Archive | February, 2012

Leap Year Writing Manifesto and the Influence of Richard Armitage

29 Feb

Time has once again snuck up on us, how can four years have gone by so fast? The calendar would not work properly without the adjustment of an additional day every four years.  What can we say about our own internal calendars working according to a schedule that we implement as far back as our childhood?  The babies who take their first steps early, the ones who decide to speak before they are expected, the ones who want so badly to join their siblings at the table, thus sparking an appetite for French fries, are they all going to be better or worse off based on their endeavors?

I sit, wonder, and look back at the last four years.  Is it true that our paths are laid out before us or do we adjust our future according to what prevails to take root in our daily lives?  Can the fork in the road really be an option for the human race, can the road less traveled, the path not chosen, change what was set out for us, or are we just inevitably trudging along while fate or destiny drags us toward the inescapable?

The truth in these questions may actually be more frightening then the questions themselves.  I choose to think it does not matter whether we are the masters of our destinies or whether we have always been propelled on a path without choice.  The reality of the questions of our life path comes down to the facts; we must still prevail to wake up day after day and make the best of what we have been given, regardless of whether we have choices or not, we must believe we can create our own destiny and be awarded with fate’s wonderful surprises along the way.

As I looked back at the last four years, I noticed my new obsession with the BBC.  It angers me that the cable company does not seem to think that these channels should be part of the regular broadcast lineup, making someone like me, someone living in the United States, shell out additional monthly payments just to see the wonders of the network bestow its presence on my television set.

I have in the meantime discovered the marvels of Netflix, which has quite graciously allowed me to catch up on seasons of great BBC shows that I have missed.  Thus, my obsession led me to become enthralled in certain shows, such as MI-5, Robin Hood, The Graham Norton Show, and Sherlock, amongst others.  As I discovered these new shows and tried to catch up on past seasons, I also realized that I had missed watching a plethora of talented actors unknown in the States.

My biggest discovery seems to be the acting talents of Mr. Richard Armitage.

Of course, he has in the last several years made his way over to our shores as well.  He is now filming and will be staring in the most anticipated movie of the last few years, The Hobbit; his portrayal of Thorin Oakenshield has become something of a buzz on the internet.  As any decent film and TV buff, I waded deep into the waters of Armitage’s IMDb filmography and discovered countless hours of pleasant entertainment.  The swav demeanor, not to mention the smoothness of voice, drew me to his work like a moth to cashmere.  I delved even deeper into discovering his other talents and to my pleasure; I discovered numerous websites devoted to this English actor.

I was not at all surprised, that Mr. Armitage has such numerous fans.  I do think though that there must be a love/hate relationship with most actors and the abundant websites praising their very existence, but we can talk about that some other time.

Realizing that these sites are alive with fans waiting for anything that may pop up on the radar about their beloved muse, I set out on my project.  As you may have read in my previous post Becoming a Writer, I came up with a fun idea to push my writing procrastination once and for all into the depths of the nearest trash bin.  My plans came from scoping these great sites dedicated to Richard Armitage:

http://richardarmitageonline.com/

http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/

http://meandrichard.wordpress.com/

http://armitagefanblog.blogspot.com/

http://allthingsrarmitage.blogspot.com/

The plan also manifested from watching the show MI-5.  The character of Lucas North, played by Richard Armitage, gets a most unexpected and uncalled for demise at the end of the season 9.  I have to say that I was not the least bit encouraged by the writers, almost staying away from the final season lest they killed off my favorite character of Harry Pierce, played by the talented Peter Firth.

Alas I finished the series and was left a little uneasy about the future of Lucas North, being a conspiracy theorist at heart; I began to wonder whether North actually perished, as we never did get to see his face after he plummeted off a building to his death, just a quick image of arm tattoos.  Could Harry Pierce really stand by and watch his close friend, the man he felt responsible for, the man he struggled for eight years to free from a Russian prison collapse into destruction?  I do not believe so, the past is foggy but the future could be brought back into the light.

