just you

Over a year ago Jeff and I got in an argument.

At one point I didn’t know why we were fighting.

And so I simply asked him, “What do you want from me?”

He responded, “I just want you.”

And it was the sweetest thing.

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lost significance

What sort of diary should I like mine to be? Something loose-knit and yet not slovenly, so elastic that it will embrace anything, solemn, slight or beautiful, that comes into my mind. I should like it to resemble some deep old desk or capacious hold-all, in which one flings a mass of odds and ends without looking them through. I should like to come back, after a year or two, and find that the collection had sorted itself and refined itself and coalesced, as such deposits so mysteriously do, into a mould, transparent enough to reflect the light of our life, and yet steady, tranquil compounds with the aloofness of a work of art. The main requisite, I think, on reading my old volumes, is not to play the part of a censor, but to write as the mood comes or of anything whatever; since I was curious to find how I went for things put in haphazard, and found the significance to lie where I never saw it at the time.

V. Woolf

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to know

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ATX

It’s Friday! And I will be headed for Austin as soon as I get off work! Oh the excitement! Here are a few of my favorites in Austin:

Best Breakfast Taco: Torchy’s or El Chilito…Torchy’s may be better in general but El Chilito has the best salsa and much better coffee. So, Torchy’s = best taco; El Chilito= Best Taco Experience

Best Coffee: Anderson’s Coffee…This is hands down the best place to buy beans for brewing.

Best Coffee Drink: Pacha…The Pacha latte is worth putting their name on.

Best Dinner with Friends Restaurant: Trudy’s, the mexican martini and stuffed avocado combo is hard to beat…crowd pleaser.

Best Bakery: Sweetish Hill/Uppercrust, although this is a near impossible category.

Best Bookstore: Bookpeople…hands down, no excpetions.

Best BBQ: Salt Lick

Best French Restaurant: Chez Nous, it is fabulous, you’re almost in Paris.

Best Outdoor Activity: Barton Springs

Best Place to See a Movie: Alamo Drafthouse

There is so much more, but it’s hard to categorize everything (i.e. it would talk too long) so here are the honorable mentions: Blue Elephant, Maudie’s, Matt’s El Rancho, Waterloo Records, Mozart’s, Hula Hut, Zilker Park, P.Terry’s, Uncommon Objects, South Congress Cafe, Fado,  219 West, Kenichi, Vino Vino, Kerby Lane…and everywhere else, I just love Austin to death.

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half-formed thought

I often remember a college professor of mine quoting T.S. Eliot’s The Wasteland as an accurate observation of society. Specifically, he quoted the last two lines of this verse:

She turns and looks a moment in the glass,
Hardly aware of her departed lover;
Her brain allows one half-formed thought to pass:
‘Well now that’s done: and I’m glad it’s over.’
When lovely woman stoops to folly and
Paces about her room again, alone,
She smoothes her hair with automatic hand,
And puts a record on the gramophone.

“Automatic hand” is what gets me. She automatically, instinctively, caters to her appearance and primps, as appearance is of the utmost importance.  Both the physical appearance and the social appearance that all is well, nothing new here can be argued.  “Automatic” also illustrates that it was nothing out of the ordinary, a simply act of love to move on from without any dwelling that might interrupt the task at hand. Play the music and keep going. Every time I read any part of The Wasteland there is something new and that is what I love and why I re-read.

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eau de parfum

Narciso Rodriguez

It’s perfect. Now apparently this discovery is behind the times and Narciso Rodriguez was a winner back in 2006, but I just made the purchase and could not be happier. Describing perfumes is not really a forte of mine, but it’s musky and (sephora claims) fit for an “Egyptian Queen.” I’m in love and apparently a newly crowned Egyptian Queen. I’ll take it. Where’s Antony?

“A woman’s perfume tells more about her than her handwriting.”
-Christoan Dior

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history abrupt

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“Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.” -Eleanor Roosevelt, role model

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