In Peru


Hi all! How have you been?
Well, I'm finally in Peru. That's why I haven't been able to write here. I was packing and trying to enjoy my last days in Austin. I miss it very much, and I know I'll always have reasons to go back there again or at least visit.
I also have a new blog in spanish, where I will post pictures I take in Lima. That blog will be mainly about Lima and how I am able to capture it with my camera. If you're interested in seeing/reading it, click here.

In the meantime, I'll show you some of the things I've been photographing lately...

the flowers my boyfriend sent me the morning after I arrived

some things you see around here,
like people who hang clothes outside :P

many buildings nearby

a picture taken on the only sunny day I've had so far

and something one of my most awesome friends in Austin gave me: L
(he's my second favorite anime character)

To whoever keeps reading my blog, thank you :)

Two funny pictures from the World Cup


Hey all. It's been soooo long. You can now tell I'm pretty busy these days, huh?
Well, I not only have a trip coming up but also my parents' 25th anniversary, for which I'm making a little video and stuff. The World Cup has been keeping me a little busy too! I really enjoy watching those soccer games. My dad and my brothers love soccer, so I've liked it since I was a little girl, but the World Cup is definitely when I watch it the most. The other day my favorite team Germany, lost. I can't believe they played the way they did... it wasn't bad, but it certainly wasn't their best. They didn't show what they had shown to the Argentinians... oh well. I guess I'll be rooting for Spain this Sunday.

Anyway, look at these two pictures. Isn't the technology in photo and video amazing today? I'm always stunned by the quality of the slow motion videos that they show in game repetitions. And the cameras that photographers use? Have you all  noticed those lenses? Wow...
Well, here we go:
haha I had to circle that guy's emotion. 

hahaha and what's this? something like "damn you Germans" 
I loved this game, and I was pretty excited about the results.
Last victory for them though :(

Well everyone, have a great weekend! Enjoy the weather, go relax, have fun
and thanks for being patient with me these days =D

Marcelina


* Pictures from soccernet.espn.go.com

Cotton In The Sky


Yesterday when I went back home from work, right before
I went inside my house, I noticed how beautiful the clouds looked. 
I thought to myself, "jeez Marcela, you get off work
and you go directly home on such pretty day... why don't you
enjoy the sky a little?"

So I did. I grabbed my camera and went along this pretty road
nearby, taking pictures along the way. 

The clouds were puffy, gigantic, and they made the houses look tiny

They also made this tree look more isolated and peaceful

I used my other lens to see the difference. How awesome would it be
if we could sleep on them...

*sigh*

On the way back home there was a small hill to pass and, with the clouds above,
it was too magical for my camera to skip

Finally, when I thought I didn't need more pictures, I looked at my house, my room
on the right, and the sky behind. Lens cap off, camera on, click!


Updates Updates



Days are passing really fast and I already started preparing for my trip to Peru. So far, I know I will need three suitcases at least; my mom will probably help me with one of those when she visits Peru this July. I already made that suitcase; it's full of winter clothes (the ones I don't need in Austin AT ALL right now). 




I've also started to re-organize my room, area by area, to make sure that I'm taking everything I need and that whatever stays here is in order. Of course, right now my room looks like a hurricane went through it (maybe I'll show you a picture...). But I tell my mom not to worry; it's only temporary because the purpose is 'total organization.'

I'm still thinking about the type of job I want to find there... maybe something related to urbanism? urbanism and photography? something that requires English skills? a business started by my friend and I? Who knows...it's going to be an interesting time, I believe. 

And what will happen with my blog? Should I rename it  'the joy of enjoying
life in Peru'? Because, trust me, it's completely different, with many problems as well, but with many things to enjoy! Yes, maybe I should do that... as long as I have a blog, 
the name could change according to my location. I kind of want to have
a Spanish one too... hmmmm...


Anyway, I'll be telling you more about that as time passes.
On another note, guess what, my Etsy shop has 9 sales already. The last
three were relatively close. It made me happy. Slow period again though.

I do have a sale going on!
¸.•*¨)
*♥* SALE SALE SALE
Buy 1, get 1 50% off (equal or smaller price)! Convo me before adding the second one to your cart! Sale ends 6/30


 I swear if I had more readers I would do giveaways!
But I'm afraid the comments would be so few :/
Ok, that was all today. I will come back as soon as I can; 
I hope you're having a fantastic week!

