Thursday, July 17, 2008

Old Photos and Memory Lane

I was going through a drawer today looking for extra stuff for my current project when I came across an unfinished project neatly tucked away full of cards, love notes and pictures from long ago. It brought a quick smile to my face and the faint memory of what I had intended to do with this now dormant project. I now know that it will never be finished,(hell, I never really started it) and that is time do rethink my intentions. So I thought I'd share some of these pics that I had put away and catapult them to another use until I find another home for them.
Clearly the first photo I have no memory of. However, I do know that this is one of three that my mom took of me about a month after my 2nd birthday. The date on the bottom, which you probably cannot see is dated January 1973. (Brrr!). I find it kind of weird to see pictures of yourself when you are that young. It's hard to imagine that this cute and flirty little girl all dressed in red grew up to be me. I suppose I'm still cute and flirty but I am also older and wiser and can be quite bitchy sometimes. How did this curious little girl grow up to be who I am now?
Next we have a most wonderful picture that's almost embarrassing but not quite. I was about 8 years old, wearing a t-shirt from a local play that I was in that previous summer with a turtle that I found in our yard for our grade school turtle race. Yes, we had a turtle race. I guess it gave the teachers something to laugh about and gave the kids something to do. Anyway...I could have cared less about winning the stupid race or having my picture taken with this thing, however we had some guests visiting from England who thought that having a turtle race was highly intriguing, most humorous and very American. They didn't have such things as turtle races in children's schools in England and they were most curious as to how these things went about. I vaguely remember having the race early in our day and my mother brought our visitors to come and watch these tiny American kids putting a number on their turtle and scream at the top of their lungs in order to encourage their entry to cross the finish line. It is a bit ridiculous if you think about it. I am sure that the days of the turtle races are long gone but when I see this picture I think of our friends, Gwen and Stanley, who had this strange but polite way of talking in an 8 year old's world, laughing and thoroughly enjoying their expericence of watching an American Turtle Race. I think it was the highlight of their visit in Arkansas.
And last but not least, a celebration picture with my old college rommie after she finally finished her degree at the school where she had started her college career. I'm humored in the way that when I look at this picture, after all this time, I still look pretty much the same. (I'm the one on the right). Even after years of weight gain and loss, varying shades of hair color, make-up and clothing styles these past few years, I pretty much look like that now. I don't know if that's a good thing or not. I am also reminded of where we were in our personal lives. I was living in my hometown,working in a bar, had a live-in boyfriend and the cats. My 'old roomie', Nan as we had called her (and I still do to this day), was in her first marriage, had a small house complete with their cats and dogs and had aspirations of teaching and writing. I was so proud of her that day. We were both embarking on young adulthood with young adulthood responsibilities knocking on our door. It's been about 10 years since this picture was taken and I think of how different our lives are now. My what changes we have gone through. I'll be curious to see where we are 10 years from now.
Hope you enjoyed my trip down memory lane as much as I have. So who's next to post old pics of themselves and their story??? Inquiring minds want to know. :) elizinashe

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Can't Sleep

The bad thing about working a string of night shifts in a row is that it makes it hard to reassign your body back into a daytime routine. I got up around noon today which was fairly decent compared to what I had been doing the last four days. I've kept myself busy and started working on my vision board in order to pass the time and make myself tired and go to bed by midnight. However, it is fast approaching 4 am and I still can't fall asleep. UGH!! My vision board isn't quite finished and I could easily start working on it again but that will keep me up until past dawn, sleep late again tomorrow and therefore have a harder time readjusting to a daytime lifestyle. I've got Wed & Thurs to readjust. I'm working this coming weekend and need to be out of bed by 5am to work my day shifts. Wish me luck! I've got the next two days to finish my little project, perhaps make a music CD for my road trip up to my college roomie's place and schedule some time to have my car serviced. Bottom line: I just want to go to sleep. Like now. elizinashe

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Late Nite Survey

Okay folks, here it is. Here is my own damn survey that I've been pecking away at for a couple of nights here and there. And so to kill some time on a night shift I have finished my little curious project with hopes of entertaining the masses and perhaps get a few bites as well. Hope you like it, hope you join in on my fun. I'd be curious to see some your answers. Thanks for reading. elizinashe.

