I wasn’t too excited about seeing this new Oz movie from Disney until I saw the trailer.
James Franco as the great and powerful Oz looks wonderful! I can’t wait!
I wasn’t too excited about seeing this new Oz movie from Disney until I saw the trailer.
James Franco as the great and powerful Oz looks wonderful! I can’t wait!
I redid my nails last night and I’m pretty pleased with the results.
I took Sally Hansen’s Commander in Chic polish and put on two coats.
I used the Konad black polish for the stamp.
I used the Konad stamping plate #M24 for the stamp.
I’m surprised at how good it looked and I hope it lasts as long as my last manicure.
I’m feeling a little excited about my patriotic fingernails I did today, so I wanted to share them with you.
If you’d like to read how I did them, there’s more after the break: (Continue Reading…)
These video skits from SNL are spot on. It shows exactly what it’s like to have a friend who is obsessed with Japan.
There is also a skit with Jonah Hill that was hilarious as well, but I can’t find it online.
Why is the funnest thing I can do with my Xbox is tease my cat with it?
He is fascinated with the DVD tray that opens and closes. It has gotten so bad that he comes running whenever he hears me turn on the console. This is the cat that I thought was deaf because he wouldn’t even acknowledge my screeching at him to get off the counter. He’s definitely NOT deaf. That big boy can hear the sound of the Xbox powering up no matter where he is in the house.
I saw this episode of TableTop and it really made me want to try the game Castle Panic.
So, I bought it and we all played it last Sunday. It was a lot of fun and I’m so impressed with the game mechanics. There are some bad guys who are stronger than others and the way they deal with their “hit points” is really ingenious.
The biggest flak I got from Stacey, Dan and Mike was about the cooperation. They immediately started quoting the Incredibles line.
Everyone’s special, which is another way of saying no one is.
They argued that if we all win, that’s like no one winning. And they kept arguing that until we lost our first game.
“Should we play again?” I asked, tentatively. I had introduced this game and they had all complained heavily about it.
“Yeah! We gotta win this thing!”
So, if friendly competition in your family has gotten a little out of control, maybe a cooperative tower defense game like Castle Panic is just what you need.
Mike and I have finished our epic journey with the Teardrop American Outbacker. I talked about it ad infinitum on Starling Travel. You can read all about what we saw here:
Over the course of those 3000 miles, we had a few mishaps and troubles, so once we got it home, I had a huge job cleaning and fixing them up.
The first problem we had on the road. Our taillights shorted out, which burned out our brake light indicator on our Prius (instead of just blowing a fuse). So, we replaced the taillights on the trailer and that $250 part on the Prius while we were in Little Rock. Many thanks to North Point Toyota and Charles at Mobile RV Service (501-681-5593) for taking such good care of us. (Continue Reading…)
Nina does this about once or twice a day, but every time I try to film her, the noise of getting the camera always wakes her up. Today, I was able to catch her in the act.
She is such a light sleeper, I would swear she was a cat, not a dog.
After watching this trailer, I’m so excited about this show: Revolution – NBC Official Site.
Of course, I’m still angry at J.J. Abrams for not finishing what he starts, but I’m willing to try once again.
I came across some photos that I took last winter in the middle of my “I Want To Go Camping So BAD” phase. It was dark and cold last winter, so I pulled out my Barbies and took them camping on the kitchen table.
THAT’S how desperate I was for some sunshine and outdoors time.
Here is the storyline I composed in my head: (Continue Reading…)
I love Moby and his music. I love Swatch watches. So, you’d think a Moby Swatch would be a sure thing for me, right? Unfortunately, wrong!
Not quite Keith Haring. Not quite Pearls Before Swine. It’s just not doing it for me.
I love you, man, but I just can’t buy this watch, no matter how many poorly drawn aliens you put on it.
The sock puppet who was the star of the Pets.com commercials was my absolute FAVORITE part of the the First Dot Bomb. Just in case you don’t remember them, here is a medley of some of their commercials.
There are some different commercials in this video and the end shows the Pets.com puppet in the Macy’s Day Parade.
Of all these commercials, I haven’t been able to find the “Where’s the love for the ferret?” commercial that Mike and I used to quote all the time. We loved that little puppet so much that we bought one. He still looks at us from the kitchen shelf every day. I took him down from the shelf to take some pictures of him.
I can’t believe that Pets.com had enough money to make the sock puppet when they shipped fifty pounds of aquarium gravel to us for FREE. No wonder they went out of business.
