New Additions {Marlo}

Well hello lovelies! First off, I just want to remind you that my Kevin Murphy giveaway is ending this Friday, make sure you enter before that! Check it out here!

I also wanted to share a quick (who am I kidding, nothing is quick with me! I am wordy as all get out!) post with you all about the newest addition to my family, Marlo!

Marlo is a 6-year-old English Bulldog girlie that Billy and I adopted from Santa Cruz Animal Services shelter today. We have been talking about getting an English Bulldog for a while, at least the last year or so. We I have been scouring for months doing English Bulldog searches and have come close to checking out a few here and there, but things just never fell into place.

Last week, I found a listing for an older bulldog in a shelter in Santa Cruz, not far from our home, and became super excited.

I was willing to pay a large adoption fee through one of the local bulldog rescues, so when I saw the shelter had a deal going on that you get “4 paws for 1/2 price” and older dogs would only be $60, I was sold. There is literally no other option for coming by an English Bulldog at that price….not even close. She also fit the health criteria, the looks, the personality, everything. Billy and I called the shelter and waited on hold for over an hour, no joke, I left for work and had Billy wait, and when he was finally connected through, they accidentally hung up on him! I told him it would be easier to just go down there and check her out, meaning we could do it the next morning. He took off in peak traffic time to go check out the bulldog at the shelter, and was told she had been adopted out mere HOURS prior to his arrival. We were absolutely devastated, thinking it was just another one that didn’t have pieces falling into place.

I resumed my bulldog search this past weekend, and lo and behold, the same dog is listed at the SC shelter AGAIN! What’s more, she was listed twice, the second time being at the sister shelter in Watsonville. I had to find out if this was a legit posting or if they had just left the post up after her adoption. I e-mailed the shelter on Sunday night, knowing they weren’t open on Mondays and not expecting to hear back before Tuesday. Monday morning before 7am, I had an answer. Sisi was returned to the shelter because of her rough play with children. I corresponded with the shelter contact throughout the day on Monday, and made plans to head up to Santa Cruz Tuesday morning with Billy. Our luck held out, she was available and they had her on hold for us!!

Before we even met the dog we were given a rundown of Sisi’s history, her behavior, her temperament, health history, etc. and given options for correcting any possible bad behavior. We then got to see this precious girl, and of course we fell in love. We had already fallen for her on with a blurry picture of a snout, so seeing her in person and getting the full personality did us in! We brought her home, did the Petco run for all the supplies, and now we have an adorable and sweet English Bulldog who we have decided to rename Marlo. She is named after the Strikeforce Welterweight women’s champion Marloes Coenen, whom we saw take the belt this past Saturday in person at the San Jose Arena. It was our first live and in person MMA event, so it was pretty special for us. Silly I know, but our cats are both named after fighters too! Hemi Chuck Liddel after the “Iceman”, and Rush after Georges “Rush” St. Pierre. It’s fitting 🙂

I’ll get some better pictures later, just had to share our new love bug!

Lauren Conrad made me popular

Seriously, I don’t think people actually read what I write. When I check in and see that people have actually been hanging out on my blog, reading the drivel I write, looking at the pictures I think are pretty and inspiring, and generally being my friend and confidant, it astounds me. I also wonder how many actually stick around, and aren’t just a Google search fly by looking for a Lauren Conrad Updo.

Miss Michelle of Booksnshoes recently posted a fab giveaway, which I told you about (and you should have entered, hello!) because she saw the number of admirers visitors to her blog had grown. This got me thinking “how many people visit my blog?” Turns out, it’s a lot of you (over 15,000 visits since December)!

I try to be creative. I try to post pretty pictures when I’m not particularly verbal. I try to entertain you. I try to post hair related things. I try. I try all for you! I’m hoping you get a few inspirations, hair tricks, lightened moods, laughs, and feelings of solidarity and commiseration out of reading my blog. Thank you, I love you this much!

Also, it turns out you like Lauren Conrad. A lot. That seems to be the biggest draw to my blog, so thanks Lauren Conrad and your braided/messy bun/low curly bun/side bun/updo for bringing people to my site, and perhaps making them stay to check the place out? I  think I need to put a Lauren Conrad updo tag in every single post I write, then I’ll see the traffic increase, right?!

