- Bid Katie a farewell
- Unveil the...
- Warm up for the HLA Creativity Triathlon
- Talk of two other HLA challenges
- Make plenty of announcements,
- and request your "free-for-alling" on two topics.
Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Background. Once a month Highlowaha partners with Fancy Flours to host a Cookie Cutter Challenge. I identify a holiday worth celebrating and you identify the cookie cutter I must incorporate into the celebration. It's a challenge, because many of you select the cookie cutter you think least likely or least related (i.e. National Ice Cream Month and airplanes, Richard's birthday and mermaids, Earth Day and porcupines). Once the cutter is identified, I have one month to make the cookies and "serve them up."
This month was a double challenge. Not only did I have to find the point of intersection between ice cream and planes, but I also need to construct (literally) the 3-D airplane cookies. Baking 3-D cookies are not for the faint of heart. In fact, I'd say the ideal resume of a 3-D cookie maker is part baker, part architect.
You'll notice, we kept "decorating" to a minimum. Only the tips of the wings were dipped in chocolate. The cookie itself is so remarkable, we wanted to keep the main thing the main thing. Each cookie sat atop a mountain of ice cream surrounded by cumulus whipped cream clouds. Weather conditions changed as passengers showered their "plane" sundaes with crushed Oreos, coconut, sprinkles, nuts, or hot fudge.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Favorite thing to do on the weekend?
What's your favorite holiday?
What are some of your favorite sayings?
What was the first album you ever bought?
What was the best trip you ever took?
What is your zodiac sign?
Have you ever saved anyone's life?
What is your favorite snack?
What was your first job?
How did you decide on your career?
Describe in details a place you really love.
What is your favorite quote?
What are you thankful for?
Which song do you sing in the shower?
What is the last book you read?
What are 5 things you want to learn to do?
Who knows you better than anyone?
What's your favorite aisle in Target?
How do you best relax?
Do you have any siblings?
What do you never get sick of?
If $$$ didn't matter what job/career would you go for?
What is 1 thing you could not live without?
What's your favorite game?
Who is your hero?
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Wake Forest, NC; Cocoa, FL; Palo Alto, CA; La Mesa, CA; Poquoson, VA; Glen Oaks, NY; Billings, Montana; St. Louis, MO; Easton, CT; Colorado Spring, CO; Richardson, TX; Houston, TX; Mount Prospect, IL; or Bloomington, IL... among others!
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Thanks for taking a few minutes out from your day of rest and joining our open forum.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Do the clothes you wear send a message to others? Being the fashionista clothes and shoes whore that I am my answer is OH YEAH! I covet my 3 inch strappy hills that make my pedicured feet look so sweet. I love that slimming khaki skirt that goes perfect with my button down classic pin stripe blue shirt. That perfect pair of jeans that go from dressed down to dressed up? They're a must have. I could go on and on about the clothes I love and what I think they say about me. Or at least what I hope they say about me at least until I open my mouth. But today our top is specifically about tshirts.
Let's take a look at some, shall we.
She supports the Special Olympics in Texas. Maybe she participates...
Signing off until Monday...
Friday, July 24, 2009
Signing off until tomorrow...
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
But first, great dialogue yesterday about Ray, the content of our blog, and the purpose of our community. Join me sometime this Sunday if you want to continue yesterday's discussion or if want to see what's on the mind of others. I'll open up the floor for discussion early Sunday morning and you chime in as interested. No rules. No structure. Just a simple dialogue among friends and stakeholders. Thanks again for your interest in our community. I hope to see you there.
So how are we going to do it? 100,000,000 shirts by 2013? Slow and steady and with lots of creativity and hard work on our part. That's how. We're starting with the simple goal of printing as many shirts as we can for $800.00. We'll sell the first run of shirts at cost and then use that money to print a second run of shirts. We'll sell the second run for profit and use the money from those sales to print a second design. On and on we'll go until slowly Ray builds a following of fans.
