Posted in Life

Meatless March

I took part in Meatless March in 2017 and it was difficult at first, but I got through it. Decided to take part in it again this year. The challenge for me will be training for the LA Marathon while not eating any meat or poultry. This means I have to find another way to get my protein and keep myself well fed. It might be a little bit difficult but I hope I can do it. My goal is to eventually give up meat and poultry for good. In order to do this, I know I have to plan my meals carefully every week and not give in to temptation! Wish me luck! 31 days no meat, seafood, or poultry!

Posted in Life

March Things to Do

If you need some ideas for what do this month, keep reading! I found some fun things for you to do with your family, friends, significant other, or by yourself. Enjoy!

• Take part in Meatless March, no red meat, no poultry, and no seafood for 31 days!
• Visit Boysenberry Festival at Knott’s Berry Farm
• Celebrate St Patrick’s Day, dress in green and eat only green food!
• Plan a fun spring break, whether it’s a trip you’ve been wanting to go on or a staycation, make the best of it!
• Buy fruits and veggies that are in season, for example- apples, strawberries, oranges, carrots, spinach, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, to name a few!
• Visit a farmer’s market
• Spring clean your whole house, in with the new, out with the old!
• Have a picnic at the park
• Binge watch Netflix
• Go for a hike
• Try a new recipe with your family or significant other

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.