29 October 2010

Start carving!


Incredible artist!

Artist Ray Villafane began carving pumpkins on a lark for his art students in a small rural school district in Michigan. The hobby changed his life as he gained a viral following online and unlocked his genuine love of sculpting. Here are images of pumpkin carvings Villafane created over the past five years.

I have my eye on you!

Very rude!

He looks like he is well fed!  Love his hat!
He won last year's competition for Best Halloween Costume.  OK, you can scratch your eyes out!
This one has a splitting headache!

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26 October 2010

Male or female

As a French teacher its not always easy to teach the difference between feminine and masculine. Everything has a gender: la table, le téléphone, etc...It can be hard for kids to memorize. There are still a few things that still challenge me. I still cant say if the following are  are male or female.  Here`s what a male friend of mine says:

freezer bags Pictures, Images and Photos

They are male, because they hold everything in, but you can see right through them.
photocoper Pictures, Images and Photos

These are female, because once turned off; it takes a while to warm them up again. They are an effective reproductive device if the right buttons are pushed, but can also wreak havoc if you push the wrong Buttons.


Tires are male, because they go bald easily and are often over inflated
Hot Air Balloon Pictures, Images and Photos

Also a male object, because to get them to go anywhere, you have to light a fire under their butt.
Sponge Pictures, Images and Photos

These are female, because they are soft, squeezable and retain water.

Female, because they're constantly being looked at and frequently getting hit on.
STEAM TRAIN GIF Pictures, Images and Photos

Definitely male, because they always use the same old lines for picking up people..
Sparkle Flower Egg Timer Pictures, Images and Photos


Egg timers are female because, over time, all the weight shifts to the bottom.
Hammer Pictures, Images and Photos

Male, because in the last 5000 years, they've hardly changed at all, and are occasionally handy to have around.
Remote Control Pictures, Images and Photos

Female. Ha! You probably thought it wouldbe male, but consider this: It easily gives a man pleasure, he'd be lost without it, and while he doesn't always know which buttons to push, he just keeps trying


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25 October 2010

Which group do you belong to?

 The elementary schoolyard is full of them -- of cliques and it's not the kids that I am talking about, it's the moms. By now every mom can walk into their schoolyard and find their peeps -- the like-minded, like-outfitted people that they can stand around with and gossip and discuss burning kid issues.

My schoolyard breaks down into the following cliques:

Athletes: they arrive in their workout gear and discuss training schedules and injuries.
Cool Kids: these moms are also impeccably dressed but they have a more unstudied look to their outfits. They want to look as they don’t care, when they really do. They discuss their busy social calendar and the sales at their favorite independent boutiques.
The Frantics: rushing in late in sweatpants and always talking about their daily crisis, everything is an emergency needing discussion.
The Greens: Everything is mismatched hemp or vintage finds, they are always carrying re-useable bags filled with glass containers and are worried about the latest study on toxicity. Their kids don't watch much TV or play video games but they do play a wicked piano concerto.

The Lifers: every school has them. The women who devote most of their day to the school, organizing pizza lunch, fundraisers, and classroom volunteers. Their powers of organization are legendary and a little scary. I love the lifers.  What would I do without them!

The Working Moms: they are not a clique per se as they actually have somewhere to go after drop-off. They may not be aware of the ins and outs of the social scene so they can stand out as the make an appearance at the schoolyard. As they walk off the schoolyard they may not realize that the eyes of those left behind may be following them longingly. (I used to belong to this group).

The Forever Mommies: they often have a baby strapped to them in some way, or a toddler clinging to their leg crying, they are talking naptime and toilet training for the upteemth time

There are of course other groups such as the Foodies discussing meal plans, the men-bashers (guilty as charged), the victims.... 

Its just the way I see things! But I love all my moms because they do give me their best work:  their kids!
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22 October 2010

La vie en rose

I decided to write a post about pink products I personally like.   Last week I published a post about pink products that are being sold to help find a cure for breast cancer .  You can find it here!  Today is TGIF! I feel like taking it easy and creating a post just for the fun of it.   The following products are just some of my favorites at the moment and they just happen to be pink.

First, nail polish:
I`ve always loved pink nail polish. Once in a while I wear red but 95% of the time I just love to wear pink polish (the bonus is that mistakes dont show as much).  . There is a new trend called French Inverse nails.  I quite like it!

Then there is the traditional look, always a classic:

The bottle seems a bit mauvy but your nails will look a fresh pink.

The next product is quite smart. Its made by Shuella. They are shoe covers. Lets say you are stepping out wearing your best shoes (made from fine leather, satin or suede) and then it starts to pour. No need to worry, you just flick out your pink shoe covers from your purse and voilà! In case you are interested you can have a closer look at their website (the covers exist in other colors): http://www.shuella.com/
 Lastly,  I present to you my favorite spread.  Its delicious on ice cream, croissant or French bread: its rose petal jelly!  This one is made locally!

 You have to try it. I dont like sweet jams but this jelly is perfumed with a hint of rose and tastes great.  You can find this product everywhere these days.  I usually find mine in gourmet shops.  Hope you enjoyed my short list of pink products.  Have a Happy Pink weekend!

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