ipod my baby

doesn't this ALMOST make you want to have a baby?

no? doesn't it AT LEAST make you want to find someone with a baby and covertly clothe it in this and then rub its little belly until you find the song you want to listen to?

no? how about babying your ipod, instead?

you can't say no to THAT.


come to me, please, all these years fall through

with a single e-mail yesterday, i'm 17 again. a know-it-all with no life experience and more aquaintances than friends. with a single phone call, i'm sitting in front of a beautiful, plain oak box scribbled with ruminations on moments lost. i can't see what's inside, but i've heard. i'm surprised there's anything left to put inside. it's covered with my contribution - purple iris flowers and yellow roses. it's not much, but all i can do. i don't remember when this conversation happened, but i know the irises are hers and the roses mine. i no longer remember the exact moment i saw her last, only when i knew i'd never see her again. i kept journals when i was around that age. those pages are stapled together, never to be opened again.

a few months before, we were visiting my friend chuck in little rock. a 16 and 17 year old on a road trip to little rock - windows down and music blaring. probably speeding and driving carelessly, but who doesn't then? we were introduced to his sister that day - elizabeth, but call me babs. driving back that afternoon, we were recalling on how many elizabeths we knew and beths and lizzys, and that's when she said, 'i think i want people to call me liz.'

drink to me, babe, then . a.c. newman


i must be way off-base here. even pajiba doesn't hate it.


you're about to get taken to a dreamworld of magic

has anyone else seen this movie? i never read the book as a child, so i had no expectations going into it - only that it was going to be a kid-friendly pg flick, but this has to be THE WORST movie i've seen in a LONG time. does anyone else think peter is a total prince william knock-off (imdb credits the role of peter to william moseley the first. what 19 year old goes by 'the first'? sam - did your great-grandfather go by the first?)? or that susan is a horrible actress (and doesn't she just look like a little bitch)? or that there was something REALLY innapropriate going on between lucy and tumnus? the only redeeming part of the movie was tilda swinton's dreads. rock on tilda.

the chronicles of narnia . snl short


the best quote that has ever led to my blog:

"i'm not for your sex pleasure"


i can go away and you can wish that i had stayed or just stayed gone

my favorite things about having the husband out of the house for a few days:

walking around the house without getting groped
sleeping with both pillows
exercising compulsively and not eating dinner until 10:00 if i want
not getting the dreaded 5:30 'when are you coming home' phone call (only dreaded if it's going to be late)
putting dishes in the dishwasher without getting groped
getting ready in the morning while listening to music (oh wait. i do that anyway)
two words: project runway
listening to the same song over and over and over again
wearing all of my favorite shirts of his at the same time if i want
getting ready in the morning without getting groped

medication . modest mouse


meet me on my vast veranda

sometime over the last year and a half, i grew up. i went from the studious tomboy in a t-shirt, jeans, and sneakers (with no make-up, of course) to a young woman in tailored clothes and heels. i actually wash, dry, and style my hair daily and take the time to apply make-up. i guess most people hit this phase when they were, oh, around 13, but when i was 13 i was more interested in running faster than the boys at soccer practice than impressing them off the field. incase you're wondering, guys aren't impressed when you can run faster than them. well, not impressed in a 'man, i'd like to take her on a date' kind of way, more impressed in the 'wow, that girl is fast and makes me feel like a 13 year-old going through puberty. she sucks.' kind of way.

my transition into femininity has been a gradual one, though. first came the heels (i've always, by the way, been a shoe fanatic. even in my tomboy days, i always wore cool, funky retro sneakers), then the tailored, stylish clothes. at some point i purchased expensive make-up and began getting massages and facials. i carry purses that match my outfits (most of the time) and usually have a compact and lipstick handy. until about a month ago though, one look at my hands with their ratty fingernails and cuticles would give it all away - this chick doesn't have her act together at all. i've been a nailbiter all my life. add to that a fondness for biting cuticles, and my hands have always been a body part i prefer to keep hidden. well, as i said, that was all until about a month ago - WHEN I COLD TURKEY STOPPED BITING MY NAILS (and cuticles)! i supposed i was inspired by murrye (yet again) who came to dc with her beautiful hands and kept pulling out her cuticle cream exclaiming that her nails were wretched (which one look down at mine proved they were not). now, with my own burt's bees cuticle cream in tow, my nails and hands are smashing! and i didn't even need a new year's resolution to do it!

