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The Post To End All Posts [25 Feb 2009|06:43pm]
Ah yes, boys and girls...the subject line speaks for itself. This is, quite literally the post to end all posts. It's been a little over a year and a half and in that time, fate has managed to throw more than a few curve balls at me. Where to begin...ok...how about I list the things that have happened in rapid succession and then follow up with a more detailed account? Yes? Alright...living in Portland, Oregon in a small studio apartment with my girlfriend of a year and a half but still working at Whole Foods Market. Doesn't seem like much to go into details about but I guess it's a lengthy story so bear with me you guys.

When we last left off, I was living at my old apartment on Stella Link that was literally across the street from my old store. This gave me an opportunity to walk to work instead of waste the gas, so no complaints there. Luckily, there was a Starbucks not 100 yards away that I frequented on my many treks back and forth to Whole Foods Market. Now keep in mind...despite my post about "not being of the lesbian persuasion" (my girlfriends favorite quote from LJ), I have been attracted to quite a few females in my time. Lest we forget the Janeane Garofalo, Jenny Lewis, and WOJ lead singer posts. Anyway...back to the point. There was a barista who I found entirely too cute for words. Petite, Asian, rude as shit, and seemingly uninterested in anything that I had to say much less the few words that it took for me to order my drink. Maybe it was her demeanor, maybe it was the fact that she couldn't give a fuck, maybe it was just that I was damn tired in the mornings and would've adored a fucking DONKEY had it just given me a god damn cup of coffee...but there was something about this girl that wouldn't let me stop thinking about her. A couple weeks pass by, I see this chic in and out of the store on lunch breaks or whatev, and wouldn't ya know it...one random day that I'm working the Guest Services booth she walks up out of the clear blue and says "yeah...I'm here for an interview. Is Jorge here?" Oh what's that??? My cutie barista crush in MY store for an interview??? Too good to be true!!! I try to stay collected as I go to the office to find Jorge and let him know "You're interview is here." Which I follow up with a quick "if you don't hire this girl I'm going to fucking kill you." Literally the words that came out of my mouth. A few months later we're finding any excuse to hang out with each other, blowin each others phones up with MAD texts, and having sleep overs of the friendly but flirty kind. I don't know what got into me but one night while we were out, I just laid one on her and she never spent another night in a different bed. (With the few exceptions of having to be apart for reasons out of our control.) Who is this girl you ask? She's everything I've ever wanted in a partner. She makes me laugh, she brings me to tears, she has ways that I will never truly understand, but she is the only one I could ever imagine being with for the rest of my entire life. It's like having all of my best friends rolled up in to one gorgeous amazing person that I get to sleep next to alllll the time! So to sum that part up...committed relationships to Amy Chow are the shit. Get into it. (Or don't. That's MY shit right thur.)

So...how did we end up in Portland? Well...about 9 months into our relationship, Amy and I decide to take a vacation. We figure Portland would be a good city as it had everything that we could've hoped for in a city. Great weather, bicycle friendly, and uhh....well that was pretty much it. We liked it so much that we didn't want to leave after our few days here were up so I was steady watching the job opportunity postings for the Portland store and what do ya know?...a position opens up. After many interviews, phone calls, tough decisions, and settling for something pretty far beneath me, we're finally going to make the move to Oregon. Tough times ensue...Hurricane Ike was a BITCH for us to get through. By that time we had moved to an amaaaaazingly cute apartment on the corner of Richmond and Dunlavy and the neighborhood suffered some pretty big damage during the storm. We were without power for more than a couple of days and relied on our awesome friends to help us get through it all. Packed up and left the city without a place to live in Oregon and a job for Amy but our hopes were that everything would fall into place. And it did! We live in a super small (but nice) apartment that we can't stand...on a side of town that we can't stand...in a city that we really love but with people that we absolutely CANNOT stand. It may sound as though I'm not all impressed with the city but I really do love it. Making the decision to come back home to Houston has been a hard one, but one that we made nonetheless. Mainly due to the fact that the economy up here leaves MUCH to be desired and I'm tired of doing the Whole Foods gig. We're coming home near Fall of this year and we have a lot of things to look forward to. I'm without a doubt happier than I've ever been and have only one person to thank for that.

