November 2008

Look! Over there! And there! And there, too!

To donate to a good cause (to help defray a little girl’s medical expenses) and for the chance to win a very nice sock yarn prize package in doing so, go read about Pennies for Bella and donate before December 5.

Well, since the photos of the things that I want to blog about are all on my main laptop, which I’m backing up in one of the slowest backup processes ever, I’ll have to see what I can scrape up here…

Looking for non-gift card gift ideas? Or inexpensive electronic gifts you can make?

Obsidian Kitten has a great post of cool cat-themed items. Beware – I ended up buying a whack of holiday cards because of her post!

O noes!

Here’s an article with one writer’s thoughts on why lolcats resonate with so many of us.

Hmm. The Gap is selling argyle-patterned Electra cruiser bikes for the holidays. Might go nicely with your Starbucks cabled mug (I couldn’t find that mug in their online store, so have linked to a lovely example).

How megapixels are like cupcakes. Sort of.

What a cool bookcare… although I doubt how useful it actually is.

Check out Book View Cafe, which is an intriguing (and free) online publishing venture from such authors as Ursule K. Le Guin, Vonda N. McIntyre, Laura Anne Gilman, and more.

Take a peek into an authentic 19th-century vampire killing kit.

Reading Update
Mysteria by MaryJanice Davidson, Susan Grant, P.C. Cast, and Gena Showalter. This was a fun collection about the Colorado town of Mysteria (very near Denver), which “was ‘accidentally’ founded by a random act of demonic kindness.”
Edge of the Moon (Moon Series, Book 2), Moon Swept (Witching Moon and Crimson Moon, Moon Series Books 3-4), and New Moon (Moon Series, Book 6) by Rebecca York. I’m not reading these werewolf books in perfect order, which gets a little confusing, since the series is about various brothers and cousins.
Demon Bound (The Guardians, Book 7) by Meljean Brook. A solid read – you’ll enjoy it if you’ve enjoyed the rest of the series.
How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire, Vamps and the City, and Be Still My Vampire Heart (Love at Stake, Books 1-3) by Kerrelyn Sparks. How could I resist the cheesy titles?! If you like the light’n’fluffy tone of Erin McCarthy’s Vegas Vampires series, give this series a try.
Espresso Shot (Coffeehouse Mystery #7) by Cleo Coyle. This cozy mystery series is set in a lovely Greenwich Village coffeehouse. Not paranormal at all, yet still recommended. 😉


A puzzle – where do speed bumps go for the winter? (Please note that this was from mid-October – we no longer have any leaves!)

“Quick! I just saw those speedbumps headed thataway! Hee hee.” -Chaos

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Wee woolly notebooks

Aw, thank you all so much for your birthday wishes! I took the day off from work and did mostly nothing. It was wonderful.

I can’t say that I did absolutely nothing, as I finished two notebook covers for gifts. Last week, I mentioned that I thought the Jitterbug I received from Jane would be perfect, but after swatching, I changed my mind. Instead, I picked up some Malabrigo (color Intenso), which worked perfectly. I’m contemplating felting these a little, particularly the larger one, to help them fit more snugly.

“No stripes. Boring!” -Mayhem, stretchily

A few weeks ago, I purchased a small collapsible light tent. I like the initial photos, but I definitely need to pull a brighter light source out of the closet. And maybe attempt to steam the tent smooth?! Anyway, the following picture was taken in the light tent, with a plain old 60-watt incandescent light outside the tent but sans flash (versus the flash picture above). What do you think?

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The answer is 42

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Strangely, black & white hides those stray gray hairs pretty well.

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Welcome, Sparkly Flamingo!

Nicole’s giving away a copy of A.J. Menden’s new book, Phenomenal Girl 5. Leave her a comment before Thanksgiving for your chance to win.

Want a chance to win one of three gorgeous quilts? Enter by 7 pm EST, November 17.

Get Rich Slowly has a great list of gifts you can make yourself this holiday season. Check out their list(s) of recession-proof jobs from earlier this week. I also found that “The Irritation Threshold and Lifestyle Inflation” definitely gave me things to think about. (Trek’s post today ties in nicely and has some great ideas for living a more moderate life..)

Loved the fail cake FAIL.

Does seeing how many unread posts you have in Google Reader overwhelm you sometimes? You can change that so you just see which blogs have new posts and not how many new posts they have.

If you use Firefox, what sort of personalization have you done with themes and extensions? I’m using the Red Cats (Blue Flavor) theme. My absolute favorite extension is Stop Autoplay, which prevents embedded music and video from playing automatically when you follow a link; instead, you see a little play button and can decide when and if to press it. (Especially handy if you’re browsing at work!) I’m also fond of DictionarySearch, which allows you to highlight and right-click on a word to go look up its definition.

Here’s an amusing article about writers and their cats.

Thanks to Rebecca (who is getting better after her surgery, albeit slowly) for alerting me to these tips on how to tell if your cat is plotting to kill you. O noes!

Many thanks to Cheryl for providing May’s new favorite toy!

“I’ve got you now, my pretty! Well, hopefully I do. Unless you get away again.” -Mayhem

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the living room…

Chaos… at least, I hope so. Hard to tell, isn’t it?

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