Monday, November 30, 2009
now i'm back home and getting ready to wrap some presents and clean out ole jane honda (in preparation for the upcoming weekend's road trip). poor jane. by looking at her, you'd think i didn't love her. that needs to be remedied.
on another note, i have created a pandora station for ma fave christmas song, "christmas wrapping" by the waitresses. it has since created the most hilarious string of christmas music for me to listen to while i do all my holiday things. right now, for example, i'm listening to winger. that's right. winger. i told you it was hilarious.
i am looking forward to finishing up my day off with as much productivity as i began it with. i'm almost there. time to fire up the crock pot and make some dinner.
i hope y'all are having a delightful monday, friends!
i saw the fantastic mr. fox last night with a gal pal. oh! it was lovely. wes anderson rarely missteps. the whole time i was watching it i kept thinking about how the little foxes look like seven. so now i have the fortunate opportunity to imagine him having little adventures like the ones they had.
in reality he is trying to get out onto the balcony to bark at the maintenance men and dogs in the yards behind the apartment complex.
i wish i had more items of interest to share with you guys today but, my head is still fuzzy from a weird night's sleep.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
2. i keep a flashlight in almost every single room of my house.
3. i collect a lot of images of things that speak to me. not like i hear voices; but that somehow represent things that affect me. i have a corkboard above my desk of colours, the drape of clothing, numbers, letters, baby pictures, mismatched odds & ends, and fortune cookie prophecies... they bring me great joy to see every day.
4. i love artwork and images of birds, but i'm afraid to be in very close proximity to birds themselves.
5. i possess a trait considered a "neurologically based phenomenon", called synesthia. this means i attach qualities to time, concepts, objects etc. but i also assign gender to things from letters and numbers, colours, dates, times, and objects to name a few. my mother does too. ours is genetic, not adventitious. learn about it: www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synesthia
6. i'm exceptionally partial to odd numbers.
7. i keep files on a bizarre myriad of things. ranging from potentially useable trivial information, names i like, stuff from ex-boyfriends and old friends, to random things i've gotten in the mail.
i keep coming across this. i imagine this smells like man. like a delicious, corduroy jacket-wearing, takes-walks-in-the-woods-with-you, tom waits-listening type of man. *sigh* Whiskey. No. 006 eau de toilette. http://www.portlandgeneralstore.etsy.com/ $68.
and because i'm an aquarius and well...i like amethysts. oh, and the artist is based out of new orleans. february birthstone, amethyst and gold ornament. $28. http://www.byapryl.etsy.com/
i found out this morning that my great-grandmother is not doing well. that worries me. yes, she is 91 but i cannot bear to think that she may be gone anytime soon. last year was hard enough with all of the people that i lost; losing her would be the end of a great, long era. a piece of my life would effectively remain in the past from that point on. no family homestead to hearken back to being a child, let alone my mother being a child in that house, my grandmother's life in that house. the pear trees and azaleas, the ancient, white iron garden furniture, and the goats in the back yard.
i can imagine the connective thread becoming more and more flimsy between me and the extended family with whom i have very little relationship with.
i have a feeling she and i are more alike than anyone realizes. well, i like to think so anyway. i think had she not had to leave college when her father died, had she not felt the pressure to marry and have a family; she would have done more in the scholarly world. perhaps traveled more.
please send positive healing, and peaceful energies to her today. i didn't know in time to make a trip to see her with my family today; so she is heavy on my mind.
love to all this beautiful day!
