Monkeying Around

Happy Monday! A couple of things.

Loser No More

Jules over at Go Jules Go had a contest for the best drunk story a little while back, and yours-truly was the winner.  The really great thing is that I was able to win by exposing somebody ELSE’s drunken idiocy, not my own!

The prize was awesomesauce: a gift certificate for custom artwork created by Julie Maida.  I checked out her Etsy site and fell in love with a painting of sweet little lambs cavorting in the moonlight.

I also happen to have an Etsy shop, peep, where I sell accessories handmade from reclaimed wool and cashmere.  My logo is a flapper-era shepherdess.  Julie and I put our heads together to design a painting for my workroom.  We came up with a design that incorporates my shepherdess with her lambs, and here is the fabulous result.

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Isn’t it great?  I’m as thrilled as can be. Thank you so much, Julie.  I’ll be inspired every time I look at this painting.  Thanks again to Jules-  you’re the best blogging bud!

Late-Breaking, Additional Non-Loserness

I just found out I am the winner on Carrie Rubin’s giveaway.

I won a gift basket of movies and candy swag.  Even better, I get a signed copy of Carrie’s very own book.  Score!  Some might say I have no business being proud of winning something based on a random number generator, but I don’t care.  I’m sure it indicates some sort of superiority on my part.

I’m a recent convert to Carrie’s brand of insanity, and am thrilled to add her to my list of bloggy buddies – be sure to check out her site.

Monkey Business

Finally, some of you have remarked on my new header.   For my less observant readers, that’s it right up top there.  Right up at the top of this blog – see it there?  With the monkeys and the mannish- monkeys, and the monkey-ish men, and the man?  And me? Let’s have a little chat about it.

My header used to be a photo that I took in the Connemara Mountains in Ireland.  It represents a trip, a time and a place that is deeply meaningful to me.   I wasn’t really joking when I said that I left part of my soul there.

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It’s beautiful, isn’t it? Serene, tranquil…and absolutely irrelevant to this blog.

The new header is supposed to be a humorous commentary on my evolution as a blogger (devolution, if you will).  Clever, I know.  I’ve had several compliments on it, but I’ve been wondering…is it too risqué?

Every time I land on this front page, my eyes are immediately drawn to the middle guy, Mr. Homo Erectus (oh no she didn’t!),   Also the guys on either side of him – there’s quite a bit of boo-tay on display there. This is a family friendly blog, so I want to know:

Do you think I should cover them up?

Help me out, you Darwinists.  At what point in the evolutionary scale do we go from “cover those dangly bits before you get arrested” to “ooh- a monkey in clothes! Add a snarky joke and it’s a Facebook post.”

I’m taking a poll.  Do you think I should amend my header or leave it “au naturale”?

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54 Responses to Monkeying Around

  1. Elyse says:

    Let monkeys be monkeys, Peg. This is as risqué as some of us get these days!

    Congrats on winning over atCarrie’s. her book is really good. You’ll enjoy it.

  2. Peg, don’t stop at just a loin cloth – this is a golden opportunity for a prehistoric Project Runway – run with it!

  3. Carrie Rubin says:

    You are on a lucky streak. You better go buy a Powerball ticket now. And thank you for the mention of my blog and my book. Much appreciated!

    Oh, and I love your header. I wouldn’t change a thing. :)

    • pegoleg says:

      Good idea! I’m rushing out to buy my lottery ticket, just as soon as I draft my resignation letter. Might as well just leave it on the boss’s desk, right?

      Thanks again for all the great swag, Carrie. You made my day!

  4. That peep painting is gorgeous! Lovin’ it. Also, congrats on scoring Carrie’s book!

    I vote keep your banner exactly as it is. It’s perfect. We could all use a little more boo-tay on our blogs!

    • pegoleg says:

      ..and more boo-tay in our lives, hmm? Thanks, Darla.

