Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Zen and the Art of Funding my Second Roadtrip to see James

As I may have mentioned a MILLION times once or twice, I've got tickets to see James in California this October.* Since they usually play only in Europe, any gig here on the west coast (who am I kidding, here in the U.S.) seems close, close close!

But between you and me? I know it's only
relatively close, NOT what any sane person would consider close. In fact if Google maps is telling the truth I'll be driving close to 2,000 miles there and back. Again. With gas WAY over $4 per gallon, and me having time to actually think about it this time, well you get where I'm going with this.

Sorry, Johnny.

Enter Recycled Zen, my new/old/new again Etsy shop.

I love to create. Now I guess it's time to try to share some of my creations and see if they can maybe bring me a buck or two. I've got handcrafted jewelry, papercrafts and collage for sale. More items are being added all the time. Why don't you go on over and take a look? Maybe you'll see something you like.

*And by the way, this is technically a mid-life celebration I'm experiencing, not a mid-life crisis. Why? Because I said so!

The Last Lecture

Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch died last Friday. But before that, he lived, he laughed, he dreamed, he shared, he inspired. In fact, his "Last Lecture" talk has been inspiring millions of people to live their own best life NOW. This is an excerpt, but the full talk is really worth watching. You can find it here.

"It is not about
achieving your dreams but living your life. If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself, the dreams will come to you." - Randy Pausch ( 1960-2008 )

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

OMG I think I have it too

To school or not to school?

That is the question one of our unschooling friends up in Alaska asked himself this past year. He decided to do some research from within the school system. Here's his story.

Education From the Free Eye

Written by Kevin Snavley

All my life I have unschooled. The only thing that could be remotely considered school that I attended was pre-school, and of course, that was all fun and games. That was just life, how things were. I always wondered in the back of my head what it was like to be there, in a school building all day. How horrible it was to sit there for hours on end being lectured by crazy teachers and doing hours of homework. And then somewhere in between most of my friends going to school and me wondering, I got caught up in "catching up" to everyone else. For a while, around age 12, I always wanted to be on-track with the kids at school. It was probably because I felt stupid or less intelligent than them, which really wasn't the case. They just knew more meaningless facts than I did. It took me until last year to finally realize that, and to truly understand the reasons and joys of unschooling. Why it really is so much better than public school.

Read the rest of Kevin's article here.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Warning: This meme wastes time

How it’s played:
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.

1. What is your first name? Mary
2. What is your favorite food? chocolate
3. What high school did you go to? East Meadow High School
4. What is your favorite color? purple
5. favorite pastime? blogging
6. Favorite drink? vanilla latte
7. Dream vacation? Greece
8. Favorite dessert? death by chocolate cake
9. What you want to be when you grow up? older and wiser
10. What do you love most in life? finding joy
11. One Word to describe you. zen
12. what town do you live in? Corvallis
13. what is your occupation? zenmomma
14. what did you have for breakfast? Sunnyside Up bran muffin
15. favorite element? neon
16. favorite season? Autumn
17. favorite seasonal activity? Halloween
18. fave music when you don't know what else to listen to? I'll give you 3 guesses
19. celeb you would like to meet? Tim Booth (again)
20. what is on your computer desk top? FCUK
21. favorite shoes? polka dot flip flops
22. favorite alcoholic drink? don't drink no mo'
23. favorite candy? eye candy
24. favorite flower? wildflowers
25. what did you do today? not much

1. patent mary janes and white anklets, 2. coffee and chocolate mousse cake, 3. yay!, 4. Purple fingers, 5. Untitled, 6. Caramel Latte Macchiato, 7. OIA, handmade houses, 8. Death By Chocolate, 9. Carnival_Portrait of an Old Wise Man, 10. All A Flutter, ACEO # 1 by Joy Found, 11. Meditation, 12. let there be, 13. zenmomma quilt, 14. Norm, 15. 20051203 Crest Theatre, 16. Max!, 17. happy halloween:), 18. EYES, 19. James (Tim Booth), 20. fcuk in SOHO, 21. Ahhhh!!!, 22. the obligatory lemon slice left on my laptop for aesthetic reasons photo, 23. A Vibrant Glow, 24. A Great End to the Summer, 25. Mimi Sees Cats....

You've read the blog posts, now see the movie

RU Fun again. Thanks Craig!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

The number of the day is...

