Dec 8, 2010

Brighten Up Midweek

Wednesdays can be kind of a downer. Want to know what makes me smile? Sleeping kitties:

Dec 1, 2010

Brighten Up Midweek

It's Wednesday, but it's also December First! Now, I could try to brighten your day with some sort of snowy winter wonderland holiday cheer thing, but snow makes me sad. So here is a photo of tropical awesomeness:

And here is a baby giraffe:

Nov 28, 2010

Around the Web

My son is gay - you should read this. Mom A, B & C make me sad. It's Halloween, people, lighten up.

Mark Doesn't Understand Animals is a comic with only one joke. ever. I love it. Here's comic number one, if you want to start at the beginning (I did).

True Story: My Family was in a Cult

The sculptures are awesome. That's all I really can say about that.

Beautiful photos of abandoned places? Yes please!

Nov 24, 2010

Brighten Up Midweek

Hey, it's Wednesday. Middle of the week. If you find that depressing, maybe I can help! You know what always makes me happy? xkcd comics. Here's a couple:

Nov 21, 2010

Around the Web

This Suitcase chair is very cute.

How to Permanently Delete Your Account on Popular Websites

Check out these incredible photos of the 2010 Ashville Zombie Walk.

One cool (geeky) cookie: Gingerbread Motherboard

The Best Couch in the World - At first glance, you wont understand what's so great about this couch - I know I didn't - but scroll down. You'll see.

Days of our Cheerios - Awkward Soap Opera Product Placements - too funny!

Would You Eat Your Cat? - an interesting look at morality.

Bizarre and Stylish Steampunk Creations

Who is Craig, and where is he? Did his time machine work?

Kitty and the City

Married Couple in the Same Photo as Children (even though their families didn't know each other!)

Nov 19, 2010

Sweet Success

Photo by ....Tim
“Victory is sweetest when you've known defeat.”
                                                                                  -Malcolm S. Forbes

Nov 18, 2010

Things I Love Thursday

Coffee, lime, salad, documentaries, TV Shows: How I Met Your Mother & The Walking Dead, stretching, thick moisturizer for my hands & remembering to moisturize my face, The Kitty and Puppy, The Fiance(who made a cute photo of the two of us in black and white with our wedding date on it and set it as my computer desktop...aww!), writing, reading, thinking about Christmas presents, talking to my brother and sister-in-law, dinner with my parents, finding creative outlets, doodling, snuggles, dark purple, random facts, walks, days when it doesn't rain, fruit stickers, heated seats, kitten videos, dark teal, sunsets, quotes, revisiting my happiness commandments, laughing, cookies. 

Nov 17, 2010

Brighten Up Midweek

Wednesdays can be tough. The Weekend is so far away, but it seems like you've been working FOREVER. Well, here's something to brighten your day: A pile of sleepy kittens!

Nov 16, 2010

It's Tuesday, Lets Party!

...because today is Have a Party with your Bear Day!
Yeah. I know, that's a little weird, right? Not to be confused with Teddy Bear Picnic Day (July 10th) or Teddy Bear Day (September 9th), today you should get some balloons, don your party hats and get down with your teddy bear friend (or actual bear friend, I suppose, if you have one). 

If you're not into that, you could always celebrate Button Day.


Nov 15, 2010

6 Really Terrible "Walked into a Bar" Jokes

...that I laughed at anyway.

A man walked into a bar and sat down next to a man with a dog at his feet. "Does your dog bite?" he asked. "No." A few minutes later the dog took a huge chunk out of the man's leg. "I thought you said your dog doesn't bite!" he said indignantly. The other guy replied, "That's not my dog."

This baby seal walks into a bar and the bartender says,"What'll ya have..." The seal says, "Anything but a Canadian Club...

A neutron walks into a bar. "I'd like a beer" he says. The bartender promptly serves up a beer. "How much will that be?" asks the neutron. "For you?" replies the bartender, "no charge"

This skeleton walks into a bar and says, "I'd like a beer and a mop..."

Two peanuts walked into a bar, and one was a-salted...

Two cartons of yogurt walk into a bar. The bartender says to them, "We don't serve your kind in here." One of the yogurt cartons says back to him, "Why not? We're cultured individuals."

What's your favorite "Walked into a Bar" joke?

Nov 14, 2010

Around the Web

Create your own Sun Jar - Very cool DIY project!

Forget your "Ps and Qs" at Cake Wrecks made me laugh uncontrollably (link not safe for children and the very easily offended)

Awesome kitty GIF: U Lyk Mah Elephant Costume?

