inside the mind

...so I can be this happy every day.

via The Daily What

Spotted on the Kasr Al Nile Bridge in Cairo by Syrian journalist Ahmed Ramadan.

Black Cat Balloon Company is doing a Muppet project. Too fun.


Swedish Chef

Fozzie Bear

Your Winter Personality is Comfortable

Your Winter Personality is Comfortable

When the weather gets cold, you love to settle in and get cozy. There's nothing better than being tucked under a warm blanket.

You can't help but be influenced by the world around you, and winter is your time to slow down and relax.

You are genuinely nice and a joy to be around. You have a natural serenity that makes others feel calm.

You are unpretentious and very real. You find it easy to connect to others just by being yourself.

When the weather gets cold, you love to settle in and get cozy. There's nothing better than being tucked under a warm blanket.

You can't help but be influenced by the world around you, and winter is your time to slow down and relax.

You are genuinely nice and a joy to be around. You have a natural serenity that makes others feel calm.

You are unpretentious and very real. You find it easy to connect to others just by being yourself.

I'm not usually a fart-joke fan, but this is hilarious.

R2-D2's family portrait via Reddit

"It's a trap!" via Reddit

Note from George Lucas to James Cameron via Reddit

via Reddit
someone needs to find this car, steal it, and give it to me.

via Vintage Ads
This Trifari ad may be from 1952, but the necklace is still beautiful today.

Your Birthstone Should Be Amethyst

Amethyst symbolizes humility and sincerity - two words that describe you to a "t."

Like most amethyst wearers, you have a natural ability to heal and to tap into the spiritual side of life.

You are open to the world, but you also protect yourself against its dark influences. You are savvy.

You are courageous and fiercely independent. You always know what the right course of action is.

I received this award from the lovely, talented and fabulous Kwizgiver. Thank you!!

So, five fabulous facts about me?

1) I love art. Paintings, sculpture, music, design, tattoos, graffiti. If it's beautiful to me, then it's art.

2) I'm a problem-solver, a fixer.

3) I love to laugh, and to make people laugh. Often, humor is the best medicine. Other than medicine.

4) I don't wear makeup. First, I don't trust the chemicals, either for my skin or for the environment. Second, this is what I look like. If you don't like it, look at something else.

5) I rely on my computer far too much. My home computer is down and I'm lost. Lost, I say.

Now, to pass the award on to five other Fabulous Bloggers:

Molly, of The Bumbles Blog (who won't do this post, but deserves the award anyway).
Mary, she of the wonderful and myriad photo memes.
Carrie of Carola Nativity Gallery, who shares her nativity collection with style and wonderful stories.
Nely of All About {n}, a book blogger extraordinaire.

You Should Be an Actor

You are a flexible and even changeable person. You are constantly evolving.

You are a highly observant chameleon. You have always been good at imitating others when you need to.

You are artistic and charming. You have an air of sophistication about you.

You are dramatic and very expressive. You feel strongly about almost everything.

You Are a Thoughtful Best Friend

You are generous and caring. You often know exactly what your best friend needs.

You are good at helping others with their problems. You are very patient and compassionate.

You don't anger easily. You have a big heart, and you try your best to give others the benefit of the doubt.

You are protective of your friends and family members. You would do anything in your power for them.

photo via The Daily What

Becky Bakes creation: Oreos wrapped in chocolate cookies = brilliant

You Are Liquid

You are a laid back person, and you always good with the flow. Why fight things?

You are dreamy and imaginative. You get swept up in the moment, and you love abstract concepts.

You are comfortable with solitude. You treasure your alone time and get into your own groove.

You don't follow rules, and you definitely aren't punctual. You act without consulting anyone else.

via The Daily What
I don't know what i'd do with it, but this chair made of an old stove is pure genius.

via Apartment Therapy

I love this idea for decorative out-of-sight storage.

You Are Deep

You like to have fun, but you aren't a big fan of frivolity. You object to too much silliness.

You are quite intellectual and thoughtful. You get a lot of satisfaction from doing important work.

You are steady and consistent. You find it easy to commit to projects and people.

You don't let your emotions decide for you. You follow your head, not your heart.

Death Star Cookie Jar

I have no idea where to get this but I totally want it!

The most recently updated map of the Star Wars galaxy, via The Daily What

Also from The Daily What, an intrepid fan found instances of the Han Solo in Carbonite maquette, Easter-egged in scenes from Firefly. Double-dose of awesomeness.

Boba Vet

Snap, Crackle and Pop, the early years (1941). Via Vintage Ads

via Shorpy

A model kitchen from 1926

via Shorpy

You Are Sunset

You are friendly, outgoing, and easily distracted. It takes you a while to get going during the day.

What you lack in productivity you may up for in imagination. You are very creative.

You are a natural rebel, and you don't like following anyone else's rules.

You are successful on your own terms. Many find you to be an inspiration.

The Monday Movie Meme is hosted by The Bumbles.

