Wednesday, December 27, 2006

My Fondest Memory of Gerald Ford

...the mocking of him by Chevy Chase in early Saturday Night Live skits. I was young and Chevy Chase falling all over himself while playing the clumsy Pres. Ford was ~the~ funniest thing evah!  I'd like to think that my sense of humor has matured since then, but c'mon, you know it hasn't!

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Happy Holidays!

I hope you each have had a good start to the holiday season.

I believe all of my crippy craft, hand-made, super-secret-surprise gifties have been delivered, so it's time for the reveal!

As you can see at the left, my super-secret-surprise gift was the oven mitt. Hopefully, the fact that they don't match the decor is a good thing! I believe it to be that way. Who needs matching crap anyway? Do you remember the cornflower blue goose/duck phase from the 80s? Where seemingly everyone had matching towels, wallpaper, kitschy salt and pepper shakers, etc all with blue geese or ducks with yellow neck bandanas?? If you do, you know we need to break free and celebrate diversity in the kitchen. Or something like that.

The best part about oven mitts is that they're often stored out of sight, so even if you do believe in matchy-matchy, you can make an insanely bright mitt and have it BAM come out BAM once in a while BAM for a shot of BAM color.

I've set up a page with instructions on how to make these (CLICK HERE), if you're so inclined. It really doesn't take long to make and it actually became a bit fun coming up with the prints and colors. You may find it that way...or you may just hate me for getting you involved in such an inane project. In any event, Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Firmicutes - I'm full of 'em!

You'd think they would have called the bacteria "flabby-cutes". :-) Apparently...(well, you know, according to one study, probably brought to you by bacterial culturists or anti-biotic manufacturers) fat people carry more firmicute bacteria than our thin counterparts. Either it causes obesity or fat people just produce more. Either way, it's festive firmicutes to the rescue in third world countries. In any event, go here for more info: http://www.nature.com/nature

Monday, December 11, 2006

Festiveness

If'n you had a flock sheep in the backyard, a clever couple, a fake baby and a graphics program, look at what festiveness you could do!? This is a photo of my hubby's nephew and his wife. She came up with the idea, my hubby took the shot and I provided the lighting with a graphics program. It made for a pretty sweet holiday card for the young upstarts.

Been Crafty

I worked on my super secret holiday giftie sewing blitz this past weekend. I'm planning on doing a full documentation of the project to make a full "how to" page. I always appreciate the craft bloggers who show, step-by-step, details how to make a particular item. Aside from beating your head against a wall, having particularly gifted crafty friends/family, or reading overpriced crafty books are you supposed to know? Stay tuned!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Be Careful What you Tell Missionaries

Be careful what you tell missionaries who come to your home. Apparently discretion isn't taught at the LDS training center. I was stressed out with a work thing and the spanish speaking LDS missionaries came to my door. Not sure why they were canvassing this neighborhood, 'cept maybe trying to gain some newbie tracting experience. They were quizzing me about my religious beliefs...questions for which I really didn't have time to give them a full answer. So, suffice it to say that they left with juicy tidbits of religious gossip from a ~heathen~ like me. What did they do? Well, they went next door and spread said gossip to my neighbor. Finding out that this happened leaves me with an uncomfortably icky taste in my mouth. What can ya do? Plenty, methinks. I have a plan for the next poor missionaries who come to my door and I don't have time to chat. When asking what religion I am, for instance, I will simply state, "Did you see the sheep in back? Well, yes, we raise them for ritual sacrifices. Come June 21st, I will be stripping naked, smearing the blood of one of the innocent lambs across my nubile (hehehehe) body while dancing around the flames of satan. Would you like to come in for a cup of coffee?"

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Antikythera Mechanism

Yeah, so what the heck is "Antikythera Mechanism" you say? Well, it's a nifty tool that's 2000 years old. Yeah, you heard me...2000 years old! If you're like me, you probably figured the most advanced tool that old is a flat rock rather than a round one. Well, huh, who knew, but this Antikythera Mechanism actually was an early computer that calculated when eclipses would occur within an hour's accuracy. I don't think I can do that with my Dell! (Well, I guess I could Google it...but still.) It's just an awesome discovery. Google Antikythera Mechanism. You'll be glad you did. Oh, and by the way, make sure you look for the new studies. Apparently this thing was found around 1900, but the recent studies have deciphered the mechanics a bit better.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Eau De Play-Doh! DOH!

I've seen Demeter's scents for several years. Dirt is pretty cool. Oh, and they had an Altoid scent that was hip and happenin'. Now this: http://www.perpetualkid.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=1698 Play-Doh scented. I don't know about you, but when I want to feel sexy, I just roll up a little ball of Play-Doh and put it behind each ear, in my cleavage and behind my ankles. It's a bitch when it dries, though. So, maybe this new scent will do the trick? :-)

Friday, November 24, 2006

By the way...

I went shopping today just to one store which I thought would be pretty quiet as typically it's a veritable ghost town. Not so much today. I drove around and around the parking lot looking for a space...completely full! Took about 4 rounds to finally nab a space. All I wanted was a few pairs of socks for Ivan. They were half off, and he has a pretty great need for some new ones. So, yeah, it was as busy as heck. Remind me next year not to go near a store on the day after Thanksgiving. Aaaaaaaaack.

On the Tele...

I end up flipping to the HGTV channel fairly often. There are good and bad shows in their mix, but my overall favorite -- Divine Design with Candice Olson. While other designers on that network have hits and misses, Ms. Olson's rooms are always spectacularly beautiful.... The lighting....The lushness.... The color schemes. All magnificently detailed. Do ya think they could do a show from Utah? Our main living spaces (entry, frontroom, livingroom and kitchen) is in desperate need for some splendiferous beauty. Ahhhhh, perchance to dream! See some of her stuff online here: http://www.divinedesign.tv/

Thursday, November 23, 2006

It's been 18 years today.

18 years since my mom died due to complications of emphysema. Complications. Well, basically, she was tethered to an oxygen tube for the last few years of her life. That in itself was a complication. The "complication" that finally ended her life -- a blood clot in her lung.

I was talking to friends of mine today who mentioned something that brought to mind my mom's demise. 18 years ago today. It struck me pretty hard. I don't really know why other than I didn't realize that today was the anniversary. I gave up directly tracking the anniversary long ago -- rather my tracking was simply year specific, not to the day. I mean her death was a significant "life changing" experience. A life's milestone. So, yeah, 18 years. Judging from the memories of that night and the following days, you might think it happened last year. The vividity of the memories are as intense today as they were 18 years ago.

I was her primary caregiver for the last few years, so I was well tuned to the tone of her voice when there was a kink in her oxygen tubes --a certain shrillness to her voice when she called my name in the dark of night or in the day. When her tubes where compromised, she didn't have the faculties to get to the kink. Her lungs were at 12% of normal capacity, so when she wasn't getting a high liter of oxygen supplement, her brain and body suffered from oxygen deprivation. So, yeah, that night, there wasn't the kink in the oxygen, but she was suffering from a lack of oxygen. Simple movements became difficult. We tried calling the doctor whom we had visited the previous day for advice. No luck there. I called an ambulance. Within the short period of time from the call to the time they made it to our place, she was nearly gone. I held her while she tried to breathe. The muscles in her chest and around her back were so very tight. Desperate for breath, her last words to me were, "I'm so scared." So was I. So was I.

There are tons of small details of that time burned in my brain, I really didn't drop many here. I was so young and really wasn't ready for her to go. Aren't parents supposed to die when you're 50? The lucky ones, I suppose. Anyway, it was a tragic end to a remarkable woman's foreshortened life. Yeah, yeah, everyone thinks their mom is remarkable. But, really, she was! She overcame a lot of obstacles in her life and still provided quite the idyllic childhood for me and my sibs. Eh, she wasn't perfect by any means, but you know, her imperfections were perfection in itself. ;-) It was an end that came too quickly due to addiction to cigarettes. She'd probably still be here today if it weren't for the sticks o' death. I do make a point of telling smoking friends or even friends of friends about her early demise. I tell them once and only once about the gory details of her last few years in some small hope of planting a seed that will get them to stop smoking. I know that my seeds fall on the ears of addiction, so there isn't much hope to be had. But you know, a girl's gotta try!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

"Gedney...it's a Minnesota Pickle..."

