Friday Song 7-29-16

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you have an exciting weekend ahead! I have to start getting my son ready for school. My son starts fifth grade on Monday! Seriously, where does the time go?? I have to buy him school supplies and take him to get a haircut. I was supposed to go to the dentist tomorrow but my tooth’s infected😦 I plan on going to Juarez because it’s A LOT less expensive. My grandmother’s neighbor is a dentist over there so she’ll be able to take me. I have to get another root canal and other work done. I’m trying to quit drinking sodas for good. I’m addicted to the fizz and caffeine! I’ve quit in the past but I always go back to it, especially when I get stressed out! I haven’t drank soda in four days! I hope I can quit for good!

Today I’m taking you back to 1994 with “Tootsee Roll.” I still hear it on Pandora and old school radio A LOT! YouTube says this version is the original mix. I think this version is different from the radio version. According to Wikipedia, “Tootsee Roll” was number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks charts in 1994. It was also number eight on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1994. Enjoy your weekend, everyone! I’ll have some local music for you on Saturday.      

Just A Reminder…

There’s 10 days left to vote on the city where the U.S. Blogging event will be held. The link to the poll link is included in this post. Please spread the word!

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Just a short, quick post to remind bloggers who are interested in voting for a city to host a proposed U.S. Blogging Event (similar to the Bloggers Bash held in London earlier this year). You have until August 6th (a week from Saturday) to vote. The proposed event is scheduled for September 2, 2017, so there is plenty of time to plan.

If you have already voted, please spread to word to other bloggers to let them know of the deadline to vote. Be sure to send them to this link: https://joyfulprocessblog.com/2016/07/06/u-s-blogging-event-poll/

The poll can be found at the bottom of that post. Thanks to all of those who have voted, reblogged the post or just spread the word!

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915 Art-Juan Ornelas

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Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a great week so far! Today is the first time the weekly 915 Art segment is being featured here on Life of an El Paso Woman. Going forward, a different local artist will be featured each Wednesday. El Paso has a  lot of artistic talent and I’m really eager to share it here! Today I’m including a few pieces by Juan Ornelas. Juan’s pop art resembles Andy Warhol’s with a touch of El Paso flavor. Juan’s been drawing most of his life. He began painting and showing his art around six years ago. It can be seen at various local art galleries and restaurants like Kultura El Paso, The Pizza Joint and other businesses. Juan hopes his art will be seen in various art galleries worldwide. He uses art as a stress reliever from his day job in marketing. Feel free to leave any comments in the comments section! You can check out more of Juan’s art right here. A huge thank you goes out to Juan for sharing his art here! I’ll be back with music and posts on Friday.

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#RomanticTuesday

Hi everyone and Happy Romantic  Tuesday! For today I have “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker. If you remember the popular 90’s band Hootie and the Blowfish, you’ll remember Darius Rucker. I never would’ve thought he’d crossover to country music but he did! “Wagon Wheel” climbed the U.S. Country music charts during its release in 2013. The song won a Grammy for Best Country Solo Performance.

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The song brings back memories of when I first started dating my boyfriend. Although we’ve had our ups and downs in three years, we’re happy together most of the time. We’ve had a lot of good memories traveling to different states, eating good food, taking care of each other when we’re sick, good conversations, laughing at dumb things, the list of good things goes on. Even though he hates for people to know it, he’s celebrating his birthday today. We went through some really hard times this year but I’m happy we’re still in each other’s lives. So I want to say Happy Birthday to him! Out of respect for him, I’m not including his name. He’s become one of my best friends. Our love continues to grow and become stronger. I love him more than he knows. Have a great rest of the day, everyone!  

Monday Song 7-25-16

Hi everyone! I know I know it’s Monday! I couldn’t decide which song I wanted to feature! I looked around at different web sites and finally found this classic by Curtis Mayfield. The song debuted in 1970. Spinditty suggested this one and several other songs for Monday. Because of its awesome beat and lyrics, “Move On Up” got me going!  I remember the song from the 2003 British movie, “Bend it Like Beckham.” It’s still a pretty good movie about football (soccer) and the Indian culture 13 years later. Well guys, it’s time for me to rise and grind! Have a great Monday and I’ll see you tomorrow. I’ll have a Romantic Tuesday story and song for you! Take care!  

