You’re Such A Character

For today’s challenge I am taking a topic from the Disney list.  It asks to pick your favorite character.  I don’t think its as easy as that.  I love all things Disney but that’s not why I think this is hard.  I love to watch Disney movies because they are easy and happy and take you to a world outside of your everyday life.  Sometimes you just have a sucky day.  Those are the days that you just need a little fluff.  While enjoying those fluff movies you start to relate to those characters.  So instead of just picking one that is close to my heart I will categorize a little.  Side Note:  Everyone knows Ariel is my favorite.  Forever and Always.  But I wanted to talk about something different than just my fav mermaid.

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First on my list is my favorite sidekick, Ray.  As someone from Louisiana I love the Princess and the Frog.  I love that it is so familiar and so true to  my real life story that it makes me want to watch it over and over again.  Even though I think Tiana is a great princess my favorite character from the movie is the ever positive lovable lighting bug.  He’s a problem solver.  He’s a good listener.  He’s a great friend.  He reminds me of so many people I know who would take the shirt off of the their back to give to someone else.  The love and sacrifice he shows to the others characters makes him one of my all time favorites.

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Next on my list is my favorite Pixar character, Wall-E.  This is a character that doesn’t even really talk but I love him.  Wall-E shows you how to love.  You don’t have to say it. You can show it.  He protects Eve from the rain, he sings for her, and he puts himself in harms way for her.  Its not even a romantic thing when it comes to Wall-E.  For a tiny garbage robot he sure shows you how you should behave as a human.

 

PowerlineLastly its my favorite underrated character.  POWERLINE.  I personally think that the Goofy Movie is one of the best things Disney has done.  Powerline doesn’t have to have some crazy great story line because he has the voice.  Sure there are great songs in the Disney cannon that are classic but if I want to jam out this is legit my go to.  My husband rolls his eyes and laughs every time this comes on in the car.  Powerline is my jam.

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Bring on the Funk

For today’s post I decided to go with Day 2 on the music challenge, music that reminds you of your parents.

My parents have not been together since I was 4 years old but when it comes to this subject they are exactly the same.  My parents are both 50 something year old south Louisiana folks.  From that description you may think they are country music fans or even cajun music people.  Nope.  If you asked me to describe the type of music that reminds me of my parents I can say it in one word…FUNK.

Growing up we spent every other weekend with my dad.  He lived in places that were at least 20 minutes away so that usually meant a good bit of time spent together in the car.  While I did learn to appreciate Whoop There It Is 18155_882468094935_7570479_n on his watch, it was the funk peeps that are what I always remember.  We listed to the Gap Band, Dazz Band and so many others.  I distinctly remember him naming every female we knew saying they had a big ole butt while listening to a funk classic Doin the Butt.  When I got married I told my dad that there was no way we were doing some silly Butterfly Kisses father/daughter dance.  We were going to bring it back to our basics and jam out.  We ended up dancing to Let it Whip and my Dad sang all of the words just like I knew he would.  I have even gone so far as to make a Dad Music playlist on my Spotify when I really need to get in the groove.

We spent the majority of our time with my mom.  While she loved her some Rod Stewart we always loved to hear her stories about going out to Friscos and listening to this fun music.  Friscos was apparently a teen club that my mom and her best friends would go to on the weekends.  I’ve heard her talk about dragging my poor uncle out because he was the only one at the house who would drive them.   1928793_550228665415_879_n

The song I remember her talking about the most was called Humpin.  Oh yes you heard that right.  The lyrics are literally “you’ve got me humpin day and night baby”.  Yep my mother let us listen to that lol.  Not only did she let us listen to it she rocked out with us as we got ready to go our ourselves.  I’m a lover of all kinds of music but Funk will forever have a special place in my heart.

Just in case you’ve never heard the Humpin song….your welcome.

Day 9: Favorite Hobby

There are lots of things that I really enjoy.  I like to sing, I like to paint, I like to do craft problems and I love to cook.  My absolute favorite thing in the whole world to do is DANCE.  I don’t mean dancing at the club kind of dancing, not that there is anything wrong with that, I mean technical, ballet positions, shuffle ball changes and everything else that comes with it.

