Friday, May 27, 2011

Where you'll find me....

So, I've moved!

Yeah, you read right, I moved. Well, my blog has anyway.

You can now find me HERE!

Go, look around, comment, stay a while. Would love to have you!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Date a girl who reads

Stole this for this lovely lady. Go check out her blog!

This quote has been shared quite a few times on different blogs and every time I read it, I smile. It makes me want to grab a cup of coffee, snuggle in and lose myself in the world of books. So, grab a cup of coffee, snuggle in and find yourself in this quote. [Note: I don't condone lying to your significant other, being a book snob or insulting women's intelligence by assuming they don't know what they are talking about. ]

Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes. She has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

Find a girl who reads. You'll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She's the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she finds the book she wants. You see the weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a second hand book shop? That's the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow.

She's the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she's kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author's making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.

Buy her another cup of coffee.

Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce's Ulysses she's just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or if she would like to be Alice. (I do have a problem with this paragraph. Nothing like insulting women's intelligence.)

It's easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas and for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry, in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by God, she's going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

She has to give it a shot somehow.

Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world. (Also, not a fan of this part...)

Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who read understand that all things will come to end. That you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.

Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.

If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She'll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she's sick. Over Skype. (Or on a random Thursday while you are getting ready to head out for beer and nachos with friends, as she is dancing half-naked around an apartment... )

You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn't burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you're better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

Or better yet, date a girl who writes.

- Rosemary Urquico

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Stories from the mirror

Everyone should do this.

It started off easy enough. A minute is a lot faster than I thought. I have this deep set wrinkle above my right eyebrow, a little to the left. I have that because I use to frown a lot. Why you ask? Because I was unhappy with everything in my life. I was so unhappy with everything in my life that I started cutting. Yes, I was a cutter. June 24 of this year will mark 4 years that I have not cut myself. It also happens to be my 28th birthday. I have my ex-boyfriend to thank for that. He told me he wouldnot date me if I continued to self harm. So, I stopped. I went to therapy and started taking meds. I struggle with this EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. I have learned to love myself and those around me. I stuggle with depression but am strong enough now to ask for help or tell someone when something is off and/or wrong. Looking back, I glad I went through it. It has made me into who I am today. I am in a much better and happier place now. I am surronded by people who love me for who I am. I love them back. I am so thankful for everything, and everyone, in my life. I'm turning those frown lines into laugh lines.

Oh, this is my 200th blog post! I know it doesn't seem like a lot to some of you, but I never thought I'd get here. Here's to more writting!

Wine and Love v2

Wine and Love it brought to you by the lovely Nora. Go check out her blog and participate!

* Time. Where does it go and how I can get more? That is basically all I have to wine about this week.

* Takeing care of my sick roommates
* Dancing
* Learning to coupon
* Saving money

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Wine and Love v1

Wine and Love is brought to you by the very lovely Nora. You should participate!!

* Worry about money
* Worrying about if I'll have a job in a few weeks
* When I feel like there is nothing I can do to help my friends
* Not hearing anything for my sister about the food we sent her at work on Mother's Day
* Not hearing anything from my mom about Mother's Day

* Choreography is coming along nicely for all the pieces I am in this gala
* Saturday morning practice
* Learning to budget and meal plan (siounds crazy, I know)
* Joining a virtual book club

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Ten on Tuesday: Movies!

This week’s questions are provided by (the lovely and gorgeous and newly engaged!) Nora and, as always, hosted by Chelsea. Can I just say that I absolutely love these questions?! So much.

1. If you could watch only one movie for the rest of your life, what would it be?
It would have to be The Devil Wears Prada. I love love love that movie.

2. Let’s say someone wrote a screenplay about you; what actor/actress would you choose to play you and why?
I would pick Sandra Bullock. I think she is a great actress and so funny. She can play both dramatic/serious and funny.

3. What’s the first movie you remember seeing in theaters?
Fievel Goes West; I know it's not a movie, but it is the first thing I remember seeing in a theatre. My grandmother took my sister and I to the movies in her tan truck and I got to hold her cigarette case.

