Friday, September 30, 2005

whine, whine, whine

All I'm going to do today is whine. I feel horrible! My head feels like a giant ball of mucus, my eyes are watery and I feel like I can't open them enough and my chest is tired of so much coughing. I've wiped my nose so much that it is hurting and peeling. To top it off I went to buy cold medicine that used to be over the counter and I had to wait in a LONG line, show my i.d., sign for the medicine and leave my address. I understand why they do it but I look sick. Too sick to run a meth lab.
As if it's not bad enough to have a cold, it is still hot around here. I feel like I have a summer cold and those are the worst. We were still reaching well into the mid 90's this week and are expected to be in the 90's this weekend. It's been cooler in the nights but not cool enough.
To top it off my foot has been hurting. A couple of nights ago, I was getting ready for bed. I'd clipped my toenails earlier and there was a little hangnail. I took out the nail clippers, propped my foot like where the sink is then I lost my balance and almost fell. My foot landed on top of an open cabinet. The arch of my foot hit the top of the door and it hurt like hell. I've never had a broken foot but I can't imagine it hurts much more than that. Now the bottom of my foot is purple. The pain will go away but since I have to walk on it and I weigh close to three thousand pounds, it starts hurting more during the day.
Today Brianna's school is having a "Movie Night" where I'm supposed to help out. I'm usually in charge of drinks or the pizza but I doubt that I'll be going tonight. I'd hate to be coughing all over the kids' slices of pizza. I'm sure the parents wouldn't like that too much either.
Alec is sick too and that's just as fun. There's nothing I like more than getting up at all hours of the night to get vomitted on. I've been half asleep changing his pajamas and sheets. Poor baby. I'd still rather be ten times as sick as I am as long as he was well.
I still haven't received my uniforms. I ordered them on the 12th and paid for 2 day shipping. Well, they're still not here. I called and they said that it was 2 days after the order processing and after the embroidering. Then they got stuck somewhere else in Texas because of the hurricane. They should be here today. I hope so.
So now that I feel like Debbie Downer, I'll let you get back to your day. What can I say? I'm just a little ray of sunshine today.

feeling: I think you already know
watching: The *%&#&$*^ Teletubbies
what I should be doing instead of blogging: I wish sleeping

Thursday, September 29, 2005

pass along meme

I saw this at Jenn's, Ani's, and Jessica's. I liked it and so here I am playing along. . . .

What color is most reflective of you?
I wear a lot of black because it matches with everything but I have to say pink because I'm girly that way. I have a pink purse and a lot of pink accesories. It's funny because in my early high school years I wouldn't have been caught dead with anything pink.

How did you get the idea for your journal name?
I was living in Phoenix and I went with some friends to the Sanrio store. We took some of those sticker pictures that looked like we had Hello Kitty noses, ears and bows. We passed out some of the stickers to some other friends and one of them wrote Hello Yvetty instead of Hello Kitty. I thought it was funny, used it for my first and still primary email address and used it as the blog name. I started a music blog named "Strawberry Fields". I haven't made that one public yet but I will soon. I think that name needs no explanation.

What time were you born?
9 something in the morning.

What song are you playing now, or wish you were playing?
The Hand That Feeds is playing on my launchcast.

Has the death of a celebrity ever made you cry?
Yes. River Phoenix and John Kennedy Jr.

What color underwear are you wearing?
Technically, the color is known as candy dot.

Do you want a baby? Another one?
Yes, I want another one.

What does your dad do for a living?
He works in a hospital. (you guess the rest)

What does your mom do for a living?
She works in a high school (guess here too)

What is your pet's name?
We don't have any right now.

What color are your bedsheets?
beige with maroon

What are the last 3 digits of your phone number?

What was the last concert you attended?

Who was with you?

What was the last movie you saw?
At home it was Sweet Home Alabama. At the theater it was March of the Penguins.

Who do you dislike most at this moment?
my boss

What food are you craving right now?
Hot Cheetos with lime. I'm always craving that.

Did you dream last night?
Yes. I fell asleep reading and I was dreaming that I was an addict and I was lying down in pain. Everything was hurting in my dream and I couldn't get up. Darn that James Frey.

What was the last tv show you watched?
The Today Show

What is your fave piece of jewelry?
My pearl bracelet and necklace that Rodrigo got me last Christmas.

What is to the left of you?
A sliding door.

What was the last thing you ate?
A nutrigrain bar

Who is your best friend of the opposite sex?
Well, Rodrigo, of course.

