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Gather Round and Meet… Sara!!

February 27, 2010

Blog: Spanky Luvs It

Blogger: Spanky* (Sara)

Location: Connecticut

What we love about Sara: Her blog is a place for her to drool over things that she “luvs” & sometimes, things that she don’t. It’s a place where eccentricities are encouraged, and manic obsession is a daily occurrence.

Lightning Round: the place where we ask THE hard-hitting, important life questions that you all need and want to know…

How would you describe your blog in one sentence?
“all over the place, with me as the one connecting thread.”

Do you prefer muffins or cupcakes?
Muffins, especially blueberry muffins, are one of the best things in life, but Cupcakes are fancy muffins. Cupcakes are decorated, delicious, and fufill that childhood dream of having a “whole cake, all to myself”. Cupcakes. Definitely.

If you could have tea and cake with any three people (living or dead) who would you pick?
If ficticious people are allowed, then I’d share a tea party with the Mad Hatter, the March Hare & the Doormouse

If they are not, then I suppose I’d have a cup with Francesca Lia Block (author of Weetzie Bat & my literary angel), Chuck Palahniuk (author of Invisible Monsters & Fight Club, although he’d probably prefer a beer), and Andy Warhol (pop artist & all around weirdo genius). I suspect that, fictitious or not, my tea party would be very… interesting.

Money can’t buy you love, but it COULD buy you……?
A loft in NYC, a cottage in California, a brownstone in Boston, a summer home in Nantucket & plane tickets (or, hell, a private jet) so I can travel the world, a record company to record my own music, a publishing company to publish my books, an art gallery to display my photographs and paintings, and a production company to make my movie.

How do you take your tea?
-Black Tea (English/Irish Breakfast) with 2 splenda & a splash of light Soy milk.
-Red Zinger tea with 1 splenda
-Venti Awake Soy Tea Latte with 3 splenda from Starbucks.
-Peppermint tea with a bit of honey (for when I’m under the weather)


Liminality: Alive in Wonderland

February 27, 2010

I’m a space cadet that over thinks everything. I’m a completely over-analytical flake, a slob with OCD, a fantasy obsessed realist. My brain is constructed with Organized Chaos.

I have a pretty broad vocabulary, but I hadn’t heard the word liminality until now.

I’m reminded of a the movie “Pheobe in Wonderland”, about a young girl (Elle Fanning) who lives between two worlds. Similar to Alice in Wonderland, but instead of falling down a Rabbit Hole and having a whirlwind adventure, only to visit again through a Looking Glass, Pheobe continuously lives in the “in-between”.

I often feel that this is how I live my life. This may be the reason I insist on making lists, charts, calendars, organized piles with distinction, reminders telling me not to forget to do something important, with another reminder telling me not to dismiss the previous, until it’s complete.

How many moments, adding up to hours, days, do I spend trying to find the answer?

There is no up, no down, only in between. I work to get the first thing done, but before I can even get the materials out to do so, my mind has wandered, hop, skip & jump, three things past & I must sit & scramble to put the pieces together to find where I’m at.
It makes it very difficult to get much done.

Structure, purpose, goals, ideals, deadlines, assignments, distractions, imagination, self distruction, excuses, shame, exhaustion…

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Like Alice, I beg for a world that isn’t the way this one is. I would love to live among Flowers that sang to me, bread & butterflies, tea parties with no reason, but plenty of rhymes, but again, I know, much like she eventually did, I’d beg for normalcy, structure and sense.

Beg for my feet to land, lightly on the ground, right side up at the bottom of the Rabbit hole, with a way to reach the top again, or the sense to look up, toward the light of reality.

“Alice, wake up! Please wake up Alice!”

Liminality, to me, shows that great space between; the cognitive limbo, my impervious purgatory, the incredible heaven/ hell concubinage, resistance to reality, acceptance of fantasy, allowance of uncertainty.

    “If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?”–Alice, Alice in Wonderland.

Gather round and meet… Belen!!

February 24, 2010

Blog: Belen – An ordinary girl with a blog

Blogger: Belen

Location: USA

What we like about her: Belen is refreshing, creative and passionate about blogging and the friends that she makes in the blogging cummunity.

