Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I Faint in Public, Look Like a Prostitute, and I'll be Teaching your Children

Approximately two weeks ago, I went here:

See that sign that says free ear piercing?  That's where I was.  For YEARS (and yes, I mean years), I've wanted to get a second hole in my ears.

According to my Mother, girls with second holes in their ears are prostitutes.  Yes, she literally told me this.  Apparently, and still to this day I don't believe her, when she was growing up in Puerto Rico, if girls had a second hole in their ears, it was a sign that they were prostitutes.

As you can imagine, getting a second hole was OUT OF THE QUESTION in our household.

So, when I got married, I decided I was finally going to take the plunge.  Then, I realized I was in law school and that some judges are jerks.  They make you wear panty hose in their courtroom and they make you take any piercings, other than one, out of your ears.  When I started clerking at the law firm, I went to the courthouse often, so piercing my ears was out of the question.

When I finally decided to teach instead of practice law, I started thinking again about how badly I wanted to look like a prostitute (aka pierce my ears).  When we went to get Liliana's ears pierced, I realized that even at 9 weeks, an earring can sure add a great deal of cuteness:

SO, I did it.  I got my ears pierced.  In the front window at Claire's.  And you know what?  It didn't hurt.  Seriously, I barely felt it.

But, next thing I knew...I was on the floor and Evan was looking at me with the biggest pity face ever.

I fainted.

In front of EVERYBODY in the mall.  I flat out passed out.  Thankfully, my husband's nearly a doctor because he saw me sliding out of my chair, carefully put me on the floor on my side (in case I threw up, which I didn't, thankfully), and just waited.

I woke up and felt like SHIT.  The EMS guy in the mall came with his handy dandy kit and asked if I needed anything.  The whole store was looking at me.  My daughter was being held by the lady that pierced my ears because Evan had to tend to his wimpy wife. 

So, tell me...was it worth my public humiliation?  And more so, do I look like a prostitute?  (ok ok...sorry I'm done teasing you Mom)...but seriously, do I?  I'll be in NY the rest of this week, so I want to know if I'm gonna be picked up on the streets, cause I tell you what, I wouldn't be cheap!  I have high standards.

 Excuse the photography. Evan loves taking pictures of me, even when I'm not posing.

On the plus side, guess who passed her teacher certification exam with flying colors?  This wimpy girl in the picture above might be at your kids school before you know it!  WOO HOO!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Monday Minute (the first time I host!) 09/27/10

This is the first time of my hosting the Monday Minute!  I hope you guys like the questions I chose and please make sure to link up at the bottom and follow so you can see can come back and look at everybody's answers!

Some housekeeping matters...
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  • if you ever want to co-host one week, email me and we'll work that out!

(1)  What’s the last restaurant you went to and what did you order?
(2) What's your greatest phobia?
(3) On a scale of 1 to 10, how hot are you?
(4) You just found out you (or your partner) are having a baby.  What's your reaction?
(5) You just won a free vacation to anywhere in the world.  Where would you go?

My answers:
(1) Evan and I went to a restaurant called O'Hana and I got shrimp friend rice.  It was delicious.  It was one of those places where you order up front and then you have a waiter to refill your drinks, but we didn't know this when we paid...and we didn't have any cash!  We slipped out so we wouldn't have to look at his disappointed face when he had no tip!  Sorry dude!

(2) Needles.  Yes, I am aware I had a baby and that involves A LOT of needles, but you can't pass out if you're laying down, so I had them find a bed somewhere any time they drew blood so I wouldn't faint.  I have had MULTIPLE fainting episodes, one of them quite recently actually, but that's for another blog post.  You'll have to stay tuned so see when I was an idiot in public...

(3) Evan says the answer to this is that I'm an 11.  I say he's a kiss ass.  Honestly, I think I'm a seven.  I work pretty hard on my body and so I don't hate it too much.  But, sometimes I think I'm a butter face.  I just learned what that term meant like 2 years ago, no joke.  It's such a mean thing to say!  Well...unless you're saying it about yourself.  

