29 July 2012

California & Arizona Adventures, Part 2, Day 1

A while ago I told you that we went out west for 2 weeks for some family and adventuring...I do plan on continuing to share our trip with you, I just get distracted.  You know, from the whole travel and surprise do-it-yourself move and all.

I think it will be easiest to go day by day of our trip...I'll do mostly photos for you all, and maybe some amazing long brief stories along the way.  If you have any questions or need information on the things we've done, you know, for your own trip, please contact me and I would love to give you some hints and tips and suggestions on what to do!

Day 1
Waking up at 2:15am CT, we arrived in Orange County around 9:30am PT, immediately rented our hot rod of a car, and headed off to Lake Havasu, Arizona.  Seriously, our car was bitchin'...take a look...
 I swear this thing was a boat.  I think it's the biggest thing I've ever driven...AND I learned to drive on a Suburban... It was sort of comically placed in between a bunch of nice flashy cars at the garage and we knew it was ours as soon as we saw it.  Okay, okay, we rented it for transportation, not to show off, but you know what?  That sucker was comfortable!  Enough trunk room for 5 bodies suitcases, and bench seats up front! Hatchie Matchie!  So pulling the Oldie out of port, we immediately hit the road for our 5 hour trek to Lake Havasu.  We chose LH as our stopping point because it was pretty much smack in the middle of the airport and the Grand Canyon, neither of us had been there before, and it looked like there would be plenty to see and do.  It was a cute little touristy town on a huge ass lake in the middle of abso-fucking-lutely nowhere.
We got a great deal on Hotwire at the Hampton Inn, which we stayed at twice, once going and once coming back.  It's in walking distance of anything you'd want to do in LH, a huge free continental breakfast, and of course...armadillo towel animals in the bathroom.  I may or may not have decapitated this guy just moments after the picture was taken.  I didn't realize he was 2 towels and I grabbed him to show Aaron.  Whoops...sorry little buddy...
Sooo....one of the highlights and big attraction in Lake Havasu is the London Bridge.  Yup...one of THE London Bridges from England.  There are so many why's...I just don't know...
After driving around some islands and checking out the houses and neighborhoods, we decided we weren't terribly hungry, but seeing that it was only 110°+, a margarita sounded amazing.  So that's what we did...with a view of the lake and bridge of course.
After our drinks, we were pretty tired so we went back to the hotel, jumped in the pool and hot tub for a bit then passed out.

Keep a look out for Part 3, Day 2, when we arrive at the Grand Canyon!!!

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26 July 2012

Things You Always Never Wanted to Know About Me, Or Something Like That.

So...I don't typically participate in these types of things for a few reasons.  They sort of remind me of those chain letters that we use to get when we were 8 and the chain emails we get now as adults.  You know the ones that threaten the life of you, your love ones, and your furry ones if you don't send it to your 498 closest friends within 15.349 seconds?  While I do enjoy reading random facts about both my real-life and blogging friends and family, and even posting random facts about myself, I feel weird bad awkward making requesting presenting other people with a uselessly made up meaningful award requesting them to actually do something in addition to thanking me.  Another reason is because over on my first real blog, Kacey's Kitchen, I wanted to keep the content on there primarily food, eating, and booze.  Sure, I have veered off of those topics on occasion as I struggled with the direction of Kacey's Kitchen - but that is why I have started this blog, for all the random things in my life.

Now that I've said all that, I've decided to go for it and publicly accept a blogger award!

I have been awarded the Kreativ Blogger Award by my favorite real-life friend turned real-favorite blogger friend, Jen at Whitfield Awesome.  I've mentioned her before, but if you haven't checked out her site, or even her in real life, you are totally missing out.

As a recipient of this award, there are a few requirements one must do.  And I'm actually going to break one of the rules because I'm rebellious like that.  And really, I doubt Whitfield Awesome has the cojones to take my award away if I break the rules.

Thought: Although...I did just win the Grand Prize Basket of Random Awesomeness over at her blog (told you that you should be following her), so I suppose she could never send me my winnings....

Anywho...the rules are as follows:
1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to their blog. (Check! See Below.)
2. Answer 7 questions about yourself. (Check! See Below.)
3. Provide 10 random factoids about yourself. (Check! See Below.)
4. Hand the award to 7 deserving others.  (Nope.)

(I think I just spammed my own blog...*sigh*...)

Instead of thanking Whitfield Awesome again, I thought I would share some photos that will pretty much sum up how we became friends, why we are friends, and why we will remain friends.  Ready?  Of course you're not.

Are you still with me after that?  Awesome!

Time to get started.  Again.

Myself, answering 7 questions about Myself

Q1.What is your favorite song?
A1.Worst question ever btw.  The only thing that beats out the horribleness of that question is "What kind of music do you like?".  But I suppose since I skipped over one of my award recipient requirements, I'd better answer.  My 'favorite' song would probably be the same song I would use as a theme song if I were to ever have a movie made about me.  No Rain by Blind Melon.

Q2.What is your favorite dessert?
A2.Ice cream.  Hands down ice cream. I could eat it every day. And not with crazy toppings, just sprinkles.  Some of my favorite flavors, in no particular order are:  Birthday Cake, Cookies n' Cream, Vanilla, Cookie Dough and Half Baked (by B&J).  I'm also a big fan of malted milk shakes.

Q3.What do you do when you are upset?
A3.If the people around me are lucky, I'll just walk off and come back an hour later.  If not, I'm known for breaking peoples spirits, inanimate objects and making small puppies cry.  I'm a major fucking bitch.

Q4.What do you do when someone gets angry with you?
A4.Hmm...I think I tell them to get over it and make them cry.  See above MFB statement.

