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February 29, 2012

My Mameshibas on vacation

I took my Mameshibas to Catalina Island, because, well, it'd been too long since they last went for a ride, hehe.


I think they were very excited to see the ocean for the first time :p.



They came with us to pretty much every single place we visited ...





They liked the hotel room ...



... Although they were almost kidnapped by a pigeon!


They hated the shampoo and conditioner; and honestly, I can't blame them! It was terrible!



They liked the food, although the salsa was a little too hot for them.



The way back to Newport Beach was really smooth, so, fortunately, nobody got sick.



Happy Wednesday, everyone! ;)
 

February 28, 2012

Our first anniversary

Hello, everybody! Sorry if it got a little too quiet over here; I have missed you all and will start catching up with your blogs and comments soon, I promise! ;) I needed to devote some time to other things and will still need to focus my energy and time to studying and trying to look for a job, but of course, I'm not going to neglect my little blog; I love it and you too much to give up on it, that's for sure ;).

So, it was our first wedding anniversary this past Saturday, and to celebrate it, we went to Catalina Island.


I can't believe a year has flown by so fast! For those who are unfamiliar with our story, let me tell you that David and I met on MySpace over 4 years ago and had a long-distance relationship for 3 years and 3 months. During that timespan David went to Buenos Aires 3 times and I visited him here in California once. Our "dating" stage consisted of only 30 days of living together in hotels and houses that we rented, as well as daily phone calls, e-mails and text messages, naturally. It took us over a year to prepare the necessary paperwork to be able to move and bring Dimitri, my cat, with me.


In one year, we've learned that we really get along and are happy living together. So far (knock solid wood!), we've never had a fight; which doesn't mean we agree to everything the other says, of course. We're very similar and have always managed to cope with our little differences.

It's been fun to discover mutual likes and dislikes. For instance, we found out our favorite toilet paper is Paseo lavender-scented, haha, and that America's biggest beer brands do not make the best beer in the market. A little question to you, Americans, why the hell do people here love Coors and Bud's light version??? They're way too flat, in my opinion.

I could list hundreds of other things we've learned together, but I don't want to bore you ;). Let me just say that all in all, this has been a great year and I am very happy to be married to such a great guy. I think that if you marry the right one, marriage isn't difficult at all :).


OK! Now on to our weekend in Catalina Island! I took a lot of photos, but again, I don't mean to bore you, so here are some of my favorites.


The downtown area is really small and can be walked within a couple of hours, literally. There are several shops and cool restaurants by the beach and the water is clear and blue :p.



Architecture is much more interesting than this side of California. The town is built on hills and mountains and the houses are colorful and beautiful.




I love the way the islanders decorate their homes with signs and objects; some of them look like stores.





Most people get by with golf cars, and if they own a real car it's typically a tiny model such as the Smart Car or the Mini. We saw a few Minis which had the steering wheel on the right.



It's a very nice place to visit even if you go for just a day. Oh, and on our way there (from Newport Beach), we got to see dolphins and sea lions, so cute! :)

Well, I guess I've already posted a considerable number of pics; you'll some more tomorrow :).

Thank you so much for bearing with me! And hope you've started the week off with a big smile! ;D

Hugs!

February 24, 2012

A compendium of crafty somethings

So, you're very good with your hands, you like artsy stuff and have some minutes to spend on a DIY kinda project? Ok, then, you might like this post ;).

Something you can make with test tubes: Isn't this a really neat idea? :D




Something you can make with paint chips: Check out this and all the other tutorials over at Hello! Lucky.




Something to learn how to frost your cupcakes properly: You can watch the video here.



Something bohemian: 



Something for you hair: Check this DIY to learn how to make these Pearl hair combs.  


Something to boost your imagination: Low-Commitment Projects is proof that you can be very creative with simple objects and no need of money :). 



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Something for your skin: Tea soap; yep, you heard me!



Something for the kids: You can download these paper cupcakes and play with the little ones in your family :).





Something for vintage lovers: Learn how to make this memory game and find the vintage images here.



Hope you all have a great weekend! ;D

I promise I'll catch up with your blogs soon; miss you!

February 23, 2012

Plans

First and foremost, I want to say thank you, all for your sweet and encouraging comments and e-mails! They really mean a lot to me and have certainly filled me with hope and optimism ;D. I'll check out the links you've recommended and reply every single message. I think I am now truly ready to start from scratch and face the music! It might sound like it all happened too fast, but I actually decided to post about it when I started to see the light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak ;).

And to open this new stage in my life, there's a little trip to Catalina Island this weekend to celebrate our first wedding anniversary <3.


Catalina is about 70minutes away from the beach (here in SoCal) and according to what I've seen on TV, it's a very small and beautiful place. We're leaving on Saturday first thing, spending a night there and coming back on Sunday evening. 


I hope the weather remains this nice till we come back! It really feels like spring, which I love.


As you can see, I spent part of the morning sorting what things to pack. It'll just be one night, so we're leaving really light.


I still haven't decided what to wear, but I'm sure I'll pick something the last minute, haha. Oh, I wish my wardrobe were as varied as my paper one here below :p!


The rest of the day, I'll be writing letters and catching up with e-mails ...



And maybe relaxing like Dimitri? :p


What a rascal!



Later today, we're meeting one of David's friends for dinner, so our fun weekend starts tonight! :) He may even be able to take Monday off; fingers crossed!

Hope you have fun plans for the weekend, too!

And thank you so much for being there! ;D