Friday, February 13, 2015

A Thought on Valentine's Day

As someone who loves love (as a friend), I've always had a good relationship with Valentine's Day. Bigger holidays like this are hard for a lot of people though because they put a microscope over your life and make you examine the part of your life the holiday is focusing on. Which in this case, of course, is love.

Honestly, Christmas is the hardest one for me - the holiday that makes me feel the most lonely and most critical of my life. But Valentine's Day doesn't make me lonely because while I might not have the life I thought I'd have at this point, I do have plenty of love.

Yesterday I took part in a medical survey for the county I live in. The woman giving the survey asked questions about every aspect of my health - physical, mental, emotional. She asked very personal questions and for the most part showed no reaction to any of my answers, but just moved swiftly to the next question.

But when we got to one question, she softened for a just a couple seconds. The question was:

How often do you get the emotional support you need?


I thought about it for a second and I pictured my family, my friends, and my church group, then I answered "Always." She said in a sincere voice, "That's really nice."

And it is nice - I'm very lucky.

But before you think I'm being too mushy, I don't only love humans and God and stuff like that. I also love these gifs:

(My love life)

Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Little Valentines

I love Valentine's Day - as I've said before, I think it's the burst of red in the bleak winter that makes me love it so much. I've been making some Valentines crafts for the young women I work with at church, and per the request of a commenter on a previous post, I thought I'd share some of the little things I've been making.

I think basically all of these are ideas I got from Pinterest - so don't even bother calling me creative. I mean, unless you insist. Oh, and most of them involve googly eyes, of course.

1. Supplies: one inch punch, one inch googly eyes, card stock, sharpie, colored paper, glue, and scissors: 



another inside option

2. "Love Bugs" - I sold a bunch of these at the farmers market on Saturday to girls between the ages of 6 and 12. They were CRAZY for them. A huge hit with the little kid crowd. And me. I love them - they are just cheerful!

Supplies: yarn to make into pom poms, googly eyes, pipe cleaners, heart stickers (JoAnns), hot glue.

Just be careful because puppies love them too.....

Then this happens:

And that's no good! Make extra love bugs just in case this happens. No one should be this sad on Valentine's Day.

3. Arrows and ribbons - these are easy! Supplies: sticks (JoAnns in the wood supplies section), hot glue, paper, scissors, washi tape, cupcake liners. (I just realized I'm really not telling you how to do it - but that's because you're smart and I know you can figure it out!)

Oh, and you can't forget cookies - sugar is the thing that makes you forget you're alone on Valentine's Day.

So there you go. I hope that helps you out this week. Just whatever you do, don't sign your Valentine cards with the word "from."


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wednesday Thoughts

I think we can all agree that the take-away from the State of the Union address last night was that this guy exists:

Ernest Moniz - Secretary of Energy
I watched part of the SOTU with my mom, and when this guy came on the screen, I said to her, "Is that guy in the whig party?" Which got a surprisingly big laugh from her, considering it wasn't my best work. Twitter came up with some much better stuff:

I wonder if today is weird for him. I wonder if people are telling him that he became a Twitter meme. What must that conversation sound like?

Ernest: "I'm a 'meme' on Twitter? Why?"
Friend: "Because of your hair and eyebrows."
Ernest: "What's a meme.... and what's Twitter?"


 In other thoughts, I am getting a bad case of cabin fever because of winter. I'm not going to get into it because it's just the same tedious complaining year after year but here's what's getting me through the day:

Happy Wednesday!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Catch Up

Every time I think of blogging, something happens. It's like I can't gain access to my own thoughts. I decided to do some art therapy to see if I could figure out what's going on. This is what I came up with. I'm a really good artist, if you didn't know:

I made myself sleeping in the drawing because it just felt right. Those things on my head are the obstacles getting in the way of accessing my thoughts when I need to.

So I made a word cloud to do some digging in my brain. Here are some of the things I've been up to lately, in case you were wondering. Cake is on there a lot because my family has a lot of birthdays and cause for celebration this month. Also, cake is good.

