Thursday, December 27, 2007

Happy Birthday

To me :) 30 years ago this morning I made an appearance, and I have enjoyed every minute since. I know that this coming year will be my best yet, and I can't wait to experience it.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

I wish..

... you all a very merry magical Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

festive fish


I took the babies to the Aquarium today, here's my fantastic (haha) phone camera shot. Then we headed into Manhattan and somehow I walked from 34th to 50th then from 50th all the way downtown past World Trade Center, which for those of you not familiar with NYC is over 60 blocks... without passing out from hypothermia! Here's the wonderful Rockefeller tree, also taken on my shake phone :)

Monday, December 17, 2007

In the jungles of Indonesia's Papua they have discovered rats as large as a cat. Looks like a regular NYC subway rodent to me :)

Sunday, December 16, 2007

an angel

The beautiful little angel Lakshmi, who was named after the 8 limbed Hindu goddess of wealth, has finally gone home from the hospital in Bangalore after a 2 month stay. The 2 year old finally stood on her own, after a 27 hour operation to remove her headless conjoined twin. I followed this story from the start, and thought there was no chance she would stand, perhaps not even make it through the massive operation. It's stories like this that make my, and should make everyone else's troubles, seem small. Every picture I've ever seen of her showed a smiling gorgeous girl who was full of life and free spirit. Congratulations to her parents and I wish her all the success in the world to her.



Saturday, December 15, 2007

2 lbs 2 oz

Measuring in at 29 weeks, here is my latest pic, all is well, so I'm cleared to fly Wednesday :)

Friday, December 14, 2007

When the clouds...

..take on the shape of reindeer - you know Christmas is just around the corner! This amazing shot was taken by amateur photographer Alan Blacklock on the North Island of New Zealand.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Ma

Just thought I would share an excellent photograph my Mum took this week of the beach where I grew up. It reminds me so much of home, and makes me get butterflies about our trip being so close :)

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Steven Soderbergh rocks my world! I just watched Oceans 13 (yeah I'm behind on my viewing of late).. The Ocean films are for me the epitomy of good cinema. Excellent camera work, spot on lighting, and a killer cast. Eddie Izzard was amazing, simply perfect. Clooney and Pitt - awesome. Damon - as dry as ever. The heists above and beyond expectation - just fantastic. Love Love Love it - bring on Oceans 14!

Monday, December 10, 2007

just because

Motherly love Humpback style.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

I need a nurse

Or a personal assistant, or something. I've had an awful cold all week, dizzyness, constant nosebleeds, all the good stuff. Both my toddlers came down with 104 fevers on Thursday, now my husbands out for the count. On top of that I have swelling, that means I can take off my jeans and within an hour not be able to get them over my knees. My weight goes up and down 5/6 lbs a day, and I feel plain old lousy. We head off to Scotland in a week and a half, so I'm praying now that we are all recovered by then. The last time my daughter had a cold, she ended up in hospital with pneumonia :( The worst thing about being ill and pregnant is that I can't take anything to knock me out at night. So I lay there counting sheep until the daylight comes. I have to sleep with pillows under my legs to keep the fluid from collecting, pillows under the bump to support the baby so my back doesn't ache, and a pillow between my legs to stop my ligaments from pulling. All in all life is not treating me fairly right now.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

81 years young

I want to applaud my beautiful Queen who smiled exquisitely when she met comedian Russell Brand, even though he had just joked to the audience at the 79th Royal Variety Performance that he wanted to "shag" her granddaughter. I thought the Queen looked totally fabulous in a winter wonderland style outfit. She reminds me of my Grandmother so much, so for me she can do no wrong :)

Monday, December 3, 2007

tis the season

The kindness of strangers always delights and amazes me. Tonight I was standing waiting for the light to change, when an elderly lady asked me if I was cold. I told her I was freezing but my hood kept blowing down. She took a bobby pin from her own hat covered head, pulled my hood up and stuck the pin into my hood attaching it using my hair. My hood stayed up and I was warm. In a town as big as New York City you meet angels in the most unexpected places.

pregnancy blues

I feel like a big lump. I'm 6 months pregnant now, but feel about 9! It brought me some joy to see the fabulous Jennifer Lopez, rumored to be in her fifth month, looking so big and beautiful. I don't usually like to read about celebrities, but it's comforting to see pictures of Christine Aguilera, Mama Lopez and Halle Berry taking the weight gain in their stride. I'm doing a pregnancy shoot the end of January. Instead of a typical nekkid one, we're going for pin-up 40s/Hollywood Glamour. I can't wait for some flattering light to make me feel better again :)