Write a song lyric that's in your head?
"Why did Constantinople get the works? That's nobody's business but the Turks".

Who last imed you?

Where is your significant other right now?
At work.

Do you have a crush?
I have a bunch of celebrity crushes. Too many to list.

What shampoo do you use?
Right now it's Neutrogena. I use it every once in a while to prevent build-up.

When was the last time you cut your hair?
Some time last month. By a lot.

Are you on any meds?
I took Advil Cold last night.

Do you have a mental disease?
Nothing that I've been diagnosed with. I'm convinced I have some sort of superiority complex and O.C.D.

What shirt are you wearing?
A red blouse

What time is it?
9:01 am

What color is your razor?

What is your fave frozen treat?
Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia

Are you sexy?
Maybe to someone that doesn't know me. Once you know me, I'm a big dork.

What's your favorite shopping store?
It has to be Target. I could buy sooooooo many things there.

Are you thirsty?
Nope. Not right now.

Can you imagine yourself ever getting married?
Uh, no. I still can't. I'm immature that way.

Play along if you'd like.

feeling: still congested. I feel like I haveto breathe through my mouth.
listening to: Weezer (Say it Ain't So)
what I should be doing instead of blogging: eating something

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

halloween time again!

Fall is my favorite season. October is my favorite month. Halloween is my favorite holiday. I wish everyone would just let me dress them up as whatever I want them to be. I gave up on the idea of making a peacock costume for Brianna because I know she's never going to want it. This year I thought it would be nice to have a family theme. I asked Brianna if she wanted to be Alice, Alec to be Mr. Rabbit, Rodrigo the Mad Hatter and me the queen. Brianna said absolutely not. Apparently it is completely embarrassing for the whole family to dress up as a theme. She says her friends will all think she is three years old. (She's six) I also suggested The Wizard of Oz but she still doesn't like the idea. Now I'm trying to get her to be something with Alec. I saw a cute spider costume and I suggested Little Miss Muffet. She said no. I asked about Little Bo Peep and Alec could be a sheep. She still said no. She wants to be a leopard and wants Alec to be a devil. Huh? That's sooooo far from what I was going for. I thought about devils & angels but it seems really cliche. Well, I guess most of what I've mentioned does. Since I don't think I'll get the whole family, I'm thinking of costumes for Rodrigo and me. He's not all into Halloween, so he pretty much goes along with my suggestions as long as he doesn't have to be a girl or something. Since my hair is really short right now, I'm thinking of a flapper. Something "Great Gatsby" style. I don't know. Do you have any family suggestions or suggestions at all? Are you dressing up this year?

feeling: congested. ARGH!
watching: The Today Show
what I should be doing instead of blogging: I don't know

Monday, September 26, 2005


I used to real a whole lot more than I do now. I usually can't find the time anymore. Lately, though, I've been reading constantly! It started withThe Secret Life of Bees. I really liked it and couldn't wait to read what was going to happen. After that I figured I'd also like The Mermaid Chair since it is the same author. I didn't. It was a little too romantic for me. I like tragic. I took a little longer to read that one. Once I finished that, I read Memoirs of a Geisha. I really, really liked this book more than Secret Life. . . . I couldn't put this one down either. After that I read The Kite Runner. I absolutely *LOVED* it. I would be reading and start crying at just how sad this book was. I was talking about how this would be a great book turned movie and I'm glad to see that a movie is in pre-production. If you haven't read it, I absolutely recommend it. Right now, I'm reading A Million Little Pieces.. I'm barely about 50 pages into it, but, yikes! This works better than any anti-drug public service announcement. I heard about this book through the Oprah book club. I was a little hesitant but then I remembered that I also heard about White Oleander, She's Come Undone, and House of Sand and Fog through the club and I loved all those. Plus, I finished The Kite Runner about a week ago, and hadn't started anything new. After this I want The Time Traveler's Wife, Disgrace, and The Kitchen God's Wife. Which one should I start with?

feeling: hot
watching: The Today Show
what I should be doing instead of blogging: sorting laundry

Thursday, September 22, 2005

i have a computer again!

