Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I finished!

The month is about to end and I was so worried about breaking one of my New Year's resolutions. Which one? This one. You know. The one where I read a book a month. Well, I am proud to say that I finished my second book of the year (and I finished it yesterday).

 I know. I know. It took me forever to finish this book. But, in my defense, I have been extremely busy with work.

Wait...what was that? What book did I finish? Well, it was The Body Thief by Anne Rice. It's one of the books from the Vampire Chronicles. Although the book is a little slow at times, I enjoyed reading it and am looking forward to starting the next book in the series. Hopefully I can read it a little bit faster.

I just reread the first few paragraphs and...wow... I am such a spaz. I am exhausted and feel like such an old lady. It's sad because I start to get sleepy by 9:30 and staying up past 10:30 is definitely pushing it. The good thing is that I am not having trouble getting up in the mornings. Actually, I am having trouble STAYING asleep past 6:30 am. This should be a surprise because I LOVE sleeping in.

You would think that waking up early would deter me from liking my new job, but I am loving it. I really am. I have started a routine and am slowly getting used to all of my tasks. This is definitely a step in the right direction and I am excited to see how everything will fall into place.

Oh...and I got my updated business cards.
Goodbye Senior Customer Service Specialist...
Hello Rental manager.

Everything is falling into place for me and I am so grateful. Colon is chugging along with school and he constantly reminds himself of the reasons why he is continuing with his masters program. Coming back to school after 6 months of working has been hard on him. He is ready to graduate and is getting frustrated with school by the day. He is bogged down with homework, projects, and teaching responsibilities and he is wearing himself thin. I hate seeing him so stressed out. He has his good days, but I hate seeing him on his bad days.

Oh well, this experience will be beneficial and will pay off in the long run.

I guess I will go to bed since I keep rambling on and jumping from topic to topic.

Night world!

XO





Sunday, February 26, 2012

A much needed relaxing weekend

I have been a horrible blogger lately. Last week, I left work exhausted and the last thing I wanted to think about was a blog post. 

So, here I am. I had such an amazing weekend. It was relaxing and I am re-energized. I already described my Friday night here. It was dominated by pizza, beer, cream soda, and a cookies and creme pizooki from BJ's. I had an amazing time, but I have to admit that we were both exhausted. We literally came home and passed out. 

Saturday was chill. I woke up early (which is good) and I went shopping. I had to find slacks and skirts that are appropriate for work. After my shopping trip (and once Colon woke up... he didn't sleep well), we went to lunch at Sonny's (one of my favorite restaurants). When we finally got home, I vacuumed and steam cleaned the carpets. they definitely needed it. We then relaxed. Colon played video games and I snuggled in bed with my Kindle. Remember my "book a month" resolution? Well, I have 7% of my February book to go. It looks like I am not going to break my resolution this month. YAY!

We were expecting another chill night at home for Saturday night, but that did not happen. Kirsten called us up for a double date and we had so much fun. We went to a restaurant called Vello's. When we got there, we sat at the bar and ordered drinks while we waited for a table. I ordered a yummy martini (I think it was called a Flirtini) and it was AMAZING. They must have put something extra in the drink (or I have not drank in a while) because that drink really affected me. Once we were seated, we were all pretty hungry. I just have to say that the food and the company was great. 

After dinner, we all decided that we would go to The Gelato Company. And all I have to say is ...

YUMMY!

If you have never had gelato and are in Gainesville, you should definitely go to The Gelato Company. I highly recommend it!

Again, we were exhausted by the end of the night. We went home and I passed out. That seems to be a recurring theme for last week. 

And again... I woke up early today. I got up and cleaned a little bit. I caught up on all of the shows that I missed during the week (Thank you Hulu) and I read more of my February book. AND that was a my weekend. Like I said before. It was relaxing and I loved it. 

Since,

1) I gave you a recap of my weekend (which you probably didn't want to read about..but I am glad you did) 

AND 

2) I have not done the "365 Days of Happiness" update for the last two weeks

I am going to do the recap here. I promise that I have been recording them daily in my notebook. I just have not had the time to type them up here. Here I go:


Monday February 13: My new phone Yes. My new phone makes me happy. I can make calls. I can text. All of that without worrying about my phone freezing up on me. Tuesday February 14: Simple Valentine's Day with Colon I wouldn't have it any other way Wednesday February 15: This post by Woodn't Ya Know it Did you read it? If you did, did it make you laugh? If it did, I suggest you follow him. All of his posts bring me close to tears! Thursday February 16: Work training Exhausting but I loved it. This training was kind of a promise. It was a taste of what was to come. Yes. I had to wake up early for it. But I did not mind. I learned a lot and met some interesting people Friday February 17: The Body Thief by Anne Rice This is my February book. I am enjoying it so far Saturday February 18: How supportive Colon has been I will never forget his face when I told him I got the promotion. His smile was so big and he kept hugging me. He even wanted to take me out. It felt good to see him proud of me. I love him so much. Sunday February 19: Last day as leasing specialist it was my last day as a leasing specialist and I was exhausted. Exhausted but excited. Monday February 20: My first day at work Intimidating but amazing. I rearranged my office and got acquainted with the job. Tuesday February 21: Other rental managers helping me God Bless them for being so kind and helpful. They are greatly appreciated and I cannot say it enough. Wednesday February 22: lunch with the crew The other managers in the office are amazing and I know we are going to make a great team! Thursday February 23: Massages from my boyfriend The best. He just won't let me give him one. He avoids my massages at all costs. Friday February 24: BJ's and their pizooki Saturday February 25: Double dates Sunday February 26: Catching up on all my shows 

Wow.... that was long. I hope you enjoyed. I am going to continue listening to Disney songs and bothering Colon.

