Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Skydiving Adventures

So, you would think a skydiving adventure would involve exactly that, skydiving. However, it did the exact opposite. It involved driving to a skydiving location and then preceding to not go skydiving, it definitely was not for a lack of trying though.

As you may remember, my friend and I bought our Groupon coupons months ago because we planned on going during the summer and I planned on it being my graduation present to myself. Well.... it took forever to get ahold of the company meaning we weren't able to literally get ahold of them. So, we contacted Groupon and they had the company contact us.

We scheduled our appointment and then we went on to go skydiving. We even confirmed our appointment before driving up there. We were on the schedule and everything. I was beyond excited and I could not wait to go skydiving. However, we got there and we weren't on the schedule. We were beyond confused. At least, I was. So, we call the number where we got our reservation from and it was a different sky diving company. (I take zero blame because I never talked to the company before this).

The company Groupon had call us was 4 hours away from where we were. So, even if we wanted to sky dive that day it would of been impossible. But, it ended up being that we just hung out all day and had a really fun time. We stopped for some food and drinks and Chevy's which I realized I love. Like, its basically, just a better Chili's. (side note:My friends love Chili's if they loved Chevy's I would probably be so down.)

We started with a grande bulldog which was amazing. I got strawberry, it was delicious. I definitely recommend it. We also got like 3 bar bites for only $12. We got a quesadilla, boneless wings, and chili fries. The chili fries were to die for. I would get them again in a second. The wings were good, but I prefer bone in and the quesadilla was as amazing as all quesadillas are. Then we got large jack and cokes. Those were also really good.

Between all the food and drinks I was on the phone arguing with Groupon about the fact that they screwed up and were refusing to give us any compensation for it. All, they original said they could give us was our money back. When I finally got to talk to the manager which was after like 3 attempts of trying to talk to her. The best she could dow as give us our money back and a $15 credit. Which is still like nothing, but I guess at least we got something. Basically, I'm really not happy with Groupon right now, but by then I was less annoyed because we had food and drinks.

Then we started our hour long drive to my house. We did have to stop like halfway home because I really needed to pee. So, if you're my size and drink that much I definitely recommend not having to drive that far. I even went before I left. Before getting home we stopped at Lazy Dog. I had a sweet tea lemonade which I thought was gonna be like a long island and taste nothing like tea. No, it tasted everything like tea and it was not good. I definitely do not recommend it. Well... if you like tea it was probably good, but for people who hate tea definitely not for you.

And that was the end of my day, but I did go out later and have a really fun time in the city. And I didn't even go to the club. Despite the drama of that day it was definitely a success. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Saturday Night: Auction

Saturday night I really wanted to go to the city, but it ended up not paying out which actually worked out for the best because I had such a good time with my family at my nephews school auction. Plus, I got an unlimited drinks wristband. So, it was an open bar, well.... at least for me.

I started the night with wine (Chardonnay) and I switched to beer later. I love wine, but it gives me a horrible hangover the next day, but more on that later. I will tell you that I had enough drinks that for a normal bar would be over $15, but since they were only $2 each here, I definitely didn't spend all my money, but its ok because it was for a good cause.

I honestly, was a little worried it was going to be a little boring, but it definitely wasn't. There was some pretty cool stuff you could bid on too. I ended up winning? buying? A wine tasting for 6 in Livermore. I'm a little worried it might only be red wine, but it will still be super fun to do with my sisters when Amanda is home for Thanksgiving. I can't wait.

The auction had a buffet of a bunch of food in Concord, none of it was really memorable. They had lots of games you could play with tickets. My cousin ended up winning like all her money back in gift cards and prizes, it was kinda crazy.

They even had an adorable photo booth that was an actual camera. So, the pictures were crazy good. We could even get the single shots if we wanted. This one, I'm really happy about. Its also really nice that it was the biggest one on the page. 

All in all the auction was a nice fun night out with my sister and my cousin Kelly. I wish I could put it into words how much fun I had that night. It was just a really nice change of pace i think. Plus, I didn't even notice that I was probably the youngest person there. So, I definitely had a fun time. 






Wednesday, October 7, 2015

September

Sorry, I've kinda dropped off the planet, but September was crazy busy for me. And sadly I took very limited pictures. However, it does make it easy to do a picture post to sum up my last month. This post will also include the first weekend of October. 

As you know, I spent the first weekend of September in the Windy City with my sister Rebecca. It was an amazing weekend. I miss her so much already and can't wait to see all my sisters together again. 

The 11th and 12th of September I spent my weekend with the Marines. We did a Lance Corporal Seminar all weekend. Which wasn't as nearly boring as I thought it was going to be. Most classes in the marines are death by powerpoint. I'm not saying the seminar was much better, but we at least didn't have to stare at a powerpoint all day. 


On September 17th, I ended up going out with my friends to Walnut Creek. I didn't take any pictures out. We went to Redux. It was alright. It wasn't the best night to be there. I did find out that my guy friend owns a Hollister sweater. Excuse my language in the picture. I tried Hookah, it felt like absolutely nothing except a waste of time. So, i don't foresee me ever going out to do it for fun. 


On the 24th on a Thursday we went out to Infusion. It was so much. And I ran into this amazing girl. I could not believe she was out too. We turned up way to much for a Thursday, but to do once in a while it was definitely worth it. We celebrated one of my friends birthday. We actually did that Thursday and Friday. It was a really good weekend. It was definitely worth it. The Picture on The right is how that night ended. Eating for the second time after the bar closed at Denny's. We had to have our bacon wrapped tacos right after the club closed. 


Friday Night we went out to The Park in Sac. It was so much fun. I always miss the park. I definitely missed it, but I probably won't be back any time soon. I was told we're going to try out the South Bay more. He went out again on Saturday. So, I would say he had a really good weekend. 


This past weekend it was time for me to go do my Marine Corps weekend again. I knew I was getting promoted, but I didn't think it would be this weekend. However, my promotion warrant ended up coming in on time. I had one of my friends come down to San Jose and promote. It was really nice of him to come since he was only there for like 10 mins and our friend that was supposed to come with him wasn't able to make it.




Thursday, September 17, 2015

More Chicago

Saturday in Chicago my sister and I went site seeing or bar seeing. We went to a lot of restaurants. We woke up and went to Millennial Park. It was pretty cool. They have a roller rink and a rock climbing wall in the park. There's also a place for concerts and THE BEAN of course. At millennial park I even had a beer that is from Chicago. It was pretty good, but not the best beer I've ever had. I really like light beers.

