Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Even better than the real thing

When I was in 11th grade, I liked a boy who loved U2.

As 16-year-old girls are prone to do, I lied to gain his favor, told him I liked them too.

I then raided my brother's CD collection and, to my pleasant surprise, found out I actually did like them. A LOT.

As the years passed, I developed a raging crush on Bono...his charisma, his smile, his sensitivity and compassion all proved irresistible.
I bought the ZOO TV Live concert on VHS and watched it over and over and over.

I paid $75 for floor "seats" to see them at Soldier Field in 1997 with my college roommate. I took the train to Chicago by myself to meet up with her, nearly giving my mother a life-threatening panic attack.
That night was one of the most magical I had ever experienced.

On Monday, I went to Detroit with Chris, Philip and James to see U2 3D at the Henry Ford Museum's IMAX theatre.

Second only to a personal concert in my living room.

See it, U2 fans.
You won't be sorry.

If you asked once, I'd tell you twice

Embarrassing confession: I used to crank this song in my room and rock out to it, daydreaming about singing it to the cute boy in my English class.

God bless Debbie Gibson.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Emotion recollected in tranquility

If I have learned anything, it is that life forms no logical patterns. It is haphazard and full of beauties which I try to catch as they fly by, for who knows whether any of them will ever return?
- Margot Fonteyn

A non-lethal solution for very lethal situations

A few months old, but glorious nonetheless.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

...and into Your marvelous light...

My sister-in-law Aimee has a very large family with whom she is very close.

Her uncle passed away last weekend after a long, painful battle with cancer. My parents and I attended his funeral today. While it was indeed a somber affair (as funerals ought to be), it was also heartwarming to witness the intertwining chords between family members that will undoubtedly under-gird their collective grief and preserve their foundation.
There is never any shortage of hugs, kisses and warm words exchanged in their gatherings. One receives the sense that family gatherings are never treated as mere obligations, but as enthusiastic celebrations. Even when a member has been tragically removed from their presence, they gather to celebrate his life and speak openly about his eternal significance.


While we sat at the bereavement dinner afterward, I snapped this photo of Aimee (and Josh)'s nieces, Sofia and Maya.

They may be the cutest kids ever.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The power of Cheese

For my 30th birthday in December 2006, a few friends and I went to Noel Night in downtown Detroit. For listening entertainment during the ride to and from our destination, my friend Jess brought a CD of songs by Richard Cheese.


I have recently become re-infatuated with his hilarious lounge covers of such novelty hits as Ice Ice Baby and Baby Got Back.

His note-perfect parodies are sure to brighten even the darkest day.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

...or whether we're talkin' son to son...

At breakfast this morning with my brother and pregnant sister-in-law, she remarked that he ought to stop picking on her and start giving her massages.

I playfully slapped him with my large Big Boy menu (no pun intended), then said "Yeah, come on! Do work, son!"

They laughed.
I love it when people catch the Rob & Big references I drop.

In a related story, Mini Horse has a myspace.

He needs to be my friend.


So I found this blog called Cuteness Overload.

The "Awww!" sounds and faces I make are vomit-inducing, I'm sure.

But I can't stay away.

Everything you always wondered about me...

Stephanie did this a while back, and I've decided to follow in her footsteps.

101 Trivia Tidbits

1 - I can never drink just one cup of coffee.

2 - I hate playing any game where I have to perform at the center of attention - Pictionary, Charades, Cranium, etc.

3 - Any time the subject of conversation turns to sports, I immediately lose interest.

4 - I hate doing laundry and always put it off as long as possible.

5 - I've tried giving up soda but I find it very difficult.

6 - When people who know me in completely different ways end up in the same area ("Worlds are colliding!" ~ George Costanza), I find it very stressful to act as the sort of "bridge" between them.

7 - If pressed to choose a fictional character I'd want to date, I'd select Jim Halpert from The Office.

8 - I feel very anxious and sometimes panicky in crowded places.

9 - I like Christmas music, but usually by Christmas Day, I'm sick to death of it.

10 - I DETEST Christian platitudes, i.e. "Let go and let God." They make me want to vomit.

11 - I worry a lot about my future.

12 - I sometimes have no idea how I'm really feeling until I write it down or say it out loud.

