Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Who knew Tuesdays could be so random...

Spotted: 18 year old girls that think they are entitled to anything and everything.

I have been noticing it more and more at work. It makes me want to say 

"Wake up! You need to work for things. You won't get anything if you just demand it."

Maybe I am just being negative because I have not been able to get the I-75 accident out of my brain. Too many people died and and it just doesn't seem real. So, I have motivated myself to work twice as hard for the things I want. I will live my life with purpose and not take things for granted. I advise everyone to do the same.

So, let me perk up and be less somber...

I am loving all of the baby posts lately. It makes me so happy to think of new life and to see all of the beautiful pictures people are posting (especially from this lovely lady!!!!!!). 

It almost makes me... dare I say it... want to have a baby.

Don't get any ideas (especially you, baby). I'm really not interested in having one yet. I was just saying...

ALSO, I am trying to come up with a Valentines day gift for my amazing-oh-so-deserving boyfriend. Any ideas? I could use your help!

Do you know what else I could use your help with... my list of classic books for my "Read the classics" goal. Any ideas... I just need a suggestions!

WOW... this post was RANDOM!

XO 








Monday, January 30, 2012

Pray for the families...

Yesterday, I was driving around town noticing that there was crazy traffic throughout the city. I had no idea what was going on and found myself cursing all of the people in town.

Then I found out that all of the people were coming from I-75 and were being rerouted through the city. 

Why? 

There was a fire in Paynes Prarie which was creating smoky conditions. Apparently the smoke was so thick that visibility was low on the interstate causing a horrible accident. Roughly 20 vehicles were involved in the accident and there were roughly 10 deaths. (read about it here)

 After finding this out. I feel horrible. Who cares if there was traffic in the city. At least all of these people were safe. 

I've read a couple articles about this accident and the details are scary. The smoke came in suddenly and these people did not know it was coming. This could happen to anyone. I don't even know how many times that I have driven along that very patch of interstate thinking that nothing would happen to me. That I would not get into an accident. 

I am so thankful that Colon and Kirsten got back safely and that God kept them safe.

So, I am praying for the families of those that were killed. I am praying for those that were injured.

I ask you to do the same.

Stay safe!

XO


Saturday, January 28, 2012

Work rant...here I go...

It seems like I have mentioned work in every single post in the last couple of weeks. It feels as if it is consuming my life and even during my days off, work is on the brain. I usually do not mind this until I encounter a "crazy" resident. You know...those residents that will not shake away the crazy until they get what they want. All of these "crazy" residents have made me realize a couple of things:

1) People want things to be FAIR only when it BENEFITS THEM.

2) People don't want to accept when they are wrong.
(I get it...I have problems with that, too. But still, accept when you are WRONG people)

3) People don't want to accept the consequences for their actions.

4) People are impatient.

I know that all people are not like this and I am only highlighting the bad in this post. But, I have to say that the selfishness of the few are driving me crazy!

XO



Friday, January 27, 2012

Arrrrrrrrrts and crafts weekend

Lately I have been extremely lazy. And I am not just talking about blogging. I have had a hard time getting myself out of bed and changing in the morning. It's like a mini semi-depression. 

During my free time, I have only managed to take out and start a puzzle that my friend Chris gave me and watch United States of Tara. Have you ever seen that show? I had never heard of it until I saw it on Netflix and I decided to check it out. 

My. mind. was. BLOWN.

Weirdest show but still addictive. I suggest you watch it.

Anyways, I decided that I would make myself join the real world today. I opened up my Google reader and saw that under "Blogs I follow" I had 130 posts to catch up on. So I sat and read and commented. Took forever but I have to say that it brightened my day. (I love reading all of your blogs. I feel like I am getting to know you all!!!)It motivated me to do something to blog about while Colon is in Tampa for Gasperilla. (I wish I did not have to work so I can join him) So, I made a list of all of the things I planned to do while Colon is in Tampa. Alone time doing my arts and crafts. Just seeing it written gets me so excited. 

