Friday, February 28, 2014

Music of the night

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Currently reading: Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

Why I am reading said book: I spied this tiny book on my bookshelf. I have had the book since my first year of college and have tried reading it several times before. I could never get into it. After coming across this gem on my bookshelf I decided it was time. I. AM. HOOKED.

What are my feelings so far?: LOVE

Phantom of the Opera by Lourdes Echagarruga on Grooveshark













And I cannot get over the playlist!

XO


Oh and it's Friday! Raise the roof!


Thursday, February 27, 2014

To the left To the left

Do you ever have trouble with the beginning of a blog post?  It sucks when I know what I want to talk about but have no idea how to start the post off.

I really do not have a focus today. My mind this week has been everywhere and I have been ready for the weekend since I woke up on Monday morning.

I have read and reread the words written above and I realize that they just don't flow.

I give up.

Bullet points, it is!

+ I got my nails done last week and I am loving them. I am not one to get them done often but decided to splurge and pamper myself. I am loving the gel manicures!

+ Although I love getting my nails done, I HATE getting pedicures. I hate feet and I hate the feeling of people touching my feet. EVERYONE thinks I am weird when I tell them that. It's weird but I do not care!

How about Gator Basketball! My Gators are killing it this season! Thank god because our football season was atrocious!

+ I love the Arizona weather but HATE how dry it is here. My hair cannot handle it! I have never been someone to go crazy with my hair. In Florida, I washed my hair everyday and it was healthy. Once I moved to Arizona, my hair became so dry. I have shifted from washing my hair every day to washing it 2  or 3 times a week. I am seeing an improvement but hate the feeling of oily hair. Ideas, anyone?

+ I stumbled across this article about Andy's mom (from Toy Story) the other day. MIND. BLOWN. 

+ Apparently I am left-brained. Rules. Language. Strategy. rationality. Logic. Detail. Yup. That's me!

+ Tuesday was a LONG day. Posts about self esteem and interweb bullying really got to me. (emotional much?). This post on His Little Lady really made Tuesday a little bit better!

...and now I need to peace out!

XO



Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Get(ting) to know you...

Did anyone think of the song?



And now... I am done being weird and am going to link up with Alyx so I can answer the questions she posed.

Where do you like to shop?
  I am a thrifter at heart and would much rather buy thrifted clothing at a reasonable price and alter it myself then spend too much money on something I would be afraid to get dirty! (see this) So... I guess... thrift stores. 

...And Target. 
We can't forget Target. 

How do you plan your meals?
Meal planning? What is that?

I seriously just decide the meal as I am driving home from work. 
Something I NEED to work on!

Have you ever had a garden?
No, but I want one in the future. I just need ideas on how to start one. How did you start yours?
Another thing I should work on. 

Do you love getting the mail?
I HATE getting the mail. There's something about having to walk ALL THE WAY to the mailbox to get the mail. It just seems so daunting. 

I LOVE receiving letters/ packages in the mail, though. Hint hint

Any fitness app recommendations?
Nike+

What is the worst book you ever read?
I seriously cannot think of one now. Can I take a rain check on this question?

What food would you never ever eat?
Balut. <----Click on it. I'll wait here.

Now go throw up. It's fine. I will be right here when you get back. 

How are you feeling? You OK?

Anyways. My family eats this. My mom is Filipino and apparently it's a delicacy in the Philippines. i grew up watching my family eat this and I am proud ot say I have never tried it. I know. I should not knock it until I try it. BUT I will not give in. I cannot even fathom trying this! Nope. Never going to happen. 

How many children do you want?
At least 2. I love children and want a house full of them! BUT I want to make sure I can provide a great life for ALL of my children. So... we'll see! Whatever comes...

XO

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Wish list

On Sunday Colon was on a mission. He had a couple of gift cards and he had a couple of things he wanted to spend it on. He asked me to accompany him on a quick trip to Best Buy so he could check out some gadgets and make his decision. I am never one to ruin his fun (ha that rhymed!), so I agreed to join him.

