Tuesday, February 28, 2006

The Late Great Don Knotts

When I was a youngster, I use to have one mission in my daily life. Watch as much Scooby Doo as possible. My earliest use of time management was planning my daily nap around Scooby's start time. And as much as I loved any old episode of Scooby Doo, I loved "Special Guest Star" episodes the most. The Harlem Globe Trotters, Batman & Robin, Josie & the Pussycats, Phyllis Diller, Laurel & Hardy, etc. But the best of the best was Special Guest Star Don Knotts.

When I was kid, it seemed like Don Knotts would pop up on every TV show that I watched. I think the late 70's & early 80's were all about the Special Guest Stars. And of course, there was the Andy Griffith show but I shunned black & white in my early years. Three's Company would be daily after school viewing for years and years. And Mr. Furley? He was awesome. Way better than the Ropers, in my opinion. But that's probably because the Ropers were never on Scooby Doo.

Daytime TV

I have about 2 1/2 weeks of vacation left to use before May and so I took a random day off today. I ended up sleeping in really, really late but now I'm awake and fed and watching TV while I work on my scarf. And man, does daytime TV suck. Of course, there are still soap operas but I haven't watched those in a long time (or a year. whatever). So what's left? HBO on Demand isn't working. The news channels apparently can't find any real news to report (Wiretapping, treason, South Dakota sucking? No? Didn't think so. OK, now they are talking about Iraq, at least. HAHAHA, the President's approval rating has dropped another 8% in the last month. Sweet).

Oh. Anyway, I ended up watching a very special episode of The Cosby Show. It was probably the most low-key very special episode ever. The Huxtable's find a joint in Theo's school book. And so they have a talk about it with Theo, who insists it isn't his. And they believe him and just let him know how much it would disappoint them if it was. Meanwhile, IMAN is having a baby and visiting Dr. Huxtable and she cannot stop laughing during her entire scene. And it really cold outside, so Rudy has to wear 100 layers of clothes. And it all made me kinda miss the Cosby Show...

OK, I've gotta find something else to watch.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Funny Friday

Here are a couple of things that made me laugh today... Joe & I found this link (via Dan Vera) soooo f'in hilarious:

Hung Up Parody

And we feel loving it in no way diminishes our love of Madonna. Right? Heh... and then this (which I think is from MSNBC's five link friday):

Star Wars Cake Topper

Also available with... Luke? Gross. Now Han & Luke would make sense. But Princess Leia & Luke is just wrong.

Happy Weekend!

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Jay Love

I sooooo enjoyed watching Project Jay last night... so much so that I was very sad that they cut the original 8 episodes into just one hour. One hour of Jay is not enough to satisfy me. More Jay! More Jay! Lucky for me... mr. boyfriend hasn't watched it yet so I get to watch it again tonight.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Hee. This is Awesome.

I remember last season being a little disappointed in the Project Runway reunion show... but not this year. I like that it started out with everyone calling Santino, actually everyone, out on their bullshit. Sweet. The clips are great, too.

They should put more of this stuff on the DVD... more Project Runway: The Musical, please!! Man, I'm like crying from laughing so much. This rocks. I'm glad I'm TVRing it.

I never liked the phrase "They're selling like hotcakes" anyway... bagels are much better. Boy, a bagel would be nice right now actually.

And next is Project Jay!!!! YEA!!! I can not even express how happy watching Jay makes me.

Creative Distractions

So, when I'm really stressed as I am right now in life... I prefer to distract myself. Shopping works the best but I'm on a mission to get out of debt so that's not really an option right now. And that's why I have a studio anyway. Luckily, lately I've been on a creative kick. I'm starting to check things off my yearly big list in the process.

I now know the basics of knitting and have about half a scarf to prove it. I like to knit while watching the Olympics or anything else that's on & not overly important. Also, this week I've started making a purse, playing with a mixed media piece, carving a little stamp and sketching. All of these things are helping me relax a little and are a great outlet. There are about a billionty creative endeavors that I'd like to try in the future... so I feel good that I can always find something to do.

I always thought it would be cool to design rugs. I'm not much of a carpet person but rugs are cool because they are easier to switch out when your style changes. The problem with rugs is that they are mostly expensive. At Goodwill this weekend I picked up a book, Step-by-Step Rugmaking. So, that book & Joe's latching knowledge will help bring this dream to reality. I'll be starting on that process next week, I think. Here's what's on list for the rest of this week.
  1. cut & piece together my purse
  2. carve a bigger stamp
  3. finish my scarf
  4. start putting together a necklace
  5. work on mixed media piece
Oh, and when I have extra time (ha ha), sketch out some designs for the awesome rug I'm going to make. I'm also going to buy a bluetooth thingy to transfer my camera phone pictures to my computer and start uploading some of them.


I'm exhausted today... actually I'm EXHAUSTED today. It deserves all caps, the kind of exhaustion I'm experiencing. I feel like I got 2 minutes of sleep last night. I've been very stressed lately and I'm just about to blow, I think. Being stressed just erases all the effects of sleep for me. It takes hours for me to get to sleep and if I wake up at 3am, my very first thoughts will be about what I'm most stressed about and it's all over then.

