Your crazy is showing, you might want to tuck that back in…

I saw this today:

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and I thought…. woah, are there any?

It would be a cute 1 page book.

It made me realize that there are some things we probably should keep far more private than we do.

Everyday we post random info about our families and lives to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, WordPress, etc. Is there any one of us that can say they don’t regret a post here or there? That they maybe should have waited to post vacation photos until they got home from vacation so the creeps out there wouldn’t know the house was empty? How about that drunken Tweet to the ex, or the questionable pic on facebook?

For example, I posted a picture of my kids from Instagram today and some random strange man “liked” my picture…

**Dude, that’s creepy.**

Time to change the privacy settings, ASAP.

Then what about the things that you just don’t fully think out before you post them online, for everyone to see. The things that you leave out there, publicly, that are never going to go away….

There was this incidence of cyber-stalking I witnessed via Twitter/Facebook Fan page last night. There’s an actor named Sam Heughan that I recently blogged about (here). He’s a nice guy, plays to the twitter fans, responds to comments, posts teases about his upcoming role in the Outlander series coming to Starz in 2014. Then he goes and posts this picture:

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…and the fans went <WILD>

But one girl took it too far…. Apparently she lives near the area in which this picture was taken. So she tweeted inappropriate comments to him, she BEGGED to have him meet her nearby. Flooding twitter feeds and Facebook posts with a frankly creepy stream of consciousness on how she was going to Find Him and Meet him and get him to Sign Her Poem, etc.

I don’t want to rag on the girl too hard, I think it was mostly meant as a joke, all in good fun, but I don’t think she considered the perspective of the strangers who were seeing her (apparent) mental breakdown at the prospect of being Near this guy. (which subsequently got her banned from the fan page)

We all just sort of *cringed*

can you imagine the way that would play out?

Girl: HI! I Found you! See I did! AND I wrote you a POEM!!

He: Umm…. Gee, thanks??

Regardless of how eloquent and beautiful (and not creepy) that poem may have been, it just SOUNDS creepy! Doesn’t it?? It just makes you want to tap her on the shoulder and say “Excuse me, I think your crazy is showing, you might want to tuck that back in…”

We need to Really reflect on what we put out there. What secrets should we keep from the internet? Who is watching what we do, how do they perceive that info and what do they do with it?

With that in mind, I post this on my blog for the world to see… let me know if I need to tuck anything back in.

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Son of a &*@#%….

So there’s this book:

Outlander (Outlander Series #1)

It is Incredible. If you like a good story, read this book. Here’s the link again, go buy it. You will NOT be disappointed. I promise. In fact, if you read it and don’t immediately want the next book in the series, I’ll buy it from you ’cause you don’t deserve to keep it anyway…

This book is one of those stories that really lives. A British WWII nurse is our heroine, forced out of her own time to a Scotland 200+ years in the past, who longs to return to her own world while simultaneously falling in love with the world she has landed in. Let me be clear, this is not a sappy love story. It is action, adventure, sci-fi, history, and *sometimes* a little romance. I won’t go to much into it because, while this is my favorite book, it it not the reason for this post.

This is.

Ladies, meet Sam Heughan.

The actor chosen to portray the hero in my favorite-book-of-all-time which is being turned into a massive series coming to Starz in March of 2014.

BTW… I saw this RIGHT after I heard about the show and thought… that’s the job I need, right there. mmmhm.

Book slappers…

*Ahem* anyway, back to the man, Sam Heughan…

That’s right, James Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser (or Jamie, sometimes even  “JAMMF” on Twitter), in the flesh.

My. Heart. Has. Melted.

He’s perfectly Jamie. Tall, handsome, emanates strength without being “too macho.” He has soulful and trustworthy eyes with a touch of playfulness. A man you would get on a horse and follow through the Scottish Highlands without question. Plus he’s actually a Scot. You can’t beat that.

So why is this a problem??

Personally, it means Alexander Skarsgard finally has some serious competition for the heart of this happily married mother of 4.

Sam Heughan has been cast as Jamie Fraser in the upcoming Starz adaptation of the "Outlander" series by Diana Gabaldon. *Yes, Sam. I’m talking about you.*

I don’t know if he’s straight or gay and I don’t care. I like him so much that he’s about to get his own board on Pinterest, and that is a serious commitment from me.