We ended up going to 2 Best Buys and Fry's Electronics. All of the things he wanted were either sold out, out of stock, or were not really what we wanted. Thus our quick trip turned into a 4 hour excursion.

It was great though. Spending time with Colon was amazing. The conversations. The banter. It reminded me of the amount of love I have for that man.

It also allowed me to add a couple things to my wish list. Colon, I hope you are paying attention!

Wish List

-Ever since my last baking day, I have been wishing for a stand mixer!

*New rice cooker
 -Mine is old and blah. I don't NEED one. I just want one that will go better with my other kitchen appliances. 

*Crock pot 
- Any suggestion?

*Chrome book 
-Who needs Windows? These laptops are affordable and will work for everything I do on my computer. Google is awesome!

XO


Monday, February 24, 2014

100 Happy Days

Has anyone else seen the #100HappyDays hashtag floating around on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and any other form of social media?

Well... I have been seeing this around everywhere and FINALLY took the time to figure out what the hell that tag was all about. 

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My first #100HappyDays post
The first time I wore this shirt given to me by Colon
After looking it up, I decided I would play along.

I did my first 100 Happy Days post on Sunday and have been having fun with it the last couple of days.

It kind of reminds me of the time that I decided that I would take a picture every day for a year. The pictures consisted of anything and everything that made me happy on that particular day. I called that "project" my
365 days of happiness project. I actually was quite successful and think it would be a great idea for me to remind myself of the happy things in my life. Sometimes life takes over and it is easier to be a pessimist and easier to complain of the bad.

So... I will not be consumed with the bad. I will focus on the happy things in life!

You should definitely join me!

XO

Lourdes


Sunday, February 23, 2014

Fifty shades of....wine?

Sundays always fly by. It's crazy that the weekend is almost over when it feels like it just began!

Saturday started off just like any other Saturday. Waking up early. Saying bye to a sleeping Colon (the hardest part). Volunteering for most of the day. Coming home to a boyfriend that has played video games ALL DAY.

Once I got home, I realized that one of our mutual friends had called me several times, Facebook messaged  me a couple of times and even direct messaged me via Instagram. I was worried and decided to call her right back. No answer. Yet she messaged me right away and said she could not answer because she was crying. Oh how worried I was. She proceeded to ask if I was in town and wanted to have dinner with her.

So once we set up a time, we had dinner at BJ's Brewery. (I have been craving the Clam Chowder in a bread bowl and a Brewhouse Blonde for the longest time) It was great seeing her since I have not hung out with Colon's group for a while (mostly because of this). She was having relationship issues and she needed consoling. I don't know if I was any help but I was completely flattered that she reached out to me. I felt important.

We then went back to my house and watched a movie. Colon went out to buy his dinner and some wine for us girls while we were starting our girls-night-in event. While he was out, he sent me the following texts...


Yup. The first one was asking if we wanted wine from the box. REALLY????? Then the sweet boy redeemed himself by asking if we wanted anything else. 

He ended up coming home with 2 bottles of wine and a carton of ice cream. One of the bottles was from the Fifty Shades of Grey wine line. 
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Who knew that there was Fifty Shades of Grey wine. Crazy, huh?

The girls night was fun and the rest of the weekend was so relaxing. Colon and I woke late today and it was great to finally wake up AFTER Colon instead of before him. Once we were up and getting on with the day, I got a call from my sister. I LOVE getting calls from my sisters and it was fun catching up with her. My family has always been bad at keeping in touch with each other. So on the rare occasions that we do get in touch, we take advantage of it. We were on the phone for an hour and a half. We talked about our significant others, the daily happenings in our lives, the appropriate gifts for significant others, and books. Although we talked for more than an hour, I was extremely sad when we had to hang up. 

The good thing is that I even got to talk to my dad tonight. We talked about my brother, relationships, and life in general. It feels good to finally have adult conversations with my dad. When did our relationship change?

