Deck Out Your Den

If you’ve never been to AffordableSeating.net, then you’re just like I am, because I’d never been there until today but it is *so* nifty and cool. If you’ve ever thought about restaurant seating products, bar stools, chairs or tables for your home but I’ve got to point out that these are GORGEOUS and they’d make a great addition to a rec room or den, but I’m not sure if they sell to people who aren’t in the business?

The website is really easy to navigate, very easy on the eyes and they’ve got so many items that I’ll be honest, it made me wish I were in the money, lol. I almost want to open up a restaurant just to have an excuse to buy some of this stuff. Can’t afford it, but I want it! :)

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Parenting Tips

I don’t know how I managed to do it, but I got into a mini argument today about weither or not you should give your life up for your children. Now, while I’m all for being their for your kids and loving them, trying to raise them right, is it just me or will you resent your kids if you give up your life for them?

Let’s pretend you have the means to stay home, have no life or friends, and not work at all for a minute. This constitutes spoiling your kids and I can’t get behind that. Plus if you do end up resenting your kids, who have you helped? Not the kids, that’s for damn sure, and not your relationship with them, either. You could also easily throw away your home, marraige, self esteem and sanity doing this, it just doesn’t make any sense. Things like this have to be balanced, that’s all there is to it.

The person who told me about this said that it was idealism, and while I think to a point that’s true, I also think that maybe not having kids herself may be on the road to making her idealism unrealistic to an extreme. But I suppose we’re all guilty of that, and I do get where she’s going with the point – you should love and never neglect your children, but you do have to provide for them and for yourself, because you’re a person, too. If you’re not a happy mom, you won’t have happy kids.

Touring the Big Apple

If you haven’t checked it out yet, you should really surf on over to the New York tourist guide web page and check out what kind of services are provided by Family In New York, Inc. because this is the coolest thing, I swear, I’ve never heard of anything like this. It seems like Family In New York, Inc. will take you on a private, guided tour of the Big Apple from your hotel to the Brooklyn Bridge and everything in between. The site has some great photos and descriptions of what you can expect. Very cool!

Scantagious!

SO, finally bought that flatbed scanner I’ve been raving and ranting about wanting for two months! It was shipped out from Hollywood, CA. this morning and should be here in only three or four days – whoo hoo! It was cheap so the scans will likely suck balls, but what are you gonna do, eh?

It’s a beauty for such a cheap scanner ( only $37 shipping and all from Amazon.com ), comes with USB cord, instructions and the best part is it comes with it’s software so I can actually use it instead of having to download the software online which is entirely impossible given my USB situation and now they don’t work on the only computer here that’s hooked up to the internet. Plus it’s a lame-ass DSL I can’t figure out so I can’t just move the cable to one of the laptops or I would have by now ( Believe me, I’ve tried! I also tried to find Satsu! Nevermind… ). So yay, software means I can actually use it! YAY ME!

One of the first things that’s going to happen is that Laota is going to start a scan, screencap and promo/still resource gallery over at Laota’s Gallery and make it a gallery again like it used to be. It’ll be one of those sites where you can basically use whatever you want as long as you link back, pretty sweet deal, eh?

Vacation Memories

One place that I’ve been wanting to go just for a vacation is New York City. I’ve never had the cash to just kick back there, so it’s never been a vacation destination that’s within my reach but maybe if I check out the New York City tours from the Trusted Tours & Attractions online travel guides I could find something more within my price range? They offer pretty great prices on tickets for tours throughout the country in major tourist destinations. Actually, if you’re interested in winning a free $150 gift card from iTunes, just sign up for their eNewsletter by July 31st of this year – easy peasy.

Actually, come to think of it, even when we do have vacation money we never go to the East coast. It’s more like going home for us, if I go on vacation in the U.S. it’s almost always in Southern California. We used to regularly visit my step sister and stay with her — in Oceanside, in L.A., in Burbank and San Diego. I think Oceanside was my favorite but one of the few that I remember clearly was the year we tried in vain to come up withthings to do in San Francisco, lol. San Fran is very much a community type place, and we had the worst time trying to come up with wreckless fun to have in what’s largely suburban territory. Oceanside has been the best so far, come to think of it.

