Just some of the most exciting things that happened in 2013!
Attended my second NAMM Show
Became a Yelp Elite for the first time!
Got 22 wonderful people to pledge Mu Phi :)
My last Mu Phi recital
Picked up two twin littles and formed the MMGT Trifecta
My senior bassoon recital!
Flew to Colorado for Petra & Austin’s wedding
Went to LA to conduct 9 informational interviews with music industry professionals
Got offered a job at Mack Avenue Records
Graduated from Pacific!
Found a place to live in LA
Jordan graduated :)
Gave away my RAV-4 and got my new Lexus!
Moved down to LA for realz
Started work at Mack Avenue
Performed at the International Double Reed Society convention
First road trip with Jordan!
My graduation party!
Leah visited me in LA for the first time! :)
Became an official employee at Mack Avenue!
4 year anniversary with Jordan! :)
Hung out with Anberlin for the day in their tour bus and backstage!
My 22nd birthday in San Jose with my bffs
First time seeing Paramore live
First annual company retreat at Mack Avenue
Went to Jordan’s uncle’s wedding - my first gay wedding!
Attended my first Yelp event!
First road trip with Kevin :)
FINALLY got to go to Jordan’s company Christmas party for the first time
Cousins visited LA for the first time
Leah visited LA for the second time
Jordan and I’s first NYE NOT at my parents’ house in San Jose
Overall, this year was just about finishing up college, graduating, getting a job and moving to LA. I think that more than anything, this year was a year full of accomplishments, and lifestyle changes. Life feels like it’s kind of leveled out now that I’m working full-time and living in LA, but we’ll see what happens in 2014.
I don’t really watch that much TV, but since I moved to LA I have greatly increased my Netflix usage because I refuse to pay for cable in my apartment. Getting hooked on a show also helps me stay at home rather than going out and spending money, which is the main reason why I’ve been watching so many different TV shows!
Since 2013 is coming to an end, I thought I’d start off with a list of all of the TV shows I’ve either started, finished, or both this year.
Raising Hope (Seasons 1-3)
The Office (watched Seasons 1-8 previously, watched Season 9 this year)
Big Bang Theory (Seasons 1-6)
Orange Is The New Black (Season 1)
Weeds (Seasons 1-8)
New Girl (Seasons 1-2)
Breaking Bad (Seasons 1-5.1)
Parks and Recreation (Seasons 1-2)
American Horror Story (Seasons 1-2)
I feel like that’s a lot of shows/episodes for only 6 months! Hopefully Netflix comes out with more stuff next year :) I still REALLY want to watch the rest of Breaking Bad (last 8 episodes FFUUUU), Season 7 and possibly 8 of Big Bang Theory, and Season 2 of Orange Is The New Black!
“Marry someone who lets you have a bite of their brownie, even when you said you weren’t hungry. Marry someone who laughs at the same things you do. Marry someone who kisses your nose on a cold day. Marry someone who you can watch Disney movies with. Marry someone who is proud of you whether you earn £5 a week or £5,000 a week. Marry someone who you can tell everything to. Marry someone who isn’t afraid or embarrassed to hold your hand in public. Marry someone who lets you take over when decorating a cake. Marry someone who you can spend the day in Ikea with without feeling stressed. Marry someone who wraps you up inside their coat in the winter. Marry someone who accepts your fears and phobias. Marry someone who gives you butterflies every time you hear their key in the door. Marry someone who you don’t always have to shave your legs for. Marry someone who accepts you all day every day, even when you don’t look or feel your best. Marry someone who puts three sugars in your tea, despite telling them “just the two”. Marry someone who doesn’t judge you when you eat your body weight in cookies. Marry someone who doesn’t make you want to check your phone, because you know they will reply. Marry someone who waits with you to get on the train. Marry someone who understands that you need to be alone sometimes. Marry someone who gets on well with your parents and isn’t uptight about family events. Marry someone who calms you down when you get mad about stupid stuff, and never tells you it’s “only stupid stuff”. Marry someone who makes you want to be a better person. Marry someone who makes you laugh. Marry someone who you love. Marry your soulmate, your lover, your best friend.”—(via silentroaring)
So….yesterday was pretty much one of the best days of my ENTIRE LIFE.
For those of you who have known me for years and years…you should know that Anberlin is a band who has been very close to me for a really, really, really long time. Anberlin and The Classic Crime are my two favorite bands of ALL TIME, and I’ve been a huge fan of both bands since my early teen years. I’ve seen Anberlin in concert several times, but a few months ago (around June or July or so), they announced that they were doing this thing called Anberlin’s All-Access Pass 2.0. Basically for $150 you would get VIP treatment and get to spend the day with the guys of Anberlin before the show, and THEN get to watch their set from the side/backstage! I KNEW I had to do it, and since Anberlin is Jordan’s favorite band as well, I thought it would be great to buy us tickets to see them for our 4 year anniversary (which was conveniently the same week as the Anberlin concerts in California).
