“Time Will Kill Us After All” (Canandaigua, NY)

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Gotta love Buddhist street art

On a whim this winter break, Josh and I decided to make a trip one dreary day to my grandparents’ hometown of Canandaigua (about an hour away). We stopped in at my grandma’s work to say ‘hi’ only to find that she had just begun her shift, and we had about four hours to kill before she and Grandpa would be able to spend some time with us.

We did get to go out for dinner with my grandparents, but we had to get creative with how we spent four hours in the freezing cold in a town we weren’t super familiar with. Pretty great opportunity for two people who love to travel if you ask me . . . minus the freezing cold.

That’s about as awkward as it got this Thursday πŸ™‚

Title is from “Cold (But I’m Still Here)” by Evans Blue

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Walking down the road with my new backpack for college

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Making fun at Michael’s

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A thrift store find that was just so me

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The consignment shop we found was a converted movie theater that kept all of the retro decor! It was too cool

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The rustic architecture in and around Canandaigua is beautiful

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American Beauty’s Paper Bag Scene (Re-Blog)

It’s been a while since I’ve roamed around the blogosphere visiting the sites of the brilliant people I tend to think of as internet “friends.” 
Today I popped in on my friend Optimistic Existentialist at his blog, Musings of an Unapologetic Dreamer, where he had recently posted about one of his favorite movie scenes of all time. Say, film is on of my favorite things of all time regardless of which movie it is!
I checked it out, and while I have never seen American Beauty, I had to admit that the scene in question at least sounded like one of the most powerful statements about film that I could imagine . . . told through the medium of film. Doesn’t that make it that much more powerful?
Here’s what Optimistic Existentialist says about the onscreen moment.
I recently had a conversation with a friend in which our favorite all-time movie scenes were brought up. When my friend asked me about my all-time favorite movie scene, the answer came easily – the floating plastic bag scene in American Beauty.

American Beauty is by far my all-time favorite movie; and this scene is a perfect example of why. To set the scene up, Ricky (a troubled but fascinatingly deep individual) wants to show Jane (The girl he is falling in love with) the most beautiful thing he’s ever filmed. 

One random autumn day, he saw a plastic bag floating in the wind and began filming. He describes it as follows:


What I Wore: This Is Snow Awkward

Okay, so the reason that I didn’t list where I bought all of my outfit elements in the caption like we bloggers are supposed to do is not because its been months since I have posted a What I Wore and I forgot the protocol.

It’s actually because I was pretty embarrassed about all of the awkwardness of this outfit.

  • So everything on my body in this pic was purchased at either Target or Walmart. Budgetista at her finest up in here.
  • Except my coat which is from Spain. I guess that’s kind of cool.
  • My husband and both of my parents all said independently of each other that this beanie makes me look like a homeless person.
  • My friend Ben said, “Nice orphan hat,” when he saw me at church. I guess orphan is better than homeless person . . .
  • Those white things around mt ankles are huge insulated hunting socks. It’s 13 degrees here.
  • I’m actually wearing huge earrings that go perfectly with my dress, but they’re kind of invisible in all of ma hurr.

If you live in my neck of the US, happy snow day! I hope it’s an awkward and awesome one.

Awkward and Awesome Valentine


Awkward:

  • The puffy-eyed lady above is coming up on two weeks with an IC flare-up. I’m honestly exhausted and pretty depressed, but nothing can make me smile like a goofball the way Josh can.
  • Rethinking going back on the IC diet. Goodbye fruit and chocolate . . .
  • Exam and a project due at the same time–on Valentine’s Day. I’m not feeling very loved, lol.
  • ALDIs now sells authentic Spanish cheese. We’re stocking up and pigging out!
  • Josh has a cold, and there is a tissue stuffed up his nose as I write this. Haha, can you tell I’m tired and can’t think of much to say? πŸ™‚
  • As much as I hate to admit it, Kourtney & Kim Take Miami is fascinating. I actually find myself relating *shudder* to Kourtney and Scott . . .

Awesome:

  • My sweet, supportive hubby who waits on me while I’m sick and heats up my corn bag ten times an hour.
  • We had a great dinner of Spanish-style potato salad and pork loin. I’ve missed this stuff!
  • Class was cancelled for tomorrow, so winter break is officially on!
  • Romantic brunch tomorrow ❀ Hopefully I’ll be feeling better so that we can have a real Valentine’s Day date.
  • The Thurstons are coming for a visit this Saturday. This is the first time they’ve visited our apartment!
  • They’re bringing our new dining room table with them πŸ˜€

Playlist for You and Your Valentine

Hello, music-lovers and just plain old lovers πŸ™‚

What are you planning for your Valentine’s Day tomorrow? A classy night out? A cozy night in? A crazy girl’s night?

