Sunday, January 30, 2011

365 Days of Happiness January 24-January 30


So, day-to-day responsibilities have been keeping me extra busy lately and I managed to catch the flu on the first day of the week. I ended up missing school, calling in sick at work, and nursing myself back to health. It took a few days but I am back to feeling great and am now taking the time to catch up with my list. 

Monday January 24
Soup on a sick day


It's Monday and I am sick. It's kind of sad that I went all weekend feeling well and I start to get sick on Sunday night. I woke up feeling horrible but the best thing about today was the soup. I made myself soup and slurped it all up. It was amazing. 

Tuesday January 25
Midday naps during a rainy day


 I am still sick today but am feeling a lot better. What I love about today is that it is raining and I got to take a midday nap during this beautiful rainy day. It was so relaxing and comforting. I absolutely love the sound of rain and it just soothed me into an amazing sleep.

Wednesday January 26
My boyfriend dressed up

The career fair was this week and my boyfriend made sure to dress up for it. He wore his slacks and I absolutely love the way he looks in the slacks. He is so handsome and I cannot help but smile when he dresses up. It is amazing.

Thursday January 27
Darryl's Blog


So, my friend recently invited me to read his blog and I cannot describe how honored I am to read it. I love that he trusts me enough to read his thoughts and I really appreciate it. He is someone I admire and what I have read so far has only increased my admiration. 

Friday January 28
Castles and Cannons


I am absolutely addicted to this game.I basically had to break the castle before the opponent broke my castle. For some reason, this game brought out the competitive side of me and I could not stop playing until I completed a level. I would actually get frustrated when I lost and would become grouchy if I had to stop playing. That's how you know this is a good game.

Saturday January 29
Gasparilla


I have been hearing alot about Gasparilla and the most common thing people have been saying is 
"Gasparilla is like Mardi Gras in New Orleans".
I was weary when I heard this because I used to live in New Orleans and am quite familiar with Mardi Gras. I have to say that Gasparilla is quite fun. I would not compare it to Mardi Gras but I had a blast. 

Sunday January 30
Sharing an ice cream tub with my boyfriend


This is what I did last night. It was amazing. I love my boyfriend so much that I am willing to share this with my boyfriend. Yummy and super romantic.


I'm done for the week. 

Lots of Love,
Lourdes

Sunday, January 23, 2011

365 Days of Happiness January 17-January 23



I finally found the time to edit and post this piece of the list. I have been overwhelmed with school and work and have not had the time to type up everything into my list. So here I go. 

Monday January 17
Martin Luther King Holiday

Yes, we do get this day off from school. BUT, this is not the only reason for liking this holiday. This day always reminds me to be grateful for everything I have and the opportunities that I have been so lucky to be able to achieve. This is something that I fail to be thankful for on a daily basis and it is sad that I don't think on this more often. I guess this is why I like this holiday. It keeps me in check every year and is a constant reminder of how lucky I am. 

Tuesday January 18
Freedom

This is something that should make everyone happy and it definitely makes me happy. I grew up with the idea that I was free to speak my mind and do what I please (within bounds, of course). Lately, more than usual, I have been contemplating on the fact that many people around the world have not had the luxury of the freedom that I enjoy. How lovely and how amazing it is that my parents were able to bring me up in a country such as this. 

Aside from this "American" freedom that I enjoy, comes the freedom of being an adult. I recently cut one more financial tie between myself and my parents. I now am responsible for all of my bills and am essentially "free" from my parents. Although the uncertainty and newness of this responsibility is scary, it is such a great feeling. 

Wednesday January 19
Ube

I work in the leasing office of a local apartment complex and part of my job is to give tours to those that would like to see our apartments. I recently toured two young women and their mother. It turns out that these women were Filipino and during the tour we started talking about our favorite Filipino foods. Speaking with them made me realize how much I love Ube and shortly after getting off of work, I went to an Asian supermarket and got the ingredients to make Ube. It was so good and I am actually craving it as I type. 

Thursday January 20
My boyfriends excitement when he plays Street Fighter

This is quite adorable. During my boyfriends internship, a game called "Street Fighter" become the love of his life. He started playing more often and by the end of his internship he invested in 2 arcade style controls for the game. I absolutely love the face he makes when he is about to play the game. He has this huge smile and is always in the best mood. I love it. 

Friday January 21
Oberone Ale

It may be weird that I have an alcoholic beverage on the list but I could not resist. I promise I do not drink this often, I just really like it. I did not know this existed until one of my friends ordered it for me. I tasted it and it become one of my favorites. 

Saturday January 22
Giving tours at work

My work consists of giving tours to prospective residents and I absolutely love it. I enjoy meeting new people and seeing the wide range of personalities that walk into the office. So many talented and interesting people come to tour and I love getting to know them. 

Sunday January 23
My boyfriends massages

My boyfriend is amazing in every way and he gives the best massages in the world. It is the best when I come home from a stressful day at work and he gives me a massage. his massages just melt away all of the stress!


