Get my phototherapy lamp out.

Here it is, assholes. Fall has arrived.

It is cold, gloomy, and rainy outside, which I’m sure all you bums who love to dwell indoors are thrilled about. Me? Not so much. I feel trapped and I hate it. I got paid yesterday, however, and promptly ordered waterproof outdoor gear to accommodate this shit-weather and my need to be outside doing something. Hiking boots, a nice windbreaker, and some gnarly waterproof pants will be on their way to me soon. I also ordered a raincoat for my pup, Bruiser.

You know what I get tired of hearing? I thought about this as I was ordering the aforementioned garments. Whenever weather and seasons are being discussed, I enthusiastically rave about how much I love warm weather, sunshine, and summer. I am so sick of hearing this response:

“But when it’s cold, you can always add more clothes.”

Okay, going bitch-mode now.

The people who say that to me are the same people who fucking wear jeans all throughout summer. And closed-toe shoes, and undershirts, and dark clothing. It works both ways, geniuses! Take some layers off, dress for the season. Get some fucking confidence and show some skin!

Adding more clothes?! No, why would I want to do that? I want to take in the sun, I love me some vitamin D, my skin wants to breathe. Piling on the layers feels bulky, it makes me feel overweight, I cannot move as freely, and it adds to the amount of laundry I must do. What’s so great about any of that?!

For those who live in Texas and look forward to the fall… Um, how long have you lived here? You must know by now that we don’t get those idealistic, picturesque autumns seen in postcards and such. Be mindful of the weather this season. Pay actual attention. Keep track of how many nice days we truly get. I mean sunny skies, golden hues in the trees, cool, but comfortable temperatures. Get back to me on that, mmmkay?

But if you like this doom and gloom weather, I don’t know. We must have very different personalities.

I suppose I’ll make some jewelry and do some remote volunteer work today. It would be better if I was doing it outside.

Blah.

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Sociopolitical gal.

Facebook has become this platform for people about my age living vicariously through the cuteness of their children or the staged happiness of their romantic partnerships or the solicited pick-me-ups that are received via reactions or comments.

That’s fine. You do you.

But don’t give me grief because my posts are “too” political. Life is political. Whether you are a woke participant in our democracy or not, you are affected. I am just trying to wake people the fuck up before matters worsen.

You dig?

My time.

Welp. Summer has met its official end and although I am sad about no more pool days, lake time, playing in fountains, drinking cold beers, eating snow cones… I am happy that my summer was a fantastic one! It was everything I needed and more. Here’s my recap:

Father’s Day: it was also the day that the Mexico National Team beat defending World Cup champion Germany! I watched the game and spent the day with my family, of course. Gosh, we were so happy! This photo is a recreation of a photo my brother, Dad, and I took over thirty years ago at Six Flags. Such sweet memories!

In June, I attended the Texas State Democratic Convention as a delegate for my senate district. It was a great day of caucusing and listening to inspiring speeches by the leaders in our great state. I left feeling proud to be a Democrat and an activist!

Once again, watching Mexico play in the World Cup. Mom joined my Dad and me for this photo. The game was early in the morning, but we went to a sports bar that was PACKED and ready to go. There are a few special occasions that bring me to have alcohol at 10 am. This was one of them!

Summer isn’t summer without baseball.

My brother and his girlfriend are having a baby! For the gender reveal, my brother pitched a powder-filled baseball to my nephew. He took a swing and revealed that I am getting another nephew! I am soooooooo excited. Another little baseball (…and sports in general) fan is on his way!

I cannot BELIEVE I have not posted this. I met Beto O’Rourke, y’all! You know… the man I have been working away for because I really want him to be our senator. We met up for a bike ride in my beloved home of East Dallas, around White Rock Lake. Afterwards, he held a mini town hall. Being the extrovert that I am, I asked for the megaphone and asked people to volunteer to canvass for him! I mentioned my event, of course. After Beto was done taking questions, I went over to say hi and he personally thanked me for all my work. It was awesome!!!

