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23 August 2009 @ 12:26 pm
Baseball, Graphics, and Caskets. Those things go together, right?  
Three things.

1.) I just spent the last hour in the backyard playing catch with my nine year-old*. He's a pretty amazing athlete, especially considering his parents are not just liberal arts, but theatre performance majors. Ethan was catching the ball effortlessly, his feet unmoving, just snagging it backhanded from wherever I threw it. He even made a few jumping catches. Meanwhile, I'm huffing and puffing and flinching, sweating like a maniac an catching about a quarter of what he throws to me. It frustrated me because he was throwing short; the ball would hit the ground about a foot and a half before it got to me. So being the stupid girl I am, I say:

Carrie. Throw it harder, E. Come on, you can do it!

Ethan. (gives me a look) I know I can, Mom, but I don't want to hurt you.

Carrie.  (looks over the top of  sunglasses and glares at  progeny)  Just throw the darn** ball, Ethan."

He shrugs and fires a couple off, and I'm flinching like CRAZY now because I'm essentially afraid of the ball.(With good reason, as it turns out. I'm gonna have nasty bruises this afternoon.)

In short, my nine year-old owned me at catch. *sigh*

2.) I redid my livejournal layout! (All by myself! *puffs up*) Some of the pink is a little too Pepto Bismol, but I'll fix it. I saved my old one, too, 'cause I loved it. But I'd had it for about a year, so it was time for a change.

3.)  I got some mail this week that pissed me off and horrified me at the same time.  One of the funeral homes in town sent me a brochure soliciting my business for their services.  What the hell.  I'm thirty-six.  Do they know something I don't?  I do not want to go shopping for coffins,*** thankyouverymuch.   I digress; Schooler-Gordon funeral home; keep your glossy pictures of final resting places to YOURSELF.

*He's the kid in the icon
**Language censored for the ears of said kid.
***Or in my case, urns, because I've got this irrational fear of being buried alive.
Elle Blessingwayelle_blessing on August 23rd, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
a. HEE! *pats you* Now you get to look forward to him being varsity and having to deal with all of that. ;)

b. I love your journal! Pink! And the quote!

c. *smoosh!*
Carrie Leigh: Olivercarrie_leigh on August 23rd, 2009 09:29 pm (UTC)

Thanks! :D

Ayla: Izzyshady121 on August 23rd, 2009 06:28 pm (UTC)
You just pimped the funeral home...
Not a lady at all: wordy: jennycosmo_jenny on August 23rd, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
Darn those fit kids.
My babysitter girl is the same. Ball, unicycle, badminton, soccer... She will be in a middle school with a concentration on arts and performance.

It is really very... pink...*cringes* Maybe more rose and dustpink?
If you have a image editing program, you can search the perfect color via the color finder. My GIMP gives the html number right with it.

I am 25! I don't want to hear about this for a very, very long time! Thankyouverymuch.
seegrim: beautifulseegrim on August 23rd, 2009 06:48 pm (UTC)
Oh dear. I'm really glad my one boy has never asked me to play catch. Especially after reading this.

Funeral homes? Yeah. I want at least another twenty years before someone hits me up for that.

And I think your layout rocks! I LOVE the pinks in a fierce way. *huggles your layout*

slitherhither: barechested_boydslitherhither on August 23rd, 2009 07:10 pm (UTC)
Hearing you on the athletic son front. My 11-y.o. can whip me at frisbee, soccer, basketball, catch of all kinds, ping pong (for crying out loud), and chess. *sighs* He's uber-competitive (he got that from both sides). Still, it's fun to challenge him to a game of, say, air hockey, and say "You're going down. Hard." *laughs* We both love it and don't take it personally, both being competitive. I can still outrun him, barely, but only because my legs are still longer than his. That won't last long.

Great way to stay active, though, playing with active kids!

Must check out the pinkness on your layout. Also, major squick on the Funeral Home mailing. WTF!
Carrie Leigh: little carrie readingcarrie_leigh on August 23rd, 2009 09:28 pm (UTC)
I don't have a competitive bone in my body, with the occasional exception of an audition. So I don't mind being spanked, but the teasing afterwards... "You throw like a girl!" said Nolan.

