So, I’m pretty sure I need this sticker in my life. I’m actually not sure why I don’t already have it. I appreciate everything about it: the clever wordplay with my home state, the creative feline drawing skills, and the subtle yet effective use of a calico cat background for contrast.
Then I started thinking, “What if I make an entire United States out of stickers?” I already have an Oregon sticker from a trip to Portland, but I’ve still got a long ways to go to compile a full map. Although I can guarantee it will be a lot more fun than filling out the U.S. state quarters map over the span of ten years. Sounded like a great idea in 1999. Not so much in 2009. Why did they make it take so damn long to fill out?! I don’t have the kind of patience for that. Stickers however, I will always have patience for.
Another question to consider: where would I put this state sticker map once it’s completed? Despite the unconventional medium of stickers, I do believe it could be a beautifully crafted masterpiece. I’m just thinking it probably won’t quite fit in with my current apartment decor. Adults aren’t supposed to collect stickers, let alone display them, right? This sticker map is an idea that I should have had in 2007, when I was in the midst of my formative college years and I still thought “decorating” meant covering my dorm room with posters and photos.
Maybe I need to think this idea through a little bit more before I start getting too excited. Don’t worry, I’m currently getting my collage/cut-paste fix from another project that I’ve been thinking about for a while. I have several piles of magazines that have accumulated in my apartment over the last few years. I rationalized keeping them by telling myself that there might be recipes I want to keep. A trip to Staples later, I was clipping out all the recipes I wanted to keep and organizing them in a three-ring binder. Goodbye, magazine clutter. Hello, organized adulthood. Well almost, I think I still like stickers too much to be an adult.
There’s always a new distraction to be discovered on the internet. This time, it’s wimp.com. The site itself isn’t much to look at, but look past the dull gray background and plain text, and you’ll discover some of the best videos to pretty much ever exist. The site only posts five videos a day, but I like that they’re not trying to overload you with stuff. It’s simple, straightforward, and to the point. You’ll find videos featuring bike parkour, unexpected animal friendships, and long-lost lovers reuniting. Wimp.com will also bring you videos like the one below. I watched this and literally nothing else mattered for 2 and 1/2 minutes. You’ll see what I mean.
I really like to make things. Whether it’s cupcakes, paper airplanes, or snow angels; if it involves the magical combination of creativity and handiwork, I’m sold. I’ve already mentioned my love for making lists and crafts, but what’s occupying my mind today is making furniture. There’s nothing quite like creating something that is both art on its own and also serves a functional purpose. Last month, I got my construction quick fix from assembling an Ikea bookshelf, but it still left me yearning for something more. Today, I finally got my answer. I received an email about a new design for a cat litter box table. Sure, I thought the idea was cool, but why on earth would I spend $450 on something that I could easily make for less than $100, heck, probably less than $50?
You know what would be even better?! If I could find a cheap vintage side table, big enough to fit my cat’s litter box, and build sides around it…
Perhaps a rustic end table would be cool:
Or something a little more shabby chic:
Or I could go all modern and cubist:
Whatever I end up making, I feel good knowing that my cat will have a creative and thoughtful box to do her business in. I’ve officially become a crazy cat lady.
Here is today’s weather forecast as seen on Google:
and here is today’s weather forecast as seen by me:
Anyone else, or am I just strange?
Have you ever come up with tricks for yourself when you need a little ego boost? Personally, I like making lists and then enjoying the feeling of crossing something off the list. It’s trivial yet satisfying. There’s never anything unattainable or difficult on the list, but sometimes it just feels good to have a concrete accomplishment (no matter how small).
A list like this can easily morph into a to-do list, but you must refrain from getting to that point. Sure, to-do lists can start out all innocent and well-intentioned, but they usually end up with things that we know we have to do but are avoiding because we don’t want to do them. No, the lists I’m talking about are fun lists, to-enjoy lists if you will; things that you actually WANT to do. The easiest fun lists to start out with usually involve food – a restaurants bucket list, recipes that you want to try, or finding the best chaipuccino. In my case, I’ve already started a list for coffee shops I want to check out, a quest to find the best dim sum (you’re going to have to suck it up and get out of D.C.), and my ever-growing list of Rebecca Black Friday covers.
Now I’m gathering ideas for my next to-enjoy list. I love lists so much that I usually start them before I even realize I’ve started them. For example, over the last month, I’ve tried out pretty much all the rice krispies treats in the vicinity of my office. My instincts were telling me that I must find the best rice krispies treat out there. Of course that’s what the internet is for. That’s where I found this mouth-watering gem of a recipe. I will fully admit that Smitten Kitchen recipes may be the start of a whole new list.
Another list I’m determined to come up with is a D.C. pizza list. I’m from Boston, and call me a stubborn Masshole, but I don’t think anything could ever top a pizza from the North End (except maybe NYC – I still hate the Yankees though). But if I’m going to survive in this city, I have to find an acceptable substitute. No, Jumbo Slice did not make it on my list, but here’s what I’ve come up with so far:
- Upper Crust
- Pete’s New Haven Style Pizza
- Pizzeria Paradisio
- Ella’s Wood Fired Pizza
Want to Try
- We the Pizza
- Seventh Hill
- District of Pi
- Mellow Mushroom
- Red Rocks
- Two Amys
Any other recommendations? What will be on your next to-enjoy list?