These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

Monday, April 21, 2014 46 Comments

"Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things"

Yes, today I suddenly feel like Julie Andrews in the movie musical, The Sound Of Music.

However, don't worry...I won't subject you to watching me TWIRL around on a mountain top while singing, "The hills are alive...with the sound of music."

But I do wish to share a few of my favorite things, so I put together some photographs of several things that DO kind of make me want to twirl around though.

And here they are...

A freshly made turkey wrap with lettuce, tomato and bacon with a Caesar dressing. HEAVENLY.

Pears. I love PEARS more than my own life!

Asparagus. This is probably my very favorite veggie on the face of the planet. I especially love the tips.

A Heath Bar. Whenever I eat one of these decadent candy bars, I have to grab onto something heavy to ground me because I always feel like I'm going to have an out-of-body experience.

Instructions for eating a Heath Bar:
1. Break off a piece of the bar and place it on your tongue. Then close your eyes.
2. Don't chew, allow the chocolate to slowly melt off the toffee center.
3. Once completely melted, begin to chew the toffee center, but slowly...savoring every single morsel.
I guarantee if you eat a Heath Bar like this you'll hear angels singing, and voice quietly saying, "Come to the light, Carol Anne...come to the light."

A stormy sky. I took this photo a year and a half ago, while I was visiting my mother and brother in Florida. We were having dinner at a restaurant as this storm rolled in.

Train travel. My favorite way to travel!

The clock on City Hall in Philadelphia. I love that I can look out my apartment window at anytime, day or night, and see what time it is. And yes, this clock even GONGS every hour on the hour. I adore that sound.

White cherry blossoms.

The moon. Especially a daytime moon.

Yes, these are a few of my favorite things.

Oh...and I just couldn't resist...

Happy Monday, peeps!

Yes, This Post Is Meant To Disturb

Friday, April 18, 2014 46 Comments

Okay, I need to passionately vent about a topic that is very serious. And I'm going to be using a lot of CAPS to stress my point.

You see, it's not cell phones that bother me, it's HOW people use them.

If people can’t put their damn cell phones away while driving a car, then they have a problem, because nothing is THAT important it can't wait until they're NOT driving.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve almost been HIT by a car or cab driver who was texting because they were NOT paying attention to what they were supposed to be doing – DRIVING.

New York City has the right idea because if you’re ever spotted by a police officer using your cell phone while driving a vehicle (even if you’re stopped at a red light), they will PULL YOUR ASS OVER and ticket you. And they STRICTLY enforce it because I know of two people who were ticketed in NYC.

And do you know what I have to say about that? BRAVO, New York! And BRAVO to any state or country who has this law and enforces it.

Texting while driving a vehicle is like driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs because it clouds your judgment and makes you TOTALLY irresponsible.

I think people have forgotten that driving a car is a SERIOUS responsibility. And a responsibility not only to yourself and fellow-passengers, but also to the pedestrians who are walking on the streets and other car drivers.

And while I’m on this subject, what’s with the comatext people who walk down the city streets with their eyes looking down at their cell phone, who SLAM into me because they’re not paying attention to what’s going on around them, and then look at ME like I’m the one who should say, “Excuse me.”

I also can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen pedestrians walking down the street while texting, who almost got hit by a moving vehicle because they were getting ready to cross over a green light. There have been times when I've actually had to quickly grab someone by the shoulders and pull them back onto the curb because they were INCHES away from getting hit by a bus.

Cell phone usage has gotten unconsciously and carelessly WAY out of hand, people.

And quite frankly, I’m OVER it.

Yes, it would be a tragedy to harm or kill yourself in a car accident, due to texting while driving. However, it would be even more of a tragedy if I harmed or killed someone else, due to my irresponsibility, because I could not live the rest of my life in any kind of peace knowing I did that.

I leave you now with a commercial about driving while texting. And I make no apologies if it disturbs anyone because that’s EXACTLY what this commercial is supposed to do – DISTURB and WAKE UP.

Because the thing is, so many people think this would/could never happen to them.

If you're texting, you're not driving.

And if you're texting, you're not walking either.

Have a grrrreat weekend everyone! 
And thank you for hearing me out because I had to get this topic off my chest, THAT'S how strongly I feel about it.

Photographs: The Uniqueness Of Windows

Monday, April 14, 2014 54 Comments

Like doors, I find windows both fascinating and symbolic.

Windows have their own unique look, personality and feel. Some are square, some are arched. Some are clear, some are stained. Some are ornately dressed, while others are bare.

And it's interesting because windows are not only something we look through, but they also reflect, like mirrors.

I always look at windows like the eyes of a building. And I look at the shades or curtains as the eyelids; whether they're open, closed, or halfway closed.

Today I would like to share some window photographs, most of which I captured over the past three months, but a few are from last year. I also wove quotes between some of them that I thought were inspirational and humorous.

