a happy list, by didi

Wow, I hadn’t shared much here lately. I always do this. I never like it. And I don’t do it on purpose. I just sometimes don’t know what to write or when to post things. I don’t want to post things for the heck of it. I want them to come naturally, you know? But I’m back and excited to write and share little adventures.

Anyway, I hope you are all well. I am here today to share with you guys a happy list that my very close friend Daniela (we call her Didi) wrote. Here are

10 things that make didi happy:

· the smell of books, both old and new.

· when people play with my hair.

· rollercoasters.

· cold days that are perfect for hot chocolate.

· writing. i love to write fiction stories.

· to be waken up by my dogs.

· playing the ukulele.

· spending time with my friends.

· watching silly cartoons, because one is never too old for cartoons.

· listening to music. mostly music that makes me want to dance.

 

 

I love these lists. They make my day. If you would like to share a list of things that make you happy, send it to me and I will post it here.

I hope you have an amazing day. I have more posts lined up that I would love to share and hopefully you will love to read. Thanks for stopping by! And thank you, didi, for your happy list. <3

–diana

 

 

what’s the best thing to do after taking a chemistry and a statistics final?

get yourself a burger!

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with the one you love.

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then go to a store…

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buy legos and build them in this car.
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take your grandma to the bakery…

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so she can socialize and get her fix of pan dulce.

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take your dogs out!

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they’ll really appreciate it.

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build your sister’s hedgehog a cage…

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to celebrate her birthday and his adoption anniversary.
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then the next day go on a mini road trip with someone special.

or, well, this is what i did after my chemistry and statistic final this past friday.

everything was just perfect.

how’s your day? :)

Proud of him!

Not very long ago I go into gardening. It is hobby many of my close family members enjoy. The first herb I planted back in October was cilantro. It is now huge and beautiful. I now have that, a beautiful tomato plant, two red bell pepper plants, and a white onion. :)

My boyfriend got interested in plants too so I helped him plant some cilantro seeds. We planted them in Novemeber but they sadly never bloomed. 

Last week he decided to dump the dirty from the pot I lent him, since he was convinced his cilantro never grew.

BUT, when he was about to reach the pot, he saw that two cilantro plants had risen from the ground!!

   

  

I’m so proud of you boyfriend! Happy to see you happy. :)

  
    

Oh nature, you are amazing. Maybe a little lazy, haha. But amazing nonetheless! 

Moral of the story: Have hope my friends! 

And, have an amazing day!

–diana, david, and two strong cilantro plants.

mi primer tatuaje

(my first tattoo)

A lot of people don’t like tattoos. My parents are included among those people. They don’t have anything against people who have them; they don’t look at them differently; they just don’t like tattoos. And that’s fine. I, on the other hand, went to school with people who were fond of them. Thus, I grew an appreciation toward them, regardless of all the negative things circulating the world of tattoos. I’m not gonna explain what tattoos mean to me. Everyone has their own definition and it is theirs to keep. Same thing with the meaning behind tattoos. Some people don’t even have meanings for their tattoos; just reasons. I am not advocating or pushing for anyone to get them either. It is your body. What I am gonna say is: if you are thinking about getting one, please do be cautious and think about it long and hard. Don’t be impulsive. Research.

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I got two:

I usually don’t put watermarks in my pictures, but people tend to steal tattoo photos quite often, so.

It hurt a little. Not much. I am so happy with the results.

 

Happy Wednesday friends!

–diana

I am going to India.

I am studying abroad and taking a class during the winter break.

I have mixed emotions.

I was beyond excited after receiving my “Congratulations! You’ve been accepted!” letter.

As the date approaches, part of me has been like “WHAT’S WRONG WITH ME!? WHAT DID I DO?!”

Another part of me cannot believe I am going to the other side of the world. It makes me feel kind of brave.

The girly part of me wants to shop for clothes before departing, if I must be honest.

But overall, I am proud of myself for going to all of those department heads and asking for signatures, for facing the dean, and for submitting my application– regardless of what everyone told me about the food, the culture, the diseases, the dangers, the multiple “You’re crazy,” the “You don’t know what you’re talking about,”  and the sweet “You’ll get the worst diarrhea of your life!” from my sincere coworker.

I don’t care. I’ve always wanted to go. It’s a once in a life time chance and I took it.

I leave in twenty days for twenty days.

