Friday, November 30, 2012

Where is AZ anyways?

Let's toast to it being Friday night. Thank God.

This week has been extremely busy at work and it feels good to know that I will have 2 days of rest before going back. How did I spend the rest of my afternoon? Shopping, of course. Christmas is right around the corner and I have to finish things up.

...and I am all tuckered out from shopping so I am going to leave you with my second "journal" entry.

October 29

And the research has started. I was so intimidated by the research at first. But, now I think I have the hang of it. I am also realizing that as the research progresses, I am becoming more and more excited about the move. 

I am embarrassed to say this, but I actually had to pinpoint the exact location of Arizona. I knew it was between Texas and California but had NO IDEA that New Mexico was between Texas and Arizona. I'm a horrible American. I know! Just in case you needed a visual, I will post a Google map. 

Once I figured out WHERE my future home state was, it was important that Colon and I decided on my last day at my job. I have been so caught up in dreaming about our move that I have been able to push the sadness aside. But it finally hit me today when Colon and I started talking about the logistics of the move. 

Colon starts work on January 21st and we would like to have a week to move and get settled. This means that we would have to start the moving process by the 12th. As in January 12th. AS IN JANUARY 12TH. That is two and a half months away. It sounds like a long time but I am not a fool. I know that the time will fly by. Especially with the holidays  between now and then. 

So yes. Once I realized how close the move actually is, I realized that there is a little bit of sadness being hidden by the excitement. Sadness stemming from my love for my coworkers. They are amazing and I am so lucky to have had the opportunity to work with people that are not only coworkers. 
They are my friends. 
They are people I care about. 
They are people I trust. 
They are people I would like to keep in touch with.

This is why I was so nervous to tell them about my leaving. Of course, I had told them about the possibility of my moving. But it was only JUST a possibility. It wasn't finalized. but today, I told my boss. And it wasn't that bad. It definitely feels good to get rid of all this anxiety.

So... I am continuing my housing research and having fun with checking out all the options. By the time you read this, I probably will have already found somewhere to live. Fingers crossed!


...And I STILL do not have a clue where I will be living. But that's OK because we will know in two or three weeks when we go visit Arizona and look at places to live.

Hope everyone is having a great night!


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Let's lighten the mood...

Yesterday's post was heavy and I feel so much better after letting that out. Thanks for reading and putting up with my depressing post. 

To lighten up the mood, I decided that I would inform all of you of the things that have brought a smile to my face lately... hopefully they bring a smile to yours.

+First and foremost, you have to watch this trailer. 

How excited are you to see this movie? 
I am absolutely ecstatic. 
I cannot wait!

+ I read somewhere (on a blog or an online article) that it is important for couples to go to bed at the same time. You don't have to go to sleep, you just have to be in bed together. This is something that Colon and I have been failing to do the last couple of months. He has been so busy with school and studying has been forcing him to stay up until the wee hours of the morning. I have to wake up early and always end up in bed by midnight the latest. 

SO, I thought we could try out the "in bed at the same time" thing and mentioned it to Colon. Ever since I have mentioned it, Colon has actually made an effort to make it happen. Such a sweet boy. 

+I recently discovered this blog by Dan Pearce and he has quickly become one of my favorite bloggers. The last couple of posts that he has written has had me in tears. I have taken an instant liking to him and wish that we could be friends!

+I am loving the Christmas music and all of the Christmas decor that has been popping up everywhere. If only it would snow in Florida... 

+I have completed my Christmas gift list and have bought half of the gifts. Now I have to finish buying everything and my bank account is yelling at me right now!

+ This video from last year is awesome! 

Can you tell that I am in  the Christmas Spirit?

...and I am going to link up. Even if it's not Wednesday :)


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Is there something wrong with me?

So... I have been dealing with something lately. I have never mentioned it before. Not even to Colon. But it's bothering me and I cannot keep it in any longer. It has something to do with this post and this post.

So, a couple of month's ago, my boyfriend lost his brother. It has been hard on the family, but they seem to be doing well. They are strong and although they are hurting they are getting through everything together. 

The reason I bring this up tonight is because of a recurring thought that has been haunting me. It became too much last night. I needed to let it out. Write it down. Verbalize what I have been thinking.

 It became too much when I was sitting in a UF lecture room listening to my boyfriend give his last speech to the members of a society that he has been a part of since his sophomore year of undergrad. In this speech, he was trying to inspire the members. Give them advice. Make them stronger. He started the speech off by mentioning his brother. 

That was when I lost it. I started crying. Why do I always do that? Why is it that I cannot keep it together when he is so strong?

My boyfriend obviously admires his brother and his loss has strengthened him. He has used it for fuel. And this is why I love him so much. 

