Thursday, September 30, 2010


I am crushing on these two songs pretty hard core at the moment.  Please listen and enjoy!

Crossfire by Brandon Flowers
(lead singer of The Killers, doing his solo thing)

A Girl, A Boy and A Graveyard by Jeremy Messersmith

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Plug That Leak

Yikes.  Madonna is the face for the Dolce & Gabbana brand and someone in their offices leaked some pre-photoshop photos.

Quite the difference, eh?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

30 By 30

(photo taken from the SUPER tragic le love image)

A few months ago my lovely friend, Jerilyn, posted a list of 30 things she wants to do before turning 30.  I have been thinking about it since she posted her list and I'm still struggling to come up with 30 things.  I thought I should post my list though, no matter how incomplete.  I have less than 2 years but I know I can do it!

1. Go skydiving
2. Take a cooking class (nothing gourmet, just the basics)
3. Run a half marathon
4. Take Spanish classes, I need to be ready for when my brother gets back rom Chile
5. Take a ballet class
6. Work on self mastery (i.e. going to bed instead of watching Hulu until 3am, etc)
7. NIC Advanced (this was on my list before yesterday, I promise)
8. Get in good shape and maintain
9. Live in DC (also on my list before last month)
10. Backpack Europe
11. $XX,000 in savings (for my eyes only)
12. Own a designer bag (probably Chanel)
13. Travel to at least 2 more places on my list
14. Create a budget and strictly stick to it for 3 months
15. See Wicked in NYC
16. See Les Miserables onstage
17. Do some performance interpreting here in DC
18. Receive my endowment
19. Do the Anne of Green Gables tour on Prince Edward Island (can't wait!)
20. Go to Harry Potter World in Florida
21. Take a photography class
22. Re-read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and To Kill A Mockingbird
23. .........

It used to be that I would think that having a house or some other representation of stability was necessary by the age of 30, but I have realized that a house would never make me happy.  I'm happy as I am and I'm super happy and excited to start working on this list.  Happiness comes from good relationships and being content with yourself.  I'm grateful to have both and to have dear friends who do as well.  I'm quite blessed!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Man Child Teenage Dream

Code Talk

NIC Advanced

fish, fish

(don't worry if you don't understand, it's interpreter talk)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

For Ms. Halls

Hey girl, this totally reminds me of you :)
(not because we are a "we" but because of all the awesome lovey things you and Mr. Jackman say and do)

Miss you!

Trip Photos

Some of my favorites and some plain old landscape.  Skip this post if it annoys you.  Have a great Sunday!

(If you would like a better look, just click on the photo you would like to enlarge)

Balcony view




Look how close Carl was!  That's my backpack!  I was out in the water (Kate thought I was flirting with some old guy from Ohio....) when Carl just nonchalantly walked up to Kate.  She grabbed my camera to document his proximity.  I may not have believed her otherwise :)

Magen's Bay - gorgeous!  It's #4 on National Geographic's top 10 beaches to see


Proof that I was there ;)

Saturday, September 25, 2010

New York Bound

This gorgeous gal is done with DC and is movin' on up to NYC.  Yay for her, boo for me.  We had a ball in St Thomas so it's extra sad to see her go!  

We're already planning a couple of other trips and I'll be up to New York as often as possible.

More photos coming soon!

Friday, September 24, 2010

"Don't be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams."
- Anonymous

Sleeping in Miami tonight - never flying American Airlines again - but it has been a great adventure.
Be back tomorrow!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Leapin' Lizards!

I was taking photos near the water today when I heard a crash behind me.
This guy fell down the side of the hill and then casually started walking toward the forested area.

Yes - I squealed.  Then I remembered my camera and took a bunch of photos.
Let's call him Carl.  Your thoughts?

St Thomas

View from our balcony last night

Saturday, September 18, 2010


I'm packing for St Thomas.  Ahhhh.....

I feel like a giddy giraffe

Friday, September 17, 2010

Happy Weekend!

This should make you happy.  I saw this on a friend's blog - check her out here.  She's so cool.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

My Man

My sisters and I fight over him.  If it came down to a fist fight I'm sure I would win - unless we were using prison rules.  In that case, Meghan would win because she fights dirty.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Monday, September 13, 2010

For My Interpreters

There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that is 'UP.'

It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP ?

At a meeting, why does a topic come UP ?

Why do we speak UP and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report ?

We call UP our friends.

And we use it to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver; we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen.

We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP the old car.

At other times the little word has real special meaning.

People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.

To be dressed is one thing, but to be dressed UP is special.

A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP.

We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.
"The truth is that there is nothing noble in being superior to somebody else. The only real nobility is in being superior to your former self."
- Whitney Young

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sometimes you just need a little Jon Hamm to help you transition back into the work week.
Thanks Jon, I appreciate your support.

Friday, September 10, 2010


I brought my camera with me today and here are some of the shots I took before and after work.
(i love it here)

(click on any picture to enlarge)

(love that painting)

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Gone But Not Forgotten

Why is it that some of the best TV shows only make it a few seasons and stupid shows seem to stick around for years?  I seriously wonder about the intellect of the American people when they keep Two and a Half Men around for season after season.

Let's give a moment of silence to -

What a fantastic show!  It was sweet and charming, funny and heartwarming, and starred the dream worthy Tom Cavanagh.  It lasted 4 seasons even though it was threatened with cancellation the whole time.  I love(d).

Arrested Development
Quite possibly the funniest show that never was.  Most people I know love this show but didn't discover it until it was off the air.  I understand why this one didn't make it - it's TOO smart.  The writing really is quite genius and there have been rumors of a movie.  Fingers crossed!

Better Off Ted
This show never had a chance.  As you can see, Portia Di Rossi is in this show as well.  She makes amazing choices in her roles, unfortunately they get cancelled.  This show is also very smart and very funny.  I recommend it, you can find it on Netflix.

Pushing Daisies
Ugh, what a heartbreak!  This show is funny, witty, beautiful and dramatic....what's not to love?  it only survived two seasons.  Grrrr.  I know lots of people that were upset by the demise of Pushing Daisies.

Veronica Mars
This is so sad.  My friend, Ashley, recommended this to me recently even though it has been off the air for a few years.  I have been watching the seasons on Netflix and I have been rationing the episodes because there are only 3 seasons.  This show is amazing!  It is clever, dramatic, gripping and just oh so good!  I wish I had watched it while it was on - I would have launched a campaign/protest to do whatever necessary to keep it on.  Watch it please!  Unless you can't handle the thought of it ending :(

What shows are you mourning?