Journal Entry #304

Wednesday
February 12, 2020
09:19 PM

Wow! The time has seriously flown by so fast today. I cannot believe it’s already past 9 PM! Has anyone ever had Starbucks’ Morning Joe ground coffee? Because, I’m drinking it right now, and man, is it strong. If you know me, you know I NEVER put any milk or cream in my coffee but, a dash of almond milk is necessary with this one, even for me.

On Saturday night, after I published my last Journal Entry, I got to work around midnight and stayed until nearly 5 AM… against my own will. I was paid for half an hour of my time but, due to my bouncer’s negligence… did about an hour or MORE of free labor. I mean, we were taking shots back to back and listening to music the entire time so I was too drunk to even realize until the next day but, honestly, I’m STILL livid. It’s been weighing on my mind ever since.

I can’t even blame my intoxication because it wouldn’t have mattered if I had complained about it at the time anyways. They probably would’ve said, “oh shit, sorry!” but, I also kind of can because if I were sober, I would’ve noticed how much time was passing. It’s truly NOT my job to keep track of the time though. We aren’t even allowed to wear watches or carry our phones and there are NO clocks in the VIP rooms??? I don’t know. I hate to be taken advantage of/walked all over but, I will just let karma do her work on him. I’ll smile and wave next time we speak but, he is definitely on the “shit list” in my head.

When boyfriend picked me up, we headed to Barcode Burger where we had the WORST server/bartender. He gave me mine with cheese on it and when I asked for a new one, he was like, “oh, I put that down but, the cook must’ve missed it so it wasn’t my fault.” I had question mark in my eyes because I did NOT care whose fault it was. If I had even taken a single bite, a stomach ache I never asked for would’ve ensued. Only I get to choose when I have my dairy, okay??

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While I waited for my new burger, I devoured most of our BBQ Wings. โค

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Boyfriend had his usual bar-named burger. We’re quite disappointed because they now serve regular ketchup instead of the sriracha mixed one they used to make in house…

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I had the Hangover with an over-fried egg and over-seasoned patty. He didn’t give me any new fries so I had to let the ones from the first burger sit and get cold… which sucked. I like to have bites full of both burger and fries.

I hope we do not end up there on his shift again… not only did he make me angry but, I feel sorta bad for stiffing him on a tip lol, even if he didn’t deserve a bigger one. ๐Ÿ˜›

On Sunday, I really did NOTHING. I was sliiiightly hungover and extra lazy. I ate, napped, and watched TV all day.

Monday, I awoke around noon and spent some time reading your blogs! I’ve gotten way behind again and I wish I weren’t. I miss being up-to-date with you all. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

After my “morning routine” (shower, smoke, stretch/workout), I played a bit of Disneyland Adventures while boyfriend made us tacos for dinner. They were meant to be these boujee “pockets” but they, didn’t work out lol. Still tasted good though.

When we finished up eating, we went to Starbucks to get some dessert lattes. I got my Almondmilk Honey Flat White with 4 shots of espresso again and boyfriend went with a White Chocolate Mocha with 5 shots of espresso this time.

Hot drinks in hand (and car cup holder), we drove to Ethel M. Chocolates Factory!! We have always wanted to go and finally, our time came. They have a really gorgeous cactus garden that they decorate with string lights every year for Valentine’s Day, it’s free and open to the public. They call it the “Lights of Love.” โค

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PERSONALLY, I was expecting way more pinks and reds, more lovey dovey shapes. There were some snowflakes up that reminded me of Christmas time instead??

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We could tell from a distance that the garden wasn’t going to take long to walk through so, we went into the factory/gift shop first.

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It was a LOT bigger than I thought it was going to be and they had all kinds of different chocolaty goodies, my gosh. Behind the wooden slated walls is a little walkway where you can go through and watch them work!

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I didn’t see anyone doing anything but, I did get to see this HUGE slab of fudge sitting in the middle of a table. Check it out (below)!!

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And… up the mini set of stairs, there was more galore!!

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I KNEW we were getting a variety pack of mini chocolates but, we could NOT decide how we were going to go about it. We roamed around for a bit, checking out the premade boxes and got a delicious toffee sample and a mediocre solid milk chocolate coin while we were at it!