But I have gone off track. 

I will never forget that call. The one where Colon was hysterical on the phone. I will never forget the pain I heard in his voice. I will never forget the pain I felt in my heart for the man I love. I will never forget the pain I felt in my heart from the loss of someone that I loved like a brother.

 I will also never forget the things that were going through my head. Especially one thought in particular. That one thought that I am ashamed of. That one thought that I still have to this day.

"Thank God that it was not Colon".


I wrote it. 

So selfish.

 How could I even think that when someone has lost their life? That makes me such a horrible person. Doesn't it? How could something like that even come to my head. I feel so guilty

How could I?

Is there something wrong with me?


...and if you want to read an inspiring post that will make you cry than check this post out by Dan Pearce

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

AZ: On our way...p1

Hey ya'll... Tuesdays are boring. Aren't they?

Anyways... I don't have much to say today and though it would be nice to finally post my first journal entry about our upcoming move to Arizona.
October 23, 2012

I am sitting here with so many emotions. I am so nervous. Yet I am so excited. It sucks because I am sitting her typing up a blog post that cannot be posted for another month or so. 

I have mentioned before about moving to Arizona. It is becoming more real by the second. I remember when Colon and I first started talking about it. He was in Arizona for his internship and he called me to speak about something "important". I remember when he told me. I started crying. I reacted horribly and I knew it. I just could not help myself. I could not imagine leaving my beautiful, sunny Florida. leaving the state that I grew up in. Leaving me family. 

Dropping everything for him. <---That is actually how I thought about it. 

My view has changed drastically over the last couple of months. At first, Colon was starting work in August 2013. Then it turned into January 2013. I felt so pressured. I told him I would move within 6 months of him leaving. But, I kept going back and forth in my mind. What was REALLY keeping me here. In Gainesville. My sisters are on their own doing their own thing. My mom is in a different part of the state. There was nothing tethering me to this town. 

Hell. Colon and I have been together for more than 5 years. We have talked about the future. We know what we want from each other. What was REALLY holding me back? I still do not have the answer to this, BUT I know a part of what was keeping me here was FAMILIARITY. I know the city. I have friends here. 

I just had to remember that an important person would be leaving soon. And he was not coming back. The person i want to spend my life with was moving to Arizona and he asked me to go with him. 

When did I make the decision to go with him? 

A couple of weeks ago. I was still going back and forth with my decision. Then, Colon's brother and parents came into town. The hour before they left, they sat at the dining table and started to talk about the Arizona move. They were actually starting to plan it out. As they started to talk about it, I knew that I wanted to go. No matter how scary it seemed, I was willing to go because I knew Colon would be there right with me. 

Once his parents left, we were sitting on the couch watching TV and I got up the nerve to tell him. you should have seen his face. He was all smiles. The past few weeks, I have caught him looking at me. He's had this goofy grin and he will randomly say "I cannot wait to move and show you Arizona" or "I cannot wait to start our 'new' life". He's so excited. 

And he isn't the only one. So am I. I have been bursting at the seams and cannot get enough of researching the city. We have been facing SO MANY questions. Questions like ...

*Where are we going to live? House or apartment?  I have spent the last couple of days researching and emailing apartment complexes. I have also been looking at houses for rent. This is not an easy task and I want to make sure to actually SEE our options before we make a decision. That leads to the next question...

*When are we going to see the city? We are sure as hell going to see the city before we make a housing decision. The toughest part about making this happen is deciding when we will go. We HAVE to be in Arizona by January 21. This is the day that Colon starts work. The thing is, there are so many things to consider. We still have school events and the holidays to consider. So, with everything we have on our plate, we booked our Arizona trip for December 14-18. 

I am just so excited and wish I could announce this to the world. But I cannot. I have to make sure that I have everything settled with work. I want to make sure that I give notice before start blabbering on about it on here. 

What's on my to-do list for now?

1. Find a place to live.
2. Give notice at work. 
3. Find out how early I should let my job know of my intentions to leave. 


Anyways. By the time you read this, I will have done most of the things on that (small) to-do list.

Much love!


Colon and I will be visiting Arizona next month, less than 3 weeks away! So that has been solved. AND I obviously have told my job about my intentions to leave.

So, is there anyone out there in Arizona that is reading this? Anything you can tell me about Arizona? Any places that I should be sure to visit and check out? What is there to do?

...and with that I am going to go. Love you all!


Monday, November 26, 2012

SOMETIMES I get jealous...

Hi all... 

I can't believe it's actually Monday. I have been thinking it was Monday for the last two days and now that I have almost completed the day, I am in shock. The days have been flying by and I just can't keep track of them. AND I know they will keep flying by now that Thanksgiving has brought in the Christmas holiday season. (Which I absolutely LOVE).

