all seem to malfunction after they get involved with me. My husband insists it’s mere coincidence (or operator error!), but I have two boxes of watches I’ve collected over the years that just stopped (and no, it wasn’t the battery!) as well as a long list of other devices that just don’t like me and do weird things. My grandmother had the same problem with watches, and she said it had to do with her having a high magnetic or electrical field. Sure enough, after doing some quick research on the Internet, that seems to be the consensus (I was surprised at how many people have the same problem!!). My latest frustration is with the new digital scale I bought. I step on and step off and back on and have two different weights (of course, that never happens to my husband!). It stinks, especially since I’ve been paying close attention to what I’m eating and really want to monitor the effects. I’m like, “Yay, I lost two pounds. No, wait, I gained three pounds. No, wait I gained one pound. No, wait …” It’s all enough to make a person crazier than one already is!!
Archive for January, 2010
and yet so far away! So a couple months ago someone saw my sun paintings on exhibit and sent me an e-mail, saying she thought they would be perfect for “CBS Sunday Morning” (the show uses different sun images as transitions between segments). I did some research on the Internet, found the person to send samples of my images to, and one day, said to myself, “What the heck” and sent some in (I just sent digital printouts from my home computer). I pretty much forgot about it, then 2-1/2 weeks ago I find a letter in the mail which said my images were beautiful, they want to use them on the show, etc. WOO-HOO, right? Not exactly. I didn’t get instructions on the size/resolution my images need to be, or any other contact info other than the general e-mail and phone numbers printed on the letterhead. So I’ve called, e-mailed and snail-mailed asking for further instructions, but have had no response yet. Woo-hoo didn’t exactly go to boo-hoo, but it’s a bit frustrating, because how cool would that be?? Sure, no names identify the artists, but heck, I’d know! (to see my sun images, visit my Web site at www.sunthingspecial.com)
EXCITING UPDATE: Yesterday I connected with CBS, sent them my images, and now we wait!! CBS Sunday Mornings airs Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. if you want to keep an eye out for them! (They don’t insert the sun images until the morning of the show so I wouldn’t have advance notice, but they said they’d call me the morning of the show my sun’s on to let me know.)
Excuse my self-promotion, but I am very excited about these new items I’m offering! They aren’t on my online store yet, so if you’re interested, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org to place your order!
Leave ’em Dangling!
Sunthing Special is excited to offer you your own custom-made earrings! Choose 1 or 2 (if you want a complementary, but mismatched set) of my images and voila, a pair of unique, awesome (and lightweight) earrings! Enclosed under glass enclosed with lead-free, silver-based solder. The charm size is approximately .75x.9″. The introductory price (until April 1, 2010) is just $32, including free shipping to U.S. customers. (delivery time approximately 3-4 weeks)
Pair ‘em with a Pendant!
Wear “Sunthing Special” around your neck as a stunning work of art! Choose any two of my images (2 horizontal or 2 vertical) for your own two-sided Handcrafted Soldered Charm Pendant. Artwork is enclosed under glass enclosed with lead-free, silver-based solder. The charm size is approximately 1” x 1.25” (vertical) or 1.25″ x 1″ (horizontal). Remember, it’s like two pendants for the price of one, and you can only get these designs here
How to Hang ‘em
My newly-designed T-RAX (Totally-Recycled A“X“cessory holder) holds up to 10 necklaces and 6 bracelets! It’s “green”, it’s fun, it’s practical and it looks like a funky T-shirt hanging in your closet or on your wall! Just $10 for Akron-area people only! Limited supply, so order now!
FoUNd & Fresh
I’ve got a show coming up in Kent in May, and I’m working on a collection of new pieces, what I call “FoUNd & Fresh.” I’m painting with acrylics, then enhancing the works with objects I find around the house – putting a fun, fresh twist on things. One of my first finished works is “Under the Sea,” a 16×20″ canvas panel, acrylic painted with extra stuff added to it, $120
… addiction? Mine is Campbell’s Bean with Bacon soup — I have eaten it nearly every day now at lunch or dinner for the past couple weeks. Plus, I’m hooked on those flavored coffee creamers. That’s been going on for more than a year. Coffee even tastes funny to me now without them — almost undrinkable (this only happens when I’m out because at home of course I make sure I never run out!!). Then they are still the Vanilla Milkshake Pop-Tarts I blogged about a few weeks ago. (I’m not counting, of course, my daily, long-lasting food habits of Coke and chocolate — I’m talking about the things you eat or drink a whole bunch of in a relatively short period of time then can pretty much never consume again.) I know I’m not the only one who gets temporarily hooked on a food or drink (funnily enough, yesterday one of my sisters told me that she just started on flavored coffee creamers a month ago — but she, too, is hooked, especially Nestle’s Belgian Chocolate Toffee). So what’s your current food addiction?