Everyone is having babies! These are my high school besties, Claudia and Cynthia (Wizzo). Cynthia came to town for a weekend to throw a baby shower for Claudia. It is always a joy when the three of us are able to get together!

Pool party with my work crew! I cannot say it enough: I just love them and am so grateful to be a part of this team!

I don’t ask much for my birthday. This year, I asked my family to take me to see the new Mamma Mia! movie. My parents are both ABBA fans and as a result, so are my brother and I. And… my nephew now, too! How hilarious was it to hear all three guys singing and laughing along throughout the entire movie?! It was such a great time!

Birthday dinner after work! Yes, I worked on my birthday and it was a CRAZY day. But these lovely folks wanted to have dinner with me and with my dear friend Megan. It also happened to be her last day working at the hospital! She and I both had margaritas purchased for us. Much needed! hahaha

The final birthday celebration: lunch with my Kitty Ring Club Gal Pals. I love them so much!

At Julie’s baby shower that I threw for her! This ended up being a wonderful reunion of friends who had not all been together as a group in years. I must say, I am very grateful that both Spencer and Julie introduced me to this awesome crew (many are not even pictured because we slacked and didn’t get a photo earlier!). I am even more grateful that all their friends took me in and that I am now a part of the crew as well. Baby Leo made his arrival on September 5th, by the way! 🙂

Celebrating Ashlee’s 30th! It was so nice to have Nicole out and to catch up with both Ashlee and Jacob. They are one of my favorite couples… such cuties!

I work with the awesomest people! Corey is an actress, y’all! Nicole, Bodhi, and I got to see her perform as Scuttle in The Little Mermaid. I may be an extrovert, but I don’t know that I could ever take the stage night after night in front of sold-out audiences! Kudos to her!

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Another summer evening, another baseball game. And running through a water fountain with Jude! This is why I love hanging out with kids… It gives me an excuse to be a kid, too!

Aaahhh, the best team building event EVER! This obstacle coarse floats over Lake Grapevine and is loads of fun! Climbing walls, monkey bars, slides, trampolines… SO… MUCH… FUN.

I got to wander around the Dallas Museum of Art with Nadia! It was on a weekday so there weren’t any crowds. Afterwards, we had lunch in downtown. It was such a relaxing day of girl time.

Cooling off by jumping in fountains? Lucky for me, I have friends who will do that with me!

My oh-so-talented friend Tee, a local hip-hop artist, penned a track about animal adoption. She invited me to the shoot for the music video!

Hanging out with Cent, Charlene, and Tee. I met each of these ladies when I started my career, back at the SPCA of Texas over a decade ago. While I have moved on to veterinary specialty medicine, these gals continue to work in animal welfare and sheltering. I am beyond proud of the work they continue to do to help our animal friends!

Holy hell, this night was epic. The only thing that compares would be the New Orleans trip with Cristina. Ethan, Jade, and I went to the Matt and Kim concert, danced like crazy, somehow shoved our way to the front of the stage, then got separated when we each decided to mosh. I was shoved around, pushed into sweaty bodies, ended up with my arms around strangers, Jade got picked up to crowd surf… SO EPIC. Then we ended up at a dive bar for karaoke. LOL. I swear I felt the youngest I have felt in a long time. I need more nights like these with these two friends in particular. I love them both to pieces!

I call them my bebs. They may be younger than me, but when you click with friends, you are just grateful for it and make the friendship work. These two make life so much more fun and exciting for me. And I give them big sister advice as much as I can. ❤

We did it! Mom and I went to the Pride Parade and gave out hugs. So many sweet people stopped by and took us up on our offer. One young man told us about how much he missed his mother and held on tightly to my Mom during their embrace with one another. Mom was nearly in tears. I lost count of how many people she ended up hugging, but my estimate would be nearly a hundred! It was Mom’s first time at the parade and she definitely enjoyed it! She was out there dancing and catching beads! LOL We both left covered in glitter from all the hugs. I also left proud of what a loving, open-minded mother I have. She is my world.

