Jan 28, 2008

My one comment on the SAG awards red carpet

Even in a strange floral maternity gown, Cate Blanchett is still stunning! Wherever that woman gets her glow from is the best-kept secret!

Today I'm grateful for: quilts

Tagged - My Four Things

4 Jobs I’ve Had:

  1. Night office cleaning crew
  2. Executive assistant
  3. Dietary aide
  4. Reading and math tutor

4 Movies I’ve Watched Over and Over Again:

  1. Bridget Jones’ Diary
  2. The Devil Wears Prada
  3. Before Sunset
  4. The Royal Tenenbaums

4 Places I Have Lived:

  1. New York
  2. Maine
  3. New Hampshire
  4. Massachusetts

4 Shows I Watch:

  1. Coupling
  2. Rescue Me
  3. Sex and the City
  4. Real Housewives of Orange County (there, I admitted it)

4 Places I’ve Been:

  1. a holding cell in Washington, DC
  2. a creperie in San Francisco
  3. a dorm room in North Carolina
  4. a tattoo shop in Ottawa

4 People Who E-mail Me Regularly:

  1. My boss
  2. My friends
  3. My boyfriend-thing
  4. The lady who wants me to have a bigger penis by clicking on the enclosed link and buying some drugs

4 Favorite Things to Eat:

  1. Pizza
  2. Chocolate
  3. Fruit - especially blueberries, raspberries, apples, mangoes, bananas and pineapple
  4. Fresh tomatoes

4 Places I’d Rather Be:

  1. On a warm beach
  2. In the Andes
  3. In a penthouse apartment overlooking Central Park in NYC that I magically own when I snap my fingers
  4. On some sort of travel adventure

4 Things I Look Forward to this Year:

  1. Continuing the attempts to get the job in the UK
  2. Going on vacation with the boyfriend-thing
  3. Weekends this summer at the beach
  4. Building the Social Graces event planning business
I'm not going to tag anyone specifically - but feel free to join in and post on your blog!

Jan 25, 2008

Everybody's working for the weekend

Tonight: poetry slam to see someone I know perform her spoken word act, sleep over the boyfriend-thing's house (I'm having a really hard time adjusting to calling him this. Will have to come up with another name.)

Saturday: Sleep in (I hope!), perhaps the art museum, dinner at an Ethiopian restaurant with a group of friends

Sunday: Gym, clean, laundry, work on my event planning business

French words I can now pronouce: poire and boule

Today I am grateful for: chocolate (though I wish I could stop eating it right now!)

Jan 21, 2008

Oh, so warm

Furnace fixed
Belly full
A chapter of The Namesake
A very warm giant down comforter

Monday's turning out to be not so bad after all....

Had another appointment with my therapist today. Am proud of myself for going and working through some things. A friend pointed out to me yesterday that I don't have to carry these things around with me forever. And it feels good to really understand that he's right.

Movie recommendation: Juno

Quirky, intelligent, funny and touching

From the Fox Searchlight page:
JUNO stars Ellen Page as the title character, a whip-smart teen confronting an unplanned pregnancy by her classmate Bleeker (Michael Cera). With the help of her hot best friend Leah (Olivia Thirlby), Juno finds her unborn child a “perfect” set of parents: an affluent suburban couple, Mark and Vanessa (Jason Bateman and Jennifer Garner), longing to adopt. Luckily, Juno has the total support of her parents (JK Simmons and Allison Janney) as she faces some tough decisions, flirts with adulthood and ultimately figures out where she belongs.

Somehow Juno, only sixteen years old, spoke volumes to my soul, addressing things I struggle with - trusting oneself, honest expression of feelings, self-discovery and the staying power of love. It reminded me that if you ask the questions and are willing to trust, eventually you'll find the answers.

My friend and I both exclaimed, "That was adorable" as the credits started to roll. Beyond adorable though, there was a sensitivity and sophistication to the movie that made it so special.

Check out the soundtrack too.

Today I'm grateful for: today, hand lotion, letting myself go enough to trust someone new

Jan 20, 2008

Jan 18, 2008

At least it's Friday

This morning, I walked my tired self in the pouring rain to get my car and drive to work. Only, when I got there I found nothing but an empty parking spot. Ugh.

So I turned around and walked my cold, wet and tired self back to my apartment to come up with a new plan.

I should pay attention to signs like this. I guess sometimes they really will tow you. A girl's luck has to run out some time. Or at least mine did.

Today I'm grateful for: having an extra $100 in my bank account to get my car back, swiss chocolate almond coffee and puffy down vests

Jan 16, 2008

have a seat on the couch

So I went back to the couch today. The therapist's couch, that is. Had my first appointment yesterday and so far, so good. Our time was spent mostly on administrative stuff, paperwork, insurance, reviewing my medical history, etc. but I got a feeling that I'm going to like her.

She did make me feel comfortable and able to share more in about 20 minutes of talking to her than I've ever shared with some friends. It may help that I've now said some of this stuff out loud before. It's not so much of a shock to hear it said. It's not been bottled up for years, hidden away and trying to be forgotten.

As much as I gained out of therapy the last time, I was never able to fully open up to my crazy lady, and I don't want to have those limitations this time. This time I'm actually excited to be going, to be learning more about myself, feeling more open and accepting of my life, being happy. It's a nice change to not be so scared to figure this all out.

Today I'm grateful for: the sun shining, the woods, tea

Jan 14, 2008

It's going to take some practice, I think

I guess after going so long without a blog, I'm really out of the routine of checking in often and posting. I need to put aside some time every day to write. My attempt today is a bit lame, but a good recap anyway.

Reading: The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

Recommending: Paris, Je T'Aime. See it! It consists of 18 short films set in different arrondissemnents, each by a different brilliant director with an impressive ensemble cast. Though I've never even been to Paris before, I longed to visit the city as I watched the films and still days afterwards.

Wearing: PJs and a blanket - I'm working from home today since we're having a blizzard

Drinking: Banana pineapple smoothie. Delicious.

Weighing: 5 pounds less than it was last week! I've been making better choices with what I eat and am working out. I feel great.

Enjoying: The process of starting this event planning business with a friend. We got our business cards this weekend - and they look great. Also made some good local business contacts and have a placeholder up for our website.

Listening: Lots of Dar Williams

Daydreaming: Bahia de Luna

Today I am grateful for: heat, good friends, my cuddly new bunny, my grumpy old bunny