#RomanticTuesday, #Loveuary 2-21-17

Hi everyone and happy Romantic Tuesday! I hope your week is off to a great start! Although I planned on featuring this timeless classic sometime in the near future… Chevvy from Chevvy’s Studio inspired me to do it sooner rather than later. A couple of weeks ago, she mentioned another version of this song by Kenny G in the comments section. I didn’t know he had his own version of At Last too! If you missed that post, you can check it out here. If you like different genres of music, poetry and nice photography, please check out and/or follow Chevvy’s blog if  you aren’t already. Since I think this song also ties in perfectly with Ritu’s Loveuary challenge, I’m including it there too. I’m using At Last for Ritu’s prompt, never ending love.

At Last was written in 1941 by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren for the musical, “Sun Valley Serenade.” Glenn Miller and his orchestra performed the song for the movie. Until recently, I always thought Etta James was the first person to sing it! She didn’t cover At Last until 1960. James’ version of At Last reached number 47 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at the time. I think it should’ve at least been in the top 10! Her version was inducted into the 1999 Grammy Hall of Fame. Several artists have covered the song throughout the years. Pop singer Christina Aguilera covered At Last at James’ funeral in 2012. I included a couple of my favorite versions. Which is your favorite? Please feel free to leave them in the comments. Have a great day, everyone and I’ll see you soon!

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Steve-O Live in El Paso

Hi everyone! Me and my boyfriend had the opportunity to see Steve-O last weekend at the El Paso Comic Strip. Steve-O was a big star on MTV’s Jackass, a reality TV show from the 90’s and early 2000’s. He and his co-stars performed many outrageous tricks and pranks. A couple of movies based on the TV show were made in the early 2000’s. Steve-O’s done some wild, crazy and disgusting sh*t in his life. Steve-O’s lived an interesting life. It’s a miracle he’s still alive at 42 years old! Steve-O talked about the times he was arrested. He was arrested for stapling his male private parts to himself. When he was in Sweden some years back, he swallowed a condom filled with marijuana. Luckily, he didn’t choke and he eventually recovered the marijuana. After all that, he ended up smoking the marijuana. Steve-O also talked about getting high with celebrities like Lindsay Lohan, Mike Tyson and Kid Rock. He eventually hit rock bottom with legal issues and drugs so he went to rehab. Guess who he saw when he was in rehab? Mike Tyson! We had the opportunity to see Mike Tyson talk about his crazy life a couple of years ago. Stevo-O has been drug free for about three years now. He also performed a couple of tricks while he was on stage. He got naked and was able to hide his male genitalia between his legs. Ha ha ha! Although he didn’t let us take photos while he was performing, he let us take a selfie with him after the show. I included one of the photos he took of me and him. Me and my boyfriend had a great time! My boyfriend bought his memoir for me. He signed it: Steve-O loves Lisa 😀 Besides Steve-O, two local comedians opened up for him. The comedians included George White and Anthony Perez. Both of these comedians joked about their lives, culture and living in El Paso. They were pretty hilarious! 

 

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Steve- O and Me!

          

 

 

Friday Song 2-17-17

Hi everyone and Happy Friday! I hope your week was good! I haven’t been around as much because I’ve been working on a project outside of blogging. Today I’m including a song by one of my favorite singers, Luis Miguel. If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you might recall previous posts I’ve written about him. I’m going to tie this post with Ritu’s #Loveuary challenge. I’m using her prompt, celeb crush. When I was younger, I practically worshipped Luis Miguel and his music. Today I’m including Luis Miguel’s song, Sueña (to dream or hope) from 1996. The song was featured in Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame soundtrack in Spanish. It was also on his 11th album, Nada es Igual (Nothing is the Same). My sister used Sueña in one of her slow dances at her wedding a couple of years ago. I recommended the song to her. Here are a couple of paragraphs I wrote about Luis Miguel last year, along with Sueña‘s lyrics in English. The lyrics in Spanish are included in the video. Have a great weekend, everyone! I’ll see you soon!
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One of my favorite artists and entertainers growing up was Luis Miguel. I’m still a fan but I’m not obsessed with him anymore. I had a huge crush on him as a child and teenager. My bedroom walls were literally covered with posters of him. I had every single one of his CD’s and concert DVD’s. I even had t-shirts with his face on them!

