Friday, March 30, 2012

The Boyfriend picks another movie.

I haven't made a real post in a while.

Sorry y'all.  Been substitute teaching every day for the past 2 weeks, and come home wanting to sleep forever.

So this week, the local discount theater is going to screen Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Call me spoiled, picky, or whatever...but this doesn't sound fun to me.
Any movie where plots do not make sense, have pointless explosions happen and force 3D artists to wait hours for fireballs to render for a 5 second clip, or have Nicolas Cage in them usually don't call my attention.

The Boyfriend hasn't made a motion to see this movie at all since it's initial release a few weeks ago, but upon seeing the listing, he got kinda excited.
I can't tell if he was really excited, or just messing with me to get a reaction. Sometimes he does it to see what I'll do or say.

This is an exact dramatization of the moment Boyfriend informed me that this movie will be screened at the theater:
my DrawSomething drawing skills pay off on Microsoft Paint.  Notice the expert lines, the expert shading, and the realistic hair.  I should do this for commission.

So far, I have succeed in not seeing this movie.
Let's see how far I can hold on to this.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Movie Review: The Hunger Games.

The Hunger Games (2012)

Two years ago, I read the books for the first time and I was just enthralled. One year ago I found out the movie was in production.  It's been a hell of a year of waiting to see this finally come to life!

So the Boyfriend, my friends Jeanne, jaime, Amy and Andrea all went to see the midnight screening last night.  Fun times, those midnight screenings.  

The Hunger Games is a young adult novel written by Suzanne Collins. It is written in the voice of sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in a post-apocalyptic world in the country of Panem where the countries of North America once existed. The Capitol, a highly advanced metropolis, holds absolute power over the rest of the nation. The Hunger Games are an annual event in which one boy and one girl aged 12 to 18 from each of the 12 districts surrounding the Capitol are selected by lottery to compete in a televised battle in which only one person can survive.  [x]


My rating? 4 out of 5 stars.

I will always like the books more.

That being said, I enjoyed the movie very much.  
Yes, parts had to be altered to get a PG13 rating to let the younger fan base in. Yes, parts had to be cut or rearranged to fit in a 2 hour movie.  All adaptions do this.
Even then, the movie flowed very well and left me satisfied in seeing one of my favorite books come to life.

Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss) did very well portraying our leading lady and Josh Hutcherson was the perfect Peeta.  Any reservations I had when the casting was announced early last year are out the window completely. Their chemistry is pretty spot on, and - oh gosh- the way Peeta looks at Katniss is just heartbreaking and sweet all at the same time.

I know there are people who didn't read the books, so I don't want to say too much in order to avoid too many spoilers. 
The movie is told in the same manner of the books: from Katniss's point of view. The focus remains on Katniss most of the time, but the movie does show other features at times like the Gamemakers controlling the arena environment, the other tributes in the arena, and even a few shots of the people in Districts 11 and 12 watching live.  

When I read the books, I found it funny how everyone was fascinated with Katniss and dubbed her The Girl on Fire. They all loved her and rooted for her. And poor Peeta was just Peeta, the lover boy.  

Source: Tumblr
I can see why though. Katniss is the darling because she volunteers herself to save her sister.  So the people of the capitol already find her to be something "different" and special.

The movie is no different. It does show how Katniss was the darling from District 12 and how Peeta helped elevate her to that status by just being himself and declaring his love for her on national TV with Cesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci).
The way Peeta tries in earnest to save Katniss always tugs at my heartstrings. 

The scene I am happy they left intact was Rue's scene.  It was beautiful. The flowers, the song, and symbolic symbol to the cameras. It was perfect.

Above all, I do think that The Hunger Games shows us how reality tv is affecting what we tolerate.  The citizens of the Capitol revel in the Games annually. They hold parties, they celebrate, their children play games reminiscent of the tributes killing each other for laughs.
It pokes at the current reality tv trend, and how people are fascinated with seeing other people's lives on tv, and other people's misfortunes on tv.  

Televising the children of Panem hacking away at each other is just another thing for the people of the Capitol and some of the "career" districts. They are desensitized to seeing death.

It's terrifying. 

Anyway, I'm not saying more, just for you to go see it for yourself.  
I enjoyed it very much, and I hope I get to go see it again soon without the noisy little teenagers around. 


