Thursday, September 30, 2010

It's Gettin' Hot in Here

Have y'all seen these photos of Heidi and Seal from US Magazine's exclusive?  They come from Seal's new video, Secret, about which Seal says:  "The song, the movie, it's the story of our love."



I mean, WHOA.  Not only are these pictures so incredibly sensual, but I just think their love story is convincing.  Like, I totally buy it.  I know that relationships aren't usually as perfect as couples make them out to be in the public eye--magazines, blogs, interviews, etc.--but for some reason, I just totally believe that Heidi and Seal are happy.  (And I'd venture to guess that they have an electric sex life).

Heidi says: "My husband is what I've always wanted, and never thought I would have."  

Oh how I want to feel that way.

Isn't it amazing how even supermodels--specifically, one of the prettiest women in the world--ever believed that she wouldn't find true love?  I guess it's something that most human beings share: the fear of never feeling totally completed, balanced; never finding our perfect (or nearly perfect) match.  

Damn, they look hot together.  

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Love Letters

The other day, I got the sweetest letter, and it's been on my mind ever since.  It was from this girl, whom I love with my whole heart:

my sweet girl, Marie

Marie and I met when I was 15, which means she was about to turn 10.  My boyfriend was her older brother, Abe.  Abe and I both lived in Georgia, and Marie lived in Florida with their mom.  Marie and her brothers (all Abe's younger siblings) would come up during the summers and stay with their dad in Georgia.  Because their dad worked full-time (and so did Abe, for that matter), and I only worked half days during the summer in my teenage years, I would pick Marie and her brothers up at their dad's house around lunchtime and spend the afternoons with them (usually at the pool!).

Marie and I were so close--she was like my little sister--and I loved her like family.  We've stayed in touch all these years, through many moves and many boyfriends and many major life changes.  She's one of those people I know will always be in my life.  

The Addisons--Marie, her husband Derek, and their precious baby Leina--live in Korea now.  You can imagine how delighted I was to receive this letter in the mail on Monday:


Although the whole letter was incredibly sweet and genuine and lovely, one line in particular stuck out to me:

"You may not have married my brother, but you became my sister all the same."

This girl almost had me in tears!  It was so special because I feel the exact same way about her.  Her brother and I broke up over ten years ago, but she and I will always be a part of each other's lives.  Isn't it so funny how certain people come into our lives, and you just know it's going to be for a lifetime?

I love you, Marie! ♥ ♥

*side note: the only time I've ever gone camping in my entire life was with Marie!

Monday, September 27, 2010

And Speaking of Giveaways . . .

This is my sister, Kate:

(from brother-in-law's photo blog)

She just opened an Etsy shop called Very Fine House, where she is selling vintage housewares like this:


and this:


and this:


and this:


So go check out her shop!  Her prices are great and her taste is impeccable.  And guess what?  My dearest Micaela is hosting a giveaway of two coveted items from my sister's shop!  Head over to Micaela's blog to see what Kate is giving away and to  enter! I love this partnership of two ladies I love. ♥

Giveaway Winner!

Thanks to everyone who entered the darling giveaway (courtesy of Robyn!) last week!  I'm so grateful to Robyn for generously offering up her goods, and to all of you readers who "liked" or "hearted" her shop.  I'm all about promoting creative, independent business owners.  And the winner . . .

write em out . . . 

mix em up . . . 

and draw!

Congrats to Shelly of Green Chic!  Email me your address and choice of print at kieferclaire@gmail.com, and I'll forward your info right onto Robyn!  ♥ ♥ ♥ 

I wish everyone could have won, but I encourage you to visit Robyn's Etsy shop and check out all her incredible stationery, art, and jewelry.  I seriously love everything she makes (I've already ordered from her, and you better believe I'll continue to!), and can personally attest to her quality and timeliness.  If you buy something from her shop, tell her I sent you and let me know you did!

XOXO and happy Monday!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Twins.

