Archive | October, 2015

One’s Style

31 Oct


“Fashion is just a part of one’s style; style is bigger than fashion.”

—Candace Bushnell


No Rehearsal

29 Oct
Johannes Vermeer (Dutch, Delft 1632–1675 Delft) A Maid Asleep, ca. 1656–57 Oil on canvas; 34 1/2 x 30 1/8 in. (87.6 x 76.5 cm) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913 (14.40.611)

Johannes Vermeer (Dutch, Delft 1632–1675 Delft)
A Maid Asleep, ca. 1656–57
Oil on canvas; 34 1/2 x 30 1/8 in. (87.6 x 76.5 cm)

 “We only live once, with no rehearsal or reprise.”

—Wislawa Szymborska

Painting courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Colectivo Coffee Roasters and Cafe

27 Oct

Colectivo on Monroe Street in Madison, Wisconsin, is one of my favorite places to get coffee. When an employee made me a caffeine drink (I can’t remember what he made me!), it looked like this and I almost wept from the beauty of it:

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Ok, so YOU have received drinks like the endless times before—I haven’t! This was my first time!

While sitting-in-the-cafe-writing-Haiku (ewww?), I ate a delicious breakfast burrito:

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This is my son at Colectivo, who, in case you were wondering, could care less about my blog.

What I also like about this Colectivo is how it’s decorated. It’s cozy. There are all kinds of chairs, couches, tables and a fireplace. The glass walls slide open. It’s very pleasant. I know I like it because it reminds me of a loft I’d like to live in.

I am also, unfortunately, obsessed with the bathrooms. I love the design of the communal sinks and paper towel holder.

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Colectivo Coffee Roasters and Cafe
2530 Monroe St
Madison, WI 53711
(608) 630-8930


25 Oct

Virgin and Child Artist: Dieric Bouts (Netherlandish, Haarlem, active by 1457–died 1475) Date: ca. 1455–60

“Don’t be ill-prepared for the privilege of living.

—Amanda Palmer

Naf Naf Grill in Madison, Wisconsin

23 Oct

I like going to restaurants. I walked by Naf Naf Grill on State Street in Madison, Wisconsin and decided to eat there. Naf Naf is called the “Chipotle of Middle Eastern food,” and I agree. The service was excellent and the food was fantastic. I’m on a diet so I won’t be able to go there often but I LOVED EVERY BITE of my falafel hummus bowl:

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They slather hummus on the bottom and sides of the bowl, then put five falafels on top. I choose purple cabbage salad, chopped salad, and pickles for garnishes and fire sauce for the finish. The pita bread was perfect. When you put all of these different tastes in your mouth, they are delectable!

Early Morning Bumper Sticker Reading

21 Oct

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Scary mentality. Perhaps this Wisconsin driver is just kidding.

Earthquakes in Oklahoma

19 Oct

Last night my husband and I watched a movie called San Andreas. After awhile, I couldn’t watch it anymore because I needed to look up everything I could about the San Andreas Fault.

I used to live in California. Now that the Internet exists, you can look up all the cities The Fault runs under or near. It’s fascinating!

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Did you know that on October 10, 2015 there was an earthquake of 4.4 magnitude in OKLAHOMA?

The US Geological Survey website is packed with information about earthquakes.

Today is Shake Out day. Go to this site to learn more about earthquakes.

love & mercy—Brian Wilson

17 Oct

My sister told me about the movie love & mercy. It’s about Brian Wilson‘s life. I enjoyed the music and styling of the movie.

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When I was growing up in Los Angeles I constantly listened to the KHJ radio station and The Beach Boys music was infused in my life.

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The Beach Boys

What I learned from the movie was that Brian Wilson was a musical genius and a very sensitive, kind, and tender man. It was fascinating to learn how he created his music and what he went through in his life with drugs and mental health issues. It especially killed me to watch how cruel his father was to him.

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Brian Wilson

The acting in the movie by John Cusack and Elizabeth Banks was incredible. Especially amazing was the acting of  Paul Dano, who tenderly portrayed Brian Wilson when he was younger. Paul Dano is an accomplished actor and I predict he has an incredible future ahead. I just can’t help but love this guy.

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See how kind Brian Wilson is:

“I am thrilled that Paul Dano has signed on to play me during one of my most creative explosions and most fulfilling musical times in my career,” Wilson said in a statement. “I still can’t believe how cool it is that my life will be portrayed on the big screen… It just makes me feel so humble.”

