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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Day 90: The North Is Coming

Well today is the big day, the return of season 3 of the epic show Game of Thrones.  My friend Garett, who has become crazy skilled in photoshop lately made me this meme to celebrate the starting of the show and do an hilarious Abe.  

This is of course Ned Stark, who I miss dearly.  Winter is coming.  I mean the North is coming, watch your butts Confederates. 

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Day 89: The Real Abe on NatGeo

Today was a day full of naughtiness.  My little dog friend below, Rufus, had surgery more than a week ago on a growth that was getting out of control on his foot.  It should have been healed by now.  The really naughty reason it's not is that Rufus feels that he needs to eat all of his casts.  I think he's up to three now?  Anyway, that's what he did for me this morning and the punishment is the cone.  I don't know how else to keep him from licking his wound. 

Just be a good one, Roo!

It might be hard to tell from the photo, but he is so insanely mad at me for putting the cone on him. Don't be mad at me Rufus, you did this to yourself. 

Since I've been stuck at home with Professor Naughty Pants, I was looking for an easy Abe that would allow me to keep an eye on him. Luckily, I had recorded and saved this special from the National Geographic Channel called The Real Abraham Lincoln: Revealed. It was a decent documentary, but I don't know if anything all that spectacular was revealed to me. Or maybe I'm just over-saturated in the subject that it's hard to surprise me with new information.  Not that I know even close to all there is about Abraham, but a show that's for the weekend Lincoln Lover, it would have been rather informative.  I did love the actor they picked to play Abe.  

Friday, March 29, 2013

Day 88: Sidewalk Chalk Abe

True to my spring break tradition, I'm wearing my rain boots around everywhere.  Ironically, it was a beautiful day outside so I imagine I looked quite bizarre to my neighbors that saw me drawing on the sidewalk with chalk all afternoon. 

Today's Abe, was the complete Gettysburg Address all over my pathway and then it ended up spilling over onto the sidewalk. 

 I hope it brings a smile to someone walking by.  

This here is me working hard on the speech, and there's Nick taking a picture of me in action. Fun fact: Nick is exactly as tall as Lincoln!

The infamous, eagle eyed Larissa came by to help me put finishing touches on the project before it became dark and people started walking all over it.  I finally convinced her to let me take her picture for the blog, ain't she so perty? 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Day 87: Craft Night Abe

Oh man! Since I am on spring break I'm allowed to eat pizza and ice cream all day while staying up as late as I want watching movies. Actually, that was my childhood dream of what adulthood would be like.  What actually happens when I go on spring break is that I wear rain boots everyday and invite friends over to make Abe crafts. 

Life is good. 

This is me with my extremely crafty friend Alexandra.  You may have heard about her in earlier blog entries. 

This is my Abe for the day. If we are going to have an Abe craft night, I better wear an Abe shirt!  You can buy this on Threadless, which has quite a few shirts with Abraham Lincoln.  I might own all of them. Maybe.

This here is my party face!

I can't wait to show everyone all the Abes that will happen tonight!  A meeting of minds! 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Day 86: Abe, The Gnome

While Larissa and I were on a craft run at Michael's one weekend, her eagle eye spotted the most brilliant little unpainted gnome.  Of course, he already looked like Abe so I didn't have much work ahead of me. Or so I thought.  I got the whole guy painted from his hat, skin, beard, clothes, and then came the eyes. 

Turns out, I'm not so good at making or coloring eyes in.  This little gnome sat uncompleted in my house for nearly a month.  The more I looked at him, the more he made me mad that I couldn't fix something I thought should be so simple.

Then Garett showed up and I knew all would soon be fixed.  I think the reason Garett and I have been such good friends for so long is because we love doing little projects together.  We once painted my basement, in one night.  I can't even tell you the number of Abes he has made, made guest appearances in, or been forced by me to help fix the mistakes I've made.  In this case, those beady little gnome eyes that were haunting me. 

We talked about what kind of eyes I was aiming for on this little guy.  I wanted something whimsical, not serious...I mean he is a gnome after all and he's going to be living in my garden this spring.  I then pulled up some picture of The Fairly Oddparents style of animation and he understood immediately what I wanted.  What he did was way better than how I envisioned it in my head.

This is why Garett rules. He is a craft master.  

