Saturday, January 31, 2009

Novocaine!

Friday Fill-Ins will follow shortly, but first...

On a particularly bad day -- having had, count it, TWO wisdom teeth pulled out (nay! More like drilled, sliced, yanked, then stitched up), absorbed in no other sensation but raging pain even in my stillness -- it is best to think of something positive, you know, to keep me sane, if anything.

So, to lighten up the mood a little, and in an attempt to make myself feel a bit superior, I would like to recall the best compliments I've ever received (pardon my self-assurance, but I'm in pain!). Trust me when I say there's not a whole lot of the genuine kind. Therefore, I secretly cling to them like oxygen to a prolonged submerged pair of lungs. There are those that people say often; too often that it starts to sound...forced. "You have a very beautiful voice." Sure, you had to say that, my mom's within earshot. "I like your bag, where'd you get it?" You just want me to ask about yours. "I swear, you have the best hair." Get in line. "My, you lost weight!" Oh, bullcrap!

Then there are these...

1. "...I know you're a good girl." Even in true candor, I still manage to find it laughable. Not because I didn't want to believe the person who said it, but because they even had to. It definitely made me soft and appreciative when I heard it, but at the same time I doubted it a little. Am I a good girl, really? (that was rhetorical, by the way, in case you missed it)

2. "Your hair smells nice." Such a casual thing to say, so positively generic, almost elementary...but it definitely made my day. It made such an impact only because it's not something I hear everyday. Nor something this person would say everyday. Not that I stink (I sure hope not). But I guess I was just never the girl-who-looked-like-she-smelled-nice, knowwhatImean? Almost like I was Gandhi in the odor department -- passive -- never stood out even with perfume on.

3. "You're enchanting." It wasn't declared to me right away. The person who told me this (once upon a time), trying to be all mysterious no doubt, said that I was "what Joe Fox's grandfather used to describe the lady who previously owned The Shop Around The Corner in that You've Got Mail movie." Or something like that. The nerd that I was, I rented it out. And just as the 3-generation Foxes convened in the office for some father-son-grandfather bonding, behold, Grandpa Fox says, "she was enchanting." He actually says it again during a walking tour of the newly opened Fox Bookstore. It was heartwarming. If you were called enchanting, wouldn't you feel the same? Definitely NOT something you hear everyday.

4. "You have cute toes." I mean, WTF, right? My toes?!? Seriously? Well, if someone else had said it, I would've thought so. But coming from Obie, I knew he really meant it, the love-sick puppy that he was when he fell for me. lol Anyone who could love my pudgy tentacles could only be the real deal.

5. "There's something about you; you walk into a room and it just...lights up." I remember going through some old letters from high school before I left for the States. This from a guy who probably doesn't even remember writing it (and I hate to admit it, but I don't even remember his last name!!#%). lol Our friendship was short as it was peachy. We may have lost touch through the years, but the banter, the stripling chummy escapades, and the letter (of course) will always be something worth cherishing.

6. "Perhaps the most beautiful friend any [one] could ask for." It was never engraved in stone, nor declared recently, but at least they meant it at that moment. That's good enough for me.

Now, on with the show.

1. I'd really like more drugs right now.

2. Something that rhymes with stuck, or completely undecipherable except to Klingons is the word you'd most often hear me say if I stubbed my toe.

3. Possession is awesome for now.

4. Will take Will Turner over Captain Jack Sparrow.

5. Marshmallows and fire go together like marshmallows and my fiery, welcoming mouth.

6. Some will win, some will lose, some were born to sing the blues, oh, the movie never ends, it goes on and on and on and on.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to sleeping knowing I wouldn't have to wake up early in the morning, tomorrow my plans include nursing my pain more, and Sunday, I want to eat real solid food!

ffi

Thursday, January 29, 2009

3,288 Days


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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Wordless: Sea World, San Diego

10 On Tuesday: Fave Articles Of Clothing I Own

First thing I thought when I saw this week's topic was, "yay!" Now that I'm writing about it, looks like it's gonna be a little tough to narrow down every item of clothing I own to just 10 absolute favorites. Before I reveal my picks, keep in mind that I LOVE fashion and appreciate various kinds of couture -- haute, vintage, and especially wallet-friendly ones (sales are the bomb).

Also, I want to define "articles of clothing" before going any further. As much as I j'adore all my bags, I'm afraid they would have to sit this one out. I believe they can make or break an outfit, but, in this case, are not necessarily items you "wear on" your body. Let's just say I put them in a different category altogether and consider them untouchable, for today's post at least.

OK, on with the fashion show...

1. Hoop Earrings. They go with almost anything.

2. Two-tone bracelet. I'd wear it all the time -- as long as there was no threat of losing it (when in crowded places, public transit, or doing physical activities, it has to stay home where it's safe).

3. Jackets, jackets, jackets. For someone who resides so close to the equator, I sure do love my jackets. I remember back in the 6th grade, I'd wear this yellow cardigan over my uniform even if it was like 30 degrees C out. Hoodies, coats, lumberjacks, denim jackets...all lovely. If I had to pick 1 absolute favorite, I would have to say...crap, it's so hard to pick just one. Camo cropped jacket by Chocolate, denim ones by Mango, Rolling Stones pullover, all my hoodies...I love them all equally, how's that.

4. The Jeans. It's never easy to buy the best-fitting, perfect pair of jeans. Especially for someone with my, err, built. I have quite a few pairs. Only 1 pair comes close to the perfect fit (as long as I don't gain any more weight), but I love them all just the same. Low rise, bootcut, relaxed fit, boyfriend pants, high rise, flared, skinny, cropped...I guess that's the secret to scoring the perfect jeans...buying a lot that come real close.

