Archive for February, 2013

Tournament of Made-It-Myself: Round 2.2

Tournament of Made-It-Myself: Round 2.2

Yesterday’s matchup is live until Sunday at 2:00 pm CST, as is this one. Who will make it to the finals? Will the finalists have to build a cat condo for me? Your vote decides! First up we have Kelley with her intriguing card game: Last year around Halloween I made up this card game […]


Tournament of Made-It-Myself: Round 2.1

Tournament of Made-It-Myself: Round 2.1

Last week we had an exciting first round of the Tournament of Made-It-Myself. Some great projects were eliminated, but four great projects are in the semis. Today and tomorrow I’ll post those four projects, and you have until this Sunday at 2:00 CST to vote. Same voting rules from Round 1 apply here. On Sunday, […]


I Want to Go to There

I Want to Go to There

Yesterday a site called Twisted Sifter posted their top 100 photos of 2012. There are some really creative photos in the mix, but the ones that truly moved me were of locations I had never heard of or seen before. They struck me as a few of the places I’d love to visit in my […]


Pet Please/Pet Peeve: Stunt and Butt Doubles

Pet Please/Pet Peeve: Stunt and Butt Doubles

Pet Please #82: Actors and Actresses Who Do Their Own Stunts Do you ever read a movie review or synopsis that reveals the main actor or actress did his or her own stunts? Whenever I read that, my excitement for the movie jumps. I think part of it is that I feel like the actor […]


What Is the Most Mischief You Got into as a Kid?

What Is the Most Mischief You Got into as a Kid?

If I wanted to be topical, tonight’s entry would be about the Academy Awards. But I don’t care about the Academy Awards.* So I’m writing about something that is more interesting to me: you. The other day at work, a coworker asked some of our students (I work on a college campus) about the greatest […]


My Greatest Fear #38: Staining My Dress Pants the Day After I Get Them Back from the Dry Cleaners

My Greatest Fear #38: Staining My Dress Pants the Day After I Get Them Back from the Dry Cleaners

Confession: I don’t go to the dry cleaners all that often. I wash my other clothes on a regular basis, but for some reason it rarely occurs to me that my dress pants–which I wear several times a week–can get dirty. But they do. And then they smell of farts. Despite knowing that, usually the […]


Tournament of Made-It-Myself: Round 1.4

Tournament of Made-It-Myself: Round 1.4

As noted in yesterday’s matchup, which is still open to voting: You may vote for yourself once, and you may solicit friends and family to vote (again, one vote per person–the same applies to all readers). If you want to follow this tournament, you can subscribe to this blog in Google Reader or on our […]


Tournament of Made-It-Myself: Round 1.3

Tournament of Made-It-Myself: Round 1.3

As noted in yesterday’s matchup, which is still open to voting: You may vote for yourself once, and you may solicit friends and family to vote (again, one vote per person–the same applies to all readers). If you want to follow this tournament, you can subscribe to this blog in Google Reader or on our […]


Tournament of Made-It-Myself: Round 1.2

Tournament of Made-It-Myself: Round 1.2

As noted in yesterday’s matchup, which is still open to voting: You may vote for yourself once, and you may solicit friends and family to vote (again, one vote per person–the same applies to all readers). If you want to follow this tournament, you can subscribe to this blog in Google Reader or on our […]


Tournament of Made-It-Myself: Round 1.1

Tournament of Made-It-Myself: Round 1.1

The Tournament of Made-It-Myself begins today! We have a submission pool of 9 creators and their projects, so they all have pretty good odds for walking away with an iPod Shuffle and an $18 donation to their charity of choice. Round 1 will be posted this week, with polls closing at 2:00 CST on Sunday. […]


If You Were a Zombie…

If you were a zombie, which celebrity would you most want to eat? There are several approaches you could take with your answer. The first is a celebrity that is so incredibly annoying that you would totally target him or her if you were a brain-hungry zombie. The second is a celebrity that would be […]


How to Be a Better Lover

Today is Valentine’s Day, and I’m here to teach you how to be a better lover. But probably not in the way that you’re thinking. I read a fascinating article in the NY Times the other day about love. The article covers a lot of different topics, and I’d highly recommend it. But one point […]


Lent and the Art of Driving Without Calling

I was at a dinner party this past Saturday when the topic of Lent came up. For Catholics like me and other Christians, Lent is typically the time to give up something that is important to your lifestyle as a reminder of Jesus’ sacrifice. Most Catholics I know give up something like candy or chocolate […]


Movie Contrivance #18: Two People Tugging at an Object Until It Breaks

Recently I watched a movie that I never thought I’d watch, and I genuinely enjoyed it. It’s called Pitch Perfect–basically, it’s Bring It On for acapella instead of cheering. I’ve read a bunch of positive reviews about it, so when it was released on DVD last month, I decided to give it a chance. Plus, my brother […]


Introducing: The Tournament of Made-It-Myself

Introducing: The Tournament of Made-It-Myself

In last week’s poll to determine the next tournament on this blog, the “Tournament of Made-It-Myself” won by a hair. It was so close that I’ll probably do another tournament later this year, but for now let’s focus on what this tournament entails, what you can win, and how you can enter. Tournament Details Whether […]


Love, Fights, and The Office

Note: This contains spoilers for tonight’s episode of The Office. If you don’t watch the show, I think you can still connect to what I’m going to say below about relationships. This has been a weird and interesting final season of The Office. The boss has been gone for almost the entire season, Oscar had an affair […]


My Greatest Fear #37: Passing Out from Exhaust Fumes While Cleaning Snow Off My Car

Last Saturday night, it snowed in St. Louis. I woke up Sunday morning to find my car covered with about 4 inches of powder. As I was brushing snow off my car (I brush ALL of the snow off my car, even the hood and roof. I’m always worried that if I leave any of […]


The Great Blog Tournament of 2013

After the success of the Battle Royale of Cuteness and the Tournament of Awkwardness, I’ve been trying to figure out what the next tournament would be. It needs to be something that combines photos and storytelling, as well as something that people would be excited to share with their friends. And I need to put […]


Pet Peeve #45: Blaming Last-Minute Mistakes for Sports Losses

Disclaimer: I’ve been a 49ers fan for the last 24 years, and I will continue to be a 49ers fan for the next 24 years. After that, all bets are off and my allegiance will be for sale to the highest bidder. This is my greatest sports pet peeve. Let’s start with the example that […]


Movie Contrivance #17: Heavy Eye Makeup When It Doesn’t Make Sense

On Saturday I saw my favorite movie of the year so far, Warm Bodies. It’s essentially Romeo and Juliet with zombies, which sounds hokey, but it’s incredibly well done. The protagonist is a zombie, so for the first time, you get to see what a 20-something zombie thinks about all day. The main female lead is played […]