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Video Store Reminiscing

big-fish-4Years ago, I had a video store.  One April, the film Big Fish was released.  I was super lucky to have several talented people working with me.  One in fact, was and still is, an amazing artist.  She offered her skills and painted window sized art for many of our promotions.  This was the first window she painted and she did it on reverse!  From that painting on she chose to paint on the outside taking the risk that hoodlums might destroy her work.  They usually didnt! 

Right inside of our front door at the store we had a showcase that we changed out with different themes.  For Big Fish we filled the showcase with dafodils to mimick the dafodil field scene.  When we took the display down my daughter and I took the flowers to the cemetery by our house and placed them on all of the super old graves.

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hellboy-3Another fun film she painted for was Hellboy.  Amazing detail, that you cannot even appreciate with that glare and reflection!  Once again, we scoured the city for action figures for our showcase.  We usually had a contest that folks could enter to win whatever we had in the showcase.  Big hit for kids and adults as well.

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van-hel-1Enter Van Helsing.  Huge hit.  Something about vampire movies that drive people to rent in droves.  I found an awesome Van Helsing castle.  We put it together and once again, rocked out our showcase.  The person that won this about passed out they were so excited.

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lotr-paint-3lotr-paint-2Welcome Lord of the Rings.  Thank you, Peter Jackson.  This film had an amazing run for us, and in turn, we had an amazing contest.  Once again we filled the showcase with a ton of action figures and had a drawing.  Check out that tree that Stacy drew on the glass below!  Awesome!  We also left Gollum on our front door for a very, very long time.  People loved him!

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We ordered and sold, so many cardboard stand up figures, it was unbelieveable!  My daughter was in love with Legolas.  After convincing her that Legolas was really Orlando Bloom, she’s now in love with him!  We even took a cardboard stand up to the photo place at the Mall and had her picture taken with Legolas.  My mom picked that dress up in a thrift store in Wales.  How perfect is that?

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shark-tale-2We also had a good time with Shark Tale.  We loaded the showcase with stuffed animals from the film and we did the same with Finding Nemo.

We had a good 12 year run with this video store.  We were pretty much forced to close in September of 2005.  There are days I miss the business and of course all of the people who helped make those 12 years possible.  I was blessed with a wonderful group of employees!

But today, I am thankful that my days are filled with less film, in more ways than one.

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Another Amazing Weekend

This weekend was yet another amazing one.

Starting with Friday afternoon, our son totally kicked butt at the track meet at Parkview.  The day was beautiful, not much wind, no clouds and tons of sunshine!  He ran in three events, and came in second in two and first in one!  Way to go Jordan, you’re awesome!

Saturday morning I found Lauren a bike on Craig’s List.  I drove out South of town to check it out.  It turned out to be a basically brand new bike, for a not so brand new price!  Sold. 

As I left there my cell rang.  It was my sister who was on her way to check out some authentic Indian rugs that she’d found on Craig’s List in Florida.   I’d been wanting a runner for our super long hallway, but they cost too much.  I told her I was in the car and trusted her to make the purchase, she’s got good taste like that!  This lady had 4 rugs and 1 runner for $50 each.  I asked my sister about the quality.  She said, “She was wearing a Sari and spoke broken English, what do you think?”  Sold.  runner4

Saturday afternoon I checked my auctions.  I ran a bunch of yoga clothes on e-bay as I often do and they were doing OK.  I also ran a little 6″ vase, circa Nippon.  It was holding at $20 for a few days, but Saturday, it shot up to $102.  It had an hour left.  I decided not to waste time and watch it end.  Where did I go?  Yoga, of course!  When I returned the auction was over.  Someone really liked that vase as it sold for $350.60.  I wish I had another one, or two, or three……  Sad thing is, it’s probably worth 3 grand or something.  I’d had it a long time.  I like Asian inspired things.  I like bright Asian inspired things and as you can see, it’s pretty muted.  I like Lusterware, it’s shiny!  100_35591

Saturday evening came around and it was time for me to back up everything I cared about so Frank could hook up my new (used) computer!  The computer I have is older and I’ve never had a problem with it,  but it was starting to run really slow.  Too many high end programs.  Too much stuff not enough space.  (Sounds like my house and my internal organs).  Anyways, we spent the evening hooking up, re-installing and copying files over.  It’s really fast now!  I cruised through the yoga community group e-mail awhile ago.  The internet really loads fast too, so I’m excited.  Free computer, yippee!!

Sunday came.  More of the same, computer stuff, etc.  Until my friend  Sylvia (the artist) called.  She had something to bring over.  OK.  I’m home no big deal.  She walks in the door with this.  dr-woo-hoo-ohm

Yep, another beautiful painting framed and ready to go!  This is her new character, Dr. Woo Hoo.  She called this one “At OHM with Dr. Woo Hoo.”  Amazing, absolutely!  Just check out that detail and those colors!   She needed to borrow the other one she’d just given me (Dr. Woo Hoo Cooks) and we hung this one in his place for now.  How lucky am I?  Totally lucky.  I am building her a small website to showcase her art.  The world really needs to see her heartfelt brightness!!

Perhaps the goodness of the weekend was fueled by that yoga class and the power of Dr. Woo Hoo!!  That vase action didn’t hurt either. 

Peace Out.


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Truly Amazing Friends

100_3499Some days, you really do wake up and realize you are surrounded by amazing friends!  That happened to me this weekend.  My friend Michelle, gave me two bottles of Pinot Noir.  Not just any old Pinot Noir, but Pinot Noir she had made herself!  I met Michelle I don’t know, four or five years ago when she came to my yoga class.  In fact, her entire family attended my Family Yoga Class for quite some time and they’re all awesome!

I made myself wait to open it, almost a week!  Saturday, I taught a three hour workshop on the Psoas Muscle and I was more than ready to relax.  My husband was working out of town and my kids were gone.  It was time to pop the cork.  This was and is (I have one more bottle) some of the best wine I’ve ever had.  Really smooth, hints of grapes and beautiful color.  Though she told me it was cloudy (sulfite free) I didn’t really notice it and I didn’t really care. 

She needs to open her own winery!!  

I arrived home Sunday evening after another three hours of yoga.  This time to my family and chaos.  I’d been at the Spring Equinox Yoga Mala where we did 108 sun salutes for charity.  Shortly after walking in the door, I poured myself another small glass of that great wine.  My friend Sylvia called and wanted to drop by.  She had a surprise for me.  I met Sylvia when our kids started Kindergarten.  Her daughter Emily and my daughter Lauren are very good friends.  Sylvia is an artist and a damn good one!  Her signature is to cover her pieces in this tiny little iridescent glitter.  Her work is whimsical with lots of animals, faeries, glitter, gardens and what nots.  I love her stuff!  She made me something for my kitchen.  A sock monkey character she’s named Dr. Woo Hoo. 

100_3497Dr. Woo Hoo is a pretty cool dude.  He’s an adventurer and this time he ventured into my kitchen cooking up a storm.  This is adorable!  She brought this to me framed with a nail taped to the back so we could hang it immediately.  I had to include a couple photos of the detail work, it’s amazing.  She did this with colored pencils and crayons.  Can’t say if I used colored pencils and crayons that I could make something like this.  The frame is gorgeous, and the orange carrots and the blue colors just bounce off my chocolate kitchen walls.

 

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I poured her a glass of Michelle’s Pinot Noir, then I broke out a  package of sheep’s cheese and some crackers.  We admired her work and enjoyed the wine.  What awesome people I know!  Thank You!

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