Maybe because I admire the fact that one day she just quit her job and moved to NYC and is living the life she wants, I don't know, but I do know that I enjoy reading her thoughts on life and how she likes to live it.
"Therefore, I'm drafting dreams, wishing on stars, and whispering to the heavenly hosts, vowing not to misspend this offering of life, vowing to saturate myself in shafts of sunlight, and all that nurtures the soul. I’ll travel, I’ll surf, I’ll write, I’ll give, I’ll laugh until I’m seized with breathlessness, and when I die, I’ll say, 'my, how content I am with life'.
Image and quote from her lovely blog
It would only be fitting that we start with a love spell:
Apple Love Spell
To find out who your future partner in life is going to be try this simple divination spell. Take an apple and peel its skin off in one long piece, saying,
I pare this apple round and again
My sweetheart's name to flourish plain
I fling the pairing o'er my head
My sweetheart's letter on the ground be read
The peel should then have landed in the shape of your true-love's initial.
Water Love Spell
Another tradition from America instructs the curious girl to take a lamp and go out on the night of Hallowe'en to a spring of water and peering in she should see the reflection of her future husband.
Sometimes, you just need to cast a silliness spell when you, or someone you know, needs a dose of humor. Here’s my favorite silly magic. Get a package of multicolored chocolate candies. At Halloween and other holidays, you can buy packages that are only certain colors, like orange and black or red and green. You can also order bags online that are just the colors you want. Use your favorite color or colors to make a circle around you. (Lay down strips of paper or foil to put them on, unless your floor is clean enough to eat off of!) Pick your favorite number between about 50 and 100, and use that number of candies. Invoke the elements or quarters by calling on your favorite clowns or comedians, for example, Groucho Marx, Lucille Ball, or the Three Stooges. Tell jokes, dance a silly dance, or read a funny book. End the circle by eating at least one of the candies.
So when I was reading The Cherry Blossom Girl Blog today and she did a photo shoot there I had to share!
Oh how I miss Paris!
All images found at this lovely blog
Seeing that I am a sucker for classic country music (and thanks to someone I am learning to enjoy new country music) I am excited to get this new album The List by Rosanne Cash. Cash decided to tackle 12 classic country tunes. Notably, the songs were whittled down from a list of “100 Essential Country Songs” that her legendary father gave her as homework as a teenager in 1973. Some of the tracks have guest singers such as Bruce Springsteen, and tracks include Sea of Heartbreak and Long Black Veil.
Can't wait to get my copy!
I think it has a lot to with three things:
1. I heart NYC
2. Amazing fashion
3. Blair is as evil as I wish I was. (Sometimes)
I quite enjoy watching what S and B wear every week as well as B's evil and fun shenanigans! Last nights episode was no exception.
Spotted: S and B wearing inspiring costumes at Chuck's Nightclub opening.
Vanilla. Coconut. Basmati rice. And a touch of soft sandalwood. Together they're the inspiration for this rich and cozy scent.
It's that time of year again when you change from your summer to your winter fragrance. I tend to stick to cosy, comfort scents for winter such as Bath and Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar. Every time I head to NYC I stock up on these lovely smelling products because where I live in Canada we don't have a Bath and Body Works:( I think I have everything you can buy in this scent, it is so wonderful!
Scents remind me of the past, this scent makes me reminiscent of my time at UMPI and my roommate from my BEd in Maine, Crystal. Every time I wear the vanilla fragrance it takes me back to our dance parties and crazy times in Emerson Hall!
Quiz: What's your perfect job?
1. What's on your nightstand? What books and magazines you're reading can be pretty telling about what turns your crank.
2. Out of all your friends' jobs, which one are you most jealous of? Why?
3. What's the one thing you've been talking about doing forever that your friends are sick of hearing about?
4. What's the one off-the-wall, pie-in-the-sky job you've always wanted to try that no one knows about?
5. If you could start any business or organization, or sell any service or ware, what would it be?
6. If you could work anywhere in the world, in any country or organization, where would it be? Doing what?
7. If "debt," "years," and "practical" weren't words in your vocabulary, what would you be doing now -- besides sipping margaritas on your own tropical island?
This same lovely co-worker also gave me the idea to listen to everyone of Joni's albums as a story. So I have been slowly buying them and adding them to my ipod and listening to them over and over and over again so I can get the full effect of this amazing artist. Sometimes when I listen to an album for the first time I am not in love, but after the second or third I can truly say that she has cast her spell on me.
Thanks for inspiring me Shelley!
Girls Like Us review
I decided to make pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese icing because I seem to be obsessed with pumpkin these days. I used this recipe but adapted it a little to add a bit of my personality but also because I ran out of cupcake liners. I ended up lining the cupcakes with spray oil and coco, yes thats right coco, I find using flour boring so I thought I would kick it up a notch. My roomie thought that they looked burnt because of this but I think it added a great flavour. The icing on the cupcakes is cream cheese and I used Green & Blacks Maya Gold Dark Chocolate for the shavings on top! So very yummy!
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, sift before measuring
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/3 cups sugar
- 2 eggs, beaten until frothy
- 1 cup mashed cooked or canned pumpkin
- 3/4 cup milk
Preparation:Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg into a bowl. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy; beat in eggs. Blend in mashed pumpkin. Stir in the sifted dry ingredients alternately with the milk, blending until batter is smooth after each addition. Spoon batter into well-greased and floured or paper-lined muffin pan cups. Fill about 2/3 full. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes, or until a wooden pick or cake tester inserted in center comes out clean.All photos taken by me
“If you feel confused and frustrated by the insanity at your office, you are not alone. Sometimes it seems as if the whole world of business has gone crazy,” writes clinical psychologist Dr. Albert Bernstein in a new book, Am I the Only SANE ONE Working Here?: 101 Solutions for Surviving Office Insanity.
Among the problematic characters Bernstein tackles is the colleague whose work isn’t done and who lies about it. “Never ask why,” advises Bernstein. “He may say it wasn’t really his fault, because no one gave him the information he needed. This may pull you into an argument about who sent him what and when, but that won’t get you the PowerPoint any more quickly. He will not learn anything from your lectures and his mistakes, except that he is a screw-up, to which he readily admits.”
Advice: demand to see his work in progress. “This approach will minimize the damage by giving you more usable information, and enough time to do the job yourself if necessary.” Next, tell everybody. “Send emails on how the project is going and who is doing what. The liar’s section will be the shortest, with his pitiful excuses prominently featured.”
Then there’s the colleague who thinks her work is perfect and she’s indispensable. The trouble is she doesn’t pay close attention. “She never makes mistakes,” writes Bernstein. “She always follows directions, so if you didn’t want it done that way, why didn’t you tell her? Even though she’s the weakest member of the team, she rates herself as excellent and she believes she should be paid as much as her boss, because she works longer hours.” Never tell her she is wrong, warns Bernstein. “Specify what you need from her and when you need it. Never do this verbally, because her mind will automatically change your instructions to conform to whatever she is already doing. If you are explaining something to her, don’t rely on her to take notes; provide them for her. If you send her information in an email, always get acknowledgement in writing. If you don’t, she will say you never sent it.”
Some colleagues attempt to assert dominance by using passive-aggressive tactics such as checking their watch or BlackBerry throughout your presentation. “Respond to this with a general time update,” suggests Bernstein. “Something like, ‘It’s 2:15 now. I have three more topics to cover, and I expect we’ll be out of here by 2:30.’ Do not look at the offending party when you say this. Everyone else will, however.”