My computer died on Friday. I hadn't realized how I use this thing for everything. Rodrigo's had died a couple of weeks ago but since he's usually on his laptop, he wasn't in too much of a hurry. Besides, we still had mine. Friday he was doing something on mine and it just turned off. He was hoping it was just the power supply. It turned out not to be. Saturday we went looking for a new motherboard but we couldn't find the kind that Rodrigo wanted or the price he wanted. (If it sounds like I know what I'm talking about, I don't. I'm just writing what I heard Rodrigo say). Anyway, he ordered some new parts and fixed both computers last night.
Being without a computer was weird. I've become dependant on this thing. I needed the calculator, phone numbers, tv listings, I'm going through email withdrawl. We had the laptop but Rodrigo runs Linux on that and I don't even know how to use it. Anyway, it's fixed now and supposedly faster. Living with a techy is a good deal!

I'm off to check my email now and catch up on all my bloggy reads. It's good to be back in the land of technology.

feeling: happy
watching: The Today Show
what I should be doing instead of blogging: reading email

Friday, September 16, 2005


-I can't decide if this if dedication or just stupidity.

-A-ha! I KNEW this would happen sooner or later. Pssh, and I was accused of being cynical.

-You see?!?!?! I knew I was right to be scared of the plague.

-Google knows how to do anything. Don't you just love Google?

-I wonder where I can get some moon cakes for Sunday. I know if I try to make them, they won't come out right.

-I can't wait to see what they name him. This is going to be good. (insert evil laugh here)

-Thanks to Jenny for this link. That's lovely!

-I laughed when I saw this picture.

-16 De Septiembre! Today Mexico celebrates it's Indepence from Spain. You can celebrate by drinking some tequila, heh, heh. (Or ja, ja in Spanish)

-I want to watch this movie.

-And he seemed like a such a trustworthy guy.

-Why am I not surprised by this picture?

Have a good weekend!

feeling: I didn't get enough sleep
watching: The Today Show
what I should be doing instead of blogging: picking out clothes

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

I heart soup!

I *LOVE* soup. Even though the weather here is very hot, I can eat soup anytime of year. My favorites by far are potato soup and tortilla soup. Yum! I had some tortilla soup for lunch today and was very surprised that there were no tortillas/tortilla strips. In lieu it had rice. What? I mean, it was called Tortilla Soup and had all the usual ingredients but no tortillas. How odd.
I'm trying to learn how to make "Caldo de res" from my grandma and she already gave me a recipe for a delicious chicken soup. This all leads me to what I was going to ask in the first place. Do you have any favorite soups and/or recipes? I'd be delighted if you'd share. Good night!

feeling: sleepy
listening to: Keane (Everybody's Changing)
what I should be doing instead of blogging: sleeping

crazy co-worker

I work with a crazy lady. C-R-A-Z-Y! If you were to talk to her, by all accounts, you'd think she was just a normal woman. I thought so when I first met her. It wasn't until having known her for a while that I'm convinced. You see, she thinks everyone that sees her and/or talks to her immediately falls in love with her. Well, all men at least. I first I thought she was playing around. You know how we mess around saying that we're so beautiful that men can't help but fall in love, but she is absolutely serious. What's worse is that I am completely amused by it. She isn't an ugly looking lady but she also isn't hot. She's average. One day she was late getting to work and it turned out that she had been pulled over for cutting across a parking lot. Well, all day she was saying that the policeman had her address and how he was probably going to show up at her house and they would date. She went so far as to say that if they got married, she's have a funny story to tell their grandchildren about how they met. At our company party early this summer, she was dancing with our manager. Then everyone sort of formed a little circle and one person would go to the middle at a time. After that everyone was sort of dancing together and she ended up with another manager. Well, she was convinced that they both wanted to fight over her. She asks us if we think it's true and since we're evil we answer, "Yes! I saw! He was ALL looking at you!" (evil laugh)
I haven't messed with her lately because I still remember my friend Liz telling me "Don't mess with the crazy woman's head". She still hasn't changed, though. We get a lot of clients who show up and take us little treats, lollipops, candies, and whatnot. We know they do it to be nice but in her case they do it because they want her. Yes, the old men who go to the bank every single day and take us candy go just to see her and talk to her. A guy that shows up from another branch to talk to someone or pick something up is there to take her out to dinner. A guy who won movie passes just wanted them in order to take her. Seriously, she's said all these things. Yesterday I had a day-long torture, I mean, training. I was together with people from various branches. One girl asked me how "crazy lady" was doing. I told her fine and she asked me how she and one of our banker guys were doing. What? (This guy is about half her age and has a BEAUTIFUL girlfriend that he lives with ) The girl told me that the crazy lady had told her that banker guy along with every other man that works with us were totally in love with her. I was amazed.
So, is this like a mental condition? Does she just have really high self esteem? I don't understand it.

feeling: energetic!
watching: The Today Show
what I should be doing instead of blogging: making breakfast

Monday, September 12, 2005

the "ouse-may" is gone!

