Sunday, January 27, 2008

29 Levels

This levels meme was found at A Gentleman's Domain -- feel free to play too, but honest answers only!

Level 1
(x) Smoked a cigarette.
( ) Smoked a cigar.
(x) Kissed a member of the same sex.
(x) Drank alcohol.

Level 2
(x) Are/been in love.
(x) Been dumped.
(x) Shoplifted.
( ) Been fired.
( ) Been in a fist fight.

Level 3
(x) Had a crush on an older person.
(x) Skipped school.
(x) Slept with a classmate.
(x) Seen someone/something die.

Level 4
( ) Had/have a crush on one of your friends who is now on Facebook. (* I wouldn't know.)
( ) Been to Paris.
( ) Been to Spain.
(x) Been on a plane.
(x) Thrown up from drinking.

Level 5
( ) Eaten sushi.
( ) Been snowboarding.
( ) Met someone BECAUSE of Facebook.
( ) Been in a mosh pit.

Level 6
(x) Been in an abusive relationship.
(x) Taken pain killers.
(x) Love/loved someone who you can’t have.
(x) Laid on your back and watched cloud shapes go by.
(x) Made a snow angel.

Level 7
(x) Had a tea party.
(x) Flown a kite.
(x) Built a sand castle.
(x) Gone mudding (offroading).
(x) Played dress up.

Level 8
(x) Jumped into a pile of leaves.
(x) Gone sledging.
(x) Cheated while playing a game.
(x) Been lonely.
( ) Fallen asleep at work/school.

Level 9
(x) Watched the sun set.
( ) Felt an earthquake.
( ) Killed a snake.

Level 10
(x) Been tickled.
(x) Been robbed/vandalized.
(x) Been cheated on.
(x) Been misunderstood.

Level 11
(x) Won a contest.
( ) Been suspended from school.
(x) Had detention.
(x) Been in a car/motorcycle accident.

Level 12
(x) Had/have braces.
(x) Eaten a whole pint of ice cream in one night.
(x) Danced in the moonlight.

Level 13
(x) Hated the way you look.
(x) Witnessed a crime.
( ) Pole danced.
(x) Questioned your heart.
(x) Been obsessed with post-it-notes.

Level 14
(x) Squished barefoot through the mud.
(x) Been lost.
( ) Been to the opposite side of the world.
(x) Swam in the ocean.
(x) Felt like you were dying.

Level 15
(x) Cried yourself to sleep.
(x) Played cops and robbers.
(x) Recently colored with crayons/colored pencils/markers.
( ) Sang karaoke.
(x) Paid for a meal with only coins.

Level 16
(x) Done something you told yourself you wouldn’t.
(x) Made prank phone calls.
(x) Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose.
(x) Kissed in the rain.

Level 17
(x) Written a letter to Santa Claus.
(x) Watched the sun set/sun rise with someone you care/cared about.
(x) Blown bubbles.
(x) Made a bonfire on the beach or anywhere.

Level 18
(x) Crashed A Party.
( ) Have travelled more than 5 days with a car full of people.
(x) Gone rollerskating/blading.
(x) Had a wish come true.
( ) Slept with a member of the same sex.

Level 19
(x) Worn pearls.
( ) Jumped off a bridge.
(x) Screamed “penis” or “vagina”.
( ) Swam with dolphins.

Level 20
(x) Got your tongue stuck to a pole/freezer/ice cube.
( ) Kissed a fish.
(x) Worn the opposite sex’s clothes.
( ) Sat on a roof top.

Level 21
(x) Screamed at the top of your lungs.
(x) Done/attempted a one-handed cartwheel. (* Forced to try in gym.)
(x) Talked on the phone for more than six hours (in one day).
(x) Recently stayed up for a while talking to someone you care about.

Level 22
( ) Picked and ate an apple right off the tree.
(x) Climbed a tree.
(x) Had/been in a tree house.
(x) Been scared to watch scary movies alone.

Level 23
(x) Believed in ghosts.
(x) Have had more than thirty pairs of shoes (not necessarily all at once).
( ) Gone streaking.
(x) Visited jail.

Level 24
( ) Played chicken.
( ) Been pushed into a pool with all your clothes on.
(x) Been told you’re hot by a complete stranger.
( ) Broken a bone.
(x) Been easily amused.

Level 25
(x) Caught a fish then ate it later.
( ) Made a porn video.
(x) Caught A butterfly.
(x) Laughed so hard you cried.
(x) Cried so hard you laughed.

Level 26
(x) Mooned/flashed someone.
(x) Had someone moon/flash you.
( ) Cheated on a test.
(x) Forgotten someone’s name.
( ) French braided someone’s hair.
( ) Gone skinny dipping.
(x) Been kicked out of your house.
(x) Tried to hurt yourself.

