Moving On

Hi Friends,
Thanks so much for reading! I really enjoy posting pictures and thoughts and I'm looking forward to keeping it up but I am moving. I hope you'll follow me:

I am not super computer savvy which I'm sure is painfully apparent...yet another reason to migrate over to Word Press, if I were, I would know how to redirect your subscriptions over to the new website...sadly this is not the case. But if you do visit me at my new location, you can subscribe to my new feed there.

Thanks so much!

Belly Dancing

Olive loves The Killers! My iPhone shuffled over to All These Things That I've Done, I picked up my phone to read a message that came through and noticed her kicking, the speaker was pointed right at my belly because of the way I was holding my phone. So I turned it up a bit and enjoyed the dance party. The appropriate refrain made me giggle:

I got soul but I'm not a soldier...I got soul but I'm not a soldier...

It made me picture her signing along in there. I cant wait until she can share her favorite songs with me.

Serenity Bracelet

This week a friend of mine shared that she was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She is such a vibrant, gregarious, caring person...the type of person everyone rushes to sit next to. My hands have been itching all week to do make something that says "hey, you're awesome and I love you and this bastard disease isn't gonna dim your light." First thoughts of how to express this were through sticks and string...but even a "quickie" knitting project will burn through several hours which normally isn't an issue however this is a contribution to a gift basket that will be presented in a couple days. That's when the idea of the Serenity Bracelet came to mind. I bought a chunky strand of amethyst, some citrine, olive jade, and rose quartz. I used some sterling silver wire to twist on a heart charm and to secure a few other dangles.

I chose stones for their alleged healing super powers. I don't know how I really feel about this sort of thing...but I figure...what the hell...if it puts her in a positive state of mind and gives her the energy to feel as though she can kick this thing then that's all that matters, right?

The pumpkin and cylindrical stones in the picture above are citrine which is believed to help manifest your goals and keeps one cheerful. The round stones that I looped around some leather are Olive Jade. Jade is said to carry serene, calming energy.

Amethyst is believed to be a highly spiritual, healing stone that helps one tune into a higher awareness of knowing. Also pictured above is Rose Quartz that is said to have a gentle energy and is a healer of emotional heartbreaks.

Made this goofy gift tag to explain exactly how this gift would solve my friend's problem.

Wrapped it all up like so...

I love this take on the symbolism of the butterfly from

"We can look to the grace and eloquence of the butterfly and realize that our journey is our only guarantee. It's our responsibility to make our way in faith, accept the changes that come, and emerge from our transitions as brilliantly as the butterfly."

Bacon vs Tofu

Had a great day today. Maybe because it started with a good laugh. E bought me these action figures for my desk at work, the set is called Mr. Bacon vs. Monsieur Tofu. He said the set reminded him of me and the struggle that I sometimes succumb to with bacon. As a vegetarian this makes my cheeks turn pink with embarrassment to admit. I love that Monsieur Tofu is depicted as a sophisticated older man with a monocle and a handlebar mustache whereas Mr. Bacon is younger, slender and seductive with that come-hither look on his face. Oh bacon...why must you be so tasty?! As I'm sure you can tell, Monsieur Tofu is losing this battle.

A good friend of mine is puzzled by this weakness because although she eats meat, she thinks bacon is repulsive. She is every bit as quirky as I am though and when we were in school she entered a contest for a free t-shirt, if you knew her you'd know that she's not above tarting it up for a free tee it would appear given her massive collection of random shirts. Anyway, this manufacturer (of bacon, I presume) was running a promotion: pitch to us your best example of a food item that tastes better wrapped in bacon and win a free t-shirt. I think her entry was bacon wrapped tacos. She won a t-shirt which had all these little cartoon images of bright happy food items seemingly pleased to find themselves encrusted in the salty pork product. She wore this shirt often which I would tease was false advertisement since she didn't appreciate the magic of the salty, crunchy, comfort food.

Yes, I really am that simple of a gal. All it takes is a bacon action figure to make my day.