Sunday, December 2, 2007

RIP Marina

I was saddened to hear of the death of the lovely Beluga Whale from Coney Islands New York Aquarium. When my parents were over last year I dragged them along to the Aquarium to see my beloved white whale, only to find it had been transferred to another aquarium for a breeding program. The cause of death remains unknown.
Snow fell during the night. As I look out of my window I see around an inch has accumulated in my garden. They're predicting more snow and freezing rain this afternoon. This would usually make me very happy, however in 30 minutes we have to drive in it. Argh. Today is the second day of my show, and due to that fact we left most of my things there last night. So even if I wanted to I can't call it off now! I am still so content knowing it's truly winter at last. Oh and Happy December to all!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Ewe

The employees Swansea Community Farm, in South Wales, UK Must have not believed their eyes when a CCTV camera in place to watch over the sheep, a modern day shepherd if you like, caught Lottie a Llanwennog sheep using her tongue to unbolt the gate. Apparently Lottie, now nicknamed Ewe-dini, and 3 of her sheepy friends would escape every night! Staff have had to put a brick in front of the gate to stop her and her friends from eating all the hay and causing other mayhem.

Friday, November 30, 2007

RIP Evel Knievel

October 17th 1938 - November 30th 2007

Have a dram for me

Happy St Andrews Day to all my fellow Scots. My parents are at a ceilidh tonight, and I feel a tad bit jealous not to be there too. And what with being sperminated there's no water of life for me either!

last show


This weekend will be my last show of the season. I will be at the Holiday Bazaar at the Queens Farm, NYC. I have been making some Christmasy earrings, along with ornaments and wreaths. Hoping to sell some of my regular jewelry too. It's forecast freezing rain Saturday night, but it's indoors thank goodness! We put our tree up last weekend, I love how suddenly the house smells fresh and looks warm. Just 2 weeks until we fly of to Scotland. I'm feeling really happy just now, despite my bump being so big it's impossible to do things easily. I'm still managing to jog though, so alls not lost :)

Saturday, November 24, 2007

not a mitsubishi

On this day in 1859 the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, by Charles Darwin, was published in England. Darwin's theory argued that organisms gradually evolve through a process he called natural selection. His Origin of Species, the first significant work on the theory of evolution, was greeted with great interest in the scientific world but was attacked by religious leaders for its contradiction of the Biblical account of creation. Yes I know - it's Julianne Moore, and she has nothing to do with Darwin other than appearing in the film, Evolution in 2001, but her Mother's Scottish and she's in my top 5 most beautiful women in the world list, so here she is... enjoy.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

stop... turkey time

I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday! We watched the parade this morning - Shrek was fantastic! I finally have a minute to type this as everything is well underway in the kitchen, and my last minute run to the store for chestnuts has happened :) Here's a run down of our feast - in the oven is the big bird itself (now turned breast up following my domestic goddesses instructions ie yay an excuse to post her pic!), and now it's in its last stretch it's covered with bacon . There are mini sausages wrapped in yet more bacon, roasting parsnips and potatoes, chestnuts and stuffing (separate from turkey). On the stove are my brussel sprouts which will be, along with the stuffing, mixed with the roasted chestnuts. There's gravy a plenty with added all spice to give it a festive kick. On the side there will be delicious cranberry sauce. For afters I have some homemade pumpkin pie (not made in my home, I might add!). Anyway, I hope everyone enjoys their dinner, I have to get back to my duties. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Lupercale

The underground grotto which was believed to have been the place where a wolf nursed the city's founder Romulus and his twin brother Remus, sons of the God of war, Mars, was unveiled by Italian archaeologists yesterday. The vaulted sanctuary lies buried over 50 feet deep inside the Palatine hill, which is the palatial center of power in imperial Rome. Fearing that the delicate grotto, which is already partially caved-in, wouldn't survive a full-scale dig, experts have been probing the space using laser scanners for the past 2 years. It is believed that thanks to the wolf, the twins survived, with Romulus going on to found the city, becoming its first king after killing his brother Remus in a power struggle.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Let it snow