I'm trying really hard to make the most of winter but I feel like I'm failing. Because I am. But I'm trying. Mittens help. Hot showers help (except the dry skin that comes with them). Netflix definitely helps except that I'm in need of a new series to watch. Music is great though I tend to gravitate to more sad/heavy music in the winter (I've kept my winter ban on Radiohead). I got some Stabilicers for my birthday, which will help, I hope. My friend hinted that they're not "cool" and that I was "old" for needing them and that because he's "younger" than "me," he "doesn't" "slip." Whatever. He doesn't know what's cool. Grumble grumble grumble.

Anyway, enough about me. What are you doing to survive winter?

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Wednesday Thoughts

You might be looking at my new blog header thinking, "Um, we all know the second Back to the Future is by far the worst! Why would she feature it?!" But if you are thinking that, you are one of the only people who doesn't know that the movie takes place in the year 2015.

AKA, this year. Isn't that weird? It's 2015. I've already gotten the year wrong a few times so far, but I went the opposite way. I keep thinking it's 2016.

Anyway, I watched the second Back the Future recently to see what we'd have to look forward to this year. Basically this is what I learned:
  • Men will wear two ties at the same time
  • Hoverboards will finally be real
  • Shoes will lace themselves
  • Biff will be ugly
  • Movie posters will be terrifying holograms
  • Dogs will be walked with floating leashes
  • No more doorknobs - that's really going to change the way horror movies go by the way. Without of a jiggling doorknob, how will we know a ghost or intruder is trying to get in?
  • Food will be made and served in a weird way (but will still be eaten on plates from the 80's)
  • Michael J. Fox will be his own teenage daughter...
  • And son:

  • Printers will get much worse:

There were other things too, but those are the ones that stood out in my mind. Here's the other thing about Back to the Future Two - it's not good. It's so stressful and way too Biff-heavy. I love Biff for lots of reasons - he's constantly eating manure, he is really cute, he messes up idioms, and he has great facial expressions. But old Biff? Yuck. (Young rapist Biff is pretty awful too.) And the whole scene where they're back at the Enchantment Under the Sea dance again? Just, no. Too stressful. It ruins the purity of the night for us viewers. I don't need to think that Biff was a double menace that night. I just want to think about Marty jamming so hard at that dance, and his parents falling in love. Not to mention Chuck Berry finally hearing a clip of the new sound he'd been looking for.

It's weird that something so unpleasant could be sandwiched between the two best movies ever made but there you go. At least we learned about the future.

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Puppy Love

Yesterday I got totally sucked into a Hallmark movie called Puppy Love. I am normally not at all drawn into this sort of movie but it had two things going for it:

1. DJ Tanner was in it, and
2. A very, very, very cute dog was in it.

I was really invested at the beginning because there was some drama about whether or not the dog would be returned to its rightful owner. I sat on the couch saying, "oh no. oh no, no no," as the dog's owner and the dog barely missed each other. I was stressed to the max.

Then things started to calm down and I was content with the direction the movie was taking, and the safety of the dog. I won't spoil anything but let's just say things work out ok. I just wanted to put you at ease so you won't be as stressed out as I was if (when!?) you watch it.

By the end of the movie this was me:

And now I have a new New Year's Resolution: watch as many Hallmark movies as it takes to learn to believe in love. My heart totally grew three sizes yesterday. I give Puppy Love two paws up.

(PS, I take a month off of blogging and come back with a review of a Hallmark movie called Puppy Love?? I have no idea what's going on with me.)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Customers who bought this item also bought...

Last night I was perusing Amazon, looking for a Christmas gift for my eight year old nephew. Under one of the games I was looking at was the section "Customers who bought this item also bought..." So I thought I'd check it out.

Surprisingly, one of the first things on the list was a ouija board. Of course I was not going to buy my nephew a ouija board. I am totally anti-ouija boards. Not just because of the demons but also because of the impossible spelling. But I was curious about the reviews so I read some. I was not disappointed. I haven't laughed that hard in a long time. Here are some of the best. (It was hard to choose.)

Very helpful review:

Love/hate relationship:

Captain Howdy does not find these reviews helpful:

Make that 0 out of 3 found this review helpful:

This is no joke:

Doesn't want to die: 

Stick with Monopoly:

So far, so good: 

Working on it as we speak: 

Batteries not required:

In a speak to the dead sort of way:

Easily impressed:

If you're looking for a way to entertain your kids with a BRAND NEW "toy," and you're not afraid of demons, this might be for you. Just watch out for Zozo.

As for me, I'll stick with Monopoly.