Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Pinterest...why don't you love me?

I wish Pinterest liked me!

A couple of friends started a Pinterest account a couple of months ago and they constantly tell me how amazing it is. I knew what it was but I never really was interested in getting a Pinterest account. I finally gave in when I was California. I signed up and waited to receive an invite.

I waited...

 and waited...

for 2 weeks.

This is significant because I am quite impatient.

Then...the email came. I had an invite. I clicked the link and signed up. But when I tried to log in, I got this screen:

I thought I did something wrong so I closed the browser and tried again. But when I went to the Pinterest website, I ended up getting that same screen. My computer won't even take me to the site.

I am proud of myself because I was patient. I emailed them and still have not received a response back. I am so annoyed and am slowly losing interest in Pinterest. This is sad because I have not heard anything bad about Pinterest.

Ahhh... Please help! Pinterest, why don't you like me? I wish Pinterest would like me!


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

All of the cheesy Christmas movies...


Do you know what's happening out there? Do you hear that?

The sounds are changing.

There's laughter and excitement in the air. 

 I noticed it when Colon and I were driving to San Francisco. I was looking out the window, watching the mountains in the distance and Colon was fiddling with the radio (OF COURSE). He would change the radio station as soon as a song came on that he did not like. I did not mind it, but when I heard a Christmas song I got excited. It wasn't just one song either. Colon left the radio station alone and let me listen to Christmas. Thanksgiving hadn't even come yet. 

When I arrived in Florida, I had to drive back to Gainesville from Tampa. I turned on my car and what did I hear? Christmas music. AGAIN. I listened to it for the whole drive home. It was amazing. When I drove through my neighborhood, I saw that people had put up Christmas lights in their windows and apartments already. I even spied a couple of Christmas trees. How awesome is that?

Speaking of Christmas trees. I want one. But, I don't really want a huge tree. I want a small one that I can carry into my apartment because my boyfriend decided to go gallivanting in California instead of helping me carry my Christmas tree. (I am totally kidding about that. I am not really upset... at least not much). Can you imagine if I decided to go pick up a 6 ft Christmas tree?

Anyways. I want my tree small and I plan on covering it with lights and ornaments. Since Colon is not here, I won't do a themed tree. I will just do a huge assortment of colored ornaments and lights. Just for fun.

 Oh, and I want it to be real. I don't want some fake spiny, non-smelly (is that even a word) Christmas tree.

I want the fluffiness.

I want the mess of the needles (that I can leave accumulating until Colon comes back to clean it up).


And I will not compromise. I mean it.

I cannot believe that I am already starting to think about Christmas. It does not feel like 11 months has gone by since last Christmas. But I guess I'm not complaining. I love the Christmas music, Christmas tree, and all of the Christmas decor. Do you know what I love more than that?

I know it's so cheesy, but who doesn't love cheesy Christmas movies? (COLON do not answer!) I know I love them. I was looking at the Netflix new arrivals to instant watch and I saw a bunch of ABC family Christmas movies. Oh, I queued them right away! (Baby, please do not delete them from the queue!!)

I saw titles like:

Snow and Snow 2

There are more, those are just the ones that came to mind. I'm just excited! 

25 Days of Cheesy Christmas movies! Oh yes! OH and I am going to take out the Home Alone movies and start watching them!


I cannot wait!

Note to self: Buy a Christmas tree!

Monday, November 28, 2011

What to do for the holidays?

Image found on Google

Growing up, Summer and Christmas breaks were hard. I know you probably read that and thought, 
"What do you mean hard? You are out of school. It should have been a relief". 
And I have to say that you are completely right. It was a relief to have breaks from school but the transition to and from my parents houses was so stressful. 

The breaks weren't always "stressful". Before I was 10 or 11, my parents got along (at least in front of us). My sisters and I had no idea when there were arguments. We were oblivious. Our Christmases were spent with both parents. Our summers were spent with my father. He traveled a lot and during the summer breaks, my sisters and I would travel with him. No cares in the world. It was OK that mom was still in the States. It was normal. I mean, according to us, our parents relationship was perfect and she DID have to work. Right? 

