Monthly Archives: December 2010

NYE and Some Resolutions

Everyone is sick, it seems, and I can’t even understand this weather. It snowed here yesterday- here in Scottsdale, Arizona! Unheard of. It also has been raining heavily in California and I’m in ┬áno way looking forward to the drive back home this weekend. But it will be nice to say good-bye to the in-laws; not because I don’t like ’em, but because it’s about time.

I suppose you can say today is New Year’s Eve and everyone is planning something special. After saying that I almost regret not buying a little 2011 hat to celebrate the occasion but I’m sure people will still know what year we’re trying to welcome tonight. I don’t know about you but here we have about 6 rented movies waiting for us to watch.

Although for 2011 I have “resolved” to be a lot more active than I was last year, it is nice to think that the most special plan for today is to watch movies. We are going to see the King’s Speech in a bit and then coming home to watch the rented DVDs. We will have a yummy dinner later on and then a new year will start all over again.

During 2011, I will become a Senior; and that alone it’s scary. The Mrs. will finally get to meet my family (help!). I will take my LSATs (Oh no!). And if I keep going, I may want to stick to 2010 for the long run. So instead, I will share my new year’s resolutions with the blogging world:

  1. Get better grades (as a student, this is always a must).
  2. Lose 40 pounds (as a girl, this is always a must).
  3. Ace the LSAT (or do well enough).
  4. Continue learning Italian (and start Russian).
  5. Play soccer more often- and tennis.
  6. Read more books.
  7. Play less video games ( =[ ).
  8. Follow a budget (seriously).
  9. Read more news.
  10. Write more often.
  11. List less and do more.

So as I mentioned in my last blog, some of my resolutions seem to be repeated every year… Like numbers 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, and 10. Basically almost all of them? Perhaps 2011 will be a better year to accomplish these things, right? I think so. Besides, things can only get better. Coffee time!

Another Year Goes By

The year 2011 is sneaking up on us and I ain’t about to complain. College life has been a blessing but like any other educational system, it makes you wait impatiently for the graduation date. A year then becomes just another goal line and one is just grateful if several great things happened during those 364 days. And if not, then the thought of “making it through another year” takes over.

There are many who seek for their meaning and purpose. This time is a constant reminder of that; as New Year’s Resolutions fly left and right in every house in the neighborhood. If I had to come with any resolution myself, then I’d feel ashamed to admit that any I can come up with looks a lot like the ones from last year, and the year before that, and before that. In short, history likes to repeat itself.

I will brag a little because comes January 1st, 2011, I will be in a better place than I’ve ever been on that day in prior years. Even this Christmas is an improvement from family fights, lack of money and bulks of uncertainty. I do believe those who preach that “things can only get better,” because time has proven that they can certainly get better.

Despite the fact that we keep aging and this means nothing more than taking a step closer to the grave, it is always a good feeling that certain things are now being left behind. However my outlooks is not purposely pessimistic and I, like you are (I hope), am thankful of the things that come and leave or stay in my hands.

So long 2010 and hello 2011!

Rainy Days

I wonder how long a writer’s block may last. I come to this screen every day hoping that something fantastic would come out my fingertips and that I can make someone’s day a little better- even if for a total amount of five minutes. Yet nothing comes and the list of saved drafts keeps growing and growing. ┬áCome to think of it, it might be a good thing that I don’t write for a living or I might not find myself in the best situation.

It’s raining today, something very unusual in L.A. Actually, it’s been raining for days now. Most Angelenos hate it but this is one of the few times that I like Los Angeles. Rain makes crowds hide and without the heat, things around me seem nicer. I wish I could plan an adventure for my wife on a day like today but the video game “Army of Two” is the best I got to offer today; we will play for endless hours after our workdays are over. It sounds weird just to say that this is what we do, but this is who we are; two crazy kids who decided to say “I do” to each other and meant it forever.

I’m not sure what you are doing today, but even if it’s not a magical adventure, maybe there’s someone who needs you to play a game with them. And then the rain crashing against the windows makes more sense. And maybe life makes more sense. Because even if I can’t write anything to make someone happy, at least I’ll make sure to do something else so I can make someone happy. “Rios, you copy?”

Joint Life = Joint Account


Is this 20 yours or mine?

Although I grew up to a broken home, it always made sense to me that since my wife and I were married, we should have a joint bank account. Am I the only one who thinks this logic makes sense? I was confronted with this question about a week ago when I mentioned to my friend Cole that the Mrs. and I had a joint account. He gave me this whole speech about how he liked his money to be his money. He also made a point on saying that his parents don’t have a joint account either.


So what do you do when you pay rent (Cole and his girlfriend live together)? Or when you go to the grocery store? He said they take turns on paying bills. Well, if they had a joint account, they wouldn’t have to take turns. But I guess different relationships have different ways of doing things.


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