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“life is full of beauty. notice it.”

In 1 on April 23, 2010 at 7:41 pm

This photo is what inspired me to title this post with “life is full of beauty. notice it.”. The full quote is:

Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.”-Ashley Smith

If you look very closely (you may have to click on the link below and open the photo via my flickr page..), you can see tiny busy ants on the dandelion. A detail even I didn’t notice until after I uploaded the image!

Beauty is everywhere, if you take the time to look for it.  It’s the little details that make a photo, and life, so wonderful.

Visit my page to see more photos I just added, if you’d like: *bien-aime* ( I love nature photos, something you’ll notice immediately if you visit my page!)

Happy Friday!


♫ rock the earth!

In 1 on April 22, 2010 at 4:50 pm


In an ideal world, we wouldn’t need a particular day declared to concern ourselves with the condition of the Earth. However, we certainly are far from an ideal world.

Personally, I know there is much more I could be doing to “do my share” to be more eco friendly. Change is hard, but I do attempt to put forth an effort. It’s a start, right? Afterall, if we all just did a few things to help, think what a difference that would make!

The official Earth Day site has great information and has wonderful ideas on how you can help our plantet.

My favorite site, of course, incorporates a huge love of mine; music. It’s called Rock the Earth; Defending the Planet One Beat at a Time. Definitely check the page out!

Finally, here are some quotes to make you stop and ponder…to inspire…to motivate…to to appreciate the gorgeous planet we live on!

If we go on the way we have, the fault is our greed [and] if we are not willing [to change], we will disappear from the face of the globe, to be replaced by the insect. Jacques Cousteau

The earth we abuse and the living things we kill will, in the end, take their revenge; for in exploiting their presence we are diminishing our future Marya Mannes

Oh Beautiful for smoggy skies, insecticided grain,
For strip-mined mountain’s majesty above the asphalt plain.
America, America, man sheds his waste on thee,
And hides the pines with billboard signs, from sea to oily sea.
~George Carlin

Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realise we cannot eat money.  ~Cree Indian Proverb

Some day the earth will weep, she will beg for her life, she will cry with tears of blood. You will make a choice, if you will help her or let her die, and when she dies, you will die too.

John Hollow Horn
Oglala Lakota

**image via tad carpenter

…never regret anything that made you smile

In 1 on April 21, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Most of the emails I get at work are boring…or even annoying. It’s just people sending in work orders, information updates, invoices…and so on. Not very enjoyable to read. However, every now and then I get an email that is not work related and, in fact, even brings a smile to my face! Today was such a day. One of my fellow employees sent a message that included this simple saying:

Life is short!

Break the rules!

Forgive quickly,

kiss slowly,

Laugh uncontrollably,

And never regret anything that made you smile!

Sometimes all it takes is a little reminder like this to jolt me into remembering not to dwell on the small stuff, because life literally is too short. So, how did I take this saying to heart today? Well…

1. I agree. Life is unbelievably short compared to all the time it would take me to accomplish and experience everything I want to do. I had to stop and remind myself that the little things truly don’t matter in the big picture

2. Break the rules! Hmmm, did I break any rules today? Sort of. I did take a longer lunch break than I’m allowed. Of course, it was Administrative Professional’s Day today so our office manager was there, so technically it was approved. But we did do a thing or two against the rules (however, I cannot divulge that information in case the wrong eyes should ever stumble across this…namely MY BOSS.) Other than that, unless you count not coming to a complete stop at a stop sign “breaking the rules”, I was a pretty good girl. Tomorrow is another day…perhaps I’ll be more rebellious then (**evil smirk**)

3. Forgive quickly. This happens to be a tough one for me today. I had a falling out (to put it nicely) with someone I love very much. We are still, several days later, not on speaking terms. I know I need to forgive, but the anger is still overwhelming just now. Again, tomorrow is a new day…

4. Kiss slowly. I don’t think I need to go in to much here. I appreciate and am grateful for the man I have in my life. I think that says enough.

5. Love freely. I feel like I give love pretty openly as it is. I’m not always the best at demonstrating that love, so there’s something I need to work on.

