Snapshot 02.24.15

25 Feb

–We had a bad scare at the beginning of the week: our computer suffered a hard drive failure and all seemed to be lost. Our little red laptop had seemingly given out on us last month (it turns out to be fine, too, though Anthony had taken it completely apart and it’s still in pieces at his work), and so losing the desktop meant we were computer-free for the first time in… almost ever. I started headlong into a panic spiral, as our entire lives are stored on the computer, and there’s only so much we can accomplish or save by phone. I thought we were going to have to send it back to Dell but Anthony came home from work with a mission. He took our computer apart and using an extra hard drive and some tools from work, ran a Level II Diagnostic or whatever and managed to get us up and running. It’s a miracle. He managed to save all the photos of my children and goats I love but have never met and he’ll forever be my hero.

–Also our toilet started leaking everywhere this weekend and he ended up fixing that Sunday evening as well. Double hero.

–I’m coming out of a pretty serious Crohn’s flare–at least, I hope I’m coming out of it–and I’ve been paying closer attention to my diet than I’ve had to in years. I get questions about this a lot so I might write a post sharing a bit about that. I was actually doing some research for more recipes for my stupid disease when I came upon a photo that looked strangely familiar. It was a photo I had sold to Getty! I was so excited I shouted to Anthony I had something very exciting to show him, which made him pretty nervous because I happened to be in the bathroom at the time. Technically I just made money off my own wretchedness, and I couldn’t have been more delighted.

–The other day, while my mom was out running chores with my dad, she noticed a homeless woman smiling at her. The woman pushed a bicycle loaded with possessions and had a dog on a leash. My mom had a bag of dog food in the car, and offered it to the woman, who smiled and said, “Thank you. I was your neighbor and used to babysit your children.” Then my mom could see the teenager she used to be among the hard-lived features of a 40 year old woman. It was shocking and sad, but I’m proud my mother did such a kind thing even before she knew who the woman was.

–At the advice of Angela, I downloaded the White Noise App and it has changed my life. The baby calms down so much easier with it and sometimes upon hearing it will fall asleep outright. Anthony only snores loudly when sick, and during our family bout with bronchitis I thought I would end up sleeping with every pillow over my head until I remembered the app. If your sleeping situation is less than ideal, this might be the best app purchase of your life. It was a dollar, maybe two, and worth every penny.

–I found my most precious possession from 1985 in our attic.

–Our closed captioning never ceases to entertain. It must be unfamiliar with the term “salary man” because it substituted “sorry” for “salary” with hilarious results. When Riker and his dad were talking to each other it translated it as “Unknown language” when it was clearly Japanese. And perhaps my favorite when was Wesley asked if anyone noticed if Worf seemed “out of forts lately” instead of “out of sorts.”

This video of Elias putting a tambourine around his waist and crawling around jingling will make your day.

Follow Friday: Those Darn Cats.

Snapshot 02.18.15.

Isobel’s DIY Pichu Toy.

Scrapbook: Unauthorized Baby.

Scrapbook: Vintage Ice Buckets.

Follow Friday: California Poppies.

Benedict Cumberbatch’s Middle Name?? Please tell me it’s Honeydew.

Inappropriate pretzel. Hostile work environment.

Free D&D character name.

This has to be a metaphor for something but I haven’t been able to think of one.

Rolling post-apocalyptic Lego city.

They planet.

Found a new corner of eBay to trawl.

“You actually need housing to achieve sobriety and stability, not the other way around.”

Tiny cooking videos. Via  


What are they laughing at?!

There isn’t a Woman in the World who cannot be made to look More Beautiful.” Thrift store gore!

Made it into the office!

They are looking at trash like it’s a baby.

How to organize your cats.

An actual medical Tricorder.

listen if god hadn’t intended for us to eat lobster he wouldn’t have made them so utterly delicious looking.

What are they?

10 years of YouTube: Why video tutorials may be the website’s most valuable contribution.

50 Shades of Grey, but awesome.

Only the legend Gary could play guitar with a whip & elbow.

Heck of a deal.

I am grateful to live in a world where chicken sweaters are a thing.

Another great Thanks, Obama.

If you’ve been searching for the world’s creepiest monkey, you can probably stop now.

Kroger wins for best fake butter brand name.

Hey Pets, No more free ride, assholes! Thank you, Todd Lawson.

Should probably call Hellboy.

So much for global warming.



Working on my online dating bio.

Someone please just end civilization before this gets worse. A collection of terrible things.

Walmart CEO poses next to a graphic of an asshole just to make things clearer to everyone.

This is the greatest thing I’ve seen in a while. Snow gifs are endlessly amusing. This cat one has been everywhere lately.

School by radio for Ebola-ravaged Sierra Leone. Via  

One-of-a-kind cell phone stand. Cutest cell phone stand.

Driverless cars are the future. They rise from subterranean hives. They thirst for human blood. They are the future.

This is the greatest thing I’ve ever been responsible for.


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Reader Question: How Did You And Anthony Meet?

Snapshot 02.27.13.

Little Big Kitchen: DIY Greek Yogurt Tips.

Scrapbook: Home Life.

Thrifty Giving: Silver & White.

Follow Friday: Isobel Holding Squirrelly.

Scrapbook: Home Life.

Recipe: Tofu Mushroom Marsala.

Thrifted Valentine’s Day Decorations.

Thrifty Giving: Metal Card Catalogs & Vintage Tablecloths

23 Feb

Thrifty Giving is a reoccurring column dedicated to thrift store and second-hand shopping for gift-giving, proving that fantastic gifts don’t have to come with a high price tag or from a strip mall. 

This year I had a very specific idea of what I wanted to give Angela for her birthday. I don’t normally go about thrifted presents this way, because the beauty of thrifting is you never know what you are going to find. Usually I wait until I find something that cries out from the metal shelves WOULDN’T THIS LOOK GREAT ON THEIR BOOKSHELF? Or THEY COULD USE ME TO HOLD BOOZE! Or even SCOTT NEEDS A BEAR RIDING A BICYCLE! But this time I knew what I needed to find before I started the hunt.

Once or sometimes twice a year Angela participates in craft fairs and sells her stationery. I often come along to be booth babe/booth bitch both for moral support (i.e. conversation) and to man the stall when she has to go to the bathroom. I also provided things like vintage tablecloths or jewelry boxes for display purposes from my embarrassingly large vintage hoard. After our last event, I washed the tablecloth as usual and noticed it had ripped and would have to be thrown out. My mission was clear: Angela needed tablecloths.

I didn’t have much luck finding anything while thrifting. So it goes, it’s the nature of the beast.

Thank goodness for my secret weapon, Etsy. After a bit of searching I found the perfect thing: a vintage card tablecloth for bridge with the suits of cards embroidered in the corners. The other is a gauzy white organdy trimmed with a thick cloth in a red-and-white checkered pattern. These fit in perfectly with her wildly popular Alice in Wonderland invitation and card series, as well as the grungy-surrealistic vision of her store. They could be used separately or layered for effect.

I came up short thrifting for linens but hit the jackpot in the vintage metal card catalog department. These were the unintentionally perfect finds I usually happen upon for birthday presents. These were the perfect size and shape for card displays and definitely fit in with her aesthetic.

Angela’s birthday is actually on Valentine’s Day, so Isobel included some specially decorated valentines just for her. I also bought her a Bitch necklace from Hello Holiday because she’s one of my favorite bitches. Bitches get stuff done, and few people get as much done as Angela. I have one, too, so now it’s sort of a warped BFF necklace.

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