Wednesday, September 30, 2009
This week's Postsecret made me happy. Mainly because I find such "saving xyz because my god and my interpretation of him/her/it is the only right one and everyone should live like I say" propaganda to be sickening. Today on my campus there were giant anti-abortion posters set up directly in front of the main entrance to the library at the center of campus. There were signs as you walked up that said "Images of genocide ahead. Some viewers may be deeply disturbed." I was completely insulted. I thought it might be about Darfur or something. But no, it was giant (as in 8x10 foot) posters of aborted fetuses. I objected to 2 things most predominantly. First, abortion is not genocide. Genocide implies the mass death of actual people at the hands of a dictator. Almost no abortions are as late-term as these photos depict with fetuses that begin to look human. But still, no matter how human, still not people yet. I find that insulting to people who are actually dying a cruel death. People who deserve your aid. Secondly, there was no way to avoid the images. The signs advised alternate paths, but they chose a central location for visibility, not convenience of others. It's hard to avoid the most commonly traversed area on campus.
What can I say? Abortion is something I feel incredibly strongly that I and all other women have a right to. Marriage equality falls under the same category. I hope the person who sent that secret sends his/her parent's money to a gay rights advocacy group.
Friday, September 25, 2009
I thought it might be time for something a little more playful than my previous, seriously New York-y boards. This one is happy, like late summer near the beach in New England with sunshine and whimsy. I would love for someone to one day surprise me with a room totally full of balloons, Patch Adams style. Until then, enjoy.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Credits: Rodney Smith, Kawartha Photography
I would give anything for an awesome photo like that.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
DAY Birger et Mikkelsen, Movie Silk Dress, $380, via Net-a-Porter.
Badgley Mischka Platinum Label, Lamé Strapless Dress with Tulip Hem, $530, via Bloomies.
Monday, September 21, 2009
It looked doable, too. Some combination of wire, electricity, vintage paper, letters and office supplies. I'll keep my eyes open for some cool materials and we'll see if I can put my money where my mouth is.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
The very first Sunday secret this week was my favorite. I absolutely love True Blood, it's the reason I don't mind the weekend ending! I hope whomever wrote this realizes soon that you can download True Blood so that (s)he doesn't have to keep getting together and breaking up with this guy for his tv on Sunday nights.
I'm really glad that the MaryAnn storyline is finally over. I hope we can have more Eric this week. Alexander Skarsgård, yum. I've read all the books, so I'm impatient for the parts that I like from that and I hope are actually coming (the show changed a lot from the books). I want Sookie and Eric to get it on already!
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
It almost rivals one of my all-time favorite movie moments in Keeping the Faith when Ben Stiller (a rabbi) hires a gospel choir to sing Ein Kelohanu for shabbat services.
This one was the first one I made on SMP. It's New York themed and right then I was really dead set on either a Manhattan rooftop or DUMBO restaurant, like Bubby's. Here goes.
Credits: Twin Lens (2), Twin Lens: Renae & Alex, Oh How Charming! (2), Elizabeth Messina, Oh How Charming & Kiss the Groom, Soiree Floral (3), Soiree Floral, Atrendy Wedding (2), Atrendy Wedding - Love Life Images, James Abel Events (6), James Abel, James Abel, James Abel, Boyfriend/Girlfriend (2), Boyfriend/Girlfriend-Andrea and Jesse
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
It's the Yellow Treehouse and until very recently, it was a functioning restaurant. Unsurprisingly, it's in New Zealand. Apparently it was a stunt for Yellow Pages, a sorta, "look, with us you really can get anything done!" type deal. Despite that, it's incredible. I want to go there NOW. It's not a restaurant anymore, but it will be an event venue very soon (can I get married there, please?).
Plus, it has the coolest website. I want it for my very own.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Anyhow, I got there, found some nice boys to direct me once I was on campus and arrived just in time to see the last 5 songs of the opener, Roman Candle. They were pretty good. Then it was time for Iron and Wine. He opened with Such Great Heights. It was funny, the song was beautiful, most of the people knew it, and he asked everyone to sing along several times. But clearly these people didn't quite get the concept of a folk concert, because if Sam wasn't singing, they weren't either, even if they knew the words.
He played a bunch of other songs I really like like "Naked As We Came," "Sodom, South Georgia," "Each Coming Night" and "Sunset Soon Forgotten." Then, I really started hoping he would play my favorite Iron and Wine song, "The Trapeze Swinger" and no less than 10 seconds later, this started.
It was nothing short of amazing. I felt it down to my bones. I was so grateful that he played it. He kept playing. I stopped feeling (as) self-conscious about being there by myself. He played some new songs I didn't know but still enjoyed. Then, just as I began to hope for another song, it started.
It was great. Almost all acoustic. It was the last song of the set, such a good way to go out. He came out and played a short, one song encore. I was surprise though, that people left before the encore even though the house lights hadn't come back on. It was weird. The only real bummer was that the show was so short. He barely played more than an hour. But Iron and Wine was great to see live. Sam Beam's voice is as beautiful and perfect in person as it is recorded, a rare talent and a rare treat for me. If you have the chance to see him in concert, go. He'll be in Champaign, IL on Sept. 19 and in Anchorage, AK at the University of Alaska on Sept. 25.
Last night was incredible. I needed to be reminded how much I love music. I definetely want a live band for my wedding. I was a live band at my whole life, I always want to feel like I did last night. Even a two hour drive in the dark through the mountains felt just fine after that.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
None of this week's secrets were particularly happy, but this one sort of satisfied my inner desire for equality. Not that someone's getting cheated on, that's a really shitty thing to do to someone, especially someone you love, but it makes me happy that even paraplegics get laid too.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Via apartment therapy.
ETA: Here is the full story. Apparently it's a Colombian restoration with a modern twist. It seems very similar to the gorgeous monastery-turned-luxury-hotel, el Convento, my parents and I stayed in in Leon, Nicaragua last month. It is beautiful and calm, historic and modern. Basically, I just found my dream home.
Yep, Mr. McGee popped the question over 4 of July weekend. I am now in the midst of 4 graduate classes, 2 assistantships, 1 part time job, a long distance *engagement* and planning a wedding. I am moderately insane. So, because I can hardly handle 1 blog, let alone 2, I think this will end up being the repository for all sorts of fun wedding-y stuff. Sorry/Enjoy.
On a completely unrelated note, gah.