(4) I would freak out.  I would cry. Seriously, I would. Liliana was one surprise that we could handle.  I could NOT handle another one.  Evan's about to start residency in less than a year, so I would be doing it completely and utterly on my own. I've told Evan that if he knocks me up before I'm ready for a second in a few years, I'll never have sex with him again...I'm only half joking. ; ) 

I know this sounds horrible and I know that children are blessings. But, it would just be horrible timing and quite frankly, our wallets and our sanity couldn't handle it.  Evan would be much more calm than I would be because he wants about 50 children.  I, however, want 3 and I have PLENTY of time to space them out some more. In the mean time, I want to get my career going, enjoy my beautiful daughter, start paying off loans, and spend time with Evan when possible.  

(5) Fiji.  I would stay here:

Yep, you'd find us in one of those little bungalows or on the beach.  It would be pure RELAXATION.  No sight seeing, just a relaxing and romantic getaway.  Sigh.  Anybody want to offer me this aforementioned free vacation?  PLEASE?

Remember...LINK UP!  Hope you guys enjoyed the first set of questions! 

* This would happen to seems that the linky website is having some MAJOR problems today.  If you try to click on it, it keeps saying Internal Server error.  I'll keep checking and hopefully put it back, but in the mean time, leave a link to your blog in the comments so we can check out your answers!  Sorry guys!  I'm so upset!! My first monday Minute! ; (

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Guest Post: Happy 4 months Liliana!

This is Cristy's husband, Evan.  I usually post my letter to Liliana on my blog, but I have it closed during the residency interview season.  Therefore, I'll post it here.


Happy 4 month birthday sweetheart!  This has been quite a month for you.  For one, you have nearly mastered rolling over.  While you are already an ambiroller, you prefer to roll halfway, onto your side, and then fall asleep.  We've had to be much more careful leaving you on your changing pad and the couch because you're apt to roll right off.  You've also begun grabbing out for things.  We bought you a set of interlocking rings that you love to grab, swing, and stick in your mouth.  You like to put pretty much everything in your mouth.  My favorite moment of the month was the first time you reached out and grabbed my finger on purpose.  It was a wonderful feeling and a special moment.  You do that a lot- give your mommy and I special moments.

Your favorite new activity is babbling.  You babble incessantly, from the moment you wake up until you fall asleep.  You may not win a grammy any time soon, but it's music to our ears.  Apparently you get this tendency from Mom. Aba has told us that she used to sing until she fell asleep at night and then pick up right where she left off when she awoke in the morning.
Liliana chilling in her jumping jack.  She LOVES these links.

You've been going to daycare this month so Mom can study for her certification exam.  You've loved it!  You are always happy when we come pick you up- regardless of what time that may be.  They take very good care of you and seem to enjoy you.  The other babies seem to spend a great deal of time crying, but not you. We feel that daycare has helped you immensely. You immediately made big strides in talking and grabbing when you started.

On a less happy note, it has been a tough month for me.  I've been very busy and didn't get to spend as much time with you as I would have liked.  This week I was only home before 9 twice and I left before 6, so I hardly saw you!  I've been a bit unnerved by this, because it will not be a completely unheard of event during residency. If I didn't know that hours got a LOT better in private practice, I would not be entering a surgical field.  You and Mom are much too important to me.  However, I know that after these five years, we'll have tons more time together.  You won't even remember that I was gone a lot before you were six- how sad is that?

As always, you have been a complete joy.  You make Mommy and I smile constantly.  I fall more in love with you every day.  If you look closely at your little finger, you'll see me there, all wrapped around it.

I love you more than all the stars in the sky and all the fish in the sea, you are a perfect little girl.


Friday, September 24, 2010

Wanna See Our (in seductive voice) Master Bedroom?

Last week, I showed you guys our living room.  This week on show us your life over at Kelly's korner is show us your master bedroom.  Like I did with the living room,  I'll walk you through our works in progress.  I should say that the master bedroom is a place I've really come to cherish.  In college, your bedroom becomes your everything.  Your bed is a table, a couch, and a place to sleep.  Now though, our master bedroom is used for 3 things only: (1) sex (yep, that deserved to be #1), (2) sleep, and (3) watching TV together on Saturday mornings (now in the fall, that's college game day).  Evan says our master is his favorite room in the house...hmm...wonder why? Actually, according to him, out of all the rooms I decorated, he thought I did the best job on this one, but I don't believe him one bit.  Do you?  I think this room has simply provided him with a million great memories. ; )

Ok, I'm done with the sexy talk of this blog post...It's kinda hard not to mention it when showing you the master though.

Haha...hard...ok, I'm really not trying to do this.  So sorry.  I'm immature.  Now, for the room.

