Never get discouraged. Whatever difficulties might surround you. If you were sunk in the lowest pit of Nova Scotia, and all the Rocky Mountains piled on top of you, you ought not to be discouraged - but hang on, exercise faith and keep up good courage and you should come out on top of the heap.
 (quoted in 1950 from George A. Smith’s journal)

Generally speaking, the most miserable people I know are those who are obsessed with themselves; the happiest people I know are those who lose themselves 
in the service of others.
-President Gordon B. Hinckley

I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare…if our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us, they are too small. There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot do because our charitable expenditure excludes them.
(CS Lewis – Mere Christianty)

On that same note:

The truer measure of sacrifice is not so much 
what one gives to sacrifice 
as to what one sacrifices to give.
-Elder Lynn G. Robbins

I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good thing, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow human being let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
-Quaker Minister Stephen Grellet


my sister, Cinnamon, and her three kids are on their way right now.
driving from Houston, TX.
they will be visiting for at least two weeks.
the original trip was meant to come and meet kevin while he was here
but, life rarely happens how we plan.
i’m excited to have them home with us for a while!

July will also bring London from slc on the 6th
you know… BBFL. LYLAS.

i’ve already asked for a couple extra days off from work
to make it more worthwhile.

institute tonight.
always much needed. 

p.s. - kevin did get a 93 on his english test.
now we're waiting to here from byu.

it's true

best dad ever.
hands down.
we got the cream of the crop.
creme de la creme.
te amo...

i think he was most excited about the new reads we got him.
he devours books.
that, and the flan mamita made him for dessert

daily doodle...


did you know?...

Recycling one glass jar saves enough energy to watch T.V for 3 hours.
(see, you people need to recycle! yes, i'm that girl that keeps a personal recycling bin at work and collects it in the office to take home once a week.)

A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds. 
(i don't believe this...my fish, Big Boy, he knows me. and knows when i'm about to feed him too...he comes up and starts eating the air if i just put my hand over the bowl..haha)

A hard working adult sweats up to 4 gallons per day. Most of the sweat evaporates before a person realizes it's there. 
(no one drinks enough water these days. do you see why it's important?)

A hummingbird weighs less than a penny.
(i never see hummingbirds at my hummingbird feeder. lame.)

A jellyfish is 95 percent water. 
(ever seen the movie SEVEN POUNDS? it's good. see it.)

A sneeze travels out your mouth at over 100 m.p.h. 
(gross. cover that, plzkthanx)
All of the clocks in the movie "Pulp Fiction" are stuck on 4:20. 
(i used to love this movie. i never noticed though. 4:20, very fitting.)
Blueberry Jelly Bellies were created especially for Ronald Reagan.
(that's what happens when you are THE MAN. and he was THE man.)

Money isn't made out of paper, it's made out of cotton.  
 (how do people even counterfeit it then?)

Slugs have 4 noses.
(gross. i say pour salt on them all! if you don't know what that does...go try it :)

Texas is the only state that is allowed to fly its state flag at the same height as the U.S. flag.
(ugh. why don't they just become their own country already?)

The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.
(my dad actually knows this word. he can spell it to. typical.)

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are witren, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

a m a z i n g  p a i n t i n g s....

i want to perfect the skill of palette painting like mr. afremov.
new goal!

i have an obsession with

my playlist consists of it lately.
like everyday.

 and i've seen this movie too many times.
i'm not quite sure why it never gets old for me.

things to look forward to. everybody needs them.

we are growing more veggies than we know what to do with.
 i ran across these colorful ideas
thankyou, bhg!

Spinach, Grapes, and Bacon
Top baby spinach with grapes, bacon, dilled Havarti cheese, and pecans, then drizzle with warm bacon-raspberry vinaigrette.

Tomato Egg Salad
Roma tomatoes filled with creamy egg salad and a tangy cucumber mixture top crisp greens.

