After a very long hiatus, I’ve decided I’m going to try and start up my Shop Girl Shares posts again every Monday. There are simply too many good things out there that I’m dying to share with you. Capiche?
Meet Kevin. Last year Kevin’s marriage ended and his wife of 12 years packed up her things and moved out, leaving only one thing behind on her side of the closet: her wedding dress. Kevin asked her what he should do with it, and her response was “whatever the (*insert explicative here*) you want.”
…so he did.
He’s now taken on the task of trying to find 101 uses for the dress, like flossing, a hammock, kitty little liner, and above (my favourite) the scarecrow. It’s his own form of therapy as he deals with the divorce, and as she wanted absolutely nothing to do with the dress, I think it’s absolutely hilarious. He’s actually quite creative–who knew a wedding dress was good for so many things? ;)
I don’t even know if this video needs an introduction… it’s quite possibly the BEST bathroom prank that I have ever seen. I already had a fear of port-a-pottys before seeing this, and now I don’t think I could ever use one… I mean, if they have the teleportation abilities, then that’s just too much for me… hahaha
AMAZING. How confused would you be?!?! Haha!
Until next week, lovelies!
I really need to start my Shop Girl Shares* segment up again. I have found some GLORIOUS blogs, websites and videos that I am dyyyyyying to show you. Seriously. The other night the Hubster and I laughed so hard at a video we found that he had to leave the room because his face and stomach hurt from laughing too much.
(Confession: I love to laugh. Shocking, I know.)
I can’t quite remember how I came across this gem–but it was love at first sight. I now want to go into business designing “Lost” posters for people who lose their pets.
Please, take a moment and enjoy this brilliant piece. Make sure to read the emails all the way to the end! haha
It can’t possibly be Wednesday.
Last I checked it was Sunday evening and I was collapsing into bed after a very, very long week and weekend. Last week was just… ugh. I worked every day, squeezed in a little volunteering, still made made the trek to my class and even managed to squeeze in an hour or two of sleep here and there.
The weekend was just as busy–Saturday was my first day off in a while and it was full of catch-up and errands. As well, the Hubster had a friend up visiting for the weekend to go to a Rob Zombie concert on Saturday night. (Yes, I actually went to a Rob Zombie concert. It was… interesting. More on this later.)
It ended up being a very late night, and due to some mix-ups at work I worked on Sunday for the first time in seven years. I know that many people can’t avoid it, but I really don’t like working on Sundays. It’s my day for church, rest, being with family and recharging my batteries for the week ahead. This obviously didn’t happen during my eight hour shift, which is maybe why I’m in disbelief that it’s already Wednesday. (…really?! Wednesday?!)
Anyway. The past several days have been an absolute blur, and my computer clock tells me that it is now December. DECEMBER. Holy toot.
Well, I obviously missed my Shop Girl Share day this week, but I was here in spirit! haha! For the month of December I want to try something a little different and make this less about me and more about you. I’ve been sharing my favourite blogs and websites with you since July, but I would love to know what you are reading and writing, so I started thinking… what are your favourite blogs and / or websites? What can’t you live without during your day?
…but then I kept thinking about all the amazing blogs I read and how sometimes these fabulous bloggers write something that just completely resonates with me and I mentally tuck the post away into the “that-was-one-of-the-best-posts-I’ve-ever-read” category. Sometimes they are by those well-known bloggers that everyone reads, and sometimes they are by smaller, lesser-known bloggers with a talent for tugging at my heart-strings (or making me want to pee my pants from laughter. You know.). So, tell me the best post(s) you’ve ever read so that I can tell MORE people about them and we can share the love!
…but then I kept thinking about all the amazing bloggers I “know” through their blogs, 20SB and Twitter and about how awesome you all are, and how you are the writers of these fabulous blogs we love and those amazing posts that stay with us even after we’ve finished reading them. And I kept thinking about how none of us want to go crazy promoting our own work because we don’t want to be “that” person, and humility is in, no? But sometimes I write something that I can’t help but be proud of. I can’t help but want to share it because it means something to me, even if it doesn’t mean anything to anyone else. So, tell me about the post that you’re written that means something to you. The post that makes you proud, whether it was because it was so hard for you to write, or because it makes you laugh, or just because it works.
I’m really excited to hear about what YOU love, and as I explore I’ll share your loves so that everyone can love them too. (woooo….. that’s a whole lotta love there.)
Now then, I don’t want to leave you without anything this week, so here are two very small shares! First things first–I know that a great many of you out there are Twilight fans. While I may not be quite as enthusiastic as some, the book version of Edward makes me swoon and I may or may not wish that the Hubster was secretly a vampire. Sometimes. (Except for the sparkly skin bit. That weirds me right out.)
The Hubster assures me that he is not a vampire (with a “my-wife-is-crazy” look in his eye), but I thought, what if I was the vampire?! So obviously I did what any self-respecting 24-year-old would do: I found a Vampire Name Generator.
You may hereafter refer to me as “Faith Maundrell“, the Haunt of Slovenia. (Come be a vampire with me!!!!)
Also, if you follow me on Twitter you’ll see that I am kind of sort of obsessed with Rob Zombie’s new single, “What?”. It’s my new gym song. If it doesn’t make you want to run then I don’t know what will! haha
Ahhh… I LOVE the bass! I have no idea what he’s saying, but it’s a good song. haha
Anyway, that’s it for me lovelies–I really hope you take a minute to share some of your blog faves with me, I can’t wait to see what you’re reading!