I couldn't help but sing the old Gedney jingle when Ivan pulled this bottle out of the ground a week ago. It was found in Salt Lake in a privy that dates back to around 1890. I really wish it was whole! Anyway, if you click on the image, you can read "M A Gedn (break) Pickling Co Minneapolis & St. Paul". It was found with a few other Minnesota bottles. More than likely the home owners were recently moved from Minnesota. So, yeah, a little piece of home found here in Salt Lake City. I just looked up the Gedney company (click to peek at their site.) Apparently, they started in 1881, so this bottle is pretty close to being one of their original pickle jars! Cwazy!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Size

*Ahem*, I'm well into my triple digits in weight. So, why would something a mere fraction of my size provide such fear? Why would a spider (a really, really big one) drive me to think I couldn't go up the stairs? I thought, "How can I pass such a massive beast and survive?? Would he jump on my ankle as I try to pass?" He was in a tricky spot where I couldn't just step on him, so I had to pass and then find *something* with which I could squish him. I seriously stared at him for about 4 minutes with four bags of groceries in tow. "Move, dammit! But don't move so far that I can't find you after I pass," I thought. So, I put the groceries down and finally decide to dash (well, you know, move as fast as I can, which isn't really very fast) past him. "Please, please don't jump on me!" I made it, grabbed a bottle of Mr Clean and sprayed 'em. He was not happy, so I, of course, had to put him out of his misery by beating him senseless with a broom handle. I had won. David had finally beaten Goliath.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Ode To The Ugly Check Card

Always there...gleaming in your ugly orange and yellow. The ugly step-child to the pretty, sparkly ~real~ credit cards. Though far from beautiful, you never failed to provide the necessities of life. You lost my signature time and time again, yet you were always willing to step up to receive my ink. Your pretty bird lost its lustre, but you never lost your edge. Thank you, dear ugly check card, for your many years of service. I apologize for those who have wronged your number and taken you from us. They know not what they have done.

Will the idiot trying to break into my Blogger...

Please give it a break? I really don't need to receive any ~reset password~ requests. Thank you.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

More news on my stolen check card...

I received a call tonight from a company called "mediaring.com". You guessed it...another international calling company. They asked for me with my married last name...not the name on the card. A *clue*. It's definitely not being used by someone who physically had the card. Most likely an online theft. Still no idea on which site, though. The woman who called had a really thick accent, so it was a little difficult to discern, but I think I have an email that *may* (but honestly, probably not) point to the loser trying to use my card. Oh, the drama of it all!

Friday, November 17, 2006

Oh for f*cksakes...

I just got off the phone with Visa and my bank. My Visa account has been compromised! AAAAAAAAck. Luckily, Visa Fraud protection was ~watching~ my account. So far, only 15 or so fraudulent charges. All 'of 'em on Yahoo Voice international calls and some company called IConnectthere.com -another international call company. I've never lost or given my check-card to anyone else, so ~they~ (whoever idiots ~they~ are) got my number from an online transaction. Grrrrrr. Aaaack. Grrrr. With any luck, my identity won't be stolen. Ya'll remember me, right? (If you ever saw "The Net", you know that just knowing who I am could be detrimental to your health. You're warned.)

Shhh...don't tell anyone...

But last night I figured out what to give my friends and family for Christmas this year. It's going to be fabulous! Last yearI decided that rather than solely buying crap, I would hand make gifties in addition to the homemade jams/cookies I typically send. (I'm sure it's a scary proposition for some...) I ended up making pillow cases out of fun, funky fabrics. This confused some and delighted others. "So, why did you send me pillow cases?" A definite hit/miss depending upon your point of view. This year...it's brilliant! Something that pretty much everyone needs/uses and it won't clash with current bedding ensembles. It's...it's.... well...you'll have to wait and see.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

How Creepy!

There's a reservoir here in Utah called "Strawberry Reservoir". It's a hot fishing location. I've been there fishing a few times over the last few years. It's big and pretty quiet on the whole. A couple was thrown overboard into the water last week. They're most likely drowned and in the lake/reservoir somewhere. Rescue crews have been searching for them since the night they disappeared. During their search.they found one body missing since 2001. Yesterday they found another body.and today.yet another body!! Anyway, here's the creepy bit - neither of the most recent bodies are of the missing couple. Creepy, I say! Let me just tell ya, that no matter HOW hot the day is when I'm down there, I AM NOT going to put my toes in the water! No way, no how!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

We're well into Chocolate Season

For those of you who have survived the chocolate rush of Halloween, I’ve found a new treat that’s sure to please lovers of the Cadbury Mini Eggs. You know, the solid chocolate eggs in the crispy shell? Well, now, they have the same chocolate and the same crispy shell in holiday colors! I’ve been googling around trying to find ‘em online, but no luck. You’re going to have to hunt ‘em down at your local store. And you *know* you will. Yum!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Mo' Bad Fat Chick Fashion

Fat chicks, I DARE you to wear this "cropped vest" and try to look "normal". If you hear people laughing/pointing in your general dirction and then hear "Look, shamu has outgrown her mooring, " don't blame me. Even if they're not anti-fat, upon first glance, they'll see a denim bra over your shirt. Or maybe a denim swim suit top over a white shirt. Now, maybe, just maybe it would look good on a chick sans shirt and with tiny, pert boobs, but probably not.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

"Love to eat those mousies, mousies what I love to eat. Bite their little heads off, nibble on their tiny feet!"

My cat, aka Kipper, is now a killer! He's made it to the ripe old age of 18 without ever killing any mice or any other mammal. The greatest he had ever caught had eight legs. Now he's singing a new tune. I saw a mouse run across our kitchen floor yesterday afternoon. He ran from the old wood stove to the cupboard under the kitchen sink. I suspected we had a little critter around as Kipper was keeping his nose pointed at the kitchen sink and once in a while, he'd crouch and creep around the kitchen, sniffing in the corners. Anyway, when I saw the little grey mouse yesterday, Kipper saw it too, but he was much, much too slow to do it any harm. Or so I thought. We left to go to dinner last night and all was quiet in the house. When we returned, the carnage was evident. There was a large blood splatter around a yellow mouse stomach in the middle of the kitchen floor. My elderly cat had finally done it -- he caught and ate his first kill. He was a proud little cat, he was.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Two from the Earth in Two Days

Two things that my hubby and I unearthed the past two days. On the left, a lovely potato snowman. Proof that funny things can come from the Earth and the garden. On the right, proof that the late Victorian era kitsch was just as ugly as today's. What were they thinking painting that animal (not sure if it's a lamb or?) with orange and blue grey blotches? Pretty dang hideous.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

What's the scariest thing at this time of year?

Going shopping for Halloween do-dads at Target's boo bazaar and rounding the corner of the aisle only to have blinking Santa yard art staring back at ya. Very scary for October 18th!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Gettin' Jiggly With it

It's nice to have YouTube to take on video bandwidth! Here's an ollld video that used to hang in my Yahoo group.

Stop mocking me. Stop it. I mean it.

It's Art...well, ok, actually Crippy Crafts

I'm sure my friend Kimmy will be proud! I'm fully immersed in creating some "crippy crafts"! See above! I was inspired by the "primitives" that I recently encountered while doing a search on Ebay. Basically they're sewn figurals made kind of creepy 'cuz they're dirty (actually stained with tea, coffee or cinnamon). The intention is to make 'em look old/antiqued. That's what the stained ghost on the top-left is all about. The top-right one is, again, based upon the primitive idea. It's sewn, quilted, and painted with acrylics. It turned out better (and bigger! About 24 inches across) than I had anticipated. I just whipped up my patterns on craft paper, not really sure how big to make 'em....and voila! Finally, on the bottom is representative of a dozen or so "quilty note cards" that are basically snippets of fabric sewn onto blank cards. Crippy crafts at its best!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

A Call to Serve!

