Discovering Mas y Mas

Yesterday I told you that I attended the Discovering Mas blogging conference over the weekend.  Because of this conference I have decided to overcome my resistance to Twitter and will begin”tweeting.”   Another thing I took away from this conference was this:

The sponsors for this conference gave all of the attendees some really great stuff. I had a lot of fun going through my bag of “swag.”  It was filled with beauty and health products, food items, and all kinds of great stuff. Thank you Proctor and Gamble, Que Rica Vida and Avocados from Mexico!

But I wasn’t the only one to get something out of the conference. My husband Juan got something out of it too. As I’ve said before, Juan is a gadget guy, and he absolutely loves his Iphone.  During the conference I texted him that I thought I would need a smart phone to help me Tweet and stay on top of my blog.  He texted me back:

“Do you want me to give you my Iphone and I’ll get the new Iphone 4?”

Hmm. ….I don’t really love the Iphone because I can’t seem to get my fat fingers to work the touch key pad. Still, there are features I like on his Iphone that I don’t have on my current phone. Juan has wanted the new Iphone since it launched, and has tried justifying the expense of upgrading to a new phone . This was just what he needed. So, it turns out that Discovering Mas has really worked out well for Juan. Maybe it should have been called Discovering Mas y Mas.  (Discovering More and More).

 Here’s what I got out of  the conference: 

  1. Valuable information
  2. New relationships with fellow Latina bloggers
  3. A whole lot of great stuff in the swag bag. 

Here’s what Juan got out of me attending the conference:

  1. The Iphone 4
  2. And two of his favorite picks from my swag bag:

This blogging thing is paying off!

Much Ado about (Almost) Nothing

After reading yesterday’s post on this blog, Juan made the comment that I am the Jerry Seinfeld of blogging. I asked him to explain, and he said that Seinfeld was an amusing show about nothing. He thought my post about Silly String was like that.

Well, I guess Juan is somewhat correct.  But, it is my blog so I can write whatever comes to mind, even if it’s something as silly as Silly String. I read quite a few blogs and many of them are about nothing profound, just the stuff that makes up life. One of the blogs which I enjoy reading is Pioneer Woman, by Ree Drummund.  Ree is an amazing blogger. If you haven’t heard of her then you should check her blog out. It will make you feel like you are an under-achiever.  Some days her posts are quite touching,  like when she writes about her developmentally disabled brother Mike. Other days her posts are just about as innocuous as Silly String. I am new to this blogging thing, but writing about the stuff that makes up my well blended life, is kind of the point of my blog. 

Last night, Juan and I tricked Diego and told him we were going to visit grandma, but instead we treated him to the Mickey’s Halloween party at Disneyland. Diego is all ours.  By that I mean  because we have a “blended family” Juan and I share Olivia and Erica with their mom, and we share Nico with his dad. Many times the other kids get to do things with the other parents that Diego doesn’t get to do. Juan and I occasionally try to do something special with Diego on our own. It’s difficult because when it’s just the three of us, the house is quieter and it’s tempting to just stay home and chill. But last night we made the effort, and I’m glad we did. There were no crowds or lines. Disneyland was decorated for Halloween, entire families were dressed in costume…Peter Pan and company, Incredible families, grown men dressed as Star Wars heroes accompanied by a Princess Leah wife and Yoda babies. We had a great time. In case you think Juan is not supportive of me and my blog, Juan took pictures for my blog all night. I told him I wasn’t sure what I’d write about and then he said, “Are you kidding? This night is full of good material. You could write about Silly String, but not this?”  I told him to get his own blog! Still, he was right. It was a night of good material. I am just not sure I want to write about it. So, instead I’ll post his pictures and close this post with photos from an evening that was special, even though it may not have been profound.

By the way, if you would like me to write about something in particular on this blog, leave a comment and let me know.

green apple

The Apple of His Eye

 

There are many things I love about my husband Juan. He is funny, loving, kind, and generous.  We have been together for 10 years and have experienced quite a lot together. I feel like we know and understand each other as only soul mates can. Still, there are a couple of things about my husband that continue to surprise and amuse me. The first thing is Juan’s obsession with the rock band KISS. It’s quite shocking really, how much he knows about the band, how much he enjoys their music and what a big fan he is. Last year, Juan took the kids to see KISS in concert dressed up like this:

In fact, there is so much good material about Juan and KISS that it will make up a whole other blog post.

The second thing about Juan that still surprises me is his love of tech gadgets.  When I first met Juan, and I learned about his love of gadgets I found it charming. Like any person in new love, I thought the fact that he wore his cell phone and CD-sized MP-3 player on his belt loop was quirky but endearing. In the early days of our courtship Juan shunned the iPod. He is a true music lover and therefore thought the Nomad MP-3 player was the superior product. He would carry a large, round MP-3 player, which he wore like an extra appendage, on his belt loop around his waist.

When Apple released a new iPod with greater memory Juan succumbed to the sexy, slimmer, rectangular gadget in white, and dumped the Nomad. It was his new obsession. With each new iPod version Juan upgraded. Juan’s gadget loves became slimmer, smaller, more colorful. But at least they were smarter, because they had more memory. I consoled myself with each new purchase because he managed to sell or upgrade his old models with little expense. But of course his “hobby” of organizing and reorganizing his music playlists and purchasing music also managed to preoccupy him. His habit of walking around the house listening to his iPod with headphones on began to grate on me. It was especially irritating when I would be halfway through a discussion before I realized he was listening to KISS with his headphones on, and I was having a conversation with myself.  I complained that he couldn’t hear me or the kids,so he took to wearing his headphones throughout the house with only one side in his ear. Marriage involves compromise.

And then Apple launched the iPhone. Juan was hooked. He dumped that iPod like a bad habit. I saw the same pattern repeat itself with each new version of the iPhone. A younger, slimmer model launched and he was there with all the other Fanboys, waiting to purchase one. On the day the iPhone 3 launched he took the day off and waited at home for it to be delivered. I had the day off from work too and I sweated it out at Disneyland with Nico and Diego. In the middle of my day waiting in line for Thunder Mountain, I received this text message and picture of my husband gleefully welcoming his new gadget:

Oh Happy Day!

Now the iPhone is a part of our life.  We wake up in the morning to the iPhone as an alarm.  Juan rises and takes it with him to the kitchen while he gets his morning coffee. He returns and heads to the bathroom with the morning news blaring from his I Heart Radio App. He checks weather on it before he dresses for work, making sure to inform me of the day’s forecast. We have a No-Electronics–at-the-Table-Rule during meals, except for breakfast, when Juan eats his morning cereal while reading the iPhone’s bookmarked news blogs for the day’s headlines. Before Juan is out the door he has checked his traffic app and let’s me know what’s ahead on the freeways. The iPhone is with us all the time. So, Ieven though this video isn’t promoting the iPhone, I still found it so true it was only half-funny:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHlN21ebeak&sns=em

Really? Yes.  Just like Juan and his iPhone. But guess what? Not long ago Apple launched a new technology. Granted it was much larger, and couldn’t possibly be worn around the waist. But it had had more memory and it was an even better multi-tasker than the iPhone. It is the IPad. Juan was hooked and as much as he tried to resist, he succumbed. Although to be fair, I was an enabler. We bought it as an anniversary/Father’s Day present. It is now a part of our lives. Really. The Ayyyye Pad.