Remember yesterday's post about squarespace?
Over the weekend I decided to tinker. Let me tell ya. Tinkering leads to nothing good. Trust me on this. So, like I was saying... as I was tinkering w/ blogger, somehow I managed to eff up my old blog on blogger. Basically, I deleted ALL of my older posts and
all most of the comments that go along w/ it. Besides cursing up a storm, the mistake led me to a final decision.
First, I'm cancelling every single account I have outside of blogger and will go back to blogging on that original platform. And secondly, I'll be starting from scratch. However, I am manually entering each blog post on msmariadiana.com onto blogger. Yup. You heard that right. Every single post. Manually. 242 of them. On top of traveling, moving & the holidays. I'm not even going to go into NaNoWriMo because I will cry at the massive failure that I am.
Am I being overdramatic? Probably. But dudes. It's 4:01 AM and I'm still AWAKE b/c of the eff up that I've done this week. Why didn't I mess up earlier in the week? Like on Monday, the 25th? Gah!
Anyways, a few reasons for the move. Money. Squarespace is hella expensive. HELLA expensive. I don't make any money on this shit, even if I do have affiliate links. I think I may just quit that too. This is a hobby that I enjoy doing and does not supplement my income. So why am I trying to do shit like a pro? At least for right now. Priorities, right? I've also thought about moving to wordpress.com, and although it's free I feel quite hemmed in w/ the customizations I can do. If I really wanted to go all in, I would just use wordpress.org & buy a hosting package w/ a new domain but again, $$. The move my little family is about to make is kind or ridiculously expensive & we have to add additional travel + lodging expenses so I can't be making it rain. Feel me?
So here I am - eating humble pie. I knew I shouldn't have tried to go anywhere else. I knew it. I freaking knew it. I'll be on blogger soon (w/ my own domain - still considering whether to keep msmariadiana.com) & will definitely let y'all know when everything is up & running. It probably won't be done until well into 2014.
If you've gotten this far into my rant then 10,000 brownie points for you. Because seriously?
Sometimes I feel I am like such a goob.
I think I may have made a mistake jumping to blogging exclusively at squarespace so quickly. :( It's not cheap & w/ the money that I am dropping, I was expecting to NOT have the issues I have been experiencing. Maybe I expect too much? I feel so scarred. I've been thinking about what to do in this case. Should I move to wordpress.org? Should I go back to the free services of blogger or wordpress.com? That's a bit of a hassle though, right? Should I just give up on blogging altogether? That last sentence right there is the lazy ass inside me speaking.
I'm really trying not to stress b/c my health has been so dependent on that. I've not been successful at NOT stressing myself out so I may just ease back on the blogging and read everyone else's. I'm really not sure though. Sigh.
What? Singing, Mahjong & watching football isn't on your list of to-do's after eating your Thanksgiving meal? ;)
Hey there! How was your Thanksgiving? Mine was really good. My husband & I went to my Aunt & Uncle's where we celebrated & gave thanks for all we had. There were so many delicious dishes & the time spent w/ our family was exactly what we needed. Afterwards, we went over to his side of the family for even more food & time w/ the family.
I've always wanted to do one of these posts. I know I'm probably one of the many who have already attempted this but I guess I am just one of those people who likes to share & be loud about it. Ha. ;)
Please note, this post does contain affiliate links.
With the holidays just around the corner, I knew I had to find a pair of shoes that could easily transition from day to night & look chic at the same time. I also needed to ensure that it was comfortable. This met all of the requirements and gosh, I think I may just wear it every day from this day forward.
I hate tangles and with my hair being as long as it is, tangles are inevitable. I've had this Mason Pearson brush on my wishlist for awhile now but well, my husband would balk at my spending ninety dollars for a hair brush no matter how I could spin it. So I went for the above pink version after reading the reviews and I haven't looked back since. Maybe in the future I'll be able to swing my holy grail brush, but for now, I'm pretty pleased w/ my pink hairbrush for eight dollars. Wouldn't you?
ZOMGosh. This scent. One of my brother's friends came over to the house and I immediately had to ask her what perfume she was wearing. The very next day I walked over to Victoria's Secret so I could find it. I really wanted the eau de parfum version but since I am on a tight budget these days (& b/c I already have a ridiculous amount of perfume @ home) I opted for the travel-sized body mist. I've gotten so many compliments on this, the main one being 'You smell delicious!' And ummm, I don't know if you guys can remember but my old url was deeliciouz.com. Match made in heaven right? Ok, well, I'd like to think so.
