Friday, May 29, 2015

12-Week Rockabilly Challenge Starts Sunday!

I wanted to remind everyone that the 12-Week Rockabilly Challenge (summer photo challenge) starts this SUNDAY!  Please share this post with anyone and everyone!


For all the information check out: The Original Post

You can join the Flickr group: 12-Week Rockabilly Challenge Flickr Group

Be sure to post your challenge photos with #12weekrockabillychallenge

Join in on the fun and dedicate yourself to the challenge by posting: "I, (YOUR NAME HERE), pledge to do the 12-Week Rockabilly Challenge over the course of the summer of 2015.  I will have fun!  I will take pictures!"


Week 1 (May 31- June 6) - Get your photo taken with a vet or at a WWII memorial or with WWII items in honor of D-Day (June 6th).

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Upcoming Interviews

I have some interviews that I'll be posting soon from fellow bloggers regarding the rockabilly lifestyle.  These interviews are coming in from all over the world, so it should be exciting to read about various perspectives!

If you're interested in being a participant, please send me an email  jessiedesmond@rocketmail.com

I guarantee a link to your blog and to any projects you might have going on that you happen to mention.


ALSO: I'm on the docket for an interview with Chronically Vintage this July!  I'll keep you guys updated on that.  Be sure to swing by CV to check out the other interviews as well.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Beavis & Butthead Do Rockabilly

Did you know that Beavis & Butthead watched some rockabilly music videos?   This is a throw back to my youth.   Have fun and enjoy the weekend!


Bacon Festival Pictures

Pictures from the Bacon Festival

Ready for the festival

My mom trying out the selfie stick

Our bags of Bacon-Potato Chip Shortbread Cookies, we called them "Sweet & Swine"

Me with the other selfie stick

Ah, our table for the festival

All ready with a Bacon Americano
We didn't win anything, but we had a lot of fun!

Bacon Festival, Fairbanks

What are you doing today?   Do you like bacon?

Today is the big day for the Bacon Festival.  You can check out the poster to the right.

I'll be the piglet to my mother hog for the bacon and beer tasting.  We are one of the bacon competitors.  We need votes for our food.  I won't tell you what it is, but I'll tell you the name: Sweet & Swine!

Vote for us and keep an eye out for #baconandbeer on instagram.

Come see us if you're in Fairbanks!

Friday, May 22, 2015

UFO/Space Party - Costume Design

I've been working on my costume design for my upcoming UFO/Space Party.  I have spent a lot of time going through pictures online of old pulp magazine covers and watching a lot of old sci-fi movies.

I really like the looks found in "Crash of The Moons".  Below are some images from the movie.




Cute short dress, cape...I like the shoulders on the outfit of the lady on the "phone" system.

Here are a few other images that I'm looking at for inspiration.






Thursday, May 21, 2015

12-Week Rockabilly Challenge - Reminder

I wanted to remind everyone that the 12-Week Rockabilly Challenge (summer photo challenge) starts next week!  Please share this post with anyone and everyone!


For all the information check out: The Original Post

You can join the Flickr group: 12-Week Rockabilly Challenge Flickr Group

Be sure to post your challenge photos with #12weekrockabillychallenge

Join in on the fun and dedicate yourself to the challenge by posting: "I, (YOUR NAME HERE), pledge to do the 12-Week Rockabilly Challenge over the course of the summer of 2015.  I will have fun!  I will take pictures!"


Week 1 (May 31- June 6) - Get your photo taken with a vet or at a WWII memorial or with WWII items in honor of D-Day (June 6th).

Click to see full size schedule

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Running Shape

Barbara has good motivation.
I need to get into running shape.  I can front squat 155lbs (3RM), but I have a tough time running any amount of distance.  I've always disliked running.  I find it really boring to just run.  Trail running is a little different because you have to watch out for roots, branches, rocks, etc.  Just running though....blah.  I guess it comes down to me needing proper motivation.  Bees, zombies, a bear?  Good motivation.

I'm not really sure what people do to get into running shape, but I'm going to start by going to Planet Fitness after work.  Really simple - run for 30 minutes on the eliptical.  I have my ipod loaded with music, so I should be ready to go.

I'm also looking forward to the weight loss that is sure to follow with this.  I already have crossfit and taekwondo.  I'm hoping this is the boost I need to really get into my size 6 pants.

