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Days 185-253: A crazy crazy summer!

17 Sep

Well hello there dear readers! It’s been quite a while since I last blogged, but this time I promise that there’s a good reason for the absence.  However, you’ll have to patiently await that reason.  Hell….you’ve already waited this long…   😉

Anyway, I had a blast this summer.  I kept super busy and giggled lots, even though I never posted anything.  Well, the time has come…  Here is a visual recap of the last 69 days!

Oooooooh

Aaaaah

Weee!

Huh?

Ohhhhhhhh!

Awwwwwwww!

Aren’t the bunny hat and booties the cutest?!  But who could they be for????????

That’s right!  Me!  Well…..actually for the mini me due to arrive this spring.  Yes folks, I am officially pregnant!

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Days 170-180: 6 months of blogging!!!!!!!!

5 Jul

Granted, I haven’t posted in a week and a half, but still…….day 180?!!!  That’s insane!  Who woulda thought that I could stick with this for a full 6 months?!  I think I deserve a big pat on the back for this one!

Anywho, Scott and I had a fabulous time on vacation.  We went to Salem, Massachusetts for our anniversary, stayed in a phenomenal b&b (it was literally haunted), and thoroughly enjoyed our “us time.”  This was my first time to Salem in…oh..20 years or so, and it’s definitely a quirky little city.  I mean really…..who’s idea was it to center tourism around such a morbid and disturbing event as the Salem Witch Trials?!  Do I really need to see life size recreations of people being hanged and pressed to death??????  And there were kids on these tours!  It’s the stuff of nightmares!

???!!!!!!!!!!

All that aside, I did do some giggling.  We didn’t spend the entire trip inside of creepy witch museums afterall!

We also went to Salem Willows, a pretty little beach and arcade area on the edge of town.

We were there around low tide, and the sandbars were incredible.  I could almost walk out far enough to touch the anchored sailboats!  Prime location for some giggly goodness!

teehee!

I made this giggle way out on one of those sandbars using flipped over mussel shells.  The tide was coming in at this point, so Scott and I had to work fast to build this happy guy.  I love making silly faces for others to find.

Sometimes they find me!

This was the uber fabulous clam chowder (or “chowda” as they say in Massachusetts) at the Lobster Shanty.  There I was enjoying my soup when lo and behold….it giggled at me!  Thankfully, I had a camera on me!

I made a few more giggles in and around Salem, but I have yet to develop the film (who uses film anymore anyway??!!!!)  I didn’t want to get my new camera all yucky while paddling.  The last giggle of the day is something unexpected from two Jews in the middle of July.

 

 

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Merry Christmas!

Days 162 and 163: Fun with Photos!

18 Jun

I ❤ my new camera.  It has so many fun little features.  It makes taking really good pictures so easy.  And the zoom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  FABULOUS!!!!!

So here it is…my new toy!

Nikon Coolpix L120

It’s so purdy!  Much better than  my 6 year old dinosaur Kodak.  Isn’t it amazing how fast technology becomes obsolete?  Anyway…so I spent the past 2 days taking ever kind of picture I could.  Below is the best of the best.

BTW…these HAVE NOT BEEN EDITED AT ALL!!!

THE 1st pic ever taken on my new camera! (okay okay...so Scott took this one..but still!)

Who's my little furry boy?!

 

Lucky people enjoying Oyster Bay Harbor....Have I mentioned that I want a boat?

 

We actually tried to take our kayak out, but had some technical difficulties. These people obviously didn't...

 

I enjoyed the beach anyway!

 

Day 124: A Gaggle of Giggles

12 May

Backposting again…I passed out when I got home last night.  Too much excitement does that to me.

I spent today out in the sunshine.  I went “fishing” at a pond, had a delicious picnic on the beach, and then took a leisurely stroll along the water’s edge.  All this happened while I should have been teaching….but, no, I didn’t play hookie.  I chaperoned a field trip to Caumsett State Park!

If you’re not familiar, Caumsett is a park and nature preserve up on the North Shore of Long Island.  It used to belong to some crazy rich family who built it as their summer estate.  It’s kinda sick to think about someone owning a few hundred acres on Long Island Sound only to live there 3 months out of the year…but whatever.  I enjoyed my day anyway.

And I took lots of pictures!!!!!

Here is a stream that connects to the heart shaped pond.

and some cute little duckies

The ospreys were hovering close to their nest

as were the crazy cliff dwelling swallows

The crashing waves were sooooo soothing...

In the words of one of my students, "This was the most relaxing field trip ever!"

Days 107 and 108: Hocus pocus gotta focus…

25 Apr

I came to a realization Saturday…I have a whole lot of trouble focusing.  I swear, my thoughts are so scattered sometimes, that I can’t make sense of them at all!  Same goes for my artwork.

While I love all the nifty crafty giggles I’ve done lately, I feel like my artwork is lacking direction.  I bounce around from project to project the same way I bounce from thought to thought.  It’s really annoying!  So….I decided to revisit an old idea and see where It can take me.

