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{G’day!} Ahhh, Monday Morning..

Ahhh, Monday morning… this semester I’m enjoying this day of the week quite a lot – now that I’m over that nasty Physics bump in the road. My day begins between 5 and 5:30am, so I can begin working in morning yoga and beat all the ghastly commuter traffic to this campus. This morning I din’t fit in the yoga, but since I am out of lemons for my am water, I decided to try the peach green tea I just bought and oh it’s sooo good. I’ll admit I was surprised at how much I like it because it’s Celestial Seasonings, nothing fancy. Correction: it was Bigelow Peach Green Tea. But to find a green tea I really enjoy that won’t break the bank- I’ll take it! :)

 

I get to school when barely anyone is there and have a good hour to myself before my 9am class begins. It’s on the second floor and something I am particularly taking note of is my recent enthusiasm for geodes, which greet me each Monday and Wednesday when I step off the elevator. It instantly brings a smile to my face and I’m drawn to the case each time to revel in the natural beauty of such gems. Lucky me too that the latest videos from Spirit Science is a four part series on crystals – oh joy!!! :)

It’s a great thing to be in a good mood so early on a Monday, or yes on any day for that matter. I hope it keeps up and your day is bright and happy as well. If not, try meditating on a beautiful stone.

{Noooo!!} Google Shuts Down Picnik, the Awesomest FREE Photo Editing Service

I just checked my email to find this upsetting news. From what I understand according to this article, Google is planning to incorporate Picnik-like services into its other services across the Google empire, specifically Google+ – which I still know nothing about; hubby says it’s popular with photographers. Anyways, that sounds like a whole lot of shit to me. I don’t want to have to go through the Google portal for such services. I don’t care for a lot of what Google puts out. I use their email and docs (although they never print right), but I could care less about Picasa (which I did try), their social network, or many of the other Google products that have come across my screen. This feels to me like the total death of a great service, as opposed to a rebirth in a better way. It sounds like an awful idea even though, yes, I may be a bit panicky at the moment and resisting change because I trust Google about as much as I do any other mega-huge-take-over-the-world corporation. So let me just say… FUCK! SHIT! WHY!!! You bastards, you killed Picnik!!!

Here’s the official word from Picnik (notice how they don’t mention what’s really going on at all, and basically just sink out the back door with their tail between their legs.) Dammit Google, why didn’t you just keep your grimy little hands off if this is how you’re going to go about your business!

Since joining Google in 2010, we have been creating editing magic in Google products while continuing to keep Picnik awesome. But now we get to focus on even awesomer things. Picnik will be closing on April 19, 2012.

Your photos liberated
Amazing photos are created in Picnik, so we have launched a new feature, Picnik Takeout, that easily downloads your photos to your desktop in convenient zip files. You may also elect to copy your photos toGoogle+ where you can store and share your creations. You may request your photos at any time and use this handy tool as many times as you like until our closing date of April 19, 2012. Learn more.

Premium Refunds
To our primo Picnik Premium members, we’ll begin processing a full refund of your current membership fee within a week of this announcement. By “in full” we mean the whole darn thing. Yep, this means even if you are on your very last day of an annual membership, we will refund you the entire $24.95. Just because we want to say thanks.

Now the Good News – Free Premium for ALL!
To express our gratitude for your support over the past 5 years, Picnik Premium is free for everyone! Use Picnik in all of its premium glory, for free, from now until our actual closing day. Touch-up, Textures, Advanced, and more are all free for you to use!

We have been incredibly proud of building a product that is used and beloved by so many of you. We continue to be amazed and humbled by the photos you create and we are immensely grateful for all of your support, creativity, and passion.

We are excited by the photo-editing fun we have already brought to Google products, like Google+, where you can find many of your favorite Picnik effects in Creative Kit. We encourage you to visit Google+ andgive it a whirl.

Please visit the Help Hub for more information on our wind down, and check the Picnik blog for updated information on our April closure.

It’s been awesome,
Team Picnik

{Just Say NO!!!} Take Action Against SOPA & PIPA: Say NO to Internet Censorship!!!

My class is about to start so I have to make this quick. I’ll admit that I have not yet had time to read up on what the details of this are. However, I’ve been a supporter of Save the Internet since I heard of them because I know how fucked the powers that be are and it’s not difficult to see why the open internet is a threat to them. So, now that SOPA & PIPA are getting more attention for the threat that they are to free and open communication, I’m all about shutting them down. I’ll admit that I’m a pirate and while I’ll save that rant for another day, my desire in killing these bills is not so that I can steal shit. **Note: I do not view my actions as theft in the traditional sense, more of a “taking it back” sort of thing. So, here’s the website, let’s make this happen – STOP SOPA & PIPA!!! I do wish I knew of better options than just signing a petition and calling my representative, but do what you can.