Have a nice night everyone

XO


Saturday, February 25, 2012

Pizooki to go...please

I came home later than expected yesterday. Colon and I were supposed to go to Wine and Cheese gallery, but he was tired. So we waited and we went to a restaurant called BJ's.  We went to a BJ's when I went to visit him in Folsom for his first internship. It was so yummy anI I loved it. So when he suggested we go to the BJ's here in town, I was excited.
After several pictures and tweets... this is what I have from the night. Yummy pizza. Yummy cream soda. Super yummy cookies and cream pizooki.
Gotta love BJ's restaurant!!!
XO
Lourdes

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Exhausted and happy all in one

Hey ya'll... Lourdes here...

It's been a couple of days since I have checked in and a-lot has happened since then. My brain has had to process so much information and I am slightly overwhelmed. It doesn't help that I have not had a day off since some time last week. 

I completed my third day of my new job. I have a report due tomorrow and I spent the day working on it. Thank God that I was able to shadow another person who has to do the same report. She was so helpful and I appreciate her taking the time to explain things to me. 

But, her training could not help me today. There was so much to do. Basically, the report helps me stay on task. It allows me to see how I am doing and alerts me to anything that needs to be fixed. I have to do it once a month. This means that any problem that I see that originates from a couple of months ago has shown up on this report before. While I was working on this report, I noticed "alerts" that had to have been there for the last 4 months. That means the last 4 months have shown that something has to be done. 

Yup...somebody has been slacking which caused me to spend half of my work day correcting. I still have a couple of things to do tomorrow before I submit it. The good thing about this is that it forces me to learn about certain situations. Information overload. But, it's OK. It was just my first one. 

I have to keep reminding myself that it's only my third day and I am still picking up on things. I am not dumb and I know that I can do a great job. I just have to build myself up form the bottom. 

I may be exhausted but I am definitely enjoying myself. I love figuring things out. I may leave work drained, but I have a purpose and I am working with great people. I cannot forget to mention the people. They have been so helpful and patient with me. They are great!

I feel like my last few posts have been all about work. Sorry if you are bored. I just need an outlet. 

I hope you have been having a great week.

XO


Sunday, February 19, 2012

Wish me luck

I am so nervous. Tomorrow is my first day in my new position. I haee to keep reminding myself that I will be fine as long as I stay focused. If I do what needs to be done, then I will do great.

Speaking to the people who held the position before me helped. Knowing that people believe in me gives me confidence that I will do a great job. I just have to keep this in mind.

I am in bed while typing this and will be turning in for the night. Shocker. I'm in bed before 12. Early morning and God help Colon tomorrow morning. I am horribly cranky when I wake up before 9.

So. Wish me luck. You will probably read this tomorrow after I start work...but I could use all of the luck!

Night blogosphere!

XO

Lourdes

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Oreo cookie ice cream sandwich

Yes... I am posting again but it's from my phone. I just wanted to show you what Colon and I discovered at Steak n' Shake three other night. It's the oreo cookie ice cream sandwich. We didn't get one because we ate so much but we plan on going back just for this yummy looking treat. Yummy!!!!!!!!!


Anyways...today was the longest day ever. I had a horrible nights sleep and despite the fact that I was sleepy, I still woke up early. 

 Work was extremely busy and we were understaffed. On top of that, I locked myself out of the office during a tour. YUP... that happened to me. I was so embarrassed. Thank God the prospects were patient and understanding. 

It felt great when I saw Colon walk up yo the office to pick me up. Now, we are both just relaxing. I am here blogging and he is playing a video game. Yup, It;s a typical night for us. 

I cannot seem to keep my train of thought straight. Maybe it's the lack of sleep. I'll just bullet-point my thoughts:

*I had a whole post written out and posted and went to edit it on my phone. Guess what happened. It totally erased the post that I had prepared on my computer. So, here I am, retyping the post. Just my luck.

* Colon is playing Metal Gear Solid and is making his character eat frogs. He keeps calling my attention to the TV whenever he eats the frog because he knows how much I love frogs. Poor things!

* I am still nervous about my new position. Yet, I am excited. I cannot wait to start.

* We must be getting old. Colon and I have not gone out and had a night on the town in a couple of weeks. We have made plans and talked about going out, but when it comes down to it, we always end up snuggling around the house. Does that mean we are getting old?

* I didn't respond to the "One Minute Writer" prompt that as posted on Thursday. I just wasn't feeling the topic. But, today's prompt seems promising. The prompt is:

Unique: Write about a unique aspect of your family relationships.

