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You Twist It & Then You Shout..

DAY 215

“Absolutely amazing things happen when you believe.” – Frederique Murphy

“Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.” ~ Matt Hardy

“Problems are only opportunities with thorns on them.” – Hugh Miller

Thursday was a perfect day for building a time travel machine. And that is just what the boys did. I love to see creative little minds at work, and teamwork!

Before that adventure, there was my discovery – albeit extremely an extremely belated light bulb moment – that The Beatles were the originators of “Twist & Shout”. Oh yes, my friends – I am truly that behind the times. : ) Not to worry! My revelation was quite amusing to J, so all is well with the world! Here is the song to help refresh your memories [and dancing feet!]:

I am thankful for: funny little moments. and Tamara Lackey’s Work.Life.Balance course that is practically saving my life, or sanity. probably both.

Happy August!



Happy Time..

DAY 184

To love & be loved is the most natural expression of our being. – Deepak Chopra

“Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.” – Zig Ziglar

Pillow forts! Legos! Reading time! Wall.E! All this and more made for a fabulous Monday. Most of which I spent rocking out to Maroon 5’s newest album – Overexposed. It is flipping amazing! Yesterday I posted one of the songs I liked, and here’s another for you!

Here’s a funny from Pinterest..


Oh I loved MASH!


For reeeal..

I miss that

Ok, I’ll stop browsing Pinterest for a sec & get serious. I am now down to completing 1 of my 3 classes from this quarter. It seems so unreal to me that I’ve been in this massage therapy program for nearly a year (just 1 week shy). Next quarter I’ll be starting clinic rotations & I’m beyond excited with a touch of nerves thrown in for good measure. Nerves can be a good thing – I think it shows that someone cares. Your passion is on the line. Don’t worry, passion! I won’t let you down!

Today’s pictures are from books of funny poems. I just had to capture some of the wordage & pictures – they are so funny!

I am thankful for: a good laugh.


First Of May..

DAY 122

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
– Neale Donald Walsch

First day of May. The weather today was strange, which (for me) threw everything else into a strange order/feeling. I learned more about Ayurveda tonight in class! The quote from my calendar is one of my favorites. It reminds me that change is a good thing. Change helps us to grow and learn and make new connections.

I am thankful for: change.


Wall Art, Window Displays, & Coffee Adventures..

DAY 62 

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.
Dr. Seuss
[Thanks to B for the quote!]

I’m liking March. You can stick around!

Best discovery of the day..the creator of Downton Abbey have created a 4-part miniseries about the Titanic which will air on ABC April 14-15! Here’s the link to see more about it.

I had a great tour of parts of Raleigh I’d never been to this afternoon. J & I went to check out Nature’s Pure Essentials, which is close to the Rialto Theatre. Unfortunately, we were a bit too late, but we found a window display of Star Wars figures and another of animated characters. It was great! We saw some wall art around the corner from the windows of awesomeness, as well as 3 police cars. They weren’t for us. : ) Once we reached the store & figured out it was closed, we decided to window shop a bit. We found several cute little shops one street over. There was a bear holding a fish in one window, the most adorable mouse playing a violin, & a shiny fire hydrant at the end of the sidewalk. Our last stop of the night was Cup A Joe, which I’d never been to. I ordered a soy chai latte (of course) and it was honestly one of the best I’ve had! I shall return!

I’m currently creeping on for an amber pendant. The search is going well thus far! It is much cheaper than I imagined to get a great amber pendant. Ok, so the inspiration behind wanting such a piece stems from an article I found online that discussed the gemstones linked to your astrological sign. The ones relative to mine (Taurus) were Amber and Rose Quartz. Here’s the article.

Also today, I discovered Ingrid Michaelson does her own rendition of a song I’ve been obsessed with ..”Somebody I Used To Know.” Here is the video:

I am thankful for: little action figures in windows.



Remember You Are Loved..

DAY 49

“A good laugh & a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.” Irish Proverb

“Friends are family you choose.”

I received the 2nd greatest mailing ever (outsted only by the hand-painted coconut they sent for my 19th birthday) from a family I used to babysit for & consider family. I miss them more than words will allow me to adequately express, so I’d best not say anymore on the topic [or I may end up with waterworks going on].

In other completely unrelated news, I watched Winter’s Bone yesterday & enjoyed it a lot more than I expected.

I wanted to share this commercial I saw tonight. Because it’s awesome.

The pictures..
The wine cork place holder from a friend’s wedding.
A corner of the picture my brother gave me.
Writing from the envelope I was sent.

I am thankful for: unseasonal weather.




The Theatre, The Theatre..