They even recreated the watch on the puppets “neck.” It’s set to 8:00 on the 11th every day.
His microphone is even taped to his hand, just like in the commercial.
They even recreated his uneven eyes.
In the end, Pets.com went out of business because they spent money on Macy’s Day Parade balloons, prime time commercials and free shipping without boundaries instead of focusing on fulfillment and adding to their warehouse locations. It was a business that could have really worked if they had stayed “small” for long enough to survive the Dot Bomb. The cost for those prime time commercials were what made us love them, but at the same time, it’s what killed them in the end.
That’s why the Pets.com puppet stays on our kitchen shelf, looking down on me. It reminds me to remember the mistakes of the past and make sure we don’t make the same ones.
When Mike and I lived in the Sugarhouse House, we lived in an 873 square foot house. Sometimes I miss the simplicity of that house, especially when I’m trying to keep up with the house cleaning.
Watching this video made me think that we could go even smaller.
I loved the perfect simplicity of the couch/guest bed at the 6:52 minute mark: YouTube – Shotgun shack redux: mortgage-free in 320 square feet 6:52 minute mark
We had something very similar in our living room, a futon. Unfortunately, a futon isn’t a very comfortable couch and doesn’t provide a lot of storage underneath because of the opening and closing mechanism. That couch is much more efficient.
Their workspace is in an entirely different building, but they also have a teenage boy living with them, so the thought of living in 320 square feet suddenly sounds possible. The thought of living mortgage free sounds even better.
When Carol died, this drawing went to her sister, Pat. I was so sad that I didn’t get a chance to properly photograph it, but Pat was nice enough to let me borrow it so I could get a good photo.
Not a week goes by when I don’t think about Carol and how blessed I was to have her in my life. I thank the day she moved in with us because our home-life became much more sane with her present.
I’ll always remember her looking like this.
I LOVE this video!
It’s EXACTLY what it feels like to go to IKEA. Lucky thing they have a food court there or people would STARVE before they found their way out!
This video literally had me crying my eyes out. Amanda had been deployed for six months and her husband filmed her return.
“I filmed this when my wife came back from a 6 month deployment last fall. Our beagle was still a puppy when she left, and was full grown dog by the time she came back.”
Just hearing her dog, Daisy, yelp and whine at Amanda’s return, I felt every moment of her absence from the family. How do dogs do that?
We didn’t win. We didn’t get second place. We had a ton of fun!
I think Geeks Who Drink is so much fun because it makes me feel dumb. I know that’s a paradox, but I love it when I find that there is a gap in my knowledge. I’ve learned that I need to be able to name more than three Supreme Court Justices.
Ironically, we would have been tied for first place if we had just trusted our instincts and written Clarence Thomas down, even though it seems like he was just instated yesterday. Now that I think about it, though, I was working at K-Mart putting myself through college when the Anita Hill thing blew up, so he has been on the bench a LONG time.
I think the best part was that our friends came to compete as well.
They held onto the third place spot for most of the game, but in the end, none of us won.
Next week, however, we’ll see…
This animated GIF a strange optical illusion that I can’t quite figure out. Stare at the cross in the middle. Really focus on it. When you do, the faces on each side start to appear horribly disfigured, but when you glimpse over at them, they haven’t changed at all.
As far as I can tell, staring at the center cross makes our mind try to merge the two faces, just as it would in a stereogram with the right focal distance. Because the two faces are vastly different, they appear disfigured because our mind has made an amalgam of the two.
Mike and I were taking Nina for a walk a couple of weeks ago when we ambled past The Break, the new sports bar. We’ve avoided it, because they didn’t have Buzztime Trivia and we don’t watch sports. When we walked by, however, we thought pub food sounded good, so we would order some to go and take it home.
While we waited, we were surprised that there was a trivia game going on. It seemed pretty fun, so we thought we’d come next week. So glad we did, because we WON first place (and a free beer for the Guy Ritchie question)!
You can read about it here:
[Space Monkeys] got all but one questions on round two for 15 points and then they jokered for a massive early 30 point lead that they barely held on to all night.
“Jokered” means you can choose one round where you get double the points you earn on that round. We chose that one because that round was music clips and we were pretty sure we had all of them, except the CCR song. Lucky thing we did that because it really helped.
Being first timers, I was worried that it would be too complicated to understand what was going on, but the instructions were very clear. I was also worried that I wouldn’t be able to hear the questions, which DID happen a couple of times, but he was careful to repeat any questions for anyone who needed it. I love that he plays music in between the questions, so we can kibitz without people at other tables hearing.