Oh and see The Sims? Love that game and Colon got me that, too. AWESOME!

Oh, and if you follow me on Instagram (@lechagar) then you know that Colon got me a Kindle Fire HD over the weekend. He actually surprised me with it last night and I could not put it down. I had an older generation Kindle and was absolutely in love with it. When the Fire HD was announced, I was looking forward to upgrading and I did not doubt that it would be a great product. My older Kindle has never let me down. So yes. I have been playing with it and downloading apps like crazy. I also took advantage of the bright screen and spent time reading in bed this morning before I had to start getting ready for work.

As I stated yesterday, I have been relaxing lately. This gave me enough time to get some blog posts ready and to catch up on my blog reading. One post that really got to me and mirrored my thoughts was this post by Deidre at Decoy Betty. (Have you read it?... Go read it...I'll wait...)

 I have followed her for a while and can honestly say that I look forward to her posts. Anyways, the post that hit home (and is linked above) is about "blog envy". AND "blog envy" or "blog jealousy" is something that I experience at times (Not often, but I do experience it!). I follow many blogs and sometimes feel the need to check out how many followers that person has. OR I check out how many comments the blogger gets per post. 


SOMETIMES it makes me sad

SOMETIMES it makes me self conscious

SOMETIMES I get upset

...and then I start to think about how much I love writing my blog. It's my personal journal that I am putting out there. BUT, I DO NOT write it for anyone other than myself. The minute that I start writing for others, is the minute that I need to STOP blogging. 

I refuse to be that person that leaves a comment on other peoples blogs just to write some half-assed thought and end it with "FOLLOW ME". That's just not me. 

I don't know. I may not have many followers but I adore the people who do follow my blog. So I will not feel bad about not having 1000+ followers. I am happy with my small little blog space! It's all mine!

OH and just so people know, I have not followed a single person through GFC since that huge change many many months ago. I have switched over to Bloglovin and follow everyone through that site. So don't be offended if you don't see me following you on GFC. I am most likely following you on Bloglovin!


Now to something totally different. In a couple of my blog posts, I mentioned that I have been getting ready for a new chapter in my life. I could not really say what it was since things were not in place yet, but it seems that I can start blabbing about it on this here blog. 

So, my last life chapter started when I left home and came to college. It basically took place in Gainesville. After about 6 years in this college town, I will be starting a new chapter in Arizona. Six months ago, I blogged about Colon starting a summer internship in Arizona. You can see the post here. We had NO IDEA that he would like it so much. At first, he was dreading the internship because... well... It was Arizona. He had never been there and was not familiar with the area.   

And then... he started telling me about job offers in Arizona which lead to this post. Yup. I freaked out and started to really think about things. I was scared of the unknown and that post showed it. As I reread that post, I realize that I was trying to convince myself. 

It's funny how far I have come in just a couple of months. My thoughts have changed and I have agreed to move to Arizona. I have been keeping it in for the last couple of months since I had not formally told my job. Yes, my boss was aware of my decision since I gave her a heads up but it was not widely known. 

I did not want to go announcing it here until it become known within the company. Today was that day. The "we are looking for someone to take so and so position at so and so property" went out today and now people know. So that means I can start blogging about everything. That also means that I can start posting the 4 or 5 "journal" posts that I have written the last few weeks. Yay!

I am excited. Yet oh-so nervous! I have no idea what Arizona is like. God help me!

Night blog world.


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Laziness is taking over my life...

Such a lazy Sunday and I wouldn't change anything about it! I caught up on the rest I desperately needed and woke up refreshed. So refreshed that I decided to go to the gym. Wait...what? Let me repeat:

I went to the gym.

Yes and I felt amazing after I went. I then took the time to clean Norton's tank. He definitely needed it. That has been my day in a nutshell. It's been filled with TV watching, waiting for Colon, and uber laziness. 

Oh, do you know what has been consuming my thoughts the last 2 days? Huge, overgrown, giant roaches. It all started yesterday. I was taking a shower and all was well. I then pulled on the towel from the shower rod and something fell on my head. I freaked and then the thing on my head fell on my foot. Guess what it was...

If you guessed "roach" then you are correct. I yelled and screamed and jumped out of the shower. Yeah. This was traumatic. I could not stop thinking about it. Then, this morning I noticed a HUGE roach crawling in the corner of the room. Bah. You can imagine how freaked out I am. I'll be sleeping with roach spray on my bedside table. 