I will be announcing a giveaway tomorrow for the loyal friends who visit my blog and read what I write, even though I hate my own writing, you apparently don’t mind it 🙂 All the cool kids are doing giveaways now, didn’t you know? I’ve always wanted to be a cool kid! Yes, it will be hair themed, which is just so appropriate 🙂

Goes together like a horse and carriage

From Michelle, who found it on Adrienne’s blog, who in turn found it on Rebekah’s blog Life with the Edwards. I love anything having to do with marriage and my hubby Billy, so I couldn’t pass this up! Also, what else am I going to do, be productive with my Monday?

1. When is your “engagement” anniversary?

March 29, 2006. He arranged for us to be pulled on stage at the Matchbook Romance concert at the Fillmore in San Francisco, where he proposed to me 🙂

2. When is your “marriage” anniversary?

August 4, 2007. We were married in South Lake Tahoe, on the beach with 50 of our closest friends and family.

3. How long have you known your spouse?

7 years. We met the summer I graduated from high school, at the YMCA where we worked as summer day camp leaders 🙂

4. How long did you date before you were engaged?

Almost 2 years. I was dying to get married though. I knew I was going to marry him a few months after meeting him, well before we started dating, and told my family this fact. They shook their heads and said “are you even dating Billy?” to which I replied, “Nope, I have the rest of my life to date Billy, but I am going to marry that man.”

5. Where did you meet your spouse for the first time?

South Valley Family YMCA 🙂

6. What is your spouse’s full name?

Guillermo Antonio Hernandez, Jr. It’s a mouthful, that’s why he just goes by Billy haha

7. Do you have any children?

No “real” babies, but we have 2 fur babies

8. How many? Boys/Girls

1 boy, 1 girl. Hemi and Rush. Both are beautiful black cats with yellow green eyes.

9. Do you have any house pets?

haha yes, see above. We would also love to add an English Bulldog to the brood!

10. Do you own a house or rent?

Rent 😦 I am desperate to buy a house, however economic times are difficult, even with the housing market being as low as it is.

11. Do you live in the country/town/city?

City! San Jose is huge, and mainly a sprawling residential sort of place, but is definitely a city.

12. What is one of your favorite activities to do together?

Cuddle, chat, watch movies and recorded TV. We also love watching MMA together. We seriously enjoy each others company, and can hang out for hours doing lots, or very little, and be quite content. I’m hoping to add bike/run together, as Billy just got a new bike, and has pledged to ride with me while I run, but it has yet to happen.

13. Do you have a favorite vacation spot?

Lake Tahoe or Las Vegas! Both are so different it’s tough to choose between the two!

14. When did you first kiss?

April 2004, late at night, when Billy walked me to my car. It was a long in the making moment, and was very sweet. I love the way his kisses taste, it was the most amazing first kiss I had ever had.

15. What church do you attend?

When we go, Venture Christian Church in Los Gatos, CA. We rarely get there now, with us both working both weekend days.

16. Is this the church you were married in?

No, we got married in God’s cathedral of Lake Tahoe, on the beach.

17. What town is current address at?

San Jose

18. Do you work or stay home?

WORK! I work 2 jobs, 7 days a week. Thankfully my Monday-Friday job starts at 2 or 3pm, so I have my mornings to myself. Saturday and Sundays are incredibly busy at the salon.

19. Where did you go on your honeymoon?

We stayed in South Lake Tahoe, it was a much-needed and restful vacation after wedding planning.

20. What was the funniest gift you gave while dating?

A collage I made using magazine clippings that said things like “hot” and had some pretty random pictures. It’s still hanging in the closet of his childhood bedroom at his parents house.

21. How long have you been together?

6 years as of May 23, 2010

22. How long did you know each other before you started dating?

10 months. I had a lot of maturing to do before I was able to fully appreciate the amazingly unique and wonderful gentleman Billy is.

23. Who asked who out?

I did!! Billy gave me as much space as I needed to grow and come to the “right time” for us to be together, so it took me fumbling my words and getting self-conscious while saying “I don’t want to date anyone else, I only want to be with you, I love you!” for us to be official.

24. How old are each of you?

25 and 27. We will turn 26 and 28 in December and October respectively.

25. Where do each of you go to school?

I went to Leigh and he went to Lincoln high schools, and we both went to De Anza for community college. I later went on to Fremont Beauty College.