6. Laugh uncontrollably. I found myself laughing quite a bit today, actually. I don’t know if I’d say it was uncontrollable, but even on my very worst days I usually can find something to laugh about.

7. Never regret anything that made you smile. I don’t know about never regretting anything that made me smile. There are probably a few things here and there that I probably shouldn’t have done that made me happy. But for the most part I agree with the saying that you should never regret anything, because at one point it was exactly what you wanted. I try very hard to live for the present and to not dwell on the past. It’s a struggle, given certain life experiences, but it’s essential to do if you want a happy future!

**photo via

new music inferno

In 1 on April 19, 2010 at 8:43 pm

I just spent a very lovely hour listening to New Music Inferno on Blog Talk Radio (“Playing the hottest new artists that you will not hear anywhere and having a great time talking to artists you will love for the rest of your lives…also having fans call in and ask some of the most ridiculous things you will ever get asked…“) . I  haven’t had a chance to catch many of the podcasts lately, but I finally had the time (and actually remembered the time of the show) tonight!

I adore the site because not only can you listen and call in, there’s also a chat room so you can converse with fellow music lovers! I love talking about music with others and this is a great site to do so!

It is hosted by Just JR. If you’re on Twitter, you can follow him: @JRNMI and @NEWMUSICINFERNO. (You know I do!)

And speaking of new music…..

Here are a few recent albums I’ve picked up that I think are worth sharing:

Eislely, Room Noises (favorite tracks: My Lovely, One Day I Slowly Floated Away, Just Like We Do)

The Swell Season (Favorite tracks: Falling Slowly and When Your Minds Made Up…the songs that got me hooked)

The Swell Season, Strict Joy (Favorite tracks: Feeling The Pull, The Rain)

i love rock and roll…and joan jett

In 1 on April 13, 2010 at 8:22 pm

I gave in to my curiosity and went to go see The Runaways. This was no easy feat, considering its very limited release. But since when has a little driving stopped us girls from doing what we want? We made a drive down to Kentucky’s Newport on the Levee and saw it at the AMC Theatre.

I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. I was more than a little skeptic about the likes of Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning playing “rock stars”..and from the 70’s at that. However, they did an incredible job portraying their characters. I was expecting to not think much at all of the film, and ended up really enjoying it.

What really made me want to run home, pick up the electric guitar, scream my lungs out, and do a line of coke (ok, kidding about the coke part ladies and gentlemen), was the music itself. It’s what made the movie for me. I now have a new found love of Joan Jett’s music (and maybe a bit of a girl crush). I’m hoping that she tours near my area sometime soon!

I’m about to head on over to itunes and buy Joan Jett and the Blackheart’s Greatest Hits.

Here ares some great songs…and some I’d love to see performed live:

Crimson and Clover, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts (she can rock that short platinum blonde hair!)

I Hate Myself For Loving You, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts

I Love Rock and Roll, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts (a classic!)

the grateful secret

In 1 on April 8, 2010 at 8:50 pm

via Sno Shuu

One of the managers at work yesterday forwarded me an e-mail. The subject was “The Grateful Secret”, and he said it was based from the book The Secret. I have been wanting to read The Secret by Rhonda Byrne for some time now, but have not gotten around to it. But I digress….

In the email, it discussed the importance of gratitude in our lives.

When I read these parts in the first paragraph, “if you are complaining….if you feel tension…if you are rushing….if you are in a bad are not being grateful”, I said to the others in the office “I guess I’m not being grateful today because I feel tense and I’m in a bad mood!”

Perhaps it is true that I wasn’t being very grateful yesterday. This part of the e-mail really made me stop and remember how lucky I am:

“Begin your day by feeling grateful. Be grateful for the bed you just slept in, the roof over your head, the carpet or floor under your feet, the running water, the soap, your shower, your toothbrush, your clothres, your shoes, the refrigerator that keeps your food cold, the car that your drive,your job, your friends. Be grateful for the stores that make it so easy to buy the things you need, the restaurants, the utilities, services, and electrical appliances that make your life effortless. Be grateful for the magazines and the books that you read. Be grateful for the chair that you sit on, and the pavement that you walk on. Be grateful for the weather, the sun, the sky, the birds, the trees, the grass, the rain, and the flowers.”

