Saturday, January 30, 2016

Weekend Playlist - 1/29/16

I did a lil poll on twitter to see what todays post should be and a Weekend Playlist was the winner so here we go! I've posted it on Spotify, and I've also written it below with some added reasoning for adding each song.



Weekend Playlist 1/29/15

  1. EOS - Rostam
    • I've been listening to this in the car lately, and really matches up with the rainy weather in Miami. The lyrics are absolutely beautiful, and the production is stellar. 
  2. Leave A Trace - CHURCHES 
    • I have vivid memories of living in Orlando, blasting this song while driving down I-4. I heard it for the first time since while out with some friends this week. It was really weird being in one place, really enjoying myself, but also feeling nostalgic, wanting to be driving down I-4.  
  3. Crying in Public - Chairlift 
    • My best bud introduced me to this song while in Orlando last weekend, and it really gave me 90's adult contemporary vibes. It reminded me of being a kid, hearing Dido or Alanis Morissette on the radio. 
  4. Roses - The Chainsmokers 
    • I vote The Chainsmokers for the artists I least expected myself to enjoy. Granted, I never go out of my way to listen to them, I only wait for them to play on the radio. The best part of this song though is at 1:20-1:30, and since I only hear it in the car, I always do this weird shoulder pop and lock thing. Its a fun time. 
  5. Bennie & The Jets - BØRNS 
    • This cover was a pleasant surprise, because I've been digging both Elton John and BORNS lately. Its a cool mix of modern and 70s music, that'll satisfy both you and your parents tastes. 
  6. Help Me Run Away - St. Lucia
    • My favorite producer, Jack Antonoff, worked on this track so its not really a surprise I enjoyed it. It gives me that really good, freeing feeling you get when you're listening to a great song with your windows down on the turnpike. BONUS: There may be an accidental reference to Epcot's The American Adventure, but I'm not quite sure yet.  
  7. PILLOWTALK - ZAYN 
    • I just wrote a whole fucking post on this song, but basically it's disappointment but still a god damn banger. 
  8. Wood - Rostam 
    • I listened to this on Thursday while driving out of school, and it filled me with so much fucking goodness and love. Rostam's written some backstory on the production, and all the inspiration he described comes through. I find it pretty impressive that he incorporated the Persian music he grew up with into the song, and I hope I can incorporate parts of my Cuban culture into whatever form of art I end up producing in the future. 
  9. Boy Problems - Carly Rae Jepsen 
    • I'm absolutely positive EMOTION will never get old, and Carly Rae will be considered a musical god in the years to come. Boy Problems is fun as hell, and is the type of song you'd play at a slumber party while you painted your nails. Its a kick ass, positive way to end this playlist and get you in the mood for your weekend! 

Friday, January 29, 2016

Zayns First Solo Zingle Review

Sometimes disappointment is inevitable. I had a pretty busy day becoming an adult, talking to advisors, working, starting taxes, willingly cleaning my room. I knew my day would be worth it in the end when I got home, and listened to Zayn Malik's first zolo zong PILLOWTALK I feel like a fool.

Granted, I am on my third listening so theres obviously something to be heard in his new venture, but nothing new or inventive. There was a lot of hype set up behind his new zolo career, a lot of hope that he was a phoenix rising from boyband ashes destined to become the next Justin Timberlake. Malik set himself up to be a very different from his former band, but with a few minor changes PILLOWTALK very well could have been on One Directions Made In The A.M.

With his Fader interview, talk with Beats 1 Radio, and endless twitter beef last spring, we really saw a side of him that we didn't get to see in One Direction, and its a side a lot of people enjoy. He's a cool guy, who isn't afraid to do whatever the fuck he wants. He's a rebel, and there was a lot of hope that that would shine through in his debut. But alas, it did not.

Does it matter that Zayn Malik's first solo single may not have risen to the expectations that were set?  Fuck no. Its still an absolute banger! It doesn't surpass Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, The Weeknd or anything else that plays on the radio, but fits perfectly in-between them all. It was exciting to imagine Zayn going towards a less mainstream audience. But, I'd rather have a mainstream artist who's proud of what their doing, than someone being told what to produce.

PILLOWTALK - ZAYN = 7

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Cleaning My Room and My Digestive System

It always makes me feel really special when people start to talk to me about my blog. Tonight I went out with some friends, and they mentioned how they read it everyday. I was skeptical till they proved themselves by making specific references to my previous posts. I can see the amount of people that read each post on the computer, but that doesn't really mean anything, its just a number. It really makes me happy when people come to me in real life and talk to me about something I've written, it proves that I'm not just shouting in an empty auditorium, that people are actually interested in what I have to say.
This is not my real mom, search urbandictionary.com for the word "mom" for more information.

