Monday, March 23, 2009 is awesome

So I found this on Totally Looks Like, an extension of the all-time-classic Lolcats. It makes me extraordinarily amused, entertained and quite happy. 

"Chris Brown Totally Looks Like a Douche."

Now, to completely understand the gold that is this picture, you have to know what their look-
alike pictures usually are. They are typically two things that actually appear to be very similar. For example, Inigo Montoya Totally Looks Like Captain Hook, or V Totally Looks Like Mel Gibson. See? 

Chris Brown Totally Looks Like a Douche. 


Copying Kerrie Today

List your top 10 favorite movies.

Surprisingly... I've never actually tried to do this before. I couldn't even tell you my all time favorite movie. What's wrong with me? lol

Okay, so this was so hard coming up with 10 movies, that I'm not even going to try to order them by preference. So in no particular order, here are 10 of my favorite movies:

Ocean's 11
Little Women
Fight Club
Clerks (1 and 2)
10 Things I Hate About You
Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Goals, updated

What are your goals for the coming month?

By mid-April I would like to be almost done with my thesis. I want to have, if not a new job, a few lined up for interviews and the like. The graduation party invitations should be sent out, and the engagement party invitations should be almost ready to be sent out. I would also like to lost at least 4 lbs. 

Really, that's it. I mean. It's not a long list, but it will definitely be difficult. I've gotten a substantial amount of thesis work done so far this week, but I still have SO MUCH left to do. 


I had Natalie take a nice picture of my tattoo finally, since the only one I have of the finished version was taken right after I had gotten it, and it was shiney from the ointment. 

Isn't it perty? I love it so much. 

Monday, March 16, 2009

Wedding Cakes!

I have four very perty wedding cakes that I found on TheKnot.

The first three are ones that I chose, and well, apparently I like polka dots and stripes. I didn't know that, but ... well... they're super cute.

The last one is Zach's pick. And it's not that I don't like it, it's just that... it's a bit weird. Perhaps if there was some color on it, I'd like it more. I've never been a fan of black and white. I love me some color! And polka dots and stripes... apparently.

Anyway, links to my four cakes: Blue and brown , green, orange and brown, black and white.

What does the future hold?

Where do you see yourself in five years?

This is a hard one

In five years I'll be 27. I know that I'm going to be married to Zach. I would like to have a kid by then, at least one. A girl, named Zoe. She'll have green eyes, freckles and dark brown hair. But I definitely haven't thought about that yet. I'm going to have a career, hopefully teaching high school English in a nice public school in Nassau County or Queens. We'll have a house, or a nice big garden apartment condo-thing somewhere in Queens.  We'll have a second dog, a mut that is hopefully part bulldog or pug. There will be a cute yard, with a swing-set and a garden with tomato and basil and dill and cucumbers. In the fall there will be pumpkins. In the summers we'll have one of those inflatable pools and there will be a barbeque. Each room in our home will be painted a different color, and each one will be charming. Our house is never quite clean, but it is definitely charming, with carefully chosen furniture and art that suits our style and budget. 

This is really scary to think about. 

Thursday, March 12, 2009

It really does come down to money....

So I just watched four episodes of House Hunters on HGTV, and good lord, I want a house. The strange thing is, yes, I want a house, but I want to look for a house, and shop for a house so much more than I actually want the house. I've dreamt about decorating my own house for years now. Maybe I should have become an interior decorator. lol

Zach told me not to think about it because it would just make me sad because we don't have the money to buy a house (or even move out of our studio apartment), but I still can't help myself. I want a house. I want a home. I want hardwood floors and high ceilings and a patio and a pantry and a walk-in closet and walls that I've painted and carpets that I've selected and couches and artwork and a fireplace and an island in the kitchen and a computer room and a master bedroom. 

And the really sad thing is, I don't even know when we'll be able to get any of this. I need a job. I need a career. And that means that I need another degree. I hope I love teaching. I hope I'm good at it. No - I hope I'm great at it. I think I can be. 

How is it that I get all deep after watching a home and gardens tv show? Seriously. What's wrong with me? Damn you HGTV. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Yay Michelle!

So there's a Times article in today's paper about how awesome Michelle Obama is. Well.... actually it's about how she's trying to promote people eating fresh and locally grown produce by promoting it in soup kitchens and the White House. It's pretty awesome. 

