Wednesday, December 7, 2011
For the discovery of a new world and the man who died in poverty in to find it
For churros dipped in melted chocolate
For a failed worlds fair
For ancient egos and proving power through architecture
For men in tights and capes with ribbons
For nuns who bake
For exuding passion through every pore
For chocolate breakfasts
For Moorish palaces with endless corridors
For cave-dwelling gypsies
For Isabelle and Ferdinand
For white stucco, green doors and blue plates
For Morrocan hot pockets
For the beauty of trans continental friendships
For chocolate, spearmint tea
For the Alhambra.
Friday, December 2, 2011
For photographic memories after all is lost
For untamed beaches and untamed hearts
For Christmas lights and unearthing simplicity
For a maze of ancient cobblestone
For a world wide church
For Christmas lights strung across charming balconies
For small food and deep conversation
For wandering solo
For energetic street music
For magical fountains
For colorful mosaics and arched catacombs
For humans diverged on one city street
For inspiring trees, leaves and python skeletons
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
A boy about 7 years old…
Me: Oh my, aren’t you a brave dragon slayer! I see you have a sword of truth just like my Prince Phillip.
Boy: Yeah… you know I’ve seen your movie?
Me: You have heard of my story? Isn’t that wonderful! What was your favorite part?
Boy: The part where you die!
Me: Oh dear, I never died. I just fell asleep until my handsome prince came and gave me loves first kiss to wake me up (wink)
Me: Well might we have a picture together so I can tell my Prince Phillip all about you?
Boy: Sure, I guess
And I gave him a big, pink kiss on the cheek for the picture to which he freaked out and the family LOVED.
A boy about 6 years old…
Me: Well look at what a brave prince I see!
Boy: I’m not a Prince!!
Me: Oh my, well what are you then?
Me: Are you a King? Pirate? Dragon? Monster? Wizard?
Boy: I am a Jedi! Look at my light saber! (whips out a plastic light saber from his little sister’s stroller)
Me: A light saber? Oh how brave you must be to use such a weapon! Do you think Prince Phillip could use it to slay dragons?
Boy: No, they only work for Jedi’s. Tell Prince Phillip sorry.
A little girl about 5 years old…
Me: What is your favorite thing about being you?
Girl: I like everything about being me!
Me: What wonderful confidence you have! Do you know how important that is for all Princesses to have? And how fantastic that you have mastered it!
Girl: What is confidence?
Me: It is believing in yourself and not letting anyone or anything change your mind.
Girl: Oh! Then yes, I have confidence!
A mother starts to shove an infant into my arms ( which I’m not supposed to hold) so I kneel on the ground to follow protocol if a child is forced into my arms. The child is screaming and drooling all over me and I smile to get the picture over with. The mother exclaims, “ No, no that picture won’t work. Ya know, would ya mind just putting yer arm across her stomach to cover up all of that throw up on her shirt?” SICK! And I did it….
A 2 year old girl…
Me: Would you like to come sit on my special bench?
Girl: I have poop!
The mother steps in, embarrassed and states that it happened in line and she can’t sit down because of it
Me: ( Trying to control my laughter, as my photographer is laughing uncontrollably, I kneel down on the floor) What is your favorite color? Is it purple like your beautiful dress?
Girl: I have poop!
Yep that went on the for the rest of the conversation and through the photo as well…
Little girl about 4 years old (one of my favorite memories)
Girl: Princess Aurora, where have you been? I have been looking all over the kingdom for you! ( very distraught)
Me: Oh dear, I am so sorry sweetheart. Where did you look?
Girl: I climbed to the tallest tower, I swam across the lake with lots of scary alligators, I got really scared but my dad was there and my mom grew very tall, taller then my dad even and she scared the monsters away. Then we walked a lot and there were lots of pretty flowers in the fields and look I picked one for you! ( she brought me a beautiful gardenia)
Me: How did you know these were my favorite flowers? Don’t they smell magnificent?
Girl: The troll told me.
Me: Oh yes, which troll was it? I have many friends that are trolls
Girl: The one I met while I was flying. We were flying high up in the clouds and when I met him, he told me to be sure and bring you this special, magical flower cause it is your favorite and it was really hard to find. Just like you were hard to find.
Me: I’m so sorry I was hard to find. But I am certainly glad you finally found me! Now that you know where I am, will you come visit me again?
Don’t you just love that imagination?!
