Sunday, July 25, 2010

Day life: 2010 - 07 - 23 / 24

I hope everyone had a happy weekend. Mine was mostly filled with sunny skies, a little shopping, some Project Runway and Star Trek

I finally bought some alcohol in the states after turning 21 abroad five months ago. It feels good to just have a beer and watch some of my favorite tv or with a meal.

I love these sandals and can't wait to take them out when the sun starts shining! They're a little too big, so I wear them with inserts, but aren't they darling? Just a little sneak peak at a summer shoe post soon.

And my two buys at A Rusty Rooster in my hometown. It's a lovely little antique store with little odds and ends that I adore. It looks like a lot of things were marked down (unusual), but it means I will probably be back several more times this summer. But first, I need to find a leather strap for this lovely satchel. The leather is buttery soft now, and the inside is roomy will all sorts of compartments! And it was only $2.40 (marked down from a reasonable $6.70). Crazy good.
The other purchase was a muffin tin to keep some of my earrings in.

Not very exciting, but a couple other things filling my time has been:
  • Comic Con news! (Especially the hilarious Community panel - and of course the pen-eye stabbing! CRAZY!)
  • Finding out that my Representative in DC is retiring (Rep. Brian Baird) from leafing through my voter's pamphlet. Right now I'm voting for Denny Heck.
  • And, of course, Mad Men fever! (my favorite link so far: creator Matt Weiner being interviewed by the amazing Diane Sawyer)
Here's to another great week! And it should be as I will be in Portland starting on Thursday to see some of my favorite people.

ETA: I'm also on the lookout for: a new mobile phone (upgrade time! - I'm considering an iPhone, but unsure) and a new camera (pretty... please? But my sister is letting me use her's for now). Any comments/suggestions are wanted!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Summer Obsession: SYTYCD

For years, one of my favorite parts of summer has been the chance to catch the delightful dance competition So You Think You Can Dance, often shortened to SYTYCD, and their ever-changing, personality-filled contestants. This year is no different, even if the formula has changed slightly by cutting the dancers in half and adding all-stars. Although I think the producers' hearts were in the right place, I'm not sure it was the best of decisions. I love my all-stars (I have watched every season), but the other contestants shone a little less (less time to get to know them too) plus the all-stars barely talk.

I'm happy with Adam Shankman being a regular judge (love him!), but I miss the rotating guest judges and I'm not that impressed with Mia every week (her love for José and mistrust of Kent irks me - mostly her love of José). I am glad Mary is no longer here, but sometimes I do miss her enthusiastic praise.

This year, it has been the year of the boys. Taking out the top twenty and putting in a top eleven (with six boys and five girls), left the dancers at the tweenage girls' mercy and the girls mostly lost. It was sad to see, but I have to admit that my favorites were boys too. Pretty much all of them. But the only one I truly dislike this season is also male (José, who probably wouldn't have made it to the top ten in a regular season - personality without talent for other styles can only take you so far).

My favorite? Alex Wong. HANDS DOWN. Amazing dancer. Heartbreaking that he left all too soon because of an injury. (Also, what is up with all the injuries this season? They obviously need to change something - three weeks in a row!)

Second favorite? Kent Boyd. So effing cute. I can barely handle it. He is just full of "aw shucks" good looks and boy is he talented. Really. And he's grown so much as a dancer!

Lauren (and Ashley) warmed their way to my heart too. And I did mention I love all the boys other than José. And I thought Lexie left too soon. And probably Maria.

With those left, I might choose Robert to be my favorite to win. Or Lauren. IT'S SO HARD TO CHOOSE! They're all so lovely (except José). Here's to hoping Billy is well enough to continue on tomorrow! (I also adore Billy. And Adé Cheké.)

Apologies for the un-uniform picture sizes. Lack of images (and the amount of time to fix images) is the number one reason I post so sporadically.

Anyway, with So You Think You Can Dance and America's Next Dance Crew, I have no idea why anyone would watch Dancing with the Stars. Why suffer through badly danced, simple routines when you can watch quality dancing with complex choreography is beyond my comprehension.

All photos were taken from

Sunday, July 18, 2010

"Dreams feel real when we're in them..."

"Dreams feel real when we're in them..."
"What's the most resilient parasite? An idea. A single idea from the human mind can build cities. An idea can transform the world and rewrite all the rules."
I finally saw Inception today, which is a funny thing to say when the movie has only been out for a day and a half before I saw it. That's how big this movie was because I couldn't handle being on the internet (mostly Tumblr) and seeing so many images from a movie I was so excited for, but haven't seen yet.

I don't want to spoil anyone, so I will just say go see it. I was worried it might have been overhyped and I wouldn't enjoy it as much, but it still blew my mind. I didn't think it was as cerebral as everyone was making out to be, but it definitely isn't a dumb movie (I'm one who usually abhor dumb movies), but I'm not sure how thinky-thoughts it really is. It's still great great GREAT.

One of my favorite things about this movie that I love is that it uses characteristics from many different genres. I was on the edge of my seat (annoyingly, but understandably, the girl next to be was flailing every other minute during the last hour of the movie), trying to figure out where each piece of the puzzle was placed in the bigger story, I laughed, almost cried. I was completely involved the entire way through.

It's not perfect, and I wouldn't call it a masterpiece, but it was a damn good piece of film.

Friday, July 16, 2010

the muser.

I'm a fickle little one that has started dozens of blogs only to stop. This is just another one of those experiments. I like to jump on new sites and hobbies to see what sticks. [Spoiler alert: not that much.] I'm going to keep this particular post as generic to me as possible, and continue to update and tweak the hell out of it.

I spend too much time reading my twitter stream [which is full of journalists and news sources], looking at my google reader [which is full of fashion bloggers and more news sources] while listing to music, and watching tv, although I do sometimes watch movies too. Oh and I'm a technophile with an affinity for sci-fi.

Since my dalliance into themed blogging left me uninspired, I'm turning the leaf to general musing blogging, as rattled and chaotic the subjects of my future writings may be. Watch for short news commentary, style inspiration, what to watch/listen to, and timey-wimey-lifey things.

Other internet-y places you can find me [for the time being]:
twitter ; tumblr ; flickr ;

find what you want