Friday, December 26, 2008

Is this appropriate for a 32-year old to wear?

Merry Christmas!

Hope you are having a great holiday. This is the best time of year for many reasons, for me it includes almost all of my very large extended family. It is rare that a family as large as mine gets together and after all these years we actually LIKE getting together. However, to accomplish such a feat and accomodate schedules, it is necessary to spread out the holiday a little. Hence, I have arrived at the Tom Bazeley hotel for round two of holiday festivities. Luckily, they have wireless so I can spend some time here.

So far, my holiday has involved:

- Breakfast Bunco (WAY more fun than it sounds, I promise!)


- Light Up Louisville



- Ornament Making with Torrie (not totally successful-but they turned out pretty cute!)


and
- A Fun Filled Birthday Weekend, spent:
*at my happy place (aka Joseph's Salon and Spa)*

*watching Xavier beat UC with one set of friends

*out for a rare late night with another set of friends. I can't remember the last time I saw 1 a.m. in a bar!

And the answer to the aformentioned question is .....yes, if it's her birthday

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Color Me Crazy

So, I was wasting time ...er doing research at work, and I found this little quiz on someone's blog.




ColorQuiz.commichelle took the free ColorQuiz.com personality test!

"Wishes to find her stimulation in a voluptuous atm..."


Click here to read the rest of the results.




Spooky, and true. Anyhoo, take it and let me know what your's says.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Little Snippets of Fun!

I have been having blog withdraw,so here is an extraneous list of things I am really into right now:

Hard Apple Cider. Now there's a beer I can get behind...or under the table with.

Green Tea with honey. Hot. I think I have had this twice a day for the past two weeks.

Crocheting. I have been working like a mad woman to finish a Christmas present. Seriously, I am going to have srthitis one day.

Exercise. Or, more precisely, my lack of exercise lately. Been a looong time since I have seen the inside of the gym. I am really trying to work on this, but cold gray weather does not make me want to get out there and sweat. It makes me want to nap. Alot.

Chili. In all forms, flavors, and versions. I made up a new chili recipe that is delicious and I might make it again this weekend. Involves beans and Skyline chili, over spaghetti with lots of cheese (just as God intended it).


A Book For My People

And by 'my people' I mean others in my circle who know what cropadiling is or what a die cut machine does. My friends who have a stack of patterned paper that measures in the inches. This is the book for you. Lain Ehnmann is an editor for Simple Scrapbooks magazine, and while I can't honestly say she counts me as a friend we have emailed back and forth a few times, and I am hoping to one day be her friend (some might say stalker, I prefer friend =))

She has written a book called 'Snippets', a collection of it's funny because it's true scrapbooking essays. This week she is taking over the blogsphere for a book blitz. And this is me jumping on her bandwagon. Take a look at the following and you will see why:

#1 look at this sneak peek and see why I htink Lain is so darn funny: Sample Snippet

#2 go to Lain's website: ScrapHappy

#3 go to Simple Scrapbook's website for a virtual release party: Simple Scrapbooks

#4 If you don't win a free copy there, go here to preorder your own!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Say hello to my little friend



Artsy, no?

That's me using my newly fixed camera to take a picture of my new laptop with a picture of me using my newly fixed camera on it.

The past month was not a good one for me, technology wise. I broke my camera, my laptop died, and don't even ask me about my Blackberry and it's loser battery. One of my clients told me my Mercuiry was in retrograde, and that explains all of this. However, it was not all bad. I spent two weeks with a camera lent to me by my wonderful freind Lisa. I heart her camera and I started telling everyone it was mine. It is sooo much nicer than mine!

Now, I have a new computer, but my TMobile wireless card is not compatible, and I do not have access to another wireless service, so I cannot get on the internet at home. Kind of annoying. TMobile does not sell the newer version of a wireless card that I need, so it looks like for a the next few months I will be unplugged. Might be good for me, I waste WAY too mych time 'doing research' online. Maybe I will read a book or two?

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Trails To You.

the view on the way to my brother's new cabin on Rough River.