Remember this post?  Well, I have another one.  Tonight, while watching One Tree Hill (instead of doing my transcription/writing), I was once again struck with the realization that Clay, aka Robert Buckley, looks exactly like Ben, aka Scott Speedman, from Felicity:

Can you guess which two are Speedman and which two are Buckley??

Top and bottom left: Buckley (Clay from One Tree Hill).  Top and bottom right: Speedman (Ben from Felicity).  Crazy, right?  And both deliciously hot.  Which one do you prefer?  Scott Speedman would be my pick, although of course I prefer him at his scruffiest:

Smoldering.

Okay, break's over, back to work!

p.s. Felicity was the greatest show in the world and Ben had the sexiest voice in the world.  

Friday, September 24, 2010

All-work-no-play

Y'all are gonna witness a very disciplined Claire this weekend.


(Or rather, not witness, since I will hopefully be absent from the blog world).  As much as I'd love to spend the weekend playing around with my cronies, drinking outside in the sunshine, and taking a little beach trip, 'tis not gonna happen.  I'm gonna have my weary head in the books all weekend working on these two things:

1. Voice of Witness writing

You may remember the interviews I did in the South this summer.  I met with four amazing women who had recently been released from prison (and who were brave enough to share their stories with me).  Well, as you can imagine, those recorded interviews had to be transcribed into documents, and now they have to be whipped up into first person narratives.  Tonight is slated for continuing to immerse myself the writing styles of past Voice of Witness books, and tomorrow is all about putting pen to paper (i.e. fingertips to keyboard).  Suffice to say that Sunday I'll be taking a break for football!

2. Campaigning against this.

I don't talk about politics very often on my blog, because frankly, I hate arguing.  But fighting against the death penalty is in my blood--it's in my heart--and it's a big part of who I am.  (If the state doesn't stop the planned execution of Albert Brown, I will do a longer post on this next Tuesday, before heading to San Quentin for an evening vigil).

That said, it's Friday!  And today, my Friday loves are New Orleans themed:



1. Abita Purple Haze

my Whole Foods shopping cart

New Orleans-brewed Abita beer is hard to come by in San Francisco . . . which was why I was overjoyed when Summer told me I could find it at Whole Foods!  Needless to say, I picked up two 6-packs this week, and will be happily sipping away while watching the Saints/Falcons game on Sunday morning (big game for me: I grew up in Georgia, then moved to New Orleans at 18).  Have you had Purple Haze raspberry wheat beer??  If not, get yourself to a Whole Foods, stat.


2. Drew Brees

hi, I'm Drew Brees, and I'm sweet and precious and an amazing quarterback who's gonna lead the Saints in beating the Falcons this week


is well on her way to makin' a baby!  Fingers & toes crossed, prayers sent up, chants repeated!

Happy Friday everyone--hope your weekends involve more fun than mine will!


p.p.s. Make the black bean chili I posted yesterday!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Who dat say they gonna beat them Saints?!

It was already a good week starting Sunday, which I got to spend with some of my favorite boys (big and small).  But then came Monday, and since I'm a


my happiness quadrupled!  You see, the Saints/49ers was a big game out here in the Bay . . . it was not only the 49ers' home opener, but they played against the defending Superbowl champs (aka my favorite team).  And what a freakin' game it was!  22-22 in the last five seconds . . . but the Saints managed a win at the end, even without Reggie Bush.  I can't believe he's gonna be out for up to six weeks!  Speaking of Reggie, I have become mesmerized with this picture of him and his ex, Kim Kardashian, that I recently stumbled upon:

hotttttt x 2

Also:

1. Lots of travel coming up!  More deets later, but it's looking like 4 trips in the next two months (including one to my beloved New Orleans)!
2. I made veggie black bean chili & jalapeno cheddar bread for din last night, and it was a-mazing.  I suddenly remembered that my friend & former roommate, Brenna, used to make this delicious chili from her South Beach cookbook, so I went on the hunt for the recipe.  Posted below!
3. I got a very out-of-the-blue message from an old friend (read: exboyfriend) Sunday night announcing that he was on a road trip across the country and happened to be sitting in a bar in San Francisco.  WILD, right?  We met for lunch the next day at Luna Park, and it was fun/spontaneous/nostalgic catching up.  (Also, felt very mature to talk and laugh with an ex without being emotional or dramatic).
4. Strangely, my 2nd period hellions have been on their best behavior!  I don't know what's in the water they're drinkin but I'm lovin it.
5. I've finally been working out again which always makes me feel better.

