Friday, March 2, 2012

They'd Be Days Like This

 I am just concluding a Friday that I swear I saw in the movie "One flew over the Cuckoos Nest."
To prevent my consumption of a fourth Cadbury's Creme Egg in a row, I checked out my reliable horoscope for tomorrow. I need a boost of excitement to get up in the morning. So here goes....

Virgo March 3rd:
Today Virgo will be positively influenced by Emotional Connections, A Phrase From A Book and Sobek God Of River Nile. Tefnut Goddess Of Rains, A Hairstyle and A Teapot will have a negative influence on Virgo today.

 I love the quote: a hairstyle and a teapot!!! I want to own that store, or write that book. As owner of that store, I will change my name to Tefnut - which could/should/would be:
a) character from The Wind in the Willows meets Harry Potter
b) a chocolate bar that pretends to be healthy and an aid to endless energy
c) a set of saucepans

How on earth is a hairstyle and/or a teapot going to be negative for me? I almost want to visit a hair salon next to a Pottery Barn just to find out! 
Of course what really scares me is that my Twitter page features a teapot. (Insert Twilight Zone music!) (Thank you Jen & Gavin who actually just did that!)

Anyway, I have to go and pay attention to my dearest, who is currently wearing a suit jacket and a pair of my trousers to bed. Hilarious seeing as my waist is the same as his height! 
Mind you, I am not judging as I am aware that I just spent the whole day wearing my sweater inside out.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Leap Year Wonder

I am stunned when I think that today - 29th February, will not exist again until 2016.
Then I am reminded that none of the days we have, will ever exist again.
Personally, because of illness, I am sad when I think of 2016.

I met a couple yesterday who are at the very beginning of their journey into Alzheimer's. The care partner described feeling  frightened and I wanted to say, please do your best to love what you have now. It is pointless worrying about the outcome, as it will happen regardless and you will cope with it, because we can.
It's a cliche because it has been well documented and shared - that all that really matters is now.

I guess I am saying the same to myself today. We expect and demand too much from ourselves. Even on a day like today, some of us feel we should/would/could do something original and daring. Be fearless! Go for it! Grab the day. Be bold. Be new.

Yes, we are able to try those things to some degree. I wonder though, if the effect is just as powerful, if you simply did nothing. You just observed, listened and let in some space, peace, dare I mention love?
This need to live, feel or achieve makes me anxious. Perhaps I am only tired and have lost a trust I once had in finding magic within each day. I either need to hug myself and say it's OK. Or shake myself and say get on with it! I do not know which I need - probably both!

Be precious with your time.February 29 2012 - Jayne wonders what she will think upon reading this in 2016.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Oscars Real Fashion

I wanted to know who we were wearing to celebrate The Oscars. Here are the results from my bunch of classy ladies in no particular order. Including a movie inspiration I have added.

Karen
I'm curled up in sweats and a sweater, with sparkly earrings :)  for my acceptance speech, I''ll put on heels ;)
Movie: "Lord of the Earrings: The Far Side of The Couch"

Gigi
I am wearing, "Mommy and Me" attire. It consists of sweats and winter socks. Very stylish, indeed.
Movie: "Little Mister Sunshine"

Jen
Wearing PJ's (Sock Monkey!)  and eating snacks with unladylike gusto.
Movie:  "Planet of the Sock Monkeys"

Sheryl
I'm wearing a kilt because I just came from working a Scotch tasting. 
Movie: "A kilt for all Seasons."

Shannon
I am wearing a very glamorous blue fleece pullover with some super sexy plaid long underwear pants and ski socks.
Movie: "Good Will Blue Fleece"

AND THE WINNER IS.......................................
Sandy
I wore teal P.J top with Dr. Seuss inspired teal and aqua striped bottoms, along with a pink micro-plush bathrobe. My accessory was Scott's head-shot in a silver frame, while the screenwriter's nominations were being announced. Scott's not too flashy, so he went for the antiqued silver, embedded with hearts.
Movie: Love Story    (of course xx)

I love my girls!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Script Reading

 In honor of The Oscars. Here's an excerpt from Lulu Diamonds called The  Script Reading.

 We were taken into a large boardroom, which was pretty sparse apart from a fantastic oak table and chairs. As we entered, the last to arrive I noticed, I took the opportunity to quickly scan the room to spot the famous faces. Could that be? No, oh look that's the actress who, oh wait that's a man! Is that...oh no it's not. No, I didn't recognize anyone.
"Adam Adam!" There were hugs with mid air kisses. A tall woman wearing yellow, introduced herself as Miriam. She had huge hair, almost orange, that sprang from her head in every direction. She looked like she was dressed for the role of The Sun in a local school pageant.
"It's so good to see you Adam." Her deep, slow voice made me wonder if she were a drag queen. "You look greatly bodacious."
"Wow there's a word" I said, regretting that my comment came out so loudly.
"He is, dear girl, a star, etc etc." I must stress to you that the Miriam woman/man actually said etc etc. In fact she/he said it a lot, while sucking their teeth. Everyone sat down, apart from me as I realized there was no chair.
"This is Lulu my personal assistant" Adam said.
"You can wait outside Lolly," Miriam barked, making me jump.
"Her name is Lulu, and I want her here with me."
"Oh no that's OK." I whispered feeling awkward like a new girl in class.
"Geraldine, get Lolly a chair." Geraldine was a tiny thing who bounced out of what appeared to be Miriam's hand bag. You couldn't tell where her hair stopped and her woolen dress began. She was skinny, short and moved with great speed, kind of like a chihuahua.
"I don't mind," she mumbled quickly, disappearing and reappearing with a large metal and black contraption. With a violent shrug it unfolded into a deckchair and she pushed it at me. I sat down, sinking two inches below the table and everyone else.
"Team," Miriam began. "I have been working on this project for five years and today is the transcendent day. I feel like Faraday must have, upon that initial spark." What the hell did that mean I thought?
"This is more than a screenplay. This is the honest truth wrapped up in clear glass with the perfect apple. This is the Mona Lisa smile, etc etc. The first brick in The Great Wall of China and the final piece of sand on a Bali beach. Yes, is there one?" She sighed, as did the room. "Exactly, etc etc."
I looked up at Adam. His face glazed not understanding a word she was saying.
"I warn you now, you will question your heart after reading this script." I shuddered beginning to imagine Adam and me walking the red carpet. I would diet, get fit, look marvelous. Perhaps, even Miriam bodacious, if that were a good word to be.
 "Please before we open at glorious page one, may we have a silent moment." She bowed her head and then whipped it back up. "As most of you know, last year I lost religion, so I would prefer if nobody prayed." The head swung back down.

During the silent non religious moment, I tried to pull my copy of this wondrous script from the bottom of my bag. I regretted not reading it last night, opting instead to spend precious time painting my nails black. Sweet wrappers, loose coins and a large emergency necklace noisily got in the way. There was also half a bag of popcorn I had saved from the cinema for the reading. I dragged it out to show Adam.
"Stop the racket" he clearly mouthed. Feeling embarrassed, I dropped the bag on the floor, and appreciated the fact that I could almost hide underneath the table.

"And so we begin!" Miriam said shaking out her arms. "The title of our movie is: "Archibald The Puffin and his Christmas Wish."