My day started off pretty great! I made a kick ass breakfast, egg whites (with ham, mozzarella and spinach) and greek yogurt. After that I got to work on my room, starting to throw out trash and taking forgotten dishes to the kitchen. When I say forgotten dishes, I'm referencing the dishes you accidentally leave in your room, that then turn weird and crusty. I took a break to go to class and when I came back I had a quick lunch and went back to work while I watched Seinfeld. Then again, I took a break to go to work, and once I got back home I began the third round of cleaning. I own a lot more shit than I expected, mostly unimportant papers or empty bottles. I still have a bit to go, so I'll hopefully finish tomorrow. I didn't think it would be a two day job but like I said before, I own a lot more shit than I expected.


I'm expecting tomorrow to be a lot more relaxed compared to today, so heres hoping that comes true! 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Kicking The Common Cold's Ass

I'm definitely coming down with some sort of sickness. I slept till I had to go to work, and even then I'm not sure if I was fully at work. Tomorrow I'm planning on kicking the common colds ass before it gets to me. I'm going to be drinking plenty of juice and water, to try and flush it out. I'm also going to be cleaning my room and making sure its a sterile zone. Speaking of cleanliness, I'm trying to revamp mine. Today I bought a new toothbrush, the type that take batteries and spin in your mouth, and whiting toothpaste. During the weekend at Whole Foods, I bought an organic charcoal bar of soap thats already made my skin feel like heaven.

Eating healthy went well today, but could've gone better. I had chicken and vegetables for dinner, and piece of dark chocolate for dessert. I didn't eat much the rest of the day, due to lack of great options. When I went to the grocery store, I was sure to stock up on things I can eat like greek yogurt and whole wheat bread.

After dinner, I kicked back on my couch and caught up on some tv. I watched the spring premiere of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and enjoyed it as always. It was really cool how they were sure to make it an accessible episode, something both new viewers and committed viewers could enjoy. I also watched Kocktails with Khole, which I enjoyed much more than I anticipated. It was unexpectedly pretty inspirational, because its very similar to what I would want to make a talk show like. It has a very laid back feel to it, with everyone being friendly and joking around, but was still able to tackle serious issues like the #OscarsSoWhite. I'm glad I've got something to add to my references for when I have a show of my own.

Tomorrow is going to be an interesting day. I'm planning on waking up somewhat early, because I've got an appointment with an advisor at my school before class. I'd like to be able to get as much of my shit done as possible before I have to leave, because once I do, I won't be back for most of the day. But hopefully if all goes right during my busy day, I'll be hanging out with my friends at the end of the night!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Botox and Cigarettes (My Orlando Weekend Recap)

With the start of another week, comes new ideas and challenges for myself. Before I get into any of those, lets do some fun weekend recapping.

When we last left our hero (Thats me, Chris) he was pumped as heck for his weekend trip to visit his best bud in Orlando. Little did Christopher know, the weekend was going to be much greater than he had anticipated....

Alright, I'm switching back to first person...

While things didn't always go as planned, it was still a great time which I'll contribute in part to my great company and my practicing to turn negatives into positives. On Friday night, I drove up to Orlando right after work. I sang, danced, and told bad jokes, like any usual Friday night. I imagine myself doing this a lot more often, if my bank account is willing. On Saturday, my buds and I went to see The Hateful Eight. While it was an amazing movie, let me warn you that you may want to prepare yourselves for a long ride. The movie is incredibly lengthy, so it'd be worth shelling out a few more hundreds for a large popcorn. Daisy Domergue is my new problematic fav, hands down.

Over the weekend, my best bud and I went to Whole Foods a total of 4 times. I never really saw myself as a Whole Foods guy (I'm more of a Publix brand kinda guy) but let me fucking tell you, I'm a Whole Foods guy now! The place is incredible, and I really want to start doing some groceries there. I really feel like it'll help me out with my trying to build muscle, and eating healthier resolution. I found plenty of food that had 20+ grams of protein, while what I usually have never exceeds 10. We also went to the mall a couple times, where I bought a great Calvin Klein t-shirt. I never really saw myself as someone into labels, but I guess thats changing.




On Sunday, me and my best bud went to Epcot, the most hip of all the parks. Theres a new exhibit about color, and the different ways they effect out mental state, which was incredibly interesting. One room caused for an incredibly cool photo op. After exploring for a bit, we had a sweet lil lunch in Japan and I discovered my love for green tea ice cream. I'm really hoping they sell it in normal supermarkets, because I can see it becoming my next obsession.




That was my weekend. I'm really proud of how it went, and how calm it was. I tend to work things up in my head, and that tends to be the origin of all my stress, so I'm really proud of myself for straying from that! I'm excited to get my week started tomorrow, and continue all my resolutions!