Hope your week has been just as good as mine, and if not, then make this chili (but word to the wise: double the black beans and add fresh corn):

Serves 6
Ingredients
Avocado salsa:
1 medium California avocado, peeled, pitted, and finely chopped
1 small tomato, finely chopped
1/4 red onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
Juice of 1 large lime
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
Vegetarian chili:
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
3/4 can (14 to 19 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
3/4 can (14 1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes (with juice)
3/4 can (14 ounces) vegetable broth
1 can (4 ounces) green chili peppers, chopped
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 cup fat-free sour cream
1 lime, quartered
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
12 whole-wheat pita crisps (Phase 2 or 3)
Instructions
To make the avocado salsa:
 In a large bowl, combine the avocado, tomato, onion, garlic, cilantro, lime juice, cumin, and pepper. Lightly toss. Let stand for 30 minutes.
To make the vegetarian chili: Meanwhile, heat the oil in a 6-quart Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the onion and bell pepper and cook, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes. Add the beans, tomatoes (with juice), broth, chili peppers, chili powder, garlic, cumin, and oregano. Simmer for 20 minutes. Serve with the avocado salsa, sour cream, and lime wedges. Sprinkle with the cilantro. Serve the pita crisps on the side, if using.

Nutritional information

Per serving:
181 calories
17 g fat (1 g sat)
25 g carbohydrate
7 g protein
15 g dietary fiber
665 mg sodium
0 mg cholesterol

Monday, September 20, 2010

Sweet Sweet Giveaway!

Recently, I was lucky enough to stumble upon Chicago artist Robyn (robayre) on Etsy.  I was looking for cute stationery, and voila--she had exactly what I wanted!  Look what I bought:

bunting stationery set with handmade envies

I emailed Robyn to ask her to do something custom, and she couldn't have been sweeter.  She made my listing (perfectly!) right away and shipped it out in the blink of an eye.  She even included a lovely little letter and some extras in my package!  We began emailing back and forth, and--you guessed it--Robyn has offered to give away two of her amazing products to one of you readers!  Here's what's up for grabs:

1. One bunting stationery set with handmade envies
(20 pieces of stationery, 10 envies, 10 address labels)

2. One of her gorgeous reproduction prints!  Here are my two favorites:

Wing and a Prayer

You Are My Favorite

but you can choose from several others here!

Aren't those things lovely?  I can tell you first-hand how awesome her stationery is.  It's the perfect size, colorful, and the envelopes are beautiful.  My favorite one is made out of a music sheet print. ♥

So you can win both the bunting stationery and a lovely print by leaving a comment below!  Here's the deal:

1. for one entry, be a follower of Bicoastally
2. for a second entry, "like" Robyn's shop on facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/robayredotcom?ref=ts
(just let me know that you did--if the clicky link doesn't work, copy and paste the http!)
3. for a third entry, blog/tweet/etc. about this giveaway
(let's promote Robyn's shop!)

I will draw a name the old-fashioned way and announce the winner next Monday, 9/27.  So hop to!  XOXO.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Beer bread

First, Micaela posted about it.  Then, Jessie posted about it.  And now I'm here to spread the news.


It's Friday and I'm in love with one thing only:

BEER BREAD.

This is what you do.  In a big bowl, mix:

3 cups self-rising flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 bottle of beer

mixmixmix

transfer dough to a loaf pan
pour 1/2 stick melted butter on top
bake 50 mins at 375
take bread out, pour another 1/2 stick melted butter on top
bake 10 more mins

Voila.  The easiest and most delicious bread you've ever tasted.  Don't have self-rising flour?  No problem.  Neither did I.  So instead of 3 cups of self-rising flour, I used:

3 cups regular flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1.5 teaspoons salt

Mix those three things + the sugar well (a fork works wonderfully), add the beer, mix it all together, and it will be perfect.