I danced for 17 years between two studios.  The first studio I took with, Bunnys aka Fancy Footworks, established my love of dance.  I learned all the technical aspects and was challenged to try new things.  I took ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and pointe while I was there.  I also made some really great friends that I still talk to 20 years later.  I also really treasure the bond I felt with my teachers.  Most of the studio was run by sisters and the studio itself was attached to their mom’s house.  Sweet Ms Teta along with Ms Bunny and Mauren came to visit me at my second job the other day and it genuinely warmed my heart to see them.  I know they will forever hold a special place in my heart.  The second studio I danced for was Jennifer’s Dancing Angels.  This was a completely different type of studio.  Ms Jennifer who is a wonderful person traded my dance teaching services for classes I could take.  I felt so fulfilled during my time there not only doing what I loved but helping to build self esteem and friendships amongst my students.

The second part of my dance journey has been working with the performing arts department at work.  I spent 3 years choreographing for the show choir.  I also choreographed for two musicals.  It was there that I realized how much I had truly learned all those years.  I also learned that I have a good instinct when it comes to music and dance.  I’ve had to take a little break from all the dancing which is a big bummer for me but i know it will forever be a part of my heart and my soul.

And just for fun some nice blast from the past…

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Day 8 : #1 on the Bucket List

My bucket list is pretty long.  I don’t know about you people but there are a lot of things I want out of this life; Own my home, buy a boat, take an RV road trip, see shows on broadway.  I could go on for days.  There are lots of places I would like to travel to on my list as well but the thing that beats out everything else for me is to do a culinary tour of Italy.  This may make me sound like a serious fatty but I love Italian food.  What other place could you possibly go to experience Italian food in its most authentic forms.

There are so many places I could go but these would be my top spots:

1.  Amalfi Coast – SEAFOOD.  That’s all you need to say and I’m in.  The Amalfi Coast is off the Mediterranean and is known as a fishing village.  There are lots of fresh catches to feast on that will no doubt be covered in the most perfect lemon juice known to man since they are also a big provider of.   My dream dish for there is Seafood Cioppino.  Crab, shrimp, scallops, tomato broth….yum

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Seafood Cioppino

2. Tuscany – Who doesn’t want to be under the Tuscan Sun?!?!  Tuscan food is explained to be “poor man” food.  That to me just means that its gonna be yummy like good southern or soul food.  You can get panzanella salad, antipasta, Tuscan style steaks and biscottis.  I am a huge fan of tomato soup and Tuscany has Pappa al Pomodoro which is tomato soup and bread with lots of basil

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Pappa al Pomodoro

3.  Sicily – I’m not sure why but when I think of Sicily I think of old grandmas like Sophia from the Golden Girls.  And if old grandmas are making my food it just can’t taste bad.  You can get Caponata with eggplant and pine nuts.  Sea Urchin spaghetti or fried rice call Arancini stuffed with ragu.

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Arancini

 4. Rome – This is one place I would like to go not just for the food but for the sites as well.  I would love to see the Vatican and the Coliseum, but I would like to do so while eating carbonara.  The thing I want most though is to eat a Roman style margarita pizza.

Margarita Pizza
Margarita Pizza

No matter where I go I will be eating well!!!

Day 7: What I Miss Most

Life is tough.  Sometimes its harder for some than it is for others.  Sometimes you have to grow up faster, leave college early or get married young.  No one thing makes our lives different so blame can’t be placed on anyone who had to “grow up”.  However, I blame myself on an almost daily basis that I’ve messed some things up in the process of me having to grow up.  My wonderful, amazing, priceless friends.  I tell my husband all the time how terrible of a friend I am.  I’ve never done anything intentionally or with malice to any of them, but I feel like my early actions started a snowball effect that I will never recover from.

When I was in high school and when I started college I was fun person.   Its even hard for me to believe this is the truth but it really was at one point in my life.  I was not afraid to go to parties, go out to watch a band, have people over at all hours of the night, try new things.  I was a chicken most of the time which was normal but I was pretty much down for whatever.

 

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See I told you I was fun.  At least for a little while.  I’m not sure if it was the anxiety, getting married or just feeling inferior because I gave up on life while everyone else was getting their dreams but things changed.  When my anxiety was really bad in the beginning I would cancel plans.  So people stopped calling.  When I was working more than one job to pay the mortgage and couldn’t do things.  People stopped asking.  I place no blame in these situations except with myself.