Then things changed. I remember the day that my father (notice that I say father) told me that they were splitting. My mother wasn't even in the room. He sat us down in the rec room and told us. Alicia was too small to understand but Christina and I were shocked. I mean, we had never seen an argument pass between our parents and were too young to recognize the indications that something was wrong. 

I remember crying hysterically. It felt like my world was over. My perfect little bubble, my comfort zone, was being shattered. Then my mom walked in to start picking up in the rec room. I remember her face. She did not say anything and looked so angry. I asked her if it was true and she just gave me a look. 

I should have known that the following years were going to be hard. We lived with my mother and summer breaks remained the same. We continued to spend them with my father. No difference. BUT Christmas breaks were different. We split every Christmas break into two parts. We would spend Christmas with my father and spend New Years with my mother. Then, the next year, we would spend Christmas with my mother and New Years with my father. 

I loved the fact that we could still see my father, but I don't know if they realized the "psychological" toll it took on my sisters and I. If we showed any excitement about going to my fathers (like packing early), it would hurt my mother. If we talked about my father in front of my mother or asked if we could talk to our father on the phone, the mood would change. My father was different. I think it is because he was not the one that was hurt in the divorce. He would constantly tell us how great my mother was. But, it was still hard and awkward when we would ask to call my mother on trips. There was such an awkward barrier between them and my sisters and I were caught in the middle. 

We also had to prepare ourselves for the difference in life style. My father started dating and cohabitating with his current wife (Mari...for the purposes of this blog). Thus, when we visited him, we were also  expected to "hang out with" her. I was mostly OK with the situation, but my sisters were not. I think they felt that the were betraying our mother if they accepted Mari. I understand their hesitation. My mother was not the best person to be around when Mari was mentioned. 

I honestly liked (and still like) Mari. She was so nice to me and I was able to open up to her in ways that I could not open up to my mom or my dad. She was like a friend; a much older friend. But her relationship with my sisters was different. I think it stems from our personalities. Mari is extremely easy going and has a flighty personality. I am similar.

But my sisters are not. I can honestly say that I have the weakest personality compared to my sisters. Alicia and Christina are extremely outspoken. If they do not like you, they will make it apparent. Christina will do it physically (not necessarily with violence, but with  non-verbal cues and gestures) and only be verbal when she is fed up. But Alicia is a force to be reckoned with. She is scary! I mean, she will tell you exactly what she is thinking and she does not care how it makes you feel.

So, my sisters made it clear that they were not Mari's fans and their relationship with Mari was not as good solid harmonious as mine. It is interesting to look back at our relationship dynamics with Mari and dad. Every summer it would change. at the beginning of the summer, my sisters relationships with Mari would always be at some degree of dislike and would grow in strength by the end of the summer. But my relationship would always start with a degree of like at the beginning of the summer. It would never get to "hatred" but would be at some level of annoyance by the end of the summer. 

It has to be because we were all females. (HA HA... I know there are a few of you out Colon...that chuckled). Subconsciously, my sisters and I were probably bothered because we saw Mari as our mother's replacement. No matter how many times we tell ourselves that is not true, I know it is. It was all fun and games when Mari was our "friend" but when she tried to use some authority, it was not accepted. Our perception of her would then turn for the worst. To make the situation worse, the players in this situation were all female. 

Anyways, this went on until I was 18 and heading off to college. My sisters still HAD to do the back and forth routine, but I could choose. I was in college. But, I took the easy way out and continue with the Christmas holiday routine. How was I going to choose? I mean, either way, I would hurt one of my parents. 

The thing is, my sisters were still trapped. Remember how I said that they were not fans of Mari? Well, when I choose to continue the routine, I switched up the order. Thus, I was at my mothers while they were at my fathers. I used to be a buffer and a shield between them. Now, they did not have that. I would constantly receive calls from them about the situation. There were so many "unfair" situations in the house. My sisters would get away with doing things when others wouldn't and vice versa.

