Tag Archives: Friends

It’s the Small Things

26 Oct

This week I finally got into the Halloween Spirit (and candy)!

Halloween is my favorite holiday and I love the feel, look and smell of it. You know the smell, when you can smell Fall or a wood stove for the first time….. That always reminds me of Halloween.

This week I am grateful for fun Halloween decorations

Halloween decorations

Halloween Pumpkins

The American Horror nights with the Husband and our friend Cannon! We started watching American Horror last year and making fun food, drinking wine and hanging out! Such fun nights!

Cannon and me!

The Pretty Little Liar Halloween special was this week! And if that was not great on its own, my friend and fellow blogger Arantha came over to watch with me. We made a fun fall fruit and cheese plate,  ate some rotisserie chicken and drank some red wine. Everything was healthy until we broke into the Halloween candy and made ourselves sick because we ate too much.  I guess you never learn…..

Fall Cheese and Fruit Plate

Arantha and Tootse! Check out Arantha’s blog http://aranthasgourmetbeauty.com/

I also enjoyed two pets with their tongues sticking out.

Tootse – sometimes her tounge just gets stuck

Have a great weekend!


What’s Been Going On Lately

23 Oct

I suck –

Sorry for the lack of blogs! But I have been busy and a little lazy.

Some things to update you one since I posted last –

I saw another black widow and killed it. I also documented it so please enjoy.

I went to Las Vegas to celebrate a birthday of one of my dearest friends and I met up with friends from all over the country. I also met the biggest train wreck ever – Flavor Flav -and he was totally wearing a clock!  I bought the little bastard and his girl a drink thinking it would get me more drinks – no go – apparently he is a broke ass. And two weeks later he got arrested for assault. But I did become BFF with a Las Vegas police officer from Peru and it’s always good to have friends in high places….. Sorry Garth I also have the other variety.

I celebrated three years of marriage with a beautiful breakfast, resident evil and a homemade dinner!

The husband fixed my teddy bear from my childhood – Daisy.

When I was born, my dad passed his teddy bear to me so this is one old bear. Her name is Daisy and she has been through a lot. She has been shaved courtesy of my dad, baptized, had a sex change (when she was my dad’s she was a boy when she got passed to me she became a girl) her ears have been pierced, head fell off and glued back on with Elmer’s glue, and she has fallen apart.

When I was little my brother pushed me into a puddle of mud (I know what a great brother) and Daisy got really really muddy! I was at my grandma’s house and my wonderful grandma decided to wash the teddy bear who was 40+ years old in the washing machine. Needless to say she fell apart. My grandma, being the Mexican Hispanic Northern New Mexican she was, sewed on tights (from Avon) to the teddy bear to keep her legs on. But poor Daisy was still a mess. She was never allowed to leave the house again…. Until I grew up and moved out and got my own house. I brought Daisy to my new house and family.

Shane fixed my childhood blanket for our two-year anniversary and this year, he gave Daisy a makeover. He sent her to this lady who specializes in fixing old teddy bears and I must say she fixed Daisy. Daisy can now rotate all four limbs without losing one. She has a nose, she also has eyes and her head moves.

Young Daisy

New Daisy!

I also helped my work build an awesome Canstruction for Roadrunner food bank. We lost to the Girl Scouts –sluts – they are totally doing something to win because this is the third year in a row we lost to them eww.

So I plan to have more posts and be better about blogging.

It’s the Small Things

28 Sep

Today I head to Vegas to celebrate some bigger things. My dear friend Natisha’s 30th birthday. We met in college because we are both nerds who had to sit in the front of the class, and we have been Josatisha ever since.

And thanks Fate Friend for coming with me to make this our 4th Vegas trip together!

So here is to Natisha – Love you!


And I can’t forget a few small things”


Boo Boo took up the dog bed

The joys of having a different name




Lunchtime Links

27 Sep

I have a short week this week because on Friday the fate friend and some other friends and I are heading to Vegas to celebrate my dear friend Natisha’s 30th birthday in Vegas!!!

