Monday, February 28, 2005

The Oscars

As much as I didn't really care to, I watched. The WHOLE thing.

First thing I have to say is GO Cate Blanchett!!! I love her, especially in Bandits.

Anyway, here is a few things I either noticed or where left wondering...


As you get older your boobs point south, both a hint that it is time to retire in Florida and WEAR A BRA MELANIE. I am no critic but that was just gross.

That it appears Jamie Foxx has a thing for Oprah. humm

Renee Zellweger has gone goth.

Having babies adds to the bust line, you go Julia!

Having babies does not add to the bustline, Sorry Gwenyth.

Hilary Swank has headlights, although I didn't really get the dress, maybe with a different neckline..

Things I am left wondering:

Was this the Beyonce show? 3 songs? What gives with that? She is good and all but variety is the spice of life.

This is what you worked for as a set designer, sound person, etc. You moment has come and you either get to stand on the stage with everyone else nominated or stand in the aisle and give your speach... HUH???

and most of all..

Why do we give the presenters and winners a gift basket worth over $100,000 or more when the are either:

a) Presenters - Obviously already famous and making bejellions of bucks and can afford it anyway.
b) Winners - already famous and making bejellions of bucks and can afford it anyway.

Some of the things in this years basket are;
A Krups kitchen set including a toaster, electric kettle and a year's supply of coffee and tea ($700) (My folgers at 5.99 a lb will have to do)
A two-night stay at The Carlyle hotel in New York ($2,300)
A red leather case full of Shu Uemura cosmetics, including mink eyelashes ($600) (J-Lo did that already)
A DuWop cosmetic kit filled with a selection of products and a gift certificate for a session with a Cloutier makeup artist. ($740) (like they don't get this from the studios already..except when they are home. thats right, I saw the without their makup show and loved it!)
A year's supply of Vonage broadband phone service ($500) (HUH?)
A Sprint PCS Phone from Samsung (LMAO)
A three-night stay for two at Palmetto Bluff Resort in South Carolina ($3,600) (uh hu see what I mean?)
A two-night stay for two at Bernardus Lodge in Carmel Valley, CA($2,500) (ditto)
A three-night stay for two at St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa in Dana Point, CA (includes personal "surf butler") ($5,900) (just what is a surf butler?)
A dinner party at Morton's, The Steakhouse ($1,500) (That would feed all my family and more at Outback..several times)
Kay Unger cashmere pajama bottoms ($500) (only the bottoms??)
An assortment of Manni Oils' extra virgin olive oil ($540) (DAMN, what DO they DO with all that extra vigin oil....Oh... never mind)
One day of services at Cornelia Day Resort in Manhattan ($3,500)
A three-night stay at San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, Calif. ($3,000) (ditto again)
An 18-inch baroque Tahitian pearl necklace from ($3,200)
A Dyson DC11 canister vacuum (youknow, the one that "doesn't suck")
A T3 Tourmaline Hairdryer "100% crushed tourmaline gemstones infused into patented T3 components give it more ionic power than any other dryer" ($200) (Like ANYONE'S hair knows and reacts to crushed jewels)
Two nights in a Bellagio suite and Two therapies at Spa & Salon Bellagio and Dinner for two at Sensi Restaurant and Dessert at Jean-Phillipe Patisserie and Two tickets to "O" and a $1,000 shopping spree for Jurlique products (OMG..ditto, ditto, ditto)
"A Catherine Original" jewelry by Cathy Jordan: sterling silver choker/bracelet/earring sets made of pearls and Bali beads ($500)
Mr. Handyman gift certificate redeemable for one full day of Mr. Handyman service, presented in a confetti-filled paint can with an upscale black, red and gold design featuring the Mr. Handyman logo. The lid's label reads, "Your Handyman is Inside." (AH, stars can't find handymen, that must be it)
From Portland's Moonstruck Chocolate Co, 15 handcrafted truffles in a hand made Thai Silk Truffle Box and a certificate for a year's worth of chocolate. (I need a test tasters job!)
$10,000 package for a three-night stay at the Opus Hotel in Vancouver, three nights at the Four Seasons Resort in Whistler, lift passes, helicopter transfers, limo transfers, numerous meals, Pilates session, spa treatments, and two OXIA oxygen personal canisters (Look your own oxygen!)

Friday, February 25, 2005

Friday Funnies

It has been one of those weeks for me. A week that nothing is organized, etc. I have a few good ideas for posts in my head but just can't seem to get them on paper. So hope is on that the weekend and next week is better. And for today, a joke, a little dumb as it may be....

working in the dark

I decided that I needed a few days off and I realized that I ran out of vacation time already. I figured the best way to get the boss to send me home was to act a little crazy. I figured he'd think I was burning out and give me some time off.