Trivia night with the crazy vegans! After trivia, music and dancing. After music and dancing, closed out the bar. After closing out the bar, hashbrown burgers at Whataburger. Man, I love these kids!

Last but not least: this past weekend in San Antonio. Cristina and I made the trip there for a veterinary conference. We stayed at a swanky hotel in downtown (her company paid for it) and feasted all along the Riverwalk throughout the weekend. This photo is from a beer garden outside downtown where a Beto vs Cruz debate watch party was held. Good times supporting our main man, and thrilled to see that San Antonio is turnt up for him as well!

Amazing summer. I cannot complain. Life is so good, y’all.

Life is everything I want it to be and I am actually looking forward to the next few months. It’s like I have been positioning myself to be at the best place possible before the winter hits again. There is also a lot of news involving me, involving the people I love, that fills me with joy and excitement, but I cannot share it here. Not now at least.

Bye Summer 2018. Thank you for reminding me of how good life can be.

Family ties.

I had to Google this.

So Angélica, Abish, Alfredo, Alondra, Antonio, Josué, Valeria, Sebastian, José, Mauricio, Galia, Salma, Crystal, Diana, Damaris, Desiray, Delilah, Ulysses, Zeus, Cain, Daria, Armando, John Carlos, Camilla, Aidan, Austin, Melina, Pablo, Renata, Emiliano, Sky, and Dante are all my first cousins once removed.

Noah is my first cousin twice removed.

Isaac, Wesley, Steven, and Evelyn are my second cousins once removed.

The kiddos first listed above are each other’s second cousins, some from my Dad’s side, some from my Mom’s. All of them are my nephews’ (Anthony and Abel’s) second cousins.

Got it. See why I don’t need kids of my own? There are plenty in my family, with more on the way.

I love my people.

Just smiling over here.

Today has been a good day. Um, strike that. It’s been pretty damn great.

I received an email a couple hours ago stating that I have been chosen and approved to canvass for Beto at a show in Deep Ellum next month! The venue will be letting me in early before doors open to the public, and will also provide a table for me to set up at. The campaign is sending literature and other goodies for me to distribute (bumper stickers, buttons, etc.). I will be doing all the talking on behalf of Beto, inviting concert goers to join us and get out to vote! The exact date of the show is October 5th, just a month prior to Election Day. Putting in work during such a crucial time period is enormously critical!

I am so fucking stoked, y’all! Knocking on doors has been great and all, but this will be a new experience for me and I am doing it alone. Ugh, I cannot wait!

With this opportunity, I have decided to forgo Austin City Limits because they fall on the same weekend. I am not even upset about it because really – let’s face it – my life revolves around getting this man elected. This has been the case nearly the entire year, at least since I recovered from my depression. Oh! and as an added bonus that weekend: Dallas will be hosting its very own music festival featuring three of my favorite bands! The Polyphonic Spree, Spoon, and Sparta will all be playing right here in my hometown with tickets only costing ten bucks. Waaaaaaay more affordable than traveling to Austin and paying hundreds for passes to ACL. Hahaha.

But wait! There’s more…

This particular event, The Buffalo Tree Festival, is not only a music festival. It is also being advertised as a political engagement festival aimed at encouraging attendees to take action and get involved leading up to Election Day. Guess who’s going to be there… Good ol’ Beto himself! This will be – I don’t know – my tenth time or so seeing him, but it just does not get old because he is crazy-inspiring. I may also pick up a shift to register voters while I am there. I need to contact the organizer about the current need for registrars. Woot woot.

I am ready for all this.

In other fantabulous news that also has me smiling, my marvelous coworker/friend/partner-in-crime Leigh Ann made the sweetest post on Facebook today in which she called me “an amazing supervisor”. This is deeply humbling because she happens to be the most senior technician in the department that I supervise, so for her to say that… it floors me. In a good way.

