Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Time Keeps On Slipping

Monday I won tickets to see Pete Yorn & Ben Kweller in concert. It kind of blew my mind when I realized it had been 9 years the last time I had seen either of them in concert.

Here is a picture of Pete Yorn I took at Coachella 2002

And a picture of the CD Jacket Ben Kweller singed when he came to Tempe in 2002.
Seeing these guys again brought back a lot of memories...Like driving & Lauren saying that she needed to Sha Sha again. Or being at the Porterhouse (yes I found the old website) and hearing Chris play Falling on the  piano. Or when we bought Pete Yorn"s first CD (yes remember CD's) based on looks alone, no we are not shallow. Or when we were at the first Pete Yorn concert in Tempe not Coachella & Debbie coming up to me asking for money so she could buy the opening band's (Minibar) CD, convincing me by saying "come talk to them Connie they are British". Needless to say we bought their CD, being the suckers for accents that we are.  

Listening to Ben was fun because his music has grown up as we have grown up, I just looked it up and we are in fact the same age. Both Pete & Ben look a lot the same did not seem to age much at all, the jerks :). 

Also a year ago today Mimi, Chelsea & I embarked on our European adventure. 

Today I was invited to go to Williams school as a "special guest" and have lunch with him in his class. It was so fun to see have him show me around his class room & I also got my very own one of these.

Guys where has the time gone, how did he get so big?

Time exists just on your wrist so don't panic - Travis
Don't waste time or time will waste you - Muse
Closing walls and ticking clocks - Coldplay
All these places have their moments - The Beatles

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Mean Reds

Have you seen Breakfast at Tiffany's? I remember watching this with my sister Debbie & our neighbor and friend Jennie after we put on this old trench coat my mom had and walked down the street saying things like "step on it darling" & "I'm crazy about Tiffany's."
Lately I have been thinking about the "mean reds" and Holly's cure for the mean reds.
Holly Golightly: You know those days when you get the mean reds?
Paul Varjak: The mean reds, you mean like the blues?
Holly Golightly: No. The blues are because you're getting fat and maybe it's been raining too long, you're just sad that's all. The mean reds are horrible. Suddenly you're afraid and you don't know what you're afraid of. Do you ever get that feeling?
Paul Varjak: Sure.
Holly Golightly: Well, when I get it the only thing that does any good is to jump in a cab and go to Tiffany's. Calms me down right away. The quietness and the proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there. If I could find a real-life place that'd make me feel like Tiffany's, then - then I'd buy some furniture and give the cat a name!
When I went to New York back when I was a senior in High School I had my best friend Erika take a picture of me standing in front of Tiffany's.

But Tiffany's is not my cure for the mean reds my cure is Jane Austen & anything Austenesque. Although our cures are different the reasons for the cure are the same...
"The quietness and the proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there."
After having a really bad start to my new year I found myself tired & down and desperate for something to lift my spirits when I remembered that Elizabeth Eulberg's new book Prom & Prejudice had come out. I drove straight to Barnes & Noble & got myself a copy.
I read Elizabeth's Eulberg's first novel The Lonely Heart's Club before going to London last year and loved the message of girls staying true to themselves and not doing things because of guys. The Beatles references didn't hurt either. Reading Prom & Prejudice was extremely fun. I loved seeing how Elizabeth made Lizzy & Darcy fit into modern day high school and her twist on things. I only wish I could have gotten more.

Some of my other favorite Austenesque type books are Shannon Hale's Austenland. I don't even know how many times I have read this book or listened to it, yep I also have the audio on my ipod. Not to mention how much I love what Shannon wrote when she signed it...
Another is Enthusiams by Polly Shulman which is a book I have never actually read. I have only listened to it on audio since the library only has it on audio, silly library. I am not one for ordering books online so I was so excited that I found it at Bookmans on Saturday! I gave it to Debbie the Enthusiast in my life. This isn't a modern re-telling it is just about two friend who love Jane Austen & long to find their Mr. Darcy and crash a dance to find one for themselves. 
 Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier, I have not read that the 5 sisters in this fantasy/fairytale retelling are based of the Bennett sisters in Pride & Prejudice but it just seemed obvious. So if you like fairytale retelling & Pride & Prejudice I would check this out.
Ok this is not a Pride & Prejudice-esque book but if you like fantasy/fairytale Shannon Hale type books check out The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal.

Friday, February 4, 2011

February Fourth

Twenty Seven years ago Debbie came to our family, and although it is her birthday I fell like I am the one who got the present. 
 Some may not know this but after I was born my mom had decided to be done having children & with six children she certainly deserved to be done. But one day while she was at the Temple she received a strong impression that our family was not complete. How thankful I am for a mother who not only seeks guidance from the Lord but who follows it as well.
I have always been happy to stay at home and watch a movie or read a book. Debbie on the other hand is an enthusiast and helped me to have some great adventures. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious & having Debbie around always making things more fun!

When sisters stand shoulder to shoulder, who stands a chance against us? ~Pam Brown
 I really love this quote because I feel it is true & I thank my Heavenly Father for Debbie because she makes me a stronger person. I know we were meant to be sisters & I know we were suppose to be apart of our family. Happy Birthday Debbie I love you more than words can say.