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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Slackin Part 2

Its Ok Thursdays
 
 
It's been QUITE the week.
 
Here's what's OK with me this week:
 
That I completely forgot that the Superbowl is this Sunday. Oops. This NEVER happens. I'm a die hard Superbowl fanatic but..um..I forgot. Go Niners!
 
That I haven't made it to the gym in over a week. I'm trying, guys. Trying
 
That I have developed an addiction to NARS cosmetics. Hellooo? Where have I been all this time?!
 
That I consumed about 5,796 calories at last night's dinner. That vanilla milkshake was callin my name.
 
To be ready to get out of work and go home to watch me some American Idol. I only watch the auditions every year but Niki Minaj is making it really hard to sit through the entire episode. That British accent needs to stop. Seriously, girlfriend. Listen to yourself.
 
To not be so accepting about Kimye's pregnancy. I LOOOVE Kanye and I'm just not sure how this baby is going to affect his career. Don't let me down, Ye.
 
That I get made fun of at work for never doing my hair. Seriously, guys, it's bad. I have really long, thick hair that takes FOREVER to dry and style. I don't make the effort to set aside an extra hour in the morning to style it so I just dry it and put it up in a ridiculous messy bun (see below)
 
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go ahead and judge, I can take it ;)
 
 
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So as I mentioned above, it really has been QUITE the week. I'll get right to it.
 
Mr. Firefighter's car was stolen last Friday night/Saturday morning and he has been SO angry and upset all week about it. I can't blame him, I'd be throwing punches and going on a hunt for the mother effer who did it. Unfortunately, the car was found at an impound lot completely stripped of all its parts. These guys took EVERYTHING. I've been very upset about it all week only because there's very little I can do about it. He's such a hardworking guy who just started a new job with a new fire department earlier this month so the timing couldn't be any worse. His old department was less than 10 minutes away from his place and his current department is about an hour drive. The whole thing just makes me really angry. So many hardworking people out there and all it takes is for some cold hearted asshole to ruin your day, week, month, whatever it may be.
 
This only furthers my aspiration to become a police officer even more. UGH.
 
I wish I had more positive things to say but it's been rough.
 
Here's to hoping things get better and that his insurance comes through relatively quick.
 
I hope all of you out in bloggerland are having a better week!
 
Ciao.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, January 25, 2013

Fess Up.

It's Friday, my boss is out of town until next Tuesday, and that only means one thing: half day at work :)
 
 
Linking up with Leslie  for Confessional Friday, these are my confessions:
 
I confess:
 
 
:: I have driven into work wayyy too much the past two weeks. Parking in downtown Chicago is NOT cheap.
 
:: I seriously have the best acupuncturist ever! She has helped me out with so much and I have so gained so much knowledge about my body and health/beauty regimens. You should all check out Jenny's blog and have a look. I promise you'll learn something great!
 
:: I just learned about "oil pulling" and will be trying this health regimen out this weekend. I knew I bought that tub of coconut oil for a reason!
 
:: I am excited to try out all of the crock pot recipe suggestions I got from some of my fellow bloggers. I will be buying the ingredients I need and will be attempting the recipes next week.
 
:: I think it is wayyyy too early for stores to be selling bathing suits and sandals already. C'mon! We haven't even had the worst of winter yet.
 
:: I plan on doing some much needed retail therapy this weekend. Watch out, credit card!
 
:: I am literally counting down the days until summer. Words will never express just how much I hate winter AND spring. April showers bring May flowers? Yeah, no. Not here. Shove those flowers up your frigid cold ass. Give me my 85 degree weather and a beach, thanks.
 
:: I have been itching to take a trip to Disney World lol. Seriously. I've been telling my roommate for the past two weeks that we need to go back. Road trip this summer?
 
:: I need a major cuddle session with Mr. Firefighter. He started a new job with a new fire department earlier this month and his schedule has been ridiculous. This has led me to be very cranky and bratty.
 
