Sunday, October 29, 2006

One Year

What are you doing the rest of your life?
North and South and East and West of your life
I have only one request of your life
That you spend it all with me

All the seasons and the times of your days
All the nickels and the dimes of your days
Let the reasons and the rhymes of your days
All begin and end with me

I want to see your face in every kind of light
In the fields of dawn and the forests of the night
And when you stand before the candles on a cake
Oh, let me be the one to hear the silent wish you make

Those tomorrows waiting deep in your eyes
In the world of love that you keep in your eyes
I'll awaken what's asleep in your eyes
It may take a kiss or two

Through all of my life
Summer, Winter, Spring, and Fall of my life
All I ever will recall of my life
Is all of my life with you

Happy Anniversary, darling. Thank you for my best life.

Friday, October 27, 2006


Our most wonderful briiliant fantastic vacation.

Thank you so very much Sarah and Phil. And thanks, Kauai. You're a gem.

And,P.S., we totally own a piece of paradise now, as of this morning. Happy first anniversary to us!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006


Okay, I join Karen in my excitement on this one.

Who wants to fly to NYC to go see this with me?


I'm still in search of the new magical movie. You know the ones - Labrynth, Dark Crystal . . . maybe it's a combination of my age when I saw them and my wonder that such things still might be possible . . . I don't know. But seeing a preview like this makes me think those movies still might continue on - along with that wonderful, amazing feeling that anything is possible - that there's magic at my fingertips . . .


In honor of my friend Joe's Art Wednesday on his blog, I'm dedicating today's entry to one of MY favorite artists, because it coincides with the one he chose to highlight today.

Egon Schiele

"Egon Schiele was regarded by many of his contemporaries as the predestined successor to Gustav Klimt, but died before he could fulfil his promise.

In 1907 Schiele sought out Klimt, his idol, to show him some of his drawings. Did they show talent? 'Yes,' Klimt replied. 'Much too much!' Klimt liked to encourage younger artists, and he continued to take an interest in this gifted young man, buying his drawings, or offering to exchange them for some of his own, arranging models for him and introducing him to potential patrons."

Klimt's influence on Schiele's work is obvious, while at the same time, young Schiele left a mark on the art world that was all his own. His story, in fact, is as interesting as his work. I'd suggest anyone to check him out, he's a true dramatic and enticing artist. One whose work is an obvious influence on my own.

Who's one of your favorite artists?

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Disney for the Weekend

So, we left for Florida after work Friday and returned Sunday afternoon. It was a short trip and the traveling part of it left a lot to be desired (P.S. Karma, I expect you to shine loveliness on us all the way to Hawaii and back) - but we packed in so much fun we could have been there twice as long.

First, we got to see Andy and Leslie, possibly our fave couple to hang out with ever. Top two, at least. They once again showed up to the Orlando airport in the middle of the night to get us with smiles and hugs and not one ounce of bitterness. They are the best airport welcome ever.

We had a little bit of drama the next morning but after hours of adventure we finally got to EPCOT, and the whole reason we were traveling insane amounts in very small periods of time - Sam's family, and more specifically his sister Leslie's birthday.

And boy, did we celebrate. EPCOT center was having thier food and wine festival, and while there were rides ridden, we basically just ate and drank our way throught the day. MUCH fun was had . . .

Loni and I realizing we are, of course, long lost friends.


It was good, good, times. There are more pictures, but of course, OTHER people took them. Ha. I'm swearing NOW to be better about the picture taking this week in Hawaii. . . .

Sunday we went to Animal Kingdom, Sam and my's favorite park. We got up super early to be there EXACTLY at 9am to meet everyone, and then looked at animals and such while waiting for everyone else to get there. And we took our requisite self-portraits:

Once everyone got there we did ALL the major rides. Sam and Leslie RAN through the park to get everyone fast passes for the Everest ride (which was ever so cool) and then immediately we all went on the safari.

It was so very cool.

We also rode the Dinosaur ride, which was the first time we really had to wait in line for any length of time. This allowed us plenty of time to take pictures, and turned out to be a truly golden opportunity.

oh no! a dinosaur!

ben and the dinosaur

mike refusing to play our reindeer games with the dinosaur

feeding the dinosaur beer

We had a great time, obviously.

It was wonderful fun to see so much of Sam's family (Angie, Ben's wife being horribly missed) and it only made me even more excited for our cruise in January, and our trip back to Kansas in December. On our trip home I got horribly sick at the airport and even stayed home from work the next morning, but it was all worth it. I adore my newly-aquired family, and seeing them this weekend was the perfect treat after a long, hard week at work.

