Saturday, December 12, 2009

More Diego

not enjoying the boy band silver vest look...

two little teeth and one gigantic smile :)

Monday, August 31, 2009

diego takes a bath :)

smiley nephew i love you! and my sister-in-law is so pretty :)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

cardboard love

this site is so sweet :) 

and it makes me miss my boyfran (8 days!).

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

diego + steph

some pictures I took of diego and stephi:

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Thomas Allen's book art

this last one is my favorite

check it out at:

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

booty claps

omar: handstand booty clap!!

me: = death by broken neck

omar: = small price to pay

Monday, July 20, 2009


my brother, nephew, and niece. 

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

i feel

like this:

and like this:

at the very same time.


"Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity."

- The Alchemist

josh + steve

gare du nord

le louvre

venus de milo

in the louvre
with josh and steve.



Tuesday, July 14, 2009

you know...

love, omar

omar: on :

   (414): can't decide if i want to get drunk or coked for this harry potter thing.. it is kind of long

   (1-414): aren't you going with children?

omar: did you post that?

diego juan

loveliest baby i know :)

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

my sister the federal prosecutor

this was today, through texts, while my sister was in court:

me: i'm pregnant
julia: not funny
me: super funny.

julia: well if it's true i just won a bet with pete (our brother).

i'm not sure if i'm offended they bet i would get knocked up, or really impressed she burned me so bad during one of her trials. 

Friday, March 27, 2009

what are you waiting for?

Friday, March 13, 2009

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

“Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.

~ Pope Paul IV

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


me: what do yout hink about affirmative action??

me: i think i'm sort of conservative

brandon: I'm more pro-choice

me: umm

brandon: that's more liberal right?

me: yeah is that the right word for affirmative action though?

brandon: hahahahahah

brandon: oh shit

me: like i mean isn't that about abortions?

brandon: I thought you were talking about abortion

brandon: oh man

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


brandon: it was bullshit, they let two people in before me and this other lady who got there at the same time

me: fuckers

brandon: so we both complained and the receptionist said "uuhhhhh they had appointments"

me: NO!




brandon: yeah I was gonna ask when lent started

Friday, February 20, 2009

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

post secret

this is so sweet. 

my favorite kisses are always completely unexpected
the kind that catch my breath and make me blush.
they're quick,
and unapologetic

by the way....
my favorite kiss was in a little bar in mexico,
in the middle of a tiny dance floor. 
it was with a guy who came into my work every week to see me,
and by chance we ended up being neighbors for a year, 
but never really talked.
then i randomly saw him in mexico.
we were at a tiny reggae bar,
where he got me to dance,
then put his arms around me and kissed me.
i blushed and he said,
"no one saw."
and no one did. 

i still think of that kiss, 
and blush :)

Sunday, February 15, 2009


brandon: if I move to austin you can crash at my place anytime
me: YES
brandon: do you have an xbox yet
me: yeah i have the first one
brandon: haha
me: and a bunch of $5 games for it
brandon: awesome, you can come over, bring your xbox, bring your sega dreamcast, and bring your motorola startac cell phone from 2000 and it will be fun

my sister the federal prosecutor

my sister often throws away her son's art because his teachers "send him home with so much shit." my nephew later finds his artwork in the trash can, innocently asks her how it got there, then she pretends she doesn't know how, puts it up, and throws it away in another trash can later. i like to give her as much crap about it as i can. 

me: hey jules, i read one of our niece's books "franklin goes to school"..... it was odd... at school franklin makes his parents some drawings, and his mom doesn't throw them in the trash later. weird!

julia: don't judge me.

me: i'm just suggesting you don't let wylie read that one... he might get confused when he sees the art on the fridge instead of in various trash cans.

julia: shut it bitch.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

how to be more positive

i'm definitely taking steps to being a more positive person. i think the main factor is having too many negative people in my life. i'm also excited about meeting people with my same priorities and goals and positive outlooks. 

i told yesi today that i'm so thankful for her, jacob, and karla... they are such positive people and so understanding of what's going on in my life. i really appreciate how much they make me laugh, let me vent, have quiet evenings with me, and most of all support me. i love you guys :)

anyways, here's the article (from the positivityblog):

Realize that positivity isn’t something uncool, corny or stupid.

This is the first step and it can be quite a hurdle even though it may seem obvious. If you have been negative or a realist for many, many years then positivity can seem well, kinda stupid and naïve. Your mind and emotional habits are so ingrained that positivity seems a bit too foreign to accept.

