Tuesday, December 30, 2008

My Own Private Idaho.


This is a phrase taken directly from the 1980 dance pop song, "Your Own Private Idaho" by the outrageously awesome band, the B-52's.

It means "living inside an Idaho potato", or a very small space. Metaphorically, it refers to someone who is not paying attention because he is daydreaming, or under the influence, or otherwise wrapped up within his own very narrow sphere of interest or frame of reference.


Thursday, December 11, 2008

Tis' the season.....

...to bake. Well, I got that baking bug again this holiday season, but this year along with everyone else, I have little time to do the holiday things I enjoy.

So I experimented. I took a store bought mix - Trader Joe's Deep Dark Gingerbread Baking Mix, substituted the vegetable oil with equal parts nonfat apple sauce, and baked in two tiny loaf pans. About 40 mins later (took an extra 10 mins than on the box) - 'wa-la!' two tasty loaves were done and making our kitchen smell like the holidays.

I then made my own whipped cream - it's so easy!

2 cups whipping cream
1/4 cup sugar
vanilla to taste

Whip on high with your mixer - and you have a tasty topping.

I'm thinking of making more and handing out as neighbor gifts - along with a quick recipe for whipped topping.

It's easy and affordable.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

sometimes, it just takes a good song, some tasty coffee, and a little bit of positivity to make the world go round.

Baby
It’s been a long day, baby.
Things ain’t going my way
you know I need you here
here by my side
all of the time

And Baby, the way you move me its crazy.
it’s like, you see right through me, you make it easier,
You please me and you don’t even have to try.

oh because,
you are the best thing
you are the best thing
you are the best thing
ever happened to me

Baby,
We’ve come a long way, baby.
you know, I hope and I pray that you believe me
When I say this love will never fade away

oh because
you are the best thing
you are the best thing
you are the best thing
ever happened to me

Now both of us have known love before,
To come on up promising, like the spring, just walk on out the door.
Our hearts are kind and are hearts are strong.
well, let me tell you what exactly is on my mind.

you are the best thing
you are the best thing
you are the best thing
ever happened to me

you are the best thing
you are the best thing
you are the best thing
ever happened to me

yeah, yeah
yeah, yeah, yeah,
now, now, now, now

~Ray Lamontagne, You Are The Best Thing

Friday, November 21, 2008

nicely said.



Red Lotus Mama, this one is for you and your big jumps.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

ten little things...

a dear friend posted ten little things that give her joy and I too wanted to follow her lead.

here are my ten little things that make me smile:

1. having my man home by my side on the couch just chilling after way too many months apart.

2. seeing a chubby baby and a puppy at the same time.

3. taking the first sip of a perfect nonfat latte with just the right amount of foam and equal. (seattle does it best.)

4. a good nights sleep.

5. believing in hope and watching our country make the right decision on November 4th, 2008.

6. laughing out loud with friends so hard it feels like a stomach workout.

7. drinking that perfect latte with a perfect cupcake.

8. putting on an outfit and well, just looking good all day long. (btw, I'm in love with these jeans at The Gap right now...)

9. when the wind touches my face, the leaves fall around my feet, and the air smells so fresh (seattle does it best - again.)

10. that first step into the ocean, board on my left, sand under my feet, good waves in front of me. ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

copy cat.

sometimes a copy cat is the best idea. I'm not saying Trophy Cupcakes is a total copy cat of another cupcake cafe - I'm basically saying Trophy took some great ideas (your favorite birthday party, cupcakes, Martha Stewart's clean style -which she copied btw, good baking, clever decorating) and made it their own.

if you're sitting there thinking you came up with the first idea ever - seriously pat yourself on the back. we are all inspired by others and from that organic sharing of ideas, we can improve and grow. just like Trophy Cupcakes in Wallingford (Seattle, WA) made me enjoy cupcakes even more than I ever thought I could...

I might just have my next birthday party there...oh what will I give as party favors?! I just love party planning...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

New way of thinking for us all.


As President Elect Obama said during his acceptance speech on Tuesday, November 4th,

“…let us summon a new spirit of patriotism; of service and responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves, but each other.”

I’m more focused to get things done – and done a new and direct way. It's time put some new, creative ideas out there. I don’t know about you, but when my leader is so encouraging, I want to do my best.


