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.


Friday, November 14, 2014

Guess who's coming to town...

I am excited.

Super excited.

Someone special is flying into Phoenix tonight. My sister. I have not seen her in a year (since my last trip to NYC). I am so excited. Yet so nervous. I have been racking my brain for ideas of what to do while she is here. She has never been to Arizona and I want to make sure she has fun.

I have always been one to stress out when family comes into town.
I don't know why.

But I cannot contain my excitement!

Cheers to an amazing weekend with my sister!


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Acts of kindness...

A few weeks ago, I found out that one of my coworkers' home was cleaned out. While she was at work and her kids were all at school, someone broke into her house and stole EVERYTHING. They even took the toothpaste from the bathrooms.

She was devastated. Her kids were freaked out. They moved out of that house the same day and relocated to a different area.

I look up to her for so many things. Her strength in that situation was amazing. She acted as if everything was OK. I don't know how she did/ does it. I have never had anything that drastic happen to me but I had the hardest time keeping it together when we had a little incident almost a year ago.

A week ago, a few of us got together because we wanted to do something for her. The kindness and selflessness of my coworkers is astounding. I am so lucky to work with such amazing people. we ended up gathering enough funds to get a large gift card for her.

I am proud of my team
My coworkers
My friends

This world has some good in it. 

I witnessed it. 


Friday, November 7, 2014

Candy Corn, Chocolate, and some gator football...


I have never been into Halloween. Yeah, I guess it's fun to dress up... I just never was creative enough to come up with a costume.

Friday October 31:

So, my Halloween was chill.
We trick-or-treated at work.
You read that right.
Free candy at work!

I then went home to hand out candy to the cute little kids that were trick or treating. It's sad because it took so much for me to stop myself from sneaking bags of candy for myself to eat. Once the trick or treaters died down, my friend Victor came over with wine to hang out. I went out and picked up Chipotle for dinner. During dinner, my roommate and Victor decided it would be a good idea for me to watch Saw. Horrible idea.

It creeped me out and I had the hardest time falling asleep.

Saturday November 1:

1st day of November! So exciting and such a lazy day. I ended up waking early and cleaning the downstairs up. I then got ready for a day of Florida football. yup!

My roommate and I met up with friends to Blue 32 Sports Grill to watch the Gators play Georgia. I was nervous. We have had a horrible season and I didn't have high hopes.


BUT the Gators surprised me! They won! It made me so happy... I could not stop smiling.

After the game, I ended up falling asleep for a couple of hours. When I woke, I was craving ice cream, so my roommate and I headed to Udder Delights for a cup of ice cream.

The rest of the night was spent preparing thousands of blog posts (the ones you have been reading the past few days.... plus this one). So much to catch up on.

Sunday November 2

The windows stayed open. The room was nice and cool. No need for AC.

The laziest day I have ever had.
I ...
*caught up on my YouTube subscriptions.
*Binge watched Californication and finally made it to season 7.
*ate pizza with the roommate.
* did laundry
* baked a cake.

Laziest day ever!

... and it was amazing.