Monday, January 28, 2013

Share the Love & the Food

I’m surrounded by wonderful women who cook up delicious meals with love and share them.
My Sunday morning started with a drop off from my mother-in-law. She made barbacoa for church and set aside some for us. It was perfect with my eggs. 
Our second meal of the day was over at my mom’s friend, Virigina's, house. She recently started cooking and is doing an amazing job preparing meals and hosting guests.

 I got to see my Tia Chelo, Tio Nacho, Sophee, Keisha, and Nene two days in a row. We had a fun time playing loteria.
Then Virginia busted out la medicina and we had a nice chat. I love hearing consejos from older people, whether I agree with them or not, I like hearing about their experiences and perspective on life. 

It snowed big, fat, beautiful flakes so while Jose cleaned the snow I cleaned inside. It was the best way to end the weekend—clean house, plowed driveway, full belly, amazing husband, and an annoyingly, loveable cat. 

Saturday, January 26, 2013


My cousin Sophee is a Christmas baby. Today was her BRRR...THDAY BASH at Marshall White Center. This loved little girl had family who drove down from Idaho and grandparents from Mexico celebrating with her. Everyone had a fun time splashing in the pool and escaping from the cold, foggy weather. 

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Love Hate Today

Just Two In Love is a blog that is definitely on my favorites list. Today I thought I’d link up with Sydney and share five little things I love and hate today.

I hate…
This winter inversion
Friendships gone sour
When my morning snoozing has to come to an end
Time flying, it’s already Jan. 25th, Christmas was a month ago
My irritating hangnails

I love…
Meeting up with my husband for lunch
That it’s Friday
My brother-in-law is a teenager, Happy 13th birthday Anthony
Work being busy, makes me feel accomplished
My Smartphone

Check out Just Two In Love and link up with us about what you love and hate today. 

Slippery Day in Northern Utah

I heard on the news that we would be getting freezing rain, I questioned what freezing rain was, you know how some rain water feels warm, I assumed this meant the water was going to be freezing cold. I didn't actually think it meant that when it hits anything it would instantly freeze. That’s what happened here! I've never seen anything like it. Everyone at work was being over dramatic not wanting to leave for lunch because, “their cars were frozen to the ground,” I’M SURE! Anyway, I had things to do so I ventured out. It was dangerous, but I’m glad I got to go out and see this phenomenon of freezing rain.
Everything turned to ice. Cars had a thin sheet of ice and icicles hanging off that looked like a beards. Streets and parking lots became skating rinks. Unfortunately we saw a lady fall in our work parking lot. Remember you have to distribute your body weight and walk like a penguin.

When I got home Jose was recording as I got out of my car and skating to the door. Our driveway is completely iced over. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Easy Pulled Pork

The idea of Crockpot cooking is convenient, but sometimes I don’t like the texture of meant made in the Crockpot. I found a recipe on for pulled pork sandwiches. It was appealing because all of the ingredients are real ingredients. 
In the Crockpot
I debated whether I wanted to grab buns on the way home from work or just use the corn tortillas I already had and make tacos. I was craving bread so I went with sandwiches. The recipe calls for red pepper flakes and cayenne pepper so if you don’t like spicy, you should probably skip those ingredients, because it has a kick to it. I was pleased with how it turned out.  My husband, who doesn't care for pork and doesn't want anything too healthy, asked for half a sandwich and ended up eating one and a half. I recommend trying the recipe, I know I’ll be using it again.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

What We've Been Up To

We've been getting along just fine without cable and internet even though we seem to be bored and go to bed early-10ish. The pros are that we wake up early and have been forced to find other ways to entertain ourselves. We did set up the TV to get the free digital channels, but we sure miss having a DVR.

Saturday night we played games and had a few drinks.
This morning we woke up around 7 AM. I don't get why I can't wake up this easily on weekdays. We made breakfast then went back to lounging in bed. I was itching to get outdoors and be active. We decided to go shoot the Ruger LCP.380 Jose traded for on KSL.
My hands were full when I jumped into Jose's truck, I hit my head on the top of the door frame. I started feeling really nauseous. I don't think I hit my head that hard, but after I did I started feeling sick.
I didn't really care for shooting the gun. It was much more powerful than the beebee guns I'm used to shooting. The idea behind the gun is protection but personally I've never felt unsafe and only like shooting cans, not mammals.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Weekend Recap

It was one of those nice weekends that made me feel rejuvenated enough to take on another week.
Friday I went to a Zumba fundraiser for the autistic school I mentioned working for in my last post. The weather was horrible that night so the turn out wasn’t as great as the year before. It was my first time trying Zumba because I didn’t want to give into the hype.  I was amazed with the instructors’ dancing skills, I could’ve watch for hours if it didn’t make me look like a creep. My dancing skills are negligible. I overheard some woman saying she didn’t get the last routine because she’s not Latin, let me tell you, I’m Latina and couldn’t even get it. Overall I had a lot of fun and loved feeling the pain in my legs.