We can never be reminded too often about how grateful we should be of what we have.

confessions of a bibliophile:march

In 1 on April 6, 2010 at 9:33 pm

The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
And all the sweet serenity of books.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

(photo via Katherine Ridgely )

I’m an avid reader, and I always have a book I’m reading. Lately, I’ve gone a little crazy. I have bought and checked out more books than I can possibly read in the next month or two. I can’t help it! I just love getting lost in a book!

As promised, I am going to share the books I read each month. So, here they are for the month of March:

The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British by Sarah Lyall: I finally finished it! I don’t need to spend too much time going in to it; after all, I wrote several posts about it that you can look back on if you are truly interested. It was fun to read…sometimes a little boring, but all in all very enlightening! I would suggest any Anglophile read it.

Evermore (Book 1 in The Immortals Series) by Alyson Noel: If you liked the Twilight Series, or other series such as The Mortal Instruments, then you will enjoy this series. Yes, the main characters are in high school, but the story line definitely kept me guessing and I looked forward to reading it whenever I could find the time. I love to read books in a series, because when I find an author and story I like, I hate to let it go! Lucky for me, there were more books in this series that have been released!

Blue Moon (Book 2 of The Immortals Series) by Alyson Noel and……

Shadowland (Book 3 in The Immortals series): I loved the series so much, I went out and got (and read, obviously) books 2 and 3 right after finishing Book 1. I liked them every bit as much, if not more, than the first. I only have to wait until June 22nd for the 4th book in the series to come out! (While I do like those series, I despise having to wait for the next one to come out when I’m all caught up!).

and finally, Food Rules: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan: See? Occasionally I do take a break from the Young Adult section. I very much enjoy Michael Pollan’s thoughts on food and the food industry. I also previously wrote a post about this book, but I’ll say it again: It’s a great book to read if you’re trying to eat healthier and more naturally.

I haven’t been able to read as much as I used to, but I’m still determined to get in at least an hour of reading a day. I’m already looking forward to my April book lineup!

happy easter!

In 1 on April 4, 2010 at 8:52 pm

via The C0-operative, Flickr

It was a wonderful holiday weekend for me!

I was lucky enough to have Good Friday off  work, and it was a nice break. Although I wanted nothing more to enjoy sleeping in that morning, I thought I should look to more important things and decided to join my mom and grandma for breakfast. My grandma has Alzheimer’s and I feel like it’s important that I try to spend more time with her while she still (most of the time) remembers who I am. It was a nice breakfast, and I’m glad I spent that time with them, and it was worth giving up those extra few hours of sleep for.

It happened to work out well anyway that I was up and ready so early. My friend Erin stopped by and we had a great time drinking some Dos Equis and laying out in the sun. We drank, we talked, we ate, we got some sun.  A lovely way to spend a day off!

Saturday morning my sister and I got together with our cousin Sally and worked on some planning for our party next weekend. It was fun hanging out, and especially nice to spend some time with her kids that we don’t get to see that often.

That night was also a great time. Laura and I met up with our cousin Emily and our cousin Stacey, who was in town visiting from Colorado. I don’t know if we’ve ever gone out for drinks before, and if we have it must have been so long ago I’ve forgotten, so it was nice just talking and catching up…and even learning a few new things about each other!

My Easter Sunday was a perfect ending to the long weekend. It was an absolutely gorgeous day!

We had brunch with my dad’s side of the family. The food was delicious and it was good to see everyone since holiday functions are getting harder and harder to make it to these days.

When we got back home, my mom hid Easter eggs and baskets for my sister and I and our boyfriends. Being in our mid to late 20’s, we’re really to old for such things, but it turned out to be so much fun! We were just as ruthless on the egg hunt as when we were kids! Instead of candy in the eggs, there was money! That’s my kind of egg hunt! I only found the eggs with the dollar bills in them, and a few with change, but it’s all going in to my “concert fund” anyway!

We ended the night with a grill out, all of us sitting out on the back porch together. Jeremy and I even played a little Frisbee in the yard until it got too dark.

