Reason for the Season?

As is very unlike me, I went to a grocery store the day before Thanksgiving on my lunch break. I went on my lunch break thinking it wouldn’t be too horrid but nope. People are already rude, impatient, frazzled, and ticked off.

This is why I avoid shopping unless I need to this time of year.

It is also why I feel the magic has gone out of this season for me. Its hard enough trying to just get through life, I don’t get why people have to make themselves miserable or bankrupt themselves or try and run people over just to get THINGS. I am already DONE with the holidays. Wake me in January. ;_;

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Threads for Thursday

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A bunch of entries ago I spoke about clearing my yarn debts; knit or crochet stuff I said I’d make for people but then life happened and they never got done. This is one of the oldest ones; a scarf for my demon seed. 🙂

This is made with tiny, fuzzy, lace yarn that I got in a clearance bin years ago. It’s softer than it looks and a bitch and a half to work with.

Now, the needlework page on my site is under construction (I’m making new stuff) but expect it back soon. 🙂 I like making yarn stuffs and I can’t possibly use it all myself so you guys will be able to buy some. Isn’t that great?

 

 

See? Bookstores are dangerous for me…

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Yeeaahhh… I was left unattended in Barnes and Noble with a credit card… This is the result. Actually, this and a couple things for my kiddo for Easter/Ostara gifts, but still…  >_< *smoke wafts off debit card*

I regret nothing. “Ghost” was I comic I read in high school and while it may seem silly to others, she was a huge role-model for me.  Rediscovering her at this time in my life has to be fate. 🙂 As for the special edition “Death?” It’s Neil Gaiman. I’d read the phone book if he wrote it. :p

The Tarot and Trace books just looked cool. I’ve always wanted to expand what I can do with my tarot cards and any sort of spiritual advancement I’ll take. :p

This is about IT for me in regards to book shopping. I did a big shop last week when I took the demon seed to get pictures with the Easter Bunny and still haven’t finished all THOSE comics. Looks like reading isn’t my anti-drug, it IS my drug. XD

Back To School Crave Box

I have to hand it to Crave Box. They were having such issues getting this box out to people that the CEO sent an email offering a refund. Now, I sorta understood the craziness in getting all these things out so I was just hanging back and waiting without complaining to the company. But even if I had to pay the $13, I would have gotten more than my money’s worth!

If you know me, you know my daughter is not getting her hands on those pens and pencils. XD But the rest? Just awesome.

I can see this coming in handy for everyone in the house. Retails for $5.99.

I’d never heard of this stuff before but it’s pretty cool. Retails for $12.99.

The cute little pack is nice and it is much easier than folding loose tissues for my daughter’s backpack. Retails for $3.99 for a multi pack.

I’ve also never heard of this company. I see no problem giving it a shot. Retails for $17.99.

Yeah, the kid’s not getting these. XD I will have way to much fun with them. Pencils retail for $5.79 and pens for $4.49.

Like any parent, I worry about my little demon seed getting enough nutrients. So these will ABSOLUTELY get used. Retails for $29.99.

And a couple of coupons. 🙂

Why add the prices for these? Keep in mind, without the refund, this box would have cost me $81.23 plus tax. I say this box was more than worth it. I mean… It came with PENS!! 😀 Gotta love that. 😉

August Birchbox

I am really happy with this month’s offering from Birchbox. (that’s my referral link if you wanna sign up) Any time I get the chance to try a new type of product for curly hair for free, I’m a happy camper. In terms of trying types of makeup I wouldn’t normally use, this box isn’t as good as the others. Hair is something I’m pretty familiar with. However, I am excited to try this stuff. 🙂

The one thing I don’t really care about is the razor. Really? I’m a cheap bastard. I get my razors in bulk from BJ’s or deeply discounted from the pharmacy. I’ve learned over the years that price isn’t really a factor in how well a razor does it’s job on my legs. But hey, extra razor! 😀

Since I am a curly haired gal, I will absolutely review the Miss Jessie’s products. Look for that coming up soon. 😉

New York Comic Con Here I Come… Maybe

Today, I was able to get my boss to spring for the professional pass for NYCC. If all goes well, me and Misfit Librarian will be going. But here’s the rub:

This year, you have to apply and we find out in 21 days IF we get to go.

To the person(s) who somehow gamed the system to score 4 day passes on the cheap, thanks for making the process harder for us. You suck. T_T

Other than that, I am excited to go. I toy with the idea of dressing up as Poison Ivy or my usual “Gonna have to carry a bunch of crap” uniform of jeans and an obnoxious t-shirt. Depends on what I feel like doing. :p

Will you be at the con this year?

July Birchbox

Yes, I have fallen behind in my quest to become more girly. Or well, as girly enough as it takes not to have a heart attack when I enter the makeup aisle of a drug store. I don’t do hot very well so when summer comes, I am not likely to put much effort into doing my hair or wearing makeup. I rock the snood, wear sunscreen, and just try and get through the day without melting. But the Birchbox still comes. Here’s this month’s offering.

This month’s box is inspired by Glamour.