Don't get me wrong, I will miss Colon and will spend the whole time wishing he was here. It's just, having him back in town was a big change. I went 6 months with him in another state and now he is here 24/7. I find myself postponing projects so as not to bother him. 

I hope this doesn't sound bad. I am just being honest. I also want to make it clear: 

I will not trade his being here 24/7 for anything else!

So, I am excited for my arts and crafts weekend! Let it begin!


Sunday, January 22, 2012

Easy Breezy Beautiful Covergirl

Saw this and loved it!


Hilarious, right? 

I love Ellen and Sofia Vergara!

XO


Happiness Continued: January 16- January 22

Stress and craziness at work...extreme laziness on my time off. That has been my life these days. Yet amongst the chaos, I have found things to make me happy. You will notice that much of this list leads back to TV!

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Monday January 16
Sweet Tarts and Double Bubble

If you don't know what Double Bubble and Sweet Tarts are, then I think you should Google them and then go out and buy them. YUMMY!

Tuesday January 17
That 70's show


I absolutely love this show. I have to be honest. I have not always loved it. I have seen all of the episodes before, and have laughed plenty of times, but I never would have considered it a ""must watch" show. My sentiment changed this week. Colon discovered it on Netflix and we have had it playing as background noise while we do other things. Now I am obsessed. 

Plus, I have a huge girl crush on Mila Kunis. That always helps. 

Wednesday January 18
My lazy day off

Yes. I literally stayed inside all day. It was rainy, muggy, and gloomy. The perfect day for me to read. 

Thursday January 19
Once upon a Time's
Ginnifer Goodwin
&
Jennifer Morrison


Don't they look alike? Aren't they gorgeous?

1. I love the show.n Twists and turns through our classic fairy tales
2. I loved Ginnifer Goodwin in Mona Lisa Smile and Big Love.
3. GORGEOUS

Friday January 20
Hyde's Grease scene


Yes. Watch the whole thing.

"‘cause we belong together like bop-bop ba-loo-ba sha-walla she-bang she-bang"

Saturday January 21
David meeting Colon


Yes. We (Kirsten, David, Colon, and I) went to Rockey's Dueling Piano Bar (again) last night and I had a blast. Why?
1. Kirsten and David are awesome and we never have a dull time with them.
2. Colon came. He has so much schoolwork and wasn't going to come. he only decided to come after seeing me all dressed up and ready to go.
3.Colon met David.Kirsten and I were both hoping that these two guys would "hit it off" and it seems like they are off to a good start. YAY...

Sunday January 22
Colon started a blog

Check it out. You all know how much he likes video games. I have probably mentioned it a thousand times. Well, he will talk about video games but he will also talk about his thoughts, experiences, etc. I am excited to read it because we are quite different in our thoughts.

Anyways... check it out!

Why?

" ‘cause we belong together like bop-bop ba-loo-ba sha-walla she-bang she-bang"


PS...I just saw that Downtown Abbey is on Netflix... I'm going to re-watch it! EXCITED!

Friday, January 20, 2012

So far, So good...

Guess what I did today... 

I stayed true to my New Years Resolution of reading at least one book per month. 

If you recall, I was not finished with The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice when the new year started. So, I made it my personal goal to finish this book and move on to the next book in The Vampire Chronicles series.

 I am proud to say that I finished the book (and loved it) in the first few days of January and moved on to The Queen of the  Damned (also by Anne Rice). I was so engrossed by them that I was able to finish The Queen of the Damned today. 

I was so surprised at how different the three books are. Especially when I started reading The Queen of the Damned. My view of the different characters continually changed as I progressed through the books and I found myself sympathizing with certain characters. 

I don't want to go into detail. I just want to let you know that this series is pretty good so far and I definitely recommend these books. 

SOOOOOO...

For the month of January I completed my goal and for the year 2012, I have read the following:

The Vampire Lestat 
The Queen of the Damned

I am going to start the next book in The Vampire Chronicles

The Tale of the Body Thief

Hopefully it's as good as the first few books in the series.

Have you read any of the books in the series? What did you think of them?


