Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Today's Fun Find: Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend Performs on the Ellen Show.

Vampire Weekend, Official Video, XL Records, "Holiday".

Vampire Weekend, Official Video, XL Records, "A Punk".

And a live recording of Vampire Weekend performing "One (Blake's Got a New Face)".

Monday, September 27, 2010

Earning Lifestyle: Less IS more.

We seek to earn "The Big Bucks".
So that we can afford to own a house?
So that we can afford to drive a nice car?
So that we can afford this?
So that we can afford that?

Temporary, illustrative digression:

Many of us have experienced times when we were stripped of possessions, whether it be from some natural disaster, or otherwise. We find ourselves, usually temporarily, in a place where we have next to nothing.

If you you have not experienced such a thing yet, don't worry...your day will come.
There's no use trying to avoid it. There is a God. He is bigger than you. And He may need to get your attention from time to time. This is only one of His many tools.

So anyway...
Those people who have found themselves stripped of all they knew and counted as much necessary often find that there is a strange freedom in it. Less work spent caring for possessions means more time for fun, introspection, and the best part, less stress.
Fewer dishes to do.
Less laundry to wash.
No lawn to mow.
No flower bed to weed.

End digression, and return to main subject:

So why do we strive and strive to earn more and more money and buy bigger and bigger houses and more toys and crap?
We don't even have time to enjoy the toys because we are so busy taking care of all of the status quo items that our culture tells us we must show to prove that we are successful, normal, valuable, worth knowing.

What if we came at it backwards?
(Which might really be forward?)

What if we looked at our temperament, how we deal with different kinds of stresses. How we deal with people.
What if we let THESE factors govern our decisions about how many hours we work an d where?

In light of the pay scale resulting from such a choice:

What if we altered our living situation to reflect the resulting income?
Rather than own the traditional home, what if we rent? There would be relatively no maintenance. It would be so much easier to pack up and move if need or mood called for it.
How many pairs of shoes do I really need?
Do I need a food processor? What about a good old fashioned sharp knife?
Do I need 5 pairs of shoes?
How many outfits do I REALLY need?

There are so many things that we don't NEED, but simply want.
And yet, we blame stress for our health problems.

Isn't it more likely that this stress is simply caused by our own unbridled avarice?

We are our own problem.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Home Made Macaroni and Cheese

Click image to enlarge to readable size.

Check out the carbs and the serving size!
I am STILL eating some tonight!

Customer Sound Byte

I swear I am NOT making this up!
So a customer passes by the front counter and says to me as he's leaving:

"I like your port hole."

I think I gave him an eyebrow, and then a smirk.
Then he turned red and began to laugh.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Needed: more moody decor space

Aside from my typical colour-melange design style, I have another set of furnishings that are
of a darker, more Gothic-Steampunk nature. Unfortunately, I only have one office space. So alot of it goes into the Library at home or just into the storage unit. I am wishing that I had a little more space to excersize that part of my decor. Maybe someday - of course, not that I would want any of my office neighbors to move...but if they did, I could take another day of work to pay for it and then have dual work spaces.

Oh to dream...

Steam Punk Garment Imaginings

At first, when I saw the smaller image of this I *thought* that there were actual 'wings' sewn in to the garment, beneath teh sleeve and attached together at perhaps the back seam or underarm seam. I see now that I was incorrect, but it begged the question:"wouldn't such a garment be interesting?"

Data Land


Teen Girl Devilry

I don't know what it is.
I bought the ingredients for your sister to bake a pie - which she ended up not doing, which is ok -and when you said you were bored, I offered you the option to bake the pie instead, if you wanted to. And you did so, gleefully.It turned out great. Every one wanted some, we even saved aside an extra piece for your boyfriend. But once again, when I got home from work, the majority of the evening all you did was pick me apart over every comment that came out of my mouth. And when I carved off a sliver of a piece of the pie that had dribbled and was merely the dreggs of a piece of pie, you got all in a snit about me having more of YOUR pie, (which I had bought all the ingredients for in the first place). Finally I had enough of being picked apart, over my clothes and my music and just went to bed.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Mr. Money Bags?

It never ceases to amaze me at how many times, when couples come in to the store to shop, its the man that carries all the money and how often the woman has to actually "ask" if he will buy it for her.

It's kind of annoying.
Yes it IS mostly older couples, like older that 70's, but I am also amazed at how many younger
women do not seem to have control of their own money, and have to either ask the man, or "persuade" the man to let her make her purchase.

I say if you make your own money, then it's your money and not your man's.

And if you worked in the home raising the kids, you STILL shouldn't have to persuade or justify, he should recognize the value of what you've done and pony-up straight away.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Why does it jar me to the core?

Funny but when I show up to work and there are already people there, chomping at the bit to get in before our posted hours of operation it tends to REALLY grate on me. I have to make a conscious effort to move past it. But seriously...left unchecked, it can set the tone for my entire day. Crazy.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Well I am feeling frustrated

As my girls get older they seem to pick me apart a lot more.
I know this is part of their teen girl nature.
Knowing that fact doesn't seem to lessen the hurt though.
I thought it would, but it doesn't.
I find that when they argue, shoot down or pick apart any comment or thing I say or do,
I pretty much just want to go some where else, whether that is in a different room, outside,
or to my studio.