I guess that is the end of the list for this week.

Toodles!

~~Lourdes

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Love and Experience

A proof that experience is of no use, is that the end of one love does not prevent us from beginning another.

Paul Bourget

A woman and Love

In her first passion, a woman loves her lover, in all the others all she loves is love.

Lord Byron

This quote scares me a little bit. Is it really true that a woman loves only once? I don't necessarily think it is always true, BUT I do agree that it is easy to become addicted to love. Being loved feels so good and provides a sense of security. So, I do believe that people look for the feeling and security of love rather than someone to love and share love with. 

Sad, huh?

I will never allow myself to do that!

Yours truly living in love,
Lourdes



365 Days of Happiness January 10- January 16


I love snow. This week was quite interesting. Florida was the only state that did not have snow. How disappointing is that? Even HAWAII had  snow!!! Granted, it was in the mountains. Anyways, I digress. I am going to jump into this weeks list of happiness.

Monday January 10
My boyfriends cooking

My boyfriend actually cooks! Did you read and understand that? Let me say it again:

MY BOYFRIEND ACTUALLY COOKS!

Can you believe that? He cooks and it actually tastes good. He cooked for Javi and Laura when they had dinner at our apartment and he cooks most nights for me. It is amazing and surprising at the same time. How many guys do you meet that actually do that?

Tuesday January 11
Another step to being independent

I have a "43 Things" account. It is a site that allows you to make 43 goals at a time. One of my goals is to eventually become financially independent. More specifically, to not be financially independent on my parents. I noticed more and more that financial dependence on my parents allows them to have a presence and a say in the happenings in my life and the decisions that I make. Last summer, I took my first step in becoming financially independent. I worked and was responsible for all of my living expenses. I paid my rent, car insurance, electricity, cable, Internet, etc. the only thing that was still covered by my mother was my phone bill. 

As of today, I pay my own phone bill and it is freeing. A heavy weight has been lifted from me and it feels great!

Wednesday January 12
Area Rugs

Ever since my boyfriend has come back, we have been working on making the apartment a home. One of the things that we have bought for the apartment is an area rug for the living room. It is so cute and simple and does the job of covering the wires perfectly. Now, I have to get more decorations to further make our apartment into a home. 

Thursday January 13
Junior Mints

I absolutely love the combination of mint and chocolate. I have mentioned this combination and my love of it before. So, this idea is not new to you. I just cannot contain myself while eating this candy!

Friday January 14
Table cloths

This is another entry dedicated to the items that have been bought to decorate the apartment. I bought a brown checkered tablecloth because of its simplicity. It is just one more element that ties the room together. 

Saturday January 15
Curtains

I have wanted to get curtains for the apartment for quite a while and now that I have the area rug and have seen the colors of the area rug, I was able to make a decision on the curtains. I chose to match the color of the curtains to one of the colors of the rug. Now that the curtains are up, the apartment feels more complete. 

Sunday January 16
Painting

I have been looking for paintings and other pictures to put up in the apartment. I then decided to buy a canvas and create my own paintings for the apartment. I gave it a try and came up with a beautiful painting. It ties in all the colors of the rug and is quite delightful! Also, the experience was relaxing and fun. 
I suggest you try it for yourself. 



That's all for this week. 

~Laura


Saturday, January 15, 2011

Failure...

You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call Failure is not the falling down, but the staying down.

Mary Pickford


This is something that I have to constantly remind myself of. I always let " failure" and obstacles affect me. Even though I know I shouldn't allow obstacles and difficulties affect me, I still do and this is something that I have to change. 

Much love,
Lourdes


Friday, January 14, 2011

Proving you are stupid?....


