Archive | December, 2009

2009 and what I learned…

31 Dec


Originally uploaded by CleverIndie

Hell hath no fury like an entitled princess with a Facebook account and a chip on her shoulder.

Some people who should know better, don’t.

Never underestimate the lengths someone will go to in order to avoid having to apologize.

Some people think it’s ok to abuse (emotionally and/or physically) people who are different. Not all people think people with neurological differences are human beings with rights. I was surprised to find out how nasty people are even about kids with neurological differences.

Never underestimate the crazy talk of a narcissist with a remote and access to Dr. Phil and Judge Judy.

Never underestimate the negative impact of other people’s unreasonable expectations.

Some folks believe anything on TV or in print. Regardless of how truthful/accurate the information or the source may be.

When family f&$ks up, they feel entitled to forgiveness without apologizing because they are family. They demand the benefit of the doubt, but will never give it.

Rewriting family and personal history is an exercise in fictional storytelling. It’s better to be honest, so everyone can learn from the darker experiences (face it, we don’t rewrite the light and funny stuff).

People who preach endlessly about being positive, and demand only positive information from family and friends will wind up positively alone. Or committed. Have you read “The Secret”? It reads like a how-to on disproving personal sanity.

Bullies are everywhere, even disguised as seemingly sweet kids and kindly old ladies.

Many of the logistics of friendship have changed, making the whole confusing friendship thing accessible to those of us who have always wanted good friends but are clueless about the methodology of finding and keeping those friends. (Yay!)

If someone is willing to dish out the nastiness over my differences, they cannot be trusted to be kind to Alex (who has many of the same quirks and bonus features).

Nature has been known to kick nurture’s ass, on occasion.

The strongest, most important, relationships aren’t automatically those with family- they are the ones that are cultivated on a medium of mutual respect and a desire to understand and accept another individual, wholly.

That’s all I’ve got for now….

Just wanted to share some of the things I finally figured out this year… (and now I don’t feel totally guilty about the resolutions I didn’t keep! :-)

Happy 2010! I have a feeling it is going to be a good one!



A kinder, gentler G-Bread……

27 Dec


Originally uploaded by CleverIndie

“Mama? We are putting pills on the gingerbread guys?”

“Huh? What are you talking about?”

“These red stool softener things”

*head*desk* (they were cinnamon candies NOT colace!)

Ewwww ewww ewww

27 Dec

Ewwww ewww ewww

Originally uploaded by CleverIndie

Didn’t realize until I was nearing the end of 1/2 of the large chicken parm sub.
Look at the chicken.
I thought it was super perky rustic tomato sauce.
Of course, I am more immuno-screwy than usual so this is the perfect time for this to happen… I’m in the midst of a course of prednisone.
and I have the flu to begin with, so this foul fowl better cut me a break!

Last Minute Gift Idea

16 Dec

There is still time to order from my shop for the holidays(within the US)!

I love giving my jewelry as gifts to almost everyone on my shopping list. Sometimes though, we all have gift emergencies. I have great treasures in my Etsy shop for women of all ages and a few pieces that are suitable for men, but some folks fall outside of that demographic or I just don’t know them well enough to hazard a guess on their tastes or personal style.

For example, I adore our UPS man, but all I really know about him is that he wears a brown uniform, goes above and beyond what I expect a parcel delivery person to do, he’s got a nice smile and fabulous eyes, and he brings treats aka stuff I ordered and forgot I ordered. Yay! Everything is a surprise!

(Holy cannoli, I just realized that I picture our UPS man as the UPS guy in Legally Blond. Funny. I don’t think I really know what our UPS guy actually looks like. Weird. I’m not bending and snapping though, not with these old joints! I’d get stuck and not even be able to sign for my packages. How embarrassing!)

Anyway, for those “I need a gift for someone and have had cash on hand since around the time they introduced debit card transactions at every checkout under the sun” predicaments may I suggest: printable gift cards! That’s right! You don’t even need a legal name, full name, or email address. Just punch in your info and a message and any amount. Pick a graphic for your card (there are over 50 at last check…lots of them remind me of Target’s gift cards). Checkout and in a few minutes Amazon will email you a link which lets you print the foldable card (made me all nostalgic for Print Shop on the Apple IIc, though an inkjet printer and the modern graphics make these much prettier).

So while I suggest jewelry, jewelry, jewelry, and related adornments, I do know that sometimes you need a one-size-fits-all-tastes-and-budgets-last-minute-solution.

Without further delay, here’s the linkey-do so you can check out the options for yourself.
Amazon Printable Gift Cards


Wickedly Awesome!

9 Dec

Would you like a treasure box filled with CleverGirl jewelry?

Click on over to where the CleverGirl giveaway is in full swing! (and there is a 10% off coupon for my Etsy shop as well!)

But it ends Thursday- so head on over and enter!



p.s. don’t forget! If you haven’t signed up for the CleverGirl/CleverIndie mailing list there are surprises there as well! Click here to sign up

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