Wow, she sounds amazing… tell me more: As well as eagerly participating in swaps, sending a wonderful amount of post every week and updating her shop, Belen blogs consistently about her life with a refreshing honesty which is relatable and fun.

Lightning Round: the place where we ask THE hard-hitting, important life questions that you all need and want to know…

What made you start your blog?
I first started my blog to keep track of my little crafts here and there, but eventually I started talking about events in my life and my blog grew to what it is now.

Where do you get your inspiration from?
Colors! Strangely enough, if I see something bright and colorful, I get crazy craft urges! I also like showing off my creations by wearing them, so most of the time that’s what they are: something wearable like hair accessories or jewelry.

Do you prefer muffins or cupcakes?
Muffins! Especially the pumpkin cream cheese muffins at Starbucks!

If you could have tea and cake with any three people (living or dead) who would you pick?
My grandpa, Walt Disney, and Irene Zisblatt.

Your most embarrassing moment is?
In high school, my friends and I were walking past a classroom. The door to that classroom swung wide open and smacked me straight in the face. The guy on the other side of the door rushed around to apologize, but when I looked up to reply with “it’s okay,” I realized it was my then-current crush. I was so emotionally charged (1, from the door in my face and 2, it was the guy I liked), that instead of saying “it’s okay,” I said, “thank you.” My friends laughed at me for the rest of the day.

What TV show would you like your life to be?
NBC’s Community! I attend a community college and while it’s somewhat similar, it’s not at all as fun as it seems on this show. I would love for a study group as cool as the one with Jeff, Abed, and the rest of the gang!

I love Belen and her blog, so I am sure that you will too!
Check out her wonderful guest post below and then pop over to her blog and say hi!

I daydream alot…

February 24, 2010

I had a hard time thinking of what to do for the Liminality & Dreams theme so I tried finding inspiration through photos online that meant the most to me and still relate to the theme.

You’ll notice how I’m a bit of a dreamer/hopeless romantic by all these photos
(my co-workers call me that actually).

This last one is my absolute favorite, it is one of my screen saver pictures because it’s how I feel when I’m sitting at my work, drinking coffee and reading. I daydream a lot when I do this, and this photo just… “fits” me.

 Belen x

Gather round and meet…Courtney!!

February 17, 2010

Blog: Green and Pretty

Blogger: Courtney

Location: USA

What we like about her: Courtney has a lovely blog that has a wide variety of posts including artists interviews, personal stories and photos and interesting collages.

Wow, she sounds amazing… tell me more: As well as this Courtney has a variety of interests including interiors, vintage and fashion which supported by her enthusiasm for her blog makes it a definite daily read.

Lightning Round: the place where we ask THE hard-hitting, important life questions that you all need and want to know…

What made you start your blog?
When I graduated from school I began working as a freelance writer, providing content and blog posts for other sites. I always have this underlying urge to do my own thing, so I started my own blog soon after. It was one of the better decisions I’ve made in the last few years! I think it has really helped me tune into what makes me happy on a daily basis, as well as keeping me focused on where I’d like to go in the future.

Where do you get your inspiration from?
I’m a big nature person. I love to walk outdoors and let the fresh air percolate through my head. Contact with animals is key to my sense of humor. Whether it’s the antics of my cat or glimpses of animals in the wild, they always make me smile. But then conversely, I find so much inspiration online as well! There’s hardly a day when I’m not moved by another blogger or artist. I really enjoy the global perspective of the online community, and the support of fellow bloggers in particular.

Do you prefer muffins or cupcakes?
I’m a muffin girl! I know that cupcakes have been all the rage for a while now, but nothing beats a soft apple spice muffin for breakfast. Mmmmm.

Your most embarrassing moment is?
A few Thanksgivings ago, I opened a car door into my head which created a bloody mess of a gash above my eye. I spent the entire afternoon in the Emergency Room waiting for stitches while my mom and boyfriend (who had just met each other for the first time) sat in the waiting room. To make matters worse, my entire extended family was at our house waiting for us to return so that we could all eat Thanksgiving Dinner. I don’t think I’m ever going to live that one down (though I come close to topping it on an almost daily basis)

Your favourite movie quote is?
Just about anything from “I Heart Huckabees.” It’s such an earnest, clever movie, the acting is phenomenal and the comedic timing is unbeatable. The entire movie has me in stitches every time I watch it.

