Monday, November 17, 2008

Best Childhood Toy Ever

 
Seriously, isn't a big cardboard box THE best toy? This is me and my family (brother and cousin?) hiding out in a sweet refrigerator box. I have some decent memories from this escapade, but there's also some relatively faint feelings about getting booted by my sibs.

I also have some fond memories of the giant Christmas tree box. It was, and I'm guesstimating, 3.5 feet by 4 feet by 3feet. Every year it would come up from the basement and every year we played in it. One year, my brother John decorated it with crayon to have bus windows and even a bus driver on the front. It was a sweet ride! I don't know when it ended up getting reinforced with a wood frame, but you know my parents REALLy wanted to keep that box alive as long as they could. I vaguely remember getting booted out of that box, too, but I think each year the attempt at major play arrived when the box made it up the stairs.

Sure, some kids got to go hunt down a ~real~ tree, but the good old metal and plastic variety came with a BOX. A BOX!! Beat that, you real-tree snobs. :-)
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Thursday, November 06, 2008

A few new Crippy Crafts added to Etsy.com

I had a recent burst of creative energy and created these three Crippy Crafts. All are for sale and full viewing at http://catay.etsy.com.

In other Etsy news, I've updated my jam selection to include the full 32 flavors from this year's canning sessions. LOTS of new flavors to try.

Apricot Butter
Apricot Jam
Apricot-Orange Conserve
Apricot-Pineapple Jam
Blueberry Jam
Blueberry Lime Jam
Brandied Peach Jam
Chocolate Raspberry Spread
Ginger-Saturn Peach Jam
Hot Pepper Jam
Peach Jalapeno Jam
Peach Butter
Peach Rum Jam w/ Brown Sugar
Peach Jam
Plum Conserve
Plum Jam
Plum Preserves
Raspberry Jam
Raspberry-Peach Jam
Raspberry-Cherry Jam
Raspberry-Jalapeno Jam
Raspberry-Lime Jam
Raspberry-Orange Jam
Raspberry-Pineapple Jam
Raspberry-Saturn Peach Jam
Saturn Peach Jam
Spiced Saturn Peach Jam
Strawberry Jam
Strawberry-Lime Jam
Strawberry-Raspberry Jam
Tomato Preserves (a little loose-set)
White Peach Jam
That's a LOTTTA jamming. A record setting year. Check out the jams here.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

I did it.

You should too!

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Why I'll Vote for Obama

While I consider myself to be a pretty leftist liberal, I consider myself an independent when it comes to political races. I rarely vote straight party lines, because what's important to me isn't necessarily important to the party as a whole. I tend to look at the individuals running...as...well, individuals. I don't believe that just because a politician runs under a particular party banner that it makes them a good person or for that matter, valid as a representative in a governmental position.

In most presidential elections, I find myself really disliking both major party candidates. Clinton vs. Dole - Eh. Bush vs. Gore - Eww. Bush vs. Kerry - Double ewww. Typically, I ended up picking the "lesser of two evils. " It is not a healthy position to be in at the polls.

So, that's what makes this year's election especially refreshing to me. I find I *actually* like a candidate! I find Barack Obama to be intelligent, level- headed and positive. The dream of having an intelligent, well spoken president is potentially REAL. To have a president that can travel internationally and NOT make an ass of the term "American" is soooo refreshing. It's crazy, but this dream could be real!!

So many people focus on "issues", which are such a waste of time. For instance, do you really believe that either candidate will be able to lower your taxes after signing a 700 billion dollar financial debacle plan? No freakin' way. (At best, I want the candidates to come clean and tell me, "We won't raise or lower the tax rate." )

Do you believe that one man can actually save the economic downturn? They cannot. The US economy is a vaporous and emotional animal. One man or woman cannot change the outlook.

Also, in advertising the candidates like to say that they're "for" this or "against" that, but do they forget that they aren't running for "king?" Last I heard this was a country with a congress comprised of a House and Senate.

My randomly worded points come down to this -- don't vote based upon the "issues" rather vote based upon the personal traits.

McCain seems relatively intelligent, but he comes across nervous and somewhat insecure. He's quick to anger and seems a bit overly concerned about his war past. These are all traits that I really don't appreciate in a leader.

As stated above, Obama really does present himself well as intelligent and even. I feel this is what our country needs in a new leader -- someone for the world to respect and our kids to use as a role model.

This perception of Obama could be completely incorrect, but I trust that for over a year his persona hasn't cracked, so more than likely this is his true way of being.

Come Tuesday, in this overwhelmingly red state, I will be casting my vote for Barack Obama. I hope that you will do the same.