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Monday, August 30, 2010

Back to School..

So, Bandida blog is going to be sort of slow on post for the next few months. I'm going back to school today and the class I'm taking will require a lot of study time and energy. I will still try to post a few times every week and of course I will keep you guys up to date on my half marathon training.
Thanks for being awesome!! 


Thursday, August 26, 2010

Danny & Annie

This video is so touching and beautiful...
Get the Kleenexes ready and watch alone if you're an ugly crier.

Danny & Annie from StoryCorps on Vimeo.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Amateur Appreciation

So this cold that I thought was nothing, sure proved me wrong yesterday. However, with the help of my Señor and his amazing green chile chicken noodle soup. I am feeling much better today, but still could use another good nights rest.

Anyways, When I went to work yesterday I was surprised and flattered to find out that a coworker of mine Chris and wife Lu Ann decided to blow up one of the photos I took at their wedding. I was so  honored that I was almost  pretty much rendered speechless. Chris & Lu Ann are one of my favorite couples in the whole wide world and their wedding Ceremony on May 15th, 2010 was beautiful. It was a Buddhist ceremony that  presented their love and devotion to each other in the most amazing way.  It wasn't hard to get a good photo of these two and I can't say enough how honored I am that they loved a photo I took so much that they decided to blow it up!  I am sort of a point and shoot kind of gal right now with my camera, but this may be inspiration to take it a step further. Who knows! Thanks Chris & Lu Ann!! 

Also, thanks to Tami at A Good Sign for doing such a good job of blowing up the photo.

You can find out more about A Good Sign and their awesome services by clicking here and liking them on Facebook.

Photo by me :) 

Monday, August 23, 2010

In between the weather

Well this weekend was very eventful and I think it sort has me "in-between" the weather a bit. I'm not quite under the weather or above it. I'm hoping it's just allergies and I'll be over it soon.

This weekend was off to a good start. Pato's adorable niece Liz and his sister are in town and we have been spending some good quality time with them. Liz has grown up so fast and it's so amazing to see how she changes what seems almost daily. Liz has been teaching me a bit of baby sign and also responds to both English and Spanish. She is such a brilliant child! I took some photos of her last night at Pato's mom's BBQ, I'll be posting them soon.

On Saturday my hermana and I went to see our good friend Lady Hawk perform in a Drag Queen pageant. She did so well and I was so proud of her.  She spent countless hours, money and energy getting it together and it all came through fabulously. It was great to be in attendance and witness the amazing love and support that their community has for each other. These ladies have not only taught me how to properly walk in high heels,  but they have also showed me that being yourself is more important and stronger than hate will ever be.

Lady Hawk and Roxy Williams

Last but not least, our garden finally produced a vegetable. Patrick and I have been telling our friends that if we were to live off our land we would completely die of starvation. We are working on it though and are already putting together a different strategy for next year. So, without further ado here is our first sexy tomato.
We named her Marinara
Our tomato Marinara

Friday, August 20, 2010

Que Hippie: bloop oatmeal

Today's Que Hippie post is brought to you by the very healthy and very cute Portland, Oregon food cart
bloop oatmeal! (spelled with lower cases) Que cute no?

Now, I have to be honest with you guys. When I wake up in the morning usually the first thing on my mind is not really a bowl of healthy oatmeal. I automatically crave Mexican huevos, huevos rancheros or anything with hot spicy NM green chile in it. So, it was sort of hard for me at first to understand how oatmeal could ever taste like anything other than well, oatmeal. 

Well amigos, bloop oatmeal has changed my whole perspective on the matter! 
First off, walking up to the cute cart which is owned by Matt & Kat will automatically put a smile on your face. The design of this cart is seriously adorable and it is very welcoming. According the bloop's blogspot the signs were designed by Haley Ann Robinson. 

So, Pato and I order our oatmeal. I order the Peanut Butter Banana Dreams and Pato gets the Strawberry Walnut Banana oatmeal. Matt serves it up warm while  wearing an apron that says "Watch Out, McDonald's!"

watch out Mc Donald's

We Dig in.....

