Thursday, January 28, 2010

road trip '10, part dallas

for our road trip this spring, my friends and i are each researching one city that we will visit/go through. i got dallas, and it looks like some mild fun. (what uppp, arrested development?!)

dallas highlights:

museum set up at the dallas book depository where lee harvey oswald shot jfk from. steep price, but it could be cool, especially for a history nerdbomber like me.

also know as shoppers alley, everything i've read says it's a good place for bargain hunters.

a museum dedicated to new and old fans.

some sites say that this museum is closed, but if it's not it sounds awesome!

sandwiches on the cheap!

lol, really? guided tours of mary kay's history?

here's what the website said, "a growing number of bronze, larger-than-life steers and their cowboy escorts move along pioneer plaza". is there anything better than a steer and his cowboy escort?

covering history from the 1840s to the 1940s, a few original structures, such as log cabins, are available for free tours.

i'm fairly certain this is the up and coming area of dallas. every description uses the word "eclectic"

houses one of the original copies of the declaration of independence and shakespeare's firt folio of works!

to be continued...

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


i decided to change my blog title for a few reasons.
1. flowers in the window didn't mean anything to me. and it was kind of lame.
2. i am absolutely in love with cloud cult.
3. i feel like i am at the point in my life where the lyrics of this song are so meaningful. i'm trying to find myself while also holding onto the past.

"there's so many people wondering what's the right direction, as far as i'm concerned, there's only one way up"

ps. isn't the video that guy made AWESOME?! haha, just kidding.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

i've got a feelin'

that this semester is going to be good.

i took all of my notes in econ and math today, which is a big deal because i usually forget to pay attention in those types of classes.
i've been waking up a half hour before my first classes and getting to them with time to spare.
i've already cooked myself some delicious pasta.
i'm pretty interested in the course material of all of my classes (except econ.)
i didn't know that my math class was a math class for teachers, learning how to teach math to children. (my first dose of what it means to teach children. hopefully this goes well)
i finished my first assignment of the semester in record time.
i feel generally motivated and happy.

and i know that it's only two days into the semester, but this is a lot more positive than i felt at the beginning of fall semester. winter break was a good one for helping me figure things out about myself.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Friday, January 15, 2010

"you can't love anything more than something you miss"

i was so affected by this book.
it is beautifully written, poignant, meaningful, and different. i fell in love with it from the first page.
jonathan safran foer is a genius of a writer and even the simplest idea sounds like a masterpiece because of his wording and the feeling that his words give off. every word is perfectly used.
you feel so many different emotions during the book, but you can't put it down. the story that foer tells is beautiful and the characters are unique. he develops them in a way that causes you to really know them; they feel real.
i was crying as i read the final pages of the book and i was sitting in the car with my mom when this happened. it was that moving.
i would recommend this book to anyone.

"What about little microphones? What if everyone swallowed them, and they played the sounds of our hearts through little speakers, which could be in the pouches of our overalls? When you skateboarded down the street at night you could hear everyone's heartbeat, and they could hear yours, sort of like sonar. One weird thing is, I wonder if everyone's hearts would start to beat at the same time, like how women who live together have their menstrual periods at the same time, which I know about, but don't really want to know about. That would be so weird, except that the place in the hospital where babies are born would sound like a crystal chandelier in a houseboat, because the babies wouldn't have had time to match up their heartbeats yet. And at the finish line at the end of the New York City Marathon it would sound like war."

"Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I'm not living"

""But it was unnecessary.
There would be other nights.
And how can you say I love you to someone you love?
I rolled on my side and fell asleep next to her.
Here is the point of everything I've been trying to tell you, Oskar.
It's always necessary.
I love you,

"I stood on the bed, pointed my fingers at the fake stars, and screamed: 'I changed the course of human history!' 'That's right.' 'I changed the universe!' 'You did.' 'I'm God!' 'You're an atheist.' 'I don't exist!' I fell back onto the bed, into his arms, and we cracked up together."

bill cosby is always right.

i'm obsessed with these kids. they're hilarious and adorable. they're staying with us for the weekend and here are some highlights from their first night.

me- so ethan how's life since christmas
ethan- well, i speak twenty-five languages now
mom- spreken ze deutsch?
ethan- pause. diana! don't question me!
ethan- it doesn't matter if you can't understand what ruth and christian are saying, you have me to translate.

me- christian, do you want some water before bed?
christian- no...but do you want feet in your face?!

ethan- thom! mommy and me got you a bag of snickers!
dad- thanks, bud!
ethan- well, mommy got them for you but you can still give me one! or...three?
kids DO say the darndest things.

