Thursday, May 31, 2007

Night Beauty



On the path leading up to my apartment door. I think the petals look like pulled taffy.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Home Beauty



If we hadn't been home when the pipe burst in our ceiling this past weekend, most of our stuff would now be ruined, including this quilt my mom gave me 5 years ago. This quilt has matching pillow shams. I love this quilt. I'm glad we were home.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

WE INTERRUPT THIS DAY OF BEAUTY TO BRING YOU THE FOLLOWING ANNOUNCEMENT:

At approximately 11:27am, a pipe burst in the ceiling of the apartment of Emmie. As a result, the following has occurred:

1) An entire section of ceiling was soaked through, and will have to be replaced.
2) Half the carpet had to be ripped up, baseboards removed, and holes drilled through the bottoms of the walls to prevent mold.
3) Two giant fans and two dehumidifiers must run 24 hours a day for the next three days in order to prevent moisture and eventual mold damage. The fans are blowing underneath the carpet, so it's sort of like walking in a funhouse. Except without the fun.
4) The fans and dehumidifiers are very loud.
5) We are going to stay at my husband's parents' house.

His parents are in Italy right now, which brings me to today's Beauty:



I didn't take the picture above, but I was there once, and I definitely wish I was there now.

On days like today, you have to remember beauty.

Friday, May 25, 2007

La Bella Friday

The trees that line both sides of the street my office building is on have blossomed overnight, and the air smells like lilac. The same flowers are also growing in bushes near the trees.



Thursday, May 24, 2007

La Beauté de Jeudi

Today, a long and frustrating and super stressful day at work culminated in a phone call during which I was yelled at repeatedly by a VERY angry man. My boss (to whom I usually give the very angry calls) is out of town, and had turned off his cell phone, but not before stating that he had "complete confidence" in my "ability" to "handle anything" that's "thrown" at me. I don't "really care" if he "does or not", and would "really prefer" that he just "keep his cell phone on" so that I don't "throw myself out the window."

Just as I was about to hit send on an email that would (I hope) address most of the angry man's concerns, my internet went down. For two hours. Needless to say, the angry man only got more angry.

It was during this time that I noticed I had a voicemail on my cell phone. My sister had called, and I could hear my 3-year-old nephew in the background, demanding:

"Want to talk to Emmie NOW please!"

So I did the only logical thing. I called back the angry man, told him that being angry wasn't going to get him his answers any faster, and that I was tired of being yelled at, and I was doing the best I could, and I would talk to him tomorrow. And then I went home, and called my sister on iChat so that I could play Peek-A-Boo with my nephew. (I cover the camera lens and he counts, and then I take my hand away quick and say "Boo!" and he thinks it's the funniest thing on earth.)

I also sang him his favorite songs, and I got to see his little sister, which brings me to today's Beauty:

Behold the naturally curly eyelashes of my 6-month-old niece:





A few blinks of those lashes were all it took to make the angry man a distant memory.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Wednesday Beauty

Before we get to today's beauty, I want to tell you that I had a dream last night during which I told Jessica Simpson that, while I like her new brunette look, she really needs to ease up on the spray-on tan.

I think I need to stop reading msn.com.

After work today, I decided to drive down to Inspiration Point. I've only been there a few times since we moved here almost four years ago, and that's a cryin', cryin' shame.

Here's a little house. It's pretty:




But just look at that view!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

There Is Beauty All Around

I've been making several big changes in my life as of late. I won't get into them (they'd probably be fairly boring to anyone but me), but I will share that I've been feeling the need to experience more beauty.

I am therefore instituting a Month of Beauty here in my little corner of the web. Every day I will try to find something beautiful, and share it with you. I don't really have any Rules of Beauty - I think I'll make them up as I go along. I also reserve the right to post regular ol' blog entries if a non-beauty-related topic strikes my fancy.

I hope you'll tell me about the beautiful things that you find, too.

P.S. As May is almost over, I guess it would be more accurate to say that I am instituting Four Weeks of Beauty. Month of Beauty just sounded more catchy.

Today's Beauty:

Each day when I drive out of my apartment complex, I see this:




I'd never taken a closer look, until today: