Friday, February 24, 2012

Newark Symphony Concert Next Weekend

Add it to your calendar!  The Newark Symphony is performing next weekend.  We've been working hard to get this music together.  The Debussy piece is gorgeous (La Mer is French for the Sea and the piece does just that-- it captures all of the undulations of the ocean), but my favorite piece is the Totentanz by Liszt.  I hope to see you there!

5 Things I'm Grateful For Friday

1. Upcoming trip!  I'm flying out tomorrow to Los Angelas where I get to see my two best friends, Matt and Corrie.  I get to meet my Godson for the first time!  I also get to meet up with Miss Sunday-- my Australian roommate from my stint in Dubai-- and whom I haven't seen since January 2008.  And, I get to see Sierra (that's Sierra at right in the Prada campaign from 2000) and her husband Gabe and their sweet boy.  Yay for old friends! I am so grateful that I have the time and money to get out to California to see all of the people.

2. More modeling work!  Yesterday I completed my training at QVC to model in their fashion lines.  Now I have my own security badge and it looks like work will be picking up for me there.  I've scaled back my hours doing ESL at the University, but don't plan to give it up completely as I find it so rewarding.  I am excited to be doing more in what I consider my career! 

3. New friends!  I've been getting super involved with the Ron Paul for President campaign here in Delaware.  The past few weekends have been spent canvassing neighborhoods collecting signatures to get Dr. Paul on the primary ballot here.  It's good to be passionate about something-- in my case, the cause of Liberty-- and I've already met some amazing people.  I find that I enjoy politics, and think the only way we can make a difference is to get involved.  Maybe I'll even run for office one day! (And we found out yesterday that he will indeed be on the ballot in April!)

4. Beautiful sunny days!  It seems silly, but I'm often thankful for the weather.  I walk to and from work each day (about four miles roundtrip) and am immensely blessed to be out in nature.  I love the sunset, and the birds flying overhead, and the crisp, cool air.  I see God in it all and I am blessed.  I do enjoy the cooler weather, but the few days of sun we've had lately have been wonderful.

5. My Health!  After two colds in January, a mammogram this month to check out some lumps, I'm happy to report that I'm healthy.  I'm also mentally healthy and in a good place these days.  I'm thankful that I have the energy to get to the gym, that I have two good legs which enable me to walk to work.  I'm thankful for my counselor that I see who helps me process and work through things.  I'm taking care of me and I love it.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

In Honor of Valentine's Day

"All love is sweet, Given or returned.  Common as light is love, And its familiar voice wearies not ever... They who inspire it most are fortunate, As I am now; but those who feel it most Are happier still."
~Percy Bysshe Shelley

List by Eero Saarinen of Aline Bernstein’s good qualities ca. 1954. Courtesy Princeton Architectural Press, all rights reserved. (via Abbey Goes Design Scouting)

I love this list sent from Eero Saarinen to his future wife New York Times art editor, Aline Bernstein.

Super cute print from n2design.  Available for purchase on Etsy.

Isn't this print cute?  One day I'll find a fella to have adventures with:)  Meanwhile, I'll just have to stick with my dear, dear friends.


And in honor of St. Valentine's Day, here's a little collage of couples I love.  Clockwise from top left: Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, Julia and Paul Child, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, and Abigail and John Adams.

H A P P Y V A L E N T I N E'S D A Y!

Friday, February 3, 2012

The Limits of my Mind

"The limits of my language are the limits of my mind.  All I know is what I have words for."

~Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations, 1953