Thursday, March 31, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
I'd gotten The Tourist from redbox (love the availability of redbox) earlier in the day and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Angelina Jolie's character was the epitome of wealthy, British class and she plays parts like that so well. She was beautiful. And, in my book, Johnny Depp can rarely do any wrong. He played the part of Wisconsin tourist who gets thrown into the middle of an international plot well, and also took on his character's twist with perfection. I know this movie didn't get the best of reviews, but I thought it was well casted, enjoyed the thrills and the plot twist and loved the Venetian scenery.
This movie made me want to hop on a plane and start my own Italian adventure. Since that wasn't a legitimate option, I opted to follow up The Tourist with Roman Holiday. Audrey Hepburn, the original American royalty and epitome of class, and Gregory Peck, tall, dark and handsome. I left behind the winding canals of Venice for the history of Rome. If only I could tour the Eternal City from the back of a vespa with Gregory Peck as my guide.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a Mother-Daughter movie date soon (hint hint, Mutti).
ps- obviously, I haven't fallen off of the face of the blogging earth, but I think you'll know notice less substance to my posts than usual...blogging is serving as my little escape from work right now.
"I don’t know what I want to do with my life, I just know I want to do it. I want to see my world. I want to meet every single person breathing on this earth. I want to give everyone a hug or a handshake and I want to make someone’s life a little easier. I want to be different than the people I know because that’s what makes us beautiful."
via Little Reminders of Love
Monday, March 21, 2011
...I wanted to stop in for a quick hello. My week has started off with a bang and keeps getting crazier, so I may be MIA for a bit.
Here's a little glimpse into my world:
I'm on a search committee for a new hire at work, which is moving at a very quick pace due to people's travel plans in April (yes, I'm one of the guilty travelers). I should've worked more on this over the weekend, but seeing as I didn't, I get to play catch-up now. I really hope I can review applications while on the eliptical or bike because I foresee some multi-tasking in my future!
I have some editing to do tonight, both for work and for personal stuff. This becomes the top priority tonight because the documents are needed in the morning.
As most of you know, I work in wildland fire finance, and Colorado's fire season has started early this year. We already have 2 fires under our belt from the past 2 weeks, and have been dealing with 4 separate fires just today. 2 of these 4 are already contained, but the other 2 are making national news. The issue right now is finding enough resources to staff the fires, and making sure that we're staying on top of funding opportunities. My office tends to empty out when there is a local incident, which only leaves a few of us to answer questions and get requested information out to the fire. Because requests from the fire tend to come in waves, we seem to be taking phone calls, tracking down people and faxing information like crazy, and then all of sudden we'll hit a quiet lull. It's really quite fascinating. Anyway, if anyone's interested in some more information on our 2 big fires, check out these links: Indian Gulch Fire and Grass Fire.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
This is one of my favorite holidays, and I love being able to show off a little Irish pride...I have just enough in me that I feel entitled.
If I could, I'd wish myself off to the green hills and gorgeous cities of Ireland because it's one of the places that I've always longed to visit, but haven't made it to yet. But, since wishing is about as close as I'm going to get today, I'll settle for enjoying an Irish coffee or maybe a Guinness with the ladies tonight in celebration of both this fabulous holiday and the homecoming of one of our friends. 'Tis a lovely day!
ps- I know I haven't blogged in a week, and I apologize. Work has been crazy busy, but I'll be back soon.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Has everyone seen Kate Winslet's new hair?
I think it looks fabulous!
Kate is one of my ultimate girl crushes, and I just love this daring new look. According to British Vogue, she's "embarking on a new chapter in (her) adult life." If embarking on a new chapter means totally awesome hair and a move to Paris, I may just jump on that bandwagon, too.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Allie: Stay with you? What for? Look at us, we're already fightin'
Noah: Well that's what we do, we fight... You tell me when I am being an arrogant son of a bitch and I tell you when you are a pain in the ass. Which you are, 99% of the time. I'm not afraid to hurt your feelings. You have like a 2 second rebound rate, then you're back doing the next pain-in-the-ass thing.
Allie: So what?
Noah: So it's not gonna be easy. It's gonna be really hard. We're gonna have to work at this every day, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, you and me, every day. Will you do something for me, please? Just picture your life for me? 30 years from now, 40 years from now? What's it look like? If it's with him, go. Go! I lost you once, I think I can do it again. If I thought that's what you really wanted. But don't you take the easy way out.
Allie: What easy way? There is no easy way, no matter what I do, somebody gets hurt.
Noah: Would you stop thinking about what everyone wants? Stop thinking about what I want, what he wants, what your parents want. What do YOU want? What do you WANT?
Allie: It's not that simple.
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Your task is not to seek love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.
When you get to the end of all the light you know and it's time to step into the darkness of the unknown. Faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: either you will be given something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly.
If you could hear me, I would say our fingerprints never fade from the lives we touch.
-from Remember Me-
She wanted him to see all of her and also none of her. She wanted him to be dazzled by the bits and blinded by the whole. She wanted him to see her whole and not in pieces. She had hopes that were hard to satisfy.
Adventure is a path. Real adventure - self-determined, self-motivated, often risky, forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind - and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever be black-and-white.
Friday, March 4, 2011
I've said before that Australia was never high on my list of places to visit, but I want to explore this country that has stolen my best friend's heart, and I am legitimately excited to do so. I need to experience this piece of her life that is so important to her, and therefore important to me, because Australia and the time she has spent there has become part of the definition of Jamie.
But, dear readers, I haven't traveled internationally in 10 YEARS, nor have I ever done it by myself, so if you have any tips for me please feel free to share. I know it's going to be a wonderful adventure and things will go smoothly, but a little preparation never hurts.
I have been waiting for you, and I am so happy to finally have you here.
Feel free to play along with Lauren's blanks.
1. The phrase or punctuation I overuse most is ". . ." and "seriously". Like Lauren, I love ellipses and, more often than not, do not use them correctly. Surprisingly, my inner grammar nazi isn't bothered by this.
2. Today I am thankful for my amazing parents who have made it possible for me to travel abroad 3 times in my short 24 years.
3. My best friend is the hilarious adventuress, Miss Jamie Lynn; and the lovely Mama-to-be, Miss Corey Anne. I have truly wonderful best friends.
4. A quirky thing about me is that I rarely take the first item off of the shelf...it's one of my little OCD things; I'll take the 2nd or 3rd item instead.
5. This weekend I plan on taking it easy, playing a little trivia, making some lists, getting some cleaning and organizing done and attending a baby shower for a coworker.
6. Something that worries me is something happening to my family and friends, especially my parents. It might have something to do with being an only child - although I'm sure everyone worries about something happening to their parents - but I do have a fear of being left alone in this world much earlier than I'm prepared for (not that I'll ever truly be prepared).
7. On my night stand you would find my alarm clock, stack of books, chapstick, bobby pins, a lamp, picture of my parents and box of kleenex.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
(in an instant)
(memory of feathers)