Sunday, March 30, 2008

U-G-L-Y, It Ain't Got No Alibi!

Yep, definitely ugly. I just do NOT get along with Bravo Burgundy, it's too dark for me to work with. I so miss Baroque Burgundy or Cranberry Crisp, both of those were much prettier dark reds than this color. On the other hand, I'm actually starting to like Always Artichoke...

Anyway, I made this card last week, another in my odyssey to do all the sketch challenges (38 left) and all the color challenges (58 left). Unfortunately I hate this color combo thanks to the burgundy, and it's featured TWICE on the color challenge list. Ugh! Maybe next time I can go for mostly Pumpkin Pie and Always Artichoke, and relegate Bravo Burgundy to a teeny tiny supporting role. I love the stamp set I used for this card, I just think the card itself is terrifically ugly. Proof that Fabulous Flowers is not always fabulous, but you have to work hard to cover up the fabulosity.

Speaking of color combinations I don't like, I've decided that Color Challenge #52 is's the one with 12 different color challenges of all sorts of random colors thrown together. I've done 4 of them and I'm tired of having them laugh at me when I look through my CC list, so I stamped out a bunch of Bellas and colored them in tonight using those evil color combos. So over the next few weeks I'll be making cards with those Bellas and I'll knock all the evil CC52 challenges off my list. I chose Bellas for this because there are several of them that have lots of pieces to color, like my Bookwormabella card and bookmark I posted a little bit back--makes it easier to fit in a bunch of colors. So I pick maybe two colors I like together and I'll use those for the main colors on my card, and the rest of the colors just get teeny places in the colored image.

Lee and I went to a wedding reception on Saturday that was quite interesting. It was a melding of Japanese/Okinawan customs and American customs since the bride is Okinawan and the groom is American. We took a bunch of pictures and I'm hoping at least a few of them came out well, so I'll post about that tomorrow when I get the camera up here...too lazy to go downstairs and get it right now.

Random Japanese Factoid: A lot of their furnishings are set much lower than is typical in America. We've been to several furniture stores on the island, and I've seen dining tables that are probably at least 12 inches shorter than the "norm" and a lot of beds that don't even come up knee-high. A lot of the couches sit much lower, too. I went to the restroom in the hotel where the reception was last night, and the sinks were right around the level of my knees. Granted, I was wearing heels (really cute ones with rhinestone dragonflies!) but they aren't *that* tall since I can't hardly walk in high heels, much less tall ones (I must have missed that day in school when they taught girls how to apply makeup and walk in high heels...) I just find that little factoid interesting. I'm trying to share the "little stuff" that's different about living over here as opposed to America, while we're still new enough to the island that it's a novelty to me. So hopefully I'm keeping you guys somewhat entertained with my ramblings.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Strawberry Fields Forever

My card for this week's sketch challenge over on Splitcoast. I really like how it turned out, all those polka dots just make me happy :) I used markers to color in the strawberry stamp, I like how they kind of came out with some color variation to them, I think that makes them more visually interesting. All supplies for this card and the next are from Stampin' Up!

I got the idea for this one and just had to make it. I've got another one like that rattling around in my head but it'll have to wait until tomorrow. Anyway, we're going to a wedding this weekend, I thought maybe this would's awfully feminine, though, maybe it'd be better suited to a bridal shower or something. I just really like this though. I don't think I do the uber-feminine cards that often so it's nice to get all pink and frilly every once in a while :) This one has shimmery white and silver cardstock, plus a subtle filigree background on it. It's nice every once in a while to look at a finished card and think, "That's exactly what I was trying to do."

The card was inspired by a china pattern I saw in the China Pete's annex. It was a white plate with silver edging, and one single rose done in gray and pink, just gorgeous. Too bad I don't need any more dishes...well, I think Lee is relieved I'm not buying any more! I think we should get a few display pieces though, our china cabinet here is mostly empty and it looks weird. Plus we need some Okinawa keepsakes so we can point at them to all our nieces and nephews (even though right now we don't have any nieces *or* nephews and probably won't for quite a while...) and tell them "I bought that in Japan!" My kids don't care where we bought stuff. They're dogs. They just want food, toys, and time to play out in the backyard. And they want to be allowed up on the couch and the bed since those are the cushy spots to sleep. But we won't let them.