Any tips would be appreciated.

Product Review: LL Bean Comfort Knit Jean Crop Pants

LL Bean Picture
When it comes to fashion, I love being comfortable.  I think we all do.  It's the reason why we have a favorite sweater or shirt or sweatpants, right?  I found something that is stylish, yet absurdly comfortable.

LL Bean's Comfort Knit Jean Crop Pants (click for the link)

I know that LL Bean isn't a very rockabilly brand, but I tend to find some of the best basics at non-rockabilly stores.  Let me describe myself when it comes to pants.   I hate shopping for pants, always have.  I like higher waisted pants because when I sit I don't like my ass crack to show...or my underwear.  A high waist also tends to fit my natural shape and helps me avoid the dreaded muffin top.  My hips are a little more than 10" larger than my waist.  This means that I'm fairly curvy - not fat, but actually curvy.  If you recall an earlier post, I tend to refer to fat girls as being "convex" not curvy.  I also have big calves because I do a lot of weightlifting.  I have issues buying regular jeans because of my calves.  A lot of times regular jeans end up fitting like skinny jeans.  I am almost back down to a size 6, so I don't think it's due to my body size.

Lets move on.

I got these pants while at work.  I ordered them in indigo.  They look like jeans, but they stretch and feel soft like thick workout pants.  I tried them on and kept them on (though I rolled the cuff a little).  Here's what they ended up looking like.



Ignore the fat.
They aren't bad.  I feel like I could wear these for a long time and not be uncomfortable or feel like they're constricting.  They aren't as high-waisted as I prefer, but they will definitely work.  All pockets and front zipper are functional.  This pair was on sale for $49.99.  Regular price is $59.99.  They come in indigo (what I got), midnight wash (blackish?), sea salt (white), and soft red (coral red).

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Reduction of Technology

I read "The Challenge of a Vintage Lifestyle in a Twenty First Century" by Koop Kooper at UltraSwank and it has me thinking about reduction of technology for the sake of vintage living.

I want to step right up and say that I don't have a ton of technology, but I kind of like what I have.

This morning I saw an article floating around facebook that I tagged UltraSwank in because it reminded me of his article.  "The Light Phone Is The Anti-Smartphone" by techcrunch.com

I keep wondering what I could do to reduce my technology while still being able to maintain my online voice.

I decided to ask myself two questions:

  1. What kind of technology do I have?
  2. What technology could I do without or replace with lower/manual form of technology?
I looked around my apartment and took inventory.
  • Laptop
  • Desktop (this is my art computer)
  • 30" Flat screen with built-in dvd player
  • Crosley songbird radio
  • Ipod
  • Keurig coffee pot
  • Samsung 4G LTE (verizon free phone)
  • Fuji digital camera
  • Canon digital video recorder
  • Fitbit
My laptop is my main computer and my desktop is my art and writing computer.  I don't think I could get rid of either one of these currently.

My television isn't the biggest or the best.  In fact, I need some speakers so I can hear the television without having to jack up the volume.  I do have a roku player stick that lets me connect to stuff like netflix and amazon.  I really enjoy this technology because I don't own all the movies I want to watch.  Do I need it?  No.  Do I enjoy it?  Yes.  Do I have cable television or standard television (is that still a thing?)? No.

I have a crosley radio that I blogged about a few months ago.

I have an old ipod that can store 160 GB.  It was top of the line when I got it, but now it's best capability is to show a movie on a tiny screen - if you have a movie on it.  I will admit that I still haven't quite figured out how to use itunes and I'm frustrated that itunes will suddenly erase stuff I do on the ipod from winamp.   Do I need it?  Yes.  It helps me stay motivated at the gym, I use it to listen to music when I travel (vehicle, plane, etc), I use it when I clean or do yard work, and I occasionally use it to help me with meditation.  Could I get rid of it?  I could, but I will not.

The Keurig coffee pot that I have is okay.  I also have a french press, but I don't always need that amount of coffee, hence the K-cup which is single serving.  I would prefer an espresso machine because I like having total control over my morning brew and I miss using a manual machine.  Do I need the k-cup? Meh.  I need coffee to raise my blood pressure before the gym.  Could I get rid of it? If I had something better to replace it with, yes.

