Mama, I Love You Monday, Feb 14 2011 

Hi Readers,

It is Valentine’s Day, of all days. So, Happy Valentine’s Day…

And enough on THAT note! Today’s post is a special shout-out to my one and only…

Day 14 - A picture of someone you could never imagine your life without.

Mama. This post is about someone you could not imagine your life without; I can’t use people twice which really bites. Anyway…

Mama,

If you’re reading this, I want you to know that I love you. Even when I am so angry with you that I’m left speechless, I love you, lol. I can’t imagine you not being here… not hearing your voice, or hearing your laugh. We grew up together in a way, and I just can’t begin to fathom you not having ever been a part of my life. You know me better than most and  a good deal of the time, know  when something is bothering me or making me happy. Not living with you is weird sometimes because you’re not in the kitchen with the stereo, waiting for me to help make dinner. Or maybe just having a lazy day, blasting the music, just singing and dancing… I dunno… I just know this: I might not always like the choices you make, but I want you in my life for as long as I can have you there. You mean the world to me. I love you.

To all my readers, I hope that your day is wonderful–whether you’re in a relationship or not–I hope it is wonderful. Hold on to the one good thing about today and just breathe it in.

❤ Nolaleigh

Love, Me (Thirty Days, Thirty Photos) Friday, Jan 14 2011 

Hi Readers,

I’m sad to say that until I am able to come up with 30 hour days for a week, there will not be any new book reviews… Six classes, four are literature. Instead, I bring you something different. For the next thirty days, I am engaging myself in a photographic series that I’m calling… “Love, Me (Thirty Days, Thirty Photos).” Usually, I would give you a list of the different parts to whatever is going on… but this time, I’d like to try to not do that. I hope you are able to enjoy what is presented in place of the previous entries about books. Afterall, it is not forever…

Day 01: A Picture of Yourself with Ten Facts

1. I love taking photos of myself and enjoy editing them to suit a certain song, mood–some kind of theme.

2. I’m a fan of many kinds of music.

3. That being said, I absolutely love to sing, write songs… engross myself in the feelings the song emits.

4. Avid learner. I will look up extra information about a particular subject and continue reading until I believe I have credible knowledge and a need to share said information.

5. I’m incredibly unsure of myself in certain areas of my life. On any given day, you can hear me say something about myself that might be a bit more than mean.

6. If I don’t have any particular place to be, I actually enjoy being out and about– and lost.

7. There is nothing like being in bed or on the couch curled up with a good book. 😉

8. I have hazel eyes. It was a very long time before I actually came to terms with the fact that I have the same color eyes as my father. I have since decided that I am not him and my eyes are not his.

9. I love my friends and family deeply. But I’m very guarded around them and people in general. Here’s something positive though: I’m working on letting down my guard and loving myself even on my worst day.

10. This might be seem bizarre, but if you are looking at this picture, and reading this list, I want you to get to know me. Not necessarily, knowing me so well that you know what I do when I’m formulating an answer or when I’m pissed off (although, if you do know me that well, thank you for your patience)… but enough so that we have some understanding of each other. I like getting to know people… and I’m hoping that you have enough patience to do that. ♥

Thanks for reading,
Miss Nolaleigh

50 Things You Probably Don’t Know… Wednesday, Jul 21 2010 

I’m reading an amazing novel right now… so I need a filler until I can finish it. Here goes…

1) I have weird dreams–I’m soo serious. They seem so real, sometimes too real and then when I wake up–it is almost bittersweet.

2) I’ve moved 26 times. No, I’m not military. Just moved alot… but I’ve always stayed in state.

3) I try to be patient… but sometimes it just doesn’t happen.

4) I live by a schedule… okay, maybe that’s not true. I do homework by a schedule. It’s the only way for me to get things done. In between those schedules are my times where I unleash–not as “uptight” as you thought.

5) My music choices are broad. I mean, they were broad before, but they have since expanded–it’s wonderful! I really love pretty much all kinds of music.

6) I have to believe that there is a man out there for me who will listen whether I’m right or wrong. Love me whether I’m right or wrong. Take me as I am. I can’t and shouldn’t have to be anyone other than me.

7) I love the look of tattoos and would love to get a few more.

8.) I do not tolerate domestic violence–physical, emotional, psychological, whatever. It is bullshit and you know it.

9) When you pass by, my mind is juggling all that I have to do over the next day or so. I’m not intending to glare at you–I probably don’t know you are there. No offense. More so, I’m quiet. I don’t mean to seem snobby, I’m just soo shy.

10) I don’t regret things–but I sometimes I wish I could undo certain things–it probably would have just been better that way.

11) I know and respect where I come from. Just because I am growing doesn’t mean I don’t remember my roots.