Back in July, I waited in front of my computer until the tickets went on sale, and I IMMEDIATELY bought them because there were only 6 spots per concert. I didn’t want them to sell out so it was a now-or-never decision.
Months and months passed, and finally yesterday was the actual concert!
I was sent an email instructing us to arrive at the venue (Majestic Ventura Theater) box office at 3pm, so Jordan and I left LA around 1:45pm since it was a little over an hour drive from LA to Ventura. Anberlin is also playing in LA this week (Oct 8), but that’s a Tuesday and Jordan and I wouldn’t be able to get off work early enough for the VIP access. Anyways, we got to the venue right at 3 and met the 4 other VIP members. There were 3 siblings - Mandy, Michael, and Mariah, who were SUPER friendly and basically became our new friends, and then another guy named Greg who just came by himself. We met with this guy named Scott (who I think is one of Anberlin’s roadies/merch guy), and he eventually took us INTO ANBERLIN’S TOUR BUS. So….I didn’t know we were actually going INSIDE of it. That wasn’t specifically listed in the details of what we would be getting out of this package, but I wasn’t complaining! I was freaking out inside because I could not believe we were actually allowed inside.
Once we were inside Anberlin’s tour bus, we met all of the guys and they let us sit down while they all stood facing us. We went around introducing ourselves and honestly I think the majority of us were just in awe of how we were in the tour bus haha. When it was my turn to introduce myself and where I was from, I mentioned I was originally from San Jose but moved to LA after graduating in May. Stephen (lead singer) and Nate (drummer) asked me why I had moved down to LA, and I said it was because I got a job working for a jazz record label, and they were both impressed and were like, “WOW! That’s awesome!” If only I could work for a label that they are on….DREAM COME TRUE.
Oh! I also baked Anberlin a cake, and Nate and Joey (lead guitarist) had a piece of it :D They were super excited about it! :) I got to take a picture of me and Nate in the tour bus and Nate was holding the cake too :P
After hanging out in the tour bus for a little bit, we all went outside and started playing Cornhole. Basically it’s like bean bag toss, haha. I was partners with Nate (heh…he might be my favorite :P), and we played against Joey and Michael. Jordan was teamed with Deon (bassist) and he was against Christian (rhythm guitarist) and Greg. Basically all of us VIP members sucked cause none of us had ever played before lol. I knew Jordan and I should have practiced earlier!
After playing Cornhole, we got free Anberlin t-shirts from Scott, and then we all took pictures with Anberlin! First we took a group shot with all of the VIPs and Anberlin, and then we got to take individual photos :) Anberlin posted our group photo on their Instagram (go look at it and find me!) and we also got an Instax Polaroid photo of us with the band to keep!
After photos, we went inside the venue to watch Anberlin sound check! Being a musician who has performed in hundreds of concerts, this was all too familiar to me…EXCEPT the fact that it was MY FAVORITE BAND on the stage. At this point it occurred to me that these people that I’ve idolized and loved for so long are so similar to me…we’re all musicians and they do the same things I’ve done while touring and everything. I just love that :P Soundcheck was pretty awesome. They played Dismantle.Repair. in full, and also played their new single, City Electric. It was awesome seeing them play these songs with NOBODY ELSE in the venue. We were able to get up close and personal and I took a few videos and some photos!
Once sound check was over, we had about an hour to kill before doors opened at the venue. Because we were VIPs, we got to be at the front of the line/got to go into the venue first, even when there were dozens of people that were lined up outside the venue for hours! Jordan and I walked around Ventura (there was such a cute little village/downtown area situated around the venue) and got dinner at The Habit. It was sooo freaking hot outside and I was so sweaty D:
At 6pm, we got back to the venue and went inside. Jordan and I stood with Mandy, Michael, and Mariah at the very front of the stage on the side, because right before Anberlin’s set we had to get up and go backstage so we could watch them :) The first band that performed was From Indian Lakes…and I had no clue who they were. They weren’t too bad. The second band was Lydia, which seems to be a pretty popular band. They had a TON of fan girls that kept yelling “HAVE MY BABIES!” and stupid crap like that.
After Lydia, all of us VIP members met together by this door that would take us up to the stage. We were escorted backstage and I got to see all the Anberlin guys waiting backstage, and Stephen with his wife and their two little daughters! OMG IT WAS SO CUTE I WAS DYING. Stephen has a baby and a toddler, and the toddler was wearing these HUGE and super protective headphones so they wouldn’t damage her ears. omg they were pink and so big on her tiny head, I was dying at the cuteness.
All of us VIP members stood on either side of this opening where the guys from Anberlin would walk between us to go on stage. We all wished them good luck as they walked past us to get on stage and I was totally vlogging the whole thing haha. They went on stage and played their set and KILLED IT! omg I recorded almost every song on my iPhone (I skipped like 3 songs that were slower), and it was so crazy watching from backstage. We could see all of the “peasants” in the audience and I couldn’t believe that I was watching from the sidelines. Granted, the sound isn’t very good back there because the speakers are all directed towards the audience, but I could recognize every song anyways. I could mostly hear Nate since he was drumming in the back, and Christian on guitar because he was on the left side which is where we were. It was definitely a different experience not being in the crowd and not rocking out or anything, but I was totally singing along to all my favorite songs and smiling the entire time.
