"What we do in this life, echoes in eternity."
Maximus, Gladiator
"Our creator would never have made such lovely days, and given us the deep hearts to enjoy them, above all thought, unless we were meant to be immortal."
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Fire Water

Mt short story "Fire Water" is up on the Utah Children's Writers Blog. I hope you enjoy it. Leave a comment!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Dear High School Self

Today twitter was boiling with the #gimmeacall hashtag. It all started as a promotion for the book Gimme A Call by Sarah Mlynowski. YA authors started tweetting their younger selves and before long, everybody was sending messages of encouragement, warning, love, etc to themselves. The premises of the book is about a 15 year old girl who gets a call from herself from the future (sheesh! I've used self a lot, haven't I?). How cool would that be?
I had a blast reading tweets from people like Neil Gaiman. His was: Dear 15-year-old-self, those comics you feel guilty for spending your barmitzvah money on each week will save your life one day.

Sarah's was: What I would tell my high school self #1: Do not kiss two boys in one day. You will get mono.

  @zieglerjennifer: Dear High School Self: At your reunion, your high school crush will admit he always liked you. So ask HIM out...

nerdgoddess Dear HS Self: everyone is just as worried about what people think of them as you are. Relax a little ...

Some of my tweets to my teenage self were:
  • Keep studying those idioms. One day, you'll write books--in English.
  • The guy you end up marrying is so much hotter (and so much more worth it) than the one who broke your heart.
  • You will feel in heaven when a 9 year old tells you you're beautiful. Because he's your son.
 What would you tell your younger self if you had a magical phone? 

Last, before I break my promise, the lovely Amparo sent me this wonderful award:

 Thank you Amparo! I pass it on to :
Tiffany Dominguez
Jaime Theler

I'll break the rules and do only five. But they're all deserving ladies.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Since it's Friday and all

I love Fridays. My kids get out of school early, we don't have any games/dances/performances/meetings to attend, we eat pizza--my favorite food in the universe.
If I close my eyes, I can see my teenage self getting ready to go out with my friends, even if it was just to the front door to see the cool people go out clubbing. The excitement of Friday night starts in the morning, and when I heard this song Elana shared on her blog, I borrowed the link from her to spread the joy. Hope you like it. Happy Friday!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The land of magic

We had spring break last week, or the kids did. After years of wanting to go to Disneyland, and in spite of the San Antonio SeaWorld fiasco of last summer, Jeff and I decided to make the 10 hour drive to Anaheim with a rest stop in Las Vegas. When they heard the news, the kids were ecstatic, probably thinking it was an April's Fools joke. Even if I had to fly, I'd have done anything to get away from home--there was another snow storm on the way. But the torture of flying wasn't necessary. Contrary to what anyone might think, driving for hours and hours with your family can be fun. We talked, watched a lot of movies, took naps. Poor Jeff only got to drive, but I think even he had a great time.
We stopped at the JW Marriott in Vegas, where we've already stayed before and we all love.

It was Easter morning, and in the packing frenzy I forgot to include Easter treats. On Saturday night Chubbers was bossing everyone around to go to sleep or the Easter Bunny wouldn't come. :-(
The following morning I heard a little voice say the saddest words in the world, "The Easter Bunny didn't come."
A couple of chocolate pomegranates later she was her happy self again and her enthusiasm kept growing the closer we got to Disneyland.
About two hours before we arrived I was lurking on twitter and found out there was an earthquake in Baja that shook LA for several seconds. We didn't feel anything, but the memory of that earthquake resonated in my ears throughout the whole week.
Our first night we just walked to the restaurant, enjoying the pleasure of being outside without being bundled up, freezing with cold. There were lots of people coming out of the park. Parents and kids laughing and smiling. Happy. I couldn't wait for the next morning.
They say that an image speaks louder than words, so here are some images of our Disney experience.

Seeing the look on the kids' faces when they saw Mickey, Donald, Goofy and Jessie as soon as we entered the park. The hilarity of the Space Mountain picture of Jeff and the kids. Riding on the carousel. Donald, I almost cried when I hugged him. The love with which Chubbers hugged all the characters we met. The magic reflected on my kids' eyes when the fireworks started. Seeing Stitch, our family's second favorite character (the first one is Donald). Screaming and laughing at the same time on the fast rides and seeing El Cangri's terrified face. Feeling like a kid again. Meeting a lot of friends on spring break too. Staying up until midnight to get into the most popular rides.
Priceless. Disneyland really is the land of magic, where parents and kids can play and laugh together, just like Walt Disney envisioned.
Will we go back to Sea World? No, most likely not. But will we go back to Disneyland? Heck yes! In fact the kids want to go next year and take the grandparents. I loved every second we were there. Even the long lines.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

La sombra del viento

La Sombra del Viento (Vintage Espanol) La Sombra del Viento by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I'm half-way through this addictive book. The best book I've ever read. Wow. What a gift with words. I'm curious about the English translation because the original language is so beautiful it has me crying on one page and laughing aloud the next. Oh Barcelona! I think I'd love to live there!

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