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Thought on Thursday...Dundie edition

So, it happened.

 Dundie died. 

Yup. I hate to keep talking about it, but this fish meant a lot to me. He kept me company and allowed me to love him when Colon was in California on his internship. I loved my Betta and now...he's gone.

Thank God for Colon. When I got home, Colon stopped me at the door. His voice was different. I could tell something was wrong. That's when he told me. He gave me a hug and told me it would be OK. He explained that Dundie was dead when he got home from school.

Do you know what Colon did? He stayed home and skipped his soccer game so that he would be here for me when I got home. He's the best and he made me feel so much better (although, I still miss Dundie).

Dundie, you're in my thoughts...








Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Serious stuff on my lazy day off

It's my day off and it feels... 

GREAT

Seriously, waking up this morning with the knowledge that all I had to do today was NOT go to work was so relieving. No worries. Nothing. I got to lay in bed for a few minutes and check Facebook through my phone. That is when I started to notice a trend. 

Posts stating "Tell Congress: Don't censor the web" posts with links to here kept appearing. That is when I remembered that many sites were choosing today as their "blackout" day. I was curious and decided to go to my regular sites to see what they would look like. 

So, I first went to Wikipedia.

This is what I came across:


If you cannot read it, it says:

"Imagine a world without free knowledge

For over a decade, we have spent millions of hours building the largest encyclopedia in human history. Right now, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that could fatally damage the free and open Internet. For 24 hours, to raise awareness, we are blacking out Wikipedia."

Interesting, huh?

I then went to xkcd.com. Yes, I am a math nerd and tend to laugh at their comics. But, seriously, this is what I came across...


It says

"SOPA

 Don't censor the web "

I then went to google.com and found this:


Yup, They blacked out the "Google". 

All these sites are making a statement on something important. If you are not informed about SOPA and PIPA, I suggest you start doing your research. It'll affect you, too!

Once you have researched, you should go to this website and sign the petition. 

Anyways, I'll stop talking about serious stuff and go back to MY LAZY DAY...

I will just leave you with the following photo:


I thought it was appropriate and YES I did put it on my tumblr earlier today!

I may or may not post later on today!







Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Stress, Please go away...

Good news!

Dundie is still alive. He's swimming around and seems OK. The spots that I mentioned are not as apparent as they were yesterday. So, I am less anxious about it. Don't get me wrong, I am still worried but I am going to calm down...

Speaking of calming down. When is work going to calm down. For the past couple of weeks, the office has been exploding with people. This is good because it gives us the chance to fill up the complex for next fall. The bad thing is that we do not have enough people to handle both the office duties and the flow of people that the office has been attracting. So, there's more work for each person in the office and we tend to become overwhelmed with a laundry list of things to do at the end of the day. 

For the past weeks (especially the last two), I have been going home EXHAUSTED. All I want to do is drop down on my bed and disappear for a few. Oh well, I guess that is better than being bored all day. I, at least, get to have that sense of accomplishment. 

THANK GOD that 3 more office hands have been hired. The thing is, I am nervous about working with the new people. I don't know why I always get nervous about new people. Maybe it is because we have a good dynamic in the office already. Maybe it's my "loner" tendencies coming out. All I know is that I am nervous for no reason.

Enough with the negative feelings and in with the good vibes. Tomorrow is my day off and I am excited to be able to be lazy ALL DAY. No checking my email. No worrying about impressing prospects or answering prospect questions.
 A full day of...
reading, 
playing DS ( I want to catch up in my Lego Indiana Jones and my Zelda game), 
reading blogs, 
watching Dundie (Yes, you read that correctly),
bothering Colon,
cleaning (this is actually relaxing to me),
watching trashy TV,
 and other fun non-work-related things

EXCITING...

Now it's time to eat some slice of YUMMY pineapple and go to bed.

NIGHT blog world...







Monday, January 16, 2012

My poor Dundie

I came home from work today and I discovered something horrible... 

Dundie, my cute little Betta, was stuck inside the tank filter.

 Yup.
 I started to freak out (and am still shaky). 

