Friday, June 17, 2016

#AllinCLE

The 2016 NBA Finals have been so exciting this year. The Cleveland Cavaliers are playing the Golden State Warriors. The series is all tied up.

Game 7 is coming up on June 19th and will definitely make history if Cleveland wins. Lots of pressure on LeBron James and the rest of the team. I'm #AllinCLE!



Go Cavs!!
Monica


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

#WeddingWednesday - Hydrangea

Big, beautiful Hydrangea flowers can be a stunning addition to your wedding reception tablescape!



In awe,
Monica


Friday, April 22, 2016

Wish U Heaven

The Artist who created the song track of my teen years has passed away. Prince's music made me feel mature. I had his pictures all over my locker. I was only a junior high student when I began listening to him.

The man who won 6 Grammy Awards, an Oscar, and many other awards for his beautifully talented music was pronounced dead at 10:21 am in an elevator at his home. I hope he didn't die alone.

Prince hadn't been feeling well over the last couple of days. I hope he wasn't in pain.

I feel like I lost a friend, even though we never met...




I will be spending the weekend listening to my favorite Prince songs and the groups he influenced (Morris Day, Jesse Johnson, Shelia E, Wendy and Lisa, The Family).



RIP Prince. 
You will be missed,
Monica








Monday, April 18, 2016

TSA Went THERE!

I went to visit mi hija in Chicago over my Spring Break last month. I was happy that I was able to go because I had walking pneumonia a few weeks before my trip.

 I headed to the airport about an hour and a half before my flight. There is construction at the Cleveland Hopkins airport and I didn't want traffic to cause me to miss my flight. I had no idea traffic would be the least of my worries that day.

I printed my boarding pass at the United Airlines kiosk and headed to the security check point. My papers and ID were checked and I went on my way to the x-ray machine to be body scanned. I took off my shoes and put my luggage and purse in the bin. After the scan two female agents told me that I needed to go with them for a full cavity search. What?!?

*Image via Freedoms Phoenix.

I was immediately scared. I knew I had done nothing wrong. Why was I being pulled aside? I froze. I didn't even ask any questions. (I should have asked what was going on).

The younger female TSA agent put on a pair of blue gloves and told me she would be applying pressure to the inside of my vagina and anus to check for contraband. I felt violated. No one has the right to touch me there without a medical degree or a close intimate relationship.

I remained silent the entire time. It was as if I left my body and I was standing there watching this woman search my private parts. After she finished the TSA agent informed me that my hands had to be tested for explosive residue. There was none of course, but I started shaking with nerves while walking for the test results to come up on the screen. The entire experience was awful. There has to be a better procedure for intrusive screening practices.

I will not consent to having a full cavity search again. If you refuse you aren't permitted to board your flight. I understand why these searches need to be conducted, but the system is flawed. The TSA agents need more training. There needs to be more education of the general public. Why was I singled out? Did I have on the wrong outfit? (Black shirt, scarf, black sweater, blue denim jeans and black leather mules).

I still feel violated. I am hesitant to go back to the airport any time soon. I am nervous about being pulled aside for no apparent reason. I hope this never happens to me or
another innocent person ever again.

Changed forever,
Monica

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Personal March Madness

Life is full of ups and downs.

-Walking pneumonia made me miserable. I had to miss a few days of school. I should have remained at home for 2 weeks. I only missed three days. I tried to keep a smile on my face and a positive attitude.

-Good Friday was not the best this year. I was given a full cavity search at the airport. My vagina is off limits to strangers. I felt embarrassed and completely violated. I had done nothing to deserve this treatment at the hands of the TSA agents. I will not go through this again.

-Despite the beginning of my trip to visit my hija in Chicago, we had a wonderful time. My hotel was fabulous. I finally got the much needed rest my body needed. Plus spending time with Brianna fills me with joy!

-ALICE training begins at work on Monday. I'm not ready. It's a shame we even have to participate in active shooter training at a middle school. Ay.

-If you haven't checked out Dr. Pimple Popper (Dr. Sandra Lee) on YouTube, you are missing out. Her videos have lessened my insomnia. I am sleeping better than I have in years. I'll write a post about her next month.