P.S I'm still working on video ideas so please bear with me, I apologize for your "Chris Content"-less weekends

P.P.S The name of this blog comes from an episode of The Kardashians, which I promised my bud I would name this after. I'm sorry for the disappointing lack of both botox and cigarettes (hmm that gives me a great video idea, actually).

Thursday, January 21, 2016

My Fatherly Instincts or Rising Testosterone?

Today after I got home from work, my friend invited me to go over her house to check out some new furniture. Little did I know, she actually needed help building some furniture. She didn't only invite me to build her furniture, I'm pretty sure she thought she could do it herself. Anyway, I got to her house and got right to work building a desk. I don't know if its my fatherly instinct, or my rising testosterone levels (from working out), but I really enjoyed helping out with the fixing of her room. Luckily, I was compensated with dinner and great conversation. She and I hadn't hung out in a while, so it was really nice to spend time with her.

Look at me building things! Check out the gatorade bottle, gotta to stay hydrated!
I also took my car to the mechanic. I've taken a car to the mechanic before, but not as alone as this trip was. I still needed some help from my parents, figuring out what needed fixing and what to ask for, partly because of a language barrier. For the most part though, this is all on my own. I'm paying for it all myself (luckily I thought mechanics were much more expensive then they are). I'm on the fast track to becoming a stable adult. Stop the world, because I'm getting on!

Tomorrow after work, I'm driving up to Orlando for the long weekend and spending some time with my best bud. We're going to Sea World, which I'm nervous about because haven't been to since watching Blackfish. We may also go to Disney, but for all we know Sea World will literally have us dead. I'm also really excited because we're going to go to the best comic book store, and I finally get to update myself on the adventures of Howard The Duck and Squirrel Girl!

Today was a good day, and I expect tomorrow to be great! I get to take a four hour drive (extra long jam sesh), its a work out day, and its a Friday!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Realizing "Tired" Isn't Always An Acceptable Excuse

For a quick second I considered skipping writing today, and not working out because I felt tired. It was a load of bullshit, because once I saw this, I realized that I was being stupid and I should be going after my goals, even if I'm "tired." So, I downed a protein shake (let it digest a bit) then got my ass up and worked out! Granted, I didn't work out as much as I want myself to (Ideally I'd do three rounds of the workout, today I only did two) but it was still something! Its better than just sitting around, tweeting dumb shit.

After I worked out, I felt much more upbeat and felt like I could write something! Which is a cool discovery, because maybe that'll turn into a thing for me. I'll work out, and feel inspired to create something!

I'm gonna keep tonights post kinda short because like I said earlier, I'm tired! I had a busy day which involved driving 2 hours to Ft. Lauderdale (for a show with a youtuber, which was one of my sisters christmas presents), work, and school! I've got a busy day again tomorrow, but I'm really looking forward to it!

Reorganizing Priorities

I feel like I'm starting to get my priorities mixed up. Right now I've made eating healthier, and working out a huge priority, and minimized all other things I've wanted to do this year. As much as I want to continue to eat healthier and work out, I feel like I need to also focus on my other resolutions for this year. I should start creating content, and stop spending so much time alone, not putting so much attention on one part of my life. Balance is a major key.
I want to begin to focus on creating videos of different varieties. It'd be great to build a greater presence online, and showcase my different talents (writing, video editing, photography). I'd like to figure out a way to do that, and I'd really appreciate any suggestions. Videos are definitely my strong suit, but I have trouble thinking of things to film about. I can't always take great vacations with my family for vlogs. I'm already writing everyday, but I'd like to transfer all of this over on to a better, more appealing website. While photography isn't my greatest talent, I still consider it a talent, specifically with my old 35mm camera. I'd like to start going on more outdoor adventures and taking pictures, so I should figure out when I can do that.
Obviously, this is all just me thinking out loud, but I think its good to keep you updated on how I'm thinking about this stuff. I mean, if you're going to be keeping up with my life, you should know how and where I'm going to do it, right?

Monday, January 18, 2016

Back 2 Life, Back 2 Progress

I worked out, didn't half ass it, and I feel REALLY good! I started off last weekend by only doing one set, and slowly got into the full three sets today. I was sure to stretch a little before starting, it wasn't much but it still helped. Once I started, I made sure to breath correctly, and go slowly with each exercise. Unfortunately though, I didn't eat as well as I would've liked too this weekend. Being on vacation, it was really hard to good healthy, protein filled foods (with a few exceptions). I think it'd be good to look into what other people do when they're in that situation, whether I should pack some extra food or try harder to find quality food. But now that I'm back home, I don't see keeping up with the healthy diet and continuing to exercise will be hard. I'm excited to see how I feel towards the end of the week, because it'll be my first full week doing everything I've planned. 

