AHC Day 9

I was cleaning my bathroom the other day and came across a little tube of lipgloss that I had never used.  It was part of a sampler pack that a friend had received in a goody bag at a party.  It seemed so bright.  It was an orangey red looking color, but very sheer in the tube.  It was late, I wasn’t going out, I tried it on.  It changed my life.  For months I have been looking for a nice gloss that gave me some color on my very neutral lips and had a nice pink tint of spring.


Dewy Jube Lipgelee by MAC is a wonderful, wonderful thing.

Happy Anniversary to Me!

Seven years ago today I became an official resident of Nashville.  I moved into my little apartment with only a bed, a TV, a stereo, 2,000 CDs, an air mattress and a lawn chair.  It was the scariest and most exciting thing I had ever done.  I had no job.  I knew no one.  I had enough money to live for about 2 months. The first few days were exciting.  The next couple of months were terrible.  Then I started to make friends. I had a job that was paying the bills nicely. I went out more–which is good since my apartment was way more ghetto then I had noticed moving in and the shootings and drug busts seemed to happen in the late evening and were all cleaned up by the time I got home.

I fell madly in love, not with a person, but with my city.  The place I had decided to make my home felt more like my home then any place I had ever lived.  The first time I flew back to L.A. I was almost sick at the thought of leaving.  I remember being at the Cleveland airport waiting for my connecting flight and the gate next to mine was a flight to Nashville and I just wanted to get on it and go home!  I missed my L.A. friends and my mom terribly….but it simply wasn’t home any more.

In the past 7 years I have laughed more and cried more and learned more then in the 26 years before. I have met the most amazing people. I have made the most wonderful friends.  I have stayed in touch with my L.A. friends (something I’m quite proud of!) and have even shown them the wonders of Nashville and they too, have quite a crush on this city of mine. I am still dumbstruck at the natural beauty of this area. 

I  love the creativity that seems to permeate the air. I love the fact that on Sundays, it feels like a very small town, it’s so quiet and slow and lovely. I love the smell right after a big thunderstorm. I love the smell of the air when you cross the state lines (the air in Tennessee is just sweeter…I don’t know why!) I love that I can eat corn nuggets at a meat and three and thai food on the same day. I love sitting in Centennial park and reading. I love seeing indie movies at the Belcourt and drinking fair trade coffee at Fido. I love knowing that macaroni and cheese is a vegetable and that sushi is great fried.  I love to sit on the patio at Jackson’s and drink vodka tonics with my friends AND my dog. I love the country boys in pick-ups and the rocker boys in black. I love popsicles from Las Paletas and sweet potato fries from Bobbie’s Dairy Dip.  I love that I “rescued” all three of my pets…..but I know that they actually rescued me. I love Thirsty Thursday at Greer Stadium. I love being able to hear the cannon when the Titans score a touchdown. I love hearing a song on the radio and know that the artist was at the table next to me the night before. I love being an 8 hour drive away from Chicago. I love being a half hour drive from the middle of nowhere. I love tomatoes in late July and shephard’s pie at Family Wash in late January. I love being able to walk into Corner Bar and have my drink ready for me before I sit down. I love that we now have a Sephora AND multiple places to get good fish tacos. I love pupusas at Las Americas and the accessories at Pangea. Really, the list goes on and on and on……

I can’t believe it’s been 7 years.  Somedays it feels like I just got here and other days it feels like I’ve lived here my whole life.  I’ve had a pretty transient life, but I now know that I have found my home and that is a very re-assuring fact.

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so, I was in the pool for over 3 hours yesterday–thanks JK Rowling– and as a result, I think I sunburned my lips.  They just hurt a bit and are more colorful and “bee sting” looking then normal.  So it’s actually a good thing.

I’m pretty sure they are more kissable then normal too…..and I have just the person in mind. *sigh*

That is all. Nothing more to see here. Move along.


