Thursday, December 4, 2014

Flagstaff and The Grand Canyon

It has been a little over two weeks since my sister left Phoenix. It was hard to get back into the groove of things after she left. I was emotionally raw the day she left and a few days after. Work resumed the day after she left and it was hard getting back into the swing of things. ESPECIALLY when I knew that I only had to work two days (Wednesday and Thursday...November 19 and 20) since I had to take random days of PTO off. So, it was obviously hard for me to stay focused on those two days.

During those two days of work, I discovered that my team moved areas again. It took me a good five minutes to find my desk. But, I love the people that I sit next to. I laughed entirely too much. Thursday ended with my winning the "Shining Star Award" at work. I was surprised and shocked. It was unexpected and I appreciate it. It makes me feel like I am actually on course at work.

Plus... I got a balloon...


OH and I got a cool little thing in the mail from someone I adore... She is so sweet!


Friday November 21

Thursday night was hard for me to fall asleep. I was excited for the weekend plans and consequently ended up falling asleep around 2 in the morning. That is why I was a little bit disappointed to wake up at 6 am because my phone dinged. I was not too disappointed though. The ding was due to a text message from my sister. It was so sweet and I am so glad we reconnected while she was here. 

Why was I excited? Dreamy and I planned a trip to Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon that weekend. 

Why was I nervous? Because this Florida girl does not know how to pack for the cold weather. 

So, I spent my Friday off from work getting ready for my trip. I texted my sister and a couple of friends for advice on what I should pack for this trip. I then headed out in search for a jacket and a pair of boots. I was lost and asked so many questions when I was shopping but ended up getting the things I needed. 

After packing and getting ready, I headed out to pick Dreamy up from work around 4:30. Is it weird that I still get Pterodactyls in my stomach when I am going to see him? The drive up was awesome. It reminded me of the road trip we took to San Diego. We talked, laughed and got to know each other a little bit more. Even when it was quiet, it wasn't awkward in the slightest. I am liking road trips with Dreamy more and more. 

When we got into Flagstaff, we checked into the hotel, freshened up, and headed out to have pizza with Dreamy's friends. Nerve wracking. I am horrible at meeting people and didn't want to give them the wrong impression. Especially since I really like Dreamy. I think it went well, though. I mean, we ended up going bowling and drinking afterwards. They didn't run away screaming or rejecting me.

Why is it so hard for me to meet people? Social anxiety at it's worst. 

Saturday November 22

We woke up super late and got ready to head out to the Grand Canyon. I am shocked and embarrassed that I went on this trip and did not take a single picture. I just enjoyed the beauty.

Dreamy took me to a bagel shop and we ate the bagels during the drive up.

Guys, the Grand Canyon was BEAUTIFUL. I was shocked that something that big could be real. I was in awe and had a hard time moving. I just wanted to stand and stare for hours. When Dreamy asked if I wanted to do the trail, there was no way I was going to say no. So we headed down. We kept going lower and lower. I kept warning him that going down into the canyon was easy, but we would need luck to get me to climb up out. And sure enough, when we started to come back up I was exhausted and having the hardest time. I was so embarrassed. He was hardly breaking a sweat and I was breathing so hard and dying.

After our hike and a last minute view of the canyon we made our way back to Flagstaff. I was STARVING and the hunger was affecting me. I passed out in the car and did not have the energy to go shooting with Dreamy and his friend. So, while he was shooting, I watched the fun and slept in the car.

Let's be honest, if I do not eat, I am GRUMPY. I definitely was a moody pants. So, we changed pretty quickly and headed out for dinner with Dreamy's friend. Dinner was great. I laughed so much and ate a ton.

Sunday November 23

We slept in. To the point where it was lunch time when we left the hotel and checked out. So, we had barbecue for lunch. We played games at the table while we ate. Dreamy then surprised me by taking me to a reindeer farm. We got to see all kinds of animals and we even got to feed the reindeer. It was amazing!

Again, I cannot believe I failed to take pictures on this trip. I started to regret it when we headed back to Phoenix. I was so sad on the drive back. I didn't want to come back.

