31 January 2008


I was talking with my friend Anne at work today and she promptly pointed out two things:

1. Because I use Olive Oil on my face, she says "you give a whole new meaning to "olive complexion" and has since dubbed me "Olive Oil" (insert Popeye laughter)

I thought it was funny...

2. She said I spelled "moistureization" wrong. So I've fixed my error. Not here since I spelled it like I had it when she spotted the error. I found that to be one of those words that looked right and I just couldn't decide.

Thanks for the eagle eye there my friend!

30 January 2008

Talking 'bout some EVOO-Lotion!

I have been searching for months, make that years really, for a good moisturizer for my face. I didn't used to have such dry skin but now I really do. The rest of me is ok, but my face doesnt seem to retain moisture. I have tried all manner of thick lotions to relieve the dryness. Standard lotions don't work. Unfortunately it was after I used Bath and Body Works Body Cream on my face that I realized I also had sensitive skin. A good friend of mine uses Mary Kay and swears by it. So, I tried some of that. It says it is "hypoallergenic" but it broke me out, and I have never suffered with breakouts. I've also used the creamy vaseline cream that promises 18 hour moisturization...but that is just strange stuff also. It works, but then it seals my face so well that my face tries to sweat out the goo. I either end up wiping it off, or just leaving my shiny face alone for about 30 minutes. But the greasy feeling lingers and, petroleum can't be good for my face.

So, enter my trusty bottle of EVOO.

I pour a good bit in my palm, rub my hands together and slather my face with it. Not only is it 100% natural (which I like), but it eventually soaks in leaving my face feeling very soft. It also doesn't sting my eyes if I get some in accidentally (Though it doesn't feel particularly good. I recommend avoiding slathering your eyeballs with the oil) I can't believe I haven't been doing this all along. I have certainly eaten my fair share of olive oil over the years but haven't used it for lotion.
Olive Oil I hardly knew ye!

24 January 2008

Mmmm...cottage cheese loaf

I have been craving cottage cheese loaf. Don't ask why. I have no idea. I don't remember eating it that often growing up. But maybe I ate it more often that I remember. This would be good with some chopped walnuts added to it as well. It is a good vegetarian dish that even tastes good sliced cold in a sandwich the next day. Here is my friend's version that I like pretty well:
1 packet dry onion soup mix
1 large carton cottage cheese
4 eggs
1 medium onion (chopped fine)
5-6 cups rice krispies or special k cereal
mix it all up, put it in a greased bread pan and chuck it in the oven at 350 for about an hour. Or, until it is all browned nicely and the center comes clean if you poke it with a knife. If you want it done in a hurry you can put the oven at 375 and scorch it for 45 minutes.

22 January 2008

RIP Heath

So I am enjoying my evening of mindless TV when I hear a snippet on the news that Heath Ledger has died. I hate to hear that, I liked him. I feel bad for the bloke. I wonder if he had some kind of genetic problem. My brother dropped dead at age 29 from a mal-formed heart valve. He was driving to work, slumped over the steering wheel, and was gone in about 30 seconds. He was here one second and gone the next. Not that I wish this on anyone, but I hope that Heath's death is natural rather than intentional.

I can't help but thinking that maybe The Hollywood curse strikes again. I've read time and time again about Hollywood starlets striving for perfection and pleasing everyone.

Perfection, my hollywood friends, is not possible. Perfection is some lofty societal ideal that torments the gifted and the plain. Too bad many don't 'get' the message before it is too late.
RIP Heath 1979-2008.

A little sketchy

yesterday i felt i had to draw something so i sketched this. there is somethig relaxing about sketching. i need to do it more often.

16 January 2008

It snowed!

I just looked out my window and discovered that it is snowing! I love snow. I love the stillness that a snowfall brings. Usually when it snows here it melts right away. Compared to other places in the US that are getting slammed with snow, we are lucky. I'll take the dusting and enjoy it while it is here.

This particular weather pattern that has brought snow is also bringing rain, so these soft piles of snow won't be around by morning.

All day the watercooler topic was "you think we'll get snowed in tonight and not have to work tomorrow?" I hate to admit I was skeptical. I kept saying it wouldn't snow and look now, mother nature proved me wrong. (Hey, I never claimed to be a meteorologist!)

Since snow is such a rarity around here, of course I had to go out and play in it. I left footprints, tossed the cat in the snow, built a snowman, and took several pictures.

My pitiful little 'slushman' such as it is. The snow is too wet to really form a shape with. It melted to ice the instant it hit my hands so my slushman is lopsided

Look Ma! Snow!

Leaving a lasting impression

12 January 2008

Laugh for the day

I found this picture on the internet someplace. It cracked me up! I get the song spoof reference, but if you are too young to know who Bea Arthur is, well...nevermind.