Monday Song 10-24-16

Hi everyone! I hope you had a good Monday! It was pretty busy here. I’m relieved me and my son FINALLY finished his science project this evening! Like I said before, I’m usually not one to discuss politics that much…however this year is an exception. I tried to go and vote during my lunch hour this afternoon but it didn’t happen. The line was halfway around the mall! I’ve never seen such a huge voter turnout, especially during early voting! I was VERY impressed! 

Today’s song isn’t really a song, it’s a speech. I didn’t really like the eight-minute speech the first time I heard it but it’s growing on me. I think Eminem is one of the best lyricists/rappers these days. His earlier stuff had a lot of meaning for me. Eminem discusses how much he dislikes Donald Trump, along with various current events. I didn’t like the speech at first until I listened to it about four times. If you listen to it, feel free to leave comments. Just a heads up, do NOT listen to it when the kids are around or at work (unless you have headphones). Have a goodnight/good morning everyone! I will be back with a Romantic Tuesday post. 

Sunday Song 10-23-16

Hi everyone and happy Sunday! I hope you’re doing well! I’m in the mood to relax today so I wanted to share this song with you. The song and album were released back in 2008 by the London trance groups OceanLab and Above & Beyond. This song, “I Am What I Am” is on their album “Sirens of the Sea.” I discovered this song and album on Pandora Radio recently. I usually listen to Pandora Radio on my commute to work. A lot of songs that aren’t played on mainstream radio are played on Pandora. I immediately enjoyed OceanLab’s lead singer Justine Suissa’s voice. According to Wikipedia, she’s collaborated with popular DJ’s like Robbie Rivera and Armin van Buuren. She’s been called one of the electronic world’s most powerful vocalists and a mainstay in the trance world. Above & Beyond and Justine Suissa are currently on an acoustic world tour this year. The tour’s happening in England, the U.S., Canada and Australia. What do you think of this song? Her voice? Had you heard of these bands? Please feel to leave comments. Have a great rest of the day, everyone! I’ll see you soon!   

2016 U.S. Presidential Election Memes, etc.

I’m usually not one who likes discussing politics but this election is an exception (kind of). The two main presidential candidates are a joke. I’m getting pretty tired of the ridiculous commercials and memes on social media. Some of them are actually funny but enough is enough already! Statues of the candidates have even been found naked in New York City! Check it out here. (If you dare, it’s pretty graphic). Early voting in Texas starts Monday (Oct. 24). I’m not really thrilled with either candidate but I plan on exercising my right anyway. Although It’s pretty depressing money bought a spot for Donald Trump! Fellow blogger and friend, Ryan Loera posted this video on Facebook a few day ago. I couldn’t stop laughing at it so I decided to post it here. Can people really be that stupid?? LOL. I’m counting the days down until this election is finally over! Here are a few memes I think are funny for the occasion.









Local store, So El Paso takes advantage of the election by selling this pinata.

#RomanticTuesday 10-18-16

Hi everyone! I hope your Tuesday was great! For today’s Romantic Tuesday post, I decided to go with pop and R&B star Usher. Usher’s one of my favorite singers. I’ve liked several of his songs since the mid-90’s! He’s one artist I wouldn’t mind seeing live. I think “Here I Stand” is one of his most romantic albums. “Before I Met You”/”Here I Stand” was released in 2008. It was one of those albums I couldn’t stop listening to! The CD was constantly being playing in my brand new blue 2008 Honda Civic. Although 2008 wasn’t such a good year for me (especially in the love department), I’d constantly listen to the album. My son’s father and me ended our seven-year relationship that year. It was a difficult time but overall it was for the best. “Before I Met You” is about Usher changing his player/promiscuous lifestyle in order to fully commit to his lover. He also sings about the many positive ways his lover changes his life.

Chalk the Block


Hi everyone! I hope your weekend was great! Mine was OK, even though I’m kind of under the weather again. Today I took my son the ninth annual Chalk the Block arts festival in downtown El Paso. We also had the opportunity to visit the El Paso Museum of Art and the El Paso Museum of History for FREE! Here’s some shots I took of the art created with chalk, along with some of the exhibits at the museums.

A few shots of the Hermosos Huesos (Beautiful Bones) exhibit by Wayne Hilton at the El Paso Museum of Art (Perfect for Halloween and Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)!





Here’s some sidewalk chalk art and a dragon.




This was my son’s favorite.
Why do I want feet if I have wings to fly?
It was 90 degrees in the Sun City today!


The first firetruck in El Paso
Can you feel the love?😛 P.S. For more awesome events, check out Eventbrite’s event planning software!

Friday Song, etc. 10-14-16

Hi everyone and HAPPY FRIDAY! This week was long and tiring here! I hope you had a great week and Friday! This weekend I plan on spending lots of time with my son. He has to do a science fair project by next week! I’m not looking forward to it but we’ll be working on it this weekend. His science teacher asked us to propose a project idea. He rejected it a couple of weeks back! We’re thinking of doing one with Lego (did you know Legos isn’t an actual word?). Does anyone have any science fair project ideas? If you do, please feel free to leave them in the comments section, Lego-themed or not. I’ve been looking at lots of project ideas online lately.

Today I’m taking you back to 2007 with Jay-Z’s “I Know.” “I Know” also includes R&B/pop star Pharrell Williams (I miss seeing him on “The Voice”). The song appeared on Jay-Z’s 10th album, “American Gangster.” This is one of my all-time favorite Jay-Z albums. According to Wikipedia,”I Know” was leaked on the Internet on Yahoo! Music almost one month before its debut in January 2008. The song peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot Tracks List.

