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Totoro O’Lantern

It’d been too long since I’d observed a Jack O’Lantern on my front porch.

When I was really young, it had pretty much been an every year thing. Go to the pumpkin places, pick a pumpkin, carve said pumpkin. I really enjoyed it – though I never actually did much in this process. ;)

Then I started thinking about the waste, we moved to areas where Halloween wasn’t a deal at all :( And it slowly became that years had gone by since we had a proper Jack o’Lantern. “Think of the waste and the meals passed up.” Said my brain.

Yeah, but think of the joy!? — my head answered back. Yeah, let’s make a Jack o’Lantern.

What prompted me was Rhett and Link. Opening up Good Mythical Morning and seeing their welcoming pumpkin.

What sealed the deal was ThinkGeek’s Pumpkin Template contest. Perusing the finalists, I saw so many I liked, but I knew I wanted to carve one, when I saw this.

TotoroAndFriends — JessicaTheNiftyNerd.pdf

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My cut out template.

I thought this was awesome. It would be an incredible pumpkin!! I just needed a tallish pumpkin, and we could pull it off, right?

Well, I needed to go food shopping, and I thought this would be the time to pick up a pumpkin if I really wanted to do this.

I had to put some stuff back, but I saved $6 to pick a pumpkin with. How much do pumpkins run this day and age? I had no clue.

BT said that the most probable place for affordable last-minute pumpkins would probably be his church’s patch. He helped me find a tall pumpkin for Totoro. We were unsure we could do something so complicated, but we got a tall pumpkin, anyway.

We picked 2 pumpkins in between their $4 size and their $7, hoping that one of them would be $6. They said, $14 for both, but when we came up short, they said “What’d we have”, and “That’d be fine!”, and we decided to take the smaller of the pumpkins and they got $6.45. I was so happy.

I told BT of my idea, and he said what I had been thinking – Can we really get any precision work done, with none of the proper pumpkin carving tools? :)

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I assured him that I didn’t care if it came out horribly, it would still be a Jack o’Lantern, and that would be cool. You know, at least we gave it a shot.

But I had yet to figure out what the template was displaying. How is Totoro visible? Then I figured it out, and subsequent YouTube videos gave me a definitive answer — I had to cut out windows around the big Totoro!!… that is how he became visible.

While BT took a nap, Rimfire and I worked on getting the template and pumpkin ready. It was really starting to feel like a family affair!

BT also gave me lead. “Hey, it’s your pumpkin, and you’re the one who wanted to do it. But I’d be glad to help!!!”

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This was much appreciated, as I usually have (near) last word on projects.

BT found an X-Acto knife set and that was essential. We had been going to just to use kitchen knives. Because we had them.

I gave an idea, BT gave an idea. And between us we got the pumpkin carved.

Well, actually BT pretty much carved all of it.

“You don’t resent that you are doing all the carving when it was my idea, do you?” I said after he had been carving for a while. “Not at all.” He replied. I guess anytime he can do something precise, or something with sharp blades is great for him. And this is both!


He had the idea to not carve all the way through. “I think the shading will make it look better,” he said.

I was hesitant, but when we put the tea lights on in the pumpkin, I saw it. It did look good.

“I thought shading was a cop-out,” I said, as we had the pumpkin lit and BT was cleaning up the carved shades.

“Why?” BT asked.

“Well. I just kind of thought, ‘Of course your pumpkin looks good! You didn’t have to carve it!'”

BT chuckled, “Shading is like the upper echelon of pumpkin carving.” I didn’t tell him he had kind of just proved my bias against it. To him, having something be the upper echelon was good. But to me it feels a little like an impossible opponent.

When BT first started shading around the little spiky guy, I was horrified at what I’d done, because I had cut the template out in easy, big spikes. But when I’d drawn it on the pumpkin, I thought, “Eh, we get the idea” and just drew a general zig-zag line that was very complicated. It was just like how I’d usually indicate something fluffy when drawing… I didn’t think it would be carved that way.

“But you did a good job,” BT said. “He looks fluffy that way. And it is easier to follow the lines. Then I can see where I cut before.”

