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Happy Happenings

11 Aug

It was the first week of my new job! It’s been a fun change and I am enjoying it so far. My body is still trying to get used to waking up an hour earlier and driving further, but I’m sure I’ll get used to it in the next couple of weeks. I got to catch up on my sleep yesterday though. I slept 12 hours!! Woo hoo!

The drive to work may be longer, but the view isn’t bad…

drive to work


This weekend was a fun and productive weekend. I finally got around to cleaning the office. I can finally see my desk!!

clean office


The hubby was busy this weekend building stuff for Little Mr. and mounting our T.V.’s on the wall. He built a toy box and put together a picnic table for him. He’s such a nice daddy!

TV mounted on wall


This is the TV in our living room. I strategically took the picture when the Cowboy’s logo was up on the screen. Don’t hate me; I’m from Dallas. Who else is excited for football season?!

TV mounted


This is the other TV that my hubs mounted in our son’s new play room. This pic was taken before he neatly tucked away all of the wires. Guess who’s favorite show was on? 😉

picnic table


Here’s Daddy hard at work putting the new picnic table together. This will be the perfect spot for snack time! You can also see Little Mr.’s toy screw driver. He wasn’t anywhere to be found though. Ha ha! Hopefully, he’ll be a good helper when he’s a little older.

free Ivory soap


I was really happy when my package of free stuff from Ivory came in. I won it from Influenster from the Ivory 2-in-1 challenge. Score!!

Last, but not least, here is my favorite picture of the weekend. Cuddle time with my little man. 🙂

sleepy boy and Mommy


I hope you had a great weekend with lots of happy happenings too! What was the highlight of your week or weekend?



It’s Monday…Hello.

29 Jul

Hello Monday,

This is the last Monday that I will go to the job that I’ve had for the past 6 years. This is the last Monday that I will sit at my microscope and check emails, the last Monday that I will chat with friends, enjoy lunch together and go on walks during our breaks. This is such a bittersweet time in my life to realize that today was the last full day at the company where I first started my career as a Cytogenetics Technologist. I have many fond memories of my journey there. I even met my husband there. I grew, I learned, and I experienced so much there. I will miss many things, mostly the people. I have worked with some amazing people in my career, and I will miss the strong working relationships we shared. I am hopeful that I will build new ones at my new job, I am hopeful for new beginnings, a new sense of motivation, and new friendships. I am excited for my new journey!

After work, I went to return some dress pants that I bought last week. I ended up finding some much more affordable ones at Costco of all places. So, I returned the others, but of course I ended up buying something else while I was there. I’ve been in a buying mood lately! I bought a starter kit of Bare Minerals make-up. I have always heard good things about it, and I like that there are only five ingredients used in it. I was hooked when they asked if they could put some on me. I don’t often wear make-up, but I think I should start since I am getting older, and my skin isn’t as young looking as it once was. Do you use Bare Minerals or have you heard anything about it? I am kind of having buyer’s remorse, and I can’t decide if I should keep it or not. Heehee.

After my shopping trip, I picked up some dinner and headed home to my boys. After an early dinner, I took Little Mr. to the park where he explored and explored. He loves walking around and picking things up off the ground. He loves to pick flowers and play in the dirt. It was a really nice evening. All in all, it wasn’t such a bad Monday.

little boy in a big world

Oh yeah, we also got a new dishwasher delivered (after suffering with our barely functioning one for a year!), and my hubby installed it. I’m so proud of him! He’s never been much of a “handy man”, but he’s been doing a lot of projects around the house lately. I’m excited to start making some home improvements now that he’s in the handy man mode! 😉

How was your Monday? Eventful or just another Monday? Hopefully, there was some excitement in it or something that made you smile. 🙂