Well, I finally got the summons to appear for jury duty this morning. I was shiny and bright when arriving at 8:30. I was so very excited to see if I would get accepted to serve. I even practiced my "not too excited" face for the juror interview. I sign in, grab a bottle of water and wait.and wait, watch a prospective juror video, and wait a bit more. Then excitement! We all get up, maintain our jury number order while hiking down the hall. (That reminded me a little bit like alphabetical order one needed to maintain while walking down the hall in grade school.) We get to the courtroom door and we were immediately sent back to the jury waiting room. We were told the attorneys were talking with the judge and that they weren't ready yet. We go back and wait, wait, wait. In comes the judge who introduces himself and tells us that the defendant didn't show for his methamphetamine possession trial. Also, he informed us that this was it.our time to serve was over. BUT WAIT! I WANT TO SERVE! IT CAN'T BE OVER. I WAITED 20 YEARS FOR THIS??? I guess there is a chance that I could get called for a municipal or federal court, but as far as state district court, I'm done for at least 2 years. I looked up info on how many people get called each year. It's estimated to be around 5 million. Best I can figure is that in 60 years, the odds are you'll get called at least once. That, of course, doesn't figure in the lucky people who get to serve more than once in a lifetime. For instance, at my jury call today, 4 people out of 24 had previously had jury duty. So, maybe in the next 20 years, I'll get another chance? Maybe? Pretty please?

Sunday, October 08, 2006

For the Love of Cute

While I've shared some of my obsessions here in my online journal, I really haven't shared them all. You know, I've probably got too many with which to bore ya'll. I've got a thing for beautiful fabric and funky, fun fabric, too. One of my current fun fabric obsessions is the stuff by Heather Ross formerly of Munki Munki. It's ~kind of~ kid stuff, but since I'm a kid at heart, I openly embrace it, too. Her current line (soon to be replaced by fun new stuff, yay!) is called "Lightning Bugs & Other Mysteries"<--click this link to view the collection. It's been out for around a year. Several of my friends received pillow cases made out of the different prints last year. Anyway, I recently found out that she's got a stationery set called "Goldfish I Have Loved (too much?)," that I just HAD TO get. It's really purty sweet and despite the fact that I lurrrve it a lot, I actually have used it already. Two sheets down and two envelopes gone. I'll stop when I get to the last sheet of each variety. Click the link in the title of this post to see the fun stationery for yourself. You'll be glad you did. Really, I'm not trying to sell ya anything, I just think it's freakin' cute!

Apparently, we need more crime...

I have been summoned to appear for Jury Duty for this week, October 10-13. Nothing on October 9, 'cuz of Columbus day. Now, after calling the summons phone number, I’ve found out there’s no jury duty on the 10th or 11th. I finally get called and now…nuttin’?? Oh the humanity! Hopefully something will come up on Thursday or Friday. Keep your fingers crossed and please, continue to break the law -- your wannabe jurors depend upon it.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Go Fishing!

What do you do when you get a “fishing” email. You know, the kind asking for your account number, credit card number, account name, etc because there “may have been a ________ issue with your account” or other fake email topics? What do I do? I spam ‘ em back. I click on their link and type in expletives over and over and over again. Fill out the form, send, click back, REPEAT. REPEAT. REPEAT. I’m hoping that I can clog their emails with results of ID = “f*ckyou” password = “get a life asswipe”. (prounounced azzweeeepay of course). I don’t do it all the time, but once in a while, I’m inspired to give back to my community. I encourage you to do the same.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Easy Cheese

I was walking through the cracker aisle at the grocery store when I spotted a little bit of childhood: Easy Cheese!

I have fond memories of this while on our month-long motor-home excursions around the good old USA (and Canada, too!). We’d get a little Ritz, squeeze the cheese and yum! A perfect road food! There was the traditional can variety Easy Cheese and I also remember some sort of tube cheese with a little hole in the center from which the gooey goodness was dispensed. I’m not sure what was going on in the 70s to make it so easy cheese friendly, but you know if you grew up during that time, you had some Easy Cheese, too! And it was good.

 

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Recommend

I don’t recommend too many things on here, do I? I hope not. I don’t want to make it seem like I’m advertising rather than honest-to-goodness recommending.

Anyway.... I heartily recommend the magazine BUST (http://www.bust.com/). It’s girl-centric, alternative, edgy, crafty, sexy, sew-y, fat friendly, music-y and well written. I don’t really consider myself a “feminist” per se (I’m much more of a humanist), but much of the writing in the magazine might be considered ‘feminist’, so be forewarned if that bothers you. I happen to find it refreshing. Another side warning: the edginess means that there’s a lot of frank talk, “swear words”, sexuality and the like. Again, if your sensibilities are delicate, you may want to stick with a more mainstream mag. The articles themselves are interesting, but at the back of every issue, there are tons of alternative shopping resources all with fun, kitschy or koool websites – a great way to kill an afternoon! So, yeah, I’m just sayin...

Friday, September 15, 2006

Landfill = RESOURCE!

Am I the only one that views landfills as the future's mines? Can't you just see it? Let's say that aluminum or iron ore becomes scarce in the natural deposits around 2500 a.d. Wouldn't you think you think that at some point they'd turn to old capped landfills to retrieve valuable resources? Most definitely they will. I completely believe that individuals should recycle what they can, but on the other hand, don't beat yourself up if you throw away a Coke can from time to time. It will have its day in the sun again!

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Fall Colors

What a good little resource for identifying trees and their various leaf shapes and fall colorations. Kudos to StarTribune.com! Oh, it is kind of Minnesota specific for locations, but a lot of the tree types featured are all over the country. Especially good for those of us who confuse aspens and birch. :-0

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Deep Thoughts About Sunflowers

I was removing seeds from giant sunflower heads and it just got me thinkin'...

>> The person who invented barcodes must have been doing the same thing at some point. Thousands upon thousands upon thousands of variations in the lines in sunflowers. Some even have no lines. Does it indicate a difference in the genetic code? Maybe.

>> 8 foot tall flowers have an amazing structure. The stalk is nearly as hard as wood, yet the growth of these beasts is so much faster than a tree. Weeks, rather than years. The heads easily weigh a few pounds, so there has to be some major structure inside to keep it up, but if you look inside, the major support is a whole lotta cotton-candy fibre. Very odd.

>> The thousands of flowers and seeds on the head are in very strict rows. A very orderly flower, yet every once in a while you find a seed pod without a seed. Why was that particular flower overlooked by the insects? Did they somehow know it was going to produce a bad seed or did they simply miss it by accident...a matter of random misses? Or did the insect do its job only to have the seed aborted? Hmmm..

>> There are heads which are whiter than the others yet they seem to happily coexist with the ones that have more dark stripes. Hmmm... a world lesson to be learned?

>>I found a recipe to make salted/roasted sunflower seeds. It's pretty easy and tasty. It takes me back to childhood, really. A pretty healthy snack food! Simply soak the seeds overnight in a bowl of salted water (1/2 cup to 2 qt of water). Bake in the oven until dry roasted. The time will vary depending upon how many you're bakin'. With four heads, I get enough to fill the largest bowl that Tupperware makes. LOTS of seeds! I may try experimenting with flavors. Watch out "David" , I may beat you at your own game.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

As promised...

A look at the new residents!