SO, this weekend was full of talk of relationships, family, and life. Colon and I spent so much time together. AND my New Year's resolution to keep in touch with my family seems to be going well!

I hope your weekend was just as amazing as mine!

XO

Lourdes


Saturday, February 22, 2014

No focus at all


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Playing with the Line Camera app
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Angry Beavers. Old school Nickelodeon FTW!

It's Saturday and I am so excited that it is the weekend. I am definitely making the most of my days off this weekend.

We just don't have any specific plans yet. I bet you aren't surprised since we never really do.

What are you doing this weekend?













To tide you over until I get over this weekend writers block, I leave you with....

+ Facts that will creep you out about Coca Cola.

+ How would Disney Princesses look as Game of Thrones characters? Check it out. My favorite is Elsa and Belle!

+ Shoe porn. How awesome. (another thing Colon sent me some time this week)
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+ The happiest turtle ever. (Colon knows me so well!)


+ Who knew superheroes had part time jobs... (I think I saw this on someone else's blog).

+ If you like Star Wars, then these posters will impress you!



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 Colon showed me Nick Reboot and I cannot stop watching it. I LOVE old school Nickelodeon shows and always try to watch them whenever I can catch them on late night Nickelodeon.

 One of my favorites is Clarissa explains it all. BUT we cannot forget Doug, or Chalkzone.

Go watch! You will love it! You have all weekend :)

XO Lourdes


Friday, February 21, 2014

Tantrum

My brother has Crohn's disease.
I never thought something like this would happen.
Finding out that he has Crohn's disease and watching him deal with it is one of the hardest things that I have been through.
Scratch that.
It IS the hardest thing I have ever had to deal with.

Yes. It is great that he is diagnosed and they know what is wrong.

But, he is still suffering.
And I hate it.
He has been out of school. Relying on tutors to come to the house.
His diet has changed. He cannot have the things he likes.
He cannot participate in the sports/ activities he likes.
He's in pain.
He doesn't deserve this.

I have the hardest time expressing my feelings.
All I know how to do is throw a stupid, childish tantrum.
That's all this post is.

A
STUPID
CHILDISH
TANTRUM!!!!

XO


*SORRY for such an annoying post. 





Thursday, February 20, 2014

Back to work...

Two days of work so far and I wish I was still on PTO. I had the hardest time waking yesterday and the day just

draaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaagged on.

It was horrible.

Not really. I dreaded going in but once I was there I felt better. It was great seeing my coworkers and joking around with them. One of my coworkers had some great news (that I cannot elaborate on now) but I am so excited.

Colon came back Monday night, at midnight, and I am so glad he is here. Since I was going back to work on Tuesday, I decided to try to fall asleep at a reasonable time. So I was asleep when he arrived. Of course, he decides to wake me up and make it harder for me to fall back asleep.

It was worth the eye-lids-won't-stay-open day I had on Tuesday.

Overall... I am in a happy place. Even if I had to say goodbye to my PTO days and get reacquainted with work. I have been using this post as a guide.

Hope your weeks has been great so far!

XO







Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Na Na Na Na Na

Does anyone remember Clarissa Explains It All?

I LOVED that show!


Clarissa Explains It All Intro from Vanessa Castillo on Vimeo.

I was watching Teen Nick late one night and they played an episode of this show.

So many memories!

XO


Monday, February 17, 2014

Kindles

Like the electronic readers by Amazon.

I remember when I got my first Kindle. I was so excited. Yet when the Kindles first came out I was so against it. I love the smell and feel of books I love turning the page and using bookmarks to hold my page. Having an E-reader would take away from these aspects that I love about reading.

But then my friend Chris got one. Whenever we would have reading nights (nights where we would hang out at each others apartment and spend the night reading), he would use his Kindle. He showed me the benefits of having the Kindle and showed me all of the FREE books you could find for the Kindle. How awesome is that?

To top it off, I started seeing classmates using their kindle/ nook/ tablets instead of buying textbooks. That meant no more lugging a couple of heavy textbooks to class.

I was sold.