Thank God for Colon because all I could do was unplug the filter and run away. I could not even go near the tank. 

I was so relieved when I heard Colon say "He's alive baby and his swimming around the tank".  

Thank God. 

I went to the tank and started to watch him. It's been 30 minutes and I have started to notice that he has white spots in certain places. His tail has rips in it too. He's also swimming slower than usual. 

I am worried that I'll wake tomorrow and he'll be dead. 

It's weird how attached I became to my little Dundie and I don't think Colon realized how attached I was until tonight.

Oh well. This may sound stupid, but please pray for my Dundie.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

365 Days of Happiness: January 9- January 15

This week has been busy and exhausting. But, there were still so many things things to brighten my days...
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Monday January 9
Piña



So yummy!!!

Tuesday January 10
Big Lou's pizza with Kirsten


The slices are HUGE and it's always amazing when I go with Kirsten. 

Wednesday January 11
English research up to 1300


I know this sounds weird, but during my free time, I "research" English history. Well, I am proud to say that I have researched up to the 1300's. I'm proud of myself!

Thursday January 12
The Vampire Lestat



I finished this book and I truly do recommend it. it has a different feel from Interview with a Vampire, but it is just as good. It will blow Twilight out of the water! I promise!

Friday January 13
Beauty and the Beast in 3D
Wine and cheese with baby



Beauty and the Beast in 3D 




+

 Wine and cheese with baby


 = 

DATE NIGHT

And guess what. It was ALL his idea. Yup. Get jealous. It's alright. He's definitely a keeper!



Saturday January 14
The Fat Tuscan



You're probably wondering what this is. Well, it's a restaurant with amazing food and an amazing atmosphere. We went for a birthday dinner and I could not help myself. The decor was beautiful. I definitely recommend it if you are ever in the Gainesville area. 

Sunday January 15
Julien in Paris



One of my good friends went back to France and just recently got a job in Paris. He managed to snap this picture on his way to work. He's so lucky. Isn't it beautiful?

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I guess that's the end. 

bisous



Saturday, January 14, 2012

Book a month...NY resolution

I mentioned my New Years resolutions in this post. One of my resolutions was to 

"Read at least one book per month". 

I have always enjoyed reading and could devour a book in less than a day. But lately, I have struggled to find time to read. But, now with this resolution, I HAVE to read a book a month. It is now a challenge that I have to conquer. Anyways, I have so many unread books on my Kindle and I decided that I would finish all the books on there before I buy anymore books. 

The first thing I did was make a list of all of the books and put them in the order in which I would read them. This will help me to create a schedule for myself. 

So...

Two months ago, I mentioned that I started reading Twilight. I enjoyed it for various reasons, but was still of the opinion that I could find "better" vampire books. So, to redeem myself, I started reading "real" vampire novels. I started off with Dracula by Bram Stoker. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and was now hooked to the vampire theme. I did my research and decided to start reading The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice. I started with Interview with A Vampire and then moved on to read The Vampire Lestat. I was 90% done with the book  on New Years day. So, I decided that I would have to finish it along with another book.

Guess what I did? 

I finished The Vampire Lestat on Monday and have started The Queen of the Damned. These books are engrossing and once you finish one book, you can't help but start the next one. Hopefully I can finish The Queen of the Damned  this month. I will keep you updated on my progress. 

So, I have enough books on my list to continue my resolution for the next three years, but I would like to incorporate another 43 Things goal into this resolution. What is that goal? Well, I would like to read the classics. But, in order to do this, I would have to set parameters. I decided that I would ask you guys for books to add to my "classics" list and I will go from there.

SO, Can you think of any books that should be on my list? I really need suggestions. You can post them here, email me, Tweet me, Facebook message me, etc. Please help me out!

Hopefully I can create a great (long) list.

:)

Friday, January 13, 2012

My six names...

I was looking through Tumblr the other day and I saw this meme. I decided to do it just for fun... here I go...

