Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Top 2 Tuesdays

I recently found out that the lovely "My chihuahua bites" has a link up party on Tuesdays.
Since I think she is the Beez Kneez I'm gonna link up {nothing to do with my laziness to come up with a new post....naaaaaah, I'm gonna blame it on the fact that I'm recouperating from having family over and our long trip to NYC this weekend }

What two television shows that have gone off the air do you miss?

OMG I use to love TV shows so much and these days I can only commit to watching Law & Order and the Jersey shore, how sad is that?. I do watch the Real Housewives, but usually the re-runs...there is not much these days that makes me want to WATCH that show and not miss it.

I think I watched shows according to the different stages of my life: back home I use to watch Buffy and Dawson's Creek, you know, when one can relate to Katie Holmes.

Then yes I got completely absorbed by watching Sex & the City when I move to the States and was single and trying to figure out my life...

ahhh, I still love to watch my girls, and I don't know one person who didn't love "Friends" :) even now my 19 yr old watches it, the Hubs too...is just a fantastic show.

However, not one show has impacted me more in life, had made me cry and laugh, had touch my soul, made me reconsider some choices, had me up all night watching reruns...nothing like "GILMORE GIRLS"

Not only Lauren Graham is one of my favorite actresses, but the whole cast was amazing and unique {hellu Edward Hermann aka the Vampire Dad from the Lost Boys} there was nothing like that, before or ever since on TV. I mean Kirk alone (a crazy, million job, living with mom character) was enough to have his own show.

Yes, it touched me that we both have kids when we where 16, how we manage to move forward despite society standards, how we have unique relationships with said kids, and our less than perfect relationship with our Mom-sters, and that we both have amazing movie nights that no one else is invited since we can add to the dialog and ruin it for you...no, not only that... this show had also an amazing storyline, witty dialogs, it felt like you could relate to it so much, even if you didn't had the kid like I did.

I love, love, love this show...Thankfully I have the entire collection so I can watch it, and watch it, and watch it until the cows come home, I brake the DVD player, or the boys begged me to please go shower.

I wish it was still on but it doesn't matter, because it was a perfect show...even in the way it ended.

So did you see this show? which show you miss the most? tell me

Over & out

Monday, September 26, 2011

Friend Making Monday and I'm freeeeeeee

I have to say that I may be the only person who was looking forward to this Monday, while I love my Parents to no end 6+ weeks with them in our home was just.too.much.
I was ready to have my life and home back, not doing 11,000 appointments, and yes I'm going to say NO MORE SHOPPING with the Mom-ster...the lady can wear Paris Hilton out....Oh, that gives me an Idea *wink*

Did I mentioned that we had to get up at 2:30am to drive 4 hrs because my Mom-ster refused to take a layover flight, so we had to drive to NJ so she could have a direct flight? did I mention 4hrs drive with her in the car? Did I?

Any whooooooo, here is to another Friend Makin' Monday!!!!

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, ple

ase take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

FMM: What’s your favorite holiday? And why?

My Favorite Holiday is Halloween and everything that comes with the Fall. I love the dressing up and getting in the spirit of Halloween, researching stories about it or just watching documentaries, the collecting of candy, the movies, the tales, going to haunted houses, haunted hayrides, etc. The Haunted Mansion was also My favorite ride at Disney :)
I'm a fall gal, I was born in the fall and coming to live in America this was a tradition we never had growing up back home. I love watching silly movies like "Hocus Pocus", "Haunted Mansion", "Halloween", "Ghost Ship", "Harry Potter"-Why not?, etc, but even the Gory ones I love :)

I'm one of those already planning for apple & Pumpkin picking, seeing what haunted attractions are in our area, getting in to costumes, decorating like Halloween puked all over our place, collecting the Haunted Village and seeing what new items are brought each year. The fall drinks {salted caramel chocolate? yes, thank you} the baking, the candles, I love it all!

