Sunday, September 25, 2011

Happiness Continued: September 19 - September 25

The last couple of days, I have been missing my boyfriend more and more. I constantly find myself looking at plane tickets and when I do this it makes me want to quit everything and drop everything I am doing so that I can go visit him. Then, my responsible side takes over and I try to keep myself busy so I do not think about how much I miss him. This list definitely helps me. It helps me focus on the positive and keeps me from being pessimistic. This week's list is extremely exciting... so I suggest you read on...

Monday September 19
Going for a jog...FINALLY

If you have ever spent time with me, then you know how lazy I am. So, you would be surprised that I actually got up off my ass and went jogging today. OK...OK... I didn't get up with the intention to run. I was actually planning to go to the gym and use some of the machines. 

Monday's are my days off from work. So, basically, I have nothing planned other than school. Thus, 23 hours of my day are free of obligations. Today, as I was "Stumble(ing)Upon" and watching TV, so many thoughts were going through my head.

"I feel fat and everything I ate today is fattening and unhealthy"

So, I changed and drove to GP. I was determined to work out in the gym, but when I walked in I noticed that i was the only female out of 7 people. Thus, this spurred my decision to jog around the complex. I absolutely loved it and was able to jog 2 laps around the complex. 

I know my legs are going to hurt tomorrow, but I do not care. AND I challenge myself to run again tomorrow. Hopefully I don't let laziness take over tomorrow.

Tuesday September 20
Picture of Audrey Hepburn

There are a few pictures of Audrey Hepburn that EVERYBODY has seen. they are familiar with them and are the typical pictures that you see on posters. 

This picture is NOT one of them. When I stumbled upon this picture (on Tumblr), I was in AWE. I had never seen this one, or anything like this picture. She is gorgeous and the colors in this picture only enhance her beauty. 

PS... I challenged myself yesterday and i fulfilled the challenge AGAIN today. I jogged from my apartment down 23rd towards Williston. 
I then jogged down Williston towards 34th. 
THEN down 34th towards 35th. 
THEN down 35th towards 23rd. 
Once I hit 23rd, I jogged towards my apartment. 
I definitely had to push myself, but I DID it! You can say that LMFAO was my motivation. I was trying to run to the beat of their songs.

Wednesday September 21
Rain storms

So, i continued with my running today. I saw clouds moving in and decided to try to beat the rain. I was lucky. When I stepped into the apartment, it started to pour. I took a shower and when I came out, it was STILL pouring. So, what did I do? 

I laid in my bed and read. It was amazing and I absolutely loved it. this is why I love Florida. I never want to leave! (Chris and my boyfriend are probably scowling after that comment).

 I probably have posted this same exact "happy" thing before, but I have to say that I don't care. This is definitely worth a re-post. 

Yay for rain storms. 

Thursday September 22
New Modern Family episodes

There were so many shows starting this week. It was kind of overwhelming. The new season of Modern Family started yesterday. Since I do not have cable, I watched it on Hulu (Thank God for Hulu) today. I laughed so hard! It was a promising start for the season and has me excited to watch every Thursday!

Friday September 23
The Office started yesterday...AMAZING


The Office started yesterday and I did not get to watch it until today. (AGAIN, Thank God for Hulu!) Ever since Michael Gary Scott/ Steve Carell left, I have been nervous about the show. Yesterday's episode showed promise and made me laugh a lot. 

Here are a few things that made me laugh:

The planking intro
...Shove it up your butt
Andy Bernard as RM
Pam and the commercial

For some reason, I cannot think of anything else. But, I suggest you watch it. It is actually pretty good and shows that Michael Gary Scott's exit did not ruin the show. 

Saturday September 24
Sending gifts to my mom and sisters

My sister's birthday is next week and I decided to send her a small gift. I found a beautiful necklace and knew that I had to buy it for my sister. I am just hoping that it gets to her before her birthday.

After buying her gift, I had the gift-giving bug. I found a necklace that I know my mother would like. So, I bought it and had it sent to her. As I was looking for this necklace, I found a pair of earrings that my other sister would like. So, I also bought the earrings. I really should not be spending money, but everything was relatively cheap and they are for family. So, I think I spent my money wisely. 