I felt bad for my dad. He had to live with the fact that his daughters were not fans of his wife. He loved all the people involved. How was he to choose? He is in such a bad situation and I know it is taking a toll on him. He is such a good man and tries to do right by everyone and this is the hand that he is dealt. It bothers me so much. 

I try to avoid linking this whole situation back to the nasty divorce but it is hard for me to push that out of my brain. I think, my sisters and I still blame our parents for everything that we have been through. But, this is wrong.

The divorce pushed each of us into a different path with so many various situations, but that's all it did. 

Each of us chose how we would deal with each situation. 

I know this and I know that I will have to constantly tell myself this. I just hope that my sisters and I can come to a point where we don't have to constantly remind ourselves of this. 

Seeing how the effects of this divorce have trickled down through the years has scared me away from a commitment with Colon. I always thought that my parents would stay together. I always believed that marriage means forever and my parents shattered that dream for me. They showed me that I am not shielded from divorce and that it can happen to me. 

That scares the shit out of me. 

It really does. Colon is the man I want to be with. I see the difference between our relationship and the relationship between my parents. We are so much more connected and the love between us is apparent. 

BUT, what happens if we take the next step (AKA marriage) and it does not work out?

My parents have showed me that marriage isn't forever. So, why should it be for us?

What happens if we have kids and we do get divorced? How could I put my kids through that? 

So many questions, and as I think of them... do you know what they are doing to me?


But, I have to take things a step at a time. I have to remember that Colon and I are different from my parents. Our relationship is different from my parents' relationship. It is so much stronger. AND because of this strength, it will last. We just have to work at it and put our trust in God. 

As I wrote that last paragraph, I started to think of Mr. Monk. there is an episode where the trash collectors strike and he goes crazy. It gets to the point where he goes outside and proceeds to pick up the trash bags himself. As he is doing this, he starts to chant 

" One bag at a time"

or something to that effect. 

I think I will start chanting "One step at a time" from now on. Maybe it will help.

Anyways, with the new year coming up, I need to start adding things to my New Years Resolution list. I think this post has a couple of things that I could add to the list. 

***I could really use feedback on all of the things mentioned in this post. I am sorry if some of it seems childish. I just needed an outlet. 

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Happiness Continued: November 21- November 27

Found on Google images

Every day goes by so quickly and it's almost December. I am in shock. Although the days have gone by quickly, I am Colon-sick. I miss him terribly. So, the task of finding something that makes me happy had helped put a smile on my face. 

Monday November 21
Reminiscing about my boyfriend

I miss Colon so much and I know you have heard it often. So, I will try to stop saying it. Today, I decided to look through the pictures from the trip and it was amazing. I could not stop smiling and thinking about the different things we did on the trip. I love reminiscing, but I cannot wait until he comes back. 

Tuesday November 22
Seeing everyone at work

Yup, today was my first day back at work. I was actually nervous. I was Colon-sick and a little bit "off". I wasn't myself. But as soon as I stepped into the office it changed. It cheered me up to see Kirsten, Janet, Andrea, and Richard. of course, they asked me about my trip and I loved telling them about it. It gave me a chance to get settled into the office. So now, I am a little less 'off'. All I needed was to get back into the  routine, the daily life. 

Wednesday November 23
Colon's 24th birthday

Thursday November 24
Friday November 25
Conversing with Nick 

Work was extremely long today. Long and boring. Only two or three people came into the office during the 6 hour shift. Then, as I was closing, two people decide to come in. That always happens to me. Oh well, I got so much done though. I was able to send out all the necessary emails and catch up with all the happenings in the office. 

By the time I arrived home, I was ready to pass out. Then, I heard something. Someone whistled as if they were trying to get my attention. It was Nick! It was such a relief and I loved talking to him. It brightened my day!

