Monday, June 30, 2014

Things I Love -- June 2014 Edition

How can it be June already? It has hit the half way mark of 2014 and it is the end of the month...so you know what that means??

IT IS TIME FOR THINGS I LOVE!

Here is what I love for the month of June.

--Sir Mix A Lot performing "Baby Got Back" with the Seattle Symphony. If you have not seen it, well watch it now:

--The Paris Daydream candle from Bath and Body Works. It has this fresh moss/mandarin orange scent that makes me daydream about living in the City of Light. Retourne visite a Paris en mon future? DEFINITE!

--That I am officially on summer vacation.

--Sudden bursts of creativity at weird hours of the day and night.

--Spreading radical self love to some new friends I met through the fandom known as professional wrestling.

--Seeing Lindsey Stirling in concert. She is amazing and inspiring.

--Taking Dan to his first ever TNA Wrestling event. He was beyond happy. It was nice seeing that.

--Rediscovering and learning more about myself each and every day.

--Strong arms that hold you to make sure you do not fall while standing on a train.

--Being told that I am a lucky charm.

What have you loved in the month of June?

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Things I Love -- May 2014 Edition

The sun is finally shining...the air is such a cool breeze. Flowers are finally blooming and coats/jackets/tights are finally packed away. Spring has FINALLY sprung in the month of May and since it is also the end of the month it is now time for a...

THINGS I LOVE!

Here are the things that I love for the month of May.

--Being part of the 8th Annual NYC Zombie Crawl. This is my 8th one and it is a glorious time. Apparently I was featured on Channel 5 Fox News here in New York City as well as on their website. 8th Annual NYC Zombie Bar Crawl

--That the flower that my student gave me for Teacher Appreciation Week bloomed another flower.

--That there is a convention FINALLY just for bookworms! Book Expo America, an industry only event for book publishers, opened to the public for the first time this year with a one day event called The Book Con. Originally it was called Power Reader Day but I do not think it got as much press as it did until the name was changed. Mind you, I have stacks upon stacks of books to read but who can say no to BOOKS???

--Walking through a sun shower on a nice Friday night with lots of smiles.

--Walking to the Javits Center.

--Having an official countdown to the end of work. 19 More Days!

--Impromptu fireworks shows that you did not know was happening while out with your dark angel.

--Proving a theory wrong.

--My class having one of the highest reading averages in the entire school. Lets go Kindergarten!

--Sex and the City marathons. They always bring a smile to my face.

--Finding inspiration in the weirdest of places.

--Air popped popcorn with cinnamon sugar on it. Want to try it with cayenne powder for a little metabolism boost!



What are you in love with this month?

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Who Was I In A Past Life?

Upon talking to one of my closest friends/current partner in crime about writing a love letter to myself in which I had asked him to help me -- he said that one of the things he loved about me was when he stares into my eyes he can read my soul and that it is beautiful. That got me to thinking and asked him exactly what he meant since doesn't everyone have a beautiful soul. He in turn replied that no; some are tortured and black and that every soul is different. Since it is my nature to do so, I asked him to explain and he asked if I believed in past lives. He was always taught that we all have past lives and that sometimes we re-live what our soul was in our past. So, if someone has a dark soul, it usually means they were not a nice person in a past life; take Charles Manson for instance, his soul is probably black and twisted. He then mentioned that I have a beautiful soul because I like to help people and interact with people and that my soul helped me pick the career I have which is a teacher.

So....what is the whole point of this? This led to an investigation. We were both curious about my past lives and he asked a friend of his to look into it. I was asked what my middle name was (I do not have one) and my birth year, which is 1978. Here is what was concluded.

According to her reading, my past life is during the Renaissance Era and I lived in either Germany or Belgium. I somehow had to leave or pushed to leave where I am from and relocate. The reading did not conclude if I originated in Germany and left due to the Protestant Reformation or if it is some other reason; for all that is known it might tied to the early witch hunts. But also my relocation is also connected to marriage -- either one that I was pushed into or one that someone else is involved in that caused my need to leave my home.

Apparently in both of my lives I am constantly getting warnings as to not let myself be cut off from something or someone by outside influences or people or because I feel this need to let go of something and start fresh. The number 2 kept on coming up, and that means that I work best in pairs and I am meant to have strong partnerships in life but I also have the number 11 floating around which gives me a great risk of karmic influences in my life who create issues. These issues could be mostly jealousy or false sense of righteousness.

