Back or kinda

Ok, finally www.thepurpleblug.com brings you here... still don´t know for how long... :-p I just got tired of sending the traffic to other places... this is why I wasn´t blogging that much... also because school is killing me! and I´m still not done... hopefully on monday... So, after all this is over I´ll be finally back on track and attempt to fix whatever happens to the poor blog...

Thank you for sticking with me, and all this mess...

Also, I´m trying to get rid of the adsense thing under the posts... But I can´t... damn thing...

Moving...

As I said on my previous post this blog is undergoing some renovations and is currently dead... :-p

Ok, not really... But we moved the domain and now we are having problems... and since the person that moved it is really busy and I'm getting the hosting for free as a favor I can't demand too much, just be patient...

So, But now that I think about it, I still have 1 or 1 and 1/2 loyal reader who get it on their rss reader, and for them I'm posting this... Just know that TPB is being moved somewhere, prettier I hope... and that I'll keep writing here until that happens... It could have been tomorrow, but I have exam on monday and lots to study... so much that I shouldn't be here anyway... I just wanted to let you know what was going on... and hoping that my faithful readers who go to www.thepurpleblug.com can find a way here... and find out what's going on... If you want a sneak peek at the new blug or what may look like go here

Thank you for being so patient... btw... I made a couple of sales while the blug has been in its coma... so come on, join them and visit my tiny store

After WebConf Latino 08


I´m convinced that going to the WebConf Latino 08 was a huge hit...and also it brings lots of problems...

Well, one problem... that will, most definitively, unravel in many many more...

The desperate need to do things! I want to do everything!! I´m not a designer, but I do have my teeny tiny blog with its teeny tiny shop in some, nearly, undisclosed location.

And I have millions of ideas for possible blogs that, I think, might actually be more interesting or attractive than The Purple Blug(TPB)... And now I want to develop them all at the same time! :-p

Also, TPB has to change... The sidebar is a major mess! And no matter what I remove it still looks cluttered... And come on! I know the color isn´t the most pleasant to watch for a long time... It worked eight months ago when I was just playing with blogger and photoshop...
I still am, but even I know it needs some freshen up...

Most of the things I´ve done have been a huge trial-and-error thing, as it tends to be with most things I do and I´m pleased with the results so far, but I want to make it in a bigger scale... Probably moving the blog to its own hosting(Or Luis' in this case), and blogging in a less messy way... actually getting traffic because of relevant things, not just the sponsored post about Virtual Closet, that keeps bringing me lots of visits...

Changes are afoot... Big ones, little ones and new roads will be finally taken... (Uhhhh, I know... deep... :-p)

Playing with Clay...

I got a lovely package from a RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) from Ravelry with a bunch of Polymer Clay packs, and I quickly got to play with it...

I love polymer clay, it's like going back to those days when I made food with mud (oh, come on, we all did it at least once!) or playing with play-doh... but you can actually keep your masterpieces by just baking it for a little while... the possibilities are endless...

Soooooo, since a friend asked me to make her a figure for her brother I immediately started analizing the one she wanted and hoped I could actually make it... I made it, and it came out looking amazingly similar! And from then on I haven't been able to stop!




Most of them are copies of really pretty ones my friend showed me... but the tiny Harry is completely mine... I think it kinda shows :-p But I love him even more...




Damn, it´s mid-november already!

I know, I know... I´m a liar! :-p
I was supposed to blog more this week and just didn´t... the truth is that his week has been long, boring, and plain weird... Hopefully this new week will be better... Although I did manage to do a few things that I really wanted...

I took photos that I´ve been meaning to take for ages... and I finished reading a book (Born On A Blue Day by Daniel Tammet) and started another one (Arráncame la vida by Angeles Masttreta) :D... and made some polymer clay figures that I had been dying to make...

I´ll upload the photos soon, I still have to sort them and pick the ones I like... And I also have some photos from the Bienal de Artes Visuales... Well, from some activities they did at my school Justify Full:D But also need to sort those ones...

And the polyclay figurines, I still need to take pretty photos of it... and I will... once I make a couple more and bake them all... they are great! :D I´m totally amazed about how they came out...

Yes, I know... promises and more promises... but I´m determined to come out of this really crappy mood I´ve been lately... Also, I think the blog needs a makeover... or something like that... I want to get rid of a lot of junk that I have on the sidebar... and fix the comment system...

For those reading this, thanks for being patient... Must go... Need to watch Desperate Housewives :-p

Post #50!

I gotta be honest, I should be ashamed of myself... 50?! I could have many more... and not silly posts but decent ones, with interesting things... But I'm so lazy... I don't even have a good excuse... ok, maybe I do have an excuse for a week when I was feeling like crap... but that's only one week...
The rest is laziness at its best...
And what brings me here today, you may be asking yourself... Well, I was sitting in front of the computer just pushing F5 every couple of minutes at Facebook and Ravelry and thought "Don't you have more interesting things to do that refresh a page just to see if something ever happens?"
So, here I am!
I think it's hard not to go through these dry spots when you don't have the will to write on your blog... is not that you don't like it, or that you got tired of it... it's just that you forget why you started blogging in the first place...
I started because I wanted to have somewhere to vent from time to time, practice my english, or talk about stuff that I cared about... and, why not? Make some money...
Venting? Yes, there's been some of that.... (Here)
English? Oh, come on!
Stuff I care about? All over the place!
Money? I've done quite well actually... I've earned over $100 in 8 months and 49 posts! That's good for me! And quite a way of proving me that you CAN make money blogging...

I think the whole store business exhausted me a little... All the photo taking and the setting the store up was far more difficult that the blog was when I started... specially when I made my first sale... everything seemed to be going out of hand... The whole getting paid and having to deal with revised invoices on remote control was awful... but I haven't made any more sales soooo everything is at peace at the moment... and, thanks God, my customer was extremely patient and never complained...

