Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Half-iversary and a Happy Halloween


Today is a special day. My boyfriend and I have been together for...

wait for it...

wait for it...

FOUR AND A HALF YEARS!

I am so happy and am so lucky that God has brought this man into my life. He is hard-working, smart, loving, caring, selfless, and one of the best people I have ever met. I am truly blessed to have him in my life. I looked through all my pictures today and it made me miss him more. I just want to say:

"I love you baby. I am thinking of you today.
HAPPY HALF-IVERSARY!"

oh yeah...

BOO!!!

It's also Halloween! So,

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

I found this picture at this link

Toodles...
Lourdes


Sunday, October 30, 2011

Happiness Continued: October 24- October 30


I've got the reading bug this week... Thank God for my kindle !!!!!!!!




Monday October 24
Mockingjay Suzanne Collins






Throughout the last week or two, I started reading the Hunger Games series. The books consumed my mind and I was unable to put down the books/kindle. Yesterday, I started reading Mockingjay, the third book in the series, and I ended up finishing it today. I am thoroughly impressed and I have to admit that Suzanne Collins has become one of my favorite writers. Read the books and you will see what I mean. 

Tuesday October 25
Taylor Lautner





Umm... Look at that face...need I say more? 

Wednesday October 26
Friends of the Library sale (with Manny)


Every semester, there is a Friends of the Library book sale here in Gainesville. It usually lasts 5-6 days and the books are always extremely cheap. I absolutely love going to the sales and am always excited to go to them. I never know what books I am going to find and I always come out with a hefty amount of books. Today, I went to the sale with my friend Manny and ended up buying 16 books. I am so excited to start reading them, but am so overwhelmed with all of the books I have yet to read. 

Thursday October 27
TWO WEEKS LEFT




I AM SO EXCITED! 
Can you believe that I will be face to face with my love in 2 weeks? I cannot even stop smiling when I think about it AND I constantly have to stop myself from packing my bags. 

Friday October 28
My kindle




When I first heard about the Kindle and the Nook, I was not interested in getting one. I loved books and thought I would be a traitor to books if I bought one. It never occurred to me that I could still buy the physical books for my future library. So, I was against the e-readers. Then, ALL of my girlfriends suddenly had a Kindle and I was able to see how cool they were. Once this happened, I was obsessed. I wanted one so bad. It would be so convenient to have and I wouldn't have to lug around lots of books on my vacations. So, what did I do?


I made it EXTREMELY obvious (to my boyfriend) that I wanted one. I say extremely because he picked up on it and bought me one a month before my birthday. I was so happy to get it and immediately started downloading books onto it. I read and read. But, I do not think I appreciated it as much as I have this week. I have read 6 books this week (I am a fast reader) and have noticed that I cannot make myself leave home without my Kindle. So, I guess you can say that I am having an affair with my Kindle. Baby, you'd better watch out. You have competition. 
:) 


BEST GIFT EVER!

Saturday October 29
Twilight Series



I cannot believe that I have this listed as one of my things of happiness. I can just imagine my boyfriend's face as he reads this. He is probably laughing uncontrollably at this moment. 


OH WELL. I have to be honest. I always claimed that I disliked Twilight. First, because I knew it was a "teen" vampire book. Second, because the movies weren't really that good. I saw the first movie with my sisters and was completely confused. Some of the lines made me squirm because they were so cheesy. I saw the second one because a friend asked me to go with her. I enjoyed the second one, but was still confused with certain elements of the story. I failed to see the third one and Twilight stayed out of my thoughts for a year or so. Then, I saw the trailer for Breaking Dawn: Part one and I decided that I cannot make any judgments about the story because I have not read the books. Plus, everyone that I meet says that the books are better than the movies. So, I allowed myself to read the Twilight books. I started on Thursday and ended up finishing the last one today. I have to say that the books are actually good. A little bit cheesy, but romances are always cheesy. They really did bring out the teenage-girl in me and now I miss my boyfriend more. 

Sunday October 30
Reading outside on a beautiful, cool day


Yup. Just me and my kindle outside on a beautiful cool day. I love it.




Ok... Now I have to convince my boyfriend to take me to see the fourth movie of Twilight. Do you think I will win?


Lourdes

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Randomness is the key to happiness

It's been a long week and so many things (both serious and completely random things) have been plaguing my mind. So here I go. 


1. I love the painting shows (like Bob Ross) on create. It is so cool how they come up with images from the random strokes that  they do. Whenever I try them, they look like a bunch of random colors on a canvas.

2. WHY do people keep comparing Natalie Portman to Audrey Hepburn? I love Natalie Portman but she has nothing on Audrey Hepburn. Maybe I am being biased... but it just annoys me when I see these comparisons. 

