Sunday, August 21, 2011

I Cain't Say No!

You know what's awkward?
Practicing for an audition in front of your parents singing about how you're "just a girl who cain't say no."

Here's a video of me singing last semester. A song with a con artist trying to convince me to sleep with him:

Friday, August 19, 2011

Travel Tip Thursday!

So two Sundays ago my cousins and I went up to the North Shore. Except we had to come back early because I started crying because I couldn't move because my arm hurt. (This was before we went to the doctor so all I knew was that I was in a LOT of pain) Anyway, we took some fun pictures and you can't even tell I wanted to cry the whole time/cried a lot.

Waimea Bay:



And then we went to the Coffee Gallery in Haleiwa for pineapple shakes and chocolate chip shakes:


Monday, August 15, 2011

My friends, my mom, and Starbucks think I'm crazy

On my bluetooth with my mom driving one armed to pick her up from work:
Nakita: The Pupper (what I'm calling him since Mom doesn't want me to use people's names. Oh, and by people, I mean our dog, or BC as she calls him) is staring at the car right now.
Mom: Wait, I thought you were almost here?
Nakita: I am.
Mom: Wait where's The Pupper?
Nakita: Staring out his window at the house. Where do you think he is? I'm driving to your work!
Mom: He can't be at his window and you be where you are. I am so confused.
Nakita: NO ONE UNDERSTANDS MY SARCASM!
Mom: You can't say he's staring AT the car. That means he's OUTSIDE of the car. You should've said, "He's staring in the car!"
Nakita: No. That makes no sense. He's sitting in the passenger seat staring AT the car because your voice is coming out of the speakers.
Mom: Oh my gosh. I'll see you when you get here.

Why Starbucks thinks I'm crazy:
Nakita: Can I have a tall nonfat hot chocolate with whip? It evens out you know.
Barista:(laughs at me) Do you need a drink carrier?
Nakita: No thank you, I'm saving the world.
She just walks away.
I just didn't finish my sentence. What I meant was "No, thank you, I'm saving the world one drink carrier at a time." I say the same thing about plastic bags at the grocery store. I think the checker outter people at the store think I might be crazy too.

What happened on my cousin, Monica's voicemail:
Nakita: Hey, it's me. So, are you working tomorrow? Because if you're not working tomorrow...EFF I HUNG UP!!!!
(call her back. I hear her voicemail message and immediately hang up because I can't leave voicemails so out of habit I hung up. Again. Call her back.)
Hey sorry. I hung up on accident because I pressed the stupid button. And then I called you and hung up out of habit. I'm dumb. Anyway, when are you off? I want to go hiking. Tomorrow. To Pillboxes. Let's do that. Also, there is Zumba at 9. We should go to that first and...
Her voicemail robot: You're message has been deleted please rerecord blah, blah, blah.
Nakita: I. can't. Can you just call me please? GAHHH!!!!!!

On Facebook chat:
Nakita: YOU HAVE A BOYFRIEND?!
Levi: Yes. You added him on The FB. If you came out more often, YOU'D have MET HIM...Yes, I'm yelling at you....
Nakita: I TORE THE CARTILAGE IN MY SHOULDER! I'M INJURED! and on a lot of drugs. and by drugs i mean vicodin. also, i'm doctor ordered not to drive. i don't drive anywhere past the costco shopping center.
Nakita: because i can't NOT drive. the doctor doesn't understand
Nakita: i'm on a lot of vicodin right now.
Levi: Which means you're kookier than ever?!?!?! Bahahaha.

Brilliant!

I love my best friend, Carly. She made me a pretty sling so I don't have to wear boring ones. It was custom made for me this afternoon! I made my mom take a picture of me wearing it before I rushed out of the house to go to work.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Things I've Learned Wearing My Arm Sling

So I tore the cartilage in my shoulder therefore damaging a bunch of nerves and tendons or whatever in my arm and neck. They told me to wear an arm sling, not drive, and gave me Vicodin.

1. EVERYONE you see at work, Starbucks, Zumba, and everywhere inbetween will come up and ask you what you did. It goes something like this:
"I tore the cartilage in my shoulder"
"My goodness! Did you fall?"
"I'm 22, not 80! I did NOT fall!".. okay I don't say that, I think that. And say something like, "No, it's from hurting it and then just going on with my life instead of going to the doctor." or "Kayaking" or "Work". All these answers are true. I answer depending on how I feel.
And then they say something encouraging.