So I guess that's really all I have to post about. This is going to be the end of my LJ life. I can't say that it's been something that I'm proud of but it's all led up to this so...that's the way this cookie crumbled.
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oh noooooo [03 Jul 2007|08:41pm]
I dunno why I continually screw myself in relationships. Not even relationships just ....ships? hahaha. I hate being the other girl. I went to Austin and then to Dallas (or attempted to go to Dallas. My care broke down on the way in HILLSBORO!) and came back thinking I was okay. That I didn't need him and that things were going to get better without him. Then he came to work today and now I just miss him. A lot! So...should the opportunity arise, I'm going to say no. That's what needs to happen. Just don't get drunk!!!!! DON'T GET DRUNK! and don't fucking breath while you're at it.

[13 May 2007|08:19pm]

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A day for fists...I mean firsts [06 May 2007|09:57am]
So I never really liked Clint Dempsey but I can't help but find myself happy for him making his first EPL goal yesterday. I'm beginning to like Fulham more and more...especially considering they beat Liverpool. Hooray!!! You'll never walk alone my ASS!

I figured yesterday's match against the Rapids was going to be a physical one but I did NOT figure that we would be the ones getting all of the breaks. I don't think I've ever seen a game where the ref didn't give us a hard time about our "bullying". It makes me love our team so much more, the fact that we're such pricks on the field. Really though...that hit by Eddie Robinson...just a liiiitle too physical. I still love him to death though. I was fucking PISSED that Kelly Gray didn't get to start, but that Mulrooney guy calmed me down a bit. I missed my Kelly though. =( And that mother fucker went and cut his hair! I don't know what the hell's going on with the team choppin all their shit off, but did they really have to go that far and get my man in on it? No sir. I'll never figure out why it always looks so damn wet either. Oh well...I still love you.

Another grrrreat day at work. I could be watching the Chelsea v Arsenal match but nooooo...I had to switch shifts. I'm pissed. Too much of this shift switching. And Thursday I switched and could've seen Dwayne in the store but I was too nice to say no to a co-worker who just wanted to switch so that he could watch the Rockets lose. How very disappointing. I guess I'll just watch the replay of the match later.

[27 Apr 2007|01:56pm]
Everyone should see this movie called Green Street Hooligans. It's kinda cheesy but it makes me happy. And it reminds me that I probably really don't belong in the States. True.

Cute boys in Napalm Death t-shirts make me happy. =)

Vicky is coming home for a day and a half. I think it's been almost 3 years since she left for the Navy. I miss her so!

I still love Wayne Rooney...despite the whole musicals thing. I'm come to this conclusion only recently.

[14 Apr 2007|01:52pm]
How sad is it that my section at Robertson Stadium has now officially been turned into the "Family Section" and that gay ass band that used to sit by the Texian Army sits in 217 now? Pretty sad. They made that last game feel like a fucking high school event. No lie...they played the theme song that my high school drill team used to dance to. So we have now switched over to section 200. Guess it's a good thing I didn't get my section tattooed on me yet.

Last night I was bathing Isabela in the kitchen sink and I forgot her towel in the living room. So I ran to get it and came running back because she was trying to jump out of the sink. Then I slipped in a puddle of water and fell on my ass, hitting my head on the oven on the way down. I laughed for like 10 minutes but I'm sore as FUCK today!

I'm on break. Break break break.

Fuck fuck fuck.

Lies lies lies.

I'm exhausted!

[14 Apr 2007|11:42am]
Quote of the evening:

...then the 8-year-old boy inside of me came out and kicked me in the balls for making him sit through that movie.

I ♥ Kurta!

I miss Henrik Larsson. =(

I cut off all my hair.