Zenmomma now has tickets see James in Anaheim AND San Francisco.

That's 2,

2 concerts!

AH, AH, AH.........

Saturday, July 26, 2008

The secret to a successful to-do list

Ding, ding, ding we have a winner! It's clear to me now that the secret to a successful to-do list is to reverse engineer the little sucker. In other words, take what I'm already doing, no matter how insignificant or unnecessary, and write it down. Then cross items off one by one in a grand, self-satisfying motion.
To Do
Think of way to fake to-do list
2. Create Clippy graphic
Blog about #1 and 2
4. Blog-surf

5. Watch reality TV

Friday, July 25, 2008

Friday Fill-Ins

1. I believe whatever doesn't kill you
is better than the alternative.

2. If you're good at something,
go for it! And then let me in on the secret, pleeeeeease?

3. Why so
snarky, Sparky?

4. Something is out there, it's
freedom! It's in here too.

5. If my life were a sitcom, it would be titled
"Are You Fucking Kidding Me?" "Life is Good!"

6. Sitting on my back porch I see
Buddha nestled amongst the trees.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to
a potluck with my local unschooling tribe, tomorrow my plans include dinner at Wendy's and Sunday, I want to buy James tickets for the San Francisco concert!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

In case you didn't know


Learn Nothing Day. We tried. We couldn't do it. We are unschooling poster children.

TT #29 - Now I'm just phoning it in

Thirteen pictures from my new(ish)camera phone

1. My first ever phone photo, taken in the mirror. Very original, eh? (Sorry, still on a Canada high.)

2. A rare photo of the man child's face.

3. The rest of my attempts came out looking more like this.

4. I was happy to have the phone at LIFE is Good to capture this spontaneous play on the stacked chairs. It reminded me of those commercials with the bars. (Which apparently are not incredibly effective commercials because I can't remember WHO the ad is for. I just remember the
more bars in more places tag line.)

5. I'm not sure where this one came from. Looks like a Q self-portrait. (Insert joke
here about her feeling kind of blue that day.)

6. More Qacei. Can you tell we spend a lot of time together? Good thing we like each other so much. This one was the requisite spoon on the nose pic from the conference.

7. Wouldn't be my blog without "more James." This photo is up as my phone's wallpaper now. Tim Booth from the front row, baby! (Did I mention that I've got tix to see them again soon? Woot!)

8. The girls' bathroom door at Spaceland. As an Oregon/hippie/crazed mom-fan I think I was the most alien one in the club that night.

9. Lounging banana boy at the home of one of Diana's California friends that we invaded after the concert. Hopefully while we were there we talked his parents into lightening up on him a bit. He's a
REALLY cool kid.

10. From the children's section of the local used book store. It made me giggle. I'm so mature.

11. I saw this new product line at the craft store and grumped my way around it. I know it's meant to be ironic, but no thanks.

12. The sign below the animal's cook's pass-through window at Sunnyside Up. Don't let their seemingly happy faces fool you.

13. And finally, the "Rocky Horror Hooker Shoes" that Qacei and I found at Goodwill. Apparently Rocky Horror Hookers have insanely small feet and remarkably good balance.

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Nice nose, eh?

Photos courtesy of James Coburn and his flattering fisheye lens.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Oh yes I did!

I got me some tickets to see James play in October at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA.

Monday, July 21, 2008

If some asks RU Fun, you say yes!

We had an AMAZING week up at Salt Spring Island in BC.

Here's our salvation from Studio #15 cute little home away from home. Can I hear a Hallelujah! for Cabin #12.

Is there anything sweeter than a smudgy little face?

Happy Birthday Mr. Martini!

Care to dance?

Jon's birth-day wish. The running of the inner tubes.

Peek-a-boo Bret.

Friendship rocks!

And smiles are the best!

Thank you Craig and Gillian for pulling together so many great unschooling families,
in such a beautiful and serene setting.

See more of our RU Fun here!

Canada has the coolest stuff





Sunday, July 20, 2008

Jon has a dream

I think it's a pretty good one. Drop by and let us know what you think.

We're Back!

Boy the laundry sure does accumulate when the family goes on vacation.

I've been at this since yesterday afternoon.

But HOT DAMN it sure was worth it!

I'll be back soon with stories and photos from our Radical Unschooling week of FUN by the lake.