2. If you are injured but haven't gone to the ER yet and your shoulder hasn't reached the point where you can't move, it just hurts to do stuff, and you're in Zumba and you stop to stretch. People look at you like "Why is one of the youngest girls in the class winded?"

However, if you have an arm sling, everyone comes up and congratulates you on being a trouper and coming to class. After they ask you what happened. And if you fell.

3. People tip you at least 20% if you're injured and at work. They feel bad for one armed waitress. And they act shocked when you bring an entire tray of food and do everything with just your right arm.

4. If you wear the arm sling, your neck starts to hurt. But if you don't wear the arm sling, you think it might be better to just chop off your arm because that would hurt less than trying to keep your arm in sling position.

5. I thought the whole rest, don't do anything except go to work would be easy. Sit and watch TV. Apparently I get stir crazy

6. If I take a Vicodin, and I'm laying on my couch resting because my room is a disaster, and How Do I Look? doesn't come on. I cry. Because apparently I cry whenever I'm disappointed when I'm on Vicodin. And then my dog licks my face. Which makes me feel better.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

ER

Nakita: Why is your roommate in the hospital?
Joey: Because I beat him for not doing the dishes.

Of course.

Mail with Two Fake Adults

Nakita: I'm surprised Mom didn't immediately rip up this credit card offer.
Little Brother: Oh, Mom AND Dad said I have Jury Duty. Look at these envelopes.
(2 Jury Duty envelopes with names of people we don't know)
Nakita: I don't think YOU have jury duty so much as some people who used to live here do.
LB: No! I KNOW they wouldn't lie to me. We have to find it.
LB: ...Maybe, they put fake names. So the murderer can't know who is judging them.
Nakita: I doubt that.
LB: No! I'm sure of it!
Nakita: I'm pretty sure it's a federal offense to open someone else's mail.
LB: No, I'm sure they just put a fake name here and I'll know when I open it that it's for me.
Nakita (as he opens the letter): Yeah, that's realistic.
LB: Nope. Not mine. I guess no jury duty?
Nakita: Guess not...
LB: What are the chances of two people with completely different names getting jury duty who supposedly live at the same address at the same time?
Nakita: It's a conspiracy.

Walk away as the little bro sits contemplating the possible conspiracy.

7:45 am

7:40- Wake up.
8:00- Physical Therapy about 4 or 5 miles down the road. I have 5 minutes to brush my teeth, change, and rush out of the house. Then I realize, Mom has my car.

7:45:
Nakita: Daddy, Daddy, I'm sorry I'm waking you up but can I borrow your car?
Dad: I was listening to the doctor. You're not allowed to drive.
Nakita: Okay then, can you take me to PT please?
Dad: I am sleeping.
Nakita: Okay, so I'm going to borrow your car.

10:00-Sitting on the couch watching TV.
Nakita: Good morning, Dad. Thanks for letting me borrow your car.
Dad: When did you borrow my car?

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

5 Favorite Oahu Boutiques

If you come to visit you should go! They're the best. I love places where you know the owners and they know what you like and you walk in and they say, "Nakita! I have something that will look fabulous on you! AND it's on sale!" (because they know I don't buy anything unless it's marked down)

1. Drift Boutique.



They're amazing. Laura and Ale-the owners, are two awesome ladies who give me the best fashion advice and they're so talented! A lot of the stuff in the store are things they've made and designed. Recycled and chic. My two favorite things.

2. Pualani Bikinis.



There are two locations. One in Kailua and one in the Kaimana Otani Hotel. Both carry mostly the same things but my favorite is the Kailua location. These bikinis are well worth every penny. Best quality bikini you will ever buy. And it's easy to find parking and the owner Lauren is as sweet as can be.

3. In My Closet.



The two ladies who own it, I'm not sure what their names are, but I really should. Almost all my clothing is from them. Different from my beach-y attire, they're more chic and edgy. I love their stuff. Best part-they always have an awesome sales rack. I've only bought one thing full price there-my birthday dress for my 21st birthday. Other than that, sales rack is key!

