Saturday, May 3, 2014

Lessons Learned: A Newlywed Reflection*.

*This post is written with the help from the husband.  :)

This month will be 7 months since we took the dive into the marriage pool.  Before getting married, we spent our 7 year relationship living apart for reasons out of our control.  But ever since that wonderful day in October, the husband and I have been under the same roof.

It's been fun, let me start with that!

I can cook for him now (something I never had the pleasure of doing), he can vacuum the floor for me... you know...all that fun stuff.

We also have Lola here with us. :) And she LOVES being here!
Maximum corgi DERP face from Lola!

With this new territory comes the learning process that living together brings out.

So far, all the new things coming up are livable (and in some cases cute!).

The things we came up with off the top of our heads for this post are just the tip of the iceberg, I'm sure.

Things We Have Learned About Each Other 7 Months Into Marriage

I'm a cooking novice.

The first few times I cooked for Paul, I was so nervous that I would mess up that I set off the fire alarm, messed up rice from a box (the shame!) and basically did everything but burn our little kitchen down.

But after a few trials and errors, I have been getting better!  I am experimenting more, using spices like a pro, handling chicken and beef without squirming, and I'm doing pretty good!
(or so he says)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Frozen: An Obsession Post.

Like many other young girls under the age of 10, I am currently a passenger on that wild and seemingly endless ride that is Frozen.

Husband and I watched this in theaters twice and I took my nieces to watch it one night with me. We spent over $50 on this at the theater, snacks not included.

I loved this movie too much for words. So, without further ado, I present to you:

How to Know When Your Obsession With Frozen is Getting Scary

  1. You sing Let It Go to your dog while waiting for him/her to poop.
    I have done this on a number of occasions. We live in an apartment, so going outside entails leashing our Lola up and having to walk around until she is satisfied with a spot to, well, Let It Go.  Many times, I end up singing this to her...loud enough for the surrounding neighbors to hear.

  2. You sing Let It Go to your husband while asking him to vent about his workday.
    Everyday. Seriously.  I'm sure I have annoyed him with it by now.

  3. You sing karaoke versions of all the music super loudly in your apartment. Loud enough for the neighbors walking by to stop and listen for a while wondering who is making all that damn racket.
    Living downstairs means we have a lot of people walk by our apartment. We have a lot of privacy...but singing at the top of my lungs near a window means I am easily heard.

  4. You sing Let It Go to your dog while telling her to let go of any trash/sticks/poop she may have picked up during her walks.

    This song is obviously very versatile and useful in my life.   I basically find any situation I can use it in and make that an excuse to sing it.

    Whenever a moment comes up in life where you can burst out into song and live your life as musical..take it!
  5. You make up your own versions to Do You Wanna Build A Snowman, including versions for your dog when going on car rides.

    This is real.  I sing this on behalf of Lola when putting her in the car to go out.  Example of this is the following:
    (sing to the tune of Do You Wanna Build A Snowman)
    Are we going on a car ride?
    Come on, turn on the car
    I never go out anymore
    Open up the door
    So we could buckle up!
    Let's go to Petsmart, or to the park
    Anywhere but the vet!
    Are we going on a car ride?
    Let's go now on the car ride!

    (Let's go, Lola!)

  6. You say "Woo Hoo! Big Summer Blowout!" whenever you walk into the Dollar Deals section at Target.

    So much awesome for $1 or $3. WHOA.

  7. You force your husband to sing Love Is An Open Door with you to make sure you can harmonize correctly while he is trying to nap. Not only that, but you grab his hands and make him to the funny synchronization dance with you.

    This happened today.  He was trying to nap and I was wide awake, so I had him sing with me.  Ever so lovingly, he obliged.  Because he loves me. :)

  8. When you quote Little Anna just about every morning when the alarm goes off.

    The sky's awake, so I'm awake, so we have to play!
    Of course waking up as early as I do is never fun, but I try to make it fun!

If you are also a fellow Frozen lover, what are your signs of obsession?

Saturday, March 29, 2014

1 year (or more...) later!

