Krazy A to Z Challenge 2017 – “I”

Ingenious Igloos

Last year, Guinness worlds Records confirmed the largest dome igloo in existence. It is in Zermatt, Switzerland and measures 10.5 m tall, with a diameter of 12.9 m (42 ft. 4 in). The structure consists of over 1400 blocks of snow.

Here are 8 krazy facts about igloos:

1. Igloo comes from the Inuit Indian word for home.

2. Snow igloos are constructed with large blocks of dry, hard snow that lean inward to form a dome.

3. Snow and ice work as insulators to trap body heat in the igloo so the people inside act as a furnace by providing their own heat.

4. Even with outside temperatures of minus 50 degrees, the temperature inside an igloo can reach a comfortable 60 degrees.

5. The igloo entrance is usually dug below ground level and is only wide enough for one person to enter at a time, though some igloos are large enough on the inside to hold 20 adults.

6. The snow begins to melt slightly on the inside of the igloo after a few days when occupied. During the times when it’s unoccupied, the melted snow freezes. The gradual thawing and freezing turn the structure to ice, making it stronger and warmer on the inside.

7. The igloo, if correctly built, will support the weight of a person standing on the roof.

8. A proper igloo can withstand hurricane force winds

All in all I’d say the igloo is an ingenious method for building a strong, protective shelter, and you can check out some “cool” igloo pictures here.

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Krazy Eights – Tiffani

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I’ve gotten into the habit of writing birthday postings for my friends and loved ones. The first one I ever wrote was for Dave, and the idea came to me because he is so unique that writing a list of things I love about him was easy. After that, I continued the tradition with other friends, like Deann and Karen, always listing funny things about them or reasons why they are so special to me. Then, during the month of May, I was in the middle of a blogging challenge (May Day Blogging Challenge, see the category to read some postings). The challenge was centered on writing about famous events that occurred on the day in history, so on May 12th I wrote about my friend Cherrie’s birthday. And so on…

Now I find myself once again, days away from a friend’s birthday and it should be simple to sit down and write a Krazy Eights posting or even a funny anecdote about her. But what do you write when the friend in question is not just any ordinary friend? What do you say about someone who came into your life and irrevocably changed it for the better?

I guess I could just write Happy Birthday, Tiffani. I’m glad you are my friend.

But somehow it doesn’t seem like enough.

There’s only one gift I can give to her, which is worthy (other than an Amazon gift card or a Starbuck’s gift card or an Old Navy gift card or… you get the idea), and so here it is (with all the sappy and sugary-sweet emotion that I can only promise to provide once a year – maybe twice).

Eight not-so-Krazy things that make Tiffani an amazing friend and person:

  1. She always thinks of others, even if she has to sacrifice her own feelings, but she is the kind of person who makes others want to do nice things for her.
  2. She has an uncanny way of knowing me even better than I know myself.
  3. With an enormous amount of empathy, she is always on my side, while her strong sense of ethics always guides me to do the right thing.
  4. When we’re together there is no shortage of laughter, adventure, silly banter, crazy antics, and beer.
  5. No one else would sing every word of “Total Eclipse of the Heart” with me while driving, at the top of our lungs, with harmonies and imaginary microphones (and agree that we sounded awesome).
  6. When I’m sick, she asks how I’m feeling and checks up on me (constantly).
  7. When something is on my mind, she knows just how much to push to get me to talk, and when to just let me be (and then she yells at me later for taking so long to talk to her).
  8. Her friendship is given without pretense or judgment, without asking for anything in return, and with a free and pure sentiment that has taught me the meaning of words like “true” and “unconditional”.

There are many more examples, and while eight isn’t nearly enough, the rules state I must end here. So I will conclude by telling Tiffani how incredibly lucky I feel that she walked into my life four years ago. The fact that she knowingly and intentionally allows me to be a part of her world and an extended part of her wonderful family will never cease to amaze me.

I will always do my best to be the friend she deserves.

Krazy Eights – Kerri

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Happy Birthday to my cousin Kerri. You know how much I love you (A LOT).

Eight Krazy reasons why I love my baby cousin:

  1. We have the same brain.
  2. People often mistake us for sisters because we look and act alike.
  3. We met when I was five and she was only a few days old and that is the very first recollection I have of meeting an infant.
  4. If I like it, the she will like it, and vice versa.
  5. I can call or text her as late as I want and she’ll always be awake (just like me).
  6. As similar as we are, we are different enough to be interesting to each other.
  7. She’s even goofier than I am, which is pretty darn goofy.
  8. When I think of my best memories, she is always there.

Krazy Eights – Online Dating

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Eight Krazy Things I’ve Learned From Online Dating

  1. Nobody looks exactly like their profile pictures, including me.
  2. A lot of people like “the outdoors”.
  3. Many people like “all types of music”, “except country”.
  4. “Hi” is no longer an acceptable opening line.
  5. Saying you’re “not looking for drama” probably means you’re the one who always brings the drama.
  6. Most people who have dogs also have a cat, and a lot of people who don’t have dogs, have cats. So basically, almost everyone has a cat.
  7. If you’ve gone kayaking once, you should most definitely list it as a hobby.
  8. Everyone has been hurt in the past and unconsciously brings that into future relationships (even people who aren’t krazy).

