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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Adieu, Roaring 20s! (or Guten Tag, Dirty 30s!)

I turn 30 in 10 days.

It's nice being born toward the beginning of a decade. It makes it a lot easier to remember how old you are...

In honor of my upcoming milestone, I want to do one of those year-end recaps bloggers and 13 year old LiveJournalers are (were?) fond of. But I'm gonna do it about my 20s.

There's a lot of time I wasted and wish I could salvage from those years. Is it possible to get a decade do-over? A mulligan?
I suppose not.

Time cycles on.

7/25/07 - Holy crap!

Anyway, here goes...

1.What did you do in your 20s that you’d never done before?
Oh my... lots of things. Most importantly - I fell in love and got married.

2.Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Um... this doesn't really fit my decade theme, so I'll say that I achieved vastly different goals than I assumed I would have achieved by 2010/30. And, yes, I have goals for my 30s, too.

3.Did anyone close to you give birth?
My sister. Twice.

4.Did anyone close to you die?

My grandmother. I was quite close to her and it was weird how easy it was for me... No regrets, I suppose.

5.What countries did you visit?
Pathetically, I've still no use for my passport. I was supposed to study in England for a semester in college, but things didn't quite work out. That's the closest I've come.

6.What would you like to have in your 30s that you lacked in your 20s?
Enough money, self-assuredness, and peace.

7.What dates from your 20s will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
January 1, 2000 - Y2K and tending to/bonding with my future husband
September 11, 2001 - Duh
December 20, 2003 - Graduation from the University of Florida
December 26, 2003 - Moving to Houston
Early 2005 - The night my future husband told me how he felt
March 15, 2008 - Wedding day!
Summer 2009 - Quitting my lame job and branching out on my own to start Robot In Bloom

8.What was your biggest achievement of the decade?
I think if you look back at the dates I remember, you'll see a few.

9.What was your biggest failure?
Not to be obtuse, but trusting the wrong thing and not trusting myself.

10.Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nothing hospital-worthy. Well, I had my wisdom teeth out, but whatever.

11.What was the best thing you bought?
Well, I want to say something wedding-related, I guess... but probably my DBA. And these sunglasses.


12.Whose behaviour merited celebration?
My husband is the greatest person on earth. He is excellent every day!

13.Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Hm....... I will plead the 5th on that.

14.Where did most of your money go?
Flying to Houston. Living expenses. Moving in and out (and in and out and in and out and in and out...) of apartments. Buying goofy things from the Dollar Store. Craft supplies.

15.What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Moving onward, upward, and getting lots of support. Also seeing Paul McCartney live in concert. And the NKOTB reunion concert.

16.What song will always remind you of your 20s?
Yikes........ I'm gonna have to go with a seemingly random song and say, "I Don't Know Much" by Aaron Neville and Linda Ronstadt

17.Compared to this time last decade, are you:

Happier or sadder?
Happier. By far.

Thinner or fatter?

Richer or poorer?

18.What do you wish you’d done more of?
Positve thinking. Being brave.

19.What do you wish you’d done less of?
Sniveling. Wasting time in detrimental company.

20.How will you be spending Christmas?
Probably flying home to Florida again?

21.Did you fall in love in 2009?
I fall in love with Josh every day.


22.What was your favourite TV programme?
Of the decade? I'll have to say 'The Office' and 'So You Think You Can Dance'

23.Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last decade?
Hate, schmate. I've merely moved on.

24.What was the best book you read?
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events, the Harry Potter series, a Dorothy Parker collection, Thomas Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

25.What was your greatest musical discovery?
Of Montreal, Lady Gaga, Eminem, the Grass Roots (Actually, I've always known who they were, I just didn't know all those songs were theirs), and Shocking Blue

26.What did you want and get?
Love, support, independence, a job I love

27.What did you want and not get?
Total satifaction

28.What was your favourite film of the decade?
Fight Club

29.What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I don't really remember any of my 20s birthdays

30.What one thing would have made your decade immeasurably more satisfying?
Not sure... probably the total satisfaction thing.

31.How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
"Screw this. I'm gonna wear what I want to wear. Who cares if people think turquoise and purple are too loud??"

32.What kept you sane?
Josh. I don't know what I did before him.

33.Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Lady Gaga, I guess? She inspires me to be more individual and not to worry. She also seems to really care about her fans and what she does.

34.What political issue stirred you the most?
I'm stirred by quite a bit. I prefer not to discuss it in public, though.

35.Who did you miss?
My grandmother. My BFF Val.

36.Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009
Life is too short to waste time in a job you hate!

38.Quote a song lyric that sums up your decade
"Colors of the world, spice up your life! Every boy and every girl, spice up your life!"
Which, come to think of it is from the 90s......

So I'll go with, "Why-oh why-oh, why-oh-why-oh-why-oh, are we so in denial when we know we're not happy here?"



Thursday, January 21, 2010

Poe Tribute (or The Pit and the Tentacles)

I, much like the errant Poe Toaster, should have delivered this entry back on Tuesday, January 19. Alas, I have only now to try and make up for my mistake.

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Inspired by an episode of 'Gilmore Girls', I decided to embellish my two couch pillows.

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I burned a quick stencil and went to work with my fabric paint.

The second pillow was naked, so I stenciled an octopus.

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Also, I'm quite excited to announce that fun things are brewing in the Robot In Bloom album design universe... As soon as everything is finalized, there will be a cool development coming in the next few weeks.

Hope you're as excited as I am!


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Hmmmmmm....? (or Wedding, Schmedding)

Okay, so I'm well aware that I've been featuring my almost two-year old wedding in my blog waaaaaaay too often.


Have you seen the new Alfred Angelo TV ads?
Click here to see the whole spot on Facebook.

Look a tad familiar??


I assume either someone at Alfred Angelo saw my write-up on Offbeat Bride and deemed it a groovy jumping-off point...

Or I'm not a unique a beautiful snowflake and maybe I should hook up with that Alfred Angelo marketing person so we can conquer the world with our similar tastes.

Either way, I love it!

(Oh, and I'm also jealous because no one had that gorgeous shade of purple two years ago! I might just go out and buy myself a bridesmaid dress now, just to have it!)


Monday, January 11, 2010

Wall Letters (or No, That's Not Supposed To Spell Anything.)

I really need to get better at taking pictures of my craft projects as I do them, not just posting the final results.

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So, I know that hanging letters on your wall is "OMG SOOOOO played-out!!!!1!!" in certain interior design circles, but - in the interest of Project: Swagga - I decided to go for it anyway.

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My local Jo-Ann's has a great selection of papier-mache and wood letters. I've always been a fan of the look, so I decided to finally update my living room wall.

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I'm pretty satisfied with my "two-thousand-and-late" look...
What do you think?


Friday, January 8, 2010

2010 "Project: Swagga" or Boom Boom Pow!

This year - nay, this decade is going to be the year to increase my amount of swagga! (That's "swagger" for the uninitiated.)

To me, this means upping the degree of style in my life. Taking inspiration from creative women like Lady Gaga and Princess Lasertron (two folks I admire on several fronts), I'm going to start injecting much more individual personality into everything I do.

This is not a New Year's resolution. I've been thinking about this for a long time and the inception just so happens to coincide with January 2010. This is not a fleeting thing, a quick promise at the start of a year that is forgotten by February. This is a new mission for my time left on this planet.

For much of my life, I've felt that my creativity was stifled directly and indirectly. "You can't wear those colors together!", "That's not how to draw a tree... This is how to draw a tree!", "That's weird... Why would you make a ____ out of a _____?", along with the obvious realization that no other kids are wearing suspenders, their dad's vest, and 15 watches on one arm.

From now on, I vow to be brave. I vow to be true to myself and my asthetic. I vow to wear my art on my sleeve, if you will pardon the pun.

I think, like so many excellent things in my life, the real turning point from mere yearning into visible action began with my wedding.

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Photo by Monkey Tree Photography

I saw it not as "bridezilla" (a term I detest, incidentally) kind of day, but I did view mine and Josh's wedding day as a vehicle for our style. More pointedly, I felt that the day required thoughtful personalization. What is the point of staging a wedding and inviting spectators if it the multitude of options available, from ceremony to decor, don't express who you are? And since your love is a big part of who you are, what better day than your wedding day to express yourselves?

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Photo by Monkey Tree Photography

As you can see from our write-up on Offbeat Bride, these decisions did not mean style for shock's sake. Part of who were are includes being sensitive to others' needs and desires. I really loved the balance we found.

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Photo by Monkey Tree Photography

So, yeah... With that being succesful, coupled with more recent inspiration (like this excellent message from Lady Gaga on The Ellen Show), I've decided to up my swagga!

Stay tuned, 2010! Holla!

Photo by Diana Becker

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