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FIRST, I really think more of us should do this every morning (thanks to thevisual_beast )


CLICK for More Zoolander Photos! )
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I had bought this dvd, Hats Off starring Mimi Weddell a couple months ago, but didn't have time to watch it yet.

"I find if people walk slowly in front of me these days, I want to kick them."

It's an interesting film. I recommend watching it. It definitely made me think,... and perhaps more importantly, reconsider what's important. Are you wasting your time...? This woman was 93 years old. Every moment is precious, because she may die at any time... right...? (because she's so old...) But we are born and we have X amount of unknown years, isn't every moment precious? It doesn't matter how old you are,... your are gradually moving towards death. (Mimi sadly died this Sept.)

Do something wonderful and look at beautiful things. Are you really spending your time the way you want to be...?

"If you don't dance, for heaven's sake, you cannot aspire.
You do not lift up from this earth."

from the website:
"Hats Off, a feature-length documentary, profiles the beauty and eccentricities of an extraordinary woman, 93-year-old actress Mimi Weddell.

With the style and grace of Katharine Hepburn, the smoky wit and wisdom of Dorothy Parker, and her own personal philosophy, "rise above it," Mimi is truly an iconic American original, rising above the mundane and difficult confines of her own daily life to reach for the stars and fulfill her dreams.

Hats Off captures the essence of this most unusual woman, named at age 90 by New York Magazine as one of the "50 Most Beautiful People in New York," whose full-time acting career began at age 65 upon the passing of her husband, and whose daily routine mocks the traditional image of old age. From grueling 14-hour days at cattle call auditions to her weekly gymnastics and dance workouts, Mimi Weddell exudes a 'can-do, will-do' attitude in the face of life's trials and tribulations, and moves through her challenges with grace, encouraging us all to be more than we are.

and now I'm going to go watch Die Hard.
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I've been combing my perpetual quote list because I want to get a vinyl cling for somewhere in my house. Here's my current favorites, maybe they'll speak to you, too.

"I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night."
- Sarah Williams

"Celebrate your success and find humor in your failures. Don’t take yourself so seriously. Loosen up and everyone around you will loosen up. Have fun and always show enthusiasm. When all else fails, put on a costume and sing a silly song."
-Sam Walton

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
-Oscar Wilde

"If there ever comes a day when we can't be together, keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever."
- Winnie the Pooh

"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me lay an invincible summer."
- Albert Camus.

"You'll meet a lot of jerks in life. If they hurt you, remember it's because they're stupid. Don't react to their cruelty. There's nothing worse than bitterness and revenge."
-Marji's Grandma in Persepolis.

"People like you and I, though mortal of course like everyone else, do not grow old no matter how long we live...[We] never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born."
- Albert Einstein

"When you come to the end of all the light you know, and it's time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: Either you will be given something solid to stand on or you will be taught to fly."
- Edward Teller

"Do it big, do it right, do it with style."
- Fred Astaire
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"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."

Ferris Bueller's director, John Hughes, died yesterday at age 59. Ferris Bueller's Day Off is one of my life mottos... Thanks for the inspiration, Mr. Hughes. I won't forget.

Here's my day:

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VHD sketch done in crayon at a restaurant.

Still no internet,... (I'm going crazy) I can't even access my email at call me on my cel or email Mitch if you need me for anything urgent before Thurs.

unrelated, but here's the progress on our house! crazy, it looks like a house! Just to clarify, we're not having a custom house built or anything, it's just we're buying a house in a new-in-progress development. :) We did get to choose a couple things though like carpet and the paint color.
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I'm off on a plane to Charleston, South Carolina to see my family! (I'll be back in a week.) I'll have limited email access but lots of access to fried chicken. See you on the other side!

completely unrelated,... I am SO getting a sakura tree for my new place. (potential nurseries: hashimoto and san gabriel) I'm getting all weepy just thinking about it. Hopefully I won't kill it. lol.
(also going to get some old fashioned roses)
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I would love to stop coughing up brains. DO NOT WANT.

that meme where people do five things or something! from darth_teca. :)
I'm not tagging anyone! sorry!

