Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

"I stood by the phone while my stomach turned itself inside out. During the time I waited, a whole species of butterfly may have become extinct, or a large, complex animal with feelings like mine."

Monday, July 28, 2008

Must. See.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Another period film in an exotic locale.

Thinking about Indochine reminded me of my absolute favorite "monied woman an a colonialized locale in a different era" film.

While I'm not trying to endorse colonialization, these films always make life in one of these countries seem so full and exciting. Not to mention gorgeous and exotic.

More and more, I wish I could experience more culture, more life, more customs that are not my own. Even for just a little bit. I'm tired of having to live vicariously though film and books.

However, on the topic of Africa, if you want a real-life look into the world of colonial Africa, browse these reads:

(If you've already seen the film, you still need to read the book.)

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


Please disregard the soundtrack to this short video, as well as the final cheesy words of it.

Hanky, anyone?

Friday, July 18, 2008


Yesterday I was feeling a little under the weather. Since I'm a bit of an escapist, nothing makes me feel better than being transported to a different place and time, and that's exactly what Indochine did...it transported me.

Finding stills of this movie was difficult, but trust me that the cinematography is incredible...as are the costumes and decor of Catherine Deneuve's character, √Čliane Devries.

Here's Deneuve in just a few of her stunning costumes. After watching this film, I was tempted to toss out everything in my closet, with the exception of crisp, white button-downs and high-waisted skirts, and to go out and purchase some dramatic wide-brimmed hats.

I'll leave you with the tango scene from the film...what better way to illustrate a power struggle than through this dance!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Wish List

Paul Frank Blues Explosion Eyeglasses

Acupuncture to get rid of my sugar addiction.

A house in Wagener Terrace, for under $200,000, that we can fix up and customize to have exactly as we want it.
(Like this one on Gordon Street...which is probably infested with termites or haunted, for the price it's listed at.)

Lottery winnings or an unexpected inheritance of about $350,000--I could pay for the house and repairs, get a hybrid and say goodbye to the Camry, and finally say goodbye to the dregs of my student loan. To bad I don't play the lottery and have no long-lost wealthy, ailing relatives.

from CarForum.net

Monday, July 14, 2008

What I Really Want...

...is a penpal.

I have all this stationary, and I never write letters. It's heartbreaking, really, because what is more exciting than an envelope in your mailbox that isn't a bill, or an announcement that you're entered to win $1.2 million, or yet another pre-approved credit card statement?

If you want a penpal, or know anyone who wants a penpal, email me at:

waitforthesignal@gmail.com with your mailing address and check your mailbox!

image, from Griffin & Sabine, at NickBantock.com

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

What I Wish I Had Written

I am going start a collection of words I wish I'd written. While I am in awe of so many writers, sometimes a sentence hits you and you just can't let it go.

Here's one for today:

"She laid the side of her face against his frail old heart, where the pink shell of her ear could capture whatever song it had left."

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Beep Beep

Ever since Chandler and I ever talked about moving to Charleston, he's mentioned wanting to sell one of our cars and buy two scooters. I've been in love with them ever since I saw Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn zooming around Rome on one in Roman Holiday. Now, with barf-inducingly high gas prices settling in on us, the idea is even more tempting.

Here are some of my dream scooter babies:

Vespa LX 150:


Vespa LXV:


Vespa GTS 250:


Vespa GTV:


Really, I would take almost any Vespa model. I love how they stay so true to the vintage details, chic colors, and the gorgeous shapes of these machines.

I also wouldn't object to these...

Sym Mio:

Honda Metropolitan:


I must mention that I am accepting donations.

Thank you.