30 October 2009

6 observations

1. I think Natalie Merchant's voice is magical-- it has the same effervescent (or, in Natalie's case, phosphorescent) quality as champagne.

2. Last night I ate Ben and Jerry's Half Baked ice cream for dinner. Sometimes you need to have an "ice cream for dinner" night.

3. I cried for 2 minutes today due to some parents who needlessly attacked me during parent-teacher conferences. Then I cried for another 2 minutes due to another parent who told me I'm changing her child's life.

4. Lately I feel guilty when I do pleasure reading...but I think it might be necessary for my survival right now.

5. Nothing says comfort like an apple-cinnamon candle lending its scent to my living room, while I enjoy a cup of Hot Apple Cider or Mexican Hot Chocolate.

6. I greatly under-appreciated the 90s for their contributions to fashion and to music. I'm having a bit of a 90s alt-rock-emo revival: bring on 10,000 Maniacs! Bring on REM! Bring on ditsy floral slip-dresses, colored tights, and flannel blazers!

29 October 2009

a loveless fascination

Sometimes when this place gets kind of empty
Sounds of their breath fades with the light
I think about the loveless fascination
Under the milky way tonight
Lower the curtain down on Memphis
Lower the curtain down all right
I got no time for private consultation
Under the milky way tonight
Wish I knew what you were looking for
Might have known what you would find
Wish I knew what you were looking for
Might have known what you would find
And it's something quite peculiar
Something that's shimmering and white
Leads you here despite your destination
Under the milky way tonight
(photos from here and here)

19 October 2009

Daisy hopes her daughter is a beautiful little fool

New love:
From Jane Eyre's News Feed:
Jane has a new servitude.
Jane took the Quiz: How Would You Snag a Byronic Hero? with her top method being "Wander listlessly down a lane, distracting him so he falls off a horse."
Rochester was blind but now he sees.
Jane commented on Rochester's status: Reader, I married him.

14 October 2009

Keep holding on, cause you know we'll make it through, make it through

I don't think my brain is big enough to contain all of the different strands of thought I have right now. I'm feeling a bit lost, like a bad teacher. Where is the balance? How do I remain planned out and organized while not sacrificing my evenings and my sanity? How do I display knowledge when I frequently feel more clueless than my students? It's all so hazy-- I have no idea where I'm headed for the most part, so no wonder I feel confused.

I feel lost. I miss people who know me. I don't want to constantly feel like I'm a step behind.

07 October 2009

New apartment pictures!

View from the door-- still a bit empty, and my coat is strewn across my desk chair. Any suggestions for rugs or wall art?
Closer, my lovely couch and exposed brick. I made the pillows from Anthropologie cloth napkins. On the table is my beloved Audrey Hepburn book, the best gift I've ever received.
Isn't she lovely? She hangs over my vintage secretary desk.
I made the Victorian-style silhouettes. They hang on the wall adjacent to the TV.
New armchair, lovely bird table, antique key to add some Victorian charm.
The TV rests on my grandmother's vintage dresser. The photograph is of Portabello Market flowers in London-- I took it a few years ago and enlarged it. I love the colors@!
Exposed brick and wire shelving.
My lovely kitchen-- note the vintage handkerchiefs that "patchwork" the countertop.
Lovely paintings in the kitchen.
Ceramic birds, crystal hearts, and lovely crystal "flowers" that never go bad.
The lone bedroom picture-- it's a bit unruly right now!

Far from finished, but I think it's loverly.