Really though, I think poor Heughan doesn’t know what he’s getting himself into… Outlander fans are a loyal and committed bunch. We’ve all lived with these characters for decades now. We’ve followed their triumphs and failures, heartaches and joys, lives and deaths with complete surrender. We Love these characters, and now we love Heughan.

*Poor Guy*

I only hope the woman they choose to play your Claire is worthy… Heaven help her if she’s too skinny 😉

I can be crafty. Right? – Part 2

A little over a week ago, I told you about this gorgeous Printer’s Triple Console Cabinet.

I said I would build it. I said I had the skill (probably). But I was a little nervous about it… so it took a few days to build up the courage to jump in.

I took baby steps:

I ordered drawer pulls.

I picked out a stain.

I bought screws..

Then I tortured a lovely man named Miguel at my local Johnson’s Hardware for over an hour.

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That is, I had him cutting wood for the crazy lady with “plans.”

Lots of wood…

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Thank goodness I did that, I drive a Suburban and it was still a challenge getting the cut wood into the car. **note to self: next time remove child car seats BEFORE purchasing large amounts of wood.**

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Then… I did nothing.  For days.

I let that pretty wood sit because, frankly, I was scared of it. I’ve never built anything before. I have NO idea what I’m doing! Some nice lady on the internet told me I could build this, so I thought I could? CRAZINESS!! I’m so clumsy, I literally fell off of the porch last week! What was I THINKING??!!?

But… I spent the money, I committed to this project. Like a marriage. For better or worse, I had to jump in. So I did.

I started by drilling the pocket holes:

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Lots, and lots, of pocket holes.

At the advice of Ana White – inspiration builder, I purchased a Kreg Jig. This thing helps you drill the holes at an angle to make screwing two pieces of wood together MUCH easier… Way easier, and way better looking too. You don’t have to worry about covering up the screws after the project is done.

It took some practice to get a feel for the jig and the drill, but eventually I got the hang of it. I only destroyed one board, so that’s not too bad.

Then, after a short pep-talk,  I began assembling my first side of the frame. Again…I made a mistake. Small mistake with measuring the distance the supports should be, but an easy fix. I stood back and surveyed my handiwork….

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Huh. That looks…. correct.

Weird.

I added the bottom supports and it still looked right. Well… What’s next in the plans? Build doors. Ok. I can do that.

I began by laying out my wood in the pattern it should have, 1×2 alternating with 1×3. Add supports to hold doors together and, there ya go:

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You’ll likely notice that some of my wood was stained before I began to build the doors… Long, long ago, I had the bright idea to rebuild our bench. You know the kind, wrought-iron legs, wooden seat? Well, not so smart after all. I have had that wood for 3 years. Never did rebuild that bench.. It saved me a few bucks here though. I think the pre-stained pieces will make an interesting contrast once it’s finished. I hope. **fingers crossed**

Just as I picked up the drill to secure the supports for the doors, my husband came out to remind me that my children expect to eat in the evenings and could I please make dinner?? It’s good he was nice, I had weapons.

Unfortunately, that meant I had to put my little project on hold til tomorrow. At least it gave me a chance to get the tweezers for all of these splinters….

Stay tuned,  Maybe I can finish it after all….

Things I do for my children

My oldest child is a bookworm. She is 9 and reads anything she can get her hands on. Practically everyday I find myself saying, “Doodle, put the book down and go play!”

(Of course her name is not really “Doodle” — I’m only mean enough to call her that when her friends aren’t around)

She recently went through the entire Harry Potter series, movies included, and is now constantly picking up sticks and pretending they are wands. — It’s a good thing she’s pretty, because she’s gonna need it….

Anyway, my sweet Doodle is a big fan of all things magical at the moment, so I made her a little surprise.

I started with a hot glue gun, chopsticks, beads and paint. Forgive the quality of the pics here. Late night, bad lighting…

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I then spent about 3 hours burning myself with hot glue and cursing at beads that wouldn’t stay put to produce this:

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Doodle’s very own wand shop.

 

It really was easy. Just spread glue on the chopstick, stick on beads, let cool, paint. done.

 

I think she will be pleased…

Now if I could only find that tube of aloe so I can hold my celebratory wineglass without wincing.

I can be crafty. Right?

Recently I stumbled upon a blog that awakened within me a desire I never knew I had. Woodworking.

When I mentioned this to my loving, understanding and supportive husband he said, “Woodworking? As in furniture building? Why? We have furniture.”

sheesh. men.

