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I will collect you and capture you.

One of the things I love about the internet is that it’s so easy to connect with people who have the same interests as you.  In real life, almost every hobby or interest i’ve picked up in the last few years, someone has told me it’s stupid.  Hula hooping is stupid, blogging is stupid, twitter is stupid, where I like to shop is stupid.  I don’t know why people concern themselves so much with how other people spend their free time.  I’m saying this because my new hobby is completely frivolous and i’m sure, is “stupid”.

I think it started when I got my new computer.  My laptop had been an asshole since I got it, so I wasn’t surprised when it started its death rattle a few months ago (and funnily enough, the laptop it was supposed to replace still works, but runs at about 500 degrees).  I decided I was sick of laptops, I wanted more space and to be able to play real computer games.  I made a budget to save from each paycheck, cashed in almost $200 worth of loose change, and five weeks later…

 

So since i’m no longer using a laptop all the time, I need something to do while I watch tv.  This is 2011, who single tasks?  And then I started creeping on the nail polish thread on the ppk.  I haven’t painted my nails at all in years, my toenails get the occasional shot of blue in the summer.  I was under the impression that most nail polish isn’t vegan, but the exact opposite is true!  Sally Hansen and some other companies test, and some put carmine in their reds, but other than that it’s just a big slushie of chemicals (some worse than others).  I tried a few Wet n’ Wild shades, but the smell and the quality quickly drove me into the arms of other brands.  Especially when Walgreens had a week where Sinful Colors was on sale for $1.

 

AND THEN I stupidly decided that it was okay to go to Ulta, to look at ORLY polishes.  I couldn’t remember why I wanted to look at them, but I did.  And then I saw a polish to end all nail polishes.  It is so awesome that when I found out that it was $3 more than the rest of the ORLY polishes because it’s a special collection, I didn’t care.  I want to be buried in this nail polish.  I am not kidding, if I go to my grave without Space Cadet on my nails, I will haunt the shit out of everyone I know.

(This picture is from Let Them Have Polish because my attempts to capture it were weak at best.)

So there you go, that is the stupid thing I do now while watching my stupid tv shows that I find stupidly calming.  The only downside is that now i’m concerned about the state of my nails, instead of just cutting them really short every two weeks.

 

posted: September 27, 2011
under: life, pictures, products

Have you seen this dog?

If the answer is yes, quit peepin’ in my windows, dude!

So this is Lily, my father-in-law’s new dog.  If you think she looks a lot like Abby, it’s because they are the same kind of dog.  Lily came from a shelter in a nearby town.  From what we can piece together, she was definitely bred, kept outside most of the time (she has such rough paws), and was never taught a damn thing.  She’s six years old and not in the least bit housebroken (we’re working on it) and I had to teach her how to sit.  She kept peeing on the bricks, which is something a dog has to be taught to do (gross, then your patio/whatever smells like dog pee!).  Despite all of that, she is incredibly cheerful and likes everyone and everything, even the cats, which is all that really matters.  She is supposedly six years old but she acts like a puppy.  She doesn’t know what toys are but thinks your hand is there to slobber all over.

She REALLY likes to lay on my bed and stare out of all of the windows (which is what she’s doing in the photo above), and since this is a sun room she has a pretty good view of squirrels, birds, and the people in the parking lot behind us.

Most of the time she actually looks like this:

Doofus.

posted: June 30, 2011
under: animals, family, life, pictures

Yays/Boos

Finally, after a few teases of nice weather followed by sudden bouts of cold/rain, summer is here.  We barely had any spring days, I pretty much went from wearing long underwear to sweating myself to sleep in a week.  We’ve had some highs and lows in the past few weeks:

 

First, I went down to Carbondale to kidnap Brian and bring him home with me.  Since he’s no longer in the flight program, there’s no point in him going to school down there.  So we get to live together like normal married people (weird) and we will save a lot of money since we won’t be paying for his rent and bills.  Yay!  Before we left we ate one last meal at Longbranch, where I had the Lemon Garlic Fettucine:

 

I brought home some beautiful strawberries from the co-op (which I will miss so much), which we immediately turned into a strawberry rhubarb pie.

 

 

I planted my garden, and now I can admire it from my bedroom window:

 

 

Last weekend, we had some big boos.  On Friday night, my father-in-law was walking his two dogs and one of our neighbors, as they frequently do, let their dogs run out of the house unleashed and one of them immediately attacked Coco.  Yes, this is a totally different dog than the one that killed Bonny.  When he came in and told us what happened, I almost threw up on the spot.  Luckily, Coco was smiling like an idiot and just had to get a lot of staples in her leg and wear a Cone of Shame until we were sure she wouldn’t pull the staples out.  Fun fact:  did you know that as long as a dog is in their own yard, even if it’s the unfenced front yard, they can attack whomever they damn well please and animal control will not give a shit?  I also find it kind of funny (in the horrible awful way) that they attacked the dog who spent most of her early life in a cage cranking out dogs for a puppy mill, so she has the defensive instincts of a turnip.  She doesn’t even understand that she’s supposed to chew her toys up.  Abby would’ve fucked that dog’s ankles up.

 

Then two days later, as Brian and I were about to head out to the art fair, Abby started coughing in a weird way.  When we got home and she wasn’t there, my stomach dropped and I immediately called my father-in-law to ask what was wrong.  Brian and I drove to the emergency vet clinic just in time to say goodbye to her.  Apparently she had a growth in her throat that was making it hard for her to breathe, so it was best for her to be put to sleep.  This house has had a rough year pet-wise, in less than a year we’ve gone from five dogs and four cats, to two dogs (Harley went to live in Maine) and three cats (not to mention that my sister-in-laws dog died).  Some people might think we’re better off, but somehow we managed to combine two households of animals and make it work, and it is very quiet in here now.

This post is getting kind of long and it feels weird to go, “Dead dog, anyway, art pictures!” so I will make a second post tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

posted: May 31, 2011
under: animals, food, life, pictures, vegan in illinois

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