Friday, December 31, 2010

Adults and children

What is an adult? A child blown up by age.

Simone de Beauvoir


Growing up, I would watch the drama and interactions among the adults in my family. They seemed to bicker all of the time and go through periods of "talking' and "not talking". I thought it was crazy and mentioned this to my father. That was when my father told me that adults were  like children. They acted like children and have tempers like children. The only difference is that they do not have someone there to "put them in their place" and correct them when they are getting out of line. Adults tend to have a "I'm always right" attitude. 

So, just because you are an adult does not mean you cannot act worse than a child.

~~Lourdes

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Someone is there...

"Every one of us gets through the tough times because somebody is there, standing in the gap to close it for us."

Oprah Winfrey


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Father loves mother

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.

Theodore M. Hesburgh


This is another quote that touched me and made me cry. When I was 10, my parents divorced and I felt as if my life was over. My life was changing and I couldn't do anything about it. The one thing that I miss is the love between my parents. I have seen the way my boyfriend's parents are with each other and I always feel a pang of jealousy. I think I am just jealous of my boyfriend having his parents together. 

My father has always told me that he respects my mother and he has always made it clear that she is a great mother. But, I have always wanted my father to love my mother the same way that my boyfriends father loves his mother. 

So, I leave with this: 

It is extremely important to choose someone wisely. Do not have kids until you are sure that you are with the person you love and want to spend your life with. If you don't do this, you are not only affecting yourself, but you are affecting your children. 

Much love,
Lourdes

Monday, December 27, 2010

Impatience...

Perhaps there is only one cardinal sin: impatience. Because of impatience we were driven out of Paradise, because of impatience we cannot return.


W.H. Auden



Impatience. This is something that I have been plagued with all my life. My boyfriend constantly makes fun of me and comments on how impatient I am. I always deny it and play it down, BUT I do know that I am impatient. I decided to post this quote because I laughed and thought of my boyfriend as soon as I read it. 

Is anyone else as impatient as I am?

~~Lourdes

Sunday, December 26, 2010

365 Days of Happiness December 20 - December 26


The last week has been so eventful. So much has happened. Work consumed my life for the first half of the week and then it was finally the holidays. I got to see my boyfriend and spend time with his family during my favorite time of the year. There has been so much happening throughout the week and so much has appeared that has made me happy. It was hard to post this week, but I am here now to update the list. 

So, here I go.

Monday, December 20
"Silent Night"



This is one of my favorite Christmas songs. It is so peaceful and is a song that I could actually sing to. I have been singing this song since I was little and do not see myself stopping that tradition in the next few years. 

Tuesday, December 21
Pulled Pork

I went to Sonny's recently and have rediscovered my love for pulled pork. I am one of those people that have a set dish that I order at every restaurant. I always order pulled pork from Sonny's. I love the texture and the taste. YUMMY!

Wednesday, December 22
Candles


I cannot explain why I love candles. They always seem to soothe me when I am in a bad mood or am worried and tense. I love that their scent fills a room and I also love the way the candle light fills a room. My love for candles may stem from my mothers love for candles. She is obsessed. She has a cabinet full of candles and will still buy more candles. I should not complain because I do the same. We just cannot help it. 

Thursday December 23
The road trip with my friend Darryl 

Today is the day that I drove to Miami to spend the rest of the holidays with my boyfriend and his family. I drove down with my friend Darryl and I had a blast. we talked, ate, listened to music and just had fun. I have always liked taking road trips. ESPECIALLY when I am not the one driving. Driving down with my friend made it more fun. I loved it. I want to thank my friend for driving me down.

:)

Friday December 24
Christmas Eve


This Christmas Eve was different from any other Christmas eve that I have experienced. First of all, I did not spend it with my family. Second, I spent it with my boyfriend and his family. I had an amazing time and loved the fact that I could see how another family spends their Christmas!

Saturday December 25
Christmas Day


This Christmas was amazing. Again, it is because of who I spent it with. 

Sunday December 26
My Christmas Gifts

I do not want to seem superficial and selfish, BUT I did enjoy the gifts that I received for Christmas.

 My boyfriends mother got me a sewing kit. It was amazing. It contained all of the odds and ends that I would need for my sewing projects: tape measure, pins, sewing shears, sewing chalk, seam ripper, needles, etc. I absolutely loved it. She also got me a book containing patterns and cross stitch project ideas. AMAZING!