It was the perfectly orchestrated trivia game and the food was DELICIOUS!
Can’t wait until next Wednesday!
There was a flurry of activity last week as Mike and I worked to make the teardrop trailer ready for a maiden voyage. We had a bunch of little things that needed to be completed before we could camp. The MOST important thing was preventing the windows from leaking, which we didn’t complete, but since there was no rain planned for that weekend, we took a chance and camped anyway. Continue reading to see what we did and more pictures: (Continue Reading…)
I’ve finished adding the curtains to our Teardrop American Outbacker.
They stay put even when the door is open.
I lined them, so they look good from the outside AND inside.
I also added a tie (permanently attached) so that we can open them when we want light or ventilation.
I’m a little worried that the curtain rods bow so much in the middle when I tie them up, but we will probably leave them closed most of the time, so I’ve decided to not worry about it unless it is a problem when we’re camping.
I also made a couple of throw pillows out of the same material, but we haven’t gotten a mattress yet, so they’ll have to wait. We measured the bed space and it’s approximately 70″ wide by 78″ long. That’s just barely too small for a California King, so we’re going to go with a Queen sized mattress.
But, first, we have to do the water test to make sure the weather stripping will keep out the rain.
Update 05-07-12: We took the trailer camping last weekend and EVERY ONE of those stupid curtain rods broke. The ends popped off each of them, making the curtains fall. I’m going to replace the rods with something more substantial.
Note to self: If you are a little worried about something (like bending curtain rods), fix it BEFORE you go camping. Trying to deal with that stuff while we were at the campground was more difficult than it would have been if I had just solved the problem at home.
Can we just talk for a moment about how fun and entertaining Felcia Day’s Flog is? Each week she shares her favorite geeky things and then does something awesome like blacksmithing skills or ice sculpture. Check out the ice sculpture episode here:
When she started Geek and Sundry, I wasn’t all that excited, but each week her Flog episodes make me so happy. Thanks for such good work, Felcia!
Mike and I have finished painting the teardrop trailer and I finished sewing the awnings.
You can see more pictures after the break: (Continue Reading…)
I’ve power-sanded the teardrop trailer to within an inch of its life and now I’ve masked it off, getting ready to paint it.
I am sore from all the sanding, crouching and stretching. It’s a better workout than I’ve had in a long time.
Our new teardrop trailer has an unusual bed platform. There is room for a queen bed in the sleeping cabin, but the bottom of the flooring is uneven.
Many people have leveled it by adding a sleeping platform. You can see what Gregg M. from the Fiberglass RV Forum did to level his here:
His bed platform looks amazing, but it is a bit out of my skills range right now. We need to get this trailer ready to camp in about a month and a half, so that addition will have to wait until I learn more woodworking skills.
For now, we are leveling the bed platform by adding storage bins.
Each side will need one purple bin and two blue bins. I can’t find the purple bin online, but here is the label for it. It is the Homz Clear Storage Bin 7.5 Quart 16.25′ X 7′ X 6.125′
The blue bin is the Snapware Smart Store 11.5′ X 8.5″ X 5.6′. I found it on Amazon here: Snapware Smart Store System at Amazon.com. Here is the label for it as well.
We haven’t tried putting the mattress over these bins and attempting to access them yet, so I can’t tell you if they feel lumpy under the mattress or if they are unable to support our weight. Once we take the trailer on its maiden voyage, I’ll update here.
Update 05-07-12: These little boxes did an EXCELLENT job of leveling the bed platform. They were great for storing our camping gear like flashlights and tools. They didn’t feel lumpy. They didn’t move around. They were easy to access under the queen sized mattress we put in the cabin. I don’t think I’ll even bother with building a fancy platform like Gregg did.
If anyone was mean to you in high school, then this video is for you!
Like the song?
You can buy it on iTunes here: (I’m the One That’s) Cool by The Guild – iTunes Single
You can buy it on Amazon here: (I’m the One That’s) Cool by The Guild at Amazon.com
I talked about it ad nauseum on Starling Travel with more photos.
We are in the process of renovating it, so I’ll be posting photos of it here since Starling Travel is about TRAVEL, not trailer restoration.
We’ve already stripped some of the peeling white paint (paradoxically, the black paint is sticking just fine and looks great). I’ll post photos of that in a couple of days once we get it down to the point where we can paint.