The bottom photo is a of the elusive baby llama. It's really not a "baby", but more a "yearling". Contrary to popular opinion, we didn't get spit on! From all that I've read on the creatures, they usually only spit at each other or if someone bottle fed a cria (baby llama), that one grown up may spit at you thinkin' you're just part of the family. I haven't heard any of the humming communication that they do, but hope to soon.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

LlamaDammaDingDong!

We're getting llamas! Five llamas will be comin' to our farmy yard tonight to take up permanent residence. We got a great deal on the curious beasts o' burden when buying some new painted desert sheep. Apparently they wanted out of their llama ownership. Their loss is our gain! Luckily llamas work well with sheep, so we're fortifying the fences 'round the farm and planning for a freakin' petting zoo in our backyard. Not really, but I'm betting the neighbor kids will be wanting to stop by more often. Gosh, I hope the new yard guests like tomatoes. We've got a lot of those to offer! Pictures of the new tenants will be posted soon.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

No time right now...

But remind me to write the tale about nearly dying in the middle of the desert while ghost town hunting...

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Tomatoes Coming Out of My Ears

We've got a crazy amount of tomatoes this year. I mean, typically we have a LOT. This year we've got double that many and 1000 more. We've canned tomatoes (48 quarts and counting), 12 quarts of spaghetti sauce, given away bushels and bushels and we're still overrun with 'em. It's crazy! If you're in Utah and need some tomatoes, let me know. I can hook ya up for free.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Local Outdoor Newsman Dies

The first quote at the Salt lake Tribune (http://www.sltrib.com) made me laugh out loud: "I know Doug is in heaven with all the animals he hunted," the fan wrote. Funny, that doesn't sound restful. If I were Doug Miller and this was true, I would be watching my back!!

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Darn Speculation! Now Pluto is Demoted...

Pluto is no longer to be considered a planet in our solar system. What a horrible turn of events for this little picked-upon planet. Now it will only be known as an oft-forgotten Disney character. In other related news, last week, prior to the conference where the little orb was kicked out of the planet gang, rumors were floating around that they may determine it should be a 12 planet solar system. So, you know, I thought I'd get a jump on things and register "twelveplanets.net" and "twelveplanets.info". .com was taken, unfortunately...or maybe fortunately in this turn of events. So, screw domain purchases on speculation! By the way, if anyone wants either of those domains, I'll sell it to you CHEAP!

Sunday, August 20, 2006

I Have Proof!

That's right, photographic proof that I was at the Vegas Bash at the end of July. Look at the photo here. You'll see me behind the winner at the dice tourney. Lucky dude! You can see the "official" BBWNetwork Bash photos here. By the way, I neglected to put week's Photo Selection up. I will do so upon my return home. I don't have the photo on my laptop, dangit, and the pix are 500 miles away. Bummer.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

I think I'm onto something BIG here...

I was just babbling tonight to my hubby while we were sitting outside under the trees. The katydids were clicking loudly, the grasshoppers were playing their songs. The crickets were chirping. A lovely night, really.

What came to mind was the fact that the insects and other creatures walking this planet have a distinct way of communicating. They know what they're saying, even if we don't understand it.

Here's the deep thought...if there is an omniscient god who has designed this planet and all living creatures upon it, he/she may have built in a ton of puzzles to figure out. If there is such a God... (funny thing just happened as I wrote this...a boxelder type bug just flew into my ear. Coincidence? I think not!)... he/she may have a clever wit and sense of humor as well as a knack for languages. What if all of the bugs are chirping things that we want or need to know? The meaning of life? The grasshoppers have that covered if you listen carefully enough. The cure for cancer? The mosquitoes know that one...and they're trying to tell you every time they fly by your ear! Listen next, time, will you?!

So, carry this a little further. Every bug or animal that becomes extinct is another riddle that will never be solved.

...Just a hmmm for tonight....

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Stupid Food Creations

Topping my list of new stupid food creations -- Oscar Meyer Fast Frank. Take something that's super easy to make -- the simple hot dog and make it even simpler. Package it in a "conventient" 3 pack and promise "bakery fresh" buns after it's been 'waved. I really didn't think this was serious. Next thing you know, there's going to be strips of ketchup and mustard that you peel and stick on the dog. It's going to save you time and of course it'll taste just like *real* ketchup and mustard. Oh, wait...an even better idea than the lazy dog. Why not sell toast already toasted? It'll save SOOOO much time and really, it'll taste just like real toast straight from your toaster plus or minus a few extra chemicals....

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

I've finally been called...

For jury duty. YAY! I've waited for years to be called up to serve. Work pays for my time, so I'm just lookin' forward to being the best damn juror I can be! Bring on a good case, Third District Court! I'm ready! (You know, I'll probably be dismissed just because I'm happy to be there. Certainly they'll believe I'm mentally unbalanced and not worthy to serve. Crap. Must practice my poker face before October...)

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Gone! All Gone!

In my last post you may have seen my list of yummy jam flavors all containing apricots. I had only half of the apricots from the tree to make those jams and a couple of trays of dried apricots, too. I got up early this morning, grabbed a sack with which to put the remainder of the apricots. I went to the orchard. I looked at the tree. Where were the little yellow orbs? I rubbed my eyes and looked again. No yellow? NONE at all?! Where did they go?!?! (said in the tone of A Christmas Story's turkey debacle...) No more dried apricots. No raspberry apricot jam. No apricot syrup. No apricot chutney. No apricot leftovers. Dang! It was a bad year for apricots around these parts. A lot of the trees' buds froze before they produced, so it's likely that we've got an orchard thief! I would like to think it was just the painted desert sheep that live in the orchard. Yeah, that's it...they figured out how to shake the tree or maybe they climbed up and nabbed 'em. Ya never know...

Friday, July 21, 2006

Just a few tidbits, in case you were wondering

~~ I went to the doctor on Wednesday to have my thyroid levels checked and my bp taken. My blood pressure is waaaay down. Woohooo! I found out this morning that the thyroid results indicate that I need the next higher dose of synthroid.

~~ I'm excited to be heading off to the Las Vegas BBW bash on Monday of this coming week! Preparations are underway this weekend. You know, gotta make sure the undies, sunscreen and miscellaneous sundries are all packed. It's been several years since I've been to a big BBW event, so I feel a bit ill prepared for the whole "scene". There are definitely things I'm looking forward to --- THE POOL being a big one, catching up with few of my long lost online friends, hangin' out with a few of my Minnesota buds, gambling. Oops. Did I say that last one? ;-) Things I'm not looking forward to -- loud obnoxious drunk fat chicks (if you've been to these things, you've gotta know what I mean); backstabbing between desperate chickas (Too often, there is a limited supply of men. While the men aren't typically aware of it, there's a lot of chick-on-chick fighting going on. I've seen some pretty nasty behavior in the past. For those of you prone to this, DON'T DO IT! You can be better than that!); and sunburn, always a given no matter how much sunscreen I use.

~~ Jam season has started again! So far I've made blueberry-apricot, pineapple-apricot and just plain old apricot. The pineapple-apricot is fabulous! The blueberry-apricot is a smooth mellow yum, too. A friend of my hubby's has ordered a bunch of jars for her wedding as wedding favors. She's going to top 'em with lace and ribbons and a ceremonial wedding tag. A cute idea!

Monday, July 17, 2006

Wooohooo!

We finally broke $100 at Istockphoto.com. (They don't pay out until you hit $100.) It's been a year or so in coming, but not too shabby for a VERY passive money maker.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Weird

So, I was wondering through someone's Flickr photostream. You know, just one of those voyeuristic endeavors that is so easy to do online. It belongs to a girl who's blog I read from time to time. I believe she's from Chicago or thereabouts. So, I'm just flipping through pictures. Some amusing. Some boring. Some pretty dang funny. Then WHAM...a picture of a former co-worker that I haven't seen in 10 years. Suddenly the world seems very small.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Just one of those weeks...