I have not had a vacation all year. I have had some time off but I seem to be more busy during that time or dealing with other crap. So this will be the first vacation and time off where the main point is to have fun!

So, as you can imagine, I am super excited! And it’s a little hard to concentrate with the upcoming trip and oh did I mention I have more vacation time to celebrate, with the Husband, our anniversary! I am a lucky girl – I get to go to Vegas for the weekend and have the rest of the week off to hang out and relax with the Husband.

I thought I would share with you some videos and links that have got me through the week. I have to thank http://www.buzzfeed.com/ for filling my lunches with mindless info and laughter and also http://www.mentalfloss.com/ for fun quizzes and facts.

So please enjoy some lunchtime links:

50 of the Most Romantic Photos of all Time

The last photo makes me want to cry!

 All 32 NFL Quarterbacks and their Muppet Doppelganger

The last photo makes me want to pee my pants – as my new BFF would say!

I want to be friends with Jennifer Lawrence because of these clips.

Baby Shower for Dillian

10 Jul

This Saturday I hosted a baby shower for my friends Angie and Ryan.

Oddly enough I have hosted only one other baby shower in my life and that baby came early. And so did Dillan – she was a month early but healthy.

So, pregnant ladies around the world – if you are past due and want to pop that baby out, let me know. I’ll throw together a baby shower and you’ll most likely go into labor.

I went all Martha Stewart (I like to think I did anyway) for this shower. I’ll post recipes and DIY for favors and decorations this week.


Baby Shower – Thanks Arantha for taking pictures while I was getting things finished up!

I sprayed chalk board spray paint on Mason jars for people to drink out of and keep as a gift! So cute, cheap and beautiful!

I made flowers and put Blow Pops in them as gifts! This was actually from Martha Stewart’s website!

I made flowers and put Blow Pops in them as gifts! This was actually from Martha Stewart’s website!

I made all the food for the shower. Recipes coming soon . . . .

I made all the food for the shower. Recipes coming soon . . . .

Homemade flowers and lanterns

Homemade flowers and lanterns

Yes I own a chocolate fountain!

Yes I own a chocolate fountain!



His and hers cups! And the best drink ever! Will Share recipe!

His and hers cups! And the best drink ever! Will Share recipe! I also got a mix of fresh flowers and used my homemade flowers.

Proud Dad Ryan!

Ryan, Angie and Dillan! Family!

Ryan, Angie and Dillan! Family!

Baby Dillan – the guest of honor at her own baby shower!

A New Term – Fate Friends – Also a low calorie summer drink

16 May

I don’t have a best friend – I have been blessed with many close friends/cousins/family members/awesome husband/ in-laws/pets – but I think I might be the only person to have a Fate Friend!

Yes – my Fate Friend (FF) and I came up with a new phrase. It all started in college – well actually since we were fate friends – it really started in a magical place called Band Camp! Humming Bird Music Camp (week four) to be exact! And don’t judge us because we went to band camp – when I have kids and if they choose to play an instrument I WILL send them to Hummingbird Music Camp! One of the best experiences of my life. I made some lifelong friends there and still run into people all over the world wearing Humming Bird Music Camp shirts!

Ok so my FF Shannon and I first met at band camp when we were in elementary school, reconnected in high school for a brief moment and became the friends we are today in college. See what I mean by FATE friends – she is my lobster!

We were cheerleaders (again don’t judge) in high school and college together. And we bonded in a van at a basketball tournament in Bowling Green, KY!

We have many reasons we credit to the fact that we are friends, we even attempted to make shirts – but we just had some cocktails instead. On that note, . .

Shannon came over last weekend to hang out, and try my new concoction the Drunken Arnold Palmer. In an effort to be healthier, while continuing to enjoy an adult beverage I created a Drunken Arnold Palmer.

Drunken Arnold Palmer

– Ice tea (I just brewed normal bore snore tea)

– A zero calorie lemonade (I used Vitamin Water Zero Squeezed Lemonade)

– Two shots of your favorite Vodka – or more depending on your mood

– And a bunch of fresh lemons.

