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5.31.2012

holla at a hump day

Whoa, hey Wednesday night, where'd you come from?

Has this week been super screwy for all of you too? Sunday I thought it was Monday, Monday I had no clue what was going on, and Tuesday and Wednesday have completely smooshed and become one, so I am ridiculously behind. 

I love this little dog. She's an amazing dog. She loves going on hikes, and has proven herself to be an awesome running buddy, keeping up with me on my 3 and 5 miles runs so far. 

On a more morbid note, while coming home from my 5 mile run on Tuesday, I noticed a helicopter circling the area, and the 5 police cars I had seen on my way out were joined by far more. There was also a a news van and crew with their camera pointed at the percolation pond...at the end of my street. Creepy right? I found out later from Ashley, who actually watches the news, that the police pulled a man's body out of the pond. Later I asked my apartment management what happened. It seems that an intoxicated man decided to go for a swim, and that didn't turn out so well for him. It's very sad, but I was glad there was no nefarious reason a body was dragged from the pond literally a block from my apartment. 
 There was a small motor boat that belongs to the Sheriff's dept., as well as a load of people on the side of the pond while they checked out the area. 
One of the local News station vans was on scene filming the body retrieval.

Later on Tuesday, I picked up the newest book of the Starcrossed trilogy by Josephine Angelini! I read Starcrossed back in September, and loved every page. I was so bummed I would have to wait until May for the next one to come out because I needed more of the story right away! 
The wait was surely worth it. 
Dreamless is book 2 of the series, and oh. my. god. I couldn't put it down! The entire book was action packed, the pacing was superb, the characters are so real and well written you feel everything they are going through. I finished it in two sittings, busting through 300 pages the first day. Truly a great series by a super sweet author. Every time I have tweeted about the books and included @JosieAngelini, she has responded or favorited my tweet! There are not many authors who have the time, patience, or desire to answer their fans, and I just love that Josie makes that extra connection. I recommend these books for sure!
Dude, the shine on my face from oil and a camera flash is ridiculous. You would think I would start carrying a pressed powder compact with me or something, right? lol



5.25.2012

Friday's Letters

Happy Friday lovelies!
Linking up with Ashley at Adventures of Newlyweds for Friday's letters!

Dear Billy, thank you for being such an amazing husband. It was wonderful to celebrate another anniversary with you, even if we really don't "celebrate anniversaries" much :) Also, thank you for putting up with my "needs" lately, and for not letting us act on them in fear of an unwanted pregnancy with my super eggs on the loose. How you stopped my fervent advances, I will never know, and now I realize you have the restraint of a saint!

Dear Sadie, how are you so cute? Even when you ran away from me at the park and headed straight to a BBQ, I couldn't get mad at you because your full on sprint is pretty amazing. I love how much you cuddle too! Your morning ritual of squirming and rubbing yourself all over me is ridiculous and so sweet. Every time I come home, no matter how long it's been, you make my entire day with your enthusiasm and joy!

Dear weather, please don't freak out and send in rain and thunderstorms as forecast. I am really looking forward to an afternoon run and par course exercises with Ashley and her friend Kate. Thunderstorms would really put a damper on our excursion. 

Dear Ashley, thanks for hosting, yet again! You are such a sweetheart, and it's been great hanging out with you! Having someone to hike and hangout with during the week when everyone else is at work is awesome. I am stoked about our upcoming photoshoot, it's going to be fun!

5.23.2012

8

8 years ago, on the evening of May 23, 2004, as I was sitting next to my best friend Billy, a thought struck me: 

I don't want to be with anyone else. 

I would never find another boy who was man enough, perfect enough, for me. Gathering my courage, I looked at him, and in a rush of words I asked him to not only be my best friend, but to also be my boyfriend. As I continued to stumble on my words, fighting a rising tide of embarrassment, a huge smile broke out on his face, his eyes lit up, and softly, he said "yes, of course." 
***************************************
8 years later, I am married to the person who is still my best friend. We still laugh together all of the time, geek out over our hobbies and interests together while politely pretending to care. He is still the person I immediately go to with a troubled heart or problem, and whether or not it can be fixed, he always listens intently, and gives me such solid advice. We still cuddle, walk hand in hand, and give each other hugs and kisses before either leaves for the day, then again when we come home. 

