Friday, February 28, 2014

Dark Horse

February 28, 2014

The gossip world is talking about the breakup between Katy Perry and John Mayer. Some of the columnists say Katy is afraid to commit after her disastrous marriage to Russell Brand. I can certainly understand that sentiment. I not sure if this song has anything to do with her feelings but I love listening to it.

                                                                    "Dark Horse"
                                                                      (feat. Juicy J)

Oh, no.

[Juicy J:]
Ya'll know what it is
Katy Perry
Juicy J, aha.
Let's rage

[Katy Perry:]
I knew you were
You were gonna come to me
And here you are
But you better choose carefully
‘Cause I, I’m capable of anything
Of anything and everything

Make me your Aphrodite
Make me your one and only
But don’t make me your enemy, your enemy, your enemy

So you wanna play with magic
Boy, you should know what you're falling for
Baby do you dare to do this?
Cause I’m coming at you like a dark horse
Are you ready for, ready for
A perfect storm, perfect storm
Cause once you’re mine, once you’re mine
There’s no going back

Mark my words
This love will make you levitate
Like a bird
Like a bird without a cage
But down to earth
If you choose to walk away, don’t walk away

It’s in the palm of your hand now baby
It’s a yes or no, no maybe
So just be sure before you give it all to me
All to me, give it all to me

So you wanna play with magic
Boy, you should know what you're falling for
Baby do you dare to do this?
Cause I’m coming at you like a dark horse
Are you ready for, ready for
A perfect storm, perfect storm
Cause once you’re mine, once you’re mine (love trippin')
There’s no going back

[Juicy J - Rap Verse]
She’s a beast
I call her Karma (come back)
She eats your heart out
Like Jeffrey Dahmer (woo)
Be careful
Try not to lead her on
Shorty’s heart is on steroids
Cause her love is so strong
You may fall in love
When you meet her
If you get the chance you better keep her
She's sweet as pie but if you break her heart
She'll turn cold as a freezer
That fairy tale ending with a knight in shining armor
She can be my Sleeping Beauty
I’m gon’ put her in a coma
Damn I think I love her
Shorty so bad, I’m sprung and I don’t care
She ride me like a roller coaster
Turned the bedroom into a fair (a fair!)
Her love is like a drug
I was tryna hit it and quit it
But lil' mama so dope
I messed around and got addicted

So you wanna play with magic
Boy, you should know what you're falling for (you should know)
Baby do you dare to do this?
Cause I’m coming at you like a dark horse (like a dark horse)
Are you ready for, ready for (ready for)
A perfect storm, perfect storm (a perfect storm)
Cause once you’re mine, once you’re mine (mine)
There’s no going back

Monday, February 24, 2014

Divorce Recovery Top Ten

February 24, 2014

                                                Top Ten Signs of Recovery

10. I  go out to dinner. A lot.

9. I can travel. In spite of the fact that just a short while ago I thought I would never leave my          
    bedroom, let alone my house.

8. I can say, "I'm divorced" without the catch in my voice. Although I do still find it unbelievable.

7. I can manage my finances. And for anyone who really knows me that is an incredible feat.

6. I can plan for the future. And be happy about it.

5. I have made new friends.

4. I care about other people and their problems again.

3. I can go to sleep without Ambien. Although I still have it around for emergency use.

2. I can get out of bed in the morning without the pep talk in my head.

1. I have realized how lucky I am even if my life did not turn out as I had planned. And I can assure           others who are just starting this journey that they will survive.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Here Comes The Sun

February 17, 2014

The sun woke me up yesterday for the first time in over a week. It slowly lit up my bedroom right before Ophelia jumped up to give me kitty kisses and tell me it was time to feed her. Oh sunshine, how I've missed you.

I was just giving in to the insidious cold, dreary winter. Grey skies, bitter cold and snow everywhere. My back yard looking like a frozen tundra. The receptionist at my beauty salon jokingly said she is thinking of moving back to Russia. At least I think she was joking. I was seriously thinking of purchasing those lights that people with SAD use. And then you came back. The sunshine!!! Even though it is still freezing cold just your bright light is enough to bring a smile to my face. I ask for so little. Please don't leave for a while.

I have had such a case of cabin fever because you have been gone. It doesn't help that the snow refuses to stop. And the temperature is at frost bite level. But when you are gone the world is such a depressing place. There are only so many fires and movies and books you can read under the blankets. Only so many pots of soup and comfort meals and cookies you can make before you start to go stir crazy!!! I want to go out. I want someone else to cook and serve me. I want to see a movie in the movie theater. I want to park my car on the city street. I want to pick a place to go without worrying about a parking lot. I want to stop saying, "Let's see what the weather will be like," before I make plans.

