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December 29, 2012

Getting ready to welcome 2013

How are you guys going to celebrate the arrival of 2013? Have you been working on your New Year's resolutions yet? Our plans are not set on stone, but we think we might have a little gathering with one of David's friends and his gf. Nothing big or loud or crazy, and I'm perfectly fine with that. 

I'm trying to save this Sofia Blanc de Blancs for our midnight toast :p.

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These are my second Holidays in this country and I'm glad to say that they find me a little but more at peace with myself,  a tad more self-accomplished and happier. I haven't met all the goals I'd planned for 2012, but I did succeed at accomplishing my two most important ones: 1) getting a job (and one that I love!), 2) living a healthier life.

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I haven't worked on my New Year's resolutions yet, but one thing is for sure: I plan on keeping myself on the right track in terms of food and exercise. It hasn't been easy to keep up with my work-out routine since I started working, but I'll try hard to not to let myself go again. Being healthy makes me feel happy, more confident, energetic and cheerful. I don't want to stop feeling that way. Ever.

To those who tend to get sad this time of year (like my dad), I say don't look back at 2012 and focus on what you haven't accomplished, or miss that special someone who's no longer in this world too much; don't hurt over the mistakes you've made or sit crying over things you haven't been able to change. Celebrate life! Look around and see how lucky you actually are; we all have plenty of reasons to be thankful for! Look ahead, learn from your mistakes and welcome the New Year with a big smile! ;D If anything, take the beginning of a new year as a new start, pluck up the courage to try to meet the goals you haven't met so far and become a better you; it's never too late as long as you're alive!


Hope you all have an amazing 2013! Let's ring in the New Year with  the best energy and a huge smile on our face! ;D

This song is probably too 2010, but I can't help myself, I just love it. It's cute, touching and hopeful :). 

December 25, 2012

Postcards of my Christmas

Merry Christmas, everyone! (Well, if you celebrate it :p). Boy have I been neglecting my little blog :/! I really want to go back to regular posting, but juggling work, chores and all that the Holidays imply is not that easy apparently. But today I am popping in indeed :p. 

So how have you guys celebrated Christmas/Eve? What have you been up to? Please, do tell! We need to catch up :). As for us, the last couple of days we've been doing last minute shopping, wrapping little gifts and cooking (well, kinda). I'm happy to have been more well prepared than last year (my first Holidays in America). This time, I knew that we had to come up with gifts (because it felt awful to receive a bunch of stuff and give none!) and a couple of dishes. Here's one of them:

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OK, I could tell you that I spent hours in the kitchen kneading dough and baking, however, that's not at all true, haha. I got these breads at Stater Brothers but in order to add a personal touch (I wanted to be forgiven for not actually baking, he), I wrapped the slices in cello bags and added wiggly eyes. Because, hello! Wiggly eyes make everything cooler! :p

I also made Caprese salad snacks (thank you, Pinterest!), but totally forgot to snap a picture. There are also no photos of the finished soda samplers we prepared for most families;  yay me :/. I did take a few during the wrapping madness, though. 

This time Anthro had a nice selection of goodies in their bargain section and I couldn't help myself. I bought soap and bowls for my fellow volunteers. I got boxes that I ended up using for other presents :p.

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My mother and sister-in-law have been really nice, so Christmas was a great excuse to thank them.

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The small ceramic berry basket was on sale, woohoo.

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We decided to give our adorable nieces gift certificates this year so they can get whatever they want/need (or are forced to? Ha, nah, their parents wouldn't do that). Instead of just handing the cards, I put them inside balls and filled them with a bunch of trinkets.

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I was supposed to give this swan scarf from Target away, but I liked it so much that I kept it. I have a thing for animal patterned pieces of clothing.

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As for the celebrations themselves, we started partying on the 23rd in David's uncle's house in San Diego. We loaded my father-in-law's truck with the soda samplers and off we went. We ate like pigs, watched an old Christmas movie starring Chavy Chase, Juliette Lewis and Leonard from the Big Bang Theory, the kids made gingerbread houses and we left with a bunch of presents.