I have no shortage of water bottles in my possession but when I saw my co-worker w/ one of these bad boys I was especially intrigued w/ the meter. I can keep track of how many glasses of water I drink right on my water bottle? I had asked incredulously. Fast forward a couple of months after I forgot all about it when I stumbled upon it again on Amazon. The rest as they say is history. I am sad to say my other water bottles probably feel very neglected b/c the only one I ever really use these days is this one.
I have not been able to find this online at all. I found this last week at BJ's. ZOMGosh. It is so soft and so sigh. I love it. If I could stay underneath it all day long, I'd be okay w/ the below freezing temps. And probably snow. As long as I didn't have to go anywhere at least. Lol.
I don't know the official name of these frames but I love them so much more than my older ones. I got them at LensCrafters a few months ago so I'm not exactly sure if they'd still be there. Did I mention that I like them? Because I do. I really, really do.
Do you have any favorites that you just can't help but love so much that you want to shout out about it at the top of your lungs?
Will you be (or did you already) braving (brave) the Black Friday sales today?
I won't. After working retail & black friday for so long in my past, I choose to stay home on this day so I don't have to deal w/ the cold and the chaos. Not gonna lie. People go bananas on BF. Ain't nobody got time for that. That's why there is Cyber Monday right? Ha! ;)
Well hello again! I can't believe we made it! There's really so much I personally have to be thankful for and there are really no adequate words for me to really express what I would like to say. So here's my list of thanksgiving: God (he's no. 1 for a reason), My husband, fambam, friends (old + new), everything I've been blessed to have (i.e. home, work, food, etc.) and so much more I've probably forgotten.
Most of all, thank you dear reader for reading this blog. I know I'm fickle and spontaneous w/ my postings but it really means a lot that you guys stick w/ me and read my (mostly) silly musings & comment too.
I really hope that all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and for those not celebrating, have a great Thursday and weekend!
And now let's get our eat on!
ps. the below pics are from 3 years ago as we are not quite ready yet w/ the feast for this year. You'll probably see those pictures in future posts though. ;)
My husband and I finally got a chance to check out Smashburger. The food there was pretty good. But I think I may be spoiled by Shake Shack because I honestly prefer their burgers & fries over Smashburger. It was definitely a good idea to try them out though and I'd probably eat there again but it's not something I'd go out of my way for.
Speaking of Shake Shack, did you know that out of all the times I have mentioned eating there before, I had never tried one of their shakes? I know, I know. Their name is Shake Shack?! How could I not? Well, we remedied that too. Check out the rest of the Smashburger and Shake Shack pictures below.
All photos taken by me, myself & my trusty iPhone 5. <3
One of my bff's from LA was visiting for the weekend and to celebrate my upcoming move (i.e. life-change) we decided a night of chocolate was called for. We chose to share the Creamy Spinach & Artichoke Fondue and the Sharing Fondue for two. Next time (probably not for a really long time tho) I'll get the tutti frutti waffles because they were da bomb dot com.
What do a koala, a full moon, noodles & company and starbucks all have in common?
Absolutely nothing. It just represents a few moments of the past few weeks I haven't been able to share as of yet.
Hope all of your weekends went well. :) I'm currently listening to *NSYNC's Christmas music via my Christmas playlist and I have to say that I'm pretty happy right now. Let's keep it going, right?
^^^if you click on each picture, a lightbox will pop up that shows the bigger photo + some words from yours truly.^^^
Two weeks ago I discovered 4food via twitter. Their mission is to de-junk fast food. They specialize in featuring "fresh, delicious and nutritious ingredients" for all of the items on their menu. Their signature product is called the (w)holeburger which is basically a hamburger patty in the shape of a donut. You can build your own sandwich or choose one of the more popular selections on their menu. The online community definitely drives what is the most popular creations and what's surprising is that all (most?) of those on the top 10 list are user/customer created.
I'm sure you can guess that I immediately signed up for an account the next day and ordered my very first meal from them too.
The convenience of ordering online & having it delivered right to your door is also a major plus. Note: They have a free delivery service up to a certain point and if you are further out up to a certain point you pay a $5 delivery fee. I had to pay the 5 bucks but it was well worth it.
The website recommended the Caliburger for me and since it was my first time ordering, I decided to just roll with it. In between the Brioche hamburger bun was a grass-fed beef patty and inside the (donut) hole in the middle was a scoop of avocado & chili mango salad. On top of the patty & the salad were: slices of avocado, manchego cheese, lettuce, tomato and mustard. This was delicious!
ps. Do you know that they have pressed rice as a choice for the hamburger bun? When I saw this I totally squealed; OMGosh! Yasz! I plan on having this for my next order. Feel me?
