Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Random thought #1

When I now hear any Abba song, I now think of the Community zombie halloween episode... And with that said, I am getting back to Architecture homework.

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Random derby names pt. 2...

I just found a piece of paper in my history binder of other names I was thinking of*:

  • Battery Acid
  • Haz Ben
  • Retard Ed
  • Medi Kate
  • 99 Problems
  • Sew Ho Knee
  • Avi Ann
  • Six Shooter
  • Heinrich Manuver
  • Ash Whole
  • The Remedy
  • Gamma Ray

*Again, In no particular order.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Random derby names...

Random roller derby names that have come to my head in the past 3 months*:

  •  Lee Thal Enforcer
  • Boats N Hoes
  • Curvey Scurvey
  • San Gria
  • Craig T Full Nelson
  • VaJayJay Walker
  • Lucky Strike-her
  • Man Ram
  • Chichi Ramirez
  • VaJayJay Abrams
  • Neener Beaner
  • Mexie Can
  • Cheezie Poof
  • Angry Bear
  • Manda Smash
  • Monster Hearton
  • Bea Alzebub

*In no particular order.

Friday, October 08, 2010

The car in front of me @ mcdonalds just spent $30 on food. Dang.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

And its now raining and i have no coat or umbrella. Ugh.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

At arco waiting for muse to start. Headaches and concerts are no fun.

Friday, September 24, 2010

@ the post office and they are playing lady gaga. Odd.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Super. Abortion protesters are here @ sac state.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Listening to lady gaga on the bus. I'm not as hipster as thought i was.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Another amazing week.

School. More school. But I love it. I am happy.

Friday, September 17, 2010

@ memorial auditorium waiting for anthony bourdain. Woo hoo

@ borders doin history hmwk while listening to 2live crew 'me so horny.' i am so strange.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Omg. At 345am my stupid neighbors decided it was ok to jump a dead truck & talk loud for 25 mins. Wtf. I wanna bust some heads now. So long 8 hours of sleep.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

On the menu...


Turkey sandwich with baby heirloom tomatoes (from my garden) on a brioche bun with pita chips and hummus and a Dr Pepper.

One more class to go before my "weekend".

< happy >

Ode to Chuck Klosterman...

I pass the time while on the bus reading essays about pop culture by Chuck Klosterman. If I could have lunch or dinner with anyone living, it would be him. I am sure he is my literary soul mate. Yes, I am a nerd.


Wednesday, September 08, 2010

The day the wind blew into town...

The middle of the week... I am so glad that I have only one more day (after this one) till the weekend again. The weather has changed and the wind is a nice change from the heat... I am not sure that early September is appropriate "hoodie" weather.

On that note, I think I am going to go return a book or two at the book store.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Week 1 of being an "official" university student...

And week 1 is almost officially over for me. It seems like it was only yesterday that I was applying to Sac State... Then getting the letter that I have been accepted... Then the first day of school. I am glad that this first week is over. It makes the being scared, nervous, & the worrying all seem like they were worth it in the grand scheme of things. I am proud that the hard work that I have put myself (and Paul) thru has been worth it.

The first week has been good. I go to school from Monday thru Thursday from about noon till 5pm-ish. 

My Monday/ Wednesday classes are my Art History classes. From 130pm to 245pm its Art of India & Southeast Asia (Provides a broad overview of the architectural remains and visual arts of India and Southeast Asia from prehistory to the present.  Consideration will be given to the art styles, iconography, history, geography, ethnic populations, languages, and religions (i.e., Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, and Islam) of each region)... From 3pm to 415pm its Modern Architecture (A survey of modern architecture which covers the architectural theories and principles underlying certain significant structures.  Special consideration is given to an analysis of the works of 20th century pioneers and their followers, such as Wright, Gropius, Le Corbusier, Van der Rohe, Aalto, and Johnson, among others, and to certain movements, such as the International Style, Brutalism, and Formalism).