G'night y'all!

Sunday, March 23, 2008


Happy Easter! Today's post is all about the little things that make me happy. So that I don't feel like I'm totally talking to myself, I hope that my four (possibly five! hehe) readers will tell me what makes THEM happy too!

1. We have a fence!!! Lee finished putting up the backyard fence on Saturday. I can't tell you how happy it makes me that I can just open the back door and let the dogs out, and I don't have to stand there and supervise! If I'm feeling really nice, I can just leave the door open a bit and let them go in and out as they please; the weather is nice enough that it's not bad to do that (except for the fact that it rained all day yesterday.) I have literally jumped up and down and cheered, I'm so happy about that fence. Lee is the coolest!!!

2. The sprayer thingimawhozit on the kitchen sink actually works. In our house in North Carolina, the sprayer thing didn't work at all, so it's particularly nice to have a working one now...makes doing dishes easier. Hmm, I wonder if I could spray it far enough to hit Vader when he's in the kitchen doorway...well, maybe I'd better not.

3. Lee and I went out on Saturday to take some clothes to the dry cleaners and I've discovered that there's a Subway and a Pizza Hut Express within walking distance of the house. Sure, it's a bit of a hike up a pretty big hill, but totally do-able, and with a hike that long I wouldn't feel bad about eating pizza now and again :) And I really wouldn't feel guilty if I walked up there and had a turkey sandwich from Subway!

4. New shoes!! I am such a girl...I found these shoes at the BX. Have you ever seen the ones that are like tennis shoes, only they don't have laces and they're backless slip-ons? I couldn't imagine wanting anything like that before now, but it finally occurred to me that they'd be great for taking the kids out for walks once it gets really hot...don't have to wear socks with them so I could wear shorts and not get a sock line! Yay! PLUS they are super comfy. I was so excited I wore them all day yesterday. Hooray for new shoes!

5. My dad emailed me this picture...

This is what I do when I'm not stamping or surfing the Internet, I cross stitch. Yep, I made that!! My mom just had it framed. Click on the picture to see a much larger version :) This is actually the second peacock I've stitched for my mom, she's got a thing for 'em. This one has lots of metallic thread in it for sparkle (a LOT more than shows in the photo) and also incorporates our favorite color--purple. My mom is in the midst of repainting half their house, so the dining room (and the peacock's new home) will be a green color to coordinate with the mat. She's also wanting to redecorate her kitchen with lots of ivy and grapes type stuff, so this will fit right in with that when she gets it all done. Mom is thrilled with how this turned out and so am I. That was a lot of work!

I haven't actually stitched anything since we got to Okinawa, but I did bring several projects with me. I should go dig through what I've got and find something to work on when I don't feel like making endless cards...I feel less guilty about sitting around watching DVDs if I'm actually doing something else at the same time. I've got at least one or two projects started plus supplies for several more, so I won't run out of things to do anytime soon.

So, what makes YOU happy today?

Friday, March 21, 2008

White & Nerdy?

Hah, I referenced a Weird Al song in my blog post title. Hehe! Girls who read a lot are generally considered nerdy, right? I always was and still am...both an avid reader and called nerdy. Anyway, Thursday's challenge on Splitcoast was to make a card using tags in some fashion, so here's what I came up with:

Bookwormabella is on one big tag that can be removed from the card and used as a bookmark.

Like this. Bella and Sentiment are from Stamping Bella; all other supplies by Stampin' Up! I'm still working on the sketch and color challenges, so this is Sketch Challenge #6 and one of the 12 challenges that made up Color Challenge #52 (please never let that happen again, some of the combinations are just plain weird!!) I folded the ribbon in half and adhered it to the navy cardstock, and then I put the Bella on top so the ribbon is sandwiched in the middle. It seemed appropriate to make this Bella and quote into a bookmark. I lucked out, if the bookmark was any bigger it wouldn't have fit on a standard-size card; as it is, the ribbon pokes over the top a bit.

This card makes me think of my sister-in-law, watch your mail, missy.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

California Dreamin'

Not really much of a lyrically correct winter's day here, but the stamp set I used on this card does always remind me of California. My parents grew up in the little town of Porterville which is surrounded by orange groves as well as a variety of other crops, and this stamp looks like some of the fruit crate labels you can find on eBay (really, search for "fruit crate label" or "Porterville" on eBay and see what comes up). This is my card for this week's sketch challenge (all stamps and supplies by Stampin' Up!)