I did go out for brunch at Lena's in Westville with Hilary yesterday. It was wonderful to be served and be among the human race. So people DO actually go out in the winter. It was so crowded there we had to wait for a table. I'm sure it was because your golden rays gave people the motivation to leave their homes. Sunshine makes everything so much better. Life is much more manageable when bathed in sunlight.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Storm Alert

February 12, 2014

I don't want to complain about the weather again, I really don't. But I can't help it. I know this is New England. I know there are four seasons and some of the joy of living here is the unique experience of them. But really, another storm? A slow moving one? Why? The snow in my yard is slowly creeping its way up to the door. It is so cold that nothing has melted. The snow banks just keep getting higher and higher.

And the COLD. So bitter and chilling. I've had so many fires this year that even that cozy scene is starting to get old. I have finally succumbed to the fact that I will not willingly go out until it gets above 30 degrees. Hibernating under the blankets. Looking up recipes for hot toddies. When I leave the gym the sweat on my body turns to icicles. Isn't that a pretty picture? Maybe that's why I haven't had a date in 2 years!!!

It remains to be seen what tomorrows' storm will bring. The weather reporters are already gearing up to broadcast all day long. Maybe the Olympics should have been held in Connecticut. It's colder here than in Sochi. Please let this be the end. And may I get through this by planning my trip to Florence. A girl has to have something to look forward to.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Meet The Beatles

February 10, 2014

Last night I stayed up past my bedtime. I was still downstairs at 10:30. Unheard of especially in the winter when I sometimes put my pj's on at 4:30. When I started to watch the Beatles tribute I didn't think I would make the whole show. But something magical happened. I was transported back in time to an era where things were simple and I truly believed love could conquer all. 

What a great show. Watching young artists signing the songs I grew up with was amazing. And to see the audience all signing along was a testament to just how timeless their music has become. I can't ever listen to a Beatles song without wanting to sing along. 

Let It Be, Revolution, Sargent Pepper and I Wanna Hold Your Hand. I remember my sister buying me my first album, Meet the Beatles, when I was six. I can still see myself in our tiny living room in East Haven playing it over and over on the victrola. I still have that old album and the record player! Paul was my favorite. I used to kiss his picture while listening to him sing. I used to pretend they wrote Lucy In The Sky for me even after I realized it was about LSD. And of course, I Saw Her Standing There, because I was seventeen when I met Dave. The story of my life and my generation all there last night in my family room. Who could sleep?

I sometimes miss those simpler times. Living in a small ranch with one bathroom and 3 small bedrooms. There was no family room or dining room when I grew up. Only one wall phone that I would go into the bathroom with to talk privately. Do I really need all the rooms I have now and the three bathrooms? When I'm cleaning I definitely miss the tiny ranch of my youth. Or maybe I just miss my youth! But last night brought it all back again. And reminded me of how lucky I am to have lived the kind of life I have. Bittersweet...

I could never bring myself to get rid of these.

My old record player

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

San Diego, Anyone?

February 5, 2014

This past weekend was a treat. Not so sunny, but warm and dry. By warm I mean 40's instead of teens. I wore my fleece jacket instead of the long down coat. No gloves or scarf. Just when I gave up the idea of leaving the house to Josh and trying to talk Hilary into moving to San Diego the nicer weather arrived. But not for long.

Snow on Monday, but just a little. It actually looked beautiful on my way to work. That soft heavy snow that clings to the trees and makes the whole scene look like a movie set. Quiet and serene. The perfect New England picture. (Also causes power outages but we won't mention that) This morning was different. So much snow out there when I woke up made me glad I did not have to work. Then sleet and freezing rain. Perfect trifecta of bad weather. I went outside to shovel near the garage door where the plow left a pile of snow. Just in case it gets frozen later. When I was done I was wet and cold. Love that!

So I will dream of the summer and my flip flops. Maybe I will look at jobs in San Diego or Santa Monica. I wonder if there are any nursing jobs in Turks and Caicos.

My cute little birds in the back yard.

The scene in my front yard this morning.

Ahhh, my happy place. Maybe I'll make a rum punch this afternoon.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Happy Hour

February 3, 2014

Josh and I have discussed reviewing chicken wings, much like I did ice cream. I was pretty crazy during that time. I remember driving all over the state and beyond trying ice cream at different places. Oh the restorative powers of that creamy, icy confection. So now I guess it's time to talk about more substantial food. Now that I am less crazy. Ok. Still crazy but in a good way.

Chicken wings....the happy hour staple. I'm sure I already mentioned that Dempsey's is one of my most favorite places to eat and drink. The food is always good and you get to throw peanut shells on the floor. The wings are delicious, but then again I'm biased. I've also recently had the Asian wings at Briq. Very different with a sweet marinade but soooo good. Both places are in New Haven and have an extensive menu and great drinks.

But last night we went to Mikro in Hamden. I love it there. It's small and cozy and has craft beers. We again had the chicken wings. They were falling off the bone good. The blue cheese was a little to firm for my taste, I prefer dipping to scooping, but all in all a good choice. We have tried many things on the menu and there isn't a bad dish to be had.

So I'm not sure what is my favorite so far. Probably Dempsey's because they take such good care of me there. But I guess we have a lot of tasting to do.