Anyways... since I have nothing else to write about (Yes... my life is quite boring), I am going to participate in the Sunday Social link up

Sunday Social

1. Name 4 jobs you’ve had in your life: 

* a Chemistry stockroom assistant
*Cleaner with Student Maid for a few months
*Leasing specialist for Gainesville Place (I highly recommend this complex for students looking  for housing in Gainesville)
*Rental manager for an apartment complex

2. Name 4 movies you would watch over and over: 

*The whole Harry Potter series

*The Lord of the Rings series

* Home Alone movies (The one's with Macaulay Caulkin)

* He Loves Me... He Loves Me Not

I guess that makes it 14 movies... 

3. Name 4 places you have lived:

* Pensacola, Florida
*New Orleans, Louisiana
*Miami, Florida
*Gainesville, Florida

I'm a Florida girl!

4. Name 4 of your favorite foods: 

Rabo encendido ( I will devour the Cuban style dish all day everyday! For those that do not know what it is, it's an oxtail stew. YUMMMY!!!!!)

* Sinigang (Filipino dish)

*Lumpia (Filipino eggrolls)

* Basically anything Filipino and most Hispanic foods

5. Name 4 things you always carry with you: 

*Phone (Android not iPhone!)

*Monies whether it is in a wallet or not

*Tampons (If I don't need it, someone will. Might as well have them. 

*Kindle. You never know when you will need it!

6. Name 4 places you have been on vacation:

*St. Lucia

*Dominican Republic


*New York

Much more, but these are the ones I thought of immediately.

...and I think I'll go. Much love everyone and hope your weekend has been as relaxing as mine has been.


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Some time to myself...

My family has left and I have no idea what to do with myself. I miss them already and I am also missing Colon terribly. Although I miss everybody, I am still feeling relieved because I am pretty sure I will be able to catch up on much needed sleep that has eluded me the last couple of days. I also get to have a day to myself and regroup. 

Well... today has been an emotional day. We went shopping (yes...more shopping) for some odds and ends.  I insisted on going to the reptile store so that I could show my mom the type of tortoise that I will be getting want to get in the future. Once we finished up shopping and hanging out, it was time for my mom to leave. It was so hard to let her go. 

The saddest part about her leaving is that she witnessed her daughters (my sister and I) get into a small argument. (***This is one of the reasons why I said today was quite emotional). Yes. We did. My sister was debating whether to leave today or tomorrow and I suggested that I drive down with her since Colon would be driving back up tomorrow. I was excited to see Colon and I LOVE car trips. Apparently, she was not liking the suggestion because she told me that she would rather stay here and leave tomorrow than drive five hours with me. She also said that she can handle me here in the apartment since there were other rooms to retreat to, but she would not be able to retreat in the car.

How did I respond? 

I responded like an adult....

and cried.

 Not my best moment. I was hurt and the tears just came. I managed to stop myself from crying and put on a  brave face to say farewell to my mom. I was ready to be alone. I was discouraged from going down and was ready for my sister to hightail it out of here. But she felt guilty and decided to stay for a little bit. So, we watched the Gator game. It was a stressful game and I swear I almost had a heart attack several times during the game. You see, this game was a rivalry game against Florida State University (FSU) and there are always crazy things happening during  rivalry games. The score flip-flopped throughout the game, but in the end the better team, my team, won. 

And because a rivalry game is not complete without trash talk, I will post something I saw online:

Look closely at her face...
Found here

It was hard going on Facebook during the game. People can be so mean and stoop extremely low with the trash talking. It's kind of embarrassing!

The good thing about watching it with my sister is we got to talk and she apologized. She ended up explaining that road trips are soothing to her and looks forward to taking those trips alone. That was when I understood that she was a fellow loner and I forgave her. I love my sister.

So... the people I love left and are either at home or on their way home. Since they have been gone, I've been watching Home Alone and Snapchatting with them. They showed me the Snapchat app and I am addicted!

Check it out. I promise you'll have fun.

And I realize that I have jumped from subject to subject so I am going to say good night for now!

Love you all!


Friday, November 23, 2012

I'm a horrible GF that LOVES to shop!

I hope everyone has had a great Thanksgiving! I definitely have. 

I didn't wake up too early to go shopping today (Thank God!). The only thing that sucked is I (kind of) forgot that today was Colon's birthday. I feel so guilty and I am so ashamed. I seriously went to bed with a horrible headache last night and kept telling myself that I could not forget his birthday...

and that is what happened. He ended up calling me around 7 am while we were driving to our first shopping destination  We had a whole conversation and at the end he said "Are you forgetting something?". 

My response? "What is today's date?... OMG Happy Birthday baby". I am a horrible girlfriend. Shoot me now!

So, here's a shout out to my AMAZING boyfriend that I am sooooo thankful for!



