Thursday, January 28, 2010

My hubby is on his way home!!

In a few hours, I will be picking up my husband at the airport for some much needed time together.  I'm so excited!  We have no plans...well he is going to a MMA fight on Sat night.  I passed on that activity.  Can you blame me?  Maybe we will go to a movie, do a little shopping, and of course go to a nice restaurant!  It doesn't matter what we do...we always manage to find laughter and good times. 
















(My first time in first class.  I dressed up for the occassion! Ha..ha.)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

My Other Apartment

As I have mentioned before, my husband is currently living in Quito, Ecuador.  Quito is the 2nd highest capital in the world with an altitude of over 9,000 feet.  Downtown Quito is typical of most large cities...lots of people, dirty air, and traffic!  Ha.  My husband's apartment is located just outside the city and has wonderful views of Cumbaya Valley. 


(The view from the master bedroom)

Most of the apartments and houses in Quito have a contemporary design.  Since Quito has a tepid climate, there is no heat or air conditioning in houses.  People use small space heaters for those chilly nights.



(The kitchen)

The kitchen has a unique feature that is rare in the States.  It has both an electric and gas stove. 




(The living room)

Since Quito has a high altitude, plasma TVs do not work properly so we were forced to buy LCDs.  Luckily, we were able to get them for a reasonable price at Wal-Mart!

Whenever I arrive in Quito, my husband always buys me roses.  Ecuador grows beautiful roses.  In fact, Valentine's Day in the US is extremely important to the vitality of the Ecuadorian rose industry.  Luckily for me (and for my husband's pockets) roses are cheap in Ecuador.  These roses were purchased for $1 from a street market.  What a deal! 


 

The best part about visiting Ecuador is that it makes me so grateful for all of the blessings in my life! 

Friday, January 22, 2010

Thank goodness for the internet!

If it weren’t for the internet, I’d have maybe 4 outfits and 2 pairs of shoes! The idea of going to a store and rummaging through racks of clothes is nauseating to me. I even bought my wedding dress online! I just couldn’t handle trying on hundreds of dresses.

My personal favorite is http://www.overstock.com/. They have the best bedding and the reviews from other customers are really helpful. I will never go back to 200 thread count sheets again...especially when I can get 500 for the same price. If you find clothing or shoes on another website but it’s a little pricey, try doing a search on overstock. I’ve found several dresses on Overstock that Macy’s was selling for at least $30 more! Plus, you can’t go wrong with the shipping prices.

I’m a huge fan of shoes, so I’ve fallen in love with http://www.6pm.com/. It’s the online discount store for Zappos. They have the best deals on brand named shoes, clothes, and purses. I’m a big fan of Reef sandals and I can manage to get a few pairs every summer for the same price of one pair in the department stores. The have a fixed shipping rate of $6.95 which is a great deal if you buy multiple items.

My new find is http://www.fifteendollarstore.com/. I actually found this website in a magazine of USWeekly. Most of their clothes are in junior sizes but they have some of the cutest clothes. They also sell girls and boys clothes, shoes, and accessories and everything on their site is $15!

These are just a few of my favorites. Happy shopping!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

My not so traditional marriage!

As I mentioned before, my husband is currently living in Ecuador.  Initially, I had every intention of moving there and enjoying the overseas lifestyle.  Like many things in our life,  we called an audible midway through.  Ecuador is a beautiful country but because of the crime and the reality that I would spend my days sitting in an apartment, my husband gave me his blessing to move back to the US.  So that's right...my husband and I live on different continents.  It's a strange lifestyle and I have to admit that it's not for everyone.

We love spending time together and these are some valuable lessons that we have learned: 

#1 - Don't sweat the small stuff.  Before my husband moved, we would sometimes bicker about who got crumbs on the countertop (ok this was my issue) and who left the toilet seat up (guilty...my issue again).  Now we understand how valuable our time is together and we spend the time we do have together  laughing and enjoying life.