During parts of the weekend, I felt stuck in some sort of time warp because I was in the same place physically and mentally as I was two years ago. It made me feel like I was stuck, and wasn't making any progress in myself, which really sucks after how positive I've tried to be this year. But once I started communicating my problems with friends, I began to feel better. I also asked myself why I felt this way, reflected on the past few weeks, and realized I was just playing tricks on myself. There was absolutely no reason for me to feel the way I felt. 


I'm really excited to get back to life after this weekend. I've got a lot to look forward to, like school, work, a show (!), and a possible weekend trip to Orlando to see my best bud! I'm ready to kick this four day weeks ass! 

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Gotta Fan The Fire Under My Ass

Tonight I'm not really in the mood to write a post, which is odd because most nights I feel really inspired to talk about something. 
Today hasn't really been exciting, but I'm hoping for more tomorrow when I go to St. Augustine for my cousins wedding. I may just need to do things to inspire me, instead of doing nothing all day. Or maybe I just need to switch up my mindset. 
While I've been pretty good with eating lots of protein and staying hydrated (for being away from home), I haven't been able to work out. I don't have any clothes for working out, so I can't go to the hotel gym. And the hotel room is way too small to even try anything out. 
It's kind of sucks that yesterday I felt a fire under my ass, but today I didn't do much of nothing. Hopefully when I get home I can do a lot more, like working out and creating content. 

Saturday, January 16, 2016

I Met A Chicken!

This is my first time writing a post on the blog app and it's really weird, but I shouldn't complain since its letting me blog from far off exotic places. That's right, I'm in Jacksonville, Fl for the weekend for a family wedding!
I'm sitting by a bonfire at my cousins house, goofing around with my brother and sister. One of those things that doesn't seem like a big deal in the moment, but probably ends up being a life long memory. We explored the yard for a little bit, needing to walk since we were in the car for at least 8 hours. My cousins have a small section cornered off for their chickens, and I was able to get a pic with them, thankfully.


This morning, long before the car ride, the bonfire and the chickens, I had class. There were multiple things that made me want to turn around (never ending rain, forgetting to take my heart medz, feeling tired) but I put all of that in a tiny box and locked away. A mistake I've made in past semesters was taking advantage of colleges lex attendance policies, which always affected my grade. This year I'm trying to be more responsible, and that means making sure I'm at every class, rain or shine, heart medz or not. 
During the car ride up to Jacksonville, my family and I listed to Hamilton in its entirety. It was my first time hearing it in whole, and let me just say how fucking blown away I was. I can't imagine seeing that on stage, just listening to it is a transformative/inspirational experience. It really motivates you to get shit done, which really matches up well with my life as of late. 
Hamilton kind of put a fire under my ass, and made me remember that I need to start creating some sort of video content and posting it up. I also need to improve this website, and make it look better (whether that means fixing my settings, or finding a new host site). 
Anyway, I'm having a really chill night, and I'm feeling really motivated to do more shit, so I'm a very happy boy! 

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Making Myself Happy

I woke up to some shitty ass Oscar nominations. Granted, I haven't seen a majority of the movies, but judging from what I know from trailers, there are much better choices for nominees. Really, these awards don't mean much, they're cool and all, but it doesn't really give us a definite look at the best movies of the year. If it did, The Force Awakens and Tangerine would've gotten some attention.

I ended up late to class, but it didn't matter much because we were doing some sort of worksheet. I was really proud of myself because I understood a majority of the work. When I didn't, I swallowed nerves/pride and asked the T.A for some help, which is a huge step for me. After class, I stopped by my house to make a quick snack before work. I made a fire ass wrap, and ate it while I opened a package from Amazon. In middle school, there was a book that I would constantly check out from the library that was a step by step look into how Disney makes an animated movie. There were a few nights when I slept with the book by my side. When I graduated, I was really upset that I was never going to be able to read it again. Fast forward 7 years, and I was able to hunt down the book on Amazon and order it. Its now forever mine, and I'll always have the disney film making process handy.

Please note that I made today a great day. I didn't have to ask for help with math, or make a fire ass wrap or treat myself to the book. I made all of that happen, I made myself happy. While I'm still working on being my own major source of happiness, I think today was a really big step in the right direction.

Before I go, I want to thank anyone thats been reading this. It really means a lot to me that you actually have some level of interest in what I have to say. Thanks again, and remember to make it a great day!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

I Kinda Won The Lottery

Before I start anything, I have to brag that I think I won the lottery. Its about 11 dollars, and I spent 10 on tickets, so I'm only making a dollar BUT STILL!!! I'm a lottery winner! I've joined an elite society of Americans, that comes with perks such as having access to an underground tunnel system and free continental breakfasts in every major city.


