friday, october 23: plants, a test, and the biggest hurricane in history

posted saturday, written friday.

· plants:

about a little more than a week ago I planted some seeds my sister gave me. today the look like this:

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napo and I spent a few minutes outside exploring and admiring that beautiful baby cilantro that will someday be in both our bellies. once the weather gets colder I’ll move the plants inside to be able to (hopefully) have them year-round.

· a test:

today I took my anatomy lab test while looking at stinky cats’ muscles and trying to figure out which ones where which. nothing like walking out of that test feeling like a champ because I knew all of them and because I was about to eat tacos with my boyfriend and his band. and I did and they were delicious.

· a hurricane:

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let me start by saying, happy national doctors’ day to all physicians in mexico! I actually know two people who are working towards their medical degree right now over there. at this moment both of them– one being my beloved cousin– plus another high school friend, are in one of the states hurricane Patricia hit. the three of them report they’re safe, just that there is lots of rain. it is so scary how massive and strong that hurricane is. I was watching news channels from mexico and they all said that this hurricane could break the scale used to measure hurricanes, since the scale goes up to 5 but this one could we considered a 7. it has now been downgraded to 4, but it’s good to be safe and alert for anything. biggest hurrinane in history, wow.

Oh, Friday. Thank you for being a challenging, yet interesting day; fun too, except for the whole 400-200 km per hour hurricane.

My dear reader, I hope you have a very nice day and weekend! Make sure you don’t get soaked if you catch some rain too. And if you can, send your love and prayers to the people in mexico.

–diana

one more day and this week is over.

4 methods of coping with this stressful week.

this has been a stressful week. not only for me but also for others; I’ve spoken to classmates, friends, and read other blogs and we all feel the same way.

ugh.

in college, it just that time of the semester where everything just piles up, and you feel like you don’t have time, and you have many things due daily, and then there’s work, and tests to study for, bills to be paid and no money, meetings for annoying group projects, and now we have to register for classes for next semester.

those are just me and my classmates. I’m pretty sure you have stressful things going on in your life too. because of this hell of a week, I write this post. I know it’s not that easy to cope with stress but here are a few things that help me:

· vent. Tell a friend, a random stranger, write it out like I just did, say it out loud, whatever! Just put out there. Some people say it’s wining but it is not if it helps you feel better.

· exercise. You have all of this stress and anxiety inside of you that you need to let it out. When i feel my worst, like worst, when i’m crying of how bad things are, when I explode, I run. Even if I’m in a dress and in a place I don’t know. Afterward I feel so much better and can see things in a better light.

· breathe. Go outside and just take one moment to breathe in deeply several times and admire your surroundings and take everything in. Don’t think about anything. It’s just you and that place, and breathe. It might be hard but try it. Once you feel calm enough:

· make a list. I get overwhelmed pretty easily when I know I have several deadlines to meet. So, I make lists. First, I make a list of all the things I have to do then I read over it. Having everything written down gives me another perspective. A lot of the times when I do this I see the things I have due and am like “Oh…I can do that.” It was just my mind running crazy that made me feel so up to my neck. Once everything is clear I put the due dates and when I should work on them/submit them. By doing this I end up with a schedule, am calm and not all over the place.

These 4 things are the first that come to mind and that I do often when in this situations. They calm me and thanks to them I can make better decisions.

Remember, breathe. The week is almost over.

Do you have any tips to cope with stress? If so let me know :)

I wish you the best.

–diana

fotos análogas de una feria mexicana

Analog photos of a carnival in Mexico.

Analog photos of a carnival in Mexico.

I finally got some film developed. One of the rolls included these pictures I took in september when my family, David, and I drove to our neighboring town in Mexico and to their feria. A mexican feria is almost the same concept as an american carnival– lots of lights and rides, games to be played and prices waiting to be won, filled with delicious food, both local and from out of town. You can also listen to bands play or admire cattle. They, however, don’t compare when talking about the experience. In my opinion, ferias are more fun and since the moment you walk in, you get an adrenaline thrill.

I know carnivals vary from town to town but something I haven’t seen in our local carnival, besides food and candies being entirely mexican, is that ferias have vendors selling multiple things like bedlinen, dinnerware, decorations for the home, jewelry, bags, and other handmade accessories. Did I also mention there are indigenous men throwing themselves from an almost 100 ft pole and flying?

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 Sorry about the bad quality, but this is what the bedlinen stands look like. The seller is up there with a microphone talking like an auctioneer would. He gathers different products and sells them to you. You cannot go to the feria without hearing these men making deals; it’s almost like a tradition, really.

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Not my photo. The Voladores de Papantla doing their traditional dance/ritual. There are 5 men; 4 jump and one stays on top playing the flute. It’s mesmerizing. Total respect for these men who do it continuously.

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a few analog photos from our time there:

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grandma went too and she was telling us stories about how she, her friends, and sisters would go to the feria before getting married. she said they would all make deals where they all had get on every ride and no one could say no. she also remembers going to the feria with my grandpa. the first time they went together on a date was my grandfathers first time ever on a ride. oh how I wish I could see how this town looked like in the 60s in person..

