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Well, well, well…

Whoa there! It’s been a looooooong time since we spoke last. No matter, I’ve made it my new year’s resolution to keep in touch more often. A lot has been happening lately so I decided to give you the lowdown the best way [my favorite] I know how: making lists. So without further adue here are my recent updates:

  1. Got transferred at work to a marketing position [not my favorite :(]
  2. Only 3 semesters left before I graduate law-school
  3. We adopted 2 stray dogs [story and pics to follow]
  4. The mr. and I are welcoming a mr/ms to the family! [we don’t know the sex of the baby yet, hopefully we find out next week :)]

Since this post is just a “preview” of what’s going on in my life, I decided to keep it short and sweet. [Don’t worry, some more are coming soon ;)]

PS. Happy [belated] New Year! and happy anniversary to me and all those who’ve been reading my posts! You are very kind and appreciated  [enjoy the below funny pic]

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www… days with my little lady

Midterms are finally over!!!! Which means time for me and the mr.! This weekend was all about relaxing and spending time together, Saturday we spent tydying up our place and on Sunday we went to the beach.

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We had plenty of fun just the mr. and I, it was a “date” of sorts that we’ll be repeating pretty soon [Maggie doesn’t like the sand so we didn’t take her with us :(]. But one of the highlights of my weekend was just playing around and spending time with this little lady.

Let me share with you my bundle of joy, Maggie [or Maggiekins as I like to call her]. When we first got her [two years ago] she looked like she would be very tiny. She hardly barked and was just lovely.

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Flash forward a few months and she grew to about the size she’s now only her hair was kinda crazy

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A trip to the groomer later and she was looking as good as ever.

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She’s just like any other dog, she likes to run in the terrace but especially loves to sunbathe. She knows exactly when we’re going outside and she turns into this ball of energy because she loves it so. [I will post a video as soon as I know how to work it here :s]

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But we all agree that her favorite place to be is on the couch with us as we watch T.V. [she loves that place between the cushions]

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As many dog owners will tell you, she sleeps with us, snuggled right between the mr. and I so when I wake up in the morning I’m met with these round eyes that seem to say “hello” everyday.

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She likes to watch everything we do, particularly me studying [I secretly think she reports to the mr. if I din’t study at all]

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She can be quite sassy…

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…and quite mischievous [we come home to this pretty much everyday ’cause she hates to be left alone]

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But how can you stay mad at this cuteness?

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And after a long day of naps, bacon treats, running in the terrace, sunbathing in the living room, hanging out in the sofa playing with the mr. and barking at neighbors it truly was time to crash and simply relax. That’s Magggie for ‘ya!

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when feeling blue…

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This picture right here inspired me today. I have been whining lately and nothing’s been done about it. I was feeling blue today because I feel stuck at work [see the post here] and learning that those around me are moving on professionally and I’m in the same place kinda makes me a little disappointed [in myself of course]. Then browsing through Pinterest I found the above picture of Maggie Smith and I felt like she was talking to me. I’ve been whining and wondering instead of doing and accomplishing. Today I got a little oomph from this picture and hopefully I will always remember those words so I’m motivated to accomplish instead of whine.

PS. I leave you with this cool pic I found 🙂

 

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www…staying creative [and cheering up when feeling blue]

I have a piece of paper in my office that lists 29 ways to stay creative [don’t ask how I got it ’cause I can barely remember anything these days]. I had forgotten I had it pinned [actually pinned not on Pinterest] on my inspiration board and yesterday I discovered it yet again, so I’ll be sharing it with you guys and hopefully you’ll try some of the things in the list. Who knows, maybe you’ll get a feature for your blog out of this. Here we go:

1. Make lists [I love me some list-making!]

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2.Carry a notebook everywhere [you’ll never know when you’ll be inspired]

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3. Sketch

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4.Get away from the computer [we all need this sometime]

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5.Quit beating yourself up [I need to do this]

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6.Take breaks

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7.Sing in the shower [trust me, the water makes you sound like a pro]

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8. Be open

9.Drink coffee [you ain’t got to tell me twice]

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10.Get feedback

11. Listen to new music

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12. Surround yourself with creative people [the blog community is great for this]

13. Practice, practice, practice

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14. Don’t give up [even when the chips are down]

15. Allow yourself to make mistakes [we’re not perfect after all]

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16. Collaborate [exchanging ideas is very inspiring]

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17. Take risks

18. Get lots of rest [not as easy sometimes but necessary]

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19. Go somewhere new [the mr. and I decided yesterday that our next trip will be Grece!!]