I don't use my phone for most things.  I tend to use my phone (in order of usage) as a clock, for text messages, to check email, for phone calls from my boyfriend, and to use my workout app (its specifically for the crossfit gym I go to).  I don't spend a ton of time on my phone.  I don't freak out if I forget it at home or if it gets lost in my purse all day.  Do I need it?  No.  Do I enjoy it?  Not particularly.  I enjoy talking to my boyfriend.  Does that count?    Looking at the Light Phone (mentioned above) I would definitely consider changing to it.  I would also consider switching to a rotary phone with or without an answering machine.  I survived for a long time without a cellphone.  Its not something I absolutely need.

My digital camera and digital video recorder I use for paranormal investigation and research activity, as well as personal usage.  I don't know if I want to go back to 35mm film simply because I have a fear that person processing the film won't know what they're doing.  I do miss having tangible pictures that are on a better quality photo paper than what I put into the printer.  Do I need these?  For work I do.

My parents' neighbor updated her fitbit and gave her fitbit to me since she knew I workout a lot.  I like the minimal modernist design.  It allows me to track my activity, food and water intake, and sleep.  Do I need it?  No.  Could I get rid of it? Yep.  I was doing stuff like this by keeping a food journal.  There's something a little more real about writing stuff down in a journal as opposed to using your phone or pc to enter stuff.



How do you guys feel about reducing technology?  Do you use any extra tech that you really don't need?

Friday, May 15, 2015

UFO/Space Party

I've been wanting to host a UFO/Space Party for a while now.  Lately, I've just been waiting for summer to roll about.  As I go about my planning and party preparations, I will be sharing with  you guys.

The Theme: Retro UFO/Space

Try Nots: Try not to show up in "blatantly obvious" movie themed outfits (like Star Wars or Star Trek).

Absolutely: Show up in a costume/outfit that fits with the theme.  Feel free to bring themed food.

Activities: We're going to have some group fun with Cranium and we're going to have some good food.  Also, we will vote on who has the best outfit - winner gets a bag of surprises!

If you're planning a party like this, I suggest having at least one planned activity.  It makes it fun and gives people something to look forward to.  It also usually indicates that's it's not a dumb kegger.

Menu:  Please feel free to bring something!  You can see what I'll be making below.

  • Cattle Mutilation Burgers
  • Fruity Star Salad
  • Venusian Asparagus
  • Grilled Tentacle Bites
  • Soylent Green
  • Planet Cookies
  • Baked Zorg Cookies
Music: You can stick with spacey exotica ("Fantastica" by Russ Garcia or "Star Dust Samba" by Pan American Orchestra), space-themed rockabilly music, and/or movie themes.

I need to make some kind of invitation for this thing and I need to pick a date. I'm thinking July 11th.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Tuna Patties & Baked Zucchini Fries!

Tuna fish has been a big part of American meals.  You can't mention food from the 1940s and 1950s without mentioning a few tuna dishes.  I think tuna patties are a good rockabilly food.  You can eat them "as is" with a condiment (tartar sauce, ketchup, mustard, etc) or as a burger substitute (aka throw it on a bun).


Tuna Patties
1 Can of Tuna
1 TBSP Ground Flaxseed (not a fan of flax? Try adding in Chia Seed)
3 TBSP Eggs
1 TBSP Onion, diced
1 TBSP Parsley
2 tsp Dill
1/2 Clove Garlic
1/2 TBSP Lemon Juice
Pinch of Salt & Pepper


  1. Mix everything together in a bowl.
  2. Prepare a frying pan by heating on medium-high.  You might want to add in a little coconut or olive oil.
  3. Roll/press your mixture into patties.  Cook them for 6-7 minutes on each side.

While I was making my tuna patties, I had some Baked Zucchini Fries going in the oven.  If you make the zucchini first, your food should be ready all at the same time - super convenient.


Baked Zucchini Fries
2 Zucchini
1/2 cup Parmesean
1/2 tsp Garlic
1/2 tsp Basil
1 tsp Parsley
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
Olive oil

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Cut your zucchini length-wise into eight pieces.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together your cheese and herbs.
  4. Cover your zucchini strips in olive oil, then sprinkle on the herb-cheese mix.  Place on baking sheet.
  5. When your zucchini is all ready for baking, place in oven and bake for 20 minutes.
Optional: Try switching up your herbs.  You can make it more Italian or French - etc.  You can also try using other oils like coconut or avocado or walnut.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Censorship: Should We Do It Again?

