Archive for August, 2010

“That was a memorable day to me, for it made great changes in me. But, it is the same with any life. Imagine one selected day struck out of it, and think how different its course would have been. Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day.”
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

Famous quotes, song lyrics, and character POVs are able to describe what I’m feeling to the tee. I’ve never read Great Expectations.  In the 8th grade, I was naughty and sparknoted it, but I did read his A Tale of Two Cities.

I found this quote in One Day (I recommend this novel to the ladies, and if you don’t like to read, a movie starring Anne Hathaway is in the works) and it resonated strongly with me on a macro level. What if I never went to Bentley University? What if I decided to follow through with my original plan and transfer out of there? What if I, instead of sending Emerson College an acceptance letter, told them that I wanted to pursue a career first? Would I be successful? Would I have landed an opportunity to intern in NYC and met incredible & fascinating creative souls? Where would I be if I didn’t stick to this path I’m on?

Life is full of choices and, believe me, everyday I pray to the forces above that I’m making the right ones. You never know until you take a risk and make them right? I’ve actually never thought of myself as much of a risk taker,which is more prevalent when discussing extreme sports stars. However, if I subject this word, I am a risk taker. I put my life on the line to do the things that I love. It’s always been this way, and it will continue to be this way.

Off topic, the quote is also reminiscent of  The Story Quiz, with questions such as “You come to a fork in the road. One way is long and scenic, the other is short and somewhat boring. Which do you take?” [my answer: the long and scenic route]

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ComEd’s BACKGROUND: Promote efforts of recycle unneeded refrigerators by sponsoring nine Chicagoan artists in an offbeat local campaign to turn old fridges into sculptures.

embrace the uncanny quirkiness of it all

( + read the cute art titles)

The Power of Flowers, Beth Kamhi

Running Down, Out To Pasture, Mike Helbing

Peas and Quiet, Victoria Fuller

The Last Tree Exhibit, Tyrue “Slang” Jones

Calming/Calling/Cooling, Ginny Sykes

Coldspot: A Gulf Story, Nicole Beck

Green Lifestyles, Kathryn Trumbull Fimreite

Recycled VooDoo Retro Rod, VooDoo Larry

In the Land of Love, There is No Garbage, Lucy Slivinski

If you like what you see, check out another wild born and raised Chicagoan campaign that we all know and love: Cows on Parade

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I have plenty of dreams (and I expect to pursue every single one of them).

I want to and will explore the seven wonders of the world (cue in Aladdin’s A Whole New World)

I know what you’re thinking – there are several lists, how can you possibly know which one is legit? I don’t, but the official one, as far as I’m concerned, is on this website & they are these seven locations:

The Pyramid at Chichén Itzá, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

Christ Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Roman Colosseum, Rome, Italy

Taj Mahal, Agra, India

Great Wall of China, China

Petra, Jordan

Machu Picchu, Peru

By the way, I’m looking for travel buddies 😉

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I believe I have one of the world’s almost perfect boyfriends.

You know that saying: ” Find a guy who calls you beautiful instead of hot, who calls you back when you hang up on him, who will lie under the stars and listen to your heartbeat, or will stay awake just to watch you sleep… wait for the boy who kisses your forehead, who wants to show you off to the world when you are in sweats, who holds your hand in front of his friends, who thinks you’ re just as pretty without makeup on. One who is constantly reminding you of how much he cares and how lucky he is to have YOU… The one who turns to his friends and says, thats her… “

If we’re basing almost perfect boyfriends on that checklist, then yes, yes, yes, he does all of those things.

This led me to question: What are keys to a perfect relationship?

I don’t have the answer or do I have the perfect relationship, but I can always speculate based on my experience and I can nitpick at areas that I think could be a concoction for one.