I had a week from hell at work. The OT that I did last weekend, suddenly turned into a project from hell. Somehow the MSDE SQL server instance that I installed to coincide with a software package suddenly pulled data from an old SQL server install. Not consistently...oh, no, that would have been easy to fix. It pulled half of the databases from the new install and half from the old install. I nearly lost my mind! Databases were pulling up information all over the place. As if that wasn't spooky enough, when I called our enduser helpline in Minneapolis, I got an unfamiliar voice. I ask for one of the network guys that has been with us for 9 years or so. "Ummm...WHO?" I repeat his name. I then say, he's the network guy. "Oh, ummm, okk.... lemme transfer you to his extension." He transfers me to the woman who is in charge of the phones. GAH! I really started to wonder if I was in the same Universe as I was the night before. Then I tried calling my boss. He's on vacation the rest of the week. I call the second in command, no answer. Page him. No answer. I call technical support at the company that created the application causing the problems. 15 minutes on hold, then told to leave a message. I call back. 15 more minutes on hold then told to leave a message. GAH! We pay for support 'cuz why??! While I do work from home now, I REALLY felt abandoned on this problem. I ended up getting everyone out of the application. Restoring a handful of completely necessary databases to get those individuals back up. After everyone was gone for the evening, I deleted everything, reinstalled MSDE, and then restored all 130 or so databases. I spent the remaineder of the week fretting that suddenly the SQL server vapor pleasantly known as MSDE was going to find more database files hidden elsewhere. Just craziness. Thank gawd for the weekend!!

Monday, July 03, 2006

The title read, "Crack found in shuttle foam"

I read the above title and was suddenly outraged (ok, not really outraged, but surprised!) that they found crack cocaine in the shuttle foam. I mean, what sort of engineers do we have running this shuttle program? No WONDER they've had so much trouble with the shuttles. Drug abuse. Dang. Get some help so they can get back to safe aerospace design! I think it may be time to call myself Emily Littella from Saturday Night Live fame.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Workin' hard for the money...

Just like my Photo Selection of the Week suggests, I've been workin' hard for it, Honey. 15 hours yesterday, almost 9 today. Too much work for a long holiday weekend! I hope you're all out havin' fun!!

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Sew..Sew...Sewssudio.

I made some purty curtains for my step-daughter's room in the house we recently bought. It was a bear finding the fabric! I found one yard at a local fabric store...then, after she formally approved of the fabric, the chase to find more began! We called JoAnn after JoAnn. Finally they did a source search on it and found it in a city about 45 minutes south. We shot down there only to find the source search was wrong. Next shop on the source search got phoned and VOILA! 5 yards. Another 25 minutes south! We get there, and it's 5 yards cut up into several pieces. DOH! Luckily, each piece was at least a yard. Four panels later and voila, bright happy curtains.

Monday, June 26, 2006

SoBe Life Water -- Not too sweet...

*and* wait for it...NO ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS... can't ya just taste it? I tried the BlackBerry Grape. Very nummy! Like water, only a bit more flavorful. I hope to find the other flavors, too.

Friday, June 23, 2006

"Tastes Just Like an Oreo..."

That's their basic push in the advertising for Chocostix. Maybe it's just me, but if it tastes just like an Oreo, why would I buy the ChocoStix? Is it the chocolate on the outside that's supposed to sway buyers? If so, why wouldn't they just buy the chocolate covered Oreos? Is it the stick shape? If it's the stick shape that is drawing me in, I might as well buy a KitKat. Are confectioners losing creativity or is the general public too tied to familiarity? Why not a candy bar that "Tastes just like a cherry pie?" or something equally hard to find in a handy portable shape?

Spiders and the Summer Solstice

Have you ever noticed that spiders and other insects seem more prevalent around the Summer Solstice? Give or take a week. I remember my mum mentioning something to that effect, but didn't really pay much attention to it as a child. Anyway, it's always shown itself to be true. I rarely see spiders around here until about a week before June 21. Then, they're in abundance. Spiders of all varieties come creeping out! So, yeah, you see 'em around all year long, but this time of year they're doing a dance on your forhead. Oh, I should add, that you'll notice an increase around December 21st for the household varieties. Interesting stuff, eh? I don't know of any scientific proof of such, but you know, mum's know best!

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Still finding more in the cracks

Putting the site back online is a bit tricky. I keep finding things that were omitted and shouldn't have been. Goddess Garden, being one of them. That's an early, early piece, but shouldn't have been overlooked. OH, and there's a new Photo Selection of the Week, too. Keeping with tradition, the Photo of the Week feature will be updated on Wednesdays.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Fat Gangs!

I think I've made it pretty abundantly clear in other posts how much I think MySpace.com is a style sucking glob of goo. That being said, there is some decent content on there from individuals sucked into the MySpace glob. This post, as an example, from DJ Zulu. It's a brillant analogy liking fat oriented event groups to "gang bangers". If the link on "Fat Gangs!" doesn't work, click here and go to the blog section of this myspace site.

Fat Girl Fashions that *Almost* Hit the Mark.

This is from Ulla Popken. I really do dig a lot of her European looks. I even sneak into Ulla France website for more goodies. Anyway, this ditty is an *almost* for one reason. The jacket. What hippy fat chick looks good with a rounded jacket like this? Well, I guess if you're trying to make your hips larger, this would do the trick. For the rest of us, get the skirt (which I think is quite dashing) and wear the black shirt alone with it.

Also from Ulla Popken. I really like this. I really do. It's different than the same ol' same ol'. I was tempted to order it even. But then...then I realized that on a girl my size, the cut of the dress really won't work. I'll just look like a deflated balloon, with velvet accents, of course.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Hey. Hey. Hey NOW...

I can’t avoid artificial sweeteners. I mentioned this before, but the “sneaking” of artificial sweeteners like sucralose and Ascesulfame Potassium is getting WAY out of hand. It’s freakin’ everywhere. In foods that are NOT “diet”. I just bought some Kool-Aid singles. I rarely have a need for more than just a single serving, so having a pitcher full of the stuff in the fridge would be pretty wasteful. So, here I am makin’ my cup of childhood-summer-in-a-glass. I take a peek at the ingredients. HOLY SUCKWADS. Sucralose and the ascesulfame K. Oh, but the first ingredient IS sugar. So, why the artificial crap??GRRRRRRRRR. What the f*ck. No where on the packaging does it indicate it’s low sugar or “diet”. I’m really, really convinced now that they’re trying to get us quietly addicted to the chemicals. Write your congressman now. We need proper labeling on this stuff. It needs to say on the front that the product contains artificial sweeteners!!

Monday, June 19, 2006

The beginning of the end...

I found a white....very white...eyebrow hair today. It’s over. ;-)

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Wacky Religious Beliefs

I’ve had to learn a lot about Mormonism in the past few years. They certainly have their own wacky beliefs, but the FLDS (Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints), an offshoot from the regular LDS church, has got to take the cake.

In this article from the Salt Lake Tribune, apparently FLDS members, who are mostly polygamists, may be stripped of their entire family (16 kids, 5 wives, no matter!) if the church leadership deems that someone else is more “worthy” or “righteous”. What the crap is that??  This quote says it all: 'If my father does better, can he be my father again?' " Fischer said. Unfortunately for that little kid, the answer was “no”.  How messed up is that?  Talk about some permanent mind-f*cking.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Shabby Chic for Baby!

Another wee little quilt project. Count this as quilt deux! This is a little baby quilt for a coworker/friend of mine.

I picked up the little fabric chunks called "Charms" from The Fat Quarter Shop. The fabric is design family is called "Johnny & Buck" and is designed by Chloe's Closet for Moda. A cute little cowboy/indian/western feel set. The back is just basic baby-blue flannel.

I really appreciate the charm packs...the little squares are already cut and ready to sew. Cutting the fabric is always the worst. Too much stress about miscutting and staying on grain, etc.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

"Golden Rule" Education

I just saw a story on the Star Tribune (http://www.startribune.com) website about Minnesota appropriating funds for “Golden Rule” education.