I was later glad I had done that, because BT was super proud of how the little spiked guy’s spikes came out clearly.


We had such great fun doing this together.


I took pics with my actual camera for this. :) Although not appearing on my camera, the little guy has black eyes, that you can see by candle light!! BT’s idea to keep them. :)

It was a great surprise that we could do it. I mean…Come on! J All I had asked for was a re-introduction to Jack o’Lantern-dom, and we came out with an incredible, detailed, awesome Totoro o’Lantern!! Just because of a Twitter post, a Good Mythical Morning, and $6. And the Nifty Nerd’s awesome template.

And BT’s carving skills. ;)


Did you have a Jack o’Lantern this year? What was it?

If you could make anything into a Jack o’Lantern design, what would you choose?


Maybe She Writes a Horsepad

I was sitting down to my laptop, to which I have a plug-in mouse.

As I plugged it into my friend’s outlet, I remembered that as my computer was charging I also had to plug-in the mouse. The outlet does something wrong causing my laptop to shock me. Terrible, but nothing I haven’t dealt with in the past. :)

However, with her slick tabletops, the mouse doesn’t always work so well, and so I usually grab a nearby mag and use it to create whatever it is the mouse needs to read the signals. (I’m pretty techno-detail oblivious!)

Well, in a rare moment of money-spender idealness, I thought of what I’d like on my dream mousepad – A HORSE!, and what horse-art I’d like on my mousepad – my favorite horse painter, Lesley Harrison!

And I exclaimed, under my breath:

“Maybe she writes a horsepad!!”

Hmm. Yeah. That doesn’t make sense. I think you meant:

“Maybe she makesmousepad with horses on it!”

This is why some people get frustrated at me, (and I get frustrated at myself when I can’t figure it out) because my brain word-wise works in mysterious ways, that I can’t even understand. This was such a prime, not-even-trying-to-communicate example that I thought maybe it could provide a code to figure out future missaid phrases.

Like the Enigma in U-571.

Have a terrific day!!


Do you have a classic spoonerism, messed-up words, or crazy phrase you’ve said?


Why Music is So Important to Me


I was going to write a post about music today, but abandoned it for the fear of sounding trite, once again.

But after BT came out, and threw some undone work in my face (figuratively. I wouldn’t abide it being literal), and he hopped in the shower, I found myself alone and able to hit play on a paused Pandora station, leading me to my happy place.

This harkened me back to all the times I wanted to share what I was listening to while I wrote a post, or a playlist of all the songs I listened to on Sunday, or sharing songs I like, or making a playlist on my blog so any visitor could listen to some upbeat music.

Why did this keep recurring to me? Why did I want so much to share something so universal as music?

When I hit play, I realized why. Music is what helps me deal.


It’s what helps me deal with all the injustices.

With when an animal is needing help beyond my help.

When I’m suffering an anorexia attack.

When I am so happy I don’t know what to do.

When I’m so desperate I am searching for answers.

When I’m so determined and focused at work.

When I don’t know what I’m gonna do.

I often wonder what am I supposed to do with my life? I don’t have many skills, so what is my lot? I listen to music. Whatever is going to happen then, I’m able to enjoy right now. Still think on it, but enjoy the now.

When I’m super sad, and alone, I can start enjoying again with my music.

(BT-dub; I only listen to my Pandora on my own, because I’m the only one who likes it… that’s why I keep writing the caveat “alone” – not for the normal meaning of lonely, but meaning that no one is going to be drive crazy by my picks :D )

But when I’m alone I can put it on and be okay.

And being okay, processing what happened is really important. I can’t tell you why it’s so important, I just know it makes my life richer.

That’s all.

So, I’ll deal. I’ll take all the injustices of the day and turn it into a dance session. Something I do often. I always need to remember everybody has a reason for treating me the way they do. Try and see it from their point of view, too. You never know what another is going through.

Another way I deal:

One time I was washing dishes, making up for the lack of help received from the person who’d made most of them, and I was getting upset. I am usually the one trying to calm the one getting upset about that. I rarely get upset about this.

But as I stood over the sink, my back hurting, and my hand wrist deep in water, the poisonous thoughts came.