ETA. I had to leave for school when I was first writing this... and now when I´m finally publishing this, I checked if it was really post 50 and guess what? It isn´t!!! It´s #48... But since I´m determined to blog more I will not erase it... Even if it´s not quite accurate...
By the way, the giveaway is a bit on hold as it needs to be made more seriously... and not in a rush like the last one... (Sorry Marito... I´ll buy u a Donut to make it up and let you know when I finally do it for real)

Obama or McCain?

I'm just patiently waiting to find out who'll win...
I have the feeling that Obama will be the winner (like many people feel too) but it's only a matter of waiting...
I hope that a new government will make a positive difference not only for Americans, but also for the rest of us...

Now, if you are just bored with all this, head here or here to learn little about the democrats and the republicans and just have a good laugh... I don't necesarely agree with anything you may find on those links... and they are just added here because I was bored...

La Tribuna Cultural

This is going to be a crappy post because it's late and I need to go to bed... Just wanted to let you know that a story I wrote got published on a local newspaper! :D

You can't see it online but I took a photo of it... :D

Click to zoom

Now live...Thingies, my Etsy Shop!


Yes!!! :D I finally accepted the challenge and opened my Etsy Store. (http://thingies.thepurpleblug.com or http://sphinxy.etsy.com) It took a very pushy (yet adorable) girl at Ravelry asking if I sold my jewelry somewhere... It's on very early stages and only has a few things up (because fixing photos is sooooooo stressful!) but I made a huge batch last week.

They are not up yet, I kept waiting for a nice day to take the photos outdoors but that never happened! So I took them indoors with very very bad lighting and getting them ready is taking forever! That's why I haven't made this post. But since the widget is already on my sidebar I figured it was the right thing to do...

Go take a look and let me know what you think... there's a lot of work to be done and I'll love to hear what you have to say...


And to make it more interesting... what about a tiny giveaway? Check out the store and leave a comment on this post before October 12th and I'll randomly pick one of you and send something that will be describe on a later post... something nice... I don't say what exactly here because I came up with the idea while writting this... probably a set of earrings, bracelet and pendant... come on, you know you wanna! ;-)

Stuff...

Not much has happened around here lately, hence the lack of blogging...
Week two of school wasn't all that entertaining (neither was week one for that matter...)
School has started slow... mostly because of, the usual, problems with the school union workers... but they seeem to be temporarely fine... week two started until wednesday because we had two days off (Independence day on the 15th and Teacher's day on the 17th, but they moved it so we could have a long weekend...
Given the time, I tried to work on my Hat-attack weapon, but that didn't work all too well, I've had to frog the hat twice... I am sooooooooo getting killed!
Also, I got a new phone! :D (yes, another one!!)


A Nokia 5610... what a lovely phone... I can actually say I love this phone, not that the motorola z3 was that bad, but this one is great! It has radio, a 3.2mp camera with flash and autofocus, and music dedicated thingies... :D



Also, I have something big to talk about, but that requires a whole different post... and some tweeking anyway... Hopefully, tomorrow I can get it all ready... :D There's a hint on my Twitter widget... and proof on the sidebar :-p


Back to School...

So after, very boring, four weeks I´m going back to school.. the term starts tomorrow at last!
We were supposed to start last week but they decided to delayed it, I´m not entirely sure why; I´m guessing it had to do with an explosion in one of the buildings a couple of weeks ago...

The Pharmacy and Chemistry Building, the oldest building in the university, exploded after apparently the exposure of some chemicals to the heat. About 90% of the inside of the building was destroyed, but since the classes had finished a couple of weeks before there were no students or teachers there...

No other buildings were damaged but they were ruling out contamination on the rest of the campus. The last I heard was that they were getting rid of all the food from the cafeterias. So I´m guessing everything will be just back to normal tomorrow.

To be honest, the days off weren´t so boring, I did managed to get a lot done that I wasn´t really planning to...

The Ravelympics were a blast!
I actually finished 3 projects... and got to try spinning and finished two tiny yarns, about 7 yards each but I only had very little roving... The socks came out great!

Here, have a look at my lovely projects (Ok, almost all of them... there´s a bracelet made with the new handspun yarn, that looks funky...)



Also got to make a bunch of things for my cousins last week... One of them wanted me to make her a hat and I ended up making 2 hats, a headband and two bracelets for them... leaving my shawl abandoned...



Especially or Specially?

Posting a reply on my team's discussion on Ravelry (Go Team HO! - Hopelessly Overcommited, in case you were wondering), I found myself wondering something sooooo silly...

Is it Especially or Specially?

Mostly because the grammar checker that I have installed on Firefox didn't complain of any mistakes in my post... And I was pretty sure that in english it was Special... So, as usual I ran a Google search to clarify my doubt and well, apparently, there is special and especial in English...

Who would have thought so? (Obviously, people with better english than me...)

But their dual existence isn't what brought me to write this, is the fact that they actually have different meanings. I know that's what you would usually expect, but now that makes me realize how little I know... And even more, of how messed up my english is. Most of my english is practiced either here or with an adorable british guy that's patient enough to tell me that I have an awesome english, and there lies my problem.

The english tought in my country is americanized and most of what I read or hear comes from either american writers or american television. (By the way, I hate the fact that the United States is America, what about the rest of the continent? Are we what's been left out or something of that sort?)

Many a time I've found myself wondering "Is that how X is supposed to be written? " when I'm talking with the adorable guy...
Like when I'm talking about my jewelry and he'll say Jewellery (man, i remember feeling so dumb the first time he wrote it, because I thought I was wrong!).

I guess that I'll have to sit a few more years with a dictionary to finally get it... because honestly, I'm not exactly sure I see the point to have Specially and Especially...

Oh, by the way, I know you are wondering what's the difference between them...

"Especially or Specially?

This is a favorite question of grammar checkers. Most of the time there is little or no difference between the words especially and specially.

Special is a common adjective. Specially is its adverb form. Special means "particular, distinguished in a distinct way, or designed for a particular purpose." Specially means "particularly, in a disintguishing manner, or for a particular purpose."