Well, this playlist is perfect for not knowing what you want to do. Just play your way through the tunes–some of them romantic, some sexy, some just plain fun–and see what happens.

  1. “That’s Amore” by Dean Martin
  2. “Accidentally In Love” by Counting Crows
  3. “You and Me” by Lifehouse
  4. “Freelove” by Depeche Mode
  5. “Sway” by Michael Buble 
  6. “Kissed You” by Gloriana
  7. “Cupid”by Sam Cooke
  8. “Heaven Is a Place on Earth” by Belinda Carlisle
  9. “When Did You Fall” by Chris Rice
  10. “Always Be My Baby” by David Cook
  11. “Lonely Road” by Fernando Ortega
  12. “Everything” by Michael Buble
  13. “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith
  14. “I Will Be Here for You” by Michael W. Smith
  15. “Annie’s Song” by John Denver 
  16. “Lovefool” by the Cardigans
  17. “Open Arms” by Journey
  18. “Heaven” by Bryan Adams feat. Jason Aldean
  19. “Write About Love” by Belle and Sebastian
  20. “Just What I Needed” by the Cars

    The Art of Dating: Reviving Valentine’s Day

    While there’s nothing better than the intimacy of a committed relationship, it’s no secret that monogamy can easily become . . . well, monotonous if a couple isn’t willing to pair their love with a little creativity.

    Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to reawaken some of the romance than tends to get lost in bills and housework, but believe it or not, even this annual observance of love and romance can become rote and repetitive–something that you have to do in order to keep your relationship strong. Obviously, this sense of “have to” is no good for keeping the spark alive. You want to be excited to spend time with your sweetheart, so changing up the ways in which you celebrate your love is crucial.

    Here are a few outside-the-box Valentine’s Day ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Your relationship is worth it!

    Cute and Quirky

    1. Pay a Visit to a Pub

    A chain restaurant isn’t quite special enough for this special day, but for some couples a nice dinner with expensive drinks is too formal and high-pressure. Never underestimate the power of a pub when it comes to quality classic (and sometimes not so classic–chips and gravy?) comfort food. Not only do many pubs provide great eats and casual-yet-tasty adult beverages, they also have a unique environment that is both foreign and familiar. I always find myself feeling as though I’ve been transported to the British Isles somehow without ever leaving my couch.


    2. Dine In, But Away

    It’s always a great idea to skip the crowds and cook a romantic meal together, but why not make your dinner in feel like a night out? I don’t just mean candles and music . . . I’m talking way out. Like, out of this country. French or Italian cooking might be the romantic go-to, but what about Thai, Greek, or Ethiopian? Transform your low-key night together into an exciting getaway.

    3. May I Have This Dance?

    Dance. Just do it. Go to a restaurant with live music and have a passionate twirl with your love. If you’re not feeling confident enough for that, how about postponing dinner for a salsa or waltz lesson at a dance studio? Still not convinced? Stay home with a custom-made playlist and shuffle along in the dark πŸ™‚

    Four more unique ways to enjoy Valentine’s Day after the jump!

    4. Do Brunch Instead of Dinner

    You’ll find yourself wondering why you never thought of this before. What’s so special about dinner, anyway? You have some kind of dinner every night, right? You probably even go out for dinner every now and then. But when, I ask, was the last time you or your honey sat down some morning to someone serving you up a plate of bagels and lox, eggs Benedict, or bananas foster pancakes? A sunlit brunch can feel more elegant and romantic than you ever imagined it would.

    5. Skip the Drama . . . Unless You’re Watching It

    Instead of a chick flick, why not watch something together that will make you think as well as feel a whole range of emotions? Be it a historical film or some compelling theater, a little drama always
    brings Josh and I close together with truly deep conversation.

    Out of the Ordinary

    1. Stay in Bed All Day

    I’m determined to try this some day when we have some vacation time built up (or when V-Day falls on a weekend). With how much value Josh and I place on cuddling, I can only imagine how adding takeout food and some great movies could make this the best day ever.

    2. Help Out Someone Else

    Sort of the opposite of lazing around in bed all day . . . volunteer together at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter to make your celebration of love really meaningful this year. An idea that I mention in 100 Cheap and Free Dates is to babysit another couple’s kids so that they can go out for a date night. What better way to try something new than to help someone else enjoy their Valentine’s Day in the process?