If you know a bit about film history, you probably know about the Hays Code (aka Motion Picture Production Code).  It came around in the 30s after it seemed (to the people at the time) that film was running amuck.  It was a call for censorship that lasted until the mid-1960s.

Lately I've been wondering if we should bring back a modern version of the Hays Code.  My artist side is freaking out as I write this.  I think a good modern twist for the Hays Code would be to have the "risque" shows be more or less pay per view or something, instead of "Hey, its now free to watch on netflix!"

Before I really get going on this, here's the "Don't List" for the Hays Code:
  1. Pointed profanity – by either title or lip – this includes the words "God," "Lord," "Jesus," "Christ" (unless they be used reverently in connection with proper religious ceremonies), "hell," "damn," "Gawd," and every other profane and vulgar expression however it may be spelled;
  2. Any licentious or suggestive nudity – in fact or in silhouette; and any lecherous or licentious notice thereof by other characters in the picture;
  3. The illegal traffic in drugs;
  4. Any inference of sex perversion;
  5. White slavery;
  6. Miscegenation (sex relationships between the white and black races);
  7. Sex hygiene and venereal diseases;
  8. Scenes of actual childbirth – in fact or in silhouette;
  9. Children's sex organs;
  10. Ridicule of the clergy;
  11. Willful offense to any nation, race or creed

Obviously, there are a few things that need to be changed.  I mean, we can tailor #1 and #2; get rid of #6.

Here is the "Be Careful" list from the Hays Code:
  1. The use of the flag;
  2. International relations (avoiding picturizing in an unfavorable light another country's religion, history, institutions, prominent people, and citizenry);
  3. Arson;
  4. The use of firearms;
  5. Theft, robbery, safe-cracking, and dynamiting of trains, mines, buildings, etc. (having in mind the effect which a too-detailed description of these may have upon the moron);
  6. Brutality and possible gruesomeness;
  7. Technique of committing murder by whatever method;
  8. Methods of smuggling;
  9. Third-degree methods;
  10. Actual hangings or electrocutions as legal punishment for crime;
  11. Sympathy for criminals;
  12. Attitude toward public characters and institutions;
  13. Sedition;
  14. Apparent cruelty to children and animals;
  15. Branding of people or animals;
  16. The sale of women, or of a woman selling her virtue;
  17. Rape or attempted rape;
  18. First-night scenes;
  19. Man and woman in bed together;
  20. Deliberate seduction of girls;
  21. The institution of marriage;
  22. Surgical operations;
  23. The use of drugs;
  24. Titles or scenes having to do with law enforcement or law-enforcing officers;
  25. Excessive or lustful kissing, particularly when one character or the other is a "heavy".
 It's funny how television in today's world has completely stomped all over this stuff.

I've spent some time going over crime rates in the 1940s and 1950s, the height of this censorship, in order to compare them to the last twenty years.  Our crime rates have tripled in most aspects, doubled in some.  Is this due to television and a lack of strong censorship?

I love sitting down with a full season of "Walking Dead" or "American Horror Story" or "Game of Thrones", but are they really something I'd let a high schooler watch?  Probably not.  High schoolers are pretty dumb.  I know, I was one at one point.  Actually, when I was in high school I tended to watch TGIF (Friday night family television - in case you don't know), X Night Movie (during the week there was usually a movie shown every certain night), we would rent a movie sometimes, and I loved watching old movies and tv shows.  I didn't need all the sex and violence.  I don't think it
makes it "more real" or "less real".

I want to point out that some of the best films of all time came out during the time of the Hays Code.  I think it's because people had to be more creative in order to get things across.  Here are five of my favorite films from the Hays Code days: 'Psycho', 'Dr.Strangelove', 'Wizard of Oz', 'Lawrence of Arabia', and 'The Wolf Man'.

My folks have netflix.  My mom went through and watched "Orange is The New Black".  I watched one or two episodes.  I think its a sorry excuse for a tv show.  It just seems like a way to show off lesbian sex, low intelligence, and glamorize prison life.  I also do not like "Breaking Bad".  I gave the first season a watching and was really disgusted by it.  Too much drugs, sex, degrading lifestyles, and low intelligence just makes me feel sick.