Especial is an uncommon adjective. Especially, its adverb form, is much more common. Especial means "exceptional, noteworthy, or particular." Especially means "exceptionally, in a noteworthy manner, or particularly."

In the sense of "particular" or "particularly," the words mean pretty much the same thing. Often they can be used synonymously. However, if you want to stress the exceptional or noteworthy quality, then especial or especially is a better choice. If you want to stress the distinctive purpose of something, then special or specially is the word you are looking for.

Example: This program has specially designed macros for word processors.
(A distinctive purpose)

Example: He did especially well in All-Star Game.
(A noteworthy performance)"

Taken from EnglishPlus




Finally out of school and Ravelympics...

Sorry for the lack of blogging... between the last few days of this term, and the Ravelympics I've been just a bit too busy...
School is finally over, but I have the enrolment for next term, exactly next week... and I'll be back to school in about three weeks... so there goes summer holiday... :-P

I'm guessing you are wondering what are the Ravelympics........ :-p
Well, this is easy to understand for knitters and crocheters... so if you are either one of those, and are in love with Ravelry, don't read this...

"Ravelry is a place for knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, and dyers to keep track of their yarn, tools and pattern information, and look to others for ideas and inspiration." From Wikipedia.
The place is just awesome, is like crafty facebook or some social networking thing... with lots of yarn, you can have pretty much anything that involves knitting, crocheting and yarn related things easily ordered which is always great... and it's like the pattern central of the web and other realms... and you can see what everyone else is doing and how... it's great to find the different interpretations from all the people that has tried it...

Now the Ravelympics are just amazing!
It's pretty much a spin on the Olympics or an excuse for Ravelers to knit together... We have teams and different events, pretty much like the Olympics... :D
I signed up with about 7 projects... but I'm stuck with the first one... I'm making my first pair of socks, but first I cast on too many stitches, then when I finally got to the third repeat I realized that something was wrong... I had an extra row, and I had to frog (undo) about 12 rows! And since I fixed this, I haven't knitted at all!
So, I'm terribly behind... And the Ravelympics end soon... well, the same day that the olympics do... and I have lots of things to do... most of them are tiny, but the socks are my main project and I'm soooo stuck...
Have a look,
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Where I was and how to learn English....

I know I went missing... I was having a few pretty bad days last week, and decided to vanish from blogging to avoid saying horrible things in my happy blog... (I think the last post was more than enough...)

So, how are things today? Well, boring... It's a really warm day and all I want to do is sleep... but I've been sleeping way too much lately to be good for me... So, I'm staying away from my bed! Unless I'm sitting and I'm reading my book...

Now that I come to think of it, there are so many things that I should consider doing and so little that I really want to do, apart from reading, of course!

What am I reading? Anne Rice's Lasher! (At last!)
I've tried to read this book a million times!
I don't think any of my loyal readers (at least, the ones I dream I have...) know this, but I have to confess it, I'm a huge fan of Anne Rice! Mostly her Vampire Chronicles and the Life of the Mayfair Witches series...

I finished with the Vampires years ago, but I've been sort of forced to read the Witches' books because they are so entangled in the last couple of book from the Vampire Chronicles that I can't help myself... I love the stories so much! All so confusing, yet so appealing....

When you've read so much about this characters you can help but know even the most silly details but get all messed up with the details that you even make them part of your life...

Anne Rice's influence in my life has been quite clear... and I must blame her books as the reason why the English language finally caught me...
I had, for years, tried to learn English by my own means; with, almost, all my cousins (within my same age range) studying in bilingual schools I needed to learn it in order to understand them. And since the English I learned at school wasn't exactly the best you can get, I had to figure out ways to learn it... It wasn't weird to see me reading the chapters of my English books before we even reached them, or reading words out of the dictionary...

I don't think I even analyzed what I was doing, I just wanted to understand, I didn't want to left out...

And then the television was of enormous help, like almost everybody I know, the tv's Closed Caption was the perfect way to learn! Cause, I could hear it and read it... The first few seasons of Dawson's Creek were my teachers (yes, make fun of me all you want! it worked!)
And when I reached the university, I had a pretty decent English... I've never ventured into having a conversation in both English and Spanish without worrying that people would make fun of me, but as most of my friends had graduated from bilingual schools, I just did! For some time, they didn't even know I graduated from an only-Spanish school!

And here's when Anne Rice crossed my path :-p
One of my friends was a huge fan of Anne Rice... I had no idea who she was... I had heard of Interview with the Vampire, but I had never seen it... and after months and months of listening how they talked about it, I decided to get the book 1 of the Vampire Chronicles (None of my friends had it, because someone had borrow it to someone and so on...)
It was sort of my birthday present to myself that year... I decided that I was going to sit with it and a dictionary and read the thing...

In a few days, I finished the book! I barely used the dictionary! And from then on, I was sold!
I was able to get all the books to date from the Chronicles from my friends and at some point if I read a book before one of them, they would even come ask me what a word meant!
How cool is that!?

From time to time, people even asks me where I went to school, and when I tell them where, they look at me and ask "Where did you learn English so well then?"
I know it's not perfect, but it's good enough... and trust me, I practice it everyday (one of the reasons why this blog is written in English!)
Now most of the books I read are in English and most of the sites I visit are in english... From time to time, I even think in English (ridiculous, I know!).

But returning to the main subject, Lasher! I can't read it! Or couldn't... Today I finally passed the doomed pages where I always got stuck! I guess it had to do with the fact that it seemed that Anne had deserted us... After her change to religious literature (Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt and Christ the Lord: The road to Cana) and her bold statement announcing that no more books on Lestat were to be written...

It broke my heart (I'm sorry, I get that passionate about books!)

But writing this post was such a good thing.... I have a tiny gadget on the side of my blog post editor, that shows photos and articles to back up the posts... I barely use it, but I always look at it, you never know when something interesting may come out, even if not to be used here... and I saw this!

Lestat Lives, says Anne Rice and dated 4 months ago...
If by some chance you are fan of her, you understand my happiness... The last book left so many loose ends, so many stories to be told! Maybe one book isn't exactly what we were expecting, but it's better than nothing!

