Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

I don't have much to say. Just...

Happy Thanksgiving

Be thankful.
Be grateful.
Love your family and friends.
Be sure to give hugs and kisses to those you love.

I am so grateful for my family:
My many sisters.
My brother.
My mother.
My father.

I am so grateful for ...
*another year
*all the changes in my life
*the new people
*my friends
*the roof over my head
*my job
*the ability to provide for myself
* so much more

Again... Happy Thanksgiving.

AND I am so thankful for YOU. Love you all.

XO

Lourdes

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Christina visits PHX 2014

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Christina, my sister (one out of many) flew into town late last Friday. What was the first thing we did?

Stop at In n Out, of course.

After In N Out we headed home to relax. She had had a long day of work and travel and was exhausted after her flights from NYC.

Saturday

In the morning we picked up essentials at Target and headed to House of Brews to watch the Gators play South Carolina with a couple of friends. It was such a good game and came down to overtime points to decide the game. south Carolina won. Broke my heart.

I calmed down about the loss during the drive to our various destinations. When I asked my sister wanted to do she stated that she wanted to:

Shop
Drink
Eat
and do whatever I do.

So that is what we did. We shopped at Scottsdale Fashion square and various outlets. We did not buy much since we did not have anything in mind that we needed.

We then rested until we had to get ready for dinner with Dreamy. We met him at Four Peaks and were surprised at how packed the brewery was.  We had a great time talking and watching football games (UM almost beating FSU and the ASU game). She ended up giving me the approval. She liked Dreamy. SCORE!

Sunday

A hiking day. We bought snacks and promptly headed to South Mountain to enjoy the cooler weather. We ended up doing many of the same trails that I did during this hike of South Mountain but we ended up going further and exploring a bit more. We hiked for 4 hours and had so much fun talking and gossiping.

We were so tired after the hike, that we decided to order pizza and have a night in. My favorite kind of night.

Monday

Another hiking day but this one needed a tiny road trip. We headed to Sedona to explore the town and enjoy nature. the weather was perfect. A little bit chilly but I would rather that than be miserable hiking in the heat.

When we got to Sedona, we ate lunch and walked around the town. We then searched for a hiking trail and chose Cathedral Trailhead.

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It was amazing. I feel as if my sister and I bonded. It was much needed since we have not seen each other in such a long time.

Tuesday

Such a sad day.
Christina left.
Instead of just sitting around and moping, I decided to get errands done while I moped. I took my car in for maintenance. I visited my old coworkers and allowed myself to socialize and catch up with them. I then went home and did what I do best. I cleaned and organized. It was great!

This trip was just amazing!
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...and with that I will leave you with one last picture:

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XO

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Using up some PTO...

First day back to work after a few days off. So hard to get into the groove of things after such a great last week/ weekend.

The first few days of last week were uneventful. I only worked three days (Monday thru Wednesday) and those days were spent in anticipation for my sisters visit to Phoenix. I was also coming off of a high from an amazing weekend spent with Dreamy.

The three work days went by so quickly though. Thursday came in no time.

I had no idea what to do with myself on Thursday. I was so busy stressing about my sister coming the next day. I kept adding to the list of things I wanted to do while my sister was in town. I was also stressing about Dreamy meeting my sister. I mean... is it too soon?

So, I spent the day cleaning, organizing, running random errands, and texting Dreamy. I then drove to Phoenix to have lunch at NYPD pizza with Dreamy. I then went home and napped until an hour before Dreamy was to pick me up for dinner. We ended up having a quick and easy dinner at Pei Wei (we obviously love Pei Wei...) and picking up a Redbox movie. We watched Neighbors at my house. It was such an easy and relaxing date night in. Loved it!

Friday was another day of anticipation. BUT I lazed out the whole day. My sister's flight did not come in until 11:00 pm, so I stayed in making sure the house was spotless and everything was ready for her arrival. I stressed about making everything perfect. All while watching Scandal. Yes. I am obsessed with that show. I started watching it a week ago and finished all of the Netflix episodes on Friday. SAD!

The fun began when my sister came in. But I will leave that to another day (like tomorrow...)

Love you all!

XO



Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A little bit raw


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That is how I am feeling today.
Emotionally raw.
This always happens when family visits.

My sister left today. We woke up and after running one errand we headed to the airport so that she could start her travels back to NYC.

I am going to miss that booger and don't know what to do with myself for the rest of the day.

I have been trying to fill up my time until it's time to fall asleep tonight. Maybe a day at work tomorrow will help me to take my mind off of missing my sister.

I am so glad she got to come (despite how nervous I was).

Since I am quite sad I will end this entry now.

Love you all!