25th straight win against Kentucky

After I watched the game against Kentucky, I HAD to include this in the list. Ever since I started at UF, we have ALWAYS beat Kentucky AND we won again today. Of course, I never doubted that we would. Today continued our streak of beating them and it was the 25th consecutive win against them. 

How can you not want to be a Gator?

Sunday September 25
Olivia De Havilland

Do you know who Olivia de Havilland is? 

She played Melanie Hamilton in Gone with the Wind. I remember when I first saw the movie. I disliked Melanie (meaning I disliked Olivia) because she was Scarlett O'Hara's rival. After watching the movie a couple of times, I started to like the character more. I started to realize that Melanie Hamilton was a great person. That was when I became interested in watching more movies that she starred in. 

She really is a great actress. She is actually the older sister of Joan Fontaine (another AMAZING actress) and their relationship was a turbulent one. I will not go into detail about her, I just think that everyone should watch a couple of movies that she acted in. She is a great actress and her movies are worth watching. Plus, if you like romantic movies, you should watch one of the 9 (or 10) movies that she starred in with Errol Flynn. Their chemistry was amazing. 

I guess I am done with the list for the week.

Your love-sick puppy,


Saturday, September 24, 2011

Giving in to obsession...

After all the posts about boots that I have made you read, I finally gave in and bought a pair. 

A month or two ago, I found a Groupon for ShoeDazzle. As a joke, I forwarded it to my boyfriend. I promise, it was just a joke. But, 10 minutes later, I received a message from Groupon. My boyfriend gifted me the Groupon. When I first saw it, I smiled and immediately thought of how lucky I am.

So, I had a Groupon to use. But, I had to use it on something that I really wanted. Weeks and weeks went by. I checked my showroom and found cute shoes but nothing really caught my eye. Sure, there were shoes that I thought about getting, but every time I went to check out, something stopped me. Then, 2 weeks ago, my I came upon a pair of boots. It was perfect timing. I had been blogging about my boot obsession for a while and I FINALLY found a pair that I liked.

I received my new boots a week ago and wore them out for the first time the other day. They are extremely comfortable and are very cute! They make me happy!


I can see your....boot!!!


Thursday, September 22, 2011

I want to...I wish for...

Lately I have been thinking about accomplishing a lot of things. Some of them are short term (like laundry, grocery shopping, paying bills) and some of them are long term. Most of my long-term goals tend to be about my own self-improvement and I am adding things to this list every day.

But, I am starting to realize more and more, self-improvement is not easy. I, along with most people, tend to struggle with this. I wish that improving myself was easier and I sometimes delude myself into believing that it is. I guess things that are worthwhile are not easy to obtain.

I am bringing up self-improvement because aspects of my job have made me aware of certain things that I have to improve. On top of that, there have been certain "selfish things" that I have been wanting to accomplish.

1) Help out Kirsten more at work

a) I have to stop coming to her with tedious things. I always did it to Candice and I refuse to do it to Kirsten.

b) I am going to start offering to help out more. I know I am not a manager but I could always lend a helping hand. I know help is needed especially because there is no ACM on staff.

I would just like to bee seen as a help rather than a nuisance in the office. 

Now, I am moving away from self-improvement and going on to my selfish rants...

2) Save a Wal Mart betta fish

Whenever I go to Wal-Mart for shampoo or soap, I always stop by the pet section to check out the decoration section. The last couple of times that I have been to Wal-Mart, they have had betta fish. I always stop and look at them. Most of the fish look sad and lonely. They look underfed and sickly. This makes me want to buy all of them and nurse them back to health.

I know it is not possible for me to do this and I will not buy anymore fish. I just want to save those fish. 

Oh well, For Christmas I will buy a betta fish for all of my friends!

3) I want a turtle

If you have talked to me in the last two weeks, you know that I want a turtle. I have seriously considered getting one and started to do my research on the proper care of turtles. Throughout my research I found out a couple of things.

a) It is illegal to sell turtles that are smaller than 4 inches long. When I heard this, I was surprised because I have seen them in several stores. It turns out that most people buy turtles when they are small without knowing how big the turtles actually get. When the turtle starts to increase in size, the owners tend to let the turtles out in the wild. The only problem is that turtles are not indigenous to some areas. the reason why we see them sold in Florida is because turtles are indigenous to Florida and will survive in the wild. 

b) I at LEAST need a 50 gallon tank. This may seem big for a small turtle, but I won't have to buy a larger tank when the turtle starts to grow. 

c) Turtles are so cute and the research has made me want a turtle even more. 