I had the opportunity to see him perform twice in El Paso. He’s been coming to El Paso and Ciudad Juarez in recent years. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to go anymore because the ticket prices are outrageous. Luis Miguel sings various styles of music like romantic ballads, pop and mariachi. Some of his songs have a jazzy sound while others include an entire orchestra. A few of his songs are redone classic Mexican ballads. He even sang a duet with Frank Sinatra called Come Fly with Me. Mariachi bands are a huge part of Mexican-American culture. If Mariachis are present, you know it’s for an important event. Mariachis are sometimes present at huge birthday parties, anniversaries, weddings and even funerals. Mariachis also serenade on Valentine’s and Mother’s Day. You can check out the rest of last year’s post here.

Dream
He dreams
with tomorrow
a new world
must come
Having faith
is very possible
if you are
determined
dreams
that there are no borders
and love without barriers
do not look back
She lives
with emotion
to feel again, to live
peace
Sow
your way
a new destination
and the sun will shine
where
souls unite in light of
goodness and love
reborn
and the day we find
that dream will change
no one will destroy
your soul truth
Have faith
is very possible
if you are
determined
Sueña
with a different world
where every day
the sun will shine
where
souls unite in light of
goodness and love
reborn
dream, dream you …
He dreams
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#Loveuary (Love Letter) #RomanticTuesday 2-14-17

Beautiful El Paso sunset by Andre

Hi everyone! Happy Romantic Tuesday and Valentine’s Day! Instead of music or another type of romantic post, I decided to write a love letter to my boyfriend. I’m following one of Ritu’s Loveuary prompts, love letter. Have a great day, everyone! I hope you’re spending today (and everyday) with the people you love the most.

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❤ Andre ❤ My Love ,

Ever since we spoke for the first time in February 2013, I felt like we immediately connected. I felt like I could talk to you about anything. I felt like I could actually be myself around you. After a couple of months, we decided to make our relationship official in April 2013. It hasn’t always been easy but here we are together on Valentine’s Day 2017. What relationship worth fighting for is ever perfect? None come to mind for me.

If someone asked me what I love about you the most, the list would be long. A couple of things at the top of the list would be your laugh and when your eyes turn a beautiful shade of sky blue. Your eyes look brighter when just the right amount of sunlight hits them. I enjoy the times we’ve spent together in bed talking about our day and everything else in between. Even though it took me awhile to get used to it, I like that we can sometimes just sit down together in silence and be OK with it. There isn’t anyone else I’d rather share a large pepperoni with green chile pizza with. And yes…this type of pizza can only be from Dion’s. I also love that you’re really smart. You’re very book and common sense smart. It’s actually really hard to find someone with both of those qualities. I also like that you have a sweet tooth and you’re male, meaning we can also share some cupcakes or cookies together! We’ve made so many beautiful memories in almost four years of being together. You are my lover and best friend. You are more than just a boyfriend to me. We’ve stuck together through some really hard times in our lives. Luckily, they’ve all stayed behind us. I’m thankful for every minute I get to spend with you. Thank you for also encouraging me to keep writing. Thank you for taking care of me when I was sick. I’m sorry about the times we fought and couldn’t stand each other. 

One of my favorite vacations we’ve taken so far was to San Francisco in June 2016. We shared so many laughs and good times while we were there. We experienced so many beautiful things. Taking a walk through Downtown San Francisco with you was an amazing experience in itself. We had the opportunity to try all kinds of different foods together. I’m excited to make more memories with you on our upcoming trip around Texas. I’m also excited about our future together. I know our relationship isn’t perfect but I think we can make it work until we’re old and crazy (crazier). 2017 already feels like it’s going to be a good year for us. Even if it doesn’t always seem like it, I love you with everything in me and I always will. You will always have my love, heart and support. I am on your team. One day you are going to be a great nurse and father. I’m sure things will even get better with you and my son. Sending you lots of love always.

