Monday, April 28, 2008

no more peeping tom jerks!

because i made a little bathroom window treatment (how totally domestic!). i saw this jobbie in one of my sewing books; it's hard to tell from the pictures because of the FLUORESCENT LIGHTS, but it's quite darling in the room in addition to blocking all creepies!

yay making a home out of a rented house!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

my sewing un-hibernated last week

and here are the results! one is a new product that my husband named the 'iHug'. little known fact, eli is fabulous at naming things (recall nomenclature abstractions, anyone that knows him... in fact, nomenclature abstractions warrant a post of their own; note to self). ANYWAY.

the iHug is a cozy little way to protect your iPod. really, no explanation is required... i found the tutorial for it here, and the actual tutorial she references is here. look, there's one now!
and another!
and everyone together.
alright, that's enough of that.

now, the other thing i did was make these pot-belly doorstops. they're just like the other doorstops, except that i used an interfacing that promoted a fat-belly shape. initially i wanted to throw them out the window, but when i woke up the next morning and saw them all on the floor together, there was something puppy-like about them; oh right, their fatness. adorable!

Monday, April 21, 2008

hella cute and fast movin'

look what i got! how speedy/adorable is that rabbit?

volkswagon is my new hero. i had never driven one before last monday morning, but the second i sat in the ass-warming heated seats, i was sold and i knew i would do whatever it took to make it mine.

it took everything, by the way.

and here's a big shout out to you PETER PARK at LONDON HONDA, you prick, for making it so damned difficult to pick up my new car from the VW dealer. first you lied to my face about the price of a new civic DX-G for an HOUR AND A HALF, like i'm some sort of idiot who can't do simple addition. i might not have taken a math course since first year (mind you, it was calculus), but i still remember enough to know that your price was $30/month higher than the manufacturers suggest retail price. thanks for inspiring me to try out a different car altogether (and yes, WESTGATE HONDA did really give us that price i told you they did). as if that wasn't lovely enough, peter, you decided to REFUSE to send the VW dealer a bill of sale so they could buy my civic's lease out and allow me to drive the new love of my life... 'lapin' off the lot and into my driveway. CLASS ACT, PETER. i hope ANYONE asks me what i think of you, or london honda, i'll be too thrilled to give them my opinion.

all things being equal, i should mention that i highly recommend dealing with LEAVENS Volkswagon. It was pleasurable... and if i got lied to and totally cheated, i don't even care because they took such good care of me. I hope someone asks me what I think of them, because I'll be glad to share that as well. :)

alright, i've vented enough. suffice to say, my 2008 VW rabbit is the best car i've ever driven, and if i could sleep in it without upsetting Eli, i totally would.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

i like to try new things, usually it ends in ruin.

soooooooo, in the end of march, the little one and i popped some seeds into some dirt pucks.

i mean, it wasn't as casual as that...

last year was the first year i had dirt at my residence... ie, NOT an apartment but a house. i LOVED it. i bought and planted so much stuff, so much. it cost me a million dollahs and i was poor all summer. literally. so i figured this year i would start seeds indoor and try to rid myself of some of the cost as well as have MORE plants. so i took my calendar and marked the exact number of weeks until may 2-4 when i could plant outside and proceeded to follow the seed packet directions to the letter.

well, stuff started to grow immediately, namely the morning glories have gone insane.

someone tell me what the hell i do with these things... i made the executive decision to stick wooden skewers into their pucks so they had something to climb on, but i fear that it won't stop them from climbing onto each other in one giant mass. also, how big are they going to be by may, for god's sake? do i transplant them (where do i put THAT)? do i leave them in the tray? what? WHAT? these are never going to make it outside before they die, are they. :(

so seriously, PLEASE ADVISE me on how to care for these things.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

how i found out about my auxiliary brain.

okay guys, this is my brain. yes, MY very own, 100% me, picture of my brain. my sister was doing a study where they were doing some brain imaging via MRI, and asked me to participate.

i learned something about myself that day, and not just how many folds are in my frontal lobe.

as i was getting prepared to enter the 'magnet' it started to occur to me that one could, if they were prone to such things, feel claustrophobic in such a place. but i was there for science, i was there for better treatment options for stroke and cancer patients, i was doing it for my little sister. and why should i feel afraid, afterall, the opening at my feet would be open even after i was loaded into the tube. in there was a MIRROR so i could see my feet! i was sure i'd be fine.
but something started to hit me as i slid into the tube... i was nervous, i was apprehensive, i was all out afraid. my sister reminded me about the PERKS of being in her research study. i decided to tough it out. however, once you're in the tube, and you've finally calmed yourself down, then they start the scan. it's the LOUDEST grunting-type noise imaginable and it's going round and round your head for minutes on end. i was in there for almost an hour. an hour of going "you're okay, this is all in your head (literally), be strong, stop whining, you're not going to die in here."

i will NEVER, unless totally required, go into the death tube again. never. and all i have to show for this total fear is $50 i spent and three views of my brain.

interestingly enough, upon closer examination of my brain, i noticed a small, 'auxiliary' brain atop my regular brain.

what the hell is that? well, friends, by way of reasoning: if my sister's scan (data not shown) showed no auxiliary brain, yet mine did, and the only difference between us in terms of brain capacity is my ability to understand and manipulate electronics/machinery, then this is what's responsible for "sarah's small engine repair" which is what we call it when i fix things; the remote, my sewing machine, your camera, the VCR, toys, you name it, i will jimmy it until it's fixed. this is the extra hunk of brain that lets me program the VCR clock.

i've also seen the inside of my stomach on TV, but that's for another day.