Friday, September 6, 2013

Still Working Hard But Ready To Come Back...

Thank you to all of my so-so-sweet friends for all the checking and miss-you commenting!
In the last month I've worked from 40-75 hour weeks-----even though I only get pay for 35 hours!!!???
I love the job and if I'm not organized my brain goes bananas (I mean even more bananas than usual!).
However, I did managed to have some fun, cook some good food, and put together some good old outfits.
Here is a meal collection....
We prepared (my oldest daughter and I) the sauce and veggies, the different colored pasta came in an already cooked package.
I was in need of a good Californian wine with my dinner.
This version had some grilled chicken and home-made couscous.
We did prepared a mix of everything that was left in the kitchen cabinets.
Loved the wine's name but I hated the taste!
This night we ate all sorts of Mexican inspired dishes...the chips and salsa were the only thing left to photograph.
My oldest daughter and I took about an hour to prepare this bowl of Quinoa, black beans, corn, onions, garlic, green peppers, tomatoes, olive oil and apple cider vinager.
At last,  add a pound of cilantro.
We love mozzarella cheese. Well, we do like all kinds of cheese.
Beringer California Collection was the wine of choice this evening.
Warm up some tortillas wraps in a large pan and...
Mix-it-up like there is no tomorrow or until stuff begins to fall from the tortilla.
This is how mine looked. I added some hot tabasco sauce to mine plus lots of cheese.
This particular evening we prepared kale with small tomatoes, white onions and cranberries. 
This is my oldest daughter's recipe and even though I detested the small tomatoes, the overall result was a semi-sweet delight.

I will be back on track with all of my friend's blogs as the week progresses; I can't wait to see how much I've missed.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

New old books...

My job was getting rid of 4 bookcases of old books, and out of all the free ones I choose the following:
I present to you my new old books: To Kill a Mockinbird, Last Exit to Normal, Brutal, A Room With a View, The Hunger Games, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Dune, Of Human Bondage, Robinson Crusoe, The Witching Hour, The Unbearable Lightness of Being and Ghostgirl which is not in this photo because my youngest daughter was reading it.
I knew all of the book titles except for Brutal, however it is by Michael Harmon, whom also wrote The Last Exit to Normal which makes it easier for me to bring it home.
The Robinson Crusoe edition is printed on these wonderfully thick and nice to the touch pages.
To Kill a Mockingbird is the 35th anniversary edition (1995).
The Hunger Games is 1st edition (October 2008) print.
Dune is a 25th anniversary edition (September 1990).
Here is how they look in our library area.
My Who poster is from one of the most incredible concerts that I've ever attended:
The Who at The Tampa Stadium in July 29, 1989!
Some old family pictures, my LPs, cds,  my Sargent Pepper figurines, many of my girls and my niece's school projects and a black and white photo (from my friend Judith) from some part in England (Not Stonehenge) are also around.
This one I haven't read before and for that reason was my first choice.
I can related to Arnold Junior Spirit problematic issues; since I grew up in two different countries, had lived in many cities, with many types of people of many kinds of social economic background and lots of different ethnic backgrounds and I as well have had to deal with racism and with issues of multi-race. 
This is the view from my kitchen window, our back and front yards have been adopted by these two well kept and sweet cats without hats.
I think that they are fed by someone in the neighborhood and then spend the rest of the day between my next door neighbor and us.
We are all allergic to cats and dogs so this is as close as I can get without having to drag the tissues out of the closet.

They like to hang under a tree during the hotest part of the day.
Have a great week.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Good wishes and....

I wish all of my friends and followers a fantastic New Year full of love, health, happiness, fun, food, drinks and music!

Here  are some of my favorite holidays songs that I hope you can also enjoy:

Gayla Peevey's, I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.The lyrics are so innocent and nostalgic.

The Ramones's, Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight). Hey, its The Ramones that's all I need to say.

Thurl Ravenscroft's, You're a Mean One Mr, Grinch. The original  movie rocks, the new one not so much.

