Courtney S. Barr

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Monday, February 25, 2008

more days gone by....

Been too long again... I can't bug my sister about posting if I don't post often myself! :)
Well we have been busy in my Kingdom lately. I had strep throat for a week, yuck! Hit like a ton of bricks last Monday! Crazy.
Valentine's day has passed since my last post. We took it nice & relaxing this year. Dinner for two at home & a few gifts. I gave Marcus this Cutter & Buck Alabama shirt that he has been wanting from the Shirt Shop downtown & he gave me a new Blackberry. Both gifts are quite practical for the two of us & not nearly as extravagant as we both tend to be. Then Marcus threw me a curveball. A homemade, cut out heart (very homemade:) ) card with a sucker taped to it. He didn't just write Happy Valentine's day, he wrote: "I love you. When the world is crazy around me you are what makes sense. Thank you for saving me every day. love, Marcus." I cried!!! He did good.
I spoke with my best friend Stacie last Sunday. She lives in North Carolina now. I am human, I miss people when they are not able to be close, but talking to her again, hearing how the kids are & her husband, I realized the word 'miss' just does not even begin to describe my thoughts. We were the two girls who literally have known each other from birth. We are the two that did everything together, grew together, loved together, hated together, everything. Same town, same school, same classes, same parties, same dances, everything. She has always been more sister than just friend. Hearing her again made me smile & feel so good Sunday night. It made me think how important it is that we keep in touch even if the calls are more sporadic or just quick hellos, emails, even snail mail. We both live very different lives, but that core bond, that true kindred spirit will forever hold us. She told me that she reads my blog. I laughed out loud & realized that this page on the internet, this jumble of thoughts, photos, videos etc. has not only been therapeutic for me but also it has enabled me to keep in touch with so many people. It is a way to let them into my life when they only have a few minutes, where any time of day or night they can know how we are, where we are going, and even just random thoughts like these. But for me it allows shout outs like this one and lets me tell a friend how much she means to me without sounding too cheesy or commercial as we all sometimes do when these things are said outloud. So Stacie, thank you for reading, but most importantly thank you for being a great sister. You have always been there for me & I hope that I have returned the favor & that we will continue to do so. Keep sending pictures of those girls.. they are so beautiful!
My sister's kids had the entire last week out of school. No not spring break, just another winter break. Boy do I wish we'd have had so many breaks! geez. Well since I was sick they went to Camden first on Thursday & had a blast with the twins, mom & dad. Then on Saturday they came up to Tuscaloosa since I was feeling better & putting them closer to interstate traveling. Those 4 kids are so awesome. I am amazed every time I get to see them. They are growing up so quick! They immediately wanted to play High School Musical Sing It! on our Wii. (yes it is our game system & our game:) )I set them up then Nina & I went to pick up some Chinese food. YUM! My dog Peanut has more fun with those kids & we love it because he gets so tired that he really sleeps all through the night. Sunday they had to head back kind of early so after they left Marcus & I did.... nothing. Since I had been sick Oscar parties were out, so I curled up on the couch with my Oscar poll, popcorn, & juice & watched one of my favorite award shows.
Today was back to the daily grind & hopefully a nice week without throat pain, fevers, or shots!
I posted the picture of the kids & Peanut before they left... aren't they all precious?

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

A look into the world of fashion... no; a look into the fashion of the world.

