kis•met \ˈkiz-ˌmet, -mət\ - noun; often capitalized

1. fate.


just two words for you: pure magic

As I walked to my seat tonight, each venue worker held a sign that read: "Photography and video recording is not permitted during concerts." Naturally, I ignored every one of them.

amazing. gorgeous. funny. beautiful. talented. phenomenal. there aren't enough words to describe the levels of awesomeness that she reached in tonight's performance. i can't even. she was adorable. i love her. the end. just to give you an idea of what i'm talking about, here are a few of the songs she sang: "don't rain on my parade," "love for sale," "funny girl," "defying gravity".
you get the picture.

she was all kinds of amazing and enchanting. absolutely breathtaking.
also loved that she performed barefoot. love love love.
and now i'm done.


helplessness blues

"If I know only one thing
it's that everything that I see
of the world outside is so inconceivable
often, I barely can speak."

worlds collide

of course chloe decides to wait until my husband isn't here to throw up on the rug and subsequently cough up a hairball, leaving me as the sole cleaner of the mess she left in her wake. thankfully she's now chasing a bug around the house. i think it may actually be a real one this time. (but that's a story for another day). somewhat gross evening aside, my night got twenty percent better when i realized this:

 pictures via

that's right, folks. lauren graham was on the marriage ref tonight, when i realized that she is lorelai gilmore in real life. could life be any more perfect? no. i think not.


vive le tour

all pictures via tour all access

the 2011 tour was everything i anticipated it would be. suspense. heartache. victory. huzzahs. congratulations to mark cavendish for the phenomenal stage win today. congratulations to the schleck brothers for their courageous efforts that got them to the podium. and a most heartfelt congratulations to cadel evans for a well-deserved win. you rode beautifully. to phil and paul: it's been a pleasure listening to you every day. until next year, boys. my highest respects to every single rider who finished the race, and for those who had to bow out early. i admire you all. can hardly wait until next year.



it was all kinds of amazing. really.
as their spellbinding harmonies floated along the cool mountain breeze, i was enchanted.


new space

Welcome to my new little corner of the world.


I love this language.

As per Sum's request for more signing stories, here's more stuff about ASL.

American Sign Language and Deaf Culture FAQs

1. Isn't ASL just signed English?
No. ASL is its own language. It has its own grammar structure that is completely different from spoken English. There is something called Sign Exact English (SEE) that uses a different set of signs and maintains English grammar. ASL is completely different.

2. Don't all Deaf people sign/read lips/etc?
Not necessarily. Whether or not a Deaf person signs depends on how they were raised, and how language was taught to them. If taught through Oral ideology, they will most likely read lips and not sign. If taught through signing, they will obviously sign, and may or may not read lips based on individual speech therapy experience.

3. Why is Deaf capitalized?
It can also be written lower case. When capitalized, it refers to Deaf people who are an integral part of Deaf Culture. When lower case, it refers to people who cannot hear, but are not an active part of Deaf Culture.

4. What is the best way to learn ASL?
Take a class, if available. Learn from someone who knows it. Make friends with Deaf people. They will be your greatest source of learning conversational skills.

5. Is ASL universal?
No, it's not. American Sign Language (ASL) is used primarily in the United States and Canada. Every other country has its own sign language. e.g. French Sign Language (FSL), British Sign Language (BSL), Russian Sign Language (RSL) etc. BSL is actually completely different from ASL, although the spoken language is the same. Go to France speaking ASL, and Deaf French people will not understand you.

6. What is Deaf culture like?
It is a very complex, interesting culture comprising all deaf individuals who actively seek it out. It is strongly based in social ties, as most Deaf people did not live near other Deaf people, and long distance communication between Deaf people was much more difficult before the advent of modern technology. If you are hearing, you can never completely be integrated into Deaf culture. You can be associated with it, but only those who cannot hear are truly a part of it. It is much more involved than that brief description. I can recommend good books about it if you want to learn more.

7. When using ASL, how do you communicate sarcasm or emotions that normally come through with tone of voice?
Your tone of voice has to come through facial expressions and body language. It also depends on how you sign a certain sign/phrase. You can sign it sarcastically - mostly by indicating with your face and body language that you're joking. It is an extremely expressive language.

8. How did you learn ASL?
I learned it at college. I took classes for a few years, worked and studied really hard, and made friends with the Deaf people at my school. I was also a member of my school's ASL Club, and also occasionally attended a local Deaf branch of my church. Spending time talking to my Deaf friends was really influential in my ASL education; that's where I learned how to have conversations.

