Monday, November 29, 2010

a new hobby.

so i've recently joined a group that i think might be fun: the toy society.

basically, the premise is that you create a toy--by hand, you can't just go buy one--and give it away.  it's the way the toy is given that makes it fun.

you leave the toy with a note that says "take me home, i'm yours" and instructions for the finder to send an e-mail letting the society know that the toy's been found.  that's it.  that's all. 

you make it.  you give it away.  you may or may not ever find out what little kid gets the toy.

so to celebrate my birthday this year, gabe and i made my first drop at the denton library north branch.

it was fun to sneak around and try to hide the toy in a good spot where it would be found.  and the extra set of eyes and courage gabe provided was nice.

we picked a bright lime green chair in the children's section:

i look forward to finding out if the new owner of the toy contacts the society and to making/dropping more toys in the future.

if you want more information on the project, click here.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

happy thanksgiving.

happy thanksgiving to all!  

is it just me, or does turkey have a slightly terrified look in his eyes?
so it is the time of year where we, by the very nature of the holiday's name, give thanks.

this year, more than most, i'm thankful for my family and friends.  in a year filled with chaos and change, my family and friends have been there for me.  

i'm thankful for the ability to consider viewpoints other than my own without judgment.  so many people view the world as black and white, my way or the highway.  i see it in shades of grey--my way, but also others.  i'm thankful that i was given the ability to see the world this way.

i'm thankful for the written word.  books are my life, my lifeblood.  without them, i would have no career, no hobby, no beauty and peace.

i'm thankful that i haven't had to endure any pilgrim/indian discussions this year, thereby causing me to jump on my soapbox.  i think the rest of the world is thankful for that, too.

what are you thankful for this year?

Monday, November 15, 2010

and thus it begins....

and with this pie begins baking season.  the season in which i continue my utter disdain for cream pies and make them anyway to please everyone else.  

the season where the grocery store and i will become friends best buds.

the season where i will find a million recipes i want to try, yet only make a few.

and so it all begins.

in fact, as i type this, there is dough rising in the kitchen.

it's a fact, ready or not, the holidays are here.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

this just in...

i'm reading more cormac mccarthy.

we'll see how this goes.