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The baked goods were hard to resist but, I knew eating one would spoil my appetite for the mini chocolates…

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Which we ended up hand picking out of a case and creating our own box of 12. ๐Ÿ˜€

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They had different heart shaped packaging available, too, made out of satin and tin. They were super cute but, even without paying for anything extra, this little box was already adorable. โค

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I wouldn’t say the taste of these little guys are worth flying all the way over here to Las Vegas for and I’m sure there are places with more variety and higher quality but, it’s all about the experience, isn’t it? And, we had such a good one!!! โค

I’m gonna try to remember all the flavors we chose just by looking at them so skip this paragraph if you don’t give a hoot! From left to right: dark chocolate almond, dark chocolate honey truffle, dark chocolate chewy caramel, milk chocolate filled w/ PB&J, dark chocolate peanut cluster, dark chocolate espresso truffle, milk chocolate bourbon, almond butter brittle, milk chocolate peanut butter, milk chocolate caramel, dark chocolate agave tequila, and a milk chocolate pecan cluster.

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We also picked out this crazy dipped Caramel Apple with Chocolate & Peanuts. I have to say, it was kind of nasty. The chocolate was so overpoweringly sweet, I actually picked it off and just ate the apple with the caramel and peanuts. Oops…

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Once we purchased our sweets, we took a stroll through the 3 acres of lights and cacti. ๐Ÿ˜€

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Like I said, I wasn’t the most impressed because I wanted to see more of a theme. It’s kind of like they put up whatever they had in their closets!

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I did spot some ‘XOXO’s that were more approriately colored. There were two but, the one I took a photo of (below) is the only one that was lit up… ๐Ÿ˜›

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Anyways, I hope I’m not sounding negative. We had such a beautiful time together, truly, I’m just being honest about what I saw and tasted!

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On our way out, this lady actually FORCED us to take a selfie in front of this round flower ‘LOVE’ sculpture…

She was nearly on the backs of our feet while walking behind us and as we got closer to this thing, she shouted, “okay, if you guys don’t take a selfie in front of this, I’m gonna just take one of you!” So… to appease her and in HOPES of making her disappear (and NOT take pictures of us…), we took this selfie on my phone in front her:

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But, WTF… you guys, she just stood there and stared at us the whole time. She didn’t walk away OR even offer to take one for us?! After we snapped our shot, she told us to move over to another side for a better angle… and, since we were trying our best to be polite, we stood where she suggested and took another one VERY quickly and… STILL, she just stood there with NO offer to help out or any sign of walking away soon?! When she, once again, suggested another selfie spot at a “better” angle of this ‘LOVE’ thing… I put my phone down and said, “we’re going to go in the store now, thanks for your suggestions– our pictures turned out great!” LOL.

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We really didn’t need to go back in the store but, since we did to get away from her, we got a black coffee to share. It was gross, especially compared to the delicious Starbucks we JUST had. We did not need more caffeine anyways so I’m glad it wasn’t the best. ๐Ÿ˜›

On our way home, we made a stop at the dispensary and I wrote some drafts for future posts and read some of your blogs for the rest of night!

Yesterday, I was awake by 11 AM. I browsed the web for pieces to include in my 10 V-Day Outfits post, took a shower, and played Disneyland Adventures while boyfriend made us a sweet and sour stir-fry with pork and butternut squash.

When we finished eating, I played a bit more of my Disney game and then, wrote our shopping list. We went to Sprouts to pick everything up and then, I spent most of my night putting together yesterday’s post. It took forever and a day but, I had a blast!!

Today, when I woke up, I had work on my agenda for the night. I even shaved in the shower and everything but, of course, right after dinner my Auntie Flo came for her monthly visit.

I haven’t done much besides play video games and watch Love Island.

What are YOU doing for Valentine’s Day? Even if you don’t have a date, why not treat yourself? โค Self-love needs to be celebrated, too!

10:37 PM

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P.S. Sorry my blog is now spammed with ads all over, I did not want/need to renew my Personal Plan and this is how WordPress repays me (and all of us who are on the free site plan). ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

44 thoughts on “Journal Entry #304

  1. The chocolates look all yummy! I totally forgot tomorrow is St. Valentine’s Day! I have no plans for the day, but I will totally treat myself to some yummy chocolate!!

