Sunday, February 28, 2010

i *heart* buLLdogs

okay, so this is the first time I'm bringing it up,
but for the past two years i have known...
for sure...
that one day...
...I will have my very own *bulldog* puppy.
photo found here.

i had me a dog growing little pomeranian, Teddy.
we had to put him to sleep several years ago,
& it was so very hard for me to imagine having another dog.
as time goes on, I've been getting such a
palpable desire for a puppy in my life.
my heart's been set on a bulldog,
just like Popeye, here.
Here is a video my boyfriend took of me while in a pet shop in his neighborhood:

Once i see one, it's usually game over and he knows he's lost me for at least ten minutes in my own *goo goo gaa gaa* over-smiling & petting frenzy and *shnoogie oogie lumpkins* puppy tawk.

[deep sigh]

one day, readers...*one day*.

Friday, February 26, 2010

i did a *bad* thing...but it feels *soooo good*

got *the shoes*
i totally took my own advice
and walked into AnnTaylor
and right there on display,
were my shoes,
front and center,
lovely & smiling & whispering my name.
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i asked for a 9.5
[my feet are canoes],
but she only had a size 9.
i thought it wasn't meant to be until...
i found that the 9s fit like a glove.
i had to take them home, where they belonged, so i did.
the saleslady even got me $30 off.
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* * *
when i opened the shoe box,
this message was underneath the top:
"If the shoe fits...covet it.
We love shoes as much as you do....We know that whan [yes, there was a typo! Hilarious.] you wear a truly great pair of shoes, you walk a little taller...and your next step up the ladder is that much lovelier."
Oh, man.
I know it sounds cheesy, but
LoVe @ first sight happened with these shoes.
*** ** ***
I had a Carrie Bradshaw moment.
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It makes me tickled pink!
[my cat, on the other hand, was completely UNamused...haahaa!]

i pledge to *rock these shoes* whenever possible and appropriate to, & maybe even when inappropriate to...yay!!

T.G.I.F., lovers!

P.S. -- This post is a testament to the notion: "If you BLOG it, it will come."

P.P.S. -- Wow, I kinda gotta shave dem legs, don't I. Damn. Whatever. We're like family anyway. ;)

Love it!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

more found in *my planner*

i've just realized that there is a HUGE possibility
that ya'll might think i'm totally LAME,
me and *my planner*
* * *
I wish I had more interesting things to post, but...
I don't.
* * *
below is a corner of a December page.
the sticker is scented, smelling like peppermint.
Mmmm...I love this corner.
{scratch, scratch, scratch...sniff, sniff, sniff}
* * *
Haa haa!
This was when I wanted to STOP being chubby
and start eating right [...again],
and get myself to the gym...
i called it
Haa haa!
I think that lasted a DAY!
* * *
below is a recent addition.
I blocked out the names -- uh, HELLO! --
because they're secretly tucked away in my soul
where hopefully nobody will find them until
I've claimed them for real & bestowed them upon my children
--- who will probably grow up to HATE their names, and change them anyway,
saying, "Call me Rex, ma" or some weird shit like that.
Go figure.
Yes, I only have three names on the list so far.
Oh well.
Tee hee.

*thursday* Love.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

it's the *age-old* question women ask themselves...

When gettin' ready for a fancy night,
would it be wise...
[ just another glimpse
into my planner]
Happy Wednesday, readers.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

to the *boob man*

i know you like your girlfriends stacked
butt what i lack
in rack
i make up for
in back
by me

P.S. -- I think SheHulk is cool.

Happee Tuesss.