The only thing that made me feel better was knowing that I had Monday and Tuesday off.

Yup. Two more random days off.


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Beautiful life with a little bit of nausea and cramps!

It's already three days into December.
It is crazy how quickly time is going by.
This year is almost over!

Man. The last two weeks have been amazing. So much has been happening and my life seems so great right now. I feel like I am living on cloud nine.

Never mind the fact that this is my first full week of work back after two weeks of sporadic work days and that I had to leave after 2 hours of work today because I got a menstrual migraine with aura.

Life is still good.

Just hope this nausea (and cramping) goes away soon.

Thankful for this beautiful life!


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

I don't have much to say. Just...

Happy Thanksgiving

Be thankful.
Be grateful.
Love your family and friends.
Be sure to give hugs and kisses to those you love.

I am so grateful for my family:
My many sisters.
My brother.
My mother.
My father.

I am so grateful for ...
*another year
*all the changes in my life
*the new people
*my friends
*the roof over my head
*my job
*the ability to provide for myself
* so much more

Again... Happy Thanksgiving.

AND I am so thankful for YOU. Love you all.



Thursday, November 20, 2014

Christina visits PHX 2014


Christina, my sister (one out of many) flew into town late last Friday. What was the first thing we did?

Stop at In n Out, of course.

After In N Out we headed home to relax. She had had a long day of work and travel and was exhausted after her flights from NYC.


In the morning we picked up essentials at Target and headed to House of Brews to watch the Gators play South Carolina with a couple of friends. It was such a good game and came down to overtime points to decide the game. south Carolina won. Broke my heart.

I calmed down about the loss during the drive to our various destinations. When I asked my sister wanted to do she stated that she wanted to:

and do whatever I do.

So that is what we did. We shopped at Scottsdale Fashion square and various outlets. We did not buy much since we did not have anything in mind that we needed.

We then rested until we had to get ready for dinner with Dreamy. We met him at Four Peaks and were surprised at how packed the brewery was.  We had a great time talking and watching football games (UM almost beating FSU and the ASU game). She ended up giving me the approval. She liked Dreamy. SCORE!


A hiking day. We bought snacks and promptly headed to South Mountain to enjoy the cooler weather. We ended up doing many of the same trails that I did during this hike of South Mountain but we ended up going further and exploring a bit more. We hiked for 4 hours and had so much fun talking and gossiping.

We were so tired after the hike, that we decided to order pizza and have a night in. My favorite kind of night.


Another hiking day but this one needed a tiny road trip. We headed to Sedona to explore the town and enjoy nature. the weather was perfect. A little bit chilly but I would rather that than be miserable hiking in the heat.

When we got to Sedona, we ate lunch and walked around the town. We then searched for a hiking trail and chose Cathedral Trailhead.


See the video here

It was amazing. I feel as if my sister and I bonded. It was much needed since we have not seen each other in such a long time.


Such a sad day.
Christina left.
Instead of just sitting around and moping, I decided to get errands done while I moped. I took my car in for maintenance. I visited my old coworkers and allowed myself to socialize and catch up with them. I then went home and did what I do best. I cleaned and organized. It was great!

This trip was just amazing!
see the video here
...and with that I will leave you with one last picture:



Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Using up some PTO...

First day back to work after a few days off. So hard to get into the groove of things after such a great last week/ weekend.

The first few days of last week were uneventful. I only worked three days (Monday thru Wednesday) and those days were spent in anticipation for my sisters visit to Phoenix. I was also coming off of a high from an amazing weekend spent with Dreamy.

The three work days went by so quickly though. Thursday came in no time.

I had no idea what to do with myself on Thursday. I was so busy stressing about my sister coming the next day. I kept adding to the list of things I wanted to do while my sister was in town. I was also stressing about Dreamy meeting my sister. I mean... is it too soon?

So, I spent the day cleaning, organizing, running random errands, and texting Dreamy. I then drove to Phoenix to have lunch at NYPD pizza with Dreamy. I then went home and napped until an hour before Dreamy was to pick me up for dinner. We ended up having a quick and easy dinner at Pei Wei (we obviously love Pei Wei...) and picking up a Redbox movie. We watched Neighbors at my house. It was such an easy and relaxing date night in. Loved it!