Now we are older and everyone is getting married and having babies I feel like I let myself get left behind.  The wonderful thing about my friends is that I could call them right now and they would do anything for me.  If I need them they are there 100%.  But I don’t want to have relationships where the only thing I share with them are tough times or when I’m in crisis.  I want all the good stuff too.  The fun stuff.  I know with all these babies I have a little trouble relating these days but I still want to be there and share the special moments.  Just like if I’m lucky enough to be a mama some day I want them there with me too.

So what do I miss the most….Adrienne, Amanda, Adele, Kelli, Jessel, Michelle, Coley, Courtney, Mark, Tyler, Matt, Justin, Josh and so many more.  If any of you read this one.  I love you! and I promise I will do better.

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Day 2 : Favorite Quote

Its no surprise that my favorite quotes are not from great thinkers or philosophers.  My favorite quotes come from things I enjoy and relate to most, entertainment.  There are two that stick out in my mind as something I really remember.

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My first quote is from Les Miserables.  This was the first Broadway show I ever saw.  I remember sitting in the balcony with my Nanie so immersed in the story that I could not take my eyes off of the stage.  It was so emotionally charged but I remember at the end the main character singing the words “To love another person is to see the face of God”.  Even now I tear up hearing those words.  Some times we are so bogged down in our own needs.  Humans are selfish creatures and I am no exception.  Each day we can find something to complain about.  Why didn’t I get that promotion?  Why can’t I have a nicer car like the neighbor?  Why me? Why me? Why me?  What we should really be doing is investing our time in others.  If you put others first would you be thinking about all the why mes?

I know this because by loving the people around me I become a better person.  God puts everyone in your life for a reason.  I can’t image what my world would be like if I had a different mother or never met my husband.  If I didn’t work with the people I do or interact with the kids I work with.  All of those people help to shape and mold the person I am.

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My second quote is from the Hunger Games series.  My favorite character of all the books was Finnick Odair.  In the last book Finnick tells Katniss “It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart”.  I have said those words in my head over and over again when I feel anxious.  I have actually even thought about getting those words as a tattoo at some point.  This is especially close to my heart in terms of my anxiety.  I know I speak a lot about my anxiety and depression but in a way it is helpful for me to express that out loud instead of bottling it in.  There are many times when I feel hopeless.  I don’t understand how life can be so unfair to one single person sometimes.  I get tired of fighting.  I get tired of working for nothing.  I get tired of failing.  But I have to remind myself its not ok to fall apart completely.  I am still alive and breathing and I can handle any challenge that comes my way.

Begin Again With A Challenge

Social Media has been covered with challenges lately.  30 days of weight loss.  30 days of gratitude.  30 days of your favorite songs or memories.  So to get myself back in the swing of things blogging I have decided to do my own challenge.  I will do 30 days of blogging.

After looking on Pinterest I decided to do a combination of a blog and writing challenge…here goes nothing.

Day 1:  20 Little Known Facts About Yourself

1.  I am the oldest child and grandchild in my family

2. I have 7 siblings ; 1 real sister, 1 half brother, 2 half sisters and 3 step sisters

3.  I went to Catholic school from Pre-K to 12th grade

4.  I am afraid of frogs (I know, I know)

5.  I took dancing for 17 years and wish I could still do it

6.  I consider Ariel, the Little Mermaid, my oldest friend

7.  I love to cook restaurant copy cat recipes

8.  I wish I could have been in old Hollywood musicals with people like Judy Garland and Gene Kelly

9.  My favorite thing ever is Broadway musicals but I have never seen a show on Broadway even though I have been to New York and been to many touring productions

10.  I could literally watch the Food Network all day everyday and be happy

11.  I really love scavenger hunts

12.  I have lived in the same parish my entire life

13.  Since we no longer have cable Terry and I have become obsessed with watching  Youtube videos about Disney World in anticipation for our next trip

14.  I would rather wear pearls than diamonds

15.  I am terrified to be an older mother…if I get to be a mother

16.  I like to paint

17.  I hate taking medicine

18.  I want to travel to Italy just to try all the foods

19.  I think my mom is the most loyal, hard working, kind hearted person ever and I don’t tell her enough

20.  I don’t like cake

 

Until tomorrow….