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Monday, May 5, 2014

Ahora: May

Happy May! 

I love seeing what others are up to every month and the items that cross their radar. Naturally, I thought it would be fun to do my own. 

Ahora, meaning Now in Spanish, will be a monthly series that gives you the highlights of what's going on in my life each month. 



What I'm reading...

  • James Patterson's Private London...for fun
  • Eric Jenson's Teaching with Poverty in Mind and Ruby Payne's A Framework for Understanding Poverty...for one of two post-Masters graduate classes I'm taking.
And my favorite blogs this month:
  • Spiced Peach Blog. Peggy is a gifted food writer and story teller whose recipes and photography becomes like a visit with an old friend. A must-see.
  • Till Then, Smile Often--Kerry is an inspiration. Her #BetheChange2014 campaign of random acts of kindness is proof that you can be the change you wish to see in the world. 
  • Northeast Bloggers' Network--Though this organization is little more than a year old, Rachel has created a network of bloggers from the Northeast United States that has become a supportive circle of friends. From featured blogs of the week to opportunities to blog hop and share social media outlets, there is something for everyone. If you are a northeast blogger, consider joining us. 

What I'm watching

  • Dexter. I just discovered this series on Netflix and just made it through the first season. Yikes! It's a nail-biter for sure. 


  • Master Chef España. We have TVE here in the States, a channel from Spain and we are lucky to be able to see some great Spanish television, like Isabel and, for me, the foodie, Master Chef España. And the good thing is, I understand a lot more this season than last season. Winning!

What I'm eating
  • Avocado and hummus roll-ups
  • And drinking...iced coffee with skim and Splenda. 


What I'm wearing
  • Spring has finally sprung here in New England. Nothing says warm weather like a maxi dress. It hides a multitude of sins, is comfortable and easy to style up with cute accessories and sandals.

What I'm doing
  • This spring, I'm investing in ME and have hired a personal trainer. He is pushing me to my physical limits. I love it. I haven't lost any weight, but I'm definitely getting stronger. 

What I'm listening to
  • Still loving Happy and now love the new John Legend song All of Me.

Making my heart smile



My goals for the month
  • Strength train three times per week, not just two with my trainer.
  • Eliminate my use of disposable water bottles and only use a refillable one.
  • Increase my water intake to at least 80 ounces per day.


And there you have it...what is happening Ahora in my world. 

Your turn...what is happening in your world these days?


52 comments:

  1. Thank you for the mention! Happy Anniversary month! I am loving the All of Me song by john legend. How exciting to be planning your Spain trip.

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    1. You're so welcome. You have such positive energy...a true inspiration. :-)

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  2. I love Dexter so much. I should really get on watching it all from start to finish on Netflix.

    Sarah
    aroseinthecity0.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Sarah, I was taken by surprise as to how much I am enjoying it. On to season two. :-) Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  3. I am loving my iced coffee right now. I agree with the Splenda, but I splurge and use coffee creamer. It makes it new each time I drink it. Have a wonderful Monday!

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    1. Hi Jennifer,
      I use creamer in my hot coffee...love the sugar free French vanilla Coffee Mate. But it has to be skim milk in my iced coffee. :-) Thanks for stopping by! Happy Monday to you!

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  4. Lovely post! Happy Anniversary. We love avocados to. Yum! Have a great May!

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    1. Thank you, Starla! Avocados are fabulous, aren't they? :-) Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Monday and Happy May to you, too.

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  5. Happy Anniversary month Kelly! May is looking like a very busy month for you! Spring has finally sprung here in the Rockies too so, my only plan is to get my Spring feet in gear and get a cute pedi soon :-)

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    1. Thank you, Kathe. Pedis are always a sure sign of spring. Our winter was long here too. I just love seeing the blossoms and the leaves come back onto the trees. Hooray for spring! Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great week!

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  6. Kelly, you caught me on an emotional day and I am overwhelmed, thank you truly, so very much. Want to share a little secret too, you are one of my favorite blogs too, and I am so inspired in your positivity and the many interesting areas of which you are involved! I'm looking forward to hearing about your trip to Spain this summer and can even feel the excitement. Love the Master Chef Espana, which should assist in your preparation, including brushing up on the Spanish. I will be in Florida, Miami, the weekend of the 17th for BlogHer Food Blog Conference. I'm off to my youngest daughters final college athletic banquet this evening before she graduates from American U in DC next week, very emotional time,as I said, so proud but bittersweet, childhood is so fleeting! Thank you again! Hugs! Peggy

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    1. Thank you, Peggy. Congratulations to your daughter and you on this very special time for your family. You must be so proud. Thank you so much for your sweet words for me as well. You are such a gifted writer and photographer (and cook)...I truly admire you and appreciate and respect your feedback. Have a blast at BlogHer! I can't wait to hear about it. Thank you, again. Big hugs to you, too.

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  7. This is nice! What a great way to get to know you better. :) I am going to have to go try that hummus and avocado roll up! Sounds awesome!

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    1. Thanks, Meredith! My hummus and avocado is a staple of my diet. Find a hummus you love. The avocado is so creamy...heaven! :-) Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great week!

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  8. Great Post and Love your Blog from Nanas Deals and More
    www.nanasdeals.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much for your visit. :-)

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  9. Thanks Kelly! What a neat idea for a post, too!! :)

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    1. Thanks, Rachel! :-) And thanks so much for such a wonderful network of support!