Now while it is true that I do work best with partners/partnerships, I am able to tap into other influences and for this reason I am sure I do not run the risk of letting others make decisions for me. I always think things through -- nothing rash. Back in my past life, I needed to learn to trust myself more and to be fussy about who I listen to/whose advice I follow. Apparently, I need to do this in this life too. Also in this life I need to guard what I say, use caution, or I might lose my temper (hello Joisey Mode) and say something in careless anger that I will regret and it will be too late for me to take it back. It could code my friends or trouble in a relationship. Karma is playing heavy in my life right now, as it did in my past life. There is an important truth in my life that I need to face as well.

Have you ever wondered who you were in a past life?

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Things I Love -- April 2014 Edition

Well...end of April....this year is just going too fast again. SLOW DOWN TIME! Before I know it, I will be getting ready for the holidays again!

Besides all of that, here is what I have enjoyed and loved in the month of April.

--The fun little quizzes on Buzzfeed.com or Zimbio. It is amazing how the descriptions of various characters mimic my personality.

--The new design on Gala Darling's website. So pretty and bright and shiny!

--Cultivating and bringing to life 4 butterflies in my classroom. Yay Science!

--Ghost stories and walking tours in New Orleans. It reignited my love of all things paranormal.

--The way my students say goodbye when they leave for the day. Love their sparkle in their eyes and warm smiles.

--Getting wanderlust feelings and feeling inspiration at every turn.

--Noticing signs concerning a certain man in my life that make me smile.

--Inspirational quotes that make you go A-HA! and smile.

--Learning and investigating my past life.

--This is pretty cool. Do you need a hug but no one is around? GO HERE -- Need a Hug?

--Rekindling my love affair with my boyfriend that is NYC by watching this video --

What were in love with in the month of April?



Monday, March 31, 2014

Things I Love -- March 2014 Edition

Wow is it the end of March already? 2014 has been going fairly well for me, even though right now I am in the middle of a retrograde but dealing with it well. Well enough of that negativity, lets get on with the louvre at hand!

Here is what I love for the month of March --

--The song "Work B*tch" by Britney Spears. Yes I know it was out in 2013 but I am always late to the party. Listen to the song here:

--Finally realizing the reason of my dating/single slump and that is being afraid of falling in love again. I do not want a repeat of 2005-2013 so I have put up this massive wall around my heart. It is time to start tearing that wall down brick by brick and open my heart back up to receiving and giving love.

--The teaser trailer for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Oh my goodness is it filled with loads of sexy -- check it out here:

--Having movie dates with my father. We went to see Mr Peabody and Sherman and it was great!

--Getting addicted to the show Sons of Anarchy. Did not think I would but damn is it a great show. I know most women lust after Jax Teller, and do not get me wrong he is fine but my cleanup on Sons of Anarchy would have to be Juice.

--Watching a very lovey dovey couple sitting in Argo Tea Cafe and smiling over it.

--Eavesdropping on a French conversation and understanding all of it.

--That one of my favorite cartoons, Peanuts, will have a movie coming soon! Watch the teaser trailer here:

--Having one of my students ask me if I was allergic to boys. It was cute…especially at that age.

--Starting a new morning and night routine with The Five Minute Journal. It makes a difference.

--My friend Daniel telling me about this great violinist named Lindsey Stirling. This is my favorite by her:

--Having great discussions over books at Argo Tea Cafe with my Geek Girl Adventure Group. It is inspiring to actually talk to women with similar interests and ideas and that it is not all about shopping and the latest material items.

--This article. Yes What To Do If You Are Falling Out of Love with NYC
What are you in love with for the month of March?

--Spending the birthday with my mom at The Sands in PA!

--Receiving surprise birthday flowers from Daniel when I returned home from The Sands in PA with my mom.

~~Chocolate almond cookies…soooo yummy!

What are you in love with this month?

Friday, February 28, 2014

Things I Love -- February 2014 Edition

Well hello there my lovely readers! It is that time of the month again….wait…that does not sound right. No I do not mean it is time for a ladies gimmick, I mean it is time for….


THINGS I LOVE!!!

So here you go ladies and gents, here is what I louvre for the month of February.

--This link: 13 Dogs That Are Having The Best Day Ever!

--A daily love tarot card on February 10th that rang so true I have to post it:

The Four of Chalices card suggests that a gift of love and support may be offered to you by a compassionate, committed or reliable source willing to go out on a limb just when you feel like no one cares. If you are too wrapped up in your perceived problems, you might not recognize the attempt at outreach and miss the opportunity that could lead to romantic renewal. Don't focus too much on what you don't have, or you could become resentful or condescending of the happiness and passion of others.

--Having two book clubs with some lively conversation.

--Grateful to Revolver Magazine foe exposing me to bands I have never heard of.

--Thankful for random surprise gifts from my Funshine Buddy at work that make me smile.

--Having lazy days due to Snomaggedon 2014.