In Country Mode



Guys, I like Country Music. For some people country might be annoying and perhaps cheesy, 
but I think it's because they haven't given that genre a chance. 
Recently, I compiled many of my favorite country songs into one CD 
so that I can listen to it when I'm in Peru and remember Texas. I have lost count on 
the number of times I've listened to this cd in my car already. 
I'm telling you, it's genious! haha, joking, but you might actually like it! 
If you're already a country fan, then I am almost sure you'll like my little compilation 
(as I have old and new)! 
If you don't like country, then I think you should click below and listen to 
some of the songs; maybe start with number two... such cool beat.
(note: # 14 is hilarous--he's talking about his Willie Nelson CD FYI, #3 is sad but beautiful)
Have a wonderful weekend everyone! And enjoy your Memorial Day :)


here it is:

Two songs missing (were not available in that site):
Fool Hearted Memory - George Strait
If You're Thinking You Want A Stranger - George Strait

Apologies & 2 Pictures



Dear Enjoyers,
I have to apologize once again for not writing as often as I used to. In only three months I will be traveling and there is sooo much stuff I need to take care of before leaving. I am going to be writing about it eventually. Today I actually wanted to tell you about an old friend from college, but I am here in my room trying to organize some things and I even have to go wash some dishes because I don't want my mom to see them in the morning! So, instead of hurrying and writing my post rushed, I thought I'd share with you two pictures that I sold within the last 5 days on Etsy (how exciting!!!):

This picture was taken with my Canon 30D here in Texas. 
I really love railroad tracks, so I 
was pretty excited to find this elevated one.

This picture was taken with my little Nikon CoolPix in Vienna, Austria. 
Three years ago (May 22nd) I was in that beautiful city. 
Wow, time passes by so faaaast. 
Anyway, I'm glad two people found them pretty 
and decided to support my little shop :)

I will come back to tell you the other story! :)

Haha


This is just a short post (the longer one I'm saving for later because I need a few images).
Don't you just love those pictures that you take on accident while trying
to figure out camera settings?
This is one of me, the day I went to 'One Night of Queen' 
and posed with a mustache. 

My friend named it 'The Evil Mexican Midget"


 My hair is so light in there, that it looks as if I was wearing a blonde wig
My nose just looks too funny. Oh well

Fabulous Fridays: Mothers




Thought: Today I want to dedicate this post to my mom as well as all
the other wonderful mothers of this world (the ones with us
and the ones watching over us).  This weekend it's their day.
I can't believe they only have one a year... there 
should be more Mother holidays, don't you think?
My brothers and I are going to give her a card and
some other little things (she reads this, so shhh).
But today I want to dedicate two songs to her and
show you a few wonderful quotes I found. 
Mothers are special, everyone. Tell her how much you love her,
kiss her, hug her, go with her somewhere special. Sometimes
we take time for granted, and then later regret not spending
enough time with her. So do it! and not just for her special day, but 
everytime you can. 


Two songs I dedicate to my mom:


[...Thank you for loving me 
For being my eyes 
When I couldn't see 
For parting my lips 
When I couldn't breathe 
Thank you for loving me 

You pick me up when I fall down 
You ring the bell before they count me out 
If I was drowning you would part the sea 
And risk your own life to rescue me...] 



[...You are so beautiful to me
Such joy and happiness you bring 
Such joy and happiness you bring 
Like a dream 
A guiding light that shines in the night 
Heavens gift to me 
You are so beautiful to me...] 


Quotes: M is for the million things she gives me
O means only that she's soft to hold
T for the things she tries to teach me
H is for her heart of purest gold
E for her eyes with love light shining
R means right and right she'll always be

Put them all together they spell Mother,
A word that means the world to me
- Author Unknown

Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.  ~Author Unknown

Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.  ~Marion C. Garretty, quoted in A Little Spoonful of Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul

God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers.  ~Jewish Proverb

My mom is a neverending song in my heart of comfort, happiness, and being.  I may sometimes forget the words but I always remember the tune.  ~Graycie Harmon


For those of you who may not have your mama here anymore,
remember that she will always be in your heart, and from wherever 
she is, I'm sure she continues to love you and care for you in a 
way the only mothers can.  The love they give is so strong, that no
physical change could ever take it away. God bless them <3

ACP Contest



Hello everyone! How have you been? It's been a few days since I last 
wrote here, I know :( I hope everyone's days have been great. 
Mine have been a little busy as I now have a 
weekend job too. But here I am, dedicating some time to my blog today.
So, last month I entered this contest held by the Austin Center for Photography
(website here) called "Two."
The interpretation of this theme was up to us; we could submit a maximum of 5 images.
I wonder if they already saw mine, I wonder what they thought of them,
I wonder how many chances of winning I have. We'll see!
In the meantime, I wanted to share with you the 5 pictures I submitted.




  I hope you were able to see the theme 'two' in each of them :D

Missing math (funny!)