Source: marketingtechblog.com via Britt on Pinterest

{Dance Party!!!} It’s Like Hearing a Dragon Cry: “Sail” by AWOLNATION

I just got finished dancing my ass off in my apartment to a song that had planted a seed in me, without my complete realization, the first time I heard it some months back. Well today as I went to put on a documentary for background noise, the opening tune sprouted that seed right out of me and I just couldn’t help myself; I had to dance! That’s when you know it’s something special. When you have to move, suddenly you’re inspired, your body contorts and springs without much direction from you at all, and inspiration is birthed through the interplay of you and the music. It’s truly one of my favorite things in life. I found myself thinking about a burlesque show I said I’d do next month (that would be my first show since Dec ’10!!), and found that the waining interest I had in doing it bolted out the door as I choreographed in the musical vortex of “Sail” by AWOLNATION. As one YouTuber commented, “It’s like hearing a damn dragon cry.”

Lead singer Aaron Bruno is such an unexpected hottie with a very powerful voice. In my minds eye I was expecting him to look like a dark-haired, scraggly long-locked guy from a heavy metal band as opposed to being blond-haired with striking blue eyes and a face resembling a cross between Ralphie from A Christmas Story and Michael Pitt (finally, I’ve been trying to place him for an hour!)

Revel! Enjoy! Laugh! Cry! Be Moved! and Dance dammit!!

Their website: http://awolnationmusic.com/

Before I found the official music video for the song, I ended up here and discovered two very funny and talented young ladies who make me sad face because I don’t have a bff like that. And because after getting pulled into watching about six of their other equally awesome videos (which are shot amazingly well – how the hell do these kids get these skills!?!?!), I reflected on my own late teens/ early twenties and nothing there is even half as cool or as much fun as these kiddos appear to be having. The fact that they have it on permanent record is just a bit ‘ol juicy sinkhole of jealousy, which I must now quit indulging. I got lotsa luv for them though really, they make some funny shit. :)

Nanalew YouTube Channel

MeekaKitty’s YouTube Channel

{What the…!} Genius Ad for Concealer via H SQUARED

Wow. Yes. and Wow, again.

Once more my ever evolving facial recognition skills kicked in and within seconds I knew who I was looking at, despite not being very familiar with him. His name is Rick Genest, and I’ve casually admired him (for reasons you will soon discover) since first catching glimpse of his captivating self maybe three ago. Recently I’ve seen him in a music video (with a pop star if I remember correctly – he was the only interesting thing about it), and some really hot ads. Then there’s this incredible video below. I’m glad to see someone such as he (I’m doing good at keeping the secret right!) getting jobs like these. I like to think he’s as good of a guy as he is good-looking’ and I hope good things continue to come his way.

Oh and I might mention, I use the product in the video and it’s the best!

via H SQUARED: Under Cover.

Here’s a good interview about Rick: http://www.bizarremag.com/weird-news/tattoos-body-art/7173/zombie_boy.html

Ricks sweet-ass website: http://rickgenest.com/

 

{Sweet Joy-gasm!!} We got a Vitamix!!!!

It finally happened! We’ve been in wanting for years; me especially. Almost two years ago, we almost had one. The price was right, the arrangements set, my husband took his work weary butt out to Timbuktu- but it was minutes too late as the seller jacked us and sold to someone else who was leaving as the hubs approached. What a fucking asshole! Here in the ATX I’ve set an alert on my phone using Craigslist Pro+ to be alerted as soon as a Vitamix hit the CL market. I’ve seen them come, and I’ve watched them go almost as if they never really existed at all. I thought I had me one for $150 last month. My vision blurred and I almost had a heart attack just reading the post. I immediately responded, but the seller did not leave a phone number, only an email – the torture!! I made my interest very clear, and after two hours I was  working myself into a frenzy. I knew something was wrong, so I emailed again. Nothing. The next day… nothing. The ad was still there for two days but I never got a response. And then it was gone.

Then there was today. **cue heavens parting choral music** My alarm sounded and I was surprisingly alert and ready for the day. My finger automatically stretched to silence my phone, and with sleep wary eyes I caught a glimpse of… hmmm, was that?… no, it’s probably nothing… a vitamix?… yeeaaahh, I think it was, but c’mon it’s probably another $600 monstrosity, just forget it…. like hell! you better wipe the sleep from your eyes and check that shit! And I did just that. Before I finished brushing my teeth excitement had taken hold – I have the $300! I can pick it up right now! It must be MINE!!!

