"We perceive and are affected by changes too subtle to be described." - Henry David Thoreau
Hi, I'm Laura! Wife of one. Real mother of one. Dog mother of two. Travel, fashion, event planning, baking & pinterest enthusiast. Likes short walks on the beach & laughing over little things. Check out my family blog by clicking on the picture above.
Guess what guys?! It's that time of the year again! So You Think You Can Dance is back!!!! I'm a few weeks behind, but watching the top 20 has already brought me to tears. Get ready for lots of videos to follow, but here is my favorite so far. Stacey Tookey never ceases to amaze me. Although she said this piece was about enjoying life in the here and now, I got a somewhat different message from it. To me it seemed to be about a couple who were there for each other through everything. The good times and the bad. The hardships and the joys. I loved how Carly (the girl) looked so delicate in her dress, but was actually so strong for Rudy (the guy). It was so beautifully done with the musicality of the song and reminded me of how my amazing hubby is always there for me when I need him to be. Plus it had that beautiful flowy dress and some wind, so it was pretty much a win from the get go.
Remember that time I was in French class? Well, for the final one of the girls in my class sang this amazing French opera song. It blew my mind. I've found multiple versions of in on YouTube but none of them compare. Hopefully one day I'll find a version that does it justice, but until then this one will have to do. I've also included the lyrics, because I think they are just as beautiful as the melody.
Apres un Reve:
(Please excuse any typos).
Dans un sommeil que charmait ton image
Je revais le gonheur, ardent mirage,
Tes yeux etaient plus doux, ta voix pure et sonore,
Tu rayonnais comme un ciel eclaire par l'avrore;
Tu m'applelais et je quittais la terre
Pour m'enfuir avec toi vers la lumiere,
Les cieux pour nous entriouvnaient leurs nues,
Splendeurs inconnves, lueurs diveins entrevues,
Helas! Helas! Triste reveil des songes
Je t'applle, O nuit, rends moi tes mensonges,
Reviens, reveins radieuse,
Reviens O nuit mysterieuse!
In a slumber which held your image spellbound
I dreamt of happiness, passionate mirage,
Your eyes were softer, your voice pure and sonorous,
I got Snickerdoodle, which is pretty fitting considering I just posted about making them here! And let's just pretend I didn't waste a ton of time to take a bazillion quizzes to figure this out.....because that would ridiculous.
I heard this before his other song, "TheMan" hit the iTunes top ten list and fell in love immediately.
5. Favorite Oscar Look
The hubby and I finally watching the Oscars this Sunday (woot!) and I was amazed by Camila Alves's dress! It complimented Mr.McConaughey'sacceptance speech perfectly. And on the note of acceptance speeches, I loved Jared Leto's too. Oh and Robert De Niro's description of writers fit the hubs to a tee. And next year I'm definitely having an Oscar's party. Superbowl smuperbowl.
I was feeling a bit snickerdoodlish the other day and since I haven't found the perfect mixture of 5 different cookie recipes that combine into one perfect recipe of snickerdoodleness, I decided to try just one (this one). And holy amazing. I ended up using 1 tbsp (instead of tsp) vanilla and added 1 tsp cornstarch and 1 tsp cream of tartar, because, well, I had to change something. I was a bit nervous to put in the first batch since my oven hates me. No really, it does. And it REALLY hates cookies. But, for some reason today it decided to feel snickerdoodlish too. So thanks, dear oven. You got a bit testy after batch #2, but you pulled through.
Oh my gosh, some new friends showed us this last night and I cannot stop laughing!! There are over 11 million views, so there's a good chance you've already seen it. But if not - you gotta check it out. What am I saying? Even if you HAVE seen it, you should probably watch it again. So. Awesome.