Monday, April 30, 2007

Anime Music Videos

I have been in love with Anime Music Videos for about 3 or 4 years now. Being a big fan of Anime and music anyway, this just comes naturally. I first found them on Limewire late in 2003, although I'm sure they've been around longer than that. An Anime Music Video is basically a mashup of a song and clips from a particular Anime series or several series that go with the music. It's pretty cool, even if you're not a huge Anime fan, it's nice to see something different from the normal music video for a change.

Here are my all-time faves, to date:

It's a little tedious while they tell a little of the DragonBall backstory, but it's awesome when it gets to the song...

Oh how I love Cowboy Bebop... and the Beatles... this is beautiful, makes me want to cry...

Sailor Moon is probably my fave Anime of all time... First one I ever watched outside of "My Neighbor Totoro"... I have great memories of watching that show and this song....

A tribute to all the girls of Anime... this is such a pretty song, I love watching all the clips they put with it....

I hope you like these Anime Music Videos... You can find a lot more of them on sites like YouTube, or do a Google search for them too....

Cr@zy Anime... I just love it!! ^_^

Sunday, April 22, 2007

LINKIN PARK!!!!!!!!!!


AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH {screaming like a cr@zy chick fan in the crowd at a Backstreet Boys concert over here!!} AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!

Yeah. I just want to pee my pants right now. Seriously. Linkin Park has a new song, new album coming out in a few weeks... I am literally about to cry. These guys are like, my favorite band ever!! I have been waiting for what - 3 YEARS - for them to come out with something "new". They have been releasing things here and there behind the scenes; but not enough to satisfy a fan's addiction. If it weren't for my friend Jill (and her boyfriend John) I would have never known about this either... I don't know how... I get their newsletter...... Maybe it got filtered as spam?!?!?!

So not only is their new song AWESOME, but the music video is AWESOME too. Definitely worth a watch. Their new CD, Minutes to Midnight, is set to be released May 15th at midnight, right after a live concert on AOL. You can get more information about what they're up to, and watch some episodes of LPTV on their website - Linkin Park : Minutes to Midnight.

I can't wait to hear this one - the first song, though reminiscent of their others (because what band doesn't sound like itself?) is already unique enough for me to definitely want to buy this CD. YES I SAID BUY - not borrow, or download for free - but really BUY IT - because I am always in favor of putting out the cash when I see a worthwhile investment. Which, sadly, most of the time is not the case anymore - hence I rarely ever buy an entire CD.

I'll be over here going Cr@zy until May 15th....

Spring is Back!

Spring is Back!
Originally uploaded by shaunna :).

YAAAAAY!! I took this picture on Friday when Shannon and I went to the cemetery in Wooster, OH, to get some good shots (and get out of our houses!) We got a lot of great photos - this is the one I am the most impressed with, though. I had to throw my camera underneath it though, to get a good shot, because the poor little thing's head was droopy!!

What a wonderful sign though - let's just hope that there's no more snow!!!

If you would like to see more of my {amateuer} photography, you can check out my NEW FLICKR page. Shannon has also begun adding more of her photos there, in addition to her deviantART site; so if you are a Shannon fan, you can check out more of her work on HER NEW FLICKR page. (LOLz, had to get that one in there for ya buddy - I know you have a following going!!)

Thanks for checkin' us out, there will always be more to come.... Because we're picture Cr@zy over here :)

More Cr@zy Blogthings...

More of those cr@zy blogthings from www.blogthings.com:

My Star Wars Name & Title: Shafa Spwad (Larcho of Aynat)

What Kind of Girl are You: I AM A CITY GIRL. Whether you live in the city or not, you've got the heart of a city girl. You're up on the latest trends - what's hot in music, food, and fashion.
And you love to be on the go. Your perfect day is filled with tons of fun. Your perfect guy is a city guy, so head to LA, NYC, Sydney, or London to find him!

How Green is Your Life? 48%.

Are You Living the Wrong Life? YOUR LIFE IS 77% OFF TRACK.

Could You Pass 8th Grade Geography? NO. I'D FAIL. I got 4/10 right.

How Girly are You? 60%. You're a little girly, a little boyish, and probably a whole lot indie. You have your own unique style, and it pretty much defies gender lines.

How Phobic are You? 60%.

- and finally -

My Rapper Name Is: Baby Scrappy.

Yet more proof that I'm probably CR@ZY.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Cr@zy Old People!!!

I just love old people, and this only firmed my resolve.

The Zimmers, a collective of 90-somethings in Britain, have formed a sort of, "Psychedelic Rock Band". They're tired of sitting around nursing homes and being old, and they all prove they can still do it just as good as any 20-something band!

Here they are, performing a cover of "My Generation" at Abbey Road Studios:

And their MySpace: THE ZIMMERS

How cool is that?! I wanna work in THAT nursing home!

Cr@zy old people... gotta love em!

Ali Edwards & Autism - What Kind of World Do You Want?


Please check out this blog. My favorite scrapbooker, Ali Edwards, is trying to raise money for Autism awareness. She has posted re: a video by the band Five for Fighting, which features shots of Autistic children and their families with their song, "World". The band has promised to donate $0.49 to Autism Speaks every time the video is viewed. The money will help fund research for a cure. Please help them reach their 10,000 hit goal.

Pass this on to anyone you know who would care enough to take a few minutes of their time to help support a good cause. It is well worth your time - and not a bad song either!

Thanks so much - Ali is a wonderful person and I hope that her influence in the scrapbooking world will reach out beyond, and hopefully generate interest in a very worthwhile (and very serious!) cause!!

Go cr@zy on that video, people!

Cr@zy School Shootings...

Yet another sad day for Americans. The largest mass-killing in US History occurred Monday morning on the campus of Virginia Tech. An unknown gunman shot and killed 2 people in a dormitory and 30 more in a campus hall early Monday morning before turning the gun on himself. Within the space of 2 hours, 33 people were dead, all but one of them unknowingly. What a sad, sad day this is for us.

Primary speculation regarding this incident cited that the shooting arose over a "domestic dispute" in the dorms, after which it proceeded on to the Norris Hall - which houses VA Tech's Science and Engineering school. The separate shootings occurred approximately two hours apart, leaving many to question why students on campus were not alerted immediately of the emergency and warning status. Emails were sent to students letting them know what happened, but not soon enough after the first incident to have prevented another tragedy.

The president of VA Tech responded to the allegations by saying that they thought the shooter had left the area of the campus, and that the incident was confined to the dormitories only, and no one had any idea that there would be cause for further shootings. Students described the email as "lacking urgency".

Witnesses described the shooter as an Asian male, dressed in black, who went calmly from room to room shooting students and staff without a word or a second thought. Investigation at the dormitory found that doors had been chain-locked shut, in an attempt to keep "victims" from escaping. Upon further investigation, the body of the shooter was unidentifiable; no cell phone or identification, fingerprints did not yield a match, and he shot himself in the face - which will make it hard to obtain dental records or an accurate image of the shooter.

