Wednesday Walk: Pinterest Addiction

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Hello, Wednesday. Here’s the state of the union: migraine + allergies + general disinterest in anything productive = no walk today. Instead at lunch, I chose to indulge my new obsession: Pinterest. You need to check it out. It’s like all the pretty photos and inspiration you could ever want bookmarked in one place. Like my own little stack of virtual tear sheets.

I’m having so much fun with it and can’t wait to play with it some more.

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Learning New Words

You know, I have always been a voracious reader.  From the moment I learned to read, I found it to be something I craved and loved.  I remember getting into trouble with my mom for sneaking out of bed at night to read by my nightlight.  There have certainly been times in my life when I haven’t read as much as I’d like to, but I always seem to have a book (or four) in my “currently reading” pile.  I think part of the reason that I love words themselves is because of the power they have to describe so clearly or create such a sensory experience.  But, recently I noticed something curious…I ran into a word in a book that I don’t recall every encountering before.  Not that I know every word in the language, far from it, but as much as I read and as much as I love words – it kind of surprised me.  Huh.  What does that mean?  And then…huh?  A new word.  So the word was bodega.  Strangely enough, Eric knew exactly what it meant.  Perhaps it’s geographically relevant?  Nevertheless, I was kind of thrilled that here I was stumbling across a new word in a YA book.

Last week I finished reading the recent selection for book club (which was Friday night).  When did I finish the book?  Friday afternoon.  Regardless…what an excellent book.  Not a long book, but so dense.  And part of what made it so dense was the language.  Peter Carey has such a way with words and descriptions.  I found myself sort of savoring the words and then having to remind myself we were going somewhere here.  And as I was reading and luxuriating in the language, it happened again…a new word.

 anthracite

Whatever could it mean?  I loved the way it sounded on my tongue.  So, I looked it up (thank God for the internet).  And since I gathered from the context it was a color, and turns out “Anthracite is a teal-grey colour but can range anywhere from black, to blue to grey and green”.  Anthracite is actually also a type of coal, so I imagine that the color could be inferred from that as well.  But look, how evocative is this?

“…we [retired] to our corner which resembled, more than anything, a pile of costumes for an opera or dance.  When the last lantern was snuffed, the colors of the castoffs glowed all around us, blood and anthracite in the velvet night.”

And just to give you another little taste of the way Carey uses language…

” She took each step as the first one of a dance.  She kicked the red leaves and made them rise like birds.  I had arrived, quite unexpectedly, in Paradise.  Enclosed by landscape that no painter could portray, before my eyes lay – or rather shone – magnificent New York.  At every moment steamships passed.  America.”

Beautiful, no?

Our next selection is The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal.  I’m curious to see what new words I may stumble upon in my adventures.

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Wednesday Walk: Open-Toed

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Wednesday. I’m liking the fact that even if I can’t manage to get photos edited and blog posts written on a regular basis – there’s always the Wednesday blog-from-my-phone walk. It’s a good break in the week too.

Today, I didn’t wear the best shoes for trolling the halls, but I’m happy that they’re open-toed! And I finally gave myself a pedicure too, in hopes of warm spring weather, with Essie’s Style Berry.

Eric and I did happily do some movie-watching over the weekend as you can see in my list on the sidebar. I really enjoyed The Illusionist. So good! And I have plans to see a movie tomorrow night in the theatre (gasp!). I’m very much looking forward to that.

Meanwhile, I’ll eventually have Flamenco dancer photos to share, some fisheye lens photos and photos of the full moon from Saturday night. I just need time to edit!

Book club is Friday night too, so I’m hoping to finish this book up in time.

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Wednesday Walk: Coat of Arms

Wednesday again. Although with all the pain meds it could be August for all I know. Root canal part 2 was on Monday and unfortunately there’s going to be a part 3.

The photo from today’s walk is due to having been listening to Angels and Demons on audiobook. It just reminded me of it, for some reason. The thing I love about audiobooks is that I can go back and visit books I enjoyed reading over and over. And when there’s a good narrator, I love it even more.

I’m hoping to get some more movie watching in this weekend. Eric and I are two episodes away from finishing Season 6 of The Sopranos. We’ve watched the whole show on DVD over the past couple of months and have really enjoyed it. So once we finish, I’m thinking it’s movie time!