Strolling to the aisle of Michael's this time of year brings joy to my heart. My Family no longer gets together for fall/Thanksgiving so we pretty much dedicate ourselves to do Halloween in our place or with the Hubs Family. We either have a Scary Movie Marathon with some friends,we go trick or treating with the kiddos, etc...of course the Hubs family had planned a few Parties in The Pocono's, PA that we loved, we all got dressed up, when to Haunted Mansion's together, then sat by the fire and told scary stories, I hope they do it again this year. Over all we go a lot more to NYC in the fall, and believe me, even though NYC @ Christmas is beautiful, there is nothing like it in the fall.

So what is your favorite? C'mom tell us, don't be shy.

Double, double toil and trouble
Fire burn and cauldron bubble
Double, double toil and trouble
Something wicked this way comes

By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Turning 36

I officially turned 36 this week.
It didn't even feel like a celebration since the Hubs had to work late. No matter what issues I may have, it doesn't feel the same without him.

I was fine, really. My guys where all up and singing to me at 12am, then I got out of bed and they had put posters all over the house, decorated the fridge, and my I'm-19-and-way-too-cool-to-kiss-you son actually wrote something very nice and sentimental for me.

I spent the day doing what I always do: Laundry, lunch, going to the market. I had planed to make garlic shrimp and even bought a red velvet cake to cut when the Hub got home.

Then my Sis came over with her family and invited us to go out to an early dinner, so off we went. She also got me a gift card from my favorite store Ann Taylor Loft, my Mom got me the apron and a Halloween plate I've been wanting...overall it should have been a good day...but it wasn't.

Fall is my favorite season and it seems every year someone wants me to hate it, because without failure as soon as falls comes, things star breaking down for us. There are so many things going on right now and they are all financially related. Having extra people in the house has thrown us out of balance, our electric bill came for $250, things are late, food budget for the month is being spent in 2 weeks, gas has been going faster with all the driving around with my Mom...is just overwhelming.

Is not that we don't want them here, we don't have a choice. Is just that is overwhelming and infuriates me that we are the one family who has the most struggles and the one that people seem to relay the most.

Later in the evening I went to pick up the hubs from the train station, while he drove I was fumbling with the iPod, trying to get Shania Twain's "Today is your day" song...then I lost it. I cried. I was just sad. Not because I'm older but because I feel as if I haven't accomplish what I wanted...I am not where I wanted to be. It didn't seem like a birthday to me.

Poor hubs just hug me.

I told him I was not where I wanted to be financially, I haven't done anything for my health to loose weight. I know if I wanted to I could of, but having people here, my son sleeping in the living room, extra appointments, having to make dinner for more people, it all is so much.

I won't thread on what I haven't done but this is also a good thing, a wakeup to know where I want to be next year. I got this from a note on an email sent to me for my Birthday...is edited but I think is perfect of how I feel right now:

What matters most in life is often view as peripheral to the things we usually focus on. Passion takes a backseat to production, wellness to working, and balance to Busyness.

The old adage that "life is not a dress rehearsal" is so true and yet we act to the contrary by putting off what's truly important to indulge in things that are not.

On my birthday, I will stop focusing on my age an start meditating on my life at this exact moment. How can I make it better?.

During the next year I will reshuffled my priorities. spend more time with family and friends, take care of my body and health y by eating well and exercising regularly and offer to help others in need.

Discover what matters most to you and make my daily life a true reflection of those ideas, beliefs and attitudes. :)

This photo is a reflection of what matters most right now.

Over & out

Saturday, September 17, 2011

I'm good so...that's bad?

The conversation about being good, or rather too good, has come up more than once around here. Our oldest seems to think I'm kind of a "pendejo" which is someone that basically lets others take advantage of you. He tells me

all the time "Mom, you are way too good" which I always reply "I though that was a good thing". He says is not.

My father was the one who always told me if you can help someone, then do it. He himself was one that had the ability to forget those who did him wrong and just stand a hand to help them out. I kind on inherit that. The Mom-ster was also like that, the house we grew up was in the center of the city so everyone that was around that area stopped by because she would have extra food already cooked for extra people (n
ever mind she already had 6 kids).