And another!: Dis Bebe is mah Bestest Friend 

Top 10 Places you Don't Want to Visit

Look at this Tiny Victorian Cottage. LOOK AT IT. It's adorable!

10 Common Misconceptions Dispelled - It bothers me when people say, "Ya know, you only use 10% of your brain!" because I thought everyone knew this had be dispelled a long time ago. Obviously, they need to spend more time on the internet.

Strange Diets - Some of these are really weird. Dear everyone: If you want to lose weight, eat food - real food. Eat lots of colorful plants. And get some exercise. It really is that simple (notice I said simple, not easy).

Inspired by xkcd -  AWESOME. I Love xkcd. My 3 fav xkcd comics: IN UR REALITY, Grownups & Cat Proximity.

Nov 13, 2010

Part of our Heritage

Heritage Minutes - better known as those part of our heritage commercials, are short films detailing parts of Canadian History. I got thinking about them when I posted the Flander's Fields one on Remembrance Day. This short blurb makes it sound like they still play them on Canadian tv, but I can't remember the last time I saw one. None the less, they are a huge memory generator, and they're pretty awesome. Here are some of my favorites.

How Canada Got it's Name


The Underground Railroad

Winnie the Pooh

Free Heath Care


Irish Orphans

Women in Medicine

Dr. Wilder Penfield 
(this one is a bit quite, you may have to crank your speakers)

Mona Parsons

I could do this all day. I better quit now before I get too carried away. All you Canadians out there: What's your favorite Heritage Minute?


Nov 12, 2010

Fighting Maturity

                    The purpose of life is to fight maturity. 
                                                            Dick Werthimer

Nov 11, 2010

Always Remember

Today is Remembrance Day. Things I Love Thursday will be taking this week off, and instead we'll take a moment to remember the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and of civilians in times of war and thank those that continue to serve our country.

Nov 10, 2010

Brighten Up Midweek

Wednesday doldrums got you down? Well, here's a video and a boy in a watermelon eating the watermelon. enjoy!

Nov 7, 2010

Around the Web (and a notice)

Notice: I'm giving up week review/week ahead from here forward. I'm replacing it with a round up of links only, because...well, it's kind of dull and I'm tired of doing it. So, lets get on with the Links! I'll try to make it a good one, ok?

From The Bloggess's Parenting Column: Lesson Three: Your Kids Names Are Stupid. Stop Doing that.

Why is there a usb key sticking out of this wall? - an awesome idea that some asshole will probably come along and ruin with a virus.

Cookies by Douglas Adams - I have the book this was taken out of. I love it, and I'd forgotten about it. Awesome story. 

Time for some crazy adorable photos: The Sand Cats at Parken Zoo in Sweden.

Some more awesome pictures: Crazy nail art. Technically...(this rocks). Awesome...night sky...something (hard to explain).

A quote about weirdness and love.

This bunny gif photo...I watched it for like, three minutes, wondering if something was going to happen. Nothing happened. Loved it anyway.

The Ultimate Productivity Blog made me laugh. AWESOME. 

The platypus knows 80 different ways to poison you - I only found out that platypus were venomous about a year ago, and this just makes it weirder.

15 Sweetest Cat Hugs Kitties!

10 Hilarius Looking Owls Not as adorable as kitties, but still rockin. 

Hipster Dinosaurs - lol

Achingly Beautiful Cemetery photos

hey, remember way back there were several stories about McDonald's Hamburgers that don't rot? Well, it's true that, given the right conditions, they don't, but the reasoning that it's because they are "a chemical food. There is absolutely no nutrition here. Not one ounce of food value."(Karen Hanrahan) is just bad science. Check it: The Myth of the 12-year-old Hamburger and The Testing Results. I'm with the article author: I don't really care about McDonald's hamburgers (in fact, I just don't really like them and rarely eat them) but I do care about bad science. Stop Bad Science!

Try this self-control trick and remember that delayed gratification makes us happier!

The Sabbath Manifesto is intriguing to me. I don't know if I'll try it out or not, but it's interesting none the less.

How to be fabulous in 3 easy(ish) steps


Nov 6, 2010

Happy Book Lover's Day!

The first Saturday of November is Book Lovers Day! So dust off your favorite book, grab one that's been sitting on your night stand for some time now, or go out and treat yourself to a brand new one! Today is the day to get your read on. Or something. Just go read a book, ok? I recommend anything by Douglas Adams.