Level 27
(x) Rode a roller coaster.
( ) Went scuba-diving/snorkelling.
(x) Had a cavity.
( ) Black-mailed someone.
( ) Been black mailed.

Level 28
(x) Been used.
(x) Fell going up the stairs.
(x) Licked a cat.
( ) Bitten someone.
(x) Licked someone - not in private places…

Level 29
( ) Been shot at/or at gunpoint.
(x) Had sex in the rain.
( ) Flattened someone’s tires.
(x) Rode your car/truck until the gas light came on.
(x) Got five dollars or less worth of gas.

Show 'Em How Stacked You Are...

And win a chain saw?!

Grit.com's got a photo contest running until February 29, 2008: "upload a photo of your stacked wood and put the words “wood stack” in the caption. The GRIT editorial staff will choose the winners, including the winner of a brand new chain saw." The winning photo will be published in the May/June issue of GRIT.

Meanwhile, you can see submissions here.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

My Cat Can Drive Me Nuts

John Hopkins says so:
Findings from what is believed to be the largest comparison of blood samples collected from healthy individuals and people with schizophrenia suggest that infection with the common Toxoplasma gondii parasite, carried by cats and farm animals, may increase the risk of schizophrenia.

Monday, January 21, 2008

What Would You Get With $100 At Alibris?

You should think about the answer because Alibris is giving away $100 in books to lucky reviewers:

Five randomly chosen book reviewers—readers like you —will each receive a coupon* from Alibris every month.

You'll be entered to win every time you write a review. The more you review, the better your chances.
See here for details.

Thoughts on 1923 Fashions -- From 1923



From The Gentlewoman, September, 1923; by Ethel Boston:
However, there is nothing that can entirely make or mar a frock as completely as this trimming. The selection of details, therefore, requires particularly close and thoughtful study. The trend toward Chinese embroidery opens up unlimited possibilities for one to create embroidery designs of infinite cniirm and color. Embroidery has ever been a most effective trimming, and the craze for period embroidery has been very pronounced during the past season. First it was peasant embroidery, then Egyptian, and now Chinese. But each new mode gives the creators a splendid opportunity to combine the most daring colors and unusual patterns.

The Best & Worst of Chloe Jo's Best of 2007 List

Chloe Jo just sent her Girlie Girl Army Best of 2007 List out via her email newsletter. Overall, the list is good -- and I certainly found some new places to visit and shop -- but there are some 'winners' which I disagree with.

Because ranting and raving about one's list without having made such a list yourself is an easy pot-shot, this post also contains my top picks -- and announcements. So please read all of it!

To be fair, many of the categories are either not my cup of tea or I have had no experience with them (such as places in New York etc.), so I'll not discuss those.

I disagree with:
BEST ZIT CRÈME
www.mariobadescu.com
Drying lotion rocks. Actually, this whole line is fabulous and cruelty-free.
For zits, including, ladies, those we don't like to discuss (such as those found in the delicate under-bust, caused by hair regrowth from shaving and/or waxing our bikini lines, and the horrid one that shows up on our bum on date night), nothing works better than Wayne's Whoop-Ass Healing Balm.

Not only does it heal and sooth blemishes, but it helps disguise them as well. So what if reading the bottle may make your mother faint -- she shouldn't be poking about in your medicine cabinet anyway.
BEST SEX ADVICE SITE
www.puckerup.com
Tristan Taormino's site is the place for lusty girls! Sex and relationship advice galore.
Personally, I am so over Tristan (and Dan Savage). If you love them, then you probably won't like what I'm about to say -- but I believe Dan's even written about it himself. The stuff they cover most folks could find out any number of places. The problem isn't the lack of information, or, especially in Dan's case, a lack of snark; the problem is that society at large has the emotional maturity of an 8 year old when it comes to sex.

What the world needs now is a realistic view of sexuality; one that has understanding and acceptance, one that doesn't talk in sound-bytes or quick pithy explosions for attention. And that's what I think Tristan and many others have become. It's not a discussion when it's a one way conversation. That's a lecture.

To this end I continue to find Sex-Kitten.Net the ultimate place for honest, open, sex talk. It's mainly women, but then it's usually the women who do the talking.

There you'll find mainstream moms mixing with sex workers; many orientations, faiths and life choices. Everything (from fiction, how-to articles, rants, health info, humor, stories from real life, advice, reviews, and even just everyday stuff) is intelligently written.

(And, for those who would prefer such talks sans 'how to' information, I'm suggesting Sex In The Public Square. It's a new find for me, but so far I am impressed.)

