Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Alton Brown and Company in the FN Dish


I am so excited! One of the photos I did for Ravelry was found by Food Network, and they're in the FN Dish.

If you haven't already read it (since its a very cool blog, you should read it regularly!), here's the link

Food Network Action Figures

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Twittering Again

More followers or Better Followers?

I have this problem ALL the time. I have to clean spammers out of my Twitter regularly. I would rather have a network of experts and interesting people to read than watch my counts go up or down. As long as people aren't twittering on something really stupid, I never defriend them. A great many people I follow just because something catches my eye, or Mr. Tweet says they're interesting so I start there.

Twitter's a hard little critter. I'm somewhere in between its totally useless and a timesink like Facebook and its interesting because of its totally lack of boundaries to people I really admire. I'm still working on it.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Valentines Day - or why I hate reading articles about it

Here's the latest example:

"How Not to Gain Weight on Valentine's Day"

I don't hate Valentines Day. I rather enjoyed as a kid handing out the little cardstock cards saying "Bee mine" with a little picture of a bee for example. The act of stuffing a homemade mailbox full of cards was fun, to say the least.

However, when you grow up, Valentines Day becomes all about gifts, chocolate and flowers.

I bucked that trend a long time ago. My boyfriends quickly learned that I wouldn't be happy with a gi-normous bundle of flowers. All I wanted was a single rose with a pretty velvet ribbon. On occasion, a cute stuffed animal. The man who married me even gave me a bit of jewelry one year.

That's as far as it goes for me. I think its idiotic that people have Valentines Day "arms" races to see what guy can spend the most on his lady. Or lady spend the most on their lady. For that matter, Sweetest Day in October is the same thing.

My husband and I have declared Valentines Day and Sweetest Day null holidays. We'll say Happy X Day to each other, but there's no gifts, no fancy meals, no insanely expensive things, etc.

We prefer to show each other love on the date of our union - our anniversary. This makes much more sense. And we don't go crazy and buy tons of jewelry or anything. We spend the day together and enjoy some time. Sometimes we pick up a bottle of wine. We also tend to go on vacation around our anniversary since its right by Memorial Day, so there's a paid day off.

Why people make such an insanely big deal out of two days a year and then treat each other like crap is beyond me. My husband shows love by cooking dinner and fixing my scooter. I show love by making him things and cleaning the house. Its that partnership that shows love, not either of us spending mega bucks (or not) on the holiday.

So I encourage you to think outside the box and plan something nice for your anniversary - even if its just taking your spouse to the park and then Pizza Hut for dinner. That would show more love than anything the press is suggesting.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Can't get onto Yahoo, but I can get on Youtube!

Slip Stitch with yarn in front on a loom

*You might have to crank the sound - no matter how much my video editing guy worked with it, we're still having trouble with it.