Monday, November 20, 2006

Who Doesn't Love Lego?
When I first discovered I was pregnant about 16 years ago, the first thing I did was buy myself some Lego. Finally I had an excuse! We still have a whole bunch of it in the basement. Nobody ever plays with it, but it's comforting to know that it's there if anybody ever needs to make something out of Lego.
<--- Like these Decemberists!
Beth had a great link to this site featuring all these musicians made out of Lego, including this one, which I am sending out to Will and Hillary.

<--- hahaha! It's Flava Flav!!!!
This is as good as the Fight Club in Lego site, which Michelle posted once upon a time.

edit note: Karen posted the Village People lego on her site hours before I did, so she wins at the internet!

I'm pretty sureI have necrotizing fasciitis.
The FU! finger on my left hand started swelling up this afternoon. It feels like there's a small grapefruit inside the tip right now.
I went for a short workout on the elliptical when I got home from work and everytime I swung my arm, it felt like my finger had been slammed in the door. And then, as I was finishing my workout, some new program came on TLC, which I had on for visuals, entitled something like "Texas Cheer Moms" and it was about ... wait for it ... cheerleaders' moms. If the throbbing finger wasn't enough to induce naseau, this did the trick.
I didn't realise how much I use this finger to type.
If I start seeing red streaks travelling up my arm, I'm going to Emerg quick snap.

Tomorrow the votes close for the 2006 Canadian Blogger Awards
So you have a final chance to vote for the Stroumboulopouli for Best Group Blog and earn the admiration and eternal gratitude of my colleagues and I.


mellowlee said...

I heart lego! I will build a lego city with you if you want! I love to buy the little lego kits. My favorite was not a pirate ship, but one of those little row boats they tie to a pirate ship (would that be a lifeboat? haha)
Aw, your poor fingie! That really sucks! What the hell eh? I hope it's better by tomorrow! At least if you need to give the FU to someone it will stand out more? Awww Poor fingie!
Ok, Im gonna go vote one last time!!!!

John Mutford said...

Infected hangnail perhaps? Sounds nasty. Updates please!

Allison said...

Necrotizing fasciitis sounds scary, take care of it Barb, you wouldn't want the grapefruit size to progress any bigger.

I thougt of Will when I saw the Flavour Flav picture, do we know why he wears the clock?

Lego is the best, I spent hours of my childhood constructed little villages, only to have my brother roll over them with his toy trucks. Boys!

Anonymous said...

is it a pink grapefruit or a yellow one?

Anonymous said...

reminds me...was at a party a few weeks ago...we were playing horseshoes and my friends daughter calls crying cause the dog swallowed a piece of lego...i told him to aks her what colour?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Lego is the best, Mel. I feel like hauling it out of the basement now and scattering the pieces all over the floor, just like the old days.
Hey, you're right, I can really fip people the bird now. This could all work out very well.

I'll bet that's what it is, John, which sounds kinda mundane, doesn't it? So I'll only update if something dramatic (like amputation) happens.

Necrotizing fasciitis is actually a favourite phrase of mine, Allison, but I never actually wanted to get it!
I guess Flav wears the clock to establish that he has the superior bling. Oh yes he does!
My brother did similar things with his little cowboys. It was always about the destruction with him.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It's a red hot throbbing grapefruit, Kelly.

I'll bet it was blue, Kelly. They look the tastiest.

Anonymous said...

Lego and tinker toys and spirograph. Those were my favorites and of course those are what my nephews got from me. The lego was a hit the spirograph not so much. Kids these days!

Anonymous said...

toccata...i had all those toys....and lite brite...ah fun memories

kees said...

Barb that is SO funny! I think maybe we're related. Every time I get any sort of spot or blemish it's always necrotizing fasciitis!!! I really hope that's not what it is :( Especially not on your FU finger. You need that guy.

Loving the little lego men. Except Flava Flav he's creepy even in lego form.

Ben Heller said...

I've decided I'm going to get all the Lego Rock stars and build some fantasy supergroups.

Remove Michael Stipe and have Flava Flav lead sing with the rest of REM would be a good place to start.

I'm hoping they'll do N'Sync and then I can take out Timberlake and find a new band for Michael Stipe.

That finger condition sounds nasty. You should get it checked out.

Karen said...

Hey, I put up a picture of Lego Village People on my site yesterday and yet I don't rate a mention? Boo hoo hoo... ;-) Just teasing!

I didn't have lego as a kid and was shunned by the other kids in the neighbourhood. It has left me scarred for life.

Karen said...

However, we did have Mecchano sets which no one else had. I felt slightly superior for a few weeks.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Oh yeah, spirograph was lots of fun too, Toccata. I could really zone out with that! Computers have sort of removed some of the wonder from some of those toys, haven't they?