To all the Lucas North, Harry Pierce, MI-5, and Richard Armitage fans, I would like to suggest another chapter in this story.  A chapter that has captivated my imagination and prompted me to begin a thrilling, romantic, and intriguing fan fiction book based on the assumption that there is a question wanting to be answered, ‘What If Lucas North did not die, and Harry Pierce rescues him only to use him in his own governmental ploys’………..

So let the fun begin.

For any of my readers who have not yet seen the show MI-5 I suggest you get your hands on all the seasons as soon as possible; it really is a fantastically written and entertaining show.  For my readers who know exactly how I feel about the untimely demise of Lucas North, I am excited you will join me on the journey of writing.  The journey led me to find a reason to finish a project, getting it done from start to finish, so that I may believe that this is the only thing actually holding me back.

Maybe we can master our own destiny, but obviously, fate does have a little way of slipping in and offering suggestions for which path is the more likely one to be chosen.

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Post Oscar Hoopla

28 Feb

The 84th Academy Awards have come and gone.  Some of the winners were expected; others were a wonderful surprise.  Red carpet moments have been made and cemented into entertainment history.   I watched three hours of red carpet coverage, on three different channels, applauded and grimaced at some of the fashion choices,  and when I thought, I could not stand another man in an identical tuxedo; I was finally awarded the pleasure of watching a glamorous awards show, at least as compared to the disastrous previous year.

I have read the criticism, and I fully understand that Billy Crystal no longer has to worry about encountering his mid-life crises; he has been there, done that.  The countless blog, twitter and Facebook comments that proceeded to complain about the average age of the presenters, and the attendees made perturbed me just a little.  I have to say that when you hear the word hip, cool, and youthful over and over again, you begin to think that all the social commentators must be under the age of 25.  I say well done to Mr. Crystal, the ratings speak for themselves.  If you want hip and youthful watch the MTV music awards, thank goodness not everyone is like Justin Bieber.

The awards were entertaining.  I am still applauding the best actress win for Meryl Streep and significantly thinking, maybe I should look into these French men.  I had a grand time watching all the festivities, but as I look back at the evening, I realize it is not the outfits or the awards that made an impression it was the genuine show of love and affection that got my attention.

We go through life with high ambitions, hoping to create careers that are meaningful to us and maybe to others around us.  We save for the nice car, the nice house, the wonderful wardrobe and hopefully along the way we are loved and love someone in return.  It seems like such an insignificant gesture, one that sometimes goes unnoticed, overlooked and genially pushed aside.  I am not speaking of the fairy tale love story, but the real love we see every day.

The red carpet was full of stars who brought their parents or grandparents as their dates or just as a shoulder to lean on.  Jonah Hill brought his mom, who better to give the media dirty looks for calling her boy fat.  Brad Pitt escorted his parents down the red carpet, making them feel as if they were the stars, no matter the twitter twatter about the leg, Jolie only had eyes for her lover; gushing about his great manners.

The couples were out in full force.  Relationships we hope will last forever and others we know have a shelf life, here’s looking at you kid; Mr. George Clooney.  Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith looked very much in love while hitting the red carpet.  Jean Dujardin and his wife Alexandra Lamy nothing could really be better than the constant adoration they bestow on each other.  Christopher Plummer’s acceptance speech may have been the best of the night; his heartfelt thanks and praise of his wife actually made me tear up.  Meryl Streep brilliantly thanked her husband at the beginning of her speech.  She very graciously acknowledged he had given her everything that she most valued in the world.

Moments such as these make me realize that it doesn’t matter if you win awards or get to wear fabulous clothes while others stare at you in wonder, without someone to love, it just seems fruitless.  The love of a parent, child, sibling, friend or significant other is something that can never be replaced by fame and fortune.  I think of it as a wonderful gift that anyone, no matter their station in life, can attain.  The gift of love is available for most of us, if we slow down, look around and enjoy the moment.  We cannot all be like the rich and famous individuals we saw on Sunday at the Academy Awards, but maybe, just maybe they can be like us and be able to marvel in the one thing that, hopefully, all of us can experience one day, love.