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Day 85: Cold Dead Hand with Jim Carrey

Nick surprised me with this hilarious video from Funny or Die when I woke up. I laughed so hard, maybe I should start wearing adult diapers. Hahaha. He is always on the lookout for new Abe things to use and share with me. I think I may have turned him slowly into an

I am so lucky to share my love of Lincoln with so many people. It has really brought me closer to my friends, family, and opened up new conversations with folks I would never had had the opportunity to speak with. 

The best thing about this video, besides its awesome message, is the backing band. Ghandi is playing a gord, John Lennon on the guitar, AND Abraham Lincoln on stand-up bass!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Day 84: Abe Blincoln

This animation came from a crazy night of Facebooking with one of my best friends, Garret. He's up at Cal State pursuing a degree to be a master jazz pianist. I don't like that we can't spend as much time together anymore, but at least we try to keep in touch as best we can.

It all started because a coworker of mine was asking me for my super duper awesome turkey chili recipe that I inherited from my mom.  When I lived in Vegas and would come visit Reno, Garret would beg me to bring the crock(pot) to make him some chili.  I tagged him in the post to remind him of home and maybe to brag a little bit about my mad crock skills. 

His response was, of course, to create a meme of Dave Chappelle saying "I Want Some Crock". Needless to say, he's wicked creative.  I offhandedly asked him if he could make me a funny Lincoln.  And what did I get?  Only the most hilarious Abe Blincoln! 

I promise to make you a crock as soon as you come back from summer break, Garett.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Day 83: Adi Finds Lincoln in London

One of my dearest and oldest friends is a soon to-be famous author.  I've been lucky enough to know Adi Alsaid since I was 12 years old.  You can check out and BUY his amazing debut novel, Somewhere Over the Sun, here!  

Apparently he is traveling around the world right now because I received a random tweet from him with a picture attached to it.  What did Adi find in London of all places?  An Abraham Lincoln statue!  I guess it's not just an American phenomenon.  

Yeah, I talk to Abraham Lincoln on Twitter. You don't? 

Funny side note, when I went to visit Adi in his hometown of Mexico City, the first place he took me to was to a giant Lincoln statue in the heart of Mexico!! He's everywhere and I'm not complaining. Spread the good word!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Day 82: Chia Abe

My Mom bought me this fantastic Chia Pet years ago, but I was always afraid to try to use it because I thought I would ruin it.  Interesting factoid to know about these "pets": you can't ruin them as they are good for LIFE! You can keep replanting them as soon as their hair falls out. 

I had a hard time with this one, since it's the first Chia Pet I've ever owned.  The hair on the top of his head would just not grow for the life of me!  I tried everything. Oh well, better luck next time.  Although, I do not think he looks too shabby. 

Friday, March 22, 2013

Day 81: 3rd Graders & Abe

I happened to wander into a 3rd grade classroom at the end of the day and found this adorable chart that the children had made. It talks about Lincoln, the 13th amendment, and slavery. Good to know these kids are getting a great and honest education!

I'm not positive because I need to ask the teacher involved, but I'm pretty sure I heard that same class reciting the poem "Invictus" by heart. That is one of my favorite poems and also the name of my iphone! I'll have to check to see if that really happened or I was just dreaming. 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Day 80: Abe, Abe Everywhere!

I'm really starting to believe that I am a magnet for all things Abraham Lincoln.  Since it's getting towards the 4th quarter at school I thought I would do a bit of spring cleaning in the drawers and straighten everything out.  

In the mess there was a box full of bit and pieces of different edgings for bulletin boards. On one of those tiny fragments, guess who I see?  None other than my boy Mr. Lincoln!

I love when Abes just happen to me all serendipitously like that.  All day I'm looking around thinking about what the Abe will be for the day and sometimes I don't have to worry about creating or finding a project because he comes to me! So the question is, do I seek him out or is it the other way around? Haha. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Day 79: Converting to Abe

I was complaining to my friend Alexandra that we never get together anymore for craft nights.  I decided to make a public plea for attention by posting something about it onto Facebook.  When I got there, what would her cover photo be, but an Abe related piece of love.  

I knew it wouldn't be too hard to convince her for a craft night and sure enough, this Thursday is that date.  Hopefully many Abes and laughter come out of it. I'm so excited!  Alexandra loves Lincoln too!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Day 78: Old School Abe

All I have to say is that the world is catching on and realizing that Abraham Lincoln is the coolest.  Larissa found this while she was out grocery shopping.  I have the best friends and family, always with their eyes out for Abes to help encourage my interest/addiction. 