When they finished their set, they gave us smiles and high fives and Stephen even patted me on the back! I was dying -swoons-. Since The Maine was headlining (it’s a co-headlining tour and they switch off every other tour), we had to get off stage and go back into the audience.
Jordan and I watched The Maine play a few songs, and then we decided to leave because we don’t really listen to them. We went to the merch table where Scott gave us our signed copies of Anberlin’s setlist, and then we left Ventura!
Overall…it was seriously the BEST concert experience I’ve ever had. It was expensive but a million times more worth it. If they have VIP next time they come around, I am totally investing in it. Now every other concert I go to from now on will suck in comparison to this one…haha.
I am so happy. This was such an incredible weekend. I wish I could relive yesterday all over again. Anberlin, I love you so much. Anberlin and TCC and my other top favorite bands are the reason why I wanted to major in music management and work in the industry. I wanted to be surrounded by the music that has made my life worth living, and that has made me the happiest and will always make me happy. It doesn’t get any better than this.
Tonight was so much more eventful than I thought it would be
Originally, Cara and I were just going to get Umami Burger for dinner and then walk around Santa Monica Place and Third Street Promenade. Instead, soooo much more happened.
Umami was deeelicious, as usual! We spent so much time catching up, mostly on our jobs!
Got hit on by disgusting, wasted creepers who tried to follow us in Santa Monica Place
I treated myself to my early birthday presents :P Bought two pairs of Tory Burch shoes and a new phone case for my new iPhone 5S!
Four college freshmen boys from Pepperdine came up to me and Cara and said they would do ANYTHING for us for money. I gave them all the pennies and nickels in my wallet and Cara gave them like 2 quarters LOL. I decided I wanted them to take a picture with me on Instagram, follow me on Instagram, and like my picture on Instagram hahaha. Cara asked them to give her surfing lessons LOL. I told her I wanted to be there when that actually happens hahaha. We probably spent like a good 10-15 minutes talking to these guys, lolol.
Shannon ended up meeting up with me and Cara and we got some stuff from Cotton On and Lush! Finally got shampoo + conditioner that I’ve been wanting for awhile!
Randomly ran into TATI from glamlifeguru, one of my favorite Youtube makeup gurus! Cara, Shannon and I were in Sephora looking at makeup, and then Tati and her fiance walk by us and I was like >__> and thinking “omg that totally looks like Tati.” I told Shannon and Cara and they told me I should go introduce myself. At first I wasn’t gonna do it, but I knew I would regret it if I didn’t so I just went up to her! She was soooo nice and we talked to her for a little bit and she even took a picture with me even though she said she looked like a mess haha (which she didn’t, btw). Ahh I KNEW I WAS GOING TO RANDOMLY SEE A YOUTUBE GURU ONE DAY! Especially because I live in LA now! AND strangely enough, I was LITERALLY watching one of Tati’s videos during my lunch break today. I could not believe that I saw her IRL only a few hours later! And she told me that she just had dinner with Fleur De Force who is one of my ALL TIME favorite makeup gurus. Ahhh it was so exciting haha. I’m addicted to beauty vids.
Found out that Kevin and Christina were eating at Umami, only a few hours after I had eaten there! I actually left my car in the Umami parking lot while I was out shopping, and we realized that our cars were literally facing each other in the parking lot LOL. We spontaneously met up and got ice cream and shakes at Cafe 50s near Kevin’s apartment :)
Ohhh man. I seriously did not expect all of this to happen tonight. This was probably one of the best Friday nights I’ve had in a long time. I think this is just going to be a great weekend in general because JORDAN AND I HAVE VIP TICKETS TO SEE ANBERLIN TOMORROW! We have to get to the show super early because we get to watch them soundcheck, hang out with the guys by their tour bus and take pictures, etc. And then we get to watch them from the side of the stage during the concert! I AM SO EXCITED I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS SO LONG AND I BOUGHT THOSE TICKETS MONTHS AGO! I have been preparing myself to listening to almost nothing but Anberlin this entire week. As Jordan says, “my body is ready” to rawk out!
Ok, I seriously need to go to bed now haha. Tomorrow is going to be a long but AWESOME DAY!
I just unfollowed a crapload of people (I cannot keep up with all of this reblogging and nobody writing about their actual lives anymore), so yeeeah. Cloggin’ my dashboard. I’m only following people I know instead of just random tumblrs with fun pictures to look at. I have Pinterest for that :P
Maybe I should start doing monthly recaps on here to give summaries of how I’ve been doing. I felt like writing one for September because I think this past month has been pretty eventful for me!
