Thursday, December 31, 2009

"they're sharing a drink they call loneliness, but it's better than drinking alone."



HAPPY 2010!

"she was walkin' around with a loaded shotgun ready to fire me a hot one. it went bang, bang, bang, straight through my heart."

Sneak peek of the new year's eve sweater.

Everyone is coming to my house, so it should be interesting. I'll be taking loads of pictures and I've saved one roll of film especially for tonight. It should be fun. :)

"you don't know me very well but i would never hurt a fly. then she aimed at my chest with love in her eye."

"been there, done that, messed around. i’m having fun don’t put me down. i’ll never let you sweep me off my feet,."

I'm feeling a 2009 post is order since I just looked at Emma's and Caitlin's blogs and I feel left out. Two thousand and nine has been my favorite year thus far. It's probably been the one with the most roller coaster of emotions as well. Finding out who I am and where I belong, having to leave my favorite people, moving on, acquiring a real job and then being fired from it, moving my life to the city, wanting to return home, then again wanting to return 'home' when I realized the city/Northeastern is my home and where I want to be, growing up, new friends, old friends, keep connections, losing connections, and many more realizations that have made me a lot smarter than I was exactly one year ago.

Now this has been difficult. Twelve pictures. Twelve months. Two thousand and nine in a nutshell.

January:
Best friend & me at a basketball game with my recently purchased fisheye lens.


February:
Happy birthday! Ah, good times.


March:
Boy's basketball championship game. Extravagant car rides, excessive rap music, yelling until we couldn't speak, and face paint.


April:
I toured both Northeastern and Suffolk in April, and it was also the month that I decided I was going to be attending Northeastern (after being told that I had to attend Suffolk). This month was probably the most stressful. Also, Joe took the best picture in April of the blue pen. It was a very difficult decision, however, we also went to Germany and France in April, which definitely won for my favorite pictures of the month. I ate these at the very top of the Eiffel Tower.


May:
The month of pneumonia, basically. I got my perfect attendance award this month, yet looked like death as I accepted it. The picture with all of the ladies in our brightly colored dresses and the lake in the background was a top choice, but this one is by far my favorite.


June:
This picture won by default. Graduation was the most significant thing that happened this month even though it was a month filled with pictures from beach trips, graduation parties, and such.


July:
Loser's club (original cast) hang out in the summer consisted of La Carreta, ice cream, a movie, and loitering in parking lots snapping pictures of strangers.


August:
The last month before college. I have a great picture of the Trinity stop sign from one of the last loser's club before leaving and another picture I love from when I went to Portsmouth with Caitlin. However, my favorite thing about this month was the time I got to spend with my mom before leaving. So this picture of her was my favorite.


September:
Moving into college, going to an MIT frat the first night with Kayla, my first concert in Boston, the first party at Kyle's apartment, making new friends, MFA, thousands of Skype pictures, the first month on my own. This is my favorite concert picture of ever taken.


October:
This month consisted of floor birthdays, Head of the Charles, Bo Burnam, fall days, Halloween, and a visit from Emma.


November:
I saw in concert Onerepublic, Carolina Liar, Rob Thomas, Joshua Radin, The Kin, The Watson Twins this month but I loved when Caitlin and Dave came to visit.


December:
Switchfoot, secret santa, Christmas decorations, biscotti's, Mullen and Emma driving next to each other, meeting Santa and Mrs. Claus with loser's club, & family. However, I LOVE this.

What a year it's been.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

"do you know how to patch up a wound? tell me are you patient, understanding? cause i might need some time to clear the hole in my heart."




Christmas aft picture damages.
Oh relatives and their cameras and their need to e-mail their pictures to every person on their contact list.

"you're feeling down, just like this town. your eyes they always sparkle me with love."

"i turn my camera on, i cut my fingers on the way. i feel me slippin' away. i wipe my feelings off. you made me untouchable for life."


My dad's old Minolta XG-9.
I'm going to Rite Aid to get film right now.

"when you're wide awake, say it for goodness sake, it's gonna be a great day."