Saturday November 26
First anniversary watch from Paradigm

I was beginning to think that I wasn't going to receive this thing because my one year anniversary with the company was back in July. That is why I was surprised when I came in on Tuesday and Kirsten handed this to me. I opened the box and was surprised at how nice the watch is. I love it! I took it home and put it by my jewelry box. I didn't wear it until today and I am happy to have it.

Now the goal is to wear watches.  I have 3 or 4 watches but do not wear them because I always forget to buy batteries...

Sunday November 27
Borgia series

I came upon this as I was sifting through Netflix. When I saw it, I was excited. Being a history buff, I was intrigued. The Borgia family has always gained my attention but I had never seen a movie or show about them. So, I watched the series. It was amazing and I hope you plan to watch it. You will not be disappointed!

This series is different from the Showtime show "The Borgias". I have not seen that one yet, but plan to watch it soon. I am excited!

I hope you are trying to find the happy things in your life!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Holiday sales and all the gifts...

Christmas is coming. 

Thanksgiving has gone and it's almost time for my favorite holiday! I am so excited. The only thing I am nervous about are the gifts. I already know what I am getting for a good chunk of my list, but there are still some people that I am so confused about. 

Wednesday night, I started to freak out about my boyfriend's gift. My mind was blank. I knew what I didn't want to get him. In this post, I wrote the following:

"I am so confused as to what I am going to get him and I have been looking in stores, online, etc. He is so hard to shop for and everything that he wants is SO expensive.
AND I refuse to get him another video game. Actually, let me clarify that. I do not mind getting him a video game as long as I can get him something else. Something that shows that I actually put some thought into his gift."

My feelings towards his gifts have not changed. So, I started to surf the web on Wednesday night. After a few hours of looking, I finally bought a couple of things that I know that he will love and I am sure that he will not expect it. 

I called him up the minute that I bought the items. After rubbing my purchases in his face, he promptly informed me that he didn't care what I got him and would really be happy if I just bought something for myself for him to enjoy. 

:::wink wink:::

Once he said that, I knew what I had to do. There is no harm in getting an extra gift, right? 

I went on the Frederick's of Hollywood website and looked around. When I first logged on, do you know what I saw?

Can you guess?


Well, I saw this:

EVERYTHING is 25% off!

When I saw that, I knew that I was going to buy something. Anyways, I ended up buying a couple of things and I am excited. I am sure that Colon I will like it!

So, I think that you should check out Frederick's before the sale ends!

Have fun!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Guilty pleasures and other things to look forward to...

Monday was an interesting day. I arrived in Gainesville on Sunday and was too tired to do anything. So, when I woke up on Monday, I had specific things that I had to do. Once everything was done, I was at a loss. I missed Colon terribly and I didn't want to study. What else was there to do? I did not feel like cleaning and could not think of anything else to do. So, I started to look on Facebook. 


There were four status updates pertaining to Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1. I don't know why, but I had the urge to go see that movie. So, I found the certificate that a friend gave me and I went to the movies. 

I sat down and looked around. Everyone was paired up. There were couples, friends, and families. I was the only one in the theater that came by them self to see the movie. It didn't bother me and has never bothered me. I just thought it was hilarious. 

So, I really did not think the movie was anything special. I was consumed with the same feelings that I had while reading the books. I loved the love story and it was cool seeing how they portrayed the happenings in the fourth book. 

The best thing about the movie were the trailers that were shown before the movie started. I saw a couple of movies that I am excited to see. 

The Hunger Games

So excited to see this movie. I saw the trailer and I knew what movie it was for. It looked like this movie was going to be good. 

New Years Eve

Yup. I have been seeing commercials for this movie for the past couple of weeks and I am excited to see it. I even asked Colon if he would take me to see it when it comes out. He said "NO". He has this weird "I won't see chick flicks EVER" policy and actually sticks to it. Anyways, After seeing the actor line-up, I am set on watching this movie when it comes out. How could it be bad?