On top of that, yesterday, two other team members told me that I am “the best supervisor” they “have ever had”, which was also absolutely sweet. Moments later, my boss came into the ICU to ask me to set up my voicemail (I deactivated it a couple years ago because I simply despise receiving and having to listen to voice messages!).

I told him that I truly did not want to and he replied,

“When you are a hospital manager, you are going to have to be able to receive voicemails.”

Aawww. He believes that I will manage my own hospital one day! What a compliment! I ended up activating my voicemail last night.

Finally, I never shared this, but a couple weeks ago, the senior doctor on our team sent me a text message after-hours stating she was grateful for all my hard work and that “we definitely have the best leader”. I did not share this with anyone because it could be taken as a jab towards my dear friend Sarah who is also a supervisor. To be clear, I would not be in my position without Sarah. Not only did she push me towards applying to be a supervisor, but she has been the greatest mentor and friend to me ever since I started working at the hospital. She is the person I turn to if I ever need advice for handling sensitive situations at work, and I can always count on her if I just need to vent sometimes. We often go out for lunch together to talk friend-to-friend and supervisor-to-supervisor. I am beyond grateful for her and would be way more excited about Phoenix if she was going too.

Wow. Two posts in one day. I am diggin’ being back into blogging.

Take care, and register to vote!

A woman’s place.

I stayed up late watching Beto on Stephen Colbert, and now I’m up early to go on a four-mile run before work. I wanted to share this photo while I’m warming up on my stair climber:

Volunteering for a candidate whom I truly believe in, and desperately want to represent me, has been such a rewarding experience. I have learned valuable lessons about leadership, organization, and communication. Truth be told, I am in awe of myself and how far out of my comfort zone I have traveled on behalf of his campaign. All worth it, of course.

The best part of it all, though? It has to be the new friendships I have formed throughout the process. In the photo above, I am pictured with two incredible women who are leading the way and showing up to make a damn difference.

I met Tricia via Instagram. She started the adorable Dogs for Beto account, and I was one of her first followers. We crossed paths at several town halls and volunteer events, and then – true sign of a badass – she held her own fundraising event, which ended up being a huge success! In addition to her event, she sells doggie bandanas, stickers, and campaign buttons, then donates all her proceeds to the official campaign fund! Amazing, isn’t it? Grassroots!

Stephanie and I met at my first block walking event back in the spring. We kinda just ended up standing next to one another during the training process and when go-time arrived, we simply looked at each other and agreed to team up! She was kind enough to step up and drove two other volunteers and myself around south Dallas as we knocked on doors to canvass. Stephanie is currently a film student in California, but took some time off because, get this: she was hired by the campaign! She created a short campaign ad, Beto’s campaign manager viewed it, and she was hired to edit daily videos! Those recap videos posted on his Twitter and Facebook accounts? Yeah, my friend made those. 🙂

Isn’t that fucking awesome?

I am so proud to be among ambitious, activist women who won’t sit back and allow the future to be decided for them. They are putting in the hours and the work! I am even more proud to call these two women in particular my friends. I was so happy to introduce them to each other at an event we all attended last month. Now they’re friends with one another as well, and it is all beautifully inspiring and wonderful.

Resist, y’all. We are powerful.

Not gonna quote Green Day.

How the fuck is it already September? What am I doing with my life?!

Well, to be exact, I am currently writing letters of recommendation for a staff member who is applying to veterinary schools. Last week, I did phone interviews because my friend listed me as a reference on her resume. She got job offers shortly thereafter. Y’all, I am good at this shit. I can hype the fuck out of people like none other. My friend Bri is now a high school principal at the district she applied to last summer. When she was hired, as a teacher back then, they literally told her that the essay by Ms. Martinez spoke volumes of her. Maybe I should put that on my own resume…

ADDITIONAL SKILLS

  • Hype Girl Extraordinaire

Okay, so what’s in store for me this month? Team Building, Matt and Kim concert, football watching date, Beto meetings, Kitty Ring Club wine and cheese night, Pride Parade, trip to San Antonio, trip to Phoenix, …

I just had a mini freak-out session because I could not find my planner!

