Friday, December 31, 2004

2004 mini-recount

Dear God,

Thank you for this year, you've given me the privilege to live and learn from everything that has happened on 2004.
I'm thankful for my beautiful family and for the patience you give us tolive through difficult times. Thank you for the opportunity of continuing my education at the UA. Thank you so very much, because you've made of my time there so much more than an academic experience. Thanks for all the friends I've found there, and thank you for all the lessons I've learn through people you've put in my life. Thank you for all the Snickers and Iced Mochas that helped me stay awake and alert in all my classes and when I had to study.
Thank you for pursuing your purpose in my lifeat every minute, thank you for not giving up on me.
Thank you for all the sunsets that I witnessed this year. They were all beautiful, they were all such a great expression of your majesty. You'reamazing... Thank you for letting me realize it.
Thank you for my dad and for your work in our relationship.
Thank you for your protection every moment. Thank you for protecting my life during the accidents, and even the falls on rainy days at school. Thank you for taking care of my brothers, and my sisters.
I'm thankful for the opportunity to help others and lead. Thank you very much for Make A Difference Day 2004 and for all that I learned and all the people I met and all the agencies and people that were blessed by it. I loved the whole process, thank you for making of MADDay a huge success and letting me enjoy it as much as I did, it was truly a blessing to me. And it all worked out because of you. This whole year was a blessing because of you. Thank you for the opportunity of being alive.

And for 2005, there is nothing I want more than to get closer to you. I want to learn to understand you and to shine with your light. Just so next year I'll be thankful for things this year I'd rather forget.

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

I love dogs

I love Lucy! A beautiful dog I met on December 26 when I went hiking with my family and my friend Ale. The hiking part wasn't planned. The opportunity just came to us and we enjoyed it!

Monday, December 27, 2004


Feliz Cumple Pau!!!
Hoy es el cumple de mi mejor amiga, la Pau Pau!
En su cumpleaños, el año pasado estuvimos toda la tarde en un café en Valencia, CA. En el Java 'n Jazz.
Super chivo verdad Pau?
Este año no pudimos estar juntas, pero primero Dios nos veremos pronto.
En la distancia...

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

What can I say? life is sweet!

Today’s been a good day. I received some Christmas presents from coworkers… a candle, candy and a cookie-man that is meant to hang from a Christmas tree but that will actually end up hanging up on my wall since my tree is very little and would not handle that much weight… and finally, a Garfield book!!! (title: I’d Like Mornings Better If They Started Later). Don’t you just love the holiday spirit?! I’m planning to volunteer on the local Salvation Army, as I did on Thanksgiving. I hope they don’t remember that I said I’d learn how to cook… otherwise they’ll give me a hard time.

On a different note (or a different day), Pau (my best friend) called me yesterday and we were both at work and we were both eating chocolate hopping not to gain any weight and enjoying life!
And I talked on the phone with three of my friends last night, that doesn't happen very often.
Life is sweet, even when I can't really taste it :)

Monday, December 20, 2004

Vincent Van Gogh: Starry Night

Vincent van Gogh: Starry Night
Originally uploaded by ten safe frogs.

Ha! Lucky one.
I only get to see this one on pictures.


So... here's a picture of me and my friend Ro-ro.

So... what's up? I'll tell you what's up. As I thought, I got two Bs and I don't like them. I thought I did so much better in my drawing class!!! I think I really improved on my freakin' figures. But I got a B!
Bs are not good enough.
The other class I got a B on... I know I could have done better but I didn't. Makes me mad.

Also... I've been working "full" time... And... one of my friends is coming back from Costa Rica this Sat. I miss her. I wish she'd bring me Costa Rican coffee. I'd be eternally grateful. And she sent an email that made me shade a tear (hey... that's kinda hard to do!)
Here's what she wrote:

"Sunday, we went to Playa Conchal...a beach that is FULL of concha shells instead of sand. AMAZING. God showed me a parallel. You have to walk around this one beach first to get to the beautiful one. The first is's a beach with blackish sand, nothing great, but if you want a beach, it's fine. Then you go over a hill and on the other side is this GORGEOUS beach with white concha shell sand, bluer water, more scenery, etc. It reminded me of this life. People sometimes get stuck on the first beach and never dare to look for what's on the other side. They decide that this is all there is and make the best of it, when in reality this is a gross, dirty beach compared to the extravagance that awaits if we dare to believe there is more and go the distance to get there. Or maybe people believe, but they get lazy (we had to walk a ways to get to the other side) and decide this is enough. But it's not, we should go the distance bc in the end it is beyond AMAZING! That's what He showed me...right in the middle of a beautiful day...and what a blessing for it to be my last weekend in Costa Rica!"

I hope you read that.

On a different note, I got the book Wafi sent!!!! I'm sooo excited!!!! I was soooooo happy when I saw the packet waiting for me on the kitchen table!!!! AWESOME!!!! Now I'll know what "The Motorcycle Diaries" is about when the movie comes out.

Well... that's all for now. I welcome any feedback.

Saturday, December 18, 2004

Good reads

Here are some good reads.

Sunday, December 12, 2004

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Saturday, December 11, 2004


Hey, I'm going to buy some books I want to read. That'll be my Christmas present for me :)
One of these days I'll get "The Motorcycle Diaries" the one that Wafi (a fellow BookCrosser) sent me. I'm going to get one on Gandhi, maybe the authobiography. It's very refreshing to read books just for fun, because not all textbooks are fun. I was lucky, though... I discovered that my Media and Society textbook was really interensting... and of course, I love my Art History book :)
Well... I'll probably go to Barnes & Noble after I'm done with finals... or maybe I'll go somewhere else. There are not many good bookstores in this little place.
Finals? I only have one more to go.
On a different note: textmessaging comes in handy when you're in the library :)

Sunday, December 05, 2004

The Little Deer

One of my favorite paintings by Frida Kahlo. She wrote this poem when she painted "The Little Deer".

Alone the deer roams about
very sad and full of wounds,
until he finds warmth and a nest
near Acady and Lina.

When the deer returns once again,
strengthened, happy and recuperated,
the wounds of today
will have long been forgotten.

Thank you, children of my life,
thank you for all the comfort
In the deer's forest
the sky is already clearing up.

Here I leave you my portrait
so that you do not forget me
all the nights and days
I am away from you.

There is sorrow I
in all my pictures,
My life was simply like that,
complaining will not help.

But deep down in my heart
I preserve the joyful fact
that Arcady and Lina
love me as I am.

Accept this little picture
which I painted full of love
as a gift for your care
and your endless gentleness.

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