He turned out to be 23-year old Seung Hui-Cho, an English major at VA Tech, who had a history of mental illness, and who was also prescribed to be on anti-depressants. Cho was reported to the police in 2005, by two female students who claimed he was "stalking" them - no arrest was made because the police found no specific threat. He was deemed by a district court to be "mentally ill" and "an imminent threat to self and others" and was ordered to undergo psychiatric testing. He was discharged after his insight and judgment were found to be "normal".

Students also spoke today of numerous bomb threats that have occurred over the last few weeks on the VA Tech campus, two of which were directed at the school of Science and Engineering.

"Everybody’s in complete shock,” said freshman Rachel Wirth, 18, of Charlotte, N.C. “Everybody’s wondering if they know anybody who was killed or wounded.”

19-year old Kyle Blasser, from Annadale, VA, is still waiting to hear from a high school friend who was in a French class on the 2nd floor of Norris Hall at the time the shootings occurred.

The shooting replaced the 1966 shooting from the tower at the University of Texas as the worst "school shooting" in US History. Seems April has also been a black month in mass-murder history, with this incident following suit. The battle at the Branch Davidian Compound in Waco, 1993, the Oklahoma City Bombings in 1995, and the Columbine High School shootings of 1999 all have anniversaries within the next few days, only solidifying the grim fate of not only the month of April in the US, but the direction our society is headed as a whole.

With this, debates were rekindled over gun laws and gun control.

More than 30,000 people die from gunshot wounds in the United States every year and there are more guns in private hands than in any other country.

But a powerful gun lobby and support for gun ownership rights has largely thwarted attempts to tighten controls.

Advocates of gun ownership rights saw Monday's massacre as evidence of the need to relax gun laws rather than tighten them.

"All the school shootings that have ended abruptly in the last 10 years were stopped because a law-abiding citizen - a potential victim - had a gun," said Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America.

"The latest school shooting at Virginia Tech demands an immediate end to the gun-free zone law which leaves the nation's schools at the mercy of madmen."

I can guarantee with certainty that had there been ONE armed person at either of the shooting sites yesterday, many victims would have been spared. Over 700,000 gun crimes this year have been thwarted as the result of a concealed-carry gun owner being present.

My deepest sympathies and prayers are with the families and students involved in this tragedy. My heart goes out to all who have been affected by this type of violence, and I can only hope that in the future, the United States will be a safe place for my son to grow up and raise his family; hopefully one in which guns are not used in committing crimes, but in helping to prevent them from happening altogether.

This is absolutely Cr@zy. It needs to stop - NOW.

(*News information provided by Reuters).

** UPDATE - I was wrong about the guns. Apparently they were legal, and he'd obviously been planning this for a while, since he purchased the guns some time ago. Which still makes him a sick-you-know-what. **

Did You Know? Cr@zy...

This video is pretty interesting - long, but interesting. Worth the 6 minutes. I learned quite a bit - and it's all scary. REALLY Scary. Watch for yourself!

Monday, April 16, 2007

Cr@zy Dirty Microbes!!

In case you couldn’t tell, I love T-shirts. Anything with a clever saying or funny picture on it. Here is yet another site with some cool T-shirts and some other fun Japanese toys worth checking out!!


Here are some of my favorite things from their catalog:

* Definitely want this one.

* ARRRRRR! (I’m a Pirate! LOL!)


* How cool is this? It’s a keychain with a little plant in it?!?!?!

* Everyone should have one of these – just in case!!

All this cr@zy stuff… Super Mario Fans Beware!!!

Write or Draw with Light!

Forget about that fancy new toy that came out that allows you to paint on your walls - check this out.

read more | digg story

This Week's Blogthings

More randomness from Blogthings:

*Are you a good girl or a bad girl? You are 30% Good and 70% Bad. You're a total bad girl, from your wild hair to tattooed toes. But you're too badass to even care if you're labeled "bad"!

* Are you Id, Ego, or SuperEgo? I AM THE EGO.You take a balanced approach to your life. You definitely aren't afraid to act out on your desires - even crazy ones. But you usually think first. Morals drive you as much as hedonism does. You've been able to live a life of pleasure... without living a life of excess.

* How Bitchy are You? I AM 50% BITCHY. Generally, you're an average woman, with average moods. But sometimes... well, watch out! Sometimes, you let your mean side get the better of you. And you enjoy every minute of it.

* What Kind of Cheesecake are You? I AM A BROWNIE CHEESECAKE. A little chunky and a little gooey, you pretty much run on sugar! You take hedonism to the extreme.. And people love you for it.

* Do You Need Therapy? THERE'S A 77% CHANCE I DO. You almost certainly need therapy. And there's nothing wrong with that. Lately life has not been easy for you. Why not let a therapist help you sort things out?

* What Does Your Favorite Color Say About You? YELLOW: Wise --- Aware --- Curious --- Intellectual --- Logical --- Decisive --- Introverted --- Focused --- Driven

* How Cluttered is Your Mind? 80%. Your mind is quite cluttered. And like most clutter, it's a bunch of crap you don't need. Try writing down your worst problems and fears. And then put them out of your mind for a while.

I think that all means I am still Cr@zy.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

More Shopping!!

YES, this is a shirt.

And I want it.


How about this is the coolest T-shirt site ever? They have tons of unique and original designs - all as the result of creativity from the average Joe. The catch here: they allow registered users to submit their own artwork to their gallery of designs, which is actually a huge contest to win $2000. Other users can "score" the designs, as well as order their own shirt - $15 for guys and $17 for girls - all sizes.

This unique idea is the result of the collaboration of "the two Threadless Jakes" - Jake Nickell and Jacob DeHart, after Jake Nickell won the NMUF London T-Shirt Competition. They are offering a bundle of prizes for the best designs each week, including $1500 cash, a $200 12 Club Membership, and $300 in gift certificates for "Threadless" to purchase some of your shirts.
We look at the top 300 designs every couple of weeks and pick out around 10 designs that we want to print based off of the designs score, comments, and the number of i'd buy it's. Ultimately the decision of which shirts get printed are left up to us. The scoring system helps give us a general idea of which designs our customers want.
They have Photoshop and Flash Templates available on their site to help guide you through the design process - then the sky's the limit! Submit your shirt design and promote it for 7 days to see if you can get into the top 300 and get the two Jakes' attention! You can submit as many designs as you like! They also have a gallery of photos of people wearing their shirts and a challenge section with mini-prizes and stuff called "Loves Threadless" to help keep you inspired for new shirt designs!

Here are a couple more of my faves, before I go:

Happy Shopping, Cr@zies!

The Opening Credits

First impressions are always the best, right?

Here's one you probably never thought about: the opening credits of a movie. An art form in itself. Many people tend to overlook the fantastic artwork and creativity of the opening credits because they are either too busy reading the names or too excited in anticipation for the movie to actually start. Think about it though: there are certain movies you know - you only have to see one frame of the opening credits and you know what movie it is. The opening credits may even contain emotions for you; the music and visuals bring back memories of your experiences with that movie and the feelings attached to it.