There where several occasions in which friends and family stayed over when they didn't have a place to stay, some of them for weeks. So I learned to try to do my best to help others if I can, but lately even when is really hard for me, I still do it, no matter what.

I know the reason that my son {and my Hubs too} feel like I do too much for others, they take advantage of me, and when is my turn, more times than not, is not reciprocated. In the end I do it because people have done it for me, for us, in the past, because I remember those times when someone reach out to me when I needed it and I do not forget the landlord who split his rent when I was left living alone in a crappy apartment and how he even found me a car and bought it so I could go to work and let me pay him in biweekly installments.

I remember the friend that when I was alone and depressed dragged me to NYC so we can hang out, have dinner, watch a movie, all pay by him, just so I wouldn't sit alone the entire weekend (and we are still friends...they where visiting 2 weeks ago...and no, he never wanted anything else from me).

I have met some wonderful people willing to move me for free when I need it, people that when I was pregnant got out of their way bring me home made foods, gifts, etc.

And yes, I'm gonna be honest here, there are days when I have
to breath and realize that is ok if some people don't appreciate what I do, or those days when I just want to hang the towel and say screw it all, days when I feel defeated because someone else has taken advantage of my good nature and has let me down.... days in which it breaks my heart when someone has taken advantage of me, when they are really mean or worst...ungrateful.

but more times than not, I have people that remind me that doing good is the way to good, that kindness is still out there, that making someone smile makes all the difference.

In this time and age when I feel like everyone is fending for themselves, trying to get more, more, more for them, I know deep down my son will remember what I do and he will live by example, he would be a kind hearted man and would always remember that even when we didn't have for ourselves, we shared with others.

Lately I try my hardest to make a nice comment to the people I met: I love your makeup, your blouse, your nails, you have a beautiful smile... you cannot imagine the difference you see immediately in people when you make them smile. If I vista a place often I try to remember peoples names and when you say to a mechanic "Good Morning Carlos, how are you?" believe me, they treat you differently.

So I'll be like the Pastor Brown from "Coming to America" and say "if bing this good is wrong, then I don't want to be right!"

Arsenio Hall as Pastor Brown in "Coming to America'

Over & out

I am not perfect, a little bit on the mental side actually...but I do believe in paying it forward and never, ever intentionally hurting someone...except my former oldest sister 'cause that biatch has it coming.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Friend Makin' Monday 9-12

All I got to say this week is that I love my parents very much, I cherish the time with them...but I'm ready to have my house back. The no privacy, mess all over the place, cleaning the bathroom almost every day it's staring to wear on me...ON TO BETTER THINGS:

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

FMM: All About Me

1. What are your talents? I'm a master in organization (pretty handy if you live with men) and I can cook really, really well. I've also been known to get creative and do all sorts of crafts. Oh, and a century ago I used to paint...I had people even pay me!

2. What is your best habit? the best and most annoying one is the cleanliness, it drives everyone bonkers here.

3. If you had to be stuck with someone in an elevator for 8 hours, who would you want it to be? I would love to be stuck with Martha Stewart and get to know her. Also Jamie Lee Curtis because of an article from Good Housekeeping in which she was showing how she organize her home.

4. Share one odd fact about you that we’d never know to ask. Being Latin people assume all I listen to is Tropical/merengue/ salsa music when in reality I like all sorts including country, classical, alternative, rock, etc.

5. What’s your latest project (work, home, whatever you care to share?) besides trying really hard to get healthier, I'm reorganizing our CD collection (If I like an artist I still buy their CD's). I'm using Ikea's boxes. I'm also going to install shelving in our kitchen.

6. If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be? Losing weight or getting lipo, I'll take either one. I just hate my stomach.

7. What do you do in your spare time? I blog, watch way too many documentaries about killers, read also a ton. (all this is after I do stuff with the family and that I do by myself).

8. What is your biggest pet peeve? soooooooo many: Dirty nails, specially feet. People wearing lounge wear to go out, disorganization, weird texting...some stuff doesn't even make sense.