4. Oogenesis.



This store is in Haleiwa and while I don't actually own anything from here, I fall in love with so many different things every time I walk through. If you have a couple hundred dollars to drop on a dress-this is the place to do it!

5. Local Motion in Koko Marina.



While this is NOT a boutique but a chain surf store around the islands, I absolutely adore this store. I don't really leave Hawaii Kai anymore and so if I feel like window shopping and just looking at cute stuff, I wander through after I get my afternoon coffee. Usually I pick up a new Sun Bum chapstick. The guys who work here are super nice and if you don't want to drive far, they'll order you whatever you want (for me it was a Tiffany blue and white Billabong beach umbrella). They're really awesome and if you're on vacation here, stop by on your way out to Hanauma Bay. :)

Monday, August 8, 2011

Uhhhh... Disaster

So I have this problem. It's called "I decided to run two companies out of my bedroom and therefore have no room left in my room for anything." Which, I guess some people don't care if their room is a disaster. But it drives me crazy. Thankfully, it's organized mess in that I know where everything is.... but, still... it's driving me crazy. I need to clean my room but I always get super overwhelmed and give up. So, I'm going to show you what a disaster this is and hopefully that'll motivate me to show you how clean it is! :\ This is embarrassing but here it is...

Please forgive me but...

I can't figure out how to follow people from my sidebar. Mom's already sleeping so I'll ask her when she wakes up. Thanks to all my new followers! And thanks to my super awesome mom for sending you guys over!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

5 Things I Love Right Now

1. Instagram. It is my favorite app. It's like twitter for iPhone users. And no words. Only pictures. I love it. They have all these awesome tints you can use.
instagram!

2. Grande iced non-fat coconut lattes. If you put $5 on your card in the morning before Zumba, you get a treat receipt and then after 2, on your way to work you get a $2 iced coffee. Best deal ever. I save $2.


3. Shell Bangles. They're pretty bomb. My cousin is making me more so I can have a wrist full of fun bracelets.
(Please don't look at my awful chipped nail polish. Thanks. :) )


4. Zumba. It is SO. MUCH. FUN! I was really scared to go. I went once and I got hooked. Best part of my day.
This is my Zumba teacher! I love her! Watch the video of her class! You can see how we have class on the marina and what Zumba is like!

5. Sun Bum Lip Balm. It goes on super smooth, has SPF, and smells like a banana slurpee. Woohoo!!


What are your favorite things this summer?

Saturday, August 6, 2011

My goal...

Is to get my brother to voluntarily give me a hug and say "I love you too, Big Sis" in response to my "I love you baby brotherrrrrr!!!!" My attempt today went a little something like this...
Nakita: I love you little brother!
LB: (playing on his new fancy phone)...thanks... WHOA I HAVE GOOGLE EARTH ON THIS!

...I shall try again tomorrow

I won't grow up!

When I turned 22 I kind of freaked out. Actually, I've freaked out every year starting at 18. I believe my exact words on my last day of being 17 were "I CAN'T GROW UP! I NEED TO STAY A KID FOREVER!" Of course I turned 18, then all of a sudden I'm 22 and feel like I should be an "adult" and act like a grown up. However, I decided today that I don't have to grow up. I don't have to do anything I don't want to. I can do whatever I want. Such as make a music video with my cousins like Kendall and Kylie Jenner do. I will be doing that the last couple weeks of summer.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

"but if you have something you love and people say, ‘no you can’t do it,’ well they can go fuck themselves because if you like something and you feel like you’re good at it, just do it"

-Philip Defranco

Things That the Kids I Watch Say

Walking through Whistler...

T: Where are you getting engaged?
Nakita: I don’t know, I don’t even have a boyfriend.
T: Why?
Nakita: I can’t even begin to explain why I don’t have a boyfriend.
T: Well, when you do have a boyfriend, you should get engaged there (referring to the restaurant her parents got engaged at)
Nakita: Well, what if I get engaged somewhere at home or somewhere else in the world?
T: No. You have to get engaged in the snow… and you have to have a big, huge diamond ring.
Nakita: (laughing really hard) Okay, so when I have a boyfriend you make sure you tell him that okay?
T: Yeah and if not, (bring her arms up) I’ll punch him. Really hard.

Monday, August 1, 2011

A man who dares to waste one hour of his life has not discovered the value of life.