I went into work early and began hanging upside down from the ceiling. Just then one of my coworkers (she's'll be important later) came in and asked me what I was doing.

"Shh", I said, "I'm acting crazy to get a few days off. I'm a light bulb." A second later the Boss walked by and asked me what I was doing.

"I'm a light bulb!" I exclaimed.

"You're crazy," he said. "Take a few days off."

With that, I jumped down and started walking out.

The blonde started following me and the Boss asked where she was going.

"I can't work in the dark," she said.

Friday, February 18, 2005

Friday's Funnies

A blonde woman was speeding down the road in her little red sports car and was pulled over by a woman police officer who was also a blonde. The blonde cop asked to see the blonde driver's license. She dug through her purse and was getting progressively more agitated.

"What does it look like?" she finally asked.

The policewoman replied, "It's square and it has your picture on it."

The driver finally found a square mirror in her purse, looked at it and handed it to the policewoman.

"Here it is," she said.

The blonde officer looked at the mirror, then handed it back saying, "Okay, you can go. I didn't realize you were a cop."

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Here is the tree out of glass beads for my mixed media project.....thoughts? Posted by Hello

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

My grandmothers clock

It's a beautiful, old, chime wall clock, about 2 foot tall. Shiny black case, with white face and black old script type of numbers. The hands are black and sort of ornate. The pendulum is silver and shows through clear glass with silver trim. It hasn't run in years.

I got the clock when my grandmother passed away oh so many years ago. She was my rock. I put it on the wall in my home in Texas where it did run for a while. Until that fateful day I decided tomove to Florida. I packed it carefully in a box amongst pillows and 2 really soft coats that I had. I wrote all over the box in bold black letters..





In Florida it never really got unpacked, but I had the box in a special secure place. Every once in a while I would look in the box and check on it. Yep, it was still OK.

So a little over a year ago I moved to North Carolina. After I got all settled in, I got the clock out and to my dismay it didn't run. I took the clock to a jewelers that works on old clocks. They asked to keep it and would give me a call with the estimates of repairs. About a week later the jeweler called and asked me if the clock had been in water, I said “No, but I just moved here from Florida.”, he laughed and responded with a “Enough said, humidity equals rust, that explains it.” And a “Repairs will be $150.”
I swallowed and said “OK!”
So last Friday they are finally done with the clock and I went to get it after work. I hung it back up in the kitchen. Wound it a bit and started it up.
I finally got to bed Friday night, the hub already asleep. I laid down, settled in under the covers when I heard it. That familiar tick tock of my grandmothers clock and I had forgotten what a nice chime it had.
I was suddenly and quickly awash with memories, emotions, smells even. All of my grandmother, her cooking and sleeping over at her house. I could have sworn she was right there.
It was strangely comforting.
I slept so good Friday night......

Sunday, February 13, 2005

A creative bone...

I was looking at an old clock that I have in the bathroom and got to daydreaming about a Mixed media photography picture I wanted to do. There is was a really great barn just down from me, I believe I have wrote about it before. It was the Loflin's barn, and had been there since about 1870.

They burned it down much to my dismay...

The historical society couldn't save it. Money couldn't save it. I wish you could have gone in it with me. It was unbelievable...See me shaking my head...

So that lead to my recent daydreaming. I wanted to portray time passing, old things that should stay around don't, and, well you get the picture..(pun)

I got an old barn wood frame about 18 X 24. I used colored glass beads of brown and 2 shades of green and glued them to the outside frame glass as a tree growing on the left side. (There was a tree, on the left. It is gone now too.) I also printed 3 smaller color shots, one of the silos, one of the unique round room attached and one of what was left after the burning. I am using parts of a broken clock in it also.

Ironically, what was left is gone now too. Condos are going in. I guess they don't need trees and or a really unique building at the entrance.

So anyway, I took a black and white slide I had taken early one morning when I first heard they where going to burn it, and tried a couple of different developments. I chose the one I did as to me and the hub it sort of evoked a "ghost of"

Look below, what do you think?
This is the original shot Posted by Hello
I thought about this one... Posted by Hello
This is the one I used Posted by Hello

Friday, February 11, 2005

Friday's Funnies

In honor of Johnny Carson, today I shall become, Red the Magnificent!
Yes today I will hold the envelope near my head,
and give you the answer to the question inside...