Last week, I learned (thanks to msnbc) that over 30% of young voters actually voted in this year’s election – a 21% increase from 2004 elections. That means they are out there and they are listening. And they are diverse young voters. Millennium generation who wants to make a difference and wants to feel heard.

I have known from following the 2004 election that we in the marketing space can watch elections and truly see trends to expect to see in consumer marketing. This makes sense since really elections are the biggest marketing opportunity for our country.

Now that being said, President Elect Obama marketed himself in a unique and focused way with our 2008 elections. A way we continue to try to get our clients to experience. He (along with his team) focused on the traditional and the new –

The Obama team knew they had to market in a traditional way:
*Phone calls
*Signs
*Door to door
*Direct mail

And they had to think differently to get the attention of the non traditional audience:
*Social networking – my.barackobama.com
*Facebook, myspace, twitter, etc.
*Email communication
*Online event registration, interactive events, and more
*Online marketing

It doesn’t mean that the old way of marketing goes away, but a new way of thinking and reaching needs to be there in our solutions to our clients. On election night, even though I was not with my husband, or my sister, or my Mom or Dad – I was with each of them. All night, I received pictures from my husband, texts from my sister and Dad, calls from my Mom – all while I was posting pictures of my experience to my Facebook page.

We are all connected – now, how do we get our message out there about this? Let me first start with my blogs....


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The Speech.

"If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.

Its the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen; by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the very first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different; that their voice could be that difference.

Its the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled - Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been a collection of Red States and Blue States: we are, and always will be, the United States of America.

Its the answer that led those who have been told for so long by so many to be cynical, and fearful, and doubtful of what we can achieve to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day.

Its been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America.

I just received a very gracious call from Senator McCain. He fought long and hard in this campaign, and hes fought even longer and harder for the country he loves. He has endured sacrifices for America that most of us cannot begin to imagine, and we are better off for the service rendered by this brave and selfless leader. I congratulate him and Governor Palin for all they have achieved, and I look forward to working with them to renew this nations promise in the months ahead.

I want to thank my partner in this journey, a man who campaigned from his heart and spoke for the men and women he grew up with on the streets of Scranton and rode with on that train home to Delaware, the Vice President-elect of the United States, Joe Biden.

I would not be standing here tonight without the unyielding support of my best friend for the last sixteen years, the rock of our family and the love of my life, our nations next First Lady, Michelle Obama. Sasha and Malia, I love you both so much, and you have earned the new puppy thats coming with us to the White House. And while shes no longer with us, I know my grandmother is watching, along with the family that made me who I am. I miss them tonight, and know that my debt to them is beyond measure.

To my campaign manager David Plouffe, my chief strategist David Axelrod, and the best campaign team ever assembled in the history of politics - you made this happen, and I am forever grateful for what youve sacrificed to get it done.

But above all, I will never forget who this victory truly belongs to - it belongs to you.

I was never the likeliest candidate for this office. We didnt start with much money or many endorsements. Our campaign was not hatched in the halls of Washington - it began in the backyards of Des Moines and the living rooms of Concord and the front porches of Charleston.

It was built by working men and women who dug into what little savings they had to give five dollars and ten dollars and twenty dollars to this cause. It grew strength from the young people who rejected the myth of their generations apathy; who left their homes and their families for jobs that offered little pay and less sleep; from the not-so-young people who braved the bitter cold and scorching heat to knock on the doors of perfect strangers; from the millions of Americans who volunteered, and organized, and proved that more than two centuries later, a government of the people, by the people and for the people has not perished from this Earth. This is your victory.

I know you didnt do this just to win an election and I know you didnt do it for me. You did it because you understand the enormity of the task that lies ahead. For even as we celebrate tonight, we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime - two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century. Even as we stand here tonight, we know there are brave Americans waking up in the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan to risk their lives for us. There are mothers and fathers who will lie awake after their children fall asleep and wonder how theyll make the mortgage, or pay their doctors bills, or save enough for college. There is new energy to harness and new jobs to be created; new schools to build and threats to meet and alliances to repair.

The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America - I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you - we as a people will get there.

