1) I have a serious yarn addiction problem. I won’t even bother to say that I can stop at any time.
2) Are there any sites that help you use up your stash by answering the question, I have X yards of Y yarn, what can I make with that?
3) I received an “invitation” from my medical insurance carrier to participate in their in house wellness program (and to provide them with all sorts of other information about my health and habits), as they’d surmised from my claims that I’m at risk for heart disease. I will be declining to participate. Actually I’ll be throwing the questionnaire in the trash and not answering the calls from their nurse practitioner who will be following up on the mailing. This is my first personal encounter with insurance companies practicing medicine without a license, and it’s pissing me off.
4) The weather is cooler. This makes me happy.
5) I seem to really want a low heeled lace up boot for fall, sorta like a dressier Doc Martin.
6) I am a girly girl. Red lipstick and toenail polish makes me happy.
7) I have ideas for knitting projects that will make gifties for several of my favorite people. That also makes me happy. See #1 above.
If you are reading this right now, please post a comment with a COMPLETELY MADE UP AND FICTIONAL memory of you and me.
It can be anything you want - good or bad - BUT IT HAS TO BE FAKE.
When you're finished, post this little paragraph on your LJ and be surprised (or mortified) about what people DON'T ACTUALLY remember about you.
There's a discussion over on www.bfdblog.com about a proposed ban on Happy Meal toys in one California county:
"A child’s “Happy Meal” may soon be a little less happy in Santa Clara County, where a local official wants to prevent fast-food restaurants from giving away inexpensive toys with kids’ orders. County supervisor Ken Yeager plans to ask his colleagues today to order up a law regulating when fast-food outlets can serve toy cars, action figures and other freebies as part of their children’s’ menus. Yeager says the toys entice young customers to load up on high-calorie fare and may contribute to childhood obesity."
They're chopping down trees and not seeing the forest. The real issue here is advertising to children. Come here my pretty, and I'll give you a toy if you eat this processed food that's been designed to be highly craveable, and by the time you're an adult you'll have a habit (near addiction) formed in childhood that will be a bitch to kick. CACKLECACKLECACKLE. How many times were you swayed as a child to choose a particular cereal because of the toy surprise?
Advertising to children works:
"They are “powerful and incredibly insidious,” said Susan Linn, director of Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. “The goal is to incorporate a brand into a child’s identity.”
Collect 3 proofs of purchase from Ovaltine and send them in for a decoder ring and you too can be in Orphan Annie's Detective Squad! And it's not just about getting a kid to drink your specific product. It's about teaching a kid to be a consumer, to want a thing because it's part of a set of things "COLLECT THEM ALL".
I'm rambling and ranting. But I guess my point is, hell yes, get rid of the plastic toys, but also let's stop letting advertisers tell kids (so that's it's ingrained by adulthood) that you have to have X, Y or Z to be cool and fit in, to equate stuff with self-worth. Is it apples and oranges? I don't think so. So there you have it. Happy meals caused the financial crisis.
|You Are a Lynx|
You've always been extra sensitive and aware. And it's made it difficult for you to fit in.
You see past people's outward personas. You are able to penetrate a stranger's soul.
What you've learned about people is both beautiful and ugly. And you keep these secrets to yourself.
You are 56% Passionate, 56% Romantic, and 73% Experienced!
Kiss Me, You Fool!
You adore sweet, super-romantic kisses with dramatic flair. You probably have some idea what kind of wedding you'd like to have. You want sunsets, fireworks, the whole shebang. Did you watch a lot of Turner Classic Movies growing up, by chance?
You're the traditional hopeless romantic. You believe that kisses are serious business, and that they're best used to express strong affection or love. You've had a lot of kissing experience, and your Romance rating of 56% is quite high. You're also an experienced kisser, but while you've probably found yourself swept away once or twice by a romantic or mysterious stranger, you still value courtship and first kisses over sweaty make-out sessions. This means more often than not you'll take a sweet, lingering, meaningful kiss over a hot-n-dirty spit swap (though you're certainly amenable to the latter once you know someone well). You just have to be wooed properly, and you'll give your sweetest, most tender kisses to the lucky kissee of your choice.
Despite rumors that things were A Little Grim here, I see many positive signs of Impending Christmas Spirit. Just this morning on the way into the NYC Field Office I noticed the windows at Saks 5th Avenue are covered and there is evidence that Holiday Windows are taking form behind the coverings; in Rockefeller Center The Tree is assembled and covered in scaffolding to be decorated; and the load-in for the Radio City Christmas Show has begun ... there were Three Live Camels on the sidewalk waiting for rehearsal (THAT's something you don't see every day!).
Otherwise, I'm occupied setting up the Field Office for the season, I expect we'll be quite busy here. I know the toy and baking departments are behind schedule, but I have faith that all deadlines will be met. There will be further reports and things develop here. I look forward to your dispatches from parts further north.
Very truly yours,
New York Elf
Last night I was looking through Time Out NY and they had interviews with 40 notable NYers. One of them, in a humorous twist, was Spiderman. Which got me to thinking ... Superman is in Metropolis, Batman is in Gotham, but Spidey is in the real world city of New York ... was he the first superhero to be set in a real world location? Which other comic books are set in real world locations?