My boyfriend gave me a portable hard-drive. (I think that is what it is called). It is small and cute and was greatly needed. Ever since my computer was sick, I was worried about backing up my pictures and music. Now, I have a place to back everything up. He also got me this nifty carrying case.



So, That is the end of the list for this week. I hope you had an amazing Christmas and are having an amazing holiday! It's almost the new year :)

Best wishes,

Lourdes

Life forward and backwards

Life must be lived forward, but can only be understood backwards.

Soren Kierkegaard

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Priority and options


I think I may have posted this before, but I am still going to post this. When I first read this post, it hit home immediately. I completely agree with this idea and have worked towards making MYSELF my ONLY priority.

 I have allowed myself to become some one's option while at the same time allowing myself to become preoccupied with others. It almost ruined my relationships and was wearing me raw. My emotions and my self-perception started to become clouded. I did not know who I was. 

Once I realized that I was lost, I decided to make a change. I was going to make myself my priority and allow others to become my option. I convinced myself that I could have this outlook and still love those around me. My outlook would not change my feelings for others. I just needed to figure out who I was and become one with myself. This sounds so cliche, but it is the truth. I needed it and am better off now that I have done it. 

Much love,

Laura




Friday, December 24, 2010

You control your destiny...


I can't even count how many times I blame others for the problems that I am having. I honestly do not believe that others cause my problems, but it is easier to blame others than to find fault with myself. I still do this even when I know that it could create more problems for myself. That is why I choose this quote. It directly pertains to me. 

Hopefully you read this quote and it affects the same way it effected me. 

Lourdes

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Meat on my bones...

I find no sweeter fat than sticks to my own bones.
Walt Whitman

I love this quote. All my life I have been self-conscious about my weight. I have been working on my self-perception and have slowly learned to love my body. 


But, this past week I have been eating so much and have not been as physical as I usually am during the school semester. To be clear, I am quite lazy and me definition of being physical is quite incorrect. But, let me go on. Because of my change of pace, I have gained quite a bit of weight. This has made me nervous about seeing my babu today.


Nonetheless, I LOVE MY FAT!


Lourdes

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Random act of kindness..

Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns.
-- Author Unknown

I was the recipient of a random act of kindness today and now feel as if I have gained a friend in the process. Let me explain. I was at work today and a kind soul presented me with a Zero bar. This person had actually read one of my blog entries and found that I have an affinity for Zero bars.

 I would like to let this person know that I really appreciate it and this act of kindness did not go unnoticed. 

:)

A very appreciative blogger,
Lourdes

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Men...Women... Change?