I can't wait to grow old with him.

Over 8 years ago I told my family "I'm going to marry Billy."
 "Are you even dating him?" was their response. 
"Nope, but I have the rest of my life to date him, I am going to marry him."

Here's to the rest of our lives, my love! 
I fully delved into photo albums to find the prints above. It was before digital cameras were all the rage, when Kodak disposable cameras, and developing film, was still king. 

Me llamo Adriana

"Only fools live in the past or carry envy to the present." 
--Chi Chi Rodriguez, Puerto Rican golfer

"Bigger than life is not difficult for me. I am bigger than life." 
--Rita Moreno, Puerto Rican actress

The reason I used the above quotes is solely because the people who spoke them are Puerto Rican. 

Because....

I'm going to Puerto Rico! 

But not until November. 
(ahhh phooey, I hate waiting!)
I bought a Groupon for a 5 night stay at the Water Beach Club Hotel in San Juan...
Hello, lovely rooftop pool and lounge where I shall be spending some time!

...and I just can't wait to see the beautiful island my wonderful husband's family is from! When Billy told his dad today that we are going to PR, he got teary and said "you really want to go there? That's wonderful!" I think both he and my mama-in-law miss their island home, and the rest of the family that is still there. I am very much looking forward to meeting a few of Billy's relatives, though he says he won't let them all know, as we would need to stay a long time to see them all properly.

I need to brush up on my high school Spanish, what I do remember won't get me far! I took two years of French, followed by two years of Spanish, and only vaguely remember either. I sometimes mix the little French I know with my Spanish. I used to get in trouble by my Spanish teacher for using French pronunciations {Hablo Anglais...no, Ingles?!) Confession, I had to ask Billy how to say my post title!! I think Rosetta Stone is in my future, geesh.

Have any of you been to Puerto Rico? What are some must-sees? 

5.17.2012

Sadie's thoughts

 Humans are to pet me, at all times. Should you stop petting me, I will bury my head under your hand so at least you are touching me.
I love playing tug-o-war and chasing after my toys, but I will abandon my games to dive bomb your hands if I  think petting would be better. 
Squished up next to you is my place. That's where I will be anytime you sit down. Bonus if I can snuggle under a blanket. 
 Food is for the weak. I eat when I want, and however much I want. My food bowl will eventually get cleaned over the course of the day, but you won't catch me eating it all at once like a glutton. 
 The kitties are peculiar playmates. They don't want to play tug, or chase, but at least they keep me company sometimes. They should be more dog-like.
Car rides are THE BEST! Bonus if I get to sit on your lap and stick my head out the window.
I like hiking with other doggies, and in a moment of extreme braveness I may run after them into a creek...until I realize it gets deep and scary, then I'll come back and not want to go  in again.
I like to smile.
Belly rubs are divine.
I've made the living room into my very own extreme sports gym. I love doing laps around it, bouncing off all of the furniture, and sometimes the people too!
I would really like it if mom and dad let me sleep in bed with them. Mom has been extra generous this week after her surgery and let me snuggle with her while she naps, but night time they still won't let me in.
I prefer beef flavored soft treats. Those hard biscuits are not as good. More treats!
Squirrel!

5.16.2012

recuperating

Hi friends! Just wanted to give you a quick update on my latest egg retrieval surgery. 

Monday morning bright and early my mom came by to collect me, and we headed off to the fertility clinic surgery center. I was all prepped for the procedure, and got to chat with my mom for about 2 hours before the doctor was ready. This time around I had the head honcho working on me. This doctor owns the whole fertility practice, as well as the ambulatory surgery center where I would have the procedure. He is very nice, but has a lot of responsibilities, which made for the slightly longer wait time than usual. 

The procedure went as planned and I spend some time recovering, falling in and out of sleep, and asking my mom the same question about 3 times: "How many eggs did they get?" That would be 26, the exact same number as the 3rd cycle. The nurses had mentioned before surgery that it is common to see a decrease in the amount of eggs each cycle gets, but I guess that's not the case with my hyper fertile self :)

I was released about an hour or so after surgery and was able to go home. I munched on a few saltines and had some vitamin water with a Vicodin before heading off to nap. I woke up about an hour later, and called Sadie into bed with me, so I had an extra snuggle partner, as my cat Hemi was already curled up with me. Sadie was in heaven, as she never gets to come to bed with us. 

