Christmas is probably next week at this point

Earlier this week I realized that I needed all of my pre-Christmas Etsy orders to come in before December 10th in order to get them delivered before the holiday (for International orders I need them by December 1st!) At that point December 10th was a mere 13 days away. Then I looked at my gift-buying list and only saw a few people completed, and by a few, I mean one actually finished. After that I looked around at the semi-unpacked Christmas decorations filling the living room and the ready-to-be packed Fall & Thanksgiving decorations covering the dining room table. I felt so behind and December hadn’t even started yet. I know that I’m going to blink and it’s going to be Christmas week.

When did December go from being a long month filled with anticipation, to a month that feels akin to walking up the down side of an escalator? Saturday trips to the mall have been replaced with checking Amazon between design projects. Christmas crafts have become pins on my holiday Pinterest board – never really coming to fruition. The smell of holiday baking is coming from a candle rather than the oven. How do two busy adults who are always working, and only see each other twice a week, find the time to get into the Christmas spirit? Normally this would be where I launch into another paragraph describing how we plan to be festive. But I don’t have the answer to that right now – and may not have an answer for that at all this holiday season.


A Letter to the Washing Machine

Dear Washing Machine,

We haven’t always seen eye-to-viewing window. Initially I was excited at your newness. But that excitement and relief dwindled when I saw that your non-handwash cycles take 56-60 minutes instead of the 20 minute cycles that I’ve grown accustomed to over my lifetime. I’ll admit that I’ve been not-so-secretly hoping for your demise – before our homeowners warranty for this year is up.

Needless to say, I was quite disappointed with you when I woke up this morning and noticed that the clothing that you contained was soaking wet. Not ‘just washed damp’ but ‘wring it out in the sink and it is still too wet’ wet. I sighed as I suggested you do a spin cycle to remedy the problem. Neither that or the added drain cycle helped – my clothing was still saturated.

I should be happy that you’re malfunctioning on your own, and not at the hands of a well placed wrench. But I fear that that small level of malfunction will not get me a new washing machine, just a lot of irritation. To add insult to injury, you proceeded to wash the next batch of clothing without a problem. I’m sure the dryer is also resenting you right now as it’s having to work double time to dry the mess that you left behind.

Please work as you should or have a complete breakdown so I can replace you with something that can properly wash three loads in the time that it takes you to complete one improper load.

The Management

I’ll take a nice Moderate with a side of Camaraderie



Election Day is one of the defining holidays in our country’s ideology. We get to express our first amendment rights and say who we want to lead us and how. We used to look to our leaders to serve our best interests and protect us. But with the rise of the Career Politicians and 24-hour news stations, politics in the United States has turned into a giant competition with losers and more losers. What is there even left to win? Respect? Trust? Fulfillment knowing that they made a difference? No, they win hyper-critism, extreme opposition to anything they try to do, only the respect of half the country as well as several new lines and wrinkles aging their once airbrushed appearance.

Current-day politicians are like professional athletes without the rockin’ bods. Just like professional athletes, they are way over paid. Part of that problem is endorsements. While an athlete may be paid by Nike to only play in Nike shoes, a career politician is funded by lobbyists and corporations with money to spend and an agenda to push. Not to mention that when you make that much money, how are you supposed to serve your state or country’s best interests? Do they even know what our best interests are? Do we even know what our best interests are anymore? An unfortunate trend in both professional-level athletics and politics has been living above the law. Or in Congress’s case, making the laws work in your favor. No one is shocked anymore at political sex scandals, corporate embezzlement, or crooked politicians. Lastly, they’ve become household names. In America we love our celebrities. We act like we know these people, personally. We speak of them casually by their first names and defend them like we would our own children. It pits neighbor against neighbor, friend against friend and worst of all, can even pull family members apart. Unless Tom Politician actually is your neighbor, childhood friend or uncle, he’s not going to be shovel your driveway, be a shoulder for you to cry on or tell you a dirty joke over the Thanksgiving dinner table. And yet, somehow his (or her) honor and career ambitions are worth scathing words, hurtful comments and severed relationships.