4. Did you ever make out at the back of a movie theater in middle school/high school?
Nope, sure didn't

5. Are you a Netflix-er, Blockbuster-er or a Redbox-er? (Or none of the above?)
Netflix and Redbox!!!

6. Name one actor/actress who you would give anything to have a dinner date with.
I can't pick just one. It's too hard! Ryan Reynolds, Sandra Bullock, Johnny Deep, Anne many more

7. What’s the worst movie you’ve ever seen?
I think it would have to be this girl who was a mermaid and she grew legs and came on land, made friends, fell in love, ect., ect. It came out years ago. For the life of me, I cannot remember the name of that movie. I saw it with one of my best friends. We both walked out of the theatre wishing we could get the hour and half we sent in there back lol.

8. Do you sneak snacks into the theater when you go?
Heck yeah. I use to work at a movie theatre, and I know they make no money off of tickets sales. That is why the concession stand is so high. So, I suggest you bring snacks.

9. Movie theater popcorn: love or hate it?
HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE!! I can't tell you enough how much I hate it.

10. What is the all-time best Disney movie in your opinion?
This is so hard! I love all of them, but I would probaby pick The Little Mermaid.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Ten on Tuesday:Chelsea's questions

Today’s questions are (hosted and) provided by Chelsea

1. What is the weather like in your city today?
It's rainy and chilly today! The current emperature is 55 degrees; with a low of 48 and high of 62.

2. Do you like the zoo?
Although I haven't been in a very long time, I do like the zoo. We use to go a lot when I was little.

3. Do you eat coconut?
On German chocolate cake and coconut cream pie. Also as flavoring in snow cones. That's about it.

4. Have you ever hammered a nail? Are you good at it?
Yes, I have. I think I am :) I've even drilled stuff too!

5. Does your family have a vacation destination that you visit often? They usually go somewhere in Florida.

6. How many pillows do you sleep with?

7. What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Make sure the alarms are off, check my phone for missed calls/texts/e-mails, ect., use the bathroom then walk Broly

8. Will you send your kids to summer camp?
I think so.

9. What do you put in your baked potatoes?
Butter, sour cream, chesse, bacon, chives

10. Did you take swimming lessons as a kid?
I think so. I love swimming.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Reverb 11: What's blossoming?

April Prompt:
What's blossoming?

I was so excited to see this months Reverb prompt. 2011 has been an amazing year. Sure, there have been down times, but I'm not focusing on those.

So, what's blossoming in my life right now?

I love Spring. I love the weather we are having right now. It feels so lovely outside. See, proof:

Saturday is a busy day for me. I've reconnected with a friend whom I haven't spoken to in a few years. We are having lunch that afternoon. Yay for reconnecting with friends. I am also going to the park that morning with the boy and Broly. We are then going to a housewarming party after lunch and the Spring football game at ULL that evening. Sooo excited!!!

Oh yeah, here's that boy I've been talking about:

His name is PJ <3

What's blossoming in your life right now?

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Ten on Tuesday (a day late): Date Edition

Stole this from Ashley. Check out her awesome blog :)

1. What is your ideal best date?
A picinic in the park, a concert downtown, just spending time together- doesn't have to be anything fancy, though those dates are nice too :)

2. How long does it take you to get ready to go on a date?
Shower, hair, makeup and clothes- usually an hour

3. What would you wear on the date?
It depends on the type of date it is

4. If you are married, how often do you go on dates? If you are single, when was your last date?
Not married but am dating an awesome boy :) We catch up on TV every few nights. We do have breakfast at Dwyers every Sunday morning, though. I love that so much!

5. What was your worst date?
It was a double date with a friend and her now husband. We went to Applebee's. Conversation was boring. At the end of the date, he couldn't find his wallet. My friend ends up paying for our food. After dinner, he asks us to bring him to Chilli's to babysit for someone who was at the restaurant. Yeah, bad bad bad

6. Do you/Did you kiss on your first date?
It really depends on the date. It has happened :)

7. If married, how long before you knew he/she was the one? If single, how long before you know if the person is marriage material?
I think it’s different for every couple and you can’t really know until you meet the right person.

8. Do you prefer day dates or night dates?
I like them both. Day dates can be fun and night dates can be romantic

9. How old were you when you first were allowed to date?
My parents told me I couldn't date until I was 15 or 16

10. What is the most embarassing moment you have had on a date?
See question number 5 lol

Monday, April 4, 2011

Here we go....again

One of my blog goals is to actually blog more! Go figure, right?

