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Posted on Jan 10, 2011 in La Gringa |

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Resolutions 2010

Posted on Dec 31, 2009 in Family and Friends, Holidays, La Gringa, Thing 1, Thing 2 |

We had a look at last year’s New Year’s Resolutions today and saw that, for the most part, we had accomplished all of our New Year’s Goals. I got a pass on mine since my number one resolution was to run six half-marathons instead of five from the previous year. But there wasn’t much I could do about destroying my knee. So we’ll just pass on that one, right?

This year’s resolutions were made on the back of a receipt while munching tacos on New Year’s Eve day. Here they are:

La Gringa

Get more fit. Run more. Gym more.
See my friends more often

Me

Get back to fighting shape even without distance running
Get a job I love while being able to pick kids up each day from school

Thing 2

Read lots of books
Learn an instrument
Finish year five in dance and get the 5 yr. trophy

Thing 1

Read the rest of the Magic Tree House collection in Spanish
Learn an instrument
Play lots of Club Penguin

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    International La Gringa Day!

    Posted on Oct 10, 2009 in Family and Friends, Holidays, La Gringa |

    Sky Diving!

    Sky Diving!

    As you might have known, 10.10 is International La Gringa Day! It’s the day we celebrate my spouse as not a mom and not a dad, but as our La Gringa. Although CVS had run out of International La Gringa Day greeting cards (high demand), we found great ways to celebrate anyway.

    7 a.m. — Bagels on the Go! (holy carb treat! from our favorite bagel shop)

    8 a.m. – SKYDIVING!

    10 a.m. — Portrait sitting at Picture People

    12 p.m. — #2 at In’n’Out Burger

    1 p.m. — San Carlos Art & Wine Festival

    2:30 p.m. – NAP TIME!

    5:30 p.m. — Dinner and game night with friends

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    International @La Gringa Day

    Posted on Sep 14, 2009 in Family and Friends, Holidays, La Gringa |

    My favorite day of the year is Mother’s Day since it celebrates the single greatest things in my life: being a mother and being a daughter.

    There are days for everything beyond just Mother’s and Father’s Day. There’s Winnie the Pooh Day (January 18) and Backwards Day (January 31).  There are ones I think are worth celebrating, of course, like National Clean Up Your Room Day (May 10) (must remember that one) and Homemade Cookie Day (October 1). National Tortilla Chip falls on my birthday and International Polar Bear Day falls on @La Gringa’s birthday.

    My beautiful special spouse is a mother, a giver, a spouse. She’s the neighborhood IT Department, the family’s MacGuyver and my personal compass.  This year, we’re going to celebrate the first-annual La Gringa Day on October 10. Want to join us?


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    Stolen Post from Let California Ring

    Posted on Nov 12, 2008 in Family, Friends, Rants and Raves, La Gringa, Politics and Rants |

    I read this today on Let California Ring. I thought it was very well written.

    10 Ways to Start Conversations About The Freedom To Marry

    1. Think about it—what if you were told that you couldn’t marry the person you loved? How would that make you feel, or change your relationship, your future plans and your life?

    2. Two people in a committed, trusting and loving relationship deserve the dignity and support that come with marriage.

    3. People can have different beliefs and still treat everyone fairly.

    4. It is a joy to see my son/daughter and his/her partner together and a part of our family.

    5. Discrimination is wrong no matter who it affects. We must work together to fight against discrimination, wherever it appears.

    6. Tradition is important in our family. That’s why we’ve invited our son/daughter’s partner to be a part of our family traditions and celebrations.

    7. It is not for me to judge other people. Just because I disapprove of something does not mean that it’s wrong.

    8. Many couples stay together for years and not only face discrimination, but
    many other challenges. In spite of these challenges, these couples remain courageous in the face of opposition and deeply committed to building happy lives together.

    9. When gay and lesbian couples get married, they may finally be recognized as being part of the extended family.

    10. Domestic partnerships don’t provide the same security as marriage. They exclude people from marriage and create an unfair system that often does not work in emergency situations when people need it most.

