Thursday, March 31, 2011

"Paint Brush" - by: Bettie B. Youngs

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Disclaimer: This is NOT my poem.

This poem is very dear to my heart as it describes my vulnerability. In junior high we had to do a poetry project and I found this while spring cleaning which made me super duper happy ^_^.

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Paint Brush
by Bettie B. Youngs

I keep my paint brush with me
Wherever I may go,
In case I need to cover up
So the real me doesn’t show
I’m so afraid to show you me,
Afraid of what you’ll do—that
You might laugh or say mean things.
I’m afraid I might lose you.

I’d like to remove all my paint coats
To show you the real, true me,
But I want you to try and understand,
I need you to accept what you see.
So if you’ll be patient and close your eyes.
I’ll strip off all my coats real slow.
Please understand how much it hurts
To let the real me show.

Now my coats are all stripped off.
I feel naked, bare and cold,
And if you still love me with all that you see,
You are my friend, pure as gold.

I need to save my paint brush, though,
And hold it in my hand,
I want to keep it handy
In case somebody doesn’t understand.
So please protect me, my dear friend
And thanks for loving me true,
But please let me keep my paintbrush with me
Until I love me, too.

Bettie B. Youngs

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Shoes that are pretty AND practical!?!

Shoes! Shoes! Shoes! What girl isn't having a love a affair with shoes? As the gorgeous Marilyn Monroe once said "Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world." But what is the "right shoe"?

Last Sunday, Cody and I were walking around Kensington (one of my fave places in CGY) to attend the Market Collective. To my dismay, we had to walk 3 blocks to get to this building. Now normally I love to walk especially in a vibrant community like Kensington. Unfortunately today I just happened to be wearing these fuggs and the thought of stepping in the puddles made me cringe and whine to my already annoyed boyfriend (we were running late as usual).

Hello! Evidence that I made it to the bldg, fuggs and all ^^
See, now that the weather has finally started to become warm and puddles as big as wading pools seem to be everywhere, I haven't quiet adjusted to wearing the proper footwear for the season. After wearing these fuggs for almost 5 months, you'd think I'd be sick of them and at the first sign of melting snow the fuggs would be the first one to go into storage. Nope, not the case.

So there I was whining about how I'm not wearing the proper shoes and bitching about why he would park 3 blocks! away from this building. He looks at my shoes, looks at me, then again at the shoes and then away while sighing in disgust. "Why do girls' insist in wearing shoes that they can't even walk in? Before you complained that you can't walk in heels, now you're complaining you can't walk in flat boots!!"

The fuggs are on top of the luggage...fuggs = fake Uggs
At first I was insulted at this. Say whaaaat?? Oh no he didn't! *cue finger snaps* Then we looked at each other and both started to laugh. As much as I hate to admit it, the man is right. Why do we wear shoes that pinch, create calluses, bunions, and sometimes can lead to broken ankles, legs and even worse! How can this man, whose shoe collection I can count with one hand, possibly understand that whether they are boots, heels or even flats, the right shoe completes an outfit!

So when it comes to Function vs. Fashion...what wins in the end?

Here are some examples of extreme footwear that some of poor soul has subjected themselves to. Ouch!

Is all the pain really worth it just to look good? Does the pain of pinching shoes take a way from the feeling of wearing the perfect heel?

After looking at these hopefully the bf will appreciate when once in a while I happen to whine about my poor aching feet and beg to be carried to the car or up the stairs. Maybe I can even get a food rub too? ^_-

As to the question of why we love shoes? I think this quote from Toni Collete's character Rose Feller in the movie In Her Shoes answers that perfectly:
"...Clothes never look any good... food just makes me fatter... shoes always fit."

Thursday, March 17, 2011

♣ ♣ ♣ Shake Your Shamrocks ♣ ♣ ♣

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

In honor of this holiday, I must scour my closet to find something green. Green beer and green cookies???

yummy cookies from Bake at 350

Also, I was curious to find how knowledgeable I am about all things Irish, so I took the Reader's Digest quiz. See below for results.

Try out the quiz here.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Leap of Faith

Lately I have been questioning my decision to leave the corporate world to go back to school. I left behind a career that was finally taking flight after almost 5 years of sticking it out with the company. No more personal office, personal voicemail and a well enough paying paycheque :(  This is all behind me.

a snapshot of what my work week used to look like...

Now my current occupation is...student. After years and years, I finally listened to what my heart has been yearning for for a loooong time. Now don't get me wrong, I am standing by my decision BUT as it happens with everyone else, I seldomly catch myself having doubts. Is this the right move for me? Am I doing more harm than good? You know...standard self doubt questions.

Forget the stylish purse, I'm rockin' the school bag now ^^

So it has been just after a month of taking my English upgrading class. There have been hiccups along the way for sure so when my teacher called me up to speak to me I thought the worst! "Uh she going to tell me I'm failing and that I should just withdraw!?!" It turns out she wanted to recommend me to be a tutor! The school would pay me by the hour and I would be able to set my own hours to meet w/ the student I'm tutoring. How amazing is that!!

love this imagery!

Never would I have thought this would happen and I'm glad it did ^_^.  What a humbling experience that something good happened and it was not in my control.

So as my facebook status says:
"Never be afraid to take a leap of faith. Everything else will take care of itself."

My facebook status today

Friday, March 11, 2011

Pray for Japan

While being glued to the TV and the internet, trying to comprehend what's happening, I can't help but feel helpless.


All I can do at the moment is pray and hope.

A picture is worth a thousand words.


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

What's in a name?

I've created this blog with the purpose of cataloging what's inside this brain of mine. Thousands of thoughts are raising back and forth all the time that sometimes I wonder how my skull has managed to stay intact all these years.

While there is much to talk about, a forefront question cannot escape me; What should I name my blog?

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