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

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Color of the Year 2011

I am having a little sadness today as Pantone has announced the color of the year for 2011. That means my turquoise has only 22 1/2 days left to reign as the color of the year 2010.

And to my friends to whom I mentioned that mauve seemed to be having a comeback from the 80's....and we all said ewwwww.... I am sorry to inform you that the 2011 color of the year is.......

Yep, Pantone is calling it Honeysuckle so that we don't go screaming to the hills, but it is pretty mauve if you ask me.
Pantone is the company that sets the color standards for designers and artists. So, if I am designing a new bead, I tell the mfg that I want the color to be PM18-2120. He knows exactly what color I am asking for. Mauve. Um, I mean Honeysuckle. Otherwise, it would be really hard to get on the same wavelength about colors. Imagine if I told you yesterday that I loved Honeysuckle. What color would you have had in mind? The last honeysuckle bush I saw had yellow flowers on it.

I don't think I will be introducing any honeysuckle into my home decor. For those who are all about the trends and brought in turquoise last year, and now can't afford to completely change colors this year.....and might add a bit of honeysuckle to the least the look will not be totally reminiscent of the 80's. Turquoise and pink is more from the 50's. That will make a vintage look which is still very trendy this year. See how it all works?

Yeah, me neither,
Normal Girl

Friday, December 3, 2010

A Penny For Them

When did we get a new penny? Am I living under a rock? Is nothing sacred?

Normal Girl