Snow White and the Huntsman

I saw this trailer and I am actually intrigued. I do NOT want to see it because of Kristen Stewart. She actually makes me second guess watching this movie. It looks interesting and I am excited!

Are there any movies that you want to see?

By the way... it's black Friday and work was intense today. I wasn't able to make it to the stores for shopping but that's OK. I like shopping online anyways. Anyways, what is up with the Kohls Black Friday commercial? I died laughing when I heard it!

***all pictures were taken from Google

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thankful Thoughts

Found on Google pictures :)

Thanksgiving is today and I am stuffing my face with food. Unfortunately, I found out too late that my mother and sisters could not visit. But, I still have the good food to make this day enjoyable. 

I hope that everyone is having a great Thanksgiving and hope that you are spending it with those you love and cherish. Since it is Thanksgiving, I thought it would be appropriate to do a Thanksgiving themed Thursday's Thoughts. 
(There is no particular order to this list!)  

 I wanted to start with thoughts of thanks pertaining to my trip. 

1. Richard and his awesomeness
Do you remember Dundie? Well, I was so worried about feeding him during my trip. Thank God Richard was able to do it for me. I just want to say how much I appreciate him for doing this. I know it is an easy task, but he went out of his way to do it. 

2. Laura and Javi 
I know that I have mentioned them several times before, but I have to mention them again. They have been great and have helped me out so much in the last few weeks. 
a) They let me leave my car at their place in Tampa while I was on my trip. 
b) They paid for lunch and took me to the airport.
c) They picked me up from the airport and cooked dinner for me.

They are amazing and I am so thankful for everything that they have done for me. I am also thankful to have them in my life. 

Now we can move on to being thankful for all the awesome things I have in my life...

3. Talking to a French friend 
I know that you do not want to be named, so I will not name you. I just want to let you know that I am thankful for our conversations and for your company! 

For everyone else, I am excited because my French friend will be typing up two posts for me. He is a little bit shy and was nervous about it. But I told him not to worry. I suggested that he do a post in English describing his favorite things about his country: France. The second one will be in French (mostly for me... but you could try translating it too). I am extremely excited and hope you are too!

4. A healthy family 
 I am unbelievably lucky to have such a large, healthy family. I know that I never tell them how much they mean to me, but I want to take this time to tell them just that. I am so thankful for them and I will always be there for them. 

I love you mom, dad, Maribet, Christina, Alicia, Valeria, Eddy, and Natalia. You mean the world to me and well be eating my Thanksgiving feast with you guys in mind. 

5. Friends
There are too many people to name. I just want to let everyone know that I am so thankful for you guys. You keep me happy and love me for all my nerdy ways. You are not forgotten and are in my prayers on this Thanksgiving day!

6. A warm and comfortable apartment
There are so many people that do not have the luxury of having some concrete place to live. AND there are many people that may have a place to live but it is not as comfortable as the living conditions that I am used to. Thus, I am so thankful for a place to live. 

7. Having food to eat 
How many people are there in the world that do not have food to eat everyday. There are people that worry about their next meal and here I am overindulging. I am so lucky to have "overindulgence" as a problem. So, I am so thankful to have food to eat everyday for every meal. 

8. A wonderful boyfriend
He is...

and he actually likes me. I mean... that is HARD! Can you believe it? He LOVES me! I am extremely lucky to have him in my life and am so blessed to have him as a best friend. So, he is definitely on my list to give thanks for. 

There are so many more things to be thankful for. I hope you are appreciating things in your life!

Much love,

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Happy 24th birthday baby...

Photo taken from Google

Happy Birthday baby!

You are my rock. 

I am so lucky to have you!

I hope today is amazing.  

I love you so much!

P.S. Pace yourself tonight!

Monday, November 21, 2011

I want papitas...

When we got back from San Fransisco on Sunday (Nov 13), we were exhausted and were ready to go to bed. I knew that the rest of my trip was going to be low key because Colon had work. The cool thing about the week is that we were able to eat at many different places. I thought it would be fun to highlight the happenings of the week. You will notice that most of the "happenings" are food related. Thus, when you see me, I will probably have gained 10-20 pounds.