These cool people over at Submarinechannel.com have brought this art form to life in a new section of their site called "Forget the Films". Some of the most obscure movies I've seen, but also some familiar ones, and they're definitely all worth a look and contain some great creative inspiration. (But, doesn't the title for "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang" look strangely reminiscent of the title for "Catch Me if You Can"?? )

Here are some of my most favorite movie opening sequences. What are yours?

Monty Python and the Holy Grail
WOW. This is like seriously my favorite movie EVER anyway, so I couldn't help but put this one here. All I have to hear is that first drum beat, and I know exactly which movie it is. I love these credits so much because they are simple, and they divert your attention from the meaningless lists of names with silly humor comments at the bottom of the screen (about Mooses, and then later about Llamas, LOL.) That, and this is the only existence of crediting in this movie - the end is just THE END and there are no further credits. I guess they did that for the suspense factor ;)

Napoleon Dynamite
Wow again. I could have made these credits in my kitchen (and these fools literally did!) This movie was so low-budget but it ended up being AWESOME! I have major respect for Jared & Jerusha Hess; if you watch the commentary on the DVD they talk about how they made the movie in this little town and basically bothered people to use their homes and vehicles and such to construct their "masterpiece". And it SO WAS. I know a lot of people who think this movie is ignorant, but I absolutely love it - I KNEW kids like that in school!! And that song, LOL. That is one of the best opening credits songs ever.

Much love to the people over at Submarinechannel for coming up with this great idea... Now I'll be watching all the credits as intently as I do the films!


My Scrapbooking Top 10 (Right Now)


Love it or leave it, LOL. Anyway…

This week, I am going to share a top ten list w/ y’all. A lot of new products have just come out after CHA, and boy are there some YUM-O patterned papers out there right now! I am so excited about some of the new lines that have come out recently, and have slowly been acquiring bits and pieces of them. Definitely worth checking out – although some may be a little hard to find, as stores are having a hard time keeping them on the shelves right now. (Apparently I’m not the only one that likes them!)


1. “CAUTION GIRL” by Marah Johnson for Creative Imaginations

“Pink Skulls”

This line is so ME. (Although, I’m sure there are a lot of others that think that, too!) I have been waiting for SO LONG for some punky-chick rockstar-type scrap stuff… This is exactly what I was looking for! Marah is an incredible designer, very fresh, and outside-of-the-box; she’s the wildchild inside all of us. Honorable mentions are Marah’s LOVE STRUCK and SKULL & XBONE lines.

2. “BLUSH” by Christine Adolph for Creative Imaginations

“Floral Foil”

LOVE LOVE LOVE this paper. I nearly fainted when I pulled it off the shelf at Archiver’s. Something about those dandelions… This line is gracefully accented with silver foil, and also has a FAB set of rub ons.

3. “BOHEMIA” by My Mind’s Eye

“Bluebird – Baby – Paisley/Light Blue”

WOW. That’s all I can say about this one. So much to choose from – there’s something for everyone here, so no one can complain! Every paper is GORGEOUS, and there are scads of tags, quotes, rub-ons, titles, alphas… I am a huge fan of the new titles they’ve added :) This whole line is definitely worth checking out – and I CHALLENGE you to find at least one thing you like from this collection, whether or not you’re a fan of this trend. There are some great finds here!


The paper on the cover just rocks my world!! A few of them are a little generic looking, but overall this is a good value for the money ($20.00?!?! Who knew?!) Still worth it, though, doubles of each sheet so you get good use out of each design. The glitter is so-so, but enough so to give the paper some really nice texture. Honorable mention here, as well, to the “Once Upon a Time” line.

5. “KEWL” by Fancy Pants


How “kewl” is this new stuff from Fancy Pants? Their new stuff is all so funky and bright! I LOVE IT!! Not to mention their amazing new rub-ons… Not to mention the super cute new acrylic stamps and the Big Board Chips they have… I think I have a new fave!! Also up for honorable mention here are FLORAL CHIC, KEY LIME PIE, and WILDHEART. Oh, I just want them all!!!

6. “PET SHOP” by KI Memories

“Good Dog”

HOW CUTE IS THAT?!?!?! This new line from KI Memories is the perfect (and cutest) way to pay tribute to your fave furry friend. It comes in both dog and kitty varieties, and there are coordinating ribbons, alphas and an assortment of stickers and embellies to go with this one. It is also available in prepackaged kit form. Some of the paper even has a shimmery, frosted look to it (including the one pictured above).

7. “OLD MACDONALD” by Rusty Pickle

“Black Sheep”

Not sure if this is actually available for sale yet or not, but I can’t wait to get my hands on it! I saw this stuff in pics from CHA and I was in awe – such a new, unique idea! I mean, come on, farmers scrap too! (At least farm wives do!) They have the cutest set of papers with different farm animals on them, as well as some embellies and an AWESOME mini file-folder book idea! Very fun!! I have a brother who is a total farmer - and his girlfriend is a scrapbooker, too – so now we’ll have a good way to use the pics we have of him with his tractors and such! Honorable mention here is the PRINCESS BRIDE line, because the names are great, and the stuff’s not bad either. You rock, Rusty Pickle!!

8. “PHOEBE” by Basic Grey

“Telegraph Hill”

We all knew there was gonna be a BG in here somewhere. I really like the funkiness of this line, and the springy, bright colors. The patterns are really wild and freestyle. The thing I love the most about Basic Grey, though, is always their plain-jane paper. They do such a great job adding the right amount of “spice” and texture to a solid color to make it unique. I also can’t avoid the BLUSH line; definitely some “Delish” papers in there!

9. “PLAYLIST” by Circus Rose for Imagination Project

Dance Cards”

Another SWEEEET line from Imagination Project. They were actually my first love before BG; the first “major label” scrapbooking purchase I made from their Gin-X line ANYONE, ANYONE. They’ve just released this music-themed PLAYLIST line, which I am totally diggin’ right now. Music is my religion… how did they know? A set of 6 fun papers along with some really cool chips & stickers – and great colors too!

-and finally-

10. “METROPOLIS” by Scenic Route

“Paradise Lane”

How fun is this stuff? I know a little boy whose picture would look SOO CUTE on this paper – and I’m sure you do, too! I’m especially smitten with the “Kraft” papers they have that coordinate with this line. The orange is so bold and vibrant, and the arrows and stars are so trendy right now! I can’t wait to get my hands on some of this, either!

Well, I hope that was helpful, or at least give you all some new inspiration! I’ll be back next week with another edition of “Hey, Hey, it’s Wednesday!” (or maybe it’ll be called “How I Spent My Life Savings on Paper Products” !!!)

Cr@zy, this addiction that I have. ;)

P.S. - I also posted this as my weekly at the group blog I participate in (Scissor Sisters ScrapBlog), so please pardon any of the confusing jargon you may have encountered throughout this article. I am simply too lazy to re-read it and edit out that stuff for re-posting here.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007



Shannon and I were just talking about this today. Haven't heard anything from Alanis Morissette in a while. Jagged Little Pill is still one of the only albums I can listen to all the way through, sing the words to every song, and never get tired of. After the disappointment of her last album then not hearing anything from her besides an acoustic version of the above, I was beginning to wonder whether we'd ever hear anything from her again. I was pleasantly overjoyed when this little breath of fresh air buzzed across HotAir's wires today, so I had to grab it:

Ahhhh... Nobody does it quite like Alanis...