My Tuesday/ Thursday classes are my History classes. From 12pm to 115pm it is Intro to Historic Skills (Introduction to the skills of secondary and  primary source research, critical analysis of documentary sources,  historical reasoning and the preparation of written reports. Attention  to research procedures, record-keeping, citation, and bibliography). From 3pm to 415pm its Popular Culture (Focuses on entertainment and everyday life in America from the beginnings to the present. Enhances the students' understanding of how popular culture reflects and shapes the larger issues and institutions of American life).

I have been riding the bus the first week. It helps that the bus that goes to Sac State also comes a block from my house. Finding parking here has been a nightmare. Plus, I like the fact that I can read a book while I sit in a air conditioned bus.

More later. My Pop Culture class starts in 20 minutes.


Friday, August 27, 2010

Ugh. Just spent $156 for parking permet & $130 on books for 2 classes. 2 more classes to buy for.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Ugh. Why can't i fall asleep?

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Throwing truffles to the dying embers///

Song of the Day:  Beck> New Pollution

Wow. It has been a long time since I have had the time to write in this wonderful little blog of mine. I know so much has happened in my precious little life, but some things are not worth mentioning or remembering. There are only a handful of good things to report:

-College life resumes on August 30th. I will be starting my Junior year and finishing up my wonderful art history degree. A few weeks ago, I took this writing assessment to see if I need to take a English class or if I can just take a "writing intensive" class. Hopefully, I will know something by Friday.

-I am a roller derby girl. Back in July, I tried out to become a member of the Sacred City Derby Girls. I passed the test and I am now a "Fresh Meat" member! The training is not fun. Last week, we had 2 days back to back of 3 hour practices. I was sore for 3 days! I just came home from practice today. I know this pain is worth it. Someday, "Manda Smash" will make her derby debut. I am so happy that I am making new friends (cause I don't have too many lady friends) and getting a hardcore work out will be greatly appreciated... Especially if it gets me under 200lbs!

-Paul and I celebrated our 4th year together. I am so glad that my best friend is the person that I want to spend my life with and get old and crazy with. His birthday is coming up soon. He will be 28, then, 4 months later, I will be 27.

-Tomorrow: Seeing the "screening" of "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World". Coincidentally, one of my new derby friends is going too. Small world.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Dear San Francisco, Your freeways and drivers suck balls. Love, Manda.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Guess who made the roller derby tryouts & passed? This girl!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Listening to a random guy on k st playing the guitar and singing u2s 'still haven't found what i'm looking for'. Makes me smile.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

I am never going to fly again. Tsa is such a joke.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

I <3 it here at fanfest in anaheim.

Friday, July 09, 2010

Flying always makes me nervous. Ugh.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Watching the lame coverage of lebron james & his new team pick. This is so stupid. Seriously. & i'm stupid for watching.

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Brunch at a french resturant. Yum.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Waiting for penn and teller to start. I am so excited!

Friday, July 02, 2010

Omg. They did my single ladies song! They are so awesome!

Omg. The marachi band is playing pink floyds 'the wall'. They so rule!

Should i ask the mariachi band at the mexican cantina if they can play beyonce's single ladies?

The trump hotel is really gold and opulent in the lobby.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

So i'm watching mexican wrestling and they played music by a german band. Odd.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

just saw francisco garcia of the sacramento kings @ the galleria buying shoes @ journey's. He's pretty tall & also bought those lame shape up sketchers shoes.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Ugh. Good times at post election result gettogethers.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

At arco for cirque du solie. Vertigo is setting in. Ugh.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Its pouring outside. I love the sound of rain at 3am!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

sit down. stand up///

Long time no write...

Paul graduates on Friday.
Love doing gardening at my home.
Was accepted to Sac State and also got lots of wonderful grants to pay for college (translation: I don't pay shit).
Finding it fun at my new job with the government.
Still happy and glad that I don't work for stuck up a-holes anymore! June 1 will be 6 months since I have been fired and I have never been happier!


