navygreen: (Apolo: tears of joy)
I've dreamt of owning Helvetica cookie cutters since first seeing this post, originally shown to me by [livejournal.com profile] grrliz about 2.5 years ago. Back then, it was just about a love of all things Helvetica. (You've seen the film, right?)

I've had that bookmark saved for all this time, I joined the mailing list to be notified when the cutters became available, etc. In all this time, the only change to come from this is that I began making sugar cookies...

I made my first sugar cookies in February 2010, just about a year after seeing that post. Weird how that works, isn't it?

However, a great baking company (Fancy Flours) has now released a set of Helvetica cookie cutters. Finally! Yay! I'm so stoked! Wheee!

Except they come with a price tag of $215. Yes, really.

*heavy sigh*
navygreen: (Mars heart)
From my friend Sarah today:

"True story. Was at Goodwill today looking for props when the cutest boy asked what I was shopping for. After I told him I asked what he was shopping for, he said, 'My mom brings us here to play with the toys.' My heart sank for that sweet boy.

I kindly asked his mom if I could buy a toy for him. With tears in her eyes, she said yes. So I told him to go choose whatever toy he wanted. He then asked if I would also buy a toy for his baby sister at home. :) I said sure. For $15 I bought a microwave and some play food and blocks for his baby sister, but he gave me SO much more. I will never forget that sweet boy's face.

It took all I could muster to not grab him and squeeze him and not let him go, but I'm sure his mom would have thought I was looney tunes. ;) Without being prompted he said, "Thank you nice lady". I walked to the car and tears ran down my face."
navygreen: (Jack: soccer)
Jack's soccer game was fun on Thursday night. It's still just amazing to see his greatly-improved skills this season, especially on a team with many more players. He was goalie for the first half, and he seemed to really have fun. In the second half, though, he scored the team's only goal! It was an awesome kick, too - he was really moving and busting it down the field. I was mid-sentence with a parent from the opposing team at the time, and I whooped right in their ears, I'm afraid!

Go Jack! Immediately after making the goal, he signaled his coach for his first time off the court. He took a short water break, and then went right back out for the final minutes. If nothing else, it's insane how much longer he plays before tiring this season, too.

I recently posted an updated picture of A.J. (in the Geography Bee), but I've not posted one of Jack-a-roo in a good while. I look at him sometimes, and I just can't believe that my last chubby-faced little baby is all grown up. *sniffle*

Back in the fall, I brought the boys along with me to entertain two-year-old Lily for some pictures. Lily is currently just IN LOVE with Jack, so it was easy to get her to smile. :-)

Here's Jack giving me a "weirdo" smile at the park that afternoon:

Jack gives me a weirdo smile.


*shakes head* Such a crazy, funny guy. After I snapped that one, he did take a normal picture, too:

And then a nice one, too.


I grew up in Nacogdoches, Texas. Back when I was in the sixth grade, I had to do a semester-long project on trees. I had to make impressions of different leaves, bark rubbings, classifications, and experiments. It was very involved, and my dad would help me by taking me to the Stephen F. Austin campus parks and forestry department. I remember that while we were once on a walk in Pecan Acres Park, we stumbled across several squirrels acting just downright silly. My dad explained to me that the squirrels were drunk on osage oranges, and he explained how it had happened. It was hilarious as, while we watched, the poor squirrels would try to climb the trunks of the trees, only to become so dizzy and fall right back down again. There were huge, strange-looking fruits littering the ground, and Dad showed me that they were the "oranges" from the osage trees. I thought it was just the coolest thing ever, and the leaf from that tree was my favorite in my collection all year.

And while I was taking pictures, Jack came up to me, holding a neon-yellow, stubbly-looking ball. "Mom, what is this thing?" he asked. I examined it for just a moment, and then I remembered. "An osage orange! It's an osage orange, bud. The squirrels eat these and then get drunk, and it's so funny! Hey, let's look for some squirrels!"

Lily was picking up as many as she could carry, bringing them to me, saying, "Gand-ma... ball?" (She calls me 'Gand-ma,' yes. We don't know why, but she's too adorable to correct, so I don't mind being a 'gand-mother' at this early age. *wink*) By the time we caught up with A.J. and Marissa, I had an armful of osage orange "balls" balanced with my camera.

