erychan86: (Community: Abed)
HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL OF MY AMERICAN FRIENDS!
And Happy Thursday for who doesn't celebrate it! :)




✿ I just got back home from my first day at work and I had so much fun! I had to organize stuff and I LOVE organizing! It wasn't busy at all but time passed by quite quiclky. Tomorrow I'll probably start fixing their computers because apparently they need a lot of Love!

✿ The other day I saw this recipe for a Water Cake and I read it out of curiosity... It's a cake with no eggs (I never have eggs in the house) no butter (butter always expire in my fridge when Eric is not around) and no milk (milk is for cappuccino only, do not touch it for any other reason) so I decided to make it... I had a lot of sugar in the house that I only use when I make the bread, because the recipe calls for it. The cake was SO GOOD! After the first bite I realizes that was a Vegan Cake, and I got very excited... My dad came over and he tried it, without me saying it was vegan, and he liked it too! It's so soft and moist... I'm definitely going to make it again! I'm having it for dinner with cappuccino and juice tonight!

Eric had 2 days off so we managed to have two phone dates and last night I cried a little after we talked because it hit me how much I miss him and I'm not going to see him for more than a month... I'm so glad they made it to Fort Lauderdale even if the Ocean was a bitch apparently! They had 14 days of bad weather! He's going to have the weekend off too, so he only has to work today and tomorrow! I just want to see him! I miss him so much!!! He'll be headed to the Bahamas around the 7th of December for work, and he'll be back to Fort Lauderdale during the first week of January and I'll be there waiting for him! I couldn't even catch a plane and go see him, because I know how busy he gets before a trip (I know it because I lived it on my skin for 4 years... that boat is insane!)

✿ A lot of people is making Christmas cards and I want to kick myself because I don't have my supplies here and I want to send cards! I love cards! So I'm thinking of what to do... Maybe send belated ones as soon as I'm back to Florida? Do some e-cards? Do some fan arts? I don't know... Tell me, what should I do?

✿ I started a new book by Dixie Cash... It's not what I expected, but it's an easy read! I want to finish it before the end of the month and I hope I'll be able to, since all my shows are entering the winter hiatus and I am basically caught up with all of them!

✿ I think my favorite show at the moment is Lucifer! I can barely wait for the next episode, I think they're doing a GREAT job this season!... I haven't got so excited for a show in a while. I'm also so excited about Gilmore Girls and I can't wait for it to come out! It's going to be glorious... I'll probably watch it all in one night xD. Also the Arrow/Flash/LoT/Supergirl crossover is coming, and I keep seeing videos of the cast being adorable all over youtube and I hope it's going to be as good as I expect it to be! :D

✿ Also this: Obama awards Ellen DeGeneres the Medal of Freedom This speech was so moving! I'm going to miss Obama so much! You can fine the whole event HERE and you should!!!
erychan86: (David Tennant (Photoshoot))
Hello friends!
I want to use this flist Friday for something different today!
A lot of people is very disappointed or sad about what happened on November 9th and I feel (as a lot of other people) the need for happy thoughts and things that make us smile!

So, today I'd like to ask you!

- What happened this week that made you happy?
- Where is your happy place?
- When you are unhappy, what do you do to take control of the situation and go back to being happy?
- EXTRA: post a happy quote or a picture of something that makes you happy.


MY ANSWER )

Also, if you need an extra boost of happyness:


erychan86: (Ship: Jeff/Annie [Community])
I'm not exactly having the greatest day today.

It actually started right.... I woke up very happy, had breakfast with Eric and brought him to work. On our way there we talked and I started realizing: tomorrow morning will be the last morning I drive him to work for a long time! I came back home, and I worked on some projects, when he wrote me a text... Apparently the boat is suppose to leave tomorrow... But as in: 1 minute after midnight, so basically He'll be gone in less than 11 hours and I feel robbed! I was ready to be parted from him tomorrow morning... Not tonight! So I'll go pick him up and we're having dinner at home, and then I'll drive him back to the boat and we'll say our goodbyes. The next 2 months are going to be very long!

So the question of the day for me can only be one:


Would you relocate for Love?
Have you ever been in a lond distance relationship, or would you consider it?
Do you think absence makes the heart grow fonder or forgetful?

My Answer )

How about you? What's your opinion on the matter?
erychan86: (Ship: Chuck/Sarah [Chuck])
Good Old Britney Spears used to sing “I'm not a girl, not yet a woman” these days for me are over now that I am married. I am officially a grown up. I have been welcomed to the Real World... So far it's pretty similar to my LaLa Land World though... I wonder...