Friday was another day of anticipation. BUT I lazed out the whole day. My sister's flight did not come in until 11:00 pm, so I stayed in making sure the house was spotless and everything was ready for her arrival. I stressed about making everything perfect. All while watching Scandal. Yes. I am obsessed with that show. I started watching it a week ago and finished all of the Netflix episodes on Friday. SAD!

The fun began when my sister came in. But I will leave that to another day (like tomorrow...)

Love you all!


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A little bit raw


That is how I am feeling today.
Emotionally raw.
This always happens when family visits.

My sister left today. We woke up and after running one errand we headed to the airport so that she could start her travels back to NYC.

I am going to miss that booger and don't know what to do with myself for the rest of the day.

I have been trying to fill up my time until it's time to fall asleep tonight. Maybe a day at work tomorrow will help me to take my mind off of missing my sister.

I am so glad she got to come (despite how nervous I was).

Since I am quite sad I will end this entry now.

Love you all!



Saturday, November 15, 2014

Living a dream...

While I am off exploring Arizona with my sister, I thought I would just recap all of the fun I have been having the last two weeks. My life lately seems to be filled with work, Dreamy, football and lots of fun. I feel like I am floating and my life is just running along. It doesn't seem real.

Last week (Nov 3)
* I have been having the "teeth falling out" dream lately. I have always had that dream. It always popped up here and there. waking up after that dream is unnerving and weird. What is that about anyways?

* My monthly friend made her visit last week. It was horrible. I felt light headed and weak for two days. The cramps were horrible. Sometimes I hate being a girl!

* I had not Skyped with my friend Chris in a while. So, you can imagine my surprise when he took time out of his schedule to Skype with me. We had been texting back and forth but have not been able to Skype. So it was such a relief and so great to catch up with my friend.

* I FINALLY finished Californication. If you have never seen that show... then watch it. You can binge watch it on Netflix right now. All seasons are on there.

* We all know how much I love Santan Brewery. That is why that was my first choice when Dreamy asked me where I wanted to have dinner last Tuesday. I was surprised when he told me he had never been. Such a simple night but I had so much fun. That always seems to happen with him.

* Two dinners out with Dreamy in one week? Yup. Last Thursday we went to Portillo's and then to Dave and Buster's. Another simple date. another amazing night

*  My roommate worked his ass off last week. Going in super early. Coming home late AND working from home once he got home. I felt so bad for him. I could see how much he was working. It sucked.


* That is why Friday was a relief. My roommate and I were planning a quiet night in when he took down a few tequila bottles. We decided to take a couple of shots. I then got the bright idea to finish an already opened bottle of wine AND open up another bottle of wine. This lead to an awesome night...

...and a horrible hangover on Saturday.

Last weekend 

Saturday was amazing despite the aforementioned hangover. It took me some time to make myself presentable but by the time Dreamy texted to let me know he was on his way to pick my up, I was good to go.

 During the week, Dreamy had asked me on a date for Saturday night. He stated that he had a surprise. During the same conversation, we decided that we could get together for the ASU game and Florida game before this surprise.

So, Dreamy picked me up. When I opened the door, he stated I would have to put on jeans because it might be cold at whatever we were doing. Confusing...

After I changed, we headed to lunch at Saddle Ranch while we watched the ASU vs Notre Dame game. I wasn't too concerned about the outcome but Dreamy likes ASU so I watched. We had an amazing lunch with beers and mimosas. We weren't able to watch the Gators vs Vanderbilt game but we won guys! It was awesome. So many good things packed in one day.

During lunch, Dreamy told me what the surprise was. My first hockey game! I had no idea what to expect but it was fun. I loved the surprise.

All of the drinking and commotion left me so tired that night. We ended up passing out and were surprised when we woke on Sunday morning. We started our day with donuts from Krispy Kreme and then wasted the day away laying around and watching football.

The weekend ended with a BBQ at a friends house.

Another great week in the life of Lourdes.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend cause I sure am enjoying mine.