Please enjoy some window watching...













Happy Monday, y'all!

*Note: Some of these photo prints may be purchased at my Zazzle Store: Caught My Eye

A Sure Way Not To Forget The Toilet Paper

Friday, April 11, 2014 56 Comments

Don’t you hate when after doing your ‘business’ in the bathroom, you look over and see this…

and then you say to yourself, “Shit…that was my last roll of toilet paper!!!!”

That’s when normally I ponder, “Should I use one of the MANY napkins I've cumulatively hijacked from Starbucks that are in my kitchen cupboard, or should I use a paper towel?”

But then I realize that I won’t be able to flush the napkin or paper towel down the toilet because it might clog the pipes and cause an overflow.

Oh, what to do…what to do. Decisions…decisions.

Well, what I usually do is opt for using a napkin and then pray to god almighty that it doesn’t overflow the toilet.

And usually my prayers are answered.

However, that’s not really the worst part. The worst part for me is that after this happens, I always seem to forget to buy more toilet paper, which is exactly what happened on the day I ran out of toilet paper last week.

Yup, I went to Walgreens drugstore after I left work and purchased everything I needed EXCEPT toilet paper. So, that night and the next morning, I had to use a few more napkins from my stash of Starbucks.

Gee…I wonder if Starbucks knows that their 100% recycled napkins are being used as recycled toilet paper in my house?

Well, if they ever discover this post, they will.

Anyway, I was bound and determined NOT to forget to buy more toilet paper the following day, so I devised a non-forget plan.

And here’s what I did.

I took the empty roll of toilet paper and placed it DIRECTLY in front of my apartment door on the inside, so that it would be a STRONG visual reminder as I was leaving the house.

Exhibit A:

Then, right before I left the house that morning, I placed the empty roll of toilet paper INSIDE the nylon bag I take to work with me every day, which contains all the things I need for work, such as sample supplies.

Exhibit B:

And I did this so that anytime I opened my bag at work to grab some samples, it would constantly remind me to buy toilet paper.

Wasn’t that brilliant?

However (and this is the embarrassing part)…

At one point during the day, I opened my bag in front of a customer to get them a sample, and out POPPED the empty toilet paper roll and landed on the counter.

Wasn't that special?

So of course, rather than look like a total buffoon, I decided to tell them the truth about why I had an empty roll of toilet paper in my bag.

And do you know what? They actually laughed and thought it was a great idea!

And it was a great idea because right after work, I marched my chafed butt into Walgreens and purchased more toilet paper…

P.S. And thank you Starbuck's for the toilet paper substitute. However, I need to mention that your napkins are a little rough on the derriere, so you might want to try making them a bit softer for toilet-paper-forgetters, like me.

Have a SUPER weekend everyone!
And remember…don’t forget the toilet paper!

The Roaring Twenties And The Great Gatsby

Monday, April 7, 2014 45 Comments

About two months ago I watched the movie, The Great Gatsby, by Australian director, producer and screenwriter, Baz Luhrmann, and really enjoyed it.

It's strange, because although I don’t normally care for remakes of original films, there was something about this 2013 version that I found lavishly juicy. And I think a lot of that had to do with the amazing computer generated effects and production design, which gave the film a decadent and excessive quality, much like it was in the roaring twenties with the high-octane parties, music, and style.

Especially for someone like, Jay Gatsby, who was a millionaire and lived a larger than life existence.

Another thing I enjoyed was that Baz Luhrmann fused the music soundtrack with many popular vocal artists of today, giving the film both a past and present feel. Again, I don’t normally like when a director takes a movie classic and updates it, however, it seemed to work for Luhrmann’s own unique interpretation of The Great Gatsby novel.

But above all, my favorite things about this film were the clothes, jewelry, hair, makeup, and the whole Art Deco design of the era, which was largely due to Catherine Martin, who was the production/costume designer of this film, and who is also the wife of Baz Luhrmann.

Catherine’s design of this film was nothing short of brilliant. In fact, she won the Academy Award for Best Production Design for The Great Gatsby, which she very much deserved.

Overall, the film got mixed reviews. But as I shared, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it because I didn't think I would.

Allow me to take you on a brief flashback to the roaring twenties and The Great Gatsby.

Please note the attention to detail in these production photos. It’s flawless!

I'm, Jay Gatsby!

Inside the home of Jay Gatsby

A computer generated Times Square in New York City

Jay Gatsby's swimming pool

A party scene

Men's and women's fashion - love the hats!

Characters Nick Carraway and Tom Buchanan

Daisy and Jay - the crystal chandelier dress she's wearing was made by Prada - yup...and they're real crystals

Jay Gatsby's car - a Duesenberg 

Two jazz nightclub dancers

A car party - also computer generated

Jewelry collection used in the film by Tiffany

Jay and Daisy dancing

1920's flappers!

Have a ROARING Monday, y'all!

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