Remember my fat mermaids?  I did 2 drawings back to back in February exploring this idea.  Today’s post is actually a 2 day giggle.  I started it yesterday and finished it up today.  I didn’t want to post yesterday and ruin the surprise…

Baby got back!

Isn’t she lovely?  I call her “Jennifer,” because she’s got a J-Lo booty.  She’s 8″x10″ acrylic on glass with a collaged background.

Here she is framed.

I actually used a thrifted picture frame as the base.  I painted the mermaid on the glass in reverse, just like you’d paint a shop window.  Then I used assorted papers and string to make the background.  I’m really enjoying her luscious curves.

Hot damn!

By the way, did you know that a big ol’ badonkadonk is thought to help fight diabetes?  So says the NY Post.  Personally, I think it protects against diabetes the same way baldness gives you heart attacks… But that’s my cynical nature at work.

And this kinda of tabloid trash is why I keep declining a subscription to the Post!

Day 101: On display

18 Apr

Today was my first official day of spring break.  What did I do with my time off?  I made hair flowers, of course!

I mentioned in previous posts that my spring inventory is a bit low.  I sell my jewelry and hair flowers at my uncle’s shop out east, and people have been asking for springtime-y colors and designs.  I just gotta give the people what they want!

First up...poppy clips!

I made these little cuties out of felt and buttons.  My uncle’s shop is located in the same building as a pediatrician, so he gets a lot of moms and kids as customers.  They’re always asking for cute kid stuff.  I think these little guys are so bright and cheery.  Is it just me, or does the yellow one look kinda like an egg…?

flowers and sequins, a perfect pair!

Next on display is a felt flower baby band with silver ribbon and SEQUINS!!!!!  Won’t this look adorable on some little bald baby girl?  And all materials are firmly secured so no, it’s not a choking hazard.

black lace anyone?

These were not intended for children.  I love love love black lace.  There’s something incredibly sexy about it, especially when coupled with something as sweet and innocent as a hair clip.  I almost don’t want to sell these…

to hold it all

Lastly, I created this fabulous display to hold all the items for sale.  It was really easy and came out oh so pretty.  I removed the glass from a repurposed picture frame, covered the back in scrapbooking paper, and glued ribbon strips across it.  Simple!

Here it is all put together…

voila!

Hope they sell!

Day 100: A big giggle for a big day

17 Apr

I can’t believe it’s been 100 days already!  The time has gone so fast.  To be honest, I’m a bit surprised that I made it this far.  I’ve tried journaling before and just never stuck with it, but this feels different to me.  I look forward to making something giggle-worthy every day.  While I don’t always do something elaborate or post lengthy dissertations on deep issues, I have managed to do something..anything..almost every day for the past 3 months.  That’s no small feat, let me tell you.  Go me!

So to honor the big 1-0-0, I decided to make a super big giggle!  I’ve tried some earthworks before in the form of snow sculptures and rock formations, so today’s project wasn’t that much of a stretch for me.  Scott and I built a giant smiley in the middle of a field for all to see!

teehee!

Here he is close up.  Unfortunately, rocks were scarce and the field was a bit soupy, so he doesn’t stand out too well.  He’s still a cutie though!

and a wide shot...

There’s the far away version.  It’s a bit hard to see at this angle, but my giggle is the big yellow spot in the middle…the spot that forms the nose of the super awesome nature made smiley face that I didn’t know existed until I took this photo!!!!!!!!!  Coincidence?  I think not.

It certainly wasn’t easy finding a place to make this giggle.  Long Island is pretty darn flat, and I needed somewhere with a hill that I could climb to look down on what I created.  The only place Scott and I could think of was the Holstville Ecology Center.  Not only did this place have the perfect set up for creating and photographing a giant smiley face, but it’s got a farm/zoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FEED ME!!!!!

This is my favorite picture of the day.  These goats were going bonkers over the food pellets in my hand.  The one up top actually ended up kicking Scott in the shoulder in an attempt to get some food.  Crazy!

Helooooooo

Here’s the goats’ little llama friend…or is it an alpaca?  I can never tell, and I didn’t read the sign.  One way or the other, he apparently just had a haircut and wasn’t too happy about it.

I’m not entirely sure what this creature is.  He looks kinda goat-like, I guess.  He was nice enough to pose for this picture.

Along with displaced livestock, the Holtsville Ecology Center takes in animals that were injured and can’t be released into the wild.  They have enclosures with black bears, owls, foxes, deer, iguanas, and strange creatures whose names escape me.  It’s actually a pretty cool place to visit, even more so because it’s FREE!

I’ll leave you with one last picture from my 100th day of blogging…

Have a great day!

Day 87: Anne across the pond

4 Apr

In case you haven’t noticed, I’m rather opinionated.  I’m passionate about many things, and sometimes I have trouble holding back.  I know this passion isn’t going to win me any “Miss Congeniality” awards, but I can’t help it.  It’s just who I am.

