Saturday, August 15, 2009

My two Moms

Back in the 70's two girls (Lorena and Gilda) met through Lorena's husband Manrique. First they became just acquaintances but after some time they became best friends (without knowing that their friendship will some day change the entire life of a certain person-me).

Lorena & Manrique circa 1977

Time passed and one day Lorena & Manrique decided to hook up Gilda with Lorena's brother Alberto. Well, it was a match made in heaven!!!

Alberto and Gilda got married and just after the marriage started she got pregnant. It wasn't a very easy pregnancy for her but she made it through and the result was a beautiful baby girl that they named Mariasol (that's me!).

My mom Gilda & Me circa Aug. 1977

Then, when I was 6 months old my mom Gilda all of the sudden got very ill, she was rushed to the hospital and in less than 24 hrs she passed away (died of an aneurysm). As you can imagine it was a huge shock for my family and specially my dad Alberto, who at the time was just in college and not very ready to take care of me by himself.

My Dad Alberto & Me circa Aug. 1977

So, he had to make a very important and hard decision about my future, so after much thinking he decided to ask Lorena & Manrique (with whom both Him and Gilda were very close) to take me into their lives and help him raise me along with the two boys they already had (my now brothers Gian Franco & Mauricio).

And, that's how. God gave me my "life" mom and my "birth" mom. I had a wonderful childhood with Lorena & Manrique. My dad was always very closed to me too, he finally remarried when I was 9 yrs old but was unable to have any kids with her new wife, so I remain the one and only girl of both homes!!!

So, that's my life story, pretty much, and the reason of my post is because today, in my home country Costa Rica we celebrate Mother's Day, (not sure why is not the same as most of the world in May, but that's just how it is).

And specially on a day like today, I can't help but think about my birth mother that gave me life but also with her departure God gave me the other best possible mother I can have.

So, to my two mothers (one I already called on the phone) and the other one wherever she is, I love you both and I thank you for the love and protection I know you are always giving me, HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Friday Humor

This might just be the solution to my no sales at work, NOT!!! LMAO

Have a great weekend!!!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Work= Slow

We are finally into August which for us here in the Cayman Islands working in the tourist/service industry means low season = slow at work.

Yesterday I mention that work decided to let us take 1 hour lunch everyday instead of 1/2 hour, well I was really looking forward to it, packed my bag and camera to go to Smith Cove beach during my lunch and guess what? My manager called in sick and the rest of us had to suck it up and still take only 1/2 an hour because we were short of staff, go figure!

Well, this morning, I got up, had some breakfast (did not exercise because it is my rest day on my routine), took my daily dose of vitamins, showered, got dressed and then as I'm about to leave the house I get a text from my boss saying I should come in from 11am to 4pm...

You see, for me slow=boring= no sales. For my husband slow=good=no problems. This is because he is a broadcaster engineer so when he is busy it's usually because some equipment fail or he needs to fix something on the radio station computers.

So, now I'm home posting this and getting ready to go lay down in the sun for about an hour before I finally head out to work. Tough life, I know!!!

Yesterday I was taking some pictures on our back porch and my dog Sheba was very happy to have me sitting on the floor getting the following shots, so she came running at me and I was able to capture the true essence of my wonderful dog (always happy and always playful).

Check out the shots I took of her and also the shot I took of a Bananaquit visitor as well. Have a great day and hope it's not very slow at work for you!

Our back terrace

Our chairs

Happy Sheba

Just goofing around!

Bananaquit Bird

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Wednesday Movie Post

Is it Wednesday already? Boy this week is really flying by, which is a fine by me because I am leaving to Costa Rica in 8 days and a wake up, can't wait!

So lately I haven't watch very good movies, just typical Hollywood flicks with nothing new or cutting edge.

One of the movies was The Hangover.

And all I have to say about this movie is that it is the typical movie that you hear a lot about in the beginning when it comes out. A lot of reviews, people talking about the trailer and how good it looks, how funny it is...

And yes, I guess it has its funny parts, but nothing too out there or different from any other comedy about partying, being drunk and doing stupid stuff. So, I guess in a way I was disappointed.

The other movie I watched was The Ugly Truth.

Well, this is just another Hollywood movie that uses the never ending theme of Man trying to understand Women and vice versa. I guess some parts are fun-ny because of again it makes a lot of reference to the always present dynamic of Men & Women and how different we are, think and act.

So, in recap this is just another romantic comedy that starts with 2 characters hating each other and they end up falling for each other and I guess living "happily ever after", yeah right!

Why is it directors/producers of movies are so fixed in making movies with the same type of endings over and over again? We need something different out there, we need movies that leave us something to think about, something to feel and in life not everything has a happy ending...

I guess this happens mostly in romantic comedies, but it happens as well in Horror movies, cause at the end most of them get resolved and they find the killer, of kill the killer or something like it, right?

That's one of the reasons why I prefer movies that are based in real facts as well as dramas that not all the time leave you with a sweet soft feeling but that shake your soul and your inner self, right? Much better from my point of view...

But Oh well, I guess if there are people out there that like this very flaky, weak flick they'll continue making them!

In other news: Starting today at work we are going to have a whole 1 hour lunch instead of 1/2 because the season is slowing down and we are not very busy, so I'm going to go to the beach on my hour, lay down on the sun and maybe even take some pictures.

Here's a picture of the beach I'm going to go to:

Happy Hump Day to you!!!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Home is where the heart is...

Today I'm thinking a lot about this expression, about what it means to me and how much its meaning has changed in the past few years.

I guess the reason why this comes to my mind lately is because of my near trip back to Costa Rica which is my hometown, the place where I was born at and the place where I have spend most of my life, so I'm pretty certain that is where my heart was, for many years.

But now, after leaving away from "home" for more than 4 years, finding the man of dreams a.k.a my husband and having a house together, I am sure this is where my heart is now...

Then what should I say when talking about my trip? Am I going back "home", even though home is where I am right now in Grand Cayman? I guess I'm going to say, I'm going back to my home country? Yes, that sounds about right...

And in other matters of the heart I had to share the wonderful story of the heart puppies that I saw on the internet a couple of days ago (in case you missed it).

This is the story of a dog in Japan that has a heart shaped spot on her side, well she had puppies a few days ago and one the puppies of the litter came out just like her mother....

Isn't adorable????

Now, this dog will always know where his heart is, right??? LOL

Monday, August 10, 2009

Have a Ducky Week

Who doesn't love a rubber ducky?

Rubber duckies have been around for a very long time, and are likely to remain so. From film and television, and all over advertising, these little guys prove that they have permeated our culture throughout, winning hearts and bathtubs everywhere.

Here is a look at some of the more notable and modern rubber duckies out there now a days.
Modern Ducky


Diamond Ducky

Stripped Ducky

Yellow Dots

Pretty in Pink
White Dots

And now some theme and personality duckies.

Management Ducky

Elvis Ducky
Betty Boop Ducky

Peace & Love Duckies

Blues Duckies

And last but not least...

It is inflatable, it just kind of floats and makes people smile, he looks like you could hope right on him and take off down the channel with it. It's the Giant Duck and he was created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman for the French group Loire Estuary in 2007.

Title: Rubber duck
Year: 2007
Location: river the Loire, France
Dimensions: 26 x 20 x 32 meters
Materials: inflatable, rubber coated PVC, pontoon and generator
Assigned by: le Lieu Unique and the Biennial Estuaire

Well, hope you've enjoyed my post today and that wherever you are, have a ducky week!


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