Twins, Twins

I just thought I would post a silly memory I have from college. We were 19 or so and it was our first year in a four year college. We had nearly the same schedule, as both of us had no clue what we wanted to do with our lives. So, we have this Spanish presentation and our professor is an Chilean nut. Seriously, the funniest professor I will ever know or have- He spent an entire class lecturing about Spanish curse words. I really loved this man.

Anyways, back to the subject. I quickly rushed through my presentation in Spanish about Freida Kahlo, and made it very interesting, as her life was. Then it was Miss Ellie’s turn, but what our professor didn’t realize is that we had switched seats and cardigans. I walked up there with a large grin on my face and gave her presentation. It was a very humorous class.  Oh, yes, all our classmates noticed, and they told him after class. It was just a touch of jealously. Ever since we had received the highest grade in the class for our kickass video project, they had it out for us (or at least three did).  Dr. Salvo loved us so much that he didn’t care. He thought it was awesome.  I think he’s living in one of East Texas’ private communities.

It was awesome having a twin in college. I had a geology class that nearly put me to sleep, so Ellie and I switched (nearly everyday). I took her Art History course, and I made a  pretty good grade.  I know, that’s wrong, but please don’t be bitter. Not everyone is as lucky as we are. We were just dealt a pair of queens. I guess we weren’t really dealt that hand, my parents were. . . so sorry Mom and Dad.

Have a good one.

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Bald Mermaids?

Bald MermaidLet’s say mermaids are real.  How do they grow hair under water? Wouldn’t the scalp become super wrinkled?  Just makes me wonder how hair could grow out of a pruny scalp and maintain that hair. Wouldn’t it be brittle because of water erosion?

Okay, I just found some evidence that mammals can grow water while living in water. Apparently, dolphins have a ‘do’ of their own, a tiny ‘do’.

Why do I care? If mermaids don’t have hair, then The Little Mermaid is forever changed in my mind.

I don’t get it

Recently, I was on the hunt for a new silver jewelry necklace. I looked online and at stores, and I noticed a common, stupid trend. Yeah, these places advertised their jewelry with images of celebrities sporting similar products. Come on!  I am 100% sure that my fashion is not any in way influenced by celebrities. You know how I know this? I’m still wearing the same clothes and shoes that I’ve been wearing since five years ago.

Okay, that statement was truthful. Today, I am wearing older clothes.  I don’t watch enough tv or ever read magazines, so is my style mended by the fake personality of a celebrity? I suppose it’s the fashion designers and then the sticks that wear their lines. Am I having an identity crisis? No, I was just thinking about individuality, and I didn’t see any when I was shopping. It was annoying that these shops were marketing to  . . .hmm. I’ll save that thought for later.

I mean, who the hell cares what those camera junkies are wearing?

The Joys of Renting :(

Okay, I was being a bReal Estate in Asheville NCit dramatic on Friday.  We actually didn’t go dress shopping because the Bel Chere Festival was being held. Awesome. So, we went on Monday, and we had a Great time.  I found a dress that fit perfectly. . . I may not have to have it altered!

I spent the weekend helping my good friend Jane pack up her belongings. Jane is about to move into her first home. I’m so jealous and excited for her. She’s waiting on the loan to process and then it will be hers.  The house is brick and wood. It was built in the 40’s but was recently renovated. She’s getting it for such a good deal. It has five bedrooms and over 2,800 square feet. I guess its hard to not get a deal right now, especially on Asheville NC real estate.  Oh, dear. Maybe she’ll let me live in one of her enormous rooms.

Career WomanI’m so tired of renting. It feels like I’m throwing money away every month.The only positive thing is when something goes wrong, the landlord has to fix it. . . like the air conditioner or the water heater!

But what can I do besides rent? Saving is incredibly difficult right now. I wish I had a talent like quilting blankets. I could design and craft personalized quilts. That sounds like a great job.  I don’t know that many people interested in                                            quilts. I think a quilt would make a nice wedding gift.

I’ll figure something out one day. I wish I could live with my identical twin.

Memories like the shadow . . .

Do you ever have those days when you sit and think about the past? I can’t seem to get my grandpa off my mind.  But it’s everyday, not just today. I see his face every time I see something like an article about aquamarine gemstones that reminds me of him. I know that sounds weird, but it’s not. He gave Ellie, my mom, and me aquamarine stones he had gotten from a friend in Brazil. After he died, my parents gave my sister and me the stones and we had them set into white gold ring settings. It’s easy for me to get sidetracked.

It feels like forever since the last time I spoke with him. I was 15 and it was 1999. He was a wonderful person. The kind you’re so happy to know, admire and love. I could live to be 2,000 and never be the great things he was.

A bird in the hand is worth two. . .

Balsam Mountain Eagle-The PreserveRecently, I read an article about preserving the life at Balsam Mountain Preserve, in the form of birds.  I didn’t know Bald Eagles had been on the Endangered Species list for such a long time. I realize I should know that, seeing how they had been on it for 40 years (12 of which I was happily skipping through).

 

The Eastern Screech Owl is also protected by this mountain community. I think this is wonderful because it is just such a peaceful and beautiful creature. I went online and visited the Balsam Mountain Preserve web site and they protect over 3 thousand acres and another thousand goes to Asheville and Waynesville NC real estate.

