Monthly Recap; Feb 2022

For being the shortest month, Feb sure felt like one of the longer ones. I don’t mean that in a bad way… I’m glad at least one Feb in the last few years felt longer than usual. And so far, it’s been my favorite month. Full of trying a shit ton of new eats, seeing new cities, finding new favorite things, seeing some of my favorite people. My Feb was full of insane love from my friends, my support circle who’s been rockin with me for over 21 years. If I know what boundless unconditional love is, it’s because of them. They’ve loved me through all the rough and smooth stages of life from the jump and I’m so very thankful for every single one of them. Not having to feel like I’m being judged or having to censor myself is a feeling I took for granted, for sure.

Despite not really having a place to stay this trip, my BFF made sure I was comfortable. I literally didn’t have to worry about anything the whole week. He also had me drive and while I was SUPER nervous because it was a freakin nice ass car, it felt so good to drive through the streets of my hometown again. You don’t realize how free and liberating driving can feel after years of not feeling comfortable enough to do so. I also appreciate that if I’m PMS’ing he just feds me, tells me I’m funny and let’s me yell lol. I had the best week.

| WATCHED

I know I’m supposed to be working my way through my streaming queues but it’s kinda hard when you have a toddler who wants to watch Dinosaur videos lol. I’m not gonna knock her urge to learn things.

Attempted to watch In the Heights but I just… got lost.

I watched Crazy Rich Asians the first night I was in Napa and there’s just something iconic and inspiring about that movie every time I watch it. Def made me want to work harder on my business; I wanna build something that’s going to outlive me.

Watched Cars… while in a 2 hour queue line for the Cars ride. I forgot how the first movie even went. But Lightning McQueen was a little shit head.

Watched Hamilton on the plane ride home to kill time since I couldn’t sleep. The girl next to me was watching In the Heights. Yeah even watching the little snips I did, I still couldn’t vibe with it.

| DID

Finally got to try Sugar Factory since they opened up one in Dallas and honestly, it was more instagrammable than the one in Vegas I always walked into. The food was amazing and the drink I got didn’t even taste like a drink. Def coming back here.

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Brain Dump | Back in Texas…

I got to spend a week back home in Cali and I honestly forgot just how much I loved NorCal. I left 10 years ago saying I’d never come back… I was also a really angry and angsty young adult at the time. I was determined to get my dream job (which I did) and make a life for myself (which I did). I’ve always loved being independent but I was also low key obsessed with it to prove to other people I was capable of everything they kept telling me I wasn’t capable of.

But in reality; NorCal is a beautiful place to visit. There’s literally so much to do and see. You’d rarely ever get bored. Between Silicone Valley, San Francisco and Napa Valley, there’s a lot to do. I forgot how loved I am there. How much my childhood friends love me. How much they only want what’s best for me and want to see me truly happy. Ten years can change a lot of things but one thing that hasn’t changed is the epic convos, adventures and love that they have for me and that I have for them. I’m so glad I got to see my friends while I was there. I’m glad I got to spend a week hanging out with one of my best friends; we have a pretty dope story of how we ended up friends and there’s a lot of irony in it now that we’re adults. But he’s always been the sweetest guy I know, since we were kids. And he’s still just as sweet. And yay for a foodie adventure friend!

I loved seeing my friends with Tums and seeing that they love her just as much as they love me. I loved that she had people to play with and other kids to play with — she got along SO WELL with my friends kids! All of them!

California air just hits different, for sure.

And now I’m back in Texas… where it’s effing snowing right now and something ridiculous like 19 degree’s or something. My eczema is already acting up. Did move into the new apartment and while it’s bigger than the last one it’s also much more expensive and I honestly don’t know what to do about it. I mean I love this complex but at the same time… I really want to move back to Cali to be closer to my friends and family. Especially seeing just how much older my mom is now… it’s really kicking up my anxiety big time. And having someone tell you you’re stuck in Texas and can’t move back to Cali or be with your family is just a new level of audacity. At the end of the day, this is still my life and it’s my choice to do what I want when I want. That shouldn’t be anyone else’s choice but my own. And it’s definitely hard to protect your peace when you’re arounds someone who seems to challenge that every chance they get.

