Why, yes, that IS a bushy-tailed, bubble-blowing alien.
And yes, she is standing on the surface of Jupiter.
Why? Well... It all started with this post from Jenny Lawson: The Bloggess: Five Pounds of Delicious Floating Cheese.
In it (with her usual non-linear logic) she argues with her husband Victor about the comparative weight of 5lbs of cheese vs 5lbs of helium. It's a fun argument, but the best bits are in the comment section, which looks to have devolved into a combination of twisted science lessons and cake fights.
Amused, I shared the post with Mr.Spouse. He not only took Victor's side of the argument, but started spewing science and math formulas at me. Before breakfast! I mean, seriously!
Being sans-coffee, I took the wisest available course of action. I stared him down, then and hit him with creative absurdity.
Transcript of Creative Absurdity
Me: Well, what if the helium was in a BUBBLE?"
Spouse: "It wouldn't matter."
Me: "What if it was in a bubble on JUPITER? It'd be heavier, right?"
Spouse: "No, not ... wait, that wouldn't happen. Jupiter's atmosphere is made up of --"
Me: "Well what if there was a Helium Monster on Jupiter? And what if it BLEW BUBBLES OF PURE HELIUM?"
Spouse: --Moment of silence-- "TORI. Why would it---"
Me: "So it could float on the bubbles to the moon, where it would eat all the cheese. Of COURSE."
Spouse: "TORI THERE ARE NO HELIUM BUBBLES ON JUPITER!"
Me: "Next you'll tell me there's no cheese on Jupiter's moons. And you DONT know that, because we've only been to our moon, and --"
Spouse: "Can we get back to the comparative weight thing? I don't think you understand the basics of --"
Me: "And I don't think you understand that if Jupiter's moons aren't made of cheese, we're going to have one really hungry Helium Bubble Monster on our hands... it's probably a REALLY BIG HUNGRY MONSTER."
Spouse: "Um... I'm afraid to ask, but... Why?"
Me: "Because everything's bigger on Jupiter. Duh! This conversation is over. I have to go draw a Juperian Helium Bubble Monster RIGHT NOW. You should make a run to Starbucks. This might take a while."
It did take a while, but I think it was worth it. Sure, Mr.Spouse is still babbling about helium weights and measures 12 hours later. And he may be going a bit paranoid, too - sandwiched between physics formulas I'm pretty sure I heard the phrases "your friend Jenny" and "WWW conspiracies" and "psychiatric commitments". And ok, my working on this all day meant the laundry didn't get done.
But he won't mind wearing dirty socks tomorrow.
We have bigger things to worry about, after all.
Important things like how we're going to feed a hungry Juperian Helium Bubble Monster if she can't get her moon cheese.
""No One Will Notice Your Dirty Socks If You Wear A Fashionable Strait-Jacket, Honey."
~fashion advice from your loving wife
P.S. If you're wondering what this has to do with creative entrepreneurism? It's about bulding on inspiration when & where it happens. Also, Jenny Lawson is the epitome of a Quirkipreneur, but more on that another day.