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OLD SCHOOL PIC ANDRE MADE in 2013 😀

 

Love always,

Lisa

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Saturday Song 2-11-17, #Loveuary Challenge (Cupid)

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Hi everyone and happy Saturday! I hope you’re having a good weekend! This week has been SUPER busy and hectic because I’ve been writing a lot! Believe me, I’m not complaining at all! Thanks to my aunt, I’ll be attending a writing workshop on Sunday with author Denise Chávez. I’m super excited to learn from one of the best Mexican-American authors. I learned about her and her books in my Chicano literature class at New Mexico State around 2002. I’m thinking of doing a post about her and her book store in the next few days. I’m also working on a couple of other writing projects for next month! 

Today I’m following Ritu’s Loveuary prompt, Cupid. I’m including a few of my favorite songs with the word Cupid in them. Do you have any plans for Valentine’s Day? Do you have any favorite songs for Valentine’s Day (with or without the word Cupid)? If so, feel free to leave them in the comments. I’ll have a Romantic Tuesday/Loveuary post for you. Have a great weekend, everyone! Take care and I’ll see you on Tuesday!

This one is more of a guilty pleasure song but I still like it. LOL.

Still jammin’ to this one in 2017!

This one takes me back to my high school days. Smashing Pumpkins’ “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness” was (and probably still is) one of my all-time favorite albums.

A true classic!

I found this one YouTube and I REALLY like it! She has an amazing voice!

Some honorable mentions: Amy Winehouse’s Cupid, Sam Cooke’s Cupid, Teena Marie’s Cupid is a Real Straight Shooter.  

Guest writer: Lisa Amaya – An El Paso Woman

A HUGE thank you goes out to Sue for allowing me to do a guest post on her blog. Comments for this post will be closed in my blog. Please visit Sue’s blog if you’d like to leave a comment.

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Hi everyone! Before I go any further, I want to thank Sue for allowing me to write a guest post for her blog. I appreciate this wonderful opportunity. For those who don’t know of me or my blog, I’m Lisa Amaya from Life of an El Paso Woman. I’m a 30-something mom to my 11-year-old son, Jacob. I’ve been writing stories and poetry since I was 6 years old. I’ve written for different newspapers, magazines and online publications for about 10 years. Aside from my blog, I’m currently a contributor to What’s Up Weekly in El Paso, Texas. I interview musicians and celebrities from around the world for this publication. I also attend movie premieres, concerts, festivals, museum exhibits and other fun events.

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My first book is currently in the works. I hope to finish it by late 2017 or early 2018. The story takes place in El Paso. It’s about…

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#Loveuary Challenge (Friends) 2-9-17

Hi everyone and happy Thursday! This week has been really busy! Today I’m including part of a repost I did last year. It’s about one of my good friends and a girls night out we had. I’m using Ritu’s friends prompt. Me and my good friend met when we were 12 years old. We were 6th graders at William D. Slider Middle School in east El Paso. We began to have classes together in 7th and 8th grade. Classes with my friend were always a great time! We were always laughing and picking on boys. The teacher would sometimes ask us to be quiet. Before there was texting, we always wrote each other letters almost everyday. I’d write about the boys I liked, what I was doing on the weekend, etc. Not only did we write letters but we also talked on the phone almost everyday. It’s crazy that she’s been my friend for about 23 years now! No matter how much our lives change, we always keep in touch. We’ve been to each other’s get togethers, baby showers, weddings, etc.  She’s one of those friends you can call or text anytime of the day or night, even if it’s just to say hi. Over the years, I’ve had so many friends come and go. Luckily, she hasn’t been one of them. Speaking of girls night out…we have one planned for tonight and I couldn’t be more excited! Have a great day, everyone and I’ll see you soon!  