For the midnight screening, my friend Jeanne and I asked a friend of our to make us some custom shirts.  He is awesome at stenciling and bleaching shirts, so we couldn't resist.

Me. This is the front of the shirts.
This is Jeanne showing off the back of the shirts.
Both Jeanne and I are citizens of District 9, the Harvest District.  We were placed by the offical site,  Get placed, then tell me what district you get!

If you'd like, read why I think Katniss is totally better than Bella Swan.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Movie Review: Casa De Mi Padre.

Casa De Mi Padre (2012)

My dad had been seeing the previews and press for this movie on Univision for weeks now and had a big interest in seeing it, and it was only fitting that I take him on opening night of March 16, since March 16 happens to be his birthday.  :)

The Boyfriend and I also found the premise of the movie to be hilarious, so he, my mom and dad and I all went together to see this.

Casa De Mi Padre (English: House of My Father) is a  Spanish-language American comedy film. The film stars Will Ferrell, Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna and Génesis Rodríguez. The film has been described to be in the style of an "overly dramatic telenovela" and tells the story of Armando Alvarez, who must save his father's ranch from a powerful drug lord.  [x]


My rating?  3.5 out of 5 stars. It was a fun movie to watch!

Let me start with the obvious Spanish language spoken in the film.  Yes, it is all in Spanish with a few lines here or there in English.
I speak Spanish fluently, so it was no big deal for me.  I understood it all, with the exception of some of Will Ferrell's lines.  Luckily, it is all subtitled, so I got it all! 

I love subtitled films,  so that in itself was no big deal.

The movie is a parody of Mexican B films and novelas (soap operas) and they do it very well.  With props that are just ridiculous (fake horses in one scene, obvious fake backdrops, a calf that was brown, but turns black when carried, puppets, etc) and deliberate film errors like seeing the camera crew in sunglasses, or the boom mic in another pair of sunglasses, it gives the film the B quality they aimed for.

I think one of my favorite parts was a shot of the city they were in filmed as toys. Toy buildings, toy funny!

The camera angles on a lot of the scenes were amazing.
Yes, there were a lot of shitty angles since, again, they are trying to be cheesy. But that didn't stop the cinematographer from taking creative license at times and making some of the scenes absolutely fantastic.

Will Ferrell, who plays Armando Alvarez,  speaks pretty good in Spanish! You can tell he practiced a lot, and has the enunciation to prove it!  Mad props to Will for taking on this role and doing a grea job learning a new language.
It's funny how Armando's family - who are very, very Mexican - do not question the blonde man they call their son/brother. They even have a cameo from Molly Shannon who is a cousin!

The best part of this movie is the duo of Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna. 

Gael Garcia Bernal y Diego Luna. que guapos!
These two are my future Mexican husbands.  Yes, the Boyfriend knows this.

I love these guys. Any movie they are in is typically amazing. I might be biased on that statement.  But there is no denying their true, raw talent. 

They already came into this movie with great on-screen chemistry, having worked together in films like Y Tu Mama Tambien and  Rudo y Cursi (which I still need to see!) and it shows how well they bounce lines off each other like it's no big deal. Their comedic timing is gold.
Both these guys don't do many comedies and stick to a lot of dramas, so it was refreshing to see this side of them.

Enough fangirling.

The movie was great.  If you like cheesy B films that are reminiscent of Mexican novelas, old westerns and Mexican ranchero films, then this film is for you.
If you loved Talledega Nights and Anchorman, then this film is for you.
Be prepared to read subtitles if you don't know Spanish, and look for all the things the film makers did to make the movie as cheese-tastic as possible! 

Friday, March 16, 2012

Happy birthday to the best dad ever!

Happy birthday to my dad!

The best dad any girl can ask for.  <3

He is 67 years young today!!

Dad and his cheese cake  :D

Why Katniss Everdeen is better than Bella Swan.

It's no secret that I dislike the Twilight series.

It is also no secret that a lot of people are not fans of Bella Swan...the clumsy, too-in-love-to-function girl of virginal vampires wet dreams around the world.

It pains me that a lot of little girls look up to Bella, because she has everything they think they want: a boy who will do anything for them, including die upon thinking she died. Kind of Romeo and Juliet-ish, I realize, but I'm no advocate for Romeo and Juliet either. 

