Wednesday, March 28, 2007

The 100 Books Memo

From Minnie's Blog /jb

Bold the ones you've read.
Italicize the ones you want to read.
Leave Blank the ones you aren't interested in.

1. The DaVinci Code (Dan Brown)
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)

3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)

14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling)
17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King)
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Rowling)
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell)
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. The Bible
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens)
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrew Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. The World According to Garp (John Irving)
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte's Web (E.B. White)
81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down(Richard Adams)
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James Joyce)

OK, I obviously suck at this one. If it were my husband doing this meme, nearly everything would be in Bold Face!

Monday, March 26, 2007

It takes some people 50 years to learn these truths . . .

This was sent to me via email. I rather like it! /jb

1. The badness of a movie is directly proportional to the number of helicopters in it.

2. You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe daylight-saving time.

3. You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests you think she's pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emerging from her at that moment.

4. The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we ALL believe that we are above-average drivers.

5. There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to make a big deal about your birthday. That time is: age 11.

6. There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness." (And any knitter will tell you that's true.)

7. People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.

8. If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be "meetings."

9. The main accomplishment of almost all organized protests is to annoy people who are not in them.

10. If there really is a God who created the entire universe with all of its glories, and he decides to deliver a message to humanity, he will NOT use as his messenger a person on cable TV with a bad hairstyle or in some cases, really bad make-up too.

11. You should not confuse your career with your life.

12. A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter/janitor, is not a nice person.

13. No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously.

14. When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution and is willing to take command. Very often, that individual is crazy.

15. Your true friends love you, anyway.

16. Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Erin is Back! Hooray!

The Titanium Rose was back at knitting last night. It was terrific to see her again after such a long absence. She's using a sunlamp to treat her SAD and it's making a huge difference for her. Here's to healing! Here's to feeling better! Here's to friends rejoining the circle! Yiipppppppeeeeee!!!!!!!

Monday, March 19, 2007

A Meme of Firsts

OK, this meme actually has a cohesive theme!

1. When did you first utter a curse word/obscenity?
I am given to understand from reliable eye-witnesses that it was when I was a child (perhaps 3 or 4) and I repeated a word my dad said. The first instance I remember on my own was when I said a word (well, I thought it was a single word) that rhymed with "bucket," but I don't remember how old I was -- probably 9 or 10. I said it to some kids who were playing nearby. I thought it was a way of saying they were cool.

2. ... and when was the first time you said it and actually knew what it meant?
I remember being in a fit of anger and releasing a torrent of swear words on my sister Denise when I was in the 9th grade. My parents were shocked.

3. What do you say when you first wake up in the morning?

4. What's the first thing you do when you arrive at school/your job?
Usually I lock the car and walk up the hill to my office. :) Once I'm there, I'm usually turning on the lights.

5. When, where, and with whom was your first "real" kiss?
Oh, dear, it was a boy named Barry (yuck!) who was a few years older than me. I think I was in the summer between 4th and 5th grade (so, 10 - 11 years old). It was in a shed in the back of a neighbor's lot.

6. On whom did you have your first crush (not counting television & film stars)?
Oh, besides Michael Landon (as Little Joe on Bonanza) and Davy Jones (of The Monkees)

7. What is one of the first television programs you remember watching? Captain Kangaroo!

8. What was your first pet and what was his/her name? Other than my grandmother's Manchester Terrier (named "Snoopy"), I remember an orange and white tabby named "Peanut Butter."

9. Which is the first birthday you can remember celebrating, and how did you celebrate it?
There are pictures of me sitting next to birthday cakes at various birthdays when I was smaller, but the first one I really remember was when I turned six and my mom and older sisters arranged a party for me.

10. What was the name of your first friend (real or imaginary)?
Donna. She lived just a few houses away.

11. Where did you first go to school?
St. Boniface in Westphalia, Iowa.

12. What is the first family vacation or other outing you can remember taking?
We went on a trip that took us to Atchison, Kansas, and then to a zoo, and then to West Bend. I was six or seven.

13. How old were you when you went to your first funeral, and whose funeral was it?
I as 13 or 14 and it was the funeral of one of my maternal uncles.