There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who wont agree with every decision or policy I make as President, and we know that government cant solve every problem. But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree. And above all, I will ask you join in the work of remaking this nation the only way its been done in America for two-hundred and twenty-one years - block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand.

What began twenty-one months ago in the depths of winter must not end on this autumn night. This victory alone is not the change we seek - it is only the chance for us to make that change. And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were. It cannot happen without you.

So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism; of service and responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves, but each other. Let us remember that if this financial crisis taught us anything, its that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers - in this country, we rise or fall as one nation; as one people.

Let us resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long. Let us remember that it was a man from this state who first carried the banner of the Republican Party to the White House - a party founded on the values of self-reliance, individual liberty, and national unity. Those are values we all share, and while the Democratic Party has won a great victory tonight, we do so with a measure of humility and determination to heal the divides that have held back our progress. As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours, We are not enemies, but friends...though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn - I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your President too.

And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of our world - our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand. To those who would tear this world down - we will defeat you. To those who seek peace and security - we support you. And to all those who have wondered if Americas beacon still burns as bright - tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from our the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity, and unyielding hope.

For that is the true genius of America - that America can change. Our union can be perfected. And what we have already achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow.

This election had many firsts and many stories that will be told for generations. But one thats on my mind tonight is about a woman who cast her ballot in Atlanta. Shes a lot like the millions of others who stood in line to make their voice heard in this election except for one thing - Ann Nixon Cooper is 106 years old.

She was born just a generation past slavery; a time when there were no cars on the road or planes in the sky; when someone like her couldnt vote for two reasons - because she was a woman and because of the color of her skin.

And tonight, I think about all that shes seen throughout her century in America - the heartache and the hope; the struggle and the progress; the times we were told that we cant, and the people who pressed on with that American creed: Yes we can.

At a time when womens voices were silenced and their hopes dismissed, she lived to see them stand up and speak out and reach for the ballot. Yes we can.

When there was despair in the dust bowl and depression across the land, she saw a nation conquer fear itself with a New Deal, new jobs and a new sense of common purpose. Yes we can.

When the bombs fell on our harbor and tyranny threatened the world, she was there to witness a generation rise to greatness and a democracy was saved. Yes we can.

She was there for the buses in Montgomery, the hoses in Birmingham, a bridge in Selma, and a preacher from Atlanta who told a people that We Shall Overcome. Yes we can.

A man touched down on the moon, a wall came down in Berlin, a world was connected by our own science and imagination. And this year, in this election, she touched her finger to a screen, and cast her vote, because after 106 years in America, through the best of times and the darkest of hours, she knows how America can change. Yes we can.

America, we have come so far. We have seen so much. But there is so much more to do. So tonight, let us ask ourselves - if our children should live to see the next century; if my daughters should be so lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see? What progress will we have made?

This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment. This is our time - to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American Dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth - that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we cant, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people:

Yes We Can. Thank you, God bless you, and may God Bless the United States of America."

-President Elect Barack Obama
November 4, 2008




Nicely said, nicely said.

celebration.

tears of joy.

video

for the last 8 years, I've voted, I've supported, I've believed - and I've lost. This year, things changed.

At first I was hesitant. I didn't want to put too much of my heart into this year's Presidential election. I didn't want to lose again.

Then, about 6 weeks ago, I couldn't hold back.

I committed. I got excited. I donated. I volunteered. I talked. I posted my support.

Tonight, I celebrated. I wasn't with family or my husband due to where we all are this election night - in our lives. We have to understand we can't all be together but we can BE together. Through mobile phones, facebook, blogging - I was able to call my mother and cheer! Receive live images from my husband from Rockefeller Center, election night! Smile over the phone with my sister. Cry with my old friend in NYC. Read a text from my Dad...

This is where we are today. It's 2008 and things have changed.

Yes, we can.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

ain't funny.

marketing. when you do it. do it right and your message is clear.

VOTE November 4th.


Ain't Funny - LONG VERSION. Vote for Obama-Biden. from Alma Har'el on Vimeo.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

starting fresh.


it's time for 'fall' cleaning - purging items we no longer need, getting rid of (finally) that couch I've had for 9 years, letting go of those knick knacks I never quite was sure I'd use...
it's time to start fresh.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

modern technology (is killing me.)




you see - i have this new mobile phone - actually i have '2' new mobile phones for work. 2 phones that aren't working....


