Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Back together again.

Over the Thanksgiving holidays, I reconnected with my "cousin" (not a real one, but you know those flips-- we are ALL cousins!) Therese who I hadn't seen since a couple of months before Katrina. We both lived in New Orleans for many years together and I remember Felicia (her daughter) when she was just a little baby. This is her now... I can't believe how much she has grown up and I feel like she is just one of us! She is beautiful and I am so proud of her- she is now in College at UWF and I know she will do awesome. I am just glad that she is there in Pensacola so when I am there, we can visit each other. Here is a picture of the group of us at my mom's house including another one of my "cousins" Lynne-- we grew up together since we were little kids.(Back row: Roger, Rachelle, Ron, Therese, Riza and Lynne. Front Row: Felicia, Elizabeth and Divina (Therese's sister)

Therese and Felicia- if you are reading this... thanks for coming over to my parents house! I really hope that not too much time passes until we see each other again but please kiss all the boys for me and tell them that I love them and miss them. Seeing you guys really brought back a ton of memories that I will cherish forever. Visiting me in Lakeview, coming over to the Westbank, getting sushi, Mardi Gras parades, going to Felicia's dance recitals, parties at the house.... I miss you guys so much. It was so fun to be back together again. Until next time.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone from Pensacola, Florida! Just had to post this picture of the delicious fried turkey that my dad just took out of fryer..... yummy!!!!! We are about to eat in an hour or so and we are all busy trying to get dinner done- well, Rachelle and dad are anyway. I hope that everyone is happy, healthy and safe this holiday season! I am thankful to have all of you guys in my life.... miss and love everyone!
Much love, Riza

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Thanks to all for a wonderful birthday!

Just wanted to say thanks to everyone for such an awesome birthday weekend. It was SO special to be able to spend it with everyone and have some quality time with each of you guys. You guys really made me feel special and it just shows me how blessed I am to have such good friends in my life. Friday night, I had the pleasure of having dinner with Dena, Geeta and Kathy at our favorite place which I am sure you have seen on my blog or flickr account many, many times- Cafe Brasil. Thanks Mike for turning me on to that place- you know how much I love to go there! It was a beautiful night with great food, good friends and good wine- thanks to Kathy (since my bottle sucked!). Geeta didn't think she was going to make it on Sat night so we set up a special night for us on Fri nite! The next day my good friend from high school, Carey, picked me up and we got massages together (man, so nice!) and then headed over to Chez Jays for a nice brunch. Funny to sit and have mimossas amongst all the old guys in this dive place right off Ocean blvd in Santa Monica-- but it was perfect to me! We caught up and his birthday was the night before so we treated each other... Scorpios rule! Then that night, we had dinner and game night at Ron's house and it was such a lovely night! Dena made me an awesome red velvet cake (and the pecan decorations on the top were so sweet!) ... its so nice to have a home made cake! She did a terrific job on the cake and I will tell you- its even better the next day! Ron got us some filipino food from this place close by-- we had pancit and egg rolls but can't say that was home made-- sorry dad! Besides the fabulous food and gifts (thanks everyone for all the presents!) - we played a "mean" game of cranium-- and got heated! We had to video some humdinger rounds b/c we couldn't tell who was getting it first and let's just say someone's team kept cheating! Then started a marathon game of texas hold 'em! We should of never started.... After we finished our game and Geeta cleaned out our wallets (beginners luck!), we went to Fred 62 for some breakfast! I couldn't believe we were still up-- it reminded me of when my parents would play mahjong all night long! We were extremely tired but since the sun was coming up and we were a bit hungry, we decided to walk down to Fred 62 for some grub! Walking home, it was so foggy and misty and here are some shots of the empty streets of Los Feliz after a fun birthday night!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Jacqui and Suzanne Visit : HBD Cory

Wow have I been totally lazy lately! Its been so long since I posted last and have so much to catch up on! This past weekend, my good friends Jacqui and Suzanne came down from San Francisco and it had been such a long time since they both have spent any real time in Los Angeles. We had such a great time biking all around Venice and Santa Monica, eating on Main Street at the Library Ale House (which is excellent if you guys haven't been!), biking on the Strand and walking on the Santa Monica Pier. As many visitors as I have had this past year and as many times I have done this, it NEVER gets old and I truly enjoy the views and of course, the GREAT company.
Also that weekend was my friend from high school's birthday- Cory- who I am sure you have seen before on my blog. He plays in a blue grass band called the Dustbowl Cavaliers and had a birthday bash at his place. His band members came over to the house and friends of the band (along with their instruments) and they played sweet music all afternoon. It was a ton of fun and I was glad that Jacqui and Suzanne were able to meet Cory and his friends- all of them are absolutely wonderful!This is a pic of Ron playing with the band towards the end of the night. I could tell he was loving playing the drums again-- too bad they couldn't play longer! I am looking forward to the next jam session...