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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

My Juan

Juan es mi novio. Lo amo mucho y estoy alegre yo lo satisfice. Él hizo 2006 un buen año para mí. Estoy pasando con muchos de cambios en mi vida, pero espero que Juan siga siendo constante en mi vida porque lo amo mucho. Besos a ti Juan.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Who says University of Chicago Students Can't have Fun?

Here are some pictures from our recent trip to the White Sox Game.

We had a blast even though neither Juan or I are baseball fans. Pictured with us are some of Juan's most admired lab mates: Rafe, Rafe's girlfriend Lindsay (she's actually a med student) and Zach. The University sponsored the event so we got a private buffet with hot dogs, hamburgers, fried chiicken and ribs! Most importantly- free beer! So much fun!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006


As in Lance Bass!
I found this poor guy while I was walking Sam and Mia the Friday before I left for Denver. He stayed with us for 2 nights and then my sister offered to take care of him while I was away. Well, apparently he chewed some of their stuff, and ruined a door while they were at work and he ended up going to my Grandma's house since she is home all day. Lance didn't get along with her dogs though and her neighbors fell in love with him. He ended up getting a new home with one of her neighbors friends who lives on a farm and is retired and at home most of the time. He'll get the attention he deserves! I'm so glad I helped this stray out and could find him a home. My mom said that when his new owner came over to my Grandma's house to meet the dog, he immediately jumped up on her lap and it was love at first sight for both of them. I wonder if she still calls him Lance?

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Going to Denver

I'm going to Denver, CO for the first time next Tuesday. I'm just now starting to get over what's been more than a week long illness that was strep throat and a touch of flu. It was aweful. I hate being sick. Hopefully I'll be fully recovered in the next few days before the trip to Denver. I'm going for work. We're having our Annual Conference there- last year it was Washington D.C.

I hope the weather there isn't as humid as it was in D.C. last summer! Juan will be in Puerto Rico while I'm in Denver, so we'll both be traveling. I would gladly trade spaces with him though! If it's like last year, I'll be working 12 hour days, getting up around 6am to go sit at a booth all day long and then go to work parties that I'm required to show up and attend. Not what I call a relaxing getaway- but the upside is I get the following Monday and Friday off. That will be nice.

Usually when I go somewhere I try to read up on the place to see what there is to do and what are the main attractions. This time though I don't know if it's because I'm just getting over being sick or just plain apathetic- I haven't taken the time to do any researching. That's why there isn't some cute picture of Denver next to this post...Maybe I'll take a few interesting pictures when I'm there, who knows? I take my dogs to my parents on Sunday before the trip. Oh, and another thing bad is that I miss Franklin coming back from his Austria/Germany trip. I wish I'd be here to hear everything when he gets back, but I'll be heading out of Chicago on my own adventure...

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

The Mousetrap

Cute story

A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. "What food might this contain?" The mouse wondered. He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap. Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning. "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!" The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, "Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it." The mouse turned to the pig and told him, "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!" The pig sympathized but said, "I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers." The mouse turned to the cow and said, "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!" The cow said, "Wow, Mr. Mouse. I'm sorry for you, but it's no skin off my nose." So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer's mousetrap-- alone. That very night a sound was heard throughout the house -- like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey. The farmer's wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught. The snake bit the farmer's wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital and she returned home with a fever. Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup's main ingredient. But his wife's sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig. The farmer's wife did not get well; she died. So many people came for her funeral, the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them. The mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness. So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem and think it doesn't concern you, remember ... when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk. We are all involved in this journey called life. We must keep an eye out for one another and make an extra effort to encourage one another. Send this to everyone who has ever helped you out and let them know how important they are in your life. Remember: each of us is a vital thread in another person's tapestry. Our lives are woven together for a reason!

Monday, July 17, 2006

Opening Ceremonies Pictures

Juan and I got to be in the Opening Ceremonies of the Gay Games as Flag Bearers. We had it all worked out so we would get there on time and beat the traffic, but I forgot my badge at my place and we had to go across town to go get it.

We got there at 5pm and found a long line of other people waiting to sign up to carry a flag as well. Juan ended up carrying the sign for Spain and I got United Arab Emerites! We waited around until 8pm when the athletes were supposed to go onto the field and that's when I found out UAE didn't have any athletes there! So all that waiting for nothing! Here's a picture of Juan , Reza and I in the area we had to wait in before we got on the field. What amazed me most was how many athletes there were from California! There were teams of so many different cities there! Being part of the ceremonies really made me want to be a part of the whole thing. I wish I had signed up as an athlete. It would have been so much fun. The weather here in Chicago is not exactly cooperating though. The heat index today was 105 degrees! Some sports were delayed due to the heat and they have already reported taking some athletes to the hospital due to overheating.

Reza carried the Swedish flag

I didn't want to miss going out on the field so I just went over to where the Spanish team was waiting and explained the situation and no one really minded that I went on the field with them.

It was so cool to be on the field. There was such a cool energy.

Everyone was in party mood. Here are some pictures of the whole thing...

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

English Language- Did you know?

Interesting, probably lesser known facts about the English language...

1) Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.
2) No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.
3) "Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".
4) Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
5) The sentence: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter of the alphabet.
6) The words 'racecar,' 'kayak' and 'level' are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes).
7) There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
8) There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: "abstemious" and "facetious."
9) TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.
10) All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill
11) A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
12) A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
13) A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
14) A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
15) A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.