ok, ok – i have yet to fully comprehend and deliver a consistent daily blog post…but baby steps people, baby steps. needless to say, however, i am working diligently on coming up with future brilliance, i.e. party adventures and random to-do’s around the house. i promise that it will, at some point, become chronicled on a ย consistent daily basis and become progressively awesomer {proper grammar may or may not be included}.

but for now, let’s put the future on hold and focus on the past: this past weekend. it was a lovely one, full of “doing,” which is the new thing to do around here. ๐Ÿ™‚


a good portion of the day was spent with my friend, demaris, at the mall. we’re both not the biggest fans of shopping in malls, but it was delightful nonetheless. it was a good source of exercise if nothing else. if you’re curious, i had a coupon to old navy and bought a pair of jeans, some $1.99 earrings and a fun $1.99 bracelet. exciting big spender, i know. ๐Ÿ™‚ {do bloggers usually give out this kind of information in their posts – or only the awesome ones, like me? ;)}

from there, we decided to be adventurous and have lunner at a buffet. it quickly dawned on me, while i was working on my second plate, that most buffet food that i have consumed in my life has been mediocre at best. it’s depressing – ย in that ridiculous kind of way – to know that i have eaten so much crap just for the sheer fact that it was readily available for a nominal fee. but, because i am so open-minded, i am willing to take into consideration any “good” buffet that anyone feels they want to recommend. ๐Ÿ˜‰

after catching up with dema, i met up with al at my parent’s house. my mom was still in portugal, so it was the perfect opportunity to work on a surprise for her: replacing the dining room and kitchen chandeliers with new ones. now, this may sound biased, but it’s not: ย i have the world’s best boyfriend. ๐Ÿ˜‰ he may occasionally get cranky when he is doing carpentry/electrical work, but he is one hell of an awesome guy. my little computer nerd was able to successfully replace both chandeliers for my mother, which ultimately made both me and my mom happy. please note that i was an amazing assistant – i held the chandelier once or twice when he needed an arm break. ๐Ÿ˜‰ although it was my idea {i have to take credit somewhere!}, it was al who executed. so, hooray for awesome boyfriends! ๐Ÿ™‚


i have participated in many “walks” for causes: mental health, MS, lupus, arthritis, etc. saturday was the first time, however, that i participated in a sjogren’s syndrome walk. it was also the first time that i did a walk for a cause in a zoo. i have to, not-so-secretly, admit that i think it was an absolutely genius idea. my little clan – al, his sister {lia}, and his niece {tatyanna} – met up with my friend ana and her husband, sergio at the philadelphia zoo. ana and sergio have participated in this walk in the past and extended the invite to participate this year, which i was more than happy to do. although we didn’t quite stay on track with the rest of the folk participating, we were more than happy to support a worthwhile cause and partake in an adventure simultaneously. with that being said, thank you ana and sergio for the wonderful adventure! ๐Ÿ™‚

here are a few pictures of our sjogren’s walkabout at the philadelphia zoo {feel free to click on the pictures – they are clearer when they are enlarged}:

saturday also happened to be cinco de mayo so we opted, so originally, for mexican food. on our way back home we stopped at “on the border” for a super big bite. if we were going to celebrate, we made sure we were going to celebrate in a big way. ๐Ÿ™‚


we continued with the theme of ย a little “doing” by working on replacing al’s mom’s fence. once again, i served as a supportive assistant: handing al the tool that “does this” and the tool that “does that,” picking up the washers that kept falling out of the box and making awesome jokes when things weren’t going so smoothly. weย al worked hard to finish one side of the fence and it has already vastly improved the overall look of the backyard. we’re looking forward to the final result. ๐Ÿ™‚

and finally, i ended the weekend by partaking in what may be considered a “guilty” pleasure: two episodes of long island medium. i don’t feel remotely guilty for loving the show and theresa caputo as much as i do – but i’m sure someone out there is judging me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

so, there you have it: a fun-filled weekend of good “doing.” ๐Ÿ™‚ hope you guys had an equally enjoyable weekend of “doing!”

<3 always,

ana patricia

p.s. and because i was a horrible blogger and future photographer by not capturing more of my weekend in photos, i have uploaded a video of my rebellious pup, tanner, doing his new favorite thing: opening doors.

p.s.s. speaking of good causes, read my friend theresa’s amazing story here about how she joined the leukemia and lymphoma societyโ€™s (LLS) team in training:ย http://pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/chicago12/tmelendreu. you can also visit her blog @ย http://fueledbywings.com/.

what kind of things have you been “doing”?ย 

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