-Charles Darwin

Nanny Diaries: Whistler Edition

Email to my family on 12/18/10:
The day started CRAZY! I fell asleep around 7:30 last night (so 5:30 Hawaii time-CRAZY) and I woke up around 7:30am and everyone was awake and running around. Apparently the kids have to be at ski school at 7:45ish so it was a craze.

Then the hard part, parents going up the mountain and me staying with S. She. Threw. A. Fit.

I swear people thought I was kidnapping her. We had to go to the grocery store to pick up some stuff and the people there were all really nice and super helpful because I had a toddler throwing a temper tantrum screaming, “MOMMY! I WANT DADDY! I WANT MOMMY! I WANT DADDY!” interspersed with her sing/crying “you better not cry Santa Claus is coming to town” getting yelled out at me. This caused the guy stocking an aisle to sing the song for her. It didn’t help. She just stared at him like he was nuts. Looking back, funny. At the time, not one bit.

Then outside the store, in the middle of the square, walking IN THE SNOW she throws her boots and socks off from the stroller.

And refused to put them back on.

Which resulted in me running through the town back to the hotel to get her inside with groceries, carrying her in my hands, and pushing a stroller. Not to brag, but I’m pretty impressed that I pulled that one off. She napped for all of 10 minutes before she wanted to go play in snow.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Nanny Diaries: Whistler Edition

Email Excerpt:
The fire alarm went off this morning. T started crying and saying we were going to die. Fire trucks came. Sleeping people were evacuated into the snow. Pajamas and fur coats. My goodness. Turns out there wasn’t a fire. There was a flood? I don’t know what happened. But definitely exciting.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Nanny Diaries: Whistler Edition

Excerpt from my email to my family from 12/26/2010: HAPPY BOXING DAY!!

So, I’ve learned Boxing Day is essentially Canada’s version of Black Friday. However, I stayed here with the kids so the parents could go shopping. They came home around noon and we went… DOG SLEDDING!! It was really cool but it wasn’t as awesome as you’d expect because the trail smells really strongly of dog poop. And the dogs throw the snow into your face when they’re running… through dog poop.

But it was still a really awesome experience.

Friday, July 29, 2011

I'm allergic!

Tynan (Little Brother's friend): I'm allergic to mango.
Little Brother: What'll happen? Tynan: I'll get a rash.
Little Brother: So you can eat it, you just can't touch it.
Tynan: I've never tried it, I'll get a rash on my organs!

Beach Barrettes

I own a small non-profit company called Beach Barrettes. I use shells, beach glass, and coral myself and my family have handpicked off Oahu beaches to make beautiful hair accessories. I buy freshwater pearls to add to the barrettes. $10 of every barrette is donated. Please check out the facebook page and "like" it. On the facebook page are details about the boutiques that carry the barrettes. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!



Creeps

Nakita: So, one of our creepy bar regulars the other day... 
Mom (interrupting): How many creepy bar regulars do you have?
Nakita: ... umm, well, all of them.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

24 Hour Fitness

My best friend Carly and I try to go to the gym together at least once a week even though we both have crazy schedules. This happened a few months ago.

Carly: Nakita, you look like you're going to cry. 
Me: I can do it, I can do it, I can do it, can't you see? 
Carly: And she's singing in the gym... 
Me: but it's "the Producers"!!!

Thanks Mom.

Rachel and Kurt are singing "Get Happy" on Glee...

Me: Gosh, I wish I was her! 
Mom: Well, you have a lot of similar qualities. You're pretty brown hair and pretty singing voices. You're just not as famous as her. 
Me: You mean the fact that she's super famous and I'm not famous at all. 
Mom: Well... yes. You still have time though, kind of.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Some of my favorite questions I get asked on a nightly basis...

What’s the difference between a taco and an enchilada?
What’s the difference between a taco and a burrito?
What’s the difference between a margarita on the rocks and a frozen margarita?
Is a frozen margarita the same thing as a blended margarita?
Do I pay with you or do I go up front and pay at the bar?
What do you mean you need to see my ID?

A Glimpse into My Night

Did I mention I work in a Jamaican-Mexican fusion restaurant?

Customer: I don't really like a lot of Mexican food. What was that special on your board? 

Me: A wet mahi burrito. It's a fish and veggie burrito covered in chile con queso.  