This past September, I obtained a part-time job which I did for two weeks, and then ended up quitting. For the past few months I’ve been looking for a part-time job in the evenings to give me supplemental income. I finally got this job for a company that is home to a lot of electronic dance music, and my task was to listen to all of these tracks and enter in metadata for them. Sounds easy, right? Well, it wasn’t that great for me because I quickly realized I really don’t like this type of music. Yes, I work in the music industry and should be open to all types of music. I fully understand that. It was just hard for me to be at my full-time job for 8.5 hours all day, and then come home and have to listen and closely pay attention to EDM for another three hours. I felt like I had no time to relax and just do what I want. I didn’t think it was worth it to me…and also because…
I ended up interviewing for a full-time job at a music licensing company, and was quickly offered a position there. I had basically only applied because I was mostly interested in what the job offered (info was listed in the job posting). Music licensing is something I know I should have a better understanding of, and I was definitely open to learning about something new (since my main focus has been on the Creative Services + Production departments at record labels). However, I had never heard of the company until I had stumbled upon the job posting and I didn’t have a huge longing to go there (other than the pay + benefits). When I had to let my current employer know that I was offered a new position, I was then offered a counter-offer basically matching what the new position/company was giving me. I was actually surprised at this (not sure why I hadn’t thought my current employer would counter it), and eventually decided to stay. I’ve always wanted to work at a record label ever since I was in high school, and I’ve found out that I REALLY like working in Creative Services + Production. I just felt like if I were to stay at my current job, it would be much more beneficial for my future if I eventually want to work my way up and gain more experience in this department/this type of company. I also didn’t want to leave because I really love the people at my job and I would have been really sad to leave them. I feel very comfortable working there and I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to these wonderful people! Overall, I am very happy with my decision and I feel even closer to the people and more at home with the company because I am OFFICIALLY a real employee, and no longer have to put up with some of the issues that really bothered me while I was an independent contractor.
My ading/cousin/best friend LEAH VISITED ME IN LOS ANGELES! She visited from September 5-9 and they were, by far, some of the best days I’ve had since I moved to the LA area four months ago. We did some MAJOR shopping (see Instagram for pictures :P), bought way too many macarons, ate delicious food, did some sight seeing, saw a few mutual friends, created our own hashtag (#adventureswithempressandprincess), and overall just had a wonderful time together. It was so nice being able to hang out with somebody who is so close to me and who I’ve known for years since I’ve been on my own/am kinda lonely in LA. I cannot WAIT until she visits again (hopefully in December!) because I had the most amazing time and I miss her so much!
My parents visited me for the first time since I moved to LA! They came with me and helped me move in at the beginning of June, and this was their first time coming back since then. I was REALLY happy to see them again. It’s interesting — when you’re living on your own and you don’t have the comfort or stability of being constantly supported by your parents, you start to miss them/realize how much they mean to you. It’s not like I have been totally unappreciative of what they’ve done for me… I just felt it on a new level because I am much more independent now and do not rely on them as much as I used to. I see everything by its value and I’ve realized that living on your own is not cheap, and I realize how much they were contributing to my well-being. I am still not 100% independent and my parents still continually support me, but I’m really trying to become more and more independent because I don’t want them worrying about me so much and I want to prove to them that I can handle it. Their actual visit was great. Before driving down to LA, my mom asked me what I needed for my apartment, and she bought all of those things and brought them to me (you can never have enough toilet paper! :P). My parents also took me to Orchard Supply, Costco, and Ralph’s to restock on other things. We ate really good food (it was about time I had a break from eating grilled cheese :P), and had a good time together. I am excited that I will be able to see them in a few weeks when I go home :)
I think these 4 things have been the biggest events that have occurred this past month. Oh! And I wanted to mention a few other things that aren’t as life-changing as the 4 things I’ve just talked about, but I wanted to mention anyways because they also occurred this month :P
Finally started my own MAC pro eyeshadow palette (something I’ve been wanting to do for a VERY long time!)
Bought two pairs of Tory Burch flats (heh…guilty pleasure. Although one pair was HIGHLY discounted so I do not feel bad about that one!)
Exchanged anniversary presents with Jordan a little early (our 4 year anni is actually tomorrow!). I had him do a scavenger hunt for his presents!
Ate at a Brazilian steakhouse for the first time
Tried liquid nitrogen ice cream for the first time
Bought the new iPhone 5S in gold with my first paycheck under my new promotion!
And now today is October 1, which means it is FINALLY MY FAVORITE MONTH OF THE YEAR! There are a ton of things I’m already looking forward to, and hopefully this month is even better than September was to me! :)
My parents drove down to visit me for the first time since helping me move into my apartment. I can’t believe it’s been over 3 months since they’ve been here!
We ate so much delicious food, including snazzy Japanese food at 4 On 6 (supposedly one of the best sushi places in LA), Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse (an AMAZING experience; hoping to go back!), and Clay Oven Indian cuisine :)
They also 1) brought me SO much stuff from home including a pantry full of food, supplies for my apartment, etc.), and took me shopping at Costco, Orchard Supply, and Ralphs.