1 - you can't hear me on.

2 - you can't get work email on.


my new amazing cell phones are supposed to work like a charm. i'm supposed to have this ease of checking my work email, making calls, doing work - it's an amazing idea...


i remember back in jr. high when my mom and dad gave me my first phone - it was a princess phone in pastel pink. i loved it.


i remember plugging into the wall, and wa'la! it worked!!!!! I could sit in my canopy bed and talk about eyeliner, boy crushes, and the best song ever on the radio.


these days, i sit for hours on the phone with my mobile carrier, trying to figure out how both of these phones are supposed to make my life easier. (i'm actually on with them again for the 3rd hour this week....)


what happened to my days of sitting in my bed, day dreaming of boys - asking my mom to stop picking up the phone and trying to call her friends. maybe i should just get a landline and say good bye to all this easy living....

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Virtual Squeeze.


Give it a squeeze before asking your boss for a raise, or before that next big business deal, just to get inspired about making some serious moola!
Maybe we all should just visualize the Million Dollar Bill Stress toy and things would improve???

Saturday, September 13, 2008

distance.

too far.

Friday, September 12, 2008

church and all the people.

You're a part time lover and a full time friend
The monkey on you're back is the latest trend
I don't see what anyone can see, in anyone else
But you

Here is the church and here is the steeple
We sure are cute for two ugly people
I don't see what anyone can see, in anyone else
But you

forgiveness.


She says "wake up, it's no use pretending"
I'll keep stealing, breathing her.
Birds are leaving over autumn's ending
One of us will die inside these arms
Eyes wide open,
naked as we came
One will spread our ashes 'round the yard

She says "If I leave before you, darling
Don't you waste me in the ground"
I lay smiling like our sleeping children
One of us will die inside these arms
Eyes wide open,
naked as we came
One will spread our
ashes round the yard
~Iron & Wine.

peace.

peace is in forgiveness.

peace is in love.

peace is in old friendships.

peace is in new beginnings.

thank you.

Friday, August 29, 2008

everything is in manhattan.

everything is here. you need (fill in the blank)? you can get it here. I'm not saying it's gonna be easy, but you'll find it. I'm not saying it's free, but you'll be able to buy it.

I'm exploring this city again for a brief time - and I'm shocked seeing things for a first time, even though I lived here for close to 10 years. I can definitely say, "New York City will show you it's face each time you visit in a new way. It might look similiar, but look closely - it's different."

Check out this gift basket - you can customize your perfect gift at this tiny store (or online) on the upper east side.

Fill-r-up helped me fill up my mind in a new way - during a lovely walk in an intense city.

Monday, August 18, 2008

what IS next...


What if life were as easy as hitting a scramble, reset, advanced, solve, - or the most important button - click here for help?
For the last week, I've been drawn to the idea of cubes, paths, and primary of colors - plus a few hues inbetween.


Which step do I take next? What would Simon Say? Where does this path lead to next?

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Cell phones just aren't the same.

I'm in the phone booth, it's the one across the hall
If you don't answer, I'll just ring it off the wall
I know he's there, but I just had to call
Don't leave me hanging on the telephone
Don't leave me hanging on the telephone
I heard your mother now she's going out the door
Did she go to work or just go to the store
All those things she said, I told you to ignore
Oh why can't we talk again
Oh why can't we talk again
Oh why can't we talk again
Don't leave me hanging on the telephone
Don't leave me hanging on the telephone

It's good to hear your voice, you know it's been so long
If I don't get your call then everything goes wrong
I want to tell you something you've known all along
Don't leave me hanging on the telephone

I had to interrupt and stop this conversation
Your voice across the line gives me a strange sensation
I'd like to talk when I can show you my affection
Oh I can't control myself
Oh I can't control myself
Oh I can't control myself
Don't leave me hanging on the telephone

Hang up and run to me
Whoah, hang up and run to me
Whoah, hang up and run to me
Whoah, hang up and run to me
Whoah oh oh oh run to me

Hanging On The Telephone - BLONDIE.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Pie makes everything better.

When I think of summer, I think of berries - freshly picked and prepped for pie. This is a photo of my Mom's beloved mixed berry and peach pie. You can not beat her homemade crust.