9. Is ASL difficult to learn?
It is as difficult to learn as any other foreign language. It all depends on your aptitude for remembering vocabulary and the associated signs, but mostly depends on how much time and effort you are willing to exert to learn the language and the culture. Learning about Deaf culture is just as important to learning the language as the vocabulary because it is such an integral part of the language.

10. What do you love about ASL?
I love the beauty of the language. It is so expressive, and can get across points that spoken language cannot - almost like music in that way. You can talk across crowded rooms, quiet rooms. Mostly, I love it because it's fun to learn, and it's a wonderful way to learn more about a fascinating culture and people.


just a day in the life of le tour

170 kilometers traveled
nearly an eleven percent gradient on one of the climbs
a rider riding into a car park on the descent to avoid crashing
ten minutes later, the yellow jersey goes into the same car park
crashes going around corners
a bike stuck in the underbrush
commentators saying things like "he's a crack descender"
(love you phil&paul)
the spectators lining the roads
and as dear bobke would say:
"It'll be a virtual schmegelfest of subhumanoids. That is just another way of saying the fans are going crazy. Fans get a little carried away on the mountainsides."
and the fans on today's mountainsides did not disappoint



a new addition:

Meet Stella!
(named after Stella Kowalski, of course)
She's an 11 week-old half Siamese half Ragdoll kitten.
We lover her. (And so does Chloe).


Attention! (again)

This is what my fridge looks like right now:

And this makes me extremely happy.



Attention! Attention, everyone!

We found a store in Utah that sells Cheerwine. I might die from happiness. Only problem is, the store is about twenty minutes away, and it closes in fifteen. It opens at ten tomorrow morning. We're leaving at nine thirty. We may or may not buy up all the Cheerwine in the store.

What is Cheerwine, you may ask?
Click here.

the boy who lived

maybe tonight we went to a harry potter party.
in E's backyard.
and maybe it was magical.



Goodbye, Charlie.

If you saw my Facebook status two days ago, you knew that Charlie was sick. Well, the worst turned out to be true. She had Feline Infectious Peritonitis, a fatal cat disease. There is no cure, and it's contagious among cats. The vet thinks she probably contracted it at the shelter before she got the vaccination for it, as the disease usually takes a while to manifest itself. The best course of action was to put her down so she wouldn't have to suffer anymore, and so Chloe wasn't exposed to it any longer. She was the sweetest, and we miss her. A lot. My only consolation at the moment is that she spent the last few months of her life living happily in a comfortable home instead of the cage she was living in when we got her from the shelter.

she cuddled with us all night and this morning until it was time to go to the vet. 
such a sweetheart.


a favorite moment:

Angel - Alone at last.
Collins - He'll be back - I guarantee.
Angel - I've been hearing violins all night.
Collins - Anything to do with me? Are we a thing?
Angel - Darling - we're everything.


bikes. lots of bikes.

Perhaps I've been slightly MIA for the past few days. I've just been so caught up watching Le Tour. It's fantastic, phenomenal, and altogether a joy to watch. Just take a look at these pictures.

 all photos via Tour de France All-Access on

one - riding through the beautiful countryside
two - spectators. yes, the Tour has the best of all.
three - moo cows are adorable. end of.
four - pure magic. brittany welcomes the Tour with balloons.

vive le tour!



Spencer bought me three books this week from a little bookstore in Tampa that sells old, rare, out of print books, etc. One of those books is The Complete Concordance of Shakespeare by John Bartlett. (+20 points to Gryffindor if you already know what it is). Ever want to know where all of Shakespeare's references to cheese are? This is the book you need. Bartlett's Concordance contains every reference from the Bard's plays that exist. Just look up a word to find all of the references of that word in Shakespeare's works. It's a pretty impressive thing that someone took all of the time to compile something like this. He must have really loved Shakespeare. And, having a little soft spot (and my own pet name) for Shakie myself, this is the perfect item to add to my collection. (Here comes the fun part.) The book is really old. The publication date inside is 1894 with no previous editions listed. After a bit of research, I discovered that the Concordance was, in fact, originally published in 1894. Looks like we might have a first edition on our hands. Even if it's not, it's still an amazing text. Feel free to call me a book nerd now. It's okay. I've already accepted it.

beautiful book, no?