mellicious: pink manicure (Happy NY - sparkly)
I was pulling pictures off my iPhone and more off of Picasa earlier, so here are some pictures and a few words to go with them:

from Picasa:
My dad was a shrimper, but he retired from shrimping, sold his boat, and spent the rest of his life (as it turned out) as a substitute teacher. (This might seem less surprising if I tell you that he was a teacher before he ever was a shrimper. He was a bit of a job-hopper. But I went to college on shrimp proceeds, so I can't complain!)

Anyway, I don't remember how long ago this was, but several years after he had sold his boat, we happened to go to the Blessing of the Fleet one year, and there was the boat!
(This is probably one of those stories where that doesn't seem that unusual to anybody but us, but what can you do - life is full of stories like that, I'm afraid!)
Blessing of the Fleet
It looks different but I still recognized it without even looking at the name (which hadn't changed - it was named after my grandfather, actually). It looks like everybody on board is having a good time, anyway!
Quilt backs and more... )
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mellicious: pink manicure (buffy quote - flawed design)
I saw in yesterday's paper that Sears is closing stores. Really, I think it's past time. I mean, it's possible they could do a revamp and bring the "softer side of Sears" back from the dead - stranger things have happened - but really, I think it may be too late for that. I mean, they were making jokes about that catchphrase on the first episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and that was in, what, 1997? (Is it a bad thing that I know what jokes are in the first episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Nah, probably nobody that's reading this is likely to think it is.) Well, anyway, I think Sears really needs to shrink down to being just hardware and appliances, the things at which they are good, and give up on soft lines, which they haven't been any good at for the last 50 years or so! I think maybe older people (by which I mean, considerably older than me, meaning people who are seriously senior citizens) buy clothes at Sears sometimes, still, because they are there and they are familiar, but when's the last time you went in Sears except for hardware or to buy applicances? For me, it's been a couple of years, I think. I can think of at least one shirt I own that came from Sears, and it's cute enough, but there's nothing outstanding about it - it just looks like something you could buy anywhere, and it wasn't especially cheap. I see no reason to cry for the demise of Sears.

mellicious: pink manicure (Xmas - purple star)

wallpaper (Galleria at Christmas)
Originally uploaded by Mellicious.


This is the wallpaper on my computer right now - it's an image that really says Christmas to me. It's the Galleria in Houston, all decked out for the holidays. Usually I go up there shopping once between Thanksgiving and Christmas, even if I don't really need anything. It just puts me in the holiday mood. (However, if you're a person who hates crowds, I don't recommend it. You'll just think it's a nightmare.)

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I guess this is supposed to say Christmas in somebody's mind, too, but it's just too damn weird for me:



(from here) (I got to see it in person. It's just as scary as you think.)

Who buys things like this? I seriously don't know. And it plays the Longhorn fight song???

Remember that I did go to Texas. I do consider myself a fan. But lemme tell you about the fight song. It's called "Texas Fight" - very imaginatively. It's sung, or shouted (often by less-than-sober undergraduates) with lots of waving of the Hook 'em Horns sign, and it has words like this:

Texas fight, Texas fight,
Oh, it's Texas that we love best,
Hail, hail, the gang's all here,
And it's goodbye to all the rest.

Only nobody says that "Hail, hail, the gang's all here" part -- or at least they didn't when I was in school. At the time, everybody yelled, "Give 'em hell! Give 'em hell! Make 'em eat shit!" over that part, and I mean, that was what I was taught at freshman orientation, so it was more or less official. (No, I am absolutely not kidding.) By the time I was in graduate school, though, somebody had decided that wasn't very polite, and they were trying to get people to say, "Give 'em hell! Give 'em hell! We're number one!" but I don't know how successful they were at that. (I haven't been to a UT football game since the 80s. I watch the games on TV sometimes but who can tell what they're saying?)

In any case, that's some funky Christmas carol that Santa is singing.


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mellicious: pink manicure (buffy quote - apocalypse)
I meant to post something about the whole six-six-oh-six thing yesterday, but everybody else seemed to anyway so I doubt that y'all missed mine much. What I was actually surprised by, a little bit, was how few people were freaking out about it. I expected the crazies to be coming out of the woodwork like they did for the millennium, but I didn't see much of that. Maybe that was because there was so little buildup to it, other than those Omen ads. (It was rather clever of them to open the movie on that date, though, I have to say. Wonder if they did any business on a Tuesday.)

Meanwhile, I have a gyn appointment later this morning, Oh, joy.

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