Nov 5, 2010

Laughter and Sleep

photo by Sick Sad M!ke
A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book.  
                                                                                                                           ~Irish Proverb

Nov 4, 2010

Things I Love Thursday

Coffee, sleep, bed shopping, new pillows, that I'm not sick like I though I might be (knock on wood) - I was just very over tired, free stuff, Take It Off by Ke$ha (it's one of those songs that I though i hated the first time I heard it, but it turns out that I really like it. Does that ever happen to you? It happens to me a fair bit), white chocolate macadamia nut cookies, changing perspective, walks, darkly painted nails, new clothes, helping, laughing, feeling like I know what I'm doing, short sleeved knitted cardigan sweaters, black, navy, brown, orange, grey, purple, teal, mini chocolate bars, gummi candy, Rickard's White Beer, scarves, fleece sheets, reading, big glasses of cool water, Autumn air, singing, curved lines, The kitty and puppy, the fiancé, sparkles.

Nov 1, 2010

Giant Photo Scavenger Hunt Update

Another update for my Giant photo scavenger hunt!

(Previous updates here, here and here)

#136 - Cow
#68 - A Meal
#1 - A Flag
#235 - Emergency Vehicle
#203 - Numbered
#62 - Graffiti
#112 - A list of Rules
#61 - Picnic Table
#300 - Parallel Lines
#140 - Steps
#70 - Leaf
#159 - Street
#149 -A Van
#105 - Seat
#183 - Telephone
#137 - Cross
#116 - New
#128 - The Letter Q
#39 - Blue Building

Oct 31, 2010

Week in Review, Week Ahead

Happy Sunday and Happy Halloween! Last week I had plans to get in some exercise and cut out sugar. I thought I'd be ok with the sugar thing, since it's only for a week and Halloween is today - technically a new week. Also, we didn't buy any Halloween candy because I have to work tonight so I wont be giving out candy. The Fiance is going to hide out at his parents, because no one wants to give out candy alone. So, that means no candy that I can sneak into before or after the night in question. sugar. That was the plan. It was a huge failure, though. mega. Better luck next time, I guess. The exercise - I did pretty well on that front! I went for several walks with the dog. I at least got half way there

Yes, it's Halloween, but it's also Increase your Psychic Powers Day!

Pumpkin Pi - cute pun!

10 Bizarre Allergies Can you imagine being allergic to water? Crazy!

umm...yeah. That's it. pretty sad set of links, if you as me.

This week, I start another round of night shifts. Two weeks of nights, to be exact. Yuck. So I'll be lucky if I get anything done while I adjust to that change. Things may be pretty quiet around here this week.

Oct 30, 2010

Farewell October

Tomorrow is the last day of October! How time flies! I posted an update halfway through the month. So, what did I accomplish with the rest of my month?

I installed a new template for this site, which I got from BTemplates. It makes everything look all clean and spiffy and....right. Ya know? Should have done it a long time ago. I also got on top of posting regularly and hope to keep it up in the future.

I not only got caught up on my photo editing (up to this week), but I've gotten them all posted to flickr too! This is an enormous feat, considering that at the end of August I was still posting May's photos. I've also taken a ton of Scavenger Hunt photos. Update post coming soon!

I got my first Moleskine. Actually I got this set of three. I really like them. I suspect that I'd like a regular moleskine better, but these are what I got. I'm using the first one as sort of an art-ish/inspiration journal. I'm drawing inspiration from Wreck This Journal, How to Be an Explorer of the World and Living Out Loud - three books that I hope to buy at some point, but for now I'll have to be content with Amazon's Look Inside! feature. I'm more of a writer and a collector then an traditional artist(i.e. I can't draw), so it's mostly writing and found objects.The Second one is being turned into a day planner, and I already like it way better then any day planner I've ever bought or seen in a store. The third one is thus far blank.

I learned that pealing and slicing avocados is not as difficult as I'd imagined. It wasn't even any more difficult then my regular method of scooping it out with a spoon. Plus, it's prettier. On the flip side, pealing and slicing kiwi fruit is just as annoying as I remember.

    Two Other Things I Learned: 
  1. Dancing is the best activity to ward off dementia 
  2. The most expensive cow ever sold went for 1.3 million dollars at auction.
New things tried: Trader Vick's Macadamia Nut Liqueur (AWESOME), Curried Squash Soup (My mom made it and it's excellent), Fuzzy Duck Dark and Stormy (it was ok. Wouldn't buy again.),  Vex on The Beach(liked it, tastes like peach juice), and a Propeller Pumpkin Ale (kinda weird, but good. Has a pumpkin pie-ish aftertaste). Although most of the new things I tried were alcoholic, I did not actually do that much drinking this month.