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
tonight, when i get home, i want to crawl into bed. alas, i cannot. i have two different events now scheduled for this evening. i'm already beat and i just burned my lunch. come on!
there is a silver lining though (i know, i know). upon opening my mail a few minutes ago, i found probably the most kind and sincere letter from a friend i have ever recieved.
in it extols the merit of our unique friendship, kind words, and a little ditty about the pig of happiness.
and breathe. perhaps i can make it through today without hitting someone after all. thanks friend.
loves to all mis amigas this fine day.
i had a wonderful, low-key thanksgiving with mama and b. we ate, we laughed, we watched the parade, there were naps. it was what a holiday with family should be. then i came home, took a bath, took a nap as well, watched some movies, and rearranged my living room. yeah, i did. i even set up my first big girl christmas tree (artifical) and it's adorable. i haven't decorated it yet because i have to buy low-heat lights (per the tree's package) so my tree won't go up in flames.
i feel i should name this tree. it's got a good personality, it's flexible, optimisic. like shelby eatonton from steel magnolias. hmmmm...
anyway, life is good. i'm always a thankful girl and i'm praying i can make it through the next two days in good spirits (flask anyone? just kidding. sort of.) so that i may relax sunday and monday. we're on the downward slope to the holidays, 3.5 weeks left, folks! let the games begin!
enjoy this beautiful, chilly day!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
adieu for now, amigas!
i am in a silly mood today, a little scattered. perhaps a little smothered and covered as well. we ended up having a rather successful day at the shop which is wonderfully welcomed; and there weren't nearly as many crazies in as usual which was refreshing.
i am very much looking forward to my little lulu thanksgiving tonight. here's what's on my menu...
roasted honey glazed turkey loin (i wish there was a better word than "loin". "loin" makes me shudder a little).
green bean casserole (because i was brought up right)
mashed potatoes & turkey gravy
sauteed sweet potato medallions with brown sugar & cayenne
king's hawaiian rolls
yes, this is all for me tonight. and yes i will be eating leftovers for a week. that's what the rolls are for...sammiches!
tomorrow, my little tradition will be continuing. i started it a few years back. i take all of my clothes that need mending to my mama's house and we watch the parade between her cooking and my stitching away.
this year, however, my mending is limited because i had to get rid of some of that stuff after several years of repairs. so in addition to my handful of things that need a loop stitch or two, i am going to bring all my shoes that need polishing. it feels so decadent. it's challenging to actually realize how practical i can be sometimes. this coming from the woman with rainbow bright sheets on her bed and 400 magazines in her apartment.
i'm feeling the "thanks" faerie fluttering around now and hope y'all all have a fantastic thanksgiving day eve. more to come!
adieu for now, kiddos!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
everyone is in the shop talking about how great it is that they are getting four and five-day weekends this week. all i can say is "good for you!", and "a long weekend! how fun!" etc. i am not sure i would know what to do with myself if i had long holiday weekends. i've done retail and customer service so long, that thanksgiving is always just a one-day-off kind of thing.
i am setting my sights toward a new job/new career, and new city still; yet i still haven't the foggiest how to get started manifesting it all. but i am taking comfort in the idea that i will have holidays off one day. i won't always have to work the day after thanksgiving, or christmas eve or 3 saturdays a month. that's a christmas present to myself as it is.
here's to all my retail/customer service warriors!
nothing throws me off more than housesitting. the way canadians and americans appear to be the same, but aren't really, that's what it's like for me to housesit. it's canadian to my american. and when i cross the border back to the states, i appreciate the difference and beauty of the vacation. there was nothing wrong with canada. it was a nice little excursion in fact; but it just feels so good to see a piggly wiggly and eat a moonpie again. i'm not sure if that made any sense.
i have nothing against canadians or canada in any way. just sayin'.
adieu for now,
Monday, November 23, 2009
enjoy your day friends!
Saturday, November 21, 2009
i also had a fortuitious encounter courtesy of the higher power in regard to someone i had been very angry with for quite some time. i got a much-needed apology, a hug, and some laughs. thanks universe for havin' my back! i feel like a million bucks minus bus fare and a chicken biscuit (i did, afterall stay out waaaaaaaaaay past my bedtime with some awesome friends and giggled a lot). whew! what a week!
a few items of note from the shows:
1. the drummer for deer tick looked like a country bear. awesome.
2. cute kid with green hair, his name was thomas. i like meeting new people. especially if said person is kind of a character, which this youngin was.
