Normally I don't dress up for Halloween, because I hate what it has become. When I was a kid it was awesome. I could dress up as a robot or an angel or a cowboy and it was all good. Costumes were imaginative and magical and mostly home made in those days. Somehow, sometime between then and now it has become a prerequisite for all women on Halloween to wear as little as humanly possible. It has to be a sexy robot or a slutty angel. Go to the Halloween store and try to find a modest costume. Just try. I dare you. Unless you're in the men's section you won't find one. And Halloween decorations have gotten so much less fun and so much more gross. No more smiling pumpkins. It's all coffins and blood spattered dismembered body parts, and of course, zombies. Everywhere. I've even seen life sized dummies hanging from trees in yards before. From nooses. Which to me is not only gross, but totally insensitive to anyone who has actually known someone who has hanged themselves. It's also racially insensitive. Wow! When I started this I had no intention of ranting. Lol. Where did that come from? Ah, well, I have long said I am the Grinch of Halloween.
Anyway, the original point of this post was to tell you that since I work in a building that participates in the downtown trick or treat thingy, I will actually be dressing up tomorrow. In fact, as I type I am wearing part of my costume, a pair of disco ball antennae. They are surprisingly comfortable, and oh so chic. Perhaps I might possibly post a photo. We'll see :)
Monday, October 22, 2012
I never really noticed before, but none of the books pictured here on my blog have titles on the spine. Hmmph. Now that I have noticed it kind of bugs me. Too bad I can't name them myself. "The Mysterious Case of the Missing Trousers" "Women Who Love Cheese Too Much" "A Fine and Subtle Stench" "Why Football is for Sissies" "My Life as a Hoochie Mamma" etc...
Saturday, October 20, 2012
I have opened my own flower shop. I am woman, hear me roar!!! Lol. My friend Michelle and I used to work at the same florist and we've been talking for years about either buying out our old boss or opening a place of our own. When I found this kiosk for rent we knew it was time. It's located right outside a Starbucks, so there's more foot traffic here than anywhere else in the city. Also, the next nearest florist is miles away. There are only 3 other florists in town, none in the southern end of town or the downtown area, which is where we are situated. We've been open for a month now and things are going well. We started out slow, but it's picking up. And most importantly, we love what we do :) Our very basic website, designed by yours truly: www.madisonavenuefloral.com
Here is our lovely kiosk :)
One of the perks of this location is that everyone else in the building is super nice and supportive. The building was originally a JC Penny's, but the current owners have turned it into a hive of small retail spaces. It's been really fun meeting new people and getting outside my introverted shell. You'd think as a bus driver I would have to be open and friendly but it's actually made me so cynical and antisocial. It's really nice to be able to be more trusting and open, to let people in a little more than is my wont. The folks at Einstein Bagels, right next to our kiosk, have been particularly friendly and accepting.
In other news, I have been invited to exhibit my book art at Pegasus Gallery over the holidays :) Woo hoo!! I'm so officially excited! It's great to have someone seek me out and say, 'hey I love your stuff and I think a lot of other people will too. Come sell at my gallery.' I can't wait to see it on display and to see how the public reacts. It would be so cool if I actually made some money from this ridiculous obsession. I dropped off a few book sculptures at the gallery last week, just 45, not too many... :D I think the exhibit starts November 1st.