Peanut butter banana dream

So, what's one way to describe how good bloop oatmeal is??

Well, bloop was sooo good that you will seriously consider slapping your mama for serving you up that box oatmeal crap all those years. 

 The bloop was amazing! After leaving Portland, I found myself waking up here in NM and actually craving a cup of oats from bloop. Not only does the amazing flavor of bloop oatmeal stick with you, but it actually had me adding oatmeal to my usual breakfast routine. Of course, I won't ever replace my huevos rancheros completely, but bloop has me thinking that oatmeal is not so boring anymore.

So, if you're in the Portland, Oregon area and are looking for a good start to your morning. Then head over and say Hola! to Matt & Kat at bloop oatmeal food cart. 

Feel yummy! 
Be healthy! 
Eat bloop!! 

bloop oatmeal

bloop oatmeal cart is serving hot oatmeal goodness from  7-10 am M-F. SW 3rd Ave between Stark & Washington in Portland, Oregon. 

Bandida Blog Recommends:
Peanut Butter Banana Dreams with Stumptown Coffee
Summer Peach Oatmeal

bloop oatmeal

bloop signage



Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Beardarchy: Hierarchy of Beards

A friend on facebook posted this up and I found it to be pretty amusing.
 I admit that I  spent a good amount of time finding out where all my friends with beards landed on the list.  Some of you have some work to do!  
Pato seems to have a mix between the "grizzled" and the "ear spoiler."  Good stuff.
Okay, so this is where we now say a prayer hoping that hipsters, Urban Outfitters and Etsy shops don't ruin the beard like they ruined the mustache. I'm just saying...

Click here for a blown up version of the map.

Monday, August 16, 2010

America in Color from 1939-1943

I came across this story from the and was truly blow away by these photos taken by the photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information of the effects of the depression on rural towns. According to the Denver Post these photographs were soem of the only color photographs taking during that time. Definitely worth a visit... click here.

All photos and captions from Captured: American in Color from 1939-1943 featured on the

Here are some of my Favorites.
Women workers employed as wipers in the roundhouse having lunch in their rest room, Chicago and Northwest Railway Company. Clinton, Iowa, April 1943. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Woman is working on a "Vengeance" dive bomber Tennessee, February 1943. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Alfred T. Palmer. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

General view of part of the South Water Street freight depot of the Illinois Central Railroad Chicago, Illinois, May 1943. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress
Chapel, Vadito. Near Penasco, New Mexico, Spring 1943. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by John Collier. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress
Garden adjacent to the dugout home of Jack Whinery, homesteader. Pie Town, New Mexico, September 1940. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Russell Lee. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Going to town on Saturday afternoon. Greene County, Georgia, May 1941. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Calm during the storm

This weekend was relaxing and beautifulIt was filled with beatiful friends, running in the foothills, my amore and reading and finishing a good book  during a Sunday evening thunderstorm. It's always good to show up to work on Monday rested and it feels better too. I am sort of trying to set the pace for when I start school again at the end of the month. So, until then it's relaxing weekends, not scheduling too much and being okay with saying "no" to certain activities I feel I have to do, but not really.We have all been there right? The forcing yourself to go and do something game, i'm starting to think it's healthier to go the other route sometimes. 

My Sunday evening Thunderstorm read was Little Bee By Chris Cleave. This book was truly a powerful read and did not disappoint. I think if you're looking to get a good read in at the end of the Summer, this is your book. Thanks to Curtis for letting me borrow the book~ 

I hope everyone had a great weekend!


Friday, August 13, 2010

The Lonely Carport

It's Friday the 13th!! It's been a pretty good one so far, except for the shitty drivers who live in my town. 
Anyways, I leave you guys with photos of the Lonely Carport which is located in my neighborhood.  It's a carport on a huge lot located off a street that has some really nice houses.  So, recently someone decided to put up a sign on the carport and now it makes me smile every time I run by it. 
Thanks for the laughs, who ever did that! 
Have a great weekend everyone! 

