Friday, September 30, 2011

Music Break: Do You Know Where You're Going To

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Do You Know Where You're Going To by the fabulous Miss Ross

Book Review: To Seduce an Earl by Lori Brighton

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To Seduce an Earl by Lori Brighton

I first described this novel as sort of a "hooker with a heart of gold" but the "hooker" is man, which takes place in the regency/Victorian era in London. And I have to say I haven't read a regency romance like this before, it was refreshing reading a new plot (which was very steamy at times) in this genre (well new, in regard to the male hooker thing).

The novel quickly pulls you into this world where beautiful Alex (he even has adorable dimples) is a whore in a brothel for women. He specializes in virgins, who want to be prepared and able to seduce their future husbands, but dear Alex doesn't like his job. He's a prisoner in "gilded cage" owned by Lady Lavender, the madam of the brothel.

Now meet Grace, who is accidentally, on purpose, sent to the brothel under the guise she would find help discovering a hidden treasure. Alex is tasked with teaching her the ways of the boudoir, but all Grace wants to know is where is the treasure book. It takes a while for Grace to figure out what's going on (Alex has to get completely nude for it to sink in) and she leaves... but that brief meeting sparked something in the pair.

The novel follows Alex's attempts to escape from his prison and Grace's desire to provide for her sickly mother and little sister. It was a compelling story which at times you won't want to put the book down because you eagerly want to know how it will end.

I have to warn you, I found this novel quite erotic, but not enough to classify it as erotica, but certainly for the 18+ crowd.

Rating: 4/5

I need to know these things...

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You never know when you'll find yourself in the middle of a winter themed dystopian novel... well err, you know what I mean. This skill may come in handy one day and might just save you from being eaten or killed by your peers.

How to make fire from ice:

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Puppies of Terra

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On your reading list?

Source [Good Show Sir]

Who Wants Cake?

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If you like terribly funny and inappropriate humor you MUST watch Strangers with Candy (netflix the series).

Here's a glimpse (warning: you shouldn't laugh but you will)

Nerd Bookends

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Source [Holy Cool]

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Like a boss

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Source [FY Math]

Trust Snape

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Source [emmielovegood]

How do you wash a hedgehog?

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I never realized how cute hedgehogs were...

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

My Experience at Oktoberfest 2011

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 Welcome to Oktoberfest!

While I was on vacation in Zurich, Switzerland we learned that Oktoberfest was going to start that weekend (yes, it actually starts in September). And guess what, Munich, Germany is only a 4 hour drive from Zurich, so away we went!

The drive was most enjoyable because 1. - I didn't have to drive, 2. - Switzerland and Germany have excellent roads, and 3. - as a bonus I got to quickly visit Austria. When we arrived in town I immediately noticed many people dressed in Lederhosen and Dirndls and started to get excited. I have to say, I didn't know much if anything about Oktoberfest before this, so everything was new and exciting to me.

We parked and walked to the festivities. I was happy to find that it's free to enter Oktoberfest, you only pay for food, rides and souvenirs. We walked around a bit but my cousin (he's Swiss and has been to Oktoberfest many times) told us we should probably hurry and see if we can get into a tent. He explained that after the tents fill up they close the doors and no one else can enter. I guess I should also say, by tents, the Germans mean structures (tent is such a misleading word).

Paulaner tent

So we enter the Paulaner tent and walk around. I'm pretty sure my eyes were all big and round because it was an onslaught of stimuli for me. It was loud, crowded, everywhere you looked someone was smiling, singing, talking and holding a mug of beer. I should also point out, and I hope this doesn't come off wrong, but I've never seen that many white people in one place. I know, I know, duh, you're in Germany! But I was just shocked at the lack of diversity in this large crowd. Hey, I'm from Philly and we're pretty diverse (I guess it's probably the same feeling a white person visiting, let's say, Kenya would feel). And I know I wasn't alone in thinking this because I did see a couple black people there, all guys, but I never saw another black woman. I think we kind of stuck out because people would walk up and just throw an arm around my shoulder while their friend took a picture (seriously, this happened many times). And one time while walking around a guy stopped me and said, "hey a negroid!" with a smile on his face. I'm not kidding, he didn't say "black" or even "nigger" he said negroid! I laughed it off because I really think he meant it in a friendly way but it was lost in translation (his accent was very thick and German). Anyway...