Before picture:
We really had a blank slate to work with.  

None of the walls were previously painted, but she left behind her curtains and they might look mighty familiar to you in a second...

The Inbetween Stage:
The first thing that concerned me about the master was the headboard.  As I've mentioned before, this house was decorated on a mega budget, so I knew we couldn't afford bedroom furniture.  SO, I got a screen/ room divider from World Market and used that instead.  I bought this screen for $80 on clearance and I LOVE it.

As you can see, we didn't have nightstands.  Nightstands are actually INCREDIBLY overpriced and fortunately, my husband is quite the handy man.  So one weekend, our great friend Mike came to visit and we put him to work.

Mike and Evan finished the nightstands and then I stained them.  But, the nightstands weren't my biggest was THIS view of the master that still had me all riled up. 

YUCK!  The room was so lifeless and plain.  So like I did with the living room...I decided to paint more.  I liked the blue theme I started on the wall behind the headboard, so we kept on going with that theme.

The Master Bedroom Today:

I bought that beautiful big mirror at Pier 1 Imports.  It was originally $300 bucks and I got it on clearance for $80.  I thought I had still overpaid, but according to my Mom I got an amazing deal.

The little ottoman beneath the mirror is pretty new.  We bought it at Target a couple weeks ago because now that Liliana is here, we need all the storage we can get!

As you can see, our dressers don't match.  We bought the tall one (the smaller one, aka Evan's) at an antique shop for $65 and we bought mine at a furniture store that's kinda the equivalent of TJMaxx.  The back of it has a tiny hole so the price was cut in half.  I personally don't see the back of the thing, so it looked great to me!

As for the plant...that's a banana plant that I saw at my Godsister's house one day and knew immediately that I had to buy it when I got back to Lubbock.  Thank you Target!  It adds so much to the room.

Evan's finished product!  Aren't these nightstands nice?  I thought I would take a picture of his nightstand to show what a dork he is, but you can't see the title of these books...I kid you not, his fun reading pleasure books include "The Double Helix." There's also a Baby Bargains, Ernest Hemingway, and Father-to-be Book in there too though, so he's not THAT lame. 

For our 3 year wedding anniversary, we said no gifts because the bill for Liliana's birth was arriving about this time and we simply couldn't afford any other expenses.  That being said, Evan did do this.  He framed our marriage license!  It's up in our master now and looks so pretty!  This isn't something that should be in a filing cabinet like it had been for so long!

Since we couldn't really afford to buy lots of artwork, I decided that I would paint something.  I am not a painter by any means, but the canvas was $4 so I would sure as heck try!

I found this quote and loved it.  So appropriate for what marriage is all about, and so appropriate to put in our little romantic sanctuary.

I'll add this picture just because I like the recessed ceiling a lot.  

Hope you guys like our master and hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

I Miss my Husband.

I really miss Evan.  He has been so busy this month and I was doing fine.  I really was.  I've been busy studying, working out, taking care of Liliana, and cooking every evening to save on money.  But, this week has just taken its toll on me and I feel so deflated.  Before I keep going with this post, I just want to say I'm sorry if it's jumbled and doesn't really make sense.  I actually hadn't planned on posting anything today.  Tomorrow I was going to write Liliana's "Happy 4 Month Birthday" and that was that.  But, I've been sitting here just studying  blankly looking at the screen and have felt so distracted.

His hours have been so long on this rotation.  He usually wakes up around 5:00 and leaves the house around 5:50 in the morning.  Every morning when he's leaving, I wake up and just rest my head on his hand.  When he leaves every morning, my heart sinks because I know it'll be forever until I see him again.  Yesterday, for instance, he rushed in around 6:30 in the evening and was out the door by 6:50.  He had come home to change and had to rush out for a meeting and a presentation he was giving.  He didn't come home until 9.  By the time we put the baby to sleep it was already 10 and like I said...he wakes up at 5, so this barely gave us any time together.

Today, he left the house again at 5:50 and I'm sitting here at 7:55 in the evening without any idea of what he's doing.  That's the hard part of surgeries.  You get no service in the OR and he can't leave in the middle of a surgery to go text his wife!  So instead, I sit here and I wait.

I know I sound like a pathetic little woman.  I'm sorry.  It's just like I's getting to me.  If I knew what he was doing I think it would help.  If I could at least text him it would help.  But instead, I just sit here waiting, and waiting, and waiting, and waiting.

