Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Stupid. This year I procrastinated. Every year I procrastinate. The worst to buy for this year? My parents. Why? Mom tells me what she wants - runs out of patience and buys it herself. Dad isn't as bad - I have a few ideas. The point of the story is that these ideas could have easily materialized earlier than five days before Christmas when all the other procrastinators are all in the same stores with the same bad attitude.
The Stylist and I took our chances at the mall this afternoon and both made the same observations about Christmas shopping crazies. My favorite observation from the Stylist was about people who stand with their hands on their hips, taking up as much space as humanly possible in tiny store aisles. Sincerely space hogs - is your stance aiding in your decision making process or are you always this inconsiderate?
Can you (hi Mom!) tell that I am more than a little disenchanted with the modern observance of Christmas? It's taken me nearly twenty-five years to realize that Jesus gets the shaft on His birthday nearly every year. Admist the hustle and bustle of my shopping experience neither the wise men, nor Mary or Joseph, nor the manger or even baby Jesus himself popped into my mind. I know. Rather at the forefront of my mind was the overwhelming urge to (and I know I have mentioned this idea before) clothesline the little kids whipping through the mall on Heelies.
Fa la la la la. La la. La. La.
Posted by Layne Street at 7:52 PM
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
The slight 'deviation' of the septum causes the bottom cartilage to stray a little left (or right) of center. One nostril is also larger than the other.
The fix? Surgery. If you don't mind watching someone chisel off seven to ten chunks of bone inside someone's nasal passage - have a look at this septoplasty.
That's the con. The chisel. The pros?
Google (again with the Google!) advertises a compelling before/after arrangement.
Sign me UP!
Posted by Layne Street at 4:19 PM
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Here's hoping you've got something going today that puts a smile on your face or someone elses.
It's a smaller Thanksgiving celebration with my parents and McWHYBAML for the first half and then a bigger celebration with McWHYBAML's family. This is going to be a great holiday.
And no. I will not be participating in black Friday madness. Think grocery shopping on speed - then think of how I feel about grocery shopping. Deals schmeals. I'm decorating tomorrow!
Big hugs and high fives - the holidays are here.
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009
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Wednesday, November 4, 2009
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Monday, November 2, 2009
Before I left for my trip, I received a couple care packages. One was from my sweet parents.
It was complete with a new Kitchen Spices candle from Bath and Body Works and some lotion. Also included was the Excedrin that will cure the inevitable headache, the country special edition of People magazine and a card that said 'may all your dreams come true.' I love you Mom and Dad. You've never been anything but enthusiastic and supportive when it comes to my ideas and hopes.
The second care package came from McWhereHaveYouBeenAllMyLife (his nickname continues to be completely fitting and increasingly more obvious). He sent me away with a Moleskine city guide for my destination - I stare at these every time I'm in Barnes and Noble. He also compiled music for each day that I will be gone on a CD. Each CD was perfectly enveloped in meticulously color coordinated wraps. Inside each envelope are letters. So far, these letters have forced me to just pause and think...oh my. I've got something here.
Will keep you posted. Here we go again!
Posted by Layne Street at 3:07 PM
Friday, October 30, 2009
I have had so many things happen in the last few days that I want to chronicle and I just haven't. I haven't taken the time to post pictures or stories on you at all. I want to, I really do.
I am leaving for Seattle to work on Plan A. If I have down time, I hope to catch you up on the happenings.
Thanks for being here for me, blog...it's been over a year now. You're still looking well.
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Thursday, October 22, 2009
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Sunday, October 18, 2009
After weeks, nay months, of avoiding the plague that's going around - I have undoubtedly contracted a strain of H1N1. Either that or I have a head cold.
At any rate...I'm still going! I got too much to live for.
Posted by Layne Street at 4:18 PM
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
It's true. I'm still working on a McName for him - the only two that come to mind are : McWhereHaveYouBeenAllMyLife or simply McBoyfriend. The first being really long and not very catchy and the second is just not very creative at all. Anyway.
The funny part about Facebooking and relationship statuses is the fact that Facebook sort of acts like this voice of reason in the decision making process. We decided to make the declaratory act this morning and when I received the "relationship request," it read as follows:
"Would you like to confirm McWhereHaveYouBeenAllMyLife as your boyfriend?" In other words...are you sure? Really?
Had there been a button that said, "Yes, Yes I Really Would," I would have selected that option. Instead, I quickly and happily selected, "Confirm."