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Hi everyone! I hope your day was great! My day was very long today!

I had a nice dinner with a very old friend of mine this evening. Eating tacos and catching up on life are always fun things to do with special people in my life. I’ve been friends with her since we were in sixth grade, so about 22 years now! We’ve seen each other grow up, go through a lot, etc. Like a lot of us, she’s been through some hard times but she’s now doing great for herself. She’s in a loving relationship and works as a counselor for children and adults. She’s one of those friends you might not talk to for months but nothing changes. When I finally sit down to talk with her, it’s as if we just spoke last week. It’s rare to find and keep friends like that in your life. We talked about her relationship, what’s been going on in my life, etc. I’m not sure when we’ll get together again but it’s always a great time! I’ve cherished her friendship throughout the years. She always knows when and how to say the right things to me. She doesn’t sugar coat anything I tell her either.

To this day, I still remember several of the memories we’ve shared throughout the years. Some of the memories include: passing notes in class, talking on the phone for hours, the day she married and divorced one of my friends, hanging out in the middle school cafeteria, talking about cute boys in our classes, laughing and talking too much in algebra and English, the time we liked the same boy (it’s not as bad as you think, he’s very much in love with his boyfriend these days) the day she graduated from college with her bachelors then masters, the times she’s cooked for me at her house, watching one of our favorite shows, House, the list goes on and on! I’m sure we’ll continue to be friends until we’re REALLY old! We don’t get to hang out that much because she works a lot. We both know we can text or call one another anytime. I also relearned a great lesson this week. There are still nice people around us at all times! I’m beginning to believe most people are actually nice!

Photo from Google Search/Simple Reminders

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Review: The Lego Batman Movie

The Lego Batman Movie is an action-packed adventure filled with lots of witty jokes and good life lessons. Throughout the flick, Batman (Will Arnett) a.k.a. Bruce Wayne experiences some major life changes. The changes he encounters include: In order to save Gotham City, he must learn how to work together with others. Since Batman is used to working alone to save his city, teamwork becomes a hard concept for him to pick up. His new adopted son Dick Grayson (Michael Cera) teaches him how to love. Batman eventually grows to love Dick as he shows him the do’s and don’ts of becoming a superhero. Dick chooses to wear the Robin uniform/costume. You know Batman secretly has a hidden soft side to him when he watches Jerry Maguire at his home theater. The Joker (Zach Galifianakis) later reveals and makes fun of a few other romantic chick flicks Batman has in his Blu-Ray stash. One of those movies that comes to mind is Serendipity.

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Batman is also lonely and fears having his own family at the beginning of the movie. His parents passed away when he was a child. He eventually adds his butler, Alfred (Ralph Fiennes) and his crush, Gotham City’s new police commissioner Barbara Gordon (Rosario Dawson) to his team/family. Batman also asks other superheroes to help save his city. He even realizes he must work with people he strongly dislikes such as his worst enemy, The Joker. Magic Mike’s Channing Tatum makes a cameo appearance as Clark Kent (another guy Batman doesn’t really care for) a.k.a. Superman. The Lego Batman Movie hits theaters worldwide on Friday, Feb. 10. I highly recommend this movie for all ages. The movie is rated PG and runs for one hour and 46 minutes.    

Disclaimer: I was given the opportunity to attend this advanced movie screening in exchange for my opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review.  

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#Loveuary (Parents) #Romantic Tuesday 2-7-17

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Hi everyone and happy Romantic Tuesday! Today I’m combining the Loveuary Challenge and Romantic Tuesday. For today’s Loveuary post, I choose the parents prompt. I’m including a repost from a music series I did last year. The two-week series was titled Bands My Parents Introduced Me To. This repost includes a couple of stories about my parents and El Paso. My parents read my blog regularly. Whether my writing is online or in a print publication, they’ve always been supportive of it. I can’t say growing up with my parents was easy all the time. They were very strict but I’m still alive and I’ve never been to prison!