1.Your real name: 
Lourdes

2. Your detective name (Favorite color and favorite animal): 
Purple turtle

That rhymes!! :)

3. Your soap opera name (middle name and street you live on):
Teresita Shiloh 

Not very dramatic...

4. Your Star Wars name (First three letters of last name, first two of middle name, first two of first name, last three of last name):
Echtelouga

hahahahahaha...how do you even say that?

5. Superhero name (color of your shirt, first item to your immediate left):
White Coach purse...

will save the day!

6. Goth name (Black and one of your pets):
Black Betta

(His name is Dundie...I thought Black Dundie would sound cool!)
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I enjoyed that! Hope you did, too.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

New years resolutions 2012

I am a little bit late with my "New Years resolution" posts. 

This year, I did not make the typical "Get fit" resolutions this year. In previous years, I would make that resolution and would break it from the get go. The saddest part is, I wouldn't feel guilty. So, this year, I decided to make different kinds of New Year's resolutions. 

I currently have 35 "goals" on my 43 Things list, and am going to add them resolutions also. Check it out here if you want to see the list. I would like to (at least) make some kind of progress on these goals. I don't expect to complete everything, but I do expect to make steps towards completing everything on the list. 

43 Things also gives you the option to create "Resolutions for 2012". I only selected 3 goals to add to this category. These are extremely important to me and I will be extremely upset if I do not complete these. 

 Here they are:

1. Read AT LEAST one book each month

2. Create a jar where I put one idea, hope, wish, thought into it per week

3. Move up in the company

So far I have been working on all of them and it has been going well. Hopefully I can stick to these. 

I will be updating on each one of these as I start to make progress!

ALSO, I will be adding to my resolution list as the year progresses. I've never been good at coming up with resolutions.

(Oh and this is my 300th post! I can't believe I've been able to keep this up for more than a year!)



Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Happiness Continued: December 26- January 8

So...I kept pushing off this post. I have been extremely lazy and have constantly said:

"I'll type it up tomorrow".

Maybe it's because Colon is here. Maybe it's not. But it's about time I post this. Here's two weeks worth of "happiness"...
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 Monday December 26
Saying "See you in 2 days" to Colon

Let me give you background. Christmas was yesterday and I drove back to Gainesville today. It sucked, but I am going to look on the bright side. I will be driving back down on the 29th. So, I didn't have to say "Goodbye". I got to say "See you in two days". 

Tuesday December 27
Kirsten's gift

Yup. If you haven't seen it, you can see it here. LOVED IT!

Wednesday December 28
Candles on sale at Wal Mart 

i don't know about you, but I have a candle obsession. I will buy expensive candles at full price. I just like candles. That is why I was excited when a coworker told me that there were Christmas candles on sale at Wal Mart. I made sure to go after work and started rummaging through the candle aisle. She was right. I got 5 decent sized (and I mean, large Yankee candle sized) candles for $10. They were literally $1.50 each. AMAZING!!!!

Thursday December 29
Revenge (person getting a ticket)

So, today's entry is quite...mean. It centers around road rage. Yes, I am a little bit ashamed, but I am quite proud at the same time. Let me set the stage...

After work, I headed down to Miami. Once I was an hour out of Gainesville, traffic was practically nonexistent and I was able to set the cruise control to 75. (I know. It's slow. BUT, I was not in a rush. It was late and I wanted to take my time. Plus, I saw plenty of cops sitting at the side of the interstate.)

So, I went an hour and a half with my cruise control set in the RIGHT (slow) lane, when this car comes up quickly behind me. He passes me up and gets back in the right lane. All was good until he slowed down. Remember, I was on CRUISE CONTROL. My speed was not changing. So, I know he slowed down by the fact that I was creeping up on his car. So, I pass him up WHILE ON CRUISE CONTROL making sure that I had a decent distance between us and I get back in the right lane.

This happened 3 or 4 times. I was getting frustrated. I am stubborn in the fact that I was not going to get out of cruise control. I know that. But, I was not going to speed up with crazy amounts of police on the side of the road.

I know the other driver was getting annoyed also. How do I know? Every time he would pass me up his speed would gradually increase. Finally, the last time he tried to pass me up, he sped up right next to a police officer and her got stopped.