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20. Count your blessings [we’re all very lucky]

21. Dance [I have a confession, I sneak into the bathroom to have dance-breaks]

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22. Don’t force it [things just don’t work out that way]

23. Break the rules [every now and then]

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24. Read a book [or 13 in my case]

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25. Stop trying to be someone else’s perfect [you are just fine the way you are]

26. Write down your ideas [please refer to no.2]

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27. Clean your work space [or forever have allergies]

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28. Finish something [starting a project is always exciting, finishing it is rewarding]

29. HAVE FUN!

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**None of these images belong to me**

 

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Www….back with a vengeance [Vegetarian endeavors…two months later]

So, hi ya’ll! This past week has been sweet & sour for me. Sweet because the mr got a promotion and a raise [yei!!!! Debt-free here we come], sour because there was a job opening within my company and I did not get it. If you read my previous post you’ll notice that I am feeling stuck lately and I am looking to grow professionally. So when this job opportunity came up I jumped at it, I sent my resume, I followed up, but ultimately I didn’t get it. I was not looking to earn more as much as I was looking to learn something new. .But I guess that’s the way it has to be, maybe there’s a waaaaay better job waiting for me down the line. We’ll see.

On other news, as of last week I’ve been a vegetarian for two months and let me say that it was not as hard as some people make it out to be. I guess for me the transition was easier because I didn’t eat red meat before [I just liked bacon and chicken] or maybe my conviction is stronger than I thought [although last night I dreamt that I ate bacon and felt crappy about it afterwards]. But, if I had to say what is the hardest part of being a vegetarian [beside the fact that the mr. is not and I still have to buy meat for him] is explaining to people the reason why I did it without being judged.

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If you ask anyone who is a vegetarian [vegans especially] they will tell you that the main reason for them is not hurting animals. Now don’t get me wrong, if you like your meat by all means enjoy, I will not try to convince you otherwise [and I get why you like it, it’s delicious], what I don’t like is people trying to convince vegetarians that their decision is “wrong”, that you have to eat meat and flat out laughing at you because your reason is to “save the animals” [they say in a patronizing tone]. I’m pretty sure I’m not the first or the last person to experience people passing judgment over you becoming a vegetarian, but it’s especially hard when even your family doesn’t respect and support you. I appreciate all those people who don’t agree with my decision but respect it and instead of making me eat meat they are genuinely interested and want to learn about vegetarianism. To all those people thank you for understanding and being mature about it, right on! I don’t appreciate those people who plain out laughed in my face when I told them of my choice and that ask me patronizingly “are you still a vegetarian?” as if it was just a fluke. To all those people, I hope you step on a lego, I like being a vegetarian.

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Looking for funny pics to put on this post [‘cause I like it like that] I came across a blog that has a post titled “10 vegetarian myths and misconceptions debunked” and it really summed up how I feel. If you want to read it click here [if not that’s totally cool beans].  Again, I seem to have writer’s block to end this post so I’ll just hit you with a funny pic:

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PS. I wanna start a book club, would you be interested? Do tell me please. Also, any books you recommend? I wanna read 13 this year

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2013 resolutions

Well it’s that time again folks! The time when everyone and their mother write down on paper [or on their minds] their new year’s resolutions. I know most people do that before the year ends, but I think that writing them at the beginning of the year is a bit more balanced. I like the start of the new year because it’s a chance for do-overs, a chance to start fresh and approach new things that you didn’t get to do before. I’ve done many resolutions over the years and I’ve come to find that they’re not easily kept when they’re not in plain view. This year I’m trying something new, I have this inspiration board at work [where I spend a lot of time] so instead of doing a boring list [meh] I will do a collage of my year’s resolutions. I will pin [or paste] a little red dot on the things I accomplish as the year progresses so at the end of the year I will see clearly all the things on my list that I actually followed through with.

Before I start dishing out my list I will share 3 tips I’ve learned that help you make and keep your new year’s resolutions. Ya’ll know I love making lists so here it goes:

  1. Be specific– instead of writing “lose weight” try “lose 20 pounds by April 21”. It is much easier to achieve something concrete instead of a vague concept, plus you have a deadline that serves as motivation
  2. Be simple– we all get excited when the new year comes and we want to do it all, sometimes making our resolution lists too long. I say start with 5 things you definitely want to do and go from there. It’s easier to accomplish 5 goals every year than write down 20 and accomplish zero.
  3. Have fun [and room for change]– yes we want to improve ourselves and our lives but we mustn’t forget to have fun along the way. Keep in mind that sometimes we are not able to do what we want when we want, but we can modify and adapt. Maybe you complete your list, maybe you do more that your list or maybe you don’t complete it at all, what matters is to enjoy the ride [and take pictures].

