Friday, April 18, 2014

Have a lovely Easter weekend

Happy long weekend, friends! What are your plans for Easter? We'll be spending time with my father's family, so it will be nice to see everyone. Plus, we were talking this morning about how it's been years since we've dyed Easter eggs, so we just might have to add that to our to-do list this weekend for old time's sake. Hope you all have a wonderful, family-filled, candy-filled Easter, and here are my favorite finds from the wonderful Web...

Ha, if Don Draper had Twitter in the '80s.

A writer reflects on her father's death from AIDS 22 years ago.

22 common phrases we all secretly hate.

How to make homemade Peeps!

Would you break these dating rules?

Dream Vacation: Paris in the springtime.

How fun are these cross-stitched microbes?

Some lovely Easter inspiration.

Remember how awesome Anastasia was? I loved the music too!

'90s school supplies.

Dream Home do or don't: Wallpaper in the kitchen.

Everything Carrie ever wondered about on Sex and the City.

A Supernatural spin-off? How interesting...

Oh, Ryan Atwood, how I love you!

Candy bars, ranked.

Apparently these co-stars didn't get along...

I write like...

How well do you know your vocabulary?

19 signs he wants you.

Woohoo, looks like there could be hope for How I Met Your Mother fans.

And as always, feel free to connect with me on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and now YouTube! See you there, friends! xoxo

[Photo via Pinterest]

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Four movie soundtracks that describe my life...

Soundtracks, much like movies, can tell the stories of our lives. John Hughes knew this, and he used the power of music and lyrics to tap into a generation of the heartbroken and the lovesick. Since then, movie -- and even TV -- soundtracks can pierce our hearts like no other, sometimes reflecting our lives even better than the actual movie itself. The right selection of songs, brought together on one CD (yes, a CD...) can translate to pure magic. At least that's how it's always been for me. Soundtracks seemed to know exactly what I was feeling, even when I couldn't put said feelings into words.

But no matter how many years go by, there are four soundtracks that I play on repeat. Here's a peek at my list...
My Best Friend's Wedding is not only one of my favorite movies, but the songs of my life. Songs about someone not seeing the real you ("You Don't Know Me"), songs about wanting to make the world a better place ("What The World Needs Now Is Love"), songs about yearning for someone ("Wishin' and Hopin' and "Tell Him") and songs about that moment when you realize that, despite everything that's happen, you're going to be alright ("I'll Be Okay").
Ally McBeal is, hands-down, one of my all-time favorite TV shows. There was a certain quirkiness to Ally that I could see in myself, even if I was only in high school during the show's heyday. And of course the soundtracks tugged at my heartstrings. Songs about the power of that first meeting ("Chances Are"). Songs about broken hearts ("How Can You Mend A Broken Heart"). Songs about feeling alone in the world ("Alone Again (Naturally)"). Songs that make you question the whole guy/girl friend dynamic (Can We Still Be Friends?).
I'm not sure when I saw Sunset Boulevard for the first time, but I do remember one thing very clearly: I was hooked from the beginning. OK, so before you freak out, I'm not saying that I'm an exact carbon copy of Norma Desmond -- though my sister has said I am like her a time or two. But if we're all being honest, I think we'd find a little bit of Norma lives in all of us. The songs certainly do. Songs about being yourself and being strong and powerful ("With One Look"). Songs about career optimism ("This Time Next Year"). Songs about trying to resist someone, but knowing it's futile in the end (Girls Meets Boy"). Songs about starting over ("New Ways To Dream").
And finally, a fan favorite...The Bodyguard. The late Whitney Houston delivers those powerhouse vocals as only a true diva can -- and of course backed by plenty of soul and heart. Songs about never-ending love ("I Will Always Love You"). Songs about being so desperate for someone ("I Have Nothing"). Songs where you want nothing more than to run into someone's arms ("Run To You"). You know, basically the whole album, really.

Your turn, friends: What soundtracks define your life and why? Do you find yourself listening to it over and over? Have your favorites changed over the years? Do you think certain soundtracks are just perfect for certain periods in your life? xoxo

[Top photo via We Heart It]

P.S. The 20 best movie soundtracks of all time

My Diaries (The Remix): Reading #37

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Let's talk awkward moments

This BuzzFeed quiz told me I'm a pretty awkward person, so it must be true, right? I mean, let's face it, I've had my fair share of awkwardness in my day (helllllooo, boys...), so maybe this "breaking news" shouldn't come as such a surprise after all.

Case in point: Take last week, for example. I spent the day at my old stomping ground. Part of the building had been remodeled, and I was checking out the new digs.