14. What is the first visit to a doctor or dentist or optometrist that you remember? How old were you? What were the circumstances?
I know I went to the doctor several times, but the first one I really remember was going to a dentist who pulled some of my front teeth to make room for the ones that were growing in. I think I was five or six years old.

15. How old were you when you first got a mobile phone?
About age 35.

16. .... when you first used email?
I as in my late 20s. We had an electronic messaging system called PROFS. It was very complicated, but it worked. I didn't use it much.

17. .... when you first used accessed the World Wide Web?
Um....I think I was 32.

18. Who were the major candidates for president in the first year you were eligible to vote?
Carter and Reagan.

19. What was the first car or truck you drove?
Some kind of four-dour sedan that my brother-in-law Ron had. He let me drive around in a field.

20. What was the name of your first school teacher?
Sister Cordula

What's in a Meme?

A meme is a unit of cultural information passed from one gene to another. A meme-complex is a whole set of cultural bits that are related: religions are a good example of that.

Of course, on the Internet, we've watered it down considerably: We use it to mean any of a zillion questionnaires that we answer and post on blogs or via email to others. Generally these are a collection of cultural bits (e.g., "Were you named for anyone?" and "My four favorite television programs are . . . " and "Six weird things you don't know about me"), although not necessarily related.

Intrigued, I have undertaken to write my own meme. If you want to copy it and complete it for your own blog or email, please be my guest.

1. Today's Date: 29 Mar 2007

2. In which state/province and/or country are you as you complete this?
Nebraska, USA

3. What are you wearing?
A burgundy polo shirt with a company logo on it; black trousers, socks, shoes, and belt; and, of course, underwear.

4a. If you have a car or truck or van (or other enclosed motorized transportation), what's in it right now?
Um.... my knitting bag, a pair of walking shoes, three laundry baskets, three pillow-cases stuffed with dirty laundry (it's a long story), some odd bits of paper I'm sure with God-knows-what written on them, a pair of wrap-around sunglasses (yes, I admit to it!), two garage-door openers (again, a long story), a whole lot of crap in the trunk that I haven't looked at in months, and crumbs.

4b. If you don't have a form of enclosed transportion (that can hold a lot of junk), how did you get around and how do you carry your stuff? What stuff do you carry with you?

5. What's the first song you remember hearing (and possibly sang along with), and how old were you (best guess will do)?
I can remember my mother singing to me, something without words, but a nice melody, and her voice was a kind of contralto. She was carrying me at the time (I was just out of a bath), but it wasn't like I was too small to walk. I know I was younger than 5 because we were still living in the old house. As for a song with words, I was watching something on television (a black-and-white!) that had Berl Ives singing something about "a little yellow duck, sitting on the water; a little yellow duck, doing what he ought-er" or something like that. It also mentioned a frog, I believe, that "jumped right out of a lily pad .... and he said, "I'm glad." Again, I was younger than five. [If anyone knows the song, let me know!]

6. What was your first, regular paid job (part-time or full-time, and not counting getting a few coins for running an errand) and how old were you?
I had a regular Monday-night babysitting gig for a family in my town. They had two children, a girl and a boy, and I was 16 or 17 at the time. I think I was paid 50¢ per hour.

7. What did your mom and/or dad do for a living?
My family ran a telephone business in the town. Dad did the line work and my mom did the billing. Also, my dad played saxophone and clarinet in a band that had a pretty regular Saturday night thing going on. He got paid for it, but I'm sure that was for fun. And there was an insurance agency on the side.

8. What did you want to be when you grew up? (Name as many as you can remember.)
I remember wanting to be a teacher. And a nurse (that lasted only a short while, though). And I wanted to be a famous folk singer like John Denver or James Taylor. For a while in college I wanted to be an orchestral conductor. [I don't think I've grown up yet.]

9. What is something (or, what are some things) you'd like to do before you die?
Oh, I'd love to win the Powerball big-time because then I can pretty much do whatever my heart desires! Speaking in terms of what I can probably do in reality, .... um..... well, I don't know if this counts, but I'd really like a ride in a fighter jet! :) Other than that, I think I'm good.