3. I have been thinking about my job lately. I do enjoy it and I love dealing with people. But, I am starting to get restless. I have never thought of myself as someone who cannot stay in one place. I like to stay in my comfort zone. BUT, I have found that I DO tend to become restless in my comfort zone. I often look for new things to try. I am kind of lost. A year ago, I sought this job out because I needed money. I was (and still am) willing to work my ass off to make sure that all of my necessities are met. That has not changed. It's just, this job does not play towards my strengths. Many people say that I am doing a great job, but I am  finding that dealing with people takes a lot of effort for me. I am not naturally outgoing and it takes energy (less now than it did when I first started) to put a smile on my face and deal with people. 

So, I am conflicted. I love the company and still want to stay with the company. BUT, I do not want a position that deals directly with the day-to-day happenings of residents. I think I have found one that I am interested in and am trying to get my name in there. Decisions....Decisions...

4. I want this so badly:


5. I have already started buying Christmas gifts for people. I know. I know. I am ahead of the game, but I LOVE Christmas.
 I love buying gifts for people. 
I love Christmas Trees. 
I love the smells.
I love the songs. 
I love the decorations. 
I can go on, but I think you get the picture. I love everything about Christmas and I am so happy that I have started my Christmas shopping early. YAY!!


6. I feel weird about naming people on my blog. You might have noticed that I always address my significant other as "my boyfriend". I don't even think I have posted his name. I just want to make sure I respect peoples privacy. BUT, I follow blogs of other people and they post names left and right. Is it weird that I don't post people's names? Should I? If I do, do I have to ask permission? 

7. I am bummed that the PS3 died. My boyfriend just bought a new game last week and has not talked about anything else. His "boasting" makes me want to play my games/ buy a new game. 

8. I really am in love with the camera's that I have been browsing. Every time I look at them, I want one more and more. I am even starting to want a camera MORE than I want the Kindle Fire. Wow. WOW. WOW!!!!! I am already planning excursions so that I can use my camera (and I don't even have it yet). I have to start saving my money. 

9. How early can I get a Christmas tree? Is it too early to get one now? 

10. It is starting to get colder here in Gainesville. I love it! I haven't even turned on my A/C in the last couple of weeks. Open windows and fans. YES

11. Grooveshark is the best and I love that it a Gainesville company! OH YEAH!

12. The Gators are killing me right now. The last 3 games almost put me in the hospital because of panic attacks. I thought I was going to have a heart attack. I hope they get their act together. But, like I always say... In all kinds of weather!

13. HOLY CRAP! Exactly 2 weeks until I am on the plane to visit my boyfriend. OH YEAH! So excited. I guess I can take out my suitcase. Wait. Is it still too early?

14. I really want a Christmas tree. It doesn't have to be 20 feet high. It can be 3 foot. Something small that I can carry on my own since I do not have my personal mover (ahem...yes this is you my manly man) with me.

15. Why don't I EVER proofread my entries? I think I should start. 

16. I just recently got an invite from a random person on Skype. She says
"Hola  I was browsin ppl near me and I noticed your profile, and thought you seemed cool ;)"  ::::direct quote::::
What? Where do people get the guts to write that to a RANDOM person? I don't know why, but I think it is extremely weird!


WOW. I did not realize how random my thoughts are. That's kind of a lie. I did. I just did not realize how long this post was going to be.

Hope everything is going well with you AND

GO GATORS!


Lourdes



Monday, October 24, 2011

Scrap-booking and all that jazz


My boyfriend and I have been dating for a little bit more than four years. To be more specific, our four and a half year anniversary is on Halloween, which is in about 2 weeks. I am so excited that we are reaching this milestone but am a little sad because he will still be in California on our "Half year Anniversary". When it dawned on me that our anniversary is coming up, I got a little nostalgic and had the urge to look through our scrapbook.

Here's a little background:
 I started this scrapbook in 2008. I was looking through all my pictures and decided that it would be nice to have everything properly documented. I also wanted to use all of my scrap-booking tools. (So much fun. I promise you!) My scrapbook does not even contain a quarter of the photos that I have, but I don't care. It documents all of the special events in our relationship. 
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SO, while I was looking through my scrapbook, I thought it would be nice to show you my masterpiece. OK. It isn't a masterpiece, but it makes me happy! I just want to warn you that most of the pages are waiting for finishing touches!

This is the book. It looks completely plain. That has not eluded me.
 I already have plans to emboss the top.  


The first page. I love that it is so simple. If you cannot see it, it says "LOVE".
I love the picture at the bottom of the page. It is one of my favorite pictures of us.
 We had just become "official" in that picture.   


