October 29, 2009
October 28, 2009
- My parents, Bri and Michael were going to see U2 in Pasadena on Sunday at the Rose Bowl. I was taking the kids to San Diego for the day. All the previous week we had nothing but multiple car troubles. On the way to San Diego my tire went flat. That was the spare tire from Monday when we got a flat. There is a really long and slightly amusing story about a douchebag towtruck driver, my life flashing before my eyes, and my having a mental breakdown in the parking lot of a weinerschnitzel, but I'll spare you.
- we ended up fixing the tire and driving home after my dad drove from Ontario to where were were which was outside of Temecula (at least 40-50 miles), and I cried the whole way home.
- My dad was whining about going to the concert and being out late so he let me have his ticket and I got to see U2 and ended up on the Youtube live feed of it (well my arm and camera strap did (it's at 1 hour and 33 mins by the way)). It was amazing and epic and I took 532 pictures, then my battery died.
- after the concert I found I had a toothache. The toothache kept me up ALL NIGHT LONG. I got one hour of sleep which was on the way to the concert.
- The next morning I couldn't do anything, my tooth hurt so bad. So I made an appointment to go to the dentist. The first time I've been since I was six. In order to go to the dentist, I had to have a valid state issued ID. My license is expired.
- I had to go to the DMV, with a toothache, and on the same day I had to go to the Dentist.
- I'm pretty sure I look like a four year old wannabe Kurt Cobain in my new DL picture
- Once at the dentist, with my temporary license paper, I was told my old license would have been fine.
- I learned I have a mutant tooth. I have naturally perfectly straight teeth, save one near the back of my mouth, which is slightly off kilter. Actually it is perfectly straight it just came in completely twisted around, so the back of my tooth is actually the front.
- The dentist tried to con me out of $4000
- I have turned into my mother and have no trust in the medical community. I am now seeking Wholistic dentistry opinion, and self medicating myself, which has worked wonders.
- Neem Seed Oil tastes like poo. I don't eat poo, but if I did, it would take like Neem Seed Oil.
- Clove oil is my new best friend. It cures everything.
- Since Monday I have become an utter health nut. I refuse to eat, or buy anything that has been processed, and is full of chemicals. I am now officially nutty.
- I wrote an upbeat and depressing song.
- I bought real Milk glass at Goodwill for mere pennies.
I have a ton to show you all, but no Camera! So instead I will leave you with some of the best pictures I got on Sunday. Have a wonderful week, and send all your camera cord finding positive thinking my way!This picture was a total accident! I was actually really mad at first at this guy, because Bono was right where his hands are, but as soon as I saw it I fell in love! Thanks Guy who put his hand heart up!
October 23, 2009
I also wanted to show you one of my favourite websites, which I can't believe I haven't posted before. It's quite a good resource for anyone who loves vintage/sewing/vintage sewing.
All images are from The Vintage Sewing Patterns Wiki which like I said, is a really great resource. I should say that the website is a little confusing at first (at least I was confused), but it gets better once you sort it out. I like to look through here for inspiration, and to better acquaint myself with vintage patterns. There is also a wealth of hair inspiration, which I am totally in love with right now. So Enjoy!
1. How cute is this! The ruffles are just adorable! 2. I love the shape of this one. 3. I really want to get a bunch of jumpers I could wear with or without a blouse. 3. The details here are just charming!
1. I think I'd want this dress in every colour. It just seems like a really cute, basic dress. 2. This isn't something I would normally like, but there is something about the drop waist and pleats that make this really charming. I think it reminds me of a tennis dress. 3. This is actually a blouse and skirt, but I love how versatile it is. Making them both out of the same fabric makes a dress, while you could still mix it all up. 4. I'm envisioning this in white eyelet, floral, plaid, gingham...
1. I love how basic this is, but still has details that are interesting. 2. If everything I owned had a Peter Pan Collar, I would be a very happy girl. I do not like the other version. It looks like her boobs have ventilation flaps? 3. This would be a great summer-into-autumn outfit, as well as being incredibly versatile. 4. Love. Love. Love. Love. So much love. I love both views. My life goal is to find this pattern.
1. This would be a great everyday kind of outfit. I love everything about them both. 2. Again a great summer-into-autumn outfit. 3. I love the versatility and the waistband is adorable! 4. I've always wanted to take a vintage slip pattern and make it into a day dress. They're often pretty enough to be seen.
October 21, 2009
October 15, 2009
I am making a dress this weekend (even if it kills me) to wear on Monday. This is the inspiration:
It's gonna be great. Even if it kills me.
What have you got in store for this weekend?
October 14, 2009
Across the street from our house was an orange grove. It's one of the larger orange groves in Riverside, taking over miles (at least a good six or seven). Every year in the spring the orange blossoms would bloom and the air would be fragrant and sweet. My dad is allergic to oranges. It was actually pretty funny to see him hold his nose as he walked outside, at least to six year old Ashley. Down the road from the orange grove was a field. My dad once told me they held satanist meetings there, but I'm pretty sure he only told me that to keep me from wandering off by my self (something I have been known for my whole life). I always really loved this field. There has always been a gloomy, romantic nostalgia to it (those are the grown up words. The kid words are "creepy and cool"). It's always haunted me in a good way. Going back today I think I know why. It seems like it's frozen in time. even though I know that it changes, and has infact changed, it seems like it's a different world from the busyness of the nearby streets. I would ride my bike in this place or walk down there and just wander. This is the field in which the game of "Russian Peasant Girl" was born. I seriously think I spent more time playing that game than anything else.