It's Friday! I hope everyone's week has been a good one. I'm doing good, still at the office with the song 'Benny and the Jets' stuck in my head. I just love that man so much...
Anyway, today's post idea came to me when I logged on Facebook and saw that a friend had a funny math picture as her profile one. It reminded me that I do miss Math sometimes. Every time I do silly simple additions or subtractions in my head or when I use the calculator at the office, I go back to the times when I did math exercises way harder than those. I actually liked math... I always had great teachers, both in school and in college. I liked geometry and algebra the best. I still remember the first time I saw '(a+b)^2 = a^2 + 2ab+ b^2' I was sooo confused and mad to discover math also involved letters. But then I liked it. The only thing I don't miss at all is calculus... I can't even remember how to solve those problems. But anyway, I found these cool funny math pictures that will make you laugh and smile. Can you imagine being a teacher and finding some of these on the tests your students take? Hilarious! I thought it would be a good post for a Friday. Enjoy!







and a few silly equations:


(it's funny; I actually made this comment once and got that response)


Hope you're smiling. Have a great weekend everyone :)






images 1-5 found here
images 6-9 found via weheartit.com

Indecisive?



The other day I was creating a treasury on Etsy with pink and blue items and I came across 
this video (while thinking of a headline) of one of my favorite Disney scenes. So, today I
want to dedicate this post to all of you who may be indecisive about anything at all.

Will you go out with that guy or not?
Will you open a private blog or a personal one?
Will you have coffee or milk or tea this evening?
Will you become a doctor or a nurse?
Will you buy that dress or save as much as you can?
Will you travel to Europe or South America?

Whatever it is I hope your decision makes you very very happy :)
While you think about it, here's a video that always makes me smile (don't you
miss these movies?)



It's a rainy day...



Hello dears,


How are your weeks going? Fantastic? Great!
Not so fantastic? Hmmm, hang in there!


Well, it's raining here. I'm not going to go drive out there because that will result in me going insane inside my car stuck in traffic. Traffic is one of the things in life that can irritate me veeery quickly :) at least when I'm the driver. Does that happen to you?


So instead (and I do this often, not only when it rains) I decided to stay at the office longer and do something I enjoy much more: Sit in front of the computer as opposed to my steering wheel and look at neat things online.


In view that it's all rainy outside and that I'm a mess right now --I had to go buy some groceries for the office and  take heavy stuff out of my car with rain coming down-- I want to share these cute rain-related items I've found on Etsy and forget about the way I look:


Can someone please buy me these cloud earrings? They're perfect for rainy days and I just love their uniqueness!!


Summer rain earrings by joojooland

Oh puddles, you mess my shoes and I don't like you. Maybe I would if I came across one with a cute toy fish:

Fishy Fishy by aptrickphoto

back to jewelry... I love this necklace. I really want it. But I'm good at always abstaining from spending money in things I don't need right now. One day I might get it though... 

RAINY DAY WITH MY UMBRELLA  by LycheeKiss

Here are two more lovely images:

Rainy Night abstract photo by goggla

Fade by ErinTyner (gorgeous macro photography!)

Let's not forget other artists who draw or paint amazing things:


Fishing in Oregon by AlexWijnen

Late for Dinner by jennyschultzdesigns

Anyway, after sighing 7 times, let me just wish you a lovely evening. Wouldn't it be cool if all rainy days ended up with these colors?

Tiny Drops of Light  by ShadedMemories

***~~~~Hugs~~~~***

Oh no! Almost forgot! Guys, whoever has an Etsy account, could you vote for my Recycled binder in this Etsy Voter?


It would be awesome! It doesn't matter if I'm not the winner, I just want to be on the top half, or better even, the top 12 in case they decide to put them on the front page :)

Alrighty bye now! Thanks for reading :)

Marcela


Mom, Blue Bonnets, and Me



Hello everyone! How was your weekend? Mine was great! I saw Elton John in 
concert this past Saturday; it was awesome 
(if the pictures from my cell phone are clear enough,
I'll share some later)! On Sunday I spent the day with my mom and one of our activities
was to go photograph some Blue Bonnets. Blue Bonnets are Texas' official flowers. 
Once spring is here, Blue Bonnets bloom all over! It's wonderful to be driving
and seeing "blankets" of them next to highways and all over suburbia :P


I need to take seeds of this flower when I go to Peru (more about that soon). 
I'm going to miss them sooo much.
Of course, not near as much as this important person:


(My mom is not convinced about her hair in the pictures because her highlights 
are fading... but I think she looks beautiful <3)


here's one she took of me:


What a lovely day. Hope your week started beautifully!



PS: I lost one reader! I wonder who it was. I knew this would happen eventually, as my writing habits are a little bit affected by this year's activities. But the truth, everyone, is that it might continue being a little bit unbalanced; however, I won't stop writing. My blog style might even change later in the year with an upcoming trip... and I might even start a Spanish [separate] blog (?) Who knows... I'll notify you of all of this when the time comes. But whoever decides to continue reading, thanks a lot for your patience and support :-) 

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