Saturday, April 24, 2010

pondering ideas for a road trip this summer to see a music festival.

this is all.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Strobe lights & blown speakers... Fireworks & hurricanes///

My (partially) ultimate Radiohead play list:

Like Spinning Plates
A Punchup at a Wedding. (No no no no no no no no.)
Talk Show Host
15 Step
Subterranean Homesick Alien
All I Need
Sail to the Moon. (Brush the Cobwebs Out of the Sky.)
House Of Cards
Backdrifts. (Honeymoon Is Over.)
Jigsaw Falling Into Place
How to Disappear Completely
No Surprises
Climbing Up the Walls
Sit down. Stand up. (Snakes & Ladders.)
Paranoid Android
Like Spinning Plates [Live]

You can thank me later.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

He needs me///

Punch-Drunk-Love is on tv... I love that movie so much. Maybe its just because of the colors and music... <3 This is all.

One of my favorite lines from a movie:
B: I'm lookin' at your face and I just wanna smash it. I just wanna fuckin' smash it with a sledgehammer and squeeze it. You're so pretty.
L: I want to chew your face, and I want to scoop out your eyes and I want to eat them and chew them and suck on them.

Across the stratosphere, a final message: "Give my wife my love." Then nothing more///

On of the the things I love the most about cleaning up my house is the possibility of finding something from my past. I suppose its a way to connect with my past and see how foolish I was (and how I still am). I find old letters from my lady friend in New Jersey, old birthday cards from old friends and family, drawings and doodles that I did in high school... They remind me of who I once was and the person I have now become. The other day, I was going thru my beckoning cat collection looking for one to use as a holder for my crochet hooks and paint brushes. Inside one of them, I found a paper folded up 3 times with a stick figure drawing (which was my trade mark drawing that I used to make as a teen) and with the words "the list..." written on the front.

I opened the paper and inside, in my hand writing, I found a list of names... Names of singers, athletes and celebrities... Guys who, at the time, I would "totally do". I wish I would have dated this paper. I think I must have written it some time between 2000 to 2003. Here is the list... I was an odd child then.

  • Chino (Deftones)
  • Scott Weiland (STP)
  • Ewan McGregor
  • Mike Bibby (Basketball player)
  • Nelly
  • Ludicris
  • Dave Navarro
  • Chris Carrabba (Dashboard Confessional)
  • Mike Herrera (MxPx)
  • Maynard James Keenan (Tool/ APC)
  • Casey Affleck
  • Scot Pollard (Basketball player)
  • Collin Ferral
  • David Bowie
  • Snoop Dogg
  • Trent Reznor
  • 50 Cent
  • Brendan Frasier
  • Sonny Sandoval & Wuv (POD)
  • Billy Cogran (Smashing Pumpkins)
  • Brandon Boyd (Incubus)
  • Bono (u2)
And now that I post this god awful list, I throw it way. Its for the best... Trust me. maybe I should make a new updated list... "The List v. 2.0"

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

I don't care what you think as long as it's about me... The best of us can find happiness in misery///

And now I am a government employee. Well. Technically not till next Wednesday. But still, I am very happy. It's only temporary but I will be making more there then my last boss ever paid me, so I am not complaining.

Tomorrow, hanging out with my brother in Roseville and then my wonderful Astronomy lab. I have so much catching up to do on my Finance and Islamic art classes... And I have to write a paper in my art class too by May4th... AND my finance project is coming up too. Oh, did I also mention that I have to take a placement class for English at Sac State and sign up for the Transfer Student New Student Orientation? Ah. So much stuff happening all at once. It will keep me busy and if it gets me closer to my BA in Art History, then so be it. Its the sacrifice I have to make.

Time for bed. Maybe I will do some reading for Art... Ugh. I need to find better sleeping pills that don't make me like a super bitch in the morning!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Another day...

Had an interview... Sucked.
Saw my brother at his work...
Talked about randomness...
Gonna hang out on Wednesday.
Made dinner... Pasta.
Got a call from the Census about a job.
Gonna take it. $15/ hour is fine with me.

Life like wonder...