I really do like Porterville. I was sad to realize after my grandmother's funeral that I won't really have too much of a reason to go back there, unless I want to take Lee there sometime. We should have gone when we went to Disneyland a couple of years ago but I didn't take the opportunity; we stayed in the L.A. area. Maybe we'll get another chance someday; I'd hate to not go back ever. It's a neat little town.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Age of Aquarium Part 2

So here are some pictures from the inside of the aquarium, to prove that we didn't just walk *around* it ;) I'm not posting most of the pictures Lee took of the fish in the tanks since a lot didn't come out too well (maybe we need a new camera...) and in any case, I can't identify most of the fishies anyway. But they did have this one really impressive tank, you could pretty much walk all the way around it and look in from different angles. On one side they have some stadium seating on a second story so you can just sit and watch all the inhabitants swim around, and on the lower level they have a restaurant where you can get a table right up next to the windows.

They had three whale sharks in this tank, and according to Lee, although they were huge they aren't full grown yet. You can kind of see in this picture (above) there's a place on the left where the window arches, you can go down there and look up into the tank although I don't recommend it because it's really sunny that way. There's several nurse sharks hanging out on top of that window being lazy.

This kind of gives you an idea how big the tank is, check it out in comparison to all the people standing at the bottom. I mean granted, a lot of Japanese are shorter than Americans, but still. :)

And here's us inside a replica of megalodon jaws. I think it's megalodon...whatever it is, it's like a dinosaur-era shark that makes the Great White look like a guppy. Sorry the lighting's not the best in this one, we traded cameras with a group of teenage Japanese guys and of course neither of us could communicate with the other group except by sign language. :)

So all in all, a pretty cool place. There's an awesome aquarium we've been to in Myrtle Beach, SC, that's a Ripley's Aquarium (they have another one in Pigeon Forge near Dollywood in Tennessee). That one is still my favorite one thus far, it had an awesome exhibit all about the Titanic. But hey, this one was still cool. Lee thought the coolest part was the tank with the whale sharks; we ate at the restaurant and spent some time just staring in the windows. Several times this giant manta ray came right up to the window in front of us. And I mean giant, that thing had to be at least six feet across. And we got to see some of the marine life that's native to this area of the world. Lee's now even more itching to go scuba diving.

As for me...well, the bathrooms were pretty cool. The toilet had a heated seat. No, really!

The Age of Aquarium!

"Age of Aquarius" sounds much better...amazing what a difference a letter can make. So, on Saturday, Lee and I ventured up to Nago to visit the Churaumi Aquarium, the second-largest aquarium in the world. Not bad for a teeny island in the middle of nowhere. I've been wanting to post these pics for the last couple days, but I've had a headache that just wouldn't leave me alone, so it had to wait till now.

There's my honey out front of the aquarium. It's a really nice place, they've done an excellent job on it. Great landscaping around the outside, too. In fact, driving in Nago is kind of like being at Disneyland, you know how they have flowers everywhere and all the flowerbeds are perfect? Whole town's like that. Down here where we are it's not so nice.

They had these flower sculptures I guess you'd call 'em all over the place around the aquarium and even for a few kilometers out in town as advertising. Actually there's a lot more to do in this area than just the aquarium, but that's all we hit on Saturday. We'll have to go back some other time to check out what else is available. Anyway, on the way out of town we saw one of these flower sculptures that was one of those fish that Gill is on "Finding Nemo", I forget what it's called right now...but Crush the Sea Turtle was right outside the building.

And there's a view of the ocean from just outside the aquarium. They have a bunch of sea turtle tanks out here and this is the view from right next to the turtle habitat. 'Nother post with more pics in a minute.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Sam's By the Sea

Last week, we went out to dinner at Sam's By the Sea with our friends Brad and Elizabeth. This is one of the places my parents kept telling us we needed to go far they've been striking out. Genghis Khan's, the Mongolian barbecue place, is still here but it's in a different place and just not as cool-looking as they remember. Kyoto Hotel, which had a Kobe beef restaurant in it, is now a big hole in the ground. Well, the third time is the charm apparently....Sam's is still here and looks the same as it did way back when.