 

Academy Awards 2012 Feast and a Little Obsession with Sautéing

25 Feb

I always enjoy eating a bit of everything during the Oscars.  Whether you are having a little get-together with family and friends, or it is just you and the pups, having good food is a great way to enjoy the awards show.

I think my favorite thing about this meal is the smell of onions sautéing in butter, a smell that brings back the very best memories of my childhood in Poland.   The smell conjures up a period of my life when time slowly melted away; the comforts of a childhood home that can never fade, the trivial daily routines of my mother or grandmother that gave me a sanctuary of stability, love and reassurance.

I am having just a few friends over and decided to combine a few fast and easy Polish dishes with a little Mediterranean flare.  If you are throwing a lavish party double or triple the recipes and always remember that presentation counts as much as the food, so let the fun begin.

A simple sausage can turn into am extravagant meal if you add the perfect sides; grilled potatoes, sautéed zucchini, grilled mushrooms, and a sauerkraut salad (surowka z kiszonej kapusty), trust me, it’s delicious.  For desert, an easy-peasy cheesecake with fresh strawberries.  I have a creamier, more intricate cheesecake recipe I will share in the future, but for this weekend who has time to bake when the Academy Awards are on.

Ingredients

Sausage -(2 sausages a guest) any kind will do, but make sure you are buying nitrite and nitrate free sausages.  Whole foods and Trader Joes has a grand assortment.  I have chosen a spinach, fontina and roasted garlic chicken sausage (all natural, raised with no antibiotics-Trader Joes)

1 bag Dutch yellow potatoes (or any small potatoes, that do not require peeling)

(I love You Trader Joe’s Dutch Yellow Potatoes, only $2.79 a bag)

4 carrots

(I always buy the organic small bunch from Whole Foods, they are very economical and no peeling necessary)

3 ½ onion (yellow or white)

5 zucchini

10-12 or 1 package baby bella mushrooms

10-12 Shitake mushrooms

1 Jar Sauerkraut (I recommend any Polish sauerkraut that you can get your hands on; I do believe it is the best.  However, for those of you that are not fortunate enough to have a global market in your town, any kind will do, although sauerkraut in a jar is much tastier than the stuff that comes in a bag!)

Olive oil

4 T butter

Salt and pepper

Ingredients for the Cheesecake

2 packages cream cheese

2 eggs

1/3 cup sugar

1 orange (for the zest)

1 Vanilla bean

Fresh strawberries

Go ahead and start on your cheesecake first.

Bring the cream cheese to room temperature

Zest your orange

Beat the cream cheese with 1/3 cup sugar (I am not a fan of overtly sweet desert, if that is what you enjoy add another ¼ cup of sugar), the vanilla bean, and the orange zest until the batter has a creamy consistency.

Beat in the eggs, one at a time until well blended

Butter your glass-baking dish and lightly coat with breadcrumbs or flour

Pour batter into a glass dish, I am not a fan of piecrust (it is usually made with hydrogenated oils (very bad for your health), unless you make your own, but in Poland, cheesecake is usually made without a crust.

Bake at 350°F for about 50 minutes or until center is almost set.

Wash and slice your strawberries, sprinkle with 1-2t sugar and mix well.  Garnish cheesecake or each individual slice or allow your guests to add their own strawberries.

The meal

Boil your sausages for about 15 minutes

Boil potatoes (stick a sharp knife into potatoes 15-20 after water starts to boil; you want the knife to slide in gently, do not over boil potatoes, or they will fall apart)

Melt 1 T butter, 1 T olive oil, sauté 1 onion  until lightly brown in a large skillet, slice potatoes leaving the skin on, throw onto skillet and lightly brown, sprinkling with salt and pepper to taste.

Sauté 1 finely chopped onion with 2 T butter and a drizzle of olive oil until lightly brown

Add chopped mushrooms, salt and pepper to taste (about 1 t each)

Sauté about 15-20 minimum until juicy and tender (adding ¼-cup red wine-optional)

Peel zucchini, slice, drizzle with olive oil, and sauté in skillet, adding 1t cayenne pepper and 1 t salt.  Make sure you do not sauté for more than 5 minutes; you do not want your zucchini to tender.