Best Halloween costume story I heard this week: a girl at work has a daughter who is about 4 or 5. Yesterday she says "For Halloween, Phoenix wants to be Cinderella, Snow White, AND a Fireman."  made me lol

Did you have a productive October?


Oct 29, 2010

A Quote for Halloween Weekend

photo by clevercupcakes

Eat, drink and be scary.  ~Author Unknown

Oct 28, 2010

Things I Love Thursday

Coffee, pork chops, rice, cheese and sausage pizza, routine, sleep, slowly getting over my cold, popcorn, Grey's Anatomy Season 1, Waking up at 2 am and realizing that I still have HOURS left to sleep, taking lots of photos, kiwi fruit, sales (44 cent Avocados!), clearance bins, good news (involving surprise bonuses and extra $$!), The Fiance, My kitty and puppy, funny co-workers, laughing, teal, green, purple, pink, learning, accomplishing things, getting books in the mail, my new moleskines, pay week, photo editing, long long walks, dogs in costumes, getting my fingers covered in marker & pen & paint, surprises, dinner out, Irish cream cheesecake, my family.

Oct 27, 2010

Halloween Candy

Ah, Halloween candy. Who doesn't love it? "Nothing on Earth so beautiful as the final haul on Halloween night."  -Steve Almond. Little tiny chocolate bars, teeny bags of chips (or cheezies!)...I never really had a favorite Halloween candy/treat. Is that weird?

Photo Credit
You know what I hated, though? Rockets.

Photo Credit

Gross. Tastes like chalk.

Did you have a favorite Halloween candy? What did you hate the most to find in your Halloween haul?


Oct 25, 2010

Halloween Costume Ideas

It's almost Halloween! Are you dressing up? I generally don't, and I don't imagine this year will be any different. That doesn't mean I can't admire other people's amazing costumes! Maybe I'll help you out by giving you an idea or two.

Rob at has had a plethora of incredible costumes, but my favorite has got to be the his paparazzi costume:

The flashes actually go off when he pushes a button.

Ok, so maybe you're looking for something a little more store bought. That's cool. Don't think that makes you resigned to a pirate or a witch or a sexy nurse! With a quick search I found Halloween Costumes 4 U, where you could be a Giant Zombie Biker:

Or a Scary Renaissance Queen:

Want something funny and vaguely disturbing? How about this:

Yeah, that's creepy.

Board Game Fan? Great! Dress as  Twister:

And if you really had your heart set on sexy nurse (and who doesn't?), you can at least be a little original and go as the Negligent Mad Nurse:

Are you all ready for halloween? Are you dressing up? Got your costume all planned out? Do tell!

Oct 24, 2010

Week in Review, Week Ahead

Happy Sunday! Last week, I was dealing with an awful cold and getting back to work after my vacation. I'm still fighting this cold. It's really hanging on. What's really annoying is that The Fiance got it way after me and he's already almost over it. I tried to get lots of sleep, but that's easier said then done. 


The Story of a Fluke is an awesome story about flickr, whales and scientific research.
Deep-Fried Halloween Candy - I love the internet.
Dancing Makes You Smarter - very interesting study about dancing and
reducing risk of dementia.
30 Habits that will Change Your Life

6 Romantic Movie Gestures That Can Get You Prison Time

This week, I plan on getting some exercise in, despite the cold that just wont let go. And also despite the weather. Look at this:

Yeah, those are snowflakes in that picture. Gross. I'm also going to try to cut out sugar for the week. We'll see how that goes.

How was your week? Have you seen any snow where you are yet? What do you hope to accomplish this week?

Oct 22, 2010

Change is a measure of time

photo by life is good (pete)
Change is a measure of time and, in the autumn, time seems speeded up. What was is not and never again will be; what is is change.
         - Edwin Way Teale

Oct 20, 2010

Brighten Up Midweek

Feeling a little down because it's Wednesday? Does the weekend seem like an eternity away? Maybe this will make you feel better:

....I know it made me giggle wildly.

Oct 19, 2010

Giant Photo Scavenger Hunt Update

Another update for my Giant photo scavenger hunt!

(Previous updates here and here)

#64 - Reflection

#4 - Big Rock

#30 - Dog

#35 - An amphibian or reptile

#118 - A pile

#43 - A Church

#16 - An Empty Parking Lot

#272 - A Clock

#97 - Skull

#23 - A Blue Sign