Girl about 12…
Me: What is your favorite thing about being 12?
Me: Really? Nothing at all?
Girl: Yeah, I just don’t like getting older
Me: Well then what was your favorite thing about being 11?
Me: Well unless you are like my friend Peter Pan you will have to keep growing up… What don’t you like about being 12?
Girl: I don’t like that you can’t trust adults
Me: Trust can be a very difficult thing, especially if someone wrongs you. However, you must always keep in mind that not all adults are the same and there are some you can trust.
Here comes the grand finale!
A couple in their mid-twenties, with the whole family in tow…
Me: Oh what a beautiful couple! I see you found your dream Prince!
Girl: (embarrassed) yes he is my dream prince
Me: and is she your dream princess?
Guy: Yes she is
Me: Wonderful, shall we have a picture together?
Guy: Yes, can I just pose like this? ( gets on one knee)
Me: Oh my what a charming prince we have here, but I think Prince Phillip might get jealous.
Pulls out a RING… and I soon realize that I am in the middle of a proposal. Completely caught off guard, I step as far back as I can and hope I don’t get in all of the pictures.
Guy: Something cheesy
Girl: Crying... yes!
Family: Ohhhhhh, ahhhh, cheers, clapping, excitement
Then someone yells from the group: You were supposed to do it in front of Cinderella-her favorite Princess!
Guy: I thought you were Cinderella…
Me: Sorry handsome, we look similar but I just fell asleep while she ran from her Prince…
Me: She is right there, why don’t you go introduce your beautiful princess to her…
Thursday, March 31, 2011
I was just offered a job working for the National Park Service at Golden Gate National Park. I am so excited to be able to spend time working in nature, swimming the sea and living in San Francisco rent free! In doing my research, I had no idea how massive Golden Gate Park was; I cannot wait to explore from Pacifica to the Marin Headlands ( here is a map)
Yep, that is where I will be living a beautiful, nature-filled life for the next 6 months. Anyone want to come visit?
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
I thought you had left us, instead, you decided to surprise us with an extended visit. Thanks for keeping the tourists happy. However, if you need to leave again soon that would be alright. What happened to Phil miraculously not seeing his shadow this year? I had high hopes for an early spring and it was all just a big tease.
I am so hopeful for spring. I have a feeling it will be grand, as almost all spring seasons are. What a fantastic feeling of renewal, happiness and hope (not to mention, adorable dresses) that the one and only spring can bring about. I can't wait to trade in my boots for peep-toes, my chocolate truffles for fresh fruit and my snow tires for an open sun roof. This spring will be grand indeed.
I am also anticipating a change of scenery coming with the change of weather. It may be working in Golden Gate Park, an office in L.A., a foreign country or moving to the SLC- no matter the place, I am ready and excited for a new adventure. Resume's are in; fingers are crossed.
Until then... happy spring!
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
We took a walk recently
in John Muir's backyard,
Wordsworth in celebration,
Milton in meditation,
bent on a few days' discovery
deep in the Range of Light.
Step by step,
strive and sweat, yet
caught in wonder at every turn.
Now and then drinking in the
magnificent lines of my companions--
already drunk on the fine wine
of fir and pine.
The wilderness ethic is
to leave things as they are;
and so it was, no scars,
other than myself.
Monday, March 21, 2011
As we sat beneath a willow tree
Whose tears didn't care
They just hung in the air
And refused to fall
And I knew I'd made a horrible call
And now the state line felt
Like the Berlin wall
And there was no doubt
About which side I was on
I built you a home in my heart
With rotten wood, it decayed from the start
I braved treacherous streets
And kids strung out
On homemade speed
And we shared a bed
In which I could not sleep at all
That night the sun in retreat
Made the skyline look
Like crooked teeth
In the mouth of a man
Who was devouring, us both
I'm a war of head versus heart
And it's always this way
My head is weak, my heart always speaks
Before I know what it will say
And you can't find nothing at all
If there was nothing there all along
There were churches, theme parks and malls
But there was nothing there all along.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Here is to another 30 years filled with as much love and adventure as the last.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Being the social butterflies that they are, Mormons love any excuse to get together and celebrate, and give a toast to a random holiday with a nice cold glass of apple juice.
Take Groundhogs Day for example. For most of us, this day means nothing more than a reminder that it's cold and miserable outside, and will be for weeks to come (has he ever not seen his shadow?!). Perhaps you'll have a moment of sympathy for a poor little animal kept in captivity year round, and maybe, just maybe, you'll chuckle to yourself as Billy Murray briefly crosses your mind.
