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"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

Thanksgiving Weekend November 29, 2010

Filed under: Food,Life,Miscellany,Photography,Sports — Lulu @ 3:29 pm

We had a busy Thanksgiving weekend, starting with:


1) A hockey game on Wednesday. We went to the Panthers v. Bruins game with our friend, Eric, who is a huge Bruins fan. We got a great deal, paying $50 for seats that are regularly $90. And that included access to the Coach’s Club, which had an all-you-can-eat buffet and open bar!


My handsome dates, Fanless and Eric (blue cap).


This time I managed to get a picture when the Panthers scored a goal. (They lost 1-3.)


The Coach’s Club has access to a rooftop terrace, which makes for a nice night time photo.



2) On Thursday, we had a yummy Thanksgiving lunch at my sister’s house, with way too many carb-y side dishes.


My sister and my niece.


Turkey, honey-baked ham, and a whole lotta carbs!



3) Later that night, Fanless and I met up with Eric for our Thanksgiving tradition of having dinner at the 11th Street Diner on South Beach.


Took this pic with Fanless’ iPhone using the Instagram app. That is totally my new favorite app!



4) On Black Friday, we hit up Target and Best Buy, but decided to wait until later in the evening to avoid all the mass hysteria in the morning. That was pretty smart of us, if I do says so. Fanless managed to get all the following items for $200, and we never dealt with crazy crowds or ridiculously long lines.


(He ended up getting two more of the WD 2TB HDs at Target on Saturday morning. So four 2TB HDs for $70 each. Sweet!)


After leaving Target on Saturday, we picked up some Subway sandwiches for lunch, then headed home and chilled out the rest of the weekend.


I have the day off today (trying to use up all my vacation days before the end of the year), so I ran a couple of quick errands in the morning, then treated myself to some Starbucks coffee. I think I might try to squeeze in some scrapbooking now.


Hope everyone had a safe and happy weekend! Peace out, yo!



Filed under: Miscellany,Random Thoughts — Lulu @ 2:34 pm

Just a quickie post so I can remember this moment…


I’m sitting on my bed with the laptop in front of me, drinking my venti nonfat white mocha latte from Starbuck’s, and scrolling through my blog subscriptions on Google Reader. When I got to Christina Clouse’s blog, I had to grab my camera (which was in my purse right next to me) and snap a pic because this was just too funny to ignore:



I happened to be resting my cup on the edge of the laptop, holding it at the exact same angle as the one in the picture on her blog.  I know, it’s kind of dumb, but I thought it was a cute coincidence.


Birth Announcements November 21, 2010

Filed under: Scrapbooking — Lulu @ 1:10 am

I finished making custom, handmade birth announcements for my friends, Carl and Agi, to send out to their friends and family. I had previously made them a custom baby album, which they loved. Agi is extremely artistic and creative herself, so I knew she would appreciate having unique birth announcements.


I made 50 cards, all by hand, using different paper collections and embellishments to create several different styles.


These four were made with a Noel Mignon kit. I believe the papers are October Afternoon, but I’m not sure.


These all use paper from a “Best Of” collection from KI Memories.




These papers are all from K&Company Greenhouse.


These are from a DCWV stack (Whimsy, I think??)


These papers are all Making Memories Sabrina collection.


These are from Prima Rock On.


I made these with Basic Grey Wisteria papers.


These are all Sassafras papers.



These last two I can’t remember… Maybe Making Memories or Crate Paper?


I used different punches throughout, as well as brads, buttons and other items from my stash. The little silver charms are from the baby shower section at Michael’s. The little circles have baby footprints in the center, and the hearts read “It’s A Girl.” I also used Stickles in diamond and gold here and there. All the sentiments are from either a baby-themed, acrylic stamp set from Stampendous (I think) or individual rubber mounted stamps from Hero Arts.


100 truths: A Meme November 19, 2010

Filed under: Miscellany,Personal,Random Thoughts — Lulu @ 2:03 pm

I wanted to take a break from working, so I decided to do this meme (which I stole from one of my friends on Facebook). 


Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 100 Truths about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. Tagged means "I’m interested in knowing what are your 100 truths". (To do this, go to "notes" under tabs on your profile page, copy and paste this note, erase my answers and enter your own, tag people (in the right hand corner of the app then click publish.)

Yeah, I’m totally not doing that. If you want to do it for yourself, be my guest.



1. Last beverage: coffee with vanilla caramel creamer
2. Last phone call: my sister
3. Last text message: my boyfriend
4. Last song you listened to: The theme song from “Damages” (“When I Get Through With You” by The VLA). I’m currently watching season two on Netflix.
5. Last time you cried: Oh, gosh. I always get teary-eyed at sad movies, TV shows, things like that. But a really personal, emotional crying session? I can’t remember.


6. Dated someone twice:
Twice, as in 2 dates? Or twice, as in dating, breaking up, and dating again? Either way, yes.
7. Been cheated on: Oh yes. Way too  many times.
8. Kissed someone?: Yes
9. Lost someone special?: Yes
10. Been depressed?: sometimes
11. Been drunk and threw up?: drunk, yes. threw up from it, no.


12. Black
13. Pink
14. Lime Green
15. White


IN 2010:
16. Made new friends:
17. Fallen out of love: no, actually more in love than before
18. Laughed until you cried:  That happens a lot actually
19. Met someone who changed you: no
20. Found out who your true friends were: yes
21. Found out someone was talking about you: yes, but since it was someone that i know is a complete nutter, i don’t care.
22. Kissed anyone on your friend’s list: yes! my honey!
23. How many people on your friends list do you know in real life: Quite a few; they are mostly my family and IRL friends.


(Just noticed #24 is missing)


25. Do you have any pets?:
Not anymore. Have had dogs and fish
26. Do you want to change your name?: sometimes.
27. What did you do for your last birthday?: Went to a RATT/Scorpions concert in downtown Miami, then out for pizza with friends
28. What time did you wake up today: 7-ish
29. What were you doing at midnight last night: Watching “Chelsea Lately”
30. Name something you CANNOT wait for: hockey game next week, Everglades Airboat tour the week after, then our trip to WA!
31. Last time you saw your father: July 2008; that’s when my parents moved to Panama
32. What is one thing you wish you could change about your life: I wish I we could move to WA right now!
33. What are you listening to right now: nothing.
34. Have you ever talked to a person named Tom: Yes
35. What’s getting on your nerves right now?: right now this very moment? nothing
36. Most visited webpage: Probably Facebook, followed by Buzzfeed and The Superficial
37. What’s your name: n/a
38. Nicknames: Balou (my bff), Lulabelle (my cousin), Lulu (actually, Aunt Lulu – Mia calls me that), Lou (just about everyone else), The Lulu (my BF)
39. Relationship Status: In a relationship
40. Zodiac sign: Cancer
41. Male or female or transgendered: Female
42. Primary: ??  Is that like Elementary School? Oh God, so many… St. John’s Catholic School, Jose Marti Private School (I think; it was a looooong time ago), Hialeah Elementary, North Hialeah Elementary, three schools in Texas I can’t remember, then back to NHE
43. Middle School: Henry H. Filer Middle School
44. High school: Hialeah High
45. Hair color: Naturally: strawberry blonde. Currently: dark brown
46. Long/medium/short: Sort of medium/long-ish, I guess.
47. Height: 5’7”
48. Do you have a crush on someone?: Absolutely! My awesome BF!
49: What do you like about yourself?: My eyes, my lips… and just my general all-around awesomeness! (just kidding)
50. Piercings: Just my ears
51. Tattoos: Three: Chinese symbols for “strong” and “happiness” on my left ankle, zodiac symbol for Cancer on my left wrist
52. Righty or lefty: Righty