I made it two nights in a row, using Blue Moon both times (well, the first time I used Blue Moon's seasonal pumpkin ale, Harvest Moon, which I bought as a tribute to the Neil Young album).  Both times it was incredibly delicious.  Here are my two suggestions:

1. Use less sugar.  The first time I used 1/2 cup, the second time I used 1/3 cup.  I liked it better with a little less sugar.

2. Use salted butter.  Tastes way better.  In general. ;)  

SO GOOD.  I'm going to get fat and it is going to be seriously worth it.

Happy weekend, y'all!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Check out my famous sister!

So my sister, who is very smart and beautiful and leads a pretty charmed life, has impeccable style.  Her wedding was no exception, and now it's been featured in Brides Magazine!  Check it out!

Here's a preview of pictures from her amazing photographers' blog:





all images from wscottchester blog

Kate and Andy's October, 2009 wedding was at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Atlanta, Georgia (where we're from.  ish.).  There was an edgy photography exhibit up, and Kate and Andy scattered lovely, vintage details all throughout their ceremony and reception.  For instance, Kate spent months scouring antique stores for old, glass doorknobs and embellishments to weigh down the big, white balloons that lined the aisle.

The bridesmaids' dresses were the color of her shoes, pictured above, and our shoes were the exact same as hers, only in taupe.

Our daddy is a chef, so suffice to say that the food and drink were extraordinary.  Prettiest wedding in all the land.

Congrats, sissy!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Yearbook Photos

So today is makeup Picture Day at Balboa, which has me thinking about yearbooks and photos and how such awesome and dreadful moments in our lives are immortalized in yearbooks.  I gotta say, I'm so glad that the yearbook is an old tradition that's stuck around in this electro-age we're living in.

It's so awkward to sit and pose for a camera.  Especially on a strangely short stool with a fake backdrop behind you.

All this thinking about picture-taking, coupled with my chronic procrastination, has made me google yearbook photos.  It's freakin' amazing what's out there, y'all.  Here are some of my favorites:






Sadly, I couldn't find the high school yearbook photo for Taylor Kitsch (aka Tim Riggins).  He must have his bases WELL covered.

And here are my high school senior pics:


Ha!  Funny, huh?

Monday, September 13, 2010

Cute Boys & NFL Hotties

So this season I'm totally into football.  It definitely has a little bit to do with Tim Riggins, who helped me to patiently observe and learn how the game works (and who also helped me to appreciate hot football players).  There are several teams I like--most having to do with the places I've lived--but I'm a Saints girl at heart.  How can you not root for New Orleans?  That said, I also wanna see victories for the Falcons (I'm from Georgia), 49ers (I live in the Bay Area), and Steelers (my bff and her husband live in Pittsburgh and are big Steelers fans).

Yesterday, while sitting on my couch watching three consecutive football games, I did a little research on hottie NFL players.  Here are my top three football studs . . . these boys bring a whole new meaning to fantasy football:

1. Troy Polamalu--Pittsburgh Steelers

I mean, whoa.

My bestie has a big crush on him, and it's pretty obvious why.  This man with the million dollar hair is fiiiiiiiiiine.  Plus, he does pilates and raises orchids.  And he's a stud on the field!


2. Mark Sanchez--New York Jets

look me in the eyes and tell me you love me

This guy is just my type.  It's his second year as the QB for the Jets, and I can't wait to watch him play against the Ravens tonight!  What a doll.  And he seems like a sweetie, too (I may have read some interviews).  


3. Matt Leinart--Houston Texans

ooh la la

"Lion Heart" just signed a one-year contract with the Texans as their 3rd QB.  Poor guy got released from the Cardinals and was 10th pick in the draft.  But he's darlin and optimistic that he'll do better with the Texans under Coach Gary Kubiak.  He's a lefty-thrower and has a precious freakin' smile.

