Happy Independence Day Dominicans...

Friday, February 27, 2004 

To all the Dominicans around the world: Happy Independence Day!

Today, the Dominican Republic celebrates 160 years of independence from Haiti. This national holiday is celebrated with the famous Dominican Festival "El Carnaval" - on this day our heroes: "Duarte, Sanchez and Mella" are honored and remembered along with a the group of brave men and women that formed the secret society "Los Trinitarios" and gave up their life for the freedom of our nation.

Click here for a quick and brief (well explained) piece of Dominican history - for a longer detailed version - click here.

Happy Independence Day


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Thursday, February 26, 2004 

I have to admit that in less than a week I got completely addicted to eBay. I won and bought a total of 9 paintings in less than a week. Sounds insane doesn't it? But it all happened so fast that I barely noticed the amount of paintings I won until they were all listed together with the big total at the end $$$.

But don't take me wrong, even though the amount added up pretty quickly, I got most of the paintings at very, very, very good price. So good that in some cases I felt bad, I felt like telling the seller "do you want to auction it/them again, I know they are worth a lot more" - I know I probably could not afford the paintings real prices and I didn't want them to think that I did not want the paintings and that I wanted to back out of the deal, that was not at all the case. So, I just told them how happy I was with the new acquisitions.

I have received 3 out of 9 paintings, and the other six are on the way; the artists themselves confirmed that the paintings were on their way. How exiting! I love the fact that some of them left nice feedbacks for me.

Today, I sent a note to one of the artists asking him if it was OK for me to post a picture of the paintings I won (and that I have received), here in my corner. So I'm just waiting for his response, I always like to ask for people's permission first. So just be patience.

So far, it has been a very nice experience. Going forward, the only thing I need to do is to pay attention to the dimensions of the paintings (to know what to expect and not get disappointed) and also to watch out for the amount of items I'm bidding on, after all I could win all of the items and end up running out of walls to display them.


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Mission Organization...

Saturday, February 21, 2004 

My lunch date and afternoon of window-shopping in Newberry Street with my friends G. and L. (from work) has been cancelled. My friend G. was on a fishing trip last night and she only got 3 hours of sleep. So, rather than going out while she feels like a zombie, we will get together the following Saturday of the one after, if our schedule allows it.

In the mean time, I've been keeping myself busy opening & taking care of wedding presents, cleaning/organizing and doing laundry like a maniac. Also, in a little bit I will met my friend J. (I have not seen him since his dad passed away), so as you might see at the end everything worked out well. J. and I will get together for a cup of tea on Newberry Street and then we will head to Pottery Barn to look for some of the baskets I need for my Mission Organization project. You are probably wondering what kind of project is this? Not, it's not the HGTV Mission: Organization TV program where an organization-expert or designer go to your home and organizes it (although that sounds like a great idea; does someone know how can we apply for this?), well back to the point - I am talking about our never ending Mission Organization project - that started way back when DB bought the place where we both live now.

Well, I should get going now; I need to complete a few things around the house (wash some glasses by hand, clean the kitchen floors, and check on the washer and dryer). I need to find something nice and warm to wear while I shop for my wicker/rattan baskets.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!



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Doing nothing...

Wednesday, February 18, 2004  

I'm back on the online world after four long days of doing practically nothing! What a wonderful feeling... the feeling of doing absolutely nothing without feeling guilty! 

Now, between our never-ending "mission organization", going to work and our new Sunday's activities (restless furniture hunting), we've managed to watch a few movies - the first one on Valentines Day: "Seabiscuit", I highly, highly recommend it - we loved it, along with three consecutives episodes of the new Bravo series "Keen Eddie". Tonight, we were supposed to hang some of our pictures, but instead we took a break to watch "Under the Tuscan sun" since it has to be back to the video store in the morning; this one was a nice cool breeze, the kind you like to feel in the middle of a warm summer day. So watch it if you can, the movie is based on the book - by the same name - written by the poet and writer Frances Mayes. And just like that, we are back to the "doing nothing without feeling guilty" state of mind.  

