Wednesday, July 28, 2010

He'd let us in, knows where we'd been

"Octopus's Garden" is one of the Beatles songs that instantly makes me happy. It's a song about nothing other then someone's desire to live in a garden owned by an octopus.

The reason I bring this up is that today I'm quite happy (and I was listening to the song in the car). Today I picked up a paycheck from work, ate a good sandwich, and got to go to Barnes and Noble to buy "textbooks" for Drama. These textbooks are actually just copies of scripts for plays such as August: Osage County, Doubt, Fences, and Rent (which I find slightly odd). The weather was also halfway decent here which was nice because it's been foggy and cold for about a week.

Also, I've been searching for clothes for next year like coats and sweaters online which I find fun. Etsy proves to be the most amazing place to find things, I'm obsessed with it. Also, everyone who has a store on their is super nice and has good customer service. Here, take a look:

Aren't they gorgeous?! The coat is from Porches Place and the dress is from Ruby Chic Boutique. Hit them up.

Also I been scouring on ModCloth, truly one of the coolest online stores. I've been looking at them for dresses and coats as well. I actually just bought a pair of shoes from them yesterday. Here are some of my favorite things (not to sound like the song):

And the amazing shoes I bought!

I've also been looking at Urban Outfitters a lot. I have a love-hate relationship with UO. Right now, I like it because they have various styles of cigarette pants which are amazingly fifties.

An extremely visual post today which is what I like. I forgot to mention that I also watched reruns of older Project Runway seasons. That show is so amazing.


Dear Sir or Madam, will you read my book?

So I put briefly in my "About Me" section that I was an avid lover of literature. Reading has always been something that has been a big part of my life since I read my first chapter book: Charlotte's Web. It took me about three months to read it and I remember being so proud because I was in the more "advanced" reading group (I was in first grade). Since then I've been devouring books like there's no tomorrow and have a long list of books that I want to read. Here it is:

-The Kite Runner- Khaled Hosseini
-Les Misérables- Victor Hugo
-The Virgin’s Lover- Philippa Gregory
-Wideacre (I'm reading it right now, it's horrifying)- Philippa Gregory
-The Favored Child- Philippa Gregory
-Meridon- Philippa Gregory
-The Phantom of the Opera- Gaston Leroux
-Sweeney Todd penny papers
-The Hunchback of Notre Dame- Victor Hugo
-Emma- Jane Austen
-This Side of Paradise- F. Scott Fitzgerald
-The Other Queen- Philippa Gregory
-The Scarlet Pimpernel- Baroness Emmuska Orczy
-The Count of Monte Cristo- Alexandre Dumas père
-Twenty Years After- Alexandre Dumas père
-Wuthering Heights- Emily Bronte
-Sense and Sensibility- Jane Austen
-Animal Farm- George Orwell
-Anna Karenina- Leo Tolstoy
-The Scarlet Letter- Nathaniel Hawthorne
-Atonement- Ian McEwan
-Madame Bovary- Gustave Flaubert
-The Poisonwood Bible- Barbara Kingsolver
-Great Expectations- Charles Dickens
-Through a Glass Darkly- Karleen Koen
-Now Face to Face- Karleen Koen
-Dark Angels- Karleen Koen
-Forever Amber- Kathleen Winsor
-Lady Chatterley’s Lover- D. H. Lawrence
-The Man in the Iron Mask- Alexandre Dumas père
-Les Liaisons Dangereuses- Pierre-Ambrois-Francois Choderlos de Laclos
-One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest- Ken Kesey
-Bleak House- Charles Dickens
-Clarissa: Or the History of a Young Lady- Samuel Richardson
-Pamela: Or Virtue Rewarded- Samuel Richardson
-Candide- Voltaire
-Moll Flanders- Daniel Defoe
-The Dress Lodger- Sheri Holman
-The Wild Rose- Jennifer Donnelly
-Antonio’s Wife- Jacqueline Dejohn
-The Last Crossing- Guy Vanderhaeghe
-Little Dorrit- Charles Dickens

Extremely long, now isn't it?

Many of these books, about six or seven, are patiently waiting on my shelf to be read so I'm well on my way to make a dent on this by 2011.
Now to explain, I don't want to be a writer (well, not really). I've written a One Act but I hardly consider myself a playwright now.

Anyway, any thoughts on the list? Loved one, hated one? Tell me about it, I'd like to know.


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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Time may change me but I can't change time

So today is July 25th. To many of you, that means absolutely nothing. But to me, it's an important date.
A month from today, I'm going to be getting on a plane and flying back to Washington DC to open a new chapter is my life: College.

I'm a mix of emotions at this point. I'm not quite ready to leave Mill Valley considering I feel like I FINALLY settled in. Having moved around a lot while in elementary school, living someplace for seven years is a very long time. I finally know all there is to know about my small town and know a lot of people. Don't get me wrong, I'm also quite excited to go but I feel like I need closure before I leave.

