Monday, January 23, 2012

Am I right or am I right?

Now, don't get me wrong.  I LOVE Aretha, but her resemblence to Marjorie the Trash Heap from Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock is UNCANNY.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Prima Donna No More

Sadly, I just read the news and the New York City Opera Company went on strike yesterday afternoon.  We probably aren't going to the opera after all.  This is devastating news to me, and I really wish I had found out yesterday, before I ordered this whole ensemble.

I have been in love with the idea of seeing Rufus's opera since I first learned that he had begun to write it in 2008.  My heart broke when I heard that the Metropolitan Opera, who comissioned the piece, had refused to stage it because Rufus would not write it in English.  I felt a glimmer of hope when I found out that Lincoln Center had agreed to stage Prima Donna, and I felt tears welling up in my eyes when I learned, only minutes ago, that I will still not be able to listen to and see this masterpiece.

Someday, I'll see it and someday it will be performed in the city it was written for, the greatest city in the world, New York.

Prima Donna

As I mentioned in a previous post, my sister and I got opera tickets for Christmas, to Rufus Wainwright's Prima Donna.  I am so excited I can barely contain myself, and last night I went crazy and bought my whole opera ensemble!  We're going to the NY debut performance, which is in the afternoon, but I almost wish we were going to an evening performance so I could totally formal it up.  Still, it's the opera, and you get to dress pretty fancy no matter what time of day it is.  This is the ensemble I ordered:
I really wanted to wear heels instead of flats, but I'm not about to walk around NYC in heels all day and then have to possibly stand all the way home on the train in them.  That's not my idea of a good time.  So, I went with flats.   I'll include links to most stuff below, except the coat, which I got at Target last night for a mere $22 (!!!) on clearance and they don't have it online anymore and the crystal studs, which I got at Target for $12.99.

Beguiling Beauty Dress...$59.99 from Modcloth
Sequined Self-Tie Cardigan...$24.80 from Forever 21
Beaded Leaves Headband...$4.80 from Forever 21
Georgia Flower Flat...$19.99 from Avenue
Sheer Floral Tights...$5.96 from Avenue
Sterling Silver White Crystal Spinner Necklace...$24.99 from Target
Bling Bling 00ga plugs...$8.90 each...from Amazon

I haven't decided on a purse yet...I want to go with a clutch, but again, I'm going to be in the city all day so I might want something big.  I don't know.  I am SO rambling in this post.  Ahh!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Shopping @ Woodbury Common Outlets

On Saturday, Mom, Meg and I went shopping at the Woodbury Common Outlets in Central Valley, New York.  I shopped there Thanksgiving night to get some amazing bargains for Christmas, and they had been dying to go.  It's a bit of a drive, and I must confess, I slept the whole way there and the whole way home!

I spent most of my money at the Vera Bradley Outlet, but ended up saving around $115.00!  They were having a buy two items, get one free deal and here's what I got:
Side By Side Tote in Slate Blooms
Flap Shoulder Bag in Espresso Microfiber
Clutch Wallet in Slate Blooms

I also dropped some money at the Disney Store Outlet, only about $15.00 though and I saved about $15.00!  Here's what I got:
Funko Buzz Lightyear Pop Vinyl Figure
Funko Jessie Pop Vinyl Figure

There were so many other great places, like Coach, Gap (I almost bought a pair of shoes but they only came in whole sizes and I needed a 1/2 size - boo!), Saks Off Fifth Ave, Lucky Brand, Eddie Bauer, Converse, Jimmy Choo (No, I could not afford anything there!), Fossil, Yankee Candle, etc... and I could have spent aaallllll my money, but I had to stop myself somewhere.

However.  HOWEVER, when I got home, I was browsing Funko Pop Vinyl Figures online and just happened to find some on sale @ the Disney Store.  They take PayPal now.  I just happened to have a PayPal balance because of stuff people bought from the Etsy shop, and I couldn't help myself...I bought two more figures!
Funko Alien Pop Vinyl Figure
Funko Lotso Pop Vinyl Figure

Now, I only need to buy Woody and Emperor Zurg and I have the whole Toy Story set.  I know, I'm out of control, but I've got a new collection and I can't help myself!

See you tomorrow with Tuesday Etsy Favorites!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Friday Favorites: 11 of 2011

I know I'm a bit late, but this week's Friday Favorites is going to be my 11 favorite things from 2011.  It's time to look back and appreciate what this year brought me!

In no particular order:

1.  Rio, my Quaker Parrot
I got Rio on Memorial day, and she has been a constant pleasure ever since.  I don't know much about her, including if she is indeed a she.  I'm just looking into her past now, using her leg band.  I have learned that she was most likely born in 1992, making her 20 years old.  Quakers live up to 30 years, so I've still got a fair bit of time with her and I'm going to make it count.  She hasn't talked yet, and really I don't care if she ever does.  She's grumpy to everyone but me.  She's messy.  She's a picky eater.  But she's all mine and I love her to pieces!