Before I blogged tonight, I thought it would be cool to find some PIE contests, but to my surprise, there are a few National PIE days....

National Pie Day - January 23rd
PI DAY, March 14 (get it, "314")
Every Friday is Pie Day here....

I'm sure there are more, but sersiously, if you want some recognition for your pie, check out your local newspaper....

Here's to summer and pie. Wish I had some tonight with a scoop of vanilla, of course.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

inspiring in so many ways.

It's always great to see a friend launch a new interactive solution to show the world something they need to know more about... My friend and artist - Susan Wickstrand, just relaunched her website. It's amazing how she captures the essence of the ocean emotions in her art. I'm in love with this painting featured here. It makes me want to run into my storage room, find my oil paints and paint on any surface I can get my hands on. Thanks for the inspiration today and ongoing...

Here's to you Susan - Congrats!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

good god.

God that was funny. Coworker/friend - good friend actually, just walked into my office and said something so matter of factly that I nearly well, died. She's funny in a way that is so dry, that well, it just makes me giggle like I did at age 8. I feel offices need more funny time. Work would be more enjoyable. Wait, offices are funny.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

inspiration.

There is really nothing better than discovering a new boutique and loving the shopping-browsing experience. (Okay, there are better things, but this gives me thrill!)

This new store in Wallingford (Seattle) presents the sweetest paper ideas from wine bottle lables and gift tags, to the perfect "thank you" card, to tastings of hand bagg'ied sweets.

I'll definitely be back. I was purely delighted and inspired at Paper Delights.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Rain, rain, go away....

Wake me up when it's over,
Wake me up when it's done,
When he's gone away and taken everything,
Wake me up.

Wake me up when the skies are clearing,
When the water is still,
'cause I will not watch the ships sail away so,
Please say you will.

If it were any other day,
This wouldn't get the best of me.

But today I'm not so strong,
So lay me down with a sad song,
And when it stops then you know I've been,
Gone too long.

But don't shake me awake,
Don't bend me or I will break,
Come find me somewhere between my dreams,
With the sun on my face.

I will still feel it later on,
But for now I'd rather be asleep.

~Norah Jones

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

sometimes it comes back to venice queen.

Does it go from east to west, y'all
Body free and a body less, y'all
Come again just to start afresh and
Once again to find a home
In the moment of the meantime

Dropping in coming through the mesh, y'all
Checking in just to get it blessed, y'all
Hard to leave when it's picturesque and
Find a form that's free to roam
Where you come from
Where you going

Where you come from
Where you going


Do it all then it all again, y'all
Make it up and you make a friend, y'all
Paddle on just around the bend and
Find a place where you can see
All the mamas and the papas

Take a chance on a recommend
Hard as hell just to comprehend
Disbelief that I do suspend
Easy now to find a breeze
Where you come from
Where you going

Where you come from
Where you going

Friday, May 2, 2008

summa lovin'

May 2nd - only 24 days till the official KICK OFF to summer and that being said, summer means sun, long days, beach time, surf, summer accessories (of course) and...ice cream.

On the blog "The Pioneer Woman", Ree (blogger extraordinaire) shows you how to create an ice cream flower pot, seriously cute.

Ingredients:
*Ice cream
*Straw
*Oreos
*gummy worms
*flower pot, plastic flower (or real...)


It's a great, easy idea. Translated to this blogger - easy win.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

charming, just charming.

I love every thing about a charm bracelet. Each time you visit a new place, you are on search for the perfect charm. It makes a vacation even more exciting (you can't beat a reason to buy jewelry, can you?)

I have charms of places and times I have loved in my life. I have a Space Needle charm I got before I even knew I'd once live in the Northwest - and now here I am - with my charm bracelet and my memory.

I found Charming Darling on a search for something else.... They have some cool vintage versions of these fav of mine... for a decent price. Check a few out and reminiscence with me...

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

miss mary mack is back.

i feel an advertisement is a good one - when it touches me, whether that be by a memory, a feeling, an emotion.

recently Nabisco reminded me a school rhyme we played a recess with their "Recess is back" campaign (100-calorie packs.)

Here's to play time memories - if only we could head to recess every day after lunch....AND if only those 100-calorie Oreo packs really tasted like double stuff Oreos!

