Things That Make My Heart Flutter

Random Bits of Happy

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* My family had a big Rosh Hashanah dinner last Sunday and I always love that the Jewish holidays coincide so nicely with my Pagan ones.  Also the fact that the food in the feast is so neatly tied together.  I say my own little prayer in my head along with theirs and I have my family and my own personal holiday all rolled up into one.  It’s so wonderful.  Rosh Hashanah is the celebration of the New Year going by the Jewish calendar which represents either analogically or literally the creation of the World, or Universe.   So it is now the year 5770 on the Jewish calendar.   As my Father says “Leshana Tova Tikoseiv Vesichoseim” or “May you immediately be inscribed and sealed in the books for a Good Year & a Good & Peaceful Life” , which I think is both pretty to say and nice tell someone!MH

*Even though in Florida we usually don’t start having Fall weather until late Oct. early Nov.  I still keep hope and get all excited about pulling out cold weather clothes and boots pulling out my heavy scented candles…I do love fall so much and I love the smells and the crisp air, it’s all so lovely.  I found a new candle that has me excited.  Yankee Candle has a Harvest Moon scent that seems like it’s two of my favorite scents combined Pumpkin & Spices with crisp Autumn Air.  I’ll be picking one up sometime soon and will let you know what I think. 

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via Lochaven's flickr page

* I got the last book currently in a series I’ve been reading and cannot wait to break open the book and start reading.  I love new books.  Heck, love any book!  I love wandering down the narrow isles of my favorite used bookstore (they also have new titles as well….)!

Quick mentions: Hubby pumping me full of good vitamins and complaining, but then not getting sick when the rest of the family came down with the flu; butterflies that float past my work window;  new music on my ipod that takes me through the whole day;   slight cooling of our FL heat…from the 90’s down to mid 80’s, it’s a nice change;   pressing my face against my husbands cool back, he immediately scoots closer and eventually turns over to spoon me even if he’s sleeping;  She Wants Revenge in concert;  organic burritos with spicy homemade salsa; york pepermint patties that fall from the vending machine on accident (co-worker mishap but I ❤ them so he gave them to me!). 

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Beats: Music Review – Muse

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Muse recently came out with their fifth album The Resistance.  While they have always had a bit of an Arena rock sound this new album has back up singing that makes me feel like I’m listening to old Queen in a fabulous new way.  This album is full of falsetto and vibratto that you associate and love when it comes to lead singer Matthew Bellamy.  I think growing as a band is normal and experimenting with new techniques and sounds is exactly what this band is doing.  The small changes to their sound are fun and if you take a listen to their first album Showbiz it’s fun to hear how the band has changed in some aspects but also how they haven’t strayed too far from their roots, keeping the fans from way back when like myself happy but surprised. 

Take a listen to them and tell me what you think.

Books: A Review

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Mockingbird by Sean Stewart was referred via a blog entry by the ever magical Verhext and the book was a perfect summer endding read.  The story is about a woman who’s Mother has passed and has left to her visits from her Mother’s personal Gods.  Taking place in Houston, TX this tale is  magical realism revolving around prophecy, pregnancy and voodoo.  It was a wonderfully vivid read about having magic in your life, even unwanted magic that can tear apart or bring together a family in mysterious ways. 

While I am tempted to go read every Sean Stewart book out there, I am instead adding him to a list of authors I like and will return to him at a later date and will instead go back to the original blog entry and see what other gems I might find.  Verhext put together quite a reading list and while I love her blog I think I also love her reading habits and will poke about her entry until I discover another enchanted author.

Baubles: Cute and Casual

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Buttons: Magical Links

As of late I’m on a magic kick.  Finding magic in the little things in life.  Like the sun reflecting off your watch and making your car a sunburst of rainbows, or taking a walk and having a ladybug follow you along your walk.  With that the blogs that I have been frequenting have a little of that magic in them as well.

The Carousel

The Carousel

* Verhext: Magic is as magic does,  describes her site as a world of tarnished sequins.  Fields and fireflies at dusk.  Midnight rooftop tea parties.  Whirling dervish to fiddles and clarinets….and more.  Her posts are poems filled with pictures and I adore her sense of style. 

*Angeliska Gazette is a New Orleans transplant living in Austin since Katrina.  She is fancying up her new digs in a state of eclectic beauty.  There is a beautiful gypsy magic that surrounds her life in glitter and music.  She blogs about everyday life in a way that makes me look forward to the next post wondering what type of wonderland I’ll end up in next. 

*Lady Lovona’s Cabinet of Curiosities is just that.  It’s like plundering in your special Aunt’s drawers.  You know the Aunt, the one that reads your tarot cards and secretly gives you sparkley makeup before Mom allows you to even wear makeup (you didn’t have an Aunt like that?  I do, she still gives me neat trinkets)  Lavona’s site is filled with her kitchen witchery and while her site is new to me I am finding new treasures buried deep in her site everyday. 

*Luxirare’s site is food and style porn whipped together in the most magical way.  Visit her site for yummy treats of bento boxes done up in the extreme or style taken to the maxium.  Beware as her style is very couture and can be quite NSFW.  But it is a magical treat nonetheless!

Things That Make My Heart Flutter

Random Bits of Happy

Cell Phone LOVE via Retro_Rae
Cell Phone LOVE via Retro_Rae

* Random text messages of LOVE!  I love it when my husband sends me messages that make my soul beam.   He knows just what to say and when to say it!

Me & Stormtroopers
Me & Stormtroopers

* Rollerderby with friends.  One of my girlfriends is on the team (GO DEATHSTAR!!!) and I love meeting up with friends to cheer her on and scream until I have no voice!  Of course it’s even better when she invites Stormtroopers to join us!

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via U2005

* The excitement before going to a concert!  We are taking tomorrow off to drive down to see Depeche Mode and the excitement I have over seeing one of my all time favorite bands is crazy!  I can’t wait to hear them live, I hear their show is no fluff, just them but the energy is unreal.  *squee*

Dreamfever

Dreamfever

* Books.  One of my favorite guilty pleasure authors came out with a new book in the series that I’ve been reading.  Karen Marie Moning and book number 4 – Dreamfever (The Fever Series) it’s romance but also mystery & sci-fi in the same book.  It’s about a girl that travels to Ireland to track down her sister’s murderer and ends up entangled in paranormal including ancient secrets, vampires, assorted Fae.  I devoured the book in just 3 days and wish the last book in the series was ready to be released!