… is that people assume because something is Disney it’s automatically wholesome and good. I’m speaking in particular about the Disney “G-rated” movies, including classics like “Lion King” and “101 Dalmations”. I don’t want to sound like some overboard parent, but we do our best to keep the words in our household sweet. Yet it’s these Disney movies where our children hear words like ”idiot”, “stupid”, “shut up” and “hate” — words which are forbidden to be said in our house. Plus, many of these movies are pretty violent and/or scary, what with all the deaths of parents, the “bad guys” (Scar, Gaston, etc.) falling backwards off high places to their deaths, even murder (i.e. Scar killing his brother Mufasa in the Lion King). And these movies are approved for all ages? I know it’s the ultimate responsibility of parents to monitor what their kids are watching — but it’s pretty sad when you have to be careful about Disney “G-rated” movies.
in the middle of the night (my last blog). My son woke me up a couple weeks ago at 5:30 in the morning to announce he was going to throw up. He then in fact did throw up right next to my bed, through the bathroom on the way to the toilet, plus in and around the toilet. After I comforted him and got him settled back down, I went to work cleaning up the floor while my husband worked on the carpet. And I thought to myself what I always think when my husband cleans up the kids’ vomit, “Thank God I married this man.” He’s not afraid to do any of what some could consider the “dirty” work (in fact, he does a better job than I do) (and let’s face it, ladies, doesn’t cleaning up your child’s vomit make you want to throw up yourself??) (it makes me nauseous just writing about it). Anyway, little things DO mean a lot, especially when they involve cleaning up your children’s “stuff”.
was always very calming to me, especially when I lay in bed at night. Until the kids, however. For the last couple years, one or more of them would freak out when they heard the rain and refuse to sleep in their own rooms, claiming they were too scared. Just that beautiful sound of the rain would terrify them … so you can imagine how they felt about storms! (As for me, I enjoy watching and/or listening to storms, as long as the thunder and the wind aren’t too loud, and the power doesn’t go off.) My husband and I were always hoping that if it were going to rain during the night, it wouldn’t start until the kids were sound asleep, on the off chance they could sleep through it (it only takes one to hear it, because that one always wakes up his or her siblings). If it were pouring when we were trying to put them to bed, well, that was a lost cause. We just dreaded precipitation any heavier than a super-light drizzle. But as I listen to the rain right now and the kids are all asleep in their own beds I keep my fingers crossed that maybe, just maybe, they are over that phase, and I can go back to enjoying the pitter patter of rain on the roof, and not the pitter patter of little feet waking us up.
Update: Funnily (!) enough, it wasn’t the rain that woke up my oldest daughter last night and brought her into our room looking for comfort … it was the sudden onset of a high fever. It’s always something, isn’t it?
I love traditions of all kinds – old and new. Nearly three years ago we started a new one with our “Birthday Bear.” We were going to be on vacation during my son’s birthday and I didn’t want his special day to get overlooked. So I bought a big white bear from the Shoppe in the Valley to bring on our trip. The bear sings “Happy Birthday” when you press his hand and even the candles on his hat light up! (true, it didn’t take long for the kids to pull them out) Anyway, one week before a family member’s birthday, the bear comes out, and the birthday-person-to-be can play the song anytime he or she wants as a special pre-birthday treat. It gets everyone in the celebratory mood, and of course on the person’s birthday the Birthday Bear is included in the festivities. Then it’s back in the closet until the next birthday. (By the way, a purple birthday ribbon and a special birthday plate for the birthday sweet are also part of the tradition.)
There. I’ve said it. Okay, it’s more than dislike. It’s more like despise. My young children, however, love it. So we compromise. They can go once a year around their birthdays, unless there is another special occasion which warrants an additional visit. Even when I took my nephews there years and years ago I couldn’t stand it. It was loud, wild, crowded and chaotic — true sensory overload, and not in a good way. This may sound a bit crazy, but it’s always reminded me of a little kid casino (and guess what, I can’t stand casinos, either). Especially when, until recently when they switched to plastic swipe cards, kids would walk around, jingling tokens in their plastic cups, eyes glazed as they searched for a free machine (if you’ve ever been in a casino, you’ve seen adults act the same way). So you spend a token and maybe get 2 or 3 tickets from a play. Do you know that I saved up all the tickets we had gotten over the years (including the ones from my nephews 10 years ago) and it came to a whopping 240? I decided to finally cash them all in today and the sales girl added wrong so we only got 140 to spend (which I didn’t realize until after we left). That meant each of my three children walked away with a prize that cost 40 or 60 points — or, in reality, a 6″ plastic snake and 2 super-mini plastic slinkies (one of which broke just a couple hours later). Then there was the plastic token card debacle. I had a bunch of token coins in my purse, which you can transfer to a plastic card since the machines no longer accept coins. So of course I transferred all but a couple of them to the cards. Guess what? You can only use the tokens you put on at that location at that location and no other. So I guess we’ll be spending the next couple birthdays at the Chuck E. Cheese’s in North Canton. Plus, goodness knows what kind of sicknesses the kids got, since kids were sneezing and coughing all over. There were two Purell dispensers in the entire place — one outside the bathrooms (?) and one as you are exiting the store. In a word: Blech!
get to the Harry London store ASAP. They have a bunch of candy 75% off. That means a 1 lb. box of assorted chocolates, creams, or mint meltaways is just $5.75, and a 1/2 lb. box of mint meltaways is just $3. The reason I say to get there quickly is that while we were there today, people had their arms loaded up with the stuff. Who could blame them? If you’ve ever had Harry London Candies, you know they are really, really, really yum-my. (Okay, I have a confession. We were going to buy a 1 lb. box of the mint meltaways, but the salesclerk talked us into a box that’s almost 4 lbs. for $14.99 (yes, 4 lbs. for $14.99 when 1 lb. normally sells for $22.99!). Yikes! But she said you can freeze them for up to 6 months; use them in hot chocolate, ice cream or other desserts; or give them away (yeah, right!) I know, I know, we have a problem.)