If he was here, I would tell him all about my day.  I would tell him how our Portable DVD player that I ordered used off of Amazon for $45 bucks arrived and that Liliana and I watched some Baby Einstein DVDs together on it.  I would tell him that I found a new set of flashcards to study off of and that the information on them is completely different from the book I had been studying so I'm having a semi panic attack that I wasn't nearly as prepared for my exam on Monday as I thought.

I also don't want to sound like the kind of wife that expects his hours not to be long.  I know what it's like to be married to a Doctor.  Everybody in my family is a doctor.  Trust me, I'm accustomed to it.  BUT, I'm not used to anyone that does surgeries.  AND, I thought the last year would be easier.  This is the kind of life I had expected during his residency, not his last year of medical school.

Anyway, I'm just lonely and I miss him.  That's all.  Sorry for complaining.

I suppose I should close off this post by saying I know he hates this too.  Every evening he looks at me and tells me how much he misses spending time with us.  I see that he's tired and sad too.  And, we miss him.

* Note: He finally got home safe and sound, and exhausted after a 9 hour 11:15 pm.  He was leaving the house at 5:50 this morning. Sigh...

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I Put an ADDITIONAL Dress in my NY Bag

So last time I did my losing the baby weight post, I showed you the dress I want to wear to my brother in laws wedding in NY.  The wedding is coming up people!  Only 11 days away!  So I've been doing everything in my power to fit in to this dress.

I had planned on doing my "losing the baby weight post" on Friday but period came.  Oh hell no...I'm not getting on the scale when I'm on my period!  So, I finally got on the scale today, for another official weigh in.

In between my weigh ins, yours truly decided to me a masochist and add an ADDITIONAL dress to her NY bag.  You see, I might have a beautiful dress for the wedding, but what oh what was I going to wear to the rehearsal dinner?  The rehearsal dinner is going to be pretty casual and is at 3 in the afternoon, so I started looking through my closet and found this dress.  I bought the rehearsal dinner dress only three weeks before knowing I was pregnant.  It was a dress that I treated myself too for getting a great position as a law clerk here in town. I wore the dress ONCE and only once. 

Behold my additional goal dress:

The dress that gives me a tiny waist.
It was from Ann Taylor, but you know me, I got it on sale!

So, yesterday, I tried my dresses on because if they didn't fit me, I had to go shopping for new ones.  The above one fits like a CHARM!  It's perfect, tight in the right places, and loose in the ones where I've finally lost some weight.  

The other dress though? 

That one's still pretty zipped too!  It's tight around the boobage area, which honestly, pisses me off like no other.  My boobs are bigger after giving birth, but it's not a REAL kind of bigger, but just a SAGGY result.  UGH!  (I should note that Evan's gone crazy and says they're better (which he also says he didn't know if that was possible...really people?  What a kiss up right?) than pre-pregnancy, but he's also wrong quite often, so that doesn't mean much).

So exactly 4 months post partum, here's my progress:

Eating Habits:  I did REALLY well in some parts and not so well in others.  I ate much less, I cook nearly every day to avoid the big meals at restaurants, and I left two bites on my plate after every meal.  But the bad?  Well, let me show you in pictures about my new discoveries.  After all, a picture is worth a thousand words rights (or in this case, 1,000 calories):

This stuff is AMAAAZING.
I only bought a small tub, but it only lasted me a week, because...
have I mentioned it's AMAAAZING?

And these...ooh man...they're chocolate chip cookies FILLED with hot melted chocolate.
Ridiculous you say? 
Delicious I say.

So yeah, perhaps I shouldn't have bought these or eaten these, but as you guys know, I'm not a believer in diets.  I believe in eating in moderation.  I've only had ONE cookie whenever we eat them, and we don't make  them everyday, so again, moderation is the name of the game.