After, we went to the Godfry, to a rooftop bar. It was really nice. We had a very interesting drink. It had ice that was tea and it was lemonade vodka I believe. It was delicious. I wish I could always have it when I go out. We didn't order any food there because it would of been super expensive.

Later, we rode bikes to the Chicago zoo. We got a little lost, but it was so much fun. I definitely recommend riding bikes through the city. Especially because unlike in San Francisco it didn't smell like pee or something else gross. Plus, the beach was right in the city and it looked like a nice beach. I was a little sad I only got to ride pass the beach and didn't get to go see it.

The zoo was pretty nice. I wish we had more time to look at it, but we didn't realize it was so late when we left and then we couldn't find where to put the bikes back. Plus, we were kinda tired of walking by that point. So, we ended up just relaxing for a little bit before we called an uber to Wrigleville. We basically lived in Ubers all weekend. It was kinda crazy.


 We ended up finding this amazing bar called Deuces. I definitely wish there was a bar around here like that. They had a tiny little pool fountain thing that was probably used a lot more at night, but I saw some guys in there and there was definitely a step to sit on. I would of tried it if I was in the right clothes, but it was really cool. I told Rebecca to go back again at night they even have a dance floor upstairs. Sounds like the perfect spot for me.

After Wrigleville, we headed back to her apartment to head out for the night. Our first stop was boys town. I can't remember the name of the club we went to. It was pretty fun, but it wasn't totally my scene. There was way too many people and it was louder then normal I feel like. I was not feeling it at all.

Our next stop was in River North. It was so much fun. I totally wish I remembered the name of the place, but I love it. The place was pretty small and they had a ton of bottle service tables which was weird, but i enjoyed just dancing. Plus, it was really easy to get drinks. I can't really explain what I liked about it, but I love it. I think Chicago is definitely a party place for me. And it was also amazing warm all day. However, I don't think I want to do the winter's there. It sounds like everyone goes into hiding over the winter which is bad enough here as it is.

What's the next city I should visit? Preferably with an amazing night scene. Let me know in the comments.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Friday Night in Chicago

I spent all day on two flights to Chicago. I woke up at 5am and didn't land in Chicago until 7pm. I was really excited to see my sister (Rebecca) so I wasn't tired at all. We went back to her house and just hung out while we got ready to go out.

I didn't feel like wearing any of my clothes. so I tried on a bunch of my sisters stuff. I was actually supposed to take some of the stuff back, but we ended up being too busy and we forgot. 

Anyways, some of her friends and her boyfriends friends were supposed to go out with us, but they ended up not. So we went downtown to Soundbar. However, when we got there it looked so dead. We saw this other club Shay as we drove up so, we walked around the corner to check it out. 

There was a line and it's apparently a pretty nice club but Rebecca had never been there before. We waited for like an hour as they let in hella bottle service tables since there was supposed to be some famous gambler there that night. 

They were finally about to let us in. Until they saw my ID. It's the old version of the California ID. He brought it back and told me I looked really young and that he would have to check with his manager. He came back and told me they wouldn't let me in. I was so mad. They wouldn't compare it or swipe it or anything. They said that they get a lot of fakes so they would rather just not let me in. 

So, we figured we'd go try Soundbar since it was right around the corner. They had a line now and after what happened. I didn't want to wait an hour before they could look at my ID. We asked the guy at the front if my ID would work. He said he wouldn't take it and that he was the manager. After, that we didn't think anywhere else would let me in and we headed home.

I was super bummed. I wanted to see what a club was like in Chicago. I also felt like 16 and was super worried that with my other ID they wouldn't let me in either. After that, I just brought my military and California ID everywhere. I ended up not getting carded at half the places I went to. It was ridiculous. 

That was my Friday night. How was yours? 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Getting Your Car Fixed

I recently had to get some body work done on my car and it was the biggest hassle in the world. While I was away for training with the Marines my brother decided he should take my car out and fender bender someone. It took like three weeks to get fixed. What made it even more stressful was that my parents said they would handle it, but they were taking forever doing it. I definitely thought it would all be taken care of while I was still gone, or at least in the shop all ready.

By the time I got home, They had just barely had it looked at and they wouldn't be getting the quote for another 3 days. We had no idea how long it would be in the shop for and we didn't know when we could take it in. My parents didn't seem to worried about.  Which was making me more frustrated because I had made plans for that weekend before I even left. So, if I had to take it in I had no idea what I was going to do. So, I was looking the 5 million different scenarios of what I would have to do.

Luckily, it ended up that we didn't have to take it in until the following Monday, but we still didn't know how long it would take and I always prefer my car over my moms. It ended up taking a whole week to get it fixed. I was so sad and I still wasn't talking to the body shop guy. So, it made it so much more stressful because my mom wasn't getting updates and finding out when it was going to be done. So, I had no idea when I would be able to get my car or anything. But it finally came back last Friday and I was the happiest girl in the world. It came back all shiny and pretty.

Moral of the story for me getting your car fixed definitely sucks. And I learned today that it will be going back very very shortly. I'm not looking forward to it at all. I'm hoping that everything won't take to long. The guy said the breaks should be fast, but I realized if I'm taking it in, I might as well get everything else that needs to be fixed fixed too. It probably needs a tune up, a oil change, my check engine light is on, but someone else is going to check that out. Plus, the guy said that I need to change my front tires before the rain comes in. Assuming it rains at all in California.

And all I went in for was more break fluid because my car freaked out the other day. I'm not sure when I'm going to get everything fixed, but he says I should definitely do the breaks ASAP. So, after I get the engine checked next week, I might go get that checked as well. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Planning a Last Minute Vacation

Planning a vacation in general is kind of stressful. Which is probably why I never do it in advance. Plus, to top it off, if you're going with a group of people finding activities everyone will enjoy will make it that much more stressful.

However, planning a vacation last minute to see my sister wasn't that bad. The hardest part was figuring out if I was going to go to Hawaii or not. I've been planning a trip to Hawaii forever because a lot of my friends are stationed there. However, the one I was supposed to stay with decided last minute that because they don't have a car that we wouldn't be able to do anything and I shouldn't go. I had a ton of ideas that what we could do to combat that, but they really weren't down. 