Wikipedia also says Denzel Washington asked “American Gangster” producer Brian Grazer to allow Jay-Z to write the movie’s score. Grazer didn’t think “there would be enough for Jay-Z to do.” He instead stuck with music from the 60’s and 70’s, the actual time frame of the movie’s plot. However, the film’s trailer included Jay-Z’s “Heart of the City (Ain’t No Love).” Jay-Z was inspired by the movie in order to lure in a younger audience to the box office. Several tracks on his album include scenes from the movie. In my opinion, the album is so much better than the movie. I saw the movie once and expected it to be a lot better than the hype.     

#RomanticTuesday 10-11-16

Hi everyone! I hope your Tuesday is off to a great start! Monday was a holiday for some. I don’t consider Columbus Day a holiday. Anyway…I’m sorry for not posting yesterday! It was a pretty bad day at work and life in general! I’m glad today is already another day. It’s a fresh start for a new beginning🙂 Please forgive me if I don’t post as much in the upcoming months. I’m going through a lot of changes at work right now. I’m also trying to make up my mind on things. I’m still here guys even if it’s not as much as before. From now on, I’ll be posting on Tuesdays (I’ll have a Romantic Tuesday post) and weekends. Once things start getting better, I’ll post more often. Thank you for understanding.

Today I’m taking you back to 2013 with Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home.” Wikipedia says the song peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100. It was named the best song of 2013 by Pitchfork Media. It was also number one in South Africa, along with a couple of other Billboard lists like the Rhythmic and the R&B/hip-hop. It was number five in Canada, his native country. The song has been covered by several bands and singers. I included one of my favorite covers by the late Christina Grimmie. Grimmie was a contestant on the popular singing competition show, “The Voice” in 2014. She finished in third place during season six of the competition. Grimmie died of gunshot wounds in June. While she was signing autographs after a performance, she was shot and killed in Orlando. She was just 22 years old when she died. 


Sunday Song Bruno Mars 10-9-16

Hi everyone and happy Sunday! I hope all is well for you! I’m becoming addicted to today’s song here! As of right now, it’s one of those songs I keep listening to over and over again! The song’s starting to get stuck to my head! I’m enjoying the beat and kind of laughing at the lyrics in a good way. The video wasn’t that great, except for the slot machine win!😀

A couple of bloggers introduced me to this song. I initially heard the song this morning over at 2loud2oldmusic’s blog. In case you haven’t checked out/followed his blog, you can do so right here. 2loud writes about new releases, concert tours and so much more! According to 2loud, Bruno Mars (a.k.a. the “Uptown Funk” guy) is set to release his latest album, “24K Magic” on November 18. If I remember correctly, my blogging buddy Tracy from A Joyful Process also mentioned “24K Magic”on Facebook the other day. Have you already heard the song? If so, what do you think? This is one guy I’d love to check out live in concert sometime! He always seems to be so energetic as he gets the crowd going. Have a great rest of the day, everyone! I’ll see you soon! 

El Paso/Texas Homecoming Season

A couple of homecoming mums made by my mom. My mom sells these every year.

Hi everyone! I hope your weekend is going well! I apologize I haven’t been around in four days! Things were pretty hectic this week at my day job and life in general. I’m sure things will calm down and get better this week.

It’s currently the high school and college homecoming season here in El Paso and Texas…maybe even in several other parts of the U.S. Homecoming is a pretty big deal here, especially for thousands of high school seniors. One of the biggest traditions in El Paso is attending a homecoming event like a homecoming dance, pep rally and/or football game. This is also the time when alumni return to their high school (alma mater) to visit the campus and/or homecoming football game. It’s a way to show school spirit. Several high school couples who attend the festivities wear a homecoming mum or garter to school and/or their football game. A homecoming mum is for females and a garter is for males. The mum and garter are typically created to represent the couple’s likes, interests and hobbies. I thought most schools in the U.S. wore these during homecoming…however this only happens in Texas. According to a recent story in the El Paso Times, the tradition originated at the University of Missouri in 1911. The original mums contained real chrysanthemum. Years later, artificial mums were used. 

A homecoming garter. Photo from Pinterest.
Homecoming mums being worn. Photo from Pinterest.
Homecoming couple. Another pic from Pinterest.
An El Paso High mum. El Paso High is the oldest high school in El Paso…and maybe in Texas. Photo from

I had the opportunity to attend my senior homecoming dance with an ex-boyfriend back in 1999. The dance took place inside of my high school. I haven’t been able to find the photos but I know they’re somewhere! I remember my parents took photos of us. Unfortunately, my homecoming mum was misplaced some years back😦 Seniors wear white homecoming mums and garters while underclassmen wear other school colors. The mums and garters range in price from $10 to over $100 depending on the size of them. Some mums even play music and include lights! Most of them have small bells, stuffed animals and of course lots of ribbon. Did/Do you participate in any homecoming festivities? If so, what was your experience like? If you’re from another country, do you have any similar traditions? Feel free to leave comments!     

#RomanticTuesday 10-4-16

Hi everyone! I hope your Tuesday was great! Today was a long day! I hope Wednesday is better! Today I’m taking you back to 2001 with Australian singer Kylie Minogue’s “Can’t Get You Outta My Head.” I’ve liked this song since it was released! I still listen to the song once in awhile these days. It’s a perfect song for thinking of a significant other and/or a crush. Well guys, I’ve had a long and tiring day so I’ll let you go. I hope Wednesday is better. Take care! I might be back before Friday🙂