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November 25, 2010

Day 7: A picture that makes me happy

This was a lot harder than I thought it would be.

Pictures for me are more of a capture of time than just pictures of people. And evidently I always take pictures of when I'm happy.

In this picture you get everything that means so much to me.

The presence of friends and family. A kiss that has yet to let me back down on my feet. church. My husband and the beginning of our own family. If Ezekiel could have been there it would have been an absolutely perfect moment. At this moment, I felt that all eyes were on me. (vein, I know. But I'm being honest) I felt unique and beautiful. My cup overflowith. I relished in the happiness I felt for what was taking place all around us.

I wish there was a picture that gave you some insight into me that you hadn't seen before... But this is my happy moment.

November 24, 2010

Day 6: 20 of My Favorite Things

1. Singing
2. Dancing

3. Reading
4. Theatre

5. Musicals

6. Bible Studies

7. Scalding hot showers

8. Cuddling

9. Jake singing

10. My pets

11. Sister time

12. Someone else making dinner

13. Pictures

14. Friends

15. Purses

16. Shoes 17. Babies

18. Disney Movies

19. Fireplaces

20. Makeup

November 23, 2010

Day 5: My Favorite Quote

This is pretty hard. I LOVE quotes. I tend to use them often in Facebook status updates as well as in information about myself on websites.

This quote is truly what I feel represents me... I have adored it since I found it over 6 years ago.

"I must learn to love the fool in me--the one who feels too much, talks too much, takes too many chances, wins sometimes and loses often, lacks self-control, loves and hates, hurts and gets hurt, promises and breaks promises, laughs and cries. It alone protects me against that utterly self-controlled, masterful tyrant whom I also harbor and who would rob me of human aliveness, humility, and dignity but for my fool." -- Theodore I. Rubin, MD

November 22, 2010

Day 4: Favorite Book

I hate sonding like a broken record here... But you have to know the answer to this one...

Pride and Prejudice
I read this book, at least, once every year.

I don't know how I get through the style and language difference... But I do. I find the classic Jane Austen style to be very discriptive and easy to picture. How canyou not appreciate one of the first published female writers... By far the most successful.

A major theme in much of Austen's work is the importance of environment and upbringing on the development of young people's character and morality. Social standing and wealth are not necessarily advantages in her world, and a further theme common to Jane Austen's work is ineffectual parents. In Pride and Prejudice, the failure of Mr and Mrs Bennet (particularly the latter) as parents is blamed for Lydia's lack of moral judgment; Darcy, on the other hand, has been taught to be principled and scrupulously honourable, but is also proud and overbearing. Kitty, rescued from Lydia's bad influence and spending more time with her older sisters after they marry, is said to improve greatly in their superior society.

Austen invites the reader to follow events from Elizabeth's viewpoint, sharing her prejudices and misapprehensions. "The learning curve, while undergone by both protagonists, is disclosed to us solely through Elizabeth's point of view and her free indirect speech is essential ... for it is through it that we remain caught, if not stuck, within Elizabeth's misprisions.
Check out this wonderful plot/relationship diagram!!!! (if you click on it you can actually read it) It's it devine?!!

Mav Monday: Dissapearing Act

The very day I brought Maverick home I spent most of the rest of the day with him watching tv and getting him use to sounds around the house, like the washer and drier, the dishwasher and other random things, like breaking one of Zeke's toys...

Then 5:00 came and I was set to meet Jake and Jake's sibs and their significant others as well as his dad and his dad's girlfriend. It's not the kind of thing that I look forward to, especially the day I picked up our puppy. I put Maverick in the soft sided crate that SIL gave us (her oldest pup used it for quite sometime before he got his wire crate so she didn't need it anymore). My heart broke a little as i zipped up the door and said goodbye to my new little love.

The dinner was eventful as we judged the earrings Twin got (the boys are too pretty to be getting any piercings...it's a fine line between MTV and other steriotypes for them) and the announcement of Jake's dad's wedding plans. After the coustimary 2 hours were over Jake and I headed home in our seperate cars. SIL brought her hubs to meet our little man. As we walked in the door I told Jake that Mav needed to be taken out so he could learn "outside potty".

Jake raced upstairs to meet our puppy for the first time since he's come home (jake had worked that day so I picked Mav up without him. SIL was an awesome sport about going with me). From the top of the stairs Jake called down...

Jake: 'Erin, where is he?'
Me: 'In the canvas crate... On my side of the bed.'
Jake: 'um no. he's not there...'
Me: 'What?!'

----at this point I'm scrambling fromt he kitchen to the stairs.

Jake: 'Oh, I found him. he wasn't in his cage'

----I just stood, dumbfounded as Jake carried him past me to the back door of our apartment.

