National Hispanic Heritage Month

Our Ofrenda 2013

Our Ofrenda 2013

Hello Sunshine! I hope all is well with you & family and you are enjoying the beginning of this beautiful Fall Season. We have had some cooler temperatures here in Austin and also storms. I always appreciate cooler temps and I even like the rain, but sometimes they can bring on my post brain injury migraines. So I have been away for the last week because of them. Enough about that though, I want to share with you what my fellow Texas Latino Bloggers are writing about: National Hispanic Heritage Month.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated September 15th – October 15th. Most of you may follow my Instagram or Twitter or even this blog and know that I am a Proud Latina. I am always wanting to learn more about my Hispanic Heritage. Like, when I was able to meet The Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Sonia Sotomayor at Book People, I was & am forever A Proud Latina. Or, when I posted my Instagram for Latinos Beyond Reel, I was encouraged to find more documentaries and more Latino Actors past and present that are not getting stereotyped. I encourage you to visit the webiste: National Hispanic Heritage Month to find more information about the observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15.

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Sonia Sotomayor

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Sonia Sotomayor

My story begins with my hair appointment~Funny, I know, but anyway… I was so happy to find out that my fantastic colorist is engaged and she is just glowing with happiness, as we all are when we know we are to wed for life. She was asking of our wedding and I was telling her that we have a very big Hispanic family and our wedding was 250+ guests. Oh & that we married on Halloween. She was so intrigued, as most are when they find out our wedding & now Anniversary is on Halloween. She is from San Antonio and was telling me how much she loves these ‘Big displays of Halloween or family members with the food and beer or liquor bottles.’ I said, ‘Oh, you are talking about The Ofrenda.’ It got me to thinking that maybe this is what I am to write about for my National Hispanic Heritage Month Post.

Ofrendas are an essential part of Dia de los Muertos celebrations. The word, Ofrenda means offering in Spanish. Ofrendas are also known as altars, but not the kind of altars for worshiping. These altars are for paying a special tribute to our departed. It may seem melancholy to have our wedding on Dia de los Muertos & even I had questioned it in the beginning. I called Sister Helen from my Catholic Church and she gave me a beautiful response of how she thought it was beautiful that we were having such a Blessed event on the Eve of All Saints Day. It was done. See, I no longer had my father and my grandfather had also passed prior to our wedding. My husband also has loss in his family that it was so fitting and felt comfortable to have this as our wedding date. We also had a close connection to Halloween in our dating history. We do not think of Halloween or Dia de los Muertos as a sad, scary or unpleasant time, but a time to bring both of our families together in our anniversary and honor & remember or departed that have passed over the years. Oh & this year there is going to be an animated movie called The Book of Life and it will be about living and the departed. I am looking forward to it!

It’s early still, but I want to give you enough time to prepare if you would like to make an Ofrenda for Dia de los Muertos. Now, these do not have to be morose or haunted, quite the contrary! The Ofrenda welcomes spirits, but guides back to the departed’s journey. Also, there is no correct or incorrect way to make an Ofrenda. I included pictures of our pet Betta Fish last year because he died & why not? We loved our Betta! If you have a pet you should include yours as well! It is all a part of your Faith & your family. Here are a few things you may want to include in your Ofrenda:

  • Photographs of your loved one
  • Glass of water represents quenching the thirst of the spirit after their long journey, water also purifies & cleanses
  • Salt is to season the food that you are offering him & the continuance of life
  • Pan de muerto ‘Bread of the Dead,’ is a dessert bread found at panaderías, Spanish bakeries, or HEB in Austin
  • Favorite foods or beverages: a plate of food, candy bar, bottles of beer, wine, or other
  • Small, personal items that belonged to the deceased: a watch, piece of jewelry, hat, belt, handkerchief, etc.
  • Marigolds Sometimes a cross is made with petals of the cempasuchitl flower. Also with the petals, paths are set to guide the souls to the ofrenda. I bought my Marigolds from Ben White Florist last year if you are Austin
  • Skeletons/Calaveras these are becoming popular in the shops every year! Any type of style you find is perfect to fit your decor or that may fit your loved one. I love to add as many as I can. Why not start a collection?
  • Candles represent fire & at least one for each person being honored. Also four candles at the top represent the cardinal directions & provide a lighted path to this world
  • Copal/IncenseBurning copal is a tradition from the Aztecs, who used the incense as an offering to the gods. It is still used in Catholic funeral masses
  • Papel picado/Brightly Colored Cut Tissue Paper serves as a colorful & meaningful trim: Black = death, purple = grief or mourning, pink = celebration, white = hope  yellow = sun

Other items that are known to be in Ofrendas are beans to represent fertility, woven baskets, pictures of Saints & toiletries. I like to make it a happy place. Our family and friends spirits are coming by and are having visitors and I want them to have a nice place to be entertained. I am always one to be the happy host!

