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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Faces of Jessica

The final scene of almost every episode of "Murder, She Wrote," includes a frozen shot of Jessica smiling or laughing. It's THE BEST. It amuses me to no end to see which shot they choose to end on. On rare occasions, the episode will end on the face of someone else, and sometimes when Jessica is especially disappointed in the murderer, it will end on her "tsk tsk, what a shame" face.

Last night while watching the show on my ipad, I decided to take a few screen shots and share them with you to show you a taste of the faces of Jessica.

"Funniest thing I've heard all day" Jessica


"You did a bad, bad thing by committing murder and I'm very disappointed in you" Jessica


Romantic Jessica

In this scene, Jessica is walking out of the court house with a man who has taken a fancy to her.


BUT WAIT! They walk out together and...



I'm sorry, but I just don't think that outdoor scene is Jessica. It's a stand-in and I want answers.

"Till we meet again" Jessica



"Turn this way and laugh" Jessica

 

"Did you seriously have to freeze on this face" Jessica



Here is the point where I am out of pictures, but I find myself thinking, "I should take like ten more pictures tonight for this post" and another part of me is thinking, "this is probably enough (for now)."

It's hard when you love Murder, She Wrote as much as I do, you know? Just don't be surprised when you see a "The Faces of Jessica II" post coming soon.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

My ice bucket challenge attempt

Facebook should be renamed "Videos of the ALS ice bucket challenge" at this point. It's great for ALS - which has earned over 10 million dollars. I'd wager that it's also been great for American Sign Language, which has probably benefited from people mixing up the letters.

It's also been really good for people with great abs who finally get the chance to show them off for a good cause.

I have been challenged to do it twice but have done it zero times. Here's why:

1. I don't want to make a video of myself.
2. I don't want to pour ice and cold water over my head.
3. People can donate to ALS or ASL or whatever cause they want to whether or not I make a video.
4. I have an attitude problem?
5. I'm no fun?
6. I don't like wasting water because I'm a bleeding heart liberal tree hugger?

(I tried to be balanced in that list.)

But because I didn't want to be a TOTAL spoilsport, I made an amazing drawing of what me doing the ice bucket challenge would look like. Except this looks a lot better than what I would actually look like because this has a disembodied torso and arm doing the dumping.


I now tag all of you to do whatever you want.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wednesday Thoughts

My hair looks completely idiotic today. I'm not being humble either. Like for real, if you saw me today you would wonder how I could let this happen.

One word:



My hair was in a straight ponytail this morning when I left for work. NOW?

(neck is to scale)

It's bad. My cheeks are flushed, my shorter hairs are curling around my head, and my ponytail is a fiasco.

One of my coworkers tells me we should be glad that we've had a relatively easy summer, but does that make my hair look any better today? No.

I called my mom on my break earlier, and went for a short walk outside while we chatted. After about ten minutes, I had to say, "I have to go, I'm getting really angry about the humidity."

Is it possible I adapted to winter???* Terrifying thought. I guess we'll see soon enough.

Happy Wednesday.

*unlikely. But fall? Fall is perfect.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Michigan Love

Last week, I went up to the Michigan's Upper Peninsula with the young women ages14-18 from church. I fell in love with Michigan all over again. Michigan's natural beauty just amazes me. Here are some pictures from the trip, starting with Mackinac Island (Mackinac is pronounced Mackinaw).

View from the Fort - note the Mackinac Bridge in the distance!

Another view from the Fort - gorgeous.

We biked around the perimeter of the island (8 miles)
We stayed at a cabin in the Upper Peninsula owned by a family from our church. They are so generous with letting the youth use their cabin for trips like this! The cabin is gorgeous with a beautiful view of Lake Huron in their backyard.



Smores and stories

We swam, fished, kayaked, and canoed at a serene lake formed by a natural spring near the cabin.





We also drove up to the Pictured Rocks, at the top of the Upper Peninsula, where we did a 10 mile hike. Though I have traveled through the Upper Peninsula a bit in the past, this is one spot I have never been to but have always wanted to see! It was just gorgeous. One of the girls said, "I wish pictures could show how beautiful this place is but pictures are just never the same."




A portion of our ten mile hike
A few of the girls scaring me to death.
Lake Superior and the beautiful pictured rocks
Stunning ridges on some low ledges
Welp, you've reached the end of my travelogue blog post. There's really no way to end this post except to say again: Michigan is a beautiful state. I hope you get a chance to explore it too!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Daaang, Blog!

Dang, blog, I've been ignoring you lately! I really don't know why. I have had a lot going on, I suppose. I'll be out of town for the rest of the week, exploring beautiful northern Michigan, so I thought I'd check in and let you know I haven't forgotten about you.

I've been enjoying summer lately, the best I can. Humidity, guys. I'm not feeling it. But still, summer is good. Fireflies are good, and not slip sliding on snow and ice is good.

I had an aunt date with my youngest niece over the weekend. I fed her so much junk food that day, she barfed that evening. I don't think either of us regrets anything.


We went to Greenfield Village where we rode the carousel twice, watched historic baseball, played on the playground, watched a puppet show, and collected rocks.


Here's a little story for you. As we were walking off the carousel the first time, a crowd of kids started gathering to watch an adult woman too afraid to get off the animal she'd been riding. She was slowly and fearfully sliding off sideways and other adults were coaching her along. The kids were fascinated. I tried to hurry my niece along and not gawk, but she had slowed down and gotten mingled in with another family. I turned around to make sure I wasn't going to run into anyone, and when I looked back to take her hand and usher her out, I noticed she was holding the hand of a dad with his kids. I said to him, "um, you have mine." He looked down in shock and said, "mine were just here!"

I laughed about that the rest of the day. I get why he held her hand (he thought she was his daughter), but why she held his is beyond me.

I could seriously gobble her up.

Another fun activity I did recently was a card making craft night with some of my favorite people. Even though it's still summer, we all LOVE Halloween, so we made some Halloween cards. Theirs were adorable and etsy-worthy. Mine were weird and made no sense. JUST LIKE I LIKE IT. Here are three of the six or so cards I made:




If you're asking yourself "why?," that's the point. Why, indeed. It's Halloween. It's supposed to be scary and weird and disconcerting. I left out the most disturbing one because I'm afraid of people judging me. Let's just say, there's one that will really make your eyes pop. I'll save that for a Halloween post, maybe.

Anyhoo, just thought I'd drop in and say hi and tell you some of what I've been up to lately.

Hopefully I'll be back soon with some fun pictures from the U.P.!

Monday, August 4, 2014

People are funny

And this proves it.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wednesday Thoughts

What I'd like to do today is share with you some things that are making me happy. I feel like life is stressful right now for me but I'm also optimistic. It's the second half of the year and I've been reassessing and thinking about goals I want to accomplish by the end of the year. One of those goals is more inner peace. One of the best ways that I know to do that is focus on happy things - things that make me laugh, things that uplift, and basically anything that chases away the grumpies.

First of all, over the weekend, I saw this headline shared by the Ann Arbor news on Facebook.


As is my way, before I read the actual article, I read the comments on the link. They ranged from defensive to hilarious. This was my favorite:


Something else making me happy is this picture:


What song is that cat playing? Who is he/she playing it too? Who made this painting? I don't know any of the answers but I know I like it.

This cat feeling the music is also pretty good:


Once again I don't know who made this picture. And by made, I mean took this photograph of a cat floating in space playing a synthesizer.

Another thing making me happy? This.


That's how I would feel if someone put a giant plate of cookies in front of me right now.

What's making you happy today?

Happy Wednesday.