After months of fighting a teardrop trailer obsession, I am finally a teardrop owner! So excited!
I used to have a friend named Faisal from Pakistan. Once he told me that in his country they had a saying:
Buy expensive and you cry once. Buy cheap and you cry many times.
I smiled and nodded, saying that we had the same saying here. It went:
You get what you pay for.
Over the last ten years, I’ve thought of Faisal’s saying many many times and I believe it is wrong. This morning, I realized why.
I was looking at my sandals. They were sitting on the carpeting, discarded after a long and tiring day yesterday. I remembered that I had bought them at about the same time as my conversation with Faisal so many years ago. Ten years. These sandals have lasted me over ten years.
When I bought them, I had felt a wave of guilt because they cost me about fifty dollars and I had never once in my life spent that much on a pair of sandals. I could remember the distinct shame of spending so much money on frivolous shoes. Every time I had looked at those sandals, I had felt that twinge of shame for their exorbitant price.
This morning, however, I calculated exactly how much those sandals have cost me. I know I’ve owned them for over ten years, so they have averaged less than five bucks a year. The longer they last, the cheaper their per year cost will be.
While I was remembering how long I’ve had these sandals, all our adventures came to mind. They were there for me when we swam in the fish-filled waters of Roatan. I’ve washed the stench of sweat out of them by throwing them in the washing machine. They have accompanied me on countless camping trips to Lake Mead and the mountains of Utah. They have even scaled Elephant Hill, following Stacey and Dan, slowly inching the Hummer up the trail. Mike has taken hundreds of pictures of me wearing them. They have been my good friends these last ten years.
I will truly grieve when they inevitably break and I can no longer wear them.
You see, Faisal was wrong. Buy expensive and you cry TWICE. Once when you buy the item and once when you finally have to say goodbye to it.
Plaid Stallions had a Nerd Therapy Session that touched my heart:
From the time I was about 5, every Christmas and birthday, I would ask for a Big Wheel. Would I get one? No! My mother was adamant, and always thought she had good reasons; “You’ll outgrow it too fast”, or “We don’t have room to store it”.
I never got a Big Wheel either. My dad considered them death traps because they were so short that cars couldn’t see them. Instead, he bought a couple of thrift store bikes and made me a Franken Bike out of the parts.
I was so embarrassed by the ripped brown seat held together by duct tape. It didn’t entirely clash with the bright yellow frame, but it certainly didn’t look like a GIRL’S bike, which was really important to me back then.
He tried to make it better by putting pink streamer hand grips on the long handlebars, but that just made it look even more grotesque. Not a picture of that bike exists today because I was unwilling to be photographed riding it.
How I wish I could see that bike again today…
I made a mockup of what my bike kind of looked like using this original photo from the BMX Museum forums: Original bike picture
Bless my poor dad’s heart, he was just trying to save my life.
After my parents got divorced, my mom lifted the ban on Big Wheels and my little sister got a Green Machine Big Wheel. I was too old to fit into a Big Wheel by then, so I was so jealous of her. Here is a picture of a Green Machine from Marx Toy Museum via Fourth Grade Nothing.
She never seemed bothered that it was a boy’s toy.
In the end, that one of a kind Franken Bike that my dad made me became far more valuable in my mind than the Big Wheel because it was the the toy of my childhood. It almost seems that it doesn’t matter WHAT we play with as children, whether it’s cool or embarrassing, we end up cherishing it because it was the toy that held us up while we were learning how to make our way in this world.
I absolutely ADORE this advice from Ron Swanson:
Never half-ass two things; whole-ass one thing.
This single quote has convinced me that I need to watch Parks and Recreation from the very beginning.
I spent WAY too much money in Las Vegas last weekend at the Swatch store buying different New Gent Lacquered watches.
The new watches are a twist on the jellyfish design with colored watch parts. They are similar to the Jelly Piano Swatch made in 1989 designed by architect Renzo Piano.
I wanted to buy them in all the colors and variations (some of them have different gear colors than others), but I limited myself to five, which is more watches than I’ve ever bought in one sitting. Today, I’m wearing my Purple Lacquered.
I’m surprised that Swatch can still send me into a fit of squeals when they come out with a new line of watches.
Someone at the Daybreak Daily asked again about the “smell” supposedly from the landfill.