...and now for an Instagram photo-dump from the past two days with my mom and sisters.

My sisters hanging out and playing with the turkey heart....

*Pumpkin and sweet potato pies. Made by ME!
*Our lovely turkey. My mom did the initial rub and my sister took care of the rest! 

Now I am hanging out with my mom and sister. We (my sister and I) are introducing my mom to Revenge.

...and I am still feeling guilty! 


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Oh the things to be thankful for...

It's Thanksgiving Eve everybody! 

Hope everyone is having a great day being thankful!

It's about 5 am right now. Couldn't sleep a wink since Colon has been snoring the night away. (Mind you, he is sick and had lost his voice for a few days). So by the time you read this, I am probably busy at work anxiously waiting for 5 o'clock to come. Seriously, I have a lot to do before today ends. If I do not finish, I will have to go in on Friday to beat a deadline. Wish me luck. 

SO yeah... I am so excited. This 3-day work week is almost over and my 4 day weekend officially begins at 5. The only sad thing is that Colon will be heading down south to spend the holiday with his family. I feel like he just came back from his 5-day conference and now he is leaving again. Boohoo...

Enough with the sob story. On to the exciting things to come. My mom and sisters are all driving to spend Thanksgiving with me. This means my apartment has to be in tip-top shape and I have made myself  am in charge of Thanksgiving dinner. I even went recipe surfing on the internet, made myself a list of ingredients to buy, and went shopping for all the necessities. Holy hell people. I spent 80- something dollars on groceries. Just for Thanksgiving dinner. I know this sounds delusional, but I didn't think I would spend that much. I left the store in shock AND my bank account was threatening to have a stroke. Say goodbye to the Christmas gift ideas that I had for friends and family. (JK).

Say hello to being thankful. Everybody has been posting "I'm thankful for..." posts and I love them. I have such a long list of things to be thankful for. I mean, there's...

*** My mom. My sisters (all 5 of them...this includes my stepsister). My brother. My dad. My step-mom. Basically, my family. They are amazing and I have no idea where and who I would be without them. 

*** The last five and a half years that I have spent with one of the most amazing men that I know. Colon. We have had our ups and downs, but we have gotten through them. I am so thankful for EVERY moment that I have had with them. They have taught me lessons, and made me ten times stronger. I am thankful for the love that we STILL have for each other. So thankful that our love is still apparent and obvious for others to see. 

*** My amazing friends. Kirsten. Chris. (It is impossible for me to name them all! Don't be offended if you are not named!) They put up with my loner tendencies and know that I still love them even if I stick to myself. 

*** The blessing of having food on my table for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. So many people don't have that luxury and here I am eating ALL THE TIME!

*** A beautiful, homey, and cozy apartment that covers my head at night. This is similar to food. It's a luxury that I am blessed to have, while there are others who cannot imagine having a safe pace to sleep.

*** Norton. A pet that has stolen a piece of my heart. 

*** The people I work with. I love my job and it's partly because of my coworkers. They have also stolen a piece of my heart!

*** Health. I am healthy and the last doctor's appointment confirmed it! Thank God for this. Too many people are suffering lately. *** 

*** So much more. I live a blessed life!

You may not here from me in a few. Have a great and happy Thanksgiving! Eat lots and lots of food!


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Some lovey-dovey awkwardness....

The weekend is coming to an end and I am currently waiting for my other half to return. He just called to say that he landed in Orlando. Cannot wait to see him! I missed him so much!

His being gone allowed me to do some things sans judgement, though. I am sure that many of you are aware that Breaking Dawn Part 2 came out some time last week.

 If you have been a long time follower, then you know my feelings about the Twilight series. If not read this, this, and this post. So, it's a love-hate relationship with it. The love between Edward and Bella affected me, but the classic vampire was destroyed  in the series. My conflicting ideas about the series lead me to be hesitant to see the last movie. Since Colon has vowed to never see a Twilight  movie with me AND I didn't really have any plans for Friday night, I decided to go see the movie. By myself. Which I absolutely love doing. I promise you it's not uncomfortable or weird. Don't feel bad for me!

I think I surprised the guy that sold me my ticket. He looked shocked and quickly asked me whether I was meeting up with another person to watch the movie. I smiled and said "No... I actually hate sharing my popcorn when I am at the movies". He laughed but looked shocked. Does anyone else go to the movies by themselves?

Anyways, back to Twilight. The movie is a lot better than the first few movies. It felt extremely different. The only thing that was still present was the awkwardly, cheesy, lovey-dovey statements made by Bella and Edward. I don't know about you, but statements such as:

"Nobody has ever loved someone as much as I love you"

or even when Edward says

"So beautiful"...