I contemplated going and just staying somewhere in Waikiki at an airbnb or something. However a vacation to Hawaii on my own and spending all that money last minute didn't seem appealing. I really want to go to Hawaii but I also really want to see it with people. So, I decided the trip would have to wait probably another year. 

However, I already had Friday and Monday off for labor day weekend and the tickets to visit my wonderful sister in Chicago were about the same price as flying to Hawaii. They actually ended up being cheaper. Win! 

Once, I decided I was going to go see my sister it really wasn't stressful at all I just needed to decide what I wanted to see in Chicago. She already played guide to my cousin about 6 months ago. So, she already knew what I should see pretty much. Plus, one whole day is ending up being taken up by a whole music festival. North Coast, I'm very excited. I've never been to one before. Like I'm beyond excited. All the money I saved on my flight went straight to that. :) plus there's free water. One it's going to be so hot and two I just love free stuff. 

So, that's how planning my last minute vacation went. Seems like family is the way to go when you do that. Have you ever planned a last minute vacation? Was it stressful? 

Monday, August 31, 2015

San Francisco: How Little I Know

A couple weekends ago, I spent the day in the city with a friend of mine who was in town visiting. As soon as I realized that I actually had to take him around and show him the city, I realized I had no idea what to show him. It did not help at all that he just spent a week in the city and had done absolutely everything a tourist can do.

I had zero ideas. I mean absolutely none. I asked everyone and I still had no idea. To make matters worse he had absolutely no idea what he even wanted to do for the day. So... here we are just sitting in my car having no idea where we're supposed to be going. I ended up just driving down town because he mentioned he needed new shoes. Which, he absolutely did because there was a hole in not one of his shoes, but both of them. So, we really just spent the day walking aimlessly around downtown. I feel really bad about it, but honestly the city isn't my scene at all.

Well, it isn't unless its 10 o'clock at night and its time to go to a club, but even then I've only been to a handful of them and my friends are the ones that told me about them. Basically, we didn't do that much and I feel pretty bad about it. We did have a really amazing lunch at Bucca di Beppo. I got the cheese macatonni or something like that and he got the chicken parmesan. You also have to keep in mind that these plates were meant for two people. So, we ordered food that was meant for 4 people and we ate it all. I definitely wish I had before and after pictures to show you.

After, that we were so tired and I was a little tipsy because I hadn't eaten anything except that all day. So, we went to the Metreon around the corner and saw Pixels. The movie was a lot funnier, however, the plot was pretty meh and towards the end I was ready for it to be over. Also, when it ended I realized I didn't get to nap, which was the whole purpose we went because the food and drinks made us tired.

We finally found him some vans he wanted in the Urban Outfitters of all places. Every running shoe he found he had an issue with it was actually kind of funny. He runs a lot. So, I guess if you run a lot your shoes rip. I'm not really sure because I try to run the least possible amount because I'm ridiculously slow.

We then went to the Burger Bar in the Macy's. It was pretty good. My Burger was decent nothing amazing, but it was a normally priced burger. So, I can't complain. When I was finished with my burger we left because it got a little crazy. When we got outside we saw that they were playing a movie. When he realized it was Toy Story he got super excited. So, we went over and watched the end of it. It actually was really cute. I kinda wish we got to see the whole thing, but it also was super crowded where the people were sitting. So, I don't know if I would of been down for that.

We then got a little lost in the city. But we eventually found Morton's Steakhouse. Which I've been to in Sacramento. He wanted to go inside, so... we went. He didn't realize how fancy it was until we sat down. We did have an amazing hot chocolate cake there. It was so good. I mostly liked the fudge part that was in the middle. It was amazing. The Moscow Mule there is also pretty good. Then we found our way to the car and we drove around to see the water.

We stopped at some random place on the other side of the ball park. It was actually kinda nice in a weird way. We then went up to Coit Tower to see the view at night. There were a ton of people there. I was really surprised. We stayed there for awhile and then went home. That was my day in San Francisco where the only thing I really showed him was Coit Tower.

I have lived less then an hour from San Francisco my whole life and I have no idea what to show people about San Francisco. I know nothing about San Francisco except tourist locations. I simply know all the big places. I really go to the city at night or go to the ball park or the mall. I don't even really like going to the mall. I really only like the first two places. So, if you're coming to San Francisco, don't ask me for the inside scoop on the city. I definitely feel the need to learn the area more, but I really have no reason to be in the city that much.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

My Day in Vegas.

Garden in the Belagio
So, finally! My Vegas update. I've been ridiculously busy lately and I feel so bad for neglecting my blog. Anyways, onto how absolutely amazing I thought Vegas was. At the beginning of the week we kind of decided we were going to go to Vegas for the weekend, but Thursday night before we left it was settled for sure for sure that time. However, I was still skeptical if it was going to happen.

Everything, with the Marines went to late on Friday. So, we couldn't leave that night. We ended up leaving about 11 or noon on Saturday, meaning we didn't even spend 24 hours in Vegas. Which is crazy because of how much I loved it.

We got in on Saturday around 3. We drove up and down the strip before we went and checked into our hotel. Which, was a huge ordeal, we definitely should of reserved a room before we got that, but that will definitely happen before I go next time. After what felt like forever for us to sort out the hotel we finally went and ate. Which was the first and last thing I ate all day. Which probably wasn't the best idea.

The buffet in the Planet Hollywood Hotel was absolutely amazing. If you go to vegas you should definitely go check it out. Not that I can judge it against any other buffet, but it was good. Everything for the macaroni to the tri tip. Yes, i said tri tip, that was perfectly medium rare. It was amazing. I would of have another slice of it if I didn't think they would think I was fat. Plus, I was a little full from all the other food I ate and the beer. We got all you could drink. So, I drank all I could drink while sitting down with dinner. My belly was probably ginormous, but it was all worth it.

After lunch, we walked up and down the strip. One of the guys is from the area and like a history buff. So, he gave us the inside scoop on all the buildings: whats happened, how often the attractions change, and everything else you could possibly want to know. It was crazy. He even said what age groups went where. We also rode the Roller Coaster at NY NY. It was so much fun, but if I had to wait in the two hour line it definitely would have not been worth it. Being in the military was definitely beneficial in this case.

The Only Picture of Me
After that, we went back to the room and got ready for the night. We went to the club XS. It was really nice. The inside part was super packed though and I don't think I could really see what the club looked like. The outside was a pool area. I just relaxed in the pool all night. I wore my bathing suit to the club just for that purpose. I really wanted to swim all day. I think because my roommates told me how fun the day parties are and I really wanted to go to one, but we just didn't have time. I think there was an Island in the middle of the pool, but I really didn't swim around the pool. So, I can't say if it was an Island or just the other side of the pool.

