Good Lyrics: Blues Traveler

Look Around
by Blues Traveler

You’ll get no answer from me
About what I want or what I get
Brave enough to speak, afraid to see
Confuse the issue til you forget
And I’ve tried to finally decide why
I’m in your face

And if you can’t already tell
I am unable to let things go
I’m told I do it very well
But more important
you should know that all the same
You’ve got no one to blame but yourself
If you call that a waste

Cause it ain’t me
That’s been hurting you inside
And if you’ve learned
You’ll know much more than I
That you’re gonna have to go and find it
You’ll have to dig beneath the ground
You’ll have to unearth every ugly stone
That kept you on your own
And simply put them down
You’re gonna have to look around

You’ll get no answer from me
About what I get or want I want
That was enough to make her leave
She’s not the first one come and gone
And I don’t care
Buyer beware of me
‘Cause it might get rough

If you want peace, then live alone
If you wanna hide, then find a stage
Each a brief but perfect home
To accomodate your rage
And sometimes
In the midst of all my crimes
I feel lost
Or have I lost enough?

Remaining friends
Remind me as they say
It’s up to you
The things you throw away
And still you’re gonna have to go and find it
You’ll have to dig beneath the ground
You’ll have to unearth every ugly stone
That’s kept you on your own
And simply put them down
You’re gonna have to look around.

Crafty Update: Holiday Gift Guides Galore!

I’m very excited that my recycled map stationery is getting so much exposure this year. The holidays are always a busy time, but this year things really seem to be amping up. It’s making me start to think in terms of refining my blog, which as you know has thus far been a conglomeration of random thoughts, into a true art/design/craft blog. Maybe that will be a goal for 2010…transitioning into something more professional (and more lucrative).

Rounding out my excellent 2009 are some blog mentions I wanted to brag about. First off, the good people at Focus Organic have now included me in their Green Christmas and Holiday Gift Guide for the second year in a row!

New this year is an inclusion in the Indie Fixx Handmade Holidays Gift Guide. That’s a site I’ve admired for a while, and I’m thrilled they noticed my stuff.

And finally, A Perfect Peach also discovered the joys of map stationery!

This has been my most successful year yet, and I’m hopeful that it will only get better from here on out!

Tiger Woods vs. Santa

Y’all know me. I love celebrity gossip. I know all the arguments against it. There are so much more important things going on the world! The media is just preying on people’s misfortunes! But I’ll tell you what: anyone who ever watches TV, period, is doing the exact same thing. And people latch onto this stuff for the same reason they latch onto TV — the things that are happening in the “real world” we live in are too depressing and too far out of reach. People need a break from war, and if we can get it from douche bags, we will take it. It’s not preying on misfortune. Exploiting truly unfortunate people happens daily in the media, with the likes of Maury Povich and any number of sad shows like “Wife Swap.” Celebrity gossip is like finding the tragedy in their good fortune. It reminds us that despite how perfectly wonderful and carefree their existences may seem, they are flawed people too, and all the riches in the world can’t make you be a good person. Although it makes being a bad person a lot more fun until you get caught.

So I’m not here to tell everyone to leave Tiger alone or to go back to worrying about real problems like not being able to afford all your Christmas presents this year or wondering how much longer they’re going to keep renewing your unemployment benefits. Let’s face it — the likelihood of that happening is far greater than those of you actually finding a job.

I’m actually here today to say I’m disappointed with the lack of moral judgment happening in the media. Not because I”m in favor of judging people, but because that is what the media does best, day in and day out, and they have totally missed out on a truly monumentous opportunity to figuratively STONE Tiger with his Scarlet Letter — in HD.

Case in point: Saturday Night Live. As far as I’m concerned, the value of that show lies mainly in their ability to snarkily crucify public figures without discrimination. They don’t always succeed at that, but at least they are willing to poke fun at every sitting U.S. President for the last 35 years. That may be one of the truest exercises in democracy this country ever sees.

