Monday, September 30, 2013

We Got a Roku!

Happy Monday, friends!  Hope everyone had a pretty great weekend.  Something exciting happened for the Hinkley TV this weekend.  We got a Roku!  See ya, Comcast!  Well, the cable, not the internet of course.  So far, I am delighted with the new TV watching options.

I was not super eager to get rid of the regular cable TV.  Mainly because I love having the DVR so I can record overlapping shows, or on the off chance I am out gallivanting around town, it is there waiting for me to watch when I get home.  It had become just a comfortable thing that I didn't want to change. 

I also love cable because of all the options.  When I am at home, I am pretty much in veg mode.  I worked all day, sat in traffic insanity for a while.  I just want to zone out.  Cable provides hundred of channels at my disposal, so I can always find something interesting. 

But yeah, I am sick of the bill, and sick of the time suck that is Cable TV.  So we are going to try out the Roku.  I am sure the $$ saving will make be a believer.  I am also thinking/hoping that TV watching will become much more intentional.  Because as of now, I will totally watch a 4 hour Hoarders marathon just because it is on.  Why not spend 4 hours studying for my CPA exam, or reading a book, or even getting out of the house and living life (gasp!). 

I am a teeny bit sad that there doesn't seem to be a direct way to watch HGTV and Food Network, which are admittedly my biggest TV time sucks.  This is probably a blessing in disguise, so I wont complain too loudly yet. 

I am excited for the new TV adventure though, and regaining some of my life back. 

Any tips/tricks/etc welcomed! :)

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

5 places to go if you find yourself in Tokyo

I have not been on a vacation in a hot minute.  Actually it was around a year ago, so I am due!  It was a year ago that my brother and I took a trip to Tokyo, Japan.  I was way nervous going, and wasn't sure I would even like it.  I prefer a good beach vacation, what can I say?  But holy moly, I had the greatest time, and it was an experience I will remember my whole life!

So here are my top 5 things to do in Tokyo

1. Asakusa (Ass-ah-koo-sah)

One of my favorite stops on the trip.  There are Japanese temples and shrines, along with rows and rows of vendors selling all kinds of things.  I did 90% of my souvenir shopping here!

2. Tokyo Fish Market

It is a sight to behold.  I wish we had gotten there at 5 in the AM to see more of the fish flying around and such, but we still got to see a lot and there were a few streets of little shops there.  My brother got some really sweet kitchen knives here - restaurant caliber.  And if you love sushi, it is AWESOME (and a little weird).  Like straight out of the water onto your plate freshness.  The place we went was in several travel guides we read, so we stood in like for 30 minutes to then cram into a teeny place the size of a large walk in closet.  The bar has maybe 10 seats, no a/c, and you are sitting shoulder to shoulder with everyone.  It is not super comfortable.  But the sushi, wow.  So good.  Yeah we ate some mystery stuff that looked kind of like guts (it was sea urchin...) but it was a legit Japanese experience, if you ask me!

3. Tokyo National Museum Or Tokyo Disney

Depending on your interests.  If you are a museum fan, this museum is really cool.  If you like adventure and Disney, check out Tokyo Disney.  The museum is near a really pretty park and we had a nice time exploring the area.  Disney was kind of fun, but I kinda prefer USA Disney.  Or maybe I am just to old to find it as magical as I did as a kid?  Fun fact though, I think we saw maybe 2 dressed up characters that actually worked there, and about 15 park patrons dressed up like a Disney character.  Kinda strange, but fun :)

I couldn't get good lighting for my museum photos, but this was part of the park

Tokyo Disney

4. Hakone(Ha-ko-nay)/ Mt. Fuju

Mt. Fuji is simply breathtaking.  After hustling and bustling in the city amongst the millions of Japanese, this was a relaxing side journey out of the city.  We took a cable car up the mountain, ate black hard boiled eggs that are said to increase your life my 5 years, took a pirate ship to the quaintest little town.  I loved it!  My God, the weather was amazing too.  We went in September and it was pretty hot in the city, but nice and cool in the mountains. #geography

They love Hello Kitty over there
#notapostcard #isthisreallife?
A bowl of amazing.  Soba noodles and tempura shrimp the size of a small banana.
(Japan is really a phenomenal place for foodies.)