Here's a quote by the great lady herself (as written by author Rachel Swarns): 

“It’s like: How do we keep the calories down but keep the flavors up?” said Mrs. Obama, who also praised a healthy broccoli soup prepared by White House chefs.

“That’s one of the things that we’re talking a lot about,” she said. “When you grow something yourself and it’s close and it’s local, oftentimes it tastes really good.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Way to go Glamour!

So Glamour is having a 70th anniversary American Idols photo shoot. They're using current female entertainers to pose as female icons. 

They have America Ferrara, Alexis Bledel, Lindsay Lohan, Hayden Panettiere and a bunch of other awesome people. 

It's really awesome, and I like it so much because they chose all different kinds of icons: athletes, activits, actors, and political figures. Overall, totally awesome. 

Stop stalking my life

What are you putting off right now?

Seriously. This prompt generator scares me.

Reagin's paper that's due Thursday.
White Teeth.
My thesis.
Planning my graduation party/engagement party/wedding.
Finding a job.
Writing the short story about my grandfather.
My 4:30 class.
Space reservation forms that are due tomorrow.
The several hand-outs I need to revise.
Writing more podcasts.
Finding a restaurant for Zach and my anniversary dinner.
Thinking about life.
Hero with a Thousand Faces.
Razor's Edge.
Did I mention my thesis?

Btw... how do I have class in 6 minutes?

No work, but more pretties!

Ok, so obviously I'm not doing all that much work here. But I have tutored three students so far, so I feel like I'm not slacking terribly.

That being said, I have found even more things that I love on the Martha Stewart Wedding page.

First, two receptions that are awesome. The first is another awesome tent that looks both charmingly outdoors while still being sheltered from whatever weather is there. I LOVE the red and blue paper lanterns, and while the white tablecloth, folding chairs and centerpieces are a bit too monochromatic for me, the lanterns look awesome.

The second reception is taking place in a barn, and the couple got all of the chairs from flea markets and garage sales. I think the idea is quirky and cute, but I think I'd like to just have normal chairs, thanks. But omg, the trees. They're in pots in the picture, and were planted on their farm later on as part of a ceremony the next day. I think that's fricking adorable.

The second thing that I found that I'm in love with is adorable dessert tables. The first wedding had a normal cake and this cute desserts on the side, and really, who wouldn't love these? They're perfect! Also, they were made by the bride's aunt, who's a pastry chef. How come I don't have any pastry chefs in my family? And those umbrellas? I could just die!

But this second wedding, they don't have a normal cake... these freaking cute little desserts ARE the wedding cake. Look, there's the little bride and groom on top. Don't you just want to eat all of it?

New pretties!

So, Agie just introduced me to a new awesome site: the Martha Stewart Wedding page!

There are tons of awesome stuff, but since I'm supposed to be working at work, I won't write too much about how great it is.

I just wanted to share this beautiful looking reception area. I like the square tables because they're interesting looking. I LOVE the lamps, and the tent, and the fact that this feels like it's indoors, but it's outdoors at the same time. Also, the tables aren't extravagant, but they're not sparse either. Also... I would change the centerpieces, they're a bit boring.

Ok, so I found one last outdoor reception that I wanted to post here. I love this one for very similar reasons: awesome lamps (albeit quite different), relatively simple tables, outdoors (but the tent is large enough that you feel sheltered at the same time). It's pretty looking. It just needs more color and flowers. Lots more flowers.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Hmmmm.... I like this one

Ten people who are no longer living who I would love to have met (and why).

In no apparent order:

1. Uncle Anthony: So much in my family revolves around the fact that Anthony isn't here. He died in Vietnam when he was younger than I am now. I wish I could have known him, and gotten to know him as an Uncle.

2. William Shakespeare: I shouldn't really have to explain this to anyone who knows me. I love this man. He was definitely brilliant, and probably a bit of a crackpot. He would be thrilling.

3. F.D.R.: He may have done some crooked things, but he also did some amazing things for this country, plus he had polio like my grandfather. I would just like to know what was going through his mind.

4. Jesus: Mostly just so that I could learn the whole true story of his life, and come back and prove so many crazy religious zealots wrong. I would like to emphasize the peace and love in his teachings, and diminish the psycho hate that they somehow think he wanted them all to feel.

5. Virginia Woolf: Just to listen to her speak. If her writing is so beautiful, I can only imagine what it was like to sit and listen to her talk.

