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Yet another way to waste time

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

First try, originally uploaded by FrancescaM.

This one is called fd’s Flickr Toys. It allows users to make all kinds of fun stuff with their digital images, including mosaics like the one here that I created. This was my first experience with the Mosaic Maker so I didn’t get too creative; I just selected a few of my favorite pictures from my trip to Tanzania.

Give it a try, have fun – just don’t get caught making mosaics at work!

My designer dog

Monday, August 28th, 2006

On my way to and from work every day, I pass this stupid pet store that has a sign out front on which is advertised the different types of dogs for sale. The list changes frequently and lately I’ve been noticing a lot of what is called “designer dogs” for sale. I like to describe these designer dogs as canine hybrids: someone had the brilliant idea to mate a pug and a beagle because, oh wouldn’t those puppies be so cute? And then the puggle was born. Another popular one is the labradoodle, which I think is much cuter than a puggle but I would never buy one because that would mean I would be helping to keep a scumbag breeder or pet store owner in business. Instead, I opt to rescue strays – mutts – from the streets. My dog, Soprano, is not going to be winning any doggie beauty contests any time soon, but I still think he’s adorable and lovable. So today as I passed this pet store, I thought, I’m going to come up with a cutesy dog breed name so when someone asks me what kind of dog Soprano is, I have an answer other than, “Oh, he’s a cross between a black lab and some kind of terrier.” Instead, I am now the proud owner of a black terrador.

Italian proverb

Monday, August 28th, 2006
On the list of things to do before leaving for Italy is brush up on my Italian language skills. I started studying Italian in fourth grade and continued for a total of eight years (not eight consecutive years, though). ... [Continue reading this entry]

Italy itinerary: Take two

Sunday, August 27th, 2006
With less than a month to go until our departure for Italy, Felicia and I have come up with a more definite itinerary. Not everything is set in stone and not every day is totally planned yet, but at ... [Continue reading this entry]

Why I still dream of Africa

Friday, August 25th, 2006
For some time now I have been a big fan of Never Be Complete, a travelogue written by a traveler and BootsnAll member named Dan. He wrote something last week that struck a chord with me, somewhere deep ... [Continue reading this entry]

Chicago ranked #6 on list of America’s Drunkest Cities

Thursday, August 24th, 2006
Now that's something to be proud of! I'm a sucker for these kinds of "best of" or "top of" lists and this one is pretty amusing. According to, Milwaukee is America's #1 drinking city. It probably ... [Continue reading this entry]

Stand by this man

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006
So not all rednecks are assholes, especially Willie Nelson. Unlike another country musician, Troy Gentry, Mr. Nelson is taking a stand AGAINST animal abuse by speaking out about the cruelty of horses slaughtered in the U.S. for ... [Continue reading this entry]

Frankie’s fishing trip

Thursday, August 17th, 2006
Our brother Frankie has been asking me to write something about and post pictures from his latest fishing trip to Winneconne, Wisconsin. He was up there in mid-July with our Aunt Donna and Uncle Daniel and our cousins John, ... [Continue reading this entry]

The pathetic outcome of rednecks with money

Wednesday, August 16th, 2006
Another hillbilly has struck again. I just DO NOT and WILL NOT understand hunting. I try to see both sides of things but I cannot understand why people hunt. I don't understand how anyone can find enjoyment ... [Continue reading this entry]

Jesus is my wing man

Monday, August 14th, 2006
Inspired by the Lapsed Catholics photo pool on Flickr, I did some internet surfing to find Catholic kitsch. It is amazing what is being sold out there. I literally laughed out loud when I discovered these [Continue reading this entry]