Tuesday, September 24, 2013

lost in paris

Over the next year, I am planning a trip to Paris. I have not yet decided if I will take this trip solo or with a companion. Though I know which way I’m leaning, there are benefits to each. I plan to have somewhat of an itinerary, however I don’t want to be too weighed down, because I do not want to feel overwhelmed if something does not go according to that original “plan”. I am twenty five and finally starting to get to know myself, starting to figure out who I really am. And the person that I am does not like to feel that something hasn’t gone my way. Best route? Don't overplan. Don't overstress. Simply let it be and it will be beautiful.

As a matter of fact, I have just decided I will travel alone. This seems like a way to spend time unattached to the things going on in the states and do whatever I want to do. I think I was seventeen the last time that was an option. Between my daughter and family and work and even friends, that's a whole lot of stress on a regular basis. An entire week to do whatever I please, whenever I please, sounds like a dream. Oh wait, it is! There of the obvious "touron" (as my mother would say) things to do of course, and then there are the things that I’ve scoured the world wide web to find. Thrift shops and restaurants and streets to visit at dusk, all coming from people who have strayed from the norm. Those are my kind of people. The first and last day I intent to simply roam, rent a bike and see what there is to see. The list below is my growing list of places to go and things to do during my week stay.

Stay: Hotel Fontaines du Luxembourg (click to check it out on TripAdvisor)
Things to do:
Notre Dame

Eiffle Tower
Arc de Triomphe
Night boat tour of the Seine
Musee Louvre
Shakespeare & Co Bookstore
Musee Picasso
Musee Rodin
Sacre Coure
Grocer: Grande Epicerie (Below Bon Marche dept store)
Cookware: E Dehillerin (apparently a lot chefs buy their copperware here. and they ship!)
Flea market: Marche aus Puces St. Ouen de Clignan Court (open S/S/M)
Opera or ballet: Opera Garnier or Theatre du Chatelet
Chocolate to bring home: Pierre Herme
Rue St. Andre-des-Arts (sixth at dusk)
Bohemian Paris: Moulin Rouge
Desserts and Tea: Laudree
Thrift store: Free P Star
Rooftop Bar: Restaurant at Galeries Layfayette
Wine tasting: Salon des vens de Vignerons
Cheese, Wine and Baguette next door: Fromagerie d’Auteuil 

If you have any must-dos for Paris, or maybe even a day trip from the city, please enlighten me!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

braggin' on my friend

i mentioned a few weeks ago that i discovered whowritesforyou.com. i seriously get lost in the information he provides in his writing. i know someone is a talented (blogging) writer when they have a site, sans pictures, that makes me keep clicking and reading different posts. it is obvious that anyone would be crazy NOT to hire him to do their professional writing. i had (read: made) the time today to complete another one of his writing assignments, write a letter of recommendation. my friend katie has no idea i just wrote this about her (see: evil grin), but she will shortly and i hope she doesn't mind me bragging on her in the world wide web. she also just happens to be looking for a new job. what a fun coincidence. :)

To whom it may concern:

I have known Katie Griggs for more than a few years now. Over the past couple as friends, I have come to know her talents and quirks and watched her grow continually into a better person and worker. Katie is a passionate individual that never settles for less than excellent.

One of Katie’s greatest strengths is determination. No matter the obstacles she faces, you can expect every project to be seen through to the end. With her attention to detail, above average organizational skills and verbal and written capabilities, there is no doubt that any endeavor on which she embarks will be completed well.

In addition to nearing the end of her pursuit of an HR Management degree, a field that clearly suits her skills, Katie adds a level of charisma that is a rare gem. She can communicate with any age and personality. This combination of likeability and skill puts her above the crowd for any position.

If you would like any further information, I would be happy to speak with you at any time.