Hoping for some clarity in Feb and some solutions.

5 must haves before your next Disney trip

5 must haves before your next Disney trip

As a Floridan that somehow ended up in Texas; I don’t worry too much about forgetting most things. I know I can always either pick it up at the resort shop, a shop at a park/Disney Springs and worst case I could DoorDash it to the resort through Instacart. However on my last Disney trip the entire Disney property sold out of sunblock and as much as I don’t care to put any on; I had a toddler with me and it was blazing hot. When it wasn’t raining. Florida never has cold rain, but apparently this week it did? And I lived there for 5 years. I was totally confused. Between that and trying to fit everything we wanted to do in our Disney days, Instacart wasn’t an option by the time we got back to the resort.

Did I learn my lesson? Maybe. Who knows. I probably didn’t. But I’m hoping that writing this blog post will remind me to do better next time.

My 5 must haves before my next Disney trip (I can’t believe I’m writing this lol);

| Sunblock & Hat’s
I’m forever going to feel stupid for this, for sure. I figured we could just grab sunblock at the resort or somewhere at Disney Springs and if it came down to it, I could just DoorDash/Instacart it. And sure, I could had but we didn’t get back to the resort until super late all the days we were there and all I wanted was to just pass out in bed. And ironically the weekend we were there, sunblock was sold out property-wide. So yeah, I ended up sunburned. My BFF was smart enough to bring a sun hat. And in that moment I was really salty I didn’t bring one. Or buy that cute Minnie Mouse one (despite it being $40+).

| External Chargers
Maybe it’s just me but I find that if it’s hot outside my phone also gets hot and the battery drains for absolutely no reason. I use to just bring a charger cable with me and charge my phone by It’s a Small World in the Tangle rest area. But busy days mean more people are using it than usual and it’s not a very fast charge. Meanwhile I can just charge my phone in my purse with my external charger while I’m on a ride or two and be good.

| Umbrella/Raincoat
2021 has everyone’s weather all kinds of messed up — it’s raining here in TX in JUNE which never happens. And with that said it COLD RAINED during my trip to Disney in April which also, never happens. It’s not freezing cold in Florida in April. Figured it’s just Florida rain, it’ll be fine. It wasn’t fine. My BFF and I got down poured on and it was so bad and we were so cold we had to head back to the resort and spent about an hour sticking the hair dryers in our pants and shoes. It wasn’t just a little rain or a lot of rain you could just deal with. It was more like nonstop rain and a very angry cold breeze. I had never been so miserable at Magic Kingdom in my life.

I don’t believe in raincoats at Disney or even ponchos but that experience was enough to change my mind!

| Swimsuit
I was told the pool was going to be closed during my trip because of COVID, only to find out that the pool was indeed very open. For a fire sign, Tums LOVES playing in water. We stayed at Art of Animation and I’m sad she wasn’t able to experience the pool while we were there! Maybe when she’s older. But I’m def going to make it a habit to pack a swimsuit with us every trip just in case. We thought to just buy one but the prices of swimsuits at resorts are in-fuckin-sane. So that was a hard pass.

| Medicines
This might sound like a duh but seriously; if you know a certain medication works with you in terms of headaches or pain control BRING THAT. Allergy medicine. Any other other type of medicine you’d need to ease any kind of discomfort you’re capable of feeling! It’s just better to be prepared than screwed and potentially ruining your own vacation ( I have a weird habit of getting migraines every time I would reserve at Blue Bayou and I never brought my hard hitting pain meds. You’d think I would had learned after the first 2 times, but nope).

I miss the days of being a Floridian and easily saying “oh it’s cool, I can grab it from home”. My experience this time at Disney was def different knowing that I wasn’t able to just run home for something. It also made me realize how spoiled I was living in Florida and having unlimited time on property and in the parks. This time it felt like I couldn’t even fit everything I wanted to do — not to mention Hollywood Studios was all booked and we weren’t able to get to that park.

I’ll absolutely be more prepared next time — but I’m also hoping next time I’ll be a Florida resident again.