Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Fun with Polyvore

Overboard Edition (pun intended)

So I kinda wanted to go a little crazy here and do all things nautical.
I LOVE those sail bags they are super cool and bring me back to my sailing days when you had to fold the sail (there is a proper technique ya know!)

So I kinda like all of these elements together though.  What do you think?

Felis Concolor

Since Apple just rolled out it's new OS X Mountain Lion I thought now would be a perfect time to do a post on mountain lions.  Side note I want to say that I LOVE that Apple names it's OS after cats, my OS is so old I have house cat, an upgrade is in order.

This little guy is adorable right?  He doesn't even have his teeth yet and is totally snuggle worthy!  Well this snugly little guy grows up to be...

Mountain Lion, a photo by soul_scorpio7 on Flickr.

This big guy!  Hisssssss.........
Who pissed him off?


So our dear friend the mountain lion or as some know it as a puma, cougar, or catamount.  Now this is a big kitty weighing about 130lbs, and judging from the picture above a nasty bite!

Size relative to a 6-ft (2-m) man:
Illustration: Mountain lion compared with adult man 

I have this weird fascination/terror for these animals.  Ever since there were these rampant attacked out in CA on hikers and bikers a few years ago that made the news I secretly fear I'm going to be attacked by one.  Can you imagine this huge creature leaping on you!  I have also see 2 attack stories on "I survived' on A&E and I was GLUED to the television.  So according to the "I Survived" story and from what I see in my domestic cats is that cats big or small aren't like some other animals where you can scare them away or fight them off easily.  The more you fight the more pissed off they get, try it sometime, preferably with the smaller version for your own safety :)

I think these cats scare me so much because out of all of the animals in the world this is one that I would be most likely to get eaten by.  I don't think I'm that picky about how I die but I don't think I want to get eaten.  I know that's kinda crazy esp since we don't even have mountain lions here in MA not to mention I live in the city and apparently I'm more likely to get attacked by a shark swimming in Truro, MA.  However you have to go into the water to get attacked I don't surf or swim by seals also sharks attacks are a result of mistaken identity, they don't want to eat us.  A mountain lion on the other hand is intentionally stalking and attacking you with the full purpose to eat you for dinner!!  

So I guess when I visit my friend out in sunny CA I should keep a knife and pepper spray handy even if I'm on the busy streets, you NEVER know!!!

 Mountain Lion Range in light yellow            
Map: Mountain lion range           
 source: National Geographic

beauty is in the eye of the beholder

If seagulls were not so common would we find them beautiful?

Faith jump by julpi
Faith jump, a photo by julpi on Flickr.

cuteness of the day

Monday, July 30, 2012

Quote of the Day

"I want to get more comfortable being uncomfortable. I want to get more confident being uncertain. I don't want to shrink back just because something isn't easy. I want to push back, and make more room in the area between I can't and I can. Maybe that spot is called I will."

- Kristin Armstrong, Mile Markers blog, Runner's World.com 

Use this in every aspect of your life, not just running.

Paper Dress from Etsy

This is from FluffyPaperDress Etsy.
Click on the picture below to buy.

Ashes and Diamonds

beauty is in the eye of the beholder

cuteness of the day

Friday, July 27, 2012

Baked Potato Bean Bag Chair w/ Butter Pillow

This is amazing!

From the seller: 
Do you have an inexplicable love of baked potatoes? This is the chair for you! Even if you don't like baked potatoes, this chair is absolutely the most comfortable thing you will ever sit in!  Made from hand-dyed cotton, you will sink into its cushion-y softness and never want to get out! Comes complete with a satin butter pillow!

Click here to purchase!

Baked Potato Bean Bag Chair w/ Butter Pillow

beauty is in the eye of the beholder

who'll stop the rain? by bluefam
who'll stop the rain?, a photo by bluefam on Flickr.

cuteness of th day

Static shock by Mark J P
Static shock, a photo by Mark J P on Flickr.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

GPAs - do they REALLY matter after all these years?