I don't know how many of you actually venture through any of my links under "Out on the Town.." to the left on the screen. But if you feel the urge to explore a little make sure to click on The Sartorialist every now & then. The link takes you to very well known blog by a gentleman at ease with fashion. He has written for The New York Magazine, GQ & guest columns with other fine establishments. It is his blog though that draws people in. Being quite an accomplished photographer, he enjoys taking pictures of "found fashion". To me it is much like art with "found objects". His subject matter is the everyday person on every street in cities that we all wish to see or have been to & enjoyed their differences. He resides in New York & travels quite often to Europe so he has a bevy of subjects to choose from. I most enjoy reading the comments people make on his pictures purely because they come from every corner of the world. His subjects are most often of fashion statements that in our sleepy Alabama would make someone stop & stare, but yet they blend beautifully in their current surroundings. I am a firm believer in the circular aspect of fashion. Not only do I LOVE to be on the edge of the new thing, but the timeless classics that infuse our past are comfortable & lovely to me. His picture today is of a man, who endearingly so, appears quite embarrassed to have been chosen for his "look". Yet it is that endearing smile & handsome ensemble that made me smile. It is amazing how just the aura of a human being, a stranger, a person one will probably never encounter can affect your mood. He is simply a delight to see & for some reason such a darling countenance should not be wasted on the mundane, but merely shared for the world. I appreciate that the "Sartorialist" shared this gentleman with us & that he has given me a place to see people, not on screen in costume, but to SEE people around the world, to see how their environment affects their clothing, their smiles, their attitude about the one marketing aspect we are all blessed with: our own style. Anyway, if you get a chance click on the link... find yourself inspired or astonished, either way enjoy the views.

Sunday, February 10, 2008


Well, I have gotten tagged on two occasions of blogging recently. Tracy - the book excerpt tag & Cheyenne - 6 things (check out hers... then let me know what you think about the M&Ms one...:) ). So here I am responding to my tagging.
First up: Tracys book tag.

"For this noble expression of the mind they have hardly more respect than for the art of cooking. They want a score that, like a plate of macaroni, can be assimilated immediately without having to think about it. And yet, though it's true that Donizetti's crowd-pleasers won't bear examination by the rigorous standards of contemporaries such as Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, or Chopin, he nonetheless had a genuine artistic vision."

This is an excerpt from a book I am reading about Classical Music. The gentleman they are referring to is Gaetano Donizetti. He was someone who greatly enjoyed the drama of bel canto operas. His compositions are very moving & beautiful.

For those that I'm going to tag, here is what you gotta do:
1. Grab your nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog along with these instructions.
5. Tag 5 different people.

Cheyenne's Tag-
6 Facts/Habits About Me:
1. I have a very active imagination. This is easily realized when I quickly tell people that I am a Princess. I have always been a Princess but alas some people just need to be reminded. My imagination is so vivid that I catch myself creating millions of stories in my head all the time. I go into these worlds & have these amazing adventures, characters become so real that it moves into my dreams. They captivate my sleep & are with me when I wake up.
2. I have got a bunch of pet peeves. The cleanliness of my house is a big one. I don't like a spotless house at all, with Marcus & Peanut, I will never have spotless. But I do enjoy a comfortable house, i.e. when you come over there should be no dirty that is embarrassing. I cannot stand laundry on my bedroom floor. It can go on the floor in the laundry room, but not our bedroom or bathroom. I hate dishes in the sink. I will only let them sit for a few hours (and really no longer than about 45 minutes), after that they are washed or loaded into the dish washer. I will not allow drinking glasses to gather around a room. (if you have a drink, drink it, if you leave it sitting I will pour it out & put it in the dishwasher!) There are more, but if all are listed I would have to change the title to: I am so anal.
3. I am a Retail Therapy guru. Okay I am a shopper, but really I become a Retail Therapy guru most of the time. When you are having a bad day, I can prescribe the best retail item that will make the day seem better. For example: Your bad day is due to work = the best item to buy is a fashion mag & some candles. Go home, light the candles, get out the mag, scour the fun stories light hearted humor & pics of everything from purses to shoes & just flake out. No need to buy TIME mag or something too deep. The candles create a soft ambience, if scented the aromas bring about relaxation & pleasure. The stress of a day is best released with something that requires no heavy lifting (physical or mental)!
4. I love Music & the Arts. There is not a moment in the day that those stories mentioned above don't have some sort of theme music at one point or another. I love all genres. I could live without TV )obviously since I have one in my head :) but without music, I am so melancholy. It evokes emotions that I may not realize I need to release but I do. I love the theater, I love paintings, I love sketches, I love sculpture, I love photography. If I could quit my job right now & be able to just explore ever medium available I would be unbelievably happy. There are so many elements of this part of me (the one that draws & paints & takes pictures) that has yet to be explored. I want to learn about all of them. It is a desire that I have begun to take day by day. Finding a book on a new technique or a favorite artist, just taking a moment to admire, to inspect, & to learn is something that brings me immense joy.
5. Pizza is my favorite food. I mean every pizza. All kinds, no prejudice here. Pizza. definitely. :)
6. I hate underwear. Okay due to Cheyenne's crazy M&M post I felt invigorated to list this last crazy thing about me. Yes - all kinds of underwear. I hate them all. (I have this thing about always being barefooted - my feet feel all caged in unless in an open toe shoe/sandal. I hate sneakers & never wear any sort of sock.) Well to be honest, my bottom feels all caged in when wearing underwear. Yes I do wear it, but to be utterly honest, I would feel most comfortable without it. Bras are okay. It is just underwear. I am not a layering person, so maybe that has something to do with it. Thongs are the closest thing to not having anything on so they are really the only way to be even somewhat comfortable. Anyway, now that I have truly shared something you all had no idea about, well I feel all exposed. Comfy now?
:) Okay so now I tag Tracy & Nina for the 6 Habits. I also tag Nina for the Book exercise.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008