13 - One of my favorite things in the whole wide world is a good hug.

14 - I wear black a lot because supposedly it's "slimming."

15 - I rarely like pictures of myself unless they are self-portraits.

16 - I have mild social anxiety disorder (self-diagnosed) and I sometimes feel very nervous and uneasy on the way to social gatherings.

17 - I don't laugh when I watch Meet the Parents (or other "everything-goes-wrong" movies) because I feel way too much empathetic embarrassment for the main character.

18 - When I was in fourth grade, I had a pair of pink Reeboks that I insisted on wearing with everything.

19 - I'm a middle child and I sometimes felt starved for attention growing up. I think that's why I spend so much quality time with my parents now.

20 - When I'm with a friend who simply cannot ignore his/her phone long enough to have a conversation, I find it extremely rude.

21 - A lot of my friends are much younger than me, and sometimes I feel embarrassed about that.

22 - I have a freakishly sharp memory and often recall things that no one else recollects.

23 - I tend to go back and forth between being very open and very guarded.

24 - I can be whimsical and moody, and I hate that about myself.

25 - I am not a morning person at all, and I hate it when people don't understand that.

26 - I wish I could be one of those people who "don't watch tv," but I'm not. I've always loved television.

27 - I tend to be overly self-conscious about my outward appearance.

28 - I don't wash my hair every day because I was advised not to. On the days when I do have to wash it, I dread it like a dentist appointment.

29 - I hate getting up in the morning. I love sleep way too much.

30 - When I'm really looking forward to something, my mind's eye conjures all these images of what it will be like, and then I feel disappointed when the reality of it does not match my imagination.

31 - When someone hurts me, I rarely tell them because I'm afraid of their anger.

32 - Any dessert that includes peanut butter, I find incredibly delicious.

33 - I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times I've seen my mother cry.

34 - I like to drive, but I don't think I'm very good at it.

35 - I listen to Kevin Smith's podcast - SModcast - every's often filthy/raunchy but I can't help loving it.

36 - I love the show How I Met Your Mother because I think Neil Patrick Harris is dreamy and hilarious.

37 - My favorite Starbucks holiday drink is Peppermint Mocha.

38 - I eat ramen noodles a lot, and not just because I'm poor...I actually like them.

39 - I've lived alone for almost four years, and at this point I can't imagine living with anyone else.

40 - Every year I have to watch A Charlie Brown Christmas.

41 - I love Lionel Richie's music. I can't help it.

42 - I kind of hope that I never have kids, because I doubt that I would be a good mother.

43 - I often use others' words (song lyrics, poetry, etc.) to express how I feel, because my own words feel so insufficient.

44 - One of my favorite snacks is celery + peanut butter.

45 - I feel intimidated by people with strong personalities.

46 - I'm a relatively quiet person, but my laugh gets really loud sometimes and that embarrasses me.

47 - I expend entirely too much energy worrying about what other people are thinking of me.

48 - I never wear yellow or orange.

49 - Unlike the majority of girls I know, I'm not afraid of spiders at all.

50 - I pretty much hate rodents and think they're gross.

51 - I think funeral directors are everyday heroes with incredibly difficult jobs.

52 - I HATE humid weather and could not live without air conditioning in the summer.

53 - In fifth grade, I was Captain of the Safety Patrol.

54 - I won tickets to Sesame Street Live! in a call-in radio contest when I was 8.

55 - I saw The Monkees in concert when I was 19, but I was with a group of people who made it one of the worst nights of my life.

56 - I could probably spend an entire day browsing and reading in Barnes & Noble.

57 - Right after high school, I went to Taylor University in Indiana for almost two years, but only because my parents wanted me to.

58 - My ideal vacation would be a visit to the United Kingdom.

59 - I've always wanted to fall in love and get married, but I fear that I will never do either.

60 - I doodle all the time when I'm on the phone.

61 - I'm addicted to Spider Solitaire.

62 - I love playing Grand Theft Auto at my friend James's house.

63 - I had a mullet for about 6 years while I was growing up.

64 - When I was in high school, I was kind of obsessed with Steven Curtis Chapman and once met him at a Christian bookstore.

