Thursday, February 26, 2009
I have really, really bad neighbors.
And it's not just the fireworks.
It's the 3, count them THREE, times they have run over one of my sprinkler heads while mowing their lawn with their entirely too-big-for-their-lawn riding mower, and neglected to inform me that gallons and gallons of water were spewing like a frickin' geyser from said run-over sprinkler head.
And then not paid for repair of same. Same sprinkler head - 3 times -- learn the location, idiot.
How about the hoe-downs they throw in their driveway, right outside my bedroom window? Complete with full-volume country music on the CD player, and coolers of beer and wine-coolers, and everyone sprawled out in the driveway in lawn chairs.
And now that their girls are in high school - how 'bout those boyfriends, that leave their cars running in same driveway, with rap music playing at absolute top volume until the wee, wee hours of the morning on the weekends?
And the time one of those now-teenage girls was 8, and decided to practice her karate kicks on my privacy fence? She was actually quite good - kicked out about 15 slats before I caught the little princess. And chased her to her front door, through the damn hole she had created in MY fence. And her Mom tried to blame it on some innocent kid across the street. And once the little darling confessed - her Mom dragged her over to my house to "apologize" - but no one volunteered to pay for fixing the damn fence!
Love thy neighbor - pfffffffft!
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Hi, my name is Sweet Freedom, and I am Addicted to Television.
That wasn't so hard.
I absolutely love TV - I think there's a set in every room of my house (including the master bathroom - *hangs head in shame*), and one room even has 2 television sets (due to the incompatibility of TIVO and Wii!)
This is my friend Tubey, the Television Without Pity mascot. - he and I share a lot of the same interests. Really, a lot.
I'm such a TWoP fan, that I even have 2 stuffed Tubeys, which I won in charity auctions.
Bailey loves TV, and Tubey, too.
Here he is with Tubey - they're both doing their best Buck Nekkid imitations. Buck's a frequent visitor in the TWoP Pixel Challenges. Looks like Thong Tubey even made it into that challenge!
Anyway - all that stuff is just to get to THIS point - I thought February was "Sweeps Month" - one of those 4 months every year (February, May, July, and November) when every network puts up their best programming, hoping to win the Nielsen ratings, and thereby increase their advertising rates - or something like that.
But I have never lived through a February with this many damn reruns by the major networks.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
The dog park is located inside Historic Pendleton King Park, which I had never heard of, despite working in Augusta (although I live across the state line in Aiken, so maybe I can be forgiven for this.)
The first time was because I wanted to buy a soccer ball on my way to the park, because poor Bailey's soccer balls are in pitiful shape, so as I rounded a corner headed toward where I felt the park should be, I discovered I was right in front of the 15th street Kroger, so I ran in there hoping to find a soccer ball.
Kissingbower is not exactly the kind of street name you forget -
Saturday, February 14, 2009
You know what bead soup is, right? - It's all those leftover beads, different sizes, shapes, colors; leftover from previous projects, waiting to make themselves useful in some way.
Beadweavers, especially, have a unique type of bead soup, because it tends to be chock full of those teeny-tiny little beads - you know, the 11s, the 15's, the delicas, the Charlottes.
And people manage their bead soup in different ways - some just dump it all into a big tub, or bag, and use it randomly.
I, with my advanced OCD (that's AOCD, to you lay folk), have to organize my bead soup - both by color, and by size.
So I had (HAD) about 10 little tubs, each separated compulsively by color, made up of the beads generally smaller than 4 mm.
And about 10 large tubs, again separated by color, containing all those extra beads over 4-6 mm.
This was working SO well for me, until about 11:45 this morning.
When the shelf, in my BRAND NEW cabinet, where I had carefully,. compulsively stowed these tubs, decided to collapse while I had the cabinet open -
And this is the result.
Thousands, and thousands, and thousands, and thousands of beads, spilled all over my back room.
And quite a few naughty words shrieked when those beads dumped on my feet.
It took about an hour to scoop all these up - we used a dustpan, and just dumped them into a big box, and I'll undoubtedly be bringing that box home with me tomorrow night to sort, because it is driving me insane that they are now comingling.
I WOULD have brought them home tonight, except that tonight I have to do the monthly sales tax report AND price out all the new beads I bought yesterday from the traveling bead vendor.
What a fantastic way to spend Valentine's Day!
This is a nice shot of the gorgeous sun-catcher/ornaments that are displayed on the door to my shop - they are all made by the extremely talented Mike, of GimmeBeads.
Here's a set they have displayed in their Etsy shop.
Nice, nice work -
Happy Valentine's Day - I hope you are having more fun than I am!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
So, I jumped in with both feet - having little else to do except put out inventory at the store....
The site, which I believe is Swedish, translated back to English, is quick to disclaim:
Note: writing style on a blog may have little or nothing to do with a person´s self-perceived personality.
The Typealyzer indicates that I am of the type:
ESFP - The Performers
The entertaining and friendly type. They are especially attuned to pleasure and beauty and like to fill their surroundings with soft fabrics, bright colors and sweet smells. They live in the present moment and don´t like to plan ahead - they are always in risk of exhausting themselves. The enjoy work that makes them able to help other people in a concrete and visible way. They tend to avoid conflicts and rarely initiate confrontation - qualities that can make it hard for them in management positions.
Please recall the disclaimer above - I'd like to re-write it as:
Note: writing style on a blog may have little or nothing to do with a person´s self-perceived personality or actual, in fact, personality.
'Cause man, that analysis is way, way off. As 5 out of the last 5 people I started arguments with will attest. Including the oh-so-helpful customer service manager at my local Cable company, just this morning. Yeah, Lou - I'm talking about you.
The site further gives a little analysis of the brain parts the author uses while writing the blog:
This show what parts of the brain that were dominant during writing.
Interesting, but I don't really know what to think about all this, except -
Can't wait for Bailey to give it a whirl!
Sunday, February 1, 2009
This gorgeous necklace sold this week from my Etsy Shop.
It features a stunning lampwork bead by Lori Lochner - and I'm so glad it went to a good home!
Lori makes incredible beads - so check her out some time!
This necklace had been a perennial favorite in Etsy Treasuries, but it recently came to my attention that it even made the Etsy Front Page once - my first and only FP appearance, to my knowledge -
I learned this through the Flickr Front Page Group - so if anyone else has ever seen me on the FP, please clue me in!
And thanks to glasfaden for including me in her gorgeous treasury!