Friday Song 8-26-16

Hi everyone! I’m so glad it’s finally Friday! Thursday marked the 15th anniversary of R&B singer Aaliyah’s death. Aaliyah and eight others died in a plane crash in the Bahamas. She was only 22 years old. Even though today is Friday, I wanted to include something low key. It’s been such a long week here. “Rock the Boat” was Aaliyah’s final song. Her and her crew were filming the music video in the Bahamas. I still find myself listening to her music on the radio pretty often. I also grew up listening to her music as a teenager. How about you, do you have any favorite Aaliyah songs? Have a great rest of your Friday and weekend, everyone! I’ll be back Saturday with local music and a Saturday Evening Interview. I have a couple of good stories to tell you on Saturday so please stay tuned! 

 

Victoria Martens, A 10-year-old’s Tragic Death Shocks the World

Hi everyone. I usually don’t blog on Thursdays but the tragic death of 10-year-old Victoria Martens is an exception. Although the brutal murder and attack took place in Albuquerque (Albuquerque is a four-hour drive away from El Paso), the story made worldwide headlines. The tragic story was picked up by media outlets like The Washington Post, Yahoo!, The Daily Mail and countless others. I can’t stop thinking about her tragic death. The girl’s mother, Michelle Martens, her mother’s boyfriend, Fabian Gonzales and Gonzales’ cousin, Jessica Kelley are accused of the murder and other crimes. According to the Albuquerque Journal, the girl was drugged with methamphetamine, sexually assaulted, strangled, stabbed and dismembered. Albuquerque Police were unsure if the girl died from the strangulation or stab wounds. Kelley and Gonzales were recently released from prison. The Albuquerque Journal said Martens and Gonzales met on an online dating site about a month ago. 

I have so many thoughts and questions about this horrific murder. First of all, who lets someone do these awful things to their own child, their own flesh and blood? Drugs were most likely involved but that’s still not a good enough excuse! We as parents are supposed to protect our children! In a way, I am also speechless and at a loss for words. I feel so many different emotions over this story! How can you not especially if you’re a parent? How can this world be so cruel at times? The video I’m sharing with you made me break down in tears. Victoria was supposed to celebrate her 10th birthday with cake and friends! I became sick to my stomach after reading the story on social media this morning. It made me hug my son more than I usually do when I got out of work. A young life was taken away too soon from this earth. This poor innocent child would’ve lived to be my son’s age. She did nothing to deserve this! The story makes my heart hurt and sink. I’m even having a hard time falling asleep. I’m trying not to think about it anymore but it’s so hard not to! New Mexico doesn’t have the death penalty so I’m not sure what will happen to them. Will they get life in prison? Will there be a change in venue? Albuquerque is in my thoughts and prayers. I also pray that justice is completely served.

https://www.abqjournal.com/833205/new-details-released-in-10-year-old-girls-gruesome-slaying.html

 

The Unique Blogger Award

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Hi Everyone! Happy Wednesday! A huge thank you goes out to my blogging buddy Gwin a.k.a. Lady G from Seekthebestblog. She nominated me for the Unique Blogger Award. Check out/follow Gwin’s blog if you aren’t already. It’s always a great time on Thursdays when I read her “My Jams” posts there. This week she’ll be taking us to ’93 with a life story and jams! I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve laughed! Check it out sometime, you won’t be disappointed.

 

The rules for this award are:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and include a link to their blog. 
  2. Include one meme and one quote you really like.
  3. Nominate 8-13 bloggers to receive this award.
  4. Ask your nominees 3 UNIQUE questions.
  5. Add a link to the awards creator. (I don’t know who created this award.)

Favorite Meme (I like so many, especially if they make me laugh!) This one made me laugh recently.

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Quote I like (I like several but this one is one of my favorites).

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I nominate the following for this award:

Sharon

Ritu

Erika Kind

Rob

My WP Son, Antonio

Spanglish Jill

 

Three unique questions for nominated bloggers to answer. I’m using the same ones as Gwin.

  1.  When you were 8, how would you have answered this question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” A writer.
  2. If you could have dinner with ONE celebrity (living or dead) who would that be? Give details! I’ll go with Robin Williams because he was such a funny man. I would also ask him to tell me about his life and jokes throughout dinner. I’d ask him about his personal life. 
  3. Where would you live if money were not an issue? San Francisco or Rome.