"We go through periods of disagreements and quarrels. We sometimes avoid and ignore each other. We sometimes let our quarrels keep us from talking. BUT we do not allow ourselves to forget that we are family. Through thick and thin, we will be there for each other. Others may not understand the things we do. But, we are family and we love each other. Nothing can break our bond."






Ok... I guess I'll go now!

Night!!!!

XOXO

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Onto a new path

Wow... Today was an interesting day. It was long and overwhelming. I have taken in so much information and am so exhausted. Through all of this, I am still extremely happy. I cannot wipe this smile off of my face. 

All of these conflicting emotions are coming from one thing. I have been hoping for this for a while and I finally have it in my grasp. You may recall that I did not have too many New Year's resolutions. In fact, I only had 3 specific resolutions. (You can see them here) I can now say that I have completed one of my New Year's resolutions. 

I have worked my ass off and have shown loyalty to the company. I have shown interest in moving up and now   I have officially moved up in the company. I am so excited for this new path that I am entering and am so appreciative of those that have helped me and that have believed in me along the way. 

Now I have to prove them right. That is why I am so nervous. This isn't new. Whenever I start something new (school, work, club, etc), I am filled with anxiety. I am filled with doubt. But, I have found that using these feelings as a driving force has kept me on my toes and can be used as a driving force. 

Today was a stepping stone into my new path. I went to training and...wow... I have a lot to learn. But, these are things that will become easier with practice. I have enough faith in myself to know that I will do an amazing job. I just have to work hard. 

There are just a few things that I know I have to work on... One of the most important is...

I have to work on waking up around 7am. Yes, this is a big girl job and I have to be there early. If you know me, then you know how hard it is for me to get out of bed. But, this should be no problem. As long as I start a routine. I just have to go to bed early. 

Well, It's late and I am exhausted. I actually woke up at 7:30 for training (which started at 9am). I hope everyone else's day was as great as mine was.

Night blog land

XO


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

"Diets are non-existent" day

Can you believe it? It's already Wednesday. The weeks are going by so fast and it's as if I cannot keep up. It has definitely been an interesting week so far. And I have a feeling that these next few days (and weeks) are going to get a lot better for me. I'll elaborate later.

I had so much fun reading everyone's Valentine's Day updates. Some were cute. Some were sentimental. Some made me jealous. All in all, it sounded like it was a great Valentines Day in the blog-osphere. 

What did I do? I worked and watched as flowers were delivered to the residents and my coworkers. What did Colon and I do for dinner? KFC and Taco bell. YUP... and I loved it. 

Keep in mind that Colon and I celebrated Valentines Day on Sunday night. He took me out to dinner at Ballyhoo's (an amazing restaurant) and I had such a great time. We then had a Star Wars Trilogy marathon. I had so much fun and I know Colon did, too. 

So, my Valentine's Day wasn't a typical romantic day but i got what I wanted. I don't need flowers or anything. All I need is for him to be here with me. So, I got what I needed!

Now, for a completely random story. Today, as I was sitting at work, I got the following text from my sister:

"Will you have a baby?"


Me: "What?


"You're old enough. i want to be an aunt. Christina is too young. You're at the PERFECT age! :)"


"JK. Don't tell mom I said that. She'd be pissed"


That was just the randomest thing and it made me laugh so hard! NO, I am not ready for a kid. I am not even married yet. So this message completely caught me off guard! Anyways, I know that was random. Just had to put it out there. Let's move on to something else...

I am on a roll with this "One Minute Writer" gig. I have done it for the last couple of days and I love doing it. Today's prompt is:

Day After: If the day after Valentine's Day was a holiday, what would it be called?

"I woke up with a horrible stomach ache. I should not have eaten all of those chocolates that Colon got me. Sure, I feel loved but my stomach is regretting all of the candy. The thing is, I still have a box of chocolates left. I shall finish them today on "Diets are non-existent" day"




I tried my best. I hope everyone is doing well!

XO 


I just realized how random this entire post was... WOW



Tuesday, February 14, 2012

OMW: Mistakes

I have great news! I don't have to deal with my horrible Blackberry! 
(No offense t anyone who loves Blackberry's... I have just had such a hard time with mine... missed calls and texts due to my phone being frozen)

So, yesterday I decided to do an early upgrade for my phone and I ended up leaving the Blackberry world and entering the Android world. I couldn't be happier. No more missed messages for me.

When you call... I will answer.

When you text...I will be able to read it. 

I love that I can check Facebook and Twitter without my phone freezing up. And the apps that are available! I love it. I can actually create a blog post on my phone! ooh-la-la!

Anyways... before I go to work, I want to respond to the "One Minute Writer" prompt. Today's prompt is:

Mistakes: What mistakes do you have the most difficulty tolerating?

"What is a mistake? If you have done the same thing repeatedly, then is it still a mistake? If it is, then it should not be tolerated, right? That just makes you a fool if you have not learned from it. " 




Not my best writing. I was at a loss when I read the prompt. Oh, well. It was still fun!

Oh and HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY 

XO


Happy Valentines day

I have seen this floating around on several blogs and I have decided to try it too. It originated on this blog.




Here I go!

----
1. How long have you and your significant other been together?