It was such a busy, but fun, weekend! I’m completely exhausted from lack of sleep, lots of sun…and maybe a few too many drinks. I’m very sad to see it come to an end.

Happy Easter!

food rules: an eater’s manual

In 1 on April 1, 2010 at 8:35 pm


Eat food.

Mostly plants.

Not too much.

Sounds simple enough, right? That’s what I thought before reading Michael Pollan’s Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual. Just what is this book about?

“A pocket compendium of food wisdom-from the author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food

Michael Pollan, our nation’s most trusted resource for food-related issues, offers this indispensible guide for anyone concerned about health and food. Simple, sensible, and easy to use, Food Rules is a set of memorable rules for eating wisely, many drawn from a variety of ethnic or cultural traditions. Whether at the supermarket or an all-you-can-eat-buffet, this handy, pocket-size resource is the perfect guide for anyone who would like to become more mindful of the food we eat.” – from Amazon.

I read the entire book last night (but don’t be too impressed, it’s a short read). These are a few examples of tips from the book:

#2 Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.

#13 Eat only food that will eventually rot.

#21 It’s not food if it’s called by the same name in every language (Think Big Mac, Cheetos, or Pringles).

#24“Eating what stands on one leg [mushrooms and plant foods] is better than eating what stands on two legs [fowl], whichis better than eating what stands on four legs [cows, pigs, and other mammals].” (a Chinese proverb)

#39 Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself. (Definitely read the explanation for this one!)

#43 Have a glass of wine with dinner.

#46 Stop eating before you’re full.

#62 Plant a vegetable garden if you have the space, a window box if you don’t.

All the tips are incredibly insightful and useful. I’m not going to fool myself into thinking I can completely change my eating habits in just a matter of days, but my goal is going to be to follow as many as these tips as possible.

I highly recommend reading this book if you’re looking to change to a healthier and more natural diet. It’s short and to the point.

Happy Eating!!!

..all day long you’ll have good luck

In 1 on March 31, 2010 at 7:57 pm

my photo, via *bien-aime*

“See a penny,

pick it up,

all day long you’ll have good luck!”

I may not actually have picked up a lucky penny, but I certainly feel as though I did! These past 24 hours have seemed full of good things! Maybe even a little luck!  How so? Let me tell you…

*I found out (thanks to Amy F.!) that I may be able to get my hands on tickets for Bobby Long’s show in Lansing, MI! Oh and it gets better…

*…and that I will (fingers crossed) finally get to attend a private show of his! [insert excited squeal here]

*When I arrived at work this morning, I was approved time off so I could travel to see Bobby’s show! (Which was great of my office manager, since I’m new and don’t technically have any time off…)

*My head still whirling from the Bobby-excitement, I then received a tweet (yes, I’m a twitter-nerd too!) from SAMaMGLOBAL that said despite the fact I didn’t win their bundle giveaway, they are still sending me a promo cd, just because!  For someone who never wins anything and hardly ever gets anything exciting in the mail, this is a HUGE deal in my world!

*It was an absolutely gorgeous and warm day here in Cincy, and I took full advantage by enjoying my lunch outside.

*To continue with my “luck”, it was an easy day at work. The phones barely rang, my work load was light-but enough to keep me busy, and at the end of the day I even had time to sit back, relax at my desk, and finish my latest book!

*Since I didn’t have to make dinner tonight (thanks Jeremy!) I had extra time to make a trip to the library and get my “fix”. I happily left with a few new books.

*And about that dinner…it was yummy grill out foods! I had a delicious cheese-filled hotdog and waffle fries! All of us had a dinner together for a change! Dessert? Strawberry Shortcake, my fav!

*Following dinner, Jeremy and I sat outside together on the porch and read our books. I started (and almost finished!) a new one!

*And now, here it is…going on 9 p.m. I have absolutely nothing else I need to do tonight. Not a thing. It’s nice just to have some free time to do whatever I want!

I realize that all, or most, of these things may seem ordinary or silly to others, but for me it made for a fabulous day, full of wonderful things! If only every day were this good!

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