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

an afternoon with alexander, angelica, david, & my pentax

almost a month ago I received on the mail a pentax film camera from the 70s that david got for me.  it is so so pretty. the moment I pulled it out the box I fell in love with it. i couldn’t stop thanking david enough.

here are some photos I took with it that I wanted to share with you guys:)

aren’t my models the best? I love it when I capture pictures of David laughing.

I still need to play with my camera a little bit more, and maybe even try a different photo lab, but overall I was happy with the results. bothering grumpy alexander and telling him not to eat my shoe is always fun.

happy wednesday!

diana

photos taken in our univesity, david’s house, and my front yard with a Pentax MX using Fujifilm Superia X-TRA 400 35mm film.

september photo challenge: week five

I can’t believe we’re already gonna go into october! like what, halloween already?! :O (I’m kind of excited for that holiday, to be honest!) but still, woah.. anyway, this is week five of my photo challenge :) hope you like it!

DAY 21 – FACELESS SELF PORTRAIT
almost faceless, with david’s face on my lens
DAY 22 – SOMETHING GREEN
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delicious-looking green apples
DAY 23 – PATTERNS
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trip to the comic book store with the boyfriend and his brother
DAY 24 – PET
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one of my pets, max the pug, sleeping in my bed.
DAY 25 – TECHNOLOGY
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..it impresses me so much.

the challenge I got the idea from here. previous photo challenges for this month here.

I hope you have good day :)

diana

farmer’s market: september

the other day I stumbled upon this picture of the first time my boyfriend and I went to our local farmer’s market. it made me miss it and want to go. all of the food and the fun him and I had –that was a good day!

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then last saturday I woke up at 9 am randomly, like something told me to wake up. I look at my phone and it has a notification saying “farmer’s market today!” so I had to tell david and an hour later we were on our way. oh how he spoils me even when he’s half asleep! <3

 

boyfriend had many taquitos, I had a corn and a lemon paleta. happy, happy campers! :)

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so we passed by a floor full of chalk drawings and i mean…how could we say no!?

my work of art: celebrating my pug’s birthday!
david’s artwork: a very happy poop :D!

I took my minolta with me and shot some photos of this day + the buildings around us. I would gladly share them..but I’m a very lazy human that hasn’t developed that film yet, sorry, hah! david took his lego star wars minifigures and shot several pictures too! (you can follow him on instagram here!)

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ok, I don’t know how this is gonna sound, but you know don’t know how happy it made me to see that someone made and sold natural deodorants in my hometown (and in such a cute packaging!). in case you’re interested: it works, it smells good, you can make your own by following recipes online,  and best of all: it’s not bad for your body. yay!

oh, and that orange mason jar is a carrot cake for my grandma! it smelled soo good!

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the sky looked so pretty that day. we just had to go on the rooftop again.

I love local events. I’m glad David likes them too.

well, until next time friends :) thanks for stopping by!

diana & david

I feel bad for artists.

Any artist.
Designers, painters, musicians, you name it.

Not a lot of people get their work.
Not a lot of people appreciate all of the hours put into that project plus all the hours of practice needed to get that technique; all of that detail they managed to create, all of the things they had to do to get final result.

I mean, don’t get me wrong, there are people out there who are great enthusiasts of art. But art, even in its most minimalistic form, is sometimes not stopped and admired.
And that really sucks.

Support local artists. Attend museum exhibits. Encourage these wonderful creators.

september photo challenge: week four

DAY 16 – A GOOD HABIT
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altruism.
DAY 17 – A LUXURY
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owning a car.
DAY 18 – SHOES
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my dirty, in-need-of-a-wash, but super comfortable white converse
DAY 19 – WANT
my red hair and my cartilage piecing back so bad
my red hair and my cartilage piecing back so bad!
DAY 20 – IN MY BAG
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i may never forget this, but I do forget my keys and my phone charger. oops.

if each of my weeks had a theme, I would say this one was possessions. it might be a little vain, but it was fun to take pictures and it made me even more grateful for the stuff I’ve received.

you should try a photo challenge. it’s fun! / the one I’m sort of following here / photos taken with my phone and camera.

happy wednesday!

diana

anatomy class

I just dissected a cat!
Well, skinned one and looked at it’s muscles. We’re opening him up another day.
He was a black male cat, and my lab partner and I named it Sheldon.
It was a really neat experience to do so. It was a little sad at first but later you see the educational value.

I just wanted to write about it because I came out of class and was so excited :)

p.s: my anatomy lab professor said it we had the best dissection in class so far!
p.s.s: I’m passing both his class and the lab! yay!!

p.s.s.s: (too many s’) if I knew how to do yoga, I would be be doing some right now. I am sitting in a bench in school next to trees and it’s empty and there is a lot of fresh air running. it is so relaxing. I needed that. I just wished a had a burger with me right now..

have a nice weekend! and if you have a burger, enjoy it cuz I’m jealous of you!

