Friday, February 29, 2008

Oh Happy Day

Not only is it Leap Day but it's Opening Day! It might seem trivial to those of you who live in a city where Sephora has been a fixture for some time but for us Boiseans, this is an exciting thing.

Hey, simple things for simple minds, I guess. Happy Friday!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Case In Point

And this is just one of the many reasons I adore Miley. Not for the condiment-chugging factor but because (a) she's obviously a normal kid and (b) she doesn't give a rip.

(I promise to blog something deep and philosophical tomorrow...unless, of course, I find something far more interesting....)

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Inner Voice

There are no words to describe my horror and disgust with this woman. I do not care what is going on in her personal life....there is no excuse. (can't wait for the paranoia to begin when M starts Kindergarten this August....sigh)


Tuesday, February 26, 2008

10 Random Things

As per my blogosphere friends Nik and Ann, I have come up with Ten Random Things about me for your viewing pleasure. (I’m going with Nik’s version which is at the end of your list, tag 5 people to fill this out….to keep the fun going, please let me know when you do this!)

Ten Random Things:

1. I like krab-with-a-K. My paternal grandmother used to make Krab salad and my sister would shrivel her nose in disgust and I would devour it. When no one was looking.

2. I am the last child of three. I am the “baby” of the family. But I’ve always felt like an only child as my sister is six years older and my brother is nearly ten years older.

3. I hate pedicures. Now don’t misunderstand…I love to have painted toes but I HATE having my feet touched. By anyone.

4. I am not a huge proponent of winter. I am a major fan of spring and summer.

5. I feel lonely. A lot of the time. I do not have any close friends (lots of friends but not the kind I call immediately when I have news) so my theory is that this contributes to my feeling of isolation.

6. I wish I felt smarter. I didn’t focus on my academics like I should have. I think I’m smart and very intuitive but wish I was a tad more “book smart”.

7. I have a serious shoe issue. Not because I want to wear them all but because I want to HAVE them all. I have nearly 20+ pairs of shoes that I never wear but I love them because they are works of art. I know. It’s a sickness.

8. I am annoyingly impatient. I have improved on this since having my children but my knee-jerk reaction of jumping the gun still does me in.

9. I like Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus. She’s, quite simply, adorable. (not to mention, talented) And I find her refreshing.

10. While I wouldn’t switch places with anyone ever for no amount of money or fame…..I every so often miss my footloose and fancy free days of going out and whooping it up. But those instances are becoming fewer and further between.

The lovely friends (some with blogs and some not) who have been tagged:

Suzanne

Jessica

Megan

Lori

Steve

Monday, February 25, 2008

Strawberry

Thank you Ana! This was fun and, you're right, it's very accurate!




You Are a Strawberry



You are friendly, outgoing, and well liked by many people.

You are popular, but there's nothing you ordinary or average about you.



You a very interesting person, and you have many facets to your personality.

Sometimes you feel very conflicted. Your different sides of your personality pull at you.



You are a very sensual and passionate person. You are fiery... you can't help it.

In general, you keep your passionate side under wraps. You are only wild in private.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Shake, Rattle & Roll

In my former gypsy days, I lived in San Francisco (and I do believe I left my heart there as well). It was a real learning experience to say the very, very least. It was a pivotal time in my life and, at the risk of sounding corny, magical. I attribute this directly to the simple fact that San Francisco is a unique place. Never have I experienced a place in the world like this fair city. I spent endless hours sitting on the roof of our building (accessed from the fire escape to our flat...ahhhh) watching the fog roll in, swallow up the city only to reveal it an hour later under streaming sunshine. Being a gypsy, I've lived all over the world (okay, not ALL over the world but damn near close) and never, ever have I witnessed something as strange and enchanting as this phenomenon.





The other supernatural experience that was a big learning experience were the earthquakes. I didn't live there during any significant quakes but I did experience tremors on what seemed a regular basis. My roommate warned me that I might notice things moving...the swaying blinds, lampshades trembling, items around the house jumping across their surfaces....she told me not to worry, though....it was normal. I was thrilled upon this revelation. I waited with eagerness for something to fall over and when it did I couldn't believe the softness of it. It was the first time in my life I was really aware that the Earth was a force to be reckoned with.

