Wednesday, April 19, 2006

The One with Wordless Wednesday

The One with My Return

Hi Y'all! Sorry I've been away for so long this time. You know how it is. Busy, blah, blah, blah. So, I bought a laptop in the hopes that it will give me some more time for blogging. It's a beautiful new iBook. I also got an iPod nano to go with it. I haven't had much time to play with them yet. So, let me catch everyone up on the last 2 months.

My mom was here in Feburary for a week. She had to come down for a checkup with her cardiologist. All is well. Then my dear friend Craig was here for a visit. We went downtown for some drinks and had an nice time. It was great to see him again. Next I went to NYC with several of my friends. I will be posting about this in more detail later. We had a GREAT time! St. Patrick's day I went downtown with friends and got totally trashed, which I had not done in awhile. I'm doing the Jenny Craig diet, so I don't really drink as much as I used to. Although, I did also go to a wine festival in Grapevine 2 weekends ago and got a little toasty, but twice in the last two months in nothing. This next week I am taking my mom on a vacation to Charleston and Savannah. Neither of us have ever been to either city, and we are both looking forward to the trip. I am nervous about the fact that my mother has not flown in almost 30 years though. Hopefully, she'll be ok. Oh, I almost forgot. I'm also training for the Capital of Texas Triathlon. This means that I am doing 2 hour workouts five times a week. It's exhausting, but I'm starting to like it.

So, that's the latest 411. Hope everyone is well.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Monday, February 20, 2006

The One with Quote Monday

The dance is a poem of which each movement is a word.
Mata Hari (1876 - 1917)

Sunday, February 19, 2006

The One with Dance

This weekend was all about dance for me. On Friday, Mitch and I braved the cold and went to Copa for a little salsa dancing. They have free lessons at 9. I was pleasantly surprised to see a lot more guys than I thought there would be in the lesson. I know males have a tendency to think dancing is emasculating, but I think it is so hot when guys can dance. I did pretty well during the lesson, but afterwards all the pros start show up, and it got a little intimidating. Several men asked me to dance and thankfully they were very nice and instructive. Mitch is a very good dancer, and she looked great and held her own with the professionals. I had a great time and will be going back soon. Plus, now I have an excuse to go buy some cute new shoes for dancing!

The next night Granola and I went to the ballet. First, we had a fabulous dinner at Louie 106. We both had spinach salads with pears, walnuts, gorgonzola cheese, and an avocado dressing. Then I had the Moraccan Spiced Pork tenderloin, and Granola had the Crunchy Trout. They were both delicious. Then we walked the few blocks to the Paramount Theatre, a really fabulous old theatre in downtown Austin, for the ballet. The performance was New World Talent, and it showcased the work of 3 up and coming choreographers in the world of modern ballet. Granola and I had completely different opinions on the performances. His favorite was the first piece, which I hated. We both enjoyed the second, and the third was my favorite. The choreographer was Thang Dao, originally from Vietnam. His piece was inspired by the Robert Frost poem Fire and Ice.
Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
I just loved this piece. He used multimedia in the background, it was set to beautiful music, and it featured more traditional duets, which I love. It was a great evening and a fantastic weekend!

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Monday, February 13, 2006

The One with Quote Monday Valentine's Day Edition

1. Love is a condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.

-Robert Heinlein

2. I love you
Not only for what you are
But for what I am
When I am with you

-Love (first stanza)
Roy Croft

3. Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.


4. Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the panges of disappointed love.

-Northanger Abbey
Jane Austen

5. Love is not blind - it sees more, not less. But because it sees more, it is willing to see less.

-Rabbi Julius Gordon

6. Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.

-Robet Frost

7. 'Tis better to have loved and lost
than to have never loved at all.

-Alfred Lord Tennyson

8. If you have love in your life it can make up for a great many things you lack. If you don't have it, no matter what else there is, it's not enough.

-Ann Landers

9. The heart has its reasons which reason knows not of.

-Blaise Pascal

10. Why love if losing hurts so much? We love to know that we are not alone.

-C.S. Lewis

11. Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.


12. Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life.

-Leo Buscaglia

13. To love abundantly is to live abundantly, and to love forever is to live forever.

-Henry Drummond

14. If you want to be loved, be lovable.


Sunday, February 12, 2006

The One with Growing Older

You know those moments when it suddenly hits you that you've aged, and you're not some spry young thing any more. Well, I had one of those moments this past weekend. I already had plans on Friday to go to a "toy" party with my SIL when a friend of mine asked if I wanted to go salsa dancing with some girlfriends. I told her that I would love to but I was otherwise engaged. She said that they would be there until 4 in the morning and that I should just come join them after the party. Back in the day this would have been a normal weekend for me. When I first moved to Austin, I had just graduated from college and was 23 years old. I used to go out every Friday and Saturday and bar hop on 6th St. until everything closed. Then my friends would come back to my place, and we'd all sit in the hot tub and talk until the sun came up before we would finally go to sleep. I realized on Friday that I just can't do this anymore. I would be at the "toy" party until close to 11, then I'd have to go home and change before going out, and then I'd be dancing until dawn. I no longer have the energy for this. So, when another friend called and asked me to play poker that is what I decided to do after the party. Their house was on my way home and playing poker only requires mental energy. I can't tell you how much this saddens me. I know that I am moving into a new more adult phase of my life, but a part of me is mourning the loss of my party girl self. She was cool chick, although maybe a little bit of a lush.