HAHAHAhaHAHAH... Revenge.

Again, I know it's mean.

Oh well.

Friday December 30

Saturday December 31
Visiting my uncle/ Playing with my cousin

This was so much fun and it truly made my day. I started off the New Year on the right foot! Read about it here.

Sunday January 1
New Year's day

I am so thankful to live to see another year.
It's a new year.
Now I have to make my resolutions.
You will be seeing posts about it soon.


Monday January 2
Gator win

Yes. We played Ohio State and we won! This season wasn't so great for the Gators, but I am still a Gator at heart.

When I found it that we were playing Ohio State in a bowl game, I immediately thought about the last time our teams met up. It was in January 2007 for the championship game. Everyone thought that Ohio State would win. But, it was a Gator win. I remember how crazy Gainesville was after the game.

Now, four years later, we were meeting up. This game wasn't as significant as our last meet up, but I still wanted to win. Plus, Urban Meyer was/is rumored to coach at OSU. WHAT?!??!?!?!

Needless to say, WE WON and it felt GOOD!

Tuesday January 3
Getting off of work to see Colon

It's the best feeling. For the past 6 months, I would get off of work and go home to an empty apartment. Now, I come home and I see Colon's face. It is so reassuring and

Wednesday January 4
Everything working out for Colon

When I got home from work on Monday, Colon seemed distracted. I could tell something was wrong. It turns out that UF shuffled around paperwork and he was not registered as a TA. Colon was so upset. If they did not resolve this issue, he would have to leave UF and go into the work force. After a day or two of worrying, it was resolved.

Thank God. (He's amazing. Isn't He?)

Thursday January 5
FINALLY finding an ottoman

This sounds insignificant. But it's not. Before Colon left on his internship, we (more like HE...But I will say "we") were searching for an ottoman. Before we bought one, I wanted to search around because I had seen a couple of nice ottomans at Ross and Home Goods. But, every time I went to these places, they did not have one in the right color and size. So, we ended up not buying an ottoman.

Fast forward to the present. We were in Wal Mart looking for hangers and other things we needed, when we came upon an ottoman. I wasn't very impressed with it, but Colon wanted it. He just needed storage to hide some of his electronics. SO, I compromised with him. I told him that we should go to Ross and see what they have. If we did not find an ottoman there, we could buy the Wal Mart ottoman.

THANK GOD. Ross had an ottoman. It was a little bit smaller than the Wal Mart one but it was of better quality and was a reasonable price.

YAY!!!! Another example of compromise at it's best!

Friday January 6
Foursquare

Yes. I am addicted. I reach for my phone to check-in EVERY TIME I enter a restaurant or store. If you don't have Foursquare, I suggest you look into getting it. It's fun. I promise!

Saturday January 7
Going out with Kirsten

Yup. We went to Rockys Dueling Piano Bar and we had an amazing time. I just want to say "Thank you" to my lovely boyfriend for watching over us and making sure we got home safely (i.e. for being DD).

Sunday January 8
 Colon bringing me a Dr. Pepper

 (I mentioned it here.)

Isn't he sweet?


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Again, I am sorry this post was late AND I apologize for the randomness of the post.


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Isn't it lovely?

Colon has been in Gainesville for less than two weeks and he is already shocking me with the things he does. 

1. He has cooked every night for the past 3 nights. Not mac and Cheese. I am talking yummy in my tummy, wonderfully seasoned, well-prepared food.

2. We had a crazy night on Saturday night and I woke up quite...sick. Colon laid with me and cuddled with me up until I had to go to work. Then, two hours before my shift ended, I see him come into the office. Do you know why? 

He came in to drop off a Dr. Pepper. He knows that I LOVE Dr. Pepper. 

SWEET BOY. 

3. When I met Colon, he was not very particular about the cleanliness of the apartment. That is why this next thing is making it into this post. 

Colon made the bed. 

Yes. I said it. (or typed it)

He took the time to smooth out the wrinkles on the comforter and he made the bed. I love him for this.