This made me smile, I had to share. :)
Hoping that this means we might see a new album from her soon. I'm tired of everything on the radio right now. As I saw it put on Wired's Entertainment blog yesterday:
"(The major labels) have broken away from something that they were extremely good at in the past, which was the development of their particular act or artist," says Stuhlmacher. "They now tend to sign (a bunch of) acts and throw them against the wall of radio and basically see what sticks." - Brian Stuhlmacher, president of cddesign.com (a division of his DiscMasters company).
For comparison purposes only, the original song by the Black-Eyed Peas. Please do not watch it longer than you have to; I will not be responsible for any head explosions or eye gougings.

Definitely Cr@zy.

Monday, April 9, 2007

Check it Out, Gn@rls!

Ever wondered what it takes to make a mashup? This is it. Only the best of the oldschool turntable junkies can do it this way. Props to DJ Sussex out of London, England. eNjoy...

Friday, April 6, 2007

Top 10 Church Websites

Yeah... after the Keith Richards post, I thought this was a refreshing little tidbit.

TutorialBlog has just posted a list of the Top 10 Church Websites - based on design and standards compliancy, of course. The editor noticed, coincidentally that it seemed that church and religious oriented websites tended to be extremely clean and compliant; conclusion is that these groups are trying so hard to promote their message that they are really getting their hands in the dirt - which is a GREAT thing!

I think the Internet is one of the most powerful tools available today - not only to religious groups and technology nuts - for getting your message across to a wide range of people in places we'd never have dreamed of reaching 20 years ago. I think this is especially awesome for churches and religious affiliations, that they are taking advantage of the rich possibilities the Internet has to offer them.

Check out the Top 10 Church Websites (Click Here!)

My faves are Revolution Church Kansas City, Soul Purpose, and Generation Church. What an AWESOME way to bring the youth and the tech culture into the fold! Keep doin' what you're doin' - it totally rocks to see the way churches have begun to evolve into an environment that appeals to today's families and all walks of life. And Kudos to the editor over at TutorialBlog for taking the time out to recognize this often overlooked niche of the 'Net! AMEN!

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Cr@zy Keith Richards

Well... he's at it again. At least in spirit.

On Thursday, Disney execs announced that Keith Richards will not be permitted to promote the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean movie, in which Richards was set to play Teague Sparrow, Jack Sparrow's father. The cause for their excitement?

In a recent interview for NME magazine, the Stone told interviewers, after being prompted, that the strangest thing he'd ever tried to snort was his father.
"The strangest thing I've ever tried to snort? My father. I snorted my father. He was cremated, and I couldn't resist grinding him up with a little bit of blow. My dad wouldn't have cared; he didn't give a shit. It went down pretty well, and I'm still alive."
Well now... isn't that special?

After hearing this, Disney execs decided Richards was a little too "unpredictable" to promote the "family" movie, despite objections by his PR Company. Representative Brad Doherty has said:
"It was an off-the-cuff remark, a joke, and it is not true. File under 'April Fool's Joke'."
Richards has also admittedly posted his rebuttal on the Rolling Stones' website, in which he tells that his father's ashes were actually buried underneath a 'sturdy English oak tree', and that he was simply making an analogy for his closeness with his father.

Funny, how this only brings to mind the words of the great Denis Leary, with which I will now leave you:
"I was reading an interview with Keith Richards in a magazine and in the interview Keith Richards intimated that kids should not do drugs. Keith Richards! Says that kids should not do drugs! Keith, we can't do any more drugs because you already f****ng did them all, alright! There's none left! We have to wait 'till you die and smoke your ashes! Jesus Christ! Talk about the pot and the f****n' kettle."
Information compiled from:
* News.com.au
* Denis Leary - No Cure For Cancer

What Your Webmail Client Says About You

The folks over at DoubleViking have comprised a little chart telling you what the mail client you use says about you. Interesting.... I'm:


You Are: Al Gore

Just like Al Gore does know, Gmail users know they are better than you. Their houses are carbon neutral. Their cars run on solar power and cat farts. And their e-mail client has over 2,600 MB of space (and growing!) And did we mention the automated message grouping, advanced search strings, and integrated chat function? What? You’re still not using Gmail? Jesus. You might as well just light a baby polar bear on fire and laugh as the smoke from its burning corpse cuts away yet another swath of the ozone layer, you uncaring bastard.

Find out what you are, or what to avoid at their website:

What Your Webmail Says About You

A Cr@zy Crayola Chronology

(or The History of Crayons in General)

Everyone recognizes this... the coveted box of 64 Crayola Crayons With Built-In Sharpener. Remember the first time you saw this - you had to have it. It made the stubs and nubs of crayons you had at home seem like trash. And it was Crayola or nothing, buddy - you weren't settling for the Dollar Store version - they never seemed to color as good as Crayolas, anyway. If you didn't have one of these, chances are some kid in your class did - and everyone was always borrowing his crayons. This simple box of wax could turn a first grader into a celebrity overnight! And who could forget this Awesome Sesame Street clip from the 70's?


How did this come about, exactly? What is the actual obsession with crayons - these "Crayolas" in particular? Even today, as a grown and somewhat mature adult, I still find myself longing to dig out the crayons and coloring books and give it a go. I'll color with the best of 'em, too - as an adult, and having been forced through hours of Elementary and Jr. High Art Classes, I know tricks you can do with a crayon that would make the Mona Lisa look like refrigerator art. Well... not that awesome, but it works well on preschoolers ;)

So a crayon - a piece of wax. It could also be a piece of charcoal or chalk; really, a crayon is any stick-shaped material that is used for writing or drawing. Wax crayons are those most commonly used by school-age children, and what most people think of when they hear the word, "crayon". Binney & Smith Inc., the maker of "Crayola" crayons, is the world's largest producer of paraffin wax crayons. It was also the first company to make its coloring products non-toxic. Today, the Crayola name continues to outdo itself in advancements in children's creative toys and art supplies. Binney & Smith currently produces over 3 billion crayons annually.

It all started in 1885, when cousins Edwin Binney and C. Harold Smith partnered in taking over Binney's father's chemical business in upstate New York. The pair began producing and selling writing instruments, some of which included oxide pigments from barn paint and carbon black from car tires. In 1902, the Binney & Smith Co. is formed. At the time they were a popular distributor for carbon black producers, which lead to the production of their first "crayon" product - the "Staonal" in black. The first box of eight Crayola crayons was sold to the public for a nickel in 1903; it contained red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, brown and black sticks of wax. The name "Crayola" was coined by Binney's wife Alice in combining the French words "craie" (chalk) and "ola" (oily).