But don't take me wrong, in the middle of our "doing nothing" phase we've managed to finally move our TV, stereo, VCR and DVD to their new home (a new TV cabinet); so the living room area is looking pretty neat; I'm back to use the laptop and watch TV at the same time without having my view blocked by the new TV cabinet (this is the multi-tasking in me talking). 

I have to add that I've also made a dramatic come back to eBay where I have won exactly 5 paintings in the last 6 days. I can't wait to get them so I can tell you a little bit more about them. 

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and a nice and romantic Valentines Day. For what I have heard and read - it looks like everyone had a great time.



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What inspires you...

Wednesday, February 11, 2004 

It was interesting to discover what have inspired so many young (and not so young) writers, artists, photographers, musicians, scribes and just people in general that are starting (or have started) their own business, new jobs or just beginning on a new path/journey in life.

It was uplifting to read many of their stories. It seems as if I'm destined to find a new talented person every day. Today I found a group of wonderful women, all together in the same corner - this particular corner is called: another girl at play *this site deserves the red. I don't think this site is new to any of the few readers (friends - really) that stop by my corner every other day. After all, I decided to check this website, because it is listed on the majority of the sites that I visit on a daily basis. Don't ask me why, but I'm not able to access this site from work. I don't know if the combination of the words "girl" and "play" had put the site on a black list of non-business-related, and therefore, forbidden websites, but I had to wait until I got home to check it out. Let me tell you, it was worth the wait. I found so many familiar faces there: Loobylu, Lori Joy Smith, Andrea Scher and Keri Smith.  I love the part where they ask: "What do you do and how did you start?" specially the "how did you start" part. I was delighted to read about Emily Hunt and how she started her business your-baby's-blanket. Can you believe her husband makes musical instruments? He makes fine mandolins, check devils dream mandolins. How nice, don't you think?

As for me, after visiting three new site, reading 15 (daily) journals and writing 12 wedding/shower thank-you cards, I am ready for a little bit of rest! But before I go, let me tell you about a movie-phrase that have been stuck in my head for the last 12 hours (I have been laughing out loud, inside my head - of course) - from  Bend it like Beckham "even these mosquito bites will look like juicy-juicy mangos" *comments made by a seamstress that was measuring Jess, she was referring to the size of her breasts. 

Seriously, what inspires you?


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Many things to do...

Tuesday, February 10, 2004 

As Norah Jones sings a new song in the background and I add new wedding wishes (from gifts and cards that we have received) to my wedding journal page, I'm trying to figure out what to do next: write more thank-you cards, update our wedding gift list, wrap some gifts, update my address book, write "get well soon" cards, add pictures to the new photo gallery, clean the kitchen, organize the living room (or the dinning room) or just go to bed? Ladies and gentlemen we have a winner!   

But before I go to bed, let me recommend a film to you "Bend it like Beckham", we watched it tonight and it was just brilliant (as my friend L. will say). 


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The cost of transportation...

Monday, February 9, 2004 

5 years, 30,717 miles and about US$700 dollars later (ouch!!) - I'm the proud owner of a new muffler, a new B-pipe and new A-pipe windshields. The good thing is that the muffler has a life time guaranty. I wonder if all the little pieces that need to be added/replaced when a muffler needs to be serviced are also guarantied for life. I have to say "probably not".

I basically had to take my car for an emergency service last week, because every time I pressed the gas pedal I felt as if I was driving a motorcycle. I don't think I will spend that much money in my little car again. As I was waiting for my car, the new muffler and A & B pipes I was really tented to go to the showroom and see the latest all-(four)-wheels-drive models available.

Hope your week is going well. Now, I'm back to house chores (laundry, more laundry, bills and organizing) and to the photo re-sizing-classification project.

Check my new Do some good (charities) section. I got the idea while checking Full-dazzling.



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What a week...

