Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The Works of Reymundo Sanchez


ONCE A KING, ALWAYS A KING



MY BLODDY LIFE



LADY Q



These books are serious Chicago Literature. Read at your own risk. Rey doesn't hold back on the violence of living as a Latin King on the South Side of Chicago.

Pensive,
Monica


Monday, January 1, 2018

Feliz Nuevo Año 2018


May 2018 bring much needed peace, love, and light.

Abrazos,
Monica

Monday, December 25, 2017

Feliz Navidad

Mariah Carey "O Holy Night"


Lyrics:

Oh, holy night, the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior's birth

Long lay the world in sin and error, pining
Till He appeared and the soul felt it's worth
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices

For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn'
Fall on your knees, oh, hear the Angels' voices Oh, night divine, oh, night when Christ was born Oh, night divine, oh, night, oh night divine

A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn'
Fall on your knees, oh, hear, hear the Angels' voices

Oh, night divine, yeah, oh, night when Christ was born
Oh, night divine, oh, night, oh night divine
Oh, night divine
Oh, night divine
Oh, night divine

Feliz Navidad,
Monica




Tuesday, December 19, 2017

EL Maquillaje | Makeup

Makeup and skincare are a part of my daily morning routine. I find as I get older, my skin is getting drier. I get hormonal breakouts too.

Life after 40 is full of surprises. Many of them are great. I feel more comfortable and confident with myself. I don't feel like I need to please others. If someone doesn't like me, oh well!

I used to find reasons to be away from home. Now a perfect night in consists of a homemade  spa treatment, a good book, and an intriguing movie.

Great skincare can be muy caro. I am always looking for ways to save money on my favorite products. I download apps, carefully look through magazines, and visit Amazon daily. I'll be sharing my favorite beauty deals with you in 2018. If I'm happy and saving money, I want the same for you! The deals won't just be on makeup, I enjoy electronics, books, and pet products.

Stay tuned. We're in this together.

Abrazos,
Monica


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Let It Go

*When someone decides to ignore you, let them go. Grieve privately, pray, and go on with your life.

*I never thought I would buy anything from a Kardashian/Jenner. Never say never. Kylie Cosmetics are amazing. The lip-glosses are beautiful. They last for hours, feel great, and smell delicious. I wrote about this before, but back then I only tried a few shades. Now I am hooked!! I recently tried her pressed illuminating powder. It goes on smoothly and stays on. Impressive. Picture of me wearing "Cupid" lipgloss and the "Salted Caramel" powder. 



*I am back in grad school taking classes. I have always loved school. Writing papers, doing homework, and studying are my idea of fun. I have two final exams tomorrow. I have gotten an "A" on the last three ones I have taken this semester. Nervous about the last two. My goal is to renew my Supplemental Computer Technology Endorsement in 2018 and eventually move up to the high school.

*Christmas is just a week nine days away. I am almost ready. I have Christmas dinner mapped out. I just need to finish shopping. I have a badly sprained ankle and a broken foot. The walking boot has slowed me down. Grateful for it, crutches are a nightmare!

*My wonderful manicurist introduced me to the line of CDN Vinylux polishes. Found them online for a bargain price. I have been painting my nails weekly. Haven't done that in years. I am a stickler about getting pedicures, but my fingernails got by with just a clear nail polish after I got tired of "pink and white" tips. Spending more time on me. Hair and makeup really make me feel better. It's an easy pick-me-up on days when I have run out of spoons. The Spoon Theory

*La verdad es muy importante. Working on being honest. Little white lies have ruined many lives. I'm done. Sometimes the truth hurts, but a lie no matter how small leaves scars.

*Thank you amazing readers for sticking with me for all these years. Looking forward to an interesting 2018.

Happy Holidays,
Monica

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Reflexión

Our family had Thanksgiving at my brother's house. This was the first time his wife and he hosted a holiday dinner. Gina did a great job. She decorated the house and cooked a delicious turkey.