My Beautiful Grandmother

My Beautiful Grandmother

This year I have a tough one because I will be adding my Beautiful Grandmother. I miss her so very much.  I want her beautiful Spirit to be welcomed in the most beautiful Ofrenda ever! I am going to make a Pretty Pink Space Just for her! That is what an Ofrenda is, to make a special tribute to the departed. Ofrendas are not to be sad or bring depression when you look upon it and see your departed. Ofrendas are set up to remember and honor the memory of our ancestors. I want to look at my grandma daily and be happy and see her favorite things and remember her in the best way!

You can also make a little Ofrenda with a little cardboard box, maybe a shoe box, cereal box or maybe any box/crate you are not using. Start adding your items inside. It does not have to fill an entire table. Make a mini size Ofrenda.

If you make one, Instagram it & tag @princessmousey. I would love to see it!

Enjoy your National Hispanic Heritage Month &

Lots of love,

Lisa

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The Day I Met Hillary Clinton

I'm Ready For Hillary

I’m Ready For Hillary

I have always shopped local in Austin. After all, I am a native, so I have been here before all of the large department stores. Buying my books at Book People is the norm for me, so of course I get the emails of who is coming to have a book reading or book signing. When I got the email that Hillary Clinton was coming for a signing of her memoir, Hard Choices, I immediately purchased my book/ticket. Of course, I was so upset that I was in crutches! I know the lines get long at Book People because I have attended so many events before, but I knew it was would be worth it. A while back I was able to meet The Honorable Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor when she came to read and sign for her book, My Beloved World. I was lifted above cloud 9 and I thought I was never to return to earth after that experience!

Attend Book Signings Whenever Possible

Attend Book Signings Whenever Possible

As Friday was approaching, I just kept looking for something to wear that would cover this big bulky boot because I did not want Mrs. Clinton to see it. Don’t ask me why, I just feel so out of place with crutches and a big felt, velcro & space boot looking mess. The time came for me to meet her and as I was approaching she was so kind. She immediately extended her hand & I introduced myself. She gave a sympathetic, “What happened?” as she looked at me in my crutches. She then told me of a time that she broke her elbow and was advising me to really take my time healing. She was telling me how important it is to do my exercises and not rush getting back without being 100%. She was so kind to both my husband and myself, she just showed so much sincerity to us.

It’s not that I thought she was an evil monster before I met her, it’s just that I always see her as a great leader and a powerful woman. A strong role model and takes no bull! That is not to say that I never thought she was kind, I know a woman can be both strong, smart, a leader, powerful, kind & sincere. However, as I was standing in front of her, I felt as though Hillary Clinton was one of our Aunts! She was my Tia! I just felt like we have known her for years. I forgot who was talking to me. This is not the former first lady? This is not the former Senator? This is not the former Secretary of State? Yet, it is. Here she was, so sincere, giving me her personal story of her broken elbow and giving me sweet advice to take my time healing, so loving and kind. I was so embarrassed by my crutches before and here she was telling me her own story. I love her like my Tia now. Tia Hillary!

Hard Choices

Hard Choices

 

I love Book People for putting on events as this. I get to meet authors and other wonderful people that I would never get the chance to meet without them. If you have a local book shop in your town, look out for events like readings or signings. You may meet someone that inspires you. I can’t wait to start reading this book, Hard Choices! Looks like it is filled with lots of great information of so much that has happened.

Oh! By the way, I made Hillary Clinton a card. Usually when I meet an author, I make them a card. I like to give them thanks & well, just a little something from me.

Lisa

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Gracias

Gracias

 

Austin,Texas, I love you so much!

Jo's Coffee Wall on Congress Ave.

Jo’s Coffee Wall on Congress Ave.

I love my city of Austin, Texas. I am so grateful to have been born and raised here in this fantastic city. When

A view of the Annual Kite Fest from Loop 1

A view of the Annual Kite Fest from Loop 1

I was a kid, my parents did not take me to a little park, we packed up and picnicked in Zilker Park. We went to The Zilker Kite Fest every year. This year the kite fest had to be cancelled due to rain~heartbreaking. We rode The Zilker Zephr, the kiddie train that went throughout the park, and waved to the park goers & runners along the Hike & Bike Trail & they waved back. I have many fond memories there.

