Sunday, November 30, 2014

Relaxing Sunday & the "Four Survey"

Alvaro & I are having a super relaxing Sunday at home. Well he’s working on a paper for his Chemistry class so I’m not sure if he’d call that relaxing :) 

I saw this Four Answers Survey on Caitlin’s blog, Healthy Tipping Point, and thought it’d be fun to do! 

Four names that people call me other than my real name:
  1. Cortes
  2. Honey
  3. Bug (nickname by my dad) 
  4. Uncle Cathy - my nephew Tyler hasn’t nailed the Aunt part yet
Four jobs I’ve had:
  1. Admin Assistant at Orthopedic Clinic
  2. Shipping & warehouse worker at book company 
  3. Hollywood Video store employee
  4. Bank Teller
Four movies I’ve watched more than once:
  1. Bridesmaids
  2. Knocked up 
  3. The Break Up
  4. Twilight Series 
Four books I’d recommend:
  1. This is the story of a happy marriage
  2. Me Before You
  3. Start 
  4. Is everyone hanging out without me
Four places I’ve lived
  1. Dorms at college 
  2. Downtown Salem 
  3. South Salem
Four places I’ve visited:
  1. India
  2. Mexico
  3. New York 
  4. California 
Four places I’d rather be right now:
  1. Seattle doing touristy holiday things 
  2. Hawaii with Alvaro 
  3. Disneyland! 
  4. A coffee shop 
Four things I prefer not to eat:
  1. Refried beans
  2. Kale
  3. Whole lemons 
  4. Octopus 
Four of my favorite foods:
  1. Coffee
  2. Apples
  3. Tacos
  4. Ice Cream 
Four TV shows I watch:
  1. The Office
  2. Game of Thrones
  3. SNL
  4. Homeland
Four things I’m looking forward to this year:
  1. Runs with Alvaro 
  2. Making a big dent in our debt 
  3. New opportunities at my job
  4. Planning a nice vacation with Alvaro 
Four things I’m always saying:
  1. Want some coffee? 
  2. What should we make for dinner?
  3. I need to charge my phone. 
  4. I’m tired. 

Hope you’re having a great & relaxing Sunday too! 

Saturday, November 29, 2014


I always feel like i have so much to be thankful for, but this year it seems like even more. I’m so thankful for my family & the support that they’ve been for Alvaro & I. I’m grateful for a job I love that allows Al to go to school full time. I’m thankful for our health & both our families health. I’m thankful for an apartment we’re making cozy, into our home. I’m thankful for my husband. How incredibly supportive he is & the amazing relationship we have. No way we could be changing our lives & futures without each other. I love him & appreciate him so much. 

I hope your thankful list is long & full. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Alvaro's Birthday

Last monday, November 3rd, was Alvaro’s birthday. Between a Biology midterm on Monday & Al getting rear ended on Tuesday :( the week didn’t feel very celebratory.  However when Al came to pick me up Friday from work, I had a plan in the making. Dinner & shopping in Bridgeport. Honestly, it didn’t take much to convince Al to go along with my idea. After a quick stop on the house we were heading to Bridgeport Village. 

After we got our name on the list for PF Chang's we went over to the Apple Store to do a little shopping. Alvaro had been doing some research on an iPad and really wanted to get one to help with his studies and take to class. We walked out with a brand new iPad Air 2 for him! So excited for him. The iPad we had before that was the first version they came out with! It was over twice the weight of the new one which we could no longer update since Apple is no longer supporting that operating system, ha. 

We ran over to PF Chang’s and had a wonderful dinner together. I think the best part was that neither of us took out our phones or even thought about them (no photos). We just really enjoyed each other. I have a bad habit of being anxious and always trying to stick to a schedule, but I didn’t even think about it. I just wanted to celebrate my husband & his birthday. I love him so much. I think even though it was simple, it’ll be a birthday we’ll always remember. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Every few of months I suffer from a couple days of pretty terrible anxiety. The littlest thing will cause me to be anxious and I’ll immediately go to the worst case scenario. It throws me for a loop and makes it difficult to focus on simple daily tasks. When I go through this spells I feel sick, I often don’t sleep well, and cry very easily. I know a lot of it stems from my brother passing away from cancer & the lack of control. Luckily I have a great support system. Alvaro is always there encouraging & supporting me. Staying up with my when I can't sleep & praying for me. I group text my family asking for prayer. I pray a lot & remind myself of the reality, the facts. A few days after it passes, I look back and try to think of how I could have handled that better. What could I have done better/different to help avoid the anxiety in the first place. Stress is normal, but anxiety and worry disrupting my life is not. I found the print below on etsy and thought it was a great reminder. I might need to buy it & put it in our house. 

Via DaughterZionDesigns on Etsy
How do you handle anxiety & stress? Have you read any books that have helped you manage it? 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Exploring :: Minto Brown Park

Today Alvaro & I explored Minto Brown Park looking for some samples for his biology class. We had to hurry towards the end cause a huge wind storm was coming in. We even saw some branches break off trees across the park! Luckily Al snapped some great pictures of our adventure. I love living in the Pacific Northwest! 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Night

Friday nights at the coffee shop with Alvaro are my favorite thing. 

How do you like to spend your Friday night? 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

One Day 2014

Yesterday I participated in One Day on Instagram hosted by Laura at Hollywood Housewife. It’s about documenting your day and those mundane moments that we don’t usually capture & share. Yesterday was nothing like a normal day, ha! But I think that’s the great thing about it. I have memories attached to that day & now some photos to remember it. I really enjoyed doing it and am planning on doing it again next year. Did you play along as well? If so, comment below and I’d love to check out your photos :) 

Early start to the day! I did press snooze a couple times :) 

Coffee :: Essential

Alvaro makes our breakfast almost everyday while I'm running around getting late. 
Eggs & avocado are what we usually have. 

My work desk! I LOVE my job! 

Lunch in my favorite spot at work. I have a salad for lunch every single day. 

This little family of deer greeted me at my parents house. 

Steak! Dinner with my parents & steak is a total treat! 

Spent the evening at my parents house & watched Survivor with my dad. 
We used to watch it every week when I lived at home. I love him. 

After reading a few pages of this book, I was out for the night!