The envelopes please...

holding it to my head..........




What is a Cell phone contract and an adirondack chair.....


open comments to see the question...........

Next Question

Holding envelope against my forehead...........



What is Warsaw Peace Treaty, Paris Hilton and the Clapper


Open comments to see the question....

Thursday, February 10, 2005

A Ramble for Thursday

Adelphia Cable has triple X porn and we all should be ashamed! Hark! Everyone batten down the hatches and sign the petition to have this REMOVED or we are going to HELL!

I got an e-mail at work Tuesday and it proceeded to tell me all about Adelphia, XXX movies, how I should feel, and that it is going to ruin the moral fiber of today's youth.

Who are they to tell me how I feel? I am not going to lie and say I have never seen one. I have. Would I watch one again? Maybe, maybe not. Don't get me wrong, I am not a porn star, nor do I know any or support any, and I am not sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for whomever is the top star of the moment, to release their new video. But after reading this article I was a little irate. I am an adult, I should be smart enough and strong enough to make up my own mind. I don't know, If they start with a pay cable access thing, what will be next.

Of course getting a little irate strikes up a few questions in my mind..
Isn't this a pay service?
Aren't there such things as parental lock outs on TV's, cable boxes and such now days?
Don't you get access to it if you want it and want to pay for it?
Could it be that people now days don't have the time or take the time to look out for their kids? Take the time to wonder where they are and what they are doing?
Why are we picking on Adelphia? They for sure aren't the only ones out there offering this service.

If you don't want it, don't pay for it or watch it..

It is out there for free. On the streets, on the web...
Some places will rent it to anyone regardless of your age.
Some people recruit kids for it.
Pimps beat up women daily.

Shouldn't this be where these people should start?

Hasn't Porn in some form or fashion been around for ages? Adult porn, however right or wrong it may be, is just that. ADULTS. OF AGE. Some a little slow in the head and not making wise life choices but it is their life. They will have to answer for it themselves. They are going to ply their trade one way or the other and some people are going to get it one way or another.

Obviously there is a demand for it or Adelphia and others would not be doing it.

Talk openly with your kids and best you can direct them in life.
Once they get a certain age, you have no control anyway, but can hope what you gave as guidance will be there for them.

Don't subscribe, use parental locks, be there for your kids
Less demand, less money to be made, less availability.
Better yet, turn the TV off and take your kids to a park.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

For Tuesday, a Tickle...

I recieved an e-mail today that really is getting me going and I will post on that later, but for now, another joke I heard today that is really funny..
My sister should appreciate it also!!

Feline Heaven

A cat dies and goes to Heaven. God meets him at the gate and says, "You have been a good cat all of these years. Anything you desire is yours, all you have to do is ask."

The cats says, "Well, I lived all my life with a poor family on a farm and had to sleep on hardwood floors."

God says, "Say no more." And instantly, a fluffy pillow appears.

A few days later, 6 mice are killed in a tragic accident and they go to Heaven. God meets them at the gate with the same offer that He made the cat. The mice said, "All our lives we've had to run. Cats, dogs and even women with brooms have chased us. If we could only have a pair of roller skates, we wouldn't have to run anymore."

God says, "Say no more." And instantly, each mouse is fitted with a beautiful pair of tiny roller skates.

About a week later, God decides to check and see how the cat is doing. The cat is sound asleep on his new pillow. God gently wakes him and asks, "How are you doing? Are you happy here?"

The cat yawns and stretches and says, "Oh, I've never been happier in my life. And those Meals on Wheels you've been sending over are the best!"

Friday, February 04, 2005

Fridays Funnies

Bubba died in a fire and his body was burned pretty badly. The morgue needed someone to identify the body, so they sent for his two best friends, Darryl and Gomer. The three men had always done everything together.

Darryl arrived first and when the mortician pulled back the sheet. Darryl said,"Yup, his face is burned up pretty bad. You better roll him over." The mortician rolled him over, and Darryl said,"Nope, ain't Bubba."

The mortician thought this was rather strange.

Then he brought Gomer in to identify the body. Gomer looked at the body and said, "Yup, he's pretty well burnt up. Roll him over." The mortician rolled him over and Gomer said, "no, it ain't Bubba." The mortician asked, "How can you tell?"
Gomer said, "Well, Bubba had two assholes. "What? He had two assholes?' asked the mortician. Yup, I've never seen 'em, but everyone knew he had two assholes. Every time we went to town, folks would say, "Here comes Bubba with them two assholes."

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Wednesday's Wonderings..

In the 60's people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it normal.