Monday, November 30, 2009

Your After-Thanksgiving assignment: delete all obligations

You are hereby granted permission to "mark all as read" in your Google reader! Start this Monday from scratch, don't worry about catching up. Hope you had a happy one. Now go get yourself a turkey sandwich!

(My friend N checks on dinner)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Funny Twitter Updates

This has moved to here:

that's what they have a poison control center for anyway

I found this old diary entry, written one miserable night a LONG time ago. I was pretty young:

"Last night it took me 4 (four) hours to fall asleep! I was so miserable & couldn't breathe through my nose & had to breathe through my mouth. Then I kept swallowing my tongue and choking on it & the noise woke me back up.

"Repeat till 4AM, when subject decides that the warning labels on all the medicine bottles can go $@!# themselves and she's taking what she wants, when and how, and that's what they have a poison control center for anyway."
It seems timely, somehow, that I would come across this as the swine flu's starting to hit. I've turned into Howard Hughes at work, using my sleeves to open doors and essentially moving through the day as if I had no fingers.

I was just arguing with myself to relax and stop being so fanatical when truckloads of hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes were dumped off Friday and distributed to every desk.

Anti-flu protocol, apparently.

But I've got bigger germ problems than an impending flu.

I used the wipes to clean mouse turds off my desk.

Evidence of critter onslaught was found in my department a couple weeks ago. A coworker lost an entire box of granola (foil wrapped and all) and several other coworkers discovered gnawed and emptied containers.

I gloated over my clean food supply that entire week (apparently calcium pills are not attractive) and bought myself a double-chocolate chip cookie to celebrate.

The next morning, I plopped down at my desk and began working. Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed dark crumbs. I picked one up absentmindedly and rolled it between my thumb and forefinger while swiveling towards the trash. "I am SUCH a slob!" I thought. "How could I drop so many cookie crumbs without realizing it??"

Then I looked at it.

And realized I was HOLDING a mouse turd.

Shoot. I almost ate it!*

So yeah, those Clorox wipes and hand sanitizer are multi-purpose!

*not really but what if???

Friday, November 20, 2009

Funny Friday (you know you need it, especially this week)

This must be one of the most soul-sucking weeks I've had in a long time. (Then again, I say that every week.) What makes this so? Three words: lack of sleep. I just read today that getting little sleep causes weight gain, so in addition to being crabby, I'll be fat too. Just wonderful.

I've also been having computer issues. So I bring you something funny for Friday in case your week's been as bad as mine: error messages you can make yourself!

Play a trick on someone or just have some fun. Here are my favorites from the computer error message archive:

Make your own error message now -->

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Ho! sold?? And new photo blog

Wow! My first photo, which appeared in the first online Twitter art auction by 140 Hours, has sold today. I'm thrilled!

I just launched a photo blog to show all the photos I've taken on the crosscountry trip and more. I'm pairing the photos with my favorite quotes:

There are only 3 photos up now but I plan to update it at least 2x a week with a photo and a quote.

Be back next week as I get back online (will spend the rest of this week on the photo project AND rebuilding my computer after the buggy Blackberry Desktop Manager destroyed it). See you soon & have a good week!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

we interrupt this broadcast for 140 hours...

Today's regular TMI Thursday is on hold for the first online eva(!) art auction: Voted by Mashable for the Open Web Awards, 140 Hours is doing something never before done in the art world: offering bidding online via Twitter.

So I entered this piece, a dreamy digital watercolor of my mom's African Violets:

These violets sit in my windowsill. It's a little triumph that they're blooming because the last ones I had (also a gift), I killed. (Is that enough TMI to qualify for TMI Thursday? lol)

So when my mom gave these to me, I was a little terrified because, while not quite like killing a gifted puppy, I still don't like murdering my plants with my black thumb. I was so thrilled they did NOT die that I took a picture to show my mom. Then I turned it into a digital watercolor because I just love the colors.

I printed it on canvas, it's huge and looks like a painting.

Wish me luck in the art auction! And if you would like a version for your desktop wallpaper, feel free to save!
The auction starts today and ends Nov. 11. See you then!

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