Eric and I got married a month ago in St Simons Island, Georgia and we spent the Honeymoon on the Island, playing home in a nice apartment close by everything that matters (Beach and Starbucks).

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We had a very small ceremony, the party was composed of: The Groom, The Bride, The Good Reverend, The Brother and the Sister-in-Law of the Groom (Witnesses), The Photographer (as essential as the Reverend) and 200 uninvited kids. Yep... 200 kids crashed our wedding... Well – if you want me to be honest – it was the Wedding Party that crashed their Summer School Camp.

We decided to get married in Neptune Park, a public park, on a tuesday morning, thinking that we would only meet the random dog walkers... but as soon as the Bride stepped out of the Nuptial Jeep, the Groom received a Phone Call from the Photographer: “Ahem... I know it's none of my business, but... did you guys invite a flock of screaming kids?”

The Groom had a moment of panic and the letters W.T.F. Appeared in his thoughts. Poor guy... Not the best day of his life so far... not only did he have to wear a suit on a friggin' hot day, he also had to tell the bride that the park, which SHE chose as location for HER wedding, was experiencing a major invasion.

Can you imagine his surprise when she shrugged her shoulders and started walking into the park like 'no big deal'? I am still surprised... and I was the bride.

You know how things at weddings (and when you have to take a flight) always get super complicated and tend to go totally wrong? Well... let me tell you a secret from the hight of my marital status: you should always opt for a very small wedding... Because, when your wedding throw you a curve ball (and it will) you will have no reason to freak out...

Enough with the wisdom now.

We had a beautiful wedding under the shadow of a majestic tree in the most beautiful park ever. The words the reverend used to describe the adventure Eric and I are embarking upon were wise and enlightening. We exchanged our own vows and everyone was moved by our words... Even the reverend who started getting all choked up toward the end of my vows, that made us all to burst into laughter.

It was a memorable day, how it should always be. A very good place from which to start our life together as husband and wife.
Here some Pics, Enjoy :) )
erychan86: (Ship: Will/Emma [Glee])
I am getting married!!!

Yes, I know... Wooooooooooooh!
So many things to say and not so much time...

Eric and I started talking about getting married back in January (see, I can keep a secret [Lily Aldrin, HIMYM]), while on vacation, after a very crazy Christmas Trip on the boat with the Owners and their Family... At first I said no because I watch too much telly and I wanted a proper proposal Barney' Style (Okay I am now going to start talking about HIMYM otherwise I will get less excited, because Yes, I am still FURIOUS about the finale!). Eric and I were coming out of a crazy trip, as I mentioned already, and a fight over I-don't-remember-what-probably-was-just-the-stress, so the proposal was more of a business proposal, you know...a let's talk about this kind of style, while instead I wanted the surprise and all the prettiest things in the world... But he got me thinking, he kept talking about it in the right moments so eventually I said YES, let's do it.

I will spare you the whole story but we decided to have something very small... Me, him, his friend Tom who's a reverend and a photographer. Pretty basic!

We are going to get married in St Simons Island on May 6 wait for it... 2014... Yes... 3 weeks from now! We set the date a month ago, when the boat confirmed (due to the crossing) our month off in May, before the Ester Trip with Owners, their family and Friends (a total of 48 people - crew included - on board) but our beloved boss had so much fun that wants to try to come on board the first weekend of May... but he is busy so he still has to confirm it and time is running out... Eric and I were supposed to start our Holidays by the end of April, you know, in order to cut some loose ends... So here we are now... waiting... luckily is not a big wedding but still... I set my heart on that date...

I am keeping my fingers crossed because:

  1. The trip is still not confirmed... that means the boss is very busy and maybe it's more likely he is not going to do it even if he wants so badly...

  2. The trip they are talking about is a 2 people trip... You do not need 28 crew on such a tiny trip...

  3. We talked to the Captain and the Purser (the rest of the crew doesn't know*) explaining why we wanted May Off so badly and they understand and if the trip is in May and it is small they are not going to need us...

So I would say there is a 5% chance it is not going to happen, and for me that means that the glass is basically full! I will keep staying positive about it.

Are you ready to take a look at some dresses???
I tried on 5 and it was difficult to decide but I think I have chosen the perfect one!
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PRETTY PRETTY DRESSES! )

*If you read my Boat Life Posts you will definitely understand why the crew has been kept in the dark. It is very difficult not to share the news on Facebook for me (since all my friends are on the other side of the Ocean and I managed to contact over email just the closest ones and Facebook helps) but I know that if I say it is not going to end up well with all the talking behind my back and other evil stuff they are capable of... Also... can you imagine if we have to cancel the wedding due to a trip? These girls are going to LOVE it... I can see crystal clear what would happen and I say NO THANKS!
So it is a secret... if we are Facebook friends please do not congratulate me over there... :)
erychan86: (Craig Ferguson: Craig Approves)
Hello there...