 Exercise:  I did well here too!  I now workout at a gym in town and go at least 3 times a week, but lately it's been more like 5 times a week.  If I don't go, then I do stuff at home.  I tend to workout about 4 - 5 times a week total and I've been kicking my butt while doing it.  Recently, I heard about Jackie Warner's workout recommendation which was intense cardio.  She said to do 30 seconds of easy cardio, followed by 2 minutes of intense, and repeat.  I decided I would try this and holy moly, it kicked my ass.  I've done this every time since and I can tell this is the way to work out.  You get your heart pumping FAST and it keeps you relaxed enough to actually keep going.  For instance, I'll do 30 seconds at 3.5 on the treadmill, followed by 2 minutes at 6.4 mph.  I usually do the treadmill for 20 minutes, go do weights for 20 minuets, and come upstairs and do another cardio machine for 30.  This is a long time to workout.  I realize that.  But when you have TWO beautiful dresses to fit in to, you have to make the time and feel the BURN.   Try this cardio intensity routine next time you go to the gym.  I PROMISE you you'll see results FAST.

And again, the moment of truth:

Prepregnancy weigth: 126 pounds

Weight Day I went into Labor: 163 pounds

Weight Today: 130.2.
I'm happy with this number!  I lost 3.8 pounds in 3 weeks, and considering that I'm getting closer and closer to my goal weight, I'm content with this progress.
Next goal:  Fit in to BOTH dresses REALLY well.  I only have 11 days, but hopefully I'll get there.  I would like to be back to my prepregnancy weight soon and I actually think that if I keep going with what I've been doing, I'll get there!  When I got pregnant, I was at the lowest weight I had been in over a year, so getting to this goal weight would mean a lot to me.

Eventual Goal:  4.2 pounds to return to prepregnancy weight!  
 What I think of when I'm sore, hungry, and lazy...
I want her to know it's important to exercise and keep your body healthy!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

I'm the Weiner AND this week's Monday Minute!!

I'm so excited!! You are looking at the new Monday Minute host!  YAY!  Thanks to EVERYBODY that voted for me!!  Really, I'm so psyched about it!!

So make sure to follow the blog now so we can keep Ian's tradition going strong!  Let's have a TON of links every week ok?

Before I answer this weeks questions, I want to say a few things:  
  • if you guys ever want to host the Monday Minute one week, email me!  That would be GREAT.
  • if you have any suggestions for Monday Minute questions, PLEASE email me or leave a comment sometime (you can even do them anonymously if you'd like).  
    • I'm sure it'll be hard to come up with unique questions every week!  I promise that ANY suggestion will be used, no matter the theme.
  • if you want me to email you the Monday Minute questions beforehand, email me and I'll put you on a list 
  • I'm obviously new to this, so if you ever have any suggestions, PLEASE let me know!
  • I'll do my best to make a Monday Minute button, but give me some time.  I've never made one before, so it might take me time to figure it out, although I did do that horizontal navigation bar all by my lonesome, so I ain't THAT dumb.
Email me at:

 So, now on to the questions of this week.  

 1 - Have you ever lied on one of your Monday Minute answers?  Nope!  I'm a pretty blunt girl, so I'm not scared to say much.

2 - What is on your bedside table?  A picture of me kissing Evan (and he has a picture of me kissing him on his nightstand), my alarm clock, a lamp, and usually my glasses.  I'm BLIND without my glasses, so if I don't have them on my nightstand, it's hard to even get to the toilet to pee without running in to something.  On any random evening, there might be a glass of water, a pen, or some earrings on there too.

3 -Would you rather lose your sight or hearing?  I would rather lose my sight.  I know that sounds crazy.  Evan and I have had this argument multiple times, but I can't live without my music.  I could still play piano if I was blind because I know it well enough by now.  Plus, like I said above, my eyesight is horrible as it is.  Last, if I lost my eyesight, I would HAVE to get a chauffeur and that sounds rather nice.

4 -Would you rather give up all forms of sexual contact for a year or give up your DVR for three months? I'd give up DVR for 3 months over foregoing any form of sexual contact for a single day!! For real!

5 - Name one thing that you are proud that you've accomplished in life.  Graduating from law school.  I was really proud of myself that evening when I walked across the stage.  I worked HARD for that degree and no matter how down I feel some days, I'll always have that.

Again, THANK YOU to EVERYONE  that voted!  

Come back next week when we have the first Monday Minute HERE! 

Friday, September 17, 2010

Wanna See Our Livingroom?

I've always wanted to do blog posts showing our house, and fortunately, Kelly over at Kelly's Korner is doing a "Show us your life" series on just that!

Evan and I put A LOT of work into our house.  It wasn't a fixer upper by any means, but we did a lot of work because we're on such a tight tight budget.  For instance, Evan built quite a few things throughout the house, I painted all the walls, and I also painted a lot of the artwork in the master bedroom and in the dining room.