Happy Birthday, Leslie! May they all be this fun.

Friday, October 13, 2006


What a night!

I've been lucky enough to go to all three Mets' home playoff games this year (unlucky enough to not be able to go tonight... stupid weather) and last night was the most intense game yet. I show up and walk in with Dave Winfield, cause come playoff time everyone's a peon, he's just a BEAST of a peon.

It's almost impossible to explain playoff baseball. It's why I was so excited I was able to take Misty to one game this postseason. It's SO intense. You live and die with every pitch. I wish I could have gotten my buddy Ryan to the game, then it would have been complete, even though he's a Cards fan and all of me is wishing for his heart to get broken... sorry buddy, we still cool, but that's the way I roll, ha.

Anyway, we sit down an hour before the game and it's already madness. My buddy John C's tickets are PHAT seats (Loge level, third base side). They are however right next to the visiting team's section, so 15 feet away are all the Cardinal player's families and friends. Behind us, 7-8 young 20-somethings who unleash the taunting before BP is even over... welcome to New York!

The game starts and it's pandimoneum. They introduce the players and the place goes nuts for each Met, from the assistant trainers to Pedro to Cliffy. I expected a good game, but not a pitching dual. I won't recap the game, but it was amazing, great pitching on both sides and amazing defense by the Mets... Paired with the second dumbest baserunning mistake I've seen (#1 is that tool JD Drew) thanks Albert, I doubt you will, but if you could keep sucking that'd be great.

The game winning home run by Carlos was one of the highlights of my sports life. An absolute assasination of a baseball. I'm not sure what Tony LaRussa did to Carlos Beltran's family, but he should really apologize, cause Carlos just KILLS the Cards.

The second highlight of the game was when John Rodriguez pinch hits in the 8th. His family and friends were loud and talked smack all game, including mocking Endy Chavez (which could get you killed in Flushing). So he's announced and they start hollering and jumping up and down. The kids in our section go off, starting chants, mocking them, hilarious. And Mota strikes him out, we go crazy. Now you'd think with all this smack talking there'd be hard feelings, but not so. I've only seen smack flying back and forth like this at the Subway series games, but this ended without bloodshed. In fact after the inning, two of the loudest Cards fans were asked up to where the loudest Mets fans were and they took pics with each other. It was a ton of fun, gotta love baseball.

Needless to say it was an amazing night. Bummed I can't go tonight to watch Carp v Maine, but hopefully the Mets will continue their postseason winning ways. Huge game, GO METS!

Still nervous, still excited and loving every minute of October baseball.

Mets 1-0

Nothing Exciting

I realize lately I haven't said much, written much - and what I have, has been obtuse and not so positive. And I'm sorry for that. I guess I feel like I should have fun happy things to share with you all the time, but right now it's not where I am and writing otherwise would be a lie. Something I'm not very good at.

Regardless, I am doing all right. There are lots and lots of things in my life that are wonderful; there are so many things to be grateful for, as I told Sam the other day when I was especially sad. It's just that right now, lately, there have been some big things that I'm sad about, too. Work has been overwhelmingly frustrating, and I have gone through another round of feeling sick and hurt-ey for days/weeks on end. I've been doing a lot of self-evaluaton, figuring out what I want in my life, who I want in my life - how to live my best life. And while that's exciting, it is often painful and worrisome. Change is hard, even when you know it will lead to good things.

As Sam pointed out to me the other night, I'm good at taking great leaps and landing on my feet. I've done it numerous times without failure. I'm trying to have confidence in that. I'm figuring out what I want to leap toward now. I'm just trying to go with the flow, letting myself feel how I feel, figuring it out as I go.

Things will get better. In fact, they're not bad. And, really how could they not? I mean, I'll be in Orlando this wekend and a week from today - Hawaii.

Maybe all I need is some sun, fresh air, and time with my husband and best friends. I'm sure that's it.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Sam's Famous!

First, he got to talk to MARGOT ADLER, which makes me ever so jealous. I feel like it shoudl make up for the game being cancelled, but I fear his opinion differs, alas.

Regardless, here's my love on NPR. :)

News of Crash Brings Flood of Emotion in New York

I have more to say on what happened yesterday, but really all it comes down to is I've been having a really rough time lately - and I just don't have the energy to put forth on it. What I can do however is say I love this city and all it stands for, all it's given me and all it's challenged me with. And despite the split second of fear that sometimes comes with living here, I wouldn't' give it up for the world.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006


The truly disappointing thing about living in the city is that no matter how much you want to, it is virtually impossible to slash someone's tires.