We drove into the parking lot and were directed to a spot by a pirate. No, really. It's funny, we've been a couple places here where they have people whose sole duty it is to direct you to a parking space. It'd be like going to the movie theater and having a bunch of guys out there directing traffic. Anyway, we parked and there's this great big Tiki man out front.

And to prove to my parents that we actually did go to Sam's, we got Brad to take our picture by the sign. Kind of funny that the "exotic tropical drinks" part is bigger than the "seafood and steaks" part. Wonder what's important here?

This sign was also out front...I love these kind of things that tell you how far to get to certain places. Especially since it has one for Sam's Bar. Don't ask me why this is all done in feet and miles when they use the metric system for everything else here. Guess it's the American influence.

So, I don't know what to compare this place to in the States. It was rather dimly lit so I can't tell you what all they had as decorations, other than some puffer fish that had lights inside them. We went in and every person working in the restaurant would bow and greet us as we passed. I mean, really--Americans are soooo not this polite. Or at least, not so formal. Our waitress was very good and efficient. Brad says when they give you soup, they're so precise that they only ever give you three croutons in the bowl. And they always make sure the Sam's logo is at the bottom of the place setting and easy to read.

We had a curry soup that was seasoned with ginger (Lee tried to argue with me about that when we went to Jack's Place, I got out my spices and made him smell the ginger when we got home to prove to him that it DID have ginger in the soup) and some bread...regular white roll and then triangles of something kind of like pumpkin bread. What was unusual was the butter, it was flavored with something and very sweet--almost tasted like strawberries. Whoever heard of strawberry butter? It was soooo good though. Well, I have a sweet tooth so of course I liked it. Lee and I both had filet mignon and he had shrimp as well. They had something on the menu where they serve meat on a flaming samurai sword, I tried really hard to talk Lee into that one but he wouldn't order it. Next time we go though...or if not, then Dad, I expect you to order that when we take you to Sam's!

All the food was absolutely delicious and we were all completely stuffed by the time we left. On the way out, at Amber's suggestion, I checked out the restroom...I swear, they had more pictures and such hanging up on the wall in ONE bathroom stall than I have in my whole house. Ok, so we haven't hung up any pictures here yet, but there were more in there than I had up in the whole house in North Carolina before we moved. I wish that it had been lighter in the restaurant so I could have seen all the decorations, maybe next time we'll go on a weekend at lunchtime so I can see better. All the people working in the restaurant bowed again as we left and said thank you and all that. It's just amazing the level of commitment they seem to have to doing an outstanding job on everything. I have got to get into the habit of bowing, I don't want to be a stereotypical rude American while we're here. At least I know how to say thank you in Japanese, that's a start.

So arigato gozaimasu to all FOUR of my readers, hehe!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

So, Where Have I Been?

This is gonna be a crazy week. Lee is working nights this week, so I've been staying up some crazy hours with's 1:41 a.m. right now and here I sit at the computer :) Lee was on call all weekend so we couldn't really go anywhere or do anything, and he was on the computer a lot so I couldn't blog. I mean, we do have a laptop, but the laptop knows we're in Japan and all the bloggy buttons are in Japanese and my Japanese just isn't that good, especially *written* Japanese. I don't know how we got the main computer to speak English again. So instead of spending massive amounts of time on Splitcoast and writing to you, my loyal three readers, I've been spending massive amounts of time watching Veronica Mars. I'm halfway through season two and I started with the beginning of season one last week. But Lee's at work right now so I just got to use the computer to talk to a very nice lady in Utah about some Stampin' Up stuff. She seemed tickled to be talking to someone in Japan :) Technology!! It's just so cool (when it works).

I am sooooo happy to report that we have a fence. Well, we're going to buy the fence of the people across the way from us as they're going to move at the end of the month. The lady (who came over and talked to us once but I haven't seen her since) knocked on our door last night and offered it to us for $100 and we immediately said YES. Now we just need that stupid fence paperwork to get done, since half the agencies that have to sign off on it are staring idly into space rather than actually *working* on anything. Kinda sad to lose these neighbors, the lady seemed pretty cool when she introduced herself the first time. I have a sneaking suspicion that the mean old codgers at the end of my building drove them away. No, really. We heard things from some other neighbors...I hope I'm never so mean and crotchety that all the neighbors feel the need to warn any newcomers about me, because that's what happened when we moved here--we were warned about this couple by three separate sources. They're just plain MEAN.