XO

Lourdes

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Living a dream...

While I am off exploring Arizona with my sister, I thought I would just recap all of the fun I have been having the last two weeks. My life lately seems to be filled with work, Dreamy, football and lots of fun. I feel like I am floating and my life is just running along. It doesn't seem real.

Last week (Nov 3)
* I have been having the "teeth falling out" dream lately. I have always had that dream. It always popped up here and there. waking up after that dream is unnerving and weird. What is that about anyways?

* My monthly friend made her visit last week. It was horrible. I felt light headed and weak for two days. The cramps were horrible. Sometimes I hate being a girl!

* I had not Skyped with my friend Chris in a while. So, you can imagine my surprise when he took time out of his schedule to Skype with me. We had been texting back and forth but have not been able to Skype. So it was such a relief and so great to catch up with my friend.

* I FINALLY finished Californication. If you have never seen that show... then watch it. You can binge watch it on Netflix right now. All seasons are on there.

* We all know how much I love Santan Brewery. That is why that was my first choice when Dreamy asked me where I wanted to have dinner last Tuesday. I was surprised when he told me he had never been. Such a simple night but I had so much fun. That always seems to happen with him.

* Two dinners out with Dreamy in one week? Yup. Last Thursday we went to Portillo's and then to Dave and Buster's. Another simple date. another amazing night

*  My roommate worked his ass off last week. Going in super early. Coming home late AND working from home once he got home. I felt so bad for him. I could see how much he was working. It sucked.

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* That is why Friday was a relief. My roommate and I were planning a quiet night in when he took down a few tequila bottles. We decided to take a couple of shots. I then got the bright idea to finish an already opened bottle of wine AND open up another bottle of wine. This lead to an awesome night...

...and a horrible hangover on Saturday.

Last weekend 

Saturday was amazing despite the aforementioned hangover. It took me some time to make myself presentable but by the time Dreamy texted to let me know he was on his way to pick my up, I was good to go.

 During the week, Dreamy had asked me on a date for Saturday night. He stated that he had a surprise. During the same conversation, we decided that we could get together for the ASU game and Florida game before this surprise.

So, Dreamy picked me up. When I opened the door, he stated I would have to put on jeans because it might be cold at whatever we were doing. Confusing...

After I changed, we headed to lunch at Saddle Ranch while we watched the ASU vs Notre Dame game. I wasn't too concerned about the outcome but Dreamy likes ASU so I watched. We had an amazing lunch with beers and mimosas. We weren't able to watch the Gators vs Vanderbilt game but we won guys! It was awesome. So many good things packed in one day.

During lunch, Dreamy told me what the surprise was. My first hockey game! I had no idea what to expect but it was fun. I loved the surprise.

All of the drinking and commotion left me so tired that night. We ended up passing out and were surprised when we woke on Sunday morning. We started our day with donuts from Krispy Kreme and then wasted the day away laying around and watching football.

The weekend ended with a BBQ at a friends house.

Another great week in the life of Lourdes.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend cause I sure am enjoying mine.

XO







Friday, November 14, 2014

Guess who's coming to town...

I am excited.

Super excited.

Someone special is flying into Phoenix tonight. My sister. I have not seen her in a year (since my last trip to NYC). I am so excited. Yet so nervous. I have been racking my brain for ideas of what to do while she is here. She has never been to Arizona and I want to make sure she has fun.

I have always been one to stress out when family comes into town.
I don't know why.

But I cannot contain my excitement!

Cheers to an amazing weekend with my sister!

XO


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Acts of kindness...

A few weeks ago, I found out that one of my coworkers' home was cleaned out. While she was at work and her kids were all at school, someone broke into her house and stole EVERYTHING. They even took the toothpaste from the bathrooms.

She was devastated. Her kids were freaked out. They moved out of that house the same day and relocated to a different area.

I look up to her for so many things. Her strength in that situation was amazing. She acted as if everything was OK. I don't know how she did/ does it. I have never had anything that drastic happen to me but I had the hardest time keeping it together when we had a little incident almost a year ago.

A week ago, a few of us got together because we wanted to do something for her. The kindness and selflessness of my coworkers is astounding. I am so lucky to work with such amazing people. we ended up gathering enough funds to get a large gift card for her.

I am proud of my team
My coworkers
My friends

This world has some good in it. 

I witnessed it. 

XO




Friday, November 7, 2014

Candy Corn, Chocolate, and some gator football...

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I have never been into Halloween. Yeah, I guess it's fun to dress up... I just never was creative enough to come up with a costume.

Friday October 31:

So, my Halloween was chill.
We trick-or-treated at work.
Yes.
You read that right.
Free candy at work!

