Friday, April 30, 2010
If I had any gardening skills at all - I'd start planting gardenia bushes everywhere.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
One night last week I kept waking up and smelling smoke - I'd get up and look through the house but couldn't figure out what I could be smelling. Still every little while I'd wake up and freak out a bit - and even when I was sleeping I kept having dreams with smoke in them.
It took a few days, but I finally figured out the source of my problem. Seems I have a new neighbor downstairs who is a heavy smoker - and every time he/she smokes it stinks up my place. I'm a bit bummed about it because I love having the windows open this time of year - but I can't stand to have them open if my place is going to get all smokey.
I know my neighbor has a right to smoke at their own house - I just wish I didn't have to live with their choice as well.
I love Iron & Wine - smokers not as much.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Yesterday was rough - one of those work days you wish you could live over - except you don't really want to go through that again unless there was a guarantee it would turn out differently.
I was very grateful to get home at the end of the night - and to know that Glee was going to be on -the first 50 minutes of the episode was a bit of a disappointment after last week's amazing Madonna episode. But Mercedes' version of "Beautiful" had me in tears. I love this show.
While I was waiting for Glee to come on I listened to a little Joshua Radin - his mellow music was the perfect cure to my desire to chill out.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
While I was running errands this weekend I decided to treat myself to a pedicure. As I left the salon I noticed a consignment shop next door. Since I needed a new pair of jeans and was feeling cheap, I thought I'd take a look. I left the store an hour and a big bag of clothes later.
This was my first experience consignment shopping but I don't think it will be my last. For $150 I came home with:
- A pair of Michael Kors Jeans
- A wrap dress
- A cute blue dress
- A shirt I tried on in Macy's a few months ago (with the tags still attached)
- A pair of Ann Taylor slacks
- A Michale Kors shirt
- A pair of shoes
Monday, April 26, 2010
I've been in horse country for a while now, so it seems I am way overdue sharing a few photos of the rolling fields of bluegrass. My first couple of months here were more snowy than anything so this weekend when I had the opportunity to spend some time at the horse park for an event I took my camera along.
Natasha Bedingfield is one of my favorites - I've had some days lately where I've wanted to get out of the structure of life and just run and feel free, this song is the perfect fit for that feeling.
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Sunday, April 25, 2010
Its rained on and off all weekend here in Lexington, but tonight as I settled in with a book it started coming down hard. I had the windows open and the sound and smell of the rain was beautiful. Soon I found myself thinking about all of the great songs that have been written about rain, I have a ton in my collection alone so I started making a mix so I could listen to songs about rain at work tomorrow.
I'm going to share - even though it means exposing some of the more embarrassing aspects of my music collection. There are songs from every genre represented, some recent songs and some that I remember my parents playing when I was just little. Some things haven't changed in the last 30 years - artists are still finding inspiration in the beauty of the rain.
The title of this post comes from the most appropriate song in my collection, Elvis' "Kentucky Rain"
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Friday, April 23, 2010
I mentioned earlier this week that I spent the weekend in Utah celebrating my nephew's first birthday. I haven't posted photos because I gave my sister first dibs for her blog (she informed me upon my arrival that I was the official photog - I'm still learning, but in this case I made up for quality with quantity.)
I don't think those photos made her blog - but they just scream personality so I thought I'd make sure they got a public viewing.
The Swell Season - "In These Arms"
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Thanks to Katie who posted a note about a David Gray and Ray LaMontagne show at Red Rocks this summer, both artists have been on heavy rotation on my iPod - needless to say its been a good few days. I thought I'd share a little of the love, so here is one of my favorite's, Ray LaMontagne's "Let it Be Me." Not only is the song amazing, the lyrics are incredible - who doesn't want a guy like this?
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Last week I shared my love of Madonna - so imagine my joy when one of my favorite shows, Glee, devoted an entire episode to Madonna songs. It was amazing! Don't ask me to pick a favorite song - I loved them all from Sue Sylvester's version of "Vogue" to the entire cast doing "Like a Prayer." But I can't resist posting "What it Feels Like for a Girl" this may not be one of Madonna's biggest hits, but lyrically it is brilliant.
If you want to see the actual clip from the show it is still up on Fox on Demand. Pin It
One of the benefits of working in an office back in the US? Internet connections capable of streaming Pandora during the day. Today a great version of "Such Great Heights" came on. I've always loved this song, and have spent a great deal of time thinking about one line: "Everything looks perfect from far away."
How often do we (and by we I really me me) look at someone and think they have it so good, when in reality everyone has a set of problems and challenges in life. I constantly struggle to avoid comparing myself to anyone else because doing so never makes me happy. If this is a struggle you share, you must check out an amazing article from Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat, Pray Love) in O Magazine. I read it today and have been back to re-read it at least 3 times. One particular section keeps coming back to me:
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Unbeknownst to me, my family had hatched a plot to win $25,000 dollars in a home video contest using my dog, Sadie. She goes a bit crazy chasing bubbles. The plan was to bring her to the birthday party and set up the kid's bubble machine and watch her go. They decided since I wouldn't be around they wouldn't need to share any winning with me - my surprise visit made sure I'll get my cut if we are every lucky enough to win, and while I don't think we'll win 25 grand on this video - at least we wore her out.