Monday, February 22, 2010


Okay, so...
...I don't care what ya got to say about Kimmy K,
but one thing's for sure:
homegirl can wear a dress!!
being blessed with a bOoooOtay myself
[I was nicknamed 'the rump' in 8th grade]
I am happy Kimmy K came along wearing
the thing like it's a friggin' purple heart.
although a lot of the time we see her, either
during interviews, she seems a little...
the girl knows how to put herself first
and make the hell sure SHE LOOK GOOD.
sooooo...I'm posting this today
because there are times when I
forget how good it feels to feel
hot hot hot!!
When times like that arise...
...when maybe it would be worth it to
put on the mascara,
spend the extra minutes on my hair,
NOT eat the entire box of Entenmann's original recipe cookies,
do the extra mile on the treadmill,
wear the sexy bra & not the functional one,
I'm going to ask myself one simple question:
What would Kim Kardashian do?
Haa haa!
I love it!

Happy Monday!!

P.S. -- Homegirl's new perfume smells AMAZING!! Like, sooooo goooood, and I don't say that about ANY perfume! I gotsta get it.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

my *heart*, a.k.a. my PLANNER

the past 2 days on
my *2010* is HERE
have included posts with pictures from
*my planner*
in this post, i'm going to give you a
larger glimpse into my planner,
the extension of my heart,
my hard-copy BLOG, really.
*** * ***
this is the front cover:
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this is the back cover:
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my tools of choice are:
an awesome pair o'scissors,
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really goooood quotes usually
make their way onto/into my planner:
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it acts as a "sort-of
photo album" when i need it to:
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it acts as a go-to motivation tool:
or even a dream-weaver i can look
at when i'm stuck in a
stuffy, no-windowed classroom &
need a life-refreshment:

*** * ***

i just wanted to give you a little intro to it.

i contribute to it daily, like my BLOG, and will be posting things from it HERE because...well..."because because because because becaaauuuuse, because of the wonderful things it does!"

hope you check in regularly.


Saturday, February 20, 2010

i'm a PRO-procrastinator

i am a *professional procrastinator*
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today i have the final teacher certification test to take
& instead of studying this week,
i made collages in my planner
[you saw one of them in yesterday's post]
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here's one i like:
i think it carries with it
a pretty cool feeling & a pretty cool message:
i most certainly followed
that message while making the collage
[more so than i followed the message
"make yourself smart"
"make yourself prepared for your 4-hour-long uber-important test"]
*** * ***
Oh well.
looking at it now makes me *smile*
so poopyfoo, responsibility!!
*** * ***
send me some
good luck vibes
for my test today!!
*** * ***
Happy, Happy SATurDAY!!

Friday, February 19, 2010

uh oh...two *little words* i should NOT hear

*treat yourself*
i spotted this *Ann Taylor* shoe
in the March 2010 Glamour issue
& fell in love & made this collage
in my planner
*treat yourself*
two words that
seem innocent enough,
but not when
you're me and HAVE NO MONEY,
and Student Teach from
8am to 3pm Mon-Fri for NO PAY
[deeeeep sigh]
i'll probably still get them, though
isn't that sick??!!??!!
but look how damn cute they are!!
the perfect little easter/spring/summer shoe
Oh, Lordy Lordy.
update on *the shoe* to follow
[p.s. -- the website to view the shoe is here, but they only display them in black...poopyfoo]

Happy Fri-heh-hee-HI-day!!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

*creativity* in a new light

When you hear the word genius,
what do you think of?
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Do you think of someone as being a genius
having a genius?
author Elizabeth gilbert -- of *eat pray love* -- suggests the latter
after I finished reading *eat pray love*
I 'YouTubed' her name and the video below
was the first to display.
I'm so excited to have stumbled upon this twenty-minute clip
because she tells, from experience as a successful writer,
from research,
& from talking with other great writers who've
experienced it,
of a fresh new way to think about creativity.
I'm excited because if you are a creative
individual -- and we all are, really -- this video
to you
that it'll be a
I hope you watch.
What she says about the poet
and the *thundering poem*
has happened to me more times than I can
count, but now I just have words to go
with what I experienced.
i just started gilbert's new book Committed
and we'll see how that read goes.
maybe it'll straighten up my great BIG marriage
question mark over my head?????
Anyway...without further ado...a new way of thinking:

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

i *finished* it

i looooove being able to say that i finished it.