So let’s pretend that today is MONDAY and not Tuesday and that I’m not a day late with my Shop Girl Shares post, okay? Okay. :)
Last night I was exhausted after volunteering all morning, coming home to have to quickly do laundry & clean my house before rushing off to work and closing the store and I had a total I’m-so-tired-my-life-is-so-hard-poor-me night. I don’t even like being around myself when that happens, so I went to bed instead of posting. Sorry loves. BUT, I’m here today!
Meet Erin, an early childhood special education teacher / fabulous blogger (who was also last month’s featured blogger on 20SB!). I started reading Erin’s blog some time ago after learning that she was a fellow teacher, and was immediately struck by her openness and honesty in her writing–which is often about her struggles with infertility. She recently summarized her journey into an “infertility timeline” which shows exactly what she’s dealt with over the past year and a half. My heart goes out to her every day–but while sometimes life gets her down–as it does us all–she remains positive, motivated, and continues her journey with hope. She is a constant inspiration to me and I cannot wait to one day hear her good news!
2 – Kinetic Wave Sculptures
Okay. So I realize that this a little different from what I normally share with you, but it was just SO cool that I had to post it! The Hubster actually gets credit for this find–he saw it and shared it and I just happened to click the link. I have to be honest: art doesn’t usually do anything for me. A beautiful piece of music or a well written piece of work can move me to tears, but I’ve yet to find artwork that has the same effect on me. (Except maybe photography. Maybe.)
Anyway. I digress. In my oh-poor-me state last night I was looking for things to distract myself and I came across this video and I was absolutely mesmerized. If you are not usually a video-watcher, just watch even the first 60 seconds. I want one of these in my house!
Seriously–how cool is that?!
I’ve come to love Mondays.
Seriously. It’s true. I love sharing new things with people. It makes me sound like such a geek, but when I find something that I love or that makes me happy (which probably means I love it, let’s be honest…) I get so excited that I have to share it and want other people to love it too. I do this with evvvvverything in my life… if I find a good song, sale, TV show, book, restaurant, etc–I immediately tell everyone I know. I like sharing. Sharing is good.
The past two weeks have just been really off weeks for me… ever have those? I worked a lot, felt exhausted and had no positive / creative energy to channel here, so rather than venting / complaining, I took a mini-break. But I’m back in FULL force…. like my brain is exploding with things I can’t wait to write about. Like I actually wrote a list of all the exciting things I want to write about so I won’t forget any. Seriously.
(I say that a lot, don’t I? Sorry lovelies, I just get excited and I hope to do too.)
ANYWAY. Today. Sharing. Excitement. Yes.
1 – Belle Renee
Meet Renee, one of the loveliest 23-year-old newlywed bloggers you’ll ever meet. I have this little group of blogging ladies whom I’d love to meet in real life someday, and Belle Renee is certainly one of them. Her blog is such a happy, feel-good place of stories from her job as a Barista, her new marriage, moving and just life in general. She became a bit of an overnight blogging celebrity with her fabulous 20-Something Bloggers video. She is quite possibly one of the most adorable people I’ve ever come across. (we were asked to make “vlogs” about what 20SB means to us, and hers was simply fabulous.)
Go give Renee some love. :)
If you remember, a few weeks ago I shared People of Walmart with you–a little website I’m sure we can all relate to. Walmart draws an… interesting… crowd. Let’s leave it at that. haha!
Well, shortly after I received an email letting me know about a sister site that is just… awesome. If you’ve ever had to use public transit for any length of time, I guarantee you will be able to relate to People of Public Transit. I rode the subway / bus for five years before the Hubs and I purchased our first vehicle and there is just something unique about many of the people who ride the bus. Something special. Something blog worthy… and what do you know, here it is! haha!
I absolutely must close off with my favourite subway experience of all time. When I was a young girl of 19, I moved to the Big City by myself and often rode the transit system on my own as I traveled from point A to point B. Coming from a small-town I was instilled with a fear of the unknown, so I often tried to find a seat away from others where I could sit by myself. One day, this large, robust, colorfully dressed woman made this impossible. On a day when the subway car was emptier than usual, and there were plenty of available seats, she chose to sit right next to me. Fine. Whatevs. Normally I’d just quietly sit until my stop came along. But oooooooh no… this was not to happen that day.
There was a pile of newspapers on the seat next to her which she picked up–I assumed to read. Umm… no. She sang out the headlines and stories at the top of her voice for everyone in the subway car to hear. I slyly began the bum slide across empty seats to provide a bit of space between us, but that really wasn’t necessary as she rose to a regal position to sing out with all her might.
It was an opera of crime stories, political pieces and human interest stories (I think there was a bit about a dog in there). Those of us in the car watched her in disbelief as she continued to sing the paper in a note that was slightly off-key until she came to a page with a Canadian flag. She abruptly stopped, put her hand over her heart, lowered her head and began belting out “Oh, Canada” in what I am assuming was Italian… it could have been Klingon for all I know. As the song continued she strutted up and down the subway car and then out the door and onto the platform.
It was a magical subway ride. Sadly, I never saw her again. *sigh*
Tell me your magical public transit stories… now! I know you have one!