I’ve been told I’m loud on more than one occasion. Okay, on many occasions.

I’m pretty quiet in a large, unfamiliar crowd, but once the proverbial guard is let down, my tongue roars faster than a Mazerati and my voice is completely unsuitable for people within 15 feet of me. I can’t help it. I’m half Puerto Rican…it comes with the package.

When I’m excited (and it seems I get excited more frequently than the average person), I have a tendency to yell and/or shriek. I don’t even realize I’m doing it until people peel away from me and rub their ears. Like I said, it comes with the package.

Yesterday, by the octave of my voice, one could easily assume it was a great day. Despite the horrific weather here in Irvine caused by the Santa Margarita fires (crimson sky, ashes floating everywhere, palpitating heat), I had a totally fun Day After Session in San Juan Capistrano, then rushed home to make dinner for my best friends. Every week we congregate in a different home to watch America’s Next Top Model and the host is in charge of dinner. I’ll usually spring for Thai take-out, but last night I wanted to impress everyone with my mad Chef Boyardee skills, so I made an Italian meal. As we sat down to say a simple prayer before the meal, my heart was so overwhelmed with thankfulness and happiness, I kinda, sorta cried. I squeaked a prayer past the enormous lump in my throat and then thanked my friends and JD for their constant love and support.

And what better way to watch ANTM than in front of a plate of homemade chocolate chip cookies! Ahhh, yes, nothing surpasses a good dose of chocolate, surrounded by friends, watching the painfully annoying Tyra Banks crush a girl’s modeling aspirations! 😉

Just in case any of my blog readers want something to shriek about, look at this…

As I poured milk for a few of my friends to eat with their cookies, I poured myself a glass of orange juice. I drink OJ with all my desserts. I know, I know…some think it’s gross, but I loooove it. There’s just something so unnerving about milk to me. I totally abhor it, so growing up I got accustomed to drinking OJ with sweets.

Go ahead, shriek in disgust.

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  1. chelsea | blueline

    October 25th, 2007 at 7:37 pm

    I drink OJ with my DONUTS!!!! all the time!! love oj. in fact i hate milk except on cereal so we are totally in the same boat…..

  2. cesar perez

    October 25th, 2007 at 7:41 pm

    I loooovve oj…but with cookies? I need my milk! Tanya hates milk…I cant get her to drink it…she’ll eat honey nut cheerios…and leave all the milk! HAte it! Hope all is well in cali and our heart and prayers go out to all of ya’ll

  3. Amy

    October 25th, 2007 at 7:41 pm

    No shrieking here! I can’t stomache a glass of milk either.

  4. Jasmine C.

    October 25th, 2007 at 7:57 pm

    Since I teach, sometimes I forget to turn off my "teaching voice" so I can understand the whole being-unaware-of-how-loudly-I’m-speaking thing.

    Adam says I sometimes forget to turn off my "teaching glare" too. 😉

  5. Ricki Ford

    October 25th, 2007 at 8:05 pm

    I am with you Jasmine, the only milk I can drink is Chocolate.

  6. Amy Martin

    October 25th, 2007 at 8:07 pm

    I SO wish I was a part of an ANTM dinner party group! Right up my alley! 🙂

    ps- I’ve been meaning to email you, so be on the lookout!

  7. jen harris

    October 25th, 2007 at 8:09 pm

    You’ve never scared me by your loudness…of course, I am a "loud one" too. Own it!! 🙂

  8. C.J. Scott

    October 25th, 2007 at 8:18 pm

    Blech…I’d never be caught dead drinking a glass of milk, although I do have the occasional bowl of cereal. Odd too hey?

  9. Chantal

    October 25th, 2007 at 8:22 pm

    Ugh…I’m the same way, I HATE milk, I can’t even watch someone else drink milk, it just makes me gag!

  10. kristen dawn

    October 25th, 2007 at 8:28 pm

    i put ice in my milk!