The only calories you are getting are from the vodka – so it’s a low calorie, refreshing summer cocktail! You can also add Splenda or a sugar substitute if you wish but I think it tasted fine without one.

Drunken Arnold Palmer

Drunken Arnold Palmer

So back to the Fate Friend thing, I have a list of reasons why Shannon and I are Fate Friends – so enjoy and maybe you will realize you too have a fate friend and we can make the term Fate Friend a house hold name!

Fate Friend Reasons:

  • We went to band camp together – week four every year from the third grade to the eight grade!
  • She played the piano – as did I – but I also played the flute (don’t have any dirty thoughts – Alyson Hannigan totally ruined band camp for some actual band campers)
  • My husband’s dad Coach Montoya (or as I like to refer to him as Choach) was Shannon’s PE coach in elementary
  • We both worked at the Limited Too at the Cottonwood Mall – and still have clothes and love that place. We also agreed that if we ever have kids – they are not shopping at the Limited Too because it’s ridiculously expensive for the tweens!!
  • We found each other again in College when I tried out for the NMSU cheerleading all girls team. Shannon was already on the team – basically from that moment on we were always together. She was mostly at my house watching Friends or eating left over pies the husband would bring from Village Inn (Lemon Supreme to be exact)
  • Which is another reason why we are fate friends – in college we were always coming up with crazy diet schemes. We even drove to Juárez (it was still safe then) to try and get a crazy diet pill we read about at a Pharmacy – they did not sell them to us – However . . .
  • We did come up with another scheme – over green chili cheese fries with ranch at Village Inn where we ate every Tuesday night and complained about our weight to the husband who worked there – we came up with a scheme to convince a doctor to prescribe us the crazy diet pills. After months of prep (mostly lots of cheese fries later) we convinced doctor to prescribe us the diet pills! Poor doctor – he hardly spoke English and was a total suckerJ
  • The husband worked at Village Inn all though college and I hate staying alone, so Shannon, being the great fate friend that she is would stay with me. One night we were convinced she had a stalker (which turned out to be true) we came up with a bunch of scary evidence that he was watching her and filed a complaint
  • Our mutual love for animals! One time I was at Shannon’s on campus apartments when this skinny, scrawny bag of bones cat walked up to me (really was just wandering outside her apartments) I grabbed saved the cat and brought it into Shannon’s apartment even after she said several times “DO NOT BRING THAT CAT INTO MY APARTMENT” now the cat (Lance) is a member of Shannon’s family and a little overweight! What a lucky cat!
This is Lance

This is Lance

  • A big reason we are fate friends is because I understand Shannon’s family – they are quirky as is my family. Shannon’s dad is the reason I am working at PR Newswire – he knew Shane and I were moving back to Albuquerque from Las Cruces and kept an eye out for any job openings in my degree area. He told me about a new business opening in Albuquerque and I immediately applied – thanks Jack!
  • One time I was at Barnes and Noble stocking up on books when this lady stuck her face in my hair and took a loud sniff – I was shocked and turned around and saw Shannon’s mom! She said “Josa thank god that was you! You smell so good I couldn’t resist smelling you. What are you wearing?” HAHAHAHA (it was Coco Mademoiselle)
  • I usually ask book advice from Shannon’s mom Becca who thinks I am a serious reader because I loved People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks – it’s seriously an amazing book you should check out!
  • We both are nerds at heart! We LOVE Harry Potter, will pick Damon over Stefan in the Vampire Diaries and will read any artical about the show FRIENDS – also both Team Aniston!
  • Shannon and I have established traditions – One of which is having a girls weekend in Vegas at the end of every Summer! Can’t wait for this year – we bought our tickets last week!!!
  • My husband is just as much of a fate friend with Shannon as I am. I will start to say something about Shannon and he can finish what I was going to say!

I LOVE my fate friend and hopefully you all will realize you too have fate friends.