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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Joggers and Swimmers

This morning I came upon these two great stories.
Before and After Shots of Joggers
Beyond the Speedo: The Secret Lives of Public Pool Swimmers

The before and after shots of joggers is a great photo series from Sacha Goldberger in Paris, France. He had stopped joggers in a park and asked them if they would sprint for him and then pose right after for his camera.  The photographer then asked these same people to come into his professional studio exactly one week later. Using the same exact lighting he asked them to pose the same way they had before. The result is brilliant. 

The next photo series was done by Judy Starkman of Los Angeles. I particularly liked this series, because as a young swimmer I had a hard time recognizing people outside of their swimmer gear. It's like we lead these crazy secret lives outside of the pool.  This photo series pretty much captures that idea.
From Good Culture:
A lifelong swimmer, Starkman is a habitué of the Culver City Plunge pool, where she noticed the daily metamorphosis that her fellow swimmers underwent upon arriving at the pool. Starkman decided to photograph the individuals that compose her pool community, once in their swimwear and then again dressed for their "secret lives" at work, synagogue, or family time.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Oslo and Amy Winehouse

My heart goes out to the people of Oslo, Norway. May you soon find peace and comfort from this horrible tragedy.

Over the weekend one of my favorite artist Amy Winehouse passed away. Her public fight with addiction was one that was hard to watch as well as her slow demise. I hope she is at peace now. Her music and her soulful voice will live on.

Monday, July 25, 2011


Hello everyone,
I hope you all had an adventurous weekend. Mine was definitely a full weekend with all sorts of exciting things occurring. To start off, on Friday I was able to watch one of my besties from across the pond graduate with her doctorates degree. I was able to log on online to her universities website and watch her receive her doctorates. I am so proud of her accomplishment and I was so glad the glorious Internet allowed me to witness her receive her doctorates in London.

 Congratulations D!

I know recently that my post have been a bit random and scarce. I have been working hard this summer to wrap up all the classes and requirements needed to apply for the nursing program this coming fall. On Saturday I completed the last major thing, the HESI A2 nursing exam. The exam basically tests future nurses on basic math, grammar, reading, and vocabulary.  I was a bit nervous about it because I couldn't remember the last time I even looked at basic math. However, a couple of weeks carrying around the HESI study guide like it was my family bible and studying from it, helped me pass the exam with a 93%!  I am all set to apply to nursing school in late fall. I will let you guys know when I officially make it into the program. 

On Saturday evening the Señor and I went to a Summerween party at our friend Brian's house. It's basically Halloween in the summer time and it's a lot of fun. However, due to the Señors crazy work schedule and my crazy study schedule. We had only a few hours to get our costume together. We decided to go has Raising Arizona H.I. and ED. However, people just thought that the Señor looked like Ace Ventura and I just looked like a regular ol' cop. Oh well, we had fun. 

To wrap up the weekend the ladies in my family decided to take a trip up north to the Las Golondrinas Ranch and Santa Fe for my beautiful madres birthday. I have always loved how mi familia has always been an important part of my life. We always try to get together at least once a week, despite our crazy schedules. 
When my mother decided to go to Las Golondrinas I was thrilled, because I had not been to the ranch since I was a kid. It was fun to explore the beautiful ranch again and soak up some good ol' NM history. We then wrapped up our trip by having amazing Margaritas and great food at Maria's in Santa Fe. It was a great time.  Feliz Cumple Madre! 
The Ladies
Los Golondrinas
Mother & Daughter

I wrapped up the weekend with my amore by relaxing and enjoying the beautiful NM thunderstorm that came through last night. I have always wanted to get a picture of lightning (without getting killed) and last nights thunder and light show was the perfect opportunity. I was so excited when I was able to catch this photo last night. Monsoon season has arrived in the desert and we are so grateful! 
NM Monsoon Season Has Arrived

I hope you all had an amazing weekend! 
Amor y Respeto

Monday, July 18, 2011

Extreme Sheep Hearding

This video made me smile.
The Baa-studs took to the hills of Wales armed to the teeth with sheep, LEDs and a camera, to create a huge amazing LED display.