Drive Back
I wish I had more pictures to show you, but I really took like none. I can tell you though, that you shouldn't have your phone near you when you're by a pool in a club. I thought it would be really funny to push someone in. I thought I grabbed his phone, but it was really his wallet and before any of us could realize he was in the pool. I felt so bad, but in the moment I thought it was hilarious.

The next day we just suffered on the long ride back, but I definitely don't regret it. I was actually wishing we had another day to spend there. I think two days would be perfect, but hopefully, I'll know for sure after next time.

Have you guys ever been to Vegas? Let me know where, so, I know what I should do next time.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Two Weeks of Annual Training

Sorry, I haven't been posting much. I've been pretty busy weekend during AT, but a recap on that more later. I've also just been super tired everyday after work. Being away from home for like 16 days straight is not fun and no time to relax and enjoy home is not exciting either. Hopefully, I'll get back into the habit of posting.

The two weeks was exactly what I expected it to be since I went to the same training last year. I went to my maintenance management shop everyday and was only busy at most half the time. I learned a little bit about my job, but I didn't really learn much.

The two weeks I was there, it was ridiculously hot. Supposedly it wasn't as hot as it normally is. The last two days were the worst it got into like the 110s I think.

I did get my own hotel room during this AT. I paid for it myself, but it was definitely worth it. I got out of doing a lot of silly mindless things. Plus, a room on base is crazy cheap. I wish all hotels were that cheap. I watched a ton of movies while out there. I honestly canno
t even name them all. 

I didn't work out nearly as much as I planned too. I think I only did 2 days s week, but I'll need to weight myself soon to see what I'm at, everyone thought because of the heat it would just make me lose weight, but we'll see. I would love it if it all just came off like that, but j highly doubt it. Gotta work for what you want like everything in life. 

There were some high points of my two weeks down there, but they deserve their own special post. So, I'll get back to that more later. I hope your last two weeks were more eventual and cheaper then mine. It's good to be back home and with you guys.

As well, I took like no pictures. I took lots of selfies, but I forgot to save most of them because I took them on snapchat. As well, none of them were probably that good. 

Friday, August 7, 2015

The Marine Corps

Since, I'm currently away on my two week AT with the Marines, I thought I would give you a little insight into why I joined the Marine Corps. When I was little, I was around Marines a lot. I was in the Golden Gate Young Marines.

Young Marine Retirement 
I started when I was 10 and I went about twice a month. It was the only activity I really did in high school until I got busy with work oh and school work. I met a lot of amazing people and got to do a lot of things many people didn't. It's definitely a time in my life I'd never want to take back.

However, I was always very adamant about what I wanted to do after high school. The Marine Corps wasn't for me, I played with the idea of doing NROTC, but making that big of a commitment just wasn't possible then. I really knew that college and my career would give me the life I wanted. I knew the power and control that activity duty always has over them because my sister Amanda was in. Plus, my sister Kristina in the reserves had a horrible experience and it felt that her life was always disrupted by it. 

Being a Marine was never something I had planned. It was something I participated in when I was a kid. However, as much as I love Davis and everything it had to offer, my friends, my education, activities, etc. Something in my life still didn't feel complete. I felt like something was missing.

After, my first quarter I started to play around with the idea of going reserve. I still wasn't really convinced, but it was something I was thinking about. However, by April, as summer approached I became positive that it was what I wanted to do. 

I walked to the ROTC office on campus and asked if they new where the Marine recruiting office was. They must of given me a  number or card or something because I got ahold of them. They came down to Davis and they laid out my options. However, they were really only pushing one date. I'd miss finals, I'd have to be a cook and it was in Fresno. All of which did not appease me. However, I wouldn't miss that much school, but at the end of the day it just wasn't the option of me. So, I told them no and they dropped off the face of the planet.

Marine Corps Graduation
I was really upset and so, I went to the recruiters closer To my parents house. My contract would continue even after j finished college. So, a duty station close by there made sense. I walked in told the recruiter I wanted to sign up, that I wanted to be close by and that I didn't miss much school. A week or two later on May 12, 2011 I signed my papers and took my oath. 

I really lucked out with my second recruiter. He knew what I wanted and knew he didn't have to babysit me. I also had no way to get anywhere unless he picked me up. So, I never had to go to PT sessions or attend Poolee functions. I think I only went to two things. My bootcamp date was supposed to be pushed back but, about a month before we found out they couldn't do it or didn't want to. I was in Davis at the time and my recruiter called to let me know and he said "I told understand if you want to drop. This isn't what you signed up for." However, I didn't. I knew being a Marine is what I wanted. I would of missed a little of school either way. So... on December 12th, 2011 I shipped out for Parris Island. 

I went through bootcamp and on March 9, 2012 I graduated. Both my parents flew out. It was one of the happiest days and it's something I'll never forget. 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

MOD Pizza

Last week, when I was out in Brentwood my friend and I found this amazing pizza place. I was waiting in line and I was a little skeptical about it all. At MOD Pizza you get a series of three sizes of pizza and you simply pay for the size. It is not based off of the number of toppings you have, which I've never seen before. They place the sauce and the topping right in front of you. I really don't know why, but I just got a weird vibe that it wouldn't be that good.

We ended up getting the MOD pizza which is a double crust. In the middle it is just the sauce and cheese. We chose a christmas sauce I believe they called it which is the normal marinara sauce and pesto sauce. On my half of the pizza I got pepperoni, mushrooms, and sausage. It was so good and it was definitely enough pizza for the two of us with the double crust. We only got an 11 inch which sounded kinda small to me at first. We did eat most of it. I was actually a little too full, I didn't eat my whole half of the pizza.

They also serve fresh lemonade, beer and wine. I got the Sauvignon blanc. It was pretty good, but I definitely would of preferred a wine glass. They served it in an oversized shot glass. It was really weird and I spilled some trying to get to my seat. It wasn't very effective. However, they did serve the pizza really fast. It probably took like 5 - 10 minutes to cook after we sat down. And the lemonade was really good. I wish I got that instead of my wine because it was also like soda fountain drinks and was refillable.