I hope your Thursday went well...

Much love,

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Happiness Continued: September 12- September 18

My days have been filled with work, school and errands. BUT it has also been filled with so much happiness. Happiness that came in the rarest (and weirdest) forms. 
I am so lucky to have a blessed life and am happy that I could relay this week's list of happiness to you. Hope you enjoy... 

Monday September 12

I went grocery shopping the other day and was determined to buy fruits. I was walking through the veggie/ fruit section of Publix when I came across a HUGE watermelon. When I saw it, my mouth started to water. I bought it and cut it up as soon as I got home. I didn't stuff my face with watermelon when I got home and I do not know where I got the strength to resist it. Anyways, I put up a resistance for a couple of days and could not help myself today. I took a bowl of watermelon slices out of the fridge and indulged! It tasted so good and it was so juicy. 

Tuesday September 13
The Lodger (book)

This was a free book for my Amazon Kindle. I came across this book as I was looking for books to fulfill my "mystery novel obsession". I did not know what to expect and was not really expecting much. But, I could not put this book down once I started. If should definitely read the book description if you are interested. If you want more info, feel free to ask me. I definitely liked this psychological thriller. 

Wednesday September 14
Supernova girl/ Zenon Girl of the 21st century

You can laugh all you want but you will not be able to make me ashamed of the fact that I like this song. I remember watching this movie when I was younger and I was obsessed. You have to admit, this song is catchy!

Zoom zoom zoom
You make my heart go
Boom boom
My Supernova girl

Thursday September 15
My new steam vacuum

I came home today and looked at my carpet. my old steam cleaner crapped out and since then I have had to rent a steam cleaner from a grocery store. I honestly hate doing that. I would rather spend my money on a personal steam cleaner. SO, I bought one today. i am so excited!

Friday September 16
Wine and Cheese with Lauren, Liz and Kim

Last week I went to dinner at The Top for Liz's birthday. During the dinner, Liz, Lauren, and I decided that we would go to The Wine and Cheese Gallery every Friday to enjoy Happy Hour. We waited until the last minute (I mean this literally! we waited until 30 minutes before we were supposed to meet) to finalize our plans. We had an amazing time. We were able to catch up with each other and have a great time. I cannot stop myself from saying (for the 100th time) how much I love this place!

Saturday September 17
My 2 New snails: Pammy and Michael Scarn

Yes, I bought 2 new snails. They are just adorable and I love their colors. SO, I bought a golden mystery snail and a black mystery snail. I named the golden one, Pammy and I named the black one, Michael Scarn. All of my pet names are going to have a "The Office" theme! They are adorable!

Sunday September 18
Chris' blog

Try to imagine 18-year old Lourdes walking getting lost in Turlington. I found the classroom only to see a note instructing students to make their way to Leigh hall for class. As I was trying to find my way out of Turlington, I stumbled across another person. He was a fellow student and his name was Chris. 

That is how my friendship with Chris began and I am happy to say that we are still friends. He was the first friend I made here at UF and I truly do love him. Since then,  we have both graduated from undergrad and he has moved away. Despite the distance between us, we keep in contact and see each other at least once a week through Skype sessions. To be honest, I probably see him more than I see my boyfriend. 

Anyways, The past 2 years have not been great for Chris. He has become so frustrated with the hand that he has been dealt. Schools and jobs are not recognizing his potential and are giving opportunities to people that do not even have half the talent that Chris has. During the Skype sessions, we have had many conversations about this and I suggested that he start a blog about his life, thoughts, and frustrations. My "begging" must have convinced him because he has started a blog. I read the first entry and am quite impressed. I love his writing and am looking forward to reading more of his blog entries. 

I would like to link his blog but will not post the link until he gives me permission to do so.

Also, here's a grammar question: Is it Chris' or Chris's? I was taught Chris' but have seen it Chris's.

Oh well, I am done for today. i am sorry I am so late in publishing this entry.