Men marry women with the hope they will never change. Women marry men with the hope they will change. Invariably they are both disappointed. 


~~~ Albert Einstein


I do not have much to add to this quote. All I have to say is:

You can never change people. You have to learn to accept someone for who they are; faults and all. 

It's not that hard to do.

Lourdes

Monday, December 20, 2010

Women

The connections between and among women are the most feared, the most problematic, and the most potentially transforming force on the planet.

Adrienne Rich


I can think of a few people who would not only agree with this quote but would also laugh uncontrollably upon reading it. I can honestly say that women are hard to deal with. Don't get me wrong, I am extremely proud to be a woman. I just think that women can be catty and be underhanded with their dealings. If you don't believe me, start hanging out more with women!


~~Lourdes

Sunday, December 19, 2010

365 Days of Happiness December 13 - December 19


So, Christmas is slowly approaching and I am so excited. Christmas is next week and there is so much that makes me happy when Christmas is involved. I shouldn't get ahead of myself. I will now start this weeks list of awesome things that make me happy.

Monday December 13
Going out Dancing with Liz, Lauren, and Chris
This happened all of a sudden. They invited me out at the last minute and i decided to go. I made the best decision. This night out was amazing. we had glasses of wine and then went out to dance. 
BEST TIME EVER!!!




Tuesday December 14
Warm showers on a cold day


I definitely enjoy hot showers throughout the year, but I did not realize how good a hot shower on a cold day feels. I mean, just imagine it. 


You are outside on a cold day. Your hands feel like ice. Your feet are numb. your teeth are chattering. All you can think about is the warmth that you are going to walk into soon. Once you get inside, you run the water for your shower. When you step in, it is the most amazing feeling ever!!!


Wednesday December 15
Irish Springs


Speaking of hot showers, I absolutely love the smell of the original Irish Springs (soap) scent. It smells so fresh and so clean. The scent is just so refreshing. Ahhh... I am about to smile just imagining the scent. 


Thursday December 16
Chinese buffets
I have discussed the concept of "buffets" with one of my good friends. We came to the conclusion, that buffets can be considered  to be a "challenge"; a challenge to eat so much that your stomach pops. I enjoy buffets, yet I don't go to buffets often. Thus, when I do go, I eat A-LOT. I literally become a glutton. It's embarrassing, yet it feels so good. 


Friday December 17
Spaghetti with sugar


Have you ever tried sugar as an ingredient in your spaghetti sauce? If you have not, you should! It is amazing. It changes the flavor for the better!


Saturday December 18
Cici's pizza- Cheese bread
:)
That's how my face looks after leaving Cici's pizza and eating tons of the cheese bread. I assure you that you will leave with a smile after eating there, too. 


Sunday December 19
Marley and Me

One of my really good friends bought me this movie for Christmas. It is such a sweet movie and actually brought me close to tears a couple of times. It is a must see. especially if you are fond of puppies!!!


That is the end of this weeks list. Christmas is here soon! I cannot wait!!

your impatient friend, 

Lourdes

Happy Christmas :)

It's my favorite time of year again. It's cold outside and I can just feel the holiday cheer everywhere I go. Christmas songs are playing on the radio. Christmas trees are being put up and decorated with all of the sparkly ornaments. Stores are packed with people buying presents and they are also filled with Christmas decorations. All of this just makes me smile.

You would think that seeing my friends trickling out of Gainesville to go home and spend time with their families would make me sad. But it doesn't. As my friends leave Gainesville, it reminds me that my departure is coming soon enough.

Although I don't get to head for vacation until the 23rd of December, I do get the chance to work and assist my managers with the last few things that need to be done during the holidays. This means MONEY!! Money that I can spend on gifts for my friends, family, and especially my boyfriend. I absolutely love buying gifts for those that are dear to me and I love to see the faces that they make when they have finally unwrapped the gift and caught a glimpse of what I got them. It might be weird, but I am looking forward to these moments that I consider so special and heartwarming. I know that you can't "buy" love, but giving gifts is my way of indicating my love. The look of appreciation that appears on someones face, after opening my gift, makes me feel as if they realize how much I love them. It's such a wonderful feeling. So heartwarming.

So, I have made my list of Christmas gift recipients and am slowly buying gifts. But, there are a few gifts that I am unsure of. This Christmas I am spending the holidays with my boyfriend and his family. I am slightly nervous and am slowly reaching a "panic" moment. I am trying to figure out what to get his family for Christmas. This, to me, is extremely important. I definitely cannot spend the holidays with his family and not have a present for them in hand. But, what do I get them? Do I get each of them something? That is what I wanted to do, BUT I don't know everyone enough to get them a personalized gift. I am just so confused and this has me more nervous about spending the holidays with them.

I am pretty sure that I am making a bigger deal than I should be, BUT I want to make a good impression on them. The answer will come to me soon. I just need to enjoy the holidays and make the most of it.

I hope you enjoy the holidays and spend them with people you love



Much love and Merry Christmas,
Lourde 

GO BEYOND YOUR LIMITS

Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.

Brendan Francis

This quote goes hand in hand with yesterdays quote. I really don't have much to say. I just posted this quote to reiterate the fact one must do the best they can. You can accept your limits, but never let this stop you from trying your best.


:::Lourdes:::

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Pushing limits is better than doing nothing...

Always render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what your task may be.

Og Mandino




It drives me crazy when I meet people that are content with being mediocre and do not attempt to go above and beyond. It's shameful and sad. I just do not see the point in doing just enough to get by. Don't people understand that they will never know their true potential unless they keep pushing themselves?


It might just be that I have high expectations, BUT I honestly believe that people are capable of more than what they are actually portraying. 


My advice: PUSH LIMITS!!!


~~Lourdes

Friday, December 17, 2010

Moments that take our breath away....


Life isn't about the number of breaths we take, but the moments that take our breath away.


 ~~~ Anonymous



I can think of several instances in my life that have taken my breath away and will never be erased from my memories. I imagine that I will be on my death bed and these moments will comprise the "slide show" that will be running through my head right before I die, I will never be able to tell you how many breaths I have taken thus far, but I will be able to describe, in detail, many moments in my life!

This quote has reminded me, again, to enjoy my life and not take things for granted. I should embrace moments and live life to the fullest. I should forget about counting minutes and "counting breaths". 

~~Laura

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The soothing nature of music...

Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.
William Congreve




Wednesday, December 15, 2010

temper temper...

"Never do anything when you are in a temper, for you will do everything wrong."

Baltasar Gracian



Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Love/hatred... heart?

"The human heart is a strange vessel. Love and hatred can exist side by side."
 Scott Westerfeld

I have often thought about this. First, I think it is funny how we equate our feelings with the heart. The heart is an organ in our body. How did the heart become associated with love and feelings? I took some time to research and found that the heart was considered to be the "seat of thought, reason, and emotion..." by philosophers and even scientists. (Wikipedia, of course). 

It's funny how this has continued through centuries. But, what is also funny is how "matters of the heart" include both love and hatred. It's so contradictory. I don't think I will ever understand!


~Lourdes



Monday, December 13, 2010

Life's challenges: discover who you are...

Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are.

~Bernice Johnson Reagon




I am someone that allows challenges and difficulty to immobilize me. It's extremely unfortunate that I allow myself to do this because it makes life so much harder and I miss out on so many opportunities because of it. I have done so much in my life and the only reason why is because I have to
FORCE
myself to do things. In the end, I usually think back and cannot figure out why I hesitated. But, it always has shown my true potential and allowed myself to understand what I am capable of.
 
 
So, when things get hard and seem impossible, don't hesitate. Allow yourself to overcome whatever it is that is holding you back. You will be surprised with what you are capable of.
 
~~Lourdes~~




Sunday, December 12, 2010

365 Days of Happiness December 6- December 12


This week has been so busy with cramming for exams and everything that I do to distract me from studying. So, this part of the list will contain alot of the "distracting" activities. 

Here we go!!!!!!


Monday December 6
"Lolita" Dresses

I absolutely love these dresses. I do not really know if they are flattering to my form, but they are so cute. I definitely am going to make my own Lolita dress soon! All I have to do is find the fabric. 
Any Suggestions?

Tuesday December 7
Hershey's Kisses Commercial



I stumbled upon this commercial while I was attempting to study. I remember watching this commercial years ago, and seeing it again automatically put me in the Christmas spirit. I love it. 


Wednesday December 8
Scarves
It's starting to get cold outside and it's time for me to pull out my heavy duty scarves. If I could, I would wear scarves year-round. Unfortunately, the heat in Florida does not allow me to wear my scarves during the summer. 
I honestly have no idea why I love scarves so much. They are just fun and cute. 

Thursday December 9
Wiki is feeling better


This morning I received a text from a friend saying that her dog, "Wiki", was sick and was going to the vet. I was so worried and was completely relieved when she picked him up from the vet and told me that Wiki was OK.  THANK GOD. Wiki is the best dog in the world!

Friday December 10
The Adventures of Jimmy Halpert

If you have kept up with the blog, or if you hang out with me often, then you know that I am obsessed with The Office. The antics and the conversations on the show are hilarious. But, my favorite thing to keep track of are the relationships. Holly and Michael are too funny. The Andy-Erin-Gabe triangle is also one to watch. BUT, the "Jam" or Jim and Pam relationship is what I am interested in. They are so cute and when they started dating I was so happy. I cried when they got married and I also cried when they had their baby.
You may think this is weird, but I cried when Pam gave Jim the comic book that she created. it was called "The Adventures of Jimmy Halpert". She was so worried about him liking it and when he received the comic his reaction was priceless. He was in shock and genuinely appreciated it. This might be the reason why I like the comic. 

Saturday December 11
Seeing Judit happy to go back to Hungary

My friend has been waiting for this trip for the longest time. I was so happy to see the excitement in her eyes!

Sunday December 12
My first skirt (in four years)