I agree with:
BEST PLACE TO DUMP YOUR HIDEOUS FUR COAT
www.coatsforcubs.com collects fur and fur-trimmed garments for donation to wildlife rehabilitators, who use the furs to provide warmth and comfort for the injured or orphaned animals under their care.
This is an excellent new find!
BEST CUSTOM 50'S STYLE CLOTHES
www.modemerr.com
I've long been a fan -- but never been able to afford anything. *pout*

I am ambivalent about:
BEST MAGAZINE FOR THE HIP HOME DÉCOR LOVER
Domino Mag
I'm not sure what mag should take this category as so many of them are repetitive to the point that more than three issues, of the same publication or any combination of publications, makes one utterly bored.

I believe this will have to be an ongoing search. Feel free to join me in discussing them.
BEST MAGAZINE
www.bust.com The magazine that ALL girls need to have a subscription to. Plus their site can be surfed for hours on end.
I love Bust; that's true enough. But "Best Magazine" is a tough category... I think as we dish home decor, we will need to break down a few other magazine categories.
BEST CHEAP LINGERIE
www.trashy.com
There is no lingerie more elegantly trashy.
Of course you have to stop into the store when in LA.
I'm not particularly a fan of either 'cheap' lingerie or Trashy. 'Affordable', yes. 'Best value', as in price for quality, absolutely. And you know that I find Trashy's designs to be more, well, 'trashy' than 'alluring' and/or 'sensual'.

So here too, I'm going to make this an ongoing search for the year at the other blog. And across several categories as well. So please comment & email with your category suggestions.

To that 'end'...
BEST THONGS
They don't rise, they come in cute colors, and they stay in one place.
www.hankypanky.com
You know I'm not a fan of thongs; so this will not be a category for our Best of 2008.

Chloe Jo, if you are here reading this, I'm sure you'll notice that my disagreements are with a very small percentage of your picks (and I am shouting out love to you!). And if you are here, perhaps you'll watch our selections for 2008 -- and, just maybe, you'll consider my blogs in some Best Of category too. *wink*

To the rest of you, please look for more detailed information on my our searches for Best Lingerie, Best Home Decor Magazine, and Best Magazines in other girly categories, for 2008. I'm hoping you'll be part of it!

NOTE: This post also has the rare distinction of being a double or cross post at my other blog (some folks there just won't visit here and vice versa).

Saturday, January 19, 2008

"Now try on cosmetics like you try on clothes."

In a lighter shade of pale.


This has to be my least favorite retro or vintage -- any period in history, really -- look.

All pastel & jaundiced-colored skin walking about... I'd swear it was a poor color photograph, if I didn't know better.

It's like seeing a sepia-toned person walking about. It's just that odd.

Annette Loved To Spoon


Her sister Jackie, however, shouldn't be trusted; everyone knew she was a real back-stabber. (That's why sister, Doris "The Forks", was no longer in the act... Or alive.)

High-Fives Before The Insomniac Goes To Bed



Because it's a new meme, I'm playing a day late and a dollar short (and one short of a six-pack too).

#1 This post was supposed to be made on Friday, but it's Saturday; so go see what was created on Thursday.

#2 I'm not the only one who likes cemeteries.

#3 Puss Reboots promises a book review a day -- and usually delivers too!

#4 You cannot be bored.

#5 Did you hear the one about Five Sailors, The Perfume Shop & Forest Gump?

I played late; so can you. Find out how to give your High-Five Fridays here!

The purpose of this meme is to give high-fives to 5 people, posts, blogs and/or websites you've admired during the week. I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 5 high-fives on Friday. Trackbacks, pings, linky widgets, comment links accepted!

Visiting fellow High-Fivers is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your High-Fives in others comments (please note if NWS).



Sunday, January 06, 2008

Glo Little Glo Fish, Glimmer, Glimmer

Genetically Engineered Pets - Fluorescent GloFish

(TREND HUNTER) Researchers in Singapore have been experimenting with injecting fluorescence genes from jellyfish into average Zebra fish eggs and have produced fluorescent GloFish.

The experiment will enable researchers to study pollutants in fish and the water they live in to a much greater detail without harm … [More]

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Sculptural Animal Oddities






And yes, 'man' is an animal.

Crazy-cool sculptures by Joshua Katcher.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Gently Pinch To Open...

The Fluffy Pussy Purse has it's red ruffled lips surrounded by burgundy velvet and feathers. "Pinch the base and reveal a soft pink satin lining the inner walls."

Found via Mommy Has A Headache.

Worth A Thousand Words, Yet I Am Speechless





Photos by Juno Rotman -- who also has a fascinating series, Exploring Psychiatric Institutions in Photography, also.