I JUST FOUND ANOTHER PACK OF COLOR AND A PACK OF BLACK AND WHITE FILM. NOW I JUST NEED TO FINISH OWEN MEANY AND MY DAY WILL BE COMPLETE.

"yeah, it's been such a long time, I think I should be goin'. yeah, and time doesn't wait for me, it keeps on rollin'."



"look at the stars, look how they shine for you."

Today made my week. I found in my basement a back of Polaroid film which expired October 7, 1999. I whipped out my Polaroid camera, from when I was a youngin', which was being kept in mint condition in the back of my closet, and loaded the film. I only have ten precious pictures to take so I only took one. Be lucky loser's club, the rest are for you.
I need loser's club.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

"baby, baby, the stars are shinin' for you and just like me, i'm sure that they adore you."

braid + bed + book = beautiful.

"have a cuppa tea, have a cuppa tea."

Granny's always ravin' and rantin',
And she's always puffin' and pantin',
And she's always screaming and shouting,
And she's always brewing up tea.

Grandpappy's never late for his dinner,
Cos he loves his leg of beef
And he washes it down with a brandy,
And a fresh made pot of tea.

Have a cuppa tea, have a cuppa tea,
have a cuppa tea, have a cuppa tea,
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, Rosie Lea
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, Rosie Lea.

If you feel a bit under the weather,
If you feel a little bit peeved,
Take granny's stand-by potion
For any old cough or wheeze.
It's a cure for hepatitis, it's a cure for chronic insomnia,
It's a cure for tonsillitis and for water on the knee.

Have a cuppa tea, have a cuppa tea,
have a cuppa tea, have a cuppa tea,
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, Rosie Lea
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, Rosie Lea.

Tea in the morning, tea in the evening, tea at supper time,
You get tea when it's raining, tea when it's snowing,
Tea when the weather's fine.
You get tea as a mid-day stimulant
You get tea with your afternoon tea
For any old ailment or disease
For Christ sake have a cuppa tea.

Have a cuppa tea, have a cuppa tea,
have a cuppa tea, have a cuppa tea,
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, Rosie Lea
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, Rosie Lea.

Whatever the situation, whatever the race or creed,
Tea knows no segregation, no class nor pedigree
It knows no motivations, no sect or organisation,
It knows no one religion,
Nor political belief.

Have a cuppa tea, have a cuppa tea,
have a cuppa tea, have a cuppa tea,
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, Rosie Lea
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, Rosie Lea.

"we are in separate days right now. crazy."

Battle of the headphones.

Monday, December 28, 2009

"that was the summer we were eighteen. when we swam in the quarry, it didn't seem dangerous; nothing seemed dangerous."

"YOUR BOREDOM IS YOUR PROBLEM," said Owen Meany. "IT'S YOUR LACK OF IMAGINATION THAT BORES YOU. HARDY HAS THE WORLD FIGURED OUT. TESS IS DOOMED. FATE HAS IT IN FOR HER. SHE'S A VICTIM; YOU'RE A VICTIM, THE WORLD WILL USE YOU. WHY SHOULD SOMEONE WHO'S GOT SUCH A WORKED-OUT WAY OF SEEING THE WORLD BORE YOU? WHY SHOULDN'T YOU BE INTERESTED IN SOMEONE WHO'S WORKED OUT A WAY TO SEE THE WORLD? THAT'S WHAT MAKES WRITERS INTERESTING! MAYBE YOU SHOULD BE AN ENGLISH MAJOR. AT LEAST, YOU GET TO READ STUFF THATS WRITTEN BY PEOPLE WHO CAN WRITE! YOU DONT' HAVE TO DO ANYTHING TO BE AN ENGLISH MAJOR, YOU DON'T NEED ANY SPECIAL TALENT, YOU JUST HAVE TO PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT SOMEONE WANTS YOU TO SEE - TO WHAT MAKES SOMEONE ANGRIEST, OR THE MOST EXCITED IN SOME OTHER WAY. ITS SO EASY; I THINK THAT'S WHY THERE ARE SO MANY ENGLISH MAJORS."