Anyway, today is "show us your livingroom," so here we go!


The day we moved in!
No walls were painted and the place was pretty bare, but I had lots of plans!

Another "before" shot.


So, a month after we moved in, this is what the house looked like!
I wanted a single wall painted green and was pretty content with it.
But, I wasn't in love with it...

 But, for some reason...I still wasn't pleased.
Do you see how it's just not very cohesive looking?

So, one evening we were sitting on the couch watching TV and I told Evan I wasn't pleased.  He looked at me with that "oh crap" look.  I didn't like it!  So, before we knew it...ALL the walls had been painted.  Hee hee...oops!

(what it looks like today)

This is our livingroom and BY FAR the room where I spend the most amount of time.

Another view.
The coffee table was made by my Daddy some 30 years ago.
The tables I bought at Bombay when they were going out of business...$25 a piece!
The couches we got at Ashley furniture.

I included this picture because I love that statue on top of the cabinets.
Isn't it romantic and loving?

This was Evan's Christmas gift to me before we got married.
It's a set of our favorite engagement photos.

Do you see that little basket on the floor?
I LOVE having blankets in a livingroom.
So many people don't do that, but it makes things SO cozy. 
Evan and I lay under the covers snuggling and cuddling on the couch all the time.

Like my fall decorations on our coffee table?
I LOVE the cover of this Martha Stewart magazine. 
Isn't it beautiful?  

Well, there ya have it!  Our living room!  It took a lot of time and a lot of work, but I LOVE it now.  This is our first home together and whenever we move (whether that's in a year or in six years or even more), it'll always have such a special place in my heart.

Sorry, one more shameful plug...remember to vote for Law Mama HERE so I can host the Monday Minute!  Voting is over Sunday at noon! 

Everybody have a fabulous fall weekend!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Welcome to Apple Country!

Last weekend, our little family went out on an excursion to...

Yep, we went to Idalou, Texas (20 minutes away from Lubbock) for the annual Apple Butter festival. This festival is all guessed it, apples!  They have apple picking, apple butter for sale, apple cider for sale (which yours truly might or might not be drinking while typing this post), and these delicious apple turnovers.

They also had this amazing BBQ plate cooked by the towns people and the money goes straight to charity purposes, so we had to oblige and eat some sloppy joes!

 When you let your husband take a picture...this is what happens...
A boob view AND I have BBQ sauce on me?  I think this is Evan's DREAM!

While you eat BBQ, they had entertainment that they had advertised.  I wish I could make this stuff up, but look at the opening act...

HA!  You gotta love the country!  It was just some dude singing (poorly I might add) karaoke!  Liliana though, seemed to like all the commotion and sang along the whole time we had lunch.

After lunch we walked around and tried a delicious sample of apple cider.  The whole time we were there I thought something smelled different and realized it was a mixture of crushed apples and roasted peppers!  I had never seen them cooked like this...

After walking back to the apple cider department, we realized we would just have to shell out $8 for a gallon because this stuff was amazing.  By the apple cider, they had these adorable buckets to take around while apple picking.  Doesn't Evan just look cute as can be with his Daddy diaper bag and his apple bucket?

In the end, we only bought 5 apples so we didn't even need the bucket, but I made Evan pose anyway! HA!
Apple picking was a bunch of fun and we got some cute shots...

Mommy and Liliana picking apples.

The pretty apple trees with LOTS of apples on the floor!  
 Evan enjoyed crushing them because he wore his boots. 
I wore cute flip flops from Aldo. ; )

Evan picked the prettiest apples!

But this one looks awfully nice!

All in all, it was a GREAT afternoon together as our little family.  This is our second year going and I think we'll go back again next year too.  

On Sundays they do an Apple pancake and sausage breakfast...guess where we'll be Sunday morning?

If you haven't yet, please don't forget to vote for me to host the Monday Minute!  
Voting runs until Sunday!  Vote HERE and my entry is under Law Mama. 
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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A Plead, A Beg...Call it Whatever You Wanna Call It.

So, remember how I wanted to host the Monday Minute?  WELL, you can finally vote for me and I would REALLY appreciate your help and your vote!

Just go HERE and click on Law Mama (NOT Christy) (I'm the 5th entry).  You don't have to put in your email or ANYTHING, just vote.  The voting is going on until Sunday, so PLEASE go vote for me!

