Wednesday, August 25, 2010

list nineteen: words that I love
this is a very fun list for me to write... I love writing, I love grammar, I love literature, I love words. this list has always been in my head... it was so fun to lump them together. yep, I'm a dork.

01. beloved
02. ranunculus
03. bohemian
04. shenanigans
05. swoon
06. literature
07. lovely
08. polka
09. lullaby
10. dumpling
11. wonder
12. scrumptious
13. dappled
14. periwinkle
15. melancholy
16. linger
17. peony
18. creme
19. marshmallow
20. bambino
21. starlight
22. joy
23. typewriter
24. nook
25. paris
26. flicker
27. abode
28. huzzah
29. fury
30. enunciate
31. daffodil
32. otter
33. penny
34. wallflower
35. blush
36. luster
37. oyster
38. macaroon
39. lavender
40. poppysmic
41. infinite
42. conundrum

any other logophiles out there? we should form a club.

*I also discovered during this list-making that I love flower names.... surprise? not in the least.

xo Chelsea

{nineteen down; thirty-three to go}.

Monday, August 23, 2010

what makes a moment?

"achingly beautiful"

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

thought of the day-

(purchase here).

songs that I've been listening to...
over and over and over again--

seriously I hope you check them all out... this has been the lovely soundtrack of my evening.

[hotblack by oceanship; a new beginning by endochine; to build a home by the cinematic orchestra; mirror by everly].

xo Chelsea
as promised, I'm here to share a couple of great movies that I have seen recently.

the first being a very unexpected one...

I should have known already, what with a cast of the lovely jennifer aniston and the swoon-worthy aaron eckhart, but for some reason it took me ages to see it. it was wonderful!
it was unexpected, and beautiful, and moving and set in my all-time favorite city; Seattle!
I won't give anything away, but if you have chance, see it.
it is high on my list of favorite love stories.
oh yeah, & it's filled with beautiful flowers too.
and my favorite scene:

love the moment. love rogue wave. love it all.
such a sweet movie.

the other one I knew that I would love,
because I had already read the book-

however, I have been disappointed so many times before by books translated to movies, but this one did not disappoint.
again the casting... miley cyrus & liam hemsworth (who are together in real life- hello chemistry!), greg kinnear & kelly preston.

this movie was everything that I wanted it to be and more.
if you are a nicholas sparks fan, I promise you won't be let down.

watching it feels like summer & loving someone so much it hurts & conquering your fears & being proud of your family.

another must see in my opinion.

don't you just love it when it seems like there are so many good stories all around you?? there are tons of other movies on my must-see list right now...

don't they all look so good??

xo Chelsea

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

so, here goes...
I wasn't sure if I was going to share this or not,
but it has taken up a lot of my energy & thoughts lately
& since this blog is for me after all, I have decided that I want to share.

as of this past monday morning, I am a vegan.
wrap your head around that one folks.
me... cheeseburger, chicken nuggets, mo shu chicken extraordinaire has gone vegan!

let me start by saying that as of right now this is not a permanent change... I am trying this out for a week.
starting on monday & ending on this sunday.
however, if I end up liking it (GASP!)
I will continue beyond this "trial week".

to be completely honest, up until last week, this is something that I had never even thought of. as much as I respected the vegetarians and vegans of the world... I knew that I just wasn't cut out to be one of them. I love meat. I love fish. I loooove cheese!

I had even seen Food, Inc several months ago. and while it was astounding & touched me deeply... I still wanted a cheeseburger the next day. sad, I know. this isn't something that I was proud of.

and then something happened... and of course it was, and rightfully so, the big O. yep, Oprah.
go figure!
& the funny part- it was a rerun! ha!
but despite that fact.. I was immediately connected with her episode about animal cruelty, the eating habits of Americans, correlating health problems of Americans, her feature on Alicia Silverstone's Kind Diet, & the amazing health benefits of a vegan diet.

I was immediately more aware of everything that I put into my body... and the effects of those actions both before my eating it and after. and somehow, somewhere- my wants & needs just changed.

