Saturday, March 30, 2013

A lazy Saturday...

It's finally the weekend. Thank you Jesus!

It could not have come fast enough. This week was pretty rough. You could probably tell by the lack of posts this week. Every day I came home from work exhausted. My body aching and my feet begging for a foot massage. 

Although I come home exhausted from work, I am definitely coming to love my job more and more. My coworkers are growing on me and I am starting to feel more comfortable in my work environment. My boss is amazing.

This does not stop me from enjoying my weekend off. AND I also have Monday and Tuesday off. I am so excited and was ready for my time off last night. 

Yesterday, I drove straight to Buffalo Wild Wings right after work to watch the Florida Gators play Florida Gulf Coast. I am a Gator. I love my team and I love my school. Last weekend, while I was streaming the Florida vs Minnesota game, I received updates that FGCU won their game. I thought their story was inspiring. Everyone loves to see the underdog win. 

At the end of that day, I knew we would be playing them and I was OK with losing to them. They were doing great and I also like to see the underdog win.

I was OK until I saw this video:

What the hell. FGCU. Have some class. I can understand being excited and wanting to win. But chanting "F*ck the Gators?". Grow up and learn some class. 


So yeah. I was overly happy last night when we beat them. GO GATORS! :)

In other news, I have spent my Saturday running errands and watching Doctor Who. Such a relaxing weekend and I am thoroughly enjoying it. 

I even had a forty minute conversation with my uncle and a thirty minute conversation with my sister. This made my day since I have been unable to speak with them the past few weeks. Life has been taking over and the time difference is brutal. I miss them terribly.

Now, I am going to continue my relaxing day by playing Sims 3!

I hope your weekend has been great, so far!

Xo Lourdes

Sunday, March 24, 2013

From a mountain called Sunrise

Happy Sunday ya'll!!

 I am sitting here posting from Sunrise. I had already decided that I would not ski this time. I have a resolution that I need to catch up on and a GREAT book to help me come closer to completing the resolution. 

SO... yeah. I am sitting here in the lodge of the mountain overlooking the skiers and snowboarders as they ride past. I am constantly kicking myself for not going out and skiing at least for a little bit. It looks like so much fun. The snow is starting to melt and the slopes are slightly icy but that is not taking away from the beauty of the mountain. 

Although, I am yearning to go out and ski, I am not regretting my decision to stay inside and read. In the last 2 hours, I have finished The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory. I have read many of her books and a couple of her books appear on this list. I absolutely love this author and the works that she has written. Thus, I am on to my next book to read. It is another Philippa Gregory book and the next in line for the Tudor series that she has written. 

If you have not read any of her books, I do suggest that you read one. You will be entranced and will get lost in the world that she creates for you.

Sunrise is gorgeous. Even with the snow slowly melting and the ice taking over.
Middle picture: Via Instagram

Anyways, what else have I been doing while Colon snowboards? Getting myself ready for the Florida vs Minnesota game. I cannot wait. GO GATORS!


24 in 2013: Progress

1.Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
2. The Constant Princess- Philippa Gregory (Reread)
3. The Other Boleyn Girl - Philippa Gregory (Reread)
4. Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
5. Forever - Judy Blume
6. The Boleyn Inheritance - Philippa Gregory

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Willing to risk death daily...

Yesterday I had the day off. What a productive day. Relaxing. But Productive.

I, of course, forgot to turn off my stupid alarm. So, I ended up waking up at 7 AM to turn it off. But I quickly went back to sleep. I woke up AGAIN when Colon started to get ready and when he left from work. I can never get the refreshing rest that I need. 

I FINALLY woke up around 9:30. I was feeling... anxious. Anxious to clean the house start to bottom. 

... and that is what I did when I woke up. It took me a few hours, but everything got done. 

The rest of my day was spent with Colon. On the couch. With the TV set to sports. 

1. World Cup Qualifiers. USA vs Costa Rica. Look at that snow in Colorado!
2 & 3. Watching my Gators play. GO GATORS!
Via Instagram
After my short work shift today, we made the four hour trip to Sunrise. Such a beautiful journey. So different from the Phoenix to Flagstaff trip. BUT just as beautiful. Maybe just a little bit more gorgeous. 

Drive to Sunrise
1. Mountains in the distance.
2. View from the road. MOUNTAINS!
3. Now entering, Miami Florida Arizona
4. Classic photo! He never looks at the camera!
Via Instagram

Driving to Sunrise. The mountains are gorgeous!

1. Grumpy Jakes.
2. The food was to die for. Especially the ribs. So tender!
3. the decor of the restaurant was awesome.
"Notice: Unattended & unruly children will be arrested & sold as slave"
4. He's smelling my eye
5. Something always goes wrong in our pictures
6. Dr. Pepper and Lemonade in jars. So cute.
7. I know you cannot read the sign. But it was funny (and scary)! It is trying to gather young men, under the age of 18, to work for $25 a week. It says the boys must be "willing to risk death daily" and "orphans [are] preferred".
8. He's think so hard. Trying to decided what to order. 

