Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Fashion Frenzy

I am not fashionable. Really, I'm not.

Today I am wearing my jeans tucked in to a pair of flowery rainboots. This is not a fashion statement. In fact, I think I look a bit ridiculous. But it drives me crazy when the hems of my pants are all soggy, so, you do what you gotta do. (I'm not sure whether the fact that I'm wearing a fabulous Jones New York scarf is saving me or just making me look more absurd - probably the latter, unfortunately.)

Typically, I can dress myself & look fairly decent, but I rarely do anything daring (aka bizarre) enough for anyone to call me a "fashionista." I don't read fashion magazines. I buy things on sale - which means most of my clothes are last season. My favorite jeans are four years old. & I'm not so good at the whole accessorizing thing.

So... I probably have no right to pass judgements on the "creations" of the great designers.
But seriously.

These looks are just ridiculous. & so funny that I just could resist sharing.

Haven't we all at one point found ourselves standing in front of the mirror on a Friday night wearing only tights and thinking, "Gah! I have nothing to wear with these awkwardly baggy tights! Alas!" Well, fear no more - you now have a very fashionable solution - simply steal a few doilies from your grandmother's linen closet, tuck them into a tank top, & wrap a belt around yourself. Voila! You're a vision in... fake lace.

Another example of the ever-fabulous doilie dress.
The hair really just makes this ensemble, doncha think?

There's no better way to stand out than by painting your face white & wearing MC Hammer's pajamas paired with the sailor coat. Obviously, the only thing that could make this look better is the wonderful placement of the satin bra ON TOP of the shirt. Genius. Pure visual genius.

LOVE this look - it's like... 1950s airline stewardess, sin pants.
And again, the hair! So fabulous - why did I never think of wearing my shower scrub poofy thing on top of my head? Where have I BEEN?

I must say, this look is very practical. I mean, if you're going to spend a lot of money on retro satin underwear, you just HAVE to show it off. Wearing your "dainties" on top of your clothes only makes sense.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


Ninja ____ Freakin ******* RAD
Spiffy +++++++++++++++++++ Jeebie Weebies
Seriously?!_______ Tool ---------goo!
o rly? ............face! face face face
***************nifty -+-+-+-+-+-+-+NCMO
player/playa shitake

Slang is SO COOL. ( < that's slang, too, typically used by Chloe) Just look at the color & interest it adds to this sentence.

"Whoa, man, that is one freakin spiffy ninja!"

Translation - "That is a really impressive person." blah.

Thank you, slang! And many thanks Pherd, Scott, & Amelia for their supes ( < CVD slang) wicked awesome ( < Jess slang) verbage( < Kels slang).

What are your favorite slang words? Or just favorite words in general?

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


This is why I'm studying Humanities - not to be a lighthouse keeper, specifically, but because it's something I love.

Yeah, so the formatting sort of cuts off half the comic - sorry about that. Check out the real thing HERE.
Or you could just click on the image for the full size effect.

I have about a hundred ideas floating around in my head about "what I want to be when I grow up" (whether I will ever really achieve that "grown-up" status is still a topic of debate). These ideas stretch from teaching high school English & Literature to working at a museum in the publicity department to owning my own antique bookstore/bakery (My Kneads). A wise woman (okay, it was Oprah) once said, "Find your bliss. Once you've found what makes you blissful, find a way to turn it into a career."I don't have a solid plan. Yet. Someday I will. But for now, I love what I do. I learn, I cook, I blog, I love, I flip, I dream, and yes, on occasion, I think seriously about my future. I'm not sure what it holds yet, but I'd like to think whatever it is will be surrounded in a hazy cloud of happiness.

In conclusion - listen to this song - Life is beautiful - sometimes you just have to look up & see the beauty that surrounds you.

Sunday, September 20, 2009


Aaaaaaaaaaand... I'm done with the Taylor Swift as the first song on the blog. Toldja it wouldn't last.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Words of Wisdom

Sometimes I go on these wild quote binges. It starts with thinking of a quotation that I've heard, but want to get exactly right, so I look it up. Then there are always a few other quotes on the page... which often are linked to more pages, sometimes even organized by SUBJECT. sweet. It's like Pringles - you just can't stop.

Here are some of the gems from my latest quote binging accompanied by some of my favorite paintings.

If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth. -- Mitsugi Saotome

Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go. -- Mother Theresa (this seems like it should be a slogan for Rising Star Outreach)
My Ajay. :)
I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end. -- Margaret Thatcher

A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.
--Ingrid BergmanHave courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. --Victor Hugo

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. --Erich FrommYou may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you don't trust enough. --Frank Crane

If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change. --Buddha

The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next. --Ursula K. LeGuin

The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself. --Henry Miller

A thing of beauty is a joy forever. --John Keats (also used in "Mary Poppins" cool. )

If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in. --Rachel Carson

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

When Words Fail, Music Speaks

Author's Note: I stole that awesome title from little Miss Julie - thanks for sharing!