Ok, nevermind... Just checked her website... I guess I'll have to live wondering what would have happened... I think it's cruel to her readers but hey, she knows what she's doing... Still need to finish Lasher to read Taltos and be done with the witches... sadly, at last...

What I'm trying not to learn

Every so often you have a class that makes you wonder, why do I bother?
We've all had those... I've had a few... And I do think that one of the ones that I'm taking this term can be counted as the worse... Or at least it gets into that dreaded Top Five (or is it Bottom Five?) of really bad courses you've taken in order to get a piece of paper that says you are someone....

School isn't always exciting and it actually turns a bit depressant when your Ethics teacher keeps telling you that you can't change the way the world operates nowadays...

How is it possible that he can say that you just can't afford to be ethical?!?!?! I think this is what I'm finding harder to understand!! How an Ethics teacher can tell you that the Journalism is already bad enough and that you can't make anything to change it?

I understand that in Honduran Journalism are plenty of thieves, and people that make the whole profession look like the worst vermin in the world! (If you are Honduran, or have ever been here, paste name here __________________ .)
But I do believe that his position should be to encourage us to change the image that Honduran Journalism has, and try to make it better, not to bluntly crash our dreams (or at least mine), telling us that all we can do is go with the flow and see silently how the whole country goes to hell just for a few bucks!

As if going to a 2 hour class just for this and to hear my classmates try to explain what he should be explaining, wasn't enough... and I say try because he won't let them, interrupting them every two seconds with stupid questions, silly jokes and stories of countless times when a journalist has received money to keep his/her mouth shut.

But I guess he has his reasons, Why go against the whole system? Why try to fight what is already deeply rooted in the national media? Is it all worth it to have a clean conscience? But hey, at least he always makes it clear that he has never taken money from anyone... I guess it's good to discourage us... Who are, after all, the future of the profession...

My sister-in-law's new glasses

Yes, my brother has a new girlfriend (whom I do like! I swear!) and lately she´s been mentioning that she´s getting a new pair of glasses, but she has to wait for a long time, cause she´s getting done at a public hospital...
Glasses conversations always lead to me wanting, nearly dreaming I needed them! I know, silly! I don´t need glasses, no matter how many times I´ve gotten my eyes checked, they are perfect, and yes, I am proud of it, but the thing is, with some many adorable frames I just can´t help myself from wanting a bunch of them...
Like this pair!



I just have to have them!

www.zennioptical.com has so many pretty frames.
And come on, with frames from $8 in so many pretty styles I just can´t stop drooling... Had I seen this site earlier (and had my brother started dating the girl a few days earlier) I would have totally send her there! (Oh, and the shipping is great! Less than $5 for as many glasses as your heart desires!)

Prettily sponsored by www.zennipotical.com

Toncontin is back!

Well, finally some light in this mess!
Just a few minutes ago the President's Private Secretary, Raul Valladares announced that, 36 days after the accident, Toncontin will finally be reopened!

This week, some of the pressure groups that have been involved called out to the citizens of Tegucigalpa to protest against the closure by stopping their cars for five minutes at 10 am and 3 pm.

Taken from La Tribuna

And finally last night, in a news show, the transcript from the flight 390 black box was presented and it apparently demonstrated that the pilot and copilot underestimated the warnings from the air traffic control tower...releasing the airport from blame.

But still after that, the president seemed unwilling to give up. Earlier today he went to the American Embassy's 4th of July Celebration and apparently continued with his position of keeping it closed to Type C and D flights.

At first my mom told me that Mel Zelaya had decided to keep the airport closed and that was his last word, and that was what the Secretary was saying... and since I got too late to her room I couldn't hear what he said. But we changed channels and they were screaming (yes, really!), saying that the airport was finally opened... but until Palmerola was ready, after that it would be closed for C and D flights. But they have to have both the new airport and the new road to Comayagua ready, not just the airport. Which for me, makes all the sense in the world...

I'm so glad that he finally stopped being stubborn. I was getting worried about my grandmother returning from the States... We would have been forced to go pick her up to San Pedro Sula and that was going to be, not-less-than 1,500 lempiras (about $80. Ok, maybe that doesn't sound like much, but it's a ridiculous expense when we live 2 miles away from Toncontin.)

Ingrid Betancourt, free at last!

Now, this has to be one of the best news of all year!

I was at school when I received a phone call from a friend, just to tell me that she had been freed! I couldn't believe it!

Ingrid Betancourt is a Colombian politician who was kidnapped over 6 years ago (February 23rd, 2002) by the FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia - Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia)

Over the last year many have been the news related to her, mostly about her health and the inhuman conditions in which she was being forced to live. Hugo Chavez (President of Venezuela) came up with Operation Emmanuel, where Clara Rojas (Ingrid's campaign manager) was released.
It was named Emmanuel in honor of Rojas' child that was conceived while they were captive.

Also, in April, as the uncertainty about her situation was getting worse and worse (specially after an announcement that she had been in a hunger strike for a few weeks) Nicolas Sarkozy, the President of France announced that he would launch a humanitarian mission to contact the FARC and hopefully get Ingrid's freedom.

Finally, today in an amazing operation Ingrid Betancourt and other 14 hostages were released by Colombian Military Forces.

"Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos said military intelligence agents infiltrated the guerrilla ranks and led the local commander in charge of the hostages, alias Cesar, to believe they were going to take them to Alfonso Cano, the guerrillas' supreme leader.

The hostages, who had been divided in three groups, were taken to a rendezvous where two disguised helicopters piloted by Colombian military agents were waiting. Betancourt said her hands and feet were bound, which she called "humiliating."

The pilots, she said, were posing as members of a relief organization, but "they were dressed like clowns," wearing Che Guevara shirts, so she assumed they were rebels.

But when they were airborne, she looked behind her and saw Cesar, who had treated her so cruelly for so many years, lying on the floor blindfolded.