Thank you to Diane who suggested the baby socks to put on Vader's feet...luckily we won't need to. He got to wear some of my old socks for a few days and we did have to resort to putting the lampshade thing on him for a while, but he's finally healing now and has quit messing with that foot. He was so pitiful when we put that lampshade on him so I'm glad that it's over. But we're gonna keep it in case Sadie gets out of line.....hehehehehe. Evil laugh. Ok, I love Sadie to itty-bitty fuzzy bits, but she's kind of a punk. You'd know what I mean if you met her. Vader is the sweetheart, you feel bad for hassling him. Sadie...well, she just deserves to get hassled sometimes.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

And Your Bird Can Sing!

As much as I love the Beatles, I like that song better done by Matthew Sweet and Susannah Hoffs (she of the Bangles), aka Sid & Susie. They have a CD out called Under the Covers Vol. 1 that I just love. But on to today's story!

My great-grandmother, Mimi, loved hummingbirds. She had a hummingbird feeder hanging in a tree just outside her big kitchen window, and I used to love sitting in the kitchen and watching for the birds. I sat really still so as not to scare them off, and tried to take pictures of them, but the little buggers are so fast that it's really tough to get a good pic. Particularly for an amateur kid photographer. Anyway, those memories inspired this card:

All supplies by Stampin' Up! I'm finally using the new stamps I got :-) Yay! I think the three panels look kinda like a window, and then I had to put the hummingbird up on dimensionals so he pops up off the card. And since one hummingbird card deserves another, here ya go!

I looked at a bunch of pictures on a needlework website, looking for ideas to color in my hummingbird, and I came across just one with a rusty-colored one. Well, Mimi had red hair, and this one's different than all the rest, so it just seemed perfect to me! This is a Rufous hummingbird, and according to the page I was looking at, they're "feisty". Yep, that was Mimi too. The first card will probably go to my friend Rhonda, who really convinced me to buy that stamp set with all the pretty cards she uploaded onto Splitcoast, and the second will undoubtedly go to my mom. I'm trying to be better about actually sending the cards I make!

Monday, March 3, 2008

There She Was, Just a-Walkin' Down the Street

Singing "Doo wah diddy diddy dum diddy doo!" in the goofiest outfit possible. For reals.

Sadie was driving me just a little bit crazy this morning. We haven't been able to go out walking as much since Vader hurt his foot, so she's got a lot of pent-up energy, and she just wouldn't leave me alone this morning so finally I grabbed a leash and hustled her out the door to go for a quick walk. Didn't even think about what I was wearing till I was already out there, and then I just shrugged and walked anyway. So, do you wanna hear about the goofiest outfit possible? Here it is (no picture, sorry, you'll have to use your imagination)

* Baggy gray pajama pants with red Eiffel Towers on them, that say "I See London, I See France" all over

* Bright red shirt which bears the legend "MADE IN JAPAN" in gigundor white letters. I was looking for a red shirt to match my pajama pants, even though I wasn't planning on going anywhere. Is it stupid to color-coordinate in that situation?

* A black sweater-coat that at least covered up most of my shirt so all you could see was DE and P.

Yep, that's my international outfit of mystery, the mystery being why I would ever wear such a thing where anyone else could see me. Why, you ask, do I have a Made in Japan shirt? My parents' idea of a joke...they lived on Okinawa from 1977 to November of 1979. I was born in January of 1980, so you do the math. I used to have a shirt that said that when I was a toddler, and so they decided last Christmas that I needed to have a new one since I was moving here. Lee has a bright blue one that says "MADE IN AMERICA" in the same gigundor white letters, but he's more easy to embarrass sartorially speaking so he won't wear it. Which is kinda funny because he doesn't have a whole lot of fashion sense anyway. No offense, honey. I'm just glad he likes that I'm goofy.

And I'm laughing at myself for wearing that out in public. It's good to laugh at yourself periodically.


Have you ever seen a sadder-looking dog?