I haven’t tried any of this stuff yet. However, I am proud to say I am completely aware of what mints do and what ear buds do. XD The rest I can figure out as I go.

I think what gives me the most pause about what I’ve been getting is the perfume. I can over do make up and just wipe it off but too much perfume can down every breathing person within a 20 foot radius if I’m not careful. o_O Of all the items I’ve gotten, those are the most likely to sit unused or be given away. Maybe I’ll hold another contest and in addition to my book, I’ll give away some of the samples I’ve been hoarding. They’re not bad; I enjoy the scents. I’m just a body spray sort of gal, not perfume. It’s lighter, cheaper, and hard to overuse. XD

My Saturday Adventure (with pictures)

My BFF learned I’d never been to Strand and decided this grievous error MUST be corrected. So we met up to see this magical place which boasts 18 miles of books.

It also involved beer but more on that in a second. XD

Here I am right out in front. This is after we went through the place and I decided if I wasn’t careful, I would never leave. XD Here’s some photos of the cool things I found.

These were just too cool not to take pictures of. XD I really wondered if those stories were in fact “droll” but alas, this book did not call to me to bring it home.

Here’s the Graphic Novels section where I (obviously) spent a great deal of my time. I am impressed with their selection and saddened by my nerd-knowledge of which titles were out of print and which weren’t. But I rationalized it with the fact it IS in my job description to know such things. XD

I talked myself out of buying these but I am glad they exist. 🙂

I was tempted to buy this book just for the title that made me want to throw rocks at Conrad. I decided rock throwing was not a valid reason to buy a book. :p

I’d say something clever but you’d probably never heard of it. XD

Someone should be either kicked in the shin for this pun or given a raise. I root for shin-kicking.

I had entirely too much fun here and I have to give it up to the staff here who totally didn’t mind me walking around with a camera taking pictures like an ass. In the end I came away with:

“The Book-Bills of Narcissus” by Richard Le Gallienne. I dunno why but this book called out to me to be bought. I’ve only just started it and I love it. XD

I have the giant hardcover of this book which I plan to unload on some unhappy soul. I much prefer this manageable paperback.

Because it’s true. XD

This now lives on my fridge but I may move it to my desk at work. 😉

We also went to Barnes and Noble where I picked up:

My monthly Pagan magazines which I will have to get a subscription to. It’s just easier.

For after reading all the “serious” books and my brain needs some pure junk/candy to read. 😉

It amused me. What can I say?

I’m working my way through the first three so having the next three on tap just makes good sense.

And I went to Sephora. I needed to be schooled on how to use the makeup. Nail polish I can do but other “girly” things baffle me. I stand by my assertion that eyelash curlers are based off of some demented medieval gynecological device. *shudder*

We also amused ourselves by going to a Halloween store. Upon seeing me taking pictures, I got whined at by the staff because they “don’t allow photographs of their merchandise.” They will be very annoyed then. >}

I enjoy this hat. ^_^

It’s a shame they got all whiny about me taking pictures because I would LOVE to put a link to their site to credit them for this funny set up.

This costume should be added to this list. I don’t want to live on this planet anymore.

After all that play it was time to get down to some serious business. And as a writer, that means drinking.

Here’s where we went. This place is awesome. From our table we could see the brewing tanks. There are no pictures of those because of this:

The sampler!! 😀 This was the most impressive assortment of beer I have ever tasted. One of these is chocolate coffee beer. Three great tastes they made taste great together! I should order a barrel to appease me then I have PMS. There was also a blueberry ale with actual blueberries floating in it. I’m in love with this place!! Of course, we didn’t just drink. That would be silly.

Toll House Cookie Pie. In case you didn’t understand, COOKIE PIE. Thank you, humanity, for restoring my faith in you.

I had an absolutely fabulous time. Only one thing about my trip disturbed me. We went to Forbidden Planet, which is (duh) a comic book shop where I expected to drop tons of moneys which could have fed my family. I only saw ONE book I wanted; a Lady Death art book which I was NOT paying 50$ for. Just no. I liked it but not THAT much. I left without buying a single thing; which scared me more than the slutty Green Hornet. It wasn’t that I didn’t find anything good, I either already owned it or could get it from my library.

At the end of the day my feet and calves were sore but it was worth every freaking step. I would do this again in a heartbeat. I can see Strand as a place where a great deal of my money would be spent on old and strange books like “Book-Bills of Narcissus.” I love random finds like that.

Now, I’m back to work writing. I’m working on Greenhouse and trying to come up with a decent idea for this fan-fiction contest from Otakus & Geeks. It would be cool to win it. ^_^ My problem is picking which of the many series/movies I like to write about. I have literally thousands of choices. 0.0 Halp?

I am also slowly getting back into the habit of reading and commenting on other blogs. I was so backed up, I just deleted everything to start fresh. I need to be more active. :/ I keep thinking if I spend too much time doing anything but writing, I’m not writing. And then what’s the point? But I enjoy people (in small doses XD) so I should be more sociable. 😉 I know I keep saying that but I’m tying here. :p