So with the ever so exciting series, The Hunger Games, gracing us a week from now in movie theaters across the country, I'm compelled to list my reasons to why I think Katniss Everdeen is the girl that should be looked up to, instead of that *~*~special snowflake~*~* Bella.

WHOA! Watch where you aim that thing, Katniss!
If you are not familiar with The Hunger Games, I suggest you get with the program and read those books!
If you've read them and have read up to this point in this post so far, yay!

A list on why Katniss is a better role model for girls.
**spoiler alert: if you haven't read the book, it's safe to say you might no want to read ahead.

  1. She has strong leadership qualities
    Katniss is a born leader. This is shown from the very beginning when you find out that Katniss became the  head of the family upon her father's death when she was 11. Katniss was the sole provider for the family while her mother lay ill and depressed in bed, unable to care for her or her little sister Primrose.  She learns to hunt efficiently - even though it is a crime punishable by death in her home of District 12 - and trades game for other food and household products. It shows the reader/viewer that girls can also be strong-willed.

    In contrast, Bella is not a leader. Sure, she cooks for her dad and basically takes care of her mom because both her parents are made to look incompetent...but when it comes to herself, she is just another girl looking for a boy to save the day. "Oh Edward, save me from the wretched day in Biology!!  Oh Jacob, save me from being a loser since my boyfriend left me!!"  Girl, get a life.

  2. She is a brave and super talented
    Taught by her dad at an early age, and mentored by her friend Gale, she learns how to use a bow and arrow with the expertise of a marksman. She also learns to hunt by using snares, which sound primitive, but it highly effective to her when in the arena for the Games.
    Her bravery shines early on in the story when she volunteers herself as a tribute to take the place of her sister, Primrose, who was selected at random.
    And during the games, it is Katniss's talent and bravery that get her through the ordeal, and helps keep Peeta alive.

    In contrast, Bella is a whiny little girl.

  3. What romance?
    While boys are part of her life, like Peeta and Gale, they do not make up her entire existence.  It's funny to see sometimes how clueless Katniss is about love, or even how to act like she's in love.  While she acknowledges that she may have feelings toward the opposite sex - and even admits some funny feelings toward Peeta during their time in the cave - she does not let those emotions and thoughts become a priority over her need for survival. 
    This is a huge opposite from characters like Bella, whose entire life revolves around a glittery boy who in turn has his life revolve around her.
    What you get with The Hunger Games is not a love story. It is a story of society, corruption, and survival with a little love mixed in between.
But wait, she has a flaw, right?

In the twilight series, Bella is portrayed as perfect. Her only flaw is that she is a clumsy, silly girl. Not only is this unrealistic to a real human being, but it is annoying as hell.

With her strengths, Katniss does have her flaws. Her main flaw, in my opinion, is her emotions.

While in the Games, Katniss and Peeta begin this whirlwind romance. Katniss thinks this is all for the
 cameras: a romance so strong that sponsors will shower them with gifts and they can make it out of the arena together.

She acts on instinct, which is survival. Since we get to read the book in 1st person, we see her thoughts through the process.  She wonders what move she can do next that will be convincing to the audience that she loves Peeta. She wonders how many kisses it will take to receive some food from sponsors. Etc.
She doesn't even realize that Peeta isn't acting.  He truly cares about her, and is heartbroken at the end of the games to find out that she was just trying to survive.

This is all put together by her Haymitch's (her mentor) words after they are released from the Games because of the stunt she and Peeta did using the nightlock berries:

"Listen up. You’re in trouble. Word is the Capitol’s furious about you showing them up in the arena. The one thing they can’t stand is being laughed at and they’re the joke of Panem,” says Haymitch.
“Your only defense can be you were so madly in love you weren’t responsible for your actions.” Haymitch pulls back and adjusts my hairband. “Got it, sweetheart?” He could be talking about anything now.

“Got it,” I say. “Did you tell Peeta this?”
“Don’t have to,” says Haymitch. “He’s already there"

From The Hunger Games
She has to be told and trained on when to be in love.
This is her flaw.

 Okay, I finished.

I have my tickets for the midnight screening already, and counting down the days until showtime.
I'm excited to see this story come to life!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Livestock Show fun times.

