Saturday, September 30, 2017

Today was a good day.

I am thankful to be alive, to have my health, to have my family to have joy. Sometimes I feel guilty, seeing people around the world not having the opportunities I am lucky to take advantage of. I remind myself I have a purpose. Today I was able to take another step closer towards the goals I've set my mind to. Thank you, God.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

All in my mind, all in my heart.

I have to stop
I'm torturing myself
It could have been all in my imagination
the feeling I felt
the feelings I feel
that so called connection

I have to stop
I'm torturing my heart
Could this just be a silly infatuation?
the feelings I felt 
the feelings I feel
it's a serious cry of desperation

I have to stop
I'm wrecking my mind
with my constant interrogation
the feelings I felt
the feelings I feel
It's all a delirious situation

Please let it stop
Answer me now
give me the information
the feelings I felt 
the feelings I feel
should I continue being patient?

- C

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Fallen dreams once inspired. They refuse to float and raise hope within. The fire of youth has grown tired and almost faded. Only motivation can reignite and make the flame ardor stronger. We are lost souls looking for the answer to give cause to our fire, to give breath to our passion and direction to our talents.

Monday, January 02, 2017

One of my resolutions for this year is to walk more. I have a goal to walk in the evenings at least 3 times a weeks minimum of 15 minutes each walk. This will do both Rocks and I much good health wise. Today was a bit cold and rainy but I still felt the motivation to get out. We have the cold gear and looks like Rocks enjoyed it.

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Sunday, January 01, 2017

My dearest beloved dog Charlie passed away this Friday. I still have much heart-ache. I will miss him greatly.

When I was going through my pictures I came across this blog that I have forgotten to add anything into for years. I came across many posts of Charlie and pictures throughout the years. This was such a great find in my time of need and desire to consume all the memories of my eldest fur-kid. Because of this I have proposed myself to write more and do more blog post.

 You are welcome to stop by and read up on the original intent of this blog which sub-title I have not changed since first creating this blog... " Ramblings of the day and ongoing written gibberish from Araceli Arroyo" I will more than likely include pics of my other dogs so I can continue to preserve our memories. Thank you for visiting.
Note to self: Stay strong and fear not the feelings in your heart. Give voice to those thoughts and emotions that you tend to suppress in your heart.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

My Oscar Picks

Best Picture - BoyHood, should win... Selma Best Actor - Eddie Redmauyne but they may choose Michael Keaton Best Actress - Juliann Moore Supporting Actor - JK Lewis Supporting Actress - Patricia Arquette Best Director - iraƱatu Best song - Selma, should win Everything is Awesome

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Oscar Picks

I entered many ballots, here is the latest..

I felt very conflicted on many of my picks for who I thought should win and who I thought would get selected to win.

Best Picture - I was most entertained with American Hustle and also thought directing of all the various actors was a great undertaking in it of itself - But I think Best Director will go to Martin Scorsese for Wolf of Wall Street.

Best Actor I was torn between Bale and McConaughey - I think they will give it to Matthew McConaughey

Best Actress, was toughest choice for me for different reasons. Sandra Bullock held the entire picture practically by herself. For most of the film it was only her character that had to maintain the suspense and entertainment of the film, Bullock did a great job to do so.  Blanchett was great at playing neurotic troubled woman, but found the character role itself predictable on only on two gears - crazy or numb, with no in-between emotions. I think who should win is Meryl Streep.  I know she was won many already, but she does an excellent job at choosing meaty roles.  She is un recognizable and raw in August Osage County - I think they will give it to Cate Blanchett.

Supporting Actress - I was surprised at Roberts performance and am satisfied with getting an Oscar nomination. Lawrence was great but not enough for an Oscar this year.  Squibb stole the movie in Nebraska but the wining performance should and will probably go to Lupita Nyong'o.

Supporting Actor - Great performances for all the nominees.  This was another I was very conflicted with.  New comer Barkhad Abdi is amazing, Hill captured the character perfectly, Cooper was crazy, Fassbender plays a cruel soul like no other but I believe Jared Leto will win for his excellent rendition of Rayon, his character in Dallas Buyers club.