10. What is heaven like?
Knitting all day without my hands getting tired; knitting 30 things at once; singing in six-part harmony with just your own voice; watching shooting stars and changing their colors when you point at them; speaking to my Czech grandmother in a language she understands; meeting my grandfathers (because they died before I was born); being whole and healed; -- It's every good thing you can imagine, and then a touch of something magical and unexpected.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

On Quarters Again Today

I have a cold. At least, the doctor's opinion is that it's still in the viral stage -- not a full-blown sinus infection yet. If it is in a week, I can start on an antibiotic.

Excepting for some knitting while waiting around for the doctor, I haven't done much. I feel like a lump.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Um, No, I guess don't have a life. . .

It’s been alleged that if you’ve seen over 85 movies you have no life. Mark the ones you’ve seen. There are 239 films on this list. Copy this list, go to your own blog, paste it in and put x’s by the ones that you have seen. Add them up, figure out whether you’ve got a life or not, and post it.

( ) Rocky Horror Picture Show
(X) Grease
(X) Pirates of the Caribbean
(X) Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest
( ) Boondock Saints
( ) Fight Club
( ) Starsky and Hutch
( ) Neverending Story
(X) Blazing Saddles
(X) Airplane
(X) The Princess Bride
( ) AnchorMan
( ) Napoleon Dynamite
( ) Labyrinth
( ) Saw
( ) Saw II
( ) White Noise
( ) White Oleander
( ) Anger Management
( ) 50 First Dates
( ) The Princess Diaries
( ) The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
( ) Scream
( ) Scream 2
( ) Scream 3
( ) Scary Movie
( ) Scary Movie 2
( ) Scary Movie 3
( ) Scary Movie 4
( ) American Pie
( ) American Pie 2
( ) American Wedding
( ) American Pie Band Camp
(x) Harry Potter 1
(x) Harry Potter 2
(x) Harry Potter 3
(x) Harry Potter 4
( ) Resident Evil 1
( ) Resident Evil 2
( ) The Wedding Singer
( ) Little Black Book
( ) The Village
( ) Lilo & Stitch
( ) Finding Nemo
( ) Finding Neverland
( ) Signs
( ) The Grinch
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
( ) White Chicks
( ) Butterfly Effect
( ) 13 Going on 30
( ) I, Robot
( ) Robots
( ) Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
( ) Universal Soldier
( ) Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events
( ) Along Came Polly
( ) Deep Impact
( ) KingPin
(*) Never Been Kissed
( ) Meet The Parents
( ) Meet the Fockers
( ) Eight Crazy Nights
( ) Joe Dirt
( ) King Kong
( ) A Cinderella Story
( ) The Terminal
( ) The Lizzie McGuire Movie
( ) Passport to Paris
( ) Dumb & Dumber
( ) Dumber & Dumberer
( ) Final Destination
( ) Final Destination 2
( ) Final Destination 3
( ) Halloween
( ) The Ring
( ) The Ring 2
( ) Surviving Christmas
( ) Flubber
( ) Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
( ) Practical Magic
( ) Chicago
( ) Ghost Ship
( ) From Hell
( ) Hellboy
( ) Secret Window
( ) I Am Sam
( ) The Whole Nine Yards
( ) The Whole Ten Yards
( ) The Day After Tomorrow
( ) Child’s Play
( ) Seed of Chucky
( ) Bride of Chucky
(*) Ten Things I Hate About You
( ) Just Married
( ) Gothika
( ) Nightmare on Elm Street
( ) Sixteen Candles
( ) Remember the Titans
( ) Coach Carter
( ) The Grudge
( ) The Grudge 2
(X) The Mask
( ) Son Of The Mask
( ) Bad Boys
( ) Bad Boys 2
( ) Joy Ride
( ) Lucky Number Sleven
(X) Ocean’s Eleven
( ) Ocean’s Twelve
(X) Bourne Identity
(X) Bourne Supremecy
( ) Lone Star
( ) Bedazzled
( ) Predator I
( ) Predator II
( ) The Fog
( ) Ice Age
( ) Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
( ) Curious George
(X) Independence Day
( ) Cujo
( ) A Bronx Tale
( ) Darkness Falls
( ) Christine
(X) E.T.
( ) Children of the Corn
( ) My Bosses Daughter
( ) Maid in Manhattan
(X) War of the Worlds
(X) Rush Hour
(X) Rush Hour 2
( ) Best Bet
( ) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
( ) She’s All That
(X) Calendar Girls
( ) Sideways
( ) Mars Attacks
( ) Event Horizon
(X) Ever After
(X) Wizard of Oz
(X) Forrest Gump
( ) Big Trouble in Little China
( ) The Terminator
(X) The Terminator 2
( ) The Terminator 3
(X) X-Men
(X) X-2
(X) X3
(X) Spider-Man
(X) Spider-Man 2
(X) Sky High
( ) Jeepers Creepers
( ) Jeepers Creepers 2
(X) Catch Me If You Can
( ) The Little Mermaid
(X) Freaky Friday
( ) Reign of Fire
( ) The Skulls
( ) Cruel Intentions
( ) Cruel Intentions 2
( ) The Hot Chick
(X) Shrek
(X) Shrek 2
( ) Swimfan
(X) Miracle on 34th street
( ) Old School
( ) The Notebook
(X) K-Pax
( ) Krippendorf’s Tribe
(*) A Walk to Remember
( ) Ice Castles
( ) Boogeyman
( ) The 40-year-old Virgin
(X) Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
(*) Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
(*) Lord of the Rings: Return Of the King
(X) Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
(X) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
(X) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
( ) Base-ketball
( ) Hostel
( ) Waiting for Guffman
( ) House of 1000 Corpses
( ) Devils Rejects
( ) Elf
( ) Highlander
( ) Mothman Prophecies
( ) American History X
( ) Three
( ) The Jacket
( ) Kung Fu Hustle
( ) Shaolin Soccer
( ) Night Watch
(X) Monsters Inc.
( ) Titanic
(X) Monty Python and the Holy Grail
( ) Shaun Of the Dead
( ) Willard
( ) High Tension
( ) Club Dread
( ) Hulk
( ) Dawn Of the Dead
( ) Hook
(X) Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
( ) 28 days later
( ) Orgazmo
( ) Phantasm
( ) Waterworld
( ) Kill Bill Vol. 1
( ) Kill Bill Vol. 2
( ) Mortal Kombat
( ) Wolf Creek
( ) Kingdom of Heaven
( ) the Hills Have Eyes
( ) I Spit on Your Grave
( ) The Last House on the Left
( ) Re-Animator
( ) Army of Darkness
(X) Star Wars Ep. I The Phantom Menace
(*) Star Wars Ep. II Attack of the Clones
(*) Star Wars Ep. III Revenge of the Sith
(X) Star Wars Ep. IV A New Hope
(X) Star Wars Ep. V The Empire Strikes Back
(X) Star Wars Ep. VI Return of the Jedi
( ) Ewoks: Caravan Of Courage
( ) Ewoks: The Battle For Endor
(X) The Matrix
( ) The Matrix: Reloaded
( ) The Matrix: Revolutions
( ) Animatrix
( ) Evil Dead
( ) Evil Dead 2
( ) Team America: World Police
( ) Red Dragon
( ) Silence of the Lambs
( ) Hannibal