– diana

september photo challenge: week three

DAY 11 – CELEBRATION
boyfriend's 22nd
he turned twenty-two <3
DAY 12 – AN ADVENTURE
photo from almost a year ago when we went to the rooftop of a building and enjoyed the view even if it was cold
photo I found from almost a year ago when we went to the rooftop of a building downtown after our first visit to the farmer’s market. I love it.
DAY 13 – CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT
a camera.
..a camera.
DAY 14 – EYES
one makeupless eye
one tired eye.
DAY 15 – CHANGES TO COME
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I don’t know but I have a good feeling for next year when I turn 22.. I hope good things come.

photo challenge I’m (sort of) following here.

photos from my phone and david’s phone. (except the last one. owner’s link on picture.)

happy friday friends! :) – diana

september photo challenge: week two

i told myself i was gonna post these photos every five days to have enough for the whole 30 days in september. but i’ve been bad about it :( school has been getting tougher and tougher. this week, for example, i have tests and reports almost daily. it’s horrible, but i’m surviving! i miss writing for my little blog though. so today i took a little time to bring you something i was supposed to post saturday. (oops). not that i am forced or anything, but i love doing so, and writing this + reading your blog posts makes me happy and gives a break from writing reports and memorizing things i’ll probably forget next week, sadly. so, without further ado, the second week of my september photo challenge! :)


DAY 6 – AFTER DARK
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picture my boyfriend took of the moon with a $5 telescope we found in goodwill.
DAY 7 – SOMEONE THAT INSPIRES YOU
grandpa. forever.
grandpa. forever.
DAY 8 – ROUTINE
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my uni’s library, where I spend more of my day
DAY 9 – SOMEONE YOU LOVE
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two someones I love: napo and david
DAY 10 – CHILDHOOD MEMORY
grandparent’s house

photo challenge i’m following here (although i changed most of it to make it my own). pictures from my boyfriend’s iphone and my white diana mini.

have a nice week. diana :)

I cut my own hair!

after watching several ponderous videos on YouTube (half of one that appeared on my What To Watch, actually) on how to self-cut hair, I was curious about the idea of cutting mine. I’ve been wanting to get a hair cut for a while now. I just haven’t gone. no reason. maybe just that I’m lazy to go to the salon and get it cut?
well, laziness aside, yesterday night around 1 am I got the crazies, my sowing scissors, and chopped off 4 fingers all around!
It’s not the first time I get impulses to cut my hair. I always cut my bangs whenever I feel like it. (even if my hair dresser gets mad at me for doing so.) in January I actually went back to bangs I hadn’t styled since elementary school (post here) and they didn’t turn out bad!
in july I dyed it red myself with the help of my sister and a L’Oreal hair dye box, after getting the idea from a blogger (easily-influenced, me). I loved it despite of the damage it did to my hair and the mess it created in my restroom.
but this is different! I’ve never cut my entire hair :o it looks the same, almost, just with more layers in the bottom.
i’m happy though. bye damaged ends!! and yay for saving money!
wait til I tell my mom. she’ll freak! :D

happy tuesday! — diana

p.s. – i want pancakes so bad! maybe i can used the money i saved on going to the salon to get some…hmm ;)

my first photo challenge

Years ago, I saw people started to do these monthly photo challenges in Instagram.  I was interested but never actually did one. The other day in Pinterest I saw one again and I liked it, so I decided to do it for this September.

Instead of posting a photo everyday I’m going to share seven pictures in a post every week. That way it’s not overwhelming to my blog, and I could share what I saw that week comfortably and look forward to the day I write and share them with you :)

Here’s the challenge I’ll be following:

If you want to join me, go right ahead! :D And let me know so I can check out your pictures! If you wanna change a day up a bit, go for it, so will I, most likely :) Just have fun with it!

Happy Tuesday!

– diana

I love the university I said I was never going to attend

but I am so glad I did.

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I just finished my first week as a senior in college.

I feel really good about this semester. I’m already really busy and I love it!

I am taking tough but informative classes; I am a volunteer; I have a job; I’m teaching myself how to take analog pictures; and I have an organized planner. I think I’m doing well.. :)

how was your week? and if you’re in school, how’s it going? :)!

the first night after my first play

I just discovered these pictures in my google drive.

(He shared them with me.)

It was after the opening night of the first play I’ve ever been on.

He went both days to support me.

I really, really, really do like this guy.

And I think he likes me.

(Even with all of my makeup, haha)

I have the best boyfriend.

Pictures date March 28, 2015.

I like this summer. I like him. And I like our little yellow camera.

I sometimes feel I’m not doing much with my summer. Or, since it’s almost over, that I didn’t do much with it. I see some friends abroad helping others; I see people exploring the U.S. by car; I see some classmates taking many summer classes to graduate earlier; I see others reading book after book after book while I’m stuck in the same one. And, well, as for me I am just here at home most of the time.

But today it made me reconsider.

Even though I feel did not do as much as others this summer, I had fun. And if I think about it I did do several things. I worked as a research assistant in my university, I traveled with my family, I helped my mom and my aunt start their local business, I’m about to finish that one book I’ve been wanting to read, and I spent the beginning of summer with my grandfather, among other things.

