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Disclaimer: Sometimes I do these posts late and night when I can’t sleep, which can occasionally lead to them being kinda, shall we say, LOOPY. Such as this post. I should change it, write something better and more noble, perhaps, but I cannot. For I have bigger fish to fry….it being FRYDAY and all. Somebody STOP me!!

We are working to ketchup here (get it? KETCHUP? Do any of you even LOOK at the gallery photo up above?!) with illustrations. Coming soon! In the meantime…

I was at the doctor’s office the other day with my beloved sister Julie, who also happens to be THE MAYOR, thankyouverymuch, and she read me a funny joke out of the handy “Highlights” magazine as we waited. Wanna hear it? Here it goes:

Once there was a car completely made out of wood. It had wooden tires, a wooden body and a wooden engine. What do you think happened when the car was started up?

Wait for it…(here’s a picture of a Highlights magazine while you try to guess. YES, it’s still in print, and was actually quite entertaining)…

ketchuphighIt WOODEN GO!!

Now, perhaps it’s because we were hanging out in a doctor’s office, but I thought that was a pretty funny joke.

ketchuptwighLooking for an image of the Highlights magazine, I found this:

As it so happens, when I’m doing labor in my sewing room, sorting through dolls, choosing fabrics, making patterns, etc., etc., rather than listen to music I will watch the same movie over and over and over. It’s white noise and the occasional glance because I’ve seen it so many times before, but I enjoy it. I will watch the same movie for months and sometimes years on end. I wonder what would happen if I ever kept count?

Anyway, my current movie of choice happens to be “Twilight.” Don’t be a hater! CONFESS, you secretly love it too!

Say what you will, that Edward Cullen character is a pleasure to look at and don’t we all dream of being loved as much as he loves Bella?

Which led me to create my very own fan art (because I am mature that way and am secretly a giggling teenager at heart), modifying a quote from the movie:

ketchupedmeWAnd THAT is my post for today! A joke and some eye candy! IT’S FRIDAY, WHAT COULD BE BETTER?!

Have a great weekend! GO BRONCOS!! GO 49ERS!!

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Yesterday I was trying out the nifty new camera my brothers sent, and as I watched what I recorded three things came to mind – although it took all day for them to do so.

The first is I was reminded of that old joke: A man goes to his 30th high school reunion and says to his wife, “Wow! Everybody got old but me!”



Because we never think of ourselves as old. I find myself still wondering what I’m going to do when I grow up. I still get the occasional urge to wear glitter in my hair and think that if Edward Cullen lived in Iowa instead of Washington he would have picked me instead of that silly ol’ Bella.

The second is that it turns out I rarely look in a mirror. When it comes to mirrors I’m like the muggles in the Harry Potter books when they come across a wizard building: My eyes slide right past them or any other shiny object without really seeing. Mirror? What mirror?

Therefore I was surprised when I truly saw myself for the first time in a long time. Yikes! What happened?

But the third and final thought came to me after a day of sorting through all of these old dolls of mine. None of them is perfect. Each one of them bears the signs of being well-loved and having been someone’s favorite plaything at some point in their lives. Their wigs – if they still have them – are thin or sometimes show the results of an amateur haircut. Their lip paint is chipped and worn, their bodies are scuffed and their fingers and toes are frequently missing. And I still love them, even with their flaws. In fact because of their flaws. Shouldn’t I treat myself with the same kindness?

Shouldn’t we all?

And, Edward! IOWA. Think about it!