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We'd said no presents but everybody got everybody something :/. My favorite item is this soft coat; I'm so going to wear it!

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I'm not hiding, by the way, I just so happened not to take photos of myself. But here's a crappy hand-held one. 

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Ok, we're almost there. For Christmas Eve I wanted to try a festive hairdo, so I put Rudolf the reindeer on my head pretty much, hehe. I almost gave up because the parts wouldn't stay in place, but David made it happen with extra bobby pins and pipe cleaners :p. I'm proud to say that my bun and every single piece held up all night.

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Hmm, try to imagine myself in these shoes instead of the slippers you can see above.
And, yup! It's the same outfit from the previous post minus Rudolf. I swear I do have other clothes in my wardrobe.

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In case you want to have Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer on your hair, too, here's how to do it. The photo is pretty self explanatory, it's really easy, the only hard part is to poke the bobby pin all the way through the red pom-pom. And I recommend applying hair spray on the bun before you start putting on the parts so you can re-adjust them without making a mess of the bun ;).

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It was a fun night spent with the other side of the family. Of course, we kept on eating like pigs, we also played games and there was even a little play.

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Now, it's almost 4am on Christmas Day; I'm tired but happy to know we have the whole day to relax :p. I'm also kind of looking forward to New Year's; there are still no plans whatsoever, but I feel totally ready to start 2013 and begin working on meeting new goals ;p.

How about you? Are you ready to start a new year?

Enjoy the very last week in 2012! ;D

Hugs!

December 16, 2012

Outfit post: The Grove

Hello, folks! How are you and how was your weekend? ;) Hope you had a great one! Mine was a little short because I worked on Saturday, but it was fun regardless. It involved a ride to The Grove to celebrate Anthony's birthday, the best ice-cream cake ever (Nutella & cookie dough, yum!) and burgers at Umami Burger. Before we were picked up, I snapped a few pics, so here you have a last minute improvised outfit post. 

I don't know if you can tell that I've got new glasses, woohoo! It's amazing what big of a difference my new prescription makes :p. Side note: how cute is Dante on the back?


I've just realized that I only paid a total of $31 for my whole outfit.

 


This wonderful red vintage dress was a present from sweet Teryn. She bought it in an estate sale, thought I'd like it and had it shipped to me. I don't just like it, I love it!


The trench coat is from Forever 21 and after a couple of mark-downs, I was able to take it home for $18. It's been rainy here in SoCal, so I've been wearing it quite a lot.


 

I got the tights for free from Romwe. After making a purchase, I was rewarded with $15 and bought whatever that money could afford, hehe.


I finally got the chance to wear my high (really high) booties :p. On them, I don't look like an elf ... I look like an elf on heels, hooray, haha. 


Aaand here are a few cell phone pics taken at The Grove and the farmers market located right next to it.











Have an awesome week, everyone! ;D

December 15, 2012

Confessions of a library page

I find it funny that according to the Dewey Decimal System we have to classify fairy tales under non-fiction (# 398.x). I understand that fairy tales are considered folklore, but Cinderella, the Sleeping Beauty ... ? Really?

We're doing a gift exchange next week. I got a girl who made it easy for me ;), she wants a restaurant gift card or movie tickets. She also wrote that she reads "game instructions", hahaha :p.

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On Tuesday I sat on one of the tiny wooden chairs for the youngest kids (on the back in this pic) to reach the bottom shelves more comfortably. Apparently that offended a 3-year old who kept looking at me with eyes full of rage and telling her mom (more than 10 times for sure), "But that's for little kids! That's for little kids!" Haha!

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I love being able to help people find the books they're looking for. I'm usually tired at the end of the day, but I feel happy to have this job; I truly enjoy it! :P I also enjoy its perks, I get to borrow books, magazines, DVDs and blu-rays for free and get no late fees.

One teenage girl told me she liked my green eye shadow the other day. Before that, another young girl told me she liked my green Christmassy shirt. Some kids can be rude and sassy and others are kind and friendly.