65 - I like cake much better than pie.

66 - I can watch episodes of Gilmore Girls dozens of times and not grow weary of them.

67 - When relaxing at home or my parents' house, I'm nearly always watching tv and surfing online at the same time.

68 - I have blocked 9 people on my AIM buddy list.

69 - I hate visiting houses where I am required to take off my shoes when I go inside.

70 - I find it very irritating when people make moral judgments about fictional characters.

71 - I don't feel right unless I'm wearing makeup, earrings and a necklace.

72 - I think most of Prince's songs are excellent "driving songs."

73 - When I have a big project to complete, I always procrastinate because I need the pressure to get it done.

74 - When I need personal encouragement and/or confidence, I often listen to Jimmy Eat World's The Middle or John Lennon's Instant Karma.

75 - No matter how many times I've seen Mr. Holland's Opus, the ending always makes me sob.

76 - I would love to have a dog, specifically a Saint Bernard or a Newfoundland.

77 - I always spent entirely too much of my workdays on facebook.

78 - I often wish my family could be closer.

79 - I love Arby's chicken salad.

80 - I don't like many true "rock" bands...I mostly prefer acoustic/folk music.

81 - I don't really like gatherings that are "all girls". Most of my closest friends have traditionally been guys.

82 - I always thought writing was my strongest passion, but lately I wonder if photography may have surpassed it.

83 - I hate it when guys talk about "hot girls" in front of me because it always leaves me feeling unattractive and insecure.

84 - Billy Joel's Just the Way You Are may be my favorite love song.

85 - I sometimes have erratic sleep patterns and go through intermittent bouts of insomnia.

86 - I watch both The Hills and The Real World on MTV. I'm not proud of it.

87 - I saw Titanic four times in the theatre.

88 - For three years I've had a crush on a guy whom I see on a regular basis, but I'm still terrified to talk to him.

89 - I often eavesdrop on other people's conversations in public places.

90 - I've always wanted to learn to play the guitar, but I think I would really suck at it.

91 - I took four years of French in high school and I wish I remembered more of it.

92 - My favorite flower is the red gerber daisy.

93 - I still watch and enjoy Full House.

94 - Most of the time, I generally think the book is much better than the movie.

95 - When I'm having a hard time, I can sometimes be comforted by the simple sound of a close friend's voice.

96 - My favorite pen to write with is the ultra-fine-point Sharpie.

97 - I am sometimes astounded at my own inability to make decisions.

98 - My record for keeping a Netflix movie is three months.

99 - There are three guys who liked me in high school who are now in committed relationships...with other guys.

100 - I find Hello Kitty adorable but find it very peculiar that she does not have a mouth.

101 - I love making lists -- is that obvious?

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

1,2,3,4, tell me that you love me more...

+ I had dinner with Annie last night!

She was in Detroit for a conference, so I took a ride with her parents and we headed to Dearborn for some middle-eastern cuisine. Delicious food, wonderful company. It seems almost surreal that we have been friends for 26 years, and yet last night, I still learned so much about her that I never knew. We are all so much more beautifully complex than we may ever realize. Beautiful mysteries, in fact.

+ Josh and Aimee just found that they're having a little girl!

It may not be possible to describe how excited I feel, so perhaps I should refrain from trying. Let's just say, all I can think about is going shopping for adorable little pink outfits and flowered bonnets. Do they make tiaras for babies?

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

I am not a fun-forcer

So last week I found this, and thus began a brand new addiction.

Mom and Dad are staying @ Josh + Aimee's this week, house-sitting with the dogs and cat. I've been spending a lot of time here too, as Mom and I have been working on plans for Aimee's baby shower next month.
We've decided on a storybook theme, with guests bringing their favorite children's storybook.
I am the 'official photographer' and also in charge of centerpieces, which will include gathering baby pictures of Aimee and Josh.
For some reason, I love sifting through old pictures, so I'm excited to accomplish this task.


The cold/flu virus that has attacked my body since last week seems especially ferocious and stubborn.
I'm still coughing, sneezing, feeling congested and perpetually fatigued.
It's a little disheartening.
Even the Nyquil I took the other night would not even touch the coughing.


I'm watching Rob & Big.
I adore them.


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