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Costume College

Pictures onmy facebook. Lots, so far.



That is the name of our new adoptee. He's a year & a half old smooth coat border collie of more normal proportions (45 pounds as opposed to Malcolm's ginormous 60 pounds). We adopted him through the Pacific Northwest BC Rescue group. He is ridiculously cute and quite the snuggle-bunny. Pictures later, I promise.



Happy Birthday, tudorlady ! May you get the chance to indulge in some frivolity :)

12th Night prep: MANIC mode

Why, oh why do I do this to myself? I, like so many others, am making something new for 12th Night. Stepping a tiny bit out side of my comfort zone and making something I have never before attempted. So far, I seem to have most of my wits left. Also making a doublet for The Biscuit...

I have to be done in a week...



culinary questionables...

from gwen_the_potter. An interesting opportunity for introspection. :)

Take the following list, and: Bold items you have, and use at least once a year. Italicize the ones you have, but don't use. Strike through the ones you had, but have gotten rid of. I am supposing plain type means 'don't have now or ever'.

pasta machines, breadmakers, juicers (mine is manual), blenders, deep fat fryers (sorta one with the crock-pot), egg boilers, melon ballers, sandwich makers, pastry brushes, cheese knives, electric woks, miniature salad spinners, griddle pans, jam funnels (canning funnel?), meat thermometers, filleting knives, egg poachers, cake stands, garlic crushers, martini glasses, tea strainers, bamboo steamers, pizza stones, coffee grinders, milk frothers, piping bags, banana stands, fluted pastry wheels, tagine dishes, conical strainers, rice cookers, steam cookers, pressure cookers, slow cookers, spaetzle makers, cookie presses, gravy strainers, double boilers (bains marie), sukiyaki stoves, food processors, ice cream makers, takoyaki makers, and fondue sets



will post CoCo pics on facebook. Later. Have Red Carpet shots and garment district frivolity.


Greyhounds in Texas

Boosting the signal - it's all about puppy love!

Originally posted by kass_rants at Greyhounds in Texas
If you've been looking for a wonderfully sweet, loving animal companion and you live near Austin, Texas, here's your chance:

Zoe is a chocolate female greyhound
Easy is a fawn male greyhound
Shiner is a tan and white male greyhound (like our Preston!)
Gomer is a tuxedo greyhound (like our Fred and the late Leopold!)

These four lovely hounds are neutered/spayed and their $75 adoption fee includes vaccinations, a pet license, a microchip, a collar and tags.

They're currently at:
Town Lake Animal Center
1156 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 972-0500

Please repost to your own LJ, Facebook, Twitter wherever else and spread the word. You can save a life and bring home a wonderful new furry friend.

Estrella War XXVIII

So I went to my first ever Estrella War. I'll sum it briefly:

The Good:
  1. It was sunny every day and did not rain.
  2. I got to hand over my kingdom largesse in person, as well as a gift for Her Majesty. Both were well received.
  3. Had very little personal obligations during the event and could do as I pleased, mostly.
  4. The Biscuit was mostly well-behaved; always with everyone else in the encampment. Even received a compliment on what a gentleman he was.
  5. The trip to Phoenix went without a hitch.
  6. Visited with Husband's family Friday evening in Mesa.

The Bad:
  1. Three quarters of my husband's driving companions bailed; two with very good reason, the third to probable spousal pressure.
  2. I knew practically no one there. My husband seems to forget how few people I know and did not introduce me to anyone. Spent a large portion of the event feeling quite on the outside of everything.
  3. I heard much muttering about how low the turn-out was. Merchants' Row had slightly more than half the merchants they had last year. Being the week after Gulf Wars was probably a big factor. ETA: last year there were 89 merchants, not including food (12); this year there were 61 merchants & 8 food vendors.
  4. It was freakin' hot! At least 85F every day. Sure, there was a slight breaaze, but it functioned much like the fan in a convection oven, ensuring it was hot everywhere.
  5. My in-laws visited the event on Saturday. Husband was on warfield most of the day, therefore I was expected to play host. Couldn't introduce them around camp, as I knew pretty much no one. My FIL really drives me batty... Him playing with his dentures during lunch was repulsive priceless.
  6. Slept on the ground for three nights.
The Ugly:
  1. Truck threw out a heliocoil as my husband was going to park it after unloading. Picked him up Thursday on my way in. Thank goodness for AAA. Expensive repair...
  2. Did I mentioned how fucking hot it was?
  3. Trip home was beyond awful. Sure, I got home, but only after five delays and being stuck in Sacramento for an extra 90 minutes. That completely threw off the plan of taking Sound Transit home, at least without a very long wait. Dealt with petulant Eldest and his reluctance to fetch us at SeaTac. (Hello... how many times did I drag him & his girlfriend all over Puget Sound?) Once we were on the flight, had screaming children in quadraphonic sound. Gads.
  4. Came home to a trashed house only marginally picked up. Eldest claims the DOG broke the TV... Yes, the new 47" plasma TV is now garbage. There is a possibility of truth, but I am skeptical. Can a tennis ball tossed by a dog break a plasma TV? ETA: This doubt in the veracity of Eldest's statement is based solely on the massive damage he has done to the walls and doors in his room, not to mention the number of holes he has slammed into walls in other parts of the house. I speculate he brought his game system down to the big TV and threw the controller in a losing/frustrating moment.

I am glad to be home. I will try to focus on the positive aspects of the trip.

Now to prepare for NorWesCon...




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