SWEET BOY. 

I love him! I really do!


Monday, January 9, 2012

Paella...yum yum yum

On Friday, December 30, I was in Miami. I had driven back down to Miami the day before and was exhausted. So, we went right to bed and we woke up pretty late (it's kind of embarrassing how late it was). I must have forgotten that I was in Miami because I was surprised when I opened my eyes and saw Colon looking right back at me. It was an amazing feeling. I was with him. FINALLY. To top it off, I knew that he would be with me for a few months


Not just a couple of days.


Not just a week.


MONTHS!!


I was (and still am) so happy. 


We stayed in bed talking and watching TV for a while until we finally decided to get up. After getting ready, Colon remembered that he had to buy his New Years clothing. Yup. He ACTUALLY wanted to go shopping.


 Now, ladies and gentlemen, this was a rare event. 


This never happens. 


Colon. Wanting. Shopping. 


Those three words are rarely seen in the same sentence. So, you can imagine how excited I was when he said this. I quickly got ready and we headed out. Before we even arrived, Colon made it really clear that this trip would be an in-and-out situation. We would pick up exactly what we needed and leave. This definitely did not diffuse my excitement. I don't mind window shopping. So,we headed to Miami International Mall and quickly made our way to one of the stores. It took forever to find the clothing, so I whipped out my camera for "ACTION" shots. This was the only good shot.



Doesn't he look determined? 


Anyways, it was actually pretty late when we left the mall. So, we headed home to relax. Colon's family had some kind of cold/ flu and were getting over it. BUT, they managed to pass it on to Colon. So, he was feeling horrible. 


We spent the night relaxing and passed out really early. While writing this, I realized how much we slept during this trip. So embarrassing. We are such lazy butts!


The next day was New Years Eve. We had to get up at a reasonable time since the family was preparing for the New Years party. I decided that I would go hang out with my Uncle and his family. 



Aren't they cute?



My cousin decided that she wanted to play "Hair Salon" and she wanted to do my hair.


She then decided that I had to go into her TINY princess tent and color. Yup. Don't you wish you could see me do that?



She thought it would be cool to look in on me and make fun.


THEN, she wanted to come inside with me. Yeah. It was a tight fit!



 While I was playing with my cousin, my uncle was cooking. Have I ever mentioned that my grandparents, uncles, aunts, and dad are amazing cooks? Well, they are. Especially with Hispanic food. My uncle cooked paella and it was AMAZING.





Doesn't it look yummy? It was!


After dinner, I made my way back to Colon's house. The New Years party had started. I didn't take many pictures and the pictures that I did take weren't that good. So, I'll leave you with "New Years was amazing". I got to spend it with people I love! (and the wine was tasty!)


And...


Now I'm back in Gainesville. School has started and I'm back on the work grind. At least Colon is here with me!











Thursday, January 5, 2012

Isn't it swell? Isn't it?

See... I told you that I wouldn't be gone for long. I still have not started the 365 post from last week...but it will be done soon. I am back in Gainesville and have had so much to do. That is probably why I have so many random thoughts...

1. These lyrics are stuck in my head:

"You can like the life your livin'
You can live the life you like
You can even marry Harry
But mess around with Ike
And that's good

Isn't it grand? Isn't it great?
Isn't it swell? Isn't it fun?
Isn't it?"

Yup. I have been singing it over and over and keep getting weird looks from my boyfriend. 10 points to the person who knows where this song is from...

2.Unpacking SUCKS. It's easy when you just have your stuff to worry about. But, guess who has to unpack her boyfriend's stuff, too. 

THIS GIRL...

My boyfriend had been gone for six months. So, we had 6 months worth of things to unpack. I decided that we could divide it up. He could start unpacking/putting away all of the electronic things and I would handle the clothes and the closet. I should have known what would happen.

He finished before me. I come out and I see something like this:

This picture was taken a day or two later, but you get the drift.


Yup. He was playing video games. What was I doing? Rearranging my closet to make space for his clothes. I swear that the boy has more clothes than I do. 


