Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Okay... I'm ready to blog, again

I took a couple of weeks off from blogging. I had more important things to do with my family, such as reconnecting with them.

Family summer vacations are something we all look forward to, and this year it was very welcoming for me. I had been busy with work and other things. I was running after deadlines. I was busy with being a board member to my son's little league. I was also trying to find time to blog.

Needlesstosay, I was tired and eager for my family summer vacation. I spent quality time with my son, and revived that thing called love with my wife.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Confessions of a Gym Dweeb - Working out numb

I should listen to the dentist more closely. I had gone to the dentist a few weeks ago for my biannual cleaning. She inspected my teeth after the hygienist cleaned them and informed me that I should get the fillers on my molars redone. She explained that they were coming undone in some areas and that this needed to be redone in order to avoid cavities.

It seems as if I understood what she said; however, for some reason or another all I heard was "fillers on your back molars to avoid cavities."

Not a problem, I thought. I scheduled my appointment a month later.

A month later, I strolled back into the dentist office and waited for my dentist to come and put fillers on my back molars.

"Today, you'll be getting your fillers on your back molars replaced," she explained.

"Wait," I stopped her, "I'll be getting fillers?"

"Yes, I'll check my notes but that's why you are here, dear."

She looked at her notes and confirmed the appointment. She returned with two large syringes and placed them on my chest.

She injected the first syringe of anesthesia along the back inner cheek. She did the same with the other syringe.

I hate syringes. HATE IT.

After the thirty minute procedure, I left the dentist's office with the right side of my face numb.

Since I left work early to go to my dentist appointment, I thought it would be good to run a few errands.

I decided to go to the store to by our weekly supply of dinner wine. Still feeling numb, I noticed my son's classmate and his mom shopping. I walked up to them and said hello.

Of course, the hello that came out was more like a drunkard saying hello. So, here I am, walking up to them at three in the afternoon, with a case of six wines saying hello.

His mom gave me a look of concern as I wiped drool that I felt drip along my chin.

"Sorry," I explained, "I just came from the dentist."

"Oh... okay. I hope you feel better," the mom replied.

You'd think I'd call it a wrap and go home after that. Think again.

I wanted to make it to the gym--at least for thirty minutes.

Well, thirty minutes was all I can do. The weights were more than what I could handle; although, it's the same amount I usually do. My energy on the treadmill was limited. I quickly got tired after three quarters of mile.

It wasn't until I tried to drink water from the fountain when I then realized that perhaps I should just go home. Since I couldn't feel the right side of my face, water just ran out of my mouth. Sadly, a few others waiting behind me to have a drink, saw me spill water out of my mouth over the fountain and onto the floor.

I went home.


Monday, June 30, 2014

Photo: Carnival Paradise

Photo taken on June 30, 2012 using the HTC PH44100.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Fidel Molina

Art Appreciation

I follow several art blogs, which provides me ideas for my next entry. For example, a few months ago, La Conchiglia di Venere highlighted Spanish painter Fidel Molina.

After being mesmerized by the beautiful lady in his watercolor painting titled En el Estudio, I had to learn more about the painter.

Born on July 3, 1971, Molina is known for his realistic paintings of beautiful naked women, and whose art work can be seen in film, TV and various print productions.

You can see more of his amazing work HERE.

En el Estudio via conchigliadivenere

Recogido Frente al Espejo via conchigliadivenere


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

My "Freebie" List

If you are around my age, then you probably remember the episode of Friends where Ross presents a "freebie list" of women he could sleep with without getting into trouble.

My friends and I started to think about our "freebie list," recently. They quickly threw out names such as Megan Fox and Natalie Portman. I was more reserved and didn't commit to a single person because I was methodically analyzing my choices.

As I explained to my friend, the experience has to be there for me to make my list. I'm not really into the "wham bam thank you ma'am" mentality. I'm more of a wine-and-dine with a long conversations that would perhaps lead to a night of romance.

So, after thinking this through, I came up with 10 people for my "freebie list." And I'm so committed to this list that I even asked my wife to help me think of some girls to add.

1. Hayden Panettiere - I met her at Austin Comic Con in 2011. She won me over after I sat and listened to her Q and A. The only downside I fear is that during our romantic evening, I would picture her voice as Dot in A Bug's Life.

2. Kimiko Glenn - It's probably her quirky character Soso in OITNB or maybe it was the sex scene with Natasha Lyonne's (who was a runner-up on my list) character Nicky Nichols. I don't really know; but I'm sure Kimiko has a lot to talk about regarding he experience in theater and the hit series.

3. Sasha Grey - I'll be honest, I have caught a few of her porn videos online. She is now retired from the porn industry and has become a credible actress, writer and advocate. I see myself spending hours just listening to her tell me all about her experiences.

4. Cobie Smulders - She reminds me of Jennifer Connelly. Cobie is a very attractive and talented actress who has performed in several series such as The L Word.

5. Jennifer Connelly - Uhm, two words, "Jennifer Connelly." The Academy Award winner, Jennifer Connelly is an absolute talent that is perhaps full of stories of her experience in acting. Having at least a drink and sharing a conversation with her would be amazing.

6. Mýa Marie Harrison - My list is in no particular order.That said, I am absolutely captivated by the beauty and talent of Mýa. While everyone was captivated by Christina Aguilera, I had my eyes on the beautiful Mýa in the Lady Marmalade video. Her talent in not only singing but tap dancing, which definitely caught my interest.

7. Zooey Deschanel - Yes, it's because of the big blue eyes. But it's also for her quirkiness that first caught my attention when she played Trillian on The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

8. Amy Adams - I have a thing for reds. I remember first noticing her in the Disney movie Enchanted. After that, I started watching for movies that starred her such as Sunshine Cleaning, Julie & Julia, and American Hustle.

9. Christina Hendricks - Again, I do like reds (although she is actually a natural blonde), but I also appreciate the obvious. Sadly, I haven't watched Mad Men, but I did watch Firefly, where she played a con-artist in the sci-fi series.

10. Heather Graham - One word: Rollergirl. Or is it two words? She's been acting for over 25 years. I'd love to hear her experience in film. I'd probably have to bring my lifts, since Heather Graham is 5'8".

Saturday, June 21, 2014

First Day of Summer

Summer is not my favorite season. It's probably because the summers in Central Texas can be unbearable.

Of course, summer is the time when my family and I go on vacation trips. Usually these trips mean visiting places that we haven't been before, which can be exciting.

This summer, our vacation will take us on a big boat to Aruba, Curacao, and Grand Turk--places we have never been before.

Sunbathing, South Shields, August 1950 via twm_news