March 29, 2011

...i smell like Guns & Roses...

So I found this video today.  It's by a new Young Money artist named Porcelain Black.  She says her music is like a cross between Marilyn Manson & Britney Spears....but I think she sounds more like Courtney Love used to (aka the scream-talk-sing), back when she was all drugged out but only half crazy.  She looks like a cross breed of Cruella DeVille & Hatchet-Face from "Cry-Baby".

 Come on, you know you were thinking it. 

I don't really know if I like the song yet or not.  I'm like 60/40 leaning towards the 'no'...except for the Lil' Wayne part.  Oh my god, I loves me some Lil' Wayne (especially the part in the video where he says "I smell like Guns & Roses"....he's totally cute there.) I sounded about twelve just then.  Lame.  Anyway, watch it...tell me what you think.




(Lil' Wayne Lyrics)
I need a cigarette and a bad bitch
Come be my soccer ball and get yo ass kicked
I like my pizza cold, I like my glass full
I don’t like bullshit, but I like red bull
I smell like Guns and Roses
I look like money bitch
I taste like Rock n Roll
I make her lick her lips
And all the drama’s dead
I'm in the past life
I forgot her name but I remember last night
You can do what you do
I done did enough
I’m on that gangsta shit
I don’t give a f-ck
Weezy

But I need them to see....

It's true....I do.
(you can try them on when I'm wearing my contacts...it's ok then)

I was supposed to go to the Dr. today to get my "You didn't lose enough weight this month - you suck" check-up but since the workplace is a little....tense today, I had to reschedule for next week.  

I vaguely remember the boyfriend asking me if I wanted to go to the Gym tonight.  I was half asleep.  I can't be bothered to remember these things. 

But yeah, that sounds fine.  Let's go to the Gym.  With the Netflix app, my ass can get on the treadmill & watch a movie at the same time.  Now kids, that's called "multi-tasking"....



March 28, 2011

100 Facts About Me #2

I have no problem with curse words.

I cuss like a sailor.  It's a problem, I guess.  I just don't really have an issue with it.  It's just a word; like peanut, lawnmower or tadpole.  Words only have as much meaning as you want to put in them.  You can choose to be offended.  You also have the option to not care.  I mean, really...every word was invented by someone.  Someone had to have decided that 'shit' was a bad word.  That same someone could have easily decided that word meant something else. 

The loose definition of a cuss (curse) word is: 
"Words that have been deemed inappropriate and you dont normally hear in public or normal conversation."

I wonder who deemed them inappropriate... 

What if I decide that "whifflepofenk" is the most foul & offensive word in the world?  Does that make it so? 

If your answer is yes, then go whifflepofenk yourself. 

Friend Makin' Monday

If you've taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you're new, please take a moment to answer this week's question on your own blog then add a link at All The Weigh so we can all see your post. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts.

 FMM: A Few More Gender-Friendly Questions

1) What is your favorite physical feature?  You know, I've never really thought about it.

2) List three adjectives that describe you. Caring, creative, silly

3) How old were you when you had your first kiss? I was 16.  I was a very shy girl when I was younder.

4) Do you believe in God? I don't think so.

5) How often do you watch the news? Rarely.  I will hear about it on the internet and through people anyway.

March 22, 2011

100 facts about me #1

I am not a bandwagon-er but some things are just fun & dare I say, interesting, to participate in.  No harm in that.  One of the trending topics on Twitter (I just recently signed up so I'm having fun with it) is the #100factsaboutme.  I thought it would be fun to post it on Twitter & elaborate on here.  Who knows if I'll actually get to 100....I may be too boring for that!  Eh, we shall see. 

#1 - 
I spring clean my house once 
a month to donate to charity.

Aside from keeping my home uncluttered, this action also serves a helpful purpose.

If there are clothes that haven't been worn in a month or so, they're getting donated to charity so that someone else will get a chance to love them.  Our local charity organization uses the profits it makes from selling the donated items to fund the living and care expenses for people with mental handicaps.  The organization even built an apartment complex (with on-site helpers if needed) for the people it cares for.  They can have their own apartment, or live with a roommate, and their utilities are paid for by donations & the proceeds from the sale of items that are donated.  It has done a lot of good for our community and aside from the good feeling you get from giving back, you're giving someone else the chance to find & love the items that you no longer need or want. 