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I am excited for my date night with one of my best friends, Maria, tonight. Every Friday when I head home to visit my parents, I make it a priority to have a coffee/movie date with my girls from back home. I think today will be our last Friday date night for a looooonnnng time because Maria will be starting dental assistant school for 8 months and it interferes with girl time :( But I'm SO proud of her and know she's going to do GREAT. Get it, girl!
 
So on another note, Valentines' Day is coming up. How do you girls celebrate? Do you like to go out and do something, stay in, go out that weekend? Last Valentine's wasn't so great. My grandpa passed away that week and it had me in the worst of moods. And this year, I have no idea what's going to happen. I kind of want to just skip over the holiday. Let's celebrate my birthday instead :)
 
Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!
 
Ciao.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Speak Up

Guys, I am wiped out - energy wise, that is. I can already tell it's going to be one of those days. Didn't help that I came in to work and was welcomed with a snippy e-mail from my boss. Ugh.
 
Last night, I had a mandatory police orientation to attend in order to be able to take their physical and written exam this Saturday. I went, sat there for 2 hours with a really sore ass (thank you dinky high school cafeteria seats), drove home in a mini snow storm, and now I'm cranky.
 
One of those damn days.
 
Anyway, I came across an article on Yahoo that just warmed my heart. Jacob Rudolph, a highschooler, was given the Class Actor award and this was his response:
 
"Most of you see me every day. You see me acting the part of "straight" Jacob, when I am in fact LGBT. Unlike millions of other LGBT teens who have had to act every day to avoid verbal harassment and physical violence, I'm not going to do it anymore. It's time to end the hate in our society and accept the people for who they are regardless of their sex, race, orientation, or whatever else may be holding back love and friendship. So take me, leave me, or move me out of the way. Because I am what I am, and that's how I'm going to act from now on."
 
There is nothing more that I love than seeing people stand up for theirselves. I just absolutely love it.
 
I can only imagine how difficult it is for kids, and even adults, to go every day pretending to be someone they're not. Kids are so mean and judgmental, especially this generation, and I can only hope that Jacob's example inspires someone out there to not be ashamed of who thery are and speak up. We are all equal.
 
I have always said that I was fortunate enough to grow up in a household that didn't teach me to discriminate others based on their sexual orientation. It's unfortunate that so many other people were exposed to the complete opposite.
 
So while I'm over here being a crabby patty and complaining about little stuff, it makes my heart happy when other people are overcoming their battles with society and standing up for theirselves. Puts my view in a whole different perspective.
 
Now if I can only get these cranky pants off and find some happy ones, I'll feel a little better ;)
 
Ciao.
 
 
 


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Crock Pot Recipe Suggestions

I see that I have a couple of new followers, yay! I hope everyone enjoyed the "Facts About Me" post I did yesterday. I could seriously go on with a zillion more facts about me but then I'm going to come off as self centered lol. So I'll spare you guys the ramble.
 
I want to talk, er, write, about crock pots. Yes, crock pots. I have one but I've only used it twice with minimal success :/ As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I love to cook. It's seriously becoming one of my favorite things to do (future wifey status, whhaaa? Kidding. Kind of.) Anyway, I'm a bit clueless when it comes to crock pot recipes, so I would love suggestions! I already have gotten some of my friends to give me some of their favorite recipes but I'm itching to learn more. I looked up some recipes on the internet but I personally like to learn from others, not saying that the interent recipes don't come from actual people, you know what I mean. 
 
I'm getting to the point where I'm becoming extremely busy and don't have time to make dinner because I get home butt ass late. This is when crock pot recipes would come in handy so I could prepare meals before I leave for work.
 
Until then, I will search Pinterest for recipes, because Pinterest recipes are the bomb.com.
 
So to everyone in blogger land, what are some of your favorite crock pot recipes?
 
 
Ciao!
 
 
 
 
 

Pinning Time!

 
Happy Hump Day. Is this week going by kind of fast or is it just me? I kind of need it to slow down just a little bit - I have yet another police exam to get ready for this Saturday annnnddd I need more time!!!
 
Digressing.
 
Since it's Wednesday, you all know what that means...Pinning time!
 
