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Sunday, December 25, 2011

feliz navidad..


Merry Christmas to you and your family!
I have been blessed in many ways this year and I am extremely thankful!!
Today I’m headed to my misters folks casa to eat and celebrate Christmas with them. Last night we went to my aunts casa across the street from us to celebrate with my moms side of the family. I’m pretty excited about today cause we’re having Posole and Gumbo!! We also do a gift exchange and jack each others gifts. I think the game might be called white elephant?! It’s fun watching everyone kinda sorta like their gift and then see something else and steal it haha ;) I might enjoy actually purchasing the gift I bring more than actually playing LOL! We set the rule for a gift that cost no more than $35. As long as you do that, it doesn’t matter what you actually buy.
Alright well it looks like the guys are ready to leave and head to their moms casa.
Once again, Merry Christmas and I hope Santy Claus hooked everyone up!!
..till next time ;]

Monday, December 5, 2011

we moved..


i wanted to make a quick post on my moving status.
the day after thanksgiving is NOT a good day to move haha! thankfully we moved friday and it rained like crazy on saturday. we had the truck loaded in about 3 hours and unloaded in about an hour. i can’t explain how excitamated i am to be so close to work and friends..but i’m a bit sad cause now that i’ve moved to the southwest of houston…my momma’s about 40 minutes to an hour away from me in tomball. and another thing..i feel funny having my room as my momma’s bedroom. i walk in there and i expect to see my momma’s stuff and her laid out on her bed. slowly but surely, i’m sure i’ll get use to it.
i’ll post a foto of our casa once i take a good one. i’m actually considering selling my nikon d60 for a sony alpha nex-5. still not sure, gotta hit up best buy or frys electronics to check it out first. can’t buy something if it doesn’t feel right in my hands. not to mention, it’s not cheap..they run roughly between $499 – $700. so yes, must be sure before i purchase a new one. my thing is i want something a bit more compact..maybe lighter. carrying D around is a pain in the ass..and yesssss i know that back in the day they were heavy as fuck! but still, if it’s available to me..then why the hell not?!
alrighty, back to work i go. happy monday!!
..till next time ;]

Thursday, November 24, 2011

gobble gobble..



“i would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” -g.k chesterton
i’m thankful for my family, the ones who put up with all my shit and make me feel loved! i’m thankful for my health, especially being able to survive the last two weeks with that nasty sickies!! i’m thankful for my job, the one i’ve been able to hold down for three years+ even though sometimes I wanna hang myself!! i’m thankful for my friends, the online, the offline, the new and old that i’ve made along the way!! i’m thankful for my four 4-legged kids that are needy as fuck!! i’m thankful for my mister, the guy who does just about anything to make me smile!!
i’m thankful for where I am today and the things I have accomplished (even tho its not much lol)!!
i’m thankful for those who have served and are currently serving!! without you, none of us would be able to live in this amazing country we call home!!
laugh a lot, eat everything in sight, and show love to those who you’re grateful for!!
tomorrow morning i’ll be moving shit and regretting all of today’s grub..but it’ll be worth it!!
happy thanksgiving everyone!! :)
..till next time ;]

Monday, November 21, 2011

packin' it up..


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we’re moving back to alief, our home on friday. yeah kinda sucks that we decided to do it the day after turkey day..but ehh we figured we’d knock it out friday and we don’t have to worry about it the rest of the weekend.
so yeah we started packing today. major fail! heh but we really only need to stick some bs in boxes and we’re good.
while empting out my bookshelf, i came across some film. film that i thought i had either lost or forgotten in cali last year LOL!!  apparently i had put it in a great spot and forgot all about it.  last year i attended a lomography class and they gave us a free roll. we walked down santa monica blvd and snapped a crappload of fotos. i srsly thought i had lost that roll. thank goodness for moving cause eek!!! i found it w five other unused rolls!!!
can’t wait to get to the new place!!!
..till next time ;]

Thursday, November 17, 2011

dia de los muertos 2011..





dia de los muertos 2011, ca, a set on Flickr.
Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in many cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico, where it attains the quality of a National Holiday, and all banks are closed. The celebration takes place on November 1–2, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints’ Day (November 1) and All Souls’ Day (November 2). Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. (viawikipedia)
i was in cali for this years dia de los muertos.  rain invited me to attend the santa ana’s 9th annual noches de altares with her family. the only other event that i had attended to celebrate dia de los muertos was in houston at the lawndale art center, so i most def had to take her up on the invite.
the altares had many different themes. some to honor grandparents, kids, military, immigrants, etc.
what i liked most about this event was all the colors..and how unique everyone looked. def a great night!
visit my flickr to see the pics from that night.
..till next time ;]

Thursday, November 10, 2011

60 things to be grateful for in life..



really good list. check it out. here's a couple of 'em...

