Sunday, May 31, 2009


Originally uploaded by Nieve44/La Luz
...just like my past week of vacation was. Back to work for three days and then off to Santa Fe to meet up with fanmencas. My first vacation getaway in over a year since I bought the house. Thank goodness will have another week off in July and then a three day weekend in August to host Ms. Linda. Usually, I don' t look forward to summer because of the unbearable heat...(usually go into hibernation) but this one should be nicer to bear. Tomorrow is June 1st and the first day of hurricane season. UGH! I sure hope Houston is spared a bit this time, not that I wish a hurricane on anyone else but not ready for another Ike.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Graduate

The Graduate
Originally uploaded by Nieve44/La Luz

Accidents and inspiration lead you to your destination...(words and music by Mary Chapin Carpenter)

Back around the year 2000, I accidentally ran into Kim after stepping outside from my office to catch a breath of fresh air and looked to my right and here comes this student. She was like no other student I had seen before as she was walking with a cane steadfastly to the bus stop with tears in her eyes. She had just failed her Algebra exam and had made up her mind, “that’s it, I’m quitting college”. Well, to make a long story short, she didn’t quit college. I made her come into my office and the very next semester with the help of tutors she turned that F into an A. She struggled and persevered beyond her visual limitations and two years later had graduated, separated from her abusive husband and met Jhon her current husband and also visually impaired.

Over the years we kept in touch and became good friends...(because of Chulo as he was a gift from Kim). Funny how it all went by so fast and now she’s looking over her shoulder at the past….accidents and inspiration lead you to your destination. She’ll tell you that I inspired her that first day we met but I can tell you that today she inspired me and never ceases to amaze me. Today, Kim received her Master’s degree from the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston, my alma matter (undergrad) and I was never more prouder or honored to witness her success and inspiration as she graduated Summa Cum Laude (highest honors) not once but three times as she did with her Associates and Bachelor’s degree. So here’s to you Kim and to Jhon as he continues to amaze me as well. This summer he will be finishing top of his class from the Massage Therapy program at the community college where I work. Kim has limited vision but Jhon is completely blind but to meet these two individuals you would never know it. Never once, have I heard either complain about their limitations and in fact you’re more likely to hear them make jokes about it.

As an academic counselor at the college, I love this time of the year when commencement comes around as it's a time of celebration and jubilation in academia. Over the years, I've attended many graduation ceremonies but today's was special and I was honored to witness such success and perseverance. Congratulations to the Graduate and the class of 2009 for today was your destination Kim.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


Originally uploaded by :Eureka:
When life hands lemons you can always make cuppies instead! Photo and cuppies by my niece who sadly will be moving back home to finish college. We'll (Chulo & me) miss you Erika. Don't forget about us and be sure to come back and visit and make more CUPPIES!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

Impatiens Walleriana
Originally uploaded by Nieve44/La Luz
for all the mom's out there. I got a nice card from my niece and nephews for being a nice substitute mom to them. It was much appreciated. I can't believe it's May already! Where it time going? Seems like just yesterday we were celebrating Christmas.

Friday, May 08, 2009

A Smile for the Weekend

Saw this last weekend
and it just makes me smile
everytime I see it.
I've been following the adventures of Alvin
by the wonderful Horse Whisperer on Flickr.

Love Story meets Coldplay

Kudos to Jon Schmidt

Friday, May 01, 2009

The Best Day

Found this here. Warning a bit sappy...especially if you don't like country music.

Just in time for Mother's Day!
Check out the just-released

for Taylor Swift's song about her mother,

The Best Day,

made entirely of home videos.
Super cute! And touching!
We cried.

...and I cried too. I'm big fan of Taylor Swift. My niece couldn't believe I was a fan but such talent for such a young lady is beautiful to see and hear.