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Thursday, October 06, 2011

Books and music were my childhood safe haven.
We have a fantastic relationship to this day.
Below is my favorite Shakespearian sonnet. The one that made me BELIEVE imperfection is alright. Attractive even. The one that made me have self-confidence despite any sortcomings.

Sonnet CXXX

My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun,
Coral is far more red, than her lips red,
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun:
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head:
I have seen roses damasked, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks,
And in some perfumes is there more delight,
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know,
That music hath a far more pleasing sound:
I grant I never saw a goddess go,
My mistress when she walks treads on the ground.
And yet by heaven I think my love as rare,
As any she belied with false compare.



Thanks Bill.
Love ya!
~r

  
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OFFDREA 10/13/2011 5:35PM

    you rock :)

I hated my so called life...

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BECCALULU 10/11/2011 11:58PM

    LOL my husband is brave as well because he tells me "it's not the dress so much as it is the fact that you have a big bum". hahahaha!

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TIMOTHYNOHE 10/11/2011 10:37PM

    If I said that to She(WMBO) I would be sleeping in the dog house. All she would hear is "Honey, your breath stinks and you walk like a cow."

Most men will back me up on this. Will was a brave brave man to say that. "Why, yes dear, I do believe that dress does make you butt look fat. But I love you anyway."

I so sure.

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HIPPICHICK1 10/7/2011 12:49PM

    Wonderful!
I am currently reading Shakespeare's Wife by Germaine Greer. Interesting stuff!

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MISTY_MOUNTAINS 10/6/2011 7:32PM

    I came here for the title, and stayed for the sonnet.

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DOGSTARDADDY 10/6/2011 6:03PM

    Perhaps the best blog title ever.

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BECCALULU 10/6/2011 1:15PM

    HA! lol
That show was so bad and jordan catalano was a douche.
I tried watching it recently on cable and it's still horrible.
Good thing I found Shakes in Jr. High when I needed him most.
AND my 12-y-o daughter JUST ordered Romeo & Juliet with absolutely ZERO prodding from my end!
Whats was Angela's friends name? The wild one that was done SO OVER THE TOP?
Hated her and Angela's dorky mom. There's a good dorky but she wasn't it!
P.s. LOVED dr who in the campy, campy long scarf years...

Comment edited on: 10/6/2011 1:17:00 PM

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EMMAFLY 10/6/2011 1:14PM

    It was also featured in Doctor Who, I think the third season of the "new" set with Freema Agyeman

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MAIM138 10/6/2011 12:45PM

    Aww. That one was in an episode of My So-Called Life, and it, like, totally, like, made Jordan Catalano, like, realize that he liked Angela Chase.

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I don't have a fancy biking outfit

Friday, September 30, 2011

i don't wear colorful spandex.
i don't have the flippy cap.
i don't have a heart rate monitor or whatever those backpacks are called that are just for water.
i do have a basket on my bicycle and in that, i carry a big thermos i found at the thrift store...
i fill it with ice water and go.
i keep on whatever i am wearing at the moment i decide i am going.
today i realized i am unhappy on days i do not bike.
i don't know if it's the exercise i've been getting (endorphins/sense of accomplishment) or if it's the simple act of being on a bicycle that is bringing me a better sense of peace/self.
i have fun with it.
it's a childlike act when i do it.
i don't take it seriously like i would say, bikram yoga or even running on a treadmill.
the truth is; i don't want to focus on the fact that i'm WORKING out.
sucks the FUN out of it for me.
at the end, sure i'm winded. i get sore. i do lug an added 70lbs worth of kids behind me (toddlers in a bike trailer) on 3 pretty steep inclines on the way back from my current route.
infact, it's almost ALL uphill on the way back but more importantly for me, it's FUN!
i listen to my ipod in one ear and belt out anything from
"i wanna be sedated"(the ramones) to
"40 day dream" (edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros)
in an attempt to both embarrass the snot out of my tween and distract myself of any sense of lower body pain/progress.
i sweat. i hurt. sometimes i don't want to go at all.
i do though. i decided i would stop thinking about it all together and just do it.
once i'm out, i have such a sense of freedom and playfulness.
sure, i come across pros seemingly flying past at top speeds with calves of steel, coconut cracking thighs and colorful spandex outfits but they usually meet me with a smile and wave at my kids. the scowlers and noses in the air types can bite me. not a fan of those in ANY setting.
i've become a "regular" on that stretch of bike path and in another few weeks, i'll likely be on a first name basis with some hardcore bike geeks. ok, maybe not but they'll know me as "that one woman pulling the two kids in the bike trailer, you know the one."
the new bike is not as pretty as the last but it's FAN-EFFING-TASTIC in terms of it's own weight, tire size and gears.
i've been able to cut from 7mi/70mins to 7mi/45mins
and seriously, i HAVE to bike on the daily. even if it's just to the post office (1mi) or to pick up my daughter from preschool (1.5mi).
i guess i'm lucky climate allows, i don't know what i'm going to do when it rains.
maybe bikram yoga.



  
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MIRDREAMS 10/5/2011 6:33PM

    That is awesome! Makes me want to get on my bike.

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CAALAN23 10/1/2011 11:32AM

    I love love this. Just got a bike this weekend and was feeling overwhelmed by all the geek pros, but THIS just made me feel like I own it. Thanks, schweets!

Tina
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MISTY_MOUNTAINS 9/30/2011 8:46PM

    I'm glad you've found a kind of exercise to love!!