Monday, January 11, 2010

sometimes i wish i had my own home that i could decorate and paint and style any way that i want.

what's unfortunate is that, until 5 minutes ago, my dream home was just a mix of colors and patterns in my head; but i don't think i can go back to that time now that i have laid eyes on this:

i think i just fell deeply, deeply in love. how am i ever going to live without you, you beautiful thing?

**from here

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


1. sometimes it's good to become apathetic in the morning. avoid many awkward run ins.
2. why would someone with the last name wood become a doctor?
3. i should never have watched julie & julia because now i want to cook.
4. i can't cook.
5. new years resolution?
6. you know who can cook? my mom. she created her own recipe for moroccan chili the other day.
7. i apparently need to catch up on classic dustin hoffman movies. i watched the graduate the other day and part of rain man today and they're so good. i need to see them all.
8. new years resolution?

Saturday, January 2, 2010

so long, oh nine.

1. What did you do in 2009 that you'd never done before?
lived in an apartment with a boy, worked at a camp for special needs children, watch the candidate i voted for get inagurated as president.

2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
i didn't make any, but i'm going to make some general ones for this year. (lose weight, exercise more, cut out soda, read more classic literature...generally make myself into a better person)

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
my cousin kate had the most adorable little red headed baby.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
thankfully, no.

5. What countrys did you visit?
stayed state side.

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
a job at school, money, motivation

7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched in your memory, and why?
july 24-26 sally's cabin weekend
july 30-august 2 visit to new england with tu crew
it was a good summer, haha

8. What is your greatest achievement of the year?
becoming more confident and mature, fully realizing that i'm destined to be a teacher and that i was fooling myself otherwise

9. What was your biggest failure?
not feeling motivated this semester, not losing weight when i really should have

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
not really, i was super sick one weekend in october but nothing major. no swine '09.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
haha, my north face polar fleece. i may sound like THAT GIRL, but it's the truth.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
first and foremost my papa. even though he is getting worse and worse by the day, every time i see him i still see a strength and courage that most people lose after what he has been through. he is one of the strongest people that i know and going through terminal cancer has only proved this to me.
my mom for continuing to be a strong woman, my dad for always making me laugh, my brother for maturing into a good kid, and all of my friends for being them. i am obsessed with the people in my life.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
no ones really, it was a good year in terms of people.

14. Where did most of your money go?
food and clothes.

15. What did you get really, really excited about?
going home after freshman year and going back to school after summer. it's a cycle that i am happy with.

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?
party in the usa, if i could turn back time, jumper

17. Compared to this time last year are you:
a) happier or sadder?
happier, this time last year i was looking up what i would have to do to transfer schools. now i couldn't imagine leaving temple and my friends there.

b) thinner or fatter?
fatter, but not by much. i hate myself for this.

c) richer or poorer?
poorer, by a lot. it sucks not graduating every year.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
be uninhibited

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
have my guard up

20. How did you spend Christmas?
my aunt and cousins came and we opened presents and played the wii all day.

21. Did you fall in love in 2009?
yes, i fell further in love with my friends.

22. How many one-night stands?
365, one for every day of the year.

23. What was your favorite TV program?
the office, glee, community, gossip girl (i'm not going to lie)

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?

25. What was the best book you read?
i'm only in the middle of unaccostumed earth by jhumpa lahiri but it is hands down the best. so plainly written but beautiful. the stories are so poignant. i also reread dress your family in corduroy and denim by david sedaris which is still the funnist book ever written in my mind.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
cloud cult, monsters of folk, she & him, ted leo

27. What did you want and get?
this is going to be cheesy, but happiness. i was uncharacteristically unhappy at this time last year and i am happy that those days are over. this year may not have been the most spectacular of my life, but something can be said for being happier.

28. What did you want and not get?
i can't really think of anything. except a million dollars.

29. What was your favorite film of the year?
inglorious basterds, up, district 9

30. What did you do on your birthday?
had a taco feast with my friends, danced in the rain to michael jackson, and played frisbee at dickinson

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
motivation and a job, which kind of go hand in hand.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
old navy, whatever flattered and fit my body. it was a rough year in this department but i like a bunch of things that i got this year. i wouldn't say i have a fashion concept.

33. What kept you sane?
my mom and my friends, 717 and tu.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
john krasinki, barack obama

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
i think living with a gay man made me more and more upset about gay rights issues. i want everyone to be happy in their choices. (not that i didn't always care about this one, just more personal now)

36. Who did you miss?
my family and 717ers when i'm at school.

37. Who was the best new person you met?
no one really, but i became a lot closer with a lot of people.

38. Tell us a valuble life lesson you learned in 2009?
just relax. and just dance.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
"so i put my arms up, playing my song, butterflys fly away"