Monday, November 14

Monday was quite uneventful. We were both exhausted from our adventure during the weekend and Colon had to work. So, we took it easy. I ended up going to work with him for half the day and it was awesome to see him at work (He looks so cute when he concentrates!).

When it came time to decide on lunch, we had our usual conversation. It went like this:

Colon: " What do you want to eat?"
Me: "I don't know. What do you want to eat?"
Colon: "I don't care. You're the one visiting, so you get to pick"
Me: "But, I don't know what restaurants there are in Folsom. So, you have to pick"

And so the conversation went.

Back and forth.

Back and forth.

Anyways, Colon eventually mentioned Chipotle and my decision was made. The last time I had Chipotle was when Colon was still in Gainesville. I ordered the Carnitas bowl and was in heaven. I had great food and was sitting across from my love. How could the day be better?

Oh wait... it did get better... for both of us!

Colon went back to work, but when he got off he picked me up. He had to go to a soccer game and wanted me to watch. So, I got to attend one of Colon's soccer games. Watching him play was great. It made me so happy to be there and reminded me of the times that I attended his Gainesville soccer games.   On our way back home, we happened to pass by Best Buy. All I remember is Colon jokingly saying "Want to stop at Best Buy and get me that game". I said "sure" and we stopped. We looked around and then picked up the game. I knew that he really wanted it because he would constantly bring it up and a "but I don't need it, really" would follow.

His new game and his cool blue controller! 

I was surprised because he started to cook dinner when he got home. Can you believe it? He DIDN'T turn on the PS3 and start to play his new game. Instead, he started the rice, took out the meat, and started seasoning. I don't know about you, but I was impressed. AND dinner was amazingly tasty! Although it was an extremely lazy day, it was amazing.

***By the way, before Colon started interning in California, he would make fun of me for liking Chipotle. So, I would like to take this opportunity to say "HA! I was right!" 

Tuesday, November 15

Tuesday was quite a low key day. Colon went to work for the full day. I woke up late (as usual) and started to tidy up the apartment. I then sat down and started studying. Once that was done, I was able to be lazy and it felt good. During my lazy time, there was a knock on the door and someone yelled out "delivery". I got excited.

Was Colon sending me flowers? (:::hint hint baby:::)

Nope. This is what the man handed me.

what could it be?
It's too small to be flowers.

Do you know what it was? Can you guess? Well, it was another game. Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom. Once I saw it, I remembered that Colon had warned me to expect this to come. I knew he was going to be excited to come home to the game me!

Anyways, the day was lazy and it felt good. The only thing missing was my love and by the time he came home, I was suffering from withdrawal symptoms.So, I was happy when he got home, but he had an agenda. He was keen on setting up the phone plans that we had been talking about. If you haven't heard, Colon and I had been talking about getting a mobile "family" plan. So, we went to the Sprint store to set up Colon's phone. He was like a little kid and could not stop smiling.

When we got home, Colon did not show restraint. He played with his phone and showed it off to his roommate. He also could not help showing off his game to his roommate.

To sum up the day, Colon has two new games and a cool new phone. Oh, and I got sushi!


Wednesday, November 16

We woke up late(r) on Wednesday because Colon was working form home (LUCKY). He got up first and got down to business. Whatever he was working on must have been hard since he was focused. He did not break his concentration until lunch time. I was starved to the point that I would have said "yes" to anything. The thing is, we had that famous conversation again. We were both starving and irritated and kept asking "what do you want for lunch" to each other. I could not take it. And when I saw a Chipotle napkin on the kitchen table I started craving it again.

So, I am embarrassed to say that we had Chipotle AGAIN.

Wait, scratch that. I am not embarrassed. Chipotle is yummy and I am lucky to be with someone who is willing to eat it twice in a week.