12) I believe in things being different–not better or worse, just different. A “good” different.

13) In my personal life, I am not a fan of change–there are certain parts about my character and appearance that I love reinventing. However, at first, I do not like moving and going against the usual day-to-day. Hang around me and you’ll figure it out–it’s kinda funny.

14) I love singing. I’m becoming comfortable enough with that part of me to the extent that I will sing quietly in public. Progress, Progress.

15) It’s irritating when people say “retarded”, “gay”, “Crack” related jokes. It makes me think you are ignorant, intolerant, and/or have little respect for people around you.

16) I love learning–languages, history, english, geography, psychology, sociology, etc. It is fascinating. This includes watching movies with accents so I can pick them up and use them.

17) I’m snoopy–but not rude. I enjoy hearing about people’s lives–and speculate about people of the ancient world and their lives–royal or not.

18) Archery is amazing. I haven’t practiced in awhile, but I would love to start up again.

19) Newsflash! I love jeans, hoodies, big sweatshirts, flip-flops, button-up men’s shirts… Comfy. 🙂

20) When it comes to make-up, I wear blush on my cheeks and eyes, gloss or chapstick, eye-liner, and then mascara. Quick and looks pretty. Takes less that five minutes.

21) I love when my nails have a nice length to them–painting them is fun too.

22) Reading and watching movies are up there in the Top 5 of my favorite things to do besides sing, cook/bake, and take pictures.

23) I enjoy doing the dishes. It gives me time to sing, or even think about whatever is going on with me at the time.

24) I LOVE SHOES. Oh my gawd– I hate shopping… but shoe-shopping… we are all go.

25) Looking at the stars is so fun and it reminds me that I am one person in a place of God knows how many beings. It also reiterates that I may be one person in countless beings, but I am of countless importance to at least one person.

26) My favorite quote for 2010 so far: “Put the shit-sandwich on the porch and light it.”

27) I write about my life–a long process, but it gets me over the events that happen.

28) Music can connect to all areas of my life–I have made it that important to me. ❤

29) I don’t like being in water… lakes and oceans. Pools are okay because I can see the bottom. Showers are perfect.

30) I thrive while making deadlines and being under pressure.

31) Ballroom dancing is soo beautiful to watch–movies and shows with any kind of dancing are fun, but ballroom dancing takes the cake.

32) I think one of the most romantic things that could be done to me is being sung to–wouldn’t mind that a bit. 🙂

33) My 2010 Reading List is huge. If I were to take one book and take a week to read each novel, it would take 2 1/2 years.

34) My eyes are Hazel. Depending on the lighting, they look blue or green. It took 15 years for me to love the color of my eyes.

35) I’ve been told I have a sparkling personality. I’m not sure if that means I’m a multi-faceted individual, or that I have no personality. I hope my boss was saying that as a compliment. haha

36) Green and blue are in a tie for being my favorite colors.

37) I hold back what I really want to say to people sometimes because I don’t want to deal with the emotional bullshit of what is to follow. But that is changing…

38) I consider my life to be like salad–different flavors and textures–some more preferable than others, but they are there all the same.

39) I am the shortest person in my immediate family at 5’4″. My fifteen year old brother is almost 6’2″. My sixteen year old sister is 5’9″. Mama is 5’11”.

40) I do not easily trust people. I often question people’s intentions and keep myself at a distance–it doesn’t matter how close we were, are, or could be. I think acknowledging this is a testament to who I am, and gives me something to improve upon.

41) I love reading Emily Dickinson–she is the queen of dashes. I pay homage to her often in my writing–

42) I hold on to certain things for a long period of time and then let them go when they no longer serve a purpose to my writing. That might be harsh, but it is what it is.

43) It rubs me the wrong way when people leave words hanging over my head–if you have something to say, say it. Don’t worry about me–I’m not made of glass. But hey, if it helps you sleep at night, so be it. #37 is just part of the contradiction that is me.

44) I’ve been told I have a warped sense of humor. Hate to break it to you, my humor is no more warped than you are–I’m just more open about it.

45) The Hannibal Lecter series is probably in the #1 slot for Favorite Movie series ever.

46) I’m really into the supernatural–the idea of “the other side” has fascinated me for years.

47) I’m completely guilty of putting up only one side of my personality. For certain people it will be one way, for others another, and so on.

48) I respect my native american heritage and am not embarrassed with it.

49) I would not mind teaching one day–it’s getting there that would be an issue. If you throw me into a situation I can adapt, but give me time to change my mind and you can bet your ass I will give you any and all excuses in the book. In any case, I could teach history, but not my major–english.

50) I love Washington State weather. I guess that is the one kind of  change I absolutely love. 🙂