September 23, 2014

National Voter Registration Day 2014

* If you're already registered to vote, CLICK HERE to retweet a message to your friends to remind them to register to vote. If you're not, keep reading. :)

I'm back at work today, because... It's National Voter Registration Day! 

Have you registered to vote? No? CLICK HERE TO REGISTER RIGHT NOW.

Have you moved in the last year? CLICK HERE TO re-REGISTER.

Have you changed your name? (You know, like... if you got married?) CLICK HERE TO re-REGISTER.

Did you just get out of prison? (Ha. You never know...) CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Did you just become a citizen? (Congrats!) CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Do you hate all the political parties and want to become an Independent? (or just change your party in general?) CLICK HERE TO re-REGISTER.

Need a little extra motivation before you register?

--> Watch THIS, and then


Hooray, democracy!

PS Hi, Roxana!

September 17, 2014

Dad Update

My dad had a heart attack late Sunday night. My sister called me de emergencia to tell me she was driving him to the hospital, and in the morning, I hopped on the first flight I could take to make it out.

I'm happy to report that Dad is now stable and well enough to come home! (Apparently after a heart attack, the yardstick for "well enough to go home" is "can walk up a few stairs.") They sent him home with five new medications and a strict diet/exercise regimen (though honestly, my mind is blown, bc they want him to lose 10-15 pounds... idk where from, bc he's already so lean!). Part of his heart is dead, and he won't ever recover full functionality of his heart.

He has to be so, so uber-careful with his health, since he's at such high risk for another attack, but we feel very blessed, because we know things could have been so much worse. And because we've felt love and support from family and friends across countries. Thank you for your words of encouragement, for your calls, your voicemails, your texts. (Speaking of which, I'm sorry I haven't responded to most of them! Please know that they all made a difference to me and were very, very much appreciated!!)

That's all I've got for now.  Thank you again, everyone! Dad report over and out.

September 04, 2014


At the Treasury, that's where.

Our desk

My partner in crime, my VL other half is gone. Of course, I'm really excited for his new opportunity with the Treasury (blah blah blah), but dangitt, I'm going to miss him! I couldn't have asked for a better Communications colleague this last year at VL. I'm better for having worked with, fought with (ha!), and known Jimmy. He became more than just a co-worker, but also a mentor and friend.

Jimmy and Yándary
Yándary and Jimmy

Right now, I think I might even miss being called a cockatoo.

(One time, when I was going to participate in a presidential town hall, Jimmy walked in when I was still in hair & makeup, and the hairdresser was ratting my hair. It was HUGE, and apparently, it frightened Jimmy, who told me, "You look like a cockatoo." Another time, I was getting ready for a last-minute TV interview, and I hadn't done much with my hair that day. I threw it up into what I like to call a "hipster bun," swiped on some lip color + my glasses and was ready to look all librarian-y and smart for my interview. Jimmy walked in and said, "You're gonna fix your hair, right?" On yet another occasion, I was IN the room, ready for an interview (or so I thought), and he walked in, looked at me, and declared, "Don't you have any lipstick?" Me: "I don't WEAR lipstick!" It's a lip stain, Jimmy. Duh! These are the fond memories he's left me with...)

My only complaint is that I still haven't met his dog, Soul. :-/ Good thing he's not dead yet. (Even though this totally sounds like an obituary, doesn't it?)

And just for the record, let it be known that Jimmy's very most FAVORITE thing ever was when I would scootch up next to him and work at his desk. This, he told me, is what he'll miss the very most about working at VL. ;)

Jimmy and Yandary's desk

Enjoy your Yándary-free desk, Jimmy! (Except I know you won't! :P)