Shouldn’t we be a society where both sides are lobbying for the same thing: to preserve the rights and freedoms that our forefathers fought for, to keep us safe and to bring America back to the historic superpower it once was. And the differences between the sides would consist of how to achieve those mutual goals. The day after election day, instead of half of the country pissing and moaning about losing the election – could we band together to support our president and congress and trust that even though we may not necessarily agree with the how, that the outcome would be the same? A safe and prosperous country where everyone has the chance to thrive and we’d all be treated equally.

It’s ironic to me that the thing that makes us a democracy is the very thing that brings out the worst in us. If we don’t band together as a nation and stop pointing fingers and sabotaging progress – we’re no better than those countries and groups overseas that we’re fighting against. So tomorrow, instead of bragging or whining – how about throwing your faith and support behind the future. And in 4 years, how about we find candidates who the majority of the country can feel supported by (a nice moderate anyone?) so we can get back to working together instead of splitting this country in half.

Halloween, Christmas’ next casualty

I took this photo on Monday, October 29th. And really, it was only a matter of time before Macy’s exterior decorations went up since their interiors were already ready for the holidays a few weeks prior. I understand that Halloween might not be the most exciting holiday for adults, especially those without kids who have left their years of donning questionable costumes and bar hopping behind them – but that’s no reason to completely blow off Halloween and Thanksgiving to promote Christmas in-store.

And it’s not just Macy’s. Most of the major home-stores have already brought out their holiday lines. Nothing gets me in the Halloween spirit like a dose of Christmas cheer. Don’t the retailers know that perhaps if they withheld the Christmas decorations from us until after Thanksgiving, and flooded us with Halloween and Thanksgiving decorations – telling us subtly that we had to have them, they might make even more money on us, as we’d be purchasing for three holidays instead of blowing off two holidays and still not shopping for Christmas until late November. On that note, who are these people who are shopping for Christmas decorations in October? Do they hate Thanksgiving and fun? There must be a sizable amount of them if it’s worth busting out the red and green while people are still in the mindset of orange and black.

The internet is a different story, it’s like a vast superstore where you can find anything at any time of year. That’s how I’m going to justify the release of my holiday card line on Etsy prior to Halloween 😉

If you enjoyed this yuletide rant, just wait for my thoughts and feelings on the extended hours of Black Friday…

I don’t know forestry, But I know what I like

A good politician should know a thing or two about graphic design, or at least know a graphic designer who knows a thing or two about graphic design. There have been studies done of past presidential elections where the font that a candidate uses to represent himself is analyzed and a winner is predicted based on that font selection. And it has been right. Now, because this is not a political blog site and I don’t like debating things like politics, I won’t get into my opinions on the candidate’s logos for this election – but let’s just say that I have an idea of who is going to win based on how they’ve chosen to graphically represent themselves – the winner should be obvious in terms of design. So instead of Romney vs. Obama, let’s look at this guy:

Joe Cantore – he’s running for the District 2 Forest Preserve. I’ve seen a few of his signs around town, and I like what I see. It’s not an obnoxious shade of red or blue and it’s pretty clear that he’s running for something involving nature. Disclaimer – I just found out what his political party is (I like that I don’t know that from his sign) and I don’t know any of what he stands for or anything about this man in general. Other than he’s got good taste in design. In fact, I couldn’t even tell you who he’s running against, well now I could because I Googled it, but before, I hadn’t seen any other lawn signs that had caught my attention (aside from the usual Romney and Obama signs), so I was unaware that he even had opposition.

While I won’t say that I’m going to vote for this man solely because of the graphic design on his sign, I feel like I’m opening myself up for criticism if I say that 😉 I will say that his solid use of design has peaked my interest enough to learn more about him and perhaps enough to vote in that portion of the election (I’ve never voted straight party and I try to avoid voting in races that I know nothing about – remind me to tell you about the time I voted for governor sometime haha).