"Today in the U.S. we honor Martin Luther King, Jr. in observance of his birthday - a very strong figure for the civil rights movement and humanity in general. He was also a very spiritual man - a Reverend who received his doctorate in theology from my alma matar, Boston University. His speeches took on the nature of a preacher tending his congregation - which is probably why they were so moving. I'm not familiar with any movies based on the life of this amazing man. But spiritual leaders across all religions have been presented to us on the screen in all different lights. Those doing good works, others masquerading as good. Stereotypes, humorous twists and everyday roles. Priests, nuns, preachers, rabbis - you name it, hollywood has cast it. Here are a variety of examples we came up with. Share on your blog movies that feature a religious character role, linking back here at The Bumbles. And don't forget to visit your fellow participants!"

  • Doubt: A priest's motivations are questioned when he takes an interest in the new (only) black student at the Catholic school in 1964 in the Bronx.
  • Boys Town: Father Flanagan opens a home for wayward and unwanted boys in 1920's Nebraska.
  • Schindler's List: A German businessman becomes an unwilling savior as he protects his Jewish slave laborers from Nazi extermination. Included: Schindler allows the rabbi to hold Sabbath services in his factory.
  • The Frisco Kid: A Polish rabbi must trek his way from Philadelphia to San Francisco to take over his congregation. Along the way he's aided by Amish farmers, friendly Native Americans and a long-suffering cowboy.
  • Going My Way/The Bells of St. Mary's: Father O'Malley solves problems through faith and song.

swiped again from Kwizgiver, and also seen at One Gal's Musings.

1. What time did you get up this morning? 7:00

2. How do you like your steak? medium rare

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? True Grit

4. What is your favorite TV show? Modern Family

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? here

6. What did you have for breakfast? I forgot to have breakfast this morning

7. What is your favorite cuisine? probably French or American

8. What foods do you dislike? liver and organ meats

9. Favorite Place to Eat? right now it's The Tavern on Main in Chapachet

10. Favorite dressing? Bleu Cheese

11. What kind of vehicle do you drive? PT Cruiser

12. What are your favorite clothes? anything comfortable. Usually jeans

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance? England

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full? It's either full of water or full of water and air. It's always full.

15. Where would you want to retire? here

16. Favorite time of day? after work

17. Where were you born? Perth Amboy, NJ

18. What is your favorite sport to watch? not a sports fan, but I do like horseracing sometimes.

19. Who do you think will never call you again? oh, lots of people

20. Person you expect to call you next? Bear

21. Who are you most curious about their responses to Stealing? my regular blog buddies

22. Bird watcher? not formally, no.

23. Are you a morning person or a night person? a late morning person

24. Do you have any pets? a cat

25. Any new and exciting news you’d like to share? it's a three-day weekend!

26. What did you want to be when you were little? I wanted to teach the deaf

27. What is your best childhood memory? going to the New Shrewsbury Fair

28. Are you a cat or dog person? cat person

29. Are you married? no

30. Always wear your seat belt? sometimes

31. Been in a car accident? yes

32. Any pet peeves? improper use of apostrophes

33. Favorite Pizza Toppings? meatball

34. Favorite Flower? daffodil

35. Favorite ice cream? chocolate with stuff in it (nuts, caramel, cake bits...)

36. Favorite fast food restaurant? Wendy's because it's a block away

37. How many times did you fail your driver’s test? uh...none

38. Who did you get your last email from? my boss

39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? Oh, so many

40. Do anything spontaneous lately? I don't think so

41. Like your job? usually

42. Broccoli? yes

43. What was your favorite vacation? the three months I took off when I moved to RI

44. Last person you went out to dinner with? the fam

45. What are you listening to right now? one of my coworkers talking on the phone

46. What is your favorite color? changes regularly, but right now I'm liking purple

47. How many tattoos do you have? just 1

48. How many times have you tagged someone to do a meme? a few

49. What time did you finish this meme? 12:28 pm

50. Coffee Drinker? yes

Catherine Zeta-Jones looked lovely. (photos: EW.com)
Eva Longoria

Anne Hathaway (though she needed a better bra)

Dianna Agron
Olivia Wilde

Natalie Portman

image: Got Medieval
Apparently, people have been freezing their butts off while walking their dogs  for centuries.

You Are Restless

You're never one to feel too settled in your life - you're always looking to shake things up.

You are lively and energetic. Even when you feel done for the day, you usually still do something else.

You are enthusiastic and optimistic. Many things sound good to you, and you are reluctant to rule options out.

You are quick to respond. You sometimes get a little tired of waiting for everyone else.

You Are Lavender Shampoo

You are an unfussy, down to earth, natural type of person. You shy away from anything fake.

You are both classic and classy. You always mind your manners and you never fall for trends.

While you life a simpler life than most, your personality is quite complex and layered.

You strike the perfect balance, and there are often two sides to every facet of your personality.

Funny Pictures - House Cat Chart
see more Lolcats and funny pictures

What makes a tuxedo cat a tuxedo cat? How many kinds of Siamese are there? "Lilac point"? What?

All that and more in this guide to cat coats and eye colors. Our kitty is there at #4 on the Piebald chart.

Obi-Wan Kenobi: Mobile phone sales rep via Mashable

"The Empire Strikes Bike"
blindsocnerd's wife made these pancakes.  via Reddit

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A collection of things that, for one reason or another, interest me.

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