Thanks for spending another year with us. Please accept my favorite kind of gift: a story from my heart.
Lulu Lee lived in a dwelling that could have been featured on a home television show about unusual houses. It was perfectly round with walls made of glass and high, high ceilings, which were conducive to letting light in, but known for allowing the occasional creature in as well.
Lulu Lee’s home had no doors, which was her father’s idea. When he bought the home, he thought, “how nice, I can keep track of my daughter so easily. I can see her unusual home from far away and even see inside her walls at all times of the day.”
At first, this gift seemed kind and generous - it was a home after all. But as time passed and Lulu Lee grew from teenager to grown woman, she began to wonder if her father actually gave her a prison. Surely her father never intended it that way? Or perhaps he did. For the world beyond her expansive front windows was much different from the world she knew. It was full of the unknown and if her father told her: “anything unknown was unknown for a reason.”
When the sky got dark and the air got chilly, Lulu Lee would dream of other places from her favorite chair in her peculiar home. It was a round chair that required excellent posture and a calm mind, because it had no back to rest upon. It was well suited to the space, however. It was especially helpful when it rained, because it floated on the accumulated liquid, allowing Lulu Lee to keep completely dry. Maybe this home was not a prison. Perhaps it was an even more dangerous place. Indeed, it seemed entirely plausible that this home was actually meant to hold the colored rains that poured down upon Lulu Lee day after day.
After one particularly strange afternoon, a new home was dropped off next door. This upset her father no doubt, because it now blocked his perfect view of her every move. Secretly, although she would never mutter it aloud, Lulu Lee was delighted at the arrival of this new structure and watched eagerly for any sign of its new tenants. This home was much more traditional, square with a slight taper upward. It was green, which was an unusual color for a home, although Lulu Lee didn’t know this, because her neighborhood was filled with unusual homes. However, it did have one thing in common with other homes - it had no roof. This seemed promising to Lulu Lee, because maybe her new neighbors could tell her what her father never did: why were their homes built this way?
Just as the thought crossed Lulu Lee’s mind, a white liquid began to pour from the sky. She would have said it was raining cats and dogs, but she had never met a cat or a dog, so she couldn’t attest to the accuracy of the phrase. This rain was far more intense than the usual shower in the area. The falling water seemed leave a scent behind. And while this would normally cause Lulu Lee great dismay, she was hopeful it would keep falling, because upon examination of the new neighbor’s home, she had a suspicion that her home was without a door for the same reason it was without a roof. Perhaps, the non-roof was in fact a door.
When she was sure everyone was sleeping, Lulu Lee took advantage of that afternoon’s particularly high rainfall to devise a plan. She was close enough to her non-roof that she could touch the very top of the walls of her home if she stood on her toes on her round chair. She thought she may just be able to climb out if she jumped. Lulu Lee worked up her confidence and bounced gingerly on the chair testing just how high she could rise without too much effort. Just as she leapt to reach the edge of the wall, she wondered, “what will I do once I’ve reached it?” But it was too late. She was already gripping the side of the wall with all her might and was left with two options:
Drop into the water and swim back to her chair OR crawl over the edge and finally escape.
Lulu Lee could not imagine going another day wondering what was beyond her home. It was too much to abide any longer. So she shimmied her leg, slowly and meticulously, followed by the other and then she held on tightly again. Then Lulu Lee had a thought: “perhaps if I shake my home, just slightly, the water will rise and it will throw the chair over the edge. And if the chair landed on the ground outside, I could safely let go of the wall’s edge and land on my perfectly donut shaped chair.”
Before she could second guess herself and worry about injury or her home landing right on top of her, Lulu Lee swung her little body as hard as she could into the side of the glass. At first there was no movement, except the shutter of her tiny body from the pain. But then as she swung a bit from the sheer inertia of the event, she felt her home move ever so slightly. And then the water moved ever so slightly. Afraid to lose this momentum, little Lulu Lee started swinging her legs as hard as she could, back and forth, until the water was tipping over the top of her home and dropping and splashing on the ground below.
After several minutes of extraordinary effort, the chair plunked to the ground. And just in time. For the rim of the walls where Lulu Lee’s delicate fingers were tightly gripped had become drenched and her grip had loosened. With a thump and a thud, she avoided disaster and nestled into the hole in the center of her chair. She hoped no one heard her screech as she flailed toward the ground, but after several breathless seconds, she was quite sure she was safe. No one heard her and she was free to explore all the things she had seen from inside her home’s glass walls.
That’s when it struck her. Or rather, didn’t. The rain was no longer falling. How could the rain only be falling over Lulu Lee’s home? Maybe it had stopped? Perhaps it was a quick sun shower? But it had rained so hard. It seemed unlikely it would be focused over only her dwelling.
As she sorted out the possible weather patterns, she realized the new green home seemed like a logical first stop to see if the showers had left moisture there.
