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Friday Five (1)

Posted November 20, 2015 by Rowena in Miscellaneous | 3 Comments

Friday Five

One of my favorite YA authors, Sarah Dessen used to do a weekly meme on her blog called Friday Five. Every Friday, she would post about five things and those things were really random things. Things she was obsessed with that week, great news that happened to her, things that caught her interest in the news and just anything and everything. I’m going to bring that to this blog and just post about five things.

Here are this week’s five things: Five Things I’m Grateful For.

Thanksgiving is coming up and it’s a time when everyone is showing their gratitude toward anything and everything. I thought I’d share five things that I’m grateful for this week…cause why not?


[1] This one.

This is probably one of the most recent pictures of Brenna and I really like it. I’m eternally grateful for this girl. She gives my life purpose and even when I’m so rip roaring pissed at her, I’m thankful she’s in my life. I’m grateful to be her Mom because if anyone knows my struggle, it’s her. Yet, despite hearing no more than yes, she’s one of the happiest people that I know. She is the very best part of me and I’m so stinking thankful she’s my kid.


[2] These two.

There aren’t enough words in the dictionary to explain how much these two mean to me. How thankful I am to have had my Mom as long as I did and to still have my Dad around now.

My Mom was one of the strongest people that I know. I mean, she had nine kids! There wasn’t a thing she wouldn’t do for any of us kids and her grandkids. I’m grateful that Brenna grew up with her, that she was able to have a solid relationship with her because despite the attack of the Lilies thing (shut up Mulu, haha), she was a great Mom…especially when I became an adult. She was funny and she was always trying to be cool and I will always miss her.

My Dad is one of the coolest people I know. He’s definitely the coolest Dad cause only my Dad can sit in his mini van in front of the house, banging Silent Night (in Samoan, no less) like it’s DJ Quik. Only my Dad can run errands with two different tennis shoes on and not give a damn. Only my Dad’s old man ass can phone bang on the phone while blaring Boyz II Men on the boombox in his room. Only my Dad can lock his keys in his car and then go from auto part store to auto part store asking if they sell, “you know, that illegal thing that opens cars” then wonder what he said wrong. Haha, only my Dad can do all of that cause that’s how cool he is. He takes good care of me and Brenna and I’m hella thankful for him.

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[3] These guys.

This is one of the last pictures, if not the last picture that we took as a complete family. Mom’s gone now and so is Seko so our pictures are always missing them but not this one.

I’m thankful for each and every single one of my siblings. They make me mad sometimes but for the most part, they make me laugh to the point that I almost pee my pants. Our group texts never fail to crack me up no matter where I am. In my room, in the office, at the DMV office. They’re the best support system anyone could ask for and I’m thankful to have each and every single one of them in my life cause they’re always donating money every year and eating at Aloha Pizza every time for Brenna’s many basketball fundraisers and I love the hell out of them!

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[4] These dudes.

One of my favorite things to do is laugh and with each and every single one of these guys, I do a lot of laughing. I’m also a notorious flake and these guys still keep me around so heck yeah, I’m thankful to have fantastic friends like these guys.

My days would not be the same without my daily emails with Holly, Ames, B Nice and Tasha. I love talking, venting and hearing about their lives. Work would be such a drag to get through without these guys keeping me sane, especially with Palagi Valea.

Lilo and Kia were good sports when I forced encouraged them to be a part of my book club and I loved laughing it up with them every month. I grew up with these two and the older I got, the closer I got to these two and I love having them in my life.

Which leaves me with my oldest friends: Theresa, Hanah, Foti, Ralph and Mulu. The people that have seen me at my best and have been there right next to me through my worst. These are the ones that held me together through the whispers back when I first had Brenna, the ones that have literally bailed me out of everything that I could have possibly gotten myself into, danced on bar tables and dropped down and got their eagle on with me, drove me around town and let me cry the night I found out that my nephew was diagnosed with cancer and the ones that have been my rock through my Mom and Seko’s funerals and every other time I needed them.

I’m so damned grateful for every one of you guys.


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[5] This thing.

I’m an avid reader, I love my TV Shows and I can get all of the above on my iPad. So you know hot damn well that I’m very grateful for this little bad boy that keeps me connected, well read and entertained. Haha, I’m not kidding.

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Oh Hell, I’m That Friend

Posted November 18, 2015 by Rowena in Miscellaneous | 2 Comments

As I mentioned before, I just turned 35 and most all of my friends are either in serious relationships or they’re married. They’re starting families and their kids are all young (except you, Holly and Tasha. You have old kids just like me, haha) and still in that need a babysitter age. My kid is sixteen and is almost the age I was when I had her (hold me). She’s going to house parties and hanging out with friends until all hours of the night whether it’s on FaceTime or at our house. I don’t need to be in her pocket at every hour of the day to make sure she doesn’t accidentally eat a golf ball or something.

My child rearing days are pretty much behind me. I’m at the “let them go and hope for the best” stage of mothering but through all of the stages of Brenna’s life, I’ve gone it alone.

I’m serially single.

I’m not pining after some lost love or anything like that. I just haven’t met anyone that I want to date, let alone “have relations” with.

I haven’t really let myself think about being single. It’s just something that I am. I’m independent and I like that I don’t have to answer to anyone or check in with anyone. I do what I want when my bank account tells me I can and that’s that.

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But, Jessica Day in the picture above is me because though I haven’t found my other half, my soulmate or what have you…my friends have.

I’m happy for them, thrilled even because all of my friends have awesome partners. Holly? MM is the perfect match for you. He’s everything that I would want for you. Tasha? John is such an awesome husband and father to you and the kids. Hanah? Leo is a great husband and father and he’s extremely cool (he’s related to the Rock’s stunt double guys) and finally…Mulu? Pedro has passed every single friends test that I could have put to him and I have come to love the hell out of him.

Really guys, I’m happy for all of you but the reason I started writing this post is because on freaking Monday, I got an email from Mulu.

The gist of the email was…

“I’m going to get to know him so I can see if he’d be a good fit for Wena!”

Oh, hell.

I’ve lived through my parents trying to set me up with people, guys who have approached my Dad to ask permission to date me (my Dad had a good laugh at that one and his response was, why are you asking me? Ask her! Haha, I love my Pops!) and apparently, it’s time that I live through my friends trying to set me up.

I’m that freaking single friend that my friends are trying to play matchmaker with.

First things first, Mulu…YOU BETTER NOT! Haha.

Even though sometimes I feel like this:

single friend

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I promise, I’m more like this…

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So really, I love you guys but don’t any of you get any more ideas about setting me up, you hear me????

And for all of my single friends out there (I see you Ames and B Nice), cheers!

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