I've donated appliances, home decorations, electronics, movies, workout equipment, clothes, shoes, cooking items & more....and those things will go to a new home & help others in the process.  It's a nice feeling:)

FOREST

FOREST
by David Matthews
How would I explain a forest to
Someone who has never been in one –
The trees and the wind thru them,
The birds and their songs and
Their acrobatic flight about the branches.
The smell of the last time and
The time before and the time before
That, that I was in the woods. The
Sound and the silence. The peace
And the crunch of the leaves and the branches
On the snow. The sound of a stream or
A woodpecker or a squirrel disappearing.
And the trees reaching up and up
And up to gather the sun and turn
Light to air, to jigsaw the moonlit winter
Sky. The trees like a fortress for the natural
World. What if I could not take my
Children for a walk in the woods.


Belle

"I like Belle a lot. She was kind of a loner, but she wasn’t sad over it or desperate to fit in. She didn’t give a shit that the hottest piece of man-ass town wanted her, because he was a total semi-retarded douche-bag and she knew she could do better. She wasn’t motivated by love or the need to have a significant other to do anything. In fact, even when she began to fall in love with the beast and she got news that her father was sick, she was like “Aiiight I’m feelin' you Beast but my dad is like dying in the woods so I should prooobbably go”. And then when Gaston was like being a complete asshole by getting everyone to raid the castle and kill the Beast, she broke the hell out of that cellar and rode a horse to rescue her man, after she nursed her father back to health. And we don’t even need to mention the fact that her man was an 8 foot Chewbacca/buffalo hybrid, she saw that he was a kind person who loved her and she fell in love with him. Seriously, Belle is basically the coolest woman ever." - Anonymous

March 15, 2011

{travel to} Greece - Mainland & The Islands

There are so many places I'd like to experience before I'm too old to do so.  Greece is one of them.  To have a well rounded experience, though, I'd have to stay for a few weeks at minimum.  There are obvious reasons why I'd pick Greece as a must-see travel spot. 

The architecture.  I've always been interested in how things were made; the process of starting with absolutely nothing and creating this standing functional structure fascinates me.  I collect books on architectural history & avidly read them in my spare time. 


An important architectural period of Greece is visible by the period of the construction of the first monumental marble temples from the Archaic and classical periods. Those temples were characterized by three different orders: Doric, Ionian & Corinthian.

The Parthenon at the Acropolis is the most known Doric structure, although it has some slight Ionian style elements.  Other examples are Hera in Olympia, the temple of Hephaestus in Ancient Agora and the temple of Poseidon in Sounion Attica. The characteristic of the Doric style is the austerity of the building.


Ionic Architecture is a more ornamental & graceful style.  It permitted the artist to have more freedom & artistic expression.  One of the best examples is the Temple of Athena Nike at the Acropolis of Athens. This is the earliest Ionic temple built on the Acropolis. Another famous example is the Erechtheion, opposite the Parthenon. Artemis at Ephesus, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is of Ionic style. 

The columns of the Corinthians temples were by a single or double row of leafy scrolls, usually acanthus, and was the most popular style for the Romans to use.  One of the best examples of the Corinthian architecture is the Roman temple of Olympian Zeus in Athens (Made of 104 columns, although only 15 are currently left standing.)


Roman architecture was much inspired by ancient Greek architecture. This alliance gave birth to many buildings, fountains, gymnasiums, public baths, temples and theatres that were built that time. Some of the best examples are  the Roman Agora in Athens, at the foot of the Acropolis &is the theatre of Herodes Atticus and the famous Arch of Hadrian, in the centre of Athens.


The Byzantine period gave rise to the incredible amount of churches in Greece. The Byzantine churches have a unique architecture and vary from region to region.  While I am not a religious person, I would love to see the structures.  Churches usually have dome and the majority is constructed of stone, although some are cross-shaped, with a combination of basilica and a symmetrical central plan.  Seeing the frescoes painted on the ceilings of these buildings would be an awe inspiring sight.  Popular sites are Thessaloniki & the seventy-five monasteries around Kastoria. 

After the Greek War of Independence of 1821 and especially during the reign of King Otto, Athens was embellished by buildings of Neoclassical style, a combination of modern and classical style.  The National Library of Greece & the Grande Bretagne Hotel are popular places to view this style.