Sunday, September 11, 2011

Happiness Continued: September 5 - September 11

Monday September 5
Having Labor Day off

I have always loved the Fall semester. There are so many "vacation" days. The first day off of the semester was today and it was such a relaxing day. I woke up extremely late and am not ashamed of sleeping in. I got so many errands done and did not have to worry about school.
I may have chosen this very thing as my "happy" thing of the day last year, but I am choosing it again. I guess this just reiterates how much i love days off!

Tuesday September 6
Typing up my homework in LaTeX

l finally taught myself how to type up my homework in LaTeX. This makes me happy and makes me feel accomplished. All I have to say is

PS... It is pronounced "Lay-Tech"

Wednesday September 7
Winning a poke war with my boyfriend

This may seem extremely juvenile but my boyfriend and I just finished a poke war. Can you guess who won?


Of course I did! He is currently in denial and will not admit that I won but that is OK. I am content with knowing that I won. YAY!

Thursday September 8
The Office Season 7 Bloopers

Today, I was checking my Google Reader and stumbled upon this video.You already know how much I love The Office. So, you should not be surprised that the show ended up in my list AGAIN. I have seen every episode and these bloopers STILL make me laugh.

You should definitely watch this video. It is hilarious.

Friday September 9
Going out for Liz's birthday

Last year, the math grad students went out for Liz's birthday and I was not able to attend. I was determined to go this year. I absolutely adore Liz and wanted to spend time with her on her birthday. We ended up going to The Top to get dinner and a couple of drinks. We then went to Boca Fiesta and danced the night away. I had so much fun and am pretty sure that Liz did too. YAY for birthdays!

Saturday September 10
My paintings

I have always wished that I had more creative talent. I wish that I drew better and that I could paint better. Oh well, I have to make due with the talents that I have. You probably are looking at my paintings and you are thinking "It looks like a 5th grader painted that". Do you know what I say to that?


I had so much fun painting them and am extremely proud of my paintings.
Sunday September 11
Grateful for the life I have (due to September 11)

I promise that I will not do a whole mushy "Proud to be an American" post, but I HAVE to at LEAST put this as my happy thing of the day.

Today I woke up and turned on the TV. I was drawn to all of the news concerning September 11, 2001. Today is the 10 year anniversary and it reminded me of how lucky I am to have the life I am living.

For the past couple of weeks the anniversary was talked about everywhere but it never really hit me. While watching the tributes on TV, I started to remember where I was and what I was doing on September 11,2001. I was sitting in class at Brentwood Middle school. My teacher flicked on the TV and I was watching. I am so ashamed of the fact that I had no idea what was REALLY going on. I did not realize how much this would impact my life. I watched the news without really listening to what they were saying. It was as if I was watching a silent movie. My teachers kept crying.

Now, I realize the significance of those events. I am so lucky that my family is safe. 

I will stop with the mushiness and continue with my busy life.

Much love,

Friday, September 9, 2011

Dundie and Dwight find a new home...

School, work, and my two house companions have been taking over my life. Dundie and Dwight have been such a delight and have grown more special to me. At first, I bought them to keep me company. Now, they have become essential to my day. Every morning, I wake up and "hang out" with them. I feed them; I talk to them. I absolutely love them. This is why I am dedicating this post to my lovely fish. 

Two weeks ago, I was feeling quite lonely. this is when I decided that I would buy a Betta fish. I, of course, did not want to buy a fish without doing research. I see too many people buy fish without knowing how to properly care for fish. i did not want to be one of those people. So I did my research.

I went to the store and choose the saddest fish in the bunch. Why did I choose the saddest one? I choose him because I knew that he was the one that needed me the most. So, I bought a 1 gallon tank, some water conditioner, aquarium salt, and some fish food. 

As I was walking through PetSmart, I saw that most tanks had snails in them. This made me want a snail. I knew snails help with algae control in the tank and I knew that they were easy to take care of. Thus, Dwight was coming home with me, also. 

So, You saw a picture of my beautiful Dundie. When I first bought him, his tail and fins were dull navy blue with yellow/orange streaks in them. After a week under my care, he is bright blue and the yellow/orange has brightened to a red. He is beautiful. 

 Now, let me formally introduce you to Dwight. I know it is not a great picture, but bear with me. This picture was taken today, and within two weeks he has already grown so much. Near the opening of the shell, you can actually see a thin layer of newly grown shell. I think it is so cool when I put a piece of lettuce in the tank and it disappears within a day. Dwight really likes lettuce!!! 