I’m working on reading my book for my upcoming book club too. It would be nice to read something else, I feel like I’ve been reading this book forever!

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Wednesday Walk: An Evening at Home

On Monday I had my first root canal. Not really a momentous first that I’d like to remember. Today, because of the painkillers I still had in my system, driving was a big no, so I worked from home. I’d managed to get my pain management down to OTC level, so working wasn’t too bad.

Of course, tonight after cleaning up from dinner, I curled up with my book and realized that it is Wednesday! And I totally forgot my Wednesday Walk!

So, here it is, a bit late and direct to the blog from the couch, but posted nonetheless.

I’ve also been making an effort to watch some of these movies I’ve got laying around here. So, you can see the growing list over on the sidebar.

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Deep Ellum Photowalk

A couple of weekends ago, a friend and I met down in Deep Ellum for a photowalk.  It was a good chance for me to practice a bit with my camera, enjoy her company, and get in some exercise.  Win-win-win! 

I was really looking forward to shooting down in this area of town because I’d missed out when the photo club had done this the weekend before.  Back in my high school and college days I spent a fair amount of time in Deep Ellum, and it has changed a lot over the years.  But it was, as always, full of interesting things. 

We were faced with a rather grey and chilly morning, but I was really pleased with the shots I got anyway.  I had a bit of fun with some of my images in post-processing too.  It’s another photo overload post, but I love those kinds of posts.  So, I’ll just let the photos speak for themselves.

This was one of my favorite shots of the day because it made me laugh.  Hard to read, but the sign in the window says “Hippies Use Side Door”.  And let me just say for the record, I was basically flat on the ground to get this shot.  Glad no one was behind me with a camera.

We’re hoping to get together for more photos-about-town walks.  I’m really looking forward to that.

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Oscars 2011

I always love blogging about my favorite night of the year, even if I am a week behind.  And of course, one of my favorite parts of the night is the red carpet.  Although, I have to say I was a bit disappointed with the coverage.  I tune into the red carpet to see the fashion, I don’t really care about all the talky talk these hosts feel the need to do.  I was a bit frustrated and I kept feeling the need to hit the mute button.  Regardless, I thought there were a few report-worthy ensembles.  I thought Mila Kunis looked lovely (above).  The lavender was a good choice, and this gown had so much flow and movement to it, it was really flattering on her.  I think it looked better on TV than it shows in photos.

I loved the color Natalie Portman chose in this gown by Rodarte.  I also thought her Tiffany & Co. tassel earrings were fun, but they did cause Eric to say “Is she really wearing tassels?” and then the conversation degraded from there, as I’m sure you can imagine.

Amy Adams looked beautiful in this L’Wren Scott gown.  I am in love with this color against her hair.  Not sold on the Cartier necklace though.  It’s beautiful on its own, but I think it’s a bit much with the neckline of her dress.

And I was thrilled to see Colleen Atwood win for Costume Design in Alice in Wonderland.  I loved this film, I thought it was beautifully and cleverly done.  But one of the things I loved most about it was the various evolution of Alice’s dress as she gets further and further into Wonderland.  The dress itself helps to tell the story.  It reminded me a bit of The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover.  Anybody but me ever seen that film?  The film was very stylized and each room or set had a different color – green, red, white.  The color really helped tell that story, and I thought it was an amazing use of it.  Alice reminded me a bit of this.

Colleen has also won Oscars for Costume Design for Chicago and Memoirs of a Geisha.

Watching this year’s Academy Awards though really reminded me of my love of film and how far away from that I’ve gotten.  It seems like forever since I’ve seen a movie, and I want to rectify that immediately.  I tweeted the other day that I really wish I could have an Oscar party, and I’d also love to start a film club.  Both of those would require a group of friends who love movies as much as I do, but one thing I can do is try to get out and see more films on my own.  It’s a shame that I haven’t even seen Black Swan yet, as much as I’ve been dying to go.  The King’s Speech is another one on my list of must sees.  Sounds like I’ve got a new goal for myself doesn’t it?  We’ll see how I do by this time next year!

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Wednesday Walk: Feathers

Just remembered it was Wednesday and I needed to do some wandering. It’s been a difficult couple of days and when I think of comfort, I always think of curling up with a quilt. And look what I found today. The feather pattern in the quilting itself reminds me of that quote “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul”. Even in the midst of heartbreak and loss, there is always hope.

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