So... if you're out in brentwood or there happens to be another MOD Pizza near you, you should definitely try it. It was only like $12 dollars, it was delicious, and it was fast. I wish I lived closer to it.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Weekend Roundup #14

So, I know I've been a little MIA recently and I'm so so so sorry. These next two weeks might be the same way. One because I'm busy in the middle of the desert with Marine stuff and two there just might not be that much to talk about. Anyways, on to this past weekend.

This weekend I went and helped out with this program called Young Marines. In 2002 The Golden Gate Young Marines was founded and my sisters and I joined. It definitely had an affect on who I am and played a part in the reason I chose to become a Marines. However, I wouldn't say it was the reason I joined the Marine Corps.

Anyways, so, since Wednesday they have been holding their bootcamp for kids to join the program. I've been trying to help out for a while and they finally started asking me to go and I feel so bad saying no because of the impact it had on my life. So, I went to their 4th of July parade a couple weeks ago and then I finally caved and went out Friday night and stayed until Saturday night. Which was literally all the time I could give. I got home so late Saturday and then I had to come and pack to be in 29 Palms on Sunday.


I really feel like I didn't help that much, but all the parents really seemed to appreciate that I was there. I really just tried to help them teach everything and show them the correct way to do things. For me my biggest pet peeve is hair. I don't like hair that isn't squared away. So... I definitely told them about that.

The program is really different now then when I was in, which makes it hard being there because I expect it to be one way and that's not the way it is anymore. The program as a whole has changed, its something hard for me to understand.

Sunday was really just a traveling day for me. I woke up and just finished packing before I headed out to San Jose to catch my flight. I left San Jose around 2:30pm and got to 29 Palms around 8:00pm. I checked into my room and now its time for bed. So... it was a pretty boring day like most traveling days.

This is my room hopefully for the next two weeks and not just the night. It's pretty much a hotel room. It's pretty sweet. I will need to figure out how to set up my wifi tomorrow because my phone doesn't want to let me view anything without it.

What did you do over the weekend?

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Saying Goodbye

Sara and Josh have been gone for 2 years now and yet I still hate cemeteries and try my hardest to not go to church. I'm not sure if they still make me sad or if it's the fact that it just makes me think about it which makes me sad. I also really wouldn't know since I do everything to simply not go to those places.

Plus, if I do I desperately try not to go alone. Josh's family as far as I know hasn't done anything for everyone after his year mark. Sara's family goes a lot, but I really only go on her birthday and the anniversary and I always bring someone with me. It doesn't help that her family speaks Spanish, but I dunno I like not going alone. But then again I don't really like meeting anyone alone like out in town, but I'm getting better at it.

If you're wondering what this random post is about, yesterday was Sara's birthday. She would of been 22. I don't know how people who have lost someone so close move on. It appears you just have to keep them in your heart. It does get a little easier every year. Which seems so wrong sometimes, but they would want you to live a happy life. 

So... There's my random sporadic thinking on that.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Marine Corps Weekend

Sorry, this post is coming a day late. I was way too tired to write it yesterday. I'm still pretty tired. I'm ready for bed and its only 9 o'clock. Thursday to Monday was and felt extremely long.

I did have a lot of fun, being with the Marines is always a good time. However, sleeping in tents for 5 days took a major toll on my back. I want a back massage so bad. You have no idea. We were doing probably 16 hour days. Which, I haven't done in forever. So, that in itself was extremely tiring, but on the plus side I made my step count everyday. (and now back to doing like no steps everyday.)

If you've never experienced a range I'm not really sure how well I can explain it to you. When you weren't shooting you were pulling the pits. Which, basically means you were telling the person where they shot and keeping score. It's more relaxing then shooting, but you're still pretty busy.

Sorry for the cussing
I shot in the afternoon when it was ridiculously hot. The rocks were even burning. It made it really hard to shoot. I think I did better then I have shot before which is good because I think I'm a terrible shot. I just can never seem to get into the right position. I feel like I can never see through the RCO correctly and I just have all sorts of issues.

Shooting is definitely one of my least favorite things in the Marine Corps and it also doesn't help that its a deadly weapon in your hands. We ended up not doing the gas chamber, but we still weren't able to leave the range until super late. Basically, this weekend was super long and I'm happy its over and I can relax for at least a little bit before I have to go do Marine stuff for another two weeks. I hope it won't be too bad, but it will just be me and a bunch of higher ups from my unit. So, we'll see how it goes.

I also got a ridiculous face tan. My face is now so much darker then everything else and I feel like it won't get much better after these two weeks. But in the end last year 29 palms was fun. So, I think this year will be as well. P.S. sorry for the cussing, I apparently only saved this one picture. Which makes sense since my phone was mostly dead all weekend.

How was your weekend? Did you have time to do anything fun?

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Gone Until Tuesday

Hey! So, this post is actually being written in advance for once. And you kind of got two Thoughts From Sam this week. The one yesterday is kinda just my thoughts about my life, but all my posts are written by me. So... they are really all my thoughts. Anyways, I'm getting a little side tracked here.

I didn't write as many pre-written posts as I had hoped, meaning I've just only written this one. And it's really only being written so that you know I'll be missing until Tuesday. By the time you read this, I will be off being a Marine and getting some training in. In my head this statement sounds way more excited then I am. Being in the field, well sleeping in the field, not really my cup of tea.

Not taking a shower for 5 days straight and being in the dirt all that time does not sound like all that fun to me. Plus, its MRE's all day everyday until we go back home on Tuesday. I'm not looking forward to it. Do I love that I can say I've shot an M-16 and that I've thrown a grenade hell yea, I do. However, I don't find it as exciting as one might think and I could do without the whole sleeping in the dirt part.

I like to be clean and in a nice comfy bed. Last year, I think I was sleeping on a rock the whole time. It was horrible. Like, I'm pretty sure I had to go get a massage after. And I had to kill a spider in my tent, granted it was super tiny and I was beyond tired. So, I really didn't care. I killed it and turned over and went back to sleep.

I'm being to think I'm really girly. I can handle all the dirt, the shooting, and the painful sleeping. I'd just prefer not to unless I really really had to. So, while I'm out here doing that until Monday. I hope you guys have a wonderful weekend and that you enjoy your probably amazingly comfortable bed. See you on Tuesday.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

23 and Single

For as long as I could remember I was always the girl that liked a boy. Not that that isn't true anymore. I always have at least a crush, I think it's just part of who I am.