Finely chop 1 onion and sauté in 1T butter and 1T olive oil until lightly brown in a skillet, cut sausage into thin slices and toss into skillet, brown on both sides, about 10 minutes.

Place ½ of the contents of the sauerkraut into large bowl, grate 4 carrots and add to sauerkraut,  finely chop ½ onion and add to bowl, drizzle with 1T olive oil, sprinkle pepper about 1 t (don’t add salt), and mix will.

Walla, your meal is ready.  The secret word of the day seems to be sauté.  I just realized that there is a lot of chopping, sautéing and drizzling with this meal, but it is worth it.  Enjoy and do not forget to make sure you have a variety of drinks available for your guests: red or white wine, beer or even a variety of liquors that do not require mixing.

Script Writing, A Work of Art that Inspires

23 Feb

The pups, Lola and Misiu, want in on the action.

The day has lingered away.  Work has brought us through another countless cycle; minutes running away from us, the moment is gone.

Writing is sometimes exactly like that.  One second you have a brilliant thought, the words’ spring to your mind and everything makes sense.  However, the words never make it to paper, the moment passes, just like that; the words that do come out are no longer the ones you envisioned.

The ability to put words to paper, and then have a living, breathing soul bring life to the chaos that has been swirling around in your head is magnificent.  Writing is a work of art, no matter if it is the good kind or the bad.  The person doing the writing is the only one that can ever know what the words sounded like upon their conception.

Script writing is a work of art, a form of writing that continually makes me sing its praises.  Words put to paper and then brought to life; materializing on the big screen.  The finished product is awe inspiring, well most of the time.

The Original screenplay and the adapted screenplay are two of my favorite Oscar categories.  I find myself searching bookshelves or unfortunately, the cyber space of bookshelves, Amazon, shortly after the awards so that I can decide whether I agree with the adapted screenplay nominations and the winner.  Of course, it is just an excuse, so I can play the ‘to busy, I’m doing research’ trump card, while I really curl up in my favorite reading chair, light candles and pour myself a glass of wine.

The Writers Guild Awards, which always come before the Oscars, gave the prestigious award of Best Original Screenplay to Midnight in Paris.  The film comes to life through the expression of inner thoughts and desires. The realization that each of us possesses the ability to fathom a realistic world in our minds; a world that only we can understand is surprisingly therapeutic. I advise my readers, if you have not yet seen the film do so and do not forget to allow the unexpected to creep into your mind.

Best adapted screenplay was awarded to The Descendants.  Warranted, I am not sure how I feel about that, just yet.  I have not read the book, so I cannot say whether the adaptation was stellar.  I was not a huge fan of the film, but as always, I usually enjoy the literature much better anyway.  I will have to get back to you on this one, but I have to say that, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo screenplay by Steven Zaillian; based on the novel by Stieg Larsson was, in my opinion, a very convincing adaptation.  I say this despite having read and listened to all the critics out there, you know who you are.

Another year of original and adapted screenplays bring to my writing a much-needed influx of motivation, stimulation and a reawakened sense of creativity.

 Now back to work! 

Is Johah Hill the New Marisa Tomei and Meryl Streep Better Win 84th Academy Awards

21 Feb

The hype of the 84th Academy Award nominations have come and gone.  Some of the names were expected; some were a surprise, and some, well, left us asking, who exactly is on the Academy board?

The Jonah Hill nomination, and oh goodness possible win, reminds me of when Marisa Tomei was nominated for Best supporting actress for My Cousin Vinny in 1992 and then, lo and behold, won.  I will not say that either of the actors do not deserve recognition, they both did a swell job showing us that even dumb women know cars, and even really smart, geeky guys know baseball, well maybe.  We will just have to wait and see if this is Jonah Hill’s year, at least he looks good.

Please, oh please, do not even get me started on the Melissa McCarthy nomination.  The movie Bridesmaids, in my opinion, was horrible, a pathetic wish to be just like the boys.  How is it possible to me nominated for pooping in a sink?  I mean, just the very thought of this nomination makes me ill and unfortunately makes me lament the good old days of Golden Hollywood, when things were classy.  Just, another reason to love Midnight in Paris.