"The chief of the operation said, 'We're the national army. You're free,'" she said. "The helicopter almost fell from the sky because we were jumping up and down, yelling, crying, hugging one another. We couldn't believe it." " - Excerpt from Internation Herald Tribune.

I don't think that any of the people involved in all this will ever read it, but Congratulations to Colombian Goverment and to Ingrid Betancourt, the 11 colombians and the three americans just a huge HUGE Welcome back!

Yes, I'm excited! I can't help it! Even if the politics in my country are hard to understand, it's amazing to see that somewhere in the world, governments are still fighting for freedom and justice.

And still talking about the airport

I know, it's turning annoying, I know! But right now I'm watching what Mel (our president....) is saying about the airport and I can't help talking about it... apparently, the decision is that it can't be used by big airplanes.......

Wait, we knew that already...

Ok, ok.... for what I understand, the airlines will have to use smaller aircrafts if they want to land in Tegucigalpa... Sadly, I don't hear anything about fixing the airport, just forcing the airlines to use different planes... and obviously, making Palmerola's Base, the new airport...

Now, hear me out... I'm not against it... I think it's a good thing to do! But, come on! How long will that take? It won't be finished in 2 months like he claims! At least not a decent one... I can even imagine the people arriving to a bunch of tents!

And the road to Palmerola... that's another thing! When will that be over?

It's ridiculous that he's nearly forcing all the big international airlines to stop coming to Tegucigalpa...

I have to be honest, I'm worried! Soon after the inauguration ceremony I knew I've made a mistake voting for him... But right now, is really really REALLY embarrassing to know that I actually helped a bit in this mess!

So, What happened with the airport?

Well, it seems like the story will never end... 

The airport remains closed to big aircrafts, without much reason anymore...

After many arguments the president decided that he would re-open it after the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) checked it... So, they came here and checked everything that was supposed to be checked... Obviously, there were things that have to be fixed, that we already knew... like making the runway larger, and lowering some hills... stuff that have been clear for years and years.  But the ICAO said that the airport can be used meanwhile...

But, guess what?

It's still closed!  Now, our wonderful president in his amazing stubbornness has decided that he will create a commission and have then check what the ICAO already check (why? I wonder....  what makes them more knowledgeable than a qualified entity?)

So, now we have to wait until tuesday to see what the commission decides... 

Honestly, I think is dumb... but hey, I'm not ruling the country... so all I can do, is pray that he makes the right decision, but praying didn't work at the inauguration ceremony........

What to do with a huge pink knitted rectangle?

Well, the hat (as expected) came out GIGANTIC! I could fit my head in it twice! Ok, ok, maybe not that much, but it's close!

So, I decided to do something with it, after all, I did have a quite big rectangle... and when I say big, I do mean BIG! Something like 14"x 9". Just imagine that the hat's diameter is 28" and I had cast on for 21" (WTF! What did I do wrong!?) I'm guessing I'm crappy at getting my gauge right!

So, I had this huge pink thing...

What to do? What to do?

So, I created a chart (something like that) and made up some sort of pattern... I picked up some stitches(38 to be exact) and created a flap... and now my gigantic hat, became a handbag! :-D
It actually looks pretty...
I still have to make a strap and I'm planning on lining it... I think it's going to come out great!

Who said I wasted my time knitting a weird looking hat? (Ok, maybe I did... but hey, I feel soooo great because I fixed it...)

School, crafts and more crafts...

I've had a pretty crappy last couple of days... and before that I was caught up with school...
We just started the summer term and since it's supposed to be an intensive term we are having two hour classes, with homework almost everyday and tests and everything! That's why I've gone missing... Also, I've been slightly obsessed with the Euro Cup! I love football!!! Specially big tournaments... you know, World cup, Euro, Olympics...
Sadly, Italy got kicked out today, after an amazing match against Spain... Damn Casillas (Spain 's Goalkeeper)!

Apart from that, I've been trying to knit a silly hat, but it has taken far longer than expected... I even made a scarf in far less time than I've taken to knit this hat! But I'm determined to finish it...

It's a pattern based on a hat worn by Renee Zellweger in Bridget Jones, The Edge of Reason (Yes, I love Bridget Jones!!!!! Sooooo me!) It's so simple, but I'm not sure how it'll look so I'm not quite excited about it... I just have to sew the top and make some pompoms and I'll be done, and probably rip it off after that... :-p

The scarf on the other hand came out great! According to my mom is too skinny, but I love it... It's the first big project I've made in crochet and I'm actually proud of it... (I'd put some pics here, but I don't have any... yet...)

Though I do have pictures of a lovely pair of earrings I made right before writing this post... I found a great video tutorial to make cluster beads (Right Angle Weave Beads) and I just had to give it a try... I made one, and it came out great, so I had to make the other one, to make the pair of earrings...
So, here they are!


I love how they look, and all these years I thought making those things was soooo difficult... I'm thinking on keeping this pair, and making more for the business... and definitively a necklace with larger swarovski crystals....

Label like a Pro

Ever since I started my jewelry business I've been searching for ways to make the presentation more and more professional... You know, creating a nice logo or finally making my own business cards, something that shows that I'm serious about what I'm doing, but it's easier to look around than to do it for real...
There are always nice alternatives, like stickers for the jewelry bags or hangtags like the ones here...
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Digital Printing is made easy by LabelWorldUsa. They offer a wide range of labels for all kind of markets and also bumper stickers, great for fund raising ... If it wasn't a bit out of my budget (Minimum label order $225) I might consider it... But who knows maybe in the future, if my lifetime plan works as expected... (really REALLY long term plan!)

Meanwhile, I guess I'll have to keep to the crafty side and find creative handmade ways while I can finally afford it.

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One week after the plane...

So I've been missing mostly due to the lack of something interesting to blog about... I'm off from school for two weeks and there's not much to do... some knitting and frogging (unraveling), some jewelry making, a bit of cooking and lots of airplane-related conversations....

It seems to be the subject that everyone is talking about lately... Ok, maybe not exactly the airplane... but the airport...