I then went home to hand out candy to the cute little kids that were trick or treating. It's sad because it took so much for me to stop myself from sneaking bags of candy for myself to eat. Once the trick or treaters died down, my friend Victor came over with wine to hang out. I went out and picked up Chipotle for dinner. During dinner, my roommate and Victor decided it would be a good idea for me to watch Saw. Horrible idea.

It creeped me out and I had the hardest time falling asleep.

Saturday November 1:

1st day of November! So exciting and such a lazy day. I ended up waking early and cleaning the downstairs up. I then got ready for a day of Florida football. yup!

My roommate and I met up with friends to Blue 32 Sports Grill to watch the Gators play Georgia. I was nervous. We have had a horrible season and I didn't have high hopes.

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BUT the Gators surprised me! They won! It made me so happy... I could not stop smiling.

After the game, I ended up falling asleep for a couple of hours. When I woke, I was craving ice cream, so my roommate and I headed to Udder Delights for a cup of ice cream.

The rest of the night was spent preparing thousands of blog posts (the ones you have been reading the past few days.... plus this one). So much to catch up on.

Sunday November 2

The windows stayed open. The room was nice and cool. No need for AC.

The laziest day I have ever had.
I ...
*caught up on my YouTube subscriptions.
*Binge watched Californication and finally made it to season 7.
*ate pizza with the roommate.
* did laundry
* baked a cake.

Laziest day ever!

... and it was amazing.

XO


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Life Update: Settling down...

As per the title of this post, my life has been settling down lately.

* I am feeling more at home at the house.
* My roommate is awesome!
* I am dating someone.
* I finally have a work routine.
* I have been able to work overtime for some extra cash!
* I am loving my coworkers. They have become friends and not just people I work with.

Things have been great.

Week of October 27:

* My manager called me to his office to discuss my PTO situation. I was nervous, thinking I did something wrong, but it turns out that I still had 80 hours of unscheduled PTO to use for the rest of the year. Only 40 of it could be carried over. Thus, I had to use 40 hours this year. So, this week was filled with me trying to figure out how to use my unscheduled PTO. I figured it out... but still... I wanted to make sure not to lose it.

* One of my coworkers, Brenda, has become one of my best friends. I could talk to her about anything and I have come to love her immensely. Cheers to new friends.

* Brenda always has Hot Cheetos at her desk. I cannot handle spicy, but seeing the Hot Cheetos made me curious. So I tried one. Oh. My. Gosh. so bad for me but I love them! I now have a new addiction.

* I officially made  a pot roast for dinner at the new place. It made me feel good to make one and share it with my roommate. I absolutely appreciate his kindness with letting me stay here. It's the least I can do. PLUS, I had lunch for 2 days without having to go out and buy something.

* Ever since I started dating Dreamy, mornings have been amazing. I always wake to random texts. The sweetest thing. It always makes my day. Guys... I have not felt this special in a long time.

* Work: We moved desks again this week. This renovation has been crazy. I hate having to pack, unpack, and repack all of my work belongings.

* My "low tire pressure" light in my car came on Monday morning. It freaked me out. I had no idea what the warning symbol was until I checked the owner's manual to my car. I was contemplating bringing my car to the dealership so they could check it... but everyone I talked to said that was ridiculous. My roommate heard me say that and brought out a compressor. He taught me how to check my tire pressure and fill my tires! I learned something new guys!

* My best friend Chris texted me during the week. Scary things were happening at work for him... and I had no idea how to console him. All I could really do was worry about him. Things worked out, but it still hurts me to know that he was going through a hard time.

* Thursday night was spent with Dreamy. We had Pei Wei for dinner (yummy! we all know how much I love Pei Wei). After I changed out of my dress, he took me bowling. There is an area close to my house that has restaurants and other fun places. So, we decided to walk there. So nice!

We bowled three games and had so much fun. It is so easy to hang out with him. No pressure. Such an amazing night.

* That Friday was Halloween. Dreamy went to Vegas and I had a relaxing weekend. More updates tomorrow. I promise

:D

XOXO



Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Life update: Taken?

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That Friday night was perfect.
House to myself. 
Wine. 
Bonding with the kitties. 
Just perfect!

Saturday October 25:

I woke on Saturday anticipating the events of the weekend. I invited Dreamy to go pumpkin picking with me. We didn't really have a time planned to meet up, so I took the time to clean and tidy the house to keep me busy.

