Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I'm Not Color Blind.

*Disclaimer: I don't mean to offend or be confrontational with this post. That being said, I don't think it should be offensive to anyone, but there's always that one person who has a problem with something. So, be aware that I am trying to be as unoffensive as possible. I'm just stating my opinion and thoughts on a possibly controversial topic. Please read this post with that in mind :).*

Being color blind. What does this mean? I've often thought about it as meaning that you look at everyone as equal regardless of their visible or audible differences. I thought it meant that people would respect you. I thought it meant good things. Looking back [also reflecting on these posts here and here] I realize now that color blind means ignorant. It means pretending. It means not appreciating our differences for what they are.

When a black person, or someone speaking Spanish, or a person with one arm walks down the street, I notice. To be honest, I think you're lying if you say you don't. And what's more, I think it's important to notice. Not so that you can treat someone differently than you would like to be treated, or less than you would like to be treated, but so we can appreciate those differences. I think that the different skin tones people have make them beautiful. (Personally as an "albino" [I'm not really albino, but rather dreadfully pale no matter what the season, so that's kind of a sarcastic joke...] I am jealous of those with ebony, mocha, olive and other skin tones darker than mine, I find them gorgeous.) I think that different languages are intriguing and beautiful. I think that people who are handicapable (I believe this is the new politically correct term, forgive me if I am wrong, I'm just trying to approach this topic as respectfully and nonconfrontationally as possible.) are inspirational and amazing because they go through so much on a daily basis.

So just for full disclosure: I am not colorblind. And I don't want to be. I want to spend every day on this Earth observing, noticing, and appreciating the things that make us different, whether that be skin tone, language, culture, capability, hair color, height, weight, and accent. I want to take it all in, because it is amazing. You're beautiful, I'm beautiful, they're beautiful. Just remember that and don't ignore the differences. Appreciate them for the amazing things they are.

Monday, May 30, 2011

We Live In The Same Building, But Got Different Views...

*The title of this post was taken from "Right Above It" By Lil' Wayne featuring Drake.*

I miss Boston. If you've been around here any length of time you know that I usually miss San Diego, so this is really unusual. This is the first time I've been in San Diego and missed Boston. This is not to say that I haven't missed my friends while being here, because that would be a 100% lie. It's rather to say that I have yet to miss the city itself.

Because of this, it was hard for me to figure out why I missed it so much beyond the obvious absence of my friends, or as I like to refer to them, my soul sisters. I thought about it... I don't necessarily miss school because although I do miss being busy, I really enjoy the downtime that I've been able to have. I don't miss having to pay for rides on the T because after a week or two, $1.70 per ride can start to add up. I also don't miss eating at the dining hall on campus or having to share a bathroom with more than one person. (Let me just use the opportunity to say that in roughly a week and a half, I'll have MY OWN bathroom for the summer! Eep!!!!)

After all the thinking I did, I finally realized why it is that I miss Boston. Why I miss the city I spent so long wanting to leave. I miss the proximity. I miss being able to walk along the Esplanade and see the magnificent views. I miss being able to take a stroll down Newbury Street. I miss being able to walk through Kenmore and see the mayhem on the day of a Red Sox game. I miss walking down the street in the sun, enjoying the shade. I miss laying out on the quad in the sunshine listening to Prince Royce and talking crap with the girls. I miss midnight runs to Berry Line and Shaws. I miss going to the movies. I miss trips to CVS. Truth is, I miss a lot of things about Boston, and I think that some of it is due to the fact that we straight up skipped Spring and then the weather headed right towards summer when I left. So in summation, there are plenty of reasons as to why I miss the city I call home when I'm at school. Truthfully, there are plenty of reasons why I miss San Diego when I'm back in Boston, so it's only right that there be some reasons I miss Boston while I'm here.

So as if this post needed to be any longer [which it's going to be, so buckle up!] I'm really missing looking at the skyline, or at least the ones that I saw daily. Here are some photos I found on Tumblr [searching the tagged posts under #boston] that make me yearn for late August and move-in day to come once again.












Well that's all for now... out of the millions [just kidding, more like 100] photos I have, those are some that make me miss my city the most. Until next time...

