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Apparently there is some big to-do about the new Erykah Badu video “Window Seat.”  Well I watched it and after the first few seconds knew what the buzz was about– real parking meters still exist?  The ones that take coins?  And celebrities actually pay them?  Yeah right Erykah Badu, it’s gonna take more than that to shock me!

And while we’re at it… same to you Ricky Martin.

Things I Live For: Easter lilies

Quote of the Day: “Keep your eyes wide – the chance won’t come again.” –Bob Dylan

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With all the hoopla surrounding Jared and $5 footlongs, it seems that Subway has been purposely distracting us so as to not notice the horrid crime that they have committed.  I am talking about that awesome little piece of bread that used to serve as the top of the sandwich.  The top was cut on both sides to produce a sort of delicious, bread strip.  Their bread is no longer cut like this.  Instead, the bread is cut in your run of the mill split down the side way.  (I tried to find a pic but this one was the best I could do).

I noticed this over the weekend when I watched Happy Gilmore.  As I watched Happy sling Subway sandwiches, I saw the long forgotten piece of bread!  And I wondered, WHY was this phased out?  And WHY hadn’t I noticed until now? 

Well, I probably have not noticed because ever since Quizno’s came on the scene, I’ve pretty much stayed away from Subway.  But why would you phase out such a revolutionary bread slicing method?  That piece of bread topping was admittedly an afterthought because your sandwich was already tucked neatly into the bread without any side spillage.  It wasn’t really holding anything together except the dreams of this ham-and swiss eating little girl. 

If I have to blame anyone, I will blame Jared.  He changed the face of Subway, so I can only assume this was one of the things on his to-do list.  Take out anything unique that may make you a competitor in the sub market.  It’s not like any new sub shop is going to open and offer delicious hot, toasty subs, so why continue on trying to have a hook? 

Jared may have succeeded with his weight loss, but he certainly failed Marketing 101.  And if not him, someone else.  And I want names.

Pet Peeve of the Day: See above

Quote of the Day: “Whoa, you’re telling us this book is filthy, inappropriate and made a guy shoot the king of hippies?!  Can we please read this, right now?!” –Eric Cartman

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03.25.2010

Awesome Poet Alert!


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Despite her love for the Dallas Cowboy’s, I’d like to give a shout out to my MFA colleague and beat sister, Heather Cox.  She recently had a poem published in Dark Sky magazine and I urge you to check it out HERE.

Also, you can read more from her on her blog A Disheveled Soul.

Congrats Heather!! 

Pet Peeve of the Day: Windy days

Quote of the Day:“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.” –e.e. cummings (That’s dedicated to you H-Money)

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By now we all know I am not down with movies.  I don’t watch them, I haven’t seen them, and I can only quote Tommy Boy or Will Ferrell movies.  But as a loyal Oscars watcher (for the fashion, duh) I am usually forced to learn a little about what movies have been popular in the last year.  Not that I like to follow the popular opinion, but asking if people know what cow-tipping is at cocktail parties kind of limits my scope of conversation.

So I found out about this movie Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire.  It seemed like a story I would like: moving, adolescent struggles, courage, blah blah.  And so I found it on OnDemand and watched it.  Except it turns out I already saw this movie.  In 1995.  When it was called “Dangerous Minds.”

A well-meaning teacher relates to the struggles of inner-city kids and helps them flourish.  Sorry Sapphire, but this has been done before.  And done better ala Michelle Pfeiffer. 

I get that weaving in incest is meant to make Precious more compelling, but really it didn’t.  And did anyone else have trouble understanding what the fuck Precious was saying?  I felt like an 80 year old woman living next to a highway my volume was up so high.  And I still missed half the dialogue.  Not that it effected my understanding of the story.

I will say that Monique was pretty awesome and while I didn’t see any of the other movies in her Oscar category, I feel the correct choice was made.  Gabourey Sidibe as best actress?  A think even a nomination for her was a little far fetched. 

So the next time I want a heartwarming story, I’ll watch Dangerous Minds.  Because honestly, incest cannot hold a candle to a Dylan-Dylan contest.

Things I Live For: Movies made in the mid-90’s; ketchup popsicles

Quote of the Day: “I will not go down under the ground ‘Cause somebody tells me that death’s coming ’round – And I will not carry myself down to die – When I go to my grave, my head will be high.” –Bob Dylan

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Let’s see what a dollar can get you these days…

I bought this ugly table at my favorite antique store for a dollar.  That is correct, I dollar.  I figured for that price I would find something to do with it.  I needed a side table on the other side of my bed so I figured this would fit perfectly the long way.  And if it didn’t work out, well, it was only out a dollar.

 

 

A can of $.96 black spray paint later…And of course, I distressed the edges a bit with sandpaper because I need to have everything distressed and shabby chic-esque.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The Dollar Tree is another fave spot of mine.  The items below actually weren’t that bad on their own, but I wanted better:

 

Fleur de Lis finials?  Yes please.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 A thin layer of turquiose acrylic paint applied with a foam brush gave these a perfect, rusty, patina-ish look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the birdies?  I made them look old and springy.

This guy got rubbed with Ralph Lauren Smoke glaze which I have to resist glazing everything in my house with.

And these guys got some spring spray paint.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I covered a dollar store frame with the same turquoise acrylic paint for a simiilar antiquey look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, I wanted some decorative balls (hahaha) but it was impossible to find cheap forms for them.  So I came across these at the Dollar Tree and decided they would work:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hotglued strips of sheet music to them and burned all 18 of my fingers in the process.

 

 

   

DIY Day @ ASPTL 

 

 

Pet Peeve of the Day: People who live in Chicago and complain when it snows one day and is 60 degree the next.  MOVE.  Because that is WHY I live here.

Quote of the Day: “We got to roll with the punches, play all of our hunches, make the best of whatever comes your way. Forget that blind ambition, learn to trust your intuition — plowing straight ahead, come what may.” –Jimmy Buffett

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