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June 29, 2006

When art meets science

I don't drink coffee. I drink a lot of tea and even more diet soda. So this little viral video entertained me for a multitude of reasons. Thanks to the creative folks who made this video for letting me share it with you.

June 23, 2006

Oh Mighty iPod...

The big goal this weekend is to get this site redesigned and everything working! So we are plain jane right now.

Saw this on Iris' site and couldn't resist the meme. I love things like magic 8 balls and this is kind of a 21st century twist on that.

So the drill is, put your ipod on shuffle and hit "next" for the answer to each question.

How am I feeling today?

Hey Ya! (Outkast)

Uh oh, now I have to admit that I have this on my ipod. I do feel a bit like an outcast though since I found out I’ll probably get laid off.

Will I get far in life?

Better Together (Jack Johnson)

So I need to find a partner?

How do my friends see me?

Delta Lady (Joe Cocker)

I’d better listen to these lyrics again. I thought they were kind of sweet and sexy so this would be really nice.

When will I get married?

The Letter (Joe Cocker)

Hmmm, with lyrics like, “lonely days are gone” “couldn't live with out me no more” I’d say someone steps up to the plate soon.

What is my best friend's theme song?

The Scientist (Coldplay)

She is pretty analytical. This could fit.

What is the story of my life?

Caring is Creepy (The Shins)

This might hit closer than I like.

What was high school like?

Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash)


How am I going to get ahead in life?

You Still Believe in Me (Beach Boys)

I’m seeing a duo theme running here that is disconcerting for a happily single person like me.

What is the best thing about me?

California (Phantom Planet)

It is true I loved living there and really value the experience. Did it shape me in ways I didn’t realize?

How is today going to be?

Parachutes (Coldplay)

I think this is good in light of what I found out (see first item).

What is in store for this weekend?

Get it While You Can (Janis Joplin)

Sounds like opportunity!

What song describes my parents?

Maybe Not (Cat Power)

This could fit if I try real hard.

What song describes your grandparents?

Banana Pancakes (Jack Johnson)

Actually, this fits in the nonsensical title rather than literal word meaning. Being with my grandparents is usually surreal.

How is my life going?

I’m Waiting for the Day (Beach Boys)

Yeah, that fits. I feel like I’m always looking ahead rather than enjoying the time I’m in.

What song will they play at my funeral?

Just a Girl (No Doubt)

I wish. I’m really laid back until someone implies I can’t do something or I need protecting. I swear this is why I haven’t married yet. My head may explode if someone suggests that I found someone to take care of me.

How does the world see me?

Bring on the Dancing Horses (Echo & The Bunnymen)

Maybe this is more about the world seeing me as an oldie but a goodie? Although, I’ve often said that if people don’t roll their eyes when they talk about me then I’m not doing enough interesting stuff. That could imply a circus lifestyle.

Will I have a happy life?

Never Know (Jack Johnson)

The cursed non-answer answer. I suppose this is all about life is what you make of it, blah blah blah.

What do my friends really think of me?

Mercedes Benz (Janis Joplin)

Right on!

Do people secretly lust after me?

God Only Knows (Beach Boys)

Hey! I didn't ask why. This is taking a snarky turn.

How can I make myself happy?

Let’s Go Away For a While (Beach Boys)

I only have one album of theirs and a lot of songs are coming off this. The album is Pet Sounds which is a whole ‘nother match.

What should I do with my life?

She Came in Through the Bathroom Window (Joe Cocker)

I’ll take this as approach things a different way.

Will I ever have children?

Yellow (Coldplay)

Huh? Y for yes? Am I a coward? Is this whole exercise not a true fortune-telling method? No, it couldn’t be that…

What is some good advice for me?

Las Vegas Nights (Hootie & The Blowfish)

Does this mean to get away for a while or is it advising me to just do crazy stuff? Live for the moment? Wear clothes that sparkle more?

What is my signature dancing song?

We Never Change (Coldplay)

Dancing song, not dysfunctional song.

What do I think my current theme song is?

Belle (Jack Johnson)

Unlikely since I’m getting over a cold and I look it.

What does everyone else think my current theme song is?

Haunted When the Minutes Drag (Love & Rockets)

I can see this. Everyone is waiting for me to “settle down” and I don’t think I have convinced them that this isn’t necessarily my goal.

What type of men/women do you like?

Title and Registration (Death Cab for Cutie)

That’s right. A man who is bona fide.

What kind of kisser are you?

I Know There’s An Answer (Beach Boys)

You know, I'm beginning to suspect this is just a random selection of songs and that it doesn't mean anything...

What's your style?

Pet Sounds (Beach Boys)

This is probably true. I’m just glad this answer didn’t come up for the previous or next questions.

What kind of lover are you?

Bedbugs and Ballyhoo (Echo & The Bunnymen)

No comment.

What would be playing on a first date?

Death-Defying (HooDoo Gurus)

C’mon, am I that bad?

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

San Francisco Bay Blues (Eric Clapton)

Back to earthquake country? He had better be worth it!

June 20, 2006

Questions I ask myself

You Are 24% Sociopath
From time to time, you may be a bit troubled and a bit too charming for your own good.
It's likely that you're not a sociopath... just quite smart and a bit out of the mainstream!

June 09, 2006


Great googly moogly. There are so many thoughts racing through my head when I look a this picture.

I think, first, we should organize our Dulaan brigade to help out with this cause. Rally everyone together so no squirrel has to scamper about in his or her birthday suit.

Then we need to organize the effort of actually putting all our little sweaters and vests on the Nutkins. Everyone start looking around your neighborhood. These squirrels are your responsibility.

I leave you with this image. Sometimes a treat is so wonderful that we forget to sit down while enjoying it. So we eat the whole thing with our fanny in the air.

Argus' fanny

Just a little philosophical wisdom from Argus and I to you.

June 04, 2006


Quiet but not gone. So here is what I've been up to in a newsflash:

cascading leaves socks

Grandma's socks are done and have been gifted. I don't think she has taken them off her feet since. I did get them done in time for Mother's Day. I wish you could see the leaf pattern better but they are really pretty and understated. This is the perfect colorway for this particular pair of socks.

broadripple socks

Mom's socks are done and have been gifted. She did finally take them off but I don't think it will be for long. These are broadripple socks that I started as a Mother's Day present about two years ago and after having a major rip out I needed to set them aside to recover. I did them in Elann's Fixation copy. I don't think I really enjoyed knitting with this cotton/nylon mix. Hurt my hands. But Mom lives in AZ so cotton is better and she loves the super stretchy. I have to say this pattern is so lovely in this simple cream that this part was never boring.

fuscia colorway

I'm frantically trying to finish my last Dulaan sweater. It is pink and this other colorway that I got just because I liked it so much that I couldn't leave it behind at the store. I was knitting it and kept thinking the colors looked familiar. Then I realized why it looked familiar.

fuscia plant

The beautiful new fuscia I got for my patio.

Fun coincidence, no?

I have two pet peeves to share today.

Don't you hate those commercials that are selling handy dandy new products (a fancy new screwdriver or a contraption that dices food in one fell swoop) and when they demonstrate the "old" way a person has to use a screwdriver or a knife the person has no coordination? They slip using the screwdriver or act like they are cutting with a 50lb. knife. Those really irritate me.

Sticking with irritating commercials...those radio commercials that use a fake DJs discussing television shows make me want to run my car into the nearest wall. Does this really work? Do people think they are listening to real radio personalities actually having a conversation about a bunch of TV shows that all happen to be on the same network? These rank right up there with the "dramas" on wrestling networks. They make me irrationally insane.

And that's a wrap