5. Odiaba (Oh-dee-ah-bah)

Odiaba is a touristy little place on a manmade island thing.  There were beautiful shopping malls that rival the ones in Las Vegas, a giant Gundam robot thing outside another, a giant ferris wheel where you get views of the whole city and so much more.  We really had a great time here!  My favorite was getting to the mall about 30 minutes before it opened and seeing the line of Japanese people outside of the Old Navy.  #wha?!  And in a little grocery shop in the mall we saw Old El Paso stuff and were happy the Mexican culture was represented in the east.  lol.

Domo Arigato.


Honorable Mention: Find an Ichiran and eat there
This bowl of ramen noodles may have been the best thing I have ever eaten in my life.


Monday, September 23, 2013

Emmy's thoughts, though I didn't watch.

For someone who loves TV as much as I do, I did not care to miss the Emmy's last night.  (um, hello, Sisterwives finale?!) 

I don't really care for the Emmy's because they don't appreciate the TV shows that I seem to be drawn to.  I can rarely get into a drama show, because I like to spend my free time laughing.  The only one I am really into is Madmen, and they continually get snubbed.  Plus most of the acclaimed shows are on HBO, and we don't get that channel.  The comedies that get recognized don't do it for me either.  I really liked Modern Family when it first came out (and maybe the second season too) but I don't even watch it anymore because it bores me.  To think it is still the caliber of show to win best comedy?  I don't think so, Vern.  Big Bang Theory Jim Parson's too.  You are playing the same nerd you've been playing for years, is it still worthy of recognition?  The reality shows should really be my category, but I don't watch any of those either.  It's all singing and contest shows.  Meh.  Singing shows are just glorified karaoke to me, and once you've seen a couple seasons of has-been celebrities ballroom dance you get the picture.  #overit

However, I was so happy Colbert Report won for best variety show!  I like the Daily Show as much as the next guy, but John Stewart is just a little too idon'tknow.  Plus it is more real news show, and that isn't as fun.  Stephen Colbert is 100% lovable, hysterical, and I cannot get enough.  I wish it would come on early because I am usually struggling to keep my eyes open by that hour.  Either way, yay for Colbert Report!

My hero, Zooey Deschanel was picture perfect and flawless as usual <3
Did you watch?

Friday, September 20, 2013

Trying out the Friday's Letters Link Up, and ranting. Always ranting.

Dear Life,
I can't seem to get caught up with you.  Work is still really busy so I don't have time to write witty tweets or insightful blog posts.  Then I get home and I am all tired and don't even want to touch a computer.  I need to go back to that one week where I wrote all my posts on the weekend.  That was such a smooth sailing low stress week.  #lightbulb
First off, thank you for being the nice person that you are and taking care of Cocoa.  I would point out though, that this letter is very self congratulatory, so I am glad you feel good about yourself.  You should.  But I am not happy with the light in which you choose to paint the former owners.  I think you make assumptions that they are just some middle class family that got tired of dealing with their incontinent dog and sent it to the pound.  How, I am unsure?  I can think of 1000 reasons how you are probably putting your foot in your mouth with this letter, and the first would be that this was an easy decision for the former owner.  Maybe they were elderly?  Maybe they had to walk there?  Maybe the no-kill shelter was full?  Maybe something happened and they couldn't afford to take care of Cocoa anymore?  Whatever the reason, it shouldn't just be assumed that they are horrible and you are the angel.  It isn't like Cocoa was picked up from some dog fighting ring, or was abused in any way, or even abandoned on the side of the road or the like.  I know a lot of people have bleeding hearts for animals and this would be equal to leaving their sick child at the orphanage, but I disagree.  Articles like this seem to me like they are just shaming people for using a service for its intention to humanely care for animals, and if need be humanely euthanize them.  The whole shaming people thing is getting a bit out of hand, is all.  Especially when you know basically jack about the other side of the story.  #endrant  ::edit: Shaming the shamer doesn't make me any better.  Noted.::
Dear Beach,
I am coming for you.  Just stop having hurricane activity and making it rain all the time.  I have a billion vacation days I need to use up, just cooperate.  We only have 2 more months of beach weather left!
Happy Friday, everyone!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Thoughts on Current Events