Ah. I have another interview today. 1130am. In Roseville. For a medical records receptionist. Cross your fingers. Class tonight. I am counting down the days till school is done. But I am also real excited about taking some classes this summer and fall classes starting at Sac State! I am overall excited about life. 4 months into the year so far and everything is good. Paul is set to graduate next month. We might go on a trip after, which means that I need to get started on getting my passport soon!!!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

And so it is...

Everyday the world of me gets a little more interesting and at the same time, a little more sad. Trust me, I am glad for all the things that I have but one can only wish for so much more in life. More on that later, promise.

I just now realized that I have about 6686 pictures on my computer with in 162 folders... I love keeping my images organized!

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Omg. I am feet from casey kotchman! I am such a fan girl!

Thursday, April 01, 2010

I wanna see you movin'... Love your body language... Let me be your paperman... Love to be in your command///

Ugh. Seriously, 'Breaking Dawn' is was the stupidest book I have ever read. But I am glad that I am finally done with it... I am also happy that I didn't waste my money on that crap book. And now I can spend some time reading 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'!

Oh. Baseball game on Sunday with Paul... Giants v. Mariners! I finally get to see Casey after he was traded from Anaheim to Atlanta then Boston... <3<3<3

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


I am almost done with that effing last twilight book... one hundred more pages to go. then i can get my life back... (thank.jebus)

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Hey i am having a yard sale. I would love it if you can come by. Call me for directions!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Me and the crew used to do her///

I love how when I hear the song "Poison" by Bell Biv Devoe, I always think of the episode from 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' where "The Gang Dances their Asses Off"... That is the main reason why I listen to this song... To remember that part where Mac challenges Dennis to a 'dance off'

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Omg. I just heard carry on my wayward son and dust in the wind by kansas back to back. I feel like watching the movie old school now!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

When will i ever finish that lame last twilight book? Ugh. 250 more pages to go.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


Would I be selfish if I wondered when I will get married? I know that being married is just legality and other stuff and we live our life like we practically are married anyways... But a girl can dream tho. I am just kinda jealous of seeing my friends getting to that point and I haven't yet. I should just be lucky I have someone who has been there for me for almost 4 years now. Being together that long makes me know that when we do get to that point, it will be worth it. I am not a huge fan of getting engaged when they have only been dating for a short time.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Stupid emails...

Lame emails...
But it keeps me motivated!

RE: Administrative Assistant

Thank you for your interest in employment with our association. We received your resume for consideration for the Administrative Assistant position. We have completed our review of the numerous resumes and inquiries that were received and unfortunately, are unable to offer you an interview. We wish you well in your quest for employment that is suited to your skills, talents and career goals.


HR Department

California Primary Care Association

RE: Law Firm Receptionist

Thank you for your submission, however your resume does not reflect the minimum requirements for this position. Best of luck in your job search.

Terri Tully Puryear, CLM
Firm Administrator
Beeson, Tayer and Bodine

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Boom bitches! Guess who's going to Sac State in fall 2010? This lady! One step closer to my BA in Art History!!!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Cross off the list...

From: a r
Subject: Rejection
To: "p m"
Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2010, 11:24 AM

I got a call from that one place I interviewed at on Monday (the one for a receptionist at a metal frame company in West Sac) and she told me that they are going with someone else. I feel sad. I really thought that job would be good for me. Oh well. I am at least doing my financial planning homework (watching the videos and such) and my Islamic art lectures. Sad bear...


From: p m
Subject: Re: Rejection
To: a r
Date: Wednesday February 24, 2010 11:48AM

Just keep your head up.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Her name was Lola... She was a showgirl///

So, I am sitting on the couch watching the Westminster Kennel Club with Poppy sitting next to me sleeping. My goodness, I love watching these damn dog shows. Maybe its due to the fact that I don't have one yet and I feel this is my way of doing some window shopping. I always get excited when I see the Beagles (or any hound that looks like them, like the Harrier, English Fox Hound, American Fox Hound) and I hope that one day I can make one my little baby...