"Oh, the art gallery," I thought to myself. "Let's go take a gander..." (and yes, I do have this sort of dialogue in my head all the time. And yes, I do use the word gander quite frequently).
So into the gallery I went. It was a pretty small space, and it was just me and the student worker. Well, fast forward a few minutes, and what do I do? Have an unfortunate run-in with a glass wall. Yes, my awkward self mistook a glass wall for the door. I slammed right into said glass wall -- thank goodness that my wheelchair basket acted as a sort of buffer.

"Are you OK?" asked the student worker.

"Oh, I'm fine," I replied nonchalantly as if the whole thing was no big deal -- you know, as if getting face time with glass walls is such a regular occurrence for me. Now, when she asked if I was OK, I wasn't sure if she was wondering about my physical state or the newly minted metaphorical bruises slapped on my ego. I didn't know. And I surely wasn't going to stick around to find out.

Instead, I did the only logical thing I could think of doing at the time: I zoomed out of there at a pretty high speed -- making sure I used the door, of course.

But the whole experience, as embarrassing as it was, got me thinking. We're so quick to feel awkward and feel our cheeks turn a bright, blushing red (in my case, my cheeks probably turned even redder than my blazing-red hair...) -- are we jumping the gun on things? Aren't we the ones who end up more embarrassed than the people around us? At least that's what I'm going to tell myself in this situation.
Have you done anything awkward lately, friends? Are you an awkward person in general? How do you handle those awkward situations? Do you let them roll off your back, or do you tend to obsess over them? Let's chat! After all, we're all in this awkward boat together, right...?!?!? xoxo

[Bottom two photos via We Heart It]

How I Feel (In 5 Photos) Wednesday.

"Black velvet in that little boy's smile..." --Alannah Myles

[Photos via My Summer Twist]

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

My Top 8 Spring Must-Haves

Speaking of spring, I was so inspired by our Spring Must-Have series a few weeks ago that I thought it would be fun to share a few of my personal picks this afternoon. There's something so magical about spring, isn't there? So much promise in the warm and sunny months to come! Here are eight spring-y items on my must-have list...

*Straw hat, $16.95
*Essie's Mint Candy Apple, $8.50
*Anchor ring for beach daydreams, $30
*A polo shirt ($19.99) and a pastel dress ($33.87)
*Easter candy so you can feel like a kid again -- I've been devouring Whoppers Robin Eggs like it's my job lately
*Maybelline's Baby Lips for a pop of color, $2.69
*Flowers to brighten up those rainy spring days, $38.66
What do you think, friends? Anything you'd add to my list? What do you love about this time of year? xoxo

[Top photo via We Heart It]

Wise Words From Readers: On your best qualities...

I'll be the first to say it: I can be hard on myself sometimes. Extremely hard. As they say, we're our own worst critic, and sometimes, all our self-confidence feels more depleted than a hot air balloon. Maybe that's part of the reason I wanted to chat about our best qualities this week to combat the evils of our inner critic. And of course, your works cut right to my heart...

People are comfortable around me. I love that.
What a wonderful quality to have -- the ability to have people just gravitate to you is such a powerful thing. Plus, something tells me it's also one of those true life skills that will always come in handy. And now, for next week's question...

What's your go-to karaoke song and why?

Visit So About What I Said on Facebook and Twitter to share your smarts -- and don't forget to use hashtag #WiseWordsFromReaders. See you there, friends! :)

[Photos via We Heart It]

U.S. citizenship test

Did you have to take the U.S. Constitution test in high school? I remember taking it my senior year, and, boy, it felt like such a big deal back then. I spent weeks studying, and when the big day arrived, I was prepared -- with three extra #2 pencils on my desk just in case.

I passed! Whew! But I've often wondered just how much Constitution knowledge I've actually retained over the years -- because, let's face it, high school was quite a long time ago. The Atlantic posted this citizenship quiz to test your smarts. Would you pass, friends? Go ahead and take the quiz and leave your score in the comments! xoxo

[Photo by bmason]

Monday, April 14, 2014

Family Photos: Spring has sprung...or has it?

Well, leave it to the trickster weather of the good old Heartland to, well, play a few tricks on us. It's cold and dark and...snowy! Yes, snow in April. Our patio looked like the beginnings of a winter wonderland this afternoon, and if you didn't know any better, you'd think it was the middle of December outside. But I swear the weather was on the up and up over the last few weeks. In fact, I've got the evidence to prove it...

The sun was just starting to come out, and puffy white clouds were rolling across the sky...
Janelle and I sat out on our patio over the weekend and enjoyed some leisurely reading time. It was fun "hanging out," as she called it...

Even Stella was basking in the glory...
And a photo of Harry, just because! So I'm hoping today is just a little blip in the radar on the road to sun and fun. How's the weather like in your neck of the woods? Has spring bloomed yet, friends? xoxo
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