One thing that my boyfriend and I finally got to doing, that I love we took advantage of this summer, was swimming in his pool many times. We bought an underwater camera a few days ago and we went crazy with it (cuz it was just so cool to throw a gadget in the water and it be ok – a strange feeling and a little scary too!). Being there with him, swimming, playing, capturing underwater shots, made me think about how much I really liked this summer. (And how much I love spending time with him.) So those “negative” thoughts just went away. (Thank you, David.) I did the things I had the chance to, and even if I could’ve done more, I am happy with the stuff I did.

some pictures from our camera:

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I still need to learn how to swim.. maybe next summer! :D

p.s: boyfriend has the coolest star wars comics swim trunks

polaroids from mexico

ok, they’re not really polaroids polaroids but I don’t know how else to call them other than “instax mini” or “instant pictures” which I kind of don’t like :( Polaroids sound cuter! :)

Here are some, pretty random ones, my sister took with her camera. First four are in Mexico City and the next six are in Puebla, where one night we just took pictures of each other and went out for smoothies and coffee with our parents.

I love my family. They’re weird and cool and like eating tacos.

more pictures of our cool trip to mexico city here, and pictures of puebla here.

Puebla, Puebla

After spending a few days in Mexico City, we got a bus and came to Puebla. The outsides, I must admit, weren’t as pretty as downtown, where we stayed. Because of time we were only there for about two days. I was a little sad because we didn’t go to a volcano(!!) that was in a town near. I’ve always wanted to see one, and to be so close, aghh :( Next time.. Either way I enjoyed our time there. Walking the streets, going to mercaditos, taking polaroid with my sisters, getting drawn by an amazing artist (post coming on that!), etc..

This is what we saw in Puebla:

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The thing I just loved about downtown were all the old buildings. The details and everything..

Africam Safari

This was a safari a little bit outside of the city. In it you could either ride your car or ride a tour bus along with others. We went in a bus. I loved that the animals were roaming free and it appeared like they a lot of space. There are elephants, hippos, tigers, lions (so freaken majestic!), alligators, gorillas, you name it! We don’t usually go to zoos when traveling, but we heard really good things about this one so we went. We didn’t regret it one bit. Oh and just in case, yes, it was called “Africam.”

 

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This one was a man-operated gates to prevent tigers, lions, and bears from escaping their habitat and going into other animal’s. We went through several.
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This guy! He was so posing for the camera. I took some selfies and it’s like he knew. So smart!
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We went to see the lions and I caught a peek from the side of their “cage.” Only God knows how they haven’t escaped.. They were on top of a Jeep, resting. On the other side was the rest of the Jeep and glass so you can easily see them.

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Mexico is just so colorful. I love it.

As always, thanks for stopping by! You can check out more places we’ve traveled to here.

Have a very nice day :)

Mexico City – I love you!

Your buildings, your weather, your people, your food, and your museums! But not the traffic..

My family and I went about two weekends ago just to explore museums. We had been almost two years before and we had fallen in love with the city. There are so many things to do that we just needed to go back. It’s so beautiful and historical (it’s no wonder UNESCO even declared it such!) and its weather is just so perfect. Everyday it was at 70s and at night 60s and rainy. Nothing compared to this Texas heat in the 100s.. One night it was even around 50º! That’s like our winter here!! :( How I miss it.. It was the perfect vacation for us. Did I mention we even saw the Addams Family musical? :D

A few pictures from our days together + pictures from the past time we went:

Snapchat--1855224807473265756 Our airplane had this really cool feature where the front of the airplane had a camera so we could see what was happening on the little screens in front of us. Seeing the landing was awesome.

View from our hotel window
View from our hotel window

Zocalo's Cathedral

Behind those arches were Diego Rivera's paintings.
Behind those arches were Diego Rivera’s paintings on the walls.

Our hotel was that one on the corner.

Palacio de Bellas Artes

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Chapultepec castle

Yes, Mexico City has a castle in it, and it is amazing. It also has a forest where there many museums including this one. You take a little train and it takes you up this hill to the castle. I really, really suggest you visit it. It was my favorite museum.

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In the forest there were two other museums; the museum of anthropology (MNA) and the museum of modern art (MAM). My family and I went to MNA for an afternoon. Dad took me to the MAM to see a photography exhibition by Gisèle Freund. There were five expositions but we only got to see three because of time. Believe me, I would’ve spent all day there but I felt bad for dragging my dad around. He enjoyed it very much but I could tell he was hungry and a little tired. He kept insisting that I keep exploring the museum, but no, I felt bad.

^ This exhibition was by Lorena Wolffer. There were various artifacts with numbers on them. You would be given a binder and in there were stories matching the artifact. Those stories were of abused women. Abused by their husbands, coworkers, daughters, boyfriends, you name it. It was very powerful.