It's official. Thanks, Facebook.
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009
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Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Speaking of living the dream - have you ever wondered what it would be like to combine the beloved past time of sleeping and the arguably even more beloved past time of eating? Last night, my little paycheck demonstrated that the two past times can harmoniously coexist.
Posted by Layne Street at 7:47 AM
Friday, October 2, 2009
Head tilt. Smile.
Because you asked, here is what's rattling around in my head.
Have you ever met someone that brings out the you in you? I'm not at all saying that your identity is or should be wrapped up in anyone other than yourself. I'm saying that I think sometimes people cross your path and trigger/unleash something inside of you that is the best representation of who you really are. I don't know how they do it but I'm grateful they can. They come and they go - but their effects are long lasting.
Thank you - you people. You did a really great thing in my life, whether you realize it or not.
And in case your fuzzy isn't warm yet - here:
Posted by Layne Street at 8:41 AM
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
The president of our firm (I'll call him Mr. President) walked in just as I was documenting my new hygenic modification. He smiled and said, "You don't need to explain. You're you and that's enough." Word gets around I guess. One time, the secretary walked in on me singing James Blunt to my desk plant.
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Tuesday, September 29, 2009
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Monday, September 28, 2009
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Friday, September 25, 2009
I went overkill on the "it's Friday morning - woo hoo" cheer this morning and it came back around and punched me right in the face.
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Thursday, September 24, 2009
The idealist inside me is totally disappointed by the wooden studs underneath. If this guy really knew what he was doing he would have known that the interlocking feature paired with overlapping the lego bricks would have been support enough.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
But. Good love is on the way. Enjoy!
Posted by Layne Street at 8:16 AM
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
The departure curb at the airport makes me want to cry. I dropped Curly off this morning and while I was driving away, I passed by everyone's goodbye hugs and was instantly sad. Everyone's circumstances are different, most all goodbyes are temporary. Unfortunately, some are less temporary - those were the ones I thought of this morning.
The circumstances surrounding the last time I chauffeured someone to the airport were sweet and wonderful on one hand and anxious and sort of painful on the other. It marked a season in my life where I had to learn that some intersections are just that - a place where paths cross. Brevity still contains value - there is a reason for everything!
Blah blah blah.
I'd much rather be waiting in the "arrivals" lane.
Posted by Layne Street at 10:28 AM
Monday, September 21, 2009
In fact, my first reaction wasn't to jump back inside my door and watch from a safe distance - I ran and got my phone to snap the pictures. While taking pictures, I was patting my leg and making alluring kissy noises to entice the little "foxy foxy" to come closer.
Foxy trotted off, but I'm sure I'll see her again. When I got back up to my apartment, I googled "are foxes dangerous?" Turns out they are just rabid. Some people hand feed them. Of course I'm going to try.
Unfortunately my fearlessness caught up with me later in the day. I was ferociously mauled by a six month old domestic short-hair.
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Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
P.S. Jay - this doesn't look like retirement...
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Monday, September 14, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
I realized while I was watching that this movie has become a big part of the way I conduct myself. A big part of the reason why I love the things I love. I think one of the reasons why I love the simpler things in life is because Meg Ryan constantly points them out in this movie.
She says something in the movie when she was talking about her mother running the Shop Around the Corner - something like "No other reading shapes your life like when you read a book as a child. She wasn't just selling books, she was helping them become the people they were supposed to be." Massive paraphrase - but I love the sentiment. Ironically - I feel the same about the movie.
It's silly. And a little strange. But what if we say, "In with the good, out with the bad," and choose to be influenced by even the little things like movies, books (fiction and non), television, conversation, daisies (the friendlist flower) and bouquets of sharpened pencils!
Posted by Layne Street at 8:44 AM
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
First - my friend the Wu and I played in front of our very first audience. We played four of the songs that we have written and it was one of the biggest highs I have ever experienced. We sang and performed our little hearts out (as best we could...I was out of breath after the first song...). Our friends packed out a little bar here in the city and it was a night I'll never, ever forget.
To top off the euphoria of playing our first gig - I got to escape to the mountains this last weekend. I haven't escaped all summer and it was heaven to sleep on the hard ground and roast marshmallows. I needed a shower something fierce by that last day...but it was absolutely worth it.
You are amazing.
Posted by Layne Street at 8:14 AM