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July 20th, 2010

My Canvases Are Done! @ 08:01 pm

Current Mood: satisfied satisfied

Months and months ago, I got the brilliant idea to paint some canvases to fill up the last empty wall in my apartment.  I've only ever done one or two very small canvases with no texture and very simplistic wording.  But an idea struck me and I wanted to see it through to completion.  Well I finally got it hung up on the wall.

Here is the initial idea that I drew up on my computer. 

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May 11th, 2010

Help, I've Fallen and I Can't Get Up! @ 07:37 pm

Current Mood: amused amused

Do you remember the old commercial for Life Call?  It has an elderly woman lying on the floor saying "Help, I've fallen and I can't get up"!?  Just in case you haven't experienced this gem, here's a link to the commercial.  I highly recommend you give it a view. :)

Anyway, I'm wondering if they make this fabulous product for 30-Somethings?   Here is why...I'm a self proclaimed clutz!!   I mean it.  Ask my close friends or relatives, and they will verify this for you.  Here are just a few examples to make my case:

1.  While walking in the Pearl District, I stumble over a raised section of sidewalk right in front of an entire café of outdoor luncheoners.  I would have fallen flat on my face, but after many overly pronounced arm swings and grasping desperately at the friend in front of me, I managed a last minute save from complete humiliation.  I did however, turn toward the café patrons, and took a bow, to which I received applause.  If you're going to embarrass yourself, you might as well embrace it wholeheartedly.   

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March 11th, 2010

My Necessary Purchase @ 08:38 pm

So I purchased a very necessary item the other day.

Is it a purse? Is it an MP3 player? Is it a throwback to the 80's? Well my friends, it's all three. Yes, it plays my iPod while carrying around my wallet, makeup and organizer. Does it get any better? Yeah, you know you want one. :)

February 27th, 2010

MIA from LJ @ 08:40 pm

I have been MIA from LJ for way to long! But sometimes life just gets in the way. I go through phases of wanting to be on the computer and phases of not wanting to turn the computer on at all. And much as I love being online, in all honesty, I don't feel like I'm missing a lot by staying unplugged. (Except for falling way behind on all of my friends blogs of course!)

You know, there's this amazing invention called "Books". You hold them in your hand, and you turn these things called "pages", while reading these things called "words". :) I've been doing an in depth Bible study on the book of Hebrews which involves a lot of homework and focus. And I'm reading Percy Jackson and the Olympians 'The Lighting Thief'.

I've been sick for 19 days now. Just took my last antibiotic today, so I'm hoping that will kick it in the backside. I was really starting to think I had pneumonia. Even with the antibiotics, I'm still hacking and gunky and stuffy, so we'll see. I just want to feel human again. Sometimes I wonder if God slows me down like that on purpose so I can just pause and reflect for a while.

Tonight I'm enjoying being in my jammies, watching the Olympics, and dog sitting. My friend's schnauzer "Basil" is lying on my floor, stretched out on his side in complete contentment. Too cute. It will be nice to have some human interaction at church tomorrow. Being sick for so long means not doing any extra curricular activities so I've felt pretty secluded and cut off from social interaction. Well, that's all for tonight.

November 23rd, 2009

Keyboard @ 09:17 pm

Current Mood: Inventive

If this hasn't already been invented I hereby claim the non-official copyright! Wouldn't it be cool to have a modern keyboard, with retro round keys instead of the boring square black ones? I've drawn a stunning example for you with my mad art skills. Ha ha. If this exists out there, I want one! If it doesn't, then I'd better get busy creating it.


November 18th, 2009

Chef Hat @ 09:48 pm

My niece has been really interested in cooking over the last year. She loves to bake and make dinner for her family. She's 11 years old. This year for Christmas, she really wants and apron and a chef's hat. But she wants them to be in yellow or a yellow print. I think I can make a yellow apron, but I don't know where to find a yellow chef's hat in a child's size. Any ideas?

November 9th, 2009

20 Random Things About Me @ 09:51 pm

Current Mood: amused amused

I just found this old post on my Facebook page.  And since you guys aren't on Facebook with me, I thought I'd copy it over.  So here are some extremely random things about lil' ol' me.  :)

1. Ok, warning...this is weird, but I'm weird.  So just deal, accept, and move on. If I'm driving and I'm bored, I will speak out loud in pretend foreign languages. I actually know a little bit of Russian, one phrase of Italian and a few sentences in French. So I just make similar sounds and hold animated mock conversations. I'm just practicing in case any of those countries take us over! Da. Si. Oui.