9. Your speech – For giving you the outlet to express yourself
19. Tears – For helping you express your deepest emotions
22. Pain – For you to become a stronger person
42. Books – For adding wisdom into your life

i can't remember where i found tiny buddha but it's very inspiring. i subscribed to the site and receive positive enforcement in my inbox. very very helpful! sometimes it's easier to get caught up in the negativity than it is to realize how many things you have in your life to be positive and grateful for.

..till next time ;]

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

fear and loathing..


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visited an LA goodwill with xenia and her familia last week. didn’t look at any of their clothes, shoes, or purses. I followed rain to the book section. I was super surprised to see a huge selection of books. the houston goodwill’s that i’ve been to (trust me, I visit a lot of them) don’t have any books. and if they do, I sure as hell don’t like any of ‘em. rain found this book and I knew I had to get it. i’ve never seen the full movie, but I thought what I saw was great. johnny depp and benecio del toro are fantastical actors in this movie. 
book originally cost $1.75 when it came out. trippy..
..till next time ;]

the jack shirt..


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I can go on and on about jack from the nightmare before xmas..but for your sanity and mine of course, i’ll refrain from doing that. keeping this short..i bought this black jack shirt from the disney store on thursday. my plan was to get it for my mister..but it was small for him. he thinks sub-conciously I did it on purpose lol who knows lol
point is, i now have a jack shirt! yayy!!
cari from inland empirical is hitting up disneyland for her birfday on the 13th. im jealous and totally making her buy me a jack backpack I regret buying ever since I left cali. it was $30 and truly awesome. I remember seeing a chick w it way before we went to disneyland and I neeeeed it! hopefully cari will find it and hook me up. i’ll be giving her the money thru paypal of course. k- i’m sure i’ll have more jack posts soon. :)
..till next time ;]

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

the versa..


arrived in cali on saturday the 29th. just like last time, when i stepped outside the airport it was nice not having the humidity slap the shit out of me.  looked for my shuttle and jumped on.  i headed to the car rental place and was greeted by a sweet lady named ana.  she told me to hit up one of the kiosk to get my car. the kiosk i was working on started trippin so she came over and helped me out.  when the kiosk printed out my receipt she told me to go outside to the third row and to pick any car, keys were on the driver door.
i was like whaaaaa, you’re kidding right?! shit i’m use to having the car picked for me…not the other way around lol  i headed outside and saw that there were quite a few cars on the third row and kinda giggled lol  i searched for a nissan versa…only cause i had never driven one and figured it would be nice instead of getting a ford focus haha!  problem was, there was no versa’s. they had HHR’s, dodge caliber’s, crown vics (which is NOT a compact car) some hyundai’s, and a neon green ford fiesta!!!! i was NOT about to ride in a bright ass green car lmao it was just not gonna happen so i put my bags behind the caliber and figured i’d check the other cars out and save the caliber. nothing else did it for me so i popped the trunk and in my bags went. got in my new ride and drove off.
versa, the dodge caliber rental

it’s not the BEST car in the world yanno..cause gracie, my VW is the best lol but i really like it and i think i picked the right car. it’s comfy, good on gas, the trunk is somewhat of a hatchback and it serves as a great place to sit and shoot the shit.  i’m srsly liking this car!!
so meet versa.  i named her versa cause it just fit lol the funny part about this is that all i see everywhere are freaking nissan versas..EVERYWHERE!!! if i said i’ve seen less than 80 since i’ve been here…i’d be lying!!  another thing that’s pretty sweet about versa is that she’s from nevada. she’s a gambler hahaha!! i’m loving her all up tho!!
i’ll share some more next time..waiting to go out with xenia to grub it up. we’re hitting up some thrift shops, a japanese buffet, and checking out the coast.  cali is awesome, but it’s so much fun with rainy. damnit i wish i lived here. i’d be harassing her fam every single day lol i told my mom last night i wasn’t going back to houston and she said she’d be mad cause i’m suppose to be renting out her house dec 1st lol maybe later on in life i’ll move my ass over here and enjoy the weather, the people, and the activities.
..till next time ;]

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

california love..


