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

1. fate.


I thought about him today.

sammy as a kitten :: on the porch
in the front yard :: sammy and his best friend, rhubarb

This is my cat Sammy. I got him when I was four years old. We grew up together, me and him. He died on the last Leap Day four years ago while I was at school, and I was heartbroken that I didn't get to say goodbye. The pictures of us together are some of the last times I saw him over the Christmas break right before he died. Silly thing had to pick Leap Day, so now I can only really commemorate his death every four years. Maybe it was his way of making sure I didn't have a pity party every single year. Good cat. 


the anniversary of the day of my birth

the sign on my parents' chalkboard :: dad :: me and mom :: balloons
me and the hubs :: presents :: grandmama and grandaddy :: me and dad
yellow tulips :: little (read: younger) brother :: polka dot cake :: mom
me and ballons :: rubix cube :: story telling :: me and my brother

i guess i'm one year older and wiser too. my birthday was lovely and full of all that's important. that being family. don't get me wrong, the cake and presents and flowers were good too. but all i wanted was a family party with a homemade dinner. 
mom's dinner for the win. huzzah.


pretty much

I'm going to keep crossing all of my fingers and toes hoping that she's lying when she says that her new book has nothing to do with Harry.


there's something very wrong here.

Is it just me, or does anyone else want to get some matches and gasoline and torch this whole section? Pardon me. Sections. Why Teen Paranormal Romance warrants two whole sections, I'll never know. I'm sure it would make for some very nice kindling. If you're looking for me in a bookstore, you'll find me around the shelves of literary fiction or poetry, usually hovering somewhere between M and T.


"Sigmund Freud had two white tigers. One of them attacked him."

Just one of the many gems from this tumblr that increasingly makes me lose all faith in the future of our society. And then a personal favorite: "Mary Antwinet is famous for saying “let the meat cake.” She was a leader of the French revelation. She was very popular and fashionable until she died from guilty."

I don't want to believe that this is real, but that nagging feeling tells me it is.


in the wee hours of the morning

perfect start to my day yesterday:
early morning temple going, then
out for brunch with the parents.  


hallows + horcruxes

"Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on Earth should that mean that it is not real?"
professor dumbledore | the deathly hallows

So even though it was in my head, my dreams last night involving running through the corridors of Hogwarts searching for horcruxes could turn out to be real, right? Right? Maybe if I wish hard enough, that Hogwarts acceptance letter will finally come.



image via pinterest

Last night, at Wal-Mart, the sign's lights were out in such a way that the sign only lit up the word 'art'. Something intriguing about it. Something sad and beautiful too. Like it was trying so hard to be something it's not. Something that it never will be. Life imitating art. Or is it art imitating life? Trying so hard to be something better than it is. We are painting the canvases of our lives. You. Me. Us. We. Becoming better. And that's something to celebrate.


why don't we go somewhere only we know?

There was something beautiful about the way the cars drove around the curve. In perfect synchronicity and one fluid motion, they moved. Moved like the waves crashing onto the beach - persistently moving forward, only to be pulled back from that motion by some force greater than themselves. Repeat...repeat...


will you join in our crusade?

Les Miserables the movie comes out later this year. You can imagine my excitement, and then subsequent dismay; no, that's not strong enough a word. Dread. Yes, that's it, dread when I heard that Taylor Swift was going to be portraying Eponine. That one stopped me in my tracks. T. Swift as Eponine? Nowaynowaynoway. Now, I enjoy T. Swift's teeny-bopper heartsick you did me wrong now I'm going to write a song about you country as much as the next person, but there's no possible way she could pull off Eponine. The raw emotion and power that has to come from that character would be lost. Gone. Nonexistent. It would be utterly ruined.

Watch this. Commit her vocal abilities to memory.

Now imagine her trying to sing this as well and with as much emotion as the girl below.

Doesn't exactly work out, right? That's why I was beyond thrilled to find out that the girl from the bottom video, Samantha Barks, will be Eponine in the movie version. I literally jumped out of my chair and did a fist pump at the news. I can look forward to this movie now. Thank you to whomever figured out that T. Swift was actually a bad choice, and decided to hire Samantha Barks. Really. Best idea ever. I hope you get promoted. From the legions of Les Mis fans who were once dreading the movie, we thank you. A million times over.



Yesterday I got a new (read: new to me) adorable little dark blue Honda CR-V. The couple we bought it from had every single piece of paperwork from every service the car has ever had. Extremely thorough. And a midst the stack of paperwork was a newspaper clipping from an article by Click & Clack, so it was a win in my book. Knowing who Click and Clack are and telling me you love them is one way to become instant friends with me. Really. They're the best.

My acquisition of this new car meant that I had to clean out my truck so my little brother can learn to drive on it. The thought of my baby brother behind the wheel  (panic.) and out on the roads (trying to breathe.) was more heart stopping than anything I found behind the seats of the truck. But among the more interesting finds were several cardigans that I had long ago written off as lost forever, three pairs of shoes, a wireless internet router, and a Playboy umbrella. I remember that umbrella from my days living at the Plaza, and someone (Liz, maybe?) had that umbrella, but how it ended up in my truck, I'm not sure. Roommates, if you have any inclination to why we thought the best place to store that umbrella was my truck, please tell.


Tolstoy's got it right.

"Nothing is so necessary for a young man as the company of intelligent women." 
Leo Tolstoy | War and Peace

It's a beautiful world we live in, that copies of War and Peace this pretty and color coordinated exist.


caught up in a southern summer barefoot blue jean night

Although it's not quite Summer yet, it was definitely a barefoot blue jean night.

Just one of the many perks of living in South Carolina.



A little post over at my friend Grace's blog reminded me of a time, years ago, 
when I lived in North Carolina for a summer.

Yes, the summer of 2006 I lived in the foothills of North Carolina in a little town called Brevard. I spent six weeks at the Brevard Music Center having the best musical summer that's ever happened. It was ideal. Music everywhere. All the time. That may or may not have been directly related to the fact that the only place air conditioning existed on the campus was in the practice rooms. Incentive much? Aside from that, it was a magical place of the first order. Really. For a week and a half leading up to the opera company's performance of The Sound of Music, I would wake up each morning to the resounding ending chords of the reprise of "Climb Evry Mountain" floating in through the trees with the glittering morning sun.

Each morning we were awoken by a trumpeter playing "Reville" and we were sent to bed each night with an equally as talented trumpeter's performance of "Taps". It was lovely; mostly because it was slightly mysterious, as the trumpeter was always stationed far enough away by the lake that the sounds wafted in with the cooler night air. You never really knew where it was coming from. And then one morning, it was different.

One morning, as we slept peacefully in our cabins on the hill, the low brass got themselves together a little choir of about three tubas, four or five trombones, and four or five euphoniums. They planted themselves right outside of our front porch at 6:00 am, and played Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" with all the gusto and volume they could muster. I don't know if you've ever been startled awake by a full low brass choir playing at fortissimo, but they could have been playing Debussy, and I still would have almost fallen out of my bed. Moral of the story: don't sleep where there are enough brass players to conspire against your slumber.