A shout-out to MTirado, thanks for being such a great post follower and asking the questions we all want to know.

Now what I really think would be awesome is Brad Pitt taking home the Best Actor for Moneyball.  What could be better than Mr. Kalifornia taking home the prestigious award?  Well at least it would give the folks at E! something to gush about.  I am already loathing the ‘Ryan Seacrest, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt interview’ on the red carpet (awkward anyone? It actually makes me cringe!)

Okay now for the Best Actress nominations.

I do love Michele Williams, and My Week with Marilyn was a great flick.  The film, truthfully, made me fall in love with Eddie Redmayne all over again; he was fantastic in Pillars of the Earth.  Therefore, it makes me wonder how much of an Oscar-winning performance Williams actually brought to the table if my main attraction was Redmayne.

All right I cannot lie; it is hard for me to focus on the other nominees (who are they??) because of my infatuation with Meryl Streep.  The woman is unstoppable.  Streep is sexy, deliciously seductive, mesmerizing and wonderfully charismatic.   Yes, I said sexy, in that ‘comfortable in your own skin-strong woman in command kind of way.’  I admit the fact that Meryl Streep learned Polish for her role in Sophia’s Choice started the obsession, but her wonderful, subsequent roles have kept me coming back for more, year after year.

Meryl Streep has been nominated 17 times and only 2 wins. 

 

 

The time has come for another win.  May it be the year of Meryl Streep.  I will be keeping my fingers crossed, if only for the fact that her acceptance speeches are always so animated.

Academy Awards 2012 Week

20 Feb

Movies give us an escape from the daily grind of life.  Movies allow us to dream big and imagine possibilities beyond our grasp.  Movies allow us to hope and sometimes open our hearts to endless possibilities and motivate us to become the individuals whom we have always hoped to become.

We have, once again, found ourselves just one week away from the Academy Awards, the 2012 Academy Awards to be exact.  Another year of wonderful and not so wonderful movies that have left us asking for more, begging for the horror to stop, finding emotions within ourselves which we thought were lost forever and laughing until we thought we would split in two.  Yes, I must say some of the movies of 2011 were beyond terrible, Season of the Witch, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn-part 1, and so many other  films that I would like not to mention.

The year did bring a plethora of good, great and inspiring films as well.  I enjoyed Limitless, not just because Bradley Cooper is lovely to look at (okay that as well), but because it made me actually think throughout the whole film.  I have to say that watching Midnight in Paris left me a little breathless, mostly because I wanted to jump on a plane, fly to Paris, and maybe, just maybe, rendezvous with some of the world’s finest  authors while dancing to some of the world’s finest music all while sipping champagne of course!  The film Contagion scared me whittless.  I actually found myself moving away from people that had even the slightest sign of sniffles.  There were certain Movies such as, Footloose, which should never have been made or remade, for that matter.  How can you even try to replace the original super-duper, awesome 1980’s flick with a movie starring a dancing with the star’s girl?

I was impressed with most of the films nominated for the 2012 Academy Awards.  The Artist was a breath of fresh air; Moneyball was the first time I actually enjoyed anything that had to do with baseball (I know, do not hate me; I am not a fan of the game).  Midnight in Paris I have already praised.  The countless other films (I say this without a bit of sarcasm, give me a break, let’s get back to the 5 film nominee platform), all had their own positive vibes.  War Horse left my eyes bloodshot and swollen for a whole day.  I mean how much can a girl handle when it comes to animals in peril?

Oscar week is a big highlight for many people.  The parties will be numerous in Los Angeles, but do not worry you can enjoy the fun as well.

Join me this week to discuss the best actress and the best actor nominees, rave about the original screenplay nominees, get a little tour through the land of Hollywood, and enjoy planning your own Oscar celebration.

Misiu and Lola, the pups, are ready for all the Oscar buzz as well, they are after all Hollywood dogs or L.A. pups (they were both rescued in the city of Angels.)

