Monday, May 30, 2011

Happy Monday {36th ed.}

Happy Monday!! Here is what is making me smile...

This coat rack
How awesome is this?! Its going on my list of things to make, someday...
if you want to buy it instead, go here
A lightbulb garden
I love this! Apparently the rainy spring we are having is making me crave nature :)
I lost the source, oops!
Four Season Mugs
Going with the nature theme, I love these! Why are they so damn expensive?!
via here
This t-shirt!
Ok, its not with the unintentional nature theme, but I am in love with this shirt!! How cute is this guy?
via threadless

That is all for me, what is making you smile this Memorial Day?!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Quotation Wednesday {21st ed.}

Well, its her last day, so it only makes sense that Oprah gets my Quotation Wednesday today! She has said that all everyone wants is to be validated. It is such a simple, yet amazing thing to offer, just listen, offer yourself as validation and love.
"I see you, I hear you, and what you say matters to me."-Oprah

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Playful coyote!

There are a lot of coyotes here in West Seattle. People tend to get scared of them, but I strongly believe that as long as we respect them and their space (and keep cats indoors!), there is no reason that we can't respectfully coexist, and hey, maybe even enjoy each other! This post from the West Seattle blog proves my theory!
How freakin' cute is he?!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Happy Monday {35th ed.}

Happy Monday! Here is what is making me smile this week....

Alternative Perspectives 
I love this idea! Katie over at Color Me Katie did a post of pictures behind people taking pictures. I love how it shows the hidden love :)
see more here

These Owl Vases
I really want one!
from here
Removable tag rings
If you have dogs, particularly ones with multiple collars, this is the best invention ever! Its just a simple little band to go around the collar with a snap and a key ring for the tags. I hate switching tags, but refuse to have my pups outside without them. How did I go so long without these simple little doodads?! 
Its the black thing in the pic, you can buy them here
Mason jar chandelier 
I really want to make one of these to go over a kitchen table (when we get one...the damn dog kennels are where one should be now!) 
from here
Ok, that is all for me this week. What is making you smile?!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Quotation Wednesday {20th ed.}

Well it looks like my 19th edition is still lost in blogger world, I will get it back up though. Anyways, here is my 20th!
"You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way,
the correct way, and the only way,
it does not exist."

There is no Truth, only what each individual believes to be their truth. Its hard to keep in mind sometimes, but always  good reminder!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Quotation Wednesday {19th ed.}

Edit: *Yay, its back!!*
Thank you all for your encouraging words yesterday, I really appreciate it! Ok, now on a happier note :) ....

This poem was included in the prologue of a book I am currently listening to and the last line really stuck with me, the image I make of it is just so beautiful and empowering to me. I really hope it resonates with all of you too.

"Suddenly I realize that if I stepped out of my body

I would break into blossom"

-James Wright
Isn't that awesome?! I included the whole poem below because I really like it, but that last line is just gorgeous to me. I admittedly do not know much about poetry but I want to buy one of his books, he seems like such a hauntingly beautiful poet.

Just off the highway to Rochester, Minnesota,
Twilight bounds softly forth on the grass.
And the eyes of those two Indian ponies
Darken with kindness.
They have come gladly out of the willows
To welcome my friend and me.
We step over the barbed wire into the pasture
Where they have been grazing all day, alone.
They ripple tensely, they can hardly contain their happiness
That we have come.
They bow shyly as wet swans, They love each other.
There is no loneliness like theirs.
At home once more, they begin munching the young tufts of spring in the darkness.
I would like to hold the slenderer one in my arms,
For she has walked over to me
And nuzzled my left hand.
She is black and white,
Her mane falls wild on her forehead,
And the light breeze moves me to caress her long ear
That is delicate as the skin over a girl's wrist.
Suddenly I realize
That if I stepped out of my body I would break
Into blossom.
-James Wright

What is going on Blogger?!

Ok, so now my format is all messed up! Is anyone else noticing this?!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Happy Monday {34th ed.}

Happy Happy Monday!! Here is what is making me smile...

Boring things 
This just makes me giggle! As you know, I am an old yeah, boring is good to me :)
buy it here
This picture
I reblogged it from my friend Rachel. Too cute :)

The danes I stayed with this weekend
Big gentle giants, love them!

This picture
I don't know why, it just looks so free...maybe because it makes me think of a Sunday morning...

Tattooed brides
After I got my first tattoo someone made a comment about regretting it later, particularly on my wedding day when it would "ruin the look." This stuck with me for some reason, and I have to say that I couldn't disagree more! There is something so beautiful for me in the contrast of an elegant white dress and bold tattoos. 
more pics here
That is all for me this Monday, what is making you smile this week?

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Until all the books are read...

I adore this commercial!

Friday, May 13, 2011

If pets could talk...

My friend Rachel shared this with me and it literally made my day! So I figured I would share...

This cat one is pretty funny too, I love the cat is patronizing to the dorky human!

We are always "talking" for our pets and laughing at what they would say, Im pretty sure its something along the lines of these videos!...ahh, isn't anthropomorphizing hilarious?!