Peace, ♥ , and happiness! :)

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend Thoughts...

Today I worked in the yard. Pulling weeds and what not for my brother while he worked on his project car. I got some weird looks. Seriously. People walking by the house looked at me like I was insane. For doing yardwork. For doing yardwork. Yardwork. Huh? Why would that be weird? Just a thought...

Last night we went to Crab Hut for dinner. And although I'm not big on seafood of any sort, King Crab is mighty yummy. I didn't really eat a lot of it though because I got yummy Cajun wings and fries :D.

Tonight we don't have plans because my SIL (sister in law) works at 6 am tomorrow. So I guess that means that we can't really do much. Also considering she just got off work and today was supposed to be her day off. Then she comes home and cooks for us and what not. She's amazing. I love that woman.

The puppy has not arrived yet. She might be here tomorrow. I'm not sure. Things around here are pretty chill and usually left to the last minute. That's how we roll in Cali. (swag...lol) She also has not been named yet.

That's all for now.

Peace, ♥ , and happiness! :)

Saturday, May 28, 2011

In A Food Kinda Mood

I am in the mood to bake or something, or have some sweets so I'm posting all these pictures here so you can see what I want. Normally this is something I'd do on Tumblr, but whatever, it's going here :)

A Nice Quiet Night In...

Tonight (or rather for the last 12 hours) my brother has duty. Basically that means he sits in the squadron, hangs out, and works [what exactly it entails, I have no idea]. So he will be gone until tomorrow morning. This leaves me and the SIL (sister in law) home together. We've decided on a quiet night in. Thai Hot Pot for dinner, with a movie and manicures :)

What are you doing tonight?

Friday, May 27, 2011

Summer Design, Summer Music, Summer Makeup, Summer Fashion!

It's midnight here in California, and while I've been trying my hardest to stay away from blogging and focus on getting used to being here, I can't help but come back... What do you think of the new layout? It took about 30 minutes just for me to decide where to even begin. I mean, I did the sunset and palm tree thing for Spring, I've done patterns in the past, and solid colors, so I thought, what's my favorite part of summer? And my answer was BEACH! Or swimming outdoors in a pool. So hence the water and blue :) [I even changed the color of my signature!]

Adding to the summer vibe, I'm going to insert two of my favorite songs for summer right now! Weirdly, they're both in Spanish, but they have great lyrics. They have a great summer vibe to them, and also have wonderful messages! I've been finding lately that Spanish music has great lyrics, with great messages. And all the songs make me want to dance! [Maybe that's why I've been obsessed lately! Who knows!]

The first one is "Quiere Pa' Que Te Quieran" by Dyland & Lenny.
[Title Translation: Love so that you'll be loved.]
The lyrics are all about love and how you have to offer your love in order to be loved.
A great place to see the rough translation of the lyrics is here.

The second song is "Yo No Sé Mañana" by Luis Enrique.
[Title Translation: I don't know of tomorrow.]
This one is about loving who you're with while you're with them, and being happy
with our lives while we have the time to.
I love how he says "I don't know of tomorrow, if we'll be together or if the world will end."
So true.
Lyric translation here.

This one is making me want to go dance salsa. RIGHT NOW.

Now on to summer make up! I've bought a lot of cosmetics lately (inner makeup freak screaming YAY!!!!!!) I'm so excited to play with some colors for summer! Namely this awesome eyeshadow palette from Wet N Wild called "Blue Had Me At Hello" (how cute is that???) It has some awesome Mermaid colors!!! It's adorable. And I bought the typical Bombshell Red Lipstick for the first time ever! Can't wait to try it!!! :) I'll post pics when I do! :D

And lastly, summer fashion. All I have to say is: FLORAL.

I have bought nothing but florals (well except one tribal print) and plain colors for summer and I'm stoked for when I get my room [currently occupied by my brother's best friend until he closes on his home he purchased and moves out in two weeks!] so I can organize all the clothes and accessories I brought with me to wear out and about in this beautiful city! :)

And one last tidbit of information: On top of the four adults and one miniature shnauzer (male) that currently reside in this house, my brother's friend is getting a female pitbull puppy tomorrow. I'll be sure to share her name and some pictures as soon as she arrives! Two puppies! YAY! :D (Also, I think he might be slightly insane for having two dogs, neither spayed nor neutered in the same house...)

