The one where I try to catch up

2 07 2009

Ok.. well.. Life has been HECTIC to say the least.. after the trip, while I tried to adjust to the schedule of being a responsible adult, and actually showing up to work, I had a visit to the ER. As much as hospitals fell so familiar, and I am so comfortable around blood and tropical diseases, I avoid going to one until I am near death. As I was driving to work (again trying to be a responsible adult), and after 2.3 hours of feeling like my ovaries were being stabbed by one of those specialty knifes that can slice a tomato in mid air, I made a detour to my doctor… Long story short, I ended up spending a day in the ER, and after a million tests, they found out I had an ovarian cyst… great… So I had surgery and was out of work for a few days… meanwhile, I had a few people staying over at the house…

So, now that I am healthy, and the visitors are gone, I am focusing on organizing the house and getting back on track with life… and just because so much has been going on, here are some pics…

One of my best friends is having a baby, and being the scrapbooker that I am, I was in charge of the invites, and a million other things… but all turned out amazing, and we all had a great time.
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Lucy moved to a new place
Lucy's new place

And we had a party there for her birthday

and Ed made killer burgers on the grill

and of course, my favorite scarf… I got this in Dubai, and oh, God, I am in love. If I could only get more…
I had to.. :P
Ok… hopefully with the holiday and having a more organized house, I’ll have more time for posting soon!!

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back to the H-wood…

5 05 2009

Well, more like back in Orange County, but you get the idea.. Nothing like coming home to the beach to ease the pain of leaving my island once again. And since I always fail to properly document my vacations on my blog, here are a few pics to get me started…

Day 1

My friends dragged me to an Agriculture Fest.. in the new Botanic Garden

with Eric

It was hot and crowded, but we had some of these

Medalla..

and I got to spend time with the girls, and the new baby

Ivana

and this poor calf almost falls off that truck as we were leaving

I would so take you home with me

Day 2

I was stuck in meetings all day, but in the evening, we went to a few bars

Chillin

And dude, isn’t this the smartest homeless ever??

smart homeless

Day 3

San Juan

Since everyone seemed to be working, I spent the day in Old San Juan shooting pics

La Puerta de San Juan

This place is so magical…

Paseo la Princesa

I went countless times here as a kid to feed the pigeons…

Pigeons

Catedral de San Juan

I grew up here, between an ocean and the Caribbean, with the salt of the sea permanently stuck to my soul…






The Arabian Gulf… or how I began the year

30 01 2009

After almost killing myself working during Christmas, the time to leave for the trip came… I found myself running around like crazy, forgetting a million things (including the usb drives), barely sleeping, living in two time zones once again, tired, stressed, wishing I had two more days to finish things and concerned that I was going to miss my flight…

But the day came, and because I am lucky to have the best friends, Channe came over to help me pack, clean my house, give me support, share some wine, and drive me to LAX…

And a few days later, I was in Dubai…







I was hoping to find more desert, a more “Arabic” experience… Instead I found myself surrounded by the tallest buildings, one way “freeways”, lack of parking space, shopping malls bigger than my city, tourist “tours”, random workers that only spoke english, or Urdu, Tagalog, and Punjabi… The Emiratis were a rare group, rarely seen out on the streets… They wore the traditional Desert clothes, and could be found carrying their kids, while their wives spent a fortune on clothes meant to be seen only by them… They were warm and friendly, and surprisingly accessible, even to me as a single women…. and not only them, but all the muslims I encountered… It is almost like they shared the same relaxed attitude of someone that is on vacation… they went on with their lives, thankful to be there, happy about the diversity, curious about our upbringing, but, more importantly, eager to tell me about where they came from…





Looking back…

4 01 2009

I know, I know, it is already January 4th… I guess you could blame it on the fact that my trip is three days away, or that I have been working like a madman to get things done, or that I had to find these pics in 4 different drives… oh well, here it is..

January
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…and we are back.

18 11 2008

OMG.. moving is the worst.. I seriously hope this is the LAST time I have to move before I buy a house…in which case I am hiring people to do all the work. The house was sooo dirty when I moved in, I spent a whole week cleaning it. No pics yet, way too much organizing to do. But it is looking AMAZING… and having a whole room for working on my pics?? PRICELES..

In other news, Ita celebrated his birthday, (seriously, was it two weeks ago?) and the morning after we all walked down to the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market, which is an AMAZING gathering of people hungover from the previous night, looking to eat some healthy food in order to not feel the guilt that comes from overindulging over the weekend… Oh, wait, maybe that was just us… and speaking about guilt…Genius..

and how lucky is he to have this wife? She has been a part of my favorite girls for a very long time.. I will miss them when they leave for Israel next year…
I promise to update more often… Besides, I have a million things to talk about 😉




The Beach…

27 11 2007

A couple weeks ago, we spent the day walking from Marina to Venice to get breakfast. On our way back, we snapped a few pics..

Love the lens flare



I took this picture of us…I’ve quite mastered the art of taking cool
pictures of myself with my super big camera…

And thanks for the comments, it’s cool to know that someone other than my parents is reading this 😉