So, I knew I needed to stop this poisonous train of thought. So, I started imagining. I imagined why the dishes hadn’t been done by that person. What made it to where they couldn’t do it? It got to be really fun. It exercised my imagination, and proved to be a rather fun dishes activity.

Sure, none of it was probably true, but it’s good to try to look from a perspective other than your own, and saves your relationship.  Then I could address it calmly later, if need be, but if I stewed, then I already made it a bad mindset for myself towards the other person.


Why do you like listening to music?

Have you ever been upset washing the dishes? How did you deal with it? I think everyone has had the dishes unfairly fallen to them, at one time or another. :)


Procrastinating – I do it, too!

I’m not usually a procrastinator.

But today I was.

I procrastinate most often when I have calls to make.

I hate making calls! My adrenaline spikes, I get shaky, and hot. I freak out on the phone, and speak at 100 mph. My voicemails are completely unrecognizable as English.


I have TWO calls to make. And I don’t waannnnnaaaa!!

So, I’m catching up on Season 1 Good Mythical Morning and not doing:

  • deciding where my life will go
  • reading the 7 books I checked out of the library yesterday
  • catching up on World news
  • the dishes!
  • making a call that may (or may be a royal fail) determine my life future (I’m not even kidding on the importance of this call!)
  • writing my friends

Yes, I also procrastinate on writing my friends back. :( Terrible. I’m so worried about disappointing them, and hurting them. Yes, I realize this is terrible.

But, I did do some pressing research I needed to do while I was watching GMM.

These things will get done. I have to trust that I will get the resources I need to conquer this list. I’ll probably start on them (not the calls!) as soon as I write this post.

And hey, knowing what I procrastinate on, might help me do #1. Decide where I want my life to go. :)

Here’s to you workers and fighters of procrastination. Big thumbs up.

And to you who procrastinated – good job for giving yourself some time.


Did you procrastinate today?

How do you get comfortable making calls to total strangers?

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Natural Product Review – Sun Care!

There was an awesome clearance rack a few days ago at my local organic store. I brought an armload of stuff to the cart I was sharing with Mom.

“Get it all. Get it all!” was her advice. Moms are always right, right? So, in went the licorice, gluten-free cookies, turkey gravy (for those who aren’t vegetarian on Thanksgiving) and healthy “Kit-Kat” bars (x3!). I also purchased malt balls and dates.  I need lots of snacks to eat enough, and I almost always feel like having something sweet – or chocolate!

When I checked out I said, “Well, I guess if my treats are at least healthy, then…” And mom and the cashier helpfully finished the sentence I couldn’t figure out how to end it. :)

It’s true though, because then we went to the supermarket and I got a load of cheap healthy meal stuff. :)

Anywaaaays, you aren’t here to hear about my needlessly justifying delicious purchases. I’m getting much better at that, anyway. :)

Also, Mom bought for me a product I couldn’t quite afford. (Moms are the best! — most of the time,  I know there are terrrrible ones out there, and my sympathies and hugs are with you.)

Now to the meat tofu of the post:


Desert Essence Daily Essential Defense Lotion SPF 15 for Normal Skin with Jojoba Oil and Millet Oil — whew !  long title (with a lot of good-sounding stuff in there)

Ingredients: (copied from the site and checked with my box.) Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide (Mineral Sunscreen), Other Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut Derived), Cocoglycerides (Coconut Derived), Squalane (Olive Derived), Glycerin (Vegetable), Cetearyl Alcohol (Plant Derived), Saccharomyces Ferment Lysate Filtrate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Panicum Miliaceum L.-Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Butter, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, (Natural) Fragrance (Parfum), Xylitylglucoside (Plant Derived), Anhydroxylitol (Plant Derived), Xylitol (Plant Derived), Isostearic Acid (Plant Derived), Behenyl Alcohol (Plant Derived), Arachidyl Alcohol (Plant Derived), Arachidyl Glucoside (Plant Derived), Cetearyl Glucoside (Plant Derived), Xanthan Gum (Corn Derived), Sodium Phytate (Plant Derived), Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Levulinate (Plant Derived), Sodium Anisate (Plant Derived), Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid

Now, that looks like a lot of ingredients. Looks like a lot of odd ingredients, but some of that is caused by them using the Latin nomenclature to state that there is soybean, or coconut in the product. And what isn’t straight-up product is plant derived – (I’d have to look up each one to see how I feel about that, but it’s better than man-made, I believe.) And what isn’t that, looks alright.


