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Seven Things I Love (6-7-2021)

  1. 1. This Hand-painted Art on Trucks in India – There’s art everywhere you look in India. You can be in the most isolated, rural village and find wonderful sculptures at the side of the road or in front of a hut; ornate carving on archways, doors and pillars; incredible paintings on walls; or beautiful saris hanging out to dry.

Indians see a blank canvas in places most of us wouldn’t – trucks (and taxis) are two canvases they use with extraordinary creativity and skillfulness.

[Found on Hyperallergic, and in person]

A truck driver poses in his truck (Images courtesy All India Permit)

Here are more photos I took on my trip last February (returned just two weeks before the “lockdown”)…

2. This Flower Installation – done by my sister-in-law in Camas, WA. She and my brother own an amazing place called Acorn & The Oak. It’s a restaurant (inspired by Midwest supper clubs) paired with a flower shop. If you are ever in that area I highly recommend you stop there. Or if you know people who live in Washington State/the Portland area (it’s only about 30 minutes from Portland) be sure to tell them about it!

Happy Pride Month!

3. This Stand-up Act by Bob Newhart – I’ve been a fan of Bob Newhart’s standup for decades. Sadly much of it didn’t age well (though I personally still enjoy it) like his bit on Sir Walter Raleigh and “To-bac-co”. Well, now that I think of it, in essence, pretty much none of it ages well because people don’t talk on the phone anymore and they certainly don’t use landlines but regardless…

This one still works and he’s just so damned cute.

4. This Photo of Anthony Fauci and Joan Baez – Joan Baez was recently one of the honorees at the Kennedy Center (along with Garth Brooks, Dick Van Dyke, violinist Midori and choreographer Debbie Allen) and she took Anthony Fauci as one of her plus ones! How cool is THAT!?!

I guess they met after Dr. Fauci saw a portrait that Baez painted of him and they ended up talking on the phone. When Baez called him to ask if he’d be her guest to the Kennedy Center event he said well, it depends, there could be a problem. So Baez responded, “Tony, you’re not going to tell me the sexiest man in the world doesn’t have a tuxedo, are you?”

Fauci replied that he did indeed have a tux but that he needed to know what the COVID safety protocols were. He’s the real deal!

In case you’d like to see the painting Baez did of “Tony,” it’s here.

5. This Diffuser from Thymes – It smells like I imagine heaven smells like. With the weather being so warm I’ve been trapped inside with air conditioning (I do not do well in weather over about 78 degrees.) I feel like I need to have a few diffusers around the house to freshen things up. I think I may have included this in a previous ‘Seven Things’ post but this is on sale right now. (If you buy it I recommend also getting a refill and a packet of reeds too. Besides the fact that the refill is on sale as well, the three things combined will get you over the $50 minimum to get free shipping.) Click on the picture below to go directly to the product page.

6. This Incredible Necklace Entitled “Sheer Elegance” – I actually have TWO extremely talented and artistic sisters-in-law. Here’s another wow-inducing item from one of my Illinois sisters-in-law. This one makes all her jewelry from these tiny little seed beads. This piece is truly a work of art. If you click on the image below it will take you to the product page or you can click her to go to here ETSY Shop.

7. This Really IS the Funniest Flight Attendant Ever – There’s a reason why Southwest Airlines has a reputation for having entertaining flight attendants and I’ve seen several videos of safety speeches that were hilarious but this one is by far the best.

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Five Things I Love (3-16-2020)

Well, as you may (or may not) have noticed, I’ve been on a brief hiatus from posting the ‘Five Things I Love’ because of course I’ve been traveling in India! I still have more India posts to make (along with general Menopausal Broad posts) but I wanted to get back to sharing some of my favorite things…

1. How many of your watch ‘Drunk History’? I LOVE history (if you haven’t figured that out already.) I love how so much of it fits together and overlaps. I also find it interesting how a lot of history repeats itself – which is frustrating and infuriating and alarming.

Anyway, if you don’t know about ‘Drunk History’ it’s an incredibly painless and funny way to learn about our past. The guy who came up with the idea, Derek Waters, gets people liquored up and then has them tell you about a brief chapter in history. While this is going on people act out what the drunk person is talking about. Obviously hilarity ensues – especially when the actors are, for example, giving some speech or making some important statement (which is made in the drunk person’s voice) and all of a sudden there is a belch or the words are slurred.

2. Did you watch the Superbowl just for the commercials (like I did because the Packers weren’t playing?) Here’s the story behind that commercial thanking the University of Wisconsin – School of Veterinary Medicine, Oncology Unit.

3. We’ve all read bad yelp reviews. Sometimes they can be helpful. Sometimes they can be funny and/or ignorant. And sometimes they can be mean, bordering on cruel. Amber Share, an artist from Raleigh, North Carolina read some bad reviews of our magnificent National Parks and decided to use her artistic talent to prove just how ridiculous (and petty) some reviewers really are….
(Found on the Southern Living website.)

4. This article about Gen X – is brilliant. Basically it’s: We’re Gen X, we know who we are, we know what we like, and we have no intention of changing for anyone.

There is a little bit of a disagreement as to exactly when GenX begins and ends but generally it’s around 1964/1965 to 1979/1980. Obviously people born in 1964 and 1979 feel very strongly that it goes from 1964 to 1980.

The fact is, people born in those years would definitely NOT fit into the Boomer generation or into GenY. In fact, people born in 1963, 1962, 1961, and probably 1960 and then four years on the other end (1981-1984?) probably identify more with GenX.

5. Thymes MilleFleur Reed Diffuser – reed diffusers are a complicated thing. You can buy inexpensive ones at places like Pier One (well, not so much anymore) or Target or Anthropologie but sometimes you don’t get to test them out and even if you do, they don’t last very long. Or you can spend a wad on a more expensive diffuser but you run the risk of investing in something that may again, not last long. Or you may find that the scent isn’t as nice as it was in the store (because of course there you’re surrounded by many other scents.)

I have been addicted to Thymes Frasier Fir products for ages, ever since my aunt introduced me to the candles. It’s the best holiday scent around, still after all these years. But I wanted to find something for the rest of the year. On a fluke I ordered the Millefleur and boy, did I luck out. Not only has it lasted months, but every single person who has come into my house has commented about how good my house smells. (I have it near the front door.)

It’s not overpowering but strong enough too that I get a whiff every once in a while when I walk past the foyer. I highly recommend it if you like floral scents…