Every year, the Boyfriend and I have gone to the RGV Livestock Show, one of the bigger events in our corner of Texas, to see his little sister show her goat and enjoy some of the sights. 

This year, his sister Lynda showed yet another goat.  I like goats. They have this awesome little nose and cute floppy ears. So cute!

Unfortunately, they hate cameras, and never sit still enough for a photo. This is the closest I got to getting a photo of her goat in the pen:

Her goat is the one NOT looking at the camera.
The goat cleaning it's hoof.
She showed the goat in the Market Goat Showmanship event, but didn't place this year. 

The Boyfriend's little sister, Lynda, leading her goat.
I'm sure she'll hate that I posted these. But oh's my blog.  :)
It's a good looking goat, but there were more muscular goats in the category.  Oh well.  Better luck next year!
She is a high school junior this year, so next year is her last year to be a part of the stock show.

So we went off sight seeing.  

I love little set ups like this.
Boyfriend found a game named after him. Sweet.  No, we didn't play, because the carnival wasn't open yet.
We also walked around the animal pens to see other animals there to be shown by 4H students.
These two cows caught my eye right away. They just looked so calm and sweet, and were even resting their heads on each other. 

I want to take them home and keep them forever.
One of the bigger Budweiser Clydesdale horses.
Have you ever seen the Budweiser Clydesdale horses?  Those are HUGE horses.  That photo is eye level, so my head reaches it's stomach. This one was one of the bigger horses...
They are glorious to look at. Horses with built in Ugg boots are awesome.

For the record, I don't like Uggs, but they look cool on horses.

Bunnies are cool, too.

These are the Boyfriend's cousin's bunnies.  :)

One thing people love about the Livestock show is the variety of food available.
Now there are safe foods like Pizza, burgers, hot dogs, tacos, etc...which is what I stick to. I'm not very adventurous when it comes to festival foods. My tummy would hate me for days, I'm sure, if I went too crazy.

Here are a few of the food booths that stuck out to the Boyfriend and I this year:

The fried foods booth. Fried desserts.
Let's take a closer look at that menu:

Deep fried shortcake, cheesecake, twinkies, oreos and snickers bars.
Mexican food booth.
Looks like a simple unassuming taco booth. Right?  Look at the sign to the far right.  Tripas. 
Tripas are gross.
Tripas, also known as Machitos, in Mexican cuisine are the small intestines of farm animals that have been cleaned, boiled and grilled. Tripas are used as filling for tacos, then dressed with condiments such as cilantro, chopped onions, and chile sauce.  [x]

It's gross, gross, gross.
And the line for Tripas is always HUGE. People will buy tons of these.

And lastly:
wow. mashed potatoes on a stick.
I want to know how they managed both of these, and why that lady bought a lot of them.

All these choices in food, and people wonder why south Texas is rated one of the areas with the fattest people in the country.

But that didn't stop me from ordering my annual allowance of fried oreos.

I allow myself one order of these every year at the show. Only one.
They are yummy.

Another thing I like to see at the Show is the questionable fashion.
People wearing jeans too small for them. People wearing boots all wrong. People in shorts who shouldn't be wearing shorts.  
People watching is great.

But the one that caught my eye yesterday is that people are starting to wear holsters for water bottles.
This didn't bother me much, though. It's fine when people wear the holsters on their hip like a gun, or when kids wear them cause kids loose everything.

The one water bottle holster wearing person that bothered me was this lady who wore the holster on her butt.

She was walking around like this.

Clinton Kelly and Stacy London would be laughing and weeping at the same time.

Seriously lady, flip that holster around or just carry the damn bottle. 

Monday, March 12, 2012

30 Day Challenge - Day 30. IT'S FINALLY OVER!

Day 30 - A picture of yourself this day and 5 good things that happened since this challenge.
See the original 30 Day Challenge post here.
This challenge lasted more than 30 days because sometimes I get unmotivated to blog.  BUT I FINISHED!
Photo of today:
Mirror shot.  Why the hell not?
5 good things that have happened since I began the challenge:
  1. I experienced my first airplane ride;
  2. The Boyfriend and I discovered Party Down on Netflix;
  3. I learned that I like fried zucchini;
  4. Saw one of the best movies I have ever seen;
  5. I started the story project, The Smile Project, that I've always wanted to do.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

My dear, sweet, Princess.