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    1. I’m so glad you would have been upset about the fries as well & that you agree it was bad service. ๐Ÿ˜› It’s really one of our fave spots, too. We love those wings & the burgers are usually spot-on! Thanks for reading & commenting. โค

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  2. I love how honest you always are! It so cheeses me off when someone does food wrong and doesn’t want to change it. I had a stand off with the guy in JFK airport til he changed my food๐Ÿ˜‚ Ooh chocolate and fudge yummy! Fudge is so satisfying to watch being made. Shame about the lights but it’s a cute idea. We love light festivals, we went to one in London last weekend x

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    1. I try my best to be honest so I can come back & remember things correctly like, if I should ever go back to Ethel M. I would be able to check this post, y’know? I LOVE that you said it ‘cheeses you off’ hahaha what a fun phrase– especially since the guy put the cheese on my burger when I didn’t want it!

      I cannot believe people even make you have standoffs for the correct food! Like just get what we asked for! LOL glad you stood your ground with the JFK guy.

      I wish I could have seen them actually playing with the fudge, that would’ve been awesome! & I can’t wait to see the lights you saw in London on your blog, if you decide to share! โค

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  3. Ugh, sorry about the…atrocities? Is that the word? …the atrocities at work!!! Or maybe outrage? I used to be so good at grammar in school. Or is that even a grammar issue? I don’t know. What I do know is he is on MY shit list as well. F&%ker!
    WTF Barcode Burger! Next time tell them you have a food allergy, which you kinda do, and you HOPE that you don’t have to sue them. And now they’re getting lazy with the ketchup???? C’mon!!!!
    Speaking of changes, I was pleasantly surprised recently when the cocktail sauce they give me with my shrimp baskets suddenly started coming with quite the horseradishy kick!
    I’m behind in reading blogs and I’m behind in replying to comments on my own blog, so, I completely understand and am not the least bit annoyed. I’m sure others are in the same boat.
    That selfie lady at Ethel M was a bit strange, especially since she didn’t offer to take the picture. WTF??? I’m sorry the Ethel Ms weren’t that great. The minis sure did look cute! I, of course, would’ve selected all milk chocolates.
    What am I doing on Valentine’s Day aka Singles Awareness Day? Working of course. I don’t really have anything exciting planned for our dinner and I think all the restaurants will be packed since we only have like 5 restaurants that are open in the winter, so I don’t even want to run down and get something to go. However, we do have a Sarah Lee Cheesecake in the freezer so I will get out for our Valentine’s dessert. And by WE I mean me and the 92-yo. LOL
    I’m on the free WordPress too.
    HAVE A GREAT VALENTINE’S DAY!!!!!

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    1. You’re the best, Jinjer. Thank you for being outraged with me. I’m still not completely over it & he is definitely a f**khead who shall forever remain on our shit lists!!

      LOLOL! Oh my gosh. I think they would just ban me from going there if I threatened to sue them. ๐Ÿ˜› I am so mad about the ketchup!! The new horseradishy cocktail sauce sounds awesome though. Those are the kind of changes that *should be made.

      โค โค I spent all night reading blogs & will probably spend tonight doing the same/writing them, too. Will catch up soon, thank you for not being annoyed!!

      That lady at Ethel M. was SUPER strange, Jinjer. I still have no idea what he true purpose was! Did she really not like the angles we were standing? Did she secretly make that sculpture & wanted to hear what we said about it? EITHER WAY, couldn't she have taken our photo for us? What a mystery… & the minis were pretty good just not like, out of this world, y'know? We only have like 3 left & have split each one. ๐Ÿ™‚ Boyfriend is actually the one who picked the milk chocolates but, ended up liking a lot of the dark ones better!

      LOL I never heard it called 'Singles Awareness Day' before!! BUT really, that Sara Lee Cheesecake is ALL you could ever need to celebrate. ๐Ÿ˜€

      I hate the way the ads look all over my page but I do not want to give them any of my money since the support people are rude & they always put my comments into spam LOL.