I want GOOD furniture. I’m so tired of finding the “perfect” piece for whatever it is I’m looking for, paying stupid amounts of money for it and it doesn’t hold up. Why pay good money for crap?

So… I want to build some stuff. This generous and wonderful woman, Ana White, has posted detailed plans to build nearly anything I ever dreamed of owning. So why not??

I have an entertainment center that I loved, my first “real” piece of furniture purchased from a furniture store. It’s beauty lasted MAYBE 2 years. We still use it 7 years later, because we don’t want to pay another $1,000 for a piece of crap. Enter the Printer’s Cabinet:

Printers Triple Console Cabinet ain’t she purty? This particular one was built by a woman when she was 9 months pregnant! See her blog here.

It LOOKS like it would be super hard right? WRONG! The plans make you realize how easy it could be. Imagine if you left out the top drawers and just made it open cubbies? Perfect Media Console/living room storage without all of the cluttered knick-knack items that accumulate over the years from well-meaning relatives and school art projects that are currently lingering on my shelves. 😉

I AM going to do this next week. I can do this! Wish me luck. If I am successful, I can then tackle this Farmhouse Table and this Outdoor Sectional:

Farmhouse Table   Platform Outdoor Sectional

Well, maybe.

I’m sure I could do this! My grandfather was a furniture maker, woodworking is in my blood!

Of course, my grandfather was missing 4 fingers when he died….. But his furniture is gorgeous!

It’s pronounced Skaaaaaarsgaaaaard….

See this guy?

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He’s got a goofy nose and an overbite, but damn it… I. Can’t. Help. Myself.

It’s a problem.

Alexander Skarsgard. Tall, handsome, funny, good with kids. It’s like catnip to the over 30’s like me.

I first encountered this masterpiece in the 2011 remake of the movie Straw Dogs:

Which is a great movie, BTW. It starts sort of slow but builds into this amazing arc of action and drama and gut wrenching, can’t look away awesomeness. I had a friend over to watch it with me and the expression on her face as the final scenes unfolded was priceless. Watch it, seriously, the end is totally worth your attention. You can catch a preview here.

Anyway, Skarsgard plays the unknowing villain.  The guy who honestly thinks he’s a good guy, but…. not so much. The reason he stood out for me is first because I couldn’t place the ‘Southern’ in his accent. And secondly:

I think if I wasn’t originally from the South I wouldn’t have noticed the accent thing, but there was something…. different. I kept thinking, “Where is this guy from” it was captivating. So I searched him, and what? … SWEDISH! Seriously?!? Never would’ve guessed.

Holy CRAP, his dad is Stellan Skarsgard, aka Bootstrap Bill from Pirates of the Carribean!

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That guy has been in everything… Good Will Hunting, The Avengers, Exorcist: The Beginning.

So, skip ahead to last October: I started watching past seasons of True Blood (because a friend said I should be watching it), and what do I see? That hunky guy from Straw Dogs. He’s a 1,000 yr old Viking vampire with control issues and a jones for Faery blood.

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Yum.

I have to admit it: I love the show, the story, the characters, but Damn, I watch for Skarsgard:

Take this scene from Season 3, episode 1. Just look at that emotion, the acting is perfect, the sincerity with which he speaks.. when he….naked, beautiful…. wait, what was I saying?

It doesn’t matter.

I will just be contented with my True Blood Season 6 while I patiently wait for the DVD release of his next projects, What Masie Knew and The East.

My husband thinks it is hilarious, my friends think I’m insane, but I don’t care. Heaven help me if I ever meet him face to face, I’d probably turn into a sputtering, goofy mess.

Good thing I don’t have to worry about things like that, I’m just a housewife tucked safely away in suburbia with my DVR and a bottle of wine.

It’s the size that counts

It's the size that counts

I’m not a drinker. I don’t got out and party. You won’t catch me bar-hopping, no beer-fests for me.

However, I kinda have a thing for wine….

On the left you see a traditional wine glass.
**It’s cute, isn’t it?**
On the right, you see my glass of choice. I call it ‘The Big Sipper’
This is a glass for a professional. A design meant for the lady who is simply too dignified to just put a straw in the bottle, most of the time.
I’ve seen the gag glass that advertises it can hold an entire bottle of wine, but this one holds nearly half that amount and stays classy. 😉

I love my Big Sipper and I think it loves me too… Just don’t tell it that it is really a water goblet.