However, now, what I want is so much different. I used to always want a guy. Not wanting one to call mine doesn't stop me from daydreaming, but it does allow me to be who I want to be now. I want to be able to move at a moments notice. i want to do me and not worry about what anyone else is thinking. I want to live my life for me and no one else. It might be a little selfish, but honestly, I have nothing grounding me. My family will always be my family no matter where I am. 

I want to know that I can be my own person. That I am important, that I should put me first, that my goals are just as important as someone else's. I used to always want to put someone else's goals and passions first. I knew at 18 I couldn't do it if they couldn't put me first too. I guess it just took a little more time to realize what that really meant to me. 

I've always been the girl that gets a guy and his world his life becomes mine. Which is fine, but I put them first and I put my whole heart in and for some reason right now I don't want to do that. I know I'm important and what I should be doing now is focusing on where I want my life to go. Not getting myself tangled up in a guy who's gonna intentionally or not dictate where I go and what I do. 

I'm 23. I'm finally done with school, I have to wait to be finished with the Marine Corps, but really nothing is keeping me from what I want to do. I want to do something with national government and I can do all of that and be in the Marine Corps. I can find another reserve unit. 

All of this is what is offered to me if i'm single. But this doesn't mean if someone truly amazing comes around that I'll push him away. It just means for now, I'm living for me. I've always been a firm believer that if he's the one everything will work out as it should. It doesn't matter if I'm in a bad place or over the moon happy with life. If it's meant to be the two of us would be able to make it work. Whether it be now or two years from now. Everything in our life happens and teaches us something for a reason. I believe you can find your one in the best and worst situations. It just happens when it happens.

P.S. I'm aware of how horrible this picture is, but there's something about it that I'm absolutely in love with. I feel like it describes me right now and maybe that's why. I haven't really decided how that is yet, but it's what I'm going with.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Weekend Roundup #13

Hey! Sorry, I was MIA yesterday. It may be a very frequent occurrence the next few weeks, but more on that at a later date. I had a lot of fun this weekend. More then I thought I was going to. I didn't really have plans Friday morning and then I realized that this was my last free weekend for almost a month. So... I realized I had to do something fun and I was definitely craving clubbing.

Friday
I texted one of my oldest and dearest friends and got her to go out with me. It was definitely a needed hang out. I haven't seen her in probably over a month. Which, is never a good thing. One of my friends mentioned to me he was going out to Sac and then it just sounded like the perfect place to be. We didn't even end up running into them, but I had the best time and I'm sooooo happy I went. I'm still definitely in love with The Park. I have no idea why, but I always just have the best time there.

The drive from Concord was absolutely horrible though. It didn't help that Stephanie got off work late and I ended up having to meet her in Livermore. So... I had to drive to Livermore which I thought was a lot closer then it is. (In case you didn't know, I'm terrible at geography. I tend to forget that myself by the way.) Anyways, so, it was a 40 minute drive to Livermore and then still an 1:15 drive to Sac. We got to Sac really late, but because we're adorably cute we got into the club right away. I honestly feel a little bad. I normally don't feel female privilege and I definitely did then.

The club was pretty crowded, but not overly crowded. I never realized how big the patio outside was before. There are three bars in the club. 3, I don't know how I've never noticed that before, but it was really nice. I didn't like the fact that people were smoking weed on the patio which makes me nauseous when I'm sober. So, smelling it while tipsy was definitely not fun at all. Besides all that though, the music was definitely on point. Ask me what played and I'll have no idea, but I know I enjoyed it. The Vodka Redbulls may have been a little more Redbull then Vodka, but they were still pretty good.

A little story on this picture. We went to get pizza after the club closed and they ID us to eat. You can't even serve alcohol after 2am. We were very excused and very annoyed. And for some reason it was a sit down pizza restaurant at 2am and you had to order a whole pizza. It was all very confusing and I definitely don't think I'll ever go there again. Pizza is generally a really good choice, but this place was way too much hassle for pizza and it wasn't even that good.

Saturday
Saturday morning, I was up super early and running on like 2 hours of sleep. How that happened, I have no idea, but I was. I went over to my sisters and I hung out with her and the boys. It was really nice. Me and my sister talked a lot and the boys were so cute playing outside. It's so crazy how different the two of them are.

However, Xavi is totally a completely in love with his little brother and he takes such good care of him. It's so cute. If i happen to have two kids I definitely hope they're like this. Xavi saw Q sleeping and he went over to cuddle with him for a little while. It was so cute.

After, that I went to a friends birthday party that he has every year. it was different then normal. Usually, there are a lot more shots being taken, but maybe we've finally out grown that because we didn't take nearly that many or at least I didn't have to take that. Many, I did bring some corona for the party. Which, I think people liked. I know I did.

We really all just hung out, ate copious amounts of food. Like seriously, they had every kind of meat you wanted. There was trip-tip, ribs, chicken, oysters and like tons of other food. It was heaven, I couldn't even eat everything I wanted. It was very sad. We played some high-low, cards against humanities, taboo. It was all really fun and then we all went home. It was a very fun, but low key nice. It was nice.

I totally meant to get a picture with the birthday boy, but he was always running all over the place that I totally forgot. I did get that picture of me though. Which, for some reason I really like. I hope you guys had a good weekend.

Did you do anything fun? Celebrate some birthdays?

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Thoughts From Sam: The Joys of Having a Big Family

As much as having a big family can be stressful and beyond complicated. And the whole reason I only want one child eventually, it has many more ups that I love and never regret. This is one of my favorite pictures of me and my siblings from when we were little. (side note:  I don't remember looking this little last time I saw this photo.) 

I can sleep almost anywhere, as long as the tone of the room doesn't shift to fast.

The house was always filled with noise. Its a little weird when I'm home and its dead quiet. 

I always have someone to talk to. It's just a matter of going down the line. I don't think I've ever had to go all the way through. 

There's always an expert on something, who has the experience to help me. 

Every outing is an adventure, someone always gets mad at someone else or there is always at least one person unhappy about what we're doing. 

My family lives far apart now. So, theres always a built in trip that needs to be taken. 

When we're all together its so much fun and amazing.

However, its ridiculously tiring and overwhelming. So, you need to remember to factor in some me time if you can. But you also need to remember that your time is short and to squeeze in all the memories and pictures that you can. 

I have 3 beautiful nephews and a niece. That I love to spend time with, which allows me to wait many many many more years before I have my own. 

Why do you think big families are great?

