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Hunger Indeed October 24, 2012

Once I wake up, in between work calls, and even staying awake all night with only a few hours sleep; I’ve completed the Hunger Games Trilogy. Two and a half days. This is particularly scary for my Lovely: “You’re reading a book? The end is near!”

Can’t blame him haha! I never could sit though reading books because it’s always a toss-up and rarity to find a good one that actually grapples me. When I do find one it is devastating afterwards because I know it will be a long time before I can find an equal or better read than the last.

I was driven to read the book(s) after a series of reasons. Some of my good friends are readers and bragged to me how good the books are around the time the movie came out, so I settled to watch the movie. After the movie though I wanted to know more! I watched the Extras in the movie where they mentioned it’s a non-sequal film. Jaw dropped I couldn’t believe that such an amazing movie was going to end there and with such a fantastic director! I was fixated in the back of my mind, needing to know what happens after they return home.  Then, opportunity to read the books presented itself. From there I was a goner. Reading obsessively and unable to break myself from the next sentence, the next chapter, the next book. Until I finished them all.

Only now that I have satisfied my quench for knowing what happens I really want them to make a sequel to the movie anyways!  I did some searching on the web to see if it’s maybe at least being thought about by others and turns out it much more than that. They are in the process of making The Hunger Games: Catching Fire now and should be out in November of 2013! I cannot wait until they finish all of them, I hate waiting for good movies haha! Though the director will be different it is very luckily they have kept the same cast for the characters, otherwise I would be drastically disappointed. I know you know what it’s like!

Overall, this was a fantastic book. Quite literally could not put it down! I will have you know that in addition to not being fond of reading this is the fastest I have ever read a book let alone this being 3!

Personally, I completely fell in love with Peeta! And (without trying to spoil anything) couldn’t bare his condition in Mockingjay, but that only made me adore him even more for how tragic and yet beautiful it all was. Props for creating such a miraculous and pure character!

The ending was decent but I guess I expected with all the lingering emotions that trickled through the book there would be a bit more depth to the ending. It was complete (at the least; enough) but it didn’t give that satisfying completeness that I believe the readers deserve. The emotions that tugged and jerked and drawn out sadness and longing throughout the books only to have the ending end the way it did. The last bits were too fast and separated from the characters and their exchange/conversations especially compared to the other 13k+ pages. I wanted to be there for those last happy moments, the way I was there for all the grueling ones.

Other than that, like I said previously; I loved the books. I have my own vision of the movies in my head and of the characters and I can’t wait to compare my version with the sequels. I can honestly say I have never done that before. Hopefully, though, I will feel the same about the movies to come as I did comparing the 1st movie with the 1st book.

If you have read this book I would love to hear what you have to say, your thoughts, and who your favorite character was!

Also, If you know of any other good books I would like to try reading more!

 

Secrets to a Good Nights Sleep: Austin Powers?? October 13, 2012

Outrageous. That is the word that best describes my week. To the T.

I have learned that these are the most wonderful inventions on EARTH:

The candle. Between this and music during the day it is very relaxing and helps me become re-inspired in all departments of my life.

My week was booked full of working and going out with friend and family. Though socialism can be exhausting at times for an introvert-extrovert person that I am, I am back to a clean slate.

[Pictures of the Dallas Botanical Gardens; Chihuly Glass Exhibit]

Catching up with very good friends and ex-colleges and close family and to top it off making new friends all in one week is a lot of good in a very short amount of time. I cherish every moment and take it all in, but that still doesn’t stop it from being a bit too overwhelming. A night by myself was in order.

I was not looking forward to a night all by my lonesome as my lovely spent the night at my brother-on-laws house to prepare for their big game today, but I am grateful for the results. I spent the night getting my room maxed out in the cozy factor; straightening up (yes, I am one of those people who cannot relax if the room is messy) and lighting candles. I turned on the TV to Austin Powers (anyone else watch that last night?) until I fell asleep.

Though I woke up to Miko sitting on my stomach and pawing at my face to take her out, the night was still the perfect remedy for a feel good and revitalizing morning.

Speaking of a good morning(!). I forgot to measure and weigh myself before eating breakfast and drinking water this morning, but that didn’t get in the way of seeing great results on the scale! I lost 4.4 lbs and SIX inches off my Total body Inches Measurements. I was very shocked for such great results! I will confess I was not completely strict on the diet; I still had toast with soup and hot cocoa 5 out of the 6 days I am not supposed to “cheat”. But I really didn’t expect to have lost THAT much!

Overall a very RE-inspirational week and back to my personal goals that will forever change my life <3

Your goals should never be forgotten and take a short break if need be, but always get back to your purpose! Keep nurturing your ideas and they will grow to be the best thing that ever happened to you! Have a wonderful and Bright day!

 

Costume Contest! October 6, 2012

Puppies. Puppies Everywhere!

The weather is specially different in Texas today as it is a high of 54 degrees sandwiched by days in the 70’s and 80’s. Even more special is the great event here in Fort Worth known as Bark-tober Fest where they hold their annual Howl-oween Costume Contest for mans best friends.