Historical Buildings.  There are so many places I'd want to visit.  I'd love to see the Acropolis & it's main building, the Parthenon
The Oracle of Delphi, where the Temple of Apollo, the Treasury of the Athenians, the Altar, the Stoa of the Athenians, the Theatre, the Stadium, the Tholos and the Gymnasium were all excavated.  There is also a museum.
Olympia, where the first Olympic Games were held in 7th century B.C.  (The site was excavated by French archaeologists in 1829 and some of the findings were transferred to the Louvre Museum in Paris.)  The most important monuments of the site are: the temples of Zeus and Hera, the Stadium, the workshop of sculptor Phedias, the Palaestra and the Gymnasium.  There is a museum here as well.   
Knossos is the most important and best preserved palace of the Minoan Civilization & was the seat of King Minos.  It is also a place connected to many legends such as the Labyrinth with the Minotaur and the story of Daedalus and Icarus.
The site of Mycenae is considered as one of the oldest sites in Greece.  Mycenae was home to Agamemnon, ruler of the Greeks during the Trojan War.
The island complex of Dodecanese in south-eastern Aegean is the sunniest corner in Greece.  Kos is third largest island of the Dodecanese, home to the Nerantziá Castle.  Archaeological finds from this area date back to the 4th century.   You can sit under the plane tree where Hippocrates himself used to teach his students and examine his patients!  The plane tree must be over 2,500 years old, & is the oldest tree in Europe.
Rhodes is a beautifully preserved area. I'd explore the Old City, surrounded by medieval walls with seven gates, and admire the Palace of the Grand Master, which is said to be the most awe inspiring place on the whole island.  I'd also visit the archaeological museum.
Léros is your destination for relaxation.  I'd like to swim in bright blue waters, admire the Italian architecture in Ayia Marina, wander around centuries-old castles (like Brouzi and Castle of Panayia), or go scuba diving to explore ship wrecks lying on the seabed since the Second World War.
Nissyros was formed by volcanic eruptions. It is rather impressive that today Níssyros is still an active volcanic center together with the volcanic centers of Milos, Santorini and Methana! In Nikia there is a Volcanic Museum, the only one of its kind in Greece. The colorful houses in this area were built with hewn slabs of andesite and dacite (volcanic materials).

 
People.  The Greek Islands represent one fifth of the country's surface. Greece has about 1400 Greek islands, of which only 169 are inhabited. The majority of the islands are scattered in the Aegean Sea between the Greek and Turkish coasts.  In 2000, the population was around 11 million, with 4 millions living in Athens alone.



Hiking.  I am ready to walk!  Hiking is particularly popular in the mainland of Greece, where landscapes vary more and things are more organized.  Zagoria, Meteora and Central Peloponnese are the most popular places.  The difficulty of the paths would, of course, differ based on region & weather.  It is common to cross, lakes, valleys, gorges - and while doing so stumble upon monasteries or archaeological sites which are part of the Agro Tourism movement that has gained popularity over the years.


Nightlife.  The Greek people are known for their love of all things fun.  Start late at night, end when the sun comes up.  When you're there, you might as well do it big!  Nightlife is so intense on the islands of Ios, Santorini, Paros and Mykonos that they are often compared to huge night clubs, attracting people from all over the world.

Music.  A lot of places that play live Greek traditional music can be found all over Greece; it is where a lot of Greeks go to enjoy their night;  Eat, drink and dance all the Greek traditional dances, accompanied by the sound of the bouzouki, which is a Greek lute. Everybody laughs, dances, sings and throws flowers: I'd love to be a part of that unique experience.


Food.  Mezedes are appetizers served before or during the meal, usually accompanied by ouzo or tsipouro.
Popular Mezedes:


- Tzatziki: Greek yogurt with finely chopped cucumber, garlic and olive oil. Ideal to eat with fresh Greek bread, fried potatoes or fried meatballs.

- Saganaki: Fried cheese. Different sorts of cheese can be found in saganaki. Excellent with a zest of lemon.

- Keftedakia: Fried meatballs of beef, garlic and bread. Excellent dish.

- Spanakopitakia: Small spinach pies with crushed feta cheese.

- Tiropitakia: Small cheese pies, usually made of feta or kasseri cheese.

- Horta: Boiled wild greens with olive oil, salt and lemon.

- Briam: Mix of roast potatoes, eggplants, onions, garlic, tomato sauce and olive oil.

- Dolmadakia: Grape leaves filled with rice and onions and sometimes minced beef.

- Kalamarakia: Small pieces of fried squid with lemon juice.

- Htapodi: Small pieces of octopus served either fried with lemon juice or boiled, with olive oil, vinegar and oregano.

- Feta cheese: The famous Greek cheese can also be eaten alone, as a meze, with olive oil and oregano.


Popular Salads:


- Horiatiki Salata: Also know as "Greek salad", the horiatiki is a mix of fresh tomatoes, olives, cucumber, onions, green pepper, feta cheese, olive oil and oregano.

- Melitzanosalata: An eggplant puree with finely chopped garlic and olive oil. It is succulent with fresh bread.

- Taramosalata: Crushed fish eggs.

Popular Main Dishes:

- Moussaka: This famous Greek dish has a base made of potatoes topped with eggplants onions, minced beef and bechamel creme.