SNL seriously disappointed me with their take on the Tiger Woods scandal. I’ve heard some damn good Tiger jokes on Facebook in the last couple weeks, and these people get paid inordinate amounts of money to write good jokes, and THIS crap about the PGA Tour is the best they can come up with?

Please. And THIS crap on Weekend Update about the latest ho?

Let me tell you something. Those fifty (or whatever the number is now) girls might be skanky whores, but they are not nearly as dumb as you think. In fact, they are the only ones in the whole situation who are going to gain money and fame, and they knew that when they slept with a celebrity. Hello, that is why they did it. All this talk about “Tiger never used a condom?” It’s NOT LIKE the women didn’t have a say in the matter! Love child, anyone? Portion of the millions, anyone? This is, after all, a country where we’ve been brainwashed to think it doesn’t matter what (or who) you do, as long as you get rich and famous for it.

We’ve all made mistakes in life. We’ve all done things we aren’t proud of. But I have to say that Tiger’s “transgressions” go way beyond “mistake.” It’s a lifestyle choice. You slip up one time? That’s a mistake. He’s just a douche who got caught and now he’s sorry. Yeah, NOW he’s sorry. Actually maybe not so much — he’s still sexting the whores.

You can count me on Team Elin — even if she is a Swedish former model and has millions. I hope she has a good lawyer. I’m sure Tiger’s money is paying for one. Before you start judging me, I will say that I have been a cheater and I have also been cheated on. Neither is fun. But it’s a whole lot less fun to be the scorned party in the situation. And there should be consequences for actions. Those consequences should vary depending on the circumstances and the situation. I think Elin should get half of everything he has, with an additional million for each ho bag he tapped for emotional damages, and an extra $5 million per ho bag for the emotional damages inflicted upon his children, which won’t even surface for many years.

With all the money he’s got, will his career ever be ruined, even if he loses all his endorsements? Probably not. So what real punishment is there? Losing a wife he obviously couldn’t give a crap about in the first place and admitted to regretting marrying? Maybe being prevented from spending as much time with his kids, assuming he cares about that.

But as far as I can tell, he is a typical male, directed by his penis and selfish. Want to prove me wrong? Bring it. Trust me, I’ve been hoping this wasn’t the case for 30 years now. I’ve yet to be convinced.

Crafty Update: New Blog Mention!

Just want to say thanks to Laura at Bright Bold Beautiful who has included my recycled map stationery in her current holiday list of “favorite things.” These puppies are taking off this year — I hope it continues! Thanks to everyone for all of your support. It was even on the front page of Etsy this morning, and as we all know, that is major exposure and something I’d been hoping for for ages! Onward! Let’s hope one day this will be my day job!!

Good Lyrics: Collective Soul

by Collective Soul

Give me a word
Give me a sign
Show me where to look
Tell me what will I find
Lay me on the ground
Fly me in the sky
Show me where to look
Tell me what will I find
Oh, heaven let your light shine down

Love is in the water
Love is in the air
Show me where to look
Tell me will love be there
Teach me how to speak
Teach me how to share
Teach me where to go
Tell me will love be there
Oh, heaven let your light shine down

Movies: The New Star Trek

Loved it! I’m not a huge fan of Star Trek, although I do appreciate it on occasion. Star Trek is a big thing in my family. Sometimes it seems like I’m the only one who is not into it. Even after years of growing up with a sci-fi nut family, it still took an even more zealous boyfriend to convince me that Star Trek (and a variety of other sci-fi shows and movies) were worth watching. I was especially excited to see the new film adaptation because of J.J. Abrams’s involvement. He did Alias, which was one of my favorite shows of all time, and Felicity, which I was obsessed with in college.

I have to say, I thought this movie was very well written, excellently cast and well acted. Zachary Quinto, who plays the young Spock, plays my least favorite character on Heroes, and not just because he’s the bad guy. It’s because he is an unsympathetic bad guy. All the good villains have an element of vulnerability that makes them relatable in spite of their misguided evil tendencies. Sylar does not. If you want to disagree, I welcome your comments. But he was born to play a young Spock. I really thought everyone did a great job of showing what youthful energy might have been like for the characters we are so well acquainted with as older adults.

