Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Active?

I was drawn like the moth to the flame. I saw the bright green bottles sitting on the store shelf. I had to have it in my cart! I purchased the Fructis shampoo/conditioner and headed home. Upon using it in the shower, I read "with Active Fruit concentrate". ACTIVE FRUIT? I always thought the standard STILL LIFE subject was a bowl of fruit. How can this be? Two opposites describing one simple object...fruit. Specifically apples. I've eaten apples. Maybe you have, too? Aside from my mandible and tongue moving it from tooth to tooth there was no activity. Just tasty goodness. So, what has turned this sedentary fruit to an active lifestyle? We may never know.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Irrational Sound Reactions...

At times when I hear a relatively close train whistle at night, I get an irrational fear that the train is off the tracks and coming toward me. It's a strange bristling fear deep within me that makes no logical sense. When it hits I'm usually not even close enough to the railroad tracks to be within striking distance if there was a derailment. So, yeah, just thought I'd share.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Christmas Eve

It's Christmas eve. What did we do today? A family Christmas breakfast at my sister-in-law's house. (An awesome idea when there's so many other parties typically going on...oh and great food!) Followed by little last minute grocery shopping and gift shopping. Nothing *too* unusual yet, right? Well, after shopping, we planted daffodil bulbs. Yes, it is spring here! Well, at least we have spring like temperatures. It was near 60 today. It's soooo odd. In my experience Christmas is usually pretty dang cold... -10 or -20 degrees Fahrenheit isn't uncommon in Minnesota on Christmas. So, today in Utah we were out playing in the dirt and thinkin' spring. It kind of puts the kibosh on making snowy holiday memories, but I'm not gonna lie to ya...warm holiday days ROCK.

I hope you all have a peaceful holiday weekend no matter what temperature you find yourself!

Monday, December 19, 2005

A homespun holiday

I'm *nearly* done with all of my giftie preparations. For the most part, I stuck with my plan of making most of my gifties for my family and friends. Most of the packages are in the mail, so I'm starting to feel the stress leaving. Yay! I did end up doing some online clothing shopping for Ivan's kids. You know, I didn't want to have to learn how to knit sweaters and whatnot in the limited time available. Maybe next year. Ha! Maybe not.

Online Classes...

My step-daughter told me that she took an online college class in addition to her normal class schedule. Curious, I asked, "What was the subject?" To which she replied, "Fitness. I got an A." Aside from a creative writing class, it's the only class where fiction is appreciated.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Holiday Offense

For all of you out there who are offended by someone or corporations using "Merry Christmas", "Happy Hanukkah", or even the neutral "Happy Holidays." GET OVER YOURSELF.

I like this snippet from from Dr. Wayne Dyer. (By the way, if the word "god" offends you, feel free to put in "higher power" or even exchange "good" for "god". Don't get lost in the easily offensive details without reading the entire thing...and then THINK about it.) : "1. Stop being offended. The behavior of others isn’t a reason to be immobilized. That which offends you only weakens you. If you’re looking for occasions to be offended, you’ll find them at every turn. This is your ego at work convincing you that the world shouldn't be the way it is. By all means, act to eradicate the horrors of the world, which emanate from massive ego identification, but stay in peace. As A Course in Miracles reminds us: Peace is of God, you who are part of God are not at home except in his peace. Being is of God, you who are part of God are not at home except in his peace. Being offended creates the same destructive energy that offended you in the first place and leads to attack, counterattack, and war. "

I think the important thing to remember, especially when dealing with the seasons greetings you may come across this time of year, is that the intent of the sender. When an individual says, "Merry Christmas" they are wishing you the spirit of joy that they experience this time of year, regardless of your religious beliefs. They're not trying to be a missionary out to convert you to Christianity. If you hear someone say, "Happy Holidays"...they really DO want you to be happy. They're not trying to neuter your religious or non-religious convictions, so don't attempt to perceive it that way.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Odd Spam

My spam emails have gotten kind of funny. I'm not sure if I've suddenly gotten targeted by a different spammer or if the same old spammers have gotten "into" cartoon spam. Anyway, they're all for some sexual enhancement thing. The titles actually look like real email...you know, something like "About your site" or the like. They don't get marked by my spam filter either. So, I click away and open 'em up...only to find a cartoon of Bart Simpson with an overly accentuated phallus touting some product. Today was a brand spankin' new image...a muscular snowman complete with a carrot nose screwin' a cartoony anime-type chick. It's burned in my brain now. hehehe. I'll never look at a snowman in the same away again. Unfortunately for my spammer, I don't remember the product just the image. I would share the image with ya'll but I do a shift-delete to permanently delete mail and did so without even thinkin' 'bout it. If I get it again, I'll share.

Monday, December 05, 2005

It's Holiday Hooligans Time Again!

I've been a bit too quiet over the past couple of years about this, but I still feel just as passionate about it. Holiday Hooligans! Give it a shot. You never know who's life you will touch!
I Googled holiday hooligans and found a couple of people who posted online after being "hooliganized" by someone. One's here. I like that it inspired him to send another gift...and the feeling of "love for humanity". Gotta love that!

Friday, December 02, 2005

Another day..another Friday!?

It's that time...again! I was a bit late for last week's so this week's Illustration Friday is right on it's heels. Click on the image to see full size...and for further info. If you don't want to click there, click here. Really, two...two...two ways to link in one!

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Last minute...

Here's my last minute, quicky done Illustration Friday submission. Yes, it's taken from a photo, but really, I did run it through several processes to get it this way! That counts for ummm...creativity, right? Well, enjoy! Click the little image to see full size. Hopefully next week's topic will inspire me to be a bit more out there. Topic this week: Small. Even the biggest of fat chicks is small in front of roadside attractions. oh, yeah, this is an ad for my other site: www.biggirlbigstuff.com. Check it out...it's fun, especially if you like silly stuff like roadside attractions!