Princess in December 2011.
With a heavy heart, I write this post in memory of my dear, sweet Princess.

She passed away today around 11am after a long,hard recovery form tumor removal surgery. She was 11 years old.

Princess was our family dog. She was the first dog I wasn't afraid of. I used to be terrified of dogs as a kid, and when Princess was brought into our lives, I was hooked.

She came to us a a 2 or 3 weeks old pup.  Her mom has been run over, and left behind a number of puppies.  My mom took her in and bottle fed her for a few weeks before she was able to handle solids.

Princees being bottle fed as a puppy by my mom.
She was a tiny little thing!  I fell in love with her instantly.   I remember how the first day we got her, I sat her on my lap and she peed on me. haha! With some love, she was weaned off the bottle and started on solids.

Baby Princess waiting to be fed. She was so tiny, she fit under the kitchen cabinets.
She was an awesome puppy. Always happy and full of life. I remember coming home from school and band practice to a happy dog with a giant wagging tail.

izone camera photo!  Princess at 3 months.
She never got the hang of being house trained too well, and she loved being outdoors, so the decision to make her an outdoor dog was made. 

We didn't just leave her out there, don't worry.  She got an awesome dog house equipped with pillows, blankets and space heater for winter. She had plenty of running room, trees, grass, the works.  

From 2004 or 2005. I desperately tried getting a photo with her, but she wouldn't let me!
She was amazing. Always playful and full of love to give.  She loved being petted on her tummy the most.  I taught her how to give "kissy kissy" kisses, where she would stick her nose up at you and wait for a kiss.  Sweet little girl loved her kisses!

About 4 years back, she had the first tumor.  It was located by her "lady parts" and was removed quickly.  The tumor, it was discovered, was non-cancerous. She recovered within a few days and was back to normal.

Last October, another tumor was found on one of her lower mammary glands. It was removed, and being 10 years old at the time, her recovery was a bit slower.  Within two weeks, she was back to normal. 

She was playing again, running around with Lola and Bubbles in the backyard, and eating regularly again.

This last month, we discovered that the tumor removed in October came back.  She was scheduled for her surgery on February 29, 2012. She came back home after the vet removed a 4 pound tumor from her mammaries.
She had a 6 inch incision on her chest. It was a big surgery.

She was recovering well for a couple of days, when all of sudden she stopped responding. She went from eating and drinking everything in sight to just lying there and refusing any type of food and drink.
My mom and I took her to the vet just about every day this last week. She got shots, medications, etc...and was force fed food and given IV treatments to try to get her to liven up.  But the food never stayed down and she never livened up.  She was just in so much pain.
It was as if she was ready to let go.

I sat with her the other night while she was listless on the floor, and I asked her, "Princess, what is it that you want? Do you want to fight this, or are you tired?"  
She looked at me, then looked back down and sighed.
The light that once filled her eyes was gone.
My Princess was ready. And she had been telling us all week, but we wanted to keep her around.  
We humans are selfish sometimes, you see.  We are unwilling to let go, even when it's sometimes the right thing to do.

This morning, after discovering that she could no longer stand up, my mom made the decision to call our Vet and end her pain.
The Boyfriend came over, and all three of us took her down to the clinic.  
I stayed with her the entire time.  I told her how beautiful she was, how much I loved her, and how she will always be the best puppy I have ever known.  

At around 11am, she took her last breath.  The was peaceful.

I'm crying as I type this.  I can't believe she is gone.  
She is now buried in the back yard, in her favorite spot to lie down besides the shed. 

My little girl, my Princess, is now an angel.  I do believe there is a special spot in Heaven for all those who are our best friends.  I know my cats from childhood are up there, and they greeted her with open paws. 

Princess.  2000-2012. Rest in peace, my beautiful girl.

Princess, I love you. We will all miss you, and I look forward to seeing you again someday in Heaven waiting at those pearly gates with your ever present smile and wagging tail.  Please be good up there. Watch down on us, on Lola and on Bubbles, and wait for us.  We will all see you again someday.  I love you.

When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Middle school stories.

The Boyfriend and I talked about middle school today over milkshakes which prompted this post.

