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Of The Earth

I follow a blog called Sweeps4Bloggers, and they have a pretty sweet giveaway going on right now! Look at this cute potential Mothers’ Day gift:

You can get however many beads in it you want, of different colors. It’s from a store called Of The Earth. All of their stuff is pretty cool, and a lot of it is vintage and/or bird themed. Two of my favorite styles! Sweeps4Bloggers is giving away one, so head on over to their post about it and enter. I’m hoping to win it for my mom for Mother’s Day or her birthday, which are around the same time.

Of The Earth= super stylish! At least, that’s the view from the fishbowl… 😉

Blessings, GoldfishErin


I am Me, Who is Who? He is We.

He is We. It’s a band, and they were featured on iTunes a couple weeks back, with one free song. I fell in love. I immediately downloaded the whole album, and looked for more. These guys actually have a pretty neat story, too. The vocalist, Rachel Taylor, and her guitarist, Trevor Kelly, worked together for a while. After a while, they started playing together for fun; him sticking to his harder rock style while mixing in her romantic-sing-songy lyrics. Eventually they came to a sort of compromise, and the result? He is We. They made a perfect match! Their style of music is different than a lot that I normally listen to, but I really like it. I’m actually learning to play some of the guitar parts for their songs. Currently my favorite songs of theirs are Light a Way and Blame it on the Rain. Here’s their biggest hit and video currently, though. Check them out, let me know what you think! The view from the fishbowl? Yes. Just, yes. 😀

Blessings, and happy listening!


My Sky

One thing I’m fascinated with is the sky. I love looking at the stars at night for no reason. They’re so gorgeous, and it’s a new view every night. Although it’s a new view, it’s also always the same. That’s part of why I like them. As someone who travels a lot, I’ve been forced into situations involving readjusting to new surroundings quickly. My location can be drastically different, the food, the weather, the people, even the langauge can change. But, in all the places I’ve been, I can always see the sky. Whether I see the stars or the clouds, it’s always there, and it’s always the same. Plus, I know that wherever my loved ones are, they see the same stars. It’s kinda comforting some nights. Especially times like once last year; I was talking on the phone to a friend while we both looked at the stars, and figured out we were looking at the same constellations. It’s just a nice cure for homesickness, because you can never be homesick for the sky. Sometimes it feels like it could belong to me, my sky, because it’s always wherever I am. Ever thought of it that way before? And yet, one of the best things is that it’s shared between everyone. No matter where you are.

All of this is really just leading up to a picture I took of the clouds, so go ahead and have a look at it.

The Silver Lining

The caption there is a quote I got in a fortune cookie once. I thought it fit. Look at the bright side of things, and the bad stuff won’t appear so much!

So, long story short: I love the sky, and you should smile.

That’s the view from the fishbowl, anyway… 😀



Little Mess

One of the pictures I’m pretty proud of taking is of a little boy in a mountain village on the outskirts of my city. The village is unreachable by car, has no real roads, and is basically a mountain that has a few houses and a one room school. The only electricity in the whole village is one single solar panel for the school, provided by the government. I call the picture little mess, for obvious reasons:

Isn’t he just the sweetest mess you’ve seen?

The phrase “Little Mess” has developed a new meaning for me lately. The past couple months have been crazy stressful for me, for a number of reasons. When I was listening to an online radio station a few weeks ago, I came across a song by Francesca Battistelli called “This is the Stuff.” It really hit me.

She starts off mentioning all those little annoyances that we all face and that can just drive us up the wall sometimes if we aren’t careful. Losing your keys, losing your phone, speeding tickets, etc. But it’s the chorus that I really like:

This is the stuff that drives me crazy, this is the stuff that’s getting to me lately.
In the middle of my little mess, I forget how big I’m blessed.
This is the stuff that gets under my skin, but I gotta trust You know exactly what You’re doing.
It might not be what I would choose, but this is the stuff You use.
So break me of impatience, conquer my frustrations, I’ve got a new appreciation, it’s not the end of the world…
It might not be what I would choose, but this is the stuff You use.
(You can listen to Francesca’s song Here. :))
That’s how I feel sometimes. Everything is going wrong, and I feel like my world is just going to crumble under my feet. But sometimes, in the middle of our little messes, we just have to step back and look at how big we’re blessed. All of us, we all are so richly blessed! I’m having trouble remembering that this week, and the past few weeks. Sometimes I just need a little help remembering. But it’s so true, regardless of my own little messes.
At least, that’s the view from the fishbowl!
Blessings to all, through your little messes that aren’t quite as cute as the one up there. ^^
Goldfish Erin

Graffiti; Eco-friendly Style

I’ve always been amazed at graffiti. Amazed? I’m not sure how good a choice of word that is. I honestly don’t like the premise of destruction. But, I don’t think anyone can argue that some of the people who do it have some seriously legit skills, no?

Remember, I’m from a small town in Missouri. The biggest problem with graffiti there is with teenagers writing their newest infatuations on the bathroom stall doors. In other words, we don’t really have a problem. Right now, on the other hand, I live in El Salvador. The place I live in is a small artsy town, often an off the road tourist hotspot, and we don’t have a problem either. But in the capital city and other big cities, it’s a whole other story. The streets are lined with it, everywhere. Completely covered. Parts are really good, too. Great quality crime, right? Some are political opinions, some are skulls and ghosts and creepy pictures, some are pictures of kids playing on playgrounds, some of flowers, some are just words. Some of it is really lame. Regardless of the quality, though, it’s on every wall.

All. Over. Everything.

Today when I was surfing the web, I came across a blog called Inspirational Geek about “Reverse Graffiti.” I was immediately intrigued. So, after reading that first article about it, I researched it. What I came across was really cool!

Reverse graffiti is the process of going over a dirty, grimy city surface, and making a design or picture in it by cleaning it. No spray paint. They use stencils and cleaners and all sorts of stuff, so it’s actually kind of good for the city. One of the things about it, is that it’s legal, even if it’s not really appreciated by the city officials. And often, when the city officials see it, they take over and decide to clean the whole area, which is even better for the city. Some companies have even taken to advertising by doing reverse graffiti! They can go clean a bridge or something with their logo, and it’s free publicity. Just look at some of the reverse art:

For cleaning, that’s pretty sweet.  For a video from “Moose,” one of the starters of the whole project, click Here. They also have a whole website about the Reverse Graffiti Project Here.

I’m not totally sure what to make of it. Is it right, since it’s “helping the environment” to an extent? Should it still be looked down on because it’s still like de-surfacing property? Is it de-surfacing at all? I know that some of it looks pretty awesome. And I guess it’s not really hurting anything… But, hey, let me know what you think!

Keep smiling!



Cute Giveaway from Jaebumfangirl!

So I’ve recently been watching Jaebumfangirl’s blog, and I am totally loving her giveaways! I have my fingers crossed especially for one specific one; The Little Mori Giveaway.

Look at the cute shirts you can pick from if you win! Just go on over to her blog, and the Current Giveaways to see what you need to do to win this, or any of her other ones going on right now.

Also, she’s currently giving away a pretty sweet USB from Flymode! It’s a penguin, and it’s 4 GB. What’s not to love?

Anyway, I think that you all should head over to check out Jaebumfangirl’s site, because her giveaways and stuff are just awesome. 🙂



Suchitoto Church

This weekend, my family went to a little town about an hour away from us called Suchitoto. We’d been crazy busy the weeks before that, and I’d been sick, so it was nice to get away. In Suchitoto was this famous old Catholic church building, and lemme tell you that it could be a photographer’s dream. I only got to take one good picture, but I’m pretty excited with how it turned out!!



Goldfish Erin