Top 5 Cool Comics

So I love comics. Just like caffeine, I hunger for my daily shot of comics. And I'm not picky. I'll settle for quirky drawings and silly jokes, as long as they make me laugh - or at least put a smile on my face.

I do have my favorites, though. And when I look at my top 5 here, some similarities shows. Stuffed animals?! Stuffed orange animals?!  

I like it when the point is based on the differences between the characters. Maybe that's why this kid/parent-thing is so popular. Per definition kids and parents just see the world differently. And the tension that this causes is often worth a laugh. 

1. Calvin and Hobbes

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson is hilarious. This 6-year old boy and his stuffed tiger just cracks me up. I loved reading them as a teenager and now that I'm supposed to be an adult, they still make me laugh. It's given me a different dimension now that I am a parent myself. Gosh, it must be a hard job raising Calvin. Give them parents some tranquilizers, they've earned it!

2. Zits

Zits by Jerry Scott and Jimmy Borgman is a fantastic comic strip about 16-year old Jeremy that tries to balance his family life, the academic demands of high school and his plans for the future, often with a dose of surrealism. Zits is not an all typical teenager comic strip. I often have to suppress a laughter when I read Zits strips - mostly because I don't want to explain to my kids why I'm laughing. Having to explain kills a good point.

3. Hi and Lois 

Hi and Lois by Brian Walker, Greg Walker and Chance Browne is a relaxed family comic strip. It's not sophisticated humor - its' just nice. Can't explain it really. But hey ... they named the kids; Chip, Dot, Ditto and Trixie. What's not to like? Their neighbor is called Thirsty Thurston. 

4. Betty 

Betty by Gary Delainey and Gerry Rasmussen is classy. I've followed Betty through book clubs, job interviews, diets, learning to use gadgets etc. Never ending story. Betty is highly addictive.

5. Garfield

Garfield by Jim Davis is ... well, I don't really have to tell about Garfield, do I? Loved reading my brothers Garfield Comic Books when I was a kid. Still think they're valid - and if not, then just for old times sake. I have a secret crush on Harold.

The variety of comic strips is substantial and it will take me more than a lifetime to explore. Maybe that's what I should do with my life?! 

Please add your favorites to my list - I'd love to hear about them.

A Danish Bonus: Maren Uthaug. Check it out. She's good!


Tips for Temp Tattoos

If you are like me, when it comes to tattoos, then what's cool and what's not, keeps changing. So I think permanent tattoos are not for me. Not that it has anything to do with courage or the fear of pain. Not at all.

I'd love to wear temp tattoos though, and I've tried it once - an airbrushed infinity sign on my arm, one summer. It was cool. Felt cool. Looked cool. Faded away.

All the examples above are temp tattoos avalaible on etsy.com. Some transfers, others are do-it-yourself with henna tubes. 

Basic Guide to Temporary Tattoos gives some tips regarding skin care and techniques. This guide also recommends that you 'choose a body part that is wrinkle-free and smooth'.  (Turns out I'm 25 years too late - because I haven't noticed any wrinkle-free parts on my body for the last decade or two). 

I am really fascinated by the Indian style tattoos. They are like art work. But even if I bought the henna tubes, I would still need someone more artistic minded person to help apply it. Or ... see if I can handle both stencils, tubes, clumpsy hands and an impatient mind. That'll be a challenge. Check out this Complete Guide to Henna Tattoos.

In my search for tips, tests and advice regarding temp tattoos, I came across LaurDIY. In this video she tests different types, shows how-to and gives her advice. Enjoy. She's a laugh. 

Please share any thoughts, experience or tips you know about temp tattoos.



Top 5 Favorite Songs

These days I'm listening to music when I drive to and from work. Sometimes I enjoy the silence in the car, since both the mornings and my workdays can be pretty loud.

But for now - I blast up the volume and sing along as loudly as I can. Trying to remember all the lyrics and not giving a damn, when I don't.

1. Thinking Out Loud - by Ed Sheeran

It's really hard not to sing along to this song. Beautiful lyrics, loving the tune and melting away into his voice. Turn it up!

2. Together Again - by Janet Jackson

It's gotta be the up-beat version. Gets the car rocking - and the other drivers looking. We're around that time of year, when I lost a good friend. And though it's years ago now, I still need to remind myself that life is okay and that he is still with me, somehow. 

3. I'm Yours - by Jason Mraz

My all time favorite. That's just how it is. Always makes me smile. Always makes me wanna dance and have fun.

4. Everybody Hurts - by R.E.M.

Haven't heard this song in a million years. Just stumbled upon it. Made me cry. What's up with that now? Made me cry!

5. Get Your Way - by Jamie Cullum

First time I ever heard this song I thougt he had written it to and about me. Too much self reflection there. Yes I like to have my way, but only when I'm right. Which, for the record, I am almost everytime.

Now these songs won't be playing forever on my stereo. So what should I play instead? I need some new input.