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Que Hipster

Hello amigos,
I'm sorry I've been a bit slow on the posts this week. I've been trying to get back into the swing of things after coming off a great vacation. So, I'm slow moving but I'm happy to report that I have a relaxing weekend up ahead. So that should mean I should be back in full blogging effect next week.
Anyways, I have this great video from Honda that reminds me of 
Also, I swear I saw Jesus Christ himself driving around town in a beat up Volvo yesterday. I'm starting to wonder if I should start a game called Hipster or Jesus? What do you think?

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Portland and Oregon Part 2

Our trip continues on with our last night stay on the coast. We went to Tillamook, OR and I sort of got a bad feeling in my gut about the place. So, we headed back up north and stayed in the quiet beach town ofRockaway Beach, OR. We stayed in a great motel on the beach called the Tradewinds Motel in which they had convenient beer bottle openers in the bathroom and  it was quiet and peaceful. We didn't have a room facing the ocean, but we could still hear it and it was awesome.

Here is a video of the uni-bomber (Pato) and me at Rockaway, Beach

The next morning we headed back to Portland bright and early and started our adventure back in Stumptown.  We went to Powell's book store and bought two books. Patrick bought a book about the history of Argentina and I bough a book about Evita Peron.  Yes, we always have Argentina on the mind. Powell's city of books is an independent book store that takes up a whole block. We seriously could have walked out with a whole library of libros, the selection was amazing!  Anyways, here is the rest of our trip via photos! Enjoy!!

Next up:
 Burnside Skate Park, Portland, OR. 
burnside skate park

Burnside skate park

Rose Garden, Portland OR


Japanese Garden, Portland OR
P8051386Matt & Pat

Mt. Hood Loop
Zig Zag Falls
tree on trail of zig zag falls
Multnomah Falls

I will wrap our trip with this amazing sunset that we were greeted with on the way home! That night we got to hang out with our good amiga Montse who is currently working hard in chiropractic school. We were happy she took break from studying the placenta to come out and hang with us Burqueños! Your shipment of green chile pistachios is almost on the way chica! 

As for Oregon, we will meet again soon!!

Music Tuesday--Santigold

 Say Aha

Monday, August 9, 2010

Portland and Oregon Part 1.

We had an amazing week of vacation and relaxation out in Oregon. We spent most of our time in Portland and stayed with our good friends Matt & Kat. They were amazing hosts and really showed us a good time in Oregon. Matt & Kat are the owners of bloop oatmeal and I will be writing a whole post about them soon because there is a lot of good stuff to say!
Kat & Matt

Flying out to Portland was interesting we faced two rain delays in New Mexico and one in Phoenix.  Pato and I though it was funny when we arrived to Portland, Oregon with sunny skies. Matt & Kat took us to some amazing eateries around town. Portland has this thing that if you are going to serve drinks at your bar, you have to serve food. Most of the bars served pretty good food too and healthy for you! So, not only was this trip relaxing, but the great tasting healthy food was an added plus!
So, the trip was blessed with good friends and new friends. Patrick and I got to see his old childhood friend Phil  and his lovely wife Beth who drove in from Seattle to see us.  We then proceeded to get caught up over beers....very LARGE beers.
Phil & Beth

So our trip was amazing and it was full of adventure, I could seriously write for days about what we did in Portland and what we saw around Oregon. But I think I'll let some of my photos do the talking. I do recommend Portland and Oregon as a place to add to your travel list! 

At Matt & Kat's


Drive to Astoria, OR

jamit reno. 

Cape Dissapointment, Washington
(This is where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean)


Astoria, OR





Drive to Cannon, Beach


Cannon Beach, Oregon


Stay Tuned for Part 2!

Cannon beach

Currently listening to Elliot Smith--Rose Parade
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