is it one of the hottest days of summer?
is it time for our annual
christmas in july/august celebration?
with long-time friends
odds and ends re-gifts to each other
that we’re highly likely
to re-gift to someone else at a later date
no reason to keep the joy of giving all to ourselves.
‘christmas makes me happy no matter what time of year it comes around.”
image credit: pinterest vintage, petticoats and pistols
you never really know who’ll sail your way.
in the sea, the fish have learned to fly,
on a moonlit night on wings of silver,
as the enchanted stars sail serenely by.
do they know where do unicorns go?
where winged horses fly?…
~Jimmy Webb, “In the Sea,” Das Letzte Einhorn, 1982
huron river, ann arbor, michigan, usa – summer 2018
what do you get
when you combine every kid in the city who is now out of school
with a very hot day and a community pool?
lots of squeals, water fights, slides, splashes, and snacks
everyone so happy to be free
all summer ahead of them
has the festive feel of adults
celebrating with a long night of cocktails
but the kids are hopped up on nothing but pure sunshine and water.
‘i feel like a torpedo.’
-michael phelps (u.s.a. olympic gold medalist in swimming)
image credit: New York July 12, 1937 McCarren Park Pool- vintage photo
a food-safe reloadable hot gun that can doodle, draw and design with cheese
For a limited time, the laughing squid store is featuring a great deal on this gem.The Fondoodler is a super simple, food-safe reloadable hot gun that melts most types of string, shredded, block or sheet-style cheese in a cylindrical canister, just like a hot glue gun. This product is available for only $17 – an 43% discount on its original retail price of $30.
- It’s a hot glue gun for cheese
- Load it up with pretty much any kind of cheese and splorch away
- In our tests, Velveeta got too liquidy to work very well, so we recommend just using real cheese
- Contrary to the repeated protestations of the Cheetos mascot, being cheesy turns out to be very easy indeed
- The perfect implement for writing entries in your dairy
- Model: Fond 1 as in: “if you can “fond” 1 for less, buy it!”
- Condition: New
- Gets cheese-meltingly hot in 3 minutes
- All the convenience of Easy Cheese but maybe less gross? Jury is out on that one
- Make your own Leaning Tower of Cheeza
- Use it with American, Jack, Cheddar, whatever you like
- String cheese is already the perfect size but shredded, block, or even sheet cheese also works
- Use it for mortar in your cracker house. It’s Craft Cheese!
- Dishwasher safe
- Not for use with chocolate or marshmallows (though if you want to put some chocolate chips or tiny marshmallows in there we can’t stop you)
- Power: 120V, 60Hz, .8A
Fondoodler: a hot glue gun, but for cheese. A scientific breakthrough to transform the way we live, the way we think, and the way we put cheese on stuff.
“the poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.”
credits: laughingsquid.com,lori dorn,
it’s just a feeling
but i think
there may be
in the fort
under the couch.
“be yourself, whatever it is. even if it’s scary. “
(yet another underpaid re-enactor)
when at the salon recently
my stylist was combing out my hair and asked:
“why do you have glitter in your hair?”
now, there are many possible scenarios
some more accepted than others
but i suppose in my case
it most likely has to do with
a kindy teacher
a creator of mixed-media collage art
a fan of glitter
and i see
that a pattern
has begun to emerge
when family and friends and colleagues
and even my cat
quite often have glitter on them
after spending time with me
and my grandson mentions
that he always finds glitter stuck to him
after we’ve been hanging out together
and people sometimes
brush glitter off of their legs
after getting out of my car
some people leave footprints
some people leave glitter
and that’s how you know
they’ve been there.
“when you’re around me, you’re going to get glitter on you.”
photo credits: fx hair studio, all things hair
a scene from the road rally in the sideways rain
leap frog in the park
last night i told a joke to a woman at a comedy club, led a group of strangers in follow-the- leader in t.j. maxx, bought 60 cents of gas, got into a theater box office, danced the sugar plum fairy ballet and push it, had the zingerman’s staff sing happy birthday to me, tried to jam our team into one shopping cart, read a children’s book aloud to an adult in the library, found five different kinds of balls, secretly wrote crossword answers in the new york times and put it back, wore protective hockey gear, held a lobster, paid for a stranger’s purchase, ate as a group at taco bell, wore university of michigan gear that wasn’t mine, added my gum to a public wall art display, read incredible notes, shared food and drinks and blew out candles and it was a night to always be remembered.
sock monkeys vs. glitters vs. kwames
what a wonderful decade birthday celebration
thanks to all of you for every bit of it
it meant everything.
“life goes by fast. enjoy it. calm down. it’s all funny.”
– joan rivers