Thursday, November 20, 2008

Mustaches for Kids

For, not on, kids. Today at lunch my coworker told me about her friend and the M4K organization.

"Mustaches for Kids - Chicago hopes to raise over $15,000 for Chicago schools and win the National Mustaches for Kids challenge during its 2008 Growing Season (Nov 13-Dec 13)."

I want to do that thing rich people do where they turn money into more money (and other goals)

Today's title is in honor of 30 Rock being on tonight (sans Aniston!) and my own state of financial affairs. But that (the latteR) is just no fun. What I AM doing is working on stuff I either started awhile ago and didn't finish or told myself I would start.

1. I bought a frame and made a mat for my Magnetic Fields poster. The makeshift mat was made using the display paper in the frame and some red tissue paper. Am worried the red is overpowering, but it works at least for now.

2. Made pillow cover! (There are still two to go. One is an embroidery project started in '06!)

3. I am writing an article (for work, to practice my written French) about this story on how a MetroCard got two suspsected murders out on bail. Woo, technology. Woo for doing stuff.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

"Europe Relaxes Rules on Sale of Ugly Fruits and Vegetables"

Thank you, EU, for entertaining me this morning. They've eased up laws against oddly shaped produce, which lead to statements like this one:

“This marks a new dawn for the curvy cucumber and the knobbly carrot,” said Mariann Fischer Boel, European commissioner for agriculture, who argued that regulations were better left to market operators.

A new dawn, curvy cucumbers!

But curvy bananas still need to watch out:

The European Union is well known for its detailed regulations on agricultural items. Commission Regulation (EC) 2257/94, for example, states that bananas sold in Europe must be “free from malformation or abnormal curvature,” though Class 1 bananas can have “slight defects of shape,” and Class 2 bananas can have full “defects of shape.” Bananas were not covered in the ruling, so for now, these standards remain.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Crafted Obamania

There's a post on Etsy today about Obama-related crafts, and my favorite is the Thinking of Barack, I mean, You card. The list also includes a soap that is made to resemble the president-elect, so that you can...really get your hands on him? Rub Obama all over your body? The same seller also has a candle that is an Obama + Buddha hybrid......"Available scented with Nag Champa or Unscented."

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


The key words for tonight's activities: pumpkins (Safeway prole-kins vs Whole Foods bourge-kins), knives, and festive booze. I'm going to try to make this pumpkin, the stencil for which was made by a duo who, coincidentally, designed a shirt I own. The shirt has narwhals on it.

There's also going to be some Tyra in there, and hopefully a youknowwhat for the Phillies!

Friday, October 24, 2008


Last night I had some Yuengling and watched the Phillies flail, then fail. When Jayson Werth got picked off at first base (after having made an error in right field), I made my first sports pun...I won't say ever, but in a long time! See blog entry title for joke. Other important name commentary included talking about Evan Longoria every time he batted. I also recounted the story of how I broke a bat playing softball in Silver Spring in summer 2006.

I am putting the bar back where it was before game 1.

[NB I don't actually think he's worthless, but he does have some awful landing strip facial hair.]

Thursday, October 23, 2008


I was totally the American version of this little girl...