22 January 2009

don't foget to mark your calendars...

...for the next big Etsy Dallas craft event!

21 January 2009

Secretary of the Arts Petition

If you feel strongly about the arts, please go here to sign a petition asking President Obama to appoint a Secretary of the Arts. It's important!

20 January 2009


gift |gift|
1 a thing given willingly to someone without payment; a present : a Christmas gift | [as adj. ] a gift shop. See note at present .
• an act of giving something as a present : his mother's gift of a pen.
• informal a very easy task or unmissable opportunity : that touchdown was an absolute gift.
2 a natural ability or talent : he has a gift for comedy.
verb [ trans. ]
give (something) as a gift, esp. formally or as a donation or bequest : the company gifted 2,999 shares to a charity.
• present (someone) with a gift or gifts : the director gifted her with a heart-shaped brooch.
• ( gift someone with) endow someone with (something) : she was gifted with a powerful clairvoyance.

When was the last time you gave a gift?

12 January 2009

can U recycle more?

This picture of squashed cans made me wonder what else I can recycle. I took a look around my home and found two more things I can regularly recycle. I encourage you to do the same.

09 January 2009

99 Things to Do This Year

I have seen this quiz on several blogs and thought it would be fun to do. It will be interesting to revisit this list in 2010 to see what I have been able to add to the list.

If you want to play too, bold the things that you've done and post on your blog now.

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars

3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii and danced on a lava cliff with the roar of the Pacific below
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping

27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset

31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud

54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen 61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year's Eve
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one

94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone

99. Been stung by a bee

04 January 2009

National Braille Week

I had never heard about this holiday. I have noticed there are several companies that do cater to the visually impaired by including braille on their labels. The largest one I have found is L'Occitane.

What companies have you found that go out of their way to help others?

03 January 2009

Coffee from Colombia

I have seen the oddest misspelling in our coffee bar at work for the last month or so. When coffee is made, it is labeled either "Decaf" or "ColombiaM". The correct word to refer to coffee from Colombia is "ColombiaN".

I was talking with one of my coworkers a few mornings ago and we were laughing about it. I went into the coffee bar this morning to replenish my cup and soneone had corrected the mistake. It totally made me smile. I realize it isn't up on a 30 foot billboard but it did make me happy to see it corrected. It's the little things...

What odd little thing make you smile?

01 January 2009


Wow! It's actually here. 2009. Happy New Year everyone!!

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