25 February 2008

A whole lot of awesome


Signs you need a vacation:

1. You literally roll out of bed. You turn over to shut off your alarm and you fall off your bed.
2. You misuse words. i.e.: You say "trampoline" instead of "tambourine," several times in one night.
3. You put your cooked oatmeal in the pantry and walk upstairs only to wonder where it went.
4. People remark that you look pale when you're wearing bronzer.
5. Three cups of coffee later, you're still tired.

Yep, I need a vacation.

In other news, I'm a giant girl and have been giddy with the new Ludo CD since Saturday. What's that you say? It doesn't come out till tomorrow? You're correct. However, I preordered and received my autographed copy on Saturday. I danced around like a kid with a cake when I got it. I had high expectations for this album. The boys did not fail to deliver. It reaks of rock. I could delve into the album at length, and I will, but not just yet. Perhaps when I get back from seven amazing days south of the border. Just know, that if you got and get the CD [which you should] you're in for awesome.

I'm in the best mood ever today. Nothing is killing the Ludo/Mexico buzz. Nothing.

15 February 2008

Van Design




I make vans now.

I'm very excited to share this. I just got back a few photos of the van I designed for Lewis Floor & Home. It's a fairly simple design that ties in with all their current print Ads, but it took forever. Designing something for print is one thing, but dealing with an actual vehicle is much different. On the web or on a sheet of paper, you don't have to worry about things like wheels, the gas tank, and where the doors open. I had to do a lot of math [gag] and deal with giant files. I was given a 1/20th scale template of the van to design on, then I had to supply all the graphics at actual size. Then I multiplied and doubled-checked my heart out. I love all the colors on the back, it reminds me of a box of crayons. The focus of the redesign was to advertise that they do more than just carpet, hence all the large product shots. The crayon resemblance is just a bonus for me.

If anyone is out in Northbrook, look out for my van.

11 February 2008

Check It: Boston Warehouse


It's no secret that I love Target. This weekend I took a stroll through the kitchen department and discovered a line of products by a company called Boston Warehouse. All of their kitchen supplies look like animals. It's amazing. Some items can be a little pricey, but they're just so much fun. If you can take a task that I don't enjoy and make it fun- the price is justified. I got a porcupine scrubber. Look at him, he has feet!

I want the shark bottle opener next.

08 February 2008

Hobo Code


I can't even remember how I found this, or what I started searching, but there is a Hobo Museum in Iowa. The hobo museum has a website, I searched through it and came across the "Hobo Code." For the most part, this is pretty great code to live by. I am ashamed of myself for previously judging the hobos.

Give it a read, it's pretty great. In particular, I enjoy rule sixteen. What's a "hobo court"?

Hobo Code via hobo.com
As inscribed in the Annual Convention Congress of the Hoboes of America held on August 8, 1894 at the Hotel Alden, 917 Market St., Chicago Illinois:
  1. Decide your own life, don't let another person run or rule you.
  2. When in town, always respect the local law and officials, and try to be a gentleman at all times.
  3. Don't take advantage of someone who is in a vulnerable situation, locals or other hobos.
  4. Always try to find work, even if temporary, and always seek out jobs nobody wants. By doing so you not only help a business along, but insure employment should you return to that town again.
  5. When no employment is available, make your own work by using your added talents at crafts.
  6. Do not allow yourself to become a stupid drunk and set a bad example for locals treatment of other hobos.
  7. When jungling in town, respect handouts, do not wear them out, another hobo will be coming along who will need them as bad, if not worse than you.
  8. Always respect nature, do not leave garbage where you are jungling.
  9. If in a community jungle, always pitch in and help.
  10. Try to stay clean, and boil up wherever possible.
  11. When traveling, ride your train respectfully, take no personal chances, cause no problems with the operating crew or host railroad, act like an extra crew member.
  12. Do not cause problems in a train yard, Another hobo will be coming along who will need passage thru that yard.
  13. Do not allow other hobos to molest children, expose to authorities all molesters, they are the worst garbage to infest any society.
  14. Help all runaway children, and try to induce them to return home.
  15. Help your fellow hobos whenever and wherever needed, you may need their help someday.
  16. If present at a hobo court and you have testimony, give it, whether for or against the accused, your voice counts!

07 February 2008

Cat Food Lunch: Part Two



Yesterday, we confronted the fish offender. We did it tactfully and explained, in a nice way, that it just smells awful. He didn't think it smelled bad at all. That is beyond my understanding, since he has a functioning nose. He apologized and said he wouldn't do it again. Apparently, I'm sorry, I won't bring fish tomorrow means I am totally bringing fish tomorrow. Today I saw him get up, go to the fridge and heard him prepping something. No it couldn't be, he said he wouldn't bring it today, we already had this discussion, it's not... *sniff *sniff... oh no, it is! Friends, the salmon was back today.

To be fair, we can't dictate to a person what they can or cannot eat. However, if your workmates tell you that your lunch smells like cat food, isn't that a giant hint not to do it again? I just don't get it. I quickly went over to the microwave to heat up my pizza, thinking that this would put a better smell in the air. The plan backfired and my pizza came out smelling like fish. The microwave has been permeated.

It is a sad day for the olfactory system.

06 February 2008

Continental Breakfast, Rock On!


I've decided that if I had a band, I'd name it Continental Breakfast. I love everything about this idea. Not only because I love breakfast, but think of the marketing. T-shirts with bacon & eggs on them, CDs with great diner imagery, I like this. Think about it, you drive by your favorite rock venue and see a sign that says 'Tonight only Continental Breakfast.' Is it a band playing, or is it a giant breakfast party? Who cares, either way it's going to be great. I think I'm on to something.

Sarah makes snowmen too



Note the piece of scarf used to create the mustache. Bravo, Sarah, bravo.

05 February 2008

Cat Food Lunch


I am not an expert on etiquette. I am not afraid to put my elbows on the table, and I don't pop my pinkie when I drink tea. I don't expect other people to do these things, but there are certain other things that I believe are common courtesy.

Yesterday, a coworker took a can of salmon, put it on a plate, heated it in the microwave, then ate it for lunch. What he produced goes in my top five horrible smells. It was like I worked with a giant cat. Tuna is one thing, I like tuna salad. I like salmon too. What I don't like is smelling it, in my face, permitating the office in which I'm trying to work. Awful, awful smell. I don't even know how he ate it, it's like he doesn't even have a nose.

If you know you work in a small office, and I do, don't bring something that smells like pet food for lunch. Don't heat it up to increase the smell. Just leave it at home. What it comes to fish in the workplace my friend, just say no.

01 February 2008

Snow Day Mentality


I'm not in school anymore, and usually that's a wonderful thing. However, there are days when you wake up to a foot of snow. Oh, Chicago. Those are the days I wish I was still in school, I want my snow days. Snow days were amazing because they were a free pass to do whatever you wanted. In my house it meant you built forts in the snow. Who doesn't love that?

It hate to even say this, but as an "adult" (that's right, I used the A word), I still feel like I'm entitled to my snow days. Even when I come into work I still have the snow day mentality. Yeah, I'm here, but I'm probably not going to do much. What do you want from me today, there is snow on the ground. And even though I'm in a warm office, it doesn't change anything. I'm still working, but I want my free pass to do nothing all day. I want the option to be responsible for nothing but my snow fort. Yes, I could still build one on the weekend, and I just may, but it's not the same.

Mark my words, there will be a snowball fight by the end of the day.

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