Friday, January 29, 2010
Just wanted to give those of you in the Portland area a heads up that the Oregon Cats Classic is coming up on February 5th and 6th at the Expo Center! There will be 400+ meowing beauties from the Norwegian Forest Cat (my favorite) to the stately British Shorthair. If that's not tempting enough, there will also be a dazzling agility competition (cat circus!) as well as a costume contest. This is going to be good.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
If Serge Lutens and David Lynch had a baby, the landscape of that baby's disturbed mind would probably resemble these commercials for the Japanese cosmetics brand Inoui. Aren't they beautiful?
via the excellent and inspiring Chromium Dumb Belle
Thursday, January 21, 2010
I saw these photos of seventies actress and party fixture Christa Helm on Sighs & Whispers and was immediately smitten by both her cat and her collection of cheesy cut crystal objects. So amazing! Unfortunately Christa was brutally murdered in a Hollywood parking lot at the age of 28. Her purse, which was missing at the scene of the crime, was said to contain a "love diary" which chronicled her expoits with various leading men. A cover-up is rumored and her case remains unsolved. You can read the full story here. There is also an incredibly comprehensive blog devoted to her case.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Time to clean up the old desktop and sort through the 10,000 random photos saved from late night blog binge black holes. One of these adorable new wallpapers courtesy of Frankie is inspiration to keep things a bit more orderly...wouldn't want anything cluttering up that cute kitty face.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
You've seen them before and you'll probably see them again but I for one never get tired of looking at celebrity mugshots. Here are a few of my faves...
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Gargyle is extending an additional 10% to everything in the Twilight super sale section of their store. Just enter the code "10TWILIGHT" at checkout January 12th - 15th.
Monday, January 11, 2010
As of today it's been one year since my last cigarette. I remember all the times when I was still smoking that I would consciously talk myself out out of quitting; I would be bored on my walks and long car trips, I'd miss that satisfaction of the post-meal cigarette, I'd gain weight and how else could I relieve stress? After I stopped smoking I quickly learned that all these excuses I'd been giving myself were really just nicotine-fueled illusions.
The one thing I can tell anyone who's struggling with the thought of quitting is that your quality of life will increase dramatically! I'm not just talking about health, everyone knows that smoking is bad for you. I'm talking about little things you may not even notice now. You'll realize how nice it is to go to a leisurely dinner or see a movie without counting down the minutes until you can bolt out the door and light up. While airports will never be anxiety-free I can guarantee that not feeling chained to cigarettes will make the experience much more tolerable. No more worrying about sneaking another break at work or school to snuff out the craving because there won't be a craving to begin with. Also, how selfish is it to ask your non-smoker friend to stand in the bitter cold outside a bar while you puff away?
If you've been struggling to quit smoking or even if you've just entertained the idea I urge you to get your hands on a copy of The Easy Way to Stop Smoking by Allen Carr. There's no forcing data down your throat or making you feel like you need to punish yourself for being a smoker. In fact, you're actually encouraged to continue smoking throughout the book! It really does work. I was a non-smoker from the moment I read the last page and have helped several friends quit by passing the book along. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy, I promise it will be the best $10 you have ever spent.
Okay, okay. I know it's been 30 years but ouch! I'm sure she would have aged quite a bit more gracefully without the ciggies (and the bag lady getup). Quel dommage!
The last two examples were purely for humor, I don't want any readers to think I'm nagging. Honestly I just know how great it feels to be free of the constant cigarette panic and hope that anyone who has been thinking of quitting will do themselves a favor and buy (or borrow) the book. Good luck, though I know you don't need it!
Posted by m.bardeaux at 10:35 PM