Mar 29, 2006

We Went To King Lion Safari

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Vlado came to visit...


I have this misfortune when it comes to new cameras. I happen to take really good care of my things. It's just that something always happens when I get a new camera.

One time, after meeting No Doubt and taking pictures with them, my good friend Gata dropped my camera in all our excitement. It was new at the time, but I really didn't fret. I think I was just more happy that we just met Gwen. And probably more worried about the film we just took. We tried getting it fixed under warranty, but the warranty did not cover problems due to it being dropped. And we couldn't hide the scratches near the problem itself, the flash mechanism. But Gata so nicely paid to have it fixed for me, and that was that. It was really no biggie.

Well, just recently I got a new camera. Last night I had my mom take a picture of me after Erica so expertly did my makeup. (Could I have a make up artist live with me full time!) After snapping the picture, she dropped it. Yeah, you heard right: SHE DROPPED IT! The lens was out, it slammed to the tile floor with this horrible noise that still echoes in my head. I was devastated. One of my buttons gets stuck slightly when pressed and that irked the heck out of me. Anyway, of course the warranty does not cover that so I put it out of my mind for a while and then felt silly after getting so worked up over a material thing. In my clear thinking I took out a metal clip that I had, and worked with the metal surrounding the button. Voila! The button no longer gets stuck.

All in all, I was annoyed that it happened, and that will probably be the last time I ask my mother to take a picture again, but at least the camera is okay - for now.

I really have the worst misfortune when it comes to cameras!

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The fateful picture. Ha ha.


For the second time this week I have been experiencing some sort of insomnia. It all starts off by me dozing off only to wake up not long afterward with this feeling of antsyness (my made up word) that I can't describe. It's an itchy feeling...Like I can't stand to be in bed for another second. It's horrible. Especially since after waking up and feeling that way, frustration follows. So what do I do at that point? I take a hot shower. Seems like the first logical thing to do if I were feeling itchy. Although its probably a mental thing, it seems to help.

Last night it happened again. I was exhausted and had no idea why I woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed at 3:30 am. So of to the shower I went. I chose to use a shower gel that had lavender for aromatherapy. I still felt awake, so I burnt some nice smelling incense that I bought from China Town a while back. It seemed to do the trick, I was out within minutes.

I don't know whether it's a sense of excitement, or anxiety about things I have to do...I think my mind is just awake and constantly working. At night I think it is important to have some unwinding time with a cup of tea, just to make a smooth transition from the hectic day to the bed. So tonight I plan on taking a shower and sipping some herbal tea before hitting the sack. I hope I don't wake up tonight!

I shoud take Ambien and sleepwalk and gorge on food in the middle of the night instead of waking up. At least I can multitask in my sleep! :) Ha.

Mar 22, 2006

Weird Memories

Cathy told me that if you think hard enough into your past, that weird experiences/stories will come up. Well, I have a story. I could picture it in my head as clear as day even though I was a little girl when it happened.

My aunt was driving the stationwagon. My mom was in the front seat, and I was sitting by myself in the back. We were on our way to somewhere when some young teenage-or early twenty something boys in a car flagged us down and told us to pull over. I remembered worried expressions on their faces. They said something was stuck underneath the car. So my aunt pulled over, I remember it was by Steinway street...I could be wrong. We all got out of the car. The young guys had a hammer, and I remember them going underneath our car banging around. One guy emerged with a black plastic garbage bag in hand, and they all gathered round us telling us that the car would have exploded had they not stopped us. They were asking for payment for "saving our lives." Next thing I knew, my aunt was pulling $10 or $15 dollars out of her wallet, and they were gone. Just like that. Thinking about it now, those guys were pure scam artists. My aunt was naive, and they took advantage of it. Thinking about that experience brings up a disturbed troubled feeling. It was sort of like I sensed something wasn't right, but I was too young to do anything about it. I must of been like 5 or 6.

In this world we are all victims somehow. Sigh...

Mar 14, 2006


I've been meaning to post this for a while now...They are from our last trip. Unfortunately I have lost/misplaced my digital camera and had to take these pics from my camera phone. I guess they will suffice.

Loft loveseat and chaise....
Dining Room Table.
Extends to a full square to accomodate tightly a party of 8.
Elevated, pub style.Pub style kitchen table.

I bought two beds, one twin daybed from Ikea

that has a bottom trundle to accomodate 2 if need be:

Twin Bed w/ Trundle


A queen bed for couples or spoiled brats

who need a lot of room when they sleep: Queen Bed

Both beds are white, but the queen one has a cloth headboard which I could cover with funky fabric to change the look once in a while. So, we're ready for guests! So far I already had Cathy & my aunt Bernie stay with us. At the end of the month, my mom is coming accompanied by Erica and little Aaron. It should be fun...Anthony's dad and cousin are coming shortly after they depart. Man, we haven't even moved and we are having a string of visitors. Is this a foreshadowing of things to come?

It's Finally Happening....

Last night at 12am, Anthony and Dion set out for Florida with all our belongings stowed in a Uhaul truck. The other day, we went to Ikea and bought some things for the house. I couldn't help but feel sad. But it's finally happening, a new chapter is about to begin...

Its funny how a couple of months ago, everyone and their mother was asking "when?" They would usually stop in mid-sentence as they saw my icy glare. For they knew as much as I did at that point.

So when, you ask? Well, the answer is: NOW. It's happening now.


Mar 8, 2006

Johari Window

I figured I'd jump on the bandwagon. Click below.

Marie Formerly Known as Brat's Johari Window

Hey, who's brave enough to explore the Nohari window? Come on, somebody set it off...

Nohari Window

Mar 7, 2006

I know, I know....

I know. I just can't stop posting pictures of my darn cats. I just had to share this one. I love the sheer red curtain in the background. Somebody give me a new inspiration. Springtime needs to happen soon.

Mar 6, 2006

To A New Begining....

About a year ago I was given this orchid. After all it's beautiful petals fell off, it was a barren looking plant. It looked like it had no prospects, no hope of new life...

I left it in my grandmother's care and it stayed in the corner by the window. I forgot about it after a while and weeks went by.

Yesterday I looked at the window and was shocked that my orchid had bloomed once again. It's cliche, I know, but I have to say it marks a new begining, a new life.