As it says in the article, not much money is devoted to this concept -- only about 1.5 million. What makes me disturbed is that they felt that it was necessary at all.

A few basics – don’t lie, don’t cheat, be on time, etc – common courtesy items as well as basic societal values. What’s going on out there with child rearing that makes it necessary for public schools to teach this simple concept to kids? It’s really just a sad state of affairs.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Bush -- Now a Populist? Also -- Gay Marriage

This morning on NPR, there was a quote from Bush claiming that he wants to ban gay marriage because it’s “the will of the people”. If he was such a populist, wouldn’t he be pulling the troops out of Iraq by now? A wee bit more on gay marriage. For those of you who are opposed to it, why is that??

  • The “it ruins the sanctity of marriage” argument is pretty weak. Your marriage sanctity is between you and your partner and potentially your god. Why does someone else’s marriage ruin the sanctity of yours??
  • If your argument fixates on the sexual aspect of it, for instance, “gay sex is just not natural”. What business is it of yours what someone else is doing in their private bedroom? I’m sure if I were to peek in on your “activities”, I might find something that seems pretty damn unnatural to me, too. I think everyone gets their “freak on” in their own way. Also, why just focus on the sexuality of the marriage. There are plenty of gay (and straight for that matter) couples that don’t have sex. For those of you fixated on the sexual aspect being wrong, is it ok if a gay/lesbian couple gets married as long as they don’t “get busy”?

Ok…just a couple of early morning hmmms….

Friday, June 02, 2006

Weekly Update

You’d think I could get around to putting blog updates more than once a week? Umm…yeah, well, here goes:

 

v                    I’ve been painting. We bought the house next door to ours to expand our Monopoly playing space or “compound”…whichever applies.  In order for it to be in “move in” condition for da kids, we need to paint the inside of it…and painting it we have! It’s taking much more time than I initially envisioned. Note to self – next time you buy a house and plan on painting, make sure the walls and the trim are the same color. It will save much time!

v                    I called the power company this morning to add the power charges from the new house to our current bill. Because my hubby’s name was  the only name on the bill, I couldn’t make any changes. So, ummm…just because I pay the bill through my account, doesn’t mean I get automatic access? Nope, nada, zippo. How annoying.  All of the other utilities were super easy to change. Wassup with Utah Power? Booo. Time for them to get with the program.

v                    Favorite viral joke of the week: Donald Rumsfeld briefed the President this morning. He told Bush that three Brazilian solders were killed in Iraq today. To everyone's amazement, all the color drained from Bush's face, then he collapsed onto his desk,  head in hands, visibly shaken, almost in tears. Finally, he composed himself and quietly asked Rumsfeld, "Just exactly how many is a brazillion?"

 

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Back online!

I moved my site recently to a new host and my blog suffered a bit. Well, not so much suffered as I wasn't able to update, nor did I know I had beautiful comments! Thanks for commenting. Ya'll are beautiful!

During the last week I:

-- mowed more lawns than I really should have. I'm trying to help out with a few of the back 40 duties. Combine the fact that I'm out of shape with hot temps, and you've got one tired girl at the end of a mowin' day. I really need to do it more often, and intend to do so to keep my body movin'!

-- attended some SharePoint Portal classes. We're upgrading to SharePoint at work. A couple of things scare me about Microsoft whenever they get their mits on web design. No, make that one thing -- THEMES. Anyone who's worked with FrontPage probably knows about these beasts. What's really scary is that 8 years(about that anyway) after they came out with their ugly FrontPage themes, they really haven't improved when it comes to SharePoint themes. Butt ugly. Granted, SharePoint doesn't have the ugly "candy" or "road kill" theme, but seriously, their themes are still ugly enough to guarantee that simple web designers like me will continue to have a job.

...more later! Have a good day!

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Gov't Tracking Phone Calls in the US

Yesterday morning, I heard on NPR some idiot (I wish I could recall who it was) saying basically, “it’s not *that* bad it’s not as if they’re tracking the contents of your phone calls.” As if the content would be the only thing that’s “private”.  Just calling someone indicates relationship. Calling someone often probably indicates a stronger relationship.

 

Let’s say you work for the government and have a spouse that you suspect may be cheating. Nothing illegal going on, but just immoral. You have access to every stinkin’ phone call your spouse ever made. You take a peek. Just a peek to see who he’s calling while you’re slaving away at the FBI.  Ah-ha! 30 phone calls to your best friend this week.  You’ve just violated his rights and probably just ruined your upcoming surprise birthday party *and* the affair they were having.  OK…in that instance, you probably would want to know the content, ‘cuz it could have been just a birthday party.

 

If you ever saw The Net, the movie with Sandra Bullock where pretty much everyone she knew was blown away, having phone call records would be one easy way to “do away with” everyone you know, without having to know anything about what was said on the phone in the calls. So there, a very, very bad thing.

 

OH, let’s say you have a friend who happens to be a communist. You’re living in the McCarthy era. Yeah, since you KNOW a commie, you must be one too. Right? Yeah, it wouldn’t be pretty.  I’m just sayin’…..

Monday, May 08, 2006

Illustration Friday - Fat

This Illustration Friday topic is "Fat". How could I NOT participate this week? So, here it is, in mini form. Click here to see full size.

Friday, May 05, 2006

News and What Not

I’ve got lots of tidbits that I’ve been meaning to post, but haven’t had time to do so:

 

v                    While flying back from Minnesota last week, I fell asleep. I awoke to a two year old staring at my over the chair in front of me. We had a little face-off where we would make faces back and forth. Good stuff. Then he started telling me about his family and his dad’s deer, etc. Pretty verbal for a two year old. He went back to his family for most of the remainder of the flight. After the plane landed, he looked at me again and said, “Pop-pop and gamma are picking me up. Wanna come?” How cute was that?! I told him I was getting picked up by someone too, but thanks for the offer. Yeah, I’m a hit with the two year olds.

v                    I was flown into Minnesota for a service awards program put on by my work. I’ve been with ‘em for 10 years! Aaaack! Time flies. But ya’ll knew that, right?

v                    The week before last, I was diagnosed as being “hypothyroid”. So now I’m the fat chick with a thyroid condition. In the old days, didn’t all fat people say, “I have a thyroid condition. That’s’ why I’m fat?” It kind of struck me as funny and also struck me as, “DUH, I bet I’ve had this for quite a while.” I have lots of reasons to think that after looking at the list of symptoms for low thyroid production online. As far as I can remember, I’ve never been tested for it. I’m hoping that the Synthroid (read ground up piggy thyroid) is a miraculous energy producer. We’ll see. It’s supposed to take several weeks to “build up” in my system.

v                    Happy Cinco de Mayo! We’re doing a little party here tonight with a wide variety of Mexican and Amero-Mexi food offerings. Gotta love it!

v                    Oh, a funny thing at the doctor. The intake nurse asks, “How tall are you?” I said, “I’m 5’5”. “How much do you weigh?” To which I replied, “150, give or take.” Her head whipped around so fast, I thought her eyes were going to pop out. I’m not sure if she *really* thought I thought I weighed 150 or what. Good times all around though. J

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Spring Beauty

Yesterday was bbbeautiful! We went on a wee antique shop tour in Ogden, Utah, then dug up a few old bottles in the back of someone's house up there. Ivan asked for permission first. Promise! Anyway, I stayed in the car until he found the privy in the backyard. Overheard by the people in the front of the house, "Hey, what's that guy looking for in the back yard?"
"Antique bottles."
To which she replied, "Do we have any back there??"
"No."
I think they thought Ivan was just going to rummage through the garbage on the top of the grass. Most people in ooooold ooooold houses don't even know they have antique bottles in the backyard dirt. The old outhouses often held poop...and household refuse. 100+ years later, the poop is gone, but the bottles remain. It's an odd but often lucrative hobby!
The photo to the left is from the backyard. I took it while waiting for the treasures to come out. The flowering trees are at peek bloom right now. Bbbbeauty!