My older sisters and I are in the very very beginning stages of planning a sister trip. I can't wait. We're thinking going on a short cruise or something. I'm very excited. Do you have any suggests on what kind of trip we can take? Or where we should go on a cruise? 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Workout Wednesday

To start Workout Wednesday. I'm gonna start with where we went to Happy Hour yesterday. It has nothing to do with working out and is in no way healthy.

After work a couple of us just went to Buffalo Wild Wings down the street from our work. And it was amazing as I remember it. The only time I ever had it was two years ago when I was in 29 palms. We went a lot though because everyone loved it.

The Lemon Pepper chicken is even better at BWWs then at Wing Stop. It has a little more Lemon tang and I love it. BWWs is actually even better then I remember. So, if you're in Antioch or San Ramon you should definitely go check it out.

Yes, I took this picture in a bathroom. I needed to go after we already paid the check. I was worried if I just left my food there they would take it. I loved the chicken. I couldn't have that. I left it on the counter in case you were wondering. I was a little iffy about wanting to take it in at all though.

Anyways, back to what this post is really about. As you know, I decided if I work out 3 times a week for a month, I get a beautiful new pair of running shoes. I'm super excited, they're my background on my phone. I know, its a little silly, but they're so pretty. I don't know how motivating it is though.

I started the Bodyweight Workout Challenge from PopSugar. And its amazing. Its amazing mostly because it means I don't have to leave the house to do it. Which, for me is literally the hardest park about working out. However, the cardio part is still a little hard for me to get to because by the time I want to workout after relaxing its a little dark outside. Which, makes it a little hard to run.

I could probably put on a glow belt and go for a run, but then I feel like a dork. Also, I don't think I have any idea of where it is. I tend to misplace that whenever I actually need it. Anyways, that's my short blip on working out for the week.

How are your workouts going? i hope yours are going better then mine. I feel like mine are just so so.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Skydiving: The Journey

If you read my blog everyday, like I do. you'll know I was super excited to go skydiving last weekend and if you could tell it didn't happen. I was extremely upset when I found out I wasn't going to be able to go. We kept calling and calling the skydiving place, but their phone was either busy or they were closed. It was ridiculous, how could that many people be calling to schedule an appointment.

By Thursday, we simply gave up trying to go this weekend because we figured it was going to be cloudy like it had been all week. Of course of Saturday it was beautifully sunny. Plus, Friday I talked to one of my friends about it and he said he just always walks in, in Lodi. So... we contemplated doing that, but it was already Friday night and we just decided we'd try another weekend. 

However, we didn't realize another weekend would be 4 weeks from now. I have Marine Corps stuff do not this weekend, but the weekend after and then I'm gone for 2 weeks to 29 Palms. Oh joy! 

I'm a little worried skydiving might just not be in the cards for me. I've been wanting to go since probably my senior year in High School, but somehow I've never found a chance to go. I could never justify spending the money and now when I have the money, I apparently can't find the time. Which seems absolutely ridiculous to me. 

I have a feeling jumping out of an airplane isn't that hard for some people, but for me. It's been quite the annoying journey. I'm so.... ready to just get it over with already. I want to jump out of a perfectly good airplane. If you ask my friend Adam why he'll say I'm an adrenaline junky, but I don't think so. I think it will just be ridiculously funny. We all just need a little fun in our lives and to cross things off your bucket lists. This is definitely one I plan on crossing off before the year is up. 

How was your journey skydiving? Was it as difficult as mine? 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Weekend Roundup #12

This weekend wasn't what I expected and definitely did not go as planned, but it ended up being both relaxing and fun.

Friday started off with work of course, but once a month the company treats each team to lunch and we wanted to go on Friday. We ended up going to Firehouse 37 again because it has a little bit of everything for everyone. 

The food was ok. I definitely wish I tried the salad or something though. I had a plain old burger. It was good, but it wasn't out of the park amazing or anything. We got jalapeño poppers which were pretty good, but way too hot for me. I ended up having to take out the jalapeño and just eat the cheese mixture. We also got some nachos, but there was just too much stuff on them for them to be very good. Then I finally got my hamburger and to be honest there weren't even enough fries on my plate. In case you guys didn't know by now, fries are one of the best things ever. At least, I think so. 

After a long week, I really just wanted to get some drinks. Nothing big. So, I texted one of my friends and we just hung out and caught up at his house. He's literally gone like all summer, only home for like a week at a time. It's pretty crazy.

We ended up watching Percy Jackson & The Sea of Monsters movie. It was pretty good, but I was confused for like the first 15 mins because I had absolutely no idea what was happening. I think it was a sequel, but I also had never even heard of Percy Jackson before. However, by the time I figured out what was happening, it was pretty good, it had a little excitement and a little mystery. It's very possible I was the only one who sees the mystery, since I was so lost. That was basically my Friday.

Saturday, I skyped my sister for a little bit and she asked me if I wanted to go to a surprise party for her friend Jen with her. I didn't have any other plans and her friend Jen has always been really nice. So, I told her i would go. I'm really happy I did too because it ended up being pretty fun. 

We all just hung out and drank. I met a lot of really nice people. Kristina wants to go karaoke with them all soon. We planned pool and there was a nice fire outside. It was just a really nice hangout. I hope one day I have that many nice friends. I'm always a little nervous going to parties where there are a bunch of people I don't know. I'm just worried I'll feel left out and won't know what to say. However, lately I think I've been a lot better about it. 

Sunday, I got lunch with some friends in Downtown Walnut Creek. We went to 54 Mint - il forno. I have a feeling it is a real Italian caffe. There were a couple people in there speaking Italian. Well, I'm 90% sure it was Italian, but I wasn't really listening and the guy was wearing a Brazil flag on his shirt. So, I was very confused. 
Anyways, I ordered the focaccia California. The focaccia sulami that I actually wanted is only on the dinner menu. It was ok, but mostly because I love avocado. The bread was crispier then I would of liked and it took forever to come to our table. All in all I don't think I would order it again. I would maybe try the actual resturant in concord for pasta, but that's about it. I don't think I've ever been let down by Italian. So... I'm a little bummed.

After that we just walked around downtown, looking into the shops and what not. Alexis found a shirt at forever and I found this amazing dress at Banana Republic for only $26 dollars and its originally $140. I was so excited by my find because it fits so well. Only down fall is that I can't zip up the dress myself. I'll have to find a hack to fix that. 

