Author Archives: Paola Seminario

Wake Up – EDEN

‘Cause we’ve been driving so long
I can’t remember how we got here
Or how we survived so long
I’m tryna run from our pride
‘Til you set fire to my atmosphere
And I remember how I spent the 23rd
Feeling six feet under
When I’m 30,000 feet in the air
Chasing that sundown
So far east I’m westbound
Feeling like the edge of this world is near

But you’ll feel better when you wake up
Swear to god I’ll make up
Everything and more when I get back someday
This is more than just a phase, love
Shooting stars all break up
And even though it seems like half the world away

Things will be better in America
Heard the streets are gold there
Maybe I could fly you out this place someday
Chasing dreams like I’m on Novocain
Screaming through your airways
Looking back I almost thought I heard you say

Stay, you’re not gonna leave me
This place is right where you need to be
And why your words gotta mean so much to them
And they mean nothing to me
So stay, you’re not what you’re hearing
‘Cause I’ve been watching you changing
And who said you’re one in a million
Anyway?

‘Cause you see only what you want to
Your tunnel vision haunts you
And you can’t see what’s wrong
When you keep sleeping through the PM
Eyes wide open when you’re dreaming
You’re sleepwalking, just keep talking
And maybe you can talk your way out of this deep end
No “B” plan in your system
Just tell me what you’re thinking
I’m scared that you might fall

But you’re not [2x]

And you’ll feel better when you wake up
Taking off your makeup
Sun always seems to wash our fears away
And it’s always shining somewhere
I just gotta get there
And even though it seems like half the world away

Things are better in America
Heard the streets are gold there
Maybe I could fly you out this place someday
Chasing dreams like I’m on Novocain
Screaming through your airways
Looking back I almost thought I heard you say,

“Stay, you’re not gonna leave me.
This place is right where you need to be.
And why your words gotta mean so much to them
When they mean nothing to me?
So stay, you’re not what you’re hearing
‘Cause I’ve been watching you changing.
And who said you’re one in a million?”

You’re so much better than that [3x]

Stay, you’re not what you’re hearing
‘Cause I’ve been watching you changing
And who said you’re one in a million anyway?

And you’ll feel better when you wake up
Swear to god I’ll make up
Everything or more when I get back someday
Chasing dreams like I’m on Novocain
Screaming through your airways
Looking back I almost thought I heard you say

You’re so much better than that.

 

Bucket List Adventures: “O” by Cirque du Soleil

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I have wanted to see O by Cirque du Soleil since I first arrived in Las Vegas in 2001. This year, I finally went to see it with two of my English friends, Richard and Rob. It was absolutely amazing and breathtaking… so much more than I could have ever imagined. From beginning to end, my jaw was on the floor. Everything from the man on fire to the artists who dive 80 feet into the abyss, while swinging on a ship in the air… I mean really, there is nothing that didn’t astound me. These performers are truly incredible. Anyone who has the opportunity to see this show, absolutely should.

Bucket List Adventures: Spend New Years on the Las Vegas Strip

It is true, I have gone to the La Vegas strip maybe two or three times for New Year celebrations past… however, none were quite like this one. One year, we went down and drank the night away in some over crowded, over priced, pretentious nightclub in our sardine-like VIP area. Another year, we opted for a more open atmosphere inside the Circus Circus. It still took an eternity to get a drink or some food, but it was better than being stuffed inside a nightclub. Then there was the time, we decided to avoid all the drunken debauchery all together and we sat in the parking lot of Mandalay to watch the fireworks and then make our easy escape back to the suburbs.

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This year, however, was like no other. I met with my friends from across the pond for a deliciously sinful dinner at STACK and stuffed our faces with a filet so tender, it was melting in my mouth, mashed potatoes and creamed spinach, which we then washed down with Santa Margherita pinot grigio and finished off with a mouth watering crème brûlée. While dinner was great, what was to come was even better. After dinner, we had a cocktail at Portofino and then made our way to the party.

We truly didn’t know what to expect and were happily surprised to find that we were at a VIP only, Gatsby-esque style party. The entertainers sang and danced to modern songs with a nostalgic twist. They took photos with the guests to memorialize their existence in this epic event. Among the giveaways were the typical New Year light up glasses and champagne bubble party favors… but even better than that, were the pinstripe fedora hats, vintage feather hair headbands, boas and pearl necklaces so that we could also be in theme. It was such a blast to dance the night away right there, next to the volcano and right on the strip. I am so glad I went. It was truly a fabulous way to begin the year.