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HIPPICHICK1 9/30/2011 8:14PM

    "i don't know if it's the exercise i've been getting (endorphins/sense of accomplishment) or if it's the simple act of being on a bicycle that is bringing me a better sense of peace/self."

It's all of those things and more!

Good for YOOOOOOOOO!
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SCOUTHARPS 9/30/2011 6:09PM

  Good for you! I must say, the padded shorts are a lot more comfortable, and you can wear them under other, less skin hugging clothing. But the best thing is, you are moving and having fun! Go for it! (And as one of the lycra clad crowd, we are glad you are there!)

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ME_HERE_NOW 9/30/2011 5:34PM

    love it girl, sparking your world :D

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OFFDREA 9/30/2011 3:21PM

    damn I want a bike now!!!!

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FIREFLUTTERFLY 9/30/2011 2:25PM

    "i don't know what i'm going to do when it rains.
maybe bikram yoga."

aw hell no, you get yourself a rain poncho and just take extra care on those hills! emoticon

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MAIM138 9/30/2011 10:15AM

    Hee hee. I sing on my bike too.

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Fire Ants on a Log

Saturday, September 24, 2011

You will need:
CELERY


PEANUT BUTTER


DRIED CRANBERRIES


VERY LITTLE BRAIN POWER


and BOOM! Fire Ants on a Log!

  
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HIPPICHICK1 9/26/2011 12:29PM

    emoticon emoticon

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LESSISMORE2010 9/25/2011 7:30PM

    *BAM* :)

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_UMAMI_ 9/25/2011 12:23AM

    If they are red (fire) ants, shouldn't you add CAYENNE?!

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DOGSTARDADDY 9/24/2011 11:19PM

    you had Me at fire ants...

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MISTY_MOUNTAINS 9/24/2011 10:12PM

    This sounds tasty and simple!! Thanks!!

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SCHAHARAZADE 9/24/2011 8:40PM

    I think I have everything but the 'very little brain power'. Is that available in a local market or do I need to go to a specialty store? emoticon

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BARCLE 9/24/2011 8:36PM

    emoticon will have to try this - sounds very yummy emoticon emoticon

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RRP546 9/24/2011 6:41PM

  i like the brain

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Car-free streets of downtown L.A. on Oct. 9

Friday, September 23, 2011

I hope to get to this event.
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VERTICALABRET 9/23/2011 3:42PM

    I would totally go to that. If I wasn't on the opposite side of the US. . .

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_UMAMI_ 9/23/2011 9:43AM

    Sounds fun! I love street festivals, if they don't get *too* crowded (I get claustrophobic).

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getting something right

Monday, September 12, 2011

i remember taking walks with my dad as a kid.
we lived near railroad tracks and there was liquor store a couple blocks away.
i remember always stopping at that store for a bag of m&ms and a coke.
my father never had any concept of nutrition.
if you're hungry, you eat. if you want to lose weight, you don't.
i mean no concept of calories or carbs, it was a very different generation.
also being from mexico and growing up impoverished, i'm sure had a lot to do with his perception of what matters.
well, it's a new day and i am both happy and proud to say that my own children love to go to the farmers market. i love that they ask me for watermelon for breakfast.
berries=CRACK! i never have to worry about raspberries, blueberries or strawberries spoiling for lack of want.
i love that i can buy a bag of brussel sprouts and ruby (who turns 4 this month) literally can't wait till we get home to cook them and insists upon eating a few raw.
i love that zen (3) has a most favorite food being; a tomato.
i love that isabella (12) will ask at a fast food restaurant if she can order a salad in place of fries.
really, these little things give me SO MUCH PLEASURE!
of course, they love popsicles and hot dogs, they're still KIDS!
in my opinion, popsicles and hot dogs should be part of childhood!
i just am elated that JUNK doesn't dominate their life.
they'd rather PLAY and run than watch cartoons or plunk down in front of video games.
we watch cartoons, we play video games avidly but it's all in it's proper place this time round.
i still haven't got a firm grip of my own habits but it really gets me in the soft spot that i
feel i have done right by my kids, the next generation.
i have and am everyday, instilling in them that which was sorely lacking in my own upbringing.
i blame no one, we are all different. i hope to learn to make wise decisions regularly, as my children do. we can learn SO MUCH from kids if we're willing to pay attention!

  
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ME_HERE_NOW 9/14/2011 2:51PM

    theres a time for treats and the rest of the time it's great they are making healthy choices, and it's because you allow them to and set a great example by taking control of your own life! we never stop learning, and kids are a great teacher :D keep enjoying life!

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MELLY3183 9/13/2011 1:53PM

    you have amazing children!! A lot of my friends kids do not want the nutrional foods, they wan the sugary goodness. Great job :)

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KALIGIRL 9/13/2011 10:19AM

    Aren't kids wonderful?

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LESSISMORE2010 9/12/2011 10:18PM

    That is amazing! Good job mom!

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MISTY_MOUNTAINS 9/12/2011 7:22PM

    Way to be an awesome mom!! You are doing something amazing for your kids, be proud.

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OFFDREA 9/12/2011 3:12PM

    I wish you were my mom, lol, seriously though you are an AWESOME mom, and I miss the status updates of funny things your kids say!
That is great they are adopting healthy habits from a young age!!!!!

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CAALAN23 9/12/2011 2:23PM

    I know what you mean. My own son is in much better shape because our efforts to instill a healthy lifestyle from the start.

Have a great day!
Tina

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