You thought I forgot about what I promised a couple of days ago, didn't you? ... And instead, I didn't. I was just busy with work stuff. At the moment I am stuck on the boat with the Owners on board! They decided to stay for 5 weeks, cruising around and enjoying life. Two more weeks 'til freedom! But who's counting? LOL

In the meantime, I am here now to tell my story. Sounding a little bit dramatic, aren't we? It seems like I am starting some kind of confessional post where I finally reveal what brought me to kill my whole crew (they deserved it... they ate my Chocolate) but fear no more f-list... You know that with me it's all about LoVe, no random killing, I promise! Even if... Try to work and live with 25 other people on board with no separation, plus the stress of having to take care of a handful of guests for 5 weeks... You have to be a saint not to, at least, have the tiniest intention to sneak in someone else's cabin and make it look like it was an accident... But, before talking about drama in the yachting industry... and there is A LOT... (if you are into Reality Shows take a peek at Below Deck... it is our guilty pleasure during this trip... That's kind of my life at the moment!) let me share my wisdom.

Here's a list of 10 easy steps to get the Job and the Boy...
How to get the Job
How to get the Boy
1. Shop online for an Owl (or some other pet you would like to own) and instead find a job advertisement as a waitress in a restaurant in the Port Area. The nice one, not the commercial Port. Apply.

2. Start in a week from the bottom level and waitress your way up to the top. In order to do that, see that you are the only one who can speak a foreigner language. In my case: English.

3. Be the girl that waits on that cute boy who always dines by himself and try to keep him company while you work. Also, make him your best and most faithful client, suggesting to him a better (and more expensive) dish to get a higher tip because you are awesome at your job and you put a lot of money in your boss' pockets. Be sure though, that he is the One otherwise, this is not going to work.

4. Ask the Boy about his job and what it's like to work in the Yachting Industry, also ask him what one would do in order to pursue a similar career. He will probably tell you, that you will have to start from the bottom with smaller boats and then sail your way up, maybe even take some expensive courses in order to have more to offer to your future boss (like a bar tending  course, a wine course, a massage course,...) He will also probably suggest that you ask some other people in the business what to do. And, meanwhile (since you are a clever girl) you would already have made some influential friends in the Port Area.

5. Ask your most knowledgable friend the same question you asked the Boy and expect the same answer, but with some bonus material. Something along the lines of "...by the way, I am going to come to the restaurant tonight to dine with a good old friend of mine who also happens to be a captain of one of these yachts.

6. Even if it is a busy night, make sure you find the time to go talk with your friend and his 'guest', and wait for your friend to start the conversation. And, when the opportunity presents itself, ask the captain the very same question.

7. Be the luckiest b!t*h on the Planet. Apparently, your Karma will decide that you are worthy of something really good and it will make sure that that Yacht currently has a position available (!?)... since someone with bad Karma just got fired or quit or... who cares?!

8. Find out his Yacht is the same one the Boy works on... and then, try not to faint in front of your soon-to-be new boss.

9. Go to the interview and nail it! Get your blood tested and... nail that, too! Then take the basic courses and certifications (STCW95) and - of course - nail that as well!

10. Join the boat... cross the Ocean... and get ready for your * B I G * adventure.



1. Shop online for an Owl (or some other pet you would like to own) and instead find a job advertisement as a waitress in a restaurant in the Port Area. The nice one, not the commercial Port. Apply.

2. Start in a week from the bottom level and waitress your way up to the top. In order to do that, see that you are the only one who can speak a foreigner language. In my case: English.

3. Be the girl that waits on that cute boy who always dines by himself and try to keep him company while you work. Also, make him your best and most faithful client, suggesting to him a better (and more expensive) dish to get a higher tip because you are awesome at your job and you put a lot of money in your boss' pockets. Be sure though, that he is the One otherwise, this is not going to work.

4. Ask the Boy about his job and what it's like to work in the Yachting Industry, also ask him what one would do in order to pursue a similar career. He will probably tell you, that you will have to start from the bottom with smaller boats and then sail your way up, maybe even take some expensive courses in order to have more to offer to your future boss (like a bar tending  course, a wine course, a massage course,...) He will also probably suggest that you ask some other people in the business what to do. And, meanwhile (since you are a clever girl) you would already have made some influential friends in the Port Area.