Here are some of my favorite pins this week:
 
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Hidden shower room - I want this for my future home.
 
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Motivation.
 
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I need this.
 
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Need this too.
 
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Hate when this happens.
 
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BAM!
 
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OBSESSED
 
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So pretty & elegant
 
 
 
That's all for now!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Facts of Life. Well, My Life.

 
 
Well, it's -8 degrees right now in Chicago. I think it's safe to say that all of Chicagoland is miserable. I usually take public transportation to work but no way in hell was I going to endure the cold this morning. Even though I've already spent $68 in parking the past two days, I'll take that over a 30 minute cold as balls commute.
 
Ok, enough complaining.
 
I am very excited to participate in today's link-up with one of my favorite blogs. Check out Whitney  and I promise you'll love her blog too :)
 
Since I don't have an "About Me" section on my blog (primarily because I don't know how to create one - I'm still learning the ropes of this whole blogging thing), I thought this would be a fun way to share some facts about me.
 
So here it goes:
 
One: I am a mild-moderate hypochondriac. I've been like this for a little over two years after I started having some health issues. My trust in modern medicine is not very high and I blame this on my job (I work in a personal injury/medical malpractice law firm). I usually diagnose myself with at least 5-10 diseases on a monthly basis. Ridiculous, I know.
 
Two: I am a health freak. Not one of those count- every- calorie, don't eat carbs/sugar types of health freak, but I am VERY conscious about what I eat. Don't get me wrong, I stuff myself with cookies and other goodies, too, but I moderate my intake of those types of foods. Along with my diet, I am big on exercise as well. I have a regular gym membership and a yoga membership. Again, ridiculous, I know.
 
Three: I've always had more guy friends than girls. And I'm not one of those girls that says/believes that guys are less dramatic than girls, because they're not. They're just as bad. But there's something about the male perspective that always seems to ground me and keep me a little more sane. And then there's also their perspective that makes me want to kick them in the face - but hey, can't have it all.
 
Four:  I love to cook. Cooking is so therepeutic for me. If I have a bad day or am really stressed, cooking is such a stress reliever and good distraction. And I don't like people helping me cook, I like to do everything by myself, even it means taking 4558 hours to cook my meal. I definitely get all of this from my mom.
 
Five: I am racially unidentifiable. Well, that's what I say lol. I'm Spanish/Italian/Mexican/Turkish. What do you even call that?
 
Six: I want to be a police officer. If you read some of my posts, I talk about how I'm in the process of testing/applying with departments. It's my passion, it's what I want to do, and I know I'll be able to do it. I just don't like the whole waiting thing. Gah.
 
Seven: I have an obsession with dinosaurs. I was a HUGE dinosaur for Halloween a couple of years ago, got my costume from Honk Kong and everything. I have dinosaur decor in my apartment, shirts, coloring books, lego sets, etc. - I'm weird.
 
Eight: I have HORRIBLE penmanship. It's so embarrassing. I get so much shit for it at work and have been told that guys write nicer than me :/ How do I fix this?
 
Nine: I hold grudges. I am a resentful person. If you hurt me, especially purposely and maliciously, forget about me ever being nice to you.
 
Ten: I am in love with San Francisco. I make it a priority to visit at least once or twice a year. I truly believe I am meant to live there. One day, one day.
 
Eleven: I am a shoe addict. I have close to 70 pairs of shoes that take up space in three closets in my apartment. I need help. No I don't.
 
Twelve: I don't like wine. At all. I feel like I missed the whole "you'll appreciate wine as you get older" phase. White, Red, I don't like it. Vodka, please.
 
Thirteen: My parents and brother are my world. I have been truly blessed with such an incredible family that has supported me through out everything in my life. My mom is the most strongest, toughest, smartest, and generous person I know. My dad is the best man in the entire planet having always demonstrated an incredible work ethic and love for his family. My brother is my hero. He's the one guy that will always drop whatever he's doing just to be there for me, good or bad. They are my backbone, the reason why I'm such a hardass, independent woman.
 