I am sad to report that my laptop is officially dead. Something about a fried out Motherboard that is cracked and beyond repair...blah blah blah. WAAAH! I so do NOT want to shell out money for a new computer right now! I am going to try and score a deal the day after Thanksgiving, but, until then I probably won't be blogging too much. Too hard to get to a computer. As I visit you today, I am typing on a bright yellow PC with a turtle on it in the children's section of the library. nice.

However, I have had a lot to share a lot going on, so I will leave you with a few pictures:


My friend BJ in his debut as a haunted house ghoul. Yes, he is under a table. No, I don't know why. =)

Haunted Hillcrest Avenue, a street near my apartment. Man, I love living here this time of year.




And lastly, my dear friend Marianne is getting married this weekend. Last Friday we celebrated the upcoming nuptials with a nice dinner at Ramsi's. Marianne got inappropriate with an equally inappropriate magician who visited our table. I told her I wouldn't put her picture on my blog.

I totally lied:


Have a great Halloween! See you soon!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Voting Time

I hope you are registered to vote. If you are not, shame on you. I know a lot of people who are cynical and like to criticize government and concede that their vote really doesn't mean anything, but I don't buy that. I firmly believe to have an educated, valid opinion you have to participate.

That means not only voting, but also trying to see things from both sides and making your own opinions, not just what one party or one church or one website tells you.

So there is my lecture for the day. Here are three election related items I have come across:

1. V3 Campaign. A website that gives a voice to the non profit sector and challenges each candidate to a dialogue about the future. We wsnt to know how each party is going to support the non profit sector and help the important work we do. There is a place there to sign a petition asking spific questions to each candidate.

If you work for a non profit (or support a non-prof), take a few minutes and add your two cents.

2. FactCheck.org Billed as a bipartisan, totally unbiased collection of facts about each candidate. Haven't had time to check out the site yet, but I am going to. Try it, you might learn something

3. I know this has been seen all over the internet, but it is the funny *&%) thing I have seen in a LONG time.

All the Mavericks in the house, you know what to do:

Palin Rap

Sunday, October 19, 2008

The good, the bad, and the scary



Last weekend I ventured out to my first haunted house of the season. I love the smell of fake blood in the moonlight.....With me was fellow horror lover, my friend Chris. This is an annual event for us. The past three years we have completed the Danger Run here in Louisville. A really fun event that combines a scavenger hunt with two local attractions that you have to find by solving clues in your car. Pretty much guaranteed you will get turned around, lost, and curse at some point in the evening. Or, if you are me, you are guaranteed to get car sick. So pathetic for a woman my age, but I digress. The first year was awesome and worth all the effort, but the past two years I have been highly disappointed and will not be participating again.

You see, as a wheelchair user, I know that most haunted houses will have some part that is not accessible. Stairs, tight corners, all part of the set up. My experiences have been positive because I was able to enjoy most of the attraction, and for the most part, the staff there were always super helpful and did their est to give me a good experience, which I appreciate. However, the past two years, the coordinators of the Danger Run have chosen attraction that were COMPLETELY inaccessible. Like, can't even get thru the front door. TO me, totally pointless and a huge waste or my time and money. Last year I was unprepared for this and was really disappointed when we made it all the way to the end and I couldn't go thru. Chris was mad because he had to go thru the house alone, and he is a scaredy cat. =)

This year I called the Danger Run office and was warned that the second attraction would 'probably' not be accessible to me. However, he said, he was not sure. So, I headed out with high hopes I could work something out and still enjoy a fun night. No such luck. We arrived at the Industrial Nightmare and totally denied access. Now, this is one of the biggest, most successful haunted attraction in the country. They are built in a warehouse, so tell me why you can't do something to accommodate a wheelchair? I had visited Industrial Nightmare in the past and had no problems. So, why should this year be different......Unexplainable.
On a positive note: Psychomania (the 1st stop on our mission) was AWESOME! It is built in an abandoned theatre in Southern Indiana. It is so well done, completely wheelchair accessible (read:DID NOT MISS ANYTHING), and..best of all..it was SO FREAKIN' SCARY!!! GO THIS WEEKEND!


