New Tunes

So it was a long haul, but all my darn final papers  + dissertation proposal are turned in. March 21st here we come (that’s when I’ll really be done)! It’s tedious to sit in front of the computer for so long…but it does help to make new music discoveries.

I’m a little (or maybe a lot) obsessed with Lou Doillon. Her album Places came out last June, but I hadn’t heard it until these past few weeks. And now I’ve listened to it over and over (probably over fifty times in the last week alone).

I find her story-telling songs a sort of paradox, because they are chill, but also upbeat. The lyrics relatable, both deep and light hearted. It’s just all fun and complex. See I’m totally contradicting myself. But you can listen for yourself, as I highly recommend you check her out if you haven’t already. More info on Lou here and here.

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I’m in the murky depths of final paper writing, which means I’m generally MIA and steadily approaching burnout. Only one week left!

While I’m a little stingey today with words, here’s some stuff that sparked my interest this week.

LINKS!

a new site for beauty shiznit

be nice to yourself!

two hours of classic 80’s love song’s (a SUPER mix if you’re into a bunch of awesome 80’s music. Includes, but not limited to: power ballads, Whitney, Celine, and Sinead, INXS…and a little bit of Phil)

A happiness parable (and my current approach to writing )

Some (slightly creepy) insight into the love life of Napoleon

Fact or Fiction in North Korea

New risqué film by Lars Von Trier  Warning: NSFW!

Little things forgotten

I know, I know! It’s been AGES! I’ve composed many blog posts in this noggin of mine over the past 15 months, but none of them ever materialized here. The “My Blog” icon in my bookmark bar was guiltily avoided until I almost deleted it altogether. I thought maybe I was giving it up. But I’m glad I didn’t…

Today I woke up frustrated. To be totally honest, this feeling has been pestering me for a while now. Why, you may ask? (I know I did.) There is nothing bad happening in my life.  And aren’t I following my dreams? I’m on the cusp of finishing my L.L.M. I’ve a lovely new apartment with my Ruby dog and the man I love. I have amazing friends and family. Etc, etc. Of course, these things are not a recipe for life without frustration, but, nevertheless, for someone who spends as much time reading and writing about the tragedies and hardships of other people’s lives as I do, I know how GOOD I have it. 

In an effort to make myself feel better, I listened to some melancholy songs. I read some silly articles. I stared at my computer screen like it was a Monday. Then, I opened a word document and started writing.  And I realized that I had not written anything for myself in a long time. 

It’s ironic, really, because I have spent this whole year focused on doing things for myself. It’s over 10 years since I first started thinking about moving to Europe and going to school here, and I finally did it. However, putting yourself first and following through on dreams doesn’t always mean it’s smooth sailing. It’s actually been a long road to today. As things have begun to fall into place and ambitions are realized, my emotions relating to it all have been a bit lagging. It’s hard to be away from the friends and family I’ve grown up with, even though the people in my daily life in Belgium are amazing as well. It’s difficult for me to not be able to talk to my dad about all the changes, and I sometimes wonder what he would think about my decisions. It’s all a little bittersweet right now, and I think I’ve been beating myself a bit up for feeling this way. Finally, it’s just realizing that sometimes when I decide to do something, I just dive right in and then deal with the consequences (good and bad) later, which ends up with me not always remembering to do the little things that keep me happy and sane on a daily basis. 

Phew! SO! It’s New Year’s Eve! And it’s a little bit clichéd of course, but there’s no time like the present to get a fresh perspective. To do the little things that I always enjoy no matter where in the world I am. And to not just ride the wave of excitement of something new, but to live a little more mindfully and appreciate the new and the old together, with less frustration hopefully!  

That means I’m saying au revoir 2013. Bonjour 2014! Popping some champagne! And I’m back here on this blog, with my little antidotes, opinions, musings, pictures, songs, sometimes being cheesy, etc…

Happy New Year from Brussels!!!! 

ImageA festive Grand Place

ImagePlaisirs d’Hiver at St. Catherine, Brussels

Flemish Tales: “Time and Somebody Else”

“Time and Somebody Else”

I sat at a sidewalk cafe. When I walked up a woman was sitting at a table, staring at her iPhone and crying.  She wore a black dress and black leather boots that came just below the knee. (Not that this held an significance to what came next).

I sat at a table next to her but on the other side of the doorway. I ordered a large Leffe Blonde. My favorite beer.  (Not that this has any significance either).

I kept peeking at her out of the corner of my eye and pretended to be looking at something at my phone, even though I didn’t get any wifi.

After I had drunk half my beer, the teary woman, abruptly and loudly, called to the waitress standing inside the bar, “Excuse Me!”

It sounded urgent.

The waitress came.  The teary woman asked her for a place to buy clothes that were “for a woman”.  The waitress told her where to go.  The teary woman said that she was a tourist. That she liked the cafe, and was just in Brussels for one day before she would return to Moscow. She said that she was very upset because her boyfriend had just broken up with her. That although she had her dignity and a little bit of money there would be no one else like him in the world.

The waitress said not to think like that. That it would only cause anger.

The waitress said the only thing that will help is time.  Time and somebody else.

Greetings from Brussels!