Fourteen: My heart belongs to a firefighter. We met in college and have known each other for over 7 years. However, it took nearly 6 years for us to get into a relationship. And then the unimaginable happened - our relationship took a pause. Not because of issues that we had with one another, but becasue of our careers. We are in the process of making things right again and I can say that the entire situation has been one of the most emotional and toughest things I have ever gone through. But the heart knows what it wants.
 
 
Fifteen: I hate wearing pants. Pants are the devil. No pants lifestyle for this girl.
 
Sixteen: I am a believer of respect & loyalty. I work with A LOT of very, very wealthy people who belittle others because they "are not on their level." I don't care if you're a billionaire or poor as shit, respect those around you.
 
Seventeen: I have incredibly high expectations of things & people. Because of this, I am let down and dissapointed a lot.
 
Eighteen: I have a weird habbit of checking to see that I truned off my hair dryer and straightener multiple times before I leave my apartment. I will even make sure that the cord is nowhere near the outlet "in case in magically plugs in and turns on." OCD much?
 
Nineteen: I have a phobia of answering doors. If you don't tell me you're coming over and I can't see you, I'm not opening the door. This drives my parents nuts.
 
Twenty: I am an animal lover but ony have had a pet bird and pet fish in my 25 years of living. I think I'm past the phase of ever owning anything that can't be caged.
 
Pheewww...
 
That was quite the list. I can't wait to read about other people's facts. Nothing like learning about people without being too much of a creeper :)
 
Ciao!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, January 21, 2013

MiLK Day



Happy Monday, y'all!
 
I am one of the few that had to go to work today (thank you, private sector job) and would rather much be at home in my bed watching Obama's Inauguration.
 
As I was on my way to work today, I noticed how there was hardly any traffic - I work in downtown Chicago, there is ALWAYS traffic - and then it dawned on me that it was MLK day. It's so rare seeing the streets so empty but it made my morning drive that much better so I'm not complaining :)
 
 
Anywho. Linking up with the lovely Sami  this morning for the weekend update:
 
 
Friday: I can't really say. Lol. It has to do with my police stuff but let's just say it was something good that went very well. So now I have to wait some more. And then wait a little more. Argh. Friday night, however, I had a movie date with my girls and went to go see Gangster Squad. I absolutely loved it. The reviews for the movie weren't so great but c'mon, cops AND Ryan Gosling, how could I not like it? Ryan Gosling = major drool. And Emma Stone is just absolutely wonderful. Love that chick.
 
Saturday: I did a whole lot of complaining and sulking. So I took my butt to the gym and worked out all of my aggression. I have a bad habbit of overdoing it at the gym and nearly puked on the treadmill. Not cute, I know. Luckily, I spared the rest of the gym goers a puke shower and kept my ish together. Phew. 
 
Sunday: Sunday is always family day for me. Ate a lot, hung out with my parents and brother, headed over to my grandma's where I ate some more, and then a little more. Sunday is never a good day if you're on a diet, which I'm not, but I'm just sayin. Mexicans love to eat. Especially this one.
 
 
I have a date with Mr. Firefighter tonight so hopefully that goes well. If you read my previous posts, you'll see what I'm talkin about.
 
 
Wish I had some pics to post on here from my weekend, but sadly, I don't. No jazz for this post today. Womp.
 
Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend!
 
Ciao. 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Slackin

I suck at blogging. I'm sure all of you can tell by the gaps. 

We're almost a month into the new year and dizzam has it already been hectic. 

I had an excrutiating endometriosis flare up the first week of January. Luckily that subsided within a week thanks to the help of diet change, exercise, chinese herbs & acupuncture. 

Some very exciting things have been happening with my police stuff but I'll keep my mouth shut for now. 

Chicago winter has not been fun. It is frrrreeeeezzziiing and I hate it. Absolutely hate it. Summertime Chi cannot come any faster. 

Blogging on my phone is not a good time. I need to do this ish on the computer. 

Alright, I'll attempt to blog some more this week. No promises, though. I seriously give all the bloggers out there major kudos for keeping up with it. **thumbs up**

Ok, byyeeee.