That mouse is finally gone! FINALLY! You can not imagine the discomfort that I've been living with since I found out about that rodent. The first day that we found out about it, Rodrigo was being really compasionate and so we bought some of those friendly traps. That night I had nightmares. I was dreaming that the mouse had gotten halfway into the little box then it closed down on him and trapped him with half his body still outside. Then he started flopping around trying to free himself. Keep in mind that in my dream the mouse was a giant rat and so this flopping was really exaggerated and noisy. In my dream it came flopping around up the stairs and was headed to Alec's room. Rodrigo and I tried stopping it at the top of the stairs but all I could do was jump around screaming trying not to get hit by the mouse. Ugh. After that I was dreaming that Rodrigo had set the traps in a corner in a really high cabinet. I was upset because there was no way the mouse could ever even get there. Whew, I'm glad I'll be able to rest now.
We tried peanut butter, crackers, cheese but nothing seemed to work. After three days, we went and bought the "real" mousetraps. Yes, I know that this sounds cruel but I kept worrying about toxins that might make the kids sick. I like my kids more than I like a mouse. Anytime. I made the mistake of telling my grandma about the situation and she freaked me out more. She was telling me that when a mouse finds a place it's comfortable in, it'll bring a mate and they'll make a little nest and have like a million babies. UGH! For a while there I even worried about the plague. Yes, the bubonic plague. This is how paranoid I was. I never saw the mouse myself but I'm mortified to say that a friend we had over saw it and claimed it was cute. HOW EMBARRASSING!
Rodrigo would check the traps every morning and Sunday morning it was there. The lucky mouse got caught in the mouse friendly trap. He lucked out because I was ready to cover the floor with glue paper the next day. I made a point to tell Rodrigo to drive him at least 3 miles away because I've heard that they can smell their way back. He drove him 14 miles away and set him free. Rodrigo was describing the mouse's "liberation" in an animated way trying to make him sound cute. Nothing persuaded me. I was disgusted. He said he thought about taking it to a pet store but was afraid that it would get fed to snakes. I said he deserved it. We didn't tell the kids about it at all. Especially Brianna. Rodrigo and I kept referring to it as the "ouse-may". In my case, it was more like "upid-stay ouse-may". Anyway, I am feeling so relieved and not afraid to come downstairs at night anymore.

feeling: Relieved!
listening to: Michael Buble (Home)
what I should be doing instead of blogging: eating breakfast

Wednesday, September 07, 2005


It's official. We're going to start to have wearing uniforms to work. It had been a rumor since I started working there. Then with the merger, we knew it was coming but not exactly when or how the uniforms would look. I don't know how I feel about this. I've had to wear a uniform before working as a flight attendant but that was something that I knew going into the job. I'm trying to see the good side of this. .

1. I won't have to worry about what to wear every day. BIG plus!
2. I won't have to spend a lot of money on clothes. Is that a good thing?
3. My "real" clothes will last longer.
4. When my co-worker see me in my "real" clothes, I'll look fabulous (because they'll be used to seeing me in uniform)
5. Everyone will look more professional. (We had a girl who worked there for a little while and liked wearing pants that would slide down and show she was wearing a thong. Eww. Completely inappropriate).
6. I like the color.

Ok, that's all I can think of for now but I'm still feeling weird about having to wear a uniform. Like it's no fun. How am I going to make fun of what others are wearing? Kidding! :P

feeling: energized!
listening to: Nine Inch Nails (Sunspots)
what I should be doing instead of blogging: getting ready to leave

Monday, September 05, 2005

labor day weekend

I hope your Labor day and weekend were good. Mine were just great!