It will be 5 years in April. So excited!

2. How did you meet? 

To be honest, It really wasn't anything special. I mean...when I first met him, I did not think "This is the guy I am going to date".  Here, let me explain...

It had to be September or October of 2006. We were both in our 1st semester of Freshman year at UF and were utilizing the bus system. I had a class that ended at 8 and always had to take the bus home. He always played soccer at night and was either: 

a) riding the buses to campus so that he could play soccer
b)riding the bus to the dining hall
c)riding the bus from the dining hall, or
d) riding the bus home from playing soccer

Well, we would always see each other on the bus and not say a word. Finally, Colon said something. What did he say? 

"It's hot in here"

Yup. That's what he said. Oh, and he did a gesture with it, too. Being the shy person that I am, I only nodded. 

After that, we started talking to each other. I don't know what our first conversation was about, but we ended up taking the same Calculus class the next semester. After class, we would walk with each other for as long as we could before we had to split up to go to our respective classes. Then, one day I asked him to get ice cream with me. This one "hang-out date" turned into a daily routine. 

He never really asked me out. We just started dating. And here we are... four and three quarters of a year later.  Serious relationship!

3. If married, how long have you been married? If not, is this the guy you hope to marry?

We are not married but we talk about marriage here and there. We both see marriage in our future but both think that we have a couple things we need to accomplish before we get married. Here are a few of the things...

a) Colon graduate and get a full time job
b) I have to get a (serious) job and make sure I am financially independent. 
c)I have to pay off at least 1/2 of my student loans. This is extremely important to me. I do not want him to take on my debt.

4. If you are married, where did you get married at? Big or small wedding? If not, where would you like to get married? And will it be big or small?

Colon and I have been going back and forth about our wedding. I want a small wedding with family and a few close friends. He would like a huge wedding with all of his friends. So, I guess it will be "smig". We both have to compromise, right?

5. Do you have any nick-names that you call one another? Do Share!

Oh... we have a ton and they are extremely weird. I can't think of all of them, but the names that I use often are "Babu", and "Babulicious". He calls me "Boogaloo" and "Boogie". 

We also use the standard "Baby" and "Babe".

6. Name three things you love most about your honey.

The way he laughs. It is so cute and genuine. 

How much love I see in his expression when he looks at me. It melts my heart and makes me feel so special.

How much of a gentleman he is. I have seen him stop what he is doing to help an old lady with her bags. He still opens the car door (heck...any door) for me. He is such a cutie.

7. Tell us how he proposed? Or your ideal proposal?

I honestly do not have an "ideal" proposal. Just as long as it is not in front of a lot of people. I don't know why, I just don't want to be proposed to in front of a crowd. It's just pressure to react a certain way.

8. Is he a flowers and teddy bear kind of guy for v-day, or strawberries, champagne, and rose petals?

I would say both. Our first Valentines day, he got me flowers and a teddy bear. BUT, he is normally an extremely romantic guy, so I can definitely see him doing the "strawberries, champagne, and rose petals" thing.  

9. Are you a sunset dinner on the beach kind of girl, or pop a movie in and relax on the couch?

Oh, this is easy. The couch and I are BEST friends. PLUS, that is exactly what we did Sunday night.

10. Tell us one thing you'd like to do with your significant one day. If you could do anything? Go anywhere?

I would love to go to Europe. More specifically... France. 

11. Tell us what you plan on doing on this Valentine's Day.

We both have busy days...so... we celebrated this weekend. He took me to a restaurant and I stuffed my face. We then went home and watched Star Wars. yes, it sounds nerdy. But, I had so much fun! 

12. Are you asking for anything this Valentines day?

Not really. I am just asking that he be in town. And he is... so yeah. I guess I got what I wanted!

13. Give us a piece of advice for keeping a relationship strong and full of love.

I honestly think there are several things that are needed for a strong relationship. One needs to be themselves and make sure that they are "OK" with themselves. Once this is done, you can be an equal "contender" in a relationship. Compromise is important and communication is a must!

14. Show us a picture of what love means to you.



Hope you are enjoying the day and spending it with the one you love!

XOXO 



Monday, February 13, 2012

OMW: Helpless

I know it is late, but I really wanted to respond to "The One Minute Writer" prompt. Today's prompt is...

Helpless: What makes you feel helpless

Here's my entry:

"Helpless... I tried calling and get the machine. I leave a message and there is no return call. I wait and I wait. I miss you so much. This lack of communication is making me feel more and more helpless by the day. Is it my phone or is it just you. "



That was fun!

XO


Sunday, February 12, 2012

Zedis Lapedis: Some stress and a computer


Zedis Lapedis! 
(Do you remember where that is from?) 

It's Sunday and guess where I am? At home. How exciting, right? 

In a previous post, I mentioned that Colon and I would take advantage of today and tomorrow and take a trip because it will be the first time in a few months where I had two consecutive days off that overlap with Colon's days off. Well, that fell through because of school projects. I feel so bad for him because he has been working so hard. He has literally been working on this project for three days. He missed classes and has only taken a break to eat and sleep. He is extremely stressed and overwhelmed. 