Again, it has been too long between posts. I keep opening the page only to be interrupted, get sidetracked, and have to get up to do something else! So tonight, I promised before the storms I would hammer out a post. Over the last few weeks we have had a whirlwind of company and honey-do list accomplishments. We got our front door re-painted (the dingbats who built our house had used interior paint & lets just say the elements were not nice at all over the past 2 years), the basement has been reorganized (definitely almost time for another yard sale), the stairs are now fixed (we had a carpet issue on the bottom set of stairs), we now have gutters (it seems gutters are not a necessity to builders - we have learned that there is not a house built in Tuscaloosa with gutters unless the home owner specifically asks for them), we know have a second guest bedroom complete with a bed (before it was just a computer room), my 1st guest bedroom is almost exactly how I want it, I now have a book case in the kitchen just for cookbooks, a new dining room rug, and we have acquired a contractor to finish the basement & paint our master bedroom & living area. (Now as for how quickly those rooms get painted - who knows. We want the basement closed in first, so I will keep everyone posted on those projects). Whew! It has been interesting to say the least around our house. We had to find a new cleaning service, so that was a trial & error process. We finally found one that we are comfortable with & is comfortable with Peanut. (it is very important that they not only like dogs, but love ours :) ) Marcus' dad brought his fiance into town last weekend, our first meeting of this young woman. Her name is Ramona & she is very nice. Not only did she come with him, but on Saturday our house played hostess to Marcus' aunt, cousin, brother, sister n law, & nieces. We cooked a HUGE meal & fed everyone. It was like a holiday dinner! Only I chose summer foods: Barbecue Chicken, Beans (Green & Baked), Salad, Hashbrown Casserole...yum. His aunt brought a wonderful Grape Salad & her heavenly hershey chocolate cake. Trust me it is so good!! We also went to dinner with some friends a few weekends ago & watched the Bucket List with Jack Nicholson & Morgan Freeman. I must say it surprised me. As one of those movies where you go in knowing death is definitely inevitable for the main characters, the plot getting to that ending was actually quite good. It definitely touched not only the live for the moment, but also the wake up & realize what you have buttons. Of course it was Jack so the humor, one line wonders were everywhere. We also ventured to Birmingham to the StarDome last Tuesday night (celebrating our friend Fran's 30th birthday). The comics were quite good - Steve Brown from Tuscaloosa was very entertaining as was DS Sanders, now the guy in the middle a Mikey somethinge or another wasn't my favorite until his last skit. The show was basically a crude male humor show until the last seconds. He picked up his guitar & makes this statement: You know cartoons these days... well they suck. I want to pay tribute to the wonder of cartoons of my youth. So if you know the words, please sing along! We will end on a high note so get ready. He then proceed to sing a montage of Smurfs, Thundercats, Gummi Bears, Chip&Dale Rescue Rangers, Tale Spin, and others then he ended with Muppet Babies. He did every voice! It was awesome. For that alone I enjoyed the show. Anyway, sorry that this post seems to merely be a recap of events over about 3 weeks, but to be honest I needed to type it all down! lol. This is my virtual diary so getting this stuff posted is really therapeutic.