Wednesday, June 22, 2016

fact #9,594,391

it doesn't matter how often designers push white sunglasses...


i'm gonna think they look silly.

TILL_THE_END_OF_TIME


*does not apply when snowboarding or snow skiing. 

;-p

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Poetry, Photos and nothing but Love.

i've always wanted to be a Mermaid.
THERE. I. SAID. IT.

*le sigh* there can only be one cool lady fishy in the sea and that's Ms. Mermaid..
my beloved Charlotte.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

forever green


The year I bought my house I purchased a small stone cupid at a flea market for $10.00. It rested in my garden until I gave it to a good buddy who loved it from day one.
After several locations and lots of thought, my friend finally found a quiet venue for her gift among the luscious ginger, split-leaf philodendron, pale yellow lantana and other beauties in her garden. Playing in the mud has been something we've loved and shared since we were kids; our parents and neighbors worked among the tropical greens every weekend and so it seemed we all enjoyed the same hobby. It wasn't surprising, starting at a very early age we knew every nickname for every single plant that was indigenous to our area. I'd like to think I'm talented at growing green things, but the reality is luck and good soil have a lot to do with it. 

My friends oasis has grown into a small tropical jungle, so spotting her little cupid has become challenging the last few times I've gone over to visit. I decided to paint her wings yellow and presto! just like that, she now stands out over the many green lovelies that serve as a backdrop behind her aging cracks and chips. Everyday she watches the lizards and ladybugs, insects and ants come and go. Can you imagine the stories she could tell and the numerous parties and shenanigans she's witnessed? While we go along with our daily chores she's patiently putting up with raccoons, owls, deer, every bird in the world and several little weenie dogs that seem to think they own the place, as little dogs commonly do.


The jungle garden where the small cupid sits day in and day out, year after year, is a constant reminder how our lives are forever changing. It occurred to me on my last visit that if I'm patient and take a long look through her whimsical yellow wings, i just may understand why my life is unfolding as it was intended to all along.

That's a nice feeling.  

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

lovely things


when I was a little girl I was fascinated by angels. not the cute chubby little cartoon like ones, but the gorgeous angelic biblical kind. i loved the angels with enormous soft white feathery wings and flowing gowns adorned with a belt made of gold sheering rope and tassels at the end.
aside from Bugs Bunny, I believe this is what inspired me to draw. (that's really my strongest talent, though I get more enjoyment from painting.) I would spend hours trying to copy those angels with a simple no.2 pencil, and it wasn't surprising to my parents it was an angel drawing that was my very first piece i ever sold.

something about those milky white angels fills my heart with promise. and secretly I believe they are constantly around me. they hang out in my house, they discuss, they gesture with their lovely feathery arms. and sometimes when I'm laying in my bed and the air is still I hear them in my kitchen.
I'm fairly certain they're checking out all the gallons of Blue Bell Ice Cream i hoard in the freezer.
I would have to think that's got to be the hardest part of being an angel.


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

on this day..

"Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life." ― Prince (born June 7, 1958)


quite possibly my outright, absolute fav-o-rite pic of Prince. :D



 "Like books & black lives, ALBUMS MATTER." ~ Prince

Friday, June 3, 2016

Thursday, June 2, 2016

ah yes. that.

yesterday i decided to step on the ole dreaded weight scale. i have one of those medical scales that don't lie no matter where you step on it. i'm not big on weighing myself but i'm a curious person and i was wondering if my weight had changed over the years. it's been forever since i've touched the thing so i figured i better make sure it's calibrated. remarkably, i remember how to do this.
"Ensure that the scale is calibrated. When the large counter weight and the small sliding weight are both on zero, the rotating beam should come to a stop where it is completely horizontal and the needle on the far right end is in the center of the slot."
well i did all that and it wouldn't budge. i tired just about everything to get the darn thing to balance but it wouldn't have any part of it. so i turned this heavy, clumsy monster on its side and looked under it. i dunno, i guessed it must be the thingy you step on or something on the bottom that was broken.
nope. it all looked fine. not that i know how these things are suppose to look but nothing seemed to be out of place. after a stupid amount of time trying to get this bar to calibrate i gave up but it bugged me all day. ALL_DAY_LONG.
so i did what anyone would do in this situation and looked it up on the all informative internets. i was doing exactly what every tutorial instructed and believe me i must have read 20 of them. YouTube, same story. i was at a complete loss.

rats.
forget it. the damn thing is somehow broken and i'm not going to think about it any longer. okay.. that didn't happen. it bugged me until the next day so i waved my white flag and asked for help from a friend. i stood in front of the scale perplexed and proceeded to show him how its suppose to work and such. i'm telling ya at this point i was so frustrated and aggravated i wanted to throw the monster out of the window.
but then, there it was. the smile he was so desperately trying to hide.