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the shirt they gave us at orientation

 Is that too much info to put out in the internet? Oh well, I am happy!

burger king.

Instant Dinner

tonight we ran around town looking for a place to eat. we wanted tacos, but all the good, authentic mexican food places were already closed. we probably spent an hour searching. guess where we ended up eating: burger king.

we then ran back home to turn in homework that was due midnight.

my sister took this picture of us in front of the christmas tree before we left. too bad it didn’t come out :\ maybe next time!

i really love this man and our little adventures.

now we’re off to bed. goodnight!

p.s: this is my 100th blog post. yay!

diana & david try: Calbee’s Snapea Crisps in Wasabi Ranch

hey friends! i hope you’re doing well :)

so the other day david and I went to 7eleven and found these:

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since I am trying to eat healthier, and since I’ve seen that the internet has been a little obsessed with edamame lately, I decided to purchase them. after trying them, david and i gave our verdict. we find pleasure in trying and describing things we’ve never had before. it’s like a fun little game between us. so, we have decided to start this new section called “diana & david try:” to introduce new foods to our palate. and to have fun of course :) we hope you enjoy it, and if you have any suggestions, send them our way. it can be anything. well maybe not anything, haha. but if it’s reasonable and in our reach we promise to try it!

today we are tried Calbee’s Snapea Crisps in Wasabi Ranch!

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ingredients and nutritional facts here.

these are supposed to be healthier alternative to chips. they are baked and contain 70% whole peas. I read reviews and a lot of people in Amazon love this product (so much they buy it in boxes!). David and I…well, here’s what we think:

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b o t t o m  l i n e:

did we like them? no.

what did he think? flavorless // crunchy // really good garlic scent – like the bread from Olive Garden.

what did i think? still have unpleasant taste in mouth, even after eating pizza // weird smell // little spicy kick at times // couldn’t taste the ranch flavor

we… think the packaging is neat // liked the fact that chip was shaped like a pea // felt bad for throwing them away so they’re still there //

would we give this brand another try? in another flavor, yes. well at least me, hah.

would we purchase this specific item again? nope! come back to us, fatty chips<3

why we’re bad judges: david and I don’t like snap peas or wasabi or ranch. :(

should you try it? you should! it’s good to try new things.

:)

 

 


don’t forget to leave more suggestions below.

love you guys. thanks you for your time. have a very nice day:)

–diana&david

thanksgiving break trip and one photo booth strip

Urban Outfitters Photo booth with david and ddboyfriend and i went with our friend didi to san antonio for a day. they went to fix their iphones in this big outdoors shopping mall and I accompanied them. didi took her yorkie, molly, who behaved so well and is so cute!

we stopped by urban outfitters; david to look at records, didi to shop for plaid shirts, and I to look at their cameras. i had been to the store several times before and i never noticed they had a photo booth. the last time i remember taking pictures in a photo booth was when i was in elementary school – i know! yeears ago! how lame is that! so when david offered i didn’t hesitate. we both ran in and snapped the first two photos. on the third one didi came in after finding us.

awesome photo booth strip :) kinda wished we would’ve gotten one more strip with more of didi, and maybe molly..

we drove back to our little town at night after having free donuts in krispy kream. did you know that when their sign is on it means free donuts?! david and i did not!! oh those warm donuts <3

after that we had thanksgiving with our families and then we met up with old friends (click here to see photos of that day).

this post is a little late, but how was your thanksgiving? and how has your week been so far? i hope you have a nice day :)

–diana

gilmore girls with a pug

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this is max and i watching gilmore girls on netflix for probably the fifth time. so much love for that show. and for this pug. although he fell asleep two minutes into an episode, as you can see by his let-me-sleep-face and by his actual sleeping picture. haha. oh, little fella, you make me laugh as much as the gilmores do.

well, we’re off to bed. we hope you had a fun monday evening. boyfriend and i ate chick-fil-a and every bite was delightful. what did you do? do you like gilmore girls? do you bother your pets too and make them sit through shows they don’t like? am i mean? haha.

p.s. – i forgot how fun it was to use a mac’s photobooth. i shall use it more often!

sweet dreams! or good day, depending where you are! :)

–diana & max

comics, hot dogs, burgers, and a retro restaurant

hey friends! I feel I haven’t been on here for a bit. I’ve been missing out on reading your blogs! How’ve you been?! Anything new?

the other day david and i took his brother to the comic book store.