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We ended up going to Schnepf Farms. I had been there before but never to pick pumpkins to carve. We:

* checked out the petting zoo
* walked through the corn maze
* played mini golf
* picked pumpkins (one for me, one for dreamy, and a tiny, mini pumpkin because it was cute)

Once home, Dreamy prepared dinner and I laid around. (Because I am lazy like that). After dinner we started pumpkin carving. Apparently I am super slow at carving pumpkins because friends of ours came over an hour after I started, carved their pumpkin, lit their pumpkins and got comfy before I even finished my pumpkin.

The rest of the night was just a night of drinking, hanging out and talking.

...and guys... I am officially dating Dreamy. I am lost and don't know how to proceed but when the subject came up that night, all I could think about is how much I liked him. So, what could it hurt... right?

Sunday October 26

Dreamy and I had lunch at House of Brews. (We obviously like that place!) We had so much to drink on Saturday and I was definitely feeling the effects of it. Eating made me feel 10x better.

So, we headed back to the house and watched Catching Fire before we headed out to get frozen yogurt.

Such a lazy Sunday... but the weekend was amazing. Unforgettable.

XOXO


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Life Update: Flowers...

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After the San Diego trip, waking up Monday (Oct 20) morning was horrible. It always seems to be that way when you have such a great weekend.

It was so hard to focus at work. I was in a haze. Constantly daydreaming. It was a sweater/ no makeup kind of day/ week at work. We moved desks again because of then renovation and that went off without a hitch. I eventually got into the work groove and the week went by smoothly.

Homecoming Game: 

The Gator loss to Missouri at our Homecoming game during the weekend finally hit me on Monday. It was terrible and I am glad I didn't insist to go to a bar to watch while in San Diego. Depressing...

Colon:

During the week, I met up with Colon to help him procure items to complete his various Halloween costumes. He came up with awesome ideas and I was more than happy to help him. I am so glad that we are doing well and that we can be friends. he is still my best friend and I can tell he is 10x happier now. This, in turn, makes me so happy.

Mid-week date with Dreamy

I feel like this is becoming a must throughout the week. It made me smile when he asked me if I wanted to have dinner with him. I got to pick the place this time so I picked The Cornish Pasty. I have been there before but Dreamy hadn't, so I was excited for him to try it.

The food was yummy. The company was amazing. AGAIN, this was another instance for me to realize that I like Dreamy a-lot. More than I should.

Dreamy walked me to my car at the end and surprised me with flowers. such a sweet boy.

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We all know that I am not a flower person. I appreciate them with all my heart. But flowers are never necessary with me. Dreamy won brownie points.

Roommate bonding:

My roommate texted me one day asking if I was down to eat Korean for dinner. We all know how much I love food and I will never turn down trying something new. So, we went to Chodang. Oh my gosh. the food was so tasty and yummy. I don't even know how to describe it. But I loved it.

Friday October 24:

My roommate took a flight out to visit his girlfriend (also one of my friends) in Washington. So, after work, I stopped by Colon's to pick up my wine glasses and some more of my stuff that was left at the house. I am glad I stopped by because I got to see the Halloween costumes that he put together.

I then stopped to pick up a few bottles of wine and get a car wash (finally) before I headed home.

Once I got home, I was so excited. I had a comfy, lazy, wine night planned. I took a shower and got dressed in my PJ's. Since my roommate wasn't home, I got my pillows and blankets and set up a nest on the couch.

I was all settled and ready to open my wine bottle. That's when I discovered that we did not have a corkscrew in the house. WTF. How does that happen?

This was an emergency, so I threw on my robe and made my way to Walgreens. Yes. I was that crazy person that walks around Walgreens in a robe! It was an emergency.... remember?

So my night ended with wine, Californication, and my two pillows on a comfy couch!

Perfect Friday night!

XO



Monday, November 3, 2014

Life update: San Diego get away

Going back to work after the Oktoberfest weekend was so hard. It was difficult to wake up since the weekend was so eventful. Mondays are always hard when you have an amazing weekend.

BUT I was surprisingly focused and motivated at work that week. You see, Dreamy and I planned a trip to San Diego and all I had to do was get through the week to finally take off and hit the beach!

So, that's what I did...
 I focused at work.
 I successfully moved desks since they are renovating our building.

It helped that my roommate and I checked out a cool revolving sushi restaurant, Ahi Revolving Sushi, near our house.

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I had never been to one and guys... I loved it. I got to try different sushi plates and I even tried to compete with my roommate.

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The taller plate stack below was my roommates, but still. I think I ate a decent amount!

The sushi made the week ten times better. Made me less anxious for the week. In my anxiety, I packed a little bit every day until my bags were completely packed on Thursday night. I had a hard time sleeping that night. I was so excited! 

Friday October 17

It's surprising that the week actually passed by quickly. Friday couldn't have come soon enough. I ended up going home after work and hanging out with the kitties while I waited for Dreamy to pick me up. 