So, we did not go on the trip. He is working on the project (which is due at 5pm today) and I am sitting here watching Cake Boss. he is almost done and his mood is improving by the minute. Although we could not take a trip, I am having fun watching this show, blogging, and spending time with him. 

While I was sitting here, I started to look at my blog stats (more specifically, the Search Keywords). All of them were normal, except for: " Short story dwarf who grants wishes in a jar". It made me laugh when I read it. 

Speaking of short stories, I am going to try "The One Minute Writer" prompt for today. The prompt is:

Computer: If you were to give your computer a name, what would it be?

Here I go...

"You are there for me when I have assignments. You help me keep up with news and blogs. You are silver and sleek. You are like a friend to me. I name you: 
TC (short for Trusty Computer)"

Yay, that was fun!


I am going to end today by recapping the week of happiness. I hope you enjoy it!

Have an amazing day!

XO



Monday February 6: Cake Boss A few seasons are on Netflix and I cannot stop watching this show. Buddy is amazing and so creative. Plus, all the cakes look extremely yummy! Tuesday February 7: New coworkers A month ago, three girls were hired at work and I was so nervous. I had no reason to be. They are awesome and I definitely love working with them! Wednesday February 8: Threading my eyebrows I have not gotten my eyebrows waxed in over a year. I have just had too many bad experiences with waxing. So, I get my eyebrows threaded and do not have any plans on going back. It is just so much cleaner and it's harder to make mistakes with threading. If you have never tried it, I definitely recommend you do. I promise that you will not be disappointed. Thursday February 9: Short Story Challenge I was so nervous to post my story at first. BUT, I had so much fun and do not regret participating. It was such a great idea and I plan to participate in another challenge Friday February 10: My sister getting into UCF and LSU I am so proud of her and I cannot say it enough. Saturday February 11: The One Minute Writer After the challenge, I decided that I would start responding to the prompts. I did my first one today and I loved doing it. It should help me with my writing. Sunday February 12: Chocolate Cake I made for Colon Yes, I made a cake for Colon the other day and we are munching on it right now. YUMMY!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Apt punishment and sleep...

I just want to warn you right now, this post is going to be extremely random. So much so, that I think I am going to categorize it as " Thoughts on a Saturday". 

***I saw this posted on someones Facebook wall last night and I was shocked. Watch it and let me know what you think:


I am appalled by the letter and the amount of disrespect that was portrayed in that letter. That is just disgraceful. I applaud him for this video, although I think shooting the laptop was a bit much. 

***I am so proud of my sister for getting into LSU and UCF. I felt so bad when she called me though. She called me crying because she did not get into UF and she had her heart set on going here. After calming her down, I told her to be optimistic and get excited. 

***This whole Google Friend Connect shut down has me freaked out. It finally dawned on me that I should look more into it and see how it would affect me. Then a couple of questions popped into my head but the one that bothers me the most is...

If I follow someone's blog using Google Friend Connect, will I lose the feed on my Google Reader?

In all of my worry, I created a Bloglovin account to keep up with the blogs. If I am going to lose blog feeds on Google Reader, then I will fully use Bloglovin.

***The other day, I tried the Short Story Challenge hosted by Ashley at Adventures of a Newlywed. You can see my entry here. I enjoyed doing it and have decided to work more on writing. A year ago, I discovered The One Minute Writer and loved the idea of it. The thing is, I was too scared to try it.

I am no longer going to be let fear stop me from doing things that I want to do. So, I am going to make something called " The One Minute Writer Challenge". I will try to respond to the prompts once a week.

How does "The One Minute Writer" work? Well, they post a daily writing prompt, and you have one minute to create a response. Cool, right? It's a great writing exercise.

Today's prompt is:

Sleep: Write about a memorable location where you've slept (besides your own home)


Here I go...

The trees were swaying. My boyfriend and I were tossing and turning. It was freezing and there wasn't enough blanket for both of us. We weren't prepared for this camping trip which is understandable since we both had never been camping before. We didn't get much sleep that night. 


What did you think? I'm obviously rusty!



Want to try? Check out the website! It won't disappoint! I guess I am done with the random thoughts for now. Hope your Saturday is going well!

XO


Friday, February 10, 2012

Knights or Tigers?

I just want to say...

CONGRATULATIONS to my little sister for getting into UCF and LSU. 

Now she has some big decisions. 

or


Both are great schools. I prefer UCF for selfish reasons (she will live 2 hours away from me), BUT I definitely think LSU is a great school and think she can go far with a degree from there. 

Decisions. Decisions. 

She needs to make one so i can stock up on my school gear! Although I am a GATOR (GO GATORS!!!!!!), I will proudly wear the logo of the school that she goes to!

So

Go KNIGHTS/ GEAUX TIGERS!

XO




Ashamed and Proud...

Something happened tonight (I am typing this at 11pm Thursday)... and I am quite ashamed and proud of myself at the same time. Let me explain...

Colon and I were having a great night. He took me to get Gelato and then we went to his soccer game. It was freezing, but his team won. When we first started walking to the car, everything was cheery. We were talking and laughing. Then it turned sour. He said something that I did not like, I warned him that I did not like it, and he kept going. Then... I snapped! I said "That's annoying" and I think the f-word slipped in. 