Your BFF

*truthfully, i have no idea if any hiring manager would look twice at this, but it was fun and something i've never done!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

yours and mine

out of all the things I love
I love you the very best
simply because you’re better
you’re better than the rest
spend these days with me dear
together we can build our life
and all the while we can take
and any trial we face in strife
don’t leave my side
I’ll be still at yours
hold my hand as we walk through these doors
into our future they’ll light way
even when it’s dark
somehow we’ll shine
because I am yours
and you’re always mine

give me the truth
I’ll speak only the same
love and honor and respect are sure
compliments and little loves
when you need a little more
rainy days will pass
some with sunshine too
but I’ll take them all the same
since I’m spendin ‘em with you
don’t leave my side
I’ll be still at yours
hold my hand just like
when we walked through those doors
into the future they lit the way
still when it’s dark we shine
because I’m always yours
and you’re always mine

Friday, September 6, 2013

i write for me

i found a new-to-me site i adore. whowritesforyou.com. i spent hours yesterday (at my desk job, oops) reading post after post about different topics from management, to minimalism, to his favorite flip flops. i have no idea why i'm so drawn to blogs and everyone's personal stories and insights, but i am.

at any rate, i found some posts on people that struggle to find things to write about, writing only when a genius idea hits them (at least that's how i perceived it). this is me. i write songs, i write poems, i write blogs. sometimes i want to write stories and books, but i don't know where to start, because a lot of my writing (my thoughts too) is so jumbled and i think faster than i can type or scribble, and i forget my words i wish i would have written. then come the doubts. self-doubt is a terrible thing. a thing from which i feel you never completely move away, it is a continuous battle. the positive always has to trump the negative. you've got to figure it out... so his writing assignments he gives once a week are a perfect match for me. i'm starting today with a random earlier assignment and at the bottom of this post will be my first.

see all that? rambling. mumbo jumbo. my second point is that i really want to take this writing class led by joshua fields millburn. unfortunately for me, i don't have 400 precious dollars to spare at the moment. i wish it would just fall out of the sky, because he is one of my favorite people/authors. i feel like his soul comes through in his writing. i can only hope to be so transparent, yet private at the same time. who'da thunk it that after 13 years of primary education and some random regular and advanced college courses, that when given the freedom to learn what you choose and what interests you, you want to do it. you crave it. you make the time for it. the time you always say you don't have for other uninteresting things.

here goes nothin'.

Write about your name:

I’ve never really had a nickname. No cute shortened version of my real name exists; perhaps it’s my mom’s fault for giving me a five letter name.  How would one even shorten that? I’ve not had even a made up funny name that someone gave me that started with an inside joke. That always made me a little sad, actually. At 25, somehow I still lean towards the idea that I was never cool enough for a nickname. 

There were some play-ons of my name, sure. Happy Holly, a short-lived friend called me in my year of high school in Alabama. I was always positive, perky and trying to pull the best out of the worst things and people. That did make me feel good, I’ll admit, but it never sounded smooth or rolled off the tongue. Holz is another one I got. But some people spelled it Hollz, and that is slightly silly to me, because aren’t nicknames supposed to be short? The latter is the same number of letters as my full first name. 

I suppose I have always had a bit of trouble with my name, actually. I think the affliction started in kindergarten, when there was a boy in my class named Adam that failed his first time around. Adam’s last name just so happened to be Jolly and the entire 180 days people would giggle as they’d exclaim “Adam and Holly sittin’ in a tree…” and my K-5 self was enraged at the sound of Holly Jolly. Not cool, 5 year olds.

Fortunately in my teen years, my mom finally explained how I wound up with the name Holly. (This was after the time in the fifth grade that I started spelling my name Holli and/or Hollie to be rebellious. Way to push the boundaries.) Holly is linked to the holly tree, which is typically associated with Christmas. I like Christmas. I was created at Christmas time, thus the holiday-themed-name. After learning the roots of this simple and sweet name, I became confident in and happy with it. The score was finally settled. And it usually gets a giggle when i tell it, too.
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meet me somewhere between reality and all we ever dreamed, United States