This morning, after my shower, I retrieved my coffee and plunked down on the bed to watch the latest headlines. I was intrigued to find out news relating to the satellite that was to be shot out of the sky. No news. I took a sip of coffee and felt that old, familiar swaying. Noooooooo. Surely this can't be the case. I must finally be losing my mind.

Thirty seconds later....there it was again. I looked to the blinds - no swaying. I looked to the lampshades - no trembling. I looked at the picture frames - no jumping across their surfaces. Yep, I'm losing my mind.

But.....I wasn't.


(Wells, NV is nearly 250 miles away so that is pretty impressive. But what is more impressive is the fact that I actually felt something and was not losing my mind. We'll leave that for when my daughters enter their teen years.....)

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Hasty

I have a lot of bad habits but, by far, the worst one is my celebrity-watch addiction. In the morning before I go to work, I read the news, check email, read my blogs and....check my tabloid sites like People.com and Perez Hilton. 

There. I said it. I read tabloids.

Today I saw this picture:
Christopher Walken Hasty Pudding

I seriously laughed my ass off.

But I wasn't laughing at him (like I would ever dare laugh at Christopher Walken?!).  I was laughing at myself and the absurdity of my hastiness to judge others.  I mean, it may not be earth-shattering stuff but I certainly have plenty going on in my life.   And yet I waste precious minutes of my (and my family's) day keeping up on this crap?  And I mean crap.  Not only is it a colossal waste of time but I am playing a very big and active part in the breakdown of our society.  Gawd.  The idea of my being a part of that and, even worse, passing judgment on people I don't even know? Horrible.

These people are real human beings.  Real people with real families and real lives and real problems (no matter how surreal they may seem).  It puts it in perspective when I think about the fact that Britney Spears is four years older than my niece (a lovely young lady and also an aspiring actress in LA).  Just the idea of someone passing judgment on her because of how she dresses or where she eats or who she's dating or how she decides to live her life really seems preposterous to me.  I believe we ALL breathe a heavy sigh of relief that our 'teens and 20's weren't documented on film for the whole world to scrutinize and pick apart. 

Needless to say, this part of my morning routine has been tossed in the crapper.  I'm making a lot of changes in my life that have been a long time coming and this one is at the top of that list.  I suppose it's safe to say that mom was right (once again)....if you have nothing nice to say then shaddap!

Friday, February 15, 2008

List of Happy-ness

The blog I read first, ever single day, is Amanda's. She truly inspires me. Not only is she a creative wonder but I marvel at how much she appreciates and loves her family. She reminds me every day to focus on what I love about my own family and the life we share. Thank you Amanda!

Here's my February Ten:

1.
I think if I could listen to this 24/7 without having to listen to anything or anyone else I could and would do it. It's been such a long time since I've heard an album that flows so beautifully.

2.
These are not fancy or expensive (I refuse to believe that style equals a hefty price tag) but I get compliments on them every time I wear them.

3.
Several of my friends are having or have just had babies. I love that I finally have people dear to me that I can "bond" with on parenting and kids. Plus, I just love me some babies.

4.
One word: Easter.

5. The Burpee catalog. We have a large garden area as well as a big portion of our back yard that will be turned into a cutting garden that I simply can not wait to plan, grow and enjoy with my family. The girls have picked out their flowers, the husband and I have picked out the vegetable and herb plants we plan to grow and we can't wait to get started!

6.
Not only have we made the switch to being an "organic" family but we are trying new foods as well. Not new to our palate, per se, but new in the sense of preparation. The biggest revelation is that it takes just as much time to make healthy, whole and organic food as it does to heat up some pre-packaged, pre-made crap. Refreshing.

7.
This is and always will be my favorite place to live. People have a lot of ideas about Boise and what it's like but you just don't understand until you visit this wonderful place. We are growing in so many ways (Anthropologie and Sephora just opened...weeeeee!) but still have a nice, family-friendly, culturally diverse and interesting place to live.

8.
When you become a mom, I really and truly believe this should be given to you. It has changed my life. I may not have time to really do myself up before I walk out the door but this definitely makes all the difference!