However, I don't believe that Abe, if he had been born in our times would like 3D movies very much. Or maybe I'm projecting because I have glasses and it's miserable for me to watch them.  I do think he would have loved the movies though.  I wonder what his favorite movie would have been.  I'm going to have to ponder that. Oh!  I bet it would have been To Kill A Mockingbird.  Atticus Finch is just too noble and wise to not tickle Lincoln's desire for justice.  

Monday, March 18, 2013

Day 77: Haters Gonna Hate Says Abe

The amount of Abe related clothing I have is not something I'm completely ready to disclose yet.  I will show them to you slowly over the course of this year.  This shirt is one of my favorites, a Christmas present  from my Larissa. I'm so lucky she lives right up the block. I don't know what I would do without her.

This shirt says: Haters Gonna Hate - Abe Lincoln

The wind was blowing like crazy so I was pretending to be a super model and Larissa snapped this shot, we thought it was so funny there was no way we couldn't post it for God and everyone to see. 

I have also decided that for spring break I will only be wearing my rain boots around. Rain or shine, I do not care. 

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Day 76: The Lebron James Beard Abe

I had another Abe planned for today, but I stumbled upon this tweet this evening.  It made me laugh and I had to go see immediately what Lebron James's beard was looking like these days. 

I think the resemblance is hilarious.  

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Day 75: I Grew Up To Be President Abe

While setting up for the school's book fair, I ran across this book and let me tell you, it's brilliant!
I love that children's books are really stepping it up and promoting quality, interesting information  without boring everyone to death. I can't wait to share this one with the kids. 

This is an illustration of Lincoln as a child. 

Friday, March 15, 2013

Day 74: Abe Lincoln at Last!

Today is my sister, Nicole's birthday. I can't believe how much time has passed. I feel like I'm still 24, but today it's her turn! 

Last night I spent some late night hours after school to set up for the book fair that will be running all week.  It was pretty fun putting out and organizing books, hanging posters, and decorating the school with slime.  Why slime? The theme is Readoactive! 

 I picked up this book and I'm excited because it's a hard back so it will survive the rough hands of the kids. I've never read any Magic Tree House books before, but my brother loved them when he was a kid. Of what I've read so far, I like it. 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Day 73: Mailbox Abe

I can't believe I pass these mailboxes everyday to get inside my house while never really realizing their true Abe potential.  It was Nick that noticed it as we were leaving.  He just happened to look at it and say, "Uhhh, all you would have to do is add and 'E' letter and then we would have an Abe house!" Thank you Nick again for your ideas, I'm glad to have such a good partner in crime. 

This is what the mailboxes looked like before.

And here is their new revamped look! 
 Truly an Abe Abode. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Day 72: Abe Lincoln's Dream

This was such an awesome donation that my friend Jessica made to the library of my school.  I read this book while I was still working at the Barnes and I absolutely loved it.  It has beautiful illustrations and is a fantastic story with a beautiful message. 

This is my favorite illustration.  He's describing a dream that he always has. 

How beautiful is this? 

Thank you Jessica, you are amazing! 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Day 71: Students Love Abe, Too!

I found this little example of Abe love on the cover of one of my student's notebooks. I asked her if I could take a picture of it. I then gave her some jellybeans for being such a cool kid.

 It's the little things in life that make the days worthwhile. 

Monday, March 11, 2013

Day 70: Lincoln Lover

Today is Larissa's birthday!!! 

I'm not celebrating it with her unfortunately because her boyfriend is taking her out to dinner and she has a big test to study for on Tuesday. Excuses, excuses. So instead we celebrated on Friday night. You know what her big birthday request was? The day you are allowed to be a total diva and have whatever you want, yeah that day. She wanted to have a Jeopardy marathon and order pizza all the while wearing my robe looking like Hugh Hefner. She is so adorable.  Her and I are now both the same age again and all is in balance with the world.  In honor of her birthday I will do an Abe that she sent my way. 

Larissa is always on the look out for Abes with her eagle eyes and she found one in the animated series American Dad Season 2, Episode 4 which is called Lincoln LoverI just watched it, and if you have Netflix so can you because the entire series of American Dad is up on there. It was really funny.  In the episode they are battling over Lincoln being the first Republican, but also possibly being gay.

My views on Abe wouldn't change if they were ever able to prove his sexual orientation.  I don't really think it's relevant to the things he accomplished and his virtue. However, from the evidence I've read and heard about, I'm not a believer in the fact that he was gay. I mean just because Mary Todd was no looker and crazier than flying monkeys doesn't make the man gay. They did have four sons together though, something to consider. 