Eartha Kitt's version of Santa Baby. She was so talented and sexy!

Sarah Silverman's, Give the Jew Girl Toys. Her humor is quite appealing to me and this song is great example of why she makes me laugh.

George Harrison's, Ding, Dong, Ding, Dong. My favorite Beatles with a simple and meaningful message: Ring out the old, ring in the new. Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Bing Crosby and David Bowie's, Peace on Earth. I remember watching this special in the only channel that showed English programs in Puerto Rico back in '77 and falling in love with Bowie.

C3PO's, What Can You Get a Wookiee For Christmas (When He Already Owns a Comb?). I burn out my 1980's Star Wars album with this catchy song on it.

Villancicos de Navidad, Co Mi Burrito Sabanero.
This version was the same one that I listened to growing up in Puerto Rico.
I sang it in my elementary school Christmas show back in '73, then my oldest daughter sang it in her elementary school show when we lived in Puerto Rico back in '97 and finally my youngest daughter sang it with her 5th grade chorus here in South Florida back in 2005.

With Love,

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Just food...

Having being home late every evening for about 3 months due to my daughter's play rehearsals and my own extra work; my meals were planned ahead and quickly executed to avoid falling asleep in my kitchen (not a good idea!).
I want to apologized for not writing down the recipes; I'm what my friends called a "bit of this and a bit of that" cook.
When it comes to the foods that I prepare for my family, I try my best to use local products from either the local markets or organic products from my local Publix or Whole Foods stores.
This is my vegetables mix; you will see a similar plate of vegetables with all of the meals I prepared this during this week. It was easy to make and I had all the vegetables on hand.
The avocados were on sale at my local market.
I bathed my salad in olive oil, dry and fresh cilantro.
I don't use already made pastas sauces, I grew up making my own with my mom.
As a young teen I was terrible about helping my mom in the kitchen. Once she left the dishes for me to do and they were in the sink for 3 1/2 days before I decided to go ahead and washed them, and it was mainly because she hid all of the other plates and I didn't have a clean plate to served myself with!
These extra wide whole grain noddles are quite cheap and taste a lot better than the white ones.
One thing that I did and do love to make with my mom is preparing sofrito:
a mixture of cilantro, garlic, unions, salsa, oregano, black pepper, salt, recao leaves and some ajies dulces (semi-sweet small peppers).
A bunch of vegetables cut into small pieces and overflowing the salad bawl.
It was a serving of two, so you can imagine how full we got with all of our greens and wide noddles.
I use my mom's sofrito mix with some Goya tomato sauce to created my salsa for this whole grain linguine.
This time, I cooked my vegetables with some organic balsamic vinegar, 100% extra virgin olive oil, a bit of black pepper and roast vegetables spices blend from my local grocery store.
We ran out of brown rice and I didn't wanted to go the store so we ate Uncle Ben's long grain white rice. I seasoned it with dry cilantro, 5 pieces of garlic cut extra small, olive oil and small amount of sea salt.
Another non-meat dinner; with the rice and this two side dishes.
By the way, I always prepared the dinner the same night. We rarely eat left overs and I make the salads and vegetables the same night as well. If there are any left overs I take them to work with me for my next day lunch.
The red beans were in my refrigerator in a pot with water from the night before, in order to cook then faster. I only buy dry beans; again I don't like to use the canned ones.
This day, I did visited my local supermarket in order to get some brown rice, some organic meat and coleslaw to add to my veggies.
We finished the week with some organic chicken slowly cooked in water, Cajun spices seasoning and a pound (just kidding!!) of fresh garlic.
This is cheap mac and cheese from the box; both of my kids refuse to eat the organic or the whole grain ones. I added butter, a small amount of fresh garlic, pepper and some milk to the box mixture to give it my own touch.

This is from my table to yours; I hope that you have a great, healthy, fun and stomach filling week,
With Love,

Monday, August 8, 2011

Summer reading...