5 things, animation, hcc, doctor who, takarazuka, lolita )
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More hustle-training tomorrow. Which might sound a bit misleading given the pimpin boots below.

For a while I'd been toying with the idea of getting a pair of cowboy boots to wear with jeans and dresses... I've been loving my other boots so much... so I finally got a pair I liked on ebay for super cheap. I love that they look like they've had a life. The toes are all pointy and pimpin. XD Now I just need to get some slim leg jeans to tuck into them. But these boots, I LOVE THEM. I could not resist dancing around the living room in them. YAY

I saw this silly SNL video today (from orange-crushed) and had a huge wave of college nostalgia and had to do a little sketch to help you understand. When I was 17 or so I moved 3,000 miles to go to art school (Calarts) in Valencia, CA. Which basically meant, I went to school with Ras Trent. The exception being us geeky animator types (as seen above)
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"The most ordinary person can change the world."
~ The Doctor in Age of Steel

isn't that a great quote? That's part of what I love about Doctor Who, it has an overarching theme that ordinary, normal, mundane people can do extraordinary things.
Let's all do WONDERFUL THINGS, shall we? Life is short!

completely unrelated, some Captain Jack yesterday!

click to make Jack bigger!

(har har see what I did?)

and even more unrelated, marui posted a photo of me from AX in my Sweets Country skirt!
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I saw this card in a paper store yesterday. The heart of it is very much one of my mottos, but I'd never heard this quote before. Sometimes I need a bit of reminding.

Crisso and I went out for tea yesterday. It was absolutely lovely. I hope the weather holds pleasant for a little while. I'd really like to go to Huntington Gardens again before it gets really hot.
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I don't normally post stuff like this, but I'm going to post this because it really moved me. Someone wrote into a radio talk show,... I feel like it echoes a lot of what I've been thinking about lately, about how fragile life is, and how horrible it is to waste it or spend it stuck in a negative loop.

Let's not forget Ferris Bueller:
"Life goes by pretty fast.
If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."

Here is the letter:

"My brother was diagnosed with cancer at the ripe age of 15. In a 6 year period, he would undergo 14 operations, which included bone replacements, brain surgery and a leg amputation...

Upon reflection, I considered the decision that my brother made at 15 and kept the rest of his life which ended at 22. He would relish and rejoice in absolutely every second of life that he could. He wanted laughter - not tears. Between operations, with his body in various stages of decomposition, his mind would only become more clear, determined and focused.
Life is to be lived.

When something he loved was taken from him, he would simply find other things to enjoy. When he could no longer walk without the aid of crutches, he took up fishing. He and his friends would go in a small boat in the lake. There, nothing would escape his thirst from life. Like a child experiencing something for the first time, he would notice and enjoy all that the experience had to offer, the lake, the trees, the ripples on the water, the serenity, the joy of the catch. Most of all he would enjoy the company of the people he was with.

When he could no longer fish, he would go for drives. Friends and family would take him to view beautiful mountaintops, white-capped rivers, deep winding back-roads and woods filled with colored trees. I remember going to mount baker once. From the mountain top we had a perfect vantage point. the sky was deep blue with scattered clouds, the snow glistened... and he stared at it for a long time memorizing every crevice and ridge, knowing deep down that this would be the last time he would see it. A slow smile would come to his lips as he'd look at me and say, "Isn't it beautiful...?"
Recognizing the beauty of my brother who loved me and life unconditionally, I said, "yes."

When he could no longer go for these rides he would enjoy the company of those closest to him. Those who gathered in his room, around him, telling jokes. It sounded more like a party than the room of a dying boy.

Carl was born on Feb 3rd, he died on Feb 23rd. 22 years after his birth. Feb is the month that I most think of him. His gift, initially lost in grief, slowly revealed itself to me through reflection. I was taught by someone 7 years my junior. He lived life moment to moment, squeezed every juicy drop from a fruit that many would have considered dry. And never missed an opportunity to connect or laugh. It is to date the most extraordinary lesson I have ever had the privilege of witnessing.

I approach each day as he did with the type of wonderment and childlike amazement. I enjoy small moments, hug my children and those I love, and most of all, I am thankful. thankful for one more day, one more hour, one more moment."


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