2. My friends and I made a mock-slasher movie called "Balzak Attack" just after we graduated High School. I don't want to spoil the suspense or anything , but I die three quarters of the way into the story. The laughable thing is that I was cast as the "Bad Girl". It's a hoot watching my attempt at being "Bad". (I still have a copy. Maybe if your super nice, I'll humiliate myself and let you watch it someday....maybe.)

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November 8th, 2009

A Sense of Community @ 07:55 am

I had a dream last night, that a Lebanese woman knocked on my door and gave me a doll and some cookies.  In my dream, she was my neighbor and she was just reaching out in kindness.  When I woke up, I couldn't get my mind off of it, and I started remembering some of my favorite neighbors.

The first apartment I lived in on my own without a roommate was in Clackamas.  I was in my early 20's.  The neighbors who lived under me were Russian.  They didn't speak any English, and I only know about 4 sentences in Russian.  But every time I would pass them, I'd say hello to them in their native tounge.  One day, the mom knocked on my door and handed me a plate of homemade treats.  Cookies, some delicate lace and coffee in a tiny teacup with flowers on it.  When I was finished, I tried to return the teacup, but she held her hands up as if to indicate that I was to keep it.  It touched me so much.  At Christmas, I returned their kindness by making them a plate of goodies as well.  We were never able to communicate in words, but a bond had been struck.  

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October 12th, 2009

Settling In @ 09:10 pm

Current Mood: accomplished

I'm slowly trying to feel "Moved In" at my new place and I still have a few walls that are completely bare!  Little bit by little bit, I'm getting stuff put up.  For one of them, I'm going to do a collage of vinyl records, 45's.  But so far I'm not finding any at the thrift stores.  I know I can get them on-line, but I HATE shopping on-line.  So I'm going to wait and do it old-school style and find some at a discount store.

Tonight I got one more wall filled up.  See pic below.

My mom also graciously gave me these two awesome chairs!  They go wonderfully in my living room, and since I love polka-dots, all the better.  They go great with the polka-dotted pillows on my couch.
So basically a long way to go yet, but I'm making some progress.


August 12th, 2009

My Car is the Boss of Me @ 10:40 pm

I don't know about you, but I've always named my cars.  There was "The Duck" which was my 1976 Toyota Corolla.  So named for the duck-like triage of colors; army green, primer gray and rust.  The floorboards were rusted out, and as an unconsciousness teenager, if you felt so inclined, you could toss your cigarette buts right out through the floor.  On rainy Oregon afternoons, there was never a need to bathe, because the water from the roads would splash upward onto your legs for a refreshing shower! 

And I'll never forget "Low Rider".  This was a brown El-Camino which some friends graciously loaned to me, AND which I was forced to drive around for several months becuase my car had broken down.  I slunk so low in the velor bench seat, that only my poofy bangs were visible above the steering wheel.

I've had many cars with many names, but my current rig is a black Jeep Liberty named "Pepper".  My friend has the identical car in silver.  Hers is named "Salt".  "S..s..salt n' peppa's here and we're in a fix..."  But I digress.  So I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that my inanimate vehicle takes on human like personalities. 

For instance, Pepper apparently has musical preferences.  Last week, I put "Les Miserables" into the CD player.  I enjoyed "One Day More", "On My Own", "Bring Him Home", "I Dreamed a Dream" and all the great performances from the musical.  But when I was ready to move on to my Chris Tomlin CD, Pepper was NOT.  The next day, Pepper was still not ready to relinquish "Les Miserables".  In fact, Pepper wouldn't release the CD to me until just this evening.  I guess she was ready for something new.  I however, have chosen not to put another CD into her player yet.  Should I give her "Third Day"?  How about "Need To Breathe" or "U2" or "Jennifer Knapp"?  Decisions, decisions.  What if she likes the CD and holds onto it for a month??  What then?  

I think the only possible solution, is to put a mix in the player.  I mean the mix-iest mix I can possibly come up with.  That way, if Pepper holds onto the CD for weeks on end, I at least won't be locked into listening to just one artist from here to eternity!  Ah, Pepper....at least you don't like elevator jazz.  I'd most certainly have to disown you.


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