Thursday, May 31, 2007
When I was a little girl, I remember about three varieties of apples at the grocery store: Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, and Granny Smith. Not one to like a mealy apple, I quickly became a fan of the Granny Smith, due to its crisp texture and tart taste. In more recent years, those fancy farmers have cranked out several new varieties of delicious apples, including the popular Fuji and Royal Gala. My local grocery store carries at least seven varieties. Why not have some fun the next time you're at the supermarket, and pick up one of each? Become an apple connoisseur by having a taste test of your very own, and find out which is your favorite. I'm a big fan of the Pink Lady, and not just because of her adorable name--she's firm, crisp, and a real sweet-tart! Best of all, a single apple is fat-free and contains only about 80 calories, so munch away!
*I heard this several years ago on a radio news report.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
I am at LAX airport right now, sitting at my gate, waiting to board the red-eye home to Texas. I'll be spending the week at home doing a variety of fun activities that include wedding dress fittings, going to a bridal shower that some of my mom's friends are throwing me, and attending a reunion at a theatre that I used to work at in Houston.
eSuitor and I went to our church's Memorial Day picnic Monday. The weather was gorgeous--warm sun and cool air--a perfect Southern California day! The picnic was at a private park that the church rented. We got to catch up with friends and even got to ride a tilt-a-whirl. *Funsies!* The kid in me had (count 'em!) two snowcones--one was half orange-pinapple/half fruit punch, and the other was blue raspberry. Mmmm. (When you let the kid in you have two snowcones, it's not as bad as when grown up you has that many. You know kids--such fast metabolism!)
When we got back to eSuitor's place, I began to get one of those eyeball headaches that just wouldn't quit. I took a 45 minute nap and when I woke up, it was worse. I thought that maybe I needed some caffeine (as that usually nips my occasional headaches in the bud), so we hopped in the car to get some dinner and a diet coke, but in the car, I started to feel nauseous, and nothing sounded good. You know that somethin' ain't right with me when food of any kind lacks appeal. So we turned around and went back to his place. I decided to try to take another nap. Three hours later, I woke up feeling like a new woman. Thank You, Lord! I'm so glad I'm feeling better now, because traveling when you don't feel good is no fun. I think that all that time in the sun today did me in and made me a little dehydrated.
I'm on the plane now, typing away to my heart's content. I can't believe that my wedding is only 32 days away (not that I'm counting!) Time is a flyin'!
Monday, May 28, 2007
Here is a photo of eSuitor being hooded by his dear professor, Dr. C, who has had a profound influence on him during his time in seminary. I love the look of joyful pride on Dr. C's face. He seems very pleased to be hooding my honey!
This is another photo of the two of them together. (Don't you just love the academic regalia?!) I've been talking to eSuitor about writing a post as a guest blogger one day. He has had a fascinating seminary experience that he describes as "paradigm shifting". I think it might fun to hear more about that from him, if he is willing. :)
Here are a couple of pics of me with my man. This one was on the night of the hooding. And this one on graduation night, right after he graduated!
Thursday, May 24, 2007
After leaving our counseling session, I got to attend eSuitor's very last seminary class with him! It was a marriage and family class, so the subject matter was very interesting and time-appropriate!
After class, we cooked dinner together at his place. Here's my man where he always looks very much in his element! I feel so blessed to be marrying a chef!
eSuitor is about to pass three major milestones, all in about five weeks time: graduation from seminary (which happens tomorrow), turning 40 in early June, and getting married in late June! As part of his graduation from seminary, he was given this silver ring. It is inscribed with the words of Jesus, "Abide in me"--a daily reminder to live in intimacy with Jesus.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
|What Your Soul Really Looks Like|
You are a grounded person, but you also leave room for imagination and dreams. You feet may be on the ground, but you're head is in the clouds.
You see yourself with pretty objective eyes. How you view yourself is almost exactly how other people view you.
Your near future is likely to be filled with great successes and accomplishments. You just need to figure out how to get there.
For you, love is all about caring and comfort. You couldn't fall in love with someone you didn't trust.
Friday, May 18, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
1. Going to acting school at The Neighborhood Playhouse in NYC. Those were some of the most important years of my life. I grew so much as a person and I really came alive to my passion for acting during that time. It was during those years that I had my first real boyfriend, and I don't think it's a cooincidence that it happened at the same time that I was really getting honest with who I was. I think that when you know yourself well, you are in a much healthier place to have healthy and successful relationships.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
I’m not going to say that they’re dumb, but they were definitely a craze that I participated in. Pretty much every day of junior high right on into high school, I faithfully wore my shrimp earrings that looked a lot like these.
Monday, May 14, 2007
About an hour later, as I was getting ready to walk out of a fabric store, a striking woman with presence walked in. I thought to myself, "I don't know who she is, but she seems important." I then looked to the door and the same man who held it open for her was still holding it open for me. I'm not even kidding!
Near my mother,
And tell her that
I dearly love her!
Thursday, May 10, 2007
When I lived in Spain, I was addicted to the Spanish take on American Idol. It was called "Operacion Triunfo". I was so happy to find the link to this video on YouTube. It features one of my favorites from the season. Her name is Beth and she sings a rockin' rendition of "En el Medio de Camino" here with Alejandro. She ended up placing second or third in the overall competition, but went on to record her own CD and represented the country of Spain in the Eurovision continent-wide competion that year. I love her dreds and her confidence.
Enjoy the video.
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
The landscaping was also gorgeous. When nature produces these colors and the perfect natural light, one need only to zoom and click!
The place included both indoor and outdoor swimming pools.
Notice the indoor swimming pool's diving platform!
Hearst was a great lover and collector of art. Much of it is actually ancient Greek and Roman art, though there are some reproductions.
Here's a pic of eSuitor and I at our friend's wedding. eSuitor was a groomsman, and he looked so handsome in his tux! The next time I see him in one of those, he will be my groom! Just 53 days to go...not that I'm counting!
Monday, May 07, 2007
Dinner at the Sea Shanty in Cayucos
It was also great to get to introduce them to eSuitor, and vice-versa. It was like watching two of my "worlds" come together. Everyone liked each other, and we're looking forwarding to spending more time together, whenever that may be. My friendships made in Spain are in a special category of their own: they were caring, intimate, genuine, and straightforward. Seeing May and Jeff again was like pouring water on parched soil. I miss May so much! She is a soul friend. And when we said goodbye, I dissolved into eSuitor's arms and cried me a river. Friends like that are rare gems, and I'm blessed to have sparkling jewels like these in my life.
Operation String Bikini is really going poorly. I have gained back every pound that I lost. :( It's really frustrating. South Beach Diet, I'm running back into your forgiving arms. I'm sorry I left you. Can we try again? Thanks.
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
My sister is going to be my matron of honor, although she prefers the term "best girl". It was really special to have her sitting there next to me as I opened my gifts. It reminded me of being at her bridal shower four years ago. :)
Several extended family members came to the shower, including my great Aunt Rita (my paternal grandfather's youngest sibling). She is beautiful inside and out. I also want to say a special "thank you" to my cousins Jamie, Sofia and Shellie (not pictured), who drove about two and a half hours to celebrate with me!
Having my blog buddies J and Cherry present was a special honor!
After the shower, my Auntie M had us over to her house for a hamburger and chili cookout! Here I am with my cousins at the cookout. When I hang out with my Dad's side of the family, I look like an Irish lass surrounded by Italian/Latinos, which I am! :)