9. Why do you blog? I see it as a way to journal for me, a venting sort of space. Also because I love getting to know people and their stories.

10. Are you tidy or messy? So tidy is annoying

11. What’s the last song that played on your iPod? Adele's "we could have it all" I just downloaded last week, and I admit I was missing out.

12. Do you cook? If so, what’s for dinner tonight? Yes, I do. Do to my father not eating so well lately I'm making classic Dominican food: Rice, beans, chicken, fried plantains and some vegetable-probably brussel sprouts.

13. Do you like sports? I like boxing the most. I do watch baseball from time to time.

14. How often do you read and/or watch the news? I read something everyday. I try to avoid the news, I only get new info. maybe once a week.

15. Did you stick to your new Year’s resolution this year? If so, elaborate. I didn't make any, I want to be realistic but be the best I can be every single day

16. What are you looking forward to most in the remainder of 2011? reaching my goal of loosing weigh, at this point ANY weight.

17. Shoes, sunglasses or handbags? SHOES! specially boots...then the rest!

18. How do you feel about sleeping on satin sheets? Sorry, don't like it at all. I like my Egyptian cotton thank you very much (or any cotton for that matter).

19. Do you sing in the shower? Gawd no, although my best thinking is done in those few precious minutes.

20. Describe yourself in one word. I'm going to copy Kenz and say evolving.

Ok, time for me to get back to reality...

Over & out

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Dear Lauren Graham, FORGIVE ME!

How on Earth did I forget to name Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls- Parenthood) as my favorite actress on my last post?

seriously I should have my Gilmore Girl membership card taken away, be excommunicated. I mean not only I have way too much in common with her Lorelai character but seriously, this is my favorite show of all time (sorry Buffy).

I can only hope she is too busy to read this post and ignore a moment of dumbness I had. I blame the Mom-ster! bwahahahaha.

Today has been a perfect day for me, it is cooler and rainy and gray and I cannot way to go out and get the hubs so I can wear my rain boots (if you pay over $100+ on rain boots you would want to wear them all the time like me...or maybe even fill the tub with water to see if they are truly water proof...not that I've tried it or anything, what?!).

My little guy slept until 9:30am and even then he did not want to get up from the bed, so me being the good mommy I am, I brought him his favorite toast and cheche (milk) to bed until finally at 11am he decided he had enough. All of us in the house are cuddling in bed, even my parents. THANK GAWD the Mom-ster did not want to go shopping again, we went all 4 days of this long weekend and I had enough!

So I took a moment since the kiddo is napping again (yay!) and took some pics of a mini haul of sorts I got. Here is the loot-forgive the back pics I was trying not to wake the little guy.

I got two MAC items: the wipes, which I will never buy again {they work like magic but I didn't realize how pricey these are} and Bare Study paint pot. I find these paint pots are awesome as a base or even alone if you want to have a more natural look.

Then some Urban Decay (who by the way came out with another book of shadows that I love) they are seriously have become my favorite brand.

I got 6 loose pigments: Shattered, X, Graffiti)which is my favorite shadow ever), smog, asphyxia, gunmetal, (they are on sale for $1 peeps) 2 shadows: narcotic and Chronic ($3) and a gloss Pocket Rocket in Jesse ($5) cause that's how I roll. The loose pigments do have some fall out but they are really pigmented and I love them. The sides are the 2 shadows, to the left is the lipgloss with by the way has that rocker guy that changes with or without a shirt *wink*

While @Rite aid I got this wet & wild lipstick for $0.69 so it had to come home with me (color 516C)
and this lovely light moss green nail polish (cause lord knows I need even more) for $1

Please ignore my nails as I was scrubbing our bath today...ahhhh the smell of a clean bathroom! Don't you love when right after you clean it someone says they have to go? No?

Ok peeps, I'm gonna go lay down with the kiddo, enjoy cuddling with him before dinner time, smelling my clean warm white down comforter, because these lazy days happen very seldom and children grow very, very fast!