The page on the left is one of my favorites.
 My favorite color is blue, so the page already is favored because of that.
I had fun making this page and GUESS WHAT!
The sand castle sticker was made out of real SAND. It is so cool!


This is from our 1st anniversary trip (which was my gift). He took me to Disney.
YES! he is wearing a Mickey hat. I bought it especially for him. 


This is our  second Valentines day as a couple.
 He was doing an internship in Boston  and he actually flew down to spend  2 or 3 days with me.
 It was so special. This was actually the only picture we took during the whole trip. 


That same year, I was actually able to visit him in Boston.
 I went crazy with the camera. I took a thousand pictures of him.
These were from our breakfast at Dunkin Donuts (they are everywhere up north).


Two more pages from my Boston trip. He took me everywhere. It was so exciting!
 AND SUPER COLD


The page on the right captures my birthday/ 2 year anniversary flowers.
He got me 2 dozen roses and had them sent to me. they were so beautiful. 


During our 3rd year together, my boyfriend took an internship in California.
He was able to fly me up for a visit and I was so excited. I even created a "Trip to Cali countdown". 


He took me to Napa Valley and we visited so many vineyards...
took so many pictures...


...and did I already mention the vineyards?
So much wine! It was amazing.


He finally came back to Gainesville for spring semester. What did we do for Spring Break?
We went to New Orleans for Mardi Gras.
 I still have more pictures (and decorations) to complete  these two pages. 


Our third Valentines day fell between so many exams. We could not go all out. At least he was here!
He ended up buying me a picnic basket (which I loved!)  and he took me to Rainbow Springs.
It was so special. We had a picnic and had a blast!
He went to California (AGAIN) for another internship and I was able to visit.
I made another countdown and he took me to Lake Tahoe. 


He took me to Jo Koy's (the funniest man) show! (on the left side)
AND we went to the "beach", which is basically the lake.
We went on a horse carriage ride through Lake Tahoe and we watched the
 4th of July fireworks on the "beach". it was so beautiful to see the sun set.
The last day of my California trip started with a drive back to Folsom from Lake Tahoe.
 It was the most beautiful drive.
We then hung around and he took me to dinner at BJ's ( we have one her in Gainesville, too).
That is where this picture was taken.
 I was sad because we were heading straight to the airport after dinner.
Thus, the half-ass smile.
Just so you know, I took out some pages from the post since it is already extremely long.After looking through my scrapbook, I am conflicted. I am extremely sad because i miss him so much (and the wine probably does not help. But I am happy because I am going to see him in 3 weeks. YEAH!

I hope you enjoyed. 
Lourdes

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Happiness Continued: October 17- October 23

 
This week has actually gone by quickly. That means that my trip to California is coming up. Get excited!


Monday October 17
Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins


Last week ( or maybe two weeks ago) I started to read Hunger Games. The book was amazing and I ended up reading it in less than a day. I was so obsessed with the book and wanted to know what would happen next. So, I was able to find the 2nd part of the trilogy. Once I got it, I started to read it. I did not read it as fast because school got in the way, but I finally finished it last night. I could not stop thinking about it and even had a vivid dream. It was awesome. I know I already said this (when I wrote about Hunger Games) but I think you should read these books. I am starting Mockingjay (the third and final book of the trilogy) tonight and will probably most likely be writing about it when I am done. 



Tuesday October 18
The first Christmas gifts came in

I know. It is too early to start buying Christmas gifts for people. What can I say? I am so excited. A couple of weeks ago, I was browsing the Internet and found a couple of things that would be perfect gifts. So, I bought them. I just received them and I am so excited. I think that I am going to take a picture of everything in their boxes and do a "Christmas gift" post AFTER Christmas. I am so excited. 



Wednesday October 19
The weather

::::It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas:::: 
No. Not really. It is just starting to get cold. No more A/C and now I can open up my windows if I want to cool off the apartment. I just walked outside to get the mail and I actually started shivering. It was 49 degrees. Brrr!

Thursday October 20
The breakfast at the bus stop -GP


I walked into work today and I was promptly reminded that we were serving breakfast at one of the interior bus stops. This immediately put me in an amazing mood. Why?
1. I got to get out of the office
2. I got to have a free cinnamon bun
3. I got to fraternize with the enemies residents
It was fun. My only complaint is that I was dumb and forgot my sweater at home.

Friday October 21
The new shelf I built


For some reason, I reorganize my closet once every month. Can you guess what I did today?  
I reorganized my closet! In the middle of organizing, I had the urge to go out and get the materials to build a shelf. So, on a whim, I bought the materials and BUILT A SHELF! It came out amazing and I am proud of myself for doing it! GO ME!