Shirts will appeal to anyone who shines or to anyone seeking the perfect gift for someone they know who shines. They'll go to friends, colleagues, neighbors, graduates, sons, daughters, honor roll students, and the baby sitter who takes such good care of your kids. Even groups can get in on the action by letting us custom design a Ray shirt for your soccer team, your walking club, your Bunco friends, or your favorite alumni reunion.
To get the ball rolling, we thought we would return to the very activity that got this party started - Tug of War.
Yes, Ray's birthday falls on the same day as National Tug of War Day. Newcomers to our site will be interested in knowing that Ray Wattson got his name, one year ago today, after a long and strenuous game of Virtual Tug of War. Want to know what names, other than Hal and Luigi, Ray was up against? Click here to see last year's post.
In honor of Ray and his birthday, I thought could tug over the inaugural Shine t-shirt design. Here's how it will work. We will have three brackets of tugging.
Bracket #1: Design 1 v. Design 2; 4:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Bracket #2: Design 3 v. Design 4, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Bracket #3: Winner Round 1 v. Winner Round 2; 2:00 p.m. - midnight CST
Here we go, Round #1...
Winner from Round #1 is.....Design B!!! Here we go for Round #2!
Signing off until tomorrow...
Monday, July 20, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
It is that time of the month when we celebrate our blog's namesake and the Spirit of 218 by taking time out of our busy schedules to reflect on our highs, lows, and ahas.
For any new readers you will soon learn that the 18th of every month has a special place in highlowaha history and so on this day we simply ask you to post your high (best thing) from the last month (June 18-July 18), your low (worst thing) from the month, and your Aha (something you learned) during the last month.
It is our belief that taking this time in reflection allows each of us to truly live the Spirit of 218 and refocus our energies for the coming month. It also allows us to grow our community as we get to know what makes our members tick as each takes the time to let us know a little about their life experiences through their high, low and aha statement.
Oh and there is, as usual, something in it for you. Post your high, low and aha in the comment section by 7pm on Sunday evening and be entered in the chance to win your very own Ray t-shirt. You can peruse the GalleRAY to see what options are available.
Alright, here we go, I'll start:
High: Having my Mom in town to visit for 10 days. It was great to see her play with Lily and it was amazing to come home everyday to a cleaner house than we left and dinner cooked and waiting. I'm not sure how she managed it but it was awesome. Also going on a date night with Richard and Claudia courtesy of Katie. It has been so long since we've been out of the house toddler free and it was nice to just relax and laugh with friends.
Low: Stress over some work related issues.
Aha: It is so important to take time for yourself, it is amazing how much that one night away from Lily reinvigorated us for the following few days.
Alright, those are mine and now it is your turn. I can't wait to see what our readers have been up to this month.
Friday, July 17, 2009
If you are valued returner to Highlowaha then T.G.I.F. We made it through another fun week. Thanks for all the participation and for joining us in our celebration of National Ice Cream Week (...or as Ray would say, "Ice Cream Weak!" Curious to check out the winning sundae from Tuesday? Click below.
Chime in on something we talked about or share a Free For All topic of your own.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Today's whack comes in two parts. Patient while I set it up.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
P.S. Kat and Ray sitting in a tree K-I-SS-I-N-G. Kat is so in tune with Ray, she guessed that his favorite flavor of ice cream is CHOCOLATE. Congrats on winning the one and only printed edition of the Van-Choc-StrawberRay shirt. What do you think, does that make him boring or a lover of classics?
Monday, July 13, 2009
W A J R S L G I G W
A I D X O I Y T C T
P S N X N V B H N R
E T I R O V A F R I
O D D U S Q U L U H
E U U S T N E R F S
I R E O G Q Q I K T
D U Q Z R A Y S P A
G S V G Z I P X F L
Z T T O S S X H G F
Sunday, July 12, 2009
So after we got our directions from Heather, here's who we found:
Claudia found Sarah J. McCawley. She was 59 at the time of her death. Katie found Callie E. Cox. She was only 39 at the time of her death. That's my age. And I found Flora D. Cook. She was only 2 when she died. They all lived and died in the 1800's.