It was one of my first goals of *2010* and I've already accomplished it.


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So, of course, I encourage you guys to read it. Elizabeth Gilbert breaks up the book into three parts:

the eat part - which she did in Italy

the pray part - which she did in India

and then

the love part - which she did in Indonesia


the Indonesia segment has so much good writing in it [I mean, the whole book did, but I really enjoyed Indonesia]

Here are two of my favorite excerpts [just to wet your appetite a bit]:

Felipe, a man Liz meets while in Indonesia, tries to convince her to have a romance while she's in Bali.

Liz responds with:

"I don't think I'm ready for it. I don't feel like going through all the effort of romance again, you know? I don't feel like having to shave my legs every day or having to show my body to a new lover. And I don't want to have to tell my life story over again, or worry about birth control. Anyway, I'm not even sure I know how to do it anymore. I feel like I was more confident about sex and romance when I was sixteen than I am now."

Felipe says in return:

"Of course you were; you were young and stupid then. Only the young and stupid are confident about sex and romance. Do you think any of us know what we're doing? Do you think there's any way humans can love each other without complication? You should see how it happens in Bali, darling. All these Western men come here after they've made a mess of their lives back home, and they decide they've had it with Western women, and they go marry some tiny, sweet, obedient little Balinese teenage girl. I know what they're thinking. They think this pretty little girl will make them happy, make their lives easy. But wherever I see it happen, I always want to say the same thing. Good luck. Because you still have a woman in front of you, my friend. And you are still a man. It's still two human beings trying to get along, so it's going to become complicated. And love is always complicated. But still humans must try to love each other, darling. We must get out hearts broken sometimes. This is a good sign, having a broken heart. It means we've tried for something."

It really had me thinking.

The second piece of writing that hit home to me was when Gilbert writes reflectively about her past relationships and her analysis of why she's been unsuccessful at them:

"I have a history of making decisions very quickly about men. I have always fallen in love fast without measuring risks. I have a tendency not only to see the best in everyone, but to assume that everyone is emotionally capable of reaching his highest potential. I have fallen in love more times than I care to count with the highest potential of a man, rather than with the man himself, and then I have hung on to the relationship for a long time (sometimes far too long) waiting for the man to ascend to his own greatness. Many times in romance I have been the victim of my own optimism.

I married young and quick, from a place of love and hope, but without a lot of discussion over what the realities of marriage would mean. Nobody advised me on marriage. I had been raised by parents to be independent, self-providing, self-deciding...of course the world was not always like this. If I'd been born during any other century of Western patriarchy, I would've been considered the property of my father, until which time he passed me over to my husband, to become marital property. I would've had precious little say in the major matters of my own life. At one time in history, if a man had been my suitor, my father might have sat that man down with a long list of questions to establish whether this would be an appropriate match. He would have wanted to know,

'How will you provide for my daughter?'

'What is your reputation in this community?'

'How is your health?'

'Where will you take her to live?'

'What are your debts and your assets?'

'What are the strengths of your character?'

My father would not have just given me away in marriage to anybody for the mere fact that I was in love with the fellow. But in modern life, when I made the decision to marry, my modern father didn't become involved at all. He would have no more interfered with that decision than he would have told me how to style my hair.

I have no nostalgia for the patriarchy, please believe me. But what I have come to realize is that, when the patriarchic system was (rightfully) dismantled, it was not necessarily replaced by another form of protection. What I mean is -- I never thought to ask a suitor the same challenging questions my father might have asked him, in a different age. I have given myself away in love many times, merely for the sake of love. And I've given away the farm sometimes in that process. If I am truly to become an autonomous woman, then I must take over that role of being my own guardian. Famously, Gloria Steinem once advised women that they should strive to become like the men they had always wanted to marry. What I've only recently realized is that I not only have to become my own husband, but I need to be my own father, too."

Wow, right?

It rings so incredibly true.

I will be one of the first in line for the movie, out in August of this year. You've got a couple months to read it, if you haven't yet. I can't imagine it being better than the book, but it might be entertaining, if nothing else.

