Opal Siren

My life in dreams

Trying to remember July


July is running away from me faster than I can catch my breath. I cannot believe all the school supplies are already out on display at almost all the stores by me.  The days are running together  and I have no idea what I accomplished this summer thus far.

Well the one thing I did do this summer was go to Disney at the beginning of June. Things have changed so much since the last time I was there. For one, the crowds were massive and it kept raining and raining and raining.

Secondly, I don’t remember having to wait 3 hours to get on a ride. I was glad to see that they gave out Fast Passes; but still, it was a bit crazy to try to go on all the rides we wanted and not spend the entire day waiting in line to go on just one ride.

Also, what happened to all the characters that walked around the parks and you were able to get their autographs? That’s right! There was a line for the characters as well 😦

I did enjoy the Beast’s Castle from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. It was really neat to eat there and that was the one place I did not mind waiting in line. I also loved the fireworks in Disney’s Magic Kingdom. It really brought me back to my childhood and the very first time I saw Mickey Mouse.

However, it seems that there is so much more than Disney World in Orlando, FL.  We went to a Pirate Show Dinner and It was really fun. I definitely want to spend more time in Universal Studios and try the Butter Beer in Harry Potter Land. My husband loved the Harry Potter simulator ride so much,  that he went on it twice!

I would also like to go back to FL and stay by the beach. Maybe do more sightseeing and dig my toes in the sand.

It has been a rough year thus far for us and I really have no idea what plans we have for the next upcoming months. I feel like I am in the middle of a crossroad and I am not sure what direction to take.  All I can do is wait for time to tell me.

Happy Summer!!!

 

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WELCOME


At a spur of a moment I decided to go to the Dominican Republic. Part of me was bored of being home and the mundane, and the other part just wanted to see my relatives. So I get to cross off visiting my homeland from my life’s list. I have to say that doing the things that are on my life’s list have not been too difficult, and I actually feel more accomplished each day.

Visiting my old home was VERY difficult. It is as time never passed. Everything was the same except my grandmother’s smile which was painfully absent. I was pretty sad my first few days there. I thought about her and how she used to welcome me with a big hug and those bright green eyes. That was the thing about my grandmother…she made EVERYONE feel special and welcome, and her eyes told you everything you needed to know. Her name, Bienvenida, means welcome in Spanish. My great-grandmother hit the nail in the head when she named my grandmother. She helped so many people in need. She comforted and supported her family. She was not judgemental or critical. She was just warm and welcoming like her name.

I don’t know if this trip was a good idea or not. I just know that now I miss her even more. Things got weirder when most relatives did not recognize me, since I left home when I was 15-years-old. I had a good time seeing my dad and other family friends. I also got to see some of my high school friends and old places I used to visit. It is a bit odd to see everything that one has left behind: old friends, homes, schools. Everything from my past life was there and pretty much the same, except ME. I was different and that threw me off. I was more tolerant and understanding of things, and then there were other things, like mosquitos, that drove me nuts. I would say to myself: “How did I do this everyday??!!!”.

The most important lesson I took from this trip is how incredibly lucky I am to have the comforts I have: to have food on the table everyday, even if it is from a drive-thru window, to have a good education and now a stable job. I really needed this trip to give me a reality check and be happy for what I have now.  Too many times we take the smallest things, like having hot water, for granted. I will always give thanks for a nice hot shower! I surely do not miss those cold showers from my trip LOL.

The other lesson I learned on this trip, is the sense of compassion and family togetherness that developing countries, like the Dominican Republic, have. I really missed that and unfortunately I do not see a lot of togetherness here in the U.S. In the Dominican Republic, families depend and rely on each other. Here in the U.S., we are all on our own it seems. Everything is about the person and the sense of “me” and “I” , and not ” we” and “us”.  Event though many Dominican families have the bare necessities, if that, they have their immediate families and extended families to rely on. This togetherness was refreshing, admirable, and comforting to see.

Here are some pictures for you to enjoy from the trip. They were taken in Sosua and Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic 🙂

Happy Reading!!!

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30 days before 30


Today is September 1rst and it is the beginning of my official countdown. I turn 30-years-old in 30 days. Wow! So many things to do before this day. I must admit, I am nervous. Would I feel different? Will the life that I have lived thus far, come back to haunt me in some bizarre dream? I can only make a wish list of what I would like my life to be in the next decade. So, in honor of my roaring 20’s, here are 20 things I would like to do in my 30’s.

1. Be happy for what I have NOW.

2. Celebrate my best friend’s 30th birthday….I am not the only one going through this life crisis 🙂

3. Finish Graduate School. I am so close to being done.

4. Get a job in my chosen field.

5. Wherever I move to next, make the best of it and buy a house.

6. Write a book, maybe  a memoir.

7. Travel a lot more and see friends all over the world. I still NEED to go to Ireland, and I have an overdue visit to go back to the Dominican Republic.

8. Continue to submit my headshots and resume to casting notices (THE DREAM NEVER ENDS)

9. Pay off all student loan debt.

10. Join a church.

11. Look at the stars.

12. Meditate.

13. Practice Yoga.

14. Eat healthier.

15. Take my vitamins.

16. Go to the doctor more often.

17. Start a charity.

16. Watch my husband make Chief.

18. Learn how to cook.

19. Dream

20. Start a family.

If anyone has any clue how to do any of these, please leave a comment 🙂

HAPPY READING!!!!

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