And now it is. :D And I shall name it Bliss (which is coincidentally the name of a raw food cafe we adore in Dallas). My androgynous partner and I will be making sweet, sweet love together. We consummated our union tonight by creating THE BEST carrot soup I’ve ever had in my life. Oh yeah, I’ve got a keeper.

My baby performed beautifully and with the fantastic cookbook that came with this gorgeous package this recipe warmed me all over and tickled my tongue just right. (okay, I know the sexual innuendo involving a kitchen appliance may be odd to some, but don’t judge my love; it’s pure.) It was wonderful being able to whip up such aaahhh-mazing and healthy fare so quickly and easily for my other baby, who happens to be in his second week of being sick (boo!). Truly a great culinary experience and piece of equipment that I am VERY grateful for.

{Awesomesauce!} My Owl Barn: Owl Lover 2012 Calendar

This is awesome and generous! Create and print your own customized owl-themed calendar using images from 45 international artists. I love mine!!

Get yours now at: My Owl Barn: Owl Lover 2012 Calendar.

Owl Lover 2012 Calendar

{Hooray for Color!} Pantone Color of the Year for 2012: Tangerine Tango

So here it is, “THE” color of 2012… Tangerine Tango. Apparently they debut the next years color in December, but in recent years I start wondering right about now.

Is it what I was expecting? (I like to play a little guessing game with myself.) No. I’ve actually been resisting orange I’ve noticed and surprisingly been pulled like a moth to a flame to yellow hues, as you will eventually see in my home tour (and my background of course). I’ll have to ponder this electric coral color some more before I draw my final conclusions. I think a plum  or indigo is what I was subconsciously imagining for this legendary year. However, I have been seeing some gorgeous things using just this version of orange and I can’t deny it’s allure.

Read about it here: Fashion + Home – Pantone Color of the Year for 2012: Tangerine Tango PANTONE 17-1463.

"Tangerine Tango, a spirited reddish orange, continues to provide the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward."

I found the following description of the meaning of the color orange here:

Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It is associated with joy, sunshine, and the tropics. Orange represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation.

To the human eye, orange is a very hot color, so it gives the sensation of heat. Nevertheless, orange is not as aggressive as red. Orange increases oxygen supply to the brain, produces an invigorating effect, and stimulates mental activity. It is highly accepted among young people. As a citrus color, orange is associated with healthy food and stimulates appetite. Orange is the color of fall and harvest. In heraldry, orange is symbolic of strength and endurance.

Orange has very high visibility, so you can use it to catch attention and highlight the most important elements of your design. Orange is very effective for promoting food products and toys.

Red-orange corresponds to desire, sexual passion, pleasure, domination, aggression, and thirst for action.

Out with the old. 2011’s Color of the Year.

Source: vi.sualize.us via DesignBunny on Pinterest

{Nom! Nom!} 2012 Week 1: Balanced Snacks via Whole Living

I’m still full from my late night gorging, but even so, as I sit here thinking about all my plans to detox and meditate, this list of healthy snacks is mouth watering.

Read more: 2012 Whole Living Action Plan | Whole Living.

{Sweet Salvage} Architects Protect and Conserve via Dwell

Driven by “an evangelical zeal to save things,” Adam Hills and Maria Speake artfully repurpose landfill-bound materials at their London architectural salvage and design business, Retrouvius.

Read more: Protect and Conserve – People – Dwell.

This is really great. I dream of having my own sweet salvage shop where, in superhero style, I save the precious lives of useful discarded goods. It’s all about finding those diamonds in the rough and giving them that chance they were so inconsiderately denied. I have lots of love for people who interrupt that trip to the landfill and make gorgeous things happen.

Let us remember though that pulling it from the rubble pile and hoarding it to forever live in the “but it could be…” stack is no better. (Both situations literally cause an ache to appear in my belly.) **Crap, I just drifted off thinking about all the incredible stuff people throw away – wait, my hubby put a nice looking toaster in the trash the other day after trying for weeks to fix it. I am going to kick my ass hard if it’s not still there for me to retrieve in a minute. Why didn’t I stop that madness when I saw it!?? Oh yeah, because I’m still a lazy, privileged, indoctrinated American and sometimes I make dumb mistakes – which I shall go to correct right now.**

Update: Alas our folly was too great. The toaster is gone. I called the hubby and we acknowledged our mistake. This is a VERY rare occurrence and now that we talked about it it should not be happening again. I can only hope that someone will swoop in and rescue it before our appliance is carelessly buried for eons. We are sorry and we will do better next time.

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