On top of winning the lottery, I ate pretty fuckin healthy and worked out! I'm the epitome of health! Its not too hard to do, honestly. I partially treat it like a game, pretending the things I'm doing give me extra life points. And I partially treat it like normal life. I try not to make a huge deal out of the fact that I'm switching up my lifestyle a little bit, because then theres added pressure.

During dinner tonight (Side note: My dad made some fire meatloaf) my dad brought up the fact that I've only made one video this year, and I said i would do one every week. I completely forgot about that, and I'll have to figure out what to shoot a video about later on! Suggestions are greatly appreciated. Also, this morning my dad brought up the fact that I hadn't mentioned his kidney stones in my blog. So shout out to my dads kidney stones.

Yesterday, I told myself I would make today a better day and I did! I put my mind to it and I got that shit done! Heres hoping I make tomorrow just as great, or even greater!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

A 2 For 1 Diary

Today was a pretty solid day, but considering the standards yesterday set, it was easy to do better! I randomly began to feel sick yesterday while walking to my car after class, and vomited all over myself. I felt like I had the life taken out of me, and slept right when I got home. I realized I wouldn't be able to make it to work, so I called in sick, and slept for the rest of the day. It was incredibly boring, and was excited to make up for it today!

I drove my brother and sister to school, and got complaints from my sister that I hadn't blogged about her surprise party last Friday. She missed out on having her party on a day I felt like writing a diary entry, and now you've all been warned. Plan your lives around my blog if you want it featured.

I was a little anxious about going to class, worried I would begin feeling sick again, but realized that I needed to grow a pair and go learn about linear equations. I drove straight to work afterward, and got to chat with my mom for a bit in her classroom (one of the many perks of working at the same place as your mom) before she went home. Work flew by, partly because I was given a class to substitute so there were a lot of new things to keep my mind occupied.

After work I went grocery shopping, and ran into one of my dads friends who said he enjoyed my New York vlog (Two compliments on my work in one day? RAD!!!). I also ran into a friend from high school who said I looked like a man now. Not sure what I looked like before, but I'm taking it as a compliment! I was able to buy a few more "healthy" foods, specifically breakfasts and snacks, which I'm excited to start eating tomorrow. Unfortunately since I didn't feel well yesterday and was still feeling a bit of the after effects today, I didn't work out. Tomorrow I'm assuming I'll feel well enough to start that up again, but we'll see.

The rest of my night was pretty chill. I had spaghetti with my family, and watched the State of The Union with my brother and sister. And by watch, I mean make comments about almost everything besides politics. I tweeted some of my genius commentary.











Sure yesterday was shitty, but I'm glad I was able to use that as fuel to turn today into a great day. And I'm sure tomorrow will be even better! 

Monday, January 11, 2016

David Bowie, Under Pressure & Me

David Bowie had always been an artist I wanted to get into, but never quite did. I only know a couple of songs from Bowie, and if I compiled them onto an album it'd be titled David Bowie's Basic Hits. I listened to Heroes in high school when I read Perks of Being a Wallflower. It quickly became a high school staple and I would blast it whenever I wanted my own "infinite" moment. I know of the spacey greatness in Life on Mars, and have memories of Lets Dance being on every 80's-centric radio station I've ever listened to. But the Bowie song that's had the biggest impact on my life is his duet with Queen, Under Pressure.
Bowies last big part in Under Pressure is what gets me the most. I'm not sure what was meant when the lyrics were written, whether there's an incredibly deep meaning behind it or not, but this is how I interpret it. We love our family or our partners, even in their darkest moments. We may hate what they do sometimes, but we rarely ever stop loving them. That undying love helps create a positive circle around you. Despite all the pressure we're constantly under, its alleviated by putting love out into the world and making the most of "our last dance," which Bowie seems to have done better than anyone else.

The Highs and Lows of The 2016 Golden Globes

Highs

  • Oscar Issac: Theres just something about his presence that makes me giddy. Whether he's flying an X-Wing or addressing the lack of diversity in Hollywood, he looks and acts like a star and I'm 100% here for it. Not only do I have a slight crush on him, but its really awesome to see someone who's also hispanic/latino become one of Hollywoods biggest stars.

  • Julianne Moore's dress: She looks like she's come from the future to kick my ass.