 

#RomanticTuesday 8-23-16

Hi everyone! Happy Tuesday! Today’s Romantic Tuesday song is Alicia Key’s “Un-thinkable (I’m Ready).” Alicia Keys has several romantic songs so it was hard to only pick one. A lot of her songs have beautiful lyrics and a great piano sound. I can’t say enough good things about her but…I think she’s extremely talented! I can tell her songs come from the heart. I’ve liked this song since it was released in 2009. Listening to it gives me goosebumps sometimes. The video I included also has the song’s lyrics. I’m excited to see Alicia Keys as a Voice coach this season. Have a great Tuesday, everyone! I’ll be back Wednesday with 915 Art (maybe?)🙂 If you don’t see me on Wednesday, I’ll be back Friday.   

Monday Song 8-22-16

Hi everyone! I hope your Monday was good. I didn’t feel well so I relaxed. Today I’m taking you back to 1992 (again) with Red Hot Chili Pepper’s “Under the Bridge.” I always enjoy listening to this one whenever I’m stuck in heavy traffic or I’m under the weather. I’m not really sure why but this song always relaxes me. Wikipedia says the song is about loneliness, despondency and narcotics. The song peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1992. It was also certified as a platinum hit. This was the break through hit for the Red Hot Chili Peppers to make into the mainstream rock music scene. Do you have a song that makes you feel better or relaxed? Enjoy your evening/day! I’ll be back Tuesday with a song for Romantic Tuesday. 

Goodbye Rio Olympics

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Rio Closing Ceremony

Hi everyone. I was sad to see the summer Olympics end on Sunday night. Despite several challenges in Rio, this was probably one of my favorite Olympiads to watch. I enjoyed watching the games with my loved ones for the past 17 days. My favorite sports are gymnastics, swimming and track. The U.S. dominated in these and several other sports. I enjoyed watching the U.S. women’s gymnastics team compete. It was exciting to see them win gold! Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky were my favorite swimmers to watch!  Jamaica’s Usain Bolt was also great in the 100 and 200-meter sprints. It was also nice to see the U.S. men and women win gold in basketball. Although I didn’t catch any of the football (soccer) matches, Brazil won gold. Soccer is a huge part of life there so I’m happy they won. 

The U.S. took home 121 medals. China had 70 medals and Great Britain 67. I’m not happy about waiting another four years for the games to start again in Tokyo. In eight years (2024) they will be held in either Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Washington. I hope I can attend in eight years. How about you, did you catch any part of the Olympics? What were your favorite sports to watch? What did you like and/or dislike about the Rio Games?

Photo from Rio2016.com

Yup, The Grays Are Coming In!

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Hi everyone! I hope your Sunday is going well! In less than a month, I’ll be 35! Guess what? I’m kind of freaked out by it! I don’t think I’ve accomplished everything I’ve wanted to in life yet.:/ I have a list of goals I hope to accomplish by the time I’m 40. I still want to write a book, get married, travel a lot more, keep writing, take my son to more places, etc.   

In recent months, I’ve noticed more gray hair mixed in with my dark brown almost black hair! Yikes! I’m thinking of dyeing my hair my natural color. A good friend tells you the truth, even if you don’t want to hear it. I didn’t want to hear that I have gray hair at work the other day but I did! My friend said something like “Oh look you have more gray hair on the back and side of your head.” I couldn’t believe it so I just said yea I know, this job does it to me…and you’re adding to it (just kidding I didn’t say you’re adding to it but I was kind of thinking it). My hair stylist even told me you’re getting more gray hairs, you should add color to it. Ugh, I never thought these days would ever come! 

Even though I’ve dyed my hair before, I don’t want to dye it another color like light brown or red. It’s such a pain dyeing hair a different color, especially when the roots start growing back. I know they sell all kinds of junk to touch up your roots but it just seems like such a burden! My hair grows really fast! I usually get a haircut once a month because I have bangs. My hair starts coming back wavy. I’ve heard the old wives tale… the one that says you shouldn’t pluck them out because three more gray hairs will grow in its place. It’s not true! Guess what I spent my Saturday night doing? Hey, that’s actually another sign of getting older…when you don’t go out or do anything on a Saturday night! Who knows? I might just dye my hair gray but then there’s my damn dark brown roots! Decisions, decisions!   

Photo from Pinterest

Sunday Song 8-21-16

Hi everyone and Happy Sunday! I hope your weekend is going well! Today I’m taking you back to 1991 with one of my all-time favorite songs, “Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica. “Nothing Else Matters” is on their self-titled album (the black album). To this day, the black album is still one of my favorite rock/heavy metal albums. The album turned 25 on Aug. 12. According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), 16 million copies of the album have been sold in the U.S. alone. It ranks number 21 on the list of best selling albums. I was 10 when the album was released. “Nothing Else Matters” has been covered by at least 40 different artists worldwide. Wikipedia says Metallica’s lead singer and guitarist James Hetfield wrote the song while he was on the phone with his then girlfriend. He held the phone with one hand and played the guitar with the other. If that’s not true talent then I don’t know what is!