Lulu Lee didn’t see a door to knock on on her new neighbor’s home. There were no windows to peak through. She was now certain this was yet another prison masquerading as a home. She had to get inside.
Before thinking about the consequences, Lulu Lee positioned her bulbous chair on the edge of the green structure and stood atop it. She reached her hands high, but even on the tips of her toes she couldn’t quite touch the top of the walls. She jumped once and then again until her fingers grasped the side of the green wall. She hoped she could swing one of her legs over the side, but the unusual angle of the walls made it difficult for her to achieve this. In a moment of true bravery, Lulu Lee pulled her body up with all her strength, closed her eyes and pushed her waist over the wall so that her head was positioned downward. With even the slightest wrong move, her head could be crushed by the impact of the fall below. She breathed slowly as she teetered with one half of her body over each edge.
Or maybe her head would not be crushed. Lulu Lee opened her eyes and noticed that the mysterious white rain had fallen in this home too. Here, there were 20, 30, maybe even 40 of her round chairs floating around in non-sensical patterns. How could this be? Who would own so many of Lulu Lee’s favorite chair? There was no one here that Lulu Lee could see. She allowed her body to drop into the water and as she rose to the surface, she got a slight taste of it. It was not water at all. It was milk.
1. Animation inspiration
Stuff like this makes me want to run out of the house and make things.
2. Good times with friends
I had a Christmas party with friends last weekend and I’m constantly amazed by how lucky I am to have such a great group of people in my life. Sure, there were fights about DC v. Marvel and a few contentious moments during Word On The Street - but in the end - I love them all. P.S. Aren’t TJ’s red pants sharp?
3. Gifts that count
I just love, love, loved this video from Vulture where Matt Smith and Jenna Louise-Coleman go shopping for ornaments and tchotchke for one another. As you’ll see, it’s not really the items, it’s the thought.
4. Jerry Seinfeld
He makes me laugh every time. He’s so amused by life. I think that’s a worthy pursuit. Be amused. Be happy.
Things I wrote in other places:
This week, I wrote about an important topic for Apartment Therapy… what the hell to do with old tech: Time to Declutter: Smart Things To Do with Old Cables & Chargers
And some Instructables for this first timer.
Safe travels if you are heading out for the holidays.
It’s the Wholidays!
Can you tell that I’m becoming impatient for the Doctor Who Christmas Special? Yes, I’m feeling impatient. As a result, I got crafty. This is the lovely result and now I’d like to share it with you.
Time heals all wounds. For me, it’s only the beginning of the healing for a certain set of companions, but evil snowmen sure help. Being new to Who is a special trip and if you haven’t dove in, then you should. (Although as a Who-bie, can I just say, the Daleks don’t scare me?! I find the Cybermen far freakier… Am I alone in this?)
Oh, and the promise of the Errant Curl being everywhere as the new Star Trek movie shifts into marketing and public relations promotion bonanza.
In case you missed it: CLICK HERE OR ON THE IMAGES TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF!
Every once in a while, I have a moment of genius. Yes, genius. I’m going to be that bold and call this particular project a genius idea. Here’s how it went down:
Get yourself a dollar store ornament, plastic or glass, that’s clear and has a removable top. Remember, the smaller the ornament, the smaller the top, the smaller the hole = the smaller the LEGO piece that will fit inside.
Make a collection of them and put them on the tree. Hell, they’d make great gifts too!
Last week, I shared some free printable space themed ornaments. (GO DOWNLOAD THEM!) After printing them myself, I decided to take my lovely TARDIS, Bow Tie, NASA and Firefly ornaments and give them some sparkle.
Snazzing them up was super easy.
1. Buy some great cardstock online or at your local craft store (I bought this glittery cardstock loveliness for mine)
2. Cut out circles with a puncher (I used this one) that are the exact same size as the printables
3. Apply two-sided adhesive (these rollers are easiest to use) to both and smash them together just right.
4. Use a hole punch through both and cut a piece of twine and string it.
When I started to think about how I might like to decorate my tree this year, I could focus on only one thing:
Why isn’t it Christmas already - I want to watch the Doctor Who Christmas Special!
And so that became my inspiration. Space! And the TARDIS and Firefly.
I really could have gone on and on with this theme, but a girl has got to try and keep things manageable. So I hope you love them!
This set of four printable ornaments is easy enough to understand:
First, download the PDF (CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE SET!)
Did you download them? Good. Now:
You’ll get four ornament printables:
Two Doctor Who themed varieties: one with the TARDIS, pictured above, and a “Bow Ties are cool” themed ornament.
One Firefly ornament: Mal says the darnedest things in the show. And “Mighty Fine Shindig” is one of those things. And honestly, that’s what the holidays are too, right? Mighty Fine!
One NASA ornament: I am in love with this galaxy image from NASA. I’m also a big fan of this quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.” It’s something to keep in mind year round.
Happy holidays lovelies!
*Note: when you click on the link, your virus software will try to scan it. Hit “Download Anyway” - it will make your life easier.