#50- Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Four years ago, shortly after I had Natalie and was cruising Myspace, I saw my High School friend Eric post pictures of his visit to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Washington.  I immediately went nuts!  I LOVE tulips!  There was nothing even remotely close to what the Tulip Festival was in Washington here in California and I decided right then and there that  this was one festival I needed to see.  I asked Eric for all the details, ordered their brochure and pegged it on my favorite pages on my computer, vowing to one day make it to Skagit.  And every year, around this time, I was a little resentful towards myself that another year was passing without me making my way up to Washington to check it out.  So, I thought if I put it on my list this year (#50) then SURELY I’d have a better chance of making it happen (I’m really starting to love my bucket list these days….)

I’ll save you a lot of details, mostly because I write about it in Natalie’s blog (click here if you must) but all these pictures are Blake’s and no, the photos don’t even start to do it justice.  Washington is BEAUTIFUL.  Thank you Eric for pointing us in the right direction!



#38- Updated! Girls Night Out!

I received an email today from Damon Chamberlain of StudioTHP / Frontside Films letting me know our Girls Night Out video was complete!

I love every second of it.  My only wishes are that I thought of this sooner, and that our best friend Heather (out in Minnesota) was also a part of it.

Not thinking I can post the actual video here, but here is a link:


Thank you Damon!  I am thrilled with the end result!!


Feb 20:

It may look like I’ve been neglecting my “list” since it’s the 20th of February and I’ve only posted one thing.  But I’ve actually several items that are works in progress.  What I have been neglecting, however, is charging my camera battery, adding to my lag in posting photos.

Before Yolanda arrived, and right before the camera died.

#38 is coming soon, to a YouTube channel near you.  Of course when it’s done I’ll post it here 🙂

#15 Let’s Go Giants, Let’s Go…?!

 I’m not going to pretend to be a fan of anything or any team. I wish I was.  I think I’d be good at it.  I have a lot of friends who have team loyalties, and around the time I was making my list the super bowl was gearing up, plus with the past successful year of the SF Giants it just seemed like something I wanted to (attempt to) be apart of.  Hence #15 on my list… attend a pro baseball game.

My knowledge of baseball did get a semi-decent start in my early childhood-  I have an older brother who easily convinced me to spend my allowance collecting baseball cards for him from the ice cream truck man that came down our street almost every day to collect my $1.50.  Derek insisted to me that the gum that came with the pack was a good trade off. I’d sit there in his room smacking my gum and helping him  sort the cards into valuable and not valuable, all the while a baseball game would be playing on that old school T.V. with the dials in the background.  Then I think there was a strike?  Combined with me realizing I’d rather save my allowance for other things, and that pretty much ended my interest in Baseball.

Fast forward to this month, I arrived at AT&T Park with Blake and Natalie (meeting up with Matt & Katie) and I realized a few things.

1) I guess I kind of have already done this. I’ve gone to quite a few Rivercats games, and to me it seemed a little equivalent. Sure more people and bigger park,  but really a similar setting.

2) I didn’t mesh well with the crowd we chose to sit with.  I found myself surrounded by girls my age, but CLEARLY using the Game as a potential mating ground seeing as most of them sported the same “slutty hardcore fan” attire of tight cleavage-popping shirts, tight pants, high-heeled knee-high boots, looooong hair worn down with big hoop earrings and matching ballcap…. the deal clencher was how they spent most of their time in the bathroom texting, drinking beer and posing for pictures that would later be their FB Profile picture to falsely boast about their team loyalty in hopes to entice a guy into thinking they are “one of the guys” or a tomboy.  Yes, I’m talking to you.

I think this guy is suppose to be good?

3) I suspect that there are only 2 or 3 people in the crowd who really are intently watching the game and the rest of us rely on them to keep us informed while we socialize.  Cause even tho I have to say I gave it a fair amount of my attention, most amazing plays went right over my head but because one guy stands up and starts screaming, the rest of us follow within seconds, only needing to watch the replay on the board a minute later to realize what we were cheering or booing for.




Startin' them young

4) I was super excited regardless, and had a great time.  I loved knowing that Natalie’s sports team education got a much better jump start than I got, and I wouldn’t mind going to more games.