So there you have it. If you’re thinking I am jaded or dissatisfied with the online dating experience, you’re wrong. In fact, I find all of the above to be a humorous and interesting way to search for love. And, yes, love is what we’re all looking for, even though most dating sites give us the option of classifying ourselves as “not looking for a relationship or any type of commitment”. Come on, let’s not kid ourselves, it’s a jungle out there, but it’s a whole lot easier getting through the day when you have an inbox full of possibilities waiting for you.

Krazy Eights – Brenda C.

By now you should be familiar with the concept of Krazy Eights, but if not, check the archives for details.

Here’s another list in honor of a very special friend. She’s actually the mom of one of my best friends, but I consider her a friend in her own right. I’m writing this because it’s the only way I can think of to let her know how special she is and that I am thinking of her.

Eight reasons why Brenda is special:

  1. From the moment we met she welcomed me with open arms and treated me like family.
  2. She has a giant heart and shares it with everyone in her life.
  3. She raised the most amazing daughter and I can only attribute that to her skill as a mom.
  4. She knows all of the juicy embarrassing details about Tiffani, which I will never tire of hearing.
  5. It seems as if she has endless amounts of energy to care for others, even after staying up all night with twin granddaughters.
  6. She’s the kind of grandma every child should be lucky enough to have.
  7. Her kind words have cheered me up on many occasions and made me realize how important it is to allow people in.
  8. Her pasta salad is awesome.

So that about sums it up. Brenda, you are in my thoughts today and always. Love you!

Krazy Eights – World Poetry Day

I wish I were better prepared for this, but I only found out this morning that today is World Poetry Day. To that end, I figured I should create a list of excerpts from poems. At first, I thought I could choose my eight favorites, but my list kept growing and it was hard to filter based on my likes. So, what follows is a list, in no particular order, and with no particular theme, of cool lines from poems I like (including but not limited to a set of eight).

And now after that basically unintelligible introduction, I give you my list.

Eight krazy lines from poems that may or may not be krazy:

  1. ee Cummings “i carry your heart with me”

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in

my heart)i am never without it(anywhere

i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done

by only me is your doing,my darling)

  1. Oscar Wilde “The Ballad of Reading Gaol”

And with tears of blood he cleansed the hand,

The hand that held the steel:

For only blood can wipe out blood,

And only tears can heal

  1. George William Curtis “Ebb and Flow”

I WALKED beside the evening sea,

And dreamed a dream that could not be;

The waves that plunged along the shore

Said only—“Dreamer, dream no more!”

  1. Robert Frost “The road not taken”

Two roads diverged in a wood,

and I – I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.”

  1. Oscar Wilde “Apologia”

Is it thy will–Love that I love so well–

That my Soul’s House should be a tortured spot

Wherein, like evil paramours, must dwell

The quenchless flame, the worm that dieth not?

  1. Pablo Neruda from “Love Sonnets”

so I wait for you like a lonely house

till you will see me again and live in me.

Till then my windows ache.

  1. Dylan Thomas “Do not go gentle into that good night”

Do not go gentle into that good night,

Old age should burn and rave at close of day;

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

  1. Khahlil Gibran “A True Friend”

If I could take your troubles

I would toss them into the sea,

But all these things I’m finding

Are impossible for me.

I cannot build a mountain

Or catch a rainbow fair,

But let me be what I know best,

A friend that is always there.

Krazy Eights – The Stolen One

Along with writing posts and krazy lists, I also follow other bloggers. Yesterday I came across this post and I decided to take the self-discovery challenge. Now, the instructions are to write ten things I like about myself. I could probably come up with ten, but hey, this is my blog, so my rules…Eight it is!!

Here is the link to the original post by a fellow blogger. Check it out.

Eight Krazy Things I Like About Myself (maybe not so krazy):

  1. I am funny (I constantly laugh at my own jokes).
  2. My hair is super long and that makes me happy, even though it is sometimes annoying when it gets stuck in my purse strap or lands in my cereal bowl.
  3. I have nice feet. Really, I’m not kidding, they are nice. I would post a picture, but I don’t want to brag.
  4. I admit when I’m wrong or when I’ve made a mistake. That is something important to me because I dislike when people make excuses or try to hide blunders. It’s not a big deal. Admit it, attempt to fix it, and move on!
  5. I’m smart. Ok, I’ll admit I have some trouble in the common sense department, and I’m slightly absentminded. But when the chips are down, I rally.
  6. I’m a super picky eater. Now, this may seem counter-intuitive to the topic, but hear me out. Being a picky eater makes me interesting, and it gives my friends a lot of opportunities to make fun of me. So, really, it’s kind of a selfless act.
  7. I do not give up.
  8. I’m strong.

So, there you have it. It was fun. Give it a try. Feel free to use the comments section or email me your list and I’ll post it.

Thanks for reading, and thanks to Annette’s Place for the idea.

