Friday, March 6, 2015

Christmas 2014... reminiscing

Lourdes here.
Still in Florida, driving my mom crazy.

While my mom is working, I decided to spend my alone time in a coffee shop on Pensacola beach. A past-time that I have been longing for since I moved away from home. I WOULD be out on the beach but that was thwarted by the temperatures that we have currently been experiencing here on the Gulf Coast. Just my luck! 

As I was sitting here drinking my hot cocoa, I started looking through the photos in my phone. That was when I realized that I still have not updated y'all (yes... I am in the panhandle... we use "y'all") on the happening over the holidays. I briefly mentioned it, but didn't go into detail. So, I have decided to do that today. 

Before I start the recap, I should give a shout-out to a very special person. 
My cousin, RoRo (not her real name btw). 
Today is her birthday and I am so glad that I was able to be in Florida to see her today. 
Not much to say other than she is amazing and
Love you tons.  

So yeah, this past Christmas was amazing. I cannot recall whether I previously mentioned that I was able to purchase tickets to visit my dad and siblings in Houston. 

The trip was amazing. I was only there for 4 or 5 days, but the time pent with my family was memorable. Before this trip, I had never met my youngest sister. This was partly due to the crazy and rocky relationship that I have with my dad. 

Guys, this trip was great. I was so nervous to see my dad and I don't even understand why. I got to know my dad again. He was so happy to see me and to see all (except for one- Christina you should have been there) of his kids together. My younger sister, Alicia, flew into Houston from Orlando a few days before me and all of the group texts between the family shows the anticipation and the excitement. 

My youngest siblings grew. I wasn't expecting everyone to be so grown up. 

My brother is a teenager. It was shocking to see how tall he is. His voice was changing which was extremely weird. I miss his baby voice! It was great to see him healthy and active (I have mentioned his Crohn's disease previously). Also, He turned 15 on Christmas Eve! He is a teenager! I cannot get over it. 

My sister, Natalia, is just beautiful. The last time I saw her was for Alicia's graduation. She was a little bitty girl and now she is 8 years old and such a young lady. She is so smart and the things she said during this trip just left me in awe. 

I was able to take her on a shopping trip with me to the mall on Christmas Eve and I am so grateful for the alone time with her. We were able to speak and I really got to know her. My family also had this thing where the older siblings take showers with the younger siblings (it obviously stop when the youngies are too old for this...) so she was my shower partner for a while. She said the funniest things in the shower. 

My youngest sister, Victoria, is three years old and I mentioned earlier in this post that I never met her before this trip. So meeting her was amazing. She was this little chunky monkey and I fell in love immediately. She was also a shower buddy of mine. Too cute! 

Not much left to say. Just thought I would bombard you with a bunch of pictures from the trip. 

Hope you enjoyed the pictures. 
I sure did!
Another amazing Christmas!

Love my family. 
Love you all!

Lourdes <3

Monday, March 2, 2015


For the past few months, I have developed a routine.

Sunday: Wake up happy that it's still the weekend but already dreading going to bed because I know when I wake again it will be time to go to work

Monday- Thursday: Wake up. Go to work. Come home. Find something to do. Go to sleep.

Friday: Wake up. Go to work. Leave work excited for the weekend.

I was in a rut. Not necessarily outside of work. BUT work was getting redundant. I was just a body taking up space. I still excelled. No one can say that I was not doing well. I was just.... bored. I was becoming complacent and not challenging myself. I had no goals.

Well... I had my year end review last week and I did pretty well. It felt good to get the feedback that I got and I don't know why but it lit a fire under my butt. Leaving that meeting gave me new-found motivation.

Yup. I immediately created a folder for my professional goals with the company and have started to put things into place.

It's amazing how something so simple (like a meeting and a to-do/ goal list) could be a source of motivation.

Guys. I have my groove back!

Oh yeah!



Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sometimes I binge...

On Netflix
Who doesn't?

Since I have been gone for the longest time, I thought I would list out the shows I have been bingeing and loving

* Doctor Who
* Californication
* Gilmore Girls
* Arrested Development
* How I Met Your Mother
* Bob's Burgers
* Scandal
* House of Cards- Season three just was released on Netflix and I am trying to find time to start (and finish) the season
* Reign
* Pretty Little Liars - only the seasons on Netflix
* Breaking Bad

Guys. I have been obsessed with Breaking Bad. It was my most recent binge and I have been obsessed. Get on it if you have not watched it. So good!

So yeah.

Pointless post. BUT this kind of gives a hint of what I have been up to the last few months.



Saturday, February 28, 2015

Florida, here I come...

As you read this, I am on the plane from Arizona to Florida to visit my mom: a much needed trip.

This morning, I woke at 4am and had no trouble getting out of bed. No laying around. No hesitation. I literally jumped out of bed and got ready.

Since I have a full day of travel and nothing to do, I thought it would be fun to check in and let you all know that I am indeed alive.

The last few months have been filled with work, mini-trips, dating, Netflix binges and being super lazy. Truth. Not ashamed to admit the last two.

* I am still seeing Dreamy. And learning that dating is hard and confusing. I have started to realize how awkward I am. AND am realizing how my insecurities really do affect my relationships with people. But more will come on that subject in the future!

* Dreamy and I have taken a few trips here and there. Flagstaff. Sedona. Grand Canyon. Basically mini trip= locations in Arizona. I guess I want to explore the state in which I live at the moment.

* I was able to visit my dad (finally) in Texas and see all but one of my siblings. It was amazing and put me on the right track again. For a moment there, I forgot how important family is. So, this trip to Texas helped to keep me grounded/ put me back in my place.

* I have started to feel like I am finding my niche at work. I am making friends and feel like I have a group of friends that I can rely on. I have even created a Monday night happy hour recurring date with a few coworkers. Niche found!

* My roommate is still awesome. I really am starting to feel like he is a friend rather than just a roommate. We have roommate dinners at least once a week and he is starting to see that I am not just "serious" Lourdes. I have a weird/ crazy side! OOOOHHHHH yeah

So... I will try to  keep posting during my week in Florida. Fingers crossed!

Love you!


Friday, February 27, 2015

More than two months later

... and I am finally posting something.
Life has been crazy the last two months.
So much has happened.
So much is going to happen in the next couple of days.
Let's see how well I am going to do with the whole "catching up and posting" business.
I love you all and see you soon!


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!