Monday, January 19, 2015
Our first full day in NM was filled with trying new things. Since it had been a long time (years) since I had visited the area, there were a lot of things I wanted to do and see during our recent visit. I was also in my very early twenties on my last visit and am now in my late twenties, so I (and my interests) have changed a lot and I wanted to see and do things that my parents weren't necessarily going to take me to do when I was a kid! Things such as...
Gambling! And horse racing! Haha.
Friday, January 9, 2015
After lots of LIFE happening for the past couple of years, I'm back ya'll! I am looking forward to writing a bit about some of the experiences I have lived recently, but until that post gets fleshed out, how about some photos of a recent trip?!?!
|Caught in a tourist trap|
We (Me and the Mr.) joined my family on a trip to New Mexico for the New Year to visit my dad's familia. I hadn't been since 2007, so I was super excited to be back to explore the area that I had told Eddie so much about. I just hoped it would live up to my stories! Since this side of my family lives so far away, Eddie had only just recently met a couple of them at our wedding. He was definitely looking forward to seeing me, my dad, and my family all interact with one another on my dad's home turf. (Side note- Eddie was a psychology major, so he loves that sort of stuff. Seeing how people interact and how it influences their personalities and who they are.) I have very fond memories of spending summers in the Las Cruces, NM/El Paso, TX area as well as a New Year's Eve here and there, made even more fun since Jan. 1st is my dad's birthday.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The Dia de los Muertos event at the Hollywood Forever cemetery was one of the coolest cultural events I have ever been to. There were AMAZING altars built and assembled by awesomely creative people, delicious food, vendors vending tons of things I wanted to buy, and some sweet artwork as well.
I am definitely planning to attend this event again next year. And we will for sure be going back a bit wiser on how to best navigate the whole thing. We live about 45 minutes to an hour away from Hollywood, and we left our apartment at about 6:15pm. We didn't make it inside of the cemetery until about 9pm. We got a little bit of traffic on the freeway, but where it really got crazy was probably a quarter of a mile from our exit. It took about a half an hour just to make it to the stop light at the exit. The traffic on the main street in front of the cemetery was NUTS. By the time we made it through that mess, we still had to cruise for a parking spot, which was about a mile away from the venue. SOOOOO... next year, I think we'll leave a lot earlier in the afternoon, approach the location from a different exit, and purchase our tickets in advance. We had meant to buy our tickets online before we left, but sales had closed the day of.
Despite all of the craziness, we had SUCH a good time! Let's check out some sweet photos now...
Sunday, November 11, 2012
When I was in college at Arizona State, I was introduced to the Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead tradition in a Chicana/o Studies class. One of our projects was to make little altars out of matchboxes. We also had to attend the Day of the Dead exhibit in the Anthropology musuem on campus. It was one of the best classes I ever took. It was a real introduction to a culture- my own culture- that I had never really been aware of before. I ended up adding on Chicana/o Studies as my double major because I enjoyed the class so much.
I credit this class as being the beginning of my love of all that is DOD. In a later year at ASU I participated in the same exhibit at the on-campus museum by entering a paper collage/mosaic piece. SO! I obviously was very much inspired :-) I especially love sugar skulls, and I have them decorating lots of spaces in my apartment. This year we attended the Day of the Dead event at the Hollywood Forever cemetery in LA and it was SO MUCH more than I expected it to be! We painted our faces - well half of our faces - for this event and for the HARD Day of the Dead event (long story short, the event was crazy disorganized, music was good but we are never going to a HARD event again.) I can't believe I'd never painted my face before! It was a lot of fun.
And now... our badass sugar skull faces!! :-D
Prepping for the evening
I used Tulip face paints and I LOVED them. I bought an assorted pack from Michael's as well as a larger sized white and black. They're super easy to use, and I used make-up sponges to apply them. They are activated by water so I just wet my sponges or brushes and swirled them around in the paint. They washed off really easily with water and just a touch of soap.