I hope you all are having a great weekend so far. I sure as hell am! 

Cannot wait for skiing manana!


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Weekend gone... Weekend again?

it has been a week since I have checked in with you all. Life has been so busy and I come home craving a date with my bed. 



Life has changed in the few days since I have updated last. 

I have had more than one non-training day at work and am getting more comfortable in my role. I still have a lot to work on, but still... I am not as nervous as I was in my last post. 

Last Friday was my first non-virtual-training day. I was not in official computer training, I was watching my coworkers do their thing. I learned so much and was so relieved that I was not put on the spot right away. 

I had the weekend to relax and refresh. Colon was debating whether to go back up to Flagstaff for another snowboarding weekend. It did not happen. (although it may happen this weekend!)

What DID happen? A nap that started Friday night and ended at noon on Saturday. 

AND  an awesome trip to IKEA. We bought bookcases for my room and a rug and coffee table for the living room. Our living room is finally coming together.Thank you Jesus. ::::Melissa Gorga, anyone?:::::::

We then spent the rest of the day doing house errands. Colon started putting together our goodies from IKEA and I decided to make a grocery run at Wal Mart. We still had not ordered a copy of our grocery credit card with my name on it, so I decided to use a a check to pay for our groceries.

 What happened next was quite embarrassing and infuriating. The cashier was dull and quite rude form the beginning. She then began to sigh when she realized I would be paying with check. Well... my check was declined. She looked at me and said "If you had money in the account, you would not have this problem". I was SO UPSET. At her for saying that. At the stupid system for declining my check. I was just upset about the situation. I told her to hold my groceries and sat down at a bench close by so I can call the number on the declined statement. Apparently, the check was declined because it did not have my information pre-printed on my check AND I had not previously used a check for this account (It is a month old account). 

I drove home in a nasty mood. I could have slapped that lady. Ugh. It's making me mad just thinking about it right now.

Sunday was just another day of Laziness. Unpacking some boxes and preparing for a St. Patty's day block party that we were SUPPOSED to attend. (AKA we never made it). We are so lazy!

I went back to work on Monday. This week has been filled with getting to know the job and my coworkers. I have ad an amazing time so far but have been working long hours. I leave work with my bed in mind. So tired.

Thank God that I have tomorrow off.

Other things that have been occupying my week:

Doug. Love this show via

Beautiful orchids from the lover via

Small McDonald's happy meal. Look at how the small the fry package is. via

Cool soda machines. Love them! via

Can you believe the weekend is so close? How has your week been? Do you have any plans for THIS weekend?


Thursday, March 14, 2013

Rydell High... Beat the Cavaliers

Fifty points to the person who names the movie that I am watching right at this movie. 

It's Thursday night and I am having trouble keeping my eyes open. It has been a problem for me lately. Earlier I told Colon that it is probably because I am still on East coast time. He laughed and called me weird.

That's Ok, though. 

Its Ok Thursdays

It's OK that...

+ My car's windshield had to be replaced. My car went into surgery and now has a new windshield. 

+ I cannot drive small cars. Colon took my car for the windshield replacement and I drove Colon's car to work. I just could not get used to being so close to the ground. My next car will definitely be an SUV.

+ Colon wants to take another trip to go skiing and snowboarding. He is obsessed.

+ I want to spend the weekend playing "The Sims". Best way to waste the weekend away.

+ That I am nervous about finally having a non-training day at work. What if I mess up? What if I do something wrong? What if I embarrass myself? 

+ Google reader is going bye-bye. I switched to Bloglovin' a LONG time ago! Follow me if you want to keep reading!

+ I have not been able to unpack my craft room because I STILL do not have any furniture in the room.
 No furniture = no place to place my belongings
= my belongings are in boxes
= no way to do my arts and crafts
= sad face
= grumpy Lourdes

+ .... I am already falling asleep. Great...

I'm going to head out now!


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Talking only me and you...

hey ya'll!

How's everyone doing? I am lazying it up here while "Crazy, Stupid, Love" is playing in th ebackground. Today has been such a blah day. Nothing too exciting or significant has happened. It's just blah.

Wait. I lied. Something significant did happen. The crack in my windshield doubled in size and is now curving up. Thank God that I have the appointment tomorrow. My baby (aka car) is going into surgery. Poor thing.

Oh and another awesome thing happened. The lovely Nilda from Entirely my Own mentioned this here blog in one of her posts. Apparently she mentioned me on Sunday but I was not caught up on my blog reading until today. I literally squealed when I saw my blog mentioned in her post.

Thank you Nilda!

