Weekly Diary

I can't believe it's already been a week since I decided to start this series. Time is flying and it's a little bittersweet. Although classes are coming to an end, I'm looking forward to working in the summer. At the same time, I'm mentally preparing myself for having John graduate. Yep, I don't think I have mentioned it, but he's graduating at the end of this semester. I know everything will be okay, but it's still going to be a new chapter of our relationship and who knows what it will bring. I'm full of emotions that vary from happy, excited, sad, to nervous. But I still can't help but to be so proud of him for completing college and getting a job.

This week:
+ I annoyingly was sick. I'm one of those people that will rather blame the weather or allergies before saying they are actually sick. However, I can't deny a fever. I've been trying to fight off these germs all week. Nasty little things.
+ I participated in my first Twitter party with the users of Influenster with my fellow UniVoxBox people.
+ We were surprised with an interesting amount of snow. If you're not from up here then I'll tell you now - it's not supposed to snow in April people!! It's insane that it is still snowing when the weather is supposed to be warmer. Where is the sun and the cute flowers I was talking about on my last post? :(
+ John gave me his graduation invitation! Yep, I can't pretend to not know the inevitable date anymore. Where has time gone?!
+ I made my first flan on Easter for John's family! It was absolutely delicious and I was so proud of my little Cuban side coming out when I made it. ;)

My favorite online finds:
+ I'm loving my own Party Time board on Pinterest.
+ This 7 Day Plan to Stay Productive has great ways to keep you focused.

Weekly Diary

Hey everyone! As you may have noticed, the blog posts have become less and less frequent in the past weeks. I have no real reason other than I have school stuff to do. For a while though, I have contemplated whether I should start a weekly blog post series. Many bloggers do these posts where they just talk about things that interest them in the week or any random tid bits. So I'm jumping on the bandwagon. This way you will know more about my life and I won't feel as bad for not posting as often.

This week:
+ I was busy completing a paper on Hamlet as some of you might know by following me on social media. 
+ Bought my first Brita filtered water bottle! I contemplated buying one for years and recently I decided I had enough of having multiple cups and water bottles everywhere. 
+ Have been enjoying the nice and warm weather, as well as all the little flowers popping up and the green grass growing already!! 
+ Kept checking up on the Saccone-Jolys. They finally welcomed their new baby boy, Eduardo! I kept following them on social media and annoying all my friends about it.
+ I also have been trying to figure out all the details for my work for the summer.  
+ Been practicing my French on Duolingo lots lately, and competing with John too! Oh, I also got him to watch Game of Thrones! ;)

My favorite online finds:
+ This great tip on how to check if an avocado is ready to eat.
+ So ready to start wearing shoes like these and these.

Download Clock Mac Screensavers

As a Mac OS user, my favorite part of having a Mac is the UI(User Interface). Anything that's colorful and easy to use are my two favorite things when it comes to technology. I have recently been finding cool screensavers. On Pinterest I have found that many people used a particular screensaver
that flips a clock. I had never seen it before, so I decided to go on a hunt for it.

Little did I know, there are so many beautiful, simple, and creative screensavers for Macs. Here are some of my favorites that I have found. 

For all the techy geeks out there, this particular clock blows my mind. So, are you ready for this? This screensaver not only gives you the time, but it changes the color of the background and you can see the HEX value of it. What?! I know. So cool! Okay, I'll stop embarrassing myself now. I really think this screensaver is really awesome. For those who are curious HEX is is computing numerical systerm that is to the base 16. It is also where a lot of the colors come from in the web, where it uses the HEX values to combine the primary colors. Gah, I still can't get over how awesome it is. Ok, now go download it! 

This particular screensaver is one of the most popular ones right now. Also referred to as the flip clock. There are many versions out there of this flipping clock but this one is defitenly my favorite! It is so simple, and gorgeous. I have gotten quite a few compliments when people see my screensaver pop up. It just a regular clock, but it goes perfectly with your surroundings.

This app is for those of you who like to know the weather at all times. It shows you the date, time, temperature, forecast, and it shows the name of your location. You can choose what location you want before you install it. They have a good range of locations, but if you need a custom location you can email the creator(whose email is listed on the website) and it will be emailed to you. I love the simplicity and minimalistic apperance of this screensaver

The Polar Clock is a very unique screensaver. Unlike the previous ones, this shows a clock in a very different way. The information given goes around in a circle, hence the Polar aspect, and it counts each part by going around. The best example is the seconds as it is the only one that changes the most often. As the seconds ticks, it goes around the circle, until it finishes it's cycle, and then starts again. The inner most circle is the most specific, so the month, then day, day of the week, hour, minutes, and minutes. Not only does it do this, but it also changes colors as it goes. It's definitely a cool screensaver to have!


For most of them, all you need is to click on the individual links in each of the pages and it will appear in your Downloads folder. After this, click the file and it should download quickly. Then to check if it has installed you can check in your settings and preferences under Desktop and Screensaver. It should appear as one of the last ones in there.

If you have any questions about these screensavers, or need help installing them, feel free to leave a comment, and I'll respond as soon as I can.
Enjoy. :)

Muse Paintbar | Paint and Wine Bar | West Hartford, CT

Muse Paintbar is one of the many paint bars that have popped up in the past years. Many of our friends had done these classes so we decided that during Spring Break we would check it out. If you have never heard of paint bars, then I'll fill you in. The point of these locations are that while socializing with others you get an instructional paint class. Muse has a few locations in New England and the one that we went to was in West Hartford in Blue Back Square. You pick what painting you want to do, the date, and pay your fee - easy as that! Be sure to pick your date weeks in advance, since they tend to be sold out often. They also have couple classes, which we thought of doing but they are slightly more expensive and we found out why. The couples one are two paintings instead of an individual one. You paint both paintings to match the others. 

Upon arriving there we were greeted by a sign to find our names on the canvases. We each had a one canvas, a palette of the colors we would use, 5 brushes, mixing plates, paper towels and a can to wash off our brushes. Everyone was chatting and buying snacks and drinks at the bar. They also had a side room for special reservations. The painting we had signed up was Over the Rhone by Vincent van Gogh. Obviously it wasn't an exact copy, just an interpretation of it.

The painting part of this experience was so interesting. You have an instructor who guides you step by step. He/she stands in the middle of the room and paints along with you. Everyone that works there is very kind and helpful. At times we felt a little rushed (you are painting a whole painting in 3 hours!) but we also get a break, so you can use it to catch up, or to drink some wine. ;) I also want to add that for you artists out there, you don't have to do exactly what everyone is doing. You can make the painting your own by adding your own techniques and unique approach.

Three hours later, and we were done with our masterpieces! It was so much fun to do this since we both had not painted in so long. We completely recommend this to everyone and we can't wait to go back since it was such a happy and positive experience for both of us.

What do you think of paint bars? Have you gone to one of these before, or if does it sound like something you would like to try?
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