- Pastitsio: This is another well-known Greek dish reminding of the Italian Lasagnas. It consists of spaggeti No 2 topped with minced beef, onions, tomato sauce and bechamel sauce.

- Paidakia: Grilled lamb's ribs served with lemon.

- Kokoretsi: This is one of the favorite dishes of Greeks. They mostly eat it during Easter. It consists of wrapped and roasted entrails of lamb, served with lemon.



Popular Soups:

- Kotossoupa: Chicken soup usually with avgolemono (sauce made with eggs and lemon).

- Psarossoupa: Fish soup with parsley, potatoes and carrots.

- Fassolada: White bean soup with parsley and, sometimes, tomato sauce.

- Fakies: Lentil soup with tomato sauce.

- Magiritsa: Easter soup made of the inside of lamb, dill and the avgolemono sauce (egg and lemon).

- Patsa: Tripe soup, considered by Greeks as a very good remedy to hangovers.



Herbs & Spices

Greece is famous for its unique herbs and spices which they use in every dish to add an extra taste and delight the senses. The excellent quality of Greek spices and herbs is due to the long sunshine periods, making the Greek flora particularly rich, producing an incredible variety of the best herbs and spices in the world.

Famous herbs of great quality and easy to find in Greece are the chamomile, the mountain tea, sage, basil, mint, parsley, tilio (lime leaves used as an infusion) and much more. Supreme Greek spices are the sesame (white sesame also), the cumin, the machlepi and the valuable red saffron.



Wine.  Wine has long been a part of Greek culture.  Hippocrates did extensive research on the topic. Various types of wine were prescribed by Greek doctors for use as an analgesic, diuretic, tonic and digestive aid.  
The poet Eubulus noted that three bowls (kylix) were the ideal amount of wine to consume. The number of three bowls for moderation is a common theme throughout Greek writing; today the standard 750 ml wine bottle contains roughly the amount of three glasses for two people.[1] In his circa 375 BC play Semele or Dionysus, Eubulus has Dionysus say:

Three bowls do I mix for the temperate: one to health, which they empty first, the second to love and pleasure, the third to sleep. When this bowl is drunk up, wise guests go home. The fourth bowl is ours no longer, but belongs to violence; the fifth to uproar, the sixth to drunken revel, the seventh to black eyes, the eight is the policeman's, the ninth belong to biliousness, and the tenth to madness and hurling the furniture.
Popular Wines:


- Tsipouro:
This really strong alcohol looks a bit like ouzo but with a stronger taste of anis. Greeks drink it with ice and sometimes add a bit of water. It is always accompanied with mezedes and good friends.

In different parts of Greece, such as Crete, some islands and the northern Greece, people make their own home made Tsipouro, also called Raki (depending of the region) which is really strong.

- Ouzo: This is the most famous Greek alcohol beverage, the trade mark of the country. It is a strong alcohol, drinkable straight with ice or with a bit of water. It is ideal to drink with all kinds of mezedes. The best ouzo is made in Lesvos and the most famous trades are Ouzo Plomariou and Barbayanni.

- Mavrodafni: This sweet wine is made in Patras Peloponnese. It is really thick and dark (almost black) and can be compared to the Portuguese Porto. This strong wine is used for the Holy Communion in the Greek Orthodox Church.

- Retsina: The famous Retsina is a Greek white wine with a particular resin taste. This taste is due to the way of production of this wine: they put the grapes in new cask which have still the wood resin on, giving to the whine that special taste..



March 14, 2011

T-I-R-E-D

This past weekend, some friends and I helped build a house with Habitat For Humanity.  Talk about tiring!  Well worth it, but tiring!  After we got done with that, I helped K pack and move into her new UPSTAIRS apartment.  My calves hurt!  Continuing on to Sunday, we FINALLY got her moved in.  Then we spent the rest of the day unpacking...and we'll pick up again tonight. 

I will never underestimate the value of hiring a moving service.  If I ever move, that is what I will be doing, you can bet on that.  Moving is the Debbil. 

I have no idea what kind of calories I burned this weekend...but I hope it was a lot!  We all put our bodies through some work! 

I can't wait to get home & take a nap on my lunch break!  Sleep has never sounded soooo good!

March 11, 2011

Do Some Good Today.

I could sit here and talk about all the food I ate yesterday, the exercise I did, the sleep I got....but there are more important things going on.


Nothing else matters right now.

Help, if you can.

The World Needs You.

 Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10

March 1, 2011

Happy Birthday To Me!



In honor of my birthday - a song not about birthdays, per se, but features one of my favorite bands EVER - Dave Matthews Band (What Would You Say?)


 "Mom, It's My Birthday! "

God, I ♥ that man.  Dave Matthews is pure sexy.