When I get an assignment to sub for middle school classes, I always get flashbacks of my own middle school years.  I see the "cool" kids, the "awkward" kids, the "i wish i were home" kids, and the "i totally dig being at school kids."  
To me, those awkward years of 6-8th grades where just not fun.

I was never a bullied child, but I had my moments where I felt like a complete outsider and like the world was against me.

I know, i know... everyone felt that that in middle school or high school at least once, so it's nothing special...but every experience to every person is unique and affects us differently.

I hated middle school. I loved being in band and my group of band friends, but I hated my time in middle school.  Some people just made it shit for me.

Me in 8th grade. My eyebrows needed desperate help.
The moment I realized I was a "fly-on-the-wall" in middle school was the very 1st day in 6th grade.  All of a sudden, we all had different classes. The people I went to elementary school with were still there, but we no longer stuck together.  We all had our own groups, and our own classes.

Around the middle of the day, I realized I had a science class coming up. At my middle school, 6th grade was upstairs, 7th was downstairs, and 8th was in a the annex next to the main building. All the science classes were in the 8th grade annex, since it had the modern lab stuff.

Not knowing exactly how to get the annex in time, I decided to look around for help.  I overheard a girl I went to elementary school with talking to a friend of hers about how she just left science class and that she loved seeing the class snake, hamsters, and spiders and couldn't wait to go back.
I went up to her and asked, "hey! I have science next. How do I get to the annex?"
She looked me in the eye and said, "I don't know." Then walked away giggling with her friend.

That was the moment I realized this was a whole other ballgame.  That the girl I used to know is no longer someone I knew...I was easily pushed aside to her.

I am convinced that if I wasn't in band during 6th grade, I would've never met the amazing group of friends I had in middle school.  They made me feel like I mattered, not like someone you can push aside.

In 7th grade, I had my first boyfriend. He was one of the coolest kids in the 7th grade (and i have no idea where he is now!) and he liked me. 
ME. Out of all people - me.  
He would walk me to class, hold my hand after school, and was even the source of my first kiss. 

Needless to say, I had a groups of girls who HATED me because of this adolescent relationship I had with this boy.  When I mean hated, I don't mean that they glared at me when I walked down the hall and left it at that. I mean the vindictive hate.

They fabricated a letter that said things along the lines of "I'm only with him because I want sex. I want to have sex with his friends. I want sex. sex. sex. sex." I don't remember who they addressed the fake letter to, but I remember that it was typed out, since they couldn't mimic my handwriting.
Then they made over 50 copies of the letter they made up and threw them around school.  Put them in lockers, put them in classes and gave one to the boy who was my boyfriend. 
I was 12. I didn't know what sex was when I was 12. 
I had just gotten my first kiss...and I thought that was taking it too far.  
And here are these girls saying that I was this 12 year old sex maniac and making a fool out of me...just because this boy liked me and not them.

I was crushed.  I was laughed at. I was the odd one out.

The school counselors had caught wind of it, and had me, the boy, and the girls involved join them in a meeting.  It was revealed that I had nothing to do with it...and I think they either had on-campus suspension or at home suspension for being twats.

The boy I was with broke up with me because he didn't believe that I didn't write it.
Boy broke my 7th grade heart. 

My 7th grade year was just a mess because of this.

Luckily it was all forgotten by 8th grade.
But in 8th grade, I had a group of boys who were in my trombone section in band who weren't fond of me.  I was 1st chair trombone, and the boys were all beneath me. I rocked the trombone better, so what!?

One boy started calling me "billboard" because he said my forehead was too big. 
Refer to the photo's not big...but boys are mean when threatened by a girl.

That nickname stuck with that group of boys, so I spent all of 8th grade being taunted by them.  They would see me in the halls and hit my forehead with the palm of their hands and say "BILLBOARD" out loud.
They were mean.
But i never got off 1st chair, so I at least kept them down in band. 

I'm still very self-conscious of my forehead because of those boys. 13 years later, and I still hear "billboard" in my head when I am fixing my hair.  
Those fuckers. 

It was still a good time, though.  I had an amazing group of friends that I share a lot of memories with, who remained friends with me throughout high school, and even to this day.  One of them is going to be my Man Of Honor when i get married.  :)
I wouldn't trade those friends in for anything in the world.

High school was a lot better.  I don't think I have any bad stories about high school, aside from a shitty boyfriend.  Ha!