Teotihuacan PYRAMIDS

These are a little outside Mexico City. You can climb them, some not all the way. I climbed one of them but I almost had vertigo up there! It was so bad. My sister and dad made it up top. I just went halfway and sat down. But what a view!

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Frida kahlo’s house

In this house Frida Kahlo was born, raised, and died. It was changed a little since that time, but you still get the feel of it. The walls are covered by her paintings. You can take pictures but you have to pay.

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We’ll definitely visit you again, Mexico City.

If you’ve ever wanted to, GO! You won’t regret it :)

You can check out more places we’ve traveled to here. Thanks for stopping by!

one of my favorite dates

This happened in May.

1. Boyfriend and I get dressed and go see the opening of our local theater production of The Graduate. – Amazing acting! We really, really enjoyed it.

2. Afterwards we pass by the bowling alley. We think about how fun it would be to go there. We do. He turns the car around and we bowl. We get our shoes and our names are Linda and Napo for the rest of the evening. He won. I think..

3. We got hungry. We went to Whataburger. I had pancakes, he had a bacon burger.

4. He drove me home. We talked for while outside my house in his Jeep, as we usually do.

5. We go to sleep in our own beds, in each’s home, wishing we could just live together and still be together for the rest of the night.

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Max’s first time in a pool

Oh, how I really wish these would have come out perfect. Not blurry like they are, cuz this was a really fun day. Getting together with old friends, eating wings, watching a horror movie, swimming in a really hot day with a pug by your side… I mean, really, is there anything better in the summer? I think not.

(some photos by me, some photos by my beautiful friend, doris.)

ps: I don’t think Max liked the pool, but it did help him cool off on this very sunny day.

she just knew.

If you read the post I wrote about being in a hospital, you might remember that I was there accompanying my grandfather.

I wrote that entry on May 29; he passed away June 11.

We were sad. We cried – so much. We still do sometimes, secretly, in moments.

We knew it had to happen, like it does with everyone else in life.

Grandpa – an amazingly strong man – and I were two hours away from our hometown. When the doctors told us it was time to come say our goodbyes, everyone gathered.

I know this might sound strange, but a couple of days before this happened, our Chihuahua, Angie, did not leave my grandmother’s side, not even for a second, not even when my sister called her. She didn’t even leave the room where my grandpa lived for a while in.

It was as if she knew we were sad and that something was about to happen.

I took this photography of her with my grandmother. And seeing it makes me think of those times again.

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I treasure it.

It shows that even these little creatures know more than we know. She really did feel my grandmother’s sadness. And ours.

excitement!

I just developed a bunch of film  (7 rolls to be exact) dating back to May. I want to share some of my favorite pictures with you because, I don’t know, I really like them and this is my little corner of the world and having pictures makes me happy. and i hope it makes you happy as well :)

oh! also, we went on vacation and I have a few pictures to share from our trip there, too :)

“What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.”

John Green

My friend Doris (if you’re reading this, hey girl!) had this iPhone cover that had that quote in watercolors. It stuck to me since the first day I saw it. Especially the word “treacherous” cuz boy do I suck at pronouncing it, haha. But I don’t know, I always liked it.

The other day my family and I went to the movies because my sister wanted to watch the premier of Paper Towns, since she was reading the book. I really liked it! It was cute and funny, and it makes you think about what you’re doing with your life and that you still can do something, or that maybe you should’ve done something else.

To my surprise that quote came up and I was like WOAH WAIT! IT’S FROM THIS BOOK!? Cuz I always wondered, and for some reason never researched it’s origins, or even remember asking Doris where it was from.

It made me happy to know who the rightful author of that quote is and that it was used in such a cute movie and book.

It basically means just that. That you shouldn’t look at person as a salvation or a miracle or whatever you want in your life. Regardless of how much you love them and what they’ve done for you, a person is just a person and nothing more. —At least that’s what I got from the movie. People who actually read the book probably have a deeper meaning and could explain it better. But for watching the movie, and not wanting to blur out anything accidentally, I can only say that.

p.s: Happy (belated) Birthday, Doris. I know I already said it, but still. This week I’ve had you in mind. Let’s go get a coffee or pizza!
And to you, reader: If you want to laugh for a while, go watch the movie. Or hey, read the book if you’d like!

milkmaid braids

Braids are usually all the rage during the summer time, or honestly anytime. I can only do certain types of braids on myself, other types of braids on other people, and some I just cannot master because either I confuse which piece of hair goes next or my arms tell me I should work out because they are not strong enough and get tired and shake and it’s becomes a mess just to keep my hair up..

But today I did it! I wore milkmaid braids!

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Not that I hadn’t mastered how to do this look before – because quite honestly it’s not hard and I had – but I finally wore it out in public. And yes, I did get stares because it’s not common and it might look a little dorky from an angle, but I really don’t care, I loved how they looked. It made me feel like I was a lady in those old paintings. <3

We were out of town and waiting in line and it was hot that I just decided to braid my hair and it transformed into that. BEST DECISION EVER! If you know how to do a basic braid, have bobbie pins around, and want to look like your hairdo took longer to make than it did, DO THIS! I did this with second-day hair. No shame! And with no mirror, other than the reflection my mother’s glasses gave. So see, you can do it too.