Here is a collection of random things that everyone is dying to know about me–ha ha ha

  1. my initials are HRH and I am fine with people treating me as royalty.
  2. I love carbohydrates…..they may be my one TRUE love.
  3. If carbs ARE NOT my one true love, then my dog Noodle is. Getting him makes me understand that I probably shouldn’t have children if for no other reason then to avoid the obsessive behavior that will accompany them.
  4. I fear that if I don’t have children, all the weird, wacky and wonderful experiences of my life will die with me.
  5. I like to match my underwear to my outfit.
  6. My memory is very effected by smell.
  7. I have very little inherent creative talent, but I like to surround myself with those who do.
  8. Trivia is where I shine.
  9. I once got kicked out of Denny’s for singing the Beastie Boys “Paul Revere”–the whole thing. While standing on a chair. After eating a “Moons Over My Hammy!”
  10. I judge “fast casual” restaraunts by their ranch dressing.
  11. I have two cats. I love them. I had to get a dog instead of another cat to avoid being “crazy cat lady,”–a peril of being single.
  12. I love boys.
  13. I was tasered in high school.
  14. I carried around a snoopy MUCH later then I should have. I ended up having a small piece of his ear that I would sleep with. I lost that at the age of 22, in a Vegas hotel. Snoopy deserved better then that.
  15. I can be a dumbass AND a smart ass–often simultaneously.
  16. I had a job I hated for 5 years.
  17. My boss at my old job once told someone that I “could not be saved.” It was a Christian company.
  18. Musicians can get away with anything with me.
  19. I don’t like to write in blue ink.
  20. The company I currently work for often provides beer. It is NOT a “Christian” company.
  21. I like the way boys smell…even when they are kind of dirty.
  22. I don’t like it when my dog smells dirty, or gets wet. Good thing he likes the hair dryer.
  23. Sometimes I wake up and am sucking my thumb.
  24. I like to read quotes and intend to quote folks in my daily speech. Instead I usually just say stupid things….or quote lyrics or movies.
  25. Shoes and handbags are my weaknesses, well, those and cute boys….and tonic drinks….
  26. When I go to concerts, I like to sit in the even numbered seat.
  27. My tongue is very short.
  28. My second toe is longer then my big toe—which is rumored to be a sign of intelligence.
  29. I don’t like to write in blue ink.
  30. The first song I heard at work today was “Miss Independent” by Kelly Clarkson…and it pretty much made me able to handle anything thrown my way!
  31. I am a Sagittarius. When asked at about 4 years old what my sign was (God love the 70s!) I said “vegetarian”–I say it was pure wit–not stupidity!
  32. I love lip gloss and any other lip product.
  33. I cannot tell you what my natural haircolor is as I am sure it has changed in the 16 years I’ve been coloring it.
  34. My nicknames include; Heeter Lou, Goochybird, Guccia, Birdhead, Heathera, Steve Guchenberg, Ha Ha (pronounced “hey hey”) and Gucci….to name a few.
  35. I can tie a knot in a cherry stem using my tongue.
  36. I would rather freeze to death then burn to death (although I’d rather die peacefully in my sleep most of all!)
  37. I like tattoos.
  38. Celebrity gossip is something I can’t break myself away from.
  39. I am a voyeur, which is why myspace is so lovely!
  40. The word lovely makes me smile. I can use it in both positive and negative ways. I can even use it sarcastically.
  41. Sarcasm must be had to survive in my family.
  42. Often times I don’t think I know what I’m doing at work….but it all seems to work out.
  43. I think I have body dysmporhic disorder—but the opposite of most. I think my body looks better then it actually does. 🙂
  44. Deviled eggs make me happy, unless they have onion in them.
  45. I’ve been on “America’s Funniest People.”
  46. No, you can’t see the tape.
  47. I was once in two newspapers on the same day for different reasons. Neither of which were crime related.
  48. I wrote a play with 2 other people in the 2nd grade. We performed it for the school. I was Suzy Stegosaurus. That was one of the reasons I was in the newspaper.
  49. I’m an only child.
  50. I once got busy in a Burger King bathroom. Ok–not really, but if you know where that line comes from is it pretty safe to say we can be best friends.
  51. I know for a fact that the security guards at the Flamingo in Las Vegas, frown on you singing “Cheeseburger in Paradise” while walking along the edge of their planters in the casino.