Customer: So what's it look like?  

Me: Inside is mahi, broccoli, carrots, cabbage, zucchini, rice, cheese, and black beans and it's wrapped in a spinach tortilla, covered in a spicy cheese sauce. 

Customer: So what's a burrito?  

Me: ... fish, veggies, rice, cheese, and beans wrapped in a spinach tortilla.  

Customer: No, I don't like that. I'll just get the Cajun Cobb Shrimp salad. But instead of shrimp can I get fish?  

Me: Of course.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Gee, thanks

So the kids I watch, there's four of them. From oldest to youngest they're T, K, N, and S.


S: Nakita, you just keep your mouth shut. I want Mommy to do it!

So, you've never seen snow?

You know when you start somewhere new or start school and they ask you something about yourself? Well, I always said, "Well, I've never seen snow." When my friend who I help out with watching her kids and being her personal assistant heard that one she said, "We have to change that." I thought she was kidding, at least the "we" part. However, three months later I get a phone call asking if I can 1. get a passport and 2. would I mind missing Christmas and New Years with my family to come with her and the family to Whistler to help with the kids. As soon as I figured out how to do the passport in three days thing, I answered with an enthusiastic "YES!"
Since I don't want to show pictures of the kids and their parents, the pictures to share dwindled down quite a bit. However, this trip was the trip of a lifetime.

We went dog sledding...

Traveled around Whistler town...






 
The youngest and I would go to the playground to play while the kids were at ski school... (this picture was taken at night when we walked by after dinner. We would go here right before lunch usually)


Intertubing down the mountains...

video


Decorated the hotel room for Christmas...


Played in the pool (no pictures from that since they're all with the kids)...
(Here's a picture of me stoked on the snow to make up for no pool pictures)

And saw the Olympic rings...

Oh and we traveled to the tops of the mountains. We went on the Peak-to-Peak which is the longest gondola ride. It goes from Whistler Mountain to Blackcomb Mountain. It was beautiful. And also, since I'm scared of heights... really scary.



This was an amazing experience and one I will never forget. I'm forever grateful to the amazing friends I have who took me with them for the holidays so I could have two firsts-snow and leaving the country.

Oh and P.S. the first picture is from when we first got out of the bus taking us from Vancouver to Whistler and was my first experience playing with snow and watching snow fall.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Travel, Travel, Travel

I spend almost the majority of my TV time watching the Travel channel. Mostly Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern. While I understand that I live in paradise, I also want to see the world. I have a list about two miles long of places I want to go but here's my top 5 (that I haven't gone to).



1. Tahiti

 Yes, I will have to stay in one of those little bungalows.

2. Italy
 Parli Italiano? Perche parlo Italiano e devo usarlo. Presto.

3. Brittany

Did you see Tony's episode on Brittany? How could you not want to get here as soon as possible?! Also, shellfish tower. I must do it.

4. Thailand
My favorite food is Thai. Love, love, love Thai food. Also, look at how beautiful this is!

5. St. Petersburg
Something about the Bizarre Foods episode on St. Petersburg made me desperate to go to St. Petersburg, Russia. Also, I would love to take a traditional Russian ballet class.

 
I didn't notice this until I put pictures to the places. But apparently, even though I want to see other places, I can't not be near water. 

Not listed, New York City. If I could go this summer and see "Hair" on Broadway before they close in September and Daniel Radcliffe in "How to Succeed in Business", I'd pretty much be the happiest girl in the world.

Honolulu Zoo

This summer, my calabash cousin was visiting from California. (Calabash cousin-family friend who might as well be your cousin and you consider them a blood cousin, even though they're not).

One night we were driving down Paki Street and I said, "Look at that giraffe!" And she was amazed and confused to see a giraffe over the top of the hedge while driving down the street in Honolulu. She asked if we could go to the zoo and take pictures and I was down to go have fun and do something I rarely do.

 
 A really nice lady took our picture.

I decided to climb the giraffe statue.

Rusty and Violet.

Cutest sleeping hippo ever!

With beautiful Diamond Head (Leahi) in the background!

Adorable giraffe snacking on the tree.



Koi Pond in the Children's Zoo

It was ridiculously hot. Bring lots of water. It was a blast and I strongly recommend going to the Honolulu Zoo if you're in the area.