Sunday, September 30, 2012

So Begins Life as the Wife of a Analyst


I took Tomas to the airport this afternoon since he'll be spending the next month taking training near Chicago. I'll be driving up there next weekend so we can spend some time together and explore a city neither of us have visited before. Knowing that it'll be only 5 more days until we can be together, allowed me to keep my cool instead of bawling like a baby like I do every time I take him to the airport.



I guess I'll eventually get used to it, hopefully sooner better than later, since his work entails a lot of traveling. For the next few years maybe forever?) he'll be traveling most of the time. Honestly it's not my ideal situation but we were lucky enough to both get job offers while still in college and even more lucky to get offers for job in the same city. Although I don't love the fact the we'll probably have to spend a lot of time apart, I'm trying to focus on the positives like the fact that he has a job, hopefully a challenging a stimulating career, the opportunity to travel (and sometimes take me along)and the peace of mind and sense of accomplishment it'll give him to provide for our family.


In the meantime I guess I'll have to keep myself busy during the week so time goes buy quickly while we are apart. Do you have any suggestions?

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Our Bucket List - 2012


In the spirit of five year dating anniversary we sat down to create a Bucket List, which may also be called 100 things we want to do before we die. We were surprised we could barely list 60!. I'd imagine in the next couple of decades we'll come up with a few dozen more. 


*We broke the unspoken rule about not adding things we've already done but we did them pretty recently and they were things that were on our bucket list even though we hadn't previously sat down to write one*


So here it is:


Travel

  1. See the Sydney Opera House in Australia
  2. Walk the streets of Jerusalem
  3. Travel around  Russia (St.Petersburg & Moscow)
  4. Visit Taj Mahal in India
  5. Sit in Lincoln Memorial steps in Washington D.C
  6. Swim on a beach in Hawaii
  7. Stay in a water villa in the Maldives
  8. Visit the Acropolis in Athens, Greece
  9. Go to the Haga Sophia in Istanbul
  10. See the Grand Canyon while visiting Vegas
  11. Ride a  camel in Egypt
  12. Walk the Great Wall of China
  13. Visit the Colosseum in Rome
  14. Party during Oktoberfest in Germany
  15. See the Northern Lights while in Alaska
  16. Take a Big American Roadtrip
  17. See elephants while on an African Safari
  18. Try to make a British soldier laugh in London
  19. Kiss on the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
  20. Visit 10 different zoos (5 down; Houston, Bronx, SLC, Cincinnati, San Francisco)

Events
  1. Attend a Broadway Play
  2. Attend all Cirque de Soliel performances
  3. Attend a Super Bowl
  4. Attend a Summer Olympics
  5. Attend World Series

Personal
  1. Get Married
  2. Buy a House
  3. Furnish a House
  4. Have Children
  5. Raise happy & healthy children
  6. Get another dog
  7. Celebrate our 25th year Anniversary by reliving our honeymoon
  8. Meet our grandchildren
  9. Plant a herb garden
  10. Mentor someone at work
  11. Volunteer at a charity we are passionate about
  12. Start a scholarship fund
  13. Get a Masters Degree
  14. Learn a third Language
  15. Coach a Little League team/Boy Scout troop
  16. Write & Publish a Book
  17. Write a Blog
  18. Be able to Retire before 60

Activities
  1. Go skiing/snowboarding
  2. Go surfing
  3. Run a 5k
  4. Run a 10k
  5. Run a half-marathon
  6. Complete a marathon
  7. Learn to play golf
  8. Get scuba certified
  9. Brew our own beer
  10. Go on a rainforest canopy tour
  11. Go to a Turkish Bath
  12. Break a Guinness World Record
  13. Go on a hot air balloon ride
  14. Swim with dolphins
  15. Take cooking classes
  16. Learn to play Piano/Saxophone/Conga

6/58 = approximately 10% That's not bad!

We'll probably be able to cross 4-5 more items off the list in the coming months, so I'll keep you guys posted.

What do you have on your bucket list? Any suggestions of things we should add to ours?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Blog Launch


See anything different?
Kate at 17th Avenue Designs did a great job translating my ideas into a gorgeous new blog design. I'm in love with it!

Until now my blogging had been kept relatively private but this pretty new design has inspired me to extend my reach along social media and into real life. Although I wrote about my wedding to the thousands of readers on Weddingbee, it was anonymous and I didn't feel as vulnerable. This is the first time I will be opening up my very personal life to some real life peeps. This blog is a great way to keep all my family & friends, back in Puerto Rico up to date with the comings and goings of my new life.

To all of you who are visiting the blog for the first time; Welcome to this little corner of my mind. I hope you enjoy reading about my adventures as a newlywed. My dream is for something (anything) in this blog to be helpful to you in some way. I'd love for your to leave comments from time to time. They make me feel fuzzy inside. :)

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Baseball Game Birthday Present

Tomas is a big baseball game, one of the things we was most excited about moving to Cincinnati for was having a MLB team to root for. Months ago he asked for tickets to a Reds game as his birthday present. He wanted a genuine baseball experience, beer and hotdogs and all. 