      Julie used paint and colored pencils, then overlaid the whole thing with a coat of beeswax – yup, that’s what I said – for a really soft effect. I love it!

  5. Tar-Buns says:

    The peep painting is lovely. You are such a talented blogger, Peg, enjoy the fruits of your labor!
    As for clothing the neanderthals on your header – no need. I don’t see any jingle-jangle bits hanging out so you’re all good the way it is. Hope you had a fab Monday. This will be a week from hell for me but I’ll slog through!

    • pegoleg says:

      Thanks, Miss Tar. Week from hell? Oh, no! Hope it only devolves into a week from purgatory.

      I wish we could have gone to your par-tay. Carolyn said it was da bomb.

  6. Much as I hate to deprive you of a chance to use those mad microsoft paint skills, I voted to leave the header as is…

  7. Jackie says:

    You lucky devil you! Grats on all your loot, both deserved and undeserved. Love the new header. The previous one is a nice picture but this gives folks an idea of what to expect. That is, that you consider yourself the most evolved of us all. ;)

    • pegoleg says:

      Miss Jackie Blue! How nice to see you. And how clever of you to see through to my REAL intentions.
      I was obsessively looking at my blog on the Recommended Humor Blog page (saw yours there at the same time, by the way. Did you see me wave?) and thought, why would anyone go check out “dreamy” when they’re looking for “funny?”

  8. *hic* Oh, wait… you were telling a drunk story… this wasn’t… *hic* my bad.
    Also, I love the painting!
    And I think your header is fine as is. Then again, you might not want to take my advice for more than a *hic*… wait… what?! :)

  9. Al says:

    Nothing wrong with the header, but it would be nice if you also put up an evolving woman for us guys. Let’s say, Raquel Welch from “1 Million Years B.C?”

    As for the prize, didn’t I tell you if you submitted a story of one of your benders, but pretended it was about someone else, you would win?

  10. OneHotMess says:

    Yay for winning anything! I won a Mott the Hoople album in 1976 on a radio call in. Who is Mott the Hoople, anyway?? ;-)

  11. The painting of the lambs is gorgeous. It makes me feel warm and cozy. Julie is one talented artist.

    My vote is to keep the banner as it is. Every blog needs an “au naturale” element. Hey, maybe that could be your theme. :)

  12. pattisj says:

    I voted for the middle one because I thought it was funny. I don’t think it needs a loin cloth.

  13. List of X says:

    I’d leave it as it is. If you cover up the boo-tay bits, you’ll be complicit in covering up the truth about evolution.

  14. Sandy Sue says:

    I don’t see anything dangling…Do I need new glasses?
    Congrats on all the loot. Who says blogging is a waste of time? Really, who said that?
    And I’m so jealous that you’ve been to Ireland. It’s my dream, my entire Bucket List. Someday…

    • pegoleg says:

      The danglage is implied, Sandy.

      You’d love Ireland. I’m not widely traveled, and even though there’s a big, wide world to explore, I’d still choose to go back there.

  15. Go Jules Go says:

    Oh my gosh I wasn’t expecting to see Julie’s work in this post based on the title – how AMAZING is that!!! (Notice that wasn’t a question.)

    I LOVE your new banner – don’t you dare change a thing. And I’m glad you gave the background on your last one, too – I had no idea!

  16. We always knew you were a winner!
    (and great ideas from the 1pointperspective….)

  17. Dana says:

    That painting is awesome, Peg! And so is your header… just as it is! Congratulations on being an all-around winner. I hope you’ll still remember us little folks when you’re catapulted to Winning Stardom.

  18. Congrats on wining your cool stuff! The painting is very nice. I loved Carrie’s book, hope you enjoy it.

    I vote to keep the boo-tay on display!

  19. I ain’t afraida’ no monkey bits…

  20. Angie Z. says:

    Congrats, big winner! I already told you how much I love your header, did I not? It rocks. That print is gorgeous. Your drunk story was the best int the west, hands down.

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