what's the best way to wait out a hurricane (as long as you're not close enough to have major damage) ? grab your iced tea candy (cuz you KNOW u'll be missing summer and all this fun soon enough!), your clams casino, whatever beverage (or beverages) suits your fancy, an entenmann's devil's food cake, good music and or movie/tv recordings on the ol PC, and sit back and watch the weekend unfold. then, sleep, pig out, and be as lazy as you damn please.
with that in mind, i present to you some great findings -
i have not yet tried the bali's best iced tea candies or the ice breakers iced tea, but judging from the bali's best green tea candies, i'm sure the iced tea ones will be ROCKING. the go lightly's are fantastic. they really tatse like iced tea, and being sugarfree actually does them good, they're not overly sweet. (yea, praising sugar free is a RAR-I-TEE so enjoy it whilst it lasts!)
this girl looks like leah remini! :)
this one, she seems familiar, but can't figure out why. maybe because she has 'that' face - in this case, 'that' face being the kind of face that the friends i'd hang out with would have. down to earth, fun, beautiful because they are real and sane and not screwy freaks. they are quirky, complex,interesting, harmless people. the kind that makes you smile on the street, the kind that make you think the world isn't so bad, even the western half...for five minutes or so before you're snapped back to reality and see the rest of the drivel, excluding you and these gems of people.
i like these girls' blogs, because they have some really fun stuff. they don't try to pretend to be anything they're not, and are just relaxing to read. these girls don't try too hard to impress you with some kind of crap or other. this is good stuff. these are western girls who rock, and who make me think of western culture a little less negatively. thanks for that!
and we have TWO more cool blogs! these are from two different girls (and yes, they are westerners, not indian, amazing huh?)
here's the first -http://rarerborealis.com/wordpressblog/
and the second -http://catpenfold.typepad.com/cats_litter_box/
the latter has a lot of sci fi stuff, which i find amusing, although to confess, i'm not a huge sci fi nut, but there's other awesomeness there too which isn't sci fi, and the sci fi postings she has there in general made even me laugh. she has all kinds of random cool stuff, including alot of food postings. she's also a fellow new yorker. the former i think seems to be quite young, fresh out of high school, do forgive me if i'm wrong. she may have been from new jersey and moved out west. again, not 100% sure. also, look to the right hand side of her blog, at the rotating pictures. hilarious!
and i finally got some shots of syed....(i've done my best to resize them a bit, the orginals are very tiny.)
he doesn't have dhari or muccha, but he is sooo cute anyway. i'm not sure if he looks better in his vest, as shown here, or in his button down shirt and dress pants, which is how i usually see him. we were skyping each other last night, and plan to hang out together on staurday (prolly saturday night, though i wish we'd hang out all day, but oh well.....can't be choosy can we now). he's very polite, very strict and respectful. he's wonderful to be around. he's very soft and smooth so i call him titli or velvet. because he's soft like butterfly wings or velvet.
also, i'm kinda glad i did miss the bhangra thing in union square. (yea, i know, dare i say such a thing...but wait, i have a good reason for it.)their website has a bunch of creepy western girls in ghidda gear trying to do bhangra and look punjabi. there were no western guys in the pics doing bhangra. if they reschedule, i'm skipping it. i want real bhangra, not crap that appeases freaks. no thanQ.
oddly enough, i was also thinking of some old books i loved as a child. a couple of them are -
tikki tikki tembo -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tikki_Tikki_Tembohttp://www.amazon.com/Tikki-Tembo-Arlene-Mosel/dp/0805006621
and leo the late bloomer -http://www.amazon.com/Leo-Late-Bloomer-Robert-Kraus/dp/006443348X
captain furface -http://www.amazon.com/Captain-Furface-Pirates-James-Ellis/dp/0590383043
this book reminded me of an imaginary superhero i had created as a kid. i had this shirt that was printed with what looked like a superhero costume on it. i had two of them. one was red, yellow, and white and had a pheonix on it, and the other was green and black, and i believe had a cat on the belt that was printed on it. so i took a baby blanket that was mint green, tied it around my neck, and 'became' strong cat. when i was much older i created another superhero named draculan, after becoming a big dark shadows fan. the backstory on that was that the girl who became draculan was an orphan, and was adopted by a bachelor named jonathan, who was heavily based on jonathan frid and his barnabas character, except he wasn't a vampire, and the only connections that he had to dark shadows was the look that frid's character, barnabas, had in the show. i did not want any plots from the show intermixed in this. in fact, in the plot for draculan, frid was an actor who had once worked on the show, but had been trying to rid himself of his typecast, and very few referneces to the show were made. (can't lie to u though, the real life frid looked hot as hell in tight pants. they made him wear them during the colonial periods on dark shadows...meeeYOWzah!)