Oh...and check her blog out. I guarantee that you will enjoy it!

I really do not have much to say. So, I will leave you with some songs...

I dare you to say that you did not enjoy this video. Isn't the penguin adorable?

night ya'll!


Monday, March 11, 2013

Just a small $200 crack!

Wait... What? 

It's Monday night? Where did the end of last week go? And how did this weekend slip by me so quickly? I feel like I say that every week and I am pretty sure that I do! 

Last week was a great week. My first week at my new job. As the week progressed, I was able to have conversations with my coworkers. This made me feel so much better about the new job and I am starting to feel relaxed. That is the first step, right? It's so much easier to feel comfortable and get rid of the nerves when you like the people you work with! That is so important. 

Anyways, last week was my first week in training. Virtual training. Basically it's an online conference. I am in a class with 10 other people from around the States. It is great, but there are a few things that I noticed and have thought about since the class started. 

+ I know it is a class. But it is for work. Why do people use incorrect grammar and slang throughout the class? I cringe every time I see "knowtice" and the incorrect usage of "there/ their/they're". I promise that I am not a grammar nazi. That is definitely not me. BUT when I am in any kind of work setting, I try to watch what I type and the way I type! 

+ There is always "THAT" person. You know. The one that is sucking up. Putting in cheesy sayings. Interrupting the instructor to say some cheesy line. This makes me cringe. 

These things have been driving me crazy, but I am still enjoying the class. The instructor is awesome and my classmates are pretty cool.


I ended my first week on a great note. My weekend was amazing.


Colon and I slept in and hung out in bed for a while. Once we got up, it was time to get to work. We had to quickly pack for our trip to Flagstaff! Colon is ADDICTED to snowboarding and has not stopped talking about it since we first went to Snowbowl. 

After we packed, we stopped by Ski Chalet and picked up his new board, boots, and bindings. Yup. It was only our third time skiing/ snowboarding and he has already bought his gear. Obsessed, I tell you!

We then drove our starving butts to an Ecuadorian restaurant named "Mi Comida Restaurante Latina" in Phoenix. The place was busy and all of the tables were taken, but a nice couple invited us to sit at our table. While we waited for our orders to arrive, we had a lovely conversation with the couple. The food was amazing; the company was fulfilling, and we made our way out of Phoenix fighting a food coma. 

Do you see how amazing the food looks? So freaking yummy!
Via Instagram 

The drive to Flagstaff was beautiful as usual. AND as with any roadtrip that I take, I ANNOY the hell out of Colon while we make our way up. I ended up bringing a pack of  Swedish fish and kept pretending that they were swimming around the car. I periodically ate their tail and they would fall into my mouth since they could not swim without their tail. He was not amused!

Via Instagram @lechagar

I do not think I will get over the fact that the scenery goes from this....

Via Instagram @lechagar
to this....

Via Instagram @lechagar

When you drive from Phoenix to Flagstaff! What a freaking change!

I am also amazed at how beautiful the snow is. I mean, how could anyone resist a setting like this?....

Via Instagram @lechagar

Anyways... I had fun skiing and Colon had 10x more fun. OBSESSED! He keeps mentioning another trip before the season ends. He is starting to get depressed because the end of the season is imminent. he is already planning another trip. 

Anyways, my amazing trip experience was dampened by a rock. A rock that hit my windshield while driving to Flagstaff. AT first, we noticed a small crack that was about the length of a dollar bill. By the time we made it back to Phoenix, that crack was double the size. 

Via Instagram @lechagar

I am so mad. that crack is huge and my windshield needs to be replaced. :::Insert sad face:::

...and now I am here on a Monday night. My body extremely sore. My face windburned. Sad about my car BUT happy because my life seems to be going so well lately (minus the windshield incident).

How was your weekend?


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Who's awesome?

I am just so proud of my Gators! 



 Just read this!


* Life seems to be going well these days. I am loving Arizona. My family is doing well. I am with my love. I am liking my job, so far. Things cannot get any better. 

* Today was just another day of training at work. I am learning a lot and cannot wait to get started with everything.

* Colon and I just went to Grimaldi's and ordered personal pizzas. Extremely delicious and my pizza went well with the Sangria that I ordered. If you ever go to Grimaldi's order yourself a Sangria!

* I got over my runny nose but it has now been replaced by a nasty cough. Why?

I only had random thoughts for today. I just wanted to check in and say hi!

Love you all!


Monday, March 4, 2013

Six inches deep in mud. She looked positively medieval.

It's Monday!
  (I noticed that I use "It's insert day of week here" at the beginning of my posts!) 

...and today has not lived up to the "horrible Monday" post that we are used to. I truly am happy today.

It was the first day of my new job and I am truly happy. I won't get into details about my job, BUT I will say that today was great. I have two weeks of training that started today. These next two weeks will be 40+ hour weeks of training. 