2.  Pinterest

I discovered Pinterest this year...well Pinterest came into being this year, and I've lost countless hours to it since it's inception.  I've discovered a billion recipes, tutorials, ideas, artists, blogs, etc... on there that I might never have found without it.  It's been greatly helpful in publicizing this blog, too!

3.  Weightloss

This past spring I lost 30 pounds by following the 17 Day Diet by Dr. Mike Moreno.  I have kept off 25 of those pounds and plan to go back on the diet as soon as I re-read the book.  Losing the weight made me feel better physically and mentally.  I felt better about myself.  I want to get back on the diet and stay on it for good this time, finally getting myself down to my goal weight.  That's a resolution, albeit a cliche one, for 2012.

4.  My iPod Touch
I finally jumped on the iPod bandwagon in May and, man, did I find out what I'd been missing.  How did I survive before this thing?  I had a Zune before (I know, LAME, but I got it solely because I could get it in pink and at the time they had more memory, plus HELLO, I'm cheap!) and though I never minded the actual player, the software sucked...just like everyone said it did.  That's my actual case up there ^, so cute, and I literally have my iPod on me all day, everyday!

5.  Pistachio & Marshmallow, my rats
I originally got Pistachio and Marshmallow to share with my sister, and they lived in our living room, but when they moved into my bedroom they sort of became just mine.  Pistachio is a brown hooded and Marshmallow is a red-eyed white (albino).  They are about 8 months old.  They don't come out of their cage, because we have an abundance of cats, but they are quite content in their huge cage with tons of toys and stuff to chew on, I assure you.  They're so much fun to watch and they love to be petted and talked to.

6.  Vacation to Cape Cod
This was our first vacation since my father passed away in July of 2010, so it was difficult, but we did have a lot of fun, too.  We spent the anniversary of his death on the Cape, and I think it was a good way to deal with the darkest of days.  I think it was a good learning experience for us in that we are still learning to be a family of three instead of four.
7.  This Blog!
Running this blog has been an adventure for me so far.  It is my first venture out into the world, so to speak, in many years.  Being disabled, I don't have a job to go to everyday.  Being Bipolar and Agoraphobic, I don't see many people other than my family and therapist.  I don't often get my thoughts, opinions, and interests out into the world.  This blog has given me a way to do so.  I have attempted to blog in the past, but really only in a personal, journal-y way and have never really stuck with it.  I started this blog in September and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon!  I don't have a huge readership, but people are coming back and the numbers are growing.  Things are looking up.  This blog has given me a sense of purpose that I was lacking.
8.  My Etsy Shop
A few days after I started this blog, I decided that I would revive my long-dead and unsuccessful half-hearted attempt at an etsy shop.  I dug out all of my supplies and old stock, which wasn't all that old in the first place and was all jewelry so it was fine.  I re-named my shop.  I made myself a banner that matches this blog and I launched it.  I had only invested about five dollars in it, so no big deal when nothing happened.  I scraped up some money, bought some new supplies and whipped up some more jewelry...tada! Nothing happened.  Strangely enough, I wasn't phased.  I was enjoying the brainstorming and creating part enough, that I didn't really care that nothing was selling.  YET.  I found some vintage Wade Whimsies at Savers and threw them in the shop.  More jewelry.  And I'm working on a TON of stuff.  People are actually starting to buy things, and I feel like the more variety I have in the shop, the more people are going to see it and the more people are going to buy it.  I'm not looking to get rich, not at all.  I just want a creative outlet and a sense that I'm accomplishing something in this world.  The shop, like this blog, has given me a sense of purpose and a reason to set goals for myself.
9.  The PostSecret App
The PostSecret App has now been shut down forever, but I downloaded it the day it first was available.  I used it several times a day.  I loved it.  I cherished it.  Even with its mean replies and its faults, it meant the world to me.  I tweeted to Frank (the benevolent genius behind Post Secret) the other day, "As an agoraphobic, the app was in many ways my window to the world.  It was greatly cherished and is greatly missed."  He favorited my tweet.  I cannot express what that appreciation means to me.  I posted a couple dozen secrets while the app was operational, and continue to be amazed at how freeing it is to tell your secrets annonymously to a group of strangers from around the world.  I had never sent a secret to Frank before the app, but definitely will now.