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Going through Big Changes

23 Jul

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks around here. I’ve been a bit overwhelmed lately and haven’t felt like blogging much. I don’t like for blogging to feel like a chore, and, unfortunately, it has felt that way recently. I don’t know why, but it has. I am hoping that it becomes my happy place again soon because I really need one of those right about now. It’s not that I’m unhappy; things are going well, very well. Things are just a little stressful, and new things are on the horizon. I am starting a new job in a couple of weeks, and I am having a hard time dealing with the transition period. I wasn’t seeking out a new job, so it kind of caught me off guard, and I wasn’t prepared to make this transition so suddenly. It is a great opportunity though, something I really couldn’t pass up. It is at a smaller lab here in San Diego. There’s room for growth, and it’s a step up from the position I have at my current job. It is bittersweet though because I’ve been with my current company for 6 years now. I was one of the first few people in my department, and I’ve been through so much with the company and my coworkers. I will miss my coworkers a lot, but I have built lasting relationships with many of them, and I know we will keep in touch. It will be weird to be the “new girl” again because it’s been so long since I have been in those shoes.

I have been experiencing many different emotions related to this new adventure I am about to begin: anxiety, fear, excitement, pride, sadness, guilt, relief. So so many things! This next couple of weeks will be tough because I am filled with anxiety as I anticipate my first day at my new job. I am anticipating what the day-to-day duties and stress level will be like. I am worrying about how my new coworkers will be. Will they be friendly and fun to be around or will I not like them at all? There are so many unknowns as I step into this new endeavor. It’s hard to close such a big chapter in my life, but I’m excited to see what the next one has to offer.

Change - Blue Button


So, that’s a little update about what’s going on with me lately. What’s new in your life? Have you had to go through a big change like this before? How did you adjust?

Thanks for your support!


Hello, Monday…

1 Jul

Hello, Monday.

Why are you robbing me of my weekend? I don’t want to go back to work already!! It was a great weekend, and I just don’t won’t it to end. Wah!!! 😦

Don’t rob me of sunny days with my boys, playing outside and soaking up the sunshine…

Swinging Swimming

His favorite thing to do is get in and out of his pool. In and out! Hehe…it’s too cute!

The hubby and I finally got a date night. It was long overdue. We went to dinner and walk on the pier afterwards. It was a great time!

date night date night short ribs

I had the beef short ribs and the hubs had filet mignon. Sooooo yummy!!

We also finally watched Bridesmaids. It was hilariously embarrassing! It was hard to watch at times, but it had some really funny parts!

I am sad to see the weekend go, but at least this week is a short one. Yay 4th of July!

How was your weekend?


Vegas Recap

11 Jun

I’m baaack!

If you’re wondering how my recent trip to Vegas went, this post is for you. As most of you already know, I was in Vegas for the weekend for a work conference. It was a conference for the Association of Genetic Technologists (AGT). Basically, it was a nerd conference for all the big science geeks like me. It was lots of fun!

I arrived to the hotel (The Cosmopolitan) late on Thursday night. This worked out to my advantage because there were only large suites available. Oh darn! So, I checked in to my suite on the 51st floor. The room and the view were incredible!! I wish my hubby could have been there to enjoy it with me, but he had to stay home with the kiddo.

Cosmo suite living room

Living room/office

Cosmo suite kitchen

Full size kitchen with refrigerator, freezer, stove, oven and dishwasher

Cosmo suite living room

Another picture of the living area

Cosmo suite

This was the most comfortable bed I’ve ever slept in! It was like sleeping on a cloud!

Cosmo suite bathroom #2

Master bathroom

Cosmo suite bathroom #1

Guest bathroom–I made sure it got used a couple of times. Haha!

Cosmo suite view (West Tower)

My amazing view of the Bellagio fountains-doesn’t get much better than this! I had a large patio with love seats, ottomans and side tables that I got to enjoy this view from. I even took a little nap on one of the love seats. It was perfect!

I totally lucked out with this room at The Cosmo. I would definitely stay here again. It was fabulous!!

