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Shakin’ It Up

12 April, 2010 Monday // Art, Life, Photography

iconOMG. Spring break is over. School is back in session. My peers and I are now in constant panic mode for the next month. Mental alarm bells go off too often to ever settle down in calm. On the other hand, here are some things I have observed whilst driving along congested LA freeways (the 110 North for those who know). I noted odd things, tells you a lot about what you can catch—or miss—when you don’t live with your eyes open wide at the world.

  • I saw a man eating pizza, ravenously at that…how he kept his eyes on the road and hands on the wheel escapes me
  • I saw a man picking his nose, deeply at that…how he thought no one was watching him obviously turned out false
  • I saw a man who looked like he just got beat up, badly at that…how he can drive with black eyes (plural) and looking like he was in pain escapes me, too
  • I saw a man driving a yellow cab, smoking with his hand hanging out the window, with a pinkie nail that was Wolverine status in length (yechh)…creepy to the max, it didn’t help that he looked like a thoroughly unpleasant character

The shoe salespeople at Macy’s work like snails with Alzheimer’s and the woman who worked at See’s Candy wouldn’t have looked out of place in Willy Wonka’s factory. I love my box of soft centers…they are delicious.
My parents and I went to see the Renoir exhibit at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) last Monday and it was beautiful, as was to be expected. It was of his later works, centered around portraiture and his bathing nudes. I’m not much of a nudes savant, I love scenery (although landscape after landscape does get boring after a while), for example, I love the works of Monet. Renoir was a very talented old man, lucky, too. My mom brought up the fact of how Renoir lived a fairly pleasant and comfortable life as one of those rare successful artists in his own lifetime, whereas Van Gogh starved half of the time and painted pathos-ridden still lifes of sunflowers and his few meager potatoes. He became famous after his premature death (37 years old). I have to say, Renoir was good at drawing women the way they are, unlike the surreal artistic style of Picasso (I swear, sometimes his women look like hybrids of cows, pigs, and birds). Oh, for those pizza lovers out there, the King of New York pizzeria on Western has an absolutely delicious vegetarian pizza, oh my heavens, it is heavenly.
My choir concert went very well, I had so much fun. It was a lot of work and rehearsals, but there’s nothing like being on that stage, singing your heart out with people you love, and finishing off to ravishing applause for three bows. This concert was for fundraising, so it wasn’t the usual “choir” heavyweight repertoire—our show was very theatrical in order to attract a wider audience and so we could pull it off and have fun. Bel Canto (the top/oldest group I’m in) had three costume changes…at least there’s only thirteen of us, otherwise chaos in the dressing room.
Now I know I really need to get going on a new version, I’m getting tired of this now although I can never forget my roots, but I also need time to plan and design and right now I don’t have that! :( For Naeolia, as my main site, I always make a huge version change because my baby deserves it. I’m not one of those people who churn out layouts (though Lucy you are amazing and can do it fabulously) like new iPods—it’s always a fairly long process for me. I guess it’s just the way I work so bear with me. :) Wow, I think I’ve rambled long enough to put you all to a long and fitful sleep, so I’ll wrap it up with some new photography and retouches: Lady Gaga and Vera Farmiga. And by the way, for those interested, there is a new round at Erised, plug below.


Do you like going to museums? What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen while on the road?

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haha! love your observations, Nicole. I can totally imagine all of those except for the fingernail :S …eww…It sounds like your concert was fun. wish I could have gone. :(

you did the Lady Gaga retouch really well, from what I can tell. i can’t believe anyone can look like that! although, I am feeling nice today, so lets go with the excuse that the lighting was just bad…. *cough, cough*

can’t wait for the new layout! hope it won’t be too much of a pain :XD:

lots of luv :love:


left by Krystel on 13 April, 2010 Tuesday

Renoir is one of my favorite painters! I’m so jealous you got to see an exhibit.