Yup. Not very nice. After I said it, I was shocked. It seriously just came out of my mouth. It was awkwardly quiet when we got into the car. I wanted to say "I am sorry", but something was holding me back. 

Do you know what it was?

My freaking pride. I did not want to be the one to "give-in". That is extremely sad. I did not say anything because I wanted to save face. I am so ashamed of that. 

I was in the wrong and I could not admit it. Sure, Colon said something that drives me insane. Sure, he knows that the comment he made drives me insane. BUT, I should NEVER have let the f-word come out. It wasn't what I said, it was the way I said it. And I said it using a word that I NEVER EVER use. 

And, I am ashamed. 

We got home and walked into the apartment. All was quiet. We got ready to relax around the house and we still didn't say anything. It was so awkward. 

While he was in the shower, I decided that I needed to be a grown up and apologize. So, I knocked on the door while he was in the shower and walked in. I apologized and it felt great. 

And, I am proud of the fact that I was able to ((finally)) swallow my pride and apologize.   

But, this post is about more than this one instance. It is amazing how anger can make you do and say things without thinking. It is also amazing how pride can take over. I now realize how much pride I have and how much I need to work on controlling my actions that are motivated by pride. 

Have you ever done something that you are ashamed of? Have you ever said/done something without thinking that was motivated by anger? Have you ever let your pride stop you from doing the right thing?

Well, I hope I didn't bore you! I just needed to throw these thoughts out there...

XO


Thursday, February 9, 2012

Short Story Challenge: The Dream last night seemed so real...

It's crazy how fast time is flying by, right? It's already Thursday. A couple of days ago, I mentioned that I stumbled upon this post which explained the Short Story Challenge. When I read about it, I immediately thought "I want to try that" but then I started to get nervous. Why? I have not written a short story since my first year in high school. I am not creative at all and am completely out of practice. After a lot of arguments with myself (yes... I promise I am not crazy), I decided that I would try it. Who cares what people think, right?

So, before I present my story, I will explain the premise of the challenge. We were given 25 first lines to chose from and from these first lines, we would create a 500 word short story.

So, here I go...
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     The dream last night had seemed so real, but it was just a dream, right? I have been asking myself that question all day.

     This computer screen is just a blur. My coffee is bland. I cannot focus on anything. It had to be real because I am exhausted and it feels like I have not slept all night. Did I sleep? I don’t even know anymore. All I know is that this dream felt real and I am so tired. Everything is getting hazy and my view is getting dark. I can feel the breeze and I can hear the rustle of the leaves as the wind blows through the trees.  But I can hardly see my own hand in front of my face.

     All I know is that I have been here before. The sounds of the crickets and frogs around me are familiar. I take a step forward and hear the sound of my footsteps. But wait. What was that sound? It’s as if someone else is close by. I strain my eyes to see through the darkness. But all I can see are the shadow of the trees and leaves. Then, all of a sudden I hear footsteps. They had to be a couple of feet away. I strained my eyes again and…


    Oh my God. There is a person. At least I think it is a person. I can’t see anything but a human outline in this darkness. I want to see who this is. As I take a few steps closer, this thing started to float farther away. I start to move faster and so does this mysterious figure. I have to catch this thing. I want to see what it is.

    I break into a sprint and start to gain some distance on it. I’m almost there. I can almost see its face, when all of a sudden it gets sucked into the ground. I am shocked, shaking, and scared. What the hell was that? Where did it go? I could have sworn it was right here and then…POOF, it’s gone. All that is left is a small purple button on the ground.

    All of a sudden I hear laughter and I start to feel the darkness fall away. It starts to become too bright and the laughing and conversation around me is too much. For some reason, I am actually shaking and am starting to feel clammy. Was that real? Of course it wasn’t. I am just going crazy. I just need to go home and relax. So I make my way home. The dream still playing through my mind. All of a sudden, I hear something fall to the ground. I start to keep moving, but then curiosity got the best of me. I look back, and I see a small purple object.

   Is that the button? The button from my dream?...
(To be continued...)

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What did you think? Can't you tell that I am out of practice. Oh well, who cares. All that matters is that I had fun and definitely got into it. I had so much more written that I think I may create a blog series from it. 



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I hope you enjoyed!

XO



Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Monday, February 6, 2012

Family weekend and Happiness Continued: January 23-February 5

Lookie here...Monday has arrived.

 The weekend went by so fast and I am finally able to hold down/in any food that I intake. You would think that the weekend would have been miserable, given that I was sick. But it wasn't. Thanks to my mom and sister. 

Yes...I shirked my duties. I missed work on Friday and Saturday. BUT I got to spend time with family and they babied took care of me ALL WEEKEND. It felt great.

Like I said before, I shirked my duties all weekend. I ended up calling off work on Friday. I made sure to rest and tried to pick up as much as I could. I didn't want my mom to visit a nasty, disorganized apartment. So, it was pretty much a lazy day with plenty of dates with the bathroom and plenty of calls to my mother and sister to see when they were on their way. [[I always get so impatient]]. I was so excited when I spoke to both my sister and mother at 5/6pm and they both said they were leaving their respective cities. (They were coming from opposite parts of the state that were 5 hours from Gainesville. My mom from Pensacola. My sister from Miami.)

