Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Sometimes the Curtains Are Just Blue

English Literature was one of my favorite classes in both high school and college.  So much so that I believe I took a few different variations of the class in college, and I may still have the textbooks in a box somewhere out in the garage.  How I didn't end up an English major - well I was going to say I'll never know, but the truth is I know exactly why I didn't.  What do you do with that degree that makes money?

As much as I loved the content of the class, the English Lit instructors sometimes - ok most times - left a lot to be desired.  I came across a graphic in my blog reading that perfectly explains some of my frustrations during class lectures about some gorgeous literature that we had been assigned to read in the previous class:

Photo source:  I have no idea, and I take no credit for this one.

Sometimes the curtains were just fucking blue.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I'm Trying Marilyn...I'm Trying

Photo source:  I have no idea, and  I take no credit for this one.

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Rules Of A Gentleman

In my daily blog reading, I came across a few posts from a Tumblr called "Rules of a Gentleman."  I believe there's one out there called "Rules of a Lady" as well.  Anyhow, it looks like people submit "rules" to be posted on this site.  Truth be told most of these "rules" look like they were submitted by those under the age of 20 who have yet to formulate really thought provoking rules.  But there were a couple that stood out for me:

Photo source:  Rules of a Gentleman

My current manfriend called me "Beautiful" all of the time in the beginning of our correspondence.  I'm guessing he did it with all of the females he was interested in  but it made me feel more than just someone he was trying to pick up on (yes, I totally realize how naive that line of thinking is).  Now he calls me "Sexy" and I'm sure he's not intending for it to feel like a downgrade in what he thinks or feels for me, but honestly, it kinda feels like that.  I'm conflicted by it though because 99.9% of the time, sexy is not how I think of myself.  At all.  So the fact that he does - well, I love it.  As long as he still thinks I'm beautiful too.

I found this one from a different tumblr but along the same lines as the one above:

Photo source: Etiquette for a Gentleman

This one is self explanatory, no?

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Friday, August 26, 2011

So Put On Your Best Boys...and I'll Wear My Pearls...

When the song, "If I Die Young" by The Band Perry first came out on country radio, I would instantly flip the station.  "It's a pretty song, but how morbid," I would think.  And then they kept playing it.  And playing it.  And playing it.  And then pop radio started to pick it up like they have with Lady Antebellum's songs.  And then I found myself absorbing the lyrics, singing it and thinking, these are the lyrics I would have used had I wrote a song about the same subject - especially the bridge:

So put on your best boys
And I'll wear my pearls
What I never did is done

A penny for my thoughts
Oh no I'll sell 'em for a dollar
They're worth so much more
After I'm a goner

And maybe then you'll hear
The words that I've been singing
Funny when you're dead
How people start listening...

Yeah, I still find it a bit morbid, but soulful, honest and sweet at the same time.  So if you know me in my real life and hear me humming the melody or singing the lyrics, don't be alarmed.  It's just a catchy tune with lyrics that spoke to my heart, and if I'm really forthcoming, probably spoke from my own soul at one point in time.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

I Swear...

Photo source: Blueberry Girl

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In Love With A Closet

Photo source:  InStyle magazine

Every once in a while I randomly come across a picture of Mariah Carey's closet.  Wait.  Let me clarify.  I come across a picture of the shoe portion of her closet.  Yes there is a difference.  Her closet is massive.  I'm guessing it's about the size of my entire townhouse...or bigger.  Her closet is like a department store in and of itself.  And I want to move in.  :)

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

One Day - The Movie

Photo source:  I have no idea and I take no credit for this one

I realized I never wrote about seeing this. Probably because my heart was as traumatized by the movie as the book.  Even my mom who hadn't read the book prior to seeing the movie walked out of there like someone had told her the sun would never shine again.  I can't imagine if she had read the book and was able to remember some of the passages of the thoughts of the characters in certain moments that weren't portrayed in the movie.  But it's a good movie.  It's worth seeing because it feels like a very honest portrayal of a love story that develops over 20 years.  It's a beautiful story.  One worth investing some emotion.

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Stuff I Love: All Eyes On Me When I Walk In....