OK, I scored only 52 on this list, but if it had included The Best Man, The Sound of Music, The Preacher's Wife, The Bishop's Wife, Sabrina (original), Sabrina (remake), Rope, Rear Window, North by Northwest, The Man Who Knew Too Much, The African Queen, Little Women, Pride & Prejudice (most recent film), Emma, Sense & Sensibility, Die Hard, Galaxy Quest, Groundhog Day, Mission Impossible (all 3), a whole lot of James Bond films, some old films with Doris Day in them, A Night at the Opera (my favorite Marx Brothers film of all time), Scrooged, Caddyshack, Patriot Games, Hunt for Red October, Armageddon, The Fifth Element, Men in Black . . . . well, I've seen a lot of films.

So, this list is in no way indicative of whether or not you have a life. But it's fun to count up the titles, isn't it?

X = I've seen it
* = Someone else (usually my husband) dragged me to it.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

OK, Calmed Down (for now)

The weather is much nicer and I've had more than my share of sleep, so I'm feeling better. Also, my period is not causing me so many problems today, so that's good. My DH has wisely counseled me to quit reading books that get me wound up. Hmmm... the man has a point!

We've started Daylight Saving Time. It's odd that we have so much sunlight at this hour of the day. And there's no real light savings for me. I get up early in the morning (in the dark) and I go to bed early at night (in the light), so it's more of a pain in the arse than anything for me, but I'll live.