  11. Jasmine*

    October 25th, 2007 at 8:29 pm

    Okay, just to clarify…I hate milk, but I love cereal, so JD and I had to make a compromise because he likes milk. We now buy Lactaid milk (which is pretty much pretend milk), but I’ll leave it in the bowl after eating all the cereal. And can I please say how NICE it is to have fellow milk haters support me?! Now I can reassure JD that, no, I’m not as weird as he claims I am! 😉

  12. Isabel

    October 25th, 2007 at 8:42 pm

    I’m glad to see it’s not just us Cubans that are loud : )

  13. Regina

    October 25th, 2007 at 8:47 pm

    Oh! Hech Nawh I thought it was Mexican who were the loud ones…No really I knew PR, Cubans and all the other Hispanics around the world were loud but Mexicans are loud too! But I love it and I love that your just as loud as I am. Yummmmm cookies sound so good and especially to a pregnant women.

  14. Jasmine*

    October 25th, 2007 at 8:51 pm

    Regina…THAT’S the problem…the other half of me is MEXICAN! 😀 I was destined for loudness!

  15. Brianna

    October 25th, 2007 at 8:54 pm

    Orange juice with cookies, brownies, cake…whatever else, is GROSS. I don’t care how many co-signers you get. That picture doesn’t quite show how small those glasses are…they were more like a shot glass. I had to eat my last 6 cookies with NO milk!

  16. jaime

    October 25th, 2007 at 9:03 pm

    On ANTM, wasn’t that WACK the way ol’ girl just gave up (I think her name is ebony)! She did not deserve to be there I am so glad Ambreal got to stay. I think Tyra was a bit irritated when Ebony said she wanted to go. I say ahite then girl P-E-A-C-E! Holla Back!

  17. Neal

    October 25th, 2007 at 9:06 pm

    OJ is great with everything. Rather have juice with a meal than any other refreshment.

    Way to take a stand. Long live OJ!! (Okay, Orange Juice so people don’t get confused that I like a freak!)

  18. Kate Federico

    October 25th, 2007 at 9:11 pm

    That’s not too bad. Fed (My husband) drinks OJ with Pepperoni Pizza! YUCK! Talk about acid reflux! P.S. I love ANTM!!!!!

  19. Mallory B

    October 25th, 2007 at 9:11 pm

    Haha, On the other hand. In fact it is OJ that gives me a stomache ache–and I must drink it in moderation. But cookies without milk! I would die!

  20. angel swanson

    October 25th, 2007 at 9:27 pm

    no shrieking here, but i admit i gasped. i absolutely LOVE milk; there is nothing more comforting than an icy cold glass of milk and warm, chewy cookies!! nothing against OJ, though, as long as its pulp free!

  21. Lisa

    October 25th, 2007 at 10:22 pm

    Hey Jasmine! I completely understand the orange juice thing because I too have never been a fan of the liquid calcium either!! Do ya suppose that’s one of the things that makes us artists a bit more creative?! =)

  22. Nataly

    October 25th, 2007 at 10:51 pm

    I think all Latino’s are pretty much loud…don’t let my Dad read this, though! He takes pride in being "calladito." Hah!

  23. Justine Ungaro

    October 25th, 2007 at 10:57 pm

    I am wayyyy behind on ANTM this season but I have it saved on tivo. Sorry Jas, but I have to vote for milk over oj with cookies. 🙂 My weird thing is that I don’t like to cook them all the way. I like to eat them warm and gooey straight out of the oven.

  24. ksen :)

    October 25th, 2007 at 11:13 pm

    hey — i completely agree with you on the OJ thang– i am not a milk fan myself. but a ginormous fan of cookies & treats!! & I also agree with Justine… "warm & gooey straight out of the oven" = perfect. 🙂 i also happen to be loud (or so i have been told many a times)… so i say ‘cheers to oj, cookies & living life loudly!!!" (great post btw!)

  25. Simply Modern Weddings

    October 26th, 2007 at 12:52 am

    oooh I so LOVE ANTM, I tried organizing an ANTM get together with my girls, but everyone’s schedule is madness. LOL on the OJ with the desserts, but everyone likes something different. I am weird about milk sometimes too 🙂

  26. Angela

    October 26th, 2007 at 1:16 am

    Ohhh I loved Top Model last night, Tyson Beckford…..ahhhhhhh. He is one beautiful man. YUMMY!

  27. david baxter

    October 26th, 2007 at 1:35 am

    milk does a body good 🙂 something about oj and chocolate, almost like toothpaste and oj 🙂

  28. kerri mcconnell

    October 26th, 2007 at 1:46 am

    oh david!! oj and toothpaste… there really is nothing worse than that!