An Ode to My Mixer

I don't "glow" very often about a product, but I really must confess my love for the KitchenAid mixer. We got it as a wedding giftie and I don't believe it's had an idle week since. I always liked my little KitchenAid hand mixer, but until I got the stand mixer from them, I didn't know what I was missing! The power of it all! Making bread is a breeze. Heavy duty cookie doughs are a snap. Even when the dough gets super, duper thick, the mixer grinds through it with ease. It whines a bit more, but never fails to finish the job. You know, I always suspected there was a reason for the price...it's a bit high, but well worth it! My mixer is white. Pretty basic...goes with everything, even my little black dress, but now I see they have 18 colors! I really don't have a reason to rid myself of my current model JUST to get a colored one. I doubt the thing will ever break down. Oh, woe is me. ;-) But seriously, if ya ever want to invest in a tool that will make you seem like *the best* chef evah, get one of these puppies. (Note: I wasn't paid for this endorsement!!)

Friday, April 21, 2006

How fun would this be?!

The Geek Prom in St. Paul, Minnesota. http://www.geekprom.com/ It’s tomorrow night, so go get ready! I’ll be there in spirit!

Thursday, April 20, 2006

"Spy chief says nearly 100,000 Americans working in intelligence"

I read it in the news, so you know it’s true. If that’s true, than roughly 1/1850 working age people works in “intelligence”. I don’t know why, but that strikes me as unusually high. I guess it’s not *that* high when you figure there’s 1 attorney for every 300 citizen regardless of age. YIKES!   

Monday, April 17, 2006

Weather Report

Yesterday was beautiful. 75 degrees. Sunny. A little windy, but just gorgeous, gorgeous. Today, it’s about 35ish and SNOWING. And the snow is sticking. *pout* Get me off this weather rollercoaster! In other news, I have to share a picture of our newest little lamb on our farm. I call him PandaLamb, for obvious reasons. Isn’t it the cutest thang?!

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Chicken Toes

I'm just not brave enough to give this taste treat a try even if it is the cheapest thing on the menu. I spotted this on an order sign at a place in Delta, Utah. Maybe I'm living in the dark ages, but is this becoming a common fast food offering?!

Friday, April 14, 2006

"Strangers WILL Hurt You"

I overheard a woman telling her 2ish year old daughter that while at the post office. It’s a guarantee. PROMISE! CERTAINLY, we were going to kill her, but thought better of it as the line started to move.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Bunch of Old Stuff

I put up a bunch of my original photo collections back on the main page of my site: http://www.catay.com/

Snoopy, Charlietown, Fat Chick’s Right to Bare Arms, etc.  Thought some of ya might like to  know.

Friday, March 31, 2006

My agent?

Oh my! I never knew that I was so well received by the general population that I might need an agent! Thanks to the US Postal service for letting me know. They indicate that either me or my agent needs to pick up a package and sign for it.  The accolades of my fans has been thrust upon me! Thank you. Thank you! Thank you!!

Thursday, March 23, 2006

..a touch of analog...

I finished (and probably most important...started!) my first quilt! It's just a "rag quilt" or "chenille quilt". Extremely simple design, really. I made it for a friend who is turning a ~certain~ age. I wanted to do something with fun, retro and *ahem* youthful fabrics. Classic but not entirely. I settled on a fat quarter pack of Denyse Schmidt's new collection purchased from Cia's Palette.

It's all backed with flannel and "filled" with some lightweight cotton batting. I've sewn for...what...about 25 years now...and never made a quilt. I feel like the shame of this virginity is now over! Now, I can move on to more challenging projects like this . Well, not exactly like that. Just using freeform design & techniques. I love the look of art quilts, but find the size/scope and, of course, potential for procrastinating mid-project too great. :-) I can imagine a piece like the one linked could take months for some and decades for others. Of course the pay off of the finished project would be awesome. Well, we'll see. For now, I'm pleased with my random, frayed edge quilt! Yay me!

Friday, March 17, 2006

It's not every day...

It’s not every day that one sees a dead body. Well, maybe if you’re a coroner or medical student. If you watch CSI regularly, you see ‘em a lot, too. But in real life…really not that often. Typically, just at funerals for most people.  That’s why when we saw a woman on the street dead, after getting hit by a car, it makes a pretty strong impression. It was a couple of days ago. Ivan and I were downtown Salt Lake, just got done looking at a lot to dig. We drive down North Temple and see a BUNCH of police lights. I figured it was a car that got pulled over and they found drugs. That’s the usual scene with lots of cops on the road in one spot. Anyway, Ivan wanted to drive by and take a peek. I was thinking that guns would be drawn, so I thought maybe we should pass. Ivan was driving, so down the few blocks we go. There on the street was the body along with a bag of groceries. You couldn’t see anything gory, just the body under the sheet and the feet sticking out.  It was just one of those reminders that life is pretty fragile. Here walking along with your groceries in hand. The next minute flattened on the road. You just never know. 

 

The news reports indicate that the car hit the woman in the inside lane no where near a crosswalk.  I’m a big fan of crosswalks, especially at night, and even more so on a 5 lane road. I feel bad for the victim and their family. I do wonder however, why she chose to cross there? The crosswalk wasn’t *that* far down the street. I feel even worse for the driver of the car that claimed that she didn’t see her at all. Sure, maybe the driver was exceeding the speed limit. I have no idea if that’s the case or not, but how many of  us DO exceed the speed limit every day? Pretty much 99% of us, right? So, there you are, driving along and BLAMO, you hit someone. How much is your life suddenly changed? I’m guessing quite a bit, whether you’re charged with vehicular homicide or not. Just the weight of the emotions with having snuffed someone’s light when you potentially could have avoided it happening. I’m sure you would question everything over and over again. You’d start seeing people in front of your car every time you start the engine. Anytime you step into your car, you’re reminded of that night.  Reminded that life is fragile and that you are driving a huge weapon of destruction every day.

 

So,  yeah, it’s not every day you see a dead body. It’s not every day that you get run over. It’s not every day that you kill someone either. Death touches people every day. Maybe this is your lucky day where you won’t be touched, but you just never know.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Illustration Friday -- Tattoo

I couldn't resist doing Tattoo from Fantasy Island. Much more interesting to me than flesh art. Well, depending upon the flesh involved, of course! :-) Click the image to see full size.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Yay! Finally he got his due...

I'm very happy that Phillip Seymour Hoffman finally got some major recognition for his craft as an actor with the nod from the Oscars tonight. He's been in so many great roles and rarely got a second glance from the Oscars or anyone else. I do wish that Catherine Keener would have won as best supporting actress too, as she's another one of those wonderful actors who supports so many films, many of them indy, with such great work. Ah, well, maybe next time!

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

My Space

Am I the ~only~ one that thinks that My Space is a giant style vacuum? It’s an ugly, annoying, personalized cross between Yahoo Groups and Geocities sites. So, of course I had to have one. Well, only so I could join a friend of mine’s site. You know give the rah-rah-support-ya-tons in this ugly venture kind of prop. Luckily, I have no idea what the login was. Bottom line, can we delete My Space now? Its 15 minutes has come and gone. Pull the plug!!

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Feelin' Mighty Toasty

It seemed pretty warm outside today. Sure enough, it's in the 50s. Yay! I looked at the weather forecast...and this is what I saw. 374 degrees for the LOW on Tuesday. I better go get my asbestos underwear ready to go.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Some Days It Just Doesn't Pay to Read the News

I'm sooooo torked today. Two very different stories with two very different reasons to be torked. The first: Anti-gay fury mars funeral of a soldier in Anoka. If the link doesn't work, here's the story in a quick quote nutshell, "The six (protestors at the funeral) are members of a church in Topeka, Kan., that espouses the belief that God is killing American soldiers because they fought for a country that tolerates homosexuality."