10.  Gaining Control over my Bipolar Disorder
I know that I will never hold complete dominion over my Bipolar Disorder.  It's all part of the dirty business that is mental illness.  However, I have gained much hard won ground this year and I am proud as hell.  I started 2011 extremely depressed, hopeless and terrified and as I rung in the new year of 2012, I was a changed woman.  I have meds that are doing their thing, less panic attacks, less anxiety, I have hope for my future, realistic and achievable goals, inspiration, the motivation to act on my inspiration, and less negative/racing/uncontrollable thoughts.

11. Realism
I had a few reality checks in 2011 that really brought my life into perspective.  Some were health related.  I had 2 cancer scares this year: uterine and colon, both of which turned up negative.  When I found out that cancer was a possibility, I had some moments where I sort of wished for it in order to be with my Dad sooner rather than later.  I learned my true feelings when they told me I was cancer free and I felt a great sense of relief.  I am not ready to leave this world.  I have a great deal to accomplish.  And after this little trial, I felt a renewed sense of thankfulness for being alive.  Some were age related.  I turned 31 in 2011, and realized that since I'm not where I'd like to be in life, I need to get working on it because time's a wastin'.  Although I've never planned to or wanted to have my own biological children, my biological clock ticks on.  I decided a few years ago that I would start the process of adoption or fostering when I was 35, and am coming to terms with the fact that it may not be a good idea for me.  I may never be a parent, and that idea takes some getting used to.  This age related reality check was also motivation to really put my all into my blog and etsy shop because I want to be able to tell people "what I'm up to" when they ask.  I don't want to simply answer that I'm boring is that?  Some were death related.  The one year anniversary of my father's death was this July, and it forced me to look at my own life.  For 57 years, my father truly lived his life.  I haven't done that.  I've let my life pass me by, and I think that one of Dad's final gifts to me was a message to jump back into the stream of life and be a participant, not a bystander.  Some reality checks are good and some are bad, but they let us know we're alive.  They let us know what we need to keep and what we need to throw away.

So, those were 11 of the best things that came into my life in 2011.  Next January, I hope to update you with my 12 best of 2012.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

All I got for Christmas was...

So it's been nearly two weeks since I last blogged.  I've been totally overcome with a sinus infection and ear infection, otherwise known as the evil illness of everlasting death.  It started the Friday before Christmas, and is still kicking my weary butt, however I can stand it no longer and must share with the world the wonderful gifts my family gave me!  Here we go!

From my sister, Meghan:
Gorgeous, Gorgeous, Gorgeous Silver and Diamond snowflake necklace from Macy's.
Lucky Brand Silver Hoops! i <3 Lucky Brand!
Nine West watch I was lusting over.
The cutest little mouse jewelry dish from Anthropologie.
Fossil Key-Per Pouches (different pattern than this one) because I love to organize!
Raccoon Ring dish from Anthropologie. LOVE!

Now, from my Mom:
Cake Pop Maker...I've been wanting one so I can make this.

Funko Pop Holiday Vinyl Figures from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Funko Pop Holiday Vinyl Figures from The Year Without a Santa Claus
Now I have a genuine collection (because I got Jack & Sally from Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas for my birthday!)!
Micro, by Michael Crichton and Richard Preston.  This is Crichton's last work, and though it's not all his words I have to read it because I've been a fan since I was 12 years old and have read all of his other work.
The Secret of Nimh, directed by Don Bluth.  A childhood favorite!
Amanda Palmer Shirt and Signed Christmas Card! I <3 Amanda!
Jim Henson's Labyrinth. I had a huge crush on David Bowie as a child!
Eggies!  You make hard-boiled eggs without their shells.  I've been going on about this product literally for MONTHS!  Mom knew she better get this, or else!
The Dark Crystal!  I love Jim Henson and I love fantasy.  What more can I say?
Gorgeous, Gorgeous, Gorgeous Silver and Pearl Cat ring from Sheppard Hill Designs.
Gift Card for Build-A-Bear Workshop, with which I got this adorable guy and his little yodeler outfit!  I am such a child.  I have nowhere left to put these Build-A-Bears!
Last but definitely not least, Mom bought tickets for Meg and I to see Rufus Wainwright's opera Prima Donna!  We're going to the opening performance and I don't know how I'm going to wait until February to see it!

I know I probably got more stuff than that, but I really can't remember right now as I type through a Dayquil-induced haze.  Soon I will post about what I gave this Christmas.  Also, I hope to be working on new collections for the Curious Visions Etsy Shop very soon and will definitely be sharing some sneak peeks here.  I used Mom and Meg as Guinea Pigs for some new products and they loved them so new items will be popping up in the shop soon!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Sicky sickenheimer

I've been duke-ing it out with a sinus/ear infection since a week ago last Friday. The infection is totally winning. I'm whimpering like a sad little puppy who wants her mommy!

Anyway, there's a huge blog coming your way about Christmas, shop news, sneak peeks and more. Stay tuned!
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