Friday, December 29, 2006
Music: Shaman by Santana
I'm listening to some great music by Santana and sitting here dancing in my chair. One of the songs it titled, "Foo Foo". Not sure what that means but I found it comical.
BTW, tired because of long two weeks in preparation for my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary. Some things are starting to fall into place but other things are not but they are little things that can be fixed. I just need to pace myself in the next two weeks and keep my fingers crossed that everything falls into place and the day turns out magical. In some ways, I'm looking forward to a new year but in other ways I'm not as I usually take time to detox my body from the bad & ugly of the old in order to renew my spirit for the new. I need to make some time and squeeze that in. How I wish I could be here in Santa Fe and just sit in the utter stillness of such beauty.
Sunday, December 24, 2006
*A la Nanita Nana -- This is a traditional Spanish Carol
--a 'nana,' or lullaby--to the Christ child...
A la nanita nana, nanita ea, nanita ea,
Mi Jesús tiene sueño, bendito sea, bendito sea.
Fuentecilla que corres clara y sonora,
Ruiseñor q'en la selva cantando lloras,
Callad mientras la cuna se balancea.
*Lyrics/translation found here.
A la nanita nana, nanita ea, nanita ea,
My Jesus is sleeping, come and behold Him, come and behold Him.
Little brook everflowing, rushing and ringing,
Nightingale in the forest, calling and singing,
Hush now, while the cradle softly sways.
...one of the most beautiful songs I've heard sung by Tish Hinojosa.
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Monday, December 18, 2006
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Word of the day: Suerte
Music: Suerte, Shakira
Suerte can mean fate, lot or luck in Spanish. Tener mala suerte can mean to have bad luck. So either you have suerte or mala suerte. I had a moment of mala suerte on Friday evening when I dropped my phone in water. Afterwards, it was working but then became worse and didn't. This morning suerte has it working...somewhat! Still, $50 bucks later and thanks to insurance I am getting a new phone on Tuesday. I almost went a whole year without anything major happening to my phone!
Anyways, the above photo is not mine, it belongs to my niece Erika. I opened a Flickr account for her yesterday and she's hooked! She reminds me of myself at her age in that, I bought an inexpensive camera back then and was always taking photos. She's also got brains and beauty. Yes, suerte is on her side! Here's to continued suerte!
Psss...content mood is because I finished a major project for my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary. We made over #200 decorations for the table AND they came out beautiful! I am so happy to have that behind me. I finally got some sleep last night as the past few nights I had been staying up late and going to bed late but last I was in bed by 9:00 and finally got over 8 hours sleep! Suerte! :-)
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
I just love this plant! I'm not sure who gave it to me or how long I've had it but it's such a beauty to have and see her beautiful blooms. It's been a busy month so far and only promises to get busier with the holidays approaching. I'm making preparations for my parent's 50th Wedding Anniversary next month and thus will be pretty scarce around here in the coming weeks ahead, but one does have to take time to smell the roses...especially the winter rose! AND, music by Ottmar Liebert-of which Winter Rose is in high rotation on iTunes. Give it a listen and treat yourself!
Friday, December 01, 2006
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Music: Gravity, John Mayer
Gravity, is working against me
And Gravity, wants to bring me down
Oh, I've never known what makes this man
With all the love that this heart can stand
Dream of ways to throw it all away
Whoa, Gravity is working against me
And Gravity, it wants to bring me down
Oh, twice as much aint twice as good
And can't sustain like one half could
It's wanting more that's gonna set me to my knees
Now how can that be...
Thursday, November 23, 2006
PS - from a very nice email I just opened...not mine but MJ's:
Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don't know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you're tired and weary,
because it means you've made a difference.
It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.
Today, I am thankful for the gift of life,
family, friends, and loved near ones are far.
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Friday, November 17, 2006
of light...birthday light & love for my nephew Greg who today turned 20! Where has time gone? I remember all too well when he was born. The first born grandchild into the family and we were all crying tears of joy. His tiny little hands and feet seemed so fragile back then. It was a celebratory mood indeed! I had gone out the night before his birth to celebrate with a friend who been accepted into medical school. After two bottles of champayne we finally got home after 2:30 a.m. and climbed up the stairs all too happy to be able to sleep in and sleep off the alcohol. Just as I was getting ready to turn off the light and crawl under the covers the phone rings and it was my brother. He and his wife were at the hospital--a week early! It feels just like yesterday.