I literally had to look away from the screen. I squirmed and got uncomfortable. While I was squirming I was trying to figure out why I was so uncomfortable. It's weird because I usually love all that lovey-dovey stuff. Maybe it's just because the acting is so bad. <-- That statement reminds me of something I saw on FX (the channel). They were announcing a Twilight marathon and they wrote "Fans of bad acting rejoice... Twilight marathon tonight". 

So yeah... enough about Twilight. What else did I do this weekend? I bought some Christmas presents for some people. I started my Christmas gift list a couple of months ago and I am excited to start actually buying things already! 

via Instagram

I also FINALLY put up my Christmas tree. My apartment was filled with Christmas music and I had so much fun decorating. Oh how I love Christmas!

You probably aren't surprised that I cleaned. I have not done an intensive clean of the apartment in such a long time and it was such a great feeling to get one in this weekend. I organized the cabinets in our bathroom and deep cleaned the sink, tub, and toilet. Once I was done with cleaning, I felt relief. 

So, I didn't really do much this weekend, but I had fun nonetheless. 

Now I have to go and yell at the people upstairs who walk around like they are elephants running away from something that is going to attack them. So, I am going to go and dive into this 3-day work week! Cannot wait to see my family!

 Love you all and hope you had a great weekend.


Thursday, November 15, 2012

THAT friend...

Do you have a friend that...

You have not seen in





But when you FINALLY meet up with them, it's as if time has not gone by.

 You still feel comfortable talking to them.

No awkward silences.

Well, I have a few of those :::cough cough... Chris you are one of them!...cough cough:::: and had dinner with one of them tonight. I met her in middle school and we have been friends ever since then. We have always had periods of times when we would not talk because of distance but that never changes our relationship. It is always fun catching up and getting to know her and it's cool to see how much has changed in our lives [and maturity] from middle school until now.

This is the type of friend that I need in my life and I am so lucky to have a few of them present!

Now I am going to continue eating Colon's Nestle Cookies and Creme candy bar... because he is not here and because I CAN!

Plus tomorrow is FRIDAY! Oh Yeah!

Much love!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Fries can only be eaten in pairs...

Isn't it sad when you find yourself unexpectedly alone on a Wednesday night? 

I think it is. My other half decided to go to a conference for the society that he is in and he will be gone until Sunday. FIVE DAYS without my love. 

So, you can imagine how I am spending my night. I have lit candles throughout my apartment and have poured myself a glass of wine. It's going to be a relaxing night. least it will be once I clean the freaking apartment. I came home from work and discovered that Colon did not pick up before he left. It seems that he decided to use a certain bag to pack and emptied the contents of the bag on my nightstand, bathroom counter, and kitchen table before he proceeded to stuff his bag with his traveling necessities. His underwear was on the bathroom floor and the clothes that he decided not to bring were left in a pile beside the bed. Yes. I almost had a heart attack when I got home. 

Oh and I stepped on a dead roach while I was cleaning the kitchen. First time that ever happened and I screamed like someone was trying to murder me. Something like that WOULD happen while Colon is a couple of hundred miles away!

Yeah. It hasn't even been a full day, and I am missing him terribly. I am even missing his habit of poking fun of the way I eat french fries. You see, I tend to put my french fries in pairs according to height. Colon noticed this the other night. I had my fries paired off and he went for one of the fries. I freaked and told him he would have to eat the pair. When he asked me why he HAD to eat the paid instead of just one, I replied "Because it won't be even if you eat just one". That response just came out. I have problems!

There aren't any problems that Christmas music cannot fix! Check out this group! They are great!


Monday, November 12, 2012


The weekend has come to an end and the week has started. This means that I am back home and have completed a day of work for the week. Yup. It's Monday-the day after an AMAZING weekend. 

In my last post, I mentioned that we were on our way to Orlando for a wedding. The wedding did not disappoint! But before we go into all of that I thought I would recount the happenings of my weekend. 

So let's start with 


I had been looking forward to Friday for the whole week and when it finally came it was hard for me to focus on work. I forced myself to focus, but it was hard. I ended up working until pm and headed home to pack. I'm a procrastinator and am thankful for a boyfriend who is a bigger procrastinator than I am. 

So, we finally hit the road by two. When I say "hit the road" I mean "left the house". And five minutes later we arrived at a Mickey D's and went in for a quick lunch. Nothing beats a healthy cheeseburger 

:::cough cough:::

Does anyone else like to talk during trips? Well, boo you if you don't because I definitely do. I tend to talk and talk and talk and talk... I know I was annoying Colon. He finally asked me if I brought my Kindle. It was his way of saying "Shut up and read!". 

