Sunday, November 29, 2015

Daily Diary 11/29/15: Getting Back on Track

Guys I have literally eaten so bad this weekend! I have eaten really high fat foods, I've eaten a lot more animal products that I usually have, and I haven't exercised much at all besides doing a bit of sledding on Saturday. Because I let myself indulge a little too much this weekend, I spent today feeling like crap. I've had a weird headache, I've felt fatigued, and it's just not been the best day.
I really want to start eating clean again this week. I want to get back to the point where I feel healthy, good, and energized before I fly back to Hawaii in a couple weeks. I know a lot of people try to do detoxes after thanksgiving, but I don't believe in detoxing. I just want to eat a lot more whole foods, I want to minimize the amount of animal products I eat, and exercise regularly. I am doing vlogmas this year, so I'm going to try vlog everything that I eat because I know you guys like my What I Eat in a Day videos too! 
I don't know if this was at all interesting to you guys, but I thought that it'd be a fun daily diary post!

P.S. Read yesterday's post here!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Daily Diary 11/28/15: It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Hi guys!
Now that Thanksgiving is over, I've been in a crazy Christmas spirit! I've been playing Christmas music nonstop, watching old Vlogmas videos (btw I'm doing vlogmas this year!), and just getting in to the Christmas spirit. Today, I went sledding with my friends and I thought that it'd be fun to talk a little bit about it!

So we woke up early and drove an hour in to the mountains to go sledding because the valley hasn't gotten much snow, and that was the closest place. I've been skiing before, but I've never gone sledding so this was my first time! It was so fun and I think that I may even like it more than skiing because it gives me more of a rush! We found a little spot hidden between some trees to sled down and it was kind of scary at first. It was one of those "I'm scared because I don't know what to expect" things, but soon I was going higher and higher so I could go faster. 

I am really excited for Christmas, and I am really happy that I'm in this spirit because it'll make my content and vlogmas videos even more special! I love you all and I hope you had a wonderful day!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Daily Diary 11/27/15: Black Friday

Hey guys!
I bet a lot of you guys went black friday shopping today or maybe even last night! I thought that I'd talk a little bit about my shopping today and all that good stuff!

When I was back in Hawaii, I used to go midnight shopping with my friend Julia and my dad. We went four years in a row and it turned in to a tradition of sorts. There were some really funky moments during those shopping trips (like one year we ended up stalking KevJumba, but that's a story for another time). Last year I had to work on black friday, which was absolute madness, so I didn't get to go black friday shopping at all. 

This year I did a lot of my shopping online on Thanksgiving because a lot of retailers had their black friday deals online starting on Thanksgiving day. So I bought some presents and stuff from Aero and H and M and sent it home so that it'll be waiting when I get back. Today we went shopping from 10:30-2 and I'm gonna say that I was a little disappointed with the sales. I feel like the in store sales at H and M were not as good as the online ones, but I did end up buying a top from there. I also think that Forever 21 and Victorias Secret always have really underwhelming black friday sales, but I did buy a dress from Forever 21 (it wasn't on sale, but I wanted it!) The stores that I really liked the sales from were Charlotte Russe, although I didn't end up buying anything from there, and Bath and Body Works. I really liked the VIP Bag at BABW this year, but I didn't get it because my skin doesn't really react well with the fragrances, so I usually only get hand sanitizer, room fragrances, and hand soaps from there. I did use the buy 3, get 3 sale to get 6 hand soaps. I gave three of them to my roommate's aunt that I'm staying with right now and I kept three of them for the dorm. 

I was watching the news tonight and they kept mentioning that people were spending more online and weren't shopping in store, and I totally agree with that! I don't think that I'm going to shop at Small Business Saturday tomorrow, but I'll definitely be checking all the Cyber Monday sales later!

P.S. Read my Thanksgiving post here!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Daily Diary 11/26/15: Happy Thanksgiving!


I wanted to get a Daily Diary post up today, but I didn't exactly know what to write about, so I guess we're going to just do a run through of my day!

I woke up at 7:30ish this morning, which is ridiculously early for me, but I had gone to sleep at 11 the night before, so I got a decent amount of sleep! I watched a little bit of the Chrisley Knows Best marathon while I got ready, and stayed in bed for a while because it was also crazy cold this morning! I finally went in to the living room area at 9, thinking that I would see everyone already up, but it was just me and my hosts because my friends were still sleeping. I had a apple danish for breakfast, which was really good! I also had a cup of coffee and watched the first bit of the Macy's Day Parade. We spent the next couple hours cooking, watching football, and snacking. At 1:30, we finally had Thanksgiving lunch! There was so much food and it was absolutely delicious! Here's the full list of what I ate!

  • bacon wrapped stuffed mushrooms
  • bacon wrapped stuffed jalapeƱos (my friend's cousin made them and they were bomb af)
  • white rice
  • stuffing
  • mashed potatoes
  • gravy
  • ham
  • turkey (always the brown meat!)
  • sweet potato casserole
  • green bean casserole
  • cranberries
  • bread
  • pumpkin pie
There was so much food and I was so happy! I honestly think that I ate the most of the bacon wrapped jalapeƱos because those were really nice and fresh and delicious! I also am a huge turkey lover, so that was absolutely delicious as well! Actually, everything was delicious and I wish that my stomach was bigger so I could eat more! 