It was great seeing them again. I wish they could have stayed longer, but at least they were finally able to come down and visit!
Excited to be going to NorCal during my birthday weekend in October :)
Also, my parents left a little earlier than I had expected today (early afternoon), so Jordan surprised me by spontaneously driving up to LA to see me! We spent the rest of the evening pigging out on the food my parents bought me and watching tv :D
In the past week I’ve been promoted at my current job, and have turned down two other music industry jobs because of it.
Maybe this is what Hatschek means when he says “You know you’re doing well when you reach a point where you’re the one who’s turning down companies and their offers, rather than them turning you down.”
Really hoping everything just gets better and better from this point. Onwards and upwards!
Lately I’ve been questioning what I’ve been doing with my life. I can picture what I would be doing if I hadn’t taken my current job, and if I hadn’t moved to Los Angeles. I would be bumming it up at my parents’ home in San Jose, staying up until 3am watching YouTube makeup videos, and sleeping in until noon and lounging on the family room couch all day, getting up only to use the restroom or eat. Or I would be working at my dad’s office, either part time or full time (depending on how motivated OR lazy I would be), making hundreds of dollars a month that I could basically spend on anything I want. Designer items, shopping sprees, food, and frivolous things that I crave and desire to have. But instead, I decided to take this job, move to Los Angeles, and basically start an entire new chapter of my life.
Life feels so different now. I got out my last hurrah of YOLOing with what I received from my graduation party, but now things are getting all too real. I work 40 hours a week, and don’t have much going on in my life otherwise. I don’t have many friends in Los Angeles, but when I do hang out with people it makes me happy. I hate and am completely uncomfortable with the fact that my rent takes up just over 80% of my monthly income. I should have chose a cheaper place to live… And I find myself struggling to save money at all for inevitable taxes, emergencies, or just saving for something really expensive that I could one day eventually buy myself. Jordan saved a certain amount of money from every paycheck he’s received in the past 2.5 years so he could put a down payment on a new car. I don’t even think I have enough money per paycheck to set aside for something like that.
This is not a lifestyle I am used to. In fact, it’s extremely nerve-racking and I find myself questioning, why am I doing this to myself? I didn’t have to rush into getting a job RIGHT after I graduated. Should I have taken at LEAST the summer off before starting full-time work and moving down to LA?
I’m happy with my job, I love the people and the environment. I’m just struggling trying to save money and pay the bills, and I feel guilty every time I buy something that I don’t need. I go to work all day, and then come home and don’t know what to do with myself because I don’t want to go anywhere else otherwise I will spend money.
I have a problem and I don’t know what I’m doing with my life. I’m homesick and I’m uncontent with the way I’m living. And what’s to come in the future? Will I get promoted or will I find another job? Am I always going to stay in LA? I absolutely love it here…but it’s one of the most expensive cities in the nation. Am I going to get married? If so, how soon? Do I want a family of my own? Am I going to be forever alone? Am I going to work for the next 40 years before I can retire? Am I going to look back at myself in 30 years and regret the choices I’ve made? Am I wasting my time with everything I’m doing?
I’m confused. I’m anxious. I’m stressed. I don’t know how long this will last, but I hope I can find peace.
Two weeks ago I took Tuesday and Wednesday off work to attend the IDRS Conference at the University of Redlands (Redlands, CA)! On Monday, July 24th, I went to work all day as usual (10-6:30pm), and then I drove to Santa Monica to pick up Gina from Erin Wells’ house. Erin’s parents were SUPER nice and were so friendly and I felt like I had known them for such a long time even though I probably only talked to them for 10 minutes total! After that, I took Gina to Umami Burger to introduce her to its amazingness. She LOVED it and was very satisfied with her meal! Then we spent a lovely 40 minutes thanks to traffic/construction along the 405 to get to my apartment in Sherman Oaks, picked up all my stuff, and took a little road trip to Redlands. It was about a 1.5 hour drive (around 80 miles) east of LA so it wasn’t too bad.
It was basically mandatory for our entire bassoon studio (all of the people that play bassoon at Pacific) to attend because our teacher, Professor Kuster, forced all of us too, and the majority of us got grants from the school that paid for our travel/conference expenses, so that was cool. We all stayed in the dorms at Redlands and it was pretty convenient because all of our rooms were super close together. I roomed with Celia, and our room shared a bathroom with Amanda Gieseke’s and Britney’s. Mary and Bernadette’s room was across the hall from ours, and Gina and Zoie’s room was further down the hallway. It was really nice because our whole studio just hung out the whole time together since we really didn’t know anybody else…and also there weren’t many student/college kids in attendance which I thought was strange.
The majority of Tuesday was spent in rehearsals for our Wednesday afternoon performance. I honestly thought we had way too much rehearsal time and it really wasn’t needed…but Professor Kuster seemed to think we needed that many. In our free time we went off campus to eat lunch and dinner, and went to the exhibitors which had a bunch of vendors selling all sorts of bassoons, oboes, reed tool kits/supplies, sheet music, and a bunch of nerdy double reed things. In the evening there was a concert which Professor Kuster performed in, and she pretty much pwned! Definitely the highlight of the evening!