"love, it's not working because you have to step on it."  

ugh.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

ya know i'm working nights


thanks, Skeets! i haven't seen this in ages, i forgot how funny it is.
xo

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

RIP Harambe



Harambe, a 17-year-old gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo is pictured in this undated handout photo provided by Cincinnati Zoo.


Harambe - 17-year-old gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo 
 
years ago while strolling around the 1984 World's Fair, i spotted a little boy on a leash that was attached to a harness around his chest. i remember being completely horrified at this sight and i was quick to throw his parents the side eye along with an all knowing growl.
what the hell did i know? who was i to act as though i'd been crowned queen of parenting 101?

funny how things change. looking back on that warm afternoon, i had no idea that one day i'd apologize to them (in my small little mind) for judging choices they made to keep their precious cargo safe.
i'm telling you this because of the unfortunate 17-year-old endangered gorilla shooting at the Cincinnati Zoo this past weekend. i've been sick over the story since i first saw the footage on the news. i'm not here to take sides but i do want to say how horrible i feel for all those involved. little ones can get away so damn fast; any of you with children know this all too well. i just can't imagine the grief the employees at the zoo are feeling right now, not to mention the hate and death threats the parents of the 3-year-old little boy are receiving. unfortunately and tragically the great silverback gorilla, Harambe is dead and no amount of blame will ever bring him back.


"The boy's mother Michelle Gregg has faced criticism for social media users and animal rights campaigners, who claim she should have been keeping a closer eye on her child.

Some animal lovers even suggested she and the boy's father Deonne Dickerson should have been shot and killed instead of the gorilla Harambe."

and now, a little boy who can't even spell his name will forever be labeled and taunted for being nothing more than a mischievous and curious three year old.

     

Friday, May 27, 2016

justification.

Thing-2 just sent me this ..... no text, just the pic.


now i know for sure i've done a good job. 


;-) 


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

lives in a world full of wonder

last night an old friend called me (all excited) asking if I'd like to join her with a few other peeps to fly to Jamaica to swim with dolphins.

i'm going to let you just think about that for a minute.
go on.... take your time, i'll wait.


first off, i learned years ago, while swimming in black water at the Key Biscayne Triathlon Trilogy ~ big open water scares the bajesus out of me. secondly, big fishes no matter how sweet they appear aren't happy to pal up with little ole me.
(park me on the crow's nest of our boat, "The Gumbo" with a cocktail and i'm peachy as can be.)

with all that in mind, i declined and thanked her  profusely.

*anyone interested in hiking The Appalachian Trail this fall. look me up. (i'll bring the Doritos!)

;-)

Monday, May 23, 2016

take me away..


why is it so hard for me to sit still like a normal human being? i desperately want to learn this seemingly delightful habit but i lack the discipline.
i've been told my entire life to "slow down and smell the roses".  if i were honest with myself, the only time i'm every truly relaxed is on any given friday around 6:30. that's when the bell in my mind goes off to signal the weekend and you can bet your front choppers i'm sitting in some restaurant ordering an Old Fashioned or a Martini. 
so here's the deal: i'm turning over a new leaf. a new me. i'm determined to shut my brain off with its constant lists and whatnots that dictate my existence.

so anywho, i decided to look up "How to Relax" on my nifty computer and here's the first thing that popped up:

  1. Do Some Yoga. Put your feet up—against the wall, of course. ...
  2. Stretch. Standing up for a quick stretch can relieve muscle tension and help us relax during a stressful workday . ...
  3. Run in Place. We may not be able to run away from stress, but it's worth practicing. ...
  4. Take a Quick Walk.