We visited the Holiday Lights at the Bronx Zoo last night. They had hundreds of life sized animal light fixtures and all the trees were strung with fairy lights. It was magical and I absolutely recommend it to everyone young and old. We ate in the Dancing Crane cafe while watching a choir sing, and my 2 toddlers clapped enthusiastically after every song. There was ice carving and story telling along with a big fire pit to make your own smores, it was fabulous. When we came home it started to snow. Wet and not for long, but it snowed. What a wonderful way to end our night. The first snow also fell in the UK last night. We'll be in Scotland over Christmastime and apparently the odds on snow in Aberdeen on December 25 are now 7/2. Although my Mums house is further south I am taking every bit of snow news as good news! There's nothing more magical than a white Christmas, and I for one am praying for one. I took these photographs in Central Park in the winter of 2004. They are available for purchase as mounted prints size 8 x 10 or as a mixed pack of Christmas cards in packs of 10. Please contact me for pricing.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Furze-pig

One little thing I miss quite a lot about being in Britain, is seeing hedgehogs stumbling around at the side of the road. They are to me one of the most appealing creatures on earth. The not so little thing in the picture above is a hedgehog called George. He has been placed on a crash diet to try to reduce his weight from a very unhealthy 5 lbs down to a normal hedgehog weight of 1.5 lbs. The sanctuary that took him in are considering finding the worlds smalled treadmill for him :) Apparently he is so fat that the vets will need to do a tummy tuck to remove his excess skin, if his diet is successful. After what happened to Kanye Wests mother, I hope they can think of a better solution! Obesity in hedgehogs brings on the same kind of problems it does in humans, so staying prickly and porky is sadly not an option for George.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

baby numero 4

Weighing in at almost a pound already, I don't think this is going to be a small baby! Oh and joy - it looks like she has her Fathers nose :) Here's Liliana's small screen debut.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

love love love

I adore the feeling of being in love. The music that fills your heart and the compelling need to sing, hum, shout out loud "I love you" at every opportunity. The magic that still gives you butterflies after many years. The lust that fills you every time they raise an eyebrow. Love is pure, love needs no boundaries, love is love.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

lateness

I can't believe I didn't have time to post a Halloween message, but hope everyone had a great one. I'm super crazy busy just now getting ready for a 2 day Holiday Bazaar in 3 weeks. Heading to Scotland around Christmas time so lots to do. Have an amazing wedding to attend in a castle there New Years Eve which promises to be fun. I'm 5 months pregnant now, it's just flying by. All in all I'm feeling chipper despite my various ailments, pregnancy hits you like a truck most of the time, but it'll be worth it in the end :)

Monday, September 24, 2007

happy days

So my shoot went well. We did 3 looks, a 40s dress, burlesque corset and Hollywood swimsuit - all of them looked amazing, so I'm very happy. I can't wait to post them but the photographer's going to Berlin, so I won't get the photos back for a few weeks. In the 80s today, ugh. Soon be Halloween, just won't seem right if there's not a touch of frost in the air. Ordered our costumes last week, now just have to work on turning the basement into a spooky 300esque set. Should be fun.

Friday, September 21, 2007

big 60

So this being my 60th post shouldn't someone be buying me a diamond? I can only hope right? Sunday is my photoshoot, so I should be able to post the images within a week. I'm doing another show at the end of October, so I'll be busy over the next month organizing that. Today is my littlest brothers Birthday - Happy Birthday Tom! Miss you. What happened to my nice crisp Fall? Today is muggy and hot. Boooo.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

RIP

I was very saddened to hear of the tragic death of Colin McRae and his young son (and others) in a helicopter crash near his home in Scotland this weekend. He was one of Britain's greatest sportsmen, and one of Scotland's finest men. My sincere condolences go out to his wife and daughter. On the way to my show this morning we drove past an accident with dead bodies laying on the road covered with sheets. It's days like this make me hold my children a little tighter and breathe a little lighter.

Friday, September 14, 2007

current mood - chipper

So I'm busy getting ready for my show this wkend. Can't believe it's already the afternoon, where does the time go? Fingers crossed for good weather. I can feel the baby moving now, which is exciting. My friend delivered her little bundle of joy on September 11th. I think it's a sign of hope, rather than an unfortunate birthday. Life goes on. Anyway back to the dull task of packing stuff up, sigh, at least I have my wonderful husband to keep my spirits up. And keep my stress levels low.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

seasons

Today I awoke to singing in my head. I could hear the song from Rent - Seasons of Love. You know the one, I quoted below for those who don't. I loved that musical the songs were so energetic, and so memorable obviously. Maybe this is in my head because it's cooler this morning, the seasons are a changing. Now I've got Dylan "the answer my friend is blowing in the wind, the answer is blowing in the wind." Must be the lack of sleep, that's got me all hazy, or maybe the late night rendition of Twinkle Little Star with my 2 yr old.