Saturday October 22
Seeing Candice, Mike and BABY LANDON at the mall!


I got off of work at 4pm today and was exhausted. Work was insanely busy with non-stop tours and I (literally) was only able to sit at the desk for a total of 20 minutes. My shift was 6 hours long and that definitely was not enough seating time. I was so relieved when I got off of work. I rushed home and cooked dinner. It felt so good to sit down and relax. But, of course, I ended up getting bored. 


 What do I decide to do? 


Go to the mall. 


Walking around and seeing all the people (AKA people watching) always makes me feel better. I walked around and bought a couple of things for my sisters. I also got a couple of wax tarts from Yankee Candle! But, the most exciting part of my trip was seeing Candice. I had not seen her in forever. And I am ashamed to say that I have not seen baby Landon because I was sick. I saw him today and he is the most beautiful baby ever! He is so cute! 


It was great to see Candice and Mike. She looked as beautiful as ever and looked so happy. PLUS it was her birthday! So, I end today's happiness post with 


"HAPPY BIRTHDAY CANDICE"

Sunday October 23
Mythbusters


 
The other day, I was trying to find something to watch on TV. When that failed, I turned on my computer and started looking through the Netflix Instant Watch. What did I find?

MYTHBUSTERS!

I absolutely love that show and have been watching it during my free time. I wish that I could be part of the Mythbuster team! Adam and Jamie are awesome!


I guess that is it for the week.
Hope your week was amazing and hope that the upcoming week isn't too stressful!

Lourdes

Friday, October 21, 2011

My dream ___... what is your dream____?


One of my favorite things to do is people watch. I mean... I go to Wine and Cheese Gallery most Friday's and I always sit at the table near the windows. This allows me to watch the people around me and also allows me to watch the people walking by. There are so many mannerisms and so many styles. It is just so much fun.

Anyways, the other day, I was watching people and it occurred to me that I like to watch people because it allows me to dream. OK, let me explain. When I watch people, I start to think about life in their shoes. Are they happy? Do they love the way they look? Do they love their possessions? Things like that.

Once I realized that my train of thought always went in this direction, I started to analyze myself. I realized that I am happy, but I still dream of bigger and greater things. So, after coming across a "My Dream...____" post on another blog, I decided that I should do the same.



My Dream...BODY

OK, everybody I tried finding a body that I could say that I "dream of" but honestly I could not find one. I can honestly say that I like my body. OK. I DO think I have some toning up to do, but that is easy enough right? Why should I "dream" of having another body when mine is just fine. So, [girly] push-ups and crunches, here I come...



My Dream...VACATION

A trip to Europe

Yes. Those of you that know me... know how much I want to go. I mean, I already have my trip planned out. I have already made a list of:
 all of the COUNTRIES that I want to go to
all the CITIES in those countries that I want to visit
all the SITES (buildings, streets, shops, etc) that I want to see

Looking at my list, I know I am going to either
A) Take more than one trip. I would say, at least 30 trips to Europe 
OR
B) Take one 6-month long trip to Europe. This trip will consist of constant travelling.




My Dream...HOUSE

The Palace of Versailles

You are already aware of my dream vacation. The palace of Versailles is DEFINITELY on the list of sites that I want to visit on my dream vacation. I have seen plenty of pictures of the palace and...

I WANT MY HOUSE TO BE JUST LIKE THAT! 

Beautiful. Elegant. Huge. 

So many more adjectives could be added. I am pretty sure that a visit to the palace will solidify my election of the palace as my dream house.





My Dream...JOB

Honestly. I have thought about this for days. OK. I said I would be honest. I have been thinking about this for the past couple of years and I do not have an answer. Hopefully I figure it out soon. 

OH WAIT. I constantly joke about this but I think there is a little bit of truth to it. I want to be...
 an educated housewife. 

Yup. That sounds great. It might get a little bit boring. BUT it sounds great :)



My Dream...CAR


An antique/ vintage car


YUP... Modern cars are cool. They are convenient. BUT, I love how vintage cars look. I wish I knew more about them.



My Dream...MAN

Isn't he cute? If you don't know who this is, I am happy to introduce my boyfriend. 

But in all seriousness, my dream man is Cary Grant


I have watched his movies since I was like 12 or 13. That was when my obsession with black and white movies (along with "older" movies) started. He was just so suave. So self-assured. So handsome. No matter that he married a hundred different women. He is OK in my eyes.

Oh well... It is raining here and it is perfect. I am sitting here at my favorite coffee shop. I am studying people-watching and having a blast. 

I need to get back to work and stop day-dreaming.