People, in general, can do no right these days and I'm sorry that I feel that way but I just do. I do my very best to let people be who they want to be but then I feel like they're attacking who I am. Like the things I choose for myself are offending them. And I feel like they're throwing out double standards all over... and aiming them right at me. The things they say are not being backed up by their actions. And these are some of the people who (I feel) I make the most sacrifices for out of my own life... quite a lot of my stress is because I care so much about them... not hurting them, not disappointing them, etc. And all I want from these people is a little bit of credit or respect or consideration or aknowledgement. I don't need anyone to hold my hand to get through life... I just need to be able to trust that they aren't completely going to turn on me someday. And right now, I feel the exact opposite is true. Like no matter what, it will never be good in enough.

Maybe that is just too much to ask. Or maybe it's all just my problem. Maybe this is all just me not considering/respecting myself. Maybe I'm making myself the victim by letting other people put all of their issues on me without insisting they consider mine every once in awhile. Maybe I need to stop doing the best I can for other people and do the best I can for myself. I don't know. I'm just trying to deal and get over it. If I had it all figured out... I wouldn't be stressed, would I? Being stressed about not wanted to feel this way is only causing MORE stress. So, it really never ends.

Wouldn't it be great if you could take a vacation from life? Like a real vacation from life... just get beamed into a quiet dimension all alone for a day or two and when you come back you are just refreshed & re-energized but you didn't miss anything. Sometimes, it makes perfect sense to me why my dad lives alone on a mountain with just his dogs to keep him company. But that's probably a bit extreme at this point. I'm sure I just need a little fucking vacation or break or something. Before I start throwing things...

Dream Couch of Yesterday

My first dream couch was the one in Holly GoLightly's apartment in Breakfast at Tiffany's:

Oddly, It was only after 10 or 20 viewings that I realized the true awesomeness of the couch. That it was a claw-foot tub couch. No kidding. In my defense, that movie has a lot of things you can't take you eyes off of and the couch isn't this obvious in the movie.

Now a claw-foot tub couch can present a hundred of different problems. First, how do you find one? There's probably not a surplus of them laying around. And, is it just a couch made to look like a claw-foot tub or is it an actual converted tub? Because I own a claw-foot tub and those things are the heaviest things ever. So the biggest problem of all would be, how do you get someone (or 6 someones) to help you move that thing?! You have to have a party every time you wanted to rearrange your living room.

These days, it's no longer my dream couch (the Petrie Sofa from Crate & Barrel gets that honor {this week}) but it's still pretty fucking cool. So I had to post this when I saw it this morning:

Found on Everything And Nothing via Apartment Therapy

When Design Met Safety

I always love it when safety and good design merge. The Target medicine bottles are a prime example... and the Target emergency kit.

This isn't the first time I've heard of someone trying to spice up the old medical alert bracelet (and I hope it won't be the last) but these are definitely worth a mention. Hope Paige Designs has medical emergency bracelets in mesh, hemp & leather. I'll edit this and post pictures tomorrow. Too tired right now... but if you can't wait, go and check them out yourself:

Hope Paige Designs

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Twizzle me This

Thanks to the Olympics, I have a new favorite word. Twizzle. I can't be sure if that is the correct spelling... but it works for me. Adam is wondering.. if the ice dancers are twizzling, does that make them Twizzlers?

Simple Sundays...

In the absence of much to do today, I've found myself watching Romeo & Juliet on HBO. I unapologetically love this movie... the imagery & color & music & even the acting. I remember Shani & I saw it in the theater... and the two girls in front of us were hysterical at the end. They were seriously shocked that ROMEO & JULIET really died. Heh. I hope they didn't see Titanic because that ending was really shocking.

Remember when Leo was on Growing Pains? No? Nobody does but me because I'm pretty sure nobody watched the last season but me. Mike was suddenly a teacher & Leo was some student living in a closet at the school and so the Seavers took him in. And then there was the "very special episode" where Luke (Leo's character) poured all of the Seavers' booze down the kitchen sink and they all thought he was a little alcoholic. But of course, he wasn't. He just didn't want them to be alcoholics like his parents!! Boy, we all learned a great lesson with that episode... I... guess. Anywho - Leonardo DiCaprio is now one of those actors who I don't really like but I end up enjoying most of his movies. Like Kevin Costner.

But Claire Danes remains a favorite. Whether she's Angela Chase or Sookie Sapperstein, hanging out with Zac Posen or stealing Billy Crudup away from Mary Loiuse Parker... she's always OK in my book.

And, yeah... this was clearly a boredom-induced post.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Bye, Bye Kara...

Yeah, Kara was out on Project Runway... but luckily she still got to show at fashion week. I loved her runway show and now have way more respect for her as a designer. The judges were right though, she should have made something more like the beautiful dress she was wearing. Something that gave them an idea of what she would show at fashion week. Something like this...