Krazy Eights – Deann

By now you should be familiar with the concept of Krazy Eights, but if not, check the archives for details.

Here’s another list in honor of a very special friend. And I mean special in the sense that she’s important to me.

Eight awesome things about Deann:

  1. When we are together it seems like we are always laughing. I’m not sure if it’s because we are both really comical or we just know how to make each other laugh.
  2. She’s just the right amount of spiritual to be interesting and inspiring without being too “out there”. For example: “Don’t even put that negative thought out into the universe or it will become real” or “You have to love people in a way that makes them feel free”. See what I mean?
  3. She has the best stories. These are not just simple anecdotes. Of course there’s her epic love story. And who could forget the one about the female murderer, on a three-day furlough from serving a life-sentence, who checked into a hotel where Deann worked, only to disappear the next day, becoming a fugitive. And then there are the days when we’ll just be sitting around chatting and she’ll say something like, “did I ever tell you about the time I met Bob Hope?”
  4. Being around her is so easy. There’s no drama, no judgment, no ultimatums, and no pretense.
  5. Some how, some way, whenever I’m about to say something, she says it either simultaneously or before I do. “Get out of my head!!”
  6. She is one of the strongest, toughest people I know. And one of the sweetest, most loving souls I have ever met.
  7. Her loyalty knows no bounds. When I’m with her, I feel invincible.
  8. She’s real. What does that mean? It means when she tells me something, I believe it, even if it’s something nice about me.

So, there you have it.

Happy Birthday, Deann, and thank you for finding me.

Krazy Eights – Dave

Krazy Eights is an idea I came up with purely by chance as I was pondering topics for blog posts. All of my previous postings have been narratives (Ok, a couple were rants). So, I want to try something a little different.

I’ve always had an affinity for making numbered lists to express myself. I do it often in emails because I find it helps me make sure I say everything I wanted to say. And it feels like lists are easier to read than paragraphs, not to mention the perk of getting away with sentence fragments and run-ons.

So the deal with Krazy Eights will be a list of eight things. They can be things that made me happy, things I did over the weekend, places I’ve traveled to, etc. The experiment is to see what different ideas spark when the format is a list. And also to discover things about myself by recording them. Feel free to suggest list topics along the way. Thanks and let me know what you think.

Today’s List is in Honor of a Friend’s Birthday:

Eight Krazy Things I Love about Dave:

  1. When he’s bored, the best solution is a game of balls-ball.
  1. At home, pants are always optional.
  1. Yellow cake is best with no icing (especially “mistake cake”).
  1. Soccer and baseball are the best sports, along with pro football and hockey. Oh yeah and college football too, and lacrosse. Basically all sports.
  1. Ice cream cake = FORK!
  1. It’s a good policy to learn all the words to as many Broadway hits as possible.
  1. When in doubt, eat more. You can always complain about a stomach ache later.
  1. The best way to compliment someone is to tell her she is your best friend east of the Mississippi.

And that about sums it up. Happy Birthday Dave! You are one of a kind!

Krazy Eights – The Debut

Krazy Eights is an idea I came up with purely by chance as I was pondering topics for blog posts. All of my previous postings have been narratives (Ok, a couple were rants). So, I want to try something a little different.

I’ve always had an affinity for making numbered lists to express myself. I do it often in emails because I find it helps me make sure I say everything I wanted to say. And it feels like lists are easier to read than paragraphs, not to mention the perk of getting away with sentence fragments and run ons.

So the deal with Krazy Eights will be a list of eight things. They can be things that made me happy, things I did over the weekend, places I’ve traveled to, etc. The experiment is to see what different ideas spark when the format is a list. And also to discover things about myself by recording them. Feel free to suggest list topics along the way. Thanks and let me know what you think.

Today’s Krazy Eights List is:

Eight Krazy Beers I Drank at Miami Beer Fest 2016

  1. Orange Blossom Imperial Pilsner ABV: 11.2% – good, refreshing, a nice breakfast beer.
  1. Shock Top Twisted Pretzel Wheat – This was a surprise. I never expected it to be good but it was. Tasted just like a pretzel.
  1. Goose Island Matilda – I was introduced to this Belgian style ale by one of my favorite people. It was my favorite of the night.
  1. Mayday Imperial Porter by Saltwater Brewery – This one was a surprise too. It was the first dark beer we sampled, smooth, flavorful and not too heavy. Available only at the brewery in Delray Beach, FL.
  1. Coney Island Hard Root Beer – Tasted like root beer. If I wanted to drink root beer, I would drink root beer.
  1. Green Flash Belgian Trippel – First one we sampled. A very good try at the Belgian style. And who could resist a trippel?
  1. Copper Point Espresso Cream Stout – It actually did taste a little bit like espresso. But since we tried it after the Mayday, it paled in comparison.
  1. Presidente – This was our last beer of the night. To paraphrase a wise man, “After all of those heavy, crafty, complicated beers, it’s nice to drink a simple lager.”

So there you have it. The first Krazy Eights list of the year. Hope you enjoyed it. I had fun writing it.