  • Rachel Bloom's win: Probably the most satisfying moment of the night was the unexpected win for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star Rachel Bloom. I've watched the show since the premiere, and have enjoyed the hell out of every episode but I didn't think it would ever get any recognition.  Bloom, who's also the creator and writer, has clearly put her heart into the show and its great to see her receive praise for it. 
  • The "Yahs Gaga": An anonymous audience member shouted "YAHS GAGA" while Lady Gaga went up to accept her award for AHS: Hotel. The phrase, which was first made popular by this video, has become a huge meme so its weird to have it come up at an awards show. Life imitates art, I guess. 
  • DiCaprio: So many great things happened with Leo tonight. Lets start by recognizing his fear of Lady Gaga, which is sure to be all over the internet tomorrow. We also can't forget his win for The Revenant. While its not his first Globe, it is a strong indicator of whether or not he has a chance of winning his first Oscar, with the past 3 Globe winners also winning the Oscar. Side note: I've seen the trailer for The Revenant multiple times and I'm not sure what its about. Beards? Being buried alive? Snow? 
Lows
  • Ricky Gervais: There was an audible groan throughout the world when it was announced Gervais would be hosting the Golden Globes for the millionth time. Known for his "edgy" and "dark" sense of humor, Gervais made every celebrity you've ever loved pity laugh tonight. His monologue was rough, but we got through it together. 
  • Mel Gibson: You know, I'm not sure exactly what it was Mel Gibson did. I was young when he did it, but I faintly remember something antisemitic. Also, a movie with a talking Beaver? Ever since then I've disliked him. There was a moment it looked like Gervais and Gibson were about to get in a drunken fist fight, and I got really excited. 
  • Mozart In The Jungle: Listen, I'm sure the show is great. I'm majorly biased since I haven't seen it, but I really didn't understand why it won. I'm totally going to give it a chance, but even after this win I'm still, for some reason, a bit skeptical. Why is Mozart in the Jungle?
  • Channing Tatums Hair: I don't need to explain this. 


Sunday, January 10, 2016

Where's My Wagon Full of Fat?

Today didn't really kick off till the late afternoon when I met my friend at the gym. She invited me a few days ago after reading here that I wanted to start being healthier, and I was really glad she did! We were there for about an hour, and only stuck to the elliptical but it kicked my ass. I mean, I'm sure I'll get to the point where the elliptical is simple machine to use, but for now I'll have to let it slowly kill me. Maybe it was just because it was cardio (I've got a notoriously bad cardio history)? Or am I that out of shape?!

My usual (beginners) work out routine is one I picked up from a source I totally forgot about. I do three rounds (Is that the correct terminology? Or would it be sets?) every other day. While that work out is great, I feel like I need to add a bit more cardio to it. I want to try to incorporate jogging into it, which would be much easier than the elliptical. I also have certain meals I try to eat before and after each workout, for maximum nutritional gain. The rest of the  time, I try to be a lil more active than usual by doing things like taking the stairs, taking long ways, parking farther away etc. I also try to eat more protein based foods, more green vegetables, and less empty calories. 
Sorry these pictures all look like they've been microwaved

My short term goal isn't anything special, just to lose some fat and gain some muscle. I feel like it'll be a lot easier to achieve my long term goal by splitting it all up into little sections. After I've completed this short term goal, I'll actually join a gym and start planning out my meals weekly. Honestly not sure what comes after that, but we'll figure it out!
Long term goal: wheeling out all of my lost fat in a wagon in front of a live studio audience 



Friday, January 8, 2016

Must Watch List For 1/8/2016

Here's what you should be watching this weekend:
  1. The Golden Globes
    • This is an obvious choice. Not only is it a great live tweeting opportunity (@chriismolina), but its a great start to awards season! Its just a Golden Globe, so the nominees aren't nervous, everyones there to have a good time and get made fun of. Also, it helps narrow down what you should be watching before the Oscars in February! 
  2. Seinfeld 
    • Thank god for Hulu for allowing me to discover this classic for myself. You'd assume a show from over 20 years ago would be incredibly outdated, but the show still holds up! Whether the gang is getting lost in a parking garage, or trying to maintain a sexual friendship, the plots are as relatable as ever. 
  3. The Force Awakens 
    • I know it came out almost a month ago, but this movie deserves more than one viewing. You've got to give yourself a chance to catch all the reference to past movies, and confirm your fan theory. Also, lets be real, who doesn't want to Poe Dameron again?  
  4. Steven Universe 
    • You may be hesitant, as I (and any other adult) was, to watch a show on Cartoon Network. You've got to trust me on this one though. Its clearly a children's show, but while very subtly handling issues like the growing up motherless, transgenderism, amongst others, it can easily be enjoyed by any age. 
  5.  The Molinas Take Manhattan 
    • Sure its my own video, but I've gotten pretty positive responses for it! You should definitely check it out if you haven't already 

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Why Have I Never Had A Female Hibachi Chef?

Today was a typical day, with very few things to note. 