This was the first time I didn't spend Thanksgiving con mi hija. It was sad. I missed her. She had a Friendsgiving in Chicago. I am blessed to have have had her by my side for all of her life. Things change. I don't like change, but it is a part of life...

I am grateful for good health, family, friends, and a roof over my head. I hope Christmas at my house will be as delicious as Thanksgiving was at my brother's.


Abrazos, 
Monica 

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Hugh Heffner

It seems that when Hugh Heffner died, some kind of force field that protected powerful men in the United States was destroyed. Almost every week a new man has been found to be some sort of sexual predator.

Matt Lauer is the latest pervert to be brought to justice. He was fired from the "Today Show". His multi million dollar contract will not be paid. The article from Variety made me sick to my stomach. I feel terrible for the women who were subject to his sick actions.

I hope men have learned from all of these reports. No means no! The majority of women aren't turned on by a naked man at work. It's insulting. If I had a meeting with my boss and he took his penis out and expected me to do something to or with it, I would call the police.

If you are reading this and someone at work is sexually harassing you, document everything. Write down everything that has happened. Include dates, times, and as many details you can remember. Note any scars, rashes, or birthmarks. Go to your Human Resources office and file an official complaint. If nothing is done, call an attorney. Keep all records in a safe place. Keep a hard copy of these records in a location that is not at your home.

Si estás leyendo esto y alguien en el trabajo te está acosando sexualmente, documenta todo. Escriba todo lo que ha sucedido. Incluya fechas, horas y tantos detalles que pueda recordar. Tenga en cuenta las cicatrices, erupciones o marcas de nacimiento. Vaya a su oficina de Recursos Humanos y presente una queja oficial. Si no se hace nada, llame a un abogado. Mantenga todos los registros en un lugar seguro. Guarde una copia impresa de estos registros en una ubicación que no se encuentre en su hogar.

2017 keeps surprising me every day...

Take care,
Monica

Monday, November 13, 2017

English Roses

This has been an intense year. It seems 2017 is the year of the "unmasking". It's actually a good thing. I want to know who people really are on the inside.

I have deleted people from my social media and my life. Enough is enough. There is so much negative energy in the world right now, I need positivity around me. Freedom of speech has consequences...

My love for flowers has tripled. When the new 365 Whole Foods Market opened up in Summit County my world changed. They have amazing Fair Trade organic flowers for $5.00. 💟 My home is full of flowers now lol. Los flores son mi pasión. Take a look at my IG. I reposted these beautiful English roses this morning.

More updates coming soon!

Besos,
Monica

Friday, October 27, 2017

Survival

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Myeshia Johnson


This is a photograph of Myeshia Johnson. She is the widow of Srg. La David Johnson, a war hero who died defending the United States of America. Mrs. Johnson and her family will continue to be in my prayers. 

The 45th President of the United States of America made an inappropriate and disrespectful phone call to her last week. Instead of apologizing, 45 has made the situation worse. I am embarrassed that Donald J. Trump holds the highest position in our government. He is NOT my president. I don't agree with 99.9% of the nasty things that come out of his mouth and what is posted on his Twitter account. 

May God bless us all. 

Triste, 
Monica 



Friday, October 6, 2017

Stan Hywet Hall

I had the wonderful opportunity when I was a teenager to be a tour guide at Stan Hywet Hall during the summer months. I was responsible for conducting the Spanish speaking tours. Despite the overwhelming heat, I enjoyed my time at the mansion. I even had the opportunity to see a couple of ghosts!

There were so many places inside and outside of the mansion that brought me great joy. The English Garden was (and still is) my favorite area. If you are ever in the Akron, Ohio area, I highly recommend visiting Stan Hywet Hall. Plan on at least 2 hours minimum to experience all this amazing place has to offer!

(Photo taken by me during a recent visit) 


Sincerely, 
Monica