Your favourite book is?

Hmmm, something by Barbara Kingsolver. I suppose it’s a tie between “Prodigal Summer” and “High Tide in Tucson.”

I love Courtney’s blog and I am pretty sure that you will too and don’t forget to check out her guest post below!
Rhianne xx

The Liminal Life

February 17, 2010

Do you know what we might call winter’s take on the dog days of summer? I’d love to find out, because I have a hunch we’re in the midst of it right now. The snow weighs heavy on my restless spirit and the cold numbs the blood through even the cushiest of clothing layers, leaving me to question the very presence of my own physicality. The holidays are over, spring is not yet here, and really what is one to do but muddle through the cold misery?

In my fast forward mind, I struggle to make the best of these days between snow fall and the ground thaw, but I am beginning to accept if not quite embrace them. After all, they’re similar to pre-dawn mornings, arising as the birds begin their joyful daybreak hymns just to watch the bright white moon fade away into an endless blue sky. Or meandering down a woodland trail, not quite at one with the wild yet surely miles away from modern society. I crave those fleeting moments in which I am here nor there, but I am simply alive. And up until recently, I associated them almost exclusively with the warmer months.

Now I’m finding that it is harder to trek through the forest, or awake in front of a wide open window, but those sensations of liminality are not completely lost. I sniffed them out, and ended up with my nose buried in a favorite nature-centered book. Later, I reveled in the company of a familiar herd of horses (excuse my soul because it is about to let out a jubilant “hooray”). Each time, walking the precarious rope between pure immersion into the respective worlds and the structure of modern human society. And miraculously, despite the ice-crusted ground and biting temperatures, I felt just like me again.

Just like a jet-setter needs to globe trot and an adrenaline junkie needs to skydive, I need to roam the line that separates modern girls from the wild world. For some, liminality is a temporary layover in life, but for me, forever navigating the edge between here and there is right where I want to be.

Courtney x

Crossing Over From the Dark Side

February 13, 2010

Do you know what liminality means? I didn’t. I am glad that I found out, it has a pretty awesome meaning.

“The liminal state is characterized by ambiguity, openness, and indeterminacy. One’s sense of identity dissolves to some extent, bringing about disorientation. Liminality is a period of transition where normal limits to thought, self-understanding, and behavior are relaxed – a situation which can lead to new perspectives. People, places, or things may not complete a transition, or a transition between two states may not be fully possible. Those who remain in a state between two other states may become permanently liminal” —wikipedia
What does that mean to me? My life has changed drastically in the past year. Last year at this time I was living with a man who I thought I would marry, being unhappy and dealing with it because i loved our friends we had together. I loved our vacations and our life we had.. but there was always something missing. I was in a dead end job, and I hated every second of it. I never saw my friends because my boyfriend didn’t really like them. I spent all of my time with him doing absolutely nothing; wasting away like I was on my death bed.

I didn’t know who I was anymore.

I was what my boyfriend told me to be. I acted how he told me to act. I did everything because it was just easier then hearing him lecture me.

Here I am only one year later, and everything is completely different. Single, living with my best friend, at a job that I love, and content. It was a long and tough journey and I thought I wouldn’t make it for a long time.

I was so weak. I would dream about how one day I would be out of that situation and I would be strong enough to move on with my life. The transition was horrible. The worst & hardest decision of my life. I packed up my entire apartment and left.

I like the meaning of liminality because it reminds a lot of things that have happened to me and friends over the past year. I am again beginning to figure out who I am again. My confidence level has gone up dramatically. I am not afraid to say what’s on my mind. I am beginning to love me how I am, and not how someone tells me I should be. Faults and all.

My dreams are much bigger than ever before. Although my ex was not holding me back, I felt like I couldn’t do certain things because he wouldn’t be apart of it and the fact that I felt bad about that, held me back from doing what I wanted to do. I am 24 years old, I am not married, I am not engaged, I have no kids. I am not obligated to anything. I should be able to be free and do whatever it is that I want, whenever.

One day I will find the one who will want to do it all with me.

But until that day, I will continue to do it on my own, with whomever would like to join. But I will wait for no one. I will be held back by no one.

Life is short and you have to live while you’re alive.


Jen (novelista)