The crowd

After a while, we realized you won't get served beer unless you are seated at a table, but sadly, most, darn near, all the table I saw were filled. Eventually a nice serving lady, directed us to a table of four guys, my cousin spoke for us (he speaks German of course) and the guys told him you have 10 minutes then you can leave. Then he came and got us (myself and cousin, who happens to also be a woman), after we sat down the guys were like, "hey you can stay". Apparently the guys were more willing to share their table with ladies.

One of my tablemates

The guys at our table were extremely friendly (I wonder how much the alcohol played a part in that) and after 10 minutes it was like we were old friends. For the record, I do not like beer. I don't find it appealing and haven't had a mug of beer since college. So innocently I asked, "what else do they have?" It was like a record scratched and everyone started yelling that I "HAD TO DRINK BEER" and of course when in Rome...

I don't know if it was the environment or simply great beer, but that first liter mug was excellent (note the word first beer, because many followed). While everyone sits (or stands on) at the tables, a band plays and everyone sings along. Many of the songs are German but a couple American western songs were played too (who knew the Germans like country music). I didn't know the words but that didn't stop me from singing (thanks to the beer).

The beer

After a couple hours, I realized that at least one person out of my group of three had to keep their wits about them, so I slowed my drinking and sobered up a bit. We stayed a while longer as my tablemates got drunker and I took the opportunity to take photos. I was really enjoying myself, I mean, little old me, a girl from Philly, sitting and talking with her new German friends (yes, we exchanged Facebook info over drinks... I should say, it's kind of hard to Facebook-stalk people when all their wall posts are in German, copy and pasting into Google translate is such a bother) and at Oktoberfest to boot! I was living the dream.

We went home that night feeling good.


You can check out all the photos here if you don't want to watch in the slideshow (I wrote captions, so don't forget to read them too!).

Friday, September 23, 2011

So I'm back from vacation

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But I feel like I need a vacation from my vacation.

I'll post some photos soon, I'll probably start with the Oktoberfest photos. Here's one to start:


Pretty

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Source [OscarPRGirl]

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Music Break: White & Nerdy

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"I'm fluent in JavaScript as well as Klingon."

I love it.

White & Nerdy by "Weird Al" Yankovic

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

improvisation

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25 Greatest Unscripted Scenes in Films



I really enjoyed watching this.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Monday, September 19, 2011

Book Review: Everything You Know by Zoë Heller

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Everything You Know by Zoë Heller

Rating: 4/5

I love the way Zoë Heller writes her characters. Her first person narratives really dig into the character's psyche and showcases all the warts, immoral thoughts and true dichotomy that lives within all us.

This novel follows a couple weeks in the life of Willy Muller. A British man acquitted of killing his wife years ago, living in LA who just received noticed that his daughter committed suicide. We watch Willy recover from a heart attack, cheat on his girlfriend, attempt to reconcile with his family, and have general contempt for the world. I know this might sound as a downer, but don't be mislead it was a good read. This is actually a very humorous book!

It's interesting to know this was the author's debut novel and of course she followed up with one of my favorites, Notes on a Scandal.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Saturday, September 17, 2011

the good ol' days???

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This crap aired on TV... they were trying to SELL it... to WOMEN who did the shopping!?

Good lord, if I had a time machine I would never go back, only forward. Seriously.

Friday, September 16, 2011

London Fashion: 1911 - 2011

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Awesome!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Slavery - The Game

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I guess I should say this is suppose to be fake first.


But if it were real, I'm sure it would be hugely popular.

What do you think?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Why wait?

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To my friends
My work is done
Why wait?
GE

This was the suicide note of George Eastman, the founder Kodak.

Read the full story over at Letters of Note.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

SILENCE!

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$300 gets you €254 Swiss Francs

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Yeah, Switzerland is pretty expensive right now. But it's worth it.