The MakeItUltra Blogger Award

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Hi everyone! I want to give a big thanks to two of my blogging sisters, Sharon from Element Healing and Erika Kind. They nominated me for the MakeItUltra Blogger Award this weekend! I’m really honored to accept this award twice! I encourage you to check out/follow their blogs, you won’t be disappointed! Here is the meaning of the award below:

The MakeItUltra™ Blogger Award is an award given to bloggers by bloggers for quality content, originality and presentation. The intention of this award is to encourage connectivity and support in the blogging community and to increase exposure for individual bloggers.

 

Here are the rules:

If you have been nominated for the MakeItUltra™ Blogger Award and choose to accept it, write a blog post about the MakeItUltra™ Blogger Award in which you:

* Thank the person who nominated you and post a link to their blog on your blog. Take a moment to positively promote the person who nominated you.

* Display the award on your blog by adding it to your post and/or displaying it using a widget on your page (Save the image to your computer and upload it to your blog post). Don’t forget to use the tag #MyUltraAward when you make your post!

* Answer the following MakeItUltra™ Blogger Award questions.

*What is your name? Lisa Michelle Amaya. It’s rare that anyone calls me by my middle name. 

*Where are you from? Lol. I’m sure you probably already know because of the name of this blog! I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. El Paso is a border town close to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and Las Cruces, New Mexico. It’s a very unique place to live which is why I blog about it a lot. 

*How long have you been blogging and why did you start?

Life of an El Paso Woman was started on February 25, 2015. I began the blog after writing in my childhood friend’s (Ryan Loera) blog for a couple of months. Before working with Ryan, I took a five-year break from writing. Aside from blogging, I also work as a freelance writer. I’ve worked on various projects with other blogs, publications and marketing companies. I plan on writing a book or two (who knows, maybe more?) in the near future.

*What are you most proud of? I’m proud of being one of the first women in my family to graduate with a bachelors degree in four years. I’m proud of raising my 10-year-old son as a single parent. I don’t do it all alone because I work full-time and write. My family helps me a lot with him. He is turning out to be a well-behaved young man.

*What are your blogging goals? I started this blog to practice my writing skills. I plan on including more local people, places, events and lots more! El Paso continues to grow! I’m not only saying this because I’m from here but…there’s a lot of musical and artistic talent in the 915. I’ve always enjoyed supporting local everything as much as I possibly can. I want the world to know more about the sixth largest city in Texas. I also want readers to know more about the Hispanic culture.

*How do you spend your free time? I spend time with loved ones, writing, watching sports and movies, gardening and reading. Go Dallas Cowboys! :D 


 *Nominate 1-8 blogs that you feel deserve the award and provide links.

Tracy

Suzette

Lennon

Rob

Gwin

Kerry

My WP Son

Johnna

* Provide 5 random facts about yourself (optional) I can’t think of anything right now.


* List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here).

* Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the MakeItUltra™ Blogger Award and provide a link for them to your post.

 

 

Sunday Song 7-24-16

Hi everyone! I hope your Sunday is going well so far! I’m trying to stay cool in this 105- degree weather! I’m glad it’s cooling down to the upper 90’s this coming week. There’s finally a little bit of relief in sight! I had a hard time picking a song for today so I decided to go with “All Mixed Up” by 311. The band was formed in Omaha, Nebraska in 1988. I saw them perform in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Don’t ask me which year it was because I forget. I want to say it was around 2004, my senior year of college. From what I remember they put on a pretty good show. I’m taking you back to 1996 with this one. I was a freshman in high school when the song was released. 

Oh yeah…I want to know what you would think if I start featuring art by El Paso artists here? El Paso has lots of talent when it comes to music and art. I’m thinking of featuring a different local artist every Wednesday. The title of the series would be 915 Art. For those who don’t know, 915 is El Paso’s area code. Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments! Is there anything else you would like to see more of here? Have a great rest of the day, everyone! I’ll be back later or tomorrow with more music and posts.    

Saturday Song Rmllw2llz 7-23-16

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Hi everyone and happy Saturday! I hope your weekend is off to a great start! Since today is Saturday, a local band or musician is featured here on Life of an El Paso Woman. Today is a big day for hip-hop artist Rmllw2llz (Romell with 2 l’s)! He’s launching his latest EP, “New Growf!” I included a blog post about my high school classmate on May 12, 2015. In case you missed it, you can check it out right here. 