See my complete official ballot picks -

Monday, April 04, 2011

The Gift of Music

Have you given the gift of music to a young child in your family or circle of friends yet? Kids can appreciate music more than you think. I remember very clearly getting my very own record single (45 rpm record - dating myself here) when I was four and it made me very happy. I then received a kiddy piano when I was five. I firmly believe these early gifts are the reason why I am an avid fan music and why it makes me SO incredibly happy.

Curious to know which record I received? Boogie Oogie Oogie, by A Taste of Honey. Granted Disco has not been esteemed as great music in history but this is probably why most of my favored songs on constant iPod rotation are dance songs. My love of music and genres thankfully expanded since then but I hold a very fond memory for this particular song because of the fact that is was my very own.

Who gives records today? I know that is probably what you are thinking. Honestly, I don't purchase CDs as often as I use to either unless I really want the cover art or there is a great sale. The principle is the same though spend the time with a child and enjoy music together.

When one of my nephew was three/four he would visit me and I remember playing songs and dancing/jumping on the bed with him a bit as well. Hey 'm an auntie I can break the rules a bit! He is now nine and he also remembers screaming Kelly Clarkson's "Since You've Been Gone" at the top of his lungs. Probably not the best song either, don't judge me. Note he also likes some Rolling Stones courtesy of my wide varied collection. I can only hope he also expands his taste across genres. His little brother who is four now actually favors "Hit The Road Jack" by Ray Charles and "Fireflies" by Owl City, so I think we'll be OK.

- My two cents for today.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Golden Globe Film Winner Predictions

My prediction for tonight's Golden Globe Awards film categories. I listed who I think should win and who I think will win. I don't watch as much TV as I do movies so I only made selections for cinema categories. (Winner predictions in bold)
(Actual Winners in RED)

Best Motion Picture (Drama) - difficult to choose
Incorrect pick :(
Black Swan
The Fighter
The King's Speech
The Social Network

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama - should and will win
Correct pick :)
Halle Berry – Frankie and Alice
Nicole Kidman – Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence – Winter's Bone
Natalie Portman – Black Swan
Michelle Williams – Blue Valentine

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - should win
Incorrect pick :(
Jesse Eisenberg – The Social Network
Colin Firth – The King's Speech
James Franco – 127 Hours
Ryan Gosling – Blue Valentine
Mark Wahlberg – The Fighter

Best Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical) - will win, Alice is close
Correct pick :)
Alice in Wonderland
The Kids Are All Right
The Tourist

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical - Should win
Incorrect pick :(
Annette Bening – The Kids Are All Right
Anne Hathaway – Love & Other Drugs
Angelina Jolie – The Tourist
Julianne Moore – The Kids Are All Right
Emma Stone – Easy A

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical - Should win
Incorrect pick :(
Johnny Depp – Alice in Wonderland
Johnny Depp – The Tourist
Paul Giamatti – Barney's Version
Jake Gyllenhaal – Love & Other Drugs
Kevin Spacey – Casino Jack

Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Should and will win
Incorrect pick :(
Amy Adams – The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter – The King's Speech
Mila Kunis – Black Swan
Melissa Leo – The Fighter
Jacki Weaver – Animal Kingdom

Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Should and will win
Correct pick :)
Christian Bale – The Fighter
Michael Douglas – Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Andrew Garfield – The Social Network
Jeremy Renner – The Town
Geoffrey Rush – The King's Speech

Best Animated Feature Film - Should and will win
Incorrect pick :(
Despicable Me
How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Toy Story 3

Best Director - Motion Picture - Should win
Incorrect pick :(
Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan
David Fincher – The Social Network
Tom Hooper – The King's Speech
Christopher Nolan – Inception
David O. Russell – The Fighter

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture - Difficult choice should win
Correct pick :)
Simon Beaufoy, Danny Boyle - 127 Hours
Christopher Nolan - Inception
Stuart Blumberg, Lisa Cholodenko - The Kids Are All Right
David Seidler - The King's Speech
Aaron Sorkin - The Social Network