Chickpea Salad with Grilled Pita
For a meatless dinner idea or simple side dish, toss garbanzo beans with tomatoes, feta, mint, and an easy vinaigrette and serve with warm pita wedges.
(this one makes me excited because i have an obsession with hummus & pita)

Farmer's Market Grilled Cheese
For a quick dinner, layer spinach mayonnaise, goat cheese, zucchini, and tomato on sourdough bread, and then toast until golden.

 some of you might be gagging...
but i'm a veggie lover!!
can't wait to try em!

july...are you here YET?
apart from some very dear loved ones coming that month
i think i failed to mention that we got tickets to
it's true.
for the first time ever, i followed a complete season with my mom.
when they kicked off paul mcdonald, mom told me,
"if he ever comes in concert, let's go!"
coming from mom, age 60, and not a concert-goer
i smiled.
now look who's going!

the last concert she went to
was when she accompanied me and some friends to
Spice Girls
yes...that was my first concert
i was 11
i think.
haha...though i was thoroughly distraught
because when they toured in the states, Ginger Spice had already left the group
she was my favorite.


i also have tickets in july for

at the fabulous fox theater in atlanta

i got them for kevin and i to go.
the FOX is my favorite, so he has to experience it.
now i just pray everything comes thru for his visa.
and i've never seen fiddler
...so i'm excited to see the old Russian man dance on the stage singing
"if i were a rich man...dabadeedledeedledoodledoobadeeba dum!.."

haha...something like that.

i've realized i have this fetish for throwing things away.
or consolidating/organizing.
now i'm not OCD about it...but i love tossing out uneeded things.
under my bed, in my desk, in my closet.
i get it from mom.
coming home from school and having my room newly organized
and seeing a large black trash bag full of stuff
and hear mom say:
"i went through your stuff and organized it all.
you wouldn't  B E L I E V E  the junk you had!
i have a whole trash bag full of stuff you won't even miss!"
how did she know what i wanted to keep and not?
she didn't.
i hated it.
there was no privacy at my house...
she entered any room
went through any drawers.closets.whatever.

so this past week mom and dad were out of town.
we have this organizer on the desk in the kitchen.
four shelves high. plastic.
who knows how many years we've had it.
so i decided to update it.
i found a very nice looking alternative @ office depot. 
on sale.
bought three to stack on top of each other.

now the fun part:
the thing is stuffed full of random papers
wedding announcements
mini calendars
business cards
newspaper clippings
restaurant menus
gardening tips
...you name it...who knows...
but i took the liberty to throw out what i thought was junk!
4 shelves down to 3
and much slimmer, fits less.
PLENTY thrown away.
it looks much better.

best part: mom comes home.
sees it
and i tell her,
"you wouldn't  B E L I E V E  the junk that i threw out!
stuff from years ago...
you won't even know it's missing!"
her eyes got all big and she gasped,
haha...sweet revenge...
dad chuckled. 
i'm my mother's daughter.

not quite sure why i just shared that.
if you know my mother, it's kinda funny.

ps...i love my parents

happy hump day!


a beautiful saturday at the atlanta temple
la familia Zuniga was sealed.
it was a piece of heaven.

with all the hermanas
(mom and i stick out just a bit)

same weekend, two weddings
the second one was complete with swans on the lake!

the happy mr. and mrs. granadillo!
i worked with cristina @ bynum plumbing
with my new job, i miss having her to talk to!
though it was fun to finally meet all the people i had heard so much about.

that night was my first cuban food experience.
i think i fell in love.
and how ideal that the very next day,
there was a Groupon for Papi's Cuban Grill !!
i was all over that.

the first fruits!!!
nothing beats home grown.

i have a new love for hydrangeas.
ours are beginning to bloom...

i have a crush on tom sturridge.
...wouldn't you?

daily doodle:

thoughts from my week:

1-  i believe in angels

2-  don't be selfish...we are often the answer to other people's prayers.

3-  living by myself is lonely

4-  at age 24, the possibilites are still  e n d l e s s...

5-  i miss kevin.

6-  be flexible. life, or even days, rarely go how you plan. 

7-  some weeks, i only want to wear dresses. i find it refreshing.
after all, there is nothing wrong with feeling like a lady.
especially when you are one


i was perusing some fotos 
... here's some great shots 
links to the talented artists who took them
for your browsing pleasure

this man definitely captures
travels, people, and culture:
 (above: my favorite of his)

some still life

love her fashion photography!

she has a nice eye for composition...

another artist with a gallery i like very much

funny...ha!....and sadly true...