The familiar 64-crayon package with sharpener was not introduced until 1958. Crayolas have been sold in boxes ranging from two to 800 crayons, with 200 being the maximum number of different crayons in a box - which would include special effect crayons, like glitters and scenteds. Crayola also holds the rights to Silly Putty, Color Wonder, and Model Magic. They have hundreds of craft and coloring project products available on the market right now - everything from markers and crayons to sidewalk chalk and cutting devices. The largest box of Crayola crayons ever distributed was introduced in 1993 in celebration of Crayola's 90th birthday. It included 16 new colors, which were named through the first-ever "Crayola Name the New Colors" Contest. The 100 billionth Crayola crayon rolled off the assembly line in 1996.

This year, Crayola will be releasing a collection of 150 crayons in every color to date excluding the retired ones. Some are metallic/glitter and some have the Original Crayola logo. Binney & Smith Inc. also changed its name to Crayola Inc., effective Jan. 1, in an attempt to "modernize" its image.

Now, the moment you've all been waiting for: the list of colors. Let's see if I can do this one real nice for y'all:

Almond (1998)
Antique Brass (1998)
Apricot (1948)
Aquamarine (1958)
Asparagus (1993)
Atomic Tangerine (1990)
Banana Mania (1998)
Beaver (1998)
Bittersweet (1948)
Black (1903)
Blizzard Blue (1990) * Retired in 2003
Blue (1903)
Blue Bell (1998)
Blue-Gray (1958) * Retired in 1990
Blue-Green (1948)
Blue-Violet (1948)
Blush (1998)
Brick Red (1948)
Brown (1903)
Burnt Orange (1958)
Burnt Sienna (1948)
Cadet Blue
Canary (1998)
Caribbean Green (1998)
Carnation Pink (1948)
Cerise (1993)
Cerulean (1990)
Chartreuse (1972)
Copper (1958)
Cornflower (1948)
Cotton Candy (1998)
Dandelion (1990)
Denim (1993)
Desert Sand (1998)
Eggplant (1998)
Electric Lime (1990)
Fern (1998)
Flesh (1948) **
Forest Green (1958)
Fuchsia (1990)
Fuzzy Wuzzy Brown (1998)
Gold (1948)
Goldenrod (1958)
Granny Smith Apple (1993)
Gray (1948)
Green (1903)
Green-Blue (1948) * Retired in 1990
Green-Yellow (1948)
Hot Magenta (1972)
Inch Worm (2003)
Indigo (2003)
Indian Red (1958) ***
Jazzberry Jam (2003)
Jungle Green (1990)
Laser Lemon (1990)
Lavender (1958)
Lemon Yellow (1948) * Retired in 1990
Macaroni and Cheese (1993)
Magenta (1948)
Magic Mint (1990) * Retired in 2003
Mahogany (1948)
Maize (1948) * Retired in 1990
Manatee (1998)
Mango Tango (2003)
Maroon (1948)
Mauvelous (1993)
Melon (1948)
Mountain Meadow (1998)
Mulberry (1958) * Retired in 2003
Navy Blue (1958)
Neon Carrot (1990)
Olive Green (1948)
Orange (1903)
Orange-Red (1948) * Retired in 1990
Orange-Yellow (1948) * Retired in 1990
Orchid (1948)
Outer Space Outer Space (1998)
Outrageous Orange (1990)
Pacific Blue (1993)
Periwinkle (1948)
Piggy Pink (1998)
Pine Green (1948)
Pink Flamingo (1998)
Plum (1958)
Prussian Blue (1948) *
Purple Heart (1998)
Purple Mtn's Majesty (1993)
Purple Pizzazz (1990)
Radical Red (1990)
Raw Sienna (1958)
Raw Umber (1958) * Retired in 1990
Razzle Dazzle Rose (1990)
Razzmatazz (1993)
Red (1903)
Red-Orange (1948)
Red-Violet (1948)
Robin's Egg Blue (1993)
Royal Purple (1990)
Salmon (1948)
Scarlet (1990)
Screamin' Green (1990)
Sea Green (1948)
Sepia (1958)
Shadow (1998)
Shamrock (1993)
Shocking Pink (1990)
Silver (1948)
Sky Blue (1958)
Spring Green (1948)
Sunglow (1990)
Sunset Orange (1998)
Tan (1948)
Teal Blue (1990) * Retired in 2003
Thistle (1948) * Retired in 2003
Tickle Me Pink (1993)
Timber Wolf (1993)
Torch Red (1998) * Retired in 2003
Tropical Rain Forest (1993)
Tumbleweed (1993)
Turquoise Blue (1948)
Ultra Blue (1972) * Retired in 1990
Ultra Green (1972) * Retired in 1990
Ultra Orange (1972) * Retired in 1990
Ultra Pink (1972) * Retired in 1990
Ultra Red (1972) * Retired in 1990
Ultra Yellow (1972) * Retired in 1990
Unmellow Yellow (1990)
Violet (Purple) (1903)
Violet-Blue (1948) * Retired in 1990
Vivid Tangerine (1990)
Vivid Violet (1998)
White (1948)
Wild Strawberry (1990)
Wild Watermelon (1990)
Wisteria (1993)
Yellow (1903)
Yellow-Green (1948)

* Name changed to "midnight blue" in 1958 in response to teachers' requests.
** Name voluntarily changed to "peach" in 1962 in response to U.S. Civil Rights movement.
*** Name changed to "chestnut" in 1999 in response to educators' requests.

And, for those of you who still like to color, you can play with all of Crayola's toys here, on Crayola.com

Information courtesy of:
Wikipedia - "Crayola" and "crayon"
Crayola Inc. Website

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A steal from Leesepea. A random about me Meme... so you all can know more useless information about ME!

* I am shorter than 5’5”: sadly, no. There was a good reason they called me "Stilts" in the 8th grade... I was a gymnast, though...

* I have many scars: not that many - just a few lingering chicken pox scars, mishap scars, and a few scars from biopsies I had done for a skin test.

* I tan easily: after I burn.

* I wish my hair was a different color: yeah - I'm thinking about pale pink or bright magenta streaks next.

* I have friends who have never seen my natural hair color: well, I'm sure there ARE people out there... I don't think I even know what my natural hair color is anymore, since I've been dying it for so long.

* I've had braces: nope. I was luckily born with the gift of straight teeth.

* I wear glasses or contacts: not technically. Sometimes I wear glasses for fun, I do need them, but I would never be able to wear them consistently. It would drive me nuts to have something on my face all the time.

* I've been told I’m attractive by a complete stranger: I used to all the time...

* I have freckles: you betcha - get 'em from my dad. :)

* I've fallen asleep at work or school: yes and yes. I used to fall asleep during Freshman Physical Science all the time. No wonder I passed by the skin of my teeth!

* I failed more than 1 class: Well, I failed out of Nursing School - but not on my own account - the teacher had it in for me, I swear. Funny thing was, I managed to pass it in a different class with a different teacher less than a year later... So I know it wasn't me...