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On Single Parenting

Seriously though… I was a young mom and became a young single mom pretty freaking quick… Now I’m a young grandma and an empty nester. My life is full and wonderful.
Maybe I had my kids young and maybe you wouldn’t have done things the way I did, and that’s ok, but I’d never look at an older parent and say, “you’re too old to have kids at your age”… the way people seem to feel like they have the right to say to young parents.
I didn’t do things the way you did. My path was mine to travel, as is yours. Rather than shame young parents, why not be supportive? Who the hell are you to judge when it is the right time for me or anyone to do things in my/their life? You do not have that right. It took me so much longer to accomplish certain things in my life, not so much because I had a family to consider, but more so because I had countless people looking down at me, being judgmental and telling me everything that was wrong in my decision to be a young mom.
Start becoming part of a supporting and loving society instead of passing judgement. If all you do is judge, you’re worse than the young parent that chose to be responsible for their actions.

Critical Mistakes – 888

Let me rewind to the times where we never felt ill
We fill our minds with those dreams and we never miss a beat
Just pass the time staying up, feeling restless at night
Come wake me up before I die and I never get to live

I want a house on the hill by the ocean
I’d let the tide wash away all my critical mistakes
I want a house on the hill by the ocean
I’d let the tide wash away all my critical mistakes

Let’s spend the days, empty space, watch the waves in our mind
We count the stars, write our names in the sand beneath our feet
It feels so right blowing smoke clouds polluting the sky
You take a drag before the moment escapes you, feel the light

I want a house on the hill by the ocean
I’d let the tide wash away all my critical mistakes
I want a house on the hill by the ocean
I’d let the tide wash away all my critical mistakes

Let me rewind
We fill our minds
We fill our minds with smoke

I want a house on the hill by the ocean
I’d let the tide wash away all my critical mistakes
I want a house on the hill by the ocean
I’d let the tide wash away all my critical mistakes

 

Outlaws – Joe Purdy

One more drink ‘fore he split town,
Pulled up in a rose pink cadillac
He was singin’ with the top down girl from the north,
Dylan and Johnny Cash
He won the car on a card game listenin’ to The Boss,
He keeps his clothes in a gunney sack
She said, “Tell you what sailor, if you take me outta here,
I’ll do anything that you ask,
‘Cause I don’t wanna die like the people down here
But I feel that I’m fading fast.”

He looked over to her chestnut hair,
He said “I don’t believe in love.”
But he knew good and well she was the only girl there,
So he figured it was close enough

And they hopped in the car, rolled the windows down far,
And they headed through the desert plains
And she didn’t even mind when they crossed the state line
And the sky opened up with rain
And they went three states ‘fore they even spoke a word,
He leaned over just to ask her name
She said, “Take me to the 61 highway, sailor,
And you can call me Queen Jane,
‘Cause the only thing I stole from the town
Was a crown that I took from a beauty queen.”

And he looked over to her deep green eyes,
Knew that she was just as cold as him
So he went to the trunk, grabbed the pistol from inside,
And told Janey of his plan

And they went to the store she put the gas in the car,
He came out running with a case of beer
And he jumped in the back with the money in the sack
And Janey she took the wheel
And they ran off in a blaze in a sweet summer haze,
To the bullets of the cashier
“You keep your head down sailor
’cause I might need ya’ later, just holler if you can hear,
‘Cause I’m gonna need a man,
Not a farmer girl tan and a cadillac souvenir.”

And they camped out by the railroad bridge,
And they made love all night,
Watched the sun come up over Mercury Ridge,
From a hilltop outta sight.

They hit five more banks and their small-town safes
And they knew that they could get out fast
Had the time of their life but they had to have a talk,
’cause they knew that it couldn’t last
They made friends with the man at the Mexico border,
And they left him with a bag of cash
She said, “I tell you what, sailor,
I don’t care about that paper
But I’m happy that we passed,
‘Cause I’m feeling pretty tired
And I’m carrying a child and we both need a rest.”

And they settled down to a house near the water,
Where they would live to be old and gray
And many years later and the kids are all older,
And they tell ’em ’bout the good ole’ days.