A few hours later I woke up, ready to eat. I grabbed a bowl of fruit from the fridge and a couple of cookies my mom had brought over and munched while watching TV with her. I started feeling nauseous around 6, so I took some anti-nausea meds, but that didn't stop me from being sick right as Billy came home from work. Welcome home, baby! About 2 hours later, after scarfing down some burritos my mom made, and probably eating way too much, too soon, I started feeling sick again, so I took more anti-nausea meds. They made me extra sleepy, so I just went to sleep. The nausea is something new for this cycle, as Billy usually tells the nurses to give me something for it while I am at the hospital, and I've never been sick before. 

Tuesday I felt way better, though still tired after 10 hours of sleep. I took Sadie for a very slow walk when I got up, and had a few cookies for breakfast, because what better excuse than having surgery can I use to get away with that?! I fell asleep on the couch, then decided to go back to bed only 2 hours after getting up, and slept for close to 4 hours, easily. I am extra sleepy this cycle it seems. Thankfully no nausea was present, so I feel it was just a reaction to the anesthesia and the Vicodin.

I've been catching up on TV, and reading 50 Shades Darker, which trying to keep still and relax. 

What have you been up to this week?

5.15.2012

Tasty Tuesday {Tomato and basil recipes}

Hello! My friend Cassie, whom I have known since high school and just love, has a weekly blog feature called Tasty Tuesdays that she puts out to share her wonderful food creations. Every week I am left craving whatever she has posted, so I thought I would link up this week for the fun!

I don't know if it was because of my hormones, or more related to the farmer's market produce I picked up, but Sunday after work all I wanted to do was make appetizers to eat. I had bought a bunch of basil while the market was in full swing outside my salon, and had the idea that I wanted to make easy caprese skewers when I got home. As I shopped for the mozzarella at the store after work, my one dish idea turned into three! Because of the basil and tomatoes already on the menu, bruschetta was definitely in order, and then guacamole became a necessity also. 

Yup, two dips and a skewer. It's the first time all week I have wanted to sort of cook, so I went with it. Thankfully we headed over to Billy's family's house to celebrate mother's day and I was able to take my dishes to share. The last time I made guacamole I ate the whole bowl in an afternoon. Probably not a good idea. Lucky for you, I am sharing the recipes I used to indulge my cravings! 

Caprese skewers
Ingredients:
1 12oz container of small marinated mozzarella balls
1 container of grape tomatoes
1 bunch of fresh basil
Directions:
Starting with large basil leaves, thread a toothpick through one end, and add a tomato, follow with a ball of mozzarella, and bring the other end of the basil leaf around and thread onto toothpick. Repeat as necessary until you have assembled as many skewers as you would like, or run out of any ingredients. Easy, and so fresh and tasty!

Bruschetta
Ingredients:
7 plum tomatoes
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
8 basil leaves, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1 baguette French bread or similar  
1/4 cup olive oil
Directions: 
Preheat oven to 450F. Slice tomatoes in half length wise, and remove seeds and juice. Chop finely and place in a medium bowl. Add minced garlic, olive oil, vinegar, and chopped basil. Give a good stir to combine, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Slice baguette on the diagonal. Brush with olive oil, and place oil side down on a baking sheet. Bake for 4-5 minutes, or until just golden brown. You can top the baguette slices with the bruschetta mix and serve, or allow your guests to spoon the mixture on themselves. 

Guacamole
Ingredients:
4 ripe avocados
1 lime, juiced {about 2-3 tbsp}
2 plum tomatoes, deseeded and chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 bag Tostitos scoops or other tortilla chip of your choice
Directions: 
Halve each avocado, remove pits and scoop flesh into a large bowl. Add lime juice and toss to coat. Add salt, cumin, and cayenne, then using a potato masher or a ground meat mixer, smash the avocado flesh until it's mostly creamy with some chunks, or to a consistency you enjoy. Fold in tomato and garlic. Serve with chips.

