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How To Be Alone

18 Aug

Saw this video floating around on the internets.

I love it.

For most of my life, I have required, no I have commanded, that I am with people at all times. I was never comfortable being alone. I was the child that would sneak out of the house to go play with my friends at six years old (Carter has repeated this very thing recently) and to be alone was akin to death in my world.

Being a divorced woman and single mother, I was forced to be alone for a time.  It was hard. I hated almost every minute of it. But guess what? It was healing.

Years later, I find myself willingly, longingly even, looking for these quiet moments of peace. I look forward to every moment spent alone; whether it be reading a book in the park or driving home from work in the car.

I finally have embraced me. I no longer look for validation in that of others company or companionship. And when people do show up in my life, I invite them in knowing that if I was fearful of being alone, they may have never showed up anyway.

Lonely is a freedom that breathes easy and weightless and lonely is healing if you make it.


Silver Queen Fine Art – Park City Art Gallery

16 Aug

I have been MIA for a few days. Sorry about that.

On to bigger news:

One of my best pals Timm Hilty and his art gallery Silver Queen Fine Art was featured in In This Week this week, which is Northern Utah’s guide to what’s the what in town.  Since the article was published, I see my friend Timmy’s face everywhere! It makes me feel important. Yeah, I live vicariously through my much more popular (and in this case, famous!) and cool friends.

Check the article out.

Scratch that.

Check the Gallery out (ok, ok, read the article too!).

This is the warmest, friendliest, most comfortable and fun gallery you will ever step your foot in. Oh, and the artists’ talent is INSANE. He features 21 different fine artists in the gallery, a couple of which are local, like this guy, whose work I absolutely adore.

One of my favorite artists‘ work is prominently displayed here. I actually had the pleasure of spending a weekend with him and his lovely lady when they were in town from New York City back in February for his showing at Silver Queen. I acquired my first original piece. See below.

Frank Gonzalez

Second Attempt

I could literally spend thousands upon thousands of dollars at the gallery. If I literally had thousands upon thousands of dollars to spend. In the meantime, I will just enjoy the gallery located in beautiful and historic Park City, lounging on the custom sofa, enjoying a beverage with the gallery cat, Midas and my dear friend Timm.

Do yourself a favor and visit.

New Blog Design – Color Scheme

8 Aug

My coworker Jonathan and our company webmaster, has agreed to do a custom design for my blog. As an “artist” (read here to see what I mean), the first order of business is deciding on a color scheme. I LOVE color. It is sooo difficult for me to choose because I love all the color combinations I’ve chosen so far.

I need help people.

I have narrowed it down to the TOP 10 and I ask all of you to vote on your TOP 3. Please keep in mind the name of my blog and my personal style (if you know me). I should be able to manage choosing one from three.


Just comment after this post with your TOP 3 Picks.

Thank you! You will be rewarded.











Sushi Yum.

5 Aug

I am a huge, huge, huuuuuge fan of sushi. I just cannot get enough of it. However, it hasn’t always been this way.

I had my first piece of shrimp when I was 18 years old. I didn’t eat raw fish until about two years ago. As hard as I tried, I couldn’t use chopsticks for most of my life.  It didn’t feel natural! My kind and patient Japanese friend Emiko, worked with me for years on my chopstick skills. I just couldn’t seem to grasp it. Maybe it was that the food never enticed me enough to HAVE to use chopsticks-  until sushi came along of course.

Sushi. It is light, yet filling. It is colorful, flavorful, full of great textures and in my opinion, it’s food art! I feel like a kid on Christmas morning when my rolls are presented to me. And, it just feels clean (unless you get the rolls that have avocado, cream cheese, crab salad, tempura shrimp and then are deep fried and smothered in spicy mayo! Still delicious- not clean).

You may have heard of a little company (7,000+ employees since their November 2008 opening!) called Groupon.  Groupon features a daily deal on the best stuff to do, see, eat, and buy in a localized market. In my case, Salt Lake City. I have been subscribed to Groupon for at least one year but I have never really come across a deal I just HAD to have.

Until today.

Rice Fusion Cuisine located in Salt Lake City serves  Japanese, Thai, Chinese , Vietnamese and Vegetarian fusion cuisine. With it’s beautifully modern decor and great ambiance, it is sure to please. And guess what? Rice Fusion Cuisine is known best for their sushi. I could not resist.

Today only, you can buy a$20 gift certificate for $10. Click here to get your deal!

And, to add insult to injury, here is a tutorial on how to use chopsticks.

Taught by a six-year old.