Unfortunately, the Reds lost the game on Friday against the Dodgers but I really enjoyed the four hours I spent cheering our home team next to my husband. We have definitely become Red fans. We are looking forward to going to more Reds games, we are especially hoping the Reds make it to the World Series so we can go to one of the home games (and cross another thing off our bucket list).

Friday, September 21, 2012

Tomas 24th B-Day

SUCCESS! I've been trying to plan a surprise birthday party for Tomas ever since we first met. I guess the fifth time is the charm! I invited about a dozen people to meet up for dinner & drinks at Hofbrauhaus Newport. I picked this spot after careful consideration and debate but I knew Tomas, being the huge beer lover that he is, would love it.



We lucked out by going on the Thursday before Oktoberfest. There were people all dressed up and these huge "horns" that made a really cool sound. The restaurant has a really fun vibe and I'm really glad to meet up with the friends we have in our new home city. 


Happy Birthday Baby!


Friday, September 14, 2012

Guinness World Record Attempt

I'm so excited! Yesterday I participated in the Official Kickoff to Hispanic Heritage Month 2012 at Fountain Square, Part of the event was getting 300 couples together to break the Guinness World Record for number of couples dancing merengue.





Note to self: Stop dancing before trying to take pictures of fellow dancers

There were a lot of people but unfortunately I don't think we broke the record. Still I got to participate, so I can cross it off my bucket list.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

3 Day Getaway: NYC - Saturday & Sunday

We had a lazy Saturday morning before heading out to tourist central - Times Square. Tomas  is a HUGE Lego fan and just mention of the Empire State building made out of Legos made him swoon. We spent almost two hours just wandering around Times Square Toys R Us. We are such grownup!



We also did a small side trip to visit Times Square Disney Store
We did a small side trip to visit Brooklyn Brewery, arriving just in time for the last tour of the day. Unfortunately, I had left my ID back at the apartment so I couldn't get in. Fortunately there is an awesome thrift shop across the street, beacon's closet, were I spent two joyful hours browsing with my sister. (She bought me an awesome green wool coat).

We ended the night by meeting up with one of my uncles and his children for dinner. The blonde dude on the left will be starting college in NY, so the family drove up from Miami to help him settle in. We haven't seen each other in a couple of year so it was great to get together after such a long time.
The groovy place where we had dinner is called Yaffa Cafe - It's a hidden gem in the East Village



So we traveled twelve hours to NYC to visit: Natural History Museum, sit in line for 3 hours for free play tickets, visit Times Square, visit a brewery and go to the zoo. We are huge zoo fanatics, having visited zoos all over the United States, we couldn't resist a visit to the Bronx Zoo.

We spent the day frolicking around the zoo and here are some of our favorite animal shots:
Happy Tiger

Playful Tiger

Felefante! - Lucianne's favorite part... the elephants!

First Polar Bear we've ever seen
Christian's only wish for the day was to get to see animals mating....he was lucky enough to see two tortoises getting it on!

Best Picture of the Day!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

3 Day Getaway: NYC - Friday

One of the things that I love about living in Cincinnati is that I have my sister, Kiara, within driving distance. It's a 12 hour distance but it's still closer and faster (and cheaper) than traveling from Puerto Rico. We decided to visit NYC during Labor Day weekend even though it would have to be a LBE (Low Budget Edition) stop in the Big Apple.

We left for NYC right after I left work on Thursday, so just about five in the afternoon. We made only one stop on the way, at this charming truck stop right after Columbus to have dinner.


We arrived in NYC (we actually arrived in Jersey City) around three in the morning. We knocked on our BFF's door and went straight to bed (Another perk of visiting NYC is getting together with our best friends, Lucianne and Christian). We woke up around nine in the morning to travel to New York City to do a little sightseeing.

View of NYC skyline from Jersey City
Rebuilding the World Trade Center
On our way to the Museum of Natural History
 We decided to start our first day in New York City visiting the Museum of Natural History. Tomas was super excited of seeing where "Night at the Museum" took place!


The dinosaurs was our favorite part!
Before leaving for NYC, I had learned that tickets would be available for one of the final performances of this summer's Shakespeare in the Park, Into the Woods. We swung around at eleven in the morning and the line was never-ending so we decided to try our luck later in the day on the standby line. After spending the morning in the museum I left Tomas to explore rest of the museum while I met my sister in the standby line at three.
Line for Into the Woods tickets


We were in line for a little over three hours, but time went by quickly as me and Kiara caught up. Tomas joined right before the line closed at six and we were all able to get tickets to see the play. I have no pictures of Into the Woods but I can honestly say it was wonderful. The story is very beautiful and I thoroughly enjoyed the performance. The 3 hours wait was definitely worth it (Even my non-artsy husband thought it was awesome). Best part of it, was it was free!