We ended up driving to San Diego. The conversations, the laughs, the comfortable silences... they were amazing. Half way to San Diego, we stopped at Sonic and indulged in tater tots and other foods that attracted our attention. 

We got into town really late and after a glass of wine and a few beers we passed out.

Saturday October 18

 Waking the next day was hard. BUT the thought of finally sinking my feet into sand and smelling the ocean air lured my eyes open.  


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It felt good to be in  a bathing suit. To sink my feet in the sand. I was such a chicken when it came to going into the water. The west coast waters are so cold... It shocked me.

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I basically lazed out and laid out on the beach. Again, Dreamy and I had some great conversations. We people watched. we got to know each other a little better. Learned things about each other.


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For lunch, we walked and got some pizza, wine, and beers. After time on the beach, We went and saw the seals.

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We then walked and found a spot to watch the waves and the sun go down. It was amazing. 

We dressed up for dinner and went out for sushi and drinks. It was such an amazing night.

Sunday October 19

Another day where it was hard to wake up. The bed was super comfy and I needed sleep. We didn't have any plans... we just went with whatever we stumbled upon as we drove. When I saw the face Dreamy made upon seeing a Navy boat, I could not say no to touring the boat. A quick tour and a long walk along the water ended in a yummy lunch.

We then found a spot to lay out and relax. It was nice and remote... and special (I can't speak to his thoughts... but I sure as hell thought it was special). Upon leaving the park, Dreamy picked my a few flowers. Little did he know that they were Gardenias. some of my favorite flowers (national flower of the Philippines).

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I know this post is long. So I will end it soon.

I said it in yesterday's post and I will say it again... As I spend more time with Dreamy, I start to like him more and more.

HELP! 

XO



Sunday, November 2, 2014

Life update: New relationships...

The past month has been amazing for me. Life has been full of drastic changes and I feel like I have been leaving you out of everything. I will try to update you on the happenings from the last couple of weeks.

My last (update) post left you guys with a wine night, roomie bonding, Gator updates, and a date with a new friend.  

The week of October 6th was basically filled with the same things.

Roommate bonding:

I have said it before, I am liking my roommate more and more. (That rhymed... ). One night, we started talking about nearby restaurants and discovered that there were a few places that we have never tried that are less than 5 minutes away from the house. So, we made a deal to try all of these places. A few days later, I received a text from my roommate asking whether I wanted to have Thai food for dinner. Who could pass Thai food up? Not me. So, we tried Mr. Thai Bistro. YUMMY!

* My monthly friend came to visit

... or should I say biweekly friend. I was finally becoming regular and then I think the move to the new place may have change my schedule. At least this one wasn't painful!

*  Drinking, Getting to know new friends, and dating.... ????... :

Some time during the week, my "friend(briefly mentioned here and here), asked me to hang out with him. Let's call him Dreamy from now on. We ended up going to  Dave and Busters and having an amazing night. I had not laughed and smiled so much in so long and that night was much needed.      

That night was followed up by an eventful weekend...

Oktoberfest was at Tempe Town lake that weekend.... and I ended up going twice... with Dreamy. He texted me that Friday and asked if I wanted to go to Oktoberfest with him and one of his friends. How could I pass that up?

I had so much fun and that night showed me how much I liked this guy. Scared the shit out of me, to be honest. All because it was (is) too soon for me to start liking someone.

When I got home the next day/ after I took a nap for a few hours ( yes... I stayed out all night), I was pleasantly surprised when I had a text from Dreamy asking me if I wanted to have lunch. Wasn;t he sick of me yet?

So he picked me up and we went to House of Brews for lunch and watched a few football games while eating. We finished eating about an hour before the gator game against LSU started, so we decided to walk around Tempe. We ended up back at Oktoberfest. We people watched, talked and got to know each other.

We then tried to find a bar to watch the second half of the gator game. This was hard to do,l but we ended up at Hooters (of all places) and watched the game. We lost...

...but my night wasn't ruined. We ended up going to a friends house (my wine night companion) and having a chill night.

*  Such a great way to end a week that was lacking in sleep.


XO


PS... Is it too soon to start liking a new person? This has been freaking me out. I have been so confused. 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

3 weeks or so....

November 1st y'all!

It's almost been a month since I have updated this blog. Throughout the last 3 weeks, I have attempted to write but nothing came. So many things have happened and I have had no idea how to put everything into words. The range of emotions. The various happenings.

Life has been eventful.

It has been beautiful.

It has been great lately.

Just stopping by to let you know that I am still alive and well.

...and I am very happy!

XOXO