If you’d like to donate to the Northern Utah Autism Program you can do so through Paypal

Saturday morning we didn’t sleep in until noon like usual, instead we woke up early to go work play in the snow.
Piled High
Jose was plowing the neighbors walk and he invited him over for tequila shot. He wouldn't take no for an answer. He shared that his wife was diagnosed with cancer and given two weeks to live. She's been using herbal remedies and has passed that two week mark. I felt really bad that I didn't even know she was ill. Jose and I talked about how hard it would be knowing your spouse doesn't have much longer. I don't know what to do or say to the neighbors, but I feel like I should do something.
My grandpo clearing the way so my grandma could get in the house. 

We started Lost on Netflix and watched the whole first season, 23 episodes. It was nice to relax, but the laziness got to me. I felt so unproductive so I got the drive to go grocery shopping, pack my snacks for the week, clean out the fridge and put my Christmas tree away just so I wouldn't feel like the whole day was a waste. 

Have a good week! 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Three Years of Service

January 7th marked my three year anniversary with FJM. I was working for the Northern Utah Autism Program when my school schedule became too hard to work around so I had to resign. That was one of my favorite jobs, so I was sad to leave, those kids gave me a sense of love and fulfillment that no other job has. I was only without a job for about a week when my aunt told me that TAB was looking for a graveyard Spanish-speaking representative. I went to the interview and was offered the job the immediately.

I am the type of person who once it gets dark I'm ready for bed so you can imagine how horrible I was at working the graveyard shift. They good thing was that it was a very slow, easy going position. When I got off work in the morning I would nap in my car for a bit before class started. My sleep schedule was so messed up and I was grumpier than usual. I did that for a year until I graduated and immediately applied for a day time position. I started working in the loans department after Martin Luther King Jr Day so I think the 19th. I've been here ever since. I don't want to bash on this place because it's been a really good job with lots of extras and great connections, but I didn't expect to be here this long. I'm still searching for that dream job, but it's just not my time yet. It's also getting harder to leave this place because I don't want to take a cut in salary. I suppose maybe after I finish my masters program I'll choose love over money. 

Two people have mentioned to me how nice it is to be acknowledged and my friend did her research prospectus on organizations showing their gratitude for employees. With my aloof attitude I've never bought into the idea because it doesn't really matter to me, but maybe there are some people that need it. Then again, deep down maybe I do like it because here I am sharing with everyone. I guess I just don't like the recognition, it's embarrasses me, and why should anyone be praised for doing what their expected to do? 


Sunday, January 6, 2013

2013 Calendar of Love & Gratitude

My boss gave me a calendar for Christmas, since I already have two at my desk I thought I'd hang it at home and use it  as a tool to stay positive and share my gratitude throughout the month by writing my thoughts on the monthly image. 

I hung it behind the bathroom door because it's a private place where you always have time to read and reflect. Maybe it's a fresh new year or me being nice and resisting the negative that are making things at home enjoyably comforting and fun. 

The three things I've written so far this month are about my husband taking care of me while I've been sick, he warmed up my car before work, and he made omelets for breakfast on Saturday. We don't always take the time to thank each other so I wanted a low-key way to let him to know that I notice and appreciate him. 

Friday, January 4, 2013

No TV = More Time

I finally did it! I’m free from Comcast. Awhile back these two kids came to our door offering us a better package, being the sucker that I am, I went with it. Apparently they didn't process it right and my bill was messed up for 3 months. It was all very annoying so I got them paid and said cancel that shit. I feel good about it and made up this wonderful thought cloud of things we’ll have more time for. I’m not sure how long it’ll last but my husband agreed to be cable free for a month. We haven’t decided about the internet yet, because I might need it to do homework.  

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Bringing In the New Year

I wanted to stay home and have a very low key New Year's Eve, because after the party we went to for Halloween I never, ever wanted to deal with drunk people again. As it got closer I got more excited about getting dressed up and going out. Jose and I had a great time at our friend Truyen's party. I enjoyed seeing old friends and meeting new, interesting people. 

Time passes so quickly. I look forward to a new year. Click the link to read about the lifestyle changes I will make in 2013.