Saturday, June 6, 2009

How cool is that?


I was reading Vic, at What Were You Thinking? the other day, and she mentioned that she'd designed a blog header for That Blue Yak's blog header contest. I loved her design, and wrote and asked if she'd do one for me.

Incredibly, she put together my new very cool header in about four minutes flat, and even gave me instructions on how to install it. Because even though I did COBOL and Assembler programming on IBM 370 mainframes for six years during the 1980's, I'm stupid like that and need to be walked through the simplest of procedures.

Anyway, her instructions worked (ta da!) which is more than I can say for a lot of the instructions in the IBM 370 programming manuals I used to use, so I'm super impressed.

Here's her explanation behind the design.
... I chose a folk art giraffe because he's not so serious, but a little South Africa. Also a lamp post from Britain, a ruined Polish castle, and a warning sign for travelers.

Perfect! What I love the best is how the giraffe looks kind of crabby and like a total insomniac.

Could anything be more appropriate? No, my friends, no.

But now I'm worried that maybe she's been sitting outside my house, watching my lights turn on and off all over the house from 2 to 5am every night. Stop it, Vic! I know you're out there! I'm drawing the blinds now, for sure. Every. single. night.

Anyway, I told her I'd send her one of my four children as a form of payment, or goodwill, or what have you. Because it's always nice when someone else can feed and look after enjoy your kids. Don't you think?

But I just know she's gonna ask me, What were you thinking?

Go over and check out her blog. She's the funniest thing on the interwebz. Go on! Go!




Anna said...

I like it, but thanks for pointing out that the blob was a castle ;) The giraffe is super cool! It looks vaguely stoned to me.

expateek said...

Yeah, you're right! If only I had a tolerance for the dreaded weed, perhaps that'd cure the insomnia. As it is, my paranoia would set in and whoosh! No more sleep, EVAH!

Would make a good name for a band or a restaurant, tho: The Stoned Giraffe.

Red Shoes said...

THe new header is cute! Fun! Befitting!

In an unrelated note, WV is "undedda" which now has caused Bauhaus's Bela Lugosi's Dead to play on repeat in my mind.

LiLu said...

Vic is a genius. I totally thought she should have one MBY's contest.

Love yours, too!

Crabby McSlacker said...

Love the header. And will definitely have to check out her blog, sounds great!

And I can't believe she came up with it so quickly! It sounds like the kind of project that would take days... or translated into McSlacker, years!

Vic said...

I'm glad you like it - (even if the castle is a little blobby - it's a dream castle, right?)

I had fun working on it, and reading your blog!

Which reminds me, I thought I was a follower all this time. I need to fix that!

Dominica said...

Great work done here Vic !!
Pretty soon will be making headers for each other !!
Why not start a Club ?
BTW nice to know you Expateek !
Will pop in to read your blogposts from time to time ...

expateek said...

Red Shoes -- thanks! Vic did a super job, didn't she? Have no idea how she managed to get it done during the last week of school either. Superpowers, I suppose.

LiLu -- hi doll! Thanks for the button instructions -- I made a sort of half-button of Vic's head for my sidebar, cuz that's how I roll. Now I can drive myself crazy trying to add text to it... perfect cure for insomnia!

Crabby -- oh my goodness, I'm honoured! But shouldn't you be out exercising, girlfriend? Happy birthday again, btw!

Vic -- I love the whole thing. You're most artistic and tremendously funny. And kind and thoughtful and .. *sob*.. and.. *gets out tissues*... oh you know what I mean. I <3 Vic!

Dominica -- there's a thought... a club! I'm electing you President, when's the first meeting? x

(Very) Lost in France said...

Hi Expateek, found you through Jaywalker. I love the header. You really were too too generous to offer your offspring as payment though. VLiF

OHmommy said...

Lovely header... it fits nicely.

BTW. I wish I could respond directly to your comment today, but your blogger email is disabled. You made me laugh outloud. Many thanks.

Christine said...

I love the header. she did a fantastic job!

Mr. Condescending said...

Vic made an awesome header, looks great.

Anonymous said...

What a fantastic header! Love it... very quirky.

Rob said...

WELL, WELL, WELL...I have returned to find that Dr. Owl patient has yet to find a cure for what ails her.
Hope the move went well, I was off the grid for a while and have since moved back to Alaska...AHHHH the world in which we travel!!!!!
Now, I must take the next few days a catch up with the ranting of THE PATIENT NAMED EXPATEEK.