It’s easy. I got the idea from one of my favorite bloggers, Love Taza, who constantly rocks these! Here is a tutorial she made on how to do them.

Basically you make two braids, one on each side of your head, tie the ends with a hair tie, cross them on top of your head to the opposite side, and pin them down. That’s it.

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TA-DA! Easy. I wore my bangs during the day but later at night I pushed them back between my braids to have my forehead free.

Style it however you want and wear whatever you wish. If you like something, rock it!

If you try it, let me know!

farmer’s market: june

Because today was our town’s farmer’s market and we didn’t get to go and we are sad, I wanted to share a couple of cute pictures my boyfriend took of Max last month that we went. For memories and such.

Just look at him! Happy boy. Oh and look at the size of that mango in my hand! Huge!

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All smiles + my grandma in the background, hey!

We even made it to one of the local magazines:

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Picture from the article. So famous, that Pug!

Regardless of his popularity and our happiness produced by the food present, Max had a little..accident, if you will.. I completely forgot to bring doggy bags until he reminded me by leaving a present for the grass. Oh, Max… All of us, even grandma, had to pretend we didn’t know that had happened. We just left laughing. What else could we do, haha! Sorry!

Oh, also this really creepy old truck driver guy came up to my sister and me and started flirting with us and telling me that I should dump my boyfriend, and that he was in a hunt for a wife that looked like me. We ran.. haha

Anyway, leaving the poop and creepy guy talk behind, I hope your day is good and that you are happy :)

Thanks for stopping by, and don’t talk to strangers, kids! See you soon :)

oh, this hospital we live in..

Before I begin my day-long anecdote I must say that this one was only made for purposes of…knowledge, I suppose. It is all truthful, as I have been spending about two weeks of this month, except weekends, on a hospital bed. Not as patient but rather as a companion to my grandfather whom I love greatly. (He’s getting better, nothing to worry about). Regardless of the time I’ve been here, this post will only go over what happened today, Friday, May 29, 2015. This is not a rant or a funny entry, nor do I have amazing stories of patients coming in bleeding from a trauma or whatever is usually pictured when thinking of a hospital. I should note that this is a hospital that only has beds for patients to be in once a big hospital kicks them out, basically; and that’s it. Plus physical therapy and other things. No emergency room, no labor/delivery kinda thing, etc. But patients are well cared for. Again, this was only written for a short period of “entertainment,” I suppose, and knowledge of what goes on in a hospital like this, kinda, in case you’ve ever wondered. This is also written because I am a little bored and because I haven’t written a blog post in a while and I miss doing so. And because today was rather interesting!

Without further adieu, my story for today: 14 hours in this hospital…

7 am

I woke up with the sound of my grandfather’s ventilator’s alarm. I jumped. I mean, it goes off every five minutes without a reason, quite honestly. But this time it was louder and wouldn’t stop. I also heard another weird sound, like a vent. What had happened? There was a power outage. Yup. That happened. It’s the second time I see it in a hospital. Then I hear nurses rushing in to make sure the machine was plugged in to the outlet that goes to the hospital’s generator. I couldn’t go back to sleep.

8 am

Had those powdered mini donuts for breakfast. Good for the soul, not the body.

I go to a far away restroom since I’m afraid of using the one in the room. Interesting for you to know this, I know. But it is shared between this and another room. Not happening.

9 am

Nurses came back in to clean, weight, bathe, and change my grandpa’s mattress. Power came back on finally, yay! But then we found this big patch of irritated skin on my grandfather’s back. I can’t believe we never saw it.

10 am

Last night I watched Bridget Jones’s Diary for the first time (don’t kill me, fans). I saw that she was watching Frasier, Fatal Attraction and I cannot remember what else besides a documentary of lions mating. I love Fatal Attraction! Except for the bunny scene, blugh. I log onto Netflix and the first thing I see is Frasier up on top. Maybe the little Netflix wizards who are always recommending things did it on purpose. But it worked. I started watching it. I LOVE IT! It is so funny without being vulgar or annoying! The pilot hooked me. Probably one of the funniest I’ve seen.

11 am

A lot of commotion here in our floor. The fourth floor. The last floor. Floor of the senior citizens, apparently, and like one young guy. Everyone is getting physical therapy and walking around or exercising from their beds. Hurray for them!

A woman in the room next to us screaming randomly for help. Probably delusional or had no memory of where she is or why. Poor thing..

12 pm

I have a conversation with two nurses about living in Mars and underwater, eating astronaut food, and money scams. Never a dull moment here.

1 pm

I’m a really shy person. Not necessarily speaking to someone, but doing something new when people are watching. Might be the reason I still don’t have a drivers license. Prideful me don’t want others to see me fail or embarrass myself, you know? Anyway, I finally got the courage to do this thing that I wasn’t able to do yesterday: go to the cafeteria and use the microwave to heat up my Lean Cuisine pasta. Oh yeah.. I did it today! Then I sat alone and finished reading “The Aleph” by Jorge Luis Borges.