What happened.....?!

Im missing my last few anyone else?

I swear I posted 2 happy things after my horrible neighbor rant! :)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I have this thing for emotional singers...

Seriously, nothing is sexier to me than someone who can sing or dance (or whatever really) with complete abandon and emotional release. Pure raw emotion without regard for what others think is amazing to me! This is why I love my Brandi so much, she oozes emotion when she sings. I have seen her cry on stage when the orchestra started up to the chorus of her song (oh be still my beating heart...)!
This is also why I love Jennifer Nettles from Sugarland (super cute video here) and Paul from American Idol (see his adorableness here), they both dance from their soul, truly like the saying goes, "dance like no one is watching." 

Why is this coming up, you ask? Well I was watching the voice and am now in love with Vicki Martinez as well (yes, it helps that she is a ridiculously cute lesbian!). This performance shows the epitome of performing with raw emotion!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

I hate our neighbors!!

Im sorry, I need to rant! I know I have alluded to the horribleness that is our neighbors before, but now I am going full out. They are horrible horrible people, and that is coming from someone who sees the good in everyone...including offenders incarcerated for murder!!

Short and definitely not sweet overview of them; They are a large family, I guess, of around 3 women and anywhere between 5 and 15 kids, sometimes a few male stragglers. In others words; I have no idea who the hell lives there, but a ton of people are always hanging around! The "adults" are never outside, I can count on 1 hand the amount of times that I have seen them. The kids are loud, rude, obnoxious little brats! Every last one of them!

Ok I know what you are thinking, we all have annoying neighbors right?! Here is why they are beyond annoying and to the point of horrible and "move out" types of neighbors;

1) They do this horrible "drill team" practice thing for hours on end every single day during the summer. They do it in the middle of the street, without regard for traffic. Its all pre-teen or early teen girls and it is disturbingly sexual at times. Plus, they use drums and a fucking whistle!! (I wrote a very mature and respectful letter to the "adults" about this after we moved in offering many compromises so that it would not ruin the summer for the rest of the neighborhood....they refused to talk about it and started doing it more often and even louder)
2) They throw rocks and garbage at my dogs!! This one literally infuriates me to the point of shaking and crying because Zindle goes into panic attack mode trying to protect Domino and he cowers in the corner trying to get away. (For the record, this is the one thing that I actually went over there and initiated actual communication with the "adults" resulted in being called a racist and having threatening remarks made about the safety of my dogs!)
3) They repetitively get animals and neglect them by leaving them on a short tie out in their back yard when they get bored of them. I do call animal control when it gets to the point of being disturbing, but that means that my own animals' safety is further at risk.
4) As I said, all the kids are unruly little brats, which I know is a direct result of the horrible parenting (or extreme lack there of) one in particular though is beyond a brat, she is a downright scary person...and get this, she is probably about 12! She picks fights with us, yells names at us, walks by our house yelling "black power" and other derogatory slurs in our front window, and threatens our dogs! And all of this is while we are literally minding our own business!

So, we don't get to enjoy our yard, or even an open window during the summer because of their horribleness. Our dogs don't get to go outside in our own yard safely when their kids are outside because they purposfully antagonize them, stressing Zindle out to the point of seriously disturbing anxiety, or throw crap at them making Domino cower in the corner! All of the other neighbors are great (seriously, all of them!) and everyone is disturbed by them. They all sporadically call the cops on them, which I guess is good, but for some reason they blame us. So they retaliate against us and justify it by saying that we call the cops every week on them (which we have done literally 3 total times in the year and a half we have been here!). 

I hate them! I hate that I have tried every responsible method to communicate with them about this! I hate that they make me dread being home on sunny days, the few nice days that the Pacific Northwest allows us! I hate that they make me question my belief that everyone is inherently good and wants to at least attempt to peacefully coexist. I hate the most that they invade my space, my desperately needed safe haven of home.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Happy Monday {33rd ed.}

Happy Monday Everyone! Here is what is making me smile...

Spending time with my mom and sis
We had the most amazing brunch ever at Salty's on Mother's Day! The food was awesome and we had so much fun laughing at our "piggyness!"
1 plate down...
Chocolate fountain!
...and the food coma is settling! 
Cute little owl pillows
I really want owl pillows, but am not sure how to keep them out of Domino's mouth...
get them here
Rubber Ducky Messages
I took a hint from this blog and made some rubber duckies to cheer up some of the Seattle puddles that are dragging into Spring and making everyone dreary!
"Think Sunny Thoughts!"
That is all for me this week, short and sweet! What is making you happy?

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Water for Elephants

*I do not recommend reading this book or seeing the movie, but if you plan to, 
be warned that this definitely includes spoilers!*
My short review: I want the last 331 pages of my life back and I want to go protest at a circus!
My longer (slightly rant-ish) review....
I started this book about a year ago and couldn't get into it so I put it down. I questioned even picking it up then because I have many moral issues with circuses and I see now that I should have stuck with both of those gut feelings; something was telling me to not read it and I should have listened! But alas, Im a sucker for reading a book before seeing the movie and the previews make this movie look so appealing!