Oddly enough, every one of these beauties comes from USC.  What is it about that school that breeds such smokin' young men?  I just might have to try to become a professor.

***

And speaking of cute boys, I hung out with my main man Freeman all day on Saturday, and when I arrived at his house, this is what he and his dad were sporting:


I mean, really?  What's cuter than that?  Maybe this:

Freeman & his buddy Milo walking to the pool later that afternoon

As I enjoyed my lunch date with Freeman on Saturday, I thought, you know . . . even if the cutest guys I hang out with are 2 years old, it's not so bad.  They're pretty sweet companions. ;)

***

So who do you think is the hottest NFL player this season?

Friday, September 10, 2010

Friday I'm in Love!



Mostly I'm in love with the mere fact that it's Friday.  There will be no happy hour for me today, but there will be vodka & house-made tonic at Pizzaiolo before my folks and I head to the David Gray/Ray Lamontagne show!  I swear, their tonic is so dang good.  Full of herbs & all kinds of yumminess that makes it actually not taste much like tonic water at all . . . but it's still DELISH.

Today I'm in love with:

1. The Greek Theater

Berkeley's finest amphitheater.  Is there anywhere better to see a concert than an outdoor amphitheater?  I was lucky enough to see Jackson Browne there at the end of July, and now these two?  I'm musically blessed.  Only not when it comes to talent. ;)

isn't it pretty?

2. Edamame

Can't get enough these days.  I ate an entire bag the other night, for real.  It's so good.



3. These blogs (but don't forget these and these that I mentioned previously!):

Annie Cristina's
Melissa's


4. The Brazilian Blowout

Seriously, my hair is curly & frizzy.  There's no getting around it.  Once upon a time, I had pretty waves, but that was before years of dyeing & blow drying & flat ironing.  Now it's damaged and frizzy.  I'm taking steps to reverse it, though . . . I haven't dyed it in a year (hello, dishwater blonde, didn't miss you at all!), and the Brazilian Blowout is making it so that I don't have to blow dry or flat iron it EVER.  My hair normally looks something like this:



I haven't been able to just get out of the shower & go since I was a kid.  But now it looks like this:


Voila, frizzless beachy waves!  I know it's kinda hard to tell (I'm terrible at taking pictures of myself!), but it's mostly straight with a little wave, has no frizzies, and is so smooth and silky.  Easiest hair in the world!  I am kissing my blow dryer goodbye . . . for the next 12 to 16 weeks, anyway.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Facebook.

I mean seriously, who comes up with these things you "like"?  Apparently any old Joe can make up things to "like," cause these are literally some of the things I've been seeing on my news feed lately:


Courtnee likes I hate when you're nice to the weird kid, then BOOM stalked for life! 

Courtnee likes Dear God, Please bring back Bob Marley, In return you can have Justin Bieber. Amen. 

Courtnee likes ‎/\_/\_____________this would be my heartbeat if i ever lost you. I love you to death

Courtnee likes Can I Have A Sip? Sure! *Glug, Glug, Glug* WTF Man!?

Courtnee likes We text 24/7, but when we meet.......AWKWARD! 

Courtnee likes Pardon me, sir gangster, but I believe your trousers are descending. 




And speaking of facebook.  I won't be friends with my students (duh), but there are a select few former students who have graduated that I'm friends with.  One of them is decidedly not Davell Joiner.  Here is a glimpse of his recent status updates to illustrate why:

Davell Joiner hahahahahahahahahahaha summer jam was mosdef poppn to all the pussy a nigga could ever want lol there was some lil nastys in that bitch but it dont matter cuz i was too dam high to even trip of any pussy lol


Davell Joiner pussy money weed is all a brother knos



Davell Joiner woke up this morning wit pussy on my mind


Davell Joiner MANN I NEED A FAT ASSSSSSSSS CHOP



Davell Joiner mann im soo sleepy i need too smoke and get some pussy....mannn i cant trust noo BITCH OR NIGGA