2 pm

Comfortably and happily enjoyed an elevator ride back to the room.

3 pm

I suction phlegms from grandpa’s throat with this plastic tube. I really like doing so. It doesn’t gross me out. It makes me feel like a nurse that knows how to do stuff! Grandpa hates it, but it helps him.

4 pm

A nurse comes in and puts grandpa’s machine back on. He was breathing by himself for 3 hours and I didn’t even know!

The pulmonary doctor comes in and tells me he was to speak with me privately. Oh, dear. He tells me my grandfather is doing well, but that he doesn’t know for much longer he will keep tolerating all the treatments he receives. He tells me he looks fine and is really strong, but that we have to understand that in his age not a lot can be done without complications. We get it. It’s just hard.

5 pm

Grandpa smiles at me. He can’t talk but, ugh, that smiles makes me so happy! That smile motivates me to be in my butt all day here. And those blue-gray eyes.

“Code Blue, ICU. Code Blue, ICU” is announced. Cadiopulmonary arrest in the Intensive Care Unit. I hate those announcements.

6 pm

Another doctor comes in. Better news. He tells me all of my grandpa’s doctors had a meeting and said that he is doing progress. It’s slow but it’s good progress. A big relief.

7 pm

I got hungry, so I went to the cafeteria to get some chips I craved while being there. It was closed. I took the stairs back and I saw that the second floor had a sign that said “ICU, Waiting Room, Human Resources, Education Classroom, Pharmacy” pointing to different directions. I went in and stared exploring. It was a bad-lit pink and gray labyrinth. The ICU door was at the end of the hallway with a covered window. So scary. I left.

8 pm

I glance at the TV I have on for my grandfather to see in case he gets bored: what the fuck are they showing nowadays?! Nope. I love you all the way, online streaming services.

9 pm

I am writing this post with different nurses next to me: respiratory, RN, CNA. I want to shower, sleep, and watch Rosemary’s Baby even if it’s weird. And eat some buffalo wings or nuggets. So hungry. I also can’t wait for my mom and aunt to be here tomorrow. Grandpa and I are 2 hours away from home.

10 pm

Tomorrow morning I am going to witness a minor surgery being performed on my grandpa; I’m excited. Although I think feeling that is wrong… I just got notified. And it’s gonna be done here in his room. The nurses are already setting up.

11 pm

Ta-da! This is published. Good night.


I hope you have an interesting day! I know I will…

east and a little west

It’s may, the month of graduations, finals, end of semester, etc. I see a lot graduation pictures floating around my social media feeds and it gets me thinking what their next step is gonna be. and then it gets me thinking what mine is gonna be.

I’m not set to graduate til next may, supposedly. but I really don’t know what to do afterwards. grad school? get a second bachelors? get a job? I don’t want to get a job yet. I want to keep studying. I just don’t know what..

everyone tells me it’s alright not to know what to study, and I know so. it just bugs me not knowing. at the moment I just know this: I want to travel.

I know that sounds super cliché. I kinda even hate saying it because of the cliché-ness of it. The I’m-gonna-backpack-through-Europe-after-graduating kind of cliché-ness. bleh. but no, I just think the earth is amazing and I want to keep exploring it. whenever. after graduation, before graduation, with my work, with my family. anytime!

a few places I would like to visit:

St. Croix
Germany
Ireland
Belguim
Turkey
India
Amsterdam
South Africa
all of Mexico
Connecticut
Washington DC
Alaska!
Edinburgh

and a lot more others.. my bucket list keeps growing daily.

I really want to visit all of those. but first i gotta figure out what to do academically to get there..


what places are in your bucket list to visit? any places you recommend I visit? were/are you concerned about what to do after graduation just like I am? let me know cuz I’m over here growing gray hairs, haha! have a nice day :)

rockstars are hard to photograph

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…but I got some pictures of three rockstars I am a huge fan of: George, David, and Chavira from Edging Rage! a.k.a, my boyfriend’s band. (of course I’m gonna go support every gig!)

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the drummer and the front man

 

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david and I

 

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george

 

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jorge and I attempted to take a picture. we failed a little, but still like it!

 

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david’s drumset

 

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that cool band from san antonio

 

Just like in my last post, these pictures were taken by the diana mini. I’m new to this whole analog thing, but I am learning :)

 


 

 btw,

feliz cinco de mayo

(..para todos los que celebran pensando que es el día de independencia de méxico!)