I've neglected this blog for a while, and for that I apologize!  I am shamefaced.

To my legions of fans (the 5 of you!), I'm back! I hope. :)

Here is a recap of what happened since my last post (picture overload inside!):

Monday, November 5, 2012


I checked out where my views are coming from, and in the last hour they came from these google searches.

Someone searched "slutty....student" and the search led them to my previous post in which I rant about adult behavior at the football game last week.

Really?  Really?!

After I rallied for you guys, someone ruins it by searching for crap like this?  Shaming a female student by searching for something so degrading? Geez!  How disrespectful!

Come on, kids, get your act together!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Love my small town, hate the attitudes.

This past weekend, my little city of Harlingen, TX held the annual football game called The Bird Bowl.
It's called such because both the high schools have birds as mascots.  Harlingen High School (HHS) is represented by a Cardinal, and Harlingen South High School (HSH) is represented by a Hawk. You get the point.

The game is the annual rivalry between both schools. This year marks the 20th annual game. For the hardcore football fans, it's the highlight of the year.   For me, it means less waiting at restaurants and short lines at Target...cause most people are at the stadium.

A photo I took last year on behalf of my own photography business when asked to photograph one night. I give myself permission to use my own photo here :)
This is the 2011 HHS football team before the game began.

I went to Harlingen High as was a proud member of the Cardinal Band. I marched, I jazzed, I was a trombonist. (picture!) So I know a little about school pride when I hear good things happening for the band.  For instance, both the marching bands from the high schools this year advanced to State!  So my pride is swollen right now! 

Anyway, this morning I ran into an article in the paper talking about the sportsmanship (or lack thereof) displayed at the game on Friday by both the HHS and HSH sides of the field. Take a look before you read on here.
Basically, fans were booing the football players, the cheerleaders, the drill teams, and the bands for no particular reason, other than they belonged to the rival team.

I have been the a couple football games since my graduation in 2004, and I have witness the rash and almost violent tempers some of these fans can get into.  But for it to be so bad, an article had to be written and published to chide them on behavior is just downright shameful

I know, I know.  This is Texas. Texas loves football and can it get pretty rowdy, but shaming the rival teams - especially when they still represent the same city you are part of - is just wrong.

Most of the people in the stands have never set foot on a football field before. Nothing wrong with that, but most are simply spectators that take their loyalty too far.  It's one thing to "boo" at an adult referee for making a call you may disagree on, but to boo students - children, even - who are no more than 14-18 years old because you're a dumbass is idiotic! 

Those kids, regardless of the organization they represent, worked hard to entertain you.  They practiced their drills, they practiced their cheers, and dances, and music...and for what? So the city they are growing up in and are expected to respect can disrespect them back by not giving them a chance to shine or to make mistakes?  So they can feel like dirt because they messed up once?  So they can feel like their organization doesn't matter as much as the football players?

Some of these football players are told that this field, this moment, this night is what life is about by their hardcore football parents.  When they mess up, or are made to feel like they mess up, a little part of them is broken. I know guys like this.  Guys that can get past those Friday nights because they were never told life would go on.  They were told that THIS (football) is what mattered.

When a stadium full of people is too busy booing away the rival team, it doesn't show compassion or sportsmanship.  It shows what a mess the fans are for putting so much energy in what should be considered just a game.  It's just a game. Life goes on. There will be more games, and Bird Bowl will happen again next year.  Move on.

At the end of the article I linked up there, it says that the players shook hands and embraced after the game in a display of true sportsmanship.  The players on that field displayed better manners and personality than those on the stands.

I think what upsets me more is that the fans also booed the cheerleaders, drill team members, and the bands.  They are supporting acts during football games and are there to motivate the fans...and instead, they got shut down.

I'm glad to know, however, that both sides of the field congratulated and cheered when it was announced that the bands were advancing to State this week.  GO BAND!

I can say for the first time in a long time that I am ashamed of the city I live in for not supporting the schools and the students out on that field as whole, but for picking sides and doing it in the most awful way.
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