Sunday, July 15, 2007

Seventeen

Two big moments in a 17-year-old's life:

Grad Nite at Disney World:




(with my BFFs C and M - who hopefully will not kill me for not cropping her out!)


and Prom Night:




(doing the Electric Slide)


p.s. Yesterday's picture was taken in the French Quarter in New Orleans.


(Part of the 30 Years in 30 Days countdown to my 30th birthday.)

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

Sixteen

Because you just can't handle my utter coolness.





Bonus points if you know where this was taken.



(Part of the 30 Years in 30 Days countdown to my 30th birthday.)

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Friday, July 13, 2007

Quince

I did not have a traditional Quinces party. I was still longing for my super-cool party and had no interest in a traditional Quinceañera party. Because I had no party, I didn't have a traditional dress, either. Still, a Quinceañera needs a special dress, and I designed mine (short and with blue in it, which was decidedly untraditional) and had my aunt make it.

The one traditional thing I did was celebrate a Mass. I also commemorated the occasion by getting studio portraits done.






And of course, it would not be a proper Quinces portrait without the classic, close-up, hand-resting-on-face, eyes-staring-hopefully/deeply/dreamily-into-the-distance pose:







And finally, finally, finally, I entered what I considered my prettiest phase ever. Even though I was still sporting those long bangs.





(Part of the 30 Years in 30 Days countdown to my 30th birthday.)

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Join the Fight Against Congenital Heart Defects

Baby Diva was born with a heart defect, a condition called tetralogy of fallot that threatened to take her tiny life. At almost three months old, she had open-heart surgery to correct the defect.

On August 9, Baby Diva will celebrate her first birthday. She has a good chance of living a normal life. Her mom wants to spread the word, and is holding a contest in Baby Diva's honor.

Once you read her story, perhaps you'll consider making a donation to the American Heart Association? Sadly, there isn't enough funding going into research and treatment options for these defects, especially given that heart defects are among the most common birth defects and are the leading cause of defect-related infant death (approximately 40,000 babies are born each year with a heart defect in the United States).

Read more to find out the different ways you can spread the word and make a difference.

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Fourteen

Ah, the pretty was creeping back in (funny, me thinking I'm posing like a model really just comes across as me looking pissed).

This was the night of my freshman year Homecoming Dance, which I attended with Cold Dead Fish (I think we'd been dating a few weeks at this point).

Notice the longer bangs? That was step 2 in my program to release myself from The Bangs of Hell. It would still be years before I was bangs-free, but it was a step in the right direction.

And that dress? I loved, loved, loved it to pieces. I wore the hell out of it to zillions of parties.








(Part of the 30 Years in 30 Days countdown to my 30th birthday.)

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

My Problem with the Pacifier

Well, not mine, exactly. More like Max's problem with the pacifier. Although, he himself doesn't think it's a problem; I do. So maybe it is my problem...

No matter, I have something to share with you:

My problem was that I got smug about it. Max doesn’t like pacifiers! He spits them out! I’m so lucky! Hahahahahahaha!


How do you think this is going to end? I'll give you a clue: not good. Read my post over at GNMParents and share your thoughts there.

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Thirteen

While I have a knack (a gift, really) for styling other people (I would make a fantastic fashion consultant), I've always been pretty talentless at dressing myself and putting myself together (as in, to this day, I never know what to do with my hair, and I have no knack for styling it or myself). This truth was in full effect at 13. Behold, my idea of a "cool" hairstyle:




Then check out this outfit:



Balloon shorts, tucked-in T (both ridiculously baggy), scrunch socks, and those shoes. I loved those damn shoes, yet right now, they look so off to me somehow. I know, consider that it was early 90's. But still. Awful.

My teeth, however, rocked.



(Part of the 30 Years in 30 Days countdown to my 30th birthday.)

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Castaways Against Cancer Complete Their Mission

So, remember when I wrote about the Castaways Against Cancer? My friend Patrick and his crew finished this year's kayak trip from Miami to Key West, which they've done for 8 years now to raise funds for cancer research and to honor those who have fought (successfully and not) against the disease.