For my side, I chose the roasted root potatoes which were unbelievable. The potatoes are boiled w/ herbs, fresh garlic and spices and then roasted. I did not miss the fried part of this AT all.
Their drink menu included fresh brewed iced teas. AND! You are able to add bubbles (as in bubble tea!) to them. I chose the hibiscus tea because it seemed the most appealing to me when I read what went in it. Sometimes I shock myself with the good choices I have been fortunate to make. Ha.
Ok, in all seriousness though. Dudes. THIS. WAS. AMAZING. There were a few smoothies &/or teas on their menu that I really want to try but I don't think I can ever NOT order the hibiscus tea because it was just that good.
New York City. Queens. Long Island. You've been my home for nearly 27 years and now I have to say goodbye. My family & friends will still remain but I'm afraid the time has come for each of us to let go so I can fly free and you continue to grow without me.
Thank you for letting me say my little rhyme. It's bittersweet.
I know I've been alluding to many things happening behind the scenes over here and things finally came to a conclusion late last week. I can finally divulge that my little family of two (i.e. my husband & myself) will be moving out of New York and heading to a brand new city & state. It is absolutely a move for work and it has been one of the happiest news this year.
When the company I worked for had a big shake up I knew I just had to be patient. I have been afraid for months that I would not get an opportunity like the one they offered me. Even with all the uncertainty and doubts though I just kept holding on. And finally, it happened. I'd be lying if I said that I'm not a little wary. There's always a chance that I'm making the wrong choice. Luckily I have a husband who supports me. He reminds me of his mantra every time I start to worry.
Never make your decision based on fear.
It's funny. Fear is definitely one of the emotions I am experiencing. Words really can't explain how I'm feeling right now. I'm both relieved and anxious. Scared and excited. Do you remember our vacation earlier this year? It definitely was a much needed break but it was also a scouting trip. Sort of a test run to see what areas would suit us. Ok, ok, maybe it was more of, let's go check this place out and see for ourselves if we can live here.
I still can't believe it's happening. All I've ever known is New York. Sure, I was born in the Philippines. But I identify as a New Yorker. I came to the states when I was 6.5 years old. I remember bits and pieces of that day. It was April. My dad ran over to greet me & my mom with a big hug at the airport as we came out of customs. I remember carrying my little yellow bag with my most precious items. I find it funny that even then I had a little bag obsession. My aunts & uncles surrounded us and I felt so overwhelmed. Who were all these strangers laughing and hugging me? I remember my grandma, my dad's mom, pushing a coat into my hands and telling me to wear it. I had never worn a coat in my life before. I mean. I lived in the tropics. It was beige and had stripes on it. I was this chubby little girl w/ big hopes and dreams and I had no idea that I had moved to the city of dreams.
Fast forward nearly 27 years later and I'm no longer any of that. I feel like an exhausted New Yorker. I embraced city life and the culture. I complained about everything and everyone annoyed me. Nothing was shiny and bright. All I ever feel now is frustration. The commute (oh my gosh, the worst). The traffic. The cost of living. The people. I've been feeling frustrated for a long time and every day for the past few months I've felt my blood pressure rising as I go through the motions of my day. Oh don't get me wrong, I will always love New York. I just am no longer IN LOVE with it. Do you know what I mean? I have been waiting and praying for a change for a very long time. I knew it was going to have to be big.
Finding that I had grown weary of New York left me dejected. I never ever thought that it would happen to me. And I for damn sure will miss it when I'm gone. But, somehow, & I can't really explain it, it just feels like this is the HUGE change I was waiting for. Like, I love you New York, I do, but I need a break. I need a chance to spread my wings. I'll still visit and love you from afar. But we're just not gonna work out.
Anyways, I am just holding on to the saying, "Absence makes the heart grow fonder." The longer I've stayed, the more bitter I've become. About everything. And I am ashamed of that. I'm also afraid that the bitterness will grow into hate. And I really don't want that. I don't ever want to take anything for granted and I feel like that's what I've been doing here. I'm jaded and in a rut. I just want a chance to make something of myself. Life is too short not to take this opportunity.
Right now, all I have are my hopes and dreams. Who knows what will happen once were are in our new home (once we find one of course)? Both of our families reside in the tri-state area (NY, NJ & CT) and neither my husband or I have ever lived this far away from our families. Heck even when we had our own apartment, I was 5-10 minutes away from my family and he was 15-20 minutes away from his. So yeah this will be a learning experience and one hell of a culture shock. And I know that there will be hardships to come, but I am just truly truly hoping that our lives will finally begin once and for all.