Friday, November 10, 2006
Monday, October 30, 2006
...can't it be Friday?!
...do pens not write when they still have ink?! Anyone know how to get a pen to start writing again?!
...are Christmas decorations already up?! Halloween was just yesterday!
...do store receipts have to be 12 inches long? Don't they know we need to conserve our resources?
...do the four seasons have to arrive in the same week here in Houston?! Temps have been between 86, 76, 66 and tomorrow night down to 40 but back up to 80 on Sunday! UGH! :-(
...do we change time? I think it's backwards...seems to me it should get darker in the summertime--less burning sun and in winter seems more appropriate to have the sun out longer to warm the days. DUH!
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Monday, October 16, 2006
I WILL EXHAUST YOU TO THE POINT
Sunday, October 08, 2006
...with a vibrant spirit,
and a passionate soul.
Birthday wishes from
Taking time today to give thanks for the gift
of life, love, family, and friendship.
BTW, 47 is the new 35! ;-)
Sunday, October 01, 2006
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Friday, September 22, 2006
"It's a good thing I had a bag of Marijuana
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Saturday, September 16, 2006
Daily Libra Forecast...
Quickie: Let go of your expectations today ... accept the rate at which things are moving.
Overview: Are you subconsciously trying to fulfill someone else's expectations? You need to drop their script and figure out whom you are, what you want to do and how you want to live. It's time to be bold.
Hmm! How do the stars know?! Sometimes they can be so wrong and sometimes they can be so right!
Numbers: 25 is to 48 plus 25 and what would be 73
Friday, September 15, 2006
when you've been hit by the...
...WINE TRUCK.......... '"
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WHEN GIRLS DRINK TOO MUCH............
1. WE HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA WHERE OUR PURSE IS.
2. WE BELIEVE THAT DANCING WITH OUR ARMS OVERHEAD AND WIGGLING OUR BUTT WHILE YELLING "WOO-HOO!" IS TRULY THE SEXIEST DANCE MOVE AROUND.
3. WE'VE SUDDENLY DECIDED THAT WE WANT TO KICK SOMEONE'S ASS AND HONESTLY BELIEVE WE COULD DO IT TOO.
4. IN OUR LAST TRIP TO PEE, WE REALIZE THAT WE NOW LOOK MORE LIKE A HOMELESS HOOKER THAN THE GODDESS WE WERE JUST FOUR HOURS AGO
5. WE START CRYING AND TELLING EVERYONE WE SEE THAT WE LOVE THEM SOOOOO MUCH.
6. WE GET EXTREMELY EXCITED AND JUMP UP AND DOWN EVERY TIME A NEW SONG PLAY'S BECAUSE "OH MY GOD! I LOVE THIS SONG!"
7. WE'VE FOUND A DEEPER/SPIRITUAL SIDE TO THE GEEK SITTING NEXT TO US.
8. WE'VE SUDDENLY TAKEN UP SMOKING AND BECOME REALLY GOOD AT IT.
9. WE YELL AT THE BARTENDER, WHO WE BELIEVE CHEATED US BY GIVING US JUST LEMONADE, BUT THAT'S JUST BECAUSE WE CAN NO LONGER TASTE THE GIN.
10. WE THINK WE ARE IN BED, BUT OUR PILLOW FEELS STRANGELY LIKE THE KITCHEN FLOOR (or the mop?)
11. WE FAIL TO NOTICE THAT THE TOILET LID'S DOWN WHEN WE SIT ON IT.
12. WE TAKE OUR SHOES OFF BECAUSE WE BELIEVE IT'S THEIR FAULT THAT WE'RE HAVING PROBLEMS WALKING STRAIGHT.
...yes, on a few occassions I've been hit by the same truck. Numbers 1, 5, 6, & 7 hit close to home!
Sunday, September 10, 2006
Last week, I came across Junniper's Blog-"Five Years Later" and it got me thinking about that solemn day. In some ways, it feels like eons ago and in some ways it feels just like yesterday. I was watching "The Today Show" as I do every weekday morning and heard them break live to show photos of the towers. At that moment, I just thought another airplane accident had happened. There was a caller on the phone talking to the two hosts while they were showing live photos of the Tower 1 when I heard her say, "Oh my God, another plane hit" and you could actually see the object hitting the tower. The moment the towers collaspsed my knees began to shake so bad that I sat down on the edge of my bed. At that moment, I really believed the world was coming to an end! I immediately began thinking of my friends in New York and Jane (my current roomate) who was flying in from the West Coast. After a few tense hours and several calls, all were fine-thank goodness.