I'm absolutely in love with the dress. I love the neckline and that it has sleeves. The super cute mint Kate Spade purse I want would go perfectly with it, but that purchase will need to wait a little bit longer. 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Friday Favorites

I've noticed for awhile now that a lot of bloggers post Friday Favorites. So.... I thought I would give it a try. However, as we all know, I'm not very good at serial pieces. Then again, I can't write a workout post when the only workout I've done all week is get up to get snacks from my desk. Also keep in mind, as you read this post, please keep in mind that this is the second time I'm writing this because I lost the first version. This one I don't think is nearly as good in case you were wondering. 


1. In n Out
When I originally wrote this I was in the drive thru line at in n out. I was desperately waiting for one. It was a pick me up for the fact that I had to wait an hour for my car battery to be jumped because silly me left the lights on all day. It was foggy in the morning. I hate turning my lights on in the day because I've left them on once before and had to jump my car then too.

2. The weekend
I've been really tired this week for some reason. So, I'm definitely looking forward to enjoying my weekend and hopefully catching up on a little sleep. I'm also hoping to hang out with some friends because I feel like I haven't done that in forever and I miss it.

3. My Fitbit
The first Fitbit I got on Tuesday of this week actually didn't even work. I was super disappointed. However, I downloaded the app before I found that out. The app made me ever more excited to get my Fitbit. It calculates like everything. It seems pretty amazing. It counts your sleep, your food, your water, calories, and activity time. Obviously some of the information needs to be imputed yourself, but I was still so... excited for it.

Then it came in the mail again today and i was so anxious and nervous to try it out. I was totally scared it wasn't gonna work again. That me wanting this Fitbit just wasn't meant to be. Then it worked!! I haven't really walked much, but hopefully tomorrow, I will see how much I'm moving and how much more I'm supposed to be moving. Apparently everyone needs to do at least 10,000 steps a day. So, I need to get those feet moving tomorrow.

4. Unreal
I continually heard about Unreal on Facebook and after awhile I finally decided to check it out. And boy can I tell you, I don't regret it at all. I love it. It doesn't help that I love the main character. The show depicts how a reality dating show really works, showing the behind the scenes. How the producers interact with the contests to create the drama. 

5. No Facebook
Earlier in the week, I finally decided to take my much needed break from Facebook. Anyone, who I truly want to keep in contact with I have their phone number and I'll contact them if I need to. I was just spending too much time and it really just provided a bunch of information I didn't need to know.

 I do go to the webpage every now and then out of habit. Then I promptly change the page when I realize I have to log it. It is getting better though and I really don't miss it unless I'm super bored. Like when I was waiting for the Triple AAA guy to jump my car. So, no Facebook has been good. I have more time to not do what I'm supposed to be doing and no more information that I don't need. 

What are your favorite things about the week?

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Thoughts From Sam: Reward Systems

At first thought I think aren't reward systems meant for the 2 year old who is potty training? Or the 5 year old who is just starting school and needs to do his homework? And so one and so forth. It turns out they are not. That to get rewards are a good way to get people to do things, this definitely includes me.

I've been desperately trying to work out more and granted I've been working out more then I have been on my own in like ever. I've worked out a lot whenever I was on active duty in the Marine Corps. Which, was amazing because I came home with a pretty nice body if I must say so myself.

However, someone else was telling me I had to work out and the fact that if I did I would get in trouble if I didn't show up definitely kept me actually going to the workout session. However, peer pressure works really well for me when it comes to working out. I hate when other people see me fail at something, especially physical fitness because I don't see myself as that unfit. So, I feel like I have to be as good as everyone else.

However, I've realized I'm not nearly as fit as I should be and I'm not as toned as I would like to be. So, I've decided I'm doing something about it. Which I am working out more, but I just don't feel like its enough. Even though, I'm working out probably about 3 times a week and for 30 minutes. I really don't know if I'm seeing any results. Ok, that's probably because three times a week is an exaggeration. It's probably more like two and me yelling at myself in my head the other five days to do it.

However, something is better then nothing right? So, I need to hit the gym more often, at least three times a week. So, I think that will be my goal for the first month. I'm thinking I'm going to reward myself with new running shoes. I have three pairs, but they're all pretty old and the newest pair which is still at least a year old gives me a blister on my ankle. So, definitely time for some new ones.

Does that sound like a good reward for working out? These are my current choices. Which is your favorite? I'm leaning towards the first and the middle I think. Plus I already have two pairs of Dual Fusion and I love them.




I need a reward for a work/job goal I have too, but I really can't think of anything. And I fear if I do the same reward for both, I'll just do nothing, which doesn't help accomplish anything. How do you reward yourself with making work/job goal?

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Firehouse No. 37

Or as I like to call it Firestone. My coworkers must of told me the name of this bar/restaurant at least 5 times before I was finally able to recall that it was Firehouse and not Firestone. Which if you really want to know was right when I wrote this post and even now I'm a little skeptical the name is Firehouse. But I'll verify that when I get the link to their website.

I've been here once before for one of my brother-in-law, Charlie Spinks', comedy shows. The happy hour drink prices didn't seem that happy hour, but they still weren't expensive. The food prices for happy hour were pretty good though. I think my coworkers definitely want to go their again.

I got a Tremor beer which was only $4 and a mini pizza which was $5.99. The beer price is pretty average $4 or $5 normally at least that's how much my corona is. Is tremor a more high class beer? You tell me because I don't know beer at all. My mini pizza was ok, the cheese tasted a little funny. I think I would order something else next time. Plus, I like the flat pepperonis, not the ones that form a half circle.

I don't think they brew the beer I ordered
The vibe of the place was really nice. It's not to crowded there were a couple tables of people in the bar section and the the chairs at the bar were mostly full. But it was a nice quiet mumble. It felt like a come hang out with your friends after work kind of place. Not to loud or dead quiet. I think there was only one server though which was why the service was a little slow. I'm not really a fan of slow service, but I don't think anyone is.

Besides that though, it was really nice to go out with my coworkers and just get to know them. This was my first outing with them and it was really fun. I was surprised by how welcoming they were and that they invited me to come. We all just talked about random things aka not work. I'm definitely looking forward to doing it again. On Friday we have our team lunch. So, I think that will be fun. It's a totally different group of people, but they're all really nice. All in all, so far I'm liking my new job, everyone is really nice, the work is pretty easy, and they get drinks quite often I think which I'm totally cool with.

How do you start to get to know your new coworkers? Are they welcoming? or do you feel left out?