Me: (as he came back in) 'what do you mean he wasn't in his crate?'
SIL: 'Oh, I forgot until just now that Boo Radely excaped his crate after a while... But it was about 4 months...'
Me: 'Great. we have a smart dog... maybe it was a fluke. Hopefully it was a fluke....'
SIL Hubs: 'I totally forgot about that until just now. Yeah he figured out how to unzip the crate after a while'

Saterday night went really well. he slept in his crate and I had the top unzipped so he could smell my hand if he woke up and I could feel if he woke up so I could take him outside to potty...

Sunday Jake had to work and I went to church, zipping Mav into the crate and praying that the incident from the day before was just a fluke...

It wasn't. I came home after church to a very happy puppy

sitting in a little nest made from out comforter
on our bed
with our cat looking on.
We have a very smart puppy........



November 21, 2010

Day 3: Favorite TV program

This is kinda easy... But a little tricky as well.

First gut instinct says to shout Glee from the top of the roof tops. Oh the music!

But after thinking about it I am looking at the history of the shows I have watched throughout the years. There are only 3 shows that I have watched every year it has aired (this doesn't count the shows that are still in their honeymoon phase)... But only 1 show I find myself owning (or in the process of owning all the seasons) and watching when I feel sick or bored...

Will and Grace

I was introduced to the show in a round about way. I didn't watch it from beginning to end. I actually only own seasons 1-3... But let me tell you how many times I've had marathons...

I love the show because it's completely absurd and wonderful.

And for such a long time I felt like I was Grace...

I loved that it was one of the first to embrace Homosexuality rather than ignore it. I loved that the female lead was a Jew, flat chested and had insanely curly hair. I loved the theme that friends are there for you...

Will and Grace was my 'Friends'. You go ahead and watch joey, chandler and the rest of the gang in reruns... I'm perfectly content watching Will, Grace, Jack and Karen on my season DVD's.

Happy 6 years, Love

From the beginning...
The past 6 years have been wonderful.

November 20, 2010

Day 2: Favorite Movie

It's a tie... And yes I can do that. I refuse to choose.

Classic. Musical. Gene Kelly.... That should be all I need to say about this movie in order for you to understand why it's my favorite.
I mean come on. It's a staple. I had it on VHS recorded from a time when it was on TV. I owned it in VHS. I have the collectors edition DVD. The songs are ones that are implemented into my daily life... Even my husband is starting to sing them when situations are appropriate... It was the movie I chose to infect Jake with the first time we ever watched a movie together... which was also the first time we made out....
This movie will forever and always be counted as my favorite.

The other movie.....

In 2005 I was asked to go and see the new Kiera Knightly movie that was playing. I don't remember who I went with or if we saw it in the first few weeks it was out....

My common sense tells me it was with Big Sis and/or Jake... Possibly with Bestest, too...

Anyway. I remember Falling in love with the movie from the first shot of Lizzie reading her book.
The way the director refused to cut camera shots in order to show the Bennet life around their house... The rawness of the family life in that first scene... The romance of the clothes and scenery...

The music..... OH! The music.... Dario Marianelli's complete genius.... Listen to the soundtrack and tell me it doesn't make you want to live in this movie... Something about simple romantic piano...

And no, I don't care that you can totally tell that Kiera Knightly is wearing wellington boots in some of the outdoor scenes...

Anyway. I could, and have, watch it then go back and press the play button over and over again... You don't even want to know my record for this one... It's a bit obsessive and shows my complete nerd status...

A favorite line from the movie/book (I have many):

Mrs. Bennet: Have you no consideration for my poor nerves?

Mr. Bennet: You mistake me, my dear. I have the utmost respect for your nerves. They've been my constant companion these twenty years.


November 19, 2010

Day 1: Favorite Song

music means so much to me. As a singer I tend to appreciate those with real talent more than 'artists' who rely on auto-tune to make their song listenable. I also can say with confidence that my taste in music is all over the charts and I'm OK with that.

I have never noticed anything wrong with a burnt CD consisting holding T-Pain, Revis, Sarah McLaughlin, Flyleaf, Frank Sinatra, Fiest, Beyonce, Plain White T's, Coldplay, Christina Aguilera, Jay Z, Eva Cassidy, Tonic, A fine Frenzy, Tim McGraw, Barlow Girl...as well as a few songs from Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables and maybe some Chicago and a couple songs from my high school choir.......

That actually sounds like a god mix.... I'll get on that project after I finish this.

So you can imagine how hard it is for me to just pick one single song to sum up 'me'.

I would love to say that my favorite song is one that means so much to me and who I am as a person. It's not true. My favorite song... The one that I could listen to on repeat every single day...

Over the Rainbow by Eva Cassidy

Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high
in the land that I heard of once,
Once in a lullaby.

Somewhere over the rainbow,
skies are blue
and the dreams that you dare to dream, really do come true.

