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."