favorite song friday: secrets

It's impossible not to love Mary Lambert's new song, "Secrets." I'm so glad my daughter is having as much fun singing along to it as I am. Great message, funny lyrics, and the music video is as fun and infectious as the song. "I've got bi-polar disorder My shit's not in order I'm overweight I'm always late I've got too many things to say I rock mom jeans, cat earrings Extrapolate my feelings My family is dysfunctional But we have a good time killing each other They tell us from the time we're young To hide the things that we don't like about ourselves Inside ourselves I know I'm not the only one who spent so long attempting to be someone else Well I'm over it I don't care if the world knows what my secrets are (secrets are) I don't care if the world knows what my secrets are (secrets are) So-o-o-o-o what ..." — Mary Lambert, Eric Rosse, Benny Cassette, MoZella ...more

throwback thursday: hatsume festival

It was just a few short years ago that we attended the Hatsume Festival at the Morikami ... Posing in the garden Checking out some cool vendors Child and mother both look suspiciously at the photographer. Hmmm .. ....more

happy food

While I was having a massage yesterday my masseuse suggested that I should eat some "happy food.""What's that?" I asked."Berries!" She answered."Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries. They are all good, keep the blood flowing."Sounds good to me. Smoothies, here I come ....more

donna detective: ci vediamo

Donna Detective is one of the latest offerings from MHz Networks, which releases international television shows on DVD. ...Although some of situations in Donna Detective are far from fresh - the new boss who must prove herself, perceptions of women in the work force, how hard it is to juggle career and family - it is still fascinating and most importantly, entertaining, to watch Lisa (Lucrezia Lante Della Rovere) face each obstacle at home and at work. Maybe because the show originated in Italy, there is also a soap opera aspect to some of the "crimes of passion" that Lisa and her squad are up against, but the episodes are far from boring. As the series progresses, each crime that Lisa and her team investigate also sheds light on their characters and what is happening in their lives ....more

favorite song friday: little numbers

Taking a lead from my Hairpin horoscope, here is a lovely little song from the Swiss/German duo BOY, called "Little Numbers": Sonja Glass and Valeska Steiner of BOY ...more

throwback thursday: birthday girl

It's funny, but I can only find some birthday pix from childhood birthdays. I know I celebrated my birthday in my teens and twenties (and beyond), too. I guess I was too busy celebrating to take a photo .. ....more

birthday month

Being it's birthday week, I have been paying a little extra attention to horoscopes. The Hairpin had a quite delightful one the other day: Virgo — In Greek lore, you were once a goddess named Astraea, last of the immortals to live in the Golden Age. As the Iron Age came on and Pandora’s box crept open, you fled to the heavens—up and away from the monstrosity of mortal life— and became the constellation Virgo ....more

city girl no more

Continuing my country mouse, city mouse theme ...I have lived at least half of my life in cities. Big ones. But I am finally learning that you can take the girl out of the country (or away from the beach), but you can't take the beach out of the girl.As we planned our recent summer vacation to the Jersey Shore I had fully intended to spend a few hours in New York, either on the way in, or the way out, or both ....more

jersey girl

Although it's been over three weeks since we returned from our Jersey Shore vacation, I haven't had a lot of time to process it all yet. We've been adjusting to going back to school, and getting our first colds of the school year (I seemed to get it worse than the kid, go figure).I grew up at the Shore, and there is always an element of nostalgia in coming back. I was afraid that might be the only thing pulling me there, and was presently surprised that wasn't the case ....more