Anyways, Balsam has a program called The Birds of Prey, which is operated by the Trust, who are a group of  full-time naturalists. These naturalists educate the local schools and civic groups about the birds of prey. When these scientists have a bird that is unable to return to the wild (due to permanent injuries or disease), they take it to these locations and teach the different groups about it.

Eastern Screech OwlProtect our forests!

Ouch! My back hurts!

Last week during the family dinner, I was kneeling down and talking to my nephew. Out of the blue, my niece Loren, sneaked up behind me and jumped on my back. My back has never hurt this badly. I have a lot of knee pain from when I was younger, but I’ve never had this type of pain. There’s a monkey on my back! (Like the picture? Me too.)

Anyhow, so I thought, “Geez la Pete, what am I going to do?” I really don’t want to go to the chiropractors this month, but what else can I do? The pain was so intense that I couldn’t bend down to tie my shoes.

Instead of going to an appointment, I just found this awesome web site, where I started by reading about common spine conditions. I really just think it’s a pulled muscle. And then I found an exercise that’s already helping with the pain. Thank God!

 Spine Pain

I know I’m going to see that little bugger tonight. I’m thinking about jumping on her back. She’s lucky she’s only 2 and a half. Of course, I”m just joking. Oh no, she’s not going to be there tonight. She and her folks are vacationing at a private golf communities in East Tyler Tx . It must be nice!  They’ve been on vacation for about two weeks now.

Little Monkey

Heavy Little Vixen

You just wait little girl . . . until you are older . . .Wahaha!

Pregnancy Pains

Last night, we celebrated my mom’s 63rd birthday. We had a great time. We enjoyed good conversation and cake!  Part of the night was focused on my sister-in-law Lily and her relentless back pain.

Lily’s in her second trimester and she’s huge! She’s having a little boy and I don’t know what it is about boys, but they do tend to position themselves directly in the center of the stomach. She looks like she has a basketball lodged in her abdomen. I believe she said she’s gained about 20 pounds thus far. I don’t know if that’s a bad thing or not. So, this morning, I scoured the web looking for pregnancy tips to relieve back pain. I found a pretty good back pain article that may just help her. She said she’d try anything, so we’ll see!

Lake Hartwell SC

I’m really excited about this new baby. Lily is my brother Alexander’s wife. They met while they were attending Clemson in 1999. It’s kind of a cute story. They were both doing some bass fishing in South Carolina on Lake Hartwell. Lily was with her friends when she saw Alex fall off the dock. I think he’d been out there way too long in the hot summer sun, plus the few drinks he had literally helped to push him over the edge. She left her friends to go help him out of the water. They spent that day together.  And they’ve been together ever since. Of course, I heard this from Lily, not Alex.  Intimacy is so scary! Lol.

This is their first child. The name they’ve chosen is Philip Oliver.  Philip was our grandpa and Oliver is our great uncle’s middle name.  Sentimental names are the best! This Philip makes the 4th in our family. I’ve actually thought about naming my future son, Philip. I’m a long ways away from that day though!

Mom’s Birthday

MeowMy mom’s birthday is next Thursday, on the 14th. I was thinking about getting her a Persian cat.  She always talks about how she had a Persian as a little girl, and I thought it would be nice to make her feel youthful again. She’s going to be 63 years old.

Anyhow, she mentions the cat and how she always wished she had named it Pearl, instead of Tabatha (She’s always had this thing for the name Pearl-weird, right?). So, I thought about handing her a guide on how to clean pearl jewelry accompanied with a jewelry box. Inside the box, she’ll find a silver name tag that reads, “Pearl”.

I think she’ll love this gift, but at the same time I wonder if it’s just going to end up being too much work for her.  What if the cat’s a jerk? I always hear that Persians are  so sweet, but I could pick out an ass. It happens. She might end up with a cat she hates and she’s too nice to give it away or complain to me. I just keep thinking that she probably has at least 17 years left. Her side of the family lives to be ninety +, so it may be longer than that. I know that’s morbid, but what isn’t about life? Everything loses its energy at some point.

What do you think? Is this a bad idea?

Identical Twins are Fun!

Me and Ellie

Ellie and Me

Last night, I was listening to A Perfect Circle‘s song, Orestes and I was suddenly taken back to a few months ago when my family and I went on vacation to Sylva, NC and stayed at Balsam Mountain Preserve. It’s amazing and wonderful how sensations trigger our memory.  How lucky are we?


I played that song over and over last night just so I could feel like I was at the pool with my twin.  It worked. I remember our conversations, our drinks, and our suits.

Though, we had a great time, I miss her. We aren’t that far away, it does not matter, my soul still aches!  Our lives are hectic, so we don’t see each other so much. Oh, sweet separation anxiety!  Does anyone else experience that? I thought it would go away 5 years ago, but it hasn’t. Everyday I wake up and wish we lived together, but that’s not reality, for now.

Old Crow Me

I will be one old bitter lady if we aren’t living together by then.  My saliva will turn to lemon juice and my eyes will be like a crow’s!

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