At our house, December 2009 was a blur of working, crafting and traveling. Somehow, in all of the excitement and frenzy of the holidays, the 31 days of 2009’s final month felt more like 13 days. There just never seemed enough time! That must be why, almost a full week into the new year, we are just now getting around to replacing all of the calendars in the house. In past years, I have always grabbed a big, glossy shrink-wrapped calendar from the big-box bookstore, but this year I am looking for something different. Because we are going to have to live with it for the next 12 months, I want something unique, clever and, of course, eco-friendly.
You know those days when, GAH!, you just want to get your flipping hair out of your face and off your neck? I bought this ‘neck cozy’ and it does just that.
Sure, next winter I’ll be using it to keep out the chill, but for now this is an incredibly wide, lusciously soft, and beautifully electric-colored headband. By ABCreativeDesigns. (Oh, and she also makes these for dogs and that makes me laugh and laugh and laugh. And envy dogs.)
Last week we talked about back to school which must mean that we’re edging toward fall. I like to buy as many multi-purpose and multi-season items as I can, so I have spent this week thinking about how to extend our summer purchases into the autumn days ahead. This week I focused on a particular color scheme – orange, rust, amber and red – that will still look fresh in the coming months when the leaves start to change.
My first find this week is a gorgeous photo from The Garden Shed. Gerbera Daisies always lend a cheerful touch to your wall and the vibrant color will help perk up any dark corner.
Geek Necklace by Piano Bench Designs
It used to be that being called a nerd or a geek was a pretty bad thing. I remember some of those days quite well. Except for the kids when I was in grade one were much more eloquent! They called me the “Walking Encyclopedia”. Cue 2010 and being geeky is where it’s at. So it’s no surprise to me that these last couple of years there has been a surge in items you can buy for us “geeks” – often referred to as “geekery”.
Image above by Simply Cute by Karin
How did this change in our way of thinking come about you ask? Well I feel pretty positive that we have the internets to thank for it! I remember the early days of the internet and AOL – when everyone knew we were on to something big, but they didn’t know just how big, or really how we’d end up using the web. And as you might remember at that time there were countless stories of crazy investments in some pretty off-beat companies and folks in the Silicon Valley were living large. Search engines were famous for bringing you just the results you wouldn’t want to find on a work computer (if you wanted to keep your job that is) and people were just discovering instant messaging and forums.
Nerdy Coffee Mug by Terry Irwin Art Prints
Then something changed. Well a lot of somethings. The internet became super useful and we were all left wondering what we’d do without it. Now we ask – how could I survive a work day without a stream of random chatter from my friend’s facebook feeds, randomly surfing hilarious videos on Youtube or browsing for Christmas gifts on fun sites like Cargoh (where I sourced all these finds today)? These days if you learn someone is a PHP genius or a Cold Fusion developer – it’s more likely that you’re in awe of them instead of thinking that they’re inferior in some way. Because these brilliant minds are helping us while away hours of our time in the most entertaining of ways, and allowing us to connect with people online, in ways we never would have thought possible just a few short years ago.
Redhead Reader Print by A Cagey Bee
And if anyone was to buy me one of these gifts (particularly that coffee mug) I would wear it or display it like the badge of honor that it is. And if you have a family member or a friend who’s always calling themselves a geek – I think they’d love to have one of these items too.
February. The shortest month of the year is also one of the most eventful and emotional. There’s anticipation—will the groundhog see his shadow? Who will win the superbowl? There’s a celebration of love, leadership, and history. There’s carnival revelry and reflection. And this February, there’s the Olympics—evoking pride, spreading excitement and awe and, maybe best of all, inspiring. (Wall quotes from Its Written On The Wall help keep the inspiration alive.)
I love the Olympics. When I was 10 years old, I liked the summer Olympics, in awe of the gymnasts. Back-flipping on narrow beams. Flying through the air. The pressure, the dedication, the incredible disappointment one tiny slip-up caused, and conversely the amazing elation of a perfect performance. I lost interest a little over the years, but fell in love again four years ago, when the Olympics were in Turino. I obsessively watched the coverage from Italy. The skiing, the skating, the snowboarding—amazed at what these athletes could accomplish. It takes an amazing amount of self-discipline to compete at such a level. I, myself, can’t make it to the gym most days, because it’s cold. What a weak excuse! (Maybe, if I had this workout towel from Words To Sweat By in my gym bag, I’d be more motivated.)
Going for gold is what the Olympic athletes do. They compete to win. they are the best of the best, and if they win, and come out on top they’re awarded the gold medal. Maybe if I awarded myself a token of appreciation every now and then, I could motivate. (This necklace from Second Sister Jewelry, titled Olympic, might help.)
Sit down, watch the Olympics and marvel at what we all can do. The possibilities are endless.