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Remember these tops?

Remember these tops?

In my teens or early 20’s I did see The Beach Boys in concert at The Forum in Los Angeles. I had never seen so many beautiful men and women in one place!

love & mercy was made with Brian Wilson’s blessing.

Combat Addiction

15 Oct
Hendrick ter Brugghen (Dutch, 1588 - 1629), Bacchante with an Ape, Dutch, 1627, Oil on canvas

Hendrick ter Brugghen (Dutch, 1588 – 1629), Bacchante with an Ape, Dutch, 1627, Oil on canvas

“…A lot of it is about willpower to master this thing, to take it in hand and change it. The best way to combat addiction is by setting goals for yourself.”

Marc Lewis – Neuroscientist

Blair Brown, David Letterman Talk About Bill Cosby

13 Oct

Start at 18:41 and end at 19:30.

Blair Brown mentions three words in one sentence: Bill, Cosby, and rape. I wonder if people knew back then what was going on with Cosby?

From Late Night with David Letterman Show, May 25, 1989.

Livia Firth—Marks & Spencer

11 Oct

I have always thought that Livia Firth is so classy and beautiful. She is married to the handsome and talented actor Colin Firth.


I have never forgotten what Colin Firth said about Livia in 2011:

“…It does help to actually realize that however stunning the person who is, you know, fluttering eyelashes at you, she doesn’t do anything to match up to your wife…Maybe it’s shallow of me to have a wife that’s so beautiful but it makes things easier. To me she’s the most beautiful woman in the world…We’ve made it 15 years together…I think that is pretty good going in Hollywood standards. And it’s going to go on forever…I would never cheat.”

Do we love Colin Firth or what?

Anyway, back to Livia! I didn’t know that she promotes sustainable and environmentally friendly fashion. When she is purchasing clothing, she has these intelligent beliefs:

“Buy only clothes you really need and can commit to wear a minimum of 30 times…Will I still wear it at 60? If the answer is yes I buy it.’

I too only buy clothes that will last me a long time. I have shirts and dresses that I have been wearing for over 10 years.

“Today we buy on an impulse and without thinking, items we really don’t care for, or need, and we discard them quickly. You have young girls buying a dress just for one party…This is totally unsustainable both on the planet and on people. We are depleting resources at an unprecedented speed.”

What about celebrities who wear outfits only one time? Not ok.

I was looking at some photos of her at events and here is what she wore:

  1. At the 2012 Oscars she wore a red Valentino dress made from recycled plastic bottles.
  2. At the premiere of The King’s Speech in January 2011, she wore an outfit made from one of her husband’s old suits.
  3. In February 2011 she modeled a dress patched together from 11 vintage frocks.

She has a new collection at Marks & Spencer called the Livia Firth Edit.

Livia says she’s out to crush fast fashion.


Vanilla Twilight

9 Oct

Louis Fleckenstein, photographer (American, 1866 – 1943), [Man and Woman Playing Croquet], American, 1907 – 1943, Gelatin silver print

“The silence isn’t so bad
‘Til I look at my hands and feel sad
‘Cause the spaces between my fingers
Are right where yours fit perfectly.”
Vanilla Twilight song by Owl City

Annoyed: Semi Truck Drivers Texting While Driving

7 Oct

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I am bitter (and scared) about semi truck drivers who text and drive at the same time. When I’m driving in Wisconsin, more and more I see trucks swaying in and out of lanes. When I pass the semi truck driver he is looking down at his keypad. I guess truck drivers think there is a texting lane!

Bloody Deer Antlers

5 Oct

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My husband photographed these deer in our back yard. He was especially thrilled to get a shot of the whitetail buck deer with bloody antlers. A fuzzy velvet covers the whitetail’s antlers. The deer removes the velvet by rubbing his crown on saplings and shrubs, thus the blood. Ick.

I had to look up the whole bloody velvet antler process on the Internet. I did not just automatically know this. I’m a city girl. Don’t you forget it.

Apple Cellar

3 Oct

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My husband bought tons of apples and told me he put them downstairs in the “apple cellar.” I didn’t even know we had an apple cellar. Turns out he plopped the apples down on top of one of my office tables in the basement!

Update: Now the apples are elsewhere in our basement, in paper bags.

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