Happy Wednesday, loves.

Have you read any good books lately?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

*glimpse* of my *Valentine's Weekend*

Yes, we snowboarded...again.
for *nine* straight hours
*haa haa*
toward the end,
before extreme exhaustion set in,
I was starting to get it.
...and then I fell...and fell some more.
We did enjoy our time together, though.
We sipped on hot chocolate,
lounged on the ski lift,
snapped a photo on top of Blue Mountain, PA.
Afterward, we went to King of Prussia Mall in PA.
I saw the most gorgeous display of Gelato.
It was in the middle of the mall,
underneath a skylight,
all cafe tables and chairs set up in between shops.
Then, in a store called BeyondTheWall
we found this book called Fart Proudly.
Since my boyfriend does - on the regular - fart proudly,
I thought a pic with him proudly holding it to
his chest would be appropriate.
*Tee hee*
After our King of Prussia Mall experience,
we headed to Philadelphia, PA
on the hunt for a really awesome *cheesesteak*.
While on our travels through Philly, we saw this entrance way
to a store all graffiti-ed up:
Then, upon looking for where Adam Richman from
had his *cheesesteak* challenge in Philly,
we found and ate at Jim's Steaks.
The place was jumpin' jumpin'.
I spotted some *old school diner* decor.
Loved it!
Our two love-puppies!!
Tomas's was on the left: the Whiz Cheesesteak,
mine was on the right: Cheesesteak with American cheese,
both with onions!
If this doesn't spell L-O-V-E then I don't know what does!
My version of Valentine's Day LOVE...with a ginger ale.
Oh, and by the way, readers,
I found Tomas a *bonsai*!!
Aannndd it was not just any *bonsai*.
It was the last *bonsai tree* the place had that wasn't
$100 or over. It was so secret
and special and hidden, that the gardener-man
had to go to the back and get it for me.
It was the perfect little *bonsai*.
Exactly what I was looking for.
I wrapped it, attached my poem "i got my eye on a *bonsai*",
and set the card leaning on it.
It had the cutest little fishing man in it,
just how I wanted,
since Tomas loves to fish.
I told him it would bring him good luck when he fishes.
I love this cute little old man,
in his element under the *bonsai*.
And here's where it ended up,
just as my poem read:

"...sittin' on a

I'm glad he liked it, though.
I hope you all had a good one.
Check back soon.
*We* love having you here.


Monday, February 15, 2010

Hawaii (Hula) Vibes Week comes to an *end*

Aloha, to you.
It means hi
it means goodbye
& it means love.
That one word has all three meanings.
This is important to me because with my BLOG's
Hawaii (Hula) Vibes Week
coming to an end, I feel a sense of all three.
Aloha Hello
to you for returning, or first visiting,
to my new dream of visiting Hawaii *one day.*
It's kind of like me saying,
"Aloha, dream, it's nice to have you in my head.
I hope to one day make you a reality, and then
we can both be blissed out in celebration.
Won't that be exciting?!"
Aloha Goodbye
to my original dream which caused me to make
this week (Hula) Vibes Week in the first place - the dream of
winning a contest my local news was hosting.
I would've won a five-night stay in O'ahu, but
I know I didn't win because they supposedly told
the winner Friday.
I didn't get any call.
Aloha Love
because my small, seemingly insignificant searches
on the web for all things Hawaii and (Hula) have
brought me such a high, weightless feeling of contentment,
almost like a know there is a far away place in this world
whose culture and scenery and environment will be so
fantastical to me.
[I even found this blog I'll be regularly checking out.]
maybe i'm not meant to win a contest now.
maybe i'm meant to travel there on a whim.
maybe i'll be there when or if this happens:
maybe i'll be there while like this. OMG.
Who knooowssss??!!
But I know I've realized a dream this week,
a dream of where I wanna get myself,
one way or the other.
[my BLOG has been magical for this reason, alone, if for none other]
I know I'll get there one day.
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