53. First surgery: I think I was 7 or 8 years old. I had to have six baby teeth removed surgically because they hadn’t fallen out and my permanent teeth were growing in super-crooked.
54. First piercing: my ears, when I was a newborn
55. First best friends: This is hard to remember. I think it was Mario, the kid that lived next door in our duplex when I was like 4?
56. First sport you joined: Swimming and gymnastics. Both my mother’s idea. I quit immediately.
57. First pet: a kitten my older sister got when I was about 5 or 6
58. First vacation: I don’t remember ever going on a family vacation with my parents. I don’t think we ever did that. I do remember going to DisneyWorld with my sister, her hubby and her in-laws when I was 11.
59. First concert: The Rolling Stones at the Orange Bowl in Miami. I think it was around 1988 or 1989.
60. First crush: Oh man… I think it was a kid named Osvaldo in like 1st or 2nd grade?


61. Eating: nothing
62. Drinking: still coffee
63. Already missing: my honey
64. I’m about to: get back to work
65. Listening to: nothing
66. Thinking about : This question? lol
67. Waiting for: 3PM so I can log off


68. Want kids?:
Not anymore
69. Want to get married?: Maybe, but it’s not a priority
70. Careers in mind: this one


71. Lips or eyes:
My BF has beautiful brown eyes and nice full lips, so BOTH!
72. Hugs or kisses: Both!
73. Shorter or taller: Taller
74. Older or Younger: Doesn’t matter to me, but my BF is younger (5 years)
75. Romantic or spontaneous: both?
76. Nice stomach or nice arms: don’t care about either
77. Sensitive or loud: Neither. Just nice. And funny. I do like funny.
78. Hook-up or relationship: Relationship
79. Trouble maker or hesitant: I don’t understand, but neither sounds good to me.


(80 is missing, too. WTH?)


81. Drank hard liquor:
82. Lost glasses/contacts: yes
83. Had sex: yes
84. Broken someone’s heart: yes 😦
85. Had your own heart broken: so many times
86. Been arrested: no
87. Turned someone down: yes
88. Cried when someone died: yes
89. Liked a friend of the same sex?: not romantically.


90. Yourself:
Sometimes. Depends on the situation.
91. Miracles: Hmm… not sure. I want to say yes, but I have my doubts
92. Love at first sight: no
93. Heaven: See “miracles” above
94. Santa Clause: Yes! Because he is real!
95. Kiss on the first date?: Sure
96. Angels: See #91 and #93.


97. Is there one person you want to be with right now?:
yes! my honey!
98. Had more than one boyfriend/girlfriend at one time?: No
99. Wish you could change things in your past?: So many things. But then I wouldn’t be who I am and I wouldn’t be where I am and I probably wouldn’t have met my BF, who makes me ridiculously happy. So I guess my answer is no.
100. Are you posting this as 100 Truths?: yes


Wish List: 2010 Edition November 18, 2010

Filed under: Personal,Shopping — Lulu @ 11:23 pm

I’m home. I’m bored. I’m watching “Outsourced.” I decided to indulge in some online window shopping. For Christmas! I swear, I’m just trying to make it easy for y’all to indulge me (totally kidding). Anyway, let’s get this show on the road.


Fuji Instax Camera

Yes. Again. Every year I say “I want this!”  I never get it.


Pilot Frixion Erasable Gel Pens

I love pens. And Jetpens has this great set from Japan that I really want.

Pilot FriXion Color-Pencil-Like Erasable Gel Ink Pen - 0.7 mm - 24 Color Set


Making Memories Carousel


Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934 collection


Glaze by Adi boots

In black or brown, from (Hmm… actually, I might get these right now. Only $30!)

Glaze by Adi Microsuede Flat Mid-Calf Boots



HP Netbook

A teeny, tiny (under 3lbs.!) netbook, which is perfect for traveling, without the weight and bulk of a laptop.


That’s it. Peace out, yo!


Our Weekend in Photos November 15, 2010

Filed under: Life,Personal,Photography — Lulu @ 5:52 pm

It was one of our rare, busy-busy weekends…



Since Fanless’ birthday was on Thursday, November 11th, I took him to his first ever hockey game at the Bankatlantic Center on Friday, the 12th. We got there fairly early so we got to watch the practice prior to the game. It was the Florida Panthers vs. Minnesota Wild.