Friday, February 6, 2004 

I'm so glad is finally Friday, between the snow, the cold weather, going to work and all the things I have to do at home (chores) I'm really looking forward to the weekend!

It has also been a very emotional week, one of my closets friends (J.) lost his Dad on Tuesday night; J. was able to flight home (to the Dominican Republic) on time for the funeral and burial. I was able to catch him at his sister's home on Wednesday night and we were able to chat for a little bit.  

What do you say to someone that has lost someone so close? I don't really know, I just wish I could have been there. He is coming back this weekend, so I hope to see him in a few days. It was good that he and his whole family were able to spent Christmas together and that he was able to see them again in January. Despite the circumstances timing has really been on his side.

J. is that kind of friend that you can count on at all times; he's dependable, reliable, responsible, but best of all, he's just a good friend.

In another tone, we are very exited about the wedding photos, today we got the professional proofs and they are just fantastic.

We really have a bunch to choose from: "600 proofs", yes you heard right, David Nin our photographer took 600 photos. He made a little album with the proofs and even sent us a CD containing all 600 proofs and the proofs are just the right size for our website, isn't that great. The cover of the mini-album has a big photo of the 2 of us with the Hamaca hotel and the ocean in the background (this photo was taken from the balcony in our honeymoon suite). Another interesting fact is that the typeface he used on the mini-album (for our names &  wedding date) is the same one we used in our invitations, stationery and programs "Edwardian Script" what a coincidence don't you think (I can't show you the typeface right now, sorry but I'm done embedding fonts, it doesn't quite work for me; if you want to see how this typeface looks like just go to fonts.com and search for "Edwardian Script" - it's a beautiful font).

It's time for me to sing off. We are going out for the Carne Asada pizza at California Pizza Kitchen, and then we are off to get some logs for the fire place and two rent 1 or 2 movies for the night.

Happy Friday everyone! 



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Where are the wedding photos?...

Tuesday, February 3, 2004  

I'm still working on the wedding pictures. I thought I was going to be pretty much all set by now, but it's going to take a while.

Sorry, but I work full time and I just got married - you know ;-)

To see the two photos that I posted last week, click on the January archives. Below I'm posting 2 more pictures. You know the trick, place the mouse on top of the photo for a little surprise.

Photos by our friend Yanet Peña - Canon PowerShot G2


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Looking forward to...

Monday, February 2, 2004 

A new month it's starting - and with it many wonderful things. This month is all about:

• Love

• DB's new project 

• Fresh Flowers (on super bowl Sunday) - just because

• New sweet loving wedding messages

• Wedding gifts

• Thank you cards

• Wedding Photos & proofs (from professional photos)

The knot (back again)

• Go Patriots!

• New furniture

• New plants

• Organizing

• New magazines

• Bye-bye wedding magazines

This is good karma! Last year my friend R. (from work), gave me her wedding magazines when I got engaged. So, I didn't want to get rid of my wedding magazines just like that. On Saturday, I met this really cool couple that just recently got engaged (they just bought a house and re-modeled it by themselves). The are really nice and best of all the bride to be is interested on getting my wedding magazines (at least the ones I am willing to part with). As you can imagine, DB is thrilled.  We'll be able to free up a full end-table, that is currently cover with wedding magazines. 

In another tone, I felt like a celebrity today! A friend asked me to check the website of a home store that is part of one of the biggest retail corporations in the Dominican Republic - and what a surprise!

If you want to know what I am talking about, just click on the link of Casa Cuesta and see if you recognize the couple on the flash presentation.   

I sent the link to some friends and this was their response (you'll need to know Spanish to get it): 

J: Y quien te hizo la gestión de esta payola?
E: Que figureo!
K: Pero ustedes no están fáciles!

K: How in the world did you end up there?

N: Que bufeo!!!

J: Señores, pero tú te ha dao grande muchachita, eh?  

If you are also wondering how our picture got there, maybe it will help if I tell you that I used to work for this corporation (on the IT department) when I was living in the DR.


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