Friday, July 15, 2011


My apologies for the silly title to this post. I was having a hard time figuring out a name for it. It may have to do with the fact that I just finished my 2nd test in Anatomy II and may be suffering from a bit of a brain fart. 
Anyways, as silly as it is. It's my way of introducing our new possible project.
The Señor and I may are thinking about joining the "urban chicken movement."
Yep, we are considering buying three chickens (I've already named them) and having them lay our breakfast from now on. I love the conversations we have had with our friends regarding this whole adventure as well. For example..
Me: So...we are thinking about getting chickens..
Friend (who will remain anonymous): Wow, that is so fucking Mexican of you guys.
WTH? Oh well, it made us laugh.
This project is still in the "maybe" phase because there is still some concerns regarding chicken ownership that we need to address. Like, how loud are they? How much will it cost to maintain chickens..Will we ever have time from our crazy work/school schedules to even build a damn coop!
Of course we want to be responsible and make sure we have all our "chickens in a row" per say. 
In order to help with this process I've purchased this book..
Raising Chickens for Dummies

Raising Chickens for Dummies. 
I love how this photo was shot backwards, 
 so it makes it look like the book was written in stupid.

The book is really informative, and so fair it's really helping me become comfortable with the possibility of chicken ownership.  Which has me super excited! I'll make sure to keep you guys updated on this process. Currently the Señor is working on major project and I have nothing but test/quizzes/exams scheduled for the next few weeks. Currently, it looks like the  beginning of August may be when we decide to go ahead and go through with the idea or decide not to. If anyone has any advice they would like to share on this matter. Please do in the comment section!

Anyways amigas/os, I hope you all have a great weekend and have great adventures planned! 
For those of you going to see the new Harry Potter, i'm jealous! I can't watch the movies until I have finished all the books. Which will most likely be around the time the DVD comes out. Boo!

Have a great weekend! 

For a funny Anniversary chicken/rooster here.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Today the Señor and I are celebrating four years together.
To my love:
Thank you for telling me everything is going to be alright.
Thank you for always being my biggest supporter and pushing me to challenge myself.
Thank you for agreeing to go on all the "crazy" adventures I suggest. 
Thank you for making me Chicken noodle soup with extra green chile when I'm feeling blue.
Thank you for being you.
I love you.

Te amo sin saber cómo, ni cuándo, ni de dónde,
te amo directamente sin problemas ni orgullo:
así te amo porque no sé amar de otra manera,

sino así de este modo en que no soy ni eres,
tan cerca que tu mano sobre mi pecho es mía,
tan cerca que se cierran tus ojos con mi sueño.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Railroad Diaries

It's true, I am a big fan of the "Lazy weekend". However, nothing beats a weekend where so much is going on it almost rejuvenates your soul, and next thing you know you're planning next weekends awesome activities.
It all started with a impromptu painting project. We have been meaning to prime and paint our backyard wall forever.  It was painted an ugly beige color and it secretly was driving me nuts. Suddenly, on a Friday evening we whipped out the primer paint and started painting. All was well until an ant hill decided to wage war on my feet and freak me out. That left the amore to finish the job and I pouted and watched. Damn ants!
Our dorky art before we started painting
Painting ze wall
Primed and ready for paint. So much better than the stupid beige color huh?

The following morning my sister and I had a huevos rancheros breakfast and headed to the local Downtown growers market. It was full of interesting art and lot's of yummy looking leafy greens and veggies.  It was a short visit however, because my sister had to drop me off at the train station for my adventure to Santa Fe. For more info on the beautiful Downtown Farmer's here.

So my journey up north to Santa Fe begins. I board the train with the excitement that resembles a little kid on their first train ride. I find a great seat with a view and we head up north. The train ride was so smooth and it gave me some time to drift away in a few chapters of Harry Potter.
Downtown Albuquerque
Rail Runner
So we weaved in and out of the NM terrain and as we got closer to Santa Fe I was stunned to see the Los Conchas Fire in the distance. This fire is the largest in NM history and it is only 40% contained. Recently the NM monsoon season has kicked in which has brought on some much needed rain, but still the fire rages on.
Los Conchas Fire
Fire & Rain
Fire and Rain

As I arrived in Santa Fe I met the Señor for some wonderful margaritas at a place call Maria's. We got delightfully tipsy and enjoyed the rest of our time in Santa Fe.  I put the camera away in order to enjoy my time with my love, but not before I shot this photo of this beautiful Bollock Oriole  bird! I know, so dorky!
Bullock Oriole

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and were able to take an adventure anywhere!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Have a great weekend!