  29. Rachel Brooke

    October 26th, 2007 at 2:02 am

    ok im jumping on the "hate milk" bandwagon, but I have got to promote Silk Soy Milk!!! It’s wonderful. Vanilla and chocolate are great!

  30. Donna

    October 26th, 2007 at 2:53 am

    Okay I hate OJ gives me a stomach ache I don’t drink milk either I’m with Rachel On the Soy milk love it!! I have to have ice cream with my cookies that are right out of the oven! That is the best!

  31. Josef

    October 26th, 2007 at 4:15 am

    Umm…do you also eat your cereal with OJ? I’m not a fan of milk, but I think I would shriek if you had your Capt’n Crunch with OJ…Yikes! 🙂

  32. Juliann

    October 26th, 2007 at 9:04 am

    haha, you’re so funny Jasmine. I remember asking my cousin when we were younger, "Why don’t we use orange juice for cereal instead of milk?" She said, "I don’t know." So I poured OJ over a bowl of Frosted Flakes, and I said…"Okay, let’s try it." She looked at it, and stepped away shaking her head and said, "No." "What? Why not?" I put my spoon in, and took a little bite. "Oh…" It taste just like Frosted Flakes and OJ. That’s it, end of story 😛 🙂

  33. Eric

    October 26th, 2007 at 12:17 pm

    you won’t believe this, but last weekend I saw an America’s Next Top Model at a Fashion show outside my apartment here in Austin. I’m 100% sure!

  34. Adam

    October 26th, 2007 at 12:48 pm

    All I can say is Lemon-Aide and chocolate chip cookies!!!! People think I am crazy.. but’s it’s awesome. No to milk!!


  35. Jasmine*

    October 26th, 2007 at 3:10 pm

    Okay, so here’s the truth about my cereal eating tendancies…yes, I tried eating my cereal with OJ (once…and I was a kid..gimme a break!), and I’ll never do it again! 🙂 And, lemonade? Hmm, I may just have to try that one day soon! 😉

  36. kelli

    October 26th, 2007 at 3:12 pm

    I hear ya sister! I’ve never had someone say to me "what did you say? I didn’t hear you." in my life!

  37. Stacy Cross

    October 26th, 2007 at 3:14 pm

    Ewwwwwwwww. 🙂 You nasty.

  38. Joy Nudd

    October 26th, 2007 at 5:24 pm

    We are milk haters as well..Garrett can’t help it, he’s lactose intolerant so he "drinks" Rice Dream and if he can’t find one when we travel, he puts OJ in his cereal 🙂 I like Soymilk!

    love this post!

  39. Dianna M.

    October 26th, 2007 at 6:43 pm

    I don’t like milk either. I only drink it with my milk.
    I was going to make CC cookies today, but then decided against it. Now, I think I’ll make them again. It’s just too tempting.

  40. Mashayla

    October 26th, 2007 at 11:07 pm

    Nice subtle shout out to the Butter Pecan Ricans!!!! I must admit….us Ricans are loud and talk fast. Watch out!!!! Oh and wow…somehow I find myself going to your website on a regular basis. There is something calmy about your art and your passion. I am so proud of you.

  41. Tiffany

    October 27th, 2007 at 1:32 am

    So funny that we just talked about being loud….and Mark shared about my loud in theater movie comments! I love when your PuertoRican loudness comes out…I can relate with my Nicaraguense side!! OJ, so unique! I’ll have to try that one=)

  42. Aaron

    October 27th, 2007 at 6:58 pm

    milk is whack!!!!!!

  43. Scarlett Lillian

    October 28th, 2007 at 3:55 am

    Ahhh fun, I wish I could be there to join the ANTM parties with ya! I’m across the country in spirit with ya!

  44. sofia

    January 10th, 2008 at 4:33 am

    I totally think its a puerto rican thing…my hubby is always yelling at me for being loud. and talking way to fast when excited.

    BTW, I was surfing your blog sorry for the late comment

  45. Barbara Marchante

    January 23rd, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    Funny, my daughter also drinks OJ with her sweets……I love your pictures, wis you were in Miami……

  46. kay english

    July 29th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Ooo! I love thai food too and also America’s next top model. You should try making Thai Iced Teas… they’re super easy!

  47. Susan Fong

    September 24th, 2012 at 3:17 am

    Breathtaking and beautiful!

  48. Susan Fong

    September 24th, 2012 at 3:17 am

    oops that comment was suppose to attach to the bride post above x