Monday, February 28, 2011

mad for transformers

My five year old niece, Peighton, is obsessed with Transformers.  She loves Sam because he's "serious".

Me:  You like Sam because you think he's cute, huh?
P:  (annoyed brow furling) No, because he's serious.
Me:  Cute and serious?
P:  No!  Just serious.
Me:  Ok.  Geez.

Her favorite transformer is Bumblebee.  I watched both Transformer movies this weekend (ugh), only so I can keep up with Peighton and her obsessions.  We had the following phone conversation...

Me:  Peighton, guess what?  I watched both Transformer movies this weekend.

P:  Aaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! (very whiny as in “no fair”)

Peighton then proceeds to tell me the plot of both movies as if I've never seen them before.  There was a lot of “autobots” and “decepticons” rapidly flinging out of her mouth in run on sentences.  Finally she had to take a breath so I jumped back in to the conversation.

Me:  Totally.  Yeah, the movies were pretty good.

P:  Did they say a little bit of bad words?

Me:  Yeah, they said some bad words.

P:  Which ones?

Me:  What do you mean “which ones”?  I'm not going to repeat them for you.

P:  Why not?

Me:  (changing the subject) I know you love Bumblebee but I think my favorite Transformer is Optimus Prime.

P:  (shocked and a little testy) Why?!!  You don't like Bumblebee??? (as in, seriously what is wrong with you?)

Me:  No, I like Bumblebee too, but I just think that Optimus is wise and besides that, he's the hero.

P:  No he isn't (getting really annoyed now).  Optimus is dead.  Sam's the hero.

Me:  Yes, but Optimus came back to life and destroyed the Sun Harvester and killed The Fallen.

P:  Yeah but Sam was the one who brought Optimus back to life. (good point)

Me:  Well, that's true.  Ok.  You're right.  Sam is the hero.

So there you have it.  Sam is the hero.  Get it straight.  And don't argue about it.

Friday, February 25, 2011

i give

Well, it's still snowing but somehow it's not having the drowning effect on me today that it was yesterday.  I'm so tired of the weather having such a hold over my mood.  I just give.  

I suppose the music I've been listening to this afternoon is elevating my mood. 

I love this song so much.  It has been on serious repeat while working on an art project today.  I don't know how many times I've listened to this song over the years but I can't get enough.  The studio version is so good, as well, and in my opinion, maybe the best first five notes of a song ever.

And I'm not even going to talk about Robert Plant circa 1973 except to say, oh my...

a few facts and some randomness

It's cold and snowing (fact).  Yuck (opinion).

I have been having the weirdest dreams for the last several nights and I'm not sleeping well.

I'm working on a project I promised a charity and it's down to the wire (I'm a serious procrastinator).

Walden Media and 20th Century Fox completely ruined The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (I know you're thinking this is an opinion, but no, it is a fact).

Radiohead has a new album out (I'm listening to it as I type).  

Fleet Foxes has a new album coming out on May 3rd!

CAT POWER!!!! has a new album coming out sometime this year!

Despite the good news about Cat Power, I am feeling kind of down again.  And the being a morning person thing seems to be o.v.e.r.  

My PC died and I am working on this little tiny Eee PC (which is super annoying) and so I probably won't blog again until the new computer arrives.

I'm going to go do some laundry now.  It is midnight after all.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

morning people

Morning people.  Seriously, what's up with them?  Those people that rise at 7:00 a.m. (even on a Saturday) and are so happy to be awake with the birds and are so chatty and smiley before anyone's even had their coffee.  How do they do that?

I've always been a little jealous of them.  They definitely get the benefit of more daylight hours.  I am not a morning person.  No matter how badly I want to be, I'm just not.  I usually am the most "alive" starting around 9:00 p.m.  I get more done late night than any other time of day, whether its laundry or art work or whatever.

But the last few days my internal clock seems to be changing.  I've been waking early with energy and happy to see the sun rising.  I've been getting all my housework done before 10 a.m. and have the rest of the day to be creative.  And I've been sleeping better at night.  Its weird.  I think it has something to do with the springlike weather that is finally here (or maybe its those vitamins I started taking a couple of days ago?).  I've been so down in the dumps and ready for winter to be over.  Now that it seems spring is here, I'm coming out of hibernation and soaking up all the fresh air and sunshine that I can.  I don't believe this morning thing will last.  This has happened before and at some point I go back to being a night owl.  But until then, I am enjoying being a morning person.

And I've been loving this song (an awesome cover of the Beatles' "Julia") all week.

Doesn't it make you sort of wish you were a "Julia"?

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

oh happy day

Happy Wednesday!

Yes, I am in a good mood today.  Its warming up outside and I opened a few windows in the house.  I think the fresh air is making me giddy. 

'spirited two feathers'
To celebrate my cheerfulness, I want to offer you 10% off any item in my Etsy 
shop.  Use coupon code OHHAPPYDAY at checkout.  This offer is good until its not.

Hope your day is happy too.

Friday, February 11, 2011

in a mood

Hi.  Sorry that I've been MIA for a few days.  I've been in a mood.  If you know me, then I suppose there's no explanation needed.  For those of you who don't know me, I would try to explain - but let's not.  Its Friday.

sunset from a few days ago.  nice, eh?

So here's a few things that are helping me survive my mood this week...

Pinterest.  It can be kind of a time suck, but it’s also a cool place to get inspiration and to put all the images from the internet that make you happy into one place.
This blog post by Teresa Robinson of Stone & Honey (her agate jewelry is A-mazing, btw).

This video of Cat Power singing “I don’t blame you” (which may or may not be about Kurt Cobain, but doesn’t really matter).  I just can’t stop watching it.  I love her.

This book, which is my favorite in the series (btw, if you have never read the series before and you plan to, please read them in the original order or publication order and not the order that Harper Collins has decided to number them.  seriously).  Hopefully, I’ll be seeing the movie this weekend.

Finally, a lot of sleep (def: a naturally recurring state characterized by reduced or lacking consciousness).  
Maybe that’s not healthy, but sometimes it’s the only thing to do.

Friday, February 4, 2011

little artists

I love art made by kids.  They just create.  They don't have any preconceived ideas or fear holding them back.  They don't worry about their inspiration running out or if their art makes some kind of statement.  They just grab their crayons and go with the flow, wherever their imagination takes them.

I recently found a website called Artsonia, which claims to be the “world’s largest kids’ art museum”.  They have over 10 million pieces of art on their site from kids aged pre-k through 12th grade. 

While browsing the site today, I came across a gallery called “Abstract Winter Wonderlands” with artwork created by a group of second graders.  If you’ve been reading my blog, then you know that winter has been getting me down lately, but these colorful and spirited “wonderlands” are seriously cheering me up right now. 

Aren't they beautiful?

You can view the entire gallery here.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

yes yes yes

Fleet Foxes has a new album coming out!
And a tour!