So this first weekend of summer has been, in the main, wholly satisfying.
Turns out that a family in our congregation has long-ago connexions to my brother-in-law. As it happens, they're the only
family in our congregation, kind of a lonely situation regardless of prickly self-sufficiency. Faced with two sets of young parents and two sets of small boys about the same age and energy levels, Shoemom and I - for whom rushing in where angels fear to tread is a mere recreational diversion - decided to take a chance, mix well and dump into the zoo.
Did it work? Yea, verily, it reached Seventh Heaven
levels of heartwarming. Especially when the yearling snow leopard wandered over to the viewing area and put these enormous foofy paws up on the glass in an apparent effort to come and play with these equally active young human critters. Suddenly I was experiencing fulfilment on a level with the Empire of Oprah...and it all made so much sense...
Luckily right about then somebody hit somebody else with a can of Silly String, or who knows what you-all might've been confronted with this entry.
See, as you may have noticed, I've succumbed a step further into the LiveJournal ether and broken out the icons - a few I've made myself, and several others plucked from various fansites. Given that my current Entry of Actual Importance has run into some...ah...technical difficulties, I figured distraction via random shiny things would be a most excellent route to take both for reader and author this week.
Besides, as I quickly discovered, icons are fun all on their own, as shortcuts. They're able to illuminate odd little corners of my psyche that otherwise would have to be awkwardly shoehorned into larger posts. Besides which...well, c'mon, Pig as the Happiness Fairy from Pearls Before Swine...!
I got so excited at the possibilities, in fact, that once I had the knack of searching I went on a bit of a spree, happily downloading dozens of little clevernesses from random sites...scattering promises to credit hither and, uh, yon. Of course, I didn't do anything sensible like save the site handles in the filenames for later reference, or anything. Thinking is for weekdays!
Thus, let me issue a blanket thank-you to the generous souls responsible for the Pearls, Get Fuzzy, Peanuts
and Calvin & Hobbes
icons - many of whom congregate @ comicstripicons
; you are artists all. The Garfield
icons come from this amazing site
; I love that this artist contrived to find bits from when the strip was in its prime (yes,it did have one!) and might be back.Ratatouille
and Toy Story
will be appearing courtesy hobbitholes
have the endearing habit of tagging his filenames) and ushitora_icons
Most of the rest are courtesy the comprehensive and well-organised Muses' Realm
. The remainder - specifically the ones featuring Bob & Ray (from their TV show), my cat Lucy
, Ed the slacker bunny
and Holly the pink princess hare
- are my own creations (that's Shoemom's hand costarring in those last two, incidentally). One of these days I'm going to master the art of adding dialogue to them, at which point more of my floral pics will also show up.
And a long-overdue shout-out to rj_anderson
, who took time out of her insane schedule to create the loverly shoebox graphic that's served as the default around here until now. It's still going to pop up now and zen.
Finally...I understand requests are considered polite LJ-quette, so will just conclude with an appeal at large: if anyone has or knows of anywhere I can get more Pearls
icons, please let me know. Meantime, I'll be off plundering the comics.com archives. I have a sneaking suspicion that that strip contains every nuance of feeling I may require, around here.