Journey will perform in El Paso on July 15. Guess who gets to write about them and hopefully interview them for a local publication? If you guessed me (Lisa A.), you’re right! I’ve already requested an interview with them. As of today, I haven’t heard back from anyone. Have a great day and I’ll see you soon! P.S. Happy birthday to my dad today too! Thank you for all of the lessons you’ve taught me throughout my life. The best lessons you taught me were to work hard and never do anything half a$$. I wish you many more years of good health and birthdays! Enjoy your day! ❤

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Good morning everyone! Unfortunately, it’s another Monday! Today I’m starting my weekly music series, Bands My Parents Introduced me to. I’ll be including songs and stories throughout the week. Since it’s Monday, I think it’s a great idea to start the week off right with some Journey. My parents introduced me to Journey when I was about 5 or 6 years old. Here are some of mine and their favorite songs below: 

These two songs always remind me of one of El Paso’s most famous fast food restaurants, Chico’s Tacos. Whenever I’ve gone, one or two of these songs are usually playing on the juke box, especially Lights. Chico’s Tacos was featured on the Food Network and Cooking Channel by El Paso chef, Aarón Sánchez in 2009 and 2015. Sánchez also makes appearances on Food Network’s Chopped and Cooking Channel’s Taco Trip. He currently works and resides in New York City. According to his Twitter page, he’s also a father and author. Last year I reached out to Sánchez and his staff for an interview. He or his staff never responded. Aside from the restaurant’s rolled tacos drenched in sharp cheddar cheese, tomato juice and a side of green chile, they are also known for their hot dogs in a round bun and burgers. Fries are a must with any of these foods. 

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One of my favorite songs that always gets me going on a Monday or any day! The song has always given me hope that anything in life is possible.

An upbeat, breakup song that’s gotten me through a couple of them. 

My parents’ song ❤ I love this live version in Houston. I noticed that lead singer Steve Perry wears Nike in some of his videos. I couldn’t really tell if he’s wearing Nike Cortez? In my opinion, the Cortez shoe style still rocks these days! How about you? Do you have any favorite Journey songs and/or memories? Have a great Monday, everyone! I’ll have another Bands My Parents Introduced Me To post tomorrow.

#Loveuary Challenge (Flowers)

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Hi everyone and Happy Sunday! For today’s Loveuary challenge I’m using Ritu’s prompt, flowers. I decided on flowers because some of us may give a loved one flowers on Valentine’s Day. My favorite flowers have always been roses, especially fragrant red ones. Did you know flowers have different meanings depending on their color? I didn’t know this until recently! I’m going to go over a few flower colors and their meanings. You can check out Proflowers.com for more info. I already knew some info. but Pro Flowers helped me with additional facts.

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Red- Red flowers, especially red roses are tied to romance. They symbolize someone’s love and desire for a person. The red rose has been used as a romantic gesture throughout Greek and Roman history. Christians associate red roses with love for the Virgin Mary.

Pink- Pink flowers are given to show admiration and appreciation towards a person. Since there are different shades of pink, here’s what the different shades mean. Dark Pink- Used to say thank you to someone. Medium Pink- Great for a first love or to cheer up a friend who’s healing. Light Pink- Symbolizes gentleness. Pink roses are perfect for one’s mother, grandmother and/or favorite aunt.

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White- White flowers, especially white roses, symbolize purity, marriage and new beginnings. White flowers are also a perfect way to let someone know you are thinking of them.

Yellow- Yellow symbolizes friendship and good health (In most cases. This mostly applies to yellow roses). See my list of terrible flowers to give below.  

Lavender- Love at first sight! Lavender roses are hard to find at times.

Orange- Passion and desire. Whenever I see an orange rose, I think of a bright, warm fire, along with a beautiful El Paso sunset.

Terrible flowers to give- Yellow carnations symbolize rejection or disappointment. A striped carnation symbolizes refusal. Black Roses represent death and farewell.

Photos from Pexels

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