--Being selected as a 2014 Book Giver for World Book Night! Go here to find out more info -- www.worldbooknight.org

--Having marking out/fangirling moments over the Westminster Dog Show.

--Reconnecting with former college friends via Facebook.

--My infected zombie mug from my friend Joe.

--Warm cozy socks when it is below zero with the wind chill.

--The ice skating genius that is Evgeni Plushenko. It is a shame he had to retire due to medical reasons but this man on the ice is flawless. Watch this fan montage :

What are you in love with for February?

Thursday, February 20, 2014

How to Survive Mars Retrograde

I have grown tired of Mercury getting all of the fame and fortune for when it goes into retrograde. Other ruling planets do go into retrograde as well and I am here to discuss my ruling planet -- MARS.

The planets are swinging around at all times, and their movements affect us all in a myriad of different ways. All planets do go into retrograde, but it seems that Mercury’s journey impacts people much more than any other. Well here I am to dispel that myth! Now while I do admit that Mercury Retrograde does happen to me, it is not my ruling planet and the things that happen during Mercury Retrograde do not really affect me.

Let me go through this line item by line item. Mercury is the ruling planet of communication, clear thinking, truth and travel, so when it goes retrograde — which basically means it looks like it’s going backwards — all those things Mercury rules go backward. They start to get ugly and tangle up.

Now we all have read, or at least I have read, what happens when Mercury goes into retrograde and how to handle it, but I have not seen one blog post or article concerning Mars or I do not see a lot of articles about it because it is a rare event.(Well people ruled by Mars are rare and unique so…) Luckily enough, Mars retrograde only happens once every two years and for two months. Mars is set to go into retrograde on March 1st through May 19, 2014. .

So I mentioned above what Mercury guides and looks over. But again as I said -- this post is not about Mercury. So what exactly does Mars effect?

In general, Mars, the god of warriors, rules physical energy and efforts. His placement in your chart expresses the strength and direction of the physical force that drives your ego, your will to achieve. Mars fires your emotions and energizes your passions, but also powers your mental endeavours and communicative skills.

Mars describes male relationships and associations, risk-taking inclinations, and the physical challenges you are likely to encounter. Well-placed, Mars endows powerful energy and an indomitable will to succeed, but when poorly placed can mean accidents, injuries, fits of anger, rage, warfare or other forms of violence, according to the inclinations of the sign and house concerned.

Mars loves to rush forward. The grass is always greener on the other side of that hill, so Mars does not react well to being held back, or... (gasp!) going backwards! Mars retrograde therefore gives rise to irrational action; introspection; depression and self-assessment; sexual issues and relationship conflicts. Major rethinks and reorientation of current projects are also often required.

So what should you do during this time? Here is what I suggest.

When Mars is in retrograde, it depletes the vitality so that it is never a time to initiate. *Whoever initiates loses*— if you have a new project, a great love, an argument, a lawsuit, or an international war -- DO NOT START IT BETWEEN MARCH 1ST THROUGH MAY 19TH if you can. With a new project, it will fizzle out and never really go anywhere. With a hot romance, it can too fizzle out and it rarely gets to the alter; that is of course you want it to. With an argument, the hostility will come back to haunt you later. In legal matters, stoke your opponent into initiating the lawsuit first. It will be etched in granite that they will lose. Matters commenced while Mars is retrograde will be frustrated and plagued with disruptions until they finally fizzle out. At this time, people become irritated when activities do not run smoothly. The anger may disrupt indirectly and inappropriately – like getting a traffic ticket when you feel annoyed with your job. So drive with caution!

During this cycle, never buy anything mechanical unless it is heavily insured! Office machinery and computers easily break down for some strange reason. I often notice that the world needs a brake job when Mars is in retrograde. Maybe that is why Spring break is so late this year….

Now for those who have Aries or Scorpio strong in their horoscopes are dramatically affected by this shift in direction of their natural ruler. For myself, remember my sign is Aries, I have found myself being less aggressive, less pushy and less impatient to have my own way in a situation. For the past couple of weeks, I have been inclined to sit back and review matters in a more detached or impersonal way. I have become more patient to wait on circumstances to unfold before I take action. This is not normal for me. I am also less angry. I might express an unusual passiveness while under fire because I take some time to process the situation before I can make a decision Only when Mars turns direct can they move the Mars energy forward.

Now for those who are NOT ruled by Mars, it may feel quite differently. You may feel more impatient to force matters to a conclusion, to get a project going or to take immediate action. This would be an unwise course of action! Remember, initiating or impulsively taking action will not work to your favor, especially if it is with a person who is ruled by Mars.

I have my fingers crossed for the next two months. Do not worry my friends -- you will get through this. Good luck!