-Spring is here. I found four beautiful tops while shopping in Chicago over spring break. Still looking for a dress. Black or navy blue would be perfect!

-I haven't been on social media much over the past couple of months. Any form of pneumonia is physically and emotionally draining. I'll be back. I miss you mucho.

-My doctor gave me a prescription for Singulair. Not sure if I'm going to take it. If you have any personal stories about this allergy medication, por favor share. Necesito ayuda :).

Abrazos,
Monica

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Compliments

I received a compliment today. One of the teachers I work with told me I looked very nice today and that I always look very well put together. That small exchange made my day.

Sometimes little things mean a lot,
Monica

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Time Management

*I need an extra hour Monday through Friday.

*My eye sight is getting worse. I think it's a combination of getting older and and taking Plaquenil for so many years.

*The TV show "Shark Tank" makes me want to create a product. I've done the research, but the price of a patent is outrageous! I admire entrepreneurs.

*My schedule at school is making me want to scream. There are so many students that need help and not a lot of staff. Right now I am in six different classrooms. Teachers are complaining. I am only one person. I cannot perform miracles.

*AncestryDNA is a wonderful website. If I had the time I would spend hours researching my family history. I recently discovered my ethnic background (paternal side) includes African, Irish, British, European Jewish, and East Asian!

*Years ago I took a DNA test sold by The National Geographic Genome Project. This test focused on my maternal side. The results were African, Native American, and Cuban.

*This spring I plan on finally fixing the ceiling in the family room and in the kitchen. Angie's List to the rescue!!

*Between school and Bliss by Monica, I have zero social life. I haven't spent time with my friends since 2013. I do keep up with everyone via social media.

*It's a blessing to be back at work. I finally feel about 60% better. I still need to lose about 50 pounds. Whenever I lose too much weight my body shuts down. I need to figure out
how to lose a lot of weight without getting sick. Hmm.

*I'm happy to be a volunteer for the Republican National Convention this summer. The RNC will be coming to Cleveland in July of this year. This is an exciting time for Northeast Ohio.

*Clearly I need better time management skills!

xxoo,
Monica

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Woof Wednesday

My Coda eats her food so fast. Mi hija told me about a product sold at the store she works at in Chicago. Pet parents told her it helped their pets slow down while eating.

I came across a similar product online and ordered it.  I wanted somehow to slow her down and allow her to chew her food. I also didn't want to spend a lot of money. Happy to say I found the

I've used this bowl during my dog Coda's last four feeding times. She hates it and sighs every time I put it in front of her. She also looks over at her old bowl longingly.


The Skid Stop Slow Feed bowl is a great product at a fantastic price. Your pet may dislike it, but it will help many of them stay healthy and avoid stomach bloat.

I ordered this bowl on Amazon.

xxoo,
Monica

#WoofWednesday

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Powerball!!

I am super excited about the Powerball drawing tonight. The jackpot is $900 million dollars, a record breaking amount. It seems like the entire population of the United States is talking about this lottery. Powerball Update

If I win I will pay off all of my bills, donate to my Parish, and a few select charities. I wouldn't quit my job this year as tempting as it sounds lol. I would also share the money with my immediate family and close friends. A vacation and extended spa trip in the springtime sounds perfect :).

I have always dreamed of building a tuition-free private school for at risk students grades 4-9. Winning the Powerball lottery would make my dream a reality. Each member of the staff would be hand picked by me. Just thinking about the possibility makes my heart race with excitement.

It's not too late to go out and purchase a ticket. You can find the information HERE.

Money doesn't buy happiness, but $900 million dollars would definitely put a smile on my face!

**Edit - Tonight's drawing is worth $1.3 billion dollars!!! 1-13-2016.

Fingers crossed,
Monica


Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year 2016!!

Wishing you a happy and healthy 2016. Thank you for sticking with me through 2015. Lots of ups and downs, but never dull.





Estoy orando 2016 traerá la paz, la alegría, y tal vez el verdadero amor.

Besos,
Monica