I had the opportunity to see Metallica live with Godsmack back in 2004 at the America West Arena in Phoenix (the name of the place recently changed to Talking Stick Resort Arena) The seven-hour drive there was worth every minute! This was one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to in my life so far. My ears wouldn’t stop ringing and buzzing three days after the show🙂 Metallica has toured through El Paso and Las Cruces, New Mexico in the early 90’s. I found this pretty cool piano and cello cover on YouTube. I didn’t really like any of the other covers I came across. None of them came close to the original. I also included the original. What do you think of the instrumental cover and the original song? Do you have any favorite Metallica songs and/or albums? Do you think anyone else has covered Metallica’s songs pretty well? Feel free to leave your comments in the comments section. Have a great Sunday, everyone and I’ll be back later.   

Saturday Evening Interview 8-20-16

Hi everyone! I hope your Saturday is going well! Today’s Saturday Evening Interview is with fellow blogger and new blogging buddy, Roberta Pimentel. I enjoy reading Roberta’s blog all the time! She blogs about her life in Norway, being positive and lots more! This month, Roberta started her Be My Guest project. She’s allowed several bloggers (including me twice :)) to participate. Roberta is still looking for guest bloggers for her BMG project. If you’re interested in participating, please click on her name to check out/follow her blog. Roberta created a vlog on YouTube on Friday and… I’m sharing it with you here! Please help me welcome Roberta to my fluffy couch and Life of an El Paso Woman! There’s plenty of food and drinks for everyone! 
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ME: How long have you been writing?I had a blog before where I was not very active. If I include that blog I have been blogging for 2.5 years. I got really active when I started to build my own platform and I just love it.
ME: What made you decide to start blogging? Tell us more about your blog and what it’s about. I had a difficult time in my life when I started to blog and thought that blogging would help me to think of something else. It was not always easy. However, I wanted to share some of my experiences and affect people with positive thoughts. My blog is about personal experiences and positive energy.
ME: What are your goals for your blog? I want to be sincere and state that my plans are to be able to making blogging my main income. I want to work with only a few sponsors since I don’t want to have all kinds of propaganda on my blog.
ME: Tell us about your latest project with other bloggers, BMG (Be My Guest). Why did you decide to do it?  I think it is nice to support one another and treat everyone here as good colleagues. I believe in team work and (to) not treat one another as competitors. I cheer for everyone at WordPress. BMG is a project where people can promote their blogs while I keep my blog active as well and in that way we are helping one another.
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Roberta Pimentel
ME: You’re pretty new at blogging yet you already have a huge audience on WordPress and social media. How did you accomplish this? What advice would you offer to new bloggers? I don’t have a recipe how to get a huge audience but I can reveal what I have done. I am always myself 100% and I don’t try to be someone else. Of course I try to visit as many bloggers as possible and in that way I get a lot of visitors as well. I always say positive things and if I don’t have anything positive to say then it is better to say nothing at all. So my advice is to be yourself.
ME: If you had to describe yourself in one word, which one would it be and why? Strong. I have had some bad experiences which have made me very strong where I had to fight my way back to life again.
ME: What’s one of your favorite quotes in life and why? “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” by Wayne Gretzky. Life is all about taking opportunities and you will never win if don’t dare to take them.
ME: What are you doing if you aren’t blogging? I am going to the gym, using (spending) time with my friends, going to work.
ME: If I was visiting your hometown, what what you recommend doing for fun? Well, Stavanger is not a big city but there is a lot of nature nearby. For people (who) loving (love) the nature, they will have the chance to have some beautiful trips. Besides, there are festivals and concerts that you can attend.
ME: Is there anything else you would like to add? I want to thank (you) for the opportunity of being interviewed by you and that I have the chance to be promoted on your blog. I would love to get feedback from the people. I believe in developing my blog and there is no better way of doing that than getting feedback from the people reading it. Please have a visit https://robertapimentel.com.

El Paso Music- Metafisix

Hi everyone and Happy Saturday! Today I’m including El Paso alternative hip-hop artist Metafisix (Ray Varela). Metafisix has been around the El Paso music scene for more than 10 years! Back in 2004 or 05, I remember writing a story about him and other El Paso underground music artists for What’s Up Weekly. Even though Metafisix and Zyme One have their own solo projects, they typically perform together as Fuya Radio. Zyme One has been featured here a couple of times. Based on the Fuya Radio video I included, I can tell the guys have a great time making music…solo or together! Fuya Radio has a couple of local shows this month and next. What do you think of the sound? Feel free to leave comments.