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meet diego! a badass and a star wars lover.

after picking up some comics, we sat in the car thinking of where to eat. i was craving a hot dog so bad. thanks to siri and google, we discovered that a retro diner that was near us carried hot dogs, so we went.

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probably one of the coolest restaurants in our town…

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i know some of you might not care, but excuse my hair. i had just gotten out of school. i was also too lazy to put on makeup. i’m glad david loves me regardless of how i look.

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this was david’s bacon and blue cheese burger. i ordered a chili cheese hot dog, which was delicious and just the perfect meal to end this day. sorry for the lack of picture. i was too excited that when it got to the table the first thing i did was take a bite! can you blame me?

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happy diego, proud of only eating tater tots that evening, haha

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an afternoon with these two is always fun.

How’s your tuesday so far, dear reader? Are you having fun? What’s the coolest themed restaurant you’ve ever been to? Do you have a retro one in your town? Let me know, I like reading your comments and stories. :)

–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

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

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

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 ;)

watching over little napoleon at night

My little baby.

I loooooove him!<3

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peek-a-boo!   
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bed head

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I know he seems alright, but I was scared that maybe he was sick cuz I had offered him watermelon and he didn’t want it when he usually loves it, and he didn’t even come out of his bed when I called him when he’s usually the first one to wheek and run toward me. Then I brought cilantro and he only ate some. Linda ate both the watermelon and the cilantro and she ran to my feet when I called her name, in comparison.

I’ll keep an eye on him tonight. I think he was just tired or not hungry. Maybe it’s even his teeth that hurt, I don’t know. He’s a pretty big sleeper at night, so I hope it’s that. Either way he’s sleeping with me tonight just in case. (I keep peeking under my comforter to see him. He comes out and sleeps next to me occasionally. Right now he’s next to me foot.)

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My poor baby. I hope you’re fine. :(

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

seeing old friends

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That’s boyfriend, myself, and our friend Andy having brunch in IHOP.

Oh, how we love Andy! If I were a mom, I would want my kid to be just like him. So nice, helpful, respectful. The epitome of a good person.

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We also love his company. So when the opportunity to see him presented itself (since we don’t really see each other cuz he’s in another city for college), we took it! I love this kid and his sense of humor – can’t say it enough!

After leaving IHOP and saying good bye to Andy, as he was about to go on the road, David and I went back to my house to pick up a package I had just received: the Minolta XG7! Ah, so excited to try it out!

Later, David picked up his two band members, they ate, loaded up their instruments and we all went to a bar where they played for the night. They had beer and played us their music, I had a drink and took some videos. (I also studied for anatomy cuz I felt bad for not doing so, but can you blame me? Too many terms!)

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Monday morning in school I’m sitting in the library’s computer lab and I see a familiar figure coming in. It was my high school best friend, Esteban. I approached him and he sat next to me and caught up a bit. I like it when we talk. I don’t, nor do I think I will ever, exactly know why we stopped talking much after high school. We had a really good brother-sister relationship.

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I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing like seeing old, long-time good friends. The conversations, the history, the jokes, everything. Even if we meet new people or live far away from each other or are each busy with our lives, we can still get together one afternoon and laugh like only a day passed since we last saw each other. And I find that fucking awesome and it makes me happy.

I love my friends. I hope we keep seeing each other like this.

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I was cleaning my laptop when I came across these two pictures from 2010. 5 years ago. The year Napoleon came to be my pet and hairy roommate.

Oh how I love this little creature. Every day he makes us all laugh, he follows me around my room, and whistles like there’s no tomorrow whenever he hears someone in the kitchen.

He’s also such a nice big brother to his little sister. He’s such a good leader when it comes to exploring new territories. He sometimes doesn’t like to share his food or bed, so he grrs and chases Linda. But that’s just normal brother-sister love!

Also he’s a little grump. But I wouldn’t change him for anything in the world!

Well, I’m off to pet him and try to convince him to sleep with me (although he almost never wants to :( little man likes his freedom and his own bed, haha).

I just wanted to share those two pictures with you because I really liked them and because I can’t believe he’s been with me five years already! He has taught me so much and he doesn’t even know it.

I love my piggies so much.

Goodnight!

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

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:

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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.

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!

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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