Weekly Photo Challenge – Love


This week we are supposed to share a photo that represents what love means to us. This is perfect for today! I just got an email from my husband that made me laugh so hard and also reminded me of why I love him so much. There are so many things about him that I love but one thing that I really love is that he knows how to make me laugh, probably more so than anyone else.

He helped me out on a photography project today. I took some photos for a website for that leadership project I am working on (more about that soon). The composition was pretty good but there were things in the photo that made it less than perfect. The Mr is a master at Photoshop (I suck at it and hate it) so he fixed it all up for me. When he sent me the file he also sent me a little joke along with it. If you are familiar with the “Hey Girl” meme, you might get a laugh out of it too.



Flickr Meme


My Flickr Meme

Have you seen/done this yet? It seems like I saw this a long time ago on one of your blogs and made a mental note to do this and then completely forgot. Until the other day when I was surfing the internets. So here the rules, the questions, and my answers (in italics):
The rules:
a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s mosaic maker).

the questions:
1. What is your first name? Monica
2. What is your favorite food? Indian
3. What high school did you go to? John Rogers High School
4. What is your favorite color? Blue
5. Who is your celebrity crush? Either one in the picture’ll do
6. Favorite drink? Chai
7. Dream vacation? Italy
8. Favorite dessert? Huckleberry pie
9. What you want to be when you grow up? Photographer
10. What do you love most in life? The ocean
11. One Word to describe you. Seeker
12. Your flickr name. CraftyMoni

Click on the image for photo credits and some little notes that I put on the couple of the pictures, for further elaboration.

Eight Random facts

Princess Diana in 1985 wearing a dress with sh...

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Frank from the fabulous blog iFlipFlop has tagged me. I’ve been tagged for this before by others (Sachi being one), too and it’s right time I do this here meme. It’s an Eight Random facts meme and I’ve been thinking all day about what the hell I’m going to post. So here goes.
Here are the rules.
We have to post these rules before we give you the facts.
Players start with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

And here is the randomness:

1. I am kind of embarrassed to admit this, but Miss Punk Rock Girl here really likes the song “Party Like a Rock Star” by the Shop Boyz. I heard it for the first time yesterday during my brother’s Hoopfest games and I kind of like it. In fact, I just downloaded it from iTunes a second ago.

2. I secretly wish I were a famous poet. Guess I actually need to WRITE SOME POETRY to accomplish that, though.

3. If I went back to school and got my Ph.D. in Literature I think it would be interesting to study the whole phenomenon of Wizard Rock. I love that they have inserted themselves into the story by making themselves characters and then writing songs from the perspective of that character. I am also fascinated, for the same reasons, with video gaming. I have always thought of video games as a form of literature and I am fascinated with the aspect of the video game player as a character in the story. I would make up ten dollar phrases like “Interactive Narrative” (which Raf actually thought up today) to describe this whole idea.

4. If I were to start a band I would call it “The Librarians” and it would not be a Wizard Rock band. It would be a punk rock band.

5. I can’t stay up past 10:00 PM. I’ve tried, believe me. I have tried to stay up to watch Saturday Night Live, but, apparently, I turn into a pumpkin at 10:00. I do get up early, though. Sigh. I guess this means I’m a morning person. And I am my father’s daughter (He’s the same way).

6. I can’t stand sleeping in an unmade bed. Yet, I am too lazy to make the bed in the morning most of the time. Therefore, I have figured out a way to make the bed while I am actually lying in it.

7. Here’s a bad habit: I pick at my cuticles. Sometimes, when I’m nervous I will pick them until they bleed. I know! Gross!

8. I can’t think of any more off the cuff, so here’s one borrowed from my 100 things about me list: People have told me that I look like Princess Diana. I have also been told that in this picture I look like J.K. Rowling (how’s that for a nice “Harry Potter” tie-in?).

Okay, so now I have to tag 8 people. Gosh do 8 people even read this blog :)? Dianne, Jamison? You want to have a go at it? Anyone, Anyone? Let say, if you read this blog consider yourself tagged. If you don’t have a blog, feel free to post in the comments!