My poor little man. Vader did something to his right hind foot this weekend and has been worrying at it constantly, so we took him to the vet this morning. He's been messing with it so much it can't heal properly, so they gave us this delightful fashion accessory and told us to put some liquid bandages on his foot to seal it. Man, did I feel terrible when we put the cone on him, the poor little dog! We put the liquid bandage stuff on (that stuff STINKS to high heaven!), waited for it to dry, and then wrapped some gauze and stuff around his foot to keep him from getting at it and to make sure it didn't get dirty. I just felt too bad looking at him with this thing on, we had to take it off. He was so pathetic. I'm sure Sadie is going to make fun of him, but we can always put the thing on her if she gets out of hand....{insert evil chuckle} Hope Vader's foot heals soon.

Just so you know, my dad is the evil person who insisted we take pictures of Vader with his cone on. I'm not going to make him wear it if I can help it.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Things that Make Me Smile

Not much to report in Okinawa-land...the grounding continues so we can't go anywhere interesting, which kinda stinks because I'd rather like to go to Genghis Khan's and get some Mongolian barbecue. Yum! That's why the Mongol hordes were able to conquer vast swaths of Asia and Europe, they were well-fed. Hehe! Ok, that and they were highly organized and extraordinarily skilled mounted warriors united under a charismatic leader. But enough history lesson.

I was thinking the other day of things that make me smile and lucky me, I've got a picture of one of those things. It makes me smile when Sadie's laying down and her ears stick straight up like the ears on Batman's costume. And when she wakes up and looks at you, she *really* looks like a bat:

Yep, that's my Batgirl. Vader is pretty funny too, he's part dragon. He waits until Sadie's not paying attention to a particular toy, then he sneaks in and grabs it, and then he runs off to hide it in his stash. Seriously. I was getting ready for bed one night and around Vader's bed (and under mine) I found three chew bones, two Kongs, the ring toy, a rope, and a deflated basketball that is Sadie's favorite toy. All hidden around his bed.

You know what else made me smile this week? The Ways to Use It challenge on Splitcoast. The challenge was to make a card using some sort of musical inspiration, whether it be music-related stamps or paper, or a card that was inspired by a song title or song lyric. I had an absolute ball with that challenge, I made TEN cards for it. Yeah, ten. You can see them all in my gallery on SCS. Almost as much fun as making the cards was looking through and commenting on everybody else's. I had so many great songs go through my head while I was doing that, and I had to have Lee buy "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" on iTunes so I could have it on my iPod. I chose some of my favorite songs--"Manic Monday" by the Bangles, "Raspberry Beret" by Prince, "Hey There Delilah" by the Plain White T's, "Over the Rainbow" from the Wizard of Oz. Plus more :) The only things that made me sad about the music challenge was a.) I didn't have time to do a hundred different cards, and b.) I didn't buy the Egypt-themed stamps at the craft store last weekend. Dude, I coulda made a rockin' "Walk Like an Egyptian" card!

My dad says I have the widest range of musical taste of anyone he knows. My iPod has several thousand songs on it, everything from classical (Tchaikovsky is my favorite, love Sleeping Beauty in particular), musicals (Camelot and The Sound of Music are my faves, but I also love the musical they did on Buffy the Vampire Slayer!), oldies (yay for the Beatles and the Beach Boys!), lots of '80s stuff (the Bangles have been my favorite band since I was about six, I own all their CDs), and quite a bit of newer stuff, rock, pop, alternative, a little country. The Plain White T's are probably my favorite band that's done stuff real recently, I bought a CD of theirs having never heard "Hey There Delilah" or anything else on it because they had a review of it in People magazine, and then I had to go buy the other two CDs as well. Some of their song titles are hilarious, like "Friends Don't Let Friends Dial Drunk". Mom and I had a great time singing along to those when we were out and about shopping while I was in Texas.

You know what doesn't make me smile? Aspercreme. Sometimes I'm afraid I'm getting arthritis in my right hand, in between my index and middle fingers and all around the saddle joint of my thumb. I am twenty-eight years old, I am *not* old enough to be carting around a tube of Aspercreme everywhere I go because I have arthritis or carpal tunnel or something. I think it's the computer that's doing it to me, because it seems to hurt most when I've been moving the mouse for a while and clicking a lot. This is not good since almost all my hobbies involve a great deal of manual dexterity with my hands and I'm right-handed. Sigh. As Bette Davis said, getting old ain't for sissies. At least, I have a stamp that attributes that quote to her, she of the Kim Carnes song. Which is also on my iPod.