Senseless Souvenirs

Let’s just say that while you were on your trip to Mexico or Las Vegas, or some gift shop somewhere, you bought a candy wrapper purse as a souvenir.  Maybe the purchase was on a whim, (and a pricey one at that), but once you arrived home you used the bag for awhile and tired of it quickly.  The reason I ask, is because even though I make these things, I have only twice on occasion actually seen somebody carrying one.  And what about all of the other senseless souvenirs that tend to become useless once the trip is over and the novelty has worn off?  Sure, a hat or tee shirt will get worn again (by mostly men) but what about other adult accessories.  Comment below and let me know if you have ever purchased any souvenirs that withstood the test of time.  What got used and what didn’t. Because in my own opinion, I feel that souvenirs shouldn’t be purchased in order to become useless stuff.


Pony Up And Do It!

Eel sushi at Waji's.

Eel sushi at Waji’s.

No matter how old a person gets, it’s never too late to try new things.  This week has definitely been filled with “firsts” for me.  Nothing big or astounding, just new.  Three days ago when it was -20 below zero outside, I chose to do something that I have never been brave enough to do in my life.  While I was at work one night, I ran outside 45 minutes before my shift ended in order to warm up my car.  The fear of leaving my unattended idling car out in the open like that, up for grabs and open for joyrides, had my stomach doing somersaults wondering if it would still be there when it was time to leave.  The following day I brought a spare set of keys to lock the car just because I’ll probably do it again sometime.  It was great getting into a warm car with no scraping of windshields inside or out to do.  On Monday, I flew to Missoula, Montana to visit my daughter and son-in-law for Thanksgiving.  When I reached Seattle to catch my connecting flight, I stopped at Waji’s in the airport and had an eel sushi snack.  That also was a “first” along with the edamame snack I had at Keely’s.  They were tasty one’s as well!  I took an underground train to reach the main terminal in the airport, (which I assumed must be a newer thing since I’ve never seen one in any of the larger airports I’ve been to before) but chalk that up to another “first!”  And how refreshing to know you’ll never have to race down a concourse like a sprinter in order to avoid missing a connecting flight!  All in all, I love spending time with my daughter and I love trying new things even if they make me a little nervous at times.  It’s good to take time to venture out and explore because even “just a little”  is never too late.

Tricking My Mind Into Thinking It’s Spring

The day has finally arrived where my Phillips Wake-Up light was delivered and I love it! The light slowly brightens half an hour before it’s actually time to get up and there are two sounds that one can pick from to accompany the light. The first one is chirping birds and the second one is music. As much as I liked the music, I opted for the chirping birds. In case I have never mentioned it before, the apartment where I live is in the heart of downtown and so I generally hear a great deal of traffic outside my window. So in order for this wake-up light to truly trick my mind into thinking it’s spring, it would have to have the sounds of traffic in the background of the chirping birds. But I’m sure I’ll do fine. Everyone knows that the sounds of tires on snowy roads is much more silent than on dry pavement so I guess winter and spring will have to be blended. I can adjust. I have my light therapy and I’m good to go.

The Unmentionables

In the fashion industry where every garment or accessory has a label that lists what it is made of, do you feel that it’s necessary to mention that any certain upcycled item used to be something else?  If the fact weren’t initially apparent would anybody even notice if nothing were said?  Just because an item appeared to be brand new out on the showroom floor, would the fact that it used to be something else be a selling point that would help, or hinder?  I’ve seen handbags made from airline seatbelts and dresses made from abandoned tablecloths.  (I, myself, make jewelry from paper, pop tabs and soda cans).  I’ve even seen ladies panties made from old tee shirts!  So if an upcycled store, (and there are quite a few) displayed every piece in their shop with the same regard as an upscale department store, would someone who isn’t necessarily into recycling, still buy?  And how much of a role does ‘ambiance’ play in setting the mood for a pleasant shopping experience? Comment below and tell me about what the atmosphere is like in one of your favorite stores.

The Spray Is Here To Stay

So the mystery is…if it’s going to take a soaking of rubbing alcohol to clean the hair spray from my hair clamps, does that mean that my hair will need to go through the same ritual in order to become completely spray free?  Is there always residue left behind because my shampoo couldn’t quite cut the mustard?  I have two better options.  The first one is to switch over to an alcohol free hairspray, or the second one is to make my own.  That plan I didn’t even bother with because if I don’t like cooking, why would I be interested in mixing up my own hairspray concoction!  So now I have two items on order.  My hairspray from Aveda and my Phillips wake up light which will both be getting a review just as soon as I get them.

Walking In A Daze

“Excuse me sir…” was said to me this morning as I reached for a paper coffee cup.  I laughed to myself.  It’s all working men at the convenience store at 5 a.m., so expecting to see a lady there at that time of day wasn’t even a forethought.  When he bumped into me, I turned to see a young man all bundled up in his Carhartt coveralls.  His hood was up and oil stains covered his clothes.  That told me that he was a roustabout on his way to work in the oil patch on a Sunday morning.  I don’t think he even realized what he said to whom because he just carried about his business at the check stand.   In the parking lot, as he was opening his car door, I jokingly reminded him of what he had said.  “I’m sorry, mam,”  he replied, “I’m still waking up.”  Today was daylight savings time and I’m still waking up too.  It’s dark when I go to work in the morning, and it’s dark when I come home.  A Phillips Wake-Up light is on my winter wish list this year.  I’ll keep you informed as to how I like it and make sure I do a review.