Monday, October 22, 2018

Current Events: The Many Faces of Trump

From La Cosa Aquella

Recently Donald Trump has resorted to calling women silly and derogatory names again, this time referring to Stephanie Clifford (aka Stormy Daniels) as "Horseface".  Frankly, I do not see a whole lot of difference between the facial features of Ms. Clifford and Melania Trump, other than the fact that the former has slightly rounder eyes and slightly less angular features than the latter:

Image at left from Extra News Today; image at right from Daily Mail.

(And seriously, does anyone actually believe it was Ms. Clifford's face that first attracted the Donald's attention?)

But I am more interested in finding an appropriate epithet for Trump, since the man seems to think that everyone should have a nickname (perhaps because he has trouble recalling their given names?).

Let's take a look at some possibilities:

Image at right from Piknu

Much as I know this particular nickname would gall the president no end (he really seems to dislike dogs), I have too much respect for dogs to refer to the man as "DOGFACE".

"The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs." - Charles de Gaulle

Here is another option:

Image at right from iStockphoto

While the resemblance is uncanny, I would hate to insult an intelligent animal like the pig by calling Trump "PIGFACE".

"I am fond of pigs.  Dogs look up to us.  Cats look down on us.  Pigs treat us as equals." - Winston Churchill

The next choice could be a contender:

Image at right from Big World Tale

This one is tempting, but one of my brothers had pet rats when we were young, and they were actually quite pleasant, friendly, curious creatures who do not deserve to be demeaned in this way, so I say no to calling the Donald "RATFACE".

"The major difference between rats and people is that rats learn from experience." - B.F. Skinner

So let's step away from the animal kingdom for now and try something completely different:

Image at right from Ace Columns

Another amazing resemblance, right down to the orange skin and weird hairdo!  However, that jack o' lantern looks so much nicer than our feckless leader.  Even a carved pumpkin does not deserve the indignity of such a comparison.  While the quote below could have been written especially for Trump, "PUMPKINHEAD" still does not seem quite right to me.

"Keep away from Pumpkinhead,
Unless you're tired of living.
His enemies are mostly dead,
He's mean and unforgiving.
Laugh at him and you're undone,
But in some dreadful fashion.
Vengeance, he considers fun,
And plans it with a passion..."
(excerpt from the poem that inspired the 1988 movie "Pumpkinhead")

I think we may be on the right track with a Halloween theme, so let's consider another option:

Image at right from Autographs Markus Brandes

The weird hairdo, the fake-looking skin, the multiple chin wattles, the soulless eyes, the gaping mouth - this one is so close!  There is nothing cute, intelligent, friendly, or nice about this Halloween horror, and Trump does seem to have an unholy and almost fawning affinity for brutal killers (Putin, Kim, Duterte, MbS, and who knows how many others), so could "LEATHERFACE" be the Trump nickname we have been seeking?

"[Leatherface] never became an adult.  He was like Baby Huey." (quote from director Tobe Hooper about the Leatherface character in his "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" movies, which I have never seen and, after reading their descriptions, am sure I never will!)

Baby Huey - eerily similar to the Trump baby blimp (from Alchetron).

But wait!  I have one more choice, and I really think this might be it, so back to the animal kingdom once more:

Image at right from Hanslodge Cliparts

That blank stare, the pointy nose, the puckered mouth, such a thick chin - oh my goodness, I do believe we have finally found Donald Trump's perfect match!  I think we have a winner here, folks.

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I say President "BUTTFACE" it is!

Image from Traction Real Estate Mentors

The End?

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Weekend Wardrobe: Walk on the Wild Side Autumn Basic 4x4 Wardrobe

The inspiration for this week's post came from several sources.  One was the outfit shown above, a striped sweater and mom jeans, that I recently purchased for myself from Mango.  The other two, both from Soft Surroundings, were an autumnal topper in an array of seasonal colors and a pair of espadrilles in similar colors but a wildly different print:

The espadrilles inspired the name of this week's collection, but they will show up in next week's accessories post for this 4x4 wardrobe.  For today, let's start with the first set of four which includes the sweater and jeans:

Clockwise from top left: Mango Striped Cotton Sweater in Ecru; Coldwater Creek Solid Interlock Knit Tee in Ivory; L.L. Bean Women's Short-Sleeve U-Neck Organic Cotton Tee in Classic Black; Mango Mom Relaxed Jeans in White.