One of the main things that is making me reluctant to go is leaving my friends. I'm going to miss them terribly and hate the feeling of not knowing anyone. Luckily, CUA is a small school so knowing people will become easier.

Moving around has made me lucky in one regard, I've learned that there will always be people that I can become good friends with. I believe the term "BFF" is so overrated and completely impossible because you have many best friends over your life. Also, people I've claimed to be my "BFF" can fade out of your life pretty quick. Trust me, I had that happen a lot within the last year. It hurts to lose friends but that's why you have more then one really good friend.

So as the clock ticks down the time until I leave, I'm just going to savor everything Mill Valley offers. Things like the entertainment I experience everyday at my job at Timeless Treasures, Mill Valley Market sandwiches, the eccentric people that live here, and my friends (some of which I have some topics that need closure).

And Hey, it's not like I'm dying! I'll see Mill Valley and friends three months later and we'll be back to our old behaviors with one another pretty quick.

I hope I didn't bore you with my rant. Thanks


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I still recall the thrill, I guess I always will

Somebody once told me that my singing voice sounded like Judy Garland. I had to resist hugging them and starting to cry and/or cheer because that is the biggest compliment I have ever received. Plus, I was singing a Garland song: "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart"(which is what the title of this post came from).To make a long story short, I love Judy Garland.

I'm far from being a normal 18 year old. The celebrities I most want to meet all died sometime in the '90s because their hey-day was from about 1940-1960. All my favorite musicians are from that time as well. Elvis, Bobby Darin, and Jerry Lee Lewis are just a few of my favorites. Here are some others:

Talk about an amazing movie. Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, and Louis Armstrong are my absolute favorites. I have more Sinatra songs on my itunes then anything from the year 2000 onwards. My infatuation started around Freshmen year and has turned into almost an obsession. I was always afraid that people would make fun of me for it, but I've yet to encounter anyone because most people agree with me that Sinatra is amazing.

Grace Kelly is also an amazing actress who I idolize. When I was in London, they had an exhibit at the Victoria and Albert which was all of Grace Kelly's clothes from her movies and her time as a princess. I went back to the museum four times and finally got in on the fourth attempt. It was well worth the effort. She had such gorgeous clothes.

Gene Kelly makes me want to cry. His dancing is so beautiful and elegant and just incredible. Since about fourth grade, after seeing Singin' In the Rain , I had wanted to take tap and learn to be just as amazing as Gene Kelly. I just started learning so the dream is not too far out of reach!

And last, but not least, the most graceful actress and the most humble:

Just wanted to share with you things that are important to me. Thanks!


P.S: I just finished reading Thackeray's famous satire Vanity Fair and if you consider yourself to be literary, I would jump on reading it. It gives interesting insight into the time that he is writing about and into the time which Thackeray is writing in.

Monday, July 19, 2010

I get by with a little help from my Friends

So I have a few good friends that have blogs. The two I know of are slightly different from mine. I decided that I would post the URL so that you can see for yourself (the blogs are pretty good)

1) My good friend Lila has just finished her first year of USC film school, a feat which I still marvel at. She also is an accomplished playwright (seriously her shows are what I try and achieve when I write) This summer, she decided to start a blog where she would review movies that she wanted to see. The blog is just as witty and great as Lila is.

2) If you'd like to read about the dramatic life of a musical theatre student at Boston Conservatory, then Sarah's blog is for you. She writes about her life (like I'm trying to do)and posts her photography, which she is accualty quite accomplished at.

Enjoy! I hope you are having a great day! The weather is amazing here in Mill Valley which makes me happy. Hope your weather is good too.


Saturday, July 17, 2010

Campus Happy

I figured that I should show you pictures of my college so that people could get an idea of where I'm going. It's a gorgeous campus, isn't it? Strange enough, I've never accualty SEEN my campus in person. I was supposed to in April, but couldn't because I got stuck in London due to the unpronounceable Icelandic volcano.

I realized I forgot to tell you my major. I'm going to be a Theater major so expect shameless plugs for our shows throughout the year because they look incredible!


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

You say Goodbye and I say Hello

Hello All!
So considering that I created this blog about ten minutes ago, chances are I have a very slim readership. I'll just start by introducing myself.
Hi, I'm Tara Costello and I hail from San Francisco, California!
I'll explain to you the objective of this blog. I graduated from high school in June and much to the dismay of my family members, I decided to go to college at The Catholic University of America (kind of an epic name, isn't it?) in Washington DC. So I'll be living on the East Coast, they on the West Coast. To keep them updated on my new life, I decided to create a blog (the modern form of writing letters)
Next, I'll explain the title. It has three reasons for being the title:

1) I have red hair, which covers red
2) My family and I are extremely proud of being Irish and the expression for that is that someone has a "green heart". So that covers the green.
3) My birthday is December 22nd, three days before Christmas

So there you go!

That's it for now! I hope that I haven't bored you to much with this posting. I'll try to be wittier in my next posts. Keep reading!