Sunday, April 18, 2010

My House Smells Divine

Brewin' up a batch of chai today. Plan on keeping some and giving out the rest. 
Sure do love this stuff!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Got a Heart of Stone? Watch This

Nevermind the cheezy cheese commentator, just watch this lovely video about love. A most unlikely but beautiful love.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Oh Dear

Mrs. Bagley of Cardigan Empire fame 
has a post today 
so very worthy of the minute or two it takes to read it. 
My sentiments exactly, 
dear stylista! 

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Funky Reggae

 Had to add this one. LOVE Natural Mystic by Bob Marley. Reading about the Rastafaris today. Interesting peoples and belief system..


 A little funky Reggae for your pleasure...
 (I was at this show!)

A Little Fashion for Your Saturday Morning

Isn't this just so beautiful?! I love everything from the dress (!!) to the bolero, to the walls, the furniture... 

I'm in love.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Just For Today

For today, for what it's worth, life is good.

Have a great weekend, all.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Rainy Day Sewing Project

Today, I meet up with a friend and we're going to have a sewing fest! I'll be bringing my sewing machine over to her house, then we'll go to the store to shop for fabric and supplies (!), and then we'll sew and knit to our heart's delight. I think we may even whip a lunch and some tea! I know, we're hardcore like that!

This is what I'll be doing. I think she'll be making a simple bag. Can't wait!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010


The lack of posting around here is a direct result of just how much I've been working lately. And I'll tell you, I REALLY don't belong in the superficial, drama-filled, ridiculous world that is cosmetics. BUT, it's the best paying job I've ever had and right now it's paying the bills. But boy oh boy have I had it up to here. Let me tell you. Rrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!

More (and happier) posts in April! Spring has sprung 'round here and my roses are getting ready (my lavender is in full bloom already!)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

What the Fashion World Could Use a Little of Today

When I saw this video about Jordan Christy and her accompanying book on Cardigan Empire this morning, I knew I just had to post it here as well. I am so so so so so so SO happy to see and hear a beautiful young woman speak about modesty and classy behavior and self-respect in such a positive and happy way. This is just the boost I needed today. I have so many friends my age who are sweet and good, but still they're trapped by today's dress "standards" of tight/see-through/barely-there clothes and it makes me not only sad, but seem like I am shy! I'm not shy - I have self respect!

So, please enjoy this lovely young lady speak about something we could use a fashionable resurgance of: modesty and self respect.

Author Jordan Christy from Jordan Christy on Vimeo.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Osmond SISTERS!!!

Or are they??? ...

Ya wanna win a brand new Janome sewing machine? Huh, do ya??? Well, you'd better enter to win real quick-like 'cause the contest is going to end on March 30th. TWO lucky, lucky people are going to win an awesome Janome machine, and if you know anything about me, you know I love me a Janome.

So. Go enter to win. Watch this neat video with the lovely ladies who are hosting this giveaway and hope/pray/wish/plead that you are one of those two winners.

Oh yeah. Lest I forget. There are also ten kits being given away to make some really darling pincushions. You'll see them in the vid.

Good luck!

P.S. If you want to find out if these lovely ladies are Osmonds or not, you're going to have to watch to find out. :)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

My Latest Obsession

 I am head-over-heels about Megan Joy, both musically (oh, her voice!) but also stylistically! She's so funky fresh and fab! SOOO cute!

Have a Beer!!!

 In preparation for one of my very favorite holidays, I'm dancin' a jig!  Having friends over for some authentic and delicious Irish dinner the day after, too. Can't wait! My taste buds are already a waterin'!!

Friday, March 12, 2010

OK, This is Just Badass

Jim Breuer does Metallica. Uh, does it get any better than this??

Monday, March 8, 2010


Or can one really solicit prayers? Because that's what I am in need of right now. Details aside, I am at a crossroads and am in need of clarity and conformation. As well as support and love. I am doing my best to reach out and keep my head above water, which is working so far, but I feel that I need could use a little extra bolstering about now. Like many, many people, I am walking a difficult road and am hoping for easier times ahead.

So, if you've got a minute, say one for me, send me some love, however you do it. I'll receive it and I really will appreciate it. Thanks.

This helps, too.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Mourn With Those Who Mourn

My heart goes out to the entire Osmond family, especially Marie in light of this tragic news.

My heart aches.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Fun Fact

One can almost never have too much garlic.

It's true.


