Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Back in the (sticker) game.  It's been a million years since I used my Xyron*, but Nikki's recent birthday was maybe the perfect excuse to break it out. Made stickers of her cat's head, and played a highly evolved 30th bday version of pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey.

*If you don't have a sticker machine in your life, I feel sorry for you.

Sunday, November 27, 2011


It's weird that I don't have my own cooking show yet.

Oh, were you curious about what could be in that delicious looking tortilla?  White rice. Cheese.  Taco sauce.  Pretty gourmet.  (hashtag "make-do", "late night cookin").

Friday, November 25, 2011

dis-track, pro-crast

Maybe instead of presenting this paper, I could do a Powerpoint presentation about all the things I've done instead of doing this paper.
  • Cat bath.  
  • Bringing in the A.C.  
  • Painting sticks I've found.  
  • Making stickers for a birthday. 
  • Laundry, vacuuming, windows.
  • Gym.
  • Reading homeschool mom blogs.   
  • Experimenting with watercolor resists.
  • Organizing all my Halloween costumes.
  • Overtending houseplants.
  • Skully and Mulder, still.
  • Managing my phone contacts.
  • Checking the mail to see if the porquipine quills I won on eBay came yet.

Monday, November 21, 2011


Making everything in the waffle maker lately.  Favorites: french toast (waffles) and grilled cheese (waffles) with honeycrisp apple slices!   It's like the most beautiful sandwich press, and I'm a little mad I didn't think of it ten years ago.

Sunday, November 20, 2011


More eBay.  And now I have to official quit buying anything for my home - my walls are gettin' full up.

I got the biggest topographical NYS, and pretty cheap too!  I always start out with trying to figure out perfect eBay xmas presents for everyone, but just end buying stuff for myself.  eBay's got all that positive language:  "Good luck!"  "Hope you win!"  "Congratulations!"

Saturday, November 19, 2011

postponement II

Got flag fixed up and hung!  I like it a lot, but it brings up this fear I have that my house is turning a little fun-housey.  Oh well.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

winning pennants

There are two kinds of good mail
1. Mail from people* (which barely ever happens, unless Rander goes on a trip and sends a postcards three months later, after he already got back, but I'll take what I can get).
2.  Something from eBay** that was so cheap it was pretty much free because obviously no one else was interested in it, and that auction item was insignificant enough to really remember/look forward to, but then it arrives as kind of a surprise, and is kind of cool.

*a hint.  You could send me something.
**getting pretty deep into eBay (again).

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Went to Philly Aids Thrift this Sunday to pick up one of the WWII battleship flags I'd been eyeing up for at least a week or two.

I couldn't decide which one to bring home, because there were kind of a lot of choices.  So, just like in a restaurant where every single thing sounds good, I picked (and carried around) several favorites, mulled it around for a few, and at last minute changed my mind and ended up with this guy. Given the ginormous size of my house (joke) I obviously chose one of the bigger flags, which is probably (really) 9 ft. long.

I looked it up, and this flag means "postponement", which makes me wish I would have bought one that meant something cooler, like "This ship requires a quarantine", "I am on fire and have dangerous cargo on board", or "stop carrying out your intentions".  Oh well.

Currently patching it up a little, because there are a few holes - you know, from battle*.

Anyway, expect to see it up soon at Tiny House, and if you too need a giant flag, now you know where to get one.  AND:  fyi, Black Friday morning, everything in the shop is half-off.  It might be the only place I go all day, and maybe just for another flag.


Thursday, November 3, 2011


On real Halloween, we went to that haunted house at the Jomar warehouse down in South Philly.  The FRIGHT FACTORY.

When you first get in, you're like, "Oh, cool, we're at a mummer storage facility" (really - old floats and costumes all over).  But that's not the real beginning.
Then you go through round one, and get your picture taken, and you think "phew, we're done" but really?  The adventure is about to begin.  They say they're giving you a tour guide, and to be careful.  And then?  Your tour guide immediately gets murdered, and you're on your own for 3 whole more sections of pitch black haunt.

I think we rated it about an 8.  It was really scary, really long/thorough, and all the people who worked there were super into it, which makes anything better.  I would say next year?  Do it.