Monday, June 21, 2010


Today I was blessed with the opportunity to participate in a Sacrament Meeting at the Westchester Care Center - pretty much an old people's home. We do this once a month, and every time my heart is filled with love as I briefly speak with each of the sweet little old ladies that we roll into the small, humble chapel to partake of the Sacrament. Today, as I was sitting in the chapel waiting for our service to begin, I was just soaking in the whole situation. The three old ladies that don't really speak English so they mumble to each other in Spanish and one randomly blows kisses at me every couple minutes. Then there is the woman falling asleep in her wheel chair, just chillin. As I make my way down the row of the six or seven woman, I focus on the final two. And as I am watching them, one woman reaches her arm out to the other and says "I love you." 

I don't know what exactly t was, but I think it was just the way this old woman held her friends arm and looked into her eyes and genuinely said those three words. Her heart was so pure and full of genuine Christlike love. It made my heart hurt and yearn for that feeling of love. That is the love the Christ feels for us and this sweet old lady exemplified it so powerfully. It was such a tender moment and made my Sunday!

I always notice the pure innocence of children as they are much closer to the Savior and His love. Just as children, the elderly are so full of wisdom and pure, Christlike love. I am grateful for the opportunity to see these people once a month and to feel of the Spirit they possess - I so often take it for granted! And...honestly,,,they are just so dang cute!! :)

I took this picture a few years ago, but thinking of those old ladies today reminded me of these precious women enjoying a delicious lunch together on the beach in California. Oh the beauty of best friends!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

brief complaint.

My phone is a piece of junk. Approximately every 5 minutes, the screen goes black and it remains black for indefinite periods of time. Sometimes it'll be 2 minutes, sometimes it will be 15. I have to just sit and wait for it to come back on, and if not then I take out my battery and restart it. Oh and no worries, the restart takes a good 7 minutes or so. This makes me unhappy...and annoyed. 

I had a lovely dinner tonight. But sadly, I walked out of the restaurant to find my front left tire completely flat. Why do these things happen to me?! So my car is still sitting in the parking lot of NYPD pizza and at some point tomorrow I will have to go deal with it in between the 230983 other things that must be done. Oh my.

Anywho, that is my brief complaint. I am okay now - it's nigh night time - I just had to get it out of my system. Thanks for listening....ha

Saturday, June 12, 2010

roady trip.

I'm a vagabond. I think thats safe to say, ya? And because of my vagabond-ness, as I would call it, I take random trips. Like this past Sunday when my friend Willy and I picked up and rolled on over to Cal for less than 72 hours to go to Six Flags and live the dream. Such an epic trip. 

Six Flags - woooo weee. We got there right before they opened and I was horrified when I tried to bring my bag of pretzels into the park and the guy checking my backpack said NO!! And when I embarrassingly asked if I could eat some before he made me throw them away, he bluntly said "um no, unless you want to go outside the park to eat them" and then proceeded to chuck them into the trash. What a jerk. Once in the park, we decided to go to the greatest ride first: X2. OH MY GOSH. Best decision ever. 1. Because it was soooooo awesome. 2. as we left the ride the line was soooooo long. Pah. Suckas!! 

Since I didn't take any pictures this time around...I will have to refer back to my first Six Flags trip ever for a reminder of the aftermaths of X2:

hahahah this type of reaction is a good thing...I promise!

After X2, no rides could compare. BUT they were still awesome - mainly because there were pretty much no lines. We got chocolate covered frozen bananas...OH MY GOSH. Best invention ever. Sadly we made a poor decision to go on Deja Vu. If any of you go to Six Flags, steer clear of this ride. The 3 roller coasters we went on after Deja Vu were horrible because Deja Vu ruined us and then we ended up bailing on Six Flags by 4:00. HA. But still, very successful day. Unfortunately, I didn't take a single picture as Six Flags. I know, soooo not like me. 

I took about 12 pictures the whole trip...I'll use a couple of them to explain the rest of the time in Cali...

We rode our bikes around Balboa Beach and took the sketchy little ferry to Balboa Island!

Our sweet cruisers - guess which ones mine?! 

This is the epitome of "beach cruising".

I can't get enough of California. And bike riding. And Willy made me fall in love with Latino music this trip. I mean we all know my desire to be Latina and speak Spanish, but I may or may not even be listening to some Latina music right now as I write this blog...ha

Oh how I love road trips...and i am anxiously awaiting my next vacation - only 17 more days! :)

Friday, June 4, 2010

una vieja.

I am an old lady. Well, I'm on my way to being a grandma pretty much. You want to know how I know this? Because a few days ago Kelly pulled TWO grey hairs out of my head. And yesterday evening, Cat pulled out another 5 or 6. The worst part is....there are still more that need to be pulled. Its unfortunate because I recently converted to a middle part and by doing just that, I brought my fancy patch of grey hairs out into the world! Sadly, this is the future I'm looking at...

yes, grey hairs also lead to an eventual transformation
 from a sweet little lady into a creepy man with scary eyes....