Two brave zombie lovers


Psychomania


The entrance to the Industrial Nightmare. Ironically the sign says 'Entrance Handicapped' and is preceded by a long ramp to the door. Which is useless because you can't get inside.

If you are looking for a good, kid friendly haunt in the Louisville area Thursday night at Douglass Community Center (2305 Douglass Blvd) is having one. Sponsored by the Metro Parks Adapted Leisure Program. And, totally wheelchair accessible.

See you there! (Unless you're too chicken)

I may have developed a new career path.

Two weeks and counting until my friends Marianne and Josh finally make it legal. We are getting really excited and last week a group of us got together to make favors. No alcohol involved as we tried to super concentrate and produce the perfect fleur de lis etching on about 100 glass flutes. Easy, right. Not so much.

We did our best and the glasses were finished (almost) perfectly. We have kind of a sweat shop/assembly line thing going. Marianne did her best to keep things moving along at a fun pace, we may have laughed more than we worked!





Heeeeeeeey! It was also Darnell's birthday!

Last weekend was the Spina Bifida Ghost Bowl. I debuted my costume, that I called "Sushi Love'. I was trying to translate my love for raw fish and rice into art form.......ummmm...

Not successful as I would have like, but I think it turned out kind of cute:


Monday, October 13, 2008

What does it mean?

I recently had the chance to see 'Tropic Thunder', and I was left mixed about whether or not I liked it. I thought it was a really funny story, but the foul language and 'retarded jokes' I found very distracting and soured my experience.

Now, I had heard rumors of people boycotting the movie for offending people with intellectual disabilities. I usually take talk like this with a grain of salt. What offends one person may not offend me, or vice versa. Also, I try to keep in mind the spirit of the joke. If you are making fun of everyone, in a way that is meant to shock get a cheap laugh, then I don't usually see something wrong with that.

However, I have always had a funny feeling about the use of 'that's so gay' or 'that's so retarded' in everyday vernacular. I have not always had the words to describe why these bother me so much, but I think it has to do with associating something perfectly fine in a person and making it a negative. What's so wrong with something being 'gay' anyway? It's a very broad and negative generalization. And I firmly believe that supporting such negatives makes it ok, and I don't want to be a part of that.

Enter my friend, Bev. She, like me, had lived her whole life with a disability. She and I have probably heard it all. We both chose to chose our battles. We both have decided that living your whole life with a chip on your shoulder or looking for discrimination can be exhausting.

Her blog is witty and well spoken, and recently addressed the issue of Tropic Thunder. She put into words alot of what I was thinking, but was unable to express.

Read it here: AspergerSquare8. And take a minute to form your own opinion.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

hmmm...

Worked late last night on my Hallowwen costume. Here's a preview:


What could it be? =)

Monday, October 6, 2008

how do you know when a jack o'lantern has drank too much?

October is one of my favorite months, there is so much to do and, around here the weather has been *beautiful*. Last weekend I made my first ever batch of these


and joined Torrie and her workers on their annual scavenger hunt. We had a ball: lots of walking, jumping on and off the party bus, and a bug or two was eaten.


I recently started my first online scrapbooking class. I had my reservations about taking it, but I really liked the teacher, and so far, it has been pretty fun. Here is my first assignment:



Look for more info on the Cathy Zielske's class here: DesignYourLife

Haunted houses are one of the best ways to celebrate the season, but I have yet to see one. Made a valiant effort this weekend (attempting the Danger Run with my fellow Halloween loving buddy Chris) but a DQ cheeseburger coupled with car sickness finally did me in. I will spare you gory details...WAAHHHH! I was so disappointed. Definitely going to try again next weekend.

Finally, the answer to the aforementioned question...

Thursday, September 25, 2008

No Boys or Ants Allowed

Fall is officially front and center and there has been alot going on here in the 'Ville.

Last week, the Ryder Cup was in town and my friend Jill called to see if I wanted to join her at a practice. I know less than nothing about golf, but I am always up for a little fun. So off I went. So glad I did. Met the Director of the PGA Foundation, Ernie Ellison. Really nice guy and went out of his way to make us feel welcome. Learned a little about golf.