  • Support System. You are always there for each other, no matter what.  You need him to pick up your kid brother even though said kid brother doesn’t know where he is and all he sees are trees, he’ll do it (or do the best he can). Or career. In my case, I am contemplating traveling far and wide for the perfect career starter. My boyfriend respects this and is willing to try the long distance thing (we’ve done it many times before, but this may be for a longer time period). In addition to being a strong support system for huge milestones, it also matters during marginally smaller moments (i.e. waiting for you while you try on clothes at the mall and absolutely need his approval on what you should buy, or sitting with him as he waits in an overnight line for his PS3)
  • Challenge. You challenge each other to grow, to be the best person that you can be. Learning is a constant. Silly example: he’s taught me a lot about old school rap, while I’ve schooled him in ab workouts.
  • Goals. They have to align in some shape or form. Do you want to get married? Have kids? Where do you see yourself in five years? Are you a city or suburb? Crumbs or Magnolia’s? Pinkberry or Red Mango (Chill optional for Brighton folks)? This deals with putting each other in the equation. I’m almost done with the novel Eat Pray Love, and one reason she’s not with her first husband anymore is because they had different future goals. She felt trapped, and cried every night, praying to God for guidance. Since her husband’s goals collided with hers, their relationship ended in divorce. I know this is an extreme example, but it does happen.

  • Be Yourself. You are completely free to express yourself and accept who your significant other is. No judgments passed. It’s okay to be ditzy, bitchy, and notyour ‘perfect made up self.’ Example: Throughout college, my boyfriend LOVED to wear saggy butt pants and show off his monkey boxers. Did I care? YES. IT WAS SO EMBARRASSING. I mentioned it a few times to him, but realized that it was how he liked to express his individuality.
  • Friendship. You have to actually like your significant other. When you’re not canoodling, you should be able to be a friend to that person. Listen to what the other person says; lips are meant for more than kissing. For your sake, I hope you’ve never had an awkward conversation with anyone. Trust me, I’ve had plenty and although, it makes for a good story later, it’s just not fun. It’s helpful to have friendship as a basis of a romantic relationship, but I also know many couples who’ve dated each other and became friends thereafter.
  • Passionate Chemistry. I’ve heard that attraction and chemistry can  fade, and in the end, all that matters is friendship. Thoughts? Personally, it’s important to me–this, love, romance. Who doesn’t love to be loved AND receive compliments every five seconds (please watch this video. it’s hilarious)?

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Can I just say that Google is a genius? In continuation of their first search engine ad during the Superbowl, they have come out with New Baby and Brother/Sister

Google: New Baby

Google: Brother/Sister

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I finally figured it out.

Lucas and I were discussing why people aren’t remaking songs like, “Build me up Buttercup” and I said:
Because the mass wants music that will wipe their minds clean.

Then, like an epiphany, I flashed back to 2001, while listening to Usher’s “My Way,” my dad promptly responds, “This sounds like Buddhist chanting.”
It donned on my right there, nine years later, that he’s right. Usher and others paved the way for a whole generation of music where less and less thought is put into the lyrics and musicality. Instead more emphasis is placed on a catchy hook and a beat that one can sway to without much thought– music that brings out the animal instinct in us all. Take for instance the lyrics of Lil’ Wayne:

Bitch I’m Paid, Thats All I Gotta Say
Can’t see you Lil Nigga, The Money In The Way
And I’m, I’m Sitting High, A Gansta Ride Blades
If You Ain’t Gone Ride Fly Than You Might As Well Hate
Shit I Gotta Eat… Yeah, Even Though I Ate
It Ain’t My Birthday But I Got My Name On the Cake
(Shit) Believe That, If Ya Mans Wanna Play
I’mma Fuck Around And Put That Boy Brains On The Table
Pick ’em up, fuck ’em Let ‘Em Lay
Where I’m From We See A Fucking Dead Body Everyday
Thats, Uptown, throw a stack at ‘Em
make a song about me, I’m Throwing Shots Back At ‘Em
Ya bitch on my pipe, And She Like A crack addict
And She Saw Me Cooking Eggs And She Though I Was Back At It
I Grab The Keys, Hoe I Gotta Go
I Got My Motorcycle Jacket And My motorcycle loafs –Stuntin’ Like My Daddy

All of his songs are at this caliber of writing. This is the general trend of all music, which is why when Lady Gaga, who is only mildly impressive in comparison to people from decades past, burst onto the scene no one knew what to do or how to handle her.

So my dad was right, this music does sound like Buddhist chanting, I’m gunna put my brain on the shelf and bump with it.

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