Something I did during Meatless March was run the LA Marathon as a vegetarian. By that point, I had been a vegetarian for about three weeks. I felt good, didn’t feel like if I was deprived of anything and I had plenty of energy. I was able to finish my second marathon in approx 5 hours and 13 mins. 

One good thing about taking part in Meatless March was the fact that it forced me to be more open minded and try food that I would never have tried before. When I went to San Diego, I ate pizza with artichoke and jalapenos. I had never tasted jalapenos or artichokes before . 

I wouldn’t have been able to get through Meatless March if it wasn’t for the many options I had for mock meats.  My favorite brands that I tried were Gardein, they made the best meatless chicken wings, and Morning Star, they make good meatless burgers. 

Towards the end of the month, I admit I started getting lazy and didn’t cook much for myself. So I spent most of the last week waking up with low energy and headaches. 

Since Meatless March ended, I have begun eating meat again. However, I don’t eat pork and eat beef very rarely. For the most part, I mainly eat chicken. I do plan to become vegetarian eventually and maybe even vegan (someone who eats absolutely no animal products). I liked how I felt during the time when I wasn’t eating meat.