Update: I couldn't figure out how to make this photo any bigger... sorry.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Pizza Pizza Daddy-O

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PIZZA PIZZA DADDY-O (1967) looks at continuity and change in girls' playground games at a Los Angeles school. The footage included in this film was taken in December of 1967 on the playground of a school in a Los Angeles black ghetto. The players are a dozen fourth-grade girls (9 to 10 years old). The repertoire of games played by African-American children at this time was highly stable across the country and highly dynamic; new games (usually re-workings or parodies of older ones) appear and disappear, but their essential structure and stylistic characteristics continue to be handed on from one generation of school children to the next.
Here's the trailer:



So my friends and I didn't invent these games? But seriously, I can really play some hand-games... don't get me started playing numbers, I've reached 20 once.

Anyway, watch the full 18 minute film at FolkStream.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

On vacation

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I'll be on vacation for a week or so, but I scheduled random blog post while I'm away.

If I'm lucky I'll have access to a computer and internet (I'm being a rebel and leaving the laptop home) and will be able to post some photos... if not... until I return.

Friday, September 9, 2011

I can't pick which one I like better

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Original




Remix



Probably the remix because it's Vogue!

Hank is dead

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This telegram was sent by Hank Williams' mother to her daughter, alerting her to the death of her brother, the famous country singer.

Source [Letters of Note]

Gaydar

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Number 15 made me laugh.

Image Source [Ringo, have a banana]

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Love Is A Losing Game

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There's something you should know about me. I LOVE George Michael. Yes, that's love with all caps. Anyone who knows me in "real" life knows this fact. I have spared my blog and have not posted about him (much). But George and I have a long history and well he can do no wrong. I just believe his voice is that of an angel...

Anyway, he's currently on tour in Europe (what I wouldn't give for him to come to the states) and he pays tribute to Amy Winehouse by singing the song Love Is a Losing Game (he said if on a desert island and he's only allowed 5 songs, this would be one of them). Watch him sing it:


Now watch Amy sing it:


I just love them both sooo much. It's terribly sad I will never get to hear a duo with the pair.

My imaginary friend

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We will become friends and I shall call him Sebastian Flyte (his real name is Gustav).

Source [The Sartorialist]

Ham and Cheese Croissants

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Why have I never thought of doing this before!?

Source [Pretty Foods]

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Dinning Room/Library

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What a wonderful idea... a dinning room in a library, or is it a library in a dinning room?

Source [Peacock Feathers]

Art Reactions: Toilet of Venus

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Diego Velázquez: Toilet of Venus (the Rokeby Venus) circa 1651 (Located: London, National Gallery)

I wish I had my own cherub who held mirrors while I sit naked in bed looking at my face. That's how I would spend every Sunday morning (better than my current Sunday mornings).

Dean Martin Reading

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The Drinking Man's Diet... ummm.


Source [Awesome People Reading]

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

“I'm tough, ambitious, and I know exactly what I want.

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I'm tough, ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay. Sometimes you have to be a bitch to get things done.” - Madonna

These last couple of years I've been giving Madonna the side-eye because she needs to chill a bit and grow older a bit more like Emma Thompson, Helen Mirren, and others who aren't afraid to show a little age. With that said, she's still Madonna... I mean, Madonna!

Image Source [Dolores Delargo Towers]

Oh don't mind me... just complaining about a book

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I want to "friend" everyone on GoodReads who gave Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire one star... I feel like these strangers are kindred spirits, because that book sucked and apparently we're the only people who realize this. I mean, it really sucked. And the thing that made it suck more than usual? Is because it's a GREAT idea, but the author just murdered the story... ugh, it was horrible. I hear the Broadway show was amazing, which doesn't surprise me. Anyone could do amazing things with the idea of Wicked... it just sucked that the author, well, sucked.

Don't you like my eloquence and over use of the word sucked?

Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix

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I wonder what a duo with these two would sound like? Probably awesome.

Image Source [This Is Not Porn]

Monday, September 5, 2011

Read this behind closed doors!

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I read this and immediately started to google it. I wanted to read this book now! But I found out it was fake, which I kind of knew... but the interesting fact is that English playwright, Joe Orton, use to write false blurbs on the inside of books and this is one from the novel Clouds of Witness by Dorothy Sayer. Check out his (well parts of) biography on Google Books.

Image Source [Dolores Delargo Towers]

Sunday, September 4, 2011

My Switzerland to-do-list

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So I'm going on vacation to Switzerland next week so I decided to do a bit of internet research on this place. I'm learning that Zurich (where I plan to spend most of my time) might not be the most exciting city in the world. I really should have thought out this vacation more.

