Mack The Knife

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It’s been awhile. Work, life, more work all kept me away too long.

I googled peonies (because I have a lovely bunch on my counter right now) and found this picture of Martha Stewart and it felt right. So here she is.

Apparently, a pregnant great white shark is making its way to NYC. As soon as I read that headline I started humming that old ditty about Mack. What started out as a harmless little hum turned into a Wikipedia rampage. Did you know Mack the Knife, aka Die Moritat von Mackie Messer, is a song composed by Kurt Weill with lyrics by Bertolt Brecht for their music drama Die Dreigroschenoper? What?!?!

The older I get the more I realize I don’t know anything. This is true about pretty much EVERYTHING, except about myself. The one thing I can really check in with and get on the same page on is myself. I don’t always like myself a lot of the time, let alone love myself. But at the end of the day, I’m kinda all I’ve got. Even if knowing myself means knowing that everything I know right now I might not even begin to really know tomorrow. Sigh. Getting older just makes you see how much more there is to learn. It’s exhilarating and scary – probably why that fear of death starts to kick in.

One thing I doubt we’ll ever TRULY know is what foods will actually make you live longer. That being said, I’ll happily believe this study that found coffee is really good for you.

I stumbled across this article trying to answer my own questions about acupuncture. I love acupuncture and have had some amazingly good sessions lately.

Still trying to find a good wedding guest dress. Found this delightful little store. Mostly I just want to lounge like this at a wedding.

This man LOVES his chihuahua. I totally get it, dude.

Alright, time to put the internet to bed and get (much-needed) sleep.

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Sundaze

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Sigh. The weekend is never long enough. Why don’t we always have 3-day weekends again?

It’s tulip season! The pic above is of a tulip field. It looks like a painting. I bought a dozen red tulips today. They practically opened up the minute I got them into the apartment. Nature is insane.

Um. I watched a lot of movies this weekend. Top Netflix picks:

Weekend – a gorgeous love story. This film truly depicts what it is like to fall hard & fast for someone.

The Central Park Five – a tragic, but very important movie. This film is incredibly relevant today. It is a lesson I sometimes forget – always question the story you are told. Just because “the authorities” say it’s truth, you shouldn’t settle until you have reviewed the information for yourself.

This is a fascinating look at how couples interpret arguments. Been there.

Vintage Avengers plotlines? Yes, please!

San Francisco has a dog mayor, named Frida?!! I only know this because of this story about Virgin America’s Operation Chihuahua program. Not because I go around googling “dog mayors”…

Lonni Sue Johnson’s story in the New Yorker is heartbreaking – but also an inspiration.

Now back to enjoying the remaining hours of the weekend!

Rainy Weekend Distractions

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We just saw Vertigo on the big screen. Seemed like a good rainy-day thing to do.

Gotta say – Hitchcock was such a master of image and mood that it’s easy to forget how horribly written some of his movies are. I love me some Jimmy Stewart, but even I had a hard time swallowing some of his lines.

This interview with Kim Novak is great – what a bad ass. On her husband:

“When Bob and I were dating, I had one llama, and whenever we’d walk around [the llama would] come and walk between us,” she says, her voice retaining its unmistakable husky tones. “So Bob said, ‘You’ve got to get rid of that thing!’ And I told him, ‘You’re bringing two kids into the relationship. I get to bring one llama.’ So he said, ‘All right, then we better get another one.’”

My other weekend wanderings include:

Art World canine blogger? YES PLEASE! 

As an Irish-American, I should know so much more about The Troubles. After reading this article, I cannot read enough about it: Where The Bodies Are Buried

Obsessing over this brilliant American Bison Sculpture. Somebody lend me $23k to buy this on Etsy!

Addressing sexual harassment in the theater – about time.

This is so gossipy – but I cannot look away: Was Picasso a Scientologist?

To be a ballerina. Sigh. I love this story. 

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TGIFF (Thank God It’s F*cking Friday)

Whew! Another week bites the dust!

(BTW – google “TGIF Chihuahua”… Just do it.)

A (pretty good Gauguin) painting sold for $300 MILLION?!?!? What the heck is going on?

Werner Herzog on his new film: “I should have done films about female characters from much, much earlier on. I’m glad that it happened, and I shall continue.” YES.

This nails office flirting – it’s never smooth, guys.

 

Trouble Pups

My dog is what most people would consider a “problem dog”. He was seriously abused and came to us from a rescue group that saved him from animal shelter “death row”. We didn’t really understand his issues – we just thought he was handsome. Turns out he is anxious, he’ll bite if people reach for his face too quick, and he’s pretty rude.

We’re working on it.

I dreamed of having a pup FOREVER. In my dreams, my dog was a cutie who got along with everyone. Brooklyn’s most popular dog. I didn’t want a problem dog. But then Ricky found us.

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He is crazy. He is a Chihuahua. But worth it. People always say that if the work isn’t hard the reward isn’t worth it. I never really felt this way about actual work, but I do feel that way about this dog.  He is so afraid of the world, but he feels safe with us. It’s taken some time, but now I get home from work and all he wants is to lick my face. At night, we turn off the lights and he snuggles up into me. And that makes all the work worth it.

I guess I am capable of more love than I ever though possible. Even for a crazy little pooch.

I’m In Bed… It’s 5pm.

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“Working” from home today – one of the perks of working at a tech start-up.  One of the perks of working from home – I can look at stuff on the internets all day! Here’s the round-up:

A new Michael Fassbender movie? Yes please!

This dog loooooves ice cream. My dad used to buy ice cream cones for our dogs. I thought it was a totally normal thing to do for the longest time…

Thurston Moore you are bringing me down.

This is totally shameless celeb-worshipping, but I can’t look away!

Monocles are back?

Okay. Back to “work”.