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Smile Wednesday

I know I have a number of readers on this blog, and a few commenters. I really hope that wherever you are, your finding a reason to smile today. Or a reason to just make something.  I just read my newspaper and there are some crazy things happening in town.

Of course, the real fun is on Craigslist. Possibly the worst way for me to spend my day, because inevitably I end up looking at the puppies I cannot take home. I volunteer at the shelter sure, but they rarely offer me adorable blonde Labrador puppies to play with.

For example:

Well, damn. Sign me up!

For those that cannot read it, it says:

We are two gentleman in need of a trio of sexy personal security. In times as such safety is always our number one concern. Please do not send a resume’ consisting of background that does not  directly correlate to the offer. We need to make sure you have the proper skills and paperwork to carry a concealed weapon. This offer will most likely fillup quickley so please do not hesitate to send in your measurments, as as job quilfications and a picture of you in a bikini.

Desired skills: Rock Climbing, Foreign Languages, Martial Arts,  Pole Dancing, Weapon Quals, High School Diploma, Passport, Demolition experiance, Great Cook, Beer Pong playing, Hand to hand combat, Pilots Liscense, Phsycology degree, Great looks.




Yeah, let me see how many of those things I can check off. Right, looks like I just need that High School Diploma and I’m good. Later this afternoon I will be in a Psych study, so I’m gonna enjoy playing mind games with the experimenters.

Happy February!

See you on Friday, or earlier if anyone decides to email their art.



Battle of Wits and Words

Let’s start the New Year off in a good mood. Let’s have a contest!

Contest Tittle: In A Moment 

Prize: $20 gift card to Barnes and Nobel for 1st place. $15 gift card to Barnes and Nobel for 2nd place. $5 gift card to Starbucks for the 3rd place.
The prompt: Describe a moment that inspired you and what change you decided to take as result.  Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest impact.
The idea: Write an essay no more than 500 words; or no more than 300 words if you also include an photo.
The deadline: February 1st, 2012. Entries will be posted up to this date. On this day the winners will be announced.
The Judges: There will be three people reading the essays, and will be collaborating on who wins.
The Fine Print: All work must be original, including the photographs. All work will be emailed to toolbox.submissions@gmail.com. Include in your email: Your real name, a penname for your work to be posted under (optional), and the essay.

This could be an essay about something small: Like starting to write poetry because of your first kiss. Volunteering at the animal shelter because your puppy felt ill. Or it could be about a huge change in your life:  Like moving to a new home because you saw a house falling apart on 6th avenue. I leave it entirely to your creative whims.

Calvin and Hobbes have already set the rules: There are no rules.

Smile! Wednesday

Merry Christmas! Who here  lit the tree on fire? And Happy Hanukkah! Who here cheated at dreidel? Yes, it is that time of season.  Time to celebrate with family, friends, or the pets that love you despite character flaws.  We had an absolute snow storm here which was  good for sledding. Even better excuse to stay inside and to play games. Apples to Apples anyone? (For the more adventurous there’s Cards Against Humanity) Most importantly I hope everyone had fun retelling stories.  Even if your drunk uncle did interrupt it, and your niece two chairs down mispronounced some key words.

Since it’s wednesday it is time to smile. This year is almost at it’s close. Everyone values a hand made card. So here are some drawing tips!

Next up, a dragon

And if your not making cards: you are a lazy person.

Have fun celebrating!


Meanwhile, I’m having a 90’s music week.  My playlist is:

  1. The Reason by Hoobstank
  2. Every morning by Sugar Ray
  3. I’ll Be by Edward McCain
  4. I Will Buy You A New Life by Everclear
  5. Kryptonite by Three Doors Down
  6. This is How You Remind Me by Nickleback.
  7. Genie in a Bottle by Christina Aguilera

Yes, I am missing like 20 songs from this list. These are just the ones that are really stuck. I could pretty much write a full article on some of these songs. (#4 is a ghost story, seriously.) Care to share any music from your decade?

Is Leftovers Friday or Inspirational Friday?

Oh, hello. I didn’t see you there!

I was pleasantly surprised this year by Thanksgiving. Last year I was also surprised by Thanksgiving, but it was the terrible surprise where your heart is stuck in your throat, and you can’t think of anything better to do than call 9-1-1. By comparison alone, this Thanksgiving was amazing. I cooked a lovely dinner, albeit without turkey, and sipped beer with my dad and boyfriend. We played varying mind games, and laughed. I am so grateful to be surrounded by people who love me, to have the opportunity to go to college, and to have a job that’s fun and challenging. I really want to thank you also, dear reader. I know I’ve been slow about posting, but I appreciate you taking the time to read over this.

Feel free to comment, to say hello or otherwise. It’s inspiration Friday and if you’d like to share some ideas, go ahead. I hope these amuse and perplex you.


This is the story of the Thanksgiving revolt. The pies began smoldering and grumbling within the oven, and the mash potatoes stirred uncomfortably. They plotted.

3D glasses that unlock one more dimension, one more layer to view

Truth thins that temptation, the thickening theory that tiptoes too close.

Cross Step Waltz

With all the snow, it was like she was driving inside a long white tunnel. The only indication of anything else on the road where pin-points of light. Red dots, green dots, and two yellow dots that seem to be getting closer.

It took a lot of work to dig a hole big enough for the well.

Curl, storm, abyss

I went to the store and I bought milk, kitty litter, apricots, sandals, towel, snow shoes, sunglasses, raspberry vodka, lime juice,  a menorah, a crucifix, a Qur’an, an icicle, a three legged Doberman puppy named Glickman with a hole in one ear, a kitty litter scoop,  lotion, an adjective scrapper, and duct tape that has zebra stripes. Man, next time I really should make a budget beforehand.

“Well, in retrospect we should have suspected the acidic compound would mutate the base. But honestly, Jenkins, I thought you knew to put a lock on the grasshopper’s cage.”

When the situation flips:





And remember:


Inspiration Friday

Enjoy these prompts. Mull them over.  Let me know if there are another prompts you’d like to see someone fulfill in the comments.


The Symphony in three parts, and the haunting melody that lingers in the air.

The Alphabet revolt.

Dried flowers

The red tie

Onomatopoeia + the object to your left= Action hero.

Puppet strings

Tea party for three, plus an uninvited guest.

The cat finally kills curiosity back.

Create your own madlibs. I recommend starting with 12 ________ midgets.

Ophelia isn’t dead, no, she’s still lurking beneath the water. “I would give you violets, but they all shriveled when my father died.”

This is the house that Jack built. And built, and we’re not entirely sure where this project will end.

The white piano:

Inspiration Fridays

Hello again! Another week has gone by, and I don’t know about you, but I had a weird week. Word to the wise: do not donate blood before dance class.  That was just the start.

Anyway, as the tittle suggests it’s Friday.  I hope you see something in this list that inspires you.

Feel free to comment with any other ideas you want to see done:


Two fish in a bowl and a little Buddha statue.

One, two, three and the light clicks on.

Let go of logic and simply…float

An ice cream sundae with unexpected side effects

“The walls? They’re always moving. Didn’t you notice?” His gestures were grandiose but there was a certain sense of sanity behind the words.

Old forgotten toys in an attic.

And this:

Have fun!