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“To me blew me away” is Google Translate’s take on “넌 내게 반했어” – the title of a South Korean youth melodrama called (in English) Heartstrings. (The correct translation of 넌 내게 반했어 is actually “You’ve Fallen for Me.”)

Wikipedia’s entry for this TV series topped the list when I Google-searched “heartstrings” yesterday.

After you admire the heart in the stylized title, click the image to see the music video for “Because I Miss You” by Jung Yong Hwa – vocalist and guitarist of a band called The Stupid and lead actor in the series, where he plays a university student majoring in Western Music.

The deer-in-the-headlights kiss at 2:00 of the video is priceless!

The cast of the Korean drama "Heartstrings" ("You've Fallen for Me")

The cast of the Korean drama “Heartstrings” (“You’ve Fallen for Me”)
Click to view the music video for “Because I Miss You” by Jung Yong Hwa


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Sarah L.’s late-night surfing led her to Etsy.com, where she spotted this string of hearts by tascha – perfect for Valentine’s Day.

The aptly titled "LOVE string of hearts" – a folk art painting by tascha

The aptly titled “LOVE string of hearts” – a folk art painting by tascha

Another one by tascha…

"Flying Angel" by tascha on Etsy.com

“Flying Angel” by tascha on Etsy.com

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Heart-spotting Contest Entry

Hearts and bikes…my two obsessions! Thanks to Ingrid L. for this one:

I came across this photo last week in a store and knew it needed to be hanging in my family room! It now is, and it makes me smile every time I walk past. The title is “Love Bike” and I love it! It would be perfect for you as well, Mr. Cyclist.

“Love Bike” (submitted by Ingrid L.)

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Heart-spotting Contest Entry

Sarah L. is a heart-spotter from way back when. Well, a few months ago, anyway:

Seeing Ingrid L.’s submission of holiday hearts on sale at Calgary’s Rubaiyat Gallery reminded me of these very similar sparkly hearts that were for sale at Heritage Park last summer (also in Calgary). While on holiday there, I spent a long time looking at these trying to decide if I needed more ‘stuff’. I passed on them but took this photo instead.

Decorative hearts for sale at Calgary's Heritage Park (submitted by Sarah L.)

Decorative hearts for sale at Calgary’s Heritage Park (submitted by Sarah L.)

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Yikes! As I was making the draw* for November’s Heart-spotting Contest winner, it occurred to me that I fully forgot about the draw for October. So, I have two winners to congratulate today…

With four entries in October alone, Sylvia W. (now a two-time winner) affirms the fact that the more obsessive the heart-spotter, the greater her chances of winning. Her winning entry, titled “Dogs Need Love Too”, was drawn from among the 12 entries published in October.

Tony B.‘s “Cidery Hearts” was drawn from the 12 great submissions published in November.

The winning entries are posted below…

Heart-shaped (and heart healthy) dog snacks by Nylabone (submitted by Sylvia W.)

“Our rescue greyhounds were gifted these delectable treats, and we were rather surprised to see they were made with love. Real love. In the shape of wheat-free, no-extra-preservatives-added hearts.” – Sylvia W.

Heart art at the Merridale Cidery, Vancouver Island (submitted by Tony B.)

There are hearts galore in this submission from Tony B. (look closely at the outer edges of the painting). He spotted this Portuguese pottery style painting in Vancouver Island’s Merridale Estate Cidery.

Get in on the Heart-spotting Fun…and Win!

Once again, I invite readers to submit photos and ideas from your own heart-shaped worlds. There’s a new Heart-spotting Contest every month, with a fun heart-shaped prize up for grabs.

Entering is easy. To the email address on the Care to Share? page, send me photos of the heart-shaped surprises that catch your eye. The prize for December…one more framed heart print by pop artist Romero Britto (featured in my July 9 post). The prize winner will be determined by a random draw from all the month’s entries.

Love is all around you. Open your eyes!

Framed Romero Britto Heart Print – the prize for My Heart-Shaped World's December 2012 Heart-spotting Contest

Framed Romero Britto Heart Print – the prize for My Heart-Shaped World’s December 2012 Heart-spotting Contest

* For each monthly draw, I assign consecutive numbers to the entries according to the order in which they appeared on My Heart-shaped World. I then put the fate of the entrants into the hands of the random number generator at random.org.

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Release the mounds…and shake your euphemism!

A surprising number of people arrive at My Heart-Shaped World when they search for the lyrics to Blue Man Group‘s “Shake Your Euphemism” – and they find this September post celebrating the heart-shaped “jiggle twins” in Blue Man Group’s stage graphics (see photo below).

I certainly don’t want to disappoint those who come seeking lyrics, so I’ve posted them below the photo. (Note that there are different versions of “Shake Your Euphemism.” The lyrics below align with the performance that starts at 1:02 in this YouTube video.)

Heart-shaped "mounds of mischief" in The Blue Man Group's stage set design for Shake It Up: Made in Japan

Heart-shaped “mounds of mischief” in The Blue Man Group’s stage set design for Shake It Up: Made in Japan

Blue Man Group’s “Shake Your Euphemism” Lyrics

It is time now to create the ultimate dance party.
To take things over the top, you need to start shaking your rear end.
Or as some people call it…

Your hindquarters
Your backside
Your buttocks
Your heiny

Your keister
Your tush
Your buns
Your gluteus tote-bag

Your bubble pop
Your medicine ball
Your sonic boom
Your sit-biscuit

Your posterior
Your subwoofer
Your horn section
Your monster truck

Your mag wheels
Your life’s work
The Outback
Your cousin’s apartment

Ladies and gentlemen, please stand up and

It’s time to shake that freckle-muffin
The place where all burritos go
It’s time to bake that turkey stuffin’
Tweedledee and Tweedledum

Dance to the beat that the DJ cuts
There’s no “if”s or “and”s


Let’s get it going, keep it going – don’t stop
Let’s get it going, keep it going – don’t stop
Let’s get it going, keep it going – don’t stop

Use your bum to stir that soup
And shake it all around like the
Blue Man Group!

Shake it ’til you bake it
Shake it ’til you wake it
Shake it ’til you make it
Shake it, shake it, shake it!

Your dance catcher
Under the thunder
The stabilizer

Shake your carry-on luggage
The Bobbsey Twins
Your growing personal following

Shake your boomwhacker
Your reporter at large
Or in this case, very large

Shake the flounder
That’s rounder
Than a giant quarter pounder

Shake it, shake it, shake it! 



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