3. "i didn't bring ma trampolinin' bra" was one of my favourite quotes from neko's backup vocalist, kelly hogan.
4. deer tick's cover of "maybelline" was R.A.D.
5. neko sang every song i wanted to hear, and did so perfectly.
6. her band is really, truly awesome. how on earth does one find a pedal steel player who can also play banjo? (note- he does not play them both at the same time).
7. my awesome friends who shared this amazing night with me. i love love love love love that we made this memory together!
well, i reckon i should start getting ready for work. love to all this gorgeous saturday!
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
i may be taking another month of the mastercard like i did in august. it was so liberating and since then, i have forgotten all of my brilliant financial lessons i had taught myself.
perhaps i will have another solo night in tonight, for i have a big weekend ahead of me; and THE CHAIR is starting to develop new layers since i cleaned it off last sunday. my horoscope said to avoid being social today (good luck being in retail), so i guess of all the nights to be a hermit, tonight may just need to be one. no one invite me anywhere because i will go and throw everything i just said out the window!
hope your thursdays are gorgeous and peaceful!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
good morning, friends. 'tis wednesday. i have a freshly scrubbed puppy running around the house like a wee, soggy cyclone. it's another beautiful day in north florida. there is a pleasant crispness to the air, and though it dissipates every afternoon, is always welcomed back with open arms by dusk.
i am having a hard time grasping that thanksgiving is right around the corner. whenever someone wants to make plans for next week i have to remind myself that thursday, friday, and saturday are out for this little retailer. remember when you were a kid and it took years for christmas to roll around again? by the time i finish writing this it will be thanksgiving eve.
alright, i need ma coffee.
love to all! keep a-smilin' friends.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
isn't this gorgeous? i would rearrange my entire desk area to make room for this. i can't say i like the idea of destroying books but if they perhaps were in poor condition, then this is the most rad thing i could think of to make something out of it.
'tis tuesday friends. i had a pretty good day off. got all kinds of things done except the errands i needed to run all over town. i stayed up and watched for the meteor shower last night but by one o'clock in the morning, i couldn't see any, so i went to bed. alas, i have never seen a meteor shower. it doesn't help that i had to take a nap to be able to stay up 'til one o'cock in the morning.
ah, rapidly disappearing youth.
well, i woke up this morning with a surging optimism that i hope gets me through the day smoothly. i am in a really unusual place considering recent events. i am thinking a lot and i feel good despite the inherent melancholy associated with the place that i am in right now.
it's a nice change from previous experiences. i hope your days are beautiful and filled with cool forward-pushing stream of optimism too.
love to all.
...off to make the coffee now.
Monday, November 16, 2009
and for those who know me, you know my weird thing for perfect t-shirts. well, i saw this one and, though it is more expensive than i would normally drop for a tee, it's amusing enough that i'm truly considering buying it for myself. nice & naughty t-shirt http://www.storied.etsy.com/ $36
adieu for now, kiddos!
Saturday, November 14, 2009
a lot of soul has been shadowing me in my musical world this week. tom waits, ray lamontagne (good gracious ray!), edward sharpe & the magnetic zeroes, roy orbison, otis redding, and van morrison have been speaking to me so specifically. and i could never be more grateful than in the moment that just passed through me. i feel like my heart and soul are literally being swirled in one of those bathtub drain water cycones. round and round and round and round. it's a beautiful thing.
here's edward sharpe & the magnetic zeroes:
adieu for now friends,
90% of my room is clutter-free. calming, sparse, comfortable. except for THE CHAIR. THE CHAIR is the catch-all for any and everything i don't feel like putting away at a given moment.
there are four layers to THE CHAIR right now.
bottom layer...core of the planet, if you will. the beautiful chair itself. lovely olive green and cream damask print wingback piece of fabulousness that i refuse to give up (no matter how tiny of a place i live in). it's magnetic energy pulls toward it all the following layers.
