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8th September Weekly Roundup

I’ve begun what I’ll eventually look back upon as an odd few months but which now simply seems a bit of a hellish struggle peppered with relief, excitement, and a bit of blinding fear (dude. No. I’m not pregnant. Imagination, people!). I’ll eventually spill all here, but for now, please be patient as my mood might be variable, I might speak in tongues or riddles, and my posting schedule might be erratic. Not that I was ever terribly regular in my posting schedule.

  • Scalzi on Elmo.
  • Another Scalzi post reminds me of that time when, in rapid succession, I learned about this site called eBay, sold a Beanie Baby and bought a computer with the funds. It was just as I was starting grad school, and the four-year-old laptop that took me through my undergrad degree wasn’t cutting it anymore. But I was moving to a new place and had an income sufficient enough only to keep me in half a crappy rental with some frozen broccoli and Pop Tarts thrown in for good measure, and so I had to get creative. As I was packing stuff up at my parents’ house I came upon a Beanie Baby I’d bought for a friend a few years earlier but never gave. And then that friend and I drifted apart. So there I was with a pristine, rare bear that would end up fetching $500 online. It was 1998. I bought an off-brand desktop that ran like the wind.
  • Stash Decaf Vanilla Chai tea with soy milk is my new morning staple. Only thing is, I hate the way it smells. Too sweet. So I make sure I’m exhaling every time I move in to take a drink.
  • I had half-caff coffee this weekend. It was so. good. But then I forgot all about it and didn’t crave more.
  • We’ve started watching Angel season 2. As with the first season, I don’t love it. I really like it. But it’s not love. I’m told the end of this season is killer, though.
  • Finally reading Watchmen. I like it. I’m having too hard a time with the colour palette, though. In that it’s distracting me from loving the story, which I’m sure I’d love more if I didn’t dislike the colours so much. Really, I think I just have to sit down for a good chunk of time with this book and stop reading it only for a few minutes at a time as I’m falling asleep at night.
  • The preview for Fall ’08 Interweave Crochet is up. I’m very, very excited about this issue. Huge kudos to the amazingly talented designers and writers who contributed.
  • This exchange is why I desperately love Twitter:
    smartgrrl:
    reading an email and feeling like i’m being attacked by commas.
    me:
    @smartgrrrl ,,, pew! pew! , , ,, ,, , pew! , ,,,
    smartgrrl:
    @kpwerker I retaliate — — — blam! blam! — — — blam!
  • On Saturday night we attended the best. party. ever. There were two coach buses there, but only one had a hardwood floor and housed the puppet karaoke. The absurdities witnessed are too numerous to list.
  • I fell behind in posting 365-challenge photos for a couple of weeks, and I started catching up this weekend. Six of the photos were related to the Twilight books. And there you have it. Record of my life.

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smartgrrrl

Yeah, I gave up on Angel the first time around haflway through S2. Now that I've gone through the whole series, I can tell you that S3 is pretty good, S4 is fairly disappointing, and S5 is redemptive.

I really, really, really love Twitter too. And Tumblr. And WordPress! I just need a chunk of time for customizing (and, um, relearning a bit of CSS stuff because my coding skillz are a bit rusty).

kpwerker

S5, eh? That seems so far away. We'll make it, though. It'll be an epic
journey.

Lemme know if you need a hand with CSS or WP. Welcome to the fold.

Vashtirama

The new IC issue is simply stunning. There needs to be a traveling trunk show of the designs for LYS'. I hope some will be modeled in the conference fashion show in Portland this week? Or maybe you'll be attending, blithely wearing one around? “Oh, this is a new design by __, isn't it wonderful?….Why yes, the pattern *is* available….thanks to moi.”

kpwerker

There's always a trunk show! Tell your LYS to bring it in. :) Its first stop
will be at the launch event for this issue at Threadbear Fiber Arts in
Lansing, MI on Saturday the 20th.

Vashtirama

I've now revealed to the world that I am, yes, a trunk show virgin. I just need to own that and move forward. There's a new-new-new yarn shop in my neighborhood and I betcha they don't know anything about trunk shows yet either. And they are a little slice of juicy crochet heaven! Way! Come to think of it, they are proudly displaying the IC China Doll cover design. I'll send you the pic I took of it in the shop with the crocheter who made it for them!

kpwerker

Ooh, exciting! Let them know that Annie Bakken is the person to contact
about setting up trunk shows. :)

smartgrrrl

Completely forgot to mention…Adam Baldwin shows up in S5, so it's COMPLETELY worth sticking around for that. Think I could watch the Adam Baldwin/David Boreanaz Show round the clock.

CSS and WP…I have to purchase an upgrade in order to make my changes stick?

kpwerker

Hrm? Oh, right. WordPress.com. I don't know how that works differently than
WP installed on a server (which is how I use it). Email me any info that's
sticking and I'll try to make sense of it. You might have to stick with
their templates without altering.

marikka

Wait, that's how LYSes get trunk shows? They just ask? Hot damn. Now, does one ask all of one's LYSes or just the one most likely to take one's request into account?

Oh, and I swear to god, the Fall issue looks like perfection. I looked at it and had to tell everyone who knows I crochet, including those (my sister) who don't care about crocheting except to say that my yarn takes up too much space already.

kpwerker

Thanks, Marikka. And yes, like most things, all you have to do is ask. :)
Well, there are other constraints. There are only so many stores that can
fit into the whole trunk-show schedule. But, yup! Hit up the store most
likely to want to do it, and if you want you can put them in touch with me
and I'll put them in touch with the right people to see what's possible.

blondechicken

Oh I am so in love with the new IC! It looks fantastic!
And thanks to you, I'm a disques user!

kpwerker

Thanks. :) And I hope you enjoy the commenting magic. For kicks, reply to this one by EMAIL. It will change your life!

blondechicken

preparing for my life change….wondering what will happen with my email signature? Hope it doesn't clog things up…

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blondechicken

Ok, i learned my lesson, will delete email signature!
Sorry about that!

kpwerker

Heh. I hadn't thought of that. But isn't replying by email, like, the greatest blog-commenting phenom, ever?

blondechicken

Oh I am so in love with the new IC! It looks fantastic!
And thanks to you, I'm a disques user!

blondechicken

preparing for my life change….wondering what will happen with my email signature? Hope it doesn't clog things up…

Tara

blondechicken

Ok, i learned my lesson, will delete email signature!
Sorry about that!

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