So, I am excited...

and HUNGRY. But I cannot eat until they get here. What did we do?

Colon and I waited...

and waited...

and waited.

Until we could not wait any longer. We decided that we would go to Fridays (I had a bunch of coupons. AND keep this in mind...I paid for it during the night). Halfway through our meal, my mom gets into town. So, she joined us at Fridays. It was so nice to see her. I had not seen her for quite a while and it made me so happy. We went straight home after dinner and my sister ended up arriving at my apartment within minutes of us getting home.

There we were. The three of us reunited. The only person  missing was Alicia (my other full sister). It was a house full of estrogen. Poor Colon.

So, we stayed up talking... ALOT. We got caught up and we tired ourselves out. So, we went to bed and all slept soundly.

EXCEPT FOR ME. (and maybe Colon).

I woke up four hours later and basically regretted dinner for the next 4 hours. I should have just set up a bed in the bathroom. I was so sick. AND every time I got up or came back to bed, I would bother Colon.

So, Saturday started off crappy. (haha) But, it turned into a great day. Once my sister, mother, and I were ready, we headed out. My mom insisted on stopping at a CVS along the way. She wanted to get me medicine and water because she was worried about my becoming dehydrated. Once we bought everything, we were on our way. We headed to the Hoggetowne Medieval Fair and it was amazing. I wish I took more pictures because we had an amazing time. The lack of pictures is partly due to my being under the weather.



 After the fair, we picked up Colon and went bowling. We had such an amazing time.

 






MY MOM WON THE FIRST GAME...as always

   

I ACTUALLY BROKE 100 AND  I WON A GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We had a blast and it seriously tuckered me out. (Remember...I was sick). I was so tired that I passed out pretty early. All I remember is waking up on Sunday morning. Colon made us a traditional Ecuadorian dish for lunch and my mom and sister headed back home.

I miss them a lot. 

I still feel sick.

And reading blogs and updating my blog is definitely making me feel better. Actually, I just realized that I have not updated my "happiness continued" entries for the last two weeks. So... I am going to do that now. I promise I'll try to make it short and sweet... 

 Monday January 23: Sudoku puzzles Tuesday January 24: Reading other people's blogs... What can I say. I am now addicted and cannot go to sleep at night without reading everybody's blogs! Wednesday January 25: Making Colon's Valentine's Day cards... Yes! You read it correctly. I made several cards. Not just one. Now I just have to figure out what to get him. Decisions. Decisions. Thursday January 26: United States of Tara... Freaky? YES. But it is interestingFriday January 27: Gossip Girl...Need I say more? Saturday January 28: Blake Lively... Gorgeous! Another girl crush? Sunday January 29: Colon's haircut Monday January 30: Chris' puzzle Tuesday January 31: Colon working so hard... Yup...my man is working so hard and is managing a full plate. I love seeing him successfully managing a full schedule Wednesday February 1: Quizno's... I had it for the first time in a year...super yummy.Thursday February 2: Colon taking care of me while I was sick Friday February 3: Mom and Christina coming into town Saturday February 4: Hoggtowne Medieval Faire Sunday February 5: Ceviche made by baby

So, I started this post before I went to work and it is now time for me to go to bed. It's been a long day and this is an extremely long post. I'll end it with the following message that was sent to me by my boyfriend:

"you don't belong in the kitchen, you belong in my heart [<3]"

Isn't he cute?

Night blogosphere!

XO 

Friday, February 3, 2012

Shirking my duties

Yesterday was quite interesting. It was supposed to be my long day at work. But it was cut short and that is not something to be happy about. All of a sudden, my stomach started to cramp and I started to get light headed and queasy.

I went home, thinking that all I needed was sleep. NOPE. I had a couple of dates with the bathroom sink. All of my food came back up a couple of times and it wasn't pretty. I have been nursing this queasy unsettled stomach since last night and there is no end in site. 

I feel horrible because 

a) I had to leave work early last night
b) I had to call off today
c) I might have to call off tomorrow. At the moment, I feel as bad as I did last night. AND I am not holding down any food. 

Way to shirk my work duties...right?

On a happy note...

My mom and sister are coming to visit. (They are actually coming in late tonight). It has been quite a long time since I have seen them and I am extremely excited. 

Cheers to a sickly-fun weekend with family!

XO





Thursday, February 2, 2012

Excel, girl crushes, and short stories...

It's Thursday! Tomorrow is Friday! We are one day closer to the end of the week. YAY! 

I am quite tired from a long work day and think I will just jump into the thoughts that come to mind...

**** One of my 43 Things goal was to pay off my student loans. Guess what... I started to get my first student loan bills in December and my first payment was due on January 28th. It was so easy to take out the loan. You request the amount, they approve it, and you get your money. Now, my payments are due and I started to realize how long it will take to pay off my debts. It seems like forever. SO, I decided to create a budget. No more spending money on crap I don't need. All of my extra money is going to pay off these loans. 