Oooooo , the Beagle was picked as the top 8 of the hound. Her name is Lola! How freaking cute. Awe, the Whippet won the hound group. Now both the cats are hanging out with me watching the dog show... I am a lucky girl! Maybe I should start doing some cleaning around the house, lol.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

A symbol of where mad, mad lovers must pause & draw the line///

Song of the Day:: Morrissey > November Spawned a Monster

I find it odd that I had a dream last night about a guy that I had a crush on in high school. Why did I dream of him? Eh, I can't remember the dream now... That's got to be a good thing. Right?

Monday, February 01, 2010

Hello darkness my old friend...

Monday, January 18, 2010

I am so happy that it is finally raining here. Life is great. I couldn't ask for more.

30 minutes into the movie and power goes out. Weak.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

& to know you is hard & we wonder///

I thought it would be nice to see how good my grades are and have been. I am attempting to pull off 13 units next semester. I think I can make it happen since I am not working and would have plenty of time to get good grades.

Is it bad that I am actually excited?

College Course Description Term Grade Units
ARC ART 390 Ceramics Fall 2003 A 3.00
ARC ENGWR 300 College Composition Fall 2003 C 3.00
ARC FITNS 392 Yoga Fall 2003 A 1.00
ARC JOUR 310 Mass Media and Society Spring 2004 A 3.00
ARC MATH 100 Elementary Algebra Spring 2004 C 5.00
ARC SPAN 401 Elementary Spanish Spring 2004 C 4.00
ARC ARTH 310 Modern Art Fall 2004 A 3.00
ARC PSYC 356 Human Sexuality Fall 2004 C 3.00
ARC SPEECH 301 Speech Communication Fall 2004 D 3.00
ARC ARTPH 305 Digital Photography Spring 2008 A 3.00
SCC POLS 301 Intro to Govt: U.S. Spring 2008 C 3.00
ARC ARTH 302 Stone Age-Middle Age Fall 2008 A 3.00
SCC COMM 301 Intro Public Speaking Fall 2008 B 3.00
ARC ARTH 300 Introduction to Art Spring 2009 A 3.00
ARC ARTH 308 Renaissance Tradtn/Art Spring 2009 A 3.00
ARC ENGWR 301 College Comp & Lit Spring 2009 C 3.00
SCC MATH 120 Intermediate Algebra Summer 2009 B 5.00
ARC ART 300 Elementary Drawing and Comp Fall 2009 A 3.00
SCC HIST 311 History of the U S Fall 2009 B 3.00
ARC MATH 300 Intro to Math Ideas Fall 2009 B 3.00
ARC ANTH 330 Magic/Witchcraft/Rel Spring 2010
ARC ARTH 333 Introduction to Islamic Art Spring 2010
ARC ASTR 300 Intro to Astronomy Spring 2010
SCC ASTR 400 Astronomy Laboratory Spring 2010
ARC BUS 320 Concepts/Personal Financ Spring 2010

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

And I'm leaning on a broken fence between Past and Present tense///

Every day when I wake up, I do a usual routine: I feed the cats (Beasley has my wake up time at about 7am everyday), make some coffee for me and Paul, check on my plants in the garden, finish cleaning from last night and then I head to the computer and begin with my job hunt (and the occasional facebook stalking of my friends). Beasley and Poppy keep me entertained for the most part. Usually, Poppy spends most of the day sleeping on the couch while Beasley constantly jumps on to my desk then to the window ledge to look outside and "talks" to me the way a cat only knows how. Sometimes Poppy joins in which sucks cause there are lots of papers on my desk. I listen to music (either my itunes, Pandora or my mp3 player) and I like to sing from time to time. Today, Poppy did something I have never seen: when I would sing a song (I am currently in love with the new Muse album The Resistance, especially the song "United States of Eurasia" mostly because Matthew Bellamy has the voice of an angel), she would come to me and sit while I sing to her. Her ears would perk up when a high note is hit. I know I am not the best singer in the world, I only sing when no one is home or in my car (Paul likes it when I do that). Poppy is usually acts like a diva at home but I think it is so awesome that she responds to my singing like that.