    …for the record, La Gringa and I have no plans to marry until the unions are federally recognized because only then does the tax break make sense for us (thank god for great CPAs who ran the numbers for us on the options of DP, marriage, single status). By the way, might we change our minds? Maybe. ;)


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    Sale? Hardly.

    Posted on Nov 11, 2008 in Family, Friends, Rants and Raves, La Gringa, Rants |

    In the past week, I’ve gotten sale emails from JCrew (20% Off Sweaters!), Old Navy (50% Off Outerwear), Kohl’s (50% Off Sweaters!) and Gap (30% Off Friends and Family). I tracked down every.single.one of these discounts. Here’s what I found:

    1. JCrew: Two words: FUCK OFF. It doesn’t help one single bit to charge an average of $150 for a wool sweater. Are you kidding me? We’re not talking cashmere here. In looking through all of the sweaters on Jcrew.com, I found not one thing we’d buy.

    2. Old Navy: I went into the store, and sure enough, the coats are 50% off. On sale, they’re running between $50-$85. That’s pretty good. Unfortunately, there is no lining in the jackets at all, so La Gringa would look cute this week in New York, but freeze her ass off.

    3. Kohl’s: See, now, this one is probably more me than the store. Kohl’s in fact, was advertising 50% off all sweaters. The problem is the fashion of the sweaters was from the FLDS catalog, made at the Zion Ranch by underage children!

    4. Gap: The sale intel came out two days ago with a serious viral campaign, but when I went to the store today, turns out the campaign is for Thursday only. Ugh.

    Then there’s the true idiots. The biggest offenders right now? Travel & Leisure Magazine, Luxury Link.com, One & Only Resorts. Okay, so I know I’ve opted in for these folks, but are you kidding me? What economy are they tapping into? What planet are you on to market to me in such a stupid way?

    1. Travel & Leisure: Boasting luxury getaways to India and Saudi Arabia this month, I poured over the mag trying to remember my travels in the days before a shithouse economy and life with children. But I couldn’t get past it — what was the editor thinking? What crack are you smoking? Where is my Hunkering Down Travel? Or Find Leisure on a Budget? Idiots. I actually threw the magazine away before finishing it.

    2. Luxury Link: I’ve purchased from Luxury Link before. Sometimes you can even find a deal. But not now. They seem to have completely lost their perspective. Giving $50 off of a $15,000 week-long getaway is not a discount. Offering discounted upgrades? Only if you win a prepaid bid ranging from $2500 to $25,000 for a week. You better damn-well upgrade me at the cost, whacker.

    3. One & Only: See now, you’re talking about the holding company of my favorite place on earth. About five years ago, they took over for the little La Palmilla, making it a massive celebrity destination and completely destroying the small, quiet hideaway it had been for 40 years. Those bastards are currently offering a “discount” of 20% off for holiday travel — that would make the cheapest room just over $750 per night. For the record, I paid $200 for the same room several years in a row.

    So here’s my advice to the luxury travel and retail providers;

    1. Do one single thing at a discount. One. Sweaters. Jackets. Hotel room. Spa services. Whatever. Do one. And kill it. Bring the cost all the way down, waaaay down. Low enough to get us previously engaged users to reengage (those of you who know me will know I’m talking about the second or third quadrant of the P&G user).

    2. Don’t call it a discount if you’re gonna be obscene. It’s so offensive. Say, “Escape the Economy” and forget about your life for a few days. Don’t tell me it’s a discount. Don’t tell me you understand. Change your verbiage to convince me that you are one of us. It’s incredibly insulting to send me a discount that isn’t one.

    3. Work my loyalty (yes, the P&G third and fourth quadrants). Work me slowly, directly. Tell me you know me and my loyalty to your product, your resort. Work my preferences, mine your data. Get me to engage. And reengage.

    It’s gonna be a long couple of years. I’m going to need more from my email marketers. You all get an F. Go back and come back with something more engaging. I have a credit card, La Gringa needs sweaters. Come get my business the old fashioned way: earn it.


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