Showing posts from May, 2012

True Beauty -vs- Photoshopped Perfection

myShakespeare is a project of World Shakespeare   It's a space for people to post how Shakespeare's work affects their personal lives today.   This week, a beautiful post by Tom Harrison was featured.   Here's an excerpt from the link which features a short essay and his beautiful recorded musical version of Shakespeare's Sonnet 130.  Take a few minutes to read and listen!  Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130 is as relevant today as it ever was. In 2012, in a world of high-definition and glossy magazines with Photoshopped models telling us what we should be attracted to and striving for, I think it’s important to remember to look for inner beauty first and foremost.--Tom Harrison
SONNET 130 My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red than her lips' red;
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
I have seen roses damask'd, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheek…

Tuesday Folder: May 22, 2012

Still trying to catch up on blog posts!


I'm really enjoying the island in my kitchen.   I have two drawers dedicated to all my baking stuff.   I can store all my baking sheets and pans neatly beneath, along with mixing bowls.   I have about twenty mixing bowls.   And honestly, at holidays, there comes a moment in time where they are all dirty, having been used that day!


C gets stopped in stores all the time, as people ask her if she knows who Shirley Temple is since she looks just like her.   This is her new sailor outfit.   It's not going to do much for making the Shirley Temple references stop.   It's so funny that C is more tomboyish at play, but she prefers dresses.

 E is more regal (not just Mama-bias; that's the word people often use when describing her) and lady-like, but while she likes dresses, she prefers wearing jeans and pretty blouses.

Master T always has a smile on his face, it seems. …

A Real Vacation

This is really playing catch-up on posting!   I found this draft amongst my Posts and realized I never published it.   In July (yes, almost a year ago), we took our children on their first real vacation.   They went on a trip that did not involve a funeral, selection of a tombstone, or cleaning out/taking care of my parents' property.   We went to Corpus Christi and they enjoyed it so much. 

Sherlock Holmes and Banoffee Pie

The BBC Sherlock series is a favorite of mine.   It is just brilliant, from the writing, to the acting, to the actual production.   Steven Moffat and Mark Gattis, both Sherlock Holmes fans, decided to place Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in twenty-first century London.   Sherlock texts and uses the latest technology to help solve his cases.   All the basic elements of the original stories remain, though.   That is part of what make the series so amazing.   If you haven't watched it, please check it out on or Netflix.  

Preview of S2 E2 of BBC SHERLOCK: The Hounds of  Baskerville
 Actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman portray Holmes and Watson.   They are both great actors and  their chemistry and perfect timing add to their performances.   I'm also amazed by the hair and make-up crew.   They manage to transform Benedict Cumberbatch to the point that he's almost unrecognizable.   That's not unusual for him, though.   Over his career he's played a…

Aunt Nadine's 85th Birthday

Still playing catch-up with my posts...In March, we headed to Oklahoma to celebrate my Aunt Nadine's 85th birthday.   She is the oldest of Mama's siblings.   She helped raise Mama (the baby of the family); she was Mama's "Nini"--and her hero. My friend Amber went with us and did most of the driving.   Aunt Betty made the trip with us, too.   I got to see family members I haven't seen since Mama's funeral, or earlier.   I was able to visit Mama's grave for the first time since the new headstone was installed.   
Funniest moment of trip was when C spoke up, "Aunt Amber, are you awake?"   Funny because Aunt Amber was driving at the time.   Worst moment of the trip: E started yelling and I looked back to see C had the seat belt wrapped around her neck.   I made it to the back of the van (Amber said it was impressive how fast I got there) to find it was wrapped around three times and pulled taut.    The guardian angel who was holding it off her …