* I've been fired: Yes, but again not my fault. My ex had to go to Texas for legal reasons and I had requested the time off plenty in advance - 3 months to be exact - only to find out that my b!tCh boss scheduled me anyway. I called in "sick" during the time I needed off, and came back to have her hand me my paycheck and tell me I was fired. Again, in this case I wasn't the psycho - that was the Asst. Director of Nursing at a home I was working for, and she was escorted out by the police about a month after she fired me - for wrongful abuse and neglect of a patient.

* Disney movies still make me cry: Uh... not really. There aren't many movies that bring a tear to my eye - has to be pretty realistic for that to happen.

* I've laughed so hard I've cried: Yes on many occasions.

* I've glued my hand to something: not in any recollection...

* I've laughed till some kind of beverage came out of my nose: yes, and there's nothing like the taste of Cherry Kool-Aid running through your sinus cavity and into your throat for a half hour afterward, either.

* I've had my pants rip/drop in public: I don't seem to ever remember this happening either. I HAVE peed my pants, but not most recently in public... that's a story for another time.

* I've had my tonsils removed: Nope.

* I've sat in a doctor's office with a friend: Yes. I am a good friend :)

* I've had my wisdom teeth removed: Should have a long time ago - they are slowly rotting away. If it wasn't for the fact that anyone I see wants $400 upfront for their extraction, I'd probably be in good shape right now. Don't even get me started on the cost of medical care these days!

* I had a serious surgery: Unless you count non-caesarean childbirth... no, I've been a fortunate person all my life (knock on wood).

* I've had chicken pox: Yep. 2nd grade. It was the worst. I still have a few scars from it.

* I've gotten lost in my city: Every time. And I'm more like a man - I won't stop and ask for directions, rather run all the gas out of the car trying to find my way back to something I remember seeing before... and hope that I get back to where I am supposed to be.

* I've seen a shooting star: Yep. On more than one occasion, too. I used to be obsessed with astronomy when I was a little kid - knew when all the meteor showers and whatnot went on, and I would camp out on our porch watching them. Also, read funny story below.

* I've wished on a shooting star: Yes - funny story associated with this one: so I'm sitting outside the above-mentioned nursing home on my break one night, talking to a co-worker who wasn't working that night on my cell phone. A shooting star blazes past, and I tell my friend. She tells me to make a wish, and I said, "I wish this place would burn to the ground." (Obviously it was one of THOSE nights - if you've ever worked in the old folks' home, you know what I'm talking about.) About 2 hours later, I popped some popcorn for my lunch, and returned with it to the nurses station. I was chatting with the charge nurse when the fire alarm started going off. I bet you my eyes were as wide as oranges right then - my co-worker jumped up and ran to check the fire panel to see where the alarm was going off. All I could think about was the wish on the star I'd made earlier - everything seemed to be going in slow-mo. Then the fire dept. showed up... We'd scoured the alarm area and could find no signs of fire or smoke... The fire captain asked if anyone had popped popcorn recently and if so, had it burned? Yes and yes. I didn't think it had burned that much though. Apparently enough to have set off the fire alarm. That's what I get for opening my big mouth!

* I've gone out in public in my pajamas: Yep. I used to think I was cool when I did it, too. I still wear my slippers out and about, they're my "I Don't Give a Shit Shoes".

* I've pushed all the buttons on an elevator: I try not to break things I don't want to be stuck in.

* I've been to a casino: No I really don't need another addiction right now, thanks.

* I've been skydiving: No, and I don't think I ever will either.

* I drank a whole gallon of milk in one hour: Yep. I LOVE MILK!!

* I've been in a car crash: Several - all of which were mostly minor, but I was also behind the wheel :(

* I've caught a snowflake on my tongue: Yes and I am really getting tired of seeing the word "snow" or the essence of such. It's April for crying out loud!

* I've sat on a roof top at night: It's a little scary but soo cool. Those were the days.

* I've played chicken: In the pool, yes.

* I've played a prank on someone: I'm not very good at that kind of stuff - I've been involved, but I've never actually been the prankster. I'm the "ruin-surprises" kind of person.

* I've seen the Rocky Horror Picture Show: the real question is, can I do the Time Warp? (It's just a jump to the left, and then a step to the right....)

* I've eaten Sushi: yes and it was disgusting. Raw and fish are two things that probably don't belong in the same state, much less the same sentence or dish.

* I've been snowboarding: What's with all the snow questions here? If I had it my way, it would never snow again! ARGH! No, I've never been snowboarding, too cold, too much snow.

* I've had a crush on a teacher: Yeah. There was this young sub when I was a Senior - Mr. Matthias - wow. Yeah. I remember that guy...

* I've hugged a stranger: I hate when strange people touch me. Unfortunately I've been forced into the stranger-hugging situation countless times - each time graciously obliging with an overly friendly but abrupt embrace. No offense to the hugged, of course, I just don't like touching strange people.

* I own over 5 rap CDs: I couldn't live without rap music. I probably own over 50 rap CDs.

* I own multiple designer pants and shirts, costing over $100 piece: No f-in way. There is no way I would ever pay that much for an article of clothing - it's all so indispensable. I would rather go to a cheap-o store or secondhand place and get 10 shirts for that kind of money.

* I own something from Hot Topic: A couple of T-shirts and wrist bands; I didn't used to look good in that "style" when I had blonde hair - maybe now that I'm a darkie it would be worth a look....

* I own something from Pac Sun: used to shop there all the time in HS but I don't think I have any of that stuff left anyore. Oh, I have a huge shell necklace that cost $10 from there.

* I own something from The Gap: Nope. That's definitely not my style.

* I own something from Abercrombie: A few things, but I am really unimpressed with their prices. I'm sorry but $70 for a pair of jeans, just because they say Abercrombie on them? A shirt every once in a while is OK...

* I can sing well: Use-ta could. I was a lead (Meg) in the Phantom of the Opera when I was younger, and won countless awards for vocal performance at the county competition every year. That was of course before I started smoking a pack a day. Maybe I'll get it back...

* I've stolen a tray from a fast food restaurant: A tray? No. Other things (like glasses and silverware and salt shakers) - yes.

* I open up to others easily: Considering the fact that I spend countless hours chronicling my life for a bunch of people I've never met personally (with the exception of a few), I'd say shyness is not a strong trait of mine.

* I watch the news: Only on FOX. And only when I feel like it. I don't feel like I'm getting "news" so much as I'm getting someone else's "liberal opinion".

* I don’t kill bugs: That's a lie. I squish anything that moves on sight. I am a merciless giant!!

* I sing in the shower: I sing in the car.

* I am a morning person: After coffee.

* I am a sports fanatic: Nada. Sports bore the hell out of me. All of 'em.

* I twirl my hair: No.

* I've copied more than 30 CDs in a day: Yes, in a pinch, LOL.

* I bake well: 99% of the time. If you're talking about fudge, though, it's a no-go.

* My favorite color is either white, yellow, pink, red or blue: yes. YELLOW. I'm surprised it's in that list but I guess it's gaining popularity...

* I like Martha Stewart: I like her craftiness. I don't like that she was willing to share trade secrets on the inside, but I'm not really interested in Econ or Stocks or any of that stuff, so I didn't really care too much about that. As long as she keeps making cool baskets and home decor, I'm down with that. And it's a good thing.