      Hope you have a great Valentine's Day, too!! โค

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      1. Good. Point! You do not want to get banned from a favorite food place NOR do you want the outraged waiter to spit in your food, SO there will be no lawsuits.

        I’m STILL trying to figure out that weird stalker lady! Aren’t you also the one who attracted that crazy lady in Walmart or somewhere? Reminds me of the time when my BFF and I were teenagers, casually shopping in a grocery or drugstore, and this woman comes up to my BFF and touches her face and tells her “You’re beautiful!!!! Just beautiful!!!!” The BFF is like “Um…thanks???” LOL

        Ryan Seacrest is the only person I know to call it Singles Awareness Day, but I don’t know if he originated it or not..

        Man is that Sara Lee cheesecake ever good. It’s the one with strawberry topping.

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        1. Lol exactly!! Did you ever check that book out I recommended to you awhile ago, called Waiter Rant??

          I can’t figure out that lady, either! I almost felt like she was doing a YouTube prank & seeing how many positions we would move to? & Oh my gosh, YES! That was us who were cornered by the Walmart lady who saw demons. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I don’t know what it is about us lol. I can’t believe the woman actually touched your BFF’s face!! Some people have no boundaries!! WTF hahaha.

          The DJ at the place we went to yesterday actually said something about ‘Single Awareness Day’ & I thought of you!!

          I want a cheesecake now. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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    1. Aw, the lights were alright. To be honest, the pictures made it look better than it was! ๐Ÿ˜› & wow, that’s awesome. I wish everyone had the AdBlock installed so they couldn’t see all the ugly ads lol.

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  4. Damn that sucks that you worked extra but yeah pretty shitty no one came to tell you time was up. Like how do they expect you to keep track of time without clocks or phones??
    Wow what a night. First you work extra and you get a burger you didnt ask for.. not cool.
    I miss getting hot drinks from Starbucks but we are trying to cut back on our spending since we are going back to Vegas soon and we are wanting to get another car soon lol but I have a bunch of travel plans with my family so idk if a car will happen this year. Anyway, this comment is getting away from me so quickly lol. So back to you…
    I literally found Ethel M chocolate factory as I was looking up things to do!!!!!! I told Alex about their cactus botanical garden and he was “meh” about it like it’s nothing special lmao. I want to try to convince him to go. Honestly even if the garden isnt all that great the chocolate factory grabbed my attention the most. Even if the chocolate isnt the greatest,.it would be a nice little experience and some sight seeing idk. We will see. I’m sure I can find more interesting spots. Which by the way, after I land and pick up our car and get some quick breakfast, I wanna drive out to seven magic mountains lol.
    Wth that lady sounded weird haha. Suggesting but not helping and hanging around…hmmmm…..
    Alex and I did our usual Friday evening dinner. Nothing special. We are saving the specialness (?) For this weekend for our anniversary ๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ–ค

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    1. Uuuugh, I’m still mad about working extra. It’s so annoying. I have no idea how I’m supposed to keep track of time but, I guess I’ll have to start counting songs in my head or something– which will probably make me seem obviously distracted & less entertaining. ๐Ÿ˜ก I dunno. still kind of salty about it if you couldn’t tell lol. & seriously, it was an annoying night!! Glad it’s over!! lol.

      I prob should quit going to Starbucks all the time, too, but it’s addicting. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ That’s awesome that you will be traveling a lot though– saving up & cutting back on useless luxuries will definitely be worth it!

      You would actually love the Cactus Garden at Ethel M. & the chocolate factory was pretty cool to see! Not that the chocolates weren’t good, either, they had a lot of options & some were reeeeally tasty! I think since you’ll already be here, it’s so worth it to visit. ๐Ÿ™‚

      WHAT is Seven Magic Mountains?? Sounds really cool lol. I gotta look that up now. Are those real or did someone paint them?! Boyfriend said we drove past them on the way to Cali LOL I am always asleep & did not see a thing… damn it.

      Oh my gosh, THAT LADY, Rossy. I don’t know what was up with her!! I thought I was on Impractical Jokers or something hahaha.

      โค Happy Anniversary to you two!!! โค I hope you have the best day together!!!