26. Which situation is hardest on you as a couple?

Gaming!! It is our biggest struggle as a couple. He was raised with video games, his whole family playing together, and I was not. Whether on the computer or a gaming system, he plays something every day, for at least an hour. It’s his favorite way to decompress and relax, whereas I prefer reading, and I get very jealous of the time he devotes to his online or imaginary world. Our major fights have been over gaming, but we have compromised a lot and come to a middle ground where he gets to play, and I get the attention I want from him.

27. Did you go to the same school?

Not until community college, and we knew each other before I started at De Anza.

28. Are you from the same town?

Yes, however Billy was born in Florida and moved to San Jose when he was 7.

29. Who is smarter?

We are both very intelligent, but we have our areas of expertise. I wouldn’t tell you how to fix a car, or give you any helpful advice on anything technological, like Billy can, but then again he wouldn’t be able to do your hair, or give you random facts like Google, like I can.

30. Who is more sensitive?

Oh, most definitely me!! Billy is a sweetheart though, and while being manly, he can embrace his sensitive side.

31. Where do you eat out most as a couple?

Hmm, it really varies! We probably eat most frequently at Rock Bottom Brewery, BJs, or Cheesecake Factory, but we like to try new restaurants all the time.

32. Where is the farthest you two have traveled as a couple?

Las Vegas, NV. Twice 🙂

33. Who has the craziest exes?

me me me me, oh pick me!

34. Who has the worse temper?

I do, or at least I express it far more frequently than Billy does. He gets angry in traffic, and over injustices at work, but not much else. I have regular meltdowns and tantrums.

35. Who does the cooking?

That would be me. Billy’s idea of cooking is microwaving a frozen meal components, or picking up to go food 🙂 Every once in a great while though, he has been known to break down and actually cook!

36. Who is more social?

Definitely me, I am a social butterfly. Billy is content to sit back and observe while I make new friends and start conversations. We both have moments of doing just the opposite, and that’s always interesting.

37. Who is the neat-freak?

Probably me. Neither of us consider ourselves “neat-freaks” but he is much more prone to piling and not putting things away than I am. We both get to points where everything much be picked up before we can relax, I just get there first. We are surface cleaners, so don’t expect a cloroxed house without any dust, as long as we can’t see the mess, we are happy.

38. Who is more stubborn?

Depends on the situation. I am open-minded to changing my opinions with rational and justifiable conversation and arguments, whereas Billy becomes more ingrained in what he believes. I become set in my ways otherwise, so probably me.

39. Who hogs the bed?

haha depends on who you ask!! Billy will say I do, and I in turn say he does!!

40. Who wakes up earlier?

I do. I am incapable of not setting an alarm, even on days I have off. Billy will sleep as late as I let him, while I have to be up and doing something, anything, to feel like I’m not sleeping my day away.

41. Where was your first date?

No idea!! We hung out so much in the 10 months prior to officially dating that it’s tough to pin point any “first date”.

42. Who had more boyfriends/girlfriends?

Hello, my name is Adrian, and I was a serial dater. Also call me boy crazy.  I win, hands down haha

43. Do you get flowers often?

Rarely, if ever. I think I made the mistake of casually mentioning that flowers die and therefore not a good gift soon after meeting Billy, and he took that to heart 🙂 I can count on 1 hand the times I have received flowers in the 7 years we have known each other 🙂 That’s OK, we both suffer from outdoor allergies, and can become quite miserable with flowers in the house.

44. How do you spend the holidays?

We split time between our families. We always do 2 Thanksgiving dinners on the same day, and Christmas Eve we make the rounds from my family’s party to his family’s house for a sleepover. Christmas morning we have brunch with his family, and then spend the afternoon and evening together.

45. Who is more jealous?

Neither one of us is very jealous. We are super secure in our relationship, so we are rarely bothered by the opposite sex being interested…Billy always points out when I have been checked out, to which I am always oblivious.

46. How long did it take to get serious?

Once we were official, we were serious. There was never any “defining the relationship talk” or “are we or are we not exclusive” once we were together. I told my family a few months after meeting Billy that I was going to marry him.

47. Who eats more?

I eat more frequently, and usually somewhat healthier, while Billy will eat maybe twice a day and larger portions than I would.

48. Who does the laundry?

We usually split it up, but I find myself doing it more often, because I have more daily free time than Billy. You should hear the sarcasm and the blame we throw back and forth when neither of us wants to do it!