5. After a series of amazing circumstances (see the "How to get the Job" section) get an interview with the captain of his boat.

6. Drop the bomb (about the interview) next time he comes for lunch or dinner. He will give you his e-mail address with some excuse like: "let's keep in touch so I can let you know how things progress".

7. Send him an email a couple of days later (no sooner). Note: It has to be work related, but also a little bit personal. You don't want him to think you are contacting him just for the job... but also, you don't want it to seem like you are coming on too strong.

8. Start flirting over e-mails waiting for him to ask you out on a proper date... It will take him time, because, after all, he is a Boy... but no matter what levels your frustrations reach... do not make the first move -FULL STOP-    Because, let's face it, you are a hopeless romantic... also - even if you are a feminist - it is always better when it is the guy who makes the first move.

9.Enjoy each other's company while you are waiting for an answer from the captain, and bring the relationship to the next level... start going out on real dates and make him fall tremendously, deeply in love with you. This is not going to be difficult... because, if he is the Boy, then you are the Girl!

10. Join the boat... cross the Ocean... and get ready to be the * H A P P I E S T * girl on the Planet.

Truth is... I can only say, I was very lucky to find myself in the right place at the right time... I don't even think that 'lucky' is the right word... because... come on... what are the odds? I wanted to join that boat for so many reasons back then. Adventure, Money, a better Chance... but mostly: Love. Without that, I would have never have had the courage to do such a thing. Leave my life behind... my family, my friends, my everything. My head was confused. Torn between a simple life, with a career ahead... or, something unknown and exciting.

The most difficult part was that I was actually liking my job as a waitress  (at the beginning of my career -and then, as manager toward the end) even if my friends, who have known since they were 5, what they wanted to be... always said to me that I could do so much better... I always responded that the title doesn't matter, if you put passion into what you do...   and, at the end of the day, it is not the Job that defines you -you define yourself. A job is just a way to have some money in your pockets... Money that will allow you to express yourself in all your beautiful ways... And also, these days, you have to take what the World offers you or you are screwed... I apologize for my crude honesty here, but I think that sitting beneath the tree, waiting for the apple to fall in your hands and just doing nothing, is not the best idea... Sometimes it falls, but most likely it won't... The apple fell from the tree for me... and it hit me square on the head. I was shaking the tree for another one, and a better one fell off instead.

I admit also that I never had a clue as to what I wanted to do with my life, having too many passions and not a single one of them being predominant.

Applying for that waitress job brought me into this world...     that, of course, has a lot of ups and downs (we will talk about that later) as any other job on the Planet, but when the downs are as deep as a hole to the center of the Earth, the ups are pretty damn good. I mean, I cannot even tell you how much I earn now and how many amazing places I have visited in less than a year!

Now this is what I do and this is who I am. What's fun about me, is that tomorrow everything can change all over again, and I am ready for that. I have learned to live this way. But even when everything is uncertain, there is something I can say I am pretty sure won't change that easily... and that is:

This might be The Job right now... and I will probably find 10,000 other jobs that suit me even better... but nothing can be more right, and more perfect, than the boy's hand holding mine through all the madness.
erychan86: (Ery)

*Ery is staring at a blank page thinking about how to start this post*

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*Still thinking and staring*

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*I think I may give up*

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*This is kind of embarrassing*

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*Okay, let's do it, you can do it Erika, yes you can*

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*Nope*

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Oh, whatever... It was WAY EASIER when I was posting just my music videos here so I didn't have to start a topic in the right way.. Too bad Youtube shut down my channel another time so I am "done" with it... I still start making them but I never finish them because my life, in the last year, changed COMPLETELY so I don't have so much time... even if now I've got a MacBook and I could do SO MUCH MOOOOORE (sorry for the DW reference... My life has changed but I'm still a nerd :) )

I could give you 3 options and wait for you to guess but I don't think is going to be that funny so I will tell you right away!

I have got a new job now... And so far nothing strange, right? Well I work on a 86mt yacht and I live half of the year in Florida and the other half in Italy... How about that? I cannot say who the owner of the yacht is but be certain you know him... After all we always "know" very wealthy people thanks to the gossip magazines or the newspapers... :)

So now my life is all about following the summer around and see a lot of amazing places in the World... I am a very lucky girl... And, on board, I also find the best boyfriend EVER... I must have done something right in my life to deserve such a great change!!! :)

I promise that soon I will write down the story of how I got the job and how I got the boy as well... And I will also post some photos of the places I visited ;)

Bye for now.

Xs~Os :)

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