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06 July 2012




Sometimes, 
the pictures just say it all.
Am I right?

Let the Women Speak

05 July 2012


This image was recently in my Facebook news feed.
Clearly, the word vagina peaked my curiosity,
not to mention the fact that it was posted by my sister.

Being the world traveler that I am,
I haven't really had time to stay updated on
all the news coming out of the US.
{read with fake haughtiness.}
Seriously though, I'm pretty ignorant at the moment!

A little research told me that this missive was created
because Rep. Lisa Brown was banned from speaking
on the floor of the House in MI,
after using the word vagina
while talking about a controversial abortion bill.

Words like vagina were sort of "off limits"
in my household growing up.
Saying a word like that would cause everyone to get shy,
and uncomfortable, so it was simply avoided.
So when I saw this in my Facebook news feed,
I immediately felt a little shy.
Silly, I know, but old habits die hard.

But more importantly,
it made me think of this post,
by one of my favorite bloggers, Melissa.
The awesome thing about Melissa is that she's not afraid to speak her mind,
and not in an "in your face" way either.
She's just smart, a great writer, and passionate.
There's nothing I love more than discovering a blogger
who speaks her mind, writes well, and inspires me with interesting content.

Since she's one of my faves, I thought you might like to meet her too.

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Hi Friends!  My name is Melissa and I blog over at Forever and A Day.


For the past few months, I was still considering myself a newlywed blogger, but since we just celebrated our one year anniversary, I'm not sure that's the case anymore.  So, I guess I'm a lifestyle blogger, if by lifestyle I mean, living in Los Angeles with my husband and five crazy cats.  

Sunshine (background), Olivia (foreground)
So, maybe, I'm just a crazy cat lady. 



That's married.  

Anyway, basically, Forever and A Day is a whole hodge podge of things I love.  

I often blog about life with my super hot husband, Tim.  
Seriously, how did I score him?  

Sometimes, I write about apartment living in a big city (bbqing in the driveway, creepy people that come to our front door, my never ending battles with laundry.)  

Ok, so Tim BBQ'd and I sat around reading and drinking Pacifico

If you're really lucky, I'll get on my soapbox and talk about subjects I'm passionate about like educating women on their bodies and how scars make us who we are.  

After 1 of 6 skin biopsies I've had in the past 2 years.
Yes, I'm wearing a Jose Cuervo shirt to sleep in.  
Recently, our wedding was featured in The Knot: Southern California magazine so I bombarded my readers with wedding pictures.  

June 11th 2011
But really, what it all comes down to, is that I'm just a 25 year old Southern California girl who loves life with her husband, eating at L.A.'s yummiest restaurants, reading as many books as I can, relaxing on Malibu's beaches, hiking in the Santa Monica mountains, traveling whenever I can, rescuing animals, writing my little blog, and meeting other bloggers friends like Emily.

(& hopefully you too!)  

P.S.  How jealous are you of the adventures Emily is currently having?!

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say hello to Melissa.

War {huh!} What is it Good For?

04 July 2012

I've been a serious slacker with blogging lately!  It's silly because I have so much great blogging material on my computer and in my head.  Perhaps that's slightly overwhelming?  I do feel a struggle between wanting to effectively capture the experience, and simply pushing forward to rather than letting the pressure build.

Anyhow, I mentioned that our time in Hanoi was a massive history lesson...and it's not over yet!

For those of you, like me, who couldn't remember exactly why we got involved in Vietnam, here's a brief recap:

1) Vietnam was part of French-ruled Indochina until 1954.  When Vietnam gained freedom, it was partitioned into North Vietnam & South Vietnam.
2) North Vietnam was established as a communist country under the leadership of Ho Chi Minh.  A politician in South Vietnam declared himself Prime Minister and refused to hold the nationwide elections that had been mandated during the peace treaty.
3) The United States wanted to bolster the shaky democracy of South Vietnam, as it was the only democracy in Southeast Asia.  The US believed that the fall of South Vietnam could result in the spreading of communism across much more of the region. 
4) From there {long story bearable}, North & South began a civil war, with the US backing South Vietnam.  The United States officially attacked in 1965.  The fall of Saigon, which ended the war, occurred 10 years later in 1975.
5) Vietnam is now a unified, communist country.

Here are some photos from our visit to the War Museum in Hanoi (North Vietnam.)






Reads: 
"I am a citizen of the United States of America.  I do not speak your language.  Misfortune forces me to seek your assistance in obtaining food, shelter, and protection.  Please take me to someone who will provide for my safety and see that I am returned to my people.  My government will reward you."

Tuesday Travel Diaries: Scotland

03 July 2012

{A bimonthly guest post series}

Hi! I am Megan from Across the Pond,
and Emmy has asked me to share a bit of my travel life with you!

I am an American expat (originally from Los Angeles, CA)
now living in Scotland!

In the two years that I have lived in the UK,
I have been able to see and travel to multiple different places
(Ireland, Scotland, England, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Poland etc)

But I thought I would show you a glimpse into Scotland life via pictures.












Now if we could just get Scotland to have the climate of Southern California...

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Emily here--It seriously makes me squeal to have the fabulous Megan on my blog today!  Isn't she a doll?  In addition to being drop dead gorgeous, Megan is a great writer and very funny.  If she isn't part of your daily reads, I highly suggest you pop over to her blog, Across the Pond, now.






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Spiritual Sunday

01 July 2012

"Freedom means the power to act by soul guidance, 
not by the compulsions of desires and habits.  
Obeying the ego leads to bondage; obeying the soul brings liberation."

-Paramahansa Yogananda
"Sayings of Paramahansa Yogananda"
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