"I AM A GIRL!" I shouted back.

Fun times.
maureen: BB - Illinois Nazismaureen on August 23rd, 2009 08:45 pm (UTC)
He owned you at catch. That's great.

I adore your new layout and am also a teensy bit jealous. I've had mine for a long time as well and have spent the past two days trying layouts made by other people (and the ones on LJ itself)... none of them are just right. I've never made my own and the LJ disclaimer makes me afraid to try. Was it hard? Bear in mind I don't know any html or coding or any of that. I don't want to learn, either. I want it to be fairly easy or I'll just continue to settle (so tell me it's easy).

Finally, I chose this icon especially for you. Because I think you will snicker like I do... every time I see it.
Carrie Leigh: teacupscarrie_leigh on August 23rd, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)
It is easy. You just have to know where to go. I use the style "nebula" and when you click "customize" it gives you options to change things. For "images" I added the header picture that I found and edited in photobucket, and for the background, it's an image from a wallpaper site. Not computer wallpapers, either. Actual wallpaper. It gives you all the prompts; all you have to do is choose stuff.

You can always shoot me an IM if you need help walking through it. :)

The icon does make me giggle, but I have no idea what it's from.
maureen: BB - Ray Charlesmaureen on August 23rd, 2009 10:13 pm (UTC)
Hmmmm. I might try it one day. I've never used Photobucket.

You are joking about the IM, right? That's like a text message. Reenie don't play that (I know, I know...it's 2009).

I am SHOCKED you didn't get the Illinois Nazi thing. Think of the line, "I hate Illinois Nazis." This icon is from the same film. You better get it now!
Carrie Leigh: rock oncarrie_leigh on August 23rd, 2009 10:17 pm (UTC)
If you'd like you can give me your password and the pictures you want to use (one for the header, one for the background) and I'll do it for you. :)

And I got it! I got it, it's just been awhile since I've seen it. I should remedy that.
maureen: BB - Cab Callowaymaureen on August 23rd, 2009 11:00 pm (UTC)
Really? Cool. I'll take some time this week and shop around for pictures. Will let you know when I'm ready. When we meet, I'll totally buy you dinner for this.

Good. I was worried there for a minute.
misplacedpearls: 1960s Hotness Don Drapermisplacedpearls on September 5th, 2010 10:28 am (UTC)
I´m thinking of using nebula myself.I was wondering,can I choose any wallpaper?
dragonsangel68: TW - Jasper Emotions bewaredragonsangel68 on August 23rd, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
I don't want to hurt you *sniggers* At least he was considering your health ;)

A funeral home soliciting business? That's just creepy *shudders*

Love the new layout!
O Demanding One: Urs: Sapples Ursulaheyurs on August 24th, 2009 02:22 am (UTC)

Oooohh, lovely, lovely!   :)   You & a few other folks I know make it sound SO easy. Grief. I have to get my girlies to help me.

You should've seen how crazy I looked playing soccer with Trei at Ethan's age.   >.<

Lyndsie Fenelelyndsiefenele on August 24th, 2009 04:52 am (UTC)
Good job on the layout! The pink background matches the typewriter pretty well. The only thing I noticed that you might want to adjust is the visited/active link colors and the uh... header stripe on comments. I don't know what else to call that, lol. The vlink/alink color (the username) is hard to see on that brighter color for the even-numbered comments. So like your reply to Elle's (the first) post.
Hope Leighhope_fuleigh on August 24th, 2009 10:40 pm (UTC)
Only slightly related to #3 - In the program for a play I went to see at a small community theatre outside of Toronto was an ad for the local funeral home, who was sponsoring the show. The ad featured a fancy urn sitting on a fairly posh bar, and the slogan is large letters: "You've urned it."

True story.
(Anonymous) on August 25th, 2009 12:39 am (UTC)
yes, Carrie, before you call and ask, I will make sure that you are cremated and not buried. You're welcome.