A jumpstart

Manson at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.

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Dammit! I’m sick of letting this blog go. I love this blog. I don’t want it to fall into obscurity! So to give myself a jump start I am going to do a Meme that was posted on Cathi’s blog, even though she didn’t tag me :). Here it goes:

The game is SCATTERGORIES, and it’s harder than it looks!

Here are the rules:

Use the 1st letter of your name to answer each of the following. They MUST be real places, names, things…NOTHING made up! If you can’t think of anything, skip it. Try to use different answers if the person before you had the same 1st initial. You CAN’T use your name for the boy/girl name question. Have fun!

Your Name: Moni

1. Famous Singer/Band: Marilyn Manson

2. 4 letter word: Moon

3. Street: Monroe (it’s a street here in Spokane)

4. Color: Maroon

5. Gifts/Presents: Movie

6. Vehicle: Motorcar

7. Things in a Souvenir Shop: Magnets (dude. It took me FOREVER to think of that. Duh!)

8. Boy Name: Melvin

9. Girl Name: Mary

10. Movie Title: (The) Matrix

11. Drink: Margarita

12. Occupation: Movie theater ticket taker.

13. Celebrity: Marlon Brando

14. Magazine:Ms

15. U.S. City: Menlo Park, CA. (It took me forever to think of this one, too AND I LIVED THERE FOR FOUR YEARS)

16. Pro Sports Teams: Totally can’t come up with anything. I don’t watch sports.

18. Reason for Being Late for Work: late? I’m never late 😉
19. Something You Throw Away: Magazines

20. Things You Shout: Motherfucker!

21. Cartoon Character: Mrs. Crabapple

So there you go. I won’t tag anyone, but if you want to do it go for it!

New Year Meme


Dianne tagged me for a fun meme! here are the rules:

Copy the first sentence(s) from the first blog post you made each month. Provide explanatory context if needed.

How fun! Okay, here it goes:

January 1st 2006: “Okay, as I mentioned yesterday, I wanted to post my goals for 2006 today.” I like to just get down to business.

Feburary 1st, 2006: “It’s interesting to find out that Cindy Sheehan was invited to the SOTU address by US Representative Lynn Woolsey (D-Petaluma). She (Woolsey) had this to say:”. This was commentary on Cindy Sheehan’s arrest for, basically, wearing a t-shirt.

March 5th 2006: “I apologize for my absence the past week. This past week has been crazy. First of all, I’ve been sick with the flu. Then, when I came into work on Monday and Tuesday I had to train the person taking over my job, then the rest of the week I had to get used to working at a new library.” This was the week that I was transferred to the library that I work at now. It was a crazy week.

April 4th 2006: “Now this is interesting:” Commentary on scientific explanation for Jesus walking on water.

May 1st 2006: “The bridge that serves no purpose at Cannon Hill Park.” A photograph.

June 6th 2006: “I can’t believe we are here. AGAIN.” Commentary on the neocon’s desire to create a Constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. ugh!

July 1st 2006: “Sorry for the lack of posts this week. I’ve been so busy at work lately. We are in the throes of the Summer Reading Program.”

August 1st, 2006: “I’ve been kind of in a fog, blogwise, the past few days. Just haven’t had any motivation to post. Or maybe it’s time. I don’t know. It’s summer and I am enjoying the outdoors at the moment.”

September 1st, 2006: “We got back last night from our trip to the Washington Coast. I posted the pictures from our trip on my Flickr page if you would like to see them. We had a wonderful time! No rain! It did get a bit cold Thursday night while we were camping but nothing that a nice, cozy wool sweater didn’t cure.”

October 1st, 2006: “Dianne from Daffodil Lane just sent me a link to this article with a one-word commentary, “Ugh!” “. Commentary on an article about Banned Books week.

November 1st 2006: “AFter reading Amanda’s blog today, I’ve decided to be a participant NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month). You have to post something everyday in the month of November.”

December 1st 2006: “Thanks for posting this fun Meme, Dianne!
Here are my answers: ” Answers to a Christmas Meme.

What a fun meme! If you want to play along consider yourself tagged!