Searching for Normalcy

"And finally, above all else, it is about leaving a mark that I existed: I was here. I was hungry. I was defeated. I was happy. I was sad. I was in love. I was afraid. I was hopeful. I had an idea and I had a good purpose and that’s why I made works of art…" – Felix Gonzalez-Torres

scrappiness May 29, 2009

Filed under: Scrapbooking — Lulu @ 3:29 pm

As promised, here are a few layouts I’ve made over the past two weeks.

These were made using the Lovely Day kit from Noel Mignon. Seriously, I am awed by the amount of product in this kit. I’ve made five layouts so far, and I STILL have a ton of stuff left over.

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This one was made with one of the new Prima stitched papers. This paper is so gorgeous that you really don’t need to add anything other than a photo and a title. I also added some matching Prima flowers and a tiny, little bling sticker in the corner of the photo.
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Here’s a closeup of the stitched detail:

This one is made with the Cosmo Cricket Early Bird line. I am so in love with this entire line; the papers, chipboard, stickers… everything!
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I’ve had these pictures forever and hadn’t gotten around to scrapping them, but then I happened upon these older Sassafras and Urban Lily papers in my stash, and thought they’d be perfect. It’s super simple, but I really like how it turned out.

Making Memories Just Chillin’ line. I love this collection, too.

This is the DCWV Citrus Stack. Love the bright, juicy colors and the textures (the papers here are glittered, but you can’t tell in the photo).

That’s all the scrappiness I’ve got for now. Peace out, yo!


Catching up

Filed under: Life,Miscellany,Photography — Lulu @ 12:30 am

I know I haven’t blogged much lately. I haven’t had much time or desire to write about anything at all. But anyway, let’s see what’s been going on…

  • Well, first of all, my honey was in the hospital for a few days. We thought he had appendicitis, but it turned out to be diverticulitis.
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  • My mom is visiting from Panama. She arrived on May 14th and is staying until June 14th.  This is at the airport the day she arrived (my sister sucks at taking pictures).
  • We had a postponed Mother’s Day lunch at my sister’s house on May 16th. Here is a pic of my mom with my little cousins (“little” being a relative term considering that Shawn is like 6’2”).
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  • I still have a cold, but it’s much better than it was last week. At least the head congestion is gone and my ears are no longer ringing. Now I just have this annoying lingering cough.
  • Work sucks. Too much to do, no time to do it. And one of our part-timers resigned (tomorrow’s her last day), and my boss will be out for at least half of June. Which means I have to do my own work, add the part-timer’s (until we get a replacement) to my workload, AND cover for my boss while she’s out. Oh yeah, and did I mention we’re on a salary freeze this year? Awesome!
  • I have a leak in my living room ceiling, which has been getting worse by the day, due to all the rain we’ve been having. But the contractor the leasing company hired can’t fix the roof until the rain stops. We live in Miami. It’s summer. It won’t stop raining until November. Please send a raft.
  • I’ve done a little bit of scrapping, so I’m happy about that. I’ll share layouts in a separate post.
  • This weekend we’re going to lunch at Havana Harry’s with my family, watching some motocross racing, and hitting up a 3-year-old’s birthday party. This will make up for the last two weekends where I did nothing because of the cold. I also haven’t seen Fanless since the 16th (I didn’t want to get him sick, so I kept my distance), so I’m excited to have some major make-up quality time.

Alright, I guess that’s all I’ve got for now. Peace out, yo.


i love rock & roll May 25, 2009

Filed under: Scrapbooking — Lulu @ 3:32 pm

With the exception of the eight hours a day I spent at my desk from Monday through Friday of last week, I have been living in my bed, due to this ridiculously awful cold I have. My head has been completely congested and I’ve had zero energy. The only time I’ve left the house in the past eight days was on Friday, when I picked up an album at Damaris’ house, then went to CVS for more cold medicine and Publix for juice.

But I was determined to scrap something during this long weekend, even if it killed me. So I grabbed a bunch of supplies from my scrap area and sat on the bed, and made this cute mini-album. The album cover is a real 45 record that was part of a Sweet Twee Labs kit that I purchased last year. I decided to use it to make a mini-album about different concerts that Christian and I have been to, and musicians that we’ve met. I kept it super simple, with just patterned paper, black and white photos, inked edges and minimal embellishments. I used the DCWV Rock Star line and some old music sheets from the Sweet Twee Labs kit. I really like how it turned out, and I even added a few extra pages, so that it will be easy to add on to it as we continue to go to more live shows and events.

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she said/she said: two’s company; three’s still company May 19, 2009

Filed under: Blogging,Life,Random Thoughts — Lulu @ 3:34 pm

This is the first of a new series of posts that Tere and I will be doing together. While we have a lot in common and do a lot of things together, we recently realized that we bring very different perspectives into our friendship and shared experiences. So we thought it’d be fun to take on specific topics together and write about them from our own points of view.

A few weeks ago, I found myself in a place both familiar and foreign all at once. While the physical location was one I knew well, my place, my role in it was different now.

I was out with friends, at a nightclub/lounge on South Beach. That was not the different part. What was different was my being there with my boyfriend. MY boyfriend. This was new to me, unfamiliar, unknown, and probably several other “un-“ words that escape me right now. Being at a nightclub with a boy – and not just any boy; a boy of my very own – was something completely out of my realm of experience. No, my past experiences have always put me in the position of “the friend.” As in, “this is so-and-so, his girlfriend and her friend.” That is the role I know. The one with which I am familiar and comfortable.