To say it’s been a little quiet around here (this blog) is an understatement.

But I’m back because I’ve had requests for posts (yay!), and because I’m international again (yay-times-a-mil!).

This time I’m hunkered down in Brussels, Belgium for three months. I have an externship with Human Rights Without Frontiers International.  I’ll post more about what the position entails after I complete my first few days of work this week. I looking forward to starting on Wednesday.

I do plan on doing some traveling while I’m in Europe, but, in addition to the work I’ll be doing, I’m also pretty excited to have a city to get to know.  So, it’s not going to be quite the same as it was before when I went full wanderlust, but that doesn’t mean it’ll be any less…well, anything (enter your own adj. here).

Here’s the scoop so far: I arrived in Brussels late in the day on Saturday. Since I’ve had a few days to myself before I start work, I’ve taken the opportunity to unpack, chill out, drink my favorite belgian beer, get aquainted with my neighborhood, and play tourist. Here are a few highlights. *Notes below.

Grand Place*

Manneken Pis*

Manneken Pis – Close-up

Galeries St Hubert*

Street Scene

Vintage Dress I Bought*

Notes:

Grand Place: is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and said to be one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. Built as a merchants market in the 13th century, it serves as the city center and a great place to enjoy Belgian hospitality at one of the many terrace cafes. It is also a venue for many concerts & events throughout the year and during the warmer months has a vibrant, daily flower market.**

Manneken Pis: a famous statue of a little boy peeing in a fountain is a perfect representative of the irreverent Belgian humor. The unique Brussels icon has been amusing visitors since 1619. Over time it has become a tradition for visiting heads of state to donate miniature versions of their national costume for the little naked boy. The wardrobe of Mannekin Pis can be seen at the Brussels museum and includes over 760 outfits – even an authentic Elvis jumpsuit.**

Galeries St Hubert: is a gorgeous, glass roofed arcade in the center of town, lined with cafes, theaters and luxury stores has the distinction of being the first shopping arcade in Europe. Built in 1847 and recently renovated.**

Vintage Dress I Bought: at Burlesque Vintage Store when I was exploring the seemingly touristy area around Grand Place. The musty-ish vintage smell that makes vintage/second hand shopping so fun and the awesome shoes in the window drew me in.  Much to my pleasant surprise, the first clothing rack I flipped through held this little gem. Besides the sleeves being a little tighter than I’d prefer, it fits beautifully.  I met Lawrence, owner and DJ! He invited me to a club he’s spinning 50’s and 60’s music at Saturday night. We shall see…

**The above descriptions of Grand Place, Manneken Pis and Galeries St Hubert are copied and edited from this website.

Ruby wants her DogTV

Last semester, my first semester of law school, I went through a period of being racked with guilt about leaving my dog, Ruby, home alone all day.

It’s not like she leads a hard life. I mean, she has food, water, and toys.  She is allowed to go pretty much anywhere, and lay on whatever she wants because she’s the best dog in the world and doesn’t destroy anything, and she is 99% house trained (the 1% is when she has the infrequent accident, or decides she needs to mark where another dog has been). Oh, and she has a balcony to go out on if she chooses, but she doesn’t – she’s too scared for some reason.

{Ruby*}

So, to try to mitigate the stress this was causing me, I got one of my friends who works nearby to come and walk her on his lunch break 2-3 times a week.  And my mom suggested I leave Animal Planet on for her while I’m out of the apt. So I did! This was a huge improvement in our both our lives. I stopped feeling so guilty, and Ruby gets more stimulation and exercise during the day.

However, I did think leaving Animal Planet on was mostly for my benefit, but then one day I got a text around lunch from my friend and dog walker saying, “Ruby didn’t hear me come in today because she was sitting on the couch watching animal planet!”

I almost died! So cute!

Well, now…I want to go home this minute, because I just found out there is DOGTV! We are going to be checking this out immediately! 🙂

There’s relaxation:

And simulation:

P.S. I realize this might not be for every dog, but for a sophisticated lady like Ruby, it’s right up her alley.

*Photo’s by my cousin, Darby O’Neill.

Happy Anniversary to Meeeeee!

Today is a special day for two reasons…

First, it’s my half-birthday! Whoo!


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Second, it’s the one year anniversary of Depth in a Shot Glass!

And I’m still here!  Not posting as much as I would like, or as many times as I feel I have something to share. But I have really enjoyed the blogging experience in a way I thought I wouldn’t before I did it.

I wanted to do something special to do for my half-birthday/anniversary. I’ve decided to post a medley of some of my favorite things; some that I’ve  posted about before, and that I have wanted to post about but never got around to, and some things that I just like!

Favorite Song of 2011 (which I first posted about here)

Favorite (First Season) Portlandia Clip*
*Note: Sexual content

Favorite Cocktail in SF
Uptown Manhattan at Absinthe in Hayes Valley

Favorite Movie that makes me miss Europe…a lot

I also really enjoy the soundtrack as well.

Favorite Movie that reminds me of why I am in law school

Favorite Inspiration Ted Talk (Props to Courtney for turning me on to this) It’s what I am trying to feel more comfortable with in my life.

That’s all for today. But stay tuned…

Year 2 of Depth in a Shot Glass comin’ up!