At the moment is still close to big aircrafts... and the plan of moving it to Palmerola is still quite strong... For me it's a terrible idea... and for quite a lot of people, but the president is not accepting his mistake... Lots of people are struggling now that all of the flights are landing in La Mesa (San Pedro Sula) Airport, but the government seems to be ignoring this fact...

The president of the congress said the other day that he didn't care about the financial losses that the companies around the airport were suffering, that he only cared about the human lives... but I wonder, what about the lives of the employees? Of those that depend on the tips that the visitors, that arrive to Toncontin, give them. I'm guessing those lives aren't as important...

Yesterday, the maleteros (the guys that offer to carry the luggage, i don't know the correct word...) went to a meeting with the Major of Tegucigalpa, Ricardo Alvarez, along with other groups that are also having problems because of the closing of the aiport and in an interview their representative informed that their union had decided to send a group of them to San Pedro Sula's Airport for seven days and the money they made would be shared among all of them and then another group will be sent.

I hope that the president realizes that he has taken the wrong decision and that it is not wise to act on impulse. If the airport was as dangerous as the government is claiming, I honestly don't think that important airlines would let their planes land in Toncontin and it would have been shut years ago.

As for the airplane, well, it's still there... and that is a whole different mess... causing huge problems with the traffic and angry people everywhere, specially the people that lives and works near the area where the plane crashed... because they said they were going to take up to 45 days to remove it... now, since they started to protest about it, they've said that they will take two weeks, but I passed by the area today and the plane is still there... and I don't see much difference from the pictures from the day of the accident...



Tegucigalpa throughout disaster

Well, We've certainly had a couple of really difficult days lately...

Yesterday (Thursday 29th), it rained all day... and in the afternoon, when I finally watched the news I found out that it was because there was a hurricane (Hurricane Alma) getting close to Honduras from the Pacific Ocean... Quite scary...

Tegucigalpa was on yellow alert for most of the night, but apparently it changed during the night, because the news papers were quite scandalous... Thankfully, by the time I woke up, the hurricane had gone from a hurricane to a tropical depression...

But I'm guessing that bad things never come alone... I left for school at 9:30 am and about half an hour later, as I was parking at a café, my phone started ringing... it was my dad, to ask me what road I had used...(I tend to use the Anillo Periferico as I find it faster or at least the cars move at a faster pace... As opposed to the Boulevard of the Armed Forces, that as it might be supposedly closer to everywhere it does move far slower... ) So obviously I tell my dad that I took the Anillo and he then tells me that there has been an airplane crash on the road that I should have used to get to the boulevard of the armed forces...

I must say that I, still, am awestruck, the images are heartbreaking...

The Toncontin Airport is known as a very dangerous airport as it has a small runway and the landing is always quite bumpy. Though the last accident was almost over 11 years ago. So, it's not as bad as many people make it seem. What I consider to be the biggest problem here, is how the government keeps stalling the plans that they apparently have to improve the runway, to make it larger.

According to what the news are saying everywhere, the airplane (Flight 390) attempted to land once, but couldn't (bear in mind that, even if the hurricane was now a tropical depression we still have some rain), and tried again and landed too late and wasn't able to stop on time.





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This is being written two days later...

Since I didn't have Internet since the day of the accident because of it, I left the post unfinished and until today it seems to be working properly.

For what I've been told, the plane is still there... Though the technicians of Taca have removed the so-famous black box from the plane.

The death toll remains the same as of Friday (5), thanks god!

Among them, the President of the Banco Centroamericano De Integracion Economica, Harry Brautigam who died of heart failure shortly after leaving the plane; The wife of the Brazilian Ambassador Brian Michael Fraser Neele, Janneth Shantall; The pilot César D'Antonio. The other two, weren't on the plane but on a car that was passing through the area at the moment of the accident. They were students of the UNAH (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras) and UTH (Universidad Tecnologica de Honduras).

Almost 80 people were injured, though most of them have already left the hospitals.

Among the passengers were also an Argentinean Tango group "Compañía Viejo Barrio de Argentina", that was going to perform that very night at the II Festival Rotario de Música. And that, amazingly enough, did present their show, with clear bruises in their faces but obviously rejoiced after the initial shock.

Now the situation is a bit messy, with the president acting without much thought, and saying that the airport will be immediately closed to big aircrafts and that these will be sent to the Soto Cano base in Comayagua. To me, it doesn't make much sense to act like this on pure desperation, for starters the Soto Cano base (Palmerola) is not ready to receive commercial air traffic, and the situation on the Toncontin Airport is not as desperate as it appears. Hopefully they will analize the current situation and act not upon desperation as it usually happens in my country... (like it happened with the famed stickers...) but on well considered and discussed plans.


Down to #32

I was just checking the ranking of the New7Wonders and now the Rio Platano Biosphere is on number 32!!! Until a couple of days ago we were still on position 30...
I know there´s still plenty of time, but it´s not a good thing that we are getting sooo behind...
Come on people, Vote! I can assure you that it´s a beautiful place! That REALLY deserves to win!

Finished Booties!

Just a tiny update on the whole knitting business... :D I started the hat, but wasn't too pleased with the size so I frogged it... and got myself to make the booties, and this is what I came up with...



Hopefully, I'll start the hat sometime tomorrow and get it finished in time...

Knitting for babies...

After my uncle apparently thought that I was pregnant because of the blouse I was wearing today, I´m backing up his image by knitting a baby hat and booties... Not for me obviously, but for my dad´s sister, she had a baby girl last week and we are going to meet her this weekend. It seems like the perfect excuse to knit a little... I do have a bunch of wips (Work In Progress) but I need something small... you know, some instant gratification... :D

This are the patterns that I´ll be using:
-Carissa´s Preemie Hats (Eyelet and/or 2x2 rib version)
-April´s Knit Mary Jane Booties or Saartjes Booties (the Bockstar Way)

They look so adorable and I think they´ll look pretty together, knitted in the same yarn... So, pictures soon...

Not much new...