Five Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand
Six Hundred Minutes
Five Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand
Moments So Dear
Five Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand
Six Hundred Minutes
How Do you Measure - Measure A Year ?

In Daylights - In Sunsets
In Midnights - In Cups Of Coffee
In Inches - In Miles
In Laughter - In Strife

In - Five Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand
Six Hundred Minutes
How Do You Measure
A Year In The Life

How About Love ?

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

9/11

Six years have passed, and yet the images splashed across the media seem as raw as that day. My thoughts are with everyone who lost someone that day, and to all who were affected in other ways, if it is true that what doesn't kill us makes us stronger, then in my eyes you are all truly some of the bravest and most robust people on earth. If it is possible to have a favorite funeral poem, without it being too morbid - then this would be mine. To me, it seems as appropriate for a memorial, so here follows W. H. Audens Funeral Blues/Stop All The Clocks.
Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

Monday, September 10, 2007

busy days..

Time just flies past me at warp speed. I can't believe I'm already going into my 4th month of this pregnancy. My two toddlers say more words everyday, and grow taller, and I like to think wiser too. My Malamute puppy now dwarfs my Lab. Suddenly the trees in my street are turning orange and red. And I hear there might be a cold front sweeping through soon - hooray! My pin-up shoot with Viva was postponed until the 23rd, so I'll have my pics up here by the end of the month. Saturday was a crazy day for me. A film crew, reporter and all arrived to interview me on what I've been doing since I left Scotland. They filmed me with my family and took lots of footage of my jewelry, so I hope to sell loads when it airs! This weekend I'm on the road selling my wares at the Queens County Fair, Saturday and Sunday - come see me - mention this blog and get a free Vargas print!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Rockaway

Spent the late part of the afternoon and the early part of tonight at Rockaway. The beach is fantastic. We collected sea glass and some amazing shells molded into perfect pendant shapes by the lashing Atlantic Ocean. I took this pic along with plenty others, so much opportunity there, I only wish my camera was faster!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

August in NYC

I wish there were more air. August in NY - who'd have it?! I know it's not so long before Fall rolls in, so I can just about hold out until then. I'm going to most likely be on a local television show back home. My Granma loves the show, so I'm sure she'll get a kick out of it. The reporter will follow me around on my daily life here in NY, as an ex-pat. I'll have to start doing interesting things immediately, so my friends back home think "wow what an interesting life she has now" - haha. I was never voted most likely to succeed in school, we don't have that kind of thing in rural Scotland. But I always promised everyone I would get out and see the world, which I have, so all is calm. I'm almost finished designing my new shop site. Just a few more pages to go, then my wonderful husband has to put everything up, yay for having a computer whiz in my bed. I'm rescheduling my pin-up shoot to mid September, so my other site won't be up til October. Hey, at least I can think on, that when that's finally done the cold might actually have returned to the City - what a lovely thought!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Not waving

Being single, for me gave me a constant feeling of drowning. Being married is like coming ashore. I still get to sit on the sand and look out to the ocean, and remember the times when I was able to keep my head above water. But thank goodness I'm not gasping for breath anymore. One of my brothers painted a picture for my Mum a few years ago of a guy with his arm up, in the middle of the ocean. He called it "Not waving, but drowning", after the poem by Stevie Smith. For me being on my own was definitely like this. He recently ended a longterm relationship with a good friend of mine, and I worry for him. It's funny how I feel great about my other 2 brothers, both in relationships, but feel scared for the one who's single. Is it ever possible to distance our own feelings about something enough to see others can survive in that situation? I hope as I get older and wiser I learn to, because it's hard worrying about someone who is only 2 years younger than me.

EDIT: My single brother is not single anymore, so much so that he's on holiday with his girlfriend on a remote Scottish island - WHY AM I ALWAYS THE LAST TO KNOW!?! Hey but at least I feel good about him again :)

Monday, August 6, 2007

I need a phonecall

"These train conversations are passing me by
And I don't have nothing to say
You get what you pay for
But I just had no intention of living this way
I need a phone call
I need a plane ride
I need a sunburn
I need a raincoat
And I get no answers
And I don't get no change"