My lovely and I took Miko in her cute ladybug costume that I bought for fun last Halloween. For those wondering Miko is about a year and a half years old and a spit-fire ball of energy. This event would be one of the greatest she would experience so far and hopefully expend some of that energy she has!

The park, which is about a half acre big, was swimming with dogs and their humans. One side is normally dedicated to the larger dogs while the other would occupy the smaller breeds of dogs. The entire side where the larger dogs play was comfortably packed and to add to the fun there were booths of all sorts lined up with all sorts of fun goodies for our furry counterparts and a few bounce houses for the kids to play in.

We arrived earlier than the costume contest was to start so we took our little girl to the small side and had her run around before the event started. Yipping and yelping she excitedly joins the other dogs making several friends and annoying a few others (haha).

Now, Miko LOVES (loves doesn’t even describe it enough) water! But today she almost died from it as well. Whenever we go to the park she goes straight for the community water bowls, buckets and tubs for all the dogs and rapidly drinks water and bathes herself in the buckets or tubs. Here is a video to one of her typical escapades

So, obviously we always carry a spare towel in the car for these moments of triumph :)

Today though, she goes up to one of the buckets, full of water this time (usually they are half empty), and dives right in. We think it will fall over soon, like always, or she will get herself out, but in a quick turn of events she starts struggling to find her way out as her front end is deep in the bucket and her back end is flailing about. We are close by and jump to her rescue. Our hearts pounding we grab our towel and have her put up on the table.

She is just fine! In fact I don’t think she even realized she was in a very dangerous situation!*

*Dogs are amazing in this way, they are constantly living in the moment. To me, I believe humans have a certain delay in response time, but for dogs its literally boom-boom-boom, they are 20 moments ahead of you already.

She is just wagging her tail, excited to be toweled dry and ready to join the other dogs in the chilly weather once again. I was so relieved as it was one of those times where I felt like one moment everything is okay and the next you can immediately see the helplessness. I was just glad we acted fast and Miko is safe!

Everyone was worried and watching, but once they saw her big smile and how quickly she recovered they all laughed and started exclaiming how energetic and happy she is.

Life can take you by surprise as today has, but luckily it ended well for us all.

After moving around for a while and visiting with all the cutie-pies that pranced over to lick our hands it was time for the costume contest! The contest went so well that only pictures can describe its greatness, enjoy!

Here are the finalists of the contest:

Third Place went to……

SLASH!

Second place went to…..

The Mariachi Band!

And finally. What we have all been waiting for. First place went tooo……

OSCAR THE GROUCH! :D

We met so many great people and so many beautiful and diverse pups today. I will say that this event was an extraordinary highlight of the season and I hope you enjoyed it too!

 

Who are you really? October 1, 2012

“Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing. ” –Thomas Edison

I concur whole-heartily Mr. Edison. Where ever it is we are headed in our personal life is a journey worth being awake for. I do not mean “awake” in the sense of waking up from a nap, but awake to the fact that whatever you dream of, you can have. You must put forth real effort and take true strides that go up the stairs, not staying in one place and making the motions as if on a stair-stepper. There is viable differences in keeping busy towards your dreams as opposed to simply keeping busy.

I thought it would be nice to give you an idea of who I am and who I want to be. Who you are reading from/about really? For starters I want to share with you an abridged list of things I want and want to accomplish, this includes materialistic things, what I want to do and what I want to be. I think it is something everyone should have/make for themselves! It is quite a fun list to make when you open your mind and your heart to what you really want out of this life!

Keep in mind, none of these are in any particular order :)

a. Italian citizenship

b. iPhone 4S

c. Grab and go travel secure bag/purse

d. Successful entrepreneur (good to be specific ;) )

e. Pilot a helicopter

f. Being able and spontaneously taking a plane trip to where-ever I want (!)

g. Travel to Italy

h. Build an awesome, off the grid, totally livable, tree-house (ridiculous sounding ones are typically the best to experience)

i. Lose all the extra weight I have gained over the years

Think I could have made it any more difficult for myself? Of course, but I am not going into that today. ;) haha

I have been working solely on a few. In fact I found and purchased my “Grab and Go, travel secure, Bag/Purse” The Pacsafe Venturesafe 300.

So far, I absolutely love this bag! There is so much room and organizational pockets that I have had no issues with it holding all of my stuff with plenty more room left over. I really want to test this out as an overnight bag for when the time comes to take that spontaneous trip I can just load this bad boy up with an extra set of clothes (and the necessary hygienic accessories i.e. toothbrush, toothpaste, deo etc) and go!

I am in the process of 3 other things at the moment; a, d, and i.

a. Refer to this link; still awaiting answer.

d. I have the idea and the product, but I am still researching the legalities perspective of starting a business :(. I know that after this hump I have it pretty well planned out! I am excited!

i. Started the Slow Carb Diet today… Yea. hah, thats all I really have to say! Just kidding, its not the most joyous diet I’ve been on, like weight watchers and calorie counting, but reality is you have to make sacrifices to lose the weight and who said that was supposed to be fun?! Alas, I will see the worth and results of this diet clearly enough in the coming weeks :)

I hope you had a bright day! I will leave you with this cute picture of Miko <3

 

 
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