Q5.What's your favorite pet?
A5.My favorite pet...of course Sammy the cat.  She's my first 'on my own' pet and first and probably only cat I'll ever own.  I love her, but I also treat her like a dog and expect her to act like one.  But my favorite all time, my poor Bosco brown dog who I grew up with and passed away this year.  He was my confidant and was always there when I needed him.

Q6.Which do you prefer - white or whole wheat?
A6.Out of those 2 choices, I only purchase whole wheat, but more often a 15 grain bread.  If I were to eat white bread, the only things I find appropriate are PB&J's and grilled cheese.

Q7.What is your attitude mostly?
A7.If I'm not mentally preparing future (both likely and unlikely) situations then something is wrong with me.  I'd probably be a better person if I didn't think so much.  Also, if I don't make fun of you or someone else...then I'm probably not feeling very well.


Phew, that's done with, now to the next thing(s)...

10 Random Factoids About Me
1.The sound of children screaming makes my reproductive organs shrivel up and fall out.
2.When I was young I convinced my little sister to ride down a flight of stairs on her bike.  It didn't go so well...for her...
3.She got me back by spraying Windex in my eyes.
4.I didn't eat a fast food hamburger until I was 27 years old.
5.My biggest pet peeve is picky eaters.
6.I would be comfortable living in a nudist colony.
7.I suck horribly at learning new things.
8.If I had a ton of money I would definitely splurge on the following three things: sunglasses, hair styles, and traveling.
9.I can't wait to get a Welsh Corgi!
10.I always wanted to be an underwater photographer and go into a shark cage.

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21 July 2012

What the !?#@ Wednesday: Week 6 (Finally!)

Welcome to the final week What the !?#@ Wednesdays series.  For 6 Wednesdays I have posted a summary of the things that made me think (or say)..."What the !?#@" during the past week. Have you missed any What the !?#@ Wednesdays?  See week 1week 2week 3week 4 and week 5. 

Okay, so the real question of this weeks (a few many weeks late) What the !?#@ Wednesday is, Where the !?#@ has Kacey been????
Don't worry folks, I'm still here.  Or over there.  Or waaay over there.  Life updates will be posted, but as usual, I'm not promising soon.

Basically, here's a brief summary of what's to come:
  1. Spent 2 weeks between California & Arizona with Aaron (See Part 1).
  2. Cousin breaks her right leg. Lives alone. Up a flight of stairs. 1 mile from the beach in Orange County, CA.
  3. Came home for 1 week.
  4. Hosted a first ever Kacey's Kitchen Cooking Club.
  5. I flew back to California with Sammy (Sammy the cat, let's keep up people).
  6. Aaron headed out of state for 1 month for training.
  7. We (Sammy & I) spent 3 weeks in SoCal.  The night before my flight Super Awesome Cousin and I decide that I should stay another week.  SAC (Super Awesome Cousin) paid for new ticket.  We stayed another week.
  8. Sammy becomes best furiends with Soju and falls in love with California.
  9. We fly home after 4 weeks.
  10. 2 days later Aaron comes home.  2 hours later I get home from the airport with my best friend Jenn who is visiting from NY State.
  11. 2 days later, Aaron comes home from work with a request that we move out of of town as soon as we can. (Yeah, I know that sounds weird with no explanation, but you'll get one eventually and it actually will work out best for us for numerous reasons) For the past 4 days we have been discussing options and logistics, and as of right now we plan on moving within 2 weeks.  Surprise!
Most of you know how much I love packing and moving, so I'm pretty stoked about doing this one ourselves.  More on all of that later though.  Now let's talk about my What the !?#@ experience of the week.
What the !?#@ just happened of the week:

So, on my way home from the airport last week, after traveling with a very patient kitty for 12 hours, I stopped at Subway to grab a sandwich for dinner.  I place my order and am waiting to pay behind this middle aged woman who is struggling to find her payment in her wallet.  No biggie, my sandwich wasn't even done being made. 

The place was pretty empty at this time of day, it had normal service, everything was moving at a normal pace, no one seemed stressed or busy...just a normal get your food and go type of experience.

Crazy Lady finally finds what looks like a Subway Gift Card and asks the cashier if they accept free sandwich cards.  Cashier dude tells her he's unaware that they have free sandwich cards and turns to ask another employee.  All employees are in agreement that they're location has never accepted free sandwich cards, they've never heard of them before, therefore they won't be able to accept a free sandwich card.

Meanwhile, she never actually shows them the card, but I can see it, and it still looks like a gift card.  

Crazy Lady was fine up until this point, calm, collected, just wanting to buy a sandwich.  But then....THEN....she starts freaking a shit out!  It's like Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde all up in Subway

Holding up her card she SCREAMS "DOESN'T ANYONE TAKE THESE ANYMORE!!!" Then..."WELL, I GUESS YOU CAN JUST THROW THAT BITCH IN THE TRASH!!!" and she flings the card at the cashier.  Like...not hands it to him at all....she literally holds it between her fingers and flicks the thing at his face, it bounces of of him and flies across the floor.  Everyone in the place just completely stops and stares.  All the employees just stare.  The woman hands over some cash and walks to fill up her soda, as if nothing just happened.

I inch over, and as I hand over my credit card, I say, "Woah, that was fucked up...Well, thanks! And good luck with her."  I then head out.

Of course, by the time I get to the car, Crazy Lady is right behind me and is parked next to me.  Dammit.  Well, nothing happened, but I'm sure if I was still in Jersey, I would have had been tailed all the way home and pushed into a ditch.

Seriously people...What the !?#@ is wrong with you...

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