Happy 4th Blogging Anniversary to Life in Spanglish!

Thanks WordPress for remindin me of my 4th Blogging Anniversary.

Thanks WordPress for reminding me of my 4th Blogging Anniversary.

It’s been 4 years since the launch of Life in Spanglish. Where does the time go? 

Thank you to my loyal readers who stay with me, read me and keep coming back, despite my awkward silences and occasional MIA’s. I am extremely grateful you choose to spend a few minutes here and there reading and commenting, it means the world to me. Muy agradecida, muy agradecida, muy agradecida!

Another note of thanks to WordPress for providing a free outlet for my Spanglish. Special emphasis on the word GRATIS.

I looked up the traditional gifts for 4th anniversaries and they are fruit and flowers. Pero me pueden dejar un comment in lieu of the fruit basket or flower arrangement (hint hint!) asi que dejénme una florecita de comentario si gustan.

To commemorate this happy occasion, I’ve rounded up a few of my greatest hits and favorite blog posts. Take a look at my history, hope you enjoy. 

Top hits and faves from the Archive over the years:

De cuando anduve en el DF, todo el mundo on the street showing their Public Displays of Affection: Bésame, Bésame Mucho.

De cuando fui al Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico and I discovered my new favorite artist/painter: Abel Quezada: Revisiting Códice AQ de Abel Quezada

The time I spent my birthday in New York: New York City Bites or how I ate my way around Manhattan.

De cuando la Kate del Castillo kind of “lost it” on Twitter: Ooops! I think La Reina del Sur lost it.

De cuando la Jenni Rivera (rip) was so generous to a local group of cheerleaders: Random Acts of Kindness by Jenni Rivera.

De cuando la Salma Hayek brincó en una silla por miedo a las víboras: “Somebody do something!” A Salma no le gustan los snakes.

Ay si, Ay si… de cuando me entrevistaron de la BBC London (yeah, I’m still bragging about it): Hey, Life in Spanglish is on the BBC!

De cuando fui a la 99 Cents Store toda unemployed in the middle of the recession pero me sentí lo máximo porque me alcanzó el dinero, tanto that I even wrote a poem about it: Ode to the 99 Cents Store.

De cuando se fue Alex: (I miss him every day.) OK, 2009, la última y nos vamos.

Thanks for reading. God Bless!

Look forward to more blogging and keeping el Spanglish alive. Besos y Abrazos.

Pastel for breakfast? Don't mind if I do. Photo via my very own Instagram. CB2013

Pastel for breakfast? Don’t mind if I do. Photo via my very own Instagram. CB2013

Well, Hello There Mr. 2012!

Happy New Year Everybody!

My five readers have been wondering where the heck I’ve been hiding, since it’s been A WHILE since my last post. Don’t worry, I’m still around, although I needed a few days to recoup after the Christmas break with LA FAMILIA. And then all of a sudden, the New Year crept up on me and the ball was dropping in Times Square on TV. Not to worry, I have some posts to elaborate on in the next few days, so you can see what your pochita friend was up to.

I must confess, I’m also having a bit of a blog existential crisis, as I have been going through some PROSPECTION (the act of looking forward in time or considering the future) which may or may not have to do with an upcoming birthday in February.

“Why?” you may ask. Well, it’s a big one and I won’t elaborate until I’m closer to the date. Yet somehow it has permeated a bit into “Life In Spanglish” and made me consider which material may be suitable enough for posting. I can be trite and trivial, but I do worry about the content and how to keep it fresh. You may not know this about me, but writing this blog for almost 3 years, and working on everything I post here, has been a unique joy- self serving, indulgent, mainly concerned with my own interests- and yet I am extremely surprised when I see a new reader, a comment or a follower. So of course I’m concerned with what to do next and how to keep you coming back for more.

On that note, here’s a promise to get more creative, to get more Spanglish, and to get more informative. The year 2012 looks and feels like the kind of year that will have lots to blog about. I sincerely thank you for sticking around and reading. It means the world to me.

I wish you all the best for this Año Nuevo, may it be a wonderful year for us all.

(Que no nos asusten las proyecciones de los locos, las amenazas “doomsday” y la gente que solo quiere infundir el miedo. Let’s work to make it a good year, shall we?)

Here’s a glimpse into the days I was out and about, truly a beautiful Christmas, one which yet again made us realize how blessed we are to live in Los Angeles, California. ¡Gracias Diosito por todas mis bendiciones!

The Lamps at LACMA are a great photo op. Here's a shot as the early evening progressed on one of the last days of 2011.

I'm going to need my Cinderella shoes for 2012 and all the "festejos" I need to get to. Hopefully this pair of glitter pumps from Kate Spade eventually goes on sale so I can celebrate my birthday in style.

I said it before and I'll say it again. I LOVE LA. This shot of the Miracle Mile with a pink sunset makes me wanna pinch myself. Can you believe this weather? 78 degrees throughout the day, thank you very much.

Bienvenido – Welcome


We are all watching.

Vamos a ver que pasa!

So this is my attempt at getting current with the Spanglish lifestyle in LA… and by that I mean the capacity to understand and live both worlds, cultures, ideas, etc. in English and Spanish simultaneously. You know how it goes. In my case, I usually think “in English” and then Spanish suddenly creeps in. I’m not just referring to being bilingual or that other word they like to call us… pochos comes to mind! (“They” being the language purists.) Even though I try to stick to one language and use proper grammar, if I know you speak Spanish, are of Hispanic descent or are even curious about the Latino culture, then both languages will collide! No puedo evitarlo. So I hope if this blog gains any traction and gets any hits you’ll bear with me and understand my lingo.

Aqui estaré blogging in Spanglish. Isn’t  it interesting how it’s all coming together?