49. Who is better with the computer?

Billy, because he will take the time to research and is very interested in technology, whereas I couldn’t care less, and I want the easiest way to do something, which usually involves telling Billy to do it for me 🙂

50. Leave a piece of advice for other couples:

Learn to fight well! Apologize and take responsibility when it is required, and never leave a fight to fester, just get through it, as hard as that may be, so you can come out the other side stronger together.

Also, laugh together often. Never leave the house without a hug and kiss, and always find ways to show you appreciate your spouse, in a way that they can understand (I would hate being given a video game as appreciation, but Billy would probably tear up!)

Remember than men want love through respect, whereas women want love through affection, use this accordingly.

When you’re down, get up!

So, I have been a little down on myself lately, and I wanted to turn that negative thinking around and focus on some positives. So here is a list of things I like about myself, and things that make me happy.

I love my small ankles and wrists. It does not matter that they are attached to large hands and feet, because they are delicate and small. I can wear ankle strap shoes, or cropped pants because I don’t have cankles (calves that extend to the feet, making it look like there is no ankle).

I love my smile. I have a large mouth with big old full lips. Some women who have full lips don’t like to wear much lip color, but I embrace it! Bright red, mauves, sparkley rose-y pinks are all fantastic to me. I have a rather “gummy” smile, meaning a lot of my gum line shows when I smile, which sometimes bothers me. I love that I smile often.

I love that I have many talents and abilities which I have been blessed with. I love that my passion for doing hair has allowed me to find a career that makes me happy. I love that my patience and my desire to take care of people has transformed into my nanny job where each weekday I get to spend time with cool kids and perhaps make a difference in their lives.

I love that I have stuck to a new eating and exercise plan and it is really starting to show! Changing the foods I eat from mainly processed carbohydrates and sugars to the natural variety in fruits and vegetables, as well as bumping up my protein intake has made me so much more energetic, made me feel better, and is paying off big time in the 6 pounds I have lost already.

I love that I can finally run 3 miles straight. When I first started running 3 months ago, I had a hard time running more than 5 minutes, then a mile, and so on. Years ago when I was a “runner” I ran a mile at a time, and mainly did sprint and speed work as a short distance runner in track and on the soccer field. I never imagined that I could be running 5k distances 3 days a week consistently. It makes me feel good to have accomplished something like this. It’s no half marathon, but I have no desire to run 13 miles!

I love that I have meaningful relationships in my life. Billy is an amazing husband, and a great best friend who I have lots of fun with. I also am super blessed to have awesome best girlfriends- Sarah, Diane and Tiffany are caring, encouraging, supportive and fun. Even more so, I have super great close friends who are always willing to hang out, chat it up, and have fun with me. Having one friend is great, but having as many as I do is spectacular. I also love making new friends, which I get to do regularly through my job and experiences.

6 years

Happy 6 year anniversary (dating) to my wonderful hubby Billy!

Thank you darling for everything that you do and are for me. You light up my life. You make my heart sing. You love me tender and true. You know me better than I know myself, as seen everyday when I ask your opinion on all things from my daily outfit, to what I want to eat when I am in a snacky mood. Thank you for being the executive decision maker when I am frozen in indecision. Thanks for vetoing all of those wacky outfits I seem to think will work while I am in the dressing room, you keep me looking modestly trendy and far from like a crazy bag lady. Thanks for always letting me rub my face against your big old beard because it feels nice and takes care of nose itches.

Thank you for looking at me with those eyes that burn with love, with a smile that tells me just how happy you are to see me, with a waiting hug every time I come home. Thank you for being a big old cuddle bug, just like me. Thank you for not minding that I hate cuddling when it’s sticky hot out and the thought of my skin touching anything makes me panic. Thank you for giving me space when I need to think, and for allowing me access into your brain when I need to know exactly what you are thinking, RIGHT NOW! Thank you for letting me watch my girlie movies the majority of the time, and for secretly liking putting up with them. Thank you for understanding when I want nothing more than to sit on the couch, laptop on, and space out with a DVRd TV show instead of being social. Thank you for understanding, putting up with, and allowing my impulsiveness, my hyper active tendencies, my intense desire to follow through on a thought as fast as  I can manage it, and my crazy ideas that I think are PERFECT.

Thank you for putting up with my need to set an alarm clock EVERY day of my life, even on vacation or when I don’t need to get up.

You are the best thing that has ever happened to me, and I thank God for His wonderful insight and knowledge of exactly what I needed the most when He put us together. You have smashed my idea of the perfect man in spades. You are amazing!