Nashville, we're coming for you.
Thanks again for letting me have my say.
^^^11/6/13: soy "chicken" nuggets & yam fries from The Good Health Cafe in the city. verdict? Delicious!^^^
^^^11/7/13: a little get together with the fam for my dad's birthday^^^
^^^11/9/13: see what I mean about tea? easy peasy.^^^
^^^11/10/13-11/12/13: news about the aftermath of yolanda/haiyan. the campaign for awareness is still not over.^^^
^^^11/13/13: I like chocolate. I need chocolate. I want chocolate. That is all.^^^
^^^11/15/13: my version of a security blanket.^^^
^^^11/15/13: comfort food. do you sense a theme?^^^
^^^11/2/13: buying rock sugar^^^
^^^11/3/13: my first time trying a vanilla chai from dunkin. ps. it's really yummy.^^^
^^^11/3/13: my obsession w/ tea is like riding a bike. you never forget. ha.^^^
^^^11/4/13: experimentation time! what do you think? nailed it?^^^
^^^11/5/13: This apparently was a much needed hot chocolate.^^^
^^^11/5/13: best coconut water EVER.^^^
I don't believe there are any words adequate for what has happened to the people of the Philippines. It's devastating.
I am so SO very grateful that none of my family or close friends have been harmed. But my heart hurts for all those still suffering & to all those who have passed & those who mourn them.
Sometimes I think, what can I do to help? I'm just one person, you know? It's overwhelming. But then I remember that every little bit helps. This article pretty much sums up all the different ways to donate. Please, if you find yourself so inclined, please, please help.
I know it's repetitive but every little bit does help.
Life is too short to be unkind to
myself or anyone else. It's shitty and raw and sometimes so painful that
it hurts to breathe but at least I have it. I'm alive, you know?
I'm afraid this is going to be short and sweet. I am sneaking this post in when I really should be type, type, typing away.
I went and created a new playlist based on this video. I love Pentatonix. They're amazing. And the video? Well, it is so unbelievably EPIC.
Check out the playlist here. It's also embedded below. It's called the Evolution of Beyonce. *giggles* Enjoy!
Evolution of Beyonce (inspired by Pentatonix w/ additional songs I like)
Bills, Bills, Bills
Say My Name
Independent Women Part 1
Dangerously In Love (Destiny’s Child)
Crazy in Love
Me, Myself and I
Dangerously In Love (Beyonce)
Check Up On It
Lose My Breath
Bug A Boo
Get Me Bodied
If I Were A Boy
Smash Into You
Run The World
Best Thing I Never Had
Love On Top
Ring The Alarm
Video Phone (w/ Lady Gaga)
Scared of Lonely
It's 70 degrees and raining outside. November has come and reality with it. Happy November? I've been convalescing at home because of a pretty bad infection (ugh) and I am praying very hard to be back to my normal jolly self come Monday. Ironically, the infection hit me hard on the day I was supposed to get my flu shot. Nailed it.
My husband and I had our very first date exactly 9 years ago from yesterday. We ate at Panera Bread and watched The Grudge at the movie theatre. I remember that my palms were so sweaty because I was so nervous. I am thankful he was not turned off by the waterfall in my hands when he tried to hold it. Ha. We tried to be courageous and drove to Long Beach to walk the boardwalk. I think we lasted 5 minutes on there before we turned back around. It was cold! On the car ride home, H stopped the car on the side before we reached my house and we sat in the car for hours where he asked me to be his girlfriend. :girlsigh: The above picture was actually taken 10/31/2009. We went to Jones Beach then and it was a beautifully warm day as evidenced by our light jackets. That was so much fun.
NaNoWriMo has begun! I've decided that I need more Writing Buddies. *hangs head in shame* I have really no idea how to get them. Maybe I should pop in on a Write-In night at Hale & Hearty? I mean, good soup (p.s. they have Red Mango there too) and a laptop, I mean how would you go wrong? I just wish there was a Starbucks next door. Oh wait. I'm supposed to cut down on coffee. But hey, tea is still available, right? RIGHT?!
I have a list of things I would like to accomplish before the end of the year. Of course, being the procrastinator that I am, everything seems to be happening simultaneously. Besides writing 50,000 words (read: NaNoWriMo) in the month of November; I've also decided that beginning November 1, I am going to wean myself off of my diet soda & iced coffee habit.