When I first bought Dundie and Dwight, I bought regular pellets, freeze dried brine shrimp, and some algae wafers. 

I made the mistake of feeding the freeze dried brine shrimp to Dundie before I fed him the pellets. He absolutely loved them and now he will not eat the pellets.

 I also bought the algae wafers for Dwight. I bought them just in case I ran out of fresh veggies to feed him. Whenever I put a pellet into the tank, it is gone within 20 minutes.  

On my most recent trip to PetSmart, I started looking for another kind of food that I can feed Dundie and I was also looking for a cute tank decoration.  

Throughout my research, I kept coming across "bloodworms". I had seen them on my trips to the store before, but I disliked the name. Thus, I thought that "bloodworms" were disgusting and my fish should not eat them. This time, I decided that I would try them out. I had heard how good they were for fish and how much they like them. I am glad that I bought them for Dundie. He attacks it every time I put one in the tank. The thing is... he still will not eat the freaking pellets.

What kind of decoration did I get for the tank? 
I was looking for something small because my tank is not that spacious. That was when I saw the turtle figurine. I want a turtle and thought that a turtle figurine would be perfect in the tank. it was small and cute.


If you look at the picture on the right, You will actually see Dundie. He could not resist!

In all seriousness, I have come to adore Dundie and Dwight. My boyfriend and friends call me "special", but I do not care what they think. They (Dundie and Dwight) are no different from other animals like cats and dogs. They need love. They need attention. AND I can give it to them. They are perfect for me.  

Now, all I need is a turtle. Hopefully I can get one soon. I just need a few supplies. I have already picked out a name for my turtle. Can you guess what it is? 

I guess I will end this post with a picture of my small tank. 

Hope you enjoyed,


Thursday, September 8, 2011


If I can describe my work week in one sentence, it would be:

How did I arrive to this conclusion?

Here, let me bring you up to speed. Two to three weeks ago, we moved in hundreds of new residents. After 3 weeks of preparation, the day had finally come. We had spent three weeks of cleaning, walking, inspecting and our work was finally going to pay off. We were going to move everyone in and get to meet all of our new residents. The night before move-in, I was actually anxious and nervous. From last year's move-in experience, I knew that no matter how beautiful an apartment looks, the resident will ALWAYS find something to complain about. This is what worried me. I was not ready to deal with disappointed and upset people.

I guess that my concern did not matter, because I slept well that night and move-in day came quickly. The next day went pretty well. I lucked out because I was on the move-in front; Meaning I was in charge of moving people in and directed people to customer service if they had any questions or concerns.

 It went smoothly on my end, but I heard of some of the complaints that people had. These complaints surprise me. They surprise me because I never would complain about (most) of the things that I heard complaints of.
1) If I was renting an apartment, especially a STUDENT living apartment, I would not expect the rooms to be EXTREMELY clean. Granted, there were some disaster apartments, but some people complained about the littlest things. When I move into an apartment, the first thing I expect to do before I unpack is commit at least half a day to HEAVY CLEANING. When I say "HEAVY CLEANING" I mean, steam cleaning, bleach filled, intense cleaning. I intend to pull out all appliances and clean. I understand that I am living with other college students, and most college students tend to be... dare I say it... SLOBS.

I may be saying this because I am a neat freak, but I feel that many of the complaints concerning cleaning stem from:
a) The laziness of people. I mean, really, who WANTS to clean?

b) The naivete of young people. This is their first time from home and they are expecting an "ideal" situation.

c) The spoiling from parents. I am not saying that people are spoiled. I am saying that many people, including myself, are used to their parents keeping everything tidy. Thus, they are not used to how much it takes to keep an apartment clean.
2) When I moved into my first apartment, I definitely understood that maintenance and work orders would be "delayed" for the first few weeks. I knew that there were hundreds of other people moving in and each person had a ton of work order requests. Why can't others understand that? Especially at such a large complex? This is what confuses me the most. The lack of understanding and PATIENCE. When will people understand that a LIGHT BULB compared to a LEAK is not an EMERGENCY? This just boggles my mind and when people say this to me I become speechless.

Overall, the move-in experience has shown me two things:
1) In a handful of people, there are a few genuinely nice and understanding people.
2) How easy it is to have a pessimistic view of society due to the actions of others.