Lourdes

Thursday, October 20, 2011

So many thoughts...so little time


So many thoughts crowding my brain. I've got to let them out some time... 


1. WHOA... Bones is pregnant? I thought I stayed up to date with the show. I guess I was wrong. Time for me to catch up with the show!

2. Why is my Betta fish red? When I bought him, he was blue with red streaks. Now he is completely red: a beautiful bright red. WEIRD!

3. My mom called me! YAY. We have not talked in forever and I have decided to make more of an effort to fix this. For the past week, I have been harassing calling her and have been leaving crazy amounts of messages. She called me back [FINALLY] and I was able to ask her tom come for Thanksgiving. She said yes! YAY

4. 22 Days until I go to California. I am so excited! I have already started a packing list. Oh, and my boyfriend says that I should bring a small amount of clothes because I can do laundry there. Does that mean I don't have to do laundry until I visit and I should bring my laundry to California? 

decisions....decisions....

5. I really want a new digital camera. This one intrigued me but I am also looking at this one. I prefer the Nikon but that is only because I am more familiar with Nikon cameras. 

6. This ear ache if killing me. I had a cold for the past 2 weeks and developed a soar throat a couple of days ago. Along with the soar throat, I also am experiencing pain between my throat and ear. I went to the doctor and he says I have developed an ear infection. This is pain I have never experienced before. That may make me sound like a baby, BUT this is my first ear infection (aside from any that I have had when I was a baby). The doctor says it will go away on its own. Anyone have any ideas (other than aspirin) to quell the pain?

7. I have so many projects (10-15) in progress right now. It is making me scatter brained. Most of them are Christmas presents. Three or four of them are scarves and other winter garments for myself. 

8. I have a thrift store addiction and I need help! 

9. I am loving my research. I am so interested in European history and decided to start researching on my own. I am surprised how obsessed I am with it. I guess I found another hobby :)

10. I want to start decorating for Christmas. OK. I'll be honest. Christmas decorations are slowly starting to appear in my apartment and I am slowly starting to light my Christmasy-scented candles. 

I cannot wait until Christmas. 

Lourdes



Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I wish... JAM was real

I wish Wednesday


I was sitting in my living room working on my research and found myself daydreaming. What was I dreaming of? 




JIM and PAM of course.


 I started remembering all of the lovely scenes between the two. They just have great chemistry. THEN I started thinking about the actors. It was hard for me to see them as someone other than "Jim" and "Pam". They are both with other people. Heck. Jenna Fischer just had a baby with her husband. I am happy for her but I still kind of wish she was with John Krasinski. 


Oh, well. This will never be. 


BUT I can keep wishing.


:)


Lourdes

Monday, October 17, 2011

In the mood for L'amour

I took French the first semester of my senior year of undergrad and I am so glad that I decided to take it (because I opted out of my language requirement in high school). My experience and the view of the language was shaped by my lovely friend Meily and the TA. Meily was the person that mentioned the class to me. She decided to take it and thought it would be fun to take it with me. My French TA was amazing and she made the class bearable. She would bring crepes for the class and would constantly invite some of her French friends to class. She also introduced me to French movies, songs, YouTube videos, and comics. The one artist that I love is Coeur de Pirate. Her music is amazing and always makes me want to sing along. Today, I was listening to Coeur de pirate on Pandora and a song by Claire Denamur started to play. I had heard it a couple of times before, but never knew who the artist was. The lyrics are amazing.Listen to it here. You will not regret it and read the lyrics while you listen.

Enjoy :)

Lourdes


In The mood for L'amour

You inspire

All the good
All the great
Puts me in the mood for love {x2}

Tu m'inspires
Tout le bonLe meilleur
Meilleur que des bonbons
L'amour
Tu m'inspires tant d'amour

Je t'enlève tes habits
Comme le papier joli
Autour
Des caramels

Et le sucre de ta peau
C'est tout ce qu'il me faut
Pour être
In the mood for l'amour

You inspire
 All the good 
All the great 
Puts me in the mood for love {2x}

 Toi, tu es ma friandise
Mon adorée bêtise
L'objet
De ma faiblesse

Et si seulement je pouvais
T'infuser comme un thé
Toujours
In the mood for l'amour{au Refrain}

Quoi que la vie nous réserve
D'un baiser sur mes lèvres
Tu me fais
Tout oublier

Pour le meilleur ou le pire
Que l'on s'aime ou qu'on se déchire
J'aurai toujours le souvenir de toi
Pour te chérir

Tu m'inspires
Tout le bon
Le meilleur
Meilleur que des bonbons
L'amour
Tu m'inspires tant d'amour