Vacation Memories

I haven’t been on vacation in a super long time, mostly because of the fact that all of the money I’ve got goes right to feeding and clothing, and paying bills, etc., and I doubt I’ll go on another vacation anytime soon, but if I were there’s only one place I’d want to go, and that’s home to Los Angeles ( well, home is Anaheim, but we did live in L.A. for quite a long stretch ). The last time I was there was when my family decided to visit my sister Tina and her husband in their brand new house, and it was a blast even though we stayed in most of the time.

Of course, we hit the Southern California vacation spots: to Anaheim for Disneyland, Knotts and shopping – to San Diego for Sea World and the gorgeous Zoo, which was a highlight. Then we headed down to Tiajuana back when it was easy to leave the country for a bit just to party. But what made it memorable was it was one of the only vacations I’d ever taken where my stepsis and I had really bonded. We went out dancing ( swing dancing ), we went shopping, we just hung out, vegged and watched TV and did mini golf and all of the things that families are supposed to do but we never had in our family.

Before we left for home, we hit Vegas with Tine (without her fam) which we haven’t done in, well..ever. If you’re looking for insanely fun things to do in Las Vegas, you should definately consider the more ‘old skool’ casinos if you can find any, but if you can’t, then check out Madame Tussauds – their Jack Sparrow is scary realistic!

You can find out more about Madame Tussauds, Las Vegas and and discounted sightseeing tours over at Trusted Tours & Attractions, your source for online travel guides – actually, if you love free ( and I know you do ), you can sign up for their newsletter before June 30th of this year and you could enter to win a handheld GPS!

Quarterlife.

’m having a whiney moment of mid-life-ness, even though I’m at quarterlife. I’m always having mid-life-ness, though, I think it comes from being isolated in my current life. I’m still the best of friends with almost everyone I was close with in my teens, but they were lucky enough to get out of this town, so even though we run up our phone bills, send letters and presents, and talk every single day it’s hard not to feel seperate from them and my youth.

See, my parents were more than strict. My sister and I lived in a really abusive environment, and we weren’t allowed out of the house most of the time, let alone to run around and do teenage stuff, so I think that for that reason I’ve never been able to mature past the late 90s. That, and I can’t stand the 00s, so far they’ve been a bust, don’t you think?

But due to my parents stealing Laota and my youth, I tend to feel displaced and very much like I’ve missed my entire life. Because of this I live in a perpetual state of 18 years old, where I know what year it is, who’s President ( though I wish I didn’t ), and I’m quite able to function at my job and in my everyday life, but I’m never able to move past the time that I missed. I’m very much like a little child who doesn’t want to go to bed early in fear that, when the fun happens, he’ll miss it.

That’s exactly it. The reason I move from mania to mania, I think, is my need to be there for the fun. It’s so easy for me to get wrapped up in something, like making and carrying bento, horror films, websites, etc., and it’s the reason I can still listen to Champagne Supernova as if it were a brand new song, no matter how many times I’ve heard it – it’s because I’m looking for something to fill a life I feel is gone already. I want to have something, anything, to hold onto now that my youth is slipping away from me, but I’ve felt my youth leaving since my mid teens. I want something of my youth, I want to relive that space in time again and forsake any instruction from or fear of my abusive, horrible parents – I want to live, even if it’s only for a little while

Mother’s Day – Yay?

Well, I’ve done it! I’ve made it almost to another Mother’s day with actual money to spend on my mom, which isn’t easy when you make $400/mo for 15 hour days! Laota and I got my mom a gorgeous diamond necklace and earrings set and a bath set with body sprays, we have yet to get a card, though! I’m not sure how we keep doing that, we somehow always wait until the very last second to get greeting cards no matter what the occasion because we suck and we’re uber forgetful, we even went out today to look at cards and forgot about it. We came home with Pepsi, instead, lmao.