Note to Oliva

Dear Olive,

You're 23 weeks now and roughly the size of an ear of corn. I have so many wishes for you sweet little one. I want you to know that I'm doing the best I can, this mommy thing is super exciting, don't get me wrong, but there are new choices at every turn. And the thing is there aren't really any right answers, just preferences. But I do have your interest at heart. Just want you to know I'm thinking of you and also, to get very specific, I spent the majority of this beautiful day preoccupied by my own wretched thoughts. Before it was too late I was in a self-deprecating pity spiral enumerating, cataloging, alphabetizing all the things about me that I could do without. When I began to wonder if I deserved to be a mommy, I started to think about you and the young woman I hope to watch you become. I don't ever want you to waste a single day as I did today hyper focused on flaws, faults, blunders, missteps. There will be plenty of people who will project their garbage on you, so don't go whipping up your own brand to sort through. Besides I already know you, you're so lovable and you have your strengths and your challenges (which I can't wait to learn more about) but we all do sweet pea. Don't waste one beautiful moment of this brief time we have grieving over all the things you cannot change. Thus concludes the first in many soapbox speeches to come.

I love you,

A Word From E

NYE Santa Cruz 2010

Went out to dinner the last night of the year. E made a comment about a band that was playing and said something along the lines of, "you should write a blog post about that." My response, "no, you should" here it is. A word from the hubby:

"Okay, so...It's New Years Eve, and I've decided to write a post. Don't get your hopes up as I'm nobody important and I'm not one for writing anything at all. I hate reading, I hate talking, I'm not a fan of people in general. I don't belong to Facebook or Myspace or Facespace (that's my wife interjecting trying to confuse me) but I do have a twitter account. I actually like twitter, because I can follow people I'm interested in. I have written a few tweets, but I wasn't a big fan of people reading what I had to say. I don't know how these people are able to say things all day long about what's going on, but I cannot stop following them! So that's the extent of my modest internet presence. Anyway, my real reason for writing this post is because, we were talking on New Years Eve, I heard the Traveling Wilbury's..I really love this group and what's funny is Roy Orbison usually stands out for me because he doesn't get too much love from anyone, but this go round Tom Petty occurred to me because I really think he is one of the most underrated singer songwriters of our my wife, "MariaSquareOne," tells me that "Square One," is named after a Tom Petty song...first thought, is...great job me for not knowing that...second, is that's awesome, because, he is it got me thinking of the top 5 underrated performers in my opinion. So in no particular we go...and this is just what I listen to, so obviously there are 1000's more bands that you could argue should be on the list...I guess that's why you can write your own blog about it...which is I guess why I hate blogs...anyway...

1. Tom Petty-I Just explained this one, so there you go.
2. Eddie Vedder-Great band, great music, great lyrics with passion truly amazing.
3. The Black Crowes-Great rock and roll band, bascially a Rolling Stones Jr., however Chris Robinson, like E. Vedder has this soulful passion that he brings to each performance.
4. Ray Charles-Simply, one of the greatest musicans of all time. Talk about soul...he could sing a song about going to the grocery store that would give you always feel you are a part of his songs...and for F@#$ sake he was blind..good lord! Still in my opinion does not get enough credit.
5. Buena Vista Social Club-Look, I don't know a lot about these guys, I can't say I know the whole story I don't even know what they are saying and it gives me chills because I can feel that it's meaningful and important to them...and what else matters when you're talking about music.

I have to admit, writing this wasn't too bad. I really thought if I wrote a post I'd be ripping on people and I didn't...but I'm sure I will be destroying people in the near future..until New Year's Eve 2011. @luvboatcaptn is out..."

The wifey always gets the last word: I take issue with a few items here...1) "I hate reading, talking, and people?!" Someone's feeling cranky, who needs a nap? 2) What's with the blogger hate? Before you respond let me remind you that sofa city has a vacancy tonight. 3) "destroying people in the near future"'re not fooling anybody you big teddy bear!


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