Well, in case you don't know, I am now 'in a relationship' with that boy. That boy just also happens to be one of my roommates. I'm not going to lie, I am scared. So is he. We both want to see if this is going to work. It's great so far. He's nice and kind, treats me with respect, listens to what I have to say and is an all around great guy.

I was told today to 'not disappear', now that I am in a relationship. That makes me very sad. I don't want to loose people that I love because of this.

I really want this to work.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Grace in Small Things

This week:
**Sex and The City mini marathon with the roommates
**Playing Bullshit
**Playing UNO
**Being sent a video of Louisiana Leroux playing "New Orleans Lady"
**So, there's this boy.....

Friday, March 18, 2011

Grace in Small Things

This week:
**the awesome weather we have been having
**being the first one in the fitness center
**working out for a week
**30 Days of Lists
**Last drum class
**Zumba next session :)
**Bellydance costumes!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

30 Days of Lists

I participating in 30 Days of Lists. It's a really neat project. It keeps me journaling and it only take about 5-10 minutes a day. Here are a few pictures of my lists:

I'm looking forward to these things and many more :)

My goals for this weekend :)

I'm enjoying this project and can't wait to see more lists.

Grace in Small Things: Moving Edition

If you don't already know, I moved last Saturday. I now have a place that I call home with two amazing people whom I love.

Here we go:
*we had nice weather
*we have the most amazing friends ever
*we had homemade chili <3
*we also had so good humus
*we got everything moved by 2 pm
*I drove a truck for the first time and loved it :)

Monday, February 28, 2011

From a new place

I'm blogging for the first time ever from my new apartment. It feels so nice to say that. New apartment. What feels even better than that: home. Yeah, I said it. I'm home!! It just gets better because Broly is here. I come home, and my dog is waiting for me. That makes me beyond happy. We really have the most amazing friends in the entire world. They stayed and help move stuff all day. I couldn't ask for better people in my life. We got some awesome chili and good humus. We are slowly, but surely, making this a home. My dog moved in with a cat. This is a first for both of us. He wants to play and she doesn't. She hisses at him and he stares at her, sometimes whining. It's not going too bad. Hopefully, it only gets better.

It feels wonderful to say that I am home.

Friday, February 18, 2011

That feeling

I felt it creeping in last night on the drive home. That empty feeling, settling in the pit of my stomach. I have been down this road many times before. It use to consume me, taking over my entire life. I can now recognize and dig my heels in the ground to stop it. That's what I had to do last night. I don't let it get very far anymore. After drums, dance, food and TV, I went home. I didn't even make it to my door before the tears started. I unlocked the door, put my purse down and headed right back outside. I went for a walk (I know, I know....I shouldn't be walking in the dark alone...please don't fuss). I wasn't sure where the tears came from but man, did they. When I walked back into my apartment, they didn't stop. I cried for about an hour. I couldn't get to sleep. I tossed and turned, finally settling on TV. Just so you know, there's not much good on at 2 in the morning. Did I fail to mention that I had been up since 4:30 am? Yeah, I have no idea why. I fell asleep sometime after 2 only to wake up at 7 am, on the dot. Yeah, thanks body.

On a better note, I'm writing music again. So far, I have about 6 songs started. If only I could get past the first 30 seconds, I could finish them. I'll just keep writing and singing and hopefully something good comes of it.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I cried

I cried for the loss of years.
I cried for my loss of self.
I cried because time is passing to fast.
I cried because this is harder than I thought.
I cried because I have the most amazing friends ever. They are my family.
I cried because I know I'm stronger than this, even though I don't feel so at times.
I cried to let it all go.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Empty boxes

My living room is a wreck right now. You could say that my whole apartment is. I'm moving in less than two weeks and haven't done a single stitch of packing. The empty boxes in my living room taunt me. I have to fill them with my past, a past that's not so great. I don't want to take that with me. As I look around my apartment, there are a few things that I want to keep but really what I want to do is throw everything away. I ready to be me again, stronger and better. I thought I was okay. I'm still trying to figure things out.