next: the crust of the planet. seven's toys. every now and then THE CHAIR is empty and when it is, i throw seven's myriad of misfit toys into it so that i may vacuum. there are rope toys, limbs from previously loved stuffed creatures, a squeaky alligator that he hates but was expensive so there it remains, and a tennis ball or three.
next: the basic land mass/earth. this is a decadent layer of laundry that is wearable but not fresh out of the dryer. it needs to be put up but the thought of have to turn everything right-side out and fold and/or put on hangers has prevented said clothing from a) being worn in the meantime and b) staying wrinkle-free.
last: the topographical region, otherwise known as everest. this is a layer of oft-worn items (pajamas, elegantly understated concert tees etc.) and bags of clean laundry. the clean laundry is safely folded and tucked away in said bags so that i have a steady stash of clothing to choose from when in a rush to leave the house (which has pretty much been every day this week).
does anyone else have a weird catch-all spot? i feel a little bashful for THE CHAIR but at least it's contained, sort of, for now.
well, back to work.
1. if you look hard enough you can still find men with george hamilton tans. ew.
2. dutch beer is delicious.
3. mishmash dinners with a gal pal is the best way to get dinner on a friday night before heading out! kudos to miss a for the addition of apricots and almonds to the brussel sprouts p.s.
4. sometimes people sounds crazy when they discuss astrology. noted. not like it'll stop me too much.
5. it doesn't matter how many times i have seen it, i can watch the gilmore girls and still be interested. which is how i stayed up until 1 a.m.
i hope your weekend is off to a great start, friends!
Friday, November 13, 2009
i am trying not to rain on everyone's parade. mostly because i don't want to talk about it, but also because people in general don't have a lot of patience for grief, i've noticed. i, quite frankly, can admit i am one of them sometimes. it isn't a horrible thing, it's just human nature to keep wanting to move forward. humans are like that and whether we want it to or not, life is like that. the train keeps rolling out of the station and you're either on it or not.
i hope today is filled with smiles and laughter for y'all today. i'm certainly striving for the same!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
deena & ozzy felted wool hat $38 http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/
my remember the fiery furnaces concert tee $20 http://www.thefieryfurnaces.com/
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
the windy, rainy, dark day has been a rather good one. it was good to have something else to focus on today. the store did well with our event and i'm comforted by the fact that i only have 30 hours left of work this week before i can rest in a little peace.
i'm happy to be here today. to be alive. to have things that make me laugh and bring me comfort. to have music that speaks to me and for me.
here's a taste to get you through the hours, friends. it's one of my favourite songs by ben harper. diamonds on the inside.
my friends have been taking good care of me. i went to lunch, a movie, and dinner with them. that was nice. i'm super out of it and the windy, rainy, dark days thanks to Ida, have aided in my desire to hole up at the funky little shack and disappear.
because i'm not out and out talking about it people are just finding out through the grapevine. so it's amusing these random messages of well-wishings coming my way. it actually helps.
waking up helps. golden corral last night helped. charlie brown thanksgiving helped. seven helps. coffee is about to help too i think.
life is good, right friends?
enjoy this blustery, rainy day. it's a snuggle in day.
adieu for now,
Monday, November 9, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
i hope your sundays are far brighter.
adieu for now friends,
Saturday, November 7, 2009
2. the lovely fall weather and sunshine.
3. good music that fits the ever-undulating sea of emotions in which i swim.
4. a certain little buddy running around the house with a tennis ball in his mouth.
5. not being at work today or monday.
6. the funky little shack. the perfect hidey hole.
7. being alive and cognoscente of the intricate workings of my somewhat crazy minefield of a brain.
adieu for now saturdayers.