The new retouches look so good! Nice job ^^

left by Sarah on 14 April, 2010 Wednesday

I’m definately going to start walking around with my eyes more open! Your observations made me chuckle. :yes:

I love museums, I like learning about Egypt’s history although i’m not a big fan on artwork as such…

Looking forward to your new layout! :)


left by Antonia-Louise on 15 April, 2010 Thursday

Wow…. I think I might have seen a person much like Wolverine-dude before. It’s not just creepy…it’s gross. I’ve always maintained long fingernails are for women, blunt ones are for the dudes. Dudes don’t always realize this, though I’ve noticed.

Do you know of John Singer-Sargent? He was best-buds w/ Monet. He’s cool too. I did a copy of one of his works w/ charcoal once for art class…that’s how I learned about him. Well, the art class had you writing essays about artists, so that’s really how I found out… in any case…I love impressionism! :D That whole time period is groovy, actually.

Glad the concert was a total success :D

left by Jen on 15 April, 2010 Thursday

I think the newest are on the bottom…but with the layout changes I don’t remember to keep the order of the listed blends, and the last layout change, I put some of them on the top accidentally. But yeah, after the initial update, all the new ones are on the bottom. I should reorganize a bit…. I just recently realized that I have done like 500+ blends since May of last year! :hmm: Random thought heh. Oh yeah, and I take my time on layouts, too. Mainly because I have to MAKE myself do the coding…and I’m not good with making a header blend with a background. I get stumped sometimes…so I don’t wanna do it.

left by Jen on 15 April, 2010 Thursday

ahh, those mental alarm bells are going off in my head tooo—except i keep sleeping through them :P i miss spring breakkk

left by Dalia on 16 April, 2010 Friday

Ahh, I didn;t even realize the text was black but it’s all fixed now, thanks for letting me know :]

I work at Marshalls, ha, and it sucks majorly. I have 1 week of break too, although it used to be two but they split em.

And as for the man picking his nose while driving, just ewww, I agree, how does he not think anyone will notice? Strange people in this world :]

left by Courtney on 16 April, 2010 Friday

Challenges are fun! And like you, i probably wouldn’t have too much time during school.
I rented just 2 movies: Up and 500 Days of Summer, :) They both made me cry, haha. I don’t really know why. And I went to the cinemas with friends in the holidays and watched: Alice in Wonderland, How to Train Your Dragon, Date Night. I also watched some NCIS episodes at home too haha. I’m a big movie and tv show person, lol. Oh and Fringe is a TV show, :)

School starts tomorrow for me, 0.0
haha, I don’t actually pay attention to people driving and what else they might be doing.
Do you like going to museums?
-I’ve only been to one twice. In Canberra. Once when I was little and once 2 years ago on a school trip. The museums we visited were boring but I’d like to go to an Art exhibit!
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen while on the road?
On the bus everyone saw a women driving and changing her clothes…. yuckkk! I quickly looked away and so did many others.

left by Patricia on 18 April, 2010 Sunday

I’m glad you liked my site! You have a very pretty one yourself :)
I appreciate your comments a lot, thank you for passing by.
Also, if you need any help with your spanish, you can let me know, I’ll be glad to help.

left by Grace on 18 April, 2010 Sunday

mee? noooo i’m so NOT ready for the AP! lol i’m freaking out cuz i’m a huge procrastinator and so obviously haven’t started reviewing :/ and yourselff?

left by Dalia on 30 April, 2010 Friday

goodluck in school stuff again ^^.

left by JHEN on 14 May, 2010 Friday


Why haven’t you updated your site?! ZOMG April!? I jus realized that. I hope the forum hasn’t completely distracted you! haha.

GAHHH I hate the 110. Worst freeewayy everrr..& i’m probably going to have to get used to it as I’m going to UCLA & what not. haha. Damn. I know you live in California but I have no idea where. Maybe you should tell me so I can stalk you. ahhaa just kiddding.

Ahh I love Renoir’s workk. :) I’ve been to LACMA before I think. If not, well, I’ll get a chance to either way. haha. How close do you live next to LA? You could come bug me at my apartment if you live close!

The touch ups loook sooo good. Especially LG. She looks way better with your touch up. haha.

left by Tiff on 22 May, 2010 Saturday

Hi, hi how are you? Yup I like going to museums. Not like..every day or week or month. But perhaps couple of times a year. If it’s an interesting museum ;)

left by Shiri on 31 May, 2010 Monday

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