Monday, February 22, 2010

What Inspires You?

I've been pondering this question for some days now. It all started when I got an email from Point 8 Forum Pecha Kucha Charlotte. It was an invitation of sorts to submit to be a presenter. (If you're wondering what Pecha Kucha is check this out:
Charlotte has been hosting Pecha Kucha for a year (I think!?) I've only had the pleasure of attending one of them. I was thrilled to see so many interesting and creative people that live in my city turn out and mingle. I wondered at the time what the possibility of me presenting would look like. I envisioned it in totality, but I didn't have any idea how long it would take me to accomplish it. I still don't know, but I'm ready to submit an entry.
So on to the reason for this post, which is the question, 'What inspires me?".
Today I saw one thing that has inspired me many times in the past. It's a duck crossing sign. For real, it's official. But, someone (who I can only image is brilliant) took the time to put a decal on it that makes it look like the duck is hula hooping!
Franz Ferdinand. They inspire me, yes they do.
People who are willing to risk losing everything to be true to themselves inspire me.
Single Moms inspire me. I can't even imagine how hard that must be. Even though I'm divorced and technically 'single', my son's father is active in his life so that allows me time for myself. I'm talking about the Mom's who do it by themselves 100% of the time and still manage to stay sane, upright and moving forward. God Bless them.
Har Mar Superstar inspires me
My son inspires me beyond measure.
Beautiful words inspire me, here is one of my favorite poems:
We Have Come to be Danced by Jewel Mathieson
We have come to be danced
Not the pretty dance Not the pretty pretty, pick me, pick me dance
But the claw our way back into the belly Of the sacred, sensual animal dance
The unhinged, unplugged, cat is out of its box dance
The holding the precious moment in the palms Of our hands and feet dance.
We have come to be danced Not the jiffy booby, shake your booty for him dance But the wring the sadness from our skin dance The blow the chip off our shoulder dance. The slap the apology from our posture dance.
We have come to be danced Not the monkey see, monkey do dance One two dance like you One two three, dance like me dance but the grave robber, tomb stalker Tearing scabs and scars open dance The rub the rhythm raw against our soul dance.
We have come to be danced Not the nice, invisible, self-conscious shuffle But the matted hair flying, voodoo mama Shaman shakin’ ancient bones dance The strip us from our casings, return our wings Sharpen our claws and tongues dance The shed dead cells and slip into The luminous skin of love dance.
We have come to be danced Not the hold our breath and wallow in the shallow end of the floor dance But the meeting of the trinity, the body breath and beat dance The shout hallelujah from the top of our thighs dance The mother may I? Yes you may take 10 giant leaps dance The olly olly oxen free free free dance The everyone can come to our heaven dance.
We have come to be danced Where the kingdom’s collide In the cathedral of flesh To burn back into the light To unravel, to play, to fly, to pray To root in skin sanctuary We have come to be danced --WE HAVE COME.
-by Jewel Mathieson
All of the people who make the Opulent Temple at BRC possible, and the people who come there to be danced inspire me the most.
Long Live the Opulent Temple!
opulent temple - burning man 2007

Saturday, February 20, 2010


OK, I have several jobs in addition to being the fur hat queen.

One of them is working for a local catering company called
'Something Classic Catering' I love this job because I love the people I work with, the food we serve and the ladies who own the company.

Last night our company owners hosted us (the employees) to a bowling party at George Pappas Park Lanes which is likely the oldest bowling alley in Charlotte. This place is wonderful and reminds me so much of the places I used to go to in Michigan with my Dad who was an expert bowler. He reminded me of Fred Flinstone in his preparation to throw but instead of the tippy-toes, he would do a move much like the Karate Kid standing on the pole.
I took my four year old son Nathan and we had a blast. I actually won one round and also broke 100 which is always my goal. Nathan had a blast too, it was so funny to watch him struggle up to the line with his 8 lb. ball grasped tightly to his chest and drop it. Then sit and wait the 30+ seconds it takes to get to the pins with the ball going 3 miles per hour! The best part was the bumpers that come up when it's his turn so he doesn't have to endure the dreaded gutterball!

Anyhow it was a blast hanging with the co-workers and I'm so grateful for the treat of free bowling! Thanks to Jill and Karen and Something Classic!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A note about Valentine's Day

OK, OK I am a known cynic about Valentine's why the special!?

Well, I could make up a bunch of stuff about how although it is an over commercialized holiday which makes people who are single feel like crap, it can also be a reminder to tell the ones you love how much they mean to you.

But, the truth is that I thought the free shipping thing would generate some flurry of orders in a usually quiet time.

It's so weird how the universe operates, a few weeks ago I experienced a series of what I would call personal set-backs. (I don't see this as a forum to vent my troubles so 'nuff said on that!)

Anyhoo, I had several orders in at the same time, not only that, they were hot and were needed quickly. I've been making these hats for over 5 years and I've made hundreds of them. I have never once in my life had such trouble getting the job done! In a word I failed. I got them out late and my customers missed important events to which they wanted to wear them!! Needless to say, I did my best to make it up by giving them some money back but that was small comfort.

Now that I'm through the storm so to speak and the clouds are is very slow. Not that it would bother me really but my other work is slow too. What to do? Well, put on a Valentine's day promotion of course!!!

Ok so now with that said, if you're looking for the perfect Valentine's Day gift and you've already ordered one of my hats for the fun loving weirdo in your life, but still need a gift for the loved one who wouldn't be caught dead in a faux fur hat, who also happens to be curious about human consciousness and the evolution of our species, I recommend the book 'The Seat of the Soul' by Gary Zukov.

I can't believe it was written in 1989 and I'm just now reading it. Zukov has a way of explaining the facts better than anyone I've seen yet, and trust me, I've seen and read a lot.

Anyhow, if you made it this far, I absolutely LOVE you.

Smooches and Happy, Happy Valentine's Day to YOU!!!
Ms Presto

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Universal Lovers of Faux Fur Hats Unite!

I haven't blogged in a million zillion years.

I finally had to because a really hip, cool, and
obviously intelligent person in France just
bought one of my hats. (Thank You D.C!)

This means that I will have yet another one of my hats
traveling to a place where I want to go some day.

Blazing the trail so to speak...

Yay! One hat at a time, I shall see the world!!!

Wait... no, I mean...

One hat at a time, I shall be the world!!!

: )

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Holy Cow....I'm addicted to Pandora!

And it's only day two of listening.

The music genome project is thanks (and I'm sure millions of others) go out to Will Glaser, Jon Kraft, and Tim Westergren.

My head has been opened and filled to the brim with so much amazing music...

here's some new-to-me favorites:

The Bravery
Modest Mouse
Pink Martini
The Heads
Evan Olson
DJ Cheb Sabbah
Supreme Beings of Leisure
Theivery Corporation
The Shins
Prem Joshua Chintan
Built to Spill
The Killers
Franz Ferdinand
Arctic Monkeys

I've got to get some new speakers....

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Infinite Love and Gratitude

LIFE ...ever changing, ever challenging, ever surprising and ever so rich and fiercely beautiful.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

I'll drink to that...

Here's to... Alaska, nuclear fission, botany, salmon (all 5 species: Chinook, Chum, Coho, Pink and Sockeye) cilantro, dimples, the soft new growth of a holly bush, zietgiest, and laughing 'til your face hurts.