Not too much going on in my personal life right now, so it is a good time to offer up commentary on current events.  #opinionated

To the victims of the Washing DC Navy Yard mass shooting.  I am so sorry your life was ended short.  I feel like I am getting desensitized to these sort of events, and that is highly highly disturbing to me.  I don't know what we can do, but when will all this craziness end??  Wishing their loved ones peace and comfort during all this... 
Once again, the internets is quick to show us how ignorant and racist our fellow humans are: re: Miss America.  For f-'s sake.  Learn some geography, first of all.  Secondly, open your flipping eyes, America is all sorts of colors?!  I just can't with these people.  CAN'T.
I caught the tail end of the show, and I thought her talent was original and well performed, and she had the best answer to the interview question.  Well deserved.  Though I kind of with beauty pageants would just go away, as the practice of objectifying and comparing women up against each other is really not necessary or progressive whatsoever.
More prayers going out to Colorado.  If you have some extra funds to help, here is a list of good places to donate.  When will mother nature stop trying to kill us off??
Lastly, I just heard this gem:  Madmen finale will be spread over two years.  This is frustrating, because Madmen is really the reason I have been holding off on pulling the plug on cable tv service.  I can hulu/Netflix/antenna everything else, but I feel a weird need to be watching Madmen live, with the rest of the world.  Like we are all in communion with the story as it unfolds.  #insane.  I don't know if I want to foot the bill for another 2 years though.  I mean, really. 
That's all I got for the day.  Feel free to weigh in!


Monday, September 16, 2013

Fall TV I am looking forward to!

I am so ready for fall TV to get here.  It never really feels like fall until they quit with all the summer re-runs, right?  The TV connoisseur that I am, I have been looking at the line up and seeing if I need to get my TIVO prepared for the new shows coming out.  Gotta be prepared, guys. 

Anyways, here are the shows I will be watching this fall:

The Veterans:

1. Revenge.  Duh, I am obsessed.  The story line is completely insane, but I just have to know what happens!

2. Parks and Rec.  The lone wolf left behind by a stellar Thursday lineup that was.  I have high hopes, but this is seriously the only good looking show for Thursdays from here on out.

3.  The Middle.  I love this family.  Especially Sue, because she is me, lol.  Looking forward to more laughs with these guys.  Side note:  what happened to Suburgatory??  I need that show back in my life too.

4.  New Girl.  Yay!  This is starting tomorrow!  I can't wait to see how the Nick and Jess romance goes, and all the shenanigans Schmidt gets into.  This show is so much fun!

5.  Shark Tank.  These people are my heroes and I love them.  Can't wait to see all the new proposals people have!

The Newbs:

I can't say I am excited about these, but moreso intrigued.  I think they have a decent flop potential, but we will give them the ol' college try.
1.  Super Fun Night.  I have no idea what this show's premise is going to be, but I enjoy Rebel Wilson, so I will give it a shot.  Outcasts trying to fit in is always a good time though, right?
2.  Brooklyn 99.  I had no intention of watching this show until I heard a review on the radio that said it was pretty funny.  I like Andy Samburg and all, so we will see how it goes.
3.  The Goldbergs.  Because who doesn't love the 80's??  I was thisclose to booking an 80's cover band for our wedding reception, so I have a love for the decade.  Plus I loved the Mom (Wendi McLendon-Covey) from Reno 911, so I am willing to give it a try.
Really that is all I got.  A lot of the new shows just seem cheesy, or down right bad.  Maybe this will be a good thing, as I watch far too much TV as it is...
What are you looking forward to watching??