I choose to be optimistic and am working on seeing the good in all people. I have to admit that this is hard and it truly is a trying task. But I know I can do it. I have noticed that I have a higher tolerance than others and  I think that I have a handle on my frustration and I am fairly adept at controlling my temper. Thus, my goal is to build my tolerance even further. I plan on doing this by rationalizing everything and trying harder to view the other person's perspective when I am thrown into a situation.

I would like to hear about your experiences with people that try your patients. Whether it is a random person at the store or someone that you work/ live with.

Your "patient" friend,


Sunday, September 4, 2011

Happiness Continued: August 29- September 4

Secong week of school... and still SUPER BUSY! Here I go..

Monday August 29
Puzzle necklace

Do you remember buying friendship bracelets when you were younger? You probably remember buying them when you were 12. This is why I am a little bit embarrassed to say that I bought a friendship bracelet a couple of days ago. I know. I know. I am 23 years old and I am still reverting back to my 12 year old ways. But, I thought that this friendship necklace was tres cool and it was symbolic of my relationship with my friend Chris. A year ago, he moved to Virginia and I miss him terribly. I am usually horrible at keeping in contact with people, but we seem to make it work with regular Skype sessions and frequent phone calls. One day, during a Skype session, I thought it would be cool to look up friendship bracelets. I came across the puzzle friendship bracelets and thought that they were amazing. Both Chris and I love doing jigsaw puzzles and he was the first friend I made at UF. Why not buy them?

Tuesday August 30
Kirsten's promotion

So, there have been a lot of changes at work. Candice is being transferred to another property and someone had to fill her spot as property manager at GP. Can you guess who got the job? If you can't, let me give you a couple of hints.

She is amazing.

She does a great job here at GP and when she was hired, a better decision could not be made. She is very knowledgeable about the happenings of the property and definitely knows what she is doing.

Have you guessed yet?

If you guessed Kirsten, then you are completely correct. I am so happy for her and I have no doubt that she will do well in her new position. All I can say is:

Wednesday August 31
Candice's move

The one sad thing about Kirsten taking over, is that Candice has to leave. Candice is an amazing boss and has created a new standard for me. I will always compare managing styles with hers and will always respect her for it. I do not want to say that I am unhappy that she is leaving. Of course, I would rather her stay here. BUT, I know this is a great opportunity and it will give her a chance to show how amazing she is at her job.

Candice, if you are reading, I just want to say I love you and I know you will do amazing at ANYTHING that comes your way!

Thursday September 1
Finding a copy of Beowulf

I have this horrible obsession with shopping. Especially when it comes to shopping at a thrift store. I like taking old things and making them into something different. It is just so much fun. One of my favorite things to do is find old books. I love to read and old books always make me feel as if I am holding something important. It's as if they had a life before me. 

Anyways, let me get to the point. I went to a thrift store today and as I was checking out, I found an old copy of Beowulf. I remember reading it in high school. It brought back memories. 

Friday September 2
Shopping with Kayla

I have not seen my friend, Kayla, in about a month. I finally got to see her today and I had a blast. We planned to go to dinner, but we then decided to just take a trip to the mall. Usually, when I go to the mall, I spend an hour. This time, we spent 3-4 hours shopping. I liked this trip because I was able to buy slacks for work and other NECESSITIES. I usually buy things that are not "necessities" and I always feel guilty after I buy them. This time, I actually felt good and I had a great companion with me!

Saturday September 3
New season of Gator Football

How could anyone NOT be a Gator fan? I ask myself that question all the time. I  have to admit that I was impartial to Gator football, let alone any college football, before I came to UF. Then I went to my first Florida football game. That is all it took to get me hooked. I am a dedicated Gator fan and will always be a Gator fan. 

THAT is why I was so excited today. The season started and the game was fantastic. All I can say is:


Sunday September 4
Sherona Flemming

I am a HUGE fan of Monk and I can watch episodes over and over again. From the very first episode, I fell in love with the characters. I loved Disher, Monk, Benjy, Captain, and especially Sherona. A couple of seasons in, Sherona left and was replaced with Natalie. This was hard for me to accept. I was so used to Sherona and truly loved her character. So, this entry is dedicated to Sherona. She was the best!

It took so long to get this published, but I finally did it!  YAY