I didnt see Tiger Woods ther, but I did get pretty close!



That night I came home to some surprising news. My sweet friend Jonathan died suddenly Tuesday morning. He had complications from treatment of a staph infection that turned into septic shock. Jonathan has been apart of WOW for 2 years and had really blossomed into a funny, smart, caring kid.

My heart breaks for family, who are equally wonderful. The news of his passing was the kind of shock that knocks you off your feet. I still can't imagine having a WOW meeting without this face:




Looking thru my computer in the last two weeks I had dozens of pictures of Jonathan. Yet another thing I loved about that kid. He was always willing to pose for the camera

*One important note* Staph Infections are an all too common problem. Septsis can happen when left undiagnosed. Sypmtoms include: high fever, chills, raised heart beat, confusion or disorientation, a reddish rash, and pain in the joints. For more information on staph and sepsis look here . Just something to pass along so maybe we can avoid more tragedies like this.

After such a stressful week (not only Jonathan, but a huge wind storm killed my planned trip to Kings Island AND power for a couple of days and my car battery died) I REALLY needed a weekend of fun. Thats exactly what I found in Chatam Illinois.

Suzie won the chance to cheer with the local high school girls team. I think I see pom poms in her future.


I got to watch Tommy play a football. So fun. He even made a tackle!

If you squint you can see #16 on the field ready for battle.


I spent the weekend visiting with my family there. A really perfect fall weekend with sightseeing, playing Barbies, trying to play WII (getting stomped by me nephew), and LOTS of football. Kind of reminded me to appreciate times like this. You never know how long you will have people in your life, so you are best served to appreciate them as much as possible.

I hope Jonathan knew how mch I appreciated having him in my group.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

shiny happy pretty new wheels

Picked up my new wheelchair this week. Been waiting for it since....oh....May.....



Yes, I am that cheesy, I took pictures of myself in my new chair....

Monday, September 8, 2008

Belated Grandparents Day

I meant to post this on Saturday, which was Grandparents Day. I hope everyone took some time to call their grandparents (nana's, mawmaw's, papy's, etc....) and say hi. I sent my grandpa and grandma each a card, which I sent on Saturday, so they will arrive a little late. =)

Allow me to tell you a little about two of my favorite people:



Grandpa Brinkman
- 4 kids, 16 grandkids, 13 great grand kids
- likes a really dry martini
- Has a Derby party every year (even thought he is in Ohio!)
- Used to play this game called Pokerkeeno with us as a kid
- When he shakes your hand, he holds one tightly and laughs when you try to take it away
- Every year for Christmas, he likes to give out Christmas presents to all his grandkids by making them work for them. Usually involves a riddle or word puzzle of some sort
- Every time I call him, he still greets me with 'well, hello young lady'
- Has taught me about money, making martinis, appreciating the past, and dignity. My grandmother had Alzheimers for almost twenty years, and Grandpa never faltered in loyalty to her. He went to her nursing home every week for mass, celebrated every birthday and anniversary, and always signed every card 'from Grandma and Grandpa'


Grandma Brinkman

- Mother of 8, grandmother of 20, greatgrandmother of 4
- survived: a flood, a tornado, the death of her husband and son in a very short time period, raising 7 boys, and me =)
- Has attended every middle school/high school/college graduation, wedding, shower for all of her grandkids. Even if it entails hopping on a plane.
- Has a way of making every thing you do feel special, and she is ALWAYS proud of you.
- smells like Oil of Olay
- Every once in a while she will send me a note in the mail, for mo reason
- Has the biggest heart of anyone I know. She has taught me that family is the most important thing, and we may not always get along, but we ALWAYS love and support each other. Our family is big, full of big personalities, and she loves us all so much.
- likes irish cream in her coffee
- makes the best homemade noodles and chicken you will ever eat
- Has been there though some of the lowest and highest points in my life.


**hope this inspires you to spread a little grandparent love, even if it is a few days late**

Sunday, September 7, 2008

A Chill is in the Air

Or something like that...