6. Queen Elizabeth: That crafty, brilliant woman. I want to know how her brain worked, pick it apart and learn even a tenth of her secrets.

(This is surprisingly hard, btw.)

7. Walt Whitman: Have you ever read Leaves of Grass? He seemed like a pretty chill guy. I'd like to hang out with him.

8. My mom's Aunt Rose: When my mom was a teenager, Aunt Rose died, and my mom knew that she wanted to name her daughter after her, so I got my name. I'd love to meet the woman who my mom loved so much that she named me after.

(I just played with the Photobooth for 20 minutes to delay coming up with the last two people.)

Okay. I give up. I can't think of a 9 or 10. I mean, sure I could say someone like Gandhi or Abraham Lincoln, but I really don't have any personal investment in them, so it would just be a cliche that takes up space. So, I'll leave you with 8 people that I actually would have really liked to have met.

via Imagination Prompt Generator.

This generator reads minds and spins falsehoods!

Seriously. This prompt generator is fricking crazy and stalks me and reads my mind.

"What superpower would you chose to have?"

REALLY??? lmao. I literally posted a comment on Kerrie's blog 10 seconds ago about how I would always write stories about myself having supermagicalpowers.

O good lord. I've wanted everything at some point or another. It really depends on what point in my life you ask me. In all honesty, Peter's power (pre- Dad-fuckup) would probably be ideal for me, because it wouldn't require me having to make up my mind about any one power. Also, I'd pretty much be satisfied with almost anything because all of my life I have desperately wanted to have some sort of magical super gift thing.

I would love to fly. That would be awesome.
I would love to be able to read minds.
I would love to be able to teleport. Freaking awesome.
I would love to be able to morph into other people or animals. That would be sweet.
I would love to be able to see the future, but only if there was some sort of plausible way that I could alter it if I deemed that to be necessary.
I would love to be able to heal myself and other people.
I would love to be able to talk to animals.
I would love to be able to manipulate the elements and nature.
I would love to be able to sing. What? That's not a superpower? Damnit.

And that's it for now.

P.S. Did you pick up on the hidden Firefly quote? If so, you're AMAZINGLY AWESOME. If not, well, you can still become as awesome as some of us are.

So it turns out I'm a simpleton and forgot the ability that I've wanted for the longest time. I want the ability to heal. Not necessarily to heal myself like Claire, but to heal. I want to be able to heal other people. 
But if I had the option, I'd still totally take Peter's first power. And then I would find somebody who could heal others, and take that too. ;)

Thursday, March 5, 2009

More wedding stuff

Okay, so I've been avoiding looking at wedding stuff lately because I really should be concentrating on school. But no. Kerrie wouldn't let me. Plus, my mother sat me down and wants to start planning our engagement party. So I have wedding on my mind.

So, that means that I'm going to post about wedding stuff non-stop until I can actually convince myself to stop. = awesomeness.

Okay, so my new favorites of today. Luckily they haven't made me rethink anything that I've already made semi-decisions about.

First, the Scrabble cake. This is something that I think is so freaking cute that I want to see somebody do it *coughcoughNikki?cough*, but I'm not completely sure that person will be me. Zach and I like Scrabble a lot, but we also love board games. But still, so freaking cute.

Next, this looks like one of the most perfect weddings imaginable. Just... everything about it makes me happy. I love the colors, the outdoorsness, the simplicity, the hydrangeas, the orchids, the cake. Oh god I love the cake.

And last (for now), but not least, is a combination of two things that I love: wedding planning and Etsy. For serious, how could I not be excited about this?

That's it. For now. I should probably being doing work, since I'm currently at work. Or writing that paper that's due in 10 hours and I only have 2 1/2 paragraphs written. Maybe.


New prompt: The last time I laughed really hard

Last night Zach and I were being silly and wrestling and tickling. This always provokes a lot of laughter. 

But the last time I laughed really hard? Sunday, I hung out with Dawn. My mom gave us $20 to get out of the house an hour and a half before our movie (He's Just Not That Into You - still great!), so we went to get dinner. Dawn and I always laugh ourselves ridiculous whenever we hang out. I can't even remember what amused us so much. It's usually a mixture of misunderstanding, remeniscing, stories, and laughing over each other so much we can't hear anything and stutter while trying to understand everything. 