5.14.2012

Off to the egg farm

As you read this, I will be at the fertility clinic getting prepped for egg donor cycle #4 retrieval surgery. Yes, for the last month I have been secretly dosing up with hormones and preparing for this cycle. This is the first time Billy has not been able to accompany me to the surgery, but never fear, my mommy is to the rescue and will be taking good care of me when I return home to sleep off the anesthesia. 
No, I'm not pregnant, nor do I want to be. It's just a darn good picture of what a post-egg retrieval bloated belly looks like.


On another note, who here has read, or is reading the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy? Oh, hot damn, these books are sexy. I have to be careful right now about dealing with how hot and bothered the book can make me, as I am extra fertile, and have no desire to have a multiple baby pregnancy! Despite my fears of acting on my raging hormones, I'm on book #2 and have #3 ready to go. While reading the first book, I noted distinct similarities to the Twilight series that left me shaking my head until I researched a little bit and found out that E.L. James, the author, started the series as Twilight fanfiction! Duh, of course there will be similarities to Twilight then. While the book is not the best example of great writing, it's entertaining, and most of all makes women {or at least me} contemplate their feelings on different sorts of relationships, and what that can mean for the bedroom. Am I saying this tactfully enough?? Worth a read, for sure, if for nothing else, than to know what your friends are talking about.
Romance and erotic novels are nothing new for me, as I have read the entirety of the Sookie Stackhouse, Anita Blake Vampire Hunter, and the Black Dagger Brotherhood series', which are all very sexy in their own right. Oh, and three series all have a new book either freshly out, or soon to be released, so my book queue is all ready to go with fun romance novels! Lots to keep me occupied while I rest and recover from surgery. 

If you think of me today, send some positive vibes to the amazing team of doctors and nurses who will be getting me through my procedure, and then making science magic happen for a woman who desperately wants a baby. I'm crossing my fingers we get a lot of eggs, are able to fertilize most of them into embryos, and that they take on the first try for her!

5.11.2012

Destiny has a sense of humor

"When love feels like magic, you call it destiny. When destiny has a sense of humor, you call it serendipity."
--Serendipity

5.10.2012

Link Love

Hey lovelies, I've stumbled on a few cool sites lately, and thought I would share the love with you! 

 Slimkicker.com, it's a free "level-up" website and app that was released recently. Basically, you can track your food, workouts and complete challenges for points that allow you to level up and win prizes.

From the website: "SlimKicker was formed to solve a huge problem when it comes to losing weight, or living
healthier: sustaining motivation. Many people makes resolutions to stop eating junk, or start going to the gym every New Year. But once March or April hits, we forget about our goals, and return back to our old ways.
That's why we created SlimKicker, a level-up game and point-based program. You start by tracking your diet, where whole foods are worth more points than processed foods. It's similar to Weight Watchers, but in reverse. But diet, and fitness are half of the battle. Most people regain weight because they never learn long-term habits. We solve this by taking habits as quitting soda, and turning them into 7-30 day challenges. Like a regular game, the challenges start out easy, and gradually become harder, with more points. We encourage you to check-in daily with others doing the same challenge for accountability and social support."
Chickbands, non-slip headbands for girls on the go!
I am super excited to have won a chickband from a blog giveaway that Ashley of Adventures of Newlyweds hosted last week! I chose a super skinny black sparkly band, and know it will be a staple of my workout attire. I love a good no slip band that keeps my bangs and shorter layers out of my face when I am running or working out. Head on over to the Chickbands etsy site and pick up a reasonably priced headband for yourself!
"We Blog. We Tweet. We Run" tech tank from Julie of Tri-ing to be Athletic on Zazzle. I just got mine in the mail and I can't wait to wear it at Rock n Roll Seattle half marathon in June with all of my blogging and running buddies who are running the race with me. First thing I did when the package arrived was throw it on over my clothes and make Billy snap a photo for me. Nice look, right? You can order yourself an awesome tee by clicking the link above. 
Hormonal body fat signatures article. I found this article on Facebook from the Recipes for Gals in figure and bodybuilding page by Jen-Fit, and had to share. It's about how different types of food release different hormones in your body, which can aid or impair your weight loss and fitness goals. Totally worth reading if you are in to the nerdy science behind your food choices and how they affect your body, and how a cookie cutter diet won't work for everyone.
Kiki la'Rue do you all know about this awesome online clothing retailer? Just discovered it, thanks to Ashley again, and am loving all of the awesome pieces! I will definitely be making an order soon to spruce up my summer wardrobe. Super. Cute.