No Fuss Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream Topping

17 Feb

The dessert is a fun and easy way to tell the person you love (which may just be yourself tonight) that you made something homemade.

No one needs to know that it is only semi-homemade, that will be our little secret.  The recipe is definitely a smidgen of quick and easy.

Ingrediants


1 box Dr. Oetker’s Organic Chocolate Cake Mix

(You can substitute your own cake mix, although I am partial to the organic or gluten free mixes found at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods)

The ingredients below are for this particular cake mix

3 Eggs

¾ cup milk

1/3 cup oil (I use expeller pressed canola oil, or you can use olive oil)

** (More to come in the future about why NOT to use vegetable oil) **

For the Whipped Cream Topping


1 ½ Cups Heavy Whipped Cream

(I prefer Organic Valley; pasture raised, and farmer owned.  What could be better?)

1 Vanilla Bean

½ Cup Sugar

 Optional (for decoration)

Ghirardelli chocolate chips

Strawberries or Raspberries

Beat cake mix with eggs, milk and oil (follow package instructions – as they may vary)

Place in the oven

Remove from oven when done and let completely cool before starting on topping.

Prepare the vanilla bean by cutting the bean in half lengthwise and then scraping the seeds from the bean with the tip of the knife

Pour Cream into bowl, whip until it forms stiff peaks, adding vanilla bean and sugar half way through the whipping process.

Smooth whipped cream topping with spatula or just a big spoon.

Decorate as you wish and enjoy!

Remember no one needs to know that your dessert is not completely from scratch (remember to dispose of the evidence)!

One of my little pups, Misiu, tried to get a piece of the action as well.  No worries, I did share a little whipped cream with him, but no chocolate; which, by the way, is very bad for pups.

Post Valentine’s Day Dinner

15 Feb

Happy Post Valentine’s Day

As you know, I am adamant about love; it exists, but in all kinds of different ways.  I think that everyday should be about sharing the precious gift we have been given.  We have the ability to love and that in itself should be celebrated.  We can embrace the people and animals that share our lives and take a moment to wish them a happy day of love, and then we should remember to do it more often throughout the year.

Food can always make the day more fun, whether you are cooking for one, cooking for friends or family or cooking for that significant other.  Make it an event and cook your post Valentine’s dinner together.

It is the perfect way to enjoy good food and a good time without the extra pressure of a day in which we are forced to dwell on our love lives.

Enjoy!

Sometimes a meal happens to merge out of the creative crevices of your mind.  Often, your ideas seem to mesh and combine a few different recipes.  Nevertheless, the result is delicious.  You will find that this beef combination is very tasty and not as hard or as time consuming as one may think.

Beef Goulash/Bourguignon

Ingredients

1 1/2 bottles of wine (1 to drink J and the other 1/2 to add to the sauce, about 2 ½ cups)

(the one to drink- Darien Rioja Tempranillo ($5.99- Trader Joe’s) and the ½ bottle for the sauce-Red (Trader Joe’s Charles Shaw-$2.99-there is no point in spending more money on wine when using it in recepies)

1-pound beef stew meat

2 cups beef stock (substitute vegetable stock if you like) (available at all grocery stores, look for organic and low sodium, or make your own)

4-7 carrots (depending on how much you like carrots)

(I always buy the organic small bunch from Whole Foods, they are very economical and no peeling necessary)

1 onion (yellow or white)

Asparagus 1 bunch

1 bag Dutch yellow potatoes (or any small potatoes, that do not require peeling)

(I love Trader Joe’s Dutch Yellow Potatoes, only $2.79 a bag)

Olive oil (enough to drizzle the bottom of your pan and sauté your asparagus)

2 T butter

2 T flour

1 t lemon juice

Salt and pepper (everyone likes their food different, but let us say about 1-2 t of each)

1. Heat skillet with olive oil (enough to coat the pan) and 1T butter

 

 

 

2. Thoroughly dry your beef stew meat

3. Add to skillet and lightly brown all sides over medium heat (you may need to add more olive oil throughout the process)

 

 

 

