Road Trip to Iowa

Soooo. This past weekend was the road trip to Iowa.. Very very crazy.

So we left here around noon on Wed and drove to Zion. It was a great drive.

Got to Zion about an hour before sunset so we rushed up to the bus and took it around the park just to see what we were missing. It’s one hell of an amazing place! I can’t wait to get back there. Got out at one point and took some photos and then headed back to the camp site. The bed pad that I got ended up being MUCH smaller then anticipated, but we were able to squeeze into it!

EARLY Morning on Thursday and we headed into town to get some breakfast and then got on the road. Reached Arches around 1ish and drove around there for a short bit. Only got to see ONE arch which kind of sucked, but again it was a nice taste of what we were missing!

Drove and Drove and DROOOOVE and reached Colorado, got my parents to book us a hotel in Grand Lake, CO for the evening. We stopped about an hour from there for dinner because the woman in 7/11 said that NOTHING would be open in that town that late (she was right). So I pulled into a restaurant parking lot we went in, had dinner (delicious), came back out and had a FLAT TIRE! Thankfully I used my AAA card and got them to come and change it in about 20 minutes!

AT LAST we got to the hotel and the guy was creepy and very bitchy (I think he was eastern European). Got our hotel (2-stars!) and just crashed in bed.

We got up a bit late on Friday because we were told there was a place in town that could quickly fix our flat. We went and had breakfast while waiting for them to open up, then headed over there RIGHT at 8am. Get in there and the guy says it’ll take “a few hours” to fix! UGH! So I took the chance and off we went!

Drove through Rocky Mountain National Park which was JUST AMAZING! The next 10 hours of the trip were all downhill! Fucking Nebraska!


Yep, still FLAT!

Ohh, it smells horrible, but STILL FLAT!

At last we got to Iowa, drove to Manning and met up with two of the cousins for some drinking. Had Tomato Beer, Orange Juice Beer, Pineapple Beer and Cranberry beer. All very interesting…

Got to the hotel in Carroll and crashed for the evening, slept till 11 and then got up and went to my Grandma’s Birthday thing which was a total bust. Ugh, crazy family. Left there at like 2 (2 hours TO LONG!) and drove to the farm where we took the top off the bronco and then drove around the back country of the farm for a bit. Good times.

Drove home from there with Dad and stopped in Perry for some ice cream. Got home, took a nap, and then went out with Zach, Mandy and Nic for the evening. Ran into Oksana at the Garden which was out of control! I honestly have NO idea what happened most of the night. UGH. I hate when that happens! LOL.

Got home at like 4am after throwing up in Nic’s bathroom, crashed in bed for a while then got up at 10 and went to brunch with the other family. I was completely hung over! UGH! But it was fun to see everyone and what not.

Drove home after that and basically slept the rest of the day until the flight left! Opps.

So that was the trip to Iowa. It was good over all, Daniel only annoyed me slightly towards the end because all he wanted to do was sleep when I wanted to go and do STUFF!

The flight back was fine, no problems, a little bumpy, so whatever.

Got home, Daniel dropped me off and I crawled in bed. Got up Monday and came to work and did SO much shit. Daniel called me at some point and said he wanted to hang out that night. I had to unpack and do all that shit, so I told him no. He came over last night and said he “wants to be more exclusive”. So whatever that means. I told him we’d have to discuss it. He’s fun, but I don’t agree with the whole pot thing or the no education and what not…

So anyways, work has been redic! Boss is an idiot, STILL. He is doing all kinds of shit behind my back that I need to do, he’s instructed our contractor to NOT call me back. Ugh, completely mess.

My landlord is also an idiot! He emailed me bitching about the fucking plants again, and then told me I can’t have my Door mat! WTF! Are you fucking KIDDING ME! Idiot!

So anyways, yes. Outta here.

Lava Beds National Park

Well this past weekend was one hell of a trip! Thursday I left work early and drove up to Fresno to meet with Nick. The bronco did GREAT driving up there although it was HOTTER then a hell and my balls were VERY sweaty! LOL. At one point I contemplated driving in my underwear!

Got to Fresno with some time to kill so I went to this cute little farmers market they have on campus. Enjoyed one of the most amazing Brownie ice cream sandwiches ever, bought some wine for mother and some other things. From there I walked over to the library and read some magazines and hung out. Nick showed up around 6ish and we were off to do last minute errands and other such stuff. Got to bed around 11pm after lots of catching up and what not.

UP early Friday morning, Nick made us a delicious breakfast and we were off to a quick start! The drive up there was great! So many things to see and do. I spent most of the time reading about scenic drives in the US and planning the drive back to Iowa! 8 Hours later and we were in Lava Beds where the fun started right away! We got a camp site and off we went to start exploring!