After that, we sat around in our food coma and watched more football. And then more football. I also did some online shopping because a lot of stores had their Black Friday deals online early as well! I got some stuff from H&M and Aeropostale, some for friends, and some for me, but it's being shipped home so I won't be able to access it until mid december! I didn't eat dinner tonight, and it's almost 9pm and I don't think that I will because I'm still not that hungry! I think that the rest of my night will be watching old Vlogmas videos from Ingrid and Elle, showering, and going to bed early! We're going Black Friday shopping at 10am tomorrow, so hopefully the crowds won't be too bad? I don't know, it's my first Black Friday in Reno, so I guess we'll see how it goes! 

I love you all, and I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
P.S. Have you read yesterday's post yet? Do it here! 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Daily Diary 11/25/15: Vacation

Hey guys!
So today marks the start of my little Thanksgiving holiday. I am not going back to Hawaii for Thanksgiving because I don't think that the flight cost is worth it unless I can stay for at least two weeks. I'm currently in a room at my roommate's uncle's house, that is ridiculously nice. If you follow me on snapchat @misssienna you'll see a lot of their house because that's where I'll be staying from now until Sunday. 

I think that Thanksgiving can be one of the most stressful holidays for people because they're worried about playing hostess, cooking, talking with relatives that they usually don't... But I'm treating this weekend as a vacation of sorts. I have some work and school things that I am going to try and get done, but I'm going to take this time to completely decompress. I am going to watch crappy reality television, play in the snow, hang out by the fireplace, and eat whatever I want because I know that the next couple weeks are going to be crazy busy! 

I have to start ordering Christmas presents online and shipping it home for all of my friends on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. I also have a final paper and presentation due next Friday for English, I need to start studying for a lot of my finals, and I'll eventually need to start packing for my trip home. 

I'm curled up in my room watching Chrisley Know Best and writing this post. I have a feeling that this will be my position for the next few hours... or days... But anyway, Happy Thanksgiving you guys! Eat a lot of turkey (I know I will) and enjoy your day whether that's with family or friends!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Daily Diary 11/24/15: Oh, How Things Have Changed

Hey guys!
We are so close to Thanksgiving and a month away from Christmas Eve, and everybody's in the holiday spirit. I thought that I'd take a little bit to reflect on the last year. 

This is the first year that my family won't be together on Thanksgiving. My brother is in Japan and won't be back until the beginning of June, and I'm away in Reno, and won't be home until 12/16. I think that everyone's trying to cope differently because my grandparents are going to fly to New York, my parents and sister are going to be staycationing in Waikiki, and I'm going to be going to one of my roommate's family's house. Last year, around Thanksgiving, I did a post about things that I'm thankful for in my life.

While all of those are still true, and are things I am very much thankful for in my life, I guess the one thing that I've realized was how short life is and how I need to live life better. That is such a vague thing, but it's true! I need to stop waiting around for things to happen, and start making them happen myself. I need to prioritize the people that are important to me, and stop focusing on the small things. I need to work towards something everyday, I need to stay present, and I need to start realizing that life, itself, is a blessing. 

My parents sometime joke around and say that I'm trying to reach enlightenment by reading and changing my philosophies of life, but it's kind of true. This last year I've realized what's important and what I should be thankful for. 

This post totally went a different way than I had expected, but I like it! I hope that this post was interesting, and don't forget to follow me on bloglovin to get updates every single day! Also, I'm going to try my hardest over the next four days to get posts out, but I'm going to be staying at someone's house, so I don't exactly know when I'll be able to write these posts.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Daily Diary 11/23/15: Hawaii Problems

I thought that it would be pretty fun to write a little post about "Hawaii problems" because there are a lot of them when you're originally from Hawaii, but are going to college in another state. 

The first "problem" is that it is so freaking expensive to go back home. My suitemates are from Vegas and are able to fly home for a couple hundred dollars. Other people can take a megabus over the Sierra Nevada mountains to the bay area for very little money as well. But if I want to go home? I'm lucky if I can find a flight that's less than $1,000. Along with this, is the fact that the majority of people that go to my college are from the bay area or Nevada, so it gets so empty during Halloween or Thanksgiving. 

The second problem is the food! Hawaii food is like nothing else, because there is a very heavy asian influence and rice is such a staple at every meal. Sometimes you want some Korean or Japanese food instead of the basic burgers, pasta, pizza that the cafeteria serves, but can't get it. Also, for me personally, I've been missing the fresh fruit like crazy because my school only ever seems to serve melon, which isn't my favorite. 

The third problem is constantly freezing! The low in Hawaii is like 70°, because that's all that you're used to, anything lower is FREEZING! For me, it's not bad during the day when the sun's out, but once the sun sets, I have to pile on the layers!

The last problem is constantly getting the question "Why'd you want to come here?" I've had it both said directly to my face and I've also overheard people saying it to one of their friends about me. This question is harmless, but also really annoying. When someone asks it directly to me, I always answer it nicely because that's a valid question, and if they've never been to Hawaii I can get why they'd be curious. What I can't stand is when people say it in front of me, but not directly to me. I think that it's a way of trying to make me seem stupid or ungrateful or something because I've left "paradise." Sometimes people are trying to be funny by saying that, but it's really just annoying. 

These problems are really just minor annoyances, and all go away when I realize that it's less than a month until I get to go home! I thought that it'd just be fun to share some of these things with you, especially because in class today a guest speaker was like "where are you from?" to the people that aren't from Cali or Nevada. I was like "Hawaii!" and then a girl right in front of me goes "why would she leave?" but in that really annoying, condescending tone. 

P.S. You can read yesterday's post here!