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6.30.2013

This is my weekend ..........


How's yours?

xxx

Accompanying music for those who desire it:
Wagner's  The Ride of the Valkryies

6.28.2013

I get by with a little help from my friends ...




 The first image is from SL at Assorted.  I love how she is laughing with her whole body, unrestrained and uninhibited.  The quote posted with it states: 
Be who you were created to be, and you will set the world on fire.
~ St. Catherine of Siena
A smile like that WOULD set the world on fire.  The second image is tonight's dinner ;-P
 A great smile + cherry garcia = a good end to a long day 
Tomorrow it's back to the trenches ...

xxx

6.25.2013

Bring It All Down on the Side of Love


Today I bring it all down
on the side of love
and I’ll tell you now,
yes, you should fly across the country just
for 48 hours in her arms
spend your last dollar and borrow more
to get there

steal words from the past and
ink them along your lower left rib
in a promise to never risk this.

then risk it.

let it get fucking messy.
get naked and swim around in the
havoc you’ve brought forth
by loving
claim fiercely only the brief moments
you are given.

then take more
take everything
take with relentless fury
take until the taking looks like giving
and the giving looks like a prayer.

love like holy looks when it says your name
like a confession booth redemption.
and like on your knees supplication
to gods you don’t believe in

then see what happens if you believe in them.

love like the cadence of poetry.
like nails down your back
like a battering ram
like a mother holds her child.
like a consecrated temple
and like a seedy hotel room affair.

love like everything depends on it.

because it does
and it doesn’t

so love them both
love wrong till it’s right
love like they tell you
you could not
should not
can not

and then do.


~ excerpt via: Peace.Love.Free
by Jeanette LeBlanc

xxx

6.23.2013

florence + machine: Shake It Out



Regrets collect like old friends
Here to relive your darkest moments
I can see no way, I can see no way
And all of the ghouls come out to play

And every demon wants his pound of flesh
But I like to keep some things to myself
I like to keep my issues drawn
It's always darkest before the dawn

And I've been a fool and I've been blind
I can never leave the past behind
I can see no way, I can see no way
I'm always dragging that horse around

Our love is questioned, such a mournful sound
Tonight I'm gonna bury that horse in the ground
So I like to keep my issues drawn
But it's always darkest before the dawn

Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh whoa
Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh whoa
And it's hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off, oh whoa

And I am done with my graceless heart
So tonight I'm gonna cut it out and then restart
'Cause I like to keep my issues drawn
It's always darkest before the dawn

Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh whoa
Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh whoa
And it's hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off, oh whoa

And it's hard to dance with a devil on your back
And given half the chance would I take any of it back
It's a fine romance but it's left me so undone
It's always darkest before the dawn

Oh whoa, oh whoa...

And I'm damned if I do and I'm damned if I don't
So here's to drinks in the dark at the end of my road
And I'm ready to suffer and I'm ready to hope
It's a shot in the dark aimed right at my throat
'Cause looking for heaven, found the devil in me
Looking for heaven, found the devil in me
Well what the hell I'm gonna let it happen to me, yeah

Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh whoa
Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh whoa
And it's hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off, oh whoa

etc ....
xxx

6.22.2013

suitable for saturday


in ohhh so many ways ....


with thanks to my sweetheart, Soubriquet, for spotting the bumper sticker
and passing its message along to me ;-P

xxx

6.20.2013

OUR VISA WAS APPROVED !!!!!

FROM THE USCIS WEBSITE:

 Post Decision Activity

On June 19, 2013, we mailed you a notice that we have approved this I129F PETITION FOR FIANCE(E). Please follow any instructions on the notice. If you move before you receive the notice, call customer service at 1-800-375-5283.

For approved applications/petitions, post-decision activity may include USCIS sending notification of the approved application/petition to the National Visa Center or the Department of State. For denied applications/petitions, post-decision activity may include the processing of an appeal and/or motions to reopen or reconsider and revocations.



XXX !!!

6.19.2013

An Offering



I am the woman at the water’s edge,
offering you oranges for the peeling,
knife glistening in the sun.
This is the scent and taste
of my skin: citron and sweet.
Touch me and your life will unfold
before you, easily as this skirt
billows then sinks,
lapping against my legs, my toes
filtering through the rivers silt.
Following the current out to sea,
I am the kind of woman
who will come back to haunt
your dreams, move through your
humid nights the way honey
swirls through a cup of hot tea.

~ Shara McCallum

via: SL at Assorted
xxx

6.17.2013

lana del rey


 "Blue Jeans"


Lana Del Rey has been getting heavy rotation on my playlist this summer.  I don't know anything about her, having discovered her browsing through YouTube (yes, Soub, I did say "YouTube").  She has an interesting 'retro' vibe as seen in her videos for "Burning Desire" and "Young and Beautiful." When I listen to her songs, I often feel I am sitting through a performance art piece.  I'm not sure why... in part because her songs are interesting narratives that seem to be plucked out of larger stories.  Her vocal style is quirky ...... she sings 'torch song' husky in "Burning Desire"and swings high in "This is What Makes Us Girls."  Throw in spoken lyrics, whispered or defiant, add lush orchestral productions, retro film clips, a surprising lyric (Love you more than those bitches before) or two and you've got ..... Lana Del Rey ~ a "self-styled gangsta Nancy Sinatra."  (thank you, Wiki)   AND she's quite easy on the eyes as well ;-)

I'm posting "Blue Jeans" because I love the images in this video.  Filmed in black and white, it's a mix of James Dean, tattoos,  Southern California with a '60's vibe and a somewhat scary looking crocodile tail (haven't figured that part out, yet.)  When he slips two fingers into her mouth .... HOT, HOT, HOT.  Thank heavens most of the video is filmed in water.  I need a cold shower!!

A few of my Lana Del Rey favs:
"This is what makes us girls.  
We all look for heaven and we put our love first.  
Somethin' that we'd die for, it's a curse.  
Don't cry about it, don't cry about it."

"I'm in his favorite sun dress
Watching me get undressed
Take that body downtown

I say, "You the bestest."
Lean in for a big kiss
Put his favorite perfume on.

Go play a video game."

"Will you still love me
When I'm no longer young and beautiful?
Will you still love me
When I got nothing but my aching soul?
I know you will, I know you will
I know that you will
Will you still love me when I'm no longer beautiful?"

"Every Saturday night I seem to come alive for you, baby
Santa Monica, I'm racing in the lights for you, baby
I drive fast, radio blares, have to touch myself to pretend you're there
Your hands were on my hips, your name is on my lips
Over over again, like my only prayer
(Come on, tell me boy)"
Mmmm ........ you boys are going to tell me these are girly songs.  And you're right.  Lana torches male / female relationships.  However, Lana is not pop fluff.  And I dare you not to watch.
Enjoy!

xxx

ps.  Can't wait to hear her cover of Leonard Cohen's Chelsea Hotel #2 and the song she's written for her third album, Body Electric, inspired by her love of ....... yes, Walt Whitman.

6.14.2013

frivolous friday


and ..... SHE'S BACK!
thanks to Soubriquet, that is ...

xxx

6.07.2013

graduation 2013


1006 students walked
start to finish:  2.0 hours
finale - caps a-flyin'

Me?  I'm exhausted :-)
xxx