Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Go Team USA!

I love watching Olympic swimming.  I remember watching Michael Phelps win eight gold medals like it was yesterday.  Now I'm rooting for him to break the record for the most medals by a single Olympic athlete.  Go, Phelps! 

I am especially glad that 17-year-old Missy Franklin from Colorado won the gold yesterday in the women's 100m backstroke.  She was born the year songs like "Run Around" by Blues Traveler and "Kiss from a Rose" by Seal were billboard hits.  That's also the year Pocahontas was released in theaters. No, that doesn't make me feel old.  You go, girl!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Jackson Domino Arenivar, where are you?

Isn't Jackson photogenic?
I don't know if my cat is dead or alive.  He has been missing since Thursday.  His pet ID tag reads Jackson and has my phone number engraved on it.  Cat thief, if you're reading my blog, bring him back to me.

I adopted Jackson from a cat shelter in Houston.  He traveled 636.59 miles with me when I moved from Houston back to my hometown.  Not once did he meow or growl or hiss.  Nor did he relieve his bladder the whole way home.  He once fell off my second-floor balcony in Houston and survived uninjured.

I hope he's doing okay wherever he is.  Please give him Whiskas Temptations savory salmon cat treats if you see him.

On a more positive note, today I downloaded Jeannette Walls' The Glass Castle: A Memoir on my Nook.  I absolutely love her descriptive writing style and her ability to make me feel what she's feeling.  More updates about my enjoyment of this true-life novel later.

Come home soon, Jackson!

Sunday, July 1, 2012


Why I love to travel

Perhaps it is because I see life outside of my own microcosm.
There is always life elsewhere,
Varying perspectives,
Multiple languages,
Different horizons from the ones I have traversed,
And if there are so many perspectives
Maybe I can adopt another as my own,
Or an amalgam of many.

My own problems
Seem insignificant
Compared to walking down the cobbled streets of Toledo, Spain,
Compared to meeting friends for coffee at the Plaza Mayor in Salamanca,
Compared to the whitewashed buildings of Vejer de la Frontera,
Compared to riding the AVE at 193 mph,
Compared to learning words particular to Spain like zumo and melocotón,

My life is enriched by
Having a minute to reflect on atrocities from our past at the Holocaust Memorial Museum,
Riding on the Autobahn in Germany,
Attending an Aggie Muster in Stuttgart,
Eating crème brûlée for the first time in Strasbourg, France,
Meeting wonderful people everywhere,
Seeing Taipei 101 in person,
Ordering food in Chinese,
Flying in an airplane for the first time to go to the National Spelling Bee in D.C.,
Witnessing the beauty of the Grand Canyon in Arizona and Copper Canyon in Mexico,
Skiing for the first time in Winter Park, Colorado (falling so much the first day),
Skiing down the Poconos,
Walking through the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville,
Seeing Santa Fe and San Antonio with my parents,
Renting a kayak with my sister in Austin,
Getting to see the Texas Piney Woods region for the first time by attending Camp e=mc2 in Tyler, Texas.

I love boarding the plane and flying away.
Next stop: who knows?

I wanted to add “Priceless” at the end of each reflection like on the MasterCard commercials.