Saturday, March 31, 2007,10:31 PM
Depeche Mode - Somebody
I want somebody to share
Share the rest of my life
Share my innermost thoughts
Know my intimate details
Someone who'll stand by my side
And give me support
And in return
Shell get my support
She will listen to me
When I want to speak
About the world we live in
And life in general
Though my views may be wrong
They may even be perverted
Shell hear me out
And wont easily be converted
To my way of thinking
In fact shell often disagree
But at the end of it all
She will understand me

I want somebody who cares
For me passionately
With every thought and
With every breath
Someone who'll help me see things
In a different light
All the things I detest
I will almost like
I don't want to be tied
To anyone's strings
I'm carefully trying to steer clear of
Those things
But when I'm asleep
I want somebody
Who will put their arms around me
And kiss me tenderly
Though things like this
Make me sick
In a case like this
Ill get away with it

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Friday, March 30, 2007,1:34 AM
Into the mystic - Van Morrison
We were born before the wind
Also younger than the sun
Ere the bonnie boat was won as we sailed into the mystic
Hark, now hear the sailors cry
Smell the sea and feel the sky
Let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic

And when that fog horn blows I will be coming home
And when that fog horn blows I want to hear it
I don't have to fear it
I want to rock your gypsy soul
Just like way back in the days of old
Then magnificently we will float into the mystic
And when that fog horn blows you know I will be coming home
And when that fog horn whistle blows I got to hear it
I don't have to fear it
I want to rock your gypsy soul
Just like way back in the days of old
And together we will float into the mystic
Come on girl...

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007,1:28 AM
I need your help...
Yes that means you!

A dear friend of mine bought Michael and I a domain each. I asked him why, he said that we've been such good friends over the years that he wanted to give something back.
I thought it was a really sweet idea, so with little hesitation I accepted his offer.
After spending about 20 minutes trying to find a name I liked, and miserably failing (all the URLs I wanted were already taken - typical right?) I came up with the name.... wait for it.... are you sitting down? Brace yourself here it comes.... PINK BOXES. Go on, laugh.... I know you want to, and it's OK, really it is!
I'm quirky like that, and silly at times... no OK, make that most of the time. If you can't laugh at yourself, then you're obviously not doing it right, agreed?

So anyways.... where does your help come in? Well.... I dunno what to do with this new space, with this new website.... so I need all of you few readers out there to tell me what you'd like to see.

Now bare in mind the nature of the URL thus the website... it's got to be something fun, light hearted, playful if you will.
Every single person who reads this post has to make a suggestion... now getting out of this one... that means you Steve, or John or Jay... who always only ever read and never comment!!
I need help on figuring out what use to make of my new gift. Common people, don't disappoint me now in my hour of need, I'm counting on your support!!

OK wow, better yet... I just had a super idea!! I'll make a contest out of it, in order to give you guys extra incentive to help!
Who ever suggests the winning idea will get mentioned in my website, somewhere on the home page... I might even make a special banner or something in their honour!! How's that for a great prize, huh!!??!

Ok, so come one people, put your thinking caps on and let's make this site rockin'!!

:°°:..: Pink Boxes :..:°°:

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Thursday, March 22, 2007,8:08 PM
When it rains it pours!
When it rains, it pours... that's how the proverb goes right? Well, I guess you could say this couldn't be more appropriate this week!

I woke up yesterday morning to find the strangest of skies. At first the sun was out and the white fluffy big clouds looked like suspended cotton balls or something. I could just imagine myself jumping from one fluffy cloud to another. (I think I've wished to be able to do that more than wanting to fly, ever since I was a kid!)
Anyways.... I get to work, and the sky still looks gorgeous... so much so that I am compelled to take a picture. In fact it's what you see here in this pic....