That's all for now! Go explore and learn something, buy something, or just plain have fun!



5.09.2012

These are my confessions {V1}

I'm taking a page out of Leigh's blog and linking up to share some of my confessions with you! 

The way Leigh plays is to give you one confession each week. You can click her name above and find out what her earlier confessions were. As this is my first time confession on Happy Girl, you can just stick right here and find out a little about me. 
I confess...that I ALWAYS wanted to be a contestant on MTVs the Road Rules/Real World challenges!! {link is to wiki for all the background on the show} 
Whether just in the early days of the RR vs RW Challenge, or the later incarnations of the Gauntlet, the Inferno, the Duel,the Island, Fresh Meat, the Ruins, Battle of the Exes, etc., I wanted badly to do it. I only have the excuse that I was working my way through school with bills to pay to keep me from applying, oh and I wanted to keep my relationship with Billy in tact, you know, grown up things. 

I am hugely competitive, and I thought my active background would give me some advantages on the show. My puzzle solving and game playing skills may be a little on the low side, but I could make it work, I was sure. Like any reality show, there is always plenty of drama to go around, and I felt my diplomatic personality and willingness to make friends but keep my cards close to my chest would give me an upper hand. 
And come on, those challenges were insane! Wrestling for a flag, ball, or other item in the sand, clawing other competitors, flipping people over to keep them from your goal, miles of obstacles, carrying heavy loads through mountain passes, keeping your team together when the weaklings fall back? Totally down!
Like a twisted take on Survivor, Fear Factor, and the Bachelor, this series had it all. Disgusting food challenges, feats demanding athleticism you didn't know you possessed, and hook ups galore. I probably would have had trouble with all of the heights so many of the challenges employed! Hanging off of a skyscraper? Dangling high above water? Free falling hundreds of feet? So not my favorite thing in the world. But you know what? There was a prize at the end of every season that would make each of those scary things worthwhile. And I could say I did what scared me most. 
It wouldn't hurt that most of the seasons were filmed in awesome locations like Thailand, New Zealand and on tropical islands, or that the host was Jonny Mosely followed by TJ Lavin! 
Diem Brown from Fresh Meat season 1 was my favorite character! She had just been treated for ovarian cancer before going on her 1st season, and still managed to rock the heck out of the challenges. She came back on future seasons, once wearing wigs, scarves and sporting short cropped hair that was growing back in after chemo, and again later on with her naturally brunette hair fully grown out. If this gorgeous girl who beat the odds and played the game {6 times!} could do it, so could I! She used her fame from MTV to start charities for cancer survivors and research, such a big hearted woman! You can check out Medgift.com to see the first cancer patient gift registry she created. 


What are your confessions? Ever want to be on a reality show?

5.08.2012

I love your vintage

Back in January I did hair and makeup for a photoshoot for a vintage clothing company that is just starting out called I Love Your Vintage. Sarah is a super cute little curly haired entrepreneur who knows her vintage designers. She even told me there is a demand for vintage buttons off of designer pieces. Who knew? I snapped a few shots behind the scenes, and recently received a few finished photos that will be heading to the website when it launches. I am really excited for I Love Your Vintage to come online and make a name for itself. Of course I will keep you up to date with that, as even I don't have a date for it yet! Until then, enjoy the photos!
 The studio set up
Lily Pulitzer 1960's shift dress
 Sarah pulling the next look from 1960's Lily Pulitzer shift dresses. I wanted several.
 Another cute Lily Pulitzer shift
 Sarah styling
 I Love Your Vintage American Apparel shirt
 Psychedelic 60's
 Poofy sleeves! Saks branded dress

Some of the finished photos!
She has a vintage Hermes scarf wrapped around her head like a turban!

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