This summer I've been so busy working and doing my living thing that I read fewer books than usual; as a matter of fact some of the books in this list were my 2nd or 3rd read. Some of them because I love them so much that I needed to read them again and one is because I needed to re-learn some skills that I have not used for a while.

The Art of Sign Language by Christopher Brown.
I purchased this book back in 2007 when I worked with deaf students to improve my skills back then after taking sign language classes all the way back in 2004. This summer I worked with interns that have some hearing impairment and I needed to re-learn this skill.

Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer.
It's one of my all times favorite books and this is my 3rd or 4th time reading it. I also love the 2005 film version even though there are some major changes in the movie plot in comparison to the book.  I think that Liev Schreiber did a great job with the screenplay and directing the movie as well as the natural and heartfelt acting of Elijah Wood and Eugene Hutz (the lead singer of the amazing band Gogol Bordello).

House and Philosophy, Everybody Lies by William Irwin and Henry Jacoby.
I bought this book as a present for oldest daughter during her House obsession stage and this is my 2nd time reading it.
Its funny that I introduce my girls to House, Doctor Who, Glee, Japanese animation, the new Sherlock Holmes and many more things that they really got into it; and that I move away from it while they remain loyal to. 

Rollins Stones Interviews by Jann S. Wenner and Joe Levy.
I got this book about 5 months ago, its a compilation of some of the magazine's interviews from 1968-2004 and its co written by the amazing and I-always-want-have-an-affair-with Joe Levy!!!  Some of the interviews  included are: Jim Morrison, George Lucas, Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love, The Dalai Lama and Bono.

Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat by Bill Watterson.
I adore Calvin and Hobbes!!! The simplistic and humorous everyday events from a point of view of a child and his tiger stuffed animal. I can tell you that I remember vividly when I was 14 1/2 (back then those half were very important) and I stopped caring or believing in my stuff animals. And I can also tell you that I remember vividly when I realized that a stuff animal, a figurine, a book, a poster, etc do have a powerful sentimental and emotional value and we shouldn't lose sight of that childhood love of inanimate objects.

Classic Album Covers Of The 60's by Storm Thorgerson.
I purchased this book back in 2007 and I had never finish reading and/or looking through all of it. It has the artist name, album name, the record year and the cover designer name at the bottom of all of the photos. So imaginative and cool covers and many artists that I know and love and others that I never heard of but learn about after seeing their album cover some 40 something years later.

This is how the photos were set up to have a nice pink background!

I hope that you have a wonderful week,

Saturday, July 30, 2011

I was tag...

A while back I was tagged with two awards from the amazingly stylish and fashionably well-versed
Terri and Viviane.
The terms are to reveal 7 or 10 things about oneself and to share what is on my make-up bag.
I decided to mix both concepts and just share some of the stuff I do to keep myself in check to be able to live my life and keep up with my kids, family and friends.
These are my tune-ups tools.
These are my make up essentials:
I use the Avon concealer around my eyes because I've have dark circles around my eyes since the age of 7 or 8. Its an inherited trait from my father and from his mother.
The base and powder are Cover Girl, and the Maybelline best-seller great lash mascara.
The lipstick, lips glaze and eye pencil are from Avon; I have few more colors in my makeup bag.
I buy Avon and Mary Kay products because believe it or not when I was a young girl in the mid to late 70's most companies didn't make makeup for women of darker complexion.
Avon and Mary Kay were very popular in Puerto Rico when I started to wear makeup and they took care of us brown girls.
In the thrifted makeup bag: are the rest of my lipsticks, eye shadows, eye pencils, lips glazes and my faithful powder brush. 
As you can see I don't have any blush. I always have difficulties finding one that I really like or that goes well with my skin. I know they are out there I just haven't cared to find them.