Now for my resolutions [they’re more than 5 but I think I can do this]:

  1. Build a $1,000.00 emergency fund
  2. Lose 25 pounds by June 25 2013
  3. Do a budget meeting with the mr. every month to plan out the next month’s expenses.
  4. Go skydiving on April for our anniversary [this.will.be.scary]
  5. Pay-off our last credit card by February 10
  6. Exercise on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
  7. Run the 5k Color Run on March
  8. Read all the textbook material assigned in law school
  9. Remodel our spare bedroom into a home office/lounge area by May [I’m very excited about this one]
  10. Go on a vacation trip to either California, Costa Rica or Canada [they all start with a C curiously…] in December

There you have them, a few new, a few a long time coming but all pretty exciting [at least to me anyway]. Have you done your resolutions yet?

PS. Inspiration board is under construction so no pic for now 😦  instead here’s a funny one

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Hypoglycemia, blog award and other stuff

About a month ago I was diagnosed as hypoglycemic which in layman’s terms means that I can’t go more than 2 hours without eating on account of low blood sugar. Diabetes is very common in my family and I have to be mindful of what I eat, especially now being a hypoglycemic ‘cause if I don’t I might end up being diabetic . It’s not all bad [I might finally lose the weight] but I can’t have the same quantities of dinner as I used to. It’s a lifestyle change, but if I keep to my diet everything will be fine. Now all I need to do is adapt my nutricionist’s diet to vegetarianism. Speaking of which, I found this amazing-tasting sweet potato burger recipe on Pinterest [as usual], I did some alterations and the end product was simply delish! If you want the original recipe click here, but scroll down for my take on the burger.

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it started out ok…
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…when I added too much flour
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I fixed it with some butter
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yummy time!

Ingredients:

1 medium size sweet potato

1 tsp of garlic salt

½ tsp of parsley

2 tbsp of flour

½ tbsp butter

3 tbsp parmesan cheese

Bread crumbs

Directions: mash the sweet potato and add salt, parsley and flour. Combine the ingredients and add the butter and cheese. Form into two patties and cover in bread crumbs [I used cereal crumbs but you can use whatever you like]. Heat vegetable oil in a medium skillet and fry the patties for about 8 minutes on each side or until golden. Spread BBQ sauce over hamburger buns and top with your favorites [I chose lettuce, tomato and lots of advocado yum!]. Enjoy 🙂

On other musings, I got another blog award! [I’m planning on remodeling the blog to show the awards] Thank you Liam from thelifeofathinker for nominating my blog for the Very Inspiring Blog Award. I’m really liking Liam’s  “if this is the title” feature. But if you wanna know more you have to check out his blog. So the rules for accepting the award are as follows:

Display de logo award

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[check]

Link back to the person who nominated you [check, see above]

State 7 things about you [check]

  1. I pay too-much attention to license plates [I like to make out words out of them]
  2. I am a recent vegetarian [and it’s going great]
  3. The mr. calls me his “pocket imdb” ‘cause I know many,many trivial facts about movies, celebrities, etc.
  4. Of all the “Friends” characters, I most like Monica [refer to #7]
  5. Cockroaches scare the creepers out of me [yuck!]
  6. I will never see the movie “Joe’s apartment” [see #5]
  7. I have OCD [the mr. hates it]
  8. Bonus for ya’ll: I used to be a professional dancer [I will post a video as soon as I find one]

Nominate other 15 bloggers and provide a link to them [check]

  1. Post it notes from my idiot boss
  2. Repurposed Redhead
  3. The best life
  4. Comedy in crisis
  5. Boy and the rabbit
  6. Not so skinny genes
  7. Nurse Frugal
  8. The usual bliss
  9. Carr party of five
  10. Views from the couch
  11. The Dirty Nikka
  12. Truth and Cake
  13. Three.20
  14. Swonderful Smarvelous
  15. Lilly’s Style

Notify the bloggers [check]

Be merry! [I added that one just for the holidays]

I leave you with this picture just to make you wonder…

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