we both go down together . the decemberists


enough hair of the dog to make myself an entire rug

ahhh... my first post of the new year. as stated in my previous post (a month ago - so sorry about that), i'm not a big new year's person. i did manage to have a little fun this year though (incriminating pictures avail at flickr) - at a rockin' new year's party at paul brown stadium in cinci. i even got to be a celebrity judge for a fashion show with cameron sinclair!

inspired by murrye (who never ceases to inspire me), i'm going to do the little 40 questions thing for 2005 now. it can't hurt, right?

1. What did you do in 2005 that you’d never done before?
traveled all over the US. negotiated a salary.

2. Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions and will you make more for next year?
i didn't make any resolutions last year, and i have no official resolutions this year

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
my sister-in-law gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, sophia.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
thankfully, not this year.

5. What countries did you visit?
the good ole usa and costa rica

6. What would you like to have in 2006 that you lacked in 2005?
more control of my finances (i should block zappos.com from my computer)

7. What date from 2005 will remain etched upon your memory?
the same date that has been etched in my memory since 1998 (but for a different reason this time) - August 29.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
finding creating ways to be involved in the architecture profession, all while knowing i will probably never be an "Architect."

9. What was your biggest failure?
hmmm... i think i'll stay mum on this one.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
recovered from my december 2004 ankle break, otherwise, nothing remarkable

11. What was the best thing you bought?
expensive make-up and brushes - it makes me feel incredibly feminine.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
my mom's - for making several positive, life-altering decisions.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
most of the inconsiderate pedestrians and drivers in dc. and the person that stole my bike... argh....

14. Where did most of your money go?
rent. it's depressing how much of my money goes to rent.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
my orange ceiling and by blackberry.

16. What song/album will always remind you of 2005?
leif erikson by interpol or mine's not a high horse by the shins

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
happier or sadder? about the same
thinner or fatter? about the same
richer or poorer? about the same

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
wish i'd been better connected with old friends

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
eating out and watching television

20. How did you spend Christmas?
with my husband's extended family... it's been awhile since i've been with mine on christmas day

21. Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?
talking to or text messaging? i'm not a huge phone talker.

22. Did you fall in love in 2005?
not exactly.

23. How many one night stands in this last year?

24. What was your favorite TV program(s)?
northern exposure, sex and the city (thanks netflix!), the o.c., grey's anatomy, project runway.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
i can't think of anyone that i *hate*

26. What was the best book(s) you read?
so many, so many... but probably the tipping point and confessions of an ugly stepsister

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
wolf parade (thanks aaron!)

28. What did you want and get?
a great new job, a blackberry, a new computer,

29. What did you want and not get?
plenty of things that weren't tangible anyway.

30. What were your favorite films of this year?
the big lebowski (this year and last year and last year...). i didn't see too many new movies this year.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
i don't remember what i did *on* my birthday, but i had my birthday dinner (early) at zola, one of my favorite places, and i turned 24 (jan 25)

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
having saved more money and/or paid off more debt.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2005?
simple, classic, with great shoes, minimal accessories and a few "fashionable" pieces thrown in.

34. What kept you sane?
wine. and michael. =)

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
i have an odd fascination with lindsay lohan (to my credit, it started around the time of 'mean girls' - before she went all skinny and party girl)...

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
definately the mess surrounding hurricane katrina. it's chaos at the federal level, the state level, and the local level.

37. Who did you miss?
friends and family in arkansas.

38. Who was the best new person (people) you met?
i didn't meet him in 2005, but my friendship with jake over the last year has been pretty great.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2005.
when you need to talk to someone, pick up the phone.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year?
from 'the good times are killing me' (modest mouse)

got dirt, got air, got water and i know you can carry on.
shrug off shortsighted false excitement and oh what can i say?
have one, have twenty more "one mores" and oh it does not relent.

the good times are killing me . modest mouse