hollywood farmer's market
saturday is the BIG day! i'm going back to californiaaaaaa!!!!
the excitement is killing me!! i cannot wait to get on the plane...granted i'll be heading to colorado first..or was it arizona?! eh, doesn't matter..i'll be on my happy way come saturday morning at 8:30.  not only will i be seeing cali again, i get to see my baby mama again..not only that..but she's preggos so i get to meet peanut (the baby). her son duke named the baby peanut. cute right?! so yes i get to see the G family real soon!
last year i stayed for four days i think...can't get everything done in that time..so this year i'll be there a full week..including halloween and dia de los muertos.

xenia & ari

lots of activities this year too. knotts berry farm -  the halloween haunt lol doing that sunday night! they have 13 freaking mazes and lots and lots of monsters. that's def gonna be a great night. i'll also hit the hollywood farmer's market from last year. had a blast with rain and her family.  also met vinyl soul there. beautiful music! hope to catch them there again. thanks to the stinky dallas airport i didn't get to houston till almost midnight..which meant, i needed the next day, monday, off or else i wouldn't of been worth shit at work. :x
gangsta gemma

so yes i'll be hitting up the knotts and then monday, halloween, i'm hitting up the hollywood halloween carnaval.  the fotos from that are going to be awesome! apparently it's 
the largest halloween street party in the world. each year, more than 500,000 people take to the streets of santa monica blvd to enjoy the craziest costumes ever. best part?! it's FREE! my kind of carnaval heh ;] i've got some ideas on what i wanna be..but haven't bought anything.  i've got two ideas...the v for vendetta dude.  i just gotta get the mask at party city and dress all in black. that's a pretty easy costume..and cheap! orrrr gemma from sons of anarchy..and that was rainy's idea lol i've gotta get a crazy wig tho lol!

this cali trip is gonna be better than last year..and filled with lots and lots of shizzle. i'd like to go to the nightmare before xmas 4d show too at el capitan on hollywood blvd.  damnit, i wish houston had as much as cali does :[ damnit damnit damnit! i'm gonna visit the tim burton exhibit at LACMA cause he's freaking awesome!  it started last year a couple days after i left. it ends the 31st so i've gotta see if before it's over.
i plan on making california an annual trip cause it's awesome and cause my baby mama is there! next year i plan on taking the mister...maybe towards the end of april (his birthday) and this way i can meet peanut!!!

the only thing i'm not looking forward to is the weather.  a cold front is coming to houston this weekend and the heat isn't going anywhere in cali. booooo!! still tho, it's a different type of heat. we'll see how it goes.

..till next time ;]

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

marriage, brothers, & balloons..


congrats to vin & becca!

congrats to vince & becca on their marriage.  these two have been together forever and it’s great that they tied the knot.  vince is my mister’s best friend…he got to be the best man too!

may your future hold lots and lots of babies <3
my mister’s little big brother is back in houston to stay…for a while.  he was living in austin for a couple years and decided to sell everything he & his girl (currently ex-girl) and backpack through europe.  3 months later, they came back to the states, OK to be exact.  worked a little on the joplin hurricane recovery.  came down for vince & becca’s wedding and decided to stay.  wish ya nothing but luck allen!!  hope to hear you’ll be moving in with us soon cause we really need a chef haha! <3
the little big brother is back..
john's fantastical foto of the balloon festival

checked out the ballunar liftoff festival in nasa this past weekend.  the wind was hardcore so they didn’t let any of them really fly.  my mister & i left before these were up..we honestly didn’t think they would do anything.  i was pretty disappointed…i’ve never been on a hot air balloon & i had never seen one up close. ehh, maybe next time.
as for the apt hunting…mom’s moving to tomball, tx to be closer to her job and save on gas.  the best part about it is that she moves and the mister and i get to head back to alief (southwest houston), our home.  i cannot describe how happy i’m going to be.  not to mention it’s only like 15 min away from our job..eff the 45 min drive to and from work!!  the packing begins after my trip..which will be discussed about in it’s own post. :]
..till next time ;]

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

photoswap..


smash burgers :]
liquor shelf..sweaty beer..pass that red light...the work trucks..peek-a-boo

photoswap 2011, a set on Flickr.

last month i hooked myself up with rhianne's photoswap. pretty self-explanatory. rhianne sends you and email with someones info and you take fotos and send the roll to your partner. your partner develops it and posts it on flickr.

last year was my first time signing up & i was STOKED!! but, my partner never came through for me. i sent her my roll and waited and waited and waited...never got shit. i even emailed her and asked if i sent her some money if she would send my roll back...nada! so i gave up on it. this year when rhianne posted about it, i was totally ON IT!!

my partner was liana & she's freaking awesome!! she's from NY and knows her way around cameras.  i got her roll yesterday and developed it today. i just finished uploading her fotos & ahhhh, i LOVE them.

..till next time ;]

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