5. Plain White T's. Yes, I like the band, too. But I love my actual plain white t-shirts more. They hug me in the right places (i.e. not my mid-section lol).

6. Montreal Canadiens #11 Jersey. Go Habs Go!

7. Pointed pumps. In assorted colors and textures. Gotta love 'em.

8. Little Black Dress. Every girl needs one.

9. Birkenstocks. My friends and I have gone through quite a few pairs all through high school and college (tropical fever, baby). But even after the wear-and-tear, the darkened footbeds, and tarnishing metal clasps, it's always so hard to put a tag price on them in garage sales (I gave a pair away and I have to admit, that hurt a little, too). It's like saying goodbye to an old, dependable, dear friend. The ones I have now (2 pairs given to me by my boyfriend who, at that time, wasn't...ah, long story) are those single strapped ones; a white pair and a pink pair. I must say, the Germans did really good on this one.

10. Flip-flops. My absolute feet-ish. I actually lost count with how many I own. Puma, Old Navy, Crocs -- just a few of the brands I have. So, so cute AND comfortable. Nothing beats Havaianas though. I probably have 20 pairs, give or take. Plain, printed, limited edition, commemorative, jewel accents...can't live without them.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Tangled Up In Blue

Got this from a friend's site. My answers turned out to be, well, pretty interesting (and sometimes funny). So, here it goes:

Put your player on shuffle and hit the 'Next' button to get your answer to every question. You must indicate the title and artist, no matter how far-fetched it sounds.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?
Waves - Grantura

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE'S PURPOSE?
What's The Deal - Envelopes

WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?
Running - No Doubt

WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?
Missing You - Jem

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?
Lithium - Nirvana

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
Talk - Coldplay

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?
Heroine - Something Corporate

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
You're The Storm - The Cardigans

WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?
Don't Worry Baby - The Beach Boys

WHAT SONG WILL YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING?
Hands Open - Snow Patrol

WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?
The Kill - The Dresden Dolls

WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?
I Wanna Be A Kennedy - Kill Hannah

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?
Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?
Good Fight Fighting - The Very Most

WHAT'S THE WORST THING THAT COULD HAPPEN?
Is This The Best It Gets - Budapest

HOW WILL YOU DIE?
Somebody Told Me - The Killers

WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU REGRET?
Chocolate - Snow Patrol

WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?
Wonderwall - Ryan Adams

WHAT MAKES YOU CRY?
Breathe (2 am) - Anna Nalick

SCARES YOU THE MOST?
I Want You - Rachael Yamagata

IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME, WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE?
Baby One More Time (Britney Spears cover) - Marty Casey

WHAT HURTS RIGHT NOW?
Waiting - Chantal Kreviazuk

WHAT WILL YOU POST THIS AS?
Tangled Up In Blue - Ani DiFranco feat. Indigo Girls

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Friday, January 16, 2009

Un-Break

Title: Break Me Out
Artist: The Rescues
Dedication: This one goes out to...well, you know who you are



Break me out tonight
I wanna see the sun rising anywhere but here
Come with me
Oh, this could be
The only chance we get
We gotta take it
We don't do it now we'll never make it
Lose this crowd
Oh, break me out

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Wordless: Samuel Adams Winter Lager

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Wordless: Go, Habs, Go!!!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

My Top 5: Stress Busters

Emotional stress is just as, if not more, taxing than physical stress. Accumulated annoyances, itty bitty heartbreaks that create sporadic earthquakes in your chest, homesickness, abandonment, depression -- too painful to even mention all of them under one breath. Do I do yoga or exercise? No (although I should, I know that much). Do I see a shrink? No. Why? Aside from the fact that I think it's a complete waste of money I may or may not have, I think of it as a favor, not to myself but to the poor stranger, sparing them from the contagious grief. Do I b*tch to my friends about these things? Hell, yeah! That's what they're for.

Seriously though, before I rejoin the rest of the world and all its normalcy (normal...ha!), I like to de-stress a little. Reboot my aura, if you will. No one wants to go out there with a black cloud hovering above them. Especially when things already are a little grim. Here are my five surefire stress busters (most of them I do just because they're fun).

1. "Please don't stop the music." I play something -- soft and soothing, ear-busting rock, same banana. Props would include, but not limit to, the radio, computer, iPod, guitar, videoke. Singing, out loud or just in my head, proves to be very calming, too.

2. Walk it off. What's better? Run. Sure, eventually, you come back to point A. But at least you've released all that bad juju for the atmosphere to consume it.

3. Write. Poetry, blog posts, music & lyrics, journal entries -- anything that involves a pen and something to write on, or a keyboard.

4. Fiction. Read books, watch movies, or make up my own stories. If you can't run away from your woes, might as well enjoy 2-3 hours of temporal yet blissful escape.


5. Zonk out. Sleep is turning out to be a luxury. I say embrace it whenever you can (this coming from a former sleepless fiend). Dreaming of Edward Cullen or Jacob Black or Aro (Ben Barnes is said to take on the role in the installments -- delish!!!) is just a bonus.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Guilty Sonic Pleasure: Untouch Me Not

"Untouched" by The Veronicas.

Heard part of it for the first time on E! a couple of weeks ago. Couldn't get the tune out of my head since. Finally, I got the music video off iTunes. I'm a happy camper (am I?).

Speaking of happy...I hope everyone has an awesome 2009.

Wordless: Solvang, San Francisco, Sacramento