Little did I know what was in store for the rest of the day! I have never seen weather this crazy!
Now... rain I can handle, thunderstorms too... buckets and buckets of rain pouring from the sky is acceptable.... but hail??? See, hail is pretty rare here.... but 6 times in one day??? That is just crazy insane!!
The temperature obviously dropped, so it was quite chilly (nothing to US chilly standards mind you, but it was pretty cold for us...). But what was weird was that this went on and off all day! It's not like it poured all day, non stop, no... it pured, then the clouds would go.... then come back again... then at one point I thought it was night time already, as it was pitch black! The wind was really strong, pushing the clouds away and then back again all day....

Just as it has seemed to stop, and I was about ready to leave for work, it decided to hail for the last and final time today.... yup, just as I was heading out on my scooter!! Yeah fun!!! Those darn ice balls sure hurt on your face as you're driving by!!!

Unfortunately I have no before and after pictures.... I was too concerned about driving home and trying to salvage what dry bits I had left!

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007,4:17 PM
Because talking about random stuff makes you remember things...
While joking around with my co workers I started reciting an old nursery rhyme I used to know from way back when...

Mary Mary quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockle shells
And pretty maids all in a row.

Anyone remember that one?? I'm not sure if it's a known rhyme only in the UK or if it's known in the US too. Anyways, I remembered this rhyme because my colleague's name is Maria (Mary in English) and so I was sort of making fun of her.
Seeing as of course I know it in English, she wanted me to translate it for her... and as I was trying to explain it to her, I realized I didn't actually know the true full meaning of this nursery rhyme. So I did a little research on Google... and this is what I discovered.

The Mary alluded to in this traditional English nursery rhyme is reputed to be Mary Tudor, or Bloody Mary, who was the daughter of King Henry VIII. Queen Mary was a staunch Catholic and the garden referred to is an allusion to graveyards which were increasing in size with those who dared to continue to adhere to the Protestant faith - Protestant martyrs.

The silver bells and cockle shells referred to in the Nursery Rhyme were colloquialisms for instruments of torture. The silver bells were thumbscrews which crushed the thumb between two hard surfaces by the tightening of a screw. The cockleshells were believed to be instruments of torture which were attached to the genitals!

The maids were a device to behead people called the Maiden. Beheading a victim was fraught with problems. It could take up to 11 blows to actually sever the head, the victim often resisted and had to be chased around the scaffold. Margaret Pole (1473 - 1541), Countess of Salisbury did not go willingly to her death and had to be chased and hacked at by the Executioner. These problems led to the invention of a mechanical instrument (now known as the guillotine) called the Maiden - shortened to Maids in the Mary Mary Nursery Rhyme. The Maiden had long been in use in England before Lord Morton, regent of Scotland during the minority of James VI, had a copy constructed from the Maiden which had been used in Halifax in Yorkshire. Ironically, Lord Morton fell from favour and was the first to experience the Maiden in Scotland!

Another form of execution during Mary's reign was being burnt at the stake - a terrible punishment much used during the Spanish Inquisition. The English hated the Spanish and dreaded the idea of an English Inquisition. The executions during the reign of Bloody Mary were therefore viewed with a greater fear of the Spanish than the executions themselves - it is interesting to note that executions during her reign totaled less than 300 an insignificant amount compared to the executions ordered by her father King Henry VIII which are believed to have numbered tens of thousands!

I dunno about you, but these kind of things really intrigue me.... I always love learning little facts like this! It's incredible how much evidence of the past we hold on and bring with us, to this every day, without even realising it! Somewhere, in kindergartens all over the UK and possible the US, little children are learning and chanting nursery rhymes that have been with us for centuries!!

The drawing above, by the Scottish artist Shona Penny, was inspired by the origins of the 'Mary, Mary Quite Contrary' Nursery Rhyme.

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Monday, March 19, 2007,2:25 AM
Tonight I read somewhere:

"Live creatively or die"

I want to make that motto my own. I think it was written for me... I dunno, but I've taken it now, it's mine!

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Saturday, March 17, 2007,10:51 PM
Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!!
It's not really a holiday here, but as most foreign customs, we've sort of adopted it as our own.

So, today is the day that everyone gets out and gets hammered right?? No different from any other Saturday night I guess... but I hear tales of free flowing green beer and leprechauns coming out of hiding and kissing girls when they least expect it!