Anyway, here's some of my to-do-list (hopefully I'll have photos of everything when I get back):
  • Open a Swiss bank account (for future pyramid scheme), if not possible take photo of self in front of or inside a bank (I'm in Zurich, it's the banking capital ok) 
  • Take a photo of a mountain, if possible, one of the Alps, if not, lie and say it's the Alps 
  • Take a photo of me hiking (I won't actually hike because I have an allergy to exercise) 
  • Buy a garden gnome 
  • Take pictures of the gnome in random places 
  • Buy a Swiss army knife 
  • If I'm feeling adventurous, take the trip to Jungfrau
  • Buy a Swatch watch (I probably won't be able to afford one of those other fancy watches) 
  • Buy some fancy Swiss cheese, even though I won't eat it because I hate cheese 
  • Take a photo of an alphorn 
  • Get some Swiss chocolate 
  • Make friends (because I'm a sad lonely loser now but in a foreign country I can be whomever I wish, and I wish to be someone who makes friends while on vacation... this won't really happen, but it's good to have goals)
Nerdy-touristy stuff I will probably have to do by myself
Oh yeah, I think I'll make a stop in Germany too.

Believe it or not, I'm actually very excited to visiting another country, I'm a real sucker for cultural exchanges and the like.

If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again...

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Umm, we need "bad" books to remind us how great the "good" ones are.

Source [ksandbag]

Mary Fields

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“Stagecoach” Mary Fields (c. 1832-1914) was born a slave in Tennessee and following the Civil War, she moved to the pioneer community of Cascade, Montana. In 1895, when she was around 60 years old, Fields became the second woman and first African American carrier for the US Postal Service. Despite her age, she never missed a day of work in the ten years she carried the mail and earned the nickname “Stagecoach” for her reliability. Fields loved the job, despite the many dangers and difficulties such as wolves and thieves (she was an excellent marksman, defending her route with a revolver and a rifle). The people of Cascade so loved and respected Fields, that each year on her birthday they closed the schools to celebrate the occasion. They even built her a new house when she lost her home in a fire in 1912.

Source [FY Victorians]

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Fierce

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I can almost hear her saying, "daaarling"

Image Source [Dolores Delargo Towers]

From the author of Plants are like People

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Source [Awful Library Books]

Book Review: The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers

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The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers

Rating: 3/5

A story of a lonely 12 year old girl who feels that she doesn't belong anywhere. Her loneliness causes her to latch on and obsess on random things, especially her brother's forthcoming wedding.

I enjoyed the book because the author did a wonderful job creating a believable 12 year old girl. Her thoughts and feelings remind me of myself at that transitional age.


Friday, September 2, 2011

Say Something Nice

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So J.C. Penny was selling this shirt...

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Yes, it says, "I'm Too Pretty To Do Homework, So My Brother Has to Do it For Me".

{face palm}

Luckily J.C. Penny decided to pull the shirt from stores.

Perfect

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This just look lovely. This would be my reading room... the comfy window seats, all the natural light, the ceiling fans... just perfect.

Image Source [Rambling Renovators]

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Life or something like it...

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I've been sitting (okay laying) on the couch (laptop on lap) for 2 hours debating when I will actually get up to heat up the Papa Johns' from last night.

I've been hungry for 3 hours.

Why am I so lazy?


I think my survival instincts are off. I mean, I'm hungry, food is available, yet I continue to sit here. You know how bad it is, I'm actually blogging right now about how hungry and lazy I am, instead of standing up, walking, say 20 feet away, waiting the 2 minutes for the microwave to heat up my food and then eating it. I would rather complain and be hungry than actually do something about it.

More importantly, why don't I have servants who can bring me food and shove it in my mouth. I mean, the TV won't watch itself and my Google Reader list isn't getting and smaller.

Sometimes, I worry for the future because I'm sure I'm not the only person doing lazy ass stuff like this.

Cool Pop-Up Book

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1860 Hottie

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I will file this under old timey hot guy. Remember Robert Cornelius...

Source [University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Special Collections]

When you call people nerds...

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Source [Word Painting]

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