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Day 69: Smithsonian Abe

I was super jealous when my Mom sent me a text with this magazine in her hand, but I don't have to be anymore.  My friend Alexandra (who is all over the blog) works at a medical office and this was one of their magazines that was going to get replaced before the little sweetheart saved it for me. 

I have already read the articles at my Mom's house during Christmas and now I'm glad that I have my own copy to add to my Lincoln collection! 

Thank you, Alexandra!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Day 68: Desktop Abe

I have a new computer that I use mostly for work because it has an awesome number pad, but I just realized that I haven't personalized it yet!!  I knew of course that I had to put an Abe back there, but that opens up a whole slew of questions.  Do I make it rotating?  Do I pick a funny one? A photograph I love?  

While messing around on google image searches, I finally found the right one.  The mix of two of my favorite guys, Lincoln and Louis CK, or better yet Louis CK as Lincoln.  Really, it doesn't get much better than that.  Now every time I get on this computer to do some data entry I'll do so with a smile. 

Friday, March 8, 2013

Day 67: Just Tweeting with Mr. Lincoln

I am a big fan of the Twitter. You can follow me @CassandraJo86 if you feel so inclined.  One of the people I follow and occasionally talk to is a guy who is an even bigger Lincoln fan than I am. That's saying a lot.

Every once and awhile we chat with each other about Abe related things.  I was having a dry spell over what Abes I should be working on next and decided to go to the expert, Mr. Lincoln himself!  I was not disappointed, the guy always has great ideas. 

Look for these Abes to appear in the future.

This here is the man that tweets as Mr. Lincoln, he is super knowledgeble and gives lectures about Abe on the east coast. 

You can look at Geoff Elliott's informative and fun website at The Abraham Lincoln Blog.  You won't be disappointed, I often find myself spending hours on this site. 

Lincoln Forever!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Day 66: Did You Say Abe Lincoln?

My friend at work, Ale, sent me this clip! This scene from Robin Hood: Men In Tights is so classic, I can't believe I forgot about it. Thanks for sending this to me, Ale! I'm totally going to watch that movie again this weekend. I suggest you do the same. I also think this might be one of the first things that Dave Chappelle was in. 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Day 65: Measurement & Abe

Today was just another one of those special days where an Abe happened to me!
During the teaching session of the 3rd and 4th graders, their first problem on their worksheet was to determine how tall Lincoln was in inches. Please tell me you know what the correct answer is. I'm glad we are teaching quality math problems and also a fact, Lincoln was the nation's tallest president! 

Two birds, one stone. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Day 64: Found Notebook Abe

Today, while running around the school like a chicken with my head cut off, I stumbled upon a notebook that some child had left behind. I looked inside to see if I could gather their grade level and ask around to teachers to see who it belonged to.

I'm not even kidding, when I opened it up it had only one thing written in it, and it was about Abraham Lincoln. It was quite misspelled, but hey, they got the dates right!

Now I just have to find the kid that started an Abraham Lincoln notebook and become their super best friend.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Day 63: New Yorker Abe

Recently my Grandpa got me a subscription to The New Yorker. I love it! The articles are super in-depth and researched thoroughly. Wouldn't you know that I came home to a new magazine in my mailbox and it had an Abe on it!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Day 62: Thank You, Mr. Lincoln

Nick had some friends visit from Oakland this weekend. They went to the UNR vs UNLV basketball game where I heard UNR got stomped.

Afterwards, we all went out to show everybody the town and ended up where I always do, The Foxy Olive. Larissa even made an appearance, it was a great night. We all played an adult version of apples to apples called Cards Against Humanity. It was hilarious.

In the morning, we woke up to this adorable thank you note. I hope they all come back for a visit again very soon.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Day 61: Lincoln Had Bed Bugs

This project was done by one of our two first grade classes. They built his log cabin out of mini pretzel sticks, which was a great idea. You can go look back on the attempt I had trying to do something similar with 2nd graders: Abe A Day #42 in 2011.

They also had to write something that they didn't know before about the great 16th president. One small person said, "I did not [k]now that Abrhamlencen had a bed that had bogs [bugs.]"  By America.  How perfect is that? The kid with the funniest fact about Lincoln is named America.

 I love how 1st graders spell things, sounding them out and spelling them phonetically. It reminds me how weird the English language really is.