"At nineteen, I drank infrequently - and entirely for the maturing thrill of becoming drunk. But Owen Meany didn't drink; he disapproved of losing control."

"Some of the 'early nerds' were already arriving. 'Early nerds' were students who were so eager for the school day to begin that they got to morning meeting long before the time they were required to be there. I don't know what they are called today, but I'm sure such students are never called anything nice."

"I have learned that the consequences of our past actions are always interesting; I have learned to view the present with a forward-looking eye."

"You'd think I might profit from my experience with ice cream. If I have ice cream in my freezer, I'll eat it - I'll eat all of it, all at once. Therefore, I've learned not to buy ice cream. Newspapers are even worse for me than ice cream; headlines, and the big issues that generate the headlines, are pure fat."

"Someone said to me that most war registers who returned to the United States couldn't take the Canadian climate; and what did I think of the seriousness of the war resistance if 'these people' could be deterred from their commitment by a little cold weather? I said it was colder in New Hampshire."

"Four strong winds that blow lonely,
Seven seas that run high,
All those things that don't chance come what may
But our good times are all gone,
And I'm bound for movin' on,
I'll look for you if I'm ever back this way."

"BUT YOU HAVE NO FAITH," he said. "THAT'S YOUR PROBLEM."

"YOU'VE GOT TO LEARN TO FOLLOW THINGS THROUGH - IF YOU CARE ABOUT SOMETHING, YOU'VE GOT TO SEE IT ALL THE WAY TO THE END, YOU'VE GOT TO TRY TO FINISH IT."

"I DON'T SEE YOU HANGING OUT WITH THOSE ASSHOLES - I DON'T SEE YOU HANGING OUT WITH ANYBODY. WHAT I'M TELLING YOU IS, IF YOU WANT TO DO THINGS YOUR OWN WAY, YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE A DECISION - YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO FIND A LITTLE COURAGE."

"IF YOU CARE ABOUT SOMETHING, YOU HAVE TO PROTECT IT - IF YOU'RE LUCKY ENOUGH TO FIND A WAY OF LIFE YOU LOVE, YOU HAVE TO FIND THE COURAGE TO LIVE IT."

"I remember a contemporary of mine asking me - with a killing lack of humor - if I didn't sometimes think that our whole generation took itself too seriously; and didn't I sometimes wonder if it was only the marijuana that made us more aware?"

"But miracle don't c-c-c-cause belief - real miracles don't m-m-m-make faith out of thin are; you have to already have faith in order to believe in real miracles."

"i don't even know what to tell you."

Limited edition sugar cookie eggnog + homemade biscotti + Owen Meany = only things keeping my sane today.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

"close your eyes and stay a while, to take me where you go. single file we walk the mile, who's wandering back home."



"all your memories, are as precious as gold, and all the honey, and the fire which you stole, have you running through all your red-cheeked days."






Saturday, December 26, 2009

"snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes."



"distance make the heart grow fonder."

This is my Uncle John.
He is my favorite relative.
He is my father's brother-in-law.
He's Greek.
He has great hair and a good sense of fashion.
He raised two sons.
He is retired.
He has a Cape house.
He knew my aunt before they were even teenagers.
He's a great man.

"the sky is as white as the snow on the ground."

Friday, December 25, 2009

"just avoid them or start drinking."

"memere: grand-mère, pour les enfants."








I love my Memere. She is probably one of my top five favorite people in the world. She's my mother's mother. She is currently seventy-four years old. She used to crochet but she now has arthritis. She speaks French and has six siblings. She has a cat and loves all animals in general. She once had a pet skunk. She raised two daughters the best she could. She cared for her disabled brother and mother, who had Alzheimer's, when no one else would. Her childhood was rough and her marriage was rocky. She has been through some of the hardest things life can throw at you and she is still standing strong. She is the strongest woman I know and she is an inspiration to me.
 
 
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