That evening we did a short cave tour, then hiked to the top of this Butte where they had a fire tower and watched the sunset. Got back to camp, made some delicious dinner and drank some wine. Got yelled at by some bitch in the campsite next to us and then went to bed! 🙂

Saturday we got up early and did a 6 mile hike to the edge of a HUGE lava flow. It was really cool to just see it suddenly all STOP right there. Climbed around on that for a while then hiked back… although this time we stopped and did a little detour up and over a butte and did some “scenic boys” style photos! After that we drove out to this Petroglyph point, where there were no petroglyphs and then hiked around some more and drove through all the fields which were VERY pretty this time of year!

Got back to camp, made a freeze dry meal and went to bed after a quick game of Scrabble in which I came up with the word “Fagit”! LOL.

Sunday we got up early and headed out for the day. Spent the whole day exploring caves which I have decided is NOT my thing to do! LOL. By the end Nick just went in alone and I hiked around on the surface! That evening we went up to Mammoth Crater and played frisbee and hung out. Then we went into town and had dinner! Delicious! If you’re ever in Merril, OR stop at Pappy-Ganders! 🙂

Monday we got up at 5:30 and drove home. I was super tired all weekend for some reason and I did not approve. Monday I had a horrible headache all day! Finally got back to LA at 7pm! Ugh what a long day of driving.

Today I leave for Iowa with Daniel. This should be another interesting TRIP!



What a long weekend!

So all last week we were in training with that stupid guy. He basically didn’t REALLY know how the system worked at all. Which was VERY scary because he’s our lead programmer and what not. If he can’t even tell people who things work then how can we be sure he’s giving us the RIGHT implementation?

Anyways, I left work early on Friday and picked up the bronco from the shop. It was leaking brake fluid so I got that fixed. It’s still leaking power steering and one other thing, which I’m not sure what it is! lol. Hopefully we will get it back to Iowa without any problems!

Speaking of which, Daniel is going to be driving to Iowa with me. We’ll be making stop overs in Zion, Bryce, Staircase, Arches and perhaps Rocky Mountain national park (if they get the road open in time). So that’s going to be VERY entertaining! LOL

Anyways, so Friday Daniel was supposed to come over, but he called me at like 7:30 and said he was to tired so he went home. Which kinda pissed me off. So anyways I spent the evening cleaning and what not.

Got up Saturday and headed to Altadena to do some canyoneering with the group. WE had a really great itme and although it was a bit hot, the walking around in waterfalls sure made up for that. Towards the end we even found a waterfall that made the perfect slide! We all went down it 2-3 times! Tons of fun! Got done with that and we ate delicious Pastrami Sandwiches at The Hat. I highly suggest checking it out!

Came home from that and met up with Daniel for the evening. We were going to go see Star Trek but then changed our minds as we were sitting in the theater to go play mini-golf instead! Had tons of fun doing that and then came home, drank some wine and chilled for the evening. I even talked him into spending the night for once!

Sunday morning I got up and left to go to Disney land. But as soon as I got up my knee was KILLING me. But I had promised Marshall that I’d come, so I went down there to see him and watch the movie UP. The movie was cute and funny, but overall a little depressing and didn’t live up to what I was expecting.

So after the movie, JoEric and I walked around the park a little bit and then I was in way to much pain so I just went home. I was very sad because I didn’t get to hang out with Marsall!

Came home and Daniel was just getting ready to leave, but I talked him into staying. We watched movies, had some hot sex, made dinner and then road the roller coaster that is the Earthquake! I was very scared.

Daniel left after that and I went to bed. Got up Monday morning, did work, came home, took a horse sized advil and went to bed.

Today I am trying to do work,but not really succeeding very much. I am so apathetic right now towards my job and my boss. Just this project is going to be such a huge problem and nothing is happening the way I had anticipated it to and it’s very annoying. I wish I had spoken up more originally and said NO we are not going to use Columbus IT.

In other news, I am getting very excited for the trip to Lava Beds. It’s just going to be Nick and I! The way things should be! LOL. I am hoping that they get the road through Lassen opened up so that we can make a trip through there. Also looking for some people with wide angle lenses so that I can borrow one!

And that’s about it. Adios!

Shoulder Hurt…

Sooooo. It’s been a long weekend and start of the week. Friday I got off work and went home. I was supposed to go mini-golf with Daniel, but the place we were going to go was closed and it was cold/rainy. He met me at my house and we chatted, ate dinner and then drank some wine. It was a good night. Had a little discussion about how he’s not ready for anything serious and what not. He left that night and I was a little pissy with him. I wasn’t expecting to hear from him again.

Saturday I got up early and went out and did a bunch of stuff, lots of chores and what not. Nothing exciting. I had to make something to take to the play that evening and couldn’t think of anything. Went to Trader joes to hopefully find something but ended up just spending a ton of money on food for myself. Got home and Sirin called and found out that someone that was coming was vegan. So I opened up my vegas recipie book and picked something out. Decided on a Leek and Asparagus Quiche.

Met up with Marshal and then headed to the play that evening. It was ALL the way up in Northridge and Sirin insisted on driving her car which was VERY annoying. And then she made ME drive it! Why not just drive MY car then! Ugh. Anyways, got there and it was totally random play at some church. It ended up being alright but nothing fantasitk (The play was “The Fantasticks”). lol. Anyways.