9.
Waking up to sunshine and not total darkness. (makes the whole getting-up-and-walking thing a lot more manageable)

10.
The very thought that our summer days on the lake are just a few short months away.....it gets me through the last dregs of Winter.

Afterglow

I read a lot of blogs yesterday (as usual)...almost all of them commenting on Valentine's Day. I have always been very anti-VDay but, as with most things now, after having my girls I find it another fun thing to enjoy mainly because I get to experience it through them. There is no bitterness. No dread of the holiday. Just wide eyes and wonderment and, even if it's sappy, I find that infinitely refreshing.

So here is my day-late contribution to VDay minus the bitterness, minus the bragging of what spendy gift they received (adding to the bitterness), minus the neener-neener-neener factor.

Love where you've been.

Love where you're at.

Love how you think.

Love the power you pack.

Love all that you seek.

Love all that you feel.

Love your rocking emotions

and the thoughts you make real.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

BAWK!

This one is for my friend, Ann. She knows the deal.



(and watch the whole thing...it's so very worth it)

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Fierce.

Very few words are necessary for this post.  

This is my niece.



I'm grateful for her and her many, many talents (brains, beauty, zeal for life, creativity, tenderness, loyalty... I could go on) but the thing I'm most grateful for is that she's a part of my life.

That, and we're from the same gene pool. Maybe that means if I actually get my arse to the gym I could look like that.

Nah.

Monday, February 4, 2008

kissingsohard

I've had the great good fortune of meeting a lot of great people.  While they can be a squirrelly lot (in a very fun way), musicians are just plain fun to be around.  I had a very, very fun experience years and years ago when I was young(er) and living by the seat of my pants.  I was on a holiday (headed home to Boise when I lived in the big city - Seattle) with one of my best girlfriends. We landed in town (late at night and where did we go first?  a bar of course!  my mother can wait!), bellied up to the bar, ordered our drinks and cracked open a local rag to see what was going on while we were in town.  Much to our surprise some very good friends of ours were playing the next night and then....what?  John Doe?  With only a $5 cover?  Praise the Lord and pass the ammo!  We made our plans for the next day....would show up EARLY to get our tickets and BAM!  Big time in the little city!

Long story short, we were amongst a crowd of maybe 50.  We were slightly insulted but more grateful than anything else.  We were lucky enough to hang out with him....not in a can-I-get-your-autograph (story to follow) way but more of a wow-it-seems-like-forever-since-we-talked kind of way.  Don't get me wrong...we got his autograph but it's not what you think.  Our dearest friend Tamara, the coolest teacher in I dare say the world,  is the biggest fan of John Doe.  Not in a come-here-big-fella kind of way (but, come on, who doesn't feel that way about John Doe?) but in a I-have-such-deep-admiration-and-respect sorta way.  The sad part was that she was supposed to come with us but decided to be prudent and stay home to grade papers and be responsible.  So, being the mature, respectable girls we were at the time, we tore down a John Doe poster in the ladies' loo, asked him to sign it and with a sappy, sacharine love note to our friend.  And....he did.  Last I saw her, she still had it hanging in her entryway.

So, anyway.....John Doe. 



Whatta guy.  Every time I went to a show after that encounter he treated me like we were long lost pals.  I'd stand around either before or after his shows, waiting to see if there was an opportunity to say hello and, almost every time, I'd hear him bellow "NONO.... what are YOU doin' here!!!!!".  It honestly was enough just to see him perform (if you ever have the opportunity, do NOT pass it up) but then to be treated as a friend?  Nice.  So very nice.

Tonight I had the iPod on shuffle (recurring theme in my life due to my total and complete lack of an ability to make a decision) and KissingSoHard kept playing.  A rare album but so worth the trouble of finding and acquiring.  I would love to include a clip but Mr. Doe is a hard man to find.  Coinkydink?  I think not.  

Instead, I will include some of my favorite lyrics to a song called "Tragedy by Definition"....a bit serious, but that's how I like 'em.