That's all for now... stayed tuned for a few more posts, one about a deep subject! Yay!

Peace, ♥ , and happiness! :)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Forgive Me.

I'm going to be taking a few days to just get used to Cali again, get on this time schedule difference, re-design the blog, etc.

So you're just going to have to forgive me. For the upcoming absence, probably for about the next week...

Saturday, May 21, 2011

It's here!

And so it's here! Or almost... I fly out in less than 24 hours! Actually in about 12 hours I will be on my way to the airport and my flight leaves in roughly 15 hours! AHHHH! SAN DIEGO HERE I COME! I'm more excited now, but I am quite nervous as I have a connection to make and only 30 minutes with which to do so. eek! Hopefully that won't be too bad.

Also, let me just tell you that being a young woman, who as we all well know loves clothes, make up, accessories, shoes, and handbags... that packing for three months with a limitation of one suitcase, one duffel bag, one carry on, and a backpack is pretty darn near impossible. But somehow I'm making it work.

Now on to address some crazy topics:

MY BROTHER IS HERE! Yes yes yes, it's true! Jesse finished his 5 year term with the United States Marine Corps yesterday and made his way up here in a U-Haul from NC throughout yesterday and today. He'll be here for a few weeks, visiting family, my grandparents, and some friends. I'm glad I got to see him for at least one night! I've missed him! And now I can officially call him a veteran. Congratulations and thank you Jesse, you've served our country well!

THE POSSIBLE "RAPTURE" TOMORROW: Words cannot describe what I feel/think about this. I'll sum it up with scripture:
Matthew 24:36 “But of that day and hour knoweth no [man], no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.”
So, yeah, nobody knows. Except Jesus. So unless he decides it's gonna end, it's not.

I've not got much else to say at this point, but I'll have some pictures and whatnot for you soon when my journey begins! Goodnight all! And God Bless!

Peace, ♥ , and happiness! :)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

In Other News:

Life has not gotten any less boring since I last wrote an official post, but I did get to have some "fun" today.

Aside from the countless amounts of laundry that I've been doing, the endless hours spent on the internet, and the countless dishes done to help my mom out while she's been at work, I got to go to my younger siblings' spring concert tonight. They were adorable. And my younger brother's chorus sang "Blackbird" by the Beatles. Truly an amazing song.

Afterwards, I went to the store with mom and got some ice cream treats for everyone before coming home to watch "The Other Guys" with my dad and brother.

Which was followed by Skyping with my lovely KMC:

Good times, as always. Making me ache for summer to not be so brutally long. *WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND SAYS THAT??????* Oh right, college students who are about to live 3000 miles from their soul sisters. Like me. But I'll enjoy my summer in California nonetheless. I do love me that California sunshine after all.

Now I'm off to shower and fold the laundry before heading to bed. Sweet dreams! Hope your day was as fun as mine!

Peace, ♥ , and happiness! :)

I Met Someone.

Have you ever met someone who took you by surprise?
Someone who you never thought could exist?
Someone who surprised you with their sweetness?
Someone who took your breath away?
Someone who had a way of making you smile just by saying hi?
Someone who seemed to be everything you ever wanted?
Someone who gave you experiences you always wished for?
Someone who made you feel like waiting for things pays off?
Someone who seemed to understand your point of view?
Have you ever met someone who held you close?
Someone who made you feel special?
Someone who made you laugh?
Tell me. Have you?
Because I have.
I met someone.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Missing My City... and My Girls

So far today is my third day home. And I would be lying if I said I didn't miss school, Boston, or my girls whatsoever.

In fact, I miss the busy-ness of school quite a bit. I miss having things to fill my day. The last year of school was so busy all the time that I forgot what it felt like just to hang out and have nothing to do. So now that I have nothing to do until Friday when I have to pack for California, I'm really missing the busy part of school!