[11 Apr 2007|03:50pm]
Woodrow Wednesday is hereby cancelled.
It is now Mezzanine Wednesday!!!

I will be drunk and silly and have no desire to see any of you fuckers.
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Say it like you mean it! [11 Apr 2007|01:52pm]
Mezzanine Mondays
Tequila Tuesdays
Woodrow Wednesdays
Thunderbird Thursdays (gotta high class it sometimes)
Fucked up Fridays
Soccer Saturdays
Sober Sundays...who the fuck am I kidding...Sundays are drunk days too!

Why are my friends the best people ever? I shall never doubt them again! As for continually making a person out to be someone that they are not...I'll try to stop doing that as well.

Ladies and Gentleman:
The Return of Steven Mother Fucking Kurta!

[01 Apr 2007|09:09pm]
I guess now I have to keep up with this thing again. For entertainment purposes only.

Thank god I don't have to deal with any of the shit I used to post about.

What the hell am I doing?
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OUCH! [30 Jun 2006|03:06pm]
My apartment has gone from heaven to hell in the matter of a week. Phillip left, Zach is moving out, Stefan is never home, and I had to put my beloved dog Ginger to sleep on Sunday. She had cancer and her kidneys started to fail. Really there was nothing the vet could do for her and she was already in a lot of pain and REALLY depressed. Things are not going well at the ol' homestead.

On another note, I've come to terms with a lot of bullshit and I feel like I'm finally coming around to the old Amanda that used to be fun to be around. I talked to Erika and Liz (old school!!!!) and will hopefully be spending time with them soon. As for now...back to work!

Much love,
Amanda B.
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[18 Jun 2006|03:49pm]
So tonight is officially my last night in paradise. Phillip will be moving to a loft downtown which means he will no longer be a very convenient 4 doors down from me. =( So unbelievably sad. Luckily we will still have our sleep overs. Which makes me so unbelievably happy. I dunno. Maybe some distance will be good for us.

Last night was undoubtedly the cutest night ever. =D

When did I become so happy?

[16 Jun 2006|07:10pm]
Got to go out with Alex last night. I've missed him. And the LZ. Got drunk there, went to Little Woodrows in Midtown. Drank some more. Went to Mai's for the greatest coconut curry tofu anyone on the planet will ever taste. Met a heroin junkie. (Gross!) Came back home to the most wonderful man in the world. Acheived desired results from him by going out with my Alexis. Not that it was the sole reason for me going out with Alex, just a really nice benefit. Plus Alex is someone that no matter how long it's been since the last time we've seen each other we always seem to just fall right back into place. Right where we left off. I never thought I would find such a great friend in him but I did. And I'm really grateful.

Juneteenth Celebration tomorrow!!!! I'm excited about it. It's going to be at Rob's loft, start at 6 o'clock (the art viewing) and then Tha Fucking Transmissions will be playing along with The Riff Tiffs and The Studemont Project. It only costs $5 to get in and it's going to last allllll night. Please come support the boys and my Phillip. They're so worth the $5 you'll spend to see them....and much more. Call me if you would like directions or more info.

Amanda Lorraine Benavides aka ALBY

[08 Jun 2006|12:50pm]
Does anyone even use this damn thing anymore? How depressing.

So...I had a good run. 2 years and almost 3 months at Whole Foods without a single rumor going around about me. Alas, my name has finally been entered into the Hall of Shame. Actually, I'm not even ashamed. Because like most rumors this one is not true. Well...not yet. But I could give a fuck what the people around here think about me or who I choose to fuck around with, so I'll just let them go on thinking whatever they will. They're going to do that anyway. Whatever. I'm happier now than I have been in years. It's amazing how different things can be when it's with someone you really care for. He makes me happier than anyone I can think of. But, I also need to let go a little and give him his space. I need a good night out with the guys. Lance called me the other night but I was at work so I missed his call and never got a chance to call him back. I'm off tomorrow but I have a funeral to attend and then Phillip and I will be visiting his grandmother who is buried in the same place the funeral is being held. So, I can't do anything tonight. But tomorrow night is another story...if I'm feeling up to it. We'll see. If anyone actually still reads this...we need to hang out.