Thus commenced the subtle hints to Colon and the eventual gifting of the third Kindle generation.



Of course, as with most electronics, newer Kindle models came out.
Chris ended up upgrading to the first Kindle Fire models and I was still content with my lovely Kindle. But he kept telling me about the awesomeness of his Kindle and Colon kept asking me if I wanted one. I was indifferent. I wouldn't complain if I got one but I did not NEED one.

What did Colon go and do? He surprised me with my very own Kindle Fire HD.

And it was awesome. 

But now that I had a new Kindle, which one should I use?

Both of them of course.

I have always been hesitant to use my new things or wear my new clothes because I did not want to get them dirty/ wear them out/ destroy them. It was no different with my Kindles. Basically, I ONLY use my Kindle Fire at home. It's weird because I refuse to take it out of the house. I am pretty sure that the minute I take the thing out of the house, I will drop it or damage it in some way.

It's irrational but I cannot help it.

Does you have any weird quirks like this?

XO

This is that weird thing I was talking about in Saturday's post!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Budgeting... works like a charm

Yesterday I mentioned a check that I received for an incident that happened so long ago.
That check seriously brought me closer to completing one of my goals for the year.

Let's recap.

My New Years Resolutions for 2014 are:

+ Read 36 books in 2014
I am way ahead of schedule for my reading goal! Which is extremely exciting. I actually have an update coming soon. 

+ Blog at least once a week
I was so close to failing this. I have been great in the month of February but in January... ughh... I almost missed a week by a day. Here's to keeping up with my blogging. At least I am blogging ONLY when I feel like it. I promise I won't make this blog a CHORE!
...and I am not one to prepare posts in advance unless I am out of town. 

+ Make sure to do NaBloPoMo
Bah... I cannot worry about this until November :) so I can procrastinate in a sense. 

+ Keep in touch with family. 
This is the only thing that I have been sucking at. Get it together Lourdes. I have to come up with a better game plan!

+ Pay off credit cards
(This one will be long! You can skip if you want...just click
here )


This is a biggie for me. Yet it's the hardest for me to talk about. 

I have been obsessed with doing this since last year. Last year I made some strides towards being credit card debt free. I have been budgeting heavily and even have several spreadsheets where I budget my paycheck and monitor my credit card spending. 

At the end of last year, I had two credit cards. I was not the most responsible credit card owner in college. I always made my payments, but I had the mentality of "I will pay it back in full later". I was stupid. Not paying attention to interest rates and letting my cards get to the max. 

I got my first credit card from Bank of America when I was 18. I started off being extremely responsible. My parents taught me how to use it. But that lasted for 6 months? Maybe 7. During grad school I got a CASH BACK card from Chase. I loved that card. Why not make money while spending? Great idea if I would have used it correctly. 

Anyways... that leads me to mid year 2013. I hated looking at my credit card statements and I knew I had to make a plan to get rid of it. My first decision? Stop using my BOA card. It did not have rewards and I should make the most of my Chase card. So, I stopped using the BOA card. I only made payments towards it.

I started using my Chase card for EVERYTHING. I mean, I had my paycheck divied up into categories on my spreadsheet and I was going to use my debit card anyways. Why not use my Chase card for the rewards and pay each use off RIGHT AWAY! Thus, I was still budgeting (because everytime I used my card I recorded it on my spreadsheet. Tedious... I know. But it works!) I was also making huge payments every paycheck to pay off that card. Once I paid off Chase I would allot the same amount from each paycheck towards BOA. 

It took me a few months but Chase was paid off in January of this year! It feels great. 

Now I had to tackle the BOA card. Since I work in the financial/ banking industry, I decided to get a rewards card from Wells Fargo and transfer my balance. I did this because I could pay a small fee for the balance transfer and I got 0% interest on my balance transfer for 12 months. THUS I would pay no interest on the balance if I pay my balance off in a year. PLUS I got rewards. 

