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    georgianadesign:

Twist Interior Design in Minnesota. 

    georgianadesign:

    Twist Interior Design in Minnesota. 

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    Oct

    deviantart:

    Feature: Kelly McKernan

    Armed with tea, ink, coffee and bleach, Kelly McKernan on deviantART, uses her art to tackle dreams and the human psyche. She builds visual narratives that pair her female protagonists with everyday objects to create stories of melted color and meaning. Each narrative piece flows dream-like, filled with the push pull of everyday struggles. Kelly McKernan’s deviantART  gallery

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    barnwoodanchors:

One of my all-time favorite kitchen posts  

    barnwoodanchors:

    One of my all-time favorite kitchen posts  

    (via thelittlecorner)

  5. 17
    Sep

    First concert of year two …

    Unlike last year, our first concert this season was an Opera Gala.

    Mexico has something like American Idol, but for Opera Singers.  It’s called Opera Prima.  I mentioned the lovely tenor below.  The concert was a smash success, and we were basically sold out both nights. 

    For the Sunday night concert, the lovely Patricia (soprano winner), wore this incredible dress … long black pencil skirt with a daring slit up the front, adorned by crystals, a tight, flaming red bodice with black crystals, and a black satin bolero jacket to top it all off.  She looked stunning. 

    As we chatted to her about her dress, I noticed, out of the corner of my eye, that her brooch was moving.  I think my eyebrows shot right off the top of my head.  “YOUR PIN IS MOVING!”  I was so excited.  I asked her if it was magnetic, or what sort of nifty electronics were in it to make it move (it looked like a beetle). 

    She laughed out loud, in the singsongy way only a soprano can, and says to me… “Haven’t you seen this before??!?!” … I told her no, never.  She says “But you LIVE HERE.”

    *blink*  I was so confused. 

    Then she says to me…  “He’s a beetle.  He’s alive”

    I think I backpedaled hard enough to knock someone off their chair.  There’s quite a bit of laughter now .. everyone is enjoying my reaction to the live MASSIVE beetle on this lovely ladies lapel (oooh I love alliteration). 

    It’s called a Maquetch.  Part of me thinks it’s the most amazing thing I’ve seen.  Another part of me thinks it’s a bit cruel.  But I’m told this is common, and doesn’t hurt the beetle at all. 

    The beetle is caught, and his hard outer skeleton/shell has jewels glued onto it, with a tiny little chain.  You pin the chain to your clothing, and the beetle just wanders around.  This type of beetle eats wood mold, so he doesn’t destroy your clothing.  And you keep him in a little terrarium with some moldy wood to much on when he’s not wandering around your lapel. 

    Thanks.  But no thanks. 

    But definitely a very curious thing here in Mexico!

  6. 15
    Sep
    I’m crushed …

    I’m crushed …

  7. 14
    Sep
    Me and Tono (the n should have a ~ over it) at a gig in Cancun.  Such a sweet man.  Such a horrible gig. 

    Me and Tono (the n should have a ~ over it) at a gig in Cancun.  Such a sweet man.  Such a horrible gig. 

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    13
    Sep
    katespadeny:

we asked katie evans to share her recipe for ultimate chocolate chip cookie n’ oreo fudge brownie bars with us. hopefully it will be a routine delivery. (hint hint)

good. greif.

    katespadeny:

    we asked katie evans to share her recipe for ultimate chocolate chip cookie n’ oreo fudge brownie bars with us. hopefully it will be a routine delivery. (hint hint)

    good. greif.

  9. 13
    Sep

    Been a while …

    I have so much to catch up on … so many things that happened.  Good, bad, all the in-between.  But as it’s been so long since I’ve posted, I figure I’ll start with now; continue posting … and add in my little ‘retro-posts’ as I go along.  I’ll date them as best as I can remember.  :)

    It’s the start of my second year here in Merida, Mexico.  I still haven’t quite figured out who I am here.  In Ohio, it was easy.  I had my little niche.  People knew me as someone.  But starting in a new town with a new identity of sorts has been more difficult than I expected.  Thankfully I enjoy a challenge.  And a challenge is exactly what my life in Mexico has been.  

    Living in the house that I do, with the roommates that I have … learning Spanish has been a struggle.  Embarrassingly so.  My Spanish is still weak at best, and I’m always the one left asking “what did he say?  What did she say?”   I feel incredibly vulnerable (and somewhat dumb) when I don’t catch onto things quickly, so I tend to back away from people rather than admit my weakness and accept help … so that just means I don’t learn any more Spanish.  It’s dumb of me really and I’m working on changing that mindset.  I need to be open to help… open to looking like an idiot in front of others … because not caring about sounding goofy is the only thing that’s going to speed my learning.    It’s my goal to talk to someone in Spanish everyday.  Be it at the store, at rehearsal, at a concert, on the street, what-have-you.  I’m DETERMINED not to be the girl that has lived here 2 years and still doesn’t know Spanish. 

    We finished our first week of rehearsals this week, and had our first two concerts of the season this weekend.  It was an opera gala with two winners of the Opera Prima TV show from Mexico.  From what I gather, this is American Idol for Mexico Opera stars.  Fancy!   Anyway … it was a lovely evening of music.  The young Tenor literally blew us away at the first rehearsal, bringing a percentage of the orchestra to tears (including myself) with his rendition of “Recondita armonia” from Puccini’s opera, Tosca.  The following link is an older recording of Luciano Pavarotti performing the aria.  Our young Tenor (who is 23) did a much .. gentler version.  If I get a chance, I’ll post some of it if I can.  He broke all of our hearts that day.  

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbE4PYyJKKE&feature=fvsr

    Italian:

    Dammi i colori…

    Recondita armonia di bellezze diverse!
    È bruna Floria, l’ardente amante mia.
    E te, beltade ignota, cinta di chiome bionde,
    Tu azzurro hai l’occhio,
    Tosca ha l’occhio nero!

    L’arte nel suo mistero,
    le diverse bellezze insiem confonde…
    Ma nel ritrar costei,
    Il mio solo pensiero,
    Il mio sol pensier sei tu,
    Tosca, sei tu!

    Translation in English:

    Pass me the colors…

    Concealed harmony of contrasting beauties!
    Floria, my ardent lover, is dark haired.
    And you, unknown beauty, crowned with blond hair,
    You have blue eyes,
    Tosca has black eyes!

    Art, in its mysterious way,
    blends the contrasting beauties together…
    But while I’m painting her,
    My only thought,
    My only thought is of you,
    Tosca, it is of you!

  10. 12
    Sep
    Dinner!    ~    (Pulpo .. aka … octopus) 

    Dinner!    ~    (Pulpo .. aka … octopus) 

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Just a Cleveland girl who got a chance . . . and now plays in an orchestra in Merida, Mexico. Often people confuse the name of the town with my own name. I stick out like Blondezilla. This is my adventure . . .
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