 

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I always loved the way pictures taken by an old camera would turn out. so i thought, why not!, and got myself a little toy one for my birthday. its name: diana mini. just perfect!

it uses film, and after getting my pictures developed, i wanted to share some with you because i was so excited! nothing like that waiting period to see how your pictures turned out.

so, here are some pictures taken by the diana mini and by two disposable cameras :)

you can click any image to enlarge.

sorry not sorry for the pet overload! I just can’t help it.. :)

have a happy sunday! :D

a week in yucatan – part II

Hi, click here for part 1! This might be a lengthy post, but it will be worth it! Enjoy!! :)

los tres cenotes, cuzama

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this was amazing little hidden gem in mexico. pictures i would see online don’t do it justice. here are some my family and i took on our trip to yucatan this spring break (I know, i’m uploading this really late, oops) –

cenotes are sinkholes – holes in the ground with water in them, basically. and one can swim in them. there are many, many of these in yucatan. my dad, per recommendation of a friend, took us to some in a town called Cuzama. they were three cenotes, and to get to them you had to pay and you would be taken on both a motorcycle with seats and then on a sort of train powered by a horse (pictures below of both), and with that comes a guide and he has life vests/jackets you can rent. ours was really helpful. his name was martin martinez (how could one forget that name!). the three have different depths. we only went to two – the second and the last one – because our guide said the first one was harder to get into and deeper.

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our favorite one of the three!
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entrance to the cenote

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the third cenote; second one we saw:

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watch your step! there’s a sinkhole under you..
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see?
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this was the entrance to the third cenote

my dad and my sister were the only brave ones of the family to go in. i chicken’d out just seeing those stairs on the ground. i regret a little not going in.

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sorry about the pictures looking a little blurry or grainy. they were taken with my dad’s cellphone. but you get the idea! :)

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paseo Montejo, Mérida

paseo montejo is a classic street in merida. it is full of big homes and mansions. a lot of them house events or are museums and businesses.

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the museum of anthropology

this was art from inside the museum, arte de barro. you can click any image to enlarge :)

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valladolid

this used to be a place we loved to visit in yucatan. it was small peaceful, colorful town with very little cars and tourists. we went this year and it looks like other people discovered our favorite place. it is still nice to visit, but we were disappointed to find more movement than in past years.

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anytime we got the chance we would buy an esquite or an elote. corn in a cob in other words.

like i said, there are many cenotes in yucatan. couple of them are near valladolid, this one is called Zaci. you could swim in it, even dive. there’s a lifeguard there too.

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thanks for stopping by!

Did you like this post? We’ve traveled to different parts of Mexico. Let me know if you would like me to share our past adventures. It would be a pleasure :)

twenty-one & five

guess what little boy that makes my heart pop just turned five years old?

him!

he got a happy belly full of bell peppers. i think he might have even gained a few ounces! but that’s all right. the fluffiness will make him look cuter!

& I, his mother, just turned 21 earlier this week!

my family showed me so much love even if I didn’t celebrate the way they would have wanted me to (sorry mom). but, oh, i had the greatest afternoon-long nap that day!

i got a lot cool gifts, birthday cards and calls from my closest family members. they’re the sweetest and they made me feel special.

david’s gift: do I have the best boyfriend or what?! he knows me well.

two perfect birthdays..

how was your week? :)

 

 

oh, my dear little blog..

I hate that I can’t sit down peacefully and write you my adventures as I would like. ugh. school.
anyway, here are some updates on my life because I know you really wanna know and because I feel the need to write, even if it’s very little.

so..

I got a job as a lab manager for a research in my uni (!!)

my birthday is monday the 13th.

napoleon’s birthday is saturday the 18th.

 I discovered my piggies are big watermelon fans.

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I just ate a hash brown and a croissant. (beautiful breakfast).

I love bob’s burgers.

chunky black shoes <3.

I was in a play.

I have been taking pictures with two disposable cameras, which I’m really excited to develop, and I made a camera that belonged to my grandfather work. circa 1950.

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I added way more legos to my collection.

saw old friends.

max fell into the toilet the other day, haha! but he’s alright!

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once I’m a little free I’ll upload part II of our yucatan trip. (really late, i know, sorry, but the wait will be worth it! :D)

thanks for stopping by! have a nice day!

– diana

ENTREMESES

last weekend i had the privilege of being part of a production called Entremeses. as i had stated in my previous post, it consisted of ten little 10-minute plays; every single one completely different from the next.

if you would like to watch them – even just one of them – then click here. one i really, really recommend you watch is The Man Who Couldn’t Dance. ugh, the feels! kudos to Spike and Kassandra for making it amazing. and to Brian for sharing the videos. you rock! (he came out in Drugs Are Bad. really funny and original. watch it too if you can!)

I was so lucky to have shared the stage with some really talented artists. they are just awesome people. so kind and unique. the kind of people that give off that good vibe that just makes you feel happy. although i don’t personally know them, i’m glad i met them. i won’t ever forget their performances or their personalities. around them i never felt embarrassed or not encouraged.

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the exuberant Ana Lu and I
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with my spoons
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mic check – done!

 


Just Before the War Between the Plates

by Larry Loebell

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Me as sterling fork; Yenesey as steel knife; Vero as grapefruit spoon; Mari as stainless fork; Gibby as laser knife; and Daniella as tea spoon!

curtain call

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thank you, Dr. Gil, for everything theater.

thank you, Beto, for our sets and helmets.

thank you, Brian, for the videos.

thank you, David, for the pictures. (and for coming both days. you’re the best!)

and thanks to all the cast! it was a pleasure working with you!

even if i played an inanimate object, i learned a lot.