Anyways. I cannot believe that October is ending. I have a special place in my heart for the last day of this month. One, because it is Halloween, but the other is because H and I began dating on October 31 exactly 9 years ago. Whaow. We don't have anything planned this year so we'll be flying by the seat of our pants this Thursday. We may see a movie or we may wait for the weekend to do so. We shall see. I'm just really happy to be able to spend another year with my love and will be content as long as we are together. :)
A few other things on my to-do list:
- write 2,000 words a day beginning 11/1 (EEK!)
- start working out (again)
- eat healthier
- drink at least 8 glasses of water a day
- take Big Bertha out for a spin at least once every week.
I saw the above on Google's frontpage and couldn't resist grabbing a screenshot. It's actually an animated gif and celebrates the 216th anniversary of the first parachute jump. Neat, huh?
^^^Marc Jacobs' Too Hot To Handle Slim Zip Around in Deep Sea Navy^^^
I used to have a very unhealthy obsession with designer bags & the like a few years back. It took awhile for me to break my habit (dang, I sound like an addict, & well, I guess if the shoe fits...) so I try to keep my wits about me when I get the urge to shop. Let's be real, I could easily fall back into that hole again. However, just because I am a lot more discerning when it comes to shopping, it definitely does NOT mean I don't indulge once in awhile. It may just be (a lot) less frequent but it does happen. :)
^^^I tried to eat healthier for lunch yesterday and ended up choosing the above restaurant. It's my second time eating there as it was recommended by a friend. I was really surprised at how good the Sweet Yam & Fennel Red Quinoa Bowl was. It was really tasty & even had a nice kick to it. Thank goodness I have a location right by my job. It's not cheap though so I don't think I can indulge like this every day.^^^
^^^Of course, the eating healthy party ended as soon as I got home. Sigh. I have been looking for this cake for FOREVER and when I finally found it (in C-Town of all places) I had to buy it. I only had a small slice though so yay for portion control? Ha. I have it on good authority that the rest of the cake was slightly demolished by my husband. Sigh. Blessing in disguise? We shall see.^^^
the story of your name.
i still want one.
it's almost time. I'm busily prepping (sort of) for this year's NaNo and I expect to be away from this space for a bit. I'll most likely be obsessively updating my progress (key word: most likely) via my IG: msmariadiana though, so holla at me over there if you want! I hope that I can update this site at least one more time before November 1st. :) See you guys around the way!
^^^I began my Saturday with this delicious meal.^^^
I would like to apologize in advance at how sporadic this post will be. I am a little stressed and I get pretty scatterbrained very quickly. Forewarned is forearmed, right?
^^^This picture was taken sometime during 2004.^^^
I dub this my skinny year(s). Honestly, it is very bittersweet to look upon these photos. The memories come back quickly and I can't help but feel regret at just how much I've let myself go. :( That is all I am going to say about that though. Self-pity is not welcome here.
The back-story to this picture is actually quite funny. My bff (on the right) and I were 30 minutes early for a movie (I can't remember what it was we were supposed to be seeing) and she spontaneously suggests that we sit on the railings right in front of us and pretend we are falling off it whilst her camera works with it's self-timer and snaps an "in the moment" photo of us. Tell me we aren't the only ones to do this. No?
Oh it doesn't matter really. It was fun & we have some great photographic evidence of our shenanigans way back when. It is fun to look back, remember and share a laugh though.
ps. just to note, one of the main reasons we wanted to document this was because we were both wearing our college sweatshirts that night. it was a random coincidence and a pretty neat one too.
^^^a completed to-do list.^^^
Speaking of flashbacks or throwbacks, here are a few more fun snaps of my bff and I, as well as fun shots w/ other friends, family & loved ones. Please keep in mind that most of these photos were taken in 2004 (almost 10 years ago now) and are all pretty old. :)
^^^Yo. Check out my earrings! Dang.^^^
^^^OMGosh, look how young we all were!^^^
^^^bars & clubs. bars and clubs.^^^
^^^with the old kohl's crew^^^
pic # 1: a run in with Jaws || pic # 2: in size order || pic # 3: the whole family at the happiest place on earth. ;)
The last few pictures were taken on a family trip to Orlando, Florida. We drove down from New York and it took 2 days of driving the i-95 to finally reach our destination. I had so much fun hanging with family, staying in South of the Border, seeing the sights & battling the remnants of Hurricane Charley. I can't wait to visit there again. Hopefully my next trip will be with my family with the addition of my husband (who has never been) and sans a Hurricane. You know what I mean?
Thanks for indulging me that little trip down memory lane. Can you even tell that I majored in History at College? ;)