The Castaways raised over $40,000 this year, which is amazing. I'm so proud of them and their dedication to this cause.

Take a look at their website, where they've posted a slide show of this year's adventure.

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Twelve

Today's image is a study in more seriousness, late-80's fashion (Pleats in my pants! Death to pleats!), and crappy hair.





Aaaand.... more weddings! I spared my sister the embarrassment by cropping her out.

But look - nice teeth! The braces were off and my teeth were a beautiful sight to behold. Otherwise, it's just more awkwardness and hellacious hair.




I still had a ways to go before finally getting that bangs just look like shit on me.



(Part of the 30 Years in 30 Days countdown to my 30th birthday.)

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Monday, July 09, 2007

Eleven

Serious. So serious. Maybe I was going for a particular "look" here, but I fail to see what it is.







(Part of the 30 Years in 30 Days countdown to my 30th birthday.)

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Mondays are Random

My Monday's gotten off to a bad start, but hey! That's no reason to deprive you of all the random shit floating in my brain!

1. Does anyone know WTF happened to the Krispy Kreme shops in the Doral and South Miami? Both have shut down in the last month. Is the North Miami Beach one still open? This is a travesty! I don't know how I'm going to survive this...

2. How was Max a size 4 in shoes in May, and is now a size 6?

3. I know it's normal: summer rolls around in So Fla and the small ants come out from hiding. Still, it sucks. We have ants everywhere. Heaven forbid we leave one tiny crumb on the floor, counter tops or dining table - we have an infestation in a matter of minutes then. Seriously, it's time to call the exterminator.

4. Max still remembers Zoë, and it kills me. The other day, he stopped in the middle of his activities, looked around, and said "Zoë?" At that same moment, I was going through a box of pictures and pulled out one of her. I showed it to Max (still don't know if I should have done that), and he squealed with delight and started chanting "Zoë! Zoë! Zoë!" He then began to cover the picture with kisses. My heart breaks all over again every time I think of it. He doesn't seem sad about it (he wasn't disappointed when Zoë herself didn't materialize), and a part of me is happy he still remembers something, but it's all so sad, too. I ended up putting that picture in a little photo album he plays with.

5. Although I've tried to fight this feeling, I just cant: I want an iPhone. I'm very surprised with myself; I tend to be pretty ambivalent about gadgets - indifferent, even - so either the marketing hype has gotten me, or I just really am enamored of all the beautiful possibilities of this purty little phone. Sadly, there's no way in hell I'm paying $600 for it, so I'll have to find a way to survive without it. I'll make do, I suppose...

6. And finally, this is such an abomination that I can barely speak. There are no words. This goes against everything I've ever believed in, everything I was taught to believe in, everything I'm passing down to my child. I am referring, of course, to this:


Why anyone would see fit to create decaffeinated Cuban coffee is something my mind cannot understand. Only thing that could be worse than its existence is actually drinking it. Please don't tell me if you do: I don't think I could handle it. Plus, I'd have to break up with you.

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Quick Note on Countdown

Had some scanner problems; "Eleven" will be up late this afternoon.

Regular post coming in a short while.

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Sunday, July 08, 2007

Ten

Oh HELL. No wonder Danny Ll. didn't like me back!

At least we were on the right track with my teeth by then.







(Part of the 30 Years in 30 Days countdown to my 30th birthday.)

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Saturday, July 07, 2007

Nine

The day before, I'd been surprised with that sweet puppy you see there - my beautiful Tammy. The day of this photo, I was given a surprise party. Two surprises in one weekend? A puppy? A party? Best birthday ever.





I had a long career as flower girl and junior bridesmaid. This is one of my many 80's weddings. My hair is permed. Including my bangs.






(Part of the 30 Years in 30 Days countdown to my 30th birthday.)

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Friday, July 06, 2007

Eight

Who you gonna call?

Apparently, Richard Simmons.

It was 1985, after all...




The teeth, by the way, had only grown worse. I was soon fitted with the thumb-blocking device I mentioned.




(Part of the 30 Years in 30 Days countdown to my 30th birthday.)

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