Archive for August, 2010

“Your library is your paradise.”

– Desiderius Erasmus

“So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more dangerous to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”

– Jon Krakauer

“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

– Roald Dahl, The Twits

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List All the Items in Your Wallet

  • Driver’s license
  • A small scrap of paper with a shamrock sticker on it
  • A small handwritten note that says “If hunger isn’t the problem then eating isn’t the answer”
  • My SAI lifetime membership card
  • Insurance cards
  • Food Lion/Kroger/ Lady Foot Locker/ Hot Topic/ Subway/Hallmark/ Regal Crown Club/ Starbucks frequent-buyer cards
  • Sheetz fountain drink/ coffee bar/ MTO freebie cards
  • Pics of family
  • Theatre ticket stubs from this summer
  • Obligatory debit card and bank card
  • Loose change/ Cash
  • A recipe for spinach artichoke dip

List the Brand Names You Buy & Swear By

  • Burt’s Bees Garden Tomato Toner
  • St. Ive’s Apricot Facial Scrub for sensitive skin
  • OB tampons (I will *never* use any other brand)
  • Manic Panic hair color
  • Rice & Almond Dream
  • Twinings teas
  • Celestial Seasonings teas
  • Cacique bras (not only do they fit well, but they are made well- they had better be for the 40 bones you spend on each one)

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Erik Hassle- Hurtful

This Swedish newcomer is fresh faced and pop-driven. I really like the tone of his voice; it is clear and emotional and lends itself well to the types of music he writes and covers. He’s also still enough of an unknown to put out great music and not buy into the influences of the fame-monster. He does a great acoustic cover of “Be Mine” with Ellie Goulding.  Check him out!

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  • Challenge:
  1. Listen to 1 ‘get up & go’ song each day.
  2. Get back into the swing of walking by walking at least 4 miles this week.
  3. Finish Michelle’s baby blanket in time for the baby shower Sept. 5.
  4. Keep terror over approaching birthday to a minimum. No hyperventilating. Period.

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  • If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get?

Sushi, creme brulee or cheesecake. Hard to choose between those though.

Ask me anything

  • Who was the best teacher you’ve ever had?

Best traditional teacher? Mr. Meyers from Hidden Valley Jr & then Cave Spring High Schools. My choir teacher, a good friend and the biggest reason I went to school for music education.

Ask me anything

  • What’s the furthest you’ve ever traveled?

Probably New Zealand. We didn’t take the closer route (past Hawaii) but all the way around over Europe and Asia to the pacific islands.

Ask me anything

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This week is a continuation of last week’s thrust entry. I am once again thrusting you backward in time, backward into the mind of an overly emotional young woman. I have always felt things acutely and nothing brings about an attack of accute-emo-itis more than love. Now I’ve never had much luck in the love department (broken engagements, affairs, being left for other men or women, blah blah blahty-blah) but the older I get the more I try and change my outlook on love. It’s a work in progress but I’m getting better at not judging my own value based on how my lovers have treated me. I’m not a sad-sack lump of a spinster. I’m a cool chick with goals and a lot of love to give, in my way. However I choose that to be now. But this girl, the one who’s about to appear below… she didn’t have that outlook. Her entire life was based around becoming a wife and mother. Yep, at the tender age of 13 when she had her first failed relationship & ever since. Up until about 2008. That girl is coming out of the shadows to share these musings with you. Hope you enjoy!

I sit on my bed, looking out of my window.
I watch you get in your car
and drive out of my life

I loved you
I waited for you
I sacrificed for your benefit
And you drifted

When you held me
My worries disappeared.
I forgot all the things
That were going wrong.

Then we began changing,
Our two new selves
Emerging from their cocoons,
And we began drifting.

Now as I sit on my bed,
I love you.
I’ll wait for you,
And you’ll drift away

It is dawn.
And with it comes the tide;
The waves beat in
And the waves retreat.
They fall back and feast upon themselves.
This is the steady breath of the sea.

She sits at the water’s edge
Letting the ocean lick her feet.
She begins to think as she sits:
About life, love, family and faith. 

“My life is good,” she tells herself.
“My love is true,” she hesitates.
“My family is well and my faith steadfast.”
With every thought her certainty wavers and
As she thinks, she sighs. And weeps.
With every thought Mother Sea breates on.

The sun has slipped into his starry bed; and
The moon now shines in her haunting beauty.
Mother Sea lives, still singing her life-breath.

“My life is randon. Do I matter?
My love is chaotic. Should I end it?
My family is a unit and I the outsider.
My faith is sporadic.”

There on the beach she kneels and prays for change.
Slowly, reverently she turns and walks home.

It is dawn,
And with it comes the tide.
The waves beat in
And the waves retreat.
This is the stronghold of life,
The unerring breath of the sea.

Again she sits on the beach
Letting the waves kiss a path up her legs.
Once again she begins to think
About life, love, family and faith.

“It is good.”

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“A healthy male adult bore consumes each year one and a half times his own weight in other people’s patience.”

-John Updike

“I can’t listen to that much Wagner. I start getting the urge to conquer Poland.”

-Woody Allen

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