When I told Liliana that some people might not vote for Mommy, she couldn't believe it!!

People might not vote for my Mommy???  WHY??

But, then I told Liliana that some nice people would be kind enough to click the above link and WOULD in fact vote for Law Mama, and that made her MUCH happier!

Thank you for voting for my Mommy (aka Law Mama)!!

Note: My entry is LAW MAMA (the 5th entry!), not Christy (the 4th entry).

Thanks in advance for your votes!  Remember, voting is until Sunday at noon HERE

P.S.: for some reason, the link to go vote is only working for some people, so here is the actual address:

Monday, September 13, 2010

Monday Minute and People LOVE Me!

So today I'll be doing the Monday Minute found at The Daily Dose of Reality.  As you guys remember from my previous post, I'm up for hosting the monday Minute and I'm up against quite a few other entries.  Ian is going to do a vote starting on Wednesday, so PLEASE go to the above link and vote for me!  I would REALLY appreciate your vote.  Read my previous post to see if you think I deserve it based on our "inspirational" stories.  I'll bother you some more about it later this week, but for now, our questions...

Monday Minute

1 - Who is your favorite childhood superhero?

Hmm...I actually never really had one, but if I DID have to choose, I would say Cat woman.  Her outfit is so damn sexy!  I don't really know much about her except for the fact that Halle Berry got a Razzie for her performance in the Cat woman movie, but like I said, hella sexy outfit.

Maybe this should be my  Halloween outfit for Evan? haha.

I must admit, if it wouldn't have said childhood, I totally would have said Aquaman, just because I want to mention Entourage...did anybody else see the season finale last night?  Holy hell batman! Vince has freaking gone off the deep end.  That porn star is a BAD influence on him (could have guessed that huh?)!!

2 - List something you have done for pure shock value.

Ok, I feel REALLY lame, because I don't have a good answer to this question!  I RARELY do something without first thinking it over.  I suppose the only thing I can think of is when Evan and I went to Santa Fe in my second trimester.  I was sitting on our couch and started having a mid life crisis thinking that soon Evan and I wouldn't have any romantic weekends because babies were coming in to the picture.  So, I sent him a text and said "Let's go to Santa Fe, I'm about to make hotel reservations."  An hour later, I had everything set and we left the next morning.  It felt good to be spontaneous and even though we drove 10 hours and were only there for 24 hours, it was still nice to do our last "us" thing.

Our little hotel room in Santa Fe! 
It was SO cute...had a living room, a kitchen, a great bathroom and was REALLY affordable! 

3 - What is the most recent thing someone has said/done to you that left you picking your jaw up off of the floor.

I don't know if this is the most recent, but it was the one that first came to my mind.  A few months ago, we were at the Parade of Homes and a woman came up to Liliana and told her friend, "Look at this baby with that DARK skin!"

Umm...are you freaking kidding me?  She does know that not everybody in the world is white right?

Wow...we didn't even know how to react.  Liliana's not even THAT dark.  She just looks like a Hispanic baby (which she is).  Sometimes I think people in Lubbock don't get out much.

4 - Do you have a moment where you gained clarity about your life?

When I was pregnant, I suddenly realized that there were things that mattered more in life than a grade on an exam.  Up until being pregnant, I lived every day to study and study some more.  But throughout my pregnancy, since it was a pretty tough one, I literally COULD NOT study all the time.  I had my head in a trash can or toilet too much to study.  And, this was good for me.  I realized that I still survived, I still graduated law school JUST FINE, and my body was growing a pretty baby.  It made me realize that the people around you will ALWAYS give you a feeling of happiness, and a good grade on a paper will be short lived.

5 - What are you doing to achieve your biggest dream?

My biggest dream was to be happily married, graduate from law school, and have a baby.  I had achieved all those and felt so empty, I think I realized that I needed another dream, and that was to be happy with my career.  I'm on my way to doing that.  And, in order to get this done, I better get back to studying!

FIRST though, I just want to thank Losing the Baby Weight for giving me a sweet blog award!

And, I want to thank The Redhead Riter for choosing ME as the spotlight friend and rockin friend.  THANK YOU!

Rockin' Friends

Don't forget to go HERE on Wednesday and PLEASE vote for me!  I'll remind you guys again, don't worry.