Giveaway, Giveaway, Enter in the Giveaway!

So OF COURSE Sue is bringin' it with the raddest giveaway of the YEAR! A chance to win

(trumpet sounding)

I am making Sue SO. FREAKING. JEALOUS. 


Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Ladies and Gentlemen:

This is what real talent looks like. GOD is this man a star. He is the first star in a long time to actually drive me wild... oooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!! Like curl-your-fingers-and-toes hot. DAMN! He's got an incredible voice like Freddie Mercury, except with bursting sex-appeal. Obviously I could go on and on. But..

I mean, HELLO?!??:

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Friday, February 12, 2010

Three's A Crowd

I have a mean sister. Except, she's mean psychologically and not physically. I don't really know which is worse, but I sure don't like the way she is. She can go piss up a rope, as far as I'm concerned at this point. Although obviously it all still gets under my skin. I just don't know how to make her disappear, even though she's chosen to evade herself from me (can I use evade in that tense?). I really don't like it all, and I am trying to build myself a family outside of those with whom I share blood. Through the courses of our lives, we have become so very different that indeed we are not even friends. It sounds easy to deal with on paper (computer screen?) but it is much harder when you've already lost the bulk of your family to death or famine*. Well, off I am to bed. Not to visit her FaceBook page for a long time now. Ideally, not at all again, but I am an honest lass, so I know I'll be back there before the year's through... *sigh* some people never learn, do they...

*Famine, in this sense, my sense, refers to the dire state of life my family was in due to the choices my parents made in their lifetimes. We were famished in many senses of the word.

Friday, February 5, 2010

I Know What I Know, If You Know What I Mean

 Edie Brickell always reminds me of better days. And I need a little of that these days.

If I Were...

*if I were a day of the week, I'd be Sunday!
*if I were a time of day, I'd be 7AM in the morning.
*if I were a direction, I'd be West.
*if I were a tree, I'd be of the Willow or Oak varieties.
*if I were a tool, I'd be a pair of scissors.
*if I were a flower I'd be of the Hyacinth variety.
*if I were a musical instrument I'd be a harp or a sitar.
*if I were a color, I'd be gold.
*if I were a fruit, I'd be a pomegranate.
*if I were an element, I'd be earth.
*if I were a food, I'd be asparagus.
*if I were a place, I'd be San Francisco.
*if I were a material, I'd be wood.
*if I were a scent, I'd be vanilla.
*if I were an object I'd be a Victorian House.
*if I were a song I'd be Free Bird, I guess...

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Back to the Grind

Well, I'm afraid it's back to the grind for me today. I slept in and have very little time to get ready. So what better way to spend my limited time than blogging?!

G'day to y'all!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

 My mother loved this song and sang it to me when I was a child. That and My Favorite Things. I wouldn't mind seeing Ms. Jones coming here to the Bay in April. Nope, wouldn't mind at all.

New Likes

 The Provo Accoustic Sessions. They're good.

Provo Acoustic Sessions from provo acoustic on Vimeo.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Let Us Talk of Hobbits and Things

My soul is craving The Lord of the Rings, so all I can do while I wait for them to arrive in the mail via NetFlix is watch these trailers. *Sigh* I love these movies.

If I were a character in the movie, I would be an Elf.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

My Metal Addiction

Screams are like sweet lullabies in my ears.

Metal music is as normal and good to me as is the Grateful Dead or Celine Dion. Is that weird to you? I'm sure it is. But metal has been part of my life for many, many years now and I don't know if it will ever part from me.

My love for rock music started when I was a child. The first rock band that I remember choosing to listen to was The Doors. My father gave me a tape and I used to play it in my little WalkMan. I was heavily and permanently influenced by my father's (and mother's, actually) musical tastes, but like most children, my tastes evolved once I flew the nest, and for me that was into metal. A lot of people my age gravitated toward rap or hip-hop or R-n-B, but not me. Metal has just always made sense to me and it doesn't make me feel uncomfortable like I am sure it does to many. The funny part to me is that while I don't need to listen to it every day like my ex-boyfriend, there comes a time every week or so where I literally crave some metal. Sometimes it's Ihsahn, well actually, a lot of the time. And other times it's Metallica or Otep (though that's a story for another day). And I spend a couple of hours listening, enjoying, rocking-the-fuck-out, and then I'm good.