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The 10 people you meet at a garage sale

I love garage sales!  I love getting rid of old stuff and I love making some extra pocket money.  My Mom and I held one last weekend, and I don't even know what we sold, but we made like $800!  Now 2 spaces in her 3 car garage can be used for actual cars!  She is pretty stoked, lol. 

Holding a garage sale is a bunch of work, and you have to deal with some characters.  Here are some of the people we met at our garage sale.

1.  The Professional.

These people are ruthless.  They arrive the minute your garage door opens, no need to wait for the set up.  They quickly buy all of your 'good stuff' and try to drive down the price as much as they can.  I have a feeling they are just collecting inventory for their booth at the flea market.  Once it was a dude who bought every pair of shoes we were selling, another time it was a lady who bought every pair of jeans we were selling.  I am not super eager to barter with these people, I feel taken advantage of when they leave.

2.  The Workers.

Typically involved in construction.  They usually buy up cheap kitchen appliances and any men's clothing that would maybe pass as construction worker wear, and coats.  They are usually friendly and rarely try to talk you down on the price.  Sometimes you may have to make change for a $100 bill.  No biggie.  Would you like that in quarters?

3.  The Hoarder

They will most likely be the best customer of the day.  They find value in every item at your sale, it is very kind.  Their only limits are the cash on hand and space in their car.  One lady paid $5 for a broken fan and couldn't fit it in her car, and never came back for it.  You almost want to talk some people out of buying stuff at all.  That broken fan probably should have been thrown away...

4.  The Potheads.

Now I don't know for sure if potheads are garage sale shoppers as a generalization, but we had 2 confirmed.  See, my late step-father was in the business of selling things to convenience stores, so we have some suuuuper random leftovers in our garage.  Those little bags that fit a can of beer, these lighter 'leashes' that you clip a lighter onto your belt with, and misc other things.  There were 2 boxes of cigarette rolling papers, that anyone under the age of 60 uses for things other than cigarettes.  One PH bought a whole box of these papers along with a paperback copy of Dracula and a Bill Deutrerive (from King of the Hill) plastic figurine.  The second box of these sold was to a young man and woman who also bought all of my brothers old Power Rangers VHSs.  Yeah, I profiled them, but I bet I'm right.  lol. 

5.  The Super Specific Shopper.

They come up to you and personally ask if you have the 1 item they are looking for.  Old Coins, a baby gate, old records, children's clothing.  It comes in all forms.  I feel that if you are looking for something so specific, a garage sale hunt is sort of a waste of time.  That is what craigslist is for.  Unless you just enjoy going to look around, but these people didn't seem to. 

6.  The Drive-By.

They slowly drive past your sale, decided from the street that nothing seemed worthwhile to stop, and drive on.  I mean, you're already here, you may as well get out and look?

7.  The Poor Soul.

They came up in their jalopy, looking like garage sales are the only place they shop.  These people break my heart, and I sell them everything for 10 cents.

8.  The Nickle & Dimer

These people are kind of the worst.  I know you want a deal, but c'mon.  The stuff is already cheap enough, and cheaper than the good will.  But you say 50 cents, they want to know if you will take a quarter.  With EVERYTHING.  Or you say, this old suitcase is $3.  Then they show you the scuff marks on the bottom, like they deserve a deeper discount.  Pu-Lease.  This stuff isn't new, for crying out loud!!  Then they drive off in their BMW with all my stuff they paid a dollar for.  I'd almost rather give it away.

