Thursday, February 14, 2013

happy love appreciation day

Since today is a national holiday I thought maybe I should recognize it with a brief post.  Bethany (my sister) loves Valentine's Day. I don't know why. I don't get  day off of school for it...sooo...what's the point? No, I do like the chocolate and all the decorations in the stores. Here's a song for all you single people without a true luuve (you have to say it like a hippie) to rock out to, or for all you married people to laugh at.
I suppose there are other things to look forward to other than the whole luuve aspect of the day. Take yesterday for an example. Laura, Bethany and kids, Emily and I went to a lovely coffee shop all in Valentine's Day knee socks. That was fun. And then today my family is going to make a nice dinner because Mom and Dad want something special yet they don't want to brave the crowds of luuve at restaurants.
 So, that was brief, and now I have to go save the world as a ninja. Happy Love Appreciation Day!
Until next time!
-The Gnome Ninja

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

paper clips

Ok, so sitting there is your average paper clip, right? Boring but useful and very effective. I mean, without these guys your papers would flying everywhere and your life would be in total disarray! [I just won't mention here that I have not used a paper clip at all this year] But what would happen if you could do away with the whole "boringness" factor so that all you're left with is useful, very effective and awesome? (The word "awesome" is terribly overused. But I shall not lament over the diminishing English vocabulary at this present moment for your comfort and for mine.) So, as I was wasting my life away on the internet again today, I happened upon a few photos of other peoples ingeniousness of which I shall display here.
Airplane Paper Clips - I need these, they look like the shuttle riding piggyback!See? Isn't this a lot better than your plain old paper clip? It's an old plane clip. Not a plain old clip...but an old plane clip...get it. [laugh at stupid pun here]

The Container Store > Bicycle Paper ClipsBike clip...
squirrel away your paper clipsSQUIRREL!!!
Penguin Paper ClipPenguin clip...
wonder if i can get extra credit, turning in my papers clipped with a heart. hmmCool DIY love paper clips which are awesome. (there's that word again...)  It is going to be Valentines day soon, so I'll have to remember this if I randomly want to clip stuff... although I seriously doubt that's going to happen. But what if I someday get married, and it's Valentine's Day and my husband wants papers to be paper clipped, and then I could do this and he would be happy. Or he wouldn't even notice. I suppose there's that to think of. Maybe he wouldn't even care and I just ruined a perfectly nice paper clip.
Cute coat-hanger paper clipsHanger clips...
squirrel away your paper clipsSQUIRREL!!!
Moustache Paper Clips :: Desk Accessories :: Home and Office :: - Luxury Gifts For Men - The Inside ManThe picture says it all. How does that overly used facebook phrase go? Oh yes... LOVE!! I know a few people (other than me) who would adore these paper clips.
Romeo (:/)Romeo and Juliet clips. (young sweet!)
paper clipsAnd for those of you who now have a greater appreciation for paper clips, after reading this post you can go and get (or make) your very own paper clip carpet!

Who knew that something so boring could be so amazing? (notice...that I refrained from the word awesome and used the word amazing instead.)

Until next time!
-The Gnome

Monday, February 11, 2013

the prince in shining blue armor

Enameled Leather Armor

Look at him...some may say he's handsome...others (like me) may use different words to describe him. As I was surfing on Pinterest this evening I realized how ridiculous some of the "Fantasy Medieval" photo posses are. What would you say he's doing? Tracking down evil ghoulish ogres who have mercilessly taken his sworn love captive or something? Why else would he be kneeling down while squinting determinedly off into the distance while slightly gripping his sword handle as if he was thinking, "By the Moon and Stars above I will scour every crevice of this blasted enchanted forest until my love and I are again united"?
And another thing that has peaked my attention; his fashion statement of dead animal fur that graces his highness's shoulders. Of what use is it? Well, I suppose you could ask of what use is bright blue armor! I do think the way they made the blue fade from dark to light was creative. Also the way they made the boots is pretty awesome! I wonder if Josh would wear them... So he's not all that bad. Because, you know, for being from the times of lice infestation and once-a-year bathing privileges he really has sweet hair.

 Behold! The Sword of Power! Excalibur!Now this guy really knows how to be serious. I mean look at him...his beard shows how manly he is, his eyes locked in on his evil blood relative who has rebelled against the throne, the fire spewing dragon pictured on his shield shows that he's a member the fire spewing dragon club (which is manly). Now compare this guy's suit of armor with the other guy's suit of armor. Which do you like better? I prefer silver personally, but I will not try to sway your choice. Now between this guys sword and the prince in blue armor's sword (we'll call him Wilhelm the Blue) I like this guy's sword best. Simple yet traditional. I don't get what's up with the little spiky things on top of his helm though. Is it a device to ward off predators, like monarch butterflies do with color, or is it an antennae to receive radio signals for when he's on the battle ground so he can communicate with his general? Hmmm.... Or he could be trying to bond with unicorns. I don't know. It may just be a requirement to stay a member of the fire spewing dragon club.

ArcheryNow let's step away from princes in shining armor whether blue or silver, and let us survey this dark looking archer who is probably up to no good. He's like Robin Hood's evil younger brother who steals from the rich to...well...steal from the rich. I don't want to criticize this guy at all because I would totally love an outfit like this one. Cool obtrusive looking cowl complete with useless leather straps adorning body with awesomely fleched arrows slung over the back and nice tunic probably made out of linen. I would pick a different bow though. Not my style. But for a dark evil-hearted Aelfric Hood lurking in the darkest places in some forest waiting to bring down grief upon unsuspecting rich people, I think it would do quite nicely.

Now, to stop picking on men so much I shall pick on this lovely lady. Her dress is great! She probably spent a lot of time and trouble on it if she made it herself. Or if she didn't, a lot of money. But again, the weird "Medieval Fantasy" poses. What is she doing? "I am a rebellious princess fleeing from my father who misunderstands me, so I have strapped all this useless junk onto my belt and am now flouncing through this weedy field until he changes his mind about my life." Oh my...

Well those are my views on these matters. Until next time!
-Kirsten Elizabeth