Stevie Ray Vaughan Statue in Austin, Texas

Stevie Ray Vaughan Statue in Austin, Texas

Now, as an adult I use that same Ann & Roy Butler Hike & Bike Trail to run myself. It is a

Flowers along the Trail in Austin, Texas

Flowers along the Trail in Austin, Texas

Beautiful trail about 10 miles with gorgeous wildflowers, a statue of Stevie Ray Vaughan, has beautiful scenic views of Austin & is filled with Austinites who love fitness and the great outdoors. I fell in love with it when I was in a student at Austin High School because the trail even passes by.  We

have many fantastic views along the way of the trail that the

Views along the Trail in Austin, Texas

Views along the Trail in Austin, Texas

10 miles just fly by. So it is a fantastic way to get your exercise in!

Let me tell you about Austin, The Live Music Capital of The World. Thats right,

Austin City Limits in Austin, Texas

Austin City Limits in Austin, Texas

after all~ this is the home of SXSW & Austin City Limits Music Festival Just to name 2 big music

Events that draw many from near and far. You can guarantee

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings at Austin City Limits in Austin, Texas

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings at Austin City Limits in Austin, Texas

if a band is touring, they will be here in Austin. My husband & I take full advantage of that. We will see bands like crazy! A wide variety of bands, comedy shows, touring broadway shows, symphonies, metal shows and so much more, one thing~ we have to get tickets quickly, they sell out fast here in Austin. With legendary venues like Stubbs, Austin City Limits, Austin Music Hall, Bass Concert Hall & more. Oh, I will be seeing Morrissey again in May ~ so excited!

Clutch at Emos in Austin, Texas

Clutch at Emos in Austin, Texas

Qui Restaurant in Austin, Texas

Qui Restaurant in Austin, Texas

We are a city of Locavores. We have many popular & local

Justice of The Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor at Book People in Austin, Texas

Justice of The Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor at Book People in Austin, Texas

restaurants, we even shop local when we can~ we have the ever so popular and well known Kendra Scott Flagship

Store(my favorite jewelry designer) that has gotten well known & we wear her well in Austin. We have the flagship Whole Foods~ we are a very proud. Our Book People always has book signings, I was honored to have seen & meet The Honorable Justice Sonia Sotomayor and later this month I will be seeing Chelsea Handler.

University of Texas Football Games

University of Texas Football Games

We are football proud to have The University of Texas Football team and are

Us at a University of Texas Football Game

Us at a University of Texas Football Game

looking forward to having a new coach this year, Charlie Strong.

We also have great baseball, basketball, softball & so many other sports that we are proud of.

We have plenty of Tex-Mex. Torchy’s Tacos and Jack Allen’s Kitchen  make fantastic Guacamole that I must order every time.

Torchy's Taco's

Torchy’s Taco’s

We have some scars. I know some of us in Austin are

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still proud, but of course, some of are not. Outside of Austin we can imagine that we do not look as trusting, but we are a good people.

Yes, I am well travelled. I love visiting other cities &

countries. I have been traveling

Austin Bergstrom International Airport Luggage Pickup

Austin Bergstrom International Airport Luggage Pickup

since I was very young. However, I must admit, my favorite part of my vacation is always coming down the escalator of Austin-Bergstrom

Barbara Jordan Life Size Statue at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

Barbara Jordan Life Size Statue at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

International Airport and seeing those painted guitars where I pick up my luggage as I come home. Even better when I hear the live music in the airport when I come home on the weekends. As I walk out of the airport, I say goodbye to Barbara Jordan and enjoy my city. I remember everyday,

We are all here for love. I am so happy I was born in Ausin, Texas. I am so happy I can spread my love here in Austin, Texas everyday.

I know Austin is a fantastic city & I would love for you to visit, but let me tell you we are full. We have become very popular and have become over populated. We have too much traffic and

Art is sometimes featured along the Trail in Austin

Art is sometimes featured along the Trail in Austin

unfortunately lost a lot of our charm. It seems like everyone is in a rush and we are missing our moto of ‘Keep Austin Weird’. So please visit. I hope you love it as much as I do & oh do I! And all we need is love!

Austin City Limit Population

Austin City Limit Population

Lisa

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