On Wednesday, we all went to watch Dave Wells’ performance in the morning. Then, Zoie and I went to get smoothies at Juice It Up. Our studio performance was at 12pm in the dining hall, and we had a pretty good turnout! I performed two pieces in the first quartet with Mary, Celia, and Britney. Then Zoie, Gina, and Nick performed in their trio, and then Bernadette, Zoie, Amanda, and Britney performed in another quartet. At the end, all of us performed in a group piece. It was awesome because the composer of that piece actually was in attendance and watched it! So awesome! We met him afterwards and he was really nice and thrilled we performed his piece!
For the rest of the day, I went to the exhibitors and bought a few things, and then ended up going off campus for awhile until I had to come back, pack, and head home. I drove Celia and Zoie to the Ontario airport which was about 27 miles away, and then continued driving home back to LA.
The entire conference lasted until Saturday, but I only attended the two days that I HAD to be there because I didn’t want to miss much work. Also to be honest, I wasn’t SUPER interested in anything there because now that I’ve graduated college and am pursuing a career in the music business, I am no longer forced to play bassoon and most likely won’t be playing much anymore. However, it was a really great experience being surrounded with all of my closest bassoon friends, and listening to some amazing double reed musicians! I miss everyone already and it was really so refreshing and great seeing so many familiar faces after being on my own in Los Angeles for several weeks now. I’ve been on my own a lot and don’t have many friends in LA, so it was definitely an amazing and warming feeling being surrounded with friends from college whom I consider my family (of bassoonists!).
But I’ve been slacking on writing anything in here. I got halfway through writing an entry about IDRS, butttt it’s not quite finished yet. And I have to write about the past week or so and my four day weekend for Independence Day. I’ll hopefully get around to that soon since I don’t really have much planned this week!
Just a few things that have gone on over the past week since I haven’t posted in a little over a week!
Drove to OC for the first time from my apartment to visit Jordan. Traffic and the 101 freeway are easily becoming my worst enemies.
While in OC, Jordan and I watched This Is The End, which goes down as one of my least favorite movies of all time. Then we got dinner at Woody’s (best teriyaki burger, ever), and tried out Snow Station for the first time! Very comparable to Blockheads, except with much more variety
On Sunday, I had a great day hanging out with Shannon outside of work! We went to the Topanga Mall and she introduced me into a lot of new Lush products :) I ended up buying a few items and got samples. I also bought a new MAC lipstick, sandals, and macarons!
Afterwards we decided to check out the new Urban Outfitters in Sherman Oaks, and browsed some other stores along Ventura. Then I showed her my apartment, and we went on a driving excursion throughout Studio City and Hollywood!
Received my first paycheck in the mail!
Paid bills for the first time! So far I’ve paid my LADWP (Los Angeles Dept. of Water & Power) bill, and my monthly rent for July 2013. I’ll be able to pay for my AT&T bill once my next paycheck comes in a few days.
Met up with Claire for the first time in almost a year! She was in town visiting relatives, so we were able to get brunch together at a cute little cafe in Santa Monica :) We would have hung out longer, but I got a ridiculously bad headache and had to leave early =/
Jordan came over yesterday and he spent the afternoon taking care of me and my horrendous headache -.- Eventually it went away, and then we went to Souplantation for dinner in Northridge
After dinner, Jordan and I decided to go on an adventure and drove through the Hollywood Hills on the famous canyon paths (Coldwater Canyon, Laurel Canyon, Mulholland)
Then today, we went to Burbank and watched Monsters University, and got dinner at Islands :)
That’s it for now! This was probably the most exciting week I’ve had in Los Angeles since I’ve moved here. I’m super excited for this upcoming week because I’m going to the International Double Reed Society Conference at the University of Redlands for 3ish days! Gina and I are driving from LA to Redlands (about 80 miles) tomorrow night, and then I’ll be at the conference all Tuesday and Wednesday. I am just really excited to see my friends again! It’s always so refreshing being with old friends!
AND I’m also excited to get my next paycheck because I can pay off my last bill for the month, and then go shopping :) I already have an idea of what I want, including a Lush, Sephora and possible Bath & Body Works haul! Can’t wait!
I get so tired of working that by the time I’m off work I want to come home and do nothing and be lazy…but at the same time I want to find another part-time job to earn some extra money each month. Now I’m too lazy to even fill out new job applications -___-
Somebody just hire me plz. I’ll do anything! Wash dishes, park valet cars, take photos, teach music lessons, etc. I just need da monayzzzz~
I made an appointment with AT&T two weeks ago, and today was the earliest they could schedule me in -____- I’ve been living in the stoneage without Internet in my apartment for the over the past week. Thank goodness it’s finally here! And it didn’t take as long as I had expected either :)
Spent the first half with my ading :) We drove up to Palo Alto to go to the new Umami Burger location! It was interesting and portrayed like a library with bookshelves everywhere; I’m assuming it’s because Stanford is nearby. Then, we went to Chantal Guillon which was amaaazing <3 Macaron obsession satisfied! They had a great selection of flavors, and I’ve eaten a few of the ones I bought and they are really good! Gluten free too! Then we just walked around the little shops because it was a cute little area that we had never been to before.