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Our usual “hold out the camera at arm’s length” photo. You can see that Fanless was being a total grumpy pants at this point.


We didn’t even realize the game had started. There was the introduction of the team and the national anthem and then everyone sat down, and I guess they just started playing. We were like “did it start?” “I don’t know.” (I guess I’m used to the Heat games where they basically tell you every single thing going on.)

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Do the other hockey teams have cheerleaders? I’m pretty sure this is a South Florida thing, no?

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I don’t know why I got such a kick out of this sign the section usher was holding up, but I thought it was cute.


Listen I’m not even gonna lie… We had absolutely NO idea what was going on – and there’s not a whole lot of announcing going on either – but it was still pretty fun. And when the Panthers score a goal? Holy crap! That place goes nuts! Horns, strobe lights, fog machine! Craziness, I tell you. Oh, and the Panthers won, 2-1.



Our Saturday was pretty mellow. We had to run a few errands (Best Buy, Target, Walmart). Since we were out by Aventura, we decided to visit the Adrenalina shop, which is related to the TV show of the same name. It’s a pretty cool place if you’re a 14-year-old boy. They have a Flowrider wave pool (just like the Royal Caribbean ships) and an area for kids to skateboard.


The shop is located in The Village at Gulfstream Park, which is like a smaller scale version of the shopping and entertainment complex at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino.


See? Here’s that picture again. At least he’s smiling this time (I used the old “this is for your mom!” tactic).


Since we hadn’t had time to do dinner out on Friday, we decided to do Birthday Dinner on Saturday at a place in The Village called Cadillac Ranch.

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Oh my word… I hiiiighly recommend this place. DEEEE-liciousness!!! I had the Jumbo Shrimp and Crab Alfredo (I was literally stuffed after four bites; I can’t even explain how humongous the shrimp were, and there were tons of them). Fanless had the Prime Rib Special (my mouth is watering just looking at the picture) which, of course, I tried. We both agreed it was probably the most tender steak we’d had.

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After dinner, we finished up our errands and went home to relax.



On Sunday we attended a co-ed Baby Shower for our friends, Mike and Kat. It was at Volunteer Park in Plantation, which was a nice location. We were in a large covered pavilion and just behind us was a little wooden bridge that looked out over a small creek surrounded by (what I guess is) marshland. I thought it was pretty, in it’s “nature-ness.”

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The park also has some stables and we walked over to check out an equestrian event that was taking place at the time.

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And in case you are wondering what boys do at a co-ed baby shower, here are Fanless and his friend, Eric, drinking beer and checking sports scores on their phones. The guys at the table behind them were watching the Dolphins game on a portable TV. It was pretty funny when the hostess was calling out the answers to one of the shower games and those guys cheered at a Dolphins touchdown, but we thought they were cheering about the shower game! Boys, I tell you.



So that about covers it. It was a pretty fun weekend, and even though it was busy, it wasn’t crazy or tiring. Pretty perfect, if you ask me.


Peace out, yo!


currents November 10, 2010

Filed under: Life,Miscellany,Personal,Random Thoughts — Lulu @ 1:57 pm

listening: Damages, Season 1 (Netflix online)

eating: nothing

drinking: Cherry Coke

wearing: black yoga pants, black boat neck t-shirt, purple ankle socks, black Hello Kitty skippers (don’t you judge me!)

feeling: congested. Allergies are in full effect!

weather: gorgeous (finally)!!! 70-something degrees, no stifling humidity and not a cloud in the sky

wanting: croquetas de jamon

needing: a nap!

thinking: about our trip which is in just 4 weeks! Holy Crap!

enjoying: how unusually quiet it is in the ‘hood today.

wondering: if I should get a couple of long-sleeve t-shirts at Target. My old ones are getting kind of ratty.