4. Transfer meat to medium-sized pot, add about ¼ cup beef or vegetable stock

5. Sprinkle salt, pepper and flour onto meat, mix with a spoon to coat all the meat

6. Turn on medium heat for about 3-4 minutes (the flour will give the meat a really nice texture), stir often

7. Chop up carrots and onions and sauté in the same skillet (don’t discard the juices-you may need add a bit more olive oil)

 

 

 

8. Add carrots and onions to the pot with the beef

9. Pour in 2 cups beef or vegetable stock and 2 ½ cup wine, mix well

 

 

 

10.  Cover securely and allow to simmer for about 1 ½ hours at a low to medium heat, mixing occasionally (do a taste test half way through cooking time and see if your sauce needs more pepper or salt)

11.  ½ hour before meat is done, boil potatoes, drain – optional (coat in 1T butter and sprinkle with dill)

12. ½  hour before meat is done prepare asparagus (boil for 1-2 minutes, then sauté in olive oil, 1t lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste)

Welcome to my world!

13 Feb

I am excited about sharing all kinds of fun things with my readers (hopefully there will be a lot of you in the future, the near future!)  I have a profound need to cherish the love that comes from so many different aspects in our everyday lives.  We have good days and bad days, in between the good and the bad are a bunch of things that can make us happy, make us smile, or just (in all honesty) get us through the day.

Now before you think I am getting carried away, no, this is not a self-help blog, nor a, ‘I can tell you how to change your life’ blog.  Merely, I am giving you a place to indulge in what makes you happy, what makes you fall in love with life.

For instance, it could be that obsession, a like or plain love for an actor, actress, musician, artist, etc….

Obsession or love (sometimes there is no difference- I am sure many beg to differ) for your pet

Love of a perfect meal (healthy, not too expensive, and explode in your mouth yummy),

Love of travel, anywhere, even if only in your daydreams

Love of a good book or a bad book for that matter (who ever said one could not love a piece of literature that another abhors)

Even the love of shopping (not very save the world, I know, but sometimes you just need it)

The love for family, a significant other or for humanity

I think that love is what propels us through the vastness of life.  However, not just the love for another person, but also the love that we can find for ourselves, for nature, for our pets, for other people’s triumphs (of course that takes some work).  I want to express the possibilities of finding love through knowing yourself and allowing yourself to age with happiness in your life.  Not what is expected of us, per society, but what makes us happy (gasp in horror if that offends you).

Things that make you love life are things that make you love yourself in the first place, finding comfort in what makes you a unique individual is what will get everyone of us through the day-to-day grinds of life.  It is not all fun times, not even close, however, by being able to accept what makes you happy, love will find a way to join your inner circle.

All these things drive us to become the well-rounded individuals whom we live with day to day.  We have to love ourselves if we ever plan on sharing or experiencing love from the outside.  The love can come from many different things, places and people and here at ‘Just a Girl and her Pups’ you can indulge in the distinctive aspect of only being yourself and enjoying the little joys that life can bring.

Oh and yes, I almost forgot, the things I love that drive my life (there are many, I will name a few, but you will have to follow ‘Just a Girl and her Pups’ to learn about them all)

My family (love them, sometimes can’t get enough, sometimes have too much)

My friends (love them, like them, sometimes annoyed by them-but couldn’t live without them)

My dogs (that includes all the issues that go along with owning a pet, the good, the bad and the ugly)

Movies, television, literature, actors, actresses, musicians, artists etc… (these I cannot name out right, the list is too long and versatile; that’s the reason you should keep coming back for more)

Food (the healthy kind, I have become a stickler for consuming healthy, pesticide free or organic, vitamin rich, disease preventing (fingers crossed), culturally rich, but above all creative and yummy food)

Travel (my heart would perish without the prospect of visiting interesting places-even if only in my dreams)

Writing and photography (passions that inspire me to reach for the stars and foster my creative side every day of the year)

Have fun, indulge, love a little or a lot and come back for more.

Tomorrow a Sexy and healthy meal you can enjoy alone, with friends or with a lover! (for it is the day of love)

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