Monday, January 24, 2011

New Blog!

Yep, I have been a huge slacker on this blog, but the good news is that I have started a new blog. I had the feeling that I might be able to contribute more to society than how annoyed I am when I go to the post office. :) I hope that turns out to be true and we all enjoy the journey. I am sure I will still include some smart aleck comments, and Imaginina and the Human Pinball and the Diplomat will still be around. But I really want to focus on how creative people can be, and hope that it rubs off on all of us.

I have been working on it for a couple weeks. There are a few posts and pictures and assorted stuff ready. Please move with me to my new blog:

See you there!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Cute or Wasteful?

On Christmas Eve, a woman sat outside, freezing, and crocheted this. She called it her Christmas present to NYC. The park curator ripped it apart first thing Christmas morning.

What do you think?

Is it art? Is it creative? Or, is it wasteful? Should she have spent her resources on sweaters for homeless folks? Should the park curator take it down a notch?

However you look at it, it was a lot of yarn and a lot of time. Art? Waste?
Normal Girl

Monday, January 3, 2011

Thinking About Creativity

I have been thinking a lot about creativity lately. I believe that creativity is like a muscle, it has to be exercised to work well. I find this to be very creative.

And this performance art.......

And that they got applause for this!

Normal Girl

Monday, December 20, 2010

Dear Post Office

Dear Delivery Supervisor,

How nice of you to take a personal interest in my sidewalk. I am sorry I have not met you, maybe you could deliver the mail to my mailbox one day. Knock on the door and introduce yourself! The sidewalk is shoveled.

It is also great to know that you have the safety of our mail carrier in mind. When you come to deliver my mail, you will be able to see that my mail carrier never actually uses my sidewalk. He tramps across the middle of the yard every day, no matter how much snow there is or isn't. Does he know that he is supposed to be using the sidewalk? Also when you come to deliver my mail, you can see that the mailbox is at the foot of the stairs. There is no need for the mail carrier to use the steps or the porch.

Yes, I understand that what I received is a form letter. Since that is your preferred way of communicating, I am working on a couple of my own in hopes our relationship will become closer:
  • When the mail carrier leaves the mailbox open in the rain...
  • Not removing the outgoing mail before placing incoming mail in the box...
  • Delivering mail that belongs to everyone on my street, into my mailbox (by the way, whenever that happens, I deliver the mail for you... maybe if I leave a shovel at the sidewalk, the mail carrier can shovel it for me??)...
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night,
Your friend,
Normal Girl

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Humble Acceptance?

Ugh, skip the beginning part of this, the part I am talking about starts about 25 seconds in....

I saw this clip a couple days ago on TV and it has been on my mind since. I ceased to be a fan of Oprah many years ago, but this puts a new light on her personality.

Since it has been on my mind for three days, I think it is a little message to me from God. And when I saw the clip again this morning, I knew it. I wish gift giving would be extracted from the Christmas experience. I wish we could have the Christmas spirit, make cookies, send cards, decorate the house, sing carols, and look for the things we can do for people who need help instead of giving each other presents we surely do not need.

For the last couple of years, I have tried to find things to do that are servant oriented, for people who could use some encouragement. It gives me a Christmas feeling that far exceeds the giving and receiving of wrapped presents.

And God knows that I need much work on humility and I start thinking how good I am to be doing these tiny bits of service and thinking about imposing my thoughts on everyone else's Christmas plans. OY!

Oprah's interview is my message this week. I really do wish you all a Merry Christmas, even if exhausting yourself and your bank account brings you joy!
Normal Girl

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Sing it Loud!

My office is singing!

This is what I did today with my snow day. I completely copied this from another blog. These are some of the lyrics from Joy to the World. It might look a bit better in a larger room, but, I put it in my office anyway.

Now I have in mind many other applications for this! Had fun doing this while watching the worst Christmas movies ever made, on Lifetime. Yikes, who watches those things every year??

Putting some socks on so I can go do some shoveling.
Normal Girl

Friday, December 10, 2010


Had a fun night tonight with some girls from church who came to learn how to decoupage. We made a couple of easy projects. I had fun, I think they did too.

While we worked we listened to Tiffany and Debbie Gibson. I can honestly say that never before has Tiffany and Debbie Gibson music played in my house. Yep, they are somewhat younger than I. It is always fun to listen to the music of your youth, isn't it?

So, JOY! And decoupage.
Normal Girl