And college? College was the best time.  I had an amazing college experience. I got two degrees in fields I love, and I got to meet the Boyfriend  for the 2nd time in our lives.  If that isn't amazing, I don't know what is.

So I guess I made up for the bad.  :)

Anyway...thank you for reading this far.  :)
I just needed to post this for whatever reason.

A revisit to my love affair with cake, and life with the Boyfriend in the before time when he had cooties.

That was a long title.

Most of you might remember a little post I made about myself and the announcement of my lifelong affair with cake and chicken that I made here.  New readers, please read, otherwise the following set of photos will not make sense.  :)

So when I turned 1, the church my family used to go to threw a mini birthday party in the Children's Church unit. We had cake and punch.  As you know, i loved - and still love - cake, so I was in heaven.

The following are from 1987, when I turned 1.

Look at my face.  I am DETERMINED to make sure no one took my cookie OR my cake.
Note: My middle name is Cristina, hence the name "Cristina being on the cake.
In what could only be a moment of insanity, I attempted to share my slice of cake with the boy next to me.  I must've been dehydrated.
Me, crying, because I was being removed from the cake area. You never rip a baby from their true love. It's just mean.
Hope you enjoyed those.
Now I want cake.


The next topic according to my title header, is about the Boyfriend.

He and I went to school together in elementary. We met in Kinder and were classmates until he left in 4th grade to another school...then met up again in college.
A lot of people love this. Some people don't believe it's possible.
I found a (blurry) photo from a Kinder field trip to our local Zoo where Paul was in my mom's buddy group.

My mom actually remembers having Paul in her group, so I know I'm not bluffing.

I expertly noted where he is, where I am, and where my mom is:

Blurry photo from a one-time use camera in 1990.  I'm all stylish in all red and white tennis shoes. Damn I look good. and there is the Boyfriend!!
I also found our matching 2nd grade portraits.  Notice the matching books...totally the same school.  :)
He is adorable. I look funny.
All together now:  "AAAWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!"

This was fun.   :)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

30 Day Challenge - Day 29.

Day 29 - Three wishes..
See the original 30 Day Challenge post here.
 I actually answered this on a post a couple days back :)

1) equality for all people
2) happiness for myself and others
3) to meet Darren Criss.
See, I wished for everyone AND myself.  haha!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

A Harry Potter post, y'all.

This video made me tear up and feel like I need to revisit the books again like I do every year. 

The 11 questions tagged post. In my case, 22 questions. Yay!

So I was tagged by both Breakfast at Tina's and 20 Something Muddle to complete 11 questions tagged by each.  First, i will get out of the way the people I will tag and the questions you shall be answering:

And my questions for those of you tagged are:
  1. What is the greatest, most defining, moment of your life so far?
  2. If you had to eat only 3 foods for the rest of your life, what would they be?
  3. Pick 5 songs you would listen in repeat all day.
  4. How would you spend your last day on earth?
  5. If you could bring any endangered species back to life, which would it be and why?
  6. What are your top three goals?
  7. I admit it. Some commercials make me cry. What commercials have made you tear up a bit?
  8. If you could do anything over again, what would it be?
  9. In your opinion, is love real or overrated?
  10. What do you always have with you when you leave your home, aside form the obvious keys and cell phone?
  11. What advice would you give your teenage self?

And now I will answer the questions I was tagged on!  Starting with Breakfast at Tina's questions...

  1. If you could go back and change one thing that happened in your life, what would it be?
    I don't think i would change anything.  Everything has it's purpose and without the happy times and the bad times, I wouldn't be who I am today.  I try to live without regrets, but taking each turn as a learning tool.

  2. What is your astrological sign, and how does it reflect your personality?
    Leo. I'm not into astrology, so maybe someone can help me here?

  3. Which would you give up for the rest of your life: sex or food?
    Oh dear.  This is NOT easy to answer.  But we need food to live, so I would have to say sex.  Even though life will be boring without it, I'm sure. 

  4. If you had to choose between killing the person you love to save the world or killing the rest of the world to save the person you love, which would you do?
    This one is even worse to answer!  Haha!  My heart is sad just thinking about the answer to this.  Do I have to answer?!? 
    I would do what's best for the greater good, I'm sure, but i don't think I would ever be happy again.