* I know how to shoot a gun: Sort of. I wouldn't be able to defend myself if I had to though, not sure I would ever be able to pull the trigger.

* I am guilty of tYpInG lIkE tHiS: On occasion, especially when I was younger. Now I use it for accent purposes only. I have to be too perfectionist about it - balance between capitals and lowercase and evenness bother me when it comes to those sorts of things.

* I laugh at my own jokes: All the time, because I am so funny.

* I am really ticklish: Extremely. To the point of peeing my pants.

* I love chocolate: Is this a real question? It's one of my required daily supplements.

* I bite my nails: Only when I break a nail and don't have clippers or a file on hand. Hangnails, now, are a different story... I can't keep away from my cuticles unless I have acrylics on!

* I play video games: As often as possible. Every console Nintendo has put out (except the Wii, thus far), as well as several computer games of the simulation/puzzle genres.

* I’m good at remembering faces: Sometimes... Although I get confused if I've seen a picture of the person before, I will think I remember actually seeing them before.

* I’m good at remembering names: If I have a face to go with it, then yes. Otherwise I have a really bad habit of thinking I remember someone that someone else is talking about only to find out I looked like a real stupid ass later.

* I’m good at remembering dates: Most of the time. Depends on how important the event is... And how many years in a row I've had to celebrate it.

* I have no idea what I want to do for the rest of my life: No clue. I know what I'd LIKE to do for the rest of my life, at least, I have some rough idea. No chance that they're all going to happen, though. As is life - c'est la vie!!

* My answers are totally honest: 100% Guaranteed. Why would I lie to these people?

Cr@zy About Georgie :)

Yeah, I know most of you probably think that President Bush is an idiot, but I can't say that I do. When you boil it all down, he's just a regular guy who happened to have the right circumstances emerge in his life to make him good enough to be the President of the United States. Sure, he's made some bad decisions, but what President hasn't? And, nine times out of ten, the President is only doing his job - and what he is being pressured to do by his Cabinet or the Congress.

Although this little "stand-up" routine was probably written by someone else, it's the way that Georgie puts it out there - that little smirk he gets on his face when he knows he just said something funny - and the passion that he tries to portray, that makes George W. a pretty good guy in my book. He's trying, he really is! I can only ask what you would do if you were in his shoes? I think he's doing a good job, and I think anyone else would have screwed up the last seven years more than we think HE has.

Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States of America. Thank GOD we live in a country where even the President is a "liberal", no matter what his political affiliation.

Cr@zy Drunks

OK, so if there's no more good reason NOT to drink and drive, this would be it. Actually, NOT to drink PERIOD.

This has come to be considered probably the funniest video on the Internet among my brothers and Travis... according to them, it reminds them of certain people. I'm sure it will remind you of certain people too.

Thank you once again, YouTube, for making my week.


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Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Cr@zy Brain

Imagine your brain... it's pink and squishy... well, actually, from what I've heard, it's grey - but that's beside the point. It's such a small amount of surface area altogether, yet it stores the vastest amount of information conceivable. We can't even tap into a THIRD of our brain's resources with everything we know. There is so much information filed away up there that we probably wouldn't even know what to do with it. Hell, I have a hard time managing all the stuff that swirls around in there now - I could never imagine adding more to the mess!

Don't believe that the brain is an incredible specimen? Have a look at this:

Rae yuo hianvg a hrad tmie riandeg tihs rgiht nwo? Fi os, tehn yuo pbalbory aenr't a vrey samrt prosen. Aocrnidcg ot a sudty dnoe yb Cmidbrage Usnevirity, sa lnog sa het frsit nad lsat ltetres rae ni het cerocrt pcelas, ti dseno't metatr woh mcuh fo a mses het rset fo tehm rae.

Tihs si baescue yuor biran rdaes wrods sa a wlhoe uint nad ont ltetre yb ltetre. Msot pleope dno't hvae a hrad tmie riandeg mleispesld wrods cerocrlty ofr tihs smae roesan.

Fi yuo cna't raed tihs, I dno't konw waht to tlel yuo. :)


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Tuesday, April 3, 2007

"inspire MOI" Journal Challenge

My friend Aimee from Scrapbook.com is hosting a journal challenge; it is something that will be ongoing and occasional, as so not to be stressful, but to encourage habitual and meaningful journaling. Aimee’s first challenge was to create a journal. Here’s mine:

I’ve never really been good at keeping a journal so far in my life, so we’ll see how this goes… I will take some better scans of it today; the inside and back cover are decorated as well to match. I am so proud of this - it looks awesome – let’s just hope I can fill it up!



* Marah Johnson for Creative Imaginations "Caution Girl - Skulls and Cherries" 12x12

* Marah Johnson for Creative Imaginations "Caution Girl - Red Cherries" 12x12

* Marah Johnson for Creative Imaginations "Caution Girl - Pink Cherries" 12x12

* Marah Johnson for Creative Imaginations "Caution Girl" Epoxy Stickers

* DCWV Glitter Stack - Black/Silver Argyle 8x8

* Hot Pink Rick-Rack, Black/White Polka Dot Ribbon; Pink Preppy Plaid Ribbon - Offray

* Pink/Black Stripe Ribbon - Adornit by Carolee's

* Zebra Ribbon - Michael's

* Pink Velvet Ribbon; Bling Buckle & Black Brad - Making Memories

* Bling Alpha - Me and My Big Ideas

* Large Flowers - Darice

* Prima Flower

* White Gel Pen

* Cherries Keychain from Wal-Mart

* 6 3/4" x 5 1/2" Spiral Journal from Dollar Tree

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My Best Friend's deviantART


In a good way, of course.

I am so proud of my best friend Shannon. The photo above is one of her newest ones from her new deviantART gallery. She’s not even a day into the game and she’s already kicking ass all over the place. This picture reminds me of those shots from “The Ring” – you know from the video – now all it needs is the film-grainy look to it…

A few weeks ago, I went with her to buy her first digital camera. She bought a really nice Kodak with vibration stabilization and really nice functionality. She hasn’t stopped taking pictures since she pulled it out of the box. Her pictures are always incredible - she has a great eye for composition and she knows what she wants to take pictures of. She can’t help but see things in an artistic way, which always lends to making anything she shoots all the cooler.

One more before I go:


Why can’t I do that?!?!?!


Check Shannon’s deviations out at:

*** http://shaynay88.deviantart.com/ ***


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Monday, April 2, 2007

Washington DC Trip Pictures

Here are the pics from Travis and I’s trip to Washington, DC, last week. Travis took most of them with my camera… We ended up with some really nice weather on Thursday and Friday; walked the ENTIRE Mall on Thursday, and spent about 2 1/2 hours in Arlington Cemetery on Friday afternoon before we left. As you can see, the pictures turned out AWESOME!

The Washington Regency Hyatt on Capitol Hill

the hotel we stayed in

picture courtesy of Washington Regency Hyatt

The view out the window of our hotel

nice, huh?