A fight almost broke out in my math class. I may be overdramatizing it a tad, but a teacher and a student got into a little scuffle after the student interrupted the professor. Looking back on it, it really wasn't a big deal, but now I know that I need to keep my phone out in that class just in case some internet gold breaks out between the professor and a student. 

After work, my family and I went to a hibachi grill. We all enjoyed ourselves, and ate till we were sick. As I was sitting there eating my hibachi chicken though, I realized that I had never had or seen a female hibachi chef. What kind of sexist society are we living in where we don't encourage women to perform tricks with fire and knives while cooking for a family of four or business men on lunch. 

Later on, I went to TJ Maxx and rediscovered pure joy. I totally forgot what low prices they had, and how much of a steal everything was in there. I went in to buy underwear and they had Calvin Klein's for $8. EIGHT FUCKING DOLLARS! (A cool secret I've discovered: buy yourself a pair of cool underwear. Not necessarily sexy, just something you think you look good in! It'll make you feel 10x better than you're already feeling, guaranteed.) Rest assured, I'm going back there tomorrow to splurge a little bit. 

Surprisingly this post is not sponsored by either The Women Hibachi Chefs of America or TJ Maxx. 

Remember to try to focus on the great things that happened during your day, no matter how small or unimportant they seem! 


It Went From Good To Wtf To Great

Today went from great to what the fuck to great again, so lets get into how the hell that happened!

I went to class, and luckily didn't have to take a test on my first day again. I did, however, have to put up with terrible Professor jokes. For all those unfamiliar, professor jokes are similar to dad jokes in a sense. The only difference is that you can tell the person making a dad joke to fuck off, but you've got to put out a really strong fake laugh for professor jokes (for grading reasons, obviously). Other than that, the class went really well. I'm pretty confident that I already know a majority of the material, so now its only a matter of refreshing myself.

I got home after class, and made myself a spinach chicken wrap. It was really simple, but I was proud of the fact that I didn't go get a 6 piece from McDonalds. I actually put effort into making something healthy! Work was pretty tough, mostly due to the fact that I had to pull double duty and take care of two groups of kids (about 50 all together). Eventually I was able to go back to one group, and once I had that smaller number I took them all to the playground, which really just made the rest of the work day simpler.

On my way home, my friends band, Cannibal Kids, was being interviewed for about an hour on the radio! I drove around with the windows down, listening to them play and talking about how different songs were made, it was really exciting! Mid interview, I drove over to my other friends house and listened to it with her. We squealed very loudly, as if we hadn't known this guy for over a year but was instead some famous rock star.

Once I got home though, I kind of forgot about what a great day I had and just let myself go. I sat in bed for a good hour and a half, incredibly upset for no particular reason. I went over everything in my life, and told myself nothing was good enough. I know thats not true, but once I'm down its pretty hard to convince myself otherwise. Luckily though, when I can't help myself, I've got a great support system. I talked to one of my best friends for a bit, and felt exponentially better. I think these moments are pretty common for everyone, which is one of the reasons why its so important to surround yourself with loving and caring people who are always willing to help you out.

Hope you all had (or have, depending on when you're reading this) a great day!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Stop The World, Because I'm Getting On!

I'm a working student! I've got friends! I'm writing every day like Carey Bradshaw and Rev Run! MY LIFE IS STARTING!! 

Seriously though, today felt like a real adult day. I started off my morning right, by eating waffles and watching Seinfeld. I began school today, which was exciting. I hadn't been to an on campus class in what felt like a million years, so it was cool to feel like a "real" college student. I almost forgot that college aged people lived in Miami. One major accessory to on-campus classes that completely slipped my mind was the all important backpack. Luckily, it was only syllabus day, but it felt really weird going around without something covering my back. Where was I supposed to keep gatorade bottles? Excess papers? Broken pens? I'm going to feel a lot safer wearing one tomorrow. 

After school, I sat in the parking lot congratulating myself for not vomiting on my first day. Even after my teacher gave us a test after the first 20 minutes, I kept my cool. I drove over to work, and had a surprisingly easy day.  I don't think I've said it before, but I'm an after-school care teacher. The kids sat down, did their homework, and went home. Its not always that simple, so I considered myself lucky. 

As I was driving back home, I realized that I should probably start working on my cliche resolution of being healthier. I stopped by the grocery store and bought all my favorite "healthy" foods, which is probably going to be the easiest part of working on this resolution. I'm going to have to start working out, and cooking healthy meals, and eventually join a gym and start a meal plan. But my short term goal is just to start being a bit more active and eating healthier, and which I think I'll be okay at. I'm planning on adding working out into my daily routine starting tomorrow morning and I think it'll go alright as long as I'm focused on my goal! 

