Saturday, March 27, 2010

Ten things

Ten things that you should know about me:

1.  My family moved around a lot when I was a kid. I even went to kindergarden in three different states. I think that this is one reason I find making and keeping friends so difficult.

2.  I think that having a sense of humor is more important than just about anything else. Having a sense of humor enables you to look at situations differently.

3.  I love music. I love it so much that after years of listening to it with padded "noise-reducing" headphones I have developed tinnitius (a constant and irritating ringing of the ears). It was worth it.

4.  I am a grammar and formatting freak.  I even put all the proper punctuation into my text messaging.  When I have to fill in a digital form, I usually re-format it before I send it back.

5.  When I was about 6 years old, on a car trip with my family driving from California to Oregon, I got left behind at a scenic pull-out.  It was one of my sisters that noticed that I was missing from the car (the obvious void in the front seat between my Father and Mother). My father had told us all, "DO NOT GET OUT OF THE CAR. IʻM ONLY GOING TO TAKE A PICTURE". After the parental units got out to admire the view, my desire to drink from the nearby water fountain was just too much to ignore.  When I was done quenching my thirst, I lifted my head, wiped the dripping water from my chin, and slowly came to realize that the big green station wagon was gone.  That formed who I am. I am now a "toe-the-liner" to the max.

6.  I am an art appreciator and love creativity. I love those who think "outside the box".

7.  Sometimes I will spend an entire day on the weekend in my pajamas tooling around on my computer; learning new programs, surfing the web, reading peopleʻs blogs, etc.

8.  I love to read books.  Humor, mysteries, fiction, self-help. Just about anything except romance.

9. Murder shows intrigue me. CSI, 48 Hours Mystery, etc. I hate to admit this. It is my dark side. I always come away from watching these shows absolutely amazed at the capacity of humans to totally disregard the sanctity of life. I mean, what kind of person murders their parent/child/ husband/wife?? Or dismembers their victims? Why does it fascinate me so? Humans may be a superior being because of our ability to reason, but we are still just animals by nature.

10.  I have an opinion about everything. Everything. Thus, a blog? Perhaps.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

No more burnt toast

If you thought the sedating headgear was a great idea, this takes the cake. Never will you burn your toast again. Actually, you can burn it if you want, but at least you can observe every darkening stage first hand.

I'm not sure how this invention works, or, more importantly, if a bagel will fit into it, but someone should take off with this idea. It is a sleek, no fluff idea that belongs on my kitchen counter. No more losing those thin pieces of bread down into the bottom of the toaster. No more springing toasted projectiles. Move over, toaster oven, this contraption is the wave of the future!

I think that I can even smell an upright grilled cheese sandwich in my future.

Sunday, March 21, 2010


I just read a really good article called "Where do ideas come from" and it got me thinking. Firstly, that there are a million people out there that can write waaay better than me, and secondly, it has given me inspiration that I can actually have a part in creating that "aha" moment.

I already possess all of the elements that can lead to inspired ideas: I'm prepared, pay attention, I'm curious, put in the effort, and latch on to serendipitous moments. My Achilles heal, so to speak, is my Virgo nature. I let my analytical side, or left-brain if you will, get in the way.

Ideas may come, but then I pick them apart and shoot them to bits before they have a chance to fully mature and grow. 

Yikes! A conflict between anatomy, astrology, and psychology. Say it can't be. I think I shall coin a new dysfunction: Astral-physiology Disorder. I've even taken a test to prove this theory: 

Brain Lateralization Test Results
Right Brain (50%) The right hemisphere is the visual, figurative, artistic, and intuitive side of the brain.
Left Brain (62%) The left hemisphere is the logical, articulate, assertive, and practical side of the brain

As you can see my left and right brain active sides are almost equal. I'll be searching for a specialist to help me recover from this ailment. Or perhaps acupuncture will help. In any case, I've at least come up with a valid excuse for my inability to be creative. It is amazing that I can even blog.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

All bottled up

 I have felt all bottled up. Like a stopper of some sort is blocking my creativity.  Okay, my definition of "lately" is about 20 years or so. It's just that somewhere along the line I became an art appreciator rather than an art-ist.  So, for the last 20 years I have been trying to find my way back.

I've tried every medium within my means: basket weaving, pottery, knitting, beading, soapmaking, carving soap stone, oil painting, acrylic painting, watercolors, wreathmaking, sketching, sculpting, welding, candle making, embossing, macrame, casting, flame work, and many more I can't even remember.  Nothing seems to "fit" right. Nothing gets me into the "zone", channeling the creative power; becoming one with my art.

I am like a barren mother. Loving her adopted children, but never getting to experience childbirth.  What will it take to make this breakthrough? I need some Art Therapy, stat! Wouldn't it be disappointing to discover that once I have my breakthrough, there is nothing but junk to offer? Become uncorked just to find out I have nothing creative inside of me? Oh, woe is me. Maybe I'll start playing with my food.

I'll keep waiting for the miracle of unstoppage while I craft with my fingers on this keyboard for now... At least I have a nice MacBook Pro to keep me company while I bide my time in this dreary waiting room.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Best invention of 2009

"A child demonstrates the PediSedate, which gently sedates youngsters by administering anaesthetic nitrous oxide gas through a headset as they play handheld consoles."

Okay, I admit it. When I saw this one I thought, "Shoot! I could have used this 20 years ago! I'd have it strapped on tight on all four of my little darlin's! Granted, maybe it was designed for pediatric surgeons or grade school teachers, but get this into the hands of an average stay-at-home mom and there would be no need for alcohol, anti-depressants, daytime soap operas, or even day-care.

Our little loved ones would sit peacefully in a corner, happily observing mommy actually having time to do housework. And, at the end of the day when daddy gets home, mommy can sit peacefully in the corner having her turn with the PediSedate.

Oh, sure, in the wrong hands this device might not be the safest pacifier on the market; but hey, we all need a little help every once in a while!