That was how our hour and a half ride was spent. After we checked into our hotel, we went shopping. Remember how I mentioned that Colon and I were procrastinators? Well, we procrastinated on wedding clothes. I brought a dress (just in case), but I was looking forward to buying a new dress. 

First, we went to the outlets. We have been to the outlets several times before and we have started a precedence of Colon going home with more the 50% of our buys. He was on a mission because he did not have a back-up outfit. So, he HAD to find something that night. So, I was put to the side and we were on the hunt. We ended up finding him some awesome shoes. BUT we didn't find anything else that would be appropriate for the wedding. What did we find?

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This Marc Ecko Star Wars jacket. Super awesome and I know Colon LOVED it. It was EXPENSIVE and we were on a budget. If not, I would have bought it for him. I thought they were sooooo cool!

Since we could not find a decent suit at the outlets, we ended up going to the mall. Thus commenced the grouchiness. I get extremely grouchy when I am hungry. Plus we had plans for dinner with my sister. I had not seen her in forever and she is one of those people that never answers the phone. So I was excited to see her. 

Dinner with her was great. I loved seeing her in the college setting. She is growing up and is becoming such a beautiful young woman. ::::tear::::

Oh and she said that I could keep Norton. So... Norton is MINE :) I am officially his momma! this makes my heart swell!

I cannot believe that we were able to do so much on Friday. I have not been sleeping well because of the time change, so Friday was an especially long day for me. I fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow. 


was the big day. It was the wedding day. I still had not found a dress or something to cover my shoulders so we headed to the mall. Have you ever had the cashier tell you that your card was declined or you had insufficient funds in your account? It is one of the most embarrassing things and it happened to me. I forgot to transfer money into my account and this resulted in one of the most embarrassing encounters of the trip. I swear I wanted to walk out of there and cry. I was so embarrassed.(How many times can I say embarrassed???)

The shopping spree was over. I had a bolero and a pair of new pumps in my hand and it was time to get ready for the wedding. Colon cleans up really well and I loved seeing him in the suit that he bought. If I could whistle, I definitely would have whistled!

Let me just say that this wedding was one of the most beautiful weddings I have been to. I was very impressed. The bride was beautiful and her dress was just... 

I don't even know how to describe it. I don't want to use the word gorgeous because that word does not do it justice. 

The food was amazing and the venue was unbelievable. Do you know what else was cool about this wedding? The freaking gift registry. This is the first time that I have seen a gift registry via All you have to do is order the gift online and the address is already stored. Easy peasy!

Now to 


The day of my surprise. Colon is the best boyfriend ever. He knew how much I wanted to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and he made it happen. I bought a wand and drank some butterbeer. Such an amazing time. I could not stop smiling from ear to ear. It was magical!

...and it was hard for me to leave Orlando after the weekend I had. Especially after visiting Hogsmeade. When we got back home I moped around for a little bit. I was hoping that I could use my wand, say "Riddikulus" and laugh the upcoming week (in this case it would be the bogart) away!

It didn't work. 

Hence, I am sitting here tonight, after a long days work, recounting the events of the weekend to you in this long ass post. Oh well. I had an amazing weekend and you should be jealous. You should also know that I wore short sleeves all weekend. So much for winter!


PS... Harry Potter week is on ABC family this week! You know what I will be doing at 7 pm every day!

Friday, November 9, 2012

T-G-I- freaking -F

...this week has been dragging on people.

But that's OK because I have seen the light at the end of the tunnel. Actually, I am basking in the light at the end of the tunnel. I am also hiding from Colon trying to get a post in before he yells at me for dilly-dallying and not taking the time to pack.

Pack for what? Well... One of Colon's good friends is getting married this weekend. Thus we have to take a trip to Orlando for the weekend. Such a hardship, right? I have to go out of my way, take half a day off to make it all the way to Orlando. <<<---- Just so you know. This is not how I feel. I am excited and cannot wait to get to Orlando. This is why I have to make this post a quick and short one! i just wanted to check in and say "HI". So,


Also, check out this post by Erin at Living in Yellow. I have followed her for a while and she probably doesn't know I am alive. Oh well. Just to get in the spirit of things, I am going to tell you one of my secrets (even if it isn't so anonymous). Here I go... Let's not make fun of me PLEASE!

I have an obsession with picking blackheads and whiteheads. I don't know what it is about it and I know that sounds nasty... but I like it.

There. I did it. Now go and add to the 600+ secrets that have already been added to her post!

Also, you should look up what "Sook" is. The Pioneer Woman mentioned it in this post and I had no idea what it was!

Gotta Go!...Colon just caught me and I had better hurry with the packing if I want my surprise that he promised me!

