Thursday, November 20, 2008

my little angel

my niece has grown so much! click on this link to view the pics i took yesterday during our first day together. last year we spent a full month together when she was three months old. this year, it will be a "short" three weeks. she's 16 months now; walking and talking up a storm. the words come quickly and are rudimentary. but, she picks them up daily and last night when she was standing on the catwalk with mommy & daddy, she looked down at me and said, "auntie tracey!" to get my attention. stunning. i'm excited to be here but miss home.

hope all is well with you and yours!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

what movie quote best represents you?

you've been tagged!

play along, then leave your two cents when you've posted in your journal so i can see what movie quote best represents you! :)

my movie quote is from runaway bride. it has taken a long time for me to understand who i am and what i want from life. once married, twice engaged [the first less than a month, the second less than six]; i have found that the following quote most appropriately describes me. ironically, my best friend and my mum have both separately told me that i remind them of julia roberts' character, maggie.

Maggie Carpenter: I wanted to tell you why I run - sometimes ride - away from things.
Ike Graham: Does it matter?
Maggie Carpenter: I think so.
[takes a deep breath]
Maggie Carpenter: When I was walking down the aisle, I was walking toward somebody who didn't have any idea who I really was. And it was only half the other person's fault, because I had done everything to convince him that I was exactly what he wanted. So it was good that I didn't go through with it because it would have been a lie. But you - you knew the real me.

the boy next door

so, i've now lived in my home for three years. in that time i've come to know my neighbors fairly well; enough to have shed tears when DOTTIE's husband died due to post-operative complications [aspiration] from cancer surgery six weeks ago. DOTTIE lives on my left, PAPA JOE and MANILA [his significant other] live on my right. there is a group home directly across the street with an excellent, 24-hr staff and 3 residents. my favorite is STARSHINE. she is wheelchair bound and has difficulty speaking. however, i have little difficulty understanding her since my friend BOPI from THAT PLACE had severe "stroke" dialect that i learned to understand. STARSHINE has an electric wheelchair and gets out and about quite a lot from spring until the snow is too deep to navigate.

it's nice to know my neighbors and this year presented a unique occurrence in that PAPA JOE played matchmaker between his son and me. not that we hadn't noticed each other before, mind you. we have talked many times over the past three years. but, we have never broached the subject of dating. i, myself, have been getting to know someone over the past year [friends only, but there was potential] so i hadn't thought about dating anyone. over the past few months the potential dropped to nil because, despite having known each other for close to ten years, he still doesn't trust me enough to invite me into his home. i'm not perfect by any means. i made the mistake of telling him that i checked on his home when he was out of town after a tornado struck our area. i used local, online county tax records to get the address and he thought that was stalking. [i had remembered the name of his landlord. yes, i have an excellent memory.] for the record, his was not the first - nor the only - home i checked that night. i checked on five other friends' homes that night as well after the tornado touched down. i made the decision to check on his because he was out of town and has expensive electronic equipment in his home & also owns and adores a cat. i was concerned about looting and his pet should there be any structural damage. he freaked the f*&% out when i told him; literally and figuratively so, although my motives were pure, i apologized. i understand why he was upset. he misunderstood my intentions. eventually, i believe that he came to understand that i was being a friend not a stalker. but, the fact of the matter remains, he did not, nor does, he trust women. he practically brags that he is a misogynist. i don't expect him to change. i simply want and deserve more.

thanks to PAPA JOE and MOTHER EARTH [my best friend], i have it.

more to follow.


Sunday, November 2, 2008

pushing & shoving ...

... there was a lot of it going on last night at mulvaney's bunker, the place where i went to celebrate hallowe'en. but, it was not bad pushing & shoving. it was just people trying to get to and from the bar and/or dance floor. the place was packed! usually, i go to the bunker to listen to live music [acoustic and/or rock bands]. last night dave, the owner, hired a dj to play and he had the place hoppin'. at times one could barely hear oneself think straight!

there was a costume contest [hence a $2 cover charge where there is generally no cover] with cash prizes. the winner was a guy wearing an indian costume. or, should i say, not wearing an indian costume. he wore an indian headdress, moccasins, and a leather flap to cover his pouch. yup. bare-assed naked. and, quite frankly, it was a beautiful thing. it's no wonder he won. lol [turns out he was wearing a black thong/g-string.]

mulvaney's bunker - home of the brave:

thankfully, i was able to find more to wear than tonto.

a gal at sephora named kelly z did the majority of my makeup and i did the rest. i had a fabulous time. like i said, it was the best hallowe'en ever. saw a lot of great [and sometimes crazy] costumes and met a lot of super people along with those i already knew so that made the night even better. it would have been perfect if some of the people who had said they were coming had actually shown up but perfection, as we all know, is unattainable so we make do with what we have and enjoy!!

hope all is well with you and yours =)