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picture by my little sister: david and I

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we must get a corn every chance we get. family rule!

Photos taken with a Minolta XG7 in Kodak Portra 400 film. I’m still practicing film photography. I thought these weren’t going to come out good since I was having trouble with this camera. But no, once I got my hands on these pictures I was happy. I am in love with my minolta and this film. Always room for improvement though. I just wanted to document this day.

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I hope you have a nice tuesday.

Thanks so much for stopping by and reading this post!

–diana :)

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p.s. – in february david and I went to the carnival. you can check out that post here.
p.s.s. – (just in case you noticed) I had published this post before, but look it down because of some technical problems.

honoring grandpa – heirlooms from the 50s

Photos from the 50s that belonged to my grandfather.

my grandfather was really fond of photography. he lived from march 1932 to this past june; 83 strong years. to this day my family and I are still discovering pictures he had stashed in different briefcases, bags, and folders from many years ago; some only his eyes had seen. we’ve also found several cameras that not even my grandma knew he owned. she said he would buy a camera and hide it from her because she would get mad at him for purchasing yet another camera. oh, grandpa. i get you. i, too, am obsessed with different cameras.

grandma’s recent discovery were a few photos which she believes are from the 50s, meaning my grandfather was in his early twenties when these were taken. it makes me happy to be able to see what he saw when he was about the same age as I am today.

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these two photos above are from a bridge that was placed temporarily after a massive flood destroyed the actual bridge that united the mexican-american border on our town.

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my grandfather’s father.
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my grandfather’s grandmother.
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my grandfather’s mother.
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a man and his tractor
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my grandfather in the middle with his buddies jokingly putting horns on his head for this photo

you don’t know how grateful i am that he took these photos. they are amazing. they give me an opportunity to picture what it would’ve been like to live in those times. it’s almost like experiencing it. thank you so much grandpa.

–diana

10 fall items I wish I could purchase.

But, you know, money.. A girl can dream!

one. alice + olivia coat.  Screen Shot 2015-10-16 at 9.55.14 AM

Screen Shot 2015-10-16 at 9.58.38 AM  two. entire look. by alice + olivia.

three. entire look. alice + olivia. Screen Shot 2015-10-16 at 10.00.02 AM

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five. sweater and coat. gloverall.   Screen Shot 2015-10-16 at 10.12.06 AM

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seven. paloma barcelo.   Screen Shot 2015-10-16 at 10.24.57 AM

Screen Shot 2015-10-16 at 10.31.30 AM    eight. cozy. from modcloth.

nine. madewell dress and booties.   Screen Shot 2015-10-16 at 10.35.55 AM

ten. because I couldn’t decide on just one: any leather bomber jacket.

10 blogs I’m loving at the moment.

A list of my favorite blogs at the moment.

I really, really love reading blogs, so I decided to make a list of the ones I’m loving at the moment. I believe they deserve (even more) recognition for their writings and pictures. They make my day every time they post, so I wanted to spread the cheer and introduce you to them, if you don’t already know them. I feel some of these blogs should be part of your repertoire as well, but that is just my opinion :). some of them are big blogs, some of them are little blogs, but who cares! they all have good content and at the moment they are my favorite.

in no specific order, 10 blogs I love at the moment:

Love Taza

My Least Favorite Child Today

Le Happy

Dysfunctional Literacy

The Tony Burgess Homepage

Weird & Wonderful

Pig Love

The Black Sparkles Gal

Barefoot Blonde

New Darlings

These are my favorite right now. What are yours? I am always happy to discover new ones, so if you have any you love, let me know.

diana :)

Oh rainy day, Oh happy day

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well, happy day for some. it was a little overwhelming getting to school today with this rain. I don’t know how my little car got through it all but it did. Good boy.

I wasn’t excited for this friday – or lately any friday, since fridays now I mean I have to spend three hours dissecting a stinky cat for my anatomy class. but waking up to pouring rain and witnessing my sisters attempting to get into my dad’s car without getting wet on their way to school changed my perspective for today. even if mom and I almost got stuck in a river and even if I got late to class, today is a good day. so friends, happy friday!

good, happy things that happened this week:

  • I’m an aunt!
  • I developed three roles of film.
  • I cut David’s hair.
  • My boyfriend, my sister, and I gave Alexander the hedgehog, Max the pug, and Napo and Linda the guinea pigs baths.
  • I saw my friend’s baby bump in her baby shower and ate tacos.
  • I submitted an application to study abroad during the winter and I got accepted!
  • My blog turned one year old and I gave it a new look.
  • I discovered new blogs and that makes me happy.
  • This is my 80th blog post.

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once again, happy friday friends!

have a good one :)

diana

thank you friends

today my blog turns one year old.

that makes me happy.

thanks to all my readers,

both the new ones and the ones that have followed me since then.

I really appreciate you taking the time to read what I have to say.

it means a lot.

you guys are the best community that I could ask for.

