Yvette E. Ruiz

Jan. 24, 2013

One of my favorite days of the month! My Birchbox came in!

Jan. 24, 2013

One of my favorite days of the month! My Birchbox came in!

Jan. 23, 2013
I walk into my desk area to find a square present wrapped in Frosty the Snowman Christmas wrapping. It’s from bestie Sam and her boyfriend Aaron.
Immediately I open it and am presented with the  Best. Christmas. Gift. Ever. In the history of the world. 
The obsession continues. I look forward to hanging this in between our bathroom mirrors, so Kevin gets the benefit of this ever so gracious gift. 

Jan. 23, 2013

I walk into my desk area to find a square present wrapped in Frosty the Snowman Christmas wrapping. It’s from bestie Sam and her boyfriend Aaron.

Immediately I open it and am presented with the Best. Christmas. Gift. Ever. In the history of the world. 

The obsession continues. I look forward to hanging this in between our bathroom mirrors, so Kevin gets the benefit of this ever so gracious gift. 

 Jan. 21, 2013 

Sometimes, you just want pizza. Jan. 21, 2013

Sometimes, you just want pizza.

Jan. 18, 2013

Downtown. East Side. My bestie. And a French 75. 


Mmmmmmmmmm.

Jan. 18, 2013

Downtown. East Side. My bestie. And a French 75.


Mmmmmmmmmm.

Jan. 17, 2013 
A beautiful sunset as seen from my office. Working late is usually never fun, but it felt really good to work on projects that I love and am excited about. 

Jan. 17, 2013 

A beautiful sunset as seen from my office. Working late is usually never fun, but it felt really good to work on projects that I love and am excited about. 

Jan. 3, 2013

As part of a new year goal, I have decided to take one photo a day and publish it on my blog. This is an effort to ensure that I understand that every day is different, appreciated, and significant.

Smarties remind me of my maternal grandfather. While he vastly preferred to give us caramels, he would sometimes surprise us with smarties. Every time we saw him, even if we’d seen him the day before, he’d have a candy in his pocket to give us. It’s like he had an endless supply of caramels and smarties he kept in secret at home. The candies were usually in his right breast shirt pocket and you always knew he had something in there.

I saw my grandparents every Sunday. We were lucky enough to have my immediate family live within a 10 mile radius of each other and they’d drive to their 4 children’s houses and say hello after mass. For 16 years, this was tradition. My grandfather passed away years ago, and seeing the smarties at work the other day simply triggered the memory of him and how good he was to us. The following day, Jan. 4, I had the fortune of being with family as we mourned and celebrated the life of my brother-in-law’s grandfather. He was also a wonderful man, and left a legacy of love and life in his family.

Note to self (and you): Appreciate the people in your life. Make traditions you can live and love by.

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Jan. 1, 2013

As part of a new year goal, I have decided to take one photo a day and publish it on my blog. This is an effort to ensure that I understand that every day is different, appreciated, and significant.

For the first photo of the year, I introduce to you my world-famous Bacon & Chocolate Chip Pancakes topped with an over-easy egg and maple syrup. And don’t fool yourself - I made the pancake batter from scratch. No box mix for the first day of the year.

The only thing that would have made this breakfast better was a mimosa, but drinking the hair of the dog that bit me the night before would not have been a great idea.

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Camping in 28 degree weather.

Camping in 28 degree weather.

Blue Door in Eger, Hungary Red Door in Eger, Hungary Gaudi's Front Door in Barcelona, Spain

I’m finally getting to review my photos from Europe. These are going up on the wall!

Conversation is in trouble. People have been brought up to express themselves rather than to exchange ideas.
— NYT Article on the death of the dinner party: Guess Who Isn’t Coming To Dinner

2 Years Ago Today…

… Nixon was brought home and entered our little family. Happy 2 years, puppy! You are officially the most loved dog in the world! 

How I feel at this very moment.

How I feel at this very moment.

My friends are allowed to stand on bars because they drink so much. Congrats, Donny!

My friends are allowed to stand on bars because they drink so much. Congrats, Donny!

We. Are. Finally. Home.

We. Are. Finally. Home.

Fires in the sky are my favorite.

Fires in the sky are my favorite.