Monday, January 4, 2016

First Real Day of 2016 + A Quick Life Catch Up

Today was the first real day of 2016. Luckily there were no classes, so I was able to ease myself into life by only working today. But, starting tomorrow, I'm a working student. I'm becoming those hard workers I've always admired but never really wanted to become because it was to much effort.

It was my sisters birthday! Happy birthday Alysen! My family and I all went out for dinner to celebrate. It was only the immediate family, but it felt like a pretty large party. Almost like something out of the Brady Bunch, where all the kids would dress up for someones birthday party and it would only be them around the table and a huge cake. We all sat around talking about our New York vacation, and cracking Star Wars jokes. None of us have come down from our Force Awakens high, and I don't think we ever will. We drove home singing along to the Hamilton soundtrack. Scratch that, we drove home while Alysen belted along to the Hamilton soundtrack, and the rest of us made screeching noises that somewhat resembled singing.

9 months ago I really did not think I'd be where I am today. I was freshly back home after living in Orlando for a year, incredibly bitter but still needing to live my life. Once I got my job in August, things began to look up. I had a routine, and social interaction. I was doing better, not my best, but better.

Then, in October, I started going out and making new friends. Having lived in Orlando for a year, I had barely any friends in Miami. But that changed once I decided to put myself out there, actually accept invitations to go places and not just sit on my ass, complaining that I didn't have anyone.

Fast forward to today, I'm starting my life back up again after the winter hiatus. I've had enough time to reflect. I know what I want in various aspects of my life, as do you (I talked about it all!). Now, I can go back out and try to make myself a better person. I'm not an idiot, I know that not everything will be improved upon. As long as I can improve one aspect of my life though, I'll be proud of myself.

I uploaded a video, I'm writing this and I hung out with family. I would say thats a pretty good chunk of resolutions worked on today! Go me! I'm really looking forward to whatever tomorrow has in store!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

New York Vlog (formally titled Place Holder)

Edit: Technology is terrible, and didn't allow me to post the video in HD. But without further adieu, heres The Molinas Take Manhattan!



For my third post of the year I decided to finally finish editing my New York vlog and post it! But,  Youtube is being a bit of an ass and my video is taking a while to upload.

I have not forgotten about my resolution, and I will not! Its simply being postponed because technology sucks sometimes. Maybe Y2K should've happened.

So, look forward to having a nice ol' fashion vlog where this post is, complete with some commentary by yours truly!

In the meantime, enjoy some of my other videos! Or maybe read some old posts! Or live your own god damn life!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCufeLhs_f9prbteUpkl2Rbw

I Can Fix It Tomorrow

While the second day of 2016 wasn't absolutely horrific, I was a bit upset with myself (and thats okay).

During the day the only solid-ish plan I had was to go play ultimate frisbee with some buds, but I ended up getting middle school P.E flashbacks and didn't go. I mean, I highly doubt my friends would call me gay and try to pull down my gym shorts (Incredibly ironic looking back on it) like some of my classmates would do, but still, theres some sort of uncomfortableness that comes with team sports. Whether its because I'm self conscious of my lack of hand eye coordination, or I'm intimidated by being surrounded by only guys, I always tend to avoid them.

Reexamining my day, I see that going would've been a really cool time to not only get to know my pals a bit more, but great opportunity to step out of my comfort zone a bit. Luckily, this whole frisbee thing is a weekly thing, so hopefully I can make the next one.

Later on, I went over a friends house to help her clean out her room. I was able to take home a few things like a mic, push pins and my dads shirt (suspicious). While I didn't stick to my resolutions earlier in the day like I should've, I'm glad that I spent time with a friend while helping her out. It doesn't take away from the fact that I should've gone out earlier, but its nice to know that I still remembered to work on some resolutions and not give up after failing.

I rate this day a 7/10. It was great, but could've been better. I can fix it tomorrow.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Brand Spanking New! Chris

Welcome to 2016, this is the future. There aren't any flying cars, or an end to global warming, but who gives fuck because you can see a douche bag fall off a stick-less Segway on any busy street corner.

One of my many resolutions this year is to write a blog post a day, and make a video a week. So while todays post is more of an intro to what I'm planning on doing this year, I plan on the rest of the 365 posts (its a leap year!) to not be as lackluster as this one. 

So what am I doing this year? Well, I want to get into working out (Original, I know). Not only is it a cool hobby but I'll have a killer bod. I also want to spend less time alone. Not cooping myself up in my room and on my computer, but out with friends or family. I feel like I should also be grateful for what and who I have in my life, which I think will happen after I spend less time alone! I'm only listing a few resolutions, but I promise I have a lot more. 

Stick with me while I get through 2016, and witness as I transition to Brand Spanking New! Chris