Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Diversions...

Spotted: A blogger that has been lacking in motivation to create posts. 

Yup. That's me. So much has been going on lately. You would think that I would have so much to write about,  since I have been busy EVERY weekend this month, but the motivation has eluded me. 

Colon has been gone for a little over a week and I miss him so much. I was so worried about him going because he was not so sure about his internship in Arizona. BUT, he did what he always does and made the best of it. He went out there and met people. He was already going out to meet friends on his first day there. So, he is doing well.

How am I doing? I am actually doing great. Falling into my loner tendencies and loving it. Sprinkle in a little time with great friends and my awesome family. 

I may have mentioned that I took a trip to Ikea two weekends ago. It was the weekend after Colon left. I just wanted to stay in and relax. Hell. Let's be honest. I wanted to mope. BUT that isn't what happened. My friend made sure that I had someone to be with. We drove to Orlando to shop. [Retail therapy is the best!]

Our first stop: Mall of the Millenia
We ate and then walked the mall. I really did not buy anything here because
a)I'm cheap
b) I knew I had to buy furniture
c) I did not find anything that I LOVED.

But, I did end up buying Godiva chocolate covered strawberries and shared them with my friend. YES. We did stand in the middle of the mall and eat the strawberries. We are cool like that!

Our second stop: IKEA
BEST. STORE. EVER.
So much fun and it takes forever to get through it. I ended up getting a desk for our office/ guest bedroom and a TV unit for the living room. 

Desk found here

TV unit found here


Our third stop: Florida Mall
We came here just for H&M. Enough said. 

So, I was successfully diverted from thinking about Colon leaving. I had an amazing time and am so thankful for my friend. She is amazing and does not even know how much she means to me. It's weird because I don't let people into my little bubble and she has successfully penetrated the walls that I have put up. 
So....

My dear friend, I love you! You know who you are!

Let me refocus from that lovey-dovey tangent. I was talking about the hectic life that I have been living this past few weeks. I have mentioned Colon leaving and my first weekend without him here. Work has consumed my life and I have been intent on getting everything unpacked.

This past weekend (Memorial weekend) was amazing. My younger sister attended her UCF orientation in Orlando and they were driving through. They stayed with me on Saturday and Sunday and I had so much fun. It was great to see them and I started to realize how grown up my sister is. She's going to college. I cannot believe it. 

When they left, it was hard. They had to leave on Sunday and it was the first time that I felt lonely. I did not particularly want to do anything or see anyone. I just felt lonely. It was storming and I did the thing that I always do. Turn on Netflix for some background noise and read a book.  

I am tuckered out and have to head to bed, but I thought it only fair to catch you up on the details of the past few weeks. I promise that a recap on my NYC trip is coming soon with pictures and all. 

Much love and stay dry!

XO 

Lourdes






Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Another book down...

Yup. You read that right.

 I finished another book. 

The last time I wrote about this resolution, I mentioned that I was reading Wideacre by Philippa Gregory. I read the series when I was younger but did not remember too much of the story. All I could recall was how unhappy I was when I realized that I finished the series. So, I decided to reread it. 

OH MY GOD. 

The book is TWISTED. I forgot how messed up it was. BUT I could not put it down and I highly recommend that you read it. I warn you though. There is incest and other disturbing actions in this book. But I was intrigued by how passionate Beatrice, the main character, was. She risked everything and planned every action to gain the land for herself and her children. This woman was driven and so strong. 

I found myself hating Beatrice but at the same time I wanted to protect her. I constantly said, "No, don't do it Beatrice" and "She deserves this but she has to find a way to stop it". I was so conflicted.

I don't want to ramble on and bore you. So, I will stop here. I hope you will pick up this book and read it. I promise you will not be disappointed!

And another book gets added to the list:

1. Dracula -Bram Stoker
2. The Vampire Chronicles: Interview with the Vampire -Anne Rice
3. The Vampire Chronicles: The Vampire Lestat -Anne Rice
4. The Vampire Chronicles: The Queen of the Damned - Anne Rice
5. The Vampire Chronicles: The Tale of the Body Thief -Anne Rice
6. The Hunger Games -Suzanne Collins
7. Catching Fire- Suzanne Collins
8. Mockingjay -Suzanne Collins
9. Alice in Wonderland -Lewis Carrol
10. Memoirs of a Geisha
11. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button- F. Scott Fitzgerald
12. Wideacre -Philippa Gregory

That's 12 for the year! Maybe I should extend this resolution to 24 books for the year. What do you think?

XOXO






Oh, the things you learn...

Things I have learned so far this week...

1. Squirrels will "make babies" anywhere; even in the middle of the street. Oh, and they do not care if a car is coming. They will not move. 

2. I miss my dad and brother so much. I talked to my sister the other night and I could not help but cry. 

3. Cooking isn't so bad. I have not eaten out (minus my trip to Orlando) in quite awhile. I have been making my own meals and have been quite content. Now I just need a recipe book. 