And of course, I miss my city. Boston has a certain something that no other place in this world has. While I love San Diego very much, and do plan to move there some day, I still have a piece of my heart left in Boston. (Just not in the winter.) I love the city, my area, being able to galavant around the town with my girls, go out to dance, walk to Copley, go shopping on a whim, and everything that goes with being in the heart of Boston. I also miss the magnificent views that I was able to see every day. Like these:





Not to mention that I miss my girls, the women who I lived with for 10 months! Separation is hard. Especially when you're used to being able to just walk into each other's rooms to hang out, it's hard to go to being miles and miles away from each other! I miss these memories:










I miss these faces:


As hard as it is to be away, I'm hoping that the next 15 weeks will fly by! Or at least the next 13 because two of the girls are coming to see me in California! Woo Hoo! So for now I'm thinking about all the things I miss, looking forward to Saturday's flight to California, and packing.

Confessions of a College Student: Goodbyes are hard. There are those that are permanent, or may be permanent. Those are the worst. But there are also the "I'll see you soon's" that are a lot easier. They may seem hard in the moment, but I know I'll see Boston, school, and my girls soon enough. I just have to remind myself to live in the moment, look forward to those days, and enjoy the summer while I can! San Diego here I come!!

Peace, ♥ , and happiness! :)

Saturday, May 14, 2011

It is here at last!

Summer! It has arrived at last! I survived finals, a brutal paper, and seven very difficult goodbyes! It was particularly hard to say goodbye to my roommates and my close friend because in the past two weeks I've become so much closer to them. In the few weeks leading up to finals, it was fun to bond with my girls a little more and to develop a new friendship! This was probably two of the most fun weeks of my life. I may be sick in saying this, but I can't wait for the end of August to come so we can all be together again and have some fun nights out once more! WOOOOOO!

This week I'll just be hanging out at home with my fam bam, enjoying some quality time with them before I head to San Diego on the 21st! From there, I start work on the 23rd, and I'll be running around like a chicken with my head cut off until August when a couple of the girls come visit me in Cali! I'm really looking forward to this! :D

For now I'm going to try to breathe some more, try not to cry due to a grade I just received, lack of sleep, sadness of being away from my friends and everyone, and missing Boston, and just enjoy this 6 days of down time.

*Sidenote* I just just just got my final English paper back, and I apparently earned a D+. How in God's name that happened, was possible is beyond me, but I guess we'll see how everything turns out in the end. All I have to say is that it was a completely bogus class and I don't see why Education Majors need it to graduate. I could rant about it forever, but basically I just have to hope that I didn't get a bad participation grade, and that this class doesn't ruin my GPA and make me lose some scholarships. UGH, not what I needed.

Peace, ♥ , and happiness!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

7 days.

Okay so to use one of my favorite "college student vocabulary words" it has been legit like a week since I last wrote on here. Blame it on finals or whatever else you wish, but I've been noticeably absent. I shall return as soon as finals are done, my last paper for Children's Lit is handed in, and I've moved out of my dorm and back into my parents house. Things should be easier to get done then. For now, let me breathe, cope, study, write papers, and pack. I'll get back to you when all of that has been accomplished.

Confesssions of a College Student: Finals week is awful. But enjoy the time you can spend with your friends. In the end, it will all be worth it. :D

Peace, ♥ , and happiness! :)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Ahhh The Sounds and Smells of Spring.

Ah the sounds and smells of a beautiful season. Spring. It has finally arrived. I don't care if it's supposed to rain for the next few days, the warmth is what I care about. It's also been a week since we saw cloudy skies.

I'm in love with this season. The smell of the warm rays of Vitamin D coming down from above. The sight of little girls and boys on the playground at work. Seeing women and girls alike dressed to the nines with sundresses, sandals, summer wedges, sunglasses, and shorts.

Long late night walks along the river while stargazing, and enjoying the cool breeze is amazing.

I've been waiting for this. For spring.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Just one quick statement.

I love not being able to stop smiling. It is an incredible feeling and I don't think I've ever been this happy. I'll disclose details later if I can/should, but suffice it to say that I feel I'm finally getting what I deserve, and that is to be truly happy.

Peace, ♥ , and happiness!