Tuesday, August 12, 2014

O Captain! My Captain!

I'm sure I'm not alone in my feelings of deep sadness at the passing of Robin Williams.   He holds a very special place in my heart, and in the hearts of so many.  That's how amazing he was.  None of us knew him, as a person, but his passing feels personal.  But God, when I look back at the films he was in that made me laugh and cry, and FEEL something.  So many.  So, so many.

From Dead Poets Society to The World According to Garp.  What Dreams May Come and Good Will Hunting.  Good Morning Vietnam, Awakenings, Patch Adams.  Nine Months, The Fisher King and The Birdcage.

Each role makes me smile, or think or cry.  And to think that this man, who was so very sad, took his own life.  Sad.  What a pathetic word to use.  I can't imagine the pain of living in such a dark space, while trying to make people happy.

Suicide is so heart wrenching.  So final.  So unbelievably sad.

Carpe diem my friends.  And rest in peace Mr. Williams.

If you or someone you know needs help, please, please call The National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Summer in Buffalo (and other oxymorons*)...

That picture below?  That's pretty much what our weather looked like for an entire week here in Western New York.  
We usually have two seasons here in Buffalo.  Winter and some conglomeration of non-Winter weather.  Spring, Summer and Autumn are all short lived and tend to blend into one another (one day its 50 in May, the next it's 90 - there's no real transition around here).  

And while it seems as though I'm complaining about the somewhat lackluster summer weather around here, I'm really not.  I'm an autumn girl at heart.  Give me jeans, flips and a hoodie and I'm happy.  The only time I really want it to be hot is if I'm sitting at a pool with a drink in my hand.  Other than that, keep it in the low 70s thankyouverymuch.

Who knows what the rest of the summer holds, but if it stay like it was a couple of weeks ago (even a few rainy days), I'll be a happy girl!

*There are no other oxymorons to be found in this post.  You can stop looking.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014


So there is an 11 year old girl (soon to be 12 year old in our household).

Hold up.

How did she get to be 11 (soon to be 12)?

Breaaaathhhheee deeeep.

OK.  OK.

So anyway, Madeline is 11 (12 in September).  I, clearly, am not.  However, I find myself busting out several tweenisms on the daily.  You know, like "totes".  Or "totes mcgoats".  I thought I'd take a minute to prepare a little dictionary for you, just in case you aren't familiar with the vernacular of today's youth.

Totes - Totally
Totes McGoats - Like, um really totally
Adorbs - Super cute (see also: Totes Adorbs)
Cray - Crazy
Totes Adorbs - Totally super cute
ZOMG - OMG, only, you know, more so

Just a few words to drop into your convos.

Now go have a totes awesome sauce day! xo

Monday, August 4, 2014

Hope is my jam..

I try really, really, realllllly hard to be a positive person.  To not let the negative get to me.  It's difficult sometimes, but in the end, I think you have to always see the good in things.  To have faith and hope and believe that good things will happen.

So when I saw this illustration I fell in love.  Because it's true.  Hope is my jam.  Let it be yours too.
Illustration by Lately Lily

Friday, August 1, 2014

Last but not least...Top 10 Blogs!

I must admit, my fevered blog reading days are over.  I now tend to check in every few days, catch up on a few posts and go on my way.  But I do still love me a good blog.  Here are a few of my favorites...

1.  Bleubird - This lifestyle blog is one of my favorites.  I love James' style, family and view of life.  Check her out (yes, James is a her).

2.  Hey Natalie Jean - Another lifestyle blog.  Natalie is a NYC girl with a son (Huck) and husband (Brandon).  I love sneaking a peek into her life and her writing style is right up my alley.  Awesomely enough, she just finished her first book.  I'll be the first in line to pick that up!

3.  Rockstar Diaries - Taza and her family (another NYC gal).  The family is crazy photogenic, creative and cute.  I like to pretend I know them.  Kidding.  Really.

4.  A Beautiful Mess - A super creative blog, ranging from food to home dec.  Love it.

5.  Kelly Purkey - A creative, memory keeping traveler.  This girl leads an amazing life.

6.  Under the Sycamore- Ashley and her family are amazing.  I love their free lifetyle, their faith and their committment to one another.

7.  Pencil Shavings Study - Color, color, color.  And then some more color.
8.  Young House Love - Love this couple.  Their family.  Their decorating style.  Their ideas.

9.  Vintage Revivals - Her tag line says it all.  Fearless DIY.

10.  Brittany Herself - This. Woman. Is. Amazing.  She's honest and open and amazing.  She believes in loving yourself, not hiding your body and being YOU.  An inspiration.  Truly.

And there are a ton more, naturally.  I clearly can't chose 10 of anything to save my life.  So here are a few more for good measure!

Oh Joy!
Sitting in a Tree
Marc and Angel
A Cup of Jo

Go check them all out!  You may find a favorite two of your own!

Happy Friday! xo

Thursday, July 31, 2014


I know, I know.  I said today would be blogs.  But I'm clearly behind the 8 ball here, posting at 5:44pm as it is.  I need more time on the blog side.  So...I decided to go with what was easier.  My top 10 books.

Here you go!

1.  Anybody Out There? by Marian Keyes
2.  Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum
3.  The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
4.  Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
5.  The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman
6.  The Kommandant's Girl by Pam Jenoff
7.  The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
8.  The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
9.  The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
10. The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown

Photo source: Shadowboxing

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Top Ten TV Shows - today, on the list...

So here we are, the middle of the week.  A chilly week at that.  Football season starts on Sunday and boy does it sure feel like it weather wise here in Buffalo!

So here's the list of the day - my favorite TV shows.  Again, this was tough as I love me some TV.  Of course, I've had a few posts recently about some television shows that I've been loving hardcore.  And those are on here.  I think with a lot of these lists , they're moving targets.  Really dependent upon where I am in life, what I've watched recently, etc.  But for the moment, these are my Top Ten TV shows...

1.  Scandal
2.  Orange is the New Black
3.  Homeland
4.  House of Cards
5.  Happy Endings
6.  Sherlock
7.  Arrested Development
8.  Top Gear
9.  House
10. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Crap, I can't do just 10.  Here are 10 more...

11.  The West Wing
12.  Modern Family
13.  Arrested Development
14.  Brooklyn Nine-Nine
15.  Elementary
16.  Reign
17.  The Following
18.  Alias
19.  Project Runway
20.  America's Next Top Model (don't judge)

I know, I know.  There are probably a million TV shows that you love that aren't on here.  I've never seen Lost or 24, The Big Bang Theory or Sons of Anarchy or The Living Dead.  Or countless others for that matter.  As you can tell, I'll get to them eventually (I always discover shows once they're dead and gone usually).  Tomorrow, my favorite blogs!!!