I've been keeping up on my knitting (see the KFYS blog). Yesterday I stopped at my LYS to get some US 2.0 dpns (which they didn't have yet in the length I needed) and I saw the most glorious yarn -- Fiesta -- in magnificent colorways. I so wanted to get a skein (for socks), but I didn't. It really hurt, let me tell you, but I'm not sure that it hurt so much because I couldn't get the yarn I wanted or because I had to admit to myself once again that part of the reason we're in the situation we're in is because I've bought more yarn than I can possibly knit. Damn! I hate it when I build character!

The outside temperature is supposed to be in the 60º (F) range at least two days in this coming week. I'm so looking forward to great weather for walking outdoors! That, at least, will help with calming my regular frustrations with change. :)

Friday, March 09, 2007

Warning: Major Rant & Graphic Descriptions Here

OK, I'm not exactly in my right mind at the moment. First of all, we just learned yesterday that the repairs to the Honda will run to about $2,000. That's new tires, struts and, as of late yesterday afternoon, a new front axle.

Second, I'm not having "a little spotting" as a result of the vaginal ultrasound. I'm having a freakin' full-blown period!!!! You know the kind: It wakes you up after 4 hours of sleep because you're wet through with menstrual goo and you have to clean up yourself, the bed, and all of the drips on the way to the toilet!!!!!!!

Third, I received a gift of two books yesterday in the mail. (I'd been waiting on the latest Dalziel & Pascoe installment, but that book isn't here yet. !@#$@@#%%%#!@$!) One of those books is some female-glorification-of-the-uterus claptrap (honestly, one of the chapters is entitled, "Pelvic Health and Power") that was sent to me by a very kind person who I know meant all the best, but I'll get more use out of the book as a doorstop than anything else. Honestly, the author goes on and on about personal empowerment ("Do you feel you need to get your spouse's approval when you purchase clothing for yourself?") and some sort of quasi-sacred-yet-conspiracy-theory about OB/GYNs who are not "in tune with your desire to keep your uterus."

News Flash: I DO NOT WANT TO KEEP MY UTERUS!!!!!!!!!!!

News Flash: Every woman I've talk to who has had a hysterectomy has NOT regretted it. She hasn't missed her uterus in the least.

That's all for the moment -- not because I'm done with the rant, but because I have to run to the bathroom AGAIN!

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Hanging In There

Whew, how did this many days get past me? I've been crazy busy with projects at both of my offices, and still with the other stuff that's been occupying our time: Snow, finances, More Snow, and .... oh, yes, we get to sleep every now and then!

I have the ultrasound today and I'm praying I don't have to sneeze at least until I'm done and in the bathroom.

Other than that, things are OK. I'm just crazy busy with stuff.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Shameless Commerce . . .

(OK, I'm sorry to be doing this, but it seems a prudent measure.)

I have a shop on CafePress -- Auntie Judith Designs. You can link to it through this blog either by going to the list of links or by just clicking on one of the CafePress ads I've put in the sidebar.

Above are four of the original designs I've created. There are a few more in my store. Some are available only on blank stationery/greeting cards (i.e., it's a fold-over card but it's blank inside), and some -- like these above -- you can put on nearly anything your heart desires.

I make about $2.50 on each T-shirt sold directly from my shop. So, if these or any other designs appeal to you as something for yourself or as for a gift for someone else, you can purchase them from this site.

But wait (as they always say on those nasty television commercials), there's more!

If you click on the CafePress ads on my site and then find something in anyone else's CafePress store, I get a small percentage (about $0.95 per T-shirt, I think it is).

So, I'd appreciate it if you'd visit my shop, if you'd tell your friends, and/or if you'd check out anything on the CafePress site (even the Knitty stuff!) via the ad links on my blog.

PLEASE UNDERSTAND that I don't expect you all to go out and spend your last dollar -- or even your first penny -- on this stuff. I love you and will continue to love you one way or another. I just thought it would be a good idea to mention these items considering my present circumstances. I brought in about $50 from this shop over the Christmas season (the quilt ones have been selling magnificently!), so it's not going to make or break me, you know? But, if you find something you like and you can purchase it, then I'll very much appreciate it.

Thank you.

This concludes the commercial interruption.

We now return to regular programming. :)