My public service announcement

Extremism in any form is not a positive attribute.

Overcome negativity.

Exercise your power.

Please remember to vote!


Might as well laugh…

Hot Investment during the financial turmoil:

If you had purchased $1,000 of shares one year ago in:

  • Delta Airlines, you would have $49.00 today.
  • AIG, you would have $33.00 today.
  • Lehman Brothers, you would have $0.00 today.

But, if you had purchased a $1,000 worth of beer one year ago, drank all the beer, then turned in the aluminum cans for recycling refund, you would have made $214.00. So based on the above, the best current investment plan is to drink heavily & recycle. It’s called the 401-Keg.

A recent study found that the average American walks ~900 miles a year. Another study found that Americans drink, on average, 22 gallons of alcohol a year. That means that, on average, Americans get about 41 miles to the gallon!

Stock Market Dictionary

Due to today’s rapidly changing stock market and the financial conditions in industry, the following terms have had to be revised for investors in order to more clearly reflect today’s economic market place:

CEO — chief embezzlement officer.

CFO — corporate fraud officer.

BULL MARKET — A random market movement causing an investor to mistake himself for a financial genius.

BEAR MARKET — A 6 to 18 month period when the kids get no allowance the wife gets no jewelry, and the husband gets no sex.

VALUE INVESTING — The art of buying low and selling lower.

P/E RATIO — The percentage of investors wetting their pants as the market keeps crashing.

BROKER — What my broker has made me.

STANDARD & POOR — Your life in a nutshell.

STOCK ANALYST — Idiot who just downgraded your stock.

STOCK SPLIT — When your ex-wife and her lawyer split your assets equally between themselves.

FINANCIAL PLANNER — A guy whose phone has been disconnected.

MARKET CORRECTION — The day after you buy stocks.

CASH FLOW — The movement your money makes as it disappears down the toilet.

YAHOO — What you yell after selling it to some poor sucker for $240 per share.

WINDOWS 2000 — What you jump out of when you’re the sucker who bought Yahoo @ $240 per share.

INSTITUTIONAL INVESTOR — Past year investor who’s now locked up in a nuthouse.

PROFIT — an archaic word no longer in use.


JouJou recap

I love parties. I love planning parties. I love seeing good friends, meeting new people, and making new friends.  And I especially love it when I have a party and everyone mixes well, enjoys the food, and has a great time together. Well, the JouJou Workshop with Deryn Mentock was one of those successful events. It was small enough that everyone had a chance to get to know each other.

Deryn is a gifted and generous artist. Her work is creative and her style is individual. She is warm and genuine and I really enjoyed being in her class. She will be teaching this class again at ArtNest in 2009. If you are able to go, do! You will be so glad you did.

The attendees were amazingly talented. Everyone arrived with a different level of expertise. Everyone left with a beautiful, wearable work of art. The personal touches everyone put into their work made each piece unique. The pictures below do not do justice to the wonderful creations. If you’re interested in seeing better pics, I know Deryn will be posting. Also check out these blogs: Vintage Sweets, Perpetual Plum, and Art Tart Talks.

close up of my charms

Thanks to everyone for the best workshop ever!

Hmm hmm hmm hmm to me!

Just celebrated a special occasion. Unfortunately, they’re sneaking up all too often these days. I think this is the year I’m going to start lying about my age… I think I can pull off 39. Who’s going to know? Ha! Anyway, I bought myself a beautiful gift at the Art & Soul vendor sale. This is a beautiful painting by the very talented Stephanie Lee. I love the colors, the way she finished it with wax, and the composition. It’s so lovely! And I deserve it.

This painting can hang either portrait- or landscape-wise. Because the area above my sink is such a weird space, I have been searching three years for the perfect artwork to hang here. I am so happy I finally found it.

It could probably be bigger but I think it works… I didn’t want something that over took the whole area. What do you think?

This weekend is the JouJou Workshop with the wonderfully gifted Deryn Mentock. It is going to be such a great time. We still have some spots open AND there is still time to register. Let me know if you can make it and we’ll get all the details worked out ASAP!

Art & Soul recap

I had such a wonderful time at Art & Soul. It’s always over too soon. The people who attend are some of the most wonderful women I’ve met. And the classes are always great. I don’t know why, but I was extremely tired the whole five days. I was feeling foggy and slow; not creative at all. I didn’t take my camera so no pictures this time. And even though I tried as hard as I could, I felt disorganized. I did learn some things though and did create some things I’m happy with. But next year, I’m staying at the hotel!

my Gridlocked piece from class with Lisa Kaus

The best things were seeing friends again and meeting online friends in person. Oh, and of course, the shopping!

Anyway, if you want a different perspective of Art & Soul, wander over to these talented artists’ blogs: