Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Vanity Plates? Cast Your Votes!

I recently engaged in a spirited debate with some friends (you know, it was one of those conversations that really changed the world) about the validity of vanity plates.

Is the jury still out? Here's Castle's vote:

And of course, I always try to stay in line with Captain Mal's principles. (I love the comment, "What if the vanity plate says 'Serenity'?")

I'm a word person. So to me it makes sense to come up with something clever for your license plate. Something that helps express who you are.

The trouble is, it's so darn hard to be creative, unique, and still maintain some sort of coolness with your vanity poetry.

Some, admittedly, are legitimately funny:

And some do strike a chord with me: 

But many are incredibly offensive:

Some are the license plate world's version of esoteric poetry:


And some just drive the grammarian within me nutso:

So I don't think it's the idea of vanity plates that garners so much ridicule. Maybe it's just that it's so hard to do it well? Or maybe it's that most people don't want to invest $20 in this particular art medium?

So if vanity plates are just doomed to be uncool no matter how clever, meaningful, and grammatically correct they are, how about custom license plate frames? Less expensive, less audacious, and less controversial? 

My daughter wants me to get one that says "princess" and features pink crowns. She doesn't understand that I'm just a smidge too old to pull that off. Maybe she'll choose that option when she's driving her first vehicle. But seriously, these plate frames could be used to decorate a car or promote a message, while avoiding the complicated social considerations of vanity plates. I think I might get one that says:


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Run for It 5K for To Write Love on Her Arms

Okay, I've completely lost my mind.

So, as I've mentioned, I'm "running" in the Komen 5K on April 12th in Indianapolis. I've got "running" in quotation marks, because what I do might not be classified as running. But I'm trying.

And I'm certainly not sorry I committed to that. I'm actually quite excited to be a part of so much pink.

But then I heard that To Write Love on Her Arms was holding a remote 5K the following weekend. How could I say no? So, now I've committed to a second 5K!

And here's where you come in.

Any Mainers want to run with me? I'm going to plan an incredibly flat route somewhere in Maine (depending on who wants to join me). When you register, you get a cool neon green t-shirt. So, we will assemble in our neon green and run 3 miles.

Or, would you like to donate to the cause? I have my very own fundraising page. I highly recommend the video on the page, to help you understand what To Write Love on Her Arms is all about. TWLOHA has helped thousands of people battling depression, self-injury, and addiction. And they do it all through storytelling and love ... these are a few of my favorite things ...

Or, would you help me spread the word? Tell your friends! Tell your social media peeps! Tell anyone who will listen! Thank you so much!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Time to Go Public

Well, I guess it's time I go public about something that I've been keeping pretty quiet about.

In an effort to kick myself in the buttocks, I decided to run a 5k.

Yes, this is crazy.

No, I am not a runner.

I haven't run since I was 22, and even then, I was REALLY bad at it.

Yes, I have spondylosis and a herniated disc and plantar fasciitis.

But, as most of the world knows, I am working to improve my health. So I had this idea that if I set this crazy goal of running in a 5k, that this might motivate me to get in better shape.

Now, I'm still not in shape, but I'm proud to say that I can in fact "run" (it's more like a labored jog) 3 miles without stopping. Or puking. True, it takes me about 45 minutes, but hey, who's counting?

I've been working with a trainer. I've been doing cardio weight circuits, water jogging, and tread mill intervals, and lo and behold, I am now about a month away from the big race. And I'm almost ready.

On April 12, I will be "running" in the Central Indiana Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. This race is held in Indianapolis, home of my beloved aunt-in-law. My mother, mother-in-law, and aunt-in-law are all cancer survivors and I will be running in their honor. There will be thousands upon thousands of runners. I may well come in last, but that's okay.

I hate running. But I want to be the kind of person who runs. I want to be healthy. And if I can run, anybody can run. Don't believe me? Ha! Just come watch me run sometime. I look a little like a bear lumbering through jello.

If you would like to support me in this and help me to raise money for this important cause, please visit my fundraising page.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Free Audio Books App

I'll admit, I never listened to audio books until I started hanging around with homeschoolers. And we rural Maine homeschoolers spend some serious time in the minivan, so audio books are AWESOME!

So I wanted to share this free app with y'all: Audio Books Free. I just downloaded it on my Android and it's chock-full of classics that my children "should" be familiar with. What's better than a good educational resource? A good, free one, right? Happy listening!