I had to come home early in the afternoon to finish packing and preparing for moving. My mom and I went through all of the stuff I’m bringing for my kitchen, living room/bedroom, bathroom, closet, etc. for my apartment and grouped them by category. Then, my dad and I loaded everything into the car. For the most part about 80% of my stuff fit all inside the Mercedes. We didn’t put anything in my car yet because I had to pack the remaining 20% which I did tonight and will do the last bit of things tomorrow morning before we leave.
It makes me sad that I can’t really take EVERYTHING that I have (leaving a decent amount of clothes behind), but I will be back in a month for my graduation party, so I can bring home more stuff then. I don’t really know how often I’ll go home after my grad party since the only way for me to visit without missing work is to fly…and I don’t see myself doing that every month. I’m hoping my parents come visit me every once in awhile. I know my mom has plans of bringing my dogs to visit.
We’re leaving around 11am tomorrow for LA. Should be there in around 6 hours or so. I’m excited about moving just because I can’t wait to set up my apartment! It’s going to be Paris Chic themed, with mostly whilte/black furniture and accents of pink everywhere, and lots of Parisian decorations :) I can’t wait! :D
I am definitely ready to get out of San Jose because it’s really boring here when almost none of my friends are here, and I’m still under my mom’s strict rules. I can’t wait to be in my own place and finally have freedom again! LA, here I come!
so I received a new camera today. and I will explore. and I will not be a poser, but I will be a beginner by merit (or lack thereof), and gladly.! Thank you, daddy, and thank you melmo’s world for your encouragement.
“Jacqueline, don’t be discouraged by the negativity. Consider yourself fortunate and make the best of it. Charge ahead and you’ll accomplish things. Be flexible and work hard. You’ll get there. Don’t be complacent.”—Bit of advice from my dad tonight.
This past weekend I drove down to LA with my parents to go apartment hunting. I know I wrote about doing research on apartments earlier, so now I’ll just talk about my weekend checking out these places in real life!
I had several appointments booked on Saturday, one on Sunday, and then a bunch of open houses that I had written down in case we were interested in checking them out after our appointments were over.
On Saturday, we had the following appointments:
10am: Weddington Oaks Apartments
11am: Windsor Apartments
12pm: Concord Square Apartments
2pm: The Encore Apartments
3pm: The Plaza Apartments
Misc. open houses available the rest of the day
On Sunday, we just had one scheduled appointment at 11am, and then some other open houses that were open both Saturday and Sunday.
After all of our appointments were finished on Saturday, we decided to check out the rest of the open houses I had on my list. We drove by them and they seemed pretty sketchy looking and were also a bit too far away from work, so we decided to just skip out on actually taking a tour inside the apartments. Also, the manager at our last appointment (The Plaza), had suggested calling up another manager who he was friends with and checking out his apartments. We went there and the building was in a really great, quiet and peaceful location (quite rare in Los Angeles), but the building itself was really unappealing.
Out of all of the apartments we saw on Saturday, The Windsor Apartments and The Encore Apartments were our favorites. The Windsor was this TINY little complex that was completely indoors, just a two story building with probably no more than 20 units, and just had two hallways with the doors lining either sides. The manager, Teresa, was very personable and friendly, and we really liked her. She had two one bedroom apartments available and they were AMAZING; the perfect size (basically what I had envisioned), with nice kitchens (one of the apartments came with a refrigerator, the other did not), AND abnormally large bedroom walk-in closet!
The Encore was really great just because the whole complex itself really appealed to me and my mom. The bottom/main lobby-ish area was super nice. It had a gym, sauna, basketball/racquetball area, clubhouse/rec room, swimming pool/hot tub, and BBQ area. The whole complex was really nice too. It was very nice courtyards throughout the whole premises and the apartment was just fantastic. Also, they allowed pets which was a bonus for my mom because she wants to visit me and bring the dogs with her. It was a little yuppy-ish, meaning we could mostly picture people around my age and basically anybody in their 20’s and 30’s living there. Didn’t really feel like it had a wide range of ages/types of people there, but maybe that would have been a good thing. On the other hand, it was a little expensive for us, and also my dad didn’t like it at all for some reason…so I had a feeling it wasn’t going to work because ultimately my dad would need to like the place since he would be co-signing with me for the apartment.
On Saturday evening, Jordan drove up to LA and we went to Santa Monica with my parents and had a great time! It was my mom’s first time in Santa Monica, so we walked to the pier and showed her the view of the beach, ate at Umami, and walked around Third Street Promenade. I love being there so much — it’s definitely one of my most favorite places!
