Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Welcome to My Home

So, here it is, my new home! I have been decorating and planning and ordering things for about a month now and everything is perfect. Our antique table is set with an amazingly huge real flower centerpiece. April, after socializing with the likes of Flight of the Conchords and B.B.King, is often able to bring home the event flowers and brighten up our home! The Depot rocks.

This was my latest scratch-and-dent purchase. I bought the couch when we first moved in, and realized there was a gaping hole in front of our fire place where we needed a huge cushy chair to curl up in. The wonderful man at R.C. Wiley kept an eye out for me, and when this matching piece came in last week, it seemed like fate. I am now complete on furniture. And feel way too much like a grown up. When did I decide to settle down? I have been such a nomad most of my life...without belongings...it feels so permanent...must not freak out about commitment.

Our T.V./salon/parlor/whatevertheproperwordistoday. The close up of Klimts "The Kiss" is one of my favorite framed art pieces I own. I realize I didn't put the huge HDTV April just bought. That was the deal, she buys the electronics, I buy the leather (sorry Natalie Portman).

Our huge kitchen, perfect for dancing and painting, and flipping pancakes. We hope to get a cool island later this year. By the way, I live with my sister....thus the"we", it's not just because I have a plural personality like Bates, the Butler in "Top Hat" But we are perfect roommates, we have opposite schedules, opposite days off, and my obsessive cleanliness needs her free spirit and vice versa! It's a good thing (as Martha, whom I love and April thinks still belongs in jail) would say.

My morning assortment of tea, along with the one plant I seem able to keep alive!

My tea kettle, used often, loved much.

My vintage strainer (that I use as a fruit bowl) I got at a flea market in Florida. One of my favorite things!

My bedroom, perfect, simple, clean, bright, soft, just like I wanted. I am going to create one beautiful masterpiece to hang over the bed this summer.

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Monday, April 21, 2008

Van Halen. Vegas.

Tell my why can't this be love? Can you see me, can you? Acid washed jeans, feathered hair, big earrings, plastic bracelets, jelly shoes, punk t-shirt, and being completely in love? You were me once too, right? That time when everything is dramatic (ok, it still is, but with a little better fashion sense). And like me, you tossed yourself upon your bed, hugged your pillow and thought, why? why? why, can't this be love! If only all of life could be like one long scene from Valley Girl!

No I can’t recall any love at all
Baby this blows ‘em all away

It’s got what it takes
So tell me why can’t this be love?
Straight from my heart
Oh, tell me why can’t this be love?

Amazing, Amazing, Amazing. This was a great kick-off to my concert season. I've got a lot more concerts in the works this summer, but starting off with Alex, Wolf, Eddie, and David Lee was more than I could have imagined. These are true rock stars...no posers aloud...however, the rest of Vegas was pretty full of the false.

VAN HALEN -Hot For Teacher- Las Vegas

Teachers are hot.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Align the Stars!

Happiness is what greases the wheels of life. It's also what opens the floodgates, marshals the forces, commands the elements, raises the sun, aligns the stars, beats your heart, heals what hurts, turns the page, makes new friends, finds true love, calls the shots, waves the wand, connects the dots, feeds your mind, frees your soul, rocks the world, and pays compound interest.

Yeah, so easy to forget.

But an afternoon snapping photos of your niece helps put everything into perspective.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Noble Silence

The Buddhist call any vow of silence, be it an hour or a lifetime "noble silence" a time to truly connect with your inner self. This past Sunday, after some truly idyllic times with my nieces and nephews (pictured below), I went to leave and found my cell phone submerged in water (it would be cruel to reveal the culprit). Instead of having disappointment, I was surprised when I felt only a wind of relief! I check my phone so subconsciously, like most people I know, that most of the time I don't realize what I am doing. The truth of the matter is that I never wanted to be that way! And while I have good cell phone etiquette around others, I still find myself checking it often for text messages and voicemails and find myself having a fluctuation of feelings depending on what I find on that small screen. So, I haven't gotten a new one yet. I am now on day five of my "noble silence" and with that I am taking time to do other things, connect in other ways, make different relationships, and to reach out in ways I haven't for a long, long time....so, if I haven't returned your phone calls....don't expect me to very soon....