Uncensored Thought

There are moments upon moments where I really could just hand little cards like this out.

I love my husband, but sometimes the ideas he comes up with deserve a card like this. I won't enumerated some of his fanciful ideas. I'll just say it takes all that I have to be diplomatic and tactful sometimes. I don't think it would be in my best interests to be mean to my husband all the time.

I would also love to use this card for some of the design requests I receive.
  • 100 custom invites for $100 in a week? Hand the card. Here's your answer.
  • Tags for baby shower favors tomorrow? Hand the card. Here's your answer.
  • Brochure design with photo retouching for $150? Hand the card. Here's your answer.
It would be so sweet! Alas, it would probably be a poor business practice.

I would love to use this one for some people at work. There are some people that I work with that are incredible. They are talented and diligent. I admire them because some have long commutes and families that they care for. Then, there are the others. There is a small contingent that just the littlest amount of overtime or extra work causes them to whine louder than spoiled 4-year-olds at a toy store. Or, they expect to be patted on the back and given medals. It's aggravating. For them, I offer this card.

I think these would make life THAT much easier. Oh well, I guess I'll just have to continue to hone my diplomacy and sensitivity. I might just buy these cards and keep them in my desk drawer... just in case.


Just when you think you're going to drown, someone throws you a life preserver. Thanks for saving my butt, Cathee. You have no idea how much your help means to me.

The shape of things

I love this scale by Angry. If only, all bathroom scales were this fun. While shopping at Costco last week, I got on a digital bathroom scale. Not so fun. I have put on some weight. I am now the heaviest I've ever been in my life. Not exactly "Roseanne" heavy, but heavy for me. I'm in the process of formulating my attack. I should have got on the Angry scale...

Black Friday

For the fourth year in a row, I have skipped the shopping frenzy known as "Black Friday". While growing up, it was considered a sport by my family. My mother would have us scour the sales papers and we would come up with a "plan of attack". Our clothes would be laid out the night before. The woman was a machine. She would have us up promptly at 4 am with breakfast already on the table. To some this may be considered a smaller form of child abuse. To us, it was fun. It was the one time that we were ALLOWED to run around the store and grab what we were assigned to pick it up. What kid wouldn't want that? It was a weird form of family bonding. My mother had our undivided attention while we stood in line. She would subtly pick our brains as to what each of us wanted for Christmas. The woman was good.

Flash forward several years. I now live in Los Angeles which is considered a major shopping mecca. I tried "Black Friday" shopping with my cousin. I have never seen pushing shoving and maneuvering quite like that. These people were professionals! The thrill was gone. It was then that I realized that I was completely out of my league. As a realist, I decided that standing in line for $5 DVDs was not worth it for me. I have respectfully chosen not to participate.

As a result, I have become an online shopper. Last year I bought 50% of my gifts online. This year, I intend to buy 75% of my gifts online. To add to the challenge, I am attempting to buy mostly handmade gifts. Handmade gifts no longer mean ugly sweaters made by your Aunt. With sites like Etsy, unique and well-made handmade gifts are much more accessible. I plan to post my finds. We'll see how this goes...

The dog ate my homework...

Artwork by Glenn Jones

So, I haven't blogged in quite a long time. Why? The dog ate my homework... or rather this is the excuse that I'm going to go with. With my post-wedding withdrawal, my creative juices and flair for words had abandoned me. So, I've been lazying around with my dog.

To challenge myself, I'm designing our christmas cards this year. No store bought loveliness. The stationery addict in me will have to settle for buying cool wrapping paper. I'm off to iStockphoto for some images. Wish me luck.

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from Lost Angeles! I thought this image was disturbing and weirdly appropriate.

Rob & I celebrated Thanksgiving 2 weeks early with my family in Virginia. So today, we are chillaxing at home. We plan to have a normal size meal consisting of pork chops, artichokes and grilled vegetables. No turkey today:( If I let Rob make a turkey, we would have had leftover for weeks.

We have a lot to be thankful for and hope that we will have many more reasons to give thanks.