Davell Joiner i need a bad yellow bone,,long hair dont care,,wit a ass dats fatt...but she gota be nasty never afraid too take a dick,,and love too get her pussy licked ...lil nasty


Davell Joiner she told the whole world!!!!... i got a big dick and i kno how to use it lol


Now isn't that a lesson in the depressing--when you see THAT on a former student's wall???  Ay yay yay.  God bless his p----- obsessed soul.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Good Week

Despite the fact that, having had a little too much fun with friends and neighbors on Labor Day and taking a late-night spill, this is an actual picture of my hip:


it's been a great week!  You can't really go wrong when you start with Monday off work, though, right? Thanks to all us laborers.  We had a little impromptu BBQ at our house, and it was fun seeing everyone, eating delicious food, and drinking sangria.  There were even a couple babies in attendance (and five dogs, some of whom behaved).

Tuesday I got to go into work a little late, had an easy day, and a yummy takeout dinner with my roomie from my favorite veggie Chinese place.  And today I woke up happy as a clam, cause in one short hour, I have my Brazilian blowout with my girl Lauren!  So excited to bid adieu to the hairdryer.  And frizzies.  Pics to follow.

And Friday I'm going with some of my favorite people in the world to see these brilliant crooners in action at the Greek Theater:

David Gray & Ray Lamontagne

Hopefully one or both of them don't make me cry.  Ha.  

And now I have a request for you all . . .

Please go read this post of Summer's.  This is Summer and her Daddy:


Her daddy, Mr. Butch Bailey, has cancer.  He is going through all kinds of harsh treatments, and has been rendered unable to work due to loss of energy, memory, and burns on his head and ears.  Summer is doing everything she can to help him, but she lives in NYC and Daddy Butch is in Plaquemine, Louisiana.  She's asking anyone who can to send a card and a dollar to her dad . . . times are tough in the Bailey household!  And I, for one, believe that we humans should take care of each other whenever we can . . . 

There is more info on Summer's blog, but Mr. Bailey's address is:

Mr. Butch Bailey
39865 Hwy 75
Plaquemine, Louisiana 70764

If you have the time and means to send him a card and a dollar, Summer (and me, too!) would be very grateful!

Hope everyone's having a great week, too.  Be back tomorrow . . . with better hair!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Too Much?

Yesterday I was plus five (yep, that's right, babysat FIVE KIDDOS at one time).   Thank God, two of them were my little beloveds, Milo and Jude (the other three were their cousins).  What else was I to do to maintain my sanity other than dress the little buggers up in Tim Riggins gear?

Jude Freitag-Riggins


Milo at least seemed to enjoy it.  He said: "Tim Rid-dins shirt!  Claire has Tim Rid-dins shirt toooo!"

And I did, thanks to Marianne, who sent me an awesome Riggins shirt for my bday.

I also got I ♥ Tim Riggins thongs for Cari and me, but I'll spare you a picture of those.

Happy Labor Day (i.e., happy long weekend)!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Friday I'm in Love!



Yay!  It's Friday and I am in love with a lot more things than I was in love with last Friday.  My jerkface students & I hugged it out and made up today, and we're all staring a 3 day weekend in the face!  I don't even mind that I'm not going away to a warm beach this weekend, cause I'm so dang excited to catch up with some things around the house and otherwise be blissfully lazy.  Here's my 9/3/10 love list:


Birthday Earrings!
I am decidedly in love with all six pairs of earrings I got for my bday, but here's a spotlight on two pairs in particular (both of which I've worn this week):





The dangly beauties on the left feature photographs of Anais Nin, one of my very favorite writers/women/historical figures.  I LOVE HER.  They are from my best friend, Tiffany, who lives in Pittsburgh and whom I miss terribly (we've been bffs since 9th grade).  The adorable little studdies on the right are incredibly thoughtful fleur de lis pretties from the sweet-as-pie Summer!  They are especially meaningful since Summer & I share a deep love for New Orleans (she's from NOLA, I went to college there).  Thank you sweet girls!