SO, I can say I have paid off one card (Chase) and I am not going to use it. Same for the BOA card. No more using these cards. They are sitting in a safe place for emergencies. 

I have 4 more months of payments for my Wells Fargo card and I will have achieved my goal. I ahve everything budgeted out in my spreadsheet! :)



Pheww... that was freaking long.


So, you see... my spreadsheet has been so helpful with my budgeting. It has even helped me to put money into my savings.

After January, I started to realize how much emphasis I was putting on increasing my savings.I have always wanted to have enough in savings to live on for 6 months just in case Colon or I are ever in the unfortunate situation of unemployment. 

So, I have decided to add one more resolution/ goal.

+  Increase savings account balance by $2000
It's not much but it's a start! 

...and it's going to happen!

What do you think?

How are your resolutions panning out?

XO

Sorry I wrote so much.
Also, You can see my resolutions on 43 Things!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Wood you be mine?

This morning I woke up in my bed alone.
Colon left yesterday for Colorado so I am spending the next few days of my PTO without him.
Colon left early yesterday.
Yes, I spent Valentines day alone...
... with some chocolate cookies, a bottle of wine, melted chocolates and strawberries.
...with some Jane Austen (Let's be real... Pride and Prejudice!) and other chic flicks (He's Just Not That Into You, Moulin Rouge, Casablanca, Shakespeare in Love...).
...and with my computer watching cool videos like this:



Basically I pigged out and enjoyed the day.

When Colon left I could tell how excited he was.
He has this obsession with snowboarding and skiing and has been waiting all year to take a trip like this.
Yet, he found the time during the day to text and call me.

Sweet Boy!

So yeah, waking up alone in a HUGE bed was weird.
I fell asleep with Pride and Prejudice on and my Kindle lying on my stomach.
(I have a weird thing with my Kindles but I will save that for another post.)
I kept waking throughout the night.
The first time I woke up, I moved my Kindle from my stomach.
I kept looking for Colon.
Since I kept waking up last night, I ended up sleeping till 11.
LAZY BUTT!

I woke and lazed around thinking about the day waiting until I could not contain my hunger.
I went and got something to eat.
I got my eyebrows done!
Found this on the hood of my car while leaving the mall:

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... and on my way home I stopped to get the mail.

A miracle happened.

I FINALLY got a check that I had been waiting for.
You see, in 2007 a Target employee lost control of the carts and accidentally hit my car.
They were supposed to pay for the damages and never did.
BUT in June of last year they contacted me and said they had the check for the damages.
It took them forever (more than half a year) to get the check to me.
That is what I received in the mail.

So with this check and my tax return, I am so much closer to my New Years resolution of increasing my savings by $2000. I never blogged about this goal but I did list it in my 43 Things New Years resolution list!

Anyways... I am going to peace out guys. this post is kind of long and I hate boring you!

XO





Friday, February 14, 2014

Day of love

I woke and looked beside me.
There was my love.
Sleeping.
At Peace.

He would be leaving soon and needed to get ready for his ski trip.
But that doesn't stop it from being Valentines day.
We usually don't do anything for Valentines day.
It's an overrated, over commercialized holiday and we choose to live in love everyday.

But still... It's fun!

Yesterday I made some baked yummies for my love. I am hoping he is enjoying them on the ride to Colorado.

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I also made a few Valentines day cards for him.
I started handing them to him last night since I will not be able to spend today with him.

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Aren't they cute? I got the idea here.

anyways...

Happy Valentines day loves!

Cuddles. hugs. kisses. A Valentines song by Pentatonix.



XO


*since Colon will be out of town, I will probably be spreading the love and posting anything loverly on my Tumbleblog

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Interweb fun

Yup... we all know that Colon spends his days at work scoring the Interwebs to find some fun(ny) memes and links to share with me. How I look forward to looking at my phone during work breaks, lunch, and once I get off of work. I always find myself laughing or going "aww... how sweet". More often than not I am laughing!

On Tuesday, Colon sent me some of the cutest links. they really made my heart go pitter-patter! Just in time for Valentines Day.