Now, we wound up going with Matt, Katie & Landon- who was also attending his first game ever. His advantage over me is his parents are hardcore A’s fans.  I guess I should mention this was the Giants vs. A’s game. Haha!  Fun stuff 🙂

#95- A Picture, A Moment I love

The picture itself isn’t that remarkable- but for me, it’s more about a time in my life when I was having an absolute BLAST with some great friends.  One of my goals was to find a picture I love and recreate it.  I spent a lot of time going through old photos, considering with each one how feasible it would be to recreate, or at least get close enough to, the original.  I didn’t want it to be too easy, but at the same time I wasn’t going to call on friends or family who lives cross country or invade a setting that is no longer accessible by the general public.

But I found one, and I sent a FB message to the girls in the photo- SURPRISINGLY I got responses back from all of them within hours, all saying YES YES YES! Let’s do this!  Even more surprising was this was only about 3 weeks ago, so to pull this many girls together so quickly was astonishing…. why haven’t we tried this sooner??



On to the story:

During my college years, I was part of a Latina Organization.  Ok, laugh!  But it wasn’t as crazy as it sounds.  It wasn’t random, and I wasn’t setting out to make any statements by joining.  Several of my co workers-turned-good-friends were Members of MAR and I found myself often attending their events, socials, fundraisers, parties, etc. etc. to the point where they were like, “Why don’t you just join?”  So I did. One of my most favorite decisions ever.

What was fun about today was piecing together just what led up to this original photo being taken.  We all had small memories of it.  I remembered it was after eating dinner at Round Table on Campus, Maira remembered it was dress shopping for Formal, Luz remembered it was because Teresa complained that she didn’t HAVE a dress for Formal, Nicole remembered we thought it’d be funny to pose with ugly dresses, and Emily thought she remembered it being after a fundraiser and we were shopping in a Thrift Shop… Way off! haha….

Eating Pizza, circa 2004

Lunch at Cheesecake!

Group shot

It's a girl for Emily!

She takes better photos than most professional Photographers I've seen on Facebook.

What was different this time around?  Well, besides aging 8 years, and the subtle changes Macy’s made to their dress department (tho not much change there) the only difference was Teresa being a party pooper and not being able to make it to take the picture again-  luckily fellow MAR member Amanda joined us.  I didn’t want to have to ask a stranger, and this way we took about a dozen shots trying to get angles and smiles just right.  We did extend the invite to all the Mujeres, but this event of ours was also sharing the day with Mike’s wedding.  And for those of you who were in MAR when we were in MAR know who Mike is….

I drove away from lunch feeling really sad.  I didn’t realize how much I missed these girls, even tho I see them on FB all the time, it of course isn’t the same.  I really do hope I see them a little more frequently.  There was mention of a MAR reunion, and seeing how easy this was to gather people together, it seems it could be done again on a larger scale.

#6- Tortillas, Part 1!

Part 1 because, I surprisingly have had two friends demand to be my teacher when it comes to the Tortilla Making goal (#6).  But first, a short story….

When I made my original top 30 bucket list back in, say, 2002 for a class- I had put “Learn to make tortillas from scratch” on the list.  For only one reason- I love Mexican food. Somehow throughout all the life changes this original bucket list kept finding its way back into my life (typically when I was organizing or cleaning out something) to which I would look the list over and say to myself, “Yes! Tortillas!  I MUST learn how to do this!”

Also important to note, during this time and for the past 10 years I worked with one of the sweetest little Mexican ladies who would regularly put “tortilla making from scratch” on her calendar of activities in her pre-school classroom. And I would just happen to be passing through her classroom on these days, declaring (in between bites) that “I MUST learn how to do this!”  And Alma would always respond with, “It’s so easy! Flour, water, blah blah blah etc. etc. etc.”  And I would always respond with, “But not now, I don’t have time. I need to do this in a kitchen! With a little sweet Mexican lady like yourself teaching me!” Never happened. Obviously.

Anyway, so I put this on my list once again and I immediately get messages from my Latina friends offering to teach me… I narrow it down to Ariana, who was persistent, and set a date. Corn tortillas, but my flour tortilla adventure will be with another girlfriend, on a later date.

Success!  The process is actually quite easy, at least, easy if you want to remain an amateur.  I am considering investing in a much larger tortilla flattener, since the one I have (and brought) was already something I acquired from when an old roommate left it behind when moving out and only makes the taco-size tortillas.  But my goal was always to have a sweet little Mexican lady teach me, and even tho Ariana is no Tia or Abuelita, she IS a total sweetheart for letting me invade her kitchen, and offering up her time.  Thank you chica!