I met some of my coworkers today and they are all so nice. I have no idea why I was so nervous about starting today. My nervousness started yesterday around 3 in the afternoon. I kept telling Colon and he kept saying "Don't worry. You will be great!". 

I was able to push that annoying feeling aside until it was time to go to sleep. I fell asleep but kept waking up throughout the night. I was so worried about my phone freezing and the alarm not ringing. I was so worried about sleeping THROUGH my alarm. SO I kept waking up. 

Needless to say, I was not very refreshed when I woke this morning. The only thing that inspired me to get up and get ready was my excitement for the day to start. 

I got out of work around 3 and vegged out when I got home. It was a long day. Great. But long. I needed to listen to something peaceful and this is what I listened to. 

Does anyone recognize where the songs are from? How about the title to this post?
 Pride and Prejudice anyone? SO peaceful!

Now, I have to work on planning the trip to Paris. My stupid computer has deleted my spreadsheet that I made a while back!


Sunday, March 3, 2013


MY GOD. I don't even know how to react. I am just... shocked.

Yesterday, I decided to run to the mall and get my eyebrows threaded (<--- ten times more awesome than getting your eyebrows waxed, by the way). On my way out of the mall, I saw that the mall had a Barnes and Nobles. How could I pass that up? 

I had finished my last book (The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory) the night before and was looking for my next book. I have been seeing a few suggestions floating around in the blog world and wanted to just browse around. One book, in particular, caught my eye. 

I saw it. Picked it up. Bought it. And went home immediately. 

Colon was being a little weird (more on that later),  so I decided to start reading. 

First reaction: I have no idea what to think of Nick. I don't particularly like him. I hate the way he describes his wife, at times. What is this book about, anyway?

So, I read. 

Reaction: Amy isn't that bad. Why would he talk to her like that. 

And read.

Reaction: Why Nick. Why Andie?

And read.

Reaction: Oh, shit. This book is getting confusing. What the hell.

 And read.

I finished the book just now and I am... shocked. This book has me looking at people funny. This book makes relationships seem... scary. You never know who you are coming across. Damn. 

I definitely recommend this book. Read it. BUT be prepared for the F word. It appears often. Also, be prepared to have your mind blown!

... and my 24 Books in 2013 list now has 4 books. 

1.Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
2. The Constant Princess- Philippa Gregory (Reread)
3. The Other Boleyn Girl - Philippa Gregory (Reread)
4. Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn


Now onto the "other" thing that  mentioned above. Colon and I had a disagreement. Nothing horrible. Just something we did not see eye-to-eye on. When this happens, he needs time to cool down. So he does his own thing. 

That's fine.

But, it lead me to think about a few things. Colon and I are out here TOGETHER. We are partners. We moved from Florida, where all of our friends and family are, to Arizona. We are each others family when we are out here. 

Whenever we had a disagreement in Florida, Colon would do the same thing. BUT I never felt alone there. I felt so lonely yesterday. I could not call a friend to meet up and have lunch. No reason to leave the house. Where would I go? My loner tendency coming back to bite me in the butt. 

It was the first (and hopefully, only) time I felt lonely since we have been in Arizona. Reading helped to pass the time. But... I am a little bit scared of the feeling. 

This leads me to ask again 

How do adults  meet people and make friends in a new place?

Any suggestions?


PS... The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory is such an amazing book. You should read it, you won't be able to put it down until you finish it. AND once you finish it, you will look for more of Gregory's books to keep the feeling alive! I promise. This was the second time I have read that book and I STILL could not put it down!

PPS... I did not write the "lonely" stuff for you to hate on Colon. We all have different ways to deal with disagreements. He just needs time alone. Period!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Dear Weekend... Thank God you are almost here

It's Friday...

My last day of work.
The last day of the week.

Hello weekend.

We do not have much planned this weekend.
Thank God. 
I am looking forward to a relaxed weekend with my love.
No responsibilities.

Just fun.

...and maybe a lot little bit of The Sims.


Dear Baby You are amazing. Our conversation last night showed me (again) how amazing you are. I am still awed by how you reason and rationalize situations. Dear current soon to be past job I am actually sad to leave you and say goodbye. You gave me the opportunity to meet some great people. Dear dark, dry patch of skin on my butt cheek please leave. I am tired of you and am ready for you to say goodbye. Dear bloggers Sorry for that patch of information. Too much? Dear Baby I think it is time to get furniture for the guest room slash MY arts and crafts room. I am ready to unpack all of my books and arts and crafts! Oh and I am ready to have a room for visitors.  Dear Kindle I have had you in my reach at all times in the last few weeks. I love it. I am kind of addicted to you!

Dear bloggers I hope you have an amazing weekend!

May it be lazy, relaxing, and refreshing.