This is not a movie I’d necessarily recommend to someone who was not already somewhat familiar with the premise of Star Trek and a basic knowledge of the main characters and their distinguishing characteristics. But I would say I am on the bottom end of the spectrum in terms of my Trekkie knowledge, and I really enjoyed it and will probably watch it again.

Books: Confessions of a Falling Woman

Just finished this collection of short stories. I’m not saying the writing was bad — it was an entertaining read. The themes of the stories all seemed a little cliched to me. Overall it made me a little surprised that it got published…and hopeful that my writing will be someday as well. I mean, if you can do the opposite of what your best creative writing teacher said and still get a book deal, then I have hope for my future after all.

Crafty Update: Green Upgrader

I’d like to give a shout out to a cool website that is currently featuring my recycled map stationery in their holiday gift guide: Green Upgrader! I am really psyched to be included in the group of eco-friendly gift ideas that they’ve assembled. This is a super cool site, and handmade (especially eco-friendly) gifts are the “in” thing this year. And hopefully every year!

My recycled map stationery can be purchased here!

It’s really very affordable, and you can feel good about buying a product that supports sustainability and an independent artisan. Perfect for your favorite traveller or eco-minded pal.

Crafty Update: Recycled Wallets

By now you are probably aware of my penchant for all things crafty and all things recycled. I frequently like to combine the two. Recently I found this cool place mat on a trip to Goodwill, and I decided to turn it into cute wallets with velcro closure. Coocatchoo has already claimed one, and the rest are for sale in one of my Etsy shops. They’re the perfect size, cute colors, and totally one-of-a-kind!

Good Karma: Car Troubles

Last week, I went into my usual gas station and found one of my favorite employees in the middle of a minor meltdown. She is always so friendly to me, and when you spend as much time alone in the world as I do, it can mean a lot when random strangers are nice to you. This is a lesson I learned from the opposite side when I worked a crap retail job during college. Sometimes it just makes all the difference to people to get an unexpected smile or a laugh, to have a punked out kid hold a door open for you or a fellow shopper offer to return your grocery cart. Sometimes it’s things like that that can get a person through a day, when everything else seems to be falling apart and going all wrong.

Favorite Employee (I think her name is Robin) was blinking back tears because a tire on her car had just gone flat again after multiple attempts at inflation and no luck finding any holes. She couldn’t afford to replace it, but she needed to replace it to be able to get to work. Maybe I was feeling compassionate because of the sucky economy we’re all having to deal with around the holidays. Maybe it’s a connection I feel with the “working poor.” Let’s face it — I probably qualify as that myself. If not, I probably come close, and I’ve definitely been there in my younger days. Even now, I am not the sort of person who has a great deal of disposable income to go throwing around town at people less fortunate, although that would be awesome. But right then, I was thinking about what I would do if I couldn’t get to work — and about how the last time I couldn’t because my car broke down, I had two different friends lend me cars to drive without a second thought. But what if I had no one? Who would help me?

So I bought Robin a new tire.

Fast forward to a few days later. My stupid car is now totally screwed and needs many repairs costing anywhere from $400 to $1,500, depending on who is doing the estimating. Therefore, I was stuck here for Thanksgiving and missed a holiday with my family for the first time ever. Even though, I had friends to spend it with here, and it was nice to not be totally alone. Birdy has just been to the vet twice — once for normal things like vaccinations, and once for violent vomiting whose cause could not be identified but which cost me a show in Raleigh, which was the only musical excursion I had planned in the last several months. And it’s time to do Christmas shopping. And I am feeling pretty overwhelmed.

My car is in the shop today, and my coworker just handed me a check for $100 to help out with repairs because, she said, “I have been really blessed this year, and I’d really like to help you out with your car.” On the check, it said “Random Act of Kindness.” And today I don’t feel quite so alone in the universe.