GPAs don't really matter especially after all this time right?!  

Well that's what I always thought but I was very wrong, it's been 10 years after I graduated college and apparently it DOES matter.  I won't mention the company that is the elitist here but it kinda ticked me off a little that they wouldn't even interview me because I didn't meet this GPA requirement.

So by no means was I close to the magna cum laude nor the summa cum laude ranks for that matter however my GPA was not terrible!!

So this begs the question; are all GPAs created equal?  Surely a 3.0 GPA from Harvard and 3.0 from say Cape Cod Community College (also know affectionately as the 4 C's) is not equal!  Not that I went to Harvard but I went to a decent/solid/good school.  Had I gone to a lesser school taken easier classes I'm sure I could have gotten close to a 4.0.  Instead I went to a business school and was required to take accounting, finance, law, IT etc. ALL of which hurt my GPA because if you don't remember from this post I am NOT anything close to an accountant/tax person nor do I care enough about it.  I could go on and on about that and how I had the meanest hardest accounting professor at what was once known as an accounting school oh and that class was 8:30AM on W/F!  I digress...

My other point is what about your career accomplishments - you could have gone to Harvard, Yale,  pick your Ivy League, gotten a 4.0 and not accomplished much of anything - okay so the chances are if you DID do that I doubt you are a slob however it could happen.

My point is there is so much more to a person than their GPA so how can you disqualify someone off of this one data point where there are too many other variables to consider?

Their loss.

Fun with Polyvore

Russian Doll Chic Edition

Okay so I saw this Russian Doll or Matryoshka clutch and fell in love! So I wanted to create an outfit around it.  I then found this cuff and thought it might be too much Russian Doll for one outfit...but I thought it was too fun to pass up!  Carry the clutch in one hand and the cuff on your other wrist!

I seriously want that clutch BIG time however it's pretty pricey!

Places I would rather be: Bora Bora

My friend is on her honeymoon there now so jealous!
This place is just beautiful!  I do always get a little freaked out when you are in the middle of the ocean however I think I would get over it :o)

The St. Regis Bora Bora, Le Meridien and the Intercontinental Resorts. by CaliforniaCanuck
The St. Regis Bora Bora, Le Meridien and the Intercontinental Resorts., a photo by CaliforniaCanuck on Flickr.

photo  photo 

Pearl Beach Resort Bora Bora Polinesia www.ideeperviaggiare.it

Fun with Polyvore

Who says Beige is Boring Edition

Okay so we all know I'm not afraid of color but sometimes beige can be good!
With this mix of patterns and textures I think beige is anything but boring! 
Add a pop of color on the nails to make them really stand out.

beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Waterfalls at Plitvicka Jezera National Park

Plitvice Waterfalls by mpancha
Plitvice Waterfalls, a photo by mpancha on Flickr.

cuteness of the day

makes you not want to eat bacon right?

Piglet by Stephen & Claire Farnsworth
Piglet, a photo by Stephen & Claire Farnsworth on Flickr.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Pinocchio Nose Necklace

Well that's what what we called these maple seed pods growing up.  I love this necklace because the story Monique tells hits a cord with me and to this day when I see those little pod spiraling down it reminds me of a kid walking up my dead end sleepy street to the bus stop pausing as I pick one up and place it on my nose then wishing I hadn't because it leaves a stickiness behind!


Monique says: There are some things that many of us share in memory, one of those has been watching these seed pods spiral out of the sky. They are like little fairy wings that flutter and find themselves on the noses of youthful spirits. Behind their lovely shimmery sheen is the secret they hold of the POTENTIAL that resides in a seed pod, just waiting to become a tree.

The origin of this actual size seed pod is from a delightful Japanese Maple that glows bright orange in the autumn.

Click here to buy from uncommongoods


beauty is in the eye of the beholder

spotlight by bluefam
spotlight, a photo by bluefam on Flickr.

cuteness of the day

Cute cat alert! by swardraws
Cute cat alert!, a photo by swardraws on Flickr.