Although not fully recovered from my week of feeling like Shit on Toast, I heard this song over the weekend again in a store, and I found myself strutting around that store singing those lyrics in my head..."All eyes on me when I walk in.  No question that this girl's a 10.  Don't hate me 'cause I'm beautiful. Don't hate me 'cause I'm beautiful..."  "My walk, my talk, the way I's not my fault so please don't trip.  Don't hate me 'cause I'm beautiful..." I would be lying if I said I didn't feel that way sometimes. 

I now have this song on repeat to help get me through this Monday...

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49ers vs. Raiders

Photo source:  Me and my seats weren't bad, huh? :)

The title of this post should have been enough warning for me to stay away from this pre-season 1 game match-up battle of the Bay.  The battle wasn't so much between the actual professional ballers...but between the fans as was evidenced by the headlines that came out of that game.

I didn't think too much of it when my college BFF innocently texted me with "I got free season holder tickets for the 49'ers/Raiders game next Saturday at Candlestick.  Wanna go?"  Uh sure.  I had that Saturday free, and I hadn't been to a professional football game since I was 16...and even then it was really to perform with my high school marching band for the Chicago Bears halftime show and not actually to watch the game.  Candlestick would be meeting its demise here shortly, and it would be a real shame if I'd never actually been to the park once before it goes.  Look at me rationalizing.  I'm good at that.  Rationalizing a situation.

My only hesitation was that it would could get nasty out in the stands quickly....especially with the alcohol that I imagined was being consumed tailgating before a 5pm game...

My above concern was not alleviated as I made my way from the parking lot to the stadium passing a plethora of empty beer, vodka and whiskey bottles along the way.  Chants and trash talking between the fans getting louder and louder...

My BFF and I were there for all of 2 quarters really...the middle ones :)  After witnessing 2 large fights in the stands where multiple arrests were made and police escorting a very drunk man out of our reserved row, we were more than done.  As we made our way around the stadium to the exit in the direction of our car...a few more fights and lots more handcuffed individuals were witnessed.  Yeah, it was time to go.  Apparently there was a bathroom beating and a shooting in the parking lot after the game, which we didn't witness - thank goodness!

I'll say this - I'm glad I love people watching because outside of the potential danger I could have found myself in, this was prime viewing and highly entertaining.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Shit On Toast

Photo source:  I have no idea, and I take no credit for this one.

Apparently this is the theme for how I'm physically feeling this week.  I sure hope my body gets into gear by the weekend.

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By e.e. cummings...

Photo source:  fleurology

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

This Will Not Be Me...

Photo source:  I have no idea, and I take no credit for this one

I'm allergic to cats.  :)

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A Day With A Migraine


Photo source:  I have no idea, and I take no credit for this one.
I would not wish an hour with a migraine let alone a day or more on anyone.  I have a girlfriend right now who has been dealing with a debilitating one for over a month now with little relief in sight.  They've been running every test under the sun on her and have come up with little to explain why she is all of a sudden burdened with them.

I've titled this post a day with a migraine because for me, that's how long they usually last.  And mine started to come on last night, and lasted through my night's "sleep" and into this morning where I really at that point wanted someone to just knock me over the head with a shovel real hard and put me out of my misery.  I've suffered from migaines since I was a wee little girl.  I used to come home from school every day and would have to head straight for bed.  Cool dark room, no sound, feeling of nausea and generally just hating life all the way around.  I was living in southern California at the time (my dad was in the military) so I pretty much visited every military hospital in the area and every military doctor taking every test available at the time to rule out any actual illness that could be treated.  Finally they sent me to the naval hospital in San Diego where a cat scan revealed...nothing.  But they were also aware of certain triggers at the time that may cause these life stealers, including  MSG.  Up until that moment, no one had mentioned dietary triggers, and this was the aha moment for my mom.

For those of you unaware, MSG, or monosodium glutamate, is this "fabulous" ingredient highly used in Asian cuisine to flavor up sauces in some really yummy dishes very easily.  You know where MSG is also highly prominent?  In the soup packets of ramen noodles, which is what I was being fed every morning for breakfast because I LOVE NOODLES.  I am a noodle girl.  I love my rice too, but I LOVE MY NOODLES.   From that moment on, much to my chagrin, I was allowed to have my noodles but not the flavoring that went with them.  And the daily migraines quickly went away.