For many years, and on many occasions, I was always the single friend that hung out with the couple (or couples, as the case may be). I was actually okay with that. I never felt that I was the odd girl out. My friends never made me feel like the third wheel. I was always included, always a part of the group. I always got along with my girlfriends’ significant others, and I think part of the reason the guys liked me, aside from my unquestionable awesomeness (I’m so kidding!), is because I was always a “good girl.” I was the friend that would never be a bad influence on their girlfriends. On the occasions that the guy’s friends would come out with us, I was automatically “one of the guys.” I would find myself tossing back shots and checking out chicks right along with the boys. And they always appreciated my sixth sense when it came to pointing out the fake boobs (high and tight, guys; high and tight). But this one night, the recent one, was completely alien to me. This time, it was I that was a part of the couple. And it was my friend that joined us for the evening.

Tere and I had started out with a girls’ only Thai dinner at Red Koi (which was truly excellent, by the way) in the Gables. After dinner, we headed to South Beach and picked up Christian, my boyfriend (I’m sorry, did you get that? MY boyfriend. What??) before making our way to Buck 15, easily my favorite nightspot on the beach after Dewey’s. We were the first ones there – I know; how uncool – ensuring us face time with the bartender and our choice of VIP seating (at least until the real VIPs showed up later in the evening). We ordered our first round of drinks, and perched ourselves on one of the squishy couches in the corner, where we gabbed over the music until the vodka kicked in, and we had loosened up enough to dance (“we” being Tere and me; my boy don’t dance). While we were sitting there chatting, it dawned on me that we – Tere and I – had instinctively sat on either side of Christian. When we whipped out our cameras, I took just as many “couple-y” pictures of Tere and Christian as she did of us. I was unquestioningly sharing my boyfriend with my friend for the evening. Not intentionally, but – truth be told – for a while there I kind of forgot he was mine. It just felt to me like we were three friends hanging out, and not at all like “my boyfriend, my friend and me.” This was such a strange place for me to be that I suppose my brain reverted back to the familiar, the customary, the usual. My brain reverted to being the tagalong.

Later in the evening, a few of Tere’s friends joined us at Buck 15. While dancing with one of her friends, he asked me why my boy wasn’t dancing. It took me a second to make sense of his question because my first thought was “my boy? where? ohh… THAT boy!” Wow, hey. Yeah, how about that? I have a boy!

It also made me realize, at that moment, all the ways in which this evening was better, more enjoyable, than evenings past. I wasn’t at all concerned with whether or not anyone there had found me attractive, other than my boy. I didn’t care if any boys talked to me or flirted with me or tried to kiss me, because I had a boy to talk to and flirt with and kiss. I didn’t care if any boys wanted to dance with me or not, because I was having a great time dancing with my friends. And when we decided to call it a night and head out, I didn’t care if any boys asked me for my number or not because I was leaving with the most perfect boy: mine, the one I came with.

It was such a great night, for many reasons. But just being out on the town with my two loves – my dear, sweet (hot!) friend, and my dear, sweet (hot!) boyfriend – living this new experience, one that I can now add to my list of moments, that alone made it worthwhile in my book.


For Tere’s take on this topic, visit her blog here.


old skool May 15, 2009

Filed under: Music — Lulu @ 3:35 pm

The Buzzcocks – “Ever Fallen In Love”


Mi Mami (Belated Mother’s Day Post) May 11, 2009

Filed under: Life,Personal,Photography — Lulu @ 3:36 pm

“All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” – Abraham Lincoln

I know I’m a day late in sharing a Mother’s Day post, but I was away from my computer and scanner this weekend. I just wanted to share some of my favorite pics of the most awesome, sweetest, kindest, most loving mom on the entire planet.

Row 1: (Left) I think this was in 1967 or 1968, Miami. How retro-cool is her outfit?? Right??
(Right) That’s me in her belly, July 1969. Note the bouffant wig. Apparently, they were “the thing” because my mom and all my tias had them.
Row 2: (Left) My 1st birthday party with all the primos and vecinos. My sister is in the brown top on the left (Babe – that’s a bocadito party).
(Right) I’m guessing that was like my 2nd or 3rd birthday, judging from the gifts on the bed. I really don’t know.
Row 3: (Left) In our little duplex in Hialeah, I’m guessing 1974 or ‘75. Love mom’s necklace!
(Right) At the Miami Seaquarium, circa 1975 or ‘76 (I was always a tall kid). Bonus: my real haircolor!


And something a bit more recent (mom’s birthday 2007):


Happy Mother’s Day, Mami! I love you one million!!!

P.S. I’m super happy that she will be visiting from Panama for a whole month!! She’ll be here in just three more days!!


Scrappiness May 5, 2009

Filed under: Scrapbooking — Lulu @ 3:37 pm

Just a few recent layouts to share.

Gym Class Heroes. With all the concerts and shows we go to, the DCWV Rock Star collection was a great buy. 050109

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Finally finished this 2-page layout of my niece’s 30th birthday party this afternoon. Let’s not focus on the fact that her birthday was in January.
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That’s it. Peace out, yo!