****Excel is amazing. I use it for work. I use it for school. NOW, I use it for my budget. I created an excel document with different sheets. I basically created a sheet for each of the following:

Each of my two credit cards
Each of my student loans (Federal loans and private loans)
My budget
Each of my bank accounts.

I can track each and every account on my excel sheet. Every purchase I make will be tracked. Every deposit I make will be tracked. Every PAYMENT I make will be tracked. 

I am so excited. It makes me feel like I am accomplishing something whenever I look at my excel sheet!

I cannot wait until I am debt-free!!!!!!

**** My mom's coming. I had no idea that she was planning on coming until my sister called me. This is how the conversation went:

Me: "Hello?!? I miss you. How is everything?"
C: "I'm good. Are you sure it's OK that we are coming this weekend?"
Me: "Wait...what?..."

Yup. I had no idea. But, I was (and still am) extremely excited! So is Colon. He loves my mommy! 

Yay for surprises. 

**** Gossip Girl. I know that I am behind. But, I saw that the first four seasons were on Netflix and decided to watch it. Now I am HOOKED. I love the show and really get into it. It's kind of sad. These girls are so devious. Especially Blaire. I want to strangle her sometimes. 

 I am obsessed!

 AND I think I realized another girl crush. Blake Lively is just gorgeous!

**** I am going to mention work now. But, I promise it will be short. The manager at the property I work at is absolutely amazing. We (the staff and the residents) are lucky to have her. She knows what she is doing and really wants the best for residents. She will do whatever she can (within her means) to make our property the best place to live in town! I know she don't hear it enough and I am just going to shout it out here on this blog!

**** I love my boyfriend, but the week old pile of clothes by the bed is driving me crazy. I mention it to him twice a day and it seriously goes in one ear and out the other. I have given him "deadline" ("If it's still here tonight/tomorrow/in a couple of hours/etc then...) after deadline to no avail. 

I love you baby, but please pick up your sh Stuff

**** I think I disappointed a friend yesterday. We had made plans to go to a play. I was excited to see her since I had not hung out with her in a while. Well, she texted me on Monday to see if I could reschedule for Thursday. Unfortunately, I was not able to because of work. I guess i got the wrong idea, because I assumed that we were cancelling for Wednesday. So Wednesday comes. I didn't hear from her all day.

BUT, it turns out that my STUPID phone did not receive the messages. So, 8pm rolls around and i got a dozen texts from her.

I feel horrible and I feel like such a bad friend. How can I make it up to her?

**** I hate my phone. It freezes all of the time. I miss important calls/ texts and receive them hours later. I also can't make calls or send texts because half the time it is frozen. BOOOOOOO!

**** SO I stumbled across an interesting link up on this blog. It's called the Short Story Challenge. She gave 25 story starters (first sentences of the story) and you create a 500 word short story. Sounds cool, right?

I thought it was cool and my first instinct was to join in. Then I realized a couple of things...
-I am a horrible writer
-I am scared of what people will think of my writing/ story
-Is it weird for me to try it out when I have never commented on her blog before (oh the awkward troubles of a blogger)  

I decided that I would pick the line and try to write something. If I can't come up with anything, then I won't link-up. BUT, if I do, then I will chug along and link-up. Who cares what others think, right? I started my blog for the sole purpose of expressing myself. It was for me. Nobody else. If people read. GREAT. If they don't like it, then they don't have to read it! 

So yes, I will enter if I come up with a story... (I totally just convinced myself to enter while writing this!)

Hope your Thursday was amazing.

XO




Wednesday, February 1, 2012

I wish I could hit a ball...

So, today was quite a productive day. I got a lot done and can honestly say with a straight face that I did something!

I read back over my latest posts and noticed that I have been slightly gloomy. I don't exactly know why. I have been in a good mood. I have my boyfriend here with me. Work is keeping me busy and entertained.

Sure. There was the accident. That scared me and made me more aware of how short life is. But, I have been positive and have realized that I am so lucky to have the life I have.

Sure, there have been the crazy, selfish, entitled people at work. But that's normal for retail/ costumer service, right? I have been positive and have turned it into a wise-up experience.

The point is, I have been quite happy and quite satisfied but I still have sounded gloomy in my posts. I promise I am not that whiny in real life.

Now that we established that, let's talk about how lazy I am and how I wish that I was more... 

Physically fit. 

Yes. I said it. I am sitting here at my sexy man's (yes I call him that) soccer game and I am amazed at how many people actually LIKE playing soccer (or any sport for that matter). They actually shuffle their daily tasks around to play.

I wish I was that motivated. I wish that I had some kind of athletic talent. I wish I actually LIKED playing sports.

Scratch that. I like sports. I like WATCHING them. Football. Soccer. Basketball. Beisbol. I like them all. As long as I am WATCHING them.

Kind of sad, huh?!?

So, I wish I wasn't just rambling. I wish I had an encouraging message. I wish I was going to say

" I am going to put myself out there and just play"

BUT, I'm not going to lie. I am just comfortable on my couch, watching TV and working on my crafts.

I am just comfortable in my bed, having a date with my kindle.

I am just comfortable being lazy!!!

XO


PS... I am not that lazy. I actually LIKE to swim and will make time in my day to swim laps! I have to practice my old swimming technique!