Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Dear Past Connie

Do you watch video blogs or vlogs as they are called? Yeah I haven't really either, mostly because I don't know any vloggers. For some reason I have become fascinated with them recently and after watching something else on youtube I saw a recommended video and ended up watching several different vlogs. Watching this little community of vloggers made my heart grow as it always does when I see people find their people & come together.

A very popular vlogger (who I had no idea who he was until a few months ago when he made a music video for Ben Folds) Charlie McDonnell made a video to his 30 year old self. If you can't tell from the video below Charlie is 20, oh and British so he has girls swooning all over. He does fall into the 9 year limit, but it still feels wrong so I told Britt (Mimi's little sister) that she had to have a crush on him for me. Oh and in case you don't know what my nine year rule is let me explain. I found our a female friend had dated a guy 9 years younger than her & was a little grossed out by it. Until I realized I was being sexiest, it never bothered me when my girl friends either married or dated guys 9 years older than them. Equality! Anyway here is Charlie's video...

Now I realize that I probably should make a video response but that just seems like a lot of work & I hate hearing myself on videos. So I am blogging instead advice of what I would say to my 20 year old self if I could.
Meet 20 year old Connie

I am the one the far right (Lindsey, Debbie & me).
Travis - Writing To Reach You by pulatow *

Dear 20 year old Connie,

It is me almost 30 year old Connie, I am writing to share some wisdom with you. First off I would like to tell you that you are not as sentimental as you use to be. It is alright if you go ahead and start throwing away cards, notes & other things you won't want to move around with you for the rest of your life. Also some of the people who you thought you were going to be friends with forever, some you are still friends with, maybe not as close as you thought you would be and some you are not friends with at all (these are mostly boys). Also some who are not really your friends now become really good friends later. I know some of this sounds really sad, but it really is not as sad as you think. Yes the first friendships lost do hurt but soon you realize that people change including you and as your life moves you onto different paths you each find new friends who are traveling the same path as you.

Second trust yourself, in the end you always stay true to yourself but you do spend a lot of time listening to others who think they know what is best for you. They don't mean any harm but listen to you, you know yourself best.

Third sometime you can get your way by being nice. I know who knew you don't have to be a witch to get what you want.

Fourth & last (it is late & I am tired) thirty is not old (so what if I just said I am tired and it is only 10:30), just start telling yourself that now. Maybe then you won't freak out when you turn 25.

Also it is to bad that youtube was not around because Lindsey & Lauren would have rocked it!

*Notice my red highlights (this note is for Charlie who will never read this or Stephanie Perkins)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

To My Dad

Today my dad is turning 68! To celebrate I am adding some songs on my blog along with some pictures.

The Twist by Chubby Checker became his song for Debbie & I after he showed us he knew how to dance at Ryan & Charity's wedding.

The Twist - Chubby Checker by ConnieOnnie

I Like to tease my dad that I was named after Connie Francis, a crush of his.

Connie Francis - Somebody's Fool by ConnieOnnie
Jackson by Johnny Cash & June Carter, my dad likes some country. Thankfully my mom doesn't so we were didn't hear a lot of it.

Jackson - Johnny Cash by ConnieOnnie

Bring It on Hom To Me - Sam Cooke, I doubt this is one of my dads favorite Sam Cooke but it is one of mine.

Bring It On Home To Me - Sam Cooke by ConnieOnnie

Elvis Presley - Santa Bring My Baby Back

Elvis Presley-santa bring my baby back by ConnieOnnie
Sleepwalk by Santo & Johnny is the first song my parents danced to, so sweet huh!

sleepwalk - santo and johnny by ConnieOnnie

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Some November

I don't have any pictures of Thanksgiving but it was really nice. I got up to watch some of my family members run in some Turkey Trots & helped Debbie a little watch the kids since Russ was running. Then headed out to my moms where our turkey feast was well under way. That night some of us watched Home Alone. It was Williams first time watching & man did we all laugh really hard. We watched this part a couple times :)

Debbie, Russ & the kids decided to spend the night at my moms since Russ had to work Friday morning & William talked me into staying over as well. So Friday I spent the morning & most of the afternoon in my pj's I also watched Harry Potter with William. Who says he is going to be a wizard when he grows up. :)

Saturday was the family reunion on my dads side, it was great to be with family & catch up. I especially love talking Muse with Kelly, John & Chris.
We met at a park in Scottsdale that has a train, I waited so I could get a picture of my family on the train but did not see them. I was about to turn my back when I hear "Grandma, Connie" I turn to see little hands stick out of the cattle car. My brother, sister & brother in law are in there as well. Debbie has pictures which I am sure she post some day.

Here are my nieces Vaeh & Gracie after the train ride.

That night was Chelsea & Rajiv's wedding reception, which was at the Phoenix Art Museum. It was just beautiful & fun to catch up with friends. Here are some flowers from the reception.

I was over at Debbie & Russ's the other night & William showed me this.

It is a lightning scar he drew on his forehead. I can not even tell you how much I love talking Harry Potter with him. He is always asking me for spells (sometimes I make them up) and I was just told while taking Christmas pictures he did not say Merry Christmas he said Happy Christmas. Way to go my little brit-o-phile as Melissa likes to call me.

And then there was this little guy, isn't he just the cutest? His little pointy chin is just so cute, I just want to kiss him all the time. But he doesn't like it when my hair tickles him.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Anna & Etienne are here!

For those of you who are still waiting to borrow my copy of Anna & The French Kiss, you no longer have to wait for the day has come and it is here!
To celebrate I wanted to share some pictures & songs that I thought of while I was reading...The Patheon, the church to the left is St Etienne Du Mont. Mimi & I in front of the steps of The Pantheon

Étienne d'Août (Live) by ConnieOnnie
Etinne d'Aout by Coeur De Pirate
Me entering Shakespeare & Co

Me pretending to read the copy of Jane Eyre I was about to buy.

My book with the Shakespeare & Co stamp

A Napoleon Bonaparte T-Shirt (in my mind the shirt is red, I am not sure why)
01 - Napoleon Says by ConnieOnnie
Napoleon Says by Phoenix
I saw this music video months before reading but since it had a couple making out around Paris it of course made me think of Anna & The French Kiss.

Although reading Anna made me very happy it also made me Paris Blue.

ParisBlue by ConnieOnnie
Paris Blue by Lykke Li