Not forever though because I still experienced migraines quite frequently, and I learned other triggers that would set them off:  extreme exhaustion, changes in barometric pressure (I always know when rain was heading into the forecast), hangovers (of course), periods of high stress, exceptionally strong periods of PMS, and of course certain food triggers such as wine and MSG.  As I've gotten older and have learned or sensed when something was a trigger for me, the headaches have become far and few between so my tolerance level for them have also lowered.

...which has brought me to today...and my headache this morning and subsequent taking of a sick day at work...or unpaid day as I'm working on contract and don't get "sick days."  Through a combination of sleep, water, a bit of noodles for substance (I told you I was a noodle girl) so I wasn't taking my Excedrin Migraine on and empty stomach, I seem to have overcome the worst of this migraine...thank goodness!

Migraines...just say no!

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The Daily Love

Photo source:  I have no idea, and I take no credit for this one.
You might have noticed that I mention different blogs I read regularly.  With the awesomeness that is Google Reader, I am easily able to keep up with all of the online reading that interests me.  But this isn't an ad for Google Reader.  I just happened to come across another blog post from the founder of The Daily Love, Mastin Kipp.  He has embarked on a similar spiritual and personal development journey that I have undertaken in the last few years.  In his post today, we seem to have arrived in a similar spot.  How do I know?  Because he ended today's post with this:

From my one and only experience with love, I did feel the false sense of easy, breezy flowing love from the beginning.  Granted it was one-sided and ultimately unrequited, but the beginning was soooo easy.  I thought that was the kind of love I wanted, until I realized that the kind of love I want is a real partnership.  A true partnership of a relationship where there is a team effort in every area of the relationship...spiritual, emotional, financial and domestic.  I now understand that what I experienced before was meant to be emotionally easy for me in the beginning to teach me to recognize what it meant to truly love someone unconditionally.  That I didn't spend all of these years wondering what it felt like.  I'm also realizing that this partnership of a relationship I want, this ultimate love that I want in my life - I'm scared to death of it.  So I, like Mastin, "have decided to stick with things longer than I normally would have to see what's on the other side of my own fear."

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Monday, August 15, 2011

I is kind. I is smart. I is important.

Photo source:  I have no idea, and I take no credit for this one.
Remember a couple of days ago when I listed out my "To See" movies?  Well, The Help was first on the agenda and it didn't disappoint.  In fact, it moved me.  So much so that I'm still currently sitting with the feelings and emotions and thoughts that the movie stirred within me.  I was completely distracted from the world around me for at least a good half hour after walking out of the theater.  When I go to see a book made into a movie before I've read the book, I walk out thinking either "Well I don't have to read that now" or "Shit, now I have to read the book."  Guess which thought I walked out with?

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Someone Like You...

That Adele....she's another one where our hearts sing the same songs.

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

This May Be The Scariest of All...

Photo source:  I have no idea, and I take no credit for this one.

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

My Latest "To See" Movie List...

It's been a while since I've been to the movies...oh wait, I went last weekend.  Let me rephrase.  It's been a while since I've hung out at the movies...and by "hung out" I mean see a string of movies in a very short timeframe.  I know - for someone who really loves the dark coolness of a movie theater, the rich sounds from a fabulous sound system and the smell of butter and popcorn wafting through the air, this seems a little strange.  I can only attribute this to...well... having a life.  I would laugh, but I'm being completely serious.  Sadly serious.

Anyhow....these are the movies on my must see list in no particular order....not true...I will most likely be seeing these movies in this exact order:

This book has resided in my Kindle forever.  It's pretty typical that I would be seeing the movie before I got to the book.  Happened with the last Harry Potter book. Bought it the second it came out.  I saw the movie last weekend.  The book is collecting dust on my shelf.

Crazy Stupid Love looks perfect.  Great title.  Great actors. Great preview.  Let's hope the movie doesn't disappoint.

One Day was the last book I've read.  I was incredibly moved and slightly traumatized by it.  I wrote about it here.  The movie's tagline is perfect. "It took one day to meet your soulmate and a lifetime to realize it."

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