For Mormons, this day calls for much more. A simple throwback to the movie isn't enough. They must all get together and watch the movie, beginning to end. Inevitably, the discussion of whether or not Punxsutawney, PA is a real town will come up, and most likely plans to outdo the holiday celebrations the following year will ensue with talk of taking a road trip there to see Phil in person. Yes, that's right. Mormons would go out of their way to see a formerly respected member of the community dress up in a top hat and claim to talk to rodents.
Groundhogs Day is just one example of these well known but lesser celebrated holidays that the Mormons cannot get enough of. And you know what? They can have it. Because if they took Saint Patty's Day or Cinco de Mayo from the rest of us beer and tequila drinking heathens, we would throw a fit. Let them have Phil.
Oh, and extra points if the holiday celebration includes arts and crafts. Like, say, little groundhog faces made out of envelopes and googly eyes.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Love the films. Hate the traffic.
Love the monetary support as these tourist dump money into the city. Hate how slow they walk in front of you.
Love meeting people from around the world. Hate how you have to pay for your normally free parking space.
Love people watching/ celebrity stalking. Hate the people that don't know how to drive their fancy rental SUVs.
The locals like to call the people who fly in for the two week affair, P.I.B, which is short for "People In Black". However, while sitting next to my beautiful window overlooking Main Street I think the more appropriate term is P.I.F. - People In Fur.
Although I have practically lived in this beautiful state for my entire life, I have never once participated in this annual ritual, in fact, I usually try my hardest to avoid it. This year, that pattern has changed. I have already seen two incredible films and have a few others I am excited to see. I have frequented the bar scene that are filled with PIFs and have plans to attend a few exhibits. I am quite fond of this new tradition. It makes dealing with these crowds, parking prices and high maintenance people much less dramatic because I'm actually taking part and enjoying the beauty of independent film making as well.
The holidays were unique this year, yet they were nothing more than typical. I had many friends fly in from all directions on the compass which was a pure delight to spend time with them. We drank lavender tea, laughed for hours on end and spent sleepless nights catching up on our non-existent love lives. I want to tell you about a few of the reunions I embraced.
First, the girls that grew with me. There are about 10 of us and it has become the only event during the year which we see each other. All of them are either married or engaged so it can become quite different conversation than I am used to. We spent time going around the circle having each girl give an update on her life and since we are all a bit detailed it can take an immense amount of time. I marveled at all of the growth and accomplishments that have taken place just within this small circle, especially since our rambunctious teenage years. To give you an idea- we used to call ourselves W.E.L.L. - We Enjoy Lots o' Lovin (consider yourself privileged because that is information we don't just tell anyone). Being surrounded by such strong, inspirational women it gave me hope for the future, especially since I know they will be phenomenal mothers.
The next reunion was between my dear friends from my Washington D.C. days. It was nowhere near the size of the last one but no less inspiring. I was able to see them several times throughout their stay and each time was a pleasure. From Fiestas to Frat parties, we painted the town. As you know, parties and the like are not really my thing, but it was fun nonetheless because of the company I was in. New Years particularly took me far out of my comfort zone. We decided to ring in the New Year Mormon style... picture this...thousands of young, single Mormons, a bounce house, sumo wrestling, dancing, stink bombs and all-you-can-eat ice cream. Remind you of elementary school yet? Maybe not in Georgia. Needless to say, it was a far cry from a great New Years Eve, however, the people watching was extraordinary.
Christmas was spent with family. Traditionally, on Christmas Eve we eat a classic Swiss/German meal called Raclette which is delicious and spend the rest of the night trying to digest. Christmas Day has changed a bit since we have to cater to many different schedules. On Christmas day I slept in until noon and then waited for four hours to open presents. Presents that we braved freezing weather and long lines to purchase on Black Friday. To explain, I will digress for a moment.
On Thanksgiving night, after going through all of the newspaper adds, I convinced my mom and brother to trek to the outlet mall for some door-busting fun. We threw on all of our warmest attire and drove an hour to the outlet mall and shopped until 4:00 AM in sub-zero temperatures. Needless to say, we were useless the next day after I finally woke up around 3:00 in the afternoon.
Throw in working every evening and you have my entire holiday season in a nutshell. Hope yours brought you closer to finding love, peace and discovering the beauty of humanity.