Every once in a while, I manage to find a similar spark in someone I meet.  It happens rarely and never ceases to take me by surprise.  It’s nice to know that there are people out there who understand my passion and fervor for life and the many things it entails.  There are people who understand why I get so worked up about things and don’t think I’m crazy…or on the flip side, are just as crazy as I am.  Leave it up to L.M. Montgomery’s Anne Shirley to express my feelings perfectly…

“Kindred Spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. Its splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.”

Today I decided to reach out and touch someone in the hopes of finding yet another “kindred spirit.”  This month’s swap partner is an Indian transplant in the U.K. who seems to share a lot of my interests.  Aside from the bookmark I made her a few days ago, I sent along some NY souvenirs and an assortment of American goodies.

oooooh.....aaaaah...

Theres some Lifesavers and LaffyTaffy, some chocolate eggs, 2 NY magnets, and shell fragments from the Long Island beaches.  I really hope she appreciates the thought and effort I put into this package.  If she truly is a “kindred spirit,” I have nothing to worry about.

Day 81: Girls Girls Girls

29 Mar

As mentioned previously, I was in Las Vegas this weekend.  I didn’t have time for much sightseeing, let alone souvenir shopping.  Have no fear, though.  I managed to bring a little piece of Vegas home with me!

Just like here in NY, every street corner on the Las Vegas strip is covered with street hawkers.  However, these guys and gals aren’t trying to sell you knockoff handbags, celebrity bus tours, or even drugs.  They are hawking sex.  Now believe it or not, prostitution IS NOT legal in Las Vegas.  I’d always heard it was, but no.  There are places in Nevada where selling sex is legal, but they are several miles outside of the city.  Don’t think that stops people though!  All along the strip are people advertising “girls girls girls straight to your hotel room!”  These girls are advertised as “escorts” or “dancers,” but let’s not be fooled.  My Vegas souvenir was a set of cards advertising these midnight companions.

Which got me thinking….what are these girls like?  What are their lives like?  What do they do during the day?  For today’s giggle, I imagined the girls in their day jobs.

Meet Karen.  Karen is a hair stylist.  She grew up in California, but moved to Vegas for her then boyfriend.  She enjoys shopping, motorcycles, and tequila shooters.

Katrina is a trained chef, but is currently working as a line cook in an off-strip casino restaurant.  She’s a Las Vegas native who dreams of moving to Paris someday to study French cooking.  She likes ballroom dancing, kung foo movies, and very rare steaks.

Kim is a Kindergarten teacher.  She moved to Vegas from her hometown of Buffalo, NY for a teaching job.  Unfortunately, her school debts followed her.  When Kim’s not in the classroom, you can find her at the gym training for triathlons.

Paula is currently working as a lifeguard at Mandalay Bay.  She used to be an IT professional, but was downsized during the local economic crisis.  Thankfully, she is an excellent swimmer.  Paula enjoys chess, web surfing, and watching Jeopardy.

The sad thing is that these girls probably make a much better living as “escorts” than they would in standard job.  What is wrong with this picture?

 

 

Days 76-79: Viva Las Vegas!

27 Mar

I’m gonna keep on the run
I’m gonna have me some fun
If it costs me my very last dime
If I wind up broke up well
I’ll always remember that I had a swingin’ time
I’m gonna give it everything I’ve got
Lady luck please let the dice stay hot
Let me shoot a seven with every shot
Viva Las Vegas

Elvis sure knew what he was singing about!  I spent the last few days in Sin City.  I have to admit that Vegas is one of my favorite U.S. cities.  There’s just so much energy in the air.  Everyone’s there to have a good time.  It’s like Times Square without the cranky NY locals.  All the glitz and glitter and touristy fun without any of the yelling and cursing.  Where else in the world do random people high-five you on the street?  Nowhere.

This was my second time to Las Vegas.  It’s such a fun city with so much going on, but I didn’t get to do much sight-seeing this time.  Hubby dearest has family out there, and one of the girls was celebrating her Bat Mitzvah.  It was a beautiful ceremony and reception.  I’m really glad we got to go and spend time with them.

Even though I couldn’t post this weekend, I did giggle it up quite a bit.  These first photos were taken at the Las Vegas airport.  They have these crazy giant sculptures throughout the terminal.  This one just called to me…

rawr!

I think he’s supposed to be an iguana or something, but he definitely reminded me more of this cute little guy…

I absolutely adored How to Train Your Dragon!  If my kitties were dragons, they’d look just like this.  And besides, who doesn’t love the idea of flying on a dragon?

I do!

Keep in mind…this was in the middle of a busy airport terminal.  My giggle was definitely contagious!

These next photos are from Saturday.  The party was held on this incredibly beautiful golf course.  It was warm and sunny out (typical Las Vegas weather) and I just couldn’t stay indoors the whole time.  Scott and I took a stroll with my camera.

Could it be more perfect?

Smile for the camera!

I left this happy little giggle by the edge of the course for someone to find.  Wouldn’t it just make your day if you came across one of these in your travels?

And yes, I was surprised that they have grass in Vegas.  I still can’t quite figure out how it grows there.  Last I checked, there was no grass in the desert.

More giggles tomorrow.