rediscovering my artsy-fartsy side

So now that I’m comfortably out of the Navy and relatively adjusted to civilian life, I find myself thinking: are school and housework all there is?

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And I say “no!”

I used to do all kinds of crafts, weaving, knitting, sewing, crocheting, drawing, painting, collages, woodwork, metalwork, gardening, you name it! And as the umpteen-millionth solicitor came knocking on our door, scaring my dogs out of their wits, in turn scaring me out of mine, I decided to look for a “No Soliciting” sign.

But they’re all so booooring!

I thought “is there a way to get an appealing sign to tell people to GTFO my property?” and I answered myself “well, I could always make one, I suppose…”

So now I’m faced with deciding how I want said sign to look. I want a kind of collag-y unkempt appearance (which will be a challenge for me, as I am so notoriously anal about symmetry) with lots of color variation. But what medium? Metal? Wood? I have a ton of wine corks and could easily amass a lot of soda can tabs, could I use them? Should I go to a junk yard or flea market and pick some stuff up? or should I order some nice precut letters in wood and paint them all funky-like? I really want to do a “junk piece,” I have no idea why, but for some reason, I’m really drawn to the idea of getting a hold of a bunch of broken appliances, like clocks and toasters and stuff and just going crazy with a pair of metal shears and some JB weld…

I’ll have to search around, for sure, but I really can’t wait to get started, it’s going to look so cool! And then I can maybe do some oil paintings, and stained glass, and woodworking…

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katniss everdeen, you are my hero

Okay, I know that “The Hunger Games” are getting more hype than Harry Potter, but come on, Bella Swan/Cullen kind of screwed us girls over in the “badass chick department”

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So now, we have Katniss Everdeen. Dude, even her name is cool! She steps up to save her little sister from certain death, only to face it herself and live. So. Cool. And I love the way Peeta first describes her:

“She doesn’t know. The effect she can have.”

OMG!!! Cue the girlish squeal, please! I definitely enjoyed the movie, though I was horrified the entire time about the premise of sending 12-18 year olds to slaughter each other for entertainment. Other than that small detail, I was totally into it. I immediately downloaded the trilogy on iBooks and started reading the next day.

Again, I loved Harry Potter and Twilight, even though I’m a bit old for young adult novels, but those are the ones that are really fun to read! After all my boring Business and World Religions reading, I want to read something light and fluffy, and The Hunger Games totally delivers. It’s descriptive without getting dry, it’s exciting without getting unrealistic, there’s romance, but not really because Katniss doesn’t have time for that shit. I love it.

I do have to say that I wish the actors that played Peeta and Gale in the movie were hotter. They both have really little beady eyes, Gale’s are too close together, and Peeta… I don’t know, something about him just says “ew” to me, I can’t put my finger on it…

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… Okay, maybe not this picture…

The best thing about all the hype is that finally girls have a realistic, relatable, positive role model in Katniss. She is a genuinely good person, and she tries to do what’s right, even when she makes mistakes. And she’s not stupid or helpless, which is awesome. These are definitely books that I’m going to read to my little girl (if I ever have one), if my daughter is going to have a role-model, it will be a badass chick like Katniss, not the latest Miley Cyrus or Hillary Duff (who apparently had a baby, isn’t she, like, 15?? No? Oh, so I’m just old as fuck, okay…)