Recently a friend went to view “her”, the new Spike Jonze flick about a man who falls in love with his OS (that would be computer Operating System for those of you as technologically illiterate as myself). After hearing my friends thoughts on the movie (double thumbs up and a box of Kleenex later) my wee little brain began whirring….what about a little something for the ladies? Below is my creative compilation comprised of components from my kitchen cabinets. Viola! Movie release date Spring 2014.
How do you like my lovely laurel wreath? Does it make my head look big? Thanks WordPress for acknowledging my stick-to-itness (it’s a word if I want it to be). Four years of blogging, albeit a bit sporadically, and still typing away. Yes, yes, also Bubble Witching away, working away, and doing lots of other life related stuff away, but blogging too! After four years perhaps it’s time for a facelift (easy now people – I meant of the blog page) and some layout changes. I think it’s time to add a published books page because, well, I FINALLY have one! And maybe a static first page….and new curtains…and some throw pillows….and a coffee table…..sorry – went a little Pinterest there for a second. So off to tend to some long overdue fixer uppers on here and looking forward to another 4 years of blah, blah, blogging.
P.S. Update on my last post. The open letter was published in a local paper in the “Letters to the editor” section! Yay! I’m famous! (in a 20 square foot radius, but still…..)
Reblogging this post from Tilly Bud of The Laughing Housewife fame. She is hysterical to read but more importantly, there is a picture of me in this post. Tilly threatened….err…… challenged us to send her a photo of our whereabouts during the opening ceremony of the Olympics. I would like to point out that if the photos tell us anything it’s that Tilly knows ALOT of drinkers so I’m not sure how much of the actual ceremony these folks remember. Here’s to praying she does not post a pop quiz. Cheers!
No, the Queen was not so impressed by the aging Grace Jones in her PVC outfit at the Diamond Jubilee Concert that she decided to take up hula hooping – though after seeing her as a Bond Girl and skydiver, I suppose anything is possible.
My title was left as a comment on the post in which I invited you to tell me what you were eating, drinking and doing during the Olympics Opening Ceremony. You responded in your units. Some of them alcoholic.
Before I get on to that, I want to add three items to my list of highlights:
- The choir of hearing-impaired and other children who sang the National Anthem so beautifully.
- The honour guard of 500 workers who had built the stadium. They lined up in the tunnel as the torch entered. A wonderful touch.
- And finally, the news that for the first time, every single one…
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UNABASHEDLY WANDERING THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED.
I poached this fun game from http://www.showmyface.com .
Want to play along? All that’s necessary to participate is to describe your life (or something) in a phrase using just six words. Feel free to explain or not explain. For more information, try clicking here. (clicking here will magically transport you to Show My Face’s page where you can read more about her and how the game originated)
If you play along in your blog, please add a link. Please link back to both my page AND Show My Face.
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Overview of Dark Isle
When evil begets evil, a choice is forced on Quinn, the one person who can see the danger. Does she save the ones she loves, or does she save the world from Chaos?
As the realms of Fae…
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Okay, not quite our dead but we are in the midst of a great purge of unessential extras. A family of five can rack up a lot of extra “stuff” in a very short period of time. My son can actually accumulate a roomful of items in a matter of minutes. It’s a gift. And not a good one.
Purging the worldly goods is cleansing for both house and soul. For ourselves it is easier to function, work, and create when the clutter is no longer taking up both time and attention. For our home, it is easier to upkeep when there are not mountains of things to move in order to clean, repair, and maintain.
This year we are doubling our purging efforts due to the combined annual spring cleaning coupled with an upcoming move. The more we get rid of, the less I have to pack and carry. It’s simple mathematics really. Cleaning – accumulated riff raff * stuff + charity = happy + me
This year we asked ourselves a new clean out question. How many ways are there to get rid of your stuff while still maintaining sanity and being ecofriendly? Turns out quite a few.
GARAGE SALE: Well this one was first for us and I can now tell you it is a great way to meet people, get rid of stuff, make some money, and hang with the neighbors all at one time. We partnered with a couple of neighbors and held the sale between two driveways. Garage salers are early birds so we held our sale from 8 to noon and we still had a few people show up by 7:45. Yes, in the morning. It’s a lifestyle choice.
Apparently “multi-family sale” is a hot ticket on the garage sale circuit so if you can join forces I highly recommend this approach. This is recycling at it’s best. Our sold items are now “new to you” items for our customers and we get to know that things like the baby stroller and toddler toys are going to receive more love.
If you want to make a party of it, along with bringing in some extra coin, I would recommend having the kids set up a coffee/lemonade/muffin stand to address your customers potential snack needs. And definitely a pitcher of mimosa for you and the neighbors.
DONATION CENTERS: Super ecofriendly and charitable way to rotate goods. There are oodles of organizations that would love to take your unwanted items off your hands. Our extra clothes, toys, household items, and furniture made their way to the Salvation Army via the back of my truck but if you don’t have the means to get your stuff up and out many places will come and get it for you. Make sure that the things you are donating are in fair to excellent condition. Some things really do need to go in the garbage.
Along with feeling good about giving our items to a good cause comes the added bonus of a tax write off. If you donate don’t forget to get a receipt! Here is a quick tip-of-the-iceberg list of places you can contact to donate your own household items:
- Salvation Army
- Boys and Girls Clubs of America
- American Legion
- Local churches and religious organizations.
You can do an online search or check the phonebook (yes, some people still use them) for local branches and other non-profit organizations. FYI – you can also donate cars, boats, and even houses if you are in a really big purge mode!
FREE: We had a couple of big items that we didn’t want to keep, didn’t want to pack, and didn’t want to donate. Right…..so what did we do with them? We opted for a “if you can move it you can have it” approach with friends and neighbors. Everyone wins and we can still “visit” our stuff.
RECYCLE CENTER: Some items have been used to death, literally, so we had no choice but to throw them out. Instead of tossing them in the trash can we separated by plastic, paper, etc. for disposal at the local recycling center. Less waste for everyone. Plus who knows? Maybe in the not too distant future we will be driving a car made from my old planters.
SWAP PARTY: While we didn’t go this route it is definitely something I want to try in the future. Get a group of friends and their stuff together and everyone can switch out their old items for “new” toys, clothes, and gadgets. When we try this it will be a potluck and swap. Hmmmm, maybe a nice way to get some new serving dishes….
So, now we have cleared our stuff to let creativity flow and floor space appear. Take a look around your own place and see what’s needed and what’s holding back your happy. Then find a fun, easy way to get it out of your home!
p.s. – If you don’t recognize the quote from the post heading you need to download Monty Python’s Holy Grail immediately. Your life has been missing something. Go. Do it. Now.