Jack found an osage orange fruit. 15


When we got home, I looked up videos to show the boys just what I had meant, and they laughed until they cried. We must've watched this video five times, I swear (though in this one, the squirrel was drunk off of fermented pumpkins).
navygreen: (Mars heart)
I receive a paper newsletter from Focus on the Family. I find valuable insights for my heart, soul, and mind inside each month, but the issue from June touched me so deeply that I am still remembering it over two months later, thinking of the 'story' each day.

And I really want to share this beautiful love story. I realize that not everyone in my friends' list holds the same beliefs that I do, so I will put the long entry behind a cut. Originally, I was going to type this out myself from my paper newsletter, but when I set forth just now to do so, I found an exact online article already existed. Still, I will put it here for myself, too.

This is a love story. It is Christian, but it is, ultimately, a tale of undying love.

A Love Story Remembered. )

F...

Aug. 19th, 2009 08:36 pm
navygreen: (HP: Quote - extremely famous)
As if I needed another time-suck, I've found one that's just hysterical. No thanks to [livejournal.com profile] welfy for this link, as I'll never get caught up with anything now. ;-)

F My Life

Hilarious!
navygreen: (Me: shoot)
Check this out - hilarious!

A pic for mom.

~ yanked from Ashton Kutcher (Twitter)
navygreen: (Darkwing Duck)
Anyone who knows me well knows that I play this game ALL.THE.TIME. This video is frakking hilarious!

navygreen: (Texas)
Once again, my hometown of Nacogdoches, Texas is in the news.

Cheerleaders Stage Mock Execution During Pep Rally

Yep, that was my high school before I moved to West Virginia. It's funny how small my town really is (even as a university town), yet how often it's made the news since I left it.
navygreen: (PotC: Commodore - HOT!)
Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] ginky!


Frames?

Aug. 1st, 2008 06:23 pm
navygreen: (Default)
I'm on a hunt for perfect picture frames. What are your favorite places to buy frames (online or otherwise)?
navygreen: (Yellow ribbon)
1. "Aren't you afraid that he'll be killed?"
(This one ranks in at number one on the "duh" list. Of course we're afraid. We're terrified. The thought always lingers at the backs of our minds - but thanks, Brilliant, you just brought it back to the front. Maybe next you can go ask someone with cancer if they're scared of dying.)

Read more. )
navygreen: (Cats: Baby)
I saw this article yesterday, and I thought it was such a cute story (but only because of the happy ending!). You can read it through the link, but I'm also posting it here for myself:

Stowaway Cat Makes It Back Home

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (Jan. 23) - Some kitty math: How many lives did little tabby Gracie Mae use up when she crawled into her owner's suitcase, went through an airport X-ray machine, got loaded onto a plane, thrown onto a baggage belt and mistakenly picked up by a stranger far from home?


Gracie Mae, a 10-month-old tabby, stowed away in her owner's suitcase for a plane trip from Florida to Texas. Once there, a stranger mistakenly picked up the suitcase and brought it home to find the cat inside.


"She's got to be at four or five now," Seth Levy said after his 10-month-old pet was returned Sunday night by a kind stranger who went home to Fort Worth, Texas, with the wrong bag and Gracie inside to boot.

The last time Levy's wife, Kelly, saw Gracie was before she took her husband to the airport. The 24-year-old went back to her house in Palm Beach Gardens late Friday to find the bottom step, where Gracie would usually be waiting, empty.

She tore the house apart looking for the cat, who had been spayed just days before. She and her dad took out bathroom tiles and part of a cabinet to check a crawl space and papered the neighborhood with "lost cat" signs.

Then she got a phone call.

"Hi, you're not going to believe this, but I am calling from Fort Worth, Texas, and I accidentally picked up your husband's luggage. And when I opened the luggage, a cat jumped out," Kelly Levy quoted the caller saying.

Rob Carter said he made it home with the suitcase before realizing it wasn't his — and there was a big surprise inside.

"I went to unpack and saw some of the clothes and saw it wasn't my suitcase," he said. "I was going to close it, and a kitten jumped out and ran under the bed. I screamed like a little girl."

Carter said that he eventually was able to get the cat to come out from under the bed.

"In the morning, I got close enough to see its collar and the phone number on it," he said. "So I called the number and got a hold of the crying wife of the traveler."

The tabby made the 1,300-mile trip home on an $80 plane ticket. Carter said he considered keeping the cat before he knew she had a home.

"We were going to name it Suitcase," he said.