Better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt. 


~~~ Mark Twain





Thursday, January 13, 2011

Seduction...

"But seduction isn’t making someone do what they don’t want to do. Seduction is enticing someone into doing what they secretly want to do already."

Waiter Rant


I read this quote, and thought about it for a few minutes. I thought about it because my initial reaction was "That's not true". But after thinking it over I realized that it is definitely true!!!

Enjoy,
Lourdes

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

the world is a tangled web

"...The world... a web of profound intertwined histories and events. The connections may be invisible...but they are always there, buried just beneath the surface"

- from The DaVinci Code

When I read this quote, I was reminded of the reasons why I love history. I love that history is a puzzle and you have to find the hidden connections between events throughout history. 

:)

Lourdes

Monday, January 10, 2011

We fear what we do not understand

"We fear what we do not understand"

-The DaVinci Code

365 Days of Happiness January 3- January 9


So, I am back in Gainesville and school has started again. It has been such a hectic week and there has been so much to do. I am finally updating the list. Hope you enjoy this weeks list of happiness...

Monday January 3
Having  my boyfriend in Gainesville with me

I love having my boyfriend here in Gainesville with me. I loved waking up this morning and seeing his face. It made me smile. The one thing that I am going to have to get used to is sharing my home with someone else. But i know I can do that with him!

Tuesday January 4
Organizing my boyfriends stuff in the apartment

I am such a stickler for organization and neatness. Those that are close to me know that I absolutely love doing laundry and putting it away. I spent the night making room for my boyfriends stuff and putting his clothes away. It was so much fun. 

Wednesday January 5
Trivia night with my boyfriends friends.

This was so much fun. It was the first time hanging out with them in such a long time and I had a blast. It was great seeing everyone; especially when I had me wonderful boyfriend by my side. It was a great start to the semester.

Thursday January 6
Star Wars movies

I bought the Star Wars movies for my boyfriend for Christmas. He loved them and I am adding them to my list because I also love them. I truly want to do a Star Wars marathon! 

Friday January 7
My classes this semester

I didn't enjoy my classes last semester. But, this semester started off better for me and I actually enjoy the subjects of the classes I am taking. That is how I know this semester is going to be so much better! Yay!

Saturday January 8
My boyfriend meeting my math colleagues

I have mentioned before that I became friends with amazing people from the math department. My boyfriend was able to join us on an amazing dinner at a restaurant called "The Warehouse". It was an awesome night and the food was amazing.

Sunday January 9
Having dinner with Javi and Laura

I love having dinner dates and having friends over for dinner. We were able to invite some close friends over for dinner at our apartment. It made me so happy to entertain in our apartment and it was surprising to see that my boyfriend started cooking for the dinner before I got home from work. He also bought wine!! He is adorable!

Well, I am done with the list for the week. I am so happy to have my boyfriend back here in Gainesville with me and you could probably tell by how often he appears in this week's list.

Have an amazing week!

Lordor

(That's for you my friend)
:) 

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Secrets...

"Life is filled with secrets. You can't learn them all at once"
-The DaVinci Code

Friday, January 7, 2011

History is a story?...

" As Napoleon once said, 'What is history, but a fable agreed upon?'...By it's nature, history is always a one-sided account"

-The DaVinci Code

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Accept who you are

"I'm tough, I'm ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay"

-Madonna

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Make the best out of what you are

"My business is not to remake myself, but make the absolute best of what God made"

-Robert Browning

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Monday, January 3, 2011

A Business Man's Golden rule...

The golden rule for every business man is this: Put yourself in your customer's place.

Orison Swett Marden

When I first read this quote, I thought of all of the residents that live in the apartment complex that I work at. I deal with them everyday and also have to listen to complaints and console when there are problems. The one thing that runs through my mind when the residents come in with complaints is "How would I feel if I was in this situation". I feel that it is important to put oneself in their shoes. It makes me more willing to do everything i can to help them resolve the issue. 

Best,
Lourdes

Sunday, January 2, 2011

365 Days of Happiness December 27- January 2


This was another eventful week. In the middle of this week, the New Year came. I am now back in my comfy apartment and have my boyfriend here with me. I love it. But, let me jump into this weeks list of happiness...

Monday December 27
Spending time with my boyfriends family

My boyfriends family consists of some of the nicest people that I have met in my life. They are so inviting, friendly, and seem to make you feel at home. I had an amazing time and I know it was because of them.

Tuesday December 28
Walks with my boyfriend

My boyfriend didn't seem to make a schedule or any plans to take me out during the holidays. we would watch football games and other things, but we had no idea what to do. I just wanted to get out for a few hours. It was sweet when he suggested that we take a walk. It was not a long walk, but it was amazing. We joked around and played around. I had fun. 

Wednesday December 29
Meeting up with Amber

Amber was my best friend when I still lived in Miami. We absolutely loved the Spice Girls and would make up dances to all the songs. We ended up going to dinner during the week and I loved it. We caught up and I saw how much we have changed since we were little. Plus, we had sushi.

Thursday December 30
Sammy

The most adorable dog ever!!

Friday December 31
Fireworks

It's New Years eve and of course there were small fireworks. They were beautiful and exciting.

Saturday January 1
Spending New Years with my boyfriend

This was amazing. First of all, I was able to get a New Years kiss. I had been dreaming of this New Years kiss for a long time and it made me so happy to finally receive it. Secondly, It was great celebrating the New Year with him by my side. It was comforting and I felt so loved. 

Sunday January 2
Driving to Gainesville with my boyfriend

This was fun. You already know that I love road trips. but, this road trip was special. I had my boyfriend by my side and I got to glance at him as many times as I wanted to. There was no limit to it. Let me remind you that he has been on an internship for 6 months. So, the ability to look at him for a 5 hour trip was much needed and felt amazing. 

That is the end of the list for this week.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

~~Lourdes

Man and his company

In our society a man is known by the company he owns.

Gerald F. Lieberman

Whenever I meet someone, I always look at the people that they surround them self with. I truly do believe that a persons friends and companions define, or rather, tell who they are. People who have the same values and same beliefs tend to stick together and rub off on each other. For this reason, I tend to surround myself with people who have similar qualities as myself. 

Toodles,
Lourdes

Saturday, January 1, 2011

happiness is in accomplishing something


There is joy in work. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.


Henry Ford