Tuesday 24 January 2012

My Inspiration for Today

Sixty Seconds of 'YES!'

If this video doesn't make you want to pack a bag and show up at the airport ready to jump on just about any flight...well, you're just not watching it correctly.  :) 

Wednesday 12 October 2011

Wordless Wednesday 12

Where's Waldo?

For more Wordless good stuff, go here for mine or here for everybody else's.

Monday 10 October 2011

The Best Web on the Web

 Spider (and cake!) in a Jar

I just found the coolest Halloween treat at a fabulous new-to-me blog called i am baker.  Check out the above photo.  How cute...I mean, spooky...is that?!  Seriously...whether you like spiders or not, ya gotta admit that this is a great twist on the old 'Cake in a Jar' thing.  The chocolate web on the top looks amazing, and seems to be surprisingly easy to make.  Visit  i am baker  for all the instructions and helpful step-by-step photos of the process.  You can tell her I sent ya!

I am totally making these...even if I am already a little creeped out!
Pssstt!  If you're into the creepy crawly stuff, you might also like her Centipede cake (below).  Personally, I'm pretty sure that the Devil himself set centipedes upon this earth to torture ME personally, so I won't be making this one.  But if you're into that sort of thing, have at it!  Just don't invite me over for it, k?

Bleehhh!  I get heebie jeebies just looking at it!

Friday 2 September 2011

Why Some Animals Eat Their Young

She's sitting there, across the table from us, lying.  Lying right to our faces.  And we KNOW she's lying.  We know she's lying, she knows she's lying, but she clearly doesn't know that we know she's lying.  She sits there, telling some outlandish story because the more detailed and complicated it is, the more likely it is to be true, right?  She weaves her fairy tale story, twisting and turning and spinning this intricate explanation for where she was, who she was with, what they did, and what the weather was like when they were there doing whatever it was that they supposedly did.  And it's all bullshit.  And we KNOW it's bullshit.  And I find myself sitting there, looking at her feeding us these lines, nervous but working hard to cover her nerves with the false strength of deception and I just keep thinking...'stew'.

credit:  cheezburger.com

Friday 26 August 2011

A Rosa Rubignosa by Any Other Appellation

 Credit:  nuffy.net

Phoebe Buffay had Regina Phalange.  Lorelai Gilmore had Squeegy Beckinheim.  Clark Kent had...oh, something I can't seem to remember right now.  Jennifer Garner liked 'em so much she had a whole collection of them.  No, I'm not talking about favorite facialists. I'm talking aliases, people!

 Credit:  AllTheTests.com

And I have a new one.  A new alias, a Super Secret Fake Name.  (It's not really a secret at all, but I like the sound of that whole phrase together.)  And I am quite pleased with it.

I've had others.  Last year I gave gangster names to the whole family.  LoML was SweetieBoy Smithers.  The Girl was Dollface Malone.  I can't remember The Kid's name because he didn't really use it, but I did call him 'Keith' a lot.  I was and am CrazyLegs McGee.  But times change and identities must be altered to protect the...well, me.  And it is with this in mind that I get to share with you my newest Super Secret Fake Name! 

I'd like to say it came to me in a dream.  Or maybe a mysteriously accurate tea leaf reading.  But that would be a lie.  Here's how it happened:  LoML and I were watching Fox News the other night.  Don't judge;  we watch it for a laugh!  But there was a short segment that featured a girl named--no joke--Vanesha Cashdollar.  She was talking about volunteer opportunities abroad, but I wasn't listening.  I had stars in my eyes as I marvelled at the wonder of her name.  Vanesha.  Cashdollar.  I don't know what she did in a former life to deserve a name like that, but as far as I was concerned, she'd struck gold.  Or cash.  Or dollars.

I'd like to be clear:  I'm not trying to offend anybody.  Vanesha, if you or any member of the Cashdollar family are reading this, please don't be mad at me.  I just can't help it.  I LOVE your name!  And please remember, as I appropriate it for my own use, that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.  So I'm swagger jackin'.

Don't worry, I'm giving it my own spin.  Sort of.  I figure a girl named Vanesha must have an interesting life story.  So MY Vanesha is a young widow.  She came from humble beginnings, but met the man of her dreams at Princeton where she studied Interpretive Dance with a minor in Women's Studies. She married up, but her husband died in a tragic water-skiing accident two years later.  She is, of course, a Thoroughly Modern Women, so she hyphenated when she married. 