However, I worried about one special friend (former roomate)-Corinne for you see she is a Medical Examiner in NYC. She, like the rest in her field had the grim task of dealing with the aftermath. Her family was worried about her for she had been working non-stop for several days but Corinne being the professional that she is persevered.
Monday, will be a difficult day for all Americans but persevere we must. Each of us will have our own solemn way of remembering 9/11. I plan on stopping by a church and lighting a candle followed by prayers for faith, hope, love and peace.
BTW, ironically two weeks ago-Corinne's husband was shipped out to Germany as he is a reservist in the U.S. Army. My thanks to him and all those who have sacraficed by serving our country since that September day.
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
I'm standing at a traffic light somewhere in West LA
Waiting for the sign to change then I'll be on my way
The noise, the heat, the crush of cars
Just drives me up my nerve
And someone yells and blasts their horn
And pins me to the curb...
And I'm driving into Houston on a rain slick Texas road
Land so flat and skies so dark, I say a prayer to float
Should all at once the San Jacinto surge beyond its banks...
I'm a stranger here, no one you would know
I'm from somewhere else, but isn't everybody though
Don't know where I'll be when the sun comes up
Until then sweet dreams, and goodnight America
...and goodnight August moon
I thank you for your nightly beauty
and the winks from above.
I look forward to the change in seasons
and the beauty of your Fall harvest moons.
Song lyrics by Mary Chapin Carpenter
and yes, she actually did write about Houston
and when it rains the San Jacinto River
is known to surge beyond it banks in a matter of minutes!
Ciao to the month of August--my least favorite
as the heat here can be so brutal. Thankfully, the
winds from the south will be slowly replaced by the North winds.
Thanks to Padrone for his wonderful photo.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
A blur of wings and grace.
One for courage,
One for safety,
One for "just in case"
Tonight, the moon came out, it was nearly full.
Way down here on earth, I could feel it's pull...
is it the weight of gravity or just the lure of life
I thought a light went out, but now the candle shines.
I thought my tears wouldn't stop, then I dried my eyes.
And after all of this, the truth that holds me here,
Is that this emptiness is something not to fear.
Yeah, I'll keep wondering how we know where we belong,
After all the journeys made, and the journeys yet to come.
When I feel like giving up instead of going on,
Somewhere in between here and gone.
Lyrics by Mary Chapin Carpenter
and in memoriam of lives lost from Hurricane Katrina
and for those souls still living and trying to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of that terrible storm.
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Sunday, August 20, 2006
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Friday morning 8/6, we flew into Albuquerque and rented a car for the drive up to Santa Fe, and Mario was my co-pilot providing me with directions the old fashioned way--map reading! NO GPS here! Instead it was an MPS! ;-)
We spend the early afternoon at the usual tourist locale in Santa Fe--the Plaza Square. The weather couldn't have been better! Cool, crisp, blue skies with intermittant clouds, rain and temps in the low 70's! AHHHH!!! No heat and humidity! We were both in heaven. We found a great little cafe to enjoy a wonderful cup of Cafe Amaretto and it just happened that our server was from Texas and wearing a UT cap. He was all to happy to chat with a fellow Texan. I would've loved to go back for another cup of coffee the day after and the day after that and so forth! As we walked the Plaza we accidently found the Santa Fe School of Cooking of which our fellow fanmenco Kym had always talked about. The aroama from that stairway was to die for and how I would've loved to take a walk through the school. Next time! So c'mon Kym, we'll be waiting for you to join us!
Maria's New Mexican Restaurant (voted Best in Santa Fe--11 years in a row) was our next stop for a late lunch! What a lunch and the restaurant boasts of the "Great Margarita List" with over 100 Margaritas to choose from! Decisions, decisions! I decided to try the Pomengranate Margarita, which is made with 100% fresh pomengranate juice and Cuervo Gold tequila which is blended to smooth perfection and frozen! As Kym would say, WOW! Maria's Margarita list, stated it was one of the healthiest margaritas to drink--so how could I resist! BTW, I conveniently brought the list home with me as a souvenir and will tuck it away in my LE box. If I lived in Santa Fe, I would be sure to go back every week and try a different margarita! Thanks for the recommendation, Ottmar!