Fall is coming, but the only things in the air right now are things that make my head ache and my nose itch.

I hate allergies!!

Last week I was so sick with allergies, I couldn't get out from under the fog. Add to that an allergy med that was making me sick to my stomach and it was a very long week.

One bright moment to share. I finished this:


It is a loooong overdue wedding present (like, they have been married for a year overdue). I got half way thru and didn't like how it was turning out, so I was unmotivated to finish it. Well, considering I wanted to start my next wedding blanket for a certain someone who just got married, I thought I better buckle down and just git 'er done.

I think Succotash approves.

A sneak peek of my next blanket:

REALLY excited about how this one is going. I LOVE these colors together. Should go together pretty quick.

Gotta go, I have laundry to fold (I know, you are jealous =))

Friday, September 5, 2008

10 Years Later


(my mother, 10 1/2 years ago)

Feeling sentimental today.

10 years ago this morning, my mother lost her fight with cancer. In some ways it feels like a million years ago. In some ways it feels like yesterday. I have been thinking lately about all the things that have changed for me in the past ten years, and it was quite a long list. Ten years ago:

- I was a senior in college, living in Cincinnati

- I was pursuing a degree in costume design and was convinvced I was beginning a long career in the theatre, and making plans to move to a bigger city

- My nephew Tommy was only 3 months old

- My brother David was 16 years old and beginning his last year of high school

- My family had just gotten thru a year where we celebrated my older brother and sister getting married within six months of each other. We all lived within and hour of each other. Some in Cincinnati, some in Dayton

Little did I know how one event would change my life.

Monday, August 25, 2008

I'll Be Loving You Forever

I haven't been around for a while, simply because I have had NOTHING to talk about! My life has been boring boring boring lately. Not such a bad thing (as long as it doesn't last too long!). I have been thinking alot about:

- Fall: I am so sad that summer is ending, but I love fall-especially HALLOWEEN! Already planning my costume...
- Weddings: Have been stalking pictures from my brother's wedding and getting ready for my friend Marianne's big day.
- Big Brother 10: I LOVE this show, it's one of only 2 reality shows I actually watch, and it is getting really good. I don't have a hard and fast favorite, but, this week I like this guy:



Last, but not least, did you know that New Kids ON The Block is coming out with a new album? Sounds like a very bad idea after such a long time, but I can't help flashing back to high school. I LOVED this band! 9th grade was FULL of NKOTB talk. I was convinced that if I could just meet Joey McIntyre, he would fall in love with me. I BEGGED my parents to let me go to their concert (they didn't). I even collected NKOTB trading cards.

So, in honor of this grand occasion, peg your jeans, feather your hair, and get on the floor to do the new kids dance:

Step By Step

Saturday, August 16, 2008

a good mail day

Kind of random, but in my life, a good day includes getting a magazine in the mail. This week I received all 4 magazines I subscribe to (plus a special issue)in my mail slot!!

Those will definitely keep me entertained for a while.

Speaking of great mail, last month I received this little love note:


*sigh*

Man, I love that kid. She is so thoughtful. She made my whole week with this letter!

Hope everyone is having a good weekend.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Threading Water

Some of you might think I am going to talk about water skiing or swimming, but those of us who spend waaay too much time talking about scrapbooking know that I am referring to this new punch from Fiskars, a border punch that turns any paper you are using into a cute scallop paper. I dare say I love my threading water punch, however, until now I have only been able to use it on one or two sides of the paper. I know....quite a problem =).

I recently ran into this post on a message board, this genius woman figured out a system for using your threading water punch on ALL FOUR SIDES of your paper!! Think of the possibilities.

To me, very exciting.

I will warn you, it can be kind of confusing at first. I had to read thru them a few times and still had trouble the first time. Here is what I came up with on my first go around

I can't wait to try this on more projects!

I also have quite a few birthdays coming up, so I challenged myself to make 4 birthday cards using only scraps I have on hand (I have envelopes FULL of scrap paper I never use. Kind of a waster. It was an adventure, but I am really happy with how they turned out. TFL!