Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
heel-less Nina Ricci...OK, how does one walk on that??
I am all about these!
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Friday, September 25, 2009
MODERN VERSION: The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving. CBS, NBC , PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food. America is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so? Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper and everybody cries when they sing, 'It's Not Easy Being Green.' Jesse Jackson stages a demonstration in front of the ant 's house where the news stations film the group singing, 'We shall overcome.' Jesse then has the group kneel down to pray to God for the grasshopper's sake. Nancy Pelosi & John Kerry exclaim in an interview with Larry King that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share. Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity & Anti-Ant Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer. The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the government. The story ends as we see the grasshopper finishing up the last bits of the ants food while the government house he is in, which just happens to be the ant's old house, crumbles around him because he doesn't maintain it.The ant has disappeared in the snow. The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the once peaceful neighborhood.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
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Tuesday, September 1, 2009
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Sunday, August 30, 2009
The part that worries me the most is it isn't like the usual "artistic dry spells" I've been through before. I have been uninspired and unmotivated consistently for over a year and it makes me sad because it used to bring me great joy. It also makes me mad because I have all this STUFF I bought sitting around taking up space and not being put to use! *sigh*
A friend told me it was the time of year and she was going through the same thing. I noticed as I was reading through blogs that other artists have gone through this as well.
I'm tired of wondering why I'm going through this-I just want to get back into it!
I'd love to know how you handled a dry spell, what you use for motivation, and how you stay inspired and positive. Please leave your comments and a link to your blog or website so I can see your work. I promise I'm not a copy cat or stealer of your ideas/designs. I do my own thing-just need to find my way back to it. What better way than surrounding myself with lots of creative juujuu??
As I'm getting my groove back I'll be featuring blogs and sites that helped me on my journey-maybe it will be you! Feel free to follow along to see how this turns out.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
On the way back, a stop at
SPAM Museum in Minnesota (http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/2126) ya gotta go!
Wall Drug in South Dakota (http://www.walldrug.com/) tourist trap extraordinaire!
and inadvertently made my way through Sturgis during Rally Week! (http://www.sturgismotorcyclerally.com/) a little tip for ya-not one single place to stay within hundreds of miles of Sturgis during bike week...yeah, didn't do my research before hand, so no sleep for me until back home in Colorado-oh well, I enjoyed all the motorcycles!
Here are some of my photos of the events:
Saturday, July 25, 2009
I leave for Wisconsin on Monday and I believe the video will actually be ready! It's been a BIG project-all done remotely since, like any family, we are spread all over the country. Emails, phone calls, photo CD's all gathered at my house for a pretty great look at our family from the Late 1800's to the present. I can't wait for everyone to see it!
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
First of all, I despise this type of email because:
- It is usually full of lies, half truths, scare tactics and bad luck/karma if you don't forward immediately. (hmmm, haven't died yet)
- Some people apparently believe everything they read and just forward without researching. (yes I was guilty of it early on too until I discovered Google www.google.com)
- Said people then get offended if I point out the myths. I'm not a jerk about it, I just refer them to www.snopes.com (OK, so now I'm the a-hole for pointing out the truth??)
With that said, every once in a while though, a good one comes along with some useful information. I still always fact check, so I deleted the half truths and the "bad karma if you don't pass this along " at the end. It is written By Regina Brett but she isn't 90!! Here is the original 45 and if you want to see the updated version of 50, go to www.reginabrett.comTake what you want and leave the rest:
1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone...
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first pay check.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie.Don't save it for a special occasion, today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years,will this matter?'
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
42. The best is yet to come.
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Crappy weather this week prompted watching a bunch of movies on Encore, so I happen to catch a few Kevin Costner flicks along the way (Field of Dreams, Bull Durham) and Mr. Brooks from Netflix (www.netflix.com). Although Mr. Brooks freaked me out, Kevin Costner plays a very good psycho!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
So, he did manage to pass 8th grade as required to keep his mane. However, a D meant a number 2 buzz cut. He thought warming up to the idea of short hair after having it long for 3 years would ease the 'punishment' aspect, but he was still very nervous. Dad suggested a Mohawk for a bit more fun and he agreed but was still worried.