You had Lite Brite, Kelly? Spoiled brat!

Fortunately I have another FU finger on the other hand, Kees, just in case. But it's hilarious that you always think you have NF as well. I think the love of disease names was what drew me into medicine in the first place.
The same with you perhaps?

Ben, I suspect you will have far too much fun plotting world domination with your Lego rock star super groups. Some of them sound pretty dangerous and I don't know if this sort of thing should be allowed.

Karen, I was so lame last night that I didn't get around to visiting all my usual friends, although I did read your Tom Jones piece and meant to go back to watch the videos on the other computer, hence I missed your Lego story.
And then this morning, I started to commment on it, hit the wrong button in the dark, and your entire blog started printing off on my printer! How's that for cosmic revenge? You totally got me back!
And I didn't have real Lego as a kid either, but some knockoff.

Karen said...

Ha ha ha Karma's a bitch :) Just teasing you! Thanks for the edit. I've noticed lego posts on a number of other blogs I regularly visit too. Either they're all trying to get in on my advanced knowledge or they all visit "The 9" each morning like I do.

Will said...

Flavvvvor Flavvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv! I was so excited when I saw that; and we sincerely appreciate the dedication. And the Decemberists! Cute! Legos are kinda da bomb. I imagine you've seen the bible stories in Lego form ... radtacular!

kees said...

Disease names and chemical names. Beta-mercaptoethanol, Guanidinium thiocyanate, and isoamylalcohol are among my personal favs.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I don't know the 9, Karen, but it sure does seem that there is a wave of Lego-mania sweeps the netz.
See what you've done?

Will, I immediately thought of you and Hillary when I saw that, and I have since found another person who also watches the Flav of Love. Imagine that!
The Decemberists are cute by nature, but even more so in Lego.
Eva had to do a comparative essay in school between Greek mythology and biblical stories, and as we do not have a bible in the house, she used the Bible in Lego site. Brilliant!

Those are great ones, Kees! I'm not so good on the chemcial names, but I can draw the structure of benzene!

Evelyne said...

Lego, when i was a kid i could spend hours playing with my brothers, building houses... sometimes, the living room was full of lego for weeks (really, i remember that once we kept the houses, castles, pirates and boats, and we even managed to build an "Olympic town" once) for at least 2 weeks... lego are so much fun.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

That was so great that your parents would let you keep your Lego town intact for that long, Evelyne. Obviously it was more important to your parents that you used your imaginations than that there was a tidy living room floor every night. That's wonderful!
The Olympic town sounds very cool!

mellowlee said...

OMG I totally forgot about Spirograph!! How could I forget about it? :D

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Anow now you can do all that stuff on Paint or Photoshop, Mel. But it's still not the same as whirling your pencil around in that little wheel.

tydes said...

That lego thing was really fucked. I didn't understand what the point of it was.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You mean the Fight Club one, Jeff? Me either, it's completely bizarre. Some art school kid had way too much time on his hands.

michelle said...

ooh, Lego! I wanted some so bad as a kid & my parents wouldn't get me any. I got to play with broken chopsticks & pretend they were Lincoln Logs... my mom being Chinese & all. Just kidding. sorta. ;)

You know, the word 'pregnant' has always bothered me. It's so... gravid. Necrotizing fasciitis, now there's poetry.

kees said...

Disease naems ARE better than chemical names. Necrotizing fasciitis is very poetic but also it's the seriousness of the condition. In the same way that a cough = bubonic plague, also a very satisfying term.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Aww, poor wee Michelle clutching her broken chopsticks. You must come over to my house and we will play Lego to make up for our childhood neglect.
Pregnant is rather gravid, isn't it? hmmmmm, suitable actually.

Are you saying that you have bubonic plague with each cough, Kees? hahaha!

Maureen said...

So funny, I was just saying a couple of days ago "how can you NOT love lego?" Of course my kids have way too much of it :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

And it's probably all over the floor too, Maureen! Hey are you back home now?

Deb said...

We still have tons of Lego. There are some things just too good to get rid of and that's definitely one of them.

Have you considered gout Barbara? Kind of sounds like it could be...worth checking out. And I bet those cheerleader mom's required BOTH fu fingers...they are so annoying. I watched a documentary once about how obsessive they are about the entire thing...the lengths they'll go to get their daughters on the squad. Geesh.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

The finger seems to be improving, Deb, and the swelling starting to localize, so I suspect an infection hangnail or something equally romantic. Thanks for your concern.
Even 5 minutes of that cheerleaders' moms show was enough to make me nauseous. I can't getting that worked up about an activity like that. But yeah, two fu fingers needed on those ladies.

kees said...

Yes. Every cough is bubonic plague. Or Bird flu. Or SARS but SARS is a bit 'retro' now as Eva would say :)