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I can’t believe today is the last day of July. And that much closer to the end of summer break for me.

As I have said before, during the summer my sleep schedule is totally turned around. And with that…and no real responsibilities (read: baby), I follow my internal clock. (B. hates it when I don’t go to bed with him…but I just can’t sleep all the way through the night…I tried, I really did!)

So…it’s 3:33 am…I like to have background noise. Hm. What do I do? Turn on the tv, of course! And what’s on this late/early? Yup, INFOMERCIALS!

header_asseenontv_home1.jpgHow did I ever survive without knowing about these wondrous things? It was only by the grace of God that I have been able to wash clothes, fix my hair, clean, do ANYTHING! I-must-have-them-ALL!

Seriously though…They have been getting more and more polished. A few years ago, you had that man yelling at you (is he still on?)…or the pseudo-talk show where everybody in the audience went to the same ‘acting’ workshop. (get a refund!)

Although I have to say I probably come by this love of useless stuff honestly. (more…)

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Dutch designer, Tord Boontje:

icarus light

 

He’s been around for a while…but I just discovered this creator. Amazing stuff! You probably saw his designs last Christmas (2006) in Target stores across the US. Those beautiful, delicate ‘paper cutout’ hanging from the ceilings and homeware designs.

 

IPhones

<sigh> I lust after this.
I know, I know.
But still… <sigh>

Lamp

 

Websites

CoolHunting-Design: a hodge-podge of cool designs, whether interior, product, art, etc.

Have you found some?

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Boys Gone Stupid

If I had a job that allowed me to wake up, go to bed on my own time, I’d probably turn everything upside down.B. behind Ringo's drumset...for real!
I also enjoy turning on the Comedy Central for background noise. They have things on you really don’t have to pay attention to…but every now and then you look up and (hopefully) hear a witty quip or two.
Then the inevitable “Girls Gone Wild” video comes on. I just roll my eyes but continue with what I was doing. I knew it would be soon over. Whatever.
Then one day I happen to be next to B in bed when those commercials came on.
Each time it was as if Pavlov rang the bell, and he was a dog. (hm…too easy)
If he had simply glanced up and then went back to what he was doing, this wouldn’t have come up…but he was…staring. He doth protested too much, but that is the only word I can use to describe what he was doing…kindly, that is.
So I put it in perspective for him: (more…)

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“Okay, not too related but I have a friend who is a LA County Firefighter. He said these two Asian Paramedics were called to a Hispanic man who was laying on the ground and “out of it.” They asked him if he knew where he was, and he looked up at them puzzled, and answered “Japan?””

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  • I guess my biological clock is going. I found the CUTEST (say in a high pitched voice) cool baby ‘stuff’ site: drool.icio.us
    It’s not just really cool stuff you wish you had found for a baby shower…or your own baby, but they make snarky comments about some stuff out there for babies & mothers that make you wanna say, “For the love of God, WHY?!”
    DesignMom
    is similar but more focused on the design element rather than the ‘Awww. How cute!’ factor.
    My favs:
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Hemingway
I don’t know where I read it, but it said “Dull women have immaculate homes.”
I should have this tattooed. It’s my mantra. It’s my war cry! I am Woman, see me walk by the cobwebs!
Anytime someone comes over and I imagine (generally women) giving the house the “once over” and an almost imperceptible, disdainful sniff, I have to admit my hackles rise, and I feel very defensive. The desire to explain why the house is in such a mess rises like champagne bubbles…tickling and tickling me until I can’t take it anymore. “Whahadhappenedwas, you see, I was busy, and I….”
I gotta get over it…or clean!
Why do I talk about this now? Well, our new pup likes to go exploring around the house. Invariably he’ll come back just covered in cobwebs and dust bunnies. I wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t cough up a hairball soon!
I feel so bad when I hear him hacking like an old geezer with emphysema. Do you think I could make him have allergies or asthma?
Seriously…I feel bad for the little pup.

In any case…I really should dust more often….and I’ll get to it…right after I finish reading my stack of books, cooking, updating this blog, etc.

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That’s because I just got my book yesterday…Saturday…which really cheeses me off because deepdiscount.com sent me the book a LOT sooner than they were supposed to. (in fact, the mail person said that my book was one of the first to arrive at the PO…but they had to hold on to it until Saturday…THEY HELD MY BOOK?!…but that’s another rant for later)
ANYWAY, Wednesday (July 18), I get a call from Scholastic telling me to PROMISE not to give away the ending if I were to receive my book before the 21st. Of course as soon as she said, “You HAVE to promise….” my hackles went up.
“Look, I don’t think I am going to be able to finish that book to tell anyone ANYONE. I don’t think you have anything to worry about.”
“Well, if you promise, Scholastic will give you….” I forget what she promised. Something about a voucher for their website, maybe a shirt? Dunno. Being slightly untrusting of Big Business I’ll believe it when it gets here.
But it got me thinking…how many people did they call? Can you imagine the man hours it took to call everybody who might have gotten a book before its time? Who has the money for that FOR A BOOK?!
Apparently J. K. Rowling does.
Don’t get me wrong…I don’t begrudge ANYONE who created a character more famous than Paris Spears-Lohan… but she doesn’t strike me as a giving sort. No warm and fuzzies there. Pity.

Rant about the Post Office: I understand that Scholastic wants to make sure their book doesn’t arrive before midnight of the 21st. And any company selling these books are under contract to NOT send them out to be delivered UNTIL the 21st. I get that. But why would it matter to the Post Office (who I assume is not getting a ‘kick back’ for holding all possible HP7 books. If they are, I can testify to the vigilance of a certain PO in my city. Argh.) when the recipients get whatever is coming to them?
I am still a wee bit peeved about that.

In any case, Harry Potter is here…next to my bed. I suppose I can be reading it rather than writing.

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