So yeah... have fun tonight people. Be merry, have fun but most of all be safe! Oh and hey... tip your waiters and barmen or ok??

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007,5:08 PM
Spring is round the corner!
Did I mention its spring here already???
All the plants on our balcony are blooming, and the lemon trees are expecting lemons!!! Even the kumquat tree is pregnant!!! It's pretty colourful out there... shame we have scaffolding. The building is being renovated....

I'm surprised to see that Spring is already here, and we haven't even really had a proper Winter. This winter has been so mild. It's hardly rained at all (mind you, we get more rain in march and april I think) or cold. I'm curious to see what this summer will be like!!

I don't know about you guys, but the sun has such an amazing power of putting me in a good mood. Sometimes there's nothing that can make me smile more than a sunny day!

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Wednesday, March 07, 2007,1:07 PM
That's what friends are for...
I've come to realize... (and I know this sounds stupid) that friends are important in our lives.
It doesn't sound stupid in itself, but I guess it sounds stupid when I say that I've only just realized it.
Fact is... I've know this all along, but sometimes things just sort of slip out of your mind.
It's like when you have something, you forget how important and vital is it. Then when it's taken away from you, realize really how much it meant to you. You could say the same goes with friendship.
I used to have a lot more friends than I do now. Well, more exactly, I still have those friends, but we hardly see each other any more. People's busy schedules, work, relationships, what have you get in the way... and without even realizing it you end up not seeing each other for weeks in a row, then sometimes weeks become months!

I've recently had the opportunity of getting to know a few people and it's a refreshing change!
I can't say there are all close friends, or that I seem them often, or some even at all, outside work... but still. It makes you feels special. It's good to know that there is someone out there that cares about you, that wonders how your day is going, or that is curious enough to find out more about you because they like what they see, what they perceive about you. (I'm talking metaphorically of course, not about physical liking.)

Anyways, thank heavens for friends. They make me smile in a time when I need it most!

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Monday, March 05, 2007,7:44 PM
A girl needs to be reminded every once in a while...
If a man wants you, nothing can keep him away.

If he doesn't want you, nothing can make him stay.

Stop making excuses for a man and his behavior.

Allow your intuition (or spirit) to save you from heartache. Stop trying to change yourselves for a relationship that's not meant to be.

Slower is better.

Never live your life for a man before you find what makes you truly happy.

If a relationship ends because the man was not treating you as you deserve then heck no, you can't "be friends." A friend wouldn't mistreat a friend.

Don't settle. If you feel like he is stringing you along, then he probably is.

Don't stay because you think "it will get better." You'll be mad at yourself a year later for staying when things are not better.

The only person you can control in a relationship is you.

Avoid men who've got a bunch of children by a bunch of different women.
He didn't marry them when he got them pregnant, Why would he treat you any differently?
Always have your own set of friends separate from his.

Maintain boundaries in how a guy treats you.

If something bothers you, speak up.

Never let a man know everything. He will use it against you later.

You cannot change a man's behavior. Change comes from within.

Don't EVER make him feel he is more important than you are...even if he has more education or in a better job. Do not make him into a quasi-god.

He is a man, nothing more nothing less.

Never let a man define who you are.

Never borrow someone else's man.

Oh Lord! If he cheated with you, he'll cheat on you.

A man will only treat you the way you ALLOW him to treat you.

All men are NOT dogs.

You should not be the one doing all the bending...compromise is a two-way street.

You need time to heal between relationships...there is nothing cute about baggage... deal with your issues before pursuing a new relationship

You should never look for someone to COMPLETE you... a relationship consists of two WHOLE individuals... look for someone complimentary... not supplementary.

Dating is fun...even if he doesn't turn out to be Mr. Right.

Make him miss you sometimes...when a man always know where you are, and your always readily available to him- he takes it for granted.

Don't fully commit to a man who doesn't give you everything that you need. Keep him in your radar but get to know others.
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