Rest in Peace Ms. Angelou...

So many words of hers have shaped my life,

inspired my heart to keep going. 

Here is one of my favorite Maya poems...

Phenomenal Woman


Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.

I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size   

But when I start to tell them,

They think I’m telling lies.

I say,

It’s in the reach of my arms,

The span of my hips,   

The stride of my step,   

The curl of my lips.   

I’m a woman


Phenomenal woman,   

That’s me.

I walk into a room

Just as cool as you please,   

And to a man,

The fellows stand or

Fall down on their knees.   

Then they swarm around me,

A hive of honey bees.   

I say,

It’s the fire in my eyes,   

And the flash of my teeth,   

The swing in my waist,   

And the joy in my feet.   

I’m a woman


Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered   

What they see in me.

They try so much

But they can’t touch

My inner mystery.

When I try to show them,   

They say they still can’t see.   

I say,

It’s in the arch of my back,   

The sun of my smile,

The ride of my breasts,

The grace of my style.

I’m a woman


Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

Now you understand

Just why my head’s not bowed.   

I don’t shout or jump about

Or have to talk real loud.   

When you see me passing,

It ought to make you proud.

I say,

It’s in the click of my heels,   

The bend of my hair,   

the palm of my hand,   

The need for my care.   

’Cause I’m a woman


Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.


Stuck in my head...

Wherever I go, whatever I do
I wonder where I am in my relationship to you
Wherever you go, wherever you are
I watch your life play out in pictures from afar

lurve you, xoxo v.


R.I.P. Uncle Jim

 Today, my family (and the world) lost a good man.

My Uncle Jim was so dear to me.

I was really close to him when I was growing up.

He even lived with us for a while.

He was SO full of personality, you wouldn't 

be able to grasp it even if I explained it to you.

You just had to know him.

He was the kind of person that would call you just to tell a joke and then hang up.

He was always ready to help when needed.

He was a singer and a musician.

When I was little, he was the bass player in a band,

and they would practice in our living room.

The picture below is of him at my wedding.

I had taken off my petticoat because it was so bulky,

so he put it on and danced the night away.

I feel bad for my Aunt Diane.

They were two pieces of a puzzle,

and no one could love him more than she did.

I remember when I was little,

he told me about the "pretty bank teller" that he had his eye on.

He said he was going to go through the drive-thru and ask for her number.

And that's what he did.

And the rest is history.  

Theirs was a love like most have never seen.

My heart aches for her, and for my grandma,

and for our whole family.

He was a loved man.

And the world is going to be way too quiet without him in it.

I don't think I have wrapped my mind or my heart around it yet.

I'm so sad.

Rest in peace Uncle Jim.

You will be so missed.

lurve you, xoxo v.


Stuck in my head...

There are some songs that have been stuck in my head for days.

They have (luckily) played repeatedly on my Pandora lately
and so I had to come home and buy them.

The first one is by my baby-daddy.

I mean, John Mayer.

It is one of his really old songs (from 2003),
but I think it is one of my favorites he has ever done.
I can't believe I didn't already own it
(because I own just about every other song of his...
seriously, I do).

You can tell it's from his early days because
it is before he learned how to
properly pronounce his "R"'s.
And this video is great because he looks like such a boy here...
and it is clearly before he grew into a man and developed his amazing, sexy style.

 See, this was a few hours ago on his intagram...

Hello kitty.

What else is great?
This video shows the best "John Mayer guitar face".

Okay, forget it... don't watch the video,
just listen to it while you stare at his picture
because I'm not a very good salesperson.

I will think the sun shines out of his ass no matter what he does.
He is amazing and beautiful.

"Covered in Rain"
John Mayer

"It Won't Stop"
Sevyn Streeter

I'm not going to acknowledge that woman beater that she's singing with.
It's unfortunate that he's in this song/video,
but oh well.
 Love the song.

"The Worst
Jhene Aiko

Love her.
She can do no wrong in my book lately.

I love that she sounds so soft, dreamy and feminine,
and yet can can have a filthy mouth,
or can be telling a horrible story.

I love the juxtaposition of those things.

Here's another...

"From Time"
Drake ft. Jhene Aiko

 lurve you, xoxo v.
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