Hey guys! I'm sorry I've been missing this last few days... But I'm ending the term at school and things have really been hectic...

The documentary is almost finished... all that was left to do was put some details, like the name of the documentary and some guys name that they forgot to put... but apart from that everything was done! :D Sadly they put my name on the credits as writer of the text for it, and I'm quite against it... I would have preferred if they've said something like "editor" or something... because what I really did was edit the text while they were recording the off (what you hear while looking at different images), but at this point there isn't much that I can do...
Apart from that, there isn't much going on...

Waiting to finally finish this term and getting a couple of weeks off... I can't wait! I really want to cook... Cookies and or something like that... but I'm sooooo slow when I cook that I need time to spend all the time I want cooking... I really want to make Carrot Cake... But I need to find some decent recipe, cause I've never made one... Any pointers?

Oh and lastly, my knees are almost as good as new! :D All the pain was totally worth it, they are not entirely fixed but they look sooo much better now! And soon they'll be back to normal... :D

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Bracelets and rings and thingies....

Before writing my posts invasion I spend a very long time doing my daily share of window shopping at Etsy... I have to accept the fact that I am madly in love with Etsy, it's like craftster's heaven! So many pretty things!!! Today I spend all afternoon watching rings! All sizes and colors and materials, there's a tiny teacup that's calling out for me to get it... It's so adorable...
And also the sweetest swarovski crystals' ring that the seller calls a
Finger Necklace!!!!

And I was planning on going to bed, but I was giving a last check on my Google Reader and saw this really easy bracelet on FutureGirl's Blog... :D I am sooo tempted of buying some pretty lace tomorrow and a pretty button... and make one, or a bunch... :D
Damn, I can't! I need to go to get my tests done, and my wounds cleaned and need to see how the documentary is going... but I will make it! Maybe add some tiny beads here and there to make it look more pretty...

Now I'm off to bed... I just saw the bracelet and wanted to post the tutorials link... it looks sooo feminine... It's such a nice touch, spending almost nothing and barely doing anything!

Get a virtual closet!

This is such a cool idea, that I couldn't let it pass! :D ClosetMix.com , A Virtual Closet were you can store the clothes you own and mix them to see how they look together or match the stuff you own with stuff you are considering on buying!

Or, like they say in their site, you can check out what's in your friends closet and help them pick their outfit for that hot date. Or even better, to see how that cool shirt she owns would look with your skirt...

Come on! The possibilities are endless...

You can add stuff, either of clothing you've bought from an online store or take your own pictures and upload them in your account....And you can add your virtual closet to your blog or to your MySpace page and your friends can actually comment you (or criticize) your different outfits, or help you decide what to wear (not in MySpace sadly…)


And as if the whole outfit mixing wasn’t enough, their staff invites you to play Mario Kart and GTA4 against them on your wii! (Lovely job they have!)

So overall I’m loving the site and hopefully after I finish this term at school, I’d get the time to play a little with ClosetMix and upload some of my clothes and do a more advance type of window shopping! :-p

Here's their Press Release, maybe they can explain it better than I did...
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This groundbreaking system gives users the control to virtually “try on” clothes. Users are able to switch tops and bottoms and mix them with all other clothes on the site, including their own, giving them endless outfit possibilities. You can now get in and out of stores faster by printing the outfit that you found on ClosetMix.com and bringing it with you on your next shopping trip. Less searching and more buying!

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Once users add the clothes from their own closet to ClosetMix the fun begins. Users can have their outfits rated by people all over the world – so they know what looks best before stepping out of the house. No more spending hours of pulling apart your closet trying to find the perfect outfit!

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To San Lorenzo and back again...

I've been missing for the last few days cause I had to go on trip for my Periodismo Televisivo II(TV Journalism) class. We have to make a documentary on San Lorenzo, a town in south of Honduras.

San Lorenzo is the bigger city in the departamento of Valle, where you can find the port of Henecan, Honduras port in the pacific.

I left on Friday and came back until Sunday, sadly enough I had a bit of an accident as I was walking into the Mercado Municipal and REALLY hurt my knees... I planned on going out on Saturday night for dinner and after the whole mess I decided not to, it was hard enough to climb the stairs to my hotel room... And now today I had to go to the school's clinic cause they weren't looking any better... It was a good thing that I did, well... not that good... apparently they were infected and they had to clean it ALL! And man, did that hurt!!!! But that was just what I needed! It looks soooo much better now, sadly tomorrow I need to get it cleaned again...

Here are some pictures of the trip, hopefully I can get the documentary video once we finish the edition... It's in spanish, and I probably won't be in any of the shots as it was planned but still... :-p



New7Wonders....Number 28?

I thought I should see how well the Platano River was doing after the minor setback we had last month... and now we are in 28th position!!!!! Why?!
Being out of the competition for three days made us go from 20 to 26, and now, we are in 28!

So, come on people vote! Even if you are not Honduran... :-p We need all the help we can get!

http://www.new7wonders.com/nature/en/nominees/southamerica/c/PlatanoForest/

To blog or not to blog?

Lately, I've been working a little in the blog's backstage, nothing really important, just analizing a bit of the data that I've been getting.... I've realized that a "worked" blog is not as simple as an improvised one... Analizing all these data, and keywords and trying to figure out what widgets and things work... and which ones don't... it's a bit annoying...

But I do like all the work it involves... I guess it has to do with the sense of pride you get...
A blog might not be the most important thing in the world... and many people would still ask me "What's a blog?"(Yeah, they do ask me that.... even owning a laptop with wifi....) but I think it's a good way to vent, or comment on subjects that some people might be curious about, but they've never dared to ask... Like my brother today, asking me about the Cinco de Mayo post....

I still remember when I started to hear about blogs a couple of years ago... it seemed to me like this really silly idea... I mean, why would people read what you have to say... there's much more interesting things to do online... but hey, it could turn out that what you have to say, actually makes sense for someone on the other side of the world.... or maybe it doesn't, but they find it entertaining, silly, or just annoying...

As a journalism student, I think it's a good way to pretend to be one... and also practice my english a bit more (yes, even more!)