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I am loving these messages from Colon. 

Some more Interweb finds...
Some cool tattoos!
My friend went missing a year and a half ago.

XO


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The start of freedom...

...for a week


The last two days have been the longest. It is crazy how slow the day creeps by when you know that a few days of PTO are coming up.

And today is the first day of my PTO. I had planned to fly to Houston to visit my dad and my siblings but I planned these days off too late and the price for plane tickets was high. OK they were not really bad but I had trouble justifying the price of tickets when I had car issues and other things to pay for. You know? Maybe it's the "extreme budgeter/ money conscious freak" in me.

So, I am going to plan a couple relaxing days. Days where I can get this house in order. Hike some of the mountains near Phoenix. Do a couple of arts and crafts projects (like this). Make Valentines cards for my coworkers. Bake some treats. Catch up on The Vampire Diaries and Downton Abbey.  You know... all that fun stuff.

I will start today off by finishing this post. I saw that the new "Finish This" questions were posted. So, I guess I will... Finish them????...???

I celebrate Valentine's Day by giving extra kisses to my love. Although this years Valentines Day may be a little bit different. Maybe I will just do extra love texts?

My heart goes pitter-patter for 
*Chocolate 
*Taro flavored frozen yogurt with cherries and a whole lot of nuts for toppings. Yummy!
*Love stories
*Henry Cavill
*My love

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*anything sweet! Thanks to my sweet tooth! 

When looking for romance, my best advice is... don't look for romance. It will come along when you least expect it. (Basically... you could switch "romance" out for "love" in this sentence!)

My favorite love-story (real or fiction) is Pride and Prejudice. The love between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy will always be in my heart! I can read and reread that book over and over and over again! Everyone needs a Mr. Darcy in their lives. 


The best relationship/love/dating advice I ever received was: Love yourself. Once you love yourself, you can love your significant other and others will be able to love you too!

Colon leaves for Colorado on Friday. That means I am spending the weekend and most of Monday on my own. House to myself.

Pride and prejudice by Lourdes Echagarruga on Grooveshark
**listen to this playlist! I know I've posted it before... but I love this soundtrack!**


 Maybe Colon will leave me with a parting aubade on Friday morning. It IS Valentines day. It's the least he can do for leaving me on the day of love!
XO

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Maybe I will join him next time?

 Yup.
Colon did it.
The Spartan Race 2014. (Ft. McDowell, AZ)

Look at him lift that bag!






He went snow boarding the day before and was extremely sore when we woke on Sunday morning. That didn't stop him. 
I was just a spectator and kept my eyes out to see Colon in action. I am so proud of him. Guess who actually teared up a little when he crossed the finish line (yes...I AM on my period!)
The only thing I regret was not bringing sunglasses, a hat, and some sun screen to this event. Stupid of me! Thirty minutes into the event, I started feeling a little bit sick. But, I decided to suck it up and be proud of my man.
 Four hours later, the race was over and we were heading back to the car. My head was aching and my stomach was ready to heave all its contents. 
I got home, showered and passed out.
I think it was a mild form of sun poisoning. I am still recovering. 
But it was worth it. So proud of Colon!
He's my strong man!
My macho man. 
My love. 

XO


Monday, February 10, 2014

another week...

Back to work.
Blah.
It's Monday.
Dreaming about the days off I get this week.
Sad I could not find a reasonable ticket to fly to Houston to visit my family.

I will probably spend the week...
*Getting errands done.
*Watching Crazy, Stupid, Love and He's Just Not That Into You.
*Maybe even catch up on some Vampire Diaries since I stopped watching after season 2.
*Let's not forget some Doctor Who!

Reading will also be included.

I have been wanting to make my own recipe book for my kitchen. Any ideas on how I should start?

Do you live in any of these cities? Notice there a few Florida cities on the list & Phoenix is also on the list!

Read the two (1 2) recent Post Secret posts before you go on to the next task of your day!

This week won't be too bad.

Enjoy!

XO