1. Where do you wish you could be right now? Overlooking the ocean and blue sunny skies with a nice bottle of wine and much food.
2. What is one thing that you’ve always wanted to do/try but were always afraid to do? Snow ski.
3. What makes you feel good about yourself? When I do something really great when I thought I’d fail.
4. What are you most proud of? Succeeding in achieving one of my dreams.
5. What are you not so proud of? Allowing my guilt and insecurities hold me back.
6. What do you do to relax? Music/movie/book with some food & a libation or two..
7. What makes you laugh? Absolute silliness
8. What is your dream job? Travel around the country and discover great places and people and write about it while getting paid quite well for it.
9. What is the worst job you ever had? Deli-girl at Kmart.(ICK!!)
10. What is one quality about one or both of your parents you wish you had? I wish I had mom’s quirky problem-solving skills and her patience. I wish I had my dad’s business sense.
11. What is one quality about yourself that you’re glad that you have? I can’t be fake or superficial.
12. What is the air speed velocity of an unlaiden swallow? hahahahaha…if you guys don’t get this one... :)
13. What is the happiest memory you have from childhood? When my grandparents would come out to visit.
14. What is the happiest memory you have from adulthood? Geeze…which one do I choose?
15. Neil Diamond or Barry Manilow? Neil Diamond
16. What is your favorite kind of music? Blues baby!
17. If you could see anyone in concert, past and/or present, who would it be? Present: Dave Matthews, hands down. Past: hmm…wouldn’t mind seeing Janis Joplin
18. What was the first concert you ever saw? A reunion tour with Three Dog Night & the Beach Boys
19. What was the last concert you have seen? Drive By Truckers
20. Who is the most interesting person you have met? My friend Bob
21. If you were to throw a party with a ‘theme’, what would your theme be? Dress as your alter ego/evil twin. Create a new personality and live it up!
22.How do you ‘take’ your coffee? Cream, please.
23. Which was scarier : Poltergiest or Amittyville Horror?(please excuse any misspellings) Ooo…Amittyville. That house was scary.
24. Do you like spinach? Love it!
25. What is your favorite kind of fruit? Mangoes
26. What are you currently reading? When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
27. Most embarrassing moment? Which one do I choose??? The time I accidentally farted in front of some peers in high school,one being a foreign exchange student, or the one where I fought with the gas nozzle at the gas station spraying myself with gasoline? Oh there have been soo many…if I only had a nickel.
28.What annoys you? Stupid people.
29. What is the most ridiculous question that you have been asked? (doesn’t necessarily pertain to this survey) What state is Arkansas in? (yes, that really happened to me.)
30.If you were to come back in another life, what would you want to accomplish, do or be? I would want to be more bold, more confident, more well traveled and play everything Rachmaninoff, play Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, write a really great book and have a place on the beach somewhere.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The Wood Brothers

We have a really cool listener supported radio station here in town that plays all kinds of great music. They support local acts as well as up and coming artists that aren't so top 40 or the flavor of the month. I wish I could buy everything that I hear and like, but let's get real folks...I'd go into debt from buying too many cds. However, there has been one band that I really dig and I just couldn't shake it off my mind. Luckily I found a copy of their latest at Best Buy of all places and I am sooo happy that I bought it. I've listened to it about 4 times already. It's not my typical genre of music, but I'm digging it regardless. My favorite tune is Postcards from Hell. Great little tune with a wonderfully delicate guitar melody. According to their website, both brothers have had their own independant musical careers, one being a member of Medeski, Martin and Wood, and have come together for their own blend of music. It's a really great album. The front man sounds like Van Morrison at times and Levon Helms at other times. Not a bad mix if you ask me. If you're looking for something fresh and new check these dudes out. It's a nice change from the same ol' same ol. Muscially happy...elizinashe

Oh yeah, their new album is called Loaded. Hope you enjoy it!

Monday, July 7, 2008

I'm Innocent I Swear!

I didn't do it! I promise, it wasn't me! I wasn't even there!

Ha-ha. I couldn't resist. I thought this picture was too cute. Taking a photograph such as this is pure luck. I wish I could say I was the one who captured the moment but alas, twasn't me. My dad sent me a story about some animal peoples who quickly sheltered some pandas at a protected zoo-like place in China during an earthquake. This photo was one of many of some very cute panda babies. I thought I'd share an 'ahhh' moment with my readers. Hope it puts a smile on your face. elizinashe

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Not Much To Say...

Greetings my fellow readers. I always have plenty to gripe and hope about however the creative juices have been pumping rather slowly the last few days. I've been working on my own series of questions to post at a later date once I feel so motivated. Right now I'm just tweaking some of the questions that I have created. Hopefully you will find it somewhat amusing and participate in my little game. I have been recovering nicely from my oral surgery. I am most thankful that it was done all in one session so the only follow up will be the removal of some stitches(can't wait for that!) and one other follow up to see how I've been healing. I did find out that I don't respond well to the hydrocodone that I was prescribed for pain. I began bleeding around 4am after my surgery and had gotten up to rinse my mouth with some warm salt water and ended up fainting while I was trying to wet a tea bag to shove in my mouth. Scary!! I am soo thankful that I didn't hit my head on anything. That could have been really bad. Needless to say, I haven't taken my pain pills again. I'll stick with my Aleve thank you.
I hope everyone's 4th was a good holiday. I worked all weekend so there wasn't much celebration in my corner of the world. I did manage to score a free wingback chair and a nice throw rug from the nurse I had worked with this weekend. It was just stuff that she was giving away and I happily took it off of her hands. She's a really nice person and I enjoy working with her. She's got a really strong sense of faith and so kind hearted. I always feel so blessed when I'm working with her. It makes me feel renewed in some sort of way that's hard to explain.
Other than that I just don't have alot of new news to talk about. I did see where the oringinal Bozo the clown had passed away. Sad. And I am proud to say that I was one of many kids who was on our own local Bozo Show. I remember wearing a long blue dress that was very 70s and being really hot from the camera lights shinning down on all the kids while filming. AND I won one of the stupid contests that they came up with. Me and some boy had to run back and forth like 3 times grabbing a ballon and pop the balloon by sitting on it and whoever popped 3 balloons first won the game. I came home with 2 new puzzles if I remember correctly. Silly, huh? What an era...I haven't seen anything close to a Bozo show in years. I guess video games such as Nintendo, Xbox and the Wii have replaced those after school cartoon shows and games. I wonder what will come next. Anyhow, that's the lame update in my world. I'll be posting my questions soon. Be prepared...haha! elizinashe