Although there are many reasons why I did not like this book, the one that is making my blood boil and driving this review is that it is  chock full of tolerated animal abuse!! Yes, in the end they "save" the animals by stealing the ones they wanted, but that was the last 30 pages. Plus, why did it take the animal's revolting for the humans to grow some balls?! And then the "balls" that they grew were in the form of releasing a heard of animals to trample each other and the crowd in a fury of fear....aka: further animal abuse!! The part that bothered me the most about this is that the author wrote it in a way that leads us to believe that we are supposed to feel sorry for these people. As if they are in so much agony about the abuse that it is painful for them to watch or hear it. What?! No, if you are in agony about an animal you profess to love being repeatedly stabbed and beaten you get off of your ass and you do something about it!! I disliked every single character in this book for their complacency and selfishness (aside from one man named Greg who came to Rosie's rescue twice and was allotted about 10 sentences of total book space, thanks Sara).

Aside from that I was not a fan of the writing. I felt like the characters themselves were not put together well and their actions sporadically fulfilled whatever she thought the plot needed at that point. There were so many inconsistencies and anti-climatic fizzles that I was frustrated throughout the whole book. Oh, and the random graphic sex scenes that felt like they were implanted form a trashy romance novel, what was that about? Finally, I have a big problem with authors who do not do their research, and she did not do her research here. Or rather, she did research into the areas that she wanted to and decided to just "make up" the rest. I know it is a novel, but come on, all she would have to do is google "horses" to find more accurate information. Also, the DB (I forget his name already and I finished the book 10 minutes ago, that's how invested I was) absolutely did not have paranoid schizophrenia. Come on Sara Gruen, you don't get to just throw that diagnosis out there when you are painting the picture of a villain. Again, do your research!!

Anyways, I did not like this book. After doing a quick Google search though, I realize that I am definitely in the minority here. So do share, if you liked it, please tell me why? Has anyone seen the movie? Please tell me it is better? I will definitely not be seeing it...

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Adorable art that makes people happy, I love it!!

I am in love with this blog, this idea, this art, this girl!! I want to be in her pictures :)
(ps: I could not get the video to line up, it was that way on her blog too. You just have to mess "find" the play button, I just clicked my mouse when the hand popped up, its right below the middle/left side-ish of the door...)

Thursday, May 5, 2011

So true

I needed this today, thank you Bits of Truth...

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Fighting for Justice

The Oprah show today is honoring the Freedom Riders as today is the 50th anniversary.
I will admit, I did not know much about them, I had heard of them and knew this movement was pivotal in repealing the Jim Crow laws, but that was about it. What I didn't know was that all of the Freedom Riders were ordinary people, black and white, who volunteered to risk their lives to defend equality and the rights of others.
I am in awe, not only at the level of hatred and violence that is in this world, but even more so for the bravery and compassion of those willing to stand up against it. I can be very emotional about the values that I believe in. I can not imagine though being able to find the courage to agree to this, to train to be nonviolent in the face of abuse, to sign my will and get on that bus. As someone who feels passionately about advocating for the disenfranchised, I have so much respect and adoration to these brave men and women. As I said, I am in awe!

Thank you to all the Freedom Riders and happy anniversary

Thoughts?... Did you guys see Oprah or know the details of this amazing event? Would you have been able to get on that bus?! Is there anything you feel this passionately about, enough to risk your life defending?

Quotation Wednesday {18th ed.}

 I saw this poem in a daily meditation book that I am reading (which I absolutely love by the way, you can find it here) and I really liked the last line. I am not entirely sure what it is, but something just resonates with me.
"every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home"-Basho

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Random Simple Pleasures {9th ed.}

Simple Pleasure #9 ~ Flowers from Pike Place Market
I love Pike Place Market!!! I used to walk through it all the time when I would take the bus to my school and I really miss that routine. If anyone has not been there the one thing you need to know is that they have the best flowers ever! I would have fresh beautiful flowers on my kitchen table constantly. Now that I am not going to the school as much, I don't get there nearly enough. My mom and I just went this weekend though and Im happy to say that I still get excited about it. Everyone needs a local place like that; not too touristy, but just fun and exciting. Anyways, I got flowers of course, $10 for a huge beautiful bouquet! That is the best part, they are so cheap! A standard bouquet like this would be at least $40 anywhere else.

Im definitely going to miss this place...

Monday, May 2, 2011

Just something to make you smile...

picture from here
Too cute! :)

Happy Monday {32nd ed.}

Happy Happy Monday!

This adorable French Bulldog Print
Too cute!
find it here
Bookish owl jewelry
Perfection! :)
find more here
pic via here

My confused christmas cactus
I have had this thing for about a year and a half and it has not bloomed until May. I was so upset last holiday season when it didn't bloom, but apparently it is just a little bit confused. Oh well, I still love it and am super excited that it is finally blooming!

That is all for me this week, what is making you happy?!