I use extra virgin olive oil on my face, neck and body right after a shower at least 3 times a week.
 By the time I'm ready to go to bed I remove it with a very cold wash cloth.
I also use honey in any area of my face, neck or body where there is any blemishes. I apply it right after my shower and again I remove it with a cold wash cloth before bed. I don't want to become a human bug collector while I lay sleeping.
I use the coffee grinds to exfoliate my entire body during my showers and it supposed to help combat cellulite. Hey we all have it; unless you get it surgically removed and/or go through many suction spa treatments it's going to be there in many areas of your skin like a faithful "friend".
I was born on an island and lived on another for many years, traveled and lived in many parts of The USA and now I'm living here in South Florida; during all of my life I had applied on lots of sunblock and had stayed away from excessive sun exposure . I wore so much sunblock during my college years in P.R. that my mami used to said she could smell me a mile away.
My night cream is from Avon for women over 40, my day cream is from the local pharmacy for women that want to spend less than $20.00 and my body lotion is my favorite and it was on sale at my local pharmacy. I change body lotion often; I like to try different brands and different mixture of elements. However I don't like fragrance in my body lotions.
The shampoo, conditioners and the leave in conditioning cream that I use to try to control my hair from sticking up like Edward Scissorshand's hair. I also change my shampoo and conditioner often (always going for the cheapest brands) because hair gets used to the shampoo ingredients making it less effective.
My remedy when I feel bloated and sluggish after spending some time over-stuffing my mouth!!
This is my brown rice and vegetables; I eat this for lunch and dinner for a couple of days to settle my system and allow it me to get back to my normal self.

Our home gym; I only exercise at home or walk or dance because I don't ever, ever, ever feel like driving to any gym!
I need to wear the ankles and wrist weights all the time because they help to strengthen my knees and hands which had giving me problems before.
I would like to tag the following bloggers because I'm curious to know what is in their makeup bags and how the take care of themselves:

Have a great week, 

Saturday, July 23, 2011

My prayers...

My prayers are with the people of Norway after the killings and bombing in Oslo and the lost of lives as well as the lost of the sense of security and openness that this country has always demonstrated.
I receive many daily readers from Norway and of course the lovely Anika lives in Oslo; thank god she and her family are fine as I just found out (I emailed her and she just emailed me back).
I just want to take this opportunity to send a message of support and condolences especially to those parents that have lost their children in the camp shooting.

And then the amazingly talented and so sadly portrait in the press, Amy Winehouse was found dead in her apartment.
Every time I saw photos or videos of her behaving irrationally; I always felt so sorry for her because she had so much talent and incredible potential but couldn't control her addiction demons. I introduced her music to both of my girls and I tireless played her cd's for many years.

So I dedicated this post to those whom are still here on our beautiful earth; breathing, crying, laughing, dealing with the joys and the suffering of every day life.

Con Amor,

Saturday, July 16, 2011

One of my singing heroes...

The Argentinian singer Facundo Cabral was assassinated on July 9th in Guatemala City on his way to the International Airport.

Many of you are too young or from a country where Cabral was not well known. For me he was a great musical and political influence. He was an well known and highly respected folk singer that sang about social injustice and the ups and down of the human spirit and conditions. Later on in his life, his music became more about the spiritual struggles than the human struggles that were present in his 70's and 80's songs.

I still have the albums that I bought at the JCPenney's in Plaza Las Americas in San Juan, Puerto Rico in the early 80's and I saw him in concert only once; I got to meet him for a brief period of time while he was gracious enough to take some photos with my girlfriends.

He came from very poor beginnings and suffered a lot of personal tragedies including poverty, illness, and the lost of his first wife and child in a plane crash.

I want to dedicated this post to his music because his music made me think and open my eyes about subjects that as a young girl I knew nothing about; but that I became aware of after listening to his songs.

This is my favorite song:

And the last song's verse says:
I’m not from here, nor from there
I have no age, nor future
And being happy is the color of my identity
Facundo Cabral  No soy de Aqui Lyrics:
Me gusta el mar y la mujer cuando llora
las golondrinas y las malas señoras
saltar balcones y abrir las ventanas
y las muchachas en abril

Me gusta el vino tanto como las flores
y los amantes, pero no los señores
me encanta ser amigo de los ladrones
y las canciones en francés
No soy de aquí, ni soy de allá
no tengo edad, ni porvenir
y ser feliz es mi color
de identidad

Me gusta estar tirado siempre en la arena
y en bicicleta perseguir a Manuela
y todo el tiempo para ver las estrellas
con la María en el trigal

No soy de aquí, ni soy de allá
no tengo edad, ni porvenir
y ser feliz es mi color
de identidad

Thanks so much for reading and have a lovely and inspiring day!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Sunshine Awards...