space cat -http://www.amazon.com/Space-Cat-Ruthven-Todd/dp/0844665614
and i believe 'time cat' -
this one seems familiar, and seems to be the book i had, but none of the covers appear to be what i had remembered. had it only a short while, and have been trying to hunt it down for years -http://www.amazon.com/Time-Puffin-Modern-Classic-Classics/dp/0142401072
rice bowl pet -http://www.amazon.com/Rice-Bowl-Patricia-Miles-Martin/dp/0690699697
and of course, a host of ezra jack keats books. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ezra_Jack_Keats#Bibliography
speaking of, did u ever read about his life?
' From a very young age, Ezra found great joy in making pictures. Ezra couldn't afford art supplies, so he created pictures from scraps of wood, cloth and any paper that he could collect. Benjamin Katz didn't approve of his son's affection for making art and insisted that an artist lives a terrible, hungry life. Perhaps to prove this point, Mr. Katz would bring home paint and brushes home from the restaurant saying "If you don’t think artists starve, well, let me tell you. One man came in the other day and swapped me a tube of paint for a bowl of soup.”
Ezra attended Thomas Jefferson High School, where he won a national contest run by the Scholastic Publishing Company for an oil painting depicting unemployed men warming themselves around a fire. Upon graduation from high school, Ezra was awarded the senior class’s medal for excellence in art. Benjamin Katz died in the street of a heart attack in January 1935, on the day before Ezra was to receive this award. Ezra was called upon to identify the body, and it was then that he discovered in his father’s wallet the carefully preserved newspaper clippings that reported on the notable artistic achievements of his son.
Ezra worked under the Works Progress Administration (WPA) as a mural painter, after which, he began illustrating comic books and worked for the Captain Marvel comic strip. In 1943, Keats entered the service of the United States Army, where he designed camouflage patterns. After returning home, Ezra illustrated for The Reader’s Digest, The New York Times Book Review, Colliers and Playboy, among others. Two years after the war, in reaction to the anti-Semitic prejudices of the time, Ezra legally changed his name to Ezra Jack Keats.'
he was also one of the intrepid people who were brave enough to show african americans in a new light -
'In the two years that followed, Keats worked on a book featuring a little boy named Peter. An article Keats had clipped from Life magazine in 1940 inspired Peter. “Then began an experience that turned my life around — working on a book with a black kid as hero. None of the manuscripts I’d been illustrating featured any black kids — except for token blacks in the background. My book would have him there simply because he should have been there all along. Years before I had cut from a magazine a strip of photos of a little black boy. I often put them on my studio walls before I’d begun to illustrate children’s books. I just loved looking at him. This was the child who would be the hero of my book.”'
i had a lot of books as a kid, but these were some standouts.
another cute blog - a guy and his cat...his sphynx cat who is adorable!
about the hurriane, rego park had some trees down n stuff blown about but no major damage.
lastly, i can officially testify that i've had my first week of beauty school. i dont really have much in common with my classmates, but we all get along well. i even went out to lunch with some of them the one day. we are of different ages, races, and backgrounds, but we get along and have fun. that was my biggest concern i think.....i mean i'm older n i dont care if i don't fit in with anyone, but when they r going to be performing cosmetic services on your body, there a certain trust that needs to be there. i'm sure you can understand! so, anyway, it's been really fun. i dont think i ever will feel like i fit in completely anywhere just because i'm a comnplex person who doesn't fit any one certain category by nature, and i have to accept it, and embrace it.