Monday, August 07, 2006
I'm still trying to recuperate and catch up with my sleep! Getting back to work today was a bit of a drag! I so wanted to be back in New Mexico! Thanks for posting such a wondeful picture. I will blog more about the trip in the next day or two.
Saturday, July 29, 2006
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Believe in Yourself!
Pass it on!
Obviously not my photo but coming home from work today, I saw a billboard that had a picture of Shrek with the above words on the billboard! I was laughing the rest of the way home! I'm thinking I might print this out and hang it in my office to motivate some of my students as well as share a little laughter. :-)
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Friday, July 14, 2006
Sunday, July 09, 2006
Quickie: You've done excellent planning, so enjoy watching everything run like clockwork.
Overview: Are your goals, plans and dreams the same now as they were five years ago? Hopefully the answer is no -- life is far too rich and interesting to stay in the same spot. It's time to redefine your ambitions.
Friday, July 07, 2006
I can tell by the way you're walking
That you don't want company
So I'll let you alone and I'll let you walk on
And in your own good time you'll be
Back where the sun can find you
Under the wise wishing tree
And with all of them made we'll lie under the shade and call it a jubilee
And I can tell by the way you're talking
That the past isnt letting you go
There's only so long you can take it all on
And then the wrong's gotta be on its own
And when you're ready to leave it behind you
You'll look back and all that you'll see
Is the wreckage and rust that you left in the dust
On your way to the jubilee
And I can tell by the way you're listening
That you're still expecting to hear
Your name being called like a summons to all
Who have failed to account for their doubts and their fears
They can't add up to much without you
And so if it were just up to me
I'd take hold of your hand, saying come hear the band
Play your song at the jubilee
And I can tell by the way you're searching
For something you can't even name
That you haven't been able to come to the table
Simply glad that you came
When you feel like this try to imagine
That we're all like frail boats on the sea
Just scanning the night for that great guiding light
Announcing the jubilee
And I can tell by the way you're standing
With your eyes filling with tears
That it's habit alone keeps you turning for home
Even though your home is right here
Where the people who love you are gathered
Under the wise wishing tree
May we all be considered then straight on delivered
Down to the jubilee
Because the people who love you are waiting
And they'll wait just as long as need be
When we look back and say those were halcyon days
We're talking about jubilee.
Music & words by the great Mary Chapin-Carpenter and her words have been hitting really close to home these days. I've been drifting of late and it's easier to do when you're on vacation but as vacation comes to an end, I want to hear my name being called like a summons and listen to the band playing.
Sunday, July 02, 2006
Saturday, July 01, 2006
Friday, June 30, 2006
Sunday, June 25, 2006
Monday, June 19, 2006
Music: Twilight in Galisteo, Ottmar Liebert
Monday, June 12, 2006
Word of the day: Hibernation
Mood: Cranky...it's too hot outside!
If I could, I'd like to hibernate for the whole summer under the cool, refreshing blue waters of la la land! Of course, it would help if I could swim! The dog days of summer are here and it seems as though there is no end in sight!
Of note, I brewed some tea yesterday and made a refreshing mix of Hibiscus & Green tea and poured it over ice! I couldn't get enough of it and I finished the whole batch of it by day's end!
Saturday, June 10, 2006
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Monday, June 05, 2006
Music: Baby, I'm a Want You, by Bread
During the past few days I've been eating so much bread of late and especially while in NYC where I partaked in some wonderful pizza, bagels, and baked bread. Actually, I started before vacation as the Culinary Department where I work was selling some scrumptious Raisin bread. Since I was leaving town, I ended up freezing the slices which I have now been enjoying with my morning coffee or tea.
Ironically, while in NYC we went to the Virgin Megastore and I came across a classic CD by the 70's rock band: Bread. The CD was a steal @ $8. I have been playing it nonstop since I got back. The music is timeless!
Regretably, by the end of the week my partaking of bread will come almost to a halt as too much bread adds too much unwanted rolls. :-(
Thursday, June 01, 2006
especially with pictures like this!
Sunday, May 28, 2006
Saturday, May 27, 2006
Friday, May 26, 2006
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Word of the day: Waves
Music: Amarantine, Enya
...but now I know that our world is no more permanent than a wave rising on the ocean. Whatever our struggles and triumphs, however we may suffer them, all too soon they bleed into a wash, just like watery ink on paper.