  5. What is the most valuable lesson you have ever learned, and who taught it to you?
    "You are worth so much more than this. You are wortht he world to someone, just wait and see."  Told to me by my best friend back when I was stupid and in a bad relationship.  Little did I know I really did have someone waiting for me who loves me more than I could ever describe.

  6. If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
    I used to hate my name, but i've grown to love it. No name changes.  :)

  7. If you could get a degree in anything without having to worry about finding a job in that field, would you get a degree in?
    Musical theater.

  8. What do/did you study in college, and what will/did you do with your degree?
    I have two degrees: one in Graphic Design, and another in Business. 
    I utilize my graphic design degree in my personal and photography life.  I use my Business degree for my small business. It worked.

  9. What song/movie/food/book is your guilty pleasure?
    Song - Anything Backstreet Boys.
    Movie - Now and Then.
    Food - Pizza Rolls.
    Book - The Jessica Darling series.

  10. You have a fortune that will make or break your country's economical state. Would you give it to your own country to prevent a decade of substandard welfare, or would you give it to a Third World country to start a lifetime of quality living?
    This is selfish of me, but I would probably give it to my country. 
    Or split the monies into both.

  11. How would you spend your last day on earth?
    With family and in his arms.

And now the questions I was tagged for from 20 Something Muddle...

  1.  What one thing in your life do you feel most proud of?Starting my own business.  I can't wait for the day it takes off further and it becomes my only job.  :)
  2. If you could have 3 wishes, what would they be and why?I would wish for 1) equality for all people, 2) happiness, and 3) to meet Darren Criss.
    See, I wished for everyone AND myself.  haha!
  3. What is your happiest childhood memory?I have a lot of happy memories. My family gave me a great I would have to be totally sappy here, but my whole childhood is a great memory.
  4. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?Happily married (*wink* to the boyfriend here), with a child or two working as a successful photographer with an equally successful husband. :)
  5. What are the top 10 things on your bucket list?Learn to swim. Become part of a dog rescue community. Get a studio. Go para-sailing. Swim with dolphins. Have children some day and be the best parent I could be.  Go to NYC and see many Broadway shows.  Go to Europe. Own my own home. This is a recent one: become a cinematographer for something...then win an award for it.  :)
  6.  What are your feel good songs that make you smile when you're sad?Don't You - Darren Criss
    I Won't Give Up - Jason Mraz
    Defying Gravity - Wicked Soundtrack
  7. If you had to choose 3 things to make you happy, what would you choose and why?
    Spending time with my boyfriend and Lola, because nothing makes me happier than being surrounded by love.
    Watching a good movie with drinking hot chocolate, no explanation needed.
    Taking damn good photos at a shoot that I can be proud of forever, because it would make me feel accomplished.
  8. What is your tipple of choice?
    I admit that I had to google this one.  I don't drink much, but I like sweet wines and beer that doesn't smell too much like cat pee.
  9. What would your perfect holiday or travel experience be? Describe it.
    I haven't had a vacation in so long, it's almost sad.  Any vacation would work, as long as I'm not going to the destination for work.  Lately, we have traveled because we have a shoot or event to any vacation where the camera stays home and we get to relax would be perfect.

  10. What would your dream career be?
    I'm already working on it.  Photography.  I just need to get to the point where I no longer need a part-time job on the side to make it!

  11. What advice would you give your teenage self?
    Ditch the guy, he isn't worth your time. You have a prince waiting for you around the bend.  Don't slack off too much in college, those classes will teach you more than you ever imagined.  Watch out when you drive on this December day, there will be a car accident. Oh, and buy better clothes. You looked silly in those jeans you thought fit you well.  Just saying.  :)

    30 Day Challenge - Day 28.

    Day 28 - Something that stresses you out.
    See the original 30 Day Challenge post here.
    This is totally a #FirstWorldProblem if I ever had one...
    ...but a dirty kitchen stresses me out.
    I like my kitchens nice a clean, thank you.
    If I'm going to sit in your kitchen, eat from your kitchen, drink from your kitchen, your dishes better be washed (and washed well!) counters clean from clutter and no dirty pots and pans that could've been washed ages ago. 
    Totally not my house, but whoa, nice kitchen, bro!
    Nothing is sexier than a clean kitchen. 
    Am I the only one? 
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