3. It's weird having Colon back. Don't get me wrong. I am extremely happy to have him here. BUT, I have not had someone living with me for 6 months. I got used to the emptiness. Now, the apartment feels full and welcoming. Plus, It's weird when I leave for work and things are rearranged when I get home. I'll definitely have to get used to that!


4. I am totally addicted to foursquare and am constantly checking in. It's kind of sad. The minute that I walk into a store or restaurant, I reach for my phone to check in! Sad. I know! If you have foursquare, friend me if you get the chance!


5. I am in love with piña. I bought one yesterday on a whim and it was the best decision ever. I sliced it up and started eating it. YUMMY! I even got Colon to eat some with me. 


6. Being sick SUCKS!!!!!!!!


I guess that's it!


XO

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Back and forth...Gainesville to Miami

I don't know if it is the hustle and bustle of the holidays or if I am just lazy, but I have not been in the mood to blog. It's not that I don't have anything to say. I am constantly writing down post ideas in my journal, but I have not been able to motivate myself to update. I haven't even posted my 365 Days post for last week. I have everything written down in my 365 Days journal, but have not found the energy to transfer it into a post. I have been a bad blogger.

It's not that I haven't had the time. I have had plenty of lazy moments throughout the break.  I think it is because of my boyfriend. He's back and I don't want to type up posts while I could be spending quality time with him.

Anyways. Enough excuses. I am coming back from my blogging hiatus. 

So, Christmas day was amazing (You can read about it here). But, by the end of the day, I was starting to get sad. Christmas was almost over and I had to leave Miami and drive back to Gainesville the next day. I was hoping Colon would come with me but I knew he couldn't. He had not seen his mother in a couple of months and I know she wanted him to stay. Plus, I was driving back down in 3 days and would have him to myself for a few months after that  So, I would see him soon enough.


I took that miserable drive back up to Gainesville. (It really isn't that long but I am noticing that the drive down to Miami always seems shorter than the drive up from Miami. It's probably because Miami usually means vacation, and I am excited to drive down. But Gainesville means work/school/studying and I am not so excited to return to that.)


From Google maps
 When I finally arrived in Gainesville it was depressing. I was, once again, walking into an empty apartment.


ALONE


I unpacked, cleaned up a little, and passed out. I was exhausted. 


The next day I went to work and every time someone came in I had the "What are you still doing in Gainesville" mentality. Don't worry. I hid it well, but I was still surprised at the amount of people that came into the office. For those of you that are not familiar with Gainesville, I will explain my surprise. Gainesville is a college town. Everything (and I do mean EVERYTHING) revolves around the University of Florida). Stores, restaurants, and just about every business in town will reduce their hours during the holidays when students are known to leave the city. 


So, Tuesday went by... 


Wednesday went by...


Finally, Thursday came. I woke up early and packed everything into my car. I worked 9-6 and planned to leave right after work. I was expecting work to drag on. But, it didn't. People came in to tour and kept me busy. Finally the office died down around 4 which allowed me to finish up last minute things that needed to be done. Guess what happens at 5:45 (15 minutes before we close). 


2 tours came in.
2 groups of people came in to sign. 


GREAT... Things like that always seem to happen. 


I didn't get out of the office until 6:20.  Not too bad, but still. I wanted to make it to Miami ASAP. 



So, I jump into the car, get gas, and was on my way. At first, the highway was clear. Than, all of a sudden I notice that I have not seen a single car approaching on I-75 North and everyone is starting to break on I75 South. I was so annoyed. Here I was, trying to make it to Miami at a decent hour and I was stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic. 


It turns out that people were slowing down to view the accident on I75 North. I hate it when people do that. Especially when it affects me. Once I exited onto the Turnpike, it was smooth sailing and I was in Miami in no time. It was amazing to see Colon again.


The kisses and the hugs...


Just amazing!


I just realized how long and random this post was. I'll just end it here and continue with the update some other time. I promise not to be MIA for too long! 


AND I promise that the rest of my trip wasn't as boring...


XO