The second set of four is based upon the floral topper:

Clockwise from top left: Coldwater Creek Autumn Brilliance Blouse in Sienna Multi; Uniqlo Women's Compact Cotton Crewneck Long-Sleeve T-Shirt in Yellow; Soft Surroundings Autumn Floral Topper in Spice; L.L. Bean Women's Original Fit Wrinkle-Free Bayside Pants in Black.

For the third set of four, more stripes are added, and more colors from the topper are included:

Clockwise from top left: Coldwater Creek Striped Interlock Knit Tee in Black; Uniqlo Women's Ribbed High-Neck Long-Sleeve T-Shirt in Yellow; Coldwater Creek Mixed-Rib Open Cardigan in Black; L.L. Bean Women's Classic Fit Hidden Comfort Waist Wrinkle-Free Bayside Pants in Tan.

The final set of four adds more of the creamy off-white and black from the sweater outfit, plus another hue from the topper:

Clockwise from top left: Uniqlo Women's Compact Cotton Crewneck Long-Sleeve T-Shirt in Black; L.L. Bean Women's Short-Sleeve U-Neck Organic Cotton Tee in Sailcloth; Banana Republic Women's Supersoft Cotton Blend Boyfriend Crew-Neck Sweater in Deep Camel; L.L. Bean Women's Straight-Leg Casco Corduroy Pants in Antique White.

And here is the complete basic 4x4 wardrobe:


All of these colors fall into my preferred palette, and I would happily own every one of these items.  Next week I will be adding accessories that emphasize the wild side of this wardrobe.  And, now that we are finally experiencing fall weather, I will actually start wearing my own autumnal apparel!

Friday, October 19, 2018

Foodie Fridays: Veggie Pesto Naan Bread Pizza

I have become obsessed with my easy recipe for Veggie Pesto Naan Bread Pizza, and have been making one or two every week lately!  Naan bread is the perfect size for a small, two-serving pizza, and it comes in several flavor options (roasted garlic-flavored naan is especially good).  Use any vegetables you like - I have been using a store-bought blend from Publix that contains green beans, sun-dried tomatoes, slivered almonds, and whole garlic cloves, but I think any roasted vegetable combination would also be fantastic on this pizza.  The two servings are quite generous in size, so cut the pizza into smaller pieces if you like.  There is no need to order from the local pizza place when you can easily make this simple, quick, and delicious pizza at home!

Veggie Pesto Naan Bread Pizza

1 naan bread (I used Stonefire Whole Grain Naan)
1/4-1/3 C. pesto
1 C. chopped cooked vegetables
6 slices fresh mozzarella

Place the naan bread on a foil-covered baking pan.  Spread with the pesto.  Top with the vegetables.  Arrange the mozzarella slices on top so that when the pizza is sliced in half each half will have three slices of cheese.

Bake at 425 degrees for 5-7 minutes, until the cheese is melted (I like to bake it in our toaster oven).  Remove from the oven and cool slightly before slicing in half and serving.  Serves 2.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

This 'n That Thursdays: Clever Outdoor Halloween DΓ©cor

From Digs Digs

It's that time of year again - time to decorate for Halloween!  Here are just a few clever and creepy outdoor dΓ©cor ideas that are also relatively easy to create:


From Cartoonview

From This Old House

From Today's Parent

From Tried & True

From BHG

From Architecture Art Design

From Kitchen Fun with My Three Sons


So which of these ideas, if any, would you choose for your own Halloween home dΓ©cor?

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Wish List Wednesdays: Mod Turkey Salad Plates and Napkins from Crate & Barrel

Even though Halloween has not even arrived yet, I am already thinking about the table I will set for Thanksgiving.  I don't really need any new tableware, but I am really tempted by the Mod Turkey Salad Plates (set of four for $34.95) and the matching Mod Turkey Napkin ($6.95 each) from Crate & Barrel.  The clean lines and neutral colors would suit my decorating style, and the contemporary design appeals to me.  It looks like I may have to figure out a way to store a few more tabletop items!