I actually do wonder if this is something that I will do for years to come. If I will be a mom and still listening to metal. Or a grandma! I mean, hey. My grandma still listens to music she listened to when she was my age. Above my computer I've posted a cut-out comic strip from the brilliant Dan Piarro's "Bizarro". It simply says, "SENIOR MOMENT - 2060" and has an old man with all sorts of tattoos and piercings asking, "Now where did I put those car keys?"

Yeah, my generation kicks ass.

Beauty Begs

Again tonight, beauty calls from beyond and beckons to to seen.

Thus, I respond and give you: Ihsahn.


Friday, January 22, 2010


Super funny!

Time Warp

 This is one of my favorite songs from Rocky Horror. And FYI, my favorite character is Riff Raff. *wink, wink*

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

In Conclusion

Regarding lack of trust: I would rather be wrong than be right.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Whadda Ya Gonna Do???

In my Italian kick for the day, I've been missing The Sopranos. What an excellent show... one I wish would've never ended. Sigh. Alas, all good things must come to an end. ;)

Memories, Sweet Memories

Missing my grandmother today, my lovely, warm, Italian grandmother. So what better way to go through pictures than to have Dean Martin playing in the background. Ah, nothing like my grammy and her delicious Italian cooking. I am so proud of my Italian and Irish heritage. I am looking forward to one day doing an ancestral search.

Ah, in the meantime, sway along with me and maka some anti pasto tonight!

Needed Something Beautiful to Look at Today

... and Criss Angel (will always) fit the bill.

Grateful Dead: What Rainy Days Were Made For

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Friday, January 15, 2010

Peter Paul and Mary

 My mother used to sing this song to me as a child and it was indeed a magical story to me. The movie from the 80s will always be dear to my heart.

This is such a beautiful version of the song. Enjoy.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

What Would Jesus Do?

Our Brothers and Sisters in Haiti

From MMW.

This list was compiled by Chris Sacca, and the links are verified legitimate.

1) Text “HAITI” to “90999″ to donate $10 to the Red Cross — Our friends at the US State Department, including Katie Stanton (@kateatstate), very quickly put together this number to channel relief contributions directly to first responders who will be on the ground there.

2) Text “Yele” to 501501 to donate $5 to Yele Haiti –  Wyclef Jean of the Black Eyed Peas created this foundation to permanently improve the lives of the most impoverished in his home country of Haiti. Check out more on Yele Haiti.

3) Donate to Partners in Health (click here) — PIH (@pih_org) is already on the ground in Haiti and mobilizing their relief efforts. If you have heard of Paul Farmer, this is the organization he co-founded. Working to provide health care and education to the poorest of Haiti, PIH is the real deal.

4) Donate to Architecture for Humanity (click here) — Cameron Sinclair (@casinclair) and his non-profit Architecture for Humanity (@archforhumanity) can be found at virtually every developing world disaster site on the planet. These guys are a collection of design and housing geniuses who work tirelessly to provide shelter for the most deserving.

5) Donate to charity:water (click here) — charity:water work to bring clean water to the 1 billion people on the planet who don’t have it. Recently, the organization’s founder Scott Harrison traveled to Haiti to commence operations in that country and already thousands of Haitians have clean water to drink. Every dollar of support to C:W goes fully and immediately to work in the field.

Knit Picky

I am so enjoying learning how to knit. I have wanted to pick it up for some time now and have joyfully discovered what I thought to be true, which is that I am taking to it quite quickly. It's kind of funny though as I don't know anyone in my daily life who knits other than my mother-in-law who is in another state, so I learn from YouTube videos. But visual learning is the only way to understand a visual activity, at least for me. Reading from a book is much more difficult and even just looking at pictures doesn't do the trick. But anyway, it's really fun. AND... I am a certified vegan knitter! OK, well maybe not certified, but I am a dedicated vegan knitter... no wool, silk, or any other animal-derived yarns. Yay!

Monday, January 11, 2010


Impossible, but oh so cool!

Post-Freaky Styley

I remember when this song first hit the airwaves back in '92. I was shocked to my core. This was my first taste of modern rock and it was at that moment that my long and great love affair with said music began and I haven't looked back since. ALWAYS love this song. Seen the band twice, both times good, but sure do wish I was at this show. The crowd is half the beauty of this version! And as always, peace to Hillel.

Oh No You Di-ent!!!

Elana Baker, author of The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance, here describes what it's like to be a giant, Mormon vagina. Pure awesomeness.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Sunday, January 3, 2010

2009: In Review

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