#2 - Its all about quality.  Since we don't spend a lot of time together, we make sure that we do fun and exciting things while we are together.  We constantly plan trips and rarely do we stay at home and watch TV (although sometimes this is a nice change).

#3 - We put ourselves first.  This may sound selfish but through my experience, I've learned that we cannot make our husband, kids, or family happy unless we are truly content with ourselves.  There is nothing more satisfying then seeing my husband enjoying life and all of its joys.

We are still navigating through this strange marriage but every day I wake up so happy to be married to an independent and selfless man!  God truly blessed me by bringing my husband into my life! 

Monday, January 18, 2010

Out with the old!

I have to admit...I have difficulties with change.  I like to think of myself as an outgoing person who loves challenges but the truth is that I only like change when it fits into my schedule! Ha.  Recently, my 2001 Honda Accord Coupe has been showing its age.  The alarm would go off when turning on the engine and the conventional way of turning the alarm off would not work.  That's right...to my embarrassment I was driving down the road with the alarm blaring.  A little old man stopped me and told me to press the button on the keychain to turn it off. I understand that he was trying to be helpful but seriously did he not realize that I had tried this method!!   I bought this car straight out of college and its been a wonderful car.  Unfortunately, I hit my 30s and I realized that this car is not practical.  Upon my husband's insisting, I recently bought a new Rav4.  I love it!  Its great to be able to get around in the snow and I love that its loaded with all of the bells and whistles.  Unfortunately, I haven't been able to part with my 01 Honda.  There is something about a 5 speed that makes driving fun!  The Rav4 is the first car that I've ever had that is an automatic.  It requires so much more thought for me to drive.  I have to think about shifting into reverse and park!  It sounds crazy, doesn't it?  My husband keeps asking when I'm going to sell my Honda.  I told him I would sell my Honda when he got rid of his dirty, disgusting Padres hat!  It looks like I'll be keeping my Honda for years to come! 

Friday, January 15, 2010

Staying slim...my ways to success!

I have to confess...I have always been a small girl but as I tack on years I've learned that it takes more effort to maintain my size.  My most helpful tip is working out while doing daily activities. I'm a huge fan of multi-tasking.  Its amazing how you can incorporate exercise during the day while cooking, cleaning, and other daily chores. For example, my toothbrush has a 2 minute timer so while I'm brushing my teeth I do lunges and squats. While I'm waiting for the timer on the microwave to go off, I'll do jumping jacks or push ups.  I lift weights to tone my arms when I'm watching TV.  I've learned that these simple moves tone you up and help fight off extra pounds. The best part is that there are no gym fees or expensive equipment to buy!  Plus for you fellow cold weather readers...you can do it indoors during the winter.

Cheers to a healthy you!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

What does not kill us makes us stronger!

It's so horrible to see the pictures coming from Haiti!  I can not help but feel so much sorry for these individuals. Even though I have never been to Haiti nor do I  know anyone with family there...I can't help but feel a huge connection to citizens.  I have made a donation through the Red Cross and I feel so helpless that I can not do more.  My only hope is that with the world's help, Haiti will find peace after this disaster.

With this tragedy, I want to remind people who travel overseas to please register with the US Embassy before travelling abroad.  You can go to http://www.state.gov/ and register your trip.  By doing this, you are providing the embassy or consulate with contact information in case of a family emergency, natural disaster, civil unrest, etc.  You never realize how important this small step is until a disaster occurs overseas.

Monday, January 4, 2010

The holidays are over...bring on spring!



I love the holidays but find myself depressed once they are over!  Why?  Its 24 freaking degrees and we still have at least 2 more months of winter.  That's right...snow, sleet, freezing rain, windchill factors, and days that lack sunshine!  I know many people love winter but I'm not sure why.  To combat my rut, I often spend any money or use any gift cards received over xmas to buy spring/summer clothes.  Yes...I know I am paying full price for these items but it allows me to look forward to the days of barbeques, sunshine, and runs through the park. 

In the meantime, I will continue to dream while doing some retail therapy!  Happy New Year!