DAY 41

Yay for Fridays! I had a great one! I woke up to a gnarley bruise from the blood donation site this morning, babysat for a bit, ran a few errands & caught up with a friend, catnapped on the floor of the living room, made my hair non-curly, and lastly had dinner (at Tobacco Road) & saw a movie (The Artist at Carolina Cinema) with M! The highlights..very good meal & charming waiter (yes, I know it’s part of their job & I probably shouldn’t still be as flattered as I am, but..) & the movie was magnificent! If you haven’t seen it, I’d definitely recommend it!!

I am thankful for: great art & those who truly appreciate it.



Skirting On The Grass..

..and other such adventures of this past Monday.

Apologies for the tardiness of this (lengthy) post, but I’ve been busy listening to Milo Greene, Andrew Heringer, & Dawson&Marie since very early Tuesday morning. (Some favorites: Perfectly Aligned, Silent Way, Cutty Love, 1957, Baskets, Roads ..ok, all of their songs!)

Allow me to backtrack a bit, to Monday.. It was a beautiful day here in Durham. That night was girls night and I was PUMPED (which was quite obvious ..the entire night. Sorry guys!)! The four of us – L, M, N, & myself (I threw off the alphabetography!) – were to meet at Straw Valley Cafe and then caravan-carpool it to Duke for The Civil Wars concert.

L and I arrived first only to find out the cafe was actually closed for the night. However, the owner is such a super nice fellow that he not only allowed us to stay on the grounds and take quite a few photographs (while he creeperishly walked around for a bit), but also made his best attempt at a hot chocolate for L & then my tea latte. Job well done, sir. Thanks Scott!

Once M & N arrived, we migrated to the closest Starbucks. We chatted for a bit, and then were off to the main event! True, we were absolutely thrilled to finally see The Civil Wars in concert (rescheduled from Oct 20th due to Joy’s illness), but Milo Greene exceeded all expectations & rocked our socks off!

From the moment the auditorium lights dimmed and fog machine was turned on, I was pretty much entranced by the 5 person concoction of awesomeness. As Andrew (player of any instrument that has strings or can be hit his words) told it, they knew each other from college, had each dabbled in various smaller projects, and one day it just clicked that this is what they were supposed to be doing. The band’s name is also a neat story. (I’m always one for a good ol’ how-the-name-came-about tale!) When the group first got to the point where they wanted to start playing shows, they sent out emails and such under the alias “Milo Greene” ..and thus, the band was named. But back to the performance.. after each song, they ALL changed instruments. It was one of the most incredible things I’ve seen. It’s pretty awe-inspiring to see someone, let alone five someones, who are so musically talented.

After their incredible set was over, there was intermission (AKA: set change). The girls & I chose to take the opportunity to dash outside and pick up the tour-exclusive EP. One word – repeat button. : )

Fast forward through the bathroom lines, random couple standing in front of us, reviewing the Milo Greene pictures, and we arrive at the much-anticipated duo …The Civil Wars!

The screams began before they even brought the lights up! And once they did, the simplistic set up of Joy, John Paul, the piano, & the guitars proved to be just enough! I don’t know if I’ll ever experience anything quite like that live performance. The pair completely captivated the entire audience. Joy with her dainty & almost whimsical dance moves, and the way she sang to John Paul for the better part of the concert. John Paul with his Johnny Depp-ness ……. oh, and his musical talent, yada, yada. You could literally hear a pin drop more than a handful of occasions throughout their performance. In between several songs, Joy & John Paul’s adorable banter was on display. In the end, there was a standing ovation ..along with 2 encore songs!! Thank you both for sharing your AMAZING talents! My attempt to summarize their set with words has most likely fallen short, but will hopefully convince you to see them live, or at least check out their recordings!

Now for the story of how the title of this post came into being! As the audience was shuffling out of the auditorium, we decided to (instead of attempting to find Joy & John Paul’s bus) see if we could find Milo Greene and have them sign our CDs. Luckily, they were variously placed on the lawn, armed with Sharpies for our signing pleasure. After spending some time people watching, we made it to Andrew Heringer. One of the nicest musicians I’ve met. He hung out with us on the lawn chatting, taking pictures, and chatting some more. Next thing we know, he’s saying he has this desire to lie on the grass and look up at Duke Chapel, so he went for it. Shortly thereafter, M & L joined him and there I was – camera in-hand – stating that I must try a different angle so as to not get any “skirtage” … And thus, skirting on the grass was born. The girls & I very much enjoyed our time hanging out with Milo Greene after the concert, and look forward to their next local (or LA…) performance!

Here’s to a very enjoyable & memorable night, and an extremely long-winded blog post to show for it!


PS: Most of the photo credit goes to Lydia Mitchell! Thanks, Lady!

Order of pics: Straw Valley Cafe..Milo Greene..The Civil Wars..Post-Concert Pics