Here is the event in pictures:
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Deuces Wild MC and Bam Bam adopted Hooters on Scooters-l to r: me, Bam Bam, Julie and Tracy
Tracy looking bad ass on her Metropolitan
Julie is all smiles!
Some of the real bikers
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
/ˌʌnprɪˈdɪktəbəl/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [uhn-pri-dik-tuh-buhl]
not predictable; not to be foreseen or foretold: an unpredictable occurrence.
something that is unpredictable: the unpredictables of life.
Origin: 1855–60; un- 1 + predictableRelated forms:
un⋅pre⋅dict⋅a⋅bil⋅i⋅ty, un⋅pre⋅dict⋅a⋅ble⋅ness, noun
Synonyms:1. erratic, fitful, variable, uncertain.
Not only is it a proper word, all the definitions fits my life!
On April 29th my life was changed by the death of a co-worker. My job is such that I fill in for vacationing or ill co-workers as needed. This is the first time I've had to fill in for someone who died. Not easy shoes to fill since he was a beloved local news and sports anchor. I don't do sports and barely did news until a month ago when I stepped in to fill the hole created by Rich's sudden passing. Since then I've had to learn how to get up at 3 am and be coherent enough at 4 am to write and report news stories on the radio every 30 minutes for 5 hours, 5 days a week. At first I couldn't sleep because I was scared to death I would sleep through my alarm! then I was nervous about getting the stories written on time for the first newscast (15 minutes, all me). After about a week, I started to relax and build my confidence-I learned my alarm wouldn't fail me and that I always get the stories done on time. It is still weird to be filling in for someone who is no longer with us and I'm not crazy about doing the news, but a job is a job right now. I can now add news anchor to my radio resume.
On May 13th, my life changed again with the crash of my hard drive (see previous post). For the first time in 5 years I was unable to complete the Senior Sweet Memories video which was finished but lost along with everything else. I had to start over from scratch and lost $500 in the process (unable to complete the project on time) Still smarting from how stupid I feel about not protecting my livelihood better-an expensive lesson that I will only need to learn once!
The one constant seems to be Summer-we are members of the same pool, the boys always join swim team and a bunch of us hang out together enjoying "sun and surf" I can count on riding my scooter around and making a bit of money filling for vacationing DJ's...looking forward to the predictability of that-BRING ON SUMMER!
Friday, May 15, 2009
I won't bore you with the details, just know that I lost everything! Those that have been through it, know the heartbreak, frustration and disappointment. Those who were smart enough to protect themselves from this ahead of time-I bow to thee-way to be prepared. But please don't "tsk, tsk" me ...shoulda, coulda, wouldas are meaningless. For those of you who haven't backed up your computer yet, see this as a cautionary tale - don't wait until tomorrow, hope it doesn't happen, or any other excuse you can think of. Do it now.
new hard drive: $139
additional external hard drive: $109
pile of flash drives: free from Comcast
Carbonite storage service (www.carbonite.com): $54.95
peace of mind: priceless
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
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Doing the news means I actually have to pay attention to what is going on locally, in the US and the around the world. Unfortunately there is a lot of bad news everywhere and it wears you down! Most of the time I try and avoid news, newspapers news programs if I can-too depressing/upsetting/maddening!!
Just in our local area last week: a guilty verdict came in on a transgender murder case (first hate crime conviction), animal cruelty-a local resident finds newborn puppies in the trash, murders, extortion, job losses, threats of tax hikes, etc...I'm glad I only do fill in on the news-I might not be able to keep my sunny disposition if I had to deal with this every day!
and then...at the same time as I think the world has gone mad and humanity is all but lost, I see random acts of kindness and friendliness, get word that a local fundraiser DOUBLED it money raised this year for the first time ever and look into the hopeful faces of my children-who have no idea how creepy life can be. *sigh* all is not lost!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
the balloon arch was beautiful the night before-standing tall all on its own... but helium likes to escape, so we had to secure it to the ceiling.This is the senior prize table and behind it the tarp covered bleachers with all the senior mask souvenirs (we had a Mardi Gras theme)