You've probably heard this song on the new Mac commercials, but I saw this video a while ago and really wanted to post it, but then I forgot. I really really like this song - and the video.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
There's this red one that I like because of the details, but I'm not such a big fan of the color.
Or this. I really like this one, and it is low so I think it would work well on my dresser.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
In the meantime, last night after the kids were all put to bed, my sister pulled out this game:
"Moo, Who, no - Ribbit! Not Ribbit? What? Oh! Oh! Cock a doodle...Man! I couldn't think of it fast enough!"
It was the most hilarious thing ever. It's basically like war, but when you put down the same card as someone else, you have to make the sound of the animal they have before they make the sound of yours. Not only that, but the animals are hidden after the intial picking out of the bag at the beginning. Trust me, with 7 people and 7 animals, this gets very confusing and very hilarious. It was totally fun and I definitely recommend it for any group (even with 4 it was still really fun). You can find it here.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
Poem for a Rainy Day
My home is a lighthouse in the middle of the night.
Come, whoever you may be
at first you'll be like the stem of a flower
dripping over the carpet
and we will watch you
as the color of the rain
but, immediately, almost immediately
you will feel in yours the warm palms
of our hands
and you will find in the design of our smiles
the translation of the hour.
This next one is one of the most amazing love poems that I have ever read. I will admit that I think it is even better in Portuguese, but I am posting the English translation so that you will also fall in love. Autumn and I both agree that we can't get over this poem. We got to meet, the author, Mia Couto, who is a writer and professor in Mozambique, and was at that time helping with plans to expand a Great Park (like Kruger) into Mozambique. Here it is:
It was for you
that I unfolded the rain
for you I loosened the perfume of the earth
I touched upon the nothing
and for you it was everything
For you I created all the words
and all of them were lacking
the moment when I felled
the savor of forever
For you I gave voice
to my hands
I opened the buds of time
I assaulted the world
and I thought that everything was within us
in that sweet deception
of owning everything
not having anything
simply because it was nighttime
and we weren't sleeping
I descended into your bosom
in order to find myself
and before the darkness
would gird our loins
we remained in our eyes
living from one look only
loving from one life only
Sigh. Need I say more?
Okay, so you may think I am strange, but I have had an obsession/love for hedgehogs ever since I saw one scurrying along the side of the road in England to get away from our bus. It was the cutest little ball of quills and I totally fell for it. I definitely prefer hedgehogs over the opossums that we have in abundance here in Southern California. Anyway, I just fell in love with this charm necklace of an adorable little hedgehog and wanted to share it.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Anyway, so I was thinking of reasons why this seems to fun and magical to me. I first thought of Pocahontas with the talking tree that is an old woman (which by the way, my nephew was totally freaked by when the talking tree in the MGM Grand Rainforest Cafe came to like and started moving and talking). Barring that, I am intrigued by the idea. My favorite example, though, I think is from the all-time classic Labyrinth. If you haven't viewed this 80s cinematic wonder featuring David Bowie (in the tightest pants known to man outside of the ballet world) and Jennifer Connelly, you absolutely MUST watch it. As kids we used to watch the film non-stop and to this day I still have the lyrics memorized. "You remind me of the babe. What babe? The babe with the power. What power? The power of voodoo. Who do? You do. Do What? Remind me of the babe." I'll stop there. I came across this amazing trailer for the movie on YouTube and wanted to share it with you all. Really, if you want to see the movie I do have a copy and you can come over anytime. It will be an event that you will never forget.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
All in all, it was not one of my favorite books. I am glad that I read it, but I really had a hard time sympathizing with any of the characters. Not that I always expect to sympathize with all characters in a book, but I like it when I do. I do have respect for Ms. Buck's ability to instill in the reader a fascination for the protagonist's emotional attachment to the land. The only stable thing. I was also fascinated by her portrayal of a man who is completely unaware of the intense political situation around him. It was also interesting to see his journey to becoming what he used to resent and helped to destroy, reminiscent of The Animal Farm. Ah well, I am so happy that I already finished one of my books. I haven't decided if this will be on my list of 12 books, but I have recently started Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky. So far (just a couple of chapters in), I am enjoying her writing style and character depictions. I'll let you know how it turns out.
I don't own this one yet, but on the strong recommendation of A, I am thinking that East of Eden, by John Steinbeck, may be put on the list of 12 books for the year. If I can acquire it, I may begin reading it very soon. Has anyone read this? J? What did you think?
Saturday, January 5, 2008
in·cen·ti·vize –verb (used with object), ‑vized, ‑viz·ing.
to give incentives to: The government should incentivize the private sector to create jobs.
[Origin: 1965–70, Americanism]
I heard it from the mouth of John McCain during the New Hampshire Debates and had to look it up - am I the only one who doubted that it was a real word? In true fashion, I had to look it up and dictionary.com came through. I am still hoping for that Oxford English Dictionary one day...sigh.
Friday, January 4, 2008
Thursday, January 3, 2008
For those of you who don't know, Bhutan is really the last real Bhuddist kingdom left. It is situated at the base of the Himalayas next to Nepal, and is just absolutely beautiful. Due to a desire to keep their cultural heritage unchanged as long as possible by outsiders, Bhutan limits tourists to travel in groups directly with certain tour companies. All I know is that if I went I would stay here:
And would do everything to visit this monastery here:
Anyone want to join me? I would need some definite cash-flow first, unfortunately.