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Heart and Def Leppard

Aug 27th, 2011 Posted in General Musings | no comment »

On July 31, 2011, John and I went to a Heart/Def Leppard concert.   I had seen Heart in concert in 1985 or 1986, so I was excited to see them again.  I was sorta luke warm about Def Leppard.  John had seen Def Leppard like 20 billion times before or something.  I am not sure if he’d seen Heart before.

I do not do very well with loud noise anymore (actually I’ve always been somewhat noise sensitive and it seems to get worse the older I get), so I was a bit dubious about a rock concert.    There were times that Jeff Dunham had me climbing out of my skin and he’s a comedian (who we are going to see again in November, I might add…very excited about that).

It was an outdoor venue, so I was hopeful that I would handle it ok.   After we left the house, I thought I should have brought ear plugs, but figured I’d just tough it out.  I was thrilled to discover they sold ear plugs there for a mere $3 so we snapped those suckers up when we bought our other souvenirs.

It was very hot out and I felt bad for both Heart and Def Leppard.  Maybe they are used to it, but they looked a bit miserable, in the heat.  Ann Wilson, in particular looked like she would rather be just about any place else, but she sounded quite good still.

I suffered through Heart without the ear plugs and the first couple Def Leppard songs, before finally giving in and once I put them in I really wish I had just used them at the start.  It made it SO much more enjoyable.  It was SOO SOO SOO loud that a lot of the time it was just a lot of noise to me.  If I didn’t know the song (like with Heart’s new song), it was just a garble of loud noise to me.  I could not make out any words at all.   Once I put in the ear plugs, it filtered it out to where even if I didn’t know the song I could hear the actual words and it made it a much better experience.

Then I was sad, I really didn’t get the full enjoyment I could have out of Heart if I had just used them from the beginning 🙁

Overall, I thought Def Leppard put on a better show, but did not sound as good vocally as Heart.   Joe Elliot, I think sounds a bit rougher than Ann Wilson in his later years.  The other parts of their show, the lighting and such, was much better than Heart’s though.   You got the feeling that Def Leppard really wanted to be at the venue.  Heart..not quite as much.

I spent a week doing nothing but saying “I have to recharge the camera batteries,”  “we can’t forget to take the camera” and variations of that and then…forgot to take the damn camera, of course.   So the only pictures we got were with John’s blackberry and are not very good, but I am putting them up here anywhere because it’s the only ones we have, unfortunately.

Blind Allegiance To Sarah Palin (Book Review)

Aug 26th, 2011 Posted in General Musings | no comment »

There is no stopping me now!   These are kind of fun to make and I am all over the map, as you can tell.   Actually, I was poking around the site and found the Squidlit area and was curious what it was.   Since Blind Allegiance was one of the last books I read, I figured I would go ahead and review it..again.   I should really have done The Lies of Sarah Palin by Geoffrey Dunn, but I kinda liked Blind Allegiance better.   I may do another lens for Lies later on, we’ll se.

So, as you probably guessed by now, I have made a lens for Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin.    Take a peek and if you have any other suggested reading be sure to add it to the list there with the handy module I have used that allows anyone to add books to the lens.   You can also vote books that are listed up or down.

You can rate Blind Allegiance and give it a thumbs up or down, as well as leave a comment as to why you liked or hated the book.   You can also just leave general feedback or comments at the bottom of the page.

If you buy anything I have recommended on the page, including any of the books that I or others recommend, a portion of the proceeds are automatically donated to the National Wildlife Federation Alaska Regional Center.  (You can verify this at the top of the page, near the rankings which I have no control over).

Towal’s Trinkets

Aug 25th, 2011 Posted in General Musings | no comment »

Well, I had so much fun making that Is a Papillon Right for Me? lens that I decided to make one that was all about meeeeeeeeeee!   Seriously, I have so many irons in the fire now, I can barely keep track of them myself.

So now, I’ve made is super simple for all my internet stalkers out there to keep track of me in one easy place 😉  Browse on over to Towal’s Trinkets and have a peek.

You’ll find a list of all my blogs, my zazzle stores, my non-blog websites and even my twitter feed and etsy store is listed.   Everything right at your finger tips.  You can even see some products from several of my stores.

As an added bonus, if you see something you can’t live without (remember all my Zazzle products are customizable making them one-of-a-kind gifts!) a portion of anything you buy from my Towal’s Trinkets lens goes directly to Big Cat Rescue. (You can verify this at the top of the page by the ranking, which I have no control over).

Guess What! Another TBA.