Just finished reading, "Memoirs of a Geisha" and the above quote was taken from the last paragraph of the book. Can't wait to see the movie now! Now off to write on my moleskine...but think I'll use a pencil! ;-)
Monday, May 15, 2006
Today is my brother's (Arnold) birthday, and on Tuesday is my sister-in-law (Theresa)! Feliz Cumpleanos to both of them. Achived picture from their wedding some 20+ years ago. BTW, my brother is a twin but regretably the other twin died at birth. My brother barely weighted 2 pounds and was only given 24 hours to live. Thankfully, he pulled through! I can just imagine how different life would've been with two twin brothers! Happy birthday to you too Armando!
Friday, May 12, 2006
While walking along a beach,
A man saw someone in the distance
Leaning down, picking something up,
And throwing it into the ocean.
As he came closer, he saw thousands of starfish the tide had thrown onto the beach.
Unable to return to the ocean during low tide, The starfish were dying.
He observed a young man picking up the
Starfish one by one
And throwing them back into the water.
After watching the seemingly futile effort,
The observer said, “There must be thousands of
Starfish on this beach. It would be impossible for
You to get to all of them. There are simply too many.
You can’t possibly save enough to make a difference.”
The young man smiled as he continued to pick up
Another starfish and toss it back into the ocean.
“It made a difference to that one,” he replied.
In honor of Graduation Ceremonies tomorrow -Saturday, May 13, 2006. I am honored to be participating and seeing those starfish that we as educators tossed back into the sea. I will be wearing my starfish pin on my graduation regalia.
Photo by: Nairb
Monday, May 08, 2006
In my fridge
Girl Scout Cookies (thin mints)
In my closet
junk and more junk
my new keens
my old walkman
In my purse
lotion (my adiction)
my favorite pen
In my car
towel (4 Chulo to sit on)
In my office
photos of course
minature zen garden
candy (4 my soul)
computer speakers (music always playing)
Sunday, May 07, 2006
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
I normally don't like photos of myself but this was too nice not to share. Taken in Seattle on a beautiful, sunny & bright Saturday aboard a ferry returning from Bainbridge Island. Kym is my dear fellow fanmenca and my thanks to her for sharing this wonderful photo with me. Kudos to Mario for the wonderful pic! Fond memories of a wonderful vacation.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Back from my wonderful trip to Seattle! I had a great time visiting the Emerald city! We had wondeful weather...4 straight days without rain! Of course seeing Ottmar perform was the highlight as well as meeting up with fellow fanmencos. I'll be blogging and uploading pictures about this trip for a few more days!
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Saturday, April 15, 2006
Thursday, April 13, 2006
7 am - Oh boy! A walk! My favorite!
8 am - Oh boy! Dog food! My favorite!
9 am - Oh boy! The kids! My favorite!
Noon - Oh boy! The yard! My favorite!
2 pm - Oh boy! A car ride! My favorite!
3 pm - Oh boy! The kids! My favorite!
4 pm - Oh boy! Playing ball! My favorite!
6 pm - Oh boy! Welcome home Mom! My favorite!
7 pm - Oh boy! Welcome home Dad! My favorite!
8 pm - Oh boy! Dog food! My favorite!
9 pm - Oh boy! Tummy rubs on the couch! My favorite!
11 pm - Oh boy! Sleeping in my people's bed! My favorite!
A cat's diary:
Day 183 of my captivity. My captors continued to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while I am forced to eat dry cereal. The only thing that keeps me going is the hope of escape, and the mild satisfaction I get from clawing the furniture. Tomorrow I may eat another house plant. Today my attempt to kill my captors by weaving around their feet while they were walking almost succeeded - must try this at the top of the stairs. In an attempt to disgust and repulse these vile oppressors, I once again induced myself to vomit on their favorite chair - must try this on their bed. Decapitated a mouse and brought them the headless body in an attempt to make them aware of what I am capable of, and to try to strike fear in their hearts. They only cooed and condescended about what a good little cat I was. Hmmm, not working according to plan. There was some sort of gathering of their accomplices. I was placed in solitary throughout the event. However, I could hear the noise and smell the food. More important, I overheard that my confinement was due to my powers of inducing "allergies." Must learn what this is and how to use it to my advantage. I am convinced the other captives are flunkies and maybe snitches. The dog is routinely released and seems more than happy to return. He is obviously a half-wit. The bird, on the other hand, has got to be an informant and speaks with them regularly. I am certain he reports my every move. Due to his current placement in the metal room, his safety is assured. But I can wait; it is only a matter of time.