Friday, May 25, 2012

Garden Window - Memorial Day decoration and Party

Hey There:

For my Memorial Day decoration I was planning to have several greeting cards since the holiday is all about remembering the fallen ones, turns out there are no greeting cards! At least none that I could find in 2 stores and I confess I didn't make a special trip to a Hallmark store, I'll try that next time! So this year all I did was place the Red, White and Blue in my garden window.

This time I also added some decor to my apartment complex pathway.

Some sobering facts about this holiday: since 1775 to the present 1,343,812 service members have perished in armed conflicts and 1,529,230 have been wounded (figures from Wikipedia). So this is a good time to take a step back and recognize our military and their contributions.

Now for a bit of fun!

Downtown will be celebrating with Gaslamp Music & Art Festival, on May 26 starting at 1 PM, there will be 37 bands performing at the stages of 22 different venues all over Downtown, with Free Cover until 9 PM (for those venues that have a cover charge) as well as fashion shows and art exhibitions. Click here for the Band Lineup

Personally, I'm hoping to get some beach time! Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

Monday, May 21, 2012

North Park Festival of the Arts

Hey There:

Last weekend we had the annual North Park Festival of the Arts, and since this is my new 'hood I was able to get there walking, no problem with parking for me!

The fun begins at University Avenue & 30th street, with several closed streets that give ample room for music and dance stages, booths, food and a beer garden!

university avenue

What I like about this event is that it's dedicated to the Arts, the booths offered amazing hand crafted items for sale, as well as original paintings, photographs and my favorite: fashion accessories! I couldn't help myself and bought this awesome Day of the Dead necklace and a huge ring from a local artisan. The lady in the booth was great, she even adjusted the chain of the necklace to my taste, I know I'll be wearing both pieces this week!

This video was taken from last year's event and features some of the music, dance and goodies from the festival. And in case you missed this event, on June 2nd you can go to Art Around Adams, it features 2 miles of art with most stores participating and with music along the way.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Garden Window: Cinco de Mayo Decorations and Party!

Hey There:

It's Cinco de Mayo! A Mexican celebration that's Not celebrated in Mexico!! Why this celebration began in the U.S. not even Wikipedia could give me a good answer, but in case you are wondering, Cinco de Mayo is Not Mexican Independence Day, that's on September 16!

So here's a short story about the significance of the date. Back then Mexico had just lost half of its territory in the Mexican-American War, plus had two additional internal wars. The country was totally broke so President Benito Juarez (my all time favorite quote: "Among individuals, as among nations, respect for the rights of others is peace.") issued a moratorium in which all foreign debt payment were to be suspended for two years. Britain and Spain eventually agreed, but France under Napoleon III used this as an excuse to invade Mexico.

The cool part came at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5th, 1862, the Mexican Army was able to defeat the French Army. We won the battle but lost the war and a year later Mexico became part of the French Empire, that lasted only three years, but that's another story. The point is, the date is significant because it is a symbol of unity and national pride, but nobody gets the day of work or school.

Fast forward 150 years and it's a symbol for fun and drinking in the U.S., who am I to go against tradition? This is how I decorated my garden window:

The old couple is Mexican folk art made in paper mache, the colored paper represents the Mexican flag and I made the red cut paper following very easy instructions from Baby Deco blog. All the decor is among the things I already have at home, I originally thought of having empty beer bottles, but didn't get them in time....maybe next year!

Things to do in San Diego:

Fiesta Old Town

Of Course! The place fills up with vendors, food, drinks, music and it's Free to attend, walk around and enjoy the festivities. This is a three day event, starting on Friday May 4th. The best advice I can give you here.....use public transportation!!

San Diego Gaslamp

While they won't be shutting down streets like the do for Mardi Gras or St Patty's lots of bars and restaurants will be having specials...nothing wrong with that!

General Dynamics/Nassco

OK, so this one is not neccesarily typical, but it's pretty awesome. USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE 14) will be Christened and launched on May 5th, the ceremony will start at 7:30 PM, this is an event free and open to the public. The shipyard is located at 2798 East Harbor Drive and you are encouraged to wear long pants, shirt/blouse with sleeves and flat closed-toe shoes.

"Named in honor of the labor leader, USNS Cesar Chavez is the 14th ship of the T-AKE class of dry cargo-ammunition ships that NASSCO is building for the Navy. When the Cesar Chavez joins the fleet in 2012, its primary mission will be to deliver more than 10,000 tons of food, ammunition, fuel and other provisions to combat ships on the move at sea."

I went to a similar event last year and it is truly amazing. I am not one to be excited about military things, but something like this is overwhelming and it doesn't hurt to know that a lot of the labor that creates that enourmous ship comes from my hometown of Mexicali! Here's a clip that I took from last year's launching of USNS William McLean, it was taken with a Flip  recorder so the sound is not the best...still, I get goose bumps every time I watch it.

Free Comic Book Day

OK, so this has nothing to do with Cinco de Mayo, but it will be held on May 5th, so I had to include it!
"Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE to anyone who comes into their stores."
This is the first year I will participate in this event and will be going to Villainous Lair on Adams Ave to check out which comic books are free, click on the link above to check out which participating comic book shop is near you.

So eat, drink, get comic books and have lots of fun this weekend...Happy Cinco de Mayo!!