However, to get this to work you will have to take a leap of faith. Because you can theorize about how stupid or practically useless a positive attitude may be for as long as you want. You won’t understand it until you just start using it. And to get it to work you can’t have half your mind protesting all the time and thinking that this won’t work.

Sure, you will have doubts about it and they will decrease when you start seeing some positive results in your life. But if you’re doubts are overwhelming then it will be like rowing forward with one hand and rowing backward with the other hand.

Decide that you will make this conscious change in your attitude. Or at least that you will ignore your doubts and just give it a try during the whole month of February.

Take care of the fundamentals.

This is for me the most important thing you can do to maintain and strengthen your positive attitude. How you eat, sleep and workout is huge factor. A good lifestyle, how you live your life on normal days determine how you feel and think.

For example, exercising and keeping my testosterone levels pretty high consistently – I do that by focusing on free weight exercises that target many and big muscle groups – is a very simple way to get a lot of positive emotions to flow through my body automatically. A good workout always seems to do the trick.

Positive influences.

Fill your mind and emotional system with positive input from people, music and programs/books. Other people’s thoughts have a big influence and emotions are contagious.

Limit your time with negative people. Reduce TV or magazines that may make you feel worse about what you don’t own or your body. Or just create fear and negativity within you (for instance a lot of news shows). Limiting negative influences can make it a lot easier to keep the positive attitude up.

Set the context for your day.

What you do early in the day often sets the context for your day. We have a tendency to want to be consistent with what we have done before. You can use that your advantage in few ways. You can for example do the hardest thing on your to-do list first. When it’s done you’ll feel good about yourself and it makes the day feel easier and you’ll have less inner resistance to getting the rest of the tasks of the day done.

Another example is to start your day of great socially by acting social (even if you don’t feel like it). This tends to make a normal day a lot more fun and positive than if you if you start out by being closed off and feeling guarded.

Act as you want to feel.

Act as if you are feeling positive. After a few minutes you will actually feel it for real. So smile. Use positive language. And so on. It feels weird at first but it really works.

Cut the negative threads of thought quickly.

Do it before you get stuck in them. If I go down a negative spiral of thoughts I quickly – within a minute or two – think “Hmm, negativity is stupid and won’t help me”. And then I choose to focus on the more positive aspects of whatever I’m thinking about or I start thinking about something else.

Reframe using questions.

I use questions like “What’s awesome about this situation?” and “Is this useful?” to get myself out of negative perspectives and shift my focus to more positive and useful aspects of anything.

Be present.

I write a lot about being present. One big reason for that is when you are present you are naturally feeling pretty awesome. You become positive, calm and fears you may have are greatly reduced. One way to reconnect with the present is simply to take 30 belly breaths and focus on your in and out-breaths.

Another is to just look at what’s right in front of you right now. Listen to the sounds around you. Feel the fabric of your clothes and focus on how they feel.


Sometimes you encounter negative thoughts or moods that you just can’t seem to be able to shake. When this happens – for instance in situations where you have little control, like when you are sick or waiting for your exam results – I use acceptance. By accepting how I feel I stop feeding more energy into the negativity. And so it often disappears or is at least reduced.

Take action.

Inactiveness, indecision and procrastination tend to create negativity. A good way to get around this common problem is to set that positive and active context for your day.

Do the right thing.

Indecision and doing what you know deep down is not right will create negative feelings and thoughts within. Do what you think is right and you will create a lot more positive feelings within.

A habit of gratitude.

Being grateful for all the things you have – health, roof, family, friends, opportunities, food etc. – is a great little tool to shift a negative mood to a positive one. It only takes a minute or two.

When you spend some time regularly to focus on all the good things in your life it also becomes natural to expect more good things to flow into your life. And what you expect from the world is often what you get.


I use guided mediations like Paraliminals, but any form of meditation seems to have positive effects on how you feel and think. A favourite of mine to gain a boost of positivity and eliminate negative thoughts and self-talk is the Self-Esteem Supercharger. I use various Paraliminals about four or five times a week right now.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

remember this:

i still have my favorite love note hidden in my wallet because i think it brings me luck. every time i open the little inside pocket to get my health insurance card, i see the light blue paper, remember the first time i found it on my doorstep after a long night of talking on my couch, and all the love that grew between me and my ex-boyfriend. this note reminds me of how important it is to be open to love, and not to forget all the little things that make a relationship special. 

