Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Congrats, San Jose Sharks!

Last night, the San Jose Sharks clinched a spot in the playoffs! And I was there for their HP Fan Appreciation night with my buddy, Brian.

What an exciting game. The first period had a play with so many close attempts at the goal but just couldn't get it in! We want to be literally on the edge of your seat and to get a closer look but you can't! I personally love the speed and non-stop action of hockey, that's the same reason why I love boxing. I think I'll go to more games next season and possibly consider play off tickets. There is not a bad seat in The Shark Tank.

Congrats to the San Jose Sharks! Thanks for the free bag too. We had a blast!

5/8/13 UPDATE - Swept the Canucks and headed to Round 2. Congrats! Brian and I watched it at Burgermeister over a carb-filled meal while watching the Giants game as well. My friend, Rich, was sitting basically in the dug out and waved to me twice! Caught it on video too. It's pretty awesome that waves to me was seen all over the nation.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

It's an Event Planning Weekend!

This weekend consists of doing a walk-thru at Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley, Ca for a wedding in June with Paradise Catering. The venue is gorgeous. See photos below.

Then my first time working a Mundan, a traditional head shaving ceremony, in San Francisco for amazing repeat clients. I also do their holiday parties and their wedding so it is such an honor to be a part of the special events in their lives. I truly love working for them. I just can't say 'NO.'

Tomorrow I will be chatting with my very good friend and bride about my first Mormon wedding in July. I will not be a part of the ceremony in the temple as I am not Mormon but will be a Bridesmaid and be at the ring ceremony at a private residence and the reception. I can't wait to learn more about their traditions.

Also working on a possible partnership with a caterer for a 30th birthday party at the end of May in San Mateo, CA, and future events. We shall see.

Monday, April 8, 2013

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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Is It In the Cards?

This past Valentine's Day, I realized that I have been in back to back relationships for 10 years. Before that, I had a 3-year period of being single but seeing people, and before that my 5.5-year-long first love with my high school sweetheart. I thought I would be the first one to get married and have kids out of the six Manzano grandchildren. Funny how that has turned out to gain the title of the first one to get divorced. But 10 years is a long time to be in relationship after relationship. My plan was to embrace being single, be truly independent and experience life, because after the hell I have been thru, I felt I deserved it. I wasn't opposed to dating and if I found myself infatuated/in love with someone amazing, but moreso that person in love with me as well, I wasn't going to let it slip away.

Another thought I had to accept was that it all might not happen for me: I may never have kids. For anyone that knows me, I have been wanting my own family since forever. Last summer, I had a reading with a spiritual advisor, no tarot cards this time, but it was all the same. I was told that this was all a game to the other party and I should know by my birthday, but definitely by the holidays, of what I wanted to do. And she was right. I put 4 years of effort, bending over backwards and putting my needs aside for a chance at a family of my own. All parents sacrifice, I felt I did what I needed to do to have a home and become an amazing mother. And here I am, 32, thankfully starting all over.

My thoughts on timing were definitely altered by my grandfather's passing. Going thru hell made me an even stronger person, but his absence in my life and his unconditional love that I relied on having since my first breath, reminds me that life is short and you have to appreciate the love that is given to you. I used to think, 'If it happens, it happens'. But I sought after it a week or so after February 25th. As always, I go after what I want, but I have learned I can't do all the work. I need to be wanted as well. I keep thinking Lolo will send/has sent me someone good enough to take care of his youngest granddaughter. I never cried over the divorce until I told him the news because HE cried. It pained him. He feared, "You will be alone." "No, I won't. I have you." Friday, April 5th, was Lolo's 40th day. Catholics mourn for 40 days. Did he do what he needed to do in these 40 days? Did he set his replacement in motion?

This weekend, I also spent a good deal spoiling my nephew. We went to Monterey, had clam chowder looking over the bay, went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, ate dessert by a fire, I took him to his first roller derby bout, and we used our season passes at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, ate even more and rode our first adult ride together. But what got me thinking about whether or not it's in the cards or not is when it came for bedtime. I made sure he brushed his teeth while I made his bed. I went to say good night and I kissed him on his forehead as he looked up and smiled at me. I told him I loved him. And then I walked away wondering if I will ever do this with my own beautiful child.

I guess time will tell.

"Oh some guys have shown me aces, but you've got that royal flush." - Christina Aguilera 'Save Me From Myself'

Monday, April 1, 2013

Welcome to Miami


A group of girls and I are heading to Miami for a Bachelorette party. It is going to be epic. I have never been to Miami. I have been to Fort Lauderdale and the Bahamas, but not Miami. Looking forward to it with these girls.

BUT, I have to be committed to eating better and sticking to my work out plan. Who's with me?!?! Friend me on to keep me in check!

Thank You!

Thank you to all that visited this blog in the month of March. It has achieved the highest number of hits of ALL TIME! For that, I am thankful.

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