Am I the only one who feels this way?  I'm not 100% sure what to do about this, but I think something really needs to happen.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Cadillac Chicken

One of my feats of coming up with rockabilly food is Cadillac Chicken (of my own design)!  I want to invite you guys to make food that you think represents the rockabilly lifestyle.  Use #rockabillyfood when you post - and, for goodness sake, let me know so I can try it!
Out of the oven

Cadillac Chicken (makes 4)
4 Chicken Breasts, boneless and skinless
4-8 slices Provolone
1 White Onion
2 Roma Tomatoes
1 can Deviled Ham
1 cup Sour Cream
1 TBSP Parlsey
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
1 8oz-can Tomato Sauce
1 tsp Garlic
Served with sauce
1 Red Bell Pepper, pureed
1 tsp Chili Powder

1. In a sauce pan, mix together the tomato sauce, garlic, pureed red bell pepper, and chili powder.  Let this heat on low, covered, until your chicken is done.
2. Use a wooden or thick plastic cutting board and beat eat chicken breast with a meat hammer until flat.
3. On each beaten breast, lay out your cheese (1 or 2 slices on each breast).
4. Chop up your white onion and sautee in a frying pan (with butter) until tender.  Once your onion is done, place equally on each chicken breast.
5. Thin slice your tomatoes and lay these out on each breast.
6. In  bowl, mix together the deviled ham, 1/2 cup of sour cream, parsley, and black pepper.  Scoop this out, equally, onto each chicken breast.
7. Roll up your chicken breast and pin together with toothpicks.  Place this in a glass baking dish and cover top with foil.  Bake at 350F for 30-35 minutes or until done.
8. Once you remove your chicken from the oven, add the other 1/2 cup of sour cream to your tomato sauce.  Stir until smooth.  Serve chicken with sauce.

Unfortunately, when I was at the store today getting chicken it was a mad house!  I saw boneless, skinless chicken breasts and didn't realize that I was grabbing chicken tenders.   My dish came out looking not-so-great because of this little error.  It was still good though.  I ate it pretty damn fast.

SIDE NOTE: I'm calling this Cadillac Chicken because it is rich and big on flavor.  To me caddies were always a bit over the top - so big, so idealized.  Enjoy this chicken recipe and get some better pictures than me!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Rockabilly Food

I've been thinking about themed food.  Everyone can guess what princess food or cowboy food or
medieval food would be.  What would rockabilly food consist of?  It would have to be "more than" 1950s food.

One of my goals this summer is to come up with some kick-ass rockabilly food.  I searched pinterest for "rockabilly food" and it was just cakes, shakes, and diner food.

Let me know if you have anything you'd like to share.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Doc says "Severe Allergies"

Monday I finished my last 100m sprint at crossfit and collapsed to the ground because I couldn't breathe.  It felt like my lungs were stuck together or something.  Over the weekend I was not feeling 100%.

I asked myself Saturday night what my symptoms were and here's what I came up with:

  1. Lethargy - Absolutely no energy, despite my crossfit and taekwondo.
  2. Hot & Cold Flashes - One minute it's sweatpants and a hoodie while under a blanket, the next it's taking off layers.   I'm not usually like that.
  3. Pressure on the top of my chest/lungs
  4. Short dry cough - Happens after I move around.  It's not a wet cough or a phlegm cough like if you have the flu or allergies.
I almost never have a fever - but last night at my dinner meeting I sure as hell got one.  I was freezing and my face was on fire.

When I was a little kid I had pneumonia 7 times.  The doctors never detected a fever or fluid in my lungs, but they determined it was pneumonia after looking at the chest x-ray.

I went to the doctor on Monday and she examined me, told me it was just severe allergies.  My eyes are not itchy and watery, my face isn't achy from my sinuses, I'm not choking on sinus drainage, and I don't have the all-over body aches.   These are my usual allergy symptoms.  My doctor ordered blood work and a chest x-ray, but never went over the chest x-ray with me.

I haven't worked out since Monday morning.  I feel like poop because of it.  The worst thing is that I might be taking allergy medicine when I need to be taking an antibacterial regiment.  WHY WON'T THEY CALL ME BACK?!  ARGH!  (I have called a few times to get some feedback, but no luck.)

Thoughts?