Someday I'll wish upon a star
and wake up where the clouds are far behind me.
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
away above the chimney tops
that's where you'll find me


Someday I'll wish upon a star
and wake up where the clouds are far behind me.
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
away above the chimney tops
that's where you'll find me.

Somewhere over the rainbow,
skies are blue
and the dreams...that you dare to dream, really do come true

If happy little bluebirds fly
above the rainbow, why
Oh, why
can't I?

This is my favorite song not only because I'm addicted to her quality of voice and the fact that I adore acoustic guitar...

The complete melancholy tone of the song: talking about this place of dreams where you can live carefree and away from the troubles of life... Everyone can relate to that dream. It provides such a lovely picture of complete happiness... Then for the end to state that if something as simple as a little bluebird can live in such a state....

The almost hopeless pleading that goes on throughout the lyrics in the first 2 verses...

The the hope in the next section...

The silent determination in the last verse...

UGH. Gets me every time. I'm tearing up and I'm at work... And I'm talking about a song...awesome. Hahaha.

It' is the song my soul sings for life. To be able to reach out and make my own dreams come true... I hope that you can all just sit in a quiet place, listen to the song and truly connect with the music by the ever brilliant Harold Arlen and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg.

The actual story of Eva Cassidy and the tragic end of a pure voice just seals the deal... If you want a quick history about her check this out.

Runner up: Flyleaf, All Around Me Acoustic

November 18, 2010

30 Days of Me

I wanted to jump on board and do this as well.. I know that people may be sick of the 30 day thing... Oh well.

So here's the scoop.
Day 1 – your favorite song
Day 2 – your favorite movie
Day 3 – your favorite television program
Day 4 – your favorite book
Day 5 – your favorite quote
Day 6 – 20 of my favorite things
Day 7 – a photo that makes you happy
Day 8 – a photo that makes you angry/sad
Day 9 – a photo you took
Day 10 – a photo taken over 10 years ago of you
Day 11 – a photo of you recently
Day 12 – something you are OCD about
Day 13 – a fictional book
Day 14 – a non-fictional book
Day 15 – your dream house
Day 16 – a song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 – an art piece (drawing, sculpture, painting, etc)
Day 18 – your wedding/future wedding/past wedding
Day 19 – a talent of yours
Day 20 – a hobby of yours
Day 21 – a recipe
Day 22 – a website
Day 23 – a youtube video
Day 24 – where I live
Day 25 – your day, in great detail
Day 26 – your week, in great detail
Day 27 – my worst habit
Day 28 – what’s in my handbag/purse
Day 29 – hopes,dreams, plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 – a dream for the future beyond the next year

I'm uber excited.

(looks like some day's will be double posts. Oy Vey. lets see how long I can last!)

November 15, 2010

The Puppy Adventures

With the addition to our family, via pup, I will be starting Mav Mondays. My Monday posts will be all about this little man.

For today, I'm just going to say that things have been interesting in the 3 weeks that we have had him... He is far from boring and our lives are far from any where near simple. I have many stories to tell already... and no, they aren't gushing, puppy love stories. It's a hard knock life around the R household.

Check back on Monday to hear our first Mav story...

It involves a soft sided crate and a missing pup. Interested?

November 4, 2010

Appliance Fantasies

Yes, that's right. Anyone else out there have appliance fantasies?

Right now, with the light of our puppy having peed on our comforter twice in the past week I have come to dram of a new washer and dryer that will fit the dang thing.

Then Yahoo! has an article on them? There are no coincidences in life.

Take a look at this baby!

(Info taken from Yahoo! article. you can read the entire thing HERE)
"Whirlpool Corp. in August launched its top-load Vantage washers and dryers, priced at $4,000 for the pair—the most expensive in its line. The machines have 33 different settings for clothing and other items, such as blankets and shower curtains. Settings are made using an LCD touch-screen similar to one found on a smartphone.
Appliance makers are also coming out with new technologies that they say will do a better cleaning job. BSH Home Appliances Corp.'s Bosch Vision washing machine, priced at $999 to $1,549, has a stain-removal button as well as paddles that saturate clothing with water to evenly distribute detergent, the company says. Sears and LG Electronics Inc. are launching machines that vary cleaning motions, such as scrubbing, swinging, tumbling and rolling, to get clothes cleaner. LG's new front-load steam washer with the technology is priced from $1,399 to $1,799, while Sears's Kenmore Elite steam washer with different washing motions, slated for release in December, is priced at $1,499 to $1,599."
Is it weird that I'm salivating just thinking about it?

November 3, 2010

There is NO way I'm drinking the water

Pregnancies in my life seem to be popping up everywhere....

My sister is about 16 weeks along...

My sister's best friend is 4 days behind her...

And my SIL is 3 weeks behind....

I'm refusing any beverages offered by these women.

I'll catch them on the next time around in about 3 years or so... Right now I have a Pup to potty train.