Thursday, October 21, 2010

Books I'm Reading..

.. I have both regular and literary ADD and you can tell with the number of books I'm reading. Some I'm on chapter one, some I'm on the last page, but I swear: I've dog-eared each one of these at some point! So far, I'd recommend them all!

Fall Fashion Collage

My favorite things are in style this fall.. Rosettes, ruffles and that heathery color between gray and purple. Looooove it! I also love cute owls. I feel like blogging but I don't feel like writing. Hence the three posts in an hour about absolutely nothing. If you're bored, read on.

Fall Nail Polish

I am a nail polish FREAK! Although they're usually chipped, I ALWAYS have my nails painted and do so at least once per week. I used to bite my nails and now have a sense of pride for keeping them long and lovely! Unfortunately, playing guitar requires me to keep them somewhat short, but it also has helped me find some of the best quality varnishes and ones that don't chip! So here's my current favorite fall colors from light to dark. Some are tried and true, some are very new, but all are perfect for these cool autumn days!

Chanel - "Tendresse"

Revlon - "Gray Suede"

Revlon - "Cherries in the Snow"
(my signature color)

O.P.I. - "Smitten With Mittens"

Sally Hansen - "Commander in Chic"
(Isn't that a great name?)

Essie - "Mink Muffs"

Revlon - "Vixen"
(been wearing this since high-school -- LOVE it!)

Sally Hansen - "Uptempo Plum"

I have heard about this nail marbling for some time and I think I'm going to try it.
Water marbling is a type of nail art that looks like multi-tonal swirls. Water marbling as a nail art is actually a variation of the Ebru, the Turkish art of creating designs with dye on the water, and then placing paper on the water's surface to soak up the dye. Water marbling takes practice, but it looks worth trying! In some cases, vertical swirls can even make nails look longer. Just remember using a lighter color for a base coat allows the contrasting swirl of colors to pop. I'll let you know how it goes! :)

Top 10 Irish Movies

... Or movies with Irish people..

It's getting cold out. Perfect for film watchin'. Here are my pics:

10. Riverdance - Irish dance tells a story. Uh-mazing!

9. Angela's Ashes - Read the book! Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the poverty endemic in the slums of pre-war Limerick.

8. American Women (aka The Closer You Get) - Fed up with dismal prospects in Ireland, Irish lads send an ad to the Miami Herald inviting fit and enticing women, between the ages of 20 and 21, to live in their isolated Donegal village.

7. The Quiet Man - A disgraced American boxer retires to Ireland, where he finds love.

6. Secret of Roan Inish - 10-year-old Fiona is sent to live with her grandparents in a small fishing village in Donegal, Ireland. She soon learns the local legend that an ancestor of hers married a Selkie - a seal who can turn into a human. Years earlier, her baby brother washed out to sea in a cradle shaped like a boat and many believe he's being raised by the seals.

5. Dancing at Luhnesa - Meryl Streep stars! Five unmarried sisters make the most of their simple existence in rural Ireland in the 1930s.

4. In The Name of the Father - Hello, Daniel Day Lewis! Man's coerced confession to an IRA bombing he didn't do imprisons his father as well; a British lawyer helps fight for their freedom.

3. Once - OMGosh. Amazing. Music is incredible. A modern-day musical about a busker and an immigrant and their eventful week in Dublin, as they write, rehearse and record songs that tell their love story. Aaaand, one of the stars, Glen Hansard, also starred in the next film on my list almost 20 years ago!

2. The Commitments - Not for the kids.. Lots of the F-word. But great. The travails of Jimmy Rabbitte to form the "World's Hardest Working Band," The Commitments, and bring soul music to the people of Dublin, Ireland. Glen Hansard plays Outspan.

1. Waking Ned Devine - Funniest. Movie. Ever. When word reaches two elderly best friends that someone in their tiny Irish village has won the national lottery, they go to great lengths to find the winner so they can share the wealth. When they discover the "lucky" winner, Ned Devine, they find he has died of shock upon discovering his win. Not wanting the money to go to waste, the village enters a pact to pretend Ned is still alive by having another man pose as him, and then to divide the money between them.


Honorable mention:
-- The Wind That Shakes the Barley, and
-- Darby O'Gill and the Little People (with Sean Connery!)

Friday, October 08, 2010

My Mom's Blog

My mom has 8 children. She's the most laid back, capable lady out there. She's has great insights about life and our Catholic faith. She's well read and I have no doubt that, if she started a blog, she'd be up there with the best of 'em! Problem is, she won't. Or at least hasn't yet. But I'd like to start a campaign to get her online. Read this email she sent me (we've been chatting about healthiness) and get on-board!

Hey Cait,

Don't forget it's Will's Birthday today.. Found this pic of him on the computer. I think it's one of those special effects things. I hope so. Maybe it's one of those things where you think your child is the cutest thing, but really they're pretty ugly. I hope I'm not seeing the light..

Anyway, we were talking about what being healthy means.. Well, I think "Healthy" can't be too prescriptive, one person to another, but...what I mean by "healthy" would better be described as "balanced" or "ordered" (and then, --sadly-- that word, "disciplined"). So, simply an ordered life of prayer, contemplation, Mass, service, exercise, work = health in soul, body and mind.

This so occupies me because it is something I struggle with mightily myself (I am supposed to be on the elliptical as we speak...). It is something my dear old dad tried unsuccessfully to instill in our hearts (or drum into our brains). An examination of Papa's life in the area of discipline and its outcome is testament enough of its value. He was always saying to us "Ya gotta have a system...Without a system ya got nothin'...When ya go ta bed tuhnight ya oughta know exactly what ye'r plan is for the next day." (did the Irish accent come through?).

Maybe he really understood my personal struggle with this. Maybe he was speaking in generalities to any of his kids who would listen. But listen I did not. I didn't like to be accountable in that way, yet when the structure was provided for me, at work or at school I really liked the feeling of accomplishment one gets from, well, accomplishing, reaching goals, getting things done and the satisfaction that comes with that. One can rides on the fumes, so to speak, of externally provided structure, but ultimately, we need to have a personal order ourselves.

As a stay at home mom, this is becoming challenging as I move out of the natural structure and time clock that babies provide and move to a new stage of life. Meaning, I guess, that with a little less external structure, ie, more unstructured time on my hands, I'm just now realizing how much I need to develop that in myself. The healthy balance of prayer, work, exercise, time with loved ones, paperwork... (my italics are my own neglected areas) would rock my world.

The possibility of laying my head on my pillow at night feeling at peace, having attended to the different spheres of my life is something I would like to feel. Just once! Seriously, I can get excited and peaceful and hopeful at the same time just thinking about it.

And just to illustrate the tangential rabbit-trail of my world, I just bolded the only thing I really wanted to say about this. (See above) That health, to me, isn't just about the body, it's about order and balance throughout. There.

Okay, so we'll see you next weekend. I gotta run. Aunt Trish and all the gang from Cleveland are coming. Gotta get ready for them and you know what that means. I'll be in the wine aisle at Payless.

Okay, Love you.


See? Isn't she awesome? So c'mon! Let's get Noreen a'bloggin', shall we?

Saturday, October 02, 2010

CD You Must Get -- No, it's not mine.

My favorite blogger, Betty Beguiles has a truly talented man! Stop what you're doing and go get this CD! He is so awesome and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE his individuality! Blows my mind. Okay, stop listening to me. Go have a listen ("Love Comes Down" is my fav and I also love "Two Became One") and then buy it.