Armando "Lorraine" Ben
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[28 May 2006|07:37am]

I fucked up.
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Plans for tonight anyone? [27 May 2006|06:28pm]
Yes. It's that time again. I am continuing my pursuit of alcoholism. And I'm succeeding!!! G.R.A.B. tonight? Yes please! Sarah and I will be up there at 11ish if anyone wishes to join. Phillip and the crew will possibly be joining us. So if you are interested, you are more than welcome to come get drunk!

"If you be not of the house of Montagues, come and crush a cup of wine!"

[21 May 2006|02:51pm]
I've missed nights like last night. Too much fun! I got to see all of my favorite family members that I never see. And I got to see Kevin!!! Aaaand...I got to do some other stuff too but that's not something I should be writing about. Oh and also, I got to get really drunk! The bartender guy made me some weird drink called a roasted almond...I think? I dunno but it was pretty good. I don't know how my tab got up to $40 but it did! Good times. I've missed being able to do that.

Also I went to Late Nite Pie and realized how much I've missed pizza! MMMMMMMM I couldn't help it though!!! It's like tradition or some shit to go there after a show. Anyway...I have to go clock in and see how much trouble I can get into today. Can't wait!!!!

Love you all!!!!!

[12 May 2006|01:51pm]
Today is my mommy's birthday.
Tomorrow is Phillip's birthday.
The next day is Mother's Day.
The day after that is Phillip's birthday dinner at Buca di Beppo.
The day after that I will be broke as shit.
Goodbye paycheck. We knew each other for such a short time. But know that you will be dearly missed. And I loved you.


Is it time to go back to work already??? But why?

Also, I cut my hair again. All of it. Gone.
Also, I intend to pick up alcoholism again. I miss the alcoholic Amanda. Sober Amanda is always such a damn bitch. But in a far less funnier way than drunken bitch Amanda.

Love me!
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[12 Apr 2006|02:48am]
Today was the greatest work day ever!!! I was supposed to be off but my boss needed to switch because she had a doctors appointment and I couldn't say no...she's pregnant! So I came in at 7:30 this morning after I had just left 10 hours prior to that. And what do ya know? The freaking hot water heater broke!!! Now, for those of you not working in grocery retail, this means absolutely nothing. But for the rest of us, we know exactly what this blessing in disguise means. WE'RE CLOSED. Ahhh health codes, you are my new favorite things in the world! So I got out of here about 1:30 after some much needed cleaning and trying to look like I was actually being of good use to the productivity of the store. I came back up here to keep Phillip company because our Store Team Leader actually made him come in to answer phones and do special orders for those extra bitchy Jewish customers who need their shit for Passover. Whatever. I've done nothing but race the carts around the store, answer phones, and treat myself to anything I damn well please. Good times. It kinda felt like this is our house or something. Weird.

Anyway, I'm off tomorrow. Call me if ya wanna hang out.

Bye bitches!
Armando Ben
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bullshit [09 Apr 2006|06:24pm]
Last night's game was so unbelievably predictable I almost shat my pants. How many times has Qualls fucked up a lead for us huh??? TOO GOD DAMN MANY! I hate that man with every single breath in my body. I almost left when I saw his chunky ass come running out of the bull pen. But noooooo...I just had to think that maybe, just MAYBE, this season he wouldn't fuck shit up as bad as he did last season. Or even the one before that. That's what I get for putting my trust in that faggot. Fuck that guy.

In better news, the cute guy from my apartment complex has now joined the Whole Foods Market Bellaire team. Wonderful!!! Could this be the beginning of a new meaningless relationship for our heroine??? Tune in next time to find out! Same bat time, same bat channel.

Amanda <3s Phillip

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