Aug 21st, 2011 Posted in General Musings | no comment »

I hit the jackpot on July 20, 2011.   I got 2 Today’s Best Awards!   This I’d rather be golfing apron was the other one.   I actually have 4 different I’d rather be golfing designs and this is my least favorite, personally.   I think the one with the golf clubs (also pictured below on a polo shirt) is cuter if you are going for a generic type design, but maybe that is because I’m a girl or something 😉

This apron also got a little Top 10 Apron views ribbon for July 20th, so that’s kind of neat.   It’s the little things that keep you going in this business sometimes 🙂

Another TBA

Aug 20th, 2011 Posted in General Musings | no comment »

I am not even going to try and put these posts in order of the way they actually happened, they are so old.  I am a really bad blogger and I just have to come to grips with that.  So do you, my 2 or 3 readers 😉   You probably already know all this stuff anyway and are just hoping I will get around to posting some cute pics of Tequila soon (and don’t want to hear that I have been super lax in even taking them for the last 6 or so weeks)…on to the topic at hand!

On July 20, 2011, I got a Today’s Best Award for this darling cartoon monkey.  If you know me, you know that I am not a fan of monkeys, at all.  I call them “my clowns.”  This guy is really adorable though.

Cartoon Monkey keychain
Cartoon Monkey by totstogs
Become a part of Zazzle’s artist affiliate program

I got a TBA (a long time ago)

Aug 19th, 2011 Posted in General Musings | one comment »

Well, I didn’t do very well on my catching up, but I’m going to try and do it this week…and I just realized it’s Friday.  Well I’m going to try and do it this weekend and next week 😉  Shall we take bets on how that goes?

So anyway a really long time ago (July 7, 2011), I am happy to announce that I got a TBA (Today’s Best Award) on this cute little guy.   So far, they don’t translate into sales, but like Sally Field it makes me feel like they like me, they really like me!

Playing Catch Up

Aug 3rd, 2011 Posted in General Musings | no comment »

I’m playing catch up..again 🙂    At least I’m not going years between posts now.   I don’t know how people manage to do this daily.   I am ok for a few days at a time, but then I just can’t sustain it long term (as you can tell by looking through old posts).

So over the next few days I will be catching things up again.   I’ve been busy, busy, busy so lots of things to update on.

I have gotten a couple more TBAs!  I am always happy for those.  I’ll be doing individual posts about those in the coming days.  I haven’t updated on the diet progress in forever, so that is coming as well.  John and I went to a concert on July 31st, so I will tell you about that at some point.   There are new pictures of Miss Tequila, of course.

In some housekeeping news, I have changed up the links a bit to add some new favorites and to add links to my other websites.   If you are looking for my graphics site, I made it a bit easier to find by giving it it’s own category in the menu on the right, as well.     I need to update that site one of these days 🙂

I also added a nifty little widget that tracks how much weight I’ve lost to the sidebar.   I was up to 30 pounds lost, but had a bit of a backslide for some reason recently.  I’m not sure what caused that, but meh.  It’s summer and it’s freaking hot.  Frozen yogurt is going to happen some days 😉   I’m still going in the right direction so that’s what matters.  I’ve been losing weight even with eating the occasional frozen yogurt, so I don’t think that is the issue anyway.

Instead of the obligatory chihuahua picture, today we have a picture of the Poochie Pillow I made for Getty the Chocolate Lab.   I normally made these for toy size dogs.  This one used a full yard of fabric!   The dogs (and cats) really love them though.

Another TBA!

Jul 9th, 2011 Posted in General Musings | no comment »

Well All That Flutters is on a roll, it seems (and I am behind on getting posts up).   On the 27th, I got another TBA (Today’s Best Award) for a design that was actually done by my friend, Anna.   She painted it based on her Pionus Parrot, Indigo a/k/a Diggie.

I just noticed that this also has a little notice  on it that it was in the top 10 visited buttons for the 27th 🙂

All That Flutters

Jul 7th, 2011 Posted in General Musings | no comment »

I have been busy lately trying to my new stores up and running at Zazzle.   I decided to get a new domain where I will be able to blog about business stuff, but until that is up and running, I will continue to put a few select posts up here.  I have never posted much about my business on my personal site, but I have also never actively considered it a business really.    I did have one year that I worked on it pretty seriously, but even during that year I refused to call it anything other than a hobby.   I’ve decided that I’m going to try and stop marginalizing it and call it what it is and give in and even try to learn some of the parts that I dread (like self-promotion).

So one of the new stores, is called All That Flutters and it centers around “things with wings.”    John has taken pity on me and is trying to help me get my 3k+ designs up and running in the new stores and learned how to add them in this store.

His work paid off and on June 23, 2011 one of my products earned a “TBA” or Today’s Best Award

Each day they pick 40 or so designs to highlight out of all the submissions for that day.  The competition is pretty stiff, so I am very honored to have gotten a TBA.

Far behind again….

Jun 28th, 2011 Posted in Chihuahuas, General Musings | no comment »

Well I am far behind again in my blogging.   I was doing really well and then…not so much.   I am going to be trying to catch up over the next few days as we have had some changes here, unfortunately 🙁     2011 is turning out to be a hard year for us.

Here is the obligatory Chihuahua picture:

Tequila in her favorite napping position on my lap