Ummm...yeah... Six sick f*cks who hide behind "God" to espouse their beliefs to people in mourning. Apparently these sickos are going from funeral to funeral. WTF?! I'm anti-war, I'm pretty dang liberal and now I'm livid. I just want to attend a funeral when they're in mourning and just scream at the top of my lungs, "Ya'll are sick, small minded, socially inept idiots who obviously are masking your own homosexual desires." Along side me, I'd like a whole band of guys who will be screaming that they slept with the sickos and ENJOYED IT. Or something like that. :-)

NEXT

Midwest Oil fined for selling gas too cheaply -- Again, briefly, the state of Minnesota is fining Midwest Oil for selling gas cheaper than the legally set "threshold price." What an idiotic law! Sure, the state loves making money off of gas tax (I mean, who wouldn't?), but seriously, there is no logical reason in this day to have a gas threshold price. A quote from the article: "Defenders of the law say it's critical to protect small and medium-sized stations.They note that unlike large chains, those stations often can't cushion below-cost gasoline with sales of other merchandise." hehhehe. THIS tickles me. In our homogenized-Walmartized country, I think most people would be hard pressed to even think of a gas station that isn't owned by a large size chain. I can't even think of one little mom&pop gas station. When I was a kid, yup, I could name at least three. No longer. They're all BP, Chevron, SA, etc, etc. What's the sole reason for keeping this law on the books --- well, it's related to the previous article -- the lawmakers are in bed with the gas companies. Pure and simple. Oh, and yeah, they like it.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Lost in Utah...

..and want some awesome Mexican food?

Don’t miss Café Rio. Oh. My. Gosh. You can’t beat the Pork Barbacoa salad. It’s not just a salad…it’s a salad and pork dessert rolled into one. Always fresh and nummy! While I wouldn’t call it “authentic” Mexican food, it is awesome, awesome, awesyum!

If you’re looking for a bit more of an authentic place, give the Red Iguana a try in Salt Lake. Yummy too!

Both places are often super busy, so plan on a little bit of a wait. Café Rio is a cafeteria style place where you order your food and take it to a table or home. Red Iguana is a pleasant, often crowded yet festive standard restaurant

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

A couple of things from my trip to San Diego/Las Vegas...

Worthy of note:
  • While being seated at a little hole-in-the wall restaurant in San Diego, the host says, "Have you been here before?" Ivan, answering someone else in our party says, "Yes." Host says, "Huh, I don't remember seeing you before." Apparently, said host lives 24-7 at the restaurant and has a brilliant memory.
  • Odd jewelry still amuses me. While at the antique bottle show, I came across a woman selling vintage jewelry. We spotted a vermeil fish pendant from the 30s. What makes it odd and cool? The thing is 3-D and the tail moves much like a real fish does. Also the mouth opens and closes shut. Hard to explain, really. Suffice it to say that whomever designed it had a keen sense of architectural integrity and a love for the odd, much like me. Yeah, so I *had to* buy it.
  • Money enters slot machines easier than it comes out.
  • The Point Loma cemetery in San Diego made me think that there are far more dead people than alive and yet looking at a military cemetary of this magnitude makes me wonder where all of the bodies are. I mean, the cemetary is HUGE, but in reality it's a drop in the dead body bucket.
  • Big Things are hidden everywhere. I did some research and asked on web boards about BIG things in San Diego and between SD and Las Vegas. No one mentioned the giant fireman hat in Barstow. We just accidentally found it while looking around the town. Yay! I love finding the little known ones. Kinda like finding hidden treasure.

Illustration Friday - Song

Yet another Illustration Friday installment. I'm pretty pleased with this one on the whole. I started it while trying to avoid my losing streak in Vegas. I sent myself to my hotel room as punishiment for losing so frequently at the slots. Good things often come from bad! Click here or the image to the left to see full size.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Illustration Friday - Chair

Just a simple hand done drawing with some filters applied to prove once and for all that I have no hand-done talent! :-) Click the image to see full size!

Shakin'

I just had a run in with two dogs. They came into our yard and killed our chickens. (The cute little things wander our yard eating bugs, seeds and whatnot.) I confronted them to try to get them to stop and the one pit-bull-mix dog came at me. SCARY. I went as quickly as I could back up the stairs into our house and called 911. Animal Control came pretty quickly, but not until after all of our chickens were missing/dead. Pretty sad, really.  What’s pretty bad is that Animal Control said that the dogs were in custody yesterday for destroying a chair or something in someone’s yard. They’re repeat offenders!  Luckily, the pit-bull-mix dog is apparently the “nice one” of the two, so I wasn't in too much danger. Although if you were going to tell me that at the time the thing lunged at me, I would have told ya bullsh*t! The other one is a collie mix that’s apparently a very bad seed.  Turns out that the Pit bull mix is illegal in our city, so it won’t be back. The collie mix will probably be back at its home ready to do more damage. Grrrr.

"Rage Spreads Over Cartoons"

Just the headline alone makes me go “huh?” You know, if I took myself too seriously, I would have had to kill thousands of cartoonists over their lampooning ( and often harpooning) my fat self.

People spend too much time worrying about symbology and it’s worthiness in their lives. For instance, so many people vehemently oppose burning the US flag. It’s a freakin’ symbol. If you see a flag burning it doesn’t effect your personal views, does it? No, you believe deep inside what you want to believe and nothing external should be able to sway that. To heck with what others think of your own personal views. Also, to heck with what you think of their view.

The same goes with religion or other closely held beliefs. There’s a big hullabaloo in Utah about an atheist group filing a lawsuit against the state for using crosses to mark highway points where police officers were killed. It’s a symbol, people. Just because you don’t believe it, doesn’t mean it’s going to take away your rights to believe what you want to believe. I see a cross and I see a cross marking a death. I don't see a cross and then see Jesus upon it. The atheist group in town sees a cross and suddenly sees oppression. Personally, the group in question is giving atheists a bad name.

Now we’ve got the Danish people under attack by a bunch of overly sensitive Muslims. It’s a set of cartoons, people. Cartooooons. Political or not, they’re one man’s comic view of life. You might find it funny. You might find it touchy. It might make you think. Or maybe not. But, let’s get real, it’s not worth killing. It’s just a cartoon. Now, if said cartoonist takes out a gun and starts pickin’ off Muslims in Denmark and the Dane government supports him, have at ‘em! Take ‘em down! Until then, let cooler heads prevail.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Frisco, Utah

We went back to Frisco. This being our fourth time there. This ghost town is HUGE. The first three times, we didn't even see half of it. This past Saturday, however, we made it to the main mine area, saw the collapsed mine, some of the mining structures and a whole bunch of additional home structures. I like the different types of home construction used at Frisco. Wood, rock, metal and brick, and various combinations of those. It seems none can fully withstand degradation due to nature's wrath or vandals. The western portion of town that we viewed on Saturday is further away from the road and thus, less hit by vandalism. There was much to see! I'm attaching a few of the pictures I took to this post. Click on it to see full size. I can't wait to go back! I ran out of disk space on my CompactFlash card and missed a lot of photo ops, including the spooky cemetary.

Self-Heating

If you like science, and I know you do, check out the new self-heating coffee from Woflgang Puck. Don’t buy it for the coffee. It was pretty blechy. What’s awesome is the self-heating science experiment at the bottom of the can. To activate the heating, you push a bladder of greenish liquid into a hidden chamber. That liquid sets off a chemical reaction in the base of the can that starts the heat for the coffee. It says it gets up to 140 degrees F in about 5 minutes. All in all, pretty awesome. The downside is that the 10 ounces of coffee costs about $4.00. But think of the science of it! I remember hearing about some companies in Japan using it for cans of soup. It’s awesome that one can find it stateside now. OH! When writing this, I decided to look up the product. On the WP site I found this video that describes the technology. Fun!