I have the best cats in the world.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Why split these states when there can be only one?///

Since I have a moment before I head off to bed, I thought I would write a quick update in the life of me (while Beasley sits on my desk looking so very cute).

I had the interview with that law firm on Friday night. I admit, I was real nervous on the drive there. I don't know why. I liked the people that were there (2 lawyers and one CPA) and the whole thing lasted about 15 minutes. As of now, I have not heard back from them. It kinda makes me sad. I really could use this job. I am keeping my fingers crossed and hope that they call me back and offer me the job. I had a phone interview on Monday for an insurance company. I did well on that interview and the guy said he would call me back soon to have me come in for an actual interview... I haven't heard back from him either. I am still not giving up hope.

I got another unemployment check. Its nice having money again. I just wish it was a pay check from a job tho. I am becoming slightly crazy being home all day. But on Sunday, I went to my brothers apartment and we all (me, Paul, Mateo, Orion and Alison) went to the auction to look for a bike for Paul and Mateo helped to get my old bike fixed up. I have been going on a bike ride every day as part of my exercise. I like it. I just need to get an awesome helmet and maybe a better seat. I am trying to keep track of the rides on a google map.

Time to hop in bed. I am going to try to read another chapter of my Chuck Klosterman book. More in the morning.

Friday, January 08, 2010

I'll take a quiet life, a handshake of carbon monoxide///

I feel bad. Here I made resolutions and yet I don't think I have kept up with them as well as I would have liked to. The best news is that I haven't gained any more weight so far. Paul and I have been trying to do our best to change our eating habits. It is hard. We both really love food. He loves to cook and we do a good job of it too! We have been cutting our portions and also trying to eat more veggies and make our own food vs. eating out (which helps me out since I am on a fixed income at the moment). I am still hovering around 203 at the moment. It has been so cold to go to the garage and get on the treadmill (which I know is an excuse and that's my problem) but I have been cutting on the snacking while spending my days at home.

I have been sending tons of resumes online via craigslist. It has paid off some what. I had an interview this Tuesday for a dentist office in Midtown (which is coincidentally one block from where I was previously employed which would have been awkward for me) but I don’t think I will get the job. They apparently want someone who has experience with a dental office. I don’t have that. The thing that ticked me off more then anything was that the lady didn’t seem like I could do well in that office. She kept telling me that they wanted someone who knows their program, blah blah blah. I think the whole interview lasted a whopping 5 minutes. Tonight, I have another interview with a law firm that is walking distance to Sac State!!! It couldn't be any better then that. I am crossing my fingers that this is the big break that I am looking for. And if this isn’t the job for me, at least I got the chance to get interviewed.

My first unemployment check came in yesterday. It wasn’t much but its money that I can definitely use to get by. I also get paid from the three days I did temp work for those apartments. I know it will only be a little bit but it’s a good feeling to have some sort of money coming in with my name on it. I am kind of glad to have had this experience. It has taught me who I really can trust in life, people who I knew were back stabbers all along but yet chose to see the good in instead of seeing them for the evil bastards that they really are, and I have come to value the things that really matter in life to me. I have grown up. I am better then I was. I am no longer a weakling that others can push around and control.

I guess this is an update blog entry. And today, I am happy. I have a life that is wonderful. A life that is full of love. I have the cats to keep me company at home. Beasley loves to chat with me and get my attention when ever he can. He meows all the time and then comes to hang out with me on the window ledge in my “study” and watch the birds fly by or the squirrels play in the trees. He hangs out with me when I do my gardening in the back yard (my next project is to start an herb garden in the back yard) or when I am working on an art project. And Poppy loves to be a princess and sleep on the couch all day long. I am a lucky girl. End of story.

Friday, January 01, 2010

Go Ducks!!!

My goodness. I found my old crocheting things in the garage! I think I will spend my day watching the Rose Bowl and keep working on my plastic bag creations.