After lunch, Colon did not get to work right away. I allowed him He started to play his games and I read my kindle. After a couple of hours, he started to work. It felt like our normal Gainesville day. He plays and I do my nerdy things. All was good in our world.

The only thing that ruined it was boredom. I got bored. So, we took a walk and on our walk, we stopped by a "wine and spirits" store. It was nice and Colon had his eye on a Duckhorn bottle. When he mentioned Duckhorn, I got excited.

Why? Last October, I took a trip to visit Colon while he was doing a different internship in Folsom. I mentioned the trip on this 365 post, I just did not give any details. He took me to Napa Valley and we visited a couple of wineries. Duckhorn was one of the wineries that we visited and it was beautiful.

That is why I was intrigued when I heard him say "Duckhorn". When I saw the bottle, I was excited. I had tasted plenty of Duckhorn red wine, but had never tried any white wine from that label. The bottle that Colon picked up was Sauvignon Blanc and all I kept thinking was "I like to try new things". As we handed the bottle to the cashier, Colon and I kept raving about Duckhorn. I guess the cashier picked up on our excitement because he told us about specials that they were having on Decoy wines. Decoy is part of the Duckhorn family and my eyes lit up when I heard that there were specials. So, we looked and ended up getting this bottle:

The Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon

Notice that it is Cabernet Sauvignon. My favorite! 

Unfortunately, we did not open any of the bottles when we got home. Colon had a soccer game and we had to leave right away to make it on time. So, I got to watch him play again and they played a lot better. Just for fun, I am attaching a picture of Colon playing soccer. 

Isn't he cute? ***Sorry it is so dim!***

When we finally got home, I thought we were going to relax for the rest of the night. It started off relaxing. We turned on the TV and I remembered that I bought a chocolate cake slice from the grocery store. 

So yummy. It tasted 10 times better than it looks.

We scarfed the chocolate cake down and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Then, Colon's roommate and a friend invited us to join them at a local bar/ restaurant. We were starving and thought this would be an opportunity to grab some dinner. 

On the way to the restaurant, Colon could not stop talking about the restaurant. it was called Manderes. He was especially excited about the ribs. So, we arrived at the restaurant and found his friends.  When we started to look at the menu, we were informed that the kitchen was closed. I was so sad because I was looking forward to the ribs. Also, I was starving and these people wanted to drink. Needless to say, I still ordered a beer. It was good but it wasn't the best idea to drink on an empty stomach. It turns out that I had been to the restaurant (before it relocated) during my Napa Valley trip. 

When we finally left the bar, I was feeling my drink. I knew that I should not have drank on an empty stomach. Colon's roommate rode home with us and I am sure that I embarrassed myself in front of him. Also, I kept asking for papitas and Colon had to make a pit stop at Jack in the Box. (This was brought up constantly throughout the rest of my trip...hence the post title). Those papitas tasted so good!

So, it was a perfect ending for a lazy day!

**I cannot believe that I did not thoroughly blog about the October 2010 trip to California. I am surprised that I only mentioned it in this post. I have so many pictures form this trip. It would have made awesome posts. 

Thursday, November 17

Colon worked a full day on Thursday and every time I talked to him it seemed as if he was stressed. I got a lot done that day. I studied and also cooked Adobo for Colon and his roommate. It came out so good and they actually liked it. 

The best part of the day was wine tasting. Remember the "wine and spirits" place that we went to on Wednesday? Well, they had informed us that there would be a wine tasting between 5 and 8 pm. So, after dinner, we made our way to the "wine and spirits" place. I had so much fun and I cannot believe that I did not take any pictures. I also met someone that lived in Pensacola for a year.

Sauvignon Blanc by Duckhorn. AMAZING!

The drinking did not stop there. We decided to open up the Duckhorn bottle that we bought on Wednesday. We (Colon, his roommate, and I) finished up the bottle. 

AND... this was day 2 of going to bed slightly intoxicated!

Friday, November 18

Colon went to work with the intention of coming home after lunch. He wasn't planning to work the full day. I woke up late and did not actually get out of bed until an hour before he got off of work. (I know... I am extremely lazy).  Once I got out of the shower, he called me to come down so that we could go to lunch.