Friday, November 6, 2009
adieu for now,
Thursday, November 5, 2009
so anyway, last night i made a butternut squash-based version of my corn & sausage chowder, i was so excited to try it and realized as i sat down with a big chunk of bread and a heaping bowl full of soup... i had left out the corn. that's right. i had sausage, potato, butternut squash soup and quite frankly, it was quite yummy. next time i'll make a note to to forget one of the KEY INGREDIENTS! i thought it was hilarious!
well, with that little anecdote, i must run. only 30 minutes left before i have to actually be at the store. *sigh*
adieu for now,
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
now, as many of you know, i attend meetings for ACOA (adult child of alcoholics) and yes it is anonymous, but i'm allowed to say i'm a part of it. aaanyway, i was in a much-needed meeting the other day when i had a little brainstorm. "what are the things that give you the most peace?" i asked myself. "what do you do that makes you feel calm and happy?" the answer? well, there are many. the point is, the enlightened part of me told the unenlightened part of me, i need to do whatever those things are, more often.
that could mean, making sure i get enough sleep so that i may get up before dawn and get my dark, quiet fix for the day by walking around the lake; then spend the morning with coffee, and writing, and food, and taking care of myself and the little buddy.
i cannot control the people i work with or their drama, or the people that come in the store who are rude to me; but i can control those two tiny little slices of peace for myself. and breeeeathe.
enjoy your slices, friends! you are loved!
adieu for now,
p.s. is anyone else craving pie now? i sure am!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
alright, well, enough of that. on to the fun stuff. i am about to embark on my tri-annual cosmetic purchasing adventure and because i am so susceptible to advertising, i am toying with a few new things to try on top of the classics that i stock up on. like that new mascara that penelope cruz is the spokesperson for. it looks like a spiky ball on a stick. i have no idea what it's called but i am totally going to try it!
in honour of that silliness, i have made a list of the top 5 (plus a few honourable mentions) beauty products that i will always keep around (as long as they are being made) because they are fabulous! ...and so are you!
i have been addicted to carmex since i was probably fifteen. nothing else helps with my perpetually chapped lips. except maybe drinking more water. love the smell, love the texture, love the price.
dove extra hold hairspray for fine hair is amazing. it's the only one i have found that does what it says it will. a fellow fine-haired fillie introduced it to me. if they ever discontinue it i will buy out every store in town.
now black honey shiny lip tint by clinique is a classic for millions of people. it is one of the first lipsticks my mama ever got me when i was a teenager and thus began my love affair with red lipstick.
dr. bronner's castille soap is one of the most amazing products ever. i used it when i was a teenager and into my twenties. then for some reason stopped buying it all together only to fall back in love with it because of senor mas' addiction to the almond scented version. now that's my favourite! you can refill the bottles, you can use it to wash stinky puppies, your hair, your floors, anything! plus there are a million little things written on the bottle which i read in the shower every morning. love LOVE!
maybelline crushed cranberry lipstick. this is the only image i could get of it, but that's not the colour. it's the perfect strawberry red. most of you will recognize it from any picture taken of me in the past two years in which i have lipstick on. it's inexpensive and kind of stains your lips in a pretty way. it's no coincidence that 3 of my 5 favourite products are lip products. i'm obsessive about them.
honourable mention #1: aromatics elixer by clinique. it's not a cosmetic but it is the definition of "lady" to me. though it smells totally different on everyone, it adore the way it smells on me. a little spicy, with some citrus notes. OH! love it, it's the grooviest! mama use to wear it when i was really little, and it smells awesome on her too!
honourable mention #2: sea breeze astringent. this reminds me of summer in the 80's. i use it almost every night. i love the smell!
what are some of your favourites?
adieu for now,
Monday, November 2, 2009
so, halloween recap:
fun party, felt a little out of place. jello shots were potent. favourite costumes of the night were tammy faye bakker, followed by zack galfanakis from the hangover, little edie, cosmo girl, and glamour shots. pictures to come soon! oh! and my stepdad dressed as braveheart. some kind of fabulous.
on a more awesome note, yesterday was my mama's birthday! we brunched it up, gifted it up, champagned it up, and all in all had a lovely morning/afternoon. i hope you did too mama! i love you very much and am sooooo glad we have each other! i hope you enjoy your week of birthday fun, because you deserve it!!!
have a great monday morning guys, halloween pics to come shortly!