February 12, 2015

“Remember that there is only one important time and is Now. The present moment is the only time over which we have dominion. The most important person is always the persone with whom you are, who is right before you, for who knows if you will have dealings with any other person in the future. The most important pursuit is making that person, the one standing by your side, HAPPY, for that alone is the pursuit of life.” – Leo Tolstoy

February 9, 2015

“Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love. Everything is united by it alone. Love is God, and to die means that I, a particle of love, shall return to the general and eternal source.” – Leo Tolstoy

Go Set a Watchman

Harper Lee is Publishing a Sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird. (Harper Bazaar)

Oh. My. GOD. YES!

Harper Lee, now 88 year olds, author of the fantastic and amazing To Kill a Mockingbird has announced a sequel to the novel. Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes a million times yes. That was hands down on my top three reads when I was in high school (along with Great Gatsby and In Cold Blood). Go Set a Watchman will be published on July 14. It tells the story of Scout, the protagonist in TKAM, as an adult. She has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father, Atticus. The article also tells of Lee’s inspiration and the funny story of these two books. So ladies and gentleman, go find a watchman and SET YOUR TIMERS! LET THE COUNTDOWN BEGIN. (no pun intended)

February 4, 2015

“The past is but the beginning of a beginning, and all that is or has been is but the twilight of the dawn.” – H.G Wells

Considering my current book project has to do with time, I saw this quote as a nice fit. Happy Wednesday!


Strolling through the Facebook timeline and I saw this article from Harper’s Bazaar, “18 Signs You’re With the One You Should Marry“. To my surprise, the article gave really good points on what “real” love is. The man should not do everything for the girl as if they were in the 1950s, but the girl should not be doing all the work either. A proper relationship is equal work between the couple with the guy doing a little bit more from time to time. Hey, I like a man to fight for me if I am making sacrifices and showing my appreciation and love for him too. Nothing wrong with that, n’est-ce pas? ;)

So, have any of you out there think you’re with The One? Or do you think this list is correct? Anything missing? Comment below!

It’s A Grocery Life – Top 5 Pet Peeves Every Grocery Employee Knows

I have been working at Whole Foods Market for more than a year and a half. It’s been quite an adventure I must say. It has also been interesting. Interesting in the sense of how business works, how marketing happens EVERYWHERE (even a simple “I like the coconut flavor” can get someone to buy the item), how life works. Also, how we the cashiers have the same pet peeves. I talked to a few cashiers, some current, some former, some my age, some older and we seem to have the same pet peeves. So any cashiers out there, current or non, American or not, do you feel the same way? Here are the top 5 pet peeves grocery peeps understand:

1. Leaving carts 5 feet away from the cart return station. Yes, we have all been there. That moment of getting the shopping done, kids in the car, groceries in the car nice and neat. You are exhausted and want to go home. But you have to leave the cart. What to do? Walk to the return station and struggle with the bar or just leave it next to it? People, it’s five feet. If I can do it, you can do it. Just be glad you aren’t pushing 10 medium carts and five big carts at the same time up an incline while trying to not hit the fancy Mercedes-Benz or BMWs on a windy summer day or a rainy winter day. For our sanity and yours, walk the five feet please. There is also carry outs where we can help you out with your groceries and take the cart for you. Use your resources!

2. Parents not watching their kids. It takes a lot of skill to do the weekly shop and watching the little ones. But people, do NOT leave your child unattended. We are not your babysitters. Get off the phone, hold off Twitter, wait for that text and watch your children. We have had parents ignore their children and they have walked off, taken food they aren’t supposed to and broken high-end product such as wine. We love kids but please keep them in a safe distance, meaning your peripheral line of sight.

3. Waiting last minute to specify how to bagWe at Whole Foods Market make it our mission to take care of our guests. We are known to create perfect Tetris bags where all like items are put together and every box, fruit, veggie and carton has a place and we take much pride in that. Though we don’t exactly show it, we do feel a bit annoyed and sad that you tell us to basically destroy it and do it your way, especially if your way is not safe for the products or you. Believe us, we are the experts. If it takes one more brown bag, don’t fret and try putting that $50 wine bottle on top of your eggs. The extra bag is free and made of recyclable and compostable material so you aren’t wasting paper or hurting the environment. Believe us when we say, “Better safe than sorry” and “It’s for your own good.”

4. Impatience. This applies to everyone. We don’t like being impatient and you don’t like being impatient. We find it rude when you are on the phone and we have to ask you ten times if you would like your receipt or your total. We also find it very rude when we try to ask you something and you interrupt us with a big “NO I AM NOT INTERESTED” when we are asking you if you would like credit or debit or “IT’S CREDIT” when we are asking you if you have tried Amy’s Gluten Free Spinach Pizza. You find it rude when the cashier you are with ignores you or is careless (this rarely happens at Whole Foods but hey, we are human indeed). So let’s agree to have patience with each other and maybe things will be smooth sailing in the future.

5. “Uh, I forgot one thing. I’ll be back in 2 seconds”. Dude, we know you aren’t coming back in two seconds with one thing. Though I do appreciate the up-sell, please get all your items beforehand, especially on those bustling weekend rushes. Here is a helpful tip I would recommend: shopping list. Yes, it’s old fashioned but it helps you stick with your budget and not forget that gallon milk that’s on the other side of the store.

So, anyone else have these pet peeves? Got any different ones? Comment below!

Nik’s Poem

dear Nik,

merry Christmas! It is said it is the thought that counts. I hope you don’t mind me posting this on my blog but you are indeed a very creative, philosophical poet. Who knows? Maybe you might just give someone other than me a philisophical moment of the day. Merry Christmas!


How can a thinker summarize what he knows
For future generations who yearn to learn
That which their fathers had discovered?

How can a philosopher or dreamer pen
All of his ideas in orderly fashion
And still convey the essence of his thoughts?

How can a poet, a writer of lines, describe
The indescribable beauty of the woman before me
Who humbles him so that words can only fail?

If I were that poet I could only try as he
Knowing that all I wrote would for others be
Gibberish that made no sense

But to me those garbled words
Would always remind me of you
And so be more precious than any
Other book no matter how eloquent

Haute Tension (2003)


Haute Tension is a French slasher film starring Cécile de France and Maïwenn. It was released in France in 2003 and in the U.S. in 2005. The film is considered as part of the New French Extremity movement.

Cécile de France plays the role of Marie, a college student who tries to save her best friend, Alex (played by Maïwenn) from a serial killer. In the end, however, the serial killer is really Marie. She is obsessed with Alex and only wanted Alex for herself. Marie created a second persona in her mind to murder Alex’s family and the other victims. The “Killer” (played by Philippe Nahon) appears to be a sexually obsessed man who tortures and murders mainly women. When Marie kills the Killer, it is implied that the killer is Marie’s “alter-ego” as they appear alternately during the murders prior.

Haute Tension is an okay film. I liked the psychological aspect of it but I am not a fan of the gore. When I did some background research, I found that the American version cut certain parts of the French version to follow the R-rating from the MPAA. One part that comes to mind is the killing of Alex’s brother. In the French version, he is seen being shot by a shotgun. In the American version, it is implied that he was shot. It is interesting to see American censorship compared to French. Also, I found it interesting how TIME magazine put this film on its “Top 10 Most Ridiculously Violent Films” list. This was seen as controversial. I agree with the magazine because this movie was graphically and ridiculously violent.