Where did he take me?


All I have to say is free refills and endless fries. Or should I say "endless papitas". What did Colon do while we waited for our food?

Ooh, pretty fries!
Yup! He played with his phone. What did I do?

I thought it was cool!
Take pictures of random things! Seriously, the food was amazing!

We spent the rest of the day relaxing and spending time with each other. I was starting to get sad because the end of the trip was approaching quickly. This happens during every trip and I was determined to not let this ruin my last days with my love.

I convinced Colon to take me to a sushi restaurant. We ended up going to a place called Sky Sushi.

It was 30 minutes away and it was well worth the drive. I was so proud of Colon because he actually had some of my rolls and did not complain! After stuffing my face, we went home to prep for the night. We were heading to Sacramento to go to a bar with Colon's friends. The bar was called "Dive Bar" and it was so cool. You should click on the link and there are pictures of the bar. 

We ended up driving back to Folsom and thank God that Colon did not drink. All I have to say is, Friday was day 3 of going to bed slightly intoxicated. 

Saturday, November 19

Saturday was the laziest day of the trip. I woke up feeling... off. Colon woke up and went to the living room to do work related things. It took me a while to get up and take a shower. I felt so much better after I took a shower. When I came out to the living room, Colon and his roommate decided to order pizza. 


That pizza had healing powers. After eating it, I felt rejuvenated. While Colon worked/ played video games, I watched cable television. Don't judge. I don't have cable and had to soak it up while I was in California. We literally spent the whole day doing this. LITERALLY! This is why Colon and I are meant to be together. We both are lazy! Lazy couples are perfect!

We left the house for dinner. We were going to go to Manderes for dinner, but when we arrived the line was long. We were starving and needed food immediately. So, we went to Olive Garden. It was a nice dinner. We were both joking around and talking. But, in the back of our minds, we were thinking about my trip the next day. 

After dinner, we went to a housewarming/ birthday party of one of Colon's friends. I had fun, but everyone kept asking about the length of my stay. It was hard for me to reply "Oh, I leave tomorrow". It sucked and it was a constant reminder. I just wanted to go home and spend time with my love. 

Well, that sums up my trip. I had so much fun and I already miss my love. Leaving was hard and I could not help but cry before bed on Saturday night. I felt so bad for doing that. I was supposed to be strong and what did I do? Show my weakness to Colon. 

Oh well. My trip was amazing and I cannot wait until I see my love again!


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Happiness Continued: November 14 - November 20

The past week and a half has been amazing. I got to see my love and that is all that matters. Everyone keeps asking me "what did you do in California" and I feel like answering "I saw my boyfriend". He was the most important part of the trip and I am just lucky that we were able to do so many things. My trip has been  detailed here, here, and here. Since this week was spent in California, much of this list has been described in this post. The things that have been described will be highlighted in pink. 

Monday November 14
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Tuesday November 15
Colon's new phone

Wednesday November 16
Eating Chocolate cake with baby

Thursday November 17
Wine Tasting with baby
Drinking wine with my love

Friday November 18
Sushi and Dive bar with baby

Saturday November 19
Olive Garden dinner with baby

Sunday November 20
Cute Netbook
Dinner with Javi and Laura

I left California today and I am extremely sad. I missed Colon from the time that he left me in the security line. I was pouting until I had to take out the Netbook for the security line. Yes, you read it correctly. I have a Netbook. Colon gave me it because he does not use it. I think it is super cute but whenever I look at it, it reminds me of Colon. I think that is why I like it. It serves as a reminder. 

The travelling day ended with dinner with Javi and Laura. They picked me up from the airport and and took me back to their place. Then Laura started to cook. She is an amazing cook. I loved talking to them while she cooked and I was impressed with how good the food tastes. Maybe I could take lessons from her...

This week was amazing. I hope yours was too.

***Sorry this was posted so late!