  • NO Animal Testing
  • NO Parabens
  • NO Artificial Fragrances or Dyes
  • NO Petroleum Compounds: Mineral Oil, Petrolatum or Paraffin
  • NO SLS
  • NO Glycols
  • NO Phthalates

More terrific things!:

  • Yes Vegetarian/Vegan
  • Yes Recyclable
  • Yes Gluten Free
  • Yes Biodegradable
  • Yes Renewable Sources
  • Yes Cruelty Free

So, (very important to me since taking biology) it’s biodegradable!!



You know that kinda annoying NutriSystem commercial? “I looked in the mirror and saw what I didn’t want to see…” Well, that hasn’t like ever happened to me. I mean, I didn’t like it, but it was me, so it was cool.

Well, it happened one day. I looked and I saw a ton of spots on my face that I didn’t expect. And not just freckles, but like blotches and damage?. So, I thought maybe I need to use some sunscreen.

I’ve been back and forth with sunscreen. Both for the same reasons – to be ultra-natural.

I used to use it loyally in the name of keeping the skin I was given; it had to be the same shade it was given to me in.

Then I didn’t use sunscreen, for the little-before-known fact that sunscreen itself is unnatural, and possibly damaging.

So… I kinda didn’t know what to do. (And yes, I don’t really have that ridiculous “leave with the same shade I had” theory that I had before. I mean, come on. At least some of my very literal ideas do grow up and become good, realistic ideas.)

So, I decided if I can find a natural face sunscreen, then I will use it! Instead of trying to follow some extreme view or another, I’m gonna do what I’d like. And I wanted to protect my face, naturally.

So, this product looked perfect!

Now for the description (from the box, with my notes inserted. I don’t believe blanket-statements made by companies, just ‘cuz they said it, but I agreed with what they said):

This light moisturizer combines the essential hydration your skin needs on a daily basis (true) with all day SPF 15. Contains jojoba oil, and millet oil which help encourage skin renewal. Also formulated with an all natural mineral sunscreen that protects against harmful UVA and UVB rays. (Mom is up-to-date on which zincs, titaniums and metals get into one’s system, and which ones stay on the skin [preferred]… and she gave her stamp-of-approval to the one in here.)

  • Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen protects skin against premature againg
  • Jojoba Butter deeply penetrates skin providing long lasting moisture
  • Millet Oil contains essential fatty acids that restore the moisture and elasticity your skin loses through environmental stresses
  • Aloe Vera Gel and Soybean Oil restore luster and glow for more radiant skin

So this looked perfect for what I wanted!

So down to the actual reviewing of it!

When I first opened it, the smell was zilch to weird. But when I smoothed it on my face, it was a pleasant orange scent!! Also, I don’t like to apply stuff to my face. I have to drag so hard to get anything to cover it, it seems. But this stuff glided on rather well. And the finish was a smooth, non-glossy, non-greasy patina. Very nice. It had a bit of the lotion feel to it, but not bad at all.

Also, I have very sensitive eyes (apparently). They hurt just from applying certain lotions, sometimes. With this product, there wasn’t any pain caused by application!

Now of course I’ve yet to see the long-term affects and helps of this product, but I have a feeling that this is beginning of a better face skin health!


What do you use for sunscreen? Do you like it?

Have you ever used this product?

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Catching up – too cool

I just went to catch up on the blogs I read, and I found these three posts, that all pertain to friends and friendship. How crazy is that?

Life of a Fluro Zebra - Attitude of Gratitude

Today Has Been Canceled. Go back to bed – Moments – reminding me of what I have been learning; sometimes you just got to let the cool things go. Not everybody cool is meant to be your friend. And sometimes a cool thing is just to bring you joy for a day.

Today Has Been Canceled. Go back to bed. – Doing the Right Thing



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