She is...

Vanesha Louise Moneypenny-Cashdollar.

I suspect her next marriage will be to one Buck Goldengoose.  Or Bill Franklinclams.  Benjamin Quidworth?  Oh, the possibilities!

Tuesday 10 May 2011


I can't stop laughing at this!  Seriously...I watch it over and over and laugh out loud every single time.  It makes me want to make a big yummy sandwich...and not give it to my dog.  ;)

Tuesday 8 March 2011

Wordless Wednesday 11


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Saturday 5 March 2011


I'm not perfect.

More on this late-breaking news to come....

Tuesday 15 June 2010

Book Review: Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven by Susan Jane Gilman

 From the back cover:
In 1986, Susan Jane Gilman and a classmate embarked on a bold trek around the globe starting in the People's Republic of China.  At that point, China had been open to independent backpackers for roughly ten minutes.  Armed only with the collected works of Nietzsche and Linda Goodman's Love Signs, the two friends plunged into the dusty streets of Shanghai.  Unsurprisingly, they quickly found themselves in over their heads--hungry, disoriented, stripped of everything familiar, and under constant government surveillance.  Soon, they began to unravel--one physically, the other psychologically.  As their journey became increasingly harrowing, they found themselves facing crises that Susan didn't think they'd survive.  But by summoning strengths she never knew she had--and with help from unexpected friends--the two travelers found their way out of a Chinese heart of darkness.

When I picked this book up I expected it to be about the travel adventures of two young women, freshly graduated from Brown University and ready to take on the world.  What I found...well, it wasn't quite as simple as that.  Susie and Claire, the two main characters, certainly begin their journey thinking they are "young and brilliant", the "leaders of tomorrow", and particularly as feminists they feel empowered to do what might seem impossible.  Working both for and against them was an epic naivete so profound it could only have been the product of an Ivy League education.  Gilman herself acknowledges this:  "Like most grandiose ideas, ours had begun stupidly."  But instead of realizing they were about to bite off waaaay more than they could chew, they are excited by the perceived challenges that await them, and they even entertain romantic notions of joining the ranks of the history's great explorers.  "All we'd thought was:  Hey, let's be Odysseus.  Let's be Byron.  Let's be Don Quixote, Huck Finn, and Jack Kerouac all rolled into one--except with lip gloss.  Let's conquer the f*cking world."

They soon find themselves living the reality of traveling in an undeveloped Communist country where they don't speak the language and very few people speak theirs.  The language barrier is deeper than sheer linguistics;  the two quickly find that they don't fully comprehend the extent to which political ideology can permeate a culture and personal life, and they are shocked and often distraught to find concepts like privacy and personal space are as foreign to their Chinese hosts as the two tall and gangly Westerners themselves are.  This was the sort of culture clash I expected to read in this book.  But as interesting as that is, it really only serves as the backdrop for what begins to happen to Susie, and especially to Claire, and for the changes that occur between them, and it is these changes that truly make this book fascinating.  The psychological and physical pressures of their adventure affect each of them quite differently, and the result is a page-turner of a book.

I won't give away the surprise to the plot, but I will say this:  When Brianne from Hachette Book Group first offered to send me two books to review, I was much more interested in the other one.  In fact, I only requested Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven as almost an afterthought.  But when the package with both books arrived, I picked up this book and read the first page.  That was all it took--I was hooked!  I rarely put it down over the next few days as I read it, and didn't even pick the other book up until I'd finished reading this great memoir.  I really enjoyed it;  it was easy to read, very entertaining and I just couldn't wait to see how it ended!

You might enjoy Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven, too!  It's available in bookstores now, or you can order it online at Amazon.com or your favorite online bookseller.  Thanks so much to Brianne from Hachette Book Group for giving me the opportunity to review this great book!

Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven 
By Susan Jane Gilman 
ISBN: 9780446696937

Monday 31 May 2010

Is This a Urinal?

Saw this on Wossy the other night (aka, Jonathon Ross) and LoML and I laughed about it for the rest of the night.  The unfortunate thing is that the guy is American.  Ah well...you can't hide the morons forever.  Eventually they come out of the Port-a-Potty.

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