I feel like the fact that the first song on my blog could be classified as part of the "country" genre needs a bit of explanation (& it will probably last...hmm... three days). So here's the explanation:

I like music. A lot. & I'm all about the lyrics (please see every other post on this blog even remotely related to music for more evidence). Also, I like taylor swift kind of a lot. shhhhh - don't tell. This particular song is awesomely fitting in my life right now, in a sort of ironic happy ending way. If that sounds vague, it's supposed to be - I'm learning that a little ambiguity isn't such a bad thing after all.

So, for all of you out there (*ahem* Jason H. - you know who you are) who listen to this blog more than you read it, give me a shout out opinion on the new country-ish additions & let me know what you want to hear more of. If the lyrics are good, I just might give it a spin.

& now I've got to
run, baby, run & finish my D&C assignment. You don't understand how helpless[ly distracted] I get.

Author's other note: I dunno what's up with the font size on this - it's being stubborn.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Turning Twenty at the Taj Mahal

I should be working on Spanish homework but... this is also worthwhile, right? Here are a few more of the many photos, with short captions. (Short because if they were longer I'd feel a bit more guilty for neglecting my homework.)

India is definitely the best place to turn twenty - here's why: our tour guide greeted in the lobby of our hotel around 6 am with a beautiful Indian pashmina (aka super amazing scarf). Then we traveled about three minutes by air-conditioned bus to the Taj Mahal to watch the sunrise. This experience really can't be described in words; the beauty of the Taj Mahal is ethereal and graceful, changing in the different hues of the early morning light. My twentieth birthday continued in its amazingness, but here are a few images from my first few hours as a twenty-year-old.

The inner walls of the Taj Mahal complex - I can't see it, yet!
But aren't the gates beautiful?

The gates of the Taj Mahal aren't lauded as much as the
mausoleum itself, but they are stunning. And so HUGE.
Those walls are definitely a forceful yet
beautiful guard for India's lovely lady.

My first glimpse of the Taj Mahal... I may have shed
a few tearsof happiness and gratitude at this point -
I really could notbelieve I was actually there,
seeing such a magnificent structure.

One of the most beautiful sunrises I've ever seen.

Kimbo, my love, & me showing some early morning lovin'.

Fact: There are actually two main domes on the Taj
Mahal - the outer dome,which you see here with the classic
Indian "onion shape," and the inner dome,which forms
the soaring and unsuported ceiling above the mausoleum.
Our amazing tour guide, Nithan, told us that between the
two domes therewould be enough room to for twenty
elephants or something crazy like that.

Fact: All of the designs and decorations on the Taj Mahal
are madeof semi-precious stones inlaid in the white marble.
The marble used for the Tajis slightly translucent, giving the
building its soft glow as the light penetrates the surface.

Fact: The Taj Mahal has a beauty all her own. Go there. You'll see.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Rosemary's Birthday

With over 160 children living in the hostels at Rising Star Outreach, sometimes it's a bit too easy to get lost among the masses. But each child gets one day to be special, one day to put away their normal play clothes and dress up, a day to give out candy to every other child, one day to share their cake and be the center of attention.

One of the first birthdays we got to be part of was Rosemary's 6th (? RSO-ers, help me out here) birthday. With her slightly mischievous smile, gold dress, & orange runners, Rosemary stole all of our hearts & a large portion of our memory cards. These pictures are some of my favorites.

The birthday girl, Miss Rosemary. (The shoes, oh how
I love the shoes!)

Cutting cake (yum!) with the help of her daddy. Having her

dad there was a special treat itself, as the children live at
the school for most of the year & only see their parents on

certain visiting days a few times during the school year.

Mariadas was pretty excited for his piece of Rosemary's

massive heart-shaped cake. (From Left to Right: Ajay,
Jabstin, Mariadas, & Peter)

We started a tradition of taking awkward pictures of Jared,
our sole boy volunteer, throughout the trip. This bashful
picture with our pretty little Rosemary is one of the best.

Nothing better than swinging on your birthday.

Getting To Know You

We made it! After about 32 hours of travel, we finally arrived in Chennai! Then we just had to survive the two hour drive to Rising Star.

The beginning of "the longest bus ride of our lives." We were all a bit tired by this point.

After our late night/early morning arrival, we got up early to make the 2 hour trek back into Chennai for church in the local branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints the next morning. We were still a bit jet-lagged, but the spirit in that small gathering of people was incredible. Their gratitude and enthusiasm for the Gospel was contagious - there were 4 new converts welcomed into the congregation that day. Those people love the gospel with every part of their soul. They make great sacrifices to attend church, hold meetings with flickering power, an old piano, & battered hymnbooks, but there is nothing lacking in their faith.

All the hours on a plane & driving the streets of India at night were worth it - that afternoon we got to meet the most beautiful children in the world.

Satia & me on the playground - yes, they definitely know how to do bunny ears in India.

This sign came to mean we were almost home over the next three weeks.

Boys will be boys - they love spiderman and posing for pictures worldwide.

My first day in the colonies - this beautiful woman lived in this colony in order to take care of her mother, who was a leprosy patient.