4. I love having a girlfriend that lives close by. It makes Colon's absence that much easier. Plus, it  stops me from going too deep into my loner tendencies. 

5. My dad's side of the family is stressful and crazy. I used to think that I liked that side of the family better, but as the years go bye, I am learning otherwise. They have taught me that adults are just overgrown kids that do not have anyone to check their actions. 

6. My sister graduates in two weeks and I am so excited and proud of her. She's going to be college-bound soon. 

And that is all for now!

XO





Sunday, May 20, 2012

Five things...

about me that you may not know.

1. I squeegee my shower every day. It's very Mr. monk of me.

2. I have an obsession with whisks. Every time I go to a store and see a whisk, I am tempted to buy them. Especially if they have cool designs on them. 

3. I am a loner and love my alone-time. So, do not be offended if I don't call or if I don't want to hang out all the time. Yes, I quiet night by myself sounds amazing to me and I would not give it up for the world. So, if I actually invite you somewhere or invite you into my home, that means I like you!

4. The feel of cotton balls and the sound that they make when you pull on them makes my teeth uncomfortable and the hairs on my arm stand up. I hate it!

5. I can watch the same movies over and over and over again. It's sad. Once I watch a movie that I like, I will put it on before I go to bed and fall asleep. Don't believe me? Ask Colon! It drives him crazy.

And now to watch Pride and Prejudice.

Night!



Saturday, May 19, 2012

Here I am...

Saturday morning in my new apartment. The first weekend that I am spending here and I am savoring it.

Yes, Colon did leave yesterday, but I think that I have already fell into the role of being in a long distance relationship. This is like the thousandth fourth or fifth time that Colon has headed out on an internship, so I am quite used to this. The good thing is that the internship is for three months instead of the six months that I am used to.

No, it was not easy for me to see him leave. I find that I brood about his leaving on the days before he leaves. That was the case this time. We had an amazing time in New York but the minute that we got on the plane to come back home is when it hit me. I tried to act normal but Colon knows me. He knew that I was thinking about it and he kept saying "At least it's only 3 months (instead of 6) and summer will go by so fast". Fast forward to yesterday. I cried but just a bit. I drove him to pick up his rental car and then we met up for dinner at Zaxby's.

That is where our departing scene happened. Nothing dramatic. We moved everything from my car to his. We hugged and kissed. We got into our cars and we looked at each other through the window for a few seconds. Then I made myself leave.

I didn't go straight home. I couldn't. That would make me feel worse. I had friends that I could hang out with, but I knew I needed alone time. (It's the loner in me). So, I did what I always do. I went to Ross and shopped for a little bit. Yup. Retail therapy. Some say it does not work but it does. I left the store feeling 10 times better and with my thoughts finally in perspective.

So, I spent the night alone in my new apartment and it was not too bad. I cleaned, organized, and relaxed. I got to Skype with my friend Chris. This made me feel ten times better.

Now, I am feeling better and am extremely excited for this shopping day with one of my best friends. She is amazing and is always there for me. So, CHEERS to a shopping day with an amazing friend.

So excited!!!

Oh and I promise to recap my trip to New York with you soon!

XO



Friday, May 18, 2012

He's leaving

...and I don't know what to do or how to feel. I'm so excited for him but I am going to miss him so much.

We are driving to the airport so he can pick up a rental car. And then he leaves.

I'll miss him so much.

Baby, I LOVE YOU!!!

XO Lourdes

Friday, May 11, 2012

NYC here we come

...we just boarded and are ready to go. Can't you tell?
...why does he always make that face?
Over and out
XO Lourdes


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Psst...

Blogworld... Do you copy?

I have been a complete stranger lately and am afraid that is going to change. I just wanted to peek my head in and say "Hi". It's been completely busy lately. 
We picked up the keys to our new apartment (YES), 
I got my beautiful camera (double YES), 
we had our 5 year anniversary (triple yes),
we traveled to Miami to go to baby Camila's baptism (quadruple yes),
AND...

Now we are heading to Tampa to fly out to New York. This time tomorrow, we will be walking around New York.

SO EXCITED!

Over and out


 

Saturday, May 5, 2012

A few things...

I have learned in the last two days:

1. If you plan to leave on a Friday after work for a trip stick to the schedule you set.

2. If you don't follow #1 and decide to leave REALLY early the next day, then don't rely on your boyfriend (or significant other) to set the alarm. He will forget to set it AND you will wake up late.

3. If you wake up late you will have to rush.

4. With the lack of sleep and the stress from rushing, you BOTH will be exremely grouchy and lose patience with each other. GUARANTEED!

On a side note, Colon's niece is adorable. EXTREMELY adorable!

That's all for now. Hope you are having an amazing day!

XO Lourdes

Oooohhhh...and I saw a cool biker gang on I75 on my way to Miami. Sorry for the horrible picture.