I am so proud of this skirt. It is the first one I have made in a long time!!! I think it is so cute!


~~~Lourdes

I'm going to prove you wrong...

When someone tells me there is only one way to do things, it always lights a fire under my butt. My instant reaction is, I'm going to prove you wrong!

~~Picabo Street

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Small vs great people...


"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."
 
Mark Twain

Friday, December 10, 2010

Happiness and Longevity

"I guess what I'm trying to say is, I don't think you can measure life in terms of years. I think longevity doesn't necessarily have anything to do with happiness. I mean happiness comes from facing challenges and going out on a limb and taking risks. If you're not willing to take a risk for something you really care about, you might as well be dead."

Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Never doubt yourself...

"Doubt whom you will, but never yourself"

~Christian Nevell Bovee


 I am completely guilty of doubting myself. I am constantly questioning my abilities and have to "force" myself to get over the fear of failure. You would think that after 22 years of going through this, that I would think more of myself and would learn from precedence. 

The one question I ask myself is : Do I really doubt myself OR am I just extremely lazy? Many times, I put things off because I know it will take a lot of work. 

So, maybe I don't doubt myself ALL the time, BUT I need to decrease the amount of times that do. If I don't and I continue to doubt myself, then HOW can I expect others to have faith in me?

~~Lourdes~~

True love is like ghosts...

"True love is like ghosts, which everybody talks about and few have seen."

Francois de La Rochefoucauld








It's sad how rare "true love" is. In the last five years of my life, I have had so many of my friends tell me that they have found "The one" or that they "truly love" their significant other. Maybe I am being too cynical, but every time someone tells me this I allow myself to smile. But my smile is a bit deceiving. I AM actually happy for people who think they are in love and that they have found "The One", BUT I have seen too many relationships end and too many people hurt.


I agree, love is a beautiful notion and I DO believe in love. I mean, I actually think I am in love. But only time will tell. 


I am just going to live my life and not dwell on this thing called "love". If I do not dwell on it, then I can enjoy it and enjoy life. 


~~Laura~~

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Longing for happiness...

"We wish to be happier than other people; and this is difficult, for we believe others to be happier than they are"

Charles de Montesquieu



In high school, I always looked at others and wished I was as cool and as happy as them. I wondered why I was not as happy and I became determined to surround myself with people that seemed to be content with themselves and with life. Surrounding myself with these people seemed the best way to improve myself. I thought that the cause of their happiness would also make me happy.
 It was during this feat, that I started to realize that people were not as happy as they let on and as an outsider I was not really perceiving the truth. Once I realized this, I became determined to be content with my life and with all the blessings that are present within it.

So, don't compare yourself to others. It will only mislead you and cause strife.

~Lourdes

Monday, December 6, 2010

Self reliance...

"Self-reliance is the only road to true freedom, and being one's own person is its ultimate reward"

Patricia Sampson


Last summer my life underwent a huge transition. Near the end of the summer, events occurred in my life that forced me to become financially responsible for myself. This forced me to rely on myself. At first I was scared and nervous. I resented the change. But, I slowly relished in the freedom. I could finally make decisions for myself. I could do things without getting permission from my parents and worrying about their approval. This change made me realize who I really was. 

I really advise people to stop relying on others and to start relying on themselves. Only then will you realize your true potential!

~Lourdes

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Happiness...

postsecret.com

**Laura**




365 Days of Happiness November 29 - December 5


It's the start of the Christmas season. At least it is for regular people. I absolutely love Christmas and everything that has to do with Christmas. Thus, I play Christmas music throughout the year. Prepare yourself for the December entries. There will be many entries that have to do with the holiday season. 

Monday November 29
Apple Pie


I did not realize how much I love apple pie until I had a slice during Thanksgiving dinner. I absolutely love the combination of pie crust and apple spices. The weird thing is that I am not really a fan of the actual apple slices that are in apple pie. They are too soft and the texture bothers me. BUT, apple pie tastes so wonderful. 

Tuesday November 30
Twix


Who doesn't love Twix bars? Hmmm... The caramel and the chocolate. So yummy!

Wednesday December 1
Christmas Music


Like I said before, Christmas music is the best. Especially when they are sung by Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. 

Thursday December 2
Christmas decor


Christmas decorations are amazing. Every time I see them I smile and feel so warm inside. I especially love Christmas trees and the ornaments. I don't exactly know where my affinity for Christmas came from. Maybe it stems from my childhood memories. Christmas was always a time when the family was together. We would laugh and tell jokes while putting up the Christmas ornaments. It was always so  much fun. 

Friday December 3
The Wedding Singer



All I have to say is " I LOVE THIS MOVIE". 

Saturday December 4
Mulan


"Let's get down to business, to defeat the Huns..."

The songs in this movie have always made me smile. 

Sunday December 5
Sewing Machine

What can I say? I absolutely love my sewing machine! I have always loved to make things myself rather than buying things. That may be why I love my sewing machine. I can make my own clothing, especially dresses. 


Have an awesome week and good luck on exams. I sure need it... :)

Laura

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Consumed in thought...

"A person may dwell so long upon a thought that it may take him a prisoner"
~~Edward F. Halifax




Friday, December 3, 2010

Stream vs Pool

"Happiness consists in activity--
it is a running stream, not a stagnant pool"
John L Mason