Only Gold for Me
Not only is that my personal mantra, but it's the name of my new favorite nail polish.  I laid eyes on it this week in Sephora, tested it on my thumb, and knew right away that I had to have it.  Sadly, they were all out!!!  I couldn't bring myself to buy the tester, as it only had about 25% left in it.  You better believe I'll be waiting in line as soon as they get a new shipment; check out how gorgeous:

hot


Pretty Hair
I'm about as attached to my hair stylist, Lauren, as I am to anything in this mortal world.  Which is why I'm thrilled to have an appointment with her here


this coming Wednesday afternoon for a cut & Brazilian blowout!  Can't wait for my locks to be shiny & silky right outta the shower.  I'll report back with the results, of course.


Labor Day
I mean . . . as someone who has two jobs, values unions, and appreciates the common working man, I am fond of the spirit behind Labor Day, as detailed in Wikipedia:

The form for the celebration of Labor Day was outlined in the first proposal of the holiday: A street parade to exhibit to the public "the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations," followed by a festival for the workers and their families.

But I have to be honest and admit that I actually care a lot more about the fact that we get a long weekend than I am about the sentiment.  Bring on the Monday BBQ at our house!

Happy long weekend!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Cure for the Blues?

Man oh man I feel like I'm wearing devil horns today.  Like I'm wearing devil horns and I haven't had my coffee yet.  Neither of which is true.  But I suspect everyone around me can sense my foul mood from a mile away . . . pretty sure I have a black aura around me.  There are generally a few things I can do to yank myself out of a mood like this, but being at work precludes most of them:

1. Watch old episodes of Sex & the City
2. Exercise (don't wanna, but it makes me feel better)
3. Get a pedicure (I rarely get them, so it's a special treat when I do)
4. Take a nap
5. Sit outside somewhere pretty & have a drink with a friend
6. Make out with Tim Riggins (I'm 100% certain this would work)

What do you do to get rid of the moody blues?


Half of the reason for my mood is the fact that two of my 2nd period students acted like straight jerks today.  One of them refused to give me his phone after I caught him texting (SECURITY!!), and the other just has a horrible personality. :)  Ha.  Not sure how else to describe it (other than to tell you that he called me "bitchy" in front of the class, among other things).  


I think I need a second coffee . . . with a kick.

In sweeter news, the lovely KS from While We're Waiting tagged me in a fun game of 8 questions.  Thanks, lady!  Here are my answers to her questions:

1. Do you believe in soul mates?
Yes.  But not like "there is only one person for you and s/he is your soul mate and you have to search all over the world to find her/him, and if you don't, you're outta luck!!"  
2. Cake or pie?
I'm from Georgia, so PIE.  Especially if peach cobbler counts.  
3. What's your favorite color and why?
Bright colors?  Metallics?  I like glitz & bling.
4. What's one thing on your bucket list you just have to cross off before you die?
Babies, most definitely.  I want to write a book and travel (a lot) more and lots of other things, but nothing as much as I want to have babies.
5. Do you remember your first kiss? If so... details please!
My first kiss was with my first boyfriend, Abe.  We were in my room listening to music--though I don't remember what.  He was a sweet one!
6. Think of an old flame... if you ran into them tomorrow, what would you say?
Ha.  I think about this all the time.  Totally depends on the flame.  I'd roll my eyes at one of them, duck and hide and avoid another, and burst into tears if it were a third.  I don't know.  Pretty sure it would be trouble.
7. When's the last time you cried and why?
I almost cried out of frustration in class today when my student was being such a jacka$$!  I cry at songs a lot.  Lately I've been listening to Ray Lamontagne's "Lesson Learned" on repeat.
8. If you got one "do over," to fix just one thing in your past, what would you change?
Ha--I would have reconsidered taking out all those loans for grad school?  Hard to pay off 80K of student debt on a teacher's salary!

And lastly, check out this sign that was stapled to a tree outside my coffee shop this morning:



Interesting, right?  I can't decide what I think the story behind this is.  What do you think?