I also thank you for allowing me to read what you have to say.

you inspire me to keep writing and to be a better me.

so thank you :) and cheers!

diana

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me and my guinea pigs linda and napo – the reason for my blog name.

oh and thank you WordPress!

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that was so sweet!

Makeup: You’re doing it wrong! – An introduction

No one likes being told they’re doing their makeup wrong. Are you kidding me, I would flip if someone came up to me and told me I was applying my eyeliner wrong! I would be so embarrassed. I take pride on my looks just like any other person whether they admit it or not.

However, I can’t help but noticing when other girls apply their makeup erroneously – because, let’s be honest, there is a right and a wrong way to do anything – and it makes me sad that expensive makeup is not used to its full potential and that pretty faces don’t get the most out of their features. I know somedays we are just really busy and don’t have time to correct mistakes we’ve made or to even put on makeup– happens to me all the time! But I’m not talking about those days. I am talking about people that constantly wear their makeup or use products incorrectly.

So, I decided to start this little segment in my blog called “Makeup: You’re doing it wrong!” I know the name for it might a sound a little, for lack of a better word, bitchy and know-it-all, but that is not the case. I just feel it’s catchy and to the point.

I want to make it a place where I share tips that I’ve learned through several sources and by my experience with makeup, skin care, hair products, etc. All things beauty. And, since we all have our little tricks here and there, you can send yours my way and I’ll include them (and your blog) in future posts! :) (More info on that below). I believe that by doing so we can help each other improve our skills, and it will be a way to connect with more beauty lovers.

I know there are different types of skin and different ways of applying makeup, so do not to worry, I have you covered ;) The tips I’ll share here will be either general or tailored to your specific needs. You should still do and use whatever method and products work best for you! No one knows your skin better than you do. These will just be tips that you can use or not.

If you disagree or have a better way of doing something, then awesome! Let me know. We are all learning here everyday. We should not be stubborn and say that we know everything, because we don’t. There are things that I do wrong so I look for ways to better those things. I look for tips and different methods– and that is just what this section will be about.

I really hope you enjoy this little segment that is about to come because I am excited to make it:)

If you already have some tips up your sleeve about anything beauty, send me an email below, with the chance of it getting featured in future blog posts. Please don’t be shy, we’re all friends here :)

If you are having trouble submitting a tip though reader, go directly to my blog post here. If the problem still persists, let me know.

I will edit submissions sent in to fit my blog’s format. 

I cannot wait to hear from you guys! I have a few in mind already, so I’ll be posting those soon.

Please understand that: this segment is all my opinion, and my opinion might be different from yours // people are beautiful with or without makeup /I am not obligated to share every tip I get – I need to test them first too // for love and napo is my personal lifestyle blog.

Thanks so much!

I hope you have a great Thursday! :)

diana

But of all of these friends and lovers, there is no one that compares with you.

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The Beatles.

the other day boyfriend picked me up from school and we went to a park that is between both our homes. he took some lego to take pictures; you know, his hobby. and they turned out really good. I am so proud of him and am happy that he has a loyal community that supports him. he deserves it.

we got to the park and found a small opening between trees and bushes and ventured in. it was a whole other section of the park. a quiet one far from people. one where we could have a picnic an afternoon, or bring a telescope and a blanket and look at the stars and the moon at night and not be bothered.

we might actually do that someday :) for now, he took pictures and I laid down on the fresh-cut grass and danced and explored. it was like we were not even in our town anymore.

that was a good day.

september photo challenge: final week

hello friends! october is here!! so happy! that means orange leaves, cinnamon scents, my mother’s birthday, halloween, and windy days to come! well, in our town it is still pretty hot. like, if-you’re-outside-you-sweat hot. (I cannot wait for 70º weather to come!) but still, I am happy it is october and that my favorite season is here :)

this is my last photo challenge. I hope you enjoyed them because I did enjoy making them. I might even try it some other month. here is the last week of september in pictures. enjoy!

DAY 26 – SOMETHING NEW
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I met a chinchilla named Mango!
DAY 27 – SOMETHING OLD
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..and very alive: rock and roll.
DAY 28 – BREAKFAST
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whataburger.
DAY 29 – BLACK & WHITE
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pictures mom sends me while I’m in school missing Max.
DAY 30 – SELF PORTRAIT
ok, so I forgot to take a selfie for this day, but here is the most recent one I had. David and I on 6th Street, Austin, Texas :)
ok, so I forgot to take a selfie for this day, but here is the most recent one I had. David and I on 6th Street, Austin, Texas a day before his gig :)

if you liked this post you can see my complete september photo challenge here :)

happy sunday!!

diana

silly photos of a human and a hedgehog

     

I am running late for class (and having a pug, a chihuahua, and a guinea pig next to me doesn’t help to get out of bed), but I wanted to share these pictures of last night with alexander the hedgehog, after david, his brother, and I went to watch The Martian! And yes, you should go watch it!

today I have a long day ahead of me –including dissecting a cat for my anatomy class– but I’ll be ok :) what are your plans this weekend?

have a happy friday!

diana