Monday, February 9, 2009

more positivity

my friend nick sent this link to me this morning. it's a GREAT blog, with lots of positive thoughts:

Sunday, February 8, 2009

positive affirmations

"I am loving, creative, and intelligent. Choosing to see this and accept myself this way allows me to make positive changes in my life."

I'm at a crossroad in my life with a dear friend, and I'm not sure what to do about it. 

I'm frustrated.
I'm confused.
I'm exhausted

No crossroad is ever easy, especially with someone you love. You have the choice to keep going straight into the future, on the path that's led you to this point, or change direction and go someplace unpredictable. It's hard to let go and it's hard to keep going. 

I'm just keeping faith in myself and my abilities to make tough decisions. my main goal is to stay positive, and hope that the best decision stems from this positivity.

sharpie friends


paris sketches

come away with me

Come away with me in the night 
Come away with me 
And I will write you a song 

Come away with me on a bus 
Come away where they can't tempt us 
With their lies 

I want to walk with you 
On a cloudy day 
In fields where the yellow grass grows knee-high 
So won't you try to come 

Come away with me and we'll kiss 
On a mountaintop 
Come away with me 
And I'll never stop loving you 

And I want to wake up with the rain 
Falling on a tin roof 
While I'm safe there in your arms 
So all I ask is for you 
To come away with me in the night 
Come away with me 

~ Norah Jones



Friday, February 6, 2009


i'm SOOOO excited about dinner tonight with my girlies karla and yesenia! i always have so much fun with these girls and i'm thankful we've gotten so close in the past two years. we're all also part of a running club (HAHA okay maybe more like a get-in-shape-to-avoid-crying-in-the dressing-room-while-trying-on-bikini's club), and just knowing we're all together working on ourselves is incredible motivation. some days i won't feel like running and i'll hear that karla and yesi are going running so i'll go  just so they can't show me up :)

so supa coo yesenia pootie tang 

and karlita's guey... biggest puta i know :)

sushi and drinks tonight!!!! eeeee!!!!!! haha, and i just got a text from yesi saying the same thing! we're all excited! love you girls, have a good day at work!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

the juggernaut

i was looking through some old pictures, as i often do, and i found some ones of me and dave that CRACKED ME UP! i think everyone knows, but dave and i have been friends since our freshman year in high school. i remember riding around in his mom's car when he was the only one that could drive, listening to the chili peppers, and trying to find someone to buy us beer. we even didn't talk for 6 months (okay i didn't talk to HIM) because he tried to get to second base with me one new year's eve. HAHA. i  remember having a zelda marathon with him in college, the time he thought we were in a drive-by, "blurt", the PADRE TRIP where we COULD NOT keep it together, dave telling casey he's going to chop off his new rabbit's feet to make good luck key chains, locking dave out of his apartment because i "heard the cops coming to bust us man", and always always ALWAYS laughing until my face and stomach hurt. here are some of my favorite pics of us:

this one is pretty mild, at a coffee shop in austin. but we spent a lot of time like this in college.... wasted in an inappropriate setting, and laughing our asses off.  

sooooo classic! this was actually a video of us DANCING. dave paused the video on this frame and CUT IT OUT. this was his facebook profile picture for a long time. what an asshole! this still makes me laugh every time i see it!

the BABY BIRD. you can see beer still dribbling out of dave's mouth. hahaha. i love how everyone in the background is cracking up also. (if you don't know what baby birding is, it's disgusting and i'm sad for its existence). the picture before this was ME baby birding DAVE and him trying to stick his tounge in my MOUTH! i would have posted that one, but it grosses me out just looking at it! ewww!

this is the same night as this picture before.... but it really captures our friendship. we're usually in our own world, YELLING at each other, or hugging, or talking shit. i love that.  

ahhhh the mexico trip! this IS NOT a strip club, but there's still a stripper pole in the middle of the dance floor. we were just "fitting in with the locals," obviously. this is such a fun picture, especially because NO ONE else is dancing haha.

HAHAHA, busting in the door at my 22nd bday party!! this was SUCH a fun/crazy party, and we were completely out of control. i remember telling people to "try this WINE... it's called VAMPIRO". there was NO wine. i was carrying around bottles of ziegenbock. i feel like mig's thumbs up really makes the picture. 

aww dave, i love you sosososoSO much! i'm so happy you're back in austin!