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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Dollhouse Drama

Because I had so much fun blogging about an event in my childhood, I decided to do it again.

First, meet my brother, Pasquale!

Pasquale is only a year and a few months older than I am. I was sort of young when my parents got divorced and we moved in with our dad, who basically didn't let us leave the house. Because of that, my brother and I spent a LOT of time together. Wow... now that I think about it, we were actually quite similar to these guys.

Even with the younger one being cuter....

Ok, so this story about me and my brother starts with a dollhouse. My sister Gabi complained to my dad that Ken couldn't make an honest woman out of Barbie until they had somewhere to live where their parents weren't around, so my dad got her said dollhouse.
And it was a pretty big dollhouse

So one day I was being a brat and fighting with my brother. I don't even remember what we were fighting about, but I'm sure I was trying to prove I was right (even if I knew I was wrong) and being bratty. I spent most of my childhood being a brat actually. Maybe it had something to do with being the youngest child. That, or trying to emulate my childhood hero.

So our fight escalated and I decided to end it quickly by throwing something at my brother. I happened to be standing right outside my sister's room so I decided to throw the dollhouse on top of him.

I guess that was pretty mean of me since the dollhouse was pretty huge, but I was a brat, like I said. After assaulting him with the dollhouse, I walked away, thinking I won. So my brother decided to retaliate and find something to throw at me. He grabbed the door to the dollhouse and threw it right at my head.

But come on, it was just the DOOR, I threw the whole house at him! So I said something obnoxious and ran away and was laughing and being stupid and feeling like I won this fight. I was actually moving around so much that I realized I was sweating a lot, from my head. So I put my hand through my hair and realized that it was not sweat, but blood.

My head was bleeding a lot cause the corner of the dollhouse door dug out some scalp. I basically looked like this dude (but not with brown hair on my head and blonde facial hair cause that's kind of weird).

The moral of this story?
Something about the underdog winning or size doesn't matter or maybe just that you shouldn't act like a jerk cause someone will throw a door at your head and make you bleed.

Monday, July 28, 2008

It's Infectious

So everyone knows that Mariah Carey loves moving her hands while she sings. Lots of people have commented on it and imitated it and it's sort of become a staple in Mariah's performances.

If you don't know what I mean, just watch this performance of "We Belong Together" at the Grammy Awards.

(She does it extra hard when she screams the last chorus, around 1:15)

See. She does it and it's great.

Well today, on my way home from work, the classic Mariah tune "Always Be My Baby" came on the radio.

Of course I left it on and starting singing along.
Then I realized that I was totally moving my hand in a Mariah fashion.

So now, I can't make fun of her for doing it. It seems Mariah songs just lead to crazy hand movements.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Watch Out, She'll Charm You

I have a recent obsession that has become so great that I decided to blog about it.

When I was working at Rite Aid last year, I heard a song named "Calling" on the radio ALL THE TIME. It grew on me and I ended up loving it. I can even sing the chorus en espanol!

I looked it up online (by the lyrics) and found it was from singer songwriter Leona Naess. I downloaded her self-titled CD that the song came from. And because it was self-titled, I assumed it was her first album.

At first, I didn't love the album and thought it was too low key for me. But about half a year later, I listened again and feel deeply in love with the album.

I love every track on the CD. My favorite track is "Ballerina." I recently started watching Weeds and was overly-delighted that the song was featured in an episode!!

Since I became obsessed with Leona, I found out that she had two other CDs! I immediately ordered them from Amazon.

The first single from here first CD, Comatised is "Charm Attack," which I didn't love at first, but it grew on me like crazy! The actually video is kind of boring, but I found the beginning of this alternate video, which is much cooler.

I think the way she sings "With all my love / that rage and hide inside" (1:12) is absolutely brilliant.

After Comatised came her second CD, brilliantly named I Tried To Rock You But You Only Roll. I was saddened to learn that there is a song with the same name on the CD though; I like when album titles are JUST album titles and not song titles or lyrics.

This CD is my second favorite from Leona. I love the songs "Weak Strong Heart" and "Mayor of Your Town" very much. This CD is a little more stripped, making it more similar to her masterpiece, Leona Naess.

So if you haven't heard anything from Leona, go listen to every song she ever made. You won't be disappointed.

Saturday, July 26, 2008


So I've been absent lately.
I haven't really had a computer to save my pictures on and update from, etc.
But now I have a new Macbook!!
Onwards to yoga....

Yesterday Claudia and I went to Work Out World (never thought I'd go there!) to attend a yoga class!

The class was really fun, but easier than the yoga class I took earlier in the week. We did a lot of the positions over and over and OVER. But it was still cool.

I even remembered some of the positions this time! Like Downward Facing Dog!

Warrior II:

Child's Pose:

I don't know the name of this one, but Claudia does it better!

I don't know the name of the following pose either, but I liked doing it

We also did a special version of a bridge, but this kind of bridge was meant to break your neck.

And then my favorite pose of the class was probably the shoulder stand. I had a little more finesse than Claudia when it came to getting into position for the master class move!

And the final result looks like this:

Claudia made up for her bad shoulder stands by doing some amazing hand stretches.

And this wasn't even a move we did in class, but I felt like showing off...

And then we all ended class in this position, so we would be calm and relaxed and ready to have a peaceful night.

After class, we used like 2 machines in the actually gym before I realized that I was working out and quickly put an end to that! But we did find this huge room and I decided to do some exercises on those huge bouncy ball things.

We then used the mirrors in the room to do a choreographed dance to Danity Kane's "Damaged" and finally left the gym, continuing our adventure in other places....
I'll update about that later.