October 13, 2009
I didn't get Froyo and coffee, but I got Edward Cullen. Not a bad trade. And a little sparkle was added to my day. No joke, they sparkle. They also taste like really gross children's vitamins, but it's the thought that counts right? And today is perfect Cullen weather too.
October 12, 2009
October 10, 2009
October 9, 2009
Well long story short I decided I had to start getting up earlier and going to bed at a specific time each night. So I am up at 6am, and in bed by 11pm. I also begin and end my day with a walk. I have a 20 min walk that goes around my neighbourhood and each morning and night I walk it. Well needless to say the getting up at six has been a huge challenge. I like my sleep, and I like to huddle under my blankets on cold mornings. The mornings have been cold but I have to get myself up and get my blood pumping. Day one I thought i was going to die. It was so cold, I had to break out some mittens (I'm not complaining), and breathing in the morning air was like being stabbed in the lung several times over. Night one, was better, but I found that I was exhausted, and just wanted to turn back by about the second block I'd walked. But I trudged on. Day two was a little better as it wasn't quite as cold and I took the time to jog in place and get some blood pumping. That night I was still tired but did much better. Then came day three. On day three I woke up before my alarm and hopped out of bed. I threw on my work out clothes and walked. I was excited for this. I know.
- I like having the mornings to myself to prepare for the day ahead
- I now look forward to each day as a thing filled with possibility
- I'm far more efficient at work
- I'm actually less groggy
- It has become something important to me, and I actually look forward to it each morning and night
- I am happier throughout the day and am less irritated by irritations
- I always eat a healthy breakfast
- I feel like my life is far more organized
Of course there are other things that i am trying to sort out as well, but I'm trying hard not to focus on too much. I think what I'm going to do it focus on one thing per week. This week was getting up earlier and walking, next week we'll shoot for something else, building on the other improvements. One other thing I did this week was limit my TV watching only to the shows I really, really enjoy, and only about two -three hours all week, as well as turning my computer off after 7:30. No computer time for me between 7:30pm-9:00am. This has been monumentally helpful in keeping me focused on my goals, and not on what the interweb world is doing. As much as I love poking my nose into your wonderful lives, sometimes I think I forget to live my own wonderful life.So all in all it's been a really good week! I'm excited for the weekend (Berry picking and a girls day out (which is unfortunately to LA, but I'll survive) and maybe even Disneyland!) and for next week, oh and I started up voices lessons again which will give me the kick in the pants to actually write some music!
How was your week? How do you stay focused on your goals?
October 8, 2009
I apologize for any language, but hey this is Riverside...
Welcome to Riverside. By the way, I work a block away from all these places, except the orange grove, which is up by my house... Good times (The white building with the columns is the Historic court house around the corner from us)
October 7, 2009
Sometimes I lay and watch the clouds
as they float on by
and I am taken by how much clouds are like life.
Their shape changes as the wind blows,
but sometimes, sometimes they stay.
They seem stuck in the sky, unable to move, to feel, to do anything, but stay.
I wonder if they ever feel frustration?
Can clouds feel? Can a cloud hope for wind to blow it's way?
Do the clouds even want to move?
Do they even care?
Sometimes as I lay, the clouds grow dark,
full of rain, and hail, lightning and thunder.
They seem full of anger and fear, but is that what it is?
Are the clouds sad when it rains?
Or do the cry from joy knowing their leak will grant us blessings?
Without their tears we would have no flowers, no trees, no plants.
Without their tears we would have no life.
Their tears soothe a hot cheek, and wash away our anxiety.
We need them to live, no matter the unpleasantness,
and new clouds always come.
Sometimes when I lay I see a funny shape.
Is it a boot, or a fish? Or is it both?
I tilt my head and it takes on new life, a new shape, a new meaning.
But only when I look for it, do I see something new.
Can I look at life this way? Can I change my vantage point
to see what else is there?
Is there anything else there?
Of course there is, there always is.
But until I watched the clouds I could not see
that to find true beauty sometimes we have to tilt our head.
Clouds come in all seasons, they change, they evolve.
They never are, what they were before,
never see the same thing twice.
So clouds are like life:
Beautiful, confusing, sad, happy, strange, changing,
scary, joyous, weird, ugly, hot, cold, gloomy, tired, awake, living.
And so do we if we choose to.
So in this life I will live,
I will be like a cloud.
I wrote this, this morning as I huddled in my blankets before my 6am walk. I have no idea where it all came from, and it probably is a jumbled mess, but I kind of liked it.
It is beautifully overcast today and I'm crossing my fingers that it rains. Wish me luck!
October 5, 2009
October 2, 2009
My weekend plans are very boring, and full of those lovely Fall-ish home things. I'm going to clean and cook, and sew and crochet (something I haven't done all year). My mom and I went to Joann's the other night and I bought two wool yarns for scarves. One is this absolutely beautiful cross between avocado green and sage/moss green, the other is a deep ruby crimson red. I'm very excited to start working on them! I also plan on reading while curled up in a blanket with a cup of coffee, while listening to some Fall-ish music, and learning how to knit. The next couple of months are going to be incredibly busy and I can't wait! Day trips to LA (the good part is that I get to see Sarah and Charissa, not LA), Pilgrim's Place, Oak Glen, Camping Trip, Mary Poppins, Thanksgiving, My dad's birthday which might end in a surprise party, Halloween... Is there anything more wonderful than Fall?
What are your weekend plans? What are you most looking forward to this season?