Although Rmllw2llz doesn’t live in El Paso anymore, he grew up here in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Rmllw2llz currently stays busy in the Louisville, Kentucky hip-hop scene. Aside from recording music and touring, he also hosts a radio show. He plans on launching “New Growf” at a release show with other hip-hop acts. The show takes place at Headliners Music Hall in Louisville this Saturday night. Rmllw2llz was recently interviewed in the music blog, “Never Nervous.” Feel free to check out the interview here. Today I’m leaving you with the song “Keep the Faith” from his latest EP. His album will be available for download and purchase next week here. You can follow Rmllw2llz on social media. His Facebook page is right here and his Twitter is here. Have a great Saturday, everyone! I’ll be back with more music and posts on Sunday!

Photo from Facebook/Romell Weaver

Friday Song 7-22-16

Hi everyone and happy FRIDAY! I hope you’re off to a great weekend! I’m not sure what I have planned for tomorrow. I have an event to go to on Sunday for a story I’m writing. I’ll probably include a few photos from the event here. Kultura El Paso, a new local art gallery is having their grand opening. Besides art and apparel, they’ll also have local  bands, food trucks and lots more! You can check out their web site here. 

Today I’m taking you back to 1986 with Stacey Q’s “Two of Hearts.” I heard the song on my way to work this morning. I haven’t been able to get it out of my head since! Have a great rest of the day and weekend, everyone! I’ll be back tomorrow with some local music! One of my buddies from high school is making a name for himself in Louisville, Kentucky. I’ll be including his latest music and more tomorrow!   

Visiting Albuquerque

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One of the resort’s swimming pools. As you can see from the photo’s watermark, I found this photo on an online travel site.

Hi everyone! I can’t believe it’s already Wednesday! Ugh! One more day before getting back into the grind a.k.a. going back to work! I don’t even want to think about it right now. I enjoyed my mini vacation in Albuquerque with my son and grandmother. All I did was eat and eat! I didn’t take that many pics of the Isleta Casino and Resort because I was asked not to by staff. I mostly took photos of everything I ate. I was having a great time gambling so I took a photo of this really cool Willy Wonka slot machine. I thought the security guard was going to throw me out of the casino but he just came up to me and said “You can’t be taking photos in here!” He started laughing at me and I said “OK I didn’t know!” I don’t know if he was only referring to the slot machines or throughout the casino. I told myself “forget it, I’m not taking any photos.” Native American reservations are sovereign nations and abide by their own laws. There’s lots of beautiful Native American pottery and other artifacts throughout the resort.

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Another photo I found online on Schuler Shock. This is the outside of the hotel.

According to the Isleta Casino & Resort website, the Town of Isleta has a rich culture. It was established in the 1300’s by the Tiwa Indians. Isleta was an important settlement during the early Spanish colonial period. The Isleta Natives irrigated land along the Rio Grande River for 3,000 years. They also grew corn, beans, squash and cotton. Many 19th century American travelers, scientists and linguists traveled to Isleta. The town of Isleta is located 13 miles south of Albuquerque. It has a population of 5,000. 

I spent day one gambling. Unfortunately I didn’t win a huge jackpot😦 I won a couple of hundred dollars but ended up leaving it there. Day two was also spent gambling to no avail. However…

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Part of the forbidden photo! I really wanted to stand up and take a photo. It’s a good thing I didn’t😉.
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A box of pure LOVE and deliciousness…chocolate peanut butter cookies and chocolate cream cheese brownies by Johnna from All Things Chronic.

Day two was the best day of the vacation. Me and my grandma met fellow blogger and friend Johnna from All Things Chronic. Throughout our conversation, we had lots of laughs at The Cheesecake Factory. My son visited his father and grandparents. Johnna was kind enough to bake me and my family chocolate cream cheese brownies and chocolate peanut butter cookies. Both are absolutely AMAZE BALLS! I rarely use those three words to describe anything but her fresh baked goods deserve it! I’m eating one of her brownies as I’m typing this. I think my clothes are fitting a little bit tighter but it’s all worth it! I’ll lose the extra pounds within a couple of weeks. To be honest, I don’t really care that much. I hope Johnna can come to El Paso in the near future. Me and my grandma would love to cook her a homemade Mexican meal. My mom and grandma are the experts in the kitchen. Luckily I’ve picked up a thing or two from them. El Paso is a four-hour drive from Albuquerque. Day three was spent…well what else? Eating…and playing games at the arcade with my son. I included some food photos along with some I found online. Take care everyone and I will be back on Friday with more music.  

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Room service! My son made me do it😛
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Mango key lime cheesecake to go from The Cheesecake Factory. Amazing!
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Cheesecake at the casino. Dessert before lunch, sure why not? I was on vacation!
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A fry bread taco. Delicious and a little bit spicy!
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I really liked this painting in our Southwest/Native American style hotel room.