Happy Halloween!

Hooray for Halloween! I love this season, and I love these quotes:

"A house is never still in darkness to those who listen intently; there is a whispering in distant chambers, an unearthly hand presses the snib of the window, the latch rises. Ghosts were created with the first man awoke in the night." --J.M. Barrie

"One need not be a chamber to be haunted; one need not be a house; the brain has corridors surpassing material place." --Emily Dickinson

"From Ghoulies and Ghosties and Long-leggedy Beasties, and things that go bump in the night, Good Lord deliver us!" --Scottish Saying

I hope everyone has a safe, happy and ghoulishly delicious Halloween!


Bragging Rights

I think I have the cutest niece and nephews in the free world! These are my sister Sara's kids, and the pictures are from my other sister Megan's wedding in September.


Twitterpation Tunes

I've been feeling maudlin and mopey lately, and listening to music to match. Last night, I decided to lay off the Damien Rice for a while, and in a desperate bid to raise my spirits, turn to the playlist on my iPod with Love songs (as opposed to Love will invariably kick you in the ass Songs), and here are some of my favorites:

"Paperweight" by Joshua Radin, feat. Schuyler Fisk. I recently introduced this song to my friend Jeremiah, and it reminded me how much I love it.
The Awww Moment:
Mess up my bed with me
kick off the covers, i'm waiting
every word you say I think
I should write down
don't want to forget come daylight

"The Way I Am" by Ingrid Michaelson. I don't know anyone who can't relate to this song at least a little bit (except maybe the clowns...sorry about that...). And, it's just cute.
The Awww Moment:
I'd buy you Rogaine
When you start losing all your hair
Sew on patches
To all you tear
Cause I love you more than I could ever promise
And you take me the way I am

"Hands Down" by Dashboard Confessional. I don't want to hear it, okay? I love Dashboard Confessional, and there's nothing anyone can do about it! Plus, I really like this song...
The Awww Moment:
My hopes are so high,
that your kiss might kill me.
So won't you kill me,
so I die happy.
My heart is yours to fill or burst,
to break or bury,
or wear as jewelery,
whichever you prefer.

"Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol. This song is romantic. It just is.
The Awww Moment:
Let's waste time
Chasing cars
Around our heads
I need your grace
To remind me
To find my own
If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?

I feel a little better...


Pinup of the Week

In honor of the Season...

"Thou art to me a delicious torment"

So, I've hit that point in the break-up cycle when things in the broken relationship begin to seem idyllic. I'm pretty sure the other word for this is Loneliness... Logically, I know that things are over for a reason, and that the idyllic images I insist on replaying over and over in my head are faulty at best, and that I really am just lonely. But, lonely is never logical, and so I find myself looking back through rosy lenses. You know how it is: you stalk their blog, and haunt their Facebook page wishing for any tidbit of information, and knowing that as soon as you get said information, it is likely to break your heart again. You long to see them, and when you do, you can't take your eyes off them; you fervently hope that they will look at you, and when they do, you immediately look away. Just being near them is agony, but it's agony you crave. Emerson had it right: it IS "delicious torment". Dammit...


Welcome, Autumn...

"Then Summer fades and passes and October comes. We'll smell smoke then, and feel an unexpected sharpness, a thrill of nervousness, swift elation, a sense of sadness and departure." --Thomas Wolfe

"I saw old Autumn in the misty morn
Stand, shadowless like Silence, listening
To Silence."

--Thomas Hood
"There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October."
--Nathaniel Hawthorne

"Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn."
--Elizabeth Lawrence

"Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss'd cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,

For Summer has o'er-brimm'd their clammy cells."
--John Keats, To Autumn

"The morns are meeker than they were,
The nuts are getting brown;
The berry's cheek is plumper,
The rose is out of town.

The maple wears a gayer scarf,
The field a scarlet gown.
Lest I should be old-fashioned,
I'll put a trinket on."

--Emily Dickinson, Nature 27 - Autumn