I went to the library the next day & checked out Alicia's book The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet. I had read basically the entire thing within two days... and was actually entertaining the idea of becoming vegan at this point (she is very convincing & it all just suddenly seems so necessary & easy. not to mention the fact that desserts are a main necessity... that sorta got me).

I plunged in even further, reading countless articles & blogs; started following certain vegan celebrities that I knew of who are so chuck-full of inspiration that by this point I knew it was something I had to do.

on Sunday I picked out several recipes and key foods to have on hand.. did some grocery shopping to get me through the week, and then prepared the final meal- a steak, chicken & cheese fondue.
I was ready.

i really like olivia wilde's explanation too, so I am sharing that-
"All this means is that I don’t eat food that comes from animals. Now, some of you might be saying “but not all animal products come from the evil meat and dairy industries! What about the small farmers who massage their cattle to sleep every night and milk their goats with warm hands while singing lullabies???” My response to that is that I WISH the food available to us in 99% of markets in this country came from sweet, small family farms. Sadly it is incredibly difficult to ensure that you are not perpetuating a cycle of cruelty that is only getting worse as demand rises and profits grow.  Beyond my desire to boycott the torture factories, I am also way happier when I eat a plant based diet, and I feel about a thousand times more energetic."
-Olivia Wilde,

so here I am... going on day 3 & it has been great.
granted it has only been three days.
but I can tell that I have much more energy.
other than that I don't feel much different as of yet,
but I do feel kinder
(thanks for the pun Alicia).
I feel better about myself. I feel better for the animals and for the planet. I feel like I am doing something good here.

and the food has been delicious.
I've been enjoying a ton of veggies, whole wheat pasta & rice, lots & lots of hummus, organic PB, tofu stir-fry, homemade salsa with blue corn chips, tofurkey sandwiches & even non-dairy ice cream! lots of delicious foods (and I won't lie, I was surprised at how tasty a lot of it was... but I do miss cheese, I won't lie. vegan cheese just doesn't cut it).

there is a lot to consider when abiding a vegan diet, so it has been a real learning process. I can't eat any meat, fish, dairy products, sugar or even honey. this requires a lot of label reading which I honestly never bothered with before. so the fact that I am now involved at reading what I am eating before eating it already tells me that these are good habits to get into.

I'm not sure what will happen when the week comes to an end. I am definitely going to stick with avoiding meats for a while. honestly, I think that is the easiest part for me. I can already see myself caving on the sugar thing however. do you have any idea how many things have sugar in them?!? but I do want to spend some time & energy making desserts that don't have sugar (Alicia's book is full of them) because I just can't even imagine how much better it is for you to live without all the processed sugar. I am going to abide by the no sugar thing all week though... I am full out VEGAN right now and see how I feel at the end of the week... maybe I will change my mind and stick with it for longer?
who knows.

right now I am happy.
I happy that I am doing this & I feel good about myself.
and I will be sure to keep you posted on my results, feelings & ambitions by the end of the week
(& whether or not I cave on a coke or a grilled cheese by then).
if you are interested in going vegan or more about what that means, here a few good links to check out that helped me:

so there you have it.
this is how the one & only Oprah and none other than Cher Horowitz changed my current lifestyle. drastically.

"Having been vegetarian now for many years, I am always pleased when someone spreads the good word. Originally, I became vegetarian when my wife, Linda, and myself were eating leg of lamb and, at the same time, watching a group of very cute baby lambs gamboling in the field. We made the connection, and so our original reason was that of compassion. Through the years, we have learned of the health benefits of a veggie diet and most recently have become aware of the extreme danger the livestock industry poses to the environment. When the United Nations (not a vegetarian group!) issued its report in 2006 saying that the livestock industry was responsible for more damage to the environment than all of the transport industry put together, I was glad to see a further reason for going veggie being made public. I believe that more and more people are looking at ways to change their diet and lifestyles, and I believe Alicia's book will be very helpful to them and all of us."
-Paul McCartney, preface to The Kind Diet

*once again I have to share that I am in no affiliated with this book- just very passionate about it.