Some of the children's books I need to re-shelf every single day are: We're in a Book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid (all 5 books), The Magic Tree House series. Books about the Missions are very popular, too.

To my surprise, cookbooks are very popular among adults. I'd have never thought of going to a library to check out a recipe, hehe.

The library I work at (which depends on the one I used to volunteer at) also has a book sale area. Today I found the latest issues of Vogue, Glamour and Elle and was told magazines are given for free! I still felt like donating a little money, though.

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I like this place so much I'd go hang out during my free time if it were within walking distance. But that's because maybe I'm just too pathetic ...

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We had a staff meeting on Wednesday. My boss went to the doughnut shop to get doughnuts (duh!) for everybody but they had run out of doughnuts, haha. He had to bring the only thing left: doughnut holes. I then discovered something called doughnut holes existed. When he said he had brought doughnut holes because they had run out of doughnuts I thought it was a joke, haha. Get it? I guess nobody understood why I kind of chuckled. I mean, come one! Doughnut holes? That's a funny name! :P Hahaha! 
* I apologize for overusing the word doughnut.

If you're from Argentina like myself, you might find the following picture funny. I found these 2 books in the foreign section, hehe.

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On Monday, one of the librarians almost called the police because there was a young girl who didn't want to leave the computers area (which closes a bit earlier than library). The girl even threatened my co-worker ... I mean, what the hell!

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Hope you're all having a great weekend! ;D

December 09, 2012

Soda pop

Hello, everybody! How was your weekend? Ours was hectic but certainly fun :p. We finally put up our Christmas tree (it's a tradition in Argentina to do it on December 8th, that's the day of the Virgin), we took the cats to the vet for their annual shots, I went to the optometrist to get a new prescription (and glasses!) and we did some Christmas shopping in LA. The pictures in this post are all about our adventure at a very interesting place called Galco's

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Instead of buying all different Christmas presents for the family, I thought this year we could be more practical and give everybody the same thing. I'd seen beer samples in a few blogs, but since there are a lot of kids in David's family, I thought it'd be a better idea to prepare some neat soda samplers. It's something suitable for all ages, original and fun.

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I thought I was going to have to order the sodas online, but fortunately I stumbled upon this wonderful store in LA (close to Pasadena), so off we went! My original idea was to come up with 6 packs, keep the cardboard containers that hold the bottles and spray paint them. However, we ended up deciding to place the bottles in baskets along with other goodies such as candy and chocolate.

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There's such a huge variety of sodas that it was hard to make up our minds, but ended up grabbing the ones that seemed the most appealing. I just love their old looking labels! :)

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We got a small stash for ourselves which included the following root beer. I had it a while ago and liked it; it was my very first experience with root beer! David is not a fan but I asked him to try it to see if it tasted like the real thing. He said it was milder and actually good.

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We also tried this cola and it was awesome. Unlike most sodas in this country, which are made with corn syrup, this one's made with cane sugar. I guess that's why I don't find American Coca Cola as good as Argentina's. 

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These are the bottles we got for ourselves; can't wait to try them all but will have to split them ... It's too much sugar, ha.

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David couldn't help getting this pretty rad beer sample; it contains 4 different kinds of ales recreated from old recipes of traditional domestic brewing in the Scottish Highlands (from the days before hops).

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I'm so dumb, I forgot our camera at home, boo :/, but I used my phone to take some pictures while in the store. So, here you have some very, very crappy phone pics.

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They have a huge variety of sodas (even organic ones), beer and wine, but soda is definitely their main thing.

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These are some of the bottles that caught my eye.

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The owner of the store is a friendly guy who is more than willing to guide customers and give his insight on every single product. You can learn more about him, his store and products in the following video; it's interesting if you ask me ;).



And if you'd like to try some of these unconventional sodas but live nowhere near LA, you can place an order in the comfort of your own home by clicking this link.

David's family don't ever check my blog, so I hope I haven't ruined the surprise!

Have an awesome, fun and profitable week, everyone! ;D We're only 2 weeks away from Christmas, can you believe it?!