Cherry Trees in full bloom…

boy are these stinky, though!

The Capitol Building

luckily there weren’t any cr@zies around…

Statue of Grant

in front of Capitol

I just thought this was so cool, with the lions…


unfortunately, we didn’t get to go inside :(

The Washington Monument

*Funny story on this one:


Later that evening, I am having a conversation with my son, Brodyn, on the phone. I was explaining everything I got to see that day to him.

M: “And I saw the White House…. and…”

B: “Yeah, that’s where the Oval Office is.”

M: “That’s right! The Oval Office IS in the White House! You know a lot about Washington DC already.”

B: “Yeah, there’s eagles there, too.”

M: “I’m sure there are, that’s our national symbol.”

B: “And the President.”

M: “Yep. We also got to see the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Monument…”

B: “Yeah, the Lincoln Monument is that tall pointy white building…”

M: “No, that’s the Washington Monument. The Lincoln is the one that’s rectangular with all the pillars, and a big statue of Lincoln inside….”

B: “NUH-UH! The pointy one is the Lincoln, I know!”

M: “No, that’s the Washington…”

B: “No, mom. It’s the Lincoln.” (in that matter-of-fact tone)

(Dad in the Background): “Brodyn, the pointy one is the Washington…”

B: “Oh…”

Just funny how he thought he was going to argue with me like I didn’t know or something. HEL-LO!! Like I wasn’t just there! He is such a silly kid sometimes!


Flag at WWII Memorial

how patriotic…

WWII Memorial

this is pretty new… so if you haven’t seen it yet,

you’re in for a real treat! There are inscriptions

in the stone EVERYWHERE, and the wreaths and

fountains represent different states and territories

that were involved in the conflict. An awesome

tribute to those who gave their lives fighting for

the freedom of so many in that War.

Old Honest Abe

no trip to DC would have been complete without

this photograph! You can’t not go to the

Lincoln Monument!!

** My brother suggested getting naked and sticking

Nicotine patches all over myself for the photo.**

(If you haven’t seen “Thank You for Smoking”,

please disregard the above statement.) :)

The Vietnam Memorial

what a cool picture….

This place was very sobering,

to see how many people gave their

lives during this War… saddening, really…

The Mall from Arlington

one of the most beautiful views I’ve ever seen…

The trees in blossom made it all the prettier.

Changing of the Guard

at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers

very humbling…

USS Maine Casualties

some of these tombs were marked “unknown”

The cemetery was definitely my favorite part of

the trip – makes you realize the price that has

been paid for us to live in the society we are

currently destroying…

Thanks for looking! Hopefully next time I go I will get to see more, but I am content with what I was able to see! (Not to mention worn out from all the walking!)

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Etsy.com - Cr@zy Shopping

This website is AWESOME!!!!!


Buy or sell your handmade goods… I’d rather buy, personally! They have so many cool things on this site that it’s unreal, and the list gets updated pretty regularly! You can find anything from fashion to housewares, and everything in between! Definitely for the artsy in all of us – and for those of us who just want something different from the rest! Be sure to check it out!

Here are some of my faves:

Pirate Baby - Custom Made

by projectgrabbag


Playful Fun Fur Handbag

by ShiDesigns


Here Comes the Sun Necklace

by sudlow


Dark Grove Nymph Mask

by faerywhere


Unique Funky Flower Pendant

by Tamar


Fantabulous – Reversible Headband

by GracieDesigns

Treasures lie ahead!! Don’t miss these unique items or the opportunity to sell your rockin’ handmade goods on this great site!

Cr@zy!!! I can’t wait to go shopping

Me About Me (That I Didn't Even Know About Me)

Blogthings.com is a pretty cool site – if you’re into quizzes; especially quizzes of the “Mostly A’s”, “Mostly B’s” genre. And, when you’re done, you get a nifty little badge for your blog or DisgraceSpace; something that includes a generic picture and description of your results.

Setting all of that aside, Blogthings IS a pretty cool site, but I decided there was a better way to use it. Rather than take the old standard “About Me” survey that everyone else does, I decided to turn these Blogthings into an About Me survey for my blog. Saves me from having to use their goofy badges on every other blog post. Now let’s learn a little more about ME (and trust me, it’s my first time finding out some of this information myself!) Heeeeeeeeeere we go!

My Irish Name: Maeve Campbell.

My Japanese Name: Takara Saito.

My Drag Queen Name: Barb Wyre.

My Hippie Chick Name: Vega.

What Year I Belong In: 1968.

How Much My Life is Worth: $907,500.

Which American Cities Best Fit Me: Miami, Austin, Honolulu, Seattle, Washington DC

What Number I Am: 4 – The Individualist.

The Color of My Psyche: Red.

The Color of My Aura: Violet.

The Color of My Brain: Blue.

My Scholastic Strength Is: Deep Thinking. Therefore, I should have majored in: Philosophy, Music, Art, Theology, History or Foreign Language.

My Brain’s Pattern:

Your mind is an incubator for good ideas, it just takes a while for them to develop.

But when you think of something, watch out! Your thoughts tend to be huge, and they come on quickly - like an explosion. You tend to be quiet around others, unless you're inspired by your next big idea. (wow, ok, this is pretty much dead on.)

How Abnormal I Am: 64%.

You are at medium risk for being a psychopath. It is somewhat likely that you have no soul. (uhh… WOW.) You are at high risk for having a borderline personality. It is very likely that you are a chaotic mess. You are at medium risk for having a narcissistic personality. It is somewhat likely that you are in love with your own reflection.

What Donut I Am:

What Kind of Pie I Am: cream pie.

What Flavor Martini I Am: Chocolate.

What Kind of Soda I Am: Coke.

What Kind of Cake I Am: chocolate. (beginning to see a theme here…)

What Flavor Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream I Am: Chocolate Fudge Brownie.

My Political Profile:

OVERALL: 70% Conservative, 30% Liberal

SOCIAL ISSUES: 100% Conservative


FISCAL ISSUES: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal

ETHICS: 50/50

DEFENSE AND CRIME: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal


What Kind of Rocker I Am: a Chick Rocker. (duh.)

My 80’s Theme Song Is:Walk This Way” by Run DMC.

My 1996 Theme Song Is:California Love” by 2–Pac & Dr. Dre

Am I Addicted to the Internet? 66%. In your opinion, life without the internet is hardly worth living.

I Have Good Manners: 48% of the time. :(

The Muppet I Am Most Like Is: Kermit.

What Mythological Creature I Am: a mermaid.

What Type of Weather I Am: lightning. (ka-chow!)

What Time of Day I Am: noon.

What Type of Sports Car I Should Drive: Ferarri.

How Nerdy Am I: only 36%.

How Much Do I Know About Blogging: You know a lot about Blogging. You’re not a total blogging geek yet… give it time.


I don't see the glass as half empty or half full. I see what's exactly in the glass. I never try to make a bad situation seem better than it is... But I also never sabotage any good things I have going on. I am brutally honest in my assessments of situations - and this always seems to help me cope.

And there you have it. Couldn’t have said it better myself.