We'll have to give it another go when she isn't also distracted by a party.
Fell in love with this Patty Griffin song - perfect after a weekend spent with my amazing family.
Monday, April 19, 2010
In the past two weeks I've flown 17,500 miles, been in 9 different airports, survived 6 layovers and gone through customs/immigration 7 times. While two of the trips have been personal travel I'm still ready to stay in one place for a while.
Friday, April 16, 2010
I grew up in the golden age of Madonna - and even when she is at her most shocking, I can't help but loving and admiring her. She's smart, creative and oh, so talented (just ignore the scary looking arms.)
For years, I bought every album she put out on the week it was released, and I'd find myself going back to her songs over and over again when I was happy, sad or just wanted to dance. I somehow missed out on her most recent release (I'll blame it on my travels) but I recently heard "Jump" and fell a bit in love with the lyrics:
I've certainly taken these lines to heart and incorporated them in my life. Since I left home at 18 I haven't stayed in one place longer than 4 years - and that was only once, most places I've lingered less than 2 years. I've enjoyed myself, met tons of amazing people and learned a lot along the way.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
When I stopped at the rental counter on Saturday evening, the guy working the booth asked me if I had any preferences. I told him I just didn't want anything "cute-sie." Somehow I think we have different ideas of what constitutes a cute car - because this
Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
John Mayer. I loved his first two albums, thought he was a genius who wrote the songs that defined me. Then he became something of a (I'll be polite here) jerk. He's still talented but his music didn't appeal to me as much - and that may partly be because of the general perception I had of him. When his most recent album came out it never even crossed my mind to pick it up. Monday as I drove to work I recognized his voice on the radio singing "Heartbreak Warfare." The song reminded me of some of his early work so I turned up the volume.
When he got to the chorus:
I suddenly remembered why I loved his early stuff and had a bit of an epiphany. My independent soul has a tendency to insist that I don't need anyone else to make me complete but I can't help but wonder, does that line of thinking keep me from opening myself up to the possibility of love? I think it may, so my new resolution is to follow Mr. Mayer's advice and become better at admitting and asking for love in my life.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
I wandered into the most wonderful shop in Thailand - if I could have figured out how to get some of this stuff home I would have spent a fortune. Owning that bed would be a dream come true.
This week's new discovery is Katie Herzig:
Monday, April 12, 2010
I am back in Lexington after a long weekend spent packing, traveling and unpacking. One of the first things I did when I got to the apartment is start washing every piece of clothing I took with me. My great laundry project reminded me of a couple of photos I snapped in Delhi during this visit.
Both of these outdoor ironing stands are in my neighborhood just blocks apart. I haven't been brave enough to take my ironing to them even though it is super cheap. I just can't see how my clean clothes would stay clean if they were being ironed outdoors in Delhi.
As I skimmed through the radio stations trying to find something to keep me awake on my drive from Louisville Saturday night, this song came on several times - and now it is firmly stuck in my head.
Friday, April 9, 2010
I'm packing a suitcase again - I keep thinking that as often as I do this I'd have some sort of special system worked out so it wouldn't take so long, or I wouldn't dread it so much. But no matter how much I travel, I hate packing.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Do you like the way I've stretched two days of holiday into a week worth of posts? What can I say, it was a great trip - I relaxed, saw a few sights, had time to think and ate AMAZING food.
Most of my meals were simply fruit - breakfast and lunch each day was some sort of fruit salad. It was heaven - fresh mango, papaya, pineapple, bananas, melons!
On my last night I decided I needed to branch out and add a little protein to the mix, so I ask the hotel to recommend a good place they would go for traditional Thai. They sent me to a little hole in the wall place, and the food was amazing. I only wish I could have gone back a few more times. Yum!
There was plenty of sunshine in Thailand - as my now darker freckles can attest (but no sunburn thanks to an airport purchase of SPF 50) - this song has been in my head for days after hearing it at the hotel. It is one of my all time favorites.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
One of the things I enjoyed most about my short visit in Thailand was how genuinely friendly everyone was. I felt like an honored guest wherever I went. People went out of their way to smile and make me feel welcome. Here are just a few of the faces I managed to grab shots of along the way.
I like Coldplay - but I'd put them aside because, to me, the songs all started to sound the same. When I found this mix of "God Put a Smile Upon Your Face" I was pleasantly surprised - enough to put them back into rotation again.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
During my very short trip I must have seem dozens of temples in and around Chiang Mai. They come in all shapes, sizes, materials, age and condition. I took hundreds of photos while exploring the temples and since I was also exploring the various settings on my camera there are many more poor photos than good ones. Some day I'm going to set aside some real time to understand my camera and photography - until then I'll just rely on beautiful subjects to make my photos look good - and Chiang Mai was a great source for that.