Cats Survive Wayward Travels. (More pics, and another case.) )
navygreen: (Jack: tired)
My friend [livejournal.com profile] hp5freak wrote this entry in the wee hours of the morning, and I found it HILARIOUS. I stumbled onto it at 5:30am, and I nearly peed my pants in mirth. :-) She has graciously allowed me to repost it here:

To my darling Insomnia,

Dearest one, I know it's been AGES since we've been together. Was it really last summer since I saw you? How we spent so much time together with Thoughts as we lay together in my bed....or sat on the couch...or worked at the computer.

Beloved, I miss you too, sometimes. Especially when I have TONS to do. You are one of those, along with Caffeine, who stay with me all night as I scramble to get things done. You have never cared when I've inched closer to Insanity or that I've spent time with Delusional. You've only ever been jealous of Naps....and even Naps stays away when you are here.

Baby, I cherish the times when you come unexpectedly in my time of need, but I love you more when you leave.

You see, I have another love. His name is Sleep. And I know in my heart of hearts the two of you will never get along...and it's tearing me up inside. Even more so because you've always been there with me...my companion....you were one of my first loves...

Sweetheart... I think we've drifted apart. As I get older, I look not forward to not missing a thing. But rather missing what I can so that I can be with Alert during the day, and maybe meet up with Bright Eyes and Bushy Tails (do you remember them? Our childhood friends?)

Honeybunch, you know that I will always love you...but I think we would be better off as friends now. Friends who visit occasionally and have raucous slumber parties a couple times a year. They do say Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Please, Darling, let me go. I know we will see each again....some time.

And I can say this because I love you and you love me....please leave now. I'm sure there is someone out there, better suited to your needs. I will always love you, my heart, but we both need to move on.

GET OUT, KTHNX!

Signed,

Me *ded*

Coolness.

Jan. 9th, 2008 08:10 pm
navygreen: (Music)
The boys are discovering the wonder that is X-Box Live. Philip downloaded a demo of the 360 game for Ratatouille, and they're currently playing it. Being able to download demos of games is an awesome feature - we can see if they like something before committing to buy it.

As for me, I can't get enough of Straight No Chaser. If you've not heard of them before, they are a men's a-cappella group from Indiana University, and they are freakin' AMAZING. You can see many of their videos on YouTube, including this one that my Aunt Edith sent me a little bit ago (it's a fantastic version of 'The Twelve Days of Christmas'). I tried to purchase their DVD today, but they are already sold out for January, as well as the preorders for February! Crazy! I'll have to keep checking back.

Check 'em out - you won't be sorry!

LOLcats.

Sep. 15th, 2007 08:14 am
navygreen: (Cats: Baby)
I practically snorted my water all over the screen as I scrolled past this entry from today's LOLcats:



Poor Beauty Queen - never gonna live that one down, especially now that it's been immortalized in the LOLcat universe. ;-)
navygreen: (Office Space: stapler)
Gah, I can't type. I typed 'honestly' up there twice before I got it right. Stupid fingers.

Here's a very interesting article: Radical Honesty. I enjoyed the article, and it definitely left me mulling over the possibility of whether or not I could be so true at every moment. I'm so afraid of hurting feelings sometimes, but the promise of really *feeling* everything - especially the joys - is a very nice reward to think about.
navygreen: (Candle)
This is probably one of the saddest things I've ever seen/read. That poor, precious little girl. My heart breaks for the Daddy.

LOLcats.

Jul. 4th, 2007 02:43 pm
navygreen: (Cats: Kiki)
I am eternally amused by LOLcats. I check back to the site every few days for a couple pages of new images, and I found myself giggling in spite of the surreal stupidity. I can't help it!

Here are a few images that really tickled my funny bone last night:

Click! )

To fully get a kick out of LOLcats, you have to be willing to let "net-speak" slide. You have to choose to be amused by it, rather than disgusted. Though my usual preference is the latter, I'm willing to go with the former in the interest of my dear LOLcats.

Here is a link to the website, should you want to keep tabs on it yourself. There's also been quite a few wizarding cats posted over there, too - even better!
navygreen: (Tatting)
Wow. Just... wow.

Take a look for yourself, whether you knit or knot. (Ha!) These are works of art, and I'm so impressed.

([livejournal.com profile] a_muffin_story? Make sure you take a peek - I'm certain you could make these or even do it better!)
navygreen: (Music)
My younger sis sent me this link, and it is too great not to share. :-)

This accident happened in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, and you must listen to it. It is a phone call from a man who witnesses a car accident involving four elderly women. It was so popular when they played it on CHUM FM that they had to put it on their website.

The guy's laugh is contagious. If you close your eyes and picture what he is watching, it is even better than a video clip!

Link. )

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