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  10. Thanks Kelly! What a great idea for a post, too! :)

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    1. Thanks, Rachel! :-) And thanks so much for such a wonderful network of support!

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  11. I love this idea... and may just borrow the idea from you. Happy Anniversary this month and have fun planning your Spain trip.. how exciting. I just returned from a trip to Florida and loved it.

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    1. Thank you, Marlys, and welcome! Please do use this...it's so fun learning about the people behind the blog. I love this feature on others' blogs. I'm so glad you had fun in Florida. It's a great state with so much to do, aside from the theme parks as well. Thanks again for visiting. Please come back again soon.

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  12. Sounds like a good range of things is going on!

    I love that you have included a reading mention - I am an avid reader and will check out the books you wrote about!

    I love the John Legend song too (Happy is still my favourite too)!

    I am hoping to be moving into my second home in the US, but my first that will be just me and my husband - so really our first proper home in America. I can't wait!

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    1. Thanks, Molly. Congratulations on your new home! How exciting! Moving is such an adventure, especially when moving to an unfamiliar place. I hope you love your new home. I look forward to following your journey. :-)

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  13. Happy Anniversary! I love the new series title, very clever. Now that summer is almost here I hope to catch up on fun reading, the James Paterson book sounds good to me!

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    1. Thank you, Tracy. I read The Postcard Killer by James Patterson last summer and the new Dan Brown book, Inferno. They were good reads. I'm hoping this one will be great as well. Thanks, again.

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  14. Happy Anniversary and sounds like you are super busy. Thanks tons for the visit and the gracious commnet.

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    1. Thanks, Marty! I appreciate your visit and comments. Please come back soon. :-)

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  15. I haven't seen Dexter yet.. but it's on my watch list! :)

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    1. Hi Erica. Dexter is good and creepy. Love it! I'm in season two now...I hope it is good as season one. Thanks so much for your visit. :-)

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  16. Yay for spring, avo and hummus, and practicing/keeping up with Spanish! :) And isn't travel planning so exciting?

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    1. It's all good, Christy. An anniversary, avocado, hummus, Spanish, and vacations...what's not to love? :-) Have a great week!

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  17. This is a fun series! I think it was especially fun for me, since it was my first time visiting your blog. (I'm now a GFC follower.) I haven't seen an episode of Dexter yet, and right now, I'm going through the series of House.
    Hope you have a great week,
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    2justByou

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    1. Thanks, Kim. :-) Welcome and thanks so much for the follow. I have seen similar series among other bloggers and love it because it's a great way to get to know the people behind the blog. Dexter is good, but creepy. House is fabulous...he's such a gifted actor. Thanks again for joining me. I look forward to getting to know you and your blog. :-)

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  18. I love your Ahora May list. Lots of new ideas!

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    1. Thank you, Klara! Have a great week! :-)

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  19. I love your Ahora May list. So many ideas!

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    1. Thank you, Klara! Have a great week! :-)

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  20. Happy anniversary! I also hired a personal trainer recently and have yet to lose any weight, but I'm still optimistic that I'll finally lose the 20 lbs. I've been trying to get rid of for the last 7 years.

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    1. Thank you, Nicole. I am optimistic too. I haven't lost any weight, but I'm sure I must be losing inches. And regardless, I'm definitely getting stronger. We will see. :-) Good luck! Thanks again, for your well wishes and for your visit and comments. Have a great rest of your week.

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  21. Congrats on hiring personal trainer they are great!

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    1. Thanks, Paulina. He is fabulous. He pushes me to my limits, and I go home exhausted, but it's a good tired. Have a great rest of your week. :-)

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  22. You've got a lot going on in May! I loved reading your post about your bilingual wedding, that was awesome! Happy anniversary (again)!

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    1. Always, Rachel. Thank you for the feedback on our wedding. It was simply perfect. I can't imagine how it could have been better. I know it's a biased opinion, but it was just perfect. <3 :-) Thanks, again

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  23. This is a great post. I like the idea and it makes for an interesting read. My sons watch Dexter and I was wondering what all the fuss was about. Now am really curious. Thanks for the blog links. And Happy Anniversary.

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    1. Thank you so much for your visit and feedback. Dexter has been a pleasant surprise. I keep hearing about season 4...we shall see. Thank you, again, and thank you for the anniversary wishes! :-)

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  24. Great goals for May!

    I love your recap of where you are currently. Dexter is really intense. Just wait til you get to Season 4!!

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    1. Thank you, Karen. I keep hearing about season 4. I want to jump ahead, but don't want to miss the middle. :-) I'll get there. Thanks so much for stopping by! Cheers!

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  25. I really need to increase my water intake too! We can do this!

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    1. We definitely can do this. Since I switched to a refillable bottle, I have been drinking more...about 1/2 gallon during the day and then more at home. Not a bad start. :-) Thanks so much for stopping by! Cheers! :-)

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  26. Great goals, one of mine is drinking more water, its so important for your overall health. What I've found helpful is drinking two 32 ounce bottles a day and I flavor them with iced tea or crystal light.

    Good luck! :)

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    1. Hi Megan, good luck with your water goal. I drink mine with crystal light too...the iced tea is my favorite flavor. I appreciate your visit and your comments. Thanks so much and have a great weekend. :-)

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