On Sunday, we were supposed to have a tour at this one apartment complex, but my dad had looked it up online and didn’t want to check it out because it was too far away from work, so I cancelled the appointment at the last minute. We decided to check out The Windsor Apartments one more time before leaving since it was ultimately our top choice, but their leasing office was closed on Sundays so we weren’t able to look at it. At this point, my parents and I felt a little dissatisfied since we hadn’t looked at any apartments that day. We decided to research any more open houses on Sunday, but it was pretty difficult because most leasing offices aren’t open on Sundays.
Eventually, I decided to call this complex because I saw that they had office hours on Sunday. The apartment complex was called The Plaza, but was NOT the same “The Plaza” we had checked out the day before. I’m pretty sure I got the two mixed up when arranging our appointments because THIS Plaza complex was the one I had intended on visiting…not the one that we actually ended up visiting on Saturday afternoon (although I didn’t regret going there because the manager was SUPER NICE and I really loved him!). So we arranged for an appointment on the spot, and got to the complex 30 minutes later!
We weren’t really sure of what to expect at first, and my parents were still in a bad mood at this point since they were still frustrated that we hadn’t found anything good on Sunday…but as soon as our tour began with Glenn, the leasing agent, it all escalated quickly. The Plaza had SUCH a beautiful property and SO MANY AMENITIES! Rec room with two flat screen TVs, pool table, poker table, kitchen/bar area, a 25 seat movie theater that you can reserve and book for just you and your friends to watch your movie of choice, nice gym area with locker rooms/showers, massage rooms equipped with all massage-type items (lotions, oils, towels, etc.), tanning bed (not like I need it, but still awesome), swimming pool, hot tub, BBQ pits, cabanas, baby grand piano in the lobby for anyone to play on, dog park area, tennis courts, etc. It was unreal. There was also a concierge and a security guard which made my parents happy for the additional safety.
We looked at the one bedroom apartment and the studio apartment. The one bedroom was a little out of our price range, so we decided that if I WERE to live there, I would most likely get a studio. They also had awesome benefits like if you wanted to upgrade from a studio to a one bedroom, you could just put in a request and whenever one became available, it would be yours! Also, this place was great because instead of having a strict 12-month lease policy, they offered 3, 6, and 9 month leases as well, which was great just because I wasn’t entirely sure if I wanted to live in the same place for a full year (although this place sounds great and I don’t think I will be leaving). There were a whole bunch of other great perks and I could go on and on…
After our tour with Glenn was over, he let me and my parents talk it over in private. We all agreed that it was the best place we had checked out this entire weekend and had everything we were looking for. Sure, I’d have to get a studio apartment, but I was willing to sacrifice not having a bedroom for all of the other fantastic amenities that the complex provided. If I save a bit of money OR for some reason I get a pay raise (wishful thinking), I might be able to upgrade to a one bedroom. They also didn’t have any one bedroom apartments available for my move-in date of June 1, so that was another reason not to get one just now.
We met with Glenn in his office and said we were in. We signed some papers, and everything was good to go! They just have to do some processing and whatnot, and then everything should be good! :D We drove back to NorCal after that, and were in a much better mood the whole way home :)
Since we’ve been back, I’ve been a TAD BIT concerned because my mom and I checked out the place online, and it had some really awful Yelp reviews written about it online… My mom expressed her concern to my dad, so he called Glenn and asked him about the issues. I’m really hoping it’s all ok and we still end up going with this place because I REALLY WANT TO LIVE THERE. I would be content with living at The Windsor which was our original top choice, but The Plaza has soooo many amazing features that I couldn’t get anywhere else. Hopefully it all works because I would LOVE to live there!
Overall, it was a successful weekend and we definitely got a lot accomplished. After looking at a few apartments, you quickly realize what you’re looking for and NOT looking for in an apartment. I wish we had more time to check out more apartments, but I think we definitely checked out a decent number of them and found a few that were definite candidates, and hopefully a real winner!
The fact that they kept having shows for a least a year after they “broke up” made me think that they weren’t really going to ever break up. Also, I was skeptical that their “last show ever” in Pomona was legitimately their last show. They’ll come back again. Just watch.
So today I got an email from the Yelp Council saying they noticed I have been inactive lately, and said they would remove my Yelp 2013 Elite badge if I continued to be inactive.
I got super freaked out because I worked my BUTT off to get that badge, so I just wrote six new reviews and uploaded several photos from my phone.
Good news is I’ve already received a compliment from a fellow Yelper for one of the reviews I just wrote, and I’ve gotten some likes on a few of the reviews I just wrote as well!
I’m definitely going to try to write a few reviews each week just to stay active. I think I will probably get more excited to use my Elite member privileges once I am living in LA and can go to all of the awesome events and whatnot!
Also, on another note: I am very excited to go to LA tomorrow for the weekend and hopefully dine at some of my favorite restaurants down there! Woohoo!