Mood Ring Toilet Seat

Toilet mood ring

The above linked article shows how to make a toilet seat that is a mood ring. I was thinking of so many things I could say about this project. Some are not appropriate. I suppose it could tell you if you have been perched on the seat too long and your butt fell asleep. The tingling in your butt might be a better indicator than the color of the toilet seat, honestly.

The temperature of the paint only goes up to 90 degrees, so it’s not like you could really use this as a thermometer. It might be fun to use. I wonder how the paint and sealant will stand up to cleaning.

I watched this whole video, thinking that these people have too much time on their hands, but a lot of us do these days. Me watching the whole video kind of proves it, too. These two seem to be having a lot of fun, anyway.

How to survive an independent book festival

independent book festival

The above linked article tells about what to expect at an independent book festival.  I have gone to the Bay Area Book Festival a few times in the last few years, and I have loved it!

The tips are great, but each festival is a little different.  For the Bay Area one, take a look at the schedule ahead of time, and buy reserved tickets to the author talks that you just can’t miss.  The lines can get long sometimes.

The Bay Area Book Festival is scheduled for the first weekend in May.  I can’t wait to go again this year!

Hikes that End with Waterfalls

Hikes with waterfalls

Here are some hikes that end with waterfalls. Some are easier than others, but they are all in the San Francisco Bay Area. Some I have heard of, and others I haven’t. One day, I may try them. The above linked article has maps and better descriptions.

1. Carson Falls Trail

Carson Falls Trail
Bolinas, CA 94924

2. Alamere Falls3. Dawn Falls Trail

Dawn Falls Trail
Kentfield, CA 94904

4. Cataract Falls

Cataract Trail
Stinson Beach, CA 94970
(916) 653-6995

5. Rainbow Falls

Rainbow Falls
San Francisco, CA 94118

6. Huntington Falls

Huntington Falls
San Francisco, CA 94118


Adventures While on Shelter in Place

I am a Healthcare worker, so I’m still working during the shelter in place mandate in the area. I pretty much go to work and come home. Occasionally, I’ll get groceries or gas on the way home, but I’m keeping socially distant.

When I came home from work today, I was surprised to see neighbors outside. The lady next door was just coming home from work and parking. The man across the street and a couple of doors down was outside smoking. The guy a few doors up was doing tai chi. None of that was unusual. But, the guy a few more doors down was outside playing the kazoo. Always entertaining.

If you can’t get out and go, at least get out and give your neighbors something talk about. We all need entertainment during this crazy time. Just keep your distance.

Naturally Loud Women

naturally loud women

The above linked article tells about the struggles that naturally loud women have.  Yes, I am one of these women, but I didn’t realize it until I was an adult.  I mentioned to a coworker that I was one of the quieter ones in my extended family.  The response was a stunned “Oh.My.God.”  I have had coworkers hide from me.  I have had people tell me that I intimidate them.  I have been told that I come across as harsh and blunt.  I don’t mean to.  It’s just how I am.

On the other hand, I have been told that I always have a story and I can usually get people laughing.  Fortunately, or unfortunately, my stories are usually very true, and poking fun at myself.  But at full volume.

My car karoke and bar sing alongs are also loud.   I only sing one way – loud and off key.

Here’s to naturally loud women!

Virtual field trips

Virtual field trips

The above linked article tells about places that are offering virtual field trips. While you are working from home or quarantined, you can still see some of these places.

This is just a partial list. I heard that the Monterey Bay Aquarium is allowing people to watch the main tank while the aquarium is closed even before I saw this article. I am sure there are several others doing the same, that aren’t on the list.

Enjoy seeing the sites without even leaving home!