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May 2005

everything i need to know i learned in kindergarten.

Sometimes, I think that adults make life so much more complicated than it actually is.  I found this list on the internet the other day showing what we've learned in kindergarten, and the more I think about them, the more I believe we should all live our lives this way.  Things would definitely be simpler.

1. Share everything.

2. Play fair.

3. Don't hit people.

4. Put things back where you found them.

5. Clean up your own mess.

6. Don't take things that aren't yours.

7. Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.

8. Wash your hands before you eat.

9. Flush.

10. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.

11. Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.

12. Take a nap every afternoon.

13. When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.

14. Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: the roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.

15. Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup - they all die. So do we.

16. LOOK.

i'd like to teach the world to sing.

And apparently, I'd also like to teach the world to vote!  No offense to any AI Scott fans, but did my votes not count at all?  OK, I guess I didn't vote since I had a hot date with my husband, but I about peed my scrub pants when I found out who got kicked off! I thought Bo would go before Constantine and I thought Scott would go before anyone else!  How can anyone butcher a Luther song and still dodge the bullet?  I hear that my gal, Paula, was so devastated that she cried?!  Oh, and am I the only one who thinks that Anthony looks like that guy Abram from Road Rules?  Am I also the only one who thinks that I am too old to watch MTV and that I should just stick to VH1?  Ha ha!

the world through rose colored glasses

Thanks to Gina, I have discovered the world of filters!  I love it!  They make my mediocre photography so much more interesting!  I downloaded these awesome filters from Virtual Photographer and the best thing about it is--all of the 60+ filters are FREE!  I have been playing with my photos and hopefully my photos won't look so ordinary from now on! I love the different effects here.  My favorites are Reminiscing and Dreamy!

Here are some samples of these filters:

These are my filter models, Ozzie, OzzieOzzie1and, my niece, Brooke!Img_0995_1 Brooke2BrookeBrooke1




I just discovered these little wee dolls from Hillary of weewonderfuls!  They are so cute!  What a fun and easy little project!  They are hand and machine sewed, stuffed, and weighted!  Perfect gifts for little girls or grown girls like me!  You can find a tutorial here!  Check out the wee gallery, too, for lots of different takes on the little wees!  Off I go to get some stuffing...

this paper makes me happy...and it's digital?!!!


This paper is so cute and it is digital!  I vowed never to go digital and here I am-a digital convert.  It is instant gratification and after hours of practice with Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0, I finally made my first LO!  I just got this new kit from Dawn Stocstill (creator of my Asian hottie in my blog banner!) and the elements are so bright and pretty, right up my sbing alley!  I will definitely be doing more of this!

i am a coconut.

Yes, it's true.  I am a coconut.  Brown on the outside, white on the inside.  I guess that explains my confusion.  I always felt different growing up because I was pulled in so many directions.  Should I be the obedient, traditional daughter or be the freedom lovin' American?  Eating fish heads was not something I saw in the homes of my American friends, and living alone without being married was a sacrilege in my family's eyes.

I told my parents at the ripe ol' age of 25 that I would be moving out the day before I actually packed up my things to live with my roommate.  Of course, I knew I would be moving out on my own for months now.  It was a moment I fantasized about for a long time-living on my own, independent, and free to make my own mistakes.  In my mind, I believed that my parents would be happy for me.  Was I ever wrong!  My mother looked at me in disbelief and reminded me that this was not possible.  I was an unmarried girl.  How could I possibly do this?  It would bring shame to the family name.  Never mind that I was of age, making my own money, and was recently promoted to Charge Nurse at the hospital.  I was in charge of a whole floor of sick patients yet I still had not lived or made decisions about my life by myself.

I set out to prove them wrong.  I hope I succeeded.