I want to thank my lovely blogger friend  Loo whom just gave me a
Sunshine Award and also Viviane  whom gave me a similar award a while back.

I want to thank both of these amazingly stylish and all around fantastic women for taking the time to think of me and my blog when giving these awards.
I'm supposed to share some things about myself and pass the awards on.

1-I talk to myself all the time; sometimes I answer my own questions.
Well, what can I said I'm my own best audience.

2-I believe in reincarnation and I have some memories of places and experiences that I once lived.
O.k. this is the part were I may lose many of you readers and you'll probably be turning on the t.v.

3-I can't stand cheap beer.
I usually only have one drink when I'm out with my friends or at a dinner parties and why make it cheap alcohol?

4-When people are aggressive to me on the highway or on the South Florida streets I always give them the peace sign or blow kisses .
Sometimes they smile back other times they give me the international peace sign (the middle finger).

5-I love, love Beluga Whales; they are just majestic and beautiful.
No more explanation needed.

I'm passing this award to:
Angie from Papillion Chouette

Rosy from Sewingadicta

Mrs. Exeter from Dressing Mrs. Exeter

Nefferth from Mode Plus

Elizabeth from The Account of the Comtesse de ferveur

Paula from Fashion Over Fifty

ClaireJustine from Clairejustineoxox

Anika from byanika

You all bring Sunshine to my blogger life and I really appreciate all your support.
With Love,

Thursday, June 16, 2011

An Award and...

The witty, funny and super- dupper-stylish Sarah from Misfits gave me this lovely award!!!

The Rules are:

To pass it forward to some of my favorite blogs with less than 100 followers.

Here are my selections:

Shefali of Flickering Lights because her style comes from her soul and her amusing, inspiring and incredible knowledge of the written word. She takes every day occurrences and turn them into poetry.

Yoana of Dressing-Everyday because of her chic and beautiful way of dressing and her ability to look effortlessly elegant every day.

Barbara (Birdie) of 40 and Loving It! because her struggles, her joys and her daily life are similar to many of ours and she gracefully displays them for all of us to see.

Paula of EveryDay Radiance because she deals with all of her personal turmoils and demons with strength and courage and writes from her heart without limitations.

Judy of Just Another Day On Earth because she is reclaiming her physical being and enjoying the lovely mundane of dressing up.

Ambu of Ambuji because she wear amazing outfits and writes equally amazing posts about fashion, architecture, pop culture and many more subject that are interesting to me with great ease and brilliance.
There are many more that I would like to acknowledge but I'll be doing it in another post!

I also will like to share some of my favorite objects that I see every day at home:

All the crosses are from the places that I had lived in the last 18 years.
I found her at Marshalls in 2004.
Battle mirror from India, purchased at a local store.
Large and small Ganesh from my friend Shefali's temple here in South Florida.
Small Murano vase and even smaller Peruvian nativity scene that I leave out all year because I  like the colors!
Small Mexican mirror and blue glossary from Puerto Rico.
Some of my Heartwood Creek Angels by Jim Shore.
The Rosalind Walshe candle designed in Europe for The Enesco Group from 2004. It only been lit once due to the fact that  I want to keep it as a decorative item and not as an useful candle.
Plant pot from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Purchased at the Pier One in Plantation, Florida in 2006.
I want to apologize to my lovely blogger friends because I have not been visiting as often as I did before. I'm preparing myself for my Summer job that begins next week and I also being preparing my oldest daughter to go away to a larger university in the Fall. I should go back to the swing of things next week (hopefully).
Con Mucho Amor,