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Dark Pyramid

I have 3 spots open for an excursion to investigate the Dark Pyramid. I'm hoping to venture out in July. You have to pay for your own seat for the flight, so it comes out to $950 a person (I'll pick up the little extra costs).

 If you are interested, you need to send me an email: jessiedesmond@rocketmail.com Include your name, email, contact info, and tell me why you would be a good choice (include your educational background).

Deadline to apply: May 31st - Feel free to contact me for more information

This trip will last 3 or 4 days.  We will have to take a helicopter out to the area, so you will need to be prepared. 

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Antique Store Find

Today the Fairbanks rockabilly group got together for lunch (well, some of us), then I went to some of the antique stores with my friend Deanna.

If you happen to visit Fairbanks, be sure to check out the antique stores.  We have quite a few now!

  • Airport Road Antique Mall - Airport Road
  • Lady Lee's - 1st Ave
  • Roxy's Second Hand - College Road
  • Thriftiques - Minnie Street
  • Blue Door Antiques - Illinois St

I found a cute little parrot box at the Airport Road Antique Mall.  I'm going to use it as a salt jar.  I just need a spoon for it.  The box actually has a rest in the back, so the spoon handle will appear to be the parrot tail.  A tropical little addition for my tiki kitchen!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Summer 12-Week Rockabilly Challenge

This summer, I'd like to host a 12-Week Challenge.  This is a challenge to show off your rockabilly self having a lot of fun AND it will get you out doing something.  I know that sometimes summer can lead to those "I have no idea what to do today" sort of days. This challenge runs from May 31 - August 22.



Each week there will be a single activity that is not too difficult.  The goal is to get a photo of yourself doing the activity and upload it to the Lonely Hepkat 12-Week Summer Challenge group on Flickr.  These can be you doing the activity, pin-up photos, food-related, craft-related, fashion-related...just remember that this is a rockabilly blog and its intended to be a rockabilly challenge.  Be sure to include this hashtag: #12weekrockabillychallenge

JOIN THE FLICKR GROUP

TIPS: It's 100% okay to collect photos all summer long and post them when the week comes around!  It would also be very cool if you tell us particular place names in your summer ventures like: "At Old Hannigan's for a slice of the best pie ever!" or "Picnic along the Smith River".

If you plan on doing this challenge then commit to it!  In the comments below, copy and paste the following - fill in the blanks: "I, (YOUR NAME HERE), pledge to do the 12-Week Rockabilly Challenge over the course of the summer of 2015.  I will have fun!  I will take pictures!"

Week 1 (May 31- June 6) - Get your photo taken with a vet or at a WWII memorial or with WWII items in honor of D-Day (June 6th).

Week 2 (June 7 - June 13) - Go find a classic car and pose with it.  I'd suggest hitting up a car show.

Week 3 (June 14 - June 20) - Every place has something that is unique, whether it's a piece of architecture or a statue or the best place for a great slice of pie.  Find a place that is unique to your town/city.

Week 4 (June 21 - June 27) - In honor of summer solstice, show us how you celebrate the longest day of the year!

Week 5 (June 28 - July 4) - Show off your patriotic side and make something delicious for July 4th!

Week 6 (July 5 - July 11) - Is it getting hot?  Cool off with some water and show us.  Ideas: Boating, fishing, beach, sprinkler, fountain, etc.

Week 7 (July 12 - July 18) - It seems like a great time to spend time in the great outdoors.  Go be one with nature! Ideas: Hiking, camping, fishing, nature walk, kayaking, hunting, etc.

Week 8 (July 19 - July 25) - Have a picnic.  This can be a classic picnic with a blanket and friends or it can be as simple as driving out to someplace with a great view for lunch and snapping a great picture.

Week 9 (July 26 - August 1) - Go to a big event like a county/state fair, street fair, car show, flea market, farmers market, or something equivalent.

Week 10 (August 2 - August 8) - The poppy is one of the symbols of August.  Find some poppies and strike a pose or make something with poppies as your theme and get a picture of you and your project.

Week 11 (August 9 - August 15) - Show off your summer rainwear!

Week 12 (August 16 - August 22) - You've done a great job!  Go grab a bite to eat or a cup of coffee or even a cocktail.  What are you having?  Are you with friends?  Are you in a great new dress/shirt/trousers?

Below is a graphic with the weekly schedule.  Click to enlarge.  Feel free to share it and/or save it!