When it all falls away
I don’t want you to have to be anything
I just want you to be
In love with me
When it all comes down to this
I don’t want you to have to do anything
I just want you to be
In love with me
I would crawl across the yard on my hands and knees
If that would keep you lovin’ me
I never wanna lose you
I see couples bustin’ apart at the seams
This world can be a tragedy

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Song and Dance

Ahhhhh...... Superbowl Sunday. I have never understood football and, therefore, have no interest in it whatsoever. I love watching the commercials during the Superbowl but, honestly, can wait. So, instead....to be completely boring I am doing laundry and enjoying (quite immensely, I'd like to add) TCM's "31 Days of Oscar". Today I've struck it rich as it's one musical after another....starting with "The Bandwagon" which, thanks to my friend Pablo who introduced me to this movie, is one of my all time favorites. I recommend running to Netflix and watching it promptly. Yes. It's that good.

This film has amazing, amazing dance numbers in it. It's one of Fred Astaire's greats, if you ask me. But, even with the sultry, breathtaking dance moves by the one and only Cyd Charisse, there is one number in particular that really, really does it for me. 

You know me.... I have to share a clip. Hope you enjoy!

(I highly advise sticking it out until the very end as my girl Nanette Fabray does one of the funniest schticks I've ever, ever witnessed. Seriously. You'll hit "replay" at least once.)

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Presh.

I am a major fan of the blog. I read a LOT of them. Some of them keep me in touch.  Some of them inspire (actually, most of them do). Some of them make me envious (in a wouldn't-it-be-fun-to-be-them-for-a-day sort of way). Some of them just make me laugh. Some of them motivate me. Some of them intrigue me. But all of them and I mean ALL of them make me feel connected in a very big way.

I found a new blog today. It's weird how I found it (I won't bore you with the details but suffice it to say that it involved a Google image search involving Frances Bean Cobain....don't ask) but I'm ohsoglad I did.

This particular entry really got me but I dare you to read them all and not laugh your ass off.

Friday, February 1, 2008

But enough about me....

I had a wonderful blogosphere experience recently. I read about 25 blogs each day (definitely more inspiring than reading the news!) and one in particular really made my day.... so much so that I left a comment. Much to my surprise, the blogger emailed me to say thank you and to let me know that she thought my blog was funny (blush). It really was enough just to get a warm fuzzy from reading her story about the mom leaving the note (not to mention her wonderful husband calling back to say it was fine) but then to keep the "love" going and contacting me.....well, you get the idea.

So, Suzanne shared a questionnaire with me and I am going to share it with you. Because I'm hoping some of you will respond with your answers. And, keep the good karma train going and do something nice today....it certainly can't hurt.

Favorite Apple:
Fuji (not only is it crisp and not-too-sweet but it's just a cool name)

Elvis, Costello or Presley?
I love me some Elvis Costello but I have to say Presley, as it's something special to me and the husband (something from Elvis engraved on our wedding bands)

Last time you sent a letter (actually had to have stamp sent through the mail):
Does a birthday card count? Oh, and the thank you notes from Christmas that STILL need to be written and mailed. Oy.

Combine 3 men to make the perfect man (don't list your spouse and make us all look bad):
My Papa (maternal grandfather - so sweet and patient), Lester Holt (he's smart but not in a boring way) and Dermot Mulroney (have you SEEN him in "The Wedding Date". *sigh*)

If you had a horse, what would you name it?
Nugget (not sure why but that's what popped into my head right away)

What time in the past do you think you should have lived?
Mid-century...love the fashion and esthetics but the idea of what a woman "should" be doing? Not so much.

One place you would like to visit before you die?
New Zealand.

I wish I would have written that:
"A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them."
— Victor Hugo

If you HAD to BE a character from a Drew Barrymore movie, who would it be:
Sophie Fisher in "Music & Lyrics"

What did you want to be when you were 10 years old:
I can't recall exactly but I'm going to go with rock star.

Favorite line or scene from a movie:
Harrison Ford in "Sabrina" - "I think you know that I love you." Gah. Gets me every time.

What are your signature colors?
I think I'm obligated to say black but I love me some orange.

If the talent Fairy came to your house tonight, what talent would you like her to bestow?
Dance.