“Miss Mary Mack”

Miss Mary Mack - Mack Mack
All dressed in black - black black
With silver buttons - buttons buttons
All down her back - back back

She asked her Mother - Mother Mother
For fifteen cents - cents cents
To see the elephants - elephants elephants
Jump the fence - fence fence

They jumped so high - high high
They touched the sky - sky sky
And they never came back - back back
Til the forth of July - ly ly

Monday, April 14, 2008

soul searching.

Animals have that way of touching deep inside your soul and speaking to you. Recently I visited the local Woodland Park Zoo - where I could stand face to face (behind plexi glass of course) with the Mama gorilla and her new baby "Zooma". I fell in love. She is so curious and so beautiful. Animals, nature, music, art -- something is stirring inside me right now. It's time to do something creative and something right.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Looks like blamestorm is a'coming....

Wow, these corporate flash cards are amazing. Easy to read (with a smile) flash cards to use in your office. Too funny NOT to share.

Check out the slideshow.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Reality or TV?

Ever since I could remember, I wanted to live in NYC (and did for 9+ years), I love peter pan collars (I believe 1/2 my closet has these..), paten leather shoes/bags/anything! (enough said), and I love redheads (married one actually...)

Did this all come from the TV show "Family Affair"??? As a little girl, I it was one of my favorite shows. I watched the reruns and had a vintage Buffy doll that played oh so well with my many Barbies.

Wow, what a weird realization.



Monday, March 31, 2008

fresh air.

I'm driving in my car - on my way to my third meeting of the day - and you came on the radio. Your song just hits me - makes my arm hair stand up on it's tippy toes.

I open the car windows and let the cool air fill the car. Your music touches my soul and my heart. I can't stop listening to you - you're like the first time I fell in love - you just touch my soul in a way that makes me feel so deeply. The keys on the piano. The tones in your voice. The back-up singers.

Here's to all you artists out there - reminding us to open up our soul and listen.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

time for spring cleaning.

Here's to spring. Check out these sweet wall decals from $8.00 - $19.00 dollars. They can really change up the room in your apartment, house, condo, townhouse - without painting, etc. I dig it. Thanks (again) etsy for showing me something cool.

vinylwallart.com

Friday, March 7, 2008

be a dancer.

Arabesque. Pirouette. Plié.
Words that were told to me for a few years growing up. French "fancy" words - pink tights, pink leotard, bun in the back. Day dreams of dancing on stage - being delicate, the flower, the girl.

I didn't dance for long - but I always will dream of being that ballerina. Capezios are coming back - layered nearly nude blouses, pink long strappy hand bag. be the dancer you've always wanted to be - or at least appear like one.

(illustration by
Lauren Pope. Isn't it lovely?)

Thursday, February 28, 2008

I am in search of....

...the perfect laptop business tote. You know, the bag where I can travel with my computer to and from client meetings, business trips, etc - AND look cool while doing it. Something hip with lots of pockets, plenty of room for my pocket book stuff - you know, the perfect bag, the perfect business accessory.

I'm leaning towards one from FranklinCovey - but the styles are just slightly not cool enough. I do love the inside details and all the pockets for all my things. For some reason, it gives me joy to place my items in tiny pockets.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

tunes....


that one song can trigger that one memory - where you can actually feel yourself in the moment. for me today while at my desk on a cold (but sunny!) winter day in Seattle, remembering surfing in warm Rincon, PR with friends.
off to Hawaii again for some warm water, waves, and some LB rides this weekend. definitely looking forward to making more memories.

Friday, January 11, 2008

i [heart] bwb.


it's true. i [heart] big wheel bingo. we've checked out the show 3xs now and every time it gets better and better. from the show, to mr. & mrs. wheeler - to the experience, to the music, to the script, the prizes.
i can't take it. it makes me smile. check 'em out. they are worth it.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

fireworks.

here's to a city where you can drive 10 mins south and see fireworks from a rooftop for free (okay, friend of a friend - but still.)

i'm ready to jump start this year with action items on my creative to do list - and get it done. today i wore a pin i made this weekend - a coworker asked if she could buy one for herself.....hmmm, i'm starting to do it. and it feels good.

happy new year everyone. so far, so good.