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?"