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I’m Moving!

16 Apr

Good morning everyone! I hope you all had wonderful weekends!

I’m sorry I’ve been away so long – I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything new, and I truly appreciate your patience (and your concerns! It’s such a nice feeling to know that you’ve been watching out for me.)

But I’m done wallowing now, I promise.

In fact, I’ve been working on a new project for a while now, and I’m finally ready to share it with you!

Please come check out my new (online) home at:


I’m really excited about this, you guys. It was time for a change, and I think this is going to be a really, really good one. (Really, I do!) You can read all about what led to my decision on the “About” page of the new site, here.

I’ve been stretching my website-designer wings, and the new site has all kinds of cool features that I’m really proud of – you can take a tour of all the awesome-ness here. (You can even like me on Facebook! Please like me on Facebook – I really like feeling…uhhh… liked.)

I’ve had such a wonderful time here over the past year, and I’m truly grateful to all of you for coming along for the ride. I hope that you’ll join me over at Words Become Superfluous for another, even better year!

Love, Amber


March Madness Movie Makeovers!

6 Mar

Well hello there! Welcome to March! Can you believe it’s a whole new month since the last time we were together?

I missed you too!

I’ve been out of town, and as such, the Gumball Crayola version of March Madness (which, naturally, has absolutely nothing to do with basketball) is off to a bit of a delayed start. Not what you’ve come to expect from me here, I know. I’m sorry!

All I can tell you is that I love you all too much to subject you to whatever random words and photos may be invoked from spending time on VIA rail. About 9 hours’ time, all told. Don’t worry, I wouldn’t do that to you.

You know what I would do, though?!? Kick off a brand-new, spring-themed countdown! On a cold and snowy day! As my pal Kermit would say: “Yaaaay!”

Yes, I’m happy to announce that today is the start of Gumball Crayola’s inaugural March Madness Movie Makeover Countdown! Since spring is typically thought of as a time of renewal and rejuvenation, we’re going to spend the month looking at movies that have gotten redone, remade, and rebooted.

*Sequels, prequels, and other franchise-related “equels” may or may not also apply, depending on how my IMDB research skills are faring by the end of the month.

We’re kicking things off with a pairing near and dear to my 1980s childhood:

Can’t Buy Me Love VS Love Don’t Cost A Thing

The Deal: Geeky high school guy pays popular girl to go out with him and improve social status; social status goes completely to geeky guy’s head; popular girl realizes she actually kinda digs guy’s old, geeky self; havoc is wrecked on the high school social order, life lessons are learned, and the guy and the girl ride off into the sunset together. Or at least to 3rd period English.

The Do-Over: In the original film from 1987, Patrick Dempsey hadn’t grown into his McDreamy nose yet, and was perfectly cast as Ronald Miller, the loveable, astronomy loving, geek who was desperate to fit in. Why studios thought audiences would buy Nick Cannon as unpopular in 2003 – we are talking about Mr. Mariah Carey, after all – is beyond me!

The Definitive Champion: Can’t Buy Me Love takes the first round!

Thanks to The Mixtape Monster for the photo – classic!

So tell me, are you a die-hard original fan, or are you open to revisions? Be sure to let me know your winning pick for each round in the comments! And as always, feel free to share your suggestions for countdown contenders.

Tomorrow’s pairing will be one for the boys: our love-struck teenagers will be replaced with car chases. See you then!

The Epic, Infinite Wisdom of Mom

11 Jan

Good morning, and welcome to Wednesday! How’s your week going so far? Are the days starting to feel a little longer and brighter? I hope so!

 If they’re not, here’s some information that might give you a little boost – and yes, might give a warm and cozy feeling. (You knew I’d find some way to tie in to this month’s theme, didn’t you? As I said yesterday, it’s too risky not to!)

What do you do if you’ve had a bad day? As Katy Waldman at Slate.com’s Doublex blog says, “Depending on the depths of the badness…and your post-trauma ability to make complete sentences, you can curl up with a book, hit the gym or the fridge, shop, watch YouTube, or call your mom.”


And guess what?

There’s now scientific proof that talking to mom really does make things better!Waldman explained that researchers have recently found that young girls who talked to their mothers—either on the phone or face-to-face—experienced a drop in the stress hormone cortisol.

Their brains also released a burst of oxytocin, the neuromodulator responsible for feelings of love and pleasure. In a paper published in the January issue of Evolution and Human Behavior, the scientists concluded that something about the sound of the mothers’ voices had a calming effect on the daughters.

Well, yeah. You can read Waldman’s whole article here, but you don’t really need to. My sister and I could have told you that.


Have a great day everyone! And call your Mom!!

Keep Calm and Call Mom print by GoodBehavior, available on Etsy.