"I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day. And I believe in miracles."
~ Audrey Hepburn


Weekend of Turkeys


I went to Disneyland on Wednesday with Bryan & his parents

and the Christmas decorations were so beautiful. Siiiiggghhh.

But let's not forget about Thanksgiving!

Holidays are usually huge, festive ordeals at my house.

One year on Christmas we literally counted almost 100 people that came over.

This Thanksgiving was more intimate -- only my parents, sisters, brother, and nephews

were here.It was so nice to be with all of them again, now that we

are all separated from each other :(

And then, on Friday, I completed another goal! Yay! Can you guess what I did?

I baked! I completed goal

# 010: Make mini chocolate

meringue muffins

I saw Giada make these on the Food Network and I HAD to make them.

I think it is because I kind of have a fat crush on her.

It was a somewhat complicated recipe... but turned out to be pretty amazing.

They were EXTREMELY chocolate-y & perfectly bite-sized.

And several people asked me to make more, so I'm thinking they were a success?

After that, my sissies & I helped my mom decorate her little Christmas tree.

So cute.

Ahhh I love the holidays!

Check out Melissa, Desiree, and my nails. Snowflake Design by Michelle ;)

Then Saturday night I went to a little Thanksgiving potluck with the friendsies at USC.

I made French Silk Pie (thanks Julie & Julia!).

All in all, GREAT WEEKEND!

Two more weeks of school and then

I am home for Winter Break.



Procrastination Queen

Today I:

tweeted like 20 times,
found a new pie recipe to try (French Silk!),
and checked Perez more often than he could possibly update.

Thaaaat's how you can tell I have a midterm tomorrow.



Oh William...

So you probably do not know this but,
I am kind of obsessed
with Shakespeare.

I have always secretly loved reading his plays in high school,
I took a Shakespeare class last year,
I am currently enrolled in one,
and I am planning to take one next quarter, as well.

I admit, it can be pretty difficult to read/understand at times...
but I am convinced that the beauty in his language is one that no longer exists today.

And I wish it did :(

One of my beautiful roommates (believe me, I have many) was required to watch
a performance of Love's Labour's Lost by William Shakespeare
at the Granada theater in downtown Santa Barbara for her Theater class.
So of course I went with her. Oh, and we were accompanied by
another gorgeous girl. 'Cause that's how we roll!

The thing is, we all forgot to bring cameras hahaha.
But that's what camera phones are for, right?!

Watching this play means I accomplished
#062. Go to a performance of a Shakespeare play
And it was so worth it. I have always heard that it is pointless
to read Shakespeare because his plays were not meant to be read --
they were meant to be performed. And now, having watched one, I completely agree.
Watching one of his works come to life was A M A Z I N G.
I don't think simply reading it could have captured the humor, the wit,
and especially not the blatant perversity that we had the opportunity to witness.

Andddd now you all know what a big nerd i am. Son of a gun.
Seriously though, if you ever get the chance to watch one of his plays, DO IT.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

After the play, we went to the Taj Indian Restaurant (nom nom nom),
and then changed into hobo clothes to watch Shakespeare in Love at home.
Gwyneth Paltrow is adorable in that movie, btw.
New life goal: see a performance of Romeo and Juliet.

That is all! I have a rough week ahead :/
Take two exams and write two papers. Ugghh...


Give me a smile, pussycat

Today I set out to accomplish
# 070. Smile at everyone I see for an entire day.

On Tuesdays I walk to and from campus twice, so there
was plenty of opportunity for smiling at people...

But, let me tell you, this is a lot harder than it sounds!
First of all, it is impossible to smile at someone because nobody makes
eye contact with you! And if they do happen to catch your glance, they avert their
eyes so quickly that you don't have the chance to smile.

Most of the people that actually saw me smile at them either
a) turned their head away because they thought I was a crazy person, or
b) stared at me incredulously, like I was a crazy person.
(Little do they know, I actually am a crazy person!)

Funny things I noticed were that guys would usually give me a double take,
probably under the impression that I was hitting on them. I also noticed that the few people that smiled back at me kind of resembled me. I know that sounds crazy, but they
were mostly hispanic girls with long dark hair. Weird, right? I think it has to do
with the theory that people feel more comfortable around people they identify
with. I learned that in a Communication class, I think.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

I am going to put more of an effort into smiling at people.
Its pretty sad that people don't even look up when you pass them on the sidewalk.

Because, really, how hard is it to look up
and smile or greet the people you see?

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

In other news, sorry it took me so long to finally update!
I am going to try to be better about this.

As a matter of fact, I have a couple goals that I plan to accomplish later
this week. So you should check back in a few days for more :)

Oh! And if you were wondering, yes, my halloween was amazing.

Now I am just trying to contain my
excitement for the rest of the holiday season!