I'm still wondering who's reading this blog... I know of a couple of people that check it regularly but there are a few regulars that I have no idea who they are, how they got here, and why they come back...
Leave a comment or just a hi!... I'm eager to hear from you...

Cinco de Mayo?


Mmmmmmm, this is probably the one holiday that really intrigues me... We (Hondurans) have nothing to do with it... but ever since I started watching American television, I´ve wondered what´s with the gringos?
As far as I´ve always understood, Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday... So, what does Americans have to do with it?

For starters, I had no idea what they were celebrating, it all seemed to me like Salsa´s(Sauce, not the rhythm) International Day, Tacos Holiday (when tacos were serve on a all-you-can-eat style) or something of that sort :-P

I know, I know! Silly me... But learning english and trying to comprehend why they pretended to be mexicans for one day was too much for me back then....

According to Wikipedia: "The date is perhaps best recognized in the United States as a date to celebrate the culture and experiences of Americans with Mexican Ancestry".

Ironically enough, In Mexico this holiday is only celebrated in Puebla, as is not an obligated federal holiday. And what it really celebrates is the Battle of Puebla (1862) where the Mexican army defeated French Forces that wanted to invade Mexico.

Ok, you gotta give them some credit... it´s nice that they acknowledge the importance of Mexican people in their own culture... and it´s also a good excuse to party... :-P

*I know that the word Americans sounds quite broad, but I must clarify that I´m not trying to generalize as every person is different. Also, the word gringo is not meant as an insult in any way, so please do not feel insulted by it*

May 1rst: Labour Day

So, May 1st was Labour day and as an aspiring Journalist I had to go take pictures for my Graphic Journalism class (Periodismo Gráfico).

Labour day is "is the commemoration of the Haymarket Massacre in Chicago in 1886, when Chicago police fired on workers during a general strike for the eight hour day, killing a dozen demonstrators".

I´ve always had this preconceived notion of the May 1rst Protest... mainly that it was a really dangerous mess... It was exactly the opposite... It actually seemed like a celebration; with people demanding things but still a celebration :-p

The march started at 8 am, from the Barrio La Granja in Tegucigalpa (Capital City of Honduras) to the Central Park, passing right in front of the National Congress were the fiscales (public prosecutors, I guess...) have been protesting for over three weeks. They began a hunger strike on april 6th "in response to failed negotiations and requests regarding corruption cases". Article on Prosecutor´s Strike.

The labor union workers then arrived at the Central Park, and after all the groups and associations arrived they had an act in memory of Altagracia Fuentes, Secretary of the Confederacion de Trabajadores de Honduras (Confederation of Workers of Honduras) who was killed a couple of weeks ago.

Overall, the event was nice and I really enjoyed being a part of it, not just another person locked in my house watching it evolve on television. And another thing I liked was the fact that I could take pictures of nice spots of Tegucigalpa I could have never taken pictures of out of fear of being robbed... Like the Cathedral and the National Museum... But those will be used in future posts :-p




Make money blogging?

Well, today I finally got approved in PayPerPost! :D

I've been annoyed to no end by someone who kept telling me that I can actually get money by blogging and well, I finally decided to give it a try...

For some reason, I really like PayPerPost, maybe it has to do with all the colors, I'm a sucker for nice color schemes... And maybe it's also because I like the fact that I can actually decide what I write and when I do it. So I won't be forced to write about things I don't like or that have nothing to do with my blog... Unless I want to get lots and lots of money and just kill the blog…….

I’m guessing all (yes, all sounds like a lot! A girl can have big dreams!) the money I make in this venture will be used in getting those things I want to buy online and that I can’t get because my debit card is, almost, all the time on the verge of dying. I’m an amazing window-shopper….

Come on, the internet is the perfect mall! No walking, and you can see anything you want with just a couple of clicks… Like a dvd set that’s just begging me to buy it…;-)

So hopefully I’ll get at least enough to get it… I promise I won’t be annoying and kill the blog with a million sponsored posts… (And yes, I know you’ve noticed the several weird ads on the sidebar, but that’s just me trying out different things… I’m not planning in making this blog an ad showcase with barely enough unique content to keep the ads… Don’t you just hate those blogs?)

Weekend at the Theater...

I went to see the Vagina Monologues on saturday at the university's theater, it was amazing!

I've been hearing about it for quite a long time, mostly on Mexican television, but since I can't go to Mexico to watch it :-P I had to get the audio book, because it was the closer I could get... I wanted so badly to know what was all the fuzz. And well, I loved it! I really like all the different points of view and the way they are told.

In case you don't know about the Vagina Monologues, it was written by Eve Ensler, an American playwright who wrote it "as a response to the guilt and embarrassment that some women still connect with their bodies and/or their sexuality".
It was first performed in 1996, and has been performed in over 100 countries and translated in 45 languages. (Quite amazing, is you ask me....)

A couple of weeks after I heard the audio book, ironically enough I got to see HBO special in Cinemax, and it was everything I had expected... So when I found out about Juana Estrella's (an Ecuadorian actress) performance in the Bamboo Theather Festival(
Link in Spanish), I just couldn't stop myself... I had to be there...

Her monologues were obviously a bit different, targeted for our culture, our country... Like in the first monologue (The flood) making jokes about not being "down there" since the President Carias government (he ruled from 1933 to 1949!) or in "The Vagina Workshop" saying that when she touched herself (the character) she liked to fantasized of... of.... of Mel (Manuel Zelaya Rosales, our current president........
LOL)


It was amazing! I loved every monologue, but as it happened in the audio book, and the tv show, the one that really REALLY touched me was My Vagina was a Village... It's heartbreaking! I remember listening the audio book and just laughing soooooo much... and then reaching to this very sad monologue, and I just couldn't stop listening, it totally caught and at some point the sadness just filled me and I ended up crying (embarrassing, I know! :-p). It's so hard to imagine such terrible ways of torture...

Juana Estrella's performance was incredible! It lived up to my expectations...