9.  Shady McShaderton.

You have to watch these tricksters.  This one dude asked my mom how much this random glass was, and I saw her tell him 25 cents, then he comes up to me to tell me she said 10 cents, drops a dime in my hand and walks off with that glass AND a book he did not pay for.  Then he came back later in the day!  Watch your money bag!  Be weary of people trying to confuse you while you make change.  Con artists are everywhere, man.  Be on guard.

10.  The Neighbors

These are the best.  You meet your neighbors, get to know new ones.  It is a nice little sense of community when you get to know who you share your neighborhood with.  They buy some things that you will later buy from their garage sale.  It is like the circle of life.

Did I leave anyone out?  :)

PS. Send some prayers, happy thoughts or whathaveyou to me at 1pm today, I have a job interview at my friend's company!!!

Monday, September 9, 2013

A Life Worth Blogging About

I am behind like you wouldn't believe.  I have looked at the computer for about 20 mins in total since last Friday.  I was out living life, and it felt so nice to just unplug from everything!  It made me think about how sometimes I am too attached to a computer or the TV and I am not out enjoying life as much as I could be.  It really reflects in the blog too, because I wind up having nothing to talk about.  I think it is definitely a worthwhile pursuit to have a life worth blogging about. 

This weekend- Friday and Saturday my Mom and I were having a giant garage sale.  It was hot, and I got sunburned and bitten by 1000 mosquitoes, but I thought of 20 possible posts to write relating to garage sales, lol.  So get ready, those are coming up this week!

I also got a referral from a friend of mine for a really sweet job opportunity, so I threw my hat in the ring for that.  I am so not mentally prepared or otherwise for a new job, but I couldn't miss the chance to make a good amount of more monies at a really cool company.

Now that I am re-plugged into the online world, I have a million emails to go through, blog comments to respond to (so very sorry for this!), and my bloglovin page is in the quadruple digits (yikes!).  Not to mention I need to probably bust it at work in case a new person is going to be in here pretty soon, and go frantically buy some interview appropriate clothes, because I wear jeans everyday.  I am using the law of attraction so that I will get this job.  lol. 

Anyways, I hope everyone had a great weekend and I look forward to catching up with everyone as soon as I can! :)

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Why is the Chick-fil-a drive thru so weird?

Hey!  I am not dead!  Yay!  Lack of posting has been mainly due to work being crazy busy, and general laziness in the evening.  Holler!  I just had to chime in real quick about the weirdness that is the Chick-fil-a drive thru.

In my work 'hood, Chick-fil-a is the Cadillac of fast food joints.  They stand apart in quality along with stellar service.  People are always over the top friendly, (maybe because they make a decent wage and get every Sunday off?) rarely mess up my order, and hook up the condiments upon request.  They happily give you nugget sauce even when you don't order nuggets, ahem, McD's.  Plus I just really like their food, and healthy options.

But I hate their weirdo drive-thru.  To add insult to injury, this style of CFA restaurant has no inside.  There is only a walk up window and picnic tables.  Boo.  But yeah, the drive-thru has two lines, and there are no less than 6 employees out in the parking lot messing up the ordering system.

Here is what happens, I get directed into a line by a chick-fil-a parking attendant person.  Another person comes up to my window with a plastic menu to look at.  I decide my order, drive up further to a second person who then takes my order and writes it on an index card and hands the card to me.  I drive right past the ordering box onto a third person.  Third person takes my index card and relays my order via his personal cell phone to someone inside.  Then I get to the window, pay and get my food.  It is weird, and way too much interaction with a billion people just to get a chicken sandwich. 

I mean, I get it that they are trying to expedite the process as best they can, but is this really saving anyone any time?   I really feel for these people too.  Not only is it hotter than all get out, but add a bunch of hot running cars on top of that.  Breathing in smoggy drive thru air doesn't sound too pleasant at all either.  Yet they do it with a smile, while the lady at the Jack in the Box next door will throw your food into your car if you don't grab it fast enough for her liking....

I don't know, it just seems weird and unnecessary.  Do they do this at your Chick-fil-a?

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