Is it serendipitous that we all landed where the tombstone in reach was marking the lives of women? Is it serendipitous that their ages at the time of death add up to 100 years? Who were these girls? Were they smart and beautiful, short or tall? Were they loved? Did they live a hard life? Were they happy? Were they creative?
Even though we have no idea who the Cox's were or who these ladies were, it felt magical to be there. It felt good to be there to honor those who came before us. Look ahead 200 years. Will our great, great, great grandchildren be walking around our tombstones wondering who we were and will they feel good to be there? Will they wonder if we lived our dash?
That's where Chaotic's Highlowaha suggestion of stopping 2 hours and 18 minutes into our trip led us and we're here to say live your dash. We're sure Sarah, Callie and even young little Flora lived there's.
All of that and we still haven't met Chaotic!
We made it to Austin with no problems. Delilah - Claudia's rusty trusty GPS- showed us the way. We met Chaotic and Karen for lunch at Guerrero's. We spotted Chaotic because she was wearing her Hemingray shirt and of course she was the only one taking a picture of us taking a picture of her!
We learned a lot of stuff about the ladies over our lunch. We learned a lot about snakes and their love of animals. Claudia and Chaotic shared war stories over teenagers. I took notes. Claudia wrote down lots of creative ideas that we hope to share with you in the future. We were even serenaded with the song Nicolado by the local mariachi.
After lunch we walked down Congress Ave to a place Claudia has taken us before. Virtually that is. Last year she wrote about Hey Cupcake and we found ourselves in line for the dreamy little bit of sugar goodness. It was SO good! Yum.
Then we walked back and the three of us started our journey home. Our very long, traffic filled journey home. There were a lot of deep breathes taken and a lot of searching for happy thoughts as Katie inched our way back up I-35. But hey- Life is a journey NOT a destination. And overall, our day was one full cup of fun!
Thank you for sharing your journey with us and for letting us share our journey with you! Happy Sunday to all. And those Hey Cupcakes were so dreamy and light, I was about to take off just like Mary Poppins!
Signing off until tomorrow...
Saturday, July 11, 2009
At the beginning of the summer Claudia, Katie, Heather and I decided that since all four of us were in the same place we should take a day trip down to Austin to meet loyal reader Chaotic. Chaotic found her way to us through loyal reader, BKRoot from another site they are both members of- nervousness.org. Here is the power of the Internet- BKRoot posts a note about Highlowaha at Nervousness; Chaotic checks out BKRoots posted note and comes on over to Highlowaha. And the best part, she keeps coming back. And another best part- she lives in Texas.
We all checked our calendars which were full to the brim- overflowing actually. The business of summer vacations and family visitors in town eventually left Heather at home in DFW visiting with her mom. We missed you, Heather.
Our adventure began at 8:00 am on Sunday, July 5, 2009. And of course our first stop was Starbucks. In preparation for our trip, we had readers suggest times for us to perform magic. At the chosen suggested time, we the travellers would stop what we were doing and- and what? Well, we didn't know where we would be so we didn't know what we would be doing. We had several times to choose from but Chaotic completed some famous Highlowaha math suggesting we stopped 2 hours and 18 minutes into our trip. Since we left at 8:00 that gave us 10:18am. It seemed fitting.
I don't know if you know this about us but we are a serendipitous group. Let it happen. The integrity of the blog. Serendipity. So, as time was approaching we see a sign for an exit that has antique stores and shops at exit 323 but we decided we couldn't exit until 10:15am.
And then it happened.
We turn around AGAIN, and we're off-roading to no where. And then serendipity smacked us right in the face. There sits tucked away hiding from all the world the most wonderful, unkept, old cemetery with the most beautiful weather worn tombstones that I've ever seen. And I've seen a lot. I love old cemeteries. I'll let the pictures do the talking for a minute.