I love you Dawn. 

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Here you go Kerrie

Describe your wedding dress, bridesmaid dresses, suit etc, if male.

Thank you Kerrie
and the Prompt Generator. You know... I think I'm going to have to agree with Kerrie. I've never really thought about my ideal wedding. I definitely have never posted dress ideas on my blog before. And ideas about location? Definitely not at a vineyard on the North Shore of Long Island. Table settings? Who thinks about that? And seriously. I can't even being to fathom what I would like my cake to be. And I'm definitely not register at

With that out of the way, this dress here is is my favorite so far. I love the lace top and the detail on the bust and the hem. I love that it's partially flared, but not too extreme. It's beautiful.

Bridesmaid dresses, well I've pretty much decided (or been informed) that all of my bridesmaids don't have to wear the same dress. I love the idea that all of the dresses are made of the same material, but in different cuts and styles. That way, there is a sense of uniformity, but everyone feels comfortable and beautiful in the dress of their choice. Alfred Angelo has the idea down pat, although I'm not madly in love with any one of his dresses. As for color, I'm intrigued by royal (or dark) blue and a sort of evergreen.

My selection of bridesmaids very much depends on how large of a bridal party Zach and I decide to have. We want something smallish, and we're both huge fans of balance, so I wouldn't want to have more bridesmaids than Zach has groomsmen.

I've pretty much always known I've wanted an outdoor wedding. I've envisioned getting married on the beach, in the redwood forest, in an open field. Scenic nature shot? I've wanted it. But... a vineyard on the North Shore is perfect. Zach loves it. I love it. It's near where my parent's got married. It's near Mattituck. The whole family can come because it's not that far, but it's still far enough that it will be interesting. This summer we're going to tour a bunch of vineyards looking for the perfect look. We're looking for second (and third and fourth) opinions, so whoever would like to come with us is more than welcome!

Zach wants a gazebo. I vaguely want to be barefoot. He doesn't want any religion. Neither do I, but I would love if my cousin Brian (who's a minister) would marry us.

Oh God the flowers. The flowers are going to be extravagant. That's inevitable. My mother's boss at the Flower Shoppe promised to do my flowers when I was ten. I want hydrangeas. Preferably in every shade of blue, pink and purple. And roses and tulips and lilacs. How perfect would spring green bridesmaid dresses look with an arrangement of beautiful pinks, blues and purples? Flowers make me so much more excited than almost everything else.

Oh, and Nikki and my cousin Kayleigh have both promised me that they're going to learn how to make wedding cakes so that they can maybe make mine. That would be so awesome.
I'd love something completely personal and not at all generic. And tasty. It has to be tasty. Maybe chocolate with raspberry? Or chocolate and mint? Or red velvet? Or cheesecake? Maybe I'll just have a dozen different smaller cakes and people could chose. That would be sweet. Oh. And there will be a chocolate fountain. You just wait and see.

Oh, and our Engagement Party is going to be on June 28th at my parent's house. Save the date. Invitations will be going out as soon as I find some that don't cost as much as my rent.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Prompt: Is writing a form of self therapy?

Well, my first official prompt. I crack myself up sometimes. I decided to do daily prompts like Kerrie is doing, and then completely slacked off before I even started. I'm so lame.

So anyway, my first prompt is "Is writing a form of self therapy?"

And really, how perfect could this be? It's like the imagination prompt generator read my mind!

Lol. Or it could just be a freak coincidence.

Anyway. Writing in journals is definitely a form of self therapy for me. I've filled dozens of notebooks worth of rantings and ramblings. I vent in my notebooks. I mull through difficult decisions. I pour my heart out. Writing helps me organize my thoughts so that when I go to talk to somebody about my opinions or problems, I actually have an organized idea of what I want to say. Also, it helps pass the time and it's fun.

I also love creative writing as a form of expressing myself. As a child, I was extremely creative, so writing gave me an avenue to express my creativity without doing anything too crazy. I'm also an avid reader, and I think that everyone who loves reading has, at least at one point or another in their lives, wanted to write.

Also, I discovered something amusing over the weekend: sometimes I think as if I'm writing. I'm not contemplating what I would write in a given situation, I'm actually seeing myself typing (or writing by hand), seeing the words appear, writing to a specific audience. It's fun, and I know that I didn't just start doing this; I just became aware of it.
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