Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Pinterest. A true love story

Hi. My name is Lauren and I am addicted to Pinterest.

I have now lost countless hours pinning away on this terribly deceiving site.

If you aren’t on pinterest, you may want to keep it that way. Save yourself! It’s too late for me!

Possible the best alone, girl time I have spent in a while was a two hour window this past weekend.

Couch. Check

Blanket. Check

Pajamas. Check

Breakfast at Tiffany’s on netflix. Check

Pinterest on laptop. Check

The result:

A perfect girly morning!

Source: google.com via Becky on Pinterest
~L
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Thinking Thursday

“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,
stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”
― Dr. SeussHow the Grinch Stole Christmas! 

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Thinking Thursday

Cosmo Castorini: You’ll have your eyes opened for you, my friend.
Johnny: I have my eyes open.
Cosmo Castorini: Oh yeah? Well, stick around. Don’t go on any long trips.
Johnny: I don’t know what you mean.
Cosmo Castorini: I know you don’t. That’s the point. I’ll say no more.
Johnny: You haven’t said anything!
Cosmo Castorini: And that’s all I’m saying.

Moonstruck

Professional doesn’t cover it

Ever interested in organization a co-worker and I took on the task of reorganizing this cabinet. That also meant we decided to move shelving. Shelving that was bolted on and did not want to be moved. Did we listen to the shelving?

Negative.

And that is how you end up looking like a contortionist while your ever loving co-worker snaps a photo of you to prove just how far your ridiculous love for organization will take you.

On the plus side I think this is proof that I totally could take that “Chinaman’s” job in Ocean’s Eleven.

“…Also, Dude, Chinaman is not the preferred nomenclature. Asian American please…” – Walter Sobchak, The Big Lebowski.

~L

 

It’s like she’s my twin

“I don’t like conflict. I’m a middle child and I’m Canadian. So to me rudeness is a foreign language. Disagreement, even loud, vehement arguing, is fine, even healthy. That’s not what I mean here. I’m talking about the adult tantrum. There are people who just need chaos. Perhaps it’s a way of trying to achieve power, or maybe it’s just emotional immaturity. Whatever the reason, these people get annoyed when they can’t create drama. It’s almost as if they want to pull others into that pit of bad behavior. So my advice is this: Don’t let them. The ruder people get, the nicer I become. It drives them nuts.” – Nia Vardalos, writer and actress

I read this in Good Advice section of  the recent issue of Good Housekeeping magazine and felt the need to share. This is exactly the philosophy I have used in my adult life. I have made it my priority to walk away from chaos and to disengage from drama-seekers. Not always an easy task, especially when you share DNA with some of these types. But in the end I have found that being polite and holding true to my character has given me the protective boundaries that are right for me.

It is hard not to get sucked into the chaos that surrounds certain people, especially when you have grown up living in the world of drama. At first it feels foreign to not be part of the chaos. Like you’re missing out or somehow not fulfilling some unspoken obligation. For me it was a process of rethinking learned behaviors. And realizing that I didn’t need to explain or excuse myself for not participating in the crazy making. I didn’t have to be mean about missing the big show either. Like Nia said “the ruder people get, the nicer I become. It drives them nuts.” And boy is she right! When you are polite they run out of ammo and quick.

These tough choices have gotten easier with time and have led me to a happier and healthier life. One that I never imagined living. Some people think of politeness as weakness or that being polite means you get walked all over. Wrong and wrong again. Keeping yourself in check gives you the upper hand and (contrary to the drama-seekers beliefs) leaves you in control. Wynonna Judd has a great line, “that might work for you, but it doesn’t work for me.” What a perfectly polite powerful statement. No daggers thrown, no mean words, no judgments. Just assertive and clear boundaries. That is my favorite line and I have used it many times.

This was another quote from the same article that I loved:

“Remember Pinocchio? There is a Jiminy Cricket on your shoulder, giving the very best advice. It is you, your authentic self, the one you were in first grade, before you learned to massage your personality into a form that would suit others. Sometimes it’s hard to hear its message because all the external voices are so loud, so shrill, so adamant. Voices that loud are always meant to bully. Do not be bullied. Acts of bravery don’t always take place on battlefields. They can take place in your heart, when you have the courage to honor your character, your intellect, your inclinations, and, yes, your soul by listening to its clean, clear voice of direction instead of following the muddied messages of a timid world. So carry your courage in an easily accessible place, the way you do your cell phone or your wallet. You may still falter or fall, but you will always know that you pushed hard and aimed high.”

— Anna Quindlen, author and journalist.

Live your life, live it polite and live it out loud!

Thank you for tunning into today’s corny programming!

~L

“It was a funny angle!”

Have I told you how much I love this movie?

What? What was that you said? Oh, you don’t know that movie?

Well, that is a shame, isn’t it? Lucky for you, you’ve got lil ‘ol me in your life to bring into the fold of the classic, awesome cinematic know.

The movie: Snatch (yes, I know. It’s what stopped me from titling this post “I love …”)

The Director: Guy Ritchie (yes, I know. But really. You think Madge is a picnic 24/7?)

My favorite Clip:

Favorite Quote:

[Tyrone just backed into Franky Four Fingers’ van]
Tyrone: I didn’t see it there.
Vinny: It’s a four ton truck, Tyrone. Its not as if it’s a packet of fucking peanuts, is it?
Tyrone: It was a funny angle.
[All three turn and look back at the truck]
Vinny: It’s behind you Tyrone. Whenever you reverse, things come from behind you.

It’s not a movie you watch once. It gets better every time you watch it! I am always catching something new, even though I’ve seen it a million times!

The writing is just the best and the whole cast is truly amazing.

If you haven’t seen it. Watch it. If you have seen it. Watch it again.

Franky Four Fingers: So the Biblical scholars mis-translated the Hebrew word for “young woman” into the Greek word for “virgin,” which was a pretty easy mistake to make, since there is only a subtle difference in the spelling. But back then it was the “virgin” that caught people’s attention. It’s not every day a virgin conceives and bears a son. So you keep that for a couple of hundred years, and the next thing you know, you have the Holy Catholic church.

I ask you friends. How could you not love this movie!!

Enjoy!

~L