It reminded me of my worst worry when we were first moving here. This “smell” issue was the scariest thing for me. I had learned about it AFTER signing our lease here, so there was no going back. I was so worried that it would be like the DoWiSeTrePla episode of How I Met Your Mother. If you haven’t seen that episode, here’s a full synopsis:
In that episode, Marshall and Lily bought an apartment in New York that they could barely afford in a up and coming neighborhood called DoWiSeTrePla. The real estate agent told them that all the cool new neighborhoods are abbreviations. For example, SoHo is short for South of Houston Street and TriBeCa is short for Triangle Below Canal Street.
At the end of the episode, they are driving in a cab to their new apartment when they smell an ungodly stench. The cab driver informs them that “DoWiSeTrePla” is short for: Downwind of the sewage treatment plant.
We’ve lived in Daybreak over two years now and I’ve smelled it ONCE. It was a pretty minor smell and reminded me of the Great Salt Lake when it gets stinky.
I was SO worried about that smell when we were moving here and the complainers at Daybreak Daily had me convinced that I was about to move into a smelly armpit. Instead, I’ve only caught a whiff of the landfill once and it gave me a kind of nostalgia for my childhood in West Valley City when we smelled the Great Salt Lake every time the wind blew the wrong way.
Is the landfill stinky? It might be, but the residents of Daybreak only smell it about once
every two years a month, so stop complaining and stop scaring away people who are thinking of moving here!
I have smelled the Daybreak Stench about once a month, depending on which direction the wind is blowing. I wrote more about it here:
For the record, still don’t hate it. Quite the opposite.
I absolutely adore this Flickr photo set of a cardboard and paper mache build of a Barbie camper van.
We are making a Barbie camper van, like we made our four boats, made an Audi R8 restored my old Barbie aeroplane and we are hoping to get the same level of result.
The main body of the Camper was made out of a Lakeland box and everything else just scrap cardboard and duck tape.
I already have FAR more Barbie campers than I need, but this project makes me want to build a teardrop camper for my Barbie to haul behind her lime green VW bug.
I wonder how much the Solo Cup Company paid Toby Keith to write this song.
No matter how much it was, they should have paid him twice that. I can’t get this stupid song out of my head. Now, whenever I see a plastic cup, I’m humming it! I see blue or yellow Solo cups and I instantly think, “Wrong color! Red Solo Cup! I fill you up! Let’s have a party!”
I almost forgot about Stan Ridgeway. The first time I ever heard his voice was on Mexican Radio when he was in Wall of Voodoo. In retrospect, it sounds VERY unPC now, but I still love it.
I love this song about a taxi driver who got himself in a bad situation, Just Drive.
The most haunting song, however, is Camouflage. It still gives me chills.
I never heard It’s A Lonely Town in the 80′s, but it’s a great story.
Another crime song from Stan Ridgway Goin’ Southbound. I remember hearing this song when I was a teenager.
It’s pretty clear that Bill Paxton really wanted to be Stan Ridgway when he grew up. Reach by Martini Ranch sounds like it was written after a week-long Wall of Voodoo binge.
I adore the gumption of this girl. When Jenine Alexander couldn’t find land in Healdsburg, California, she built herself a home on the frame of a trailer. She had never built anything before and she ended up building herself a wonderful home.
Here are a couple of great quotes from the video:
“For me, living in a small space, is simplifying, for sure, ’cause otherwise… I mean, I have to give myself a small space, otherwise, it’s so easy to compile stuff. So, if I know I’m going to be living with it, there’s no gettin’ around what I bring in.”
“It’s so lovely to wake up in some place that you’ve built yourself.”
If you like what Jenine did with her house, you’ll love the ingenuity of Devon and Melissa’s Alaskan cabin. With no running water, they have set up ingenious ways to shower and cook. They DO have electricity, so they can run their appliances. I love their clever staircase that doubles as storage space.
There is now a Utah-based company that is making tiny houses, called Open Trail Homes. You can see my review here:
I cringed at the beginning of this video, but watching it through to the end was SO worth it.
Good song and an interesting video. Yeah!
OMG! This little song by Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt is ADORABLE!!
Happy New Year’s Eve, Everyone!!
I found this old photograph in my grandmother’s things.
I don’t recognize either the man or the young girl in the photo. Since my grandmother worked in a photography studio long ago, it may be that these two people are merely strangers, but the photograph is undeniably endearing.
The little girl believes in him so fully, despite his lack of a bowl full of jelly. She is entirely unaware of the camera and is focused on Santa completely.
May all of us have as magical of a Christmas as this little girl from the past!
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