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i love this picture. thank you for sharing it, Mae!

 

oh btw,

happy easter!

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love, diana

a week in yucatan – part I

*this post might be a little long, so if you see a “continue reading” button, click it:)*

yucatan is a place that my family and i really love. we stay in mérida, the capital, for about a week, rent a car, and drive all over the peninsula to different little historical towns, mayan structures, the beach, or wherever our heart desires.

this spring break we went there. here are some pictures if you’re interested in exploring mexico :)

downtown Mérida

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on sundays they close some streets downtown so people can ride their bikes

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sister

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Continue reading “a week in yucatan – part I”

artisan bazaar

in our little town, there have been many events this year so far. friday was the first

artisan bazaar

and of course, david, my handy camera, and i were present! we got there a little late, so we couldn’t see many of the artists, just a few. we promised that next time we’ll get there earlier. (and take more cash to buy everything!)

our local artists are amazingly good! i didn’t know we had so many hidden gems out here. it was really good to see that. it made me happy that our town gave them the chance to show their art to the community.

again, we only caught a few artists, (and to others i was too shy to ask for a picture), but i couldn’t resist to share with all of you what we saw! here are some pictures with the people that created those awesome art pieces:

to get more information about the artist, you can click on his or her name to go to their page :)

Rebeca Guevara

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this woman had the most original idea: she made embellished post cards!

here’s what i mean:

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you can write behind them and send them without any  problems :) the art of handwriting letters is dead, but vintage things are always cool. just imagine getting this  beauty on the mail? <3

i wanted to buy everything! not to send ’em, but to have them in frames. these are too pretty to not see daily.


Amanda michelle

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if you’re mexican, don’t her paintings just bring back childhood memories of playing loteria at your grandma’s house? cuz that was exactly our reaction! loteria is a mexican game similar to bingo. just that instead of numbers and letter being called out, cards with images like the ones she has painted appear. the carta, playing card, she had there was my favorite!


José Luis aun

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this guy’s art was amazing! it was like mythical creatures and forests. he had a little bio on the table that said that his work has been features in many countries.

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we know that there are still more local artists out there who are really good at what they do. if you’re one, i really encourage you to showcase your work like this. even if you don’t sell it, you give it exposure :) the art scene in our town is growing, and for you to be a part of it would be awesome!

extra pictures from the bazaar and downtown:

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like if we were in ‘Big’

* big as in tom hanks BIG, the 1988 film, carnival scene where he makes the wish to zoltar. (haven’t seen the movie? what?! you must!)

we’ve been saying for years that the next time the carnival comes, we’ll go and get a corndog. that has not happened until it finally did last week :D! no corndog though. i didn’t crave it at the moment. i regret it now :(

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we only got on two rides cuz the lines were too long and david and i don’t have patience for that. also we were super hungry and just wanted to eat and not throw up in a ride, haha.

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foot-long hot dogs ended up being our dinner:IMG_2854

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i can’t believe we ate from here, haha. our moms would disapprove so bad!

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we passed by a stand that had birds and bunnies (as prices, we supposed) (i know, it’s horrible, don’t even get me started cuz i’ll cry of anger). we loved that little white bunny, though. he looked like he had no worries in the world. happy fella! sorry we couldn’t rescue you, boy :( …

besides bunnies,

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I LOVE merry-go-rounds! not riding them, but looking at them. their details, and colors, and lights. everything!

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if you’re a Bob’s Burger’s fan: i took this picture with Tina in mind.

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bye, carnival! see you whenever i crave a corndog again!
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candid picture of david. we were both exhausted!!

we decided to go home to sleep. but on our way, we started talking, woke up a little more, then passed by walmart and i got the urge to go purchase things i swore i needed haha. it ended up being a star wars lego run as both of us got one.

mine: a mini millennium falcon!

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see, just the necessities!

 
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david: thank you for waiting for me while i took pictures and for buying me lemonade. i love you. and sorry i dropped your stormtrooper’s helmet under a stranger’s car. my bad :( you’re a good sport!

farmer’s market: valentine’s day

david and i aren’t the kind of people to celebrate valentine’s day. just not our thing. however, when we found out the farmer’s market was going to be that saturday, we decided to go out:) (also he had a gig that night – went well btw! people had a good time!).

our farmer’s market is not that big, but we like it. it is held downtown in a little historical plaza once a month. the people are nice and there is always a lot of delicious mexican food.

we got there early so there weren’t many people; thus we got to comfortably enjoy every booth. this time we also invited grandma and my sis to join us. they really liked it! especially my grandma, who went crazy buying flowers and herbs and veggies– the main reason why i took her.

here are some pictures from that day!

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we also went last november. here are some pics i never got a chance to share:

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that’s a tortilla made with nopales. might be green but it was good

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i love our downtown. i’m glad it’s being appreciated more and more once again.