Nice One, Bravo

So, 10 minutes before the end of this episode of Project Runway and Bravo already has the winner & loser up on the website. At least I know I was right...

Saturday, February 11, 2006

I'm Off to See the World...

No, not really. I'm just here at home watching the "anniversary edition" of Breakfast at Tiffany's. So, I'm singing along to Moon River. This edition has actual special features... right now I'm watching "It's so Audrey: A Style Icon." She is certainly my favorite style icon.

In addition, I also bought another Audrey movie tonight... Two for the Road. I have been waiting for this movie to come out on DVD for as long as I've had a DVD player. It's one of my "Essential Audrey" movies... the other two being Breakfast at Tiffany's and Funny Face. That's not to say I don't love, love, love Roman Holiday & Sabrina & My Fair Lady, because I most definitely do. But these three movies are my favorites.

OK, the movie is starting. I'm going to practice my knitting while watching. It is, after all, the movie that made me want to learn how to knit. It only took me 15 years to start.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Project Runway @ Fashion Week

Well, today was the big day. The final fashion show for Project Runway. I've already poored over the pictures at Getty Images and I definitely have some thoughts going on in my head now... all 4 collections were so complete that it's pretty hard to tell who was the decoy (but my bet is still on Kara).

Starting with Santino:

Dude, what have you been doing this whole time!? This is gorgeous and finished and flattering and gorgeous. There was one outfit I hated. But that was it... crazy. He did great. I wish he'd been doing this all along.

Next up is Kara:

Very fun, very young collection. Another surprise. This outfit I love... until you get below the knees. I would have liked to see full length pants. I loved what she did with the layering in many of her outfits. Some of her dresses were just so-so. But a very nice showing overall, I'd say.

Now (oh my)... Chloe:

The most surprising of all (and not in a good way) was Chloe's collection. This dress? Stunning. This dress? The only thing in her entire collection that I loved. I couldn't even bare to post some of the other pictures here... you'll have to go see them for yourself. It was just... not good. 80's prom not good.

Finally, Daniel:

What can I say... I'm a simple girl. And this ENTIRE collection made me gasp with delight. Especially this dress and the gorgeous white coat. His collection was, by far, my favorite. Everything was beautiful and wearable. This collection looks like a winner to me. Daniel V gets my vote.

Thursday, February 09, 2006


I used to check my horoscope everyday (for amusement only, of course)... it's been a long time, but since I was already at Elle.com, I decided to click to see what today would bring. Best. Horoscope. Ever.

Daily Horoscope:

For February 9: Today puts a big smile on your face because as usual, you’re proven to be right. It does your heart a lot of good when others have to admit that you were right all along – and they weren’t. Eventually, others will shut up and listen to your words of wit and wisdom, instead of waste gobs of time arguing. Your biggest challenge today will be to not gloat.

Heehee... hehehehe. I love it. You can't believe how much this happens to me. I hope "eventually" get here soon. I should clearly start practicing the not gloating part. Heh.

Must Buy Magazine

I haven't been to interested in Architectual Digest for a long time. But I will most definitely buy the new issue. Why?

Because I am a sucker for Audrey...

Found via Apartment Therapy LA

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Good Luck, Nick...

Wow. Project Runway... you are disappointing me this season. Just stupid. I mean...come on. Dumb producers. This is totally their fault. This is worse than when Austin was sent home.

I feel so sad for Nick right now. He was my favorite from day 1. In fact, he's still my favorite... he's someone we'll see more of in the future (Photo from Queerty)...


I am going to cry if they send Nick home.... f'in ridiculous if Santino gets away with an outfit that is falling apart. AGAIN. Gah.

Nice F#@king Twist

I didn't see that coming. I take back my Sawyer insult... that was a good con and he got everyone who needed to be taken down a notch. Except Sun, of course. I really liked that Charlie twist, too. Locke deserves worse than that for being such a douchebag. And next week's episode looks awesome!! Especially if they really do let that stupid clock hit zero. OMG, what if the island blows up! Hee.

Yeah, and I'm sure Meredith GREY's gonna blow up on Grey's Anatomy next week. Heh.

Locke is Evil

I think it was Locke who attacked Sun... just a mid-Lost thought. It seems to obvious for it to be Ana-Lucia. I guess we'll see in another few minutes. Another thought about Lost is, Sawyer? Worst con man ever.

Meanwhile... some commercial thoughts. Teri Hatcher looks like she's decomposing. And the Kermit the Frog/Ford Hybrid commercial makes me tear up a little.

Other TV predictions: Nick's gonna win tonight on Project Runway and Kara is going home.

Now back to the show...

Monday, February 06, 2006

Blurry Dog...


This blurry little dude is one of my dogs, Gopher. This is my first successful attempt and third overall attempt at moblogging with my cute new camera phone. Apparently, the downside to having such a nice camera phone (1.3 megapixels) is that all of the really nice pictures it takes are to big to moblog. I guess I'll just have to learn how to take better low resolution pics. I can still send the really nice pictures to myself and upload them the old fashioned way... but that kinda defeats the purpose of moblogging, now doesn't it?