**and I hope this wasn't too preachy. I did my best to avoid that because honestly I don't have much to preach about at this point anyway.. but sometimes I feel like explaining why I am doing this is preachy in itself.. so I hope I didn't come across that way. I was sincerely appreciative to the sources I had for becoming more knowledgeable in the subject & that's what I was going for.

and please, please share any tips or tricks any fellow vegans might have. and any of your thoughts in general. this is all new to me and I am just hoping that at the end of the week my past eating habits have changed for the better- whether that be starting to read labels or a full on vegan!

whew! i'm still surprised to hear myself say that.
-oh and husband tried tofu tonight in the veggie stir-fry that I made... he was not a fan. I will keep trying to coax him though!

xo Chelsea

as I was thinking about my previous childhood post,
I thought of this song.
this beautiful, precious & possibly prettiest song of all time.
I listen to it over & over.
and when I do I think of my childhood.

it's magical.
priscilla ahn is unbelievably beautiful inside & outside & her voice captures her essence beautifully.
you can see her original video here- watching her perform it is something in and of itself, but I like to listen to it with no video... and see my own pictures.

I was a little girl
alone in my little world
who dreamed of a little home for me
I played pretend between the trees
and fed my houseguests bark and leaves
and laughed in my pretty bed of green

I had a dream
that I could fly
from the highest swing
I had a dream

long walks in the dark
through woods grown behind the park
I asked God who I'm supposed to be
the stars smiled down at me
God answered in silent reverie
I said a prayer and fell asleep

I had a dream
that I could fly
from the highest tree
I had a dream


now I'm old and feeling gray
I don't know what's left to say
about this life I'm willing to leave
I lived it full, I lived it well
as many tales I live to tell
I'm ready now, I'm ready now
I'm ready now
to fly from the highest wing
I had a dream

xo Chelsea

list eighteen:
 how I spent my childhood

eating Fig Newtons (preferably Raspberry & while watching cartoons).

02. ghost-in-the-graveyard. every night.
03. talking on the phone.

04. trading sports cards.
05. tuesday night dinners at Just Granny’s house.
06. enjoying my perfect blonde hair.
07. swimming at the pool; all day and night.
08. Ninja Turtles. enough said.
09. reading books.
10. running lemonade stands on the street with my friends.
11. and using all of the money that we made at the milkhouse!
12. gymnastics! (& wearing awesome leotards).

13. swinging on the rope swing we discovered in the woods.
14. going for Jeep rides with my dad.
15. playing “office”.
16. sporting pink nautical dresses, ruffle socks & mary-janes (thanks mom).

17. going to Monticello to “get dirty”.
18. making mud pies.
19. watching Now & Then a thousand times. And Goonies.
20. getting sweet cheek kisses from Garth Brooks.

21. playing baseball, basketball, football & any other ball sport until the street lights came on.
22. making up new clubs in our secret fort.
23. playing the shoe game on the swing set.
24. fun dip.
25. sleeping on the back deck with all of the neighborhood kids.
26. & subsequently sleeping in my parents dining room most nights because we got scared.
27. laying on the front sidewalk looking at the stars because I could (I wonder why I stopped doing that?)
28. sleepovers at caitlin & hannah's- dilly bars & walking to the pool.
29. coloring (which I've recently taken up again thanks to my sister).

our entire street was filled with kids my age and we never spent a waking moment inside during the summer (& not a lot in the winter for that matter). luckily I am still friends with several of them today; what a blessing.

I also may have been quite the tomboy when I was a kid, but I still loved to get dolled up and wear pink and do cartwheels. I officially had the best childhood of all time.

xo Chelsea

{eighteen down; thirty-four to go}.

things that I would love to own right now--

the new 3g kindle& the moleskine kindle coverthe photographer tote bagcoraline necklacesandstone cotton laptop bagburlap tomsa tennis racket; LOST: the complete collection on bluray; personal library kit; more amazing coralie bickford-smith books; out of print t-shirtsmod bulldog printtickets to see The National & a Better Homes & Gardens subscription.

why do there have to be so many good things in this world?
but since I can't actually buy them, blogging about them is the next best thing.