Saturday: I had to work and that wasn't cool, but I had the whole afternoon off. We heard on the radio that item donations for hurricane victims were being accepted at our local airfield. We quickly went to the store and bought stuff we thought they'd need. We filled up our little car and drove over to drop them off. Seeing as to how it was at a military base, we had to get a permit to enter. Then we got lost looking for the building. We finally found it and by the time we got back home it was well past midnight. It wasn't a whole lot that we were able to take, but I think right now everything helps. I can't even begin to imagine what it means to lose everything you own.
Sunday: I'm aching for fall and I was a little stir crazy so I knew I wanted to take a road trip. We drove over to New Mexico in hopes that the weather would be a little cooler as tends to be the case. We went to Hillsboro, N.M. for the apple festival. I wish I'd read this article first because I was expecting apples galore and was surprised that there were hardly any apples at all. What we did get was brown sugar kettle corn (everybody say yum), some DELICIOUS peach honey made by a little company called Nature's Nectar (I'm plugging because it is sooooo good!), and the apple things we ate/drank were cider, apple pie, caramel apples and apple chips. We left there and drove to Hatch, N.M. for their Chile Festival. The whole little town was decorated with hundreds of ristras. The place smelled delicious. We ate some gorditas there and bought a 50 lb. sack of roasted chili. Rodrigo looked like Santa Claus carrying the huge sack. We drove back to El Paso and stopped by my grandma's and Rodrigo's mom's house to drop off chili (let's face it, they cook better than I do and I'm a wimp at peeling chili. Imagine peeling 50 lbs?!). I took pictures! No, I haven't found my camera charger but took pictures with my mom's regular film camera. I'll post them as soon as I get them developed.
Today we worked around the house. There are some hurricane evacuees here in the city. I went through a whole lot of the kids clothes and gathered what isn't going to fit them or I think they might not wear any longer. I'm going to take it over tomorrow morning since I know they are in dire need of donations. My kids out grow their clothes so fast, the clothes don't even look work out or over-used. Well, save the pajamas. In that last article I linked, there's a part about Kids Helping Kids and I'm going to have Brianna do that. I think it's important for children to help those less fortunate when they can.
Anyway, that was my weekend. How was yours?

feeling: tired
listening to: nothing, ahh....
what I should be doing instead of blogging: sleeping

Friday, September 02, 2005

my hair is SHORT!

Once my hair gets a certain length, all I do is start picking it up everyday. I keep thinking that I want to leave it long again but I get bored. I knew it was time to cut it because I was just so tired of it. I had it cut yesterday. Short. Shorter than I've had it in quite a while. I've only had it this short once before when I wanted Sarah McLauchlan's hair from the Adia video. I *love* it! I thought Rodrigo was going to hate it but he actually liked it. I walked in waiting for a reaction.

Rodrigo: (just stares)
me: (commanding him) Like my hair!
Rodrigo: I do. It looks really nice.
me: really? you're not just saying that?
Rodrigo: no, I really, really like it. Wow, you look like another person.
me: is that good or bad?
Rodrigo: (keeps staring a little too long)
me: What?
Rodrigo: You know, it kind of looks a little like the kid from Terminator 2
me: EDWARD FURLONG? I look like Edward Furlong?
Rodrigo: (just laughs)
me: Are you serious?!?!?
Rodrigo: a little but I mean it in a good way. It looks really nice.
me: Ugh. I don't care, I love it. (I start walking away)
Rodrigo: don't go releasing any lobsters
me: (groan)

feeling: I *LOVE* my hair
watching: m*th*r f**k*ng Barney. I hate this dinosaur.
what I should be doing instead of blogging: playing with my hair

Thursday, September 01, 2005

new orleans :(

I try to keep my blog light and not really talk about tragic stuff, but I just can not believe how bad the hurricane victims have been hit. It is soooooo sad. I, like a lot of people, didn't think it would be this bad. New Orleans. I'd never been and it was always one of those cities I'd like to visit someday. My parents have been there and my mom says it is just so sad to see how the city is now.
What really gets to me is that in the middle of all this tragedy, the worst comes out in some people. Have you seen the video of the looters? Now, there are people that are stealing water, food, and baby formula. I have to say that I don't even consider them looters and I think that if I were in that position, I'd probably do the same thing. If I no longer had a home, no food, and my children hadn't eaten for a couple of days, I'd do whatever it took to feed them. Now, the people that are stealing clothes, electronics, jewelry and weapons have absolutely no excuse. Have you seen video of the little kids outside of a Wal-Mart all riding new bikes? That's just sad. Apparently people are stealing a lot of guns and other weapons and are walking around with them. When things like this happen I always feel really shallow. Like I complain about things that are really trite. I mean, here I am crying about a mouse when people in my own country are trying to deal with the fact that they've lost everything. I should be grateful that I have a home. Well, sorry to have depressed you all. Take some time to think about how lucky we are at this moment.

feeling: sad
watching: Caillou with Alec
what I should be doing instead of blogging: getting ready