Much love,

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Let's multiply like crazy....

I just came back from a great dinner with a friend that I have not seen since April or May of this year. I had an amazing time catching up with him and hearing about his experiences in Japan. Yup. He is cool and he decided to spend a couple of months in Japan. How awesome is that?

Dinner was a lovely break from watching the election updates and all the elections related statuses that people have been posting. Has anyone else been sick of all of the opinionated posts? Well, I have. It's annoying and I really do not care about who you are going to vote for. Keep it to yourself. You're not going to change my vote.

 [After rereading the last few sentences I realize that it sounded kind of mean. I want to make sure you know that I respect your opinions and you are entitled to them. Post all you want but I just cannot stand seeing posts that bash others for voting for a certain person. It's disgusting...]

Anyways... I hate talking politics and try to avoid it at all costs. Tonight is no different. How about we dive into how wonderful today was. Yes. I DID have to go to work, but it was such a pleasant day. It was busy and it actually flew by. Love it. 

PLUS the hours after work seem to slow down lately. Before the time change, the sun going down meant that bed time was quickly approaching. But now, the disappointment that I feel quickly turns into surprise when I actually look at the clock. 

Oh and I just found out that my bestest friend in the world will be driving through for Thanksgiving. I have not seen him for a couple of months and am soooo excited to see him!

Man... this was a great day. I'm feeling the love and am excited to see who wins this election. All I can say is that I loved exercising my right to vote for the second time in my life. Refreshing... Ahhhhhhh <----That's a soothing, relaxing "ahhh" not a scary, screaming "ahhh". Just thought I should clarify that!

Have a great night everyone!


PS.... I bought feeder fish and shrimp for my turtle and they have started having babies in my tank. They are so cute and miniature. Love it! 

PPS ...the title of this post is referring to the fish that I mentioned ^^^. It is NOT (I repeat NOT) referring to Colon and I having kids. 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Where did the sun go?

Hey ya'll. 

It's Monday night and I am already ready for the weekend. This last weekend was quite tame. We really did not do much since Colon had a test that he had to "study" for. At least he was SUPPOSED to study. I am pretty sure that he spent a lot of time playing Assassins Creed 3. But that's OK because it gave me time to relax, practice my programming, and be lazy. PLUS we went to go see Wreck-It Ralph on Friday. I definitely suggest you go see it. We loved it!

SO it was a nice quiet weekend spent with my boyfriend who was supposed to be busy with schoolwork. Bonding time with the boyfriend was great! It was hard to go into work yesterday. Why was I at work yesterday? Well, you are looking at the rent collector of an apartment complex. AND yesterday happened to be the first late rent day. Today would have been hell if I did not go in to enter checks on Sunday  So I did my duty, sucked up the sadness, and went into work for a couple of hours. I did all of that to make today easier. Can you guess what happens today? The freaking printer broke putting me behind schedule. So, today did not go as smoothly as I wanted to. All I can say is...

I [already] CANNOT WAIT until the weekend!

Actually... I cannot wait until Thanksgiving and Christmas. CANNOT WAIT! I am tempted to start playing Christmas music and start decorating the apartment with Christmas-y things. Oh man, that reminds me that I will be hosting Thanksgiving this year. That means that my mom and sisters will be traveling and staying here with me. I am determined to cook the turkey this year. Just so you know, I have never done it. Oh well. I should start looking at recipes for deserts and such. Any ideas?

As you can tell, I am [as always] scatterbrained today. There are a couple more things floating around in my head and they don't really relate to one another. I have been thinking up ways to flow into each topic, but could not think of anything clever. Sooooo... I am going to go with the classic bullet points. Here I go...

*It's 7 O'clock. I will never get used to this time change thing. I woke up at 7 am yesterday. It was a freaking Sunday. Seven AM on SUNDAY. Who does that? Apparently I do because I am crazy like that. Guess what time I woke up this morning. I am supposed to wake at 7 and I woke up at 5. I looked at the clock and was so upset. I wasn't really tired but did not want to waste any of my sleepy time. so I went back to sleep. 

*Where the heck has 2012 gone? We are already in November. Time has flown and a new year is right around the corner. I need to start coming up with New Years resolutions.  

*Why do guys always use "my girl this..." and "my girl that..."? You don't own me. I am not your girl. I'm your freaking girlfriend. How about using my name. Just say "Lourdes, my girlFRIEND,...". I really do not know why this bothers me. it just does. 

*Where the hell do socks go when they go missing? AND why is it that Colon's socks always go missing? Do they not like his feet or something? 

...and I just looked at the time and realized that I have to go to a meeting. Love you guys and thank you for putting up with this random post.