Hello amigos,
Do you all have wonderful plans for the weekend? The Señor and I have thrown around a couple of ideas, but I think I may take an inner-city adventure with my Mana (sister), and maybe at one point go out for an adventure.   I think the equation for the weekend will be something like this..
   My camera
+ Harry Potter
+ Farmers market
+ NM Landscapes
+ Summer Drinks
/ Family and loved ones
= Fin de semana!

Have a great weekend amigos,  and remember..

Monkey self portrait
Waterfall madness from a Cup of Jo
Quotes on the internet
Funny NM

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Pallet Board Shelving

7.   Make this pallet shelf for the living room and this vertical pallet garden

This was a fun project completed in a few hours and for free! Thanks to Amanda Carver Designs for the inspiration.  
Thanks to my Señor for helping me rip off the middle board and hanging it up. It was heavy! 
Also, I have nixed the vertical pallet garden as we are in a drought and it appears that the annuals would most likely die in this kind of environment. So, Ive replaced it with another major project (my Señor loves this) more details to come!! 

Pick a pallet board
Find a pallet board of your liking. 

Remove middle board
Rip off the middle board, or have your handsome Señor (or pretty lady) rip it off for you. 

Look over merchandise (clean)
Look over for spiders and clean off as much yucky stuff as you can. 

Sand it down
Sand down.  I started with 90 grit paper and smoothed it over with 60 grit paper. 
Spray with a wood semi-gloss sealer and...

Pallet board Shelves

Hang on the wall! We will be using the pallet shelving to hang photos of our familia. 

 For the longest time our living room wall was a blank slate and we had no idea what to do with it. This was a super easy project and it has really brought together our living room. I can't help but smile when I walk by it. :)

Have a great Thursday amigos!  

Update: Better photos of our pallet board shelf. :) 



Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Hello amigos!

Wow,  it's been a while since I've updated ye ol' blog, and I've sort of missed coming on here and writing about mi vida loca.
I finished my round of clinicals at the Nursing home, and even though it was emotionally draining at times it was a great experience for me. It also made me realize how something that seems so small like saying "Hello, how are you?" or "Hola, como te va?" can make someone smile and brighten their day. I will admit, I do find myself smiling and saying"how are you?" to the geriatric population outside of the nursing home out of habit. However,  I still get a warm response whenever I do.
I had a great clinical team to work with. We did a great job of working with each other and helping each other out. These girls are going to become great nurses and it was truly a lot of fun working alongside them.  (Please excuse our candy striper outfits, they made us wear them)

May we check your blood pressure?

In other news, I've started working on my 30@30 list. So far I've started on..
7.  Make this pallet shelf for the living room and this vertical pallet garden
--I started on making the pallet shelf, and may start on the pallet garden in the fall time. Photos to come of the finished pallet shelf soon. :)
15. Finish the Harry Potter Series before watching the movie
--Currently, I am on book #4 of the series. I know I should be farther along, but my CNA class required a lot of reading that I was not expecting. So far I am hooked, and find myself reading on lazy Sunday mornings and into late lazy Sunday afternoons. These books are addicting! #nerdalert. 
Platform 9 3/4
20. Road trip to somewhere
28. Spend the night somewhere haunted
--We have scheduled a lovely road trip to Colorado. On this road trip I have convinced the Señor to stay in a haunted hotel with me in Cimarron, NM. It's called the St. James Hotel and it is full of amazing NM history, not to mention it's freaking HAUNTED people!
From Trip Advisor: 
 The St. James is a genuine piece of the Old West that has survived 130 years of gunfights, gambling, ghosts, and infamous guests. Buffalo Bill Cody supposedly met Annie Oakley at the St. James, and that’s where they formed their Wild West show. The boots of Wyatt Earp, Kit Carson, and Jesse James have also echoed in the hallways. And they have the guest books to prove it. Don’t be fooled by the exterior, which is historic but not fancy, because inside, you will step back in time. 
Ohhhhh scary! More to come on this.  

30. Smile at 100 strangers   
--This was way too easy, but a lot of fun. :) 

On another note, I am currently on a running hiatus. The air quality has been a bit dodgy here in NM due to all the major fires surrounding us. So, I've been doing a lot of yoga in our guest bedroom. However, I would like to begin running again at the end of July and sign up for a trail race in the fall. Here is to hoping for more rain and better air quality!!

Cheers amigos, have a great week!
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