The last weekend is actually free. Florence + the Machine, Aggie football game at Jerry World, Strfkr wherever they’re playing? I don’t know.

I don’t know. Maybe I should have a quiet weekend alone, focusing on self-care because October will be rearing its ugly-ass head and I simply cannot allow it to freak me out. Memories of losing Canelo Dog and Miguel will come flooding back, I am sure. Smartie and Bruiser, if I am over-sensitive when it comes to you, know that I have my reasons.

I get to see Greta Van Fleet on October 3rd. That should be fun. It would have been Canelo’s 18th birthday.

[sigh] I need to get people registered to vote.

Live a little.

I’ve been binge watching Shameless on Netflix for the past few weeks. Talk about a show that makes me feel way better about my own life.

About two weeks ago, I watched the season where Frank meets the doctor who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at the age of thirty-two (two years younger than me at my current age). The character was upset about dying because she felt that she hadn’t really lived. She worked her ass off to get into medical school, worked her ass off in medical school, followed that up with an internship, then a residency, and had finally made it into the field, but was still working insane hours.

And then she got cancer.

So, she lived it up. She had the money to do so and went wild. She did all that she had not done because she was so busy working, staying the course, being responsible.

Soon after, she passed.

I found out earlier this week that someone I know is currently going through a cancer scare. It is not definitive, a biopsy is scheduled for next week, but that is what her doctors are thinking. As expected, she is distraught. Who can blame her?

Fuuuuuuuuck.

I have been working my ass off, too, you know. Maybe not in medical school or as a doctor, but still. I rarely take vacations, and when I do take time off from work, I take it in small doses. Throughout the entirety of my time in the workforce, I have never taken a week-long break from work. Ever. People who take a week off, they include the weekends for a total of nine days off. I have never had that. I think my max has been five days.

I vow to change that next year.

For now, I have taken a couple days off next month to go to a veterinary conference in San Antonio. This may not sound like fun, but it will be because I am going with my best friend, Cristina. She will be working, representing her company, while I am attending lectures, but there will be plenty of downtime for us to hang during the four days that we will be there. Also, my other best friend Cynthia lives in San Antonio. As luck would have it, it just so happens that her birthday falls on one of the days that I am in town! I haven’t celebrated her birthday with her since high school… Long overdue. Finally, Yo La Tengo will be playing at a venue not too far from our hotel, and how fun will it be to catch a show in a town other than Dallas?!

Needless to say, I’m excited.

In even more exciting news, I have asked for a couple days off in October as well. I originally asked for the time off to go on a camping trip to Palo Duro with a group of friends. However, coordinating such an endeavor with the amount of people wanting to go, including some who are students and others who work weekends, well – it is difficult. We never actually agreed on dates, who will be driving, what kinds of activities we want to do, what site we want to reserve, etc. etc. So… my friend Jess and I are saying fuck it, let’s just go to Austin City Limits that weekend instead. Three-day pass, baby.

Okay. A few things. When I call her “my friend”, I have only hung out with her twice, both times in the last two weeks. I will be making this trip with a stranger, pretty much. We have no idea where we would be staying. My Dad no longer lives in Austin. Bummer. Hotels are likely either already booked or will be expensive AF (not good when we are already paying over $200 on our passes alone!). We are throwing ideas around like camping or CouchSurfing, which are both kinda risky. Transportation? I can’t really help there, but she knows that already.

I don’t know, y’all. It’s super last minute and haphazard, but… what the hell. Why not? I have always wanted to go to ACL and now, here is someone who will adventure there with me, someone with a spirit as spontaneous as mine! I may not know her too well yet, but we totally clicked right away. She’s an extrovert, and social, just like me. Why not do it? Live a little!

In times like these, when my mind is flooded with seemingly wild ideas, I am reminded that there is no afterlife. I have one life and one life only. I gotta live it up while I can.

Live lively, my friends.