Monday, October 15, 2018

Current Events: The Most Bullied Person in the World?

Apparently Melania Trump is under the impression that she is "the most bullied person in the world".  Well, considering that she is married to the biggest bully in the world that would certainly not be too surprising.  However, I do believe that this man is probably the real winner of that dubious distinction:

From The Slot - Jezebel.

The relationship between Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions got off to a rocky start and just continues to deteriorate:

From Team Coco.

Get in line, Melania.  I think you will just have to settle for the title of "one of many of the most bullied persons in the world".

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Mrs. Trump seems to be under the impression that the media and the Democrats are picking on her.  While there will always be trolls out there who make nasty comments about the FLOTUS (just ask Michelle Obama), she can rest assured that most of us in the United States do not even think about her, let alone criticize her.  Those who do pay any attention to her think that her crusade to end cyber bullying is commendable, but the quickest and most effective way to make a difference would be for her to heed this excellent advice:

From Memes Monkey.

(Good luck with that, by the way - I am sure you will have Jeff Sessions' eternal gratitude if you do succeed!)

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Weekend Wardrobe: Unconventional Colors Cool Weather Basic 4x4 Wardrobe Accessories

Today is the day to add accessories to the wardrobe shown above from a Weekend Wardrobe post I did two weeks ago, based on the colors from the green and blue striped sweater.  Somehow I ended up with a parrot theme for the accessories, probably because emerald green and cobalt blue are two of a number of bright colors that show up in parrot plumage.  Let's start with the jewelry, where the parrots really make their presence known:

Clockwise from top left: CraftyBirder Hyacinth Macaw Necklace; EVER FAITH Women's Austrian Crystal Enamel Gold-Tone Parrot Bracelet in Blue w/ Green; DaliahArt Green Cheek Amazon Parrot Necklace; Alicia's Creations "Hyacinth Medley" Charm Bracelet; Novica 'Double Jungle Strand' Green Quartz Beaded NecklaceClaysAdventures Hyacinth Macaw Parrot Necklace; Novica 'Heavenly Sky' Blue Chalcedony Necklace; Acrylic Parrot Pattern Wide Bracelet.

Next up is a collection of scarves, one of which also features a parrot:

Clockwise from top left: SilkScarvesTakuyo Women's Silk Charmeuse Scarf in Green and Blue; Novica Ikat Party Silk Scarf in Emerald; Fishers Finery Women's 100% Italian Silk Chiffon Scarf in Navy Blue; MondoMagna Cockatoo Silk Scarf in Blue.

And now for some handbags (I just love the one with the faux fur!):

Clockwise from top left: KaterinaFoxBags Leather Crossbody Bag in Green; Nino Bossi Emmy Shoulder Bag in Cobalt (color no longer available); Joy Susan Mini Crossbody Wristlet Clutch in Kelly Green; Boden Renee Shoulder Bag in Ultra Blue (color no longer available).

Here are the colorful shoes that I found for this wardrobe:

Clockwise from top left: Naturalizer Morrison Sneakers in Tropic Green; Cole Haan Women's Phoenix Ballet Flats in Limoges Suede-Leather; Sperry Women's Seaport Penny Loafers in Green; Women's Faux Suede Ankle Boots in royal Blue.

The final set adds some outerwear to this cool weather collection:

Clockwise from top left: Michael Kors Women's Double-Breasted Wool-Blend Coat in Royal Blue; Graphic Comfort Stormtech Women's Patrol Softshell Coat in Jewel Green; CORE365 Women's Prevail Packable Puffer Vest in True Royal; Boden Elizabeth Ponte Blazer in Sap Green.


The woman who wears this collection of clothing and accessories is obviously a fun and quirky person who knows what she likes and has more than enough confidence to wear what she chooses - who cares what others may think?  Next week I will return to slightly more traditional fall colors, although hopefully the fun factor will still be included!