The only negative thing about my stay here was when someone decided to play with one of the fire extinguishers on my  floor. The alarms went off and scared the crap out of me! I packed up all my stuff and ran out of my room in a panic. We weren’t allowed to leave until they made sure there wasn’t a real emergency. This was not fun! I was relieved that it wasn’t a real fire though. That would have been really scary.

I was chosen to give a presentation at the conference. The conference was held on the third floor of The Cosmopolitan. It was a perfect venue with seating for about 300 people. It was a nerve racking experience speaking in front of all of these people. It was my first time doing something like this. I was pretty well prepared because I practiced about five times in front of my hubby and my coworkers. It went much better than I expected. I wasn’t nearly as nervous as I expected to be. When I got up on the stage, the light was quite blinding which kind of helped because I could barely see the crowd. It helped take away the fear of 300 people staring at me because I couldn’t see their eyes. I got through my 15 minute presentation and even answered some questions that one of the audience members had. It was a great experience, and I am very happy I did it.

Selfie before presenting at AGT

Here’s a selfie I took before my presentation.

After presenting and sitting through a few lectures I went up to my room to take a nap. I wanted to go to the pool, but I just didn’t have enough energy to change and walk all the way there (this hotel is huge!). I was worn out! So I napped and then went to the awards ceremony that evening. It was fun to see those that have been in the field for many years earn some recognition.

AGT with my coworker

At the awards ceremony with my coworker

breakfast at Henry's lunch at Estiatorio Milos lunch at Olive's

I ate a lot of delicious food while I was there including a delicious omelette at Henry’s for breakfast before giving my presentation, lunch at Estiatorio Milos that same day and lunch at Olive’s in the Bellagio the day before.

I also had the coolest drink ever at the Chandelier Bar in The Cosmo. We heard about it from one of the bartenders at a different bar. We called it the flower drink; I’m not sure of the official name though.  The flower is called a Szechuan button, and you’re supposed to eat it before drinking the drink. The flower gives your mouth a crazy tingling sensation that lasts for about five minutes. It was really weird, but a fun experience. The drink tasted really good too! It was kind of like a lemon-y, ginger-y margarita. I recommend it!

Flower Drink

Overall, the conference was a great time and experience. It definitely helped that it was in Vegas! I am glad I got to go and hope to be able to participate again in the future.

Are you following me on Instagram? You may have already seen some of these pics if you are. 😉


Hello Monday

10 Jun

Hello Monday.

Hello to getting back in the swing of things after being in Vegas for the past three days. What a trip!

Las Vegas strip

Hello to unpacking and laundry. Boo!

Hello to being reunited with my boys. Yay!

Me and my boy

Hello to having the day off to rest and recuperate. I need it!

Hello to getting back on track with eating right and working out. It’s hard to stay on track when you’re living out of a suitcase. I don’t know how some people travel all the time for work. That would be tough.

Hello to blogging again. Did everyone enjoy Megan’s guest post while I was away? She’s so fun! Love her!

Hello to a beautiful sunny day that I plan on enjoying with my family.

Hello to the start of an awesome week! Stay positive my friends and good things will happen!



What do you have to look forward to this week?

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Hello Monday.

3 Jun

Hello Monday.

I am not looking forward to you AT ALL, but I will make it through you with a smile on my face. 🙂



Hello to a short work week.

Hello to traveling to Vegas on Thursday. I’ll be arriving Thursday night for a work conference.

Hello to staying at the Cosmopolitan.

cosmopolitan Vegas


Hello to speaking in front of hundreds of people on Saturday. I have a huge pit in my stomach every time I think about it. I can do this! I can and I will do this! <—Sorry, I have to give myself a pep talk every time I think about it…

Hello to coming home to my boys on Sunday after three days without them. It will be hard, but will only make me stronger.

Hello to looking forward to next Monday when I have the day off to spend with my boys and make up for a little lost time.

What are you looking forward to (or not) this week?

I’m linking this post up with Lisa Leonard for her Hello Monday series.


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