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      1. Girl I would be fuming too! That’s so not cool.. so I get it. Who is responsible for stuff like that anyway? Is there a bouncer? Or do they expect YOU to know? And yeah if you count it in your head, you will* be very distracted.
        Its the coffee!! The coffee part of it is what’s addicting, I mean you guys get espresso shots, lol.
        I will try to convince Alex to go there, haven’t seen cacti in a loooong time anyway lol
        Seven magic mountains is an art installation off of I-15, south of the strip I believe. It’s just stacked painted boulders lol. It sounds lame but I like the concept of huge boulders being stacked to the point that they’re towering lol. Also, apparently it was only supposed to be there for two years but a three year permit was issued so it will remain there until 2021 supposedly. Hopefully they didnt take it away lol. And if they didnt, that means I will have the opportunity to see it before it gets taken down I’m so excited lol
        And yes, they’re real they weigh 10 to 25 tons or something like that?

        Thank youu! We are planning a very nice dinner so I just gotta go and find a dress and a shirt for Alex at the mall lol

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        1. There is a bouncer & it’s his literal job to keep track of us & our time!! ๐Ÿ™„ & you’re right, we are super addicted to the caffeine lol. The cacti were actually so cool! I even thought some were fake & had never seen a lot of the different kinds before.

          Oh they should just leave those rocks up forever! There’s nothing else around anyways! I hope you guys get to go see it & love it. ๐Ÿ˜

          I hope you had the loveliest dinner & that you found the perfect dress. โ™กโ™ก

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          1. That guy should do his fucking job then lol
            Nicee! I’m a sucker for botanical gardens. There’s a really cool looking one somewhere in California, I gotta find the name again….
            FOUND IT! Took a screenshot on my phone lol. Look it up, it’s called Moorten Botanical Garden Showplace. It’s so pretty!
            Oh our anniversary isn’t until the weekend, this Saturday the 22nd ๐Ÿ˜€ technically our anniversary is on the 25th but that’s a Tuesday so we are celebrating our monthiversary and anniversary at the same time ๐Ÿ™‚

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            1. Yeah, he really needs to. ๐Ÿ˜ก

              OH WOW! That Botanical Garden looks amazing lol. Do not expect anything that grand if you go to Ethel M’s! ๐Ÿ˜›

              Happy Monthiversary & Anniversary celebration to you guys this weekend!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ โค โค

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  5. Goodness, it sounded like a rough night during and after work with having the free labor and bad service! I would definitely be upset, but I hope this week is treating you better! I love places where you can see the products being made, how awesome! I really liked the look of the speckled candies.

    Oh gosh, why is it that you’re having more frequent encounters with some odd people!? I wouldn’t know how to act in that situation of her forcing you all to take a picture and her being creepy. I’m glad that you all manage to get away discreetly by going into the store.

    I’m a week behind on reading, but I’m glad you all enjoyed your time during these adventures! โ™ฅ

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    1. Ugh yeah, I’m so glad that night is over & done with lol. I have had a better week so far but it isn’t over yet! ๐Ÿ˜› Hope yours has been good, too!

      It really is cool when you can go to a place & buy things that are being made in front of your eyes. Those speckled candies were alcohol-filled & SO strongly flavored lol but they were cute. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Lol, there are a lot of odd people around here & I guess something about boyfriend & I attract them… I can’t believe she really wanted us to keep taking photos in different angles. I’m still so confused.

      I’m super behind on reading, too, no worries at all! โค

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      1. Iโ€™ve only tried a piece of chocolate with alcohol in it and I surprisingly liked it more than I thought I would!

        Iโ€™m pretty confused about the woman and her obsession with the photos, but maybe she wanted you all to have a variety of photos to look back on with her weird demand. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ You all are so nice to people whenever they put you in such a weird position!

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        1. We only have 1 chocolate left & it’s the tequila one lol, we’re honestly kind of scared of it! ๐Ÿ˜› & she was actually saying, “you’re going to look back & love all of these!” so maybe you’re right! I just couldn’t be mean to her!

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            1. Lol we haven’t. I think boyfriend is really scared of it because he hates tequila. Every time I bring up trying it, he cringes! & yeah, I just don’t get why she freakin’ stood there forever but, I guess we’ll never know now!

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