So Sunday I get up and meet up with Jerry. It was just he and I to start with and we weren’t sure how many people were coming. Thankfully Claudia, Jenn and some other girl showed up so that was good! I left there at 1 and met up with the realtor. Looked at some nice places, some REALLY nice places and some shitty places. So we’ll see. I’m just so hard to make decisions like that. I don’t realy want to LEAVE south Redondo, but at the same time, it’s time to get out of there… Ugh! I need someone to come along with me to help decide!

This week has been annoying, though not much going on. Monday I heard from Daniel again and he wanted to go to The Proposal that night. So we did that and he was all touchy feely at the movie theater. Crazy boys. Make up your minds about what u want!

Garden, Sex!

So this weekend was tons of fun, although I was also slightly annoyed for a while.

Friday night I got off work a little late because I was doing some network maint. Drove over to Sirin’s house and we chatted, looked at the back yard and then went out to dinner at this realy yummy place. I had beef stroganoff which was delicious!

Got home from that and went to bed. Saturday morning I got up early, made myself breakfasta and then headed over to Sirin’s house to start the garden. She was supposed to be there at 9, but didn’t show up til 9:30. So I took the time to clean up the bronco. I found some really interesting stuff under the seats and what not!

Anyways, she showed up and then told me apparently she had two more people coming as wel. So we had to wait till almost 10:30 for them! Once they got there we loaded up the trucks and drove to Home Depot. Where things started to go downhill.

This bitch that had come to help was a little miss know it all. And we all know that I am KING know it all. So we did not get along very well. I told her that we needed to buy some wood for the sides of the bed, and I suggested that we get the plastic wood stuff so that it doesn’t rot and get termites and stuff and she just thought that was the most rediculous thing ever and we just need regular wood and blah blah blah and where did you hear that from and that stuff will leach into the soil. Ugh. So then we went to get the soil and she was being a bitch about buying manure and peet. (You don’t need that just get soil). Umm, excuse me. I grew up in a farm state. I planted gardens every year with my grandfather and my father. I think I know JUST A LITTLE about planting things.

So then we get to buying the plants and the woman talked sirin into buying ALL starter plants. (PS who knew they sold CORN starter plants?!). It was gonna be like $200 just for the plants! So I told sirin, fuck that, just get seeds. You get like 100 seeds for a $1. Who cares if some of them don’t come up. So then the woman was all, “well if you’re going to get seeds you HAVE to get the starter packs for the seeds”. Ugh. JUST PUT THEM IN THE GROUND. That’s what they are MADE for!

Sirins GardenSo anyways, we FINALLY get back to Sirin’s around 1pm and then they wanted lunch so we took a lunch break. Then we unload the cars. I had 14 bags of dirt in the back of the bronco. I started unloading it and had to carry ALL those bags about 200 feet back to the back yard. I did it ALL by myself. They just stood around the front yard chatting and casually unloading the other stuff which should have taken 2 seconds. Then we get started only to find out that A) sirin’s drill wasn’t charged and B) she didn’t have any dill bits. So then we just stood around and the girls were like, “well let’s make mimosas!” By this time it was 3:45 and we hadn’t done ANYTHING except for spend tons of money at Home Depot.

So I get really annoyed, but thankfully the other two people had to leave shortly. So as soon as they left. I start doing work and we get the whole garden built. Make ANOTHER trip to home depot for 14 MORE bags of dirt (which I again had to unload BY MY SELF). And got everything planted in like an hour and a half. It was amazing.

So after that we sat, drank wine, chatted and had a good time. I drove home and showered to get all the manure smell off and then went to bed.

Sunday I got up and went rock climbing. I had been driving the bronco all weekend and my car at the office. So I drove the bronco back to the office to pick up my car and the bastards had parked a SEMI across our parking lots blocking the drive way! UGH. THANKFULLY I was JUST able to squeeze my car past the semi, but I couldn’t fit the bronco, so I had to park it INFRONT of the semi! LOL.

Got to climbing and we setup three new climbs this weekend and had a great bunch of people. Only one girl this time! Which was crazy.

Drove home after that, did some stuff around the house and then wash crashed in bed by 9pm! lol.

Monday I did’t really do much, got home from work, cleaned up the apartment some and then watched TV. Tuesday I biked to work and that was great. But I got a flat tire on the way home which was fucking annoying.

Tuesday night Daniel came over and we had a really good time. He was very affectionate this time, must more so then normal. I actually let him top me this time too, which was crazy hot.. For being a tiny little Mexican, he sure knows how to move. 😉 After that he was STILL horny so then I topped him, but i was sooo fucking tired that we didn’t finish.

So after that we had some talking which was good. Talked about random stuff and friends and relationships and what not. It was good. Apparently he doesn’t like to meet people’s friends, he thinks it’s a big deal or something. Anyways, whatever. He also said he’s trying to cut back/quit the whole pot thing, but we’ll see how that goes. He left at like 11 and I went to bed.

This morning has been crazy, some remote user totally fucked up his computer and he can’t log into it. Ugh!