I went to the doctor today, which a friend paid for. Turns out I have bronchitis. I have meds so hopefully I'll be feeling better soon. I spent the day with Jessi, mostly sleeping. I have the most amazing friends in the world. I really do. My love for them is beyond anything you can imagine.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Necklace giveaway

So, I follow this lovely lady's blog. She is an inspiration and amazing. She's hosting a lovely necklace giveaway. All you have to do is tell her what the best thing to happen to you this week was. It's that simple. If I were you, I'd head on over there right now and leave her a comment. Oh, and check out her blog and follow her on twitter. She's so funny :)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Ten on Tuesday

1. What’s your favorite kind of donut? Only from the best donut shop EVER....Meche's; I like glazed and chocolate with sprinkles
2. Do you use the snooze button? Yes, I do. I'm horrible about it. I let it snooze for about an hour before I actually get out of bed.
3. Do you write in cursive, print, or a combination of the two? Mostly in print. I don't like how my cursive writing looks.
4.Tell us a joke. Why did the chicken cross the road?

To make you tell this joke
5. How many languages do you speak? I speak American-English and a very small bit of Spanish. I would like to speak Spanish and French fluently.
6. Why did you start blogging? I started blogging as a way to express myself. Through blogging, I have made some pretty awesome friends.
7. Do you use bar soap or liquid body wash? I use liquid body wash most of the time. I really like the smell of Irish Spring bar soap, though
8. Do you buy bottled water? Yes, even though I know I shouldn't.
9. What did you think of the Super Bowl Half Time Show? I thought it wasn't all that great.
10. How do you feel about Steve Carell leaving The Office? Can it go on without him??

Friday, January 28, 2011

Grace in Small Things

This week:
**winning a giveaway
**guilt free caramel swirl mocha
**writing music
**playing drums

Monday, January 24, 2011

Sexy drawing giveaway

So, remember when I wrote about that awesome giveaway I entered???

Guess what???

Turns out I WON!!!

I'm so excited and thrilled about this!!

I cannot thank this woman enough for hosting such an awesome giveaway!!

Now, what to buy??

Friday, January 21, 2011

Grace in Small Things

So, its been a while since I've done one of these. I figured it was time.

This week:
**The new belly dance session started!
**Learning new choreography
**Two words: drum class
**Learning to trust and be open
**Learning that I can do and be anything I want, as long as I believe
**This awesome new hair:

**These awesome cupcakes, from one of the best roommates in the world:

**Trips to Target with one of my besties and walking around with this on my head:

Yeah, I'm one very lucky girl <3

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Sex drawings giveaway

So, I follow this awesome lady on Twitter, and she just so happens to be having a giveaway. You should go enter her awesome giveaway!!.

This brings up a lot of really painful memories that I have just now begun to face. I can't afford therapy so maybe I'll write about it here. More on this later.

Now, go enter that giveaway!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Changes, big and small

I know I haven't posted in a while, and I did say I wasn't giving up on the blog thing.

Not much has been going in lately but there are exciting things in the near future. We started back up with troupe and classes start in a week. So excited to be back in the studio. I missed it so much. I am cutting my hair in a week!! I'm excited and nervous at the same time. I'm going short but not super short. I haven't had it short in a very long time. It's something I need to do, though. You'll just have to wait and see :D

My big news is that I am moving in with two of my friends at the end of February. I'm so excited for this move. It really couldn't have come at a better time. I hate packing, but I'm going to try to use this as a time to get rid of all the crap I don't need. Yeah, we'll see how that goes lol. Any advice?

Saturday, January 1, 2011

New year, new me

It's 2011!!! Where did the time go? I don't know about everyone else, but I am very thankful that 2010 is behind me. It was a bad year for everyone I know. At the same time, it was a year of love and growth. I learned so much and loved hard.

A few months ago, I thought about shutting this blog down today. It was when all that drama happened with the ex. I thought about it some more and became upset with myself. Why was I letting someone tell me how to live my life? This is MY blog. No one elses. I can write whatever I want on here. If you don't like it, STOP READING! It's that simple. After talking with friends about it, I have decided to keep blogging. I really enjoy it.

I'll leave you with a few pics of the Rock Band 3 NYE party:

Elaine and Crystal :D

Q rocking out on drums

Me and Hayley <3

I know this one is dark but it's of me and Elaine <3

I hope y'all had a fabulous New Year. I hope this year is better than the last.