Over & out

Monday, September 5, 2011

Friend Makin' Monday 9-5-11

I love September, is my favorite Month, not only because fall is around the corner (which means Halloween is too) but is my Birthday Month. I have so many plans to go apple picking, pumpkin picking, the Renaissance fair, oh my...I cannot wait!

So here is todays post, is going to be a good distraction from shopping (can you believe I had enough?)

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

We’ve talked about this topic before, but this week the questions are different so take a few minutes to think on your answers. And if you have any ideas for FMM, feel free to pass them along! And if we use them, you’ll be sure to get the credit! :)

FMM: Favorite Things

1) What is your favorite food? My all time favorite is stuffed cabbage, I could live off that thing. Actually going to make the Mom-ster make this for me before she leaves. Then Japanese and Mexican as a close second.

2) What is your favorite childhood memory? Spending summers going to the beach with the family, going to my Granpa's farm, playing with my cousins, I had a really great life growing up.

3) What is your favorite way to burn calories? gosh, I wish I can have a favorite. So far walking with Leslie Samson videos.

4) What is your favorite mode of technological communication? I guess the phone and Facebook. I don't care for technology as other people do (I don't even own a cell phone) I rather take time and go to a coffee house and talk with my friends.

5) Who is your favorite actor/actress? Too many, this list is ever evolving since I can watch a new movie and be completely in love with a character. I love Daniel Radcliff, Emma Stone, Anthony Hopkins, Susan Sarandon, my lovely Keanu Reeves, Gary Oldman...I can go on and on, and on.

6) What is your favorite lip color? Anything nude or peachy. NYX, MAC and Urban Decay rule my makeup bag lately.

7) Who is your favorite historical figure?I love people that wrote in old times such as Edgar Allan Poe and Agatha Christie. I'm also intrigue by Da Vinci's life as well as Hitler, though for different reasons, obviously.

8) Who is your favorite athlete? I like Manny Pacquiao (boxing) for his endurance and rising above his circumstances. I have a soft spot for Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter.

9) What is your favorite TV network? Gosh probably I.D (Investigation Discovery), I love our public television since they show Agatha Christie's Poirot, Bravo, HGTV...ok, pretty much anything that caught my attention.

10) What is your favorite site on the web? myfitnesspal for the success stories and to track my food, several blogs, youtube to watch makeup tutorials, and FB.

Now it’s your turn to answer! Don’t forget to come back and link up!

Over & Out

Thursday, September 1, 2011

you got it wrong...I think...or maybe not..

Hi people...I'm almost done with the Mom-ster's test and Doctors, and yes, there are days that I feel like a nurse. I've seen so many doctors offices, imaging, etc. to last me a life time. Then of course the hubs had a stress fracture on his left foot. Seriously I have seen every kind of Dr. possible lately. But considering how many people lost their life due to Irine, and we didn't even had flooding or loose power, I'm going to say I'm counting my blessings.

As you can see I'm still super busy, barely had time to see some old friends (as in we where 12 when we meet) that came down from NYC last night on their way to seeing DC. Our poor friend has Crohn's disease and to be honest he doesn't look too well.

Life is so short and we never know what hand we are going to get handed. I think from my last post people though I was ready to get a divorce. It is not the case. I love my Hubs and we both know this is something we will work out, we are fighters. Is not like he cheated on me, or beats me or has a drinking/gambling/drug problem. (I'm not judging).

I know everyone gets frustrated with their significant other, have never met anyone that doesn't and if you tell me you don't I won't believe you either. This is something that got me really aggravated and upset but certainly not something I will get a divorce.

I do agree that this is something he has to work out and only he can make those changes, that is
true. I just want to be the best support system I can be for him.

Hubs and I in NYC

Hope everyone is having a good we
ek, staying safe and healthy. We are going out shopping (AGAIN, and yes, I'm tired of it already) and to eat. This weekend will be great since we are planing on visiting Amish country!

See you guys soon

Over & out