I did however buy this today & that my friends is what really matters.

xo Chelsea

and yet another reason why I LOVE this band:

I want to be friends with them.
you should check out their tunes stat!

xo Chelsea

the weekend was amazing and with it came... girls day with my mom & sister; discovering our baby watermelon growing happily in our garden; trips to the library; girls night with stacey; sleepovers with my family; all the windows open in the house; singstar party nights at the house til 4 am; fondue night at home; planting some new bushes in the front yard; yummy chai lattes; homemade salsa; discovering amazing books & movies (will post about soon); & relaxing sunday nights watching true blood & preseason football.

and the week will continue with its goodness... OTH season 7 on dvd; coffee dates with caitlin; walks with my mr.; beginning some major lifestyle changes; yummy, yummy dinners; grilling fincels corn; hanging the laundry outside to dry; making some more necklaces & lots of new tea flavors in my pretty cup.

I hope your week is just as sweet!

xo Chelsea

Thursday, August 12, 2010

I spent my evening outside on the front porch
with my little sister tonight.
for over an hour.
lying on our backs.
and we watched the meteor shower.
it was so neat and so beautiful and life affirming.

how wonderful is it that we live in a world with twinkly lights to brighten our nights, and stars that shoot for making wishes and nights like these filled with meteors to see.

it really is amazing, isn't it?

ps. if you aren't able to get outside to see the show, NASA has a live feed going all night here. however, I must recommend the laying on the cement until your back hurts- neck arched- sweat dripping- hard to breathe because it's 100 degrees way... it really is much better. thanks for watching with me kirby.

xo Chelsea

Monday, August 9, 2010

I love this song.
(thanks mom).

"you leave home, you move on
and you do the best you can
I got lost in this whole world
and forgot who I am"

xo Chelsea

Sunday, August 8, 2010

this weekend was beautiful.

dirty martinis. (five too many). spending a beautiful night on the back deck with our family. good times at the bar with good friends & surprisingly lots of family. (I'll leave out the feeling really old part). tequila shots. (that part wasn't so beautiful either). road tripping to madison with our fabulous family. the best farmer's market ever. (sadly I didn't really enjoy it... stupid tequila shots). noodles & co & I am feeling alive again! hanging out on state st. stopping at my favorite places... b side recordsthe soap opera and pop deluxe. a stop at michaels frozen custard for obvious reasons. then trader joes, of course. a quick stop at the mall. and some pf changs for dinner! yuuummmmmmmmmy.

saturday night we headed over to aaron & kathy's house for some homemade pico de gallo, lots of catching up & hilarious movies.

sunday tried to be really lame by forcing me to deal with computer issues for most of the day. but eventually a new true blood, homemade chai lattes and bully cuddles won it over.

I love weekends like this.
all is right in the world.

and not to mention coming home with....
.a b-side records tee, finally!
.mumford & sons on vinyl.
.awesome new wooden hairbrush & comb.
.my favorite lip balm.
.two more band shirts.
.TJs loot (wine, sea salt brownies, balsamic vinegar, tea, blue agave, pita crackers...)
.pantone coffee mug in cupcake yellow 607C.
.and a belly full of mu shu chicken.


*still regretting not purchasing that bulldog hand painted illustration at the farmer's market. hopefully that chance will present itself again!

**no pictures yet because I had the lovely diana mini with me & don't have her developed yet. to come!

***sorry if you saw this post twice. blogger was wigging out.

****and jackie I owe you an apology- because once again I ran out of time to see you. [insert sad face]. can we please set a date for an entire weekend together? pretty please. muah.

this might be my favorite new quote. oh, mr. wilde!

xo Chelsea
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