Monthly Archives: October 2008

Creative and Funny Pumpkin Carving

We carved pumpkins last night. I just had to share our finished products because I think they turned out so cute. Vote for your favorite!

Stef's Witch pumpkin

Stef

Tim's scary carved pumpkin

Tim

Funny carved pumpkin

My funny carved pumpkin

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Tag Sale Find: The Ball BQ

This Saturday my sister and I went to a tag sale not far from my house. The owner had the most amazing hat collection: fedoras in every color, floppy beach hats, pillbox hats. Unfortunately my big head only fit into one. But I bought it and it’s super cute. I also snagged two really cool purses. One is brown leather with a western detail and the other is a burgundy suede clutch. Both are perfect for fall.
But it was my sister that made the best score. I was looking at 30-year-old sheets still in their original packaging when she ran over whispering, “I found something good.” I followed her into a back room and under an old patio set was a box. Inside I saw bright orange pieces of metal. “It’s a grill, never used,” she told me. It was marked $20 so my sister bought it.

Ball BQ

Ball BQ

We took the Ball BQ home and investigated. It’s a Canadian-made grill, produced in about 1970. One of these was actually used on the set of That ’70’s Show. It is perhaps the coolest grill I have ever seen. And if it weren’t worth about $750 I might just buy it myself! We listed the grill on Ebay and she’s already tripled her money, but we are hoping it will go much  higher. Now that’s a good tag sale find!

ball BQ

ball BQ

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Obama’s Ties to Fannie Mae Too Close for Me

There is lots of talk today about Obama’s ties to radical Bill Ayers. I heard a quote on the radio this morning saying that no amount of flags on Obama’s campaign stage can make him seem patriotic. But what about his ties to Fannie Mae, one of the companies that many believe is behind the mortgage meltdown? Do you really think Obama will “change” the system when his biggest financial backers ARE the system? Here’s what Mike Huckabee has to say about it:

While there is plenty of blame and fault to go around for both parties, there really is hard evidence that John McCain tried in vain to get attention focused on the totally absurd lending practices of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that are at the heart of the meltdown.  Barack Obama is the second highest recipient of political cash from the big bosses of these entities, and his chief economic advisor Franklin Raines took over $90 million in bonuses from Fannie Mae.  That’s right—$90 MILLION.  Do you really think that Barack Obama will lead “reform” of a system that he has helped grease?

His radical views on when life begins and his priority of protecting abortion rights over the right to life for the unborn are beyond most of even the most extreme leftists.  His work with ACORN, a radical political organization is especially noteworthy in light of the fact that ACORN received over $760 million in “fees” from banks to help push people into “N.I.N.J.A. loans.”  (These are loans made to people with No Income; No Job; and No Assets, thus NINJA loans.)

Imagine Obama as President and Democrats holding majorities in the House and with a possible 60 vote margin Senate.

Goodbye, 2nd amendment rights.

Goodbye, protection for the unborn.

Goodbye, tax breaks.

Goodbye, diligence against state sponsored terrorism from rogue governments like Iran, North Korea, and others.

Goodbye, parental rights as a fundamental right to not be supplanted by the government.

Goodbye, holding traditional marriage as one man, one woman for life.

I’m not ready to accept that.

I’m not either! Tell your friends. Tell your family.

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The Search for the Perfect Desk

So maybe I’m obsessing just a little, but I’ve been on a full-scale search for the perfect desk for my home office. I want one that is mostly white or silver, with a drawer to hide some stuff in. It must be modern with clean lines. I don’t want any glass or metal. I found a nice one from West Elm, but then I found this one:

Herman Miller Desk

Herman Miller Desk

I just love it. It’s like a piece of art. But it comes with the price tag of a masterpiece: $2,199! Yikes! I didn’t even spend that much on my sofa and refrigerator combined! But if anyone out there ever finds a great deal on the Airia™ Desk by Herman Miller– let me know. I’ll sit at it and write you the longest, loveliest thank you note ever.

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My Name Twin

Nine and a half months ago I wrote about my first run in with my name twin. Our initial encounter was at my hair salon when a mix-up put us face-to-face. Turned out not only do we have the same name, but we get our hair cut by the same person. So the saga continues.

Two days ago I received some mail. It had those yellow stickers on the front indicating a change of address, which most of our mail still has since we only moved a month ago. I opened it and discovered it wasn’t my mail after all. This mail was for another girl that had a very similar last name and lived a couple of doors down. I felt bad that I had opened her personal mail and decided the best course of action would be to personally deliver it.

So today I took the mail and headed to the house I thought it belonged to. After several minutes of waiting for someone to come to the door, a man wearing nothing but a robe emerged from the garage smoking a pipe. “Is this 101?” I asked. He explained that no, it wasn’t and spent the next several minutes hypothesizing which home was in fact, 101.

I finally managed to break away and walked across the street to a home that was two doors down from my own. I had remembered new people moving in a few weeks ago and figured that must be it. I knocked and a girl in her 20’s opened the door. I explained my mistake, telling her that I have the same last name and live just two doors down. I apologized and she asked my name. When I told her she replied, “that’s my name, too.” Stunned I said, “are you the girl from Wilson’s on Washington?” Yes, that was her.

So now not only do I have a name twin that gets her hair cut by the same guy, but she lives two doors away.

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