lets break this down.
1.) i loth yoga. it's the most boring activity i can think of. and don't give me "it's really great exercise" baloney. it's a sad excuse people who hate to exercise use and i think it's dumb.
2.) stretch. i stretch every single morning before i get out of bed and it hasn't changed a damn thing.
3.) run in place. (huh?) i'm a distance runner and this is the silliest thing i've ever read.
4.) take a quick walk.  wait.  what?  if i'm going to take a quick walk, i'm going to run. it's how my brain works.


so there's that. i suppose the best thing for me to do is float on a raft in my pool and pick out animal shapes in the clouds.
i'm really going to work at this because trust me, it's not easy.
at least not for me anyway.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

"she gazed at him alluringly and grinned."

after a nice stay in WaterColor, FL i've come home to a bee in my house. first off, i'm petrified of those guys but since they're so important to our ecosystem i've tried to do the civilized thing and swoosh him away with a broom.

i've broken 1 lamp, a picture frame and a bowl that holds some fruit.

i still haven't gotten him out of the house and he's toying with me now. so in an effort to lure him in by ignoring him, i've decided to do some reading on these scary little fellas that torment my summer romps in the mud.

It has often been said that bees are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat. Most crops grown for their fruits (including vegetables such as squash, cucumber, tomato and eggplant), nuts, seeds, fiber (such as cotton), and hay (alfalfa grown to feed livestock), require pollination by insects. Jul 30, 2015

i did not know this.

btw, i see him as i'm typing.
we are currently in a deep stare down.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

i'm talented like that.

do you want to know what this is? sure you do.
IT'S GUM THAT SOMEHOW LANDED INSIDE OF MY JEANS AND LOVINGLY STUCK TO MY LEG!

i don't know how these things happen, and i can't even begin to understand the workings of this stupid piece of gum that almost ruined my favorite white jeans. and the wired part is i haven't chewed gum since i caught a glimpse of myself chomping away at a side mirror in Dillard's. i was horrified.
so my niece offered a sick of Juicy Fruit and i foolishly accepted. the whole ugly affair must have taken place when i was multitasking, ya know, changing clothes and throwing the gum in the trash.
i guess i missed the trashcan.

tell you what, prying my jeans off the inside of my thigh wasn't pleasant.


thanks coach payton.


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

well, hello there..

has it really been a year since i've posted?

well, it's been quite a year. i'll recap to get you up to speed.

my sweet sister Marie became very ill with an incurable cancer that formed in the back of her right eye and spread rapidly to her brain. i decided to temporarily retire to take care of her. i moved to Lacombe, LA until she had to return to M.D. Anderson where she passed away a month ago.

we all miss her like crazy and the days seem to drag by but slowly i'm picking up the pieces of my broken heart.


i'm going to take this much needed break and evaluate what and where i'm going but it's not all gloom and doom. much of my life is on the path i always knew it would be, which is happy and secure.

xo





Tuesday, July 21, 2015

la la la ...

have you ever noticed people love to complain about the weather? when you think about it, it's really funny. for instance, it's hot as hell out lately. hellooo it's mid July, it's suppose to be hot. okay but i'm going to take another road and tell you i actually like it. yep. i'll take this over stupid cold weather any day of the week. maybe it's because i wasn't raised in a cold climate so i've really never had the chance to adjust to it.
either way, it's hot out there peeps.

now i sound just like everybody else.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Green is the colour of her kind.

"so tell me, when you die, what intangible things will you miss the most?' my friend lisa recently asked me. "the smell of barbq coming from a neighbors grill next door," i said. "the sound of the drums coming from the high school band down the street before a mardi gras parade. and about a hundred shades of green."
 
 

Monday, June 22, 2015

lunch hour.

i have a secret hobby i'd like to share with you. have you ever shopped at Anthropologie? not online but the store itself. their displays are magnificent works of art. every 2 months or so they put out new displays throughout their stores across the nation and if you've never paid attention to them, you really should.
i found out (only because they know me now from my monthly visits) that all the displays throughout the store are made from scratch by their in house artists and are carefully monitored by Anthropologie headquarters in Philadelphia, PA.

so the next time you're downtown in New Orleans, or at one of their many locations, take a moment and admire their art, it's really impressive.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

wowee....

okay peeps.. i realize i've been an awful blogger but i promise to fix this little problem. SWEAH!

i've been busy!

more to come.. promise.

;-)

Friday, April 24, 2015

observation Friday.

if you clean out your garage completely, you'll find treasures.  

when you're busy, the day flies by at rapid speed.


i'm a ninja.